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The US Government Shutters Its Doors

Republicans are to blame. Their maddening, sheep-like bleating that this is the fault of the Obama Administration because the people are against ObamaCare (The Affordable Care Act). The latest poll (1 week ago) shows that 50% of the people DO NOT want to defund the President's signature health care act while 38% are in favor of eliminating government funds for it. 12% remain unsure.

This shows that the Republicans on the extreme right have completely lost touch with reality. They are committing political suicide when everybody in their districts finally realizes they are a bunch of loonies who don't want people treated with pre-existing conditions or have insurance without lifetime caps (Oh, I'm sorry Mrs. Smith, little Jimmy has already used up his $100,000 in lifetime benefits and our company will no longer cover his totally curable cancer care.)

Now the Republicans are threatening not to approve a modest increase in the debt ceiling if they do not get what they want on health care. They are threatening the full faith & credit of the United States. That is, the US will not make interest payments on Treasury Bills if the debt ceiling is not raised. That will happen some time around November 1st.
The talking heads are saying that this will never happen because these are the mechanisms that force deals to happen in Washington and voices from the business world shall become very, very shrill to do something about the matter.

How real is the chance of that happening? Well, US Treasury Bonds are the #1 safest investment in the world. People from all over the world RUN to put their money in T-Bills when the shit hits the fan in their own country. There is insurance called "credit derivative swaps" (sound familiar from 2008?). Well, you used to be able to get 100k in insurance through this financial instrument for 7k. Now, the same insurance as of last week cost $40,000. That is almost a six-fold rise in the cost of insuring the safest investment in the world - a US treasury Bond with historically low yields.

When our creditors from well-off countries decide to raise interest rates through their actions or inaction's (of buying or not buying) they will not come down easily and will have drastic effects on our economy.

All because of these tea-party idiots who want to slash government spending more than it already has been, all bankrolled by billionaires like the Koch Brothers. Unbelievable.

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Furlough!

My wife motored off to work this morning, through the fog, to receive instructions on shutting down her work station. She's not to use her "work" computer and managers are not to use their "work" cell phones, as they are property of the U.S. government. How about those Republicans refusing to back down and be a part of the game, acting with widespread futility and maybe leading us all into another real market buster??!!

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What you said, Ted!

The Republicans think they are preparing for the 2014 election cycle by this craziness? It costs tens of millions of dollars every time they pull this crap. Jim Boehner, the freakin' wino (not the only one in Congress) goes along with the fellas lest he lose his job. Ted Cruz seems to have already taken it from him. Mitch McConell is nowhere to be seen because his is not a mid-relief pitcher, he is a closer and will only come in to fan the last three hitters in the Senate. What crap, what hubris. No, not hubris, that is too fancy a word for what is going on here.

These people (the tea-party house members and 17 ultra-conservative senators that vote with Cruz on everything) are bent on making the Obama presidency irrelevant. Not just irrelevant, but non-functional. They are stupid, egotistical racist ideologues covered in conservative clothing.

Was there an idiot wind blowing during the last three election cycles? Must have been to have the current state of affairs. Good luck Grateful Ted (I wouldn't want to insult you by confusing you to Ted Cruz), I hope you and your wife get your paychecks and this whole threat about the debt ceiling too goes away!

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Furlough?

If the shutdown occurs, as I suspect it will, my wife will have to drive to her workplace and prepare for unpaid leave by updating her voice mail and turning on the "out of office" email quote ... crazy ! As a federal civil service retiree, I wonder if my pension check will land in my account tomorrow... Congressional and social security pay will continue. All this hogwash just because Republicans are determined to dispose of Obamacare as well as drag their feet on the debt ceiling. I sure hope 2014 brings us candidates who are elected to act progressively, for the people, and not for some far-right party agenda.
Meanwhile, Go Tribe!!: see you in the World Series!!

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This week's Current Events

The government will probably close down even as the health care exchanges open up.
More people will die of car bombings in Iraq.
The weather will be rather odd in some corner of the US due to global warming.
The Congress will seriously contemplate the new coat of paint on the debt ceiling.

