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Sunday.. 1 March 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.



Larger version of the lovely picture… and it comes from this site, that Intermittent Bystander linked to yesterday… This seemed a good landscape for a mouse to appear on…  8)



1. Intermittent Bystander - 1 March 2009

two struck me too, for some (probably angular) reason.

Really sleeping now.

2. marisacat - 1 March 2009

lucid posted a link to a diary he put up over at FSZ… so I am reposting and adding a snip… 😉

[A]nd we have our matrices, our graphs, our explanations, our theories, our historical waxing on why it is so incredible that we have developed this way of living together. But in the basic mechanics, I don’t see how this is any different from the tales I’ve read of the ancient world. Capitalism has replaced the gods – be they one or many. Our self-worth as human beings now hinges on how we float or drown within a tide hidden within a wave hidden within a tsunami. We have more education, we are more differentiated, we have the illusion that our lives are our own, but nothing in our real lives has changed from the days in which community A conquered community B because the latter had better land. …

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Good stuff:

Our moral platitudes are just that. Empty – vessels of an ancient world that erases the idea. We worship a god that betrays, belittles and demeans us. We erect altars to its glory, and we base a science on the idea that the sun revolves around the earth and think that somehow makes us all the lords of creation, when we’re simply the slaves we’ve always been.

3. diane - 1 March 2009

you have quite the gift of love marisa

thank you

And seeing the multitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

Blessed are those who mourn,

Blessed are the meek,

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

Blessed are the merciful,

Blessed are the pure in heart,

Blessed are the peacemakers,

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely….


4. marisacat - 1 March 2009


Oh I loved those two as well… the old brick city scape reminded me of parts of NYC and parts of the New Jersey Palisades when I was a child… the second is just amazing. And the little bird house slipped in there in the middle… wonderful pics.

5. lucid - 1 March 2009

thanks mcat. 🙂

marisacat - 1 March 2009

You’re welcome lucid

(I am trying the “Reply” and nesting feature)

6. diane - 1 March 2009

…have been reading some tad bit disingenous stuff for the last few minutes if it was written by those actually living on this earth…I don’t know too many who wouldn’t have been locked up some as insane if they’d gone to work on the earth so many of us are familiar with with mouse shit stain on their sweater’s…nor too many fearless enough to pick up..something that might bite…but carry on…I’m sure you will

Intermittent Bystander - 1 March 2009

Disgusting, perhaps, but true, I assure you.

Technique for fishing rodent from toilet involved large slotted spoon, empty coffee can, and newspaper over the top until delivery in backyard.

And maybe I was just lucky, but mouse really was discreet . . . it stayed away from clothing repositories, so sweater “lint” was not an issue. Nor did stray tiny pellets in dual-traffic areas ever attract “the fuzz” or any other authorities responsible for incarceration, just an increase in vaccuuming attention by co-resident.

7. marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm all night long KGO local “liberal” talk radio is running ‘war with Mexico’. Not kidding. The drug wars, the weakness of the elected government… the corruption, that we “must guard our borders”, that we cannot have a “collapsed state on our Southern border”… and that it is so hoped we will nto have to use the National Guard, or consider military action. As the mouths drool for that very thing.

The nation is fully fucking nuts. Gone.

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

We cause that war with our drug policy and our guns-uber-alles weapons laws. Feeding both the market that buys their products, the idiotic public policy that keeps prices high and the weapons used to fight over the territory to exploit those high prices.

Oh, and we helped install a thug to escalate the conflict.

The world should put a fence around us.

8. diane - 1 March 2009

I don’t know too many who wouldn’t have been locked up some as insane if they’d gone to work on the earth so many of us are familiar with with mouse shit stain on their sweater’s…nor too many fearless enough to pick up..something that might bite…

nor do you

9. diane - 1 March 2009

gnight! somewhere…………..

10. marisacat - 1 March 2009

Miracles of Miracles…

I checked in over at WP after seeing a notice on my almost never visited “Dashboard” in the back pages…. supposedly the comment threads now NEST.

LOL better nests than infestations is all I can say.

Please see the little “Reply” link at the bottom of each comment.

11. marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm I see a “reply” inserts it self and numbers itself in sequence, thus renumbering all below it.

whew. will wonders of the modern age never cease.

12. BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

IMO Nested comments is the key feature Markos blog and the soapblox boxcar sites had going for them. That and image embedding, another biggie. A good tool for collaborative projects, coup plotting, etc. (LOL)

Seriously, I wanted to use something like this with nested comments a while back for a local initiative/ barn raising type of project…We set up a quick email chain instead, given the few of us that were involved and the time. LOL. I have this one friend who is a techno whiz, lives in NM though. Thing is, LOL. he makes me seem concise….

