October 1, 2016

Saturday Open Thread: African Americans In Winter Sports

Welcome to the weekend POU!

Vonetta Flowers (born Vonetta Jeffery on October 29, 1973 in  Helena, Alabama) is an American bobsledder and athlete. Flowers was a star sprinter and long  jumper at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and originally aspired to make the U.S. Summer Olympic Team. After several failed attempts, Flowers turned to bobsledding, and found success as a brakewoman almost immediately. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, she, along with driver Jill Bakken, won the gold medal in the two-woman event, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. After the Salt Lake City Games, Flowers gave birth to twins and took some time off from the sport. In 2003, she returned to competition with new driver Jean Prahm. Flowers and Prahm competed in the 2006 Winter Olumpics in Turin, finishing sixth.

Flowers also won the two-woman event at the 2004 FIBT World Championships in Konigssee. She retired from competition after the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In December 2010, she was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. She was to be inducted as a member of the Class of 2011 in May.

The current U.S. women’s bobsled team diversity reflects her legacy.

“It’s pretty cool we’re talking about how diverse the team is,” 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Elana Meyers said recently while training at the test event for the 2014 Games outside Sochi. “We all started from Flowers. That’s when most women started hearing about it, from Vonetta, with all the hype centered around her incredible accomplishment. Starting out there and following in her footsteps is pretty cool.”

The 2012-13 World Cup team has seven black athletes: drivers Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator, plus brakemen Tianna Madison Bartoletta (a London 2012 gold medalist in the 4×100), Lolo Jones (a two-time Olympic hurdler), Aja Evans, Cherrelle Garrett and Maureen Ajoku. There are also two African-Americans on the men’s bobsled team.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. I`m feeling so much better today. So I just read Carney ignored Ed Henry, heehee. Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

    PS I actually got up thinking today was Sunday

    • qosine

      Good Morning, cc.
      Sounds like you’ve got your cold on the run:)

      • crazycanuck

        yup, I still have a little sniffle, so I`ll keep taking the ez and other stuff to the end of the week. At least that is what my sister said I should do.

    • Jay didn’t even pay him any mind.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc, glad you’re feeling better.

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, cc!

  • Guns3000

    Good morning…..if you want to be entertained Star Parker is on Washington Journal regurgitating Tea Party talking points.

    • jziglar

      I really can’t stand black people like her. Supporting the tea party after all the racist rhetoric and policies.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Guns3000. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – — – -Eeeeewwwww! – –A DEFINITE —TRAITOR!! –Soooo USELESS! —Wonder HOW da —TEA-PUNKS – — -helped her! /SNARK!! — –
      Good 2 C U Guns3000. :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning guns3000.

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Guns!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    Obama makes the Tea Party cry (uncle)
    Friday, October 11, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:24 PM

    How do you know that a bully is losing? When the bully accuses you of being a big meanie because you dared to stand up to them. The Tea Party came to Washington with one purpose in mind: to destroy Barack Obama and his presidency. But now that they have gone up against the president and lost again, and again, and again, they have sat down on the floor, spread their feet, swelled their lips, and begun to cry (uncle). The National Journal’s Billy House reports:

    “The difference is, I don’t think his predecessors have antagonized the other side,” says Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., who was president of the tea-party-packed House Republican freshman class last session.

    “Bill Clinton did not intentionally antagonize Republicans,” Scott said. “And I think that most of those [earlier] presidents would have welcomed the opportunity to negotiate. And if they’re right on their points, then certainly they’d want to negotiate.”

    Wuaaa! The big black man took my candy! Evidently, asking members of Congress to do their job and pay the check on bills they have themselves run up and to keep the government open is “antagonizing” them. But if we must talk about antagonizing, let’s hold a mirror up to the Tea Party, shall we? Tell, Congressman, if you recognize any of the following images:

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/obama-makes-tea-party-cry.html

  • rikyrah

    As GOP cries uncle, Obama refuses to bail them out
    Friday, October 11, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 3:31 PM

    As the Republican plan to deprive Americans of health care by holding the government’s operations hostage and threatening default has fallen apart in the face of withering public backlash and the strength of a president who has refused to pay ransom for Congress doing its job, some Republicans are still holding out hope that the same president who they hoped to destroy will bail them out from their own quagmire and save their face. Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    Senior Republican sources say Obama is amenable to changes to mandatory and discretionary spending, but needs Republicans to commit to increasing governmental revenue.

    In the mean time, Jay Carney has re-iterated that the president will not pay a ransom simply to reopen government and pay America’s bills.

    What does all this mean? The best I can tell, the president is exactly in the same position he has always been in: Republicans need to end the shutdown, stop threatening default, and then the normal process of budget negotiations can resume. Once it does resume after the GOP ends the crisis they inflicted on America, the framework, as far as the president is concerned, need to include both long term budget savings and increased taxes from those who can afford it.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/as-gop-cries-uncle-obama-refuses-to.html

  • rikyrah

    Abandoning attempts at persuasion, Republicans simply shut down the voters they can’t win over
    Posted by Kay at 8:59 am
    Oct 122013

    We talked about this last week:

    With court action over the state’s proof-of-citizenship voting law looming, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is laying groundwork for a system that would allow some voters to vote in all elections while others could only vote for Congress and presidential tickets.

    Arizona joins Kansas in creating two classes of voters:

    The states are using an opening left in June by the United States Supreme Court when it said that the power of Congress over federal elections was paramount but did not rule on proof of citizenship in state elections. Such proof was required under Arizona’s Proposition 200, which passed in 2004 and is one of the weapons in the border state’s arsenal of laws enacted in its battle against illegal immigration.
    The two states are also jointly suing the federal Election Assistance Commission, arguing that it should change the federal voter registration form for their states to include state citizenship requirements. While the agency has previously denied such requests, the justices said the states could try again and seek judicial review of those decisions.
    The two-tiered system — deemed costly, cumbersome and prone to confusion by many of its opponents, as well as election officials in both states — threatens to derail an effort by Democrats and their allies to increase voter registration and turnout among Latinos and the poor, part of a push by the party to pick up local offices and seats in the states’ legislatures, where policies have been largely dictated by Republicans in recent years.
    Matt Roberts, spokesman for the Arizona secretary of state, Ken Bennett — who, like Mr. Horne, is a Republican — said the small numbers do nothing to lessen the challenge of adding another ballot to a system already full of them, each based on variants like party affiliation, voting precinct, and legislative and Congressional districts.
    “We have a hard enough time already to get people to go to the right voting place,” Mr. Roberts said. “The last thing any poll worker wants is to have to tell someone who might be voting for the first time why they can’t vote for governor.” He said Mr. Bennett supports requiring proof of citizenship but wants it for all elections.

