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Smacks forehead! 1 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, la vie en rose.

I don’t know about you but on the 29th of December I was bundled up on the sofa, hot chocolate at the ready… and it was cold enough that I decided to roast chicken breasts in the oven, one to have hot with barely steamed broccoli and the other for chicken sandwiches later… emphasis, bundled up.

However, on the 29th of December I, and all of us, could have been ice swimming. In Siberia, Belarus and China.


Members of a local ice swimming club head for the water to swim in the Yenisey river in the Siberian city of Krasnoyars [Picture: REUTERS]


A member of the Optimalist heath club hacks a hole into the ice covering a canal near the village of Viazynka, Belarus [Picture: REUTERS]

OK! .. I think the guy above wins for truly hardy. Hardiest of the hardy. Wins hands down, or up.. or wins wielding the hatchet while thigh deep in freezing water… and definitely not wearing even a thong.


A winter swimmer dives into icy waters at a park in Shenyang, China [Picture: REX FEATURES]


From the last thread… not because it was near the close of the thread,  it just fits in…

catnip – 31 December 2008

I don’t make resolutions but I’ll make an exception for 2009: I resolve to contribute to global warming because I can’t stand the damn cold weather here in the frozen tundra anymore.




1. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2009

{This frozen stub of a comment has completely retracted inward}

2. diane - 1 January 2009

If it didn’t matter……you wouldn’t have responded hon….


kisses to ya…….

3. marisacat - 1 January 2009

I respond to lots of things diane that track past my scan of the world.

4. marisacat - 1 January 2009

Hilarious… I see the first of the automatically generated “related” posts is about Cats, blogging and People.

What a hoot.

5. bayprairie - 1 January 2009

picking up from the last thread

but I don’t think this tiny corner qualifies. I take Chris Hedges dictum very seriously: try to stay human, it may be all you can accomplish.

what i “see” is an island of humanity, configured as a salon, set amidst an american sea of idiocy, who’s service is a discerning eye, way much more often than not also a collective set of discerning eyes observing the events of the world. perhaps the most important aspect, at least for me, is that the outrage i feel at the injustices of our time, and the unfairness and the horror of the traumas inflicted by human against human, isn’t seen nor felt by me alone. others see it too. and more clearly.

and that, believe me, is a much-needed lifeline on this end of the wire.

other than that, pass the noodles, mettwurst and rye!

6. Intermittent Bystander - 1 January 2009

Happy Hogmanay, diane, and peace be with you in the coming year.
(Never thought you were a Rapture-hound, BTW. But I took the liberty of calling you a wild hare once, and you liked it. So that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)


Madman has the middle picture illustrating his Nothing New in the New Year’s Eve post, too. The beautiful guy with the hatchet looked like a human sundial to me, on a very very overcast, sorta polar-apocalyptic day.

Toques off for the crazy Siberians!

The local stories about regional icemaniacs blow my tiny mind every year, too. Not my cup of frozen rocks! Brrrrrrrr.

Toques back on again, quick!

7. Intermittent Bystander - 1 January 2009

bayprairie at 5 – Beautifully said.

8. marisacat - 1 January 2009

Telegraph has an article on a unique pair of collectors in Manhattan… I’ve read about them over the years… what a story…

A guided tour of their apartment reveals that even the Vogels’ bathroom is replete with artwork. On one wall is LeWitt’s Wall Drawing £65 (1971), a mural completed by Dorothy according to the artist’s instructions: ‘Lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random using colours, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall.’ Dorothy regrets that, because of the steam from the bath below, ‘the yellows have faded’. Opposite the lavatory is a minimalist text piece by Lawrence Weiner, words chosen to pass comment on the Vogels’ collection: ‘MANY THINGS PLACED HERE AND THERE/TO FORM A PLACE CAPABLE OF SHELTERING/MANY THINGS PUT HERE AND THERE.’

9. marisacat - 1 January 2009


yeah the guy with the ice pick is quite a picture… Reminds me of seeing skiers in Switzerland, happened to be at KLeine Sheidegg, on the route to the Jungfrau.. but elsewhere too, they climb mountains before skiing down them.

Not quite the furred and sunglasses set in the two by two gondolas to the high piste… something else entirely.

10. bayprairie - 1 January 2009



in less-serious-trauma-avoidance-whirrled here’s a composer i’ve surfed across via lucid’s recently linked trumpetist, Ingrid Jensen. ms. jensen sometimes plays with this group.

Boleria, Solea y Rumba– Maria Schneider Orchestra

hey CSTAR! think teh whitechicks cut it?

11. Intermittent Bystander - 1 January 2009

Know what you mean. First time I ever saw a telemark skier, it was a septaguarian on a steeeep downhill face.

12. bayprairie - 1 January 2009

maria’s Bulería, Soleá y Rumba score calls for 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and cajons. It also features a vocal part on the 3rd section, the Rumbas.

new to me is:


Cajon Solo

13. catnip - 1 January 2009

Frankly,,,, (0+ / 0-)

I think the moderation is fine.

As far as I”m concerned, what needs to stop is I/P discussion.

