Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Friday, 3 October 2008
China using surveillance on Skype software users
Now Playing: China spys big time on text messaging and Skype Phone users
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
Surveillance of Skype messages found in China
SanFranscio: A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.
The system tracks text messages sent by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and eBay, the Web auctioneer that owns Skype, an online phone and text messaging service.
The discovery draws more attention to the Chinese government's Internet monitoring and filtering efforts, which created controversy this summer during the Beijing Olympics. Researchers in China have estimated that 30,000 or more "Internet police" monitor online traffic, Web sites and blogs for political and other offending content in what is called the Golden Shield Project or the Great Firewall of China.
The activists, who are based at Citizen Lab, a research group that focuses on politics and the Internet at the University of Toronto, discovered the surveillance operation last month. They said a cluster of eight message-logging computers in China contained more than a million censored messages. They examined the text messages and reconstructed a list of restricted words.
Read This Full Article HERE http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/02/technology/02skype.php
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 4:08 PM PDT
Thursday, 2 October 2008
700 billion.... hell how about 2.5 trillion that is missing from the Pentagon
Now Playing: Fraud - Theft - Coverup - Spin - Lies - Corruption = USA GREED
Hello my friendly Z3 Report Readers The Sky is Falling
http://www.dailyreckoning.com/...Quote below is from the:
"The Daily Reckoning" website (link above)
(quote) Paris, France
Thursday, October 2, 2008below this email)
(( “According to Bloomberg : ‘Senators attached a provision repealing a 39-cent excise tax on wooden arrows designed for children to an historic $700 billion bank rescue that is likely to pass tonight. The provision, originally proposed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith, will save manufacturers such as Rose City Archery in Myrtle Point, Oregon, about $200,000 a year.’ )) (end quote)
Oh hey Z3 Readers, … I was reminded by an email from a friend, about how no one is talking about the 3 trillion dollars that went missing from the Pentagon a few years ago (ha ha)
How do you spell “dumb American” …oh wait what is that saying used once in a while ….The average American is a (you spell it) “G R A P E”
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes. LINK IS HERE: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/05/18/MN251738.DTL
So back to the 700 billion (forget the trillion for a minute ) (ha)
“A stack of 1,ooo dollar bills …..piled 63 miles high would equal one billion dollars
You would need to make 700 piles of 1,ooo dollar bills ….63 miles high to reach that amount !!!
Airplanes fly seven miles high (compared to 63 miles high)
LINK HERE: http://www.cjob.com/blogs/ExcuseMe/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10008510
Oh ya the missing trillion from the Pentagon budget is more like 2.5 trillion
It makes the 700 billion look like spare change
Read more “facts on the missing 2.5 trillion” LINK HERE: http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091001defensebudget
A good forum on this topic is right here:
I say loudly & proudly:
Impeach Bush & Cheney
Vote Nader/Gonzales in 2008
Oh before I forget here is the YouTube video where Cynthia McKinney is jamming Rummy on a few topics ..this is priceless
McKinney takes on Donald Rumsfeld text from video is here: http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/030105_mckinney_question.shtml
The video is here:
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 7:10 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 3 October 2008 4:33 PM PDT
Lawmaker Revives Former KKK Leader's Sterilization Proposal
Now Playing: KKK idea is suggested by Rep John LaBruzo (New Orleans)
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
NEW ORLEANS -- A suburban New Orleans legislator has proposed revisiting an idea from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke: paying poor women to undergo sterilization as a way to shrink welfare rolls and government costs.
Rep. John LaBruzzo's suggestion prompted outrage Wednesday from several of his fellow lawmakers and advocacy groups. The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called the idea mean-spirited and said it would discriminate against black Louisianians.
LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said the idea would involve the state giving $1,000 to women who rely on government support like welfare and food stamps if they agree to have their fallopian tubes tied. He said it was too early to say whether he would introduce such a bill during the 2009 legislative session, but he said he was researching it.
Full Article that I read on Sept 18 2008 is located here:
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 11:20 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 2 October 2008 4:43 PM PDT
Friday, 26 September 2008
Clifton - Arrested - Assaulted - Tasered - re Arrested - Mockery of Justice -
Now Playing: Tazered Victim and his treatment by the Portland legal system
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
author: Joe Anybody (me)
Z3 Readers this was posted on Portland Indy Media website by me,
The link is here:
A man who was assaulted on Belmont street as he was getting on a bus to go to work back in June 08
He calls for the police and waits ....only to get tasered and arrested.
