Dec 02

Mutated Kiwifruit On Sale: Five For A Dollar (VIDEO) (Ah, Mephistophelis, Dec 1, 2012):

What gets me still is that five kiwifruit looked more like twelve — but they were on sale, five for a dollar, and still cost me only one dollar.


YouTube Added: 01.12.2012

From my Afterword:

Kiwifruit, with described mutations matching what you have just seen, were, according to one recipient, being given to the needy at a local food bank in early November 2012; unfortunately all of the evidence was eaten before this came to my attention(tasted “a little bland”).

I have in fact learned where the kiwi were grown: central California.  Specifically, a small farm, approximately between  Fresno and Bakersfield.

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Jul 16

These 12 Hellholes Are Examples Of What The Rest Of America Will Look Like Soon (The Economic Collapse, July 15, 2012):

Do you want to see where this country is headed?  If so, don’t focus on the few areas that are still very prosperous.  New York City has Wall Street, Washington D.C. has the federal government and Silicon Valley has Google and Facebook.  Those are the exceptions.  The reality is that most of the country has been experiencing a slow decline for a very long time and once thriving cities such as Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan have become absolute hellholes.  They are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon.  60 years ago, most Americans were decent, hard working people and there were always good jobs available for anyone that was willing to roll up his or her sleeves and put in an honest day of work.  But now all of that has changed.  Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities have shut down and millions of jobs have left the country.  Cities such as Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit were once shining examples of everything that was right about America, but now they stand out like festering sores.  The “blue collar cities” have been hit the hardest by the gutting of our economic infrastructure.  There are many communities in America today where it seems like all of the hope and all of the life have been sucked right out of them.  You can see it in the eyes of the people.  The good times are gone permanently and they know it.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the country will soon be experiencing the despair that those communities are feeling.

The following are 12 hellholes that are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon…. Continue reading »

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Jan 31

Related info:

George Soros Predicts Class War In US: ‘There Will Be Riots On Streets Of America’ – ‘The Worst-Case Scenario Is A Collapse Of The Financial System’



Members of the Oakland Police department form a line during a confrontation with Occupy Oakland demonstrators near the Oakland Museum of California Photograph: Stephen Lam/REUTERS

Police use teargas on Occupy Oakland protesters (Guardian, Jan. 29, 2012):

Police have used teargas and “flash” grenades to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing.

About 300 people were arrested in the most turbulent day of protests in Oakland since November, when police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last autumn, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”

Police said the group started assembling at a central plaza on Saturday morning, with demonstrators threatening to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser convention centre. The group then marched through the streets, disrupting traffic.

The crowd grew as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.

The protesters walked to the vacant convention centre, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment,” according to police.

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Nov 11


YouTube Added: 09.11.2011

Description:

Peaceful protesters in Oakland attacked by Riot Police.

Why were police so heavy-handed compared to police in other cities dealing with the occupy movement.

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Nov 02

AND NOW:

Vet’s injuries from Occupy Oakland protest not caused by deputies, SF sheriff says (The Examiner)

Oh, sure!


An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association:

1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

As your police officers, we are confused.

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Oct 30

In other news:

Occupy Oakland protests: Iraq war hero Scott Olsen badly wounded by police (Daily Mail, Oct. 30, 2011):

Scott Olsen, 24, is able to communicate with his family by writing notes, but his ability to spell has been damaged.

Mr Olsen can understand what’s being communicated to him and doctors said on Friday that he will likely be able to make a full recovery in time.


Scott Olsen ‘cannot talk’ after injury at Occupy Oakland protest (Guardian, Oct. 28, 2011):

Iraq war veteran is believed to have sustained damage to speech centre of his brain in injury at Occupy protest on Tuesday

Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured by a police projectile during a protest in Oakland, has regained consciousness but “cannot talk”.

Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq.

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Oct 30


YouTube Added: 26.10.2011

Raw video coverage of the Oakland protest tonight 10/26. He is referring to the night before when protestors and police clashed in Oakland.

See also:

US Marine Vet Sgt. Shamar Thomas On Attack Of Vet Scott Olsen At Occupy Oakland (RT, Oct. 28, 2011 – Video)

Occupy Oakland – A Message To The Police (Video)

Oakland Cops Throw Grenades Directly Into Protesters!!! (Video)

Oakland: Police And Mayor Face Fresh Protest Over Shooting Former US Marine In The Face

Veteran Critically Injured After Being Shot In The Face By Oakland Cops

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests (Video)

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)

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Oct 29


YouTube Added: 28.10.2011

See also:

Occupy Oakland – A Message To The Police (Video)

Oakland Cops Throw Grenades Directly Into Protesters!!! (Video)

Oakland: Police And Mayor Face Fresh Protest Over Shooting Former US Marine In The Face

Veteran Critically Injured After Being Shot In The Face By Oakland Cops

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests (Video)

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)

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Oct 28


YouTube Added: 27.10.2011

See also:

Oakland Cops Throw Grenades Directly Into Protesters!!! (Video)

Oakland: Police And Mayor Face Fresh Protest Over Shooting Former US Marine In The Face

Veteran Critically Injured After Being Shot In The Face By Oakland Cops

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests (Video)

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)

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Oct 27


YouTube Added: 26.10.2011

Footage from the Occupy Oakland protest, October 25th, 2011. After protesters ran to the aid of a badly-injured person, Oakland Police deliberately lobbed a flash grenade into the crowd. Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted.

