Recent comments by azurite

Lobbyist Ben Dover wrote:

Cleaning up rentals you some time wonder if they are people.

Seems like humans, "people", run the gamut of behaviors. Never understood why someone commenting that X human behaves "like an animal!" is an insult, given that humans not only are animals but have demonstrated (many times) that they are capable of behaving far worse, then horses, cats, and many other mammals, probably many if not most reptiles (there are too many different types insects for me to guess whether humans behave worse then insects or invertebrates).

Agree that some humans create huge messes in their living areas. I'm always impressed by some people's willingness to dump their baby's/toddler's disposable diapers on the beach, in parking lots, shrubs bordering parking lots, hiking trails, etc. That, and those who fish off rocks/in surf to cut off lines and leave them, hooks, leaders, baitfish & all, where some foolish dog can scarf the bait fish down & require $1,000+ in surgery. Sure, the dog is foolish, but how careless and uncaring is the human/"person" fisherman? (or fisherwoman).

And yes, a friend's golden retriever just underwent that surgery. Friend had to go out of town a day after the surgery, so I took care of the dog for a few days. A very good natured & pleasant dog, just lacking in judgment when it comes to anything resembling food--partly because the dog's first owner didn't feed her regularly.

"People" are supposed to be smarter then this golden, aren't they?

arthur_dent wrote:

and yet they somehow survived.

w/lots of immigration. YouTube - The Pogues- Thousands Are Sailing 

Good thing we've got the World Bank to keep us informed.

BBC News - Ebola could wreck W Africa economies, warns World Bank

Snark (no one else could figure out the poorly to uncontrolled spread of a deadly virus could disrupt nation-state economies);

Jackdawracy wrote:

The naysayers have no idea how efficient (and reasonably priced) USPS is.

Or how important post offices & mail delivery are to many people--especially in rural areas.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

It's for the children!

It's for their children (& their trust funds)! Fixed It For Ya

sporkfed wrote:

with an open mind.

Not too many of those in Congress or K Street.

prairiedog wrote:

4 plus inches and counting. We are supposed to get 7-10 inches within a 5 day stretch

Wish you could redirect a few inches to this area--we need rain so salmon can get upstream to spawn. Also to put out all the fires.

sm_landlord wrote:

or even do the work at night when the streets are mostly empty

Doesn't that usually mean paying overtime? Then there'd be yelling re: wasteful gov, and if any of the work is being done in residential areas, people in those areas complaining about the noise and if in an area w/nightlife, people complaining about the street being blocked, etc.

aClem wrote:

The USPS is perfect example of a certain strategy that has worked so well for certain politicians. Make sure it is underfunded and mismanaged, then run against 'gubamint' and lobby for selling off assets to private for profit concerns. There's plenty of loot left for the lootocracy. Privatize everything and watch the money flow to the vultures.

Same thing is happening w/SSA. # of employees has decreased by (iirc) 11% since 2011, field offices have been closed, or cut their public hours, and of course, the propaganda re: "it's running out of money"! continues --while the fix that even Rocket Ronnie thought was ok, goes untried. It's not like any of this was unforeseen but it sure makes good PR for privatizing and depriving people of disability insurance (cost of most private disability policies will increase as many policies require people to file for SSDI and then repay some of the private disability benefit payment if SSDI is awarded), survivors benefits.

Very tired of the vultures/looter and the gullibility & wimpiness of so many of the US public.

KarmaPolice wrote:

Good schools or's not a very attractive place to live.

Never been there, just met a few people from there. They were on their way to Glacier Park for the weekend via the train.

I imagine it would depend on what your idea of "attractive" is.

KarmaPolice wrote:

Not sure about Rochester, MN

Since the Mayo Clinic is there, probably good schools, fair amount of money.

bearly wrote:

Disengaged leadershippp.

