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Top heavy… ;) 4 June 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Hard-working ants lif huge chilli peppers over their heads as they march along on their hind legs towards their nest. The scene was captured by keen photographer Yahya Taufikurrahman, 21, at his home in South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Hard-working ants lift huge chilli peppers over their heads as they march along on their hind legs towards their nest. The scene was captured by keen photographer Yahya Taufikurrahman, 21, at his home in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. [Yahya Taufikurrahman / CATERS]




1. diane - 4 June 2011

Obama, once again working on out-thugging his twin, George W, plans to finally get KORUS Ratified (never mind what he said in 2008.): South Korea ‘Free Trade’ Deal: Another Funnel for Exploitation

KORUS has the enthusiastic support of President Barack Obama despite the fact his winning presidential campaign heavily depended on stirring up anti-NAFTA and anti-“offshoring” sentiment in Midwestern industrial states.

Who cares what the voters think, or how many have lost their shirts:

Continuing job losses to offshore subsidiaries of U.S. firms—the Wall St. Journal reporting that U.S. firms created 2.4 million jobs outside the United States while eliminating 2.9 million American jobs since 2000—have discredited “free trade” with nearly nine out of 10 Americans. 86 percent of Americans are convinced that the offshoring of jobs is a significant factor undermining America’s economic situation.

Rethuglicans will be seething with envy that they couldn’t ratify this under George’s reign (bad enough that Big Dawg out-thugged them with Free Trade too):

KORUS would potentially open up the United States to components produced under one of the world’s most tightly-repressive nations. The rigid police state of North Korea has opened up a free-trade zone employing about 40,000 workers currently. South Korean firms operating factories in the zone typically pay the North Korean government just $3 to $4 per day per worker, of which the worker gets to keep just $1.

South Korean planners are now considering a ten-fold expansion of the North Korean free-trade zone, along with the potential for setting up another near the Chinese border. As long as 35% of the final value of the products is derived from South Korea, these, too, would be entitled to “free trade” status with the United States.

Yet many Democrats, led by Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus of Montana, remain unperturbed by the implications for more domestic job losses and U.S. complicity in 21st-century varieties of slave labor.

diane - 4 June 2011
2. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

Florida justice: rich man will do no time for killing two tourists in exchange for cash restitution to their families

We really are just a tribal society … no different than Afpakistan etc. Blood money.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

the fucking Democrats could fuck up making toast:

Dave Obey? For governor? Seriously?

I thought onetime campaign guru Bill Dixon was long past his Hunter Thompson outlaw days. But he and Dave Zweifel of the Capital Times have teamed up to promote a fresh new face as a Democratic candidate to run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall.

Dave Obey.


It does not appear to be a joke. Well, not an intentional one, anyway.

Am I the only one hoping the Dems field a candidate younger than 73?

Let’s just light the state on fire and be done with it.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

I read a couple of days ago that Obey joined the lobbying firm that Gephardt is at. Hopefuly it is where he wants to stay………

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011


marisacat - 4 June 2011


Somebody staple him to a lobbyist’s seat in the House. They sould cut that rule that former members can go on the floor. BIIIG mistake.

NTIM as imo we are sunk. Get out the underwater spy glass, the Titanic on the floor of the ocean is in sight!! 😆 😳

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

the state party has also announced that it’s going to “help” with the Recall Walker movement, which can start officially in November.


marisacat - 4 June 2011



Probably they can spell the word. And that will be it.

Like my one line joke about Emily’s List supposedly supporting women candidates who support choice. My joke is that if the candidate has trouble spelling “abortion”, EL will help them.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

they’re expending a great deal of effort telling loud, outraged and active protesters that they’re “not helping”. Wish they’d spend their time worrying about their supposed opponents.

diane - 4 June 2011

at least you don’t live in Florida? Cali?

yeah, that’s certainly not a hopey changey response, is it… well at least you can feed the humnas (and humans) without being jailed?

4. marisacat - 4 June 2011


[S]everal studies in Israel and one conducted by AIPAC and another by the Jewish National Fund in Germany show that perhaps as many as half of the Jews living in Israel will consider leaving Palestine in the next few years if current political and social trends continue. A 2008 survey by the Jerusalem-based Menachem Begin Heritage Center found that 59 per cent of Israelis had approached or intended to approach a foreign embassy to inquire about or apply for citizenship and a passport. Today it is estimated that the figure is approaching 70 per cent.

