A Cook County judge dismissed charges against 92 Occupy protesters arrested in a Chicago park last October, ruling that the city’s overnight park curfew violated the First Amendment and was being enforced selectively.Read more »
Cost of a 15-pack of Crayola sidewalk chalk: $4. Cost to Orlando taxpayers for arresting chalk protester: $196,363. Chalk protester Timothy Osmar, who sued the city after his arrest, was paid $6,000 in damages, and the three First Amendment attorneys who took his case split $35,000. But the biggest expense was the two high-powered law firms hired by City Hall: Akerman Senterfitt was paid $83,293, and King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth was paid $72,070.Read more »
As week-long protests against the NATO summit begin, city police have bought a potentially dangerous sound cannonRead more »
Video documentation by local activists and independent media shows that police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they’ve been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement.Read more »
This story about the FBI busting "anarchists" for trying to blow up a bridge even has the NY Times wondering why we have an agency that -- like children -- creates their own terrorist plots, "solves" the crime, and gives themselves a round of applause.Read more »
It is ironic that Occupy Wall Street is reportedly very low on cash. This is something that Wall Street itself never has to worry about. They have ready access at all times to as much cash as they need. The Occupiers mistakenly blame capitalism, but it is not capitalism that is behind this inequity. It is the completely anti-capitalist Federal Reserve System.Read more »
The 5 largest banks in the US are conspiring to not have to pay on the Credit Default Swaps they wrote, by using a shadowy organization called the "International Derivatives and Swaps Association". The problem for these bankers is that if they do, they will be insolvent and will make the 2008 economic crisis look like a warmup. They know that they will be blamed for the collapse and are desperate in their attempts to keep it from happening.
This article explores how the bankers will call on their hired politicians, police enforcers, and militaries to distract the public from their crimes.Read more »
Most Occupy activists are big fans of WikiLeaks and Anonymous. Pirates like Kim Dotcom are heroes to them. But Kim Dotcom made $42 million last year from MegaUpload, easily within the top 1%. I think it’s time these activists began to engage in more nuanced thinking when it comes to politics and economics.Read more »
Occupy the Budget - City hall has been declared private property and any one on it is liable to be arrested for trespassing. Derek a Occupy Canada moderator was arrested earlier and will spend the night in custody. He also had his camera smashed. I am heading down there now and hope to see you coming out in support of our city if you can. I will update you when I get back - ThomasRead more »
Fearing imminent eviction due to “encumbrances,” many occupiers began working through the night to “encumber” the park as a protest against the threat.Read more »
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