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Mischief for squidlettes

October 30, 2009

Or, squids, squids are for kids!

May there be many treats to go with the tricks and unlimited mischief

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  1. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 5:23 am

    Courtesy of FT Alphaville one of their costumes of choice for this year is the “vampire squid” for the adults cruising for candy.

    More bankster tricks and treats may be found at LOL FED today.

    • cometman permalink*
      October 30, 2009 8:03 am

      Very cute post :) My squidlette has some seamstress relatives and is going as a yellow duck this year and it looks like she’s already being lined up for a ladybug costume next year. Gonna have to get my request for a cephalopod costume into the queue – that red one you posted looks pretty good.

      Like that LOLFED site – thanks for the yuks!

      • Stemella permalink*
        October 30, 2009 9:36 am

        Lucky little squidlette having seamstresses to design her costumes! I’ll bet she knocks em over with a feather with her ducky outfit. :)

        I have to head out for a job for a few hours, and I’ll post more when I get back, but wanted to tell you to check your email, c-man. We’ve had a few posts made by other members here that are pending that neither of us ever saw!! D’oh.

        Miss D and others, huge apologies for not catching this sooner. WordPress is sneaky. That’s my excuse and we’ll try to remedy in the future.

  2. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 5:41 am

    The battle between Sheila Bair and Elvin the Dumb has escalated this week:

    F.D.I.C. Chief Criticizes Reform Plan

    and Geithner vs Bair

    • cometman permalink*
      October 30, 2009 9:19 am

      I hope Bair kicks his ass but she doesn’t seem to have a lot of back up on her side. How is it that you’re supposed to kill zombies again? Whatever it is, Bair needs some of it to get rid of these undead banks.

      Some more Halloween entertainment –

  3. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 5:54 am

    Just watch it, hahaha!

    • cometman permalink*
      October 30, 2009 8:23 am

      Ha! Part Deux was pretty funny too. I have to say I was a little disappointed myself when I found out they were only a few inches long.

  4. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 6:01 am

    Scientists study possible health benefits of LSD and ecstasy

    Do you think that these therapies be part of the public option?? ;) Yeah, yeah, I know. The public option is only a collective hallucination created by a bunch of kabuki theater actors.

    • cometman permalink*
      October 30, 2009 9:09 am

      There does seem to be less reefer madness going around these days but it will probably be a while before LSD and ecstasy get any mainstream acceptance. It would be great if more studies were performed – even better if I got to be a volunteer :P

      Speaking of psychedelics, I’m a big fan of Les Claypool from Primus and one of his side projects a few years ago was a band called Oysterhead. They did a song called “Oz is Ever Floating” about Dr. John C Lilly. You probably already know this, but I hadn’t heard of him before so I looked him up and found out he was the guy who invented the isolation tank and was friends with the Timothy Leary crowd. His wikipedia entry also mentions that he was pals with Cephaloblog favorite Richard Feynman.

      Anyhoo, here’s a nice video I found which uses that song. It even has a scary part for Halloween.

  5. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 6:16 am

    Squidlettes should avert their eyes for this story about doin’ the nasty amongst the gravestones. There must be something in the water down there in South Carolina.

    More family values: ex-S.C. GOP official caught with stripper in cemetery

  6. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 6:21 am

    Mischief? you decide ;)

  7. cometman permalink*
    October 30, 2009 10:35 am

    Good article from Scott Ritter ripping Gen. McChrystal and taking Obama to task for the current policy in Afghanistan.

    A true leader, one with substance and gravitas, would be able to stand up to the combined pressure of the military, the right-wing of Congress and the American media. He would draw the correct conclusions from the lessons of history, which prove again and again that Afghanistan is not a problem that can be solved by foreign military intervention. The fact that Obama might be compelled to alleviate the political pressure he is receiving from these sources by condemning America to another decade of death and destruction in Afghanistan and, most probably, Pakistan, reinforces any perception of his weakness as a national leader.

    Nobody listened to this guy in the run up to invading Iraq so I’m not holding my breath that any of the powers that be will pay attention this time around.