You can talk all you want about how most are civil. The fact remains there is a percentage who are not. Always. Every single time, in every single diary.

Every single time I/P has been discussed on this site it has brought the loonies out in full force.

I don’t think the site needs this, and I sure the hell don’t. The I/P issue has destroyed more than one politically-slanted website, and if allowed to continue it would do the same here.

“But your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore”–Prine 4210+ dead Americans. Bring them home.

by Miss Blue on Thu Jan 01, 2009 at 07:05:30 PM PST

14. catnip - 1 January 2009


Did I read you right? Did you say those of us who hang out here are compassionless? Seriously?

15. bayprairie - 1 January 2009


perfect example of “american sea of idiocy”

16. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2009

I want to know whatever happened to that asshole- what was it ? Shallowthief or some such?
He was donkeytale right? Still blogs on the FSZ?

17. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2009

Ironic Disconnect Award goes to Miss Blue in her efforts to stomp out criticism of Israel. Dig the sig:

“But your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore”–Prine 4210+ dead Americans. Bring them home.

by Miss Blue on Thu Jan 01, 2009 at 07:05:30 PM PST

400+ Palestinians killed in a day. 2 weeks Israeli AssMud. Do the Math.

18. catnip - 1 January 2009

Speaking of poultry as comfort food, I made a turkey dinner today for the 2 1/2 of us here. Mmmmm….

19. bayprairie - 1 January 2009


yeah thats the reality based community for you.

oh its not democratic partayness! lets just ignore shall we!!! maybe it’ll go away!!!!!!!

goddamned idiot

20. bayprairie - 1 January 2009

bertrand russell rules.

As far as I”m concerned, what needs to stop is american indian genocide discussion.

You can talk all you want about how most are civil. The fact remains there is a percentage who are not. Always. Every single time, in every single diary.

Every single time american indian genocide has been discussed on this site it has brought the loonies out in full force.

I don’t think the site needs this, and I sure the hell don’t. The american indian genocide issue has destroyed more than one politically-slanted website, :::not to mention american indians!!!!::::

and if allowed to continue it would do the same here.

whats important? you’re “piece” of mind?

fucktastic partay idiot tool.

meanwhile palestians die.

21. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2009

I’d be happy if they examined the inherent weakness in any position that NEEDS to be politically “slanted”

22. catnip - 1 January 2009

When the toddler got up from his nap here today, I was making supper and watching CNN. They showed a pic of Gaza with smoke rising from the buildings. He looked at it and said, “Oh no”.

Yeah. “Oh no”.

23. marisacat - 1 January 2009


sorry, it had snagged one of yours the donkeytale/sthief one… out now…


24. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2009

But then again, maybe the Pwoggy Kossack “politically slanted” line
is all tactical-like thingleschtuffen
I mean, just look at all their WINS, all they’ve gained….LOL.

Maybe it’s strategami …kind of like origami, but digital.
But Inserted rectally. In the woods. As a tree falls.
With More than the occasional Papist dropping by for a dump.

25. catnip - 1 January 2009
26. marisacat - 1 January 2009

He can speak and do when he wants to… at the top of Tapper now (below it is some Mil Times poll about hesitation or skepticism of Obama in the ranks…? Must be LIES foul lies.. we were told they ALL voted for him. 😉 🙄 :

Pres-elect Obama Coming to Hill Monday

January 01, 2009 10:35 PM

ABC News has learned that President-elect Obama will come to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders on Monday to discuss ways to revive the U.S. economy, including through a multibillion-dollar stimulus package.

This will be President-elect Obama’s first meeting with congressional leaders since winning the election.

While some of the logistics are still being worked out, sources tell ABC News that the President-elect is planning to meet on Monday Jan. 5 with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

As of Thursday night, plans were for Mr. Obama to then hold a bipartisan meeting that will include Pelosi, Reid, House GOP Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent. Republican congressional aides said that nothing had been scheduled yet, though there had been talk of a meeting with the president-elect. …snip….

27. marisacat - 1 January 2009

Followed the link… to Mil Times……So classic.. they’re wary of Obster AND they don’t want DADT repealed.

So simple. Shorter version, shorter message sent by someone at the Pentagon: They don’t like him much and if gays are public they’ll revolt. You gotta love it.

Peter Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University who has written extensively about civil-military relations, said a degree of uncertainty among service members toward Obama is appropriate, given their questions about how he will govern as commander in chief.

“Those numbers don’t convince me he has got a big problem on his hands because what he is seeing is not military hostility, but rather military caution, and caution that is reasonable because he has never been in the position of this office,” Feaver said. “It’s sensible and understandable that they have doubts about him.

“They respect the office of the commander in chief,” Feaver said. “As long as he wields that office responsibly, then these numbers need not morph into a problem.”

28. CSTAR - 1 January 2009

re 10
Ay mamita, toma chocolate, paga lo que debes
Re Cuba. I’ve noticed quite a bit of commentary recently on the 50th anniversary of the fall of Batista.. I find it peculiar that in the midst of an existential crisis of financial capitalism worldwide, all of a sudden it’s the right time to discuss the failure of cuban socialism.

29. bayprairie - 1 January 2009


i’ll pay! what a joy.

