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Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Moscow, NORCOM, Pakistan, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Don’t worry!  It can’t be the twilight of the American Empire, we still have options for war…. that table, the one reserved for war options, is loaded to the gills!!!  We never empty that table…

You want Northern War?  Southern War (always tasty! and a bonifide Reagan favorite!)?  War in the East?!  War in the West ???   Or, best for last… multidirectional war:   Iran and China!!

We have options.

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Snicker Snax…. a second cartoon in the gallery also dealt with sabre rattling at China, employing a wicked satire of Slob.  YUM.

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1. diane - 25 November 2011

A true Homeland, Fall Bounty, …a cornucopia of snax ,… this was my tasty, pre din din, snack!

Nov 25, 2011 3:52pm

Senate Democrat Seeks Investigation of Obama’s No-Bid Contract for Smallpox Drug

A top Senate Democrat has requested an investigation into the Obama administration’s awarding a $433 million no-bid contract to the maker of an experimental smallpox vaccine.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the five-year contract from the Department of Health and Human Services to Siga Technologies – a New York company run by a major Democratic donor — raises questions about a conflict of interest and the potential waste of precious taxpayer funds.

In a letter to HHS inspector general Daniel Levinson on Monday, McCaskill expressed worry over the hefty price of the drug (reportedly $255 per dose) because the company had not been not forced to compete for the contract. She also noted that the drug itself, known as ST-246, may not be effective since it has a short shelf-life and hasn’t been tested on humans.

“Under the contract, the department will acquire 1.7 million doses of smallpox vaccine for the strategic national stockpile, ” McCaskill wrote. “The vaccine is reported to be more expensive and has a shorter shelf-life than the vaccine currently in the SNS, and it is unknown whether this produce is actually safe for human use.”

Her request was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, which earlier this month [see below – diane] noted the concerns of some leading epidemiologists about the necessity of a new, government-funded vaccine.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal
A company controlled by a longtime political donor gets a no-bid contract to supply an experimental remedy for a threat that may not exist.

November 13, 2011|By David Willman, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington — Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.

Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor.

When Siga complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company’s financial demands, senior officials replaced the government’s lead negotiator for the deal, interviews and documents show.

When Siga was in danger of losing its grip on the contract a year ago, the officials blocked other firms from competing.

Siga was awarded the final contract in May through a “sole-source” procurement in which it was the only company asked to submit a proposal. The contract calls for Siga to deliver 1.7 million doses of the drug for the nation’s biodefense stockpile. The price of approximately $255 per dose is well above what the government’s specialists had earlier said was reasonable, according to internal documents and interviews.

Once feared for its grotesque pustules and 30% death rate, smallpox was eradicated worldwide as of 1978 and is known to exist only in the locked freezers of a Russian scientific institute and the U.S. government. There is no credible evidence that any other country or a terrorist group possesses smallpox.

If there were an attack, the government could draw on $1 billion worth of smallpox vaccine it already owns to inoculate the entire U.S. population and quickly treat people exposed to the virus. The vaccine, which costs the government $3 per dose, can reliably prevent death when given within four days of exposure.

and, what a coincidence, why I was thinking, just the other day, that I had better go get my small pox vaccine.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

She also noted that the drug itself, known as ST-246, may not be effective since it has a short shelf-life and hasn’t been tested on humans.

she may b trying to head off a scandal…I’d never accept an untested vaccine. And why would a parent for a child?

diane - 25 November 2011

she may b trying to head off a scandal

that’s what came to my mind, looking at the twelve day gap in dates, between those two pieces; ….why not release something to the press while, either, everyone is trying to stock up on $$$$$Black Friday$$$$ ..or they are enjoying what little time they can now share, with those they love.

2. ms_xeno - 25 November 2011

I really think it’s time that the Obamapologists admit that they’re perfectly fine with insane candidates and insane policies. Because if Bachmann or Romney or some other foaming-at-the-mouth GOP clown was responsible for this, they’d be ballistic.

But insanity is okay, so long as it has tasteful graphics and is presented in well-modulated tones. Vote Democrat, because yelling and frothing while you fuck the base is soooooooooo damn gauche.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuck.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

same thing here… as long as it is Jerry Brown…. no notice… and while they scarcely bitched about Arnold they did play the game when it suited

diane - 25 November 2011

yep.

(this may be a duplicate “yep” as the loverly software over seers of committting ludditity, gave me a warning that I have made a duplicate comment (as if I didn’t know that ….siiiiigh ……), yet didn’t inform as to whether they had allowed it to be posted anyway, which is normally what happens.)

diane - 25 November 2011

yep.

3. ms_xeno - 25 November 2011

This month, I officially reached the point where I need one credit to pay off another. I still remember when using Visa to pay Mastercard was just a whimsical joke.

After meeting the minimum payment today, in celebration of Buy Nothing Day, I’m left with sixty bucks while I wait and see if the temp agency feels inclined to cough up next week’s check. It’s amazing how fact you can run up those minimum payments while everyone and their dog dicks you around six ways from Sunday.

