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Summer? 23 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, UK.

Seaside buckets and spades vie for attention with more modern beach toys at this seafront stall [Matt Cardy/Getty Images]

Just an excuse to put up a silly pic… tho:

Madman (and the Milwaukee streets) is under a summer squall for days, catnip’s just-planted garden is beaten half to death by hail and I am freezing to death in San Francisco, a very cold week here.

It seems to be summer, resplendent with cheap and colorful beach toys, in Weymouth England, and I am sure, elsewhere…


And, above all else, let’s not be UNFAIR to the biggest of the too big to fail on Wall St.

I don’t want any bankers CRYING … do you?  That would be just so UNFAIR. 

Think of all the used-once-and-thrown-away hankies that would end up in the ocean and, inevitably, choking an endangered whale.  A female whale, probably with a baby whale inside her.  You don’t want to kill a whale do you?

[M]r. Feinberg’s study, which was required by the 2009 stimulus law that also created his post, covered the five-month window during which firms were getting government assistance but policy makers hadn’t yet enacted executive-compensation restrictions. Those rules came into force in early February 2009.

The payments “were ill advised, they were troublesome. But I do not believe it is fair to declare…that the payments were ‘contrary to the public interest,'” he said. In fact, Mr. Feinberg said he undertook the compensation review, which was required by the 2009 stimulus law, with “some reluctance.”

“This is arm-chair quarterbacking,” he said.

Mr. Feinberg also said he felt it was inappropriate for him to ask any of the 17 firms to claw back or reimburse taxpayers for the bonus payouts. Under the law he has no authority to demand repayment, but Congress did direct him to request reimbursement if appropriatesnip

Only do what is appropriate… be safe.  Take care.  Be fair.  Love thy neighbor.  Arm-chair quarterbacking is a sin. A double sin if done on Mondays… Help those in need.  Be kind to the bankers, they are human too.

Wall St is just another street, don’t discriminate.  You know they’d do the same for you.  Don’t make trouble.

And, remember we HAD to save them, otherwise the entire financial system would have failed.  We did the right thing.  Or it would have been a Depression. Bernanke, an expert on the GD, told us that.  

All the congress people repeated what he said, as tho speaking with authority..

A Great Recession is so much better.  Even if it never ends.

Can’t we all just get along?




1. catnip - 23 July 2010

“if appropriate”

Now there’s change you can believe in.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

liked your piece on Barry and Keith.

catnip - 23 July 2010


2. marisacat - 23 July 2010

we jsut had a slight earthquake, but kind of a hard jolt…

no idea what Richter yet..

and a small after shake …

marisacat - 23 July 2010

3.5 just so of here, north of Pacifica….

BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010


3. BooHooHooMan - 23 July 2010

Tick tock.

Rangel Speaks, and Asks for Time.

In his first news conference since learning his fellow lawmakers would put up him on trial for ethics violations, Representative Charles B. Rangel urged his constituents and the press to be patient, saying he would not address the specifics of the charges against him until the proceedings begin next week.

But Mr. Rangel, who snapped at reporters in Washington on Thursday, appeared determined to strike a softer tone at Friday’s appearance, even offering a public apology to one reporter, Luke Russert, whose question on Thursday — about whether the charges would cost the congressman his job — Mr. Rangel dismissed as “dumb.”

He suggested several times that he had decided to hold the news conference despite the advice of his lawyers and aides….

But Charlie and his family are victims, see….

….and that all the facts would be aired before the Sept. 14 primary.

“I’m in the kitchen and I’m not walking out,” Mr. Rangel insisted.

But when asked about the charges against him, Mr. Rangel parried with rambling reflections on the awkwardness of the situation and the pain the investigation had inflicted on him and his family.

Charles Hurt (how apropos!) (of the New York Post already)
had this serviceable assessment today:

. For a House member — a long-serving and powerful former committee chairman, no less — to be charged by a bipartisan panel of the House ethics committee is as rare as it is direly serious.

