Wednesday Night Open Thread

The Rolling Stones are back in action. Their 14 on Fire tour resumes in Oslo, Norway in 5 days. This clip is from the opening night of their Abu Dhabi concert earlier this year. Welcome back, Mick.

There will be no execution in Missouri tonight for Russell Bucklew. (Background here.) The Supreme Court issued this order:[More....]

The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is treated as an application for stay pending appeal in the Eighth
Circuit. The application is granted pending the disposition of petitioner’s appeal. We leave for further consideration in the lower courts whether an evidentiary hearing is necessary.

If you have an EBay account, change your password. They got hacked big-time.

The Senate voted today to allow David Barron's nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to proceed to a vote. Final vote is likely tomorrow. (Earlier post on this here.)

Kim Dotcom and his wife Mona have separated. They both were witnesses today at the trial of John Banks for filing a false election return when he ran for mayor of Auckland and lost. He got money from Dotcom and claimed it came from an anonymous source.

Almost time for El Capo 3. MundoFox is saying the final episodes are close, but they are only on episode 41. Did they cut some out? I thought there were 74 episodes but it seems now there will only be 60. I really don't want it to end. Tonight the action moves to Italy where mafioso Jacob is holding Julieta's child captive. And the submarine with all the cocaine for El Capo's legalization project OPAC has been infiltrated by agents.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Pres Obama... (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by desertswine on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:20:42 PM EST
    designates new national monument.  Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks - unspeakably beautiful.

    That is just fantastic (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by MKS on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:36:23 PM EST
    My Dad, brother and I hiked Organ Peak.  So vivid to me after all these years....You can see White Sands from up there....  

    short clip of my kid's band (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Dadler on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:59:47 PM EST
    The 9/11 Museum... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:31:51 AM EST
    appears to have their hearts set on proving the terrorists have won.  No reporters allowed without the express written consent of the museum security apparatus.  WTF

    And yet... (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Anne on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:52:40 AM EST
    there's a gift shop...

    A microcosm of America Anne... (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:57:52 AM EST
    sacrifice your dignity, your liberty, your ideals and principles...and don't forget to buy something.

    They should call the f*ckin' thing Al Qaida's victory monument. Like the late Osama said, we can't be beat militarily, but we can be tricked into going broke chasing a ghost while surrendering everything we once held dear outta fear and fear-based profiteering.

    But hey, it could be worse, it could be called the JP Morgan Chase 9/11 Museum.  I guess we still have a shred of dignity left.


    Sara Silverman on Maher (none / 0) (#140)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:55:24 PM EST
    "Without a mug how are you going to remember 9/11"

    You forgot the (none / 0) (#55)
    by nycstray on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:54:39 PM EST



    Didn't want to give them linkage. (none / 0) (#57)
    by Anne on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:14:49 PM EST
    Was disappointed when I heard about it, and all I could imagine was a bunch of shirts and caps that say cheesy, tasteless things things like:

    I went to the 9/11 museum; admission was $24 but the panic attack was free!

    or:  I went to the 9/11 museum; admission was $24 but I got a coupon for free counseling!

    Wouldn't be surprised at anything, frankly.


    I would buy this t shirt (none / 0) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:44:43 PM EST

    I went to the 9/11 museum; admission was $24 but the panic attack was free!

    Ruffian was so cool (5.00 / 1) (#68)
    by Militarytracy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:06:24 PM EST
    When we were in NYC.  Said if I needed to go to ground zero that's fine, let's go.

    It feels like my whole life changed that day though, and I had never been in the towers.  I had been in that part of NYC but not the same attachment that so many Americans have and had.

    I am glad the museum is there.  I hope they process and put to use constructive criticism.  I will be there one day, just not Sunday.  It is time for some of us to steer our focus in a more all encompassing direction.  It was a horrible day and it was horrible years for some, and bless them every single one.  I have known some pain in some of this but I don't think it will ever equal what those attached to ground zero was dealt.  And I am full of gratitude for those that stepped forward in so much pain and pronounced the Iraq "mission" bull$hit and only more damaging to them....not healing for them at all.  They are an important part of our history.

    I'm not running away from the museum, just measuring out the tone and tempo of my life because I can now.  I'm just going to breathe,  and one day I will go there.  It isn't my whole life though, just a slice of my life.


    I have not been to NY since they fell (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:29:35 PM EST
    When and if I ever do it will be heartbreaking.  They were such a symbol for me.  Not so much on NY but of freedom, my own.  In the seventies when I first started coming to NY and for years as I came back and forth the top of the towers was the first visibly sign of NY.  And NY was, at 19, in 1970, beyond a revelation.  It was as will be discussed in The Normal Heart a gay Mecca.  It was unlike anything I could ever imagine existed.  It was the emerald city.  And those towers were always the first and last sight I got of it, coming and going.  That's where the adrenalin started.
    They were very special to me in a very personal way.

    But sadly, and incredibly, I never went to the top. Many times to the top of the empire but for whatever reason never the towers.


    If and when you go (5.00 / 1) (#73)
    by Militarytracy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:41:01 PM EST
    Go with "us", the TalkLeft Cabal.  Open membership :)

    Are you going back (none / 0) (#76)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:08:56 PM EST
    anytime soon? Our youngest son wants to go in September over his school break.

    I would like to go see the Matisse cut outs (none / 0) (#103)
    by Militarytracy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:33:05 AM EST
    I don't think they get there until January though.

    I saw them somewhere (none / 0) (#134)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 05:04:29 PM EST
    I can't remember.  St Louis I think.

    I only went to the top once (5.00 / 2) (#74)
    by nycstray on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:44:36 PM EST
    which is hard for me since my fear of heights comes into play. Even worse since I had been in an elevator snafu on the 79th floor of the ESB (used to work there back when the windows opened).

    Only went by GZ once, and that was by accident as I thought I was a couple streets over.


    From descriptions (none / 0) (#75)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:54:52 PM EST
    It did not sound like the place for those with problems with heights.  I so regret I never did it.

    To any New Yorkers, (none / 0) (#87)
    by cpresley on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:40:58 PM EST
    I know their is a cooking show called Hells Kitchen, we're watching it now, but I saw a show today where there is an actual area of New York City called Hell's Kitchen. Does anybody know how it got it's name?

    For a while (5.00 / 2) (#92)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:30:06 PM EST
    I had an apartment in Hells Kitchen.  The bathtub was in the kitchen and I remember once a friend asked if that was why it was called Hells Kitchen

    This without googling (none / 0) (#89)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:49:50 PM EST
    But I think it's a very old name for the west side when it was just sort of a bad and dangerous neighborhood for European immigrants in the early part of the last century

    Thank you, (none / 0) (#90)
    by cpresley on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:58:20 PM EST
    was just curious. We're from the bay Area in Calif. and I have no idea why the Tenderloin Dist. in San Francisco is called that.

    I think that name is also taken from another (none / 0) (#91)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:20:03 PM EST
    Older NY neighborhood and refers to the prostitution and stuff that went on there as I assume it did in the NY version

    We live in a small town (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by cpresley on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:19:28 AM EST
    in the Santa Cruz mts. The town is 4 blocks long & one block wide. Their are plaques on all the buildings stating what they were when the town was founded in the 1860's. I'm proud to say we had 3 bars & 4 houses of ill repute. Not bad for 4 blocks.

