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Et Tu……?

March 15, 2011

With so many despots precariously perched these days, democratically “elected” and otherwise, wouldn’t be surprising if one of them got the boot on this very appropriate day.

The words I’d like to hear are “Then fall Walker”.

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  1. cometman permalink*
    March 15, 2011 11:45 am

    More from WI –

    Enjoyed this little post – Nobody Likes Walker (Still):

    Gov. Scott Walker has been met with protests wherever he goes, including a fundraiser in Washburn in Wisconsin’s “North Country,” which drew about 5,000 protesters, or twice the number of people who live in town.

    Undeterred by his and his party’s burgeoning unpopularity, Walker and the WI senate are now trying to say that the 14 Dem senators who have returned from their IL hideouts are still in contempt so their votes will not be counted.

    And in a typical DemocRAT response, one WI Dem senator has proposed new rules for the WI Senate. The new rule would require that only a simple majority be present for all budget related votes, making republican tyranny just that much easier the next time around. Now maybe this guy is just trying to be clever and he thinks that if WI voters can manage to recall some of the Republicans and replace them with Dems, they can overturn what the current legislature has done in a few months. But I just don’t place a lot of faith in the cleverness of any elected officials. Here he is in his own words, and it sure sounds like he has Stockholm Syndrome –

    “I was part of creating this divide,” Cullen said. “I need to be part of fixing it.”

    Cue up the beating-head-against-table-until-bloody graphic.

    • cometman permalink*
      March 15, 2011 12:19 pm

      Reread that last article about 3 times trying to think of some way this may be beneficial given the current circumstances but the more I think about it, the stupider it is.

      From what I can tell the current law required that a quorum be present for any budget vote but only a simple majority was needed for passage. Since there was no quorum when the Dems left the state, they had to strip the budget proposals to get the legislation to kill collective bargaining through since no quorum was necessary.

      But as far as I know, Walker’s budget hasn’t been passed yet. This stupid idea will make sure that it does, no matter what egregious measures are hidden in it, and no matter how many Dems don’t show up to vote.

      And not only that, but what does it say about democracy? If we’re going to go through the trouble of voting for our representatives, shouldn’t they, oh I don’t know, be required to show up for fucking work? Rather than making it easier for legislation to pass without all the legislators present, shouldn’t these legislators be going the other way on this and requiring at least a quorum present for any kind of vote?

      All this is going to do is encourage legislators who know the outcome of a vote ahead of time to go hold a fundraiser instead of showing up for work.

  2. cometman permalink*
    March 15, 2011 12:44 pm

    Lots of news out discussing ignored warnings of problems with Japan’s nuclear reactors. Couple of examples here and here for what it’s worth.

    I don’t think the hand wringing is worth much though. It’s the same ridiculous after-the-fact justifications and rationalizations that Taleb discusses in The Black Swan. The real question would seem to be “Why in the hell would anybody have ever thought it was a good idea to build 50+ nuclear reactors in a heavily populated area that was known to be prone to extremely large earthquakes on a fairly regular basis, and then just sit back and hope for the best rather than thinking and realizing that this day was bound to come eventually?”.

    But hey, The Gulf of Mexico is all cleaned up and since we just had one huge disaster, there’s no way we will have another any time soon so let’s issue some new drilling permits!!

    If that didn’t smarten up the oligarchs of the world, I doubt this latest eminently foreseeable disaster will either.

    • cometman permalink*
      March 15, 2011 1:59 pm

      Too funny. What better person to opine on the safety of nuclear power than a guy who studies risk management for the corporate world??? I mean they did such a bang up job telling us the economy was safe.

      Seen his original post pilloried quite a bit in recent days. It was titled Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors but has since been corrected for errors by people who actually know something about nuclear power and reposted here.

      Not sure what was in the original exactly, but the corrected version doesn’t sound like there’s no need to worry –

      The earthquake that hit Japan was several times more powerful than the worst earthquake the nuclear power plant was built for…

      ~snip~

      For the first hour, the first set of multiple emergency diesel power generators started and provided the electricity that was needed. However, when the tsunami arrived (a very rare and larger than anticipated tsunami) it flooded the diesel generators, causing them to fail.

