Saturday, April 23, 2011

From The Home Of The U.S. Fifth Fleet

Hoping the IRA has awoken from slumber & is ready to blow these filthy murdering aristocrats from the face of the Earth.
Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, with Prince Charles in 2004. Campaigners want the Bahrain crown prince's royal wedding invitation revoked.
There will be at least one royal presence at Friday's wedding that is likely to raise eyebrows. Among the 46 foreign royals seated in the south lantern, just behind the British monarchy, will be Bahrain's crown prince, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, an invitation that could prove awkward in light of his government's brutal treatment of mainly Shia pro-democracy protesters.

At least 30 people have died in Bahrain since protests began in mid-February, including four who died in official custody, and many activists and lawyers have been imprisoned.

No Idea

None at all, & this doesn't help much. But we thought we should share these two clips, 'cause they're dirty. (Tee hee.)We feel the same way.

Art Beat

Guggenhead Collection.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Baseball Bitching

The Daily Beast tells it as it is.
There is simply no way to say it with any degree of artfulness so I won’t even try:

Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt is a vile piece of shit who not only ruined what was once the classiest franchise in all of sports but should also face legal consequences if allegations are true that he did reportedly not pay any taxes on $105 million he siphoned from the Dodgers’ for his own personal use.
Yeeesss! A vile piece of shit, no less. Bankrupt him, jail him & throw away the key.

What Have They Done?

What have they done to the Earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences
And dragged her down

More Gawd-Awful Horseshit We Wouldn't Read If ...

EDWARD TENNER

Is Neurosis the New Optimism?


We are not suggesting that anyone should look, you realize.

You People Are Fucking Sick

From the International Committee of the Fourth International:
An estimated fifty to seventy thousand people now show up for these events. McDonalds sets up a temporary store to sell burgers, fries and ice cream to those exhausted by the tropical heat. The Philippine Department of Health has representatives on hand to give tetanus shots to each kristo before they are nailed down for tourists’ enjoyment, government revenue and corporate profit. Last year the crucified included a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl.

There is a putrid whiff of sanctimoniousness when the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines officially disavows the events. The local priest blesses the nails and the flails. And at mass every Sunday, the devout are told that God loves them and loves justice before they are dismissed to return to their shantytowns. The church has for centuries promoted a barbaric doctrine of bloody, redemptive suffering. It cannot wash its hands so easily of the gore of Good Friday.

The Good Friday crucifixions in the Philippines are a particularly grotesque example of the way in which capitalism and all of its institutions can transform the suffering and backwardness of the most impoverished layers of the population into a source of profit.
And Steve Benen points out (as if it needed to be done) what a piece of anti-intellectual shit David Brooks is.

Let's tax religious institutions out of existence to take care of the mythical, doesn't matter deficit!

Earth Day

Note To Breeder Scum

You're fucking yourself up as well as the planet. Stop it!
In the latest knock against parenthood, researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at 838 women and 682 men and concluded that having children — particularly for moms — is linked to an array of negative outcomes. Mothers had a higher body-mass index and didn't eat as healthily as childless women, chugging more sugary drinks and eating more total calories and saturated fat.
Note to fucking TIME magazine: When typing for a national magazine, the word to use is "mother." "Mom" is what three-yr. olds call their mothers in conversation. Grow up, already.

A Message To You, Rudie

On this Good Friday (Really, they're all pretty good if you don't work wknds. What is w/ these people? It's like "The Good Book." Only one book is good, all others are to be burned.) a message of hope for the world:

YOU SUCK, WE HATE YOU, PLEASE DIE (In a fire would be good.) & STAY DEAD!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Question Of The Day

From the feminists at NewsBusters, & Big Hollywood (Once isn't enough?):

Why No Feminist Praise for
'Atlas Shrugged'?

Dunno. Can't imagine why. Of course, one shouldn't be expected to figure too much out if one types this sort of thing:
There’s a gratuitous sex scene that probably would have been better if they’d stopped filming after the bedroom door was shut. And, structurally, the film goes on after the climax.
Ewww.

Oh Fuck, I Said Bullshit

Hey, they (Whoever they are.) let that red-headed pseudo-nerd (Conan? No, that can't really be his name.) say "bullshit" right on basic cable TBS, & he was talking to that nice Reese Witherspoon girl, too.