    Yes not bad ! (none / 0) (#98)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:48:44 AM EST
    My family was from nearby Warsaw Illinois. One grocery. Many bars. Many churches. No placards  but everyone knew the history. It is a (Mississippi) river town passed by for the railroad but once was a hoppin' place. What town is yours?

    Boulder Creek (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by cpresley on Fri May 23, 2014 at 01:12:13 AM EST
    It started as a mill town for redwoods. They flouted the trees down the San Lorenzo River to Santa Cruz. Around the 1920's in turned into a summer haven for the rich & famous. Rudie Valle had a vacation home here. There use to be a train, the sunshine express, that ran from San Francisco to Boulder Creek. The wives & children of the rich in San Francisco & Hollywood would take the train up for the summer, the men would come on the weekend. After Peal Harbor the military blew up the train tracks so the Japanes could not come from the coast & invade the mainland.

    There were a number of people ... (none / 0) (#130)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri May 23, 2014 at 04:12:14 PM EST
    cpresley: "The wives & children of the rich in San Francisco & Hollywood would take the train up for the summer, the men would come on the weekend."

    ... who used to do that in Southern California. Back in the late 1920s and into the '30s, my grandmother would take her children to her parents' family home on Naples Island (aka Alamitos Bay) in Long Beach for the summer, where it was about 25 degrees cooler on average along the coast than it was in the San Gabriel Valley. My grandfather would stay in Pasadena and work in downtown L.A. during the week, then catch the Pacific Electric Red Car to join his family in Long Beach on the weekends.



    I stayed in a hotel in the tenderloin once (none / 0) (#93)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:17:18 AM EST
    I was there for an SF art fair and a frugal friend of mine had booked us rooms in the tenderloin and I arrived a couple of days before her. The room I stayed in was 'very basic' but that was not a problem for me. I was on the second floor and outside were fights, gun battles, screams. My hotel neighbors were violently copulating and smashing each other or throwing each other onto the floor. But the worst was the smell - like mold and insecticide and sickness. I may have been particularly sensitive to it since I was coming down with a very - very- wicked flu and sinus infection. I felt like a tender-loin -- very tender and middle aged and white and a woman and not fitting in and having no way to meet anyone in the hotel or the neighborhood.

    I'm not sure of the original meaning of the tenderloin in SF but it sure remained true to me. SF is a very interesting city. Never lived in NYC but did in the bay area (Oakland) and mostly liked my experience there.


    My little town (none / 0) (#105)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:41:22 AM EST
    Is built on the banks of the largest spring in the state.  Which may turn out to be a very good thing in the coming water wars I guess.  It is quite picturesque.   It's a state park.
    A pretty large river, Spring River, just comes up out if the ground and runs off through the state and is quite the summer attraction.  But the real summer tourist traps are the eighboring towns which is fine with us residents.
    They have been hard about keeping out strip malls and box stores letting the neighboring town in MO (two miles) have all of them.  Unlike many local towns, and largely because they did that I guess, the old Main Street with the stone buildings survives and the mom and pop stores on it thrive.  
    So as much as I bit@h about it, I could do a lot worse I guess.

    Eureka! (A charming surprise) (none / 0) (#108)
    by christinep on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:15:35 AM EST
    Ha (none / 0) (#109)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:24:30 AM EST
    Nope not Eureka.  ours is bigger

    What a gorgeous spring pool, yes. (5.00 / 1) (#116)
    by christinep on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:35:48 PM EST
    Compensation in itself for facing whatever other challenges the environment may bring (weather and/or social storms.)

    In a sojourn around the country with sister and two aunts and one dog years ago--Denver to Pennsylvania via a northern arching tier followed by return along a jagged southern series of roads--we happened across Eureka for a day.  Mostly pleasant, sweet, delightful walkabout.  What really instilled happy memories from the area were the green hills, coaster roads, and a nearby lake southward from Eureka as we headed to Fort Smith before visiting an uncle in the dry stretches of central Oklahoma before going to my all-the-time favorite, Santa Fe.


    What State (none / 0) (#119)
    by NYShooter on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:55:22 PM EST
    are we talking about, Eureka, ???

    Eureka Springs, Arkansas (none / 0) (#120)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:58:22 PM EST
    I have been getting FaceBook updates (none / 0) (#124)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:33:13 PM EST
    All week from a couple of friends who are doing Route 66.
    Today they are in Roswell headed west.

    What is the projected total duration (none / 0) (#125)
    by oculus on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:35:54 PM EST
    Of this road trip?

    Dunno (none / 0) (#135)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 05:06:43 PM EST
    I was wrong yesterday was Roswell.  Today was Meteor Crater.
    Which I love.   Ever been there?

    I have not. But my brother (none / 0) (#136)
    by oculus on Fri May 23, 2014 at 05:54:49 PM EST
    wants to drive Route 66 this Fall.

    Oooo ooooo oo (none / 0) (#137)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 06:00:02 PM EST
    I love 66.  Meteor Crater, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Roswell tepees half buried Caddilacs.

    Everyone should do it once.


    Cadillac Ranch (none / 0) (#138)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 06:13:02 PM EST
    I have always wanted to see those Cadillacs (none / 0) (#139)
    by oculus on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:24:32 PM EST
    in person.

    Actually I wish I lived (none / 0) (#110)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:26:30 AM EST
    In Eureka Springs.  It's one of the most progressive parts of the state.  One of the two places performing gay marriages.  But also much more expensive and there are other downsides

    There are times when I wished ... (none / 0) (#121)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:02:49 PM EST
    ... I lived in Eureka, CA. My stepfather was originally from nearby Arcata, the home of Humboldt State University. His mother lived in the most gorgeous Victorian house, a place where everyone was always welcome. Thanks to them, I came to really love the northern California coast. It can be haunting, but in a good sort of way.

    I have relatives (none / 0) (#122)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:11:58 PM EST
    In Eureka, CA.
    Lovely place.

    northern California is wonderful (none / 0) (#128)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 04:05:46 PM EST
    besides the wild coastline the Jedediah Smith Redwoods state park is just off the coast. It is so beautiful. I went there with a girlfriend when we were hitchhiking and camping just after high school. We just camped on the side of a stream. I never forgot that place and 30 yeas later I found it again with my daughter in tow. Still as beautiful.  

    I never made it to the top (none / 0) (#129)
    by sj on Fri May 23, 2014 at 04:08:15 PM EST
    of the twin towers either. I tried on one trip to NYC and got there too late to just go to the observation deck. The only way would have been to go to the restaurant, and my sneakers were verboten. I think it was that, and not the jeans. Anyway, that was a year to the month before they were attacked.

    Heh, is that the same reason (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by Militarytracy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:16:22 PM EST
    First Baptist was suddenly serving hotdogs last night?  We will have so squealers around here with phones that have video capabilities.  Not that I would know how to use those capabilities :)

    Here's the part I don't understand.... (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by NYShooter on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:21:06 AM EST
    Sophisticated, giant companies like EBay getting hacked. Yes, I know how technologically advanced some hackers are, but, if an outfit like EBay is vulnerable then no one is safe. And, in that regard, here's something you may not have known: The NSA asked those dozen, or, so communication/technology companies to cooperate with them in collecting data for several reasons. First, it was just super convenient having hundreds of millions of people grouped together in one spot, and, all had their vital, personal information attached.

