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The “A” Train… 2 June 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

Image: Danny Lyon / National Archives and Records Administration


Read more: link photographic gallery

A wonderful gallery at Business Insider – of all places… archival photos of Brooklyn, people, streets and architecture from the summer of 1974.

37 years ago?  And a different world… in some ways at least.




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2011

How Our Largest Corporations Made $170 Billion During Great Recession And Paid No Taxes

Today, and not a moment too soon, the non-profit Citizens For Tax Justice (CTJ) has put out their findings revealing that twelve of the nations largest Fortune 500 companies, while making $170 billion in profits during the period of The Great Recession, paid an effective tax rate of negative 1.5%.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Not only have these twelve companies paid zero in taxes for the years 2008-2010, they actually received tax subsidies that added $62.4 billion to their bottom lines.

The companies were chosen by the CTJ to represent a range of industries, including manufacturing, energy, services, transportation and high tech and include – in alphabetical order – American Electric Power, Boeing, Dupont, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, Honeywell International, IBM, United Technologies, Verizon Communications, Wells Fargo and Yahoo.

marisacat - 2 June 2011

scrooooooood. over and over.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2011

So many American workers are like slaves eagerly forging their own chains.

2. marisacat - 2 June 2011

Yeesh.. Stumbled on this at Google News. Canada comptemplating a net work of foreign mil bases. The Dept of National Defence denies, but it is in several venues. And comes from a speech given by the Def Ministry head.

“The focus of the planning, let’s be clear, is on our capability for expeditionary participation in international missions,” MacKay told reporters Thursday at a military trade show here. “We’re big players in NATO, we’re a country that has become a go-to nation in response to situations like what we’re seeing in Libya, what we saw in Haiti, we are constantly working within that paradigm of countries to see where we can bring that niche…

more by Peter MacKay – 10 hours ago – Toronto Sun (16 occurrences)

Bad news for Canada.

3. marisacat - 3 June 2011

Oh I am enjoying Weiner-Gate way too much.

ESP now that Dem after Dem claims it is not a problem, he is doing fine. Mole hill… etc.

Can this get more hilarious?

4. marisacat - 3 June 2011


Hard to imagine the DoJ getting more irrelevant, but hey, the Ob Admin has a good while to run yet.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

ABC News has learned that John Edwards will be indicted on serious criminal charges today — and any negotiations over his fate are over. [7:00 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

5. lucid - 3 June 2011

Ugh, only one more year left in my 30’s…

marisacat - 3 June 2011

well… you could plan to be somewhere in particular on your 40th… even tho I never cared about this year or that year, I was sort of unconscious about years, I DID think 40 might hit, for whatever reason. So I made sure I was in Paris.

Didn’t matter at all. Just another day.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

yup, like Janis said.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

Senate page fired for anti-Harper protest

A 21-year-old page lost her job Friday after walking onto the Senate floor during the speech from the throne to protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Brigette DePape, a recent University of Ottawa graduate, carried a sign reading “Stop Harper” and walked out in front of Gov. Gen. David Johnston as he read the afternoon speech.

Senate pages are hired for one to two years to work in the upper chamber, providing basic support to the senators during sittings and in committee meetings, which generally means fetching water, photocopying documents and passing messages. They tend to be politically engaged, but this type of protest is unprecedented.

DePape went as far as to prepare a news release, which a friend distributed after she was removed from the Senate chamber by security. The release identified her as Brigette Marcelle, but the Senate website and her email address identify her as Brigette DePape.

“Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” DePape said in the release. “We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations.”

Wishes for Canadian ‘spring’

The release said she was a page for a year but realized that working in that job “wouldn’t stop Harper’s agenda.”

“This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring, a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighbourhoods and workplaces.”

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011
marisacat - 3 June 2011

oh that is refreshing…

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

made me smile

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

Wisconsin GOP plotting to nominate spoiler Democratic candidates in recall elections

A tape recording of a Wisconsin Republican Party members’ meeting revealed a plan to find unsuitable Democratic nominees to split the vote in upcoming elections following the recall of Republican state senators.

marisacat - 3 June 2011

haul out the playbook….


9. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

Imprisonment and the Lash

In state after state, the penitentiary replaced corporal punishment. In theory, it was supposed to replace punishment entirely. Now all we have are prisons. They don’t rehabilitate. They can’t. All they do is take a troubled person, isolate him from normal society and house him with a bunch of criminals.

Sometime in the past few decades we seem to have lost the concept of justice in a free society. Now we settle for simple efficiency of process. We tried rehabilitation and ended up with supermax, solitary confinement and triple-stacked bunks.

In much of America, prisons have become nothing more than a massive government-run—one might even say “socialist”—job program. To oversimplify, but just a bit, we pay poor unemployed rural whites to guard poor unemployed urban blacks. Prison guards and private prisons advocate for more and more prisoners, literally profiting from human bondage. Such a peculiar institution should be unconscionable.

Of course some people are simply too dangerous to release. Pedophiles, terrorists and the truly psychopathic come to mind, but they’re relatively few in number. And these people are kept behind bars not only to punish, but also because we’re afraid of them.

Our gulag of incarceration is less a function less of crime (which has gone up and down while our prison population goes only up) than our desire to punish. Since our only real goal is to punish, we should do so better, more honestly, and much more cheaply than we do now. And flogging avoids all the hogwash about prisons somehow being good for the soul.

Corporal punishment is an effective and comparatively humane way to bring our prison population back in line with human decency. By merely offering the choice of the lash, our prison population would plummet. Not only would this save tens of billions of dollars, it would save prisons for those who truly need to be there.

With the consent of the flogged, it’s hard to criticize my modest proposal as too brutal. Ironically, once people think about it, they often say flogging isn’t harsh enough. While it’s good to move beyond the facile position that flogging is too cruel to consider, if flogging isn’t harsh enough—if we need to keep people locked up for years precisely because overcrowded prisons are so unbelievable horrific—then we’ve become perhaps a truly evil society.

marisacat - 3 June 2011

Cali has the two biggest prisons in the US, and both are inland, in the same area, Chowchilla.

The route ahead is pretty clear. We won’t be changing, not that I can see happening. At some point, but no time soon.

Other countries just don’t believe in these draconian and impossibly long prison sentences that we do. 20 years for lifting some food, if you are considered incorrigible… or so it seems.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

we are nuts

10. marisacat - 3 June 2011

Milano and Naples move hard against Berlusconi linked incumbents in the elections…

AND in Milan! :

[P]isapia’s original base of support in Milan, founded on his years as a lawyer and professor dedicated to reforming Italy’s complex and unfair penal code and treatment of prisoners, was in the two major formations to the left of the PD, Nichi Vendola’s Left Ecology Liberty movement and the Federation of the Left (the Communist Refoundation Party and the Party of Italian Communists).

In a bold move, Pisapia entered the PD’s primary as an underdog and was given no chance on the grounds that his campaign was too “radical” to beat the right, but then actually won out over the official PD candidate.

His victory in the general election was due to the widespread perception of voters that he is a reasonable, serious figure whose candidacy was not a product of the PD’s nomenklatura, and whose campaign addressed the city’s real problems: how to integrate immigrants, redress youth unemployment, maintain social services for the elderly, and create ecologically viable transport and neighborhoods while keeping the city affordable for working-class people.

In the runoff, Pisapia won not only the traditionally “popular” neighborhoods of Niguarda, the Isola, or Porta Ticinese, but even the well-heeled centro storico, Milan’s historical core.

While directly challenging the racist cries of doom in the event of his victory (“Milan a new Stalingrad”, “Gypsy-opolis”, or “The largest mosque in Europe”, the last an implicit challenge to Milan’s civic pride in its Gothic cathedral) which had been launched by the outgoing mayor’s camp and its social base, Umberto Bossi’s Northern League party, Pisapia’s campaign largely ignored the personal mudslinging against him carried out by an increasingly desperate Moratti. . . . .

There has to be a political will for change. Just has to be.

