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Wrong Color Skin, wrong neighborhood, 13 yr old shot and killed for toy gun

I don't give a Fuck how the cops want to try and justify killing a 13 yr old boy in a field commonly used by dozens of kids playing with airsoft guns. If they can't avoid these grievous mistakes they don't need to be cops.

We just don't need wanna-be-Rambos patrolling our streets killing our children

Calif. Sheriff's Deputies Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old

A Northern California community is anguished over the fatal police shooting of a popular, 13-year-old boy who had been carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.

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Some community members wondered whether the deputies acted appropriately when they decided to fire on such a young person.

"I'm sure you can tell he's a 13-year-old boy," Abrey Martin told KGO-TV. "He's not some maniac."

Andy, an eighth-grade student who played trumpet in his school band, was described as a bright and popular student, liked by many in his community, including Lawrence Cook Middle School assistant principal Linsey Gannon.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/calif-sheriffs-deputies-shoot-kill-13-year-20656068

Budget Deficit result of "Insane Defense Spending" not SSI or Medicaid



In 2008, the most recent year for which complete global data is available, the U.S. approved $696.3 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal 2010 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and supplemental appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan.

This number is eight times more than Russia, 15 times more than Japan, 47 times more than Israel, and nearly 73 times more than Iran.

http://armscontrolcenter.org/issues/securityspending/articles/US_vs_Global/

BART workers on Strike - Management kills 2 rail workers

BART workers are striking because management is trying to force work rules on them to allow untrained management to drive trains

And now you know why they are striking ....


2 BART workers killed by train in Walnut Creek

Two workers were struck and killed by a BART train Saturday afternoon near the Walnut Creek station, despite a strike that has idled passenger service since Friday.

The two workers, a transit district employee and a contractor whose names weren't immediately released, died at the scene after they were hit by an eastbound four-car train at about 1:40 p.m. on the elevated tracks near Jones Road and Pimlico Drive, north of the Walnut Creek BART station.

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Safety during train operations has been a point of contention between BART and its unions, especially when it was suggested that the transit agency was training management workers so that they could be certified to run passenger trains if the strike lingered on.

While BART said a number of managers, most of them former train operators, already were licensed to run the trains for needed maintenance and repair work, the unions said those operators did not have the current experience needed for safe passenger runs.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Two-injured-by-BART-train-driven-during-strike-4909974.php




and of course BART management is trying to cover this up. Refuses to discuss who was driving the train and keeps using the talking point the "Train was in Automatic Mode"

Taped Radio conversations indicates the dispatcher and management failed to comply with Safety Protocal

A review of BART radio communications indicate a male train operator, who sources say was an operator supervisor who regularly drove trains some two decades ago, reported a "BART emergency" to central operations, noting that the train had just struck "some individuals" and advising that they "may be BART employees."

A technician on the train is asked to check for bodies and he reports the first one on the trackway. A "second victim" is then reported 50 yards away on Track C-1.

The male train operator reports that "both are deceased and definitely BART employees."

On another recording, a woman can be heard announcing that "There are no personnel wayside (adjacent to the tracks)."

Within five seconds, a second voice can be heard contradicting that report: "Attention all personnel: We do have personnel wayside between C-40 and C-50 on the C1 and C2 tracks."


Central BART communication officers are among the workers currently on strike. It was unclear who was operating the dispatch center while trains were moving.



http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24345865/bart-train-strikes-two-people-near-walnut-creek

BART workers on Strike - Management kills 2 rail workers

BART workers are striking because management is trying to force work rules on them to allow untrained management to drive trains

And now you know why they are striking ....

2 BART workers killed by train in Walnut Creek

Two workers were struck and killed by a BART train Saturday afternoon near the Walnut Creek station, despite a strike that has idled passenger service since Friday.

The two workers, a transit district employee and a contractor whose names weren't immediately released, died at the scene after they were hit by an eastbound four-car train at about 1:40 p.m. on the elevated tracks near Jones Road and Pimlico Drive, north of the Walnut Creek BART station.

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Safety during train operations has been a point of contention between BART and its unions, especially when it was suggested that the transit agency was training management workers so that they could be certified to run passenger trains if the strike lingered on.