      Some of the stuff in there was good, like explaining that a nuclear reactor is not going to blow up like a nuclear bomb. Evidently lots of rumors to that effect have been making the rounds. Phil Plait tries to allay some of those fears as well in this post – Japan’s nuclear reactor overreaction.

      Not to beat the point to death, but I do think even Plait, who is skeptical about everything, falls into the same type of faulty thinking that Taleb discusses in his book. After allaying some of the really overblown concerns, he goes on to discuss how we do need energy after all and nuclear power really is safer than alternatives like coal –

      Of course, nothing is 100% safe. I’d love to see nuclear power plants built to withstand any reasonable disaster… just as I would for any power generation plant! But mind you, coal plants release more radiation than nuclear plants by a long shot, as an example, not to mention the disastrous environmental impact of burning it. How safe is that? Yet we use far more energy from coal than from nuclear plants.

      We need to understand the realities of nuclear power: the advantages, the safety issues, and the danger based on the facts. What’s happening in Japan is truly awful, but in the long run we have to make sure we react to it reasonably, accounting for all those factors, and not letting our fears alone (especially magnified by misinformation) hold sway over us.

      So what constitutes a “reasonable disaster”?!?!?!?! This was supposedly the fifth biggest earthquake on record. Plait argues that extensive safety measures taken by the Japanese vastly reduced the potential damages (which is undoubtably true – I’d hate to see the death toll if this had happened in Haiti). But look how bad it is even with those measures taken. And how long have we been keeping records? Several decades at best? It may be the 5th biggest on record, but I bet there were quite a few bigger ones that went unrecorded some time during the last few billion years. So even if you plan and test a facility to withstand a 9.9 earthquake, much larger than any on record, what happens when an “unreasonable” 10.5 earthquake hits? You aren’t going to be able to reason with it and ask it to go away ferxrissakes.

      It shouldn’t be that hard to grasp the fact that just because something has never happened before, it does NOT follow that it never will.

      And the focus in this debate shouldn’t be on what kind of dangerous power production we are willing to live with (and nobody in a position of power will ever ask enough of “we” what we think to begin with) to meet growing needs, but how can we start using less power and alleviate the perceived need to build things like nuke plants and deep water rigs in the first place.

  3. cometman permalink*
    March 15, 2011 2:04 pm

    Couple odd notes –

    New research shows that sperm whales may give each other names.

    And are terrorists going soft? Envelopes of anthrax may put the fear of god into people, but leaving baggies of cocaine around just seems like a waste :P

  4. cometman permalink*
    March 16, 2011 12:36 pm

    Just a few notes for today –

    More progress in Egpyt – Egypt eliminates despised state security unit. Fairly symbolic as the unit will be replaced, but getting rid of this particular group had been one of the protesters’ demands.

    WI senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald think twice about denying Dem senators their vote and backs off his earlier proposal, likely because it would be found ILLEGAL. Not sure why a little thing like illegality made them back down in this case, but I’m always thankful for small favors.

    Didn’t take long for Pakistan to release CIA asset Raymond Davis after bringing him up on murder charges. Of course this only occurred after the US agreed to pay $2.3 million in ‘blood money’ to the victims’ families. And it sounds like the US had to do some serious arm twisting to get that deal through as the families had originally refused to take $$$ in exchange for actual justice. I imagine threatening to cut of billions in aid to Pakistan had something to do with it. May make the Obama administration look good as it makes the TV circuit but I doubt it will placate the Pakistanis who were looking for Davis to be hanged. But hey, won’t it be nice to have one more cold blooded murderer walking freely among us now that Davis can come home?

    And it sure doesn’t look like the Japanese reactor disaster has given the oligarchs in the US the slightest pause about ramping up more nuclear power plants here. This article recaps some of Barry’s earlier pledges to build more nuclear power (and please more of his big campaign donors) – Nuclear Renaissance? No Thank You, Mr. President

    So, there goes our American “nuclear renaissance” trumpeted by Obama in his last state of the union speech. To tamp down climate warming and solve our energy needs, he boasted, “It means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.” He aimed to give $36bn to the nuclear power industry and, for starters, a $4bn loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors on the Texan Gulf Coast to be built by – guess who? – the same folks who brought you the Fukushima meltdown, TEP, assisted by the same American company that made false safety reports at New York’s Shoreham nuclear plant. As if the Katrina- and BP-abused Gulf Coast hasn’t suffered enough.

