Boycott Show: “Top Gear” and its Sponsers

Jeremy Clarkson Nazi Turd of the Day

It’s time to show these Nazi turds just how fed up with their violence peddling bull shit we are.

Time to make their hateful bigotry unwelcome in the arena of public discourse.

BBC host on striking workers: ‘Execute them in front of their families’

From Raw Story:

The BBC has apologized after one their most popular hosts called to have striking public workers killed “in front of their families.”

Labor unions claimed Wednesday that as many as two million public workers joined a strike over cuts in pension rights as part of an austerity program by the British government.

In an interview on BBC’s The One Show Wednesday, Jeremy Clarkson, host of BBC’s Top Gear, was asked about the strikes that had affected “schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests.”

 “Frankly, I’d have them all shot!” Clarkson exclaimed.

“I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?”

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Court appears ready to hand legal victory to transgender woman

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

By Bill Rankin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The federal appeals court in Atlanta appears ready to grant a legal victory to Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired as a legislative editor at the General Assembly after she disclosed she was going to make the transition from man to woman.

Two of three 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges hearing the case Thursday indicated U.S. Supreme Court precedents support a lower-court judge’s finding that Glenn was the subject of sex discrimination.

“You can’t discriminate against someone because they don’t behave the way you expect them to behave because of their sex,” Judge Bill Pryor told lawyer Richard Sheinis, who represented the state.

Judge Rosemary Barkett agreed and repeatedly told Sheinis she couldn’t understand the basis of the state’s arguments.

Sheinis had argued that Glenn’s firing was not motivated by gender stereotyping, but instead by her transitioning from man to woman while working at the Office of Legislative Counsel.

The 11th Circuit is considering the state’s appeal of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Story, who found Glenn was the victim of sex discrimination.

Story ordered Glenn returned to her job and for the state to no longer discriminate against her after she returns, but that decision was stayed pending the outcome of the appeal, said Glenn’s lawyer, Gregory Nevins of the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Greenpeace hijacks oil firms’ Greenland talks

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Greenpeace activists on Thursday diverted oil executives from a meeting on prospecting possibilities off Greenland and instead gave them a 20-minute environmental lecture, the group said.

Eighteen representatives of oil giants like Shell, BP, Chevron and Statoil, had been invited to the Copenhagen meeting by theGreenlandic Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum to discuss prospecting for the black gold in the waters off the autonomous Danish territory.

Around 20 suit-and-tie-clad activists from Greenpeace, which is ardently opposed to any drilling in the fragile Arctic ecosystem, met some of the oil executives in the lobby and, pretending to be their hosts, ushered them to a different floor.

“We had found out that the Greenlandic Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum had invited these representatives to a meeting in Copenhagen today,” local Greenpeace spokeswoman Karen Albertsensaid.

“The meeting was supposed to take place on the fifth floor of the building. We therefore rented the fourth floor under the name of a fake computer company,” she added.

Once the participants were seated in the wrong meeting room, the disguised activists showed them a 20-minute presentation about the environmental risks posed by exploiting oil off Greenland,Greenpeace Arctic specialist Jon Burgwald said.

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Hartmann: Big Pharma – Scalping Cancer Drugs?

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Boycott The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has always been a bunch of Bible Thumpers.

Joe Hill mocked them in his song about the “Long Haired Preachers”.

Lately they’ve taken to peddling hatred of LGBT/T People in the name of Jazzus.

Fuck-em.  If you want to give find a secular charity and give to that.  All the Christer are interested in is lining their own pockets while they use your money to peddle hatred of you.

From Huffington Post:

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Under Fire For LGBT Community Stance

First Posted: 11/25/11

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bell ringers have become a truly iconic part of the holiday shopping season. However, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are now calling for shoppers to skip the donation buckets due to the organization’s conservative view of homosexuality.

“The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations,” Bil Browning notes on The Bilerico Project. “The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies — including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal.”

Indeed, as Browning points out, the group’s position statements reveal a somewhat rigid outlook on LGBT lifestyles. “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex,” one statement reads. “The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.”

