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Wednesday… 6 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Kerzaz, Algeria. The sandstorm season in the Sahara runs from March to April. The range of Saharan dust storms, which mostly start in Chad, can carry fine dust across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the US. They have increased dramatically since the 1950s, causing massive topsoil loss and reducing food supplies in Niger, Chad, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso
[Kazuyoshi Nomachi/Corbis]

From a gallery at the Guardian on dust storms around the world, all but one from this year.

I am still under the weather, under the impending dust storm…  so I am prone on a night with the driest air I can ever remember in San Francisco, listening to Lara Logan on with Charlie… she definitely makes interesting points, but I wonder how fully conscious she is of having become a manifestation of the Sirens of myth and literature, luring and calling to war.

Of course, another word would be WAR MONGER.



1. marisacat - 7 October 2009

Forward march.

[S]ecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “appropriate actions” against a military government that she said “cannot remain in power.”

“It was criminality of the greatest degree, and those who committed such acts should not be given any reason to expect that they will escape justice,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters in Washington. She said that the nation’s leader, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, and his government “must turn back to the people the right to choose their own leaders.”

The military seized power here last December, and pressure has been rising as Captain Camara, 45, backed off a pledge not to run in this country’s presidential elections in January. At a demonstration against him on Sept. 28, witnesses said soldiers opened fire on the crowds and raped and sexually assaulted female protesters. Human rights officials estimate that as many as 157 people were killed. The government has put the number at 56. . . . . .

And, I see there is breaking news of a car found in CT packed iwth explosives, guns and pipe bombs.. think I got that right.

Gah. We had a ‘suspicious paper bag’ today in Union Sq, here in SF… they cleared the Square … people huddled locked inside stores.

Pipe bombs, rifles found in car stopped in Conn.

The Associated Press
Updated: 10/07/2009 12:42:22 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Police say they’ve stopped a car full of explosives in a Connecticut residential area.

They say the car was carrying pipe bombs, rifles and a propane tank when they stopped it Tuesday night in New Haven, one of the state’s largest cities. They say they’ve closed off a four-block area because of the danger posed by the explosives but haven’t evacuated it.

The bomb squad has been called in. There have been no reports of injuries.

Police spokesman Joseph Avery says he doesn’t know if anyone was arrested.

2. marisacat - 7 October 2009

Interesting from Sheer… and he quotes Jim Jones, the NSA:

“The al-Qaida presence is very diminished. The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.”

3. marisacat - 7 October 2009

laugh laugh laugh laugh…

[B]ut midway through Obama’s first year in office, Hoyer’s House has settled into a more leisurely routine. Members usually arrive for the first vote of the week as the sun sets on Tuesdays, and they’re usually headed back home before it goes down again on Thursdays.

Since the House returned for its fall session on Sept. 8, it has stuck around to vote on a Friday just once: to approve a 5.8 percent increase in Congress’s own budget.

A Democratic leadership aide vehemently defended the schedule, saying members shouldn’t be kept in Washington for four or five days when work can be completed in fewer.. . . . .

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28015.html#ixzz0TFSzmdll

4. catnip - 7 October 2009

Holy advertizing overkill, Batman. I just loaded dkos and it has a wraparound ad for Frontline’s “Obama’s War” that envelopes the site.

Kind of ironic…

catnip - 7 October 2009


The big PBS ad currently running is called a “skin”, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of them here and elsewhere around the web because, quite simply, they are very effective (TPM had the same ad a few days ago). Halfway into its 24-hour run, this one has already been the most successful ad in terms of clickthroughs rates in this site’s history. So whatever aesthetic and moral concerns some might have about it, it has worked spectacularly well and you’ll be seeing more of them in the future.


Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2009

they get clicked on because people miss clicking their links and end up on the damned obnoxious border.

5. marisacat - 7 October 2009

Poor donkey… trying to be a sheep dog… way down in whatever back water ditch he rolled into

Miss Pross
Submitted on 2009/10/07 at 2:01pm

What cheer Madame Defarge? Where’s Lucid? Has he been sent to La Guillotine?

I’ve seen Milkman Fixer of Highways and Madame La Vengeance Catnip but Lucid seems to me missing. Did he show some unacceptable independence of mind?

Poor donk… missed lucid’s posts of the other night. poor donk, falling down on the JOB.

catnip - 7 October 2009

Yes, vengeance is mine, sayeth the herb. mwahahahaha

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2009

fixer of highways?