    Today, Energy Sec Steven Chu says full steam ahead

    Testifying at a House subcommittee hearing about President Barack Obama’s request for energy funds in the fiscal year 2012 budget, Chu defended the US nuclear industry, which provides about 20 percent of America’s power.

    Nuclear energy “has an important role to play in our energy portfolio,” Chu said, noting that the president’s budget asks Congress for $36 billion in loan guarantee authority to “jumpstart the domestic nuclear industry.”

    Asked by Texas Democratic Congressman Joe Barton if Obama still supports nuclear construction in the United States, given the crisis in Japan following a potent quake and tsunami there last week, Chu answered:

    “We are asking for loan guarantees. The present budget is also calling for small modular reactors. That position has not been changed.”

    Barton responded: “So that’s a yes?”

    “Yes,” Chu answered.

    “Given, again, what has happened, do you and the president want Congress to support the full 36 billion that you have put in the budget?” Barton asked.

    “Yes,” Chu said.

    The stupidity evidenced by the unwillingness to take even one step back is so mind boggling I won’t even bother dwelling too much on the fact that any new reactors need government loan guarantees in the first place just to get private industry to finance and insure them because they are such a huge risk. If these things were really so safe and cost efficient, the nuke industry wouldn’t need a government handout to get them built. And of course the question that won’t be raised by anybody in the corporate media – if the government is financing the project and bearing all the risk, then why in the hell should private industry once again get to reap all the profits?

    • cometman permalink*
      March 16, 2011 1:00 pm

      Update to the 2nd link above: Either I read it wrong initially or the story has been revised, but Shillary is claiming that the US did NOT pay off the families. Seems that somebody paid them off though. Shillary’s response when asked if that somebody was Pakistan –

      Asked if the Pakistani government had paid compensation, Mrs Clinton said: ‘You will have to ask the Pakistani government.’

      And the Pakistani government would be kind of foolish to admit to the payment even if it did make it as I suspect that would get a few million Pakistanis really pissed off. Probably have to wait for a leak to find out what really happened…

      A little more here, where Jeremy Scahill would like to know why Davis’ pardon was originally dated 3/10 rather than with today’s date.

      • cometman permalink*
        March 16, 2011 1:56 pm

        More on the davis story from Al Jazeera who report that Davis’ victims’ families were “forced” to accept payment in lieu of justice –

        Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Peshawar, said the families’ lawyer had claimed they were forced to sign the agreement over the blood money, but none of the family members have spoken out so far.

  5. cometman permalink*
    March 17, 2011 10:02 am

    Saw some stories in recent days about archaeologists claiming to have discovered Atlantis off of coastal Spain. Here’s one – Lost city of Atlantis may be found in waters off Spain.

    The articles came out ahead of a Nat Geo documentary on the subject and at first I didn’t give the reports too much credibility since it seems like every few years somebody is claiming to have discovered Atlantis and most of the time the evidence is very thin. Remember seeing something claiming Atlantis was in the Caribbean based only on a few odd looking rocks discovered underwater.

    But I did record the documentary and watched it last night. Have to say the evidence presented sounded very credible to me. Here’s a link where you can watch the trailer for the program – Finding Atlantis.

    For a one hour program they were pretty thorough in what they presented. It discussed prior claims that Knossos on Crete may have been Atlantis, destroyed after the eruption of Thera (modern Santorini). They also discussed how Schliemann found ancient Troy by taking Homer’s location of the place in modern Asia Minor at face value. All of this matched what I’ve studied and seen with my own eyes on Crete.

    These archaeologists took Plato at face value too. He located Atlantis near the Straits of Gibraltar and said the city was utterly destroyed in just a day. This is why they ruled out Knossos – it was reoccupied shortly after being destroyed.

    The main problem is that they are not able to excavate the area where they think Atlantis is because there is now a water table there which would poses big issues, so no definitive proof.

