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Barrier 17 March 2012

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.

Israel: Palestinian workers cross a section of a separation barrier between the settlement of Modiin Elite and the West Bank village of Harbeta | Oded Balilty/AP



1. BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Tour Israel for the Holy Days! A real seller.

marisacat - 17 March 2012

We take protecting Jesus’ Homeland very seriously! Armed to the teeth!

2. marisacat - 17 March 2012



–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); actor George Clooney and The Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast; roundtable on Afghanistan with author and Afghanistan War veteran Wes Moore, author John Krakauer (“Where Men Win Glory”), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and executive director Paul Rieckhoff, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and the New York Times’ Helene Cooper

–ABC’s “This Week“: 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS); former Obama White House Deputy Press Secretary and Priorities USA co-founder Bill Burton, the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Obama 2012 reelection campaign Chief Strategist David Axelrod; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; roundtable with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, National Review editor Rich Lowry and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell

–“Fox News Sunday“: 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA); actor and humanitarian George Clooney and The Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast; roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, the Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and the Washington Post’s Charles Lane (substitute host: Bret Baier)

–CNN’s “State of the Union” (SUN 9am ET / 12pm ET): 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. Eklil Hakimi; roundtable with former Obama administration White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Bush White House counselor and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne; Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist; actor and humanitarian George Clooney and author, human rights activist and co-founder of The Enough Project John Prendergast; the Washington Post’s T.R. Reid

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources“: (SUN 11am ET): Roundtable with author Catherine Crier (“Patriot Acts”), the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and Current TV’s David Shuster; author and host of “The Daily Shot” Ali Wentworth (“Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales”)

3. BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

New York mayor backs Goldman chief
Bloomberg says even God would be criticised at bank

Oh you know, Bloomie and Lloyd and God.
Well, In riddling THAT criminally insane clown-car with bullets, I think I’d actually let God go. Afterall, Bloomie and Blankfindthemoney are sorta sayin
Don’t look at Us ~, see, , Foghorn Leghorn here……”
Remember Blankfein? Goldman “doing God’s work”
And Hizzoner now, offering the chosen Bloomsplooge of the day…

Pfft. A Jewish crime syndicate, global reach, what can ya say?

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Sorry ,link fails to pass thru. the header was available at FT.
Heading out now..

I see ts, got back at the end of last thread, warm regards and a quick recovery 😉

marisacat - 17 March 2012

The Schlomo Benitos are hanging together…

And why shouldn’t Gawddd be a suspect? (snicker!) That whole money changers temple steps kinda thing…

4. marisacat - 17 March 2012

oh for ts

Another thing, as I was whizzed around various departments at Cal Pac Medical Center, back in Nov Dec of 2010… over and over, the person in the bed next to me, would be brought in early afternoon, a case of morning scheduled, ambulatory minor surgery that had complications…

It began to affect me…. I realise it is all a bit chancey but it seemed there were too many of them…

Take it easy and mend…

5. ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

You can drive the snakes out of Ireland, but you can’t drive the fucking Inquisition out of Kansas.

Via This Can’t Be Happening. There’s a link to a donations page at the bottom if anyone cares to investigate further.

marisacat - 17 March 2012

It is pretty much open war on women and doctors in this country…. I’ve lost track of how many states are putting thru medieval laws and restrictions… with Tiller gone Brownback needed a continuing target, is my guess.

moiv believes that Sullenger, mentioned in the article, and others at the core of the OR movement either assisted, conspired or at the least knew full well what Roeder’s plans were….

One thing moiv mentioned back when Tiller was killed, was that a genetics board that is a referral point for these very very sad cases of damaged babies, where the parents often don’t know til mid term, and referred cases often to Tiller, refused to make a statement or defend Tiller’s work in any way when he was killed.

Many many states hve no one who will do medically necessary mid term abortions, or there is just one in a state …

But you know, as Roberts said as part of the oral argument record, when the horrible “pba” case came before the SC in 2007 or 08, “the state may indeed take an interest in these procedures”.

ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

Yup. And all President Schmuck has to do is take money and votes from the Automaton Feminist Brigade and let them kiss the hem of his garment and he gets to be “pro choice.”

An awful lot of feminists seem to have forgotten the connection between silence and assent, when it comes to Democrats. (I’m sure there are fresh rationalizations for this shit being aired daily in Feminist Blogland, but I don’t care enough to actually give the hack brigade any new hits, so I haven’t looked. Frankly, just the thought is enough to make my gorge rise.)

marisacat - 17 March 2012

He’s cosy’d up to a big pro lifer, the guy that owns Curves, the work out place for women… (so moiv said)

marisacat - 17 March 2012

Here we go, found it:

Obama Administration Partners with Anti-Abortion Magnate’s Gym

Curves, the women-only fitness chain, is an official government partner for National Women’s Health Week. Its CEO is a big supporter of anti-abortion causes. . . . .


ms_xeno - 17 March 2012

Oh, fuck. What a bunch of peabrained fucknuts there are in those comments. Yeah, dipshits. Don’t call Obama on his shit, just keep whining about Limbaugh… the TWUE enemy.

