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Tyger Tyger’s Urgent Plight

May 9, 2011

The above video was recently released by the World Wildlife Fund. The tigers were filmed in Sumatra during this past March and April. Despite promises from the Indonesian government to conserve tiger habitat, the forest where these tigers live is slated to be turned into pulp.

More from the WWF.

And from the BBC

“This video confirms the extreme importance of these forests in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem and its wildlife corridor,” the WWF’s forest and species programme director Anwar Purwoto said.

“WWF calls for all concessions operating in this area to abandon plans to clear this forest and protect areas with high conservation value,” he added.

“We also urge the local, provincial and central government to take into consideration the importance of this corridor and manage it as part of Indonesia’s commitments to protecting biodiversity,” he said.


Indonesia has agreed to implement a two-year moratorium on new forest clearance, but the deal has not yet been signed into law.

Perhaps they’ll all come to some sort of cap and trade agreement to “save” these animals.

And perhaps when the bureaucrats come to do a feasibility study on conservation after it’s already too late, the tigers can manage to eat a suit or two before being permanently disappeared as a result of human callousness.

That may be the best we can hope for.

43 Comments leave one →
  1. cometman permalink*
    May 9, 2011 12:21 pm

    Some notes on the rampage of the blinded colossus –

    Looks like Barry’s hooked on the murder jones. Soon after regaling us with his offing of bin Laden, he attempted to splatter a US citizen in Yemen

    A missile strike from an American military drone in a remote region of Yemen on Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric believed to be hiding in the country, American officials said Friday.

    The attack does not appear to have killed Mr. Awlaki, the officials said, but may have killed operatives of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.

    Didn’t get Awlaki, but certainly those who were killed were nasty brown people so no worries! Due process is so 18th century.

    And now we’re told that OBL wasn’t just a figurehead after all and information was discovered in his hideout that he was actively planning more of teh terrah, this time on a train, prompting asshole extraordinaire Chuck Schumer to breathlessly call for a no-ride list. Find myself agreeing with Greenwald’s take on this latest stupidity –

    So Al Qaeda breathes the word “trains” and Schumer jumps and demands the creation of a massive, expensive and oppressive new Security State program to keep thousands and thousands of people off trains.


    Trains can obviously be attacked without boarding them (indeed, these documents apparently discussed tampering with the rails, which wouldn’t require boarding the trains at all). And if there’s a “no-ride” list for Amtrak, why not for subways and buses, too? If Al Qaeda is found to have discussed targeting restaurants, will we have a no-eat list? If Al Qaeda is found to have discussed targeting large intersections or landmarks, will we have a no-walk list? How about a no-shop list in response to the targeting of malls?

    Meanwhile in Bahrain, that government’s terror campaign against it’s own citizens (and I thought Uncle Sugar didn’t take kindly to that sort of thing) now includes the razing of mosques, that on top of disappearing doctors, protesters, and other atrocities while the US government stays mum.

    And we have word that NATO forces left a boatload of refugees who had been attempting to flee from political turmoil in northern Africa to slowly starve to death instead of rescuing them.

    The glaring hypocrisies should be self-evident at this point without further comment from myself.

  2. artemis54 permalink
    May 10, 2011 8:22 am

    Paging lying sack of shit Senator Infofe:

    Methane levels 17 times higher in water wells near hydrofracking sites

    • cometman permalink*
      May 10, 2011 11:44 am

      Uh huh. And I guess according to Inhofe, it wasn’t fracking that caused the tap water of people living near well sites to go up in flames, it was just Jeebus celebrating the 4th of July or something.

  3. cometman permalink*
    May 11, 2011 12:28 pm

    Some financial notes –

    A hedge fun manager has been convicted on all counts of insider trading. Of course it wasn’t John Paulson who had the Goldies cook up a bunch of fraudulent CDOs so he could bet against them. No, in the good ol’ USA we still don’t arrest the rich white guy banksters no matter how guilty they are. No, the scapegoat on this occasion was the brown guy with the funny sounding name, because they’re always up to something don’t you know. Glad he got convicted, but he’s far from the only one.

