Recent comments by azurite

robj wrote:

but still--the humiliation!

How did Iraq humiliate the US? By failing to have the WMDs that the neocons said they did? By failing to fall to their knees and say, the messiahs are here, now we will have "democracy" and then living together happily ever after?

and of course not minding the looting of their museum filled w/priceless exhibits.

Tom Stone wrote:

Booze and cars are a prime example.

With both the stupid too often take others with them.

sm_landlord wrote:

the coca-based economy are upset.

Colombia to end spraying of drug plants -

not just the Catholic Church but the US & CIA.

sm_landlord wrote:

It seemed like a straight-up settlement based on illegal behavior by SSID. You would not believe the stories I have heard about how totally incompetent that particular swamp is.

Um, yes, I probably would.

Congress has cut administrative funding for SSA for years. That's how the GOP makes their wish a reality--starve a gov't agency and then say, see? It doesn't work.

And the VA (not the VAMC but the side of the VA that does disability determinations) is or was even worse. VA disability determination process (once referred to as "putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop") has improved somewhat since the Veterans Court of Appeals was set up. Even w/Bush 1 appointees as judges, there was/has been change, that's how bad the process was.

sm_landlord wrote:

I know that certain aid recipients can receive back payments, because one of them made a payment on a loan I made years ago from such a settlement.

People who receive SSDI (Social Security disability insurance--based on what you paid in while you were working/or a spouse/ex-spouse or parent) are not subject to the 12 month's worth of back benefit/6 months rule.

You read the entire post, yes? Then you'd have read that if the disabled person can provide proof of debts that require more then 12 months worth of benefits to repay, then the person may be able to get the entire back benefit released. Since that person owed you money, he/she might've listed your loan as a debt that needed repaying.

robj wrote:

Brownback just keeps giving it to the poors without the lube.

Just a particularly bad example of how many members of Congress (past & present) view the "poor" and the disabled poor. Maybe 6 or 7 years ago, Congress decided that disabled individuals who'd had to fight to get their benefits for oh, 4-5 years, could no longer receive their retroactive SSI benefits (only applies to SSI benefits) in one lump sum. They couldn't be trusted with that much money. Instead, they can get a maximum of 12 months worth of benefits. After 6 months, they will receive another 12 months, and so on until the entire retroactive benefit amount is paid.

The rule applies to any disabled person eligible for SSI benefits whose retroactive benefit represents more then 12 months worth of their monthly benefit.

Unless they can demonstrate that they have substantial debts to repay--which many of them do. SSA almost doesn't mention that though (in the form documents sent) so some SSI beneficiaries never realize they can provide proof of debt and get most of their retroactive benefit released.

But of course, they CAN own guns even if they're disabled, so I guess that makes it all ok. Snark

Comrade Gibbon wrote:

Usually when a Judge gets a request for a warrant, if it don't look retarded he'll sign it.

That was my point--if the police somehow just "can't" take the time to get a warrant, particularly a search warrant, when they're not difficult to get signed by a judge, then how good is their case/probable cause?

Feds already have the FISA court.

"Williams calls his bright orange velomobile “Roxy” and said he purchased it sight unseen from a dealer in the Netherlands. It is a “Quest XS” (extra small) model, which is a little shorter and weighs about 6 pounds less than Munk’s velomobile.

The vehicles cost from $5,000 to $13,000 and include a variety of features. The carbon fiber skin is light but extremely durable. It is used on expensive racing cars and airplanes.

The trikes have 27 gears, drum brakes, headlights, taillights, turn signals and a horn.

Williams said he has gotten Roxy up to 70 mph and Munk has gone 59 mph. Flat ground speeds average up to 20 mph, although some riders report cruising 25 to 30 mph.

“On regular bicycles, you are sitting more upright and the rain hits you right in the face,” Williams said. “With this, you stay dry.”" Head-turning trikes headed for mid-valley roads adventure

Rickkk wrote:

The FBI director says iPhone encryption protects pedophiles by restricting police. He and others in the Justice Department have been repeating a mantra, asking for "a balance of liberty and privacy." They're asking for a golden key.

Guess they've never heard of that thing called a warrant.

Anonymous Bosch wrote:

What if publishers made you buy the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th edition said book?

you're a college student? Can't believe what a ripoff the college textbook industry is now.