Doesn’t seem to exist here, certainly not in the near offing.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 June 2011

Meeting begins in chaos, arrests

Rep. Jen Shilling, D-La Crosse, tried to quiet the crowd.

“Please stop,” she shouted. “Fellow Wisconsinites, in order for us to do our work tonight we need decorum.”

“We don’t want you to do your work,” one man shouted back. “We want to stop them (the Republicans) from doing their work.”

“This isn’t going to stop them,” Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, said.

Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, urged the protesters to let the meeting proceed.

“You may be doing more harm than good,” he said.

Vos threatened to clear the room, but the disruption has continued as the LFB tried to explain the motion. Protesters are coming one by one to the front of the room and being carried out. Protesters chanted “police state” as their cohorts were carried out.

UPDATE: 7:14 p.m. — The protesters continue to disrupt the proceedings. Every few minutes, another will stand up and start reading a statement opposing the budget proposal. Among those shown the door was Jeremy Ryan, commonly referred to in the Capitol over the past few months as “that Segway guy.”

Vos said that the meeting will continue and those who disrupt it will be taken out and “hopefully given the citation they deserve.”

The local connected bloggers and democrat office holders all have their collective panties in a twist over this, repeating “this doesn’t help” over and over.

marisacat - 3 June 2011

The protesters continue to disrupt the proceedings.

Works for me…

13. ts - 3 June 2011

Another fantastic piece by Michael Hudson.

But somehow, as my UMKC colleague, Prof. Bill Black commented recently in the UMKC economics blog: “One of the great paradoxes is that the periphery’s generally left-wing governments adopted so enthusiastically the ECB’s ultra-right wing economic nostrums – austerity is an appropriate response to a great recession. … Why left-wing parties embrace the advice of the ultra-right wing economists whose anti-regulatory dogmas helped cause the crisis is one of the great mysteries of life. Their policies are self-destructive to the economy and suicidal politically.”

Greece and Ireland have become the litmus test for whether economies will be sacrificed in attempts to pay debts that cannot be paid. An interregnum is threatened during which the road to default and permanent austerity will carve out more and more land and public enterprises from the public domain, divert more and more consumer income to pay debt service and taxes for governments to pay bondholders, and more business income to pay the bankers.

If this is not war, what is?

marisacat - 3 June 2011

If this is not war, what is?

Devastating war, in fact.

I also saw at Cpunch but did not get to yet, The Nation, in conjunction with I-forget-who, is publishing the wikileaks dox that show how Ireland has groveled to the US. While not news, still worth reading, I suspect…

14. marisacat - 3 June 2011

The Sunday Soaps…

I caught snippets of Obby’s speech or remarks or whatever they were at Chrysler… later I caught little Miss Wasserman-Shultz and then later still I caught Goolsbee. All dishing out the pieties. HOWEVER, Dems and Dem aligned were the ONLY ones shoveling that shit today, I have to say. And Goolsbee, barely to his credit, bt he did look massively uncomfortable doing it.



–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Pre-empted for French Open coverage (clearly the best hour! -Mcat)

–ABC’s “This Week”: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s and former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher; economic roundtable with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Thomson-Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Martin Regalia; political roundtable with Public Strategies, Inc., Vice Chairman Mark McKinnon, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain and Democratic strategist Karen Finney

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)

–“Fox News Sunday”: 2008 Vice Presidential nominee and former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel and the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta

–CNN’s “State of the Union”: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Gooslbee; 2012 presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); roundtable with former RNC Chairman and former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie and former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn; economic roundtable with former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and former Clinton OMB Director Alice Rivlin

15. BooHooHooMan - 3 June 2011

Like assholes…

Obama’s commitment to Israel

By Rahm Emanuel

Here comes the Butt-cream.

Days into my tenure as mayor of Chicago, with my focus on keeping our city’s streets safe, our schools strong and our finances stabilized, I expected my attention to be in the Midwest, not in the Middle East.

How DID Rahm ever tear himself away?!
Now this is the sleaze whose first move as Mayor was to start ramming for casinos in Chicago. Gotta vacuum whatever few shekels are left in circulation among the sub-Chosen.

