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by afew Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:17:11 AM EST

Can 2013 be worse than 2012?


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If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:17:47 AM EST
Buffalo calved in the spring; they must have survived the winter, as might we all. 'Schland now has its own wild buffalo, that's my sprit this new year. To you all...



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:09:32 PM EST
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how lovely.  thank you.
by stevesim on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:36:27 PM EST
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Given global warming, it's more a case of "if autumn ends, can spring be far behind ?"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:24:00 PM EST
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As my gran would say, we havnae died a winter yet. I think that's the Scot's version of optimism...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:45:56 PM EST
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Hours from fiscal cliff, still no deal in Congress | Reuters

(Reuters) - Taxes were on track to rise for many Americans this week unless lawmakers could cut a last-minute deal on Monday to avoid the "fiscal cliff," an outcome that seemed unlikely, but still possible.

Financial markets were on edge only hours before the midnight arrival at the long-awaited "cliff," an assortment of $600 billion in tax hikes and broad federal spending cuts on defense and domestic programs that has defied a political solution.

Is this the real End Of The World As We Know It? Was the 21st just a dress rehearsal? Will the fiscal cliff stop you partying?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:31:25 AM EST
All kabuki. DC always has a little charade to go through before the Dems cave and the repugs get what they want

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:24:58 PM EST
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Yup.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:24:40 PM EST
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Look on the bright side ... an all day Dr. Who marathon on BBC America.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:26:28 PM EST
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Please forgive me, y'all, for enjoying Obama's speech just now. I was born in America, after all, and I grasp at every straw that uncomfortably tickles the privileged.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:08:18 PM EST
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Bonne Année!

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:27:04 PM EST
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More specifically:

Importantly, the dividend tax deal will disproportionately help the richest Americans:

    47% of all dividend income is earned by the 3.8% of American households that make more than $200,000 per year (2009 tax data)
    Households that make more than $200,000 collect a total of $70 billion of qualified dividends per year (2009). This tax change will save these households about $14 billion a year vs. the pre-deal tax rates.
    The top 400 highest earning taxpayers collect about $10 billion a year in dividends, or $25 million apiece. This tax change will save these folks a BOATLOAD of money: About $2 billion in total, or an average of about $5 million apiece (2009 data)

In other words, the tax deal that Congress just agreed to will raise $125 billion from increased payroll taxes from all working Americans (poor and middle class alike), while saving the richest Americans at least $20 billion in dividend taxes.



As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:19:51 PM EST
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Cantor, the House Republican Leader, has stated he cannot support the Senate Bill and is planning to attach amendments that the Democratic Senators have stated they do not and will not support.  So the thing is dead.

The 113th Congress will meet January 3 and we'll start the clown show anew.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:52:23 PM EST
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Cantor Dust?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 05:00:12 PM EST
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I don't know if Boehner will be re-elected as Speaker.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:25:24 PM EST
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M'kay.

So the House Republicans has a House Republican Leader in addition to the Speaker of the House that is functioning as a majority leader and blocs minority proposals from ever going to a vote?

This is a bit confusing for me, used to Speakers being non-partisan. So what is the relationship between Cantor and Boehner, does one take orders form the other? Does the Speaker of the House have to step down if they can't deliver a majority on important votes?

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 05:12:54 PM EST
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House Republican Leader is a position within a political party.  

The Speaker of the House is a constitutionally mandated position and is the presiding officer of the House of Representative.  The Speaker is selected by a vote of all sitting Representatives.

Over the last couple of years Cantor has taken much of the effective political power away from the Speaker, mostly because Boehner is an incompetent, a joke, and a drunk.  The Speaker does not have to step down due to ineffectiveness.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:20:16 PM EST
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The Speaker of the House is elected by a vote of the whole house, although they belong to the party that holds the majority.  Then each party separately elects its leader, called the majority or minority leader.

Traditionally, the Speaker is a more powerful position above majority leader.  Given the much-praised discipline of the Republican party, it has been pretty much unthinkable, at least in my lifetime, that a majority leader and caucus would go against the speaker.

What we're witnessing here is unprecedented in modern times - civil war within the party.

Assuming the R caucus is hell bent on overthrowing Boehner and nominating Cantor, it'll be interesting to see if the house as a whole will vote him in or if the schizm will show ruptures throughout the house with the vote split.  I guess these are indeed 'interesting times...'

