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Fungi 17 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Fungi photographs by Warren Krupsaw

Photographs of fungi by Warren Krupsaw reveal intricate patterns [Warren Krupsaw/solent]

Ob to speak, at 3:30 ET.   Qaddafi to address his peeps too!  Some of them to be precise, the “rebels” of Benghazi.

Next up, Charlie Sheen?

Other than that, One if by Land, Two if by Sea!




1. brinn - 17 March 2011

Dangr of Spent Fuel Outweighs Reactor Threat

thanks, NYT, I’ve only been saying this since Sunday!

2. catnip - 17 March 2011
3. brinn - 17 March 2011

I thought the pretzel was supposed to be blabbing — can’t find it…has he started yet?

catnip - 17 March 2011

Run away! Run away! Couldn’t even bring himself to stick around to answer questions.

4. brinn - 17 March 2011

Never mind…I found it…

marisacat - 17 March 2011

he’s talking quite fast, no long pauses for professorial reflection.

Wants to get on that plane for Brazil

brinn - 17 March 2011

I am so sick to death of his “statements”, I could puke. What a worthless shit.

5. marisacat - 17 March 2011

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

House Votes to End Federal Funding for National Public Radio [10:49 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

Turtleneck futures plummet.
Not good times. no.

catnip - 17 March 2011
6. brinn - 17 March 2011

He just said that we have an “alliance” with Japan that was “forged a half a century ago” — OMG.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

Oh a news report that slid by a couple of days ago that said, “Japan brought us Black Rain”.

brinn - 17 March 2011

Oh, for fuck’s sake, the MOVIE?!

What a bunch of ignorant idiots USAistanis are…

marisacat - 17 March 2011

hmm i think it is a term for nuclear rain, fallout.

brinn - 17 March 2011

Oh, and they brought it to US, now did they?!


The whole project to keep my head from exploding is not going as planned….

7. brinn - 17 March 2011

NO questions?!?! What a dick!

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

Of course not – You know, Brinn, the ole
Hey howaya? Thanks for comin

Tokyo Passengers Set Off O’Hare Radiation

No seriously, it is all under control. And furthermore, the radiation detectors only go off on less than dangerous doses. And if that fails, GE can simply raise the sensitivity threshold on its scanners so no more vile, malicious false alarms such as this are set off in the future. “Mayor Richard Daley acknowledged today passengers on a flight from Tokyo had set off radiation detectors at O’Hare International Airport, but he offered no details and said federal officials will be handling the situation.”

8. marisacat - 17 March 2011

VERY informative, Democracy NOW today. Also has some concise details at the top of current state of reactors in Fuku.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And Karl, in the reporting that you’ve done in the past on the battles over the siting of nuclear plants in the United States, because, obviously, all of the reports are saying, “Well, that’s all happening in Japan; here in the United States, we’re in a much better situation with our plants.”

But one of the things that you uncovered was an assessment that the government did back in the 1980s of the potential—the potential deaths and injuries that might occur from a reactor accident and a breach of containment in the United States. Could you talk about that memo?

KARL GROSSMAN: Yeah. They have known the consequences all along. This is a report—it’s called “Calculation of Reactor Accident Consequences 2″—done by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, not Greenpeace, and it projects peak early fatalities, peak injuries, peak cancer deaths, scale cost in billions in terms of property damage, and a large hunk of the earth being rendered uninhabitable for millennia. And just, for example, for the Indian Point 3 nuclear plant, which is about 35 miles from where we sit now in New York, 50,000 peak early fatalities; 167,000 peak early injuries; cancer deaths, 14,000; scale cost of billions, they say $314 billion—in 1980s dollars, we’re talking about a trillion.

As to the likelihood of a severe core melt accident, in 1985 the NRC acknowledged that, over a 20-year period, the likelihood of a severe core melt accident to be basically 50/50 among the 100 nuclear power plants—there’s 104 now—in the United States.

They’ve known all along here in this country that disaster could come, and there’s a good likelihood of it coming, and they’ve known the consequences.

JUAN GONZALEZ: You’re saying that the NRC itself estimated a 50/50 chance of a meltdown in our plants here within 20 years? ….

marisacat - 17 March 2011

More from same link:

Paul, I want to begin with you. The latest reports that we got overnight and early this morning about the situation in the reactors of Fukushima, could you give us your sense of what’s happening there?

