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Pre-diction 18 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.
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A cat balances on a row of high fence posts. Owner Loree McComb photographed her cat Johnny balancing on the fence in her back garden in New Mexico, United States.

A cat balances on a row of high fence posts. Owner Loree McComb photographed her cat Johnny balancing on the fence in her back garden in New Mexico, United States. [Loree McComb/solent]

hmm I think our weather here could be called restive, at the moment.

Intense wind, “tornado”, or at least a strong mico-pressure of air in No Cali – it bent steel gates, tore out a large green house anchored in concrete and big beams, snow, rain… and so on.

Now a gathering of dark clouds over the ocean out at Ocean Beach in SF, complete with water spout, that nicely, kindly opened the chute of water into the ocean, rather than a few blocks inland on a house.

And high tides for hours, 14 to 17 feet they say…

AND a geologist by name of Berklund has popped up to predict earthquakes. We shall see…..

a 4-5 here in the SF Bay Area, within 8 days… in the same time frame, a 5-6 in So Cali, a 6-7 in the NW and a 7 on the other side of the Ring Of Fire.

He says he predicted Loma Prieta, 1989… and brandished news articles about it.

Maybe Mother Nature is tired of hearing us talk about her, she’s spoiling for a fight.

We’re probably, secretly (with appropriate leaks of course!), planning a bombing raid on her.

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1. marisacat - 18 March 2011

Madman comment from end of the last thread…

Minnesota Republicans say: Poor people with money should be outlaws

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.

On March 15, Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee testified in front of the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on House File 171. Buechner told committee members, “We would like to address the provision that makes it illegal for MFIP [one of Minnesota’s welfare programs] families to withdraw cash from the cash portion of the MFIP grant – and in fact, appears to make it illegal for MFIP families to have any type of money at all in their pockets. How do you expect people to take care of business like paying bills such as lights, gas, water, trash and phone?”

House File 171 would make it so that families on MFIP – and disabled single adults on General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Aid – could not have their cash grants in cash or put into a checking account. Rather, they could only use a state-issued debit card at special terminals in certain businesses that are set up to accept the card.

diane - 18 March 2011

Vile scum. Other than adding most DemoRat politicians to the mix, this comment pretty much says it for me

Republicans and Conservatives are truly the biggest threat to America. How anyone can support the GOP at this point without feeling deep, deep shame is beyond my comprehension. Seriously, they are sociopaths who should be shunned.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 March 2011

that pic up top reminds me of all the old martial arts movies I’ve seen with a fighter working out on plum posts … martial kitty!

marisacat - 18 March 2011

Kitteee warrior! and a natural black belt… ;)

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 March 2011

kat-fu!

3. mattes - 18 March 2011

Watching How the Earth Was Formed Episode 1….on the San Andreas Fault….on netflix

http://www.history.com/shows/how-the-earth-was-made

Right before big moon. great.

Well, it’s better than the news.

4. BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Oh,
Here’s three ledes on the same page of the WSJ now…

Banks Get Fed’s Nod to Pay Dividends

The Fed’s move to allow some banks to resume higher shareholder payouts presented a clear division between the industry’s strongest and weakest players.

Goldman Code Thief Gets 8 Years

A former Goldman Sachs computer programmer was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison Friday for stealing the confidential source code of the investment bank’s high-speed trading system.

For many U.S. chief executives, bonuses bounced back last year at a speedy clip.

CEO bonuses at 50 major corporations jumped a median of 30.5%, the biggest gain in at least three years, according to a study of the first batch of corporate CEO pay disclosures by consulting firm Hay Group for The Wall Street Journal

Sanity? Anywhere? Nope –

Financials lead Wall Street rally

…Financial stocks climbed after the Federal Reserve cleared the way for banks to raise their dividends, while in the wider markets a turbulent week on Wall Street ended on a high note due to easing geopolitical tensions. :shock: GMAFB! :shock:

JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo were among those to raise their dividend following a decision by the Fed to relax the rules on banks returning cash to their shareholders.

So how’s that vote for the Peace Prize and Future Winner werkin out?