That is because in Congress, both parties go to such extraordinary lengths to conceal the sins of their members. {BINGO!- bhhm}

The last time it happened, the accused, Rep. James Traficant of Ohio, was expelled from Congress and went to jail.
How would you like to try explaining yourself after claiming the right to four different rent-regulated apartments — including one used as a campaign office — when the law allows only one and certainly doesn’t allow one to be used as a campaign headquarters?

Or how would you like to be on the hook for failing to report — as required by federal law — income you were collecting on a rental property in the Dominican Republic?

Oh, and even though you write the federal tax laws, you also somehow had failed to pay taxes on that income.

Or that somehow you had managed not to report — again, as required by federal law — hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal assets. Year after year.

No amount of lipstick will dress up those ugly little pigs.

So, very soon, the ethics committee will be officially and publicly on the scene. And once they are, they will have no choice but to render a verdict to the rancid charges against Rangel.

Once they arrive on the scene, somebody’s going to jail. { 😆 🙄 }
…. If she had wanted to throw a lifeline to Rangel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could have made sure the case got punted until after the November elections.

That also would have spared congressional Democrats all around the country the embarrassment by association that comes with an ugly and public trial like this. {Not exactly! -bhhm}

But instead, Pelosi chose to take her poison now and put Rangel up on trial. And with that decision, she sends a clear message to Rangel: She’s done protecting him.

This is only going to get a lot uglier and the only way for Rangel to spare himself, Pelosi and the House Democrats further embarrassment is to resign.

He’s out.. hmm…this weekend?..Next? … “upon further reflection”?
Tick tock.

marisacat - 23 July 2010

well… he can give up the fourth [rent controlled] apartment in his Harlem complex… supposedly it was used as a campaign office.

4. catnip - 23 July 2010

Meanwhile, back at the nuclear ranch

North Korea says it will use its “nuclear deterrent” in response to joint US-South Korean military exercises this weekend.

Pyongyang was ready to launch a “retaliatory sacred war”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KINA) said, quoting defence officials.

Washington and Seoul say the war games are to deter North Korean aggression.

And how’s that working for you?

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

jeebus xrist on a pogo stick.

5. marisacat - 23 July 2010

It’s all about that 20th level chess… ya know?


[B]ut I’ve learned over time to respect the canniness of this president’s restraint. His gift is patience and perseverance and allowing his enemies to destroy themselves. And I suspect this Breitbart racial smear may be a moment when, once again, you see how Obama outsmarts his opponents. I mean: when you examine it, you see that a woman who actually exemplifies honesty about race and overcomes prejudice was cynically and recklessly used to create a false notion that this administration is racist toward whites, an old and disgusting canard devised by the Becks and Hannitys and Limbaughs in the tradition of Wallace and Atwater and McCarthy.

But – and here’s the thing – to the credit of many on the right (and, of course, good old Shep Smith of Fox News), this episode has led to the first real rift in the lock-step of the right-wing noise machine. I know this was so egregious a smear it was indefensible. And I know, as David Frum has noted, that many conservatives tried to deflect blame onto Obama, and the media – led by the cynic Lloyd Grove – has joined the pack. But nonetheless, many on the right took Breitbart on, from NRO outward. This great injustice has, to anyone with a fair mind, deeply damaged Fox News, deeply discredited the Breitbart noise machine, and will render every new soundbite and video issued by FNC more suspect.


catnip - 23 July 2010

What is he smoking?

marisacat - 23 July 2010

oh it gets even funnier.. the last two grafs are a huge defense of Obby, line by line (who has the energy for that?) AND he favorably compares him to Reagan.


Other than taht, I had not read Sully in months, many months so wandered around… if you need to know anything about Palin or Bristol or Trig, small details, big doings, drop in with Sully… he has the tick tock. Gah.

Who has that kind of energy.

