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10/1/2012  Governing The Global Drug Wars
Since 1909 the international community has worked to eradicate the abuse of narcotics. A century on, the efforts are widely acknowledged to have failed, and worse, have spurred black market violence and human rights abuses. How did this drug control system arise, why has it proven so durable in the face of failure, and is there hope for reform?
(London School of Economics)
posted: 11/30/12                   0       20
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9/30/2012  The Kissing Sailor, or "The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture"
Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance felt throughout the country at the end of World War II. For a long time, the identity of the pair remained a mystery. It certainly looks passionate and romantic enough, with many speculating that they were a couple a sailor and a nurse, celebrating and sharing their joy. This year, however, historians have finally confirmed that the woman is Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental nurse at the time, and George Mendonsa, a sailor. Have a look at some articles about it. Do you get the feeling that something is not quite right? Huffington Post Daily Mail CBS News A few facts have come to light. Far from being a kiss between a loving couple, we learn that George and Greta were perfect strangers. We learn that George was drunk, and that Greta had no idea of his presence, until she was in his arms, with his lips on hers. The articles even give us Gretas own words: It wasnt my choice to be kissed. The guy just came over and grabbed! I did not see him approaching, and before I knew it, I was in this vice grip. [sic] You dont forget this guy grabbing you. That man was very strong. I wasnt kissing him. He was kissing me. It seems pretty clear, then, that what George had committed would be considered sexual assault by modern standards. Yet, in an amazing feat of willful blindness, none of the articles comment on this, even as they reproduce Gretas words for us. Without a single acknowledgement of the problematic nature of the photo that her comments reveal, they continue to talk about the picture in a whimsical, reverent manner, still mesmerized by his timeless kiss. Georges actions are romanticized and glorified; it is almost as if Greta had never spoken.
(Crates and Ribbons)
posted: 10/29/13                   0       3
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keywords: CBS, George Mendonsa, Greta Zimmer Friedman, Huffington Post, Military, New York City, Sexual Abuse, UK Daily Mail, US Navy, United States, World War II Add New Keyword To Link



9/27/2012  Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial, Channel 4, review -- Helen Brown reviews Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial, Channel 4's experiment in which volunteers, including actor Keith Allen and novelist Lionel Shriver took MDMA to see its effect on the brain.
A quick glance at the TV listings gave the impression that Channel 4's groundbreaking two -part programme on the effects of MDMA would feature 25 volunteers (including actor Keith Allen) popping ecstasy pills for the cameras. The dangled lure from the TV station that gave us Big Brother was that all hell might break loose and people would embarrass themselves. In fact, only one pharmaceutically altered volunteer appeared on our screens: a psychiatric nurse, who sat rather calmly less nervously, he suspected, than he might otherwise have been on national television on the small stage before the live audience and told presenter Jon Snow that he hoped the clinical trial funded by Channel 4 would lead to a greater understanding of, and advances in treatment for, some of the debilitating mental health conditions suffered by his patients. The hope is that the empathy, happiness and hyper articulacy promoted by the drug more commonly known as ecstasy illegal in the UK since 1977 might make it a powerful tool in the fight against depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(London Telegraph)
posted: 11/21/12                   0       22
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9/26/2012  Lobbyist Says Israel Should Create A 'False Flag' To Start A War With Iran
Israel is conducting massive "snap-training" exercises. The U.S. is doing unprecedented naval mine clearing evolutions. Iran is launching anti-ship missiles and submarines. Now is the time that a small provocation could lead to a full-blown war. And Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at Washington Institute Of Near East Policy (WINEP), has suggested that someone should fabricate that small provocation. Speaking at the WINEP policy forum luncheon on "How to Build US-Israeli Coordination on Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Breakout," Clawson (ironically) said that "if, in fact, the Iranians aren't going to compromise, it would be best if someone else started the war."
(Business Insider)
posted: 12/26/12                   0       17
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9/21/2012  Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran
WOW!
(Washington Institute Of Near East Policy)
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9/17/2012  FBI: Monitoring Occupy was within rules
The FBI says its newly disclosed surveillance of the Occupy movement in Northern California stayed within federal rules and did not result in "unnecessary intrusions into the lives of law-abiding people." The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained FBI surveillance documents on the movement in a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, wants to know why the agency is withholding nearly two-thirds of the records it says it has, and why it is citing national security as one reason for the nondisclosure.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       16
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9/17/2012  Iran's newest nuclear facility struck by 'saboteurs' -- Saboteurs have struck Iran's newest and most sensitive nuclear facility by blowing up its power supply cables, the head of the country's atomic energy programme disclosed.
This announcement offered a rare glimpse of a long-running campaign to sabotage Iran's critical nuclear installations, believed to be a key priority of Western and Israeli intelligence agencies. The Fordow plant, located inside a bunker dug into a mountainside, became the latest target on Aug 17 when an explosion severed its electricity cables, running from the nearby city of Qom. Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, disclosed the incident during a speech in Vienna to the 155 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He noted that IAEA inspectors visited Fordow the day after the explosion and insinuated that they might have been responsible.
