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Old 2011-10-01, 06:16   Link #16921
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While the rest of Jurong Island gets flattened by a gigantic "enhanced blast weapon".

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Is this the real thing or a troll just for the lulz?

Yes! Yet another sign that China is going to take over USA. OH YEAH! OH YEAH! Victory dance to the tune of "My mother land".

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Old 2011-10-01, 06:36   Link #16922
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Is this the real thing or a troll just for the lulz?

Yes, Agence France-Presse also reported about this.
It isn't the first time CCTV do such ''mistake''; they used extract of Top Gun for a reportage about China's air force exercise.
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Old 2011-10-01, 19:15   Link #16923
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Japan crack downs on protection money to the yakuza

My my, I wonder how long this will last.....
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Old 2011-10-01, 19:28   Link #16924
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Depends on how many Bonta-kun arm slaves are used...and by who.
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Old 2011-10-01, 19:32   Link #16925
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Japan crack downs on protection money to the yakuza

My my, I wonder how long this will last.....
Wow. So even if you are forced to pay money to the Yakuza, you'll be considered a criminal? It's almost like the government is threatening victims not to go to police!
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Old 2011-10-01, 19:57   Link #16926
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Yeah, this is a real "rock-hardplace" backassed way for politicians not to take personal responsibility. Its like punishing the farmers in the Magnificent Seven for being bullied and extorted from by the banditos.

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Old 2011-10-01, 19:59   Link #16927
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Wow. So even if you are forced to pay money to the Yakuza, you'll be considered a criminal? It's almost like the government is threatening victims not to go to police!
Looks like it might work in theory, though how well it plays out in the field is anybody's guess.
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Old 2011-10-01, 20:31   Link #16928
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New Fast and Furious docs released by White House


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_16...-10391695.html

This story just keeps getting worse.
Clearly the WH knew about it.
Now the only question is whether or not Obama endorsed it.
If he did, it's a scandal.
How major or minor a scandal remains to be seen.
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Old 2011-10-01, 21:06   Link #16929
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The Men Who Crashed The World

Interesting program from Al Jazeera about the banking crisis.

These guys clearly had never heard the word "Hubris".
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Old 2011-10-01, 22:56   Link #16930
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Syrian revolt ignites revolutionary art boom
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...78T4RB20110930
It might help moral, but it isn't likely than it will stop the killing.
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Old 2011-10-02, 06:33   Link #16931
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New Alabama law sees Hispanic students vanish from state schools
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.

There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments from small towns to large urban districts reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students' immigration status.

The anxiety has become so intense that the superintendent in one of the state's largest cities, Huntsville, went on a Spanish-language television show Thursday to try to calm widespread worries.

"In the case of this law, our students do not have anything to fear," Casey Wardynski said in halting Spanish. He urged families to send students to class and explained that the state is only trying to compile statistics.

Police, he insisted, were not getting involved in schools.
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Old 2011-10-02, 08:19   Link #16932
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Japan crack downs on protection money to the yakuza

My my, I wonder how long this will last.....
After a huge political fiasco at work today, it seems that it is just another losers' way of acting as though they are working.

I think the citizens should just invest that extortion money in an illegal automatic firearm. Or on ammonia fertilisers and petrol.

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More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protest

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(Reuters) - Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday evening after more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.

The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

"Over 700 summonses and desk appearance tickets have been issued in connection with a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway, and that if they took roadway they would be arrested," a police spokesman said.

"Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were. The bridge was re-opened to traffic at 8:05 p.m. (0005 GMT Sunday)."

Most of those who were arrested were taken into custody off the bridge, issued summonses and released.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting.

Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organizers said.

The march started about 3:30 p.m. from the protesters' camp in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan near the former World Trade Center. Members of the group have vowed to stay at the park through the winter.

CELEBRITY SUPPORT

In addition to what they view as excessive force and unfair treatment of minorities, including Muslims, the movement is also protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.

Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have stopped by the protesters' camp, which is plastered with posters with anti-Wall Street slogans and has a kitchen and library, to offer their support.

Friday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labor organizations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters a few blocks north of City Hall to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

A week ago, police arrested about 80 members of Occupy Wall Street near the Union Square shopping district as the marchers swarmed onto oncoming traffic.