30. marisacat - 1 January 2009

I find it peculiar that in the midst of an existential crisis of financial capitalism worldwide, all of a sudden it’s the right time to discuss the failure of cuban socialism. —CSTAR

Very important we understand There is No Choice. Our is the Best Of Worlds… and that world ends at our coasts and borders. Wild sea monsters are farther out… and what lies beyond them, mortal, god fearing men do not even think about

31. CSTAR - 1 January 2009
32. CSTAR - 1 January 2009
33. mattes - 1 January 2009

Poor little rich boys:

Tycoons in trouble

Lev Leviev owns the Africa Israel group, which lost NIS 15.8 billion in value this year. His personal loss amounts to NIS 11.5 billion.

Leviev is a local Cinderella story. Starting with nothing, by virtue of hard work, boldness and a keen business sense, he became an international tycoon. But even in his blackest nightmares surely this man, who was born in Tashkent and recently moved from Israel to London, never thought this is how 2008 would end.

Because of his heavy exposure to the imploding real estate markets of Russia and the United States, Africa Israel stock plunged 92% this year and the value of Leviev’s personal holding shrank on paper by NIS 11.5 billion (after dividends). The banks have attachments on his entire 75% stake in Africa Israel, and in fact, a quarter of their dubious debt belongs to him – NIS 10.7 billion, as of the end of the third quarter.

Africa Israel bonds are trading at junk levels of up to 77% yields.

Top executives jumped ship during the year, credit rating agencies downgraded the company, it posted its highest-ever quarterly loss – about NIS 2 billion in the third quarter – and Africa Israel started massively laying off staff as it consolidated management and failed to sell assets to shore up liquidity.


34. mattes - 1 January 2009

US troops shoot TV staffer in stomach. I am so so tired of it.

Only a few hours after the United Nations Mandate for Iraq expired and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) went into effect, US forces have sparked an incident which may prove to be the first major test of the SOFA’s power and the Iraqi government’s authority.

Earlier today near th al-Jadiriya bridge in Baghdad, US troops opened fire on a female staffer for Iraq’s Biladi TV, critically wounding her. The reason for the attack was unclear, and probably not particularly important to the question of the SOFA.

What is important is that US forces are not supposed to do anything in Iraq without coordinating with the Iraqi government and aren’t supposed to have anything to do with civilians outside of an Iraqi court issued warrant. There was no report that Iraqi forces were involved in coordinating an attack on the woman, nor does is seem likely that an Iraqi court would have issued a warrant to shoot her in the stomach.


So tired of feeling helpless.

35. marisacat - 1 January 2009

well hopefully Leviev has diamonds hidden in the fridge. You know, inside the old mayonnaise jar painted white. Nobody would think of looking there.

36. marisacat - 1 January 2009

You have to love this one.

NOW the Israelis are willing to admit to a top secret nuclear facility. That is, horrors! within reach of those ‘just like what Hitler used on London’ rockets coming out of Gaza. They are calling it, “in the battle zone”.

We are in new territory in spin nation spin-a-thon, spin city… here.

There were growing fears in Israel last night that Hamas missiles could threaten its top-secret nuclear facility at Dimona.

Rocket attacks from Gaza have forced Israelis to flee in ever greater numbers and military chiefs have been shaken by the size and sophistication of the militant group’s arsenal.

In Beersheba, until a few days ago a sleepy desert town in southern Israel, there is little sign of the 186,000 inhabitants. Schools are closed and the streets of shuttered shops echo with the howl of sirens warning of incoming rockets.

Israeli planes, meanwhile, began a new stage yesterday in their offensive on Gaza, killing Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas official. The one-tonne bomb in Jabaliya is also understood to have killed two of his four wives and four of his twelve children. More than 400 Palestinians have been killed in the six days of Israeli attacks.

37. marisacat - 1 January 2009

Obviously Times lies.. Miss Tzipi should discipline them.

There has been no electricity for days, causing pumps to fail and water supplies to run dry. Toilets and showers are a forgotten luxury for a population merely trying to stay alive in a withering aerial blitz that has shocked even war-hardened Gazans.

“Now the situation is tragic for me and the kids,” said Mr Hatem, a 45-year-old caretaker, whose family survives on his meager salary of 900 shekels (£164) a month. “I’m sure my kids will get sick from the cold and I don’t have the money to buy any medicine, and the hospitals can only take seriously wounded people.” Even before the onslaught started, Mr Hamed struggled to get by, often having to rely on the charity of richer neighbours. “Now the rich and poor are the same, you can’t buy electricity,” because for those lucky enough to have generators, almost no fuel can get into the blockaded territory. “Rich and poor are in the same boat,” he said

38. CSTAR - 1 January 2009

37 Collective punishment.

That’s an idea americans would be very wise to reject.

39. bayprairie - 1 January 2009

Encyclopedic Discography of Cuban Music 1925-1960
Cristobal Diaz-Ayala
Fotos Seccion A


Xiomara Alfaro

40. marisacat - 1 January 2009

And Hatem al-Shurab, an aid worker for the British charity Islamic Relief, said that some people had been reduced to foraging for wild mallow plants as their emergency food stocks dwindled to nothing. “People are finding it hard to feed their families,” he said.