The same assholes who’ll paralyze any woman with righteous partisan guilt for daring to vote 3rd Party or stay home are DEFENDING this fucking CEO because we all just need to go along to get along and be bipartisan or some shit like that. They’re made of rubber. Any shape they can contort into in order to keep kissing the DP’s ass is a shape they can be happy in. “Curves” indeed.

MJ and its eternal apologia for Dems and its eternally loyal commenters are pretty much worse than useless by now… [scream]

marisacat - 17 March 2012

Well MJ and The Nation… and all of those are just collaborationist – nothing more nothing less.

BTW, The New Yorker, whatever one might think of its fiction thru the years (pretty laughable) it opposed the Vietnam war for 20+ years… NOW, just a DP arm. And who writes for it now? Little Ezra Klein…. who shipped out to print so much homoerotic slobber about Slob in 2007 – in ’08 too! -, that it was not funny.

ms_xeno - 18 March 2012

Last night, I was lurking on an LJ where they were mocking Melissa McEwan for her cult-like blog atmosphere. But of course halfway down the thread were the obligatory Obamapologists, whining that of COURSE he’s only protecting his daughters by telling the rest of the country’s daughters (wives, mothers, nieces, cousins) to eat shit instead of Plan B.

Cult vs. Cult. No matter where you go, it’s Always Good To Be Screwed By My Own Team, Just Not By That Other Team. Love the Democrats no matter how blatantly and repeatedly they prove they hate you. It’s THE RULES!!

marisacat - 18 March 2012

Interestingly there is a smattering of reporting around that he invokes his daughters, that in fact they both do, too much. An AP report started the ball rolling.

And he does. It’s distasteful… but his doing that, keeping his daughters somewhat front and center, gives rise to the apologists use of it.

diane - 17 March 2012

Oh but wait now honey, don’t get your panties in a twist , (as I was wizely advised once at the Big Dawg[&Essa], Foul Orange, by as many sociopathic faux wimmins as psychotic menz), President Schmuck lurves the wimmens … he has now seen to it that the US peeples know that Afghani women are, and have been stunningly violated (in an identical yet far more subtle paralell in the $UZ$) in the Afghan Prison Sytem …..

Look over there ….! (never mind those twelve wimmins and kiddles), …..Obombster and Crew (oh, ..and Bling Mickey too!)…they really really do! …..Lurve Us Wimmins and Kiddles!

diane - 17 March 2012

(oh for fucks sake, ….My Shame! ……. “parallel” … …Can you hear me now? , …I hate the fuckin: Nazi $Zionist$ Brits …)

ts - 18 March 2012

He only cares about the women in Afghanistan because it provides cover to keep us bombing them – or having some crazed four-tour soldier walk off the base and slaughter them.

marisacat - 18 March 2012

We’ve made ourselves into global slave patrollers… nothing else

marisacat - 18 March 2012

ugh I followed Jeralyn’s link to the NYT article… which was a mess. It presents us as the Afghn womens’ only hope. Geesh. Hardly.

diane - 18 March 2012

I got the impression, that he was advised to play that angle to bump up the wimmen’s vote here (good luck with that one mofo) and undermine all the death we’ve brought to Afghanistan, et al. I can’t imagine it being received well at all in Afghanistan, after that slaughter, and the history that’s preceded it, especially since whatever goes on in those prisons, he would have already been aware of, quite some time ago.

The $UZ$ has no business at all lectouring about incarcerations when they’ve got hideous detention centers in brutal regimes all over the globe, and have turned it into a massive For Profit Industry and an answer to the pesky problem of ‘undesirables’ here, which they in fact created and invented.

(I’m glad you finally got relief after the hideous go round with the $Med$ Industry honey.)

marisacat - 18 March 2012

hmm the Night patrol that finally did it (maybe!). They aren’t too happy over in Little Kabul, in Fremont, either…

diane - 18 March 2012

oh no, it was only a night patrol of one super human seal with goggles! Talk about ‘multitasking’ and Lone Wolfer scapegoating.

