Recent comments by Pearl

Jackdawracy wrote:

Give me LIBORty, or give me debt!

Perfect! That will be like LIBOR DAY'S "Merry Christmas!"

Laughing out loud

Ummmm....JD--my post above was practically tailor-made for you.

I'mmmmmm waiting.......

(No surprise that I got Pigged on this one.)

Anyone here up for a friendly round of CRowd sourcing?

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I would like to propose a new holiday, but I think we all need to put our heads together to make up the rules, traditions and symbolism of this day of celebration, reflection, unbridled greed.

LIBOR DAY: (Lying In Banker Oriented Rhetoric) Day will be an international holiday, set aside for 99%ers to unabashedly make shit up about their own financial situation.

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We need to come up with a suitable date on the calendar on which we can celebrate LIBOR DAY each year.

We need to decide on the traditions of the holiday. (Buying massive amounts of crap that we don't need with credit card rates and limits that we set ourselves?)

The iconic fictional characters and symbols that will represent the spirit of the holiday. (The LIBOR DAY versions of a Santa Claus, Christmas tree, Dreidel, Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Tooth Fairy, Leprechauns, Pilgrims, Turkeys, Jack-O-lanterns, etc.)

Parade concepts for the LIBOR DAY. (Inflated things--like Macy's Day Balloons?)

Traditional clothing to be worn on LIBOR DAY. (Pinstripes? Rolexes?)

Traditional Greetings to be exchanged on LIBOR DAY. (Screw you! ?) (Screw me? Screw YOU!)

Traditional Libor Day songs.

Etc.

Okay--you guys have the idea....now....Run with it.

On your (German) mark.....get set.......go!!!

Anyone here up for a friendly round of CRowd sourcing?

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I would like to propose a new holiday, but I think we all need to put our heads together to make up the rules, traditions and symbolism of this day of celebration, reflection, unbridled greed.

LIBOR DAY: (Lying In Banker Oriented Rhetoric) Day will be an international holiday, set aside for 99%ers to unabashedly make shit up about their own financial situation.

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We need to come up with a suitable date on the calendar on which we can celebrate LIBOR DAY each year.

We need to decide on the traditions of the holiday. (Buying massive amounts of crap that we don't need with credit card rates and limits that we set ourselves?)

The iconic fictional characters and symbols that will represent the spirit of the holiday. (The LIBOR DAY versions of a Santa Claus, Christmas tree, Dreidel, Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Tooth Fairy, Leprechauns, Pilgrims, Turkeys, Jack-O-lanterns, etc.)

Parade concepts for the LIBOR DAY. (Inflated things--like Macy's Day Balloons?)

Traditional clothing to be worn on LIBOR DAY. (Pinstripes? Rolexes?)

Traditional Greetings to be exchanged on LIBOR DAY. (Screw you! ?) (Screw me? Screw YOU!)

Traditional Libor Day songs.

Etc.

Okay--you guys have the idea....now....Run with it.

On your (German) mark.....get set.......go!!!

Counterpointer wrote:

nova's departed?

Yes, Counterpointer, we've lost our friend, Nova. Sad

HomeGnome wrote:

Hard to get motivated.

YouTube - PAUL SIMON - American Tune (1974)

Morning CRowd. Happy 4th. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell! Bic Flick

Nytol all

and goodnight, mysterious author. I miss you.

Mad World comes to mind when I think of Nova.

I always got the impression that the teachers and grown ups in Nova's life (Nova as a kid, that is) didn't appreciate or recognize his extraordinary gifts.

YouTube - Mad World - Gary Jules 

And, of course, Hallelujah comes to mind.

YouTube - "Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright (Irish performance)

JP wrote:

Wasn't your daughter in the area? How did she fare?

Thanks, JP. Her power went out a couple of hours before the derecho went through, and was ironically back in service right before the derecho hit--and it has stayed on the whole time.

But she works for the Red Cross--so she's crazy-busy.

How did all of your ole pals in the DC area fare, JP?

Just received another DC Alert that I thought was interesting and should also be cut, pasted, and posted here.

I dunno, when they use terminology like 'mass feeding sites" in our nation's capitol--it's just sorta shocking.

This particular alert is about reimbursement for food purchased with food stamps (SNAP) that may have become spoiled due to the power outage from Friday's derecho.

