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September 28, 2009

163 new species were discovered last year in the Mekong delta.

All of these rare animals are already endangered due to climate change.

But the world isn’t going to do a damn thing about it.

Because the powers that be have decided that it is more important to for fat Americans to have a wide selection of cheap plastic shit to throw into landfills.

Maybe a shark will eat somebody today and even out the score a little.

I hope it’s Lloyd Blankfein. Then maybe Ben Bernanke. And Dick Cheney for dessert.

That would be a start.

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  1. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 8:15 am

    Ha! A man named Dalton Chiscolm is suing BofA for 1,784 billion, trillion dollars!

    Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America’s customer service — really, really unhappy.

    Chiscolm in August sued the largest U.S. bank and its board, demanding that “1,784 billion, trillion dollars” be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $200,164,000 court papers show.

  2. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 9:18 am

    Zelaya’s return to Honduras has not been peaceful.

    Over the past few days, reports poured in from Honduras of the use of sound devices and chemical warfare in attacks on the Brazilian Embassy by the Honduran coup. The use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) has been confirmed by observers and journalists. Numerous photographers have also documented their use.

    ~snip~

    These devices are described as a “non-lethal weapon” produced by the U.S.-based American Technology Corporation. They emit painful sound at 151 db. with a range of 300 meters on land, and are used in situations of war and to control demonstrations.

    While acoustics weapons have been used over the past several days, on Friday the Armed Forces sprayed the Embassy with poisonous gases and by some accounts pumped them into the building through the drainage system. The Honduran News Network reports that First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya climbed a ladder to ascertain the source of the attacks and was sprayed with chemicals. She and others in the Embassy are reportedly experiencing bleeding as a result of the effects of the chemicals.

    So if the US is not supporting the coup leaders, can somebody explain how they got their hands on these shiny new US-produced weapons????????

  3. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 9:30 am

    Good recap of the police state surrounding the G-20 protests from Bill Quigley.

    The G20 in Pittsburgh showed us how pitifully fearful our leaders have become.

    What no terrorist could do to us, our own leaders did.

    Out of fear of the possibility of a terrorist attack, authorities militarize our towns, scare our people away, stop daily life and quash our constitutional rights.

    For days, downtown Pittsburgh, home to the G20, was a turned into a militarized people-free ghost town. Sirens screamed day and night. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies. Gunboats sat in the rivers. The skies were defended by Air Force jets. Streets were barricaded by huge cement blocks and fencing. Bridges were closed with National Guard across the entrances. Public transportation was stopped downtown. Amtrak train service was suspended for days.

    In many areas, there were armed police every 100 feet. Businesses closed. Schools closed. Tens of thousands were unable to work.

    Four thousand police were on duty plus 2500 National Guard plus Coast Guard and Air Force and dozens of other security agencies. A thousand volunteers from other police forces were sworn in to help out.

    Police were dressed in battle gear, bulky black ninja turtle outfits – helmets with clear visors, strapped on body armor, shin guards, big boots, batons, and long guns.

    In addition to helicopters, the police had hundreds of cars and motorcycles , armored vehicles, monster trucks, small electric go-karts.

    There were even passenger vans screaming through town so stuffed with heavily armed ninja turtles that the side and rear doors remained open.

    No terrorists showed up at the G20.

    Since no terrorists showed up, those in charge of the heavily armed security forces chose to deploy their forces around those who were protesting.

    We have met the enemy and he is us.

  4. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 9:33 am

    Two good articles today on the overwhelming and blatant hypocrisy of US foreign policy.

    Paul Craig Roberts – More Lies, More Deceptions.

    Glenn Greenwald – A glossary of terms in foreign affairs.

    • Stemella permalink*
      September 29, 2009 8:43 am

      Glenn was on a phone interview from Brazil on Dylan Rattigan’s show this morning. He was forthright and open in expressing his doubts about the official govt line on Iran. He mentioned how if you look at actual action instead of rhetoric, the US and Israel were the biggest regional threats. Some doofus from the Washington Post was shocked that Glenn could say such a thing outside of the govt approved script. It was awesome! Good for Rattigan for having Glenn on. I hope he has him again.

      After listening to the orchestrated layout of this story with Obama’s press release on Iran’s supposed nuke weapons plant, the same skeptical bullshit detector I had when Col. Powell held up that vial of powder at the UN went off. I am no fan of Ahmadinejad or the Iranian regime, but I don’t find any reason to believe this latest kabuki from the D flavored version of our fascist overlords.

