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A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

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A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City (AFP Photo/Spencer Platt)

Washington (AFP) – A survey of 25 American cities, including many of the nation’s largest, showed yearly increases in food aid and homelessness.

The cities, located throughout 18 states, saw requests for emergency food aid rise by an average of seven percent compared with the previous period a year earlier, according to the US Conference of Mayors study, published Wednesday.

All but four cities reported an increase in demand for assistance between the period of September 2012 through August 2013.

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The American Dream

 

The Knockout Game Is Just A Preview Of The Chaos That Is Coming To The Streets Of America

BoxingThere is a hot new game being played in cities all over America, and it is very simple.  You pick out a defenseless person on the street and you try to knock them out.  In most areas, it is known as “the knockout game”.  In some communities it is called by other names such as “point-em-out, knock-em-out” and “polar bear hunting”.  In many instances, the perpetrators don’t even try to steal anything from the people that they knock out.  The goal is just to “have fun” by brutally attacking an innocent victim.  Well, if this is what young thugs in America will do for fun when times are still good, what will they be willing to do when our economy really starts falling apart?  Yes, the U.S. economy has definitely been steadily declining, but the truth is that what we are experiencing right now is rip-roaring prosperity compared to what is coming in the years ahead.  So what will the streets of America look like when things get really bad?

If you have never heard of “the knockout game” before, the following is how USA Today recently described it…

Dangerous “knockout” attacks on strangers are leading to arrests, more officers flooding the streets and more warnings for vigilance by an unsuspecting public.

Perpetrators have dubbed the violent practice as the “knockout game,” in which young people try to randomly knock out strangers with one punch.

Recent attacks in New York, New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C. and suburban Philadelphia have raised concerns across the country.

Of course there are variations on the game.  Sometimes the goal is to knock out victims with a single punch, but in other instances entire groups of young thugs attack a victim and the goal is to see who can knock out the victim first.

Most of the time this game does not involve the theft of belongings, but in other cases it does.  For example, the following is how one teen described the game

“You just knock them out. You hit them with a blow and you take their belongings.”

Most of the time, the victims are males.

But this is not always true.

In fact, the Huffington Post recently reported on an incident in which a 78-year-old grandmother was attacked…

Earlier this month, CBS 2 reported on a series of attacks on Jews in Brooklyn, allegedly part of a disturbing game that has teens punching Jewish adults in an effort to try to knock them over.

Now it appears the action — dubbed the “knockout game” — has spread. Violent videos shot in other cities and in as many as six states, show teenagers knocking into other victims on purpose including, most recently, a 78-year-old grandmother in Brooklyn.

The victim’s daughter said she was walking along in broad daylight when a young African-American male knocked her down. He didn’t take anything, she said, and didn’t seem interested in anything but hitting her as hard as he could before running off.

Sometimes, the victims of “the knockout game” never get back up.  Last year, a 20-year-old college student in Minnesota was killed by a pack of thugs playing the knockout game.  You can see a video news report about that incident right here.

Knockout game deaths have also been reported in Syracuse, in St. Louis and in New Jersey.  In the case in New Jersey, the attackers left 46-year-old Ralph Santiago lodged between iron fence posts with a broken neck

 

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Two kittens that shut down a New York City subway line for more than an hour have been found and rescued from the tracks.

Kittens that brought New York subway lines to a standstill rescued

A kitten stands between the rails on subway tracks in the Brooklyn borough of New York Photo: AP

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Julie Glave says the kittens were discovered Thursday evening under the third rail of an express track in Brooklyn.

Glave says MTA workers and police officers removed the kittens from the subway tunnel in crates.

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Indoctrination is  a  very interesting thing.  How  do you  accustom a population to having their civil liberties  encroached  upon?

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Declare the  need  for  enhanced security and the need  to  remove  security  risks  that  would come from certain objects  or  personal  belongings.  Yell terrorist activity,  possible  endangerment  of a  flight  due to  liquids and gels (  in some  cases  even  breast milk and  that life threatening  full tube of  toothpaste).