    One small nit to pick. When showing video of Knossos, the documentary neglected to mention that much of the current site is a modern reconstruction done in the early 20th century by Arthur Evans. They kind of implied that what was shown were actual ruins.

    And one thing presented by the archaeologists that I’m not so sure about. From the link above-

    Freund’s discovery in central Spain of a strange series of “memorial cities,” built in Atlantis’ image by its refugees after the city’s likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence, he said.

    Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.

    The claim is that after being wiped out by a tsunami, the Atlanteans fled inland and built “memorial cities” to commemorate their destroyed home. That doesn’t seem like the first thing a refugee community, now made poor after having everything they had destroyed, would do. But the show didn’t go into depth about the timeline involved, so I suppose it’s possible that there is something to it. Maybe they built these “memorial cities” after they had a chance to get back on their feet.

    Anyway, very intriguing and worth a watch if you can catch a rerun.

    • artemis54 permalink
      March 21, 2011 4:32 am

      I read about the Atlantis story and actually went looking for it on the tv, but couldn’t find for some reason and anyway had to run off to dogsit at a house w/o tv. Will be on the lookout.

  6. cometman permalink*
    March 17, 2011 12:38 pm

    More on the recent murders of Jewish “settlers” –

    Good article describing what most US coverage of this story leaves out – What the Media Missed on Itamar.

    The author points out that while many are assuming that Palestinians committed the murders, nobody knows who actually did it. And also the fact that these were “settlers” building illegally on Palestinian land in the first place which is not mentioned in a lot of coverage.

    Case in point – yesterday’s Boston Globe op-ed from Jeff Jacoby which I read with great disgust.

    LAST WEEKEND in Itamar, an Israeli settlement in the Samarian hills, terrorists infiltrated the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel and perpetrated a massacre of the innocents.

    Nobody knows who did it, but the Globe is happy to let Jacoby run with the assumption that it was “terrorists”. No mention made of the fact that this occurred on territory illegally settled by Israel, but he does manage to throw in the standard boilerplate we hear every time an Israeli is killed that Palestinians were dancing and handy out candy. His evidence? A link to a photo showing some cab driver getting a pastry.

    If you glance through the comments, you’ll notice one guy who keeps posting variations of the following waiting for a response –

    What exactly is an “Israeli” settlement?

    Many other comments which I assume were taking Jacoby to task have been deleted entirely. I assume because there were some posted comments taking offense at what others had written, yet I couldn’t see the original “offenders”.

    Disgusting how so many insist on coddling the Israelis as they make a mockery of international law.

  7. cometman permalink*
    March 17, 2011 12:51 pm

    Various links –

    Mendacity for Dopes – in what looks like a stump speech trial run, Barry claims he’s kept his promises to the American people and hopes to recapture the magic from his prior campaign. Sorry Barry, but some of us are actually paying attention.

    WI republicans fleeing to DC for a fundraiser hosted by corporate lobbyists are unable to escape the jeering crowds.

    Bad Idea Jones shows up at the UN. While the UN debates the feasibility of a “no-fly zone”, Obama lackey Susan Rice pushes for direct military intervention. Un-fucking-believable.

    Bad Idea Johnson shows up at Centcom as the US military looks to produce sockpuppet software in order to catapult US propaganda across the interwebs. Anybody want to take odds on how long it takes ‘Anonymous’ types to expose these clowns? I’m thinking about ten minutes.

    And wild Andean cats have a larger range than previously supposed.

  8. artemis54 permalink
    March 21, 2011 4:36 am

    Simple Sarah took the opportunity of a speech in India to bitch about Obama’s Libya “dithering,” echoing Giulani’s use of the same term. Looks like it is the increase-your-vocabulary GOP word of the week.

    • cometman permalink*
      March 21, 2011 9:29 am

      Heh. If they start using blather prattle and drone too I may have to stop giving them ideas.

      But Barry didn’t dither too much about consulting the US Congress and the American people before starting his latest war. Kucinich made me glad I “wasted” my vote on him for pres by bringing up the possibilty of impeachment for launching the attack. Tilting at windmills to be sure, but I’m glad it’s on the record that at least a few elected officials still understand the Constitution.

