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Death 6 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.

An oil-covered hermit crab is seen on on the shore of Alabama’s Dauphin Island on Wednesday. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is spreading, with oil balls reportedly headed for Pensacola, Fla. John David Mercer/Press-register/AP

A late night caller to KGO who attended a series of lectures in the 70’s at Tulane on Louisiana coastal habitats, a series given by Jacques Cousteau, repeated a warning he leveled at the attendees:

If the marshes and wetlands were not protected and maintained then they would be facing the “death of birth”.




1. marisacat - 6 June 2010

Gah… just catching Inside Washington, Evan Thomas is explaining away Obby’s cold fish demeanor, as “he’s Spock!”

Well, despite a huge sales job by the DNC, we know for certain he is not

Teddy Roosevelt

and so on. Was ever a shamefully empty chameleon so manipulated into the skin of dead men?

(Mandela is not long for this world and whoever was in prison fro 27 years is very much dead)

diane - 6 June 2010

some ghastly thought in my head, are we on the edge of swinging wildly (though not at all) to the equally ghastly fake “matriarchies” bit, of mostly well groomed (at least initially), starting with S.Palin ……… can’t I just go to sleep, and not wake up?

selfish, I know…………..(and yeah Mandela …..I immediately thought of Minnie, …and those rubber necklaces, ..okay ..I know someone jus called me a racist….what the fuck ever ya’ll ….peel that flesh back, and it’s a kinda indescribable …thing …………….)

marisacat - 6 June 2010

I don’t see how that is racist. Minnie Mandela became a horror. A horror show as well.

diane - 6 June 2010

thanks hon… ;0)

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

Not to be too nerdy, but Barry ain’t no Spock. Barry looks out for himself and whoever advances Barry. Barry is the LAST American politician (a notably selfish breed to begin with) that would walk into an irradiated reaction chamber and die with his last words being “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few … or the one.”

Barry is there for Barry and Barry’s own advancement. Service is a slogan, a part of a branding, like sugary breakfast cereals advertising how healthy they are.

marisacat - 6 June 2010

agree… Evan T was flailing wildly just punching up and ptiching out whatever hit his maggot ridden brain.

Been a re-write man too long.

diane - 6 June 2010

Actually, the whole Spock Star Trek Shattner (Strawberry Fields Forever) straight out of militarized Orange County, Hollowwood Desert of Sout CALI thing, and all its: MUST Go To Mars, ……. and trash the galaxies, like we’ve trashed this Earth thing, ……. is truly…DISTURBING ……………………

It reallly ain’t “The Jettsons” … (.or Jet’s Sons ….whatevahs)

diane - 6 June 2010

..well, …..but jeesh …we deliberately bombed the fuckin Moon, last October, ….and that debris, …went….where?…where is Al Gore,…Newsum?

and then, there’s this:

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

Can’t we try to keep it a little bit more straight forward, and down to [on] earth, or will we perpetually look for other places for a handful to escape to, because a handful, couldn’t get enough?

marisacat - 6 June 2010

Please. It was Spock that bombed the moon. Pay attention in class!!

[snicker 😆 ]

diane - 6 June 2010

sniccy snackies!

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

Steven Rosen is on “On the Media” this week on NPR. He pushed the idea that ANY criticism of Israel is to ATTACK Israel, to contribute to destroying Israel. Listening to Steve Beinart BEG to be taken seriously was pretty pathetic too.

marisacat - 6 June 2010

Michael Oren, who is now the US born, Israeli Ambassador TO the US calls it “de-legitimising” Israel. Anything at all.

He spoke at UCLA and there were protests… he called it “de-legitimising” Israel.

I’d say he is ADMITTING how fragile and tendential is the state of Israel.


Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

Rosen was very, very belligerent … he insisted that a “true friend’ remains a friend on “rainy days”.

