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November 12, 2009

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  1. Stemella permalink*
    November 12, 2009 10:10 pm

    For old time’s sake there is a flaming mutiny of sorts going on amongst the most anal and centrist of the kumquats against the dear leader, Kos, for joining in on Americablog’s boycott of DNC et al groups for fundraising in protest of inaction on DADT and DOMA. They proclaim their loyalty to Obama above the tangerine dream and yet can’t quite bring themselves to boycott the latter in protest. Oh the drama.

    Hilarity ensues in the comments here: Confirmed: Daily Kos is boycotting Barack Obama

    You know it’s bad when the Tasmanian Devil herself sounds like she belongs on FSZ or on Marisacats! snicker snicker snee

    • cometman permalink*
      November 13, 2009 10:43 am

      Not sure what else to say about that hilarious clusterfuck except “Heh” :)

    • artemis54 permalink
      November 13, 2009 11:06 am

      The surest sign of mamz’ imbecility is his inability to admit he is ever wrong. Reading a little of that thread, he is either disingenuous or incapable of following the simplest logic.

      On a much much happier note, and of greater significance than mamz, meet Crikey steveirwini!

      • Stemella permalink*
        November 13, 2009 11:54 am

        Nice snail! Nice Haida pole you’ve got there too.

      • cometman permalink*
        November 13, 2009 11:58 am

        That’s awesome. I’m a big fan of the quirky species names and if anybody deserves one it’s Irwin.

        And nice avatar too by the way – I like the totem. For shits and giggles and because of the underwater lesbian meme you have going at your website, I was going to suggest something like this earlier but I never got around to it ;)

      • cometman permalink*
        November 13, 2009 1:36 pm

        Here’s another species that needs an official name – Monterey Bay boneworms.

        Suggestions anyone?

        • Stemella permalink*
          November 13, 2009 2:45 pm

          eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green “roots” to devour their bones.

          Hmmm, its looks inspire something to the effect of Osedax Dickus Cheneyensis

          but the green roots it generates inspires Osedax Lawrencii Summersilia

          • cometman permalink*
            November 14, 2009 9:48 am

            Ha! There are lots of people who fit that description. Luckily there are a dozen or so Osedax species in need of a name so there are enough to go around.

    • cometman permalink*
      November 13, 2009 11:47 am

      In the middle of a book right now by Charlie Stross called “Glasshouse” that reminds me of certain behaviors often seen at Klub Kumquat. The premise is that a group of people who have had most of their memories recently erased agree to join an experiment where they are all placed inside a closed habitat in an attempt to recreate the dark ages of the mid-20th to mid-21st centuries so researchers can figure put what life was like during that time. There are rules the test subjects have to obey in order to conform to the norms of the society. Here’s a snippet from a review of “Glasshouse”:

      When Robin wakes up in the experiment, he finds he has been remade as a woman named Reeve. The goal of the experiment is to recreate early 21st century society and have subjects role-play in it, and this is where some of the book’s funniest scenes happen. Naturally, a lot of the details about life today are hilariously wrong, and it makes you wonder just how much archeologists can construct about the distant past that’s remotely accurate, and how much is way off the mark. Then again, certain details are disturbingly right, and seen through the prism of the glasshouse, made all the more disturbing at that.

      Naturally, it becomes evident that there is something malicious behind the scenes. Groups of subjects are awarded points for certain behaviors, much like an RPG video game, and this leads to a few appalling occurrences and the rise of “score whores” who snitch on others to enhance their standing.

      That last part sound familiar? ;)

      • Stemella permalink*
        November 13, 2009 11:57 am

        Yep. pootiesluts and woofpacks. :) Speaking of which, the pootie at the top is a new breed “Elf Cat” and it inspired me to make the elvin one more accentuated.

        • cometman permalink*
          November 13, 2009 12:56 pm

          I thought that was probably one of your originals. Nice work!

  2. Stemella permalink*
    November 13, 2009 6:58 am

    No Santa this year at year end parties for Goldie Sux employees. Miserly scrooges are they. They will have to manage their own parties privately on their yachts with all those year end bonuses on New Years Eve. Their sudden concern for appearances of impropriety are nauseating.

