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Too… 11 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Bigeye jacks found schooling by the thousands. A large new marine protected area around Cocos Island will offer endangered marine species such as hammerhead sharks and leatherback turtles, as well as fish stocks that are important to local communities, the chance to recover from increasing pressures, Conservation International says. [Sterling Zumbrunn/Conservation International]

Too much news.



1. catnip - 12 March 2011

There’s an add at the bottom of your post for Ecopressed (?)

catnip - 12 March 2011

*ad, that is.

Long day…

marisacat - 12 March 2011

I cannot see it…?

catnip - 12 March 2011

I’ll do a screenshot and send it to you.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

oh thank you….

2. catnip - 12 March 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

I see on MSNBC this morning there actually was an explosion, but they’re still claiming that “inner containment” wasn’t breached.

Scary …

marisacat - 12 March 2011

The US seems loathe to show the picture of the reactor with the walls blown off. Daily Mail of course published it.. and it is NOT reassuring.

The core is left with a metal skeleton, what sat under the walls that were blown off.

KGO raged for hours last night, on nuclear. Two hosts pushing for it… one fully against it.

I think this absolutely will kill all this hoopla about buidling new reactors in Cali. For which I am thankful. The MOST troubling, the single mosst worrisome aspect of it (for me anyway), is:

the nuclear industry – and their paid shills – denies fully and at all times any problems.

PLUS the 4 reactors we do have, still have all of the radioactive garbage they have ever created, on site. AND they sit right along side faults. San Onofre is on the coast, right on it.


AND that Fukushima is 40 year old construction. Hell.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

well, the Japanese do this stuff as well or better than anybody … if they couldn’t build enough redundancies in then no one can.

Building those plants in earthquake zones is nuts.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

I don’t think you can build a safe nuclear reactor, you just cannot. To say nothing of the waste issues.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

true … I guess “safer” would be the argument they would make.

to me, the risks outweigh the rewards.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

No they make the argument of “safe”.

NO qualifications. Which is what really pisses me off.

AND only ONE of our reactors has drained off the waste (from the original storage containers) and stores it on site in supposedly “quake proof” underground containers.


mattes - 12 March 2011

Stupidly once I lived close to a nuclear plant.

For several weeks they let steam out at night one summer, you could hear it. I was assured there was no problem, now the plant is closed.

And I now have Hashimoto’s disease.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

Cirincione, who I can stand, is on ABC saying this is the worst nightmare of the nuclear industry. They have worked years to rehabilitate nuclear and discredit the opposition…

Construction $$$$ just spiked and opposition just shot thru the roof.

I am so glad.

mattes - 12 March 2011

I can’t understand why no one has brought a class action lawsuit against the industry.

3. catnip - 12 March 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011


4. marisacat - 12 March 2011

Hell if I can tell.

An explosion but don’t worry. It’s leaking but not much. Workers injured in the explosion, but not badly.

And the Japanese PM says, don’t panic. One report even denies any explosion.

Ohhh kaaay.

On the other hand, does any of this sound … you know…. GOOD?

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

not fostering a lot of confidence they have things under control …

5. marisacat - 12 March 2011


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); roundtable with former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and NPR’s Michele Norris

–ABC’s “The Week“: To be announced today (airing live from Tokyo)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny, former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and New York Post columnist Kirsten Powers; “Power Player of the Week” segment with James O’Keefe III

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): Roundtable with Columbia University’s Rashid Khalidi, Cairo’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper’s Ashraf Khalil, Al Jazeera’s Abderrahim Foukara and American University of Beirut’s Rami Khouri; author Ahmed Rashid (“Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia” and “Taliban”); Somalian Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

–Univision’s “Al Punto“: ATF Special Agents John Dodson and Rene Jaquez (discuss Operation “Fast and Furious”); Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi; “Gana Peru” presidential candidate Ollanta Humala; roundtable with Radio Programas de Perú correspondent Maria Luisa Rossel and independent journalist Roberto Brodsky

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

I think those fish were listening to the Sec of Treasury and are rushing to get the new iPad.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

Looks like it!! And they promise to shop responsibly!

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

I think the fancy new magnetic cover is very helpful to users with fins.

marisacat - 12 March 2011


Easy button punching! Really !! Come try it out!