He devaluation of Palestinian suffering was appalling. Nothing new, but it is always amazing to listen to people who constantly raise the ghosts of the Warsaw Ghetto and Camps to use the same dehumanizing language themselves that was once used to describe their ancestors.

marisacat - 6 June 2010

well thugs survived and thugs run Israel. And we have our own thugs. Then there are shared thugs.

I think it is down to that…

3. marisacat - 6 June 2010

It’s not a Hallmark card. 600, SIX HUNDRED beach cleaners from Mississippi to Panama City Beach in Fl.

The stories on CBS evening news are pretty damning.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

The Mankell piece at the Daily Beast/Guardian is an interesting read. Thanks for that. I skimmed through some of the comments at the Beast and quickly had to stop. The horrible paranoid hysteria of Zionist gets more and more irrational as time goes on …

marisacat - 6 June 2010

Yes I am still on Page 1 I have to go back…

marisacat - 6 June 2010

Joe Klein, that indepedent paragon, wants Helen sent to the back of the room…. at the daily gaggle.

5. marisacat - 6 June 2010

Cutsie Funsies… don’t yu just love how slap happy they all are. Catch the last bit…

Via Mike Allen Playbook

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN and DR. JILL BIDEN (who was also celebrating her 59th birthday) enjoyed getting to know reporters and their families better as they opened their home and yard at the Naval Observatory yesterday to kick off summer with the ‘Biden Beach Boardwalk’ for members of the Fourth Estate. Mark Leibovich, whose ‘casual outdoor attire’ was a ‘Scrantastic’ T-shirt, rushed home to get his kids’ swimsuits. Maureen Dowd brought her sister Peggy as a guest, and wore a belted yellow sun dress, strappy sandals and a fedora. Country Current, the U.S. Navy Band’s bluegrass ensemble, played in the tent as guests enjoyed lemonade, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza and salad.

Journos appreciated the warmth and family-friendly hospitality: The Bidens, a close family, were fun and funny, without pretense, and the families of colleagues and competitors relaxed and enjoyed each other. … @edhenrycnn posted video of the Vice President going down the water slide. …

Rahm Emanuel enlisted John F. Harris as a human shield as the V.P. fired a water gun at him. Dr. Biden started the melee. (Marc Ambinder photo)

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

ick …

courtiers, the lot of them.

diane - 6 June 2010

a belted yellow sun dress ….

sounds like that’s absolutely the color, to be there, or square in, ya think I should throw out last year’s wardrobe? should I consult Jezebel ….Gawker, etc. etc………….. …I jus don’ know what to do???????

I really am not quite sure about catnip’s consensus on that banana slug ( nuthin against actual banana slugs) yellah that shelly wore, soz the youngin’s could fight off that fat and get in line to die, though I got a hint that it weren’t so much about that color, it was about the form, think I’ll stick with my ole and raggedy for nowz………….

catnip - 6 June 2010


6. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

Obama-Drones Transforming al Qaeda from an Organization to a “Mid-East Mentality”

Question. What happens when an irresistible force, critical mass of TRUTH to power, no, let’s go further, the evidence of CONSEQUENCE as truth to power meets up with an immovable object, the morally arrested, limitlessly EGO-controlled power patriarchs? I gotta tell you, if I had any money left, I would have to sadly put it on the patriarchs. Those globally-impactful, intractable Captains of the Titanic.

How can we, the non-sociopathic citizens of the United States, for example, not have PTSD at this point? We watched George Bush et al. for eight excruciating years pervert everything this country stood for, with some mighty help set into motion long ago by Ronald Reagan’s enabling of patriotic narcissism and corporate betrayal. Today, thanks to the continuation of our dysfunctional administrative and legislative leaderships, we seem to be hurtling ever faster down the slippery slope of disempowerment and victimization. Down a slope that we as a country apparently helped foreign non-elites down for decades. Karma is a bitch.

