May 10, 2011 archive

Mandatory Propaganda with no Off Button

And no I do not own a cell phone myself.……

Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy, Buy!

Crossposted from The Stars Hollow Gazette


Tue 16 Dec 08

Negative Homeowner Equity at New High

By Theresa McCabe, The Street

05/09/11 – 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Home prices in the United States dropped 3% in the first quarter of 2011, the largest decrease since 2008 when the housing market experienced its worst performance, and negative homeowner equity hit a new high, according to Zillow’s Real Estate Market Report.

Median home values fell 8.2% year over year to $169,600 and are expected to fall as much as 9% this year as foreclosures spread and unemployment remains high, Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries said. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9% in April, up from 8.8% in March, the Department of Labor reported earlier this month.

“With accelerating declines during the first quarter, it is unreasonable to expect home values to return to stability by the end of 2011,” Humphries said.

Home prices were down 29.5% from their peak in June 2006. Humphries predicts that prices won’t find a floor until 2012.

Negative equity reached a new high in the first quarter, with 28.4% of U.S. homeowners with mortgages underwater, meaning they owed more than their properties were worth. This was up from 27% in the fourth quarter of 2010.

I’ll point out that The Street is Jim Cramer’s own web site.

The Leaning Tower of Fukushima

The building containing Reactor 4 at Fukushima might fall over!

Would that be a significant problem?

“Of course not! There are never any significant problems with nuclear power! Shut up!”

But what about those 1535 fuel assemblies stored in the spent fuel pool at Reactor 4?

If the whole building falls over, wouldn’t they all be exposed to the air, with no cooling whatsoever? Would it be a significant problem if they all started burning? According to the BBC…

If you are in any doubt as to what this means, it is that in the company’s view, it is possible that enough fissile uranium is present in the cooling pond in enough density to form a critical mass – meaning that a nuclear fission chain reaction could start.

Would an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction at Fukushima be a significant problem?

“Of course not! There are never any significant problems with nuclear power! Shut up!”  

Six In The Morning

Pakistanis disclose name of CIA operative

By Karin Brulliard and Greg Miller, Tuesday, May 10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The public outing of the CIA station chief here threatened on Monday to deepen the rift between the United States and Pakistan, with U.S. officials saying they believed the disclosure had been made deliberately by Pakistan’s main spy agency.

If true, the leak would be a sign that Pakistan’s powerful security establishment, far from feeling chastened by the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison city last week, is seeking to demonstrate its leverage over Washington and retaliate for the unilateral U.S. operation.

Less than six months ago, the identity of the previous CIA station chief in Islamabad was also disclosed in an act that U.S. officials blamed on their counterparts in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI.


Daffy – The Commando

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

Time for a break from poetry…in order to create some art.

When you reach the bottom of the well of your own nature, then you will know that the vileness was from yourself.



Late Night Karaoke

Where are the Jobs?

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

GRAPH: An Average CEO At America’s Big Corporations Earns 200 Times The Salary Of A Navy SEAL

   In the wake of their successful assault on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout, ABC News did a short feature on the Navy Seals. The report tells us that the people who hold this highly demanding and dangerous get paid about $54,000 a year. It then adds that:

   “The base salary level [of Navy Seals] is comparable to the average annual salary for teachers in the U.S., which was $55,350 for the 2009-2010 school year, according to the Digest of Education Statistics.’ That is one possible comparison. There are other possible reference points. For example, the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan both pocket around $20 million a year.

GRAPH: Income Inequality In U.S. Worse Than Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Ethiopia


Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion, So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks

The War on the Middle Class

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich shares is thoughts on the rise in pay for CEO’s and the rise in unemployment number

Still more on the movie “The Town” Claire & Doug’s romance not a normal healthy one.

After Claire Keesey’s bank  that she managed was robbed at gunpoint by four Townie men, they took her as a hostage, blindfolded her, drove her to a beach, and forced her to walk until she felt the water at her toes.  Claire talks to the Feds briefly, and then, after finding out that Claire resides in The Town (Boston’s Charlestown section), Doug trails Claire to find out what she knows, and ends up supposedly falling in love with her, and Claire falls in love with him, even after Doug had oh so charmingly and subtly warned Claire not to talk to the Feds or else!  In essence, Claire had been sweet-talked and seduced by Doug into a romantic relationship in order to get a promise from her not to talk to the Feds, which Doug pretty much got.  Inotherwords, he now had complete control over her.  

The fact that Claire not only lied to the Feds about who Doug was, in order to cover his ass, but  also helped Doug (a career criminal, armed felon and wanted fugitive) elude the law by tipping him off to the Feds’ presence in her condominium, by giving him the “It’ll be just like one of my sunny days” code,  but she also kept Doug’s duffel bag of stolen money that he left her before skipping town, which she spends on renovating a seedy ice hockey rink.  It was clear that Claire Keesey suffered from what’s called the “Stockholm Syndrome”.

That being said, the following link describes Claire (almost) perfectly:…

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