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Pushing … 7 January 2011

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

Orphaned bats being kept warm in dusters. Trish Wimberley and her colleagues at the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre have helped save 130 orphaned bats on the Gold Coast after the recent floods in Australia. They saved 350 young bats during the 2008 storm season but this year think there’s more going on than just wild weather. Carers have visited several bat ‘camps’ on the coast in recent weeks to find four-week-old babies on the ground covered in maggots and fly eggs. Trish said: “They’re coming down to feed on the ground. That makes them vulnerable. It’s not a natural occurrence and shows there is trouble in the environment. “Bats are a barometer to what is going on in the environment. They’re our canaries down the coal mine.” The surviving youngsters will be bottle fed and kept either hanging on clothes lines or in special intensive care units until they are ready to fly again in about four weeks

[Luke Marsden/Newspix / Rex Features]

Guardian Wildlife Gallery


Pushing the “aww” factor here… I know.  I know!


1. marisacat - 7 January 2011

hmmm IOZ does one of his Foodie Fridays… a version of Bouillabaisse [or Nearly So!].

BTW, if you have never seen the original Julia Child episode of her making classic bouillabaisse the way the fish mongers of Marseilles and surrounds made it, well worth it.

catnip - 7 January 2011

Anonymous said…

Should the squid be free-range?
3:44 PM


2. marisacat - 7 January 2011

I just felt a small earthquake… no word yet on Richter…

marisacat - 7 January 2011

4.1, slightly inland from San Jose, south of me.

3. brinn - 7 January 2011

Great. The ex just came to get the boys and he has almost completely lost his voice (nevermind that he reeked to high heaven of cigs — he smokes in his apt. — the boys come back always stinking of cigs). He tells kid the elder that his friend can’t come spend the night because he “doesn’t want to get him sick”. I say, “um, are you actually sick? You told me you were just congested. If you’re contagious, won’t the children get sick too?” (Thinking to myself, especially since they’ll be trapped inside of your stinking apartment all weekend because you never do anything with them, even when you’re well?!)

Oh, I don’t think they’ll get it, he says.

Of course it doesn’t matter to him because I am the one who has to stay home with them when they’re sick. Because, you know HE works. Yes, implied there is that I do not.

Goddes. It is the same damned thing as before we were separated (except for now he doesn’t have to deal with anything at all kid-wise except on his own terms). I should have just sucked it the fuck up for the next 10 years…

OPh, and I was just denied food stamps and reduced lunches for the kids because I make “too much” — it’s BS on a big scale. I think that the woman added the $ I make ONTO my unemployment instead of realizing that they subtract what I make from my benefits.

I think I’ll just go lay down on the RR tracks now and save everyone the trouble. After I’ve smoked some cigs and had a few beers, of course.


cue Monty Python.

marisacat - 7 January 2011

I should have just sucked it the fuck up for the next 10 years…

ugh that would have been awful… I’d be afraid I would kill someone who was a constant irritant AND in close proximity…

brinn - 7 January 2011

But isn’t life all about learning how to put up with constant irritants with grace (aka less than homicidal action)? 8)

Thanks for reminding me that he was more than just an irritant, Marisa!

marisacat - 7 January 2011

well.. I have run out of steam on that front (grace in the face of active irritants).

catnip - 7 January 2011

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional (as are lousy spouses and brussel sprouts and leather seats and liver and…).

4. marisacat - 7 January 2011

Angry Arab (links to a Reuters article):

Friday, January 07, 2011

Do you notice how Israeli fatwawawas against women don’t get coverage in the US?

“Israel’s Supreme Court gave the green light on Thursday for the continued operation of gender-segregated “modesty buses” serving ultra-Orthodox Jews.”

If this was in a Muslim country, the New York Times would have placed it prominently on its front page, side-by-side with the Israeli scientific study of tears: which revealed that tears are tied to emotions.

