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josap wrote:

Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas - "There is no honor in hurting unarmed civilians" Occupy NY - YouTube

The Klezmatics Sing Gonna Get Through this World - YouTube Woody Guthrie song.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Occupy what? SOPApedia returns no results except a Department of Homeland Security page.

The Clash - I'm so bored with the U.S.A. (lyrics) - YouTube

The Clash-Clampdown(Lyrics) - YouTube

robj wrote:

The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God Remastered (1988/2005) (Full Album) - YouTube

the pogues - lorelei - YouTube

robj wrote:

Down Where The Drunkards Roll (Richard and Linda Thompson) - YouTube

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York - YouTube

Sebastian wrote:

that I also bought at Best Buy many years ago, and it cost me around $600.

Could you still use it today? Was the new monitor a forced upgrade? (ie., you can't play your new games, watch movies, use x software using your old monitor). I have a dot matrix printer that still runs well & is useful/less expensive then the laser printer for drafts--but unless I learn how to run XP Pro w/in Win 7 (which I understand isn't hard to do, I just don't know how to do and am not very interested in spending the time) I can't use that printer any more. More loss of choice--and isn't capitalism supposed to maximize consumer choice?

Only apparently, when it's the "right" choice.

How much are you paying for your internet connection now vs. what you paid many years ago (same time you bought your old monitor)? For software? whether it's software you've purchased or perhaps now the new version of software you purchased years ago is no longer available except via "the cloud" which means it's available only by payment of a monthly fee--so instead of $90 or a few hundred, you pay hundreds every year for the "use" of that software--no choice.

I spend more on security software, online backup, and other backup now then I did even 10 years ago--mostly because I didn't have (and hadn't been informed I "must" have because of the work I do) online/"cloud" backup and less security was needed (antivirus plus firewall was all) or any backup other then periodic backups on disks.

I was not too frequently bedeviled by incompatibilities between this and that software and whatever security software I'm using AND the time it takes to get tech support to pay attention/respond and to solve those problems. The temporary incompatibility issues have occurred w/two different brands of security software (not McAfee or Norton, haven't used those) both well reviewed.

My water & sewer bill (paid in same bill) have gone up 15% annually for 2 years, to pay for replacement of water mains, installation of storm water drainage systems (but not on my street or most of my neighborhood). Like everyone else in the area I'm already paying off the bonds needed to build a new sewage treatment plant. Which, since the city gov't's not too swift, has been built in a not particularly geologically stable area. Which increased the final cost and somehow I doubt that anyone was farsighted enough to make sure the plant & main connections are at least somewhat earthquake resistant. It's not as if the area's tectonically active, site of ancient landslides or anything like that.

Next year, only a 5% increase perhaps, because the city gov't has decided it can finance some of the remaining costs partly via bonds. When I asked about using bonds 2 years ago at one of the public hearings on the proposed rate increases, I was firmly told, can't happen, city can't afford to do it, too high a debt level.

Not sure what's happened since then. Maybe a realization that too many people in the town would see their water & sewer shut off for inability to pay if there was another 15% increase.

Or maybe city council members decided that it would GASP! Discourage tourism.

Aging infrastructure isn't just a problem here, but for towns & cities across the US.

Next on the agenda: potential city support for "workforce housing" because the people needed to work in the seasonal low paid tourist service jobs can't afford to live . . . almost anywhere in the county or afford to pay for the gas needed to drive from the further reaches of the county (which is pretty rural except for right on the coast). Because employers can't possibly be expected to pay a living wage--they've said so.

bearly wrote:

“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

Maybe because the National Guard is part of the US military of which the Chief Exec/prez is the Commander in Chief?

"The National Guard is a joint activity of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard of the United States[1] and the Air National Guard of the United States respectively.[1]"

"In 1933, with passage of the National Guard Mobilization Act, Congress finalized the split between the National Guard and the traditional state militias by mandating that all federally funded soldiers take a dual enlistment/commission and thus enter both the state National Guard and the National Guard of the United States, a newly created federal reserve force .

The National Defense Act of 1947 created the Air Force as a separate branch of the Armed Forces and concurrently created the Air National Guard of the United States as one of its reserve components, mirroring the Army's structure."

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

Alvin Lee - Hey Joe 1979 - YouTube

Hey Joe - Deep Purple - YouTube

robj wrote:

Dead Red Cali.