" Civil wars between Arabs could fester. Enemies might even kill other enemies, a low-cost gain. Middle Eastern borders could fade; they were artificial colonial lines on a map. Shiite could battle Sunni, and Sunni Shiite, there was no stopping them. " Let's forget the role the "most powerful nation" played in worsening the "fester" and the author's apparent belief that that the world can't function w/out a "most powerful nation" making decisions and forcing outcomes on other nations. Another telling of the "white man's burden"? (which would be why a black man can't manage the burden?)

What's old (and so some hoped, discredited & gone), is back again. Seems like there must be many people talking the same "eugenics" talk, and every so often a member of that crowd slips & says it to the wrong audience. Or maybe it's a way of getting people used to it again. Seems like these days there's enough shame and blame heaped onto anyone who's poor, or becomes disabled--preparing the ground perhaps.

lawyerliz wrote:

How come they never want to castate the men who got them pregnant?

only in fiction unfortunately, Unnatural Habits: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries): Kerry Greenwood: 9781464201257: Books (one of the characters, costumed as a nun, knocks out known rapists/child molestors who have made girls pregnant --or in one instance, traded a daughter to a molestor for beer & tobacco, & performs vascetomies on them) although Lorena Bobbit tried (cut off the wrong part). Lorena Bobbitt, 15 Years Later - CBS News She was determined to be insane.

Rickkk wrote:

Nazi eugenics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Long history in the US (& elsewhere)

"The eugenics movements of 1870-1950 came first. These large-scale social movements, originating in England but ultimately involving public advocates and membership organizations from Brazil to Russia, located the source of social problems in the genes of individuals and sought to alter the pattern by which these genes would be transmitted to future generations. In the United States, the movement received substantial funding from the great family fortunes, including Carnegie and the Rockefellers, and was endorsed, with greater or lesser enthusiasm, by most scientists working in the field of human genetics. Indeed, eugenics was the motivation for much of the early scientific research in this field.

Nevertheless, the history of eugenics is not a proud one. It is largely remembered for its shoddy science, the blatant race and class biases of many of its leading advocates, and its cruel program of segregation and, later, sterilization of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people who were judged to have substandard genes." . . . .

"In the United States, the Carnegie-supported Eugenics Record Office, under sociologist Charles Davenport, employed a team of interviewers to collect information for its store of family pedigrees, which it also solicited from the public (Garland 19.., Paul 1996). Eugenics was taught at leading universities, and received attention in standard biology textbooks.

The popular eugenics movements, meanwhile, succeeded in rapidly introducing eugenic ideas into public discourse. Accounts of generations of misfits in such "white trash" family lines as the "Jukes" and the "Kallikaks" were widely publicized, warning that an unwise reproductive act could wreak havoc for generations (Rafter 1988). Following British successes at health exhibitions before the turn of the century, American eugenic organizations took a particular interest in maintaining exhibits and events at state fairs and public expositions. The Race Betterment Foundation, under John Kellogg, attracted 10,000 visitors and boasted a million lines of newspaper publicity for its contribution to the Panama-Pacific exposition of 1915 (Rydell 1993). CHAPTER TWO: EUGENICS AND ITS SHADOW

Jackdawracy wrote:

AC has scads more population, closer to the action.

But isn't there a tortoisesanctuary near LV? oh, wait, there WAS, but I guess funding the DoD was more important. Desert Tortoise Sanctuary to Close, Inhabitants to be Euthanized : Animals : Nature World News

Jackdawracy wrote:

Why is Pavlovegas cranking as Atlantic City is closing?

Closer to CA? Friend tells me that freeway/highway & flights from CA to LV are always packed (he lives on Orange county).

justaskin wrote:

those auto-immune diseases are the worst.....

Medications used to control symptoms come in a close second.

Jackdawracy wrote:

I wonder what's harder to chase, snails or turtles?

Banana slugs

Belmont wrote:

The occupy Wall Street crowd was there to smoke pot and steal wallets. We just don't do revolution very well in this country anymore

Because "revolutions" can happen overnight, and most do. Snark

Just like the US civil rights movement didn't take generations to achieve even as much as what exists today, and women didn't have to work and struggle for years for the right to vote, to own property, to be treated close to equally w/regards to credit, and after all that still average only 77c / $1 that men earn (in the US).