WordPress usage is going to go up with this, I bet.

marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm… well in future, if you wanted, you could open a WP acct and pick a quick and dirty format and limit to access by password shared by participants, if you wanted to keep messages private for some reason….

An alternative to email and just as private…


13. BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

Maybe this is Reply feature IS The Stimulus Package!

LOL. I forget who it was a bit back…
They responded to some hamhanded comment of mine referencing another comment by number…

It was like:

Jeesus, BHHM! Don’t reference the number of the comment!
They tend to move around!

Something to that effect, with a gentle reminder I am not always, uh,
coherent would have been the right word –
though they were gracious enough to put it a bit differently.
LOL. Ah, well.Damn Fool! is applicable -among other things- at least half the time…

Intermittent Bystander - 1 March 2009

LOL, that was me.

Testing nesting . . . Damn Cool! is applicable now!

BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

# 18 or 19 or …IB LOL

Oh, nothing. LOL. Just reminiscing.

14. BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

{ eyebrows raised…}

Fairleft’s piece up at FSZnoting Haaretz

Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid
By Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has relayed messages to Israel in the past week expressing anger at obstacles Israel is placing to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip….

Some more blah blah blah Washington scolding, allowing Israel, of course, to reframe the issue….Cont’d, from Haaretz-

In response, Israel explained that the delay stems, in part, from the uncertainty regarding the fate of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, but also stressed that efforts are being made to improve the situation.

GMAB. Open the Borders in Egypt or quit the blockade on the Med into Gaza and let food ,Medical Supplies and personell in there now for civilians. “Kidnapped” soldier vs. critical assistance to 100’s of thousands of civilians. Unbelievable..On and on with these people.

Hey, kudos to Fairleft for putting it up.
cometman had the salient point in the thread though…

I suspect that this (0.00 / 0)
may turn out much like her words in China. Human rights are nice and all, but if enforcing the standards will hurt our economy,just go ahead and do whatever you want and we’ll look the other way.

[ I’ll ] believe she’s serious when even a nickel of the billions we give to Israel stops flowing.

by: cometman @ Fri Feb 27, 2009 at 15:12:00 PM CST

One more blip from the Haaretz piece.

Sources at the defense establishment confirmed last night that pressure is increasing on Israel to reopen the crossings to larger volumes of aid for the Gaza Strip. Defense sources said that Israel will find it increasingly difficult to counter the pressure, and may agree to more extensive use of the crossings for aid. Currently, fewer than 200 trucks carrying aid are allowed through daily. The U.S., the EU and the UN are demanding that at least 500 trucks carrying aid be allowed into the Strip daily.

Defense sources said that Israel will find it increasingly difficult to counter the pressure, and may agree to more extensive use of the crossings for aid.

Yeh, well , we’ve been here time and again…
and [Israel] may agree to more extensive use of the crossings for aid.

What a sick joke:
Israel will find it increasingly difficult to counter the pressure
Fanciful thinking. They’re ZEALOTS.

They have this asinine meme going around in the press about Bebe’s “woes” that he was “rejected” by “CENTRIST” Tzipi Livzni. Gad.
The Israeli PTB have her waiting in the wings, rehabilitating the blond jackal for the their ruse of “restraint” …
They’ll trot her out as they need to from “the opposition”.
Opposed to what, though? Civilian targetting?

It’s a bunch of the same, tired, Right Wing Jewish Jawboning.
92% percent of Jews in Israel supported that massacre in Gaza.
80% here.

Worldwide, the number would reflect @ 15% of Jews worldwide opposed IDF action in Gaza.

15% opposed.

Following Bush’s State of the Union in January 2003, With the mofo asserting they had WMD-

At the HEIGHT of our War fever here towards Iraq, February 2003,
after Powell’s went to the UN on February 5, 2003

N.B. :: The Saddam was Behind 9/11 believing US 9/11

27% were opposed to Iraq AFTER Powell’s speech.
And the number at least moved. Just Sayin.
You have to be really crazy ass to out kook USA!USA!

Which leads, eventually, to the crossroads.
Support in the US will decline for RW Israel over time.
Their reputation in Europe has dropped off a cliff.
And they know it.