Scott Peck says mental health is “dedication to reality at all costs,” and leaders, such as the three winners above, are deaf, blind and so very DUMB to reality, and I mean that in the politically correct context — if you know what I mean. I just don’t mean their amorality, which is heartbreaking, but their lack of sanity in recognizing how to and how not to destroy the whole damn world.

8. marisacat - 6 June 2010

Top two posts at Tiny Revolution. Clapper. Plus ca change, etc.


Here’s more detail from the October 29, 2003 N.Y. Times story:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28— The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq’s illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.

The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ”unquestionably” had been moved out of Iraq.

”I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse,” General Clapper, who leads the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said at a breakfast with reporters.

He said he was providing a personal assessment. But he said ”the obvious conclusion one draws” was that there ”may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq, and unquestionably, I am sure, material.”

A spokesman for General Clapper’s agency, David Burpee, said he could not provide further evidence to support the general’s statement.

Think I will just beg for the cement we are mired in to dry faster.

marisacat - 6 June 2010

oh the comments to the second thread, the post with a big pic of Clap the human Clapper… is a scream. I got some laughs, always valuable.

diane - 6 June 2010

this June 5th post was very bleakly ‘funny,’ also:

It’s always sad when governments which enjoy killing people starting quarreling with each other. Can’t they come together on shared killing-people common ground? So here’s my idea: since Israel kills Turks, and Turkey kills Kurds, maybe they can sign a “Triangular Trade” peace pact if the Kurds are willing to kill some Israelis.

P.S. The funniest part of the whole Israel-Turkey fight is that for decades Israel has happily assisted Turkey by denying that the Armenian genocide was in fact genocide. (Here’s an interesting letter on the subject to Shimon Peres.) After the fallout from the flotilla killings I’m guessing the Knesset even now is drafting a resolution in which Israel will suddenly discover it’s outraged!!! by the Ottoman Empire’s actions during World War I. ”

marisacat - 6 June 2010

and of course, somehow or other out of all of this, the armenians STILL don’t get “genocide”.

diane - 6 June 2010

haven’t even gotten to the comments yet hon, I’m still laughing about:

….General “Clapper’s,” agency spokesman, ”Burpee”….

mebbe I’m jus slowwwwwwwwww……………………………………………………

diane - 6 June 2010

why yes,…yes I am slow, and stoopid, I meant to bold “General Capper’s” (oopsy, I meant “Clapper’s”, …..one trak mine there),..thusly:

….General “Clapper’s,” agency spokesman, ”Burpee”….

(and truly sorry I fucked that one up.)

9. marisacat - 6 June 2010

This is interestin g on the sinkhole in Guatemal..

The giant sinkhole that opened beneath downtown Guatemala City over the weekend is all the rage right now. There’s just one problem: it isn’t a sinkhole.

“Sure, it looks a lot like a sinkhole,” geologist Sam Bonis told Discovery News from his home in Guatemala. “And a whale looks a lot like a fish, but calling it one would be very misleading.”

Instead, Bonis prefers the term “piping feature” — a decidedly less sexy label for the 100-foot deep, 66-foot wide circular chasm. But it’s an important distinction, he maintains, because “sinkholes” refer to areas where bedrock is solid but has been eaten away by groundwater, forming a geological Swiss cheese whose contours are nearly impossible to predict.

The situation beneath the country’s capital is far different, and more dangerous.

The lion’s share of the city is built on pumice fill — ash flows made up of loose, gravel-like particles deposited during ancient volcanic eruptions. In places, the debris is piled over 600 feet thick, filling up what would otherwise be a v-shaped valley of faulted bedrock. For those peering into the deep dark depths wondering what might be at the bottom, it’s either more pumice fill or bedrock. Mixed with a healthy dose of wreckage from the swallowed-up clothing factory.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

oh, I didn’t know that. How interesting/scary.

marisacat - 6 June 2010

Lol … and I thought maybe that one was a REAL sinkhole. Look at it. Sink. Hole. The ones we get here are jagged, rough. And I uess that fulfils his description of an area with solid rock earth that collapses…

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010

Get ready for the grasshopper and cricket swarms this summer

The US Department of Agriculture warns that this summer could bring massive outbreaks of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

Grasshopper and cricket swarms can decimate farmlands, causing economic losses as well as food shortages. From the USDA website:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expecting potentially heavy grasshopper outbreaks this year in a number of western States beginning in early June and lasting throughout the summer. These estimates are based on the unusually high population of adult grasshoppers in these States at the end of the summer of 2009, indicating that a large number of eggs may have been laid.

