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Forward! March! 27 June 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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This goose-stepping owl was photograraphed by photographer Austin Thomas near Formby, Lancashire. 'It's quite unusual to see an owl walking along the ground like this,' he explained. 'He would often fly from his nest and perch on a nearby barn where he would look for insects and worms in the grass to feed to his young.'

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This goose-stepping owl was photographed by Austin Thomas near Formby, Lancashire. “It’s quite unusual to see an owl walking along the ground like this,” he explained. “He would often fly from his nest and perch on a nearby barn where he would look for insects and worms in the grass to feed to his young” [AUSTIN THOMAS/SOLENT]

 

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1. marisacat - 27 June 2011

Please god. Let it all be this entertaining.

June 27, 2011

Categories:2012.

Wrong John Wayne

Certainly confusable:

Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.

The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.

POLITICO’s Alex Burns has more.

Posted by Byron Tau 02:02 PM

lucid72 - 27 June 2011

ROTFLMAO!

marisacat - 28 June 2011

The Wayne Gacy flub….

It is pretty perfect…. Hey, take it away, Michelles of the world.

2. marisacat - 27 June 2011

Oh! Regime change is just SO hard.

Cpunch’s lead piece on Libya:

[T]he NATO war in Libya is far off from the UN Resolution 1973, and its philosophical underpinning (the Responsibility to Protect Civilians). The International Crisis Group’s June 6 report (Making Sense of Libya) points out that no-one seems concerned with civilians, as the refugee crisis explodes without care and the civilian deaths increase.

No one has created a humanitarian corridor out of the two sides of the country, to allow war refugees to leave what is plainly a civil war. It is a shameful situation. …

Hard… harder… hardest.

[T]he stalemate affects the morale in Benghazi. Handouts from the Atlantic powers and the Gulf States do not amount to much, leaving the Transitional Council on a tight leash. The Council’s vice chair, Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, sang a different tune on June 25, expecting Qaddafi to make another political offer. “We want to preserve life, so we want to end the war as soon as possible. We have always left [Qaddafi] some room for anexit.” The latter is not the case, but the sentiment is what is important: there is no exit room for Qaddafi, who is boxed in by the bombs and Ocampo’s indictment. Idi Amin’s old abode on the top two floors of the Novotel Hotel in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) is no longer for rent, and Venezuela’s Chavez has already declined to make a new bed in the Miraflores Palace. But Ghoga indicates that even the Benghazi leadership, despite its close ties to Paris and Langley, know that Libya is being presented with a beggar’s banquet of unsavory things. . . . . .

No place for the creche! Too little money for insurgent needs!

3. marisacat - 28 June 2011

yum yum… Toobin just tore into Slobster on ss marriage.

On Charlie Rose… whcih I have not watched……. since the hosptial, I think.

4. diane - 28 June 2011

The Associated Press has been releasing some meaty reports after an extensive one year study of Nuclear Plants in the US:

06/28/11 – Feds, industry rewrite U.S. nuclear history

During its Aging Nukes investigation, the AP conducted scores of interviews and analyzed thousands of pages of industry and government records, reports and data. The documents show that for decades compromises have been made repeatedly in safety margins, regulations and emergency planning to keep the aging units operating within the rules. The AP has reported that nuclear plants have sustained repeated equipment failures, leading critics to fear that the U.S. industry is one failure away from a disaster.

Industry, Government as partners

Despite the aging problems, relicensing rules prohibits any overall safety review of the entire operation. More conservative safety margins are not required in anticipation of higher failure rates in old plants, regulators acknowledge.

The approach has turned relicensing reviews into routine approvals.

“Everything I’ve seen is rubber-stamped,” said Joe Hopenfeld, an engineer who worked on aging-related issues at the NRC before retiring in 2008. He has since worked for groups challenging relicensing.

Numerous reports from the NRC’s Office of Inspector General offer disturbing corroboration of his view

[more]

06/27/11 – Population density around nuke plants soars

But some estimates of evacuation times have not been updated in decades, even as the population has increased more than ever imagined. Emergency plans would direct residents to flee on antiquated, two-lane roads that clog hopelessly at rush hour.

And evacuation zones have remained frozen at a 10-mile radius from each plant since they were set in 1978 – despite all that has happened since, including the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan.

Meanwhile, the dangers have increased.

