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Blue 25 April 2012

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

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1. diane - 25 April 2012

Speaking of geese (last thread), DUCK! PG&E’s power lines [1] are falling all over the place. … The malfeasance, negligence, …. absolutely stunning. ….

PG&E’ll make a ton of money (in perpetuity: initial fees of $75 dollars, then $5 – $10 monthly) extorting those who are well aware that the Smart!!!!! Meters they’ve ENFORCED, can be deadly. Let alone the ton of money from the layoffs of countless meter readers ….(Stimulus), but it won’t go towards maintaining the existing infrastructure, which actually worked extremely well at one time, now it’s becoming commonplace for a residence[s] to go up in a blazing inferno due to their malfeasance.

Yet their meters are Smart [and Clever], and everyone should just except the Change [or Die ] (that was a clever, typical, viciously cruel, book title by some sly con valley deformed dick sucker) meme.

‘One’ might have thought that the SF Gate[Keeper] and the Murky Nooz would have also included an editorial on the fact the PG&E was recently revealed to have paid it’s Supervisors bonuses !……to suppress evidence of faulty infrastructure, ‘one,’ …would be dead wrong.

We “Americans,” have been such SAPS …. for the target words: Change …and Progress.

1 To my knowledge, there had been no storms, the line just snapped, …then fell, …. on a typically Sunny Cali Day

marisacat - 25 April 2012

ugh I’ve accepted that PG7E will never be gone, we are stuck with them… they are deeply completely embedded into the City, whatever other counties they are in.. I know just South of us, Los Altos?, Los Gatos? I forget which town, they, when they had the chance, voted in a cooperative and pay much less than we do. I receive 20% off due to my income… and am thankful for it.


diane - 25 April 2012

I think most of Santa Clara County is likely stuck with PG&E. But, the City of Santa Clara (at least at one time: one of the wealthiest cities in the country) has it’s own utility, despite the fact, I would bet my life on it, some there, were/are highly invested in PG&E. I know of one incredibly wealthy (Catholic, likely Our Lady of Peace dweller, …. tons of progeny (jus’ like Dicky Sanatorium)) Santa Clara County resident, .. ex, or current (haven’t checked lately): Public Utilities Commission member, and also, a Bohemian Club member (not hearsay, fact, … from the horses mouth), and it wouldn’t surprise if he’s still invested in PG&E’s ‘welfare’ ..and either lives in the City of Santa Clara, or has moved out of the county, for knowledge of PG&E’s Stunning Malfeasance.

marisacat - 25 April 2012

That’s the thing, PG%E is a long time blue chip stock here. We will never be rid of it.

I have to say if an overhead line, for whatever reason why ever whatever….broke on my street, it would be the very last thing I would touch… no matter what or why it was down…

But then I don’t presume to understand electricity… it’s basically religion to me. Opaque….

diane - 25 April 2012

yeah, not a good idea at all, to get anywhere near a fallen wire, plug in a socket with wet hands, think that the non grounded adapter plugs on most techie gadgets (or lamps made in China (99.99999999999% of affordable lamps… (The other major option: Safe, Germany manufactured lamps, average at least $100 plus)) are safe, because they are not (despite sledgehammer legislation which forced everyone to pay to have perfectly grounded wall sockets), and should be unplugged when one is away for lengths of time, etc…. electricty can be deadly.

diane - 25 April 2012

(For the youngsters out there, before the advent of wireless devices, when the populace was being shamed, or forced (via their “occupation”) into having the latest of gadgetry, they were also forced to add multiple electrical receptacles which plugged into a home, or apartment’s, wall sockets.

At one point (which point, …. has been totally forgotten now, in the United States Of Amnesia) all that could be purchased in terms of outlet extensions had one prong larger than the other, legislated due to concerns over proper electrical grounding.

Stunningly, none of the outsourcing Techie companies were required to follow that safety procedure, nor, apparently, were lamp makers in China which have never been required to follow the safety laws which put US lamp makers (outside of maybe, the elite, non-affordable for most …. lamp makers) out of business because they couldn’t compete with the prices of deadly lamps from China.)

marisacat - 25 April 2012

I am delighted to have electricity… nobody HAS to buy the latest gadget.

Why on earth would Chinese follow safety rules? We barely do. Then again, who wants Chinese dry wall? Just one example.

I notice they luv to talk about the Musicians Village in NO, but neglect to mention that whoever Connick and whatshisname contracted with used Chinese dry wall. And true to form, in time it did its disgusting thing…

diane - 25 April 2012

No, they don’t have to buy the latest gadget. Unfortunately, the more that do (and many really are sickeningly, insidiously, pressured by the occupation they are in), force obsolence of perfectly good technologies on the rest of us, like digital versus the wonderful analog, …. smart phones , etc. ….

diane - 25 April 2012

Why on earth would Chinese follow safety rules? We barely do.

Well, many here did, of course they’ve been put out of business, …so I would qualify the “WE.”

diane - 25 April 2012

… of course I should further clarify that yeah, indeed its non tax paying, $UZ$ domiciled, obscenely wealthy multinationals, Incorporated in Delaware, …who have put anyone concerned with making a safe, truly useful, helpful ..device, out of business here.

(not to let the vicious powers that be, in China (I mean really, one allowed industry being: anchoring the dead floating down the major rivers, and charging a fee for identifying as to whether it’s one’s loved ones or not, while the Chinese elite live like Emperors and Empresses, murdering, and selling victims organs, …at will) off the hook. All one really has to do, is spend time around Chinese nationals, imported here ……. by the shitload, to realize what a dog eat dog mentality presides in China.)

marisacat - 25 April 2012

it’s a different country.

I see a wide range in Chinese, both newly arrived, Chinese nationals, those dispersed in the Chinese diaspora… and thru the US citizen generations…. the same range I see in all people. The problem is th CW, the media push is for the always studying, sagacious, silent, INSCROOOTABLE Chinese.

It is so much more than that.

But you know, I am just a stupid blonde white woman. Comes iwth its own descriptive tag. Just as wrong.

diane - 25 April 2012

I was referring to an Ugly Governing/Monied Factor, and $$$$connected visas, versus an ugly ‘nationality.’

diane - 27 April 2012

I am delighted to have electricity ….

