‘We’re not kidding’: Police helicopter scrambles to reports of cries for help… finds goat London Evening Standard (Chuck L)
Ringling Bros. to Give up Elephant Acts in 3 Years ABC News (furzy mouse)
The People Revolt Against Sledding Ban in Nation’s Capital Newsweek. EM: “9/11 … the gift that keeps on taking.”
60 Minute Investigation shows Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring Contains Toxic Amounts of Formaldehyde; Democrats Want Federal Probe Michael Shedlock (Chuck L)
Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime PhysOrg (Robert M)
One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn’t New York Times (David L)
Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Apple Pay Fraudsters Target Company’s Stores With Stolen Credit-Card Data Wall Street Journal
The palace of Nimrud, the home of Ashurbanipal II is being destroyed France24 (Davie L) :-(
Banned BBC Documentary Nirbhaya India’s Daughter Full You Tube. Stephen M: “(This is the whole documentary. Not sure how long this will last as India has been pushing to get all uploads of this BBC documentary removed.”
Ban on Nirbhaya documentary: Let’s accept it, we are offended by our own ugliness DNA India (Stephen M)
ECB launches €1.1 trillion blitz as bond market dries up Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Dollar-euro parity coming: Strategist CNBC. Reader Li predicted this a while ago….
ECB could buy negative yielding assets Dow Jones
Marine Le Pen lays out radical vision to govern France Financial Times
ECB says willing to restore financing for Greek banks once deal is reached ekathimerini Translation: “once Greece agrees to pretty much all of the old structural reforms.”
Varoufakis: “We have Plan B” after ECB Draghi’s says No,No,No to liquidity Keep Talking Greece
German Finance Ministry: Greece Has Paid Back €360 Mln in Interest Greek Reporter
Greece vs. Germany: Two Competing National Narratives Wall Street Journal
Greece Struggles to Make Debt Math Work in Bailout Standoff Bloomberg
Greece outlines radical immigration reforms Al Jazeera
Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Guzamn, A Fair Hearing for Sovereign Debt Project Syndicate
Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?Where The “Neutral” OSCE Mission in Ukraine Blames The Wrong Side Moon of Alabama
Crimea Annexation Boosts Russia’s Deep Space Capabilities Moscow Times
How Has The Pentagon Shaped Innovation? Yale Insights
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Persistent Concerns about Altered Financial Data Marcy Wheeler
Air Force Mixes Up Constitutional Amendments in Test Given to Airmen Military.com (Chuck L)
Clinton Personal Email Cesspool Deepen Peter Van Buren, Firedoglake
US government still hunting WikiLeaks as Obama targets whistleblowers Guardian
Two Prominent Judges Take Bizarre Action in Occupy Wall Street Case Wall Street on Parade
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces 24 Year Prison Sentence For Leader of Mortgage Relief Scam (1SK) State of California Department of Justice. ““This predatory scheme robbed families of their life savings and in many cases, their homes.” Too bad this sort of reasoning and punishment isn’t applicable higher up the food chain.
Why global warming does not necessarily result in warmer wintersThe Economist
Businesses push to combat California drought Financial Times
BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame Reuters (martha r)
Some Who Are Part of Problem in Ferguson Are Asked to Fix It New York Times
Cops Say a High School Dean Shot a Teenager Execution Style Gawker. Only in America….
In Ellen Pao’s Suit vs. Kleiner Perkins, World of Venture Capital Is Under Microscope New York Times
KKR in talks to settle SEC probe of expense sharing Chris Witowsky, PEHub. Note this is not the abuse publicized in the Wall Street Journal, involving KKR Capstone. This looks to be pure and simple bilking on breakup fees.
Can Gov. Wolf force Pa. pensions to dump high-fee managers? Philadelphia Inquirer
The World Is Running Out of Places to Store All of Its Oil Slate
Energy Price Plunge Hits Jobs Boston Globe. Quelle surprise!
