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January 06 2013

06:41
05:44

Smashing bank windows creates work for window repair folks….pass it on.

December 31 2012

02:00

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations' knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a "terrorist threat":

"FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country." …

Reposted byzEveRwtfpantera

November 17 2012

23:56

Romney’s lax regulation fueled meningitis outbreak - Salon.com

At least 344 people in 18 states have been infected by the growing public health crisis and 25 have died so far.

But the epidemic may also play a role in the presidential campaign, now that state records reveal that a Massachusetts regulatory agency found that the New England Compounding Co., the pharmaceutical company tied to the epidemic, repeatedly failed to meet accepted standards in 2004 — but a reprimand was withdrawn by the Romney administration in apparent deference to the company’s business interests.

“It goes all the way up to Mitt Romney,” said Alyson Oliver, a Michigan attorney representing victims of the outbreak. According to Oliver, on at least six occasions, NECC was cited by authorities for failure to meet regulatory standards and almost subjected to a three-year probation. “It goes directly to the heart of what Romney says about regulation, ‘Hands off. Let the companies do their thing.’”

“When the person who is supposed to be in charge of oversight does not believe oversight is necessary, this is what happens,” Oliver added.

#rethuglicunts

November 16 2012

20:57
MerelyGifted
02:51

November 12 2012

21:28
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Cafe chain executive to face questions from MPs, while protesters plan to turn branches into creches and refuges

(via Starbucks wakes up and smells the stench of tax avoidance controversy | Business | The Guardian)

September 24 2012

21:23
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A brawl involving as many as 2,000 workers forced Foxconn to close its Taiyuan plant in northern China late on Sunday, and left a number of people needing hospital treatment.

“The fight is over now … we’re still investigating the cause of the fight and the number of workers involved,” said Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo, adding it was possible it involved “a couple of thousand workers”.

A police statement reported by the official Xinhua news agency said 5,000 officers were dispatched to the scene.

The violence was brought under control after about four hours and 40 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, the Taiwanese-owned company said. It said several people were detained by police.

The violence did not appear to be work-related, the company and police said. …

Yeah, suuuuurrrrre!
(via Foxconn closes China factory after brawl | Technology | guardian.co.uk)

September 16 2012

23:59
00:08

Wrong Direction’s “Disclosure” - A Full Frontal Freedom production (by FullFrontalFreedom)

Ta much, dear Edosan!

August 24 2012

07:10
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Horrifying, but hardly shocking.

Reposted byZombieGigolomymajoSpiderbaitdecarabiahdi

August 07 2012

05:51

Standard Chartered Bank accused of scheming with Iran to hide transactions | Business | The Guardian

British bank named in scathing report by regulators which claims SCB helped Iranian clients skirt US financial sanctions

July 27 2012

07:25

The World's Super-Rich have Stashed Trillion in Offshore Accounts (Mathiason) | Informed Comment

… - between $21 trillion and $32 trillion of financial assets is owned by High Net Worth Individuals in tax havens. This does not include real estate, art or jewels.

- a conservative 3% return on that $21tn taxed at 30% would generate $189bn – a figure easily eclipsing what OECD industrialised nations spend on overseas development aid.

- the top 50 private banks collectively managed more than $12.1tn in cross-border invested assets for private clients, including their trusts. This is up from $5.4tn in 2005.

- fewer than 10 million members of the global super-rich have amassed a $21tn offshore fortune. Of these, less than 100,000 people worldwide own $9.8tn of wealth held offshore.

Accompanying the Price of Offshore Revisited is a separate paper (which I co-wrote). It reveals that data used by individual countries to assess the gap between rich and poor is inaccurate. And as a result, inequality is far more extreme than policymakers realise.

This is because economists calculating inequality fail to include the vast majority of offshore cash in their findings. So the wealthy are far better off than the studies suggest.

In Inequality: you don’t know the half of it, eight of the world’s leading economists were asked whether offshore wealth was largely excluded from inequality studies. Ranging from the World Bank’s acting chief economist to academics at the Paris School of Economics and the Brookings Institute in the US, they all confirmed this was the case. …

July 22 2012

06:55

Trade minister Lord Green 'failed to halt flow of drugs cash' as HSBC boss | Business | The Observer

US Senate report shows that Lord Green was warned about money laundering linked to Mexican drugs cartels

06:52

Global banks are the financial services wing of the drug cartels | World news | The Observer

As HSBC executives apologise to the US Senate for laundering drugs money, the fact is that nothing changes

06:48

G4S bids for prison contracts despite Olympics failure | Business | The Observer

Unions lead protests against private sector security group following Games ‘fiasco’

06:45

Wealth doesn't trickle down – it just floods offshore, new research reveals | Business | The Observer

A far-reaching new study suggests a staggering $21tn in assets has been lost to global tax havens. If taxed, that could have been enough to put parts of Africa back on its feet – and even solve the euro crisis

06:42

£13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer

• Study estimates staggering size of offshore economy
• Private banks help wealthiest to move cash into havens

July 03 2012

MerelyGifted
07:37

June 12 2012

MerelyGifted
22:04
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