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Indian, Pacific Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming | NASA

"Previous attempts to explain the global surface temperature cooling trend have relied more heavily on climate model results or a combination of modeling and observations, which may be better at simulating long-term impacts over many decades and centuries. This study relied on observations, which are better for showing shorter-term changes over 10 to 20 years. In shorter time spans, natural variations such as the recent slowdown in global surface temperature trends can have larger regional impacts on climate than human-caused warming."

Interesting short article w/maps.

Rajesh quoted an article that wrote:


My mother, a friend and who knows how many other people have had their MDs(cardiologists, internists) say, lets try stopping that BP med and see how it goes. Ditto statins. Seems there might be a shift in thinking re: the absolute need to keep BP & total cholesterol levels below a certain level. I think w/cholesterol more importance might be placed on the ratio. I've seen a few articles suggesting a less rigid approach is better treatment.

If enough MDs adopt that approach, it's no wonder BigPharma's inventories have increased.

KidPsych wrote:

The women were arguing inside the Beech Grove, Ind. store around 10 p.m. Thursday when words turned to blows, prompting one woman to jump off her motorized scooter and knock her opponent into a nearby shampoo aisle.

Kinda gives one the impression that alot of TV & consumerism doesn't provide much in the way of training/skills in mediation or other non-violent conflict resolution.

sdtfs wrote:

Are you thinking about moving to Florida? Aren't you about as far away from there as you can get in the contiguous states?

No. Yes. Don't think I'd like the climate, although I think northern FL is not quite as hot & humid as the rest of FL. Even PDX & the Willamette valley had temps in the 90's last weekend & again today, but probably not as humid as even LI gets.

Thought it was an interesting op article, partly because a friend of a friend has bought some residential RE there in the last couple of years, as an investment.

"Today's mortgage rates are closer to 4 percent and have been for years, a bargain price for home loans I never expected to see in my lifetime.

But cheap mortgages are not stemming the tide. Homeownership peaked in Florida in 2005-2006 at 72.4 percent of the population. It has been heading south ever since, falling under 63 percent in late 2014.

That's a lower homeownership rate than this state has seen in at least 30 years." As Florida homeownership declines, 'American dream' starts to fade | Tampa Bay Times

Study: Some for-profit hospitals charging 10 times Medicare rates | Tampa Bay Times
"Of the seven area hospitals that made the list of 50, five are run by Hospital Corp. of America: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill; St. Petersburg General Hospital; South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center; Brandon Regional Hospital; and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point."

"The study comes amid criticism of public hospitals by Florida Gov. Rick Scott,a former CEO of a for-profit hospital chain. He recently suggested that all hospitals receiving taxpayer funds should agree to share profits as the state prepares to lose hundreds of millions of federal funds that help hospitals that treat Medicaid and uninsured patients.

Scott, a Republican, has been locked in a showdown with the Obama administration for allegedly withholding those so-called Low Income Pool hospital funds because Florida won't expand its Medicaid program.

Some hospitals officials say they would be forced to shut down or cut services without those federal funds, but the governor contends the hospitals are in better financial shape than they claim and has circulated hospital finance data. "

dilbert dogbert wrote:

Floridoh! Man!!! After Duval charter school closes, many ask: Where's the money? |

Jeb Bush says privatization of everything, including schools, works very well.

Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms
| Reuters

" Expand access to online classes and charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed, sometimes for profit."

Blackhalo wrote:

I know guys making 60K + a year, that fall into this category. They do have nice new cars though.

Years ago, before the Wall St. J. let alot of its good writers go (even before Murdoch bought it), it ran a series on how people who were earning well had gotten into financial difficulties. My favorite was one guy who said he'd just bought everything he wanted, put in on one card or another. Eventually he discovered he'd somehow way overspent his income-surprise!

Rob Dawg wrote:

Bush was subjected to some pretty serious negative spin.

which one? As far as Bush II is concerned, I thought it was extremely convenient for Bush II that the nation no longer needed a special prosecutor when he took office. Always wondered what interesting financial "irregularities" might've been turned up. But of course a GOP prez wouldn't expect to be subjected to those a Dem prez was, at least, not when it's a Bush.

Rank has its privileges after all. Snark

bearly wrote:

He's a curmudgeon.

Even assuming that's an accurate assessment, how would that disqualify him?

bearly wrote:

Say goodbye to Hope & Change.

not yet. Bernie Sanders

Blackhalo wrote:

So, pretty much the same job with more pay and less responsibility.

Chertoff Group

sm_landlord wrote:

they already canned the acting director

Now he can join the private sector, get on a few corporate boards and help sell useless stuff to the TSA and DoD.

vtcodger wrote:

US undercover agents able to smuggle weapons and explosives through 95pc of airports - Telegraph

Im shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

Seems like I read a similar article every year and then there's the smuggling operations going on via baggage handlers/other airline employees and passengers. Feds Bust Alleged Delta Airlines Gun-Smuggling Ring - ABC News it would cut into airline profits to institute adequate security procedures for employees.

JP wrote:

do not fully grasp that corporate governance has nothing to do with democracy

Excessive enrichment of upper management isn't an essential part of corporate governance either, even if Dimon believes it is. Who is going to correct that excess then if shareholders can't?

JP wrote:

He just called attention to the pay-advisors, and inadvertently made them more prominent. (We're having this discussion here, right?) That gives them more power, not less.

