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Artists 24 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Great bowerbirds are known for their dramatic and elaborate constructions with decorative objects such as pebbles, bones, and shells to attract a mate.

But researchers have discovered a new dimension to these showy structures: males of this species build staged scenes that make themselves look larger or smaller than they actually are.

Scientists believe great bowerbirds are the first known non-human animals that create scenes with altered visual perspectives for viewing by other individuals    [Michael & Patricia Fogden/Corbis]

Looks to me as tho the great bowerbird has devised a triumphal bower for himself and his mate.




1. catnip - 25 September 2010
2. catnip - 25 September 2010
3. catnip - 25 September 2010

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?

These fake peace talks are worse than no talks at all, Levy believes. “If there are negotiations, there won’t be international pressure. Quiet, we’re in discussions, settlement can go on uninterrupted. That is why futile negotiations are dangerous negotiations. Under the cover of such talks, the chances for peace will grow even dimmer… The clear subtext is Netanyahu’s desire to get American support for bombing Iran. To do that, he thinks he needs to at least pay lip-service to Obama’s requests for talks. That’s why he’s doing this.”

He believes only one kind of pressure would bring Israel back to sanity and safety: “The day the president of the United States decides to put an end to the occupation, it will cease. Because Israel was never so dependent on the United States as it is now. Never. Not only economically, not only militarily but above all politically. Israel is totally isolated today, except for America.” He was initially hopeful that Barack Obama would do this – he recalls having tears in his eyes as he delivered his victory speech in Grant Park – but he says he has only promoted “tiny steps, almost nothing, when big steps are needed.” It isn’t only bad for Israel – it is bad for America. “The occupation is the best excuse for many worldwide terror organisations. It’s not always genuine but they use it. Why do you let them use it? Why give them this fury? Why not you solve it once and for all when the, when the solution is so simple?”

He should have paid more attention to Obama’s pandering to AIPAC.

4. catnip - 25 September 2010

Obama invokes ‘state secrets’ claim to dismiss suit against targeting of U.S. citizen al-Aulaqi

The Obama administration urged a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit over its targeting of a U.S. citizen for killing overseas, saying that the case would reveal state secrets.

That’s the same bullshit defence used to quash Maher Arar’s suit against Rumsfeld. But hey, the Democrats are just so morally superior to war-criminal scum like the Bushco crew, right?

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 September 2010

Obama Administration: Confused over whether birth control is healthcare

In a move familiar to the Administration’s kabuki on DADT, they are now claiming they need a year – a YEAR – to study whether birth control is a preventative health care treatment covered under the new health reform law. Although it will actually take longer than a year to decide that question:

Comissioned by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the study is supposed to determine whether contraception is, in fact, a preventive health service. Allowing a year for the research, which is due next August, then additional time to issue new regulations, and, after that, a year in which insurers will have to comply with new regulations, it’ll be at least 2012 before women can get birth control without a hefty co-pay. 2013 is more likely.

Women’s advocacy groups have pointed out that the year is bullshit. That there’s plenty medical literature already out there on birth control (which isn’t exactly new). But the year is important because it gives the opposition time to mount its campaign:

In a move that’s brought unpleasant flashbacks to last Winter and Spring, the Catholic Church is waging its own campaign. According to a letter the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent to HHS last week, contraceptives and sterilization should not be considered preventive services. “To prevent pregnancy is not to prevent a disease,” the bishops’ letter explains, going on to argue that the interim list, which doesn’t include birth control, should be made permanent.

In other words, the same kind of campaign that led not only to further restricting of abortion access in the health insurance bill (by the Democrats who told me that I had to vote for them to protect my rights from evil Republicans), but also to the even worse language the Administration itself put into its executive order and regulations implementing the bill. That’s so nice of the Obama Administration to give them the time to mount their opposition.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

and such a pity that because Obby loves to spread his legs for fundies, so must we.

catnip - 25 September 2010

Are these people fucking morons? (rhetorical question…)

6. diane - 25 September 2010

…the predictable, Colbert effect on the local Cali noooooooz

those lazy unemployed in Cali, sooooooo need to sign up and work in the fields ….

living an illegal ten to the sustainable living studio apartment in order to pay that $1,000 plus rent ………..