    But, the second reason, and, by far, the more important one was that, believe it, or not, those companies were way ahead of the NSA in their ability to collect, organize, diagnose, and, analyze their customer's vital, personal information. The NSA's I.T. experts were stunned by the sophistication of those data mining techniques. It, instantly, became a no-brainer to just "hitch a ride" onto Verizon, EBay, Amazon, etc. rather than build a system from scratch. We saw a good example of that approach in the rollout of the ACA.

    And, just when you thought that nothing could surprise you any more about these giant's snooping capabilities, get a load of this: Suppose you're just walking down the street and check your smart phone for a nice deli to have lunch. Of course, the little screen will display everything you want to know about local eateries. However (you know the old KGB saying, "shhh, the walls have ears?") well, so does your smart phone. It listens, and, screens the background for sounds that the phone/computer will recognize, and, build a data base with that information like, where you are. But, wait! There's more: The listening/screening/analyzing capabilities are so sophisticated it will differentiate between Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Everything you do, based on the sounds around you, will go into your data base. Just let your imagination run wild as to what they'll know: Your preference: "top," "bottom," or, "Doggy?" What makes you sneeze, and, how often. Are you aggressive, or, passive, in your discussions? And, so on, and, so on.

    Laugh if you want to, accuse me of exaggerating. But, then do a little googling, and, you'll find out how just conservative my examples are.

    Privacy...........it was nice, wasn't it?

    All reasons why... (none / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:35:24 AM EST
    I root for the hackers...I like the idea of them giving both the private sector & public sector spooks fits.

    And it gives me hope for the future when one teenager in Eastern Europe with a laptop can jam up the surveillance society so...it's a criminal v criminal civil cyberwar in my opinion, and I shall enjoy the show.  


    Paging JB... (5.00 / 2) (#40)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:50:28 PM EST
    Hold onto your shorts, I got praise for a cop...

    I've been watching this story because I hope to attend this year's Lockn Festival down in Virginie (Furthur's only 2014 performance! Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers! Many many more!)...and the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control is out to win the killjoy of the year award and pull the beer license.  Why?  One pair of breasts and some reefer at last years Fest, and inadequate lighting.  The horror!

    But Capt. Ron Robertson is doing his best to expose the ABC as the sh*theads they are.  He even dropped the term "stormtrooper" on the bastards. Capt. Robertson sounds like a reasonable man.

    Most are. (none / 0) (#44)
    by jbindc on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:51:51 PM EST
    Some even give their lives for their job - a job that involves dealing with truly some of the worst people in the world. (Oddly, we don't read about things like that around here - not the audience for it, I guess).

    Like all professions, there are some bad apples, who should be held accountable.

    But thanks for sharing this.


    Bad Apples... (none / 0) (#47)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:01:48 PM EST
    spoil the bunch....like the criminals who resemble the worst people on earth giving the majority of criminals (such as myself;) a bad name.

    Bad Apples like that clown at the Virginia ABC...power-tripping to the max Jack.  Local cops and Hippies vs. State Bueracrats...talk about odd bed-fellows. I hope reason prevails in this dispute...but if I have to sneak in my own beer in lieu of buying local VA brews on site, so be it, the rock must go on!

    PS...Are you gonna go?  It's right in your backyard and looks like a helluva good time...could be the sickest bill of the summer.


    Ha! (none / 0) (#51)
    by jbindc on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:12:38 PM EST
    No - probably won't be there, although I do like the band name "String Cheese Incident".  I'm sure there's a story there!

    From Wiki.... (none / 0) (#53)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:24:13 PM EST
    The band's name come from an incident that occurred when the band was alone in a Colorado bar late at night. After a couple beers the guys got in a big food fight between them involving cheese. They began referring to the night as the "Cheese Incident", shortly after becoming the band name.

    Probably won't...I'll take that as a "maybe";)  Sh*t I might need ya to lend me some respectability cred to stay off the storm-troopers radar.


    I'll protect you (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by jbindc on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:34:57 PM EST
    Threaten them with a knuckle sandwich if they mess with my friend kdog!



    Now you're just trying... (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:45:12 PM EST
    to jam me up with an assaulting a beverage officer charge in addition to the possession charge.  

    Nice try, but I wasn't born yesterday...your CoIntelPro ruse won't work on me! ;)


    game of thrones (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:23:19 PM EST
    I just re-watched last week's episode and again think Drinklage should get an oscar. I also loved the scene with Arya and the Mountain. Nice comic relief about the kidney pie. They really know how to pair great actors. The lighting is so very much better than the first season - it was great in the prison scenes. And thanks MT for your interesting theories about Shireen. Was rather fun watching Lysa fly.

    The lighting (none / 0) (#88)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:46:23 PM EST
    Does seem much better lately.  Love the way the cell scene with Tyrion and Oberyn was shirt and lit.  Very close.

    Yes no secondary lighting (none / 0) (#96)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:39:23 AM EST
    like it is a photo portrait. Now if there are multiple light sources it is clear from the set designs. The outdoor scenes are stellar - like the mountain and arya, and brienne's scenes. Who cares about the lighting in Danery's scene with Dario where she says "take off your clothes" I was enjoying Dario's part in it. He is 'growing' on me.

    ruffian (none / 0) (#102)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:25:53 AM EST
    Mentioned that Sansa hair was to red in the scene with the nursing teenager in the snow.  I watched the episode again last night and I think the reason it seemed that way was that there is pretty mush no other color in that scene.   Except very dark and/or muted ones.  I don't think the hair was really any redder but just seemed that way. Also ruff, don't know how much attention to your tv settings but it's easy to have the chroma a bit it high which will effect the reds a lot and in that case with no other colors would make it pop.  I thought the scene was quite beautiful and stark. (NPI)
    And yeah, I think I would be difficult to make Dani look bad with lighting.  She seems to almost be a light source.

    Sansa's hair was very red in that scene (none / 0) (#112)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 11:45:39 AM EST
    I think it was because they removed black to get those amazing subtle grays. If the black is removed then her hair would appear redder and lighter. I thought it looked great.

    An Emmy, perhaps, is possible... (none / 0) (#100)
    by unitron on Fri May 23, 2014 at 01:12:23 AM EST
    ...but Oscars are restricted to motion picture theater releases.

    Having read the books but not seen any of the TV version, I have a mental image (especially the sarcastic voice)a lot more like a younger version of the guy who played Miguelito Lovelace in the '60s TV series "The Wild, Wild West"


    Dinklage has so owned that role (5.00 / 1) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 09:12:43 AM EST
    It's impossible for me to imagine it being anyone else.  He really is IMO the heart of the series.  Or certainly one of them.
    I agree he deserves recognition big time but the competition is going to bring it also.  This is from the Variety review of The Normal Heart that starts Sunday in the GoT time slot --

    HBO has a storied tradition of movies and miniseries tackling gay issues (and not incidentally, timing those high-class productions toward the close of the Emmy-eligibility window, ensuring they're fresh in the minds of voters). Add to that honor roll "The Normal Heart," a meticulously cast adaptation of Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, directed with equal passion (and a characteristic lack of subtlety) by Ryan Murphy. Anchored by Mark Ruffalo's forceful performance as Kramer's angry alter ego, the movie is big, loud, messy and emotional -- a fitting bookend to 2003's "Angels in America"
    In its totality, this represents a powerful piece of work, with Ruffalo overcoming the prickly aspects of his character to convey his pain, and Jim Parsons delivering a wonderful supporting turn, including a sobering scene in which he talks about eulogizing fallen friends.

    Politically, of course, anything that rehashes President Reagan's failure to publicly mention "AIDS" until his second term will raise hackles, but in a larger sense, the movie offers a pretty good road map for where the steadfast lobbying efforts of Kramer and others lead.

