9/12 open menu: feel free to contribute links, music, thoughts, questions, peeves or dreams…

i’m starting a new one since i reckon my paul krassner disney porn may have been a bit too much for some of you.  The last OpenMenu is here.

our friend britzkleig (bigchin) had asked me to post this song and lyrics for him.

Here comes President Kill again.  Surrounded by all his killing men. Telling us who, where why and when. Presdient Kill wants Killing agin.
 
Hooray.  Ring out the bells.  King Conscience is dead.  Hooray.  Now back in your cells.  We’ve president Kill again.
 
Here Comes president Kill again.  Broadcasting from his killing den.  Dressed in pounds and dollars and yen. President Kill wants killing again.
 
Hooray.  Hang out the flags.  Queen Caring is dead.  Hooray.  We’ll stack body bags for President Kill again.
 
Ain’t democracy wonderful.  Them Russians can’t win. Ain’t democracy wonderful.  Let us vote someone like that in.
 
Hooray, everythings great now President Kill is dead. Hooray.  I’ll bet you can’t wait to vote for President Kill instead.

and i’ll stick in the counter-culture hero paul krassner video again; he just turned eight, holy smoke…

155 responses to “9/12 open menu: feel free to contribute links, music, thoughts, questions, peeves or dreams…

  1. (In response also too “On Militarism/Class War”): As a former public servant, I can assure y’all that these Universal Sons of Bushs are themselves TERORIZED by the spirit of the sixties (e.g., “contumacious disregard reminiscent of the massive resistance movement of the 1960s.” – John Paul Woodley Jr.). So it truly is time for OUR PRISM-Break from the TYRANNY of this BarBarack Heinous Obamanable USchwitz! Rise, Eternal Flamers (aka ‘baby’ “boomers”)!

  2. now ya got me chortling out loud, bruce. loved it, and yes. had to look up ‘contumacious’, though. inconvenient people we must be!

    “It isn’t the rebels
    who cause the troubles of the world,
    it’s the troubles
    that cause the rebels.”
    — Carl Oglesby, SDS

    yeah! so there. motus!

  3. From weather.com: Colorado Flood Aerials Show Destruction (PHOTOS)
    Published: Sep 19, 2013

    http://www.weather.com/news/colorado-flood-aerials-show-destruction-photos-20130916

  4. “After The Flood: How Climate Change Changed One Colorado Community Forever”

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/10/2741901/colorado-flood-fire/

    and, it’s going to get much worse. Hard to fathom how this can be ignored so easily.

    Huge record early snow storm in North Dakota causing many thousands of cattle and calves to freeze to death last week. North Dakota Farm field filled with oil.

    now a huge (1/2 size of India) typhoon (hurricane) is winding up and getting ready to blast India. last one this big killed ten thousand.

    stunning satellite picture, and science thereof, ten foot surge expected, winds already 155 mph.

    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2550

  5. mice are very smart

  6. i wouldn’t have believed a mice could do those things, mafr. and yet, there is the evidence. must take a special person to teach them, eh?

    thanks for the flood piece, and the satellite imagery. yes, we’re in for it. how many residents of islands have already had to flee to higher ground permanently? not a large msm story, is it?

    funny, we were just speaking of mice on another thread. my contribution was ‘dalmation mice’ bred by chaz tennenbaum. ;~)

  7. ‘Spinning out Kilowatts’ by Robert Hunziker / October 12th, 2013

    The dawning of a brave new world order of all-powerful, robust energy may be right around the corner, and it’s a game changer.

    Solar-power may be on the brink of an incredible discovery so thrilling it nearly takes one’s breath away! Indeed, this new solar blockbuster may solve many of the world’s climate change problems… Exhale! But, it is still too early to know for sure, and similar to all good things that happen on a large scale, it will take time.

    A Quantum Leap Forward

    Meanwhile, a new R&D company, V3Solar, has innovated a brand new solar design that may knock the socks off current solar technology, maximizing the sun’s energy by generating twenty times more electricity out of the same amount of solar cells, which, in and of itself, is mind-boggling. (Twenty times anything is big; for example, try multiplying your salary by twenty.)’

  8. Yah! Every decade or so, a new teaser’s rolled out (e.g., 1984 E-car, 1995 Clinton Gore, or 2007 ZENN) with following inevitable BP (Big Petroleum) sellout (pay close attention to paragraph 2):
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/zenn-to-cease-electric-car-production-1.805349 (Just WENN I was prepared to buy their promised 2009, 60mph model; my Blue River daughter still has her 2007, 45mph one)
    Don’t let teh “SPIN” door hit the V3Solar miracle on its way out to corporate oblivion (but IF Not, I’ll be one of the first online). But Perchance (BP) … nah!

  9. ah, well. buried, zenn, i reckon. was it really not safe for highway use?

    but how cool is that spinning solar panel? and how funny is this: my fdl copy/paste post on ‘phailin and climate change’ is on the left sidebar of the times of india page? must be hard up for posts, eh?

  10. I’m READY For the Solar spin!
    But for EV “safety’s” sake; NO, the corporate/government VI$E simply puts the $CREW$ to any such Zennovation. First, they REQUIRE an ECM computer “governor” that restricts acceleration to 35mph; then, mandate it “too slow” for minimum interstate speed limit of 40mph. (But, my computer genius son-in-law devised a speed governor override to 45mph for the 2007 model); which is what ZENN had promised, even up to 60mph for its 2009s. (And it was going for a nominal$15K). But then, greed took hold for the 2010 models’ sellout to the Big Company $ON$-OF-BU$H$. And it hasn’t been seen ZENNZ!
    Meanwhile, hoka hey (“the best is yet to come.”}; hope your Café Bombay surprise outsource yields happy returns!

  11. well, now that makes a lotta sense: almost like arranging a hostile takeover by bullshit regs, eh? so you have an inside track on the doin’s through your genius SIL? cool.

    were their $17 million (iirc) in losses then part of the deal they knew was comin’ down the pike ahead of time, but was that just toxic gravy?

    er…my cafe bombay surprise outsource? and how do you make the darlin’ little accent eigu? if’n i want want, i have to go Giggle one and copy/paste it in…arrggh.

    oh, did you see the test video? i’m tryin’ to work with the tech gurus at wordpress to change the style sheet so videos won’t be so large, including in the comments section. i finally got a change, but it’s completely out of proportion. crazy for a virtual luddite tryin’ to do all this stuff, no? dude said i can change the ones in the post one at a time, but if i can get this right, it’ll mean far less fiddlin’ and twiddlin’.

  12. The ZENN salesmen and customers on the street were the last to know of corporate llrc, indeed (i.e., I only found out today)!
    Since you made the Times of India, I assumed you’d found out THEIR outsourcing Calcutta of your column by surprise!
    The letter-box video format is right-on! And (don’t know how, but) the aigu’s automatic in typing the word (e.g., on your comments site): café.

  13. damn, i am slow of brain. i get bombay now, egad and crikey. but yes, it made me laugh. glad to C uncle come and take a whack at the climate change denier over yonder though. i didn’t even quite get what she was drivin’ at. truth to tell.

    so when i type cafe,.. it’ll show with the accent mark when it publishes?

    ah, shoot. wordpress man answers that i should go back to resizing videos one at a time. is it a man thing? does he choose that as a default cuz he duddn’t know what css code would fix it? oopsie; sorry, you are of the male persuasion…. ;~) ‘but goddam, officer! i asked for directions!’ i’m too grumpy to even answer him right now. fook, i paid 99 hard-earned dollars for this place. i want some respect, lol!

    am i going to have to just get used to you being zorro here?

  14. About half of the entire Saharawi population, totalling 150,000 refugees, live in camps across the border in southwest Algeria. Their home villages were bombed with napalm and white phosphorus by the Moroccan air force in 1976, reportedly killing thousands of civilians. Almost four decades later this diaspora and their descendants continue to endure some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet.

    http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/10/14/Canadian-AgriBusiness-Morocco/

  15. What separates Solana from other solar power plants is the ability to store the heat from the sun up to six hours for electrical production at night. In addition to creating steam, the heat transfer fluid is used to heat molten salt in tanks adjacent to the steam boilers. The thermal energy storage system includes six pairs of hot and cold tanks with a capacity of 125,000 metric tons of salt, and the molten salt is kept at a minimum temperature of 530 degrees Fahrenheit.

