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Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: ma 18 jun 2012, 19:52
door combi

As the consolidated corporate media machine fails in its function as the fourth estate, citizen journalists and independent press outlets are there to pick up the slack. But this important task is becoming increasingly threatened by the harsh treatment at the hands of the police force. Citizen based media is often targeted by police for reporting unfiltered truths, or they are lumped together with activists/protesters and beaten or arrested. As more and more Americans choose alternative news sources to find out what is really happening in their country, harassing those providing first hand reports muzzles the free flow of information and poses a threat to democracy. Abby Martin explores the subject for RT.

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Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: di 19 jun 2012, 16:00
door blackbox
Docu: Off the grid

Van de vijftig Amerikaanse staten zijn er 46 bijna failliet. Ruim dertien miljoen Amerikanen zijn werkeloos. Meer dan 49 miljoen mensen leven beneden de armoedegrens. Het nationale schuldplafond is recent verhoogd tot veertien biljoen dollar. Sinds de laatste financiële crisis is het vertrouwen in de federale overheid lager dan ooit.

Regisseur Alexander Oey reisde door de Verenigde Staten en filmde gemeenschappen die de zaken in eigen hand hebben genomen. In Great Barrington, Massachusetts hebben inwoners een eigen munt, de Berkshare, om minder afhankelijk te zijn van de dollar. In Colorado Springs heeft de lokale bevolking het recht om tegen belastingverhogingen te stemmen en vertrouwt het geheel op de private sector. In Austin, Texas zorgt radiopresentator Alex Jones sinds kort voor zijn eigen elektra- en watervoorziening. In Sandpoint, Idaho is de Amerikaanse droom onder de bezielde leiding van een boeddhistische burgemeester ingeruild voor duurzame oplossingen.

Al deze initiatieven zijn een manier om een beter leven te creëren in een tijd van grote onzekerheid. Mensen zoeken hun eigen Utopia buiten het financiële systeem en de overheid. Zijn deze gemeenschappen de juiste weg ingeslagen? Hebben ze werkzame alternatieven gevonden, terwijl overheden wereldwijd op een bankroet afstevenen?

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: zo 01 jul 2012, 05:02
door combi
53% van iedere belastingdollar gaat naar het leger

via: ... _het_leger

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: zo 01 jul 2012, 05:13
door Toxopeus
Dat wisten we eigenlijk al maar blijft toch idioot dwaas...

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: zo 01 jul 2012, 18:05
door combi
Amerikaans hof: liegen over medailles mag weer
ledi 30-06-12 © Parool ... _weer.html

Amerikanen mogen voortaan weer liegen over zogenaamd verkregen militaire onderscheidingen. Dat bepaalde het Amerikaanse hooggerechtshof donderdag. Sinds 2006 was dat Amerikanen bij wet verboden. Het hof oordeelde vandaag echter dat dit in strijd is met het grondwettelijke recht op vrijheid van meningsuiting. Met een stemming van 6 tegen 3 verklaarden de rechters de wet daarom ongeldig.

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: ma 02 jul 2012, 18:01
door combi

SWAT tries to take down Internet meanie; raids grandma instead

The long-standing, heavily documented militarization of even small-town American police forces was always going to create problems when it met anonymous Internet threats. And so it has, again—this time in Evansville, Indiana, where officers acted on some Topix postings threatening violence against local police. They then sent an entire SWAT unit to execute a search warrant on a local house, one in which the front door was open and an 18-year old woman sat inside watching TV.

The cops brought along TV cameras, inviting a local reporter to film the glorious operation. In the resulting video, you can watch the SWAT team, decked out in black bulletproof vests and helmets and carrying window and door smashers, creep slowly up to the house. At some point, they apparently "knock" and announce their presence—though not with the goal of getting anyone to come to the door. As the local police chief admitted later to the Evansville Courier & Press, the process is really just "designed to distract." (SWAT does not need to wait for a response.)

Officers break the screen door and a window, tossing a flashbang into the house—which you can see explode in the video. A second flashbang gets tossed in for good measure a moment later. SWAT enters the house.

On the news that night, the reporter ends his piece by talking about how this is "an investigation that hits home for many of these brave officers."

But the family in the home was released without any charges as police realized their mistake. Turns out the home had an open WiFi router, and the threats had been made by someone outside the house. Whoops.

