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CJE Wednesday News Briefs

2012 December 5

CRIPPLING STRIKE AT LA PORTS ENDS; DEAL REACHED

Even the left wing pundants and the Democrats were silent about this strike. Fear of empowering unions has gripped Washington. The stronger unions could challenge corporate control of the corrupt politicians on both sides.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clerical workers and longshoremen at the nation’s largest port complex will return to work Wednesday, eight days after they walked out in a crippling strike that prevented shippers from delivering billions of dollars in cargo across the country.

“I’m really pleased to tell all of you that my 10,000 longshore workers in the ports of LA and Long Beach are going to start moving cargo on these ships,” said Ray Familathe, vice president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. “We’re going to get cargo moved throughout the supply chain and the country and get everybody those that they’re looking for in those stores.”

Negotiators reached a tentative agreement to end the strike late Tuesday, less than two hours after federal mediators arrived from Washington, D.C. No details about the terms of the deal were released, though a statement from the workers’ union said it had won new protections preventing jobs from being outsourced. More…
Police occupied with illegal photographing: Attorney
BY SAM SPOKONY | The lawyer for an Occupy Wall Street protester arrested in the Meatpacking District in June believes the city is scared to take his client to trial, because, the lawyer contends, the protester caught police violating a longstanding policy banning officers from photographing peaceful political demonstrations.

Jack Boyle, 57, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct on the night of June 13, during a hundreds-strong O.W.S. rally to protest the nation’s high rate of student loan debt. He was arrested at the corner of Washington and W. 13th Sts. for refusing to disperse while blocking the sidewalk, according to the arresting police officer cited in Manhattan Criminal Court documents.

But Paul Mills, Boyle’s lawyer — and an outspoken legal advocate for O.W.S. activists in many previous high-profile cases — has claimed that Boyle was arrested on “false charges.” Mills asserted that, rather, his client had simply been scolding New York Police Department officers who were allegedly taking photographs of the peaceful demonstration without approval, thus violating the so-called Handschu agreement. More…

Today is ‘Bathtub Party Day’!

Outrage over N.Y. Post cover of man in train’s path

The  N.Y. Post and Fox news are owned by the same company. That means the photographer will be fired for not waiting for the point of impact to take the photo.

On Tuesday, New Yorkers awoke to a gruesome New York Post cover photo. The photo, which fills most of the page, depicts a man trapped on the New York City subway tracks, awaiting an oncoming train that would eventually take his life.

“Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die,” the headline says. The victim appears to be trying to climb up as he looks toward the oncoming train. Below the victim, appears one word: “DOOMED.”

The decision has sparked outrage across the Internet, raising questions about journalism ethics. The story also has touched off a debate about whether bystanders — including the photographer — should have done more to help Ki-Suck Han, a 58-year-old from Queens, N.Y., who was allegedly pushed onto the tracks Monday afternoon. More…

Typhoon kills at least 283, hundreds missing, in Philippines

Why are the corporate media outlets downplaying this? Oh! never mind, no one reads this blog anyway!

.Bopha: the 2nd most southerly Category 5 typhoon on record

Bopha, a Cambodian word for flower or a girl, became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth’s rotation to get themselves spinning. Bopha became the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon on Monday at 7.4°N latitude. The record is held by Typhoon Louise of 1964, which was a Category 5 storm at 7.3°N.

(Reuters) – Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 283 people.

Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on Palawan island on Wednesday but it was weakening as it moved west.

Hardest hit was the southern island of Mindanao, where Bopha made landfall on Tuesday. It triggered landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland. More…

Police hit huge Cairo rally with tear gas

The CIA and Hillary Clinton have been working with President Mohamed Morsi behind the scenes. When the press says Hillary is going to France for whatever reason. She up to her sculldiggery for sure. France has been her cover for meetings with many (Would be) leaders and operatives. Follow Hillary and your following the money.

CAIRO, Dec. 4 (UPI) — Police fired tear gas on crowds as tens of thousands gathered at the presidential palace in Cairo Tuesday to protest Egypt’s new draft Constitution.

Police fired one round of tear gas before taking cover inside the palace grounds, The New York Times reported.

The march came after an Egyptian judicial council agreed to oversee a vote on the document. The decision by the Supreme Judicial Council — which last month condemned a power grab by President Mohamed Morsi as an “unprecedented attack” on the courts — suggests the influential judicial organization is looking to contain Egypt’s political unrest, the Los Angeles Times said. More…

Senate (Misleading headline. It was Republican no votes ) rejects U.N. treaty on disabled

Shame, shame shame!
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 4 (UPI) — The Senate voted Tuesday to reject a U.N. treaty protecting rights of disabled people, with opponents warning its terms “would be forced on” the United States.

Six Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but the final vote — 61-38 in favor — was five votes short of the two-thirds necessary to join more than 150 other countries that have ratified the treaty.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the treaty was modeled on U.S. law and he will bring it up for another vote in the next Congress. More…

Amsterdam to move troublemakers from city

Lets build floating containerized housing units on the Potomac for lobbyist! 

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 5 (UPI) — The Dutch capital plans to force chronic bullies and vandals to ghettos where they would live in containerized housing units under police watch, officials said.

The Amsterdam City Council budgeted $1.3 million to begin the punitive program early next year, officials said, explaining people who chronically harass others or engage in extreme forms of intimidation would be forced to live in what critics refer to as “scum villages” for at least six months.

The offenders would receive “minimal services” and also be under the watch of social workers, officials said. More…

You’re no Johnny Cash comrade!

Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia’s gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV
They are the fading symbols of a life dedicated to bloodshed, violence and the unspoken moral code of Russia’s criminal underworld.
But far from a motley collection of meaningless drawings and letters, each tattoo has its own meaning and, to those who know, can be read like a curriculum vitae of the bearer’s gangland past.
These haunting images were taken in the early 1990s by photographer Sergei Vasiliev after he gained access to some of Russia’s toughest prisons at the peak of the gang wars that followed the break up of the Soviet Union.

The men in the photos are all gang members, locked up for a variety of crimes including theft, racketeering and murder.
A dagger in the neck means the bearer has killed and would kill again for the right price (the number of blood drops on the blade signify the number of murders he has committed), while a rose on the shoulder means he turned 18 in prison More…

Open access: Stakes are high at the debates over the future of scholarship

You can’t dumb down a nation without limiting access to information. Fascism 101.

A few years ago, I had a terrific student in my final-year undergraduate module at the University of Leeds. Christie, that was her name, had a real knack for research and was always on top of things.

When the time came for her to write the final essay for my module, she came across a very important article published in a journal our university was not subscribed to. She tried to find a copy everywhere until, frustrated, she spent more than £20 ($32) of her own money to buy an online copy.

If I recall well, she ended up with a first in my class, so to a certain extent her sacrifice paid off, but the truth is that she should not have been forced to pay for a published piece that was available only to those subscribed to the said journal.

The case of Christie is representative of a broader problem facing academics and students across continents today. Over the past few months, a heated debate has gathered strength, especially on both sides of the Atlantic, where European and American scholars, publishers and education authorities are currently scuffling to find a model that satisfies everybody. More…

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