Even in her cold homes, Gazans do not feel safe, since they do not know what constitutes a target for the Israeli bombers which have broadened their mission to include mosques, sport centres, and even money changers transferring funds for Hamas.

41. marisacat - 1 January 2009

Press TV has teh full text of a shortish interview with Finkelstein in NYC

42. marisacat - 2 January 2009

Angry Arab.. no embedded links:

The fools of Hamas

This should be a regular feature as Hamas leaders provide me with regular fodder in this regard. Today, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon, Usamah Hamdan, praised the role of Egypt in the conflict and expressed appreciation for Egyptian state’s concern for Gaza–and no, he was not kidding.

And Isma`il Haniyyah, Hamas’ prime minister, today expressed his official gratitude to Saudi king for his fundraising campaign for Gaza (which is required to pass through the Ministry of Interior). In the case of Hamas: it is not dissimulation. It is real and sincrere stupidity.

Posted by As’ad at 11:08 PM

43. catnip - 2 January 2009


Rocket attacks from Gaza have forced Israelis to flee in ever greater numbers and military chiefs have been shaken by the size and sophistication of the militant group’s arsenal.

Speaking of fools, the IDF said the same thing about Hezbollah in 2006. So much for the much vaunted Israeli intelligence unit.

44. marisacat - 2 January 2009

I think it was at Lenin but might have been at Perrin… Pal leadership from feminist (nto sure who that was) to communist has been denigrated the same. And Hizbollah and Iran…Syria Lebanon… on and on. Over and over the so called younger generation come from Stern and Irgun, other groups, fighters and killers. From Rahm to Tzipi.

It was months ago that the UK Independent carried a FP story on Livni’s background as part of, a principle in, one of the two and three person killing teams that worked in Europe.

Fine, the way of the world, but it gets old.

45. catnip - 2 January 2009

Is there something in the Illinois water?

Burris sought death for innocent man

46. catnip - 2 January 2009
47. marisacat - 2 January 2009

Burris is a nut, over the years it is just so clear, the debris, too often, goes into the game of politics, all levels.

But by 1992, another man had confessed to the crime, and Burris’ own deputy attorney general was pleading with Burris to drop the case, then on appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Burris refused. He was running for governor.

“Anybody who understood this case wouldn?t have voted for Burris,” Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, told ProPublica. Indeed, Burris lost that race, and two other attempts to become governor.

48. penlan - 2 January 2009

Popping in to say that I wish everyone here an insightful, thoughtful New Year & although there’s no peace in the world may you have inner peace to help you through all the insanity.

Thankyou *mattes* for the link at #30 in the “Bomb bomb…Palestine” thread.

For a brief break & a laugh:

49. marisacat - 2 January 2009

Lenin dissects and expands on the Finkelstein interview that I linked to in comment # 41…

Before Israel began its latest operation, it engaged in what can only be described as a terrorist cold-calling campaign, in which Palestinian families were warned that their houses may be bombed if the Israeli military suspected it was hiding weapons or Hamas members. The attempt to preemptively terrorise non-combatants worked in some cases, sending families fleeing.

This is perhaps not as crude as the air-dropped leaflets and radio messages used by Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, during which civilians were simply ordered to leave on pain of fiery death, but if Israel intends a ground assault, this is surely to be the next step. Then they will say, as the US did in Fallujah, ‘we ordered them to leave, so only bad guys can remain’, as if the war crime of ethnic cleansing justified the war crime of mass bombing.

50. marisacat - 2 January 2009


Happy New Year .. penlan


51. marisacat - 2 January 2009

Lenin also linked to this (and the site looks as tho it might be very interesting):

[R]egional scholars working in the field of military strategy and national security have confirmed that the IDF is putting together a new programme for facing up to possible upcoming wars, whether with Lebanon, Syria or the Gaza Stip. The solution, as it appears, has come in the form of a “disproportionate eruption” through a newly acquired emphasis on air bombardment, where Israel plans “to act fast and with disproportionate force…in order to punish in a scope that would oblige long and costly reconstruction processes.” …snip…

52. jam.fuse - 2 January 2009

Words on a T-Shirt I saw:

Sind Engel Geflügel?

(translation: Are Angels Poultry?)

Happy New Year and hope everyone made it through their torturous holiday ordeal, I mean their joyous holiday season, more or less intact. I myself still have to confess to my casual nyc girlfriend how I ‘slept’ with a virtual stranger in her bed in her apt after she graciously let me stay there for a few days whilst she was in cali, a couple days before xmas… (too much information, I know).

…kicking myself for not bringing a camera out here new year’s eve in berlin, an unbelievably wild scene; the sheer volume (numerically and sonically) of the fireworks quite impressive and a little scary.

btw have heads here seen ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, a Spanish film from a year or so back? A really beautiful and horrifying movie, sort of a horror/historical drama/fantasy hybrid – the story takes place in Spain in ’44, go rent it if you haven’t seen it (my pick of the week).

Good Luck to all in Ought Nine,

‘gird yer loins’, got a feeling it’ll be a wild ride.

