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At our leisure 6 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.
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Gulf oil spill

Drilling platforms are visible of the coast of Dauphin Island, Ala. Many residents of Mobile, Ala., are comfortable with living next to refineries and pump-jacks (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / May 4, 2010)

A comment at Sky Truth blog:

The crisis of the New Horizon’s blow-out seems to be focused on the surficial effects, tragically these may also be the more superficial albeit showcase effects.

As this is coming at the peak of seasonal plankton blooming in the area I strongly suspect that the largest effect is contamination of a vast ocean pasture with both the floating oil as well as the ‘dispersed’ oil, and dispersants. Dispersed oil while oft referred to as sinking is not really sinking it is just not sitting right at the surface making a film and accumulating. It may be even more damaging in it’s dispersed form in the top hundred meters, the domain of the all important ocean pastures.

Decline in ocean pasture productivity is by far the most dire event taking place world wide. The declines as measured and reported are surely responsible for loss of those creatures that live on those open range ocean pastures. Annually ocean pasture declines well observed and measured are surely accounting for losses of hundreds of millions of tonnes of fish. Compare this with the annual world wide harvest of all aquatic species at under a hundred million tonnes and it is clear that ocean pasture declines are a far worse problem than over-fishing.

If the Gulf ocean pastures are further degraded by this toxic oil and suffer large compounding declines then the fish and other marine species already in decline will decline even more. Somewhere, perhaps very near, is a ocean pasture tipping point.

Perhaps Skytruth might look back at historic satellite data for the ocean pasture regions subjected to the impacts of this New Horizon blow-out and as the blooming season progresses this year we might see and measure the impact on the carrying capacity of those ocean pastures from this horrific blow-out and the efforts to mitigate it.

Most of the news is run sort of like this:  New Ride Opening At Disney!  Be first in line to wait and watch the marvels to be seen!

And so on.

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1. marisacat - 6 May 2010

Snicker snax…

Tiny Revolution, from Michael Moore

I jsut read thsi evening that the father, retired Pakistani AF (my only question, was he or was he not an asset of OURS? Abdul Mutallab’s father stank to high heaven, imo),
is believed to be in hiding, at a 4th family watering hole, a place where they have lands under wheat cultivation. At least two of their three homes have been sealed Peshawar and the ancestral family home….

A cmmenter at TR asks, can’t their elites just target our elites…

I guess when we stop the bombing and the drones and the special ops and the small cadres across the borders and so on. Oh yes, and invasion and occupation.

I’d be fine with an elite vs elite knock em dead sorta thing.

2. lucid - 6 May 2010

I have to make a serious plug for Peter Gabriel’s recently released album… all covers… All Beautiful.

This version of the song really made me think, and think about Paul Simon in a new light, and well, just experience what I feel more often than not…

marisacat - 6 May 2010

ooo thanks for that…

Speaking of Paul Simon, Graceland has gotten me thru a lot of airports. In terms of a survival technique…not jsut passing time.

lucid - 6 May 2010

I always had a love hate relationship with that album. So many things about it are so good, but because of Paul Simon’s smarminess & him being an asshole in general, I could never buy in fully [definitely a double standard on my part, given my absolute of other asshole musicians throughout history].

But I’d never really thought about the lyrics of this song until I heard this version – today, for the first time, as I was on the subway. Blew me away.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

oh I love the lyrics on the Graceland album… when I still left home, I never left home without it…

marisacat - 6 May 2010

that rendition was so beautiful… I had forgotten the title, that is one of my favorities… I used to use phrases from the Paul Simon version as the greeting on my voice mail machine…

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

I was torn about picking that up … I’m a little creeped out by the cover of “Heroes”.

lucid - 6 May 2010

I really like the Heroes cover. Actually the arrangements on the whole album are creepy – then again, I like creepy.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

thanks for the recommendation …

3. lucid - 6 May 2010

🙂

brinn - 6 May 2010

Hey lucid!

Here’s am image for ya — came from my 6-year-old…he told me he was dancing on quicksand

You make pretty poems — I used to be able to — that image is seriously powerful — thought you might do something with it for me….

I know, I need to “take time to be a poet today”! Really, I do!!
🙂

lucid - 6 May 2010

I’ll try to incorporate the next time I write… which seems less and less these days, but I still manage every now and then.