      Really having a hard time keeping up with all the stupidity these days. Saw earlier that MN republicans want to make it a crime for people on public assistance to carry more the $20 cash.

      What with all the goings on in WI, MI, and elsewhere with people up in arms over the actions of state republicans, I have to say it’s extremely convenient to have a new war for the corporate media to concentrate on.

      Funny how Barry seems more willing to rush to the aid of Libyan “rebels” who may or may not be any better than Gaddafi than he is to assist those in this country who are under assault.

  9. cometman permalink*
    March 21, 2011 9:46 am

    So the US has got its latest war on in Libya and are declaring it a smashing success so far.

    But the Arab League has said that they didn’t intend that Gaddafi’s bombing of civilians be stopped with US bombing of civilians – West’s Strikes on Libya hit Arab League Criticism.

    “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” Egypt’s official state news agency quoted [Arab League chief Amr] Moussa as saying.

    Could have told the Arab League to be careful what they wished for, but somehow nobody asked…

    The US response to the criticism was particularly chilling –

    A senior U.S. official rebuffed Moussa’s comments.

    “The resolution endorsed by Arabs and UNSC (the United Nations Security Council) included ’all necessary measures’ to protect civilians, which we made very clear includes, but goes beyond, a no-fly zone,” the official told Reuters during a visit by President Barack Obama to Rio de Janeiro.

    I imagine that includes installing the puppet ruler of US choosing after the shock and awe is over too.

    Meanwhile, Yemen can murder dozens of unarmed protesters and that’s just fine since they have been doing the US’ bidding for quite some time.

  10. cometman permalink*
    March 21, 2011 1:08 pm

    Some links from the last few days –

    A WI judge blocks the implementation of the republicans union busting legislation.

    Can’t find out much about this one, but as Barry continues to hand out new drilling permits, a new fairly large oil spill has been reported near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. More here.

    And the Cassini satellite photographs methane rains on Titan.

  11. artemis54 permalink
    March 22, 2011 8:52 am

    From out No, Duh Files:

    Flood Experience Boosts Climate Change Acceptance

    I can personally testify that three feet of water running through your house does get one’s attention.

    • cometman permalink*
      March 22, 2011 11:09 am

      Too bad a disaster is often what it takes to bring people a little understanding and empathy.

      A family member was recently testifying that people just need to “get creative” rather than going on public assistance when hard times hit all because they saw a sign on a car offering to run errands for other people to make a little extra $$. Somehow I don’t think walking a dog or picking up some groceries is gonna keep the mortgage paid, not when you’re doing it for other not so wealthy people in a small rural town.

      Recently had a young, healthy, very sweet, and very uninsured member of my extended family stricken with advanced cancer. Hopefully they will recover but it’s up in the air right now. I’d like to think it might make some of the more conservative family realize that not everybody who needs financial help from time to time is some kind of lazy uncreative freeloader looking for a handout, because unless somebody has a small fortune squirreled away, outside help will be necessary. Tough times ahead.

  12. cometman permalink*
    March 22, 2011 1:27 pm

    Well looky here! Not only had WI rep state senator Randy Hopper been shacking up with his mistress, but Scott Walker was also able to get said mistress a government job. And even though WI is supposedly so cash strapped, she was paid above the going rate!

    Valerie Cass, a former Republican legislative staffer, was hired Feb. 7 as a communications specialist with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing. She is being paid $20.35 per hour. The job is considered a temporary post.

    ~snip~

    Carlson said she filled a vacancy created by a previous limited-term employee who left in January. These temporary workers can put in no more than 1,043 hours during a fiscal year, which ends June 30. According to a Madison TV report, Cass received a substantial pay raise over her predecessor.

    If she were to put in a full year in her current job, she would make about $43,200. Her predecessor was paid at a rate of $31,200 a year.

    More here, where it is also noted that WI residents, in response to Walker trying to cut off funding for local recycling programs, are dropping off their garbage at the governor’s mansion. Ha!

