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Oh yeah. 21 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Brazil - Lula, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, South America.

President Barack Obama and his family visit Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

US President Barack Obama and his family visit Corcovado to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    [REUTERS]

oh.. something impossibly rude comes to mind. The lifted finger doesn’t quuuite do it however.

I’ve only caught print reports on bits of this and that they have been up to, Ob pulled out a previously used, personal chestnut, his mother taking him to see Black Orpheus… Some blither about how Brazil and the US are multicultural (not everywhere is, he said!)… Snob nattering on to children, in Chile, advising them to ask questions, if they want to learn. The old bromides/preachings about how they both grew up poor.

Stuff it.



1. catnip - 21 March 2011

He’d better be praying this attack on Libya is over by Nov 2012.

marisacat - 21 March 2011

Amazing how Americans over and over fall for the humanitarian intervention. Here we go again.

2. diane - 21 March 2011

If I had’nt known it was Brazil, would’ve thought that pic was in Poland ….

diane - 21 March 2011

(hadn’t too)

marisacat - 21 March 2011

We have, not a christos, but a cross nearly as big, if not as big. Out at Mt Davidson.


catnip - 21 March 2011

Who needs a statue when you have living, breathing Obamalama?

marisacat - 21 March 2011


diane - 21 March 2011

we seem absolutely surrounded by ghastly…………………jeesh

3. catnip - 21 March 2011

Ha. The Daily Show nailed it re: this Libya clusterfuck tonite.

4. marisacat - 21 March 2011

Food fight indeed:

Italian news organizations report that Frattini told a press conference in Brussels that if the mission doesn’t pass to NATO’s command, “Italy will begin reflecting on the use of its bases: if there is a multiplication of command centers, we must study a way in which Italy retakes control of its bases.”

more by Franco Frattini – 53 minutes ago – eTaiwan News

catnip - 21 March 2011

As the Coalition Crumbles or As the Testosterone Rises.

marisacat - 21 March 2011

Merkel took one position and is getting smacked around in regional elections as the show moves from district to district… Sarko took the other stand and is about to get smacked around as well.

Coalitions are shifting.

And Neo Libs and pro Obs are holding up the display of all sorts agaisnt Obby, as proof he is doing right.


catnip - 21 March 2011
marisacat - 21 March 2011

So many wars.

5. catnip - 21 March 2011

Meanwhile, Israel launches air strikes

At least 17 people have been injured by a series of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics say.

There were reports of up to nine explosions in Gaza City, and in the north and south of the territory.

Witnesses say militant training camps operated by Hamas were targeted, as well as a workshop and cement factory.

On Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of mortars into southern Israel in what was reportedly their heaviest such barrage in two years.

Among those wounded in Monday’s air strikes were seven children, Palestinian medical officials said.

6. marisacat - 21 March 2011

hmm From the UK Independent:

[E]ven Britain, France and the US, which together have conducted the raids aimed at destroying much of Libya’s air-defence capability and neutralising Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s military advantages, manoeuvred to manage diplomatic and domestic political fall-out from the still nascent operation.

Rising quickly to the top of a long list of concerns was the chance that, with most of the heavy bombardment over, the coalition may find itself drifting into a prolonged stalemate in Libya with no real change in the balance between the rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces.

Asked when operations would be over, a senior French military adviser replied that it might be “a while”.

Meanwhile, international co-ordination on the aim of the campaign has been called into question by emerging splits within the British and US command structures on Colonel Gaddafi’s legitimacy as a target. After the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, asserted that killing the Libyan leader was a “possibility”, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, refused yesterday to rule out the option. But a chorus of US voices dismissed that prospect out of hand. Dr Fox’s US counterpart, Robert Gates, said it was “unwise to set as specific goals, things that you may or may not be able to achieve”.



catnip - 21 March 2011

Can’t they just be honest for once? Seriously.

marisacat - 21 March 2011

HA What a hoot… Nightline reporting that the Norwegians were so disgusted by the “who is in control” issues that they had THEIR planes turn around and…………. fly home.

Seems people who control the media are gunning for Obby… again.

Over the weekend, ABC national news showed a pic of Obby and Ham and a couple of others in a SCIF, a secure communication information facility TENT set up “in his hotel room” in Brazil.

A dark blue tent, mind you. Formal, manly!! And somehow or other, “secure”.