(London Telegraph)
posted: 12/26/12                   0       16
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keywords: Barack Obama, Central Intelligence Agency, Fereydoun Abbasi, George W Bush, Intelligence, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Institute For Strategic Studies, Internet, Iran, Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, Israel, Mark Fitzpatrick, Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Weapons, Olympics, Stuxnet, Tehran, Terrorists, Uranium, Vienna Add New Keyword To Link



9/5/2012  105 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Marijuana ~ Medical Studies Involving Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts (1990
2012) - Studies are listed as Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con, based on their conclusions regarding cannabis' potential medical benefit. Extracts, such as Sativex, are derived directly from the plant, and are not synthetically created. Studies involving man-made substances, such as Marinol, Nabilone, Cannabinor, and others were not included in this review. If there are any peer-reviewed studies involving marijuana that we have not included, please let us know.
(ProCon)
posted: 1/19/13                   0       9
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9/4/2012  Abandoned Walmart is Now America's Largest Library
There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmarts use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nations largest library. Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States.
(Web Urbanist)
posted: 8/1/13                   0       4
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keywords: Education, International Interior Design Association, Mcallen TX, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Texas, United States, Walmart Add New Keyword To Link



9/4/2012  California Assembly passes resolution defining criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to more aggressively crack down on criticism of the state of Israel on campuses, which the resolution defines as anti-Semitism. The anti-democratic resolution is the latest step in the broader campaign to stifle and suppress dissent on California's increasingly volatile campuses. The California State Assembly is the lower house of the state legislature, consisting of 80 members. The resolutionH.R. 35, "Relative to anti-Semitism"was passed by a voice vote, after 66 members co-sponsored it, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly. The resolution was drafted by Republican Linda Halderman and passed without public discussion. The vote on the resolution came when most students were between semesters and away from their campuses. The resolution (available here) uses the classic trick employed by defenders of Israels Zionist regime: lumping together any criticism of the Israeli states policies or the US governments support for them with racist attacks on Jews. - Moreover, it must be said that the State of Israel is, as a matter of fact, guilty of crimes against humanity. To cite only a more recent example, the 574-page UN Goldstone Report published in 2010 found that the State of Israel had deliberately targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead. The invasion of Gaza saw 1,400 Palestinians killed, compared with 13 Israelis killed. More than 21,000 buildings, factories, and apartments were damaged or destroyed. Under California H.R. 35, it appears that the Goldstone report is now to be considered anti-Semitic.
(World Socialist Web Site)
posted: 9/16/12                   0       25
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keywords: Benjamin Netanyahu, California, Davis, Education, Free Speech, Gaza, Genocide, Germany, Goldstone Report, Gnter Grass, Hamas, Hezbollah, Holocaust, Irvine, Israel, Linda Halderman, Michael Oren, Military, Nazi, Operation Cast Lead, Palestine, Pepper Spray, Police, Steve Montiel, Terrorists, United States, University Of California Add New Keyword To Link



8/23/2012  'Wiki Weapon Project' Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D-Print At Home
Cody Wilson has a simple dream: To design the worlds first firearm that can be downloaded from the Internet and built from scratch using only a 3D printerand then to share it with the world. Earlier this month, Wilson and a small group of friends who call themselves Defense Distributed launched an initiative theyve dubbed the Wiki Weapon Project. Theyre seeking to raise $20,000 to design and release blueprints for a plastic gun anyone can create with an open-source 3D printer known as the RepRap that can be bought for less than $1,000. If all goes according to plan, the thousands of owners of those cheap 3D printers, which extrude thin threads of melted plastic into layers that add up to precisely-shaped three-dimensional objects, will be able to turn the projects CAD designs into an operational gun capable of firing a standard .22 caliber bullet, all in the privacy of their own garage. We want to show this principle: That a handgun is printable, says Wilson, a 24-year-old second-year law student at the University of Texas. You dont need to be able to put 200 rounds through itIt only has to fire once. But even if the design is a little unworkable, it doesnt matter, as long as it has that guarantee of lethality.
(Forbes)
posted: 12/21/12                   0       19
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8/9/2012  High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Makes Explosive Allegation: 'Fast and Furious' Is Not What You Think It Is
A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious isnt what you think it is. It wasnt about tracking guns, it was about supplying them all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexicos powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels. The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartels logistics coordinator. He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.
(The Blaze)
posted: 8/18/12                   0       25
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8/1/2012  'Pepper Spray Cop' loses his job
The infamous "Pepper Spray Cop" who attracted widespread criticism toward a California college last year is off the beat permanently, The Sacramento Bee reports. A spokesperson for the University of California-Davis, where John Pike was captured pepper-spraying a group of seated protesters last November, said Pike was no longer employed with the school as of Tuesday, but did not specify whether Pike was fired or if he resigned, citing campus privacy rules. Pike and his supervisor, campus police chief Annette Spicuzza, had been on paid administrative leave since the Nov. 18 incident. Spicuzza resigned in April, saying she did not want it to become a "defining moment" in her career. According to The Bee, Pikes 2010 salary was reportedly just over $110,000.