    Not content with merely bailing out the bankers in this country, Timmeh has also been busy helping his pals across the pond, pressuring the Irish to hand over cash to the ratfuckers instead of making take a hit and let banks fail. Geithner has of course issued a denial which rings pretty hollow in light of the WSJ getting caught doing some redacting from an op-ed arguing against bailouts by a Finnish pol. The article shows the original version of what he wrote which is far more harsh than what the WSJ allowed to remain later –

    That reads a bit differently, doesn’t it?

    Among other things there is a clear statement that Ireland was intentionally screwed. This also falls into what I reported earlier – that it was Tim Geithner who “forced” the Irish to not haircut bondholders. Never mind that the same problem exists right here in America – pretending that our problems were “liquidity.” They weren’t there and they’re not here. Period.

    You don’t think that chain of responsibility being documented by the head of a political party might have resulted in a few phone calls from Treasury back to The Journal “asking nicely” to have all reference to this blatantly improper arm-twisting removed, do you?

  4. cometman permalink*
    May 11, 2011 1:03 pm

    With Greece threatening to leave the eurozone, which they should – here’s why, protesters by the tens of thousands hit the streets again in Athens and other cities.

    Riot police made heavy use of tear gas and stun grenades to disperse youths throwing stones and petrol bombs at a large march through central Athens Wednesday to protest the Greek government’s harsh austerity measures.

    The clashes came during a 24-hour general strike that brought most public services to a halt, suspended all train and ferry services, grounded flights for four hours and disrupted public transport.

  5. cometman permalink*
    May 11, 2011 1:19 pm

    Pretty good piece on the OBL assassination – The Ugly Reality Behind the Killing of Bin Laden. Here’s the key bit –

    Other details are now emerging that question the legitimacy of the operation altogether. For one, the popular U.S. narrative that Pakistan’s government has either been colluding with al Qaeda or was incompetently sheltering bin Laden is questionable. The Independent of London featured a story last week reporting, with regard to the Abbottabad residence at which bin Laden was killed, that the U.S. was “alerted [by Pakistani leaders] to [the] bin Laden compound in 2009” as a potential safe haven for al Qaeda, and that the CIA had used intelligence from the Pakistani government when tracking down bin Laden. Similarly, the Nation of Pakistan reported that the Abbottabad compound “had been under surveillance since 2003, resulting in the highly technical operation” by Pakistani forces in 2004 “which had led to the capture of a senior al Qaeda leader.”

    The stories portrayed in the above reports are largely unknown to Americans, who have been subject to non-stop reports alleging Pakistani incompetence or collusion with terrorist forces.

    The author goes on to discuss how the ISI often operates under its own agenda and while some within the ISI may have known what was up with OBL, that doesn’t mean the entire Pakistani government was complicit as the US is trying to portray it. So far so good. But the thrust of his article is that the US has violated Pakistani sovereignty with the recent attack.

    He must have missed this memo – Osama bin Laden mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by US and Pakistan

    The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week’s raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned.

    The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.

    Under its terms, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the al-Qaida No3. Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion.

    Pretty much the same deal Uncle Sugar has with Yemen and a lot of other client states with malleable leaders in the region. Can’t have your sovereignty violated if you’ve already given it away with a wink and a nod.

    But back to the quote. If that information is true and this “safe house” had been under surveillance for years and the US had been notified of it by Pakistan, I really find it beyond belief that the US just found out that OBL was there recently. As mentioned before, neither Bush or Bushwa Barry has had any hesitation about sending a Predator missile up somebody’s ass at the slightest hint that there might be a “terrorist” around. So exactly what did the US know and when did they know it would seem to be the question the media ought to be asking, rather than playing along with the stupid charade that Pakistan had been holding out on the US.

    And I still want to see some pictures. Credit where credit is due – at least the corporate media has begun to ask for them as well.

  6. cometman permalink*
    May 11, 2011 1:29 pm

    From the Pleasure from Small Victories Department, crooked lying teabagging sack of shit contractor running for state Senate has his ass handed to him.