More than 90 of the nation’s 104 operating reactors have been allowed to run at higher power levels for many years, raising the radiation risk in a major accident. In an ongoing investigative series, the AP has reported that aging plants, their lives extended by industry and regulators, are prone to breakdowns that could lead to accidents.

[more]

06/21/11 – Radioactive leaks found at 75% of US nuke sites

… Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.

[more]

06/20/11 – US watering down nuclear safety laws

Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed – up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards.

Failed cables. Busted seals. Broken nozzles, clogged screens, cracked concrete, dented containers, corroded metals and rusty underground pipes – all of these and thousands of other problems linked to aging were uncovered in the AP’s yearlong investigation. And all of them could escalate dangers in the event of an accident.

[more]

and as that heat nears Los Alamos, ….and millions, likely, don’t believe that Nebraska, for only one, is safe from radiation,….. we carry on! …droning the fuck out of that terrerist terrertory, the Middle East; …and forcing dying 95 year old Wimmin terrerists to prove they are not wearing nuclear underwear.

yup, Forward March! ….

marisacat - 28 June 2011

Some of that report made it to one of the national evening news programs last night (ofrget which one i watched, they all congeal).
P o s s i b l y because at least 3 are in immediate danger and others are known to be weakening. Aging out, even as their lives are being extended.

diane - 28 June 2011

That might have been a CBS report you saw hon. I noticed that CBS online, picked up all of the AP reports I linked above. Haven’t noticed: ABC, NBC, PBS, FOX, …et al,…TV Networks, . picking up any of them (let alone Pwogwessive Blawghers), I used the New Zealand 3news links for two of them, as they provide all of the report on one ‘page.’

Maybe CBS (and AP) can also start: extensively covering the Drone Industry Government …if they are pure of overriding financial motives obstructing the revealing of the Death Cult we are living under.

marisacat - 28 June 2011

Probably was CBS.

marisacat - 28 June 2011

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants. Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.

That is the part that was focused on in the national news last ngiht.

5. marisacat - 28 June 2011

Don’t laugh TOO hard now. You might choke.

FAREWELL, “BUTTER QUEEN” — Des Moines Register: “Norma Lyon, the ‘butter cow lady’ whose sculptures were a primary Iowa State Fair attraction for decades, died of a stroke early Sunday … She was 81.” 24-slide “Ultimate butter cow gallery”

http://bit.ly/iguHrN

–NYT: “Her renown was such that Barack Obama sought her endorsement in late 2007 while campaigning in Iowa for the Democratic presidential nomination. Ms. Lyon complied, producing a 60-second radio campaign commercial for him.”

http://nyti.ms/m2CQmT

Great country ain’t it?

diane - 28 June 2011

Ms. Lyon complied, …

They probably threatened her with a nuclear depends check.…..Talk about a butter job, …Al’s got nuthin on the oBombster………..

(anyone think that’s racist? Then it’s on you, I’ll slime a white thug all the same, and yeah, there’s an abundance of them, to shame).

marisacat - 28 June 2011

oh I think she got off on all of that shite. The Iowa County Fair is “on the route”.

I certainly used pics of her big butter cow… it so exemplified the mess we are in. And I even like a lot of by-products and curiosities of … oh…. farm land exposition. What to call it.

diane - 28 June 2011

she may have,…sounds like she did; …. I was just trying to (awkwardly ) fit that in to highlight that: elder, child, too dark, single wimmin, gay, et al: … ANYONE CONSIDERED ABSOLUTELY HELPLESS TO NATIONAL ABUSE, IS “FAIR GAME”, …… humiliation check going on, … ;0(

marisacat - 28 June 2011

oh no… I got… not to worry…
:lol:

diane - 29 June 2011

;0) …love you honey!

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 June 2011

He needed the butter to lube up the country for the forcible butt-fucking he was going to give it, a la Last Tango in Paris.

marisacat - 28 June 2011

think we have butter coming out of our ears… at this point

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 June 2011

For some reason I think that owl is marching along to “All Along the Watchtower”.

marisacat - 28 June 2011

it is quite the stance….

7. BooHooHooMan - 28 June 2011

And for the latest in nitwittery…

Tech
Here Comes Bubble 2.0, Which Is Just What The Economy Needs
Jun. 29 2011 – 12:55 am

Written by Maha Ibrahim

Maha Ibrahim: Bring on the bubble.

