4 Dec 2011

Drone Drill: 'Iran wants a bigger game'

Iranian forces have shot down an American unmanned drone in the east of the country - that's according to Iran's state news agency. The aircraft used for spying was reportedly downed with little damage and seized by Iranian authorities. To discuss the tense situation around the Islamic Republic, RT's joined from London by author and journalist Afshin Rattansi. Source
Iranian forces have shot down an American unmanned drone in the east of the country - that's according to Iran's state news agency. The aircraft used for spying was reportedly downed with minimum damage and seized by Iranian authorities. Source

Brutal arrests in Re-Occupy Portland

At least one protester has been injured as riot police were clearing an OWS encampment in a downtown Portland park area in Oregon, USA, on Saturday night. The teenager was hit in the face with a police baton. Several others were arrested.

At least one protester has been injured as riot police were clearing an OWS encampment in a downtown Portland park area in Oregon, USA, on Saturday night. The teenager was hit in the face with a police baton. Several others were arrested.
Police say officers began detaining demonstrators at South Park blocks around 8:30pm after the park was closed 30 minutes early, AP reports.
(Ray Whitehouse/The Oregonian)Protesters are posting photographic evidence of police brutality during their raids. One of them shows 15-year-old Walker Prettyman, who was injured during the Occupy Portland protest in Shemanski Park. According to the young man, a police officer hit him in the face with his baton.
Eventually, despite the ban from the city officials put on overnight camping, Occupy Portland demonstrators set up their tents in the park in south-western Portland and vowed to stay through the winter.
After Portland police arrested those protesters who refused to leave encampments Saturday night, OWS demonstrators moved towards City Hall and continued their protests without attempting to “occupy” any place, while riot police gathered in groups near the building.
According to the latest updates, hundreds of protesters returned to the South Park blocks, partying. No further action from the authorities has followed so far, but police say they are ready to perform new arrests.
Portland, Oregon – December 3, 2011 – Portland police arrest a man during the Occupy Portland protest in Shemanski Park (Ray Whitehouse/The Oregonian)"We'll arrest people if we have to. We'll deal with it as we need to," OregonLive.com quoted a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, Sgt. Pete Simpson, as saying.
"We'll encourage people to leave and not be arrested," he added.
There have been no camps set up in Portland in the past three weeks, since last police raid in the city center. The same as this time, authorities were dismantling the tents and arresting protesters.
At a Friday morning news conference, Occupy spokesman Jordan Ledoux said that having a central place for the movement is essential to receive cash and food donations, OregonLive.com quoted him.
In response to the group's message, Portland’s mayor Sam Adams said "we simply cannot afford another encampment in our city. I would much rather spend our finite dollars on direct services to those in need, rather than patrolling and cleaning up after an encampment," the website quoted him as saying.

Gen. Hamid Gul: US attack on Pakistan will turn region into inferno

Last month's attack by a NATO aircraft on Pakistani region that killed 24 soldiers has infuriated Islamabad. RT spoke to Hamid Gul, the country's former head of intelligence, about consequences the incident may have for US-Pakistani relations. Source

Silver updated to $1,000 by BrotherJohnF

At least $1,000 silver coming!  BrotherJohnF updates his previous forecasts of $68 to $100 and the $21.50 reversal and says here comes $1,000.  He also advises not to own any 10 to 100oz. bars and recommends his "TOP 5" INFLATED BULLION COINS that are currently being artificially inflated as NUMISMATIC COINS: Source

Angelo: We avoid numismatic coins. Seems like a hobby thing. We remain startled by the high potentials stated for PM's but note the many other eminent and plausible proponents of such including Rickards, Celente, Bass etc. 1oz popular bullion seems good suggestion if you are on board.