I’ve always wondered how that very large population of Afghanis (along with what seems a very large concentration of Russian Immigrants) came to be concentrated in, predominately Rethug, Fremont, Cali. Do you have some insight on that hon?

marisacat - 18 March 2012

WEll, the Afghan protests in Fremont made it to mainstream TV news and print reports, for several days now… but honestly other than register their protest…. which they should of course do… what else is there?

oh the Russians! Those crazies… The Russians are all along the Pacific Coast, top to bottom. Between the gangs the fucking fundie xtian Russians and so on…

ugh I got a swift first education in that group – that these are by no means the old days of “White Russians” who came ths way via Shang hai and or Paris -back in ’97 when my mother was in Mt Zion Hospital, on Divisadero street. Then, later, their on campus movements to work against gays and other groups (not too hot for women either)… when, for all the messes we create ourselves, there ARE laws and policies, federal state and campus policies that mandate at least the bare minimum.

ms_xeno - 18 March 2012

My guess is he’d also be foursquare for an all-genders draft, too. Except that he and his bipartisan cronies are scared shitless at the thought armed, angry women. (Assuming they think we poor, feeble minded dears are clever enough to point and pull the trigger. An awfully big “if,” I’ll grant you.)

marisacat - 18 March 2012

oh the old point and shoot! I think we are up to it… San Francisco is – or rather WAS – famous for younger wives “accidentally” plugging their wealthy old husbands.

I can still remember one from the early 60s “Your honor! I had never even held a gun before, I don’t know how it happened!”


However we game it, I think we are up to it…


I go back and forth on whether they have the balls to institute a full scale draft. My guess … No. It will go on like this, tho grateful for the relief provided by drones and special forces teams….

ms_xeno - 18 March 2012

I go back and forth, too. But looking at their discomfort with all those fresh young angry faces in Occupy, they may actually have enough hubris to think they can shut down anger in the lower orders by shipping future troublemakers off to gun down renegade Africans, or whatever.

It would be quite a roll of the dice, since invariably some of those they send will make it home, their interest in anything to do with nonviolent protest completely wiped out.

But given the colossal arrogance, stupidity, and entitlement of those in charge, I’d never say never.

diane - 18 March 2012

I’d imagine that they are aware they’ve already ‘produced’ so many potential ‘McVeighs’ on the voluntary enlistment front (which I think is the main reason why they haven’t brought them all ‘back home,’ especially since they know that their CorpGov Masters won’t be offering them liveable wage jawbs any time too soon (unless they are highly corruptable)), that they’d refrain from a draft unless they could ensure that they could never return, not to mention the fact that that they’ve been exponentially increasing the drones, bots and privatized mercs.

marisacat - 18 March 2012

putting the reply to this on the new thread….

6. diane - 17 March 2012

Last thread, thanks for that lead ms. xeno! Found it :0):

Mosquitos Doing The Furious Work of Fate

Seems Georgio Clooney “contracted” malaria whilst shilling Corporate’s propaganda, on location in the Sudan.

Georgio gets what he gets, and I for one will offer an anti-prayer of deep gratitude to the Erinyes, for their balancing act of bacterial love.


Some recent background, wherein in a guy who’s used to having cameras follow him around thinks aloud, with cameras rolling, that it’s a wicked good idea to have constant surveillance, with corporate sponsorship, over untrustworthy Africans who cannot possibly govern themselves [Re that directly preceding link: Oh, just fucking priceless, I guess Clooney’s ‘vocation’ as an obscenely wealthy Heir and Pretender qualifies him here: Clooney will monitor the movement of troops, whereas UNOSAT’s primary–and most flexible–prerogative is the monitoring of natural disasters… – diane]:

“George Clooney is joining Google, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the United Nations [jeesh, Eric must be feeling left out – diane] in an effort called the Satellite Sentinel Project to monitor violence and human rights violations in Sudan as the country prepares to vote on January 9 on whether or not to split into two nations–North and South Sudan.

[much, much more, and not to worry,…. the corvid eye didn’t miss Darfur!]

And now, … can we all just kneel in a silent moment of reverence (yes, “The Sweater Vestiture”s are welcome in this bipartisan affair, I certainly have mine on)….for Georgio … and the Google[plex], which, when the MIC gifted them with Keyhole/GoogleMaps , …. carried on the longstanding tradition of excluding Israel from that surveillance:

That’s because, in 1997, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, one section of which is titled, “Prohibition on collection and release of detailed satellite imagery relating to Israel.” The amendment, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, calls for a federal agency, the NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs, to regulate the dissemination of zoomed-in images of Israel.