    Perhaps foremost, HBO once again straddles the cinematic line, providing a character-oriented drama with theatrical talent and values that would face challenges finding much purchase at the modern-day multiplex. And while there's a premium-channel calculation in that strategy, the result is a movie, for mostly better and sometimes worse, that wears its heart on its sleeve.


    Sightings of Art from Gardner Theft (5.00 / 2) (#104)
    by squeaky on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:41:00 AM EST
    BOSTON (AP) -- The FBI agent in charge of the investigation into the theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from a Boston museum nearly a quarter century ago says the bureau has confirmed sightings of the missing artwork from credible sources.

    The art, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet, was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 by two men disguised as city police officers.

    FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly, the lead investigator, tells WFXT-TV the trail for the missing artwork has not grown cold.


    Kind vague, no? (none / 0) (#114)
    by oculus on Fri May 23, 2014 at 01:44:20 PM EST
    Yes, Very Vague (5.00 / 1) (#115)
    by squeaky on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:24:23 PM EST
    Chalk that up to the FBI...  

    I really miss the paintings..  spent some time in the Gardner years ago...  


    I did, too, a long time ago (5.00 / 1) (#117)
    by Zorba on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:42:38 PM EST
    When we were grad students in Boston.  It was one of our "go-to" museums.
    It broke our hearts when the thefts occurred.    :-(
    The vagueness of the FBI is kind of strange.  Presumably, the rationale would be that they don't want to give too many hints to whoever has the artwork.  But, OTOH, if they really are close, you would think that they wouldn't want to give any hints whatsoever to the perpetrators or the people that have the paintings, that the Feds have substantive information.  Wouldn't that be kind of like telling them to either hide them better, or (G* d forbid), destroy them?

    Statute of Limitations Is Up (none / 0) (#118)
    by squeaky on Fri May 23, 2014 at 02:50:37 PM EST
    Reward is still pending... so maybe they are bluffing and trying to shake the tree, or they are working out some sort of deal with shady characters..  

    After so many years of BS, I do not get excited any more when I hear that the FBI is close..  

    still worth noting and keeping in nine that the Pictures may show up.


    It is true that (none / 0) (#123)
    by Zorba on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:13:52 PM EST
    the statute of limitations is up for the thefts, although they might be prosecuted for possession of stolen artwork.

    See Slate.

    Now, 23 years later, the museum just wants its art back--which is likely the point of yesterday's big announcement. By saying they know who stole the artwork, and suggesting that they're making good progress on the case, the FBI is probably trying to spook whoever currently holds the art into coming forward and making a deal--whether it's a private collector, the thieves themselves, or the proprietors of some random storage facility somewhere. While the feds have suggested that they'd be willing to extend immunity in exchange for the art, that deal might not apply if the art isn't voluntarily surrendered.

    Hmmmm (none / 0) (#127)
    by squeaky on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:58:31 PM EST
    There is more than likely a statute of limitations for making a claim against someone who has possession of your stolen art.

    That may be part of why the FBI is keeping it's mouth shut.

    Also, it appears that a thief may be able to keep the art after the statute of limitations has expired but a purchaser of stolen art has little chance of keeping the art if the owner does his or her due diligence and pursues a claim against the owner of the stolen art.

    The statute of limitations on possessing stolen art begins once the owner finds out who possesses the art. They must pursue and make a claim before the statute of limitation runs out..  varies state to state..

    Also knowingly buying and possessing stolen art is a Federal Crime..  but not always easy to prove.


    Yes, this is (none / 0) (#131)
    by Zorba on Fri May 23, 2014 at 04:45:32 PM EST
    quite complex.  
    I can only hope that the artwork can be retrieved and restored to the museum.
    When art is stolen from a museum, where everyone can visit and appreciate it, and it disappears into a storage locker, or into some greedy person's private collection, this is a loss for all of us.

    More on FBI Announcement (5.00 / 1) (#141)
    by squeaky on Sat May 24, 2014 at 11:23:05 AM EST
    Read carefully, however, the story is nothing new at all, just a retelling of last year's "news" released around the anniversary of the theft and a raft of conjecture.....

    ....If my skepticism sounds familiar, it is because there was a similar episode last year, when the FBI claimed "with a  high degree of confidence" that it knew who had stolen the paintings.  That story, as has often been the case, was released around the anniversary of the theft (though without mentioned that coincidence).  Richard DesLauriers, the Special Agent in Charge in Boston, said then: "The FBI believes with a high degree of confidence that in the years after the theft, the art was transported to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region, and some of the art was taken to Philadelphia, where it was offered for sale by those responsible for the theft,"

    The FBI theory seems to be this: an informant in a Dorchester garage accused Merlino of being involved, and someone else in the same garage knew Gentile, who had some police paraphernalia in his house.  Really?  Put that way, it is pretty clear why the FBI has not arrested anyone or offered more information: it cannot prove any of this.....

    .... If the FBI thinks it has a case against a responsible person, it should move on that information.  If it is simply going to make insinuations, it should stop.

    Art Law Report


    I agree with (none / 0) (#143)
    by Zorba on Sat May 24, 2014 at 02:52:56 PM EST
    The author of that article.
    Basically, the FBI should "put up or shut up."

    NBC to air Snowden/Greenwald (5.00 / 2) (#113)
    by Anne on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:40:45 PM EST
    interview with Brian Williams:

    NBC News's Lester Holt on Wednesday night anchored "NBC Nightly News," substituting for Brian Williams, who was said to be "on assignment."

    Accurate: Williams went to Russia for an exclusive interview with famous National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, an NBC News source confirms.

    That's not all. Glenn Greenwald, who helped boost the Guardian to a public-service Pulitzer Prize, showed up as well. The result of all this on-the-sly travel will be a tripartite NBC News interview extravaganza: one session of several hours with Williams and Snowden, which will constitute the majority of the on-air presentation; one with Williams and Greenwald; and a third with Williams and both Snowden and Greenwald. As opposed to conducting the interview, which he did previously with Snowden, Greenwald will be an interviewee in this go-round. The NBC News primetime special from the interview will air on May 28 at 10 p.m. EST.

    We had the news on Wed. night when Williams made the announcement; kind of surprised no one mentioned it here.

    I just love (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:39:42 PM EST
    The dudes 8 years older than me.

    And Mick... (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:36:35 AM EST
    just became a great-grandfather.  Crazy.



    Don't remind me (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:02:21 AM EST
    The Rolling Stones... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:35:38 AM EST
    Sex, drugs, & rock-n-roll baby...if the trinity don't kill ya by 30, you should be good till you're 80 and beyond.

    Heh (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:47:29 AM EST
    Once when I was working in Atlanta in about 2006 I was having Thanksgivvng with  few of my young single coworkers.  It was a hoot.  We fried a turkey.  Something none of us had ever done.  On the balcony of an apartment.  Really they fried the turkey and I stood by with phone in hand and 911 entered waiting to push "send".
    Anyway during the course of that day, amazed by the amount and variety of drugs I consumed, one of them shook his head and said with respect "you and fu@king Keith Richards man.  Fu@king indestructible.  You could walk into a fu@king burning house".  And toked.

    On a balcony? (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:52:54 AM EST
    That's more dangerous than all the drugs we've done put together! There aughtta be a law...;)

    I think there is actually (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:53:34 AM EST
    I'm sure there is... (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:00:35 PM EST
    though that issue could/should be covered by common sense.  But the law loves to cater to the stupid.