(The Raw Story)
posted: 8/3/12                   0       25
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8/1/2012  "Anti-Occupy" law ends American's right to protest
I was stunned upon hearing a news report about a protest going on in China. Teachers, parents with their young, school-age children and pro-democracy activitists (one estimate was 90,000 people) marched in Hong Kong to government headquarters last Sunday to publicly protest a new required Patriotism class, to be taught in the school system starting in 2015. The protestors think that the effort of the Chinese government here is to brainwash their kids in favor of communism. What stunned me was that this protest, in China, against the governments upcoming policy, at the government headquarters, would not now be tolerated here in the United States of America. Thanks to almost zero media coverage, few of us know about a law passed this past March, severely limiting our right to protest. The silence may have been due to the lack of controversy in bringing the bill to law: Only three of our federal elected officials voted against the bills passage. Yes, Republicans and Democrats agreed on something almost 100%. We have lived through a number of protests, large and small, and if we are like most, we shrug because the protestors or their message is either irrelevant or objectionable to us, and does not affect us. This non-interest is the case even when some of the protestors and some of their messages are highly objectionable.
(Washington Times)
posted: 8/16/12                   0       26
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7/30/2012  Sacramento International Airport Dropping TSA
Sacramento International Airport has been approved to replace TSA agents with private contractors. Airport officials made the request in April after Congress expanded an opt-out clause in the federal law that created the TSA. Airport Director Hardy Acree said he believes private screeners can do a more efficient job than government employees and provide the same level of security. I think there is going to be a higher level of customer service, Acree said. Current only San Francisco, Kansas City and 14 smaller airports currently use private security employees. Sacramento International Airport would be the third largest airport to move to private security.
(From The Capitol)
posted: 1/17/13                   0       10
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7/27/2012  Sacramento International Airport May Replace TSA With Private Security
The Sacramento International Airport is considering making a security change, and it could mean getting rid of TSA agents. Long lines and long faces are usually what TSA security checkpoint employees see everyday. But now the airport may be the third largest airport in the country to replace these government workers with ones from a private company. Its a win-win for everything has no bearing on security procedure or the processes the public has become accustomed to, said Linda Beech Cutler, Sacramento International Airport. So far passengers at large airports like San Francisco and Kansas City are becoming accustomed to the same plan already in place. Fourteen smaller airports around the country have also joined the screening partnership program.
(CBS)
posted: 1/17/13                   0       10
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7/24/2012  Ben Heck talks about fitting custom 3D printer in briefcase, Q nods in approval (video)
The last time we ran into Ben Heck, the tinkerer extraordinaire was waxing poetic at Maker Faire about the Raspberry Pi and cheese curds. One more thing he also talked about, however, was his latest 3D printer project, which he now explains in greater detail in the latest episode of the Ben Heck Show. Improvements made to the device include use of a Birdstruder for easier access to the filament and the ability to print off an SD card if you don't have a computer handy. The 3D printer also sports an expanded 200-square-millimeter print area with a solid copper cover for added sturdiness and accuracy. As usual, size matters for Mr. Heckendorn so the device got a boost in portability, now neatly folding James Bond-like into a briefcase that measures 18 x 14 x 4.2 inches. Interested in a briefcase printer of your own? Well, Heckendorn mentioned during the Maker Faire interview that he's already working on an improved version and thinking about putting it up on Kickstarter so hope springs eternal. In the meantime, you can glean more details about the device by checking out the video after the break.
(Engadget)
posted: 7/24/12                   0       25
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keywords: 3d Printing, Ben Heck, Maker Faire Add New Keyword To Link



7/23/2012  Batman Colorado shooting: James Holmes fixated by altered states of mind
James Holmes, the alleged "Joker" gunman, described his fascination with altered states of mind in a lecture to other students, and dosed up on prescription medication before the atrocity, it emerged on Sunday. - The first video footage of the suspect showed him as an awkward, nervous 18-year-old giving a talk at a science summer camp in San Diego on "temporal illusions". It also emerged that in the days before the attack, Holmes, a cannabis smoker, joined a dating website seeking women for "sexy times" and also tried to join a gun club. The University of Colorado said it was investigating whether he used his position as a neuroscience PhD student to order materials that he used to booby-trap his apartment. Holmes, 24, is accused of shooting dead 12 people and injuring 58 in the rampage during a premiere of Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Police said the death toll could have been even higher because a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle jammed during the attack, forcing the gunman to use a less powerful weapon. After the massacre Holmes calmly told detectives he had taken 100mg of the prescription painkiller Vicodin, and identified himself as "The Joker". The same drug was found in the system of actor Heath Ledger when he died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in 2008. Ledger played The Joker in the previous Batman film The Dark Knight. Vicodin side-effects can include euphoria, paranoia and, in rare cases, hallucinations.
(London Telegraph)
posted: 7/27/12                   0       23
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7/23/2012  Jill Tarter: A Scientist Searching For Alien Life
As a child, astronomer Jill Tarter would walk along the beaches of western Florida with her father and look up at the stars. "I assumed, at that time, that along some beach on some planet, there would be a small creature walking with its dad and they would see our sun in their sky, and they might wonder whether anyone was there," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "But I never thought about it professionally until graduate school." In graduate school, Tarter worked on a project designed to search radio frequencies for clues about extraterrestrial life forms. The project, known as SERENDIP, was part of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program based at the University of California, Berkeley. Tarter got hooked and has devoted her life to the search for extraterrestrial life. Over the course of her career at SETI, she's searched nearby star systems for signs of alien life and headed up efforts to create new telescopes to scan the skies for signals.
