Recent comments by azurite

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

I voted for TARP, for QE and for Yellen... guess I can't complain.

You must be a very special American if you actually got a vote on those issues or are you a corporation?

Rob Dawg wrote:

Italian immigrants could afford socks.

Some of the Sicilians were very poor. Immigration Archives - Inspection, Social and Economic Conditions - 1918 (general information re: immigrants).

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

RiF mutters to self... potato in FRONT, potato in FRONT..

I thought it was socks.

"These factors, which are outside of the Federal Reserve's control, likely explain why real wages have failed to keep pace with productivity growth for at least the past 15 years."

So then how is keeping rates low supporting wage levels at all? Why use low wages as one of the excuses, oops, reasons, to keep them low along w/continued UE and underemployment?

Window dressing for the proles?

KarmaPolice wrote:

Aren't those only used for marmalade?

Yes. If you taste one (I did accidentally) you'll completely understand why. I made marmalade from mine. But you can make marmalade from any citrus fruit, I've made Meyer Lemon marmalade w/vanilla, minneola tangelo marmalade.

Yoringe wrote:

Does Portland have a Airport?? Snark

What's the citrus season like in Spain and what kind of citrus is grown there? I saw (and bought) some Seville Oranges for the first time ever this winter, wondered what was grown now in the nation whose city those oranges are named for.

NateTG wrote:

Isn't Spargel season right now?

It is in western OR, or some parts of it. Friend picked some asparagus from her garden a week or so ago and more stalks were coming up.

poicv2.0 wrote:

That'll prove them wrong!

as well as generating more business. Arsenal of "democracy" . . . . and dictatorships and . ..

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

The global weapons superstore is in Abu Dhabi.

Permission of Congress is needed to sell some weapons, etc., isn't it?

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

  • NY Times

    The Houthis’ continued advance in the face of heavy airstrikes has raised the possibility of the Saudi-led coalition’s deploying ground troops — a move that would continue the Yemeni civil war’s escalation toward a regional battle.

U.S. Military to sell Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

merchants of fear wrote:

Why don't they (the powers that be) just put a ban on certain research?

Into what? Some things aren't researched much, because there isn't as much gov't funding (in the US) for research anymore (started declining in the late 1980's, I think). An example: NIH researchers may have found new use (against MRSA) for a couple of off patent antibiotics. NIH-funded researchers find off-patent antibiotics effectively combat MRSA skin infections

Corporations tend to fund research into stuff that they believe will create profit (fairly rapidly) for the corporation. Bell Labs might've been an exception.

Not a ban, but there might as well be. EPA relies on industry to do research into the effects of any pesticides/herbicide/rodenticide it wants to register, no funding for its own research into the myriad potential effects of the large number of pesticides/herbicides. Despite IBT test scandal (and those pesticides registered based on IBT test results did not have registration suspended).

yuan wrote:

our ancient rights as free men

exclusion of women. Unless you believe that women don't have to be mentioned by name, they're not really that important, easy enough to subsume that part of the population under the term of "men".

Funny how it never is applied the other way around--w/women being the term that includes both women and men.

Don't think the adjective of "ancient" is particularly valid either. Unless "ancient" is Jackson's time when "universal" white male suffrage started in the US.

RE wrote:

We need to learn to resolve issues within the two party framework.

Or get rid of the Electoral College, that would make a difference.

Outsider wrote:

Building collapses, engulfed in flames in New York's East Village
| Reuters

When it's the city, it's sometimes useful to ask: (1) did the building have rent-controlled apartments? (2) was the LL trying to get rid of those tenants? (3) Greatly increase the insurance on the building in the last year or so?