    When the sun goes down, the heat transfer fluid can be heated by the molten salt to create steam by running it through the tanks instead of the field of parabolic mirrors.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131003-909901.html

  16. the film will be hard to watch, mafr. i guess i was ignorant of SADR altogether. greed is so often the driving force of ‘the banality of evil’, isn’t it? the lies by the agrium spokesperson seriously may have been almost believed by him…by now. there is that possibility/probability in human psychology, sadly. talk about ‘living inside a corporate (or other sorts) of bubbles.

    very cool on the solana generating station. ‘molten salt’; what a concept. i expect the synthetic oil is a closely guarded secret, eh?

    zounds, add the spinning solar cells, and holy crow.

    wish you could have made it to my diary a couple days ago on cyclone phailin. i didn’t catch on, but there was pushback against anthropogenic climate change, although i was slow to catch on. a number of comments were deleted by way of the recent fdl tech glitch, and it became a dead thread after that.

  17. Cuándo, Señora Garcia.,

  18. I read it, I didn’t feel like arguing with the fool person that drivel. I have before, and it just keeps coming.

    The Los Angeles Times has decided it won’t print such stuff, because it’s factually wrong. too bad firedoglake won’t do the same.

    the people in western sahara are forgotten refugees. Same as the ones in Africa.

    Since it’s not Israel oppressing them, they do not matter. It is not covered at all.

  19. Austin City Limits Music Festival Cut Short Due To Heavy Rain And Flash Floods
    by Nick Hill | 14 October 2013
    Due to heavy rain and flash flood the Austin City Limits Music Festival closes a day early.
    Torrential rain showers and thunderstorms as well as some flash flooding has caused the Austin City Limits Music Festival to cancel the final day (Oct 14th). All 75,000 tickets were purchased by fans to attend the last day of the festival.

  20. i certainly wouldn’t have deniers comments censored, but as will rogers said approximately:

    ‘ don’t mind that you think what you think, but it’s what you believe so strongly that i know you’re wrong about that gets under my skin.’ or something. but srsly, climate change is one of the areas that i just haven’t studies, since there are so many who have, and so little time to learn so many issues. thus, i didn’t even know what the acronym one commenter threw out.

    watching as africom is hell-bent on recolonizing africa is very painful to me, mafr.

    i was thinking how sad what agrium is doing in another direction, too. rock phosphate is very important in sustainable agriculture, so importing conflict products is even more toxic, if you know what i mean. almost vibrationally wrong, to put it in hippie language.

  21. There’s another series at the tyee about canadian mining companies doing harm around the world, they come here because of the friendliness of the the current govt. If you haven’t read enough dismal stuff lately.

    I’m not sure why the plight of Africans is ignored by the world other than the odd shootout, ship taking, or war crimes trial.

  22. i may have had my minimal daily requirement of dismal, mafr. i’ve been reading another story on the WHO quashing reports out of iraq on depleted uranium’s effects. the new one quotes an insider. dunno if i’ll write it up; the subject does lead to anger and then depression for me. sometimes expressing the former offsets the latter, of course.

    i guess the *why* of it is pretty simple: brown and black people are expendable unless they rise to some power or position that causes them to be seen as useful to the world oligarchs. and when you have people like susan rice, samantha powers, and their cohorts befriending rulers who have committed mass genocide, it gets even more hypocritical and disgusting.

  23. After looking at the Book Salon and the medical experimentation I was determined to do something upbeat today. Even with 8 military aircraft crossing my view of an otherwise beautiful sunrise this morning, I got out in my canoe for an hour, enjoyed some peak fall colors in low angle mornng light and came home to wrap another nice chunk of the garden for winter.

    I just clipped the last of the basil and just finished pulling leaves from stems and doing a plain pesto tonight. Enough to put a couple quart bags full in the freezer for later this winter. Inhaling what I came (basil) for pleasure, a few fresh bundles of oregano are drying also. Frosty cold moving in overnight.

    And no more Carnacing, ;-) I was barely interested in that thread, but I did skim it and the comments. Had some music in mind other than what was featured there.

  24. i did avoid that book salon, but i did read jeff’s diary on the subject some time ago. the paddle sounds just prefect, nonquixote.

    did you already freeze the basil? i find it keeps green if i shock it: immerse in boiling water, strain quickly, then dump it in ice water…strain again. you may know all this, but ooh la la, do i love basil. mr. wd’s papa sent us some pinions, the first we’ve had in ages. next batches of pesto got toasted ones. mmmm.

    yeah, that thread gave me a serious wtf? moment. talk about calling out the dogs. when i went to nap, i reckoned that when i got up i may have been banned already, no, but i have spent all the succeeding hours grabbing more of my diaries to store in another word press site i keep for overflow, links, and all that rot.

    one of our enormous androscoggin poplars turned flaming yellow today, and it really is soul-warming. the oaks turned brown, not red this year, the quakees were meh, leaves fell early. one maple in the front promises to have leaves of all colors, though. even on one leaf. yeah, we imported exotics, but what are ya gonna do? ;~)

  25. I’ll try the shocking next season, thanks. Was on to supper and now on to cracking garlic bulbs. Only about 250 bulbs to go.

    We are northern hardwood trees. Iridescence is the phase we are in, plenty of subtle shades of greens yet. Most leaves still hanging on. If you have my flicker link yet, there is a autumn view looking south from my garden.
    Better days to you, we all need the contrasts to make comparisons.

  26. i remember the ohio deciduous trees still, amigo. to stand in a shower of leaves was…to be inside a better version of a snow globe…i’m in my favorite place right now, near sally petersen’s house, on the way to the little twin lakes store…trees 360 degrees.

    shock snow peas, too, or anything you want to keep green, or lock in the nutrients before freezing. stuff tastes better, too.

    dinnae think to keep your flickr account. when they shifted formats, they jettissoned almost all my photos. hard to want to load them again, but now they keep locking me out, anyway. ack: such security, lol.

  27. AFP: Powerful Typhoon Wipha heads for Fukushima, Tepco bracing for ‘inflows of water’ — Experts: Huge flood potential for area around plant — Forecast to grow and strengthen, up to 40-foot waves off Japan coast (PHOTO

    enenews http://enenews.com/afp-powerful-typhoon-heads-for-fukushima-huge-flood-potential-for-area-around-plant-forecasted-to-grow-and-strengthen-photo

  28. and no one knows yet if the rods have melted through the reactor/s yet? the side bar stories are unbelievably hideous, mafr. imagine being on any of the details, whether investigation, cleanup, mitigation…knowing you will die from exposure. not that many are a whale of a lot more protected.

  29. hi, who knows what’s going on with the pitiful amount of workers there. They had thousands working on Chernobyl. Tepco looks like a few hundred at most. I’ve read that the Japanese mafia is one of the groups that gets the workers to come there. It’s all melted, fissioning, and dumping completely uncontrolled.

    their plan is basically wait for the next earthquake or typhoon, then walk away.
    here’s a Canadian singer songwriter worth following, if it matters, I think she’s metis… very nice voice and tunes. endlessly touring on her own. she has a well written blog too

    http://www.christacouture.com/blog/this-feels-real-money-meaning-and-from-noun-to-verb/#comments

    I tune in 850 KOA sometimes, surprised to hear ski resorts are open in Colorado.

  30. what a balm those songs were, and in the nick of time. i was stupidly listening to gundersen (he partners with caldicott often) about the disaster level at the place, and looking at satellite images over japan.

    i didn’t know the ski areas were open, either, but i never hear the news. the la platas (i know, the the is redundant) are pretty white already, doubt it will melt.

    christa uses her voice so creatively, doesn’t she? and such a range, to boot. is it she on electric piano? thanks so much; nice tonic to offset the other a bit.

  31. mafr, good morning, thanks for the tunes, very nice, two days of rain forecast and I have been urged inside for the day as it has begun in earnest.

    wendydavis, starting late in the day bread, some barley flour from that which I harvested this summer. Small test plot, organic hull-less variety, five gallon bucket full to use up from 120 square foot densely sown, early May. Who is my farmer? ;-)

    Peace and no more Pacific fish it appears.

  32. the scablands
    this is interesting, and not a bummer, drove through this area. a glacial lake the size of several of the great lakes combined, drained when the ice dam melted, and the water was released which took around two weeks, flows at 45 miles per hour.

    http://hugefloods.com/LakeMissoula.html

  33. you are both welcome re tunes. glad you liked her music.

