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Safe streets… 25 November 2010

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A policeman runs during an operation at Jacarezinho slum

A policeman runs during an operation at Jacarezinho slum    Picture: REUTERS

Rio police and drug gangs in the slums battle it out.  Or so the story goes….

Reuters reports 30 dead so far…  

“We have no deadline to stop operations. We’re going to continue giving logistical support …… to transport police troops for as long as needed,”

said Colonel Carlos Chagas, commander of the Marine logistics battalion.

more by Carlos Chagas – 3 hours ago – Reuters

Policemen take position during an operation

Policemen take position during a security operation     REUTERS

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1. marisacat on “Comment format missing” | DeveloperQuestion.com - 25 November 2010

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marisacat - 25 November 2010

I can add replies from a WP back page… I reported the problem with no comments format appearing to the community forum.

Maybe I will hear back.

Gah.

2. marisacat - 26 November 2010

Problem resolved!!

3. ts - 26 November 2010

I have a personal policy of never doing any shopping on Black Friday. However, last night my wife asked me to drop by Toys R Us to pick up some toys they advertised in their buyer’s club online. Thinking that maybe this was a special deal, I agreed to drive down to the mall.

When I got there, I saw the longest line I’d ever seen – even longer than the line for Empire Strikes Back I stood in as a little kid. I’d estimate it to be around a half mile, maybe longer, it stretched past three of the massive superstores along this strip mall.

I just went home, totally revolted. I told my wife about it and she didn’t believe me. She decided to go back just before the store closed at 1am. About 1/2 hour later she came back and said the line was still out the door, and she had seen pregnant women, women with 2-3 children, old people standing in line in 35 degree weather at 12:30am on the morning after Thanksgiving, just to get 50% off on some toys.

She was revolted for the same reason. It’s like the corporate owners of this country every year throw some small gold coins into a huge pool of fecal material, and then have a good laugh at our expense as the impoverished masses wrestle in it for crumbs. Only in this case we also give them MORE of our money. As the economy goes down the crapper, more entertainment for them as the pool of shit just gets more crowded every year. I may just give cash from now on after seeing that.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

I so agree….

The blither blather this am is all about 500 dollar 46″ TVs and some ridiculous spin on ABC GMA about $3 kitchen appliances somewhere or other..

Appalling.

I looked at the calendar for christmas shopping and this year is not a good one… Christmas falls on a Saturday. About the least desirable, retail wise… and I counted the days from TGiving to Xmas, it runs short.

Good Luck.

ts - 26 November 2010

I decide that everyone gets “red envelopes” this year in honor of the Chinese custom of giving these as presents for New Year, birthdays, etc. Not going to debase myself anymore.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

and those red envelopes are so wonderful….

Good idea.

I’ve never in my life shopped on the Friday following. I DO admit that I have headed out to somewhere small right after New Years to buy up Xmas cards, ribbon and wrap for the next year… about it….

No malls.

ts - 26 November 2010

I had mentioned this when I picked up our dog from the kennel, and the workers there also added that most of those deals are online, with free shipping to boot.

ts - 26 November 2010

Was flipping through the channels going from one sesame street to the other and the morning hosts were in sleeping bags, which intrigued me, so i lingered for a few moments.

These were pretty high end sleeping bags – looked like some sort of animal fur lining, oversized, probably provided by CBS, and they were doing their show from inside the bag.

Inside the studio, natch.

And of course they flashed over to people who spend the night on the sidewalk in NYC last night, don’t want to think of the temperature, in probably much less well insulated sleeping material. I feel nothing but shame.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

I mostly saw pup tents… and bundled clothing, etc….

I saw that vision on CBS but had the sound off.

Whta a nightmare.

catnip - 26 November 2010

We even have canuck Black Friday deals now.

I have to violate Buy Nothing Day to get some groceries after basically being housebound during the 2010 Deep Freeze™. It’s finally warmed up so I’m up and out.

I ordered most gifts for the grandherbs online this year (homemade stuff still on the to do list). Shopping gets on my last nerve during the xmas season – especially considering the fact that I’m an atheist. So much misery for Xtian people who can’t afford what they think they should get.

I came up with a scheme a few years ago: each year I have a theme. I’ve done the bedroom and bath time gifts for the grandherbs and this year it’s the kitchen genre. Not sure what I’ll do next year…maybe outdoor stuff.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

groceries are necessities…

ts - 26 November 2010

“So much misery for Xtian people who can’t afford what they think they should get.”

I had thought they were getting their reward in heaven. Apparently the rules changed.

catnip - 26 November 2010

That’s so 15th century!

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

I like the idea of just giving cash, if for no other reason than it becomes a hassle to try to remember who likes what. That, and I just don’t see the point in spectacles such as Black Friday (a bit of hyperbole, perhaps, as I it is pretty obvious that there is a point to it from the perspective of our corporate overlords).

There was some local news of some guys who were camping outside of Best Buy for several days just so they could be first in line when the store opened for its Black Friday spectacle. What I perceived were two individuals needlessly exposed to the elements, and probably nowhere near as prepared for that cold front that came through as they thought they were. As I said, from my perspective, pointless.

diane - 26 November 2010

please pardon my ignorance, but, what does bokononist mean?

I’ve seen the mask icon used, bloodless, unreal ice white faced, mustachioed, ‘all knowingly’ grinning male …perhaps I am slow ..but I haven’t a clue, what bokonist means, and I doubt many do.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

In case James is not around, if you saw th film V Vendetta of a few years ago (I finaly caugh up to it via Netflix) that is where the mask is from.

Use of it, in protests and as avatars and so on, usually indicates an anti Statist stance…

ts - 26 November 2010

the Guy Fawkes mask is also commonly used by Anonymous, the patron saint of 4chan.

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

Bokononism is a fictitious religion described in Kurt Vonnegut in his classic novel, Cat’s Cradle. I love the first verse: “All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies.” When I chose my screen name on wordpress so many moons ago, I had hoped for Bokonon or perhaps Bokononist, but alas those were already taken.

As for the Guy Fawkes mask gravatar, I think Marisacat aptly summarized what it’s about. Among my many comrades were anarcho-syndicalists whose perspective still has some influence on me. The film, V for Vendetta struck a nerve with me when it came out. It’s a bit of a different experience than the graphic novel on which it is based, but I digress.

Do note that I’ve seen the Guy Fawkes mask also coopted by white privileged male “libertarians” over the last couple years – a fact I find most disheartening.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 November 2010

those idiots misappropriate so many things

diane - 26 November 2010

thanks for responding to that Marisa,…it means a great deal when people attempt to clarify when queried, … that’s one of the reasons why, I feel, you are special …and you respond, even when it’s not you, being queried,…even more special……..

;0)

diane - 26 November 2010

thank you, thebokononist, for that explanation, now I know!

;0)

marisacat - 26 November 2010

the evening news endlessly repeated the film f people streaming smashing their ways into Targets and Best Buys, hither and yon.

Pretty bad.

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

In England and elsewhere in Europe, people hold mass protests over the hell their corporate overlords are attempting to impose upon them. In our country, we (well not you or I) practically riot over disposable consumer goods. What a country.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

I love reading of the protests in Europe – and lately n the UK against fees fr students… … not just against “austerity” but against the US war machine…like at Shannon airport and to oppose the expansion of US bases…

Just now students are protesting at the Leaning Towr and at the Coliseum….

Makes me happy.