  13. cometman permalink*
    March 22, 2011 1:46 pm

    A few notes –

    Weak in the knees US Congress take note. Stephen Harper’s government in Canada has been found in contempt of Parliament for failing to produce documents demanded by Canadian MPs. Evidently this is pretty unprecedented and could lead to a no confidence vote ending Harper’s administration –

    “This contempt report — a first in the history of Canada and the Commonwealth — is the result of the Harper regime’s abuse of power,” Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said in a statement. He added that the finding undermines the credibility of the federal budget that is set to be delivered Tuesday, because the government can’t be trusted.

    A temporary shred of justice in the US. An appeals court reverses an earlier decision on Bush and Barry’s warrantless wiretapping program. Via Greenwald – Court allows constitutional challenge to new FISA law. I’m assuming that Barry won’t let this stand and it will make its way to the Supremes where bootlickers still have a majority.

    A nice history lesson from the 18th century regarding the bankster class – How a farmer, a weaver, and a backwoods prophet took on the money interest in founding-era politics — and won.

    And in the fog of war department, this one is filled with speculation but definitely worth a read – How the Pentagon Supervised Raymond Davis’ Release and How the CIA Took Its Revenge. The author speculates that in return for Davis getting out of Pakistan with his head still attached, a few dozen US spooks also had to leave the country. Then the CIA responded with drone attacks on innocents to voice its displeasure. He makes a rather dubious assumption that drone attacks had actually been accidentally killing fewer innocents in recent years and so recent attacks which did murder a few dozen civilians were likely deliberate. Not so sure that these attacks have really become all that accurate.

  14. cometman permalink*
    March 23, 2011 12:33 pm

    Just a few links today –

    Amy Goodman on Aristide’s return to Haiti.

    More bullshit from the financial industry. Freddie and Fannie may be hiding over $100 billion in losses and this particular smoke and mirrors scheme hasn’t been discussed before. In short, mortgages insurers aren’t paying out on PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance used for loans with less than 20% down) and Freddie and Fannie aren’t asking them to because if they did, the PMI people would be shown to be insolvent and Freddie and Fannie would have to report losses on loans they currently have booked at face value. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Yemen’s government may be the next to fall as the army continues to switch to the protesters’ side.

    Good news as a judge has thrown out the Google book deal

    Echoing complaints levelled by Google’s competitors and the justice department, he [Judge Denny Chin] said that the agreement, rather than simply resolve a past complaint, would have amounted to “a forward-looking business arrangement that would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of the copyright owners”.

    And more stupidity from Ken Salazar as he opens up more federal land to be exploited by the coal industry

    In a move that is likely to go down as one of the largest energy policy blunders of the Obama years, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday announced that his office was opening the door for 2.35 billion tons of new coal mining operations in Wyoming’s stretch of the Powder River Basin.

    ~snip~

    The Powder River Basin (PBR), like most coal producing regions in the county, is not certified as such. Meaning, mining operations in the area do not entirely fall under the rubric of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976 (FCLAA). As such, taxpayers are being hoodwinked into believing leasing our public lands to Big Coal is good for the government’s piggy bank.

    It’s not. Here’s the story. During the 1970s there was a public lands coal-leasing moratorium put in place for the United States because of wild mining speculation and lack of transparency. The moratorium ended in 1980, and then acting Interior Secretary James Watt began selling coal leases all over the Powder River Basin. Then, in the late 1980s, PBR was decertified as a coal-producing region; therefore leases on public lands would no longer have to follow the guidelines offered up in FCLAA.

    It was a brilliant maneuver conjured up by the legal minds paid for by Big Coal and backed by their allies in Congress. To this day the government has been selling off public land at below market value, which in the end bolsters coal’s competitiveness with cleaner energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal.

    Many environmentalists had hoped an Obama administration would plug these loopholes and not allow coal companies to exploit the public trust. But all hope vanished on the day President Obama named Ken Salazar as his Interior Secretary.

  15. cometman permalink*
    March 23, 2011 2:02 pm

    Unintended irony of the day!

    Just poked my head in at Klub Kumquat and found this comment in a post about right wingers on PuffHo –

    Actually I think (3+ / 0-)

    that Huffington has been becoming more of a tabloid long before AOL got involved. The AOL deal only clinches it that view hits and money mean more than integrity and journalism.