Months latter while looking for his police report at the Central Precinct .... he is arrested again. Is this justice or a Mockery of Justice?
Mockery Of Justice - Stop Violence Now
Follow up two video set for man that was tasered by the police when he was the victim of an assault. After being tasered, arrested and then appearing in court for the charges, Clifton found out the case was not being pursued at the time.
This was first reported here on Indy Media in June 2008 found at this link:
For the next four months he repeatedly was going to the police station to get his police report
He was never provided a copy of any report, always denied, and continuously told it was not available nor could it be located, week after week this was how he was acknowledged.
Four months latter which was just recently, when Clifton was back down at the Central Prescient here in Portland, looking for his copy of the police report ... .he was told to go to the main lobby desk. Upon checking in he was then ""ARRESTED" for a warrant stemming from the tasering incident.
Obviously the charges were reinstated and he was taken into custody for a second time.
Don't ask how to explain this.
For it makes no sense.
Its not about Justice, it's a mockery of justice.
I re-interviewed Clifton on 9.25.08 two block from where he was tasered, months ago.
In the follow up 2 part video clip Clifton explains what he has been going through.
He now has a trial date on 10.10.08 at the city courthouse.
The fact he was a crime victim and then later tackled and tasered by the police, is not what the trial is about.
Listen to the update and see how ass backwards Justice is being served here in Portland Oregon
Previously recorded video 4 part set - filmed at the time of the tasering in June 08
tape <1> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cDRlvOCq5M
tape <2> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyGQ9Cqaf8o
tape <3> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH2Ee_hZxGc
tape <4> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnBMPk-VAws
Points to consider:
>> Clifton was assaulted by two drunk men on a city street while boarding Trimet bus 15
>> A window was broken while the men attacked and fought with Clifton
>> Clifton called the police and waited there on the corner for them to show up
>> Clifton hit his hand on a nearby building, being stressed out and mad, he didn't realize it but his hand hit a mirror/window and it broke as he waited for the police
>> In spite of the broken mirror/window Clifton still waited for the police
>> When the police arrived they didn't ask him anything, nor get his statement
>> When the police arrived they took him "down to the ground and then tasered him"
>> Clifton never resisted nor threatened the police. He didn't even have a chance to speak
>> Clifton was thus assaulted by the police, tasered and arrested, and taken to jail
>> Clifton lost his job that night and had to walk home from downtown the next morning
>> The two men who jumped him have never been found nor their crime investigated
>> Charges were not being pressed when Clifton went to court, the DA had "no charges"
>> He spent four months trying to get a copy of his police report, and it was never obtained
>> Recently when at the police station looking for his arrest information, he was arrested a second time, without warning and lacking any respect
>> Clifton was never notified of any change in his prosecution charges
>> Clifton was never asked to report in to the courts or the police, nor informed of the new charges
>> Clifton was finally given a lawyer and will speak with him/her with only 3 days before his trial comes up
>> Clifton is a quit, soft spoken, and has a very "un aggressive" demeanor.
>> Clifton is innocent and is being charged with a misdemeanor crimes
>> Clifton was an assault victim, harmed by two drunks, as well as the Portland police
>> Justice is not being served. This is a mockery and is shamefully disrespectful
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 5:19 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 26 September 2008 5:34 PM PDT
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Cops, Laws and Videotape
Now Playing: JOE ANYBODY - POLICE - CAMERAS & CIVIL RIGHTS
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
Cops, Laws and Videotape
[Posted by Catalina Vazquez on September 19, 2008]
Seventeen years ago, a video of the arrest of a Los Angeles resident named Rodney King raised questions about recording police officers. Many of these legal and ethical questions still resonate in Oregon and elsewhere today. A Portlander who recently had his camera confiscated and received a citation for taping cops in action, intends to sue the Portland Police. The Oregon law used by officers to confiscate observers’ equipment is somewhat ambiguous. It’s unclear how the law applies differently to video than it does to audio recordings.
For now, police observers continue to use video as a tool, and police officers continue to decide how to address the practice one case at a time. The city of Beaverton, for example, just decided not to pursue charges against a man who was arrested for recording another arrest.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of recording audio and video of police officers? Have you ever observed an arrest or other police action? What did you see? If you’ve ever been stopped or arrested by police, how did you feel about being observed by your fellow citizens?
COMMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE OPB WEBSITE
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 11:30 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 23 September 2008 11:33 AM PDT
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Joe Anybody?s files tort claim for Police taking his camera
Now Playing: My tort claims seeks "policy change"
This is an article I wrote and posted on Portland Indy Media 9/16/08http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379622.shtmlor (it was double posted)http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379620.shtmlAnd I sent it to Street Roots Blog 9/16/08 http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/joe-anybody%e2%80%99s-files-tort-claim-for-police-taking-his-camera/#more-420********************************************************
Joe Anybody Files A Tort Claim with Portland Police
An update on the situation where ( i ) an independent media videotographer (and average joe citizen) who filmed the police in downtown Portland, had his camera confiscated and was issued a ticket. The ticket based on ORS 165.540 was for illegally recording a conversation without consent. An hour later, they gave me back the camera complete with my tape. That was on March 25 2008
Portland Indy Media link regarding this is here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/03/373979.shtml?discuss
It was weeks later at court that I was told: “The charges were not being pursued by the DA at this time.” They said I should “check back-in, in a couple weeks”
I did and they were not pursuing it.
The fact of “no charges” is great, of course. Only now, I have to worry for two years that they “might change their minds.”
That is real comforting. (not)
Let me explain a couple things that were interesting about what happened that day.
All I did was film two police officers (latter it became three) on a public sidewalk from a safe distance away. I never disturbed nor acted threatening to that police situation that I was filming. As an independent video / film documenter for peace and justice events that happen here in Portland, I felt I was acting perfectly within my rights to video tape this public happening.
I was never told to move back or turn off my video camera. But when for lack of better words “the shakedown” was over… the officer I first seen walking down the street from the beginning, came over to me… and I soon became the criminal. I was not worried at the time I filmed, nor concerned, for I was doing nothing wrong, and I knew that it is not against the law to film the police. Yet I was the one who was singled out and then told to “Hand over my camera.”
I think this public servant / police officer really didn’t like the fact I filmed him as he was hassling / questioning / shaking down / doing the … don’t I know you / kind of thing?
I also think he used on me as an excuse, the old “secret wire taping law.” For when he says, “Are you recording my audio?” well …. “Yes” I say, “I am video-recording.!” The officer was setting the stage by this question to lead me into the setting that “He didn’t know I was recording his audio (communications) and that would be the crime.” At the same time, I also say, “That would be both, audio and video.” (For I can not even if I wanted to, turn off the audio on my cam recorder which is the same for most video common video recorders, camera phones, etc there are out in the publics hands, the video and audio are all one function.)
The irony of him referring to the fact that I am “audio recording him” is in that: the camera in my hand was significant knowledge that I was audio recording and video recording it was no secret and would have been obvious to anyone seeing me do this. This was not a microphone up my sleeve. The beat around the bush question “Are you audio recording me?” is pertaining to the hidden wire concept or the hidden tape recorder as when one surreptitiously records in a clandestine way without permission or a warrant.
This situation was far from that. In fact as he took the camera from me. I mentioned to inform him and his partner, “I am the media I am a journalist, I am documenting and reporting events for peace and justice.” He pretty much ignored me. His partner told me the name of their supervisor (I asked). And that was whom I was heading to see next just as soon as I was done with the media intimidation and shake down at hand at the moment.
I was shocked to see my camera in the officer’s hands.
As I stood there, watching, dumbfounded, I felt robbed and violated. I felt at that time, as if the constitution was being raped and I had to stand there watching it happen. How can the cops just take my camera from me? Was this all because I filmed him being a tough bully to two innocent people?
That decision, to take my camera by the officer was not about law and order. It was about intimidating the media and silencing anyone who wanted to document how the officer was treating citizens on the streets of Portland. (A side note is that the same officer was filmed by an Indy videotographer where he was caught on film (!) as he fired rubber bullets into a crowd of Bush protesters sometime around the late 90”s right here in Portland.) But I digress.
Twenty minutes latter, I was walking briskly and directly to the city police station. It was when I was three blocks away that the same two cops roll up next to me and say “ You going to the station?” … I say “Yep!” They say, “Meet us in the lobby” …. Heck, … I think ... this all seems kind of hooky and unprofessional … now what?
What happens in the station lobby is basic, it is another twenty minutes of waiting before the one officer who took my camera comes out to talk to me. I tell him I didn’t know I was interfering and that I am sorry if I was. I tell him I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong by recording him in public. I let him know in all sincerity that I did not want to get in their way nor cause them a problem while I was documenting. I thought we both understood each other pretty well, after a 10-minute talk, but as I was handed my camera back, I also was handed a ticket for violating ORS 165.540.