4. catnip - 6 May 2010

Rape threats used to scare detainees into confessing, Khadr hearing told

Terrifying threats of dying from multiple gang rape “by four big black guys’’ who would catch little Afghan boys in the shower of a U.S. prison, was used by interrogators at Bagram to scare detainees into confessing, Omar Khadr’s lead interrogator admitted today.

`It was a factious story that we made up’’ because we knew “Afghans were terrified of rape,’’ the interrogator said.

The story sometimes involve hulking ‘’neo Nazis,’’ sometimes “big black guys’’ but we told detainees that even through they were inmates there were still “patriots who were upset and and mad over the 9-11 attacks.’’ The story sometimes ended with the Afghan boy dying from repeated penetrations from gang rape, Interrogator 1 said.

It also emerged that war crimes prosecutors offered the testifying former interrogator – who was later convicted of beating and assaulting detainees at Bagram – an immunity deal although it wasn’t established in court if the deal was for testimony against Omar Khadr.

Interrogator 1 said he was the lead interrogator for Omar Khadr and interrogated him at Bagram prison in Afghanistan more than two dozen times in the weeks after the severely-injured 15-year-old was captured in a firefight during which an American solider was killed.

catnip - 6 May 2010

Meanwhile, it emerged that information extracted by Canadian spies who interrogated Mr. Khadr in Guantanamo may be used against him, despite Ottawa’s belated efforts to have it suppressed.

The Obama administration has rejected Ottawa’s request to suppress information that Canadian Security and Intelligence Service agents and Foreign Affairs officials elicited from Mr. Khadr during interrogations in 2003 and 2004.

Nathan Whitling, one of Mr. Khadr’s Canadian lawyers who argued his case before Canada’s Supreme Court, said the “U.S. refusal of Canada’s request confirms its status as an outlaw among the community of nations.”

After the Canadian Supreme Court ruling that successive Canadian governments had failed to safeguard Mr. Khadr’s rights, the Harper government – in a formal diplomatic note – pleaded with the Obama administration to block use of the information furnished by the Canadian agents to their U.S. counterparts.

In its written response, the U.S. government declined, saying it was up to the military judge to decide what evidence he allowed.

It should be noted that despite that so-called intervention by our Con gov’t, they refuse to repatriate Khadr and have repeatedly deferred to the tribunal process believing it to be some sort of justice.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

what a nightmare. I ahve read that the EU system does not permit information obtained in the US or elsewhere by torture. So our methods have screwed prosecutions in Europe.

catnip - 6 May 2010
BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

Thanks for that catnip. I watched it.
I still got mojo for Bernie…he gunned for Blankfein , ( fine and good) but more importantly , (IMO) he went straight for that piece of shit, Steven Friedman. I make no bones about putting it this way, Rubin’s NY Jewish Mob literally had the Fed make up and hand them 2 TRILLION Dollars which they then exchanged for interest bearing Treasuries. Thieves. I could give a fuck. With any luck, when people really get a grip on the criminal and politically incestuous relationships and see the workings of the Fed, a few well armed sorts will come out of the woodwork.

Rahm is certainly doing the full court press to shut down the Fed auditing idea. Which they’ll water down or sabotage via kill other poison pill ammends…AFTER , of course, everybody gets their soundbite “vote” on the Fed Audit ammendment…

It sch shit..but I like the rattled cages.

For instance… in that MoT post … an immediate response from a BlogMaid,
immediately there with the wipes and room deodorant ..
(true to form) from a Paid / ex Hill/ minor Dem Staffer/ “blogger” whose normal shtick is working the torches and pitchforks beat : “slinkerwink”. Catch how she moves right in for the pampers and butt creme for Obbie.

First two comments: The DK poster, then,
a Party MerryMaid to the rescue..

Tips for transparency and accountability (379+ / 0-)

How could anybody be against that who isn’t OWNED by the banks?

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by MinistryOfTruth on Thu May 06, 2010 at 10:19:29 AM PDT

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Let me ask you to make a correction (72+ / 0-)

the President has not directly threatened a veto of the financial regulation bill. There are trial balloons being floated that he might in order to get Senators not to vote for the Sanders amendment.

