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today’s holiday/celebration: Maifest


Maifest

The original Maifest in Hermann, Missouri, was a children’s festival founded in 1874. The festival was revived in 1952 as a German ethnic festival for people of all ages. Held the third weekend in May, the festival offers German folklore, songs, music, and food in celebration of the arrival of spring. Black beer, cheese, sausage, crackers, and bratwurst are served, and there are band concerts and musical shows. More… Discuss

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Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014


Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014

What were you searching for in 2014? Google recently released its report of the fastest-rising search requests from 2014, and the suicide of comedian Robin Williams topped the list. The actor’s tragic death outranked the year’s other much-discussed topics, including the Ebola outbreak, the World Cup, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the Ice Bucket Challenge—a viral campaign to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More… Discuss

CIA Director admits to some use of brutal tactics in rare televised news conference — CBS Evening News


from Democracy Now: “I Can’t Breathe”: As Protests Erupt in NYC, Eric Garner’s Nephew Speaks Out on Grand Jury Ruling


Published on Dec 4, 2014

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In this video, you’ll learn about these top news headlines:

*Protests Erupt in NYC After Grand Jury Clears Cop in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

*Cleveland Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Was Deemed Unfit, Had “Dismal” Gun Performance

*Philippines Braces for Super Typhoon in Midst of U.N. Climate Summit

*Colombian Gov’t to Resume Peace Talks with FARC

*Iran Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS; U.S. Denies Cooperation

*Al-Qaeda Threatens to Kill U.S. Journalist in Yemen

*Lawmakers Agree on $585 Billion Military Bill Expanding ISIS Offensive

*3 Women Detail Assaults by Bill Cosby; Events Cancelled After Attendees Return Tickets

*Teenager Arrested for Rape in Oklahoma Following Mass Walkout

*Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case

*Labor Dept. Issues Rule on Anti-LGBT Discrimination

*17 States Sue Obama over Executive Action on Immigration

*Appeals Court Stays Execution of Schizophrenic Texas Prisoner Scott Panetti

*Upstate New York Peace Activist Spared Jail Time After Drone Protest

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Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

This past summer, after covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., I flew back to New York City and went straight to Staten Island to cover the march protesting the police killing of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American father of six. This story was strikingly similar to the police killing in Ferguson, where Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. Both cases involved white police officers using deadly force. Both of the victims were unarmed African-Americans. In both cases, local prosecutors, with close ties to their local police departments, were allowed to control the grand jury. There were some differences between the cases. Most notably, Eric Garner’s killing was captured on video.

If you look at the video closely, just as NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo puts him in an illegal chokehold, you see Eric Garner put his hands up, the international signal of surrender. He is then taken down by a gang of police officers. You hear him repeatedly say, “I can’t breathe!” He says it a total of 11 times before he goes limp and dies.

Where did this video come from? A young man named Ramsey Orta was standing near Garner on that July 17 afternoon when the police moved in. Orta flipped open his cellphone and videoed the whole thing. Pantaleo was caught red-handed. The evidence was there for everyone to see. Well, the grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. Only two people were arrested in the wake of Garner’s death: Ramsey Orta, who shot the video, and his wife, Chrissie Ortiz. Chrissie told a local television station that since Ramsey was identified as the videographer, they had been subjected to police harassment. Ramsey was arrested the day after the city medical examiner declared Garner’s death a homicide. Chrissie was later arrested as well. I saw them at the Staten Island march that Saturday, standing near where Garner died. I asked them for comment, but they were afraid. They huddled on the same stoop that Ramsey was on when he filmed Garner’s death.

At that march on Staten Island on Aug. 23, while Ramsey and Chrissie chose not to speak, many did. “The Staten Island [district attorney] should not be prosecuting this case,” Constance Malcolm told me. “We need the feds to come in and take this case right now. We need accountability.”

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this pressed for your kindness: Ferguson riots victim stunned by $200K donations in 24 hours – Telegraph: Happy Thanksgiving!