Meanwhile he is back on Cape Cod for his usual 6 week vaca…

catnip - 24 July 2010

Being an apologist is hard werk, I guess.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

Good, patient response from a local UWM climatologist to the question of climate change. Well worth listening to, does a good explanation of the difference between localized WEATHER and long-term CLIMATE.

Climatologist Attributes Years of Severe Summer Storms to Global Change

This is the third time in four years southeastern Wisconsin has been hit by a series of strong summer storms with heavy rainfall that causes flooding. Wisconsin state Climatologist John Young theorizes the trend is somewhat related to global climate change.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

Feinberg is just such a worthless FIXER. I love the way these connected a-holes are always trotted out as “experts”, supposedly to “fix” some egregious problem, only to eventually reaffirm some sleazy status quo.

ts - 24 July 2010

On one hand, he’s telling gulf residents they have to be patient and sign waivers and maybe if they play ball they’ll get a small fraction of their previous livelihood, which is gone forever as far as they’re concerned, and on the other hand he’s telling the wealthiest banks in the world that he won’t (it’s not can’t, if they can force through tarp they can do this) even claw back a few fucking bonuses, a fraction of the profits they earn in a single year. Please die in a fire, kthx.

8. catnip - 23 July 2010
9. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 July 2010

Found this link via Boing Boing. Youth Radio: Grant Station: A Killing And The Aftermath (in images)

10. marisacat - 23 July 2010

LOL There is always a chorus to prop them up…. someone named Cynic, filling in for Ta Nehisi Coates (yes, I am wandering around The Atlantic)

[T]here’s a lot that could be written – and much of it has – about the dynastic politics of Harlem, the downsides of ethnic blocs, and the corruption of power. There’s as much to say, though, about Rangel’s heroism in battle, his lifetime of public service, and all that he accomplished. His fall from grace saddens me. He has the aura of a man who has outlived his time, and doesn’t know it.

And the news sends me back to the speech that Barack Obama delivered in Selma, the piece of oratory in which he staked out his own place in the black political tradition:

And of course he pulls out the Selma march section of Ob’s speech, the Moses and Joshua slobberation.

If they wanna make Rangel Moses and say that because corporate Joshua is here, Moses can go to his rest… etc…. well they can trot that out, but I am laughing.

11. marisacat - 24 July 2010

Five, count ’em 5, US troops picked off in S Afghanistan…. th reports say “bombs”.

I had been reading there is a new improved, so to speak, IED, copper in the fabrication and it can rip thru anything. Armour, flak jackets, etc. Tanks.

Ah well. Wages of war.

12. marisacat - 24 July 2010

laugh laugh laugh….


Here, for example, are three ways the right’s political strategy varies from the left’s:

– The right keeps it simple. It speaks United States, not bland abstractions devised by some third rate branding coach. There is hardly anyone in the country who doesn’t know the right opposes gay marriage, abortion and illegal immigration. Now try describing three primary goals of liberals or the left and you see the problem. This not only works on the voters, it works with the media, which finds its difficult to deal with more than three concepts at a time.

– The right keeps its eye on issues rather than icons. Liberals just become indentured servants of an Obama or Clinton and let the wars and the Wall Street bailouts go on unimpeded. The GOP doesn’t even have a leading candidate for 2012, but it’s already controlling the issues. [oh that is so true! — Mcat]

– The right knows how to scare the shit out of liberals and politicians like Obama, whereas the right doesn’t even get scared at the thought of destroying the planet.

Yup… Breitbart is going to hit again, soon. Just to watch Obby strain at the choke chain.

And of course the Dems will so help with destroying the planet, whcih the R know.

As the Dems prattle about “green jobs” that will hardly materialise.

right… I am supposed to weep that Van Jones was brought down. Riiiight. He was useful to the Dems as he prattled green jobs, big time.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

I wonder who’s next…

marisacat - 24 July 2010

I am sure they have someone lined up…

ms_xeno - 24 July 2010

I refuse to look at debunkingwhite or any of the anti-racist blogs. They wanted the wagons circled for Obama all along. I can’t imagine how this is all playing out, if he’s being acknowledged as having any agency in it at all. And I don’t want to know.