It was an officiel WH photo taken by Sousa, the Officiel WH Photog… and obviously released on purpose… but it looked damned silly. All I could think was there is polling that indicates he needs to show he is “working”.

catnip - 22 March 2011

Obama’s War Tent

Nice little rug they have there.

catnip - 22 March 2011


A photo released by the White House showed the president and advisers gathered around a video phone, inside what looked like a standard blue tent, erected on the hotel’s floral carpets.

marisacat - 22 March 2011

see above… but i have only been able to find tiny little versions of it.

believe me, when i saw it on abc nat news,….. sunday night i think, it looks pretty damned silly.

marisacat - 22 March 2011

oh thatks for that… From what i have read previously the same SCIF is used for secure communications rooms that exist in lots of top security installations around the country.

This is a fuking hoot tho:

The tent itself is windowless and is made from a secret material which is designed to keep emissions in and listening devices out.

Only those specially authorised can go inside a SCIF, with entry usually requiring a combination of pin numbers, access badges and biometric data.

The perimeters of the tent might be controlled by guards, but there would also be people monitoring outside to see if any data gets out. “You have a line of defence for everything,” says Mr Lago.

SECRET pup tent. Big SECRET pup tent.


Madman in the Marketplace - 22 March 2011

It’s probably little more than a fancy, overpriced Faraday Cage

marisacat - 22 March 2011

Not enough apparently….

AP full text:

Cancel the sight seeing. With the situation escalating in Libya, President Obama scrapped Wednesday’s his public schedule. He was expected to visit the San Andres Mayan Runins and meet with US Embassy staff. But instead, he will now spend the entire day at the American Embassy, where he is expected to participate in at least one conference call on Libya before returning to Washington a few hours ahead of schedule.

Throughout the Latin America trip, President Obama’s aides have insisted there is no reason to cut the trip short, that he can manage the situation appropriately from the road. Obama has been briefed regularly by his National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and also held conference calls with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, and Commander General Carter Ham.

Ahead of the trip, Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted there would be no reason to cut the visit short.

“He obviously is capable of maintaining contact with Washington and being constantly updated,” Carney said

7. marisacat - 21 March 2011

I read ysterday that the NRC re-certified the old reactor in Vermont, the Yankee site. Even tho, iirc, the Governor of VT opposed it.

When something blows the fuck up in the USA!!! USA!!! cannot say we were not warned.

TOKYO — Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan’s nuclear crisis, government regulators approved a 10-year extension for the oldest of the six reactors at the power station despite warnings about its safety.


Several weeks after the extension was granted, the company admitted that it had failed to inspect 33 pieces of equipment related to the cooling systems, including water pumps and diesel generators, at the power station’s six reactors, according to findings published on the agency’s Web site shortly before the earthquake.

Regulators said that “maintenance management was inadequate” and that the “quality of inspection was insufficient.”


Because public opposition to nuclear power makes it hard to build new power plants, nuclear operators are lobbying to extend their reactors’ use beyond the 40-year statutory limit, despite uneven safety records and a history of cover-ups. The government, eager to expand the use of nuclear energy and reduce the reliance on imported fossil fuels, has been largely sympathetic. Such extensions are also part of a global trend in which aging plants have been granted longer lives.

Over the next decade in Japan, 13 more reactors — and the other 5 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant — will also turn 40, raising the prospect of gargantuan replacement costs. That is one reason critics contend that the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency’s committee in charge of inspecting aging nuclear power plants may play down its own findings

On and on it goes….

8. marisacat - 22 March 2011

Equipment malfunction. Hmm is that anything like “wardrobe malfunction”?

But! Very important! The F-whatever did not encounter anti-aircraft fire! No it did not. It was an “equipment malfunction”.

Fighter jets do so go down! Not shot down!

It crashed!

BooHooHooMan - 22 March 2011

Well, and we’re not talking about the radar and ground to air, but the way we do these things of course is to get EVERYBODY literally, under the sun, shooting at us.
We’re fuckin GREAT at it, too. And you have to hand it to Obama with this novel approach with The Allies™… { 😆 Assumed! since mid</b< World War 2 !}..were he established the intramural loathing and disintegration right up front. LOL

~ Cuhmowanow : Obama’s Got This. 🙄

marisacat - 22 March 2011

Welll …… maybe that rescue was a little more complicated than it seemed.

6 locals shot, one pilot rescued by rebels and one “in the process of recovery”.

I see Angry Arab has it as well, linking to a UK Telegraph report…

Rescue and…shoot the villagers (the last item is in passing, by the way)

“The other pilot was reported to be safe and in “American hands”. Six villagers were believed to have been shot by a US helicopter during his rescue.”

