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Saturday, x 2 11 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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I remember when I put this up a few months ago, from one of the Telegraph galleries on wildlife… Pygmy Owls, Bruno on the left, Braulio on the right.

I empathise with Braulio, but Bruno seems to be actively assessing the sitch.

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1. marisacat - 11 December 2010

wow… al Jazeera reporting (TV) that Mark Madoff hung himself from a dog leash… with his 2 year old son not far away.

diane - 11 December 2010

Not that I don’t think he shouldn’t be in jail, But it was my impression that ‘senior’ got nailed for fucking ‘his own’……can’t fry the huge fish, …for one, their flesh is so nasty – it’ll foul up the place for years – when fried………….

marisacat - 11 December 2010

well there is chatter around that this was a dressed as suicide revenge killing.

diane - 11 December 2010

…that certainly makes sense, …….dog leash, ……son there to watch …….

Don’t Fuck with “JustUs” ……

?

BooHooHooMan - 11 December 2010

The NYT immediately ran the lede as
“Madoff’s Son Found Dead in Suicide”
as did the other NY rags.

The NYT didn’t even bother with the editorially circumspect “in apparent suicide” reported by WaPo and other outlets.

I only saw a few that left it at “found dead in Apt.”
despite the known gangsterism and an autopsy yet to be performed tomorrow (Sunday)..

I also noticed CNN said there were emails at 3A sent to the wif in Florida, (both EST zones)that the father in law went “immediately”…but when they trotted out perenial cop fixer NYPD Commish Kelley before the cameras later in the day..he said the father in law found him at 7am.

Well , two things: for one, the father in law wasn’t in much of a hurry to get there despite supposedly getting a call from his daughter that Madoff son in law Madoff was supposedly talking The End with a 2 year old granchild in the loft.
Does it take 4 hours to get cross town in the middle of the night now?

And number 2, maybe they need a little more time to get there stories straight.

The other possibility, (a stretch admittedly) is that its not a bad way to get a guy watched day and night into witness protection or out of the country in advance of the banking cables htting Europe. (Okay I’ve snapped out of it)

Anyways, the NYT is, (albeit reluctantly I’m sure) frontrunning a piece on the FP of their Sunday edition.

A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives
By LOUISE STORY

In theory, clearinghouses exist to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market. In practice, they also defend big banks’ dominance.

Ah well. Not a bad Saturday Night…
Get this- McCartney is now playing “Band on Run” on SNL….

BooHooHooMan - 11 December 2010

Sorry, I missed the link –

A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

Ya think?!? Gotta love the Times. So timely.
Speaking of which, IOZ skewers them quite nicely over their Cablegate , ahem, retorting.

catnip - 11 December 2010

Get this- McCartney is now playing “Band on Run” on SNL….

I caught that. It sounded like his voice needed to warm up a bit because it was off during the first song but when he got it together it was better. Glad he sang “Give Peace a Chance” too – a tribute to John.

2. ms_xeno - 11 December 2010

For you, M’Dear. (The Sid, some recent pics. Just click on the thumbnails.)

marisacat - 11 December 2010

oh thank you so much!

ms_xeno - 11 December 2010

No prob. I was hoping those might help a little bit.

=^..^=

3. marisacat - 11 December 2010

The Prayerful Contitutional Scholar, The Towering Figure

‘TOWERING FIGURE’: President Obama Saturday released this statement on special U.S. representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke:

Earlier today, I spoke to Richard Holbrooke’s wife Kati and told her that Michelle and I are praying for Richard. Richard Holbrooke is a towering figure in American foreign policy, a critical member of my Afghanistan and Pakistan team, and a tireless public servant who has won the admiration of the American people and people around the world. I know that Secretary Clinton, Admiral Mullen, Tom Donilon, and other members of our team have been with him at George Washington hospital, and we continue to pray for his recovery, and support his family in this difficult time.

whew.. a near god…

BooHooHooMan - 11 December 2010

Clinton wasn’t available?
Fuckin Holbrroke’s family must be like ..
“~And you a r e…?

