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by afew Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 12:48:22 PM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 12:49:56 PM EST
Hah.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 12:54:44 PM EST
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Hah hah.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 12:56:33 PM EST
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<sotto voce> contact having now been made, I am going to try filming the crazy horse in its natural environment without it being aware of what I am doing...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:02:10 PM EST
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Notice please, Hahm not taking the bait, hahm i. Hahrumpf,

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:02:26 PM EST
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funny pictures of cats with captions

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:45:49 PM EST
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...more snow.

That rhymes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:00:54 PM EST
Muchos snow.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:07:18 PM EST
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Ah yep. I'm winding up the Militant Electrician. She be slow. I figure, by the time the storm passes, she'll be dressed for work.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:24:05 PM EST
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One of best thing about snow has got to be girls sending their boyfriends to take their little froo-froo dogs out.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:31:42 PM EST
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What a coincidence you should mention "froo-froo dogs". Here we call 'em "purse dogs." And I do not approve of purse dogs. The ME and I have been discussing over the past several months the merits of various pet species, excluding boyfriend, for acquisition.

Exhibit 01
Purse dogs do not good bed warmers make. (All dogs are reliable bed occupants; boyfriends, not so much.) Purse dogs do not necessarily consume less Q and P than medium- and large-sized dogs over their respective lifecycles. (Let us agree simply, generally, that medium- and large-sized dogs will eat anything, and that is a feature not a bug.) Purse dogs are inadequate security providers. So are cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters and Guinea Pigs, for example. Purse dogs do not require seasonally adjusted outdoor access to urinary and bowel relief such as exterior door modification or a dedicated interior toilet facility (Exhibit 01) might provide in lieu of human supervision outdoors. Purse dog care generally entails a higher co-efficient of supervised exercise to weight <reckless eyeballing> than medium- to large-sized dogs to moderate health outcomes. Finally and in any event, we all know the ME will be assigned walking duties regardless of season.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:57:13 PM EST
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omfg. Did you see this?

FORD'S GUIDE TO FINE DINING: "As for my wife, she makes me smile. She humanizes me. I never thought I'd do it, but she has me walking her tiny Chihuahua who's 11, even though I get funny looks. Fabby, by the way, is a New York creature. Tough. Takes on every big dog that comes near her. And we both love our neighborhood. Places like Rosa Mexicana, Starbucks, BLT Fish or, after church, First Presbyterian on 12th and Fifth, it's Big Daddy's on Park and 20th. They do great fried chicken."

full monte if you dare...



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 07:26:35 PM EST
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There, too?

Here, today, another 20 cm fell until the afternoon -- that's A HELLUVA' LOT by local standards. My back is aching from all shovelling on the street -- and it wasn't more work just because of the height of the snow: cars got stuck in the high snow made even higher by what I and my neighours shovelled from the sidewalks in the morning, so we had to clear the street too (building metre-high dikes).

I liked the look of the result, though. (No photos however, it got dark by the time I finished.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:49:44 PM EST
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A little bit of snow this morning around Paris: just barely enough to whiten the garden; all gone now.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 03:29:13 PM EST
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I was in Mid Wales overnight and woke up to a decent dusting of snow. The valleys looked gorgeous driving back.  Apparently the snow reached Cardiff but there was none left when I arrived home this afternoon.  It is very cold out there tonight.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 07:04:59 PM EST
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That a bit more than what we're looking at here.  I think we're coming in at about 6 inches.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 03:40:45 PM EST
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It stopped snowing sometime between 1 and 2 AM this morning, (the times I checked), and we ended up with about 8" or 20cm. That is enough that it is actually tiring to walk/wade through. I ventured the approximately 50 meters down the drive to the street around 10:30 AM to retrieve the papers, but only one had been delivered. The street has been plowed and the pavement was clean but wet. Around 1:30PM I got my flat nosed shovel and cleared the concrete drive from the house down to the gravel drive and then made a foot path out to the street over the gravel drive. The snow plow had thrown up ~40cm of snow to about 60cm out from my mail box and paper box, so I cleared a path so that the delivery men and I could drive to within arm's distance of the boxes. Got me adequately aerobic. I have now cooled down and will check the fire and then take a shower.

The mercy for us has been the absence of ice. Others, further south, were not so lucky.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:04:54 PM EST
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We had a heavy fall of very light powdery snow last night. No need to clean the car - just drive and it all flies off. But the temp is now around -5 C after a week of -20 C to -28 C.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 03:59:03 PM EST
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Our snow seemed dry and light as well. I could venture out in the SUV, which has 4WD, but will probably wait until tomorrow. Nothing we have to have. Now we have a clear blue sky. It is forecast to drop to -13C tonight, so it is back to letting faucets drip, etc. I'll just pretend to be snowbound.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:10:54 PM EST
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hAh! It was dark before the storm had passed and the ME squeezed into her Helly Hansen Under-Armor®. A reprieve until dawn. Drat!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 07:41:07 PM EST
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Alright, so his first year was shit, but might we actually have a preznit who could handle a PMQ session?