53. marisacat - 2 January 2009


‘gird yer loins’, got a feeling it’ll be a wild ride.


And Pan’s Labyrinth is top of my list to rent.. (I am very very behind on movies)…

As for the bed event… can’t you do the mundane and say it happened but … “it did not matter”…

HNY… 8)

54. penlan - 2 January 2009


Thankyou Marisa! – 🙂

55. marisacat - 2 January 2009

Gerard Baker in the Times Online:

General James Jones, Mr Obama’s national security adviser, has spent much time in the Middle East in the past two years assisting Condoleezza Rice and seems to have undergone no discernibly radical shift in thinking.

Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s chief of staff, is as forceful and enthusiastic a proponent of the Israeli cause as there is in Washington.

In any case, a sharp change in direction in the Middle East is not going to be high on the new President’s agenda.

56. marisacat - 2 January 2009

How much is that doggie in the window?

[T]he production worthy of attention, as usual, has been taking place behind the curtains. That would be Bloomberg’s attempt to use Caroline Kennedy to advance his own campaign to win reelection in 2009.

What seemed to be an inevitable acceptance of Bloomberg’s bid to undo term limits by allowing himself a third bite at the Big Apple engendered a greater backlash than the mayor, accustomed to buying easy acquiescence, had expected.

He’s backing Kennedy as much for his own gain as hers—to open up a potential path for himself to run back into the Democratic Party he left in order to dodge the party primary in his successful 2001 bid for the office. Bloomberg is now courting New York City’s county chairs to set up a possible run next year as a Democrat.

That Kennedy’s bid to be appointed to the U.S. Senate by a Democratic governor appears to hinge on support from a former Democrat who became a RINO (Republican In Name Only), and later an Independent in the hopes of taking a shot at national office, and now is backing Kennedy to open a potential return to the party he scorned, in order to block the Democrats intending to run against him, says a lot about how dysfunctional New York’s parties have become. …snip…

57. mattes - 2 January 2009

Catnip, I can see why Jay Elias hated Justin Raimondo
so much. Justin does have his sources.

I wonder where Jay is lately, must have taken a new assignment….

58. mattes - 2 January 2009

#49 Marcat….

it engaged in what can only be described as a terrorist cold-calling campaign, in which Palestinian families were warned that their houses may be bombed if the Israeli military suspected it was hiding weapons or Hamas members.

aaah, the new and improved Bolsheviks/Red Army.

59. catnip - 2 January 2009

52. Are Angels Poultry?


I asked my roomie just last nite if she’d seen Pan’s Labyrinth while we were watching The Kite Runner – both excellent movies.

57. Catnip, I can see why Jay Elias hated Justin Raimondo
so much. Justin does have his sources.

For the most part, Raimondo is no holds barred and much more independent than Elias could ever claim to be.

Elias is AWOL? If he’s breathing, I’m sure he’s busy propping up the Israeli government somewhere.

60. catnip - 2 January 2009


In any case, a sharp change in direction in the Middle East is not going to be high on the new President’s agenda.

I suspect the IDF will end this latest round of murdering madness by the time Obamalama’s inauguration comes around so he can push the issue to the back burner while murmuring “peace process” every now and then – especially with the elections there coming up in February. Not that it makes any difference who wins there either.

61. marisacat - 2 January 2009

… But for Republicans, the possibility of Franken, Caroline, and Burris all making it into the Senate is like hitting the trifecta — incompetence, nepotism, and corruption, respectively, will be the buzzwords for our new Democratic Senate. …

One of the schnauzers (Goldberg) at The Weekly Standard

… and I see today that Cornyn is stating Franken will not be seated Tuesday.

62. lucid - 2 January 2009

I just got some very depressing news. Christine is one of the principle reasons I began investigating HIV literature. I had seen a profile of her by Celia Farber in Spin somewhere around 1996. Not too long afterward, I had an extended e-mail conversation with her about her perspective and she gave me some great guidance. She was the most publicly visible face of the movement and was vilified mercilessly in the mainstream media, but throughout always stayed calm and classy. She was supposed to testify on Tuesday in her civil suit against the LA coroner’s office over their false claim that her daughter died of AIDS in 2005 [actually she died of an allergic reaction to amoxicillan] which led to 3 years of the MSM painting her as a murderer [complete with Law & Order episodes]. I feel so sorry for her husband Robin and her son Charlie. She was a truly spectacular human being and gave her life to helping others.

Of course the pigs over at aidstruth are already dancing on her grave and apparently abcnews has a hit piece up on her [I refuse to go look at either]. This is just so shocking. She was in perfect health until she went on an herbal cleanse that apparently left her with bronchial pneumonia to which she succumbed in 10 days. Of course the fact that this is not how AIDS kills won’t stop the orthodoxy from claiming otherwise.

A devastating loss for those seeking the truth.

63. Intermittent Bystander - 2 January 2009

Sympathies and condolences, lucid.

64. marisacat - 2 January 2009


Oh I am so sorry lucid… I went and looked, yes skip the ABC piece.