A police commander doused a handful of women with pepper spray in an incident captured on video and spread via the Internet, galvanizing the loosely organized protest movement.

The group has gained support among some union members. The United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has 38,000 members, are among those pledging solidarity.

The unions could provide important organizational and financial support for the largely leaderless movement.

Similar protests are sprouting in other cities, including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
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Old 2011-10-02, 10:25   Link #16933
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Brazil's World Cup rush fuels spending blowout
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...78R01D20110928

Dreaded militant hit squad goes rogue in Pakistan
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7910E720111002
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When suspected collaborators are caught, they are held in cells in a network of secret prisons across North Waziristan.

A committee of Khurasan clerics decides their fate. Most are declared guilty after what group members admit are "very, very harsh" interrogations.

"They are given electric shocks. If they don't help then an electric drill is used or the spies are forced to stand on electric heaters," said one Khurasan operative.

"Or nails are hammered into their bodies." Any attempt to intervene on behalf of people who are captured is risky. The Khurasan see that as collaboration with the enemy too and it is punishable by death.

Whenever someone is found guilty, the Khurasan make sure everyone knows about it.

"The spies are taken outside residential areas at night and shot dead. Their bodies are thrown on roadsides or squares in the town with a piece of paper warning others to refrain from this 'dirty' job of spying," said one operative.

Their methods have become so brutal and widespread that the Khurasan have alienated some of the militant leaders who created them, men who would not think twice about ordering beheadings
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Old 2011-10-02, 12:08   Link #16934
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The protests now comes to DC:

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TZM GLOBAL RADIO | OCT 5TH 2011, 4PM EDT
Host: Peter Joseph

Guests:
Dennis Trainor, Jr
COALITION TO OCCUPY FREEDOM PLAZA
http://october2011.org/

Brian Phillips
OCCUPY WALL STREET
https://occupywallst.org/

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/zmgloba...m-global-radio

Discussing the growing "Financial Occupation; its importance and how
TZM can strategically get involved. The Zeitgeist Movement stands in
solidarity with these grassroots, non-violence awareness actions for
they may represent the beginning of a global move away from the
Monetary Paradigm. The Revolution is Now.

>>>

OCTOBER2011 COALITION TO OCCUPY FREEDOM PLAZA PRESS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 26, 2011

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Kevin Zeese, 301-996-6582
Margaret Flowers, 443-759-4635
Maria Allwine, 443-762-0892
press@october2011.org

OCTOBER2011 COALITION TO OCCUPY FREEDOM PLAZA 
IN WASHINGTON, DC
BEGINNING OCT 6th

DC Occupation Marks the 11th Year of Afghan War, Austerity Budgets
and Builds on 
Arab Spring, European Summer, Madison and Occupation
of Wall Street
The People’s Uprisings seen around the world and in the United
States come to Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza beginning on Thursday,
October 6 when thousands will converge to begin a prolonged people's
occupation of Freedom Plaza. The October2011 Movement involves
thousands of people and 150 organizations who have already signed. The
DC occupation comes at a pivotal time: the beginning of the 11th year
of war in Afghanistan and a new federal fiscal year that promises
austerity of everything except weapons and war.
The Freedom Plaza occupation occurs as activists in New York are
occupying Wall Street and follows major protests across the Midwest
against austerity budgets, the environmental protest of the Tar Sands
Pipeline where more than 1,200 were arrested and protests throughout
the United States on a wide range of issues.
The October2011 Movement demands that the government represent the
people, not just the top 1%. The pledge signed on by thousands calls
for using our resources on human needs and environmental protection,
not for war and exploitation. October2011.org stands with super
majorities of Americans on seven key issues:
• Tax the rich and corporations
• End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
• Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and
improved Medicare for all
• End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business
interests
• Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental
degradation
• Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create
jobs and raise wages
• Get money out of politics
Among those signing the pledge and participating in the action are
Ann Wright, Baldemar Velasquez, Chris Hedges, Coleen Rowley, Cornel
West, Cynthia McKinney, Ray McGovern, Sibel Edmonds and Ted Rall.
The Freedom Plaza occupation builds on the experiences of Egypt,
Tunisia, Greece and Spain. October2011 has joined with the Egyptian
revolutionary movement in a solidarity statement based on four common
principles: seeking real democracy, an end to U.S. interventionist
military policy, protection of human rights through the rule of law
and developing a sustainable economy that meets human needs. The
Indignados of Spain have described our common Road to Dignity that
includes the occupation of Wall Street and Freedom Plaza.
More information visit FAQ on http://october2011.org.