Neoliberal Utility and the Paradox of Taxation Ed Walker, emptywheel
Fed tests point to $500bn risk for banks Financial Times
Auditing the Fed (or at least the staff forecasts) part 2 FT Alphaville
Counting on Billionaires Jacobin
Years after bust, New Yorkers still struggling to stay in homes Metro
Scott Walker says $7.25 an hour is a living wage Daily Kos (furzy mouse)
Antidote du jour. From John B: “Here is my only male cat stretched out in my office on a Tibetan tiger rug. The cats like to lie on this rug probably because it is pretty plush. He does have little hidden tiger stripes in his fur (even though his name is The Lion because he looks like a little lion or as he is also known as Lover Boy because every woman that meets him wants to take him home). I some times say his fur has mystical symbols in it. He is a real sweety and an affection hog. He needs to be held several hours a day which makes it hard to get work done.”
We’re not kidding’: Police helicopter scrambles to reports of cries for help… finds goat
My silent shame, been there and done that…
Skippy… other wise Yves – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH1CMCtV4to
PS. sorry Lambert
They seem not to have even considered that the goat and/or the goat’s kids needed assistance…
In my case… it was only my dignity that needed assistance….
Skippy… a few beers and a shared laugh sorted it easily enough tho…
Here comes the part where telecom companies gives lots and lots of money to Congresscritters to pass a law outlawing genuine net neutrality.
India’s Daughter (full)- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ircd9_india-s-daughter-bbc-storyvilee_school
Well, that was disturbing, to say the least. But thank you for posting the link. I hope our relative species does better in the next iteration of the big bang.
Documentary is also all over the torrent sites, well seeded. And that can’t be taken down so long as the magnet address exists in the internet ether.
RE Youtube video a la
Anyone who believes this video will be taken off of YouTube has not been over to the site to see it (the playlist goes direct to a NDTV round table discussion with a VIP panel and the victim Jyoti-ji’s parents).
This is the most action Google Plus has ever seen on its discussion boards in the history of Google! They are getting a taste of what it would be like to be Facebook since that movie was posted up there.
The documentary is well-done, the follow up NDTV round table is also compelling, and the board discussions are also interesting.
India has always had a censorship board from the “protect the people from themselves” department; in this case it will only draw more attention to the film!
And if Indians think the film makes India look bad, just consider how the Steubenville gang rape happened in the USA and not only was there no mass millions out on the streets in protest, the whole town ganged up to defend and protect the rapists! We wouldn’t eve have a case if it was not for a whistle blower beat reporter and Anonymous hack of the cover up!
If we Indians do not acknowledge the problem, how are we going to solve the problem?
Thank you BBC.
Sometimes, people take into their own hands.
Sometimes, people take things into their own hands.
Good for them. Would that USians would do the same more often.
I still remember as a young kid something came on the TV. It was something about a girl who had scars all over her face that made her look like a shiny pie tin, hairless with the sheen of plastic under a fluorescent light. The announcer was interviewing her. She said somebody had poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire, a man she was supposed to marry did that. She said it was because her family had no money for a dowry. The announcer said it happened to a lot of girls there, that many were burned alive and died. The announcer said the culture, or at least parts of the culture, did this on purpose. I still remember being stunned and sickened in my stomach. I could feel it in my stomach, a dread and horror. How could somebody do something like that? I imagined it happening to me, even though I wasn’t a girl. I imagined my sister or my mother lit on fire and burned alive. I imagined people without money. It’s not their fault they don’t have money. How can somebody blame them? Isn’t marriage supposed to be about love? Isn’t life about more than money? That’s what I thought. I imagined a culture that did this on purpose. That’s as far as I got with my imagining. I couldn’t imagine anything else and I remember staring at the TV and then leaving the room. Sometimes the only thing you fear about death is reincarnation. Tupac Shakur wrote that. He’s dead. Why are people so crazy? It’s a rhetorical question.
Tho the sky was Violent…
Skippy…. some get waht they want… some how… confused…
If Dante were around today, she would be singing a duet w/ Heino probably in what, the eighth Circle?
Carnival in Rio by Heino
Actually, it’s not rhetorical — it’s pretty simple. Acceptance of vested authority is a pathology that has been selected for by 100-odd generations of pogroms.
