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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,688

About Me

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

Journal Archives

I told you so.

Preview of things to come.......

Cash ‘under the mattress’ totaling more than 15,000 euro, jewelry and other valuable items such as diamonds and gemstones, should be declared to electronic system of tax authorities, Taxisnet, as of 1. January 2016.
Next to properties and vehicles and shares, now the taxpayers will also have to declare their deposits.
And not only that. They will have to fill if they rent bank lockers and if yes, also the name of the bank and the branch, even if abroad.

Note that this Assets declaration process will initially apply to lawmakers, journalists, public servants etc and is the rehearsal for the creation of the electronic property & assets register that will be extended to all taxpayers.

Governments, as a rule, do not have a habit of DECREASING taxation rates or schemes
Especially a Gov. that closed all the banks and did not open them again until they had taken depositor's money out of them.

Think it cannot happen here?
google "War on cash"
"Cashless society".

Need recommendations for a food processor

Need help with chopping and cutting and slicing and blending.....so am going to bite the bullet and invest in a food processor.

Any sturdy dependable recommendations?

edited to day......Bought one!
followed all your suggestions, did comparison and price shopping, and got a new Kitchaid, 13 cup, cinnamon red, with everything, on ebay for 80.00.
Same processor on Amazon was 194.00, on sale.

Unpacked it yesterday when it came, and looks like I am going to have to do some serious manual reading to figure out all the parts, and how to use it.
Cleaned out a slide out cabinet shelf for it, so not much effort to haul it out.

Thanks to all who made such good suggestions!

AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited data plans in February from $30 to $35 per month -

Remember how AT&T suckered people in with "unlimited" data, then started charging for it,
saying how the inter tubes were "too congested" and they needed to invest in creating "more room for more traffic"?
So the FCC gave permission to increase prices?

Those who signed up for unlimited data were charged a small amount at first.
then AT&T got greedy and started charging NEW customers a higher amount per month
and now, finally, the loyal "old" customers are getting charged a higher amount.

Data caps are based on nothing more than greed. There is no reason for them except greed.

edited to add link...comments there are interesting.

Photo: Paris climate protesters, barred from marching, leave shoes to mark silent protest.

Climate activists in Paris prevented from marching due to state of emergency leave their shoes as 2015 climate conference starts .

"the days when we could fight foreign wars and be safe at home may be long gone"

This is the header of a news story, but what the story is really about is that people in the middle East do not feel themselves tied to any particular country whose borders were created 100 years ago by Western powers
and why that is a crucial aspect of ISIS's success.
Written by Robert Fisk, who is worth following..

Early in 2014, Isis released one of its first videos. Largely unseen in Europe, it had neither the slick, cutting-edge professionalism of its later execution tapes nor the haunting “nasheed” music that accompanies most of its propaganda. Instead, a hand-held camera showed a bulldozer pushing down a rampart of sand that had marked the border between Iraq and Syria. As the machine destroyed the dirt revetment, the camera panned down to a handwritten poster lying in the sand. “End of Sykes-Picot”, it said.

Like many hundreds of thousands of Arabs in the Middle East, for whom Sykes-Picot was an almost cancerous expression, I watched this early Isis video in Beirut. The bloody repercussions of the borders that the British and French diplomats, Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, drew in secret during the First World War – originally giving Syria, Mount Lebanon and northern Iraq to the French, and Palestine, Transjordan and the rest of Iraq to the British – are known to every Arab, Christian and Muslim and, indeed, every Jew in the region. They eviscerated the governorates of the old dying Ottoman empire and created artificial nations in which borders, watchtowers and hills of sand separated tribes, families and peoples. They were an Anglo-French colonial production.

The same night that I saw the early Isis video, I happened to be visiting the Lebanese Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt. “The end of Sykes-Picot!” he roared at me. “Rubbish,” I snorted. But of course, I was wrong and Jumblatt was right. He had spotted at once how Isis captured symbolically – but with almost breathtaking speed – what so many Arabs had sought for almost exactly 100 years: the unravelling of the fake borders with which the victors of the First World War – largely the British and the French – had divided the Arab people. It was our colonial construction – not just the frontiers we imposed upon them, but the administrations and the false democracies that we fraudulently thrust upon them, the mandates and trusteeships which allowed us to rule them – that poisoned their lives. Colin Powell claimed just such a trusteeship for Iraq's oil prior to the illegal Anglo-American invasion of 2003.

We foisted kings upon the Arabs – we engineered a 96 per cent referendum in favour of the Hashemite King Faisal in Iraq in 1922 – and then provided them with generals and dictators. The people of Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt – which had been invaded by the British in the 19th century – were subsequently blessed with mendacious governments, brutal policemen, lying newspapers and fake elections. Mubarak even scored Faisal's epic 96 per cent election victory all over again. For the Arabs, “democracy” did not mean freedom of speech and freedom to elect their own leaders; it referred to the “democratic” Western nations that continued to support the cruel dictators who oppressed them.


Brzezinski boasted:“The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, ( of Afghanistan)

I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.”


Modern international jihad ( ISIS) originated as an instrument of US foreign policy.
The “great menace of our era” was built up by the CIA to wage a proxy war against the Soviets.

A 1973 coup in Afghanistan installed a new secular government that, while not fully communist, was Soviet-leaning. That was a capital offense from the perspective of America’s Cold War national security state, at the time headed by Henry Kissinger.

Conveniently for Kissinger, the dirt poor country was sandwiched between two US client states: Pakistan to the east and Iran (then still ruled by the CIA-installed Shah) to the west. Immediately after the coup, the CIA and the clandestine security agencies of Pakistan (ISI) and Iran (SAVAK) began regime change operations in Afghanistan, orchestrating and sponsoring Islamic fundamentalist insurrections and coup attempts.

Due to these efforts, as well as the government’s own oppressiveness, a widespread rebellion broke out in Afghanistan in 1978. In July 1979, US President Jimmy Carter, on the advice of National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, officially authorized aid to the puritanical Mujahideen rebels, to be delivered through the CIA’s “Operation Cyclone.” This was on top of the unofficial aid that the CIA had already been funneling to Afghan Islamist insurgents for years through Pakistan and Iran.

In a 1998 interview, Brzezinski openly admitted that he and Carter thus “knowingly increased the probability” that the Soviets would militarily intervene. And indeed Russia did invade in December 1979, beginning the decade-long Soviet-Afghan War.

Anyone else here lost their bookmarks?

Was checking my account features and under "bookmarks" nothing shows up.

Was there a change I missed?
anyone else have this problem?

I could ask admin, but that forum is weeks behind in replies.

How big is the refugee problem? ........... THIS big.

a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

from Planting Peace dot org.

New candidate has entered the race for Pres.

In New Hampshire today, a man calling himself Vermin Supreme filed for the presidential primary.
He said in his administration, every American will receive a pony.
He also plans to defeat ISIS by going back in time.
Oh, and he wears a large boot on his head.

as seen on Facebook:

He doesn't sound much nuttier than some others in teh race. ( Looking at you, Carson)

Handy list of who is who in the Syrian and Middle East conflict

Esp. interesting is who arms who, listed halfway down.
Remember, it boils down to a Sunni/Shia conflict primarily. ( ISIS is anti Shia and most everyone else except their version of Sunni Islam)

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