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Fire Walk With Me

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"There is something terribly wrong with this country." -V So, OCCUPY.

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Donors Invest Millions in Romney for Billions in Returns

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-29/donors-invest-millions-in-romney-for-billions-in-returns.html

Wealthy donors and corporations are more heavily invested in this presidential election than at any time since the 1972 Watergate scandal led to stricter campaign- finance laws.

A series of court decisions and regulatory changes in 2010 unraveled federal limits on donations, paving the way for a return of the big players. They are pooling their money in nonprofits, which keep contributor names secret, and super- political action committees, which amassed $350 million through the end of July. One-quarter of that money comes from just 10 donors, led by Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks such spending.

(More at the link.)

In related news:

Sheldon Adelson's Daughter Shoves 'Democracy Now' Producer, Throws Camera To Ground (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/sheldon-adelson-democracy-now-camera_n_1844065.html

Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 10:43 PM (1 replies)

10,000 EXPOSED TO KILLER VIRUS

Source: express.co.uk

Up to 10,000 people who stayed in lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park may have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus that has killed two people.
Park concessionaire Delaware North sent letters and emails this week to nearly 3,000 people who reserved the insulated Signature cabins between June and August, warning them that they might have been exposed.

The cabins hold up to four people and park spokesman Scott Gediman said Friday that could mean up to 7,000 more visitors might have been exposed to the virus that so far has killed two people and made four others ill.



Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/343368/10-000-exposed-to-killer-virus



(More at the link. Misleading headline but LBN forces the direct and literal use...I would have posted "3000 poss. exposed", and wouldn't have used all caps. PS: Hantavirus.)

Reuters:

Two men died from the rare lung disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and four other people survived the rodent-borne illness. Most of the victims are believed to have contracted the virus while staying in tent-style cabins this summer in a popular camping area called Curry Village.

Park officials earlier this week shut down 91 insulated tent-cabins after finding deer mice, which carry the disease and can burrow through pencil-sized holes, nesting between the double walls of the structures.

Park authorities have notified 2,900 parties of visitors who rented the tent cabins from June through August that they may have been exposed to hantavirus.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/31/uk-usa-hantavirus-yosemite-idUSLNE87U00E20120831?feedType=RSS&
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 09:55 PM (29 replies)

RNC Convention Workers Being Paid Below Minimum Wage

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/rnc-convention-workers-minimum-wage_n_1844836.html

TAMPA, Fla. -- During these past four days at the RNC convention, janitors have worked around the clock picking up after delegates, conservative stars like Ann Coulter and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), and the thousands of reporters in cavernous filing rooms. And many are doing so making less than minimum wage.

Carolyn Walker said she has been cleaning the convention center for 13 years. She had been making $8 per hour until a few years ago, when the cleaning contract went to another company, Cleanevent USA. The new company meant a new, downsized paycheck. She's now making minimum wage -- $7.67 per hour. But that wasn't the only hit to her wallet.

(More at the link)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 09:52 PM (3 replies)

U.S. Justice Department Has Failed to Hold CIA Accountable for Torture in Detention

http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/us-justice-department-has-failed-to-hold-cia-accountable-for-torture-in-detention-0

Press Release

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150, @strimel

(New York) – Amnesty International USA Executive Director Suzanne Nossel made the following comments today in response to the Justice Department’s announcement that it closed the investigation into the CIA’s torture and abuse of detainees, without bringing charges.

“The continued failure to hold accountable all of those responsible for well documented cases of torture and other abuses is now a stain on two administrations -- and itself a crime. Those responsible must be punished. The failure to do so is a striking blow against justice and human rights. The Attorney General noted that the decision to close the investigation ‘was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of the examined conduct.’

But when will those ‘broader questions’ be addressed? And when will the U.S. government meet its international human rights obligations to ensure accountability for torture and other crimes under international law? There must be a full and impartial investigation, prosecutions where warranted, and remedy and redress for victims. Failure to ensure accountability for torture and other crimes is itself a violation of international law."

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.









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Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:48 PM (19 replies)

Amy Goodman Questions Top GOP Donor David Koch: Does Concentration of Wealth Subvert Democracy?

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/31/amy_goodman_questions_top_gop_donor

When conservative billionaire David Koch sat down as a member of the New York delegation Thursday night on the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman attempted to ask him one question: "Mr. Koch, do you think unchecked concentration of wealth will undermine democracy?" While Koch started to answer, the delegates and security around him stood up, one by one, creating a human wall between them. One of those who stood up was Ed Cox, chair of the Republican Party of New York and the son-in-law of President Richard Nixon. Eventually, Goodman was asked to leave due to "security issues" with keeping the walkway clear.

(Video at link)
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 03:20 PM (4 replies)

"What the hell was Eastwood thinking!?" explained:



Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 01:13 PM (0 replies)

The 5 Biggest Lies In Mitt Romney’s Acceptance Speech

http://www.politicususa.com/5-biggest-lies-mitt-romneys-acceptance-speech.html

1). Mitt Romney Goes Birther

What Romney Said, “Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon. And I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.”

The Truth: Ah yes, what would a gathering of more than four Republicans be if somebody didn’t suggest in the most sly way that Obama is not American. Romney’s statement can also be viewed as when you need really big stuff done, you need a white man. It was subtle, but it was there. Romney was doing his best Ronald Reagan all-American impression. If Romney is Captain America, then what does that make Barack Obama?
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Fri Aug 31, 2012, 12:31 AM (0 replies)

Wow...powerful blue moon.

Wondering if tonights' RNC will "feel" it as well

That's not a prediction, although I will reiterate one from months ago about the republicans...their klown kar will become more and more "pathetic", and that word has a few angles. Tonight is part of the shift to the positive and such things result in some clinging all the worse to that which is no longer sustainable, and those who have been bad but willing to shift upwards, seeming lost.
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Thu Aug 30, 2012, 07:02 PM (6 replies)

Paul Ryan’s brazen lies: His Republican National Convention speech was stunning for its dishonesty

http://www.salon.com/2012/08/30/paul_ryans_brazen_lies/

Paul Ryan gave a feisty anti-Obama speech that will have fact-checkers working for days. His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning.

But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.

He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars, tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and TARP.
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Thu Aug 30, 2012, 01:52 AM (23 replies)

Real Coastal Warriors Facebook photo album Hurricane Isaac.

You may need a FB account:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425205587526002.92662.181577995222097&type=1
Posted by Fire Walk With Me | Thu Aug 30, 2012, 01:51 AM (0 replies)
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