    Thanks mom (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:02:01 PM EST
    We'll be fine

    Although (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:00:52 PM EST
    Not quite as crazy as I sounds.  He lived in an old apt complex that was scheduled to be torn down  - he was supposed to be out by the first of Dec - and had almost no tenants.  And none in the building we were in but him.  So really we were only risking our own lives.

    And it was really good.  Ever have fried turkey?


    No... (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:02:20 PM EST
    but I've heard it is excellent, and I've always said you could deep fry an old sneaker and it would taste good.

    It is however (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:04:34 PM EST
    Extremely dangerous.  

    Most worthwhile endeavors have... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:09:35 PM EST
    some level of danger.  

    Check it out (none / 0) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:29:47 PM EST

    We were filming.  Just in case.


    I was talking to an artist friend of mine (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:25:33 PM EST
    about home cooking different artists' materials. He told a story about trying to make stand oil - boiled oil. You take a big pot of linseed oil and bring it to just below a boil and keep it there for a long time. It needs to be watched constantly because if it actually boils it will explode. He and a friend were outside under a tree and it was a nice day and they were enjoying some refreshments. The oil exploded, burnt down the tree and burnt them too, but not badly. Yes extremely dangerous.

    Wow (5.00 / 2) (#42)
    by squeaky on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:36:26 PM EST
    Much more dangerous than making duck confit..  also have to keep the temp between 190º-210ºF  and avoid boiling... but only because it will ruin the taste. Never let it go over 200º... so maybe the real reason is my confit would explode!

    They did not have the advantage of a (none / 0) (#95)
    by ZtoA on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:28:11 AM EST
    thermometer.  Or they were just too 'refreshed' to think they needed one. The old method was to watch the oil smoke and to brush it away with a large feather. Somehow one was supposed to be able to tell the temp from the amount of smoke. I mean WTF? One is supposed to tell that without a master supervising? But that's the kind of dudes they are. I am extremely glad they survived - they are wonderful artists and friends.

    But exploding duck confit might be a lot of fun. What a home chef show for guests! I've been looking at recipes for duck confit and think I will have to try it.


    Sous VIde (none / 0) (#101)
    by squeaky on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:16:54 AM EST
    This duck confit recipe is also by Paula Wolfert, and a hat tip to Nathan Myhrvold.

    It is cooked in a pouch (plastic bag) rather than the traditional large enameled pot.

    A bit easier if you do not mind cooking in plastic.. .


    Thanks for the heads up (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:52:17 PM EST
    I just changed by eBay password.

    Could (none / 0) (#6)
    by lentinel on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:57:47 AM EST
    you say why you changed your ebay password?

    I guess you missed the part where (none / 0) (#7)
    by Anne on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:01:38 AM EST
    Jeralyn mentions the massive hack that eBay was a victim of.

    See here.

    Hackers quietly broke into eBay two months ago and stole a database full of user information, the online auction site revealed Wednesday.

    Criminals now have possession of eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) customer names, account passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and birth dates.

    The company said the passwords were encrypted and are virtually impossible to be deciphered. Still, as a precaution, eBay is asking everyone to reset their passwords late Wednesday.

    The company isn't saying how many of its 148 million active accounts were affected -- or even how many customers had information stored in that database. But an eBay spokeswoman said the hack impacted "a large number of accounts."

    PayPal, which is a subsidiary of eBay, says it wasn't affected.

    Considering it happened 2 months ago, this feels like closing the barn door after the horses have left, but it still seems like a good idea to make the change.


    Thanks. (none / 0) (#8)
    by lentinel on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:34:33 AM EST
    I did miss what Jeralyn had written.

    I now have changed my password.

    Putting in symbols, lower case, upper case, whatnot.
    Made several errors.
    Did it correctly, and received a message that there was trouble in the system.
    Got another email.
    Finally, done.

    Thank you again.
    You certainly are right about the barn door.

    Lucky someone didn't buy a car on my dime.


    Bill is on the way lentinel... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:42:59 AM EST
    if it's any consolation, she runs great! ;)

    I tell ya it's nice not to be exposed to any of this hacking sh*t, another benefit to cash and carry.  Only brick and mortar thieves to worry about, which isn't much of a worry.


    If anyone (none / 0) (#15)
    by lentinel on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:55:09 AM EST
    gets the car, I'm glad it's you.

    Cash and carry is great.
    I don't like banks, and I don't like credit cards.

    But there is no way I can get some of the rare records I want except by buying from ebay and paying by Paypal - the most "loved" way of paying... (grits teeth).


    Know what you mean... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:14:41 AM EST
    I sacrifice my non-banking principals for convenience too and use a pre-paid CC when cash isn't an option (internet shopping, booking hotels, etc.)  But I just load what I need and spend it asap, so the banksters ain't holding my money to gamble with, and there's nothing to hack at.  Anybody hacking my card number is gonna be very disappointed, at most there is only pocket-change on there.

    How do (none / 0) (#28)
    by lentinel on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:01:39 PM EST
    you load a prepaid credit card?

    Do you bring cash someplace?


    Yeah,,, (5.00 / 3) (#33)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:06:32 PM EST
    mine is through Western Union...sign up on their website, they mail you a card, and you bring cash to any Western Union location to load it up.  The vig is 4.95 per load, but there are no other charges associated with the card.

    One particularly good use for me is when traveling to Mexico I load it with dollars the day before I leave, and hit the ATM in Mexico for pesos, you get a better exchange rate than the Cambios.


    You can go (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:14:29 PM EST
    to where you originally purchased the prepaid credit card.  Often, in other places.
    Google "reloading a prepaid credit card," and there are a number of options.
    Of course, they all involve fees of some kind.

    Well, there you go (none / 0) (#34)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:06:44 PM EST
    The answer to my previous comment.

    The one (and probably only)... (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:29:32 PM EST
    area where I am the resident TL expert..how to live without a checking account and/or major credit card.

    Well that and maybe rolling joints;)


    I have a friend (none / 0) (#49)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:07:23 PM EST
    who is much the same way.
    She has no checking account or credit card.  She uses cash or, when she needs to, a prepaid, reloadable credit card.  She pays her landlord in cash, which he seems to be perfectly happy with.  She has a car, but paid cash for it, and gets money orders to pay her car insurance, or anything else that requires a "check."  She pays her utility bills at the grocery store, using cash.
    She appears to be doing quite well.  
    Except for the joint thing- she is definitely not into that.    ;-)

    Nobody's perfect ;) (none / 0) (#52)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:15:24 PM EST
    I'm glad to know your friend is out there, oddities love company!

    Well, she worked (none / 0) (#56)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:11:00 PM EST
    for many years with troubled youth and juvenile delinquents in the justice system, and saw way too many young kids ruined by drug use, so she has a particular prejudice against any drugs (including alcohol, BTW), so I give her a pass on this because of her own background there.

    I'm only teasing... (none / 0) (#58)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:19:13 PM EST
    Abstaining or partaking doesn't matter...it's judging others for their personal choice that isn't cool, be it to abstain or partake.

    It does not seem that (none / 0) (#60)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:39:19 PM EST
    she has a problem with adults choosing to partake of whatever they want to.  Her attitude on this is, okay, it's definitely not for me, but that's up to you.
    But she has a very, very real problem with underage kids using any such substances, including booze.  And I have to say, I have a problem with kids using, as well.