Rickkk wrote:

A female physician admitted to me that her single female colleagues preferred to practice in larger urban areas, they felt the male gene pool was too shallow in smaller communities and fishing was better in larger population pools.

not just pre-marriage. I had a very good woman physician for 6 or 7 years. She eventually moved because her spouse (also a MD) had decided several years before that he wanted to be a ER physician--job he got was in largest city in the state. She was working only part-time (3 days/week) but she eventually got a job in a larger city, closer to the largest city, so she & spouse could spend more time together.

In my experience, most MDs & DOs leave small towns, they can make better money and now, have more choice in employers (where I live on hospital/clinic chain has a three county almost monopoly as well as poor billing practices (makes errors in billing, including not billing insurers when insurer is known and then rapidly turning "unpaid" bills over to debt collectors). Don't know what it's like the Great White North, but in US, more MDs/DOs are becoming employees. Chains get better reimbursement when they bother to bill insurers (so a now retired MD told me).

sm_landlord wrote:

But no problem, right?

Can't be, because the more "technology" is involved the better anything is, and corporations would never ever put their profits before the consumer good/protection. Snark

sm_landlord wrote:

Like this?
Amazon Secretly Removes "1984" From the Kindle

See also: Do you truly own your e-books? -

and: "You have a license agreement to view those books, and Amazon can revoke it at any time." You Don't Own Your Amazon Kindle eBooks -

Rickkk wrote:

that the austerity measures taken in Greece has put citizens in vulnerable situations.

And in the "wealthy" US that's "far along" in its "economic recovery" :

" Only about ten percent of physicians practice in rural America despite the fact that nearly one-fourth of the population lives in these areas. **
Rural residents are less likely to have employer-provided health care coverage or prescription drug coverage, and the rural poor are less likely to be covered by Medicaid benefits than their urban counterparts.
Although only one-third of all motor vehicle accidents occur in rural areas, two-thirds of the deaths attributed to these accidents occur on rural roads.**
Rural residents are nearly twice as likely to die from unintentional injuries other than motor vehical accidents than are urban residents. Rural residents are also at a significantly higher risk of death by gunshot than urban residents.
Rural residents tend to be poorer. On the average, per capita income is $7,417 lower than in urban areas, and rural Americans are more likely to live below the poverty level. The disparity in incomes is even greater for minorities living in rural areas. Nearly 24% of rural children live in poverty. " NRHA - What's Different about Rural Health Care?

and in the poorer urban areas: Medically Underserved Areas: Regions Where U.S. Needs Doctors - The UMHS Endeavour

lawyerliz wrote:

The many Italians in my neighborhood weren't bothered either.

Were they citizens? "But in practice, the US applied detention only to Italian nationals, not to US citizens, or long-term US residents.[1] Italian immigrants had been allowed to gain citizenship through the naturalization process during the years before the war, and by 1940 there were millions of US citizens who had been born in Italy."

"In 1942 there were 695,000 Italian enemy aliens in the United States. Some 1881 were taken into custody and detained under wartime restrictions; these were applied most often by the War Relocation Authority to diplomats, businessmen, and Italian nationals who were students in the US, especially to exclude them from sensitive coastal areas. In addition, merchant seamen trapped in US ports by the outbreak of war were detained." In 1942 there were 695,000 Italian enemy aliens in the United States. Some 1881 were taken into custody and detained under wartime restrictions; these were applied most often by the War Relocation Authority to diplomats, businessmen, and Italian nationals who were students in the US, especially to exclude them from sensitive coastal areas. In addition, merchant seamen trapped in US ports by the outbreak of war were detained.

Internment of Italian Americans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Haralambos wrote:

The BBC interviewed a law professor on this who thought it was very salient ongoing: Record fines for currency market fix - BBC News.

I thought this comment was on target:

"That's news? News is when someone who is guilty actually pays. The fines are paid, after all, out of shareholder's funds. When individual bankers are themselves found guilty, fined, and then sent to jail in numbers, that's news. Otherwise this is simply business as usual. Bonus payments for the senior executives next year will be completely unaffected."
By Ealing on Six banks fined $5.6bn over rigging of foreign exchange markets


Driverless Trucks Hired at California Ports Losing Market Share - Bloomberg Business 

wider Panama Canal shifting cargo to eastern ports-thought it worth posting again.

EngineerJim wrote:

Right, I'm sure that will be feasible for cities with millions of people.

You didn't specify it was for millions of people. Could be alot more done w/preventing leaks water loss more roof catchment systems, etc. Neither/both won't solve the problem, might alleviate the system. As would decreased water use, better irrigation practices and either moving some crop production to areas w/more precipitation (freeing up water for urban/suburban users) and/or planting more drought tolerant crops. Looking at local manufacturing, see if there's some preventable water waste in those processes.

