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Is there ANY limit to the number of posts a DU member can frivolously flag or alert?

I'm trying to imagine a way for DU to stem the rising tide of frivolous alerts & flags I keep seeing, while serving on Jury Duty.

Don't get me wrong. I totally love the jury process, and doing jury duty too. But I feel it's increasingly being abused by lazy, thin-skinned busy-bodies who impulsively flag to impugn an OP author's character and/or motives, i.e. "eek it's a "troll!!" .. rather than accessing their creative juices to muster an adequate reply to the "offending" post.

Repeatedly I see posts flagged that are simply opinions, there's no personal attack, nor is there any other violation of DU's TOS. The post being flagged is simply an opinion the flagger did not like, they are "offended", get their panties in a bunch, and they apparently just can't restrain their fingers from leaping impulsively for the "Alert abuse" button.

I'd love to brainstorm about this; perhaps by posting an OP; but I felt inclined to check in with Admin. beforehand.

And/or maybe there IS some DU mechanism already in place that I'm not aware of. If there is I'd love to know about it.

Best regards, ~99thMonkey

Cops in Ferguson Thumb Noses at Court Order, Arrest Credentialed Journalist

I think it's high time for Federal Marshals to take over this mess, to guarantee Ferguson citizens' rights to freedom of speech and assembly, and to not be arrested. beat-up and/or killed for peacefully protesting police violence.


St. Louis County Police Violate Court Order By Arresting Journalist Standing on Sidewalk
And nobody seems to be in charge as grand jury decision looms
Aaron Malin * reason.com * November 23, 2014

A credentialed member of the media was arrested in Ferguson around 11:40 pm Saturday night. The arrest appeared to violate a court order issued Friday prohibiting the police from arresting law-abiding journalists.

Lieutenant Jerry Lohr of the Saint Louis County Police Department later told myself and other members of the media that the journalist was arrested for "failure to disperse" from a street, despite the fact that I, as well as approximately one hundred other protesters and media clearly witnessed the arrest take place on the sidewalk.

Saint Louis County police then tweeted from their official account that Trey Yingst, a reporter from D.C., had been arrested for failure to disperse because he "was asked to leave street by the commander and refused." The tweet was met with a backlash of dozens of contradicting reports, photos, and videos from individuals on the scene who saw what I saw: a reporter being arrested for taking photos on a public sidewalk.


Jeb Bush's private companies appear to be inert & "mysterious" shells for ?

Jeb Bush’s Four Mysterious Companies Share The Same Address And Have Never Done Any Known Business

Jeb Bush and his capital investment company have set up several companies that, despite being registered to his office and being approved for “any and all lawful business,” have seemingly not yet done anything. A ThinkProgress review of corporate registration records with the Florida Department of State revealed several companies registered in Bush’s name but little additional information.

In addition to his lengthy and troubled history as a business consultant and corporate board member, in recent years former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has ventured into a new territory: capital investment. Since 2008, he and his partners have registered a lengthy array of secretive companies with the state of Florida.

~ Snip ~

ThinkProgress reached out to Bush’s office to ask about what the companies are and what they are doing. A spokeswoman responded only to ask “for what purpose” was the inquiry being made. Each is based out of the same Coral Gables office suite at the historic Biltmore Hotel as his Jeb Bush & Associates consulting firm — they appear to be the only ones registered to Jeb Bush at that address.

In recent months, a few of these entities have filed disclosures with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. A July Bloomberg news story cited these in a story, entitled “Jeb Bush Raising Private Equity Funds as Campaign Weighed,” noting that a few of these companies are involved in venture capital investments in oil and gas interests. An AP story also noted that his Three B Partners is involved with Maghicle Driverless LLC, a self-driving car company.

Link to full article: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/11/21/3594461/jeb-bush-mysterious-businesses/

Woot!! Oregon GMO Labeling Initiative LIVES!!! 1400 vote difference. Automatic STATE-WIDE RECOUNT

is now under-way.

They are asking for volunteers to assist with this massive state-wide recount, and
I just signed up. I'm so excited I almost peed my pjs.

You too can sign-up here:

OREGON: Volunteer for the Measure 92 Recount!

Moyers: Dividing the Spoils

This is an incredibly good read, unpacking the profundity of how far the USA has fallen, from any semblance of genuine "democracy", into an ugly corporate-driven full-on Oligarchy, and then explores a number of implications and nuances.

Here's the deal: "From 2007 to 2012, the two hundred most politically active corporations in the United States spent almost $6 billion for lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in US government contracts and other forms of assistance. That’s $760 for every dollar spent on influence, a stunning return on investment."

For me personally, I both love and hate knowing about this, I love it because I'd rather know than not-know as a principle; but damn, I hate knowing that we have all been so thoroughly "had" by such a pitiful handful of exceedingly greedy money grubbers.