  34. Harvey Wasserman at FDL:
    “Neither Tokyo Electric nor the government of Japan can go this alone. There is no excuse for deploying anything less than a coordinated team of the planet’s best scientists and engineers.

    We have two months or less to act.

    For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama to mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take charge at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety.

    You can sign the petition at: http://www.nukefree.org/crisis-fukushima-4-petition-un-us-global-response

  35. only have a moment right now, but i did want to say that christa srsly uses her voice as another instrument in the fullest sense of the phrase. wears her heart on her sleeve so sweetly. my fave so far is ‘i don’t play piano’, but i can’t find a good version. this is very nice, too. i’ll be back in a bit.

    oh, and i’m gonna be foolin’ with the css customization, so don’t be alarmed if i blow the place up by mistake, okay?

  36. wow that is an amazing song/video/performance/arrangement.

    that is really something.

  37. ‘allo, nonquixote. cool on the barley, dinnae know about hulless. do you ever grow elephant garlic, or roast regular in a sauce pan? i do a lot of thadtional mexican cooking, and roast a lot of garlic for it, and roast and peel boatloads of green and poblano chiles. it’s like a second career. make sauces out of the dried red ones, too: a labor of love. but oh, so healthy.

    thank you for the petition, bruce. interesting to see wasserman’s face; i never had before. too bad this didn’t happen long ago. i’m gonna take a short break from fdl; some stuff happened there yesterday that made me physically ill. no big deal, but it starts to add up. i did finally find someone at wordpress who knew how to help me customize the video sizes site-wide, so that’s one major headache off me. except that i have a big un anyway….

    dreamt last night that i was the child of a fisherman’s family; strange how i can still feel the nets in my hand, smell the kelp. maybe that’s why i feel so small today, eh? ;)

    yes, mafr; that song is so good, and so brave of her to speak of such a thing. very important when poets and musicians and storytellers reach inside and bring out human frailties to the light of day, yes?

    i’m gonna stick in a video concerning canada spying on brazilian oil and mining industries, and cbc’s reporting of it. wish we still got that channel; i loved the stand up comics and ‘this hour has 22 minutes’ and so on. suck it, stephen harper!

  38. hahahaha!

    don’t know if this works in the USA quite a few shows can be streamed.

    http://www.cbc.ca/television/

  39. are you perhaps ha-ha-ing the love i sent to stephen harper, mafr? tsk, tsk.

    thank you for the cbc link, but at least for now, ‘this hour’ wouldn’t play; it didn’t say why. but: it did cause me to wonder if any of the shows were on youtube ((ya rotten scallywag)), so i’ve been listening to oldies, even if they’ve been recently published on youtube. this one, for instance, lol:

    damn, i miss them all. :)

  40. “Typhoon Wipha wreaks deadly destruction on Japan: Japanese islanders die and homes damaged in mudslides but typhoon spares Tokyo and Fukushima nuclear plant”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/16/typhoon-wipha-japan-izu-oshima

  41. “A Tepco spokesman said Typhoon Wipha had caused no new problems at the plant, which is on the coast 130 miles (220km) north of Tokyo.

    The storm dumped heavy rain that had to be pumped out of protective containers at the base of about 1,000 tanks storing radioactive water, the byproduct of a jerry-rigged cooling system designed to control wrecked reactors.

    The rainwater was checked for radioactivity and released into the sea, the company spokesman said.”

    hahahahaha

    NHK world

    “in a separate move, TEPCO made an emergency transfer of highly radioactive water that had pooled at 2 other locations. The water was transferred to an adjacent underground storage pool. TEPCO had not stored water underground since a leak in April […] because rainwater from the typhoon was rising fast, the utility decided to store the radioactive water temporarily in an underground pool […] TEPCO has built additional storage tanks and increased personnel and patrols to control contaminated water after a storm earlier this month. Radioactive water flowed over barriers at that time, and seeped out of an overfilled tank. […] The authority asked TEPCO to tighten monitoring for possible leaks.”

    how desperate do you have to be to work at that hell hole?

  42. oh, lordie. sounded a bit too good to be so. how desperate? nothing left to lose, i reckon. even if it’s under the gun?

  43. che pasa emailed this video; the message is that (as with grand bargains, bailouts, financial sector corruption, etc.: the Rabble is always stuck with the bill.
    i’d say ‘enjoy’, but these particular pigs have no manners, so… ;)

    A Lobbyist And A Senator Walk Into A Restaurant …

  44. hi wendydavis

    recorded “alfie” burt bacharach tune

    first chorus one guitar, second chorus two guitars. some flubs as usual.

    https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

  45. hilarious skit!!!

  46. it really is funny. the look on her face! i wish buffy’s ‘priests of the golden bull’ hadn’t been taken down from youtube (others, too). it works in soooo many instances, not to mention overall.

    but bugger; your alfie link doesn’t work. it goes to a page labelled what’s in the link, but nothing loads. try again?

  47. maybe this

    https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

    thanks for listening…

  48. no I think this will work

  49. well, now, i’m a little high, but it made me feel myself lying on a beach sand and seeing the notes as particles of light streaming into the sky in arcs, whooshing into the clouds…

    but as i said, i’m kinda high. ;~)

    srsly, mafr. just lightalicious. and very…colorful. thank you, darlin’.

  50. you’ve got one hell of an imagination.

    I remember the first time I heard Jimi, and I was not high, and the sounds came at me like a snake slivering across the little record store I was looking around. literally sounded like something alive. foxy lady. then years later, I got up with the band, and I played that tune at my daughter’s wedding.

  51. I wish to also say, no problem if I post a tune here, and you don’t like it, that’s fine with me. no feeliings hurt by that.

  52. well, see: you did it too, with jimi. one you put up, at least i think it was you, each time i played it, i *saw* something different. maybe different days? i forget. but as to saying when i don’t care for one, i’m pretty sure i have, at least once. it was mainly about the vocals.

    speaking of which, do you sing? in the end, i reckon that’s my very favorite instrument, or was for my ownself, even though i never had much range. i always loved being able to make people laugh, cry, wonder, or gather strength through recognition of life’s common ballads thru…i can’t think of the word. what emotions ? can be delivered, anyway, beyond the lyrics… but that’s what you’re doing with your piano-like guitar, yes? the extras?

    baez was a master; chapman, too. especially a capella. great art pasted into this one, too.

  53. how bout this?

    During excavations 1973 at the site of Herod the Great’s fortified mountaintop palace at Masada in Israel, archeologists uncovered a cache of seeds stowed away in a clay jar about 2,000 years ago.

    “When we asked if we could try and grow some of them, they said, ‘You’re mad,’ but they gave us three seeds,” she said. so why not give it our best shot — and we were rewarded.”*

    Solowey planted a seed in a pot at Kibbutz Ketura in January, immediately after receiving them. Since then, it has sprouted into a seedling, produced its first blossom in 2011, and now flourishes as a young date palm. It has been nick-named “Methuselah”, after the oldest person who ever lived, according to the biblical account.

    http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/09012013/article/ancient-date-palm-tree-flourishes-again

  54. well, blow me down with more synchrocity. when your comment came in via email, i wondered if you were commenting after i’d told juliania that the 1999 moskovitch heirloom tomato seeds a neighbor had given me,,,to give to her…had sprouted after a couple weeks in a wet paper towel. Her interest was piqued because we had a bumper crop of them, so she asked us to save her some seeds, and she explained the long process of removing the skins oer the seeds by…sliming them, lol.

    anyhoo, *one of us* mixed up the semi-final pickin’s, and i had no idea as to which red and tangy globes were moskoviches. the rest is evident.

    but i am a fan of both irony and synchronous events. also your link is wonderful since some ancient, at least in US history, ‘anasazi beans’ were discovered in a storage room in one of the ruins north of here, were found dormantly live, sproutable, and are now grown in dove creek, co, the ‘bean capital of the world’ or some such. sweet, speckled (brindle?) and delicious they are. and as i am a sorta gourmet indigenous cook, i love them as well as their history.

    fantastico! the methuselah date palm!