7. marisacat - 12 March 2011

ooo I just heard a truly interesting tidbit on one of the am shows… think it was CBS…

In January 1700, there was a massive quake in the US NW, in the Cascadia Subduction Zone (which is capable of much larger quakes than our local Cali faults, so I read) and the tsunami it caused was recorded in the Japan chronicles of the time.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

interesting …

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

When is the Cosmic Muffin going to learn that no matter how much water you dump on it, you can’t make Jersey clean?

I kid because I love …

mattes - 12 March 2011

“I understand that you’re frustrated,” Christie told flood victims after the tour. “I understand that for some folks, this is the fourth time in six years that this has occurred. We’re not ignoring you.”

hahaha….and he wants to be president?

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

he’s such an asshole

9. mattes - 12 March 2011
10. marisacat - 12 March 2011

They just have a litter of pretzels.. and on cue trot out the next one. To display “change”:


Obama answers a question about Bradley Manning:

Q: [T]he State Department spokesman, PJ Crowley, said the treatment of Bradley Manning by the Pentagon is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid. And I’m wondering if you agree with that. Thank you, sir.

A: […] With respect to Private Manning, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they are. I can’t go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well.

And 43:

ADDING: In case that answer sounded familiar:

LAUER: Why is waterboarding legal, in your opinion?

BUSH: Because the lawyer said it was legal. He said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act. I’m not a lawyer, but you gotta trust the judgment of people around you and I do.

via John Caruso

11. marisacat - 12 March 2011

Oh “safe” “fail safe” “back up plans” etc.:

The town had been overwhelmed by a record 8.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a seven-meter tsunami 30 minutes later, and then evacuated due to unspecified problems at the nuclear plant.

“This was way beyond our contingency efforts,” said Shiro Tanaka, head of the town’s planning department. “We never anticipated all three happening in succession.”

Full text from WSJ (Not a lefty org, I would venture to say!):

MARCH 12, 2011, 7:50 A.M. ET.

Hardship Worsens for Fukushima Evacuees

TOMIOKA-MACHI, Fukushima Prefecture—Friday’s giant earthquake and tsunami have caused hardship for many Japanese in the past few days. Those who live and work near the star-crossed Fukushima nuclear power facility have borne an even greater burden.

Many evacuees left their homes for a refugee center located in a seaside town in the shadow of the two plants, known as Fukushima No. 1 and Fukushima No. 2.

But then, as the reactor struggled to contain damage from the tsunami, the local government urged them to another facility 10 kilometers away from the plant. Later that evening, after an explosion at the plant, the central government asked them to relocate again—this time 20 kilometers away.

A contingent of about a dozen or so senior town officials stayed behind at the makeshift facility in Tomiokamachi, which had run out of food and water earlier in the day. After watching a group of mostly younger officials prepare to depart, they grimly donned bright yellow protective body suits with air intake hoods at about 3:15pm local time.

Two of these officials spoke with The Wall Street Journal, whose reporters left with the last group of evacuees, mostly lower-level municipal employees.

“What else is there to say?” said Hideo Sato, department head of general affairs for the town. “You had better leave now.”

The town had been overwhelmed by a record 8.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a seven-meter tsunami 30 minutes later, and then evacuated due to unspecified problems at the nuclear plant.

“This was way beyond our contingency efforts,” said Shiro Tanaka, head of the town’s planning department. “We never anticipated all three happening in succession.”

The tsunami that hit the town destroyed a protective sea wall and raced about one kilometer inland, “wiping out” about 80 homes, Mr. Tanaka said. Yet he added that the town had counted only two dead and some nine others missing.

Tomiokamachi was eager for more help, but received only a token visit by two advance Japanese Self Defense Forces members and no help from the central government. Instead, it relied on briefings from Tokyo Electric Power, which owns and operates both plants.

“We had to do it all by ourselves,” Mr. Sato said, referring to the evacuation.

As in much of northeastern coastal Japan after the twin blows of a massive earthquake and tsunami, the town had no fixed-line or mobile phone service late Friday or Saturday.

The local officials had organized the evacuation of some 10,000 area residents earlier Saturday from the community center next to the nuclear plants. They were moved to a shelter in the mountain town of Kawauchi, about 10 kilometers away.

The last of a dozen buses filled with women and children departed around 2 p.m. for a more distant shelter in a crowded junior high school.