    • Stemella permalink*
      October 30, 2009 2:13 pm

      I remember when CNN tried to discredit him and his message about WMD by claiming he flirted with girls on the internet. I never believed a damn thing CNN said after that. I doubt the Obamans will give him credence now, though they shoud. Afghanistan is a complete quagmire.

    • Stemella permalink*
      October 30, 2009 2:16 pm

      Nice vid and song. Those people know how to par-tay!

  8. cometman permalink*
    October 30, 2009 12:01 pm

    Many years ago Noel Coward noted that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. In his latest post The Iron Cheer of Empire, Joe Bageant writing from Mexico seems to agree. Worth reading in its entirety but here’s a snippet.

    It may be my bias, or my imagination, or my distaste for toil, but from here America looks like one big workhouse, “under God, indivisible, with time off to shit, shower and shop.” A country whose citizens have been reduced to “human assets” of a vast and relentless economic machine, moving human parts oiled by commodities and kept in motion by the edict, “produce or die.” Where employment and a job dominates all other aspects of life, and the loss of which spells the loss of everything.

    I’ve never understood this Protestant work ethic where you must be either toiling away or resting up so you can toil some more the next day, and if you don’t you’re viewed as some kind of lazy good for nothing slacker. With technology what it is today, shouldn’t there be some time to actually enjoy the day once in a while? Then there are the Jeebus people who tell you the reason you have to work until you die is because some mythical guy made out of mud bit into an apple a while back and you’ll have to wait for heaven to get your reward. Of course they’ll tell you it was really the chick’s fault, but still you better get back to the old grind. Always thought that was a very convenient argument for the ministers and priests who depend on the donations of others for their daily bread and only have to work for a few hours once a week. And yet billions of people have bought into that “logic”.

    Anyhoo, having fun with the videos today so here’s the Muppets.

    And if you want to see Noel Coward sing it, click here.

    • Stemella permalink*
      October 30, 2009 2:25 pm

      I believe in playing and relaxing just as much as I work. I don’t relate to the WASP code either. Work should be playful and enjoyable and Time Off should be productive so that there is balance and fairness. Unfortunately our society doesn’t support that approach so much. Our society is still stuck in that Master/Slave thing that Capitalists like to call productivity and efficiency.

  9. Stemella permalink*
    October 30, 2009 7:01 pm

    A Mutherlode of bank failures this week, nine, number nine

    * North Houston Bank, Houston, TX
    * Madisonville State Bank, Madisonville, TX
    * Citizens National Bank, Teague, TX
    * Park National Bank, Chicago, IL
    * Pacific National Bank, San Francisco, CA
    * California National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
    * San Diego National Bank, San Diego, CA
    * Community Bank of Lemont, Lemont, IL
    * Bank USA, NA, Phoenix, AZ

    Bringing the total to 115 for the year

    • cometman permalink*
      October 31, 2009 9:06 am

      Wow. Again, thanks for continuing to post these updates. Too bad this news doesn’t get more play elsewhere. It really shows the utter venality of the Fed and Treasury, allowing these small banks to fail while propping up the large banks who caused the problems, which lets them get even bigger as they scoop up the customers from the banks that were evidently “too small to bail”.

      • Stemella permalink*
        November 1, 2009 8:55 am

        ZH has some additional useful details on these failures. The 9 banks that failed consisted of 151 branches with 19 billion debt and 15 billion assets. Most of these, if not all, are being gobbled up by UBS, blowing the latter up into another tbtf zombie creature.

  10. Stemella permalink*
    November 1, 2009 8:52 am

    Must see satire from a pair of British comedians on the banksters. I love how the British say “contra-vesy”

    Banking with Bird and Fortune

  11. Stemella permalink*
    November 1, 2009 9:13 am

    Another must see/read from McClatchy

    How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash

    In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.

    Goldman’s sales and its clandestine wagers, completed at the brink of the housing market meltdown, enabled the nation’s premier investment bank to pass most of its potential losses to others before a flood of mortgage defaults staggered the U.S. and global economies.

