By Andrew Kreig
Huffington Post, June 29
“As a start in redressing the nation’s most notorious political prosecution, the Supreme Court today released its decision vacating federal corruption convictions of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and co-defendant businessman Richard Scrushy
“The court remanded their Alabama convictions to the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta despite arguments last November by Solicitor General Elena Kagan that their convictions should stand.” More
And, of course, previously from COTO Report, Elena Kagan – Willing Accomplice Continue reading
The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning
James Lovelock Allen Lane, UK, 2009, ISBN 9781846141850
By Stephan Harding
June 29, 2010 “Resurgence” — It is often said that it takes great ideas in science some forty years to gain widespread acceptance. Sadly for us all, James Lovelock’s concept of a self-regulating Earth has fitted this mould with a frustrating and yet thoroughly predictable punctuality: had acceptance come sooner we would by now have been much further advanced in our understanding of the dangers of climate change.
It was in 1965, whilst thinking of a workable life-detection experiment for a NASA mission to Mars, that Lovelock received a “flash of enlightenment” which would lead him to overturn a notion widely held by scientists at the time: that living beings are merely passive passengers on an Earth governed mostly by geological, chemical and physical processes. Not so, said Lovelock – life’s tightly coupled feedbacks with the abiotic domains of atmosphere, rocks and water configure the Earth into a dynamic, evolving planet that has actively maintained its surface in a state suitable for life over thousands of millions of years despite the vagaries of plate tectonics and an ever-brightening sun.
By Gulf Emergency Summit
Kindra Arnesen warns citizens that industry and government are not cleaning the spill in this excerpt from the Gulf Emergency Summit held on June 19, 2010:
By John Kusumi
This maybe should’ve been a Gum Wall post, but I don’t think GW takes pictures. Above is a NALCO / Corexit label that I found at the web site of Erin Brockovich. Continue reading
By David G. Savage
Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and states must abide by the 2nd Amendment, strengthening the rights of gun owners and opening courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to argue that restrictions on firearms are unconstitutional.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the right to have a handgun for self-defense is “fundamental from an American perspective [and] applies equally to the federal government and the states.”
The high court overturned 19th century rulings that said the 2nd Amendment restricted only federal gun laws, not local or state measures. The decision will almost certainly void ordinances in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., that forbid residents to have handguns at home. The justices ruled in favor of the Chicago residents who wish to have guns and sent the case back to Chicago for a lower court to issue a final ruling.
Black Bloc starts riot at G20. Do real anarchists all wear the same shoes. Do they wear uniforms?
By Rady Ananda
The Law Union of Ontario Movement Defence Committee [MDC] has issued an Appeal for broad political support for the G20 arrestees, estimated at nearly 500. Not arrested were members of the supposed anarchist group, Black Bloc, which is suspected of being a police psyops group ordered to start the G20 riot yesterday. Among the protestors, two professional journalists were also reportedly beaten and one arrested.
Posted in 4th Estate, Economy Economics, Environment, Human Rights Civil Liberties, NWO, Psy-Ops, Resistance
Tagged corporatism, economics, g20 black bloc are agent provocateurs, G20 free trade, g20 riot psyops, Land Rights, profits vs people, resource extraction
Jesse Rosenfeld of The Guardian shows his media credentials to police right before he is arrested and beaten. Photo: Activestills
* Firsthand report of arrests, tear gas, beatings of peaceful demonstrators at detention centre
* Guardian journalist assaulted, arrested
* Toronto Police at Door of the Alternative Media Centre
Kevin Reed, 36, of Pensacola breaks down and weeps upon seeing the oil-defiled shores of Pensacola Beach on June 23, 2010. Reed's father taught him to swim in these waters, and Reed just taught his five year old son to swim here. "This will never be the same," he says. "I'd like to take the CEO of BP and jam his face in that pile on the beach."
By Various Sources
See large images at TampaBay.com
NAPLES NEWS June 24:
A Florida beach was closed to visitors for the first time because of the Gulf oil spill Thursday as workers tried to remove pools of black sludge from Pensacola Beach’s once-white sands.