Now McCartney again on SNL..

I got the news today oh boy…

4. BooHooHooMan - 11 December 2010

Talk about looking in the wrong closet…

Jewish leaders ask Pope Benedict to combat delegitimization of Israel

According to the WJC statement, the pope emphasized the need to continue to combat anti-Semitism in the Christian world, which he characterized as unacceptable. The pope talked about the importance of Jews and Catholics working together to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms, noting Judaism’s patrimony to Christianity.

WJC Secretary General Designate Dan Diker asked that the Catholic Church take a leading role in the fight against the “delegitimization” 😆 😆 :lol of Israel, which he called

a new “politically correct” form of anti-Semitism.

Isn’t that priceless? Seeing as how they are both patently exposed and met with utter disgust in Europe, they are no doubt doubling down on their efforts to maintain their HeebyJeebyness in the Americas.

Good Luck on the new merger, kids!
You silly Nazi Luvin Christ Killers, Ya!

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

May they keep rummaging in that closet looking for mutual credibility. Is it there next to the Hitler Youth uniform? Underneath the dead children?
Surely they will come up with something.

catnip - 12 December 2010

“delegitimization”

Too big of a word. It’ll never catch on.

Who’s in charge of their branding over there? Why don’t they just use, “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”?

5. catnip - 12 December 2010

So, what’s going on here? Obamalama is meeting with business head honchos (of course – screw the sanctimonious leftist purists) and the NYT has this tidbit:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other business associations and individual companies spent huge amounts of money in the midterm elections in helping Republicans take control of the House and increase the number of seats they hold in the Senate; Mr. Obama criticized them for not disclosing their contributors.

Since the election, however, the chamber’s president, Thomas J. Donohue, who had become a particular nemesis of the administration, accompanied Mr. Obama on his trip to Asia in November and said in a speech that his organization would not work against the president’s re-election.

Because he just bought them off with huge tax cuts, maybe?

marisacat - 12 December 2010

I read, tho, he is a week behind Mitch McC, who covered all this ground already. Ob is getting there second.

And of course they will oppose his re-election, if they want to. Or, for sheer sport.

6. catnip - 12 December 2010

I resemble Braulio most days.

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

an “I’m Braulio”, eh?

catnip - 12 December 2010

pa dum pum 😉

Very clever.

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

And very well played to you too!

(PA Dum Pun!) :grin:!

marisacat - 12 December 2010

me too…

7. catnip - 12 December 2010

US may pass new law to prosecute Assange

…some US politicians are introducing draft legislation to expand existing US laws to make it easier for Mr Holder to do his job. The so-called Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination (Shield) Bill was thus introduced by Congressman Peter King, a Republican from New York who will become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when the new House of Representatives with a Republican majority convenes in January. The Bill would make it illegal to publish the names of military or intelligence community informants.

Peter King is a freaking paranoid menace who probably sleeps with the lights on.

catnip - 12 December 2010

While it was widely assumed that Amazon, MasterCard and PayPal were acting in response to direct appeals from the US government when they severed ties with WikiLeaks, Mr Holder insisted late on Friday that no such arm-twisting had taken place. “We have not pressured anybody to do anything,” he said at a news conference in San Francisco when asked if the government had tried to influence companies such as Amazon.

Sure. Right. And I’ll bet they didn’t send out any of those super-secret “national security” letters to find out who’s been contributing to Wikileaks either – because that’s just the kind of stand-up guy Holder is. He’s big on the whole “rule of law” thing, just like his constitutional prof of a president. After all, they prosecuted Bushco for war crimes like they were bound to by an international treaty, right? And it’s not like this administration has brought the most prosecutions of whistle blowers ever, right?

8. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Oh…just drownin’ in bullshit tonite:
via Forbes-

Neil Weinberg
Investor Advocate

The Tragedy of Mark Madoff

🙄

How does a family that had it all come to this? My guess is little by little. 🙄 As I’ve written before, I don’t believe Bernie Madoff woke up one morning, already a pillar of the brokerage industry, and declared to himself “It’s not enough! Today’s the day I perpetrate a Ponzi scheme!”

My guess is that instead one month or quarter some years ago, Bernie didn’t earn for his clients the returns everyone expected of him. Instead of accepting failure, he fudged the numbers a bit, figuring he could make it all right when things got better. Instead, things got worse. And worse. Eventually, Madoff was in too deep to avoid grave consequences if he turned back. So he didn’t…

GMAFB.

ts - 12 December 2010

This guy’s an investor advocate?

9. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Also on offer in the NYT….

City Critic
Organ Donation: Let the Market Rule?
By ARIEL KAMINER
Published: December 10, 2010

Necrophiliac Child Rape Tax Credits:
The Answer to the Deficit?

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

The logical outcome for those who can’t pay their freshly “reformed” healthcare costs a year or so down the line. Just let the insurance companies repossess a few organs. Better yet, take a few and hold them as retainer/collateral at the beginning of every new year…

Plus, having organs removed makes you weigh less, and we all know how much Mr. & Mrs. Commander-In-Chief approve of weight loss.

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Not to mention the out it gives to us fellahs comin up short.

As in, “While indeed it is currently in repossession, I can assure you it is very impressive.” LOL

ms_xeno - 13 December 2010

[faints]

10. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Well… WaPo with the assist in sharing the vegetable recipe…

He has been a strong advocate of a negotiated settlement of the war and of massive increases in development and governance aid. Under his direction, the number of U.S. civilian officials in Afghanistan has more than tripled, to exceed 1,000. One of his first initiatives was to end the U.S. focus on poppy eradication in Afghanistan, on the grounds that removing the livelihood from opium production that sustained many Afghan farmers was counterproductive.

Holbrooke crossed swords with another part of the administration in Pakistan, where he ordered an end to the automatic renewal of aid contracts with U.S. and other foreign nongovernmental organizations with long histories there.

He experienced health problems in August, when he underwent treatment for heart problems and canceled one of his frequent trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

During a meeting Friday morning in Clinton’s seventh-floor State Department office, Holbrooke became flushed and uncomfortable, officials said. Clinton insisted that he go to the hospital immediately and sent him, with aides, in her private elevator to the medical unit in the department basement.

He collapsed in the elevator and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where the aortic tear was quickly diagnosed and surgery began.

I dunno.
Guy goes INTO the meeting with Hillary alive

‘sRonBROWNTIME, Baby!
What’s This? A Balkan Weekend Special?

BBC- (from Friday)

10 December 2010 Last updated at 15:54 ET

Croatian ex-PM Ivo Sanader arrested in Austria

Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who is wanted in connection with a corruption investigation, has been arrested by police in Austria.

Mr Sanader left Croatia on Thursday shortly before parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution, and the authorities later issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police stopped him on a motorway in western Austria.

Mr Sanader says the accusations against him are politically motivated.

“I didn’t head a [criminal] gang, I headed the cabinet,” Croatian news agency Hina quoted him as saying.

Unexplained resignation

Austrian officials said Mr Sanader was detained on Friday afternoon in the Salzburg region and brought to the regional justice court.

“Our police tried to find him and we located him on the highway this afternoon,” said Austrian interior ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits.

He added that the operation was carried out in conjunction with German and Croatian investigators.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

‘sRonBROWNTIME, Baby!
What’s This? A Balkan Weekend Special?

what a scream!!

I remember when that plane went down… because Bechtel people were on the plane with him, iirc. And I ws at a big SF law firm with a long standing special relationship with Bechtel…

11. marisacat - 12 December 2010

Yum, the only actual liberal/left on KGO, who hosts over ngihts on the weekends, is reading from the leaked cbles on the Catholic Church and child abuse… and priests as spies (she seems pretty damned shocked at that last one…. )

Of course as more revletions have come out (thank you Novak) about Eagleton, VP mistake of McGovern, I have decided it was a knowing Catholic move against McG.

