5 Meters 80 – a short film by Nicolas Deveaux.
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happy tuesday pups!
Hey, Girl, hope you had good weather and a restful day.
Hi Dearie, Hi Suzanne.
Still hot here. How’s by you?
hey dearie — how ya doing tonight? got a little warm today — 86 in the shade on my porch so i had the ac on this afternoon. stayed inside and kept cool :) and did nothing — magnificently *laughing*
hey ecahn — i really enjoyed those mid 70 days on my days off :) how did you spend your day?
Hey, eCAHN, hope you are doing well….. how’s the heat up there and how are the bees handling it? I have delayed cutting my lavender since the bees seem to love it a lot! My coast has been foggy and relatively cool… and I am not complaining!
Came home to a cool house (oh I love this new ac/furnace) and a great breeze on the deck. But a huge storm moved in by 7:00 and it rained cats and dogs for 30 minutes.
Good evening all.
Hey! How are you?
Read book on DPRK. Did random internet catching up.
How about you?
Glad you are enjoying the AC, CE. I put AC in several years ago when I’d nearly melted the previous summer. Haven’t needed it the past two summers, but I’m enjoying it now and then this summer. Wonderful to cool the house down so that I can sleep.
hey ce — bet that cleared the air! i loved your pics of the water feature at the botanical garden — is that where you lunch?
hey bev — how’s dc tonight?
cooling down the house to be able to sleep is the bestest thing about a/c. totally worth the cost
Hi, Bev! Love what you do for us. I don’t always comment on the book salons, but I always read…. and love the learning. You do good work!
Hi, enduring the 90% humidity and 90 degree heat here in DC. Thank goodness for the new AC unit. It rains all the time here and the lawn crew earn their money in this heat. Hoping you are doing well.
Yes, the sleeping is divine. We had two blistering summers and this year, we decided that if we didn’t replace the furnace and put in ac, we couldn’t stay here, or sell. So, no brainer. We are delighted!!!
i did nothing :) hung out at home — token and i went and got a latte yesterday but that was my only foray outta the house. my hired girl came yesterday and the house is all sparkly — the lawn guy comes tomorrow to give the yard a much needed haircut.
Yes, almost every day. It is so peaceful. Birds chirp, the plants and flowers are lovely, the staff loves us, and it is two minutes from our front door.
Enjoying the quiet of the wee hours of the morning, getting some much needed work done. Feel free to send some of your dry weather this way. (grin)
Hola, Suz, that is a crazy little flick, nice diving!
sweet! great perk for working at the museum :)
Hi Dearie! Thank you for the kind words. Also, Thank you for letting me know you are out there, it helps. I’ll try to keep up the good work.
we are in our dry period from july 5th to sept. we may get an occasional shower or random rain but we don’t get much to send on. i don’t like it when it gets all dry and crinkly outside.
Yes, we are well. Long time no see here, so how are you? We are having a wedding in April 2014. I’m planning on retiring in 5 years (yea!) and we are off to London in September. And Shakespeare at the Globe!
hey bg — how’s nm tonight? so glad you liked it — iirc bmaz found it and passed it on and i could not resist :)
My yard guys finally got the message and actually trimmed my overgrown plants. Lovely. And the A/C guy did his check up this morning… It’s good to have some things in order.
don’t forget to pack me in your luggage *sigh* shakespear at the globe …. nutter sigh
Planted arugula for the first time this year. Went to seed before I realized I was supposed to cut off leaves. Apparently that’s a good thing, as it will self-seed & come back for many years.
UCBC (Ulster County Bee Club) picnic last night. Good time. Ed Snowden signed in, but no one I talked to spotted him.
Fold you up and tuck you in carry-on. It is an experience of a lifetime, that Globe Theatre.
We have been having some rain, it is our “monsoon” season.
Nothing much going on, except a few crazy people in my orbit lately. Hoping that changes soon and teh crazy moves on.
last week i took the car in for her summer checkup and she’s all up to date on everything. my lawn kid got overheated in the heat and wasn’t able to work so my yard looks horrible. glad he’s back and will be here tomorrow.
what did you bring to the picnic? was there shade available?
Ha! That is funny eCAHN! You and Ed…
merc comes outta retro on what.. the 20th?
Love the Ed Snowden sign in……..I suspect that in many places no one would notice.
And, Suz, isn’t it great when the car is in shape. I took my car in last week for its regular checkup… and got a free car wash when all was in shape. Nice!
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CE, That is wonderful! Best wishes on the wedding, may everything go smoothly. Retirement, I remember that, tried it for two years (2005-2007) it was great, then FDL found me. (grin) Michelle (my wife) has had business trips to London and saw The Globe, and still raves about it. I have to get to London, so much to see, like DC and all the museums.
mom said the rain has been falling all around her but none at her house. she’s getting pretty frustrated — its been a couple years since she’s had actual rain at her house
Plenty of shade. I brought salad (home grown lettuce; got an attagirl on salad), hamburger, one spicy hot dog from my fridge that needed to be eaten.