One thing after another …

marisacat - 6 June 2010

they are already calling it locusts – out here

11. marisacat - 6 June 2010

What a shock!!


Amnesty says the images show pieces of cruise missiles American missiles were used in a raid against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen in which women and children died in December, rights group Amnesty International says.

Amnesty has released images taken after the raid that it says show remnants of a US-made Tomahawk cruise missile.

Cluster bombs were also apparently used in the attack, which Amnesty described as “grossly irresponsible”.

The US has said its troops gave support for the raid, in Abyan province.

But Yemeni officials have denied any US involvement.

Obama congratulates

At the end of 2009 Yemen suddenly stepped up its offensive against al-Qaeda militants.

The authorities launched a number of raids, saying intelligence showed that Western targets were in imminent danger.

On 17 December two attacks on militant targets were said to have killed more than 30 militants The raids were hailed as a big success in Yemen.

US President Barack Obama telephoned his Yemeni counterpart, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, to offer his congratulations.

Always observe the niceties…

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 June 2010
marisacat - 6 June 2010

We stuck entirely with publicly available government documents describing this program. They are heavily redacted. Many pages are mostly blacked out, and multiple pages in a row are entirely blacked out. If we found evidence of a crime in reviewing the sanitized record, someone who has access to the full record needs to investigate this. …

Yes wha t is in the redcted?

marisacat - 6 June 2010


This Associated Press story includes an administration response saying that this has been looked into multiple times. It has not.

Abuses have been looked into multiple times. The role of health professionals has been looked into in a broad way. But there has never been any investigation into the question of human experimentation.

The administration is being slippery. Their response, as noted in the Associated Press story on our report, is either not true or there is no public record of such an inquiry that we’re aware of. If there was, it’s incumbent upon them to share at least a sanitized version that specifically looked at human experimentation.

People have suggested it before. But I don’t think anyone has raised a credible allegation with verifiable evidence before.

James - 6 June 2010

Can’t really say I’m surprised by this point. Absolutely sickening nonetheless.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

sorry that your comment was held in moderation, James. It was because it was a first comment. Excepting blips in the WP system, your commetns will all go thru from now on…


13. marisacat - 7 June 2010

Found this while I was at BoingBoing…

BP had a 600 page report on “Spill PLan” from a [redacted in the file] well.

BP SPill Plan Leaks

The three big takeaways, excerpted from Beninato’s blog post:

1) In the worst case discharge scenario (on chart below), an oil leak was expected to come ashore with highest probability in Plaquemines Parish within 30 days

2) Spokespersons were advised never to assure the public that an ecosystem would be back to normal after the worst case scenario, which we are now living through.

3) Corexit oil dispersant toxicity has not been tested on ecosystems, according to the Oil Spill Response Plan. “Ecotoxilogical effects: No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product.”

She/Xeni Jardini links back to the New Orleasn blog that leaked it and alos to the report.

I’d like to break somethinhg….. I mean smash to pieces.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

Fuck them all… I went ot the New Orleans blog which has more detail… since I can’t be opening the 29 mb pdf of the plan…………. Beninato’s blog – New Orleans – City Voices

In the worst case discharge scenario (on chart below), an oil leak was expected to come ashore with highest probability in Plaquemines Parish within 30 days (see map above from the Advance Response Plan).

