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Peeking out.. 4 April 2011

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

Children play inside steel pipes that will be used by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Manila, the Philippines

Children play inside steel pipes that will be used by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Manila, the Philippines [AFP/GETTY]

On top of everything else (of which there is a surfeit) what happens…. an experimental Gulfstream luxury small jet for the corporate trade with two pilots and two flight engineers aboard crashes, burns completely and all 4 die.

Where did it manage to come down?

Roswell, NM


A good update on Fukushima by Al Jazeera

[T]hus, radiation from a meltdown in the reactor core of reactor No. 2 is leaking out into the water and soil, with other reactors continuing to experience problems. 

Yet scientists and activists question these government and nuclear industry “safe” limits of radiation exposure.

“The U.S. Department of Energy has testified that there is no level of radiation that is so low that it is without health risks,” Jacqueline Cabasso, the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, told Al Jazeera.

Her foundation monitors and analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies and related high technology energy, with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.

Cabasso explained that natural background radiation exists, “But more than 2,000 nuclear tests have enhanced this background radiation level, so we are already living in an artificially radiated environment due to all the nuclear tests.”

“Karl Morgan, who worked on the Manhattan project, later came out against the nuclear industry when he understood the danger of low levels of ionizing radiation-and he said there is no safe dose of radiation exposure,” Cabasso continued, “That means all this talk about what a worker or the public can withstand on a yearly basis is bogus. There is no safe level of radiation exposure. These so-called safe levels are coming from within the nuclear establishment.”    . . .

The report notes that this month is the 25th anniversay of Chernobyl and last week is the 32nd anniversary of TMI.

Avoid spring, I guess.  If you can!


Pepe Escobar has an update on the deals coming down in The Soon-to-be Libyan Colony (at least the Eastern part)…

[A] curious development is already visible. NATO is deliberately allowing Gaddafi forces to advance along the Mediterranean coast and repel the “rebels”. There have been no air strikes for quite a while.

The objective is possibly to extract political and economic concessions from the defector and Libyan exile-infested Interim National Council (INC) – a dodgy cast of characters including former Justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, US-educated former secretary of planning Mahmoud Jibril, and former Virginia resident, new “military commander” and CIA asset Khalifa Hifter. The laudable, indigenous February 17 Youth movement – which was in the forefront of the Benghazi uprising – has been completely sidelined.

This is NATO’s first African war, as Afghanistan is NATO’s first Central/South Asian war. Now firmly configured as the UN’s weaponized arm, Globocop NATO is on a roll implementing its “strategic concept” approved at the Lisbon summit last November.

Gaddafi’s Libya must be taken out so the Mediterranean – the mare nostrum of ancient Rome – becomes a NATO lake. Libya is the only nation in northern Africa not subordinated to Africom or Centcom or any one of the myriad NATO “partnerships”. The other non-NATO-related African nations are Eritrea, Sawahiri Arab Democratic Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

Moreover, two members of NATO’s “Istanbul Cooperation Initiative” – Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – are now fighting alongside Africom/NATO for the fist time.  . . .

And to things keep rolling along, the UN has joined military forces with La Belle France (which, in any case, has “an occupying level force” based in Cote d’Ivoire) and sent in armed helicopters to strafe Gbagbo supporters.  All Hail Ouattara.

Shall he be different?

Does it matter?  I mean, to the West.  Obviously it matters to the poor people on the ground.


Lewis Lapham has a lovely essay on Labor.  The labor of work, that is.

[I]t isn’t simply that the consumer markets don’t value work worth doing; it’s that the society’s ruling and possessing classes regard working for a living as the mark of inferior or damaged goods.

