Come downtown on BART or on a Bike for Grant Justice
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
14:00 PDT LOS ANGELES -- A judge sentenced former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle today to the minimum term of two years in state prison for fatally shooting unarmed train rider Oscar Grant during a video-recorded arrest in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009.
Judge Robert Perry threw out the gun conviction today, saying it was not supported by the evidence. Mehserle could have faced anything from probation up to 14 years in state prison.
Did you all know we live in a racist world where black people dying matters less to the news media? Good thing Helen Thomas cant ask Obama about the oppressed of earth anymore.
We could smell the oil long before we saw it – the stench of garage forecourts and rotting vegetation hanging thickly in the air.
The farther we travelled, the more nauseous it became. Soon we were swimming in pools of light Nigerian crude, the best-quality oil in the world. One of the many hundreds of 40-year-old pipelines that crisscross the Niger delta had corroded and spewed oil for several months.
Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. "This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months."
The CIA needs to be closed down.
The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters - BY GLENN GREENWALD 3/27/10
A newly leaked CIA report prepared earlier this month analyzes how the U.S. Government can best manipulate public opinion in Germany and France -- in order to ensure that those countries continue to fight in Afghanistan. The Report celebrates the fact that the governments of those two nations continue to fight the war in defiance of overwhelming public opinion which opposes it -- so much for all the recent veneration of "consent of the governed" -- and it notes that this is possible due to lack of interest among their citizenry: "Public Apathy Enables Leaders to Ignore Voters," proclaims the title of one section.
Officials of several European countries have cited what they see as a lack of political will on the part of the United States to adequately address climate change. The American reluctance to accept any agreement that would require legally binding and internationally enforceable targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could doom the Copenhagen session, they said.
Ahead of this week’s climate talks at the United Nations, the Europeans also expressed little hope that the United States Senate would act on a climate bill before the Copenhagen talks begin. They said the lack of domestic consensus sows doubt about whether the United States can keep any pledges it makes at Copenhagen, either on the level of reductions in global warming emissions or on financial commitments to help developing nations adapt to a changing climate.
What has the USA done to help developing nations adapt to an increase in food prices? Many more are starving. Global Warming will make it worse. What will the USA do?
gosh amy goodman rocks
here is the text of the durban conference on racism:
obama now refuses to talk about reperations for african nations. complaining about the complaining of israel's racism is an excuse. america does not want to admit it is a racist nation with racist heros on its money. we are all in on it.
america is the most racist naion on earth, not israel!
The US bailout is a robbery in progress, the greatest heist in monetary history. But consider for a moment: what if it actually works, what if the financial sector is saved and the economy returns to the course it was on before the crisis struck? Is that what we want? And what would that world look like?
The answer is that it would look like Sarah Palin. ...
HaHa Does she think Obama and Geithner are capitalism as unusual?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Low donation levels are causing the World Food Programme (WFP) to fall short of feeding the most critically hungry people in the world, and the agency "has so far received only $1.8 billion and has had to cut back rations and programs to the 108 million people it serves, said Josette Sheeran," WFP's executive director, Reuters reports (Rampton, 7/29).
1.8 Billion for 108 million people who might starve soon? Well 16 bucks each should be enough to hold them over. well as long as they dont get sick from sleeping outside, right? I mean the bankers could use that extra 1.8 Billion, oh ddi you say Billion? I thought you said trillion!
The bankers need an extra Trillion! Get the bankers more cash now or we will crash the economy and u wont get ur new IBrain!
OAKLAND, Calif. — The parolee who shot five Oakland police officers Saturday, killing three and gravely wounding another, was hiding inside his sister’s nearby apartment, where he ultimately was shot dead himself.
And neighbors knew it. But no one told police for nearly an hour. If neighbors had spoken up sooner, said one woman who lives nearby, some of those lives might have been saved. But in East Oakland, lamented the woman, Elaine, who refused to give her last name, that just doesn’t happen.
"I’ve been crying all day. It makes you feel bad," she said. "But you just don’t want to be a snitch. The word, ‘snitch,’ it’s almost worse than murderer."
. On Saturday, about 20 people lingered at the scene of the first shooting, taunting police.
Yikes! Now, why is it that people in Oakland do not snitch on a cold blooded killer, and taunt cops? What could it be?
CNN) -- President Obama said Wednesday :
"Nobody here drafted those contracts; nobody here was responsible for supervising AIG and allowing themselves to put the economy at risk by some of the outrageous behavior that they were engaged in," he said outside the White House. "[But] we are responsible, though. The buck stops with me."
Well how about members of his cabinet who were in on blowing bubbles?
How to fail to recover the economy
o Joseph Stiglitz
o guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 March 2009 18.00 GMT
Some people thought that Barack Obama's election would turn everything around for America.
• Socialising losses while privatising gains is more worrisome than the consequences of nationalising banks. American taxpayers are getting an increasingly bad deal. In the first round of cash infusions, they got about $0.67 in assets for every dollar they gave (though the assets were almost surely overvalued, and quickly fell in value). But in the recent cash infusions, it is estimated that Americans are getting $0.25, or less, for every dollar.
Maybe we could put an estate tax on the thieves who ran the banks. Of course so many of them are in the Obama administration, it wont happen soon.