PAUL GUNTER: Well, obviously, right now, there is a lot of contradictory information. I think that what’s most important to understand is that among these six units at Fukushima Daiichi, Units 4, 5 and 6, the fuel in the reactor core was taken out of the reactor vessel, taken out of containment, and placed in these rooftop spent fuel pools. So all of the radioactive inventory was moved.

We’re very concerned about this very large volume of radioactive material that is now in a conflict of information in its state of, you know, no water or water.

But clearly, right now, there is a serious danger of a full core meltdown outside of containment at Unit 4. This could occur at Unit 5 and 6, and we still have the crippled reactors at 1, 2 and 3.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And the crippled reactor 3, which has also been releasing, pretty regularly now, radioactive steam, there are reports that there has been a breach in the containment vessel there. And that, of course, is the only reactor that had the more toxic mixed oxide fuel that was brought into it in the last couple of years as fuel.

Your sense of reactor 3?

PAUL GUNTER: Well, Unit 3 is burning what they call plutonium oxide. They like to call it MOX as an acronym rather than POX, but in fact it’s plutonium oxide. This fuel has a lower melting point, for one, and it’s just loaded with plutonium, which is highly toxic at micro levels.

brinn - 17 March 2011


Storing all of this shit was what Yucca Mntn. was supposed to be for…we’ve got tons of spent fuel sitting around “outside containment” all over the US….

And don’t even get me started on MOX — plutonium = death.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

yes i have posted links on mox

9. brinn - 17 March 2011

Ok, now for something completely different….

My house is overrun with fruitflies….aside from cleansing every nook and cranny with bleach and a flamethrower and waiting two days for them to die (which, I so desperately wish I has time to do…), anyone have any suggestions about how to decrease the population?!

I feel like I’m in the middle of some Malthusian experiment!

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

Declare a no-fly zone?

brinn - 17 March 2011


lucid - 17 March 2011

Get a cat. One of mine loves eating the fruit flies that populate my bathroom during the summer. It’s good exercise for him too…

brinn - 17 March 2011

Got a cat, but he doesn’t come inside anymore….

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

Well you two, there goes my real plan to let the barn swallows in. How ’bout frogs? Consider a couple hundred frogs if the cats don’t work out. LOL.

brinn - 17 March 2011

Hmmmm…son the younger has been wanting frogs for pets, having them hop about the house would be interesting, but dunno how long they’d survive the dogs and rabbits!

diane - 17 March 2011

first thing comes to my mind is get rid rid of the over ripe bananas … pretty sure that you’ve probably done that so, i.e., I’m just sending my sympathies hon…and I don’t have a clue how to resolve it….long siiiigh..and another gulp of Yosemite Road cabernet.. (Life is …blah blah blah) …$3.99!

brinn - 17 March 2011

What’s a banana?

More likely I need to get rid of the bunny shit….

marisacat - 17 March 2011

are the bunnies free range?

brinn - 17 March 2011

No…they’ve got 1/2 a room on tile, and they are box trained. We humans, on the other hand, are assholishly lazy about cleaning it on a regular basis….

diane - 17 March 2011

I’m really clueless now ….I had a bunny ..but his waste never drew fruit flies …and I’m drawing a blank on your comment of what’s a banana outside of the yellow fruit? That is not at all to diminish your question …just saying I am unclear at this juncture ..

marisacat - 17 March 2011

taht is when I get them, if I drop a banana skin into the little refuse bin in my bedroom and don’t tie it up pretty quick and dump it with kitchen trash… I usually forgt I put a banana skin in there, think that it is only Kleenex tissues and I will carry it out “nxt time”…

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011
brinn - 17 March 2011

For some reason, I cannot wrap what is left of my brain around these instructions…

I’ve read them about 10 times..

I think this is where I get lost:

Turn the cone upside-down and insert it into the cup-shaped bottom part of the bottle. Seal the seam at the top of the bottle with duct tape.

Does this mean to take the top third (with the lid) and turn it upside down into the bottom third? What exactly am I sealing with duct tape?