Teary eyed, I remember that moment so very well, when our public servants, Big Dawg, and the $UZ$ Congress asked the US citizens at large whether they wanted an exclusion from being surveilled too ….and we all gave a rounding applause for Surveillance, Progress, Change, Hope, All Data Wants To Be Known! ….BOOYAH!

diane - 17 March 2012

Well okay, maybe I am just imagining that profound moment when:

our public servants, Big Dawg, and the $UZ$ Congress asked the US citizens at large whether they wanted an exclusion from being surveilled too ….and we all gave a rounding applause for Surveillance

Nonetheless …look how grand it all turned out to be …ain’t it swelll! ….BOOOYAH ……….

diane - 17 March 2012

Surveillance iz Fun, and Healthy! for THE Nation after all:

Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

By Troy Hooper Wednesday, Mar 14 2012

There were at least three CIA safe houses in the Bay Area where experiments went on. Chief among them was 225 Chestnut on Telegraph Hill, which operated from 1955 to 1965. The L-shaped apartment boasted sweeping waterfront views, and was just a short trip up the hill from North Beach’s rowdy saloons. Inside, prostitutes paid by the government to lure clients to the apartment served up acid-laced cocktails to unsuspecting johns, while martini-swilling secret agents observed their every move from behind a two-way mirror. Recording devices were installed, some disguised as electrical outlets.

To get the guys in the mood, the walls were adorned with photographs of tortured women in bondage and provocative posters from French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The agents grew fascinated with the kinky sex games that played out between the johns and the hookers. The two-way mirror in the bedroom gave the agents a close-up view of all the action.

The main man behind the mirror was burly, balding crime-buster George H. White, a Bureau of Narcotics maverick … He oversaw the San Francisco program, gleefully dubbing it Operation Midnight Climax.

“[White] was a real hard head,” said Ritchie, who regularly ran into him in courtrooms and law enforcement offices in downtown San Francisco. “All of his agents were pretty much afraid to do anything without his full approval. White would turn on them, physically. He was a big tough guy.”

American chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the brains behind White’s brawn. It was the height of McCarthyism in the early ’50s, and government intelligence leaders, claiming fear of communist regimes, were using hallucinogens to induce confessions from prisoners of war held in Korea, and brainwash spies into changing allegiances. What better way to examine the effects of LSD than to dose unsuspecting citizens in New York City and San Francisco?

The mind-bending laboratory on Telegraph Hill was called “the pad” in White’s leather-bound journals. White’s widow donated 10 boxes of his personal effects to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills after he died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1975. Now warehoused at Stanford, the journals, letters, and photographs provide a window into the mischievous life of a secret agent during the Cold War.

[ much more]

Anywhoodle, this pretty much sums the piece up:

Aside from Gottlieb’s scattershot visits, White, now a “CIA consultant,” had free rein over the S.F. safe houses. Ritchie says that White’s right-hand man, Ike Feldman, ran around dressed like “a hot-shot drug dealer.” Ritchie adds: “He tried to act like Al Capone.” The pad quickly became something akin to a frat house for spies. “Eight-martini lunches” were enjoyed regularly, White noted in his journal. And on some occasions he watched the dubious research unfold while sitting on a portable toilet a friend donated to him. It was his “observational post.”

(bolding mine, excluded the hyperlinks ™</b, as most, if not all, are not useful enough to take the time to provide the links)

diane - 17 March 2012

(sorry about that last parenthesized sentence, just meant to boldface “™”)

marisacat - 17 March 2012

I am pretty sure SF Weekly knows that is not new… but it can always get more play. Like all the houses, all the “experiments”, all the suicides everywhere…

diane - 17 March 2012

yeah, it can and should get more play, since it never got any in the first place …the Foothill (Community College!!!!!!) Stanford bit really made me want to put a metaphoric bullet through some mother fucker’s skulls.

marisacat - 17 March 2012

SF Weekly is not exactly a big blockbuster publication…. and those sorts of places were not rare… All kinds of papers are all over the place with tons of stuff in them. Hell Obama’s father’s papers have been down at… think it is Stanford, maybe even the Hoover Institute, along with tons of papers that probably should b in Kenya, as part of the independence history…

I think now they, that sort of operation, mostly exists for intell gathering and blackmail uses.

diane - 17 March 2012

(Drink up motherfuckers…



and scarfff that deformed wiener, ….like ya jus can’t get enough ………)

diane - 17 March 2012
7. BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Julian Assange to run for Australian senate

WikiLeaks founder hopes to enter politics in home country after discovering his ongoing extradition battle would be no bar


“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.

Assange has criticised Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s centre-left government for not standing up for him in the wake of WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US embassy cables in 2010.

Australian police have concluded that WikiLeaks and Assange did not break any Australian laws by publishing the cables, although Gillard has condemned the action as “grossly irresponsible”.

John Wanna, a political scientist at Australian National University, said it was possible for Assange to run for a senate seat if he remained on the Australian electoral roll, despite living overseas for several years.

“If he gets on the roll, then he can stand as long as he’s solvent and not in jail and not insane,” Wanna said.