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:23:44 PM EST
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The 113th House is supposed to elect Speaker on Thursday.  It's going to be interesting to see how it goes and who end's up with the gavel.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:47:07 PM EST
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I just realized that I didn't know how each party's nominating process works and looked it up.  Each party just nominates someone the caucus has agreed to previously.  

So... it could be that Cantor has already secured his party's nomination and we're just seeing the evidence now?  

I honestly don't know exactly how to interpret what I'm seeing. DK is reporting that Boehner is going to vote on amending the bill (effectively killing it) and, if the amendment doesn't pass, bring it to a floor vote.  So maybe THEY don't even know how this power play is going to shake out.

It'll be interesting to see how Thursday goes.  

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 07:00:40 PM EST
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That's the way it usually works.  Usually a sitting Speaker is re-elected.  

Given what's been happening over the last couple of months I wouldn't lay money that's what is going to happen this time 'round.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 07:18:25 PM EST
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Exactly, that's why I'm all wtf about this...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 07:27:54 PM EST
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What may emerge is for the country to get a really good look at Eric Cantor and the Tea Party wing of the GOP. I can only hope that revulsion will follow, at least for independents and what is left of the business and country club wing of the GOP. The best possible development would be a wedge issue that could reveal the extent to which some in the Tea Party wing and more in the rest of the GOP have contempt for much of the agenda of the religious fundamentalist nuts. I seriously doubt that either of the Koch brothers would want their granddaughters, if any, bound by American Taliban views of the role of women in society.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 09:26:46 PM EST
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I seriously doubt that either of the Koch brothers would want their granddaughters, if any, bound by American Taliban views of the role of women in society.

The Koch brothers have fuck-you money. They never have to worry that their granddaughters will be subjected to the same rules as the rest of us.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 10:40:31 PM EST
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Exactly! So they can safely fund the craziest clowns around and pretend they support the clown's favorite programs.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:23:54 AM EST
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In an odd quirk the Constitutional does not mandate the Speaker to be a member of the House.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 10:22:03 PM EST
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I saw that! I didn't know that either.  I've been pondering if that could happen...

So it's looking like it's up for a clean vote. The bill-killing amendmenteers didn't have the votes I guess. So I'm not sure what this means for the Boehner/Cantor power struggle.  I do know that if I don't find the will to turn of c-span soon, I may suffer permanent damage...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 10:38:29 PM EST
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Did you turn it on?

Did you see Mean Jean's last speech?

Did your brain explode?

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 11:47:33 PM EST
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ON! I never turned it off! I saw... I saw... the blood, the pathos, the beauty, the horror... the horror... I need a vacation... (and something to clean the exploded brains off my tv).

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:05:01 AM EST
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This is no way to start the New Year!

(note to people: turn off the MSM)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 03:39:40 AM EST
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Holy Cow the House passed a "Motion to Concur" with the Senate.  Fiscal Cliff is averted.  

Cantor takes one in the eye.  85 GOP Representatives voted for passage, bucking his "leadership."

The Speaker election is REALLY getting interesting.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 11:46:49 PM EST
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Well, the hard part is done now. Most of the Democrats' leverage has been spent to get about a third of the revenue needed to continue even the minimalist sane fiscal policy we have currently seen. Now on to cuts to COLAs for Social Security, restrictions for Medicare, and all of the bloody cuts dear to the 'strangle the beast' mentality of the Tea Party. We will have crises at two month intervals until we puke. The whole way this drama has been presented by MSM is straight out of Bernay's Propaganda, but the groundwork was laid a century ago with the development of the neo-classical economics that is used to justify this madness. Austerity, here we come. Absent a miracle we have just seen the start of the economic death spiral of the USA.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:32:05 AM EST
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Worst of all, we do not even have the public language to properly discuss what is happening. All of the analytic frameworks familiar to the 'literate' public prevent us from seeing what is before our eyes. It will take major changes in public attitude for this to change by the fall of 2014.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:35:29 AM EST
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Can 2013 be worse than 2012?

Yes.

(This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:45:11 AM EST
Aber das Gegenteil auch Wahr ist, oder?