President Obama has threatened to veto Financial Reform if it includes the Sanders “Audit the Fed” Amendment.

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by slinkerwink on Thu May 06, 2010 at 10:38:32 AM PDT

BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

oops..word order prolls…
–> *** water down , sabotage, or kill via ** other poison pill ammends…

catnip - 6 May 2010

Christine Fair on MSNBC: “The drones [in Pakistan] are not killing innocent civilians.”

Who the fuck is she and what is she smoking? IMPERIAL blend?

marisacat - 6 May 2010

she believed the fictions in the first days of the Iraq invaion about the missiles that could be directed to turn a corner and go inside a particular window.

I thought that was rather special myself.

5. diane - 6 May 2010

Human vs. Person[hood], a great read:

What If BP Was A Human Being?

….born in 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, and was partly owned by the British government…..

….A secular nationalist and democratically elected Iranian government kicked BP out in the early 1950s. BP turned its lobbying to Washington DC, and in 1953, helped persuade the US to overthrow the Democratic Iranian government and installed its puppet, the Shah, popularly known as the Crowned Cannibal. The Shah, in the course of killing millions and stealing billions, invited BP back, and it stayed until 1979, when the Shah was overthrown….

(Regarding Iran, see also, Chapter 9 (titled “CIAS Greatest Triumph”) of, Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner, Doubleday, 2007)

diane - 6 May 2010

sorry, I screwed up the italics on the second paragraph of the excerpt, should’ve been:

….A secular nationalist and democratically elected Iranian government kicked BP out in the early 1950s. BP turned its lobbying to Washington DC, and in 1953, helped persuade the US to overthrow the Democratic Iranian government and installed its puppet, the Shah, popularly known as the Crowned Cannibal. The Shah, in the course of killing millions and stealing billions, invited BP back, and it stayed until 1979, when the Shah was overthrown….

diane - 6 May 2010

jeeeeeeeeeeeesh,…….. and Chapter 9, read:

“CIAS Greatest Single Triumph”

not

“CIAS Greatest Triumph”

(also, I should add, that Tim Weiner never mentioned BP, in his book that I’ve seen, looking back through the pages, though I couldve missed/forgotten something from my first read through). It was Anglo Persian Oil Company in his CIA ‘Expose,’ that’s not to point a finger at him, it is possible he just didn’t now, that happens to the best of humans.)

for whatever the above is worth….

It’s kind of funny, in a sad sort of way…cauz I hadn’t even…..had a few…. to make the above errors….

I suppose, ever’ once in while,…that booze/drug of choice….blunts, and lets one spit things out as they come……versus ……the stumbling in hideous despair,…so very, very frequent now………………

And, now, needless to say,…I’m headin on my second ‘green’ brew…………………

Though never would I recommend a steady diet,… nor a fairly frequent one

In a much, much better WORLD………

Quite deadly it is

Signin off to the turntable …….

Diamonds…on the soles of her shoes……

;0)

marisacat - 6 May 2010

Anglo-Persian Oil Co… BP also got back into Iraq for the first time in 37 years following our invasion.

diane - 6 May 2010

Leafing through Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater… (book indexes are not what they used to be, and it’s a shame, if we ultimately end up with one entity presiding over the Historic Book Database; the electricity or satellites ever become exclusive only to a few; or the net, for whatever reason, becomes unavailable to the masses, we’re in big trouble), no Anglo-Persian or BP/British Petroleum in the hardcopy index, but I did, of course, find BP by referring to the index for the BTC Pipeline (i.e. Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Pipeline), in Chapter 11, Caspian Pipeline Dreams:

The $3.6 billion pipeline project was heavily funded by the World Bank, The U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and spearheaded by a consortium led by oil giant BP along with U.S. companies Unocal, ConocoPhilips, and Hess….

Going to do some re-reading before I go to sleep.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

Scahill probably had to fight to get what index he did get…

diane - 6 May 2010

likely so, I had that same thought about Tim Weiner,………he likely had to ‘compromise’ to get the book out.

6. catnip - 6 May 2010

Oops. Posting comments in the wrong place. See two new ones above.

7. brinn - 6 May 2010

Anyone remember the book that the movie “Soylent Green” was based on?

