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Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Morning News

Posted by on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Fighting Intensifies in Gaza: Signs point to a possible ground incursion by the Israeli military. The Guardian's live-update page collects news, videos, pictures, and tweets here.

Federal Housing Administration May Need a Bailout: The FHA, "which has been self-funded through mortgage insurance premiums since it was created during the Great Depression," ended September with $16.3 billion in projected losses.

Terrorists or Earthquakes: Which one is scarier? Seattle's open-air reservoirs were replaced with underground concrete vaults after September 11 raised fears about the safety of the city's drinking water. Now they're not sure if the new reservoirs are earthquake-safe, as "the initial structural calculations were based on building codes for above ground reservoirs rather than buried ones."

Obama Appears Decisive: On his likely pick for Secretary of State, Susan Rice.

Hey There, Would You Like to Ruin Your Morning? Try reading this local news story, about two sons who allegedly lived rent-free in their parents' house in Alki, letting their elderly father literally rot instead of spending their parents' money on nursing care. No really, read the whole thing. Here's a sample:

Paramedics arrived to find the elder Shaw wearing only a T-shirt and socks, which had grown into his feet. According to charging documents, paramedics were told Kyle Shaw had been wearing the bloodied, feces-covered socks for at least a year.

Our Own Paul Constant: Bravely reviews the newest (and last) Twilight movie just for you.

"Competition is increasing in the snack space": Hostess announced this morning that they're going out of business after a bakers union strike "crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks."

The Placebo Effect: Works most strongly in those who are "straightforward, tough in the face of difficulty, and willing to lend others a hand" and least well in people who are "angry, hostile and prone to negativity," according to a new study on personality and placebo.

 

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FHA bailout....

another Obama fuckup.
Posted by how low can you go on November 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
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I am so horrified by that story about the sons who let their parents rot rather than spend their parents money (which their parents worked hard to earn and their deadbeat sons are just losers and parasites) on their care so they could have it when their parents died. What the fuck is wrong with people? Seriously, greed is OUT OF CONTROL IN THIS SOCIETY.
Posted by xina on November 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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Blaming the union? Can someone comment on how accurate this is, ie, did that strike actually cause irreparable damage to the company? Or larger issues of workers pay and benefits?
Posted by wxPDX on November 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
I was happy to hear that Susan Rice will be his pick. That should raise Lindsey Graham racist hackles.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM · Report this
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CNBC
Posted by h77f6f on November 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
emor 6
@2

Apparently one of them never worked. He's nearly 60. While the abuse is terrible, and the brothers should go to jail for it, I do wonder about a family that lets a child mooch, jobless, for almost six decades. I imagine the whole family is sick in one way or another.
Posted by emor on November 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 7
So I guess now a chinese firm is going to buy Hostess, move production overseas where they can avoid pesky labor laws/decency and then send back Twinkies glazed with melamine?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 8
@3:

They wanted the workers to take a new contract which slashed penions and cut employer contributions to health insurance by 17%.

Also, they wanted to cut salaries by 8%, and only offer a 3% raise for the next year, and a 1% raise for the year after.

In return, the employees would be a 25% equity stake in the (failing, about to go bankrupt) company, and two union reps would be added to the 8-member board of directors.

Have to blame Hostess' poor management (and shitty products) for this one. They have already gone bankrupt once in 2004.

Their bread sucks balls, along with 99% of their snack foods. Good riddance.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 9
@8, I read as well that the executives at Hostess did give themselves some nice bonus's earlier this year. As they say strip the place of cash on your way out the door.

But expect the media to chant how this is all the fault of the union.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
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As disgusted as I get with the Seattle Times, and to restate the obvious, the story they did on the not-as-safe-as-we-throught-they-were underground reservoirs is just another example of the type of investigative-journalism we stand to lose if the paper goes down . . . Or, put another way, I'm not seeing a future where blogs can do that kind of story . . .

On the story itself: this is a BIG deal. SPU is pretty damn blithe about it all - that everything is going to be OK because the consultant - the same one that fucked up in the first place - is collaborating with the utility on the problem. And, yeah, maybe following an earthquake a neighborhood wouldn't be inundated with water - but as the consultant and SPU acknowledge, the reservoir could be out of commission. Which is kind of a problem because with big earthquakes come fire - and if you don't have a water supply and the neighborhood is on fire, waddaya gonna do?

Posted by Fluffy on November 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 11
I know one's taste changes as one gets older - more sophisticated. But Hostess Twinkies and those cupcakes with the chocolate/curled white icing? Not as good as they used to be. Always stale and seemingly the end result of a never-ending quest for cheaper and cheaper ingredients. I think I had a Twinkle last about 15 years ago and didn't even recognize the cream filling. For the cost of three or four packages of Twinkies, you could go to the store, get a Duncan Hines brownie mix and have a real treat. And I never did dig Wonder Bread. For white bread lovers, there were always a lot better local brands. Can't say I'll miss Hostess very much.

What am I saying? It's like telling people who love them how boring Pop-Tarts are. Lost cause.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
fletc3her 12
Hostess has never been very good, but is often the best option at a gas station early in the morning if you need a sugar fix. I predict someone will pick up the brand name and restart production within a year.

The vulture capitalists don't like integrated companies like Hostess which have both famous brands and production under the same management. They like to be able to license brands ad hoc to many different production companies.
Posted by fletc3her on November 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
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your 47% at work.....
Posted by Moocher Nation on November 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
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@13

Yup, and he probably voted for Romney so that he could keep all of Daddy's money.
Posted by Born on third base... on November 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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Hmmmm, could a well timed strike kill the high fructose corn syrup industry? It is time to OCCUPY that shit dude....
Posted by pupuguru http://www.godsweed.org on November 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
internet_jen 16
Check out the Hostess wiki, it's been a long slow death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostess_Bra…
Posted by internet_jen on November 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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Fact Checking

In Michelle Alexander’s wonderful writing and talks she recounts a moment of skepticism when a young man, whom she believed to be “legitimate,” explains how he was framed by a crooked LA cop. Later, she would read the news stories of how that specific LA policeman was convicted of framing suspects, or random arrested individuals, thus damning those innocent individuals forever.