    Sowing chaos and confusion is part of the playbook for any robust voter suppression effort. We can also expect actual incompetence in election administration to play a role, as we saw in Pennsylvania last cycle where the GOP effort to administer the new rules they rushed in was such an absolute mess a court stepped in and halted the whole thing.

    This effort to suppress Latino votes is both a short-term and a long-term strategy for conservatives because ethnic and racial minorities gain political power by winning state and (especially) local elections and developing a “bench” of candidates and a loyal local base of voters. These efforts will stop them before they get started on the path to national office.

    Also, I’d just like to reiterate that Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas and the person behind this, is not a fringe figure on the Right. He was Moderate Mitt Romney’s advisor (although Romney denied it) and he’s in the absolute mainstream of the modern GOP. He’s also a regular on the conservative media grifter circuit.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/10/12/abandoning-attempts-at-persuasion-republicans-simply-shut-down-the-voters-they-cant-win-over/

  • rikyrah

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    The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to Scapegoat the Tea Party
    Friday, October 11, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 8:03 PM

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    Republicans in the House and the Senate are mad. At each other. They’re not talking to each other. Senate Republicans are fed up with the House GOP’s Tea Party strategy (ironically pushed by one of their own) and want the crazy caucus to pipe down. The crazy caucus, i.e. the House GOP, is aware that a complete surrender is the only option, but they don’t want to believe it. How bad is the lovers’ quarrel? It’s bad:

    Each of the conferences is charting its own course to end the saga and evade a debt limit crisis on Oct. 17. But after two weeks of intraparty turmoil, neither side seems to trust the other about what the way out should look like.

    The lines are so crossed that GOP senators asked President Barack Obama during a White House meeting on Friday to fill them in on the House plan, senators attending the meeting said. They simply hadn’t seen it.

    The battle lines are drawn. What looks like a intraparty fight between the two legislative chambers is in reality the first salvo of the Republican establishment against the Tea Party Frankenstein they have themselves created. The House GOP caucus is completely under Tea Party control; the Senate GOP is far less so, primarily because candidates who have to claim that they are “not witches” or talk about “Second Amendment remedies” have a tough time getting elected statewide in states not named Texas.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/10/the-vast-right-wing-conspiracy-to-take.html

  • rikyrah

    Is It Safe for a Black Male to Dial 911?
    Watch this: In “Cuz He’s Black,” a 4-year-old black boy in fear for his life learns to hide from police.

    By: Javon L. Johnson, Ph.D. | Posted: October 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    We were reminded again yesterday that in America, color may still matter as much as character when you’re black and male and you have an encounter with police. And we ask this question: When is coincidence more than coincidence? As The Root reported on Tuesday, Jack Lamar Roberson of Waycross, Ga., somehow died while in police custody after his fiancee called 911 for help, saying that Roberson was suicidal.

    In September, Jonathan Ferrell staggered away from a crushing car crash, only to be gunned down by North Carolina police officers who didn’t recognize him as a victim but who saw him as a threat. We hear stories from our friends and loved ones who tell us they would be afraid to call 911 if they needed help. They must calculate what might occur when the blue light shows up.

    So we are left to wonder, how is a black man supposed to seek the emergency assistance he might deserve when he is seen as a predator, an ominous figure or a criminal?

    Then we remembered the story told by Javon Johnson in his brilliant poem “Cuz He’s Black.” It’s about the chilling conversation Johnson had with his 4-year-old nephew and the little boy’s fear of police. Watch the video below. Then read what Johnson has to say about what he learned when his video went viral.

    http://www.theroot.com/views/it-safe-black-male-dial-911

    • Alma98

      GLH put this up last week and I made the mistake of reading the comments.

    • qosine

      “Its about how poor Black boys are treated as problems, well before we’re treated as people.”

      http://www.theroot.com/views/i

  • rikyrah

    Obamacare is a Triumph for African-Americans

    by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Sep 28

    The verdict was in even before the first enrollee inked their signature October 1 on a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. The law is an unmitigated triumph for the millions of uninsured in America. The triumph is even greater for African-Americans. The checklist of pluses is well known. More than 7 million African-Americans will now have access to a health plan, there will be subsidies for low income persons to offset the costs, a half million children will be covered under their parent’s plans, millions of dollars will be allocated for research and testing, the establishment of more than 1000 new health care facilities in many rural and urban communities, the National Health Service Corps workforce will be tripled and more than 4 million elderly and disabled African-Americans covered under Medicare will have no cost access to health care preventive services. The triumph is even greater because of the grim figures on the health care crisis that has been a national disgrace for so long for African-Americans

    The dismal figures have repeatedly told why. Blacks make up a wildly disproportionate number of the estimated 50 million Americans with absolutely no access to affordable or any health care. The majority of black uninsured are far more likely than the one in four whites who are uninsured to experience problems getting treatment at a hospital or clinic. This has had devastating health and public policy consequences. According to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, blacks are far more likely than whites to suffer higher rates of catastrophic illness and disease, and are much less likely to obtain basic drugs, tests, preventive screenings and surgeries. They are more likely to recover slower from illness, and they die much younger.

    Studies have found that when blacks do receive treatment, the care they receive is more likely to be substandard to that of whites. Reports indicate that even when blacks are enrolled in high quality health plans, the racial gap in the care and quality of medical treatment still remains low. Meanwhile, private insurers have routinely cherry picked the healthiest and most financially secure patients in order to bloat profits and hold down costs. American medical providers spend twice as much per patient than providers in countries with universal health care, and they provide lower quality for the grossly inflated dollars. Patients pay more in higher insurance premiums, co-payments, fees and other hidden health costs.