He just couldn’t let it go, he was intent on leaving me with troubles for my filming.
The officer seemed like he wanted me to go away with a lesson.
And that would be … “Don’t film the police!”
It will end up costing you money in fines and your camera or you may be heading to jail…. For the maximum fine is one year in jail and a few thousand dollars. It seemed to me that was his message, and that he wanted me to remember it. If I ever planned on filming the police again, unless I was far away down the street (That was the officer suggestion of where I could safely film from, when I asked him what he recommended) or from across the street, otherwise I would be asking for trouble.
Now need I remind anyone about the Rodney King filming incident, where a citizen filmed the police and was able to share their account of what happened. By their right to free speech and the ability to film the police without it (them) being considered illegal, citizens were preserving justice and making the police accountable for their public actions as well as expressing them selves as protected by The Bill of Rights.
And now we have the recent episodes of journalist in St Paul at the Republican Convention, who also seem to have very similar cases going on. The police there are arresting, taking cameras, and hurting journalist physically and intimidating them for being there and documenting (as the free press should be able to do.) The condition and atmosphere of this incident with me in Portland, was not quite the same, my case happened a quite street in downtown Portland, where I was getting my constitution of free speech and free press violated. (Let’s not forget the two innocent civilians I filmed, their freedoms were being violated as well) How do I know they were innocent … Well they were stopped, hassled, and searched …not sure what the probable cause was (if any) and then they were let go … for which I say “ they were innocent.”
The way the police were treating them is evident in my video, and I didn’t like how it was playing out. They both were not charged nor was anything found in the “shakedown.” The irony is there was no crime that warranted the two to three officers stopping these individuals in the first place. And ( i ) filming this charade irritated the officer, whereupon I, then became “The criminal” … So in reality all this resulted in was me (independent media) being the fall guy for a frustrated bully cop, who was using a vague outdated policy that suppresses freedom under the pretense I was illegally recording a public event.
Let me mention a few more things.
The stop of these two men, if I may I point out, is that the one singled (and referred by the officer) out as a drug dealer was of darker skin, and for all purposes of constitutional freedom, seemed unwarranted and very unethically?
I also know that the from the beginning these two were being followed on foot, it looked serious from the determining actions of the peace officer as he strode beside me coming up from behind the two men on foot. The two civilians where were peacefully walking up the sidewalk 50 feet ahead, so I started filming. It just seemed out of place, and odd to see the officer on foot following the two men as he was doing when he walked past me.
The men from the very beginning, tell the officer “Hey look officer you are being filmed!” The first officer even informs officer two by saying on video “Looks like we are being filmed!” Officer number two say’s (also on camera) “I see that!”
So that in itself should have relieved the question or surprise to them that they were being recorded (yes audio & video) without their knowledge, for I was out in open view!
Now all that leads us to the next part, of the here and now action I am taking.
I have just filed a tort claim with the city of Portland, here in the second week of September in 2008. It is filed in pursuant to ORS30.275
I am asking for three things. The first two are minor nominal money charges for the hassles of mine, camera confiscation, tickets, courts, etc. I am (only) asking for 100$. And the other monetary demand is for my attorney who is representing me, his fee is for the time and efforts to pursue this and represent me. That said, that is the only monetary amounts we are asking for. Sadly both these monetary amounts will be paid, (If I win my case) out of city taxpayers’ money. The mistakes made with callous or reckless intent, is paid for by the citizens of this city in fines and lawsuits, making policy that explains the guidelines clarifies everyone’s boundaries, can only benefit all parties involved. Public accountability and upholding the constitution is one of the requirements I am sure that is required to work for our city in a public servant role. As well as having a legal policy regarding video recording would be just as prudent and expected in these days .
That is why the third and most poignant part of my tort claim will be for the city to develop a policy that honors the constitution, as well as my rights and others that are filming in the public arena, the police, or public servants while they are working or doing their jobs as public servants. My sole purpose here in this tort claim is to change the outdated policy that allows the city police to intimidate and tickets citizens or journalists who are filming them in the public arenas. This intent is to change the policy to respect the constitutional rights of free speech, free expression, and reporting what happens in or on the public streets.