This makes it clear that BP could have stored adequate boom there before a rig failure like the Deepwater Horizon, and workers could have been mobilized to apply the boom in the 30 days that the response plan predicted oil would hit our wetlands.

AND she points out that in 2009 more was known about Corexit, BP used 2005 infomration:

Environmental Defense Fund scientist Richard Denison points out that dispersant maker Nalco’s statement in the 2009 Plan is from 2005, and some ecotoxicity data can now be found on other response documents. See his post at: http://www.edf.org/chemandnano.

Thre is some slight irony in that the leaked Plan was released on the day Obby dropped in to the Gulf.

She also has some more detail from the pdf about how BP was never to promise anything, not really. No real promises of returning anything to what it was.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

The thread has some expansion and clarification… This was an official spill plan on file with MMS, and was handed to the blogger by an insider. I guess you could say it was hidden in the open.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2010

the purloined bureaucracy.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

God knows what is coming. More, that much is certain. Admittedly I have no clue what i am looking at, but the overnight stream looks scary… France24 news ran it without comment for about 4 minutes.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

I searched “”news” for “Bp gulf spill plan filed with MMS” and got a single Market Watch June 3 report about regulatory and oversight issues going forth iwth a one line reference that currently all oil cos must file a spill plan with MMS…

HOWEVER when I searched those words with Google Web… I got this response.

I can’t open things right now… want to sort of chill out for a bit, but at quick glance the majority seem to seek to indicate BP did NOT have a spill plan on file for a blow out situation. hmm. But it seems they DID, however horrifyingly revealing of what they planned not to do… which may be why an insider handed it over to the NO blogger.

14. marisacat - 7 June 2010

hmm Euro News is reporting that the oil must be heading for Texas state beaches, dead birds are landing on their shores…

15. catnip - 7 June 2010

Interesting. Just watching the Gibbs/Thad Allen presser. Someone asked re: compensation from BP – if someone owns a bed & breakfast (and someone supplies food etc. for it) and they’ve been impacted by the gusher, will they be compensated? Allen said they’ll be looking into those kind of scenarios this week. It’s been 49 days and they’re just considering this now?

Always behind the curve…

marisacat - 7 June 2010

well I think the overall plan is sort of Plan No Plan (see up thread, the spill plan BP had on file with MMS)… do as little as possible. And once there is widespread wasteland, there sure won’t be any opposition to drilling.

I get the impression that West FL thinks it will only get a leeeetle worse than it is now.


16. CSTAR - 7 June 2010

Famous two words from the late sixties “Credibility gap”

catnip - 7 June 2010

Two more: “Question authority”

17. catnip - 7 June 2010

Snowballing: Assad: Syria prepared to act against Israel’s siege of Gaza; Erdogan: Turkey can give Gaza everything it needs if Israel lifts siege; Turkey to Israel: If you have nothing to hide, accept international probe.

“What happened on the flotilla is a crime against humanity,” Erdogan said, referring to the Israel Navy raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship last week that left nine Turkish nationals dead.

“Palestine and Gaza are a giant prison and this situation cannot continue,” he said. “We can no longer remain silent and we will not be silent anymore regarding anything having to do with Gaza.

Assad added his own criticism of the flotilla raid, calling it not “just another crime, but a crime that exposes Israel’s true face.”

Meanwhile: Israel navy kills four Palestinian ‘militants’ off Gaza

marisacat - 7 June 2010

AFP has a report this am that the Iranians are plannign a relief and supplies flotilla to Gaza…

And they are even talking of having the Republican Guard/Iranian Navy as escort. I guess the Iranians ate their Wheaties over the weekend.

18. catnip - 7 June 2010

Speaking of disasters and so-called justice: Bhopal trial: Eight convicted over India gas disaster

A court in the Indian city of Bhopal has sentenced eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984.

The convictions are the first since the disaster at the Union Carbide plant – the world’s worst industrial accident.

The eight Indians, all former plant employees, were convicted of “death by negligence”. One had already died – the others are expected to appeal.

