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The Solution to Homelessness (News)
by Jason Cheung | January 2, 2014 Despite drug treatments, mental therapy, and outright criminalization of homelessness, the number of homeless people continues to grow each year across the country. Utah seems to have found the answer.
McClatchy obtained documents showing strikes targeted "others," not just high level al-Qaida operatives By Natasha Lennard | Salon.com | Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 05:08 AM PDT(Image: Shutterstock)
by Pratap Chatterjee | Sunday, March 31, 2013 | Common Dreams Boeing, the aircraft manufacturing giant from Seattle, helped defeat a Republican proposal in Washington state that would have forced government agencies to get approval to buy unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, and to obtain a warrant before using them to conduct surveillance on individuals.
By John Upton | Apr 5 2013 Picture: The Chalmette refinery Even as ExxonMobil was mopping up after its disgusting tar-sands oil spill in Arkansas on Wednesday, it spilled an unknown amount of unknown chemicals — possibly hydrogen sulfide and cancer-causing benzene — during an accident at a riverfront refinery in Louisiana.
One week ago, residents of rural Mayflower, Ark., found a river of reeking, black oil flowing through their backyards and streets. ExxonMobil, the company that owns the ruptured pipeline, evacuated the neighborhood and quickly instated something like martial law, evicting wildlife rescue workers, threatening reporters with arrest, and even winning a temporary no-fly zone over the spill. Here’s what the company is hiding...
Bradley Manning, U.S. soldier accused of leaking material to WikiLeaks, among those nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 231 nominations have been submitted for this year's award By The Associated Press / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:03 AM(Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)
By Ethan Scheck | firstname.lastname@example.org | Monday, February 18, 2013 @BurgerKing was hacked Feb. 18 and changed to a McDonald’s Twitter feed. As of noon Monday, Burger King was bought by fast food rival McDonald’s according to its own Twitter feed. Unfortunately for Burger King, it wasn’t the one writing the tweets. According to speculation and multiple tweets from the hacked account, hacktivist group Anonymous pulled off this latest account hack, which it called #OpMadCow, for reasons unknown. The entire ordeal lasted less than an hour and a half before Twitter suspended the account at Burger King’s request, according to a statement released by Burger King.
by John Lounsbury | February 3rd, 2013 Hidden away from the main stream big city media, on tiny Bainbridge Island, WA, the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) has filed suit against ten former directors and officers of a local bank. Bainbridge Island’s defunct American Marine Bank leaders are being sued over allegations they enabled $18 million in irresponsible loans. The suit charges four officers and six directors of the bank with breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence and negligence, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Jan. 25. The bank went under in 2010 and was taken over by the FDIC.
By News Wires EU finance ministers on January 22 approved a move by Germany, France and nine other EU nations to introduce a tax on financial transactions to help pay for a bailout of European banks and discourage risky trades. A group of 11 European Union countries was given the go-ahead Tuesday to work on the introduction of a tax on financial transactions. The tax is designed to help pay for the rescue of Europe’s banks and discourage risky trading. It would apply to anyone in the 11 countries who makes a bond or share trade or bets on the market using complex financial products called derivatives.
Spiegel Online 01/18/2013 06:06 PM Snakes and Ladders Investment Banking on the Brink For decades, investment bankers have held the key to untold riches -- but now they're being laid off by the tens of thousands. As the crisis forces the industry to search for a new identity, is it ready to mend its ways? The suicide victims chose a location with symbolic significance. Last fall, only a few weeks apart, a businesswoman and a banker went to the Coq d'Argent, an upscale restaurant and hot spot in the world of London high finance, located on the top floor of a shopping complex, to end their lives. The woman put down her purse and jumped from the restaurant's cozy rooftop terrace. The banker, an investment specialist, jumped into the building's atrium around lunchtime.
[This gave me a chuckle! A reverse outsourcing story. Creative thinking!] 16 January 2013 Last updated at 08:50 ET A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China. The software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay. He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job. Operator Verizon says the scam came to light after the US firm asked it for an audit, suspecting a security breach.
In Florida, banks who slack on maintaining their properties are getting a taste of their own medicine. By Laura Gottesdiener | AlterNet | December 26, 2012 It’s payback time — literally. In Florida, hundreds of homeowner and neighborhood associations are foreclosing on banks that have failed to upkeep their repossessed properties, according to — of all things — a CNN Money report.
The Nevada Chapters of PANDA (People Against the National Defense Authorization Act, the NDAA) announce the introduction of BDR 728, The Nevada Liberty Preservation Act ActivistPost | Wednesday, December 19, 2012 The Bill, sponsored by Nevada State Senator Don Gustavson, will be part of the 2013 Nevada State Legislative session which begins in February. Passage of the Nevada Liberty Preservation Act will demonstrate the Legislature’s commitment to Constitutional Law and Individual Liberty by restoring the right to due process to all persons in Nevada.
Spiegel Online | 12/18/2012 05:13 PM The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame The term "DU" seems to be just as widespread in Basra as birth defects are. and some researchers think they might be right.
[The Arab Spring appears to have turned into a dark winter] 30 November 2012 Last updated at 05:51 ET Tens of thousands of protesters opposed to Egypt's president and the sweeping new powers he assumed last week are in Cairo's Tahrir Square, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved. The Islamist-dominated constituent assembly finished voting on the draft in the early hours on Friday. The draft will now be sent to Mr Morsi, who is expected to call a referendum. The Supreme Constitutional Court is due to rule on Sunday on whether the assembly should be dissolved. Senior judges have been in a stand-off with the president since he granted himself sweeping new powers. 'Fall of the regime'
[Is this an alternative reality? An interesting story on a movement in Russia.] Spiegel Online 11/21/2012 07:20 PM President Vladimir Putin has overwhelmed the leaders of Russia's opposition with Soviet-style methods. But he will not be able to stop the modernization of Russian society in the same way. A new grassroots movement is already taking shape.
Spiegel Online 11/22/2012 12:07 PM A new trans-Atlantic effort aims to expose alleged harassment and poor working conditions for workers at T-Mobile, the US subsidiary of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom. The union-driven campaign plans to expose damning employee reports to politicians and the media.
22 November 2012 Last updated at 13:26 ET The UN should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, Euro MPs have warned. International governments are set to agree a new information and communications treaty next month. Reports in the Russian press have suggested the Kremlin and others wanted control of key internet systems passed to a UN agency. Internet control currently lies largely with US-based groups such as Icann, which regulates the web address system. The European Parliament has said the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was "not the appropriate body" to have authority.
Updates on the Cleveland 5 (News)
From left, Brandon Baxter, Douglas Wright, Connor Stevens. The three men, who pleaded guilty in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio, face sentencing before a judge who agreed with prosecutors that they should be punished as terrorists. A fourth defendant will be sentenced on Wednesday and a fifth is undergoing a psychiatric exam. Photo: FBI / AP AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Three men were sentenced Tuesday to years in prison after admitting to taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio with what turned out to be a dud device provided by a government informant. The father of one of the defendants, 20-year-old Connor Stevens, complained to the judge that his son had been entrapped.
By Mike Elk | InTheseTimes | Friday Nov 16, 2012 3:20 pm An image of Obama from the leaked Honeywell document is captioned "HON has great relationships with Federal officials." In These Times has exclusively obtained a leaked internal Honeywell document outlining an anti-union strategy that includes leveraging Obama administration connections. The documents suggest that the megacorporation is deeply concerned about recent union activity at its factories and the bad press that has resulted (one example cited is a Working In These Times op-ed).
November 16, 2012 12:07 AM Reporting: Maria Medina NEVADA CITY, CA (CBS13) – A police chief says he’s found a one-of-a-kind way to manage a growing problem in his city, and it’s putting the homeless on the hot seat. A new law would give Nevada City the power to hand out permits to a small group of homeless, which would give them permission to sleep in public. While the new ordinance would give some homeless a place to stay, it would tell others, mostly the troublemakers and the criminals, to stay away.
By HUBBLE SMITH LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL | 11/17/2012 12:00 AM Laid-off employees from the Hostess plant in Henderson were not enjoying happy hour Friday at Remedy's tavern across the street from the plant. They were drinking all right, mostly to drown their sorrow. "There's really nothing to say. They closed up and sent all the employees home," said a man who would not give his name. "Call the CEO and ask him." About 170 Hostess employees lost their jobs in Henderson, one of 33 bakeries nationwide for Irving, Texas-based Interstate Brands Corp., which also has a warehouse in North Las Vegas and a retail store on Craig Road.
Spiegel Online 11/16/2012 06:36 PM Be it the United States or the European Union, most Western countries are so highly indebted today that the markets have a greater say in their policies than the people. Why are democratic countries so pathetic when it comes to managing their money sustainably?