[?] So am I, I just don’t want to be ‘eloctrocuted’ with it. I don’t think what I posted, indicated that I thought electricity should be banned, or something, …at all. I was pointing out the fact that it can be deadly, … sans maintenance and concern for safety. …

marisacat - 27 April 2012

Did you see the latest on PG&E… it made me laugh frankly. Turns out, after months of back and forth and other “stories” that there is no ‘Control Room Surveillance tape” from the night of the big San Bruno explosion.

diane - 27 April 2012

(And at that, following your lead about the danger in fooling around with fallen electrical wires :

I have to say if an overhead line, for whatever reason why ever whatever….broke on my street, it would be the very last thing I would touch… no matter what or why it was down…

Did you think I was saying I hate electricity hon? if so, why?)

marisacat - 27 April 2012

No, I am saying he never should have touched the line.

diane - 27 April 2012

Turns out, after months of back and forth and other “stories” that there is no ‘Control Room Surveillance tape” from the night of the big San Bruno explosion.

Can you fill me in on this, hadn’t read about it (in that specific wording). I do get,…that people were incinerated (if they weren’t Alpha Jogggers), and that about 30 plus homes were incinerated too.

marisacat - 27 April 2012

well obviously the State and other entities want the tape from that night… for a long time the “story” was tht it had been accidentally recorded over. NOW the story is, the set up, camera and recording were not working that night… and for however long it may not have worked.

Yes people died in the San Bruno explosion. 38 homes were burned to the ground and a load of others damaged… I think it was 8 dead and however many injured.

diane - 27 April 2012

… he never should have touched the line.

Yep, …and reading the piece again honey:

San Mateo — A 55-year-old San Mateo resident was killed Friday evening when he tried to move a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line that had snapped and fallen across a parked car, a PG&E spokesman said.

The victim, Enrique Tello, was injured at 6:30 p.m. on South Norfolk Street near Kehoe Avenue. He was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said San Mateo police Sgt. David Norris.

PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said the utility was investigating the cause of the downed power line. He said customers who see such a line should assume it is energized and stay away from it.

“This was a tragic accident and a tragic reminder that if customers see a downed wire on the street, the best thing to do is stay away, keep others away, and call 911 and PG&E so we can make sure the line is de-energized,” Swanson said.

The downed line cut electricity to roughly 3,500 customers in the area. Most service was restored by about 10 p.m. Friday, Swanson said, with 70 customers going without power until 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

It’s not clear what he touched: …tried to drive the car out from under the wire …and touched a metal door handle? ……. brushed up against the old ‘metal conductor’ filled car?; …. standing in a teeny remnant of a puddle of lawn sprinkler water, ….. used something he thought wouldn’t conduct electricity? …. yeah, …. a lesson …. to be very, very …. careful …when dealing …with …that kind of POWER …..

marisacat - 27 April 2012

I am not blaming him but gee whiz don’t touch the line or anything the line is touching.

diane - 27 April 2012

yeah, you’re right, that is the bottom line honey:

gee whiz don’t touch the line or anything the line is touching.

diane - 27 April 2012

I believe it was over eight deaths (and that seemingly small count: only because many were At Work [likely, unpaid for, Overtime]), as those who were partially incinerated, died a gruesomely slow death (after that ‘counting’ of deaths …. rapidly dropped, from the SFGateKeeper and Murkey Nooz , Headlines!!!!!!!), the immune system shuts down with major burn wounds, and is very, very hard …. to revive again. …….

marisacat - 27 April 2012

oh it has never stopped being covered, ever. It was updated often…

Reliably we got almost as much updates on San Bruno as on Brian Stowe (I found it odd he was covered so intensely for over year, but finally fading now)

diane - 27 April 2012

….oh it has never stopped being covered, ever. It was updated often

‘Covered’ for thoseof us with the time, and ability (like you or I) maybe to read between the lines (on page 23), but not near enough as it should have been.

By HEADLINING, DAILY , the Malfeasance,…in “Hard Copy,” most particularly (since far more are mostly disconnected from the Nets as near anyone on the Nets has ever acknowledged), and “On Line,” the Murky and SF GateKeeper would have been able to stop PG&E in it’s tracks, and I believe they had the power to do so …. and FAILED; …. perhaps, deliberately so …… on the parts of their respective, birds of a feather (or the better fed rodents, of a communal garbage heap), OWNERS.

marisacat - 27 April 2012

oh please… the ship has sailed on pg&E. Entities like SF Chron and SJ Merc won’t b taking it down. One thing that was reported across the media and several times in all venues was the cosy association betw the CPUC, PG&E and the State.

marisacat - 27 April 2012

fwiw, the wiki link to the San Bruno PGE explosion

diane - 27 April 2012

Well honey, I guess we differ as to whether they could have done a lot more than what they’ve done to bring PG&E down. …..And why then, bother with any form of protest? If the cogs in the wheels of, ideally public serving, Entities like SF Chron and SJ Merc won’t b taking it [PG&E] down, or, at least, finally, biting down, daily and viciously, on the hands that’ve historically spoon fed them, why bother with..Occupy, …etc., ….. if the fuckers (PG&E, et al …..) are that very powerful (despite the, stunningly ironic, fact that they are so overwhelmingly outnumbered)?

marisacat - 27 April 2012

Come on diane… that major newspapers, the Chronicle NEVER any good and the SJ Merc a shadow of what it once was (and let’s not glorify its past, either) are co-opted, fully part of the system has no bearing on the citizenry taking to the streets.

Think courtiers…. vs revolution. Just because there are courtiers there should be no revolution?

Anyway talking about the big presses is pretty much antiquated.

diane - 28 April 2012

I wasn’t vouching for how good either of them are, or have been (which is clear from my numerous comments above about their pathetic lack of consistent Editorials regarding PG&E’s corruption).

What I’m saying, is that it is in their power to apply a lot of force. They certainly have more voice than most of the population. They certainly have the power to front page DAILY, the corruption and inequality in Cali, if they were courageous enough, but they rarely do. I know I’m not near the only one who would start regularly reading their paper (hardcopy, or online) again, if there were anything of value in it.

marisacat - 28 April 2012

I think MS press has very little power, frankly. They long ago, before cyber playland, began to be little more than intelligence gatherers, intell gathered and used or held, for their own purposes. IMO.

diane - 28 April 2012

Oh I totally agree that the media owners are and have been intel gatherers for their own purposes. I was thinking on the lines of their worker bees revolting, but yeah, the odds are slim and I’m sure many of the best worker bees have left or been dumped.

(by the way, just visited Jeralyn’s site and it seems it’s become infested with white gunslingers for Zimmerman since she posted an unsettling bit about gun lovers, along with an even more unsettling piccy. I’m betting many of the regular posters there were wishing they could have posted a mirror pic of two black couples, both slinging rifles and either holstering a handgun, or ambidexterously holding a rifle in one hand, …a handgun in the other! Of course they’d have a real hard time finding a piccy like that. From the comments:

What a bizzaro thread/post. Half advertisement, half pean to gun rights.