In the next issue of Science, an Israeli team of researchers will reveal that humans sleep. (thanks Sarah)

Posted by As’ad at 8:38 AM

5. catnip - 7 January 2011
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Rude Pundit: Regarding the De-Niggering of Huck Finn:

But let’s put literary analysis aside. How about this: don’t fuck with works of art. Don’t cover the tits or dicks on statues. Don’t put out DVDs with the naughty bits cut out of a film. If you can’t handle it or are offended by it, move on. The Rude Pundit can’t abide intense violence against women in movies, so there’s a few allegedly great flicks he’s missed. But he wouldn’t ask to see Irreversible with the notorious rape scene cut out.

You can’t take the word “nigger”? Then, sorry, you don’t get to enjoy the rest of Twain’s satire of human degradation and idiocy (and you should probably avoid Pudd’nhead Wilson, too). You don’t get to watch Pulp Fiction. You don’t get to watch unedited episodes of The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son. You don’t get to hear Archie Bunker explain about how he got his ass kicked when he was a kid by a black boy because he used the word: “That’s what all them people was called in them days. I mean everybody we knew called them people ‘niggers.’ That’s all my old man ever called them, there.” No, we’re just not that mature anymore. (Yeah, yeah, you can say we’ve gotten more “sensitive” or some such shit. All that’s happened is that we’ve made the word more powerful by its false invisibility.)

This is ain’t about people in places of business or public officials using “nigger.” It’s about art. Art pisses people off. You think it’s ludicrous when dumbass members of Congress get offended by ants crawling on a cross in a video by a gay artist at the Smithsonian? Well, welcome to the other side of the coin.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

Well Rude Pundit got it, I think:

This is ain’t about people in places of business or public officials using “nigger.” It’s about art. Art pisses people off.

I wandered last night into the post John Caruso put up on this, normally I like him (tho he thinks the SF Board of Supes is a lot more liberal than I think they are) and what do I find in the thread, but DC chastising ms_xeno for whatever. A stridency that offended David.

She made many many many good points.

I really wonder at people. Are we all, including Twain in retrograde, to be milquetoast ?

I guess so.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Are we all, including Twain in retrograde, to be milquetoast ?

Yes, unless we’re a boss or owner, then we can usually act any way we damned well please.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I was astonished at how pissy (and prissy) Caruso was in the thread.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

one of the reasons we’re in such deep trouble is this insistence that people be “civil”.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

But he wouldn’t ask to see Irreversible with the notorious rape scene cut out.

Irreversible is a stunning film, made in France. Would never never never be made here, not now (and neither would an uncut Mr Goodbar be made here today). And it is not just the rape scene either.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I still haven’t seen it.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

It’s extremely interesting… it is also the story of the general unravelment after the rape… and a look at a modern Paris, not softened nor dressed for export…

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I remember hearing about it at the time … I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I wandered into it not knowing it was controversial, not knowing more than the story line I read at Netflix, I was getting films from netflix that had Vincent Cassel in them, he plays the boyfriend fo the woman.

He is also in a film made in one of the housing projects that ring Paris, a story of three young fellows growing up there, a Jew, a Muslim and a North African. Just excellent…

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

He has been great in everything I’ve seen him in.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

The other film i mentioned is La Haine… I see it is from the mid nineties…

All of his recent films, about 5 are not released yet on NetF

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Daley is a reflection, not a cause

Few things interest me less at this point than royal court personnel changes. I actually agree with the pro-Obama/Democratic-Party-loyal commentators who insist it doesn’t much matter who becomes White House Chief of Staff because it’s Obama who drives administration policy. Obama didn’t do what he did in the first two years because Rahm Emanuel was his Chief of Staff. That view has the causation reversed: he chose Emanuel for that position because that’s who Obama is. Similarly, installing JP Morgan’s Midwest Chairman, a Boeing director, and a long-time corporatist — Bill Daley — as a powerful underling replacing Emanuel isn’t going to substantively change anything Obama does. It’s just another reflection of the Obama presidency, its priorities and concerns, and its overarching allegiances.