    It’s been a perfect storm mix of politics, race, and ignorance and fear that has driven the GOP’s mania to dump Obamacare. It’s included every slander, lie, and false flag, countless votes and threats to defund the Act and a crude attempt at blackmail to shut down the whole government over it. The politics is the
    claim that this is big government intrusiveness since it allegedly whipsawed Americans into buying insurance and that it was too costly, too overburdening on businesses, and supposedly too unpopular with a majority of Americans.

    The race part is two-fold. One it was proposed by President Obama, and anything, that’s any program or initiative that’s been proposed by him by him for every moment of the five years he’s been in the White House has been the trigger for GOP knee jerk opposition. The other part is the great fear of GOP health care reform opponents and the health care industry lobby which includes private insurers, and for a time pharmaceuticals and major medical practitioners was that they’d have to treat millions of uninsured, unprofitable, largely unhealthy blacks. That would be a direct threat to their massive profits. The pharmaceuticals eventually dropped their opposition only after getting assurances that they would not have to cut costs of drugs to make way for more generics and drug competition from Canada and that the millions of newly insured recipients will be drug purchasers.

    http://thehutchinsonreportnews.com/m/blogpost?id=6296329%3ABlogPost%3A80199

  • rikyrah

    Why So Many People Believe Blacks Are America’s Racists
    Posted: 07/07/2013 12:24 pm

    …………………………

    It matters little that every objective study and survey for the past two decades has consistently shown the gaping racial disparities in health care, education spending, the criminal justice system, employment, the wealth gap, and poverty between blacks and whites has either stagnated or widened. Or that blacks are still largely the invisible men and women in executive management spots at the Fortune 500 corporations. It matters even less that the textbook definition of racism explicitly means not just an individual’s thinking or expressing racially skewed bias and animus toward another group, but having the actual power to exert control and dominance through the mechanisms of law, public policy, and economic dominance over that group. This is the defining point between an individual’s personal prejudices, and there are few individuals who don’t harbor some personal prejudice toward another group, and having the actual power to exercise that prejudice against another group that is deliberately missed or distorted in the futile exercise of trying to say who is a racist and what makes them a racist.

    The entrenched notion, however, is that if you’re black, poor, uneducated, or locked in a prison cell, don’t blame social, political or economic iniquities, in short, don’t scream race — blame yourself. This does two things: it provides social and psychic comfort to those individuals who think that they’re bigotry-free, and can finger point blacks as eternal racial crybabies who love to scream racism at every slight or failure. They also pound civil rights leaders for eternally playing the race card on every supposedly imagined or trumped up racial malfeasance.

    But the far more insidious thing than accusing blacks of being America’s top bigots is that it makes it much easier to ignore or outright assail laws, statutes, policies and initiatives that were hard fought over to put on the books to protect rights and eliminate discrimination. This ploy was on full display in the Supreme Court debate over the key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that for decades mandated Justice Department approval to prevent registrars in targeted Southern and Southwestern states from using every tact to damp down black and Hispanic votes. It was on display and in the ancient court and public debate over affirmative action which has long been encased in public thinking, as “reverse discrimination.” The real victims of this supposed discrimination are not blacks, Hispanics or women, but white males. This was amply borne out in a Rasmussen poll in May that found only 25 percent of Americans favored affirmative action as part of college admission policies.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/why-so-many-believe-black_b_3557793.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

  • rikyrah

    Dad Suggests Laporshia Massey’s Death May Have Been A Result Of Philadelphia School Budget Cuts

    If not for Philadelphia School District budget cuts, one father thinks his child may still be alive.

    Daniel Burch said his daughter, 12-year-old Laporshia Massey, died from asthma complications on Sept. 25, according to local Fox outlet WTXF-TV. While Massey, a sixth-grader at Bryant Elementary School, began to feel sick earlier that day, she did not have the option of visiting a school nurse.

    As a result of district budget cuts, the school can only afford to have a nurse on Thursdays and Fridays. It was a Wednesday.

    Had a school nurse been available, Burch says, he or she would have recognized the seriousness of the situation and made sure Massey got immediate help. Instead, after spending the day at school, Massey died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that night, he told Philadelphia City Paper.

    This is the second year Bryant Elementary School has not had a full-time school nurse, the outlet reports.

    Budget cuts over the course of the past few years have left Philadelphia schools starved for support. Over the summer, the district closed 24 schools and laid off 3,783 employees, although fewer than half of those employees have since been re-hired. Schools are currently operating with bigger class sizes but a bare minimum of staff and support.

    Now, Massey’s death has become a rallying point for leaders who believe that Philadelphia schools have become dangerous for children.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/11/laporshia-massey-death-philadelphia-schools_n_4086314.html?ir=Black+Voices&ref=topbar

    • qosine

      Another national standard that needs to apply – a school nurse
      in every school. Children change so fast, with so many different conditions, that medical assistance, along with
      nutrition (thanks First Lady Michelle!) needs a permanent home on site.

      • Aquagranny911

        Agreed! I have 3 grandchildren with asthma & I have asthma myself. I know the dangers.

    • isonprize

      Rikyrah,

      I posted this story when it hit the news. The blood of this beautiful 12 year old girl is on the hands of the Supt. of School Dr. Hite (previously Supt in Prince George’s County, MD), Philadelphia Mayor Nutter, but most especially PA Governor Tom “Cut it” Corbett.

      Hite is a “Broad Academy” trained supt and had his office make the statement that it wasn’t the district’s fault because Laporshia didn’t die in the school.

      Nutter has sold his soul to the devil. He campaigned as the education mayor, but has not fought one inch for city schools nor, most importantly, has he supported a statewide fair funding formula.

      Tom Corbett is withholding $45 million dollars from the School District of Philadelphia in an effort to extort even more salary concessions from the Phila Federation of Teachers.

      CHILDREN ARE DYING. and these bastards don’t care.