The attitude made its first appearance on the American scene during the Gilded Age, dancing with the newly crowned kings of finance under the ballroom chandeliers in Newport and New York. Thorstein Veblen took note of the arrival in 1899, his Theory of the Leisure Class suggesting that it is the conspicuous consumption of the product of other people’s time and effort that makes up the sum of one’s own worth and meaning. Not the doing of the work, the digesting of it. “Leisure, considered as an employment,” said Veblen, “is closely allied in kind with the life of exploit, and the achievements which characterize a life of leisure and which remain as its decorous criteria, have much in common with the trophies of exploit.”

During the years prior to the Second World War, the attitude was safely confined to a small number of people preserved in the aspic of what was then big money. The victories over Germany and Japan fostered extensions of the franchise. Rescued by force of arms from the Great Depression, America seemed blessed with the enchantments of both Croesus and Colossus, the indisputable proofs of its wealth and military power giving rise to the notion that all its children were the inheritors of a vast fortune and therefore deserving of the best of all possible worlds that money could buy. No reason not to have it all — a new frontier, a great society, guns for a splendid little war in Asia, butter for the old folks at home, a house in the country, a boat on the lake, the face and fortune in the ad for one of Ralph Lauren’s tennis dresses.

Much of the world in 1945 was either bankrupt or in ruins, and the refurnishing of it supplied the American economy over the next 30 years with an abundance of jobs that afforded the means of independence and a measure of self-worth, while at the same time bringing forth the trophies of exploit to a consumer market more wonderful than the wonderful world of Oz, seeding ever broader acres of the nation’s human topsoil with the presumptions of entitlement favored by Veblen’s Newport heiresses. Don’t worry, be happy; go forth and shop. Leisure considered as employment.

Which was all well and good until it turned out, somewhere in the middle of the 1980s on the yellow brick road with Toto and the Gipper, that the Wizard was easy access to conspicuous credit. For how else could the American leaves of grass join their top-dressed companions on a golf course unless they borrowed money? The country’s working and middle classes discovered that it wasn’t the value of the work itself, or its manufacture of a decent living (as architect, bus driver, sales clerk, actress, lathe operator, automobile mechanic) that made up the sum of the country’s wealth and well-being.

Their great collective enterprise was the labor of consumption, and with it the derivative of debt, a byproduct, like the methane exuded by factory-farmed pigs, that funded the patriotic service owing to God, country, and the American Express card. The work was maybe mindless, a substitution of what is animal for what is human, but it fattened the gross domestic product, enriched the insurance companies and the banks, welcomed the second coming of an American Gilded Age, and now accounts for the increasingly grotesque disparity between the income earned as wages and the revenue collected as rent, interest, dividend, stock option, and year-end bonus.

Americans with jobs imagine they now work longer and harder hours than did their forebears on Mark Twain’s Missouri frontier; if so, their labor serves a purpose other than the one in hand. Finance accounted for 47% of total U.S. corporate profits in 2007; 58% of Harvard University’s male graduates in that same year (the heirs and assigns of Woodrow Wilson’s small class of persons deserving of a liberal education) took up careers as high-end traffickers in the drug of debt. It’s a lucrative trade, up to the standard of the cotton export from the dear old antebellum South. That it doesn’t add to the sum of human happiness or meaning is probably why the gentry on the lawns of Connecticut, together with their upper servants in Washington and the news media, talk about the lost battalion of America’s unemployed as a set of conveniently invisible numbers rather than as a body of fellow citizens.


1. m - 4 April 2011

Glitches hamper radiation warning system in California
Half of the 12 EPA detectors in California have problems that could delay alerts.


…oh, I am in a mood.

marisacat - 4 April 2011

They have ditched anything that passes for “infrastructure”.

I talked t a friend who just motorcycled thru a lot of Ireland and said their worst roads are better than our roads.

Ugh I believe it.

diane - 4 April 2011

they, the nooz deciders, started vaguely, very, very vaguely, hinting at the EPA detector problems about two weeks ago, …cuz of course historically ‘they’ want to be on record as having “informed the public,” yet prevented “mass hysteria” ….Not because they care (they will have taken the potassium iodine, etc. far earlier than any of those masses), but because it suits their purpose.