(National Public Radio)
posted: 8/3/12                   0       22
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7/22/2012  Aurora Shooting Mirrored Training Exercise on Same Day Near Denver
Correction: Monday's CLG Newsletter lead included the following headline, 'Aurora Shooting Mirrored Training Exercise on Same Day Near Denver.' I linked to a summary of a 21 July article, 'Real life shooting imitates training exercise at Parker medical school,' written by Nancy Lofholm of The Denver Post. The first sentence of the article read, "The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day." Ms. Lofholm kindly informed me of the following correction: "The movie-shooting exercise didn't happen until the day after the shooting. The school was using three scenarios and that was one of them." The exercises were "on-going" and took place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. They were part of two weeks of general disaster training. I want to express my thanks to Ms. Lofholm for this info! I am passing this correction along to CLG readers with my apologies for implying that the Aurora shooting exercise took place on the same day that the theater incident was unfolding, when, in fact, that particular training exercise transpired after the shooting, on Saturday. --LRP 23 Jul 2012
(Citizens for Legitimate Government)
posted: 7/27/12                   0       22
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7/22/2012  London on alert for terror attack ahead of Olympic Games
Agents from Israels elite intelligence organisation, Mossad, are hunting Iranian-backed terrorists in Europe, who are allegedly planning an anniversary attack 40 years after the Munich massacre, Britain's The Sunday Times reports. The fears come as tensions rise over the International Olympic Committee refusal to commemorate the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by Palestinian terrorists on September 5, 1972. In preparation for an Olympic terror assault, panic rooms for VIPs and spectators have been set up beneath Londons Olympic Stadium to protect them from being taken hostage or killed, according to The Sunday Times.
(Herald Sun)
posted: 7/22/12                   0       22
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7/21/2012  Real life shooting imitates training exercise at Parker medical school
The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack. "The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin. He said emergency specialist physicians from Parkland Hospital in Dallas as well as from several other emergency programs around the country are teaching the Advanced Disaster Life Support Training. Rocky Vista is the only medical school in the nation to make that training a part of the curriculum.
(The Denver Post)
posted: 7/27/12                   0       22
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7/21/2012  13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Study estimates staggering size of offshore economy; Private banks help wealthiest to move cash into havens - A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary 13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore -- as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together -- according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network. James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer. He shows that at least 13tn -- perhaps up to 20tn -- has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, "protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy". According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than 4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from 1.5tn five years earlier.
(London Guardian)
posted: 7/24/12                   0       20
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keywords: Bank Of International Settlements, Big Oil, Brendan Barber, Cayman Islands, Credit Suisse, Financial Crisis, G20, Goldman Sachs, International Monetary Fund, James Henry, Japan, John Christensen, Mckinsey, Monaco, Nigeria, Philip Green, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tax Havens, Tax Justice Network, Topshop, UK Uncut, Ubs, United Kingdom, United States Add New Keyword To Link



7/20/2012  Gunman who massacred 12 at movie premiere used same drugs that killed Batman star Heath Ledger and messaged web lovers to ask... Will you visit me in prison?
Until a year ago James Eagan Holmes was regarded as an almost model citizen, a clean-cut all-American boy. Sporty, family-minded, a brilliant scholar, the boy from the beach city of San Diego, California, appeared destined for a life of fulfilment. He washed the car for his parents, he cut the grass, he played soccer, said Tom Mai, who has lived next to the Holmes family for 15 years.
(UK Daily Mail)
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7/17/2012  After National Gathering, Is There Room for Insurrectionary Anarchism in Occupy?
On a scorching afternoon recently in Philadelphia's Franklin Square, where Occupy's National Gathering participants had set up a daytime base, small circles of people - from gray-haired peace activists and Code Pink members clutching candy-colored parasols, to crust punks rolling cigarettes in the shade and many more - relaxed in advance of a final evening march. It would be the end of a weeklong summit of assemblies and discussions (with a march here and there for good measure), which brought over 500 hundred Occupy participants together from around the country, but passed without media fanfare. It's a tall order, vying for attention in Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday. Even the impressive Independence Day fireworks show, which drew in around half a million revelers, was outshone that night when an electrical storm lit up the hot sky like a strobe. But the National Gathering (or NatGat, if we're going by Twitter parlance) was not necessarily aiming for spectacle. The idea, according to organizers, was to bring Occupy participants together from around the country to share and focus visions for the movement. Pundits have noted the relatively small attendance as an index for Occupy's death. But for many anarchists and radicals heavily involved in Occupy's first swell, NatGat was a nail in a different coffin altogether: the death of "Occupy" as the banner du jour under which experimental, insurrectionary action could be fostered.