I am asking the city (police) by the means of a lawsuit to “Change your policy regarding videotographeres and independent journalist (or even just a joe citizen) who are filming the police in public”. The outdated law that is being “twisted” and manipulated to ensnare or to intimidate those who legally film, police on the streets, and are filming within their constitutional right, needs to be addressed as a sound, clear, and updated policy. Years ago in 1991, when Tom Potter was the police Chief there was a policy that he had enacted that covered this very issue. But years latter and a few new chiefs at the helm the chilling reality is that there are some police who are scaring and using their authority to miss represent the intention of a law (as in this wiretapping law) and use it to quell those who may be documenting their unethically behavior or what is happening, be it right or wrong. There may even be a few officers as well as videotographer’s who naively don’t know what the vague law of today really encompasses when it comes to filming and recording in public.
Now just as the video I made shows the police treating the two men with rather brass and callous intentions, it could also have served to document the civilians dong something bad or wrong at the time just as easily. Now obviously that is not even the facts, for this case, but …had something happened to the officers at that time, my video documenting would have collaborated and possibly helped the police see exactly what happened.
For as I mentioned near the beginning of this article, and as I told the police that day, “I am filming for peace and justice!” I am not out on the streets trying to cause trouble. I was documenting what happens with my video camera. I am concerned about media right, civil rights, honesty, peace, and justice is documented and shared with the community. As I also stated my intentions were not to get in the way or cause any disturbance.
My tort claim in pursuant to ORS .275 is to ask the city of Portland to change their outdated policy.
My final thoughts regarding the importance of filming and the ability to document the police while they are on duty in the public is that when you see my video then read the police report … it is two different stories. The police reports that the two men were “suspected of buying drugs” …. Not sure how their suspected of that assumption?
The report says they became defensive and confrontational, in the video that scene is probably where you can see they (citizens) are being “accused of buying and selling drugs!” Also as you see in the video they deny that charge. They are vocal about “not doing that” in which the officer accuses them of doing. You can’t blame them, they are being accused with out provocation by the officer who is following them.
The report tells that the people watching (me and others next to me) from 30 feet away are threats …yet the video doesn’t show that they were in any way a threat at all. The officers report says he pushed the civilian because he wouldn’t move back (Yet in the video you see the man step back, as the officers steps “towards” him to push him) The report says the officer “Couldn’t move back because the trolley line passes behind him by just a few feet” (?) Yet in the video, the trolley is over to his right parallel and he could of “backed up for 20 blocks or more. For he was not blocked nor trapped by the trolley/ street” as he misinforms the readers in his report. As I said my video, show otherwise.
My point is that the video tells the story in real way that seems to not be explained nor reported in the police report correctly. The video is a way for me to document what ( i ) see and to convey it to others, which is my free speech. The reason I feel this is important to do is that as you watch this video it shows an interesting version that is very different that what the officer claims he was doing or what he says happened.
The fact that I didn’t like what seems unjust, and is in my video I captured, seems not right nor ethical, I should have the freedom to record and comment on it. My video is not manipulated; it is a real reproduction of the event at the time. It is an important and legal for me to have the freedom to film with out being threatened for my liberty or my property. My video was seized and watched which is a violation of my rights to privacy of my persons, papers, and affects guaranteed by The Bill Of Rights.
I gave no permission for my equipment and specifically my tape to be looked at.
I can see why this officer didn’t want me to film. But now its time to ask: “Was that right for that officer to do that to me.” Or we can develop policy that is respectful of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights especially regarding my free speech and move along?
Simply that can be done by the city just contacting my attorney to work out the details. If for example they don’t want to work out a policy on this, we mention in our tort claim that we will be filing a federal claim under 42 USC 1983, but as I mentioned that would be only if the city is unwilling to address this. My sincere hope is that we can work together on this.
I have a good feeling they will want to address this. I had at one point introduced my self to the police chief when I (out on the sidewalk) ran across her at peace protest, standing outside of city hall (a month latter after the camera issue) and ( i ) introduced myself as the guy who had his camera taken by one of her officers. She (Chief Rosie) affirmed that she thought the law for video recording and the use of the audio wiretapping law as it was applied to me should be revised and modified to the current times at hand with so many cameras in public. (Those are my words regarding quoting her comment to me)
So I hope in that vain this ends with progressive change and respect.
My intention is to get the city to make a policy change, regarding filming the police while on duty and in public, that is respectful of the constitution, and the citizens of Portland. A policy that affords free speech and free press protections as one would expect based on the constitution. As well as allowing for a policy change that promotes open, honest, and transparent public service, to we the people of Portland.
The Portland Independent Media Readers will be first to know the outcome.