(Dies ist eine weitere Ausgabe von Simple Antworten auf einfache Fragen.)  --  Goggle Transfate version

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:30:30 PM EST
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I like snow for about an hour.  You take a picture of the dog frolicking around, the pretty trees, and then it should all friggin' melt!!!  The romance of the white stuff is gone, water is dripping off the roof to coat the walkway in glare ice, and the dog refuses to go back out. So there...    
by ElaineinNM on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:52:20 AM EST
No, that's about my level of tolerance as well

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:25:37 PM EST
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This is only the fourth 'winter wonderland" year of my life, and I have to admit that I still simply love the stuff, despite a fall on the ice that broke my wrist (more than 2 years ago.) I imagine I'll eventually tire of it, but for now I'm still in love with snow, though in total sympathy with those who've had enough.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:11:18 PM EST
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From central Arkansas down to the heart of Texas snow comes sufficiently infrequently as to be appreciated when it arrives. Ice storms not so much.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:09:38 PM EST
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Yes, Geezer. My mom said they lost some wonderful trees in Little Rock and it breaks my heart. The trees were already drought-weakened, so the ice storm was the last straw.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:18:20 AM EST
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And we only got a dusting. Not even enough fell to hide the leaves on the ground, only enough to coat everything white. Possibly half an inch. The storm went south of us. But we have had an inch of rain over the last few days, including a light rain all day on the 31st. Better late than never.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 09:29:25 PM EST
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We moved from Dallas, TX to Cleveland, OH, when I was 10. At first I was a loyal Texan; then I slowly realized that cold, snowy Winters were wonderful compared to hot, dry Summers.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:47:08 PM EST
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Happy New Year to all of ET - and most other folks, too.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:48:46 PM EST
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When we were in DC, I wanted one grand snowstorm, being a Floridian who's only ever had slight contact with it in Nottingham and at Glacier National Park when I was about 12.

Instead I got three grand snowstorms, one right after another, and had to spend half a day digging our truck out of two and a half feet of very wet snow.  

With a bucket.  Because, hey, it's DC -- it never snows more than a couple inches, so why buy a shovel?

That was just about enough.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 03:03:43 PM EST
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it's the melting part that makes you hate snow. What you want is a good snow, and then a nice big drop in temperature, so that snow can stay around in all its splendor (which includes inconveniencing a lot of our lives, but never mind).

The worst is 2 cm of snow then melting, or the mush you get when temperatures yoyo around zero (32°F for your merkans)

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:29:30 PM EST
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Velletri, 40k from Roma, has an arsenic in the water problem. 60 communities in the Lazio area will be told not to drink or cook with their water in a few days, despite attention and studies dedicated to the problem for the last 11 years.

i just watched an interview with the 'water assessor', some citizens, (none too thrilled), and the environment reporter for rai.

citizen A to water assessor: "i would like a rebate for the water bill this year, since it has been turned off twice, once for 20 days, once for 60."

reporter: "but if you didn't use any water you won't have to pay, right?"

citizen A: " no, the counter rotates when i open the tap, even with no water coming out"

water assessor nods ruefully...

citizens advised to avoid bathing if prone to dermatological problems. they queue to fill 20l. containers from a water truck in the town square. a member of Lega Ambiente comments that it is the side effect of so much construction on the area.

VV italia!  no wonder that confused fatalism is the resultant philosophy so common here.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:12:22 PM EST
Scheiße.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:12:16 PM EST
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I would think that there is an affordable means to filter out enough arsenic for the water to be usable at least for bathing. For relatively small quantities there is this and for whole house applications there is this. I found both of these and others online but cannot vouch for them. The cheapest overall solution would likely be for the water utility to install a large scale system. But...

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:31:08 PM EST
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the old can-do eh?

what if it is the result of 'cementification' as beppe grillo calls it?

you are right. that's what all the palaver was sposed to be about!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 08:19:11 PM EST
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The 'But...' suggested my suspicion that 'can do' is going to meet 'won't do'.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:24:38 PM EST
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Has now reached Times Square. Will this Native flame be a stimulus to all?



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:35:50 PM EST
Domestic Security Alliance Council terrorist file being opened as we speak

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 01:03:13 PM EST
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NDNs are no stranger to war and assassination, for how many centuries?, even up through COINTELPRO. My AIM friends finally buckled under the pressure, but after so much success, that failure is the lesson for this generation.

Believe me when i say this generation of warriors, with the renewed presence of the women who finally remember they always controlled the behind the scenes, will find a way to merge all the different movements now struggling for a voice in the western world. When friends of mine first travelled on Haudenausounne  (Rotinosonee in Mohawk) passports to Europe without problems, me knew it would grow.