    Har har har!!!!!! Too bad I don’t have any active userids in order to point out the obvious…

    • artemis54 permalink
      March 23, 2011 8:15 pm

      What a fucked up mess that place is. I can’t believe that mamz destroyed his own blog, but then again I can. He is in the grip of some theory and of course has never had one shred of respect for the readers or writers of his shithole blog. Did I ever mention I don’t care for him?

      • cometman permalink*
        March 24, 2011 11:21 am

        I also noted the the useless geekesque was in top form recently, berating everyone who dared question the superior wisdom of St. Barry.

        Don’t read the HuffPo much but from what I’ve heard, at least they don’t have a bunch of noodges policing the place all the time.

        • artemis54 permalink
          March 24, 2011 2:12 pm

          Yeah the whole lynch mob is running loose.

          I’m sure they are licking fp dick ar vag as the case may be just like always in return for special insider status. Truly disgusting.

  16. cometman permalink*
    March 24, 2011 11:14 am

    Trying to slog my way through Pynchon’s latest book Inherent Vice which recently came out in paperback. If it weren’t written by Pynchon I might have just quit already, but I keep reading in the hopes that there’s something interesting coming along. About 3/4 of the way through and I’m still waiting for the interesting part. The title seems to refer to Pynchon’s own penchant for 60s trivia which the book is filled with, along with one stupid joke after another about the bad memories of cannabis adherents. A book only a nostalgia starved former Electric Prunes groupie could love. Gravity’s Rainbow it isn’t.

    While the book is very light in literary value, I can see how the story could be pretty funny in a different medium.

    My advice – wait for the movie. Looks like it could be pretty good.

  17. cometman permalink*
    March 24, 2011 11:36 am

    A few links –

    Barry says if you’re a terrah suspect (and these days who isn’t?), kiss your Miranda rights goodbye.

    News of the Brave New World – Scientists Find a Key to Maintaining Our DNA: Provides New Clues in Quest to Slow Aging.

    This one made me chuckle. One woman is trying to stick it to mayor Bloomberg by growing her own tobacco in her Brooklyn garden- ‘Home-grown’ rebellion fights New York smoking ban .

    “This is called ‘Screw You Bloomberg Garden’,” [tobacco grower Audrey]Silk says with a mischievous look.

    ~snip~

    When the outdoors ban comes in, Silk plans to lead her insurgents in direct confrontation with park police and threatened $50 fines. “We’re having a smoke-in, a smoke in the park,” she said. “It will be an outright defiance of the law.”

    ~snip~

    Even when the work seems like a hassle, “what keeps me going is that I sit there and I keep repeating: ‘Screw you Bloomberg, screw you Bloomberg, screw you Bloomberg.’ That’s what keeps me going.”

    ~snip~

    ….she does have at least one dedicated follower: Albert the parrot.

    As soon as Silk fires up another cig, Albert, a brilliant mimic, takes his cue.

    “Tshk-tshk,” he says. The sound is the perfect reproduction of a lighter.

    And this one didn’t. Been making the rounds locally for a few days and now it looks like it’s getting some national attention. Maine’s own teabagging governator has ordered a labor mural removed from the state Dept. of Labor because evidently it isn’t business friendly enough. Well no shit sherlock. He’s also ordered a room named after Mainer and FDR Sec. of Labor Frances Perkins to be renamed and the commemorative plaque removed. From the Press herald today – Latest LePage order a piece of work.

    Very good point made here –

    …it’s the things LePage clearly didn’t think about that make this latest assault on Maine’s sensibilities so stunning.

    For starters, he didn’t think about his own heritage as a French-speaking kid growing up on the rough-and-tumble streets of downtown Lewiston.

    Panel Seven in Maine artist Judy Taylor’s widely acclaimed, 11-panel homage to Maine workers focuses on the 1937 shoe mill strike in Lewiston-Auburn.

    Seventy-four years ago today, 5,000 of the area’s 6,300 largely French Canadian shoe workers voted to walk off the job over low wages, dangerous working conditions and discrimination, to name but a few of their grievances.

    They shut down 19 shoe factories before it was over, but paid dearly when police and then the National Guard moved in and forcibly put down the insurrection.

    Just a thought, but how many of those workers do you think might have been named “LePage?”

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