OWS hasn't gone away---unless you believe all the corporate dominated media shows you.

JP wrote:

Antibiotic overuse has changed quite a number of bioformes in the guts of children. It's probably not doing great things for adults either.

Even used as a pesticide. 403 Forbidden

Firemane wrote:

But, I've seen various studies that suggest children raised in rural settings tend to develop tolerances for a host of allergens that "city kids" later on cannot deal with at all.

Anecdotal evidence, friend's child, raised in rural area, has allergies (pollens), and Crohn's disease, an autoimmune disorder. Some of his friends, also raised in rural area, had allergies too.

Both parents exposed to Agent Orange, the mother because the National Forest Service aerially sprayed AO in the National Forest her property is adjacent to. Father, veteran, was allegedly exposed, while in Vietnam. Not sure if a link's been established between AO exposure and autoimmune disorders in their children.

Maybe there'll be time to do more research since it looks like EPA is going to approve Monsanto's latest foray into "herbicide-ready" GMOs--this time 2,4-D (since Roundup Ready GMOs has created too many RoundUp Ready weeds, among other problems) "Ready". 2,4-D was a constituent of Agent Orange. Not sure who'll pay for funding the research, unless the EU will. Agent Orange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kids in rural areas, depending on what kind of "rural" area, can be exposed to a number of toxins, in the air, soil & drinking water. Not generally thought to promote health, even EPA is allowed to state that. Children Are at Greater Risks from Pesticide Exposure | Pesticides | US EPA

JP wrote:

According to the 2014 survey, a major kitchen remodeling might cost $54,909, but add just $40,732 to a home's resale value

Having a kitchen that's nicer to cook in doesn't matter/have value, right? Because no one who matters, cooks. Or cans, or . . . uses a kitchen for any food-related activities.

bearly wrote:

Wouldn't want the current golf-pro/rockstar absentee president interfere with anything

Presidential Vacations

No doubt cutting brush, riding & falling off of a bicycle is so much more productive. Snark

Wilberforce wrote:

you know what they say about men with big wallets...

Just another reason to end gender wage disparity.

Yoringe wrote:

Outsourcing comes back with a Vomit! Snark

Just one more downside of trying to maintain an empire.

bearly wrote:

We're not going way back in there" factors.

US has a growing military "presence" in Africa, particularly Nigeria, so if Ebola continues to spread, it will affect some Americans very directly (or more then have already been affected). Given what's been happening in Nigeria, et al, number of US military & military "contractors" has probably increased since 2012, when this exchange occurred: The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa | Nick Turse

Or there are US citizens in Djibouti, Nigeria, CAR, Democratic Republic of Congo, and (according to the DoD) periodically in Botswana and Kenya, Uganda, south Sudan. And probably elsewhere by now.

- NY Times

"There have been more than 4,300 cases and 2,300 deaths over the past six months. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that, by early October, there may be thousands of new cases per week in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time."

sdtfs wrote:

My wife says there are a couple of brush fires that just sprung up recently in SoCal,

there was a small grass fire in the (small) town I live in, and in Corvallis: Earlier story: Firefighters battle fast-moving blaze near Timberhill; evacuation order lifted

thought to be human caused (not necessarily arson is my guess, just stupid/oblivious to dryness of the area) Timberhill fire was human caused

Usually it's not so dry that fires start & spread so easily in this part of western OR. It's like we're in CA.

Tourists aren't going away either. Sad

dilbert dogbert wrote:

Stay Away It Is Too Hot.

It sounds too hot to me but then, so does 80. Been in the 80's into 90's in Willamette Valley, close to 3 weeks of 90's in Eugene, southern end of the WV. Weather's been setting records.

Prediction is for good wine harvest, despite lack of water. Lots of fires this year, including a couple near the coast.

Needs to rain fairly soon--and for awhile---or there won't be enough water in the rivers/creeks for the salmon to reach their spawning areas.