    As do I... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:56:00 PM EST
    Unless it's me as a minor, in which case I still approve.  Special case Z, special case! ;)

    Seriously though...I think it's important to teach teenagers how to drink responsibly before sending them of to college as 18 year old rubes...that's just good parenting/guardianship.  As for my sacrament and other soft drugs, best to wait till 18, I agree.  That's what I tried to teach my brother's kids (both over 21 now and great great "kids"), all the fun will be there when you go to college, get through high school at least and then you can make up your own young adult mind.  

    But kids will be kids, they will  make their own choices and good/bad decisions no matter what ya tell 'em.  It's only when you get to 30 do you realize "son of a b*tch Mom and Dad were right about alotta stuff!".


    Interestingly enough, (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:29:30 PM EST
    our parents never made a big deal about booze.
    Once we were in, oh, about our mid-teens, we were offered a glass of wine on special occasions, or a glass of spiked eggnog on holidays, or even a highball, if we wanted it.  Not that my parents drank all the time or anything, but they made no big deal about us having some during those times (parties, holidays, guests for dinner or other such occasions, etc) when they were partaking.
    As a result of which, when we went to college, the whole "let's get drunk out of our minds because we have booze!" thing was never attractive to us.  Booze had never been a "forbidden object," so it held no special forbidden-fruit mystique for us.
    I suppose that, nowadays, parents could get in trouble for offering their underage kids alcohol.  
    We pretty much did the same thing with our kids.  And we told them, if you want to drink, have some at home.  Drinking and driving is verboten, stupid, and dangerous, and if you are ever at a party and do drink, don't drive- call us and we will pick you up, no questions asked.
    They never had a problem with booze, either.    

    I don't know the answer to this, (none / 0) (#16)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:07:47 AM EST
    But can you use one of those prepaid Visa cards on eBay and PayPal, as long as you load it with enough money for your purchase?  That would limit your liability if your account is hacked, at least.
    Of course, it may be that eBay, etc, don't allow the use of prepaid credit cards.   Might be worth asking, though.

    They allow (none / 0) (#31)
    by lentinel on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:03:12 PM EST
    debit cards... I don't get the impression that they check the balance before approving - but I hadn't thought of that...

    I would not use (none / 0) (#41)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:21:46 PM EST
    a debit card.  I have one, with my bank account.  But I do not use the debit card because then someone has my bank account information, and can hack into that account.
    Yes, it is true that you can contest this, and eventually get your money back, but it can take months, and meanwhile, your bank account is scr*wed.

    That varies from bank to bank, Zorba. (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by Anne on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:44:10 PM EST
    We've had our credit union account hijacked several times by people making online transactions, and in no case were we ever held liable for one penny of the unauthorized transactions - and the transactions were flagged and reversed immediately.  Yes, we had to fill out some forms, and had to have new cards and PINs issued, but it didn't take months and we were never prevented from using the account.

    Same thing happened with our M & T account - bank called in connection with a transaction in Africa - clearly unauthorized.  Transaction reversed, not one penny was our responsibility.

    In all cases, it was the bank/credit union that called us about the activity, and did so almost immediately.

    I do think banks have beefed up their security operations - in fact, I think it's become a selling point, because people want to feel like their accounts are secure.

    Whether it's a credit card or a debit card, people need to be careful.


    I'm certainly glad (none / 0) (#46)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:00:32 PM EST
    That's true now.  But I do know a couple of people whose debit card was hacked in the past (very large, national  banks, not credit unions or smaller, regional banks) and it took months before  it was straightened out.
    I'm pretty happy with our small, regional bank, and our credit card.  I have gotten calls from both, about unusual transactions.
    I hope that all banks are now doing this type of vigilance.

    Bank of Hawaii has a Visa debit card ... (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:46:01 PM EST
    Zorba: "But I do not use the debit card because then someone has my bank account information, and can hack into that account."

    ... which allows you to choose either credit or debit when transacting your business with a merchant. (That's handy if you patronize Costco / Price Club,  because they don't accept any credit cards other than American Express, so you need to use your debit function when shopping there.) They even assign the card a Visa account number, so there's a firewall between the card and your checking account.

    But I'm sure that there are other banks across the country which are doing the same, so you might want to check and see if your own bank offers a Visa or Mastercard debit/credit card. And if they don't, you might want to inquire as to why they don't.



    And thanks, Donald, and Anne, as well (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by Zorba on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:38:33 PM EST
    I called my bank, and they said that our debit card is as protected as a credit card would be, since it is through Visa.
    A good thing to know, since we will be traveling overseas soon, and will want to use our debit/credit/ATM card to get local cash.
    The nice woman on the phone also suggested that we call the 800 number before we left, to let them know that we will be using the card overseas.  A good idea, which I will follow up on, since I don't want it to be flagged.

    Absolutely. (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:25:22 PM EST
    Zorba: "The nice woman on the phone also suggested that we call the 800 number before we left, to let them know that we will be using the card overseas.  A good idea, which I will follow up on, since I don't want it to be flagged."

    Thanks to significant improvements in software technology, banks are becoming acutely aware of out-of-the-ordinary account transactions, and will flag those which occur overseas unless you've notified them in advance that you'll be leaving the country.

    (Further, prior to my mother's and uncle's trip to Argentina and Brazil last month, they had to obtain visa entry fees to both those countries, but found out that they could only do so online, so I had to do it for them. A representative from Bank of Hawaii subsequently called me within two hours of those transactions, to inquire as to whether I had recently authorized any such payments to South American governments. I have to admit, I was and am still impressed by such personal attention and customer service. That's why we bank there.)

    When you notify your bank of your upcoming trip, they'll ask where you're going and how long you'll be gone. While some might consider this to be intrusive, they're simply looking to both protect and accommodate you while you're traveling. Further, please be sure that you have your basic account info handy while on your trip, including a contact number for your bank, in the unlikely event that your card is either lost or stolen while you're away.



    Yes, and then as a test use it (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by ruffian on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:53:07 PM EST
    immediately when you are overseas for something small, before you are really counting on using it. Last time I travelled overseas I called ahead but they did not set my flag as I requested, so my card got declined and I spent my hour on a beach skyping the bank trying to  make it right so I could pay my hotel bill.

    Use debit card exclusively (none / 0) (#83)
    by MO Blue on Thu May 22, 2014 at 07:49:59 PM EST
    Like Anne I've had my account hit. One charge made in England was for over $4,000. Had absolutely no problem getting the transaction reversed and the money was back in my account in less than a week.

    Last time was right before Christmas 2013 due to the Target fiasco. Someone in Brooklyn had a great Christmas dinner since almost $70 was charged at a meat market there. The bank called me about this transaction asking if I made the charge. Since I did not, the bank reversed the transaction immediately and the amount never left my account.


    I NEVER use it as a debit card (none / 0) (#106)
    by jbindc on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:48:46 AM EST
    Always use it as a credit card - a credit card is much more protected.

    For both credit and debit cards, Federal law maximizes your potential losses to a maximum of $50 if your card is lost or stolen. Yet there is an important qualifier in the case of debit cards, and that is you must notify the bank within two days of the loss or theft. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) notes in the case of debit cards, "if you notify your bank after those first two days, under the law you could lose much more."

    In the case of debit cards, if the problem isn't reported within those two days you could be liable for up to $500 in fraudulent charges. There is even the potential to be on the hook for more than $500 depending on the circumstances and the situation.