    Not only did he lose badly, but I was able to give him a piece of my mind in person when I saw him outside the voting venue. He tried to tell me I simply didn’t know the whole story regarding the allegations I made against him. Turns out I didn’t. While I knew about his shady development deals, his company’s recent bankruptcy filing, and all the unpaid taxes he had, I hadn’t known until today about this –

    …a judgement against him ordering repayment of more than $770,000 that he took from a ninety-six-year-old woman for whom he once held power of attorney…

    One small step in the right direction at least.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 11, 2011 1:52 pm

      Jesus. That is very gratifying as a pos accountant stole $80,000 from my parents and it took some doing to get things more or less corrected. Long story I will have to tell sometime when the statute of limitations has run out on certain parts of it.l

  7. artemis54 permalink
    May 11, 2011 11:35 pm

    • cometman permalink*
      May 12, 2011 11:15 am

      What was the video? Checked the link a few times and it keeps saying ‘unavailable- check back soon’.

      • artemis54 permalink
        May 12, 2011 12:09 pm

        Hmm. It was a squid mimicry vid. What appears in the comment has nothing to do with what I posted. Now I can’t remember where I found it, an obscure science site.

  8. cometman permalink*
    May 12, 2011 11:34 am

    News from the “War on Terra” –

    Eric Holder needs a new dictionary because he is attempting to claim that shooting an unarmed man at close range rather than capturing him and giving him due process under the Law (isn’t that what the Justice Department is supposed to enforce?!?!?) is somehow not an assassination.

    The absolutely asinine rationale –

    “This is a man who swore he would never be taken alive. There were some indications that perhaps he wore a suicide vest, there’s indications that perhaps there were weapons in the room.”

    Yes, I’m sure OBL routinely sat around the house wearing a TNT dinner jacket. And there was “some indication” that he might have been potting with aliens from the Delta quadrant to use their death ray against capitalist infidels everywhere. Better safe than sorry!

    And if you were one of the Bushwa Barry pom pom girls who thought this extrajudicial execution would at least mean an end to all the ongoing illegal wars currently being waged, think again. Because the House Armed Services Committee just approved next year’s “defense” spending. On top of the bloated amount of cash they’ll once again throw to the death mills, there are provisions to put the US on a permanent war footing with even more powers granted to the executive branch, as well as an attempt to delay the abolishment of DADT.

    More from The Nation

    The House Republican leadership, working in conjunction with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, has included in the 2012 defense authorization bill language (borrowed from the sweeping Detainee Security Act) that would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed and ill-defined foreign forces “associated” with the Taliban and al Qaeda.

    The means that, despite the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan (which GOP leaders in the House have refused to officially recognize as a significant development), the Department of Defense will be authorized to maintain a permanent occupation of Afghanistan, a country bin Laden abandoned years ago, and a global war against what remains of bin Laden’s fragmented operation.

    But wait, it’s liberal champion John Conyers to the rescue! He wrote a letter!

    Sounds like he could use a little help with his punctuation though –

    Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress.

    Pretty sure the period should be after the word “President” with no deliberation required. But deliberate and cede they almost undoubtedly will.

    Note to the jackasses who continue to use all of our tax dollars to construct their batshit insane foreign policy: neither China, nor citizens receiving unemployment benefits or Medicaid, nor a handful of lowtech Islamic criminals are going to bring down the US government. The only entity which poses an existential threat to the US government is the US government.

  9. artemis54 permalink
    May 13, 2011 10:37 am

    Wikileaks: The US, Canada, Russia and Denmark jockey for position, licking their chops at the prospect of raping the Arctic once we’ve gotten rid of that pesky ice.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 13, 2011 1:33 pm

      Sigh. But they’ll keep pretending their hunger for oil profits is really for all of our own good. It’s never about the oil even when it’s clearly only about the oil

      A top military intelligence official has said the discredited dossier on Iraq’s weapons programme was drawn up “to make the case for war”, flatly contradicting persistent claims to the contrary by the Blair government, and in particular by Alastair Campbell, the former prime minister’s chief spin doctor.