The severe storm, which hit the region last Friday, June 29, 2012, continues to have lingering effects. The Food and Nutrition Service denied the Districts request for automatic replacement of benefits, since the District did not experience more than 50% loss of power due to the storm. Therefore, the Department of Human Services will receive requests for Replacement Food Stamp benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. DHS will accept requests at all DHS Service Center locations and at the mass feeding sites. (See attached) Residents must be a current Food Stamp recipient and received a benefit in June 2012. Residents must report the loss within 10 days of Sunday, July 1, 2012. Therefore, DHS will not accept any requests for replacement benefits after close of business July 11, 2012 at 8 pm. All requests must meet the requirements of 7 CFR §276.6.

Applicants must make the request orally or in writing and provide the following information no later than July 11, 2012 for the request to be processed:
• Proof of DC address
• DHS case number or social security number
• An estimate of the value of the destroyed food or copies of receipts of replaced food
• A signed statement attesting to the household’s loss
DHS will verify the power loss with PEPCO and process the requests as soon as possible. The maximum amount of replacement cannot exceed the resident’s food stamp allotment in June.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Walker at 202-698-3958.

Service Center Address Phone Fax
Anacostia 2100 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE (202) 645-4614 (202) 727-3527
Congress Heights 4001 South Capitol Street, SW (202) 645-4546 (202) 654-4524
Fort Davis 3851 Alabama Avenue, SE (202) 645-4500 (202) 645-6205
H Street * 645 H Street, NE (202) 698-4350 202) 724-8964
Taylor Street 1207 Taylor Street, NW (202) 576-8000 202) 576-8740

Mass Feeding Sites: When available

Langdon Community Center- 2901 20th Street, NE
Guy Mason Recreation Center - 3600 Calvert Street N.W.
Takoma Community Center – 300 Van Buren Street N.W.
Emery Recreation Center located at 5801 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Deanwood Recreation Center – 1350 49th Street N.E.
S. E. Tennis and Learning Center located at 701 Mississippi Ave. S.E.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Without the Republicans the Slumcast HCN tower of Dooooooooooooooom!!! would topple to the left into the Abyss of Gore.

I know--there are practical considerations as well as emotional ones.

It's just a good group.

Who knew there was such a thing as a loveable Republican?

Had it not been for HCN--I would have never known that!

Sorry for late reply, Rob Dawg. Moo.

(Damn Gateway. That I dropped on the floor and cracked. And abuse constantly.) Shy

scone wrote:

You raised a good daughter, Pearl.

She just happened that way, Scone. I've just been lucky to have a front row seat to watch the show unfold. She's a hoot.

Scone, I have to apologize to you because it seems that every time you comment to me lately, I read it and then my computer dies. And it just happened again. Earlier, you said something about your computer overheating--I think that's what mine is doing, too. But it really only happens a lot when I'm here at CR. (Hmmmm.....or maybe HCN more than just CR? Is that possible?)

Anyway--I keep missing you and I'm sorry about that. Sad

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Ain't stupid at all. Just emotion.

So--the friendships here might be virtual but the emotions are real.

Funny that.

You stupid bricolager, you. You know how much I'd miss you if I signed on here and you weren't here?

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Look. I'm making a rule for this blog.

No more dying.

Leaving is okay. But dying is not. Dying is EXPRESSLY prohibited, 'ya got that?

This goes for all of you. Even the Republicans.

Dammit.

pavel.chichikov wrote:

No need for shame.

So I don't need to feel stupid for truly worrying about you, Pavel, when the power goes out in DC during a heatwave?

dilbert dogbert wrote:

Strange this internet thing.

I know.

I really cried last night. And then I felt sort of stupid for crying. So I texted my daughter that Nova had died and that I was crying and that I felt stupid for crying.

She called me the first thing this morning and in a very tender voice said, "I'm so sorry about Nova."

And I teared up all over again. But I felt less stupid because she didn't act like I was being stupid.

I subscribe to the DC Alert service so that I can be constantly updated about extra stuff to worry about regarding my daughter.