What’s worse than outright charlatans? Watching people with genuine concern for their fellow humans debase themselves before charlatans, over and over again. And unlike the Party ops in Blogland, receiving nothing in return but the chance to debase themselves yet again.

marisacat - 24 July 2010

I don’t know “debunkingwhite”…

Falling for Obby was falling for advertising, of the most base sort. I remember one commenter here excitedly telling me that McCain and Palin are white supremacists (as if I ever endorsed them, ha! or Hillary!) and my reply was that Obby and Mother Michelle are SUPREMACISTS.

And there is no fucking difference. Esp as Obby is hte hired help for the white supremacists.

ms_xeno - 24 July 2010

Anti-racist board on LJ. You could scent at a certain point that Obama-mania was going to make certain discussions damn near impossible.

Wrote about it here.

How time does fly… :/

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

how could this POSSIBLY go wrong?

Blinding DAZER LASER To Replace Police Tasers?

marisacat - 24 July 2010

So far SF PD is not permtted tasers, old or new… and it pisses off the new Chief, a lot.

ts - 24 July 2010

He’s just itching to taze some homeless or hippies, or even better, homeless hippies.

14. marisacat - 24 July 2010

hmmm I’d say US forces had best pray for the onset of winter. Two MIA and believed captured n Eastern Afghanistan, outside Kabul.

Taliban claim to have captured missing US soldiers in ambush

Soldiers believed to have been attacked while driving through Logar province in eastern Afghanistan

A massive air and ground search is under way for two missing US soldiers the Taliban claim to have captured after a battle with the insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.

The US military has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the safe release of the men, who are thought to have been seized in the province of Logar, south of Kabul.

The soldiers were tracked and ambushed in a shoot-out by Taliban fighters as they drove through the dangerous Charkh district in an armoured vehicle on Friday, according to Afghan district chief Samar Gul.

He said: “They stopped in the main bazaar of Charkh district. The Taliban saw them in the bazaar. They didn’t touch them in the bazaar, but notified other Taliban that a four-wheel-drive vehicle was coming their way”

15. marisacat - 24 July 2010

snicker snax:

[T]he first black president should expand beyond his campaign security blanket, the smug cordon of overprotective white guys surrounding him — a long political tradition underscored by Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when she complained about the “smart-ass white boys” from Walter Mondale’s campaign who tried to boss her around.

Otherwise, this administration will keep tripping over race rather than inspiring on race.

The West Wing white guys who pushed to ditch Shirley Sherrod before Glenn Beck could pounce not only didn’t bother to Google, they weren’t familiar enough with civil rights history to recognize the name Sherrod. And they didn’t return the calls and e-mail of prominent blacks who tried to alert them that something was wrong.

Charles Sherrod, Shirley’s husband, was a Freedom Rider who, along with the civil rights hero John Lewis, was a key member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee of the ‘60s.

That’s MoDo…. and I see Van Jones intones in the NYT as well, saying he and Shirley are alike.

I don’t think so…………………..

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s House delegate, agreed: “The president needs some advisers or friends who have a greater sense of the pulse of the African-American community, or who at least have been around the mulberry bush.”

Poor Obby.

catnip - 24 July 2010

That last quote is a definite “ouch”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

too bad he doesn’t give a shit about the AA community, or any other community other than the gated community that collectively owns most of the wealth and the Federal government.

marisacat - 24 July 2010

He reminds me of Breitbart.

16. marisacat - 24 July 2010

Little birdie sent me this…

pic of The Man (in his dreams)

BooHooHooMan - 24 July 2010

And WINNER of that Neutered Poodle Roots tradition,
The Helmut Kohl Look-Alike Contest.

Neutered Poodle Rooter Timothy Lange AKA “Meteor Blades”.

Conservative former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl.