I’m sure there’s a facebook page now ….and paypal is quite busy with a tee-shirt …VC facebook “angel”/paypal founder – Peter Theil/Singularity/Fortune 400, jacks off as we tell our fellow frogs, in the warm womb of the boiling pot:

….. … come on in …….the water’s fine …….

diane - 25 September 2010

or was that Thiel, …. whatevah, same ghastly creep, no matter how it is spelled ……

and yeah he’s desperately jackin off with Ellison et al, …so very hard to get it up when you appear to own earth and you are getting rather BORED ….

diane - 25 September 2010

and of course, as usual, no mention of those legally (with VISA) imported immigrants from despotic nations with despotic demeanors who brutally oversaw all the nimble fingered wimmens doing the Sperry Rand, et al, assembly work, in Sly Con Valley …(while the frat boyo promising techies slept during their watch over whether those wimmens might lose an arm in that malfunctioning equipment ….)

It never ceases to amaze me, …that despite the population of Chinese Americans in Silicon Valley, …….. MegaCorps[e] Publicly Traded [“DEFENSE”] Companies …are absolutely loaded with Chinese on Visas …….versus “Chinese Americans” …………………..

marisacat - 25 September 2010

if there was any sense at all to maintaining a nation the whole H1B and the various “import cheap workers” scams would have gone by the wayside long ago. They have always been misrepresented inside the USA as a way of importing highly skilled people for very specific jobs. Yeah right

But no.

You know so many people got all whupset over the sputtering “bomb” in Times Square a few mnths ago. But I paid attention to his work history and Why The Fuck (not that I care, LOL) he was ever here.

Came in on one of those work visas, he was an ACCOUNTING CLERK for Elizabeth Arden at one of their “back offices” in CT. And of course stayed long enough to become a citizen, import a wiffe from the home country and so on…

Like we have not had out of work account dept people all over the country… years ago as well as now?

Big scam. IMO we pay off the countries we like or want to do biz with, in part, with the work visa scam. Often the handling of them inside the countries, foisting off some of their people to elsewhere (in thsi case the USA), is rife with corruption…

And so on.

diane - 25 September 2010

…yes, …and speaking of FINANCE and ACCOUNTING,…I would still love to know what actually happened to Ciara Durkin in Afghanistan.

diane - 25 September 2010

…. I discovered some things I don’t like and I made some enemies because of it.’ Then she said, in her light-hearted way, ‘If anything happens to me, you guys make sure it gets investigated. ….

diane - 25 September 2010

… and, … how quickly forgotten (Dearest Senators), …….La Vena Johnson


(I really don’t care for Jimmy Whales (or however his name is spelled) ..but Teeny Weeny Jimmy, will be MY TOOL HERE) ……

diane - 25 September 2010

This article is an orphan, as few or no other articles link to it.

no kidding?

marisacat - 25 September 2010

well you know how it goes… our men of honor serve honorably and heroically.

Don’t besmirch it.

The daughter of Dr John Johnson, a service veteran

I am not saying her father had choices, and more and more in America don’t have much choice at all… but I sure do wonder if some of the “strong military men” of eralier eras, like Bacevich, get a clue what they participated in. Esp now a child of theirs died in service. Velma, murdered. Unless someone wants to call those wounds self inflicted….

I am so fucking tired of the mil, the vaunted service class, the herding of poorer and poorer peopl to the mil, the higher and higher pay for the officer class and the retired officer class (goes up every time the congress votes themselves a raise) the propaganda of the damned DREAM Act … and so on.

