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British authorities launch "Total Policing" at student protest

November 11, 2011 by walden9

British authorities launch "Total Policing" at student protest By Robert Stevens 11 Nov 2012 The policing of Wednesday's students protest in London was unprecedented in its repressive character. Around 10,000 students gathered to oppose the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat government's attack on the right to higher education. This includes tripling of tuition fees to £9,000, abolishing the Education Maintenance Allowance of £30 per week for young people from low-income families in post-16 education and severe cuts in university and college funding.

Occupy Oakland: Fatal shooting brings new push to close camp

November 11, 2011 by walden9

Occupy Oakland: Fatal shooting brings new push to close camp 11 Nov 2011. A fatal shooting near the Occupy Oakland site Thursday night has sparked a new call from city leaders to clear out the protesters. The shooting, which apparently stemmed from a fight between two groups of people an agent provocateur, did not appear to be related to the protest or campers at the site, Oakland Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton told The Times. No arrests have been made in the shooting [of course]. But the incident prompted several top city leaders to call for protesters to leave the camp.

Man fatally shot on plaza near Occupy Oakland camp

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Man fatally shot on plaza near Occupy Oakland camp 10 Nov 2011 (Oakland, CA) - A man was shot and killed Thursday just outside the Oakland encampment that anti-Wall Street protesters have occupied for the last month, but organizers said the attack was unrelated to their ongoing protest of U.S. financial institutions and that some of their own were the first ones to administer first aid.

Twitter must give user info in WikiLeaks probe

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Twitter must give user info in WikiLeaks probe 10 Nov 2011 FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A federal judge on Thursday sided with government attorneys investigating the disclosure of classified documents on WikiLeaks, and upheld a ruling that the website Twitter must turn over certain account information to prosecutors. Lawyers for three Twitter account holders, all of whom have some connection to WikiLeaks, had argued that forcing Twitter to cooperate with the investigation by turning over the data amounts to an invasion of privacy and chills Twitter users' free speech rights.

Tuberculosis Breaks Out at Occupy Atlanta's Base

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Tuberculosis Breaks Out at Occupy Atlanta's Base 10 Nov 2011 (Atlanta, GA) The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease.

Report: Paterno sought criminal defense lawyer

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Report: Paterno sought criminal defense lawyer 10 Nov 2011 Embattled former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has contacted a criminal defense attorney in the child sex abuse case that has rocked the university, NBC News has reported. A source told NBC that Paterno's advisers Thursday reached out to J. Sedgwick Sollers, who had previously represented President George H.W. Bush. NBC said that the attorney has not met with the ex-coach and no retainer agreement has been formalized.

Man dies from gunshot at Vermont "Occupy" protest

November 11, 2011 by walden9

Man dies from gunshot at Vermont "Occupy" protest. 10 Nov 2011. (CBS/AP) BURLINGTON, Vt. — Witnesses say a man shot himself in an encampment of the Occupy Wall Street in Burlington, Vermont. The shooting was reported around 2 p.m.

Occupy Portland supporters split on response to eviction: Stay put or move to other city parks

November 11, 2011 by walden9

Occupy Portland supporters split on response to eviction: Stay put or move to other city parks 10 Nov 2011 Occupy Portland supporters appeared this afternoon to split on how to respond to Mayor Sam Adams' eviction notice from two downtown parks: Hold their ground or move to other parks in the city.

Multiple Shots fired near 'Occupy Oakland' camp

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Multiple Shots fired near 'Occupy Oakland' camp 10 Oct 2011 One person has been injured after multiple shots were fired near the Occupy Oakland camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza Thursday evening. The shooting took place shortly before 5 p.m. several feet from the 12th Street BART station adjacent to the plaza where Occupy protesters have set up camp.

Pentagon warns against attacking Iran

November 11, 2011 by legitgov

Pentagon warns against attacking Iran 10 Nov 2011 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned against "unintended consequences" of any military attack against Iran over the country's nuclear program. The Pentagon chief said on Thursday that the strike could have a "serious impact on the region and it could have a serious impact on US forces in the region," AFP reported. He made the remarks after Israel's recent rhetoric against Iran and its test-launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

Polar bear declared 'species of special concern'

November 10, 2011 by legitgov

Polar bear declared 'species of special concern' 10 Nov 2011 The majestic but vulnerable polar bear has been declared a "species of special concern" under Canada's Species at Risk Act. Environment Minister Peter Kent notes that Canada is home to two-thirds of the world's polar bear population. The listing means a comprehensive management plan must be prepared within three years. Polar bear populations have been increasingly threatened as global warming shrinks the Arctic icepack, restricting their traditional hunting range.

Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month

November 10, 2011 by legitgov

Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month 09 Nov 2011 Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites 'sooner rather than later' – with logistical support from the U.S. A senior Foreign Office figure has revealed that ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action, adding: 'We're expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year.'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbles badly in Republican debate

November 10, 2011 by walden9

Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbles badly in Republican debate 10 Nov 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the onetime Republican front-runner who had hoped to regain traction in a candidates' debate Wednesday, instead suffered what may have been the worst memory meltdown in the history of presidential debates.

Penn State trustees fire football coach Joe Paterno, president, angry students take to streets

November 10, 2011 by walden9

Penn State trustees fire football coach Joe Paterno, president, angry students take to streets 10 Nov 2011 For the first time in almost a half-century, someone other than Joe Paterno is calling the shots at Penn State. The winningest coach in major college football history was fired Wednesday night, sending angry students into the streets where they shouted support for Paterno and tipped over a news van.

Russia, China: No new Iran sanctions

November 10, 2011 by walden9

Russia, China: No new Iran sanctions 10 Nov 2011 Russia and China have voiced their opposition to fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced. After a meeting in Moscow, Russian and Chinese diplomats expressed "the mutual conviction that the application of new, additional sanctions against Iran will not lead to the desired result," Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested at Berkeley

November 10, 2011 by walden9

Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested at Berkeley 10 Nov 2011 Dozens of people were arrested during Occupy demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley campus, as authorities twice clashed with protesters trying to set up encampments. The bulk of the arrests came Wednesday night, as authorities in riot gear confronted demonstrators.

US soldier gets life sentence in Afghan thrill-killings

November 10, 2011 by walden9

US soldier gets life sentence in Afghan thrill-killings 11 Nov 2011 A military jury sentenced an Afghan war veteran to life in prison after the Army staff sergeant was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges in the deaths of civilians, in one of the most gruesome cases to emerge from the conflict. Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, of Billings, Mont., was accused of exhorting his bored underlings to slaughter three Afghan civilians for sport. The jury for the court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle sentenced Gibbs Thursday to life in prison, but he will [insanely] be eligible for parole in less than nine years.

Guantanamo: the most expensive prison on earth

November 10, 2011 by legitgov

Guantánamo: the most expensive prison on earth --The cost to house a captive at Guantánamo Bay is $800,000 per year; it's still funded as an open-ended battlefield necessity. 08 Nov 2011 The Pentagon detention center that started out in January 2002 as a collection of crude open-air cells guarded by Marines in a muddy tent city is today arguably the most expensive prison on earth, costing taxpayers $800,000 annually for each of the 171 captives by Obama administration reckoning. That's more than 30 times the cost of keeping a captive on U.S. soil.

U.S. Air Force employees disciplined for losing body parts from war dead

November 10, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. Air Force employees disciplined for losing body parts from war dead 08 Nov 2011 The Air Force mortuary that receives America's war dead and prepares them for burial lost portions of human remains twice in 2009, prompting the Air Force to discipline three officials for "gross mismanagement," officials said Tuesday. A year-long Air Force investigation reviewed 14 sets of allegations of improper handling of war remains as reported by three whistleblower workers at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Plastic bullets available to police for Wednesday's student protests

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Plastic bullets available to police for Wednesday's student protests --Scotland Yard says officers are free to use baton rounds in extreme cases but critics say tactic is 'appalling and un-British' 07 Nov 2011 Baton rounds of plastic bullets will be available to police chiefs in an attempt to prevent disorder from breaking out in the capital during the latest round of student fees protests. Trained officers will be free to use baton rounds for "extreme" measures as 10,000 protesters march through London on Wednesday to voice their anger over tuition fees and cuts. Scotland Yard commander Simon Pountain said about 4,000 officers will be on duty to police the event amid fears the march could be hijacked by anarchists.

