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Thursday 7 April 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Bolivia - Evo Morales, South America.

A Bolivian mine worker with a stick of dynamite on his helmet attends a protest rally in La Paz

Bolivian mine worker with a stick of dynamite on his helmet attends a protest rally in La Paz     [REUTERS]



1. catnip - 7 April 2011

Alberta’s thereisnospoon.

marisacat - 7 April 2011

Spoon spawned?


(I couldn’t resist)

2. brinn - 7 April 2011


It’s like Katrina all over again.

SOS from Mayor of Minami Soma City

brinn - 7 April 2011

Only this time, with radiation!

brinn - 7 April 2011

And the follow-up from the NYT:


While I am happy to hear the Mayor got a response, I wonder how many smaller villages and evac centers and etc. have people dead and or dying because no one would/will come near them….

marisacat - 7 April 2011

Thanks for the NYT… as I could get no audio on the Ut and couldn’t read all th words of the subtitles..

marisacat - 7 April 2011

it’s almost a month ago.

Other than clear some roads, which was done for TEPCO I would imagine … what has been done for the most vulnerable is very hard to see.

brinn - 7 April 2011

It’s unlikely that we will see, at least not any time soon.

marisacat - 7 April 2011

well if the workers at the nuclear plant don’t have enough water and food, then no one does.

3. ts - 7 April 2011


In other corners, however, workers had started to sour on the legislators they work to support.

“I wish they had some type of sympathy,” said a woman working at a dry-cleaning counter who declined to give her name. She said some congressional staff members, in to drop off or pick up, told her she should have made a plan to last through a shutdown.

She didn’t.

But she has now.

“I’m looking for another job,” the woman said, maybe in nursing. “Not a government job, because I don’t want this to happen again.”

All of this bitterness pours out in the small office of Micheline Powell, a U.S. Postal Service employee who runs a small office below the Capitol’s grand Rotunda. Powell won’t be furloughed in a shutdown. But she listened to a friend, a Capitol elevator operator, and felt guilty.

“They’re screwing up your life, and they don’t mind that you’re sitting right there,” Powell said of the lawmakers. She said her friend had already told her of a revenge plot: The operator is “going to write a book,” laying out all the things legislators have said in the elevator.

marisacat - 7 April 2011

In other corners, however, workers had started to sour on the legislators they work to support.

god i hope so…

4. catnip - 7 April 2011

U.S. was told of Yemen leader’s vulnerability

A billionaire Yemeni sheik met with a high-ranking officer from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa less than two years ago and revealed a secret plan to overthrow President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s longtime autocratic ruler.

Hamid al-Ahmar, an opposition party leader and a prominent businessman, vowed to trigger the revolt if Saleh did not guarantee the fairness of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2011, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable summarizing the meeting. The sheik said he would organize massive demonstrations modeled on protests that toppled Indonesia’s President Suharto a decade earlier.

“We cannot copy the Indonesians exactly, but the idea is controlled chaos,” Ahmar told the unnamed embassy official. The embassy, however, was dismissive of the sheik, concluding that his challenge posed nothing more than “a mild irritation” for Saleh.

Today, Saleh is barely clinging to power amid a popular uprising in Yemen that is unfolding more or less along the lines that Ahmar predicted. Several previously undisclosed U.S. diplomatic cables, provided by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks, show that influential Yemenis and U.S. allies repeatedly warned U.S. diplomats of Saleh’s growing weakness in 2009 and 2010. But despite those warnings, the Obama administration continued to embrace Saleh and became increasingly dependent on him to combat an al-Qaeda affiliate that was plotting attacks against the United States from the Arabian peninsula.

marisacat - 7 April 2011

But despite those warnings, the Obama administration continued to embrace Saleh and became increasingly dependent on him to combat an al-Qaeda affiliate that was plotting attacks against the United States from the Arabian peninsula.

Hear no evil, see no evil. But do evil.

That would be our Ob.

diane - 10 April 2011

yup, that would be.

5. marisacat - 7 April 2011

don’t know if diane will stop around, but if so, I see the de Anza gang rape case got a verdict this afternoon.

What a sad case.

One report I read said of the two defendents who refused to settle and drop out of the civil trial, one was prepared to go even farther.

