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Breaking: Oakland Arrestees Treated Inhumanely

Breaking: Oakland Arrestees Tortured

I just got word from a friend of a friend about the conditions that arrestees from the actions. It isn't pretty, in fact it's disgusting.

"Just got out of Santa Rita Jail last night the prisoners from the Oakland Commune were being denied medications (some had seizures) while the guards said they didnt care if they died. Some people were brutally beaten. The put tear gas in the vents of my cell twice. They were keeping people without restrooms forcing them to shit and piss themselves or puke all over and stay in the same area...."

MORE: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/31/1060354/-Breaking:-Oakland-Arrestees-Tortured?via=siderec

i will try to update when i find more info, kpete


There's at least one Kossack who was arrested, allie123 is her nick here I believe, and she had spoken about being denied medicine the last time she was sent to Santa Rita Jail. Just to be clear, the Jail is run by the Alameda County Sheriffs Department, not the OPD, so this is yet another law enforcement agency abusing protesters and it is absolutely disgusting.

Allie123 is an excellent poster who usually writes about Haiti. I hope she's okay.


Once in Alameda County custody, the arrestees have been held for a prolonged period under horrendous conditions, often remaining overnight in holding areas with no beds or blankets. Some arrestees were apparently held in a shower room. NLGSF has received many reports of injured persons being denied medical care and arrestees denied access to necessary medications.Women arrestees were forced to give urine samples in front of male officers, ostensibly for pregnancy testing.

Critically, arrestees were denied access to counsel. On Sunday night volunteer lawyers with the NLGSF were denied access to clients and told to return in the morning.


A List for Journalists Who Think That Occupy is “Dead”

...If you see a journalist repeating the “occupy is dead” meme, be sure to forward them this list to let them know that reports of Occupy’s demise have been greatly exaggerated:
LIST HERE: http://surveyfactory.net/s/808/occupysupply


Robert Reich: The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Robert Reich's Blog
The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What’s the Economy For Anyway?
by Robert Reich


...the biggest problem is that corporate money is undermining democratic institutions in the name of better deals for consumers and investors. Campaign contributions, fleets of well-paid corporate lobbyists, and corporate-financed PR campaigns about public issues are overwhelming the capacities of Congress, state legislatures, regulatory agencies, and the courts to reflect the values of workers and citizens.

As a result, consumers and investors are doing increasingly well but job insecurity is on the rise, inequality is widening, communities are becoming less stable, and climate change is worsening. None of this is sustainable over the long term.

Blame global finance and worldwide corporations all you want. But save some blame for the insatiable consumers and investors inhabiting almost every one of us, who are entirely complicit. And blame our inability as workers and citizens to reclaim our democracy.


Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wouldn’t rule out voting for President Obama


Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wouldn’t rule out voting for President Barack Obama in November.

Crist — who was a member of the Republican party until 2010 and is now a registered independent — said in interviews with MSNBC and CNN that he would “consider” casting his ballot for Obama on election day.

“Consider? Sure, I would consider that,” Crist said on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.” “I really think he’s sincere and genuine. I think we have a lot time, a lot of issues to talk about, but I think, in his heart, he’s trying to do what’s right for the country overall.”

And in an interview with CNN, Crist pointed to the improving economy as a reason he might vote for Obama in November.

“I would consider that, of course I would,” Crist said on “CNN Newsroom.” “I’m interested in watching the campaign as it unfolds, as most Americans are. This has been a tough time for the president to govern, I think everyone understands that. But we’re starting to see some positive signs going forward as it relates to the economy. That’s very important.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72216.html#ixzz1l4BXpS6O

Rick Santorum puts church full of young children to sleep

Chris Matthews On Florida Primary: 'He Who Kills Must Die'

The Revenger's Tragedy

Chris Matthews - in a powerful first person segment - sees Newt enraged and empowered after what Romney has done to him and his reputation in Florida.

GOP NJ Gov. Christie says black leaders in 1950s-60s would have welcomed popular vote on their right

GOP NJ Gov. Christie says black leaders in 1950s-60s would have welcomed popular vote on their rights
By John Aravosis at 1/31/2012 08:00:00 AM

Yeah, Rosa Parks would have preferred to have Alabamians vote on whether she should be permitted to sit in the front of bus in 1955. She'd have won that one, all right.

Is he insane? Does Governor Christie really think that the same southern states that banned inter-racial marriage would have approved of inter-racial marriage had they put it up to a popular vote? Hell, nearly half of Mississippi Republicans still think inter-racial marriage should be outlawed (that's more than the number who think it should be legal - it's been legal for over 40 years now), and that PPP poll is less than a year old. This is a pretty reprehensible lack of knowledge about history, let alone ignorance of the racism that still exists in our country today.

More from the Washington Post:

GOP Platform


BREAKING: Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn to step down next week

BREAKING: Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn to step down next week

Embattled Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn will step down at the end of next week, he said this morning, citing competing priorities in his personal, business and political life.Strawn has come under heavy fire recently from presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s backers who think he deliberately refused to acknowledge Santorum’s victory in the caucuses. He said in a letter to Iowa Republicans this morning that Friday, Feb. 10 will be his final day.

“The party is strong and has the resources in place for victory in November,” Strawn wrote. “Now is the time to transition to new leadership.”

GOP party rules say that any vacancy in the chairman job is to be filled by the co-chairman – and in this case, that’s Bill Schickel, a well-liked former state lawmaker and former party secretary from Mason City. The next meeting of the GOP central committee, the party’s board of directors, is Feb. 11.


In his resignation announcement this morning, he doesn’t mention the controversy over Iowa’s excruciatingly close caucus count – an omission that could further irritate Santorum’s backers.



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