US Cost of Living Hits Record, Passing Pre-Crisis High

Live it up , America. Obama’s Got This™.

well…

marisacat - 19 March 2011

christ.

I particularly love the programmer, getting 8 years. OF COURSE for a crime against GS, itself. Of course.

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

While Schumer’s right hand ,campaign manager Hank Morris, top operative and DNC money bundler to Hillary AND OB..got 14 months for stealing 70 million from the New York State Public Employees Pension Fund. And Barry’s SEC and Cuomo settled with Rattner.
(yeh I’ll be reciting it forever.LOL)

Good thing New York has strong unions, tho.
Good thing Wisconsin has Bill and Barry and the Dems by their side.

5. BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Just in time, LMAO –
Middle of the night TV on,
offering a 60 dollar VALUE!

2 (TWO!) PRIVATELY ENHANCED,
OFFICIAL COMMEMORATIVE 9-11 2 DOLLAR BILLS!
These Two Dollar bills-
the rarest of US Currency**-
COME WITH the MAJESTIC World Trade Center Towers
JUST as they appeared on that FATEFUL DAY!
WITH “We WILL NEVER FORGET!” EMBLAZONED on them!

I wonder if they’re blast-proof.

A 60 DOLLAR VALUE!
NOW YOURS for TEN PER!

::

Just pour concrete over US.
“the rarest of US currency” Gotta love it.
Oh I think that would be candor, a clue, and two
cents to rub together.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Xinhua has a headline that Fukushima “resumes cooling operations” but when you read the text, the firetrucks just reloaded and are shooting water on the problem.

What a fucking mess.

Have a special 9/11 2 dollar bill…… I think we have hit a personal bottom.

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

to commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary don’t you knoooo….with Barry in Everlasts now, gettin his war on. I also noticed more snippets about July we are getting out fer sure we are yepitty doo: gettin out of AfPak this Summer. :roll:

::

They are SOooo DESPERATE for a “WIN” uh, NOW, any diversion..and closer to September 2011? One can only wonder how long before the “We think we got him” reports again come fast and furious over He who shall not be named..Bin Laden.

And… it’s like you said wrt to the CIA outpost wipeout when the Obama-in-Everlasts crowd were after the dramatic blow over OBL…(which, as things turned out was mere preview to the utter rout we asked for , the beat-down we got in Peshawar) what awaits our zealotry now?

What is our record on intervening in Civil War?
In which our capitalist political engineering has been the root of all cause?
Of course with this one there is the narrowly defined mission with UN sanction and our intentions are good. Anyone interested in a 9/11 commemorative 2 Dollar Bill?

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Hey they got Davis out! Cheer up! And they paid nothing, they say, at check-out in the supermarket.

They won one! (That most people have never heard of…)

And for the really good news, the irradiated spinach and milk, from outside the exclusion zone!, is safe to eat! Really.

Bridges for sale in Aisle 9.

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Safe spinach and milk.. Of course!
Of course is a course!

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

And from Ob and Hillary’s political Sheenster POV,
the Fukishima… thing?
A LOSER. They’re into WINNING.
Japan? Not a winner. Leave it the NRC Guy.
White House: In Gregory Jaczko we trust

Put him right out there on the plank. Wooden.
Which they’ll saw off , dropping that poor industry bastard on the core.

A Harry Reid lackey, too, if you can even imagine such a thing, but true.

Hillarys Main TPM about Japan?
Sorry! But NOT an Expert. Don’t Look at me!
While Obby is the Prayer guy.
Don’t look at him! He’s just the minister.
Don’t blame him if ya don’t like big funerals.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

John Ellis, not jsut a Bush relative but a working operative (for our delight) wonders if, having said, thru gritted teeth, that she is staying to the end of the current administration… might she not leave at the end of this year, indicating huffiness and disappointment.

Could happen I guess. If we see and hear less of her, I’d b happy…

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Well having played her cards right,
after her tenure with Barry, maybe she can be an Ambassador later on. LMAO. Such masters of the inside game and all. LOL.