The original video of me filming the police stop and having my camera seized is here:
Archived links and a variety of related videos clips of this issue are on my website here:
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 3:23 PM PDT
Monday, 15 September 2008
Nader and the Economic news = No New News To Me
Now Playing: Ralph Nader and teh Economy - See my Blog post from this morning
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT
Z3 Readers, on this momentous Monday, September 15, 2008.... please read more about the news of the banking industry in my blog post from this morning (directly following this entery)
The prudential choice for 2008.
We woke up this morning early on 9-15-08
Turned on C-Span radio.
And heard Brian Lamb quoting Ralph Nader.
From years ago.
With Ralph warning about extravagance, recklessness, and excessive compensation on Wall Street.
Warning years ago about the undue influence of Fannie and Freddie on Democrats and Republicans alike.
Warning about the failure of our government to protect small investors.
Throughout his career, Nader has strong been a strong advocate for due diligence.
For protecting shareholder rights.
For prudential regulation.
And strict oversight of the markets.
While the Democrats and Republicans have bent to the whims of their corporate masters and Wall Street's bottom line imperatives.
Nader has been steadfast in his advocacy for safety, regulation, and protecting the little guy.
Unfortunately for the nation and for investors, his warnings have gone largely unheeded.
On this momentous Monday, as we watch the fallout from the failed policies, greed and extravagance of the corporate political class unfold, we make this simple note.
Due diligence, prudential regulation, and strict oversight of the markets -- Nader-style -- would have gone a long way to averting the disaster currently hitting Wall Street.
Instead, it was short-term fast and dirty profits, muzzled politicians, and throw caution to the wind.
And so now, the American people are learning the hard way about the consequences of a reckless corporate dominated political economy.
But thanks to your hard work, we are in a position to give America a choice in November.
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 5:40 PM PDT
Middle Class - Banking Bailout - and the Bad Economy
Now Playing: Sept 15 2008 - overnight the banking industry slips and trips
Topic: BIG MONEY PLAYERS
BofA Buys Merrill;
Lehman Files for Bankruptcy;
AIG, WaMu Teeter
Another firm wasn't so lucky: Unable to find a buyer over the weekend, 158-year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy Monday morning. Lehman's liquidation will mark the largest collapse of a Wall Street bank since Drexel Burnham Lambert folded in the wake of the junk bond scandal almost two decades ago.
The problems don't end there. "We will see other major financial firms fail," Greenspan said on "This Week." Giant insurance company American International Group (A.I.G.) asked the Federal Reserve for $40 billion, "without which the company may have only days to survive," according to the Times. Washington Mutual, too, may be in trouble, after its shares plummeted late last week and Moody's Investor Service downgraded the bank's debt to "junk" status.
And in Europe, a Swiss newspaper reported that Swiss bank UBS will have to take another $5 billion in write-downs.We'll see what happens over the course of the day on Monday, but A.I.G., at least, seems to be in serious trouble. Adam Bakhtiar, a CNBC analyst, called Sunday's events a "tidal wave of horrific news." James K. Galbraith, an economist and contributing writer for Mother Jones, wrote in an email that while he has "a pretty good record on attacking Wall Street," his "schadenfreude is very much under control at the moment":The world will not be a better place with two free-standing investment banks—Goldman [Sachs] and Morgan [Stanley]—and a half-dozen major commercial banks, if that, running everything. Further, there is a risk that the unraveling will become disorderly and out of control from this point, as assets hit the market in fire sales and do not find takers.
This will affect pension funds and greatly compound the collapse of the wealth position of the middle class.... The collapse of Wall Street will hit Main Street like Ike hit Houston.
So how do we get out of this crisis? Well, the prime mover of all of these problems is the collapse of the housing bubble in the United States. "There's no question that this is in the process of outstripping anything I've seen, and it still is not resolved and it still has a way to go," Greenspan said Sunday. "And indeed, it will continue to be a corrosive force until the price of homes in the United States stabilizes."
The collapse of Lehman and the broadening crisis will undoubtedly be topic "A" for the presidential campaigns this week.
Barack Obama and John McCain want to lead this country.
How do they plan to respond to Monday morning's news?