While the town officials seemed unsure of exactly what the problem was at the plant hit with the explosion, they were aware its internal temperaturee had been rising, and worried the same fate might befall the Fukushima No. 2 plant.

Several local officials involved in the town’s evacuation effort said the two nuclear plants, which send all of the power they generate south to Tokyo, had never been problematic before. Some said this may have led town officials into a false sense of complacency.

Write to Chester Dawson at chester.dawson@wsj.com and Yoree Koh at yoree.koh@wsj.com

12. marisacat - 12 March 2011

No problemo! Everything going fine!

And i read the evacuation count is up to 170,000 people. (BBC)

Japan nuclear agency reports emergency at another reactor

Officials say the cooling system has malfunctioned at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the same complex where an explosion occurred Saturday at a different reactor, according to the Associated Press.

LA Times

13. ms_xeno - 12 March 2011

Just read on the front page of A Big News Service that Obama’s speechifying about how much he luuuuuuuuuuurves women around the world. Cuz, y’know, his own daughters are women.

Fuck you, Hopey. Fuck your hypocrisy and your sanctimony and your homophobic, fetus-worshipping Right-wing churchy pals and your framed autographed picture of Ronnie and your trained seal “pro-choice” lobbyists and your endless patronizing bullshit. Just. FUCK. YOU.

Christ. Like the endless slog of buggy, worthless job apps I’ve been struggling with today aren’t fucking nauseating enough. >:

marisacat - 12 March 2011

You know what they are debating in the West Wing? If ti is advisable to announce ‘recovery under way’.

Or would it piss off too many people.

No, really. Politico reported that.

And I assume the other thing going on is extensive meetings to plot strategery with the nuclear undustry.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

oh my gawd they’re stupid

marisacat - 12 March 2011

Aren’t they.

ms_xeno - 12 March 2011

I think I’ve the peak level of being pissed off at this point. No babble issuing forth from their collective sphincter regarding “recovery” could possibly make it any worse.

Going out to buy groceries with the plastic again later today. Anyone want anything? :p

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

Japan: Explosion at Fukushima nuclear plant

Photos: Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan on record struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter (33-foot) high tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

Democratic senators, returned to Capitol, get boisterous welcome

Madison – Unbowed and unrepentant, the 14 Democratic state senators returned to the state Capitol on Saturday and received a tumultuous welcome from tens of thousands of pro-labor demonstrators.

Despite passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill, the senators said they did the right thing by fleeing to Illinois in a bid to block the legislation.

And they vowed to fight the law in the courts and at the ballot box in a bid to restore collective bargaining rights to most public employees.

As they made their way to the steps of the state Capitol that they had fled a month ago, they heard the roars of a crowd that clogged Capitol Square and chants of “thank you, thank you.”

One by one, the senators took the stage and addressed the audience that fanned out on muddy ground and spilled out into State St.

State Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) told the demonstrators, “Thank you for being our voice while we were gone. Thank you for being Wisconsin’s voice while we were gone. Thank you for being America’s voice.”

Coggs said it was time for the “Fabulous 14” to “come back and unite with you.”

“We want to unite, we want to fight, we want to get back workers rights,” he said. “The people united will never be defeated.”

“This is not the end. This is the beginning of phase two,” said state Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison).

State Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) told the crowd, “this fight is as old as democracy itself.”

“We’re going to continue this fight and I can tell you the Koch brothers can’t print enough money to stop us,” Cullen said, referring to the oil billionaires and conservative activists.

The crowd that gathered in Madison appeared to be the biggest yet during four weeks of protests. It was filled with teachers, police, firefighters, nurses and farmers.

A parade of tractors rolled around the Capitol Square before the rally Saturday included farmers and labor supporters, and in some cases, the people at the wheel had a hand in both.

Sam Anderson grew up on a dairy farm, but spent most of his working life as a Teamster.

“If the unions lose out, everybody will lose out,” Anderson said from the seat of a tractor. “Governor Walker is out to destroy municipal unions.”

Charley Weeth, from La Crosse, led the “tractorcade” in the 1953 Ford firetruck he drove to Madison.

Weeth said farmers had reason to join with labor in protesting the budget-repair bill, even though the most inflammatory item was the elimination of collective bargaining rights for public unions.

Many farmers have benefited from the expansion of BadgerCare and would lose out on health insurance in the changes pursued by Walker, he said.