    While the potential losses are greater in the event of a stolen or lost debit card when compared to those of a stolen credit card, another big problem is that even if you notice the unauthorized purchase within the time window, the banks still have weeks before their investigation of the improper charges have to be complete.

    When transaction errors do occur, banks have up to 10 business days (and at times 20) to conduct their own investigation after they receive notice from the card holder that an error occurred. In the case of a debit card, this means that an individual might not be refunded, and the charges, withdrawn for weeks. At times banks will provide a credit to the account for the amount in question, known as "provisional credit" -- but that still takes time.


    In addition to greater potential losses when a faulty transaction is made on a debit card, consumers also have fewer rights and less protection with debit cards when they receive damaged goods, faulty service, or defective merchandise when compared to the rights they have with credit cards.  

    The trick to that... (none / 0) (#97)
    by unitron on Fri May 23, 2014 at 12:44:44 AM EST
    ...is to have the debit card tied to a checking account which you keep starved for funds, so that there's not much to steal.

    And I'm pretty sure no one could call up my credit union and say "My debit card number is blah blah blah, please tell me the number of my savings account, my social security number, and the password I use for online banking so I can move funds from savings to checking." and get any co-operation out of them.


    For the climate change deniers (none / 0) (#18)
    by jbindc on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:15:24 AM EST
    Even the Pope thinks it's a problem that needs to be addressed.

    Speaking to a massive crowd in Rome, the first Argentinian pope delivered a short address in which he argued that respect for the "beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos" is a Christian value, noting that failure to care for the planet risks apocalyptic consequences.

    "Safeguard Creation," he said. "Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!"

    The pope centered his environmentalist theology around the biblical creation story in the book of Genesis, where God is said to have created the world, declared it "good," and charged humanity with its care. Francis also made reference to his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was a famous lover of animals, and appeared to tie the ongoing environmental crisis to economic concerns -- namely, instances where a wealthy minority exploits the planet at the expense of the poor.

    "Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude," Francis said.

    Francis also said that humanity's destruction of the planet is a sinful act, likening it to self-idolatry.

    "But when we exploit Creation we destroy the sign of God's love for us, in destroying Creation we are saying to God: `I don't like it! This is not good!' `So what do you like?' `I like myself!' - Here, this is sin! Do you see?"

    Sorry, right-wing deniers, you are once again on the wrong side of science and history and pure common decency.

    Oh, you're gonna love this! (5.00 / 2) (#45)
    by NYShooter on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:53:59 PM EST
    "In Landmark Class Action, Farmers Insurance Sues Local Governments for Ignoring Climate Change"..........Ari Philips/Think Progress....5/20/2014  


    You can, of course, read the whole article, but, in short, I think the concept is brilliant. While the authors of this approach are realistic, and, don't expect any windfalls right away, it should, at least, start a process of dialogue and action, which is way, way more than we're doing now.

    Short version: Expert Climatologists study, and, analyze a particular geographical area, and, the changes that their weather will bring. They offer/suggest what protective action the local government should make to reduce, and, ameliorate the damage that will accompany those changes.

    Therefore, the Municipality has been officially warned. And, drivers who have gotten financial awards from municipalities that failed to fix defects (potholes)  "after" being warned can attest, the only thing that gets government action is the fear/threat of court ordered financial payouts.


    Makes me kind of proud (none / 0) (#63)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:14:58 PM EST
    I have Farmers insurance

    ... you're all a bunch of communists.

    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 359 (none / 0) (#21)
    by Dadler on Thu May 22, 2014 at 11:43:21 AM EST
    Z to A (none / 0) (#50)
    by squeaky on Thu May 22, 2014 at 02:11:04 PM EST
    why on earth would she deliberately lie about something to her boss when he was going to find out anyway? She was Baquet's boss.

    Baquet and Abramson did not have a great relationship according to reports.. and apparently Baquet and Gibson sparred during the Snowden

    Baquet was the point person at the Times on the Snowden stories, and he and Gibson sometimes clashed, according to a former Times executive who knew them both. (Reached for comment, Baquet acknowledged some tension in the partnership between the Times and the Guardian over the Snowden documents, but said he liked Gibson and thought she was a fine editor. Gibson declined to comment.)


    story about Abramson not disclosing full story to Baquet here:

    According to reports, Abramson was planning to install Gibson but had failed to apprise her managing editor, Dean Baquet, on the full extent of Gibson's portfolio -- especially the fact that Gibson would come aboard as a co-equal of Baquet's. Another allegation is that Sulzberger felt deceived by Abramson over the question of whether Baquet knew all about the plans.


    As I suspected, Abramson was offered the same deal as Raines; to resign:

    Abramson turned down an offer from Times leadership to engineer a happy-face exit. "Jill said no," Sulzberger told Ellison.

    more on the story Arthur Sulzberger's First Interview About the Turmoil at The New York Times: "I Would Have Done It Differently"r by Sarah Ellison

    seems to me it depends on how you read it (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:32:13 PM EST
    "I don't know if Arthur Sulzberger is a misogynist. Jill really is an abrasive character, and she has this disapproving look all the time. But the thing about Jill is that Arthur knew exactly what he was getting before he hired her. And consider this: He fired Janet Robinson, point blank, first woman CEO of the New York Times Company. He fires the first woman editor of The New York Times, point blank, out the door. He fired Carla Robbins, who was the deputy editor of the editorial page. It's not like Arthur said, `Hey, we're gonna eliminate your job, and you have a month or two to leave.' It's like, `Goodbye, go home.' You don't treat people who have done nothing wrong like that. Even when Howell was fired, he had his wife there and gave a big goodbye speech to everyone."

    From the Ellison article the quote "I would have done it differently" refers to hiring her not firing her. Also from the Ellison article:

    There was something slightly haunting about Sulzberger, whose own manner some have found it difficult to connect with, critiquing another person on grounds of personality.

    The narrative that vilifies Abramson and deifies Baquet seems very neat--conveniently neat. The one aspect that seems clear is that in his own mind--and in his own telling--Sulzberger believed that he had to make a choice between Abramson and Baquet. There was no middle ground. Sulzberger chose Baquet. From the tenor of our conversation--and as he himself came close to saying--it felt as if he wished he had made that choice at the outset, in 2011.

    He cast doubts on Abramson's management and seemed forgiving of his own mistakes.

    Seems to me that Baquet's emotional outbursts and threats to leave plays a part - she was his boss. Sulzberger then decided to go either/or on the matter and fired her. He is doubling down on his criticisms of her personality.

    And he has opened up a can of worms for the Times.

    Abramson's firing was among the most harsh and humiliating I've ever seen play out in the media's recent history. Within minutes of the editorial meeting at which the turnover was announced, Abramson's name had been scrubbed from the masthead of the paper she's run for the past two and a half years. A Times spokeswoman told Buzzfeed that Abramson would not be remaining with the paper in any professional capacity and would have no involvement in the transition of power. Sulzberger made no pretense that this was anything other than an unceremonious dump. When staffers reportedly expressed concern that Abramson's firing would be a blow to women, he helpfully explained that that women in top management positions are just as likely to be fired as men in top management positions.

    Not Defending Anyone Here (none / 0) (#82)
    by squeaky on Thu May 22, 2014 at 07:12:20 PM EST
    The question on the table is whether or not Abramson will sue.

    I do not think so. I do not think that I would like either Sulzberger or Abramson. Howell Raines seemed like a major Ahole, maybe a male version of Abramson..  of course younger women and men in Raines case looked up to them like gods..