International Business Times November 12 2012 2:43 PM A foreclosure crisis months in the making finally blew wide open in Spain this weekend when, in response to a string of dramatic suicides by people being evicted from their homes, the government declared “a temporary stop to the eviction of the most vulnerable families.” The announcement by president Mariano Rajoy in a political meeting on Saturday was a shock to most, so much so that cynics were calling the action a politically motivated canard.
14 November 2012 Last updated at 15:05 ET Workers across the European Union have staged a series of protests and strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures. General strikes in Spain and Portugal halted transport and closed businesses and schools. Police and protesters clashed in several Spanish cities. Rallies took place in 23 countries including Greece, France and Belgium, union officials told the BBC. Hundreds of flights to and from striking nations were cancelled. Airlines recommended that passengers check schedules before setting out to airports. British Airways and Easyjet were among the UK carriers forced to cancel some of their services. The European Trade Union Confederation has co-ordinated the Europe-wide action.
BBC News | 12 November 2012 More than 100,000 Americans have petitioned the White House to allow their states to secede from the US, after President Barack Obama's re-election. The appeals were filed on the White House's We the People website. Most of the 20 states with petitions voted for Republican Mitt Romney. The US constitution contains no provisions for states to secede from the union. By Monday night the White House had not responded. In total, more than 20 petitions have been filed. One for Texas has reached the 25,000-signature threshold at which the White House promises a response. 'Blatant abuses' The last time states officially seceded, the US Civil War followed.
Spiegel Online 11/13/2012 03:15 PM The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. By revoking the tax-exempt status of the site's main financial supporter in Germany for the 2010 calendar year, the authority could place a further strain on the organization's future.
Move comes after second evicted homeowner's suicide The Associated Press | Nov 12, 2012 2:05 PM ET Members of the Mortgage Victims' Platform protested outside the headquarters of Spain's centre-right People's Party in Madrid Monday. (Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters) Greece's creditors propose 2-year extension Spain's major banks agreed on Monday to suspend some evictions of homeowners unable to pay their mortgages after hundreds of thousands of Spaniards lost their homes during the crushing economic crisis and two recently committed suicide. The Spanish Banking Association declared the two-year halt only for homeowners they consider the most vulnerable.
Chavez slams "superelite" that exploits US Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Common Dreams Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to "stop invading" other countries and "think about his own country" which suffers from social and economic problems. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking about Obama's reelection. Chavez made the comments during a cabinet council meeting broadcast on the state channel, VTV. "President Obama has been reelected. Hopefully he and his government reflect, first about their country, which, unfortunately, has plenty of economic and social problems," said Chavez.
Bradley Manning Offers to Plead Guilty to WikiLeaks Charges if Gov’t Drops Espionage, Enemy Case (News)
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | DemocracyNow
by John Glaser, November 07, 2012
by Marcy Chong and Nadine Bloch | October 27, 2012 This week’s revelations about the evolving mercenary status of Change.org and Salsa Labs are just the latest iteration of the ongoing fight to maintain space for activism in a relentlessly profit-motivated field — in this case, that of online organizing. Activists and non-profits are reeling from a double-dose of a familiar, bitter brew of betrayal: The technology they helped create for their struggles for justice has been transformed into a private commodity.
John Brennan has more control over who appears on the kill lists than anyone save President Obama. And even he thinks the CIA can't be trusted. By Conor Friedersdorf | Oct 26 2012, 7:00 AM ET
Spiegel Online 10/25/2012 02:25 PM German villages are slowly dwindling and residents are suffering as they lose places to meet and shop within walking distance of their homes. Now concerned villagers are trying to stabilize bleeding populations by opening their own small community stores to keep village life alive. This spring, the last shop in the western German village of Thier closed. The little café and bakery was the place people in the town of 1,300 went to buy bread. More importantly, it was also where they could gather and hear the latest town gossip. "It was a wake-up call," says Thomas Karthaus, who along with a handful of town residents decided to open up a community-owned store to bring back a place where villagers could meet.
By David Rose | 18:30 EST, 20 October 2012 | UPDATED: 04:57 EST, 21 October 2012 The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan. A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes’ targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen. It also describes how bereaved relatives are forced to gather their loved ones’ dismembered body parts in the aftermath of strikes. The dossier has been assembled by human rights lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who works for Pakistan’s Foundation for Fundamental Rights and the British human rights charity Reprieve.
by Nadine Bloch | October 10, 2012 I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone talking about Walmart’s low, low prices with the dollar signs almost visibly flashing in their otherwise vacant eyes. But what are we really talking about here? Do you ever get something for nothing? Walmart executives will say that since the company is so big it enjoys an economy of scale and can pass low prices on to consumers. But those low prices also depend on the company’s willingness to squash competition, neglect reasonable labor practices, destroy communities, purchase political favors and entrap people desperate for a job into pay insufficient for any real quality of life.
12 October 2012 Last updated at 06:38 ET Cyber-attacks could inflict as much damage on the US as the physical attacks on 11 September 2001, the US defence secretary has warned. Leon Panetta said the country was preparing to take pre-emptive action if a serious cyber-attack was imminent. He said US intelligence showed "foreign actors" were targeting control systems for utilities, industry and transport. Advanced tools were being created to subvert key computer control systems and wreak havoc, said Mr Panetta.
9 October 2012 The US Supreme Court has declined to block a judgement from an Ecuadorean court that a US oil firm pay billions in damages for pollution in the Amazon. Chevron was fighting a ruling that it must pay $18.2bn (£11.4bn) in damages, a sum increased to $19bn in July. It is the latest move in a decades-long legal wrangle between Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, and the people of the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador. Source The decision could affect other oil firms accused of pollution. The high court did not explain why it decided to reject the appeal from Chevron.
10/08/2012 06:29 PM Spiegel Online The Inflation Monster Central banks are currently flooding cash-strapped industrialized nations with money. This may help governments reduce their debt load, but it also erodes the value of people's savings. A massive redistribution of wealth is threatening to take place in Germany and Europe -- from the bottom to the top.
The EU has launched a campaign aimed at showing how low-carbon solutions can improve quality of life. The European Commission believes that policies to cut greenhouse gases will only work if individuals share the vision of a low-carbon society. "It's perhaps been a bit too much doom and gloom in the past on climate," one official told the BBC at the launch in London. "We are now emphasizing the need to inspire people." The EU-wide campaign runs until 2014. The campaign title "Worldulike" will doubtless raise eyebrows. The name is uncomfortably reminiscent of the British baked potato restaurant chain Spudulike. The vision is being transmitted through the Commission's website world-you-like and also Facebook and Twitter.
by jpmassar | DailyKOS | Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:25 PM PDT You wouldn't have thought it possible. Not in your wildest dreams would you imagine that on the 11th anniversary of the beginning of American's longest war would police have the temerity to arrest war veterans standing vigil, reading the names of their dead comrades in arms. And yet... ANIMALNewYork @ANIMALNewYork NYPD arresting veterans as they read the names of the dead: http://www.ustream.tv/... Ergoat @Ergoat 11 years of successfully defending Warlords' #heroin supply in #Afghanistan 2000+ Americans dead, names read @ #ows & Vets arrested4 it #FTP Jayron ?@Jayron26
REUTERS | Wed Oct 3, 2012 5:40am EDT BUDAPEST, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The world economy will take at least 10 years to emerge from the financial crisis that began in 2008, the International Monetary Fund's Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard said in an interview published on Wednesday. Blanchard told Hungarian website Portfolio.hu, in an interview conducted on Sept. 18, that Germany would have to accept higher inflation and a real strengthening of its purchasing power as part of the solution to Europe's problems. But even though the focus was on Europe's troubles now, he said, the United States also had a fiscal problem which it had to resolve.
The scores of 'fusion centers' across the country threaten civil liberties while doing little to counter terrorism, a two-year study by a Senate subcommittee finds. By Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times | October 3, 2012 WASHINGTON — A federal domestic security effort to help state and local law enforcement catch terrorists by setting up more than 70 information-sharing centers around the country has threatened civil liberties while doing little to combat terrorism, a two-year examination by a Senate subcommittee found.
2 October 2012 Last updated at 13:17 ET A European Union advisory group says that Europe's banks should be split into separate legal entities, in order to protect ordinary retail banking from risky trading. The review was set up to look at whether banks should be structurally reformed to avoid another crisis. The group agreed that banks should separate certain high-risk banking activities from everyday banking. Banks likely to be affected include Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Speaking later to the BBC, the leader of the expert group which compiled the report, Bank of Finland governor Erkki Liikanen, said banks could be forced to go further than the "moderate" directive of making them different parts of the same banking group.