BTW, the Tillman WIDOW spent the recent 9/11 doing something or other with Snob.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

Might have been Veterans Day that the widda spent with Snob. I lose track of the jingoistic holidays.

diane - 25 September 2010

so very sad, I went back to a copy of a prior post I made here (looks like I may have posted it on 07/31/08, …..give or take a day, …given time zones and all?), which mentioned LaVena, ……to share her reality. …Unfortunately, the TruthOut “link” (Is There an Army Cover-Up of …. Murder of Women Soldiers?) to the article, which so painfully revealed her reality, has been obsolesced, …I “clicked” the “URL address,” and it “rerouted” to the main “Truth Out” page …. How quickly the “NET” Forgets?

never forget your cursive ……….

7. marisacat - 25 September 2010

DemFromCT, Greg Dworkin also known as Bug Eye’d Bitch (I call his photo that) is spinning as fast as he can.

Oops I think he fell off the earth. Still spinning tho….. The Dems are so frantic and so public about it.

[T]hey are setting the media narrative, but what if some of the pollsters are simply setting the bar too high (or low)? What if the Democrats have more money and a better GOTV (thank Michael Steele for that)? What if an unenthusiastic vote counts as much as an enthusiastic one (they do)? What if the prospect of R control mobilizes the Ds toward Election Day? What if the generic ballot is tending D (it is)? …

what if Bug Eye’d Bitch just shuts up. 😆 … 🙄

IN People Mag 😳 I mean Politico’s Arena section…

diane - 25 September 2010

..glad I can still drink (originally spelled it “frink” whatevah …now I thoroughly understand the alchohol thang despite being “good” all those years) ……….I will say, with the minimal pride I have left, …I’ve never been the cause of an automobile accident or hit and run pedestrian death/wound (just to preempt all the fockers lyin in wait to condemn me …I likely am more careful about whom I negligently hurt, than they ever have been, ever will….and I hold my drink rather well ……….)

marisacat - 25 September 2010

Trying to find something I CAN drink.. which, not to be too borrring, I have mentioned before. Lst month (the month before actually) I rodered Bailey’s Irish cream… which went down OK, being basically a candy or dessert. This month I ordered a bottle of Dubonnet Red. Which is chilling as I type.

We shall see…

diane - 25 September 2010

..do (carefully) try a nipper of Ouzo on ice, or speckled on ice cream (vanilla or chocolate would be my mundane preferance) …

alas, …then quickly offset the melancholy truths bit with a tad of Bcomplex preferably not in pill form …..

sigh ………

catnip - 25 September 2010

What if the Dems had guts and morals? What if they actually meant what they said? What if they didn’t have their noses up Wall St’s ass?

This what if game is fun.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

I agree!!!!!!!!!! (really really do)

poor bug eye was so into open prens close prens snicker…..

8. marisacat - 25 September 2010

Here is a cute tidbit I stumbled across…

Carly Fiorina’s Husband Is Not Pleased To See You…

By Tom Foremski – June 21, 2010

Carly Fiorina’s husband has been carrying a concealed weopon since 2000. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Records show her 60-year-old husband, Frank Fiorina, who occasionally doubles as her bodyguard, has carried a concealed-weapon permit since her days as CEO of Hewlett-Packard

His gun of choice is a Glock 9mm pistol. But he is also allowed to double up:

In his request for 2008 – the last one immediately available for inspection – he requested permission to carry a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver as well as the Glock. By then Carly Fiorina was gone from HP, but her husband cited her work as a member of the advisory boards to the CIA, Defense Department and State Department, as well as her position in John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Link to Silicon Valley Watch – which links back to the original SF Chron report…

AND I bet a fly on the wall at those “advisory boards” to the CIA, DOD and DoS would hear such fascist shit, much of it hare-brained and dumb as rocks too, that the little fly would fly away…

diane - 25 September 2010

Well bred Carly needs protection … I am sooo reminded of the unspoken, yet creepily flaunted, nonetheless, press speak (Murky & Cronk) of her eminence re HP, that, …well yeah, she’s totally absent of any work experience …BUT HER DADDY …………..( her daddy what? ….had a secret? …..owned something desired? …what did her daddy have special among millions who have busted their ass, ao many times fruitlessly, not to hurt anyone, yet to take care of folks they loved, …yet their kids could never dream of running such a company, absent experience, despite their “brilliance” ….)

