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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
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About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

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"Russia is invading another country on completely trumped up pretext"

says John Kerry, on Meet the Press.

That's how you tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys;
good guys don't invade on *trumped up pretexts*

Speaking of our crumbling infrastructure.....

Inspectors found a 65-foot crack in a dam below Vantage on the Columbia River, prompting the Grant County PUD to begin lowering water levels.

Officials said there is no threat to the public from the crack in the Wanapum Dam, which is just down stream from where Interstate 90 crosses the river.

But utility managers are lowering water levels a total of 20 feet because they fear the structure otherwise could endanger inspectors trying to get a better handle on how seriously the dam is damaged.

“At this point we already know there’s a serious problem,” said Thomas Stredwick, spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District (PUD). “We want to make sure the spillway is stable enough that inspectors are safe when inspecting it.”


I hope they are keeping an eye on the Grand Coulée Dam.

Poor Ukraine...the IMF wants to help.

From Breaking News site:
MF chief Lagarde says discussing with international partners how best to help Ukraine bilaterally, multi-laterally - @Reuters

by now a lot of us know the playbook.

I said here, last summer, that events seem to be speeding up, almost as if TPTB are under pressure, in a hurry.
Was I the only one to notice this?

edited to add:
Another headline minutes ago:
In the past 3 years, $70 billion went out of Ukraine's financial system into offshore accounts, PM-designate Arseniy Yatsenyuk says - @Reuters

Another J.P. Morgan banker death revealed

Jason Alan Salais, a 34-year old Information Technology specialist who had worked at JPMorgan Chase since May 2008,
died Dec. 15th 2013, while in a store in Pearland Texas, of a heart attack.

However, it turns out heart attacks in this age group are very very very rare
he worked in the same field as did Gabriel Magee, a 39-year old JP Morgan VP who jumped from the roof of JP Morgan building in London 6 weeks later, Jan. 27th
a 33 y/o JP Morgan guy, Dennis Li ( sometimes spelled Dennis Lee) jumped from the roof of another Morgan bank, in Hong Kong Feb. 18th.
On Feb. 3
Ryan Henry Crane, 37,the Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Equities Group was found dead in his Stamford Ct home.
It has been reported that Crane and McGee knew each other, did similar work.
which means Crane, McGee and Salais did similar work; Dennis Li's work is not known yet.

So that is FOUR JP Morgan bankers, all in their 30's, who have died since Dec. 15th.

several links are suggested, found here:

As a reminder, here is the banker death list so far:

Jan. 26th[/b
London police report a 58-year-old former senior executive ,last name Broeksmit,
at Deutsche Bank AG, dead in his home after an apparent suicide. Found hanged in his home.
Jan. 27
a 39-year-old JP Morgan manager, Gerald Mcgee, died after falling from the roof of the European headquarters of JP Morgan in London.
January 29
Russell Investments’ Chief Economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide. Police said it appears Dueker took his own life by jumping from a ramp near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Wash., AP reported.
Feb. 3
Ryan Henry Crane, 37,the Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Equities Group was found dead in his Stamford Ct home. It has been reported that Crane and McGee knew each other, did similar work.
Feb. 7th
Richard Talley, 57, founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead in his home.Cause of death was
8 wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.
Declared a suicide.
apparently under investigation by state regulator.

First Christie, now Walker.....

Snip...Walker’s (Presidential) prospects took a blow this week with the release of more than 27,000 emails held by his one-time deputy chief of staff, Kelly Rindfleisch.
One, forwarded from Walker’s ex-chief of staff, Thomas Nardelli to Rindfleisch – his deputy – is a joke about an African American “negro” who discovers he is a minority in other ways. “I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted Jewish homosexual,” the email says, “but please, oh dear God, don’t make me a Democrat”.

Another, sent to Rindfleisch from someone outside Walker’s staff, joked that welfare recipients were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r [sic] Daddys [sic] are”.

“That is hilarious,” Walker’s deputy chief of staff replied. “And so true!”

The emails, which date back to 2010 when Walker was Milwaukee county executive, were part of huge tranche collated in an investigation into campaign financing which closed last year. Walker was not charged with any wrongdoing – indeed, investigators said he was never the target – but the inquiry did lead to convictions of six former aides, including Rindfleisch.

Social Security Cuts Still ‘on the Table’ but Not in Obama’s Budget

The decision to drop so-called “chained CPI” came after Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and 15 other senators wrote Obama a letter Feb. 14 urging Social Security to be spared in the president’s budget blueprint.

“With the middle class struggling and more people living in poverty than ever before, we cannot afford to make life even more difficult for seniors and some of the most vulnerable people in America,” said Sanders, who has railed repeatedly on the Senate floor against cutting benefits due under the law.

Obama had included the proposal, which would shrink the inflation rate used to calculate a host of benefits and tax breaks, as part of an attempted grand bargain on the budget, but Republicans refused White House demands for new revenue to go along with cuts in entitlements.

However, while the proposal will not be in his budget blueprint, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the president’s proposal remains “on the table,” but only as part of a larger package that would shrink tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

“It’s a principle of fairness,” Earnest said.


Jaw dropping video of rioters and police clashing

This is nothing like what we saw at Seattle or even Egypt. The protestors have guns, and are very very aggressive towards the police.
Kudos to the photjounalists who get these images and vids out to the rest of the world.

The Doomsday Seed Vault.....pics

I have know about the vault, but never saw it before.
Had no idea it was built so far into the mountain.
Now if we can only keep Monstanto's hands off it.
Pics here:


jaw dropping video of Ukraine protestors using fire on armored Personnel carrier.

Sounds like a war..LOOKS like a war....

This is how the drought in California alone will affect you:

Do the numbers...

the percentage of our produce grown in the state...

-99 percent of the artichokes

-44 percent of asparagus

-two-thirds of carrots

-half of bell peppers

-89 percent of cauliflower

-94 percent of broccoli

-95 percent of celery

-90 percent of the leaf lettuce

-83 percent of Romaine lettuce

-83 percent of fresh spinach

-a third of the fresh tomatoes

-86 percent of lemons

-90 percent of avocados

-84 percent of peaches

-88 percent of fresh strawberries

-97 percent of fresh plums

Add that to the growing drought in the Western states, whcih already has created significantly reduced beef herds....
and milk..
The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.
But our population has more than doubled since then.

Suddenly that half organic beef we just bought,as last year's prices, looks like pure gold. Can't think of a better return on a cash investment.
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