I am guessing that means suing her.

diane - 10 April 2011

I’m afraid to look it up …..remembering that the two young woman, of the three young women who both stopped the rape, and, gave witness (the third young woman’s parents sent her overseas, in the hopes she wouldn’t be preyed on by the offenders’ family members), … were given a Sly Con Valley ‘Award’ of ‘pitching’ the ball, in an all BOYZ game (the three young ladies played ball on a female sports team …to my recollect.)

marisacat - 10 April 2011

Interestingly as i rooted around I found some excellent reporting on the civil trial. From the consortium that owns the Oakland Trib and quite a few other papers.

The defense successfully impeached her testimony as I saw it.

From what I read, 6 defendants settled, two went ot the wire.. and were fully exonerated by the jury. Despite, among other things, one of the holdouts who was not a full participant, testified he had left the room as one point, concerned she was beng “gang banged”.


diane - 10 April 2011

if I’m not mistaken hon, the Dean Singleton (Colorado domicile, GWB sociopath buddy) ‘group’ own the Oakland Tribune, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and San Jose Mercury News … (among many others)……I’m about 60% percent sure, re: Oaktown, ……it does own the San Jose Mercury News and the Santa Cruz Sentinel…

marisacat - 10 April 2011

All that matters is the reporting. One way or the other.

diane - 10 April 2011

to be honest, I’m not clear on your point hon, and not so sure that I agree on the fact that the only thing that matters is the reporting ….(you’re beibng facetious aren’t you? …….but, even beyond that, …I should probably ask what you mean by: reporting, ….as that seems a fairly wide open ….. participle is it? ….and …yes, …I am dazed and confused……and I would be thoroughly surprised if you aren’t? ……;0))

diane - 10 April 2011

hmmm not participle, but gerund? (it certainly has been awhile since learning how to speak in “english” …apppears I may never master it…..sigh ……)

marisacat - 10 April 2011

In my experience every paper I can think of that I read was owned by some version of the / a ruling class. Of some sort. Jew Yankee Southerner, R or D… any of them I became familiar with were collaborators, wretches, knaves, creeps and whatever else. Or worse. Almost all were badly run. Most media operations of any kind, imo, are run as some sort of intelligence center that serves somebody.

So all I really care is if I am getting something at all from what I am reading.

FWIW and iirc, the pieces I read on the trial, daily reporting, were in the Tri Valley Herald.

diane - 10 April 2011

..not that it would be any sooprize …for any person who bothers to ‘wonder’ about thangz anymore, …but, …I should probably clarify, that two of the young females who stoppped the rape, were offerd as a prize, to pitch the ball in a SLY CON VALLEY BALL[Z} GAME …which included no FEMALES…..(jus too clariify, as between the gender of the players, ….an’ the fact that ball[z] ….has historically always been a game played by males.)

6. marisacat - 8 April 2011


The United States may consider sending troops into Libya to aid rebel forces, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.

Army General Carter Ham added the Libyan operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.

The comments are the strongest indication yet that the U.S. army’s top brass are considering the possible use of American ground troops to oust Colonel Gaddafi from the country.

Speaking yesterday, General Ham said NATO had done an effective job in an increasingly complex combat situation. But he noted that, in a new tactic, Gaddafi’s forces were making airstrikes more difficult by staging military forces and vehicles near civilian areas such as schools and mosques.
The comments came as Ham spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Asked if the U.S. would provide troops, Ham said, ‘I suspect there might be some consideration of that. My personal view at this point would be that that’s probably not the ideal circumstance, again for the regional reaction that having American boots on the ground would entail.’

The hint at troop deployment flies in the face of President Barack Obama, who has repeatedly stated there will be no U.S. troops on the ground in Libya, although there are reports of small CIA teams in the country.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told lawmakers last week that there would be no American ground troops in Libya ‘as long as I am in this job.’

Of course Gates likely goes soon. As if anyone should trust any of this cons, scammers, thieves and knaves.

7. marisacat - 8 April 2011


Martha Kumar, a presidential historian with Towson University, said Obama’s level of involvement sits somewhere between the often aloof George W. Bush — and tactile, legislative micromanagers Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton, who would work the phones, or legislators’ lapels, early and often on any and every issue.

“You have to remember, Obama has only been around here since 2004. Clinton and LBJ knew everybody for years,” said Kumar.

“Obama doesn’t really know these people; he doesn’t know their foibles, who their supporters are, how to help them in small ways to win them over. It’s just not his style at this point.”