However, the statement does go on to note, “Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation.”

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Is China’s Economic Miracle Hitting the Fan?

Just last night I was commenting on the Made in America ads that have started cropping up as the Depression we are in deepens.

Customer service delivered by Indians who speak unintelligible English  from what sounds like scripts has become a standing  joke.  There is even the series of “My name is Peggy.” ads that dodge claims of racism by making the characters appear former Soviet Bloc.  Yet everyone gets it.

People are tired of sweat shops in far away places creating wealth for our corporate over lords while destroying the American working class.  It is the same with the eat local movement.  We want food that isn’t a batch of chemicals masquerading as food grown on some corporate mega farm that destroyed farming as a way of life in America.

I’m sure the Chinese are sick and tired too of an economy gear to export rather than filling their own needs, of the destruction of their society for the enrichment of a few in their wealthy elite.

They need a serious union movement to organize labor in their country just as we need in ours.  The same goes for India and every other nation which has been turned into a sweatshop for the profits of the rich American Elite.

We need some serious economic nationalism built around the idea of a sustainable economy that permits working people enough leisure time to enjoy the fruits of their labors.  Presently the working people have been turned into a combination slave class and consumer class that is forever in debt.

From In These Times:

By Michelle Chen
Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

If you believe the hype about living in the “Pacific Century,” then the new millennium is bound to be a pretty rowdy one.

A few days ago about 1,000 workers in the heart of China’s manufacturing belt walked off the job at the Taiwan-owned Jingmo Electronics Corporation, saying they were tired of being cheated by overtime pay. Around the same time in the Guangdong boomtown known as Dongguan, thousands of shoe factory workers protested over overtime pay and marched with their grievances to a local government office.

This may seem like a reprise of the powerful 2010 strike wave that rippled through big-name manufacturing plants, including Toyota and Honda. Last year, workers’ newfound militancy yielded some significant gains—mainly in the form of pay hikes and other concessions. But whether they’ll be able to wrest a fairer paycheck from the management this time around hinges not so much on workers’ will, as on the global economic house of cards that’s getting rocked by countless factors that the labor force can’t control. Though concessions could be coming down the pipeline for some workers, in the backdrop is an alarming slowdown in China’s exports, which drive the country’s development and stuff consumers in rich countries with an endless stream of cheap goods.

November brought news of a a sharp drop in exports to Europe, coinciding with a burgeoning financial crisis in the Eurozone, as well as premonitions that China’s housing market might soon start to go pop.

According to the watchdog organization China Labour Bulletin, the state has worked with the companies to squelch protests, and even management staff is feeling the pain:

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Texas Capitol Says… “Just 3 Hours of Free Speech a Day or You’ll be Arrested!”

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Driven By Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims Of Violent Crime

From Huffington Post:

By Radley Balko
First Posted: 11/25/11

CHICAGO — As Jessica Shaver and I chat at a coffee shop in Chicago’s north-side Andersonville neighborhood, a police car pulls into the parking lot across the street. Then another. Two cops get out, lean up against their cars, and appear to gaze across traffic into the store. At times, they seem to be looking directly at us. Shaver, who works as an eyebrow waxer at a nearby spa, appears nervous.

“See what I mean? They follow me,” says Shaver, 30. During several phone conversations Shaver told me that she thinks a small group of Chicago police officers are trying to intimidate her. These particular cops likely aren’t following her; the barista tells me Chicago cops regularly stop in that particular parking lot to chat. But if Shaver is a bit paranoid, it’s hard to blame her.

A year and a half ago she was beaten by a neighborhood thug outside of a city bar. It took months of do-it-yourself sleuthing, a meeting with a city alderman and a public shaming in a community newspaper before the Chicago Police Department would pay any attention to her. About a year later, Shaver got more attention from cops than she ever could have wanted: A team of Chicago cops took down her door with a battering ram and raided her apartment, searching for drugs.