      • Aquagranny911

        I could scream! Schools here do not allow kiddos to keep their inhalers, Epipens or other meds. They have to go to the school nurse if they have need.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ – – -Another WINNER!! :>) — -THANK U Miranda. Have learned –soo much. :>)

    — – —☻Ms. FLOWERS —FLOWERS :>) – –
    – – – — — -☺MULTI-TALENTED: — Flowers was a star sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama-Birmingham

    — — — – — — -+A FIRST –At the 2002 Winter Olympics, she, along with driver Jill Bakken, won the gold medal in the two-woman event, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.— -Woo! Hoo! :>)
    ———- – – -+HONORED: -:>) — –In December 2010, she was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

    – – -Sooo PROUD of U♥ :>) – –

    —☻ENJOY YOUR TREAT♥ –B BLESSED 2-day.♥ — –

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! Blessings to you.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Alma98. – — -***BIG HUG* :>)- –

        Annnd –BLESSINGS 2 U♥/Daughter♥ – -as she finds her way –2 “new beginnings♥–:>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    MIranda♥ – –UPDATE on this SAD INCIDENT — –

    – – – –Parents of Georgia teen who was found dead in rolled-up gym mat want answers

    ——-Kenneth Johnson never believed.
    When his son, Kendrick, was found with his body headfirst in a rolled-up gym mat at Lowndes County High School in south Georgia, authorities offered their take on what happened: The 17-year-old had been reaching for his sneaker when he got caught up in it, then suffocated to death. In other words, it was all a tragic accident.

    “When he came up this cockamamie story of how they found Kendrick,” the late student’s father said Friday of the local sheriff, “… right there, from the beginning, we had no reason to trust them at all.

    “Because they didn’t show us justice.”

    Ten months after burying their son, the Johnson family says that’s all they’re looking for — justice. Not to declare his case closed, as the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office did after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy found that Kendrick died of position asphyxia.
    THERE IS MORE — — PRAYIN’ 4 JUSTICE. AMEN

    • qosine

      This case needs further investigation. I don’t blame the parents one bit here. They need to know for sure.

      • Aquagranny911

        Co-sign! This whole thing seemed bogus to me when I first read about it. IMO, this is murder, not an accident. Whoever did this may not have intended Kendrick to die but this was no accident. Someone wrapped the boy in that mat.

        • BarbinAtlSouth

          And someone decided not to do a full investigation. And somebody decided to get rid of the organs and somebody decided to treat someone’s son like… like he didn’t matter.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – — -***BIG fist bump*** —-
        The gruesome details of the preparation of the body —-cause an exhumation 4 further “investigation.”
        How devastating is THAT 2 the family! – —
        -Ohhh how we PRAY 4 them. AMEN.

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – — Lookin’ FORWARD -:>) —

    — —New Henry Louis Gates Jr project documents 500 years of black history

    —-Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his collaborator Dr. Donald Yacovone have exciting findings for African-American history buffs in his new book and six-part PBS documentary entitled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

    Surprising finds
    Both the book and the documentary cover African-American history fromthe 1500s to present day. That 1500s starting point is in itself a newrevelation for most people. “Many of us were told that black history inthis country began in 1619 when 20 Africans arrived in Jamestown, but ablack conquistador Juan Garrido actually came to what is now the UnitedStates in the early 1500s,” said Gates in an exclusive interview with theGrio.

    “Our black conquistador, a free black man, is all new information for
    most people. That was an amazing find. The first slaves, who were also pre-Jamestown, didn’t arrive until about 20 years after Garrido. I
    wanted to show the complexity of the black experience in the New
    World.“ Garrido led a life full of Caribbean adventures, including
    joining in conquests alongside Juan Ponce de León.

    THERE IS MORE – —
    [Gotta “bounce” –2 an ACA COMMUNITY EVENT. —Woo! Hoo! –C YA -as soon as♥. . . B BLESSED♥] —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-From MR. PRESIDENT: – —

    — –Weekly Address: Let’s Get Back to the Work of the American People

    ——In this week’s address, President Obama discussed his meetings with members of Congress of both parties and the ongoing effort to reopen the government and remove the danger of default from our economy. The President urged Congress to pass a budget, put people back to work, and end this shutdown. In his message, the President also called for paying our bills, and preventing an economic shutdown.

    – – –WORLD annnd WORLD CLASS LEADER!♥ —

  • qosine

    This Bulletin lays out the upgrades clearly and handy to pass on.
    POU Trustees: I posted the whole message, but if I can only cite 3 paragraphs, I’ll snip it.
    ..
    Working hard to help you get covered
    Health Insurance Marketplace sent this bulletin at 10/12/2013 10:52 AM EDT

    Get Marketplace plan and price information in your area

    Every day we hear from people like you who are excited to apply for coverage and compare plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. We’re listening to your feedback and are working hard to continue making improvements to our website, so you can get the coverage you need.

    Many of you have asked to see what is available in your area before you create an account and apply for coverage. We’ve heard you and this week, we launched a new tool that makes it easy to see the health and dental plans that are available where you live.

    1, First, use this calculator to find out if you qualify for lower costs on coverage.
    2. After you calculate your savings, try our new tool to preview Marketplace plans and prices.
    3. The prices shown on this tool don’t reflect the lower costs most people may qualify for based on household size and income.
    4. Households with yearly incomes up to about $46,000 for individuals or$94,000 for a family of 4 may qualify.

    Final price quotes based on your individual circumstances are available only after you complete a Marketplace application. If you need help with your application, you can contact the 24/7 call center.

    You have time to apply, compare plans, and enroll

    Remember you have until December 15 to sign up for health coverage that will start January 1, 2014. And you’ve got 170 days left to get covered – the Open Enrollment period runs until March 31, 2014.

    http://content-dc2.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMSHIM/bulletins/8f601f

  • qosine

    Go Vonetta Flowers! I love to watch the sport of bobsledding.
    All those fast turns on ice!

    • Alma98

      Morning qosine!

      • qosine

        Good Morning, Alma!

  • Alma98

    Morning all, I hope everyone has a great weekend.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      Have a good weekend

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah! You have a fabulous one too!

    • qosine

      Hey, Good Afternoon, Alma. Beautiful colors.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine, thanks.

    • Aquagranny911

      Beautiful sun today! I hope you have a great weekend too. I plan to rest. It has been a busy week.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon AG!
        I plan on visiting mom and lazing around the house.
        We’re having a rainy weekend it’s storming right now.

    • GreenLadyHere

      —-Ohhh –Alma98 —–HOW SERENELY – – -LOVELY :>) – –***BIG HUG*** :>)– —

      —THANK U 4 our —DAILY JOY:>) — –

      • Alma98

        Evening GLH, (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – —We really used the SUN 2-day. – – –2 DRY up all the rain. :>) –Thanks. :>)

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Afternoon POU.

    It’s a beautiful day here – I should get out in the sunshine, don’t know if I’m going to actually do it though.

