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  •  Yes, Exactly (10+ / 0-)

    The alleged policing expenses make an assumption that an actual need exists to have massive police presences at these occupation sites, an assumption I see little or no basis in fact for.  The bills for those police presences are by and large a civic expense levied not on a basis of need but a tax the general public is charged for the stupidity of the city administrations who irrationally misuse police resources.  Blaming the occupiers for those expenses is to completely misassign the responsibility.

    Advisors for President-Elect Barack Obama feared the new administration would face a coup if it prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a new report out this morning.

    by Kurt Sperry on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 02:15:07 PM PST

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    •  and think of how hard it is to resist the police (1+ / 0-)
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      chief and other hardons in the city social, religious, political, and business infrastructure.

      Most city councils aren't likely to take a strong defensible stand against the almost automatic authoritarian responses.
        Some have, and are notable: Rochester NY (yay home town) has.
        Rochester also had the first large race riot in the spree that started in 1964.
      Rochester , home base for abolitionists and 'the women's study set' v1.0.

      As a smaller view, look at the worries that were expressed right here amongst us'ns during all this.

      Pin a badge on it, give it a gun, and expect anything different, like acceding to civilian control?

      If you have strong civilians maybe.

      ..squinting all the while in the glare of a culture that radiates ultraviolet consumerism and infrared celebrity...Russell Brand

      by KenBee on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 02:50:44 PM PST

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