Saturday, November 26, 2011

Via JMG: It's National Leftover Sandwich Day

More leftovers suggestions here. What's for lunch?

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Via JMG: British Government Warns Ex-Pats Of Potential Riots Over Euro Collapse

The British government has advised its embassies across Europe that they are to write up emergency plans to assist ex-pats in the event of rioting over the collapse of the Euro.
Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis. The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way. A senior minister has now revealed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying that Britain is now planning on the basis that a euro collapse is now just a matter of time. “It’s in our interests that they keep playing for time because that gives us more time to prepare,” the minister told the Daily Telegraph. Recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for extreme scenarios including rioting and social unrest.
The treaties that set up the Euro Zone provide no mechanism for member nations to leave the group, setting the stage for widespread chaos.

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Our First Thanksgiving in Ouro Preto

Obrigado a Heloisa!

Right to left - Heloisa, Sonia, Milton, Jaime, Carlos e Tania

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Via Facebook

Via JMG: Tagging Crazy Eyes

My pal Homer points us to the product tags on Michele Bachmann's new book. Snork!

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Tomorrow: Buy Nothing Day

From the same folks that brought you OWS.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

JMG Headline Of The Day

Story here.

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Via JMG: ACLU's Memo To Bachmann

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Via JMG: The Cadillac Of Citizen Repression

Ever since the UC Davis incident, wiseguys have been flooding Amazon with reviews of the pepper spray on sale. At this writing, the below is the "most helpful" review.
Whenever I need to breezily inflict discipline on unruly citizens, I know I can trust Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray to get the job done! The power of reason is no match for Defense Technology's superior repression power. When I reach for my can of Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray, I know that even the mighty First Amendment doesn't stand a chance against its many scovil units of civil rights suppression. When I feel threatened by students, no matter how unarmed, peaceful and seated they may be, I know that Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray has got my back as I casually spray away at point blank range. It really is the Cadillac of citizen repression technology.
(Tipped by JMG reader Jubal)

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Via JMG: $13M Spent Nationally On OWS

Think Progress reports that wingnut blogs are going apeshit over the just-released estimate on police overtime and other costs related to OWS. The above chart provides some perspective.

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Pôr do Sol // Sunset - Ouro Preto, MG

Esta chuva pela manhã // this mornings rain

I stopped to take this video on the way to a meeting before work this morning... the noise the water makes as it runs across the paralelepípedos is enchanting!

Salamanca Sequoias // las Sequoias de Salamanca

Via Democracy Now: Brazil Fines Chevron $28 Million Following Oil Spill

The oil giant Chevron has been fined $28 million by the government of Brazil over an off-shore oil spill. On Monday, President Dilma Rousseff met with a number of her environment and energy ministers to discuss the matter, one day after Chevron claimed full responsibility for leaking some 2,400 barrels following the rupture of a well on November 7. The company has admitted it caused the accident by wrongly estimating pressure and rock strength in the reservoir it was targeting.
George Buck, Chevron Brazil CEO: "Chevron takes full responsibility for this incident. We responded to it quickly and effectively and we will continue to respond to it. Any oil on the surface of the ocean is unacceptable to Chevron and we will work diligently until there is none."
While the spill is relatively small and largely contained, Chevron could face increased fines from Brazil’s national petroleum agency, ANP, and the state of Rio de Janeiro. Carlos Minc is the state’s environment secretary.
Carlos Minc, Rio de Janeiro Environment Secretary: "We will file a civil action for compensations to damages and diffused goods such as marine biodiversity and coastal environment. And it is important to mention that in a public lawsuit there is not a 50-million limit. Our initial estimate is that this value could double, it could reach 100 million reals, $55 million dollars."


UC Davis student leaders demand state investigation into pepper spraying

Leaders of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, called on California's attorney general to launch an investigation of last week's pepper spraying of peaceful protesters by campus police.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Via Courage Campaign and the ReFund California Coalition:

Courage Campaign

Amidst growing outrage over police violence against the Occupy movement on the UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses -- including the pepper spraying and baton beatings of non-violent protesters -- the University of California Board of Regents just announced that they will close their doors to the public when they vote on new cuts to education on November 28th. The public can only “participate” through a sham teleconference. 
This echoes the announcement from the California State University Board of Trustees that they will not engage in a public discussion or revote regarding the illegitimate tuition increase they passed behind closed doors last Wednesday. The leadership of both the UC and CSU systems refuse to face thousands of outraged students, faculty, and staff who demand they stop treating the 99% like an ATM.
On November 16th, the Trustees expelled hundreds of students and workers from their meeting before voting behind closed doors to increase tuition by 9%, a move that may be illegal. California's public education system, a promise of the past to the future and a critical way to assure our state's economic growth, has been decimated by $17 billion in budget cuts and tuition increases since 2009. Next month, $2.5 billion in additional cuts are coming, and the 1% on the boards of CSU and UC are again trying to pass them on to students, teachers, and working families. Now is a time when they should be seeking to break from the status quo and support concrete solutions like requiring millionaires to pay their fair share to fund education. Instead, they are doing the opposite.
The Regents and the Trustees are made up of corporate elites such as Bank of America Director Monica Lozano and former Wachovia Bank senior executive Russell Gould. It’s time for them to stand with the 99% and support making the 1% pay to fund education.
Yours in the fight for economic justice,
Rick Jacobs
Chair and Founder, Courage Campaign
Member of the ReFund California Coalition


Katehi was horrified at use of pepper spray, spokeswoman says

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi was horrified at the use of pepper spray on students Friday and had given orders for police to remove protester's tents peacefully, a university spokeswoman said today as the school prepares for another rally.