Thanks tho, madman!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

Yes, and then you seal the place where the top third meets the open top of the bottom part.

Think of it as hanging a funnel down into a beaker, then taping around where the funnel meets the beaker so it won’t leave any space for them to crawl out.

brinn - 17 March 2011

Can’t they crawl back out of the hole?

And will beer attract them? I am fresh out of orange juice with the boys being gone and all….

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

beer would probably work too … one or two might find the hole, but I would think they’d fly to the highest point inside, which would be the seam where the top meets the bottom (which is why you need the ductape).

brinn - 17 March 2011


Thanks, dear!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011


ts - 17 March 2011

My wife likes to leave out grapes to munch on and after a day the fruit flies appear out of nowhere and move in clouds through the kitchen.

I noticed when I leave out a 1/4 glass of red wine, I suppose white would even work better, but I don’t drink it, the fruit flies are attracted to the sugar and drink themselves to death.

That’s after I remove everything else in the vicinity that is possibly tasty to them.

10. brinn - 17 March 2011

Bury It!!….

I think if they could, they would. I think they can’t.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

well they have to bury it, no other way.

but a big job in and of itself.

C was one reactor. Here we have multiples and 6 spent fuel pools.


But you know, no danger.

brinn - 17 March 2011

it took 800,000 “volunteers” to bury Chernobyl … I’m thinking that unless they use prisoners or others against their will, they ain’t getting 800,000 this time…

Time for the drones and AIs to evolve and take over…

marisacat - 17 March 2011

yes I have read similar numbers for C… no question.

But yo know safe. We need nukular.


brinn - 17 March 2011

yes, everything’s is soooo safe….so many “needs”….

I am heart-broken for all people left on their own for the sake of others’ greed and self-absorption….in Japan and everywhere…

Did you rent Dreams? I watched it again last night….

marisacat - 17 March 2011

putting it on the list for the weekend…

brinn - 17 March 2011

Even if you don’t care for Kurosawa, I think you’ll like it — I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

I’ve seen it, I plan to re watch it.

The only Kurasawa I did not care for (of the ones i have seen) , and no idea why was Kagemusha.

11. brinn - 17 March 2011

….and when you lose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown, and as the fear grows, the bad blood slowly turns to stone….

…and it’s too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around…
~Dogs, Pink Floyd

12. brinn - 17 March 2011

The Story of the Lucky Dragon

..yes, we have a nice long history of “forging” our relationship with Japan…

marisacat - 17 March 2011

oh thanks for taht.

brinn - 17 March 2011

yer most welcome!

13. brinn - 17 March 2011
14. BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

U.N. declares a no-fly zone over Libya.

Hmm. All the Western reports over the last week were that Ghadaffi was about to over-run Benghazi … which , who knows given the spin-meisters, but the reporting was definitely aimed at pushing cruise-missile-liberal button for “intervention”.

I can’t help but wonder that just as Bhenghazi was stiffening its defenses, having been denied assistance they wanted in a timely fashion, all foreign parties now align to let the bombs drop where the will: On either Libyan camp to suit Western aims under the cover of heroic “rescue”.


The IMF, BTW, told Japan today:
You’re on your own.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

A “no fly” zone starts with aerial bombing. No other way to do it. At least from what I read.

I am most amused that Saif is loudly demanding that Sarko ‘give back the money’. What a hoot! IF Qaddafi famille did help float Sarko’s election campaign. I so pray they have receipts.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

and they waited until the rebellion was pretty much quashed, so they could come in and set up a long-term slow-burn civil war …

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2011

Sarko and the Brits are said to be given the task..with what one talking head said will be a chapeau (LOL) of Arab command from Qatar. 🙄

15. marisacat - 17 March 2011

GCC pulls together. SO sweet.