      In hitherto secret evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Major General Michael Laurie said: “We knew at the time that the purpose of the dossier was precisely to make a case for war, rather than setting out the available intelligence, and that to make the best out of sparse and inconclusive intelligence the wording was developed with care.”

      His evidence is devastating, as it is the first time such a senior intelligence officer has directly contradicted the then government’s claims about the dossier – and, perhaps more significantly, what Tony Blair and Campbell said when it was released seven months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


      …MI6 told ministers before the invasion that toppling Saddam Hussein “remains a prize because it could give new security to oil supplies”.

  10. cometman permalink*
    May 13, 2011 1:34 pm

    Not surprisingly, Pakistan goes kaboom once again.

  11. cometman permalink*
    May 13, 2011 1:35 pm

    Taibbi’s latest for later perusal – The People vs. Goldman Sachs.

  12. cometman permalink*
    May 13, 2011 1:41 pm

    And a little levity for the weekend. Somebody put a bit of time into this one. From The Galactic Empire TimesObi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says.

  13. artemis54 permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:21 am

    Law & Order IMF

    I want to see the tape of Eliot Stabler and Olivia Benson doin’ their old good cop/bad cop on the head of the IMF. I’m thinking Fin and Munch may have to spend some time in Paris filling in the background.

    Oh this is going to be so much fun.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 16, 2011 9:58 am

      And . . . . perp remanded! No bail for Strauss-Kahn.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 16, 2011 12:46 pm

      Not sure what to make of this news yet. Don’t know much about Dominique other than that I remember him making some noise about substantive reforms right after the economy exploded but that he didn’t exactly seem to be in open rebellion against the rest of the bankers. More that he wanted some reform to save the banksters from themselves and keep them from being ripped apart by an angry populace. Hard to trust anyone that works for the fucking IMF.

      Read an article earlier that painted him as a long-time philanderer (not that that’s really a big deal in France). Mentioned him getting caught in other affairs which his wife must have been aware of, but she vehemently defended him in this case. Either these are really trumped up charges or the missus doesn’t want to see the cash cow taken to the slaughterhouse.

      All that being said, here’s an article from Mike Whitney suggesting that maybe Dominique was kicked to the curb by his fellow oligarchs for making too many peeps about reforming the IMF – Bankers Cheer as IMF Head Faces Sexual Assault Charges. Joseph Stiglitz seems to think he was serious about it –

      The IMF chief certainly has enemies in high places who will be cheering his predicament. He had recently broke-free from the “party line” and was changing the direction of the IMF. His road to Damascus conversion was championed by progressive economist Joesph Stiglitz in a recent article titled “The IMF’s Switch in Time”.

      And of course Dominique was a member of the Socialist party in France and it’s pretty clear how the banking class regards socialism these days.

      Then again, Stiglitz has talked a very good game in recent years but he also used to be chief economist at the World Bank whose policies also favor the banking class at the expense of everybody else. Since nobody has listened to Stiglitz, it remains to be seen whether his proposed policies if implemented would be all that far off from what we have now. I do tend to trust him more than the vast majority of the other oligarchs though, which admittedly isn’t saying much.

      And all that being said, I think you were referring to Eliot Spitzer above, who was actually pretty serious about reforming Wall Street until hit with a sex scandal of his own. I happen to have some anecdotal information regarding Spitzer’s takedown and he definitely did rub a lot of financial people the wrong way with his prosecutions and fines. I attended a lecture Spitzer gave several years back where he openly boasted about pissing off the fatcats, indicating that he had been threatened and that just made him go after them harder. fast forward a few years and I heard through the grapevine the actual name of one very well heeled person who wanted to screw Spitzer bigtime. This well heeled Wall Street type person told a friend of his (which eventually got passed down to me) that he was going to get Spitzer ( I think “fuck him” was the actual term related to me in the story) and shortly after that the news about Client 9 came out, relegating Spitzer to the dust heap with little power left at all.

      So Dominique may in fact be a disgusting slob who thinks his $$ makes him untouchable, but I’m certain he’s far from the only one. So why is he taken out and why now? Probably we’ll never know and will just have to chalk it up to the fog of class war.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 17, 2011 8:29 am

      The fun begins!