Or it could just be someone in the sushi place ignoring basic safety rules when using gas to cook.

greenchutes wrote:

But if you don't automatically know that Roberts has the whole shebang on pro-megacorp lockdown

In that case, there should be no question re: majority of S.Ct upholding the ACA, since it benefits and the enabling legislation was at least partially drafted by the megacorp health insurers, right?

greenchutes wrote:

So you do believe Roberts controls the decisions of a majority of Justices. Why not just write that w/out all the condescension?

greenchutes wrote:

Roberts will rule in exactly the way instructed by BAC Jump the shark Jump the shark, why bother with the ritual

9 Justices unless you believe that Roberts can dictate the decision of a majority whenever he pleases.

US Supreme Court to rule on second mortgages -

"When Mr Long was made redundant, he had trouble meeting the mortgage payments. The company that owned the debt started foreclosure proceedings. While it offered deals to avert foreclosure, each time the second mortgage complicated matters. Finally, he found Christie Arkovich, a bankruptcy lawyer, who explained how he could erase the second mortgage, smoothing the path for a restructuring.
"The primary effect of a favourable ruling for [Bank of America] would not be the preservation of the value of these worthless liens . . . Rather, it might allow [BofA] and similarly situated banks to delay loss recognition on their bad loans"

  • Adam Levitin, Georgetown University law professor

Following the McNeal ruling, the Florida court district that includes Tampa had notified people about the mechanism on its website.

While the tool helps struggling homeowners, Bank of America says it provides a potential windfall to borrowers. The argument is that the price of an underwater house could later rise to exceed the value of the first mortgage. The owner could then sell the property, and pocket any cash that previously would have been used to repay the second mortgage."

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Your dressage horse is ready for duty, sir!

He's more the plowhorse turned gentleman's hunter type. He'd probably drive a dressage horse insane.

Rob Dawg wrote:

were going to behave...

Yep, probably weren't going to cheer or clap or yell praise at the right times. I guess it can be difficult to orchestrate the appropriate response to a public speech or rally while pretending not to.

Rob Dawg wrote:

That lame choice of venue should be grounds for disqualification. Then again, Teddy Kennedy announcing at Faneiul Hall probably broke all the metrics.

I thought Bush II's having people arrested/tossed out if they were wearing t-shirts he didn't like was pretty impressive.

bearly wrote:

Shhhhh. Let the Blue Teams froth at the mouth a little longer.

So he's not the extremist that the GOP sends out as a front runner to see how far out into fundie/right wing GOP hinterlands the general voting population seems willing to go? Front runner as in expected to fade in the backstretch.

Thought that was his fx for this election.

Rob Dawg wrote:

he didn't mix a metaphor.” Smile

Gonna miss him.

Feckless Ness wrote:

Human behavior's so fascinating. The more convinced we are that we are right, the more we miss the truth.

"The truth is out there, but lies are in your head." Hogfather, Terry Pratchett.

Outsider wrote:

He knows you better than you know yourself. It's nice when we don't have to communicate because others do it for us.

Some parents believe this.

yuan wrote:

I was challenging your implicit assumption that ZIRP is linked to bubble blowing

No nope about it, "implicit assumption."

yuan wrote:

I doubt that my listing of the devastating bubbles that occurred during non-ZIRP conditions will convince you of the flaw in your logic.

your post indicates you made a faulty assumption that I believe that only ZIRP conditions can cause bubbles. Something I didn't write.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Someone tried out here this weekend Facepalm and had to be rescued

is there ice-fishing where you are?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Is that Bay Aryan for 'tastes like sh!t' ?

vegan version of cod liver oil: if it tastes bad it must be good for you.

yuan wrote:

grass-fed meat, spirulina-kale-chia-blueberry smoothies, or chocolate-maca-protein powder shakes.

none of which helps if any/all are contaminated with salmonella or listeria.

yuan wrote:

Blaming symptom for problem.

Don't understand your comment. You think it's ok for low wage workers to be ripped off in that particular way (in addition to others)?

KarmaPolice wrote:

Thomas Mieszkowski, a 28-year-old tourist from Leeds, England, however, was among the visitors taking in the experience of seeing Cuba now — before, he said, it risks becoming "another outpost of Florida."