>>

The occupation of Freedom Plaza is almost here! Momentum is really
building and we can’t wait to be with you in Washington, DC. The
time is now to create an independent movement built on participatory
democracy and to demand an end to war and that our resources are used
to meet human and environmental needs.
Occupy Wall Street continues and has sparked occupations all around
the country. Some have already started and many others will begin this
Saturday. The people of OccupyDC will join us on Thursday. Please
support these local occupations. The time is now to unite as the 99%
and work in solidarity. You can find out more at OccupyTogether.org.

We know that many of you are on your way to DC. Some are coming on
foot, some on bicycle and others by plane, train and caravan. Please
document your trip to DC and share your stories, photos and videos
with us.

When you arrive in Freedom Plaza, there will be many ways for you to
be engaged. You can join a committee and work on one of the 15 core
crises. Committees start meeting on Friday afternoon and will present
their work in the nightly assemblies. You can share your artistic
talents in the Arts area of the Plaza. You can also sign up to teach a
class or workshop – share your knowledge and skills so that others
understand more about the crises we face, solutions to them and skills
needed to create a new world that is peaceful, just and sustainable.

Prior to the action next week there will be training sessions in
Washington, DC for skills in nonviolent action, peacekeeping and legal
observation. Check the Calendar for more information (click on the
topic for details) or check the Daily Schedule. We hope that you will
volunteer in some way while in Freedom Plaza!

Many of us have spent time in Liberty Square with the people of
Occupy Wall Street. We are impressed by the great sense of community
and possibility. We look forward to building a similar participatory,
educational, creative and respectful community in Freedom Plaza. One
person summed it up by saying the atmosphere is one of less social
networking and more socializing!

However, for those of you who can’t make it to Freedom Plaza in
Washington, DC, please follow along virtually. We will livestream the
nightly assemblies and other events. We will also post articles,
photos and videos at October2011.org regularly. And we encourage you
to be the media also!

In peace and solidarity!
The October2011 Team
I wonder how much of an impact this will have on the media this time.

This is a great video of Keith Olbermann's count down on the media black out:

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Old 2011-10-02, 12:37   Link #16935
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The general word on the street is that the police encouraged people to walk on the street, then swooped in and arrested en masse. Apparently they'd brought in 8 full-size buses a few hours earlier. There's a lovely bit of "reality revisionism" that was caught on the NYT online page as well. Looks like "Al Baker" didn't like the original paragraph done by the reporter who was there?

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Old 2011-10-02, 13:03   Link #16936
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The general word on the street is that the police encouraged people to walk on the street, then swooped in and arrested en masse. Apparently they'd brought in 8 full-size buses a few hours earlier. There's a lovely bit of "reality revisionism" that was caught on the NYT online page as well. Looks like "Al Baker" didn't like the original paragraph done by the reporter who was there?
Holy Sh*t!!! Looks like the freedom plaza protests are going to be interesting....

How are CNN, Fox and MSNBC covering this?

I found this video:

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Old 2011-10-02, 15:32   Link #16937
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gotta love this...

this really highlights the difference between civilized Tea Party protests a couple years ago vs the riot-prone, combative-by-name OccypyWallStreet.
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Old 2011-10-02, 15:50   Link #16938
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gotta love this...

this really highlights the difference between civilized Tea Party protests a couple years ago vs the riot-prone, combative-by-name OccypyWallStreet.
*facepalm*

Welcome to Earth. How was your trip from Bizarro World?
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Old 2011-10-02, 15:57   Link #16939
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*facepalm*

Welcome to Earth. How was your trip from Bizarro World?
For the love of my sanity I'm going to believe that what flying ^ did was an attempt at sarcasm that didn't get correctly delivered in text form.
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Old 2011-10-02, 16:02   Link #16940
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gotta love this...

this really highlights the difference between civilized Tea Party protests a couple years ago vs the riot-prone, combative-by-name OccypyWallStreet.
You really need to lay off of the stupid pills.
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