There’s a section of my forthcoming book about the rule of law which examines the direct causal line between the vast number of Wall Street officials in key administration positions and the full-scale exemption from accountability which financial elites enjoy even for the most egregious lawbreaking. When you compile all of those appointments in one place, the absolute stranglehold large-scale corporate interests exert over virtually all realms of government policy is quite striking. But it’s nothing more than what the economist Nouriel Roubini meant when he told the makers of the 2010 documentary “Inside Job” that Wall Street has “captured the political system” on “the Democratic and the Republican side” alike, or what Simon Johnson describes as “The Quiet Coup”: “The government seems helpless, or unwilling, to act against” elite business interests.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

Jesus, even David Brooks, who is an idiot, closed off a column some years ago now, saying Goldman Sachs people are so heavily salted thru government that the only reality to perceive is that they run the government.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I’m amused by people who’re surprised by this.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011
9. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Better Book Titles this one for Huck Finn.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Dem Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) from Arizona was shot during a public event.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said. According to other witnesses, he was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody.

Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona’s 8th District in 2006. The “Congress on Your Corner” events allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

A guy being interviewed on CNN says that there are bodies on the ground, 15 to 20 shots were fired, and that he heard from others there that the Congresswoman was shot in the head at point-blank range. He said he did see her still moving on the stretcher to the Lifeflight helicopter.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Giffords…. yesterday…

Giffords expects some cooperation between parties

Sat, 01/08/2011 – 00:29
By Bill Hess

SIERRA VISTA — There are a number of things the U.S. House of Representatives will do in this new session, some of which will be political theater, Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said

marisacat - 8 January 2011

See below, apparently she has been shot …

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

it sounds really bad, and very deliberate, from the report the guy in a Sprint store is giving on CNN. He said the shots were all one after the other, and he’s hearing now from cops that 6 to 9 people may be dead. He can see what he thinks is three bodies.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

If he shot fast at close range, I assume he hit his mark.

Unlike the strange fellow at the Florida school board meeting of a few weeks ago.

I can see it now, La Nan will travel in a bullet proof bubble.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

oh thanks for posting an actual report…. I was caught up watching Julie Child and Pepin doing pork chops…

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Julia and Pepin are much more positive than this shit.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

it was a wonderful show, which is why I got derailed…so delish.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I just finished the Avec Eric I’d recorded early this morning and switched on the news to these reports. Thanks again for telling me about his show … it was the one where the Sous Chef at La Bernadin takes the viewer through each station of the kitchen, to show how you learn and work your way up. It was really interesting.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I especially love his shows when he is in the kitchens at le Bernardin.. SO wonderful and a fabulous mix of people from all over.

I remember that show in particular.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I learned a lot about that one, then he showed how you could recreate the flow in your own kitchen while cooking salmon on a bed of leeks with a wine sauce.

Really good show.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I’ve been thinking that maybe salmon is something i could cook…

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

Matt Taibbi: The Crying Shame of John Boehner

From the very start, Boehner’s career has been a heartwarming tribute to the gentle spirituality and tender human connections that surround the experience of congressional service. Here’s how he got into the House in the first place: His predecessor, a white Republican named Donald “Buz” Lukens, got caught on camera talking with a black woman at a McDonald’s in Columbus, Ohio, about how he had slept with her teenage daughter. It came out later that Lukens, his negotiating skills honed by years of public service, had paid 40 bucks to the girl to have sex with him in his Columbus apartment.

Convicted of “contributing to the unruliness of a minor,” old Buz refused to resign his seat, and so John Boehner, a young plastics salesman (plastics!), took him on in the primary and won on a platform of restoring morals and ethics to the Congress. Boehner then joined up with a group of other freshmen congressmen, including God-humping Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum, and formed the so-called Gang of Seven. The group made names for themselves by giving sanctimonious speeches blasting Democratic congressional leaders for things like getting free haircuts at the House barbershop and free meals at the Senate restaurant. Shortly thereafter, Boehner ascended to a leadership role himself after helping co-author the “Contract With America,” and it wasn’t long before the man who swept into office in the shiny red underpants of an ethical crusader was creating his own peculiar ethics record.