Campaigners said the court verdict was “too little and too late”.

The eight convicted on Monday were Keshub Mahindra, the chairman of the Indian arm of the Union Carbide (UCIL); VP Gokhale, managing director; Kishore Kamdar, vice-president; J Mukund, works manager; SP Chowdhury, production manager; KV Shetty, plant superintendent; SI Qureshi, production assistant. All of them are Indians.

The seven former employees, some of whom are now in their 70s, were also ordered to pay fines of 100,000 Indian rupees (£1,467; $2,125) apiece.

Although Warren Anderson, the American then-chairman of the US-based Union Carbide parent group, was named as an accused and later declared an “absconder” by the court, he was not mentioned in Monday’s verdict.

Greenpeace has more on Anderson. A warrant was issued for him in 2009.

19. marisacat - 7 June 2010

Lindorff on the killings on the Mavi Marmara

You want to know why we need independent journalism, and why those of you who are reading this article need to support the publication in which it is appearing and the article in which it originally appeared? Because if you rely for your news on the US corporate media, whether ad-supported or underwriter-supported, you won’t learn that Furkan Dogan, the 19-year-old American citizen slain by Israeli commandos in the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla May 31, was shot in the back and in the back of the head, as well as multiple times in the face.

This is the conclusion of the autopsy conducted by the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine, which also did autopsies on the eight other Turkish citizens killed in the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ferry and five other smaller boats in the so-called Freedom Flotilla. Of the other eight dead, the medical examiners found that five had been shot in the back, or in the back of the head.

This critically important information has not appeared in US news reports. Some American news organizations have left out the autopsy information entirely from their reports as of Saturday. CNN, in its report on Friday, did note that five of the nine were shot in the head, and at close range, but the all-important fact that most of the victims were shot from behind was left out. ABC had the same information on Thursday, again without mentioning the shots from behind. In its article on Friday, the NY Times had yet to even name Dogan, the American victim, much less mention the bullets that hit him or how he was shot.snip

sigh… I can tell him wehre the NYT put Furkan’s name… in their blog The Lede…

Also in the article he decided, as a corollary event, to look into the shooting death of a young house robber, shot by the cops in his county….. The newspaper reported he had turned to face the cops, who thought he had a gun and shot him. Turned out to be a camera.

HOWEVER when Lindorff went ot the ME’s office and read the actual autopsy, the boy was shot in the back. he was fleeing, he did nto turn to the face the police.

catnip - 7 June 2010

The apologists have been out in full force since this happened.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

ooo that was ugly… I am glad there was push back against Libertarianissssmsmsmsmsm or whatever his name was/is

CSTAR - 7 June 2010

Generalísimo Libertarianísimo

diane - 7 June 2010

..don’t tell me, …..let me guess ……..shimmering, impeccably combed, ‘Golden’ Epaulets ………and ….whiter than White, …. Gloves, ….. untouched by the human blood, that Generalísimo, might, so very casually,….. allow to be spilled?

20. marisacat - 7 June 2010

At C-Punch.. ex marine was on the Mavi Marmara…

[W]hen I was asked, in the event of an Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara, would I use the camera, or would I defend the ship? I enthusiastically committed to defence of the ship. Although I am also a huge supporter of non-violence, in fact I believe non-violence must always be the first option. Nonetheless I joined the defence of the Mavi Mamara understanding that violence could be used against us and that we may very well be compelled to use violence in self defence.

I said this straight to Israeli agents, probably of Mossad or Shin Bet, and I say it again now, on the morning of the attack I was directly involved in the disarming of two Israeli Commandos. This was a forcible, non-negotiable, separation of weapons from commandos who had already murdered two brothers that I had seen that day. One brother with a bullet entering dead center in his forehead, in what appeared to be an execution.

