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Climb on a flying canape… 31 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Switzerland, Viva La Revolucion!.

Movers, shakers and canapes – a typical Davos scene [Laurent Gillieron/EPA]

…and just zoom from international conference to international conference.  Bloviating and accomplishing nothing.

A plan.

And, a job. I think they go for the free food and …oh… the night action, shall we say. Plus ca change.

Talk about a bunch that should be put on enforced video conferencing.  Our man in Davos is Larry Summers.  And entourage of course.

If they’d shift the conference to somewhere in the Pacific region, in the heat, the ptb would be sending Ob…

Bless them, every one.



1. marisacat - 31 January 2010

hmmm According to UK Times, Blankfein set to get 100m bonus.

[B]ankers in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) told The Times yesterday they understood that Lloyd Blankfein and other top Goldman bankers outside Britain were set to receive some of the bank’s biggest-ever payouts. “This is Lloyd thumbing his nose at Obama,” said a banker at one of Goldman’s rivals. …

And why would Blankfein not do just as he pleases? Who owns who after all.

None other than Brooks, a year or more ago in the NYT, blithely stated at the close of a column that G-S runs the government. Fingers everywhere, hands and feet too.

2. CSTAR - 31 January 2010

“This is Lloyd thumbing his nose at Obama,”

Thumbing? His nose? At Obama?

I think it’s doing something else, with something else, at almost everybody else.

marisacat - 31 January 2010

oh i agree with that…………..

ts - 31 January 2010

Too bad these people are so insulated you can’t Fuld* them.

*Based on the apocryphal story about a disgruntled Lehman employee knocking out Richard Fuld in the company gym.

marisacat - 31 January 2010

a disgruntled Lehman employee knocking out Richard Fuld in the company gym.

I so hope that happened…

3. catnip - 31 January 2010

Are those canapes for the survivors in Haiti?

Oh – what was I thinking??

marisacat - 31 January 2010

… well maybe as a chaser to the pepper spray.

Wht a nightmre of nightmres..

marisacat - 31 January 2010

Right on schedule, MO’s xanax infused plea for Haiti appeared on my TeeVee…

Synchronicity lives.

4. BooHooHooMan - 1 February 2010

Active CIA Moonlighting for Wall Street…

Politico is billing it as an exclusive scoop.. As if.

In the midst of two wars and the fight against Al Qaeda, the CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side — a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation’s top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned.

In one case, these active-duty officers moonlighted at a hedge-fund consulting firm that wanted to tap their expertise in “deception detection,” the highly specialized art of telling when executives may be lying based on clues in a conversation.

The never-before-revealed policy comes to light as the CIA and other intelligence agencies are once again under fire for failing to “connect the dots,” this time in the Christmas Day bombing plot on Northwest Flight 253.

But sources familiar with the CIA’s moonlighting policy defend it as a vital tool to prevent brain-drain at Langley, which has seen an exodus of highly trained, badly needed intelligence officers to the private sector, where they can easily double or even triple their government salaries. The policy gives agents a chance to earn more while still staying on the government payroll.

As Gates is about to announce US Military Doctrine shifting away from Major Two Front War “capabilty” as if that’s been working out – …but, also, hooray right? Nah , you know better.

The shift is in favor of more numerous batshit insane conflicts of every size, shape and style worldwide..

Should be interesting When the DoD just upfront via POLICY allows field commanders to ‘moonlight” , too. Lord knows we don’t want to lose that talent outright to the private sector criminal cartels

Settle in to the new world mercenary order.

Hmm. I see Panetta is waiting tables in Israel over the last few…

marisacat - 1 February 2010

New meaning to “split shifts”……….

BooHooHooMan - 1 February 2010

Imagine the bastards expensing out at tax time…

Honey? Do we have a receipt for the pliers, garrote, and syringes?
I can’t remember …Did they came from the Agency or did we pick those up for that hit on the leaker at the Bank?