Why anyone thinks they are not engaged in Financial Warfare is beyond me. Especially given the crucial leverage, the marginal utility of conventional warfare, and their size. It is going on, whether it smacks of stereotypes or not, and enabled given the unseemly nature of calling them on it…

15. BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

LOL. Reading the feedback at wordpress..

This guy’s Happy!Happy!Happy! -and just a litttttle bit anal.
LOL. His bolding, not mine-

😆 OMG! I am loving it guys! 😆

You won’t believe it was so much skin off my nose when they replied to my comments by editing it and leaving the replies just below my replies (so that it looked orderly)! That meant that I was not getting the email notification of the replies by the blog author (though I was getting other comments in my mailbox)! I had even suggested some of my WP friends not to do this.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Amusement park offers surveillance footage of you as a souvenir

Ehrich sez, “Alton Towers, the UK theme park and gardens (where, fun fact, my father was stationed during WWII), has an exciting offering for the whole family. They’re offering to track you via RFID and sell you (what I’m assuming is) CCTV footage of your day at the park, both on and off rides. They do say ‘We delete any unclaimed footage at the end of your visit so, if you don’t buy your personalised DVD before you leave, the moment will be gone forever.’

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Rick Santelli’s Planted Rant ?

But his rant somehow felt wrong. After we’ve pissed through over $7 trillion dollars in Federal bailouts to banks, brokers, automakers, insurers, etc., this was a pittance, the least offensive of all the vast sums of wasted money spent on “losers” to use Santelli’s phrase. It seemed like a whole lot of noise over “just” $75 billion, or 1% of the rest of the total ne’er-do-well bailout monies.

It turns out that there may be more to the story then originally met the eye, according to (yes, really) Playboy magazine.


“How did a minor-league TV figure, whose contract with CNBC is due this summer, get so quickly launched into a nationwide rightwing blog sensation? Why were there so many sites and organizations online and live within minutes or hours after his rant, leading to a nationwide protest just a week after his rant?

What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine, from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called “astroturfing”) to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders. As veteran Russia reporters, both of us spent years watching the Kremlin use fake grassroots movements to influence and control the political landscape. To us, the uncanny speed and direction the movement took and the players involved in promoting it had a strangely forced quality to it. If it seemed scripted, that’s because it was.

What we discovered is that Santelli’s “rant” was not at all spontaneous as his alleged fans claim, but rather it was a carefully-planned trigger for the anti-Obama campaign. In PR terms, his February 19th call for a “Chicago Tea Party” was the launch event of a carefully organized and sophisticated PR campaign, one in which Santelli served as a frontman, using the CNBC airwaves for publicity, for the some of the craziest and sleaziest rightwing oligarch clans this country has ever produced. Namely, the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society.”

What is Playboy’s evidence of this?

“Within hours of Santelli’s rant, a website called ChicagoTeaParty.com sprang to life. Essentially inactive until that day, it now featured a YouTube video of Santelli’s “tea party” rant and billed itself as the official home of the Chicago Tea Party. The domain was registered in August, 2008 by Zack Christenson, a dweeby Twitter Republican and producer for a popular Chicago rightwing radio host Milt Rosenberg—a familiar name to Obama campaign people. Last August, Rosenberg, who looks like Martin Short’s Irving Cohen character, caused an outcry when he interviewed Stanley Kurtz, the conservative writer who first “exposed” a personal link between Obama and former Weather Undergound leader Bill Ayers. As a result of Rosenberg’s radio interview, the Ayers story was given a major push through the Republican media echo chamber, culminating in Sarah Palin’s accusation that Obama was “palling around with terrorists.” That Rosenberg’s producer owns the “chicagoteaparty.com” site is already weird—but what’s even stranger is that he first bought the domain last August, right around the time of Rosenburg’s launch of the “Obama is a terrorist” campaign. It’s as if they held this “Chicago tea party” campaign in reserve, like a sleeper-site. Which is exactly what it was.

This looks like more than a coincidence. This is now a very serious charge.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

This was very interesting:

Bye, Tech: Dealing With Data Rot

At a computer museum, you can’t miss the point that, sooner or later, every recording format eventually gets left in the dust.

In fact, these days, new formats are coming faster and faster, and each one expires faster than what came before it.

“There’s a consensus that as the ability to store more and more data [increases], the data itself has become less and less reliable,” said Don Mennerich, an archivist at the New York Public Library.

He’s been working on preserving some historic 1968 audio interviews with rock stars: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Phil Everly.

In 1996 the library tried to rescue those 30-year-old recordings by transferring them to fresh, brand-new tapes. But Mannerich says now, less than 12 years later, “those tapes are already significantly degraded.