2. m - 4 April 2011

Old news:

Tepco lacked radiation meters after tsunami


But, hey!
Exclusive: WANTED: U.S. workers for crippled Japan nuke plant


3. marisacat - 4 April 2011

Sounds like Saleh is too embarrassing, in light of Libya War…. I doubt it could be anything else.

Yemen protesters shot as US moves to end support for president

The US has quietly signalled that it no longer backs Yemen’s president as the country’s security forces on Monday again opened fire on demonstrators, this time in the mountain city of Taiz, killing at least 17 and wounding many more.

. . . . . . .

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2011

thanks for the Latham link.

marisacat - 4 April 2011

It really is lovely.

brinn - 5 April 2011

It is, I read it yesterday — wish I could read the rest! 😉

5. catnip - 4 April 2011

Ivory Coast: UN forces fire on pro-Gbagbo camp

The UN, which has 9,000 peacekeepers in the country, said it had the mandate to respond to heavy weapons attacks against UN staff or civilians.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon insisted rebuffed the idea that the UN had taken sides in the conflict.

“In line with its Security Council mandate, the mission has taken this action in self-defence and to protect civilians,” he said.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett at the UN in New York says the action marks an escalation for the UN mission.

She says the mission has come under increasing pressure from the Security Council to take more aggressive action amid attacks on civilians and the mission’s own staff.

Former colonial ruler France, [I kind of liked that jab by the ever-British BBC – catnip], which still has about 12,000 citizens in the country, had earlier taken control of Abidjan airport from the UN mission.

War, what war?

diane - 4 April 2011

[I kind of liked that jab by the ever-British BBC – catnip],

awwwww, … now, now, les not pick on little teenie weenie napoleon, …he may take to insanely bombing the noses off of statues everywhere.. pooooooooor sarky ……

brinn - 5 April 2011

What does it means that the UN Chief “insisted rebuffed the idea”?

Guess the BBC had to fire all of its editors….

6. diane - 4 April 2011

welp ….was kind of late filling the nausea prescription for a “flu” I was told I had (apparently $4,600 worth of diagnosis) where I threw up for at least twenty four hours a little while back…. The non-generic medication cost: $489.00,…12 pills,….at the lowest cost place around ….okay I sez,….lemme look up RADIATION! …ZOFRAN!…..it’s an investment BUBBLE! ….git in while ya can! (of course I bought the $20.22 version …..jus in case me or mine has uncontrollable nausea in the near future……in addition to the apples, which work wonders for dry heaves.)

(sorry honey, accidently posted this on the last thread first …red faced oopsie .:0(.. had a few ounces of cheapie brew ;0) ….)

diane - 4 April 2011

(well…okay ….I am guilty of exaggeration (spelling looks wrong ….sorry …a little hazy these daze…..) it was $488.94, not $489.00)

marisacat - 4 April 2011

I hope you are feeling better, that the generic helped…

diane - 4 April 2011

thanks honey, haven’t taken the med …though I haven’t felt totally back up to par as yet, I haven’t had that awful nonstop nausea since …just filled the prescription to have ‘just in case,’ as it’s not a preventative med, it’s one you take when nausea comes on.

catnip - 4 April 2011


marisacat - 4 April 2011

the classic simple treatment, Ginger ale, saltines has never worked for me … gah. Never tried Dramamine.. but luckily I don’t suffer from nausea except in reaction to a med…


diane - 5 April 2011

I love Ginger Ale (whether sick or not), my mom always gave it to us when we were sick. …If I’m really nauseous, lacking medication, apples work great.

diane - 5 April 2011

no, it’s a generic form of Zofran (see my comment #6), prescribed if I started feeling violently nauseous again from a “viral flu.” When I looked up the brand name I noticed it’s used for chemotherapy, for one, which seemed to explain to me why it (Zofran) was so insanely expensive, and also not available.

