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August 15, 2009

Let the pot dealers go and throw these 52,000 wealthy tax dodgers in prison

The Associated Press: Tax dodgers scramble to come clean amid crackdown
WASHINGTON — A deal with Switzerland settling U.S. demands for the names of suspected tax dodgers from a Swiss bank has a lot of wealthy Americans with offshore accounts nervously running to their tax advisers — and the Internal Revenue Service. "They are very frightened," said Richard Boggs, chief executive of Nationwide Tax Relief, a Los-Angeles-based tax firm that specializes in clients with tax debts exceeding $100,000. "You have the super rich who are not used to being pushed around and they are finding themselves in unfamiliar territory." The U.S. and Swiss governments announced a court settlement last week in efforts by the IRS to force Zurich-based UBS AG to turn over the names of some 52,000 Americans believed to be hiding nearly $15 billion in assets in secret accounts. Justice Department and UBS lawyers told a federal judge in Miami in a brief conference call Wednesday they had initialed a final deal. But they did not disclose any details, such as how many of the 52,000 names sought by the IRS will be revealed.

Mom tased during routine traffic stop; cop abandons her kids

Raw Story | Watch: Mom tased during routine traffic stop; cop abandons her kids
A police officer in the Syracuse, New York, area Tasered a 37-year-old mom repeatedly in front of her children during a routine traffic stop—and then arrested the mom, leaving the children alone in their family minivan for 40 minutes in freezing weather. According to a report at syracuse.com, what started out as a routine traffic stop “escalated quickly” when 37-year-old Audra Harmon challenged officer Sean Andrews’ assertion that she had been talking on her cell phone when he pulled her over. Harmon disputed that fact, as well as the officer’s claim that she had been speeding—doing 50 mph in a 45 zone.

August 14, 2009

The missing ship -- Piracy on European waters?

Cargo Ship's Disappearance Confounds European Authorities, Spawns Theories - washingtonpost.com
PARIS, Aug. 13 -- The Arctic Sea, a 4,700-ton cargo ship registered in Malta, owned by Russians and crewed by 15 Siberian sailors, dropped off the map shortly after it cleared the English Channel and nosed into the broad Atlantic. That was two weeks ago. Europe's governments, maritime authorities and navies have since been wondering how a ship equipped with modern navigation devices, a tracking beacon and radio communications could have disappeared so suddenly and remained out of touch so long in one of the world's busiest and most monitored shipping lanes. Hijacked? That may be the case, but why and by whom? Lying at the bottom? Perhaps, but there was no distress signal. Or maybe, it was suggested Thursday, there was a dispute over a stash of contraband -- such as drugs -- or even a plan by the captain and crew members to sell the declared cargo of Finnish timber in Africa and make off with the cash.

Black woman ejected from town hall meeting for holding poster of Rosa Parks

At a townhall meeting: Watch Caucasian brownshirts hold up their "don't tread on me" flags with police sanction. Watch a black woman unroll her poster of Rosa Parks for a newspaper reporter, only to have it torn from her hands and destroyed by a white racist. Watch the black woman get escorted from the hall by police. YouTube - Full Story of Poster Altercation at McCaskill Event: by Peter Glickert

August 13, 2009

Boycott Whole Foods - Union-busting libertarian scumbag CEO John Mackey launches anti-single-payer campaign

john-mackey.jpgRussell Mokhiber: Boycott Whole Foods
John Mackey is a right wing libertarian. He’s a union buster. He believes that corporations should not be criminally prosecuted for their crimes. He has just launched a campaign to defeat a single payer national health insurance system. And he’s the CEO of Whole Foods. Primo hangout of liberal Democratic yuppies. “We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health,” Mackey wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. “We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.” ... ... today, we are calling on all American citizens to boycott Whole Foods.

August 07, 2009

Web attack 'aimed at one blogger'

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web attack 'aimed at one blogger'
It is still not known who perpetrated the attack or why they may have targeted Cyxymu and his accounts. However, in an interview with the UK's Guardian newspaper, the blogger blamed Russia. "Maybe it was carried out by ordinary hackers but I'm certain the order came from the Russian government," he said. The blogger has previously criticised Russia over its conduct in the war over the disputed South Ossetia region, which began one year ago.