With the LinkedIn, Pandora and Bankrate IPOs behind us, and Groupon, Zillow, CafePress and others waiting in the wings, there’s a palpable sense of optimism in Silicon Valley. Over 80 companies have filed to go public in the first six months of the year, and dozens more will certainly file in the months to come.

Are we entering another tech bubble? Yes. But I would argue that bubbles can be very positive, and this one is needed to kick start a long-sputtering economy.

While many of my venture capital colleagues argue that “it’s different this time” and “these companies really are worth billions”, {{{{ :lol: :roll: ~bhhm }}}} I’m the first to admit we’re entering another tech IPO bubble. With all bubbles come the inflation, the euphoria, and finally the pop, so there is bound to be some pain around the corner. But right now we’re in the run-up phase of the bubble, and that’s great news for not only the venture capitalists, investment bankers, and entrepreneurs who will directly profit from IPOs, but also for the wider economy as a whole. Why? Because the early days of a bubble create optimism, and optimism fuels hiring, spending and growth.

LET”S JUST KEEP ON DRINKIN!

or.

WAYNE”S WORLD! EXCELLENT!..if you will.
(party on Garth)

marisacat - 28 June 2011

Oh yeah def in a tech bubble… (hell we are in a trekkie techie bubble, if you ask me)… and I cannot imagine how hard the crash will be this time.

Our RE never buzzed as high in 2003-04-05 etc., as elsewhere because it had buzzed higher back in 99-00-01. Til of course the BUZzARDS arrived.

8. BooHooHooMan - 28 June 2011

…via some damn fool at F O R B E S

9. marisacat - 29 June 2011

Geesh.

Ob. Presser. 11:30 ET.

I cannot imagine a reason to watch, but for the too great likelihood he makes some half way interesting flub.

BooHooHooMan - 29 June 2011

Well maybe he’s ready for His War™ with Iran now.
As Cameron and Hague and Obby and Hillary must be all Zionist twitter aflitter,(with glitter – no reports in yet on a whole glam rock/ baby blue/ Star of David but-not-Bowie type retro tour ) uh, now that Iran carried out a missile test., uh, ballistic missile test, uh, take three, possibly nuclear ballistic missile test.

Whoopdy fuckin doo.
Like the Umbilical Alliance (hee!) has the high ground there, anywhere, well, except in Golan Heights or the West Bank . Bummer. So not good to be nested in a nice-no-money-down-or-ever two story when maybe one of the neighbors finally get the shits of ya and pulls the ole atmospheric detonation of an A-Bomb, eh?

Gotta Love that Muttally Assured Destruction idea.
So werkin out fer ya.

10. BooHooHooMan - 29 June 2011

LOL,

Weiner to do hard time in rehab

By JOSH MARGOLIN and SALLY GOLDENBERG

Last Updated: 5:16 AM, June 29, 2011

Posted: 1:32 AM, June 29, 2011
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Randy ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner is planning to head to an “intensive” rehab program to deal with his penchant for sending women lewd photos of himself before he looks for a new job, one of his former colleagues told The Post yesterday.

“It’s going to be something a bit intense,” said a House Democrat who remains in contact with Weiner.

LOL. “Pretty Intensive” Oh that is going to be Hell for him.
The whole Lewd-Photo-Sendin Impulse Control Sessions.
During “undie group” therapy , you know, the Digi-Cam Temptation Test,
one loaded, another inoperable, a wireless laptop just sitting there on the table with plenty of signal available. Sheer Hell.

11. ts - 29 June 2011

I guess somebody spilled wine on Glenn Beck’s wife’s blanket, or something. AND IT WAS AN OFFENSE TO HUMANITY!

marisacat - 29 June 2011

I’d love to have seen it.. ;)

12. BooHooHooMan - 29 June 2011

Hmm, let’s see now
Attacks in central Kabul. And at the InterContinental! – Hotel!
They no like our Branding?
And All the Warlords lined up against us and our man Karzai.
And rollout of the book now of the CIA punk’d with the boom-boom.

Barry to Resurge the De-Surge?
An’ta’tink~ Barry could have gotten out with the swipe of a pen in 2009.
Dumbass.

NTIM. All afloat on liferafts of TOAST..
.

BooHooHooMan - 29 June 2011

And with that, a good day to all under Empire struggling against it.

