Recent comments by azurite

Doc Holiday wrote:

Check-cashing stores target areas with high crime -- ScienceDaily Rose Colored Glasses

FTA: "especially government support checks." Not sure what gov't support checks are meant, SNAP benefits are placed on a type of debit card in my state, and SSA really pushes electronic deposit of any type of SS benefit. TANF?

I think more people are being forced to be paid by debit card. - NY Times

"For these largely hourly workers, paper paychecks and even direct deposit have been replaced by prepaid cards issued by their employers. Employees can use these cards, which work like debit cards, at an A.T.M. to withdraw their pay. "

josap wrote:

Not sure about other banks, WFC charges a $15. per month fee for checking if you don't have a min balance.

"Bankrate's 2014 Credit Union Checking Survey found that 72 percent of the nation's 50 largest credit unions offer a free checking account, meaning the account charges no monthly service fees or point-of-sale transaction fees regardless of the balance." Free Checking Flourishes at Credit Unions |

Probably not as many CUs & CU branches as there are banks.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Let me put it this way ... will bombing civilians in Gaza make Israel safer?

If the article I linked to has any credibility, Hamas is increasing the number of casualties (in schools) by not letting Palestinian civilians leave areas Israel as said it will bomb & warned to evacuate.

Does Hamas doing that make Palestinians safer? Does Hamas bombing Israel make Palestine safer?

Do you truly believe that if Israel never bombed Gaza again that Hamas, the Saudis & other Arab nations who so hate Israel would stop their hostile activities? Like the author of the article asked, how many Israelis need to be killed before it's ok for Israel to act?

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

... would we be having this conversation?

Why would I if the point I was trying to make was that it so often seems that the focus is on what the Israelis do--and not what the Arabs or any other nation or ethnic group in the world is doing that seems pretty horrendous. The Boko Haram reported to kidnap 200 school girls--and now have killed some of the girls' parents. The number of women raped in the Sudan and so many other places as a part of "civil unrest." The latter is mentioned off & on, I guess it's so common as to be barely newsworthy.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

What does that have to do with bombing a school?

How many other nations had schools bombed today? Maybe Afghanistan? To stop girls from learning how to read.

None of it's ok, the question is why does it seem to be worse if Israel does something then if the US or Canada,or the Arabs or the Palestinians do?

1 currency now -yogi wrote:

How have they treated the Jews? (Granted, better than the Christians have, on balance, but...)

At what time and where? Not so badly at one time, now, I think it depends. Iirc, King Hussein of Jordan got along ok w/Israel, and I think Israel & Jordan still get along fairly well.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Does that make it right?

do you protest as strongly re: how the Arabs & others in the Mideast (other then the Israelis) have treated the Palestinians? Kuwait kicked out every Palestinian in Kuwait after Gulf War 1. Wasn't it Egypt that blocked off a tunnel the Palestinians were using? Iirc, none of the Arab nations will permit any Palestinians to emigrate (become citizens). The Anti-Palestinian Arab Nations | Jewish & Israel News

FTA: "Last year, tens of thousands of Gazans hired lawyers to prove that they really had Egyptian ancestry to try to become Egyptian citizens. A few hundred Palestinians with Egyptian mothers managed to become citizens after public protests.

Meanwhile, Jordan has been stripping much of its Palestinian population of their citizenship if they can prove that they have ties to the West Bank. Again, this is being done, they say, for their own good.

It is obvious that most ordinary Palestinians who have lived their whole lives in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and the Gulf would love to become full citizens if they were given the chance, and those in Jordan want to remain citizens. Arab nations are denying them that right."

Is that "right"?

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

The idea that they can maintain an apartheid like situation indefinitely is insane.

The US seems to think a form of it's a good idea. N.Y. State’s Schools Most Segregated in U.S., Report Says - Bloomberg plus the far greater percentage of black males in prison then white males.

Not to mention how historically many Native Americans were treated in the US, and I believe, in Canada and Australia.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," he said in a statement.

How many Israelis must die before we are ‘allowed’ to defend them? | Hilik Bar | Comment is free | The Guardian

" Hamas has fired over 1,500 rockets into Israel. The Palestinian envoy to the UN human rights council, Ibrahim Khreisheh, observed that Hamas rocket-fire amounts to war crimes, “whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets”.

Israel’s operation, meanwhile, is dedicated solely to removing the capacity of Hamas to fire missiles into Israeli population centres and dismantling its terror tunnels. Eager to count the number of dead in Gaza as victims of Israel, Hamas has been encouraging its citizens to stay at home when the Israel Defence Forces send warnings to evacuate. Hamas’s perverse logic is designed to put Gaza’s civilians in harm’s way."