Just sayin. Close Enough! 😆 😆 😆

catnip - 25 July 2010

Hilarious. 🙂

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010
18. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle

July 23, 2010 |

In the first few days after BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup workers could be seen on Louisiana beaches wearing scarlet pants and white t-shirts with the words “Inmate Labor” printed in large red block letters. Coastal residents, many of whom had just seen their livelihoods disappear, expressed outrage at community meetings; why should BP be using cheap or free prison labor when so many people were desperate for work? The outfits disappeared overnight.

Work crews in Grand Isle, Louisiana, still stand out. In a region where nine out of ten residents are white, the cleanup workers are almost exclusively African-American men. The racialized nature of the cleanup is so conspicuous that Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, sent a public letter [1] to BP CEO Tony Hayward on July 9, demanding to know why black people were over-represented in “the most physically difficult, lowest paying jobs, with the most significant exposure to toxins.”

Hiring prison labor is more than a way for BP to save money while cleaning up the biggest oil spill in history. By tapping into the inmate workforce, the company and its subcontractors get workers who are not only cheap but easily silenced—and they get lucrative tax write-offs in the process.

Known to some as “the inmate state,” Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration of any other state in the country. Seventy percent of its 39,000 inmates are African-American men. The Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) only has beds for half that many prisoners, so 20,000 inmates live in parish jails, privately run contract facilities and for-profit work release centers. Prisons and parish jails provide free daily labor to the state and private companies like BP, while also operating their own factories and farms, where inmates earn between zero and forty cents an hour. Obedient inmates, or “trustees,” become eligible for work release in the last three years of their sentences. This means they can be a part of a market-rate, daily labor force that works for private companies outside the prison gates. The advantage for trustees is that they get to keep a portion of their earnings, redeemable upon release. The advantage for private companies is that trustees are covered under Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a holdover from Bush’s Welfare to Work legislation that rewards private-sector employers for hiring risky “target groups.” Businesses earn a tax credit of $2,400 for every work release inmate they hire. On top of that, they can earn back up to 40 percent of the wages they pay annually to “target group workers.”

marisacat - 24 July 2010

From what I read they also bussed people in from Mexico and MAINE. Mexico I understood (what they were up to), if they become ill, they are far back home, unable to do anything about it but be ill and/or die. But bussing in workers from Maine, I never quite understood…

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

Strippers, Booze and Race Riots: BP’s Cleanup Workers Run Amok in Grand Isle

I hear about the race riot at Daddy’s Money almost as soon as I arrive on Grand Isle, Louisiana. My friend and I are going to the bar tonight to catch the “female oil wrestling” oil-spill cleanup workers have been packing in to see on Saturday nights. When we stop by the office of the island’s biggest seafood distributor, he tells us that two days ago a bunch of black guys and a bunch of white guys got into a big fight at the bar. It spilled out all over the street and had to be broken up by a ton of cops.

According to the Census, 1,541 people live in this slow Southern resort town. An estimated 2.9 of them are black. That was before the spill. The seafood guy gestures in the direction of the floating barracks being built on barges in the bay to house the lower-skilled cleanup workers, and says that people think the barracks will keep those workers—who are mostly black—from “jumping off” onto dry land and causing trouble.

That night, dozens of men in race-segregated packs crowd around to watch strippers dance around and then tussle inside the bouncy inflatable ring set up inside Daddy’s Money. Female oil wrestlers need, obviously, to be oiled. Plastic cups full of baby oil are being auctioned off, along with the right to rub their contents all over one of the thong-bikinied gals. “I hope there’s no dispersant in that oil!” someone quips. The bidding before the first match starts at $10; it ends pretty quickly when some kid offers $100.

“He outbid me!” the guy next to me yells. His name is Cortez. He bid $80. He has dollar bills tucked all the way around under the brim of his hat, and piles of them in his fist. He has spent $200 of his $1,000 paycheck already tonight. “I am coming here every Saturday from now on,” he says. He gestures expansively at the scene—writhing women; hollering, money-throwing men. “Sponsored by BP!” he yells, laughing, then throws his arms around me and grabs my ass.