Among other issues, old time Dem party factionalism… and sloppiness on McG part in picking Eagleton.

But also a planned move from Catholic conservative, and other, Dems and Republicans.

12. marisacat - 12 December 2010

In case anyone is interested, Politics Daily has a decent piece up on WHY EE left god and jsus out of her final good bye.

She did not believe in a “intervening god” and talks about being a child in Japan (father a Navy pilot) and “growing up with Shintos and Buddhists”.

And for glaring contrast (and I guess preferred by that blogger, Donald Douglas, who actually, imo – and I am not a fan of EE nor JE – maligned her after death) this from Johnnie:

[F]or instance, compare the testimony of Elizabeth Edwards to that of her husband, who frequently touted his faith — as it seems every candidate for office must — which he said came “roaring back” after the death of Wade. Edwards alternately cited Jesus to reprove Americans for not caring for the poor and for his (albeit reluctant) opposition to gay marriage.

John Edwards, who was raised a devout Southern Baptist and is now a Methodist, told Beliefnet in 2007 that his Christian faith also helped him deal with Elizabeth’s cancer.

“It’s important in my case to have a personal relationship with the Lord, so that I pray daily and I feel that relationship all the time,” he said. “And when I’m faced with difficult decisions, which I regularly am, I very often go to Him in prayer.”

This was at the time Edwards was having an affair with a campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter, who would soon bear their child. …

Be sure to slobber for Jesus in your next electoral run, and madly boff the videographer… 😆

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

fucking asshole.

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

Well, Edwards never said he prayed ALONE, did he?

[snerk]

13. catnip - 12 December 2010
marisacat - 12 December 2010

I loved it, Russia Today (the last place you can see US dissident thinkers on TV) reported on it this week.

Go for it.

If KISSINGER and a few others can be Nobel Peacers, hell anyone can.

I am all for it.

catnip - 12 December 2010

Obamalama should mark “Return to Sender” on his and be done with it.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

He should die of shame, frankly.

14. catnip - 12 December 2010

Axelrod is pathetic (as usual) on This Week. Obama was just against “permanent” tax cuts for the rich. That was his position all along. Yeah. That’s the ticket.

Would you buy a used president from this man?

marisacat - 12 December 2010

and all TV has been madly running all of his campaign promises, comments, rallying cries for ending them…

Poor Axe. He sold him to the Democrats, the Big Guys, as the Non Clinton… welp….

catnip - 12 December 2010

And Bloomberg on Meet The Press says everybody should just “suck it up”. Easy for him to say considering he’s sucking it up through his gold-plated straw.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

I had to turn him off… I have FTN now iwth Axe, if he was on Amanpour, I missed it… (as moved around)

15. marisacat - 12 December 2010

I think they are saying surgery was 21 hours……….. or 21 hours following surgery?

TOP STORY – “Holbrooke in ‘Critical Condition’ After [21 hours of] Heart Surgery,” by Bloomberg’s Molly Peterson:

“Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, ‘is in critical condition and has been joined by his family’ after heart surgery, State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said [in a statement Saturday morning]. Doctors … ‘completed surgery to repair a tear in his aorta,’ Crowley said … Holbrooke suffered an ‘aortic bleed,’ White House adviser David Axelrod told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ program. The diplomat is ‘fighting through it,’ he said. Holbrooke is ‘tough and resilient,’ Axelrod said.”

marisacat - 12 December 2010

No IT WAS 21 hours of actual surgery:

–WP’s Karen DeYoung: “Holbrooke, 69, … was taken to George Washington University Hospital on Friday morning after he became flushed and had chest pains during a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He was almost immediately taken into surgery that extended for 21 hours into Saturday.”

http://wapo.st/fYFn65

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Ah, what memories. He wasn’t taken by ambulance I’m sure, they have shared facilities, but if what they say is true about a.) hello- it actually being a rupture and b.) the very nature of it …..
he’s now on to kidney crump land heralding systemic failure after that.