6. marisacat - 19 March 2011

Via RIA Novosti

Workers have restored power to cooling systems at two of the six reactors at Japan’s quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the NHK television reported.

A cooling pump at reactor 5 and an emergency diesel generator at reactor 6 have “resumed operations,” Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference on Saturday.

Firefighters are desperately trying to cool the overheated nuclear cores in a desperate attempt to avert a meltdown.

….

7. BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Welp.
There goes “riot expert” Warren Christopher.

I am sure this is gonna hit Al Gore hard.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Wave buh bye

8. BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Fightin Dems all.
LINK to the NYT R.I.P.

At home, Mr. Christopher developed a reputation as a riot expert, investigating racial unrest in Detroit and in the Watts district of Los Angeles and later heading a 1991 commission that proposed major reforms of the Los Angeles Police Department following riots prompted by the beating of a black motorist, Rodney King.

As a political operative, he headed Mr. Clinton’s 1992 search committee for a vice presidential running mate, settling on Albert Gore, and subsequently directed the transition team of the president-elect, acting as an establishment counterweight on a team dominated by Arkansans new to the national scene. :roll:

Yeh right, an Administration dominated by Arkansans Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers, and Rhambo-rising.
Sorry, New York Times paywall covering the death of a valet, I’ll catch Helen Thomas in Playboy next issue.

Eight years later, he directed for Mr. Gore, running for president, the search resulting in the selection of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman for the second spot on the Democratic ticket.

::

Mr. Christopher, who as a diplomat came to embody a reluctance to use force, supported President Truman’s use of atomic bombs on Japan but later expressed doubt as to whether all alternatives had been fully explored.

After taking degrees from U.S.C. and Stanford University’s law school Mr. Christopher won a clerkship with William O. Douglas, drafting book chapters for the libertarian Supreme Court justice.

He joined O’Melveny & Myers in 1950, soon became an adviser and speech writer for California’s newly elected governor, Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, and was credited with coining the term “responsible liberalism.”

nuff said.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

I’m putting my bid in for irresponsible liberalism.

mattes - 19 March 2011

I am going to have to buy an issue too:

The former reporter told Playboy that the Israeli lobbies “are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control.”

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/helen-thomas-to-playboy-white-house-in-pockets-of-the-israeli-lobbies-1.350119

About time someone said it.

mattes - 19 March 2011

Let me add, when the rest of the world economies are in meltdown….Israel consistantly experiences 5% plus growth. Why is that? Why didn’t goldman sell Israel all those wonderful securitized morgages??

mattes - 19 March 2011

Amazing:

US promoting arms trade mission organized by settlement firm
Jimmy Johnson, The Electronic Intifada, 18 March 2011

The United States Department of Commerce and the US embassy in Tel Aviv are co-promoting the Israel Unmanned Systems 2011 trade mission from 27 March to 1 April. Their partner — and the primary organizer — is Airlift, inc., an aerospace and consulting firm based in the settlement of Talpiot Mizrach (East Talpiot) in occupied East Jerusalem. This raises troubling questions about why Washington is promoting the Israeli arms trade and why it is doing so with a firm based in an illegal colony which explicitly contradicts official US policy as well as international law.

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11866.shtml

9. mattes - 19 March 2011

“t”….

10. mattes - 19 March 2011

Realtime montitors:

http://www.epa.gov/narel/radnet/images/airmap.jpg

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department said in a statement a radiation monitor in Sacramento, Calif., detected minuscule quantities of the radioactive isotope xenon-133. The readings validated similar ones from March 16 and 17 taken from monitors in Washington state, they said.

http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/03/18/radioactive-isotope-detected-in-california/?mod=google_news_blog

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 March 2011

WSJ: TEPCO initially resisted using seawater to cool reactors; harm to “valuable power assets” feared

Tepco was reluctant to use seawater because it worried about hurting its long-term investment in the complex, say people involved with the efforts. Seawater, which can render a nuclear reactor permanently inoperable, now is at the center of efforts to keep the plant under control.

