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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scott Olsen: "I Swore to Defend the Constitution and I'm Continuing to D...

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In this exclusive from MSNBC's the ED Show, Scott Olsen is interviewed by MSM for the first time since being released from hospital.



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Tiny, portable prefab cube shelters in medieval French town

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They're just 3 meters (9.8 feet) by 3 meters and just about as high. They'd make great tiny homes, but these portable cube prefabs- they can be moved on a flatbed (in 2 parts) and installed with a forklift- are being used across France as rural hotels.

Carré d'étoiles translates to "Box of stars" and this vacation prefab was designed for stargazing, with a large domed skylight just feet above the lofted bed.

It's less than 100 square feet, but it sleeps four (platform and sofa beds) and includes a full kitchen, sitting area, a bathroom, a shower, plus storage and shelving.

In this video, Caroline of the Carrés d'étoiles de la Paleine in Le Puy-Notre-Dame, France shows us her star cubes.

Music credit: "Parisian" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

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Banks May Have Illegally Foreclosed On 5,000 Members Of The Military

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Banks May Have Illegally Foreclosed On 5,000 Members Of The Military

For months, major banks have been dealing with the fallout of the “robo-signing” scandal, following reports that the banks were improperly foreclosing on homeowners and, in many instances, falsifying paperwork that they were submitting to courts. Banks have been forced to go back and re-examine foreclosures to ensure that homeowners did not lose their homes unlawfully.
In the latest episode of this mess, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has found that banks — including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup — may have improperly foreclosed on up to 5,000 active members of the military:
Ten leading US lenders may have unlawfully foreclosed on the mortgages of nearly 5,000 active-duty members of the US military in recent years, according to data released by a federal regulator. [...]
The data released by the OCC are based on estimates prepared by lenders and their consultants. BofA said it is reviewing 2,400 foreclosures involving active-duty military families to see if they were conducted properly. Wells Fargo is reviewing 870 foreclosures and Citigroup is looking at 700 cases.
Also under review are 575 foreclosures at OneWest, formerly known as IndyMac; 87 at HSBC; 80 at US Bancorp; 56 at Aurora, formerly known as Lehman Brothers Bank; 25 at MetLife; six at Sovereign; and three at EverBank.
Back in April, JPMorgan Chase, which was not one of the 10 banks that the OCC examined, agreed to a $56 million settlement over allegations that it had overcharged members of the military on their mortgages. Chase Bank has even auctioned off the home of a military member the very day that he returned from Iraq. Two other mortgage servicers agreed in May to settle charges of improperly foreclosing on servicemembers.
Even without the banks illegally foreclosing, military members have been hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. Last year alone, 20,000 members of the military faced foreclosure, a 32 percent increase over 2008. The newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is tasked with ensuring that military members are treated fairly by financial services companies — a job that is obviously necessary — but Republicans in Congress have, so far, refused to confirm a director for the agency, leaving it unable to fulfill all of its responsibilities.

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Robert Reich: Extend the payroll tax cut

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The American economy is sagging. Job growth at a standstill. So what's the best way to kickstart the economy?...
Published: 2011-11-30 06:00:00 GMT
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Kai Ryssdal:  It looks like the payroll tax cut is maybe, probably, possibly going to be extended past the end of the year. Assuming Democrats and Republicans can find a way to pay for it.
And we all know what happens when you assume, though. So get ready the umpteenth round of the budget fight.
Commentator Robert Reich has a suggestion.

Robert Reich: The basic bargain at the heart of the American economy used to be that employers paid their workers enough to buy what employers were selling. That bargain created a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, more jobs, and better wages.
Back in 1914 Henry Ford decided to pay his workers three times the average factory wage because they'd use the money to buy Model-Ts. His profits doubled in two years.
But now that bargain has come apart. New data from the Commerce Department shows employee pay down to the smallest share of the economy since the government began collecting the data in 1929. And corporate profits, the largest share of the economy since then.
Yet incredibly, some politicians think the best way to restart the nation's job engine is to make corporations even more profitable. That means reducing corporate taxes and cutting back on regulations.
These same politicians want average workers to have even less money. They're against extending the payroll tax cut or unemployment benefits. And they want to make it harder for workers to form unions.
These politicians have it upside down.
The reason companies aren't creating more jobs is because consumers don't have money. And their spending accounts for 70 percent of the economy.
You see, without the basic bargain we're in a vicious cycle. The only way out is to put more money into the pockets of average Americans. At the very least, extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.
Beyond this, we need a new WPA to get the long-term unemployed back to work. And a Civilian Conservation Corp to create jobs for young people. More teachers for overcrowded classrooms. More construction workers rebuilding highways and bridges.
Pay for all this by hiking taxes on millionaires. Get it? There's really only way to revive the American economy. That's by restoring the basic bargain.

Ryssdal: Robert Reich teaches public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is called "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future." We hope your comments are in our future. Send us your thoughts.