Wilberforce wrote:

can't he just call it the half-frozen, half-scalding microwave burrito economy?

probably gets paid by the word. Wink

Antipodes wrote:

have rooftop rain collection (you need rain for that, of course).

In NYC, there's these: - NY Times

Yes, you need rain. These catchment systems make more (individual or building by building) use of what rainfall there is (at the expense of groundwater and stream replenishment, of course).

NYC gets its water from upstate NY (one reason an anti-fracking measure passed in NY state)--and has to pump groundwater out of some of its subway system during heavy rains.

EngineerJim wrote:

what source of water is not energy intensive and does not have an impact on the environment?

Well, a few friends of mine living in rural areas just run a pipeline into home made filters (barrels filled w/clean gravel & sand) and then on down the channel to their homes/gravity feed. One uses rainwater barrels to increase the water supply available to her two vegetable/fruit gardens.

Rob Dawg wrote:

More than $50b into Amtrak.

How much on airports and associated infrastructure--such as runways, roads that go only to the airport, mass transit lines going to airport, etc.? Last I heard, airports/commercial & general aviation were far more heavily subsidized.

Antipodes wrote:

Serious money hasn't been spent on US infrastructure in decades.

Need some good marketers to turn it into a "national security" issue. Then the plans for new sewage treatment plants, etc., can be classified so the public can have absolutely no input. "National security" was one of the motivations for interstate highway system, so it's not like it hasn't been used as a rationale for infrastructure before in the US.

Rob Dawg wrote:

At least $4 gas means people don't drive until they can afford the rent.

that and do a second or 3rd shift w/Uber to keep a personal motor vehicle.

sm_landlord wrote:

something else will have to be be cut. The question is: what then?

how much is lost through leaks in water mains? Big & small/chronic leaks? Maybe drought emergency assistance for cities/towns should include funding for water system infrastructure replacement.

Then there's cutting back on the water supply to the wealthy.

Jackdawracy wrote:

creating a plume of drinkable fresh water that extends 30 miles into the ocean.

and undoubtedly performs many useful functions for marine life. Why change that? People can move to wetter parts of the US, the southeast, midwest, etc.

Some of what's grown in CA (not all crops, for sure) can be grown elsewhere in parts of the US where irrigation isn't necessary or is needed far less. FL's already the biggest tomato grower, peaches are grown in OH, OR and who knows where else. Maybe the US wouldn't be able to export as large quantities of food products. That or treaties like the TPP would mean that some foods would disappear from most people's homes if people outside the US could pay a higher price for it.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Are you not feeling the economic recovery? This could be why. - The Washington Post

No mention of the people w/BA/BSs who are paying 1/2 of their income for rent of a 300 sq ft apt in one of the "thriving" cities along w/making student loan payments.

AlleyCat wrote:

agent orange killed someone I loved,

Was the likely cause of breast cancer which eventually spread throughout a friend's body & killed her. Nice woman--lived w/verve, left 2 children. It's bad no matter what, and really really hard when your own nation exposed you to the likely cause. My sympathies.

prairiedog wrote:

In the Iraq war it will be exposure to depleted uranium

Not just the veterans. Iraq: War's legacy of cancer - Features - Al Jazeera English

"Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.

There has also been a dramatic jump in miscarriages and premature births among Iraqi women, particularly in areas where heavy US military operations occurred, such as Fallujah.

Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing."

Not unlike some of the effects of AO on the Vietnamese where it was most heavily sprayed.

and in Five Rivers, OR, where watersheds were sprayed when the NFS aerially spraying the Suislaw National Forest w/AO.

the KBR lawsuit is re: hexvalent chromium Defense contractor KBR tries to toss expert witness from Oregon Guard trial (updated) |

Antipodes wrote:

When you open the tap and nothing comes out, coffee's gonna be a bit difficult to make.

Some people like to chew coffee beans. Chocolate-covered coffee beans are popular w/some. Maybe they'll replace the liquid form.

Jackdawracy wrote:

The biggest difference i've seen in terms of car camping overnight, is it was almost all tents when I was a kid, now the lion's share is some sort of metal box on wheels, often with generators attached and running, loud.

The major change in visitor visits has been the duration here, most are just passing through and out in a day, whereas it used to be 2+ days a generation ago.