Tepco “hesitated because it tried to protect its assets,” said Akira Omoto, a former Tepco executive and a member of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, an official advisory body involved in the effort to tame the plant. Both Tepco and government officials had good reason not to use saltwater, Mr. Omoto added. Early on, nuclear fuel rods were still under cooling water and undamaged, he said, adding, “it’s understandable because injecting seawater into the fuel vessel renders it unusable.”

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Well the Chinese solution for fatalities from adulterated baby milk formula come to mind. Solutions adminsitered to I forget who now… but it sure was dramatic.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 March 2011

Ex-Goldman Banker Behind WSJ ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON — A Wall Street Journal editorial writer who has been closely involved with the paper’s recent attacks on Elizabeth Warren is a former Goldman Sachs banker. The same editorial writer, Mary Kissel, is readying another piece critical of Warren and the new consumer agency, according to a source familiar with the coming article.

Like most major newspapers, the Journal does not disclose the authors of its editorials. Kissel recently appeared on the John Batchelor radio show as a representative of the Journal’s editorial board to discuss Warren, and repeated the main arguments used in the editorials.

The editorials paint both Warren and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an immensely powerful, unaccountable organization. The nascent agency is assuming the consumer protection duties currently exercised by regulators at the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

The author, Mary Kissel, worked for Goldman between 1999 and 2002 as a fixed income research and capital markets specialist.

Kissel is listed on the Journal’s website as a member of the editorial staff and her bio includes her time at Goldman Sachs and notes that she worked for the company in both New York and London.

13. marisacat - 19 March 2011

I guess Sarko feels taller now.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

French Warplane Fires First Shot in Enforcement Operation Against Libya, France Confirms

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 March 2011

he’s worried about Madame La Pen’s rising numbers in the polls.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

yes he is…. those polls may be ephemera, but FN did really well in the last regional voting. People flipped out a litte, but …

The part of the Riviera where Nice is, FN got 22% of the vote. Not the only district going strongly for Marine.

And he is hurting himself in some ways, he is to the RIGHT of her on some issues.

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

In the blink of an eye.
Oh the Dems will love it:
Something like this:

Great ~the Europeans~ got the bombing going on now.
Egalite, Fraternite! That shit.
Annnnd WE’RE wholly uninvolved.
Historic! Like..sort of. Talk about a Great War!
Obama and Hillary are so smart!
This, this, THIS is a WIN, Baby!

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Well that lasted long.
Teh US has launched missiles now.
This is word for word, Wesley Clarke on CNN just now:

Sounds like it’s escalation.
Which is important.
You HAVE to achieve “escalation dominance” If you don’t achieve “escalation dominance…”

:shock: God. Here come the Jargon-fuck Jack-offs.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

ABC has Diane Sawyer and Martha Raddatz (I have grown to absolutely hate that woman) at the ready… and some itinerant colonel. A colonel of ours.

A caller to KGO last night advocated for:

RE-COLONISATION.

14. marisacat - 19 March 2011

“‘Supermoon’ to rise Saturday, even more rare than a blue moon” – L.A. Times:

“Blue moons (a term referring to the second full moon in a month) usually occur about every 2 1/2 years; the last supermoon was recorded in 1993, and the next one won’t occur until 2029. ‘Supermoon is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon,’ Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said on the agency’s website, … explaining that this moon will seem bigger to the naked eye. … ‘The ‘super’ in supermoon is really just the appearance of being closer.’ … [T]he technical name is a ‘perigee’ moon.”

Moon rise tonight: 7:40 p.m. in D.C., 7:29 p.m. NYC, 9 p.m.