      It is good to know that Glenn’s bs detector went off too. Not to mention Roberts! He really packs a punch … a counter punch! ;)

      • cometman permalink*
        September 29, 2009 11:29 am

        Of the people I read regularly, Greenwald is the most objective writer I’ve come across, including myself ;)

        I’m no fan of the ayatollahs either, but this business of some rigged elections being terrible and needing “regime change” to fix while at the same time the US ignores coups when it suits the purposes of the oligarchs, is complete bullshit.

        And I keep hearing about this Rattigan person lately. What network is he on and where did he come from? He does seem to be speaking the truth lately which is surprising for a corporate media guy. Makes me wonder if he’s really serious or some flack at the network thought the actual truth might get better ratings. Hopefully he keeps it up and keeps his job and his employers don’t go Phil Donahue on the guy.

      • cometman permalink*
        September 29, 2009 4:25 pm

        Just watched the video of the interview that Greenwald posted on his site. Kind of sad that the voices of reason like his are so hopelessly outnumbered, especially when supposed liberals like Arianna Huffington are taking Israel’s side and banging the war drums. Amazing to me that near the end Rattigan and the other guest went out of their way to counter Greenwald’s remark about those who refer to Iran as “evil” by getting so defensive and making sure that people realized that they hadn’t specifically called Iran “evil” today.

        They knew damn well what he was referring to. And his point couldn’t have been more clear – that the US and the talking heads on the TV demonize Iran for things that the US and Israel do practically every single day.

        • Stemella permalink*
          September 29, 2009 5:20 pm

          So, now you’ve answered where Ratigan’s show is, MSNBC. I first saw him during the market crash on his show on CNBC called Fast Money. At the time he was one of the only creatures on that network who seemed to be speaking the truth about then Treas Sec Paulson, GoldieSux and AIG. Here’s a youtube of him from back in Oct 08, so you can see what I mean

          He eventually quit the network in a rage, but was lured back with the offer of his own show to take on the politicians. His politics are fairly centrist, but he does at least address the corruption system wide. He often asks good questions and has some decent guests now and then, like Greenwald and Taleb. For the MSM, I’d say he is at least watchable.

          Also, just today he had a guest post over at ZeroHedge: Why would we let then rig the game?

          I’m glad you saw the interview with Glenn. The MSM still can’t handle the truth regarding the Middle East. I’m afraid we are watching the initiation of the next phase of the neverending war for oil.

          • cometman permalink*
            September 30, 2009 12:12 pm

            That was a very good clip and good post too by Ratigan. After hearing from and about him lately, it isn’t surprising that he quit the cheerleader network.

  5. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 10:50 am

    Brief rundown of the latest Sibel Edmonds revelations where she accuses US and foreign agents of espoinage and recounts an alleged affair between IL Rep. jan Schakowsky and a female Turkish agent.

    Schakowsky denies Edmonds’ claims of an affair and equates her with the “birthers” despite the fact that she has been called credible by several other members of Congress.

    Edmonds responds by calling for Schakowsky to join her in an investigation of the facts.

    Edmonds’ website reports that Marc Grossman has been the subject of a decade-long investigation by the FBI.

    And Chris Floyd has a great post which mentions the Giraldi/Edmonds interview – Curtain Call: Grim Glimpses of the World’s True Workings. Definitely worth reading all of that one.

  6. cometman permalink*
    September 28, 2009 11:04 am

    Here’s one for the reading list – Nomi Prins has a new book out on the banksters called It Takes a Pillage.

  7. Stemella permalink*
    September 28, 2009 5:21 pm

    Awesome Gecko Zard. Sorry he isn’t long for this world.

    I share the sentiments regarding the shark bait.

  8. cometman permalink*
    September 29, 2009 6:26 am

    For some reason I get the same sense of satisfaction hearing about art heists as I do when people get eaten by sharks. It’s not that I’m necessarily overjoyed when these things happen, but they do bring a sense that some balance has been restored to the world.

    Well nobody got eaten by sharks yesterday, but there was a sizable art theft reported.

    An art bandit made off with $27 million worth of paintings — includings works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt — from a Pebble Beach home on Friday, and now the owners have offered $6 million in rewards for the capture of the Thomas Crown-like thieves.

    Thomas Crown-like thieves huh? I saw that movie and that was a pretty complicated heist. Those guys had to do a lot of research and planning to pull that one off. Let’s look a little further into the article to see how these criminal masterminds did it.

