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Capitol Police Aim to Block Media Coverage of 24 Arrests on Moral Monday (UPDATE 1)
Written By: GLORIA TATUM2-12-2014
(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, February 10, 2014, twenty-four activists were arrested during the third “Moral Monday” protest at the Georgia State Capitol. Numerous news organizations attempted to cover the arrests, but were blocked by what, by all accounts, appears to have been an intentional collaboration between the Capitol Police and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).
It is the job of Capitol Police and the GSP to enforce the laws in the promotion of public safety. However, taxpayer dollars are apparently being used to fund these organizations in the furtherance of protecting the public image of the State Legislature, as if these officers were so many public relations agents.
Twenty-four people walked into State Sen. Jesse Stone's (R-Waynesboro) office, in the Coverdell Building, to discuss their desire to repeal Georgia's Stand Your Ground law.
Sen. Stone offered to meet with two of the protesters with no cameras present. The group, however, requested he meet with everyone.
"We will not leave until we meet with the Senator and he reverses his position on SB 280," Tim Franzen, with American Friends Service Committee Southeastern Regional Office, said.
Stoner stayed in his office, while his office called the Capitol Police.
One large and tall police officer told the group to "Shut Up!"
The Moral Monday group continued to sing, "This Little Light of Mine."
"We are here as moral witnesses. You are not going to intimidate us, you are not going to holler at us, you are not going to treat us like children," Rev. Timothy McDonald of the First Iconium Baptist Church told the officer.
As the arrests started, the Capitol Police along with GSP forced, under threat of arrest, most of the media to move far down the hall, even though press credentials were in obvious view.
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Posted by Hissyspit | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 07:38 PM (5 replies)
...on top of the 6" of snow here in N. Carolina.
Stay safe everyone.
Posted by Hissyspit | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 06:43 PM (35 replies)
Maine driver in truck crash: ‘I saw him coming and I was terrified’
A woman whose car was crushed between a gasoline tanker truck and a pickup in South Portland escapes serious injury.
By David Hench email@example.com
A woman walked away without significant injury following a horrific collision Tuesday on the Maine Turnpike spur near Main Street in South Portland.
The crash occurred about 8 a.m. when a tanker truck hauling gasoline crashed into the back end of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, slamming it into a pickup and crushing it between the two trucks.
The driver of the car, Joyce Gauthier, 48 of Portland, was on her way to work at Hannaford corporate headquarters when she slowed for a long line of traffic trying to enter Route 1.
“I looked up in my rearview mirror and I saw him coming,” Gauthier said. “I saw him coming and I was terrified.”
The truck slammed so hard into Gauthier’s car that the rear half collapsed, the front end was mangled and the roof ripped backward.
Amazingly, Gauthier was not seriously injured.
With what she described as “adrenalized craziness,” she stood up on her seat, raised her fists in the air and yelled, “Airbags!”
“Without them, I would have been a goner,” she said. “I’m just so thankful for people like Ralph Nader who fight for consumer protection.”
Posted by Hissyspit | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 05:05 PM (70 replies)
Former New Orleans mayor guilty of graft in Katrina recovery
By Kathy Finn
NEW ORLEANS | Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:44pm EST
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal jury on Wednesday found former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and corruption in connection with his dealings with contractors in the early years of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Nagin, 57, faces more than 20 years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date. The jury found him guilty on 20 of the 21 corruption counts that he faced, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion. He was cleared on one count of bribery.
Nagin showed no obvious reaction as the verdict was read. His wife Seletha sat quietly weeping behind her husband.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Nagin received cash and other favors with a combined value of more than $500,000 from 2005 to 2008. The bribes also included tons of granite sent to a kitchen countertop company he ran with his sons.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA1B1X120140212
Posted by Hissyspit | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 02:54 PM (6 replies)
Here in southeastern NC...
Posted by Hissyspit | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 06:51 PM (63 replies)
WE'RE NOT MAKING THIS UP!
You Won’t Believe How One Chemical Company Tried to Discredit a Scientist’s Research
February 10, 2014
Rachel Aviv has a reported piece in The New Yorker that reads like pulp fiction. She tells the tale of a scientist who discovered that a popular herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. As he continued to investigate the matter, he came to believe that the chemical’s manufacturer was out to get him. He thought they were following him to conferences, tapping his phones and systematically trying to drive a wedge between him and the scientific community. Many of his colleagues believed that he was paranoid until a lawsuit yielded a slew of internal corporate documents showing that everything he imagined the company had been doing to discredit his work had in fact been true.
As Kathleen Geier put it for the Washington Monthly, “This story reads like your most paranoid, far-out conspiratorial left-wing nightmare come true.”
In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. “The secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia,” he liked to say, “is to keep careful track of your persecutors.”