Happy Black Friday, America. Enjoy that brand-new widescreen, in the event that it helps you find something actually worth watching.

diane - 25 November 2011

ohh fuck, ‘online’ hugs! sounds so vapid, but ….

ms_xeno - 25 November 2011

Never fear, Baby! I’ve got my eye on a really sexy bag of dried beans! And one of mac, too!

Take care of yourselves, my faithful mud wallowers. ;)

diane - 25 November 2011

you too sweetness, wish you were my next door neighbor, I really do.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

Show the cats the bills and tell them to pungle up. Or risk being sold by the weight for fresh cat gut.

I used to make jokes with the cats, to ”turn out their pockets and contribute”. They never did.

ms_xeno - 25 November 2011

LOL. I’m still trying to figure out how to declare them as dependents come tax time.

=^..^=

At the potluck yesterday there were six or seven resident cats, plus a neighbor cat (Manx, patchy bright orange) who didn’t live there but kept sneaking in with the guests so he could scout around for scraps.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

Can you get them Social Sec numbers? Cuz then you could deduct for them!!

I found out years afterwards, that for many years my father claimed a second child. He just got a bee in his bonnet one year – pissed at the government and taxes nd whatever else…and added a child. That was before mandatory SS #s at birth etc.

diane - 25 November 2011

that’s too fuckin funny hon, Miss Ruby has taken to demanding that she drink from the bath spigot, when ever anyone goes into the bathroom; … versus the porcelain ‘soup’ cup. I told her, just this morning that, since my ‘landlord’ (who pays the water bill) has been the first seemingly decent one I’ve ever had, that I can’t allow that spigot to run every time she hollers at me, ….she may as well have given me the middle claw. Artful Dodger[essa], …indeed.

<;0(

marisacat - 25 November 2011

oh I had a cat drank from the hand washing sink in the bathroom… YOu would pass the bathroom and see him sitting there, peering out toward the doorway…. looking baleful and almost motioning you in… so someobdy would go in, turn on the cold to a trickle and when he had his fill and got down, go turn it off…

diane - 25 November 2011

I envy your spigot experience sweety, …Miss Ruby totally skipped the baleful routine and went straight to waking up the dead, pre sunrise, …demanding, ‘fresh’ running water, …LOUDLY; …and if that doesn’t work, threatens to hop over your face with unretractable monster claw …perhaps snagging an eyeball, …horrid times we live in …..siiiiiiigh….

:0)

(but, …but….she looks so petite …adoptable! …black and white straaaaayyyyyyy …fem …… ;0) ….)

marisacat - 25 November 2011

oh yeah this cat was sooo polite. Short haired big red/orange cat… He did n’t feel well one night, so we penned him in the kitchen with access to the indoor porch, outdoor porch and a way out if he wished (cat door)… when we got home, he had clawed newspapers off a kitchen chair seat down to the floor – and vomited on the newsprint.

diane - 25 November 2011

…vomited on the newsprint.

ya don’t say?

priceless, can’t imagine why he would do that….

how primitive

;0)

marisacat - 25 November 2011

I thought it was pretty amazing…

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 November 2011

I would like to echo what Ganja said in the last thread about the Midwest and the creepy vibe of restless racial undercurrents all the damned time. It’s oppressive, and more so because everybody here insists on how friendly and open they are.

It’s a whole culture built around smiling in your face while their looking for an opportunity to shove the knife in.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 26 November 2011

Word. Amongst Babe’0licious’s friends everyone constantly complains how “evil” people are here and how they want to leave…It is really something remarkable to me, and I have traveled fairly widely within this country and the only place I’ve found similiar in tension and general nastiness hidden behind a smirky grin is Dallas/Ft Worth (arlington to be specific) but that was 20 years ago and I don’t now what it’s like now…

brinn - 26 November 2011

It is exactly the same, GG. Ick. Arlington….
There is a lot of that outward “nicety” veneer pasted thinly over some really awful nasty here in Texas….something that after 17 years, I still cannot stomach….bless their black little hearts.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 26 November 2011

We’re rounding up the wagons right now and heading southwest after lunch…The pan-handle of texas won’t be so bad (amarillo by morning…) but the cattywampass across Okie on the 44 gives me pause…a John Deere cap and a pony tail for my dreads, a padded plaid coat and camo pants, work boots complete the uniform and my lady is yelling that I got to load the rig so wish us luck….

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011

It’s funny how regions will have a vibe.

be well, happy trails …

5. marisacat - 25 November 2011

ugh it wasn’t only San Leandro (East Bay) where there was shooting in a mall area… in Myrtle Beach AND in Fayetteville too.