    Only later did investors discover that what Goldman had promoted as triple-A rated investments were closer to junk.

    The fucking blood funnel was deeply injected early on with malicious intent, and why was this considered legal, again?

    a five-month McClatchy investigation has found that Goldman’s failure to disclose that it made secret, exotic bets on an imminent housing crash may have violated securities laws.

    Hey, SEC!? Elizabeth Warren? Sheila Bair!? Obama!? ANYBODY!?!?!?

    “This is fraud and should be prosecuted”

    “Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman’s chairman and chief executive, declined to be interviewed for this article.”


    Thank you McClatchy.

  12. Stemella permalink*
    November 2, 2009 8:11 am

    Goldman takes on new role: taking away people’s homes

    McClatchy is on a roll. Coming tomorrow:

    “Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms turned to secret Cayman Islands deals to draw overseas investors, including European banks and other foreign financial institutions, to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in securities tied to risky U.S. home loans. Unlike U.S. investors that lost money on the securities, however, these overseas institutions have fewer legal options.”

    Are those pointy ears starting to twitch and burn yet, oh Elvin one?

    • cometman permalink*
      November 2, 2009 11:25 am

      Those two article about Goldman absolutely disgusting. Goldman would never admit to it, but the word since the beginning of this meltdown was that Goldman knew damn well all the mortgage securities they were peddling were damaged goods. That is exactly why they didn’t keep them in their own holdings but still bought and sold them to any sucker they could find and then took out Credit Default Swaps with AIG betting that they’d fail.

      Timmeh’s pointy ears ought to be on fire about now because people have got to be getting sick of hearing how the crisis is over just because the DOW is up while they’re getting food by trading their possessions for canned goods at swap meets.

  13. Stemella permalink*
    November 2, 2009 8:22 am

    Two pieces from Bloomberg about a couple of cases, interconnected, of corruption at the second tier. These stories illustrate how the rot has been spread all over the place, geographically and in some state legislatures amongst the Democrats. As usual the little guys, the working poor and taxpayers are being screwed the most.

    Smiley Doing Financing in Dark Focus of IRS Probe of Tax Abuse

    Secret Bond Deal Led IRS to Middleman Financing in the Dark

    It’s the systemic corruption, pure and simple, top to bottom and round the bend. Pinning a couple of the bad apples won’t change a damn thing.

    • cometman permalink*
      November 2, 2009 11:41 am

      Looks like the same guy David Rubin was involved with both scams too. We keep hearing about all kinds of scams but never about the scammers doing the perp walk. My fear is that now that Madoff is in jail, all the other charlatans will get slaps on the wrist, if that, and the government will call it good. And the states and pension funds and all the little people will never get their money back.

  14. Stemella permalink*
    November 2, 2009 9:58 am

    Good one from Chris Hedges on the ongoing clusterfuck that is American continued presence in Afghanistan. Now that Karzai has effectively been annointed again ala Florida we can see that freedom and democracy clearly are not on the march. The place is a freaking narcostate with a provisional US puppet dictator with civil war and war lordism abounding and has been for years now. End it, Mr. President.

    Opium, Rape and the American Way

    • cometman permalink*
      November 2, 2009 11:33 am

      This article from The Nation really drives home the point Hedges is making that the plight of women in Afghanistan will not be improved no matter what the US does and ‘rescuing the women’ is nothing but a convenient excuse to continue our pointless war.

      …an unsentimental look at the record reveals that for all the fine talk of women’s rights since the US invasion, equal rights for Afghan women have been illusory all along, a polite feel-good fiction that helped to sell the American enterprise at home and cloak in respectability the misbegotten government we installed in Kabul. That it is a fiction is borne out by recent developments in Afghanistan–President Karzai’s approving a new family law worthy of the Taliban, and American acquiescence in Karzai’s new law and, initially, his theft of the presidential election–and by the systematic intimidation, murder or exile of one Afghan woman after another who behaves as if her rights were real and worth fighting for.

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