    • Alma98

      Morning Barb!

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        ::waving::

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Barb!
      It’s beautiful weather, too, here in TN.

      • crazycanuck

        and here, lovely weather

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola! Enjoy your day! It is beautiful here as well, finally cooling. We expanded the garden to feed more people just in case. We had a bed we planned to leave fallow this season but decided to plant it anyway because if this shutdown doesn’t stop soon we will be knowing a lot of hungry people.

      May the goatfiggers get boils on their sorry asses!

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    International Monetary Fund strongly suggests countries tax the rich to fix deficit

    Tax the rich and better target the multinationals: The IMF has set
    off shockwaves this week in Washington by suggesting countries fight budget deficits by raising taxes. Tucked inside a report on public debt, the new tack was mostly eclipsed by worries about the US budget crisis, but did not escape the notice of experts and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

    “We had to read it twice to be sure we had really understood it,”
    said Nicolas Mombrial, the head of Oxfam in Washington. “It’s rare that IMF proposals are so surprising.”

    [….] In the US alone, legal loopholes deprive the Treasury of roughly $60 billion in receipts, the global lender said. The 188-nation IMF said that it did not want to enter into a debate on whether the rich should pay more taxes. But, it said: “The chance to review international tax architecture seems to come about once a century; the fundamental issues should not be ducked.”

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/11/international-monetary-fund-strongly-suggests-countries-tax-the-rich-to-fix-deficit/

    H/T Agence France-Presse

    • Aquagranny911

      Tax those goatfiggers! Hardly any would miss a million or two. Too many live like kings while children around the world go hungry!

  • sagittarius

    Morning, Fam!

    Have a fabulous day!

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi! You have a great one too!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Alma!

        • Alma98

          Hey!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, sag!

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, rikyrah!

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, sagittarius!

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, qosine!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Sag! I’m trying my best to do just that. I sent my Nephew off to his Mama this AM after packing him a lunch & putting gas in his jeep. My casa is peaceful once again, lol.

      • sagittarius

        Hola, AG!

        Spoken like a true Aunt. One time after a visit, my late Aunt Toni sent me home from New York with a picnic lunch of fried chicken and pound cake. I stopped at a rest stop in Ohio on the way home and feasted.

        A little background: actually, Aunt Toni was my cousin, but because her only sibling never married or procreated, she had no nieces/nephews. She and my Great-Aunt Irma were first cousins who were as close as sisters, and Aunt Irma asked me to call her Aunt Toni.

        • Aquagranny911

          Great story! I’ve had those road side feasts myself over the years from various relatives. No need to explain kinship to me. I call the children of my cousins, nieces & nephews all the time & they call me “Tia”. Even some of my close friends children call me “Auntie.” It saves complications & it really is all about love after all.

          Familia, no matter how it connects is life’s greatest blessing & sometimes (irritating, but that is another story,lol!)

          • sagittarius

            It saves complications & it really is all about love after all.

            So true, AG!

    • GreenLadyHere

      – — Hello sagittarius♥ — –Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED!– –PRAYIN’ 4 U/Family. :>)

      • sagittarius

        Hi, GLH **BIG HUG**

        Good to see you! Thanks for the prayers!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sagittarius – – -My pleasure. :>)

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…

    Orr gets $350M loan to pay off Detroit debt, improve services

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr said Friday the city has secured a $350 million loan that will be used to pay off a pension related-debt and finance improvement of government services while the city is in bankruptcy.

    Orr said the city is securing the financing from Barclays with income and casino tax revenues as well as cash proceeds from “any potential
    monetization of City assets that exceeds $10 million,” according to a
    news release. Under the terms of the secured loan, there’s “no requirement” that the city sell assets, Orr spokesman Bill Nowling said.[…]

    Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131011/METRO01/310110111/1486/metro08/Orr-gets-350M-loan-pay-off-Detroit-debt-improve-services

    H/T Chad Livengood

  • creolechild

    The Best Cheap and Probably Legal Way to Watch Every NFL Game Online

    [….] Launched in May by 26-year-old Richard Probst, the website
    offers subscribers the ability to mask their browsers’ location by
    rerouting the embedded geographical identifier through a server
    somewhere else in the world. Turn on the region-unlocking service
    through a simple Web interface—Adfreetime has designed these as on/off buttons, like light switches—and it will appear as if a user in, say, Iowa is actually signing on from Ireland.[….]

    [….] For $1.99 per month, Adfreetime allows users to access the Netflix streaming libraries in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, or Canada with a simple click. [….] Adfreetime and such rivals as Unblock-us.com, which charges $4.99 per month for a similar region-switching service, have made it easy and remarkably cheap to get access to all kinds of streaming video.

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-11/the-cheap-way-to-watch-every-nfl-nba-nhl-game-online#r=nav-r-story

    H/T Aaron Rutkoff

  • creolechild

    L.A. Times won’t publish climate-denier letters

    [….] Last week, in discussing the fight over Obamacare, the Times’ letters editor mentioned in passing that the newspaper doesn’t publish letters to the editor that claim there’s no evidence of human-caused climate change:

    Regular readers of The Times’ Opinion pages will know that, among the few letters published over the last week that have blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown (a preponderance faulted House Republicans), none made the argument about Congress exempting itself from Obamacare. Why? Simply put, this objection to the president’s healthcare law is based on a falsehood, and letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there’s no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed.[….]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/l-a-times-wont-publish-climate-denier-letters/

    H/T John Uton

    • jds09

      Maybe we are slowly getting back to true journalism. The 4th estates obligation to not knowingly publishing lies. Refreshing.

  • creolechild

    To Help During Shutdown, Man Mows Lawn Around Lincoln Memorial (NEW Video)

    A guy from South Carolina who wanted to keep the Washington monuments clean during the DC government shutdown was seen mowing the lawn around the Lincoln Memorial yesterday. Reporters later interviewed the South Carolina man named Chris Cox, who bought an old lawn mower at a thrift store and hit the National Mall carrying a large flag and trash bags to empty the overflowing bins.

    He told the Washington Post, “The building behind me serves as a moral compass, not only for our country but for the world. And over my dead body are we going to find trash pouring out of these trash cans,” he said. “At the end of the day,we are the stewards of these buildings that are memorials.”