  55. from Paul Craig Roberts, who linked this: (read his latest column it’s really good…http://paulcraigroberts.org

    discussing declining American influence, he links to:

    “In a series of recent rulings, the European Court of Justice overturned economic sanctions issued by the Council of the European Union (EU) on several Iranian banks and shipping lines. On September 6 and 16, 2013, the Court halted sanctions on Persia International Bank plc, Bank Refah Kargaran, Export Development Bank of Iran, Post Bank Iran, Iranian Offshore Engineering & Construction Co., Iran Insurance Company, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Khazar Shipping Lines, and Good Luck Shipping.

    http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/268742/Export+controls+Trade+Investment+Sanctions/The+European+Court+of+Justice+Overturns+Unfreezes+EU+Iran+Sanctions

    America fading superpower?

  56. fantastico! the methuselah date palm!

    something about this is hopeful.

  57. ‘something about this is hopeful.’ ~ that drew a smile.

    maybe yes to the ‘us as a declining superpower. i believe that snowden’s revelations are working similar magic, showing that the Imperium is not only naked, but sincerely hypocritical and vengeful. i have some notes for a post asking if china might unravel the tpp, too, as they forge other deals, both large and small. dunno, but it’s a worthy question.

    i’ll try to read the pcr; dunno if i have since i haven’t clicked the link. he’s gotten pretty radical given the fact that he’s called either ‘the’ or ‘one of the’ authors of reaganomics. he indicts this iteration of capitalism, but one day i hope to see him blast it out of the water as the framework for a system that’s built to be corrupt, built to be non-egalitarian, and that our economic system has long, long ago far outstripped participatory democracy. maybe he does so at your link. :)

  58. roberts’ language is a bit unsettling, or it may be the format, dunno for sure. but i did read the escobar piece he mentioned earlier, and wished i knew more about currency manipulation and reserve currencies.
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Birth-Of-The-De-Ameri-by-Pepe-Escobar-Dollar_Economic_International_Shutdown-131015-855.html

    his observations about reforming the world bank and imf may have been shorthand for pieces he’s written before, but he speaks of ‘reform’, not the creation of non-neoliberal development banks. if the brics nations can create a just and low interest one, good on them. those austerity resets have played havoc with the world’s 99%, that’s for sure. at least in my case, it was the arab spring nations who first blew the largest whistle on what those corrupt loans actually entailed.

    remember ten or so years ago when iran made all kinds of declarations about creating their own oil bourse? i wonder if that one thing put them in the ‘axis of evil’ crosshairs.

  59. I can’t follow much that most economists say. They don’t want anyone to understand what they’re saying.

    at least I can follow Paul Craig Roberts.

    I think Pepe Escobar is a good writer, but I don’t think he’s always right either. some of the things I’ve written made no sense to me, at all, and I just stopped reading his stuff.

    I played at a school one hundredth anniversary here yesterday. They had a slide show of pictures from the early days of the school. It was spooky. all the things those people went through, ww1 roaring twenties, dirty thirties, Hitler, ww2.

  60. i write stuff i don’t understand, too, lol. but i think i know what you meant. yep, sometimes pepe seems to have imbibed too much tequila, but stuff like ‘so long, ragheads!’ with analysis re: the us imperium makes me laugh.

    he’s once of the sources about the various trade deals and china, but it’s pretty straight forward; even the folks and naked capitalism liked it. :) i used to like stiglitz and simon johnson best, but even they’ve been a bit disappointing lately. wolff was on moyers again, but i guess i’m tried of his repeating repeating repeating…

    i read both the taibbi pieces pcr mentioned, and oy. ugly. frontline did a piece recently on how 401k’s have been plundered, and few even know it. not msm sorts of stuff, so it’s good frontline may still be capable of some investigative journalism. their show on assange and wikileaks, though, was a hatchet job.

  61. Interesting article about the channel scablands of Oregon/Washington/Montana, gives an idea what happens when the climate is altered. And how quickly things can change.

    What is described below took about two weeks, scientists think. Ice dam melted, and released the lake:

    “The water that was impounded behind the dam filled the tributary valleys for many miles to the east. At its highest level Glacial Lake Missoula covered an area of about 3,000 square miles and contained an estimated 500 cubic miles of water—half the volume of present day Lake Michigan. Its surface stood at 4,150 feet above sea level, giving the lake a depth of nearly 2,000 feet at the ice dam (more than twice the depth of Lake Superior). Traces of ancient shore lines in western Montana indicate that the lake was about 950 feet deep at present-day Missoula, 260 feet deep at Darby, and more than 1,100 feet deep at the south end of Flathead Lake. The glacial lake’s eastern shore was some place east of Drummond. The Drummond area itself was beneath nearly 200 feet of water.”

    released in two weeks. Would have been interesting to be there.

    I posted this before but I think it disappeared.

  62. Peter Sellers does The Beatles as Richard the Third.

  63. lolololol! that man was a genius.

  64. that’s what I was going to say.

  65. so many comedic geniuses are troubled, and by all accounts, sellers was no exception. despite that, or maybe because of that, we honor him, and wish him a great and hilarious journey in the afterlife. i reckon that he might appreciate any ironies that he happens upon ten times more than i will. lenny bruce, george carlin and many others as well. they made life more bearable.

  66. Strange how things change.

    “Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Iran next month to urge the country’s leaders to be flexible in negotiations aimed at resolving the dispute over its nuclear program.

    Kishida will visit Iran on November 9th, 2 days before he attends foreign ministerial talks of the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, in India.”

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131022_22.html

  67. “i write stuff i don’t understand, too, lol. ”

    I don’t understand some of what you write, and some of your conversations with people online seem to be in a code. Sometimes I haven’t got any idea what they’re about.

  68. any guesses as to why kishida will speak to iranian leaders and being flexible? because of fukushima, perhaps? i don’t even know anything about the asem, and the wiki doesn’t give many clues.

    as to ‘not understanding’, i was just teasing you for saying up yonder about pepe, ‘some of the things I’ve written made no sense to me, at all, and I just stopped reading his stuff. ‘ i’d thought you meant pepe, not yourself, as in: a typo.

    if my stuff seems to be code, replying to bruce (the masked man, zorro/scarlet pimpernel), it’s because i rarely have any idea what his wordplay is about, and even asking doesn’t glean much…elucidation.

    interesting stuff about the montana lakes; that is gorgeous country. postcard pretty.

  69. Bruce, yes. seems like code.

    yes, typo.

    1000 feet deep, 500 cubic miles of water released in two weeks. speeds of 45 miles per hour.

    Those glacial lakes photos, yes it’s beautiful, those people did a great job on their site.

    astounding flood. Maybe that was the biblical flood.

  70. i’d missed the hugefloods.com link; fantastic photos. ‘biblical flood’. :)

    i wish i had the decoder ring. i was going from memory of the lakes way back when we hitch-hiked all over the place, trying to find a new place to live. the canadians wouldn’t let us in, lol. if they had, i might be more polite now, eh?

  71. you’re polite.

    Michael Swanwick is a famous sci fi writer, who has a blog amongst other things he has tips for writers. I’m not a writer, but I read it cause he’s amusing.

    “What should I do with all the failed stories I’ve accumulated over the years of trying to learn to write? Should I throw them out or what?

    And the answer is: Keep ’em. ”

    http://floggingbabel.blogspot.ca/2013/10/what-to-do-with-your-failed-stories.html

    I found him at drabblecast

    ““Planning to live forever, Tiktok?” The words cut through the bar’s chatter and gab and silenced them. The silence reached out to touch infinity and then, “I believe you’re talking to me?” a mech said”

    drabblecast stories are narrated, and often very funny.

    http://www.drabblecast.org/?s=michael+swanwick

  72. his blog, is called “flogging babel”

  73. he looks like fun reading, mafr. he should write for ‘red dwarf’, a favorite. i only ever tried fiction once. seems like he had a lot of good ideas; and self-effacingly ironic, to boot.

    poetic excerpt.

  74. It’s hard to believe this is only 20 years ago. In some ways, maybe most ways, North America has gone down.

    if you compare this to what “country” music is doing now, …….

  75. wrong track here it is (although there are no bad tunes on the playlist)

  76. actually, the first link is better, the tune is a few down the playlist, much better quality.

    there are men and women country singers now as good as those, but they don’t get tv shows or hit songs, as those women did. they get to play in restaurants and bars, for people who aren’t listening.

    look at that crowd, they love those outstanding musicians. times have definitely changed.

