Monthly archives for November, 2011

Occupy L.A.: Police begin making arrests

Shortly before 1 a.m., Los Angeles police began making their first arrests of Occupy L.A. protesters who failed to disperse.

One demonstrator standing near Main Street stood calmly while he was handcuffed, surrounded by five officers. One took his picture with a digital camera, which Officer Sarah Faden said police plan to do with every arrestee.

In the middle of the City Hall plaza, more than two dozen protesters sat with arms linked around a tent. Protester Alex Everett, 26, stood in front of them. “I’m ready to be arrested,” he said. “I’m surprised there’s this many cops for a peaceful assembly.”

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Mass Mobilization to Defend Occupy LA/Sunday Night to Stop the Eviction

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Mass Mobilization to Defend Occupy LA
Come Out on Sunday Night to Stop the Eviction!

This Sunday, Nov. 27 @ 11pm
Meet at Occupy LA on City Hall law
201 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles
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Mayhem and Pepper Spray for Black Friday Shoppers

By Frances Lee, The Smart Show Staff Writer

Violence exploded at various stores nationwide as frenzied Black Friday shoppers endure pepper spray, tasers and gunfire in order to get a marked-down Xbox video game or the last pair of Air Jordan tennis shoes.
Early this morning a woman sprayed a crowd of ten people at Wal Mart in Porter Ranch, CA to get one of the last gaming consoles. LA firefighters arrived at the scene to treat the victims and nobody required hospitilization.

However the suspect paid for the gaming console and left the store before the police arrived!
Authorities haven’t identified the suspect and will be looking at available video, as formal charges have not been pressed yet. Regardless, could this case have been self defense? I would hope so.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, police said two people suffered injuries in an apparent armed robbery attempt after they left a Walmart store around 1 a.m. Friday, CNN affiliate WMBF reported.
Also, according to CNN.Com, would-be ‘robbers struck a man on the head and shot a woman in the leg before another shopper displayed a gun and the assailants fled, the station said, citing Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Kevin Heins. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.’

Sheriff’s in North Carolina were looking for two men after shots were fired about 2 a.m. at a local shopping mall.

An off-duty officer working security at a Walmart in Kinston, NC, sprayed shoppers with pepper spray in an effort to stop a disturbance. Also, a man in Kissimmee, Florida was arrested at Walmart for resisting arrest during an altercation at a jewelry counter. A brawl broke out in Rome, NY at another Walmart in the electronics department and two people were taken to the hospital. Police in Florence, Alabama had to use a gun TWICE on a 22-year-old male Walmart customer who was later charged with drunk and disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

 

Man tased and arrested in Wal Mart

As it seems, we must all carry a weapon to either protect us or defend us these days. Happy Shopping!

LA Mayor Orders Homeless Removed During Thanksgiving Photo-op with Kardashian and Hewett

BREAKING: Last night before midnight, I received a call from one of the Occupy organizers reporting that the OCCUPY LA movement was to be purged by the LAPD imminently, by order of the mayor. (Note: the balance of LA’s “Occupiers” are foreclosed, formerly middle class, now homeless white Americans).
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Kim Kardashian. 75th anniversary of the Los Angeles Mission serving Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless, (From the Kim Kardashian Gallery)

Mayor Antonio Villagairosa, while celebrating his personal financial and social abundance–displaying the latter amidst the fleshy bosoms of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Love Hewett–ordered the removal of the homeless from the lawn of City Hall while simultaneously photo-opping a Thanksgiving event to show he and his celeb friends performing their annual hand-feeding of the homeless.

Feeding the homeless on camera while purging them off-camera is a strategic ploy worthy only of Chicago’s former Mayor Daley.

The plan?  All “occupiers” must be off city property by midnight Sunday Nov. 28 (12:01 am, Monday morning), when City Hall will be declared a “City Park”.  America’s newest park will now have posted hours of “operation”–before and after which, police will be authorized to arrest the same citizen-owners of this new mud-clotted, cracked-cement encircled park. While the National Park Service seems unaware that Mayor Villaraigosa is inventing patchwork parks to un-park America’s newest breed of homeless, the political chicanery is not lost on irony.  In smart politics, Mr. Villagairosa has declared the several flights of Spring Street sidewalk steps occupiable.  In this way, Angelinos can fit side-by-side, teetering precariously on cement steps, Cirque de Soleil-style.