“The tape actually, physically will shed against the head of the tape player, until it’s unplayable.”

“The original tapes are holding up better than the 1996 transfer?” Pogue asked.


NYCO - 1 March 2009

I don’t understand why they would transfer them to TAPES again, though. Why not just digitize them?

That said, the constantly evolving digital formats are a huge problem. Which is why I never believed that electronic storage would produce the new Library of Alexandria. They’re inherently more complex storage systems than ink and paper. (I have tons of old 5.25″ floppy disks that can’t be read by anything commonly available now; fortunately they have nothing important on them.)

In my view, if you really want to preserve information or creative work for hundreds of years, you need to think about having it printed.

And not with cheaply available technology either. About ten years ago, I bought a photographic print. I never buy photos, seeing them as a luxury (who can really afford $90 for a fine art print? not me). However I was so taken by this photo that I really wanted to frame it and have it for all time, so I paid $90 for this print and was disappointed to get an “archival qualty” ink-jet print (I had not realized the photo had been taken by digital camera, which was still not that common among art photographers in those days). I noted my concerns to the photographer, who assured me that the print was of highest quality with the latest and most expensive paper/ink/process and would never fade.

I didn’t believe this and so I kept the photo sealed and covered and in the dark and pretty much forgot about it until a few years later when I unpacked it. It was badly faded, and parts were discolored. So, this guy was completely talking out of his ass — no doubt really believing it himself about the archival quality of his inks from Kodak or whatever, because the technology was so new. So, never again will I buy a photo print unless it’s from a darkroom.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

So why does Obama cut the middleman out for student loans, but not for health care?

Friday’s Washington Post explained it beautifully, pointing out that by directly giving the student loans to students and cutting out the greedy middlemen … Obama saves the taxpayers $47.5 billion over the next ten years and, at the same time, helps far more students– two factors that aren’t exactly McKeon goals. Since the government assumes all the default risk, there is no reason at all to involve the finance companies.

So, why not cut out the “greedy middlemen” in the health insurance industry too?

Just as the student loan companies were collecting “rents,” so are the insurance companies. It’s all about the fees, baby!

So why not get rid of them, for exactly the same reasons? Well, except for saving a hell of a lot more money, and thousands of lives. There is that.

20. marisacat - 1 March 2009

I see thre is a lot of hoopla around today abut how great Obby’s pull out plan is for Iraq. How real it is…

One born every minute.

SMBIVA takes a bomb laden drone to that bit of idiotic believerism….

I happened to be re-reading Chalmers Johnson’s wonderful book, The Sorrows Of Empire, and I came across this observation, by fresh-faced arch-reactionary Niall Ferguson:

”From 1882 until 1922, the British promised the international community 66 times that they would leave Egypt, but they never did.”

21. NYCO - 1 March 2009

If any of you have got an hour and 20 minutes to spare, check out the free online showing of the animated film Sita Sings the Blues. Very amusing. It’s really too bad this couldn’t have gotten a distributor.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Beating caught on police video

The video shows Schene and Brunner as they escorted the girl into the holding cell. Schene had asked her to remove her basketball shoes, and, as she slipped out of her left shoe, she appeared to kick it at Schene.

Schene then lunged through the door and kicked her, striking either her stomach or upper thigh area, court documents say. He pushed her against a corner wall before flinging her to the floor by her hair. He then squatted down on her and made “two overhead strikes,” although it’s unclear where the blows landed.

The detective who reviewed the video said it appeared Schene and Brunner had the girl under control when Schene struck her. Schene, who is 6 feet 2 and weighs 195 pounds, did not explain his action to investigators, court documents say.

He and the girl exchanged words. Brunner said she was “real lippy” after being informed she was under arrest and called them “fat pigs.”

The Sheriff’s Office policy manual says deputies should use physical or deadly force only when “necessary to effect an arrest, to defend themselves or others from violence, or to otherwise accomplish police duties according to law.”

Schene could face up to a year in jail if convicted. He has been on administrative leave since early December.

The girl said that she couldn’t breathe after the incident, prompting the deputies to call paramedics.

Paramedics decided that she didn’t require hospitalization. Felony charges require proof of serious injury.

“If the matter were to go to trial, he could face additional charges,” said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff in the Prosecutor’s Office.

In his own report from the incident, Schene wrote that the shoe hit him in the right shin, “causing injury and pain.” He wrote that he “placed” her into handcuffs and that she needed medical attention for a “panic attack.”

