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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:51 PM
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Occupy Oakland: Scott Olsen Gives 'Thumbs-Up' to Messages of Support
Source: Guardian (UK)

Occupy Oakland: Scott Olsen gives 'thumbs-up' to messages of support

Iraq war veteran, who fractured his skull after he was apparently hit by a police projectile, still communicating via written notes


Adam Gabbatt in Oakland guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011 11.00 EDT

Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran injured during police attempts to clear Occupy Oakland on Tuesday, has given a sign of appreciation for the wave of goodwill shown by fellow protesters across the US.

Olsen's roommate, Keith Shannon, said the 24-year-old gave a "thumbs-up" after being told of the support he has received which has included vigils across the US and marches against police brutality.

Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull when he was apparently being struck by a police projectile on Tuesday and is unable to talk. Officers from more than 15 different police agencies were involved in operations in Oakland on Tuesday, which included the use of tear gas and 'less lethal' weapons.

Shannon said he had visited Olsen on Sunday, and told him of the reaction to his injuries across the hundreds of Occupy protests. "He gave a thumbs-up," Shannon said.



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/31/occupy-oakland-scott-olsen-thumbs-up?newsfeed=true
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:53 PM
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1. Rec
:thumbsup:
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:55 PM
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2. Why are we getting these news from England? Is our media not reporting this? (As usual)?
Wouldn't surprise me. I've grown accustomed to our media being the right hand of our corporate overlords.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 12:58 PM
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3. Funny that.
Isn't it?
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 02:15 PM
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8. Makes me so mad. nt
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 01:11 PM
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5. We don't have a free press in the US. We don't have free speech either.
Edited on Mon Oct-31-11 01:11 PM by valerief
Only money has those things, which means it's not FREE.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 02:16 PM
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9. Absolutely! nt
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 01:08 PM
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4. How exactly did Scott "fracture his skull AFTER he was apparently hit by a police projectile"?
Isn't it a bit more likely that the projectile is what fractured his skull?
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 01:12 PM
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6. Don't let facts get in the way of the cops' excuses. nt
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 01:37 PM
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7. At least the article text is a little better...
"Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull when he was apparently being struck by a police projectile on Tuesday and is unable to talk."

But the headline is just disgusting.

And it's the Guardian.
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renegade000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 03:39 PM
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10. passive voice would fix it
"whose skull was fractured..."

you're right as it stands now it just sounds bizarre...
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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 05:29 PM
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11. I think the "after" in this case means "as a result of"...
...it's like saying I broke my ankle after falling down a flight of stairs -- it doesn't mean I fell down the stairs and then inexplicably broke my ankle.

Anyway that's how I read it.
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 06:28 PM
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12. I still suspect that the wording was chosen to diminish the culpability of the cops
THEY didn't break his skull, HE did!

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