By Robyn Maynard & Jaggi Singh
No One Is Illegal-Montreal
The intersection of King and Bay is the financial capital of Canada. Within blocks of these infamous cross-streets, amidst iconic skyscrapers, are the headquarters of the banks, corporations, public relations companies and law firms that help drive global capitalism. King and Bay in Toronto is the heart of Canadian colonial capitalism, which projects its misery all over the world, through mining, forestry and other resource extraction companies.
While the G20 leaders planned to meet behind a steel cage and an unprecedented 1-billion dollar security operation, a contingent of thousands-strong protesters gathered to defy Stephen Harper’s Fortress Toronto.
By Darcy Wearing and Richard Gage, AIA
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Having had the privilege of speaking with Tom Sullivan, an actual explosive-charge placement technician, we have some new insights to pass along as to how controlled demolition works, where it started, and the effect that 9/11 had on the demolition industry. Sullivan gained his experience as an employee of the leading firm in this field, Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI). Sullivan stresses though “I do not in anyway represent CDI and what I have to say is based on my own experience and training,”
Illegal search and arrest. PHOTO by Nadim
By Gwalgen Geordie Dent
Toronto Media Co-op
I’m late. Throngs of protesters moving south on Queen. There’s thousands of people here. Uncomfirmed reports that people were detained from Queen’s Park before the march even began.
A damn fool is risking death by yoga at University and Queen. We just passed by the heavily fortified US consulate at University and Armoury. There are hundreds of groups here including many of the big names: Canadian Labour Congress, Amnesty, a couple COmmunist Parties, the UFCW, Greenpeace, CUPE and a host of other smaller groups. It’s amazing, there’s well above 10,000 people here. The largest previous G8 protest in North America was 3,000 people.
Justin and Lex @ G20
For three hours on June 26 the heart of Toronto’s financial district was in the hands of 2,000 protesters. Store fronts and police cars were destroyed as crowds of activists laid waste to Bay Street and Yonge Street. The police response was poorly organized and did little to protect property or unsuspecting civilians (not to mention the activists themselves).
The protest, which began in a heavy rain at 1:00 p.m. in front of Queen’s Park, Ontario’s legislature, was attended by 10,000 people including labour unions, anti-capitalists, feminists and a multitude of other groups. Event organizers had forwarded a plan to the police which projected the protest’s route from University Avenue, down to Queen Street West and back up Spadina Avenue to College Street and Queen’s Park.
The plan lasted only until the turn onto Queen Street, where a group of protesters wearing black bandanas attempted to rush the police barricade at Duncan Street. Composed of members of the “Black Bloc,” the bandana clad protesters set out to reach the G20 security fence—built around the G20 venue: the Metro Convention Centre. Continue reading
Police keep an eye on approximately 1,000 protesters making their way along College Street from Allan Gardens in Toronto, Friday, June 25, 2010.
By CTV Toronto
Fri. Jun. 25 2010 8:31 PM ET
Positive video coverage at CTV.
Police temporarily shut the gates to the G20 security perimeter early Friday evening, as they attempted to head off the largest in a string of demonstrations to protest the international meeting. Anti-poverty demonstrators had attempted to march south towards the security zone where the G20 summit will take place. But they were turned back when police with shields blockaded University Avenue. Instead the protesters backtracked, marching east towards the park where the demonstration originated, trailed by police in full riot gear.
“I’m not a hell-raiser but I want my voice to be heard,” one woman told CP24, adding that she decided to join the demonstration in response to the large number of police on the city’s streets. “I thought I lived in a democracy and I don’t think I do any more.”
Protesters trapped in front of Novatel by police. Photo: Activestills
By Dru Oja Jay
Toronto Media Co-Op
Interview with Ben Powless
Mohawk activist Ben Powless describes the scene at the Novatel Hotel at 1 am on Saturday night. » Download file ‘powless-interview.mp3’ (4MB)
An estimated 150 peaceful protesters have been arrested (they were given no option to leave).
By Brandon Jourdan
Toronto Media Co-op
June 26, 2010, Toronto, Ontario– After a large march and rally against the meeting of the G20, police attacked a crowd of peaceful protesters in Queens Park. The following clip shows police attacking and arresting protesters: