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   Attercliffe posted on Shopper's Beware Caveat Emptor  

Orange juice will soon be 'luxury'

A series of bad harvests from Florida, America to Shandong Province, China, combined with increased demand from Asian countries, has forced up the price of orange and apple juice on the world market. Supermarkets have started to react in Britain by pushing up the price of a carton of juice.

The Grocer, the industry trade magazine, reported prices are set to climb even higher making most juices a "luxury".

Experts predicted factory prices could rise by as much as 80 per cent for orange juice and 60 per cent for apple juice in 2011.

more at
January 28 at 13:35 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Shopper's Beware Caveat Emptor  Oster Toaster-Oven--like this one:

Knobs broke and fell off. Housing became dangerously hot to the touch. Didn't cook that well anyway. Luckily, I bought it at a yard sale for a few dollars, didn't lose much, but Amazon sells it for $66.
January 28 at 11:23 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Please spread the word--Kroger is recalling some of their dry pet food because of aflatoxin, a mold that can cause liver disease and cancer in humans and pets. Can be fatal. See
December 20 at 14:17 EST .

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   Pickle1  I wonder where the ingredients or where the dog food came from?
December 20 at 15:33 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Politics  For some beautiful eye candy, please have a look at the snow scenes sent in by the Telegraph's conservaive readers!

The first one is a gorgeous sunrise view of a snow-capped working Norfolk windmill which Mr. A and I investigated when we were there. Coastal Norfolk is across the North Sea from Holland and offers a low-lying marshy haven for wildlife. But keep clicking through to the other photos--very soothing and cozy as you drink your hot coffee this morning.
November 27 at 08:20 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Dear Attercliffe, I've suspected for some time you might be an ex pat, or at least an Anglophile ?? I checked the Mail online yesterday and there was a glorious red breasted robin sitting on a snow covered post. I wouldn't mind if every Christmas card from Merrie Olde features one of these lovely little birds.
December 4 at 21:08 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Sorry for not getting back here for so long--yes, expat since 1967, US Citizen since 2008. (Just wanted to be sure. . . .)

English robins are on three of the cards I received from the UK this year--sociable little things. We had a one-legged robin that visited our bird table every winter for five years. Dad had a robin friend that would regularly sit on a wheelbarrow handle, waiting for a chance to nip in and snag himself a fresh worm!

Musts for cards also include a bright red Victorian collection mail box. Some are still in use today. Not unusual on a card, a robin on a mail box! I think we called them pillar boxes. Perhaps that was a regional nickname. Ah, here's a link with photos:

Red letter boxes is their name.
December 20 at 14:26 EST .

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   Attercliffe  For Belwhatter - link to a neat photo of a hungry robin eating from someone's hand. Click on the other photos--some lovely ones.
December 21 at 14:58 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  For those who didn't see the thread at - Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America - here's a capture of some of the info regarding donations to politicians with whom we probably have a difference of opinion (e.g., Pelosi & Co.).

I've never been a big fan of boycotts but, ya know, I'm beginning to warm up to the idea.

Just popped over to to see what I could find out. It's a treasure trove of information. Of great interest to us all is an article posted two days ago which reveals that five Repubs and three Dems bought stock in the company that makes the new airport scanning machines. Data are from 2009.

*John Kerry's wife owns $.5 million to $1 million of the stock.
*Reps. Michael Castle (R-Del.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas, $16,002 to $65,000.
*Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), $15,001 to $50,000.
*Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), $1,001 to $15,000.
*Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.), $1,001 to $15,000.
*Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), $2,173.
*Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), $2,086.

And we can look at who donated to which members of congress.

*Johnson and Johnson just love Pelosi.
*Steny Hoyer--Verizon,DISH, Norfolk Southern.
*Clyburn--General Elec, Podesta Grp, Verizon.
*Reid--MGM Resorts, Harrah's.

I just picked the donors whose names would be familiar to almost everyone; there are more.

This could be a really fascinating project as winter draws near. Maybe folks could get together in the Politics Room at The Connection Salon, each one take a section of the Open Secrets site and compile lists.

Thanks, OP. I do believe you might have sparked something here. I smell stronger tea brewing.
November 27 at 02:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  What is it we're supposed to hate about those people investing in scanners? I would have thought, in 2009, it would be a good place to put a little money. Kenny Marchant is my congressman and he is no crook. What is your point?
November 27 at 07:27 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Sorry, you must have misunderstood. We're not "supposed to hate" people who legally invest in anything and nowhere is anyone inferred to be or labeled a "crook." The point, and that of like-minded people at the thread cited in the OP above, is that if-- if --one disagrees with where elected representatives and businesses invest their money, one has the freedom to criticize or even not vote for that elected official or buy that company's products.

Two examples are politicians investing in the scanners (that so many people do appear to "hate" and that have caused so much scalding controversy in the last week or so) and companies like Verizon who donate to a politician with whom one might vehemently disagree, like Pelosi or Reid, for instance.

Investing in scanners could be interpreted as a clear gesture of support for those machines, it is certainly not an admission of criminal activity. I'm sure Congressman Marchant is an honorable man with no whiff of scandal about him. However, just as he is perfectly free to legally invest in a company, so are others perfectly free to not feel comfortable with his investment and take perfectly legal action via some form of criticism. Perhaps the congressman didn't realize at the time that the use of scanners would blow up into an egregious invasion of privacy, as many of the scannees seem to believe. And why should he? It was absolutely legal for him to invest in the company, no question there. Wise to keep the investment after all the protests? Well, that's another matter.