EngineerJim wrote:

Isn't that verboten for the left?

Obama's politics aren't of the left.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Good to hear that US Virgin Islands have been exempted from Obamacare by Presidential edict.

Maybe most go to the UK Virgin Islands--they have or used to have NHS. A MD friend lived & worked there for awhile (British VI), thought the NHS system there worked well.

Cinco-X wrote:

Did anyone notice that France had their own version of Kristallnacht the other day?

To which incidents do you refer?

Kristnallnacht was gov't backed--are you saying the French gov't instigated & protected anti-Semitic incidents on the level of Kristallnacht? By the way, Kristallnacht occurred in Austria as well as Germany. Global Anti-Semitism: Selected Incidents Around the World in 2014

Mary wrote:

I have not located yet AZ or "national" file corroborates Courthouse News. I did notice this though ...

A similar suit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit court (PDX, OR) recently. The Northwest Policyholder: Oregon Class Action Filed Against Regence BCBS Over Non-Profit Status

See also:

"A common theme has appeared among the insurance filings that the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group has put under its microscope: ,None of them are accounting for the savings that they should see as a result of a reduction in hospital charity care -- and each of the plans that OSPIRG examined have higher estimates of medical inflation than their competitors.

The Lund Report looked at Moda’s filing at the end of last month. After interviews with OSPIRG’s Jesse O’Brien and Dr. Ralph Prows, the CEO of Oregon’s Health Co-Op, this article will give a closer overview of the rest of the individual and small business marketplace. Health Co-Op Leads Market in Low Rates, but Hospitals Appear to Be Pocketing Savings | The Lund Report

"These high-interest loans are part of a multibillion-dollar industry native only to Texas and Nevada. The thriving business involves some of Texas’ most reputable entrepreneurs and large institutional investors. Propel Financial Services, the parent company of Rio Tax, controls about half of the Texas market. Backed by San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs, Propel claims in its financial disclosures to have never lost money on a loan. But there’s growing concern that homeowners take on unnecessary risk with property tax loans. And while demand is apparently high, their usefulness may be limited, especially after a recent change in the law that requires counties to offer payment plans to homeowners with delinquent taxes."

. . . . While a county’s tax foreclosure sale is carried out by sheriff’s deputies, the sale of properties foreclosed on by property tax lenders is conducted by an attorney for the lender without county oversight.

“If you have any complaints with them, you’d have to file a separate lawsuit, and most people wouldn’t have the money,” said Ricardo Gonzalez, an attorney who has represented homeowners fighting foreclosures by Rio Tax. “That’s why they take out the loan in the first place.”

It’s unusual for third parties to bid at the sale. Usually, the lending company buys the property for the value of the borrower’s debt. Propel says it has no financial incentive to foreclose. Any proceeds above the value of the outstanding debt must be paid first to prior lienholders, like a mortgagee, and then to the homeowner. But foreclosure can also mean that holding companies associated with the lender can acquire properties for a fraction of their appraised value. In all 30 cases we reviewed in Hidalgo County, Rio Tax-foreclosed properties were bought at auction by companies with close ties to the lender.

A High Price to Pay | The Texas Observer

Small gov't/semi-privatization of some gov't functions, works very well for the wealthy few.

AG sues Colorado's largest foreclosure law firms alleging massive fraud - The Denver Post

Hoping the wheels of justice will actually grind, not just squeak until greased w/a payoff.

"The scope of the allegations in Tuesday's complaints range from collusion between law firms to set the price on process services fees associated with foreclosure cases, to the inflation — and in some cases outright creation — of fees charged to homeowners trying to save their house from seizure, or the banks that hired the law firms to foreclose.

The 40-page lawsuits lay out a well-developed scheme that exploited nearly every facet of the foreclosure process. The law firms left virtually nothing out of their profit center: from title searches and title commitments, to the posting of legal notices and costs to file a foreclosure.

Combined, the law firms handled more than 150,000 foreclosures in Colorado since 2006 and overcharged by as much as $650 for each. The total of illegitimate profits could easily have reached $97 million in less than a decade.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he was disturbed by what investigators uncovered, fostered largely by how the state's foreclosure system carried little oversight." Im shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

Am sure all banks/mortgage brokers involved never ever skimmed or scammed.

"But the bank found inherited wealth far more common among rich millennials under age 35. . . . In 1979, the richest 1 percent of households accounted for 17 percent of business income. By 2007 they were getting 43 percent. They were also taking in 75 percent of capital gains. Today, with the stock market significantly higher than where it was before the crash, the top is raking even more from their investments. - Robert Reich. See more at: EconoMonitor


In April the bank agreed to pay $9.5bn for misleading US mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis in 2008.

