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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Great video as a cat wanders on to the weather set--while the weather guy is live!
February 15 at 11:44 EST .

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   Yottyhere  That is a scream!!!!!!!!!!! I was sitting laughing my head off!!
February 15 at 12:06 EST .

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   Paget51  What a cool cat! The weatherman was a good sport too. :)
February 15 at 12:09 EST .

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   Ynaught  That was sweet! Obviously the weatherguy likes the cat!
February 15 at 15:33 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Germans ~adore~ animals and rugglettes. When we pushed our baby boy around in his German stroller accompanied by our weenie dog we had Germans all over us patting the kid & dog. They couldn't believe we weren't Germans. My son's big blue eyes and his golden blonde hair was surely a product of Germans they thought.
February 15 at 16:25 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  From the Telegraph's live blog--GMT time stamp is five hours ahead of eastern time.

11.15 Reports now that three Egyptian army officers have deserted to join the protesters. Student Omar Gamal who is in Cairo's Tahrir Square told AFP:

Quote "They joined the crowd, smiling, and chanted slogans calling for the fall of the regime."

An AFP reporter also saw one of the soldiers addressing the crowd to loud cheers.

11.05 Sunday prayers appear to have finished, many commentators now worrying about what will happen next as many will not be aware of the military's statement this morning. Reports that many are calling this the "Friday of Farewell". People rallying around chanting for Mubarak to leave and threatening not to leave the square until he goes.

1057 A Cairo journalist, Hossam, says he cannot see police anywhere.

Twitter He tweets: "Police has completely vanished from the streets. Not even the traffic police can be seen."
February 11 at 06:31 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Politics  -- More from the live Telegraph blog at

15:25 The Washington Post says that "Amid Arab protests, US influence has waned". They seem almost offended that Egyptians aren't burning any stars and stripes, and wonder if this is indicative of the US's diminished clout in the region. They don't seem to have considered the possibility that, very occasionally, things happen in the world that aren't about America:

In days gone by, it was pretty much guaranteed that any demonstration in the Arab world would feature burning American flags and a blazing effigy or two of the US president.

"At the pro-democracy demonstrations on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere, references to the United States have been conspicuously absent, a sign of what some analysts are already calling a 'post-American Middle East' of diminished US influence and far greater uncertainty about America's role."
February 4 at 13:24 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Cliffe, all the marxists in the U.S. MSM are constantly bmoaning "the Mubarak dictatorship"; I would like for them to point out any Arab Democratic Republic in the region of Egypt or Iran, the Middle East? The ONLY arabs and islamics who actually ~do~ vote in Democratically free Elections are the FREE nations of Israel, Iraq & Afthanistan; the last two courtesey of the U.S. led coalition forces! At least for now....
February 4 at 17:52 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Israel's democratically FREE elections, have been the major source of hatred by Arabs and islamics for Israel since their founding since the end of WW 2! Most of the islamic religious leaders actually cite the good times when NAZIs dealt the Jews what they deserved and what we (islamios) hope to finally finish! There is a video of one of the top leaders of islam saying precisely that, Beck just ran it on his program on Fox News moments ago.
February 4 at 17:57 EST .

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   OnTheBall  ...'islamics'...
February 4 at 17:58 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Politics  It's almost 2:30 p.m. eastern right now and the New York Times has just announced that "Obama urges Mubarak to step down."

Almost an hour ago, numerous news outlets were reporting that Mubarak isn't going to run again. For example, from the Telegraph's live blog:

18.32 Sultan Al Qassemi tweets that Al Arabiya is reporting that Mubarak will announce tonight that he will not run again for presidency and that Mubarak will pledge to meet the demands of the opposition parties within "a specific timeframe"

What can you say? "Typical" is probably a good response.
February 1 at 14:32 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Sorry, "18,32" is Greenwich Mean Time--five hours ahead of eastern time. Ah, a new one:

19:30: The New York Times is reporting that President Barack Obama has urged Mr Mubarak not to run for another term in elections in the autumn.