Oregon's not doing too well either. I blame it on all those people from CA and NV moving here.

edit to add: and TX Wink

robj wrote:

I think I had 70

50-60 for me (notice I can't even remember how many there were) and most probably went to the same HS too, but I know what happened to maybe ten or so, current news, maybe 1. I have 1-2 friends from high school age, but they didn't go to the same school. I wouldn't mind knowing what happened to 4 or 5 other people-because I hope they're doing well. People I liked but lost touch w/ when I left for college.

skk wrote:

not my fellow 8th graders ! the wardens, deputy warden and house mothers and house fathers.. 12 of them

That's different, I understand that, especially from what you've said on other occasions (and I don't think I've read all that you've posted on that period of you life/matter).

skk wrote:

8th grade hell yeah... pity they are all dead.

you've kept track of everyone in your 8th grade? How many were there?

sm_landlord wrote:

After experiencing the side-effects, I went off the statins and got a new doc.

Sounds like a good decision to me. Wink

skk wrote:

Know your drug, know the data

how do you evaluate the quality of the data available to a layperson, especially when it's not your field? And when the bulk (if not all) of the data is from the drug manufacturer?

sm_landlord wrote:

I thought the new guidelines for statins would result in fewer prescriptions...

"Cardiologists at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association are feuding over new guidelines for statin prescribing. Last week experts from the AHA and the American College of Cardiology revised their recommendations for treating millions of patients. Instead of pegging treatment to cholesterol levels, they presented a tool called the CV Risk Calculator. This questionnaire takes into account age, gender, race, total cholesterol, HDL, blood pressure, diabetes and smoking history.

This week, however, researchers from Harvard pointed out that the risk calculator does not work very well. It overestimates risk by 75 to 150 percent. This is likely to lead to overprescribing of statins.

Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steve Nissen called for a pause before widespread implementation of the risk calculator, but the cardiology organizations defended their work. It may take some time for the cardiology community to resolve this internal controversy. In the meantime, patients will need to exercise their best judgment as to whether or not a prescription for a drug like atorvastatin or simvastatin makes sense.
Cardiology Controversy Claims New Risk Calculator Overestimates Need for Statins - The People's Pharmacy®

The bolded sentence pretty much summarizes what I've read on the topic.

see also: "On a more substantive level, the risk level is now set so low (7.5 percent over 10 years) that many people in the population who have “optimal risk factor levels” (systolic blood pressure 110 or below, total cholesterol 170 or below, HDL cholesterol of 50 or above, no diabetes and non-smoker) would targeted for statin treatment simply on the basis of their age. The calculator puts men age 63 and older with “optimal risk factor levels” at elevated risk, and all women age 71 and above with “optimal risk factor levels” at elevated risk. It’s a little hard for many to accept that everyone above a certain age should be on a statin, and there’s no direct evidence to back up this pretty sweeping recommendation . - See more at: Nothing found for 2013 11 19 Stanford-Expert-Weighs-In-On-New-Guidelines-For-Statin-Use #sthash Uomzpxal Dpuf

Rickkk wrote:

Michael J. Fox has the same disease. I met someone undergoing the same experimental therapy he had, they were both at the same neurosurgery clinic.

He has a thyroid disorder in addition to Parkinson's disease? Incidence of Parkinson's is linked to exposure to herbicides & pesticides.. Pesticides, herbicides may be linked to Parkinson's disease -

Interesting re: prevalence of thyroid disorders. It's supposed to be more common as people age, and apparently the symptoms become more diverse. Also linked to exposure to organochlorines (pesticide) Pesticides, herbicides may be linked to Parkinson's disease - Are There Links between Pesticides and Other Chemicals to Thyroid Disease? - Scientific American

Given the new guidelines for statins, they might, despite known and serious side effects, be even more frequently prescribed.

sm_landlord wrote:

The word got a lot more vague when the politicians started tossing it around regularly.

the FBI seems to be pretty creative w/the term as well. FBI apologizes to lawyer in bombing case - US news - Security | NBC News

"The FBI maintained its certainty even as Spanish authorities said by mid-April that the original image of the fingerprint taken directly from the bag did not match Mayfield’s, Wax said." Their fingerprint "experts" got really creative, maintaining that there was a match on multiple points long after the Spanish & others had ruled out Mayfield on the basis of fingerprint evidence. Did some nice warrantless search & seizure too.

