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Eye 27 January 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

The eye of a parrotfish near Hawaii, as captured by Swiss underwater snapper Franco Banfi, who has photographed many of the creatures who populate the waters of the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea | Franco Banfi/Rex Features

Just a stunning photograph…




1. BooHooHooMan - 27 January 2012

The eye of a parrotfish … 😆

And you can’t count on me for all the latest Election Headquarters updates!

marisacat - 27 January 2012

You know, I almost made the title, “Politics” or “General Election”, then I decided to call it what it is. Eye

2. marisacat - 27 January 2012


Pentagon to send floating base to Mideast for use by commandos

The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats.

In response to requests from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.

Read more at:
WaPo on the Commando Mothership

3. brinn - 28 January 2012

Hi All!

Just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m still alive! I am on Day 29 without nicotine, so I don’t feel very alive just now, but am hoping that things will get better in the next couple of weeks….

Everyone tell me how you are! I miss you!


marisacat - 28 January 2012

Hi dear… I worried soemthing ight have happened! Good t hear you are alive and holding on.. congrats on the cigarettes… 😉

brinn - 28 January 2012

Nah, well, nothing more than the damned usual….heh. Kiddo the younger is back at public school…I started to think that the effects of social isolation were outweighing the accelerated pace at which I was able to tech him.

I’m thinking about writing a book about the absolute hell having my boys in public school has been…and what I plan to do to keep myself sane and be sure that they come out educated in spite of it all! One of the first things is to see how many days/year I can take them out of school for “educational reasons”…I remember reading somewhere about this…

I’m also thinking about writing a children’s book or two — kid the younger has expressed and interest in being co-author!

Mostly, I am yearning for the day when I don’t spend most of my waking hours thinking about cigarettes and it doesn’t take me 10x as long to do any work! The “extra” $120/month sure will come in handy tho!

Everyone here is healthy and overall, happy! I promise not to go so long without saying “hello”!

ms_xeno - 28 January 2012

Woo-hoo! Well done, brinn.

I wish I smoked so I could quit them and give myself an impromptu “raise.”


diane - 28 January 2012

Yaaaay brinn, congrats honey!

marisacat - 28 January 2012

I think if you called it “Public School Hell” it would sell.

There was a fabulous scene in The Shield where the squad moved in hard in a public school and were wrenching open locked lockers. One child dared say, How dare you? We have rights!! and whatshisname barked:

You’re in public school kid, you have no rights.


ms_xeno - 28 January 2012

At my last temp job, they were feverishly obsessed with “security.” Metal detectors, constant reminders that We’re watching you ALL the time, Peons! Lectures about how many fucking pockets you could wear in the workplace… all that shit. These people were more paranoid than the fucking Pentagon… to the point where they literally made it impossible for me to do the job they outlined… but of course somehow that was my fault, so I got sacked.

Better to break the human spirit young, then when they’re older, all this probing and prying and willful intrusion on every last iota of one’s private space (even mental space) won’t disturb the stupid little peasants so much.

I wouldn’t call my current job great, but at least the overlords get out of my fucking way so I can actually get their fucking work done. Christ.

4. diane - 28 January 2012

oopsie ……….. doopsie ….

Officials in western Kentucky vowed on Friday to quickly rebuild or replace a bridge over the Tennessee River after a cargo ship that carries military rocket parts slammed into it, destroying the main truss.

… the 312-foot-long Delta Mariner plowed into it Thursday night, tearing a 300-foot-wide gap in the structure, …


diane - 28 January 2012

oohhh but nevermind! and the Rockets red glare! …the bombs bursting in air on nuclearized testosterone …

diane - 28 January 2012

Mehbe when they get those rocket parts to Cape Canaveral in Florida or California, where the military has a launch facility at Vandenburg Air Force Base,. they can attach the Contract …[on the] … America[s] Newtster, to that rocket and send the Focker to the Moon so he can be a true Pioneer! And then they can attache (oops) Obombster and Mickey to the next rocket, …and they can pioneer on Mars! ….

marisacat - 28 January 2012

Calista too… and tell her she can pack extra Aqua Net. We’ll send a shipment of Dippity-Do ahead of her.