Time to whip off an e-mail of righteous indignation to NewsBusters about this horror.

First They Came for The Children ...

And by the time we were chained to an iPad assembly line 12 hrs. a day, working for three bowls of rice & all the industrially-polluted water we could drink, there was no one to speak up for us. (Of course, they would have been shot by the Pinkertons anyway.)

Not A Unicorn In Sight

Chomsky on the end of the species.
I do not want to end without mentioning another externality that is dismissed in market systems: the fate of the species. Systemic risk in the financial system can be remedied by the taxpayer, but no one will come to the rescue if the environment is destroyed. That it must be destroyed is close to an institutional imperative. Business leaders who are conducting propaganda campaigns to convince the population that anthropogenic global warming is a liberal hoax understand full well how grave is the threat, but they must maximize short-term profit and market share. If they don’t, someone else will.

This vicious cycle could well turn out to be lethal. To see how grave the danger is, simply have a look at the new Congress in the U.S., propelled into power by business funding and propaganda. Almost all are climate deniers. They have already begun to cut funding for measures that might mitigate environmental catastrophe. Worse, some are true believers; for example, the new head of a subcommittee on the environment who explained that global warming cannot be a problem because God promised Noah that there will not be another flood.

If such things were happening in some small and remote country, we might laugh. Not when they are happening in the richest and most powerful country in the world. And before we laugh, we might also bear in mind that the current economic crisis is traceable in no small measure to the fanatic faith in such dogmas as the efficient market hypothesis, and in general to what Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, 15 years ago, called the “religion” that markets know best—which prevented the central bank and the economics profession from taking notice of an $8 trillion housing bubble that had no basis at all in economic fundamentals, and that devastated the economy when it burst.

All of this, and much more, can proceed as long as the Muashar doctrine prevails. As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
Those who survive will envy the dead.

Just Asking

Which of these three budding young propagandists in Sen. Ensign's office is he poking?
It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Especially when Mommy & Daddy can buy your friends for you. Or buy them off for you.What a piece of work. Another excellent example of why the rich should be sterilized.

Three Strikes & You're Out, McCourt,
Like A Giants Fan In Your Parking Lot

Some website w/ too fucking many names concises a WSJ story about what it took for not-much-longer Dodger owner Frank McCourt to get on MLB commissioner Bud Selig's bad side.
According to Futterman, the sequence of events went something like this:

1) At the beginning of 2011, McCourt and Fox agreed on a standalone $200 million loan. Sources tell Futterman that one of the main reasons MLB commissioner Bud Selig refused to approve it is that he feared McCourt would allocate a substantial amount of the cash to personal considerations.

2) Earlier this month, McCourt and Fox agreed on a $2.5 billion, 20-year broadcast deal renewal. As part of the arrangement, McCourt would get $300 million up front, but once again, Selig said no out of concern that the money would go to places it shouldn’t.

3) McCourt then arranged a $30 million personal loan from Fox, which Selig saw as a blatant attempt by the owner to circumvent the above decrees. Three strikes, and McCourt was out.
On the field, the former Brooklyn Bums have won both games since Commissioner B.S. made his move.

Now we need a commissioner of business to get rid of the parasites sucking the blood of the rest of America's working people.

If You've Been The Victim Of A Scam

You may well be interested in this.

Eat The Rich List

Here are names of over-paid & no doubt utterly & entirely useless executive parasites to contemplate while sharpening your knives.

Let's look only at Parasite Number One on the list.
Entercom: David Field. The son of company founder Joseph Field became CEO in 2002, about 15 years after leaving his job as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Field made $9.1 million last year -- the total of his $791,723 salary, $444,308 bonus, $7.9 million in stock, and $28,000 in other perks including medical insurance premiums. That's a 348% raise in a year when company shares appreciated 53.2%. Though considered a strong operating executive, his salary stands out because it's 25.4 times higher than the $358,692 average for the four other top executives listed in Entercom's proxy statement. Field's salary and the $3.9 million paid to CFO Stephen Fisher accounted for 93% of the $14 million that Entercom paid to its top five executives.
Nice, huh? Nepotism. Goldman Sachs. And just as the 1% screw the 99%, he & his buddy Steve also screw their fellow executivesparasites.