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Liu and several other former students said that they had remained skeptical of Hayes’s accusations until last summer, when an article appeared in Environmental Health News (in partnership with 100Reporters)* that drew on Syngenta’s internal records. Hundreds of Syngenta’s memos, notes, and e-mails have been unsealed following the settlement, in 2012, of two class-action suits brought by twenty-three Midwestern cities and towns that accused Syngenta of “concealing atrazine’s true dangerous nature” and contaminating their drinking water. Stephen Tillery, the lawyer who argued the cases, said, “Tyrone’s work gave us the scientific basis for the lawsuit.”
Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, and during that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. The company documents show that, while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta was studying him, as he had long suspected. Syngenta’s public-relations team had drafted a list of four goals. The first was “discredit Hayes.” In a spiral-bound notebook, Syngenta’s communications manager, Sherry Ford, who referred to Hayes by his initials, wrote that the company could “prevent citing of TH data by revealing him as noncredible.” He was a frequent topic of conversation at company meetings. Syngenta looked for ways to “exploit Hayes’ faults/problems.” “If TH involved in scandal, enviros will drop him,” Ford wrote. She observed that Hayes “grew up in world (S.C.) that wouldn’t accept him,” “needs adulation,” “doesn’t sleep,” was “scarred for life.” She wrote, “What’s motivating Hayes?—basic question.”
ORIGINAL AT: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/10/140210fa_fact_aviv
Posted by Hissyspit | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 11:33 PM (118 replies)
Source: CBS News
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong apologizes for "distressed babies" remarks
MICHELLE MILLER /CBS NEWS
Feb 10, 2014 7:02 PM EST
For AOL, it was the ultimate instant message -- and the company's CEO got it loud and clear.
AOL is dealing with a national backlash against some controversial comments about the cost of employee benefits.
AOL announced its best earnings in a decade last week. But the news was overshadowed by the explanation CEO Tim Armstrong gave employees about delaying company contributions to retirement accounts.
He blamed higher health care costs and then said: "We had two AOLers that had distressed babies that were born that we paid $1 million each to make sure those babies were OK in general."
"People started asking my husband, 'Isn't that your baby that he's talking about?'" said Deanna Fei.
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It also angered many at AOL, who were disgusted by Armstrong’s examples, and the idea of receiving retirement fund contributions once a year instead of on pay day. Delaying AOL's contributions to employee stock plans would it allow it to keep more cash on hand, but over time could deny employees better returns.
The backlash at AOL was so severe that Armstrong reversed the policy and called the Fei family to apologize.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/aol-ceo-tim-armstrong-apologizes-for-distressed-babies-remarks/
Posted by Hissyspit | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 08:55 PM (16 replies)
Intimate Portraits of Bees
Researchers take advantage of photography technology developed by the U.S. Army to capture beautiful portraits of bees native to North America.
Photography by Sam Droege, USGS
Bees are the workhorses of the insect world. By transferring pollen from one plant to another, they ensure the next generation of the fruits, nuts, vegetables, and wildflowers we so enjoy.
There are 4,000 species of North American bees living north of Mexico, says Sam Droege, head of the bee inventory and monitoring program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Only 40 of them are introduced species, including the European honeybee. (See “Pictures: Colored Honey Made by Candy-Eating French Bees.”)
Most of the natives are overlooked because “a lot of them are super tiny,” Droege says. “The bulk of the bees in the area are about half the size of a honeybee.”
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Droege and colleagues began to inventory all the bee species in North America in 2001. This was partly because the insects are so important to the agriculture industry.
Posted by Hissyspit | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 05:10 AM (5 replies)
NSA’s Secret Role in U.S. Assassination Program (Former Drone Operator Speaks to Scahill, Greenwald)
Source: First Look
The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
By Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald
10 Feb 2014, 12:03 AM EST 0
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.
The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
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The former JSOC drone operator is adamant that the technology has been responsible for taking out terrorists and networks of people facilitating improvised explosive device attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But he also states that innocent people have “absolutely” been killed as a result of the NSA’s increasing reliance on the surveillance tactic.
One problem, he explains, is that targets are increasingly aware of the NSA’s reliance on geolocating, and have moved to thwart the tactic. Some have as many as 16 different SIM cards associated with their identity within the High Value Target system. Others, unaware that their mobile phone is being targeted, lend their phone, with the SIM card in it, to friends, children, spouses and family members.
Read more: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/10/the-nsas-secret-role
Posted by Hissyspit | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 01:56 AM (34 replies)
Source: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Woody Allen is again denying he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow and is calling ex-partner Mia Farrow vindictive, spiteful and malevolent in an open-letter published online Friday by The New York Times.