Anyway, I just received this and thought I should cut and paste it here:

HSEMA - PRESS RELEASE

District of Columbia Opens Food Distribution Centers to Address Emergency Need
City officials activate comprehensive food plan for residents

(Washington, DC) – With over 40,000 residents across the District of Columbia still without power since the June 29 derecho (the meteorological term for a long-lived severe thunderstorm event characterized by destructive straight-line winds), Mayor Vincent C. Gray has authorized the opening of food distribution centers to help assist individuals currently without the means to cook meals at home.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently providing food for the youth that attend their program. In addition, the District Government will set up six food distribution sites to provide boxed lunches on Tuesday July 3, and will operate during the hours of 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

DPR Food distribution sites will be located at:

•Guy Mason Recreation Center
3600 Calvert Street NW
•Emery Recreation Center
5801 Georgia Avenue NW
•Takoma Recreation Center
300 Van Buren Street NW
•Langdon Recreation Center
2901 20th Street NE
•Deanwood Recreation Center
1350 49th Street NW
•Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue SE

In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has posted a listing of citywide Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) sites open to serve up to tow {sic} meals a day to District infants and children up to age 18 or with disabilities. For more information, visit Emergency Update: Free Summer Meals Program Sites Open for D.C. Children to Age 18 | osse

josap wrote:

And when you can deal with us losing him, I'll be right here.

Thanks, Josap--I'm not ready for the next thread.

Besides--when he does come back, he'll probably check in 'neath this little mortgage piggie, first.

Maybe we can just leave this thread open.

It can be the "waiting for Nova thread."

josap wrote:

Thought he was on vacation, or busy or maybe got mad at us.

I'm pretty sure that I can't deal with the death of Nova.

Nova and his dog were put into the witness protection program and they are just getting their bearings in their new, bucolic little town somewhere in Montana. He can't blog yet because the witness protection people told him so. But he'll start again--when the coast is clear. And we'll recognize him when we read him.

So I'm gonna just wait for him.....

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Yeah, same here, Pearl.

Thanks for letting me know, CK.

Crying

One time Nova said that internet friends weren't real friends.

But the tears on my face are real.

Maybe Nova was wrong.

Outsider wrote:

Sounds like their "intelligence" is lacking.

Okay I'll send you what I wrote, Outsider.

(Unless you have your naughty language blocking software installed?)

Rant

Shy

lawyerliz wrote:

I'm beginning to feel I got my revenge on the banks &we should we off to something else.

There are currently, according to one of our local news stations, 6500 foreclosures in Dekalb County GA.

Yet someone found it necessary to dispossess this Dekalb County homeowner, her elderly mother, her daughter and her 3 year old grandson at gunpoint, at 3 a.m. one day last month.

Dozens of Police Evict Georgia Family at Gunpoint at 3am | | AlterNet 

I spent hours poring over the documents. It was absolutely an illegal foreclosure--littered with fraudulent documents. Not that that would even matter--in a county that already has a huge problem with foreclosed, vacant homes.

I should make note of the date of this particular dispossession. I think it was the date that I finally, and completely lost it. I could post what I wrote that day, but it would make all of the sailors on the blog blush.

Outsider wrote:

Dominoes delivered.

Use code "50OFF" and you get 50% off any delivery order--no minimum! But I think it ends June 17th. Order and eat fast! Does the FDIC Order Anchovies? Om-nom-nom-nom

Rob Dawg wrote:

Money. Backbone is not free.

Okay. I just looked at that map. This could be a thing.

The doc shops are interspersed throughout the country in much the same way.

Rob Dawg wrote:

carry charges

"charge" as in electricity or as in money?

Because if, by "charges" you mean money--THAT would make sense to have located these doc shops in places that would have been charged less money.

Picosec mentioned speed, I was thinking clarity, but are you suggesting cost? That would be an angle I hadn't thought of--but it would make even more sense than the need for speed or clarity.

RayOnTheFarm wrote:

Only if the fiber operator has a PoP (point of presence) at the regen hut.

So, like, for example, would this location have had a fiber operator at the regen hut?

1111 Alderman Drive # 350 Alpharetta, GA 30005-4143 - Google Maps

Come on guys--blowing the lid off of Docx is how how Lynn Syzmoniak got a $17 million dollar whistle blower fee....

Maybe this stuff is worth looking into. I just know that it's harder for me to argue wire fraud when I don't understand the "wire" part!

Rob Dawg wrote:

The dimmer, fuzzier, slightly out of synch signals go in, get read correctly and then get sent out all lined up, clear and bright.

Okay. This is great! I'm "seeing" it!

So, could this suggest that, if I located my "gabillions of photoshopped documents" business (see my comment to Riffie) near one of these boxes of which you speak--the boxes that get signals back into synch and clears up the fuzziness and clarity of data that will be output as visual images---would that be an advantage to such a business?

Or, as Picosec noted, would such a location only help me speed-wise?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Are you going to build an 'underground' internet for post-kill-switch era use?

Hmmmm.....I think that's above my pay grade and cognitive bounds. Grade

Here's what I had in mind.