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

The US has not had a functional left in ages – what was left of that had largely faded away by the time I was a teen. It does make me happy to see other places where there is a functional left – it opens up a lot of doors for public expression and action.

catnip - 27 November 2010

James!

brinn - 27 November 2010

J.! What a wonderful holiday gift to “see” you again! How are you?!

brinn - 27 November 2010

HmmK. That was an odd place for that reply to show up! Oh well!

marisacat - 27 November 2010

If a comment went astray its because I eithr let the thread get too long (then WP gets confused) OR “replies” exceed 8, I have it set at maximum i think…
;)

thebokononist - 28 November 2010

I’m doing okay, brinn and catnip.

4. marisacat - 26 November 2010

gotta love it. Laura Rozen
http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/

adds an update ot her report from the AJ-C about the TSA officer alleged to have abducted a woman, raped her at his home then released her to carry his suicide note to the whirled at large. (He was later found in his home iwt a lot of small self inflicted stab wounds.)

UPDATE: A TSA spokesman cites “privacy laws” for declining to answer whether the agency knew that the TSA employee had a prior record of misdemeanor harrassment and stalking.

diane - 26 November 2010

Of course not:

TSA has a long list of “disqualifying offenses” for employment at the federal agency that operates airport security. Those offenses include felonies, violent crimes, theft, and crimes involving security and transportation. Regan checked the list and found that it did not include misdemeanor offenses of harassing and stalking.

..and if they added impersonatung a “law” officer (siren,cuffs and weapons in the trunk, etc.), the problem would likely be solved, there wouldn’t be any eligible candidates.

5. marisacat - 26 November 2010

:lol:

“pretty upsetting to most of us, including me”. Where does this mittel brow language come from ? They sold him as Gott in Himmel.

From Politico “44”

EVOLVING SECURITY: President Obama says the Transportation Security Administration’s pat-downs at airport checkpoints are part of a system that will change over time.

“This is gonna be something that evolves. We are gonna have to work on it,” Obama told Barbara Walters in an interview to be shown Friday. “I understand people’s frustrations with it, but I also know that if there was an explosion in the air that killed a couple of hundred people … and it turned out that we could have prevented it possibly … that would be something that would be pretty upsetting to most of us, including me.”

catnip - 26 November 2010

The news blurb up here is that if we have to go through the pat downs (that sounds so friendly, doesn’t it – “pat downs”?) we have the option of going to a private room. (Queue the bad porno flick music.)

catnip - 26 November 2010

“I’m your private screener, a screener for money, you’ll do what I want you to do…”

marisacat - 26 November 2010

you can also have a witness.

And according to a CAIR advisory, muslim women are being advised to tell the screener they will pat themselves down, in what is the area in question that caused them to be diverted only, then present their hands for explsives residue testing.

I sense a camel’s back breaking, somewhere.

6. marisacat - 26 November 2010

Carrying along commens ts made in reply to diane in the alst thread…

madman just sent me this… NO NEED TO GO SHOPPING DROPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY…. :lol::roll:

What a scream!

Florida:

Michelle Holder of Lake Worth was looking forward to buying her college-bound daughter a new laptop for Christmas…She bought a few kitchen items only to see a fellow shopper being arrested for menacingly showing a pistol in his waistband.

According to Boynton Beach police log, that shopper was Christopher Scott, 49. Police report “Scott had a 40 caliber Glock with a 30 round magazine on his hip in a holster.”

They also found two concealed knives and a “pepper grenade” on his belt, as well as prescription meds with no label or prescription for them [obviously his biggest sin! no scripts!! -Mcat], police reported.

“I’m not doing this next year,” Holder said.

Read more: Business Insider

catnip - 26 November 2010

Pepper the halls with balls of holly.

diane - 26 November 2010

Thanks for the comment heads up hon, I left a response there.

I want one of those dreams ts, at least the part about nailing them in the nuts.

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

All the more reason to observe “Buy Nothing Day.”

7. ts - 26 November 2010

The mandate may be struck down in the courts…oh please oh please oh please!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/us/politics/27health.html

marisacat - 26 November 2010

I’m actually hopeful…. the way Democrats trot out mandatory car insurance as validating this is just tedious. Doesn’t strike me as the same thing at all.

diane - 26 November 2010

Goody, a reason to pop open a left over bottle of Brut from last night …and yeah, just another highly punitive, meant to humiliate, regressive revenue stream.

8. marisacat - 26 November 2010
diane - 26 November 2010

the link’s not working hon.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

oh it’s just his sharp elbow to the face, anonymous no name disclosure of the miscreant, during hoops… got him 12 stitices… that’s all.

Full text:

5 mins ago

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday with a group of family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement that Obama was inadvertently struck by an elbow. The elbow’s owner wasn’t identified.

Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office on the ground floor White House after he returned home.

The president had traveled to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in one of his favorite athletic pursuits, basketball. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends and including Reggie Love, Obama’s personal assistant who played at Duke University.

Obama emerged from the building after about 90 minutes of play, wearing short-sleeve T-shirt and gym pants, and was seen dabbing at his mouth with what appeared to be a wad of gauze. A few hours later, reporters who had gathered on the White House driveway for the arrival of the Christmas Tree saw the president in an upstairs window, pressing something white against his mouth.

“After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit,” Gibbs said.

diane - 26 November 2010

tough (fuckin “Brits,” ….tuff….) fucking luck huh?

nice to know that he can still feel pain, while unrelentingly bestowing it?

I had stitches in my lip too mother fucker, and I chewed them out …it wasn’t in the major headlines clown …and I got over it, unlike you, who will likely bomb whole villages over it ….get a grip fucker …you are not, all that …..

marisacat - 26 November 2010

I ahd 9 over y right eyebrow in a small car accdient. Mostly i was panicked not to have a scar… and got a calendula gel to put on it, stitches and all. I tworked well… there is a dent in the brow bone, whihc cannot be seen, but no scar.

His lip is gonna swell. Maybe he can give some to Gibbs.

catnip - 26 November 2010

I didn’t know you could get calendula gel. The flower is good in salads too.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

it was fabulous… I asked a friend who was very into naturopathic and she called a friend who was a specialist. It worked really well.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2010

His lip is gonna swell.

Maybe it’ll finally catch up with his overwhelming sense of self-importance, or Snob’s self-righteousness.

diane - 26 November 2010

the FUCKer can go have a SYMPATHY PARTY with that CREEPY FUCK, Berlusconi, …or however the fuck it is spelled …

marisacat - 26 November 2010

:lol:

Remember when Billy C broke a bone in his foot? what a fucking crybaby.

diane - 26 November 2010

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa , they are wounded …. give me some of that titty ..they say…….even though, they offer absolutely nothing in return ……………..not only that, but then, if you are hestitant, they cuff and rape you , because: their needs must be met, NOW

marisacat - 26 November 2010

yeah e was so bad, even in public that a disability group actually spoke out abot it.

It happened at the Greg Norman estate in FL…. on a rocky promontory, heavy mature tree cover… he fell at around 11 Pm somwehre outside the main house and the paths to the guest cottages. I laughed outloud when it was reported… I hoped for his sake he was LEAVING her bedroom, rather than enroute.

Wht a scream!!

diane - 26 November 2010

You are not, and you will never be, Allen Iverson, Obama, YOU MOTHER FUCKER ……now what, fool?

marisacat - 26 November 2010

Who is Allen Iverson?

diane - 26 November 2010

a medium height black man, born in virginia ….., who clowned all the NBC et al sportscasters ….in his small person ability in making a statement for little peeps…….

;0)

9. diane - 26 November 2010

not quite sure, but I have a feeling you can grow calendula in the many times cold realm you live in, miss nip. Perhaps toss an eighth inch, or so, amount of fertile soil on that sucker …and it wwill delight you, soon after ..much to your surprise ……

diane - 26 November 2010

hmmm I will admit, I have no clue as to what “fertile soil” means….maybe I should have written: hopeful soil? …..whatever, I planted calendula seeds, and they sprouted readily, …just think, what you could do with them sweetness! ..