Poor Holbrooke, Kissinger’s toady , tunnel rat roomate of Negroponte’s in Viet Nam, a happy bag carrying young broker at the Paris Peace Balks… now doing limbo in some life support bunker one can triangulate between the State Dept, GW, and the Watergate Hotel.

16. marisacat - 12 December 2010

Oh FFS.. Boehner even SOBS… i just saw a clip from tonight’s 60 Minutes. Not just tears, but a small pair of sobs escapes.

Lordy!

17. catnip - 12 December 2010
marisacat - 12 December 2010

There’s been talk of a Romney Huckabee ticket.

catnip - 12 December 2010

That would cover all of the wingnut bases.

BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

My spidey senses say Harkin / Casey in a
surprise insurgency campaign from the Hard Left. 😆

catnip - 12 December 2010

Casey – that’s one creepy guy.

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

Well, credit for healthcare “reform” where credit’s due, yes?

:p

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

Obama to Convene CEO Summit

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will convene a one-day summit of corporate chief executives Wednesday as part of a renewed White House effort to build support among business leaders for his economic agenda.

Executives from Google Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., International Business Machines Corp., American Express Co., Dow Chemical Co. and Pepsico Inc. have been invited to the meeting at Blair House, adjacent to the White House, to discuss trade, tax, regulatory issues and the deficit.

The administration wants to persuade U.S. companies to unleash some of the $1.93 trillion in cash and other liquid assets in their treasuries. Cash as a share of total assets is at the highest level it has been in a half-century, the Federal Reserve said last week. Mr. Obama wants the nation’s biggest companies to invest that money in expansion and new hires in the U.S.

Ideas for overhauling the tax code and cutting the deficit will be a substantial part of the Wednesday discussion, Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said, as would ideas for “a balanced approach to regulations—to promote economic growth and give business regulatory certainty and predictability while providing safety for the American people,” she said.

Last summer, then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel pushed for a review of rules affecting business hiring, but ran into stiff resistance from some members of the president’s political team.

“Regulations have been a fault line with business, so compromise on them would be a very welcome change,” said Johanna Schneider, executive director of the Business Roundtable, composed of chief executives from the U.S’s biggest multinationals

The meeting is scheduled to begin in the morning, include an informal lunch and possibly an afternoon session. It will be private and won’t be webcast, in contrast with some previous White House meetings involving business leaders. After those highly publicized gatherings, some business participants said the public forum prevented them from speaking candidly and made the meeting seem like political theater.

Mr. Obama has met with chief executives since the start of his administration, but some who attended those meetings have complained that he didn’t take their views into account in policies that resulted. Corporate leaders have expressed dismay at Mr. Obama’s sometimes sharp criticism of multi-national corporations, and his administration’s regulatory and tax policies, such as a proposal to raise taxes on income corporations earn overseas.

Business executives say they sense a difference in the approach taken by Mr. Obama since Democrats got trounced in the November congressional elections. Recent administration compromises on trade and taxes have encouraged business leaders.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

maybe he should signal his level of interest by crawling to Blair House and turning the meeting over t Biden asap.

I mean, let’s get real here.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

and then I read this Ismael Reed piece:

Progressives have been urging the president to “man up” in the face of the Republicans. Some want him to be like John Wayne. On horseback. Slapping people left and right.

One progressive commentator played an excerpt from a Harry Truman speech during which Truman screamed about the Republican Party to great applause. He recommended this style to Mr. Obama. If President Obama behaved that way, he’d be dismissed as an angry black militant with a deep hatred of white people. His grade would go from a B- to a D.

What the progressives forget is that black intellectuals have been called “paranoid,” “bitter,” “rowdy,” “angry,” “bullies,” and accused of tirades and diatribes for more than 100 years. Very few of them would have been given a grade above D from most of my teachers.

