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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.


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Police in City see occupiers as ‘terror’ risk

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 12:02 by Paul Jay in category: News

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The letter, a “Terrorism/Extremism Update”, lists al-Qa’ida, the Colombian dissidents Farc, and Belarusian terrorists who bombed the Minsk underground. It also lists Occupy London under the heading “Domestic”.

It states: “It is likely that activists aspire to identify other locations to occupy, especially those they identify with capitalism. City of London Police has received a number of hostile reconnaissance reports concerning individuals who would fit the anti-capitalist profile. All are asked to be vigilant regarding suspected reconnaissance, particularly around empty buildings.”

An Occupy London spokesman said: “Activism is not a crime and the desire to participate in democratic decision-making should not be a cause for concern for the police in any free society.

“An institution that confuses active citizens with criminals and equates al-Qa’ida with efforts to reimagine the city is an institution in danger of losing its way.”


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Supreme Court to Consider the Arrest of a Cheney Critic

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 11:51 by Paul Jay in category: News

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decidewhether Secret Service agents protecting Vice President Dick Cheneymay be sued for violating the free speech rights of a member of the public who made critical remarks about the Bush administration’s war policies.

The case arose from an episode in 2006 at a mall in Beaver Creek, Colo. A Secret Service agent said he heard Steven Howards say into a cellphone that he planned to ask Mr. Cheney “how many kids he’s killed today.” Mr. Howards later approached Mr. Cheney and said the administration’s “policies in Iraq are disgusting.” Mr. Howards then touched Mr. Cheney on the shoulder in a gesture variously described as an open-handed pat, a slap and a strike that caused the vice president’s shoulder to dip.

Confronted by the Secret Service, Mr. Howards denied touching Mr. Cheney and said, “If you don’t want other people sharing their opinions, you should have him avoid public places.” Agents arrested Mr. Howards for assault and turned him over to local authorities. He was charged with harassment under state law, b


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Chechnya Backs Ruling Party 99.5%

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Though Prime Minister Vladimir Putin started the second Chechen war in 1999, there is no resentment at all in the republic toward his political party, judging by the results of the State Duma vote in Chechnya.United Russia swept a whopping 99.48 percent of the vote in the republic, with the turnout standing at 99.51 percent, the Central Elections Commission said Monday.

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“It’s a system based on authority, and authority can ensure the right results,” political analyst Vyacheslav Nikonov said about Chechnya’s voting.

“I haven’t heard about results like that since the Soviet times,” he added by telephone Monday.


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  1. Well, you’ve got to admire Putin (or else!), he never does anything in a half-hearted manner. When he steals an election, he STEALS an election.

Android Phone Name Generator

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 6:41 by John Sinteur in category: Google

Very accurate


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  1. Pretty accurate. Like the usual bullshit generator pages 🙂

On the impracticality of a cheeseburger.

Posted on December 7th, 2011 at 6:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A cheeseburger cannot exist outside of a highly developed, post-agrarian society. It requires a complex interaction between a handful of vendors—in all likelihood, a couple of dozen—and the ability to ship ingredients vast distances while keeping them fresh. The cheeseburger couldn’t have existed until nearly a century ago as, indeed, it did not.


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  1. Best comment from that article:

    U MEEN I CANT HAS CHEEZBURGER?