;0)

catnip - 26 November 2010

I did have some in a garden once. They grow like weeds.

diane - 26 November 2010

yes …they insist, …can’t help but ‘living,’ ..until it is time for them to die…..

who could blame them,…..who willfully dies?

10. marisacat - 26 November 2010

oh what a hoot! A spam comment at IOZ of all places:

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11. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2010

Inside the Whitehall kettle

The chant goes up: “what do we want? The right to protest!” At first, the cops give curt answers to the kids demanding to know why they can’t get through. Then they all seem to get some sort of signal, because suddenly the polite copper in front of me is screaming in my face, shoving me hard in the back of the head, raising his baton, and the protesters around me are yelling and running back. Some of them have started to shake down a set of iron railings to get out, and the cops storm forward, pushing us right through those railings, leaving twenty of us sprawling in the rubble of road works with cracked knees. When they realised that they are trapped, the young protesters panic. The crush of bodies is suddenly painful – my scarf is ripped away from me and I can hear my friend Clare calling for her son – and as I watch the second line of police advance, with horses following behind them, as I watch a surge of teenagers carrying a rack of iron railings towards the riot guard and howling to be released, I realise they’re not going to stop, and the monkey instinct kicks in. I scramble up a set of traffic lights, just in time to see a member of the Metropolitan police grab a young protester by the neck and hurl him back into the crowd.

Behind me, some kids have started to smash up a conveniently empty old police van that’s been abandoned in the middle of the road. “Let us out!” they chant. “Let us out!” A 13-year old girl starts to hyperventilate, tears squeezing in raw trails over her frightened face, unable to tear her face away from the fight – I put a hand on her back and hurry her away from the police line, Her name is Alice, and she is from a private school. “Just because I won’t be affected by the EMA cuts doesn’t mean I don’t care about the government lying,” she says, “but I want to go home now. I have to find my friend.”

As darkness falls and we realise we’re not going anywhere, the protesters start to light fires to keep warm. First, they burn their placards, the words ‘rich parents for all!’ going up in flames, with a speed and efficiency gleaned from recent CV-boosting outdoor camping activities. Then, as the temperature drops below freezing, they start looking for anything else to burn, notebooks and snack wrappers – although one young man in an anarchist scarf steps in to stop me tossing an awful historical novel onto the pyre. “You can’t burn books,” he says, “we’re not Nazis.”

As I look around at this burnt-out children’s crusade, I start to wonder where the hell the student activists are. Whatever the news says, this is emphatically not a rabble led by a gang of determined troublemakers out to smash things for fun. In fact, we could do with a few more seasoned radicals here, because they tend to know what to do at demonstrations when things get out of hand. I find myself disappointed in the principled anarchists and student activists I know, who aren’t here because they’ve decided that the best way to make their presence felt is by occupying their own lecture halls. I realise that these school pupils are the only ones who really understand what’s going on: even people my age, the students and graduates who got in just before the fee hike, are still clinging to the last scraps of that dream of a better future, still a little bit afraid to make a fuss. These teenagers, on the other hand, know that it’s all nonsense. They sat their school exams during the worst recession in living memory, and they aren’t taken by the promise of jobs, of education, of full lives and safe places to live.They understand that those things are now reserved for the rich, and the white heat of their rage is a comfort even behind the police lines in this sub-zero chill.

Smaller children and a pregnant woman huddle closer to the fires. Everyone is stiff and hungry, and our phones are beginning to lose signal: the scene is Dante-esque, billows of smoke and firelight making it unclear where the noises of crying and chanting and the whine of helicopters are coming from.

This is the most important part of a kettle, when it’s gone on for too long and you’re cold and frightened and just want to go home. Trap people in the open with no water or toilets or space to sit down and it takes a shockingly short time to reduce ordinary kids to a state of primitive physical need. This is savage enough when it’s done on a warm summer day to people who thought to bring blankets, food and first aid. It’s unspeakably cruel when it’s done on the coldest night of the year, in sub-zero temperatures, to minors, some of whom don’t even have a jumper.

marisacat - 26 November 2010

It’s war, basically….

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2010

and only getting started.

marisacat - 27 November 2010

It’s not ”clear and hold” but ”encircle and hold”.

Beautifully written.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2010

It really puts you there with them.

Protest groups need to publicize the eventual large payouts to lawsuits … there almost always are. NYC payed out MILLIONS to improperly detained protesters after the RNC.

thebokononist - 26 November 2010

Lenin’s Tomb concludes:

It’s obviously time to make haste with the student-worker coalition that was vaunted at the last protest. The energy behind this will be squandered if the protesters are left alone to the tender mercies of the police.

12. catnip - 26 November 2010

Just watched the doc “Enjoy Poverty” by Renzo Martens. Powerful.

13. marisacat - 27 November 2010

Hey hey… got my answer on the Sikh turbans… they are indeed the specified religious exemption at air port screening.

The boychicks get to keep them on (all wrapped 9 or so feet of it), do self pat and present their hands for examination of explosives residue.

Ain’t that peachy.

There was a heated argument on local talk radio just now (burqa issues) and the host got a hold of an official TSA HLS memo exempting the turban.

For religious reasons. I am so relieved for their tender sensibilities… whew.

brinn - 27 November 2010

That is the biggest load of bullshit I have heard all week.

Thanks for sharing, Mcat!

marisacat - 27 November 2010

Have to see how CAIR proceeds, but reading thru a load of their travel advisories to their costituency over the past month… my guess is they want to piggy back (burqa and hijab exemptions) on that finding.

A commenter at TPMMuchraker posted a link to an admittedly CNS news service report on Janet NapNothing being queried Nov 15 on where is the policy o scanning and patdown on observant women muslims going… boy she dodged. Big time. A “yes” asnwer woul have squelched all the speculation going around…

snip:

CNSNews.com) – When asked today if she will insist that Muslim women wearing hijabs must go through full body pat downs before boarding planes, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not say yes or no, but told CNSNews.com there will be “adjustments” and “more to come” on the issue.

“On the pat downs, CAIR [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] has recommended that Muslim women wearing hijabs refuse to go through the full body pat downs before boarding planes,” CNSNews.com asked Napolitano at a Monday press conference. “Will you insist that they do go through full body pat downs before boarding planes?”

“Look, we have, like I said before, we are doing what we need to do to protect the traveling public and adjustments will be made where they need to be made,” Napolitano responded. “With respect to that particular issue, I think there will be more to come. But, again, the goal here, you know, we’re not doing this just to do it. We’re doing it because we need to keep powders and gels and liquids off of planes that are unauthorized just as we need to keep metals off of planes. ….

Of course Abdulmuttalab boarded a plane with no valid passport of any kind. Just a detail.

14. marisacat - 27 November 2010

Oh too too funny!

I am jsut reading that ObRama got his dozen stitches to his UPPER LIP.

To hold it up and stiff, I wonder? Stiff and stitched-up upper lip?

We are so screwedddddddddd.