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/usa/usa/to-help-during-shutdown-sc-man-mows-memorial-lawn.html

    H/T GNN

    • qosine

      Maybe this will quiet Mayor Grey and Delegate Norton.

  • rikyrah

    At Howard, abrupt resignation reassures few

    By Clinton Yates
    October 3 at 12:02 pm

    On a sunny fall day following Howard University’s abrupt leadership change, much of the campus was still in the dark. While students, faculty and staff members discussed school President Sidney Ribeau’s announcement that he would retire in December, the blackout on specifics made matters worse: Had he been forced out? What was the real reason? And will this really change the core problems facing the school?

    Indeed, Ribeau’s Tuesday afternoon e-mail sent to the school community announcing his departure, was vague at best, confusing at worst. And for many on campus, that lack of transparency and honest discussion of the school’s problems is illustrative of “The Mecca”‘s current struggles.

    “My main thought was, ‘Why?’ I feel like we as a campus didn’t get a clear reason why he did that,” Tyler Brown, a junior from Atlanta said. ”Him being our president, I felt like we should have gotten that.”

    Howard’s history of student disgruntlement is nothing new. But for many students, life at the school has become a tricky balance between maintaining the morale it takes to succeed academically and facing the real-life issues that come with an unresponsive higher-ups.

    “The administration, when you go to the A-building, there’s nothing anybody can do for you,” Ayanna McIntosh, a senior from New York, said, referring to the school’s administration building. “They always send you to somebody else who sends you to somebody else, and it’s a goose chase until you finally say, okay, I don’t want to do this anymore.” Dining at The Cafe, which overlooks McMillian Reservoir, she added: “Howard students love Howard. Administration is the problem, not the morale of the school. That’s it.”

    There’s also the tricky issue of faculty. A few chose not to speak on the record about the situation, out of concern that their positions or programs could be compromised if their comments were seen as negative. That alone is a major red flag: Educators who are reasonably critical of their leadership should be taken seriously, considering they are the ones tasked with the teaching. If they feel threatened, it’s unhealthy for the campus culture.

    Privately, some will tell you that Ribeau was just the latest fall guy for a regime that can’t get its act together and has acted in shadowy self-interest as to not put at risk the federal appropriation the school receives, which is upwards of $200 million.

    “I was shocked, I was surprised,” said one university contractor who asked that his name not be used. He found out after calling a co-worker on personal business, who told him about Ribeau. “I’m hoping some good things happen next. Who the hell ever knows,” he said.

    One who has no problems speaking out is Gregory Jenkins, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Last month, he started a Change.org petition, calling for “open, honest answers from the Administration and [Board of Trustees] about the short and long-term future of the MECCA,” but not specifically the ouster of Ribeau. On Sept. 12, it had received 250 signatures. Last week, at the Opening Convocation, a protest was held. Demonstrators held signs reading: “BOT [Board of Trustees]: Do you really care?” and “Transparency, accountability and responsibility.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2013/10/03/at-howard-abrupt-resignation-reassures-few/?tid=auto_complete

  • rikyrah

    About crooked Governor Transvaginal Ultrasound of Virginia

    ……………….

    Star Scientific chief thought McDonnell was helping firm get state funding

    By Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig, Published: October 11 E-mail the writers

    A wealthy political donor has told federal prosecutors that he believed that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was helping his company get state research funding at the same time the executive was providing McDonnell’s family with gifts and money, according to two people familiar with the donor’s account.

    E-mails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act also show that researchers and scientists working with the company thought that McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, wanted the company to receive the funding from the state’s tobacco commission. The researchers were in communication with Star Scientific Inc. officials during the same months that Chief Executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. said he believed McDonnell was helping, the e-mails show.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/star-scientific-chief-believed-mcdonnell-was-helping-firm-get-funding/2013/10/11/852709dc-2d2e-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html?tid=pm_local_pop

  • rikyrah

    A Black Man’s Role in American Revolution
    Image of the Week: A painting conveys the true extent of the African-American contribution to the cause of freedom.

    By: Image of the Black in Western Art Archive | Posted: September 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    This image is part of a weekly series that The Root is presenting in conjunction with the Image of the Black in Western Art Archive at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

    This striking pair of figures presents one aspect of the role of the black man in the American Revolution. Though painted as an independent work, the oil sketch reproduces only a fraction of a much larger painting of the famous Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on June 17, 1775. It was made by John Trumbull, son of the governor of Connecticut and an aide to George Washington.

    After resigning from the Continental Army, he studied painting in Great Britain with the American expatriate painter Benjamin West. He soon decided to devote his career to documenting the history of the Revolution in pictures, eight of which were to depict the major battles of the war. The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill was painted in London between late 1785 and early 1786.

    In the finished work, Lt. Thomas Grosvenor, the dashing young American officer seen here, stands to the far right. Beside him, a black man holds a musket. Both figures look toward the culmination of the action in the center of the scene. Gen. Joseph Warren, leader of the Revolutionary forces, has just been shot. In the middle ground nearby, British Maj. John Pitcairn, mortally wounded, falls into the arms of his son

    http://www.theroot.com/views/black-mans-role-american-revolution

  • rikyrah

    A New Showcase for Art From the Diaspora
    The Gallery of African Art is helping to reshape London’s Eurocentric art scene.

    By: Lindsay Johns | Posted: August 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Cork Street in Mayfair, nestling just behind Savile Row and the sartorial panache of its world-famous bespoke tailors, is without a doubt one of London’s most salubrious streets, internationally renowned for its plethora of opulent, high-end art galleries. Thankfully it now has a most welcome recent addition — one that goes a long way toward adding a much-needed touch of color to an otherwise somewhat monochromatic street canvas.

    The Gallery of African Art, the brainchild of owner and director Bendu Cooper, opened last month and is now currently hosting its official launch exhibition, “WordPlay,” by the Ethiopian artist Wosene Worke Kosrof.

    A most refreshing and timely complement to the slightly tedious Eurocentric hegemony that has traditionally governed the London art market, the Gallery of African Art — which aims to showcase the best art from the continent and, equally important, the Diaspora — is already making a name for itself with this superbly engaging and subtly provocative show.