Will this mean that the Mayor will declare vast swaths of crumbling Downtown LA as beauteous “city parks”, thereby barring over 30,000 permanent homeless residents? His argument for parkifying City Hall is for health reasons; ie, smelly armpits, tinkling in bushes, and the general coarseness of its occupants. That said, he therefore must Gerrymander entire city blocks to flush the double armpits of 30,000+ hairy-legged, poopy-panted, unwashed forgotten folk–unworthy of dress-up time with the Kardashians and violating the Mayor’s scrupulous health standards which have contributed to the litter-strewn wasteland that is the current downtown paradise.

Occupy Black Friday

By Frances Lee, The Smart Show Staff Writer

A blog (http://www.stopblackfriday.com/) is encouraging consumers to refrain from shopping on Black Friday so the 1% of the country is not profiting off the 99% of the country.
The blog is owned by one named ‘The Screaming Head’ who can be found as a ‘like’ page on Facebook and Twitter that has a considerable amount of followers.
“The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people who simply want to provide a memorable time for their families,” the website says.”So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday.”
So far, the Occupy Black Friday protest has spread from Seattle to Boston and posts Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, The Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Office Max, Toys “R” Us, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart are stores that should be ‘occupied’.

But won’t that stop commerce? Which is what the country so desperately needs now?

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives

Supermodel Janice Dickinson Boasts Screwing the Biggest Stars

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Radio Host, Kyle of Kyle & Jackie O Show

Yesterday, while watching the taping of a prime time Australian broadcast called “Night of the Stars” hosted by Australia’s lead morning show team, Kyle & Jackie O, a frothy and concupiscent reality star, Janice Dickinson, was one of several guests, along with Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, and Nick Cannon.

Curiously enough, though seated next to Jersey Shore’s “The Situation”, Dickinson was far less the gentleman than he. Comparatively, his manner and comportment was vastly more dignified than that of America’s first supermodel. It was if she’s staring at the final credit roll on her career…and is hellbent on bursting through the credits with a volcanic ejaculation of shock and awe.

She blurted out that she had recently seen Mick Jagger at the gym, obsessing with his smartphone, and recalled her 1/12 year affair with him (back in the Rolling Stones days) during which she was never satisfied due to his pe*is being “the size of her thumb”. Kyle and Jackie O are real pros and don’t incite this from guests, but as a testament to the sense of comfort guests have with the two, guests clearly feel disposed to dispense. Likewise, since it’s an offshore broadcast, someone like Dickinson likely feels she can say whatever she wants with some sort of immunity.

Or this is what I imagined until more unfolded. She savaged Bruce Willis for being just a tad bigger than Mr. Jagger, but hated kissing Mr. Willis because he “looked like an insect”. She also revealed she had slept with a massive volume of Hollywood’s best-known and described Liam Neeson’s turgid weapon as the size of an “Evian Bottle”–that would be the 2 liter size, of course. Ms Dickinson, like a John Wayne of women, counted the notches on her belt of bawdiness, remarking that she and Mr. Neeson “fu*ked like donkeys for hours”.

This frisky tell-all style might be charming from a drunken sorority girl, but when delivered by a vituperative cougar, it loses it’s Disney magic and, instead, tears at the flesh of imagination. Likable celebs whom she claims to have serviced become blackguards and sexual abberants. An already tarnished Hollywood oozes more social excreta.

What’s perhaps most noteworthy, is what happens when career is on the fizzle. People often act out in ways profoundly over the top in order to outdo the formerly un-outdoable. In this way, you can achieve notoriety in the A-list of arseholes, keeping you voluptly still pinging on the radar of public awareness.

We saw near the end of the interview, Ms Dickinson thrusting her jellied breasts into the face of Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” — even he blushed and cradled his face in his hands. Host, Kyle Sandilands (above), smartly obliged Ms Dickinson and grappled her goo-filled gagas, noting their realistic texture.

But the ultimate signature to the long script of profanity was Ms Dickinson’s declaration while exiting the set: “ah, shit… I gotta pee”.

CHRONOLOGY of STRUGGLES in CA

(surrounding the fight for public education and the broadening movement)

– 2009 –

September 24, 2009 – Students at UC Santa Cruz occupy the Graduate Student Commons (and ends a week later). [No demands; statement]

October 9, 2009 – study-in at UC Berkeley anthropology library lasting 24 hrs

October 15, 2009 – Students at UC Santa Cruz occupy the Humanities 2 Buildings for a period of several hours. They leave without police knowledge. One student is arrested and another is also on trial. [No demands;statement]

October 21, 2009 – CSU Fresno holds sit-in.