Suz, love the video !!
Oh, a lot of people have been talking about Mercury retrograde, I have not really thought about it, but I hope that will fix everything, lol.
free tire rotation with oil change (at the ford dealer) and they keep their prices for maintenance very comparable to what the oil change companies charge. everything checked out fine — even my windshield wipers :) they told me i only need to bring it in every 6 months or 5k miles since i am a low mileage driver.
Got a thundershower which erased the chalk sign-ins before they could be photodocumented. Convenient if you ask me.
excellent! what happens at a bee picnic?
Yes, so MUCH to do!
thanks bev! a great summertime treat and i thought the lln pups would get a kick outta it – so glad you liked it
We talk about the ins & outs of raising honeybees. Went with a friend who is more into the subject than I am. Love my bees, but they have their life and I have mine.
still a great place to pick up info. good to have someone to go with too
I don’t know eCAHN, … should we be checking out your attic or cellar looking for Ed?
Oh, and good organic food. Much tasty vegie stuff, but good hamburger too.
There are benefits to this ‘retirement’ stuff! I thought I was retired, but now I’m working again and making more than I ever did. Also putting way more miles on my car than I anticipated. Was glad to get an A+ from the recent tune up/tire rotation.
I didn’t have work the last week and a half, so I devoted myself to doing the continuing education stuff I need in order to keep my license up to date. Wonderful tapes of interviews with Scalia, Breyer, Ginsberg, and other interesting lawyers. Costly, but way less costly than going to an organized seminar on some particular topic and spending oodles on hotel, parking, meals.
Snowden is the phoniest of phoneys. I’d turn him in to embarrass his CIA overlords. No reason to search my premises for him.
all the credits with non of the hassle of traveling — sweet!
Just asking! How is your wonderful house this year?
I’m fascinated that you say that. My own sister tells me, “Everyone knew all of this.” But I am a political junkie, and I had no idea how extensive the spying was.
I’m willing to wait to see how it all plays out.
Snowden is limited hangout. Your sister is right. I spotted Snowdens’ role immediately because he is too well rehearsed. Went to same school as Dana Perino, though not as perky, blond and female.
So all the USG hysteria is part of this?
House is holding up well.
Although weather has cooled off, got out some fans tonight. More bearable.
So what’s the point? What is worse than what they are letting ‘hang out’?
I’m so disgusted with the govt. at this point that there isn’t much that would be more disappointing, but I’m just not cynical enough to figure out how despicable and deceptive and destructive they are. What are they covering up that is so much worse than what they might be letting Snowden reveal?
More funnier (grammatical misstep intended) is European head of state reaction. NSA has facilities in all those countries.
Now revealed that France does same thing as U.S.
Yes, everyone is doing it. What else is there?
Seriously, for those of us too naive to figure it out…. what’s the deal???
I’m all ears.
I’m hoping eCAHN has the goods….. my sister just acts like I’m a dumbass for not knowing the govt. was scooping up everything. If they are doing that, well, what’s worse? eCAHN… spill the beans!
What’s worse is that it is a diversion from U.S. role in Syrian war. Benghazi shipment of Libyan terrorist & weapons to Syria. Potential conflagration in ME worse than bugging everyone everywhere, which we’ve known about for a decade.
No info in Assange about U.S. role in Arab spring. No info in Snowden about U.S. role in Syria.
Everyone who is watching knows that too, but U.S. corp media is not allowed to tell. Shhh. Pretend I didn’t type that.
That’s not news, not a secret.
Okay, well I’m not surprised that the US govt is f*ckin around in Syria and all over the mid=east. Don’t know how the spying on Americans makes that a surprise. I’m confused.
so ecahn, you think snowden is some sorta false flag thing the govt created to divert our attention?
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I suspect that the Benghazi debacle was a CIA/Ambassador involved with shipping arms to Syria…. or something equally obnoxious to certain mid=easterners. I still don’t see how Snowden is a ‘hangout’ that somehow makes that less obnoxious.
My fave on Snowden is Road to Demascus conversion. He wanted to go to Iraq in 2004 as special ops to kill Iraqis to make them free, but broke both his legs (sure he did). In 2009, he wanted to silence leakers by genital mutilation (shooting tme in the balls).
I think EC is a wise and thoughtful person in many ways, but I don’t agree with her on this. Snowden has produced too much genuine anguish on part of US gov’t. to be anything but real. In my humble opinion, of course.
isn’t that a hoot!
Righto. But is there any new documents in Snowden about it? Snowden’s revelations are a decade old, not 2-3 years old.
hey blue — how ya doing tonight? how’s la county?