This graphic pretty much sums-up for me the brutal irony of it all, how these Oligarchs routinely
"hire 1/2 the workers to oppress and/or kill the other half" <-- quote (paraphrased)
~Jay Gould, 19th Century railroad tycoon's stated strategy to kill unions.

Yet ANOTHER major bank executive found dead in NYC apartment bathtub

Most other news outlets are saying this is an "apparent suicide", yet the last sentence below seems to indicate that Police are still investigating as possible homicide ... the "no weapon was found" is quite puzzling. Not sure if that means that no knife or razor blade was found, in which case it would HAVE to be a homicide ... wouldn't it?

Reuters * Nov. 19, 2014

New York police are investigating the death of a man found with his throat slashed in a bathtub and identified by local media as a prominent banker, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Police responding to a 911 call discovered the lifeless body in an apartment in Manhattan's downtown financial district on Tuesday afternoon. The 42-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene. Police did not reveal his identity.

The New York Post said the victim was Shawn Miller, a managing director at Citigroup
Citigroup said Miller was the managing director of its environment and social risk management team.

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Shawn's family at this time," Citigroup said in a statement.
There were no signs of forced entry, no weapon was found and the motive remains unknown, police said.


Let's get this straight re: today's ISIS beheading on NBC News

Did I hear them say that this video was different from past ones, in that
1) there were readily identifiable ISIS perps on camera crystal clear, no hoods
or ski masks ... PLUS ..
2) I totally thought I heard them say that unlike in the past, the
guy being beheaded was completely hooded during beheading.

Did I get both those right? anyone?

THIS IS ON NBC Nightly News w/ Brian Williams

"Torture Is State Terror" UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

He ALSO states near the end, that it's THE PEOPLE'S RESPONSIBILITY to hold our leaders accountable, in so many words.

GEORGE W. BUSH: 'When Jeb Beats Hillary ...'

I seriously don't even know where to start with this.
1) The exceedingly "cozy & familiar" relationship between Clintons and Bush Crime Family.?
2) "I'll still like (Bill) when Jeb beats Hillary,"
3) It's almost like if Jeb decides NOT to run, the Bush Crime Family might just support Hillary.

GEORGE W. BUSH: 'When Jeb Beats Hillary ...'
by Colin Campbell * Business Insider * NOV. 13, 2014

Former President George W. Bush is already predicting the outcome of his brother's potential presidential campaign: a victory for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Jeb Bush has insisted he has yet to make a decision whether to run. But his family members have been more than willing to publicly encourage him.

In an interview on Fox News' "Hannity" set to air Thursday evening, George W. Bush declared he would still be friends with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, after Jeb Bush wins in 2016. "Bill and I are going to have to have some interesting things to talk about; look, I'll still like him when Jeb beats Hillary," Bush quipped about the potential showdown.

After host Sean Hannity asked Bush whether he was issuing a formal prediction on the outcome of the next presidential contest, Bush reaffirmed, "If Jeb runs," he'll win.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/george-w-bush-when-jeb-beats-hillary-2014-11#ixzz3JD6iU16G

Undercover Operations Growing in 'Every Corner of the Federal Government'

Holy crap. I wish this shit wasn't going on under a Democratic POTUS.

And I know it won't get any better with Hillary Clinton in the WH.

Undercover Operations Growing in 'Every Corner of the Federal Government': New York Times
Covert intelligence-gathering missions threaten civil liberties, critics warn
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer * Saturday, November 15, 2014 * Common Dreams

Undercover operations, once the domain of the FBI, have expanded to "virtually every corner of the federal government," a New York Times investigation published Saturday found—and the scope of those missions has become so wide that it risks abusing civil liberties and possible entrapment of targets.

Officers from at least 40 agencies played various roles in the operations—student protesters, doctors, business people, and welfare recipients among them—to investigate "wrongdoing," according to the Times. At the Internal Revenue Service, for example, officers posed as accountants to investigate tax evasion.

But often, the operations involved officers infiltrating political rallies outside of state courthouses to look for "suspicious activity," or pretending to be food stamp recipients at neighborhood grocers to suss out welfare fraud.
"hanges in policies and tactics over the last decade have resulted in undercover teams run by agencies in virtually every corner of the federal government, according to officials, former agents and documents," the Times writes.

In addition to civil liberties concerns, the investigation also found that the expanded operations resulted in "hidden problems"—such as missing money and compromised investigations, as well as a troubling internal structure that left agents on their own for months at a time. In one case, a Florida police chief who used undercover missions to look into drug money laundering was fired from his position after an audit revealed "financial lapses."

Undercover work can be a "very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks," former FBI undercover agent and New York University law fellow Michael German told the Times. "Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes."

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