This article was copied from the Mother Jones Website link here:
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 1:05 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 15 September 2008 1:11 PM PDT
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Iraq child bombing victim arrives in Portland - Media are silent
Now Playing: Iraq Child - Hurt from US bombs - Gets Chance In Portland Oregon 9-9-08
Iraq child bombing victim arrives in Portland - Media are silent
|I went to the PDX airport with 100 people to greet Mustafa. Lots of media showed up but it seems non of the major four networks ran the story on TV news. Another person and I carried a 10 foot banner that read "Welcome to America, we vow to stop bombing children" When the media totally ignored it, I folded it in half and gave it to some children. They stood holding it "stop bombing children" A shocking image Americans will never consider. |
|I was at the Airport. At the end, when media were packing up I spoke up for the first time and simply said "thanks to the media for showing up". The crowd cheered. Sadly I came home and watched most TV stations and saw nothing. KOIN showed dragon boats, a car crash, car vandalism. KGW, a fire, a giant lizard, a martial arts guy dies. KATU grass fire, teen driving age, ford recall, car windows smashed. KPTV feces in a garden, Hurricane IKE, teen robber gets 8 years in jail. Kudos to the Oregonian. To the others... MLK said "there comes a time when silence is betrayal" |
Signed, Joe Rowe
Here is the story of Mustafa
Blow is the link to the story in the Oregonian
by Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian
Tuesday September 09, 2008, 10:00 PM
Well-wishers turn out Tuesday at Portland International Airport to welcome Mustafa Abed, 5, and his father, Ahmed Mohammed (in tan shirt). Mustafa was 2 when he lost his leg and suffered severe internal injuries during a U.S. missile attack in Iraq. Portlanders raised money to bring the child to Oregon for the medical care and prosthetic he needs.
When the air raid began, Nidhal Aswad gripped her child in her arms and ran, but she couldn't escape the nightmare that her boy's world would become.
A U.S. missile struck a nearby building, knocking the two to the street in Fallujah, western Iraq. When Aswad regained consciousness, she heard her 2-year-old, Mustafa Ahmed Abed, screaming. Shrapnel had severed his bowel, left leg and most of his hip.
That terrible day in November 2004, Aswad couldn't have imagined that nearly four years later, strangers from the same country that fired that missile would donate money and medical expertise to help her child heal. She couldn't have dreamed, in other words, of the scene that unfolded Tuesday at Portland International Airport, after her husband and son touched down.
"Imagine if this was your child and a community reached forward to do this," Maxine Fookson said Tuesday. "Your heart would swell."
Fookson and her husband, Ned Rosch, are ringleaders in the effort to bring Mustafa, now 5, to Portland. Medical teams at Shriners and Doernbecher children's hospitals expect to fit the boy with a prosthetic leg and explore whether they can improve his abdominal wounds.
He will be the fourth child from Iraq or Afghanistan to be treated at Portland Shriners Hospital for Children since the war began.
Fookson and Rosch had their radio tuned to 90.7 FM, KBOO, one day last October when they heard an interview with Cole Miller, a California screenwriter who in 2002 co-founded No More Victims. The nonprofit, nonsectarian, humanitarian group advocates for peace and brings war-injured Iraqi children to the United States for medical care they can't get in their own struggling country.
The interview hit the Southeast Portland couple right where their passions live: Fookson, 55, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Multnomah County Health Department. Rosch, 58, is director of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Both are active in Portland's peace movement.
Fookson said she remembers thinking: "It was our tax dollars that bought the bombs. Why isn't it our volunteer dollars that do the healing?"
They called Miller at No More Victims and started a Portland chapter, one of more than 20 nationwide.
"Portland is a city with a very large heart and wonderful pediatric resources," Fookson and Rosch wrote in a November appeal to colleagues, friends and acquaintances. "We'd like to put these into action by banding together. ... We are reaching out for your help."
Responses poured in.
Churches passed collection plates for No More Victims. Neighbors raised money at potlucks and poetry readings. The metro area's Muslim community offered help. Franklin High School students spent the summer stitching a welcome quilt for Mustafa.
The group raised about $20,000 and will continue fundraising, Fookson said.
While No More Victims arranges donated medical care, the group estimates it costs $17,000 to $25,000 to bring an Iraqi child and one of their parents, usually the father, to the United States. Because fathers typically are the family wage earner, the nonprofit also provides Iraqi families a stipend while the father is away.
In addition to his mother, Mustafa has a younger brother and sister at home.
When he's not hospitalized, Mustafa and his father will live at Ronald McDonald House.
Until they examine him this week and next, doctors won't know what surgeries Mustafa needs or how long he might have to stay in Portland. It could be four to six months, Fookson said.
Doctors know the boy uses a colostomy bag but don't know the extent of his internal injuries; medical records from the war zone are more scant than the medical care available there.