Natalie DuBose Photo: Robert Cohen/AP

Ferguson riots victim stunned by $200K donations in 24 hours

A crowdfunding campaign has helped raise thousands of dollars for Natalie DuBose after her shop was looted in the Ferguson riots

By Mark Molloy

4:44PM GMT 27 Nov 2014

https://twitter.com/MarkMolloy99

A shop owner whose business was vandalized in riot-hit Ferguson admits she is “overwhelmed” after receiving a flood of donations.

Natalie DuBose was pictured weeping outside her bakery shop as violence erupted in the Missouri city this week.

Kind-hearted strangers have donated more than $215,000 (£135,000) in just 24 hours to help the mother-of-two.

The windows of her business, Natalie’s Cake‘s & More, were smashed and equipment damaged by looters.

Ms DuBose initially hoped to raise $20,000 (13,000) through her #GoFundMe campaign to help pay for repairs to her shop, which only opened in June.

via Ferguson riots victim stunned by $200K donations in 24 hours – Telegraph.

this pressed: Ferguson protesters chanting ‘shame’ storm St. Louis City Hall; at least 2 arrested


Ferguson protesters chanting ‘shame’ storm St. Louis City Hall; at least 2 arrested
ST. LOUIS – Authorities have arrested at least two people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis.

An undetermined number of protesters made it into the building Wednesday while shouting “Shame, shame.”The protest march included several hundred people and began with a mock trial of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. It was held on the steps of the Old Courthouse, the site of the Dred Scott trial.More than 100 additional police officers were called to the building and it was locked down.

A total of 58 people were arrested at area protests overnight, including 45 in Ferguson.

via Ferguson protesters chanting ‘shame’ storm St. Louis City Hall; at least 2 arrested.

this pressed: Ferguson: Michael Brown’s family speaks out on shooting, Officer Wilson and grand jury decision – CBS News


Ferguson: Michael Brown’s family speaks out on shooting, Officer Wilson and grand jury decision – CBS News.

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This pressed for your right to know: Ferguson protests spread across US


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Ferguson protests spread across US

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30203526

this pressed for your information: Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting – The Washington Post


ST. LOUIS — A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday.

The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Although a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing, federal investigators have all but concluded they do not have a case against Wilson, either, law enforcement officials have said.

A separate federal probe of the Ferguson Police Department is underway. But the prospect that Wilson will face no direct legal consequences for Brown’s death was expected to trigger protests in the St. Louis area, and in the hours before the announcement, scores of demonstrators gathered near the area where Brown was killed.

via Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting – The Washington Post.

this pressed for your wight to be informermed: US to affirm that UN torture ban applies overseas


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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US to affirm that UN torture ban applies overseas

The U.S. is telling the United Nations that it now considers a ban against torture to apply to prisoners held by the U.S. overseas.

Under the Bush administration, the U.S. interpreted the U.N. Convention Against Torture to apply only within U.S. borders. That meant the U.S. didn’t have to follow the ban on cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment at places like the Guantanamo Bay prison or aboard U.S. ships.

President Barack Obama took a different approach and banned certain interrogation methods after taking office. But until now, the U.S. hadn’t formally conveyed that policy to the U.N. body monitoring compliance with the treaty.

The White House says the U.S. will tell the U.N. this week that it interprets the ban as applying anywhere under U.S. government control, including Guantanamo Bay.

via US to affirm that UN torture ban applies overseas.

this pressed: Amid Protests, Missouri Governor Orders Curfew in Ferguson


FBI michael brownAmid Protests, Missouri Governor Orders Curfew in Ferguson.

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE GREAT BLUE NORTHER (1911)


The Great Blue Norther (1911)

The central US is no stranger to sudden changes in weather, but the temperature fluctuations and weather phenomena that struck on November 11, 1911, were about as unusual as it gets. On that day, many cities experienced record high temperatures before the mercury plummeted to record lows. Springfield, Missouri, for example, was a balmy 80°F (27°C) before the cold front passing through the region brought it down to a frigid 13°F (-11°C). What else did the front bring with it? More…Discuss

 

Several levees in N. Missouri breached: Nuclear Plant surrounded by flood water: June 19, 2011


Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011

Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011 (Click on the picture to read the story at CBSNews)