It's simple, really.

We all depend on drinking water. Not to mention healthy food. All politics stems from that need. If we feel threatened, if we ARE threatened, you can bet my cousins are already on the case.

If you are on Facecrack, you can ask to be friends with Norman Patrick Brown, Dine, Navajo as other civilizations name his tribe. He knows what it is to fire enough rounds at the FBI 'til his hands burned on the rifle.

He is now a leading filmmaker, his weapon... storytelling. His brother, Goethe.

Canary insels calling must go now.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:42:57 PM EST
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I would ask to friend Norman, but I think I would need an introduction. I don't friend people unless i know them these days and I'd be surprised if Norman was different, especially these days

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 03:32:33 PM EST
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Would be an honor to introduce him to you, or you to him, or however we do it.

Already done. Geh weiter.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:37:31 PM EST
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Already done.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:41:12 PM EST
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thank you, but he doesn't appear to be on FB. Or at least I can't find Norman Patrick Brown, and I'm pretty sure there are far too many Norman browns

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:25:25 PM EST
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ah, got him off your fiend list

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:28:55 PM EST
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Heh... you said "fiend" list. Much more interesting than a friend list, sometimes.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:21:19 AM EST
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interesting how this has really caught on south of the border.  
by stevesim on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 01:12:13 PM EST
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whether folks had noticed this. Yes, and I'm wondering about the broader potential, just as you are.

I'm going to contact my Yakama friends this week to get their reaction. I'll let you know.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:53:26 PM EST
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RaspberryPi for the Time Lapse photography win.



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:01:37 PM EST
Or, for $299....

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 04:55:28 AM EST
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An amazing coming film which uses Dragonframe, wow.



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 11:26:31 AM EST
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According to imdb it was released in 2011.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:05:37 PM EST
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Danke, what do i know? Well, it's still coming to me. Looks amazing.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:47:48 PM EST
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There was an older version when the product was called Dragon Time Lapse or some such. The complex move controls and DC lighting controls have been added in this latest version.

Another new feature - and a very useful one for animators - is the laying of an audio wave form in a vertical time line making it easier to match up action with sound - including lip-synch.

I've toyed with buying this, it would be fun to have a little tabletop production going on.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:14:34 PM EST
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I can hardly think of anything more tedious, dull, and boring than doing animation.

But then I'm never happier than programming for 10 hours a day.  An activity most people find tedious, dull, and boring.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:34:50 PM EST
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So tonight will be my 20th New Year's Eve spent with my darling Heinz. The first was also spent in Europe, though I lived in New Orleans at the time and we were almost 5 months from being married.

I hope everyone can be as happy as we are throughout the new year. Whatever comes, we'll deal with it or go down with it together.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:15:13 PM EST
Happy new year to you and Heinz.

And indeed to everyone on ET. Especially to Katrin, WoB and Heinz for putting up with me on my mad dash around Germany this year

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:46:47 PM EST
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We're wishing we could "put up with" you again, the sooner the better.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:22:27 AM EST
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I think it's a bit cold right now

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:35:30 AM EST
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Wimp... heh.


'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:10:57 PM EST
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Damn right, snow and ice are for huskies and polar bears

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:39:39 PM EST
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Rowwwwrrrr.


'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:09:23 AM EST
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Happy 20th anniversary to you both and many more.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:35:32 PM EST
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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 02:49:52 PM EST
I too would like to thank all my good friends on ET for a challenging and fascinating 2012, and a wish for a more active 2013.

Yer gotta larf, ain't yer?

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:18:03 PM EST
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So tonight at midnight, we Yanks officially go over the "fiscal cliff".  I suspect there will be much politicking at the NYE party tonight.  

May the troll force be with me.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 03:31:08 PM EST
What happens when the party in control of House lacks higher cognitive functions.  Idiots can't even pass a Farm Bill, which is about as controversial as having corn flakes for breakfast.

 

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:05:31 PM EST
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to make it difficult to afford the milk for your corn flakes.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 07:55:33 PM EST
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From Henry Blodget:

By not addressing the payroll tax, the Fiscal Cliff deal will also result in a tax hike for all working Americans, including those in the middle and poor classes. All income up to $110,000 will now be socked with a 2 point increase in the payroll tax, from 4.2% to 6.2%, which will pluck $2,000 out of the pockets of families making $100,000 a year.