Yoringe wrote:

Needed 15+ Years to get it rolling in Germany...... Wink

Here too, Rocket Ronnie was the one who really got the "War on Drugs" going. Nothing like starting a war that you can be sure will never end since it seems humans will always want/need drugs/intoxication of one kind or another.

Bush, Cheney, Inc.,took a leaf out of that book w/the "war on terrrrism". There will always be people you can categorize as terrerists, the definition is so broad & vague.

MaryAnn wrote:

It's called stupid $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ that was passed out after 911.

It started w/the "war on drugs", went on steroids after 09/11. DEA, CIA & NSA run neck & neck for most overreach & disregard of US statues, Constitution, international conventions & treaties. Then there's the DHS which has no actual stated "mission."

Rickkk wrote:

What I find unusual financial resources are available to fund the militarization of the local police.

DoD's gotta do something with all the extra stuff that it orders that it doesn't need.

"Property considered surplus can be reused, transferred, donated, or sold; potential recipients may
include law enforcement agencies, school systems, medical institutions, civic and community
organizations, libraries, homeless assistance providers, state and local government agencies, and
the public. During FY2008, about 56,000 military organizations and components turned in over
3.5 million items to DLA Disposition Services.4 About half of all surplus items are designated for
the foreign military sales program, and about half are made available to other government
agencies, eligible donees, or sold to the public.5" from the last link.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Civilians with assault weapons scare me at least as much as civilian police with military grade weaponry.

In some parts of the US, there is very little difference (in terms of training) between the two. Police Officer: Educational Requirements for Police Officers

I remember feeling surprised when my brother-in-law told me that OR was "good" in that it required all POs to attend its police academy. I've never verified that all LE in OR does (i.e., sheriff's office deputies) but I hadn't realized that in some jurisdictions the requirements are as minimal as listed at that link. I don't think the basic academy course is long.

Think of the difference in training requirements for, oh, a chemist.

edit to add: there's also turnover--pretty high turnover rate in municipal police force where I live because the pay is not great and there's greater opportunity for specialization and advancement in a larger force. Some stay long enough to get as much additional training (courses, etc.,) paid for & then leave. Sometimes, knowing the people can make a difference in choice of police action, w/a high turnover, you lose that.

Of the two times I've called local LE for assistance (one was a 911 call I made from my workplace) the "law" I was informed of was incorrect and it wasn't difficult legal information. The POs also first went to the wrong address even though I provided name/business name/address to the dispatcher.

justaskin wrote:

He was a "suspect", that probably makes him guilty as charged to at least half the population
Anthing about how he fits that "description", other than being big and black? Anything about the geography? What was on the BOLO?
He may have done it, but....

just carrying on a fine old regional tradition. East St. Louis Riot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

it was news to me that shooting a possible suspect is ok, but what do I know, after all it's ok to kill US citizens & anyone w/in 100-200' by drone if the person's suspected of "terrorism". No need to provide evidence, of course, due process doesn't apply.

josap wrote:

ASU, not a big name school by any means, is $21K per semester. Just the tuition.

SUNY at Stony Brook a pretty good school for some of the sciences & is less expensive (tuition) for instate undergrads. Tuition and Fee Rates - Bursar/Student Accounts - Stony Brook University about $8400/year (2 semesters) assuming it's still on a semester (not trimester) system Queens College-CUNY is also cheaper then ASU for in state students but would be expensive unless you're living w/family/friends (not paying high rents).

Looks like SUSB has tacked on some fees since I went there (years ago).

Jackdawracy wrote:

..isn't that an absolutely absurd amount of debt to take on as a 22 and 23 year old?

it's absurd that it would seem to be the only way someone could become a nurse practitioner and the other a type of EMT.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

Answer: Because B shells are too small and D shells are too large.

no mermen seashell jockstrap jokes?

Rob Dawg wrote:

The us v them attitude becomes inevitable.

Another expression of the class divide or wealthy vs. all others. All but members of the elite are the "them".

Mike in Long Island wrote:

to re-train the pilots in the use of less lethal devices so they can be deployed as crowdfirst amendment control.

Drones, the new technology "everyone" loves. We Need to Reform Our Drone Policies (But This Isn’t About Privacy) | Opinion | WIRED

I'm remembering what adornaghost said about fighter pilots not long ago.