G’night hon)

marisacat - 28 April 2012

Yeah I saw that thread, had not had a chance to open it yet… I am reading loads of sites to follow Zimmerman v Trayvon, as it happens, including hers… I have no problem with Jeralyn’s take…. and as long as she sources, links and provides good sized snips (shich she does), her own posts have been useful…but wow what a maniac on ‘staying on topic’, as in very narrowly defined AND deleting comments for all sorts of reasons…

diane - 28 April 2012

I have a ton of respect for Jeralyn as far as the practice of her vocation, I can also imagine that her vocation can be very lonely and filled with overwhelming stress while defending those who a large part of the public is ready to hang, without calming down to even bother with the actual detail and facts.

That being said, I find her off work personality: unsettling; unkind; and vapid. For bleak amusement, one could check out the April 25 New Season of American Guns on Discovery Channel post .. and then check out the thread starting out with her “Friend”’s (from the The Bachelor, a vile reality show) comment number four. He seems to have an obsession with vigilantism and appears to have had a very bad experience in a bathroom. His very clear take, appears to be the crux of why so many condemned Zimmerman. I think Jeralyn will come to regret having posted that ‘thread,’ it really undermines her excellent record of sticking to the known facts; and despite the fact that I really don’t care for what appears to me to be her personality (to me), I feel bad for her for having made that mistake.

And yeah, her recent comment deletion fever is ugly.

marisacat - 28 April 2012

hmmm there is a dark side to criminal defense…. most, if not all, but sometimes with surprising exceptions, of the clientele is at the mercy of the atty. Further, the attys, too often, know they will never have to deal with a losing client or one they poorly served/represented, in Real Life.

So no criminal def atty gets an automatic pass for their noble work. IMO….

UGH I hate BOTH sides of the damned gun argument. Anyway the argument is lost, big time, if one means to refer to the idea of restricting guns, handguns, assault weapons or the whole damned thing. I paid close attention fr months and in the aftermath to the 2002 DC sniper case then later to the VTech killings and the aftermath. There is no ‘reeling in’ guns in this society.

I heard an interesting statistic from a representative of the one of the more recent groups formed…. some alliance of Big City Mayors who oppose ‘Illegal” guns, meaning, I guess, unregistered guns. Unfortunately Bloomberg is on board, big time. 😆 Kills it dead for me, rather like having Sharpton be your chosen and much complimented spokes person. Dead dead….

ANYWAY the rep said that the numbers of homes iwth guns and the number of registered guns in the nation is going down. Surprising… except I think more and more is simply not registered. From criminals (meaning convicted felons) to non criminals, who frequent the gun shows or buy off the record from gun shops (which happened in the DC sniper mess).

Best of luck is all I can say…

diane - 28 April 2012

From Jeralyn’s friend’s comment number four :

Guess Its a good thing I didn’t walk the other way and call the police and had my handy TOOL …

diane - 28 April 2012

UGH I hate BOTH sides of the damned gun argument

So do I. Personally, I doubt I will ever pursue ownership of a fire arm;…and after my Oscar Grant Murder protest, doubt I could own one if I wanted to. On the other hand, I can perfectly understand why many in the populace have historically, and currently, felt/feel the real need to arm themselves against the hideous powers governing our, what looks to be, inevitable doom.

marisacat - 28 April 2012

BART police are too incompetent to b allowed to carry guns, they should be restricted to tasers…. those are bad enough. However Oakland and San Francisco cops are hardly better, it is a mess all around.

diane - 28 April 2012

(and yeah, no criminal def atty gets an automatic pass for their noble work. IMO, despite my respect for Jeralyn’s law practise, I quickly came to feel that she’s ultimately in it for the money (I used the word, Vocation, attempting to take the high road) …. and (in younger years) the photo ops; ….i.e. she won’t be doing any extensive studying up on the stunning lack of ‘legal’ representation in this country, anytime too soon. And frankly, with her current, clearly invited, infestation of ‘posters’ …. I’ve gotten very vague whiffs of the Attorneys of the type responsible for Diane Whipple’s death …in the recent undercurrents of her ‘site’.)

marisacat - 28 April 2012

ugh the two attys in the Diane Whipple case were way way out in the far field. They were approaching certifiable. Jeralyn, whatever one thinks of her opinions is nowhere near that…. And if one followed that (whipple death) for months, into years, it became clear that Knoller had been abused over the years by her husband. No excuse in that for what happened, Whipple died a horrible death and it was Knoller who mostly walked the dogs and did that day…. too often she took those huge Presa Canarios to the damned roof for their “walk”. Where they all lived is just two blocks from me and i Know the building well… so I followed it.

IMO the two attys were well past being able to offer legitimate legal representation, one reason their “clientele” was who and what it was.

Jeralyn does loads of careful research, I just keep in mind her skew on Zimmerman. One reason the case is so interesting is that both camps just run around, reinforcing their stereotypes and vehemently refusing to look at all sorts of tidbits, dribs and drabs that fill out the case.

diane - 28 April 2012

I did use the words very vague whiff, … and again, I’ll point to that, over the top Cute White Perfect and Armed to the Teeth Against “Imperfect” Enemies!!!!!™ Gunslinger post she made, along with her very clear tolerance level (versus her tolerance level for faithful posters) for her current infestation of vigilantes, to back up why I made the comment.

Those Murderer Attorneys were thoroughly steeped in White, Male Dominated, Supremacy, … and White, Male Dominated, Supremacy … was exactly what I took from that ugly Gunslinger post Jeralyn made.

In re: Male Dominated: honestly, it’s pretty clear, for anyone who has been a long time reader, that Jeralyn has never had a kind word to say about women who don’t suit her standard of being physically perfect and monetarily successful – be they white, or otherwise – despiste the abysmal lack of representation that woman have in society. (And I get that woman aren’t any better than males, but they are certainly treated far, far more shabbily, as a group.)

marisacat - 28 April 2012

In re: Male Dominated: honestly, it’s pretty clear, for anyone who has been a long time reader, that Jeralyn has never had a kind word to say about women who don’t suit her standard of being physically perfect and monetarily successful – be they white, or otherwise – despiste the abysmal lack of representation that woman have in society. (And I get that woman aren’t any better than males, but they are certainly treated far, far more shabbily, as a group.)