The number of Israelis thinking of leaving Palestine is climbing rapidly according to researchers at Bar-Ilan University who conducted a study published recently in Eretz Acheret, (“A Different Place”) an Israeli NGO that claims to promote cultural dialogue.

What the Bar-Ilan study found is that more than 100,000 Israelis already hold a German passport, and this figure increases by more than 7,000 every year along an accelerating trajectory. According to German officials, more than 70,000 such passports have been granted since 2000.

In addition to Germany, there are more than one million Israelis with other foreign passports at the ready in case life in Israel deteriorates.

Not too surprising, as the “experiment” is not working…

However, this is farther down in the article at Cpunch. I would deeply resent it if a hundred thousand, or whatever number of Israeli nationals were handed resettlement cash. I mean, fuck all.:

One of the most appealing countries for Israelis contemplating emigration, as well as perhaps the most welcoming, is the United States. Currently more than 500,000 Israelis hold US passports with close to a quarter million pending applications. During the recent meetings in Washington DC between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s delegation and Israel’s US agents, assurances were reportedly given by AIPAC officials that if and when it becomes necessary, the US government will expeditiously issue American passports to any and all Israeli Jews seeking them. Israeli Arabs need not apply. [what a shock! -Mcat]

AIPAC also represented to the Israelis that the US Congress could be trusted to approve funding for arriving Israeli Jews “to be allocated substantial cash resettlement grants to ease transition into their new country.” . . . .

Not the first time we have done that, but very bad news…

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

they dug their grave, they should be left to be buried in it.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Take responsibility for their actions! Live with their choices!


Yeah right.

diane - 4 June 2011

the US Congress could be trusted to approve funding for arriving Israeli Jews “to be allocated substantial cash resettlement grants to ease transition into their new country.”

Stimulus Funding, no doubt?

I’m so happy congress decided there are no deficit worries after all…perhaps we can start feeding shirtless $US$ humans now,…. without needing a permit, or being arrested? ….no? …..well okay, …one step at a time…(for some)?

I never thought I would hold this country in so much contempt.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

I pulled the plug on mass refugees with friends in congress and resettlment money long ago. Around the time of Iran. Vietnamese resettlement was expensive enough.

And the reality is you don’t get the suffering. You don’t assuage the death and dying. NOT REALLY. You get the fucked fascist allies.

So done with it…

diane - 4 June 2011

yup, those imported immigrants are not the ones suffering.

Reminds me of a black man I chatted with in Atlantic City, New jersey, in 2006, who was absolutely through with the rampant immigration from Russia and Israel, and the rampant unemployment for the rest.

Reminds me of all the family who appear to legally relocate, with those granted Tech visas in Cali.

diane - 4 June 2011

For one Cali example: despotic Asian peeps on visas, can get very (very) high paying jobs in Cali, despite barely being able to understand a word they say when they’re working in those finance and accounting departments (yeah, it might be relevant to understand what’s being communicated …or well, no…the ‘puter will resolve any miscommunication? …to whose advantage?), but, huge suprise! $US$ born, Asian Americans (read: their elders suffered installing those railroad tracks all over the fuckin map….etc…..) are nowhere to be seen, in those finance, and accounting departments.

Very, very unPolitically Correct to state, but true, nonetheless….sigh……..:0)

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Any era of expansion in the US is over. maybe forever. Who knows. legal immigration has to be scaled back. The numbers I have read is 1.0, 1.1 million a year.

The jobs are not here. They just are not.

You know the guy, the Times Sq bomber, so called. I could care less about the damned bomb, we have such a long string of curious attempted bombers, who knows WHAT it is. But what I paid attention to was he came here originally from Pakistan (where his father had been an overseer of the nuclear site, btw) on a work visa. He did accounting for Eliz Arden back offices in CT.