I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of them. I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one of my brothers. But that is not what I, nor any other defender of the ship did. I took that weapon away, removed the bullets, proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the gun. I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli authorities for mass murder. I also helped to physically separate one commando from his assault rifle, which another brother apparently threw into the sea.

21. Heather-Rose Ryan - 7 June 2010

Great article in the NYT:


I’ve been saying this for years – constant electronic communication/information is rewiring our brains, and not in a good way. Eventually people are going to stop reading books entirely (they’re too long and boring) and will only receive information in Tweet-size morsels. Reasoning and critical faculties will disappear. That’s what Those On HIgh want, of course – millions of braindead consumers who can be led this way and that by sparkling distractions and red flags.

diane - 7 June 2010

I agree totally. For as “progressive” as Cali is rumored to be, Santa Clara County (which covers a very large area), the core of Silicon Valley, has only half a handful of Independent Bookstores, and most of those in Palo Alto, near Stanford. Their main sheet music store, which had been around for a very long time, just had to shut its doors a few years ago.

Further there’s an enormous social disconnect going on, people so plugged into their gadgetry, that historic human interactions, common and necessary to civilized societies are shattered. It is absolutely Heartbreaking.

Good luck addressing that in Cali though, or doing any independent studies on it, it’s the last thing the powers that be want, especially since most of technology is meant to serve Defense and Finance functions.

diane - 7 June 2010

I’ve been hoping that Joan Didion would write a book on Silicon Valley, as she’s done some great pieces on California in general, and Southern California.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

I fear Joan has gone nutz. I don’t exactly blame her, she lost her duaghter and her husband iwthin a short period of itme and both had horrendous illnesses…. major hosptialisations.

BUT THEN, she did a long piece in the NYRofB…. and I worked hard to drag myself thru it… she fully embraced the Winger take on Schiavo… the brain dead woman in FLorida… taht we all got dragged thru in 2004 I think it was… It was an horrific, long, detailed, manic article. And the Right loved her for it.

What she has done since………….. I have no idea.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

oh now I remember (or i think I do…HA!!) … there was a play on Broadway, drawn from her experiences with their deaths iirc. I managed to get thru the hour with her on CRose…

diane - 7 June 2010

The last thing I read was We tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, which included many of her old works, which I re-read. Loved it. I didn’t want to read the book (I think?) she wrote on her husbands death, it sounded way too depressing, and I just can’t read things like that anymore like I used to.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 7 June 2010

Yes. Great point about the loss of normal human interactions. I had Thanksgiving dinner last year at a friend’s – she has a large extended family with several high school and college-age kids. Throughout the evening, including while eating the meal, these kids spent their time staring down at their cellphones, Blackberries, and iPhones, busily texting or surfing (or something). The only people engaged in normal dinnertime conversation with each other were the over 40s like me. It was stunning.

diane - 7 June 2010

I’ve had reason to spend some time on a high school ground recently. And watching the kids spill out of their classes ignoring those they were walking side by side with while rapidly hooking up with their gadgets, was so depressing it took me awhile to get over it.

Further, the few honest studies on the physical effects of the gadgetry on, are not promising at all. The frightening thing is that electrical fields are invisible and easy to consider absolutely harmless. Even cigarette smoke, which took so very, very long to admit could be deadly, is somewhat visible. I have been seriously wondering, if that’s not one reason why so many animals and insects are having problems, particularly honeybees.

22. catnip - 7 June 2010

Helen Thomas has retired. It really didn’t need to come to that…

diane - 7 June 2010

That is incredibly sad, especially since the majority were absolutely able to read between the lines of her comment. SHAME ON ALL OF THEM.

diane - 7 June 2010

I had never known she was Arab American. I’ve known a large number of people of Arab extraction, from the Middle East, and I will say, without much exception, they were the most charitable, hospitable, and humble people, I have ever met in my life.

marisacat - 7 June 2010

yes I think she was of lebanese descent..

diane - 7 June 2010

a wonderful people generally ….it is all ….so sad…………..

lucid - 7 June 2010

That sucks… simply for expressing the truth.

lucid - 7 June 2010

Maybe I should check out GOS tonight… no doubt an hilarious crapfest on the topic.

diane - 7 June 2010

Interesting tidbit, re: a Jeralyn/Talkleft post, on Helen. Has anyone heard of, or know anything about ”Diane S. Nine’s” Nine Speakers agency?