Upstairs, on the open-air deck, the supervisors and professional contractors drink. One comes over to talk; he calls me a Yankee when I don’t get that when he says “animals” he means black guys. Another tells us about the crime-prone “monkeys.” I have already stopped counting how many times I’ve heard the n-word on Grand Isle today.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 July 2010

not sure if any of you guys watch Mad Men, but this is pretty good if you do:

Dear Drapers: A Letter To Mad Men’s First Family From Their Black Maid

catnip - 24 July 2010

😆 right on

BooHooHooMan - 24 July 2010

Speaking of “Mad Men”, (haven’t seen it other than the trailers)
I saw this in the NYT’s Auto section. (Don’t ask)

I mean, Could they pack any more psyops into this piece?

Behind the Wheel | 2011 Toyota Avalon
Take Me to an Elks Lodge and Don’t Step on It

COMMERCIALS for the revised 2011 Toyota Avalon practically drip with Brylcreem, Pepsodent and Kennedy-era nostalgia. It’s the “Mad Men” aesthetic buffed to a blindingly perfect gloss — right along the razor’s edge, in obscure early-1960s cinematic terms, that separates a Douglas Sirk melodrama from a Frank Tashlin comedy.

If you’re old enough to get the Sirk and Tashlin references without consulting Wikipedia, you’re right in the Avalon’s demographic sweet spot.

You know, old. So old you may not know what Wikipedia is. Toyota says the median age of Avalon buyers is 64.

At a time when even Buick is promoting the German engineering of its new Regal, Toyota has refocused the Avalon as a car aimed at buyers who aren’t looking for an ultimate driving machine or a car engineered like no other in the world. The Avalon is for buyers who want a comfortable, understated isolation chamber for the daily commute from their corner office to their paid-off four-bedroom colonial. Buyers who want their cars to waft along, smothering out the road’s irregularities and keeping quiet about it. It’s a car for grownups.

GMAFB. A car for grownups, 🙄 who are looking to drive,
in fetal position no doubt, their own transportable isolation bunker/ womb to and fro the isolation bunker of their isolation creating corner office then back to their “paid off” 4 bedroom isolation bunker of an …ahem.. colonial home.

There is so much Shock Doctrine shit going on in those few seeking-mythical retro-relief grafs, but I’ll just grab one.
The “paid off” colonial home. Welp.™
Not after taking out the home equity line to buy the car, dumbasses.

And dig the Times/Toyata Elks Lodgey idea of the paid off colonial accompanying the car.

Eventually automakers aren’t going to beat around the bush with their U.S. marketing efforts..
eventually they will introduce drones, huge market and all…
And sooner or later, Surface to Surface missiles will come standard.

marisacat - 24 July 2010

oh what a hoot! I will hunt for a layout on that car.

I read a few weeks ago that the old Crown Vic was discontinued… which had a varied history… appealing to oldsters and cop fleets alike. At least it was comfortable…

Geesh a car for people 64+.

BooHooHooMan - 24 July 2010

It so funny because all the marketing is aspirational.
It will be bought by mostly (but for the car!) downwardly mobile middle class boomers on float.
Fuck, just pitch everybody black ’63 Lincoln convertibles.
With a complimentary bale of surgical gauze in the trunk for the gaping head wound.
‘a course we got the Healthcare Reform goin for us, tho…

What a fucked up country.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

Fuck, just pitch everybody black ’63 Lincoln convertibles.

I want the old ”suicide doors” Lincoln. It seems fitting…

When I was a child my Salvadorean best friend, her mother had a custom Lincoln Imperial, the most beautiful soft pale dove pinked gray, cream leather interior and hand carved ivory (ugh I know) steering wheel. Pale gray’d windows.