    Rosenthal also seemed like a jerk...

    I think that the people who get the pulitzers can not afford to have much empathy and they dole out lots of insults.

    And, if Raines did not take the resignation, and went the you are fired route, I am sure it would have appeared as nasty as Abramson. Maybe more so, because Raines would have lashed out.

    4 managing editors in 12 years..    every three years goes POP


    OK I see what you are saying (none / 0) (#84)
    by ZtoA on Thu May 22, 2014 at 07:58:16 PM EST
    and I agree, she will most likely not sue. She doesn't have much to gain from suing, he's already roasting in the court of public opinion, and she can teach at Harvard or do whatever she wants. Plus I agree that he did not break any laws in firing her.

    It was only three short weeks ago ... (none / 0) (#67)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:55:02 PM EST
    ... that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was being touted by the New York Times and other national media as one of the GOP's brightest political prospects and a potential presidential candidate. As of this week, though, his current re-election prospects in his own state may now be considered in jeopardy.

    Whereas the March 2014 Marquette University poll had Walker up by only seven points over his likely but still relatively unknown Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, the latest MU poll released this week shows the two now locked in a dead heat, a startling 14-point swing in only eight weeks which potentially bodes ill for the incumbent.

    One probable reason for that is Gov. Walker's now-crumbling standing among both Wisconsin's women and its young adults, thanks in no small part to the Republicans' continued hostility to women's reproductive rights, their repeal of the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act, and the governor's highly partisan refusal to accept federal monies to expand Wisconsin's Medicaid program in accordance with provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    Further, whereas Ms. Burke was heretofore suffering from a serious lack of name recognition, her campaign now appears to be making substantial headway as more Wisconsin voters more and more Wisconsinites find Gov. Walker's performance wanting, and are open to consideration of his likely Democratic opponent. And this same MU poll indicates that voters are also starting to like what they see in her.

    So while the race is still considered by most political prognosticators as the governor's to lose, it's also quite evident that as Wisconsin voters are getting to know Burke better, this election is starting to shape up less as a valedictory victory lap for the incumbent, than as yet another public referendum on Walker himself.


    Sounds (none / 0) (#77)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:14:24 PM EST
    like a lot of places that got these governors four years ago. Here in GA the tax payers have had to shell out over $1,000,000.00 for Deals ethical lapses. He has been sued by at least three people for firing them because they would not lie for him to the ethics committee in the legislature. Of course, he has the most corrupt ethics committee ever seen in the state of Georgia. Then you have the unpopular Rick Scott. Even Nikki Haley is hanging out in the low 40's in South Carolina. She was never that well liked there and did not win by a whole lot back in 2010.

    I remember hearing people say (none / 0) (#78)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:17:20 PM EST
    They would have voted hom out during the recall but didn't like the idea of the recall.

    Let's not get carried away (none / 0) (#80)
    by CoralGables on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:34:25 PM EST
    Marquette has done four polls over the last 7 months and all four have Walker leading by between 2 and 7 points. Your 14 point swing is a comparison between Marquette and a likely outlier that has only polled the election one time. Also, your "dead heat" comment is actually Walker at +3 when broken down to likely voters.

    When looking at his previous elections, Walker won by the following margins:

    2010 election +5.8
    2012 recall election +6.8

    It's highly possible the margin will be narrowed. It's also possible the failed recall attempt made him stronger going forward. While he's not a juggernaut and I'd love to see Walker lose, as of today I'm not expecting it.


    I don't think I'm "carried away." (none / 0) (#85)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:19:06 PM EST
    It's still a little less than six months until Election Day, and as I noted above, most prognosticators still say it's Gov. Walker's race to lose. I won't disagree with them.

    That said, the Marquette poll was the only poll in 2012 to consistently place Walker out in front during his recall election, and they further called it for him the week of the vote by 7 points, and nailed it. They have a reputation for being a pretty reliable local bellwether in Wisconsin politics.

    So, if the MU poll is showing a significant move in Mary Burke's direction, and given that she's still a relative unknown commodity in state politics who's on an upward trajectory, I wouldn't dismiss its findings out of hand.

    Gov. Walker clearly cuts a polarizing figure in Wisconsin. While his campaign is certainly well-funded, it's also true that more than 50% of his funding is coming from out of state. His negatives -- already high to begin with -- have only gotten higher since the 2012 recall, which will tend to drive the governor's supporters toward conducting a negative campaign in an attempt to make his opponent the issue, and not his record and conduct in office.

    In the case of a well-known opponent who's been around the block a few times, like former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012, that worked. But Mary Burke is not Tom Barrett. A fourth generation state resident, she's a fresh face in Wisconsin politics who comes across as both personally likeable and very knowledgeable in matters of state policy.

    Therefore, any pre-emptive and full-throttle bludgeoning of Burke by the Walker campaign and the state GOP looks to be a pretty hard sell. If they do go down that road, as I imagine they will given their own history, they run a serious risk of (a) looking weak and running scared and (b) reinforcing the governor's own already-significant negatives with the electorate, particularly among Wisconsin's female voters. For these reasons, I think this is going to be a race to watch.



    I love Antiques Roadshow (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:28:46 PM EST
    AN AXE LENGTH AWAY, vol. 360 (none / 0) (#111)
    by Dadler on Fri May 23, 2014 at 11:24:34 AM EST
    She met him on Mismatch.com (link)

    v. 359
    v. 358
    v. 357
    v. 356

    Only 5 more comics to go until I reach my goal of 365 within a calendar year. Then AXE goes on sabbatical, and into reruns, for a good spell.

    Peace, mi amigas y amigos.

    Gay marriage law of the land w/o Kennedy? (none / 0) (#126)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 03:37:07 PM EST
    Who Needs the Supreme Court?
    A judge just struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban. You could be forgiven for yawning. This is the third marriage equality ruling just this week (welcome to the party, Oregon and Utah), and the 18th straight win in the courts in less than a year.
    The unbroken string of victories dates from the Supreme Court's ruling last June in United States v. Windsor, striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. Does that make this series of rulings predictable? That's what Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent last year, warning that Windsor would actually nationalize gay marriage. But it's not what the majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy said. Windsor wasn't a full stride--it was a baby two-step, partly sidling up to the notion of marriage equality and partly relying on the power of states to determine marriage laws for themselves. What's amazing is that so far, all the courts have followed the equality move, and the momentum raises a question no one would have dreamed of a year ago: Will gay marriage become the law of the land without the Supreme Court doing anything more?

    I sincerely hope (5.00 / 1) (#132)
    by Zorba on Fri May 23, 2014 at 04:56:57 PM EST
    that the tides of history are such that gay marriage will be legally recognized everywhere in this country.
    With or without the Supreme Court.
    Although I do think that, given the increasing number of state courts that have found for gay marriage, Kennedy would also abandon the "not a full stride" opinion when all of these state recognitions of gay marriage reach the a Supremes.
    "Nino" Scalia and his cohorts are on the wrong side of history.

    Currently (none / 0) (#133)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 23, 2014 at 05:02:25 PM EST
    49 states allow GM the ban is struck down pending appeal or is currently challenged in court.

    Only North Dakota remains.

    That is IMO remarkable.


    Where did you get 49 states? (5.00 / 1) (#142)
    by sj on Sat May 24, 2014 at 12:33:10 PM EST
    I see 19 at this link. I didn't count them at this one. But I still think it's remarkable.