Reposted from coyote66 by Horace Boothroyd III
In an article published today the local paper described a fundamental problem with Rick Weiland's campaign. He's running on a "keep big money out of elections" campaign, yet receiving help from "big money".
News that a third super pac has joined in the fight to defeat Rounds/elect Weiland: EveryVoiceAction has pledged $750K to help elect Weiland. This along with the $1M ad buy by MaydayPAC puts Weiland in a difficult position. If he accepts their help, then the "no big money" pledge looks a typical politician's promise; all hot air. If he asks them to stay out then his chances diminish.
The third player is DSCC which isn't expressly supporting Weiland, they are running anti Rounds ads.
Rick Weiland's ActBlue page here.
Charlie Grapski is a longtime Kossack that has been judicially and administratively punished for ferreting out corruption among his local politicians. He was attempting to get permission from the probation department in order to visit and report from Ferguson. He received permission that was then recinded based on an unsubstantiated accusation.
Unsubstantiated by the twitter timeline the threat accusation is transparently false.
“They told me I needed to fill out more paperwork, which should have been a red flag for me,” he said in a telephone conversation from the Park Place Behavioral Healthcare facility in Kissimmee.
But as soon as he arrived, he was informed that his permission to travel out of the state was being revoked because he had been tweeting that he was flying to Ferguson to commit acts of violence, which is a complete lie. I see all his tweets on Facebook and that surely would have drawn my attention as well as the attention of his followers.
“When I asked her to show me the threats, she wouldn’t,” he said.
The austerity bandwagon has little regard for the socioeconomic impact of their policies. But there is one area where no amount of wealth will protect them.
A variety of viruses and bacteria that create widespread illness and death.
We have developed since the nineteenth century a system in this country to contain epidemics and in order to reduce outbreaks to put into place health policy that reduces the incidence of disease proliferation.
But these programs are not free. In fact as opposed to say a military tank that could be mothballed for decades at little cost, these programs need constant funds in order to do the valuable research to find the best way to combat the next outbreak.
This attempt to drown Lady Liberty in the bathtub has exposed how the CDC is now struggling to address the threat of Ebola while pinching pennies.
Reposted from Steve Horn by Horace Boothroyd III
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog
The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groupsrecently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge got U.S. State Department permission in response to its request to construct a U.S.-Canada border-crossingtar sands pipeline without earning an obligatory Presidential Permit.
Enbridge originally applied to the Obama State Department to expand capacity of its Alberta Clipper (now Line 67) pipeline in November 2012, but decided to avoid a “Keystone XL, take two” — or a years-long permitting battle — by creating a complex alternative to move nearly the same amount of diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) across the border.
The move coincides with the upcoming opening for business of Enbridge’s “Keystone XL” clone: the combination of the Alberta Clipper expansion (and now its alternative) on-ramp originating in Alberta and heading eventually to Flanagan, Ill., the Flanagan South pipeline running from Flanagan, Ill. to Cushing, Okla. and the Cushing, Okla. to Port Arthur, Texas Seaway Twin pipeline.
Together, the three pieces will do what TransCanada‘s Keystone XL hopes to do: move dilbit from Alberta’s tar sands to Port Arthur’s refinery row and, in part, the global export market.
Reposted from Police Accountability Group by Horace Boothroyd III
The Stanford Experiment(PDF) was started in 1971 in the basement of a building on the Stanford University campus. It was part of a study funded by the Navy on anti-social behavior. What happened when guards were given absolute power and the prisoners none was sadly predictable. The experiment had to be cut short because the 'guards' had no controls and were treating the 'prisoners' inhumanely.
Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me on a slide tour describing this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of human nature.
Findings of the Stanford Experiment. One finding I was interested to see showed that all personalities placed into a position of power can be corrupted:
The most and least abusive guards did not differ significantly in authoritarianism, Machiavellianism, or other personality measures. Abusive guard behavior appears to have been triggered by features of the situation rather than by the personality of guards.