diane - 25 September 2010

not that any of those kids at the end of the day wanted to run HP, …though I’m sure many of those kids are wondering why it is they live in fear of what ugliness the next day will bring, despite absence of “criminal offence.”

marisacat - 25 September 2010

well she is not getting any campaign cash from HP… and not much from Silicon Valley… at least from what I read. She finally has an ad up, but it is not playing aorund here….

She is hard core anti abortion, which plays badly in California. Aside from everthing els…


Babs is useless and aided and abetted Ob in selling out women, reproductive health care coverage under the Ins Co Sell Out Bill and so on.

diane - 25 September 2010

…not much from Silicon Valley… ….

unfortunately, I wouldn’t bet on that one, I don’t believe that there’s a CFO at a publically traded “Green,” “Tech” firm in Sly Con Valley that isn’t a “Republican,” if there are, they are a totally insignificant minority.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

Well bred Carly needs protection

i’ve never heard Carly had any pedigree…?

diane - 25 September 2010

unfortunately, I didn’t save the hardcopy; but, I specifically remember reading about her dad (generally, not in the slightest amount of detail) in the same, or neighboring, paragraph, about her lack of experience in terms of being hired as the CEO of HP.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

here is a selection, her father was Joseph Sneed, law professor – Republican – 9th circuit for 35 years – and (off handedly I would say) hsi name flaoted to Nixon for the SC.

Google link to links

diane - 25 September 2010

well …you know me, …..I hate Google/AI CMU/Singularity/NASA/Moffet/23Xme, …so I won’t be “Googling” it in order to ‘verify’ my own valid suppositions;. ….but, yeah I get it about her DADDY, I got it years ago, when I read into the ‘hardcopy’ inference.

;0), ;0(

marisacat - 25 September 2010

well I remain not too impressed. Sorry.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

well …you know me, …..I hate Google/AI CMU/Singularity/NASA/Moffet/23Xme, …so I won’t be “Googling” it in order to ‘verify’ my own valid suppositions;.

I m curious.. why do you post links at all? or even USE the internet? You think you have to “google” to be tracked?

If your dislike, decline to use is so very……… intense, why bother.

diane - 25 September 2010

well I remain not too impressed. Sorry.

I’m not sure what your meaning is, I think I’m on the same page with you regarding Carley and Babs

As regards to my Google dislike, I’ve gotten along perfectly fine on the internet, without using any of their services, not clear why that should preclude me from using the internet, especially since one is now pretty much forced to “welcome” it into their lives, whether they like it or not.

As to why I post anti inhumane technology posts on the internet …well, why wouldn’t I, especially since I’m being forced to buy into the fact that soon, I will have to post all sorts of previously private data on the internet?

diane - 25 September 2010

just to clarify ….I posted the Carley Sneed Fiorina comment, prior to my above (I think) comment in response to your Google/Internet question.

diane - 25 September 2010

ha ….ha, ha, ha,

“Carley Sneed Fiorina”

perfect fuckin fit……

ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ………..(there’s certainly a PBS “Special” which captures the bleak, yet vigorous and lively laughter surrounding that high bred, ANGLO/ITALO “PHILE,” HOMELAND TITLE)

Seig HEil!

(ha, ha, hahahahahahahahahah)

diane - 25 September 2010

just to clarify ….I posted the Carley Sneed Fiorina comment, prior to my above (I think) comment which was a response to your Google/Internet useage question.

9. marisacat - 25 September 2010

Speech! (snooze) Letter! (shredder)

Obby and Sebelius are all whupset over the insurers cutting off children.