I want to laugh but it's not funny. Would be good to go to the page, cut and paste the entire blog from 19:30 to 18:32--there's not a whole lot. Send it out to all your contacts.
February 1 at 14:35 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Fox just put up an article labeled 'URGENT' then follows with a story about Mubarek announincing his retirement....then he adds "after this election..." Meaning what, he thinks he can weasel yet another term in office out of them with a promise to retire???
February 1 at 14:52 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Shopper's Beware Caveat Emptor  This is a bit off topic but can't think of a more appropriate place to put it.

Just read another article forecasting a rise in milk prices because of the worldwide grain shortage resulting in lower quality feed for cattle followed by lower milk yields.

It always takes some time for wages to catch up to consumer prices--and they might not catch up this time, given the current situation--so you might want to think about having a cache of powdered milk.

I do know that organic powdered milk is available in bulk online but it has a relatively short shelf life if you factor in the need for cool, dark storage. Obviously, is there's a power cut summer temps will cause fast deterioration. There's a very informative piece at
Al Hagan has been around since before Y2K and I think he's trustworthy.

My personal favorite emergency foods site is Emergency Essentials at If you have a favorite site with a better price on powdered milk in #10 cans, please post. BP's milk offerings are at

Please note they have on sale canned pork chops! Last day today. (Also on sale, green beans, margarine powder, banana slices, more.)

It's generally agreed that freeze-dried food tastes better than dehydrated. Also, if you buy dry milk not in metal containers, store those packages inside a galvanized trash can, about $22 at a big-box DIY. Rodents chewed through some of our 5 gallon pails. They also chewed into our little 3-packs of shelf-stable milk and some water jugs--what a mess!
January 31 at 14:50 EST .

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   In5minutes  We've ordered both dehydrated and freeze dried foods from several different places but found that Emergency Essentials is our best fit. Excellent products (we've tried many as we order monthly), reasonable prices (different items are on sale each month) and low shipping rates. We aren't big milk drinkers, but their milk is very good. Mostly, we use it when cooking and baking. We use and rotate egg, cheese, and butter powder along with lots of other products stored in SnapWare (also available in their catalog). With only the two of us to feed, this actually saves money since there's no milk going bad or anything going to waste. We've also got peace of mind, having accumulated a decent inventory. Of course, dehydrated and freeze-dried products require water, so that's always on the grocery list. You can, however, also purchase packaged and canned water with a very long shelf life. But that's a topic for another wall...perhaps Emergency Supplies, suggested by my fellow BP fan, Attercliffe?
February 1 at 18:42 EST .

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   WRR0369  The only milk I drink is a splash in my coffee to worry the sugar a little. Or in pudding. Maybe y'all have to feed a buncha young ones, ok, that's your lookout, good on you.
February 1 at 19:20 EST .

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   Attercliffe  There are two basic kinds of powdered milk, leaving aside the non-fat, whole milk and other types--easy to mix and hard to mix! We like the instant kind because we've found you can put a spoonful or two in your coffee, it dissolves quickly, and it tastes better than any of the fake creamers, healthier too.

We don't have any young 'uns at home or nearby, we just live in hurricane country and have been through a number of power and supply outages. Snow in the south usually brings on power cuts and supply problems too, and in recent years we've been subject to a few tornadoes making a mess and taking out the power. We're too old to rough it too much and also prefer not to stand in long lines at the FEMA trucks!

BTW, the Red Cross has changed its advice on emergency supplies from a three-day stash to a one-week stash. With the country strapped for cash I feel safer with a little more than a week's supply of stuff. Food supplies are easily rotated, once you get in the habit, and I don't buy anything we wouldn't normally eat.

Like In5, I shop the monthly sales at BP and have slowly built up a comfortable stash. Their February sale is on:

Also, click on their closeouts--they have Mountain House freeze-dried, cooked Gulf shrimp (from before the spill) for $60/can, about $10 less than other sites.
February 2 at 01:55 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Robin reliant on daily Co-op breakfast in Aberdeen

This is a British robin, smaller, plumper, friendlier and has a sweeter singing voice than the U.S. version.
January 30 at 18:29 EST .