I get all of that. Not snowed by Snowden. But I just don’t get what he’s diverting us from. More info needed, please.
So what? Most of those people who work in the NSA must be that kind of jerk or they would not be working there. Manning had a conversion too. I don’t see anything that surprises me.
War on Syria is the issue. Is U.S. going to allow Asad to sweep up U.S. cannibal troops or lose. Nothing in Snowden docs to provide insight on that.
And why would the government want the general populace to realize that the NSA is sucking up tons of money and energy to store all of our private data? I just feel like I’m having an attack of stupid.
everytime i ask how’s la county, this song pops into my mind… the lyric about la county…
Am okay. I spoke to a book group of six people today. Only one of them bought pb magnum opus, but they were a fun group, and the hostess made two different kinds of peanut butter dip, which I scooped up with banana segments. Other than that, an errandy kind of day.
What? I’m with Dearie, more info is needed.
peanut butter dip? dish dood, i’ve never heard of peanut butter dip
Snowden is superficial. Good on you for not being diverted.
If you want deeper puzzle, think of what Hastings was going to reveal.
I have not heard what he was going to reveal, and I have looked around to try to guess. What do you know about it? How do you know?
Okay, I need a hint here. I don’t think Hastings was an accident, but I try not to get into too much conspiracy stuff (even while accepting much of it as logical and reasonable.) What was Hastings going to reveal?
happy dreams ce!
Be cool sleeping, CE!
It Never Rains in Southern California
The point is that limited hangout is revelation of what is already known to distract from more important & despicable CIA, USG activities. If you know about transport of worst of worst terrorists and arms from Libya to Syria, you’ve got the whole picture. It’s not complicated.
Like WMDs in Iraq. A made up story to cover reality. Easy to see thru it, but most don’t.
Really? I’m with Dearie, a dummie. Evidently.
If Snowden were going to reveal something unauthorized by CIA, i.e some info that hadn’t been in the public domain for a decade, it would have been in his first release. And he wouldn’t allow corp media like London Guardian to decide what would be published & what wouldn’t.
What do you think Snowden is about?
Yeah, buy hey, what was Hastings about to reveal? Was he tracking Petraeus? I can’t remember who he was writing about…. will google later, but who wanted him gone? I know Petraeus was at Bilderberg this year and is thought to still have staying power. I think I saw that Alexander (NSA) and Petraeus and someone else were in the same class at West Point…… are we headed for a military coup of some sort (if it isn’t already in place, that is!)?
never mind — jeepers
congrats on snaggin’ the happy lucky 99 dearie!!!
They were both a little sweet — I don’t remember what the ingredients were, but dagnabbit, they were good. Have some in my fridge at the moment.
Well, I’m fine with who didn’t know and all that, for sure. Maybe it is just a test to see how upset people will be with the old news that no one was really paying attention to and doesn’t care what the PTB knows about each of us, as if they don’t want it for some future Stasi sort of thing. If we don’t revolt, I guess the next clampdown will go down easier too. Who fucking cares?
I still don’t understand the Deep Thing you refer to about Syria/Benghazi and all of the rest. But as I said, I’m just a dummie, so maybe ‘splainin’ it won’t be no nevermind anyway.
it went through — ya can get that instead of the duplicate comment message sometimes….
25 Songs That Define Los Angeles
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*gasp* you didn’t get the recipes???
dang bev…. you are good!!!
the magic of google
corp media like London Guardian
The Guardian is quasi-corp at worst, I think: it’s liberal and may even be a co-op or something. And Glenn Greenwald certainly isn’t an apologist for the establishment. I think the world of you, but I’m not sure if you’re right on this one.
* Hangs head in shame *
Never been much of a recipe person…
OK, a quick google reminded me that it was Hastings who brought down McChrystal. Maybe that was enough to get him offed. Or maybe McChrystal was expected to be the third leg on the stool of the army guys. It’s all too much to keep up with. I’m just hoping that I won’t be the only one at the final march with pitchforks.
I’ll be there. So that’s two of us.
You’re the best! I’ll be the one wearing braids.
dood — you had forking recipes in your forking book!!!
I’ll be there with you as a member of the Southern California contingent.
Guardian is left wing of MI6.
i’ll be the one with my cane in my other hand
Those were suggested by an agent I briefly worked with. I’m really not a recipe person, but I figured there was no harm in putting them in — it might improve sales to people who take these things seriously.
Interestingly, at the book group today, one of the participants asked me if I had kitchen-tested the recipes. If she’d seen my kitchen, she wouldn’t have asked that.
Sounding more like a revolt by the minute! BTW, I’ve been reading about the prisoners in CA going on hunger strikes. Those brave souls suffering at GITMO did not know what they inspired. This could be interesting.
