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By JIM DWYER
Published: November 1, 2011
The arresting officer came by the cell, Samantha Zucker said, to make snide remarks about finding her with a friend in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing.
“He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend, that I should get a guy who takes me out to dinner,” Ms. Zucker said. “He mocked me for being from Westchester.”
Early in the morning on Oct. 22, a Saturday, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.
She was handcuffed. For the next 36 hours, she was moved from a cell in the 26th Precinct station house on West 126th Street to central booking in Lower Manhattan and then — because one of the officers was ending his shift before Ms. Zucker could be photographed for her court appearance, and you didn’t think he was going to take the subway uptown while his partner stayed with her at booking, did you? — she was brought back to Harlem.
There she waited in a cell until a pair of fresh police officers were rustled up to bring her back downtown for booking, where she spent a second night in custody. The judge proceeded to dismiss the ticket in less than a minute.
I saw this today for the first time. It is unbeliveable. But I guess in today's New York City, it is ok.
It would take people out of their cars, and give them a place to stay for a while. It is not pretty, yet very cheap for the city, state, and federal governments to carry out. And almost nothing needs to built, they are already built all over the country. And transformation could be somewhat quick..
A few years ago, there was surge of these store your junk places. You know what I am talking about. One dollar for the first months rental...Soon, I belive these places will be or already are going to go broke. People cannot afford to store stuff anymore.
They have walls, some heat, some air conditioning, and are already built. State and local governments will be able to pick them up
for a song, and turn them into some kind of temporary housing.
They are ugly,and this is lousey, and not much...Not pretty, not enough space..yet..
Transforming these places would
provide a lift to the construction industry, and also it could be done quicker than building anything. If these places go into bankruptcy, then it could be done.......We as a people are smart enough to do it in a fair livable way...It would take effort, but
could be done......
But it won't be done...the Republicans will stop any help to the poor..Even this ugly, temporary, awful solution will not even get consideration. That is who they are.
New York Times
Flat Tax and Angry Voters
October 30, 2011
By wide margins, Americans are now telling pollsters they want a tax system that raises more money and is more fair by asking the rich to pay more. They are connecting the dots between the lavish high-end tax cuts of the past decade and today’s serious problems — including widening inequality and mounting deficits — and demanding change. The Republican presidential candidates aren’t listening.
Take the flat tax plan of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. For all his talk about how it would make filing easier — that is dubious — what it would really do is give high-income Americans a big tax break, while almost everyone else could expect relatively modest tax savings or none at all.
In his plan, taxpayers could choose to stick with the current system or use the flat tax, under which wages and salary would be taxed at 20 percent, versus a current top rate of 35 percent for the affluent. Investment income and multimillion-dollar estates would be untaxed, versus a current top rate of 15 percent on most investments and 35 percent on estates.
Of all the oils that we consume, this one is the worst
..yes the worst when it comes to saturated fat..the stuff that cloggs up our
arteries around the heart. I have been there before, and will try to never go there again.
After my stuation with heart arteries clogging up, (they call it a heart attack)..
I read up on the oils..this oil vs that oil .. and the good and the bad ones..
The best one...olive oil...actally contains mono-unsaturated fat, stuff that uncloggs arteries..
Palm Oil ..I read, increases the
rate of clogging.. It is the absolute worst at clogging heart arteries.
If it has palm oil, I never buy it. Recommend the same to you..............Stuart G.
AlterNet / By Jill Richardson Food Additive Ever? It's in Half of All Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children
The production of this ingredient causes jaw-dropping amounts of deforestation (and with it, carbon emissions) and human rights abuses.
On August 10, police and security for the massive palm oil corporation Wilmar International (of which Archer Daniels Midland is the second largest shareholder) stormed a small, indigenous village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They came with bulldozers and guns, destroying up to 70 homes, evicting 82 families, and arresting 18 people. Then they blockaded the village, keeping the villagers in -- and journalists out. (Wilmar claims it has done no wrong.)
The village, Suku Anak Dalam, was home to an indigenous group that observes their own traditional system of land rights on their ancestral land and, thus, lacks official legal titles to the land. This is common among indigenous peoples around the world -- so common, in fact, that it is protected by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
So why all this destruction? Chances are you'll find the answer in your pantry. Or your refrigerator, your bathroom, or even under your sink. The palm oil industry is one of the largest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia. Palm oil and palm kernel oil, almost unheard of a decade or two ago, are now unbelievably found in half of all packaged foods in the grocery store (as well as body care and cleaning supplies). These oils, traditional in West Africa, now come overwhelmingly from Indonesia and Malaysia. They cause jawdropping amounts of deforestation (and with it, carbon emissions) and human rights abuses
An incredible article to read, worth the five to ten minutes to read it all...