    Goldman says no to Christmas Parties

    In an attempt to keep a low profile, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has told its employees that it won’t be hosting a corporate Christmas party this year. The investment bank is also prohibiting employees from funding their own parties, an insider at the firm told InvestmentNews.

    The Christmas party ban comes as Goldman has been under sharp public criticism for paying bigger bonuses this year while national unemployment hovers at 10.2% and many workers have taken pay cuts.

    Meanwhile, Goldman takes on the profits that can be made by resisting health care reform. Worse than scrooges are they. They would see little Timmy Cratchet dead in his grave because it would take a public option to save him.

    Goldman To Private Insurers: No Health Care Reform At All Is Best

    A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing. A close second would be passing a watered-down version of the Senate Finance Committee’s bill.

    A study put together by Goldman in mid-October looks at the estimated stock performance of the private insurance industry under four variations of reform legislation. The study focused on the five biggest insurers whose shares are traded on Wall Street: Aetna, UnitedHealth, WellPoint, CIGNA and Humana.

    God bless us, Goldman, Everyone

    • cometman permalink*
      November 13, 2009 10:50 am

      Ha! Why does Goldman Sachs hate Xmas?!?!?! Will this be the thing that gets the mouth breathers to stop railing against the non-existent socialism that is supposedly ruining this country and focus their ire on the banksters where it belongs?

      I doubt it, but a guy can dream :)

  3. Stemella permalink*
    November 13, 2009 7:14 am

    Bargains for banksters – how too big to fail has become government policy

    Former bankers look to buy failing banks

    • cometman permalink*
      November 13, 2009 10:57 am

      In a sensible world, those who owe their wealth to the government bailout that allowed them to receive huge bonuses despite abject failure would be considered too big a credit risk to head a new banking enterprise. But obviously we don’t live in that type of world.

  4. Stemella permalink*
    November 13, 2009 7:30 am

    Friday Cephalopod here

    Some people do Friday catblogging, or ferret blogging, or bank failure blogging, but this biologist at Pharyngula blog, Friday cephalopod blogs!

  5. Stemella permalink*
    November 13, 2009 7:36 am

    50 best inventions of the year (according to Time)

    The List and top ten on it

    #1 The Best Invention of the Year: NASA’s Ares Rockets
    #2 The Tank-Bred Tuna
    #3 The $10 Million Lightbulb
    #4 The Smart Thermostat
    #5 Controller-Free Gaming
    #6 Teleportation
    #7 The Telescope for Invisible Stars
    #8 The AIDS Vaccine
    #9 Tweeting by Thinking
    #10 The Electric Eye
    #11 The Mercury Probe
    #12 The Personal Carbon Footprint
    #13 The Solar Shingle
    #14 The Handheld Ultrasound
    #15 The YikeBike
    #16 Vertical Farming
    #17 The Planetary Skin
    #18 The $20 Knee
    #19 A Watchdog for Financial Products
    #20 The Electric Microbe

    And here are the 5 worst inventions

    • cometman permalink*
      November 13, 2009 11:13 am

      I’m gonna have to disagree with #1 – it’s pretty cool but it’s still just a chemical rocket based on 50 year old technology. I’m still waiting for something fusion powered.

      #2 ought to be #1 – that’s the company we discussed here a few months ago and I’m glad to see they are successful in their breeding efforts.

      That dog snuggly thing is the absolute worst. I saw those ads for human snugglies and it’s just a big piece of fleece that makes you look like a monk. Then the one for dogs came out and I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to pay good money to dress their family and pets up in a cheap piece of crap artificial fabric like they were getting ready for some Gregorian chant group.

      Even dogs would be ashamed to be associated with a group like this :)

      • Stemella permalink*
        November 13, 2009 12:06 pm

        Why? Why? Why did I push play?!?!? Agggggggggggggggggggh! Eeeevil

        Retaliation is required

        • cometman permalink*
          November 13, 2009 12:58 pm

          Aaaaaaah My ears are bleeding! Although that dog looks kinda like Tim Geithner too.