Yes, it’s not just the idea of killing your wife, or any human being, for that matter, it’s doing it in such a horrific way,
Those of us who live in advanced economies don’t realize how little life matters in large swathes of the world, and how that message has been very well internalized. But there is another message here, that women are chattel, to be disposed of if the husband so wishes. Remember that it wasn’t all that long ago that it was debated whether women had souls.
Re reincarnation: you need to be VERY clear that you are done with this the human gig and are here by having drawn a short straw. I am sure there are planes of existence under better management.
Remember that it wasn’t all that long ago that it was debated whether women had souls.
And what was the conclusion?
I will respond one question at a time.
To your question, for hardcore scientists, no.
LOL. . . and now, for those who want to seed the future of the debate continuum (aka the soul of the debate?) . . .
Whoops, sorry, no time for your debaiting . . . gotta run and tend to a Madhyamaka ontological presentation of ultimate and conventional truths of existence to a Descartes fan club of climate change vector deniers and Derrida fan club of derivatives traders!
Hey, baby, oh, baby, pretty baby, tell me that you’ll do me now
Hey, baby, oh, baby, pretty baby, do me like you do me now
Didn’t take too long ‘fore I found out, what people mean by down and out.
Spent my money, took my car, started telling her friends she’s gonna be a star.
I don’t know but I been told, a big-legged woman ain’t got no soul.
-Led Zepplin, Down and Out
I just hope it’s not 72 virgins. Oh man, that would be bad.
I’ve always wondered what gender/species are the virgins?
I know. That’s my whole thing with incarnation. Like in “Three Amigos” when they say “We’ll be back!” and the village women ask “Why?” I think I’m ready to pass on incarnation.
Tupac in Kazakhstan! ( Mongol Rally 2009 )
Bucket list mat’l
How could somebody do something like that? I imagined
For every cute Kitten picture, scratch down a bit, the human psyche is revealed and it’s dark.
As a species, it’s seems to be our nature unfortunately.
In 2013, [Pennsylvania’s] SERS [pension fund] earned $3.7 billion, after all investment management fees and expenses of $175 million were paid. From a basic dollar perspective, that’s like paying $175 over the year to net $3,700 in your pocket at the end of the year.” — philly.com article
Lies, all lies. Astonishingly, this absurd lie is repeated in an official press release:
No, it did not. Most of this 13.6% total return consisted of capital gains, in a year when stocks were up big. Capital gains and net income are patently not the same. Management fees are paid out of income, not capital gains.
The first statement above goes on to justify management fees in relation to total return, including capital gains. That is deceptive and wrong. If SERS assets had been invested equally in Vanguard’s S&P 500 index fund (expense ratio 0.17%) and Vanguard Total Bond Market Fund (expense ratio 0.20%), the combined expense ratio of 0.185% applied to an average of $25 billion in SERS assets during 2013 would have incurred expenses of $46 million, or about one-fourth of the $175 million SERS actually paid.
It is sickening to see the cornered rats at underfunded state pensions, openly lying with deceptive figures to justify high-fee looting by their expensive crony investment managers. If SERS were subject to SEC supervision, they would have already got a Wells notice for their amateurishly twisted presentation of results.
Unfortunately the philly.com journo is confused too by the firehose blast of irrelevant and misleading numbers.
Thanks for this, very important.
re the Lion:
Ain’t it the truth. Our tabby is developing the same Feline Dependency Disorder (or is it Dependent Feline Disorder?). Is this correlated with the rise of telecommuting?
I have Abyssinians, which are an affectionate breed, but I have come to realize also means “affection demanding”. My younger Aby (the one who got stuck behind a bookcase) thinks that when I write, I should be petting him instead and keeps finding ways to bump his head against my hand since I am clearly too dumb to get his message.
May I recommend the British Shorthair breed, which are known as “cat/dogs”. They come when called, are completely loyal, tolerate everything with aplomb, with none of the aloof indifference and superiority of so many breeds. They are full members of any human household and must be in your presence at all times. They’re very talkative, and are much better company than most homo sapiens.
On the topic of cats. From the Guardian:
“An army of cats rules the remote Aoshima island in southern Japan’s Ehime prefecture. Curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one”. The article is primarily pictures of said cats (which is OK).