65. marisacat - 2 January 2009

I think our preferred political partners among the Israelis and the US political class should simply form a Unified War Party:

[A] cash shortage in Gaza meant the UN could not continue cash assistance to 95,000 of the very poor. It could only meet half its December staff salary payments and was reduced to bartering with flour in some instances.

In Israel, the conflict has improved the political fortunes of Ehud Barak, the defence minister, whose Labour party has climbed in opinion polls this week to a stronger third position.

The foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, of the Kadima party, has now drawn level in the polls with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Likud opposition leader, who had been a clear favourite to win February’s general elections. …

66. lucid - 2 January 2009

Re: Christine – I should also add, that probably her greatest life’s work was not only educating pregnant women about how ‘HIV’ tests often come back positive for a woman on a second or third pregnancy, but also helping them find qualified midwifes in their area [internationally] if they had tested positive to avoid the required ARV treatments prior too delivery and on the infant after delivery. She also worked tirelessly to find legal aid for women who didn’t want to give their infants ARV’s if they’d tested positive and had the state threatening to take their children away.

67. BooHooHooMan - 2 January 2009

Let’s have a chest scan of the old frame no?
Wheezes of Bickering and Flickering, inevitably…
And Smoking. Of course, yes, the Smoke and Smoking,
New News of Service to Under Rock People no doubt…

So let’s begin with a look in the upper lobe
of the media, that Legionaire’s lung as it were, as it is-
as it ALWAYS IS–.
(tho one ought NEVER use clinical terms to describe it}

Artful terms are preferred instead.
Terms like ‘Poise”. As in “Poised”, Poised to Win, Poised to Obtain,
Poised to Gain..
So easily confused with Beauty, Art, Charm and Grace, as in
What Charm. What Grace. What “Poise”.
If it wasn’t perverse violence,
you would think they were talking of finding a lover:

Israel Poised for Ground Assault

What Restraint!.
Well Done, Tzipi and WaPo!

So Let’s move on..
What else should we be focusing on?
Hmmm. Let’s see what is on offer in the Times (and from whom.).

Breaking! New Shiny! Cigs bad fer ya! Da Babies too!


A New Cigarette Hazard:
‘Third-Hand Smoke’

Published: January 2, 2009

Parents who smoke often open a window or turn on a fan to clear the air of second-hand smoke, but experts [Always the experts- Dr. Kissinger anyone? ] now have identified another smoking-related threat to children’s health that isn’t as easy to get rid of: third-hand smoke.

That’s the term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after smoke has cleared from a room. The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials that young children can get on their hands and ingest, especially if they’re crawling or playing on the floor.

. Straight up folks: Like our Undeclared Thirld World War,
This is going to be a TEDIOUS POST.

And it’s going to end up with a final grade of @15%.
Reflecting, among other things, the 15% On Any Day –Easy
that is Truth, / New Truth / Poised/ modified or otherwise

meant as true poison to prepare >—metaphor here—>
non malodorous inhalers* as much as it is to thwart the New Truth leaning trendies, say, 38 year old recently laid off new father Tad Frederickson lll out on the fire escape of his soon to be repo’d New York Co-Op.

New Truths are meant for Ted, his new smoke to be inhaled instead of nasty leisure time activities like critical news reading or, for once, Tad, damnit-
grappling with the monumental sized shit that Tad the Fourth has just legacied right there plastered on his little
soon-to-be unpampered ass… < — metaphor there, too…— <

So Bring on the Experts. And Entertainers. Get used to Em
But don’t forget the Children.

Doctors from MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston coined the term “third-hand smoke” to describe these chemicals in a new study that focused on the risks they pose to infants and children. The study was published in this month’s issue of the journal Pediatrics.

“Everyone knows that second-hand smoke is bad, but they don’t know about this,” said Dr. Jonathan P. Winickoff, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

“When their kids are out of the house, they might smoke. Or they smoke in the car. Or they strap the kid in the car seat in the back and crack the window and smoke, and they think it’s okay because the second-hand smoke isn’t getting to their kids,” Dr. Winickoff continued. “We needed a term to describe these tobacco toxins that aren’t visible.”

Third-hand smoke is what one smells when a smoker gets in an elevator after going outside for a cigarette, he said, or in a hotel room where people were smoking. “Your nose isn’t lying,” he said. “The stuff is so toxic that your brain is telling you: ’Get away.’”

Trust your instincts. Go with your nose. Fair Enough.

“We needed a term to describe these tobacco toxins that aren’t visible.”

But How does the story smell?:
Well, Like, Like, WMD?
Why not just go with Lung Gunk?

So follow, fellow head scratchers. WTF am I talking about?
I mean really, who would advocate-
no words or Truth missing here-
Smoking children in their HOMES?

What I AM talking about
is the most effective InfoWar effort in the Arsenal:
Tangential Third Hand Arguments, Smoke,
their timing and placement -usually good on any day to occupy a segment on Broadcast and Cable with the desired reasoning tools thrown in to be applied to the Big Ticket Wholesale Liquidation Items on display…so consider the tobacco story a loss leader…

But let’s first dispatch with the literal aspect of the story.
Tobacco is Bad. Next.