When these progressives refer to themselves as Mr. Obama’s base, all they see is themselves. They ignore polls showing steadfast support for the president among blacks and Latinos. And now they are whispering about a primary challenge against the president. Brilliant! The kind of suicidal gesture that destroyed Jimmy Carter — and a way to lose the black vote forever.

Unlike white progressives, blacks and Latinos are not used to getting it all. They know how it feels to be unemployed and unable to buy your children Christmas presents. They know when not to shout. The president, the coolest man in the room, who worked among the unemployed in Chicago, knows too.

In other words, Obama knows when to lower his eyes and appear submissive. If that’s all he knows, then he shouldn’t have pursued obtaining one of the most powerful offices in the world.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

well Ishmael has fmously said, at Cpunch, tht he supports Obster as long as there are racists who oppose him.

I mean, pick that apart!

Wakey Wakey, Ob is not at B-. Not anymore….

And who fucking cares?

They ignore polls showing steadfast support for the president among blacks and Latinos.

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And to be perfectly frank, over recent years I am utterly sick to death of IR, and his insistence that poor whites have never suffered.

I wish he screamed for better black leadership, once in a while. He lives in the town (Oakland) Dellums (and btw, Barbara Lee owes her political life to Dellums) just took a walk on for years as mayor.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

and PS he is STILL mad over The Wire

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

he’s an idiot.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

and I thought at least three charcterisations rose to nearly shakespearean levels. The part played by the actor with a facial scar. Amazing. I think he finally died in an unexpected shooting in a small market…

The wealthy drug dealer who kept a front of a youth center…. and died in the complicated police shooting of him in his penthouse… and

the young dealer, rising thru the ranks, who was the center of the first couple of seasons…

catnip - 12 December 2010

Now who’s holding whom hostage?

Funny – they don’t complain about the “angry black man” stereotype when Obama rips apart his leftist base. In fact, they applaud it. I guess it’s okay to be an “angry black man” only if you’re upholding conservative values.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

yup …

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

Well, I used to say something similar when Gore’s defenders lambasted the U.S. Greens for being “nothing but a bunch of whiny White dudes” and so on.

Leaving aside that they were saying this to a White woman, effectively telling me that I don’t fucking exist; there was also the fact that their precious Clinton I couldn’t do enough for those “Contract With America” fucks and their supposed army of “Angry [working class;’cuz chicks don’t actually do any real work, right?] White Males.”

For that, he was supposed to be a great strategist or some such shit. Those White dudes were ANGRY!!11 He had to do SOMETHING!!11

But if White dudes (some of them, perhaps, even “working”) were furious about Democrats being pro-war, pro-corporate shitheads and walked off the compound because of their anger, that was soooo not cool.

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

P.S.- Remember, it’s also edgy for your handlers to publically call the base “retarded” or “in need of drug-tests,” and the like.

>:

marisacat - 12 December 2010

Or Simpspn, with his declaration in a letter that the entire population is hanging from some [illegitimate in his eyes] teat.

Always good to know what they think of you, but we coulda guessed frankly.

ms_xeno - 12 December 2010

No kidding.

Reed should be smart enough to get that a person can be oppressed and still, themselves, be an oppressive asshole to others.

Like I said in the run-up to “victory”: People can be racist towards Obama. No surprise. America is racist. But enduring racism hasn’t elevated the dude’s character and it’s no excuse for his assholery– especially considering how much of that assholery he rains down on his most vocal defenders in the base. He’s still a user and a liar. Otherwise he would never have been tapped for the job in the first place.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

Oh pardon me, that bitch who endlessly privatised and screwed up Chicao Housing Athority (and a compatriot of Rezko too)

Ideas for overhauling the tax code and cutting the deficit will be a substantial part of the Wednesday discussion, Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said, as would ideas for “a balanced approach to regulations—to promote economic growth and give business regulatory certainty and predictability while providing safety for the American people,” she said.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 December 2010

Pornoscanners trivially defeated by pancake-shaped explosives

It is very likely that a large (15-20 cm in diameter), irregularly-shaped, cm-thick pancake with beveled edges, taped to the abdomen, would be invisible to this technology, ironically, because of its large volume, since it is easily confused with normal anatomy. Thus, a third of a kilo of PETN, easily picked up in a competent pat down, would be missed by backscatter “high technology”. Forty grams of PETN, a purportedly dangerous amount, would fit in a 1.25 mm-thick pancake of the dimensions simulated here and be virtually invisible. Packed in a compact mode, say, a 1 cm×4 cm×5 cm brick, it would be detected.