Kuwait says navy heading to Bahrain soon: ambassador

Reuters – Eman Goma, Louise Ireland – ‎1 hour ago

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s navy plans to head to Bahrain soon to protect the Gulf Arab island nation’s waters, Kuwait’s ambassador to Bahrain was quoted as saying on Thursday

diane - 17 March 2011

(what does GCC mean?) sorry carry on

marisacat - 17 March 2011

gulf cooperation council

saudi, kuwait, uae, oman, bahrain oh and qatar

an american construct from what i read

diane - 17 March 2011

(thanks hon embarrassed to be a cog in the conversation but I have to say that it seems the acronyms have become quite overwhelming …and most are too meek to ask exactly what those acronyms mean.)

marisacat - 17 March 2011

no problem..


daine - 17 March 2011

I’m glad hon …;0)

diane - 17 March 2011

oops that was me one of millions persons named ‘diane,’ not “daine” …apologies …

diane - 17 March 2011

(if I need to say it, I’m not equating meek with assholes, I am equating meek with those who are not filled with their own needs..to the misery of everyone else …)

diane - 17 March 2011

on the ‘other hand’ of course …there are those who accept those acronyms …because they have been ‘lobotomized’ …..and may they rest in peace ….. fuck ’em all but 6 ..or sumpin like that …

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

Japan hails the heroic ‘Fukushima 50’

A few more details, not a lot.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

Public Catholic school suspends students for wearing pro-choice stickers

Seven students at a publicly funded Catholic school* in Thunder Bay, Ontario have been suspended from school for wearing homemade pro-choice t-shirts on a day that the school administration had devoted to a “pro-life” Day of Silence. 23 kids wore the shirts, and seven refused to remove them when instructed to do so by the school’s administration. Five of the seven were sent home for the day; two others were given two-day suspensions for swearing at teachers during the heated discussion of their protest.

I thought this was interesting:

*Ontario’s public education system is split into four subsystems: French, English, French-Catholic and English-Catholic; it’s a product of the delicate negotiation that led to the merger of French and English Canada in the nineteenth century. Catholic schools receive a double-dose of funds, one from the taxpayers, the other from the Church. I sometimes do talks at Catholic schools when I tour in Canada; interestingly, the last couple schools I’ve been to had a large number of girls in hijabs and boys who self-identified as Muslim. When I asked a teacher why Muslim parents would enroll their children in a Catholic school, she said that sex education in the Catholic system is less explicit and thorough than in the secular schools, so conservative Muslim parents enroll their children and instruct them to ignore all religious elements of the school.

marisacat - 17 March 2011

she said that sex education in the Catholic system is less explicit and thorough than in the secular schools, so conservative Muslim parents enroll their children and instruct them to ignore all religious elements of the school.

Interfaith! Praise Allah and Jeeeeeeeeeesuhs.

18. marisacat - 17 March 2011

Gah as the jingoism, trade war stench and pointing fingers across the Pacific heats up… THEY did so badly, WE would of course do better because WE have the strongest nuclear regls on earth!!

this from McClatchy:

[E]dwin Lyman, a physicist and nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said he has long been concerned that U.S. spent-fuel pools are too full. Lyman said that his group, which doesn’t take a position for or against nuclear power, recommends reducing risk at the spent-fuel pools by transferring some of the fuel rods to dry casks.

“I think that’s being borne out by what we’re seeing in Japan,” he said Thursday.

The Japanese plant’s pools are far from capacity, but still contain an enormous amount of radioactivity, Lyman said. A typical U.S. nuclear plant would have about 10 times as much fuel in its pools, he said. …

Read more: McClatchy via Miami Herald

Lyman and others have long called on the NRC to require plant owners to move spent fuel to dry casks. Lyman was part of a group that wrote in a separate 2004 study published in the journal Science and Global Security that a large radiation release from a fire in a storage pool could result in thousands of cancer deaths and require billions of dollars for decontamination.

Princeton professor Frank von Hippel, another author, said in an e-mail on Thursday that the utilities objected to spending $8 billion on casks and the NRC didn’t require them to do so

19. brinn - 17 March 2011

My heart is breaking — I am looking at pix from Japan, at all the faces that have been running around in my addled memory…wish I had a super fast scanner, so I could share….

20. diane - 17 March 2011

that ‘fungi’ picture looks like a ‘muskmelon’ …

I’m ‘outy’ … kisses all!

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

Nuclear Revival? Lessons for Women from the Three Mile Island Accident

The day of the accident, before the public was alerted, hundreds of residents living near Three Mile Island reported having had symptoms of radiation poisoning identical to those described by U.S. service members and down winders of atomic bomb blasts. These symptoms included a metallic taste in their mouths; skin rashes and instant sunburn of exposed skin; vomiting and/or diarrhea, which in some cases continued for months; hair loss; and intense weakness and flu-like symptoms.