Meanwhile, thanks to a deal on dividend taxes, the highest earning Americans have gotten a massive tax cut over the taxes that would have taken effect had a Fiscal Cliff deal not been agreed to.

Dividend taxes for households making more than $450,000 per year will rise from 15% to 20% (plus an additional 3.8% surcharge for Obamacare, to a total of 23.8%). But they won't rise all the way to 39.6%, which they were scheduled to without a Fiscal Cliff deal. Meanwhile, dividend taxes for those earning less than $450,000 a year will remain at 15% (18.8% with the surcharge, for those income between $250,000 and $450,000). So the richest Americans have dodged a big tax bullet.



As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:16:51 PM EST
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Orange - Krugman's take

Well, the CBO estimates cumulative potential GDP over the next decade at $208 trillion.So the difference between what Obama got and what he arguably should have gotten is around 0.1 percent of potential GDP. That's not crucial, to say the least.

And on the principle of the thing, you could say that Democrats held their ground on the essentials -- no cuts in benefits -- while Republicans have just voted for a tax increase for the first time in decades.

I find the modern obsession with the "middle class" to be a cynical product of electoral politics, the poor do not vote, so their needs are not addressed. But worse is the concern with people who earn $250 - 400K. It is the naked self-interest of the DC media chatterati on display. they may self identify as the middle class, but theirs are by no means majority concerns and should not be catered for as part of such a crucial deal

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:39:16 PM EST
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Hey old friends - didn't want the old year to slip by without popping in and sharing a virtual cup o' kindness.I miss you guys!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:32:20 PM EST
Hey Izzy, hope Santa was good to you.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:35:34 PM EST
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...are like that.  I got a new coat AND shoes!  Well, new to me shoes - sweet pumps from the 1940s.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:41:35 PM EST
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Happy New Year Izzy!

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:36:52 PM EST
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You, too, Geez! xo

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:42:39 PM EST
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I have the most political shoes for you catalogued, but i know its more important that that.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:40:25 PM EST
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Wait, what?  What are political shoes and, more importantly, do I need them?  I think I might! We got some serious shit over here to scrape off 'em.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 04:44:17 PM EST
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I think that for the USA the proper 'political shoes' would be waist high waders. If it gets above those... well who would want a snorkel under the circumstances?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:29:52 PM EST
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Hi! We missed you too...
Happy 2013.
by Bernard on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:29:13 PM EST
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Hey, it's fantastic to hear from you. My very best wishes

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:26:03 PM EST
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Happy New Year to you and everyone!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:11:39 AM EST
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I miss you guys!

The feeling is mutual for me and, I am certain, many others here. A healthy and happy New Year to you, yours and all at ET.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 01:03:33 PM EST
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by stevesim on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:33:41 PM EST
Just watched Julie vs Julia and am listening to Jools Holland Hootenany, a programme which is broadcast all over the world and so, apparently, needs no introduction

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:32:54 PM EST
first ET post of 2013?

let the good times roll!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 08:23:44 PM EST

a salmon run to the motherboard.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 05:55:00 AM EST
No, because the information content of the different sperm cells is almost identical. You cannot jut multiply the number of cells by the information content or one of them.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 07:46:30 AM EST
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Once again, science spoils the fun. KIDDING!!!

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:25:07 AM EST
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No, the data is all sent, even if it is similar. What the data doesn't do is get transferred. Only a couple of tiny packets are actually delivered, and only one of those marked as received. It's a system with a lot of redundancy.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 09:28:06 AM EST
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Sometimes the data is sent too early, and never received nor is their a receiver at the other end!!
by stevesim on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 09:55:51 AM EST
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is there ---  sorry about that
by stevesim on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 09:56:07 AM EST
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Yeah, plus, three seconds? What kind of a man are you, anyway?
by asdf on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 02:09:36 PM EST
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Phoebe Rudomino whose stunning underwater photograph, featured in our photography exhibition, was our most popular post of 2012. http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/photography/

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:25:48 AM EST
http://www.democracynow.org/

Monday Dec. 31

Required listening ... wait till next year at this time.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:03:00 AM EST
many, many thanks for all the great interplay here at ET this last year. though it's sadly true many gifted posters have moved on there remains a core group joined by many bright new lights.