Well I have no idea and frankly don’t care…. she can like the Wyatt family and their business and watch the Bachelor/ette shows, etc. Hell, I loved the cable series Dog for the first couple of seasons…. I watch all kinds of things that are not upper crust or PC – that are def mittel brow. I lOVE slasher movies, which are mostly about bloody kills of women…

I have never used “feminist” for myself as I mostly dislike the dishonesty of most of the women that have used it over the decades I have paid attention.

I only read her when something big comes up like this, that is part and parcel of legal argument. But I am reading loads of attys on all sides of this. And godammit the Left looks all but dead most certainly drained of blood, on this all they want is the simplest most racist simpleton storyline…. Poooor 14 y/o Trayvon, thin and slight and Horrible child killer fat white Zimmerman.

When Diane Whipple died I subscribed to the Northern Cal legal paper for a while, The Recorder as it had loads of info that did not make the mainstream local press.

Her’s is a Dem party blog, basically in love with Hillary, I can’t see why I would read it for politics.

diane - 28 April 2012

Her’s is a Dem party blog, basically in love with Hillary, I can’t see why I would read it for politics.

I never read blogs for their politics ..I read them only in a search for the better side of humanity ..and I see it many times in the most ‘unexpected’ places …I’ve seen it enough times via the commenters at her blog, that I return there.

diane - 25 April 2012

(And you can bet …. that there are no cheap and dangerous Chinese [etc.] Lamps, ..in the multiple residences of those Liar Philanthropists, such as BIlly The Prick Gates[Keeper], Al GORE , Billy The Penis CLinton, Gramps Buffet, Namaste Dick The Prick, Hub of DiFi, etc. , … who allowed that travesty, … under the auspices of giving a leg up to poor third world “folk” (whom have, mostly now, forfeited the land they once owned and could at least grow food on, at one time ), who are now being displaced by bots, …in the cities they moved to … to mass produce those new lamps and techie gadgets …. )

diane - 25 April 2012

(not to leave the ReThugs out of that condemnation (noting those infamous, DemRat connected, names); because, as the DemRats … demure to the more Overt ReThug Brutality, the ReThugs … Demure to the Covert DemRat Cruelty [$UZ$] Teamwork.)

marisacat - 25 April 2012

Technology is just another religion, once it is obsessive.

diane - 25 April 2012

it certainly isn’t what feeds, waters, shelters, ….. provides joy. ….just like Religion never has, …it’s the self same trap. …… as you say honey, just another Religion, ….. sigh.

wu ming - 28 April 2012

yolo came within 2% of leaving PG&E and joining SMUD a few years back, but PG&E deluged us with ads and various string-pulling. one of these years we’ll be rid of those bastards.

diane - 28 April 2012

that must have been infuriating to get that close to getting rid of the fuckers, yet end up stuck with them.

marisacat - 28 April 2012

The last time anything to do with PGE came up here on a vote, just a couple of years ago, they dumped something like 26 million into ads…. (and string pulling and buying off people and and )

diane - 25 April 2012

The SF Gate Keeper:

San Mateo — A 55-year-old San Mateo resident was killed Friday evening when he tried to move a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line that had snapped and fallen across a parked car, a PG&E spokesman said.

The victim, Enrique Tello, was injured at 6:30 p.m. on South Norfolk Street near Kehoe Avenue. He was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said San Mateo police Sgt. David Norris.

PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said the utility was investigating the cause of the downed power line. He said customers who see such a line should assume it is energized and stay away from it.

“This was a tragic accident and a tragic reminder that if customers see a downed wire on the street, the best thing to do is stay away, keep others away, and call 911 and PG&E so we can make sure the line is de-energized,” Swanson said.

The downed line cut electricity to roughly 3,500 customers in the area. Most service was restored by about 10 p.m. Friday, Swanson said, with 70 customers going without power until 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

The Murky Nooz

Live PG&E power lines fell over the Caltrain tracks while trains were running on the Peninsula Monday evening, knocking out service for an hour, though no injuries were reported.

Caltrain reported delays for its last round of late-night trains after at least two power lines fell over the tracks at Angus and Huntington avenues in San Bruno at 9:25 p.m. The tracks re-opened around 10:30 p.m.

PG&E said an auger on a crane operated by an unnamed third-party construction crew hit the power lines. About 600 homes and businesses in the area lost power, though about half of those customers regained electricity by 11 p.m. and the rest were expected to get their lights back on by midnight.

(well okay perhaps it was the construction company in that particular case, ALTHOUGH … the Murky is well aware of Outright PG&E lies and have been Mute in terms of Editorials on the Magnitude of Stunning Malfeasance, …. just like they’ve been Mute on the Stunning Cruelty and Inequality …… of the Big Valley, …Cali …(all of the homeless are homeless because they were mentally ill!!!!!), and the $UZ$.)

(bolding mine.)

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2012
3. BooHooHooMan - 26 April 2012

John Edwards staffer was in ‘love’ with the candidate, testimony reveals

Mere coincidence? – –
That I haven’t been posting so much since the trial? 😆 😆
My Man! LOL

marisacat - 26 April 2012

Pity people can’t get it… Edwards is what politics is…. he is not “worse” than Slob, nor is Slob “better” than Johnny Cakes.

4. BooHooHooMan - 26 April 2012

Hmm. Charles
Taylor found guilty in the Hague.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was today found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity by supporting brutal Sierra Leone rebels in return for blood diamonds.

International judges in The Hague were delivering verdicts against the 64-year-old warlord-turned-president.

Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said prosecutors have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Taylor is “criminally responsible” for aiding and abetting crimes by rebels in Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war.

Taylor had pleaded not guilty to 11 counts, including murder, rape, terror and conscripting child soldiers.

Lussick said Taylor provided arms, ammunition, communications equipment and planning to rebels responsible for countless atrocities in the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war. Lussick called the support “sustained and significant”.

Taylor stood and showed no emotion as Lussick delivered 11 guilty verdicts. A sentence will be imposed later.

Taylor faces faces a maximum life sentence, to be served in Britain.

His trial ended a year ago and judges have been considering their verdicts ever since.

Taylor is the first African head of state convicted by an international court.

He may not be the last. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is also jailed in The Hague awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed as he attempted to cling to power last year after losing a presidential election.

The same court also has indicted Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on charges including genocide for his regime’s brutal crackdown on rebels in Darfur. Al-Bashir remains at large in his country, which does not recognise the ICC.

The verdicts are a watershed moment for international justice. The only other head of state convicted by an international tribunal was Karl Doenitz, a naval officer who briefly led Germany after Adolf Hitler’s suicide, and who faced justice at Nuremberg.