Some also reported an eerie blue density in the air that lasted for days; a grayish-white ash that fell to the ground (also reported in the Marshall Islands immediately following atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, where the U.S. exploded 106 atomic bombs between 1946 and 1962); an unnatural orange glow above the reactor site; and rust-colored residue in their sinks and tubs, indicating radioactive contamination of the water supply. Several area residents reported the metallic taste and other physical symptoms over the next few years at times they later learned happened to coincide with the venting of radioactive krypton gas during the cleanup.

Over time, unusually high numbers of both strange and common cancers began showing up among residents, particularly those living in the path of the radiation plumes that crept over nearby communities during the first few days following the accident. Myriad other health problems appeared — miscarriages, stillbirths, infant deaths, thyroid diseases, various autoimmune disorders, heart problems and the sudden onset of allergies.
Strange Diseases

Becky Mease, a nurse in her late twenties at the time, fled with her husband, eight-month-old daughter Pam, and two other adults two days after the accident, when then Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh suggested that pregnant women and preschool children within five miles of Three Mile Island evacuate. They drove more than 250 miles to Ocean City, Maryland, where they stayed for about three weeks.

Recounting her experience to citizen researchers Katagiri Mitsuru and Aileen Smith in October 1982, Mease said Pam, who had been outside playing in the grass the day of the accident, had gotten violently ill with diarrhea and projectile vomiting about two days after they left. A full battery of tests at a local hospital failed to find any bacteria or foreign organism, which could cause such symptoms, so the hospital staff told them to go to a civil defense station. Mease knew radiation sickness can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so she asked the people at the civil defense office to check their car and belongings with a Geiger counter. “It just went completely crazy… It went like nuts when it went over my pocketbook, too,” she said. “They told us to go wash everything down.”

Pam’s severe diarrhea lasted the entire three weeks they were away. “Her behind was so raw that we just left it lay on diapers. Didn’t even put them on after a couple of days,” said Mease.

In the summer of 1981, when Pam was two years old, she was diagnosed with severe cataracts in both of her eyes, which her doctor attributed to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The Meases’ ordeal was one of thousands area residents suffered in the aftermath of the accident. But the radiation effects weren’t confined to humans. The evidence was visible across the landscape, too, with unprecedented numbers of sick and dying farm animals and strangely mutated plants.

Every time I see that asshole Rendell pushing the story that there were “no provable deaths” as a result of this “accident” I want to scream.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

DC protesters help Wisconsin GOP feel at home by occupying atrium of the Homer Building

Wisconsin Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald along with Assistant Leaders Rep. Scott Suder and Senator Glenn Grothman; and Joint Finance Co-Chairs Rep. Robin Vos and Senator Alberta Darling are all in DC this evening enjoying a quiet evening of fundraising with their hosts the Barbour Griffith & Rogers lobbying firm. Or maybe not.

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011
brinn - 17 March 2011

Duly fucking noted — that is awesome!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

I have been accused by other men (usually righties) of only PRETENDING to care about women’s issues so they’ll sleep with me, so this sort of brings it full circle …

brinn - 17 March 2011

The comments under that video are ugly….

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011

I skipped them … they’re usually ugly on You Tube. Too many young Y chromo carriers.

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011
marisacat - 17 March 2011

I like him… he’s been on ABC GMA of all places, every am.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 March 2011
26. catnip - 17 March 2011

Ben Masel has stage IV terminal lung cancer. He’s a fighter. There’s no denying that.

catnip - 17 March 2011

Masel has also been a constant presence at the [Wisonsin] Capitol protests over the past month, even defying a doctor’s order that he remain in the hospital.

“If I’m going to be deceased today, I can’t think of a better place than in the rotunda,” he told his doctor.

diane - 17 March 2011

I hope there is a hospice that is able to give him pain relief and human comfort if it comes to that …. so very few humane medical facilities left …it really is very heartbreaking …kisses and hugs Ben!

lucid - 17 March 2011

He was always one of my favorites over at Dkos… Very sad. I wish him the best.

27. marisacat - 17 March 2011



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