BBC News - HSBC settles mortgage case with US regulators for $550m

"The British bank HSBC will pay $550m (£338m) to US regulators to settle claims that it mis-sold mortgage-related bonds between 2005 - 2007 to US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It is the 16th bank to reach an agreement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) over the issue.

Royal Bank of Scotland and Nomura have yet to settle their cases."

High of 80 yesterday (w/dry wind out of the east in am--unusual), upper 70's today. Reached 90 last week. Very dry, grass fire in town. Not supposed to get that hot or dry here and this is hottest driest in at least 20 years. On Oregon coast.

KidPsych wrote:

Build schools, hospitals, Starbucks, etc

Is that going to be the extremely low quality/fall apart before it's finished or soon after "building" of Iraq and Africa?
Tomgram: Nick Turse, American Monuments to Failure in Africa? | TomDispatch

"In fact, the U.S. military spent billions of taxpayer dollars in both Afghanistan and Iraq on nation-building infrastructural efforts of all sorts, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction repeatedly reported on the failures, disasters, and boondoggles that resulted. In 2012, for instance, that auditor found that, of the $10.6 billion in Afghan funding it examined, $7 billion was “potentially wasted.” And this has never ended. In 2014, it typically reported that “some 285 buildings, including barracks, medical clinics, and even fire stations built by the Army [in Afghanistan] are lined with substandard spray insulation so prone to ignition that they don't meet international building codes.”

As of this year, more U.S. and NATO money had been “squandered” on the “reconstruction” of Afghanistan than was spent on the full post-World War-II Marshall Plan to put a devastated Europe back on its feet. And how has all that spending turned out? One thing is certain: those torrents of money helped create a devastating economy of corruption. As for reconstruction, the Inspector General found mainly “poor planning, shoddy construction, mechanical failures, and inadequate oversight.”

Mary wrote:

all Anglo-Saxon imperial adventures in genocide.

Probably some Celts participated too.

Mary wrote:

Early on, the comparison to the more modern settler states of South Africa and Israel is made.

Not Australia? Or Canada?

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

A coup here, limited invasion there ... the occasional scud bombing. Republican or Democratic administration ... didn't matter.

That's not how I remember Vietnam, or the activities in Laos. That was a mess, a defeat, and the US (elite/military) doesn't seem to have learned much from it in the long run. Similar mistakes in Iraq (and in deciding to invade, the occupation, etc.)

BBC News - Home Depot admits hack attack dates back to April

How surprising that corporations hide breaches, thus potentially increasing the risk of identity theft to their customers.

extinction rates are up too BBC News - Growing threat to American birds, says report

Humans are so smart they can't figure out how to live w/killing many other species.

fudge_hend wrote:

FAR = Floor Area Ratio

Roughly, If you use a smaller footprint for the tower you can go higher. i.e. the smaller the footprint of the building on the block (meaning the tower portion) the higher you can go. But you can also transfer FAR from one site to another in some cases or from historic sites to non-historic etc...

Interesting, thanks for the explanation.

fudge_hend wrote:

FAR what are FAR credits?

Koch messed up Manhattan by selling off air & light rights to developers. There were supposed to be some trades (public could use the AT & T glass lobby) but there's a huge shortage of places to sit/be outside in the city (other then Central Park). People are so desperate that on a sunny day (unless it's really cold) you have to pick your way up the steps to the Met, there are people sitting everywhere (some tourists, some not).

I hope PDX doesn't do the same. Maybe w/the kind of setbacks you're talking about the loss of air & light & feeling of some space won't be quite so bad.

fudge_hend wrote:

If its been several years then you probably wouldn't recognize a lot of areas as there has been a crap ton of 4 over 2 buildings shot up around the outskirts of downtown.

It's been several years since I visited the Hawthorne district but I was in downtown PDX for 4-5 days in May. Changed alot since the 1990's, for sure. Seems more like NY (Manhattan), at least in downtown/area around the Amtrak station & Powell's, maybe NY in the late 80's/early 90's. (some parts).