LOVELY.

diane - 25 November 2011

I’ve been collecting the “Black Friday,” violence links today (….ooooooh but those campers, ….occupiers, …. with their, ludddite boooooks, …. and libraries …. )

pretty fucking damning.

diane - 25 November 2011

for one instance (a raw, ‘paste’ job):

Holiday Guide 2011

Ariz. grandfather roughed up by police in Walmart; witnesses, police have conflicting stories

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By Associated Press,

— Police in suburban Buckeye were under fire Friday when a video was posted online showing a grandfather on the floor of a Walmart store with a bloody face after police said he was subdued trying to shoplift during a chaotic rush for discounted video games.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows 54-year-old Jerald Allen Newman unconscious and covered in blood after a police officer took him to the ground Thursday night.

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Officers in the video are shown trying to sop up blood as outraged customers yell expletives and say “that’s police brutality” and “he wasn’t doing anything.”

“Are you sure that was necessary for shoplifting?” said one shopper. “Why would you throw him down so hard?”

In a police report that redacted the names of officers and witnesses, Newman’s wife and other witnesses said he was just trying to help his grandson after the boy was trampled by shoppers, and only put a video game in his waistband to free his hands to help the boy.

Larry Hall, assistant chief of Buckeye police, said Newman was resisting arrest and it appeared the officer acted within reason.

Hall did not immediately release the name of the officer, who was hired off-duty by Walmart with five other officers to deal with the large crowd the store anticipated.

Hall said a Walmart employee alerted the officer involved that Newman had put a video game in his waistband, and that the officer approached Newman and started to arrest him.

When he had handcuffs on one of Newman’s wrists, Hall said Newman told the officer, “I’m not going to jail,” and started pulling away and flailing.

Hall said Newman continued resisting and the officer decided to do a leg sweep and take him to the ground.

“Unfortunately, the suspect landed on his head,” Hall said.

The officer involved wrote in the police report that he yelled at Newman to “stop resisting!” before deciding to take him to the ground.

“The store was incredibly crowded, and I was concerned about other customers’ safety and possibly getting involved,” he wrote. “I then utilized a leg sweep with my right leg as I pulled down with my arms to take Jerald to the ground to better affect the arrest and protect the other shoppers.”

The report said that Newman’s grandson was treated and released for his injuries by firefighters at the scene.

Hall said an administrative review will be conducted to assess the officer’s use of force, but it appeared to be justified.

“The officer didn’t lift the guy over his head and slam him to the ground,” Hall said. “He used a minimum amount of force, the suspect resisted arrest, and the officer actually could have escalated his use of force. But he didn’t. He used his hands to take the suspect into custody.”

An ambulance took Newman to the hospital, where he got four stitches for a cut on the left side of his forehead. His nose was also bloodied but not broken, Hall said.

Newman was then booked into the Maricopa County jail on suspicion of shoplifting and resisting arrest.

The police report describes a chaotic scene around a discounted video game stand at the Walmart as customers were made to wait until a 10 p.m. release.

About 200 people surrounded the stand and inched closer and closer despite officers warning them to stay back.

“I observed the crowd rush in and attack the cardboard displays with video games flying through the air and the cardboard displays being thrown around and broken completely down flat on the ground,” one officer wrote in the report.

Another officer described seeing a man get trampled and helping him to safety, while another officer saw a woman walking away from the stand with a young girl who was crying and holding her mouth in pain.

One customer reported that people yanked three video games from his hands, leaving him empty-handed.

One witness told police that he saw Newman put a game under his shirt and try to get his grandson out of the area, but Newman appeared to just be trying to get to safety without someone grabbing the video game out of his hands.

Police found Newman’s 8- or 9-year-old grandson crying after the incident and turned him over to his grandmother, who police described as hysterical.

“The wife was so upset and told me Jerald was just trying to protect his grandson that got trampled in the crowd and just placed a video game under his shirt while grabbing his grandson to get out of the crowd,” wrote one officer.

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marisacat - 25 November 2011

Other shoppers spoke up for him…so let’s see.

Suspicion of shoplifting is one of the greates crimes in the US… obviously.

Safeway here is trying to bactrack over an over reaction (a BIG ONE) to a FOUR YEAR OLD…. ejected from a Safeway and a demand from Safeway security that she sign a statement (4 years old, remember?) along with a signed promise to never enter a Safeway again. Seems she may have eaten part of a small bag of candy and then replaced it on a shelf.

Gee whoops.

diane - 25 November 2011

yeah, I’m pretty sure, he was victimized every bit as much as that little girl.

Even if he had been shoplifting which I seriously doubt, since when is it in the law books (that are rarely, if ever, followed) that shoplifting warrants a Bloody Beating by the proclaimed “Peace Keepers” in this country?

ts - 25 November 2011

He hadn’t even left the store.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

Right, which is a critical point…

diane - 25 November 2011

Oh, … and gotta lurve that: WAPO [ohhh,…and that Associated “Press” too] …who play both sides of the fence, only when they are forced to, and even then, they leave that taint of GUILT on the voiceless. By the way of which:

BEWARE! Post Quietly Pushing Out Employees

Posted on November 21st, 2011 by postguild

By Fredrick Kunkle
Guild Unit Co-Chair
Friends,

As some of you may have already heard or suspected after several cake-less departures this year, the Washington Post has pushed out – or is trying to push out – at least thirteen people through layoffs, coerced buyouts or outright dismissal on dubious charges.