13. diane - 29 June 2011

The PATER Land ‘crew’ are slathering on the Rancid Buttah, in a nasty, feverish sweat. …. I guess this stunning lie, put out in the announcement of oBombster’s new counterterrorism strategy! was considered helpful in defending the sadistic TSA abuse of dying elderly US citizens (et al) and the, what rational person didn’t expect this, proliferation of drones on the Homeland:

Mr. Brennan went on to say the strategy was the first to “designate the homeland as a primary area of emphasis in our counterterrorism efforts.”

Despicable fucking liar, emphasis has been concentrated on US citizens for over a decade now, …at the very least, since the bin Laden family were one, of a teeny handful, to fly without restriction after September 11, 2001. May you rot in the Hell of your sadistic, fevered aspirations Mr. Brennan.

April 16th, 2011 – Lobbying Report: Drones Fly Through Congress to Enter US Skies

Within weeks and possibly days, President Obama is likely to sign into law a bill that will bring unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – into US general airspace, crisscrossing the country in company with passenger planes and other human-carrying aircraft.

The story of how planes without on-board pilots will gain entry into our crowded airspace, where birds are life threatening, possibly within the next three years, is one involving campaign contributions, jobs and fear. As we will see, safety appears not to be the top priority.

I became aware of the pro-drone legislation from a February 10, 2011, Syracuse Post Standard report that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) was supporting an amendment to the pending Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (S. 223) that would create test zones for the introduction of drones into general airspace.

Senator Schumer was interested in the pro-drone amendment because MQ-9 Reaper drones, killer drones that are flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, are stationed at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse. However, FAA safety restrictions have limited drone flights out of Hancock.

(bolding mine)

diane - 29 June 2011

If it helps, you are not alone Jennifer, there are millions….billions of us, with the same, gut disgust :

The TSA’s tentacles spread Just as I predicted, the TSA is extending its perverted violations of privacy and liberty to all forms of mass transit

Jennifer Abel
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 29 June 2011 18.00 BST

piccy: TSA agents at Pittsburgh international airport. Photograph: Keith Srakocic/AP

It’s eight months now since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) abandoned its last pretence of respect for America’s constitutional principles, by mandating no traveller may fly in American airspace unless TSA agents first see and/or feel said traveller’s genitalia. That’s not hyperbole, just a straightforward description of American law playing out in airports every day. And given America’s vast size, lack of mass transit and Americans’ generally short vacations from work, flying is often the only feasible way US citizens can travel from points A to B. Yet our government has decreed every such flyer submit to search procedures previously associated with playground-haunting paedophiles and prison rapists.

Eight months of apologists insisting mandatory frottage is acceptable in a free country, and it’s unpatriotic and downright mean for people like me to criticise poor working-stiff TSA agents, who, after all, are merely following orders. (Though the agency apparently considers some of those orders “fringe benefits”; as I type this, the department of homeland security is hiring part-time TSA staff at Logan International Airport in Boston. The online advert calls for “transportation security officers” over the subheading “A CAREER WHERE X-RAY VISION AND FEDERAL BENEFITS COME STANDARD.”)

All along, the TSA and its cowardly supporters insist my freedoms be curtailed to assuage their thumbsucking fears: “If you don’t like it, don’t fly!” Only now, they’ll have to expand their craven mantra: “If you don’t like it don’t fly, don’t take a train or trolley, don’t ride a bus, don’t board a boat or ferry, and don’t drive your own car. In fact, don’t go anywhere; just stay home and be thankful you live in a free country.”

“Don’t fly” isn’t enough now that the TSA’s officially moved beyond airports, and even beyond the need to invent warm, patriotic names for its behaviour: the bus-train-auto segments of America’s transportation infrastructure are overseen and occasionally raided by the TSA’s VIPR agents – the “visible intermodal prevention and response” programme. The creepy acronym is the only surprise; last December, I predicted the TSA would spread beyond airports, since homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano had already said she wanted searches of all American mass transit passengers.

And so it keeps getting worse. New complaints about the TSA’s behaviour come to light every day: the latest outrage involves a dying 95-year-old flying home to spend her last days with family, when her adult diaper apparently got in the TSA agent’s way. There’s disagreement on whether the agent ordered the old lady to remove it, but a TSA spokesman definitely assured the flying public that “ We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”

That’s almost identical to the TSA’s response after the videotaped fondling of six-year-old Anna Drexel last April, which “followed proper current screening procedures.” It always does, no matter what invasions of privacy or dignity TSA agents inflict. And the outrage of the American people doesn’t register at all. No matter how assiduously the ACLU and various anti-TSA groups keep track of outrages, no matter how many actual elected officials criticise the behaviours of unelected TSA bureaucrats, Napolitano and her underlings pay no attention at all.