    The heist occured at the rented home of A. Benjamin Amadio and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh, who were living there temporarily while they looked to buy a new home in the area.

    Amadio said the pieces of art hadn’t been hung since they were just renting the home.

    ~snip~

    “I think the people that stole it number one knew what we had, and two, probably had buyers for the artwork before they went to take it,” Kennaugh said. “I think chances of getting it back are slim.”

    Kennaugh also said the artwork was uninsured because hardly anyone knew about his collection, which is why he thinks it was an inside job.

    So let’s see, you leave $27 million worth of uninsured artwork from pretty recognizable artists just lying around on the floor as you move from place to place. I don’t think it would take Steve McQueen to pull this one off. The owners were kind enough to make sure the thieves wouldn’t break a fingernail trying to get the pictures off a wall hanger. The real question is how did two guys who don’t seem to be MENSA candidates come up with enough money to buy the art in the first place? Instead of bemoaning the loss of their pictures, they should count themselves lucky they weren’t eaten by sharks. These two sound like the kind who’d go for a dip off the Great Barrier Reef in chum flavored swimming trunks.

    • Stemella permalink*
      September 29, 2009 8:29 am

      In honor of shark bait.

      Had to go Auzzie on this one.

      As to how the two guys who lost their paintings, I guessed that the non doctor had to work for Wall St. I wasn’t far off hedge fund mgr?

      The other is a retired Harvard Medical Professor. You’d think he would have had the brains to insure the stuff.

      • cometman permalink*
        September 29, 2009 11:31 am

        Haha!!!! Nice video! And good catch on the Wall Street guy.

  9. Stemella permalink*
    September 29, 2009 8:49 am

    Remember Ponzi Jr, Stanford? Apparently he got into it with a fellow prisoner and had to be relocated

    Stanford being moved from site of Texas jail fight

    Couldn’t happen to a bigger asshole!

    Schaffer said his client, who he visited Monday, is still in physical pain from the concussion, two black eyes, broken nose and cut on his forehead that he suffered during the fight. Stanford was returned to the lockup Sunday afternoon.

    “He’s in better spirits than what I would have expected him to be,” said Schaffer, who added that he does not know what started the fight.

    Stanford, 59, has been in the Corley facility since he was indicted in June on 21 counts, including wire and mail fraud. He has been jailed without bond; Hittner considers him a flight risk.

    • cometman permalink*
      September 29, 2009 11:34 am

      Looks like “Sir” Allen’s suit of armor would have come in handy in the pokey. Too bad they didn’t let him bring it along :)

  10. cometman permalink*
    September 29, 2009 11:40 am

    Check out this op-ed on the G-20 conference from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Once upon a time, people in Western Pennsylvania knew authoritarianism when they saw it. It had an unmistakable odor about it — like the smell of Pinkertons and sulfur wafting up from the steel mills of Homestead.

    It didn’t wear makeup or attempt to justify itself with flowers or candy. Authoritarianism used to be honest about its own brutality — and it didn’t care much who noticed. When it looked in the mirror, it recognized its reflection. With a wink and a smile, it exercised its prerogative for violence at the slightest provocation. It kissed its brass knuckles and its twirling baton and expected you to do the same.

    Over the years, authoritarianism has learned the value of mounting a charm offensive before it comes out swinging. Though it has gotten a face lift or two over the years, it still exhibits the same contempt for democracy it always has. Though it douses itself with perfume and wears a loincloth made of shredded pieces of the Constitution, it stinks of rotten eggs, rubber and pepper spray. When it is doing its business on the streets, it expects you to avert your eyes — and God help you if you ever question its authority or tactics.

    Last week, authoritarianism came back to Pittsburgh. Like any long-lost uncle, it came bearing gifts: national and international media exposure that would take $100 million to achieve, $35 million in cash injected into the local economy and a cavalcade of world leaders who took time from their oligarchies back home to admire the solidity of our fences and barriers Downtown.

    All authoritarianism wanted in exchange for these goodies was our soul — starting with our civil liberties. Our civic leaders, flattered by the “prestige” that comes with hosting a G-20 summit, quickly obliged. Who would miss a little thing like civil liberties, anyway?

    ~snip~

    We proved we were willing to give up something very precious to us for a few days in the international spotlight. We invited authoritarianism into our homes and promised not to whimper while it danced on our necks. This is truly pathetic.

    Right the hell on.

  11. cometman permalink*
    September 29, 2009 11:51 am

    This can’t be good – FDIC Discloses Deposit Insurance Fund Is Now Negative .