I would like to see what happens if I took a map of the main repeater stations and did an overlay of a map of the main foreclosure mill "doc shops"--to see if they would align.

My gut tells me that there would be alignment.

And I would like to be talking about these doc shops (like Docx in Alpharetta GA, for example) in terms of literally--wire fraud.

This is the google map of where Docx was:

1111 Alderman Drive # 350 Alpharetta, GA 30005-4143 - Google Maps

So, what I want to know is if there was some sort of physical advantage in Docx locating itself in that precise physical point on the map.

But I don't think I'm very good at explaining what I'm asking. So, I think I need help with my question. Does that make any sense, Riffie? Puzzled

JP wrote:

I never worked for ATT (Bell Labs had split off with Lucent by the time I got there), but might be able to point you in the right direction.

Yay! That makes two--and you both who speak Pearl!

I just asked my basic question up above, to Rob Dawg. Can you take a swing at it, too?

Rob Dawg wrote:

real good at using analogy to tell you what those bits mean.

Great!

Okay. So. This is what I'm wondering.

Signals running along fiber optic lines have to get repeated from time to time--because the sounds and images tend to get distorted and/or fuzzy over time and space. Right? Sort of?

Okay. So. Are those physical places at which the signals get repeated or switched over--or whatever. Well....where are they? Physically?

And would those physical locations put out stronger/less attenuated/clearer sounds and images?

For example, if I wanted to start a company that just photoshopped gabillions of optical images all day long, would I be at a greater advantage by physically locating my photoshopping company at those actual repeating junctures?

O.T., sorry.

CRowd--who of the CRowd would be a good one for a housewife to to talk to about fiber optic communications and physical cable lines and repeater stations and switching stations and such?

The perfect candidate would probably be an Aspie/electrical engineer who used to work for AT&T. And then I'll need a translator of course. Like Rob Dawg. He speaks Perl AND Pearl.

1 currency now -yogi wrote:

It appeared that he was in charge of the hearing.

Shock But Yogi! You don't want any of our members of Congress to get wished to the cornfields do you???

YouTube - Twilight Zone "It's A Good Life" ending. 

Rob Dawg wrote:

About 8 percent of the 114,157 homes in Fannie Mae’s inventory of foreclosed properties had tenants as of March 31

Thanks for the link, Rob Dawg--that's a really good one for me to keep.

Here is an example of what I am saying:

2691 Tamarack Dr, Big Canoe, GA 30143 - Zillow

Scroll down to the listing history--there you will find that it was listed in March of 2011 and soon thereafter (April of 2011) it is marked "listing removed." Then, there is no activity on the property.

(This is just one example, and very typical of the subset that I am looking at right now.)

The way to find these here in GA, anyway, is to use the filter on Zillow that asks for (I think) something like "key terms" or "other features"--and I just enter Freddie Mac there. Notice how long ago the "listing removed" entry was made.

If anyone else finds something similar to this (in a region with which they are familiar)--I would sure like to know. Like I said--it may just be a GA thing.

Rob Dawg wrote:

Freddie Mac REOs have an existing 92% vacancy rate.

Hi Rob Dawg!

Do you have a link or something to that statistic?

Because it really sounds plausible for here in GA.

I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I think the pattern that I am seeing is that homes here in GA that are "Freddie Mac-involved" and are "conveyed" via a credit bid at the foreclosure auction (rather than an actual person showing up at the sale), seem to be in some sort of funky limbo land.

If you find one on Zillow, for example, they are often listed a couple of months after the foreclosure sale, then pulled from the MLS just a few weeks later. Then they just sit there.

This is just GA that I'm noticing--so it could be unique to here.

Jackdawracy wrote:

You can buy bags of ice for $3, or a coffee or tea for $3. That's all you can spend money on.

Well, and those brownies......

black dog wrote:

Foreclosure starts grew 12 percent from April and 16 percent on an annual basis

Oh. Is that whole foreclosure thing still going on?

Hadn't even noticed.

Wink

Jackdawracy wrote:

as BM is only allowed to sell 55,000 tickets, and were way oversubscribed with many long-time attendees getting shut out.

Perhaps BM needs a corporate sponsor to bankroll a larger venue.

Like, "Men's Wearhouse Stadium" or something like that. Big smile

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

La Brea Tar Pits

Hmmmmm.....were the ARCO Towers, by any chance, near the La Brea Tar pits?

I've never considered that before....