One thing the article leaves out is this question. Why palm oil instead of say corn oil in food?
I am not a food person, but my guess is this...
I am guessing that it is a lot cheaper than stuff grown here. I am guessing that this is why the increase in demand..
but I am not sure, I must say..only a guess...
But I suspect someone at DU can answer that one..
It is the bronze, at about 1:30, where Keith gives it to Fox News for degrading a women, Stacy Hessler, who gives up time and money to attend OWS..
Worth listening to..the entire clip is good too. You got gold going to..... Herman Cain saying he will sign a Constitution Ammendment..
of course, Presidents do not sign Ammendments. I guess Herman didn't know that...
Education Management Corp. was already a swiftly growing player in the lucrative world of for-profit higher education, with annual revenues topping $1 billion, but it had its sights set on industry domination. So, five years ago, the Pittsburgh company's executives agreed to sell its portfolio of more than 70 colleges to a trio of investment partnerships for $3.4 billion, securing the needed capital for an aggressive national expansion.
One of the new partners brought an outsized reputation for market savvy, deep pockets and a relentless pursuit of profits -- the Wall Street goliath, Goldman Sachs.
After the deal closed and Goldman became a partner, employees soon noticed a drastic shift in culture. Longtime admissions managers were replaced, ushering in an era in which recruiters were endlessly hounded by supervisors about hitting weekly enrollment targets. The admissions staff nearly tripled, requiring expanded floor space to accommodate a sales force of more than 2,600 across the country
Management handed down revamped telemarketing scripts designed to prey on poor and uneducated consumers, honing in on their past mistakes in life as a ploy to convince them that college would solve all their problems, according to conversations with more than a dozen current and former Education Management Corp. employees over the past two months.
"You'd probe to find a weakness," said Brian Klein, a former admissions employee who worked for three years at Argosy University Online, one of four major colleges operated by EDMC. "You basically take all that failure and all those bad decisions, and you spin it around and put it right back in their face as guilt, to go to this shitty university and run up all of this debt."
An incredible story of greed in the field of on line education. A lengthy article appears to be well researched and well written
He couldn't publically oppose Johnson.
If elected, he would have gotten us out of Viet Name quickly..
As quickly as the others would have
I still got literature from that election. yes..
And you know, walking the streets, knocking on doors for him. are proud moments in my life.
He was as honest as they come..
and I recall a couple of years later reading the thing he hated most about politics on the national level...........
raising and asking for money..he despised that.
By ANDREW MIGA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown blamed his staff Thursday for passages about his upbringing on his official Senate website that were lifted word for word from a 2002 speech by former senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole.
Brown's spokesman, John Donnelly, said excerpts of the speech were on Dole's website, which aides used as a template for his, and that the passages were transferred inadvertently without being rewritten.
The Democratic group American Bridge, which discovered the matching words, accused the Massachusetts Republican of plagiarism.
"This is just further proof that Scott Brown is not who the people of Massachusetts think he is," Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge, said in a written statement. "The fact that he has plagiarized a personal values statement in a message to students really raises questions about just how genuine Scott Brown is."
Donnelly denied any plagiarism, saying it was an innocent mistake by staffers.
No innocent mistake..it is called stealing someone's exact written words and not giving credit.
Don't worry...after next November, we will have professor Warren as senator. My guess is she will not need to do that since she can
write a sentence by herself..
Talking Points Memo;
Benjy Sarlin-October 11, 2011, 8:35 PM
Is it a violation of Congressional decorum to call for your former colleagues to be thrown in jail? Newt Gingrich lobbed a bomb early in Tuesday’s Bloomberg/Washington Post debate by telling the audience that he would like to imprison Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), co-authors of last year’s financial reform package. The attack drew a fierce and immediate rebuttal from Frank, who slammed the “self-styled intellectual leader of the free world” for his “very odd” comments.
“If you want to put people in jail, you ought to start with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd,” Gingrich said in the debate. His remark came after the candidates were asked about the lack of criminal prosecutions of Wall Street officials in the wake of the financial crisis.
Frank said Gingrich’s anger over his and Dodd’s role in the financial meltdown was absurd given that Republicans were in charge of the House and — excerpt for a brief period — Senate, from 1995 to 2007.He noted that he worked on reform legislation on mortgage in his first year as chair in 2007.
Added Frank: “I wish I knew that he was willing to listen to my advice, I would have given him some: I would have told him not to impeach Clinton, I would have told his successors not to go to war with Iraq, and I would have told DeLay not to go on the dance show.”