Waterboarding yes, power drills no: defining torture now the issue at spruced-up Guantanamo Bay

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Waterboarding yes, power drills no: defining torture now the issue at spruced-up Guantanamo Bay --Mr Nashiri's counsel will argue that threatening a detainee with a power drill was not on the Justice Department's approved list of [torture] techniques. 10 Nov 2011 Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of a suicide attack on the USS Cole [another US inside job] in Aden on October 12, 2000, was expected to appear overnight in Guantanamo's fortified military courtroom. If convicted, he could face the death penalty... Nashiri speaks no English, but understands the proceedings he now faces and responds to questions, according to his legal team, but they describe him as "a victim of trauma". According to an official CIA report, their client was not only waterboarded, he also had a gun put to his head and was threatened with a power drill during interrogation.

Mississippi's 'Personhood Amendment' fails at polls

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Mississippi's 'Personhood Amendment' fails at polls 08 Nov 2011 Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would've declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide. The so-called "personhood" initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted.

Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits 08 Nov 2011 The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment [and an expensive Koch brothers'/Faux News-backed campaign]. In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers.

Seventeen workers exposed to plutonium radiation at Idaho lab

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Seventeen workers exposed to plutonium radiation at Idaho lab --There were no details from the lab on the precise cause or nature of the radiation release. 08 Nov 2011 Seventeen workers were exposed to low-level [sic] radiation from plutonium on Tuesday at a U.S. Energy Department nuclear research lab in Idaho, but there was no risk to the public, the government said. The accident at the Idaho National Laboratory occurred inside a facility used for remotely handling, processing and examining spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and other irradiated materials, the lab said in a series of statements. [Let me get this straight. There were 'no details released on the nature of the radiation release' -- and yet, the US government has already asserted that 'there was no risk to the public?' LOL!]

Issue 2 falls, Ohio collective bargaining law repealed

November 9, 2011 by legitgov

Issue 2 falls, Ohio collective bargaining law repealed 08 Nov 2011 Ohioans voted Tuesday night to repeal a Republican-backed law that restricted collective bargaining for public workers, a victory for Democrats and labor organizers both nationally and in the state. AP has declared Issue 2 (as the law was called on the ballot) dead. As of this writing, with about a quarter of precincts in, repeal led by a whopping 63 to 37 percent margin.

Wall St. Made More Money In 2.5 Years of Obama Than 8 Years of Bush

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Wall St. Made More Money In 2.5 Years of Obama Than 8 Years of Bush 07 Nov 2011 (Video) Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "New government data shows profits for America's largest financial firms are once again reaching record highs not seen sense before the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, Wall Street firms have earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama presidency than all 8 years of the Bush presidency [sic]. Over 85 billion dollars in profits compared to 77 billion." [Remember this when the Obama campaign dares to position Obama as the ally of the 99% and the enemy of Wall Street!]

Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendment

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendment 08 Nov 2011 Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception. Initiative 26 would define personhood as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

Wall Street bonuses set to plunge 20%.

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Wall Street bonuses set to plunge 20% 09 Nov 20211 Occupy this, Wall Street: Corporate bonuses are expected to plunge as much as 30% this year compared to 2010, according to a closely watched report released by Johnson Associates on Tuesday. Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, told CNNMoney said that bonuses can range from $10,000 on up to the millions.

Greece Prepares to Name New Interim Prime Minister

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Greece Prepares to Name New Interim Prime Minister 08 Nov 2011 Power-sharing talks between Greece's prime minister and the opposition leader dragged on into Tuesday evening, with senior government officials saying a deal was close but European leaders ratcheting up the pressure for a resolution. Talks between Prime Minister George Papandreou and opposition leader Antonis Samaras began Monday. The two agreed over the weekend to forge an interim government that will shepherd the country's new $179 billion European rescue package through Parliament.

Italy's Berlusconi loses key vote as pressure to resign grows

November 8, 2011 by walden9

Italy's Berlusconi loses key vote as pressure to resign grows 08 Nov 2011 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, fighting for his political life amid the eurozone debt crisis, on Tuesday failed to carry the full majority on a key parliamentary budget vote in the latest sign that his support is quickly waning.

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