15. marisacat - 27 November 2010

THE SHOWS:

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL); Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ); roundtable with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and Mayor Michael Nutter (D-Philadelphia)

–ABC’s “The Week“: Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffet, Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates and philanthropist Melinda Gates, CNN Founder Ted Turner and Hedge Fund Manager Tom Steyer

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Author Edmund Morris (“Colonel Roosevelt”), author Ron Chernow (“Washington: A Life”), author Bob Woodward (“Obama’s Wars”) and author Arianna Huffington (“Third World America”)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former State Department official Liz Cheney and Fox News’ Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); previously unaired segment of taped interview with former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL); outgoing Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and outgoing Rep. David Obey (D-WI); Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza

–C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): Centre for the Study of Democracy Fellow David Eaves, Omidyar Network Investment Director Stacy Donohue and Ushahidi Co-Founder Ory Okollo … “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET / 6pm ET): American Action Network CEO and former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), questioned by McClatchy’s Steve Thomma and the Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger “Q&A” (SUN 8pm ET / 11pm ET): Former Secret Service Agents and co-authors Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill (“The Kennedy Detail”)

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Security expert Joe Gehr; Defense Attorney for Ahmed Ghailani Peter Quijano; Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno; Actress and Activist Maria Conchita Alonso; roundtable with Poder Magazine Editor David Adams and El Mundo America Edition Director Manuel Aguilera

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2010

ugh, on This Week, the Lords and Ladies visit the serfs …

marisacat - 27 November 2010

really….

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2010
brinn - 27 November 2010

Yep, yep and yep…like Hudson says: just watch.

He’s been spot on about pretty much everything over the past 3-5 years, unfortunately the large “information moving machines” don’t pay him any mind, so people can’t hear him making sense and explaining things in very easily understandable terms.

ts - 27 November 2010

The Irish government is trying to force through an emergency loan and an austerity package “the harshest in Europe” before calling elections.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/world/europe/28dublin.html

This is in a country where the unemployment rate is already around 15% and the economy has shrunk by just as much.

The best solution for Ireland is bail out of the Euro entirely and go back to the punt. The budget deficit doesn’t come from the banking collapse, but the huge drop in income tax revenue that came with the economic collapse. Austerity is going to make this problem worse.

Krugman says (in a weird, dyslexic phrase) “It’s worse than a crime, it’s a mistake.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/opinion/26krugman.html

marisacat - 27 November 2010

My guess is we are forcing a lot of whatever direction Ireland takes.

AND there is a chatter around today about Zapatero latest moves… I have not had a chance to read it tho….

BTW I hear there is a piece in the Ecnomist calling for the abolition o the TSA.

diane - 28 November 2010

Telling, if I’m recollecting correctly, that the Obster appointed Rooney (Pittsburgh. PA Steelers, football team “owner”), Ambassador to Ireland ….way in over your head ‘honey’ Rooney, despite that money (at least my thought). Mr. Rooney was flattered, ….I’m sure…….

17. catnip - 28 November 2010
18. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 November 2010
19. diane - 28 November 2010

Marisa, please note that you aren’t back in the hospital, I just checked the date stamps and the time …….

???????????????????

diane - 28 November 2010

( …in case you are just needing to be away from it all hon, …I did that yesterday, and accidentally watched a movie titled In Her Shoes.. …it was nice to shed tears that weren’t coinciding with a frightening jolt to the solar plexus ….sweet movie, …..despite, what I take, to be the nasty intent of the channel airing it (Criminal Minds aired thricely every weeknight, to “prove” to us there is a “need” for all the deathly debasing of humanity that is going on) ….

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 November 2010

Hi everybody. Marisa sent word through her neighbor that she’s ill again and has been readmitted to the hospital. She had an operation to remove fluid from around her heart is hooked up to something to continue the draining.

I’ll keep everybody posted as I get updates.

diane - 28 November 2010

Thank you Madman … if able, please send her huge hugs, and ‘get the fuck outta that place, wishes ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 November 2010

I will.

diane - 28 November 2010

thanks so much.

thebokononist - 29 November 2010

Thanks for the update. Will keep the fingers crossed.

21. ts - 28 November 2010

Please hang in there Marisa. Sending positive energy your way. Get better soon and stay away from the hospitalists.

22. brinn - 29 November 2010

Thinking of you, Marisa! Here’s to a speedy release and even speedier recovery!
**hugs**

23. aemd - 29 November 2010

Be well, Ms Cat. Hope to see you up and snarking soon.

24. diane - 29 November 2010

So sorry, but I can’t stand this painful wait, for Marisa to get the fuck away from the hospitalists, so I’m going to change the subject momentarily …..

Is this from one of your PA relatives Boohoohooman? (Since I’m drunk myself I don’t consider the question an insult).:

Security Administration to Begin Driver Pat Downs
Monday, November 22, 2010

… Washington D.C. – Transportation Security Administrator John S. Pistole has announced that the TSA will begin random pat-downs of drivers of U.S. drivers for “security purposes.”

“We’re clearly concerned about weapons, bombs, poisons, water bottles, lipstick, and nail clippers being brought on board civilian aviation craft, but until now, there’s been a blind spot in our terrestrial transportation security. This blind spot ends today.”

Changes are the result of a routine traffic stop in West Hackensack NJ, when a driver was pulled over under the suspicion of carrying a 4 ton nuclear warhead in his Mazda Miata. [wuz that yoo? – diane] Mr. Pistole said that, while the resulting strip search and grope-fest resulted in nothing more conclusive than a three year old Malo Cup, this doesn’t mean that the American public shouldn’t be terrified.

“Sure, there’s one guy in Hackensack that didn’t have a bomb… this time. But there are hundreds of other automobiles that could potentially be carrying something lethal: a bomb, anthrax, gasoline… We need to search ever car. You know: for safety.”

Road checks will be placed at random intervals along major US highways. Drivers can opt for a “backscatter” radiation scan or a mechanic can disassemble your car by the side of the road. Delays to drivers are not expected to exceed 12 hours per check. Drivers will also be subjected to personal examinations, the results of which will be forwarded to your primary care physician at no extra charge.

Local reaction was mixed to the news.

“I’m not sure how I feel about this,” said Betty Cunningham of Blawnox. “Sure, I think that it’s a dehumanizing violation of our civil liberties, but on the other hand, I’m really scared of Muslims.”

UPDATE: Drivers should be aware that a man in a white tank top and blue cuttoffs seen lurking at the North Somerset rest stop is not an authorized TSA agent. Drivers should not allow him to perform pat downs, no matter how many badges he shows you.

25. diane - 29 November 2010

jeesh …wish we all lived within a couple miles of each other so we could all get smashed together while waiting for Marisa to kiss off the hospitalists ….. not too mention freeing the ‘spam,’ …as only you dare do, honey!

we love you sweetness, wonderful dreams to you as you recover…..

26. lucid - 30 November 2010

Update on Mcat. She’s still in the hospital and it would seem will be there for a bit longer. The doctors are flummoxed as to the cause of the heart condition. Hopefully it will get resolved soon as she really wants to get home.

I’ll be in touch with her later in the week and pop in with another update.

catnip - 30 November 2010

Thanks, lucid. :(

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 November 2010

thanks lucid

BooHooHooMan - 1 December 2010

Yep, love that Ms. Cat.

‘night all.

ts - 1 December 2010

Somebody call House!

thebokononist - 1 December 2010

Thanks for the lowdown. Will continue to keep the fingers crossed.

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 November 2010

Eric Cantona’s call for bank protest sparks online campaign

As students and public sector workers across Europe prepare for a winter of protests, they have been offered advice from the archetypal football rebel Eric Cantona.

Cantona was once a famous exponent of direct action against adversaries on and off the pitch. In 1995 he was given a nine-month ban after launching a karate kick at a Crystal Palace fan who shouted racist abuse at the former Manchester United star after he was sent off. But while sympathising with the predicament of the protesters in France, the now retired Cantona is urging a more sophisticated approach to dissent.

The 44-year-old former footballer recommended a run on the cash reserves of the world’s banks during a newspaper interview that was also filmed. The interview has become a YouTube hit and has spawned a new political movement.

Cantona, wearing a bright red jumper, dismissed protesters who take to the streets with placards and banners as passé. Instead, he said, they should create a social and economic revolution by taking their money out of their bank.

