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Edge… 28 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, Total fucking lunatics.

Joel Meyerowitz: Meyerowitz exhibition FORMAT 2011

From the car, New York Thruway 1975 [Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy of Edwyn Houk Gallery]

… of the cliff. 

Every little news update is showing prices for gas at the pump.  Diesel too, 4.09… the others from 3.79 to well over 4, upwards of 4.20 for premium.

Very little public transportation in this country, isolated to a few cities, basically.  Costs for that rising as well…

We’re screwed, as we head for a Thelma and Louise moment.




1. marisacat - 28 February 2011

Meanwhile…. and I caught a clip of Miss Hillary earlier, in Geneva, saying “everything is on the table”.

“We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets,” he said.

more by David Cameron – 5 hours ago – Financial Times (7 occurrences)

He’s talking about maybe arming the Libyan “rebels”.

Arms dealers the world over yawn. We’d all, all of us, sell to anyone buying.

catnip - 28 February 2011

Rice punted a question about why Obama took so long to call for Gaddafi to exit, stage left.

“We were concerned about the safety of Americans there first.”

Which BEGGED the question: and who was the cause of that danger?

2. catnip - 28 February 2011

So…who’s snorting the Nescafe now?

Gaddafi says ‘all my people love me’

BooHooHooMan - 1 March 2011

The Sheen has obviously worn off on Ghaddafi.

marisacat - 1 March 2011

Oh I am ashamed to say I just laughed at a leno joke… I don’t think I have seen his show in years. But he did mention that we seem to think we can control Qaddafi when we can’t control Charlie S.

I must be desperate. I did laugh.

3. diane - 28 February 2011

Breaking, 10 (+) year old news from the ‘heart’ of Sly Con Valley, Tiny spy planes … mimic birds, insects, I guess they’re using the maple leaf seeds as the breaking news:

Besides the hummingbird, engineers in the growing unmanned aircraft industry [do I sniff that elusive ‘Stimulus Funding?’ – diane] are working on drones that look like insects and the helicopter-like maple leaf seed.

ha, ha, ha, some Sly Con Valley drone drones are so hilarious:

“We were almost laughing out of being scared because we had signed up to do this,” said …, senior project engineer of California’s AeroVironment, which built the hummingbird.

(bolding mine) …. next up, dust motes ……This is one major reason why I have so little faith in the Mental Health INDUSTRY the ones who should be in a locked ward are never ‘treated’ ….

marisacat - 28 February 2011

well everybody is in the defense industry, if they can be. hell Whirlpool even. All of them.

diane - 28 February 2011

yup ….Danskin …etc. …etc. ….etc. … psychopathic minds have taken quite the grip on all venues of making a living ..and therefore: food, shelter, water, heat, and air, … ‘we’ outnumber them though …and ‘we’ll’ see what happens ……

diane - 28 February 2011

How much does any totally deluded Saint Al worshiper at Daily Rotted Orange, Huffy Puffy HO, POPERAH.NET, ….ad infinitum,……wanna bet me? … that Saint Al, … is either invested in AVAVAeroVironment, or just about to invest?

diane - 28 February 2011

Al Gore has always been fascinated with the CIA and the technology of snooping. ….

marisacat - 28 February 2011

”Green Energy”, any of it, is a very bad investment. Dying on the vine as we speak… and poor Dems, they got 1.5 runs out the weak water they squeezed from it.

Bombs Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

diane - 28 February 2011

can’t imagine why ….[snicky snack] …

marisacat - 28 February 2011

meanwhile they keep us busy with all sorts of pale green busy work. And I am all for doing the right thing… I still conserve water without thinking about it, because of the big fat drought in the 70s. But let’s get real.

it’s a game.

I laughed my head off… we (San Francisco) now have a multimillion dollar problem (and odor) apparently from all the low flow toilettes installed in SF… too little water flushes into the drains and, whoopsie, they back up.

Far from me, around (get this) AT&T park. Now the idea is to flush the drains with masses of………….. bleach.

What a laugh.

diane - 28 February 2011

saw that yesterday …I guess Clorox (over there in Richmond is it? ….along with Chevron, etc., etc…) …. is probably really yucking it up …

catnip - 28 February 2011
diane - 28 February 2011

and there there was that DC Rally where people witnessed what appeared to be a bot dragonfly (2004, or 2006, think it was an election year?) was it? Seems to me that happened before the rare and scattered AP pieces noting there were experiments going on (of course I have no clue where the link is among thousands I’ve copied ….sigh).

diane - 28 February 2011

found this 2007 WAPO link re the rally witnesses:

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.

Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.

“I heard someone say, ‘Oh my god, look at those,’ ” the college senior from New York recalled. “I look up and I’m like, ‘What the hell is that?’ They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects.”

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

“I’d never seen anything like it in my life,” the Washington lawyer said. “They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ‘Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ ”

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York…..

Since today’s AP article notes what sounds like a successful ‘hummingbird’ bot (despite the article’s title), equipped with a teeny video camera, which can: fly… up to 11 mph, propelled only by … flapping … its …wings.…climb …descend vertically, fly sideways, forward and backward… rotate clockwise and counterclockwise …hover and perch, who knows when the successful ‘dragonfly’ bot was unleashed:

The CIA was among the earliest to tackle the problem. The “insectothopter,” developed by the agency’s Office of Research and Development 30 years ago, looked just like a dragonfly and contained a tiny gasoline engine to make the four wings flap. It flew but was ultimately declared a failure because it could not handle crosswinds.