  77. loved the ‘he thinks he’ll keep her’; what a band and backup singers. my favorite of hers is this one, so full of life, mockery, and irony: (i’m switching the live one for the studio; i like it better, especially the stops and harmonies.)

  78. played that tune in a band that never got off the ground.

    great tune. Pam Tillis has an angelic voice. amazing bunch of singers. I think that’s the same show, “women of country music” tv show. thanks!

  79. played ‘he thinks he’ll keep her’ or ‘i feel lucky’? if the latter, did ya feel odd singin’ about lyle lovett’s hand upon your thigh?

    seriously, i just checked, and that playlist is 49 tunes deep. i have a client comin’ in a bit, a cowboy blacksmith. think i’ll just play it for him instead of…something else.

    the first boggus one was a bit poppy for my tastes, but i really liked her cover of nanci griffith’s ‘love don’t fly’ or whatever the title is.

    does current country have anything country about it? i’ve lost touch, but the last trailer i saw for the cna awards didn’t make me hopeful, not that i liked *all* old country.

  80. I feel lucky with a woman singing the tune.

    suzie bogguss has a fantastic voice. some of her tunes are poppy. country is just a word now in the music business.

  81. er…i was teasing you a bit there about lyle’s hand and all, mafr. :)

    thanks for the treats. but your final sentence did remind me of this:

  82. I know. Lyle took a wpg girl down to Texas with him. ladies man he is.

    yeah, I remember that tune by Joan, it was on the hit parade. nice tune,
    she did have a stellar voice.

    But I still don’t forgive Joan for the way she did “the night they drove old dixie down” with an up tempo goofy happy arrangement for it. total ruination of one of the great sad songs. She completely missed it that time.

    looking at the mary chapin carpenter video, the excellent tune, all those highly talented obviously strong women, and the audience really loving it, something’s different now. are we in decline?

  83. hmmm; your ‘in decline’ question would take a lot of thought. could you expand a bit?

    yes, i just went and played her version, bud oddly i did find another version by the band that was similarly upbeat and far to fast. this version wasn’t. levon, yes?

  84. I’ll give it a try.

    I think that’s levon. I guess only the band can do that tune.

  85. ever heard of “The McCollum memo”?

    The memo outlined the general situation of several nations in World War II and recommended an eight-part course of action for the United States to take in regards to the Japanese Empire in the South Pacific,[citation needed] suggesting the United States provoke Japan into committing an “overt act of war”.[2]

  86. UPDATED: USGS Says 7.3) Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Off #Fukushima Coast, Max 1-Meter High Tsunami Expected

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.ca

  87. i hadn’t heard of the memo, but i had heard of the ‘Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory’ in the ‘related’ section. unbeknownst to me, the mccollum memo was a part of it.

    tangentially, i’ve read numerous articles that alleged that fdr’s anti-semitism was the cause on his failure to broadcast, or even discount, the smuggled-out reports from jews detailing the holocaust interment camps and later, crematoria.

    oh, lordie, another earthquake and tsunami! question: a number of folks besides harvey wasserman are calling for global help for the tepco plant. is it too late? pardon me for considering that it might be…

    added: i just clicked your link, and it seems there does seem to be need for a more vigorous effort. my stars; just the stronium 90 is wicked bad.

  88. The West coast of Canada and USA is experiencing serious problems with the ocean.

    star fish die off, smelt or sardine die off, salmon die off, and now today I read that killer whales are part of this.

    I am on Facebook, I have about thirty “friends” I post these things, and the response is….. nothing. people are in a trance.

    some frightening links and stories at enenews today. huge increase in radiation around fukushima, the last few days. Employees lied into working there, they net 60 dollars a day pay.

    all countries particularly russia, need to be involved.

    The Japanese government is a group of criminals.

  89. i’d read some of that, but the starfish were actually turning to jelly; my stars. but the plastics from the great pacific garbage patches might be helping that, oh my oh my. but yes: the orcas, too.

    wasserman and gundersen are seriously flipped out at the potentially apocalyptic danger of the fuel rod removal in reactor #4. good god all-friday.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/24-3

    as far as your facebook friends’ silence, it’s not hard to believe that most of us simply can’t afford to let the largest horrors in; it’s a well-learned defense mechanism, isn’t it? which makes it all the more important that those of who can, act as witnesses to the horrors of many sorts…and write about them, speak to them, as you do, mafr. they may be absorbing the messages, and may speak one day (she sayed hopefully).

  90. Indeed existential threat with imperative desideratum:
    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-world-community-must
    After so acting, bear in mind we sustained probably 4 times as much totally, from the nuclear war of about 300 atmospheric “test” explosions conducted upon just US, growing up through 1963. Untolled horrors, without doubt; but some obvious survival. Still, NO REPEAT!

  91. signed, even if i had already signed before. let them sot if out. i’d read those metrics; hard to believe, but then, marie curie proved that radiations effects are virtually invisible…until they are incontrovertible, eh?

    Now i am become death, destroyer of worlds.”

  92. And so, temper our shields with The GOOD, In Deed!

  93. is there some spiritual alchemy to neutralize it? so hard to imagine.

  94. Perhaps not for US, but surely for our little corner of the cosmos; when 4 Billion years hence (the HALF Life of DU), the sun, like the orb in your C-B avatar, re-embraces its planetary offspring; and their human abuse is at last assuaged.

  95. ah; the long view, via black hole, eh?

    perhaps we should be running ads in the ‘Time Lords Daily’ for a benign necromancer?

    shoot, back when i first read ‘silent spring’, i started imagining the planet had enough agency to effect a major ‘shrugging off of humanity’, and then started tripping out about the increase in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. being part of my crazee imaginings. in that scenario, the cockroaches and dolphins would have been left to give another try at evolution. ;)

  96. OR We evolve to increased radionuclide immunity; but I’m bettin’ on the roaches.

  97. yikes. but yeah, those cockroaches are adaptable sumbitches. how many millenia have they been scurryin’ around? ish….

  98. “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment was published by the New York Academy of Sciences.

    It is authored by three noted scientists:

    Russian biologist Dr. Alexey Yablokov, former environmental advisor to the Russian president;

    Dr. Alexey Nesterenko, a biologist and ecologist in Belarus; and

    Dr.Vassili Nesterenko, a physicist and at the time of the accident director of the Institute of Nuclear Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

    Its editor is Dr. Janette Sherman, a physician and toxicologist long involved in studying the health impacts of radioactivity.

    The book is solidly based — on health data, radiological surveys and scientific reports — some 5,000 in all.

    It concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow.

    The book explodes the claim of the International Atomic Energy Agency– still on its website that the expected death toll from the Chernobyl accident will be 4,000. The IAEA, the new book shows, is under-estimating, to the extreme, the casualties of Chernobyl.

    Alice Slater, representative in New York of the Nuclear Age Peace

    Foundation, comments: “The tragic news uncovered by the comprehensive

    new research that almost one million people died in the toxic aftermath of Chernobyl should be a wake-up call to people all over the world to petition their governments to put a halt to the current industry-driven

    “nuclear renaissance.’ Aided by a corrupt IAEA, the world has been subjected to a massive cover-up and deception about the true damages caused by Chernobyl.”

    Further worsening the situation, she said, has been “the collusive agreement between the IAEA and the World Health Organization in which the WHO is precluded from publishing any research on radiation effects without consultation with the IAEA.” WHO, the public health arm of the UN, has supported the IAEA’s claim that 4,000 will die as a result of the accident.”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-book-concludes-chernobyl-death-toll-985-000-mostly-from-cancer

  99. I don’t believe anything said by any public official or industry rep. about Fukushima.

    As far as atomic tests go, I don’t believe anything they have said about that either.

    I was looking into above ground testing, and noticed that the American published maps of where the radiation was carried in the atmosphere stopped at the American border.

    didn’t even bother thinking about where there deadly particles ended up outside their own borders.

    same as DU in Fallujah, agent orange in Vietnam, cluster bombs in Laos and Cambodia, 500,000 children in Iraq.

    It’s all worth it.

    Whatever they say about how many deaths were caused, I believe not one word.

    Fukushima has been emitting plutonium strontium 90 caesium etc. They don’t give a shit.

  100. The book was edited by Janette Sherman.

    “Janette Sherman, M.D. specializes in internal medicine and toxicology with an emphasis on chemicals and nuclear radiation that cause illness, including cancer and birth defects. She graduated from Western Michigan University with majors in biology and chemistry and from the Wayne State University College of Medicine.