Fact checking is a never ending process; we learn that something, once presented as fact, turns out to be fiction and then, upon further historical examination, much of the surrounding circumstances were also fictionalized.

The first superficial stories the corporate media presented on CIA Director Petraeus sound somewhat different after more and more data surfaces.

Jill Kelley’s sizable debt, and her sister’s custody battles, makes them both highly vulnerable to external pressure.

Add to that the flakey-sounding FBI agent, his shirtless (topless) emails to Ms. Kelley, while he ardently pursues an investigation on her behalf. Then, the suggestion by others that the emails in question to Ms. Kelley weren’t really of a threatening nature to begin with, and Paula Broadwell’s status as a reserve officer in the military, yet another point of vulnerability.

We know the record of FBI flimsiness where evidence is concerned: from FBI employees, upon retirement (and safely receiving their pensions now), who then blasted the FBI’s handling of DNA evidence in the FBI labs --- to the flimsy and highly suspect “evidence” presented as fact to identify a scientist at Ft. Detrick, after his death, as the Anthrax assassin (said evidence attacked and disputed by highly reputable scientists).

We’ve seen that whether under Bush or Obama, the FBI still appears to be illegally running their COINTELPRO operation, a situation which renders everything originating from the FBI highly, highly suspect!

When doing an historical analysis of the backgrounds of those LA police involved with the investigation of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy back in 1968, we find that almost every single copper turns out to be dirty --- some were later implicated and convicted of various crimes (Rampart Division) --- one was even implicated in torture-murders in South America, while involved in a CIA international police training program.

In fact, turns out the majority of those police involved in RFK’s assassination investigation were on the CIA’s payroll through the aforementioned international police training program!

There was a police chief in Seattle some years back, named Fitzsimons, who established an unethical record, publicly damning victims of homicides by suggesting they were involved with illegal drugs, when it later turned out --- after the standard police investigation --- that they were simply innocent homicide victims.

Fitzsimons would later be appointed to the board of the FBI Academy at Quantico --- a definite continuation line of unethical possibilities. (Fitzsimons was appointed by the then Seattle Mayor Norm “there are no gangs in Seattle” Rice.)

An excellent research method to better understand the back story, the underlying agenda, is to closely follow the travel records of individuals like Karl Rove and Richard Perle.

The operational fellows usually exhibit interesting travel itineraries; Rove’s trips to Sweden at the beginning of the actions taken to extradite Wikileaks’ Julian Assange to Sweden, Rove’s trip to Crimea prior to problems erupting in Georgia (the one in Eastern Europe), etc.

It can be difficult as they frequently fly on private jets, registered out of the British Virgin Islands, but well worth the effort.

The FBI has incredible power, but little accountability. The DOJ’s Lanny Breuer and his weasel words to excuse the perfidy of BP does little to instill confidence in the citizenry; it will be interesting to see if Breuer seriously pursues TransOcean and Halliburton for their culpability as well?

[Disclaimer: I am a neutral observer with regard to Gen. Petraeus, whom I have little regard for and agree with Col. MacGregor’s assessment in the article link below. Also, I have no regard for Ms. Broadwell, nor anyone else affiliated with the Aspen Institute, another faux outfit of the plutocracy, but I do believe that their adultery is simply the cover story for some deeper, behind-the-scenes machinations occurring.]

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/14/e…

http://cryptome.org/2012-info/spy-flog/s…

Private Flight Tracking Aids:

http://www.ehow.com/how_5067866_track-pr…

http://www.networkworld.com/community/no…

http://www.thirtythousandfeet.com/track.…

http://projects.wsj.com/jettracker/

http://flightaware.com/

http://www.aeroseek.com/webtrax/

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Posted by sgt_doom on November 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 18
About the boys in Alki, my father died the same way while his wife and step-kids lived in the rest of the house. When he died, she didn't notify anyone blood related to him, cremated him against his known wishes, will not let us have ashes to say goodbye, and turned everything, including the insurance plan he bought just for his own children, over to her name hours before he died.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on November 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
Look, to be quite frank, you should be way more scared of earthquakes (50 pct houses and bridges destroyed, hundreds of thousands homeless, landslides, mudslides, volcanic events all triggered, 50,000 drowned in the Deep Burial Tunnel on SR-99) than you should of terrorist attacks on the water supply.

There's enough water in people's homes for them to survive weeks, they just don't realize it. But earthquakes will blow out the medical and emergency and transportation infrastructure if they're in the 8.0 or up range here.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
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http://www.privacysos.org/node/876

Wikileaks has released another batch of emails from the private intelligence company Stratfor. Among them are some interesting bits of information, including:

http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/release…

Allegations that the White House and CIA ordered the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to cease investigating Afghanistan president Ahmed Karzai's brother for drug trafficking that funded terrorism.

http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/55…

References to the Obama war on whistleblowers.

http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/12…

An assessment that DHS fusion centers amount to "freaking amature [sic] hour."

http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/35…

DHS' assessment of the Occupy Wall Street movements.

http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/attach/…

And so on . . . .

Posted by sgt_doom on November 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
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will.
not everyone is versatile enough to drink out of the toilet like you do...
Posted by slurp... on November 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Big Matt G 22
@20) Get your own blog!
Posted by Big Matt G on November 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this

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