He said: “I don’t think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us. Unless you live in a pod. But then there is a chance… there is something to do. Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that’s not the way any more.

“We don’t pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution. The revolution is really easy to do these days. What’s the system? The system is built on the power of the banks. So it must be destroyed through the banks.

“This means that the three million people with their placards on the streets, they go to the bank and they withdraw their money and the banks collapse. Three million, 10 million people, and the banks collapse and there is no real threat. A real revolution.

“We must go to the bank. In this case there would be a real revolution. It’s not complicated; instead of going on the streets and driving kilometres by car you simply go to the bank in your country and withdraw your money, and if there are a lot of people withdrawing their money the system collapses. No weapons, no blood, or anything like that.”

He concludes: “It’s not complicated and in this case they will listen to us in a different way. Trade unions? Sometimes we should propose ideas to them.”

Cantona’s call appeared to touch a popular chord and generated an instant response. Nearly 40,000 people have clicked on the YouTube clip, and a French-based movement – StopBanque – has taken up the campaign for a massive coordinated withdrawal of money from banks on 7 December. It is claimed that more than 14,000 people are already committed to removing deposits. The movement is also gaining increasing attention in Britain.

The trio of French Facebook users now leading the campaign have appealed to people across Europe to provoke a bank crash. “It is we who control the banks, not vice versa,” they write.

BooHooHooMan - 1 December 2010

BUT!

The Pwogs have Crashed the Gates!!
Surely they have our backs!

Bloomberg –
Citigroup Said in Talks to Hire Obama’s Ex-Budget Chief Orszag
November 30, 2010, 9:37 PM EST
More From Businessweek {NO – Thankz! Really!}

By Bradley Keoun

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc., recovering from its $45 billion bailout in 2008, is in advanced talks to hire former White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Orszag, 41, may take a job in the New York-based firm’s investment-banking division, the people said, declining to be identified because the discussions are private. An announcement may come as early as today, one of the people said.

Orszag, an economist trained at Princeton University and the London School of Economics, helped shape U.S. economic stimulus during the financial crisis and overhaul the health- care system. The youngest member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, he spent 18 months as White House budget director, stepping down in July.

It is all so predictable..

He [Orzag] has since become a distinguished visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing columnist for the New York Times, writing about health care, budget policy and Social Security. His successor as budget director, Jacob Lew, worked at Citigroup from 2006 to 2009.

Calls and e-mails to Orszag weren’t immediately returned. Citigroup spokeswoman Danielle Romero-Apsilos said she couldn’t comment.

Cantona is right, of course, consumer action is where it’s at, and Europe is the lever.
Tho , not naive here, there will be violence.
Apologies for the fragmentary segues, but the run on banks, as it takes hold in the U.S. – as it IS – as global demands for asset withdrawal from our various scam markets, particularly, the looted pensions and the mutual funds and InsCo annuity scams… is playing out how? How else with these unblinking thieves? They are doing what comes naturally: They have their latest spokeshole at the Fed run off more currency.

They try and bluff the Continent out of their Euros while passing dollars to pay EU demand deposits and pensioners. They think the Pacific Rim won’t mind, either.

They do what comes naturally, Lie, Cheat and steal, and hope they can pacify people – oh and this is sure to work out well in Europe too – into accepting draconian austerity measures in order cover the looting.

And Obama, The Banker’s Turd™… – plopped out in steamy pause – yeh and that’s holding the line, that’s werkin out well.. this said to be new and improved Bullshitter issuing “simmer down now” assurances to global depositors and creditors backed by what? More bogus paper and looting of public wealth and well being.

Jeezis…. as people step up looking for their money ..Which THEY ARE…

dropout - 3 December 2010

So it begins.

28. wu ming - 1 December 2010

be well, marisa.

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 December 2010

Hi everyone … I just spoke to Marisa, and she asked me to say hi and to thank you all for pulling for her. She said she’s feeling better today, and is hopeful for continued improvement.

catnip - 1 December 2010

That’s good to hear. I hope she’s giving the hospitalists (and all of the other “ists”) a bad time.

BooHooHooMan - 1 December 2010

Yea! :grin:

wu ming - 1 December 2010

wonderful! i hope she gets to go home as soon as possible.

thebokononist - 2 December 2010

Good. I’ll keep sending good vibes her way.

brinn - 2 December 2010

Good to know! Wish we could go visit — hospitals are so horrid!

Thanks for letting us know, madman!

dropout - 3 December 2010

Hope she is back in full form soon. Glad that one of us is in touch with her.

30. BooHooHooMan - 2 December 2010

I still don’t know what to make of Assange,
but some delish dish in the WikiLieaks
on Gangster State Israel out of US Embassy Tel Aviv.

SUBJECT: ISRAEL, A PROMISED LAND FOR ORGANISED CRIME?

{Skipping to select morsels – BHHM}

Not Your Grandfather’s Mob
—————————

¶7. (SBU) Despite their notoriety, OC figures have generally been viewed as a nuisance to be handled by local police. Law enforcement resources were directed to more existential security threats from terrorists and enemy states. In recent years, however, the rules of the game have changed. According to xxxxx, the old school of Israel OC is giving way to a new, more violent, breed of crime. xxxxx told conoffs that the new style of crime features knowledge of hi-tech explosives acquired from service in the Israeli Defense Forces, and a willingness to use indiscriminate violence, at least against rival gang leaders.

New
OC business also includes technology-related crimes, such as stock market and credit card fraud, and operates on a global scale.

¶8. (SBU) As the reach of Israeli OC has grown, so have the stakes. Crime families are working further from home and exporting violence
abroad. Older gambling schemes have grown to include sprawling casino franchises in Eastern Europe. The Abutbul family began its gambling business in Romania over a decade ago, and now owns the Europe-wide Casino Royale network. In 2002, Israeli OC turf wars spilled into Europe when Yaakov Abergil and Felix Abutbul were killed two months apart. Abutbul was gunned down in front of his casino in Prague in a show of force by the Abergils as they attempted to capture a portion of the European gambling market.

¶9. (SBU) Israeli OC now plays a significant role in the global drug trade, providing both a local consumer market and an important transit point to Europe and the United States. In 2004, Zeev
Rosenstein was arrested in Israel for possession of 700,000 ecstasy tablets in his New York apartment, destined for distribution in the
U.S. market. He was ultimately extradited to the United States in 2006, where he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence. Two other crime figures, Meir Abergil and Israel Ozifa, are also facing U.S. extradition charges on charges that include smuggling 100,000 ecstasy tablets into the United States.

¶10. (SBU) The prostitution business has also grown beyond the neighborhood brothel. In March 2009, the INP arrested twelve suspects in what is believed to be the largest Israeli-led human
trafficking network unearthed to date. Ring leader Rami Saban and his associates were charged with smuggling thousands of women from the former Soviet Union and forcing them to work as prostitutes in Israel, Cyprus, Belgium, and Great Britain. Some women were flown to Egypt and smuggled across the Sinai border by Bedouins.

Way to go Israel!
What a portfolio!
Diversify! Diversify! Diversify!

And Way to go USA!
By subsidizing them them THERE we won’t have to worry about who will broker strung out sex slaves HERE!

And our pensioners can invest in the Hyped-up IPO!

And if THAT doesn’t work out, THEN they can chose to gamble in a wide selection of burnt out broke-ass skank casinos all across the land that Goldman got their pension funds to invest in – Oh go ahead baby! – Chose the one with a murdered gangster out front! Chose the one where the strung out grandaughter was thrown out the window!

31. BooHooHooMan - 2 December 2010

More via our fine reporters via US Embassy Tel Aviv!