Carry on until you take the  fight  out  of them.  Once  the populace  has become  accustomed to  being  molested  or  irradiated they are told  it is  safe  to  relax and  begin to allow   all the  items  they  told you  were a  danger to  your  safety.

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It  seems  they are  no longer  dangerous  after all,  hehehehe,   Our Bad…..    But ,  good   news,  you  don’t have  worry because   we  are here  to  stay.  That  way  we can ensure  your safety from  all those potential terrorist  weapons as  you  fly  while  coping a  feel,

   
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messing  with  your  colostomy  bag,   rummaging  around in  your  adult  diapers,

or  scaring the  living  daylights  out of  your  children.

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because  we can .  Just  to  let  you  know  who’s really in charge.

Have a  nice  flight !!

~Desert Rose~

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By Jeff Plungis – Mar 5, 2013 1:05 PM CT

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats.

The agency will permit knives with retractable blades shorter than 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) and narrower than 1/2 inch, TSA Administrator John Pistole said today at an aviation security conference in Brooklyn. The change, to conform with international rules, takes effect April 25.

Passengers will also be allowed to board flights with some other items that are currently prohibited, including sticks used to play lacrosse, billiards and hockey, ski poles and as many as two golf clubs, Pistole said.

The changes attracted criticism from labor unions representing flight attendants.

“This policy was designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer,” Stacy Martin, president of the Transportation Workers Union local that represents Southwest Airlines Co. flight attendants, said in a statement.

“While we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin,” Martin said.

‘Shortsighted Decision’

Pistole’s announcement reflects “a poor and shortsighted decision by the TSA,” the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing five labor groups, said in a statement. “We believe that these proposed changes will further endanger the lives of all flight attendants and the passengers we work so hard to keep safe and secure.”

Changes removing items like sporting goods from the prohibited list are based on recommendations from a TSA working group that’s trying to weed out commonly confiscated items that don’t present a security threat, agency spokesman David Castelveter said.

“These are popular items we see regularly,” Castelveter said. “They don’t present a risk to transportation security.”

Pistole, the former No. 2 official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has stressed the use of intelligence and “risk- based” security during his tenure leading TSA. The agency is moving away from uniform procedures that apply to every passenger and toward efforts to perform background checks on passengers before they arrive at an airport.

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Published on Apr 18, 2012

Dir: Mareike Wegener, Germany, 80 min, 2011, Documentary
Brooklyn based artist Mark Lombardi created graphic artwork portraying the opaque global network of financial and political elites, including their…
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March 2000

Eight months before an idiot son of the Bush crime family “won” election for president…

A year before Osama bin Laden became famous for 9-11…

Mark Lombardi, who had just achieved a major breakthrough in his career as an artist, reportedly hanged himself in his Brooklyn studio.

His art form?

Drawing intricately detailed diagrams of the relationship between the Bush family and its allies, the Bin Laden family, and other global criminals.

If there are people who commit political murders and then stage them to look like suicides – and there are – don’t you think that it’s quite a coincidence than Aaron Swartz – a very positive, resourceful, and intelligent young man who was co-owner of a major social media network – died the very same way?

It’s all just a big coincidence.’

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Mark Lombardi and the Ecstasy of Conspiracy


Detail, Mark Lombardi, George W. Bush, Harken Energy, and Jackson Stephens, ca. 1979-90 (5th version), 1999

With the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK freshly behind us, our abiding romance with conspiracy theories seems more ardent than ever. And one of the most remarkable expressions of that romance is on view at The Drawing Center in New York, “Global Networks,” an exhibition of the work of Mark Lombardi. In an age where we all dimly sense that The Truth Is Out There, Lombardi’s extraordinary drawings aim to provide all the answers.