What’s more troubling is that more than half of those employees are African-Americans or Latinos.

The script goes like this: an employee is summoned to a meeting where she hears that “the bar has been raised.” She is told her work does not meet this supposed new standard. She is handed an envelope with a buyout offer and given a deadline to surrender her job or face disciplinary action because of her allegedly poor performance. She is reminded that disciplinary action progresses from warnings to suspensions and termination.

Never mind that the people targeted so far have included veteran journalists with years of distinguished service. Or that talk of a “raised bar” comes as the Post relies more than ever on interns, bloggers, freelancers, readers or comically inexperienced content creators to fill pages. Or that some allegations of poor performance – as documented by the new, pseudoscientific evaluation system and its across-the-board top score of “3” – have included highly subjective and weaselly criticisms such as inserting too many pop culture references in stories. (We are not making this up.)

Other reasons worthy of disciplinary action? Not having enough sources. Not writing more “impact” stories. Not landing on A1 often enough. One staff writer was given a 30-day production quota as follows: at least one deeply textured A1 story, at least one news feature, profile or takeout worthy of the Metro front or A1, at least three dailies a week and at least three blog posts per week. No mention of a Twitter quota. Yet.

The reason for all this is, of course, money. The Washington Post lost $6.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. Newspaper circulation continues to skid by roughly 5 percent a year. Advertising revenues dropped 20 percent in print and 13 percent online.

We know it’s tough. But members of the Guild think that the Post’s direction is not only unfair, it’s unwise. That’s why we are calling on the Post to create a committee to address its approach to reducing staff.

But we are also calling on you. The time for fashionable apathy is past. The Guild needs you to become a dues-paying member and to become active. The Guild has stood by every member who has fought for his or her job or chosen to negotiate a buyout–-and, remember, the leverage for those negotiations is supplied by nothing less than the union contract that covers you and nearly half the employees in this company.

Find out today how to do your fair share for yourself and your fellow workers:

• Darlene Meyer, co-chair, Advertising, 334-7007

• Freddy Kunkle, co-chair, News, 202-302-3688

• Mike Gronowski, Advertising, 334-7087

• Nikita Stewart, News, 334-6988

• Stephen Richardson, Advertising, 334-7730

• Amy Quinto, Ad Ops, 334-4160

• James Crudup, Circ Delivery

• James Ward Circ Delivery

• Whitney Shefte, News, 704-467-4789

• Del Wilber, News, 202.302.7686

Filed under: Guild News

(a, hesitant, thanks to Susie. Hesitant, because that bit about, perhaps reasonable, Rethugs (a short while back, during that creepy, “NetRoots” thang) made me want to puke; … although I couldn’t agree more about WAPO, unpurchased, and lower echelon, reporters being fucked, …and quite a few other things she posts about.)

marisacat - 25 November 2011

The problem is I don’t think the Post alone in doing this… the past few years have been brutal in newsrooms.. not just print either…

diane - 25 November 2011

Yep, I’m sure, you’re right. My thought is, if the powers that be have their way, there will, soon, no longer be such a thing as paid wages, or ‘employees,’ …. in any ‘industry;’… just: paid concubines; bots; …. and slavery ….

marisacat - 25 November 2011

FWIW, people getting their contracts bought out are in better shape than most people.

diane - 27 November 2011

(post date: River.

If it’s the one I’m thinking it is (can’t do the “you tube,” I’m obsolete!), that was a totally unexpected, breath taking ‘cover,’ (the best comparison I can make is ‘Luther,’ singing, …. … a house is not a home, … ….. my tear ducts let me know they were still there, …that they couldn’t always be, … APA/MIC , ‘socially’ trained, … to, … Buck UP, …. LOSER!!!!!!!!! )

diane - 27 November 2011

Oh my, …forgot that end parenthesis above.. …What shall I do, but continue? …I bought a dulcimer, after I heard Joni’s Blue album, …I never tire of listening to it.)

wu ming - 26 November 2011

a stabbing at arden fair mall in sac too.

marisacat - 26 November 2011

I admit I’ve avoided the ‘Godammit You WILL be Happy Holiday News’ last night and today, with a slew of Netflix discs.. Malls – much less mall parking lots – are a HORRIBLE premise to build so-called community around. What a shame it all is.

Stabbings, lovely. I did manage to read that the pepper spray woman got away in the mess. What a MESS! So far, she got away with it!

Right now I have a several hour disc running on how to transform private gardens and other small habitat areas to wild creatures… a Harlem garden is first up, getting it to the level of a certified sanctuary area in the fly over region that is NYC…

marisacat - 26 November 2011

Actually I see the Mad Pepper Spray WOman has turned hrslf in….