    In an unprecedented disclosure, the FDIC has highlighted that it expects the DIF reserve ratio to be negative as of September 30. As there are a whopping 48 hours before that deadline, one can safely assume that the DIF is now well into negative territory: as of today depositors have no insurance courtesy of a banking system that has leeched out all the capital of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Let’s pray there is no run on the bank soon.

    Now here’s something funny. On the way into work today I heard an ad on the radio for the first time which I’ll paraphrase. One person mentioned that a friend had recently taken all of their money out of the bank and put it in a box in the closet. The second person replied that they should tell the friend to get their money and put it back in a bank right away because in a bank, as long as your account didn’t go above the deposit threshold, every dollar was 100% completely safe because it was all insured by the FDIC. Didn’t catch what organization placed the ad, but I did have a good chuckle about it. Kinda sounds like the banking industry is trying to stave off the inevitable epic fail with ads like that.

    • Stemella permalink*
      September 29, 2009 12:59 pm

      I saw an article, from Reuters I think, that said that Bair was proposing to make the banks pay several years fees in advance as a way to fill back up the coffer. I’m sure the last thing in the world she wants to do is take $ from Ben or Elfin.

      I also have noticed that the Friday bank failures have trickled way down lately, not because there are still hundred of mid to small size banks failing, but probably because the FDIC can’t manage the closures right now. Calculated Risk has an extensive list of “Problem Banks” that are very close to failure. There are lots and lots of them.

      Ads like the one you describe sure inspire the sprouting of Green shoots, eh? ;)

      Meanwhile, I heard that the Stupid Senate Corporate Handout Finance Committee ran by Fuckus Maximus (hattip melvin) has voted down the public option only moments ago. Jack’s complete lack of surprise moment.

      Also, a tsunami is currently heading to Samoa.

      • cometman permalink*
        September 29, 2009 4:28 pm

        I think you’re right about the Bair not wanting to deal with Bernanke et al, and also about the bank failures. The zerohedge post also mentioned this:

        Additionally, the FDIC has now raised its expectation for bank failure costs from $70 billion $100 billion. Feel free to expect this number to continue growing.

      • cometman permalink*
        September 30, 2009 6:28 am

        Here’s a pretty concise article on the FDIC situation from Bloomberg.

        The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s plan to rebuild its reserves may cost Bank of America Corp. and three of the largest U.S. banks more than $10 billion.

        Bank of America, the biggest U.S. lender by deposits, may owe $3.5 billion under an FDIC proposal that banks prepay three years of premiums, based on the lowest assessment rate multiplied by the bank’s $900 billion in June 30 U.S. deposits.

        ~snip~

        Regulators shut 120 banks in the past two years and the FDIC said the insurance fund will run at a deficit until at least 2012. Bank failures through 2013 may cost $100 billion, an increase from $70 billion estimated in May, with half the expenses already incurred, the FDIC said.

        Sounds to me like the FDIC is in a very precarious position, not necessarily of its own making. Making the large banks (which would have failed absent their bailouts) prepay to cover for the smaller banks which are failing is not a sound plan. If the FDIC gets all the money for the next three years up front, what happens if in one or two years banks are still failing and there is another shortfall? Where are they going to go for cash then? If the FDIC is dependent on the big banks prepaying, it sort of sets those large banks up for another bailout in the event they get in hot water again, which they most assuredly would if they were required to open up their books. And meanwhile it sets the large banks up to siphon up all the business from the smaller banks which were allowed to fail.

        Our economy resembles a Jenga game with about half the pieces pulled out of the tower. At this point it’s only a matter of time until the piece that sets the whole thing collapsing is removed.

  12. Stemella permalink*
    September 30, 2009 10:43 am

    Quicky drive by comments with some links to things I’ve looked at between jobs today:

    In defense of Zero Hedge by Matt Taibbi in response to a hit piece done in NY Mag on “Tyler Durden” Taibbi is also going to have another whoop ass article on Goldie Sux and Lehman in upcoming Rolling Stone.

    I watched part of the SEC round table on line earlier dealing with short selling and naked shorts. I’ll write up something about the playas who were there. Schapiro is a scum wart toad clone too remiscent of Larry Summers. Don’t like. Whatever new regulation comes out of that 2 day round table will benefit the banksters and swindlers. The couple of people who spoke out against the inequity and injustice of naked shorts and “Darth Vader” style tactics were shot down by the Goldies on the panel. The wolves will have the keys to the henhouse once again and call it secure and protected.