Although Lombardi’s work has combined the mesmerizing detail of the engineering diagram and the obsessive annotation of the outsider artist, the man was neither scientist nor madman. Armed with a BA in art history, he began as a researcher and archivist in the Houston fine arts community with a passing interest in corporate scandal, financial malfeasance, and the hidden web of connections that seemed to connect, for instance, the Mafia, the Vatican bank, and the 1980’s savings and loan debacle. His initial explorations were narrative, but in 1993 he made the discovery that some kinds of information are best expressed diagrammatically.

The resulting body of work must be seen to be believed — an admittedly oxymoronic endorsement of subject matter of such supreme skepticism. Lombardi’s delicate tracings, mostly in black pencil with the occasional red accent, cover enormous sheets of paper (many over four feet high and eight feet long), mapping the deliriously Byzantine relationships of, say, Oliver North, Lake Resources of Panama, and the Iran-Contra operation, or Global International Airways and the Indian Springs State Bank of Kansas City. Because the work visualizes connections rather than causality, Lombardi was able to take the same liberties as Harry Beck’s 1933 map for the London Underground, freely arranging the players to create gorgeous patterns: swirling spheres, hopscotching arcs, wheels within wheels.

 

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I  think they  need to  stop thinking  about  it  and   start doing it.  As  it is  this  poor  thing   stands  a good  chance  of  dying  just  from the  contaminants  in the  water. The  longer it  takes  the  more  at   risk  it is .   What the hell is  so hard  to  understand  about that? 

If  it  were a  person it  would have  been a  done  deal already…….I  mean  they  have  an  Aquarium  that has   marine  experts   , they  have  choppers .  So  what’s the  hold  up?

I  have a  sneaking   suspiscion  it  has  more to  do  with  money  than an  actiual action plan. 

~Desert Rose~

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NBC New York

A dolphin is stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal in New York City on Friday.

By Andrew Mach, Staff Writer, NBC News

An injured dolphin became stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal on Friday and authorities were working on a rescue plan.

Live helicopter video from NBCNewYork.com showed the sea mammal bobbing up and down in the canal’s murky water — which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared a Superfund site in 2010 because it contained a “century’s worth” of pollutants.

The dolphin appeared to be stuck in one place, coming up occasionally for air as an NYPD crew worked to figure out a rescue plan. And it was unclear how the creature got in the the predicament in the first place.

Witnesses said the animal appeared to be bleeding from its dorsal fin, the New York Daily News reported.

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 To Ontario Men  Charged  With Terrorism, Extradited To The  US

 

By Douglas Quan, Postmedia News

Two Ontario men charged with terrorism extradited to the U.S.

 

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Suresh Sriskandarajah and Piratheepan Nadarajah, who are accused of providing assistance to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, were arraigned Thursday in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., and pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, the men face maximum sentences of 25 years to life in prison.

The Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month dismissed a claim by the pair that Canada’s terrorism laws infringed on their constitutional rights. It also ruled that Justice Minister Rob Nicholson did not err when he ordered that the pair surrender to the United States.

Their extradition was announced Thursday in a news release by Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.

Nadarajah, 36, is accused of conspiring and attempting to acquire $1 million worth of anti-aircraft missiles, missile launchers and other equipment in support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – or Tamil Tigers – deemed in Canada and the U.S. as a terrorist group.

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Disaster Management

Sandy’s US toll climbs to 50; 8.2 million without power

 Image: A rescue worker carries a boy on his back as emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
52 min ago By MSN News with wire reports

 

The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country’s most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal.

A weakening Sandy, the hurricane turned fearsome superstorm, killed at least 50 people, many hit by falling trees, and still wasn’t finished. It inched inland across Pennsylvania, ready to bank toward western New York to dump more of its water and likely cause more havoc Tuesday night.  Behind it: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic Coast and a moonscape of disarray and debris — from unmoored shore-town boardwalks to submerged mass-transit systems to delicate presidential politics.