Oh please. It pushes the envelope. Over the edge. It really does.

diane - 4 June 2011

way over the fuckin edge…and it’s not a fuckin bug, it is a feature, of sadistic fucks who should be locked up somewhere where they’ll do no more fucking harm, until (and if) they “heal.” Give them a comfortable bed, excersize, daylight, decent food…, companionship, and that’s fucking it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

like there aren’t plenty of CPAs struggling to pay off their student loans …

diane - 4 June 2011

oh, don’t ya know hon? FUCK THEM,….they get rather BOTHERSOME, …when ONE wants to Cook Those Books; pretend they don’t owe that Federal/State/Local Government $$$$$$$$$$$, or take an illegal tax deduction for bombing the fuck out of innocent people.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

All kinds of people trained in accounting at all levels, unable to find jobs.

diane - 4 June 2011

All kinds of people trained in accounting at all levels, unable to find jobs.

most especially if they ask those wrong questions,….just let that ‘puter software, .THE CLOUD, and THE BIG FOUR, resolve it, …ya don’t even need to think,…..kinda like MERS

diane - 4 June 2011

okay, slight exaggeration, but not by much, and not much of an exaggeration at all as comes to the Asian/Visa management class who are “going places”……like Yoo and Koh, ..for instance….

diane - 4 June 2011

ohh, don’t let me forget Mr. Energy! ….Chu!

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011


Methinks the local business community has had enough of him … suddenly all of these stories.

Records Show 31 Other Christie Trips

The other 31 flight logs show that Christie used the helicopters to attend official functions, such as Rep. John Adler’s funeral and the announcement of the Bayonne Bridge improvement project.

But other trips were to Manhattan to discuss Christie’s political agenda with the national media, and to have dinner with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

On one trip, Christie used the helicopter to talk with The Wall Street Journal and New York Times in January 2011.

Another flight log, from April 11, 2011, listed “transport home” as the reason for the helicopter trip.

In April 2010, Christie flew to meet with the owners of the New York Giants and New York Jets. Both teams play in New Jersey.

In all, Christie used state helicopters nine times to fly to Manhattan for various reasons.

And in August 2010, Christie flew to Newark to meet with Mayor Cory Booker and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

He def tripped some wire. He did or did not do something….

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

it’s starting to happen a little here w/ Walker, too. Several business groups who supported him turned on him hard when he lost the money needed to fix the existing Chicago to Milwaukee run (the money was pulled along w/ the money for the new line to Madison). A LOT of them use that line to go do business in Chicago. Hell, I know people who commute to Chicago using it.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

That makes sense, they like their favorite little routes. Aside from, I am sure, even knowing nothing, that Milwaukee to Chicago is a heavily traffiked business route…

That would piss them off…

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

Part of what was lost was money to re-do the train shed to finally bring it into compliance with the disability statutes … and a lot of that community are getting older.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

OMG, missed this one before …

look at the 6th pic down, the one with this caption:

The Duke of Edinburgh laughs as the Queen signs the visitor’s book, and Michelle Obama is unfortunately positioned in front of a large plant

diane - 4 June 2011

ohh, I don’t even need to look…;0) …I remember that one ……Mickey don’t wan’t down soft, “big” “kinky” hair, that’s for sure, and certainly the punchline there…underneath all the snark…..she may as well be as nasty “white” as the “purely driven snow…..”

a world of ironies ……………

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Isn’t that a scream? She looks like a lost creature from some film about the 60s…

diane - 4 June 2011

yup, a scream…like that painting,…The Holler..was it?

:0) ;0) :0( oohhh fuckin sigh, now I need more beer, and I don’t even like fucking beer, but my preference would kill me before my obligations to those I love were through….how very fucked can it really get?

diane - 4 June 2011

(nope, it was The Scream, I was thinking about, at one time I knew that, …sigh, :0) )

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

Pam Grier’s stunt double

diane - 4 June 2011

..ohh and say, that’s the link with the lovely shot of drunk Tommy – FOREST GUMP OPERATION PAPERCLIP NAZI NASA HERO CALI – Hanks – SINGLEHANDEDLY SAVED HAITI WITH LOS ANGELES POLICE ESCORT WEARING HIDEOUS RED lensed SUNGLASSES JUST LEAVING KONANS SHOW – with wifie in embarrassing POUFY scarlet krinoline? dress, which Babs Bush might have worn in powder puff blue, isn’t it?

diane - 4 June 2011

ohh wait, Tafetta,… is it….?