      Guess who’s come out in defense of Dominique? His old pal and crackpot racist “philosopher” (which in today’s world I believe means “unemployable”) Bernard-Henri Lévy

      And what I know even more is that the Strauss-Kahn I know, who has been my friend for 20 years and who will remain my friend, bears no resemblance to this monster, this caveman, this insatiable and malevolent beast now being described nearly everywhere. Charming, seductive, yes, certainly; a friend to women and, first of all, to his own woman, naturally, but this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously no, it’s absurd.

      This morning, I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other.

      “Charming? Seductive? Yes, certainly! ” Bwaaaaaahahahahahahaa!!!!!!! I’m sure Dominique really appreciates the “help”.

      Definitely leaning towards Dominique being a scumbag who thought he could buy off anybody but was singled out by some unknown adversary and kicked to the curb.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 17, 2011 12:13 pm

      Haha! The more I read about this story, the more my initial impression of Dominique as a wolf in socialist clothing is confirmed. He’s starting to remind me quite a bit of Barry the “progressive”. Anyway, here’s another one describing Dominique’s rather lavish lifestyle and arguing that his fall might be a boon for actual liberals – Weep Not for Strauss-Kahn.

  14. cometman permalink*
    May 16, 2011 1:34 pm

    Some notes –

    The government’s out of money again and Geithner announced he’ll be dipping into federal pension funds to make up the shortfall. He assures us that the money will be reimbursed once the debt ceiling is raised as it has been in the past, but what with all the “austerity” measures going on and promises from the Republicans not to raise the limit until spending is further slashed, I wouldn’t be so sure those pensions will be made whole.

    But maybe if people continue to stand up and be counted we’ll see a different outcome. Tens of thousands rallied in WI over the weekend to remind Walker that the fight is not over.

    In Greece we see the “austerity measures” serving the purpose the bankers intended as racial tensions come to the surface and people begin fighting among themselves rather than concentrating their ire on the ratfucking bankers – Athens Plunges Deeper Into Crisis. Not good at all.

    And the Libyan government has offered a truce but NATO says we haven’t run out of bombs just yet.

  15. cometman permalink*
    May 16, 2011 1:44 pm

    Squids in space!!!!

    The last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour took some of our tentacled friends into orbit today for a very interesting experiment

    So the real question is morphogenesis under micro-gravity, or, what is the effect of gravity on how an organism makes its shape? And the squid/bacteria symbiosis happens to be a good model system to answer this question.

  16. artemis54 permalink
    May 17, 2011 8:00 am

    So easy to forget the small things. For instance, I have the best neighbors in the world. Yesterday I thinned out some spinach and mustard and gave them to my 85-year old neighbor across the fence. She was as delighted as if I’d given her a million dollars.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 17, 2011 8:50 am

      Very nice!

      Sounds like you’re a good deal ahead of us with the planting. Just put in some broccoli, peas, lettuce and spinach about a week ago and have some sprouts coming up but thinning is a few weeks off.

      And I’m sure my own 85 year-old neighbor is watching intently! Widow who lives alone and she keeps a very close eye on the neighborhood. She seems to know what everybody is up to whether you ever see her outside or not. I bring her regular deliveries of veggies once the garden really gets going. I did thin my irises a week ago and gave her some for her front lawn and I had the squidlette bring her over some cookies we baked on Mother’s day since it had been a while since our last visit. Hopefully that we keep us in her good graces!

      And yes, it is easy to forget this stuff. My neighbor does have an extended family in the area, but she is alone in the house and really loves the company. In this crazy ‘ I got mine and screw you’ society we live in, it’s really nice to feel connected to your neighbors and feel like you are actually helping a little bit.

      • artemis54 permalink
        May 17, 2011 2:19 pm

        I got a little jump on things by covering up my barrels of greens with comforters etc for about three weeks.

        This same neighbor came around at Christmas with a box of cookies for me. I mean a ten pound box of cookies of all different sorts she had made, and all delicious. I had to give most away to everybody I knew or I would have been fat enough to butcher by spring.