Same here re: RVs vs tents in OR state coastal parks. Some of the state parks/refuges on the coast aren't pleasant to spend time in because a county access area allows ATVs, etc., so the air resounds (incredibly) for a few miles around w/the roars & revs of ATVs, dune buggies, etc., You can't see them but you can't get away from the noise. County I live is may be the only coastal county that doesn't allow combustion engine powered vehicles on the beach w/out a permit and very few permits are granted. There are some jetskis used in a bay and a local/state environmental group demonstrated to the state that some of the jetskiiers had been messing up an estuary in the county that has only recently been restored (destruction of dikes, removal of some invasive species, etc.) so it's again becoming a salmon & other fish spawning/nursery area. As usual, state agency responsible didn't want to believe tourists might be doing something destructive, but the videos were convincing. Kayakers are ok, canoers are ok.

Haven't seen generators used but that would be because all the state parks have electrical, water, cable hooksups A few have wifi as well, I think most of the commercial campgrounds offer wifi.

Lots of private RVs parks too.

I used to walk at one local coastal state park fairly often (especially in the winter--it has a semi-protected 1 mile trail) but only go there now if it's stormy--got tired of all the private aircraft jerks flying low over the park. Airport's only a mile or two away, seems that trainees fly there from a larger general aviation airport and practice stop & go landings for hours.

Jackdawracy wrote:

I would say the only place that really looks the same as it did more or less as when I was a tyke in the 60's, is the wilderness.

Does it sound the same? " Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the first national parks to incorporate acoustical data into a wilderness management plan. Monitoring sites were set up in three wilderness areas over a two-year period to collect audio recordings, sound levels, and meteorological data. On-site listening was conducted to identify sound sources at the monitoring sites. Park personnel found that the monitored wilderness areas were quieter than other areas in the park, but there was still noticeable human-caused noise, primarily aircraft overflights.

Using acoustical data to manage for solitude in wilderness areas - ResearchGate. Available from: [accessed May 16, 2015]."

Navy wants to fly Growler jet as low as 120' over Olympic national park & forest in WA. Navy War Games over Olympic National Park and Forest

Congressman Derek Kilmer urges study of Navy jet noise over Olympic National Park — corrected -- Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily NEWS

NFS was signing off on it despite NEPA requirements until residents and others raised some hell.

yuan wrote:

If you aren't a vegan, ultra car-free, waste-free, gay, cis, female, non-white, atheist, green-anarchist who lives in a micro-home/apt you suck.

you're joking?

which is why the MAX is so often delayed because a train has once again hit a motor vehicle thats somehow ended up on the tracks or the driver apparently didn't believe (or was too busy talking/texting to notice the vehicle was on tracks) the MAX was coming/couldn't stop, traffic downtown is bad and the jams going into and out of PDX are worse, parking getting more expensive, etc. In the mid-to late 1990's into the early 2000's I spent a fair amount of time in PDX, traffic increased, but now it's gotten bad. When I spend time there now, most of the motor vehicles have one person in the vehicle.

And: Student biking to Portland State is down by a third over two years -

Census shows big leaps for biking in a few cities, but Portland inches backward -

dilbert dogbert wrote:

We argue a lot about fishes and timber but should give way to them on those issues. Those industries are peanuts to us but a huge deal to the Kanucks.

You forgot the fresh tomato dumping dispute Tomato industries await anti-dumping suit ruling | The Packer

Yoringe wrote:

got the Stuff forced onto me in Chef School

This is in western Germany? Does Germany have a state religion like Austria does?

From what I've read students at the US Air Force Academy have had religion forced on them too. - Air Force probes religious bias charges at academy - May 5, 2005

West Point cadet quits, cites 'criminal' behavior of officers - U.S. News

and now there are complaints of intolerance re:posting bible verses. Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard | Fox News

MaryAnn wrote:

and I get to ask how do I reload this damn thing.

It's possible to reload a religion?

Those lefties in MN are at it again:

"The Minnesota Orchestra is making a landmark trip to Cuba to perform, and Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast the concerts live at 7 p.m. CDT on May 15 and 16. Listeners in Minnesota can tune in to the concerts on Classical MPR; listeners in South Florida can tune in on Classical South Florida; and everyone can listen to a live stream at

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

Like the concept of a corruption-free public sector, the concept of a free market (in compensation or anything else) is a bit mythical.

Helpful to have an agreed upon definition of "corruption" and after agreeing on that, figure out if there's any kind of process or private/public institution or organization (from sole proprietorship to corporation) that isn't vulnerable to corruption/acting corruptly. Also families--just spend some time researching Will contests/litigation, some of the lawsuits filed utilizing Elder Financial Abuse statutes (alleging undue influence), what happens during divorces, rate of abuse (spousal, child, elder), etc.