  6. Stemella permalink*
    November 13, 2009 8:27 am

    Current Media Inc. cuts 80 jobs

    Al Gore’s TV station is doing its part for unemployment. They call the cuts a strategic realignment in spite that the company is expected to make record profits this year. Nice. Like so many companies in the US they profit by cutting the workforce.

    Current Media Inc. is shifting Current TV away from in-house production of short programs – originally touted as a way to attract young viewers who prefer online video – to shows presented in standard 30- and 60-minute formats.

    The cutbacks come even as Current Media expects its most profitable year.

  7. cometman permalink*
    November 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    Here’s some more on the Peter Galbraith story I mentioned yesterday. I caught this NPR interview with Galbraith yesterday on the radio (click on the second one down from “All things Considered”) and I think he made his case quite well.

    First of all, he actually responded to the criticisms against him rather than just giving the “No comment” we so often hear in matters like this.

    His explanation was pretty good too.

    “When I was asked by them to advise them on the constitutional negotiations in 2005, they knew that I was being paid by DNO and by, in fact, other clients,” Galbraith told co-host Melissa Block. “They knew of my business activities. They sought my advice anyhow.”

    He goes on to say that the Kurds wanted control of their own resources and making money from their oil fields was a major step in enabling their autonomy.

    Seems to me like he’s being taken to task for helping these people achieve exactly what they told him they wanted. I think the reason for it is that what the Kurds wanted was not exactly official US policy, and Norwegian interests were given precedence over American ones. Well tough shit.

    But now that the media is so concerned with the business deals of erstwhile political figures, I expect we’ll shortly see stories on NPR and in the NYT about how much money the Bushes, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of the neo-cons have made off the wars they started, right….?

  8. cometman permalink*
    November 13, 2009 1:26 pm

    Nice interview with Bernie at The Nation on his proposed legislation to break up the banks.

    Some nice Senator-speak for “Yes, he’s a bigger obstacle than the fucking Grand Canyon” at the end.

    Q: So is President Obama an ally or an obstacle when it comes to this kind of commonsense change?

    Sen. Sanders: You know, I have a lot of respect and affection for the President, but I think on the issue of Wall Street he has not been a strong ally in attempting to hold these large financial institutions accountable, or moving them in a direction which would demand that they start investing in the productive economy. And that we do not return to where we were before the collapse.

    You can sign Bernie’s petition to tear the roof off the mothersuckers here.

    • Stemella permalink*
      November 13, 2009 3:08 pm

      Bernie is the best. He has remained focused on the nightmare on Wall St and is trying to address the crime that is their continued swindling. I will support him and his legislation even though I know the odds against it are high.

  9. cometman permalink*
    November 13, 2009 1:32 pm

    Big fan of the Coen brothers’ movies and the new one sounds pretty good.

    • Stemella permalink*
      November 13, 2009 2:56 pm

      I am also a big fan. I love their warped and dark sense of humor. The author of that review is a friend of my family.

      I’m hoping to see a less serious, but hopefully entertaining movie this weekend.
      Men who stare at goats

  10. cometman permalink*
    November 13, 2009 2:59 pm

    Nice interview with Byron Dorgan discussing what needs to be done with the big banks from Dan Froomkin, the guy who the WAPO fired for actually telling the truth too much. Dorgan was the one who 1999 voted against repealing Glass Steagall and said we’d all regret it in ten years.

    Goofy video from Dylan Ratigan at the bottom. Maybe since the Jim Cramers and Glenn Becks of the world seem to get so much airtime, everybody thinks they need to act like a clown now. I could do with the explanation and without the wig.

  11. cometman permalink*
    November 14, 2009 9:51 am

    More rattus news. Better watch your back because they are getting smarter.

    And nimbler.

    • Stemella permalink*
      November 14, 2009 12:14 pm

      Wrong on so many levels, yet fascinating in the horror of it all. The so called music in that video is evil. Regarding that article, I have to say I nearly lost my cookies laughing when I saw

      The rat in the hat

      and the Aye Aye who is clearly a distant cousin of Tim Geithner


  12. cometman permalink*
    November 14, 2009 11:32 am

    Here’s the latest philippic from the Hofstra guy. Worth reading just for describing Cheney with the adjective “udickuitous”.

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