BUT look what is also at th Google News link above, way down at the bottom. I missed this mess… Holy Shit.

Police use of pepper spray on shoppers called unnecessary

New Bern Sun Journal – ‎14 hours ago‎

The Kinston man arrested after complaining to police officers who used pepper spray to control a crowd of holiday shoppers said Friday that the use of the noxious chemical was unnecessary and his arrest was unwarranted. …

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Police in NC town pepper spray Walmart crowd on Black Friday

WBTV – ‎16 hours ago‎

KINSTON, NC (WBTV) – Police were forced to use pepper spray after Kinston Walmart customers tried to take electronics that weren’t for sale yet. A former police officer was arrested in the midst of the disturbance. He says a fight never broke out and …

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Police pepper spray Kinston Walmart crowds, former officer arrested

WNCT – ‎21 hours ago

KINSTON, NC – People waiting in line at the Kinston Walmart quickly found themselves covering their face after police shot pepper-spray into the air. A former Kinston police officer, 58-year-old Gordon Jackson, was arrested and charged with disorderly …

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Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011

unbelievable

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 November 2011

Time covers this week, US vs. the rest of the world.

marisacat - 25 November 2011

US contra mundi… it was inevitable.

Rising anti-Americanism everywhere.

And why not.

Or let’s be more precise, rising anti-American ANTI-ISRAELI sentiment everywhere.

The world is fucking tired of us, even as States and leaders persist in signing on with us.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011

same thing

diane - 26 November 2011

Vile.

I’ll bet the Californian who layed on the Bart tracks, for the first and last time, a few nights ago, and all those other multiplying Rail, Track, and Bridge “Trespassers,” for just one group, would have loved to have used that US Cover as their last piece of toilet paper in life.

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diane - 26 November 2011
marisacat - 26 November 2011

They’ve done this for decades tho, preferentially playing with covers, depending on what sells where. Awful as this is, it is just more of the same, as I see it.

I am REALLY surprised they did not find a way to do a religious cover for the US version, I’ve read they persist in selling well for both TIME and Newsqueak.

Pity all around.

Disgusting bullshtie that has been lobbed for a few years now, that anxiety fear and panic are somehow OK. That it is a failure to not do well under pressure. (or take a handy pill for that!)

Hell on toast.

diane - 27 November 2011

If I’m not mistaken, there was, yet another, CALI Trespasser ™, suicide, … between San Mateo and San Francisco, last night. I heard a (uncommented on, by Pat) blurp, on KGO NOOOZ, …in the wee morning hours,…when the despondant are unable to sleep, … about yet another, ….Trespasser, ™. The one I referred to above, was on the Bart Tracks, this one was on the railroad tracks, …if I’m not mistaken.

(an asides: highly unfortunate that KGO refers to the early morning callers in to Pat, as those of the Loser, DUI, etc., prone, …have been arrested crowd, …..is that a new Cumulus thing hon? …or did Citadel do it to? (I’d never noticed it previously, but then, I generally cut the sound, on the noooz/commercials.))

diane - 27 November 2011

(sorry, should have added ‘end italics,’ ‘html’ ™, … after:

CALI Trespasser ™,

how very primitive of me, to have , not done so, …….. siiiiighhhhhh ….

:0) .. ;0( …)

diane - 27 November 2011

but, then again, …I’m pretty sure that many have said that to someone, ..before me, so maybe the itallics, are correct …after all ….

marisacat - 27 November 2011

I have not heard it…

diane - 27 November 2011

not surprised, it was an, oh so, so quick, and totally humanly detached, of a noooz blurb, about a trespasser on the tracks, which, as we know, generally equates to another suicide; around 2-3?, plus/minus, AM PST. What caught my notice , is that it wasn’t on Bart tracks, as the one a few days back was.

marisacat - 27 November 2011

No, I did not hear the ad for Pat….

diane - 27 November 2011

I’m pretty sure I heard that hideous piece of shit while tuning in, close to midnight?, to see if someone listenable was on a holidy fill in for the gasbag who usually precedes her.

Have to say, now, I will, never, call in to her show.

Not that it is even her doing ..

marisacat - 27 November 2011

She had a really good show Friday night, early Saturday…. Russ Baker the political investigative reporter was on for the whole night…

diane - 27 November 2011

I listened to that. It was kind of bleakly ‘cute,’ because I had been just saying to my two remaining (‘alive’) brothers, Thursday night, that perhaps Watergate was a red herring, and that the Halloween Massacre, was perhaps more indicative of what was actually going on..

(I kind of threw up in my mouth though … when he seemed to blush, liking that Poppy may admire him, …….for giving the child sodomizer his due …..)

marisacat - 27 November 2011

I do believe Nixon was removed from office. There were so many things wrong with the whole Watergate … whatever it was. Explosion. Not least of which was ALWAYS Woodruff.