    Prior to medical school, she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (forerunner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) at the University of California in Berkeley, and for the U.S. Navy Radiation Defense Laboratory in San Francisco. Thus began her long-time involvement with the subject of nuclear radiation.

    From 1976–1982 Dr. Sherman served on the advisory board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act. She has been an advisor to the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer and to the EPA on pesticides. She is a resource person, advisor, and speaker for universities and health advocacy groups concerning cancer, birth defects, pesticides, toxic dumpsites, and nuclear radiation.

    She was named Distinguished Alumna of Western Michigan University in 1989, was admitted to the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. in 2001 based upon “meritorious original research in medicine and toxicology”, and awarded the Foremothers Award in 2006 by the National Research Center for Women and Families.”

  101. Dr. Sherman, speaking of the IAEA’s and WHO’s dealing with the impacts of Chernobyl, commented: “It’s like Dracula guarding the blood bank.” The 1959 agreement under which WHO “is not to be independent of the IAEA” but must clear any information it obtains on issues involving radioactivity with the IAEA has put “the two in bed together.”

    good article. written by Karl Grossman, I think he runs solartopea blog.

  102. whooosh. obfuscations covering lies wrapped around secret atrocities.

    i kept links about the who censoring the real report on depleted uranium use in iraq, not just in fallujah.

    “Recently, Hans von Sponeck, the former assistant secretary general of the United Nations and senior UN humanitarian official in Iraq, wrote to me: “The US government sought to prevent WHO from surveying areas in southern Iraq where depleted uranium had been used and caused serious health and environmental dangers.”

    Today, a WHO report, the result on a landmark study conducted jointly with the Iraqi Ministry of Health has been “delayed”. Covering 10,800 households, it contains “damning evidence”, says a ministry official and, according to one of its researchers, remains “top secret”. The report says that birth defects have risen to a “crisis” right across Iraqi society where DU and other toxic heavy metals were by the US and Britain. Fourteen years after he sounded the alarm, Dr. Jawad Al-Ali reports “phenomenal” multiple cancers in entire families.”

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/31/the-iniquities-of-the-iraq-war/

    then not long afterward:

    ‘How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare: Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe’

    “Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a long awaited document summarising the findings of an in-depth investigation into the prevalence of congenital birth defects (CBD) in Iraq, which many experts believe is linked to the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by Allied forces. According to the ‘summary report’:

    “The rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. The study provides no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq.”

    Jaffar Hussain, WHO’s Head of Mission in Iraq, said that the report is based on survey techniques that are “renowned worldwide” and that the study was peer reviewed “extensively” by international experts.

    Backtrack

    But the conclusions contrasted dramatically from previous statements about the research findings from Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) officials involved in the study. Earlier this year, BBC News spoke to MOH researchers who confirmed the joint report would furnish “damning evidence” that rates of birth defects are higher in areas experiencing heavy fighting in the 2003 war.”

    and yada, yada, bullshit coverup. no, we shouldn’t believe any *offishull* reports.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/oct/13/world-health-organisation-iraq-war-depleted-uranium

  103. sweetie, you are seriously in need of a grounding song. i’m a bit stronger today for some odd-bleepin’ reason (especially with the bittersweet fall ending), but a reminder from the past i love witlessly:

    peace to you for tonight, mafr, as you continue to Bear Witness to The Darkness of the deadliness of radiation exposure in all its forms.

  104. thanks a lot… one of the great tunes.

    even if the Russian scientists were out by 90 Percent, (which I doubt) one hundred thousand people died from chernobyl.

  105. “http://www.ianwelsh.net/a-brief-note-on-why-the-progressive-blog-movement-failed/

    So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.

  106. WASHINGTON — Progressives and libertarians came together in Washington on Saturday to protest widespread government surveillance, taking a tentative step towards creating a coalition that isn’t as awkward as the pairing might appear.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/libertarians-and-progressives-team-up-against-nsa-surveillan

  107. i left a comment over yonder at ian’s after having clicked into your link via email. i did forget to see how tired the terms ‘progressive’ and ‘liberal’ have become, precisely due to the link i left, but even before i’d read the piece. i can’t say how many populist candidates i worked for in primaries, only to have dlc money swoop in, and tank the candidacy. or how many good folks i helped elect who became Other People once in power, and sniffing the scent of money and power that they decided to genuflect before. hate to admit it, but i even worked for ben campbell at the state house level. once we helped him, he never heard of us or our issues again. ;~)

    i’d seen the buzzfeed piece quoted in part. so few people, though. that IS one of the problems with single-venue protests, isn’t it? who the hell can even afford to go? we need to lick that problem somehow.

    oh, and i wish folks could differentiate a bit between original tea party and koch tea party; and brands of libertarianism, if there is such a thing. man, ya get shouted down over shaking hands on a few key issues like war, end the fed, mj legalization. the abortion issue being left to the states: No. No.

    anyhoo, believe it or not, i am trying to put together a post, but it’s bread day again (last four loaves…tanked), so i’ll be in and out.

  108. good comment there.

    there’s a good article at counterpunch by Kaufman, about two candidates running in seattle, and Minneapolis.

  109. I remember a year or so ago, Jane Hamsher suggested teaming up with Grover Norquist, cause she agreed with him on something.

    There was outrage.

    I wonder if most of the outraged people are solid members of the main parties.

    I was reading about the history of big American businessmen working with Hitler during ww2. some of them right through to 1944. five thousand dollar fine, and fortune left alone, according to webster tartly.

    people who believed in eugenics, and sterilization of lesser people.

    Obama is a small player. I don’t think he has much actual power.

    I don’t believe he’ll stop keystone, unless somebody important doesn’t want it.
    who benefits financially from it not been given the ok?

  110. dunno the answers to most of your questions, mafr, except i let my fingers do the giggling for miz hamsher and norquist, asking for rahm emmanuel’s resignation over a major gift to fannie and freddie (quick scan). (2009) but yes; she was called a traitor. too bad the way the site’s going now, imo.

    tom englehardt has a mckibben piece up; maybe it says something. i’m sick of 350.org, so i won’t even read it. and it wasn’t the buzzfeed piece i’d seen quoted; it was an msnbc piece metamars had quoted, and they changed the name of it editing out the ‘strange bedfellows’ stuff. ;~)

    i’m in the weeds on the omidyar piece; too much reading, no discipline. down to reading all the comments on jay rosen’s interview piece to see what folks are saying, asking for. arrrgh.

  111. found this….

    “A few days earlier, the billionaire hedge fund manager — and big Obama donor — had warned the president not to “trade” action on greenhouse gases for approval of Keystone XL. The warning was delivered as Steyer launched a summer-long social media campaign “We Love Our Land,” with a goal to kill Keystone and keep Canadian oil bottled up in the tar sands.

    “We really cannot afford 40 to 50 years of development of a humongous oil reserve that’s twice as bad — soup to nuts — as normal crude,” Steyer told a gathering at the National Press Club.

    But critics have accused Steyer of hypocrisy.

    Twenty-seven years ago, he founded Farallon Capital, which built much of its wealth on shrewd investments in fossil fuels. Farallon made millions for its investors, and left Steyer with a net worth estimated by Forbes at $1.4 billion.

    One of Farallon’s biggest holdings is in U.S. pipeline company Kinder Morgan, which has plans to expand a major competitor to Keystone — the TransMountain pipeline. It carries tar sands oil from Edmonton to British Columbia’s west coast for export to Asia. If Kinder Morgan gets approval for the expansion, TransMountain would carry 900,000 barrels of tar sands oil every day.

    That’s more than Keystone XL.

  112. Steyer makes the case that since the Northern Gateway pipeline likely won’t be built, there is no “competitive” reason to build Keystone. He also argues that not building either will limit oil production in the tar sands and will effectively contain the production of greenhouse gases. But in making that argument, he curiously omits any mention of the TransMountain pipeline.

    The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch, who first illuminated Steyer’s potential financial gain, says there’s a lot of sleight-of-hand going on among Keystone’s opponents.

  113. That’s from a right wing pro keystone website, so who knows what it’s worth.

    probably not much.

  114. i’ll take it under advisement, then.

    “‘Richard Kinder, the CEO and chairman of energy firm Kinder Morgan, had a base salary of just $1 in 2012 and received no other bonuses. But he made $1.1bn selling restricted stock. The payout follows a nearly $60m profit from stock in 2011.’