(Anarchist News)
posted: 7/19/12                   0       22
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keywords: Alfredo Bonanno, Alternative Media, Amelia H M, Anarchism, Brandi Williams, Code Pink, Colorado, Dustin Slaughter, Mark Binelli, Military, Occupy National Gathering, Occupy Philadelphia, Occupy Wall Street, Philadelphia, Police, Rolling Stone, Sex Pistols Add New Keyword To Link



7/13/2012  British troops to mind gap at Olympics
When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" - in security. But even though the government is bringing in those troops - as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames - organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games. - Security has been a critical concern for the Olympics ever since 11 Israeli athletes and coaches died in a terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Games. British authorities have planned for a threat level for the London Games of "severe," meaning an attack is "highly likely."
(Associated Press)
posted: 7/14/12                   0       26
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keywords: Afghanistan, G4s, London, Military, Olympics, Sebastian Coe, Terrorists, Theresa May, UK Home Office, United Kingdom Add New Keyword To Link



7/13/2012  In Barcelona, a Living Wall Is More Than Architecture: It's 'Vegitecture'
The environmentally-minded designers at Barcelona firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura take the idea of green living to heart. Their latest project, helmed by partners Juli Capella and Miguel Garcia, reimagines and reinvents a unsightly wall left behind from a former building demolition. Their solution: a completely natural makeover. Completed in March, the Green Side-Wall, promoted by the Barcelona City Council, is a foray into what the firm has christened vegitecture, or a vertical garden with emphasis on the structure's original architecture. The main material responsible for bringing a breath of fresh air to the residential area: Plantsoxygen-producing, living green that cascades down the once plain wall.
(Good)
posted: 7/15/12                   0       26
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keywords: Barcelona, Capella Garcia Arquitectura, Carbon Dioxide, Community Gardens, Juli Capella, Miguel Garcia, Oxygen, Spain, Urban Gardens Add New Keyword To Link



7/12/2012  Giant sunspot shoots out intense, X-class solar flare
The R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout today at 12:49 EDT (1649 UTC) was accompanied by an earth-directed CME. Hampered by limited observations of the event, SWPC forecasters are now anticipating the passage of the [coronal mass ejection] around 1:00 a.m. EDT, Saturday, July 14. G1 (minor) Geomagnetic Storm activity is expected to then ensue through the rest of the day. In short, NOAA is predicting minor effects from this space weather event - no major impacts on the power grid or satellites anticipated - although we remind you forecasting space weather is difficult and surprises are possible. Sky watchers in northern U.S. (and high latitudes) may have an opportunity to see aurora late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Original post, from 2:30 p.m.: A massive sunspot region facing Earth - known as 1520 - has unleashed a large solar flare. NOAAs Space Weather Prediction Center says the flare is rated an X1.4. This type of flare is considered strong and can cause a blackout of high frequency radio communication on the sunlit side of Earth for one to two hours. It is not yet known whether the flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) - an outburst of particles that can trigger a geomagnetic storm on Earth and damage the electrical grid.
(Washington Post)
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7/11/2012  New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People At Molecular Level
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away. Gizmodo reports a scanner that could read people at the molecular level has been invented. This laser-based scanner which can be used 164-feet away could read everything from a persons adrenaline levels, to traces of gun powder on a persons clothes, to illegal substances and it can all be done without a physical search. It also could be used on multiple people at a time, eliminating random searches at airports. The laser-based scanner is expected to be used in airports as soon as 2013, Gizmodo reports. The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to. This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning.
(CBS)
posted: 7/13/12                   0       22
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7/11/2012  Why Eugenics Will Always Fail
I don't think I'm taking a bold stance by saying that any real attempt at eugenics is indefensible. Practically speaking, though, eugenics is just as much of a bust as it is morally. We can't positively select for "better people," and we may face dire consequences if we try to weed out genetic problems, too. "Should" is a rather vague English word. Saying we "shouldn't" do something can mean that it is immoral to do it or that it won't have the desired result. When it comes to eugenics, we tend to circle around the first kind of "shouldn't," without paying attention to the second. Eugenics programs of the past have lead to attempted genocide, mass sterilization, and garden variety needless suffering. There are plenty of reasons for people to cut off the conversation about eugenics at the moral. Too often, though, that leaves the practical drawbacks unexamined. Beyond the possibility of bungling the job, there are concrete reasons why eugenics just wouldn't work.
(io9)
posted: 7/11/12                   0       26
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7/10/2012  Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away
Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your bodyagents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you. And without you knowing it. The technology is so incredibly effective that, in November 2011, its inventors were subcontracted by In-Q-Tel to work with the US Department of Homeland Security. In-Q-Tel is a company founded "in February 1999 by a group of private citizens at the request of the Director of the CIA and with the support of the U.S. Congress." According to In-Q-Tel, they are the bridge between the Agency and new technology companies. Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance. The machine is ten million times fasterand one million times more sensitivethan any currently available system. That means that it can be used systematically on everyone passing through airport security, not just suspect or randomly sampled people.
(Gizmodo)
posted: 7/16/12                   0       22
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7/10/2012  Obama gives himself control of all communication systems in America
US President Barack Obama quietly signed his name to an Executive Order on Friday, allowing the White House to control all private communications in the country in the name of national security. President Obama released his latest Executive Order on Friday, July 6, a 2,205-word statement offered as the Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions. And although the president chose not to commemorate the signing with much fanfare, the powers he provides to himself and the federal government under the latest order are among the most far-reaching yet of any of his executive decisions.