Mike in Long Island wrote:

533 planes

which some LE can't afford to keep in the air. NY among states to trim use of planes in speed traps | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Be interesting to see what happens when the stuff wears out or needs maintenance. Then again, the MIC is no doubt producing way over what's needed by the military so perhaps there'll be a steady stream of never-used deadly stuff for state, county, city & local LEs to try out on the people they're allegedly protecting and serving.

Blackhalo wrote:

Ok, but still. Who dumps grease down the drain? I always send it out with the trash, or make gravy.

I don't but I'm not the only person who's lived in or owned this house. It was a rental for a few years as well.

I do wash pots & pans in which food's been sauteed, i.e, use of oil, baked (use of butter or oil to grease pan), etc., so there's always some fat that goes down the drain.

My sibling & I had to call a plumber the last time we visited our mother. House was bought in the late 1960's, built in the mid 1950's. Blockage in main drain pipe had to be removed. It took more than 40 years of a family, visitors, living in the house for enough of whatever to produce that blockage (which would include any gunk that got through the water filter for the washing machine and was rinsed away by the dishwasher). It happens, I doubt if never dumping any grease down the sink prevents it.

Plumber also told us the main drain pipe is probably on borrowed time.


Blackhalo wrote:

Sure, that's what it is, baldy.

kitchen sink drain.

mr_clueless wrote:

i have tried draino, a whole bunch of things from whole foods (trying to be environmentally conscious), baking soda + vinegar. none of those worked.

Plumber's snake, although last time a drain had a major blockage I needed a plumber--30 years or more of accumulated grease etc., was blocking the drain below what I could reach w/a snake and that particular pipe was galvanized iron, given the age of the house was probably overdue for replacement.

I haven't lived here for 30 years, but oldest part of the house dates from the 1920's, that pipe probably from the 1970's although I can't know for sure.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

FedEx for packages (vs. USPS). Overnight and 2nd-day shipping.

USPS does priority and overnight shipping for less.

Isn't FedEx now using USPS to do the last leg of delivery?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

what will the militarized police do with their tanks and assault weapons?

updated Roman "games" (see Coliseum) and parades.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

It seems that so long as someone else pays for it, being covered under the current flawed system is better than the alternative (paying for oneself).

Have you considered that; (1) people have no idea of what they could do to "change" this system or fix it? (2) that there's considerable propaganda effort to encouraging this feeling of helplessness and (3) some people ARE trying. Their efforts aren't much covered by the corporate media either because the corporate media (w/fewer & fewer good journalists) doesn't find out or doesn't care/doesn't want to publicize such efforts.

Don't know what state you live in, but there might be a health care for all or similar organization in your state. There is in mine, there may also be some physicians who are members of Physicians for Social Responsibility in your state. One of that organization's goals is to reform the US health care system. There's these MDs Mad As Hell Doctors And there's the state of Vermont, trying out single payer health care. Vermont Is ‘Single-Payer’ Trailblazer |

bearly wrote:

Did your local VA bureaucrats get awarded bonuses for ignoring patients and letting them perish too, because mine did ?

Private health care sector doesn't do that? News to me.

Some people at the VA have screwed up, no question. The VA also has provided good health care to some, I know because I've talked to some of those people. The VA has been underfunded--the neocons, ie., Bush II, et al, & a majority of Congress should've increased VA funding as soon as Bush II announced that the US would invade Afghanistan. Ramped it up again as soon as the US announced it would invade Iraq. That didn't happen.

The military has also done, by report, a pretty poor job of noticing, responding to requests of soldiers for assistance for PTSD & TBI injuries in both Afghanistan and Iraq. You calling for the heads of military health care too? No? Why not?

What's happening now looks alot like a replay of Vietnam (based on what I've read) for much the same reasons.

You want to just blame people at the VA w/out also blaming the Bush II administration and a majority of Congress, you can do that, but it's not just the VA.

Then learn more about how health care functions in the US, non-profit insurers, profit insurers, employees who have apparently also been rewarded for denying claims: one example: "Further investigation by a California judge revealed that Health Net reportedly paid the executive in charge of the cancellation more than $20,000 in bonuses. The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) subsequently fined Health Net $1 million for failing to disclose information (when asked by DMHC investigators) about bonuses paid to employees" INSURANCE CLAIM DENIALS

Note that the private insurer initially lied about its policy. See also Blue Cross praised employees who dropped sick policyholders, lawmaker says - Los Angeles Times and : insurance company denies coverage : Maryland Injury and Disability Law

No policies to rescind after care has started w/the VA.

yuan wrote:

Get used to it. The motorized couch demographic is shrinking.