November 13, 2009 – Students at UC Santa Cruz hold a study-in at the Science & Engineering Library, which ends the following day at 4pm (~23 hours)

(week of November 17-19 timeline here)

November 18, 2009 – Students at UC Santa Cruz occupy the Kresge Town Hall to create an organizing space against budget cuts. 14 students were arrested at UCLA, some involved in a sit-in disrupting the Regent’s Meeting. [UCB attempted occupation communique here]

November 19, 2009 – Students at UCLA occupy Campbell Hall & rename it Carter-Huggins Hall (at 12:15am). 2 are arrested at UCLA. Students at UC Santa Cruz occupy the main administrative building, Kerr Hall. This occupation ends 4 days later on November 22. Students at UC Davis occupy Mrak Hall (UCD main administration building), 52 students are arrested. [Kerr Hall 35 demands: englishespañol] [Carter-Huggins Hall had no demands]

November 20, 2009 – Students at UC Berkeley occupy Wheeler Hall for 12 hours, heavy police brutality ensues (41 students arrested, then cited and released). Another 3 students arrested earlier that day. One student required reconstructive surgery on her hand as some of her fingers limply dangled, some occupiers beaten, several individuals outside beaten. Students at UCD enter Dutton Hall to hold a sit-in but are later dispersed. Students a CSU Fresno holds another library sit-in that lasts until the next morning. [Kerr Hall 7 consolidated demands: englishespañol]

November 22, 2009 – Kerr Hall occupation ends (images). Students at UCD call for daily study-ins at Mrak Hall (each ending at 5pm).

November 23, 2009 – 100 to 150 students enter the UC office of the president and hold sit-in. They speak with Yudof. The sit-in ends around 6pm, no arrests.

November 24, 2009 – Students at UC Irvine surround Aldrich Hall in mass (~700-1000), and disperses later. One student is arrested at UCI. Student at UC Davis sit-in Mrak Hall again, the doors are unlocked. [Mrak Hall demandshere]

December 5, 2009 – In response to a publicly announced library occupation at UC Irvine, the administrators leave the doors open 24hrs a day.

December 7, 2009 – Students at UC Berkeley enter Wheeler Hall and occupy it for Live Week. The doors are unlocked and permeable.

December 9, 2009 – 30-40 Students at San Francisco State University occupy business building at 5am. [Business occupation demands here]

December 10, 2009 – Students occupying the SFSU business building (see above) and some outside are arrested at 4am. 23 occupiers and 10 outside protesters arrested outside (total: 33). Protesters block traffic on highway 1/19th avenue in San Francisco, demanding that the arrested individuals are cited and released, they win. (images 1)

December 11, 2009 – 66 or more individuals inside Wheeler Hall (UCB) during live week are awoken and arrested without any dispersal warnings by the police. The dean of students was inside the building directing the police. Later in the evening, a hip-hop concert starts at 9pm, it ends at 11pm and 70-80 people participate in a riot, leading to destroying property at the Chancellor’s Mansion on UC Berkeley Campus. 8 people are then arrested randomly while leaving the scene.

– 2010 –

January 15, 2010 – Eviction of the California Valley Miwok Tribe delayed for another 30 days.

January 19, 2010 – Reclaim Kroeber Hall event. Students reserve the hall for 3 days, however, do not stay overnight.

January 20, 2010 – Attempted occupation by university students of Hibernia National Bank building in San Francisco, CA.

January 28, 2010 – Dance party at UC Santa Cruz titled, “life sucks. let’s dance.” At its peak, over 150 people show up. Admin present taking photos until around 11pm.

January 30, 2010 – Benefit party for occupation arrestees ends (next day) with 11 people arrested.

February 5, 2010 – Students at UC Davis hold a weekend long study-in at the Shields Library. A few days after the event announcement, the administrators respond similarly to UCI’s library study-in in December, and they leave the library open 24hrs a day for the weekend.

February 11, 2010 – Students at City College of San Francisco hold a study-in, extending library hours by 3 extra hours.

February 12, 2010 – At UC Santa Cruz, a small crowd of people danced their way through campus, stopping in classrooms and disrupting business as usual.

February 19, 2010 – UC Irvine holds a library study-in at Langson Library. Police force participants out at 11pm; a dance party ensues.

