Nonviolent activist Tasered at DoJ
WS – Why is this not an assault? Oh wait, it is… Will activists start tasering back? I hope not. But cream puffs in the face. Well…
A woman who became an activist after JPMorgan Chase foreclosed on her home in 2011 was shocked with a Taser and arrested while protesting outside the Department of Justice on Tuesday.
In video obtained by Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, large men with assault rifles can be seen surrounding Carmen Pittman before one of the agents shocks her with a stun gun and she falls to the ground.
Pittman seems to writhe in agony on the ground for a few moments before a man in a yellow police shirt picks her up. As he restrains her, other officers place her in handcuffs.
“My every Christmas, my every Thanksgiving, my every birthday, my every dinner was in this house,” Pittman told The Huffington Post as she was fighting the foreclosure of her Atlanta home in 2011. “This was the base home. We could not stay away from this home. This home is my every memory.”
Occupy Our Homes has planned a Wall Street Accountability Week of Action in Washington, D.C. for May 18 through May 23. Raw Story More…
Today is “Lost In Translation Day” – You would think “GOD” would write in english. Him being a western white guy, who favors America and all.
WS – Corporations get wet spots when a major events causes death and destruction. Please give to the local agencies.
Though Oklahoma is a state where tornadoes are a fact of life, few days stand out like May 3, 1999.
That was when some 70 tornadoes touched down over a 21-hour period, cutting paths of destruction like deep cuts of a knife blade in and around Oklahoma City. One tornado maxed out the Fujita scale at F-5, smashing through some of the very same areas that were hardest hit on Monday. Its winds topped out at a staggering 318 mph, the highest ever recorded anywhere on Earth.
At the time, it was the deadliest twister in 20 years in the U.S. and the costliest (estimated at the time to be $1 billion) in the state’s history, according to NOAA.
A decade after the 1999 tornadoes, the experience was still fresh for survivor Renee Faulkinberry, who recalled how she and her 16-year-old daughter huddled in a bedroom closet as the massive twister leveled their home. Faulkinberry told local media that the best she could figure was that they both blacked out. When they came to, she called out to her daughter, who replied that she was OK. More…
Undercover: Police Officer Connected to “NATO 5″ Case Still Spying on Protest in Chicago
WS – This guys mug should be posted on every activists Facebook page.
And he should be called out when seen in public for the Pig he is.
Not much has changed since the 60s
On March 27, Chicago teachers and their supporters – including parents, students and community residents – rallied against the largest mass public school closure in US history. News of the mobilization sparked huge public interest before the demonstration – including from an undercover police officer calling himself “Danny Edwards.”
The day before the big rally, “Danny” reached out in individual emails to fellow volunteer street medics he had met a year earlier after he took a 20-hour training with Chicago’s local street medic collective, Chicago Action Medical (CAM). CAM’s volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nurses, doctors and trained street medics provide emergency medical treatment at local protests.
His aim in reaching out: to learn more about the next day’s plans.
“Danny” – who admitted to us on May 6 that he is, in fact, a Chicago police officer – could have saved himself the trouble and his department the expense. After all, organizers had already coordinated directly with top CPD brass about their plans for the next day and widely promoted their intent to stage nonviolent civil disobedience. More…
WS – Black, gay, NYC? I’m an old white dude and even I know thats three strikes and an error. Come out of the closet Mayor Bloomberg!
Thousand march in New York’s Greenwich Village to honour the memory of “gay angel Mark Carson”
Thousands of New Yorkers – including mayoral candidate Christine Quinn – have marched to protest the shooting death of a gay man in the neighbourhood that was the cradle of the modern US gay rights movement.
“Homophobia’s got to go,” protesters chanted on Monday as they rallied waving signs to honour the memory of “the gay angel Mark Carson” and “hate no, gun control yes.”
Mark Carson, 32, was killed with a bullet to the head on Friday night in Greenwich Village, allegedly by a 33-year-old man who shouted homophobic slurs at him and also threatened to kill the friend walking with him.
“You want to die tonight?” was among the cries from suspect, Elliot Morales, witnesses said.
“It is clear that the victim here was killed only because, and just because, he was thought to be gay,” New York City police chief Ray Kelly said on Sunday, emphasising the victim did nothing to provoke the attacker. More…
WS – But you can’t smoke, even in open places in NYC. Unless you are a cop or know the asshole mayor.
At a public forum last night, leading voices in politics, public health, the environment and workers’ rights analyzed the threat to New York City residents from increased radon levels that would be found in natural gas from new regional sources being promoted by Mayor Bloomberg. Radon, a dangerous substance found in natural gas that most New Yorkers cook with, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. At the forum, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal presented legislation sponsored by she and State Senator Diane Savino that would protect the public from the risks of radon in natural gas.
The Bloomberg Administration and Con Edison are promoting increased use of natural gas sourced from the Marcellus shale field of Pennsylvania. Gas from this field is know to possess much higher concentrations of radon than that from other regions, such as Texas and the Gulf Coast. New supplies of natural gas from Pennsylvania are becoming available due to a drilling boom caused by the controversial extraction technique known as fracking.