marisacat - 5 April 2011

Out of curiosty I looked it up… aside from prescribed for nausea from chemo they also mention pediatric use, gastroenteritis, flu (like you) and severe cases of morning sickness.

catnip - 5 April 2011

Never heard of it. Dramamine (Gravol here) works for me most of the time. And I do the crackers and ginger ale thing too. Flat Coke also works. And ginger tea.

diane - 5 April 2011

Flat Coke

thanks for that ,….yeah, years ago, I was prescribed a syrup (can’t think of the name of it) that tasted exactly like coke for really nasty stomach cramps, I recall the doctor saying there were very similar ingredients in it. Another stomach problem related cheap and simple remedy (except for people with restricted salt/sodium) is ½ teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to 4 ounces of water every two hours (make sure it’s completely dissolved).

7. diane - 4 April 2011

oh yeah, and not to worry that I would’ve paid that (if I could’ve), they said there was none available anyway, can’t imagine who it was sold/[given] to?

diane - 4 April 2011

(sorry that was meant as an afterthought to comment #6)

8. diane - 4 April 2011

ooh..too bleakly fuckin funny ….the SoapBlogs …are once again ….in election mode….all those new to the web (more elders, ethnic minorities and newly unemployed) from the last election cycle who ended up commenting on a SoapBlog get to take up drug or drink after their “blogparents” have accumulated their valid complaints and huddled ‘parental’ heads as to how to best patronize and bully them into once again voting for the predators of the demoRatic party …as if it’s any different than the reThuglican party.

9. BooHooHooMan - 5 April 2011

Hehn. Hehn-heh. Etc.

IMF gives ground on capital controls
Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the IMF

Guidelines issued™ on managing™ speculative flows

Yerhp, Strausse Kahn, that Bankster, that French chef, the grilled bifsteck guy in DC, the “reformer” touted as challenger to Sarko, one of the more laughable apologists in that film on the plunder, Inside Job: ‘Sacreblue! The Banks were BEGGING for more regulation!’

hehn- hehhhehnhehnheh-heh.

Worker-in-Leaugue with Soros. (another laughable A-list Goldstoner talkin-“reform” shitter in the aforementioned film..)

So yes, there it is: Steak, a few ‘brews, and let the cameras and the plunder of the EU roll…
till any of the the fools take notice or the Krauts take leave, that is. NTIM, they can make an inside bet on that, too.

marisacat - 5 April 2011

I don’t think Strauss Kahn is going to run in the end. Just a guess.

10. BooHooHooMan - 5 April 2011

Ex-Gucci IT worker charged with computer hacking

By Kevin Rawlinson
Tuesday, 5 April 2011

An IT engineer fired by Gucci hacked into the company’s servers, deleting data and shutting down its email and other IT services in a revenge attack estimated to have cost the upmarket retailer around £125,000, Manhattan prosecutors allege.

Sam Chihlung Yin, 34 and from Jersey City,
{GO JERSEY!} is accused of having secretly created a user account for himself in the name of a fictional employee while working at Gucci, giving him continued access to the company’s IT servers after he was sacked for an unrelated incident in May last year.

How awful. He just left ’em holding the bag.

11. m - 5 April 2011


“In his remarks on Tuesday, Dimon also warned of the anti-competitive effects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

He said new rules being developed for the roughly $600 trillion over-the-counter derivatives market could drive business oversees. He voiced similar criticisms of the derivatives rules last week at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. “

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 April 2011

fine, fuck them … let them go gamble somewhere else.

marisacat - 5 April 2011

What Dodd Frank did was wrap their balls in chinchilla. If that.

BooHooHooMan - 5 April 2011


marisacat - 5 April 2011

I could stand a little chincilla… closer to the neck tho.


Madman in the Marketplace - 5 April 2011

I’m so sick of them bitching and whining when they get most of what they want …

marisacat - 5 April 2011

I think they get everything they want.

12. m - 5 April 2011

We just keep giving them more money, they give us nothing.