Small-time political fixer from Chicago.

What a fucking mess.

8. marisacat - 8 April 2011

Why would anything happen differently.

I caught a report on NHK that clearly said Onagawa nuclear site suffered problems in the aftershock.

Loss of power and radioactive water “spilled”.

but you hve to google that particular plant to get the news.

The general reports all say, no further damage to any reactors. No danger. Here, have some spinach with cream sauce.

Would they even notice at Fukushima? Right away?

Powerful New Quake Rattles Battered Region

Wall Street Journal – Phred Dvorak – ‎9 hours ago‎

The quake cut off two of three power sources at the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi, but the plant operator was feeding power from a third source that hadn’t been affected. Officials also said some water spilled from a fuel-storage pool at the Onagawa …

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2011
marisacat - 8 April 2011

ugh the thread to that was depressing.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 April 2011

yes, it was …

marisacat - 8 April 2011

Looks like the Big Boys and Girls called it a night, while I was frying eggs.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Agreement to Avert Govt. Shutdown, Officials Say — $38.5B in Cuts, No Planned Parenthood Funding Reduction [10:45 p.m. ET]

10. marisacat - 8 April 2011

I see Camp Ob is in full throated pig halloring. Even the NYT reports they are calling in 400 big money bundlers.

11. m - 8 April 2011

“I must say the next Cast Lead operation will not be the same,” a senior Israeli officer in the Southern Command told TIME last year, when the informal truce that followed the assault was still holding. “Cast Lead One was just a small part of the IDF’s power. The next time it will be harder and more painful than the last one. Eighty percent percent will not be withheld in the next attack.” See TIME’s video “Israel’s Lonesome Doves.”


12. marisacat - 8 April 2011

oh wow.

I am hearing a LOT more rage and anger and sadness in the callers to the local talk radio.

Disgust too… rage at politicians.

And lashing out at a host who is an awful propagandist for the Dems, but really for the conservative, reactionary line.

Kind of interesting.

No idea if it means anything.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

people are so boxed in, I think all we can do is get madder and simmer in our own juices.

marisacat - 9 April 2011


13. m - 8 April 2011

I’m really wondering which Hamas leaders Israel is targeting…

The side that want to fight…or the politicians that want to negotiate a Palestinian State and peace treaty.

And how are they getting their info. Especially, that now is not the time for Hamas to retaliate.

Egypt’s new leaders, whoever they will be will reject “business as usual.” It’s Israel of course, that started the latest escalation.

marisacat - 8 April 2011

Egypt’s new leaders seem intent on going after “their own people”. Witness the Friday protests today in Tahrir Sq.

m - 8 April 2011

I admit I have not been watching closely. But, isn’t the military still in control. What happened to elections?

And what happened to the Iraqi oil contracts…

marisacat - 8 April 2011

yes the military is in control. Elections later this year iirc.

m - 8 April 2011

Just read this:


marisacat - 8 April 2011


the good thing about the protests in Egypt….. it seems clear the people are not going to stop.

m - 8 April 2011

And this explains somethings:

Electronic Intifada

marisacat - 8 April 2011

they’ve been keeping it up…

Angry Arab has a grab from a YNet News front page. The weak rockets the Palestinians lob hit some chicken coops. Apparently they changed the headline later.


14. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2011

Afghanistan Secret Prisons Confirmed By U.S.

Just to be clear,
😯 🙄 {clearing throat}

these are NOT the CIA Prisons which “were”, ahem, operated with the DoD and consultants as staff, these are the new, Barry OBAMA ones – the DoD Prisons, see, operated With the CIA and consultants as staff.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The CIA’s infamous secret network of “black site” interrogation centers is gone. But suspected terrorists in Afghanistan are being held and interrogated for weeks at temporary sites, including one run by the elite special operations forces at Bagram Air Base, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the detention network to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that the detention centers exist but described them as temporary holding pens whose primary purpose is to gather intelligence.

The Pentagon also has said that detainees only stay in temporary detention sites for 14 days, unless they are extended under extraordinary circumstances. But U.S. officials told the AP that detainees can be held at the temporary jails for up to nine weeks, depending on the value of information they produce. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified.

The most secretive of roughly 20 temporary sites is run by the military’s elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base. Working together with CIA and other intelligence officers at the site, JSOC questions high-value targets, the detainees suspected of top roles in the Taliban, al-Qaida or other militant groups.