Being convicted of a crime punishable under Australian law by 12 months or more in prison can disqualify a person from running for the Australian parliament for the duration of the sentence, even if it is suspended.

Henh. Henh-henh. 😀

Constitutional lawyer George Williams of the University of New South Wales said that provision of the constitution has never been tested in the courts in the 111-year history of the Australian federation and probably would not apply to a criminal conviction in a foreign country such as Sweden.

“I’m not aware of an impediment to him standing, even if he was convicted,” Williams said.

BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Sorry missed blockquote 😳 The last two paragraphs are from Guardian’s piece., too.

marisacat - 17 March 2012

I noticed the headline this morning at The Guardian when I looking for photos… I am glad. Gives him a soapbox outside the US…

diane - 17 March 2012

oh noesii :0) … ;0) … poor Brits!

(sigh, not that I like that motherfucker that much either (truth be told), … there are so many different flavours of wiener suckers……they appear to be infinite …)

diane - 17 March 2012

(some clarity: he loved Peter Thiel, PayPal/FaceScan, ..until he didn’t love him, at which point, it was way to late for all the suckers to realize what a Rethug/(DemRat) Mother Fucker Thiel is, …..in all of Peter’s desires to be the big Founder Papa of a Globalized, Cashless Bank Prison of all Bank Prisons.)

diane - 17 March 2012

(Just like some of the most quiet as a rat JP Morgan etc. Elves, who helped to shake and bake those magical algorithms, have “fanned out,” and are silently working on being big papas in industries like the oh so helpfully mundane, billion dollar, discounted goods/”coupon clipper” industry ….. you certainly won’t see them in the headlines, EVER (noessy! not even on Linked In (“In,” being the asses’ carrot), …until it is way too late to prevent that particular KINGDOM.)

8. BooHooHooMan - 17 March 2012

Speaking of gluing things together.
Note this offering….

IMF Staff Sees Potential Need for More European Aid to Greece

Just a little office chatter., nothing official you see.
Looks like Mme. LaGarde has repaired to chambers on this errant floater. The Staff sees , you see, a~problem, Houston.. Sorta like NASA Staff sees potential catastrophe after watching shuttle blow up on televised feed.

Obviously,there is just a bit more needed to fortify this all heyah. But we’re so close!

The built-up Bailout layers of loot expertly taped , moist-tissue-paper-togethered and, necessarily they say, pasted in place with skin and hair, to the poverty-vow base of which they’ve adhered more dough spackled on as overlay with , from the looks of things, executive suite cigar and cigarette butts, wads of chewing tobacco and the like, and, apparently, credit default swap panic shit of the cornfed Banker’s poo variety given the way the whole thing is running, What is needed here you see is simply a finish coat of cash stucco and we all can move in.
Avoid the exhaling tho, as warm breath of any kind will rend the edifice asunder….

marisacat - 17 March 2012

The staff?

well… OK if they say so!!

BooHooHooMan - 18 March 2012

I see the whole thing re-igniting before long.
On Mar 9, the ISDA ruled that defaults indeed were triggered

as some bullshit containment figgure ~ $3 Billion USD ~ was trotted out.

This Wednesday, March 14th, (the big story in the financials this week) Goldman Sachs head of EU derivitives Greg Smith resigned to much ado (and bullshit of his own) via parting shot featured on the NYT Editorial page ::

Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs

GS lost 2 billion in market cap by afternoon, declining towards 4% on Wednesday, precipitating damage control from Blankie and Cohn in response.. Subsequently other GS stakeholders are calling for the board to can the top two ( 2 billion just lost) as fears rise , and clients begin to flee. This comes in the last few weeks when there has been another round of “pursuing other interests” resignations at Goldman, Citi, and JPM.

Also set against this backdrop, the Feds say anyways, that they now have “for years to come” what the financial presses suggest are hundred of co-operating witnesses in ‘Operation Perfect Hedge’ – oh I know – we’ll see – but it all has created quite the stir down the ranks, all but oozing throughout Smith’s Little Lord Fauntleroy piece in the NYT.

There are many reports, again, we’ll see, but the dis-ease is evident ~ that indicate Goldman is soon to have managing directors charged on evil deeds.

pour example

The Wall Street Journal also reported a Goldman Sachs managing director is the subject of a federal insider trading probe, and Reuters said a previously disclosed Justice Department investigation of top banks over possible currency rate manipulation is a criminal probe.

Other reports following ‘Perfect hedge” suggests perp walks for up to 150 of the better dressed of Wall Street. Enh. I won’t holding my breath nor happy till they’re ALL losing appeals in jail.