“With the proliferation of pipelines carrying natural gas to homes across the state and in New York City, it is critical that the state set standards for maximum levels to guard against the public’s completely preventable exposure to a known carcinogen,” said Rosenthal. “Clearly, there are far too many unknowns in this equation for anyone to be comfortable with the status quo.” More…
WS – Class and just plain cool!
—Carole King isn’t done with music—not yet anyway.
The 71-year-old singer-songwriter known for such hits as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend” was awarded the nation’s highest prize for popular music in a concert Tuesday. She received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the Library of Congress and will be honored Wednesday by President Barack Obama at the White House
King told The Associated Press it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized at such an historic place with a place in history that she never would have expected. King is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize. Previous honorees include Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. More…
WS – Please remember… Just because the Main Stream Media decided it’s not important to report on AIDS, does not mean they have found a cure.
The number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million to 7.1 million over seven years, according to a United Nations report which documents the progress in the AIDS response in the world’s second largest continent.
“Africa has been relentless in its quest to turn the AIDS epidemic around,” said the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé.
Antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to 7.1 million in 2012, with nearly 1 million added in the last year alone. AIDS-related deaths were also reduced by 32 per cent from 2005 to 2011.
WS – But think of all the new beach front property the banks will own.
Great Lakes water levels are at historic lows, 26 inches below their long term averages, raising prices right at the beginning of the supply chain for iron ore, grain, and coal. For every inch the water levels fall, a freighter needs to leave another 100 tons of goods behind on the dock. That means one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to move freight in the world becomes less efficient and more expensive as the water levels drop.
It’s important to note that over 160 million tons of goods are carried on the Great Lakes each year, keeping our nation’s industrial belt supplied with raw materials. When ships carry less cargo, the cost per delivered unit increases even before the ore gets turned into steel, translating directly to higher cost for manufacturers and consumers.
Lakes Michigan and Huron have been below the historic average for 14 years now, and in January they fell to all time record low. They’ve gotten so low, 1013 foot “lakers” are having more difficulty navigating. They’re getting hung up on sand bars entering ports and are carrying up to 15 percent less capacity to make up for the lack of water. Shipping isn’t the only industry affected. The multi-million dollar charter fishing industry on the Great Lakes is also impacted as boats are unable to navigate the shallow channels. More…
WS – This is how the powerful do it. Judge to give Hathaway 12-18 months in jail, require restitution to the bank and fine her up to $30,000 at a May 28 sentencing. Sounds like justice? She was let off on multiple charges before her plea. Charges that should have brought 30 yrs. in prison. The evidence is there. But because Hathaway is in the “Judge Club” they let her plea. Now the game calls for another compromise. I’ll bet she never pays a dime and it’s all settled in 6 months.
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway shouldn’t spend a day in federal prison, her lawyer said Monday, despite admitting she orchestrated an elaborate two-year scheme to defraud her bank of $600,000 owed on a Grosse Pointe Park home.
Defense lawyer Steve Fishman argued the loss was less than $70,000 and urged U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara to keep Hathaway out of prison based on her history and full restitution payment.
Hathaway admittedly committed bank fraud, her lawyer wrote in a filing Monday, but the bank would have approved the short sale even if the justice hadn’t misled the bank. A short sale is when the lender allows the sale of a home that is worth less than the amount owed. More…
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By Rowan Pelling,telegraph.co.uk -
Exposure to the web’s dark, pornographic underbelly has left my lovely, naive son mired in guilt and confusion
I recently eavesdropped on one Boden-dressed mother telling another how she had walked in on her 12-year-old boy as he was viewing pornography on his PC. My heart ached for innocence lost and I felt a huge sense of relief, turning back towards my own sons throwing bread to ducks, that I wouldn’t face this problem for some years yet. After all, my elder son shows almost zero interest in anything beyond Lego, Dr Who and the online game Minecraft. Added to that, we have parental controls on our computers and only allow time-controlled, supervised access downstairs.
So I felt fairly complacent about the matter, until the night my husband came down the stairs ashen-faced, after tucking him in for the night. He said our son had confessed that he and a friend had tried to look at s-e-x (he spelt the word out, too mortified to say it aloud) on a computer while at the other child’s house. The duo swiftly found a site promising untold filth, but before they could proceed a notice flashed up saying they could only continue if they verified they were at least 18. Touchingly, it never occurred to either boy that they could lie, and they abandoned the search. However, even this minimal exposure to the web’s dark underbelly had left my lovely, naive child mired in guilt and confusion. Meanwhile, my husband and I felt bewildered at the ease with which our painstaking safeguards had been bypassed.
At this point I should acknowledge the irony in writing about such incidents when you’ve spent eight years of your adult life editing a magazine titled The Erotic Review, even if that era now seems like the last gasp of an age of innocence. I always said any success I had as an editor was because I discovered erotica late in life, and believed in the complex yet rewarding sensuality of sustained relationships. The safe shelters of my childhood made me a liberal, not a libertine. My readers were happy to buy a print-heavy journal that was easy to hide from prying young eyes in binders or drawers – just as my friends’ parents once hid The Joy of Sex under their mattresses.