By Brent Daggett | Contributing writer for End the Lie With growing distrust of big banks and the unstable economy, the buy local movement is gaining more traction, especially if localities create their own currency. The concept of printing local currency (in the form of paper money) is nothing new and is perfectly legal by federal law, except private coinage is not. In 1991, Ithaca NY started to experiment with their money called hours. According to author and founder of Ithaca Hours, Paul Glover, this is how the system works: One HOUR = one hour basic labor, or $10.00. Half HOUR = half hour basic labor, or $5.00. Quarter HOUR = quarter hour basic labor, or $2.50. Eighth HOUR = eighth hour basic labor, or $1.25.
by Anthony Gucciardi | NaturalSociety | September 28, 2012 Is the end of Monsanto within reach? It has certainly been a rough couple of weeks for the mega corporation as the real dangers surrounding GMOs are being brought to the attention of consumers on a global scale like never before. It all started with the monumental French study finding a serious link between the consumption of Monsanto’s Roundup-drenched GMOs and massive tumors. Being called the ‘most thorough’ research ever published on the real health effects of GMOs, the study led to even larger victories.
Report claims just one in fifty victims of 'surgical' US strikes in Pakistan are known militants. Jerome Taylor reports on a deadly new strategy by Jerome Taylor | Tuesday 25 September 2012 Late in the evening on 6 June this year an unmanned drone was flying high above the Pakistani village of Datta Khel in north Waziristan. The buzz emitted by America's fleet of Predators and Reapers are a familiar sound for the inhabitants of the dusty hamlet, which lies next to a riverbed close to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and is a stronghold for the Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
By Dan Burns | Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:08pm EDT (Reuters) - The net worth of the richest Americans grew by 13 percent in the past year to $1.7 trillion, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday, and a familiar cast populated the top of the annual list, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and the Koch brothers. The average net worth of the 400 wealthiest Americans rose to a record $4.2 billion, up more than 10 percent from a year ago, while the lowest net worth came in at $1.1 billion versus $1.05 billion last year, the magazine said. Seven in ten of the list's members made their fortunes from scratch.
Sat, Sep 15 2012 LISBON (Reuters) - Over 150,000 Portuguese marched on Saturday against planned tax hikes that have shattered the consensus behind austerity imposed by an EU/IMF bailout, and tens of thousands more marched in Spain, seen as the next country needing to be bailed out. The rallies in Portugal were mostly incident-free, but a young protester of about 20 was taken to hospital with burns after an attempted self-immolation during the protests in the northern town of Aveiro. RTP television quoted firemen as saying his life was not in danger. Organized via the Internet, the rallies brought together Portuguese from all walks of life, chanting: "Out of here! IMF is hunger and misery!" and calling on the centre-right government to resign.
Is Catalonia going to be Europe's newest state? Nearly 1.5 million Catalans took the streets of Barcelona last week calling for independence from Spain. Catalonia is recognised as a “nation” within Spain, but the country's financial crisis has exacerbated the region's independence movement. Catalans say their nation gives more taxes to the Spanish government than it receives and that austerity cuts have unfairly squeezed their economy.
U.S. Defeated In Afghanistan (News)
Ending of Joint NATO-Afghan Patrols Destroys US Plan for a "Handover." by Fintan Dunne, 18 Sept., 2012 The loss of over 50 NATO troops this year in attacks by insurgents in Afghan forces uniform has forced the US to declare that joint NATO-Afghan patrols are at an end --turning the so-called "exit plan into a rout." The proclaimed strategy of a handover to Afghan security forces has now been scuppered by the Taliban's well orchestrated embedding of "moles" within the Afghan security structures. The "enemy within" problem has now become an operational nightmare of such magnitude that it has turned US handover plans into a raw defeat.
RT.com | 17 September, 2012 While many millionaires got poorer in the last year, billionaires did just fine, overcoming market and economic turmoil. The number of people with at least $30 million in their pockets grew to 187,380, while their total wealth fell 1.8 percent to $25.8 trillion – a sum bigger than the combined size of the U.S. and Chinese economies, the Wealth-X research company said in a report on Monday. At the same time billionaires became even richer. Their number grew 9.4 percent to 2,160 people with the combined wealth of $6.2 trillion, according to the Singapore-based firm that provides intelligence on the ultra-rich to banks, fundraisers and luxury retailers
Spiegel Online 09/17/2012 05:03 PM Plan to Avoid More Bailouts EU Considers Splitting Up Major Banks By Martin Hesse and Christoph Pauly EU Commissioner Michel Barnier has asked experts to examine the possibility of splitting up major European banks to avoid future bailouts at taxpayers' expense. But even less radical intervention in the banking sector could have drastic consequences for the industry, and its powerful lobby is resisting any such change.
The only remedy for the abuse of Bradley Manning and the government’s violation of the law is dismissal of all charges. By Kevin Zeese. September 4, 2012 Every time I attend a Bradley Manning hearing the prosecutors show their outrageous disrespect for the law, demonstrate they cannot be trusted and that this prosecution should not proceed. Beginning on November 27, the defense will argue a long-delayed motion to dismiss for unlawful pretrial punishment. In a moment of high drama, Bradley is likely to testify about his nine months in solitary confinement during the argument of this motion. Prosecutors Are Caught Hiding More than One Thousand Emails about Manning’s Confinement
2011 data also show decline in household income for second year as presidential candidates debate economic recovery by Paul Harris | guardian.co.uk | Wednesday 12 September 2012 11.57 EDT New figures have been released by the US census bureau revealing a yearly decline in median household income for Americans, growing inequality and more than one in five children under 18 years old living in poverty. In a survey of data for 2011, the census discovered that real median household income in the US had dipped by 1.5% from its level in 2010 to sit at $50,054 a year. The fall is the second consecutive annual drop and comes in the middle of a bitterly contested election in which America's tepid economic performance has been a central theme.
[Photo: Mark Smith] ACLU intervenes after AIM and 'No Bear Hunt' activists are tracked, harassed and jailed by law enforcement after speaking out By Brenda Norrell | Censored News | Sunday, September 9, 2012 The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information request to find out what the FBI has reported on the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Indian Movement and the group No Bear Hunt. AIM is opposing the hunting of bears, based on the spiritual teachings of the Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone. Raquela Arthur, Pyramid Lake Paiute and AIM member, told Censored News, “We requested help from the ACLU because our rights have been violated, including our right to the First Amendment, freedom of speech.”
07 September, 2012, 23:35 Wells Fargo employees wrongfully foreclosed a modest home near a small town in California, removing and destroying nearly all of an old couple’s belongings. Alvin and Pat Tjosaas, who have been married for 56 years, lost three generations worth of their belongings when a contracted foreclosure crew accidentally broke into the wrong house. The Tjosaas had no mortgage on the house that Alvin had built with his dad as a teenager. “Good news, we know who took it: Wells Fargo. Bad news, the stuff is all gone,” Alvin Tjosaas told CBS Los Angeles. Subcontractors hired by the bank broke doors, smashed windows and stole valuables while foreclosing the couple's vacation home near Twentynine Palms.
by The Daily Dot Mitt Romney’s tax returns are reportedly in the hands of a team of hackers who plan on releasing them publicly at the end of the month unless a ransom is paid.
by Douglas A. McIntyre | September 5, 2012 at 6:28 am Greece does not have the means to police its underground economy, which is considered very large compared to the size of the country. Austerity measures that cut the size of government will make enforcement of tax laws even more difficult. That is too bad because there is a lot of money to be had if only Greece could get cash from parts of its economy that are largely hidden from sight. A new study by accounting firm Global Financial Integrity (GFI) claims: The Greek economy lost US$261 billion to crime, corruption, and tax evasion from 2003-2011.
New York Times September 2, 2012 Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer systems so they will be able to immediately handle a new Greek currency. No one knows just how broad the shock waves from a Greek exit would be, but big American banks and consulting firms have also been doing a brisk business advising their corporate clients on how to prepare for a splintering of the euro zone.
Spiegel Online 08/31/2012 06:16 PM Part 4 of 4 of the series There is no question that China is an authoritarian state. But Beijing's efforts to include experts and experiments in the way it governs also help to keep power in check. Once the government supports a project, it normally carries it out -- sometimes on a massive scale. Are there lessons to be taken from the Communist Party's method of governance?
Photo: 52-year-old Ram Kishen with his government provided ration card in Satnapur Village, Uttar Pradesh, India. By Mehul Srivastava and Andrew MacAskill - Aug 29, 2012 1:41 AM PT Ram Kishen, 52, half-blind and half- starved, holds in his gnarled hands the reason for his hunger: a tattered card entitling him to subsidized rations that now serves as a symbol of India’s biggest food heist.
By Edwin Mora | August 20, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – There have been 2,527 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees and co-conspirators convicted of corruption and other criminal misconduct since 2004, according to a federal auditor. Charles Edwards, the acting inspector general (IG) at DHS, made that revelation in written testimony prepared for an Aug. 1 hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management.
By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune | Published: August 24, 2012 TAMPA -- Security-conscious authorities will be using a wide variety of devices and technology to monitor the skies, streets and waterways around Tampa during next week's Republican National Convention. Cameras, helicopters and law enforcement officers all will be employed to help look for suspicious activity and possible threats. Add to that mix one more technology: drones. This will mark the first time unmanned aerial vehicles will patrol the skies over a national convention, according to an engineer with a Naples company that builds and will operate the drones.