Shaver has no evidence that the two incidents are related, and they likely aren’t in any direct way. But they provide a striking example of how the drug war perverts the priorities of America’s police departments. Federal anti-drug grants, asset forfeiture policies and a generation of battlefield rhetoric from politicians have made pursuing low-level drug dealers and drug users a top priority for police departments across the country. There’s only so much time in the day, and the focus on drugs often comes at the expense of investigating violent crimes with victims like Jessica Shaver. In the span of about a year, she experienced both problems firsthand.

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Scott Olsen: “I Swore to Defend the Constitution and I’m Continuing to Do That”

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Execute Drug Users? – Newt Gingrich

Chick-Fil-A Threatens Legal Action Against T-Shirt Maker For Encouraging Eating Of Kale

Yet one more reason to boycott the Taliban Christer owned fast food chain Chick-Fil-a on top of their illiteracy and anti-LGBT/T bigotry.

Frivolous law suits aimed at honest entrepreneurs.

From The Consumerist:

By Chris Morran
November 28, 2011

If you’ve lived anywhere near a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you’re probably familiar with the billboards and other ads featuring cows and their hoof-painted signs encouraging you to “eat mor chikin,” a phrase that’s been trademarked by the fast food company. But heaven forbid you use those words in their correct formats to promote the eating of something other than Chick-fil-A.

An artist in Vermont finds himself on the receiving end of cease-and-desist orders from Chick-fil-A because he hand-prints shirts that read “Eat More Kale.”

According to lawyers for the chain, the artist’s properly spelled, rather clear message, “is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property and diminishes its value.”

And not only is the fast food chain asking the Eat More Kale creator to stop printing that horrid phrase on shirts and other surfaces, it demands he turn over his website to Chick-fil-A.

Not surprisingly, the man behind this seditious message tells the AP he’s prepared to fight big chicken: “Our plan is to not back down. This feels like David versus Goliath. I know what it’s like to protect what’s yours in business.”

Explains his lawyer about the Eat More Kale message:

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The Fed Grants $7.77 Trillion in Secret Bank Loan – Now Do You Understand Occupy Wall Street?

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Occupy 2012

From Truth Dig:

By Bill Boyarsky
Posted on Nov 30, 2011

The Occupy L.A. encampment didn’t look like an enterprise with a future. The skateboarders hurtling through the crowd, the soccer ball in the air, the treehouses, the young men and women sleeping in tents and in the open air made the place look more like a low-budget vacation at the beach than a protest movement.

Occupy L.A. was closed down early Wednesday morning by hundreds of Los Angeles police officers who arrested more than 200 in a comparatively peaceful operation that contrasted sharply with the conduct of cops in New York, UC Davis and other places. But its legacy is likely to be much more lasting than the abandoned tents and makeshift structures left behind at Los Angeles City Hall.

For in its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election. The same is true of the many Occupy movements, from Wall Street to Harvard Yard to Chicago, to Denver to Philadelphia, to Berkeley, Davis, UCLA and other places.

In other words, the election could be the next step for the Occupy movement.

The movement has taken the issue of economic injustice from think-tank reports, liberal columnists and Op-Ed writers to the streets. Many studies have shown, as Catherine Rampell noted in the New York Times Economix blog Oct. 10, that the top 1 percent of Americans hold about a third of the nation’s wealth, receive about 20 percent of the nation’s income and have a huge net worth. Now the Occupy movement has thrust this imbalance into the center of the national political debate. Ninety-nine percent to 1 percent says it all.

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Occupy Wall Street’s women struggle to make their voices heard

From The Guardian UK:

Activists take steps to reduce male dominance – but critics say more is needed to stop women being ‘patronised and policed’

in New, Wednesday 30 November 2011

At a gathering of Occupy Wall Street activists at a public space in New York on Monday, one young woman spoke of a bruising experience she had suffered the previous day. Angry and upset, she said she had been shouted down while attempting to facilitate a general assembly. There were nods of recognition and murmurs of sympathy from those seated in a circle around her.

But her battle was not with police officers or security guards. Instead, those who had treated her with disdain were fellow activists, every one of which was white and male.

“It was a really distressing experience having people policing and patronising me” she told the group.

