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So screwed 31 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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Amazing Pictures From A Year In The Life Of Barack Obama – Here Obama Prays with the “Circle of Protection Campaign” a group of religious leaders dedicated to preserving government protections for the poor. | Image: White House

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Oh please. A group of multicolored, self-serving, constantly poor-washing trough feeders. If they care at all for the poor it is to rake off what benefits poor people can manage to accrue. And privatise as much as possible.  Ensure what used to be benefits assigned to individuals or families, instead, come directly to them.

Hosanna

Cons, would be a shorter description.

And Romney is no peach. I forget where now, but I read somewhere reliable he called the Elders of Zion (the Utah branch) to get permission to add to his big hulking failing health mess of a bill a tiny 50.00 payment toward abortion for the poorest in MA..

So, we get moaning and groaning and Jesus invoking proselytisers from the incumbant OR we get a hot phone on constant re-dial to the Mormon hierarchy before the other one does ANYTHING.

AND Wall Street with a hot poker up both of their rumps.  (Not that they mind!)

I think with either administration, the official WH “cheap gift” to no-account visitors one step up from a tour group should be red white and blue lube rather than specially boxed M & Ms.

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New 28 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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A three-day-old rare white kiwi chick at the Mount Bruce national wildlife centre in the Wairarapa region, New Zealand | Mike Heydon/Lisa Sims Limited/EPA

The little creature looks fresh and new (and we are told, rare), doesn’t s/he? I am not so sure about 2012.

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Glitter 25 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, la vie en rose.
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Check out the fish crafted from rhinestones and gems in the Aquarium window. A Christmas window from Barney’s NYC | Meredith Galante/Business Insider

Fish?  well, kind of a fish with some centipedal action and big, lobster-like claws at the front…

;)

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Sameness 20 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, WAR!.
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National Geographic Grand Prize Winner and Nature Winner – “Splashing” – Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh:

This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.Location: Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Business Insider Gallery of NG 2011 Winner and Mentions

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Holding on for dear life and hoping to make it thru - looks familiar doesn’t it?  If only we could know that everything, all of it, everything there is, is connected.

 This, too, is familiar.

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Killer 17 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Egypt, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, WAR!.
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Egyptian army soldiers beat a protester wearing a Niqab, an Islamic veil, during clashes near Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Activists say the clashes began after soldiers severely beat a young man who was part of a sit-in outside the Cabinet building. At background graffiti depicts members of the military ruling council and Arabic reads: “Killer”. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

A small gallery of just 9 photos from Tahrir Square on December 16th.

Plant life 16 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Democrats, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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...and Two Little Men by Ana Retamero Olmos was the winner of the Plants category. We will have a gallery featuring more winning images on the Telegraph site later today.
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Two Little Men by Ana Retamero Olmos of Spain was the winner of the Plants category – Picture: Ana Retamero Olmos/CATERS NEWS

From a very beautiful gallery at Telegraph on winners of the European Wildlife Photog of 2011, with various categories. Many were stunning – esp sleeping whales, for one… others were too macabre or sad to use, tho amazing.

I stopped at this one and laughed, as for diversion tonight I watched James Ellroy’s documentary on murder, Feast of Death, mostly his mother’s murder and the Black Dahlia. We are deep in Los Angeles noir film land, of course… and police procedure, the classic policier film, novel and non-fiction.

Along the way he digresses and tells a tale on Jack Kennedy that he got from an LA PI, former cop, who bugged the Lawford party house on the beach, to get the goods on Jack and Marilyn for Hoffa.

Said Jack was “hung like a cashew”. Ellroy is quite good with ribald slang (I noticed some reviewers at Netflix really were turned off by that… I cannot imagine what they expected ).

Kept me diverted this evening anyway…

Flutter 14 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.
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Rose-ringed parakeets roost in a copse in Wormwood Scrubs Park, London - I found it at the BBC Week in Pictures Gallery, but they did not identify the agency source nor the photog…

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The “enemy” … 11 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, WAR!.
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Quetta, Pakistan: Smoke and flames rise past residents standing along the wall of a truck terminal where fuel tankers were set ablaze. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at trucks loaded with fuel and supplies for Nato troops in Afghanistan | Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

The “enemy” … gets a vote.

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Uprising 8 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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 Filipino students use water cannons to attack riot police | Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Occupy protest in Manila, Philippines – For the third day more than a thousand protesters, mostly students, were prevented by police from reaching Mendiola bridge near the presidential palace for the planned camp out to protest against alleged rising prices, unemployment, budget cuts in education and anti-poor policies of President Benigno Aquino III’s government

I caught some of this yesterday on Euro News, it looked very intense… students and riot cops face to face in the streets…

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In the last thread I used a little snipppet from this piece at Cpunch:

[S]o when the company was hauled into Tokyo District Court Oct. 31 by the Sunfield Golf Club, which was demanding decontamination of the golf course, Tepco lawyers tried something novel. They claimed the company isn’t liable because it no longer “owned” the radioactive poisons that were spewed from its destroyed reactors.

“Radioactive materials that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not Tepco,” the company said. This stunned the Court, the plaintiffs and the press. An attorney for the golf club said, “We are flabbergasted….”

The court rejected Tepco’s notion that its cancer-causing pollution is owned by the areas it contaminated. But you have to hand it to Tepco. For brash balderdash there’s hardly a match in the world.  . . . . .

Nuclear energy is so safe… and cheap.

[M]eanwhile, babies in Japan may be in for a life of debilitation and disease because radioactive cesium-137 and cesium-134 was recently found in infant milk powder. A December 6 announcement by the Meiji Holdings Company, Inc. said it was recalling 400,000 cans of its “Meiji Step,” powdered milk for babies older than 9 months. The powder was packaged in April — at the height of Fukushima’s largest radiation releases — distributed mostly in May and has an October 2012 expiration date.

The amount of cesium in one serving of the milk powder was about eight percent of the total contamination allowed by the government. But no one knows how much formula individual babies may have consumed prior to the recall. It is well known that fetuses, infants, children and women are harmed by doses of radiation below officially allowed exposures. Most exposure standards have been established in view of radiation’s projected effect on “Reference Man,” a hypothetical 20 to 30 year old white male, rather than women and children, the most vulnerable.

Even tiny amounts of internal radioactive contamination can damage DNA, cause cancer and weaken the immune system. Fukushima’s meltdowns dispersed radioactive contamination found in vegetables, milk, seafood, water, grain, animal feed and beef. Green tea grown 250 miles from Fukushima was found contaminated. Rice harvested this fall from 154 farms in Fukushima Prefecture was found in November to be poisoned with cesium 25 percent above the allowable limit. Shipments of rice from those farms were banned, but not before many tons had been sold. Presumably, that radiation is now the property of each consumer under the inventive assertion of Tepco’s corporate attorneys.

So safe… hear it as a hollow echo drifting over Japan’s farm land

Athens 7 December 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Greece, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Occupy Wall Street, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, Viva La Revolucion!.
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The Dark And Beautiful Graffiti Of Athens’ Disaffected Youth | Milos Bicanski – Getty

From a gallery at Business Insider

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