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Hiding in place… 5 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Lappet moth (Gastropacha quercifolia). The lappet’s Latin name refers to its resemblance to a cluster of dried oak leaves when resting Photograph: /NTPL

“Hiding in place”.. sounds like a good talent to practice…

The Orting shootings got the least attention, in a manner of speaking,  and a sad little story it is.

[A] neighbor, Ryan Peden, 16, said he had exchanged text messages with Maxine Harrison up until about 11 p.m. Friday.

In the last text message he received from Maxine, Ryan said, “Maxine told me, ‘I’m tired of crying. I’m going to bed. I’ll talk to you in the morning.’ ”

Ryan said he knew Maxine from talking with her at a school bus stop. He said they were not particularly close but had been in contact more frequently recently. He said that she was a good student but that neither she nor the other children appeared to have been involved with many activities beyond school.  …



1. marisacat - 5 April 2009

Madman posted this at the end of the last thread.. so moving forward:

Strong earthquake hits central Italy

ROME (Reuters) – An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked central Italy on Monday and was felt in the capital Rome, but there was no immediate word of casualties or damage.

marisacat - 5 April 2009

NYT has an update…

At Least 6 Dead as Buildings Fall in Quake in Italy


Published: April 6, 2009

ROME — At least six people, four of them children, died and others were injured when an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 shook central Italy early Monday morning, seriously damaging buildings in the mountainous Abruzzo Region east of Rome, officials told Italian news media.

The epicenter was in L’Aquila, a picturesque Medieval fortress hill town, where a number of people were trapped under rubble, officials said.

The situation is “extremely critical, as many buildings have collapsed,” Luca Spoletini, a spokesman for Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, told the ANSA news agency.

Two people died in Fossa, a town near L’Aquila, Italy’s SKY 24 television channel reported.

Four children died after being taken to a hospital after their house collapsed, ANSA reported. …

2. marisacat - 5 April 2009

Not to belabor the point… but after having a home computer for a fw years… 15 or so you would think I would have gotten down to brass tacks and learned a few things. No… everytime i have problems it is like being a big fog tunnel.

After trying various tweaks and cleanings and defragings and so on, wondering if I had to wipe the hard drive and get out the discs again…I remembered that the Fire Fox cache is separate. A few seconds to clean it.. and poof. Problems gone.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 April 2009


marisacat - 5 April 2009

🙄 …well it has been instructed: it cannot die. Not this year…

3. marisacat - 5 April 2009

hmm I have no idea what Kos/Koswhacks are saying about the Pitssburgh killings… but the righties are all buzzing about it.

A link at Instapundit led to this, which had an interesting graph of Kos traffic. To the extent Site meter matters… I would have no idea.

4. catnip - 5 April 2009

Oh how it must suck to be an Obamamite…

Holder wants MORE Federal Marijuana Possession Prosecutions

marisacat - 5 April 2009

LOL they’ll end up grudgingly supporting it… “well I voted for Obama and I am not happy about this, but maybe in his second administration… ” etc. Unto the grave.

marisacat - 5 April 2009

BTW, I was looking at an interactive map of unemployment numbers and saw that OR is higher than CA… I think OR CA NV and CO (and anyone who wants to join us) should just call ourselves The Drug States and get on with it.

From what I read, NV goes back and forth whether to ignore growing at small levels or not, what to legalize how to write the laws… CO has Medical MJ laws as well (or districts do) and I cannot imagine that OR would be against it with that high unemployment.. think it was 10.8 or higher.

Go for it. Make them come arrest us.

ms_xeno - 6 April 2009

All we need is Monsanto. Switch off the bit that makes pot an appetite stimulant. Switch on the one that makes it an appetite suppressant, call in Oprah’s diet-loving minions and go go go !!

marisacat - 6 April 2009

Speaking of which I am inundated with “Dr Oz and Oprah recommend” in box spam, could only help to get it to be a appetit suppressant…

what a hoot!

ms_xeno - 6 April 2009

I wonder if Grace Slick will come out of semi-retirement to help pitch the new “magic herb.”

One puff made you bigger
But this other puff will make you smallll…


Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

what a fucking waste of money and resources.