He said a “blood filled pocket” formed on his shin, requiring treatment at Auburn General Hospital, according to his report. The video, however, appears to show his shin strike a metal toilet as he pushes the girl against the wall.

The girl told investigators that she didn’t intend for the shoe to hit him, court documents say.

Schene had previously been in the news in 2006 after he fatally shot Pedro Jo, a mentally ill man, during a struggle after a traffic stop on Interstate 5. It was the second officer-involved shooting of his career.

Not mentioned in that synopsis, but clear in the video, was the thug cop picking her up by her hair once they had “subdued” her.

23. marisacat - 1 March 2009

He and the girl exchanged words. Brunner said she was “real lippy” after being informed she was under arrest and called them “fat pigs.”

Over and over cops are so vewy fwagile.

No other answer. I used say, decades ago, they should be forced to wear ‘ballet tulle pink’. Maybe caps adorned with cabbage roses.

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Their sticks and stones will break your bones but your words will always hurt them.

24. marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm I’d add pale pink iridescent nail polish to the “cop attire”. Maybe with sparkles, rather than merely iridescent.

25. BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

Some clips from Spiegel’s series

It gives a quick rundown on what’s setting in ….”helplessness”.

Cabinets in London, Moscow, Beijing and Paris have been overcome by a sense of helplessness. Self-confessed workaholic Gordon Brown is trying to cope with calamity by taking constant countermeasures, while Putin sends his police officers into the street and Beijing distributes gifts to the poorest of the poor. French President Sarkozy, on the other hand, remained silent for a full seven days after the first major, large-scale demonstration.

The section on China and Russia are whoppers… Consider China…and the implications contained within the next few grafs …

In China, workers returned from festivities marking the spring festival to hear shocking news from their own government. Beijing announced that about 20 million migrant workers — more than the combined populations of Denmark, Sweden and Norway — would likely become unemployed in the coming months. The fast pace of economic growth that has lent legitimacy to the Communist Party’s hold on power until now has slowed considerably. According to a government spokesman, 2009 will be the “most difficult” year since the turn of the millennium.

Ironically, in the year in which the Chinese Communist Party plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its rule with a great deal of pomp, the country, for the first time in a long while, will not be able to boast impressive economic statistics. The economy grew by only 6.8 percent in the last quarter. To keep high-school and university graduates employed, China must increase its manufacturing production or the services it provides by about 8 percent annually.

From that last sentence, if China’s emerging Technical, Engineering and Professional Class goes begging, putting further competitive pressures in the global jobs market, what is that likely to do to FatDumb&Happyville USA?

Time is almost standing still. Like watching smoldering skyscrapers.
We know something terrible is happening that cannot be stopped.
But we had words of wisdom offered to us, which we, as a society , ignored, even knowing they were lies. This is not to begrudge any country the desire to develop, but our rulers struck a bargain for wealth. All sides happily agreeing to ignore the long term consequences, be they economic or environmental unsustainability, in what were visibly exploitative, bilateral transactions.

Again, I am reminded of Pinter’s Nobel Acceptance
his Art Truth and Politics.

In 1958 I wrote the following:

‘There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.’

I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?

Pinter reviewed the body of his life’s work as playwright when accepting the Nobel, using the platform and the construct of a “review” to indict US despotism, the lies so relentlessly told, so readily consumed…

While largely a criticism of our War in Iraq, Torture and the Rise of the Police State, Pinter turned to his piece Ashes to Ashes, positing it as metaphor for our times:

Ashes to Ashes, on the other hand, seems to me to be taking place under water. A drowning woman, her hand reaching up through the waves, dropping down out of sight, reaching for others, but finding nobody there, either above or under the water, finding only shadows, reflections, floating; the woman a lost figure in a drowning landscape, a woman unable to escape the doom that seemed to belong only to others.

But as they died, she must die too.

Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

And The result of Feeding on Lies?
Back to the Spiegel piece for a quick bit-

The party is especially concerned about migrant workers, who are losing their jobs at a breathtaking rate. [ 20 million UNEMPLOYED] There is hardly any one left in their native villages for farming. The tenseness of the situation is palpable in China’s so-called “job markets,” such as the one in Canton’s Huadu district. Last week, on a side street wedged between factories, shops and apartment buildings, hundreds of men and women jostled up to tables at several leather factories that make bags for the domestic, Russian and American markets. Jobs were available — for a 10-hour day and without employment contracts.