It then agreed separately to pay $783m (£470m) in fines and refunds, for mis-selling payment and identity theft insurance to nearly three million credit card customers.

The bank's chief financial officer Bruce Thompson acknowledged the rise in litigation costs and praised the bank for doing "a good job managing expenses".

He also said that during the quarter the bank's credit losses remained "near historical lows." BBC News - Bank of America reports 43% drop in quarterly profits

Bet B of A board won't be calling for CEO et al to refund bonuses for the years prior to 2008, or for whoever was in charge of the identity theft insurance fraud.

BBC News - #BBCtrending: Internet cancellation horror story goes viral

""What happens when the same corporate financial goals and institutional pressures that encourage an individual service rep to go berserk on the phone are applied to a huge sector of the entire US economy?" asks Salon's Andrew Leonard.

"That's what so scary about this Comcast call - what we are hearing isn't just one guy losing it; it's the howl of unrestrained market forces, red in tooth and claw. Give a company monopoly power, and it's the only sound we'll hear."

robj wrote:

It was cool and refreshing, even if the trout couldn't see a fly.

Water here is pretty cold still but levels are dropping. Chinook fishing season (recreational) was extended for two weeks iirc. Supposed to get about 1" this month (average), I think so far about .04" have fallen. OR's already seeing some bad fires. Northwest Wildfires: More than 940,000 acres burn in Oregon and Washington |

Whiskey wrote:

He alluded often to the Brotherhood of Assless Chaps.

More like chap. (as in chapped).

In the summer, I used to wear my chaps over shorts to ride. Leather's a sweaty material, but I cooled off much faster as soon as they were off (then I would've had I worn pants & boots/britches & boots).

robj wrote:

Another water song: YouTube - River of Jordan - The Tuttles with AJ Lee

Seems as though there are no more "rushing waters", Jordan river these days is more like the CO river not far from Mexico. Jordan River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

robj wrote:

It's an old inside joke on Broward,

I remember Broward, although I wasn't always around when he posted.

My impression was he wore chaps w/out pants/shorts, but I never saw any photos (and I don't feel I missed anything important).

robj wrote:

Broward recommends the assless chaps, azurite.

All chaps I've seen are "assless" you wear pants or at least shorts underneath. Or I did.

Cinco-X wrote:

You'll want to wear tights.

Cowhide chaps work well in brush.

Whiskey wrote:

The idea of having that many abandoned properties with untreated health hazards is even more absurd. The municipality can always create a separate fund that is financed through a bond. If the homes are purchased at deeply discounted levels, the city might be able to rehabilitate the properties and preserve the principal.

What about what NYC did in the 1970's? " These buildings became property of the city, entering in-rem forfeiture due to unpaid taxes. The city created the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to manage the buildings, which were warehoused empty rather than repaired and returned to the housing market — leaving a tremendous amount of housing stock vacant even as the numbers of the homeless grew." Squatters of the Lower East Side | Jacobin

The city eventually set up a homesteading program, "In 1980, New York City established a local homesteading program to grant groups title and financial assistance to rehabilitate buildings. Howard Brandstein, executive director of the Sixth Street Community Center, who homesteaded buildings through local sweat equity groups, remembers in an interview with Sarah Ferguson, “We’d tell the city we were applying for funding, and the city would give us provisional site control. The city just didn’t care. The neighborhood wasn’t worth anything back then.” He estimates that more than 30 buildings in the Lower East Side were homesteaded." same article.

Yoringe wrote:

From the Man who sees no NeoCons......

None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.
Matthew Henry

If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind.
Robert Anton Wilson

sdtfs wrote:

Why dont you use skk tricks

perhaps you noticed that the name/insult skk called Yoringe was sexist? Twat = Twat | Define Twat at

afaik, racism is political or it's been part of politics in the US since at least passage of the US Constitution.

skk wrote:

I have a name sm_landlord. Donald Sterling

The Klan wasn't just racist, it also saw/sees immigrants, Catholics & Jews as threats. Semi-descendant of the nativist/Know-Nothings (American party) of the 1850's, some members of whom were incorporated into the GOP. I don't remember reading that any of the Know-Nothings were particularly racist but definitely nativist & anti-Catholic, some were pro-temperance too.

sm_landlord wrote:

Dunno, it seems like a political false flag operation to me. Try to scare people in to believing that the KKK actually exists in SoCal. Which is hogwash.

Southern Poverty Law Center seems to believe there's an active Klan in CA, doesn't specify what part of CA.

I guess now we'll get to rely on cost over run/never completed on time/don't work anyway engines built by US contractors.

What would happen if Russia stopped selling rocket engines to the US? -

if contractor construction/design & building booster rocket engines is anything like that of the F-35.

