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Weekend Open Thread

by Fran Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 09:27:29 AM EST

How about some open yarn instead, for some relaxing spinning?

Here it is warming up and sunny. Thats good, as today in this region the Fasnacht beginns, until next Wednesday.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 09:28:58 AM EST
Today was the first full sunny day for six weeks.

Some people thought that shiny ball up there was a meteorite.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 11:38:38 AM EST
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Pancakes tonight.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 11:39:21 AM EST
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Mmmm, does that mean that you are in the mood for a fight? :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:22:06 PM EST
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Everyone does their fighting on iPad video games these days.

In the old days, they used to write "comments" on a "blog", fighting like crazy and insulting each other over lemons and suchlike.

They used to enjoy this. People were weird in those days.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 12:26:53 PM EST
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Yep, feels like once upon a time. So, are you going to eat the pancakes with lemon?
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 01:12:40 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 02:46:37 PM EST
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It's been an unusually warm February so far, but that's apparently going to change tonight.  We're under a freeze warning, with temps dropping to the 20sF range.

I apparently have a sinus infection, which is causing me all sorts of issues.  So I'm loaded up on antibiotics and staying on the couch for the weekend.  A day and a half in, and I'm feeling much better though.  

And at pretty much zero cost for exams and meds, I'm liking me some Kenyanmuslimsoshulizm at the moment.

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

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Feb 16th, 2013 at 11:52:31 AM EST
An acquaintance of mine suffered a heart attack just before Christmas, and was in the hospital through the New Year. Therefore, he gets to pay his high annual health insurance deductible twice for one incident.

I eagerly await Obamacaresocialism, and may move to a red state if the federal version of the state "exchange" programs works better than the state versions. I am flabbergasted that the red states have all signed up for the federal version of the exchanges, which seems like yet another massive strategic error on the part of the Tea Party bigots.

by asdf on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 12:26:48 AM EST
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Get it while you can!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 12:30:21 AM EST
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In Portugal, a Card Game Pokes Fun at the Crisis - NYTimes.com

The name of the game was "Vem Aí A Troika," or "Here Comes the Troika." It's a card game with a darkly comic message about the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank, and their hand in Portugal's economic crisis.

When it came out in November, its creators, one of whom is a former university math professor, promised: "Now you, too, can bring the country to ruin." ...

In Vem Aí A Troika, players amass money and power in the form of "euro" cards and "assets" cards representing wealth socked away in offshore accounts. So-called event cards representing elections, general strikes or tax hikes -- each one an opportunity to shore up capital and influence -- determine the flow of each round. Until, that is, the fateful moment when the Troika card is drawn. With that, the game ends. The winner is the player left with the biggest bounty.

by Katrin on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 05:33:04 AM EST
Fat-Cat Pay Makes Swiss So Mad Wages Face National Vote - Bloomberg
Swiss company chief executive officers, including Roche Holding AG's Severin Schwan and Nestle SA's Paul Bulcke, earn some of the world's highest salaries. That may soon change.

With more than 100,000 Swiss citizens having signed a petition to limit "fat-cat" pay, voters will decide at a March 3 referendum whether top executives should have their compensation set by shareholders. While a poll shows a majority may vote yes, the industry's lobby group warns that it will drive out tax-paying companies and is campaigning for a softer counter proposal.

"If you have this kind of limitation on executive pay, why should an American company put their European headquarters into Switzerland," Philip Mosimann, CEO of Bucher Industries AG, a Swiss maker of street sweepers with a market valuation of 2.1 billion francs ($2.3 billion), said in an interview. "They would leave. I'm certain of that."

The vote is the brainchild of Thomas Minder, a Swiss lawmaker and managing director of herbal toothpaste business Trybol AG, whose petition blames highly-paid "fat cats" -- "Abzocker" in German -- for the financial crisis. If successful, the proposal will give shareholders an annual ballot on executives' pay and block big payouts for new hires and for managers when they leave companies.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 03:49:25 PM EST
Something lovely to dream about, as I'm heading for bed. And I just finished Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) and it was lovely. Surely no stress-mare dreams tonight.

'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 Sun Feb 17th, 2013 at 05:02:18 PM EST
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Novartis chairman awarded SFr72m

The outgoing chairman of Novartis is to receive up to SFr72m ($78m) over the next six years in a "golden goodbye" from the Swiss pharmaceutical group, in a final twist to long-running criticism of his remuneration.
Daniel Vasella said he would receive the payments in exchange for providing continuing advice and agreeing not to offer information to competitors, and stressed that he would give the money away philanthropically.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 11:15:47 AM EST
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Why not just set the national marginal rate to 100% for annual income more than, say, $1,000,000?
by asdf on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 08:14:42 PM EST
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@ paul spencer : your yahoo mail has been hacked.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 03:52:07 AM EST
yes, paul.... the link in my email (from usurper account) was to fox nooz!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 05:12:47 AM EST
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My antivirus blocked a malicious URL. Make sure you haven't caught something!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 05:37:32 AM EST
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Apparently, someone in Bangladesh got into my Yahoo account last night, just before midnight. Considering that I always log-out and hadn't been on-line for 2-3 hours, how does that happen?

In any case that account is mostly for my political connections. I'm surprised that afew was rousted, unless it came via ET per se.

Have dumped the spam folder and changed my password. Any other suggestions?

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 11:32:09 PM EST
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Yes, the mail came to the ET contact box.

Changing your PW should do it, but does Yahoo have any other suggestions?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 19th, 2013 at 01:32:46 AM EST
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You might want to run anti-virus and anti-malware check on your computer: there might be a key logger transmitting your passwords: could explain the break-in, this or you have an easily guessable password or password recovery questions.

You also need to change the Yahoo password recovery questions (and into something that only you know...

by Bernard on Tue Feb 19th, 2013 at 05:51:19 AM EST
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And thanks for the advice.  Will do.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Feb 19th, 2013 at 10:42:48 AM EST
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Coca-Cola drinking 'linked to New Zealander's death" | BBC |  12.2.13
Drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a "substantial factor" in the death of a 30-year-old woman in New Zealand, a coroner has said.

Natasha Harris, who died three years ago after a cardiac arrest, drank up to 10 litres of the fizzy drink each day.

This is twice the recommended safe limit of caffeine and more than 11 times the recommended sugar intake.

Coca-Cola had argued that it could not be proved its product had contributed to Ms Harris' death.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 04:10:09 AM EST

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