So the cops did some more investigation and decided that the threats had come from a house on the same street. This time, apparently recognizing they had gone a little nuts on the first raid, the police department didn't send a SWAT team at all. Despite believing that they now had the right location and that a threat-making bomber lurked within, they just sent officers up to the door.

"We did surveillance on the house, we knew that there were little kids there, so we decided we weren't going to use the SWAT team," the police chief told the paper after the second raid. "We did have one officer with a ram to hit the door in case they refused to open the door. That didn't happen, so we didn't need to use it."

Their target appears to be a teenager who admits to the paper that he has a "smart mouth," dislikes the cops, and owns a smartphone—but who denies using it to make the threats.

While the open WiFi issue has caused many problems over the last five years—especially in child porn cases—the FBI is becoming more savvy about how it executes search warrants. As we noted last December, a well-run FBI child porn investigation (also in Indiana) took rather obvious precautions before executing a warrant:

On April 30, two FBI special agents drove past the Carmel home and noted the existence of two WiFi networks reachable from the property. One used WEP encryption, the other had the more robust WPA2, but the key point from the FBI's perspective was that neither network was unsecured. A search thus seemed much more likely to find its proper target.
Because most people aren't stupid enough to make obvious threats from their own home Internet connection, the corollary principle also holds: if a home does have an open WiFi connection, investigators might want to ease away from the flashbangs-and-SWAT-team approach; the threat of getting it wrong is a real one.

But Evansville police aren't backing down from their initial SWAT raid (read more about their later justification for using such force). And the targets of that raid aren't pleased. As the owner of the first house told the paper, "The front door was open. It's not like anyone was in there hiding. To bring a whole SWAT team seems a little excessive."

The city will be paying to repair the damage it caused.

Not that all Evansville residents think the SWAT raid was in any way improper. Writing on the same Topix message boards where the initial threats emanated, one resident responded to critics: "They had a warrant. Sometimes warrants turn up nothing. Her home was repaired. On with your life now crusader!!! Lol"

"Noodle heads come on here thinking they are just big bad asses, threatening cops and their families," wrote another, "then the cops come back and bitch slap them with SWAT teams and flash bang grenades. Awesome. Teach these fools a lesson and make examples out of them."

But when all you have is an IP address, some non-trivial percentage of the time you teach a lesson to the wrong fools.

via: ... -wifi.html

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: di 03 jul 2012, 17:22
door combi
Links lullen, rechts zakken vullen of was het nu andersom.
Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show
And these documents challenge Romney's

David Corn
Mon Jul. 2, 2012 3:00 AM PDT ... icycle-sec

Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when the Huffington Post reported that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. Coming during the heat of the GOP primaries, as Romney tried to sell South Carolina Republicans on his pro-life bona fides, the revelation had the potential to damage the candidate's reputation among values voters already suspicious of his shifting position on abortion.

But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. The matter never became a campaign issue. But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney's exit from Bain.

The Stericycle deal—the abortion connection aside—is relevant because of questions regarding the timing of Romney's departure from the private equity firm he founded. Responding to a recent Washington Post story reporting that Bain-acquired companies outsourced jobs, the Romney campaign insisted that Romney exited Bain in February 1999, a month or more before Bain took over two of the companies named in the Post's article. The SEC documents undercut that defense, indicating that Romney still played a role in Bain investments until at least the end of 1999.

Here's what happened with Stericycle. In November 1999, Bain Capital and Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, filed with the SEC a Schedule 13D, which lists owners of publicly traded companies, noting that they had jointly purchased $75 million worth of shares in Stericycle, a fast-growing player in the medical-waste industry. (That April, Stericycle had announced plans to buy the medical-waste businesses of Browning Ferris Industries and Allied Waste Industries.) The SEC filing lists assorted Bain-related entities that were part of the deal, including Bain Capital (BCI), Bain Capital Partners VI (BCP VI), Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors (a Bermuda-based Bain affiliate), and Brookside Capital Investors (a Bain offshoot). And it notes that Romney was the "sole shareholder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of BCI, BCP VI Inc., Brookside Inc. and Sankaty Ltd."

The document also states that Romney "may be deemed to share voting and dispositive power with respect to" 2,116,588 shares of common stock in Stericycle "in his capacity as sole shareholder" of the Bain entities that invested in the company. That was about 11 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock. (The whole $75 million investment won Bain, Romney, and their partners 22.64 percent of the firm's stock—the largest bloc among the firm's owners.) The original copy of the filing was signed by Romney.