Via JMG: Gingrich: Replace Janitors With Children

Newt Gingrich has a plan to put America's children back to work. Because child labor laws are outrageous.
“You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I’ve tried for years to have a very simple model,” he said. “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.” He added, “You go out and talk to people, as I do, you go out and talk to people who are really successful in one generation. They all started their first job between nine and 14 years of age. They all were either selling newspapers, going door to door, they were doing something, they were washing cars.”

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Via JMG: Lobbying Firm Offers To "Undermine OWS"

According to a leaked memo, a DC-based lobbying firm often hired by banks pitched its clients on how they could undermine Occupy Wall Street by planting unsavory news items about its participants, among other tactics.
CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

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JMG Photoshop Of The Day

(Via JMG reader Craig and many others.)

Via Climate Progress:

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 07:22 AM PST

by Cole Mellino

The concept of “a wild law,” which grants equal rights to nature, is based on the idea that humans do not have an explicit right to destroy our natural environment. Under wild law, natural ecosystems’ rights supersede the interests of any one species (including humans). Obviously, this idea can be incredibly controversial. Even in Bolivia, where they’ve amended their constitution to give nature equal rights to people, they are still working out the details.

Bolivia amended its constitution after pressure from its large indigenous population who places the environment and the earth deity, Pachamama, at the center of all life. But what this means in practical terms, such as how to address the serious environmental problems caused by mining for raw materials in the Andean nation, is yet to be determined. Bolivians hope that this will give their country the power to hold mining companies accountable and force them to adhere to stricter environmental standards.
Research by glaciologist Edson Ramirez of San Andres University in the capital city, La Paz, suggests temperatures have been rising steadily for 60 years and started to accelerate in 1979. They are now on course to rise a further 3.5-4C over the next 100 years. This would turn much of Bolivia into a desert.
Most glaciers below 5,000m are expected to disappear completely within 20 years, leaving Bolivia with a much smaller ice cap. Scientists say this will lead to a crisis in farming and water shortages in cities such as La Paz and El Alto.
Ecuador, which has a large indigenous population, has also amended its constitution to grant rights to nature. But like in Bolivia, the law has not stopped oil companies from destroying their natural landscape.

Even though these laws are mostly abstract, their existence helps elevate a debate about the relationship between people and nature. Bolivia’s Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca, puts it well:

“Our grandparents taught us that we belong to a big family of plants and animals. We believe that everything in the planet forms part of a big family. We indigenous people can contribute to solving the energy, climate, food and financial crises with our values.”
It’s hard to imagine such laws adopted en masse today — particularly in the U.S. But the concept has gained traction. In recent years, numerous conferences have been held on how to apply wild law to climate change mitigation efforts.

To hear more about the concept, watch the video below featuring Cormac Cullinan, an environmental lawyer and leading wild law intellectual, who recently addressed the World People’s Summit on Climate Change in Bolivia.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Via Christian Left:

John Lennon-Power To The People-Offical Video-HQ

Afternoon View - Ouro Preto

Via Climate Progress: Can Romney Beat Obama? Questions Abound As Likely GOP Nominee Doubles Down on Denial

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 07:11 AM PST
Mitt Romney has consistently been the candidate of the 1%:
“Mitt Romney’s Money Shot,” as The Atlantic puts it.  Photo: Bain Capital/The Boston Globe
Intrade prediction markets puts Romney’s chances of being the GOP Presidential nominee at 69.5% as the rest of the field implodes and unelectable Newt Gingrich (!) is the latest to surge.
Romney is moving to the right on core issues that matter to the Tea Party like climate change.  In October, Romney started flipping to denial (see Likely GOP Nominee Asserts, “We Don’t Know What’s Causing Climate Change”).
But now he’s started pushing the truly inane hard-core denier talking points, as the Boston Globe reports today:
Discussing climate change in response to an audience question, he mocked the notion of asking the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
“I exhale carbon dioxide,’’ Romney said. “I don’t want those guys following me around with a meter to see if I’m breathing too hard.’’
Seriously.  This from a guy who, just in June, said “I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.”
Why is Romney pandering to the most extreme part of the GOP when he just about has the race sewed up, and the rest of the general public believes in global warming and climate action?
Intrade has Obama at almost dead even to be reelected — 50.5%.  Who do you think will be the next President?
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Via AmericaBlog Gay:

UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike
Here's confirmation of who the cop is, and his contact info:
Lieutenant John Pike

Much better picture of this neanderthal assaulting the students. Clearly not justification whatsoever for what he did.

This is outrageous. Oh my God, watch this video, you'll see in the first seconds all you need to see. The cop walks up to a line of students just siting down on the ground, having a sit-in basically, and he pepper-sprays them, one by one, in the face at point blank range.

I'm sorry, this has gone too far. This has happened in police department after police department, and it has gone too far. Our police look like the goons in Russia and China. Please watch this video and send it to everyone you know. This has gone too far.
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