(Russia Today)
posted: 7/10/12                   0       24
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7/9/2012  London Cracks Down on Security for Olympic Games
Facing fears of an attack from al Qaeda or the IRA, Brits are flexing their military muscle and doubling down on surveillance cameras, Mike Giglio reports. Let the games begin. - As the 2012 Olympics approach, London may soon see surface-to-air missiles installed atop some of its apartment buildings, as residents learned by way of government-issued flyers earlier this year. The HMS Ocean, Great Britains largest warship, will be moored on the banks of the Thames for the extent of the Games. Typhoon fighter jets will patrol the skies, and Puma helicopters will be at the ready with airborne snipers. More than 13,000 British soldiers, meanwhile, will reportedly be deployedmore than the United Kingdom currently has posted in Afghanistan. A couple push a pram and walk their dog behind a Rapier Missile Battery, which has been deployed next to residential housing at Blackheath on May 3, 2012 in London, England in preparation for the Olympics. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) The message intended by this flexing of military muscle is clear. All of these things say to sophisticated terrorists: London is expecting you. London is prepared, says Patrick Mercer, a member of Parliament and former chairman of the governments sub-committee on counter-terrorism. Dont try it.
(The Daily Beast)
posted: 7/16/12                   0       24
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7/3/2012  Debating the Local Food Movement
Pierre Desrochers gleefully introduces himself as the bte noir of Canadian local-food activists. An economic geographer at the University of Toronto Mississauga, he has written a book (co-authored with his wife, Hiroko Shimizu), that attempts to eviscerate the movements main arguments, from its economic rationale to its environmental one. Even the book's title is an upper cut aimed at local foods leading "agri-intellectual," the prolific Michael Pollan. The Locavores Dilemma, Desrochers has styled his counterargument, with this baiting subtitle: In Praise of the 10,000-mile diet. A libertarian-leaning academic with a thick French-Canadian accent, Desrochers was in Washington, D.C., last week to present the book to what has undoubtedly been one of his friendlier audiences thus far, at the libertarian Cato Institute. He is particularly bemused by the notion that anyone would try to produce local food "when it makes no economic sense," when we have developed over the course of centuries an international and increasingly efficient system for feeding the world affordable bananas and blueberries and lamb year-round. Locavores and their kind have popped up throughout history have traditionally championed local food, he says, for no reason other than that its local.
(The Atlantic)
posted: 7/9/12                   2       23
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7/2/2012  Proposed Sacramento ordinance would restrict actions outside City Hall
Strumming a ukulele on the front lawn of Sacramento's historic City Hall on a sunny afternoon last week, Michael Hanson broke one proposed law after another. He was making noise with something other than his voice. He had signs, a table and a chair. He was harming what's left of the front lawn by, well, standing on it. At least he didn't have a fog machine. "We've never had a fog machine," he said. "At least not that I know of." That's a relief, given that the city is exploring placing strict rules on how the land surrounding the historic and nearby newer City Hall is used including prohibiting fog machines. While city officials insist Hanson and his fellow Occupy Sacramento protesters were not the inspiration for the new guidelines, many of the proposed violations under debate are committed by Occupy members every day. Under an ordinance to be considered by the City Council's Law and Legislation Committee later this month, violators would be subject to fines of $250 to $25,000 for breaking laws set forth in the proposed "Use of the City Hall Facility" ordinance. Those who defy the rules would be guilty of misdemeanors.
(Sacramento Bee)
posted: 7/9/12                   0       23
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7/1/2012  Plant Tomatoes. Harvest Lower Crime Rates. -- A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence.
(Mother Jones)
posted: 8/3/12                   0       21
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6/30/2012  Woo hoo! 'Shrooms and acid party at my house tonight!
We do not have a rational drug policy. There are potent and dangerous drugs that are socially accepted because hey, weve always drunk alcohol and smoked cigarettes, while there are milder, far less dangerous drugs that are damned because theyre new and unfamiliar. And so we throw people in prison for long jail terms if they are caught with some marijuana, while people can go out every weekend and drink themselves into an abusive, obnoxious state, and we just tell them theyre cool. It is possible to take an objective look at the effects of various drugs on individuals and society, and ask wheres the harm? Heres an example, the dangers of an array of drugs characterized and ranked.
(Science Blogs)
posted: 7/15/12                   0       24
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6/8/2012  An Astronauts Incredible Photos of "Star Trails" -- Looking at Earth from the International Space Station.
When he is not flying around Earth at about 18,000 miles per hour, out on space-walks or performing weird zero-gravity experiments, astronaut Don Pettit takes some of the most astounding space photos to date. The images, which look straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as has been noted around the web, were taken 240 miles up in space by combining multiple 30-second exposure photos, and then stacking them together with imaging software. The resulting star trail images, as he calls them, essentially show the paths made by stars and earth lights over 10 to 15 minutes. All images below were taken by Don Pettit from NASA.
(Slate)
posted: 8/16/12                   0       21
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6/1/2012  Is Bilderberg a conference on world affairs or a powerful global cabal? Depends on who you ask.
