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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
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About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

Journal Archives

I KNEW there was something about Rubio I did not like

Students Across the Nation are Planning Something Unprecedented to End Student Debt Forever

An ambitious group of young activists have decided to organize the first nationwide protest for free college tuition on November 12th, and they’re calling it the #MillionStudentMarch. They have already been endorsed by Noam Chomsky and have three concrete demands:

1: Tuition-free public college

2. Cancellation of all student debt

3. A $15 minimum wage for all campus workers

"Fixing the student debt crisis won’t start from within the broken two-party system, it will start in the streets,” said organizer Elan Axelbank.
And he’s right — as a result of protests, students around the world have successfully fought for affordable higher education.
After tens of thousands of students took to the streets to demand a rollback of a 75 percent tuition hike, the government relented, and tuition in Quebec remains the lowest in North America.
Chile’s student movement not only took over the streets, but got its leaders elected to parliament. Now, Chile is rolling out free college for its most vulnerable populations, and funding it by raising corporate taxes.

#MillionStudentMarch was introduced only one month ago, and there are already 36 declared actions in 33 cities. A list of local actions is available on the main #MSM website, and if you don’t see one at your college or city, organize one! Organizers stress that you don’t need to be a student to participate in the Million Student March, you only need to support the demands. Anyone can sign up to create a march on StudentMarch.org and RSVP to the national Facebook event page.


Here is what the Sec. Service leaking info on Rep. Jason Chaffetz is all about:

This prying began after a contentious March 24 House hearing at which Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for its series of security gaffes and misconduct. The hearing sparked anger inside the agency.

The Chaffetz file, contained in the restricted database, had been peeked at by about 45 Secret Service agents, some of whom shared it with their colleagues in March and April,

Secret Service has been an agency of screw ups for a long time, the Director, Clancy, has been trying to clean it up, and he hired Assistant Director Edward Lowery
in attempt to clean up the agency,
turns out that Lowery was the one who oversaw and started the attack on Chaffetz!

Not only was Chaffetz's info openly passed around the agency, Lowery decided some "dirt" needed to be released, so they leaked he had once applied for a
Sec. Ser. position.

Excellent reporting of incident here:


This incident is one of many many showing the Secret Service is out of control and inept.

Cruz has a Canadian birth certificate. How can he run for Prez.?

The Constitution says only a "native born" person can run.

What am I missing...

PSA: Snowden is on Twitter now!

His profile says:

I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.

and his first Tweet, 23 minutes ago, is:

Can you hear me now?


Check out the Google for today!!!! n/t

China Is Betting Its Energy Future On This Tiny, Foreign City

The maps are what really brings this subject to the fore.

According to Clarmond House, the most important foreign city - the one which China is making the center of its largest offshore infrastructure project - is the tiny port of Gwadar (population 85,000) which Pakistan purchased from Oman in 1958 for $1 million, and which has become the critical hub of China's future energy policy.

China, the world’s largest oil importer, gets the majority of this oil from the Persian Gulf. Just look the world map and consider the journey of an oil tanker to reach Shanghai, only for the oil to then arrive in western China! The journey by sea is 16,000 miles, takes 2-3 months and passes through the Straits of Malacca, which is an area rife with piracy and which could also be shut down by anti-Chinese interests.

Now reconsider Gwadar. It sits just outside the Straits of Hormuz directly in the line of all shipping routes out of the Gulf and, in geographic terms, there is only Pakistan to cross before you reach western China. So China is making Gwadar the centre of one of its largest infrastructure projects in the world.

Over the next 5 years China will invest approximately $46 billion not only in Gwadar port but also in building the China-Pakistan corridor. This latter development is a massive project that will link Gwadar to Kashgar in western China, a distance of over 2,400 kilometres, all of it through Pakistan. The build will include new rail, road, and pipeline infrastructure. It will not only facilitate imports into China but also their exports into the gulf region; it binds Pakistan to its northern neighbour.


Has anyone posted this pic here before? Cause it makes perfect sense to me

Bye bye Jindal???

Iowa political insiders say Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon give up on his presidential bid, Politico reports.

"He's become desperate," an Iowa Republican told the website. "He's taken to attacking Trump (we know how that worked out for Perry and Walker) and has nothing going on here in Iowa."

Another insider said Jindal had too much competition on "the hard inside right lane." In the last year in Louisiana, the governor has taken a strict conservative stance on taxes and education.

The race to replace Jindal as governor goes to the polls Oct. 24.


Also says Rand and Pataki are on the way out, most likely.

Today only .....you can get Amazon Prime for $67.00

This is a one-day-only kind of deal: starting Sept. 25 from 12:00 a.m. ET and lasting through 11:59 p.m. PT, new members will pay $67 for their first year of Prime, instead of $99, Amazon announced Tuesday. Though there aren’t more details included on the site right now, we’d presume that the price would return to $99 after that first year of membership is up.


Posted just in case anyone was considering Prime...
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