Nice to be subsidized,

The Nines hotel sold to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust for $127 million |

"The Nines opened in 2008 after a $133 million renovation of the former Meier & Frank Building backed in part by the PDC. The PDC board voted to make the loans cash-flow dependent in the economic downturn, and the hotel never started making regular payments.

While considering the buyout, PDC officials said the agency was unlikely to realize the full face value of the loans, based on an a December 2012 appraisal that valued the hotel at $100 million. The hotel owed $98.3 in debt senior to the PDC loans.

With the $127 million price tag announced Thursday, it appears the PDC might have been in a position to recover more of the loan's face value than it recognized." . . . . "And the Metro regional government has agreed to subsidize a $212 million 600-room Hyatt Regency through $60 million in revenue bonds, along with $18 million in state and local loans and grants."

sdtfs wrote:

Shouldnt asparagus do well for you up there? Not sure about artichoke.

Asparagus does well further inland, I've never tried to grow it (lot more work then berries), a neighbor had artichokes for awhile so they must do ok. I don't like them so I've got no reason to grow them.

edit to add: also don't like asparagus much. I'd like to move eventually, maybe 30 miles inland, so I could grow apples, cherries, peaches, etc. Not as cool in the summer, but closer to a train station & some good bike lanes/paths.

Outsider wrote:

This is important stuff. Just want to put it out there. | About the Author Read his book, "Paradise Lot". Very interesting ideas and he seems to have been able to make it work at his home, in Holyoke, MA. I liked that he wrote about his failures as well as successes. Not sure I could do what he did, mostly I've been planting more berries (blueberries, blackberries--next year more blueberries & a raspberry bush), have some red currants as well & sorrel. Kale & parsley self-seed, but I don't think that's what's meant by perennial vegetables. May try a grape vine although it may be too damp/cloudy where I am (heavy fog for the 3rd day).

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:


Seems to be the goal.

Because the private sector ALWAYS does it better & less expensively then the guvmint (local, state, federal). And is much more accountable & responsive too. Snark

edit to add: that's why Bush II & Cheney have refused to have their Secret Service protection continued, but have chosen to pay for private protection from Academi, because private sector's always cheaper & better then guvmint protection--they know because they spent most of their working lives in guvmint . . . . Snark

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

I'd expect we'll see rent stabilization with the profits to accrue to Blackstone.

Or, debit cards become mandatory method of paying wages/salaries, and rents must be autopay w/payment being managed by Blackstone which of course has to be be paid for managing the transaction securely which of course it will be Snark . Just a few bucks every month.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

I'd imagine government employment will continue to pick up as fiscal conditions of local governments improve. As it should, I guess.

unless more gov't functions are privatized.

poicv2.0 wrote:

4 years ago I saw barely any trucks on the highway.
The highways now are full of 18 wheelers.

I see more trucks too, some of them are log trucks, taking unfinished logs to ports to be shipped to China. At most, the bark's been stripped from the logs. So, raw material shipped out, more profitable (some job creation, some automated work) finishing work done in China, not the US. But US buying finished products from China. Seems more like colonialist resource exploitation to me.

Other big vehicles are McRVs, more of those this year.

edit to add: those who own the land the timber was clearcut from, they're probably doing better.

Mr Slippery wrote:

and blended with a healthy mix of quinoa and kale.

No strawberries? Strawberries

dilbert dogbert wrote:

  • NY Times

Another example of the failed Obama administration.

Americans have lost out on $6.6 trillion | Al Jazeera America

Whiskey wrote:

Every single one of these names could be completely made up, and I wouldn't notice the difference.

Bonobos are real. Bonobo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Don't know if whoever is using the name for commercial purposes knows it's already in use. Probably don't care if they do know.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

The Gaza death toll has passed 170, with more than 1,000 wounded, including many women and children. On Saturday, Israeli aircraft hit a home for the disabled, killing two wheelchair-bound residents. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner called the result “clearly tragic” and said it would be investigated.

Cluster Bombs in Afghanistan 

Rob Dawg wrote:

A Bill to Repeal of the First Amendment

because only corporations have the right to "free" speech?

Outsider wrote:

No traffic. No parking issues. Wink

Median house value 209k

parts of it are beautiful, or were when I visited some friends (years ago).

Antipodes wrote:

I was thinking of getting Hendricks Gin for gin & tonic and for martini.

I like it for G & Ts, I don't like martinis so can't say how well it works for that drink.

sdtfs wrote:

so I figure the plasma for cash has had a few homosexual donors.

CDC now recommends that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for hepatitis C, but apparently that group isn't banned from donating blood. CDC Features - Hepatitis C Testing for Anyone Born During 1945-1965: New CDC Recommendations