Very very whupset. Sibelius is ANGRY! They sent a l e t t e r

This suffering cow of an administration even used the word HOPE in the ltter.

😆 Most useless president…. no debate on that. Well other than to the neocon / liberal base standing behind him. He does crank it out for them.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

evidence of whupset state:

[S]ebelius also said she welcomes state laws that would force insurance companies to cover these children if the company offers similar coverage to adults. Insurers won’t have to cover all adults regardless of pre-existing conditions until 2014 under the health reform law.

“The administration is determined that children and families receive the full benefits provided to them in the Affordable Care Act,” Sebelius wrote. …

Read more: Link

Beyond pathetic.

KGO had on Theda Scokpol last night to hype the bill. Also pathetic. What an overbearing bitch, is the only word that comes to mind. Considering how much she is online (all the time it seems) I doubt she does much teaching at Harvard. (not that tenured professors necessarily do teach… let’s get real)

10. marisacat - 25 September 2010

The Shows…………………

— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); education roundtable with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Emergency Financial Manager for the Detroit Public Schools Robert Bobb and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten

— ABC’s “This Week”: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Queen Rania of Jordan; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Bush political strategist Matthew Dowd and the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein

— CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida; Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck of Colorado; Tea Party Express Chief Strategist Sal Russo

— “Fox News Sunday”: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.); House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams; “Power Player of the Week” segment with RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers

— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.); Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)

— C-SPAN: “Newsmakers”: (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), questioned by POLITICO’s Carrie Budoff Brown and the National Journal’s Terence Samuel … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Direct Marketing Association Executive Vice President Linda Woolley and Center for Digital Democracy Found and Executive Director Jeff Chester, questioned by National Journal’s Juliana Gruenwald … “Q&A” (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Author Isabel Wilkerson (“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration”)

— Univision’s “Al Punto”: Congressional candidate Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-Texas) and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas); Congressional candidate Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Calif.); author and former FARC hostage Ingrid Bettancourt; roundtable with Time’s Tim Padgett and “La Raza” Chicago Managing Editor Rubén Keoseyan

11. catnip - 25 September 2010

Donald Duck, God and king get votes in Swedish polls

STOCKHOLM — Donald Duck, the king and God are among those who snagged votes in the Swedish general elections, a final list of hand-written votes published Thursday by the election authority showed.

Hand-written ballots are allowed in Swedish polls. Voters normally use them to write down the name of the established party they wish to vote for, but random options also pop up on ballots.

More than 120 people wanted to see Donald Duck, the Walt Disney Company’s cartoon character, get elected in Sunday’s vote.

“My party” meanwhile garnered four votes, while “Myself” got two, the same amount as Jesus, Jesus Christ and God.

“The king” meanwhile won three votes, one more than “common sense in Sweden” – written in English on the ballot.

“Harry Potter”, “Mickey Mouse” and “Couch potato party” each got one.


Screw the Disney characters and G*D crap. I’d definitely vote for the couch potato party.

marisacat - 25 September 2010

I think I will go with Mary Magdalene again….


Nasty little game being played in one of the orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Streets that are declared “frauenrein”, free of women. In order to preserve their modesty.

Frauenrein… have to love it.

BooHooHooMan - 26 September 2010

Of course on the tree lined streets it’s

marisacat - 26 September 2010

And …

The awful thing is takes no imagination to know that loons and creeps in America are watching this sort of thing. And waiting. Planning.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 September 2010

It disgusts me the way that “believers” will almost ALWAYS side with the abuser on not their victims.

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Tells Eddie Long Supporters “I am a Victim of a Pedophile”

marisacat - 26 September 2010

I’ll move this comment forward, Madman…


I read the transcript to Eddie Long’s “It wasn”t me, I did not do it, no nonononononon… “sermon” today. Pretty lousy… as a 4th comes forward.

And lordy, saints preserve us, Jesse J Jr was sleepin’ with a white woman. A BLONDE, no less.

What’s next?

13. marisacat - 26 September 2010



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