No tears for Taylor, but I won’t be holding my breath about that “watershed moment” for international justice. A mine shed, maybe.
Another oil platform, or AFRICOM base likely.

marisacat - 26 April 2012

Taylor is the first African head of state convicted by an international court

… and he won’t be the last…

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2012

It’s time to replace the dictators with ruthless technocrats, so now Africa can be exploited not just for its natural resources AND cheap labor.

marisacat - 26 April 2012

whatever our goal, the ICC is part of it.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2012

Bail is Busted: How Jail Really Works

Lauren DiGioia’s face was stony and impassive beneath bright blue hair as she was brought into a courtroom in handcuffs on March 18.

At 2:30 the previous afternoon, DiGioia, 27, had become the first person arrested by the New York City Police Department during Occupy Wall Street’s six-month anniversary at Zuccotti Park. DiGioia was taken in for dancing on the public sidewalk outside the park after police told her not to.

“Four police officers forced me to my knees,” DiGioia recalls. “They put the zip cuffs on really tight, and then they threw me in the paddy wagon.”

DiGioia was initially taken to the Seventh Precinct, but because she was being charged with resisting arrest along with disorderly conduct, she was moved to central booking and thrown into a cell holding about 35 other women. Charismatic and garrulous, DiGioia was soon talking with the other inmates.

“A lot of the women I met that night were in on really minor charges,” she says. “Marijuana, petty theft, getting in a fight in a nightclub. They were sort of shocked that I’d been arrested for dancing on the sidewalk, but it didn’t surprise them because they see stuff like that in their marginalized neighborhoods—people stop-and-frisked and profiled for the way they look.”

After a night and the better part of a day in jail, DiGioia looked tired in court as the assistant district attorney read out the charges. Her lawyer said she didn’t wish to make a plea, and the judge ordered her released without bail until her next hearing.

“One coming out!” a court officer shouted as another unlocked her handcuffs and pointed her through the gate to the court gallery.

DiGioia cleared the swinging doors, and a dozen fellow protesters sitting on benches in the gallery stood and moved, arms outstretched, toward her. As DiGioia approached them, her composure cracked and collapsed, and she broke down, doubling over in tears and falling into their arms.

The group moved quickly to the hallway outside of the court, where DiGioia tried to explain to her comrades that she was fine.

“I’m OK,” she insisted. “I’m OK. It’s just . . . the other women. I met some amazing women in my cell last night, and I just know they’re not going to have anyone waiting for them when they’re arraigned. They’re not going to have a lawyer. They’re not going to have anyone posting bail. They’re not going to have anyone watching. It’s not right.”

A few weeks later, DiGioia was more composed while describing her experience but clearly still affected. “It was just really sad to see the difference,” she says. “We were all there together at first, but then because I had a lawyer and access to bail and they didn’t, we went down these separate tracks. I watched a lot of women get left behind, and it broke my heart.”

As the Occupy Wall Street movement has introduced a new young generation of mostly white, mostly middle-class activists to civil disobedience, arrest, jail, and the inner workings of the criminal-justice system, they’re learning firsthand what New York’s poor, black, and immigrant communities have known for years: The criminal-justice system is rotten.

Stop-and-frisk policing might be the highly visible doorway into the system, filling jail cells and court dockets with poor black and brown New Yorkers on mostly minor charges. But it’s in court—and specifically at arraignment—where the full discriminatory weight of the justice apparatus is brought to bear.

It is a central tenet of American justice that as these arrests enter the court system, people are innocent until they are proved guilty. But the open secret of New York’s criminal courts is that there simply aren’t enough judges, prosecutors, and hours in the day to give each of these defendants a fair chance to prove their innocence, to challenge the evidence against them, and to mount a defense.

New York’s criminal courts are underfunded and overwhelmed with cases—more and more of them misdemeanors and minor offenses as the NYPD pursues its so-called broken-window strategy.

If even a fraction of those presumed innocent fought their cases in court, the system would grind to a halt. To keep things moving, judges and prosecutors need defendants to plead guilty to something as early in the process as possible. And the single most powerful tool to extract a guilty plea is the threat of bail.

In the state of New York, bail can only legitimately be set for one reason: to ensure that a defendant will return to court for his or her next hearing. But everyone who works in criminal justice in New York City knows that’s not what’s going on at all.

For no particular reason other than institutional habit and a fondness for round numbers, bail in New York is generally set in increments of $250 and, more commonly, $500. In 40 percent of cases where bail was set in 2010, it was $1,000 or less.

Some people wouldn’t have much trouble coming up with $1,000. If they don’t have it themselves, they have friends, a family, and a community that could scrape it together. But those aren’t the people who make up the overwhelming majority of criminal defendants.

In 2010, only 17 percent of those held on $1,000 or less made bail at arraignment. The rest stayed locked up. Some posted bail later, but half of them remained in a jail cell until their cases were disposed of. The figure is almost as bad for people held on $500 or less: Forty-four percent of them—all presumed innocent, remember—stayed in jail until their case was decided, simply because they couldn’t make bail.

Jail is an unpleasant place to be. But avoiding a pre-trial stint at Rikers is only one reason many defendants would rather plead guilty to a lesser charge and walk out of court with nothing more than a criminal record and a sentence for time served.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 April 2012
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2012

The Invention of Jaywalking

Public opinion was on the side of the pedestrian, as well. “There was a lot of anger in the early years,” says Norton. “A lot of resentment against cars for endangering streets.” Auto clubs and manufacturers realized they had a big image problem, Norton says, and they moved aggressively to change the way Americans thought about cars, streets, and traffic. “They said, ‘If we’re going to have a future for cars in the city, we have to change that. They’re being portrayed as Satan’s murdering machines.'”

AAA and other auto clubs turned first to the younger generation, financing safety education programs in the public schools that were designed to teach children that streets are for cars, not for kids. They funded safety patrols that taught kids they had to stop for traffic, not the other way around.

One key turning point, according to Norton, came in 1923 in Cincinnati. Citizens’ anger over pedestrian deaths gave rise to a referendum drive. It gathered some 7,000 signatures in support of a rule that would have required all vehicles in the city to be fitted with speed governors limiting them to 25 miles per hour.

Local auto clubs and dealers recognized that cars would be a lot harder to sell if there was a cap on their speed. So they went into overdrive in their campaign against the initiative. They sent letters to every individual with a car in the city, saying that the rule would condemn the U.S. to the fate of China, which they painted as the world’s most backward nation. They even hired pretty women to invite men to head to the polls and vote against the rule. And the measure failed.