August 14, 2012 During the Great Recession, when many hospitals across the country were nearly brought to their knees by growing numbers of uninsured patients, one hospital system not only survived — it thrived. In fact, profits at the health care industry giant HCA, which controls 163 hospitals from New Hampshire to California, have soared, far outpacing those of most of its competitors. The big winners have been three private equity firms — including Bain Capital, co-founded by Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate — that bought HCA in late 2006. HCA’s robust profit growth has raised the value of the firms’ holdings to nearly three and a half times their initial investment in the $33 billion deal.
08/24/2012 05:51 PM Spiegel Online Part 3 of 4 part series. Next week: China Hailed as a "miracle of modern politics," Denmark consistently earns top marks for its efficient governance, innovation and transparency. Nowhere is this more apparent than with its successful embrace of wind power, making it a role model for the world. Western democracies consider themselves to be efficient, farsighted and just -- in other words, prime examples of "good governance." But in recent years, the euro and debt crises, along with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , have shattered faith in the reliability of Western institutions. Disconcerted Europeans are casting a worried eye at newly industrialized nations like China and Brazil . Can the West learn something from countries that
Spiegel Online - International 08/17/2012 [Part 2 of 4] The debate in the US Congress last winter over whether potatoes should be curbed in school lunches is emblematic of the modern-day crisis in US governance. Lobbyists and other powerful interest groups dominate the tenor of the debate. Unsurprisingly, most Americans have lost confidence in their leaders.
A Commentary by Stefan Kaiser Greece has disappointed its creditors yet again. Now its government plans to ask for more time -- and needs billions more in aid. But Greece's euro-zone partners are unwilling to provide any more help, meaning that the only hope now is to admit defeat and let the country make a fresh start.
Speigel Online 08/10/2012 01:49 PM Source In the first of four installments of a series on good governance, SPIEGEL explores how Brazil has become one of globalization's success stories. A rigorous battle against corruption and poverty has ushered in new freedoms, growth and increasing equality, winning the country respect around the world. Western democracies consider themselves to be efficient, farsighted and just -- in other words, prime examples of "good governance." But in recent years, the euro and debt crises, along with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have shattered faith in
Speigel Online 08/10/2012 01:49 PM the governing styles in the world, does one country stand out as more successful than the others? Shaken by the financial and debt crises, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaders are being forced to re-examine their ideas of "good governance." In an introduction to a four part series, SPIEGEL reviews their progress. Western democracies consider themselves to be efficient, farsighted and just -- in other words, prime examples of "good governance." But in recent years, the euro and debt crises, along with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have shattered faith in the reliability of Western institutions. Disconcerted Europeans are casting a worried eye at newly industrialized nations like China
Speigel Online 13th August 2012, 13:54 clock Trapwire WikiLeaks brought unwanted attention to the monitoring software Trapwire: The platform has published e-mails, where security experts praise the effusive software. Trapwire linked reports of suspicious observations from several sources - casinos, hotels, police.
Article worth reading in full August 10, 2012 By WILLIAM J. BROAD She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody. She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for an oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her antinuclear views.
by Mark Mardell | 10 August 2012 The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has slashed its forecasts for corn production and predicted sharp price rises, due to a drought and heatwave destroying much of the country's crop. It now thinks that this year's corn yield - the amount produced per acre - will be the lowest since 1995-96. It predicts farm prices for corn will average $7.50-$8.90 per bushel. In July had predicted $5.40-$6.40 per bushel. The US is the world's biggest producer of corn, soybeans and wheat. The United Nations (UN) has warned that the dry spells in the Midwest could lead to higher food prices. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called on the US to suspend its production of biofuel ethanol.
Senate panel investigating 2008-2009 financial crisis decides not to pursue criminal case against Wall Street firm. 10 Aug 2012 20:48 The US Justice Department has said it will not prosecute Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs or its employees in a financial fraud probe. In a written statement on Thursday, the department said it conducted an exhaustive investigation of allegations brought to light by a Senate panel investigating the 2008-2009 financial crisis. "The department and investigative agencies ultimately concluded that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time,'' the department said.
By HOPE YEN | Monday - 7/30/2012, 5:48pm EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (December 2011 photo) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied his government was involved in the scandal BBCNews/Middle East | 30 July 2012 Four people have been sentenced to death for their roles in Iran's biggest-ever bank fraud scandal. Two other defendants received life sentences, while 33 more will spend up to 25 years in jail, the chief prosecutor was quoted as saying. The scandal involved forged documents reportedly used by an investment company to secure loans worth $2.6bn. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year denied allegations that his government was involved. The identities of the defendants have not been made public. Impeachment vote
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | August 2, 2012 WASHINGTON — A cybersecurity bill that had been one of the Obama administration’s top national security priorities was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate on Thursday, severely limiting its prospects this year. The Senate voted 52 to 46 to cut off debate, falling eight votes short of the 60 needed to force a final vote on the measure, which had bipartisan support but ran into a fight over what amendments could be proposed to the legislation. Soon after the vote, the White House released a statement calling the outcome “a profound disappointment.”
NSA wants to hire hackers (News)
By Stacy Cowley | @CNNMoneyTech | July 29, 2012: 10:29 AM ET LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) -- Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America's top spymaster -- National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command -- took the stage Friday at the nation's largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch.
Why has there been so little organized resistance to drone warfare? BY Rebecca Burns | July 2, 2012 At an October 2011 meeting between Pakistani elders and human rights lawyers, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz stood up to volunteer for a dangerous assignment. The meeting, held in Islamabad by U.K. legal charity Reprieve, sought to expose the impact of drone strikes in the North Waziristan region, and Aziz hoped that by learning to photograph the strikes he could help protect his community. Three days later, Aziz, along with his 12-year-old cousin, were themselves killed in a drone strike while on their way to pick up their aunt.
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By Neil M. Barofsky Jul 22, 2012 In the year since I stepped down as the special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the sadly predictable consequences of the government’s disparate treatment of Wall Street and Main Street have only become worse. As the banks amass size and power, Main Street continues to get pummeled.
RedHack is a political online group founded in 1997 that uses 'defacement hacking' (RedHack) By Gianluca Mezzofiore | July 16, 2012 12:53 PM GMT Turkey's Marxist cyberactivist group RedHack has started releasing the identities of police informants in retaliation against ultra-nationalist hackers who have been threatening opposition academics and journalists. The hacktivists, who have been included on the list of terrorist organisations after breaching the website of Turkey's foreign ministry, dumped online a 75-megabyte text file with thousands of emails from Turkish police informants. Spying requests sent to police also featured in the dump.
By Nathan Freed Wessler, Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 12:28pm
Uploaded to YouTube on Jul 22, 2012 by SociallyAwkwardLlama Cops shot non-lethal rounds toward men, women and children and unleashed a dog who charged toward a stroller during a clash with mostly Latino residents in Anaheim following an officer-involved shooting there. Video from KCAL-9 Los Angeles.
A look at planned layoffs in 2012 (Credit: Challenger, Gray & Christmas) The planned layoffs represent an increase of 260 percent over the 14,308 cuts announced during the same period last year. by Don Reisinger | July 16, 2012 10:11 AM PDT Though there's talk of the economy slowly but surely making a comeback, layoffs in the tech sector hit their highest level in three years during the first half of 2012, according to a report released today by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
By Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen | AlterNet | July 16, 2012 Top money and politics researchers discover that the FEC is quietly deleting information on fat-cat funders. The Federal Election Commission has long been the go-to source for tracking political money. So when it starts cleansing politically hot contributions from its files, it matters. Big time.
By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | WIRED | June 26, 2012 Small police departments across America are collecting battlefield-grade arsenals thanks to a program that allows them to get their hands on military surplus equipment – amphibious tanks, night-vision goggles, and even barber chairs or underwear – at virtually no cost, except for shipment and maintenance.
Peru Declares State of Emergency as 5 Die in Protest Against Gold Mine Owned by U.S. Firm, Newmont (News)
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By Christoph Dreier | 9 July 2012 Just over a week after the European Union summit, at which the government leaders spoke of growth and an end to austerity, all European governments are preparing to implement massive cuts across the continent along Greek lines. In Greece itself, despite the deep recession, further cutbacks are being pushed through.
By: David Dayen Friday July 6, 2012 1:24 pm If the Libor scandal did end up hurting local governments to a large degree, you can just add that to the list. Local governments have been easy marks for the financial industry during the last decade, engaging in all kinds of interest rate-swap deals and other vehicles for financing operations. When they turn sour, the locals, not the banks, end up holding the bag.
06/29/2012 1:47 pm This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection) When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dared a Texas university research group to bring down a flying drone, the team accepted the challenge and did just that. Turns out it's not too difficult to hack a drone. Nor too expensive, for that matter. RT reports that the University of Texas at Austin scientists, led by Professor Todd Humphreys, managed to bring down a flying drone with a spoofer costing just $1,000. The research group gained control of the University-owned drone by using a device to hack its GPS system, according to Scientific American.