Japan’s Cat Island
Am telecommuter, can confirm. My cat, a tabby from a local shelter, demands at least 2 hours of lap-time per day regardless of what I’m trying to do work-wise. She’s often in my lap much more often than that. I don’t mind though. She’s probably the best co-worker I’ve ever had. ;)
Apple joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Rationale from David Blitzer of S&P Dow Jones Indexes:
All well and good. But recall that tech stocks Microsoft and Intel were added to the Dow in October 1999, five months before Bubble I crested. MSFT and INTC spent the next decade drifting down, hurting the Dow instead of helping it.
So is today’s action the kiss of death for Apple, as summer ends in 2015?
So is today’s action the kiss of death for Apple, as summer ends in 2015?
Yes! A company as abusive as Apple with it’s slavery of Chinese workers deserves the “kiss of death”.
“The World Is Running Out of Places to Store All of Its Oil Slate”:
The solution is simple. Just leave the stuff in the ground, where it already is before people pump it out. Problem solved.
We also can leave ground water where it is (more storage, yeah), without having to pump it for fracking.
Well maybe this is a second best solution then? At least it’s not burning it.
it’s tragic to see babylon destroyed yet again. last week it was nineveh, now it is nimrud. times like these i am glad the british museum plundered what it could from those sites, though the british are more than a bit to blame for all of this. america and britain owe the people of iraq tremendous reparations, imo. they really did send them back to the stone age.
What the “Islamic State” is doing to the precious antiquities of the region is completely vile, but they’re hardly the first who have indulged in such destruction of the treasures of the past. A Wikipedia summary of cultural cleansing points to destruction by the Red Guards of China, the Nazis, and the Taliban in Afghanistan. A single Spanish priest in Mexico single handedly managed to destroy almost all evidence of the Mayan written language:
Location, location, location.
Meh the brits were some of the most thieving chootz the world has ever seen…..imo
re: Greece outlines radical immigration reforms
maybe they are [strikethrough]listening[/strikethrough] reading
Most do not agree to voluntarily return and do not want to apply for asylum in Greece, because of the long process and the unlikelihood of being granted refuge – Greece has the lowest acceptance rate of asylum requests in the EU.
Why don’t they focus on shortening the long process or improving the unlikelihood?
Then, those granted asylum presumably will be given public help, instead of the following:
A lawyer by training, Christodoulopoulou is also calling for better “monitoring requirements, provision of guarantors, release on bail”, and other means of legal recourse for those detained.
I don’t see how that is a good idea with a nation in deep depression. How do the released deal with hunger, disease (worse outside the detention centers than inside, most likely) and the Golden Dawn? Maybe this is extending and pretending, overlooking the root cause of these immigrants (from Syria and Afghanistan – surprised?) which is imperial adventures , so the government can reducing public spending on the refugees and kicking the can to other European countries. From the article:
Today, the majority of migrants entering Greece come from Syria and Afghanistan, with many using Greece as a transit point on their way to western and northern Europe.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) states that in addition to the release of those detained, the government will also need to arrange the safe voluntary transfer of migrants – especially trafficking victims – back to their countries or to another EU member state.
Measured, objective, and a critical analysis of what goes on in Ferguson. I pointed out a while back local officials enforcing a code that you couldn’t put up a “book house” – something the size of a bird house – and someone responded about how local people should just change the law. When you read this, think about all the law in Missouri – the local law, the state law, and the state constitution. Think about Federal law. Think about “equal justice under law.” And think about how much law, and indeed, perhaps most law is not our benefactor, but our oppressor. Designed craftily, stealthily, and surreptitiously to oppress us.
“Hey, nobody has to pay a fine – just follow the rules!!!”
When you don’t pay your mortgage, the law kicks you out of the house right quick – but somehow, it can never figure out how those MBS’s got rated so poorly….
And than think about this: Who in Ferguson is prosecuted, or fired, or just demoted – despite what is an organized, well designed scheme to oppress most people in this town?