Because the English are so much better? Some Americans have been visiting Cuba for years. For much of the east coast, it's not far to sail. Sister of a friend (they used to run a sailboat yard on LI) & her spouse used to sail over fairly often for a short vacation, not in a yacht, just a sailboat. They usually saw other Americans there. Despite a US travel ban, tourism in Cuba thrives – Quartz

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Banksters are evil and the financial system is corrupt, so isn't that a win?

Only if you think being forced to take your wages in a fee-laden debit card is a win. Nickeled, Dimed, and Dollared to Death: Fee-Laden Payroll Cards Forced On Low-Wage Workers |

Just one more example of how the banksters work for the benefit of us all! "Self-regulation" works! Snark

yuan wrote:

Japan has had low interest rates for a generation without "devastating bubbles".
Economics is hard

Which may only mean that no nation's economy, not even that of the "exceptional" US, operates in isolation, independent of all other economies.

An uneasy peace that will tear the global economy asunder -

It's good to know that events in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, various parts of the former SU empire, a few African states, don't meet the writer's definition of armed conflict/the "powers" utilizing military force to further their (or corporate) goals. And that the real problem w/armed conflict is the damage done to corporate investments.

Doc Holiday wrote:

Many processes can break down bedrock, spread the material, and potentially mobilize the arsenic so it

The article I linked to discussed organic arsenic, i.e, arsenic in the soil (not from pesticides).

Rob Dawg wrote:

I suspect most of those exposed will be dead within a century.

good to know you don't consider exposure to TCDD, et al to be problem. All those Vietnam veterans, all those people in Five Rivers, OR, whose watersheds were sprayed with Agent Orange by the NFS, the women in the valley who suffered miscarriages, the one woman who died of cancer (didn't smoke, cancer didn't run in her family, etc.), all the Vietnamese who've suffered injury, had deformed children, nope, couldn't possibly be due to exposure to human-created toxins. - NY Times

TCDD discharged by pulp & paper mills in the southern US & elsewhere, not a problem.

Rickkk wrote:

So who is the terrorist?

Defense Department's Legal Bid to Suppress Detainee Abuse Photos Reaches 'Line in the Sand' | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

"Since January 2002, 779 men have been brought to Guantanamo.[25][26] Nearly 200 were released by mid-2004, before there had been any CSRTs (Combatant Status Review Tribunal) to review whether individuals were rightfully held as enemy combatants.[27]

Although the Bush administration said most of the men had been captured in fighting in Afghanistan, a 2006 report prepared by the Center for Policy and Research, Seton Hall University Law School reviewed DOD data for the remaining 517 men in 2005 and "established that over 80% of the prisoners were captured not by Americans on the battlefield but by Pakistanis and Afghans, often in exchange for bounty payments."[28] The U.S. offered $5,000 per prisoner and distributed leaflets widely in the region. A perfect example would be Adel Noori, a Chinese Uighur and dissident who had been sold to the US by Pakistani bounty hunters.[29]"

"By May 2011, 600 detainees had been released.[27] Most of the men have been released without charges or transferred to facilities in their home countries. According to former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, about half have been cleared for release, yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom.[34]" Guantanamo Bay detention camp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How many Iraqis were killed, disabled, injured, traumatized, lost their homes & livelihoods, had to flee, due to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq?

As of June 2013, 46 detainees (in addition to 2 who were deceased) were designated to be detained indefinitely, because the government said the prisoners were too dangerous to transfer and there was insufficient admissible evidence to try them.[35]

Doc Holiday wrote:

Rice is pointless

Seems to have been a useful food for many Asians.

Rice grown in CA, Pakistan and India has lower levels of arsenic, highest levels in TX, Arkansas and Louisiana. High level of arsenic in rice depends on geography

Guess the Carolinas aren't growing enough to sample.