Killing One Person To Save Five

Researchers test a famous ethical dilemma called the "trolley problem" in a very real setting. Christie Nicholson reports
Would you kill one person to save five others?
Philosophers have posed this moral dilemma for decades. Typically they present the situation as a mental exercise. A runaway train is about to strike five people walking along the track. You can reroute the train and save the five people. But you will wind up killing one person walking on the other track.
Recently, researchers tried to make the dilemma feel much more real. They placed 147 subjects in a 3-D virtual environment where they are in front of a railroad switch controlling two tracks. They watch five people hike along a track bordered by a ravine. A single person hikes along the other track. Suddenly a train comes barreling toward the five people. The subject has the option to reroute the train using a joystick.
Ninety percent of the study subjects switched tracks, killing the lone hiker to save five. These findings match past studies that were only abstract thought experiments. The study is in the journal Emotion.
It appears that even in very realistic, action oriented situations, people will go through with a Sophie’s Choice, motivated by accomplishing the apparently greater good.
—Christie NIcholson                                         Source

Occupy Melbourne Tent Monsters

iBlown: Beware exploding Apples

Apple’s iPhone might literally be the hottest touchscreen on the market today, as two sizzling smartphones have reportedly gone up in smoke less than a week apart.
When Ayla Mota plugged in his iPhone 4 in for an overnight charge, he probably never imagined a ticking timebomb was set to go off as he lay down his head to sleep.  
But the Brazilian would soon receive a rude awakening Wednesday morning, as veritable fireworks were set to fly inches from his face.  
"At dawn, I woke up seconds before witnessing the burning of my iPhone when I saw a lot of sparks and black smoke out of the mobile. My room was filled with the unbearable smell of smoke! At that moment, I turned off the power switch in the room to remove the phone from the outlet," Mota told the Brazilian website TechTudo. Source

Latin America unites in new bloc, US not invited

Thirty-three Latin American leaders have come together and formed a new regional bloc, pledging closer economic and political ties. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) pointedly excludes the US and Canada.
On the second day of a summit in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, all Latin American leaders, both right and left, officially signed into effect the formation of the CELAC bloc. The foundation of the bloc has been praised as the realization of the two-centuries-old idea of Latin American “independence” envisioned by Simon Bolivar.
Analysts view CELAC as an alternative to the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) and as an attempt by Latin American countries to reduce US influence in the region.
As the years go by, CELAC is going to leave behind the old and worn-out OAS,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said at the inauguration of the bloc on Friday.
It's the death sentence for the Monroe Doctrine,” said Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega said.


