October 24th, 2011


Police use pepper spray to stop haka dance at high school game

Police in a small Utah town are being accused of overreacting after using pepper spray to break up a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a haka after a high school football game.

The police action came after a pair of officers unsuccessfully attempted to disperse the dozen or so performers who were blocking an exit after the Union-Uintah game on Thursday night (local time), the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The group in Roosevelt, a town of 8000, had travelled more than 150 kilometres east from the Salt Lake City area to watch a relative play his final game for Union, which lost to rival Uintah and finished the season without a victory.

The group reportedly was trying to boost Union's morale with the haka as the players left the field.

Spectators, coaches and players told police that everything was fine and they should let the men perform, Jessica Rasmussen said, but officers asked them to make room and started using pepper spray.

Rasmussen said she and other bystanders also got spray in their eyes, ears and mouths.

Union fan Jason Kelly said the way police reacted was an embarrassment to the community of Roosevelt.

"I've never seen anything like it," Kelly said. "It was totally unprovoked."

Police said the incident is under investigation, and anyone wanting to lodge a complaint should contact the department.

Police said many people in the crowd knew the group was going to dance, but the two officers and others didn't.

Spectator Shawn Mitchell said while he didn't view the dancers as a threat, the impromptu performance might have played a role in how police responded.

"If they're going to do something like (the Haka), maybe some planning could be done ahead of time," he said.

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OWS is a Communist Hippie Nazi Mooslim Brotherhood Kenyan Plot to Convert Americans into Islam!

Another Communist Hippie Nazi Sekret Kenyan Mooslim Agent Infiltrates America's Borders. Why Isn't Obama Cracking Down on Brown People?

Latest Right-Wing OWS Theory: The Muslim Brotherhood Is Behind Occupy Orlando

In a development that should surprise no one, some on the right-wing are accusing the Occupy Wall Street movement of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.“JIHAD ALERT,” the anti-“Shariah Islam” group “The United West” declares in a blog post. “‘OCCUPY ORLANDO’ or JIHAD ORLANDO?”

Tom Trento, the group’s director, explains that Occupy Orlando is a “move by a Muslim activist to take over control of ‘Occupy Orlando,’ in the ‘spirit of the Arab Spring.’” An accompanying video shows Trento attending an Occupy Orlando protest last weekend, and warning about activist Shayan Elahi, who Trento says is “associated with CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Elahi is a local Democratic activist and a Muslim civil-rights attorney who is also legal counsel for Occupy Orlando, according to My Fox Orlando.

Trento writes:

Once we watched Shayan Elahi in action, running around, signing up speakers, providing direction, telling people what to do, we started to connect the dots to the stated Face Book Mission Statement of “Occupy Orlando,” which reads, “…we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America.”
Here’s the full almost-13 minute video. Elahi calls Trento a “bigot” in a confrontation around the 2:00 mark:

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Stuart Walker found burned by roadside in Cumnock

Police are investigating the final hours of a man whose burned body was found at the side of an Ayrshire road.

Stuart Walker, 28, from Cumnock, was found dead with "horrible injuries" near Caponacre Industrial Estate, Cumnock, just before 05:00 on Saturday.

It is thought he had been tied to a lamppost, beaten and burned.

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The American Excellance of putting Bullet's into Skulls

A remaining realm of American excellence

When President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden on the evening of May 1, he said something which I found so striking at the time and still do: “tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history.” That sentiment of national pride had in the past been triggered by putting a man on the moon, or discovering cures for diseases, or creating technology that improved the lives of millions, or transforming the Great Depression into a thriving middle class, or correcting America’s own entrenched injustices. Yet here was President Obama proclaiming that what should now cause us to be “reminded” of our national greatness was our ability to hunt someone down, pump bullets into his skull, and then dump his corpse into the ocean. And indeed, outside the White House and elsewhere, hordes of Americans were soon raucously celebrating the killing with “USA! USA!” chants as though their sports team had just won a major championship.