Are we still running around screaming "The country's broke?"

Schadenfreude Of The Highest Order

Via The Militant Angeleño, we are informed that the Federal & California gummints are, for once, doing their jobs w/ reference to the tax-cheating wealthy.
Sources tell TMZ ... the IRS investigation was triggered by a number of disclosures surrounding the McCourt divorce. In particular, IRS agents are interested in the fact that the McCourts took $145 million from the team and paid no taxes (certain court documents place the figure at around $105 million, but we're told it's actually $145 mil).

The IRS is also interested in the fact that the McCourt children have drawn a salary from the team but performed no apparent services to justify the payout.


And the IRS is focusing on certain team losses that were carried forward.

And we're told the California Franchise Tax Board is also looking at the situation.
May the course of justice be swift & merciless, & may the two Bean Town carpet-baggers do serious time & lose all their money. And may their worthless parasite children do some time too.

STRIKE!!!

According to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the vote to authorize a strike was "overwhelming." Results, in terms of the percentage for and against, however, were not immediately available this morning. Two-thirds approval was required.
Negotiations continue. Even if a strike isn't called, there are other reasons not to shop at these shitholes (Including the one this reporter patronizes the most. Expect an act of peoples' justice, which will be especially funny considering it has just been remodeled.):
Today Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek and the City Attorney's Criminal Branch filed suit against Ralphs grocery stores and their parent company, Kroger, following an undercover inspection that revealed 14 Los Angeles locations were overcharging customers on pre-packaged and weighed products.

The businesses "are each charged with violations of the Business and Professions Code, including 14 counts of false and misleading advertising, 18 violations of unlawful computation of value, nine violations of selling prepackaged commodities in less quantity than represented and 18 violations of false labeling," details a release issued by the City Attorney's office, who explain the investigation:
Between January 20 and March 9, 2010 undercover test purchases were conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures at 14 Ralph’s Grocery Stores across Los Angeles. As a result, inspectors found 27 violations of overcharges to customers. Many of the violations were for the store’s illegally charging for the weight of the package or including the ice glaze on frozen products in the net weight. Many prepackaged items were also found to be under the labeled weight posted.
The businesses could face hefty fines if they are found at fault.
If we're going to need space to grow our own food, it looks as if we'll have to burn down the supermarkets & tear up the parking lots to get rid of the concrete & asphalt. Who's w/ us?

Shoveling Dirt On Your Grave

Over half-way through yet another rotation around the axis, & not a damn thing published.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fever Dreams From The Swamps

We're guessing 98% of the 10 people who visit here for text rather than the nudie pix will have been exposed to these indications of the reactionary/paranoid imagination, but we feel like juxtaposing them, so there.

First was this, which has been festering like an un-lanced boil in our in-box since 0236PDT today. Nine days out of ten we don't open the Pajamas Media offering, but fellow subscriber Chris did, & dragged it screaming to a comment thread:
Well, this is pretty stupid: Pajamas Media author has insight that the presidency isn’t the end of the road for Obama, that it’s just a stepping stone to becoming Supreme Ruler of the One World Government, which he will do in 2016 after he’s brought the U.S. down to the same level as the unwashed masses and created a world government.
Number two is not quite as nerts (Impeachment as a political positive, & Obama's going for it.) but it could be called counter-intuitive. Clever title 'though. (Probably trying for clicks from hippies looking for "Dope" stories.) Brought to our attention by alicublog, where it was of course thoroughly & righteously abused.

(Political Wire's, Then, If You Insist) Cartoon Of The Day

We're trying to keep it simple for the "Keep your Gov't. hands off My Medicare!" element, who occasionally put their scooters in gear & visit here. How them fat-person diseases working out for yuh, Jim Ed Bob?

Nutty Ignorant Idiot Reactionary Dolt & Thug Jim Hoft Finally Just About Out Of Words (Except "Leftist")

One other word Jim might want to run into the ground is "hypocrite." As the grotesque oaf may not be sure of the word's meaning (A few too many syllables there, Jimbo?) we'd suggest he compare his treatment of Teabaggers booing, harassing & otherwise disturbing various health care town halls just about two yrs. ago.

