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effluvia 31 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
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Seashells coated with oil on the shore in Dalian, China, nine days after a pipeline blast leaked 1,500 tonnes of heavy crude into the sea    [Greenpeace/Reuters]

Beyond the horror in the Gulf, which is essentially a huge, ugly experiment we have been forced into, the struggle of the local people, on their own in Dalian to clean up the masses of heavy crude by hand, unprotected hands moving oil to barrels and buckets, navigating the thick oil in the small wood fishing boats, their legs, arms and faces bare, is a terrible thing to watch.

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While we are eye balls deep in oil, lambert at corrente led to this… a story of BP, Blackrock, Larry Fink [ Here is the Vanity Fair profile on Larry Fink: Larry Fink’s $12 Trillion Shadow ], Obbie’s ever present minders and bookends (as I see it), Geithner and Summers and recent events in the US Gulf.  AND Kaufman, the EPA whistleblower, who has been on Democracy NOW! and cable as well…

The close of her post:

[N]ow let’s connect the dots. The Obama administration owes Larry Fink bigtime for his central role in keeping the U.S. economy from completely crashing. The corporation owned by Larry Fink, Blackrock has been the recipient of millions (billions?) in government contracts. BlackRock also owns a majority–one billion shares–of BP Therefore Larry Fink has a powerful economic motivation to keep the full horror of what BP has done to the Gulf of Mexico hidden from the American public.

Now I have no idea if President Obama is aware of all this or not. I think this situation strongly suggests that Tim Geither has even more influence in the administration than anyone has previously thought. Kaufman mentioned in the Democracy Now interview that Larry Summers is also close to Larry Fink. Apparently the two became friends when Summers was working in hedge funds. (Oh, and BTW, 49% of BlackRock is owned by Bank of America, according to that link.)

I hope I’ve made my point clear. I believe that the reason President Obama has failed to act forcefully to deal with the worst ecological crisis in U.S. history because he or someone who has great influence over him doesn’t want to cross Larry Fink.

Now it could be that President Obama is simply a figurehead who follows orders from his underlings. Or it could be that Obama has made the decision to go alone with all this. But whatever role the president has played, the result is that BP has been permitted to dump around 2 billion gallons of Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico, and that will result in horrendous consequences for both wildlife and human beings.

I will have another post on the toxic effects of Corexit mixed with oil soon–perhaps later today or tomorrow.

I’d never give Obbie credit for being an independent operator.  Nor credit that he commands some crew of ”underlings”, who do as they please as he stares into space….  I do think he feels he is USDA grade “prime” fixer to the oligarchy and his pay-off, post pretzelness, will be inclusion.  Yeah right.  Whistle Dixie honey.

The thread to the post is rather interesting, in particular for what I think are very mistaken, blinkered takes on both Hillary and Reagan.  Hillary, as seen by several commenters, is some savior we were denied. 

Oh gah.  Save me from the pre-digested Democratic party baby bird food.

And Reagan is over and over described as a “true believer”.  Who later was senile.  He seems to be seen as less cynical than Obby.

Oh puh-leeze.  I realise much of the nation did not catch the Reagan of the early, middle, or late sixties, nor even the RR of the early seventies… Both his venality and his political sleekness were much in evidence…. but he was what he was, a GE mouthpiece and, tho adept for the medium, a B movie actor, who Buckley and others of the conservative movement latched onto and very successfully used.

Even when semi- or pre-senile (and shot up in what could be argued was an attempted take over from within his own party), he was well represented by his alter ego who served as his AG here in California, Edwin Meese  III.  (It is rarely mentioned, but he served on the 9/11 Commission.)

And his ”kitchen cabinet” of a dozen or so very wealthy California businessmen.

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I am getting a kick out of  ‘new fixer man’ calling out ‘old time fixer man’.  And calling him over and done with…

President Obama to Harry Smith, on the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric”:

“I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well. But these allegations are very troubling, and, you know, he’s somebody who is at the end of his career, 80 years old. I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity, and my hope is that that happens.”

Charlie is to be escorted to the side of the bus!!  Some white-gloved lackey, playing Master of Ceremonies, indicates he is to get under the bus, thus becoming, as lambert calls it, unterbussen.

Politico:

–Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Allen:

“[A] person close to Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat ‘doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this’ and won’t step down. Yet, Obama’s statement changes the dynamics and makes it much harder for the tenacious Rangel to hold on … One member of the Congressional Black Caucus … expressed bitterness that the president would turn publicly on Rangel, a decorated Korean War combat veteran. ‘Charlie Rangel has served our nation with honor and distinction for more than four decades – before I was born and the president was a twinkle in his parents’ eye,’ the CBC member said.”

Twinkle twinkle… All things come to an end.  Rangel, meet Ob’s white grannie while you’re under the bus.  She conveniently died (shed a tear, he did) on the eve of the election that would deliver him as a transcendant hero figure, her death showing he is subject to the ordinary tragedies of mortals.

Quite the political story-making.

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1. ms_xeno - 31 July 2010

Yeah. I already had the “Savior Hillary” discussion with some people over at Reclusive Leftist. I won’t be going back there anytime soon.

Did you know that I couldn’t possibly find her character repulsive and worthless unless I’d been brainwashed by the media? It’s true!

Fuck ‘em.

marisacat - 31 July 2010

each is a split of a whole… or as I used to say, opposing Obby is NOT an endorsement of Hillarious.

2. ts - 31 July 2010

Here’s an unfortunate link I ran into today: How the financial industry’s embezzlement of $1 trillion saved the economy

IOZ went off on Yggy the other day about his Afghanikeynsianism. While this doesn’t involve killing people (at least not in the literal Joe Biden sense), it does involve the complete ignorance of cause and effect. It doesn’t matter that the money was embezzled, as long as we spent it.