“Make Room, Make Room!” by Harry Harrison?” Though alluded to in the movie, it was detailed more in the book….the reason for our feeding on ourselves?

Yep. The oceans “died”.

Got kiddo the younger a book today called “You are the First Kid on Mars!” loved the title and the pix — hope the text isn’t some stupid propaganda BS for NASA expenditures….

I’ll let ya know, right now he’s playing a video game with his brother…

I am still fucking annoyed every time I see one of those “Take Time to Be A Dad Today” PSAs — I just want to reach through the TV and throttle Mr. President.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

oh it doesn’t apply to YOUR family brinn. That is Daddy O lecturing black people to make white people slap happy.

He needs to take a closer look at more recent numbers for absent dads.

And now, for non payment of child support (remember the unemployment numbers), men can go to jail.

That works really well.

brinn - 6 May 2010

Oh, yeah, Mcat, I realize that undercurrent of BS to the PSA, no doubt balck folk are used blowing off this type of utter nonsense and I would never presume to get outraged on their behalf, what fucking pisses me off every time, on behalf of ALL parents, male, female, black, white and in-between shades of brown, of any sexual persuasion, etc. etc. who is busting their ass, destroying their health and generally being THERE for their kids is that I would like the pretzel to make policy that GIVES me some time to be a “dad”, “mom”, “broccoli-buying”, PERSON…..whist I am scraping by working 80 hours a week to keep them fed and roof over head, etc.

It is just so damned condescending and out of touch it makes me want to scream. No, I’m not having a good week…..but hey! It’s almost over so’s the 30 hour workweekend can begin…yippfuckinghee.

Sorry for ranting, but he’ll is better than the ‘cides…

LOL!

marisacat - 6 May 2010

oh they aren’t going to do anything for anyone. Esp Obby, who as best I can figure has real people problems. He dislikes or distances himself from people. Despite “I love you back”.

guaranteed paid time off is one of the only ways to catch up, take a breather, refocus and so on… and that is rapidly shrinking in America. It was already too little but now… so many no time off. None.

The other is a lot less boom and bust than we’ve got, or have gotten for decades. It’s killing.

They bitch and moan about personal responsiblity, but stress is a huge killer.

Oh but look over there! At whatever the diversion is…

8. marisacat - 6 May 2010

Lawrence Taylor’s atty sounds confused… his client “did not have consensual sex with anybody”.

Of course I had never heard of LT before these headlines (confused as they are)

9. marisacat - 6 May 2010

… as the news rolls out …is there ANYTHING the ”times sq bomber” did right???? [from a bombers point of view i mean]

diane - 6 May 2010

well, yeah…if you’re lookin in the direction I think you could be……it could all end up back at…..

lookie over there…at that ………..FAKE BOMB…………..

one never seems to know it all, really, till yeeeeeeeeears after the fact, if ever.

(Oh, and brinn, do you know who wrote the book behind the movie, Seconds, with Rock Hudson? Great, though bleak, movie.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

well yeah… there is nothing too new about a 1300.00 used car that smokes.

👿

diane - 6 May 2010

sigh, figurin it all out……….is kind of like a bag of potatoes going rotten in a huge kitchen, first ya gotta discover it was the potatoes, and not the broccoli, or cabbage,……………then ya gotta remember where the potatoes are stored………………….

(follow the flies? ……… problem is, by that time, they’re every frackin where………..)

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010
11. BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

Invest With Confidence!

Wild day on Wall Street leaves electronic exchanges under scrutiny

By David Cho and Jia Lynn Yang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 7, 2010

Stock markets went haywire on Thursday. Shares were already falling over fears of fiscal problems in Europe when something, perhaps a structural flaw in U.S. markets, dragged prices into a historic and breathtaking plunge.

In the span of minutes, the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted a record 990 points and then whipsawed back up, creating one of the wildest trading days ever. The Dow still closed down more than 3 percent, and more unrest may be in store for Friday as market officials and regulators try to sort through the aftermath.

Rumors about the cause of the chaos were rampant on Wall Street and Washington. Some traders speculated about human error, such as an electronic trade of stocks entered with the wrong amount.

{ – Yeh sure – that threw the Dow by 900. -BHHM}

Regulators offered little clarity, saying they would investigate what had happened.