February 25, 2010 – Dance Party at UC Berkeley moves to and occupies Durant Hall. After an hour, the dance party descends downtown. Party turns into riot as Berkeley Police arrive and batter protester as they attempt to extinguish dumpster on fire. The riot lasts for over an hour leading to burnt dumpsters, trash cans, windows broken at corporate chains.

February 26, 2010 – A sit-in at the UCSD Chancellor’s office lasts for several hours in response to a noose being found in the library the night before amidst racial tensions from the week before. At UCSC a roving dance party takes place, travelling through five colleges and seizing multiple buildings.

March 3, 2010 – Students take over multi-story Humanities building at CSU Fullerton, barricading with multiple dumpsters from the inside. However, police infiltrate the building via underground tunnels. Occupiers cited and released.

March 4, 2010 – Massive student walkouts/strikes throughout U.S. CSU Fresno occupies main administration building for several hours. UCLA holds a sit-in. UC Santa Cruz shuts down the entire campus for more than 12 hours. Full story here.

April 14, 2010 – Occupation attempt at SFSU results in 2 arrests. 50+ students sit-in at UCD Mrak Hall.

May 1, 2010 – May Day marchers in San Francisco attempt to occupy a closed high school, but it’s dispersed and some are arrested.

May 3, 2010 – 20-30 UC Berkeley students begin hunger strike outside California Hall (administration building).

May 10, 2010 – The UCB students hunger striking are told to disperse by the police. 3 of the hunger strikers also begin a dry-strike.

May 12, 2010 – After 10 days and with hopes to make gains in future meetings with Chancellor Birgeneau, UC Berkeley students end their hunger strike.

May 18, 2010 – Students UC Davis hold a tent city. Students at UC Santa Cruz organize a small walk-out.

July 9, 2010 – The verdict for Johannes Mehserle, the police officer who executed Oscar Grant, is released. Thousands take to the streets in downtown Oakland, and later in the evening a riot breaks out.

August 22, 2010 – Students at CSU Monterey Bay banner drop on CSUMB presidential barbecue.

August 27, 2010 – The first dance party of the new school year reminiscent of last year’s occupations occurs at San Francisco State University.

September 24, 2010 – A dance party as UC Santa Cruz is attacked and shutdown by police, leading to three arrests.

October 7, 2010 – Day of Action for Public Education. Largest rally around 1500 at UC Berkeley. Sit-in at UC Berkeley, Doe Library, and UC Davis Mrak Hall (main admin hall).

November 5, 2010 – The former BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, responsible for the murder of Oscar Grant was sentenced to 2 years in prison, but with a sizable amount of time served. In the evening, protesters gathered in downtown Oakland. As the rally ended, a group of 300-400 protesters split off and marched towards Fruitvale station where Oscar Grant was killed. Around halfway there, the police blocked the protesters andsummarily arrested all of them.

– 2011 –

March 2, 2011 – National Day of Action for Public Education. Students at UCSC holds a sit-in at the Ethnic Resource Center. Students at UC Berkeley hold a sit-in at Wheeler Hall, 17 arrested that evening.

March 3, 2011 – 9 students chain themselves together on top of Wheeler Hall, on a ledge near the roof. After 8 hours of negotiations, the administration finally concedes a meeting with the chancellor and have all charges against students for participation in occupations and budget cut protests to be offered just a probation. Demonstrators come down peacefully and join a crowd of hundreds in rejoice.

April 13, 2011 – Some 10,000 students protest across the CSU system against $500 million in budget cuts handed down from Gov. Jerry Brown. At CSU Sacramento, students occupy Sacramento Hall. They are evicted by riot police at 3:24am on Saturday morning.

June 3, 2011 – The first Bay of Rage, Anti-cut protest occurs in Oakland, California.

June 12, 2011 – The police officer who murdered Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale station in Oakland was released after spending only a little over a year in jail.

July 1, 2011 – Pelican bay prisoners begin a hunger strike that sweeps the rest of the CA prison system, involving at least 6600 hunger strikers in all.

July 3, 2011 – Charles B. Hill is shot and killed at the Civic Center BART station, while he was intoxicated. The BART police responsible for the shooting claimed Hill was wielding a knife. Protests ensue, particularly on July 11th, where several SF BART stations were closed due to disruptive demonstrations.

July 12, 2011 – The CSU Trustees raise tuition by 12% on top of the approximately 10% increase already scheduled for Fall 2011.

July 14, 2011 – The UC Regents vote to increase the tuition by 9.6% on top of the 8% increase already scheduled for Fall 2011.

July 16, 2011 – A black man evading the fare to ride MUNI buses is confronted by police. He runs and the police shoot and kill him near 3rd and Oakdale. Police claim that the man was carrying a handgun and was firing at the police. However, several witnesses claimed that the shooting victim had no gun and was simply trying to escape.

August 2011 – After a series of protests around BART and MUNI, the BART shuts down cell phone service to disrupt an alleged protest that never materialized, causing an uproar from free speech activists. The internet phenomena known as Anonymous calls for protests in response, calling it #opBART. A protest was held every Monday for the next several weeks against cutting off cellphone service to disrupt free speech and police brutality.

September 17, 2011 – The “Occupy Wall Street” movement kicks off in NYC and in SF.

October 1, 2011 – The “OccupyLA” event kicks off in Pershing Square in Los Angeles.

October 6, 2011 – The “OccupySC” event kicks off in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz.

October 25, 2011 – #OccupyOakland is evicted at 4:30am. Demonstrators return in the evening to protest the eviction, marching deep with 2-5,000 people. #OccupySanJose was also attacked by police.

October 26, 2011 – #OccupyOakland some 1500 voted at a general assembly to ratify a citywide General Strike on November 2nd, 2011; the vote passes by a 96% majority. #Occupations throughout the US respond with announcement of solidarity actions and solidarity strikes.

November 2, 2011 – The general strike called by #OccupyOakland draws between 20-50,000 demonstrators.

November 9, 2011 – Statewide day of action for refunding public higher education in California. Students, teachers, and workers throughout the state demonstrate. Several are arrested in LA blocking major intersections. Students at UC Berkeley try to set up an encampment in the manner of #OccupyWallStreet, however cops brutalize demonstrators leading to at least one hospitalization. UCB students call for a statewide strike the following week, on Tuesday November 15.

November 15, 2011 – Berkeley holds a strike, where thousands gather at Sproul Plaza for a day of rallies, marches, teach-outs, and general assemblies. OccupyOakland marches to Berkeley in solidarity, and between 3-7000 meet on the steps of Sproul Hall for a General Assembly at 5pm where they decide to set up tents again. Meanwhile, OccupySD holds their largest GA yet with 1200 people. OccupySF has at least one of their satellite encampments attacked by the police. UC Davis students take over the lobby of Mrak Hall, the main administrative building on campus, and later U-Lock the doors open. SFSU students took over the lobby of their main administrative building, but left by 7pm.

November 16, 2011 – As the UC Regents decided not to meet during this week, demonstrations planned for UCSF were diverted to the financial district of San Francisco. A march took place from #OccupySF, ending up at a Bank of America branch, which was taken over by hundreds of demonstrators. Demonstrators were later arrested, cited and released. Also, Mrak Hall was raided by police around 2:30pm, but reportedly none were arrested. The CSU Board of Trustees also met, and were disrupted temporarily when a scuffle broke out between police and demonstrators; 4 were arrested.

November 17, 2011 – #OccupyUCLA forms in a quad at UCLA. Similarly, #OccupyUCDavis forms. #OccupyLA marched and demonstrated at BofA, leading to 72 arrests.

November 18, 2011 – #OccupyUCLA is raided by police leading to 14 arrests. #OccupyUCDavis is also raided, but police fail to evict the mass number of people; 10 arrested at UC Davis.

(compiled by http://occupyca.wordpress.com/timeline/)

FRANCES LEE

Campus Rent-A-Cop Pepper Sprays Female Students Among Others

UC Davis Students Pepper Sprayed (CLICK TO VIEW THE VIDEO)

CLICK TO SEE MORE FOOTAGE OF PEPPER SPRAYING (CLICK TO VIEW THE VIDEO)

By Frances Lee, The Smart Show Staff Writer

Videos of UC Davis students being pepper sprayed during a peaceful protest went viral yesterday showing students huddled together in a line as a campus police officer waved a can of pepper spray in the air and used it against the students as if they were ants.
Students stood behind police lines as they watched in disbelief and screamed ‘stop!’ but to no avail but they took videos of the incident and immediately uploaded them to social media sites such as Youtube and Facebook.
University of California Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement Saturday she was forming a task force to investigate the police action and the video images she said were “chilling.”
Katehi says she takes “full responsibility” for spraying. Yesterday, asked if she ordered it, said “absolutely not.”
A law enforcement official who watched the clip called the use of force “fairly standard police procedure.”Chancellor Katehi is soliciting “comments or recommendations” for her task force at chancellorkatehi@ucdavis.edu.