A dull office park near Dulles International Airport took on the sheen of a Hollywood thriller this week, when an invitation-only cadre of global leaders gathered for a secretive meeting known as the Bilderberg conference. Henry Kissinger and Bill Gates were chauffeured in. Fairfax County police established a security perimeter around the Westfields Marriott and prohibited a Washington Post photographer from snapping pictures from a public street.
(Washington Post)
posted: 7/1/12                   0       25
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5/28/2012  Germany sets solar record, meets half of electricity demand
Germany's investment in renewables has seen the country set the world record for photovoltaic energy generation at 22 gigawatts per hour -- or approximately 50 percent of German electricity demand. A spate of good weather has helped the country break the record, along with the fact that the milestone was reached on 26 May: a Saturday, with factories and offices closed. However, on 25 May a third of electricity generated in the country still came from solar generators.
(Wired)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       15
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4/28/2012  Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.
THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts. But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects navely played their parts until they were arrested. When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of inert material, harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat. To trigger the bomb the student punched a number into a cellphone and got no boom, only a bust. This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones? Judging by their official answers, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are sure of themselves too sure, perhaps
(New York Times)
posted: 4/22/13                   0       4
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4/23/2012  Air Force Instruction 14-104 -- Oversight of Intelligence Activities -- OPR: AF/A2RP
This publication implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 14-1, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Planning, Resources, and Operations and is consistent with Executive Order (EO) 12333 (part 2), United States Intelligence Activities; Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5240.1-R, Procedures Governing the Activities of DoD Intelligence Components That Affect United States Persons; DoD Directive, and (DoDD) 5240.1, DoD Intelligence Activites. This publication states the requirements for United States Air Force intelligence oversight activities. In this publication, the term intelligence refers to intelligence and counterintelligence units, activities,, etc. It describes mandatory intelligence oversight-associated training requirements for Air Force components that conduct intelligence activities.
(US Air Force)
posted: 12/21/12                   0       10
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4/1/2012  An ikaite record of late Holocene climate at the Antarctic Peninsula
Zunli Lua, Rosalind E.M. Rickabyb, Hilary Kennedyc, Paul Kennedyc, Richard D. Pancostd, Samuel Shawe, Alistair Lennief, Julia Wellnerg, John B. Andersonh - Abstract: Calcium carbonate can crystallize in a hydrated form as ikaite at low temperatures. The hydration water in ikaite grown in laboratory experiments records the δ18O of ambient water, a feature potentially useful for reconstructing δ18O of local seawater. We report the first downcore δ18O record of natural ikaite hydration waters and crystals collected from the Antarctic Peninsula (AP), a region sensitive to climate fluctuations. We are able to establish the zone of ikaite formation within shallow sediments, based on porewater chemical and isotopic data. Having constrained the depth of ikaite formation and δ18O of ikaite crystals and hydration waters, we are able to infer local changes in fjord δ18O versus time during the late Holocene. This ikaite record qualitatively supports that both the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age extended to the Antarctic Peninsula.
(Earth and Planetary Science Letters)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       11
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3/23/2012  Medieval warming WAS global -- new science contradicts IPCC -- 'It was consensual' claims looking shaky
More peer-reviewed science contradicting the warming-alarmist "scientific consensus" was announced yesterday, as a new study shows that the well-documented warm period which took place in medieval times was not limited to Europe, or the northern hemisphere: it reached all the way to Antarctica. The research involved the development of a new means of assessing past temperatures, to add to existing methods such as tree ring analysis and ice cores. In this study, scientists analysed samples of a crystal called ikaite, which forms in cold waters. Ikaite is an icy version of limestone, explains earth-sciences prof Zunli Lu. The crystals are only stable under cold conditions and actually melt at room temperature. Down in the Antarctic peninsula that isn't a problem, and Lu and his colleagues were able to take samples which had been present for hundreds of years and date their formation. The structure of Ikaite, it turns out, varies measurably depending on the temperature when it forms, allowing boffins to construct an accurate past temperature record.
(The Register)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       10
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3/22/2012  Scientists use rare mineral to correlate past climate events in Europe, Antarctica
The first day of spring brought record high temperatures across the northern part of the United States, while much of the Southwest was digging out from a record-breaking spring snowstorm. The weather, it seems, has gone topsy-turvy. Are the phenomena related? Are climate changes in one part of the world felt half a world away? To understand the present, scientists look for ways to unlock information about past climate hidden in the fossil record. A team of scientists led by Syracuse University geochemist Zunli Lu has found a new key in the form of ikaite, a rare mineral that forms in cold waters. Composed of calcium carbonate and water, ikaite crystals can be found off the coasts of Antarctica and Greenland. Ikaite is an icy version of limestone, say Lu, assistant professor of earth sciences in SUs College of Arts and Sciences. The crystals are only stable under cold conditions and actually melt at room temperature.