Load Of The Day

This apparently went better for the forces of, like, not-lying & stuff than yesterday's sit-down w/ a different MSNBC nobody.You see, Andrew is totally justified, man, to use or edit anything he can against the NAACP, because some liberals accused tea-baggers, who, for the millionth time, aren't racist, damn it! of shouting "nigger" at some African-American House members.

But the real issue here is not that Andy lied or anything, or that someone said someone did something bad, yada, but that President Obama didn't hire Shirley Sherrod back immediately. Because they all stick together, & affirmative action, which is bad, but then if a black or liberal person doesn't, for whatever reason, stand up for another it is bad, too, & they have been thrown under the bus by their liberal slave-masters!

Take That, Eastern Carpetbagger!

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Wed, April 20, 2011 -- 5:25 PM ET
Major League Baseball Takes Over Operation of Los Angeles Dodgers

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Monday that he would appoint someone to oversee all operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers because of his "deep concerns" about the state of the marquee franchise.

But two people with knowledge of the situation said that he is also strongly considering forcing the sale of the team by invoking his "bests interests of baseball" powers to wrest the team from Frank McCourt, the owner since 2004, who he believes has mismanaged the franchise while enriching himself.

Selig said in a statement that he informed McCourt of his decision, which he said was made to "protect the best interests of the club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball."

Read More
Can't be any worse than the current deal.

Fascists & Humor

As documented by Slate. Also: Romney is lame, too.

This one too good to leave: Is Mrs. T-Paw a lesbian?

Nature Studies

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Born After, Died Before

Another allegedly healthy (You'd think.) one beaten, by a mere couple of wks.
Grete Andersen was born in Oslo on Oct. 1, 1953. Her father, John, was a pharmacist; her mother, Reidun, worked in a grocery store. From an early age, she would run with her two older brothers, Jan and Arild, in a nearby forest and later at a local track club. She met Jack Waitz, a local track coach and an accountant for a newspaper, through mutual friends.

She is survived by her brothers and her husband.

Projector Of The Day

Get a shave already.

Absorbing The Self

Damnit, we thought Bobo was typing about us,
Very few people have the luxury of being freely obnoxious. Most people have to watch what they say for fear of offending their bosses and colleagues. Others resist saying anything that might make them unpopular.

But, in every society, there are a few rare souls who rise above subservience, insecurity and concern. Each morning they take their own abrasive urges out for parade. They are so impressed by their achievements, so often reminded of their own obvious rightness, that every stray thought and synaptic ripple comes bursting out of their mouth fortified by impregnable certitude. When they have achieved this status they have entered the realm of Upper Blowhardia.
until the achievements part.

Won't even start on that last excerpted sentence.

Damn Dirty Stupid Humans

Guest post from Just Another Blog™'s man Brownie (The Baboon Man):

If written language is the major difference between you people & your primate cousins, just how much differentiation is there when so few of you humanoids know there's a difference between monkeys & apes?

Passed Over Again

On the other hand, not being Pulitzered is an excellent indication that we haven't been co-opted. Yet.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Morbidity & Electoral Reports, 2008

We might not have bothered stealing this concept did we not already have a Morbidity Report category, & had ninny Sullivan's visual sense (matches his numeracy, ha-fucking-ha) brought him to slap both of these graphics in the same item. Instead, he ran the CDC map, but only linked to The NYT's electoral result page. (Must we do everything for these incompetents?)
Age-Adjusted Death Rates* --- United States, 2008
Sad, innit? Yet hopeful. Die even faster, red-staters!

Still Some Resistance In
The Land Of Limeys

Coming Food Crisis

The president of the World Bank has warned that the world is "one shock away from a full-blown crisis".
All we know: A bag o'bagels (six) has gone from US$1.99 to $2.49 in the last few mos., & a doubtlessly downsized box of cereal is about the same as a gallon of gas (US$4.00).

More detailed grimness from The Guardian.

Off The Pigs, Blah Blah Blah

No one is listening. Too close to the truth. Plus which, it's hippie moocher crap, & the guy thinks he's Jesus.


Throw Out the Money Changers

What is wrong w/ these people?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Where We Stopped Reading

It might be tempting to snark at these former fat cats suffering lean times. But when Beached White Males suffer, so do their wives and children. Lives, marriages, and futures are at stake. Examining who these guys are, and what washed them up, is not an exercise in schadenfreude. It's a cautionary tale.
Forget it then.

