Thursday, June 29, 2017

Breaking to bitch about my bank

I'm still furious.

I didn't blog last night because of it.

Thought I would be over it.

I'm not.

I go to the grocery store, the bill is $49.94.

I have $1200 in my account.

My card is declined.

I go to the ATM.

I get a note on the paper that spits out -- no money -- that it's frozen due to suspected fraud.

They freeze my account.

Now I have gotten 6 e-mails in the last 2 weeks alone about a charity the bank is doing.

But no call, no e-mail, no text about freezing my account?

I also needed gas.

I had to call my cousin and get him to drive over.

I was furious.

(Poor Stan.)

I call them today.


It was frozen because two transactions were suspicious.

I had two charges of $1.50 in a row.

For water.

From the machine at work.

That I use all the time.

"But," the woman whined, "there were two purchases, one right after the other."

Yeah, I got a bottle for me and for a friend.

For that they froze my account.

She said I should be grateful that I had a bank that watched out for me.

You mean the bank that humiliated me at the grocery store?

The bank that had my cousin driving 45 minutes to buy me some gas.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Thursday, June 29, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, despite claims from some.

Right now, there a lot of claims like this:

Iraq state TV announces Mosul liberation, ISIL fall

So the Iraqi government's forces now control Mosul?


ALJAZEERA reports, "Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has been bottled up in a handful of neighbourhoods of the Old City."

That reality doesn't interfere with some.

Self-styled fortune teller Liz Sly takes the time to Tweet:

Reuters: Iraqi forces have captured the Nuri Mosque where Baghdadi declared the ISIS caliphate. The battle for Mosul is as good as over.

You really have to marvel over that nonsense.

Liz Sly is paid to report what is.

She clearly doesn't grasp the job.

She'd rather offer pleasing words.

Grown ups don't need fairy tales, they need the truth.

The truth is the battle continues.

But the truth is tossed to the side by the immature.

That would include those who lap at the crotches of military men (they themselves haven't usually served ever).

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Lions of Iraqi forces retake the city of Mosul from ISIS completely.

Those are the heroes?

I would think the people of Mosul who managed to survive three years of being occupied by the Islamic State would be the heroes.

You know, the people the Iraqi government abandoned for over two years?

The ones the Iraqi government made no effort to assist or help?

Reality: It's day 249 of The Mosul Slog.

It could end today.

It might not.

But as of right now, it continues.

ALJAZEERA offers this map:

As the Iraq army seizes ruins of Mosul's al-Nuri mosque from ISIL, we look at who controls what in the city

More reality: once the Islamic State no longer controls any of Mosul, the focus returns to the failures of the Iraqi state which are many.

Harlan Ullman and Arnaud de Borchgrave (UPI) note that "the Sunni-Shia schism has not been reconciled. Nor have relations between Baghdad and Kurdistan been resolved."

The Islamic State has allowed many to ignore the problems with the government.

Here's another reality:

500,000 people used to live in Ramadi, . Fighting left 80% of the city destroyed.

Inside war in cities:

Maybe Liz Sly could take a break from palm reading and report on what passes for post-liberation in Iraq?

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The Originals - Eli

    They both looked at each other for so long but Elijah doesn't remember Klaus, I'm crying in the club

    To defeat The Hollow, Vincent and Freya had to use their magic to transfer The Hollow from Hope into four people who could not die.

    One of the four was Eli.

    Before this happened, he went to Hayley to try to speak to her.

    She told him if he wanted to help her, he could get Hope back.

    It was very clear that it was over between the two of them.

    After the magic was performed and a 1/4 of The Hollow was put in Eli, he had to get ready to go away.

    He can't be near Klaus (who also has a 1/4 of The Hollow in him, for example).

    Klaus made Eli, before the transfer, promise not to try to rescue him in the future.

    To ensure this didn't happen, after the ceremony, Eli had Vincent cast a spell that allowed Marcel to compel him (in the vampire sense of the word) to forget his promise to his father to look after the family. 

    Eli ends up in France.

    He's playing piano.

    He senses someone looking at him.

    He turns.

    It's Klaus.

    Eli goes back to playing the piano, apparently unaware who Klaus is.

    I'm going to do the recap this way.  I'll probably do Hayley and Klaus together tomorrow.  Either that or Freya.

    If you haven't seen the season finale yet, go to The CW website and you can stream it.

    Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Tony Blair's biggest groupie continues to throb for the War Hawk, and much more.

    Drone video shows the immense destruction as civilians flee ISIS in Mosul, Iraq

    Day 247 of The Mosul Slog.

    Yes, it still drags on.

    IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push


    247 days and counting.

    And it was supposed to be over in weeks (not by the end of 2016 as REUTERS maintains here).

    247 days.

    : Iraqi PM al-Abadi is expected to announce victory in Mosul within hours.

    He can announce it in five seconds, won't change the fact that this operation took 247 days.

    Nor will it change the fact that Mosul is destroyed from US-led coalition bombings.

    Would he have done that to a Shi'ite majority city?

    Of course not.

    In war squeezed amongst the bombs and bullets are little bodies

    SO many look the other way as the destruction continues.


    David Traynier Ⓥ Retweeted John Rentoul
    Not as dark as the skies over Iraq in 2003.
    David Traynier Ⓥ added,

    John Rentoul is a propagandist who writes for THE INDEPENDENT.

    He whored for Tony Blair before the start of the Iraq War and all the way to this very day.

    There's no accountability.

    He's held to no standard.

    And that's part of the problem.

    That's in England.

    In the US, MOTHER JONES hires pro-war pundits who promoted the Iraq War.

    There was no accountability on any level.

    And the lesson was: Look the other way.

    Which is what happened on so many levels.

    The DNC spent the last election cycle trying to bully and push around young people.

    What they didn't get was that it's easy for old whores to look the other way but the young were not going to do the same.

    We saw it on campus after campus in the last years.

    We saw the young people turning against so-called 'independent media' that were nothing but propaganda mills for the Democratic Party.

    This should be a time for independent media to flourish but it whored out.

    Whether we're talking THE NATION or PACIFICA RADIO, they whored out.

    And we spent many years warning that the young were watching.

    The Iraq War demonstrated many things and it surely destroyed faith in corporate media.

    But, as the years passed, it also demonstrated that so-called independent media was no better.

    Norman Solomon thinks he can sneak back in.

    He's laughed at on campuses, he's the punchline to a dirty joke.

    They had professors who used his book on war or referenced Norman's 'activism.'

    But that was long ago.

    And he went into hiding when Barack Obama was president.

    Eight years as the Iraq War raged.

    How stupid does a Norman Solomon think people are?

    And while some older people will go along, the enthusiasm and passion of the youth will not play.

    They haven't been co-opted and beaten down for years the way so many have.

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