“The “focus on revenue” was almost wholly a focus on black people as revenue. Black people in Ferguson were twice as likely to be searched during a stop, twice as likely to receive a citation when stopped, and twice as likely to be arrested during the stop, and yet were 26 percent less likely to be found with contraband. Black people were more likely to see a single incident turn into multiple citations. The disparity in outcomes remained “even after regression analysis is used to control for non-race-based variables.”
The City has not yet made public the actual revenue collected that year, although budget documents forecasted lower revenue than 10 was budgeted. Nonetheless, for fiscal year 2015, the City’s budget anticipates fine and fee revenues to account for $3.09 million of a projected $13.26 million in general fund revenues…
In a February 2011 report requested by the City Council at a Financial Planning Session and drafted by Ferguson’s Finance Director with contributions from Chief Jackson, the Finance Director reported on “efforts to increase efficiencies and maximize collection” by the municipal court. The report included an extensive comparison of Ferguson’s fines to those of surrounding municipalities and noted with approval that Ferguson’s fines are “at or near the top of the list….” While the report stated that this recommendation was because of a “large volume of non-compliance,” the recommendation was in fact emphasized as one of several ways that the code enforcement system had been honed to produce more revenue.
The men and women behind this policy did not approach their effort to “produce more revenue” somberly, but lustily. As the fruits of plunder increased, Ferguson officials congratulated and backslapped each other:
In one March 2012 email, the Captain of the Patrol Division reported directly to the City Manager that court collections in February 2012 reached $235,000, and that this was the first month collections ever exceeded $200,000. The Captain noted that “[t]he [court clerk] girls have been swamped all day with a line of people paying off fines today. Since 9:30 this morning there hasn’t been less than 5 people waiting in line and for the last three hours 10 to 15 people at all times.” The City Manager enthusiastically reported the Captain’s email to the City Council and congratulated both police department and court staff on their “great work.”
It is a wonder they did not hand out bonuses. Perhaps they did. The bonus of being white in Ferguson meant nigh-immunity from plunder. The bane of being black in Ferguson meant nigh-inevitable subjugation under plunder. Plunder is neither abstract nor theoretical. Plunder injures, maims, and destroys.
And ask yourself this: How many Ferguson’s are there?
Here are a dozen alternative links for “India’s Daughter” in case India succeeds in having a single YouTube version of the movie taken down. Includes torrents…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W6WrShqKGE – blocked, by BBC, it says.
It’s a BBC film. It’s on the iplayer. It’s not location locked, so you can watch it there ’til Wed.
Sorry, it is UK locked, so you’ll need a VPN.
Reliance on smartphones…lazy thinking.
What is lazy thinking is argument by authority which leads to thinking by authority.
In today’s complex world, there is no way one can read through all the scientific journals and recreate all those experiments to convince oneself. Basically you have to trust the authority.
“Is this bottled water from the North Pole safe?”
“I think so. So far, no one has died from drinking it.”
Go with the herd, except when it’s possible not to (i.e. when within the small areas one can verify for oneself).
We are not that different from the people of the Dark Ages.
Dean shot kid execution style…only in America.
Elsewhere, it might have been beheading or death by a thousand cuts.
The Founder of Ming dynasty, to combat corruption he inherited from the previous Yuan dynasty, used to flay the offending officials and stuff them with straws and sit them next to the replacement officials.
While we don’t have to be so gruesome, we do have to do something about those raging deans.
Stuffed with straw.
I don’t think they had drinking straws then.
The Pentagon shaping ‘innovation.’
Another one: How have the rich shaped ‘innovation?’
Job Data Pushing Fed Hike, so they say about Dow’s 200+ drop today.
From the manorial lord’s perspective, he’s worried that he will likely to run short of part-timers soon and have to pay more.
“I am a job creator. Previously, I only hired one worker for 45 hours of work. Today, I hire 3 workers to perform the same work (to himself, at 15 hours each)”
“I have created two, count them, two jobs.”
“But the news is worrisome. I might run low on workers. Maybe it’s time to hike.”
Obviously, the 99% need to reproduce more frequently or seek help from our international brothers and sisters.
On rape in India, there seems to be a deep cultural chasm: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/angry-mobs-lynch-two-alleged-rapists-in-india.