And although the Stanford Experiment has been referred to when normal people do heinous things there is a rich and solid history of being duplicated.
In 2002 the BBC tried to do a reenactment of the Stanford Experiment and that too had to discontinued early.
When the BBC revealed it was to replicate for television the notorious Stanford experiment, when university students were "imprisoned" to study responses to solitude and oppression, executives said that it would not repeat the brutality of the original.
While the BBC version was approached with far more caution than the 1971 model, which was terminated after six days when the participants' behaviour had degenerated, it appears to have met a similar fate.
Scientists overseeing the BBC project became concerned that the 15 participants' emotional and physical wellbeing was in danger of being compromised, and called a halt before it was due to end.
Reposted from Police Accountability Group by Horace Boothroyd III
Some very clear and effective guidelines are presented below on how we can make our police our police again.
We knew well before this month that our methods of policing have failed the majority of Americans. Only those entwined in the basest forms of denial can support the police in their current incantation.
What I would like to do is crowd source solutions to the widespread problem of our police being above the law. So please use the comment section to voice your opinion on what changes would be most effective. And include any ideas you may have that will bing this country back to the values we cherish.
In numerous emails, CTCA officials said they anticipated their FreedomWorks donations would produce tangible benefits for the company. For example, they hoped that FreedomWorks would help CTCA hone its online marketing and outreach skills. (CTCA is a privately held chain of hospitals that treats advanced-stage cancer patients. It reaches new customers largely via TV commercials and digital advertising.) As Shawn Stephenson put it in 2010, "I know there will be benefits that all of CTCA will gain through the work that Freedomworks is pursuing. ""I know there will be benefits that all of CTCA will gain through the work that Freedomworks is pursuing."
Some of the work "Freedomworks is pursuing" is catering to the oil industry.
So, yes a cancer center will definitely benefit financially from the "work that Freedomworks is pursuing"
According to the Federal Election Commission this may be illegal:
The Act prohibits certain contributions made in connection with or for the purpose of influencing federal elections. The prohibitions listed below apply to contributions received and made by political committees. Note that the prohibitions apply to all contributions, regardless of:
What type of contribution it is (gift of money, in-kind contribution, loan and so on);
Whether it is solicited; and
How it is ultimately used (such as for advertising, office supplies or independent expenditures13).
So how hard did Freedomworks try to influence federal elections in 2014? Over a million bucks worth so far:
Grand Total Spent on 2014 Federal Elections: $1,456,288
So we can thank Cancer Treatment Centers of America for that obscenity upon the political landscape Joe Walsh.
But who are CTCA?
Their commercial is after the Fleur-de-Kos
The Border Patrol only took action on three percent of complaints made. This three percent is recognized to be from a source of complaints with barriers of technology, education and social power that infer the number of complaints are a fraction of incidents warranting complaints.
What sort of complaints?
“BPA [Border Patrol Agent] allegedly hit a UDA’s [Undocumented Alien’s] head against a rock causing a hematoma.” (Tucson Sector—Counseling)
“Mexican Citizen alleges BPA physically abused her as she was trying to go back to Mexico.” (San Diego Sector—Formal Court)
“BPA allegedly kicked female during apprehension causing her to miscarry.” (El Paso Sector—No Action Taken).”
“A minor alleged he was physically forced by a BPA to sign a document.” (Tucson Sector—No Action Taken).”
“A UDA alleges a BPA who arrested him stomped on his back after he had lain on the ground.” (Rio Grande Valley Sector—No Action Taken).