But I can see if you are just hearing it for the first time, it makes no snese.

diane - 27 November 2011

I do believe Nixon was removed from office.

while I didn’t have a clue of it, while it was happening, given what has transpired in the ultimate wake of Watergate ™, it makes a lot of sense to me, too

marisacat - 27 November 2011

Joint effort too. Like so many things…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011
marisacat - 26 November 2011

Kitties are the best historians!

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011
marisacat - 26 November 2011

Oh thanks for this…

and ran into this, on the poster art I used the other day…

This spring, the magazine was pushing boycotts of Starbucks (for driving out local businesses) and the Huffington Post (for exploiting citizen journalists). Then, in early June, the art department designed a poster showing a ballerina poised on the “Charging Bull” sculpture, near Wall Street. Lasn had thought of the image late at night while walking his German shepherd, Taka: “the juxtaposition of the capitalist dynamism of the bull,” he remembers, “with the Zen stillness of the ballerina.” In the background, protesters were emerging from a cloud of tear gas. The violence had a highly aestheticized, dreamlike quality—Adbusters’ signature. “What is our one demand?” the poster asked. “Occupy Wall Street. Bring tent.” . . . .

Read more Link to the New Yorker

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2011

I’m fascinated by how organic it’s been, and how people involved in organizing it have been willing to keep their mitts off when it spins off in a new direction.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011

After Feeding Thousands, OWS Sits Down in Liberty Square

Today, Occupations across the U.S. have shown that the 99% Movement can do more than protest—we can also take care of one another. Across the world, people still reeling from homelessness, poverty, foreclosures, and economic inequality have a lot less to be thankful for. But today, we reminded ourselves—and the world—that we can still be thankful for our mutual solidarity. From D.C. to Oakland and everywhere in between, Occupiers sat down for communal meals. Others marked Thanksgiving by honoring indigenous Native communities and First Nations who continue to fight for their land and sovereignty against colonialism and corporate greed.

In New York, Occupy The Hood dropped off hundreds of meals at shelters across Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The OWS kitchen cooked enough warm meals for 4000 people and handed them out at Liberty Square. Meals were also delivered to churches that have sheltered displaced residents from Liberty Square and to the Occupations at New School and Rockaway. Following dinner, there was a spontaneous sit-in in solidarity with the many people who lost their place of rest when OWS was raided on November 15th.

After the violent eviction of the encampment at Liberty Square in which many Occupier’s possessions (including the majority of the People’s Library) were destroyed, Mayor Bloomberg’s NYPD has been enforcing a strict “no camping” rule inside Liberty Park. NYPD has also been constantly watching the park and preventing people from bringing in tents or “large containers” (such as musical instrument cases). There have been reports that individuals have been arrested for lying down in the square. But this eviction, along with the coordinated attempt to remove Occupations across the world, has only reinvigorated our movement.

In a beautiful display of solidarity, hundreds of people (including many who lost their homes and belongings during the eviction) sat down together after sharing dinner. Before beginning the night’s General Assembly, individuals gave powerful stories and speeches affirming our right to come together in public space, while sit-in protesters played instruments, sang, and chanted “who’s park? our park!” and “ain’t no party like an occupy party, cause an occupy party don’t stop!”

marisacat - 26 November 2011

Here, a community church helped get Occupy SF thru the day, there was donation of 1000.00 (at least that was the amount made public) to Glide Church that was hallmarked to feed Occupy, Glide feeds people in the Tenderloin…. that $ provided about 400 meals… but apparently “supporters” dropped off fruit and muffins – of which it looked like they had a lot…

Like Occupy Davis they have a lot of tents too that have been donated, tents that are stored away for now…. It has to be one reason that government entities are going slow or, having made big splashy mistakes, have pulled back. There is more support being expressed in many ways, than MSMBullshiters will report.

The other thing, I’ve said before, the government should worry. I see so many Asians, a lot of Japanese and Chinese but others too… Local Asians have been more and more visible ever since the 2006 immigration rallies that bloomed and appeared [sipposedly] over night… I not only see them protesting I see them arriving with donations.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011

good signs

wu ming - 26 November 2011

a whole lot of the students at davis, both in the occupations and in the crowds of supporters at rallies, are asian, both south and east asian. one of the students pepper sprayed was palestinian, and had spent time getting tear-gassed in the west bank last summer. i don’t see much in the way of ethnic lines in this thing, it’s pretty representative of the broader student body, albeit with an overrepresentative % of the students in the sustainable agriculture, environmental engineering, history, and english depts.

monday should be fascinating. i have no idea if it’s be a plain vanilla rally, or whether they’re actually going to shut the campus down, transportation, conference call and all. there certainly seems to be broad support for the overall cause, from what i can tell.

and the west coast port strike on 12/12 could be something big, given the time of year and the importance of those ports to moving asian manufactured goods.

marisacat - 27 November 2011

and the west coast port strike on 12/12 could be something big

I am really looking forward to it…

wu ming - 27 November 2011

they pulled off oakland, but the city was hesitant to oppose them after the previous week’s police riot’s bad publicity. pulling this off at multiple ports, against coordinated police use of force, will be tricky.

still, if they can do it, all power to ‘em.