All that said, The Smith letter, tho full of self serving bullshit and narrative of GS as noble cause gone wayward as of only a few years ago 🙄 (Smith has been there for twelve years) , IMO is a must read either way despite, or because of, his strenous ass covering and, if backstory is known to average reader, it being chock-full of thinly veiled threats to spill the beans on Blankfein, Cohn and at least 3 other mananaging directors. The boy says he has email and alludes to things throughout that have not closely reported in the daily press.

I had to LOL tho – as Smith is a Bar Mitzvah boy from SA, holding himself up bronze winner of table tennis games in Israel at what he calls the “Jewish Olympics”. Not exactly rugby, but ya know, Whatever.

My proudest moments in life — getting a full scholarship to go from South Africa to Stanford University, being selected as a Rhodes Scholar national finalist, winning a bronze medal for table tennis at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, known as the Jewish Olympics — have all come through hard work, with no shortcuts. Goldman Sachs today has become too much about shortcuts and not enough about achievement. It just doesn’t feel right to me anymore.

LOL…pretty clear… Smith is a snitch.as much as he is hedging: his whole piece tees up the idea of a reformed Goldman, sigh, if only, they could, you know, sigh, get back to the good ole daze ( uhm before – HELLO – he was running Goldman’s EU Derivitives,?) or before he joined the great firm 12 years ago . ..( Or ya know, in Ancient History, Yeh, like a millenia ago when Corzine was fronting the ole butchershop and diamond mine in the 1990’s)

But dig this.
His reference to the GS intern program and the video of interns is particularly creepy,
a bit of backstory necessary here, as GS , Citi and JPM had these “workout” conferences in Portugal and Spain between 2009-2010 attended by young hotties of the big firms derivatives desks with top brass from the TBTF and designated ministers thoughout the EU , fixers from the ECB, the ESFS, on so forth… A real flesh connoisseurs connection.

W/r/ the PIIGS bonds and deals struck in Spain, civil litigation subsequently ensued between the TBTF on the one hand and lesser EU banks, provincial and regional authorities now on the hook as counterparties to the marauders on the other. Numerous provincial fixers and lackeys turned out on the continent who put the fix in when the carving took place. People in the streets of Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon; Greece erupting in riots, political cover failing, prosecutors in the EU started poking around, particularly in the PIIGS. Sarko tried to run interference within France and thru the EC, wanting that the shaft be given to both the PIIGS and lesser French banks over the likes of Societe Generale and other nested continentals Paribus, Deutche, Credit Suisse, and of course the consortium of nominally US based banks behind the whole the thing. Goldman Sachs, Citi, and JPM.
Krautfrau and the Germans , not happy to be hustled, were (and still are) happy to have charges examined.

Within the year, as pushback and demands for documentation gathers steam in both civil and criminal cases over these deals, here in the States, there was this young banker at Citi Global Markets, barely out of the intern’s ball at Citi , barely back from the deriviatives desk intern’s ball at the Big PIIGS global workouts in Portugal and Spain ….and she takes a 40 some story header off a Trump building in New York and is swept quietly to pavement curb.

Ya wanna kicker? Jake Siewart, former Clinton Op toady, former Geither-at-Treasury toady in all his Ob Admin Lackey-precious-Lackeyness is landing at Goldman Sachs as their Global Director of Communications Look at Doody’s picture and tell me they are not circling the bowl. Bottom line, as of 2008 , and among all, GS was broke as counterparties to AIG and Lehman. They’re broke now getting sued out the ass, have criminal problems in the EU if not here, have reams of receivables that either can’t or won’t pay, with customers and middle org talent jumping while the getting is good. Hell they had to call in Uncle Warren with the 5 Billion dollar injection last year (which he promptly cashed out)
P R O B L E M S .

marisacat - 18 March 2012

I had to LOL tho – as Smith is a Bar Mitzvah boy from SA, holding himself up bronze winner of table tennis games in Israel at what he calls the “Jewish Olympics”.

Yes….not exactly the light and the way…

Even a small boatload go to jail… I just don’t see that it matters, much at all. So much damage has been done… and there clearly appears to be no desire at any level in this country for institutional change… the rate at which GS, as well as others, is a twin with our government … I think it is by far way too late..

BooHooHooMan - 18 March 2012

So. Ya dan’t tink rmuchuva cleaned-up Goldman wittanaBama second term? Oh Dear! Don’t you see?
It would clear the way for one of them anoonoo’s!
A new New Third Way! Full Partnership with the President
and the Chairman of his Economic Recovery Board!
Why, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan of course!

Yep. not much at all. Not here anyways, as there is this dynamic: Really a country on the skids, in such withdrawal that any small dopeshot,of justice will do, sating mind body and soul, maybe 5, 10 min before the killer nod sets in.