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 June 2011

Government: Tasers Are Totally Safe! (Unless You’re Drunk, Crazy, or Stressed Out)

The thread is, as usual, appalling.People LOVE excusing police brutality.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

It’s come out that Philip Garrido used a taser on JayCee Dugard when they abducted her….

Just so much violence about.

Even with falling crime numbers in several categories, we are overloaded this year with murder numbers, in SF, Oakland AND San Jose.

And in Oakland, a long spate of cops killing the unarmed, for various reasons…

diane - 4 June 2011

and then the Cali suicides up the ying yang too (another teen, ‘not from a poor family,’ Golden Gate jumper just about a week ago)… selfish I know, but wish I had the means to move my family elsewhere,…then again where, for long,…I really don’t know.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Yes the GG jumper was a bit odd. I noticed the family held a “Celebration of Life” memorial. I am not sure I would do that if a 15 year old, a child of mine, COMMITTED SUICIDE.

diane - 4 June 2011

most (all?) of those train track youth suicides weren’t from ‘poor families’ either…just my opinion, but, for one, it may speak volumes about what it takes to be a mover and shaker…in Cali, …or, the $US$ …

marisacat - 4 June 2011

Or a rise in mental health issues.

I dunno, too much out of whack, as I see it.

diane - 4 June 2011

yeah, to my mind, same thing: mental health issues= a consequence of what is required of a person to keep their head well above water, so to speak, in this environment, for anyone with a conscience.

marisacat - 4 June 2011

I hve no idea wy any one commits suicide. I would think it wwould span the spectrum. And then some.

diane - 4 June 2011

well…whatever the reasons have been, chemical or emotional imbalance, one thing seems clear they aren’t happy with life as they know it, I kind of doubt anyone does it when they feel safe, or, in warrior cultures, unashamed; or, that anyone does it as some sort of esoteric ritual, separated from their sense of themselves.

diane - 4 June 2011

kind of like Janis Joplin, who was reputed to have lived a hard life, and reputed to have ultimately committed suicide at an incredibly young age, as a consequence, via her: it’s all fucked anyway, lifestyle. And she is currently heading this site’s list of Top Clicks for her quote on time passing, which Madman posted in the last thread:

As a matter of fact, as we discovered on the train, tomorrow never happens, man. It’s all the same fucking day, man.

sigh ….what’s it all mean?

marisacat - 4 June 2011

when I was a child, a friend of my parents who lived with her husband in a flat just off Stockton on Sacramento, one of thse 3 flat buildings that are so common in San Francisco, from the 10s, 20s and 30s…. she made a meal for the family, served it to the breakfast table in the kitchen, went out the back door to the porch, to the roof, went forward across the roof to Sacramento St and jumped.

Who knows. She hd had a terrible childhood, literally put out of the house at 15, which is how she met her husband, Leslie.

My own view, life is a gripper, it holds on with a tight grip, ’til it lets go of you. And you are gone.

diane - 4 June 2011

yeah….I may have sprawled this out in creepy pixels before, but I hung out with three, who put bullets in their heads in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at so very tender ages. One, I might of guessed, the other two, kept their awful pain quite well hidden, considering their clear misery, ….I try to remind myself to be kind to ‘little peeps,’ just trying to get by – not rule everyone else’s world – cause ya never know, …. when you could be their last straw. ….Life is pretty fuckin tough, on the other hand, …some moments of it, can be joyous for the rest of one’s fading memories… ;0)

diane - 4 June 2011

and no, they weren’t all at one time, like some fad drug gone wrong, they were likely, horridly contemplated, for quite some time…one by one, in the city which at that time claimed one of the highest percentages of Corporate Domiciles, in the $US$…. tough luck ..huh? ….not to mention those I hung out with, who died with needles, or $US$ Manufactured, China White attacking their vital organs …..something was quite wrong in that prosperous City, with all those lovely Rivers…..

sigh ….. breaking one’s spirit is LETHAL….

diane - 5 June 2011

(My I was talky last night. For the record, outside of alchohol and cigarettes (not that that’s any better), I don’t use drugs. Outside of the few joints and hash I tried (neither of which I cared for), I didn’t in my youth either, and neither, outside of the reefer and hash, did the majority of my friends (including at least two of the three who shot themselves), but there were a few who ended up addicted to heroin.)

8. marisacat - 4 June 2011



………….. 😯

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