Nevertheless, the mood in Canton still seems relaxed. And yet no one can predict how long the public’s confidence will last. Those who, despite all efforts, can no longer afford the tuition to send their children to school or their parents to the doctor may eventually lose patience with the authorities. In recent weeks, several protests in front of factory gates have turned violent, with police vehicles going up in flames and workers ransacking party offices.

My takeaway from the Spiegel article – among other indications – is that prospects are dim for concerted efforts. The piece presents a similarly grim analysis WRT Russia. Two Regimes whose overwhelming concerns are, as is to be expected in breakdown, their need to save themselves. They will turn inward preferring the possibility of drowning alone to the probability of drowning with us… In such a crisis, and Reflecting on Pinter’s words, why SHOULD anyone work with us when we continue to deceive? And reward those who do? The Chinese and Russian Leadership, other countries as well- they may very well continue to deceive their own people, but they are unlikely to buy our line. They simply can not afford to deceive themselves in that regard. We’re not good for the money.
And Obama—> is. not. in. charge.

Yet We revel in deception. Are delighted by Brinkmanship. Love our Thug State Allies and trading partners who do the same. We held on to our naked lies, considered them “fair gamesmanship”. Then, it devoured “the game”. Leaving neither advantage, or, it seems a gameleft to WIN.

I’ve been using a phrase, that we’ve traveled well beyond the “credibility horizon.” IMO, We’ve ruined the basis of International “Relations” at its minimally operative level, : the simplest shred of candor and credibility. Trust has evaporated. The Gangsterism remains.

But Ob will save all domestically!- And Abroad! –while extending our time commitment and residual forces in Iraq – He’ll rebuild our Alliances !- while backpedalling on Torture– while continuing war where the Soviet Empire collapsed- he’ll halve the deficit by 2012…. on tax rates for the rich as comfy as the Clinton Era .

What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies,
upon which we feed.

– Harold Pinter 1930-2008
Activist for Peace and Social Justice, Nobel Laureate Playwright

marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm Orszag reiterated that “halve the deficit” by 2012 (think he might have said 2013) again this am.

Good Luck, here’s a dime, don’t call home. Call someone ELSE.

BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

I should clarify on China and Russia “turning inward” I don’t mean that they will entirely solate themselves, clearly they will not, certainly not from more fruitful relations with countries other than the US. But gone are the days of engagement. And trading the dollar value of Russian Oil or Chinese Labor for US I.O.U’s

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009
BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

You wanna be men?! YOU go down there and fight!

Mr. Full Body Armor and K Pot talkin to the guys in felt Berets.

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009
28. marisacat - 1 March 2009

Israel’s death squads: A soldier’s story

A former member of an Israeli assassination squad has broken his silence for the first time. He spoke to Donald Macintyre

Sunday, 1 March 2009

The Israeli military’s policy of targeted killings has been described from the inside for the first time. In an interview with The Independent on Sunday, and in his testimony to an ex-soldiers’ organisation, Breaking the Silence, a former member of an assassination squad has told of his role in a botched ambush that killed two Palestinian bystanders, as well as the two militants targeted.

The operation, which took place a little over eight years ago, at the start of the present intifada, or uprising, left the former sharpshooter with psychological scars. To this day he has not told his parents of his participation in what he called “the first face-to-face assassination of the intifada”.

Since before he even left his home in Rafah that morning, Shin Bet – the Israeli intelligence service – had been monitoring Razeq’s every move with uncanny accuracy, thanks to a running commentary from the mobile phones of two Palestinian collaborators, including one of his own uncles. The man who was to kill him says he was “amazed” at the detail relayed to the unit commander from Shin Bet: “How much coffee he had in his glass, when he was leaving. They knew he had a driver [and] … they said they had weapons in the trunk, not in the car. For 20 minutes we knew it was going to be a simple arrest because they had no weapons in the car.”

But then, he says, the orders suddenly changed. “They said he had one minute to arrive, and then we got an order that it was going to be an assassination after all.” He thinks it came from a war room set up for the operation and his impression was that “all the big chiefs were there”, including a brigadier general. …

29. marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm Tom Dispatch on the “covert” war, in, on and against Pakistan.

[O]n the other hand, consider for a moment the names of those drones now regularly in the skies over “Pashtunistan.” These are no less regularly published in our press to no comment at all. The most basic of the armed drones goes by the name of Predator, a moniker which might as well have come directly from those nightmarish sci-fi movies about an alien that feasts on humans. Undoubtedly, however, it was used in the way Col. Michael Steele of the 101st Airborne Division meant it when he exhorted his brigade deploying to Iraq (according to Thomas E. Ricks’ new book The Gamble) to remember: “You’re the predator.”