It’s a whole new, jaw-dropping ball game now, as the National Association of Head Teachers acknowledged this week when they called for the perils of online pornography to be taught in our schools. The association surveyed a thousand parents and found that 83 per cent believed “issues around pornography” should form part of sex education. More…
It’s the Devil!: Video emerges of Cult Leader Pope Francis performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square
MICHAEL DAY,independent.co.uk -
Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square.
The astonishing footage, taken immediately after Pentecostal mass on Sunday 19th May, shows the Pontiff approach the second of two wheelchair bound people, whose face is pixelled out.
After a priest leans across the boy or young man to tell Francis something, the Pope’s expression becomes more serious, the voice-over notes. He then grips the top of the subject’s head firmly and is seen pushing him down into his wheel chair. As this is happening the Pontiff recites an intense prayer, and the boy’s mouth drops wide open and he exhales sharply, Italian press reports added this morning.
Francis’s usual smile then returns and he continues with the traditional – and more gentle — Sunday greetings for sick or disabled visitors to St Peter’s.
The Argentine Pope has made it quite clear since his election that he believes the Devil, whom refers to as “the Enemy” and “The Prince of this World” is a real force that needs to be fought constantly.
Moral Mondays Report; NAACP protests reach highest arrest count yet- Media still won’t count any protests… Unless they’re wrapped in a “Tea Bag”.
Nearly 60 protestors were arrested Monday at the North Carolina General Assembly, bringing the demonstrations led by the state chapter of the NAACP to their highest total in their fourth straight week.
Hundreds thronged the Senate rotunda to show support for demonstrations that are drawing increasing numbers of people to Raleigh for what the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling “Moral Mondays.” General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver placed the arrest count at 57, which brings the total over four weeks to 153.
Hundreds more supporters remained outside the General Assembly before and after the protests, waiting for those arrested to emerge.
What started with tens of supporters and 17 arrests has attracted hundreds of people of different age groups, races and professions to protest the policies of the General Assembly, which came under Republican leadership after the 2010 midterm elections. Their complaints range from cuts to social programs to the proposed repeal of a law intended to take racial bias out of capital punishment.
Rich D’angiolillo, a 63-year-old software developer from Mebane, said he heard about the demonstrations from friends and decided he needed to join the supporters to raise his voice against a decision to forego a Medicaid expansion that would have completely covered 500,000 people through 2016.
“I’m not sure if it is the best way or not, but I feel that I have to do something,” he said. “I don’t feel that my efforts in other ways — letter writing, phone calls — have worked that effectively, so I’ll keep trying until something does work.”
Leigh Bordley, a member of the Durham Public Schools board, stood among those risking arrest to challenge proposals she said will only exacerbate achievement gaps caused by poverty. She said a House proposal to give grants to families who send their children to private schools will further undermine funding for public schools. Read more…
Tunisian man traveling to Saudi Arabia dies of coronavirus: scientists worried Hajj may touch off global pandemic
From theextinctionprotocol. -
The 2013 Hajj will take place in mid-October, only five months from now. Experts watching the coronavirus situation are already worried about the potential for spread of the new virus, both within Saudi Arabia and internationally. “I don’t think anyone necessarily knows for certain what is or isn’t happening,” said Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious diseases specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
May 21, 2013 – TUNIS, Tunisia – Tunisia’s Health Ministry says a 66-year-old man has died after being infected by the new coronavirus following a visit to Saudi Arabia. The ministry’s statement reported that his son and daughter were also diagnosed with the virus but have been treated and since recovered. The cases are the first for Tunisia and indicate that the virus is slowly trickling out of the Middle East, where more than 30 cases have been reported. There have been at least 20 deaths from the virus worldwide. The Tunisian, a diabetic, had been complaining since his return from a trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar and died from acute respiratory distress at a hospital in Monastir. The new coronavirus is related to SARS, which killed about 800 people in 2003, mostly in Asia. –
World’s Largest Pilgrimage – Hajj Documentary
The Hajj (Arabic: حج Ḥaǧǧ ”pilgrimage“) or haj is one of the largest annually occurring pilgrimages in the world, and one of the five pillars of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so at least once in his or her lifetime. The state of being physically and financially capable of performing the Hajj is called istita’ah and a Muslim who fulfils this condition is called a mustati. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah in the Arabic language).
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than theGregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year. Ihram is the name given to the special spiritual state in which Muslims live while on the pilgrimage.
The Hajj is associated with the life of Prophet Muhammad from the 7th century, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time ofAbraham (Ibrahim). Pilgrims join processions of hundreds of thousands of people, who simultaneously converge on Mecca for the week of the Hajj, and perform a series of rituals: Each person walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Ka’aba, the cube-shaped building which acts as the Muslimdirection of prayer, runs back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, drinks from theZamzam Well, goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual. The pilgrims then shave their heads, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate the four day global festival of Eid al-Adha.