    One more thing about the SEC roundtable. Senator Kaufmann of Delaware says the panel was stacked. Here’s his press release

    “Tomorrow’s SEC roundtable is long awaited, but it is clear that the panel is stacked against the need for restrictions on naked short selling. In the recent financial decline, there was abusive short selling enabled by the repeal of the 70-year-old uptick rule and a lack of so-called pre-borrow or hard locate requirements.

    The recent bull market, however, has lulled us into a false sense of security. If we do not enact these proposals – the uptick rule and either a pre-borrow or hard locate requirement – the same people who drove down certain stocks in the past will just do it again.

    We need to focus on giving the SEC’s Enforcement Division the tools to end naked short selling once and for all.”

    • cometman permalink*
      September 30, 2009 12:23 pm

      I saw that one by Taibbi – I’ve been checking out his blog more recently. Not sure who these clowns think they’re fooling when they set up these stacked panels and committees and leave out anyone who might have the temerity to disagree with their preconceived notions. The naked short selling is complete and utter bullshit. A lot of the practices these rat-fuckers get away with on wall Street are technically legal thanks to lobbying efforts (although they shouldn’t be) , but the naked shorting is clearly and stupendously illegal. It’s nothing but counterfeiting and it sure as hell seems like it has been going on for quite some time with everyone involved including the SEC just looking the other way with a wink and a nod. And people get life in prison for knocking off a convenience store while these assholes get away with it.

      I was wondering about this when I read the post:

      In ZH’s case that’s among other things because he’s a great story, a kind of cyber-Zorro: beyond even his amazing ability to rock the mighty Goldman Sachs from a hitherto unknown blog site, his (formerly) mysterious identity made him an even better feature subject.

      What’s with the “formerly”? Did somebody figure out who he is?

      • Stemella permalink*
        September 30, 2009 12:48 pm

        Yes, he is outed in this piece: The Dow Zero Insurgency. That is the article that Taibbi discusses in Tyler’s defense.

        and wow, check this page out from the same magazine! Bernie Madoff gored by a bull

        • cometman permalink*
          September 30, 2009 2:02 pm

          Interesting article. Seems like the author is very reluctant to give zerohedge much credit except as a “conspiracy theory” monger. Not sure why. It sort of pooh poohs the idea of high frequency trading for example, suggesting that it’s a myth and that even if it weren’t, nobody really makes that much money off it. So if that’s the case, why did GoldmanSux sic the US attorney on the guy who stole their software, saying it could allow people to manipulate the market?

          And ferchrissakes, if what’s going on on Wall street isn’t a conspiracy, I don’t know what is. Bunch of guys doing everything in secret with no transparency or accountability, and every decision seems to directly benefit those who make them ENORMOUSLY at the expense of everybody else. that’s pretty much the definition of conspiracy. I’m really sick of the idea promoted by the powers that be that every time someone mentions a conspiracy, they must be whacko. I mean, Adam fucking Smith who all these clowns seem to revere but have probably never read, mentions in Wealth of Nations that rarely do merchants in the same field get together for more than a few minutes before the conversation switches to how they can figure out some scheme to increase their profits at the public’s expense. Guess the father of capitalism was a conspiracy nut too. Or maybe he was just telling the obvious truth about human nature.

  13. Stemella permalink*
    September 30, 2009 10:49 am

    Georgia Triggered War With Russia Another Jack’s complete lack of surprise revelation.

    By the way, speaking of neo cons, fuckwits and Georgia, I saw that Randy Scheuneman has been hired by the Killah from Wasilla to tutor her on foreign affairs while she traipses around the planet scraping up “speaking” fees from the curiously deranged.

    • cometman permalink*
      September 30, 2009 12:26 pm

      Bwaaahahaha!!! Killah from Wasilla!!!!

      Let’s make sure to keep an eye on what Scheuneman is up to. Any word on what firm he’s working for while he’s tutoring the dummy? He must have come up with some new consulting name or something. I really want to find out what Stephen payne has been up to as well, and he probably isn’t too far removed from his old pal Randy.

      • Stemella permalink*
        September 30, 2009 1:33 pm

        Here’s a brief story about his work as one of Palin’s advisors: from Politico

        I’d guess he’s working for her as a consultant representing his own company, Orion Strategies.

        I did a search to see if there was anything more recent on either he or Payne. Nothing so far. Though there’s no proof to be found, I’m guessing Payne was working on behalf of Karzai in his recent cough cough, reelection.

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