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   Surfhut  Love it! Since moving to California, I really miss robins and cardinals.
January 31 at 11:35 EST .

   OnTheBall  Surf here in South Texas we seldom see robins except when the winter is brutal. I'm expecting to see robins this week as we are supposed to see hard freezing temps in s. Texas which means the folks north of us are being hammered with brutal temps. Our cardinals will be as thick as fleas as usual though.
January 31 at 17:36 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Surf, but you get the Monarch butterfly migration that few folks get to see. While I lived on Monterey peninsula, I enjoyed the two migration seasons I was allowed to see. Butterfly Point city park on the peninsula is just thick with the Monarchs during the migration.
January 31 at 17:38 EST .

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   Surfhut  OTB, we do get the Monarch butterflies when they migrate. Problem is they "sleep over" in eucalyptus trees. I'm allergic to eucalyptus. It is a beautiful sight, but I can't get very close. I'd prefer watching a robin or cardinal in a tree I can actually get close to.
January 31 at 20:16 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Politics  Invitimg your opinions on the following (note the unconfirmed disclaimer):

The following is a report from a STRATFOR source in Hamas. Hamas, which formed in Gaza as an outgrowth of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has an interest in exaggerating its role and coordination with the MB in this crisis. The following information has not been confirmed. Nonetheless, there is a great deal of concern building in Israel and the United States in particular over the role of the MB in the demonstrations and whether a political opening will be made for the Islamist organization in Egypt.
Related Special Topic Page

* The Egypt Unrest

The Egyptian police are no longer patrolling the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt and are closely collaborating with the MB. The MB has fully engaged itself in the demonstrations, and they are unsatisfied with the dismissal of the Cabinet. They are insisting on a new Cabinet that does not include members of the ruling National Democratic Party.

Security forces in plainclothes are engaged in destroying public property in order to give the impression that many protesters represent a public menace. The MB is meanwhile forming people’s committees to protect public property and also to coordinate demonstrators’ activities, including supplying them with food, beverages and first aid.

Read more: Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood | STRATFOR -

(Stratfor permits reproduction of this report if credit is given.)
January 30 at 16:44 EST .

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   OnTheBall  This is all going right back to Iran. Most of these outfits are being operated by the Iranian terrorism operators. This is 'why' the Iranians sent their Naval Flotilla to the Mediterranean & Red Seas back on Jan 24th when they shipped out. They should be in the Suez Canal now or just off the coast of Egypt in the Med, to support their Iranian forces in taking out Mubarek. With Egypt taken care of and the others soon to follow, they will have effectively encicled Israel with their forces as soon as their naval flotilla pulls up off the coast of Israel. You can bet your money Obama will do ~~~nothing~~~ to stop this from occurring either! Obama has been secretly supporting this entire operation; going so far as to train some of the Egyptian islamofacist terrorists here in the USA before shipping them over to Egypt to ATTACK that country! Obama is a islamofacist terrorist, it is blatantly obvious!
January 30 at 16:53 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Even now, the real marxists like Pelosi and Hillary are quaking in their boots; as the realization is beginning to sink in that Obozo isn't the devout marxist they'd thought. Oooh noooo, turns out it was a double-cross or triple cross depending on your more refined ideas of spy-craft. Barack Hussein Obama is the real deal devout islamofacist terrorist that they slipped into power, thinking he was going to knee-cap the nation for their marxist take-over!

For a long time I wondered just when the fallout would happen between the marxist socialists/communists from Russia & China and these islamofacists. Now we see how the islamofacists have played the marists for fools! Lenin & Stalin have to be screaming NYETTTTTT from their graves!!
January 30 at 17:39 EST .