15. marisacat - 19 March 2011

THE SHOWS:

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL); roundtable with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, the New York Times’ Helene Cooper, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel

–ABC’s “The Week“: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and the World Nuclear Association’s John Ritch; roundtable with Woodrow Wilson International Center President and former Rep. Jane Harman. Paul Wolfowitz, Robin Wright and George Will

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and Fox News’ Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT); former U.S. Centcom Commander Adm. William Fallon (Ret.) and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Meyers (Ret.); radiation epidemiologist and Vanderbilt University’s John Boice and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Sharon Squassoni

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): Sony Corporation Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Sir Howard Stringer; author Ahmed Rashid (“Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Failure of Nation-Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia” and “Taliban”)

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: Brazilian Senator, former Minister of Education, Vice President of the Commission of Foreign Relations Cristovam Buarque; El Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.S. Francisco Altschul; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; OECD Director-General Luis Echavarri; roundtable with El País Editor in Chief (U.S.) Antonio Caño and BBC’s Carlos Chirinos

ts - 19 March 2011

Chu has a clean sweep ex-CNN.

16. marisacat - 19 March 2011

American warships in the Med are launching Tomahawks into Libya…

Obrama is to address us from Brazil. Momentarily. Or quite soon, which ever comes foist.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

oh this sort of avoids that photographs and amateur video has determined that at least 52 were shot in the head by sniper… in Yemen.

UK Telegraph reporting…

catnip - 19 March 2011

Did you see that Seabisuit called the no-fly zone an act of war?

Just catching up here again…

marisacat - 19 March 2011

And I was just ready to go make a hot lunch (it is bitter cold in SF today, with due respect to you and Madman, on the Northern Tundra) but now I must wait for Dear Leader.

Poor Kuc. That being Seabiscuit I would presume? Poor sod.

catnip - 19 March 2011

link

(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Dennis Kucinich is calling for the recessed Congress to come back into session after President Obama announced that the United States will support a United Nations-approved no-fly-zone over Libya.

Kucinich, an outspoken opponent to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a statement that the president does not have the Constitutional power to unilaterally declare war and called on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to immediately call the Congress back into session “to decide whether or not to authorize the United States’ participation in a military strike.”

“While the action is billed as protecting the civilians of Libya, a no-fly-zone begins with an attack on the air defenses of Libya and Qaddafi forces. It is an act of war. The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action, but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war,” Kucinich, D-Ohio, wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders Friday afternoon. “Whether the U.S. takes military action is not for the UN alone to decide. There is a constitutional imperative in the United States with respect to deciding to commit our U.S. armed forces to war.”

catnip - 19 March 2011

And cold weather is cold weather no matter where it is. ;)

We’re under a snowfall warning here – anywhere from 10-25 cm. Oh yay!

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

So, place your bets.
(sorry to be so craven)
How long before ground troops?
One squirmish? Two?
One wittle Wes Clarkian escalation dominance gone wrong?

What is the best way to smoke crack?
A little rock that goes well?
A little more rock?
The stone-fo heart attack?

The wimmen anchors on CNN are in to full Clarkie “escalation dominance” parroting mode. Cement that narrative, ladies::
“Just like the Allies PPROMISED, Thank YOU General.”

Forget the Balkans, Welcome to Somalia.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

How long before ground troops?

Ob is said to have said: Not One Boot On ONe Grain of Sand.

What about that is not clear for you BHHM?

Maybe you are Un-American? Racist?

17. marisacat - 19 March 2011

Ob speaks… or about to!

We are “officially” in it!

marisacat - 19 March 2011

oh he is PHONING it in!!

catnip - 19 March 2011

Quintessential Obama.

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Diane said there is someting wrong with something or other and all the networks are having that trouble. So Ob used the phone.

How dare you castigate Leader.

Boy people get utterly irrational on the phones to the local talk show defending L’Obster.

It gets funny, as in hilarious. If irrational and looney.

O BTW: Diane just shared that the operation is called

Odyssey Dawn…

BooHooHooMan - 19 March 2011

Yeh good luck , Buster.

India, China, Russia, Germany AND Brazil abstained.

THE emerging currency basket isn’t that stupid.

catnip - 19 March 2011

We have planes on the way that won’t be ready to do anything for a couple of days. This is madness – again. And what about the people of Bahrain?

marisacat - 19 March 2011

Isn’ t that BRIC + Germany?

Yes GL to O

marisacat - 19 March 2011

oh they also said the General in charge of AFRICOM is running the op: Gen Carter Ham.

The jokes write themselves.

18. marisacat - 19 March 2011

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