They also got Detroit involved. The automakers banded together to help fight the Cincinnati rule, according to Norton. “And they remained organized after that,” he says.

The industry lobbied to change the law, promoting the adoption of traffic statutes to supplant common law. The statutes were designed to restrict pedestrian use of the street and give primacy to cars. The idea of “jaywalking” – a concept that had not really existed prior to 1920 – was enshrined in law.

The current configuration of the American street, and the rules that govern it, are not the result of some inevitable organic process. “It’s more like a brawl,” says Norton. “Where the strongest brawler wins.”

marisacat - 28 April 2012

So insidious…. reminds me of the street battles way back, against the normalisation of the Y M Christian A… from atheists and the just wanna be left alone crowd. People went to jail.

LOL I like narrow streets that invite jay walking… and once, in LA in the 70s, I had stepped off the curb at a downtown cross walk, at night leaving a restaurant, to get ready to dart across at the green light. A parked cop car put a light on me and using a bullhorn told me to get back on the curb.

Right now I am watching the battle between motorists, byciclists and pedestrians. it’s moving to knock down drag out.

Full Speed Ahead!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 April 2012

keep everybody at everyone else’s throat …

8. marisacat - 28 April 2012

😆 🙄

I am pretzel! Hear me squirm!!

GG on Slob and MJ. And raids…. AND a quick link to Sully covering for Slob. Gee, I’d worry if Sully were covering my ass. (Tho I am safely not his love interest! type!! Thank you Jesus!!)

(He also links back to where Slob generated the comments highlighted, Jann Wenner in RS and I must say he was oily on CBS this week, slobbering all over Slob)

diane - 28 April 2012

I loved this:

That’s about as vivid an expression of the President’s agenda, and his sense of justice, and the state of the Rule of Law in America, as one can imagine. The same person who directed the DOJ to shield torturers and illegal government eavesdroppers from criminal investigation, and who voted to retroactively immunize the nation’s largest telecom giants when they got caught enabling criminal spying on Americans, and whose DOJ has failed to indict a single Wall Street executive in connection with the 2008 financial crisis or mortgage fraud scandal, suddenly discovers the imperatives of The Rule of Law when it comes to those, in accordance with state law, providing medical marijuana to sick people with a prescription.

9. diane - 28 April 2012

Daily Headlining of such disgustingly common (historically) realities as this:

Still Fighting 3 comments

Things are looking very bad right now, but I’m not giving up. I can’t give up because of the dogs. If it weren’t for them, truthfully, I don’t know. I’ve had a tough life and I don’t see it getting any easier. And I’m tired of fighting. So damn tired.

To be honest, when I got so sick last month that I thought I might die, once I got over being scared, it was almost a relief. Not because I want to die. I don’t. But because dying would put an end to all the pain and misery and worry and stress and fear and the constant struggle just to survive another month.

Obviously I’m still here, but that doesn’t mean I’m all better. I try to ignore the pain as best I can. I can’t afford to be sick and I certainly can’t afford time off to take care of myself.

While I have no freelance work at this time, I have been able to find a job. Not a good job, mind you. No, it’s another contract job. No benefits. Part-time. I’ll be lucky to pick up twenty hours a week and I’ll make less than $10 per hour. Before taxes. Speaking of which, we were able to get an extension on filing our tax returns. We don’t have a penny to spare right now, let alone the hundreds of dollars we owe the IRS in self-employment tax.

Now, it’s true that the 15.3% we owe is really just FICA (payroll) tax for the self-employed, but that doesn’t change the fact that:

• These taxes are horribly regressive.

• Tax credits/deductions for working poor people are woefully inadequate; that’s especially true for working poor people without (human) dependents.

• We don’t make enough money to cover our rent, food, and bills, so there’s certainly nothing left over for taxes.

Anyway, back to my new job. I’ll be doing work for one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the US, but rather than hire me directly (perhaps with a decent salary and benefits), they have put a third party in charge of hiring independent contractors. This, of course, is part of a larger trend. Why deal with employees who expect benefits, bathroom and lunch breaks, sick leave, etc., when you can hire the same people as independent contractors and pay them only for the time they actually spend working?

I’m about to complete my nine days of unpaid training. Yes, you read that right. Unpaid. During these nine days, we’ve had to pass a battery of tests, and everyone in the small group of people who made the initial cut is incredibly nervous about messing up and losing out on this “opportunity.” The words “I really need this job” were uttered a lot this week. These are all bright, articulate, college-educated people and they’re desperate for a part-time job that pays $9.50 an hour and offers no benefits. No wonder the Powers That Be aren’t motivated to do anything about the unemployment/underemployment situation. This is working out great for them!

My beloved Balou is very, very sick. We didn’t expect him to make it through the night, but he’s still here. I don’t know how much longer. I hope he’s not in too much pain. I can’t allow myself to think about what’s happening to him or I’ll break down and start sobbing uncontrollably. Other than stay with him as much as possible, I’m afraid there is nothing I can do to help him now. And I have one more test to pass. Gotta stay focused. Somehow.

This is why the phrase “shared sacrifice” makes me want to punch someone. There’s nothing “shared” about “sacrifice” in this country (or most countries, I suspect). If you’re rich, you never have to sacrifice. If you’re poor, all you do is sacrifice.

I hate that I had to spend what was probably the last week of my beloved boy’s life training for a low-wage job I may only be able to work for a few weeks. Because, at this point, we won’t be able to pay our rent and will be evicted. And no home means no job, at least in this case.

So why even bother? Because, what else am I going to do? Give up? If (enough) money does come in from somewhere, this job, inadequate as it is, at least gives us something to build on. Unfortunately not too many people read this blog anymore (can’t say I blame them, given the lack of regular posts) and I realize most of you are also hurting financially in this economy.

If you’re a blogger with a more sizable audience (or, for that matter, if you’re friends with such a blogger), I’d really appreciate it if you/they would mention our situation. Whatever you feel you can do to help.

(to my mind), is what would ‘sell’ “papers” (and surely there is way to make that workable in terms of the environment, versus the Cloud owned database of eternally revisable/erasable/disconnectable nooz …being fed to captive 24/7 traced Smart Phones)

As much as he pisses me off at times, I think Lambert sure got that concern right.

diane - 28 April 2012

(though, as usual, I find Lambert’s choice of wording, self serving, pretentious, fake and chilly …)

marisacat - 28 April 2012

So many people are suffering. And too few are facing what the future holds. No matter who becomes pretzel it is all about to get much much worse.