(Ho-hum)

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Running from the Kitchen, let the pot brownies burn

@ Anna rRxia _ To me this subject matter, discussing it..even in length I still come away feeling I've just touched the iceberg. But with myself perhaps it was loaded bringing it up; mentioning this supposed industry change interwoven or in-hand with a questionable dubious method. The questionable dubious method being the cartels introduced into the legal equation (recreation). Everything you mentioned I'm more or less in accord. Or arriving at. A Grey industry rather than a Black. Well put & yea. I feel theres' no turning back..just press on & see where trial and error goes. More pro-ponents for recreational, who vote. That'll get soundbites out of congressmen. Nail them to a position on this. -- Again tho to be honest, most likely all of this will proceed at a sloe. I don't touch the stuff (these days. I'm a geez who likes to read, so) but..you know how it is. I respect the stuff. It's a big merciless business, and it just seems like it's everywhere & nowhere. I give it validation or merit with the seeming belief that 2 draws of good sensimilia, it can really relax you. And maybe get stuff done feeling good. That's about my extent of advocacy.

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Carolyn Cassady..Not just Beat, but smart. Just artsy.

Upon hearing the news of her passing like most biography information I found myself going to Wikipedia instantly. What impressed me most about her was her Academic focus. And tenaciousness to perservear..and I guess her just being able to read a social situation and know it was happening, or where it was at. In hindsight it might sound nieve or incongruous to ask 'why did she hang with Neal & Jack K'? but at least she was swift enough to realise she was among Literary social Celebs with buzz. This might not have been as obvious as you might think in the 1950's. Her's & Neals paths to adult-hood you could say were almost along different Social class paths. Very different, or more different then in common. my impression. .. On 2nd thought, it occured to me I find myself asking 'Oh, she put up with Neal or took him back after his 3 years in Calif Corrections'..but after all the charge was sale of 3 joints to the undercovers. Neal may've had his skip-out-on-rent-money ways & other preferences..but that's just a Fascist drakonian charge. More a beating. But again, she strikes me as a Renaissance woman. Smarter or more learned than Neal & just as smart as Jack. Again just tenacious. Give her a wiki

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UN Security Council to Pass Syrian Chemical Resolution

Although a vast majority of Americans recently polled bummed on Obama's handling of the Syrian chemical attack, the way is paved in the Security Council for a resolution ordering the dismantling of his chemical stocks.

The first condition of an inventory of those weapons was submitted within seven days, last Saturday by the outlaw regime.

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Ted Cruz teaches himself an allegory nursery rhyme

"Do you like green eggs & ham?
I do not like them Sam
I do not like green eggs and ham.
Would you like them here or there?
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham,
I do not like them Sam.
Would you like them in a house.
Would you like them with a mouse.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here.
I do not like them anywhere."

Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham was read by Ted Cruz on the Senate floor last night as he attempted a one man stand-up comedy show on ObamaCare as Rome burns. This particular choice of nursery rhyme is such an obvious allegory to Green Eggs & Ham as ObamaCare, Obama as Uncle Sam and the narrator as Ted Cruz that it traverses hilarity, blasts through poignancy and settles comfortably into the Kafkaesque.

And isn't that where it should be with this Congress?

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The True HooHA

"Two U.S. officials said the investigations into Snowden's activities confirmed that his downloading of sensitive information began at Dell. He is believed to have moved from Dell to Booz Allen with little time off in between.

In February 2010, while working for Dell, Snowden wrote in an internet technology forum, Ars Technica, that he was bothered by technology companies allegedly giving the U.S. government access to private computer servers.

"It really concerns me how little this sort of corporate behavior bothers those outside of technology circles," Snowden wrote under the screen name "The True HooHA." "Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types." (Reuters)

Recent revelations are that the NSA used a program called "lifesaver" to covertly copy the hard-drives of computers in the Indian Embassy/Consulate and Indian UN offices.

Snowden was granted one year of asylum in Russia on 8/1/13.

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