      • artemis54 permalink
        May 17, 2011 6:53 pm

        I think it is wonderful that your squidlette should grow up with the notion of taking the neighbors cookies because that is what you do. Social obligation outisde all this legalistic crap. Something human left in this godawful pile of shit.

        • artemis54 permalink
          May 17, 2011 7:04 pm

          Hmmm. That might read a bit down or misanthropic. I’m sorry.

          I have had a rough few weeks. The black dog came to visit, and I have been doing the only thing I know that works: exercise and sunshine.

          It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but fall always inspires me and spring depresses.

          On a bright note, my babycakes finally landed the job he wanted. Here.

  17. cometman permalink*
    May 17, 2011 12:27 pm

    Who knows if this will lead to an accurate population count or if the populations have really been underestimated or if it will help or hurt the tigers in the long run, but here’s one about more tigers unexpectedly caught on video, this time in Thailand – Thailand jungles mask surprise rise in tiger numbers.

  18. cometman permalink*
    May 17, 2011 12:51 pm

    Some notes –

    More civil rights disappear – Indiana court strips citizens of right to resist unlawful police entry. Because the cops are never wrong and you’ll take your beating and like it.

    If you were anxious about your job being outsourced and having to work at Micky D’s to pay the bills, worry no more! Because you can’t work for Micky D’s either now that they’re replacing cashiers with computers at 7000 locations. So far just in Europe but I can’t imagine it’ll be too long before they do it in the US.

    And it looks like there are some who are not happy with Iowa AG Tom Miller’s ‘move it along nothing to see here’ approach to mortgage servicers and lenders who defrauded their clients. Yves Smith notes that recent HUD audits showed massive fraud at the biggest banks and the current New York AG is beginning an investigation into the mortgage business of the Goldies, Morgan Stanley, and BofA . At least until Chuckles Schumer tells him to knock it off…

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 17, 2011 2:12 pm

      I don’t know if they are still doing it, but one of the drive thru chains in Umatilla, OR hired employees in South Dakota to take your order when you drove thru – because they worked cheaper than Indian employees, what with SD having no minimum wage and all.

  19. triv33 permalink
    May 18, 2011 5:36 am

    I saw this and thought…who might appreciate this?

    • cometman permalink*
      May 18, 2011 10:09 am

      Very nice! We always appreciate the eye candy! I particularly like the fractal-looking patterns from #4.

  20. cometman permalink*
    May 18, 2011 10:07 am

    Regarding your comment above melvin, I wouldn’t worry too much about sounding negative on this little blog. Not much of a ‘look on the bright side’ person myself when no bright side is readily apparent among the bigger events in the world.

    I’m hoping the “be nice to your neighbors” lesson takes with the squidlette. She’s at the stage where she may run up and give you a hug for no apparent reason or she might smack you in the head if you touch her teddy bear. We’re working on that latter bit…

    And you’ve been getting sunshine!?!?!?!? We’ve been getting the Seattle weather for weeks now. Seems to be an annual event in the last few years – as soon as I plant the early veggies that can stand cold weather, we get a few weeks of cold, rainy, damp, nasty weather right on cue instead of an actual spring. Been a couple weeks now of rain every day with no sun break at all. Lawn looks like hell because I’ll be damned if I’m going to get soaked mowing it. If the sun doesn’t come out, I’ll just have a nice crop of hay to harvest soon too.

    Didn’t see too much of the neighbors what with all the snow and cold this winter, mostly just a wave here and there as everybody stayed inside. But we do have a really nice bunch of neighbors and I’m looking forward to a little sun getting everybody out in their yards again. One of them actually congratulated me the other day for yelling at Mr. Crooked Contractor at the polls which made me feel like a lot less of a crackpot than I sometimes do. I like to make the rounds with the squidlette after work and just take a walk and see who’s around to visit. Didn’t have the same opportunity to pleasantly mingle when I lived in Seattle in a neighborhood rampant with crackhouses. Very nice to have people to exchange plants with now. Used to be loaded handguns I’d have thrown in the back yard by the neighbors. Trading seeds and flowers is much more preferable…

    • cometman permalink*
      May 18, 2011 10:21 am

      Oh and congrats on the kid getting a job. Looks like a nice place. Is he a front or back of the house guy? If he’s waiting, don’t let him get too hooked on the easy money. Speaking from experience, it’s hard to give up.