By Dan Keating, David S. Fallis, Kimberly Kindy and Scott Higham, Published: June 23 One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found. The lawmakers bought and sold a total of between $85 million and $218 million in 323 companies registered to lobby on legislation that appeared before them, according to an examination of all 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions contained in computerized financial disclosure data from 2007 to 2010.
A bill passed this week by the House of Representatives undermines the environment under a false banner of "homeland security". HR 1505 allows the Border Patrol to ignore the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and other essential environmental laws on federal land. It allows the militarization of public lands, and includes giveaways to private corporations. Leadership in our Department of Homeland Security say the law change isn’t needed, but some in Congress – including Nevada Congressman Joe Heck – voted for the bill anyway. Not only will HR 1505 create more pollution in our air and water, it threatens the vitality of public lands and poses grave threats to the viability of our wildlife.
By Conor Shine | Las Vegas Sun | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 1:33 p.m. The federal government on Thursday approved a massive 350-megawatt solar energy project to be built on land in Clark County belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Tribe. It would be the first utility-scale solar project on tribal lands. The project, covering about 2,000 acres, would be located 30 miles north of Las Vegas and occupy about 3 percent of the tribe’s land, which is held in trust by the U.S. government. The operation would generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes, the Department of the Interior said in a statement.
Earlier this afternoon, Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Political Action email-listmaster, sent out the following announcement to all MoveOn members: Dear MoveOn member, You haven't yet voted whether or not MoveOn should endorse President Obama's re-election. Voting closes tomorrow at 9 a.m. Eastern, so please take a moment and cast your vote today. –Justin Dear MoveOn member, We have a big decision to make. At MoveOn, members vote on any election endorsements we make. Today we need to decide whether to make an endorsement in the presidential race. The outcome of the election is far from decidedpolls are showing that this could be a very tight raceso our work could make a big difference.
Denver Post Photos | Jun 15, 2012 EL SOTON, Spain—Striking coal miners armed with homemade rockets and slingshots clashed with police in northern Spain on Friday, leaving seven people injured, two of them seriously, the Interior Ministry said. The strike is the latest and the most violent of many in Spain in reaction to harsh austerity measures aimed at digging the debt-burdened country out of its financial crisis. [read more & view photos]
17 June 2012 Last updated at19:37 ET French President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party has won enough seats in parliamentary elections to form an absolute majority. With final results still to be declared, the Socialists look set to win between 313 and 315 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly. But former President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP has seen its share fall from 304 to an estimated 214 seats. It gives the president strong backing for his tax-and-spend programme. These results mean the Socialists will not have to rely on the support of the Greens or far left to push through their plans to hire more public workers and refocus EU fiscal efforts away from their emphasis on austerity.
By Madison Ruppert | Editor of End the Lie | June 12, 2012 The behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking up to 7,000 select fire (meaning that they are capable of both semi-automatic and automatic fire) 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDWs) on top of the hundreds of millions of hollow point rounds they recently acquired. Unfortunately, the reason for both of these major purchases and the continuing heavy armament of DHS agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to go unexplained.
By Pete Kasperowicz - 06/13/12 09:10 AM ET Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens. More broadly, Paul's bill is aimed at preventing "unwarranted governmental intrusion" through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker. "Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," Paul said Tuesday. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."
The vast majority of Americans want genetically modified food labelled. If California passes November's ballot, they could get it by Richard Schiffman | guardian.co.uk | Wednesday 13 June 2012 In the US, an estimated 70% of items on supermarket shelves contain GM ingredients, commonly corn, soy and canola oil products.
By: Jeff Cox | CNBC.com Senior Writer | Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 1:41 PM ET Savings and loans — those much-vilified institutions since the crisis of more than 20 years ago — finally may have met their maker, and that could be a bad thing for consumers. Last week's Federal Reserve announcement that S&Ls would have to increase their capital requirements could doom an industry that has been able to thrive largely on its ability to lend large amounts of money, primarily through mortgages, while keeping relatively low capital. The changes are part of the new regulatory landscape that has come about in response to the 2008 financial crisis.
CrooksAndLiars - June 07, 2012 08:50 AM A Texas man says he was justified in killing an elementary school teacher over a noise complaint because he was "standing my ground."
June 6, 2012 By RON NIXON WASHINGTON — At the same time that high crop prices are prompting farmers to expand into millions of acres of land once considered unsuitable for farming, Congress is considering expanding a federal insurance program that reimburses farmers for most losses or drops in prices. The combination could cost the government billions of dollars if the newly farmed land does not yield enough crops and especially if crop prices fall.
[This organization of women religious support the Occupy movement and recommend people join and support Occupy. Now they are dealing with the totalitarianism of the Church Hierarchy] Article on Vatican accusations 1 June 2012 Last updated at 15:51 ET The largest US group of Catholic nuns has said a Vatican report finding they had undermined church doctrine was based on "unsubstantiated accusations". After a three-day meeting, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said the review was "a flawed process that lacked transparency".
5 June 2012 Last updated at 19:04 ET The European Commission on Wednesday will unveil new proposals designed to stop taxpayers' money being used to bail out failed banks. They aim to ensure losses are borne by bank shareholders and creditors and minimise costs for taxpayers. It wants to prevent runs on banks in one country - such as Spain or Greece - pulling down the entire system. A key goal is to make sure that essential everyday banking functions - such as cash machines - are kept going. The global financial crisis has seen a succession of major banks fail, including Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, leading Icelandic banks, the Belgian-Dutch giant Fortis and Franco-Belgian Dexia and the Republic of Ireland's Anglo Irish Bank.
06/05/2012 02:46 PM Allegations of Bullying and Backstabbing By Annett Meiritz Germany's Pirate Party has been scoring dream results in recent regional elections but the reality of political life appears to be catching up with it. Some members are complaining about backstabbing, bullying and secret deals on appointments in the party that prides itself on transparent decision-making. With most German political parties a press team shake up hardly warrants a mention. Most people don't really notice such staff changes. At the Pirate Party, however, the occasion has led to major mudslinging. A few days after the press secretary and his deputy stepped down, the party's executive board came under fire.
The hacktivist group says it's compiled a list of “pedophiles” from Twitter. Then they contacted Rhode Island Republican Dan Gordon, who gave the info to the authorities. by Michael Hastings & Rebecca Elliott | BuzzFeed | Jun 4, 2012 On Monday, members of the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have compiled a list of Twitter users who are part of pedophile ring, listing the account names in Pastebin. The operation, given the hashtag #twitterpedoring, appeared to be the work of a small group of hackers who uncovered the accounts and then reached out to media outlets, federal authorities, and U.S. elected representatives to have the accounts investigated.
BY Daniel Schafer / FT / Wednesday, May 30, 2012 RIT Capital Partners is to buy 37% stake in the Rockefeller’s wealth advisory and asset management group. Two of the best-known business dynasties in Europe and the US will come together after Lord Jacob Rothschild’s listed investment trust and Rockefeller Financial Services agreed to form a strategic partnership. RIT Capital Partners is to buy a 37 per cent stake in the Rockefeller’s wealth advisory and asset management group for an undisclosed sum, giving Lord Rothschild’s London-listed trust a much sought-after foothold in the US. The transatlantic union brings together David Rockefeller, 96, and Lord Rothschild, 76 – two family patriarchs whose personal relationship spans five decades.
In an interview with the Guardian, Manning's aunt describes her nephew's life in jail – and how he's been able to stay optimistic by Ed Pilkington | guardian.co.uk | Tuesday 29 May 2012 Bradley Manning's aunt said he keeps up to date with subscriptions to Scientific American, the New Yorker and the Washington Post. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Two years into his military confinement for allegedly being the source of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, Bradley Manning is keeping himself in a relatively positive state of mind, buoyed by trust in his lawyers and the support of close family and backers from around the world.
FBI Looking For “Back Door” Privileges to Internet Providers According to VPNReviewz With SOPA and PIPA defeated, CISPA is just around the corner for discussion. And now, the FBI is asking that providers like Gmail and Yahoo! provide a backdoor to make surveillance of internet denizens more accessible. Michael Maxstead | Undisclosed Location, South America (PRWEB) May 28, 2012
All across America veterans are committing suicide at unprecedented rates, but no one has been able to answer why. Author and former marine Anthony Swofford gets to the bottom of an epidemic. by Anthony Swofford | TheDailyBeast | May 20, 2012 1:00 AM EDT [...] I was sitting next to Melissa, a call responder at the VA Crisis Hotline in Canandaigua, N.Y., when she looked at me and whispered, ‘He just said he thinks he should walk out into traffic on Interstate 5 and end it all, that life is not worth living.’
60 MINUTES - Dropping Out, Hard Cases, Roger Waters May 20, 2012 8:00 PM This episode of "60 Minutes" aired on May 20, 2012. The lead story is about the controversial Thiel Fellowship. Full contents include:
Military's delay in searching through files and handing them over is denying Manning a fair trial, defence attorney argues by Ed Pilkington | guardian.co.uk | Sunday 27 May 2012 Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing. With Manning's court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights.