ET has brought much goodness to my life, fascinating snippets that provoke deeper exploration, witnessing exchanges that broaden perspective, learning from those generous enough to share what they know, a collage of international life-experiences, a culture mash, a haven of good-hearted people with a passion to communicate...

best of all the laughter, this blog has made me guffaw, chuckle, giggle, snort and bellow more than any, and i bless the day i arrived here, following the rotor-beats of jerome's turbines over from the orangerie.

you all make me think, further and further each day, and it never seems to falter, let alone end.

so in that spirit of gratitude, i give you this:

Why Being Generally Grateful is a Bad Idea | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I have been keeping my own gratitude journal for the last three months and I can say categorically without doubt that I do feel happier because of it. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it has turned me into an ever smiling optimist. To be more accurate, I would say that rather than worrying if my glass is half empty or half full, I'm now just grateful to have a glass in the first place.

may you/we all have the best ever year of our lives, and spill some of it onto these pages, to keep the fun flowing, even as we walk through the 'valley of the shadow of death' together.

if 'brains trust' means anything, it must be this feeling that i can trust my brain gets its daily workout at ET, and if there is a way to see amusement in today's mixed scenarios, some of you wags will have found it!!!

off to fix the fence where the donkey gets out now...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:47:14 AM EST
Just stay well clear of the rear end of the donkey.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:52:01 PM EST
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Andrew Fishman's Art | Blake Fall-Conroy, "Minimum Wage Machine,"...

This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like.  Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour.  This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.  

This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary.  Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they're earning by turning this mindless crank.  A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day...at much harder jobs than turning a crank.  This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.  



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:02:06 PM EST
Brilliant!
by ElaineinNM on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 12:10:36 PM EST
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After Rentoul's contention that the rich/poor gap is not growing, Stewart Lansley replies with charts:

The wealth gap may not be growing, but wealth continues to be redistributed upwards - Comment - Voices - The Independent

The big divide in the UK is less between the top, the middle and the bottom than between a small group of the super-rich and nearly everyone else. Rentoul's answer to the way the over-sized rich has been accumulating larger and larger fortunes and securing a bigger chunk of the economic pie is to dismiss them as `untypical'. This may be true in a literal sense, but viewing them in this way is a grave error. The behaviour of the super-rich has a greatly leveraged effect on the rest of us. Most of the rich's income surge has come not from the building of a more robust economy triggered by an entrepreneurial leap forward but the very opposite - a clever process of wealth and income transfer from the bulk of the working population.

This sustained process of upward redistribution is not just a matter of social justice. By stifling demand for productive output while fuelling the asset bubbles that took us over the cliff in 2008, it has made the economy weaker and less resilient.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:15:09 PM EST
Guardian - 'It's like I'm an axe murderer': MP tries to find out why voters hate politicians

That Gloria de Piero was not going to have an easy time at the Tuesday lunchtime aerobics class in Billericay, Essex, was obvious before it had even begun. It had taken several phone calls and rejections before she even found a class that would let an MP come along.

When she got there at the end of the jazzercise session, most of the women were on their way out, leaving De Piero sitting in Emmanuel church hall with just five women and one man who had agreed to help her find an answer to her query: "Why do you hate me?"

They were the first of six groups of people De Piero met on a national quest to find out why people seem to dislike politicians so much.

I have to say I think it was a worthwhile endeavour, most MPs have lived in a little Truman show bubble of privilege from an early age.

However, although I think the answers the article mentions are part of it, I think the biggest problem is that there are no alternatives on offer anymore. As the article says, people are not apathetic about politics, it's just that the Westminster show is increasingly irrelevant to people's lives. None of the parties offer anything other than submission to the Corporate requirement.We might vote for the pols, but the laws they pass are for corporate convenience, not ours.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:34:25 PM EST
and while we already pay them what is, for most people, a small fortune, they simply cannot stop themselves whoring themselves even more

Yahoo - Sunderland pay David Miliband £125k for 15 days work

Labour politician David Miliband has been paid £125,000 for 15 days of work at Premier League club Sunderland.

The former foreign secretary was named non-executive vice chairman of the club in 2011 but has only actually clocked in just over a fortnight's worth of work.

Looking at his salary pro-rata - that would be the same as £42,000-a-week or £2.1million a year, putting him on a higher wage than many players at the club; for example, French international striker Louis Saha earns £40,000-a-week.

The South Shields Labour MP, who is an Arsenal fan....



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 03:37:36 PM EST
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