I’m guessing it’s based on class and background: urban-educated-cosmopolitan vs. rural-traditional – and probably poor.
Poverty not the teenage brain account for high rates of teen crime.
On the other hand, wealth is responsible for pervasive bankster crimes.
Re California Attorney General, Kamala Harris:
Yeah, of course no Big Fish, but she is anxious to inherit the Senatorial Throne of DemRat Babs Boxer, who never saw an immoral and populace punitive multinational corporate tax avoidance scheme she hasn’t sponsored, or otherwise aided in legalizing (so ashamed I’ve previously voted for her, and so very many of her cronies, as a far lesser evil™). Therefore, Ms. Harris is likely aggressively scheming on garnering votes after the following exposé of that California Attorney General’s [Kamala Harris’s] Office Official and venal whine – which she blamed entirely on her underling legal team…  – about lowering California’s world wide record breaking level of incarceration, because it would reduce the California Empire’s Prison Labor Revenues:
11/14/14 Federal judges order California to expand prison releases 
 Interesting that Kamala’s expressed dismay over her legal team underlings promoting Prison Labor Revenues never appeared in that same Los Angeles Times Newspaper. Upon a search, I didn’t find it in any other mainstream publication either; though, I did find a one month later follow-up article from the Los Angeles Times:
12/12/14 California [$obbingly – valley gurl] agrees to let prison laborers leave early
 A belated thanks for that initial Los Angeles Times link to David Menschel, a Portland Oregon Criminal Defense Attorney and activist.
re: Antidote du jour
Oh, no!! Somebody killed Tony the Tiger and then let a frisky cat roll around on him!
did you guys try clicking on the cat picture before you posted it?
Potentially interesting, unfortunately firewalled (No, I can’t access firewalled articles via Google – which I used to be able to do (without allowing java scripting, to my recollect) if I really, really wanted to read a piece – most likely it’s my “old” browser; and I’m not planning on Updating My Browser™ for even more loss of ‘user [understandable] friendly’ capability and, most likely, far more algorithmic ‘goodies [trap doors]’ and surveillance (which definitely seem to be the historic pattern as to updating hardware, software and “browsers”)….
Sorry for that grammatically incomplete paragraph above.
As I was attempting to simply state above; before, as usual, feeling the need to perfectly clarify what seem to me to be very significant side issues surrounding the deliberate obsolesce of human beings thinking for themselves and each other:
Potentially interesting, unfortunately ultimately firewalled piece which I indirectly stumbled onto while checking out the head lines at NewsNow/USA (my alternative U$ news aggregator, as I use Google as little as humanly possible), and focusing on this:
03/07/15 Renters and “Rent”-Seekers Swell the Major Cities
Which article linked to this, potentially interesting, firewalled (as in only those not significantly hurting can read it) Wall Street Journal piece:
02/08/15 Renters Are Majority in Big U.S. Cities – Even Relatively Inexpensive Places Move Away From Homeownership
I suspect there might be something in that piece which may at least inadvertently speak to the stunningly massive transfer of land [Home] ownership from average people to a teeny handful, within less than a decade; and what it really means to have to rent the however bleak and inhumane roof over one’s head when one can’t afford to buy it.
then again, certainly free market for profit noose organs have all the lawz on their side [RIGHT TO PROFIT!!!!!!] when they restrict the relevant news availability to the handful who are being head lined – versus those head liner’s victims – and a handful of those who actually care …
sigh …., is it not horridly embarrassing that we humans have allowed ourselves to rely on important information from those whose primary concern is profit?
yeah, the word: “embarressing,” does not even begin to define the nightmare; I suggest the word deadly, as in:
“embarassing,” …sorry, as usual I’m attempting to numb bitter reality and stumbling on my spelling. OUR REALITY is overwhelming. For just one overwhelming example: oh look at Lockheed, and it’s new death device; which is of course named after a female [Athena], though all the Lockheed Mucketys are 99.99999999 Male:
03/06/15 (< that date is to the best of my logic, i t appears to be undated [WHY?], from what I'm able to view on my quite young, yet obsolesced, "browser") This insane military laser weapon burned a hole through a truck a mile away