I interrupt this blockquote with a FRAUD ALERT 😆 –

Some price swings of stocks defied logic. The shares of Accenture, a consulting firm, fell from $40 to a single penny and then back to $40 again. Procter & Gamble traded at $54 on the New York Stock Exchange. But at the same time, Nasdaq was reporting that the company’s shares were selling for $39.

Thursday’s dramatic gyrations added fuel to the biggest policy debate in Washington: how to regulate Wall Street. That billions of dollars in stock-market value could be wiped out so abruptly, with such a lack of certainty about the cause,is a reminder of the high stakes involved in a system that is little understood by average investors.

” Accenture”…Ole! Pass the castinets!
Or some synthetic food seasoning !
God doesn’t that name make ya feel good?

“Accenture”…forgive clusterfuck of compound metaphor here-
Hel, l forgive everything!

“Accenture”…is the Zombie spawn of exploding whale Accounting Giant Arthur Anderson…the ENRON People. They “split” from Anderson in 2001. Their IPO? Lead underwriters? Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

diane - 6 May 2010

doesn’t that name make ya feel good?

why sure!

thank you hon, all sarcasm aside, validation, even if only with one human, is like destroying at least one rotting potato, before the maggotts hatch.

diane - 6 May 2010

oh, and the way I read it, forget which place, that “mashable” ‘word’ was a Mash Up of the words Accent and Future …..

But don’t dismay! Looks like we’re in capable hands, I’m sure that 1,000% mash up can be explained away, likely it was terrerists……

marisacat - 6 May 2010

well that WAS the company that thought poor puffery Tiger (he has now missed 6 cuts in tournaments) was the ticket as a global face to represent them. They dropped to a penny today. Tho I am sure they rose.

The supposed fat finger was at Citi bank. What else is new.

12. BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

I’m glad I’m not at risk of ever getting a job offer from a Catholic university

Marquette University has just done that. They’ve been searching for a new dean for the college of arts and sciences, and had made an offer to a Dr Jodi O’Brien, a professor of sociology at Seattle University. They have now abruptly yanked the offer off the table and announced that the search has failed.

The reason? Partly, it’s because she’s a lesbian. Marquette does have other gay faculty, though, so that’s not the whole story — the other part of the story is that she actively studies the sociology of homosexuality, and has written papers that favor gay marriage.

“I guess if she was a lesbian abut her research was on microorganisms, she might have been acceptable,” Franzoi said. But he said scholars study issues that are important to them and O’Brien’s sexual orientation makes her scholarship related to gays and lesbians important to her.

“This issue has always been a problem with Marquette officials. This is just the latest and probably most publicly embarrassing of its kind.”

Apparently, you can be a lesbian at Marquette as long as you aren’t too lesbian.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

Is the Pope gay?

I say he is.. or at least a tedious old queen of the authoritarian, unpleasant variety. Of course in the hierarchy of the church, a lesbian would be at teh very bottom.

I just don’t get why these sorts (not the pope or the pederasts or wealthy priests who live in some gay hidden dream world, etc) but her sort. Why not move on from the church.

Geesh.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

Happy National Day Of Prayer!

“I call upon the citizens of our nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us,” Obama said in his official proclamation.

Get stuffed, you pandering, unprincipled hack.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

I gather it is [likely] going all the way to the SC, or so I heard today.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010
16. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

Documents reveal AT&T, Verizon, others, thought about dropping employer-sponsored benefits

(Fortune) — The great mystery surrounding the historic health care bill is how the corporations that provide coverage for most Americans — coverage they know and prize — will react to the new law’s radically different regime of subsidies, penalties, and taxes. Now, we’re getting a remarkable inside look at the options AT&T, Deere, and other big companies are weighing to deal with the new legislation.

Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government.

That would dismantle the employer-based system that has reigned since World War II. It would also seem to contradict President Obama’s statements that Americans who like their current plans could keep them. And as we’ll see, it would hugely magnify the projected costs for the bill, which controls deficits only by assuming that America’s employers would remain the backbone of the nation’s health care system.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

only a matter of time.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

of course, it still won’t lead to single payer

marisacat - 6 May 2010

People just refused to see what was coming, is coming… and the rest fuckign SOLD it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

Americans are like cows offering to run their own butcher shops.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 May 2010

Rig Survivors Felt Coerced To Sign Waivers

Hours after they had been rescued, workers who survived an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico were asked to sign form letters about what they had seen and whether they had been injured.