If I were young I would leave this country and if I had children I push them out of this country.

diane - 28 April 2012

what country would you go to, or suggest, hon?

I used to favor New Zealand, ..until reading a bit more on it (not that I’ll be going anywhere, with my family and loved ones all here … and unable to move.)

marisacat - 28 April 2012

well there are several possibilities… but since I am not going, I don’t waste time on research.

Above all else, somewhere that is not planning to bleed the home country, the domestic GDP, for a hundred years of foreign war. Which is what is coming for the US of A…. somewhere that does not have mass, long term, life term incarceration (much less death penalty). Our per capita incarceration is a global scandal.

Somewhere with a mixed capitalist – socialist system….

And so on.

ts - 29 April 2012

Oh, but there’s GOOD NEWS, sez our liberal paper of record! Health care spending is flattening out… because people can’t afford to see doctors anymore! And because people with expensive chronic conditions are being kicked out of the program! Let’s have a hallelujah!

marisacat - 29 April 2012

Of course I was stuck in the damned bed, but my neighbor who visited every day would tell me – as I was shuffled from floor to floor from ICU to Medicine to Cardiac, to then next “visit” ICU-CCU then to Cardiac…. that while there were tons of nurses and doctors and aides around, there were few patients. major medium sized city teaching hospital….


Thanks for the link….

marisacat - 29 April 2012

omigod what a depressing and horrible and misleading “report”.

ts - 29 April 2012

That’s what I thought, too. I hope my sarcasm was dripping enough on the first comment.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

oh yeah, it was clear…


marisacat - 29 April 2012

the comment thread is great, people really punching back at the NYT.

ts - 29 April 2012

Yeah, lots of people saying how sick in the head people have to be to think that’s good news. NTIM – we’re just expenses to be minimized now in the mind of the chief finger-wagger.

Interestingly, I had an unexpected conversation with a coworker. She and her husband are originally from India, probably 30 years combined working for the Federal Government. She mentioned they’re seriously thinking about moving back to India, and their/our occupation is in great demand. The pay would be only about 60% of the U.S., but the cost of living is about 30%. I mentioned I was thinking the same thing vis-a-vis Taiwan. Unless you’re rich or have a lot of family support, it’s just no way to make a living here.

It’s not getting better. The attitude now appears to be “if you get anything, it’s gonna come from taking something away from somebody else. No mention about certain segments that always seem to be getting the getting.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

Unless you’re rich or have a lot of family support, it’s just no way to make a living here.

Absolutely true….

BTW, there were three older theatres in the inner East Bay, that showed Bollywood movies. ALL three are shut now. Obviously the recession had a big effect on many groups, but it/the recession is not the whole answer.

Loads of people have evaporated back to where ever they came from or where ever they might find a chance to make a stake of some sort….

Pew Hispanic is claiming a large retrenchment of numbers of immigrants from the South…. a literal return to Mexico. Not certain how much I believe it… but there it is.

ms_xeno - 29 April 2012

Some idiot in the comments is still carrying on about how it means we just need to get the GOP out of gummint. What part of Pelosi and Baccus and the rest KILLED single-payer over the protests of Americans do these dipshits just not get?! Do they never pay attention? Or do they genuinely enjoy being constantly shit on, so long as it’s by “cultured” Democrats?


marisacat - 29 April 2012

Or do they genuinely enjoy being constantly shit on, so long as it’s by “cultured” Democrats?

yeah I think that is it!

diane - 29 April 2012

I can’t get past the NYT firewall on it (probably a good thing).

Must be flattening out the same way the [Magic] Unemployment Figures flatten: people pushed into permanent unemployment and Declared No Longer Looking For Employment!!!!, even though (to my knowledge, unless there are certain states that are an exception) it’s a Blatant Lie (has been for at least decades). When people run out of unemployment benefits there is no later government follow-up as to whether a person is still looking for a job, never has been to my knowledge, they’re simply Declared No Longer Looking For Employment!!!!.

In more Brave New World nooz, a chart comparing The $UZ$ cost of BASIC CARE Health Insurance to other countries. The $UZ$ rate for ($5,429) is over twice that of the second most obscene rate, and a staggering 690% of the average of the sixteen countries it’s being compared to by Deutsch Bank. (Telling that they’ve left out Portugal Italy I reland Greece and Spain, as those masses have already been written off.)

diane - 29 April 2012

(vaguely amusing that Australia, the UK Prison Colony, has that second most obscene rate to the $UZ$, the UK A Republic!!!! Capitalism!!!! Scam (Based on Free Slave Labor And Massive Decimation and Theft of Native North Americans) Colony.)

diane - 29 April 2012

(Having never been to Australia, I imagined that the Unkown Terrorist, written by Richard Flanagan, might give a good feel for some of the stunning brutality going on …… down under. Caution, it is depressing as fuck.)

marisacat - 29 April 2012

the thread is more interesting than the chart.

Which makes no effort to compare various country systems….

diane - 29 April 2012

all sorts of sunk details in the comments …which our current, absolutely no time to ponder, bot nanosecond based: phrase an entire history in two sentences or less … or, you will be thoroughly …totally ..DISCONNECTED FROM R SYSTEM.

how many billions of the human species have cried out as they were thrust into a horror:


you have never, ever ….desired the truth to be uttered.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

the chart is meaningless… I am surprised Naked Capitalism put it up…

diane - 29 April 2012

well, one would have that that at least they would have highlighted that Deutsche Bank signator, for those who surely (in their fearful ‘world’) …. missed it. …not to mention their direct source of that chart.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

well the thread noticed the source, it is up to people to, ffs, read. It’s just not a worthwhile compilation.

It’s stupid to have Germany (or France or the UK or Japan, etc) with high level care under a structured system, compared to the whole of China. where many people have no care but what their families can pay for…

It’s like the big flap a year or so ago (two years ago?) on comparing the scores of China vs US in some global assessment of students (I forgt the acronym of the testing scores). After weeks, months of high pitched screaming it turned out it was select results from Shang’hai, arguably long different from most of China, up against generalised US scores.


diane - 29 April 2012

well I do think sometimes many have so much going on in their lives, that they are literally unable to do anything but scan, and so while I do get READ!!! ….many simply are not allowed to READ!!! and maintain a roof over their heads at the same time. Therefore, it really helps when things that should be highlighted, are highlighted, .. and yeah, they did acknowledge the source ..which might have prompted the poster to investigate further, instead of taking it at face value, ….yet, apparently, they didn’t.