The NDAA Shreds the Constitution

I'm so scared. And I'm very sad for you young folks. Man, when it all came crashing down, it wasn't in increments that we could challenge and resist; it all happened all at once, so overwhelming! We can't lose faith, no matter HOW horrible all this looks: crack down on the interwebs, so we can't communicate; this shit; federalized police attacks. They don't seem to realize all they're doing is radicalizeing people. You hear about the public workers' strike in UK? I have a friend there who would have done anything to avoid this, but he was on the pickets today, witnessing first hand as traffic barricades were removed to make it easier for passing cars to drive, full speed, through the pickets. And Goldman Sachs is controlling every country in the euro zone... it's all turning into a private prison, gulag serfdom, overnight. Hug someone you love. Get rid of anything in your lives that is destructive, distracting or a burden. Don't use credit. Get somewhere u can grow at least some of your own food. Know your neighbors and form coalitions with them. We're all in this together, or we're all in this alone. Merry freakin xmas. shit.
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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 is mind-bogglingly unconstitutional, especially Sections Sections 1031 and 1032. It's unconscionable.

Anonymous - #OpRobinHood

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Hello, we are p0isAnon.

Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have joined forces to fight censorship in the name of OpCensorThis. There is a new operation that has been taking place over the actions of Banks in response to the Occupy Movement. We have watched our brothers and sisters being refused their hard earned money by the banks on top of being beaten and brutalized by officers during peaceful demonstrations. Congratulations banks, you have gotten our attention.

You ignore your customers and use authorities to censor their voices. Operation Censor This will not stand for such acts and is spawning another operation under Operation Cash Back which already removed well over 500,000 accounts from banks and put them into credit unions. This is the next step. Banks have stolen millions from its customers as well as lacked the security to protect them. We give you Operation Robin Hood.

In regards to the recent demonstrations and protests across the globe, we are going to turn the tables on the banks. Operation Robin Hood is going to return the money to those who have been cheated by our system and most importantly to those hurt by our banks. Operation Robin Hood will take credit cards and donate to the 99% as well as various charities around the globe. The banks will be forced to reimburse the people there money back.

We are going to take what belongs to us. The Banks have thrown people out on the streets with corrupted actions. When the poor steals, it's considered violence, but when the banks steal from us, it's called business.

We have already taken Chase, Bank of America, and CitiBank credit cards with big breaches across the map. We have returned it to the poor (the TRUE 99%) who deserve it.

We have donated thousands to many protests around the world. We have donated thousands to the homeless and other charities. Our government has fallen short in many ways. It's time for the people to step up. We are finished depending on our government to do right by us. How safe can the banks be keeping you when we are easily able to steal thousands already. You have the benefit of us being the good guys.

We are not afraid of the Police, Secret Service, or the FBI. We are going to show you banks are not safe and take our money back. We are going to hit the true evil while not harming theirs customers and helping others. We are not only starving the banks but are ready to start the attack. We have come to take the 99% 's money back. We are not asking permission.

Let's see how Banks like paying out money like they made us do. Is it called stealing when one takes what was theirs in the first place? Is it called stealing elections when banks are funneling our millions into paying off congressmen and lobbyists. It's time for the banks to pay for their crimes and corruption. We are not waiting for our government to step up and take action. It's time for the banks to pay for not protecting you and only causing harm. But why feel sorry for them while they make us pay every day? Make us over pay for their services? Make us pay all their little charges? Operation Robin Hood urges YOU, to now move your accounts into secure credit unions, before it's too late while we hit them from the inside.

We are going to make the banks deliver your money back to you with a smile on their faces and hate in their heart. The only fraud happening has been the actions of the banks frauding the people. It's time for the banks to do business with Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN. And one of us is not as harsh as all of us. We are looking forward to start doing business with you pigs.

How loud will you squeal when the same is being done to you? We will avenge every person banks turned down and stolen from. Join us in Operation Robin Hood. Take from the banks and give to the poor. Our actions will be swift. It's time for the people to rise up and the banks to remember who they work for. It's time we fight back. It's time YOU take back your freedom. We are done asking politely.

Banks, you have got the attention of the Hydra of the internet that has grown fangs of poison.
The only question now, is do they expect us?

We are p0isAnon
We are Robin Hood
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us.

Operation Robin Hood... fully initiated.


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Scott, Olsen + man who invented pepper spray speak out

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Kamran Loghman, developer of pepper spray joins Thom Hartmann. Police around the country are resorting to increasingly violence tactics as they face off with Occupy Wall Street patriots - but the man who invented one of those tactics says that they are WAY out of line.

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Kucinich: Federal Reserve has captured control of our government

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Kucinich: Federal Reserve has captured control of our government

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for the U.S. Federal Reserve to be reformed after Bloomberg reported the central bank secretly loaned nearly $8 trillion to financial institutions from 2007 to 2009.
Tens of thousands of documents obtained by Bloomberg under the Freedom of Information Act showed that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion in profits thanks to the low-interest loans. JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley accounted for $4.8 billion of that total.
“Remember the great debate we had here over the 700 billion in TARP funds?” he said on the House floor Tuesday. “There was no debate over the 7.7 trillion the Fed gave the banks.”
“Did Congress have a clue?” he continued. “There is another game going on way over our heads, and our constituents are struggling while the banks with the help of the Feds have captured control of our government.”
“Now the rating services are threatening us, if we don’t come up with a deal they’ll downgrade U.S. debt. Could the threat to our national sovereignty be any clearer?”
Kucinich has proposed legislation, called the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, that would incorporate the Federal Reserve within the United States Treasury and thereby make it accountable to Congress.
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Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of San Diego, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.

BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth: "The Collapse Is Coming...And Gold...

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BBC News—Sept. 26, 2011— New CNN interview: http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/28/world/europe/uk-trader-viral/

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/bbc-victim-hoax-no-yes-men-154724196.html Just listen to this guy. Thanks to zerohedge for posting this story.

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BBC speechless trader collapse is coming goldman sachs rules the world euro eurozone collapse

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


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The 1% have addresses. The 99% have messages.

Life gets awfully lonely for those at the top. What can we do to let them know someone's thinking of them? Maybe they need some new friends! We've thought of two ways we can help them with that.


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Hitler Reacts to Pepper Spray Meme

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Hitler is furious when he finds out there's a new meme in town.





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Jon Stewart: "Spray It Forward"

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Scott Olsen Interviewed After Release From Hospital

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Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran injured at the Occupy Oakland encampment on October 25 has since been released from the hospital and gave his first interview yesterday which was posted this morning (Monday November 28, 2011) on indybay.org by Dave Id.

In the interview Scott talks about the challenges he faces after being hit in the head by a projectile at Occupy Oakland, specifically the traumatic brain injury he sustained and the weeks of therapy it took for him to regain his speech. His skull was fractured in the incident and he suffered some brain damage which affected the speech center of his brain. in the video it is evident that he still struggles a bit with speaking. But Olsen states that he is doing much better than he was.

He also addresses the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department who are investigating the incident, stating that he is waiting to see what they are going to say about themselves in their own investigations. Olsen also conveys at end of the interview that the Occupy Movement was intended to be peaceful and should remain that way - that by working together and being open with one another would solve most of the problems that the movement faces with bureaucracy.

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California shipping container tiny home and a cargo trailer bedroom

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Lucero is a single mom who'd gone back to school and didn't have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.
With no building experience, Lucero spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater).
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lucero decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
"It's really mostly built like a shed. It's a nice looking shed, but it's really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it."
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about $4,000 (trailer included).

Original story here: http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/california-shipping-container-tiny-h...

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Five Naked Things With Hats, Tagged!

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One of those inane games of humiliation that one passes on, rather like mononucleosis, I'd imagine. I accidentally "tagged" myself. At the end of StealthBadger's video, after I'd already begun a lengthy comment, he said, "1st 4 people to comment are tagged." Well, there I was: to submit or not? I sighed and posted the comment; I was the 1st person there.

You can see Mr. Badger in all his not-very-stealthy glory here:
A Naked Thanksgiving Announcement
(I must say: with it being Thanksgiving and all, I'm a bit concerned about his parakeets)

I am eternally grateful to that musical genius, Mr. Kevin MacLeod, for these tasty treats. His royalty-free music can be found here: http://incompetech.com

I'm so new to YouTube, I hesitate to tag anybody and certainly don't expect anything from anybody. If I had my choice, based solely on their personalities, humor and wicked brilliance, I would choose Goxster http://www.youtube.com/user/goxster
MsKnight5 http://www.youtube.com/user/msknight5
TheLivingDinosaur http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLivingDinosaur
and WildwoodClaire1 http://www.youtube.com/user/WildwoodClaire1 : none of whom I expect to cooperate and 3 of whom are subscribers to my humble channel.

Feel free, whoever is viewing this, to tag yourself and post it as a video response here.

5 things about yourself, what's in your wallet, and do the video naked. Although, why anyone naked would have a wallet, and where s/he'd put it to free up the hands, are pithy questions.

Good luck.

PS: YouTube assumes, because 1 of my tags is "tagged," I might be interested in Graffiti. I am, but this video is not.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fox News Misreports Pepper Spray Legality?

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160+ Fox News Bias videos at http://bit.ly/jdC5ju

More Fox News bias from Megyn Kelly at http://bit.ly/rCE2ia

When Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly appeared on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" and called the pepper spray used on Uc Davis student protestors "a food product, essentially," it caused outrage on the internet, but the more important misinformation attorney Megyn Kelly conveyed to her viewers was a legal analysis ignoring the important limits the Bill of Rights puts on the conduct of police, as I show in this video.

The clip I show of my previous video titled "Fox News Blames Pepper Spray on Students Not Police?" comes from the YouTube video player page at http://bit.ly/tofTGR

The clips I show of Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly comes from a longer segment of Fox News' November 21, 2011, broadcast of "the O'Reilly Factor" currently available on YouTube at http://bit.ly/rwP5gR

The image I show of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California's November 21, 2011, letter to University of California Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi comes from the webpage at http://bit.ly/ACLUtoKatehi

You can also read the entire text of the case cited in that letter, Headwaters Forest Defense v. County of Humboldt 276 F.3rd 1125 (9th Cir. 2002), at http://bit.ly/rBjIj8

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