The disruption has value,the marketShiyat, As long as they have the Fed as print shop and book-cookery, there is no such thing as {Don’t Laugh Too Hard Now} “banking”, certainly not “savings”…. or.. “prudent reserves”?? Pfft. They don’t even need the Congress as long as the Fed is in place. Which every Fed Chaiman invariably points out in its Charter when giving people a sober, now patented “Go Fuck Yourselves “ They can counterfeit and loot at will. Thing is …so can everybody else. They can terrorize….so can everybody else. They have excellent communications diversions and and both digital and culture-jamming capabilities….so can everybody else. Which really freaks them out. They keep bumping up against obscelence, and the very commoditization and less than zero sum game of their own system. They need to make poverty striken two or three among present Loyalists to deploy an additional mook or two off the ass end of the police state gene pool just to keep treading water. Which by the end of things will be leaking into their networked communication surveillance cam rooms when Teddy from Tampa, Ned from Newark and Britta from Belgium, and Diedre from Dusseldorf move in on the Trunk Show at the Field Club..

Which reminds me..they REALLY got freaked out when people started showing up at restaurants and the Sotheby’s auctions. They know what the head-set is out here. They’ll throw the crowds a few bones before the farce in the fall…..

marisacat - 18 March 2012

Speaking of The Third Way, I read a couple of weeks ago that Daley, late of the WH, went to TW, sits on the board or leads it… or some such thing.


Yeah they are all so liberal, whether DLC or TTW…

So screwerewrerewdddddd

9. diane - 17 March 2012

Such a busy weekend, and once again caught short in being able to validly discuss, economic matters White Papers , across the pond, in any depth, I, once again, lazily revert, once again to the New World Pater Land:

corvids rarely rest (ask “Master” Poe):

Seems that a certain prayer to the Furies has come up short, and Georgio le Clooney is still using his acting talents to shill (perhaps inadvertently) for the eventual NATO militarization of the Sudan.

(a tip of the hoody, to “Jack,” ….. though …. I must say, ….. regarding the slack he allowed (and I thought I was sappy), I give Clooney far less rope, the motherfucker works on my last nerve; because, clearly wimmins, as Human Beings (I am not talking about dates and sex, are just window dressing for “Georgio,” …other than that, … his pet midget pig, can fill in.)

10. diane - 17 March 2012

where the fuck are my manners (I was certainly raised under the $UZ$ school/education scam, to have more respect for our Public Servants and our Speshul Daze), I almost forgot!

Happy Green/Austerity & A Rotted ‘Tater (or swallow your spit and go to bed), as the main course/Let’s Get Drunk Day!

diane - 18 March 2012

I’d imagine that even the non human bots, working the ghastly assembly line that produces that ghastly, razor sharp “fencing” (in the piccie) to ‘define the neighborhood(s),’ are wanting to get wasted, after so many nicks to their ‘cost cutting,’ highly polished, lurvingly devised, and oh so 24/7 productive bot digits (… hell, when we had human saps on that line, we kept having to mop the floor up after their fingers repeatedly got sliced off, and we had to pay the losers a wage on top of that …).

11. BooHooHooMan - 18 March 2012

reporting, em, ex post OWS facto – There was another run on
Zucotti Park tonite and Wall Street itself
{they’re so touchy over the security plexus)
~ 60 arrested, small at first, confrontational throughout,
as arrests began, the crowd swelled to 500, the cops 😯 finding need for backup

1:09 a.m. | Updated Scores of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on Saturday nigh as police officers swept Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan and closed it.

Dozens of demonstrators sat down and locked arms as officers moved in about 11:30 p.m. The protesters chanted “we are not afraid” as the police began pulling people from the crowd, one by one, and leading them out of the park in handcuffs.

The operation occurred after hundreds of people had gathered in the financial district to observe the founding of Occupy Wall Street six months ago. Earlier, protesters had embarked upon a winding march, after which police officers made initial arrests of about a dozen people near the park.

By 11:30 p.m., as police officers massed on Broadway, a commander announced that the park was closed. Those inside shouted back that the park was obliged through an agreement with the city to remain open. The commander then announced that anyone who remained inside would be arrested and charged with trespassing.

After clearing the park, police officers and private security guards began placing a ring of metal barricades on the park’s perimeter, as those who had been arrested were placed inside a city bus.

At one point, a woman who appeared to be suffering from seizures flopped on the ground in handcuffs as bystanders shouted for the police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention.

For several minutes the woman lay on the ground as onlookers made increasingly agonized demands. Eventually, an ambulance arrived and the woman was placed inside.

By 12:20 a.m., a line of police officers pushed against some of the remaining protesters, forcing them south on Broadway, at times swinging batons and shoving people to the ground.