How come this Nine Speakers agency doesn’t have a website? Is it all one person, named Diane Nine? While she’s registered in every directory, I can’t find a website. Odd, in this day and age

diane - 7 June 2010

From Glenn Greenwald: Our hard-core, adversarial press corps

…..look at the bright side: with Thomas banished, White House press briefings and presidential news conferences will be much friendlier and more harmonious with the amiable, star-struck Ed Henrys remaining in place.

23. marisacat - 7 June 2010


By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the pursuit of criminal charges in the nation’s worst oil spill, with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster. Eight in 10 criticize the way BP’s handled it – and more people give the federal government’s response a negative rating than did the response to Hurricane Katrina.

A month and a half after the spill began, 69 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll rate the federal response negatively. That compares with a 62 negative rating for the response to Katrina two weeks after the August 2005 hurricane.

BP’s response to the spill draws even broader criticism – 81 percent rate it negatively. And 64 percent say the government should pursue criminal charges against BP and other companies involved in the spill, which has poured oil into the Gulf from a well 5,000 feet beneath the surface since an explosion and fire destroyed the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig April 20.

diane - 7 June 2010

A pipe dream, I know, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if across the country, forgetting the insane Red/Blue political identity, as if that’s the only valid identity a person has, those little peeps (the few still working), who are working for Mega Corp[se]Guv would take off a day in protest, to stop the machinery for a day of humanity and acknowledgement of the value of life outside of MONEY and POWER.

24. diane - 7 June 2010

How BP is controlling Google results – When you search for information about the Gulf oil spill, BP wants you to see their side of the story first — and they’re paying up to make that happen

If you search Google, Bing, or Yahoo for information about the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a very good chance the top result will be a BP site explaining what the company is doing to mitigate the disaster. Coincidence? Hardly. BP is essentially renting oil-related search words and phrases to make sure search engine users see their pages first….

25. diane - 7 June 2010

Why Isn’t the Justice Department Pursuing a Real Criminal Investigation Into BP?

BY Ariel Schwartz Today

We were relieved last week when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into BP’s involvement in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. But our relief may be unwarranted, according to Scott West, the former special agent-in-charge at the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division. That’s because West believes there isn’t actually an investigation.

“I won’t say [Holder] is a liar, but he’s certainly practicing deception,” West tells FastCompany.com. The investigation exists on paper–all the paperwork that goes along with filing an investigation has been completed—but nothing indicates that an actual investigation is underway.

“If there was a bonafide criminal investigation, you would be seeing a number of special agents knocking on doors and interviewing witnesses,” West says. No one has come forward to say they have been contacted or subpoenaed, and a grand jury hasn’t yet been empanelled for the investigation. This is a problem, according to West, because if an investigation does begin at a later date, witnesses’ memories of the spill may have already faded. And while the Justice Department has asked BP to preserve documents, there is no reason to believe that the oil company will comply.


marisacat - 7 June 2010

gee what a surprise, Holder and Obby, basically rent boys for the corps, are running a cute diversion.

So so so surprised.

26. marisacat - 7 June 2010

NOW it is two gas well drillings that blew in one day, one in WV earlier and now one in Texas. AND one in PA last week.

Does it sound like methane gas has it in for us?

marisacat - 7 June 2010

NO I guess it was a drill oepration in WV and a pipeline in Texas.

Hard to keep disasters straight…

diane - 7 June 2010

try tracking the good events, much much easier, all you need is half a hand, if that. No worry at all about keeping those persnickety dates and details in order!

27. marisacat - 7 June 2010

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