Because he lost his leg so high on his hip, fitting him with a prosthetic will be challenging. Kay Weber, a spokeswoman, said difficult cases such as Mustafa's are Shriners' specialty; the nonprofit hospital, which provides free care to needy children, has the region's largest pediatric orthopedic medical staff.
About 100 Oregonians bearing balloons, flowers and warm smiles turned out at PDX on Tuesday to greet Mustafa and his father, Ahmed Mohammed. Among the welcoming party, of course, was Fookson, who sounded nearly breathless with anticipation, her hopes high for the child she called "a little ambassador of peace."
-- Katy Muldoon; firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories: Breaking News
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 11:15 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Russia gives 21 days for NATO to leave the Black Sea Area
Now Playing: Russia stands up to - NATO ships being warned - USA involvement
Russia Gives Nato 21 Days To Leave Black Sea
Posted by Joe Anybody from this link on 9/9/08
On September 3, 2008, George Norey the host of Coast to Coast which is heard in the US on over 500 Stations and through out the world, interviewed Steve Qualye.
The bottom line is that Russia has given NATO 21 DAYS to Exit the Black Sea.
Could this be the start of something big?
Could this postpone the USA Election?
There is so much more I could write but I will let the video stand for itself.
This is a serious warning and could create all kinds of problems world wide.
The US Government will be "technically" Bankrupt as of September 30th, so we will see.
Please feel free to down load this video, post it on your own channel, rate it and send it on.
Blessings to all of you who have subscribed and believe in individual from.
Cheers for now,
From the Southern Hemisphere.
You know, the God zone, in New Zealand.
Here is what the news said today about what is happening.....(no this is not a US report, they only have entertainment in the US, no real news).
A US Navy flagship carrying humanitarian aid yesterday steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region.
A previous trip by US warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand-off could intensify in the Black Sea port of Poti.
The arrival of the USS Mount Whitney, flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, came as Moscow accused Dick Cheney, the hawkish US Vice-President, of stoking tensions during a visit to Tbilisi this week. After meeting President Saakashvili, Mr Cheney vowed to bring Georgia into the Nato alliance. Russia sees such moves as Western encroachment on its traditional sphere of influence.
Russia's leaders have accused previous US warships that docked at the port of Batumi, to the south, of delivering weapons to re-arm the smashed Georgian military — charges that Washington denied.
Related Links * Cheney delivers warning to Moscow * Britain values unity in Nato over Georgia * Georgia linked to Nato early warning system
While Russia again questioned the deployment of what it described as "the number one ship of its type in the US Navy" in the Black Sea, it said that it planned no military action in response. The Russian Army has kept a small component of soldiers in Poti, where Georgian officials accuse them of looting port authority buildings.
"Naval ships of that class can hardly deliver a large amount of aid," said Andrei Nesterenko, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman. "Such ships have a hold for keeping provisions for the crew and items needed for sailing. How many tonnes of aid can a ship of that type deliver?"
He said that the presence of US warships could contravene international conventions governing shipping in the Black Sea, and in particular restrictions on the entry of naval ships from countries that do not share a Black Sea coastline. The small Russian garrison in Poti would pose no military threat to a vessel like the Mount Whitney, but the proximity of two hostile forces in such a fraught environment set the political temperature rising again in the Caucasus a month after Russia's five-day war with Georgia.
Moscow, which followed up its crushing military defeat of Georgia by unilaterally recognising two of its breakaway provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, was angry that Mr Cheney still insisted on Georgia's entrance into the Atlantic alliance — something several key Nato members oppose. "The new promises to Tbilisi relating to the speedy membership of Nato strengthen the Saakashvili regime's dangerous feeling of impunity and encourages its dangerous ambitions," said Mr Nesterenko.
Visiting Kiev, the Ukrainian capital yesterday, Mr Cheney kept up his tough anti-Russian rhetoric when he urged Ukraine's squabbling pro-Western leaders to unite in the face of threats to the country's security. He met President Yushchenko and Yuliya Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister, and told them that Ukraine's best hope was to be "united with other democracies".
Mr Yushchenko has accused his former Orange Revolution ally of siding with Russia in the war with Georgia, an allegation she denies. The split led to the collapse of Ukraine's coalition Government on Tuesday.
After endorsing Georgia's application, Mr Cheney said that the US was also committed to Ukraine's membership of Nato. Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house, accused Mr Cheney of forging an "anti-Russian axis".
Posted by Joe Anybody
at 11:56 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 9 September 2008 12:02 PM PDT
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