JP wrote:

The crime is how CUNY is likely funding the sinecure.

maybe like this? - NY Times

SUNY plays a role in running CUNY now, has for a number of years. "In fall 1976, during New York City's fiscal crisis, the free tuition policy was discontinued under pressure from the federal government, the financial community that had a role in rescuing the city from bankruptcy, and New York State, which would take over the funding of CUNY's senior colleges." City University of New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Even though theoretically they're considered to be separate university systems. Credits are supposed to be directly transferable from CUNY to SUNY/SUNY to CUNY.

Nice to know Krugman's $250,000 salary from CUNY is a bigger problem to some of you then CEO pay, hedge fund manager 2 & 20, or even that US taxpayers foot the bill for lifetime Secret Service protection for former prezs & families, (maybe VPs too, not sure) plus their pensions and health care coverage--and none of it's means-tested.

Rob Dawg wrote:

The CUNY additional part-time position pro-rates to a multimillion dollar salary. It is a fair criticism.

It's not uncommon for a % of the CUNY faculty to have another job--the Studio Art & Art History departments have (or were when I lived in NY) much better then most people thought they were precisely because some of their part-time faculty had jobs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other world class museums, art critics, as well as artists seeking additional income to even out their sometimes not so reliable income from their primary "jobs." Students got very high quality instruction at CUNY tuition rates.

Some of the geology faculty at Queens college also worked at Columbia's research facility -- Lamont-Doherty (geologic-ocean studies)

Students at Queens College (the CUNY college I'm most familiar with or was most familar with) benefited from both.

And tell me how my prior comment that specifically referenced CUNY and SUNY avoided "dealing" with the issue that CUNY is a public university system?

Rob Dawg wrote:

Missed the CUNY part?

do tell us ALL about the political philosophies and positions of every person at CUNY, especially all the upper administrative people. Which is now a part of SUNY.

Rob Dawg wrote:

by taking a big salary!

Compared to CEO compensation? Compared to what Greenspan gets paid for a speech?

Rob Dawg wrote:

Suggest an appropriate level of subsidy.

As much as air travel (commercial & private): "Congress holds Amtrak to a unique standard by demanding the agency turn a profit per passenger; highways and airports receive about 45 times the subsidies that Amtrak does, according to the National Journal’s Simon Van Zuylen-Wood. " Why You Can't Talk About The Amtrak Derailment Without Talking About Our Infrastructure Crisis | ThinkProgress

Feckless Ness wrote:


which kind? Got a particular part of OR picked out?

yuan wrote:

Likes "kitteh"s more than poor human beings.

Just as many in PDX seem to prefer dogs, or at least, dressing up dogs. Costumed dogs storm Portland's waterfront |

EngineerJim wrote:

Seeking Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton defends illegal immigrants - Yahoo News

do you happen to remember how well Bush II got along w/Fox, then Mexico's leader?

"Gone were ambitious plans for immigration, and thrown into question was whether the two countries could overcome historical suspicion of each other to forge a stronger relationship."
"“I’m certain they both wanted to see immigration reform get done, but even before the [twin] towers, that was going to be tough, and 9/11 made it impossible,” Garza said. “I never felt that President Bush lost interest in the issues related to Mexico, but there are only so many hours in a day, and the safety and security of our country had to come first.”

Once solid, the George W. Bush-Vicente Fox partnership faded after 9/11 | Dallas Morning News

What happened with that?

and "The elevated focus on immigration shines new light on the growing willingness of Republican presidential contenders — including past opponents of an immigration overhaul in Congress — to let such immigrants stay in the U.S. Such a position is regarded as "amnesty" by the GOP's tea party wing, yet it is quietly becoming the majority view in a 2016 Republican presidential class eager to attract Hispanic voters." Clinton challenges Bush on immigration as GOP shifts -

Yet you're not crying "a plague on both their houses".

sum luk wrote:

so, now it's let's pretend with zero evidence ?

um, what? I was pointing out that it may not matter what a chief exec wants to do if enough members of Congress disagree strongly enough--for some actions. Occasionally the S.Ct thwarts prezs too.

sum luk wrote:

Back up your assertion that Clinton would open the borders.

also that it's possible for a Chief Exec to do it by executive order and w/out facing backlash, et al from hostile majority or minority (in strategic positions) of Congress.

josap wrote:

a chance to buy shares in a commercial real estate project.

What kind of shares? Maybe at least they get to avoid broker's fees.