26 May 2012 Last updated at 19:47 ET The candidate who is said to have come third - missing out on a run-off - in Egypt's historic election has demanded a recount, citing many "violations". Hamdin Sabbahi, from the leftist al-Karamah party, said conscripts had voted illegally. Mr Sabbahi missed out on the second round by 700,000 votes, according to unofficial results from state media. Next month's run-off will be between candidates from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Mubarak-era regime. The Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Mursi, has a slight lead on former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, with a reported 25.3% of votes against 24.9%.
[The Socialist and the Conservative at odds. Merkel appears to want to use the plan which is what got us in the global mess in the first place, together with some other things.} 05/26/2012 12:55 PM France's new president, François Hollande, has put the German chancellor on the defensive with his growth agenda. Now Angela Merkel is planning to strike back. She is calling for structural reforms to save the euro with a six-point plan aimed at harmonizing austerity and growth in Europe once again.
New York, NY - The US public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation's elites. Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools - and their governance - to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen. We already know how this story ends.
More Bad News for Canada: Big Telecom Companies and Government Officials Held Secret Online Spying (C-30) Forum (News)
Give it a little while, guys. This is the future, for all of us. - Consider Apparently starting last year, Canada's biggest telecom giants and government officials came together to develop a secret online spying (Bill C-30) forum. According to Internet law expert Michael Geist: "In the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada’s telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret industry-government collaborative forum on lawful access.
05/23/2012 07:04 PM Paul Krugman on Euro Rescue Efforts In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman argues that this is not the time to worry about debt and inflation. To save the euro zone, he argues that the European Central Bank should loosen monetary policy and the German government should abandon austerity. SPIEGEL: Mr. Krugman, does Greece have to leave the euro zone? Krugman: Yes. I don't see too much alternative now. It's going to be terrible in the first year if they do leave. So I am really reluctant to say that it's a little bit like shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater, but what is the realistic option here? It's not as if anything anyone's proposing has any hope at all of getting them out of the mess they're in.
By Bob Van Voris and Patricia Hurtado - Bloomberg - May 16, 2012 9:01 PM PT Opponents of a U.S. law they claim may subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism persuaded a federal judge to temporarily block the measure.
Bipartisan Congressional Bill Would Authorize the Use of Propaganda On Americans Living Inside America (News)
Michael Hastings reports: An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill.... The amendment would "strike the current ban on domestic dissemination" of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website. The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.
MAY/JUNE 2012 John Rosenthal Lazy, profligate, scheming Greeks versus honest, thrifty, industrious Germans. Southern vice versus northern virtue.
May 20, 2012 By STEVEN ERLANGER PARIS — The leaders of the Group of 8, emphasizing growth as well as fiscal discipline at their meeting on Saturday, made a strong plea for Greece to stay in the euro zone and the European Union. And no wonder. Despite efforts at official reassurance, no one really knows the consequences of a Greek exit from the euro zone, or how rapidly big countries like Spain and Italy, and their banks, will feel the effects. However cavalierly some European officials talk of “managing” a Greek exit, the political and financial costs would represent a fundamental challenge to the European Union and its credibility, and the point of no return may be approaching faster than anyone anticipated.
By Andrew Couts | digitaltrends.com | May 15, 2012 With CISA pushed to the back burner, the Senate is set to consider two alternative cybersecurity bills, both of which are far more expansive than CISPA — and each with many of the same problems, according to privacy advocates. Here is everything you need to know about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) and the SECURE IT Act before they hit the Senate floor for a vote this month... Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/beyond-cispa-the-cybersecurity-bills-you-need-to-worry-about-right-now-cybersecurity-act-of-2012-secure-it-act/#ixzz1vOr43AkJ
05/18/2012 05:57 PM Crisis of Confidence By Stefan Kaiser Following the downgrade of 16 Spanish banks by Moody's, the focus in the euro crisis is back on the banking sector. Greeks are withdrawing hundreds of millions from their accounts, with reports that the same is happening in Spain. Experts are calling on the European Central Bank to step in and prevent full-scale bank runs. The final wake-up call came from Moody's. On Thursday evening, the US rating agency downgraded 16 Spanish banks in one fell swoop, some of them by three notches. On Monday, the agency had already downgraded 26 Italian banks -- including major institutions such as UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo. The outlook for all the institutions involved is negative, Moody's said.
18 May 2012 Last updated at 14:58 ET Germany's leader has had telephone contact with the Greek president, amid continuing speculation that his country may have to leave the eurozone. Greek officials said Chancellor Angela Merkel had suggested Greece could hold a referendum on the euro when it votes in national elections next month. However their German counterparts denied she had made such a proposal. The crisis in the eurozone is expected to dominate G8 talks in the US this weekend. The reports of the German-Greek contacts came as US and French leaders ended talks in Washington focusing on the economy. 'Shared conviction'
Source: The New York Times Published: May 16, 2012 BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said Wednesday that she was ready to discuss stimulus programs to get the Greek economy growing again and that she was committed to keeping Greece in the euro zone, signaling a softer approach toward the struggling country.
05/16/2012 06:18 PM 'If We Leave the Euro, Everything Will Be Worse' Greece is on the verge of economic collapse and yet the country's left wants to jettison austerity measures. Would this leave any alternative other than exiting the euro? SPIEGEL ONLINE invited the leader of Greece's pro-business Drasi party and an anti-austerity Syriza parliamentarian to debate the issues. Just imagine: A country finds itself mired in an existential crisis and diametrically opposed political parties are tasked with putting together a government.
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16 May 2012 Last updated at 03:14 ET Greek President Karolos Papoulias is due to meet party leaders to set up a caretaker government ahead of fresh elections expected next month. A final round of talks to secure a coalition failed on Tuesday raising new concerns over Greece's eurozone future. There has been deadlock since the 6 May election over whether to continue with the austerity measures required by an international bailout agreement. The uncertainty pushed the euro to a new four-month low against the dollar. EU officials fear the country will elect an anti-bailout government, which Brussels says could hasten Greece's exit from the euro.
[Incredible crisis drama continues to unfold, with potential global effects.] Athens, Greece (CNN) -- As the clock ticks toward a Thursday deadline, Greek President Karolos Papoulias has called for a Tuesday meeting with the leaders of three main political parties to cobble together a unity government and stave off new elections. Attempts to form a coalition government in Greece failed Monday, moving the country closer to a eurozone exit. Talks between Papoulias and the leaders of three main parties ended Monday night without a resolution, the president's office said.
To trim the deficit, Americans favor much deeper reductions at the Pentagon than their leaders do By R. Jeffrey Smithemail | Center for Public Integrity | May 10, 2012 Updated: May 11, 2012 While politicians, insiders and experts may be divided over how much the government should spend on the nation’s defense, there’s a surprising consensus among the public about what should be done: They want to cut spending far more deeply than either the Obama administration or the Republicans.
13 May 2012 Last updated at 20:50 ET Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have suffered heavy losses in an election in Germany's most populous state. Support for the Christian Democrats dropped from 35% to 26% in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Social Democrats set to return to power with the Greens. It is the Christian Democrats' worst result in the state. Analysts say many voters rejected Mrs Merkel's tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state debt. Voters in Greece, France and Italy also recently rejected austerity policies. In another development, Germany's Pirate Party won seats in North Rhine-Westphalia, making it their fourth state parliament. The Pirate Party has grown in strength recently with its calls for transparency and internet freedom.
13 May 2012 Last updated at 20:08 ET The leader of far-left party Syriza will not attend coalition talks on Monday, reports say, plunging Greece into further political disarray. The move by Alexis Tsipras takes the country a step closer to elections - which polls now suggest the anti-bailout party could win. President Karolos Papoulias had invited four parties, including Syriza, to further talks. But Mr Tsipras on Sunday ruled out any deal with pro-bailout parties. Both the centre-right New Democracy and the socialist Pasok have so far been unable to form a new coalition. They both agreed to swingeing cuts in return for the last EU/IMF bailout, but suffered at last week's polls.
The German Pirate Party won several seats in the North Rhine-Westphalia state election today. For the fourth time in a row the Pirate Party broke the 5% threshold which is needed to enter parliament. According to the latest exit polls the Pirates received 7.5% of the total vote which translates into 18 parliament seats. Today’s win is perhaps the most important of all as North Rhine-Westphalia has the largest population of all German states. Previously the Pirates won seats in Berlin, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein. If the current trend continues the party has a serious shot at entering the national parliament after the next elections. Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge has a detailed analysis on why the Pirates are doing so well in Germany.