Forget about free haircuts: Boehner was soon caught literally handing out checks from the tobacco lobby on the floor of the House. This was 1995; the House was voting to consider an end to federal subsidies of the tobacco industry, and Boehner, at the time the fourth-ranking Republican in the party hierarchy, went on the floor and handed out, by his own admission, “a half-dozen” donation checks from the tobacco lobby to various members.

Boehner only got busted when former-football-star-turned-GOP-congressman Steve Largent got wind of the check-passing and confronted Boehner about it. The fallout from the incident reveals the future House speaker at his absolute finest: While being interviewed by a television reporter about what he had done, Boehner with a straight face tries to turn the tables and present himself as an opponent of the practice.

I love this country.

12. marisacat - 8 January 2011

oh brother.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Reportedly Shot Outside a Grocery Store in Tucson, Arizona [1:20 p.m. ET]

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Well, The neurosurgical chief out there is respected. A young guy, Lemole went to Penn trained fellowship at Doppler in Austria. His pop is a heart surgeon who used to practice in Delaware…not a typical silver spooner FWIW.
She’s the Rep who married the asotronaut .
She had a big job at one of the accounting firms before doin the political thing…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I know nothing about her, but here’s her Wikipedia page

Giffords was first sworn in as a congresswoman on January 3, 2007. She is the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. In her inaugural speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Giffords said a comprehensive immigration reform package needs to include modern technology to secure the border, more border patrol agents, tough employer sanctions for businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and a guest-worker program. In her first month in office, Congresswoman Giffords voted to support increased federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, raising the minimum wage, endorsing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, and supporting new rules for the House of Representatives targeting ethical issues. Giffords also voted to repeal subsidies to big oil companies and invest the savings in renewable energy. “We put our national security at risk by relying on oil from unstable regimes in the Middle East and Latin America,” Giffords told her colleagues in a speech on the House floor during debate on the Clean Energy Act. The act repeals $14 billion in subsidies given to oil companies and establishes a Strategic Renewable Energy Reserve to increase research in clean renewable energy, to develop greater energy efficiency, and to improve energy conservation.

During the 2007 session of Congress, Giffords introduced a bill (H.R. 1441)[1] that forbids the sale of F-14 aircraft parts on the open market.[2] She also voted for the contentious May 2007 Iraq Emergency Supplemental Spending bill, saying, “I cannot, in good conscience, allow the military to run out of money while American servicemen and women are being attacked every day”.[3]

Giffords is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition. She is the only member of the U.S. Congress whose spouse, astronaut Mark E. Kelly, is an active duty member of the U.S. military.[4] She is also known as a strong proponent of solar energy as well as for her work to secure the border with Mexico.[5][6]

marisacat - 8 January 2011

Ynet News is saying she is Jewish…

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011
15. marisacat - 8 January 2011

NPR says Giffords has died.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011
marisacat - 8 January 2011

Congresswoman, 6 Others, Killed By Gunman

by NPR Staff

Drew Angerer/AP

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

January 8, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms.

The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

CNN too
Nothing up on WaPo.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

It really is a bit stunning.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

WaPo has something up now…no confirm yet..

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I saw one headline flip by that she was taken into surgery but also was on life support… Really it was an awful attack, no matter what… 7 dead the last I read…

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

some CNN hack is suggesting that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions, that the shooter could be someone on the “far left” who shot her for not being liberal enough, and insists that this is as likely as a winger shooting her for being “too liberal” (which is funny on any issue besides women’s health care) or maybe just a “celebrity stalker”.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

I’m glad he was nabbed alive. I am really interested to hear what he says and who he is.

Interesting that he is so young, from reports…

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Yes folks, don’t jump to conclusions! Could be terrsm! Could be the far Left or Far Right! Just give us a moment till we can conflate this! And define the New Centrism!

