CJE Saturday News Briefs
WS – “Chocolate” thug!
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 18 (UPI) — A federal grand jury has indicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on bribery, conspiracy and money laundering charges.
The indictment charges Nagin — a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf region in 2005 — with 21 counts, including six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money laundering, nine counts of deprivation of honest services through wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns.
The indictment alleges Nagin took bribes and accepted gifts from contractors while he was in office. More…
Monsanto asks Corrupted Supreme Court to uphold seed patent win
Monsanto Co. urged the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief Jan. 16 to affirm a ruling that a farmer infringed on patents on its Roundup Ready soybean seeds by replanting them after the first generation.
The company argued that a contrary finding would undermine patent rights for a large range of products, Law360 reports.
Last fall, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute between Indiana soybean farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman and Monsanto. The court will hear Bowman’s appeal. He is fighting Monsanto’s lawsuit claiming that his use of the seeds was unauthorized. More…
Today is “Confederate Memorial Day” Take a racist to lunch.
WS – Media misdirection. Fukushima fish are Ocean Fish. They swim, they migrate, they are canned without any testing and if you eat them you are fucked.
TOKYO: A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said on Friday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254,000 becquerels per kilogramme — or 2,540 times more than the government seafood limit — was detected in a “murasoi” fish.
The fish, similar to rockfish, was caught at a port inside the Fukushima plant, a TEPCO spokesman said. More…
Fukushima debris hits Hawaii
Debris set adrift by the 2011 Japanese tsunami has made its way to Hawaii, triggering concerns over the unknown effects of the radiation it may carry from the meltdown of the Fukushima reactor.
Debris has washed ashore the islands of Oahu and Kauai and the state’s Department of Health has been asked to test some of the incoming material for radiation levels. Refrigerator parts, oyster buoys, housing insulation, storage bins, soda bottles, toys, fishing nets, plastic trash cans and even Japanese net boats have all washed up on Hawaiian sands in the past few weeks, triggering serious environmental concerns over both water pollution and radiation exposure.
Long-term exposure to radiation can cause cancer, gene mutations, premature aging and in severe cases, death. The consequences of the influx of debris are unknown, causing local agencies to advocate precaution in picking up the Japanese debris. More…
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — It appeared Bono and arachnids didn’t mix when his “Spider-Man” musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didn’t keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.
Jason Bond of Alabama’s Auburn University has identified 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park. The park’s namesake is featured in the title and cover of U2’s 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree.”
The Riverside Press-Enterprise ( HTTP://BIT.LY/UWSRJW ) reports that Bond named two of the spiders after Indian tribes and one, A. bonoi, after Bono. More…
WS – Time for a few Citizen operated “Corruption Drones” to patrol the skies. (Armed of course)
In a strange case, Andrew Henderson from Minnesota was charged with two misdemeanors after he filmed two Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies in public. The most unusual aspect of the case is that one deputy said he violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the process.
Getting arrested for filming police is hardly surprising these days, especially when people are brutally beaten for exercising their right to film police carry out their public duties in a public space.
Indeed, the cases have become so numerous that it has become somewhat expected at this point. This particular case, however, also involves alleged evidence tampering on the part of police, which is also disturbingly common when police brutality is filmed.
In this case, Henderson was filming deputies frisk a man with a bloody face outside his apartment building in Little Canada after which paramedics loaded the unknown man into an ambulance
“Police are in a position where they have a certain power that should be watched by the citizens,” Henderson said. If he lived in New York City, he would probably be labeled a “professional agitator” for this type of activity.
“The best way to watch them is to film them and hold them accountable for their actions,” Henderson added. More…
Aaron Swartz: Suicide or Murder?
Why was no private autopsy and forensic examination done? Why aren’t questions raised about a potential coverup? Why isn’t independently determined full disclosure demanded?
Prosecutors notoriously lie. Medical examiners help them. So do media scoundrels.
Did Aaron take his own life or was he murdered? America has a dark history of eliminating noted figures it wants silenced.
Aaron perhaps is the latest. His death raises obvious suspicions. He appears a victim of capitalist greed. His open access advocacy had to be silenced. What better way than by making murder look like suicide.
Was he drugged and then hanged? Was eliminating him planned long ago? Was it done to avoid protracted headline-making trial proceedings?
Many of Aaron’s global followers would have reported them daily. Doing so would have revealed prosecutorial injustice. Dark forces perhaps decided not to risk it.
Prosecutors hounded him. His attorney, Elliot Peters, accused them of doing it to gain publicity. They cooked up alleged computer crimes against him.
They targeted his advocacy for what’s right. They wanted him silenced. They wanted him put away for decades. They wanted him out of sight and mind.
They crossed ethical and moral lines, said Lessig. They did what they did because they can. They made him a martyr in the process. He’s internationally recognized for fighting for what’s right. More…