Dig the last graf on Israeli Organized crime…

Israeli OC Operating Freely in United States
———————————————

¶22. (SBU) Given the volume of travel and trade between the United States and Israel, it is not surprising that Israeli OC has also gained a foothold in America. Over the last decade, media reports have detailed a number of high-profile cases involving Israeli OC, ranging from large-scale drug deals to murder. The ongoing Central District of California grand jury investigation against the Abergil family, where a RICO conspiracy case was initiated in December 2007, best demonstrates the full extent of such criminal activity. Investigators have linked Yitzhak Abergil and his entire network to
crimes of “embezzlement, extortion, kidnapping, and money laundering.” Yitzhak Abergil is currently under arrest in Israel and facing extradition for related charges linking him to the murder of Israeli drug dealer Samy Attias on U.S. soil.

¶23. (SBU) As part of an ongoing effort to track Israeli OC through media reports and police sources, Post so far has identified 16
families and 78 related individuals who are at the center of Israeli organized criminal activity. The consular section has revoked
several visas for those who have been convicted of crimes in Israel, but many OC figures have no prior criminal convictions and carry no
visa ineligibilities. As a result, many hold valid nonimmigrant visas to the United States and have traveled freely or attempted to travel for a variety of purposes.

¶24. (SBU) In March 2009, Post received information from law enforcement authorities that convicted criminal and member of the Abergil organization, Mordechai Yair Hasin, along with his pregnant wife and child, was intending to flee Israel for Los Angeles onvalid tourist visas. Hasin’s visa was revoked based on his
conviction, as were his family’s visas after they were determined to be intending immigrants.

¶25. (SBU) As in the Hasin case, Post is using every available tool to limit OC travel to the United States, but such efforts are not
always successful. In June 2008, Post issued Adam Abitbul a valid tourist visa. Abitbul had no prior criminal convictions, and carried no visa ineligibilities. Several months later, Post
received information from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that he had traveled to the United States to carry out a hit.
Abitbul returned to Israel prematurely for his father’s funeral, at which time Post revoked his visa. (Post can only revoke the visas of Israeli citizens while in country.) In a similar case, in October 2008 Post issued Moshe Bar Muha a tourist visa; he claimed to be traveling for medical treatment. Post subsequently received information from the LAPD that Bar Muha is in fact the brother of Itzik Bar Muha of the Jerusalem Gang (see above) and a convicted criminal.

¶26. (SBU) As recently as March 2009, Zvika Ben Shabat, Yaacov Avitan, and Tzuri Rokah requested visas to attend a “security-related convention” in Las Vegas. According to local media reports, all three had involvement with OC. Post asked the
applicants to provide police reports for any criminal records in Israel, but without such evidence there is no immediate ineligibility for links to OC. Luckily, all three have so far
failed to return for continued adjudication of their applications. Nevertheless, it is fair to assume that many known OC figures hold valid tourist visas to the United States and travel freely.

Comment: Israeli OC Slipping Through the Consular Cracks
——————————————— ———

¶27. (SBU) Given the growing reach and lethal methods of Israeli OC, blocking the travel of known OC figures to the United States is a
matter of great concern to Post. Through collaboration with Israeli and U.S. law enforcement authorities, Post has developed an
extensive database and placed lookouts for OC figures and their foot soldiers. Nevertheless, the above visa cases demonstrate the
challenges that have arisen since the termination of the Visas Shark in September 2008. Unlike OC groups from the former Soviet Union, Italy, China, and Central America, application of INA
212(a)(3)(A)(ii) against Israeli OC is not specifically authorized per Foreign Affairs Manual 40.31 N5.3. As such, Israelis who are
known to work for or belong to OC families are not automatically ineligible for travel to the United States.

Even their Gangsters are Special!

32. aemd - 2 December 2010

Thanks for the update Madman. Glad to hear Ms Cat is feeling better.

33. BooHooHooMan - 3 December 2010

I see my posts on the WikiLeaks …
The US Embassy Tel Aviv analysis on global Israeli Organized Crime – backed by IDF weapons and computing no less – have..shall we say evaporated…

And not hard to figure…they seem to have downed all roads leading into it…again… for now.

WikiLeaks.org Downed by Domain Hosting Service

By Dan Nystedt and Martyn Williams, IDG News

WikiLeaks’ main website could not be accessed on Friday through its WikiLeaks.org domain name after a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Services terminated its domain name service.

Dynamic Network Services’ subsidiary, EveryDNS.net, terminated the WikiLeaks.org domain name because repeated DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks against WikiLeaks “have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites,” it said on its website.

But we carry on!
::

It’s Official!

The Fed is Officially The Piggies private Piggy Bank. Now with New and Improved Private Pigginess!

Cross Section of Rich Invested With the Fed
By SEWELL CHAN and BEN PROTESS
Published: December 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — One investor, Kenneth H. Dahlberg, is a World War II flying ace who, as a volunteer in President Richard M. Nixon’s re-election campaign, was a minor figure in the Watergate scandal.

Another investor, Magalen O. Bryant, runs a horse farm in Virginia and is active in steeplechase racing circles. A third, Ward W. Woods, is the chairman of the nonprofit organization that runs the Bronx Zoo.

They were among scores of wealthy but lesser-known investors in an emergency lending program the Federal Reserve announced in November 2008, three weeks after President Obama’s election, to support the market for student, auto, credit card and small-business loans.

The investors, whose identities were disclosed as part of a trove of 21,000 records released on Wednesday at the direction of Congress, are a cross-section of America’s wealthy — investors who, in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, heard about an opportunity and weighed the risk.

The list, not surprisingly, includes famous Wall Street financiers like J. Christopher Flowers, John A. Paulson and Julian Robertson, demonstrating the extent to which the Fed relied on fast-moving hedge funds to keep credit flowing through the markets.

There were also institutional investors like the Ford Foundation and the pension plan for Major League Baseball. And there were wealthy businessmen like the computer executive Michael S. Dell and the home builder Bruce E. Toll.

Investors like Mr. Dell are identified in the Fed’s data because they owned or were part of a group that owned a “material” stake in a company or a fund that received funding from the Fed. They may not have been involved in the decision to borrow from the Fed. Through the program, known as the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, the investors helped keep markets for consumer loans from seizing up by steadily buying securities. About $71 billion was lent by the Fed out of the $200 billion available. The program, which began in March 2009, ended June 30, 2010; two-thirds of the loans have been repaid early. The remaining ones come due as late as 2015. The Fed has said it does not expect to lose any money in the program.

The investors put up their own money
{ :lol: Which had already been PRE-Looted! -bhhm}
in return for Fed financing that was then plowed into the markets for securitized loans — bundles of credit card or auto dealership debt and student loans.

:lol: The investors shouldered the risk that the loan packages could lose value and be worth less than the amount they had borrowed from the Fed. :lol:

Ordinarily, bundles of loans of this type are not difficult to sell, but after Lehman went bankrupt in September 2008, the market for such debt suddenly froze. The point of the program was to keep money moving through the markets while having investors, not the Fed, bear the risk.

Mr. Dahlberg was one such investor. The newly disclosed records show he was an investor in Broad Creek Partners, which borrowed $28.1 million from the Fed, through TALF, to purchase a portion of a security issued by GE Capital, the financing arm of General Electric. The security was backed by subprime credit card loans. To obtain the loan, Broad Creek pledged as collateral the market value of the security, $30.5 million.

Nearly all of some two dozen TALF investors contacted on Thursday declined to comment or did not respond to messages.

One who did agree to talk was Dov C. Schlein, a former president of the Republic Bank of New York, who estimated that he made a healthy profit, but not a killing.

“Realistically, if you were an early investor you could net 10 percent,” he said. “If you came in much later when the program looked to be successful, then the return dropped to 8, 7, 6, 5 percent.”