As noted in the original post on, some Ldotters support the posting of information here so that they know which companies are not deserving of their hard-earned money and which companies are. This thread is for them. As I was looking at the page, I saw the list of politicians who have invested in the scanner company and deemed it of timely interest. In no way was it meant to infer that any of the investors are "crooks" and my sincere apologies go to you and anyone else who thought that was the intended result.
November 27 at 08:03 EST .

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   Yottyhere  I find the scanners very offensive and also very unconstitutional.
And I would find it very helpful to know if any of my reps are earning money from the scanners.
And I most definitely would adress exactly that information with them.
It's important enough to me I would withold any donations and my vote from such a representative.
November 27 at 08:43 EST .

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   StormCnter  And you misunderstood my comment, too. I did not say anything about hating the investors. I referred to hating the investments. I know that we all now consider the scanners to be offensive. However, did we do so in 2009 or before? I still think it would have been a reasonable investment at that time without the unfortunate connotation that same investment would now have.
November 27 at 10:13 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Oh, exactly, SC, glad we're on the same page. Probably few people realized quite how intrusive the scanners would be and that a refusal to be scanned would involve an even more horribly intrusive "pat-down." It seems the issue reduces to whether or not our elected representatives keep the scanner investments or sell them.
November 27 at 10:28 EST .

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   Eden202  IMO, the issue is not about scanners or companies who make them or people who invest in companies who make them.

The issue is the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration who deemed that scanners would keep Americans safer when flying. How they
arrived at such a conclusion is a mystery to me. All I keep reading is that the Israelis have developed the best terrorist screening system in the world without scanners or pat downs.

Are we too stupid to adopt techniques that are better than ours?
November 27 at 10:52 EST .

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   Yottyhere  About the scanners. They misrepresented them to us. They promoted they would show general area on the genitals but nothing in detail. Not the invasion of our privacy. Every once in awhile some disturbing information would come to our attention and it was quickly squelched.
They knew from the beginning how invasive these machines are they just assumed the sheeple would go along with it once they were in place.
November 27 at 10:55 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Yotty, that's the impression I retain too, and it's why I'm giving benefit of the doubt to those above who bought stock in the company. I hope to see them sell but if they don't, well, their constituents might like to know about their holdings post-scanner introduction.
November 27 at 12:47 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Eden, this thread was prompted by a thread in the main section, which itself was prompted by an article centering on boycotting companies which donate to politicians who support policies with which we might disagree. Politicians investing in scanners is really a bit of a side issue, just an example of who we might want to contact about why they hold such investments. On this thread it really IS about who gives what to whom and why. is an excellent source of such information.
November 27 at 12:54 EST .

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   MsCharlotteVale  Once we elect someone to Congress, it's amazing how well their investments do. I guess that's a coincidence, isn't it?
November 27 at 19:24 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Politics  Boycotts

Perhaps we really need a separate page if Lucianne and Josh approve. If not, then we'll have to remember to use the word "boycott," perhaps at the start, so that a simple "Find" from the "Edit" functions will find those posts fairly quickly.

Then again, we might want to start a personal file in, e.g., the Wordpad function, just copying and pasting appropriate info.

Before we begin collecting data, does anyone have any better ideas, please? I'm not terribly organized these days.
November 26 at 00:11 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  It is almost impossible to be organized these days, every morning they have hit us with another attack on liberty!!
I started with grassfire years ago against amnesty, now I have a recipe box full of cards for organizations and passwords. Just about got burned out but have been concentrating on NO Zerocare and after meeting Brigitte Gabriel through our local 912, got involved with ACT. IMHO, the destruction of capitalism and our military has its ultimate goal tied to islam and the UN's Agenda 21. Threw the tinfoil hat away when our county went Sustainable Community. No longer a conspiracy but fact. wish you had your email listed, you can send me a note. LS
November 26 at 06:31 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Hi, EC, good to see you. Yes, I will write you a note after I post this.

I think you know I'm terribly against illegal immigration and universal health care and the best I can do is post appropriate articles so we can all try to keep up. I know, I know, this constant barrage of change we can retreat in horror from, it's making me crazy too. Worst thing is my brain is not as nimble as it was, neither is my body, and I have difficulty finding the right word more often than I would like. That's why I glommed on to an organized boycott, have a place where we can maybe have a list to copy and stick in a wallet, something to refer to so we know we are not giving one dime to those who are not our friends. I already don't buy GE and I left my dear old CVS pharmacist last year because the company refuses to use "Christmas" in their Christmas advertising. I quit our Costco membership when I found out the CEO's donated their respective maxes to Clinton over Bush. This I can do!

Anyone who'd like to do a bit of research online, please post here and list your area of interest from so that we don't get duplication.

This is a painless, inexpensive means of making a difference. Let's do it!
November 26 at 09:10 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Instead of posting the original post here, I posted it on the Main Page/The Lobby. Sorry--you have to take that 20% of ditz with the acute intelligence, lol. Sometimes the synapses work, sometimes they don't. Anyway, the info's over there.
November 27 at 08:11 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  Has anyone had Bell's Palsy? If so, what did your doctor prescribe? How long did it last? What age group are you?

For those, like me, who had never heard of the condition until now, it temporarily paralyzes one side of the face, rarely both. Often, the eye on the affected side won't shut. And you think you've had a mini-stroke at first. That's a little scary. Then you look up the symptoms online so you're able to tell the doc, "Yep, I concur with your diagnosis! Good, I like to get second opinions!" That was a funny moment. He grinned widely and said, "You went online, didn't you?" LOL!

It's okay, I mean, it could definitely be a lot worse, just would like to know what others have experienced.
November 25 at 07:06 EST .

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