Bright side of the bay

Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, lies on the ground after being struck by an object (presumably a tear gas canister/flash bang) from Oakland Police.  Scott suffered a 2 – 3 inch fracture on the left side of his skull.  Scott will be undergoing brain surgery in the next few days.   (Link)

The most remarkable thing to note about this event is that while Scott was laying on the ground incapacitated with several others trying to help him, an Oakland Police officer calmly lobs a flash bang into the group.  This can be seen in the video below.

Average Salary of a Wall Street Floor Broker: $136,960  1

Average salary for a US Soldier: $20,942  2




Meanwhile in other Oakland California news, the school board decided to close 5 elementary schools to save $2,000,000.   3

The estimated cost of the Oakland Occupy raid on unarmed peaceful protesters was $1,000,000.   4

The cost of city lawsuits regarding Sgt. Patrick Gonzales who over the course of his career has shot 4 people (3 fatalities) and handed out public beatings and strip searches comes in around $3,600,000    5


OWS Pictures – 1

A collection of photos from the web….







Sources: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/





After a long hiatus I’m back with some good news…  Goldman Sachs rules the world



America the Great

I thought that this was worth reposting even though the information is not new to many.

I think it’s worth beating this dead horse…maybe, just maybe this might be eye-opening to somebody.


Original article by David Morris found HERE or HERE.

I’m not going to repost the entire article although it should be read.  I think the graphics speak volumes on their own.


1. Multiplier of CEO Pay to Average Worker Pay. Adam Choate , Dana Rowzee, Jerrod Tinsley, CEO Pay Rates: U.S. vs. Foreign Nations. November 17, 2005. http://tinyurl.com/6cas8ax

2.  % of Total Income Received by Richest 0.1%. A B Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, Top incomes in the long run of history. 2009.http://tinyurl.com/4yje6n7

3. Military Expenditures-2010.  Global Military Spending. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. February 20, 2008.http://armscontrolcenter.org/policy/securityspending/articles/fy09_dod_request_global/

4, Prisoners Per 100,000 Population. Christopher Hartney, US Rates of Incarceration: A Global Perspective. Nat’l Council on Crime and Delinquency.http://tinyurl.com/3mjy4ur

5. Murders Per 100,000 Population. Seventh United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, covering the period 1998 – 2000 (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention).http://tinyurl.com/3uojsfj

6. Health Costs as a % of GDP. Health Care Spending as Percentage of GDP: Talking About Quality Part 1: Health Care Today. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. June 30, 2009. http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=45110

7. Infant Mortality-Deaths Per 1000 Live Births. World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision. Department of Economic & Social Affairs. ESA/P/WP.202. United Nations. http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/WPP2006_Highlights_rev.pdf

8. Social Spending for Families-% of GDP. Chris de Neubourg, et. al. Social Safety Nets and Targeted Social Assistance. Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. http://tinyurl.com/3kvm4py

9.  % of Children Living in Poverty. Child Poverty in Perspective, Innocenti Report Card.  Report Card 7. UNICEF. http://tinyurl.com/3l3cz7a

10. % of Population Experiencing Homelessness-1990-2006. International Perspectives on Homelessness in Developed Nations.  Editor Paul Toro. Journal of Social Issues.  Vol. 63, No. 3. 2007.  http://tinyurl.com/3w4xtdp


Welcome to the American Political System: Version 2011

The recent events that have transpired across the nation are both disheartening and obscene, with so called Democracy clearly being subverted.

(Defined: a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them)

I think its safe now to make the statement that the interest of the people is being trumped for the interests of Corporate structure and the elites that control it.

I would like to point to a fellow blogger(s) who have compiled the most decisive and eye-opening  account about what has been happening.


Gentleman, thank you for taking the time to present such a wealth of information.  I can only hope that any readers of my blog take the time to read your post.


On another note, I noticed a link to this video from The Nation earlier in the week that deserves airplay…


Liberty and Justice for some

For more information regarding this letter see THIS


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General James F. Amos
Commandant of the Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Washington DC 20350-3000

Dear General Amos:

As a former regular Marine Corps captain, a Korean War combat veteran, now retired on Veterans Administration disability due to wounds suffered during that conflict, I write you to protest and express concern about the confinement in the Quantico Marine Corps Base brig of US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning, if the information I have is correct, is charged with having violated provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice by providing to unauthorized persons, among them specifically one Julian Assange and his organization Wikileaks, classified information relating to US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department communications. This seems straightforward enough and sufficient to have Manning court-martialed and if found guilty sentenced in accordance with the UCMJ.