(Syracuse University)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       11
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3/22/2012  Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong
The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change. When I showed an early draft to colleagues, their response was that I had left out the arguments of skeptics about climate change, and I accordingly addressed this at length. But one of the difficulties I found in examining the views of climate skeptics is that they are scattered widely in blogs, talks, and pamphlets. Then, I saw an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal of January 27, 2012, by a group of sixteen scientists, entitled No Need to Panic About Global Warming. This is useful because it contains many of the standard criticisms in a succinct statement. The basic message of the article is that the globe is not warming, that dissident voices are being suppressed, and that delaying policies to slow climate change for fifty years will have no serious economic or environment consequences. My response is primarily designed to correct their misleading description of my own research; but it also is directed more broadly at their attempt to discredit scientists and scientific research on climate change.1 I have identified six key issues that are raised in the article, and I provide commentary about their substance and accuracy. They are: Is the planet in fact warming? Are human influences an important contributor to warming? Is carbon dioxide a pollutant? Are we seeing a regime of fear for skeptical climate scientists? Are the views of mainstream climate scientists driven primarily by the desire for financial gain? Is it true that more carbon dioxide and additional warming will be beneficial? As I will indicate below, on each of these questions, the sixteen scientists provide incorrect or misleading answers. At a time when we need to clarify public confusions about the science and economics of climate change, they have muddied the waters. I will describe their mistakes and explain the findings of current climate science and economics.
(The New York Review of Books)
posted: 7/9/12                   0       21
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3/15/2012  The NSA Is Building the Countrys Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utahs Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. Its the heart of Mormon country, where religious pioneers first arrived more than 160 years ago. They came to escape the rest of the world, to understand the mysterious words sent down from their god as revealed on buried golden plates, and to practice what has become known as the principle, marriage to multiple wives. Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nations largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members. The brethrens complex includes a chapel, a school, a sports field, and an archive. Membership has doubled since 1978and the number of plural marriages has tripledso the sect has recently been looking for ways to purchase more land and expand throughout the town. But new pioneers have quietly begun moving into the area, secretive outsiders who say little and keep to themselves. Like the pious polygamists, they are focused on deciphering cryptic messages that only they have the power to understand. Just off Beef Hollow Road, less than a mile from brethren headquarters, thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the towns boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol. Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and images hurtling through the worlds telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors. The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.
(Wired)
posted: 10/4/13                   0       6
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3/1/2012  UC DAVIS NOVEMBER 18, 2011 "PEPPER SPRAY INCIDENT" TASK FORCE REPORT "THE REYNOSO TASK FORCE REPORT"
Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly. The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented. On November 18, 2011, University of California, Davis, police officers used pepper spray on students sitting in a line in the midst of a protest and occupation on the campus quad. Viral images of the incident triggered immediate and widespread condemnation of the police action. To assist the Task Force with fact finding and the identification of best practices in policing, the University engaged Kroll, Inc., an internationally known risk management firm. Kroll completed the final draft of its report on Feb. 22, 2012 (the Kroll Report). The Kroll Report describes at length the events leading up to this incident. In brief, at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011, tents were erected on the Quad at the Davis campus. The Administration decided to remove the tents, instructing police to do so at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011. While attempting to remove tents, the police arrested several individuals. Subsequently, in the midst of a growing group of people, the police officers employed pepper spray to remove several students linking arms in a line across a walkway in the Quad. The UC Davis protest focused on and drew strength from widespread discontent among students about the increase in tuition and fees at the University of California. The incident also took place against the backdrop of worldwide student protests, including demonstrations by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which triggered similar events across the nation. These protests presented challenges for all affected universities and municipalities in attempting to balance the goals of respecting freedom of speech, maintaining the safety of both protesters and non-protesters, and protecting the legitimate interests of government and the non-protesting public. In the immediate aftermath of the UC Davis incident, University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced the appointment of former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso to chair a Task Force to address the pepper spraying of UC Davis students. This was a result of a request from Chancellor Katehi for an independent investigation to review the incident and report findings and recommendations to enable peaceful and nonviolent protests. All Task Force members are either currently or were once affiliated with UC Davis and most were nominated by relevant campus organizations.
(University of California)
posted: 7/9/12                   0       23
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2/27/2012  Ron Paul 43%, Obama 41%
For the first time ever, Ron Paul leads Barack Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. In the latest Rasmussen poll, Paul earns 43% of the vote, while the current president attracts support from 41%. Ten percent (10%) would vote for some other option, a figure that includes 17% of Republicans. Ron Paul leads by 13 among men and trails by eight among women. Paul also picks up 15% of the vote from self-identified liberals.
(Ron Paul)
posted: 2/28/12                   0       26
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2/22/2012  Davis votes to support repeal of Citizens United ruling
Yesterday, the city of Davis voted unanimously to support Assembly Joint Resolution 22. The text of the resolution passed by the Davis city council can be found here. AJR 22 is working its way through California's state legislature; the bill would urge Congress to begin the process of a Constitutional Amendment in order to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision is what allows Corporations and "Super PACS" to spend unlimited funds on any individual candidate or party they choose. Davis joins New York City and Portland in calling on Congress to begin the process of a Constitutional Amendment for campaign finance reform. The effort in Davis, like in these other cities, was spearheaded by the Occupy Davis group. Occupy is developed growing momentum for repealing the Citizens United ruling that many see as swinging the door of corruption completely open.
(Examiner)
posted: 2/28/12                   0       24
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