10. marisacat - 26 November 2011

I hope Pakistan means it

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan today blocked supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and said it would end the use of a Pakistani airbase by American forces, in retaliation for a NATO attack on a Pakistani border outpost that officials said killed at least 24 soldiers and injured another 13.

American forces were given 15 days to vacate the remote Shamsi airbase, which was secretly turned over to them after the 9/11 attacks. The decision to order the Americans out followed an emergency meeting of Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership late Saturday to decide how to respond to the deaths of the soldiers.

Shamsi was used for launching the war in Afghanistan in late 2001, then later served as the base for the U.S. drone program targeting militants. Set in desert in sparsely populated Baluchistan province in Pakistan’s west region, the airbase became highly controversial within Pakistan for its association with drone strikes, which Pakistan officially condemns.
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11. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011
12. diane - 26 November 2011

oh, just another, oh so bleakly “amusing,” passed down late, “Thanksgiving Snicker,” … from the WAPO incoming AP Wire, cubicle …..::

‘Frosty the Snowman’ gets hot in argument with police at Md. parade, cools off in cuffs

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A man in a “Frosty the Snowman” costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He’s accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

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…he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for at least 10 years. He says he did nothing wrong and was wrongfully arrested. He says an officer hassled him after he made a joke about the police dog’s presence at the parade.

I don’t have much doubt the dog in question, might have been a, Trained To Kill, Snarling Malinois (Belgian Shephard). Malinois have been ever so common in the East Coast, Urban areas (and certainly the Sout,’ at the very least), … for closing in on a century soon (which, I’m positive, sadly accounts for a large fear, and many times, hatred, of dogs by ethnic and poor communities, all over the US),…just like they were in Nazi Germany (siiiiiigh, I guess this link, will have to do for that connection to Fascists (…link source = Dogs in warfare)).

Please pardon the counterslant, and text omissions,…but really …some things get very tiring, and they just sniff WRONG …..

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Although we pride ourselves on offering pure bread [SIC – diane] German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois personal [.00001%er – diane] protection dogs. In the real world your family’s personal dog might not be exactly what they say it is, and that is when a DNA test might be a good option.

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13. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2011
15. diane - 26 November 2011

I guess this is what happens in an insane system, one which mandates that, making coin is the only honorable thing to do, even when there’s nothing decent left, which will bring in enough coin, to keep a person from being without the sustenance of water, food and shelter:

3 face prison time in special toilet paper scam

Federal prosecutors in Florida say at least three people working for a septic tank company duped customers into buying about $1 million in unnecessary products

worse than that though, …the ones with the least integrity, are the first to, not only, cheat their nieghbors…and ….Buck Up To The System, ……but, to incerate them, for coin.

diane - 26 November 2011

(and if those, pepper spraying, incarcerating ..etc.,… assholes don’t think they’ll also be “locked up” when no longer needed (for EDD, et al’s, Giddy, Lying, Unemployment Reports!!!!!) by their masters, .. at the end of the day, ….welll, …what can one really say?)

16. marisacat - 26 November 2011
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2011

Recall drive is picking up steam

Madison – The cars pulled up to the curb on a west side street and within a minute or two they pulled away, leaving behind the drivers’ signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

The recall drive is rolling around Wisconsin, with petition circulators holding everything from midnight parties to this curbside collection effort. Scores of drives statewide have been held on some days, focusing on everything from Black Friday retailers to deer-cleaning stations, sporting events and holiday parades.

This group of about 80 volunteers has been working in shifts of six to eight people to collect signatures on a series of high-traffic Madison streets that are wide enough to let a steady stream of cars pull over safely without having to go into a parking lot. For a week, this group alone has been averaging some 400 signatures a day, with many stops taking less time than the average fast food drive-through.

“I care a lot about Wisconsin, and it’s really hurting to see it being dismantled,” said volunteer Gary Nelson, a former longtime math teacher in the Madison School District.

Organizers of the recall effort against Walker say volunteers such as Nelson gathered more than 105,000 signatures over the first four days, though the figure can’t be independently verified. If accurate, that number easily tops early figures in a similar petition drive in the larger state of Ohio as well as what Wisconsin organizers say were their own targets.

To recall Walker and Kleefisch, organizers need to gather 540,208 signatures in 60 days, but say they want to gather 600,000 to 700,000 to leave a cushion because some signatures inevitably will be thrown out.

“The way that signatures are coming in is slightly above expectations and the goals that we were looking at,” said Meagan Mahaffey, executive director of the recall group United Wisconsin.

They’ve gotten off to a quicker start than a large petition drive that was successfully carried out in Ohio, triggering a voter referendum in that state this month that repealed a collective-bargaining bill similar to the one in Wisconsin.