    Wosene’s paintings — liberally made up of his native Amharic script, some black and white, others imbued with gorgeously sensual orange, red and yellow hues — are a powerful and (albeit at times) challenging visual experience, but one that is thought-provoking and ultimately deeply rewarding on many levels.

    Unashamedly rejoicing in the visual beauty of the Amharic script, his paintings connote a clear fascination with languages, their aesthetic potential and the conscious act of cultural translation. “WordPlay” implies that language is a medium of communication but also a tool of immense po

    http://www.theroot.com/views/new-showcase-art-diaspora

  • creolechild

    Why the Firehose of Government Payments Can’t Easily Be Turned Off

    [….] It was the very first question asked in President Obama’s long press conference on Tuesday, and the very first question asked of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew at this morning’s Senate hearing.[….]
    The government, Lew explained, writes “roughly 80 million checks a
    month” through automated systems that were “not designed to be turned off selectively.”

    Those systems are housed in the Treasury Department’s Financial Management Service, which processes most payments from the government to individuals and businesses. That includes payments for Social Security, veterans, tax refunds, and pensions. During the 2011 fiscal year, the office distributed “more than one billion federal payments to more than 100 million people and valued at more than $2.4 trillion,” according to the department.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-10/why-firehose-of-government-payments-cant-be-easily-turned-off#r=nav-fs

    H/T Karen Weise

    • qosine

      Great info, creolechild.

    • Aquagranny911

      We got our social security deposits this week for October. Don’t know about November but we will be okay. We live cheap, don’t have any debt but the mortgage (low interest VA loan) We figure to last through Christmas before real pain sets in.

      My predictions are usually horrible but I think this whole piece of caca will be over in a few days. I am hedging my bets by praying to Jesus, La Madre & every Santo I know!

      Too many people are already hurting after barely 10 days.

  • creolechild

    Former N.J. pharma execs ordered to give up insider trading profits after guilty pleas

    [….] Four of those criminally charged, including Lazorchak, pleaded guilty on Monday. They are slated to be sentenced in January.To settle a parallel SEC civil proceeding, Lazorchak was ordered to disgorge illegal trading profits and pay prejudgment interest totaling more than $71,000. His co-defendant, Mark Cupo, former director of financial reporting at Sanofi-Aventis, was ordered to pay nearly $72,500 in disgorgement and prejudgment interest.

    A third man, Mark Foldy, a former marketing executive with medical device maker Stryker Corp., was ordered to pay more than $25,000 in disgorgement and prejudgment interest.

    According to the terms of their settlements, the men face fines
    ranging from nearly $10,800 to $32,900 if they don’t abide by the
    cooperation agreements they signed with the SEC in October 2012, a month before they were arrested, court documents show.[….]

    Read more: http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/10/former_nj_pharma_execs_ordered.html

    H/T Ed Beeson

    • goldenstar

      PBO’s DOJ and SEC are making such great strides for all Americans.

  • rikyrah

    Up Late with Alec Baldwin | October 11, 2013
    DeBlasio opens up to Baldwin
    New York City mayoral candidate Bill Deblasio joins Alec Baldwin to discuss the experience of growing up in a “broken home” and how it affects his policy positions.

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-late-with-alec-baldwin/53260205/

    • isonprize

      I like this guy, and not ‘just because’ he married a black woman.

    • qosine

      I really liked this clip. I think Bill DeBlasio will make a
      great mayor of and for New York. What a remarkable
      change from years of Giuliani and Bloomberg. I love
      hearing about those 3 hours after school, catching
      kids between 6th and 7th grade — such a critical time.
      Baldwin’s low key tone is a welcome surprise.
      I’m tuning in next week.

  • rikyrah

    The Last Days of the GOP We could be witnessing the death throes of the Republican Party

    BY JOHN B. JUDIS

    I once wrote about lobbying, and this week I called some Republicans I used to talk to (and some that they recommended I talk to) about the effect the shutdown is having on the Republican Party in Washington. The response I got was fear of Republican decline and loathing of the Tea Party: One lobbyist and former Hill staffer lamented the “fall of the national party,” another the rise of “suburban revolutionaries,” and another of “people alienated from business, from everything.” There is a growing fear among Washington Republicans that the party, which has lost two national elections in a row, is headed for history’s dustbin. And I believe that they are right to worry.

    The battle over the shutdown has highlighted the cracks and fissures within the party. The party’s leadership has begun to lose control of its members in Congress. The party’s base has become increasingly shrill and is almost as dissatisfied with the Republican leadership in Washington as it is with President Obama. New conservative groups have echoed, and taken advantage of, this sentiment by targeting Republicans identified with the leadership for defeat. And a growing group of Republican politicians, who owe their election to these groups, has carried the battle into the halls of Congress. That is spelling doom for the Republican coalition that has kept the party afloat for the last two decades.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115134/gop-death-watch-final-days-republican-party

  • creolechild

    Ooops!

    Judge Says Deadbeat Dad Who Was Declared Dead Must Stay ‘Dead’

    [….] After years of searching for him, in a futile quest to get child
    support, his ex-wife, Robin Miller, went to court to have Donald Miller
    declared dead.[….] The ruling allowed Ms. Miller to collect her ex-husband’s Social Security benefits for the support of her children.[….] On Monday, Judge Davis was confronted by a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ vision. Sixty-one year-old Donald Miller materialized in his courtroom, asking for his identity back.

    [….]During the hearing, Miller blamed alcoholism for his problems, but he also acknowledged that he had neither sought treatment nor tried to contact his children in the intervening years. The biggest problem with his request is that, according to Ohio law, he only had three years to contest the ruling that he was ‘dead’. The statute of limitations passed many years ago. Judge Davis said: Even though you’re sitting here in my courtroom, I see you, you’re alive, you seem to be in good health, the law restricts me from reversing the prior finding of death.[….]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/12/judge-deadbeat-dad-must-stay-dead/

    H/T Deborah Montesano

    • qosine

      “Judge Declares Deadbeat Dad Zombie”

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! Serves him right!

    • Admiral_Komack

      “He’s dead, Jim.”

      • Alma98

        LOL!

      • Aquagranny911

        I love it when you do that! I’m such a Trekkie.

  • creolechild

    New Arizona Solar Plant Uses Salt To Keep Producing Electricity When The Sun Goes Down

    The 280 megawatt (MW) Solana solar plant just came online in Arizona, with one unique distinction: for the first time in the U.S., the plant will use a ‘salt battery’ that will allow it to keep generating electricity even when the sun isn’t shining.[….]