As a recent college graduate and female I am appalled at the cold and almost proud way the campus rent-a-cop  mercilessly sprayed down the students as if they were such a threat as they were curled in fetal positions without any form of defense other than their hooded sweaters and baseball caps. I’ll be watching and reporting more of this story as it unfolds.

 

Starbucks Wristband Crates Jobs?

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Mercury Thermometers & Toxicity

Using mercury thermometers
Get rid of old mercury thermometers, but don’t just throw them away. Take them to a household hazardous waste collection site.

Mercury thermometers are identifiable by the silver bulb at the bottom and silver coloring in the temperature indicator area. Thermometers with a red or blue liquid do NOT contain mercury. The danger is if a mercury thermometer breaks, toxic fumes are released and the mercury contaminates the area in which it is spilled. It’s very difficult — and EXPENSIVE — to effectively clean spilled mercury. Replace these thermometers with non-mercury thermometers.And never use one rectally to check a baby’s temperature.

For more information about choosing and using thermometers, see “Forgotten in the Fridge” at lancaster.unl.edu/food/ftmay04.htm and “Pass the Taste Test … Use a Thermometer” at lancaster.unl.edu/food/ftfeb04.htm

Microwaving Dangers & Plastic Containers. (As heard on Think Green with Harrison)

Mis-using materials in the microwave

Microwave your food in safe ways using safe containers. USDA advises:

“Microwave food in packaging materials only if the package directs, and then use only one time. Materials suitable for microwaving include oven bags, wax paper and plastic wrap. Do not let the plastic wrap touch the food, and do not reuse the wrap.

“Foam insulated trays and plastic wraps on fresh meats in grocery stores are not intended by the manufacturer to be heated and may melt when in contact with hot foods, allowing chemical migration into the food. In addition, chemical migration from packaging material to a food does not necessarily require direct contact. Excessive heat applied to a closed container may drive off chemical gases from the container that can contaminate the enclosed food.

“These types of plastic products should not be used in a microwave oven because they are subjected to heat when thawing or reheating. To avoid a chemical migration problem, remove meats from their packaging.” <www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/pubs/altroute.htm>

An article on “Plastics and the Microwave” in FDA Consumer magazine states, “… carryout containers from restaurants and margarine tubs should not be used in the microwave, according to the American Plastics Council. Inappropriate containers may melt or warp, which can increase the likelihood of spills and burns. Also, discard containers that hold prepared microwavable meals after you use them because they are meant for one-time use.”

The FDA article cautions: “Microwave-safe plastic wrap should be placed loosely over food so that steam can escape, and should not directly touch your food. Some plastic wraps have labels indicating that there should be a one-inch or greater space between the plastic and the food during microwave heating.”

“Always read directions,” advises FDA, “but generally, microwave-safe plastic wraps, wax paper, cooking bags, parchment paper, and white microwave-safe paper towels are safe to use. Covering food helps protect against contamination, keeps moisture in, and allows food to cook evenly. Never use plastic storage bags, grocery bags, newspapers, or aluminum foil in the microwave.”
<www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2002/602_plastic.html>

Occupy LA Live Feed

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http://www.occupylosangeles.org/

Harrison on Mike Malloy show!

He’s on live now!
http://www.mikemalloy.com/stations/

Apple’s Anti-Piracy Plan; iCloud Guzzles Bandwidth

Apple Blocks iPhones from pirating theatre films and concerts

Cancer Risks of Routine Dental Radiation

Cancer Risks of Dental Radiation

Important medical news from Chicago. World-wire is reporting that the well-documented
evidence on the dangers of premenopausal mammography are persuasive,
although belatedly recognized. In striking contrast, the evidence on
the dangers of routine and highly profitable dental radiation,
particularly in children, are still virtually unrecognized, warns the
Cancer Prevention Coalition.

Dr. Samuel Epstein

However, these concerns are not new, says Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.,
Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. He points to a 2001
report by Dr. John Gofman, a leading international authority on the
dangers of radiation, which published well-documented evidence on the
cancer risks of “low dose medical X-rays,” especially to children.