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2009
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2009

Aaron McKinney Now Says Matthew Shepard “Needed Killing”

Eleven years after Matthew’s death, more than 150 theaters around the globe will perform staged readings of a new epilogue recently added to “The Laramie Project.” The epilogue was written after playwright Moises Kaufman and his team returned to Laramie to explore what – if anything – had changed in this small college town forever defined by a hate crime. They discovered that a lot of Laramie residents are still locked in denial. (“What? No hate crimes here.” One resident huffily declared: “Laramie is not a project! It is a community!”) From the Denver Post: What Tectonic found, and found most troubling, “is that so much of the town is rewriting the crime as not a hate crime,” said Stephen Belber, a writer on both “Laramie Project” incarnations. The irony: The primary killer now admits that it was. “Matt Shepard needed killing,” Aaron McKinney bluntly told Tectonic company member Greg Pierotti for the epilogue, which includes the first interviews with McKinney and Russell Henderson since 2004. “As far as Matthew is concerned, I don’t have any remorse,” McKinney said during nine hours of talks with Pierotti. “The night I did it, I did have hatred for homosexuals.” … Shepard’s death has mobilized both sides of hot-button issues like hate-crime legislation, gay marriage and domestic partnerships. Much of the debate over the past decade has been whether a hate crime is worse than any other crime. Ironically, McKinney’s own words might now help settle that argument.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2009
9. catnip - 7 October 2009

Alrighty then…

The new French culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, is fighting to save his brief ministerial career after opposition politicians expressed disgust at his autobiography, in which he justified sex tourism and admitted “paying for boys”.

Mr Mitterrand, 62, the nephew of the late president, François Mitterrand, was thrown on to the defensive after rival MPs homed in on memoirs in which he described his delight in visiting Asian brothels.

The revelations, in his 2005 best-seller La Mauvaise Vie (The Bad Life), were unearthed by far-right politicians angered by his outspoken defence of the film director Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland for extradition to Los Angeles to face charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Socialists from the party created by Mr Mitterrand’s uncle also voiced outrage and suggested that his three-month tenure as Culture minister should be brought to an abrupt end.

The furore is deeply embarrassing for Nicolas Sarkozy, who claimed to have struck a blow for “political openness” when he brought Mr Mitterrand, who is openly gay, into his centre-right government in June. The choice was reportedly influenced by the President’s wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has been trying to broaden the her husband’s cultural horizons.

Mr Mitterrand admitted in his autobiography that his attraction to young and implicitly under-age male prostitutes had continued even though he was aware of “the sordid details of this traffic”. “I got into the habit of paying for boys,” he wrote. “All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excited me enormously… the abundance of very attractive and immediately available young boys put me in a state of desire.”

marisacat - 7 October 2009

rather a big kiss and tell……………………………. Adieu Frederic.

10. catnip - 7 October 2009

Meanwhile, just down the road… Italian court throws out Berlusconi immunity.

This is the second time the highest court in the land has thrown out Berlusconi’s attempts to have immunity from the cases against him, after an earlier version was rejected in 2004.

The immunity also covered the president and two speakers of parliament but it was Berlusconi, who has faced corruption and fraud accusations linked to his Mediaset broadcasting empire, who had most at stake from losing it.

The opposition celebrated the verdict, with the anti-graft Italy of Values party saying: “Berlusconi would be well advised to pack his bags and get a change of air.”

The “Alfano Law,” one of Berlusconi’s first acts after winning last year’s election, halted all the cases against him, including one where he is accused of bribing British lawyer David Mills to give false testimony to protect his businesses.

Two other cases, one accusing him of tax fraud and false accounting in the purchase of TV rights by Mediaset and another alleging he tried to corrupt opposition senators, have also been frozen. Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing.

Looks like le dolce vita is coming to an end for Silvio.

marisacat - 7 October 2009

so…….. arrivederci Silvio?

catnip - 7 October 2009

I doubt he’ll go quietly.

11. marisacat - 7 October 2009

Oh Good grief…… KGO is embarking on three hours of ‘It’s all Bush’s fault, whatever happens in Afghanistan’…. Pushtunistan, Af-Pak. Whatever we call the nightmare.

Good lord.

12. marisacat - 7 October 2009

nu thred…


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