Melissa Fazekas, a spokeswoman for the group that carried out the drive, We Are Ohio, said that organizers there gathered 214,399 signatures in the first month, starting on April 22. That’s slower than the pace at which United Wisconsin says it is gathering signatures here, even though Ohio has about twice as many people.

In total, We Are Ohio gathered 1.3 million signatures in more than two months, with 915,000 of those officially being certified by the secretary of state. Fazekas said the early Wisconsin figures were impressive.

“It sounds incredible for the first four days,” she said.

The situation here is different from Ohio because in Wisconsin Democrats and unions gained experience and valuable lists of names by gathering signatures for an earlier round of recall elections this summer targeting six GOP state senators. In Ohio, efforts to collect signatures started in April, less than a month after the law passed there, whereas in Wisconsin organizers have had since March to prepare for the recall Walker effort.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2011

Occupy Seattle Will Occupy the State Capitol in Olympia

At 7:00am, Monday, November 28th, buses will depart from Seattle Central Community College to take an Occupy Seattle contingent to Olympia where we will say no to the intolerable budget cuts being proposed in the upcoming special legislative session. In conjunction with Occupy Olympia and other Washington state Occupy organizations, we will occupy the Capitol building to voice our opposition to the more than $2 billion attack on the 99%.

The proposed cuts represent one of the greatest assaults in our state’s history against the interests of workers, students, and the poor. As the 99%, it is our duty to oppose these cuts in the strongest possible terms. With this action, we bring enormous pressure to bear against the politicians seeking to cut social programs and education. The proposed cuts include:

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2011

Alan Moore – meet the man behind the protest mask

He has never yet properly commented on the Vendetta mask phenomenon, and speaking on the phone from his home, Moore seems variously baffled, tickled, roused and quite pleased that his creation has become such a prominent emblem of modern activism.

“I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction.”

V for Vendetta tells of a future Britain (actually 1997, nearly two decades into the future when Moore wrote it) under the heel of a dictatorship. The population are depressed and doing little to help themselves. Enter Evey, an orphan, and V, a costumed vigilante who takes an interest in her. Over 38 chapters, each titled with a word beginning with “V”, we follow the brutal, loquacious antihero and his apprentice as they torment the ruling powers with acts of violent resistance. Throughout, V wears a mask that he never removes: bleached skin and rosy cheeks, pencil beard, eyes half shut above an inscrutable grin. You’ve probably come to know it well.

“That smile is so haunting,” says Moore. “I tried to use the cryptic nature of it to dramatic effect. We could show a picture of the character just standing there, silently, with an expression that could have been pleasant, breezy or more sinister.” As well as the mask, Occupy protesters have taken up as a marrying slogan “We are the 99%”; a reference, originally, to American dissatisfaction with the richest 1% of the US population having such vast control over the country. “And when you’ve got a sea of V masks, I suppose it makes the protesters appear to be almost a single organism – this “99%” we hear so much about. That in itself is formidable. I can see why the protesters have taken to it.”

Moore first noticed the masks being worn by members of the Anonymous group, “bothering Scientologists halfway down Tottenham Court Road” in 2008. It was a demonstration by the online collective against alleged attempts to censor a YouTube video. “I could see the sense of wearing a mask when you were going up against a notoriously litigious outfit like the Church of Scientology.”

But with the mask’s growing popularity, Moore has come to see its appeal as about something more than identity-shielding. “It turns protests into performances. The mask is very operatic; it creates a sense of romance and drama. I mean, protesting, protest marches, they can be very demanding, very gruelling. They can be quite dismal. They’re things that have to be done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re tremendously enjoyable – whereas actually, they should be.”

At one point in V for Vendetta, V lectures Evey about the importance of melodrama in a resistance effort. Says Moore: “I think it’s appropriate that this generation of protesters have made their rebellion into something the public at large can engage with more readily than with half-hearted chants, with that traditional, downtrodden sort of British protest. These people look like they’re having a good time. And that sends out a tremendous message.”

It is an irony noted with relish by critics of the protests – one also glumly acknowledged by many of the protesters – that the purchase of so many Vendetta masks has become a lucrative little side-earner for Time Warner, the media company that owns the rights to Moore’s creation. Efforts have been made to avoid feeding the conglomerate more cash, the Anonymous group reportedly starting to import masks direct from factories in China to circumvent corporate pockets; last year, demonstrators at a “Free Julian Assange” event in Madrid wore cardboard replicas, apparently self-made. But more than 100,000 of the £4-£7 masks sell every year, according to the manufacturers, with a cut always going to Time Warner. Does that irk Moore?

“I find it comical, watching Time Warner try to walk this precarious tightrope.” Through contacts in the comics industry, he explains, he has heard that boosted sales of the masks have become a troubling issue for the company. “It’s a bit embarrassing to be a corporation that seems to be profiting from an anti-corporate protest. It’s not really anything that they want to be associated with. And yet they really don’t like turning down money – it goes against all of their instincts.” Moore chuckles. “I find it more funny than irksome.”

20. marisacat - 27 November 2011

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