5. marisacat - 5 April 2009

Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign

Press release, The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, 5 April 2009

Motorola has sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military, according to the Israeli financial newspaper Globes. The sale rids Motorola of some activities that had made it the target of a growing boycott in the US and worldwide. No explanation was offered in the media reports for the sale by Motorola Israel — a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola — of its unit called Government Electronics Department (GED) to the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd.

The sale came just days after a 30 March protest in Brooklyn by The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) kicking off a city-wide campaign to boycott Motorola over its support for Israeli apartheid. Ryvka Bar Zohar from NYCBI commented, “We are heartened that Motorola has eliminated at least its production of bomb fuses for bombs that Israel dropped on the Palestinian and Lebanese people. But we will continue our campaign to boycott Motorola until it is clear that it has eliminated production and sale of all products used to support Israeli apartheid.”

Motorola Israel produced fuses used in cluster, “bunker-buster,” and other bombs. Cluster bombs are specifically condemned by an international consensus of human rights organizations, and banned by many countries. The US government has voiced concern over the use of these bombs and recently took steps towards a complete ban on their use. Human Rights Watch researchers reported that they found Motorola parts at the site of the bombing that began Israel’s latest assault on Gaza that killed around 1,400 Palestinians, more than 400 of whom were children.

catnip - 6 April 2009

Good to know. I read about that boycott call last week and I was wondering if I should get rid of my Motorola cell phone.

6. marisacat - 5 April 2009

Independent has an update on teh planned Sharia laws in Afganistan.

As Afghanistan’s president grappled with some serious damage limitation yesterday over an incoming law that legalises rape, a student jailed for trying to improve women’s rights issued a defiant message of hope: that one day both sexes might be equal in his country.

Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, who was accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death for questioning Islam’s treatment of women, said he dreams of an Afghanistan where women are free to live as “human beings”.

“I want an Afghanistan where the mothers of this country and the daughters of this country have the same rights that you and I have as men,” he said in an interview inside the Walayat prison where he has languished since June. “They should have the right to education. They should have the right to work in any organisation they want, and they should have the right to live as human beings in this society.”

They are kind to Ob… leaving out (but quoting NATO ministers with stronger statements and threats to withdraw troops they wish weren’t there anyway…) that he has said it is “abhorrent” but it “will not deter the mission”.

Wonder what the fuck the mission is but to enhance and enrich the MIC and related parties.

7. marisacat - 6 April 2009

hmm The newly minted Catholic says to “attack NKorea with electromagnetic pulse”.

That would be Gingrich.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

what a clown. Maybe there is some tech that I’m not aware of, but as far as I know the only way to get a strong EM pulse is to detonate a large nuclear device (despite some of the stories floating around about “pulse grenades” etc).

catnip - 6 April 2009

Oh. I thought maybe his Popeyness suggested N Korea should be massaged to death.


Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

only the little boys

8. catnip - 6 April 2009
marisacat - 6 April 2009

Maybe NYCO or IB or Lucid can tell what happened… I saw things in the press, PR and related, that told me a good while ago he was in trouble… but I don’t know what really did it…

NYCO - 6 April 2009

Only IMHO, he pissed off too many people with the Kennedy thing, and then pushed a lot of irritating little taxes and fees in response to the economic crisis.

That’s all it is, really. But I guess that’s all it takes. I guess he didn’t really stand a chance in an economic collapse, being a blind black man and all. He wasn’t about to get much respect anyway.

Already planning my falling-dinosaur avoidance strategy for Clash of the Idiots 2010. In fact I’m considering taking 2010 *off* from blogging, depending on how silly everyone gets. Then I can come back fresh for the next act.

catnip - 6 April 2009

In fact I’m considering taking 2010 *off* from blogging, depending on how silly everyone gets. Then I can come back fresh for the next act.


That’s how I feel right now about so-called global politics. The thing is, the old batch of idiots is just replaced by a new batch. Plus ca change and all that…

NYCO - 6 April 2009

The way I figger it… during the 2010 New York elections, everyone’s going to be wrong anyway. And not just wrong… but obsessively, masochistically wedded to wrongness (in the form of this or that candidate). I want to come in and bat cleanup.

catnip - 6 April 2009

lol…good luck with that!