In May, I spent the night at a friend's place, a houseboat in the Sellwood area, near the amusement park. Great view and quiet when there are no water skiiers, only scullers/rowers, kayakers & a few sailboats.

fudge_hend wrote:

People in NW/pearl areas are complaining about the potential changes in the zoning height limits for the area

Higher then what, 7 or 8 stories? That'll make the streets pretty tunnel like, at least in the Pearl district.

yuan wrote:

And NIMBY home loaners are howling as their twee white residential neighborhoods are being urbanized.

Isn't there an apartment development like that in the Hawthorne district, i.e., on Hawthorne? I remember going back there several years ago and thinking it was a poor architectural fit. It's not like there aren't already apartments in that area, but their design fits in better w/existing structures.

Outsider wrote:

How much is a motor home payment?

Average cost of late model (2013 to 2015) Class A RV in western OR: RV Price Checker |

average is about $169,000, highest: 902,000. No sales tax in OR. Class B or C probably less.

I don't think Walmart provides water or sewer hookups, so unless you found a free source for both, you'd pay for that. In some towns/cities, it's illegal (zoning) for people to stay overnight or longer in Walmart parking lots. Sometimes strictly enforced, sometimes not. If there are RV camps, etc., around, then they'll push for a no overnight parking ordinance because they don't want the competition.

Rickkk wrote:

The main problem is that fewer homes are being built than at any time since 1960."

"While the economic impact of waning demand for new homes can't be denied, it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health of the overall housing market.

Maybe part of the problem is that the houses are ever larger: "The new-home market’s shift to pricier homes resulted last year in the average newly built home getting larger still, with more including trappings of affluence such as four or more bedrooms and three-car garages." The U.S. Goes From Big to Still Bigger on the New Home Front - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Not much point unless people are planning on renting out rooms to help pay the mortgage.

Belmont wrote:

Here we don't fret about Ruskies turning off the gas.

Nope, just have to worry about fracking poisoning water supplies. And if some of US ports start shipping LNG, does that mean if the EU needs more gas, that prices will go up in the US because the EU will look to buy gas from the US if Russia won't?

"Labor force participation remains subdued, although the Fed increasing views that as a structural issue."

If so, then why does the Fed say that it has a UE goal? Or is including reducing UE rates just something the Fed has to say, when it's really only concerned w/making sure the TBTF banks do ok?

bearly wrote:

Winning hearts and minds of primitive people that hate us doesn't work?

Iraqis are not a "primitive" people. They're more "primitive" now, now that the US has driven out so many Iraqi professionals, members of the middle class, traumatized many other people, tortured, etc., almost destroyed some cities and what was left of the infrastructure after years of sanctions.

Example: "Fallujah suffered extensive damage to residences, mosques, city services, and businesses. The city, once referred to as the "City of Mosques", had over 200 pre-battle mosques of which 60 or so were destroyed in the fighting. Many of these mosques had been used as arms caches and weapon strongpoints by Islamist forces. Of the roughly 50,000 buildings in Fallujah, between 7,000 and 10,000 were estimated to have been destroyed in the offensive and from half to two-thirds of the remaining buildings had notable damage.[39][40]"

"Reconstruction progressed slowly and mainly consisted of clearing rubble from heavily-damaged areas and reestablishing basic utilities. Only 10% of the pre-offensive inhabitants had returned as of mid-January, and only 30% as of the end of March 2005.[43]"

Result: "Nevertheless the battle proved to be less than the decisive engagement that the U.S. military had hoped for. Some of the nonlocal insurgents were believed to have fled before the military assault along with Zarqawi, leaving mostly local militants behind. Subsequent U.S. military operations against insurgent positions were ineffective at drawing out insurgents into another open battle, and by September 2006 the situation had deteriorated to the point that the Al-Anbar province that contained Fallujah was reported to be in total insurgent control by the U.S. Marine Corps , with the exception of only pacified Fallujah, but now with an insurgent-plagued Ramadi.[44][45]" Second Battle of Fallujah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

doesn't seem like bombing does the trick either, certainly didn't in Vietnam.

keeps the MIC humming along cheerfully though and seems to thrill Congressional & Executive branch neocons & chickenhawks too