Another SEC document filed November 30, 1999, by Stericycle also names Romney as an individual who holds "voting and dispositive power" with respect to the stock owned by Bain. If Romney had fully retired from the private equity firm he founded, why would he be the only Bain executive named as the person in control of this large amount of Stericycle stock?

Stericycle was a lucrative investment for Romney and Bain. The company had entered the medical-waste business a decade earlier, when it took over a food irradiation plant in Arkansas and began zapping medical waste, rather than strawberries, with radiation. The company subsequently replaced irradiation with a technology that used low-frequency radio waves to sterilize medical waste—gowns, masks, gloves, and other medical equipment—before it was transported to an incinerator. By mid-1997, Stericycle was the second-largest medical-waste disposal business in the nation. Two years later, it was the largest. With 240,000 customers, its operations spanned the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Fortune ranked it No. 10 on its list of the 100 fastest growing companies in the nation.

But the company had its woes, accumulating a troubling safety record along the way. In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited its Arkansas operation for 11 workplace safety violations. The facility had not provided employees with sufficient protective gear, and it had kept body parts, fetuses, and dead experimental animals in unmarked storage containers, placing workers at risk. In 1995, Stericycle was fined $3.3 million—later decreased to $800,000—by Rhode Island for knowingly exposing workers to life-threatening diseases at its medical-waste treatment facility in Woonsocket. Two years later, workers at another of its medical-waste processing plants in Morton, Washington, were exposed to tuberculosis. In 2002 and 2003—after Bain and its partners had bought their major interest in the firm—Stericycle reached settlements with the attorneys general in Arizona and Utah after it was accused of violating antitrust laws. It paid Arizona $320,000 in civil penalties and lawyers' fees, and paid Utah $580,000.

Despite the firm's regulatory run-ins, the deal worked out well for Bain. In 2001, the Bain-Madison Dearborn partnership that had invested in the company sold 40 percent of its holdings in Stericycle for about $88 million—marking a hefty profit on its original investment of $75 million. The Bain-related group sold the rest of its holdings by 2004. By that point it had earned $49.5 million. It was not until six years later that anti-abortion activists would target Stericycle for collecting medical waste at abortion clinics. This campaign has compared Stericycle to German firms that provided assistance to the Nazis during the Holocaust. A Stericycle official told Huffington Post that its abortion clinics business constitutes a "small" portion of its total operations. (Stericycle declined a request for comment from Mother Jones.)

In response to questions from Mother Jones, a spokeswoman for Bain maintained that Romney was not involved in the Stericycle deal in 1999, saying that he had "resigned" months before the stock purchase was negotiated. The spokeswoman noted that following his resignation Romney remained only "a signatory on certain documents," until his separation agreement with Bain was finalized in 2002. And Bain issued this statement: "Mitt Romney retired from Bain Capital in February 1999. He has had no involvement in the management or investment activities of Bain Capital, or with any of its portfolio companies since that time." (The Romney presidential campaign did not respond to requests for comment.)

But the document Romney signed related to the Stericycle deal did identify him as a participant in that particular deal and the person in charge of several Bain entities. (Did Bain and Romney file a document with the SEC that was not accurate?) Moreover, in 1999, Bain and Romney both described his departure from Bain not as a resignation and far from absolute. On February 12, 1999, the Boston Herald reported, "Romney said he will stay on as a part-timer with Bain, providing input on investment and key personnel decisions." And a Bain press release issued on July 19, 1999, noted that Romney was "currently on a part-time leave of absence"—and quoted Romney speaking for Bain Capital. In 2001 and 2002, Romney filed Massachusetts state disclosure forms noting he was the 100 percent owner of Bain Capital NY, Inc.—a Bain outfit that was incorporated in Delaware on April 13, 1999—two months after Romney's supposed retirement from the firm. A May 2001 filing with the SEC identified Romney as "a member of the Management Committee" of two Bain entities. And in 2007, the Washington Post reported that R. Bradford Malt, a Bain lawyer, said Romney took a "leave of absence" when he assumed the Olympics post and retained sole ownership of the firm for two more years.