When I was little--and we had to go on a filed trip to the La Brea Tar Pits every year--I always equated the tar pits with sticky dinosaurs. Never thought about oil reserves....

Jackdawracy wrote:

It is no easy task riding my schwinn sting-ray with an arm lone, but i'll meet you @ Thrifty's.

No problem! I have a banana seat.

Just hop on back and I'll pedal harder.

Or you can totally ride in my basket. Just hold on--it might be a little wobbly at first.

Pigged (we need an idea/lightbulb icon!)

Jackdawracy wrote:

I'm on the DL for the summer.

Awwwww.....I'm sorry.

Did that Roadrunner finally trick you into falling off one of those steep canyon ledges?

I hope you're okay.

We need an HCN meta-site where someone summarizes all the on-goings of the folks here.

How about we assign one "regular" (a Hoocoodafile?) to one CR thread per week. And each Hoocoodafile could write on an HCN sub-forum about the life-happenings of our blogmates--per thread.

Ya know--like, "Unemployment Claims Surge" and then, "Rob Dawg finally finishes that bathroom remodeling project."

I know!!! Let's get Outsider! She would be PERFECT!!!

I'll race ya to her house. If she's not at home, ya wanna ride to Thrifty's and a get a double scoop?

Jackdawracy wrote:

I'm on the DL for the summer.

Awwwww.....I'm sorry.

Did that Roadrunner finally trick you into falling off one of those steep canyon ledges?

I hope you're okay.

We need an HCN meta-site where someone summarizes all the on-goings of the folks here.

How about we assign one "regular" (a Hoocoodafile?) to one CR thread per week. And each Hoocoodafile could write on an HCN sub-forum about the life-happenings of our blogmates--per thread.

Ya know--like, "Unemployment Claims Surge" and then, "Rob Dawg finally finishes that bathroom remodeling project."

I know!!! Let's get Outsider! She would be PERFECT!!!

I'll race ya to her house. If she's not at home, ya wanna ride to Thrifty's and a get a double scoop? Big smile

Jackdawracy wrote:

It's me, I wasn't nom de blognapped or anything so sinister.

JD!!!

It IS you!!!

Are you real?

I'm SO glad that you're back.

Remember that time when we fell in the pool at the school dance?

YouTube - "It's a Wonderful Life" George Bailey Tribute

I'm so glad to have you back! ( This is the episode where they catch ole Man Potter ya know.....)

Love

Outsider wrote:

Pearl, if you want your old format, just go over there <-- to Change Current Theme and click on Hoocoobluetwo.

Oh!!! THAT Hoocoobluetwo!!!

NOW I get it!

Look, Ma, no hands!!!!! Party

Nah....The housewife was just an extra--she was never a main character--like that Puffy Penguin or that Little Piggy or that Pirate Lady.

And then there was that whole trumped-up CUI (commenting under the influence) charge.

That totally wasn't even me. Someone stole my identity.

Probably.

Outsider, I can't go to the next thread because I'm still practicing with the new format.

How do you do that part where you get the blog to say "Outsider said":

Geez. I thought this would be like riding a bike. But it's not--I'm still wobbly and probably need to have the training wheels re-installed.

I heard that even Egan Jones still has him rated as AAA+++ with a positive outlook.

I always thought it was a mistake for them to have written him out of the series. And then that housewife left the blog to go find him--yeah, right.

So....how did they bring him back, Outsider? Did the blog just wake up one morning to find him in the shower?

Waidaminute here.

You sound suspiciously like an old character from Calculated Risk.

But he got killed off at the end of the 7th season in a tragic gold mining/hiking accident.....

.......or DID he??? Cool

Yeah. Even my handle over there is naughty one.

But I rarely comment over there because I can't do their math question.

I think I'm being punished for having spent the night over at Naked Capitalism.

But I just fell asleep there--honest. It got boring last night, so I fell asleep on the couch there. And I woke up and took the Naked Capitalism shortcut over to here. Not the google way like usual.

I want my old format back. Crying

Wow. Current Account Deficit sounds bad.

Okay. It's a little box and it's right beneath you. And it has a tiny little picture of my great grandmother above the box. And then it says Pearl and then it say comment. And then it says B and then i and then " and 1-2-3- and then square line square line square line and the there's the world with an arrow and then a yellow happy face and then a big crashing wave in a box and then a W and then ? in a blue dot.

I think I have fallen into an alternate blogiverse like on that old Twilight Zone episode....

Oh no. And now I hear Rod Serling's voice......