The site’s location, a short drive from a well-known public detention center, has been alleged for more than a year.

The secrecy under which the U.S. runs that jail and about 20 others is noteworthy because of President Barack Obama’s criticism of the old network of secret CIA prisons where interrogators sometimes used the harshest available methods, including the simulated drowning known as waterboarding.

Human rights advocates say the severest of the Bush-era interrogation methods are gone, but the conditions at the new interrogation sites still raise questions. Obama pledged when he took office that the United States would not torture anyone, but former detainees describe harsh treatment that some human rights groups claim borders on inhumane.

The secrecy surrounding both the site and the rules governing how long such high-value targets can be kept shows that two years into the Obama administration, the White House still hasn’t set definitive detainee policy, especially when it comes to how a high-value target like al-Qaida fugitive Osama bin Laden would be treated if caught alive.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said in February that bin Laden would be taken to Bagram first, then probably to Guantanamo Bay….

So vital to elect Obama! For Durable Dem Majorities!
And Change You Can Believe In!
CHANGE You Can Believe In!
Chnage You. Can. BELIEVE In!

🙄 :torture: :ghastly horror: :puke: :ETC!:

marisacat - 9 April 2011

He’s jsut the latest burger flipper for the empire.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

Tax Cuts for the Rich on the Backs of the Middle Class; or, Paul Ryan Has Balls

Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s latest entrant in the seemingly endless series of young, prickish, over-coiffed, anal-retentive deficit Robespierres they’ve sent to the political center stage in the last decade or so, has come out with his new budget plan. All of these smug little jerks look alike to me – from Ralph Reed to Eric Cantor to Jeb Hensarling to Rand Paul and now to Ryan, they all look like overgrown kids who got nipple-twisted in the halls in high school, worked as Applebee’s shift managers in college, and are now taking revenge on the world as grownups by defunding hospice care and student loans and Sesame Street. They all look like they sleep with their ties on, and keep their feet in dress socks when doing their bi-monthly duty with their wives.

Every few years or so, the Republicans trot out one of these little whippersnappers, who offer proposals to hack away at the federal budget. Each successive whippersnapper inevitably tries, rhetorically, to out-mean the previous one, and their proposals are inevitably couched as the boldest and most ambitious deficit-reduction plans ever seen. Each time, we are told that these plans mark the end of the budgetary reign of terror long ago imposed by the entitlement system begun by FDR and furthered by LBJ.

And of course, Barry will use this load of horseshit to scare everybody about what they actually won’t do, even though Ryan is “courageous” for proposing it.

I heard a profile of Ryan yesterday, he REQUIURES every member of his staff to read “Atlas Shrugged”. Idiot.

marisacat - 9 April 2011

All of these smug little jerks look alike to me –

a litter.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011

grown for their positions, like cloned experimental mice.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2011
17. marisacat - 9 April 2011

Our dynamic Leader.

AND AT THE WHITE HOUSE — Pool reporter Carol E. Lee: ‘It’s 10:55 and President Obama will make a statement in the Blue Room of the White House shortly. Pool was quietly brought to the Blue Room at 8:45 p.m. and held until now. TV crew had been holding since roughly 4 p.m. … Biden, Plouffe, Carney, Daley, Lew, Sperling, Bruce Reed and Zients were at POTUS’s statement … POTUS spoke like it was an Oval statement, head-on into the camera. He then walked two rooms over to the State Dining Room, where Biden, Plouffe, Carney, Daley, Lew, Sperling, Bruce Reed, Zients and Pfeiffer were. Pool heard applause coming from the room and after a few moments POTUS was back in the Blue Room to re-enact the statement for the still photogs. He stood at the podium and said things like, this is where I pretend I’m talking, etc and then, with a big smile on his face, he left.’

They were bound to get a deal (which is of course a non-deal) ‘cuz La Familia had a long planned trip to Williamsburg this weekend.

Which I am sure is a photo op and litte more.

Across the pond the Camerons had a cheapie (yeah they took RyanAir, even) jaunt to Spain for her 40th. (They did not look happy in the tabloid pics in London)

Life is so tough for whatever is stuck on the ships’ prow.

It’s hard out there for pimps.

18. marisacat - 9 April 2011



……… 😯

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