Indeed, the agency all but brags about how useless its policies actually are. Two weeks ago, the Statesman ran a story about the Texas State Surplus Store, which sells items confiscated from airport travellers. (“We say wilfully surrendered,” according to one cashier.) The story has the poetic title “Where have all the snow globes gone?” because the store sells so many of them, all taken on the grounds that the liquid inside them might be explosive or poisonous or something. Despite that, I’d bet my rent money the globes are sold without being tested to ensure their contents aren’t explosive or poisonous or anything.

The surplus store, like the VIPR programme, is no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention; in 2006, when the liquid-and-gel bans first came into effect, there were feel-good media stories explaining how the toiletries the TSA confiscated were being donated to local homeless shelters. Then, as now, there were two possibilities to explain the TSA’s thoughts in such cases:

1. “I know this stuff I’m confiscating from innocent travellers is 100% harmless, which is why I have no qualms about distributing it to homeless people and Texas bargain hunters,” or;

2. “This might be explosive enough to take down an entire airliner! Bwa, ha, ha. Now I can solve our homeless problem, and clean out some rednecks too.”

I still haven’t figured out which option demonstrates the most contempt from the TSA towards America’s constitution and the American people.

marisacat - 29 June 2011

The ONLY thing that might, and it is only a might, affect this is a massive reduction in flying numbers. Foreigners coming INTO the US has been faling for years, even as the dollar is making it attractive to shop here, and it is due to hassles at incoming Customs and Immigration.

One thing, the other night when a terrible host spent 3 hours on this, supporting TSA and even saying people are SO RUDE to agents, etc, so many callers said their air travel is down to absolute must-do-ths-one and they even know people who have completely stopped any pleasure travel. They go shorter diswtances and drive.

it is the ONLY thing that will ever affect this. Hit the fucking airlines in the daily deposits.

diane - 29 June 2011

YES

diane - 29 June 2011

oopsie, …I extended the piccy link through the first paragraph ….no harm done …to my mind. …..We actually pay? To be abused like that? People need to to start shutting down the Major US Media if they are not committed to ending this insanity ….block their doorwells,…. lay down….sit a spell ……. so that they can’t go on……reporting the same ole….same ole ……

marisacat - 29 June 2011

I don’t know what is worse, the drones or that people like God Damned Fucking Shumer run our lives.

hideous, all of it.

14. brinn - 29 June 2011

ROTFLMAO!!

All of Texas has been declared a natural disaster…oh, and there’s a drought too…

What took them so damned long?!?Hope ya’ll are well! Still ass deep in alligators with the move…

marisacat - 29 June 2011

Is there a pool at your friend’s house?

I guess lie in it til you cool off… WE had masses of rain yesterday. NOT the big moist droplets of fog that we sometimes, rarely, get in summer, but real rain.

brinn - 29 June 2011

No pool at the house, but the apt. complex has a really nice one — we won’t be official tenants there until next Thursday though….and it is locked up with a key!

marisacat - 29 June 2011

UGH.. hit the pool on Thursday morning!!

brinn - 29 June 2011

Thursday is the day that we move the ‘fridge, washer and dryer to the house, and all of the furniture and redundant stuff (microwave, pots and pans, etc.) to the apt. If we get done before it closes, maybe in the evening….I have a sneaking feeling that the only thing that I’ll be hitting is a bed. I’m still feeling aches and pains from Sat. and Sun. (moved the majority of our stuff to the house, just me, my friend and the boys — fairly brutal)….it ain’t over yet. Still have the yard and the garage to clean up, and the house itself…I am hoping to get at least 1/2 of the 1750$ security deposit back from 7 years ago…not that I’m holding my breath or anything, but I am going to do what I can….sucks to be broke.

marisacat - 29 June 2011

.. and in the heat too! Oh brinn have a long distance {{{{hug}}}}… Life is too hard. That’s been my opinion for long long time.

brinn - 29 June 2011

Thanks for the hug, Mcat — I needed that! ;) This is/has been pretty hard, but, hey, there are worse things I can think of that I have never once had to deal with, so I’m not going to start bitching now! (too tired, anyway!)

15. marisacat - 29 June 2011

new…

LINK

…………………… 8)


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