More Borders Goodness

More pix of worker resistance.
Blank empty space.
This from Politicsusa.
Six thousand people – 6,000 – out of work.

As the New York Times reported,
The troubles of Borders are rooted in a series of strategic missteps, executive turnover and a failure to understand the digital revolution — problems in many ways of Borders’ own making.
So it may surprise you to learn that Borders has the same belief as Wall Street with regards to rewarding incompetence. Rather than fix the problem, or punish those responsible, it punished its innocent employees, and the book-hungry public, by closing hundreds of stores. Meanwhile, the President and CEO is asking for $8.3 million in executive bonuses (including nearly $1.7 million for himself).

CEO Mike Edwards currently has a salary of $750,000. The bonus plan would give other top executives bonuses equal to as much as 90% to 150% of their base pay.

Doesn’t seem fair. But then, that’s corporate America. That’s the America Republicans love.

Borders is in debt to the tune of $1 billion, folks. As the Times reports,
In its filing in United States Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, Borders listed $1.29 billion in debt and $1.27 billion in assets. As of the filing, Borders owed $272 million to its 30 largest unsecured creditors — including $41.1 million to the Penguin Group USA.
Employee raises have been frozen for years. Despite all this, last year the CEO got an 87 percent raise. Most Americans are lucky to see a 2 percent raise, if they’re not laid off altogether by the men giving themselves huge raises and bonuses.
For the last five years, Borders stock has drifted downward and the number of employees reduced to 19,500 from 35,000.

Its same-store sales were down more than 12 percent in the third quarter of 2010, with a loss of $74.4 million.
Does it seem to you the management of this company ought to be receiving rewards for running their business into the ground?

This seems more than a little immoral.

Yesterday, at a hearing in New York, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge seemed to agree, ordering Borders to rethink its bonus plan for the company’s leading executives. Borders lawyer Bruce Buechler insisted that the bonuses were reasonable, saying that “we need management not just to be there, but to be cheerleaders or affirmative spokespeople for the company.”

Sounds like management should be fired. Most of us would be, if we exhibited this level of incompetence. Judge Martin Glenn responded that, “If this business goes down the toilet bowl, there are a lot of full or part-time employees who face the prospect of going out of work.”

Bloomberg reports that as a consequence,
Bruce Buechler, a lawyer for unsecured creditors, told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn that the bonus plan was revised today so the five top executives, including Chief Executive Officer Mike Edwards and Chief Financial Officer Scott Henry, would be paid based on how much they recover for creditors under a sale or restructuring by Aug. 15.
The revised plan put forward by Buechler calls for the top five executives being given a maximum of $4.9 million “if they return more than $95 million to unsecured creditors.” This amount would drop to $1.8 billion if only $73 million is recovered.

But they should not receive any bonuses at all. Companies should not reward themselves and their management for actions that harm their employees. For what, precisely, are these bonuses due? What has management done for Borders outside of driving it into bankruptcy? I worked in retail management for more than a decade and have seen employees fired for much smaller infractions than this. Fired. Not rewarded.
Borders hired us in the previous millennium, so it should have been obvious for some time that the outfit was in big trouble.

Textures

Thinking long-term for once, we acquired re-chargeable batteries, which must be used & re-charged a few times to bring them to full capacity. So we took possibly the dullest pictures yet/ever hurrying the discharge; we'll only share a few.
Not that bad, actually.
Lunar View I
Lunar View II
Next stop: Hell.

Sunday Night Crying In Your Beer
Jukebox Wrap-Up

Blatherskite of The Day

Gawd Reads Ryan Budget Plan,
Responds By Killing Crackers

A savage storm system has killed dozens of people across southern US states and left hundreds of thousands without power after they were battered by torrential rain, lightning and hail stones the size of golf balls.

North Carolina was hit by 62 tornadoes, the highest number for two decades.
Gawd hates you fucking people. Why don't y'all just kill yourselves, & save It the trouble?

Plus which, later:
The death toll includes 23 deaths in North Carolina, seven in Alabama, seven in Arkansas, four in Virginia, two in Oklahoma, and one in Mississippi.