The Predator drone is armed with “only” two missiles. The more advanced drone, originally called the Predator B, now being deployed to the skies over Af-Pak, has been dubbed the Reaper — as in the Grim Reaper. Now, there’s only one thing such a “hunter-killer UAV” could be reaping, and you know just what that is: lives. It can be armed with up to 14 missiles (or four missiles and two 500-pound bombs), which means it packs quite a deadly wallop. …

In Washington, when the Af-Pak War is discussed, it’s in the bloodless, bureaucratic language of “global counterinsurgency” or “irregular warfare” (IW), of “soft power,” “hard power,” and “smart power.” But flying over the Pashtun wildlands is the blunt-edged face of predation and death, ready at a moment’s notice to deliver hellfire to those below. …

Long may she wave.

Caught a report this morning of our latest bombing run agasint Pakistan. It was reported as having killed “al Qaeda”.

As if anyone knows much of anything.

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Actually, the Predator in those movies did worse than hunt and “feast” on humans … it actually hunted them and took their skulls and/or spines as trophies, discarding the rest with little care, like a big game hunter from our species. All that mattered was the trophy.

Which actually makes the confluence btwn character and weapon more apropo.

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009
31. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009
CSTAR - 1 March 2009


It is mildly reassuring that crackpots such as Jenkins and LaHaye have always been around.

32. marisacat - 1 March 2009

hmm. Let us know when it is too small to worry about.

Source: AIG to get up to $30B more in Fed aid

By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS – 1 hour ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Struggling insurer American International Group Inc. will receive up to $30 billion in additional federal assistance in the fourth government rescue of the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The new infusion is intended to prop up AIG — once the world’s largest insurer — as it is expected to announce $60 billion in quarterly losses early Monday, the source said on the condition of anonymity because the discussions are still ongoing.

The company, which is considered too large to fail, previously received about $150 billion in loans from the government, which now has an 80 percent stake in the company….

In exchange for the latest infusion, the Federal Reserve would take stakes in two international units, the source said.

Instead of paying back $38 billion in cash with interest that it has used from a Federal Reserve credit line, AIG now will repay that amount with equity stakes Asia-based American International Assurance Co. and American Life Insurance Co., which operates in 50 countries. …

Drop us a line when what we own fails:

Shares of AIG closed at 42 cents on Friday. The stock, which traded at $49.50 a year ago, has lost nearly all of its value since the market meltdown began in September.

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 March 2009

Asian Markets Slump in Monday Trading

HONG KONG — Asian stock markets slumped Monday morning amid resurgent concern – fueled by poor growth data in the United States – that a recovery in the global economy and renewed demand for exports are unlikely to materialize until next year.

The Nikkei 225, Japan’s benchmark index, and the Kospi index in South Korea were both down more than 3 percent, while the key indexes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia all sagged more than 2.5 percent.

Stocks of banks including Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho Financial Group dropped more than 4 percent in Tokyo after the U.S. government moved to take a large stake in ailing banking giant Citigroup, which fanned fears about the health of the wider banking system.

And in Hong Kong, trading in HSBC was suspended amid reports that the British bank will announce on Monday that it is tapping investors for about £12 billion, or about $17 billion.

“It’s pretty despondent everywhere,” said Dwyfor Evans, a strategist at State Street Global Markets in Hong Kong. “There are signs that some of the leading indicators have stabilized to some extent, but it’s at a very, very low level, and we’re not seeing corporate investment picking up, or consumers starting to spend again – in other words, the traditional mechanisms by which economies come out of a recession are absent at this time.”

marisacat - 1 March 2009


I read a line… hmm think it was at the schnauzers…. late Friday.. that, going at this rate, we have 88 days left of DJI surrender. ‘Til there is none left to give.

I did laugh, it was hilarious. I mean, where is the global love for Obama? The love and the trust? The believerism?

BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2009

The (no)money shot:

after the U.S. government moved to take a large stake in ailing banking giant Citigroup, which fanned fears about the health of the wider banking system.

Call the fucking case. Chart time of death.
Let us view the body.

Instead, as looting staff are hauling off every thing from crash carts to drapes, the bloodied, clearly impaired “surgeons” are coming into view. As is the corpse.

They’ll do anything but call the case and face their fate.
They’re going to the sternal punch as family arrives.
It will end with hideous pummeling.