Kobi Skolnick, 30, said that officers pushed him in several directions and that as he tried t0 walk away, he was struck from behind in the neck. “One of the police ran and hit me with a baton,” he said.

At the beginning of the afternoon, as protesters gathered under blue skies while carrying banners and signs, the day was in some ways reminiscent of the first time the Occupy protesters gathered in mid-September.

Just after 1 p.m., brandishing placards with messages like “Take back government from corporations,” the crowd left Zuccotti Park headed south on Broadway, chanting the now familiar slogan “We are the 99 percent.”

When the first protesters set foot in the financial district six months ago, few people imagined what would follow, including a two-month encampment in Lower Manhattan, similar camps in cities across the country and critiques of corporate greed becoming part of the national dialogue.

The movement was mainly quiet during the winter, but organizers said they were aiming for a springtime resurgence.

“It’s just a reminder that we’re here,” Brendan Burke said, as the crowd marched past the New York Stock Exchange. “It’s an opportunity to remind Wall Street that we aren’t going anywhere.”

In several respects, the march on Saturday was similar to the inaugural one. The crowd was on the small side but spirited and marched past the bronze sculpture of a bull at Bowling Green, which had served as a mustering spot for the first march. The marchers were accompanied by police officers on foot and on scooters who at one point blocked access to Wall Street, just as they did on Sept. 17.

And, as they did that day, the marchers made sudden turns that appeared to surprise the police and walked along Wall Street for at least a brief time.

At one point, several demonstrators stood on the steep steps of Federal Hall and chanted “1-2-3-4, I declare class war.”

Later, members of the group ignored orders from the police to remain on sidewalks and flowed onto parts of Exchange Place and Beaver Street. Later, on Broad Street, a deputy inspector turned to a sergeant and said, “We got to start collaring some.”

For the next 30 minutes or so, things remained calm as marchers stuck to the sidewalks and entered Zuccotti Park.

But then, just after 2 p.m., police officers began telling a large group of protesters that they could not stand on the sidewalk on a stretch of Liberty Street. Officers pushed the crowd until more than 100 protesters on the sidewalk were pressed against a wall that borders the park.

Then the police began grabbing and arresting people, taking into custody at least half a dozen. Officers surged into the crowd, dragging protesters toward the street, as people yelled objections.

“They were grabbing people randomly,” Zachary Kamel said, adding that his girlfriend, Lauren DiGoia, had been arrested while dancing on the sidewalk.

One sergeant grabbed a woman wearing a green shirt by the bottom of her throat and shoved her head against the hood of a car. A moment later, another officer approached and forcefully pressed her head against the car before placing her into the back of a police truck.

Over the next few hours, protesters conducted meetings inside Zuccotti Park and held a dance party fueled by a saxophone and a battery of drums. Sporadic moments of tension also arose.

At one point, the police arrested a handful of protesters on Cedar Street near Trinity Place. A few moments later, near Cedar Street and Broadway, a police captain pushed a man by the shoulders for almost a block, then released him when a crowd loudly demanded to know whether the man was under arrest.

The man, Charlie Gonzalez, 31, said that the captain had told him he was not permitted to stand on the sidewalk.

About an hour later, the same captain pushed another man several hundred feet east down Cedar Street, about a block from Zuccotti Park, and briefly detained him there.

That man, Yoni Miller, 19, said he was counting officers standing in rows near Broadway when the captain forced him to walk around a corner onto Cedar Street, then asked him if he was a terrorist or was planning any crimes.

Paul Moore, 25, said that he was videotaping the encounter when the captain asked him for identification and began pushing him away, telling him he was not permitted to document what was happening.

After nightfall, the number of people inside the park swelled to more than 500.

About 10 p.m., some of those in the park began a regimen of running and dancing that they called “spring training,” which they said was meant to prepare for coming demonstrations.

At 10:30, protesters sprung up a green tarp, folded over a piece of rope suspended from two trees near the center of Zuccotti Park. Security and police officers looked on from the perimeter.

Not goin away, just not.
Warm weather, people organized, well provisioned, plans in place…..

diane - 18 March 2012

Not goin away, just not.
Warm weather, people organized, well provisioned, plans in place…..


12. marisacat - 18 March 2012

Tom Morello’s Occupy SXSW Shut Down by Cops

By Benjy Eisen
Rolling Stone
March 17, 2012

Occupy at SXSW

I’d have put up a snip but it was a formatting horror…

13. marisacat - 18 March 2012

On the killings


RT has pushed daily that it was likely a group, tho reporting few details, so far.

I think it was a group – how could it not have been?… but I doubt Karzai will really pursue it, despite the showy peacock rhetoric.

14. marisacat - 18 March 2012



…. 😯

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