Lawyers for the oil rig’s owner, Transocean, requested that workers who had survived the blast sign the form in the wake of the April 20 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon. This was hours before the workers had been allowed to see their families.

Now some of those survivors say they were coerced and that the forms are being used against them as they file lawsuits seeking compensation for psychiatric problems and other injuries from the blast.

“The form that they made them sign had, ‘I was here when it happened, I didn’t see anything.’ Or ‘I saw this and I was or was not hurt,’ ” says Steven Gordon, a Houston attorney who represents some of the survivors.

It’s a pre-printed form letter. The surviving rig worker was asked to fill in the date, his name and address and where he was at the time the evacuation was ordered.

Then there are the two paragraphs at the end.

One says: “I was not a witness to the incident requiring the evacuation and have no first hand or personal knowledge regarding the incident.”

The second says: “I was not injured as a result of the incident or evacuation.”

The men were asked — if they agreed — to initial those statements.

Documents show those initials now are being used against the survivors as they file lawsuits seeking payment for emotional distress and other claims. Gordon says “When we were hired by one of the survivors, we gave notice to Transocean’s lawyers. And the immediate response was, ‘Wow, we’re surprised. Here’s a statement that says he’s not hurt.'”

marisacat - 6 May 2010

Attorneys General, certainly the one in LA if that is themost appropriate should declare those null. I realise it is not as clear cut as the fishermen being pressured to sign a release… but STILL.

19. BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

UK Elections…
Who do they think they are? US?

Fuck off. Go Home. So Sorry! . Never Again…etc..

Queues leave thousands unable to vote

By FT reporters

Published: May 6 2010 23:43 | Last updated: May 7 2010 04:11

As the 10pm deadline struck on Thursday, the electoral process dissolved into confusion at many polling stations.

In Sheffield some constituents waited for three hours; would-be voters staged a sit-in in Hackney when polls closed before they had voted; and one polling station in Liverpool ran out of ballot papers.

Election officials in Birmingham said there had been “lock-ins” at polling stations in the city, where queues were brought inside to vote after 10pm.

Stephen Hughes, Birmingham city council chief executive, said: “People have had 15 hours to vote, everyone knows that polling stations close at 10pm, it is clearly marked on polling cards.”

Metropolitan police said officers were called to a polling station in Lewisham, south London, where up to 300 people had yet to vote by 10pm. In Hackney, where parliamentary, council and a local mayoral poll were being held, at least 150 people were queuing when the polls closed, said Andrew Boff, the Tory local mayoral candidate.

He said the number unable to vote could be higher as many had given up waiting. “At 10pm the ballot boxes were closed and people were told they would not have a vote,” he said.

Liz Veitch, the last person to vote at the polling station after waiting for more than an hour and a half, said the queue had been snaking out of the building and down the street. “There are an awful lot of extremely angry people around here. It’s an absolute scandal.”

Simon Nayyar, Conservative candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said some voters in his constituency were being turned away at 9.15pm because queues were so long, while another polling station had run out of voting papers.

David Cameron, Conservative leader, called for an urgent inquiry into the failure. He said: “An early task for the new government should be to get to the bottom of what has happened and make sure it never happens again.”

In Sheffield Hallam, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg went to offer his apologies to frustrated voters at a polling station in Ranmore after they queued for more than three hours.

John Mothersole, returning officer in Sheffield, admitted he had underestimated the number who would try to vote. “We got this wrong and I would like to apologise,” he said.

Ah yes, that old saw, “Democracy is messy”.
Henh. Only if you’re subjected to it.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

I am guessing some fancy footwork from the Labourites..try to hold on a little. Tho I think they were still projected to hav ea majority, just a good bit smaller.

20. ts - 6 May 2010
marisacat - 6 May 2010

oh thanks for that! I had let Zero Hedge site drop from my mind… 😉

ts - 6 May 2010

It’s a bit technical, but they get a good summation from a hedge fund trader who’s been banging his head against the wall for 13 months.