A July 2006 publication by Dr. Ruth Kleinerman in Pediatric Oncology,
“Cancer Risks Following Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiation
Exposure in Children,” warned that the most radiosensitive organ in
children is the thyroid gland.

This report also noted that “Although thyroid cancer is rare, 6
other large studies had previously confirmed its relationship with
prior radiation for treatment of enlarged tonsils or other head, face,
or neck concerns.”

Dr. Epstein cites a report in the June 2010 MailOnline newspaper
published in the U.K., which warned that “Ten dental x-rays raise
cancer risks – by at least ten times.” This article cautioned that
“X-rays should not be given at checkups or when registering new
patients, despite these practices being common in many dental
surgeries.

The MailOnline report also cited a 2010 collaborative study between
the U.K. National Health Service and the universities of Brighton and
Sussex which reported that “multiple exposures to dental X-rays may
be associated with increased risks of developing thyroid cancer –
particularly in children and adolescents.”

The report further noted that these findings were consistent with
previous warnings of increased risks of thyroid cancer in dentists and
dental assistants.

Dr. Epstein finds further evidence in a November 22, 2010 New York
Times article, “Radiation Worries for Children in Dentists’
Chairs,” which warned against risks of radiation from a new scanning
device, known as a cone-beam CT scanner.

Cone-beam CT scanners are continually generating x-ray images, while
rotating around the patient. They emit much higher levels of radiation
than do conventional dental x-rays.

“Not surprisingly,” says Dr. Epstein, “the incidence of thyroid
cancer has escalated by 168% since 1975. The past and continuing
practice of routine dental radiation, especially in children, is
flagrant malpractice, if not criminal.”

Dr. Epstein quotes Ralph Nader, who urged at 1979 hearings on the
Corporate Criminal Liability Act by the Crime Sub-Committee of the
House Judiciary Committee, “Jail for crime in the streets, but bail
for crime in the suites.”

Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. is professor emeritus of Environmental and
Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School
of Public Health; Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition; and
former President of the Rachel Carson Trust. His awards include the
1998 Right Livelihood Award and the 2005 Albert Schweitzer Golden
Grand Medal for International Contributions to Cancer Prevention. He
is the author of over 270 scientific articles and 20 books on the
causes and prevention of cancer, including the groundbreaking The
Politics of Cancer (1979, Doubleday Books), Healthy Beauty (2010,
BenBella Books) and National Cancer Institute And American Cancer
Society: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of
Interest (2011, Xlibris Publishing).

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BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Amendment Stripped from Defense Bill

Russell Amendment removed from NDAA after lawmakers received more than 342,000 petition signatures from AMPA and other national organizations

WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised reports that an amendment was removed from the annual defense bill that could have funded anti-LGBT discrimination.

“Taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people is wrong -- plain and simple,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “The fact that the defense spending bill was being used in an attempt to fund discrimination against minorities is disturbing. Thousands of LGBT service members put their lives on the line for our nation, and they and their families should never face discrimination here at home simply because of who they are or whom they love. We are pleased that in the end, lawmakers removed the discriminatory measure and fairness and equality seem to have prevailed.”

Known as the Russell Amendment, the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could have allowed taxpayer-funded discrimination against women, single mothers, LGBT people, and religious minorities in religiously-affiliated organizations, including hospitals and universities.

As reported by the Washington Blade, “During a background briefing with reporters on Tuesday, an aide said the final version of the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill hammered out by House and Senate lawmakers in conference committee lacks the language Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) inserted in the House version of the bill.”

On November 15, AMPA joined more than a dozen national organizations in delivering more than 342,000 petition signatures to Congress in opposition to the amendment. The petitions were delivered to the Washington offices of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

The petitions were part of a coordinated advocacy effort from the American Military Partner Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, and other national organizations.

The Russell Amendment could have allowed for an individual:
To be fired for marrying a same-sex partner — or denied benefits afforded to other married couples
To be fired for being transgender
To be fired for being a woman taking birth control
To be fired for being a single mother or
To be refused a job interview if they don’t practice the “right” religion
The Russell Amendment was previously adopted in the dead of night — over bipartisan opposition — without a hearing and with almost no debate. The House Rules Committee then prevented the full chamber from being able to vote on a bipartisan amendment to remove the discriminatory provision from the defense bill.

The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military spouses, families, and allies. With more than 50,000 members and supporters throughout the country and around the world, AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our “modern military families.”
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