      When I become king of Maine, I will institute a law requiring everybody to wait tables for at least 6 months. I think it builds character. But a decade+ is way too long.

      • artemis54 permalink
        May 18, 2011 11:47 am

        He’s in back, prepping to start and then they are supposed to let him help cook down the road. He’s brought up the idea of culinary school a couple times. If he sticks with this job for a while and still likes the idea, I could get behind it although grandma would probably have to pony up.

        It could just work. Last time we visited he made pork tenderloin, broccoli raab side, I don’t know what all and quite good. The cf experience has made him pretty aware of food.

        He actually does have the personality to make lots of tips as a waiter but isn’t interested. The one time I tried it in college the owner yanked me after two shifts and stuck me in the kitchen. He was afraid I was going to jam a pie in someone’s face or start some shit that would bring the cops down on us.

        • cometman permalink*
          May 18, 2011 12:32 pm

          Heh. That sounds like me when I was a waiter. It is with great fondness that I recall my last days when I knew I was moving on to something else. Basically just told any table who gave me grief to go to hell. After 10 years, I’d put up with more than enough shit.

          We had a cook who wanted to give waiting a try once. He didn’t last long before heading back to the kitchen. The rest of us nicknamed him “Two Table Todd” since a meltdown ensued any time he had more customers than that to handle.

          If you’re going to do the restaurant biz for a while, cooking is definitely the way to go IMO. And that recipe is making me hungry. Wish I could remember the tenderloin recipe my boss at the Greek place used to cook. The sauce was exquisite. It was purplish in color and IIRC coriander was what made it delicious. May have to give him a call. If you’re ever in the Queen Anne area, stop by here.

          • artemis54 permalink
            May 18, 2011 1:23 pm

            Will do. Jesus I could wallow there for several days.

  21. cometman permalink*
    May 18, 2011 12:43 pm

    Climb on board for the latest on Uncle Sugar’s Middle East Hypocrisy Tour!

    Today we find that in an attempt to keep the bad man from killing his own people, NATO forces likely slaughtered a bunch of Libyan religious leaders on a recent bombing run although according to “sources” their meeting place was really a “command and control center”. Nice of them to save gaddafi the trouble.

    We have sanctions against the Syrian government for their violence against protesters which should make BFF Israel very happy.

    In Afghanistan, nobody seems to know whom the people there belong to so at a recent protest against NATO forces slaughtering civilians, just to be on the safe side NATO slaughtered those civilians too.

    Meanwhile, the Bahrain government continues to slaughter its own people and Uncle Sugar couldn’t be happier, with barely a peep made about it while the vast majority of the news from that country is blacked out.

  22. cometman permalink*
    May 18, 2011 12:58 pm

    In what appears to be an attempt to put themselves far from the maddening crowd, JP MorganChase held their shareholders meeting not in NYC but in Ohio at a complex surrounded by a moat. Protesters stormed the castle with an amphibious assault –

    More here and here.

    Meanwhile Newt receives a much deserved golden shower –

    Some background here.

    • artemis54 permalink
      May 18, 2011 2:10 pm

      He is so UNfabulous the glitter won’t even stick to him. Looks like the Newt boomlet is over, with his spat with Ryan and now Limbaugh shitting all over him for days on end. Not that I’m cryin – maybe the evilest prick in a very crowded field. Now he’s talking about reinstituting “literacy” tests for voting.

      Looks like they’ll carry maybe Oklahoma and Wyoming unless Ronnie rises from the grave.

      • cometman permalink*
        May 19, 2011 9:28 am

        Saw some of the dust up on Jon Stewart last night. Using some sort of twisted logic I couldn’t quite fathom, his fellow Republicans have determined he is a disgrace to the GOP. Ha! Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. That’s what you get for coddling morons for the last couple decades.

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