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 10:35 AM

diane - 22 March 2011

and, another small detail in the latest Odyssey Dawn news:

In Benghazi, Hilsum interviewed one of the injured villagers, who was in a hospital bed. Local people had been giving a “party” for the crew when they were fired on.

9. catnip - 22 March 2011

Raimondo: ‘Libya’ Does Not Exist

Can we count on Biden to announce that Libya should just be divided along those lines like he did re: Iraq?

What a farce this all is.

10. marisacat - 22 March 2011

newsflash… yes theyhave electrical cords to all six reactors.

FIRING up the electricity will take “days to weeks”, however.

Meanwhile they smoke, off and on?

And it sure sounds like we are moving to mandatory evacuation of most of US personnel, certainly non essential personnel.

marisacat - 22 March 2011

NOT to worry! Other news says, powering on ”by tomorrow”. (Maybe).

11. marisacat - 22 March 2011

Interesting on the lies we are being told about the radiation at the site.

mattes - 22 March 2011

Plus accumilating radiation on the ground from the rain.

diane - 22 March 2011

thanks for that hon, … here’s some “US” Nuclear Dawn nooz:

AP IMPACT: US spent-fuel storage sites are packed
(March 22nd, 2011 @ 2:20pm)
The Associated Press

(AP) – The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States- the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states.

The U.S. has 71,862 tons of the waste, according to state-by-state numbers obtained by The Associated Press. But the nation has no place to permanently store the material, which stays dangerous for tens of thousands of years.

priceless, no need to keep track, some ‘puter ‘data’base somewhere is doing that:

While the U.S. Department of Energy previously reported figures on overall spent fuel storage, it no longer has updated information available…..


(bolding mine)

12. marisacat - 22 March 2011

[O]ne last word on our Nobel Peace Prize President. On Sunday he was in Brazil trying to sell F-18 Fighters, downplaying the French Rafale. They are both competing in the skies of Libya like bullies on a playground. Ah, war is such a good showroom for the arms merchants.

The author also has some comments on the splits occuring inside Libya. …. partition sounds more and more possible.

13. catnip - 22 March 2011

Looks like we’re having a federal election in May. All of the opposition parties have rejected the new Con budget. Yay.

14. marisacat - 22 March 2011


See if this goes thru, the site was down for several hours….

6:01 PM PT if this appears, it is UP

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 March 2011

woot, back up!

Wisconsin Workers Crash Bank of Montreal Shareholders Meeting Re: M&I

According to unions.org and other sources, a large rally was held outside the shareholders meeting of the Bank of Montreal. BMO recently acquired M&I Bank, whose top executives donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaign of current Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker.

marisacat - 22 March 2011

hey bravo!

16. diane - 22 March 2011


Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor
By Jason Clenfield – Wed Mar 23 00:54:50 GMT 2011

One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago.

Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. (6501) in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.

“Who knows what would have happened if that reactor had been running?” Tanaka, who turned his back on the nuclear industry after the Chernobyl disaster, said in an interview last week. “I have no idea if it could withstand an earthquake like this. It’s got a faulty reactor inside.”


diane - 22 March 2011
diane - 22 March 2011

and yeah, looks like it was already known, or at least suspected:

Two years later Tanaka says he went to the Trade Ministry to report the cover-up he’d been involved in more than a decade earlier. The government refused to investigate and Hitachi denied his accusations, he said.

“They said, if Hitachi says they didn’t do it, then there’s no problem,” Tanaka said. “Companies don’t always tell the truth.”

marisacat - 22 March 2011

The current CEO of TEPCO is the replacement for the one who resigned in 2002, when 11 years of falsified record keeping related to inspections and safety records, was exposed.

It’s endless.

diane - 22 March 2011

yup, endless …of course that could never happen in the “US”…. our CEOs are the pillars of our communities…our politicians, the ultimate in public servants who worship transparency!

marisacat - 22 March 2011

There is a story running around from one of the surviving cleaners of Chernobyl and Pripyat (think I have that right, the town)…. (will see if I can find it, after my pasta is done)

She says what is the only intelligent thing, the whole industry lies.

BTW< I heard yesterday of a nuclear reactor accdient (spent fuel pool explosion) that i had never heard of, some nationl news covered it in an extended segment… Maybe Deutsche Welle.. "Mayek" in the Urals in 1957.

Alll still poisoned, people still ill and producing mangled and sick offspring. TOns of cancer. ETc…

AND I read of at least one instance, in Japan, where they are building shelter accommodations right in one of the seaside towns… .long name, starts with an R, it has been profiled some. I think it might be one that was totally destroyed in the tsunami.