While BART said a number of managers, most of them former train operators, already were licensed to run the trains for needed maintenance and repair work, the unions said those operators did not have the current experience needed for safe passenger runs.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Two-injured-by-BART-train-driven-during-strike-4909974.php


and of course BART management is trying to cover this up

We ALL paid into Social Security with the Full Faith and Trust of the US Government

And Congress has repeatedly dipped into the Social Security Cookie Jar so they could "Spend like a Drunken Sailor" while offering "Tax Cuts to the Wealthy" and Corporate Tax Loops Holes" large enough to sink the American Middle Class

Now watch as Dems and RATpubliCONs alike try to weasel out of their commitment to REPAY the money they borrowed from the OUR fund

In the Real World of Work and Wages, Trickle-Down Theories Donít Hold Up

In the Real World of Work and Wages, Trickle-Down Theories Donít Hold Up

If economic theory is unkind to trickle-down proponents, the lessons of experience are downright brutal. If lower real wages induce people to work shorter hours, then the opposite should be true when real wages increase. According to trickle-down theory, then, the cumulative effect of the last centuryís sharp rise in real wages should have been a significant increase in hours worked. In fact, however, the workweek is much shorter now than in 1900.

Trickle-down theory also predicts shorter workweeks in countries with lower real after-tax pay rates. Yet here, too, the numbers tell a different story. For example, even though chief executives in Japan earn less than one-fifth what their American counterparts do and face substantially higher marginal tax rates, Japanese executives do not log shorter hours.

Trickle-down theory also predicts a positive correlation between inequality and economic growth, the idea being that income disparities strengthen motivation to get ahead. Yet when researchers track the data within individual countries over time, they find a negative correlation. In the decades immediately after World War II, for example, income inequality was low by historical standards, yet growth rates in most industrial countries were extremely high. In contrast, growth rates have been only about half as large in the years since 1973, a period in which inequality has been steadily rising.

The same pattern has been observed in cross-national data. For example, using data from the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development for a sample of 65 industrial nations, the economists Alberto Alesina and Dani Rodrick found lower growth rates in countries where higher shares of national income went to the top 5 percent and the top 20 percent of earners. In contrast, larger shares for poor and middle-income groups were associated with higher growth rates. Again and again, the observed pattern is the opposite of the one predicted by trickle-down theory.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/business/12scene.html?_r=0

Trickle-down economics has failed to create jobs

Trickle-down economics has failed to create jobs



The Forum piece "Column: U.S. political system needs a reset" infuriated me. The debates about the debt ceiling, the causes and solutions for the current U.S. debt debacle all dance around the real causes and solutions: tax breaks and lack of U.S. manufacturing.

Currently, the wealthiest members pay a smaller percentage in income tax than before. The tax breaks were sold to the public as a means to create jobs through trickle-down economics, which obviously failed. Even with these astronomical tax breaks, corporations have been outsourcing our manufacturing industry at an alarming rate.

While the middle class creeps lower into an economic tar pit, the wealthiest members of our country are accumulating more wealth.

Spending is, of course, an issue, but the real problems with spending come in the form of the enormous military the U.S. maintains.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2011-08-15-taxes-for-wealthy-Tea-Party_n.htm

What happens when you pour molten aluminum into an anthill?

Totally cool demonstration - not what you are expecting at all

http://www.sciencedump.com/content/what-happens-when-you-pour-1200f-molten-aluminum-anthill

Federal Shutdown: Disaster/Vultures Capitalist at it's Best

No wonder all the Koch Bros sponsored TeaFarty RatPubliCons are High-Fiveing each other celebrating destroying the emerging economic recovery

NEVER FORGET - Bush corporate tax-cuts did NOT Expire

As we enter into another round of The Budget Standoff where RATpubliCONs will blame single mothers on welfare for the woes of our country - We never did rescind the Bush Corporate Tax Cuts which cost the US several $Trillion annually

Bush quietly signs corporate tax-cut bill

With no fanfare, President Bush Friday signed the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades, showering $136 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups.

Intended to end a bitter trade war with Europe, the election-year measure was described by supporters as critically necessary to aid beleaguered manufacturers who have suffered 2.7 million lost jobs over the past four years.

But opponents charged that the tax package had grown into a massive giveaway that will add to the complexity of the tax system and end up rewarding multinational companies that move jobs overseas.

There was no ceremony for the bill-signing. White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced it on Air Force One as Bush flew to a campaign appearance in Pennsylvania. Bush mentioned the new tax law at the beginning of a health care event in Canton, Ohio.


http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6307293/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/bush-quietly-signs-corporate-tax-cut-bill/
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