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/22/top-earning-ceos-100m-paychecks-record

    (kinder morgan are the assholes who drill around here; ugh) even though some of this is from a past post of his, and i’ve only looked at the photos and graphics:

    ‘Richard Kinder, the CEO and chairman of energy firm Kinder Morgan, had a base salary of just $1 in 2012 and received no other bonuses. But he made $1.1bn selling restricted stock. The payout follows a nearly $60m profit from stock in 2011.’

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/fukushima-is-here.html

  115. seems like there is a part of New Jersey, called the west shore, which gets no money for rebuilding. This is where there is small farming, fishing and so on.

    We know, that these coastal places will all be abandoned anyway. They are going to be fish habitat.

    I think this is in the same area but well before sandy

  116. graphic map of every atomic explosion, speeded up.

  117. Fukushima explained by

    Minimata disease

    “In May 1956, four patients suffering from a yet unheard-of disease were brought to the city hospital. They all had common symptoms such as severe convulsions, intermittent loss of consciousness, repeated lapses into crazed mental states, and then finally permanent coma. Then, after the onset of a very high fever, they would die. Dr Hosokawa, the director of the hospital, began an epidemiological survey of the immediate area in co-operation with local medical associations and health centres. The same type of patients had indeed been discovered in the fishing villages surrounding Minamata City and it was determined that 17 people in all had so far died after showing the same symptoms. This initial stage was characterized by a profound sense of shock at the high death-rate.
    The initial survey indicated that the disease had not occurred suddenly but had been noticed by doctors before, except that it had not been recognized as a new disease. The one factor that was common to all patients was that they ate large amounts of fish from Minamata Bay. At first there were suspicions that the disease was contagious but this fear was laid to rest after more intensive surveys had been taken. Then there were thoughts that the cause might be related to toxic substances. At this point efforts at determining the cause of the disease were handed over to a medical research group at Kumamoto University in Kyushu. The group continued investigations for about two years but was not able to discover any definitive cause for the disease. It was, however, deduced that the fish and the shellfish in Minamata Bay were poisonous: toxic symptoms did in fact develop in laboratory animals which had been fed these same poisonous fishery products, but their symptoms seemed to be completely different from those seen in human patients.
    The initial survey indicated that the common conditions surrounding all the patients made it almost certain that the problem was related to the Chisso Minamata chemical complex,

    but it was completely taboo to speak of this possibility in the community, with its complete economic dependence on the facility.

    The fish from Minamata Bay were poisoned to a much greater extent than fish taken from other locations, and all of the wastes from the chemical complex had been discharged into the bay for a very long period of time. Waste sludge taken from the bay contained so many different kinds and such huge amounts of poisons that there was no telling which of them was the cause. The sludge contained great amounts of manganese, selenium, and thallium, substances which could conceivably be related to the disease, although animal experiments resulted in very different symptoms. The research group asked the chemical company to indicate what substances were being used for production synthesis apart from the materials contained in the waste discharge, but the company was unwilling to co-operate in this regard. Furthermore, the engineering department of Kumamoto University, which had more precise information on the inner workings of the Minamata chemical complex, was predisposed not to co-operate with the medical research group. http://d-arch.ide.go.jp/je_archive/english/society/book_jes5_d05.html

  118. By the end of 1959, as a result of intervention by the prefectural governor, the company decided to pay a total of 100 million yen (about US$27,800 at 1959 rates) to the fishermen’s associations on the condition that the cause of the disease be discussed no further. At the same time it was decided that the Minamata Disease Association should be paid condolence money at the rate of 300,000 yen ($830) for each death caused by the disease and 100,000 yen ($278) for each living victim.

    public opinion was critical of the fishermen’s direct action against the chemical company, though thinking varied as to the purported cause of the disease.

  119. ah, jeez, mafr. how many similar stories are there by now?

    i remember back in the day writing about BP (bribing) hiring the gulf universities’ science departments to ‘research’ the fish (oil, correxit, la la la). science for sale, science deleted, dear oh dear. the most beautiful world in the world. no, i won’t fetch the nilssen song, though i love it. instead, to brighten us with my favorite hendrix.

  120. that album was recorded in three days.

    I think Hendrix was a genius.

    I don’t have a favourite Hendrix tune, it’s not possible.

    but that is one of the best.

  121. where’s everybody?

    where are your buddies?

    come on folks, get with it!

    recorded this yesterday am, probably not your cup of tea

  122. ah, jeez, mafr. no, it’s not my cup of tea, but you should be recording in studio sessions, you’re that good. my laptop is rather old, and sucks, but my speakers are excellent. i turned it up to fill the (small and cozy) house with your tune. yes, takes you away…even if a bit unwillingly. i’m so not-jazzy, while doing dinner chores, i felt hard-pressed to even find the dominant theme, although i was trying to make it into *another* version of ‘if you could see me now; is ‘know’ a typo.

    it made more sense once i found sarah vaughan, if correctly or not:

    ah, the buddies. perhaps i can whistle some in, but aside from bruce, who i do not know, i do know a few who are busy doing other things in RL.

    but jayzus, i wish they could hear your guitar magic.

  123. I was gonna post sarah too, that’s more he way the tune is actually meant to be done. although to me, it’s much sadder than she did it. to me, It’s a very sad tune.

    and here’s something else … hard not to like Shakti. this is “the daffodil and the eagle”. very peaceful. John Mclaughlin is from some part of England, probably one of the three best and most innovative guitar players of the last fifty years. bonus, he plays in Gaza strip, and has become involved in their plight. Hope you like this music.

    and thanks for the praise thanks a lot.

  124. that un was hard for me, but his name is sooo familiar. wondered electric light orchestra, tangerine dream. his wiki was waaaay to long, but i spotted a bit about him and carlos santana. i’ll go look (love him witless’)

    oh, bloody hell; such an idjit i am. live at montreaux; i play these often, though i didn’t find my faves

  125. This is interesting, remember the excitement when Obama put in s. Chu, he was going to tackle climate.

    “The Department of Energy has a problem: what to do with millions of tons of radioactive material. So the DOE has come up with an ingenious plan to dispose of its troublesome tons of nickel, copper, steel and aluminum. It wants to let scrap companies collect the metal, try to take the radioactivity out, and sell the metal to foundries, which would in turn sell it to manufacturers who could use it for everyday household products: pots, pans, forks, spoons, even your eyeglasses.”

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/government-to-dispose-of-radioactive-waste-by-putting-it-in-our-silverware.html

  126. Morning people

    mafr, I recall something about cast metal patio furniture coming in from Mexico (?) a decade ago had to be stop as it was made from low-level radio-active scrap recycled by industry. It killed mosquitoes, lit up the patio at night and you could even fry your burgers and brats if you cared to all at the same time.

  127. mafr1
    Nice technique style and tunes. I built six classical guitars in the very early seventies, only one of which I still know where it is. I am thoroughly envious of anyone who can play the instrument with such a nice touch. Hands that are built for one task don’t always work so well as yours for deftly dancing along the strings… Very nice indeed.

    These hands have about three solid days of planting next season’s bulbs before we get real winter. That means I’ll have to drag myself out there along with my hands to finish the task that really pays off when the first green in the garden pops through the late spring snows next season. Hope for the future. Beautiful sights and sounds. Thanks.

  128. nice to see you, nonquixote. sick but funny on the patio furniture. lots of mexican pottery, including cookware, is glazed with lead-based glazes. not good for your health at all. of course mexico’s still using all the ddt and whatnot that the us outlawed on their crops, so…

    good garlicking to you. it was 26 here this mornin’. went out to look at the morning winter constellations (jupiter in gemini and orion are spectacular now..) mr. wd showed me a blank space in the milky (a rift? i forget already) way that he just learned about. amazing to consider.

  129. thanks very much, appreciate it, nonquixote.

    I remember that as well, the mexican table legs. The stuff is all over the place isn’t it? They really don’t have a clue what to do with it.

    There was a research reactor not far from here, that was closed. I have never read what they did with the waste. as usual, right beside a beautiful river.

  130. An Old Irish Blessing

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    irishcentral.com

  131. thank you, mafr; it’s very comforting. i also like:

    ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.’