People need to be moved away…

marisacat - 22 March 2011

Natalia Manzurova, one of the few survivors among those directly involved in the long cleanup of Chernobyl, was a 35-year-old engineer at a nuclear plant in Ozersk, Russia, in April 1986 when she and 13 other scientists were told to report to the wrecked, burning plant in the northern Ukraine.

It was just four days after the world’s biggest nuclear disaster spewed enormous amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and forced the evacuation of 100,000 people.

Manzurova and her colleagues were among the roughly 800,000 “cleaners” or “liquidators” in charge of the removal and burial of all the contamination in what’s still called the dead zone. ….


diane - 23 March 2011

how awful, how many of the Japanese ‘workers’ will be ‘wearing’ “Fukushima necklaces” I wonder…

Manzurova, now 59 and an advocate for radiation victims worldwide, has the “Chernobyl necklace” — a scar on her throat from the removal of her thyroid —

marisacat - 23 March 2011

I think there is a sick twist to these news articles on “the fifty” A figure that doesn’t even exist, as there are reports of all kinds working in shifts plus firemen and whatever else. Military, Civil Defense etc., at the site.

And frankly there are also reports it should be sealed. Sooner than later.

All very nice to state the tap water in Tokyo is not to be allowed ”for babies”. Why should anyone drink it or bathe in it? How do you bathe a baby in water and none of it go down the throat?

But it, nattering on about The Fifty, starts a groundswell of “Be a Savior”. Which one worker (on NHK) claims was his wife’s one line text to him.

The worst job adverts ever.

marisacat - 22 March 2011

This is the place: Rikuzentakai

ms_xeno - 23 March 2011

…All very nice to state the tap water in Tokyo is not to be allowed ”for babies”.

Reminds me of how there’s billboards all over town trumpeting that any kid in OR can qualify for state-run health coverage.

Left unspoken is that if you’re an adult being bled dry by privatized care, unless you are so poor that food banks and dumpsters are your idea of dinner out, you can just FOAD.

marisacat - 23 March 2011

The Dems have their 3 talking points on HC or, rather, Insurance Reform (HA!) and that is one of them. No denial of coverage, no exclusion of coverage and no dropping the chronically ill. Maintenacne of a child to 26, etc.

And none of it really exists.

San Francisco put in a decent enough city plan about 2 years ago, it was directly modeled on the Gonzales medical reform plan, a City supervisor who ran against Gavin in 2003 and nearly won (he got in late, 2 mos from voting, but so many people perked up and voted for him, it became exciting, even) and now there are cut backs to it.

Because there are cut backs to the web of free, low cost and pay on a steep curve clinics that had enabled it to exist.

I really feel there is no hope, if you happen to find a ledge still left in the mess, you are beyond lucky.

diane - 23 March 2011

Left unspoken is that if you’re an adult being bled dry by privatized care, unless you are so poor that food banks and dumpsters are your idea of dinner out, you can just Fuck Off And Die.</blockquote

yes,….and it couldn’t be made much clearer than that by them.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 March 2011

Good Maddow segment on WI and some of the other “austerity” moves in some other states.

18. diane - 23 March 2011

Well, looks like Houston based Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners was responsible for the “oil like” thirty mile long oil sheen near Grand Isle, LA …though they thought it had been only five gallons:…….

In three reports to the Coast Guard since Friday, the company had reported that less than 5 gallons of crude had escaped. But state Wildlife and Fisheries agents traced the oil to the Anglo-Suisse well at its Platform E facility on Monday afternoon and found a crew on a boat trying to close in the well with a remotely operated submarine.

No mention of any potential penalties for blatant lies and destruction…while, in the meantime:

whole new swaths of what could be fresh surface oil have popped up on the other side of the Mississippi River, in the open water between the delicate coastal bayous and the sandy crescent-shaped Chandeleur barrier islands.


19. ms_xeno - 23 March 2011

I just found out two things: The State has the right to contest the hearing results as late as 4/4/11.

Yup. If they want to make trouble for me, my hearing to get UI paid is meaningless. Today I have another meaningless hearing, over the same issues that they already decided in my favor but still have the option of contesting. Setting aside the set aside.

4/4/11 is also supposed to be the day that more mass actions happen in WI, if you believe the Facebook General Strike page. It also looks like they’ve been spammed by the “More and Better Democrat” hucksters.

Does this mean that Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most?


marisacat - 23 March 2011

Oh how awful!

The State has the right to contest the hearing results as late as 4/4/11.

20. marisacat - 23 March 2011



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