Add that to the mercury in tuna, BPA from plastics, and linings of cans (or now BPS), antibiotics from meats/drinking water, etc., and who knows what the long term effects will be.

Rickkk wrote:

It will do it. It can do it.
Like that cakewalk in Iraq? Saying doesn't make it so.

Bad Dawg Bobby wrote:

The Oregon Coast is unique,

The OR coast and the land between ocean and coast range (in central part of western OR) isn't suited to the kind of farming RD describes. Fishing/crabbing, most of the agriculture (besides subsistence) was dairy. Some still survives: Tillamook dairy co-op (Tillamook cheese, ice cream, butter), and Bandon creamery (which Tillamook bought). There was a creamery in Waldport, I think, and the current site of the beautiful Cape Blanco state park was once a family owned dairy (according to the information at the former family home--the family also had a small orchard for their own use). There are some small goat dairies in the coastal/coast range area (central coast) that are producing some good goat cheeses.

There's also a small blueberry farm about 12 miles inland, u-pick and some commercial sales.

A friend has a large variety of apple trees on her property (site of a former dairy farm/homestead in the Suislaw National Forest) but not sure if the land is appropriate for current use. She grows older or heirloom apple varieties, along w/sour cherries, a few quinces, prune plums, etc.

emergency hotdog wrote:

this robot is out to get you! it don't eat or drink

What's the robot made of? How much does it cost to retrieve/process, etc., its constituents? How much energy? How long will it last? I wonder if the energy and others costs of robot manufacture and use are being subsidized in a variety of ways?

Dryfly made a comment once that as long as it's less expensive to use large machinery then people in agriculture, that's how land will be farmed (in the US), if it becomes less expensive to use people, the machines won't be used. A ? always is how much is the "field" slanted towards "technology" and high energy use? (in the US and elsewhere).

Mary wrote:

India Moves to Protect Traditional Medicines 2009

Can't imagine the US behaving similarly w/respect to Native American medicines (herbal and other). Especially not w/what I hear about the TPP & its protections of bigpharma or patent protections.

merchants of fear wrote:

Access to doctors

They might've had their own. Seems like western medicine is (finally) investigating the possibilities of traditional chinese medicine--who knows what might've been missed by rapid destruction of so many tribes (and loss of their knowledge re: plants, etc.) in North & South America

A systems approach elucidates the mechanisms of action of traditional oriental medicine Medical News Today

at the time of much exploration/"conquest" of the Americas, western "medicine" didn't have any solutions or cures for many of the diseases that killed native Americans. People acquired immunity by getting a mild case, or they died. Small pox in the late 1700's was the first, then cholera in 1879 (or well after the US Civil War) Timeline of vaccines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or after much exploration/conquest/genocide had occurred. Even during the US Civil War, more people died of disease then the rest of the war, because so many were from rural areas w/no exposure to common infectious diseases.

merchants of fear wrote:

Here's the critical fact that modern medicine seems to have forgotten: hunter-gatherers and numerous non-industrial populations throughout the world have unusually low cancer rates

Life span? lack of exposure to TCDD, and other (almost ubiquitous) toxins would have an effect in reducing rates of cancer.

The UN health agency said on Thursday that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone alone had reported 10,004 confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the virus since the beginning of the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in March 2014.

There have also been eight deaths in Nigeria, six in Mali and one in the United States.

A massive international effort to stamp out the deadly disease has slowed the rate of infections, especially in Liberia. But the virus appears stubbornly entrenched in parts of Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola-related deaths pass 10,000 mark - Al Jazeera English

KarmaPolice wrote:

Oh yes...indeedy. Most likely caused by the lack of snow in the mountains.

Lack of snowpack is supply, not usage. Your original post used the word "usage". That's consumption, not supply.

KarmaPolice wrote:

Urban water usage actually went up in January. You know, like the driest January in history.

Could that be partly due to leaking/water loss from aging and poorly maintained water transport and distribution systems?