[Following there election in Greece and attempts to form a coalition government, there are questions about what will Greece do about their current role in the EU and use of the Euro. This article is interesting because it explains some realities that show the solution for Greece, or any other EU nation is not so easy. We know well in the U.S. that the voter's dissatisfaction does not always bring a positive solution, often due to lack of knowledge and understanding. This article is of interest to us because our own financial state is tied to that of the Europeans. We need to understand more about what transpires across the pond.] 9 May 2012 Last updated at 19:01 ET By Kabir Chibber Business reporter, BBC News
10 May 2012 Last updated at 19:59 ET JPMorgan Chase, the biggest US bank, has revealed a surprise trading loss of $2bn (£1.2bn) on complex investments made by its traders. Overall, after accounting for other gains, losses at its chief investment office (CIO) are estimated to come in at $800m in the second quarter. The loss could be as big as $1bn, chief executive Jamie Dimon said in an unscheduled conference call. JPMorgan shares fell 6% after-hours, with other bank stocks following. Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America also suffered heavy losses in electronic trading after the market close. The strategy taken at its CIO had been "riskier, more volatile and less effective" than previously believed, Mr Dimon said.
Posted: May 8, 2012 | 12:30 a.m. The North Las Vegas Alliance of Homeowners Association and Concerned Citizens is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. The public is invited. For more information, contact Bob Borgersen at 649-2176 or via email at email@example.com. [source]
By Spencer Ackerman | wired.com | May 8, 2012 Photo: U.S. Air Force As long as the Air Force pinky-swears it didn’t mean to, its drone fleet can keep tabs on the movements of Americans, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. And it can hold data on them for 90 days — studying it to see if the people it accidentally spied upon are actually legitimate targets of domestic surveillance.
By Steve Green | Vegas Inc. | 8 May 2012 Las Vegas-based utility companies Southwest Gas Corp. and NV Energy are reporting higher first-quarter profits. Southwest Gas, which serves customers in Arizona, California and Nevada, last week said it earned $78.9 million, or $1.70 per share, on operating revenue of $657.7 million. That’s up from a profit of $68.6 million, $1.48 per share, on operating revenue of $628.4 million in the first quarter of 2011. The company attributed part of the improvement to higher rates in Arizona and said that in Nevada, it’s seeking an annual rate increase that would boost revenue $27 million.
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory. by Declan McCullagh May 4, 2012 9:24 AM PDT The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.
The European Union recently launched its brand new citizens' initiative program and already there are several groups busily gathering signatures across the Continent. While the move is a bold experiment in direct democracy, many say it is too cumbersome to work. Seán Ó Riain wants you to sing the European Union anthem in Esperanto, the international language. And he's willing to bet that there are a million other EU citizens who agree with him. "It can strengthen solidarity across Europe and give citizens a sense of pride in our common European endeavour," said Ó Riain. "This can have important political consequences."
The UN human rights inquiry will focus on the living conditions of the 2.7 million Native Americans living in the US by Ewen MacAskill | guardian.co.uk | Sunday 22 April 2012 The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history. The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, is scheduled to begin on Monday. Many of the country's estimated 2.7 million Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas which are plagued with unemployment, alcoholism, high suicide rates, incest and other social problems.
By Kevin Gosztola | Firedoglake | Monday April 23, 2012 9:56 The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, has decided to do its part to bring transparency to the ongoing pre-trial legal proceedings. In the face of refusal from the US government to be transparent, the defense has made an attempt to share court filings with the press that are usually made available during most federal trials but have not been available to press. However, the filings the defense posted—mainly defense motions—include redactions requested by the government, minimizing the value of the published filings.
RT.com | 16 March, 2012 Citing misconduct on part of the US military in handling the case against Private First Class Bradley Manning, the defense attorney for the accused WikiLeaks contributor has asked the government to dismiss their charges against his client. At a military court hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland on Thursday, defense attorney David E. Coombs filed a motion to dismiss all charges against his client, PFC Bradley Manning, on the merit that the government has "hopelessly" erred in terms of turning over documents that he says could be crucial to the case.
20 April, 2012, 12:14 The USA launched "Stop Cyber Spying" campaign on Tuesday
APRIL 19, 2012 / ColorOfChange.org Yesterday, ColorOfChange got word that Yum! Brands -- owners of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut -- has left the American Legislative Exchange Council. Earlier this week, ColorOfChange members started calling Yum and urging the corporation leave the conservative policy group that's pushed discriminatory Stand Your Ground and voter ID laws. Turns out, the company has decided to do just that. [full article] [press release]
Schneiderman should quit this fraud By Mike Gecan And Arnie Graf / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 3:41 AM Three months ago, in his State of the Union speech, President Obama announced a new task force to investigate mortgage fraud and bring some measure of relief to the 12 million American families who are either losing their homes or in danger of losing them. The new Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group would be co-chaired by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, U.S. Attorney John Walsh of Colorado and three Washington insiders from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
By Susie Madrak | CrooksAndLiars.com | April 13, 2012 06:00 PM Even though crime rates in American have either stabilized or gone down, the incarceration rate (especially for people who are in this country illegally) has gone up - way up. (As this video points out, more people are being incarcerated on civil charges, not criminal.)
The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) disbanded a task force that had advocated for "Stand Your Ground" laws in states as well as voter identification laws. The move to axe the Public Safety and Elections task force came as ALEC was besieged by liberal and civil rights groups angered by the case of Trayvon Martin, the Sanford, Fla., teenager shot to death on Feb. 26 by a local security watchdog. Last week, a Florida special prosecutor charged George Zimmerman, 28, with second-degree murder in the Martin case. Before being charged, Zimmerman had acknowledged shooting Martin in self-defense under the Florida Stand Your Ground Law.
New York Times APRIL 17, 2012 Citigroup’s shareholders rejected the bank’s plan to award its chief executive, Vikram S. Pandit, $15 million in compensation, in a show of frustration about Wall Street pay. At the bank’s annual meeting Tuesday in Dallas, a majority of investors voted against a proposal on executive compensation, which included approving Mr. Pandit’s pay package. The move by Citi’s shareholders, which is not binding, is the first time that investors at one of the nation’s largest banks have voted against a board’s compensation plan.
by Zach Carter | Huffington Post | 04/10/2012 WASHINGTON -- Bank of America is suing itself for foreclosure. "It's crazy," housing data analyst Michael Olenick told HuffPost. "They shouldn't be suing themselves." Over the past two years, the nation's largest banks and the Obama administration have repeatedly vowed to clean up the foreclosure fraud mess. In February, banks agreed to pay $25 billion and overhaul their foreclosure processes as part of a 50-state investigation into bank wrongdoing, resulting from practices that included robo-signing.
Friday, April 13, 2012 | noon On April 2, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the federal government, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency, had the responsibility to control industrial carbon pollution. The decision was in response to a petition by 12 states; three cities; an American territory; and 13 conservation groups, including the Sierra Club.
by Sara Jerving | PRWatch.org | April 11, 2012 - 10:17am Topics: Corporations Projects: ALEC Exposed Wendy's International, the parent company of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburger, is the sixth corporation to say that it is no longer a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past week. Wendy's International sent an email to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) this morning stating that the fast food chain had decided not to renew their membership at the end of 2011. CMD launched ALEC Exposed and named Wendy's as corporate member in July 2011.
Contributed by: b. traven | April 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm Vortext In times of high activity, it’s easy to get absorbed in the quotidian, responding to every opportunity and crisis and abandoning more playful pursuits. Yet in so doing WE LOSE OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. If anarchist practices are finally gaining currency, it is because they’ve had time and space to gestate at the margins, outside the logic of narrowly goal-oriented thinking. THOSE WHO DOMINATE THE PRESENT ABDICATE THE FUTURE: one must step back from the demands of this world to attune oneself to the secret tremors hinting at worlds to come.
by PR Watcher — April 10, 2012 - 10:21am Topics: Activism Projects: ALEC Exposed PRESS RELEASE Contact: Sara Jerving at (608) 260-9713 or firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C. — A coalition of civil rights and government watchdog groups with members in all 50 states elevated the ongoing campaign to pressure corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by calling today on three prominent companies to join the list of firms departing ALEC.
Under pressure from a progressive campaign to abandon the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), McDonald's is insisting that it left the controversial conservative organization in March. On Tuesday, the online advocacy group Color of Change called on the fast-food chain to withdraw its membership from the group due to its support for voter ID and "Stand Your Ground" gun laws. In response, McDonald's said that it had already done so. "We’re trying to correct the misinformation. We were a member last year and made the business decision not to renew in 2012," McDonald's spokesperson Ashlee Yingling wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "Unfortunately, information found on many websites is outdated."
October 28's Smoking Gun: JPMorgan Doesn't Buy Corzine's Story by Janet Tavakoli | Huffington Post | 4/3/2012 5:19 pm [...]