34. marisacat - 1 March 2009

BTW, to anyone who found the site interesting, The Hoover Hog (“Recreational Thoughtcrime for Restive Shut-ins”) has some new posts up, think 4 over the past month…

35. BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2009

The lede off the NYT-

Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government


Factories and services are faltering, the currency is wilting and a government default seems possible, posing a real threat to other European economies.

46 million people. A Run on their Banks now.
So much for the Orange Revolution that embraced Disaster Capitalism.
They’re going to bring down their Government.

CIA (goog cache) says 3/4 of its oil and gas is imported. Mostly from Puti-Poot. Their #! Trading Partner. But Puti Poot needs their now
Deadbeat in Debt to the West Ass to pay the gas bill rather than loanshark terms to US/EU Banks. LOL. Perhaps it’s of use to our regular lurkers in Gstaad….

It leads, though, to the next logical move,
the development of a new, Russian-led consortium.
My, how things are moving along briskly ….

And here, truly – an A+ for the Russians for diplomacy,
as the obvious “STFU, We Want Our Fuckin Money ” begins.

Russia advocates creation of financial pool
to help Ukraine pay for gas imports

Russia sees expediency of creation of a group of creditors, which could allocate funding for Ukraine to make payments for imports of Russian natural gas if Ukraine lacks own funding for these payments.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave the position of his country in an interview with Spanish journalists in Moscow.

In the opinion of the Russian president, the move would guarantee the fulfillment of liabilities by the sides and would secure European consumers against worsening of the gas cooperation.

“Not so long ago, my colleague Mr. Barroso came to us with a large number of European commissioners. I told him a simple thing: if we want to secure all, including European consumers, and see a normal level of our cooperation on the whole and guarantee it, let us help Ukrainians,” Medvedev said.

He said Russia was prepared to participate in the creation of the financial pool.

…prepared to participate in the creation of the financial pool.
LOL. Well said. What they’re “prepared” to do is clamp off Russian payments to shyster American, EU, and Israeli creditors, and cut Europe off of Oil and Gas.

And The Russians are not alone in the getting fucked by Ukraine’s payments servicing insurmontable Western debt.

Ukraines second biggest trading partner [@25%] is Turkey, across the Black Sea, THE transhipper for Iranian oil and gas
to Ukraine , far less than the Russians, buuuut….

via sea born routes and the Balkan Peninsula,
to EVERYBODY ELSE from imploding Greece to the heart of Europe.

So we have critical Russian and Iranian energy trade to Europe coming into Europe thru Ukraine in the North, and via Turkey in the South.

And there has been significant, and escalating unrest in Turkey.
Outrage over Gaza, outrage over their last presidential election, unrest with the Kurds. To the point of
Nationalist RW death squad blowback against their NATO loving PTB.
Consequently, US/NATO interests will see less reliability coming from Turkey.

So Russia , with leverage from Iran, and leveraging Turkey’s domestic instability and their key role in transit of Iranian Oil and LNG to Europe…. They are going to balk on terms dictated bluffed up by either the US or Ameri-friendly Central Bankers in Europe.

Oh, and uh, they’re all buds with Venezuala.
and get along well enough with Beiijing.
It’s a friend of friends kinda thang.
All who are – a bit of the peeved at us, shall we say…

The idea that Obama is going to orchestrate this in some type of Americentric fashion is laughable. We haven’t yet seen the realignments emerge, but surely they will, and there will be just about dick that the US can do about it.

36. marisacat - 2 March 2009


Full text from the Ambinder Atlantic site:

Scandal be damned: Roland Burris is running for re-election in 2010. Burris has launched a website and a campaign committee dedicated to retaining his seat in the United States Senate, which many have called for him to relinquish after the revelations that he attempted to raise funds for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich before he was appointed, and later that his son received a state job from Blagojevich.

Scandal didn’t stop Burris from traveling to Washington to claim his seat in the first place, and, for now, it looks like it won’t stop him the second time around, either. Make no mistake: SupportBurris.com is open for business.

37. marisacat - 2 March 2009

Everybody clap for the Dow Jones. Clap clap clap. Surely it can get itself up off the under 7000 floor….

CSTAR - 2 March 2009

Well it least it can’t get below 0.

marisacat - 2 March 2009


Keep an eye on the DJ… that it does not get into some testosterone battle with the weather thermometer!

Who can dive farther?!?

38. marisacat - 2 March 2009

FWIW… as of 3:38 PM ET 6,779

Market Watch

CSTAR - 2 March 2009

The best financial advice available: When the stock price gets to 0.. BUY!!!!

39. marisacat - 2 March 2009

gnu thred…


………. 🙄 ………….

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