Ah, the 50s……………

marisacat - 24 July 2010

I haven’t but working my way up to taking a peek at via Netflix… thanks for that…

catnip - 25 July 2010

There’s something quite hypnotic about Mad Men.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

I added it to the lsit at Netflix… 😉 I always look for discs with 4 episodes of whatever might be interesting for the weekends..

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

it’s both fascinating and repulsive … I love the way marketers are turning the show into an opportunity to market the late 50s/early 60s, where it’s just as much about how ugly those times were.

ms_xeno - 25 July 2010

Eh. They’ve been marketing that shit to us since at least the 1970s, along with politicians in both [sic] parties. Nothing new here. :/

21. catnip - 24 July 2010
22. BooHooHooMan - 24 July 2010

We’re just drowning in Oily, Brylcreemy, National Highways Act, From the Bunker to the Elks Lodge to Watch the Fights….Bullshit.
I had to belch out a big MIC belly laugh just on seeing the most oxymoronic title of this piece by that faintin Donk in Pink Everlasts,
that Nuffin from Nevada, Mr. Man Tits on the Mat, himself:
s-E-N-A-T-O-R Harry Reeeeeeiiid.

Paving the Way to Our Clean Energy Future

What is this? 1955? Yep, “PAVING our way” …to “Green”. In what?
Green Brylcreem ? Also Available in Blue or Orange ?
Hey why not, the conventioneers buy it. After all,
we’re still Warring our Way to Peace,
Gitmo Operating Our Way to Its Closing,
Corporate Class Subsidizing For the Gate Crashing Small People, etc.
While the Conventoneers readily consume…. the conventional.

I wonder. In our Neo Hunter Gatherer Society now,
are those uber techno jobs …. Shovel ready,too?

23. marisacat - 25 July 2010

hey hey… Professor Bea, over t Cal Berkeley who has consulted for over 50 years with oil and gas industry, says there are several leaks, some close some farther away… up to 5 now and that BP is keeping the gov in the dark (such news, who knew th gov was nto in the loop, snicker)

Will look for a report

24. marisacat - 25 July 2010


For OpEdNews: Dave Lindorff – Writer

By Dave Lindorff

Prof. Bob Bea, of UC Berkeley, a civil engineer with years of expertise in marine oil drilling, says he is concerned that during the current crisis of BP’s blown-out well deep under the Gulf of Mexico, government scientists may not be getting all the information they need from the secretive oil company in order to make intelligent decisions about shutting down the gusher.

“Certainly we independent investigators are not getting information about the condition of the well or about the leaks in the surrounding sea floor,” says Prof. Bea, who is a member of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group at UC Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, where he is co-director, “And I don’t think the expert investigators at the Department of Energy are getting it either.”

What has Prof. Bea and other outside experts concerned is that the casing of the BP well–the long string of pipe that runs from the sea floor down to the high-pressure oil reservoir 2.5 miles below the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico–has “clearly been breached.” He says this can be known with some confidence because the gas that erupted through the top of the well, exploding through and ultimately sinking the giant floating drill rig, the Deepwater Horizon, “almost certainly” came not from the oil-bearing layer where the bottom of the casing reaches, but from the strata through which the well was drilled, most likely down near the bottom of the well string. (There is good reason to believe the blast came from near the well’s bottom because, according to Dept. of Energy officials, a gamma-ray examination of the BOP showed parts of the lower casing had been blasted all the way up into the blowout preventer, probably explaining why its fail-safe shut-off shears couldn’t work.)

Oh well.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

Longer version at Lindorff’s own site


Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

it’s not like it’s surprising that the story keeps getting more and more evil.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

commenters at The Oil Drum keep mentioning, as they maniacally monitor the ROVs, that they see leaks… and always several other commenters show up to say it is just the ROVs kicking up silt.

The film is almst always indistinct to me (tho I like seeing the little robots for some reason)… but if BEA is worried, then I say there is a boat load of reason to worry…

25. marisacat - 25 July 2010



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