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Nearly… 15 January 2011

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

August 11, 1954, New York, NY

Photograph: Vivian Maier/Courtesy of Maloof Collection

Vivian Maier’s extraordinary photographs of Chicago and New York

Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, leaving behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. Now, her work has been discovered by chance

Nearly an antique world…. I was wandering around at the Guardian and stumbled on this little gallery… 

And I see from an article on the side column, Vivian Maier also photographed Chicago.  Her negatives were almost accidentally bought at auction after her death, set aside as perhaps of no interest, then looked at again…





1. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 January 2011

Junior High School Elects Class Treasurer

One more dig at the new Rep Party chair …

marisacat - 15 January 2011

Well … they appear riven.

2. diane - 15 January 2011

oh my, and thanks so much for the Vivian Maier …what a tender eye for humanity, cleared out my tear ducts.

(So sad that talented photo developers are having to shut down their shops in droves.)

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 January 2011
4. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011
marisacat - 15 January 2011

Daddy wants to run for office. I would guess.

An actor and a wanna-be lecturer. And I don’t mind Alec Baldwin, nor do I care about hsi divorce flapdoodles.

But gee, ti is all so predictable.

BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011

The music video will be next.

BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011

A new line of those gel wristbands…

diane - 15 January 2011

a subtle hair dye that lessens the grey just tad …versus the tawdry, old, chestnut/orange for males …………..

I notice the Obster is due for a dash …

marisacat - 15 January 2011

Hopefully a better straggle line than, Together We Thrive (yeah baby!)

and so on.

5. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011

Great Piece.

One commenter down, tho. In a hail of…words?
And after reading the whole thread thru I didn’t know whether to send a Mass Card….or panties.

marisacat - 15 January 2011

I enjoyed that post, but yeah Michael Dawson seemed seriously OVER Whelmed…. by it.

BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011


Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

It seems plausible that suburban life, with its severe social isolation, promotes a paper-thin ideology of self-reliance, which may give rise to fantasies of self-defense, along with the familiar Joe The Plumber fantasies of wealth around the corner. Maybe that’s part, at least, of the picture.

That’s certainly been my experience, and also carries with it the lack of support of social welfare, health, mass transit etc …

A friend of mine, much younger than myself, who grew up in that world, thinks that they feel so threatened by anything that undermines their fantasy of how life should be that they won’t be happy until they make it impossible for anybody else to live any other kind of lifestyle.

mattes - 16 January 2011

Meet our overloads:

Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? No? Then you haven’t been paying much attention. Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.

True, Lockheed Martin doesn’t actually run the United States government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well. After all, it received US$36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history. It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of
Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Collecting intelligence on you

If it seems a little creepy to you that the same company making ballistic missiles is also processing your taxes, accessing your fingerprints, scanning your packages, ensuring that it’s easier than ever to collect your DNA, and counting you for the census, rest assured: Lockheed Martin’s interest in getting inside your private life via intelligence collection and surveillance has remained remarkably undiminished in the 21st century.


mattes - 16 January 2011


marisacat - 16 January 2011

hi mattes!

Sorry if this sat in Mod for hours, I was offline (unable to connect) from 9:30 am to just now, a little after 4PM.

marisacat - 16 January 2011

diane put up a link a while ago, Lockheed Martin is in charge of servicing the Social Security system.


diane - 16 January 2011

About a year ago, I was bleakly ‘amused’ at a small Lockheed truck, heading into the employee parking lot at a Post Office, I mean, perhaps it was a pick up, but then that’s why all large corporations have shipping & receiving departments, …so I wasn’t too surprised to recently read that Lockheed also had it’s tendrils into the Post Office.

Then there was the woman I was chatting with who said she was an Army employee working at a Lockheed facility and forced into early retirement, having been replaced by a Lockheed employee. It always amuses me how many non-Californians, don’t have a clue as to the fact that ‘Silicon Valley,’ likely wouldn’t exist, or remain, were it not being Federally funded by the Defense Industry, the primary purposes of the technology, being: weaponry, the transfer of wealth, the replacement of ‘human resources,’ and medical ‘advancements’ increasingly unaffordable by the masses, though they are forced to pay out the nose for such ‘advancements,’ whose primary purpose, appears to be: allowing a tiny handful, to live forever (good luck to ’em, they’ll eat each other alive without the masses for them to take out their petty, ugly grievances on).