“Our cooperation is contributing to Israel’s security as I said on a daily basis signified most recently by Israel’s deployment of the iron dome short-range rocket defense system, which we helped to fund by providing an additional $200 million this year.

13. brinn - 5 April 2011


I am sooooo sick of this shit:

Juliano Mer-Khamis Shot Dead

Wonder if anyone here in murica even remembers Jenin at all…

brinn - 5 April 2011

More here

marisacat - 5 April 2011

Pretty sure most people in Riyadh don’t.

14. brinn - 5 April 2011

As usual, Dean Baker tells it like it is not how the assholes in Washington want us to think it is….

15. brinn - 5 April 2011

More “econ-geek” and straight talk from Ian Fletcher…..I wish I could make everyone read this….

marisacat - 5 April 2011

BTW brinn, on the previous thread i fished up that ABC World News link on the vid on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. I posted in answer to you, about the middle of the thread…


16. marisacat - 5 April 2011

‘We Need Every Piece of Wisdom We Can Get’

The lack of an effective emergency crisis management has underscored how
poorly prepared TEPCO and indeed the Japanese authorities were for a
nuclear disaster. Engineers seem helpless in their efforts to cope with
radioactive water and workers aren’t even getting proper meals. . . . . .

der spiegel

diane - 5 April 2011

The roughly 400 men risking their lives to prevent the situation from deteriorating even further at the wrecked plant sleep in a building on the plant grounds. They lie on the floor in hallways, in stairwells and even in front of the clogged toilets. Each man has been given a blanket.

There are two meals a day: rationed biscuits in the morning and instant rice and Caloriemate, an energy supplement wafer, in the evening. Initially, each worker received only one bottle of water a day. Now they receive two. The men on whose shoulders the fate of the entire country of Japan rests are not even being given fresh underwear. “Everyone is dreaming of a cup of tea,” one worker told the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri.

I guess the DC contribution to those ‘worker bees,’ giving up their lives, to attempt to spare billions from the lethal effects that were unleashed….might be the biscuits? DC has gone far beyond merely disgusting and horrifying ….Odious Dawn …. indeed, Obama, his wifey, congress, etc. likely spend more on breakfast than is being spend on the dialy meals of the above mentioned four hundred …

marisacat - 5 April 2011

Well this is Tepco’s doing. Not that any of the energy industries would do it much or any differently.

diane - 5 April 2011

Yeah, but I find it hard to believe that if the US government offered better provisions, like at least abundant drinking water on short supply in Japan, for those workers, since it is a worldwide problem, they would be turned down. I haven’t heard anything about anyone in DC being concerned for those workers.

marisacat - 5 April 2011

But neither is the company itself nor the government. You know, “their own people”.

And certainly if they wanted to, shortages or not, the fucking government can get water to them.

They have military AND a civil defense.

diane - 5 April 2011

and yeah, of course that doesn’t surprise, they’re not even concerned with workers, or those looking for work, in their own country. They should formally announce that they’re in the exterminating business as that’s what they do best, exterminate life.

17. marisacat - 5 April 2011

I am so fucking tired of him.

When Reagan made ti to DC, after being a sleek GE barnacle in Cali for decades, I ignored him for just over two years (and had champagne in Austin the day he was sh*t, to be honest)

I was SO FUCKING GLAD Ronnie was out of California that it was a relief to b rid of him, in a sense…. of course now we have him forever, in pharoahanic style too!…

I expect FOundling most likely goes back in.

Going to have to look away.

Obama Says Mideast Turmoil Adds Urgency to Push for Peace Accord

Bloomberg – Catherine Dodge, Nicholas Johnston – ‎1 hour ago

President Barack Obama said turmoil in the Mideast that has already toppled governments in Egypt and Tunisia increases the urgency for a peace agreement between Israel and the …

marisacat - 5 April 2011

Yes yes, we all exist only for Israel.

18. marisacat - 5 April 2011



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