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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