Stunning, how many otherwise, incredibly bright people, worship Change …..for it’s own sake …..Becoming thoroughly ill, as a society, is also change, as was: droning entire communities of human beings.

ts - 16 January 2011

The Feds travel system, GovTrip, is maintained by NorthrupGrumman. Each transaction is charged a $8.50 flat fee regardless of size. They raised this from $6.50 a year ago.

They still haven’t managed to integrate this with the Federal travel itinerary, so you guess if the fare that pops up is a Fed-approved fare (it never is).

So you end up calling SATO travel to book the plane ticket, hotel, etc. for you and they charge the gov’t $24.50.

Then they still tack on $8.50 when it gets input into the system.

And the software is a pile of shit to use. Took me four days to figure out what I was doing, and I’m pretty intuitive about computers. Many of the older workers took weeks.

diane - 16 January 2011

….And the software is a pile of shit to use. ….

reminds me of Oracle “BookKeeping” software ….. a cesspool, if ever there were one……. BUT PREDOMINANT

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011


I believe they were also responsible for part of that virtual fence that just got canceled.

6. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011

God forbid apathy take hold…

Thousands of JFK photos uncovered

Look man, unless the Dude has a Facebook page, is sporting matching red g-strings with Sam Giancana, J Edgar Hoover, and Frank Sinatra…. BORING! 😆


marisacat - 15 January 2011

… and how many times has it been “revealed” that Reagan had Alzheimer’s (or at least dementia) in office? Of course, first reveal from the SON.

Carry on!

BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2011

We need a good Elvis sighting.

catnip - 15 January 2011
catnip - 15 January 2011

The sibling tension bubbles over just three weeks before Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, which will kick off a year of events to honor the 40th president.

A year? They’re kidding, right?

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

ugh … I really would like to hope that before I die this worship of that horrible man will fucking end.

marisacat - 16 January 2011

ugh I don’t think so…. Ron jr summed it up, if you look at Nixon, Ford, Bush 1 and 2, you (well nto me or you!) can understand why the R run screaming to venerate Reagan. I long ago thought they wanted someone on their side to slobber over, as counterpoint to JFK/RFK.

Just as I think te Dems work to keep some ideal of Obster going, hoping for a new saint (the Kennedys have faded, and rightly so). Right at the moment they think they have a shot at it again… (choking back the vomitus here!)

But what a scam it all is.

It came out years ago that at least in the second term (but honestly did any astute observer think Reagan came out of that assassination atempt well? hell no) ther was a committe from congress, I remember it included Baker of Tenn among others, who regularly “observed” Reagan and consulted iwth his doctors. sure they gave him a pass but that doesn’t mean they did not know he was ga ga.

ANYONE who had watched him in the 60s and 70s knew. The problem was the great mass and loons who love him had little knowlege of him in his prime. I do love the image of them venerating some drooling old man tho. Gives me a laugh.

7. marisacat - 16 January 2011


the slop fest shows have finally hit some sort of recognisable bottom (and this is before Sharpton and Noonan show up!).

So much drool and drivel. I would nto wish a bullet nor illness on my worst enemy, but finally, so much drippy cotton candy as opposed to reality (much less realpolitik) and you just stop caring.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

CNN actually had some decent, well-spoken mental health activists on, talking about how horrible the funding and services to treat people is, especially in AZ.

marisacat - 16 January 2011

I had to turn the shows off… and when I woke from an enforced nap (unable to log on, ugh) I caught th end of the Tweety show on NBC. God it was bad.

Sully and Borger, some Indian named Rahem Salem… I have seen him before, but forget who he is with… and a fourth that I forget…

Pasting obster back together again and saying the Left will vote for him (or face a firing squad?) … it was pretty awful.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

Gibbs tangles with Russian journalist over ‘freedom’

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spars with reporters daily on variety of topics, such as the administration’s strategy for the economy and the Pentagon’s progress (or lack thereof) in waging two wars. But Gibbs, who’ll leave his spot at the podium next month, found himself in a different sort of debate Thursday: Was the Arizona shooting rampage an inevitable byproduct of Americans having too much freedom?