Mr. Schlein said he told fellow investors that they should be prepared for their names to become public at some point.

“I told anyone who invested in it at the time that if you’re not prepared for that information to be disclosed, you should not invest,” he said.

Mr. Schlein said he was by no means certain of making money; if unemployment had skyrocketed to 12 percent, for example, he would have expected to lose from huge defaults.

Indeed, when Mr. Schlein told students in his finance class at Baruch College, his alma mater, about the Fed program, some deemed it too risky. A year later, a new group of students said it was a shrewd gamble.

“They said, ‘You got a gift from the Fed,’ ” Mr. Schlein recalled.

Mr. Schlein was an investor in a fund that received 19 loans, totaling $260.9 million, to purchase securities backed by credit card, auto and student loans.

Another investor, Jeffrey R. Krinsk, estimated that he made a profit of about 13 percent, or more than $300,000 on his investment of roughly $2 million, in less than 18 months. “The risk being assumed by investors was generally far less than the risk that was perceived by commentators who hadn’t taken the time to look through the extensive documentation associated with the program,” said Mr. Krinsk, a plaintiffs’ lawyer in San Diego. “It was actually less esoteric, less risky, than other investments I’ve made.”

Many of the investors in the program had backgrounds in finance, including Stephen Partridge-Hicks, who is credited with creating the market for structured investment vehicles, and Robert F. Corvino, who is a director of the CME Group, a major options and futures marketplace.

Many of the financiers, the records show, teamed up, like Jay M. Twery, Walt K. Weissman and M. Blair Wellensiek, who work at Tradelink Holdings, a Chicago trading firm.

Some financiers show up in the Fed data because of their ownership in companies that sought funds from the Fed. In one instance, Mr. Paulson and Mr. Flowers, the financiers, formed OneWest Bank, the successor to the collapsed lender IndyMac, which borrowed from the Fed. Mr. Dell’s investment firm, MSD Capital, is an investor in the bank as well.

Records show that Ms. Bryant, the steeplechase enthusiast, was an investor in Belstar Credit Fund, which obtained 22 loans in amounts ranging from $2.5 million to $75.2 million. Belstar used the loans to purchase securities backed by credit card and auto loans, mortgages and small-business loans. When reached by phone, she declined to comment.

Mr. Woods, who is chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo, and a former chief executive of Bessemer Securities, was an investor in the Nebris Corporation, which borrowed $10.2 million to purchase a security backed by student loans. He did not respond to messages left with his associates.

Mr. Dahlberg, a decorated aviator, became prominent early in the Watergate scandal because his name was on a check deposited in an account controlled by one of the burglars. Mr. Dahlberg, who was not accused of any wrongdoing in the scandal and is now a venture capitalist, did not return phone calls Thursday.

Mr. Schlein, the New York investor, said he felt he was helping out the Fed at a critical moment. :roll:

“The program was well thought-out,” he said. “I thought it was an exceptional program.”

BooHooHooMan - 3 December 2010

Anybody see this (Via BBC) assassinating of Iraninian nuclear scientists in Tehran this past Monday?
One killed, one hamburger in two separate attacks with the old magnetic bomb slapped onto car in the motorcycle drive-by trick.

o’ course, it could all be co-inky-dink, right?
A little misunderstanding in the “you go , then I’ll go” tradition. Like Jon Stewart says about how efficient rush hour traffic is here in Jersey trying to get through the Holland Tunnel.

Anyways.

2 December 2010 Last updated at 21:45 ET

Iran arrests over attacks on nuclear scientists
By James Reynolds BBC Iran correspondent

Iran’s intelligence minister says the country has made a number of arrests following attacks on two prominent nuclear scientists in Tehran on Monday.

One scientist was killed and another left seriously injured.

Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said a number of people were identified and arrested in connection with what he called the two terrorist attacks.

Mr Moslehi did not identify the suspects, nor did he say how many people had been arrested.

But he did repeat Iran’s claim that the intelligence services of the US, Britain, and Israel were responsible for the attacks.

The two scientists, Majid Shahriari and Fereydoon Abbasi, were targeted separately as each drove to work on Monday morning.

Bah! Concidence! Lousy drivers!
Remember – You go, then I’ll go!™

<blockquoteReports said motorcyclists drove alongside the scientists’ cars, attached magnetised bombs to the side of the vehicles, and then drove away. :shock: ~ O k a a a y – So Maybe Not!

The bombs exploded, killing Dr Shahriari and seriously injuring Dr Abbasi.

The attacks and subsequent arrests come

just a few days before Iran is due to restart talks on its nuclear programme with the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

34. alt dot renee tilt - 3 December 2010

the older i get the more i realize i like the world less and less.

marisa is an excellent reason to like the world MORE!

there aren’t many of those about these days.

something, (or someone) to aspire to, yes?

artemisia - 3 December 2010

i agree completely. she is a special spirit in this world.

BooHooHooMan - 3 December 2010

I dig her for her for her intellect, her sense of Justice, her realism in pointing out its absence….and the way she writes, Jeezis.

Many things- her eye for graphics atop her posts.
And her sense of humor. Remember Historic Midterm Slyection 2010 as day and night threads ran into another she kept posting the pic of the gorilla giving the Fuck it all finger? :lol:

Oh she’s somethin’ alright. I hope she’s well on the mend and truly miss her. Sometimes I read her archives beginning here and it really is fascinating to see how she called Goddam EVERYTHING with how the Dems would run from their demi-ascendancy.

And her posts on DK going back to the runup to the war are extraordinary.
Yeh, I dig her.
And truth ain’t flattery.
Some things…. just need to be said.

G’night all.

brinn - 3 December 2010

Thanks for sayin’ em, BHHM! I second and fourth those remarks!

Shine On, Marisa! Miss you muchly!

diane - 3 December 2010

I’ll third them and second yours brinn.

;0)

diane - 3 December 2010

shit, correction:

I’ll second yours brinn, and third and fifth them.

sorry.

diane - 3 December 2010

Shit, my correction is caught in spam:

shit, correction:

I’ll second yours brinn, and third and fifth them.

sorry.

35. BooHooHooMan - 3 December 2010

One more as of 5AM Fri EST wikileaks back up courtesy of the Peoples Republic.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 December 2010

There are more popping up:

Wikileaks.org blocked, but mirror sites proliferating: here’s a partial index of indexes

Interesting that when it was a BANK in their crosshairs suddenly the powers that be bring it down …

diane - 4 December 2010

yup, ……and I find it interesting that Wikileaks has not ‘busted’ more (any?) multinational corporations, from the inception of Wikileaks, I, for one, would love to feel safe having a chat with ‘someone’ able to pop the boil of untold, insidious, corporate mythologies, …and I cannot believe there are others such as me, who actually had verifiable/tangible proof (which I don’t), they gave to Wikileaks ……………

catnip - 5 December 2010

Their next target is allegedly a major US bank.

Have at it!

diane - 4 December 2010

corrected (sorry):

and I cannot believe there aren’t others such as me, who actually had verifiable/tangible proof (which I don’t), they gave to Wikileaks ……………

diane - 4 December 2010

…at any rate, whatever the case may be, the ‘leaks’ have certainly successfully deflected attention from Ireland’s collapse, and the highly related $60 billion in US revenue lost to tax loopholes.

(will Google do no evil? Or will they demand (along with Intel, et al…) that Ireland maintains those insane giveaways to the multinationals? …. while our ‘fearless bipartisan leaders’ absolutely refuse to address unemployment, and hack away at the social safety net of Social Security and Medicare after they have unrelentingly thieved from those funds we’ve paid into?)

….