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   OnTheBall  I would have added Mao, but I don't know how to say NO in Chinese or which dialect he chose to speak in; such as Mandarin or Cantonese or.... Mandarin is the 'official' dialect, but you never really know the inner choices of some of the big names.
January 30 at 17:44 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Oooohhh speaking of being betrayed, how about the segments of 'usefull idiots' here inside the USA, who've sucked up to these marxists, thinking they will be taken care of. Trust me Usefull Idiots, you will be TAKEN CARE OF in ways you never dreamed possible!
January 30 at 17:46 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Right about now you are beginning to wonder aren't you. Well, I don't know if this will assauage your inner fears, but it ~will~ remove your doubts. Go to YouTube and dial up the KGB defector's university lectures about how 'usefull idiots' are dealt with! His name is Yuri Bezmenov... dasveedaneeyah (I had to use phonetic spelling since most of you don't have a clue how to read greek cyrillic alphabet characters)
January 30 at 17:50 EST .

   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 .

   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 .

   Attercliffe posted on Politics  

Egypt and other ME countries

Mr. A still educates his .mil mind and regularly reads a selection of sites geared to his mindset. He told me several days ago that the situation in Tunisia was going to lead to similar scenarios in other ME countries, that the large number of young and educated Middle-Easterners who can't find jobs are beginning to realize that their countries' problems do not stem from Israel, but rather from severely corrupt leadership. They must also realize that Western nations no longer have the capital to help them so it's up to them. Surely the Net and mobile phone networks have a great deal to do with these uprisings.

It's a very critical time, A says, very delicate diplomatic maneuvers are needed (heaven help us!), because the winners could easily be extremist Islamic factions. This unrest is very probably a game-changer, A says. World-changing. Other Muslim nations are also seeing problems, Yemen for one.

It would be prudent to keep an eye on what's happening in the Middle East. And keep an eye on Pakistan, with its nuclear stockpile . . . .

The Telegraph live blog is quite fascinating
January 28 at 10:02 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Perhaps they will by the end of the day, EC. Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan--and now Syria has cut off communications. I wonder how Libya will fare?
January 28 at 11:00 EST .

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   Griefs2bear  Every time I see the news reports about ME riots, I think and say, 'coming to a city near you very soon'.
January 28 at 12:07 EST .

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   Surfhut  What's happening in the Middle East is really scaring me. News reports say people are rioting for more freedom. Hope and pray they don't overthrow their governments only to wind up with radical islamist control and less freedom. But then I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to these events.
January 28 at 13:50 EST .

   OnTheBall  Nothing happens in a vacuum and this current Mid East scenario is the 'same'. This is all about the 'window of opportunity' for the leaders of islamic terrorism, Iran. They are attempting to motivate their islamic insurrection in 'the islamic world' as fast as they can now, because their 'Ace in the hole' Obama is losing his ability to assist them. Obama's loss of his ability to fund the islamic world has to have sent tectonic shock waves thru the islamofacist terrorist world. This IS that manefestation of that 'fear'. They are pushing their embedded 'terrorist cells' to take over the islamic 'world' as they know it, while they can. Iran is attempting to take over the entire islamic world.
January 28 at 16:07 EST .

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   OnTheBall  We are inching closer and closer to a 'nuclear war' in the Middle East. The fanatics of Iran I believe in fact 'wish' this to happen, so as to instigate the coming of their so called '12th imam'.
January 28 at 16:10 EST .

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   Grambo  No doubt the Islamofascists will represent the current uprisings as evidence of the coming of the 12th Imam.
January 28 at 16:29 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Surf this has nothing to do with looking for a democratically elected FREE govt, this is ALL about islamofacist terrorists pushing for Iran to control the islamic world AND Obama is in total full support of Iran!
January 28 at 23:10 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Surf, if you can believe it the stupid Brit press corps is blaming the USA for secretly supporting this islamofacist terrorism; when in reality it IS Obama who is the one who is supporting these islamofacist terrorist actions!
January 29 at 01:55 EST .

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   OnTheBall  The riots are now starting in islamo parts of Albania!
January 29 at 01:56 EST .

   Belwhatter  The Islamos are capitalizing on Barry's weakness. They know he is clueless on foreign policy , [and look who's running around as SOS too] He gave the Islamos every indication he would not oppose them. Carte blanche to run amok.
January 29 at 13:22 EST .

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