As I wrote on the morning after bin Laden’s death, this gleeful reaction was understandable given the slaughter Americans witnessed on 9/11. But there was still something notable, and troubling, about this episode. Such a rare display of unified, chest-beating national celebration is now possible only when the government produces a corpse for us to dance over. Some suggested at the time that Osama bin Laden was sui generis and that no lessons could or should be drawn from his killing; for that reason, even many people who are generally uncomfortable with such acts proudly celebrated his death as the elimination of a singular evil. But it seems clear that the bin Laden episode was no aberration, no exception: the American citizenry rarely finds cause to exude nationalistic pride except when the government succeeds in ending someone’s life.

Since the bin Laden killing, we have witnessed a similar joyous reaction when the U.S. assassinated its own citizen, Anwar Awlaki (along with another American dubiously claimed to be “collateral damage”) — even though Awlaki was never indicted as a Terrorist, charged with treason, or accorded any due process, and even though the government never showed the public any evidence supporting its accusations. Instead, Obama officials, with no evidence offered, simply declared him to be a Bad Terrorist, and that was all that was needed: hordes of his fellow Americans did not merely approve — but cheered — the news that a drone had found and killed him.

Identically, both before and after the Awlaki killing, Americans have routinely celebrated the drone-deaths of hundreds of individuals about whom they knew nothing other than the fact that the Terrorist label had been applied to them by the U.S. Government. It’s as though there is a belief that American missiles do not detonate unless they hit an actual Terrorist.

And now the graphic photo of the corpse of Moammar Gaddafi is once again sparking outbursts of American pride — despite the fact that he was captured alive and very well may have been summarily executed.  As I wrote previously, “no decent human being would possibly harbor any sympathy for Gadaffi, just as none harbored any for Saddam.” And it’s understandable that Libyans who suffered for four decades under his rule (like Americans after 9/11 or Muslims after years of violence and aggression in their countries) would be eager for vengeance. Nonetheless, and regardless of what one thinks about Gadaffi or the intervention, summarily shooting a helpless detainee in the head is one of the most barbaric acts imaginable — under all circumstances — but Gadaffi’s gruesome death nonetheless sparked waves of American jubilation and decrees of self-vindication this week.

It is difficult to articulate exactly why, but there is something very significant about a nation that so continuously finds purpose and joy in the corpses its government produces, while finding it in so little else. During the Bush years, I frequently wrote about how repetitive, endless fear-mongering over Terrorism and the authoritarian radicalism justified in its name was changing — infecting and degrading — not just America’s policies but its national character.  Among other things, this constant fixation on alleged threats produces the mindset that once the government decrees someone to be a Bad Guy, then anything and everything done to them (or ostensibly done to stop them) is not merely justified but is cause for celebration. That was the mentality that justified renditions, Guantanamo, vast illegal domestic surveillance, aggressive war against Iraq, and the worldwide torture regime: unless you support the Terrorists and Saddam, how could you oppose any of that?

That character-degradation is produced at least as much by conditioning the citizenry to stand and cheer, to beat its chest, to feel righteous and proud, each time the government produces a new dead Bad Guy. Even at its most necessary and justified, the act of ending a human life with state violence should be a somber and lamentable affair. There’s something bloodthirsty about reacting ecstatically. To react that way when guilt is unproven (Awlaki), or when the person is unknown (most drone victims), or is killed by acts of pure barbarism (Gadaffi) is the mind of a savage.  But it’s now been more than a decade since 9/11, and this has been the prevailing mentality in America continuously since then (to say nothing about the lengthy, brutal wars fought before that). What happens to a citizenry and a nation that so frequently erupts into celebratory dances over the latest dead body its government displays?

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aladdin needs to get a fucking job.

Obama Has Written Personal Checks To Struggling Americans

WASHINGTON -- Got problems? Tell Barack Obama. He can help. He might even give you money.

On more than one occasion, the president has cut personal checks to struggling Americans who've written to the White House, according to an excerpt from a new book by Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow about the ten letters the president reads every day.

"It's not something I should advertise, but it has happened," the president told Saslow.