Predatory market making practices are driving liquidity providers out of the market. Algorithmic systems constantly step in front of displayed liquidity providers, and discourage them from placing passive limit orders. They are programmed to automatically step in front of displayed limit orders, to be at the front of the line for execution. This practice is especially prevalent in thinner stocks. If a human trader places an order at $20.05, the algorithmic system automatically bids $20.06. If the human raises their bid to $20.07, the computer goes to $20.08. This discourages true liquidity providers, and they place less passive limit orders.

Even in the 5 minutes that the market was crashing, these algorithmic systems were still abusing displayed orders. I placed a few buy orders during the crash, and my orders were still automatically stepped in front of by a penny. As my friend, Jason Fournier mentioned in his comments to the SEC, “not only are they discouraging liquidity, they are not allowing it.”

Broker-dealer internalization also abuses displayed liquidity as they continuously internalize retail order flow in front of displayed limit orders. In some cases they step in front of the order by as little as 1/100th of a penny, an abusive practice called sub-pennying.

Broker-dealers justify this practice by saying they were giving their customer price improvement. But they completely ignore the unquantifiable loss to the market participant who was displaying the order, and did not receive the fill.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

I just heard an interesting thing… that Gamblers Anonymous does nto allow their members to play the market, nor even be in the market.

21. BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

appropos of Invest with Confidence!

Vote With Confidence! Fly with Confidence!
Just not with anybody advising it!

Farage ‘lucky to be alive’ after air crash

By James Boxell

Published: May 6 2010 22:22 | Last updated: May 6 2010 22:22

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence party, told party officials he was “lucky to be alive” on Thursday night as he recovered in hospital after a polling day aeroplane crash in Northamptonshire, James Boxell reports.

Eyewitnesses said the light aircraft nose-dived after a Ukip banner it was trailing – bearing the slogan “Vote for your country, vote Ukip” – became caught in the rudder, although local police said it was still too early to confirm this was the cause.

{ Also Via frontpage navigation at FT. I can’t get the articles to repost.. }

marisacat - 6 May 2010

everybody shoudl just stay drunk.

ts - 6 May 2010

I’ll drink to that.

marisacat - 6 May 2010

yes because there is no solution… that I can see. I think we are stuck for a few years… Maybe more than a few.

22. BooHooHooMan - 6 May 2010

There we go. The weblink. We’re flyin now!

If you left click an FT article web link, pull it up , and try and quote it off the newly scripted address that bar comes up, it won’t repost…
if you right click an FT article link it gives a clean link.
Hell freezing over during this moron’s moment at the chalkboard. LOL. ‘ Night, all.

23. BooHooHooMan - 7 May 2010

One prayer before bed..

Dear Gawdy Gawd, please save us from the shallow , watery, glom-on greaseballs.

Kent State: “They Can’t Kill Us All”
by Alan Grayson
Thu May 06, 2010 at 07:37:36 AM PDT

Tuesday marked 40 years since the Kent State Massacre. It was one of the most important moments in American history, triggering the only nationwide student strike we’ve ever seen, animating the antiwar movement, and ultimately ending the war — four long years later.

It was also one of the saddest moments in American history: our soldiers killing our children.

* Alan Grayson’s diary :: ::
*

I worked with Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents Kent State today, to pass a House resolution yesterday memorializing the event. But I felt that wasn’t enough. So I gave this speech on the Floor of the House last night:

My father was a history teacher. I sometimes wonder what kind of speeches he might give, if he had been elected to Congress instead of me. It’s too late to ask him – he’s been gone for ten years. But last night I gave the speech that I thought he might give, explaining what Kent State meant then, and what it means today. This one is for you, Dad.

This guy is truly nauseating. Gave a speech. This one is for you, Dad. Gave a speech, neither before nor on May 4th. No media advisory , Slid it in last night. By which time, the Media had folded their assorted post racial / post DFH / National Guard pup tents by then. Grayson’s a scumball.

Tis true, maggotry has always been with us. We excel at it. But we really are seeing ever more efficient flesh eaters with each passing of the political pandering torch.

marisacat - 7 May 2010

does he expect people to send hm money for that drool?

Too many people had NO problem with Kent state, nor with Jackson campus a few weeks later… at the time.

They simply said the Guard defended themselves against unarmed kids.

24. marisacat - 7 May 2010

gnu……..

LINK

……………………. 😯


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