Now when we need $25 billion to extend unemployment benefits, Blinder and Zandi throw up their hands like Bud Selig at the All-star game. Can’t help ya folks! We already spent the money. Why aren’t you losers buying Escalades like those rich banksters over there?

marisacat - 31 July 2010

IOZ went off on Yggy the other day about his Afghanikeynsianism

I read IOZ on “Yggles”… btw, SMBIVA piled in on Yglesias today, as well. :lol:

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Blinder and Zandi throw up their hands like Bud Selig at the All-star game. Can’t help ya folks!

I read the other day, and I had not known this, that [Warren] Buffett owns Moody’s… I knew Zandi had consulted for both parties and for a couple of years now is like a chain and ball on TV, but did nto know about WB owning it.

ts - 31 July 2010

Found this oldie but goodie: I hate banks – Mojo Nixon

ts - 31 July 2010

And searching further…man this guy is prescient:

Country Dick, RIP

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2010
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2010

What You Need to Know About Abortions After The First Trimester

It is fucking sick that it’s so hard for women to get the care they need.

5. marisacat - 1 August 2010

Don’t say a rude (if poetical) word about the Wedding, even if you live in the next village over. Or the Leftischer masses will rise against you.

I think the comment about the great cleansing of Bill in his philanthropy is the best. Maybe ti was decided cleansing Bill using Haiti was too touchy.

ms_xeno - 1 August 2010

I just posted my reply there.

Maybe I’ll go write a new LJ post called, Fuck Your Royal Wedding after breakfast. Or, hell– maybe while the coffee’s brewing.

It’s just too bad that I can’t rhyme worth shit. :p

marisacat - 1 August 2010

Yeah, CD among the commenters kind of blew me away. Talk about ‘protest too much’. I did not read all of it (her comment).

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2010

I found the “basement angel” comment to be especially blind/sad:

There is a massive gulf between what George Bush and what Clinton did.

marisacat - 1 August 2010

All part of a whole (what they do, did, will do) and ALL of it, that reaches public exposition, retail politics.

Etc.

ms_xeno - 1 August 2010

I liked the Tourette’s “joke.” These Dems sure are sensitive souls, eh?

marisacat - 1 August 2010

and “basement angel” just got PROGRESSIVELY nuttier!! [snicker: it's still going!]

… and CD is just so anxious to tell itinerant thread dwellers about the Republican GFs, married to wealthy (we are assured in case we worried, that means very very rich) R men, the GFs are deeply closeted, screwing each other and donating big time to lesbian causes. As the males are in the dark.

My own guess is all 4 are gay. If thread stories are at all like RL.

Where to begin.

marisacat - 1 August 2010

At risk of running this into the ground, idiotic Democratic voters and defenders of La Famille [Not So] Royale would do well to read a dull chronicler of political doings. Jeebus, if he can get it, they should be able to….

First, friendship with the Clintons has never been an indicator of much, other than perhaps utility to them. Outside a small circle of law school friends and former aides, the Clintons have always been surrounded by a crew of useful billionaires and odd hangers-on, including from time to time the stray felon.


“They are out of power and surrounded by assorted parvenus… I question whether it is really that much of a calling card,” emails a close Clinton watcher.

But the Clintons also seem to have wanted a media circus, in the end. There’s an art to deferring tabloid voyeurism, and they are familiar with it: You designate an on-record spokesman to release a few innocuous details, insist that the invitation not be viewed as Truman Capote’s Masked Ball, but just an occasion for two families to wish their children well, promise a few more on-the-record details after the event, and then ask everyone to low-key it. They, instead, let the mystery build, then released some photos to crown the day.

“I can only assume from this cat and mouse game that they are enjoying the drama,” emails the first observer.

And so on.

marisacat - 1 August 2010

ms_xeno… GOOD ONE!! :

http://www.correntewire.com/royal_wedding#comment-176430

I have never understood extending some sort of emotional protection to political figures. And at the risk of being inverse partisan, Jenna Bush (ugh) and John Jr (died in spectacular fashion before he could extend Camelot) showed you can go get married with much less fan fare.

marisacat - 1 August 2010

gosh ms_xeno, still at it. Ate your Wheaties, Breakfast of Champiions???? Double serving! :lol:

(kiss the kitties)

ms_xeno - 1 August 2010

Actually, it’s puffed rice, but I appreciate the sentiment.

BTW, Butterscotch is being doused with anti-allergens every other day now. Turns out she had some kind of bug bite on her belly (probably a spider), and it triggered her allergies.

They made her wear a “sweater,” just a glorified Ace bandage, “ideally to stay on for a week.” Of course she shucked it off after two days and we never saw it again. :D

But she is feeling better, even though she hates us of course.

marisacat - 1 August 2010

oh poor Butterscotch… kitties hate anything like that stomacher, not surprised she got it off… (and threw it out it seems). Kis her twice!

Yeah I loved the Tourette’s as well. Talk about knee jerk. A bruise on the chin for that one!

It was all a bad showing. Oen may disagree with the original poster but he IS NOT WRONG. Plus, being one village over I am sure he is pissed.

I enjoyed the post from Boston Boomer at River Daughter (up top in my post) but as I poked around that site, I saw all sorts of ex Kossians, still Democratic voting, and way way too many of Hillary My Savior! I will love you forever! You was cheated!

Etc.

I even saw listed as an alum (on the “About” page) one of the Dkos thugs, RonK of Seattle.

THERE IS NO ESCAPE!!

6. marisacat - 2 August 2010

noooo

LINK

……………….. 8O


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