Andrei Sitov, a reporter for official Russia news agency ITAR-TASS, argued that the “quote-unquote freedom of the deranged mind to react violently: It is also America.”

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

A Philosopher of Religion Calls it Quits

I have to confess that I now regard “the case for theism” as a fraud and I can no longer take it seriously enough to present it to a class as a respectable philosophical position—no more than I could present intelligent design as a legitimate biological theory. BTW, in saying that I now consider the case for theism to be a fraud, I do not mean to charge that the people making that case are frauds who aim to fool us with claims they know to be empty. No, theistic philosophers and apologists are almost painfully earnest and honest… I just cannot take their arguments seriously any more, and if you cannot take something seriously, you should not try to devote serious academic attention to it.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaks

The offshore bank account details of 2,000 “high net worth individuals” and corporations – detailing massive potential tax evasion – will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history, Rudolf Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland.
British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, “approximately 40 politicians”.

12. diane - 16 January 2011

I just love that picture honey …thanks so much again, …it seems to me that black & white and sepia toned photos … hone in on the intangible, ….and the timeless, ………wonderful photo ……………..

diane - 16 January 2011

I predict a coming resurgence of ‘primitive’ ‘old fashioned,’ home made cameras among the youngins …. twill be wonderful………


13. BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2011


The Golden Globe Award (Don’t Ask!)

for Best ScreenPlay goes to – (Wait for it!)
Aaron Sorkin! Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network! …about FaceBook-ynessingism. Or something. LMAO

diane - 16 January 2011

Say honey, do those horseshoe crabs and skate eggs still mark that joizy coast?

The last I looked, the sand dollars and twelve foot long tangles of sea weed, are dominant on much of the “west coast” ….

diane - 16 January 2011

(…pre BP/Anglo Persian ….)

diane - 16 January 2011

Yup, …still listening to Marvin & TamiIf this world were mine …thinking about how human beings are social mammals, so very much like wolves, ..and ‘apes’ …but unlike wolves and apes, ……we appear to be embracing hollow machinery and technology, versus tangible communities …..what the fuck is up with that?

And how the fuck do fake ‘green’ folk get away with demanding pristine environments for non-human mammals, but subject human mammals to being hooked up to machines, 24/7, in order to have shelter from the elements, and eat, ….indeed, stay alive? …

BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2011

I’d doubt it in winter, diane.
Of course I could find out quite easily.
You don’t want me to do research do you?

God knows what will turn up on the beaches in Jersey. LOL.

diane - 16 January 2011

sorry honey, I should have qualified, I just meant fairly recent, like last summer …..and no, ;0) …no research ….

marisacat - 16 January 2011

God knows what will turn up on the beaches in Jersey. LOL

Dead bodies?


BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2011

Oh gosh no. More like McGreevey, people walking their dogs, or retirees using that beachcomber equipment looking for rings, etc…

They actually do a nice job with the litter of late. Otherwise its pretty sedate this time of year.

marisacat - 16 January 2011

ugh McGreevey Corzine and now Christie…

IF only THEY would wash up on the beach.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2011

Unarmed Naked Man Shot and Killed by LAPD Officer

The LAPD is defending two of its officers, one of whom shot and killed an unarmed naked man, claiming self defense. The police union said cops have previously been “killed by naked people … who disarmed the officer.”

marisacat - 16 January 2011

The police union said cops have previously been “killed by naked people … who disarmed the officer.”

The cops need to come up with an example of that…

diane - 16 January 2011

….The cops need to come up with an example of that…

truly,…..and here I thought I might be remiss, in certain comments I’ve made, operating from recollect (on my behalf though, at least noting it to be recollect ….I call the bulk of the LAPD to be liars! ……..fuck the recollect.

And the LAPD, in this instance, most certainly, are the ones with the SEVERE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

marisacat - 16 January 2011

Well LAPD has a long long history. So does Oakland PD. San Francisco just pretends to be better…

And so on.

diane - 16 January 2011

tongue was firmly planted in cheek, with the in this instance ‘note,’ honey.

diane - 16 January 2011

Long version, for non californians: Los Angeles, California, Police Department – SEVERE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

15. marisacat - 17 January 2011



……….. 😯

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