What concerns me here, and I hasten to admit that I respect Manning’s motives, is the manner in which the legal action against him is being conducted. I wonder, in the first place, why an Army enlisted man is being held in a Marine Corps installation. Second, I question the length of confinement prior to conduct of court-martial. The sixth amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing to the accused in all criminal prosecutions the right to a speedy and public trial, extends to those being prosecuted in the military justice system. Third, I seriously doubt that the conditions of his confinement — solitary confinement, sleep interruption, denial of all but minimal physical exercise, etc. — are necessary, customary, or in accordance with law, US or international.

Indeed, I have to wonder why the Marine Corps has put itself, or allowed itself to be put, in this invidious and ambiguous situation. I can appreciate that the decision to place Manning in a Marine Corps facility may not have been one over which you had control. However, the conditions of his confinement in the Quantico brig are very clearly under your purview, and, if I may say so, these bring little credit either to you or your subordinates at the Marine Corps Base who impose these conditions.

It would be inappropriate, I think, to use this letter, in which I urge you to use your authority to make the conditions of Pfc. Manning’s confinement less extreme, to review my Marine Corps career except to note that my last duty prior to resigning my captain’s commission in 1959 was commanding the headquarters company at Quantico. More relevantly, during the 1980s, following a stint as a senior estimates officer in the CIA, I played a very public role as a “whistleblower “ in the Iran-contra affair. At that time, I wondered why Lt. Col. Oliver North, who very clearly violated the UCMJ — and, in my opinion, disgraced our service — was not court-martialed.

When I asked the Navy’s Judge-Advocate General’s office why neither North nor Admiral Poindexter were charged under the UCMJ, the JAG informed me that when officers were assigned to duties in the White House, NSC, or similar offices they were somehow not legally in the armed forces. To my question why, if that were the case, they continued to draw their military pay and benefits, increase their seniority, be promoted while so serving, and, spectacularly in North’s case, appear in uniform while testifying regarding violations of US law before Congress, I could get no answer beyond, “That’s our policy.”

This is not to equate North’s case with Manning. It is only to suggest that equal treatment under the law is one of those American principles that the Marine Corps exists to protect. This is something you might consider.


David C. MacMichael


US Gov’t builds 84 Elementary Schools in 1 day

Actually I’m kidding.

Instead, we spent that $720,000,000 on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today, consequentially destroying other people’s infrastructure.

There is no air conditioning in my local area elementary school because there is no money in the budget.  Children have to travel to the next nearest elementary school for summer programs.  Those who cannot afford to don’t go.

But hey, we’re much safer now.

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." - Henry David Thoreau


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Web Links of Interest

10/20: David Cay Johnston and his look at US pay data, "It's awful."

10/14: Follow Josh Harkinson tweeting live updates from OWS


10/14: Live video feed about the occupation


10/14: Occupy Wall Street Main Site


4/23: As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.


1/19: Once we allow companies to become this powerful, the FCC does not regulate them," says Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. "They regulate the FCC," says the senator.


1/17: Interesting trailer for a documentary, THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS


1/16: Good read from an older article on the beef industry.


1/15: His instructions said: "You should simply 'act' like a regular customer when making these purchases. THERE MUST BE NO MENTION OF THIS BEING A RECALL OF THIS PRODUCT! "


1/15: When you really think about it, it's simply inconceivable that the U.S. Government gets away with doing this. Seizing someone's laptop, digging through it, recording it all, storing the data somewhere, and then distributing it to various agencies is about the most invasive, privacy-destroying measure imaginable.


1/9: A brief history of the promotion of violence and disillusionment in our current political system.


12/31: Howard Zinn died on Wednesday... A tribute on Democracy Now. (1922-2010)


11/24: Down the slippery path from banks too big to fail to execs too rich and important to be prosecuted.


11/24: Amazingly, while some in Congress believe $5 billion per month for unemployment benefits costs too much, they insist on borrowing $700 billion over the next decade to give more tax cuts to the richest 2 percent of Americans.


9/7: Remember, if all 6 billion Earth inhabitants used resources and generated as much waste as America today, we'd already need six Earths. With a 2050 population of 9 billion, it's "game over."

(Interesting article, although the solution at the end is simply laughable.)


8/30: Artist MIA's new music video directed by Romain Gavras conjures up memories of Punishment Park!

(Punishment Park reference)


8/27: The Afghan war from the perspective of the Taliban.


8/26: Judge: "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last," he lamented in his dissent. And invoking Orwell's totalitarian dystopia where privacy is essentially nonexistent, he warned: "Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania."


8/24: The final piece from END:CIV is both a reality check and a call to arms.


8/16: Good article on the growing conservative religious intolerance in America.


8/10: End CIV: A film that examines our cultures addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation..


6/18: Tar Baby - Excellent examination of the oil driven calamity in America


5/23: Oil Paintings and Water Colors


5/4: Deepwater oil spill told in pictures


4/30: Can you vanish in the UK? Probably not


4/16: Warring Culture Part 1


4/15: Rio: caught between heaven and hell


4/14: Netflix Instant Watcher


4/12: Collateral Murder


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