    APS has already purchased all of the electricity Solana will produce,
    which, according to Triple Pundit, will be the equivalent of 70,000
    households. And APS said that with the addition of Solana, it will
    increase its solar energy portfolio by nearly 50 percent and “will have 750 megawatts of solar power on its system by the end of 2013, enough to serve 185,000 Arizona customers.”

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/09/2756771/arizona-solar-plant-salt/

    H/T Kiley Kroh and Triple Pundit

    • qosine

      This is cool — a salt battery. New to me:)
      Hey, AG, maybe some savings coming your way?

      • Alma98

        Assault & Battery LOL! Sorry I couldn’t resist, I’m silly today. LOL

        • qosine

          LMAO!!! You’re so silly and great:)

          • Alma98

            LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      WooHoo! I knew all about this because we have been contributing to the solar fund by donating $3. extra on our bill each month. We are “solar partners” so we get constant up dates on what is happening.

  • creolechild

    Another win for Jack Hoffman: Cancer in remission

    Eight-year-old Husker fan Jack Hoffman’s pediatric brain cancer is in remission, the family learned this week. An MRI revealed that 60 weeks of chemotherapy treatments not only stopped his tumor from growing but also shrank it. The Atkinson, Neb., boy captured the hearts of Husker Nation after befriending former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead in 2011.

    This year he garnered national attention after his 69-yard touchdown run during the Husker spring game. Video of the play went viral online. The run earned Jack an ESPY award, and he met President Barack Obama. Andy Hoffman said Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” about his son’s prognosis.[….]

    Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20131004/LIVEWELL01/131009303/

    H/T Katy Healey

  • creolechild

    Tell me again why Jamie Dimon is still chairman of JPMorgan

    [….] According to the bank’s third-quarter financial results, released Friday morning, its litigation expenses of more than $9 billion (pretax) more than wiped out its third-quarter profits — and then some. The bank booked a loss of $380 million. In the year-earlier quarter it made a profit of $5.7 billion. More hits from legal and regulatory problems are coming. Federal regulators are seeking a settlement over JPM’s misdeeds in the mortgage market that could be as high as $11 billion.

    The bank’s 2012 annual report listed legal exposure in no fewer than 19 categories, including the mortgage mess, alleged manipulation of international interest rates, involvement in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, an allegedly fraudulent bond deal involving the city of Milan, Italy, and Morgan’s manipulation of the California electricity market, which I’ve documented here and here.

    And that’s not even counting the $6 billion the bank lost in poorly
    supervised trading in its London office, the so called “London whale” debacle. The bank last month agreed to pay nearly $1 billion in regulatory fines in connection with the episode, which Dimon dismissed when it first surfaced as “a complete tempest in a teapot.”[…]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-dimon-20131011,0,3276812.story

    H/T Michael Hiltzik

  • creolechild

    Elves at work: Boeing retirees give back

    It’s still a few months until Christmas, but a group of Boeing retirees is already busy in their workshop – building toys as they’ve been doing for more than 30 years. They get together three days a week at Boeing’s Gresham facility. The goal is, each year, to finish what organizer Kelly Broomall starts – the building of wooden toys to give away. They’ll make about a thousand toys this year.

    However, this year could be the last. Broomall said his workforce of elves isn’t what it used to be. “Our ranks are dwindling, our back end is not filling up,” said Broomall, who started this Santa’s Workshop in 1980. “When we originally started out we had about 45 guys and we’re down now to maybe 12, 15 people. And it’s just too much.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.koin.com/news/elves-at-work-boeing-retirees-give-back

    H/T Tim Becker

  • creolechild

    Walbridge to donate any restitution cash from Kilpatrick racketeering scandal

    A construction company caught up in Kwame Kilpatrick’s racketeering scandal which has staked a claim to millions in restitution that could be awarded by a federal judge says Friday it would donate any cash to the community. “Our request for restitution is simply to vindicate our name,” Walbridge spokesman Terry Merritt said.

    The announcement came hours after The News reported that the construction company wants as much as $5 million in restitution because the firm and prosecutors say Walbridge was victimized by a criminal enterprise headed by Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson.[….]

    Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131011/METRO01/310110096/1486/metro08/Walbridge-donate-any-restitution-cash-from-Kilpatrick-racketeering-scandal

    H/T Robert Snell

  • Alma98

    They took off the Style channel and replaced it with the Esquire channel. Which should be called the hipster channel because that’s what it is.

    • sagittarius

      I still get the Cooking Channel on Directv here in Chicago… cause it’s on in the living room now! (Mom is watching it… or more accurately, it’s watching her since she’s taking a nap!)

      • Alma98

        I’m sorry sagi I meant to say the Style Network.

    • Miranda

      🙁

      • Alma98

        LOL

    • I am NOT happy about that. >:-(

      I also miss The Wedding Channel. I need my Platinum Weddings fix!

      • Alma98

        LOL

  • sagittarius

    Fam, evidently there is a problem affecting EBT cards in 17 states today. Many states reporting cards are invalidated. Some reports attribute it to a computer shutdown, or computer upgrade with the vendor. I think its due to the shutdown.

    • Aquagranny911

      This is terrible! So many people depend on SNAP to feed their families, including a lot of furloughed gov employees. They better get this fixed pronto & people back to work or things will get ugly.

    • creolechild

      Could Twitter be used as a way to ask that donations be made to local food pantries? If enough people participated, it might mean a world of difference to these families until things are back on track.

      • sagittarius

        That’s a great idea!

      • sagittarius

        Tweets made!

      • Aquagranny911

        Great idea!

    • Admiral_Komack

      EBT Card Problems Caused by Technical Issue

      Problems with EBT cards across the country are not related to government funding but instead a technical issue at the company that powers the system.

      NBC10 received dozens of calls from both customers and store owners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that access cards are not working.

      But the problem is not only in our area. Customers all over the country have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the system.

      http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Problems-With-EBT-Systems–227518221.html

      • Aquagranny911

        Admiral, something about this clip really bothered me. Couldn’t that TV station find some white people to film or interview about this situation?

        We know it’s a fact that more white people are using SNAP than minorities but then the media does this.