10. diane - 29 April 2012

Diseased insanity:

U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

By David Axe April 27, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

The fighters join a growing naval armada that includes Navy carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers plus patrol boats and minesweepers enhanced with the latest close-in weaponry.

It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq Boeing-made F-15Cs flew air patrols from Saudi Arabia, …


(bolding mine)

diane - 29 April 2012

(it’s really been bugging me that I let this: It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East. go undissected (when I boldfaced that entire phrase)…and held in utter contempt. I just, initially, boldfaced that part to emphasize that the Obama Admin is every bit as vulgar as the predecessor, ‘Admins’ have, ..historically, been. It is far, far more complex (yet simple ‘math’ for sadists) than: It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East.)

marisacat - 29 April 2012

I think the whole world knows full well what the US is up to and they either want to sign on for a share of spoils (they think) or they want to somehow avoid us or long range they plan to take us on…. Obama is barely worth noticing. It’s the country and the people who run it.

Or did you expect him to be a different hireling?

diane - 29 April 2012

Or did you expect him to be a different hireling?

Nope, I didn’t, and called him a Trojan Horse from the jump.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

Yes but didn’t you vote for him? How did you manage that one?

diane - 29 April 2012

yup, which is not at all the same thing as having any kind of faith in him whatsoever. Obviously I managed it in a bizarro world with a sick stomach and much shame and embarrassment, in retrospect, at allowing myself to fall into that one or the other trap; at least you won’t find any commentary on my part, on the nets, or otherwise, urging anyone else to “follow my lead.”

diane - 29 April 2012

(one thing, I’m not embararressed by (in the political realm), is that I registered as an independent, never, ever, as a DemoRat. YET never, ever, slobbered over Tzarina Ayn Rand et al, …… never, ever, voting for those parties highlighted as Independent™, Libertarian, Bircher derived, etc., on “the ballot.”)

diane - 29 April 2012

(sigh, figures, that kind of day ..actually, that kind of life, …embarrassed, …not embararressed (at least I don’t think so).)

diane - 29 April 2012

And never, ever, vote ReThug.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

And never, ever, vote ReThug.

LOL neither had I… have I, not even Tom Campbell who ran well to the right [ooops! 😳 EDIT: he ran to t he LEFT of Dianne] of DiFi (haven’t voted for Dianne since ’78). But then, by now, I regret all my votes for Dems. What a fucking mistake.

I voted against the Recall… but also I had never, ever voted for Grey Davis, over the years. Never for Gavin either and he had been the supervisor for my district….

Hardly mattered, any of it. NONE of it matters.

marisacat - 29 April 2012

my funniest most amusing story about Ayn Rand is that when older and ill, she hired an attorney to obtain federal benefits for herself.

Kinda sticks a big ol’ meat cleaver in her mess of ideology.

diane - 29 April 2012

I’m sure St. Ayn justified it by ‘calculating’ what she felt was the amount she had unfairly paid for other peoples ‘safety nets’ while totally omitting her major role (as the Vicious Greedy Nasty Icon she was worshiped and followed as) in their misery, and totally omitting a, more than likely, entire adult life of Income Tax Evasion to the tune of far, far more than any other ‘Welfare Queen’ (other than herself) could possibly dream of.

diane - 29 April 2012

The one thing ReThugs, Libertarians and DemRats ( :0) ) will never acknowledge – as they batter, fingerwag (and once again (if it ever really stopped) toss in Debtor’s Prisons) about Personal Responsibility!!!!! – is that the extent of their tax evasion, and extortiion from the public coffers, in any given year, …..far, far exceeds ….the unlivable chump change someone might receive from unemployment, disability, whatever remains of welfare, and most certainly, Social Security Benefits and fucking MeddyKare. …

11. diane - 29 April 2012

Radioactive: “Revelations” …. half a century later:

April 27, 2012 5:44 am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Like a dark family secret long suspected but never confirmed, the shock of discovery is all the more lurid for coming into the light years later. So it is with the news of radioactive material released into the air — at levels higher than any seen in the nation — at closed nuclear fuels plants in Armstrong County [PA].

Incredulity feeds the first reaction: Surely this could not have happened. But apparently it did, according to good authority.

That would be Joseph P. Ring, a Harvard University radiation safety officer who teaches at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts. He wrote a 37-page report that was filed Tuesday as part of federal lawsuits brought against plant operators Babcock & Wilcox Co. and Atlantic Richfield Co. by about 90 cancer victims.

The plants operated in Apollo and Parks Township from 1958 through 1984. Mr. Ring found “numerous large-scale releases of ionizing radiation into the neighboring environment” during the operating lives of the plants. The emissions added up to “the largest quantity … of any nuclear facility in the United States.”

But putting dirty plants in neighborhoods –– something that should never have been done, Mr. King wrote — was only one part of the equation. Worse yet, he cited internal documents that said the operators knew of the problems that began with faulty construction but never did enough to stop them.

These [of course, aren’t] revelations are not news to those who live near the plants — after all, they are the basis of the allegations in the lawsuits. Patricia Ameno, a plaintiff in a previous round of litigation, told Post-Gazette reporter Rich Lord that, due to health problems, “A lot of people have lost not only their entire savings but their homes.” Families have been torn apart by illnesses and deaths, she said.

The lawsuits, brought by plant workers and neighbors in 2010, are before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster, who will have the ultimate say on Mr. Ring’s report and other expert opinions filed. But on the face of it, what happened at the old plant sites seems an outrage

Bastards, and no surprise, the powers that ultimately speak for the Post Gazette, go on to note that the Post Gazette still supports an industry which has ravaged so many of Pennsylvania’s never, ever been represented, citizens; then they go on to finger wag at rethugs, when it’s actually the whole nasty stinking lot of them, rethugs and demrats.

(bolding and bracketed comments mine)

marisacat - 29 April 2012

These [of course, aren’t] revelations are not news to those who live near the plants – after all, they are the basis of the allegations in the lawsuits.

Yup… plus look how intensely segmented is Japanese society over nuclear power. One would think, trying to be [irrationally] rational, that Japan is one country that would reject nuclear power plants. Not so…. even now, many think it happened “elsewhere” inside a small country.

Good luck!

12. marisacat - 29 April 2012

ugh… why oh why did I bother with the Sunday Soaps today…. it has literally given me wretched indigestion… as FOX (no worse than the others) moves from Sec guy Brennan to the Osteens.

The Osteens I really cannot take… so am moving to any one of several DVDs I have have…

omigod, what a country.

13. marisacat - 29 April 2012



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