Anyways, literally, back to the Zionist’s hook-

But as an American and the son of an Israeli immigrant, I have a deep, abiding commitment to the survival, security and success of the state of Israel.

Take the gamble, Rahm! — > MOVE!
And take your beat fabrications with ya!

I am among the many who know that the Israeli people yearn for peace™ . 🙄 They have taken risks for peace™ in spite of dangers™ . 😆 They will again™ , 😆 when they have a viable partner™ in the process™ and a region that recognizes a Jewish™ ™ ™ state of Israel™ with secure and defensible borders™ .

President Obama™ , like every student™ 😆 😳 of the Middle East, understands that the shifting sands of demography in that volatile region are working against the two-state solution needed to end generations of bloodshed. The fragile stasis that exists today cannot hold.

Israel’s survival as a Jewish, democratic state is at stake


because of many factors, including uncertainty brought by the Arab Spring, growth in the Palestinian population, unilateral efforts to create a recognized state of Palestine and technological advances in weaponry.

That is why, from his first days in office, the president has invested so much in encouraging meaningful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. His goal has been one shared by a succession of Israeli and American leaders: two nations, the Jewish state of Israel and Palestine for the Palestinian people, living side by side, in peace and security.

As I listened to the president’s speech on the Middle East, I heard him reaffirm his strong commitment to Israel’s safety, security and prosperity. He said the U.S. relationship with Israel is unshakable. He said that the conflict cannot be resolved through unilateral actions or a U.N. vote establishing a Palestinian state but only through negotiations between the parties.

The president said that Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority that embraces Hamas, a terrorist organization sworn to Israel’s destruction, and he reaffirmed his commitment to Israel’s qualitative military edge. He said that an independent Palestine must be a non-militarized state and that Israel’s security should be demonstrated before phased Israeli withdrawals are completed. No peace can take place, he said, that does not provide Israel with the ability to defend itself.

“Jewish Democracy”. LOL.
Well there go the stir fried parrots.

marisacat - 3 June 2011


Rahm and whole lotta others SHOULD PICK. One or the other.

But most don’t want t live in Israel. They WANT to live here. Unfortunately.

Still a lot of Israeli refugee cabbies in NYC?

marisacat - 3 June 2011

Now this is the sleaze whose first move as Mayor was to start ramming for casinos in Chicago


Oh that is interesting. it was also one of the VERY few things Deval threw his weight behnd in Mass. IN his first term I mean….

Must be a favorite deal, pay off related to Axelrod alliances, doings…. Ramping up for casinos, I mean. With both Rahm and Deval being part of the Axe stable of creeps.

16. diane - 3 June 2011

Three arrested for feeding the humans

On May 25, Orlando Food Not Bombs illegally fed a large group of homeless people, the police report states.

diane - 3 June 2011

As Sesame Street works hard, to teach the hungry kiddies that Mommy and Daddy were just Fuck-ups who never saved:

Oh, look what Elmo has, his very own dollar.

After all, if the hungry kiddies just forfeit enough meals, steal enough lunch money from their pals, and save enough, maybe one day, they’ll have their very own, shiny new Limo, and the POWER that goes with it:

According to a report by iWatchNews, the number of government-owned limos increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration, and most of the increase was recorded in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

diane - 4 June 2011

and if the kiddies really pay attention, they can learn a really valuable finance secret: how to steal the lunch money, steal the Limo too, and not go to prison.

ts - 4 June 2011

Goldman Sachs will hire them right out of high school.

diane - 4 June 2011

or recruit them before graduation, straight from the High School Cafeterias and Playgrounds; best to mentor them when they’re really young.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

I wish for all the limos to get stuck on the security knives, or whatever that was – – – – in ireland or whereever.

And… you know! It came out in Europe that Ob and consort were IN that limo. US kept a modesty panel going, saying they were not… but they were.

Stuck. They were stuck.

Are stuck.

As are we……… sad to say.

diane - 4 June 2011

Ob and consort were IN that limo.

too bad we don’t have a piccy of that one, they must have been furious… :0)

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Grimace x 10



17. marisacat - 4 June 2011



……….. 😯

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