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

being very careful to report how upset Republicans are at the shooting, too.

So tender, that end of the political spectrum.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

Well Ob’s people, I am sure, are rolling out the fucking “prayer circle” shit again. I am sure they won’t miss a second to work to spin it to their advantage.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

In fact all his flipping bullshite for years now, what I called “assassination masturbation”

And what gets shot, a white woman in the SW.

ts - 8 January 2011

Ironically, she is a very pro-gun Democrat.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

I’ve been thinking that maybe salmon is something i could cook…

A nice piece of salmon can be so good. I love it grilled. This looked good on the show: Barely Cooked Salmon with Leeks and Red Wine Butter Sauce

marisacat - 8 January 2011

that is why I thought maybe I could manage salmon, either pan saute or oven roast. WIll check ou thte recipe… thanks!

If I can manage to swing by the market on the way home from the hospital on Monday will look at their fresh salmon… I very gingerly ordered the ground sirloin from Safeway a couple of years ago, and was shocked at it being more than acceptable, in fact I cook it very very very rare.

But I would rather look at the salmon, somehow…

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

the salmon looked easy … I think the sauce might take a little more care, but then you could cook the salmon that way and serve it with other sauces or even just butter.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 January 2011

oh, and if you like to LOOK at food, this is a cool website:


19. catnip - 8 January 2011

Now, CNN is saying Giffords is in surgery – gunshot would to the head. CNN had reported she was dead. ?

marisacat - 8 January 2011

ABC is saying her husband, as of just a few minutes ago, is saying she is in surgery “despite conflicting reports”.

catnip - 8 January 2011

MSNBC reported that someone said she was talking on her way into surgery.

What a mess.

20. marisacat - 8 January 2011

I dunno… KVOA as of 20 mins ago


Conflicting reports on Giffords’ condition

Posted: Jan 8, 2011 12:58 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2011 1:01 PM

TUCSON – Sources tell News 4’s Lupita Murillo that Giffords has died after being shot at a northside political event. Sheriff Dupnik is reporting that she is currently alive and in surgery.

13 other people were shot, and at least 6 are dead after a man opened fire at a “Congress on your Corner” event, hosted by Giffords, at the shopping center near Oracle and Ina Rd.

Sources tell us that the man shot Giffords in the head, and opened fire on the crowd before being tackled and taken into custody.

Stay tuned to News 4 Tucson and KVOA.com for the details as they come in.

Below is a Google Map of the location of the shooting.

21. BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Fox just had State Sen Linda Lopez of AZ on..
When asked if she heard any thing about the suspect she said she heard it was An AfPak…. VET.

22. BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Haven’t the foggiest, but if she was speaking its likely she was shot on the right side of her head.

Jeezis A Federal Judge was killed at it too..

23. catnip - 8 January 2011
24. catnip - 8 January 2011

Suspect: 22 yr old Jared Laughner

catnip - 8 January 2011
marisacat - 8 January 2011

wow they are saying she made it thru surgery and is responding to commands. As told them by a local politco… a state reprersentative.

OK Giffiords is alive…

25. BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Good Lord.
Fox –
and lemme get the disclaimer out of the way –
I only watch them for shit like this –
is now spinning Shooter as a Commie Nazi
Anti Federal Reserve Paulite goldbug.
Talk about hedging your bets.

Sotto voce tho on reports that he’s a newly signed up recruit, a white male anti immigrant Mil whack.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

And heeeeere’s Obbie-

marisacat - 8 January 2011

oh my! White on white violence. Whatever will we do! It’s the end of the whirled.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

Now that AZ kook Gov Brewer is going to weigh in.

marisacat - 8 January 2011

And to think the Dems elevated her by elevating Janet The Nothing.

What a sick circus it all is.

BooHooHooMan - 8 January 2011

I agree.

26. marisacat - 8 January 2011



…………….. 😯

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