This special relationship has been more than two decades in the making as companies like Intel and Hewlett-Packard opened sizable operations in Ireland that helped lead a high-tech renaissance of the long-suffering Irish economy. More recently, that embrace grew closer as Facebook, Zynga, Seagate and Google made Ireland their base for their European operations.

snip

By coincidence, just as the full scope of the Irish financial crisis was making international headlines two weeks ago, a delegation of 25 executives and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley arrived for a visit that was supposed to celebrate the special relationship between the two regions. Led by former Intel CEO and Chairman Craig Barrett, the trip is an annual event sponsored by the Irish Technology Leadership Group, a 3-year-old organization of high-level technology leaders in Silicon Valley.

The three-day tour included other such notable names as former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, Blake Krikorian, CEO and founder of Sling Media; Carl Guardino, president, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and John Hartnett, a senior vice president at Palm. Their visit included an “Innovation in Education” conference and an Irish startup competition.

“Obviously, the press was dominated by the financial crisis,” Barrett said by phone from his home in Arizona. “I think if anything, though, it just added support to the message we were trying to send. There is a way out of this mess. The way is education. The way is startups. The way is more research.”

Just as important, Barrett noted: Keep taxes low [as the populace starves – diane].

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diane - 5 December 2010

reattempting a post I made a few days ago (jeesh, you are missed honey!), on the fourth, which got caught up in spam:

…at any rate, whatever the case may be, the ‘leaks’ have certainly successfully deflected attention from Ireland’s collapse, and the highly related $60 billion in US revenue lost to tax loopholes.

(will Google do no evil? Or will they demand (along with Intel, et al…) that Ireland maintains those insane giveaways to the multinationals? …. while our ‘fearless bipartisan leaders’ absolutely refuse to address unemployment, and hack away at the social safety net of Social Security and Medicare after they have unrelentingly thieved from those funds we’ve paid into?)

….

This special relationship has been more than two decades in the making as companies like Intel and Hewlett-Packard opened sizable operations in Ireland that helped lead a high-tech renaissance of the long-suffering Irish economy. More recently, that embrace grew closer as Facebook, Zynga, Seagate and Google made Ireland their base for their European operations.

snip

By coincidence, just as the full scope of the Irish financial crisis was making international headlines two weeks ago, a delegation of 25 executives and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley arrived for a visit that was supposed to celebrate the special relationship between the two regions. Led by former Intel CEO and Chairman Craig Barrett, the trip is an annual event sponsored by the Irish Technology Leadership Group, a 3-year-old organization of high-level technology leaders in Silicon Valley.

The three-day tour included other such notable names as former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery, Blake Krikorian, CEO and founder of Sling Media; Carl Guardino, president, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and John Hartnett, a senior vice president at Palm. Their visit included an “Innovation in Education” conference and an Irish startup competition.

“Obviously, the press was dominated by the financial crisis,” Barrett said by phone from his home in Arizona. “I think if anything, though, it just added support to the message we were trying to send. There is a way out of this mess. The way is education. The way is startups. The way is more research.”

Just as important, Barrett noted: Keep taxes low [as the populace starves – diane].

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36. Intermittent Bystander - 3 December 2010

Just adding my best wishes to the “feel better and get home soon Marisa” cheers above. Maybe the hospitalist could arrange for a Visiting Cat?

PS: Well said, BHHM.

37. bayprairie - 4 December 2010

wishing you well, marisa ;)

38. diane - 5 December 2010

I’m sure missing the post, and resulting comments you would have made, Marisa, about the Baby Fat Hunter’s ‘victory’ against school bake sales.

S.3307 – Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was brought to the dear kids, in part, by a 2.2 billion reduction in foodstamps (SNAP). Ya just gotta ‘love’ the unapologetic, blatant and brutal irony,…but wait … not to worry, Obama has promised [uh oh] to state his support for SNAP during its reduction ceremony:

To soothe anxious Democrats, President Barack Obama has committed to stating his support for SNAP during the White House signing ceremony for the child nutrition bill…

diane - 5 December 2010

(Senate Bill, 3307, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, transmorphed out of House Bill, 5504, “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.” Of course, one might ask, if Congress were so concerned with hungry children in the US, why have they done nothing to address unemployment,…good luck with a response though, I was informed by a Senator’s DC lackey the other day that all in his family were gainfully employed …no small wonder….)

diane - 5 December 2010

oh my, looking at that sponsor list, ……..while I’ll admit I didn’t count, looks like a majority of Cali Reps are on it … wonder why they are not addressing the Wooley Mammoths in the ‘living room,’ ……of Cali,.. which ranks third in US Unemployment (parental “Employment” will assure kid’s well being, far far, more times than not ) …..despite the fact that there are still tons of $$$$$$$$$$ money poured into that strategic state of Caliwood ….and despite the top alpha dog techno ‘libertarians’ being obscenely recompensed, …. so much so, that when one does a quick and dirty calc of per capita income, everyone appears to be doing quite fine, …thank you very much …..

brinn - 6 December 2010

Thanks for this, diane! Happily for me, I will be applying for foodstamps, er, SNAP, now that my unemployment is going bye bye, and to be honest, as I have been working part-time the entire time I have drawn UI bennies, food stamps may actually be nearly equal in real dollars because if I qualify for them, my kids will qualify for reduced or free meals at school (as opposed to the $3 x2 I would have to send off 5 days out of 7, kid the elder told me he didn’t get milk because it casts $1!!!)….we shall see though, as they have seemed to have gutted the amount of SNAP monies available as well…whole wheat pizza and “healthy” chicken nuggets (whatever the hell those mean?!) are the “new and improved” choices at my kids’ schools…son the younger is still asking for bananas and tangerines (a couple of his favorites) but they are nowhere to be found….nary an apple, even!

It’s all so stupid.

We miss you Marisa! Hope you are doing well!!

diane - 6 December 2010

you hang in there sweetness ….(I find sometimes lifting the corners of the lips up in memory of a heartfelt smile, actually helps honey, weirdly enough)

and yeah indeed, come back Marisa!

brinn - 7 December 2010

Thanks, diane! And, no, it’s not weird at all, though these days go for the fully belly laugh! Kid the younger helps with that as he has some contagious laughter/giggle fits and his brother and I can’t help but join in! ;)

We’ll be ok, and I have plenty of experience couch surfing, transience and the like, but I gotta tell ya, it’s a whole different animal with kiddos and some days are just scary as hell!!

But, hey, at least no one is dropping bombs on my house or bribing my children to sell their organs….yet.

Have a great day!

diane - 7 December 2010

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39. dblhelix - 6 December 2010

Wishing you well, Marisa. Come back soon!

40. marisacat - 7 December 2010

Tuesday, December something or other.

Hello all….

I survived. In for 6 days, out for 5, back in for 10…. but I made it.

Hell I am probbably more alive than Ob. Having heard him in Bagram adn yesterday and today. Poor baby.

New thread up soon, thanks for all the wishes and thoughts.

MY message to all, avoid the hospital. What a screwed up racecourse.

marisacat - 7 December 2010

BTW, I got ever thing out of Mod, will look thru errant spam…
;)

HappyWooHooMan - 7 December 2010

:grin: :!:

diane - 7 December 2010

So Happy That You ARE Out OF THE HOSPITAL! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

;0)

brinn - 7 December 2010

The Cat is back in town, Cat is back in town! Yippie, Marisa! So glad you got out relatively unscathed!! Miss you MUCH!
**HUGS**

wu ming - 7 December 2010

so glad to see you back again. take care.

marisacat - 7 December 2010

oh thanks wu ming…. 8)

41. marisacat - 7 December 2010

nooooooooooo

new link

whew


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