How many times has President Obama intervened on someone's behalf, and with what kind of problems does he help? Mortgage payments? Medical bills? And when he wants to help someone out with a personal check, how does it work? Does he send a check signed "Barack Obama" directly to the individual in need, or does he send the money to a bank or company on the person's behalf? Do people even know when Obama has helped them out, or does the help arrive anonymously through a lawyer?

The White House declined to answer any questions about the practice.

HuffPost readers: Received help from the president after sending him a letter? Tell us about it -- email arthur@huffingtonpost.com. Please include your phone number if you're willing to do an interview.

It's long been known that the president occasionally responds to the people who write him. Several folks who've heard back from Obama have even put the correspondence up for sale. NBC reported in June, for instance, that a single mom from Hobart, Ind. hoped to stave off eviction by selling an Obama letter for thousands of dollars. And a man who'd received a note from the president in response to an angry letter about bank bonuses put the letter up for auction in March.

It seems like Obama views writing a check or making a phone call on a correspondent's behalf as a way for him to alleviate the powerlessness he sometimes feels when reading his mail from regular people.

"Some of these letters you read and you say, 'Gosh, I really want to help this person, and I may not have the tools to help them right now,'" the president told Saslow. "And then you start thinking about the fact that for every one person that wrote describing their story, there might be another hundred thousand going through the same thing. So there are times when I'm reading the letters and I feel pained that I can't do more, faster, to make a difference in their lives."

...oh crap!

Russian families sue child mix-up hospital

Two families in Russia are suing their local maternity hospital for giving them the wrong babies 12 years ago.

The truth only emerged after the ex-husband of one of the mothers refused to pay maintenance for their daughter, saying she looked nothing like him.

DNA tests in the Kopeisk town showed she was not related to the parents.

Police later traced the girl's natural parents, who were found to have been raising the other family's child. Neither girl wants to leave her home.

The two families in the town in the Ural Mountains are now demanding 5m roubles (£101,000: $158,300) in damages.

But they cannot press criminal charges against individual staff because so many years have passed since the babies were handed to the wrong parents.

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Clinton wants Megrahi back in Scottish jail

Clinton wants Megrahi back in Scottish jail

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  • REBUFF: Clinton’s demand has been rejected by the SNP. Picture: Reuters


24 Oct 2011

HILLARY CLINTON has called for the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing to be put back in a Scottish jail in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s death.

The US Secretary of State also said that America raised the issue of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi “in every meeting” with Libya’s new leadership.

Her comments came as tens of thousands of ordinary Libyans took to the streets yesterday as the country celebrated an official day of liberation from four decades of Gaddafi’s rule.

Mrs Clinton also reiterated her condemnation of the Scottish Government’s decision to free Megrahi on compassionate grounds in 2009.

Controversially, she raised the prospect of his imprisonment in another country, despite technically still being a Scottish prisoner out on licence.

She said: “We want to see him returned to prison, preferably in Scotland, where he was serving the sentence, but if not, elsewhere, because we thought it was a miscarriage of justice that he was released from the sentence that had been imposed for the ghastly bombing of Pan Am 103.”

A Scottish court sitting in The Hague found Megrahi was guilty of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.

A total of 270 people died in the worst terrorist attack over UK soil.

But Megrahi was released by Scottish ministers who said that medical advice suggested his terminal prostate cancer meant he had just three months to live.

The decision divided opinion among the relatives of those who died in the bombing, with some condemning the Scottish Government’s decision. The United States also criticised his release.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government last night rejected Mrs Clinton’s call and said that Megrahi had been released under Scots law and was abiding by the terms of his release.

The row came as jubilant Libyans celebrated their freedom from Gaddafi.

Libya’s new rulers declared that the dictator, who they dubbed the “Pharaoh of the times”, was now consigned to the history books, and that a democratic future beckoned.

A packed square in the country’s second-largest city Benghazi heard the National Transitional Council (NTC) announce that Libya had liberated itself fully.

Consultations are also underway within Libya to form an interim Government within a month.