“Nature,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, assessing the damage to his city, “is an awful lot more powerful than we are.”

More than 8.2 million households were without power in 17 states as far west as Michigan. Nearly 2 million of those were in New York, where large swaths of lower Manhattan lost electricity and entire streets ended up underwater — as did seven subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn at one point, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

The New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day from weather, the first time that has happened since a blizzard in 1888. The shutdown of mass transit crippled a city where more than 8.3 million bus, subway and local rail trips are taken each day, and 800,000 vehicles cross bridges run by the transit agency.

Consolidated Edison, the power company, said it would be four days before the last of the 337,000 customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn who lost power have electricity again. Problems to its high-voltage systems caused by the hurricane forced the utility to cut power Tuesday night to an additional 160,000 customers in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

For the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County, with 442,000 outages, it could take a week, Con Ed said. Floodwater led to explosions that disabled a power substation on Monday night, contributing to the outages.

By Tuesday evening, the remnants of Sandy were about 50 northeast of Pittsburgh, pushing westward with winds of 45 mph. It was expected to turn toward New York State and Canada during the night.

Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm hit with just a week to go to the Nov. 6 presidential election, disrupting campaigning and early voting and raising questions about whether polling stations in some hard-hit communities would be ready to open by Tuesday.

Across the region, crews began the monumental task of restoring power for anxious customers and getting transportation up and running could take time after the storm caused more than 18,000 flight cancellations worldwide.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday with limited service. They were closed in the storm. LaGuardia Airport remains closed. It’s unclear what carriers will have flights operating.

The Port Authority says some carriers will be landing planes with no passengers at JFK starting Tuesday night to be prepared for flights the next day.

Corporate Assault on Our Lives And Our Health

Activism – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) – Poisons in Our Foods

Victory in Brooklyn Over Wal-mart

Good news from the fight against the aggressive corporate consolidation of our nation’s food system: in America’s largest city, Walmart has been beaten back! Last week, the oppressive retail giant and the country’s second-largest company (trailing only the fossil fuel mega-giant Exxon Mobil) announced that it was giving up on its multi-year effort to build its first New York City store, in Brooklyn. Along with the many labor, community, social justice and environmental organizations aligned in the fight against Walmart, consumer and food safety groups like ours are declaring victory in this battle for New York City. But the struggle continues.

For years now, Food & Water Watch has been examining the anti-competitive, anti-sustainability and anti-health impact Walmart exerts on communities across the nation. Despite its drumbeat of claims to the contrary, our analysis has repeatedly shown that Walmart isn’t a good neighbor to anyone.

In 2010 we exposed large holes in various depictions of Walmart as a bastion of environmental sustainability, pointing to its alliances with decidedly sub-par environmental certification and ratings systems. Also, we challenged its claims of moving toward local-sourcing sustainability.

More recently, we have taken on Walmart’s inability to assure customers that they wouldn’t be selling genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn. We even shut down their corporate phone lines with our national call-in day to urge them not to stock this untested, unlabeled and potentially unsafe product in their stores, which they refused to do—so consumers who buy sweet corn at Walmart may be eating a genetically engineered product without even knowing it. A recent study released today in France showed that rats fed on Monsanto’s GE corn or exposed to Roundup weedkiller developed tumors and multiple organ damage.

All of this analysis culminated with our recent report detailing Walmart’s damaging effect on local and national food systems and its negative impact on communities large and small. This report is coupled with a summary of Walmart’s failure to deliver on its claims of sustainability.

As for Walmart’s aggressive pursuit of an entre into New York City, the fight continues. Despite its defeat in Brooklyn and overwhelming resistance to its similar proposal for Queens, the bottomless pockets of the world’s most profitable retailer will remain a potent foe. But with this recent victory for the movement to contain Walmart, our determination will only grow.

Food and Water Watch / By Seth Gladstone, Eric Weltman| Sourced from