“A lot of them are on the edge, especially with fuel prices being up,” Weeth said. “And a lot of them are just disgusted with the process. This is not the Wisconsin they knew and grew up with.”

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

Collective bargaining bill delayed as Democratic senators return to state

State senators left the state for three weeks. Assembly members forced a marathon, 61-hour debate in their chamber. Now Secretary of State Doug La Follette will join the list of Democrats delaying Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to limit collective bargaining for most public employees.

Walker signed the bill early Friday, but laws don’t take effect until one day after the secretary of state publishes it with the Legislative Reference Bureau. La Follette said he would not publish the law until March 25 to allow time for legal challenges to move through the courts.

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and County Board Chairman Scott McDonell sued Friday to prevent La Follette from publishing the measure, saying the votes leading to the law’s passage were illegal and the bill is unconstitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith declined to issue a temporary order preventing La Follette from publishing the law. But she scheduled a hearing on the matter for Wednesday.

La Follette, a Democrat, said in an interview it is normal procedure to publish laws 10 business days after the governor signs them — the requirement under state law — although he said it is sometimes necessary to speed up the process.

“The governor wants to publish this on Monday, but that seems a mad rush to conclusion when there are so many questions,” La Follette said. “This is one of the biggest changes in Wisconsin I can remember, and I’ve been around for 30 years.”

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011
ms_xeno - 12 March 2011

I just want to know if there really is a general strike, a sustained one, will Hopey get permission from Exxon and the rest to bring the National Guard back to America?


Or will Walker’s close personal friend, Jeebus, present him with a five-point plan on how to replace the entire city with contract workers from India?

I can’t wait to see the next episode. This is so much more exciting than The Walking [snerk] Dead, huh?

18. catnip - 12 March 2011
mattes - 12 March 2011

Bibi is beside himself that a Arab killed a Jewish child.

Meanwhile McClain thinks Pollard should be released..and King accepted $100,000 from Pro-Israeli groups.

6,000 palestinians men, women and child are in Israeli jails. Isolated.

catnip - 12 March 2011

Oh, I’m sure Obama will be calling on the Israeli gov’t to apologize any minute now!

19. catnip - 12 March 2011

Lehman probe stalls; execs may escape charges: report

According to the paper, Securities and Exchange Commission officials have begun to doubt they can prove that Lehman broke U.S. laws by moving nearly $50 billion in assets off its balance sheet to make it appear that the securities firm had lowered its debt burden.

Quoting people familiar with the situation, the Journal said SEC officials are also worried they might not win any lawsuit against former Lehman Chief Executive Richard Fuld Jr accusing him of improperly accounting for the value of a large real estate portfolio acquired with the takeover of Archstone-Smith Trust, or to hide losses to investors related to that deal.

Nah…I won’t say it…why bother??

20. catnip - 12 March 2011


21. catnip - 12 March 2011

The unspoken undercurrent underneath Japan’s current nuclear crisis: Hiroshima, Nagasaki. Yes, they know ALL about radiation sickness etc there. Newsheads keep talking about Chernobyl as a comparison but radiation sickness is radiation sickness. And there certainly is an irony in the still failed idea that nuclear power is anything but destructive – especially in Japan.

22. marisacat - 12 March 2011


[J]apan’s technological confidence has been shattered by quakes before. In 1995, the Great Hanshin earthquake, with its famous images of toppled highways and collapsed buildings, killed 5,000 people, injured more than 400,000 and brought global humiliation to a country proud of its construction prowess.

Four years ago, another huge quake struck almost underneath the world’s largest nuclear power plant in Niigata, sparking fires, leaks and a crippling shutdown. Officials were forced to admit that they had not known about the fault underneath the 8,200MW Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.

Most people want to believe Mr Kan when he says that the government is working hard this time to make sure “not a single resident will suffer any effects” from the radiation. But not Yoshi Watanabe, who lives with his wife and two young children about 135km from the Fukushima plant. “They don’t know what they’re doing,” he says. “They should extend the perimeter further, but they can’t because they can’t handle that scale of evacuation.” ….