It is thought that this grouping will rule until proper parliamentary elections can be organised in the upcoming months.

On the streets the immediate reaction to the liberation announcement was jubilation.

“We are the Libyans. We have shown you who we are Gaddafi, you Pharaoh of the times. You have fallen into the garbage bin of history,” said lawyer Abdel Rahman el-Qeesy.

“We declare to the whole world that we have liberated our beloved country, with its cities, villages, hilltops, mountains, deserts and skies,” said an official who opened the ceremony.

Last night a spokesman for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Megrahi is an extremely sick man, dying of terminal prostate cancer.

“He was tried and convicted under Scottish jurisdiction by international agreement, and continues to meet the terms of his release licence.

“As has always been the case, the Lockerbie atrocity remains an open investigation, given that Megrahi was convicted on the basis that he did not act alone in an act of state-sponsored terrorism.”

In neighbouring Tunisia voters also celebrated a new beginning – flooding into polling stations for their first free election since their uprising 10 months ago.

source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politics/clinton-wants-megrahi-back-in-scottish-jail-1.1130828

More interference in something that is not the US' decision to make. What do you think, ontd_p? Are you interested in the upcoming release of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's evidence that led them to decide that Megrahi should be given another appeal? What do you make of the way the US consistently demands a say in what happens to Megrahi?


Greenland ice sheet melting at unprecedented rates

Extreme Melting on Greenland Ice Sheet, Reports CCNY Team
Glacial Melt Cycle Could Become Self-Amplifying, Making it Difficult to Halt

The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don’t hit record highs, according to a new analysis by Dr. Marco Tedesco, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York. His findings suggest that glaciers could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming that would be difficult to halt.

“We are finding that even if you don’t have record-breaking highs, as long as warm temperatures persist you can get record-breaking melting because of positive feedback mechanisms,”
said Professor Tedesco, who directs CCNY’s Cryospheric Processes Laboratory and also serves on CUNY Graduate Center doctoral faculty.

Professor Tedesco and his team collected data for the analysis this past summer during a four-week expedition to the Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier in western Greenland. Their arrival preceded the onset of the melt season.

Combining data gathered on the ground with microwave satellite recordings and the output from a model of the ice sheet, he and graduate student Patrick Alexander found a near-record loss of snow and ice this year. The extensive melting continued even without last year’s record highs.

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Long Pursuit of Justice Takes a Father Beyond the Law

Published: October 20, 2011

PARIS — In the dark early hours of an October morning in 2009, acting on an anonymous tip, police officers in the French city of Mulhouse picked up an elderly German doctor who had been left — bound, beaten and bleeding — in a street near the municipal courthouse. The man, Dieter Krombach, had been kidnapped outside his home in Germany and secreted across the border into France, where there was a warrant for his arrest in connection with the death of a French girl nearly three decades ago.

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André Bamberski hunted a man he said killed his child, Kalinka, and stole his wife, Danièle Gonnin.

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Kalinka Bamberski died in 1982. Her father, André Bamberski, and French authorities contend that she was raped and murdered.

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Barack Obama has a tumblr, lol.

Barack Obama Campaign 2012 Gets Official Tumblr Blog
Catharine Smith

Barack Obama's campaign maintains accounts on a variety of social media platforms, including Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and now Tumblr.

That's right, Barack Obama is coming to the fast-growing blog site, which completed an $85 million round of funding back in September, according to Reuters.

A tweet from the President's official Twitter feed, controlled by his re-election campaign staff, announced the new Tumblr account on Monday.

The first post on the campaign's Tumblr asked readers to submit their own content to the blog via the site's submission feature. The President's blog will undoubtedly use the site's "reblog" option to curate content on its own, too.

From the post:

We'd like this Tumblr to be a huge collaborative storytelling effort -- a place for people across the country to share what's going on in our respective corners of it and how we're getting involved in this campaign to keep making it better.

The post also asks users to submit selectively and respectfully: "There will be trolls among you: this we know. We ask only that you remember that we're people--fairly nice one--and that your mother would want you to be polite."


lulz @ "trolls"