The original footage is here: http://www.ktvu.com/video/29587714/index.html

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Oct 27

Must-see: Oakland Cops Throw Grenades Directly Into Protesters!!! (Video)

See also:

Veteran Critically Injured After Being Shot In The Face By Oakland Cops

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests (Video)

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)


Oakland police and mayor face fresh protest over wounding of veteran (Guardian, Oct 27, 2011):

Occupy movement returns to streets demanding answers after teargas canister hit Iraq serviceman Scott Olsen in the head

Protesters have returned to downtown Oakland, California, to demand the resignation of the city’s mayor and an investigation to explain how an Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen, was hit in the head by a teargas canister at close range, leaving him critically injured.

About 2,000 people – half as many as Tuesday night – massed in front of City Hall on Wednesday, tearing down a steel barricade intended to keep them off the grass in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

When the city closed down a nearby underground station, preventing dispersing protesters going home, they organised a spontaneous march through the centre of the city, chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets!”

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Oct 27

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests (Video)

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)


Vet injured in California anti-Wall Street protests (AFP, Oct. 26, 2011):

SAN FRANCISCO, California — An Iraq war veteran was critically injured after riot police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters near San Francisco, supporters said Wednesday.

Officers also fired bean bags but denied using rubber bullets to quell protest on Tuesday in Oakland, California, where unrest erupted after a protest camp was broken up and 97 people arrested.

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Oct 26

See also:

Cops Shoot Veterans For Peace Member In The Face At Occupy Oakland Protests


At least 85 arrests after police clash with protesters attempting to retake Frank Ogawa plaza, which was base for demonstrations


Police used teargas on Occupy protesters. Link to this video

Occupy Oakland: police fire teargas and baton rounds at protesters (Guardian, Oct. 26, 2011):

Police have used teargas after scuffles broke out between officers and protesters demonstrating against dozens of arrests at an Occupy Wall Street camp in Oakland, California.

According to protest leaders, the march – attended by more than 1,000 people on Tuesday night – was intended to reclaim Frank Ogawa plaza, which has served as a base for two weeks of protests against economic inequality in the city until police cleared it before dawn.

At least 85 people were arrested when police used teargas and baton rounds to break up the camp, sparking fury among protesters who have accused city authorities of a heavy-handed response to their demonstration.

On Tuesday afternoon, protesters marched through the streets of Oakland towards city hall, vowing to retake the plaza. During the march, a small group scuffled with police not far from the city centre, and several were arrested.

Reuters reported that police dispersed the crowd with teargas and what appeared to be a stun grenade.

At Frank Ogawa Plaza, police ordered protesters to move away and they were largely co-operative.

“I’m here because I’m incredibly sad and incredibly angry,” said one protester, Samsarah Morgan. “I’m hoping our city government comes to their senses and stops dealing with us like a fascist state.”
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Oct 26

See also:

Occupy Oakland: Police Fire Teargas And Baton Rounds At Protesters (Video)



YouTube Added: 26.10.2011

Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen was wounded by a less-lethal round fired by either San Francisco Sheriffs deputies or Palo Alto Police on October 25, 2011 at 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland

Oakland Mayor contact details:http://jeanquan.org/contact-mayor-quan/

Pictures of injured vet: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/25/18695124.php

Another rubber bullet injury: http://twitpic.com/75xmoc

Used rubber bullets found by reporter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sO1a092bxk&feature=watch_response

http://www.occupyoakland.org/

Flashback:

Rep. Ron Paul: ‘They’re Setting The Stage For Violence In This Country’

- Breaking: Ron Paul On FEMA Camps – US Government Prepares For Civil Unrest And Martial Law

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Jul 08

In a little-known city program that critics say may be unconstitutional, cops join fire and building inspectors as they enter homes without a warrant and then arrest residents if they find anything illegal.

david-gray-building-or-off-ramp-studios
A room at Off-Ramp Studios that officials took to be a marijuana grow room.

On a gloomy recent morning in West Oakland, tenants at the David Gray Building — or, Off-Ramp Studios, as everyone who lives there calls it — stood in the hallways outside their lofts. They gathered around their doors in nervous clusters and spoke in hushed tones, wondering aloud whether they should head to work or stay and observe while two Oakland police officers, two building services code enforcers, a fire inspector, and three property management representatives entered all of their units one by one.

Traditionally the entire procedure would have required a search warrant. But on this day, the group of cops and city officials were operating under a little-known Oakland city program, called “SMART” — Specialized Multi-Agency Response Team — that some legal experts say may be unconstitutional. That’s because they enter people’s homes without consent or a warrant. Continue reading »

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Apr 10

OAKLAND _ A six-month pilot program where Oakland police officers would knock on doors and ask permission to search homes for guns got the green light from the City Council’s public safety committee Tuesday night.
It goes to the full council Tuesday, when the council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

The consent-to-search program, as it is called, is based closely on a similar effort launched in St. Louis in 1994 and on ongoing programs in Boston and Washington, D.C. The idea is simple: To ask parents for permission to search their homes for weapons their children may be hiding.

Under the program, officers would request permission to search homes for guns. Guns would be taken away, but officers would not pursue prosecution unless the weapon was tied to a crime.

The St. Louis effort fizzled after initial success, but Oakland’s Deputy Police Chief David Kozicki said that in Washington, police officers say they cannot keep up with requests from parents to search their homes. Such is the interest in the program, he said.

Councilwoman Patricia Kernighan (Grand Lake-Chinatown), who is on the public safety committee, said she was surprised to hear that and hoped Oakland might see the same results. Continue reading »

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