So if you have kids, AND- bear with the reasoning here-
If you perhaps are the LAST
Bless’d With Little Crappers and Civil Rights retaining person on Earth that Hello!– is:
A.) reading the NEW YORK TIMES – story placement ‘oint it is, and
B.) AREN”T at the window doin the Mad As Hell Thing
over Gaza ledes, and instead
C.) decides to light up turning the toxins on yourself and kin instead
D.) ISN”T merely on the fire escape but headed for JFK or Newark for rendering to International Parts of the Realm unknown where you ..
“Can Smoke Em if You Got ‘Em.”

By ALL MEANS, read the Story Literally…

But remember: It’s About The Children Now,
especially now.
Especially since it’s almost irrelevent now
how Gramma and GrandPap and all the smoking Aunts and Uncles died of noxious gas then went up like Cordwood™.

So since were talking about tobacco, right?-
What do you think THE LOBBY is going to do?
That’s right.
You’re going to see more and more people
positively positioning the New Truth brand on more seemingly unrelated and innocuous venues than your hardly
Give a Second Thought to Subliminal Messaging Anymore minds have , even, tin foil defenses for…

We are going to see more of the experts to entertain, and entertainers to explain, truly chosen people, all,
weighing in on everything form radioactive toxins in cigarettes
( True but Hardly News) to
sappy economic populism, to feel good relief efforts, to significantly expanded Entertainment offerings ..


As Israel is “Poised” to Render Methodical
Mechanized and High Explosive Death to Gaza
like we haven’t seen in 50 years.

::[Smoke Break]

Regarding “tobacco” , It frankly is Brilliant,
THE LOBBYs work in Tobacco.
M&A’d it from the most addicted yet short sighted people on Earth,
then, with the Strategy of Settlements Everywhere™,
handled the Lions share of Settlements to states too.
They have everybody thinking it’s a group of Southern Slave Owners STILL.
Or Al Gore.

So where do Key Partners in a Last Bit of Lung Coughed Up Empire seek refuge?
To simultaneously source and supply both cause and cure?
A bit of the Old and New Testament as it were…?

Philip Morris Emigrates in Search for Growth
Published March 31, 2008

The big losers were Merck (MRK: 31.00, +0.60, +1.97%) and Schering-Plough (SGP: 17.35, +0.32, +1.87%). Their shares suffered the financial equivalent of a stroke after a last-gasp remedy for the industry’s patent problems — an expensive cholesterol-fighting cocktail with dubious advantages over cheaper generics — was relegated to last-line-of-defense, might-as-well-try-this status by a panel of cardiologists as well as the New England Journal of Medicine. The recommendations followed the final release of a study in which the treatment fell short of its advertised benefits.

Altria’s (MO: 15.20, +0.14, +0.92%) price also seemed to go up in smoke overnight, falling to just a third of last week’s levels. But investors didn’t mind one bit, since the reduced number reflected the long-awaited spinoff of Philip Morris International (PM: 44.12, +0.61, +1.40%), Altria’s overseas tobacco unit. From its new headquarters in Switzerland, safe for the moment from the depredations of American class-action lawyers, Philip Morris plans to make Asia safe for Marlboros. Asia is smoking’s final frontier, because as the rich world gradually loses the habit — the French can no longer smoke in bistros, for crying out loud — aspiring Asians still long to inhale to prove that they’ve finally arrived.

China’s 350 million smokers — more than a quarter of the world’s 1.3 billion total — are an especially lucrative prize. Fifty-nine percent of the men smoke, but just 3% of the women, promising big rewards to anyone who can break down this cultural barrier. Moreover, while most Asian men smoke, they tend to smoke significantly less than the addicted Westerners. Yet as incomes across the Pacific soar, there’s every chance to get them to puff more, and on costlier global brands.

Meanwhile they have everybody form MI-5 to the FBI to Interpol looking under every rock for Moozlim Money.
When they’re not tuned into Jerry Springer, that is.
Brilliant, just Brilliant. Dubai will be in their hands in 30 years.
Mumbai and Karachi within 10. There’s more than a few ways to handle “disadvantageous” Population problems.:::Disinformation, Distraction, and Smoke – away from what is – IS KEY.

I hear the smart money is going all in …
For Crematoria and the Mortuary Sector.
Maybe Burris got a deal…

68. BooHooHooMan - 2 January 2009
69. marisacat - 2 January 2009

BHHM out of Moderation (sorry for the delay).. think the filter just choked on that one..


70. lucid - 3 January 2009
71. marisacat - 3 January 2009

hmmm He’ll come up against the Gitmo promises, civil liberties promises… as early as Feb 20.
(stock up on Arpege!)

WASHINGTON — Just a month after President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he must tell the Supreme Court where he stands on one of the most aggressive legal claims made by the Bush administration — that the president may order the military to seize legal residents of the United States and hold them indefinitely without charging them with a crime. […]

And staying the course in the Marri case would outrage civil libertarians.

“If they adopt the Bush administration position, or some version of it,” said Brandt Goldstein, a professor at New York Law School, “it is going to be a moment of profound disappointment for everyone in the legal community and Americans generally who believe that the Bush administration has tried to turn the presidency into a monarchy.”