According to whom or what?
ROFL — how funny. i had figured you had tested the recipes and that was part of the book from the getgo.
Oh, jeeze — I have to say what I’ll look like? OK, I’ll be wearing a quizzical and bemused expression.
These people have so little to work with and they’re acting so courageously. Some of the people in Pelican Bay, unlike the people in Gitmo, may actually have done something, but they’re still entitled to be treated like human beings.
Well, okay then!
I’ve slummed in youtube on Hastings. Not much there there. Who knows what he was about to release. Many easy Qs that are unanswered but eay to find out.
1. His wife says he wasn’t writing about Jill Kelly. What does his wife say Hastings WAS writing about?
2. What do his friends say he was investigating?
3. Where are his notes, computers?
4. If he were investigating an explosive (heh) CIA story, what precautions did he take to secure his research materials?
5. Why was he out at 4:30a? Was that his normal hour for driving about town? What does his wife say about that?
6. Why was someone on hand to film the crash? What is the filmer’s background?
7. How could he afford an expensive Mercedes?
Well the revolt in the US is going to start in some kind of unexpected way, I imagine. Women in TX, prisoners in CA, whatever sparks it, it will eventually go. I watched the Moyers special on PBS Frontline tonight, and all I can say is that we have been sold a bill of bad goods for freaking 30 years at least, and it just can’t continue without some kind of ruckus.
the crash itself wasn’t filmed.. the cop video dashcam shows the car blowing a light (and going really fast)… the cop turns to follow and catches up after the car crashed and was aflame
Guardian is corp media, so suspect from first principles, same as Fox on the right.
Specific accusation is Tarpley.
All I know is that Hastings sweet-talked McChrystal into trashing his own career. Arrogance is easy to seduce sometimes.
Did anyone else see the piece about the 3 West Point grads from the first class that didn’t have to go to VietNam? I’m too tired to go googling at his point, but I found it interesting. Military ‘Saviours’…. well, we’ll see.
There are cameras everywhere now. I thought it was interesting that some big part, the drive train maybe, fell off before the car crashed. It is an interesting story, and unless investigative reporters are becoming afraid to publish, I imagine some of the questions above will be answered. Not like we all have not been wondering about those things.
The fire and location of engine was filmed. Highly unlikely scenario.
Retirement time for me. Sleep well.
Good grief, I’ve only heard of 3 of those 25 songs. And it didn’t include the iconic Nobody Walks in LA.
happy dreams ecahn
time about time for me to take token out. he’s looking at me with his ‘my eyeballs are floating’ look. thanks for letting me hang out with ya tonight
Well,this was really interesting and intriguing and not at all snarky! What a pleasure. I’d love it if you’d all come back again to see if we can get some more information about what in the hell is going on!
Night all! Thanks, Suz, for hosting. Give Token a hug… and some fresh air!
Night, Suz, stay cool, sweet dreams!
Good night Suz
I’m still totally in the dark, Dearie. But if ya get a clue, maybe I can get up to speed.
good night all
EC, thanks for running point on the Snowden-as-managed-op possibility.
Most people don’t get it at first (which is part of an op, of course), so it helps to have lots of people explaining it.
More giveaways that Snowden is not all he seems:
• Nothing whatsoever is being changed
• MSM and official leaks of U.S. secrets (these leaks tellingly not prosecuted) hammer home the government’s position that everything is “legal”
• Most of all, no one in government – not even a few sacrificial redshirts – faces any punishment at all (whereas just before Snowden the media was calling for Obama+Holder+Clinton hearings, resignation, and possible criminal charges)
• The only one facing any consequences is the whistleblower, who is (supposedly) the object of a global manhunt – a very clear warning to real whistleblowers
And as has been said, what Snowden “revealed” has been well known forever. (I don’t believe Greenwald and The Guardian are anything but patsies, however, and the operation is more easily managed, more believable, and thus far more effective if they truly do believe they’re revealing something new.) That some cooperating countries feel compelled to CYA with a “we are shocked! shocked and appalled! that the U.S. would do this” is the sort of public denial one would expect – but of course one that is completely at odds with centuries of international spying, err, “international relations.”
One place where EC and I differ is on the significance of the Benghazi debacle. The U.S. has historically not given a fuck about running guns and violating international law, and everyone and his dog (even dogs that don’t speak Arabic) knows the U.S. is funding and arming mercenary invaders to overthrow the next ME domino in Syria. But in Benghazi it wasn’t just a bunch of meaningless brown people who ended up dead, but a U.S. Ambassador – and that’s the kind of thing that tends to upset other people in power, since they don’t want to face the same fate.
hey ev — sorry i missed ya last night
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 2:00 pm PacificCarbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global EconomyChat with Mark Schaprio about his new book. Hosted by Steve Horn.
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