By Yasha Levine
Yasha Levine was forced to surrender his freedom, as well as his shoe laces…for his own protection
I finally got home Thursday afternoon after spending two nights in jail, and have had a hard time getting my bearings. On top of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation, I’ve got one hell of pounding migraine. So I’ll have to keep this brief for now. But I wanted to write down a few things that I witnessed and heard while locked up by LA’s finest…
First off, don’t believe the PR bullshit. There was nothing peaceful or professional about the LAPD’s attack on Occupy LA–not unless you think that people peacefully protesting against the power of the financial oligarchy deserve to be treated the way I saw Russian cops treating the protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were demonstrating against the oligarchy under Putin and Yeltsin, before we at The eXiled all got tossed out in 2008. Back then, everyone in the West protested and criticized the way the Russian cops brutally snuffed out dissent, myself included. Now I’m in America, at a demonstration, watching exactly the same brutal crackdown…
While people are now beginning to learn that the police attack on Occupy LA was much more violent than previously reported, few actually realize that much—if not most—of the abuse happened while the protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the press and news media. And the disgraceful truth is that a lot of the abuse was police sadism, pure and simple:
* I heard from two different sources that at least one busload of protesters (around 40 people) was forced to spend seven excruciating hours locked in tiny cages on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. prison bus, denied food, water and access to bathroom facilities. Both men and women were forced to urinate in their seats. Meanwhile, the cops in charge of the bus took an extended Starbucks coffee break.
* The bus that I was shoved into didn’t move for at least an hour. The whole time we listened to the screams and crying from a young woman whom the cops locked into a tiny cage at the front of the bus. She was in agony, begging and pleading for one of the policemen to loosen her plastic handcuffs. A police officer sat a couple of feet away the entire time that she screamed–but wouldn’t lift a finger.
* Everyone on my bus felt her pain–literally felt it. That’s because the zip-tie handcuffs they use—like the ones you see on Iraq prisoners in Abu Ghraib—cut off your circulation and wedge deep through your skin, where they can do some serious nerve damage, if that’s the point. And it did seem to be the point. A couple of guys around me were writhing in agony in their hard plastic seats, hands handcuffed behind their back.
* The 100 protesters in my detainee group were kept handcuffed with their hands behind their backs for 7 hours, denied food and water and forced to sit/sleep on a concrete floor. Some were so tired they passed out face down on the cold and dirty concrete, hands tied behind their back. As a result of the tight cuffs, I wound up losing sensation in my left palm/thumb and still haven’t recovered it now, a day and a half after they finally took them off.
* One seriously injured protester, who had been shot with a shotgun beanbag round and had an oozing bloody welt the size of a grapefruit just above his elbow, was denied medical attention for five hours. Another young guy, who complained that he thought his arm had been broken, was not given medical attention for at least as long. Instead, he spent the entire pre-booking procedure handcuffed to a wall, completely spaced out and staring blankly into space like he was in shock.
* An Occupy LA demonstrator in his 50s who was in my cell block in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center told us all about when a police officer forced him to take a shit with his hands handcuffed behind his back, which made pulling down his pants and sitting down on the toilet extremely difficult and awkward. And he had to do this in sight of female police officers, all of which made him feel extremely ashamed, to say the least.
* There were two vegetarians and one vegan in my cell. When I left jail around 1:30 pm, they still had not been given food, despite the fact that they were constantly being promised that it would come.
* There were 292 people arrested at Occupy LA. About 75 of them have been released or have gotten out on bail, according the National Lawyers Guild. Most are still inside, slapped with $5,000 to $10,000 bail. According to a bail bondsman I know, this is unprecedented. Misdemeanors are almost always released on their own recognizance, which means that they don’t pay any bail at all. Or at most it’s a $100.
* That means the harsh, long detentions are meant to be are a purely punitive measure against Occupy LA protesters–an order that had to come from the very top.
Yasha Levine is an editor of The eXiled. You can reach him at levine [at] exiledonline.com
Want to know more? Read Mark Ames’ appeal for Yasha Levine’s release, as well as the post Levine published just a few hours before he was arrested.

Steve Keen: There Will Be Blood

Summary: The Economist magazine also forecasted uprising well before the so-called Arab Spring and long before the unrest came to Europe and the riots to the UK. With each occasion, however, the local media and those on the property ladder respond as if it were spontaneous evil that could never have been predicted by mathematical and historical certainty. Ignorance is only blissful in a bull market, in a Great Depression it’s suicidal. One major difference between now and the first Great Depression, however, is that in the West at the time we were much more self-sufficient and there were more farmers and local sources of food. With two or three BigAg command and controlling almost the entire US food supply, one wonders what it will be like after another 10 years of this Depression? And with the first generation of university fee debt slaves in the UK about to enter an economy with no jobs for them . . . well, we do, indeed, live in interesting times.

HARDtalk: You’ve also suggested that it could take a rising level of violence.

Steve Keen: The trouble is when you have a growing population and an economy that is used to growth and people expecting to get employed when they leave school and they find that in fact there are not enough new jobs coming on to handle the new entrants into the labor market, even if you grow slightly less than the rate of population change, that means that [you have] a population which you’re saying in the recent media is a lost generation. Well, that lost generation only has one outlet and that is frustration and violence. It is not the way to manage an effective society to be caught in a trap like this. Source

Steve Keen: The Naked Emperor Dethroned