5. marisacat - 1 February 2010

Baucus would be easy to unmask… that is, if the Dems wanted to. Remember that looooooooooooooong summer (and fall and early winter) with the HC Ins Reform bullscheisse? Prepare for another go round, this time iwth JOBS.

Should go down well …


[A]nd when they walked into a meeting in the office of Reid (D-Nev.) on Jan. 22, they thought they were about to cross the finish line — the Dorgan-Durbin plan would be blessed by the small group of senators in the room, presented to the full Democratic Caucus on Jan. 28 and then taken straight to the floor for a vote.

But Montana Sen. Max Baucus had other ideas.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, where the health care bill was debated for months last year, surprised the senators gathered in Reid’s office by suggesting he wanted a chance to mark up portions of the bill under his committee’s jurisdiction before it went to the floor, according to several people who attended the meeting.

“Everybody was caught off guard,” said a Democrat in the room, granted anonymity to speak candidly about a private meeting. ….

Even what is mentioned in the article that may or may not (Baucus has issues and really who knows who he is fronting for) as a part of a jobs bill is small and … well small.

I suppose it CAN get smaller…………………………

6. marisacat - 1 February 2010


I am suggesting something similar to the Royal Endorsement that appears on goods in the UK, ”Purveyors to…”, etc.

Maybe a nice cartouche emblazoned with tanks and missiles: The chocolate that goes to war, endorsed by the really big guns in DC. Something like that….

Via Mike Allen’s Playbook:

At the Pentagon today — Edward Marc Chocolatier grand opening: The brother and sister team of Chris Edwards and Dana Edwards Manatos, both alumni of the Bush White House, expand their retail operation to D.C. with the opening of their newest chocolate shop — inside the Pentagon. Through a competitive process, they were awarded the DOD contract in August 2009. The store serves the nearly 30,000 people who work at the Pentagon daily.

ts - 1 February 2010

They should work Forrest Gump in there somehow…

“Afghanistan is like a box of chocolates…”

ts - 1 February 2010

“Predator drones are like a box of chocolates…you shoot missles off them you never know what you’re gonna hit.

marisacat - 1 February 2010

All Somalia needs is chocolate! And we will deliver, by any means necessary!

7. marisacat - 1 February 2010

hmm I slept thru most of the morning, so I am catching up… Just hearing that Toyota, at least according to La Hood, only issued the recall as he asked them to………………

LAT has reported there are 19 deaths and I see that number is getting picked up.


8. lucid - 1 February 2010

Last thread… Dan Cantor, said, a prelude to a campaign on the issue.

He was my boss in my first job in NYC… Didn’t know he was still with WFP.

marisacat - 1 February 2010

Yeah I don’t pay a lot of attention to polls… sometimes Pew… or if a lot of polls come in close on something… but found that survey from WFP interesting.

Think the WH is being … well stupid actually … assuming people will troop back in 2010 and 2012. which they may very well do.

Who knows……………

9. catnip - 1 February 2010

Use white phosphorus to level the UN compound in Gaza and get your wrist slapped. (And, of course, after the Israeli gov’t has been screaming ‘innocent!’ over the contents since it was released this shows that it knows crimes were committed.)

marisacat - 1 February 2010

And if they do it again, why… someone will kick their ankles …while wearing soft rubber padded shoes.

The mills of justice grind…………….. somewhere else!

10. marisacat - 1 February 2010


February 01, 2010

Obama tickets discounted to $100

A colleague forwards on the latest invitation to President Obama’s big fundraiser for the DNC this week at the Capitol Hilton, along with a new, discounted rate for guests under 40: A mere $100.

That’s discounted from $250, and pretty low for an event with the President of the United States.

UPDATE: A young Obama supporter emails: “They specifically targeted at ‘Gen44’ members — the DNC’s new young professional arm. It’s an effort to re-engage the momentum and energy of the youth movement that brought Obama into office.”

Posted by Ben Smith 04:39 PM

Wonder how many “Gen44” they will get, at 100. Much less 250.


11. marisacat - 1 February 2010



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