  132. I do envy you your planting days, nonquixote! I’m not gonna be able to crouch down to the earth till spring, so, rats, there goes my plan to get cheap little croci to sprinkle about – I have a few but I need lots more. Happy bulbing!

    Loved the selections posted, mafr – I had a big golden canary named Alfie, gentlest soul he was, though. His son Beau is smaller and my only hope for continuing that deep gold with touches of flame. I can tell all the offspring as it is different from just a pale yellow.

    I have to get some computer speakers so I can enjoy your music more. (Sell some paintings first!)

  133. wendye and mafr, on your last comments – here’s from Keri Hulme’s “The Bone People – The End At The Beginning”:

    “They were nothing more than people, by themselves. Even paired, any pairing, they would have been nothing more than people by themselves. But all together, they have become the heart and muscles and mind of something perilous and new, something strange and growing and great.

    Together, all together, they are the instruments of change.”

  134. yes, just a perfect accompaniment. that book may have been one of the hardest to give away, so i am tickled witless that you love it so much. so much of what she wrote created lasting images, i can even still see the colors and textures i ascribed to them. magical. another echo of together we are strong, and give life meaning; understanding and acceptance are hard:

  135. good afternoon, wendyedavis

    Getting more rain today, planting on hold, threshing buckwheat for the seed, same with borageand alternately getting myself moderated at a couple of state “progressive,” blogs. Nothing disrespectful, just pointing out things like ddayens tweet that the 247 Dem votes for the FLOTUS child nutrition bill in 2010 is the reason for this immediate cut in SNAP. You know those small truths that were thought buried. Never LQQK back. Forgot to veil my mirrors.

    Japan news, US is got the go ahead to assist Japan at Fukushima, forgot to save the link, just read it somewhere about a half a cup of tea ago.
    Biggest controversy is the DPW (Dem Party WI) darling of the big wallet they hope will have the cash to beat Walker/Koch whore. Resistance to top-down pick is building:
    http://www.progressive.org/burke-tries-to-explain-away-her-outsourcing-habits
    The best to all.

  136. hey, nonquixote; thanks for stopping by on your break time. dd’s tweet truth got ya moderated, eh? lol. sounds as though burke’s really been trekkin’ some tall tales. cripes.

    “give me garlic, or give me death!”

  137. juliania2,
    These be garlicy bulbs that go in just before the ground freezes. Someday a season extending hoop house. Colder by the day here in northern WI. Our spring is long off. All sorts of birds flying through the Great Lakes flyway, or flocking up overnight, selecting winter homes far from their Arctic summer haunts and breeding grounds. Crops are in, fields are mostly bare save for the winter wheat and rye, soon dormant green under the coming snow.

  138. Two cloves or not two cloves, that is the question. Two cloves with raw apple and a slice of WI Muenster cheese.

  139. “gather ye cloves while ye may.”

    would love to see the birds over the lake; sigh. and the buckwheat, as far as that goes. “make ye buckwheat pillows while ye may.”

  140. last try

    a clove in the hand…should go into the stew!

    I’ve seen just about all that can be found about appropriate technology for handling small quantity home grain production. Buckwheat needs to be hulled for use other than seed for next year’s cover crops. Seed viability is only two years. A hand powered grain mill with rubber pads and a properly adjusted opening will de-hull small quantities. Then winnowing, grinding into flour or toasting/steaming whole. Hungry looking teen approaching, I’m off to the kitchen. Niters

  141. veni. vidi. Ego garlicked.

    (night, dear)

  142. nice discussion, thanks everyone. Manitoba is a flyway for literally millions of birds, we were at a nearby resting place for birds, a marsh, that is hunting free….. something startled them, and they took off, there was not one part of the sky that did not have birds in it.

    We have an arbour covered with concord grape vines, probably a few hundred pounds of grapes. Robins stopped by, and ate all of them. which is what they are for.

    Wisonsin seems like an interesting place, lots of wilderness.

  143. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/11/the-global-corporatocracy-is-almost-fully-operational.html

    The Global Corporatocracy is Almost Fully Operational

    Yves here. I hope you don’t mind additional coverage of the pending trade pacts, this from a European perspective. This is bar none the single most important geopolitical initiative underway, yet it’s getting virtually no media play.

    Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/11/the-global-corporatocracy-is-almost-fully-operational.html#yqfu50dgGICp81GT.99

  144. “…which is what they are for.” glorious sharing, mafr. makes my grumbling about da bears eating all our fruit seem petty and selfish, but then…robins don’t ruin the grapevines. we have a neighbor who wages wars on woodpeckers. ;) robins are among the many feathered friends who love our chokecherries; those i don’t mind sharing; our food cellar is stuffed with chokecherry products, and they’re hellish to work with, anyway. lol.

    lovely video; i wonder what magnification that might be?

    yes, those crap trade agreements make looting the 99% free, not trade. how many years ago was it known that money knows no sovereign boundaries? i was glad the author didn’t call these Nafta on steroids, though. tired of that cliche by now. what he didn’t mention among other things is that the leaked language *also* guarantees a US military presence for signatory nations. probably ‘sea-basing’, of course. wonder why they think that might be helpful?

    i was about to start a new open menu; this one’s getting long and hard to find. what do you think? we can still find current comments on this one…

  145. yes, start a new one.

    chokecherry, there are very large amounts of wild chokecherries here, probably many tons of berries, far more than bears and people use.

  146. Thanks for the clip, wendye! I think I’ve mentioned before that one I really identify with as my youngest daughter stood in her shoes, but as an American kiwi when my father was in his last year of life – and unlike her grandfather, he did make it to the speech contest, sat on a hard wooden chair beaming – and she, my daughter, won. Her big brother managed a pet store in a mall in the US far away, so we cooked up a speech where animals you wouldn’t want to be around escaped into nearby department stores and she was sacked on her first day of work. All the other speeches were serious and so were the judges, dead silence at all our jokes, so it was a big surprise when she won.

    Thanks for the memory!

  147. Oh dear, my hair’s on fire (what again?) I posted this at the fdl newsdesk and also the Nigeria diary by Jane Stillwell (second comment) but if you didn’t see it there, here’s a link furnished by a Guardian commenter on ebola in Texas unfolding – this is an important read.

    http://www.thecable.ng/how-i-survived-ebola-2

    The fdl diary tells that as a consequence of this situation in Nigeria, fourteen people were infected, half of whom died. Not to be taken lightly, this new strain. This lady combatted her illness by not taking anti-diahrrhea (never know how to spell that) medication so the body can expel the virus, but taking in huge quantities of special fluids to offset the dehydration – also complete isolation from family, use of food utensils and the like, as soon as she got symptoms. First one is high temperature.

  148. Okay, hair’s still on fire:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/health/ebola-outbreak-in-nigeria-appears-to-be-over.html?_r=0

    They say 20 people. More info on the original patient and full court press in Nigeria. Does Texas have a full court press ongoing? Not if you read the Guardian.

    I am going out into my garden – already sent the first link on to my hospital working daughter. Calm down, hair.

  149. i’m sorry your hair is so on fire about it, juliania. given the 70+ comments on wright’s post, others seem to be as well. thanks for cutting to the nub of the cable post; three pages is a long read.

    i may be a complete outlier on infection diseases, but i figure there will be several pandemics facing humanity in the next decade or two, not limited to *intentional* acts of bio-warfare of air-born diseases. just as an example, the various largely unintentional causes of so many antibiotic resistant infections (superbugs) can be truly horrifying with experts’ predictions.

    i don’t mean to sound callously philosophical about it all, but…the various plagues will come, millions upon millions more will die, and it doesn’t raise my blood pressure a bit, i guess.

    the US may think it will escape, or mitigate, with the terrible care we take of water, land, waste water, food safety, oh, such a long list, we won’t, i reckon. even those of us who’ve never had prescriptions for antibiotics have ingested massive amount of them in our food and water, more’s the pity.

    oy, how funny you inadvertently chose this old 9/12 open menu to post on; ‘hair on fire’, indeed!

  150. Oops, sorry – I just scrolled down quickly in the category and arrived at the bottom, I guess! (An indication of hair onfiredness.) I shall retreat immediately, but more sedately. Nice that they are all so accessible, though, isn’t it?

  151. ;)

    i do hope you read some more of ds wright’s mega-thread, juliania. one seemingly well-informed commenter made a great case for why not to worry, and how many ebola scares there have been in relatively recent history.

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