The 78-year-old filmmaker says Dylan Farrow's open letter published last week includes "creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement."
At the time of the breakup of their 12-year relationship more than two decades ago, Mia Farrow accused Allen of molesting Dylan. Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation.
Allen claims in the letter 7-year-old Dylan was coached by Mia Farrow.
Dylan Farrow claimed in her open letter that Allen abused her in 1992 at the family's Connecticut home.
Allen said his letter will be the final word on the matter.
Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/allen-responds-farrows-abuse-claims-letter
Woody Allen Speaks Out
By WOODY ALLEN
February 7, 2014
Last Sunday, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Mr. Allen has written the following response to the column and Dylan’s account.
TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused me of child molestation, I found the idea so ludicrous I didn’t give it a second thought. We were involved in a terribly acrimonious breakup, with great enmity between us and a custody battle slowly gathering energy. The self-serving transparency of her malevolence seemed so obvious I didn’t even hire a lawyer to defend myself. It was my show business attorney who told me she was bringing the accusation to the police and I would need a criminal lawyer.
I naïvely thought the accusation would be dismissed out of hand because of course, I hadn’t molested Dylan and any rational person would see the ploy for what it was. Common sense would prevail. After all, I was a 56-year-old man who had never before (or after) been accused of child molestation. I had been going out with Mia for 12 years and never in that time did she ever suggest to me anything resembling misconduct. Now, suddenly, when I had driven up to her house in Connecticut one afternoon to visit the kids for a few hours, when I would be on my raging adversary’s home turf, with half a dozen people present, when I was in the blissful early stages of a happy new relationship with the woman I’d go on to marry — that I would pick this moment in time to embark on a career as a child molester should seem to the most skeptical mind highly unlikely. The sheer illogic of such a crazy scenario seemed to me dispositive.
Notwithstanding, Mia insisted that I had abused Dylan and took her immediately to a doctor to be examined. Dylan told the doctor she had not been molested. Mia then took Dylan out for ice cream, and when she came back with her the child had changed her story. The police began their investigation; a possible indictment hung in the balance. I very willingly took a lie-detector test and of course passed because I had nothing to hide. I asked Mia to take one and she wouldn’t. Last week a woman named Stacey Nelkin, whom I had dated many years ago, came forward to the press to tell them that when Mia and I first had our custody battle 21 years ago, Mia had wanted her to testify that she had been underage when I was dating her, despite the fact this was untrue. Stacey refused. I include this anecdote so we all know what kind of character we are dealing with here. One can imagine in learning this why she wouldn’t take a lie-detector test.
Meanwhile the Connecticut police turned for help to a special investigative unit they relied on in such cases, the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. This group of impartial, experienced men and women whom the district attorney looked to for guidance as to whether to prosecute, spent months doing a meticulous investigation, interviewing everyone concerned, and checking every piece of evidence. Finally they wrote their conclusion which I quote here: “It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen. Further, we believe that Dylan’s statements on videotape and her statements to us during our evaluation do not refer to actual events that occurred to her on August 4th, 1992... In developing our opinion we considered three hypotheses to explain Dylan’s statements. First, that Dylan’s statements were true and that Mr. Allen had sexually abused her; second, that Dylan’s statements were not true but were made up by an emotionally vulnerable child who was caught up in a disturbed family and who was responding to the stresses in the family; and third, that Dylan was coached or influenced by her mother, Ms. Farrow. While we can conclude that Dylan was not sexually abused, we can not be definite about whether the second formulation by itself or the third formulation by itself is true. We believe that it is more likely that a combination of these two formulations best explains Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse.”
Could it be any clearer? Mr. Allen did not abuse Dylan; most likely a vulnerable, stressed-out 7-year-old was coached by Mia Farrow. This conclusion disappointed a number of people. The district attorney was champing at the bit to prosecute a celebrity case, and Justice Elliott Wilk, the custody judge, wrote a very irresponsible opinion saying when it came to the molestation, “we will probably never know what occurred.”
But we did know because it had been determined and there was no equivocation about the fact that no abuse had taken place. Justice Wilk was quite rough on me and never approved of my relationship with Soon-Yi, Mia’s adopted daughter, who was then in her early 20s. He thought of me as an older man exploiting a much younger woman, which outraged Mia as improper despite the fact she had dated a much older Frank Sinatra when she was 19. In fairness to Justice Wilk, the public felt the same dismay over Soon-Yi and myself, but despite what it looked like our feelings were authentic and we’ve been happily married for 16 years with two great kids, both adopted. (Incidentally, coming on the heels of the media circus and false accusations, Soon-Yi and I were extra carefully scrutinized by both the adoption agency and adoption courts, and everyone blessed our adoptions.)
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Posted by Hissyspit | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 09:45 PM (109 replies)