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama, Brooke Anderson, said he “will make decisions about how to handle detainees as president when his full national security and legal teams are in place.” …snip…

Just remember, he’s never been to Chicago. he’s Hawai’ian.

72. BooHooHooMan - 3 January 2009

I posted this above:

“””””We are going to see more of the experts to entertain, and entertainers to explain, truly chosen people, all,
weighing in on everything form radioactive toxins in cigarettes
( True but Hardly News)
to sappy economic populism, to feel good relief efforts, to significantly expanded Entertainment offerings ..


As Israel is “Poised” to Render Methodical
Mechanized and High Explosive Death to Gaza
like we haven’t seen in 50 years.”””””


So Color me cynical. But Check out DK’s Rec List now:

I’m dying
by kwickkick

If You Do Nothing Else Today, Read Krugman
by thereisnospoon

Paulson blames China and Germany for the crisis
by Jerome a Paris

Unfair oppression of dogs at the Daily Kos
by clammyc

The Repo-Man Just Towed My Car Away
by Stella 4 Obama

Personal: My Dad is dying and I have no heart for politics
by Killer of Sacred Cows

The Abramoff Scandal is Expanding: More GOP woes for 2009…
by dengre

In the interest of stopping terrorism…
by JeffLieber

Oh. LOL. Please. The dying guy? User id 190,468?
LOL. Apparently DKos diarist “kwickkick
logged on just long enough to make the scene for the Election
before, ya know, Kicking the Bucket.

But not before a LieberPlugDiary:

I changed the story — every single name. This was about Jim Jeffords, the Vermont Republican who was kneecapped by Rove and company in 2001 for not being supportive of the Bushies, and who then promptly abandoned the Republican party, and turned over the Senate to us.

Look, obviously what Lieberman did was far worse than anything Jeffords ever considered. But Rove and Company played “with us or against us” and dined out on pettiness and revenge.


Let Lieberman have his chairmanship. He’s not worth the teeth grinding. Let the voters of Connecticut deal with him.

I mean, seriously….
Where do they get such Low Grade Bullshit Artists? LOL.
So this Bullshit Lieberman Operative has been on the site – what?
A coupla months?
And his “Terms of Endearment” scenario is now going to sop up the saps playing out For How Long moving forward?

Through Gaza?

73. BooHooHooMan - 3 January 2009

NYT seems to neatly be tucking Gaza below the fold in its World Section online:

href=”More on offer, Same author, New York Times:
Morning Rounds
Missing Surgeons, Financial Worries and Safer Cigarettes


Published: January 2, 2009

General Surgeons Grow Scarcer

General surgeons are in short supply in America’s rural areas, The Washington Post reports, as growing numbers of young doctors opt for non-surgical specialties and surgeons flock to higher-paying fields like transplant surgery or plastic surgery.

[Been There. Done That.]
Americans Struggling With Financial Stress

“””More and more Americans are stressed by financial problems, the San Francisco Chronicle says. Losing a job can lead to anxiety, depression and antisocial behavior, …”””

[ Well THAT”S news….
Strange tho- I thought it led more directly to homelessness and starvation . Well, at least it’s not as Not as “anxiety provoking” as having a 1000 POUND BOMB drop on your house or a tank roll over your kids …]
States Mandate Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes…

[ The “self extinguishing” one’s with Polonium?
…Now if only Israel could get
the PA to have Palestinians smoke them, no? ]

New Yorker Loses 430 Pounds

[…Caroline Kennedy sees Hillary and Bill off to DC…]
British Urged to Make Lifestyle Changes

The British government is launching a massive TV campaign that urges citizens to “eat well, move more, live longer.” …Big food companies including Kellogg’s, Unilever and PepsiCo are sponsoring the media campaign.

[Oh, just PLEASE.]
Insurer Fined for Denying Claims

Oregon regulators have fined a health insurer $46,000 after discovering the company denied some 5,000 claims over three years without ever contacting the customers or health care providers to determine if the services should be covered

[ – Nine Dollars and 20 Cents a Pop. – ]

…and on and on….and on and on…

As Israel is “Poised”:

One feature on Secular Islam Televangelisti Sheiks
Looks like a tone it down memo has been negotiated….

Tomorrow’s News?: A poignant story of
Eleven Exchange Students who love their friends in Tel Aviv.
I’m Out.

74. BooHooHooMan - 3 January 2009

But E-Meters and Scientology are going to trump dead children today…

75. marisacat - 3 January 2009

LOL I f anyone ever caught Jeffords and his wife… they were gently hilarious. Talk about following some tradition as it is your ”culture”, R by habit of the family…. His family had been R for 150 years or so…..but she sure was not.. and when ti came push to shove, they didn’t much like the modern R party.

They were a hoot!

Someone whose interest is education, which basically was his interest, is no Lieberman. Who I keep saying should take Hadassah and move to Israel and sit shiva for America. And as ms_xeno reminds me, nobody really wants him (seems the Democrats do, tho).

But can you imagine how feted and bribed he and Hadassah are when they are in israel?

76. marisacat - 3 January 2009

gnu post……………….


………….. 😯 ………………..

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