All of this undermines Bain's contention that Romney, though he maintained an ownership interest in the firm and its funds, had nothing to do with the firm's activities after February 1999. The Stericycle deal may raise red flags for anti-abortion activists. But it also raises questions about the true timing of Romney's departure from Bain and casts doubt on claims by the company and the Romney campaign that he had nothing to do with Bain business after February 1999.

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: wo 11 jul 2012, 03:09
door blackbox

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: di 17 jul 2012, 19:12
door combi
Bieber fans gillen te veel

16-07-12 © wtf ... _veel.html

Een vrouw uit Oregon zegt permanent gehoorschade te hebben opgelopen tijdens een concert van Justin Bieber. De vrouw eist een schadevergoeding.Dat meldt De oorzaak was het geluid van gillende fans in de arena. Stacey Wilson Betts bezocht in 2010 samen met haar dochter een concert van het tieneridool.

De fans in het stadion waar de zanger optrad gingen uit hun dak en dat veroorzaakte een enorm lawaai, zegt ze. Toen Bieber in een soort hartvormige gondel klom die het publiek in werd getrokken werden de fans nog gekker. Betts is van mening dat de zanger het publiek aanmoedigde om nog harder te gillen, door naar verschillende hoeken van het stadion te wijzen en met zijn armen te zwaaien. De vrouw zegt last te hebben van oorsuizen en met haar beide oren minder goed te kunnen horen.

Bieber, zijn platenmaatschappij, de concertpromotie en het stadion worden aangeklaagd. Ze eist 9,23 miljoen dollar (zo’n 7,5 miljoen euro). Waar Bieber komt, gaan de strotjes wagenwijd open.

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: wo 18 jul 2012, 21:23
door Mec

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: wo 18 jul 2012, 22:56
door combi
Weer een Amerikaanse investeringsmaatschappij die de boel kapot komt maken

Neckermann vraagt uitstel van betaling
AMSTERDAM - Het Duitse postorderbedrijf Neckermann heeft uitstel van betaling aangevraagd, zo berichten Duitse media woensdag.

18 juli 2012 16:29 ... aling.html

Neckermann kon het niet eens worden met de vakbonden over een ingrijpende reorganisatie.

Eigenaar Sun Capital, een Amerikaanse investeringsmaatschappij, wil geen kapitaal meer beschikbaar stellen voor een afvloeiingsregeling voor ruim 1500 medewerkers.

Het postorderbedrijf telt in totaal 3.300 medewerkers, waaronder 490 in de Benelux.

Sun Capital was eerder met dienstenbond Verdi overeengekomen om 25 miljoen euro in de reorganisatie van het verlieslijdende bedrijf te steken. De gesprekken liepen echter stuk op een sociaal plan.

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: wo 18 jul 2012, 23:09
door FreeElectron
[quote=""combi" post=58385"]Bieber fans gillen te veel

Bieber gilt zelf nog veel hoger en harder.
Die CD gebruiken ze in de Abu Ghraib om terroristen te breken.

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: do 19 jul 2012, 00:46
door Skynet
"How Many Checkpoints in One Morning?! Welcome to the Police State!"

Ik hoop niet dat we deze ellende ook in Europa gaan krijgen :angry:

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: do 19 jul 2012, 01:03
door blackbox
[quote=""Skynet" post=58424"]"How Many Checkpoints in One Morning?! Welcome to the Police State!"

Ik hoop niet dat we deze ellende ook in Europa gaan krijgen :angry:[/quote]

Ik weet het niet hoor, ik zie de laatste tijd veel van die "razzia's" waarbij het hele circus aanwezig is...

Re: The Retarded States of America

Geplaatst: do 19 jul 2012, 03:12
door ninti
[quote=""blackbox" post=58425"][quote=""Skynet" post=58424"]"How Many Checkpoints in One Morning?! Welcome to the Police State!"

Ik hoop niet dat we deze ellende ook in Europa gaan krijgen :angry:[/quote]

Ik weet het niet hoor, ik zie de laatste tijd veel van die "razzia's" waarbij het hele circus aanwezig is...[/quote]

ECHT!!! fucking unbelievable!! :sick:

knap hoe die vent gewoon rustig weet te blijven en dat ze niks tegen zijn woorden in weten te brengen....( ik heb ooit in een politiestaat gewoond, en daar reageerde de "boys in blue" minder bedeest op ongehoorzaamheid)