9. catnip - 6 April 2009

It must be a so-called progressive thing. The other day I linked to kos calling “American” a language and now this: Obama thinks Austrian is a language.

10. NYCO - 6 April 2009


Debt Bomb Is Ticking Loudly on Campuses

Colleges borrowed tens of billions of dollars over the past decade to improve facilities, in some cases stretching themselves to the limit and beyond. Now the financial crisis threatens to turn that debt into a ticking bomb. The complex problem arises from a simple scenario: The debt load for many colleges has gone up, but the value of their assets has plunged. On top of that, some of the debt that they structured to protect themselves from rising interest rates has now become a financial liability…

Few institutions facing covenant problems or other debt pressures are willing to go public with their dilemmas. Leaders of higher-education associations who say they are aware of member institutions’ scrambling to cut costs or land a big gift to avoid violating a bond covenant are reluctant to name names…

Just how many colleges have stretched too far is hard to assess. But [those] who study college debt say that the willingness of college leaders to assume higher-than-recommended levels of debt over the years may now come back to haunt some.

Evidence of that willingness can be found in a database linked to an online tool that the Council of Independent Colleges and others use to help institutions calculate their financial health. Participants include many institutions that lack the wherewithal to get a credit rating. It is not open to public view.

The tool uses several calculations, including one that measures assets relative to long-term debt. According to people who work with the tool, only 43 percent of the 585 colleges in the database carrying long-term debt are at or above a level considered healthy.

Not surprising, considering the higher education industry (along with the health care industry) teeters precariously in the middle layers of the whole global Ponzi scheme.

ms_xeno - 6 April 2009

Well, I saw that [i]Maxed Out[/i] docu a few months ago, where college students were literally killing themselves to get out of debt. Maybe a few deans should take one for the team. Y’know, just to balance things out.

There was quite the entertainment on PDX Indy a year or two back, when PSU’s regents quietly rigged it so students could only access aid through use of debit cards. Wheeee…

11. marisacat - 6 April 2009

11 AM ABC local news…

A couple of local Med MJ activists had scheduled meetings today with DEA officials here at the Fed Builidng… about the raid a couple weeks ago of Emmalyn’s, a provider here… they say, coming out of the meeting, that DEA told them there is “no change in policy”.

Sounds like the redacted letter, but for the greeting line, that DOD ”allowed” Obster to [not] read, from a Gitmo def counsel. A letter iirc addressed to the president.

So whaddup Ob? Got the reins… Or not?


I see the Dow is down. Must have been Michelle’s last outfit. (big white bow!) I mean, what else matters?

catnip - 6 April 2009

Must have been Michelle’s last outfit. (big white bow!) I mean, what else matters?

Someone slap my hand! I didn’t even check to see what the first dame is wearing today. Surely if I were a yank, that would be treasonous.

marisacat - 6 April 2009

LOL big white bow was Prague… I am nto sure what she is wearing today, but she is home.

What a lauhg it all is…

ms_xeno - 6 April 2009

You can have the cell next to mine, catnip. :/

catnip - 6 April 2009

Woohoo! Letters on toilet paper. I can’t wait.

12. marisacat - 6 April 2009

Death toll over 100

[C]ivil protection official Roberto Forina said late Monday that authorities have counted more than 100 bodies. But he could not confirm a report by the ANSA news agency that the death toll had reached 150. The Corriere Della Sera newspaper is reporting that more than 250 people are missing.

The quake – the country’s deadliest in nearly three decades – struck early Monday as residents slept. Around 1,500 injuries have been reported and tens of thousands have been left homeless.

Ambulances screamed through the medieval city of L’Aquila as firefighters with dogs and a crane worked feverishly to reach people trapped in fallen buildings, including a university dormitory where half a dozen students were believed still inside. …

13. catnip - 6 April 2009
14. NYCO - 6 April 2009

Local media is reporting that the Binghamton shooter sent a letter/photos of himself to a local cable station postmarked the day of, a la Seung-Hui Cho I guess.

More media circus.

15. marisacat - 6 April 2009

new thread..


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