True. Although because I am a shareholder & read part (I don't manage it all usually) of the informational stuff re: compensation packages, sent out by the corporations it's something I've thought about. There are shareholder groups out there too, that try to get propositions passed, etc., sometimes regarding upper exec compensation. I think every time, the Board's recommended voting against them.

There was one proposition that would've required one Board member to be chosen by a certain percentage of share holder votes, that I liked, i.e., CEO, et al didn't control nomination of that Board member. Won't pass, I'm sure.

Blackhalo wrote:

Fiorina had a fight at HP for the Compaq acquisition...

So that's one . . .

Antipodes wrote:

Well, then, Dimon should have no worries.

I don't think he does. I've read of boards revising compensation (usually bonuses, I think) occasionally when a substantial majority of shareholders votes against the proposed compensation rules.

I think Dimon's ego was piqued. It's an interesting perspective on how he thinks, apparently he thinks shareholders should feel grateful he's the CEO and not question the decisions of a probably pretty captured board. Be interesting to know how much say he's had in board nominations in the past ten years.

Antipodes wrote:

Voting shareholders have rights.

I'm a shareholder, I have the "right" to participate in advisory only votes w/a few exceptions. Four publicly held corporations. It's only because of the reforms that I even get to actually vote against board nominations. Used to be there were only two choices: vote for or "withhold" my vote. Only "advisory" votes on compensation. No binding power.

I think in the UK shareholders may have more power.

No doubt shareholders who own above a certain % of shares may have some real power.

Antipodes wrote:

The Board is more than just an advisory committee...

How many corporate boards in the US go/have gone against the CEO? Particularly if/when the CEO is chairperson of the Board? In compensation matters?

JP wrote:

He's bitching because people are outsourcing their pay-decisions to better-informed third parties. When Jamie does it, it's good delegation. When shareholders do it, it's laziness. GMAFB.

As long as he's got the board in his pocket(s), doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Unless the shareholder vote is more then just advisory. The article doesn't say, but I think usually, in the US, the votes are only "advisory."

Another reason by CEOs shouldn't be on their own corporation's board (especially not chairperson, which quite a few of them are,or have any influence over board member choice in publicly held corporations.

edit to add: shareholders could do a massive sell off but doubt if that will happen.

"'FAST TRACK' BILL WOULD QUASH TRAVEL PLANS FOR TAX DEBTORS: If the Senate's "fast track" trade bill ever gets enacted, there will be no foreign vacations for those who owe more than $50,000 in back taxes. Pro's Brian Faler reports that the trade measure the Senate passed over the weekend included language that would allow the government to cancel the passports of those indebted to the IRS. "The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, has said seizing passports is one way to reduce the roughly $450 billion in owed taxes that go unpaid every year. Those issued passports in 2008 owed almost $6 billion in overdue taxes, the agency said, with almost 60 percent of those debts outstanding for more
than three years." From today's transportation newsletter. Didn't try to verify. If this is an accurate statement sure seems like the TPP is about way more then patent protection.

bearly wrote:

How else can the strip clubs be riffraff free unless the cover charge is sufficiently high to keep them out.

What kind of gated community gives its help enough time off to GO to a strip club? I guess it's you who hasn't been in a truly exclusive gated community.

Paradigm Lost wrote:

All I needz is Dr. Oz's secret potion and a bootstrap made of pink ribbons, and I'm ready to go.

"The idiom dates at least to 1834, when it appeared in the Workingman's Advocate: "It is conjectured that Mr. Murphee will now be enabled to hand himself over the Cumberland river or a barn yard fence by the straps of his boots."[4] In 1860 it appeared in a comment on metaphysical philosophy: "The attempt of the mind to analyze itself [is] an effort analogous to one who would lift himself by his own bootstraps."[5] Bootstrap as a metaphor, meaning to better oneself by one's own unaided efforts, was in use in 1922.[6] This metaphor spawned additional metaphors for a series of self-sustaining processes that proceed without external help.[7]

What's old is new again. Bootstrapping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Other stuff in the 1830's: those Native Americans sure weren't thinking "right." America's Best History - U.S. History Timeline: The

bearly wrote:

If you include strip clubs with $1000 cover to keep the riffraff out.

If the strip club's located w/in the gated community, you don't have to bother w/a high cover charge. Unless some within the gated community think others in the gated community are riffraff. Which means the gate community isn't working as planned.

Rob Dawg wrote:

but wouldn't the most private places also avoid being listed as cities?

I thought there was no privacy in Googleworld/land of intertubes? So they're listed because they've been seen by the all seeing Goog. Or didn't pay enough to get blanked out.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Even the SF Supervisors are getting worried: 

Appropriate some of the bigger houses in SF, partition them into 500' apartments, and there's your affordable housing. Urban renewal that deprives the wealthy rather then the poor & lower middle classes of their housing.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Ever stop to think the most private cities in the world would never make a list?

Are they actually cities? What's the definition of a city?

Paradigm Lost wrote:

Greece's Hellinikon is mentioned, along with many others. As the story mentioned, it's a global phenomenon.

What is the most private city in the world? | Cities | The Guardian

Article doesn't mention if there's been complete privatization, i.e., gated communities provide their own firefighting services, and have their own hospitals, medical clinics, schools, etc. Who pays for the roads that go to and from the gated communities unless all food, clothing, etc., is flown in? Where does the helicopter used for commuting land? Sounds more like parasites.

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