Not just that, interest in maintaining most of "public use" infrastructure seems to be dwindling. Allowing gov't to maintain/improve infrastructure (of all kinds, not just car/truck infrastructure) messes with the push to persuade people in the US that privatization is always more efficient, always "better" despite all evidence to contrary.

robj wrote:

I had hoped the Washington and Oregon fires were contained since I hadn't heard anything the last two weeks.

No such luck. There's a possibility of a thunderstorm in the coast/coast range area tonight, and it's dry in the coast range too so lots of concern re: possible lightning strike in the Suislaw National Forest. Little to no rain is expected from the thunderstorm.

Regardless of the causes (and how relatively short-lived the cycle will be) the weather in this part of the coast/coast range has changed in the last 6 to 7 years. There were rare to no thunderstorms during the late 80's, 90's, start of the 2000s. A friend who's lived in the coast range since the '70's doesn't recalls few. Last 4-5 years, there's been some thunder & lightning, more in the coast range then the coast.

Shortage of crews, approaching storms challenge efforts to corral Oregon wildfires |

"Ranchers were able to move hundreds of head of cattle of forest grazing allotments without a loss, they said."

One source of loss avoided.

Wilberforce wrote:

umm, you're both right? supply and demand of both dollars and cows affects the price of beef?

It would also seem the value of the dollar outside of the US is a factor too, if exports of beef & pork have increased.

Citizen AllenM wrote:

The next six years are going to be costly, foodwise. Back up the Costco semi and dump it into dem boys.

Boys willing to learn to garden? Grow some of their own veg & fruit? Friend who grew up in AZ told me about picking oranges (to eat) from the blood orange trees where he lived. Backyard chickens?

robj wrote:

Except those who know that we don't know that we don't know.

you channeling Rumsfield?

Second Circuit Decision Rejects Picard Suit And Allows A.G. Schneiderman To Distribute $410 Million Fund To Madoff Victims | Eric T. Schneiderman

From 2 billion comes 410 million.

" 2012 settlement with J. Ezra Merkin, who invested over $2 billion with Bernard M. Madoff on behalf of hundreds of investors, may proceed. The decision affirms a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling that denied an effort by Irving Picard, the Madoff trustee, to block the Attorney General’s Office from distributing the proceeds of the $410 million settlement directly to Madoff’s victims. Today’s ruling means that these victims should begin receiving the money in the coming months. "

Nemo wrote:

P.S. I walked to work tonight

Nice to live & work in a neighborhood safe enough to walk in at night.

MaryAnn wrote:

I know of three investors and their lawyer who went last week to a third world country to do a new start up.

Hope the "3rd world" nation has adequate infrastructure (24 hour reliable source of electricity, etc.), sufficiently skilled & reliable workers, access to reliable on time delivery of whatever materials, if any, are needed, relatively uncorrupt gov't officials, and is politically stable and generally safe. Lack of regulation cuts both ways.

vtcodger wrote:

There's some sort of certificate problem with Maybe that caused your browser to take a dim view of it.

Or my security software. It's been making my life more "interesting" for several weeks, although most of the problems it caused w/other stuff have been solved. Not quite all of them yet.

burnside wrote:

Has anyone seen recent numbers of US expatriates, especially those who have renounced citizenship?

I couldn't read the article for this second link--possibly because of adblock & some other addons, but you might be able to.

Record number of expatriates renounce U.S. citizenship - MarketWatch

one more: Record Number of U.S Expats Renounce Citizenship as New Tax Disclosure Laws Take Effect | Protax Consulting Services BlogProtax Consulting Services Blog

josap wrote:

Berries here are $4. to $5. for one of those little plastic containers. Normal price. Rarely on sale.

blueberries, $1.50/lb, minimum 20 lb purchas, for short time from upick farm that also does commercial picking. This price is for the berries their commercial buyer(s) must not have wanted. Last year & this year, upick price was $1.75/lb.

Not sure how much they are in the stores this year, more then $1.75/lb for sure.