In the aftermath of the eviction from their camp in lower Manhattan, the organisers of Occupy Wall Street are struggling to maintain order at the general assembly, the backbone of its decision-making.

At its heart was an “ongoing crisis for people of colour, women and the marginalised”, according to Kanene Holder, a part-time teaching artist from Brooklyn who is active on several working groups.

“White males are used to speaking and running things,” said Holder. “You can’t expect them to abdicate the power they have just because they are in this movement.”

One of the defining features of the leaderless Occupy movement – aside from the occupation itself – has been its horizontal decision-making in the form of its Arab spring-inspired general assembly. The simple idea behind it: that everyone has a voice.

But a quick glance through the paper, television and web coverage spawned since Occupy’s first march on Wall Street in September reveals that some voices are louder than others. While images of women as victims have endured, those who speak about the ideas and actions have been predominantly male.

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Why Durban is the Kyoto protocol’s last chance

From The Guardian UK:

With climate change already claiming human victims, the world must get an agreement out of the UN conference in South Africa, Wednesday 30 November 2011

The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17 year-old was one of 10 people killed in Durban Sunday, the night before the UN conference opened. Torrential rains pummelled the seaside city of 3.5 million. Seven hundred homes were destroyed by the floods.

Ximba was sleeping when the concrete wall next to her collapsed. One woman tried to save a flailing year-old baby whose parents had been crushed by their home. She failed, and the baby died, along with both parents. All this, as more than 20,000 politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, scientists and activists made their way to what may be the last chance for the Kyoto protocol.

How might the conference have prevented the deaths? A better question is, how might the massive deluge, which fell on the heels of other deadly storms this month, be linked to human-induced climate change, and what is the gathering in Durban doing about it? Durban has received twice the normal amount of rain for November. The trends suggest that extreme weather is going to get worse.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a group with thousands of scientists who volunteer their time “to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change”. The group won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Last week, the IPCC released a summary of its findings, clearly linking changing climate to extreme weather events such as drought, flash floods, hurricanes, heat waves and rising sea levels. The World Meteorological Organisation released a summary of its latest findings, noting, to date, that 2011 is the tenth-warmest year on record, that the Arctic sea ice is at its all-time low volume this year, and that 13 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the past 15 years.

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Neo-Nazi David Duke Arrested In Germany, Ex-Klan Leader Faces Deportation

From Huffington Post:

First Posted: 11/29/11

David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, white supremacist and Louisiana politician, was arrested and taken into custody in Cologne on Friday, prior to a planned speech to a right-wing extremist group, German police said Monday.

The statement by the Cologne police department said that Duke, 61, is “obliged to leave German territory without delay.” In a message on his website, Duke said he had been released from jail and requested financial assistance from his followers to fight the deportation.

“To fight this case will cost a lot of money, time and effort,” he wrote.

The arrest appears to be tied to Duke’s expulsion from the Czech Republic in 2009, following his detention there on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, a crime in many European countries, including Germany. The Cologne police statement said that Duke “was not entitled to stay in Germany” because of a travel ban against him in another, unspecified European country.

Duke, a “former” neo-Nazi who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. presidency in 1988 and 1992, served a year in prison in 2003 and 2004 after pleading guilty to tax fraud and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from supporters to pay gambling debts.

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iPhone 4 Explodes Midflight on Australian Airline

From Yahoo News:

By Lauren Effron | Good Morning America
Mon, Nov 28, 2011

Apple’s iPhones are always among the hottest gadgets of  any holiday shopping season, but for one passenger on an Australian flight, the phone was too hot to handle — literally.

While on Australian flight Regional Express ZL319 Friday, a passenger’s iPhone 4 (not the iPhone 4S, which is Apple’s latest model) suddenly started “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” according to a Regional Express statement.

The plane, which was flying from Lismore to Sydney, was in the midst of landing when the incident occured. “In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully,” according to Regional Express’ statement.

After landing, the iPhone was handed over to officials at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.  There’s no official word yet on what caused the phone to combust.

Exploding Apple products are rare, but explosions have happened in the past, mostly related to the devices’ lithium ion batteries overheating.

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