“Allegedly having a relationship with an illegal alien/forcing female aliens to have sex.” (El Centro Sector—Pending Investigation)
“Unknown BPA from the Laredo Section kicked already handcuffed alien.” (Laredo Sector—Pending Investigation)
“Alleges that BPAs beat him with a baton and pepper sprayed him.” (San Diego Sector—Pending Investigation)
“BPAs allegedly denied a UDA water; touched/treated female UDAs inappropriately.” (Tucson Sector—Pending Investigation)
“Juvenile UDA alleges a BPA pepper sprayed her, hit her in the back; threatened to throw a bomb at her.” (Rio Grande Valley Sector—Pending Investigation)
“A UDA alleges BPAs stripped him and left him naked in a cell, called him ‘faggot and homo,’ took his DL [Driver’s License].” (El Centro Sector—Pending Investigation)
“BPA allegedly hit an undocumented juvenile with the butt of his flashlight; grabbed his throat. Calexico, CA.” (El Centro Sector—Pending Investigation)
“Improper strip search of a driver at a Border Patrol checkpoint.” (El Paso Sector—Written Report)
“Alleges an unidentified BPA stated ‘Don’t move or I’ll kill you’ as he was being arrested.” (Rio Grande Valley—No Action Taken)
“Alleged excessive use of force by BPA during an arrest of an alien.” (Rio Grande Valley—Suspension)
Look how the agency still uses dehumanizing language to refer to refugees.
Reposted from Don midwest by Horace Boothroyd III
It was long ago, in a far off place, that brave soles fought for freedom and liberty.
One of the concerns they had was that the state should not be able to enter their homes without a warrant, arrest them without charges, violate communications between attorney and client, and make one of the few roles in the constitution journalism.
Looking back on the violations of justice that characterized British rule in pre-Constitutional America, it is easy to see the founders' intent in creating the Fifth Amendment. A government's ability to inflict harm on its people, whether by taking their lives, imprisoning them or confiscating their property, was to be checked by due process.
Due process is the only requirement of government that is stated twice in the Constitution, signaling its importance. The Fifth Amendment imposed the due process requirement on the federal government, while the Fourteenth Amendment did the same for the states. Both offer a crucial promise to the people that fair procedures will remain available to challenge government actions. The broader concept of due process goes all the way back to the thirteenth-century Magna Carta.
Do you recall that during the W Bush administration we complained about the roll back of the rule of law in some areas to before the thirteenth century?
I strongly recommend the article and here is a link.
How One Piece of Paper Destroyed Your Right to a Trial
This diary is about the attack on journalists and attorneys which is covered below the orange squiggle.
I don't claim to be an expert and I definitely lack an English degree. But I was an early reader of Orwell so I learned early on how to recognize how words are used by the media in order to lead the reader to a given conclusion.
For instance; When protesting students were attacked with chemical weapons most media outlets claimed the incident was a
That looks like an assault to me. Yet the media portrayed the situation as something involving mutual combatants instead of an officer acting in overreach of his authority.
Reposted from Shenna Bellows for Senate by Horace Boothroyd III
A lot of people warned me before I started my Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy that our rural areas are solidly Republican now. Well, what I found in Mattawamkeag yesterday is that Republicans and Democrats agree Washington has forgotten about the economy in rural areas -- and they appreciate a candidate who comes to talk to them in person about how we can turn things around.
Reposted from ckennedy by Horace Boothroyd III
As a Democracy For America scholarship winner, I've had more opportunities over the past week than most young people could ever dream. I attended NN14 and learned what the progressive blogger community has and will continue to accomplish. There aren't really words to explain what it feels like to be part of a massive protest that achieves real, life-saving results for actual people. We did that. We prevented widespread water shut-offs for the most vulnerable citizens of Detroit for at least two weeks, and we're also coalescing to pay off water bills to slow down the failures perpetrated by our elected officials. That is incredible.
As amazing as that moment was for all of us, I'd be lying if I said it was the first time I've felt the power of a grassroots movement to make collective change.
I guess that's where my story begins, and I'll tell you it in a moment. I'd just like to say how much every panel, every person, every organization that this community represents makes me wake up every morning knowing that anything is possible, and that absolutely everything is on the line. We cannot rest, and if we're going to make a real difference, we have to work together.
I'll share my story below the fold.