July 26th, 2012

Politic ~ But Fear Itself
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VIDEO: L.A. Journalists Amber Lyon, Tim Pool, Steven Gregory Shot at by Anaheim Police

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L.A. Weekly
Wed., Jul. 25 2012 at 3:05 PM

You know the police response has waxed indiscriminate when two journalists walking along the sidewalk, just doing their job, come under fire:

Amber Lyon, a former CNN correspondent who was reporting for L.A. radio station KPFK last night, and Tim Pool, another L.A.-based freelancer best known for his extensive coverage of the Occupy Wall St. protests, can be seen fleeing from a round of non-lethal bullets in a video that Pool posted to YouTube this morning.

Pool writes beneath the video that "Neither Tim nor Amber were hurt. Amber was pinned between two trucks and Tim was fired at multiple times after this video but is unscathed."

Another L.A. reporter who says he narrowly avoided a big red pepper-ball bruise? KFI radio's own Steven Gregory [...] "Pepper spray ball shot at me and 2 KFI staffers" [...]

There has been violence on both sides, but we will say this: The police protests began very peacefully over the weekend. It was only once Anaheim cops (and other cops called in from surrounding cities) starting blasting groups of women and children with rubber bullets and sicking police dogs on them that all bets were called off.


The lengths people go to avoid paying tax

It's been a taxing few days. Advisers who promote "aggressive tax avoidance" have been berated by the British government. Meanwhile a new report claims there could be $21tn (£13.5tn) stored away worldwide in offshore accounts.

The mind can't comprehend the amount. If it was denominated in $1 bills, it would fill nearly 10,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Provided the pools were empty and that it was possible to provide enough security personnel to guard all of the pools. (It would probably be better to use the Army and police rather than a private security firm.)

Put another way, 21 trillion seconds ago, the world was 600,000 years younger and experiencing the Lower Palaeolithic period. This was the time of Homo Heidelbergensis, one of mankind's early ancestors.

Archaeologists say Heidelbergensis was in some ways quite advanced, with rudimentary language and, maybe, a habit of burying the dead.

But they were also extremely primitive. There is a lot of evidence to suggest he had not yet discovered the ability to measure large quantities of anything in terms of how many Olympic-sized swimming pools would be filled - a skill we would regard as essential now.

Overwrought quantification metaphors aside, $21tn is a lot of money to stash.

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A.N. Interesting article, aside for the over-used hyperbolic comparisons (though there are few methods of making someone comprehend what more than a trillion dollars might look like). Also, this hording inclination largely squares with that I've noticed as well. I've been ranting for years that if I can afford to lose almost 40% of my dinky income each month, then the super-rich can stand to lose just as much without there being any risk they won't be able to afford a charter-flight to Cannes at the drop of a hat anymore, for example.

But there isn't room for logic when 'mine, mine, mine!' kicks in, is there?

Fighter jet scrambled to intercept aircraft ahead of Games.

Britain's controversial Olympic security procedures swung into action on Wednesday when a fighter jet was scrambled to intercept an aircraft that had entered restricted airspace.

The Typhoon jet was ordered to intercept the aircraft after it failed to contact air traffic controllers, the Ministry of Defence said.

Communications were then restored and the fighter jet told to stand down.

Olympic organisers have been criticised for militarising the Games after missile batteries were installed in residential areas around Olympic sites to guard against aerial attacks. Thousands of troops have also been deployed to secure the Games.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/london-olympics-2012/articles/2012/07/25/fighter-jet-scrambled-intercept-mystery-aircraft

OP: Well good to know they're alert at least. Always feel a bit safer with the RAF about, I'm not sure about the security arrangements being controversial though. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

David Cameron hits back at Mitt Romney over London 2012 doubts.

Prime minister says Olympics have brought the UK together to put on a 'friendly Games' for international visitors.

The prime minister has hit back at comments from the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney querying Britain's readiness for the Olympics, urging the country to "put its best foot forward" and ensure they are remembered as "the friendly Games".

On a visit to the Olympic Park with the London 2012 organising committee chairman, Lord Coe, before Friday's opening ceremony, Cameron said the Games were an opportunity to promote Britain despite the gloomy economic backdrop.

"This is a time of some economic difficulty for the nation, everyone knows that. But look at what we're capable of achieving even at a difficult economic time. Look at this extraordinary Olympic Park, built from nothing in seven years," he said.

Romney said the fallout from the G4S security fiasco and a threatened strike by immigration officials were "disconcerting" and questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.

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Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jul/26/david-cameron-romney-london-2012?newsfeed=true

OP: Romney's showing an early knack for foreign diplomacy here eh? I wonder who'd win in a fight?

Feds act to stop sale of magnetic Buckyballs

WASHINGTON -- Buckyballs are high-powered desktop magnetic toys for adults, but some young children are swallowing the tiny magnets and getting hurt. Teens also have accidentally ingested the magnetic balls after trying to mimic tongue piercings, leading the government to take steps to stop the sale of the product.

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