Meaningless, of course, but I'd be prouder as a citizen.

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

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:23:04 PM EST
This is getting too depressing, so instead of posting, I'll just leave a link for those interested.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:23:31 PM EST
The really depressing thing is that this is such an obvious trainwreck and still wasn't preventable.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:32:28 PM EST
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The country was, for a variety of reasons (and I'm cognizant of my country's contribution, just for the record), a trainwreck before the quake, and this was the nightmare scenario.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:44:50 PM EST
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From all the news articles I have been reading, I get the distinct impression that there is a sub-plot to this whole affair which has very little to do with the earthquake, but which is using the earthquake as a pretext or mechanism:

It is no secret that the US never wanted Preval to assume the Presidency of Haiti.  I get the distinct impression that aside from the aid the US is providing, there is a "plan" to undermine and replace Preval with someone of the US's choosing.  Now, I realize that Preval has stated that he isn't running again, but there has nevertheless been a groundswell of discontent among the population towards the Preval administration which the US seems to be facilitating albeit indirectly - through poor coordination of the aid distribution.  From the beginning, the Brazilians complained that the US was unnecessarily taking over their functions and petitioned that they be allowed to take charge of distribution because their people were already on the ground and were familiar with the networks for distribution.  The US apparently ignored this request and poured troops into the country anyway, which, if the news-wires are correct, seemed more interested in "policing" than in distributing any aid.  Of course, all of this rubs off on Preval who is now accused by the populace of being aloof, allowing an occupation by a foreign power and of not seeing to it that the aid arrives to where it is needed.  He is being kept out of the loop by the US forces (for example, a Puerto Rican barged arrived at the beginning of this week with tons of aid and the President was left asking if it had actually arrived and where, only to find out later that it had and the aid already distributed to NGO's thus bypassing his gov't).  Additionally, you can already see the highlights of a future policy taking form under the aegis of the US:  There is talk in US gov't circles of getting US based Haitians involved in "revamping" the Haitian government.  This is all couched in a narrative of "now is the time to make sure that we prevent corruption from taking root again in the Haitian government."  ...As though US-based Haitians were somehow "immune" from corruption, which of course is an absolutely unfounded assumption.  Whatever the intentions, one thing that is clear is that the US is going to insist in rebuilding (or at least have a primary role in rebuilding) the Haitian government.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne

by maracatu on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:10:01 PM EST
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Médecins Sans Frontières, that is a dependable NGO likely to be pretty efficient in circumstances like these, is complaining about US management of aid access and distribution, notably control of airport facilities: planes bearing supplies they're waiting for get diverted elsewhere.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:03:38 PM EST
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i heard yesterday on pacifica radio that aid is being blocked and is piling up at the airport.

plus a lot of armed soldiers patrolling, offering no aid. the people are puzzled about this.

to me it has horrible resonances with katrina.

'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 Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 07:00:35 PM EST
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Best. Ad. Ever.



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

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 01:29:21 PM EST
Ferret + Cat + Snow = Hilarity.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:02:31 PM EST



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

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 02:47:47 PM EST
Well, no snow in either Toronto or New York, but nicely cold in both places (-10 to -15°C)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 09:01:25 PM EST
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Got an immunization shot for H1N1 today.
According to conspiracy theorists, I should keel over any minute now.

{Taps foot. Waits for another minute. Still alive. Damn...}

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 03:33:44 PM EST
And now, monsieur B, how are you feeling..?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:04:59 PM EST
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Hungry, actually. Must leave the computer and get a snack.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 05:07:45 PM EST
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I had mine nearly two months ago now.  Unaccountably, I have failed to grow an extra limb.

It was sore, though, and I'm not usually one who reacts particularly badly to vaccinations.  Enough to wake me at night when I rolled onto it.  How's your arm?

by Sassafras on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:25:06 PM EST
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I'm not usually reacting much to vaccination either.
My arm? The usual: small local reaction, mosquito bump sized.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 05:51:44 PM EST
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This article gets to the heart of the pervasive misconceptions in relation to QE; public credit, and public debt.

A must-read IMHO for anyone wishing to understand the system.

Asia Times Online :: China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business.

China in Treasuries cul-de-sac
By Henry CK Liu

Many have suggested China is not compelled to buy United States Treasuries with its trade surplus dollars. They point out that China does so voluntarily because US sovereign debt is the safest instrument as a storer of value. This is now obviously no longer true. So why does China continue to buy US sovereign debt? The answer is China has no other options but to be a creditor to the US, due to the US-China trade imbalance. The following explains why.


"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 04:37:37 PM EST


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