Agency spokesman George Little said he could not talk about what the CIA may have done since then. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service also declined to discuss the topic.

Looks like there were enough witnesses to prompt an FOIA request regarding the dragonfly bots:

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice said her group is investigating witness reports and has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with several federal agencies…..

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011

Sudden Retirements Wreak Havoc in Wisconsin

Two days after he made his decision, on Friday, he walked out the door for the last time. (He is taking a long-planned vacation and using furlough days to make up the rest of his two weeks’ notice.)

“I’m as angry as I’ve ever been in my life,” Donnelly said at his retirement party.

Across the state, record numbers of public employees are requesting retirement papers. Many, like Donnelly, have been advised that if they don’t get out quickly, they stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits they were counting on for retirement.

The effect on the state could be devastating. The number of people retiring from the public sector in the next two weeks could easily dwarf the 12,000 lay-offs the governor has threatened, if Senate Democrats don’t return to pass his bill ending collective bargaining for public employees.

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds reports that, during the week of February 14-18, 2011, it received more than three times the num ber of requests for retirement estimates than it did the same week in 2010.

At the top of the Department web site is a special link for state and local employees: “Retiring on Short Notice? What Members Should Know and Do.”

The volume of requests for information is so high, the web site notes, that it is having trouble keeping up with demand.

Walker has promised to make all state employees contribute 12 percent of their pay to their health care premiums and 5.8 percent to their retirement benefits, which will mean $500 to $600 out of pocket each month for many staff who already don’t make much money. “The less you make the harder it is to pay,” Donnelly points out.

So all public employees are looking at very lean times to come. But those close to retirement age are heading for the doors if they can, because they stand to lose benefits they had accrued and counted on for years.

“I get to walk away from this. I was close to retiring anyway, and, as attorneys, we operate at the highest level of state salaries. But for the young people and the clerical staff in our office, these cuts are going to be devastating.”

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011
marisacat - 28 February 2011

well htat is how they will get around it, I guess. A few hundred stuck inside, or if they leave, it is for good.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011

they waited until the media got bored with the story.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011

more details:

Capitol Police kept more than 1,000 protestors at bay Monday, locking down the statehouse and allowing only a few dozen inside to meet with lawmakers.

Officials with the Department of Administration said they closed the Capitol to help with the cleaning of the building and could not open the doors to the public because some protestors inside the rotunda refused to limit their activities to the ground floor.

The decision seemed to run counter to Capitol tradition and the spirit of the state Constitution, which says officials cannot prohibit individuals from entering the Capitol or its grounds. Those gathered outside were not happy.

“My grandfather helped build this building,” said LaVorn Dvorak, a retired social worker from Brooklyn, who was stuck outside for two hours in below-freezing temperatures. “I expect to be able to get in. Now they’re telling us we can’t get in to our own statehouse.”

As Dvorak spoke, chants arose including “Let us in — please.” And “Whose house?” “Our house!”

According to a DOA statement issued Monday, the decision to lock the building down seemed targeted at a “family respite center” on the first floor’s north wing — the only group of protestors not on the ground floor.

“When the State Capitol closed at 4:00 p.m. last night, the majority of protestors voluntarily left the building as requested by the Capitol Police,” the statement read. “Of those who remained, all but a few have voluntarily complied with the request of law enforcement to remain in a designed area of the building. Officers in the building are continuing to work with those few individuals to gain their compliance.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011

In a statement Monday, DOA officials said police started letting protesters into the building at 8 a.m., but there was no evidence of that until State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, confronted police at around noon.

Pocan caused a ruckus when he tried to enter through a side door. He was joined by dozens of firefighters, many of them carrying signs in support of union workers.

“You can’t stop the function of state government, just because Gov. Scott Walker says so,” Pocan yelled through the half-open door.

Capitol Police allowed the representative and eight firefighters to enter and promised to find a way to let the rest enter the building in time for a hearing that Pocan was attempting to convene.

From that point on, officials allowed a small group of protestors inside the rotunda, as long as they had a lawmaker escort them from the entrance.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 February 2011
7. diane - 1 March 2011

Well I guess one young 24 year old Cali resident didn’t feel that he would be able to Win The Future, along with possibly three in less than two months before him:

(02-28) 20:42 PST PALO ALTO

A Caltrain commute train struck and killed a man at the Palo Alto station on Monday evening, the fourth such fatality this year.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that it was an intentional act,”

In other Cali news, a front page headline (hardcopy) of the San Francisco Chronicle informed that The First Dog is called Sutter. First Dog Sutter looks like he’ll have no problem winning the future, must be his parentage.

diane - 1 March 2011

(sorry hadn’t intended to italicise the words:”is called”)

marisacat - 1 March 2011

Murder rate is way up too… after falling for a few years. At least in SF, Oakland and SJ.

marisacat - 1 March 2011

ogawd. The dog tweets.


diane - 1 March 2011

yup, fucking disgusting.

8. marisacat - 1 March 2011

Laugh a day… I notice one of the rightie sites (American Thinker) is calling him “polecat of the senate”.

9. marisacat - 1 March 2011



……….. 😯

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