The images are very sensitive to the presence of large pieces of high Z material, e. g., iron, but unless the spatial resolution is good, thin wires will be missed because of partial volume effects. It is also easy to see that an object such as a wire or a box- cutter blade, taped to the side of the body, or even a small gun in the same location, will be invisible. While there are technical means to mildly increase the conspicuity of a thick object in air, they are ineffective for thin objects such as blades when they are aligned close to the beam direction.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

one man called into KGO back when they spent days trying to push this, he is massively repaired with Titanium, rods, pins, you name it. Has never set off a metal detector, ever.

Tho obviously PETN is the materiel of choice, so they tell us.

That or box knives, right?

20. BooHooHooMan - 12 December 2010

Huge Bomb Kills 6 U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan
HARI, Afghanistan

— Six American soldiers were killed and more than a dozen American and Afghan soldiers were wounded on Sunday morning when a van packed with explosives detonated beside a small joint outpost in southern Afghanistan.

Blast in Kandahar Kills Six

The soldiers were at a new strong point in a small mud-walled building ❓ near the village of Sangsar, north of the Arghandab River, when the bomber drove up to one of the building’s walls and exploded his charge at about 9 a.m.

The blast was easily audible roughly 8 miles away, and sent a dusty mushroom cloud towering over the farmland.

NYT reports 20 others injured, and are quick to report 4 other US A-OK and point out 14 Afghans as collateral damage. GMAFB.
As if it matters:
Our War, Our outpost, they’re with us.
Which go boom on all counts.

The explosion blasted a large hole in the thick wall, causing the roof to collapse on soldiers inside. Other soldiers quickly arrived and clawed and pulled at the waist-deep rubble to free the buried troops.

The building had been occupied by American and Afghan troops for only a few days, an American official said, and was beside a narrow road. It was not immediately clear how the vehicle managed to approach as closely as it did without being challenged or stopped.

General Abdul-Hameed, a commander in the Afghan National Army, said by telephone that his soldiers had tried to stop the van but that its driver ignored them,

They DIDN’T STOP?
Well No Shit, Sherlock-Abdul.

…drove toward the building and rammed the vehicle against its exterior wall…..

“The enemy has a vote”, as the wise woman says.

marisacat - 12 December 2010

the UK press had been referring ot them as “foreign NATO troops”, so I figured US.

onward xtian soldiers!

21. marisacat - 12 December 2010

Gah.

Britain’s security services were tonight investigating the UK connections of the suicide bomber who struck Stockholm on Saturday night.

Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, an Iraqi-born Swede, who set off a car bomb in the Swedish capital before killing himself with a second bomb strapped to his body, had a BSc in sports therapy from the University of Bedfordshire in 2004, and had spent some time in Luton in recent years. Well-placed Whitehall officials confirmed the bomber’s identity and his link to a British university.

According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, he had travelled to Britain and Jordan in the runup to Saturday’s attack, in which he was the only victim. On an Islamic dating site, Muslima.com, where he was seeking a second wife, Abdaly, 29, listed Luton as his address, and said he met his first wife in Bedfordshire.

However, his car was registered in Sweden, and the motives declared in emails sent to a Swedish news agency and the security police, addressed local issues. The emails refer to a Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, whose 2007 drawing of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog infuriated Muslims around the world, and to Sweden’s 500 soldiers in Afghanistan. “Now your children, daughters and sisters shall die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying,” the email warned. ….

22. marisacat - 12 December 2010

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