Absolutely, give Newt his dream, send him to Outer Space.

diane - 28 January 2012

Calista may prefer one of those multitude of earthlike planets NASA keeps announcing, …the Moon atmosphere may fuck with her doo ….

Mehhbe they could send her up with Sanatorium, Romney, Huntsman, Paul, et al, on a third Mission! ™,..and she could be a concubine/wife to them all?

BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2012


We need to establish the Concubinate there,
to fight the Caliphate here!

diane - 28 January 2012

Ohhh Yes! We could photoshop an old Lemon Pledge commercial, …. or Babs Bush could lend a moth balled taffeta gown (despite having never polished furniture in her life) …! STIMULUS …Homeland CAN DOO! Gender Equality!

marisacat - 28 January 2012

I say send Calista the Catholic and Memsab the Lecturer TOGETHER. Strap ’em to the same rocket.


BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2012

Always room for a strap-on.

Could do wonders for those boring Smithsonian field trips, too. 😯 😆

marisacat - 28 January 2012

oh right! Can you see Calista the Catholic and Memsab the lecturer with strap ons? Too tooo toooo funnee. And very accurate is my take.

diane - 28 January 2012

buh bye ………

what a wonderful dream … ;0) …. if only ….. who knows ….

5. BooHooHooMan - 28 January 2012

Is This Why US Rail Traffic Is So Strong?


Via zerohedge. Also explains Uncle Warrnes move into railroads.
A real business genius, there.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 January 2012

sure is good we didn’t use all that money to feed, house and clothe people

6. marisacat - 28 January 2012

Oakland Occupy is on the move, in a big way… hundreds in the street, hundreds of cops and Oakland has sent out a call for mutual aid…

Occupy promises, no matter what comes down they “will be back tomorrow”.

It’s been going on since about Noon, moving from place to place…

ms_xeno - 28 January 2012

Rock on, Oakland!


Madman in the Marketplace - 28 January 2012


7. marisacat - 29 January 2012

interesting tidbit… that Cockburn gleaned from the Romney tax docs:

The whole 65-minute speech will be forgotten in a week. It would have been far better if Obama had simply read out selected portions of Mitt Romney’s tax returns, perhaps with an aside on one number that jumped from the page. Though they have three large homes in Massachusetts, Boston and California the Romneys took a deduction of just above $20,000 in 2010 for domestic help. So who keeps those mansions up and running? Mormon volunteers? . . . . .

marisacat - 29 January 2012

hmm I just remembered, they have a vacation home in NH too.

8. m - 29 January 2012

Sheldon Adelson, who presides over a global empire of casinos, hotels and convention centers and is by some estimates worth as much as $22 billion, is a large financial source for Newt Gingrich.


9. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 January 2012

Solidarity Sunday – Wear Black Fight Back

Yesterday, Occupy Oakland moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education, medical, and housing services for the 99%. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds and mass arrests. The state has compounded its policy of callous indifference with a ruthless display of violent repression. The Occupy movement will respond, as we have always reponded: with an overwhelming show of collective resistance. Today, we take to the streets. Across the country, we will demonstrate our resolve to overcome repression and continue to build a better world grounded in love and solidarity for one another. All eyes on all Occupies.

marisacat - 29 January 2012

My local talk radio tried hard to gin up a backlash today to Oakland Occ…. BUT as it happens the cops arrested 3 reporters… in one nstance they declined, on the spot, to recognise a SF Police issued Press Pass – that reporter was actually from the local talk radio station, LOL…. two reporters were released from handcuffs (had been arested, but not transported or charged) one, an SF Chron reporter who had no police issued press pass, was transported and held for several hours before release.