“He’s been having a bad year, you know — this self-styled intellectual leader of the free world struggling to stay ahead of Michele Bachmann in the polls is unsettling him so he talks even sillier than he sometimes does,” he said.
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens writes in his new memoir, Five Chiefs, that the George W. Bush campaign's 2000 appeal to the United States Supreme Court over the Florida recount was "frivolous" and never should have been granted.
He recalls bumping into Justice Stephen Breyer at a Christmas party and the two having a brief conversation about the Bush application to halt the recount by issuing a stay. "We agreed that the application was frivolous," he writes. "To secure a stay, a litigant must show that one is necessary to prevent a legally cognizable irreparable injury. Bush's attorneys had failed to make any such showing."
By a five-to-four vote, the court granted the stay. "What I still regard as a frivolous stay application kept the court extremely busy for four days," he writes. He adds that no justice has ever cited the opinions that provided the basis for their ruling.
Who gives a damn about this has been?
So, he decides to run for an office and it is important national news. Really?
Only a biased, right wing, slanted news would give this jerk the full coverage that he has been given.
To the idiots who say that the news is liberal, give them this example.
Joe is a has been who the right wing news is trying to bring back.
thanks for reading this.
Published: October 9, 2011
The Myth of Voter Fraud
It has been a record year for new legislation designed to make it harder for Democrats to vote — 19 laws and two executive actions in 14 states dominated by Republicans, according to a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice. As a result, more than five million eligible voters will have a harder time participating in the 2012 election.
Of course the Republicans passing these laws never acknowledge their real purpose, which is to turn away from the polls people who are more likely to vote Democratic, particularly the young, the poor, the elderly and minorities. They insist that laws requiring government identification cards to vote are only to protect the sanctity of the ballot from unscrupulous voters. Cutting back on early voting, which has been popular among working people who often cannot afford to take off from their jobs on Election Day, will save money, they claim.
None of these explanations are true. There is almost no voting fraud in America. And none of the lawmakers who claim there is have ever been able to document any but the most isolated cases. The only reason Republicans are passing these laws is to give themselves a political edge by suppressing Democratic votes.
The most widespread hurdle has been the demand for photo identification at the polls, a departure from the longstanding practice of using voters’ signatures or household identification like a utility bill. Seven states this year have passed laws requiring strict photo ID to vote, and similar measures were introduced in 27 other states. More than 21 million citizens — 11 percent of the population — do not have government ID cards. Many of them are poor, or elderly, or black and Hispanic and could have a hard time navigating the bureaucracy to get a card.
This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.
According to a new report from the Census Bureau, in 2010 the average American household income was $49,445. Adjusted for inflation, that's about where it was 15 years ago. Even more depressing: The 2010 poverty rate in the U.S. is more than 15% -- the highest since 1993 -- which translates into 46 million souls.
Suffice it to say that for many Americans money is in short supply, which makes it all the more important to preserve the cash that comes our way.Last week, Money Talks News guest columnist Len Penzo explained how he wastes more than $1,700 a year. In the video below, I cover a sampling of ways Americans waste money. Check it out, then read on for more.
1.Buying new. Getting something in the original packaging often means paying twice the price. This mistake is most costly when it comes to cars, but it applies to many things: furniture, clothing, textbooks, etc. So whenever practical, skip the stores and showrooms and choose thrift stores, yard sales, eBay and Craigslist.
Accepting initial offers. Many sellers of goods are willing to negotiate because they want your money as much as you want the product. In "Confessions of a serial haggler," I explained how I've gotten discounts on cable service, hotels, doctor bills, and more. It never hurts to ask.
2. Buying brand names. People are finally wising up to this one; generics have been gaining market share since 2006. While prescription drugs have the biggest price tags vs. generics, the dollars add up at the grocery store too. In many cases, the only difference between generic and brand name is price. Can you really tell the difference between name-brand and generic when it comes to water, cleaning supplies, or spices?
3. Buying a bigger home than you need. In 2001, Americans spent about 12% of their income on "residential and transportation energy," but this year they're projected to spend almost 20%. Living in a big house with unused rooms or bigger rooms than you need is like driving a stretch limo: You're buying energy for unused space. A bigger house means more furniture, higher maintenance, higher taxes, and more time spent taking care of it. When home prices were rising, there was some logic to leveraging potential profits by buying the biggest. Now, that extra space is nothing but a cash drain
rest at article..........
This one discusses the investigation of the weekend events. It is not at You Tube yet, but is worth watching.
You have to wait thru an ad, but Lawrence hits the few police officials who exceeded their authority, and discusses what the police
department is doing in their investigation. It is a follow up to his terrific Monday segment. He really does a great job here too.
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