David Seaman, David Seaman Online | Mar. 28, 2012, 9:58 AM Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
By BETSY BLANEY (Associated Press), OSKAR GARCIA (Associated Press) | March 27, 2012 LAS VEGAS - (AP) -- Screaming "They're going to take us down!" a JetBlue pilot stormed through his plane rambling about a bomb and threats from Iraq Tuesday until passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight tackled him to the ground just outside the cockpit, passengers said. The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was taken to a hospital after suffering a "medical situation" on board that forced the co-pilot to take over the plane and land it in Amarillo, Texas, the airline said.
By Matthew Rothschild | The Progressive | March 20, 2012 Last Friday, March 16, President Obama issued a creepy Executive Order. Entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” it authorizes the President and cabinet officials to take over crucial aspects of the national economy not only during emergencies but also in peacetime. The order relies on a Korean War-era statute, the Defense Production Act of 1950, to further entwine the domestic industrial economy with the military. It talks of fostering “cooperation between the defense and commercial sectors.” The stated purpose is to strengthen “the domestic industrial and technological base” so as “to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.”
Congressman Submits Impeachment Resolution Due to Obama's Failure to Get Congressional Authorization for Military Action in Libya (News)
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The Food Crises: Predictive validation of a quantitative model of food prices including speculators and ethanol conversion M. Lagi, Yavni Bar-Yam, K.Z. Bertrand, Yaneer Bar-Yam, March 6, 2012
http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/02/07/mexico-stands-up-to-monsanto-says-no-to-gmo-corn/ As the US government continues to coddle agriculture giant Monsanto, the Mexican government is standing tall – turning down the company’s Genetically Modified (GMO) corn. After an 11-year moratorium on GMOs, Mexico had approved a small project with Monsanto and two other companies, but isn’t ready to go further into a full pilot program. “Corn is a staple food crop in Mexico, intricately intertwined with the country’s cuisine, history, and culture,” notes Beth Buczynski at Care2. “Authorities are concerned that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn will contaminate native species, and could cause both health and environmental issues.”
Google’s Big-Name Lobbyist (News)
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By Jonathan Stempel | Reuters – Sat 4 Feb, 2012 REUTERS - Goldman Sachs Group Inc was ordered by a federal judge to face a securities class-action lawsuit accusing it of defrauding investors about a 2006 offering of securities backed by risky mortgage loans from a now-defunct lender. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer in Manhattan certified a class-action lawsuit by investors led by the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi. These investors claimed they lost money in the GSAMP Trust 2006-S2, a $698 million offering of certificates backed by second-lien home loans made by New Century Financial Corp, a California subprime mortgage specialist that went bankrupt in 2007.
http://www.king5.com/news/local/Count-reveals-829-homeless-children-in-Snohomish-County-138449929.html Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM Updated yesterday at 7:01 PM SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- The number of homeless people continues to rise in Western Washington and that includes more children. In King County the homeless population has grown at least three percent. And the latest count in Snohomish County revealed 829 kids under the age of 18 are homeless. Erin Gannon is a single mother of three. Their home is now a small room inside the women's shelter at the Everett Gospel Mission. Life wasn't always this hard. "We're together, that's all that matters," said Gannon. "We had a nice house and we had all the Christmasses and all that. And now, it's this."
Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Common Dreams Movement is calling for protests to support 60 family farmers, small seed businesses, organizations challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seed - Common Dreams staff The Occupy Wall Street movement has highlighted the tremendous corporate greed and power that has benefited the 1%. One company helping the 1% is Monsanto. Food Democracy Now! writes that: Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
By Pat Garofalo on Dec 1, 2011 at 9:20 am One of the most pernicious practices in which the nation’ biggest banks engaged during the lead up to the financial crisis was pushing minority borrowers into subprime loans, even when many of them qualified for prime loans. Wells Fargo had perhaps the most horrifying practices in this department, calling the subprime loans that they pushed in poor, black neighborhoods “ghetto loans.”
By Charles Arthur | MediaGuardian | Jan 27, 2012 7:46 AM ET The social network Twitter is facing a storm of criticism from users, after revealing that it has implemented a system that would let it withhold particular tweets from specific countries. The company has insisted that it will not use the gagging system in a blanket fashion, but would apply it on a case-by-case basis, as already happens when governments or organisations complain about individual tweets. The new system, which can filter tweets on a country-by-country basis and has already been incorporated into the site’s output, will not change Twitter’s approach to freedom of expression, sources there indicated.
More legislation to threaten your online privacy Josh Wolford | WebProNews | January 23, 2012 @ 12:22pm Sometimes it feels like we’re all just playing a big game of electronic privacy whack-a-mole. And if we hold true to that analogy, the next mole that needs to be whacked might look cute on the outside – but it needs to be crushed nonetheless.
By Ellen Cantarow | January 23, 2012 9:04 AM (TomDispatch) This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you might call a “water state.” Its rivers and their tributaries only start with the St. Lawrence, the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Susquehanna. The best known of its lakes are Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, Lake George, and the Finger Lakes. Its brooks, creeks, and trout streams are fishermen’s lore.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (R) chats with Assistant Attorney General in the criminal division of the Justice Department Lanny Breuer before their testimony on the second day of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington January 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed By Scot J. Paltrow Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:31am EST (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.
http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/144633725/new-recycling-company-springs-from-old-mattresses?sc=fb&cc=fp January 18, 2012 Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste: Most recycling companies won't touch them, and landfills would rather not. But a new business in Nashville that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream — and employ former convicts in the process. Cutting into a mattress at Nashville's Spring Back workshop, Ron Harness runs his box cutter around a queen-size bed to fillet the fabric, in a process he admits is labor intensive. Even the best processing machines can only chew up a used mattress; recycling one requires manual labor.
By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai | telegraph.co.uk | 12:04PM GMT 11 Jan 2012 Around 150 Chinese workers at Foxconn, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, threatened to commit suicide by leaping from their factory roof in protest at their working conditions. The workers were eventually coaxed down after two days on top of their three-floor plant in Wuhan by Foxconn managers and local Chinese Communist party officials. Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company's buildings, with 14 deaths.
WJB Capital Goes Down (News)
By Laura Marcinek and Bradley Keoun | Bloomberg.com | Jan 4, 2012 6:27 AM PT WJB Capital Halts Brokerage Operations Amid ‘Financial Issues' WJB Capital Group Inc. shut its brokerage operations after a year in which the Wall Street firm faced slower trading, a shortage of capital and interest rates of 25 percent on some debts. The company, which told its 100 employees about the closing yesterday, had $8.17 million of subordinated debt, including $1.35 million due last month, according to a 2010 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. New York-based WJB Capital also owed $3.5 million it borrowed from executives at interest rates of 10 percent to 15 percent, the filing shows.
By David Kravets | Wired.com | December 27, 2011 Righthaven, a copyright-troll law firm that failed in its attempt to make money for newspapers by suing people for sharing stories online, is having its domain name auctioned off to help satisfy the Las Vegas company’s debts. As of 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Righthaven.com was going for $1,250, up from $100 when the online auction started on Dec. 26. The auction, which ends Jan. 6, is to intended to recoup $63,000 in legal fees Righthaven owes after it lost a case in which a federal judge said reposting an entire news article in an online forum was fair use — an issue Righthaven has appealed.
Posted: Dec 30, 2011 12:38 PM PST Updated: Dec 30, 2011 12:38 PM PST By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) - After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless is dropping a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards. In a statement on its website Friday, it says "customer feedback" prompted the decision to drop the "convenience fee" it wanted to introduce on Jan. 15. Verizon, the country's largest cellphone company, wanted to steer people to electronic check payments and automatic credit card payments. A petition on Change.org against the fees had gathered more than 57,000 names on Friday afternoon. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
By Noel Sharkey and Sarah Knuckey | Alternet | December 22, 2011 The police may soon be watching you in your garden picking your vegetables or your bottom. As police plans for increasing unmanned aerial surveillance take shape, there is a new twist. Private citizens can now buy their own surveillance drones to watch the police.
Thousands of armed U.S. private contractors will be based in the country, and the potential for violence is real By Justin Elliott | Salon.com | Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 2:00 PM UTC In a speech at Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, President Obama declared that the war in Iraq is over.
Love him or hate him, you have to respect the man's tenacity. RIP, Mr. Hitchens. - TF by Richard Lea | guardian.co.uk | Dec 16 2011 Photograph: Jamie-James Medina for the Observer A contrarian in life, the writer Christopher Hitchens united the world in death, with friends, colleagues and even debating opponents joining to celebrate his fearless intellect, ready wit and diamantine prose after he died from cancer at the age of 62.
Extreme Poverty Is Now at Record Levels -- 19 Statistics About the Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You (News)
By Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse | Posted on November 8, 2011, Printed on November 13, 2011 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the "very poor" soared to heights never seen previously. Back in 1993 and back in 2009, the rate of extreme poverty was just over 6 percent, and that represented the worst numbers on record. But in 2010, the rate of extreme poverty hit a whopping 6.7 percent. That means that one out of every 15 Americans is now considered to be "very poor". For many people, this is all very confusing because their guts are telling them that things are getting worse and yet the mainstream media keeps telling them that everything is just fine.