Appalling. Occ made it inside City Hall and attempted to get inside at YMCA. Have to catch up today as I blew off the evening news last night, watched dvds…. It will all be rehashed on the news tonight… as media finds Oakland Occ a very hot topic.


marisacat - 29 January 2012

300 arrests over the night …

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 January 2012

stories I’m finding are all, of course, emphasizing the violence.

marisacat - 29 January 2012

one of the propagandistic things that is ongoing here… and has ramped up and been neatly and cosily embraced by older blacks and liberal whites (who, both, too many of them, are imo conservative and reactionary), a “criticism” is to compare Occupy to the Civil Rights Movement. Again we are forced into the path of All Glory to certain historical events. And a huge glossing over of history.

I find it utterly distasteful and very dishonest.

Madman in the Marketplace - 29 January 2012

disgusts me that people can’t see they’re all of a piece …

MLK did, which is the real reason they killed him (and Malcolm too, for that matter).

marisacat - 29 January 2012

the two things that were pushed this morning, between two women hosts…. Civil Rights Had LEADERS… people unafraid to be known…

Yes and how many were targetted and killed? I think it is a significant political reality and advancement, that Occupy will openly not identify the leaders. Which of course they Do have leaders.

I like the way Anonymous operates too.

And the other bullshite thing: CRM leaders and marchers were not whiners, they went willingly to jail. They knew the consequences.

Oh get over yourselves.

So much of the bullshite is sheer anger from operatives and thugs that the movement, whatever it is or is not, will not cleave to the Democratic party and go sit on R in DC.

What a waste that would be. Total waste.

ms_xeno - 29 January 2012

You only have to look at the “Left Wing of the Democratic Party” to see how useless such “leaders” are. Brand names to be exploited. Kucinich and the rest. All colors, genders, orientations. All in the end, without exception, self-centered assholes protecting Daddy Donkey. Fuck ’em.

marisacat - 29 January 2012

yeah exactly. I am so fucking tired of Barbara Lee I could die. Basically yet another “housekeeper” for the partay.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 January 2012

“It looked like a trap”
An Open Salon blogger gives a firsthand account of how the police beat and teargassed protesters at Occupy Oakland

When it was time to begin the second march, the crowd was probably back down to about 700. The group remained remarkably upbeat and determined. We arrived at the “alternate” building, and got herded away by the police. So people marched around, continually getting corralled and surrounded. I stayed behind, and the friend I was walking with noticed police coming at us from both directions. We decided to get out as it looked like a bad place to be. Our only exit was toward the police. On our way, an officer told us to turn around. I held out my homemade press pass and said we just wanted to leave. He told us we couldn’t and said, “You choose to be here.” He sounded pretty angry, and we were getting worried. We turned around, which basically meant we were heading right into the adjacent street where everyone was being corralled. But, the police veered towards that crowd, leaving enough of a gap for us to move past them and get out.

There was a wire fence on one side of the Occupiers, and some of them pushed it down and everyone escaped across a vacant lot. They ended up in front of the YMCA on Broadway. I heard reports that some protesters entered the building and ran out the back. A large group in front of the Y got surrounded by police. Many were arrested.

It was later reported that some people had broken into City Hall. I went down there and they had come out of the building and police were blocking it off. Someone burned an American flag, which I’m sure will be the most written about moment of the day.

I saw ambulances coming down the street. I saw a very young woman on the ground. She had been beaten earlier, and she had to go to the hospital. She was screaming in pain as they carried her on a stretcher to the ambulance. Apparently her only crime had been being present at the protest when she was beaten by the police.

I heard similar stories of the police randomly beating people or arresting them throughout the day, often just going for whomever was closest. The radio (KCBS) said over 300 people were arrested, which explains why by 11 PM there were so few people around.

11. marisacat - 30 January 2012



…. 😯 … 🙄

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