The sun sinks behind the highway. We pass a convoy of fire engines and truckloads of self-defence force troops, on their way to the coast to help rebuild devastated villages. At an almost deserted service station, Chieko Matsumoto stands waiting for customers as NHK flickers live in the corner. The power plant is an hour away. “Not far enough,” she says. “We’ve been told not to go outside and breathe the air, to stay here and watch the TV. It’s just so scary.” ….


catnip - 12 March 2011

They didn’t know about the fault? Really?

This is all just incredibly sad.

marisacat - 12 March 2011


And don’t believe anything else! Safe Safe Safe…. Safety first. Redunduncies a go go!!

And we all heard PM Kan, the peeeoples come first. They do.

BooHooHooMan - 12 March 2011

Nothing says Post WarInter War
Peace and Prosperity
like U.S. MIC and – who else- the Shylocks offering to help Japanese Company Men rebuild factory camps and cubicle cities powered by GE and Westinghouse Nuclear Plants..
Built on top of a Volcano.
On Tectonic Plates.

A rising tide for all, they said….


Nobody move. Don’t even blink.
The Imperial leverage game, what was

marisacat - 12 March 2011

Possible. Might be happenin’. Could be. Mebbe…….

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Partial Meltdown Likely Under Way at Second Reactor, Japan Government Spokesman Says

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

WI Firefighters Spark “Move Your Money” Moment

Bagpipes blaring, hundreds of firefighters walked across the street from the Wisconsin Capitol building, stood outside the Marshall and Ilsley Bank (M&I Bank) and played a few tunes — loudly. Later, a group of firefighter and consumers stopped back in at the bank to make a few transactions. One by one they closed their accounts and withdrew their life savings, totaling approximately $190,000. See a video clip. After the last customer left, the bank quickly closed its doors, just in case the spontaneous “Move Your Money” moment caught fire.

The sedate, old fashioned M&I Bank on the Capitol Square has gained some notoriety in recent weeks. Oddly, a tunnel in the M&I parking garage links to the capitol basement. Dubbed the “rat hole” to the Walker palace, the tunnel was used by Governor Scott Walker to ferry lobbyists into the capitol building to hear his budget address during a time when the capitol was in a virtual lock down in defiance of a court order and after Sherriffs has quit the building refusing to be a “palace guard.”

Now the bank is getting caught up in the controversy again. Word is beginning to spread that M&I is one of Walker’s biggest backers. Top executives at M&I Bank have long been boosters of Walker. M&I Chief Executive Dennis Kuester and his wife gave $20,000 to Walker in recent years. When you package individual and PAC contributions by employers, M&I is number one — at $57,000 dollars. The firm apparently uses a conduit to bundle much of its money to Walker. Flyers, webpages, and Facebook sites have popped up encouraging WI consumers to boycott Walker campaign contributors and “Pull the Plug on M&I Bank.” Other banks whose employees have donated large sums to Walker, such as Associated Bank and North Shore Bank may also be seeing their customers soon.

marisacat - 12 March 2011

Word is beginning to spread that M&I is one of Walker’s biggest backers. Top executives at M&I Bank have long been boosters of Walker

What a great retort, close the accounts…. I hope there is a run on the place Monday.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011

more interesting, Harris Bank out of Canada is buying M&I, with the current owner reportedly out to score big … I wonder if a sudden run on the bank would mess up the deal?

marisacat - 12 March 2011

I hope so!!

Lighting candles, starting Novenas… 😆 Or the pagan version.

24. marisacat - 12 March 2011

BTW, Pretzel 44 is golfing. It’s 48 deg in DC so he’s off to a mil golf course in MD.

Manicured golf courses and raked beaches. Geesh it gets old.

What a scream, and it is from Tapper’s Political Punch… and it adds, he goes out most Saturdays with decent enough weather and plays a full 18 holes.

He so does not want to be bothered by anything.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011
26. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2011
27. catnip - 12 March 2011
BooHooHooMan - 12 March 2011

and over such chump change…

catnip - 12 March 2011

Hey! I thought maybe you were swept away by the Joisey Floods of 2011. Were you out snorkeling?

BooHooHooMan - 12 March 2011

LOL. Oh you know the usual, keeping it simple,
planning coups, a little this , a little that,
working and lurking, the family thing,
photographing critical infrastructure, etc.
nothin to drink over. LOL.

28. catnip - 12 March 2011

MitM, can you e-mail me? I have 3 different addresses for you and I don’t know which one to use.

29. marisacat - 12 March 2011



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