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“You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money. Artists had a patron, either the leader of the state or the duke of Weimar or somewhere, or the church, the pope. Or they had another job. I have another job. I make films. No one tells me what to do. But I make the money in the wine industry. You work another job and get up at five in the morning and write your script. This idea of Metallica or some rock n’ roll singer being rich, that’s not necessarily going to happen anymore. Because, as we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money? ” - Francis Ford Coppola

“You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money. Artists had a patron, either the leader of the state or the duke of Weimar or somewhere, or the church, the pope. Or they had another job. I have another job. I make films. No one tells me what to do. But I make the money in the wine industry. You work another job and get up at five in the morning and write your script. 

This idea of Metallica or some rock n’ roll singer being rich, that’s not necessarily going to happen anymore. Because, as we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money? ” - Francis Ford Coppola

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An Interesting Way to Increase the Respectability of the Occupy Movement Amongst Non-Occupiers

According to the New York Post, Tracy Postert was at the Occupy Wall Street site at Zuccotti Park… holding up signs that read: “Reagan Sucks” and “I Vote After the Revolution.”

Then she decided to make a change in strategy. She made a new sign that read, “Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking full time employment.” On the back it said, “Ask Me for My Resume.”

This caught the attention of Wayne Kaufmann, a financial analyst, who had to walk by the protest encampment every day on his way to work. Intrigued by the message Postert was sending, he took a resume and proceeded on.

The next day, Kaufman emailed Postert to have her come into his firm, John Thomas Financial Brokerage for an interview. In due course she was offered a job as a junior financial analyst specializing in medical companies…”

This is an interesting and inspirational idea from Postert; she proves that not all occupiers are looking for a free ride. She is highlighting the broken system in the U.S. and the difficulty that even the most educated of people face. Why should a person with a Ph.D. be unable to find work when there are people out there making six figures a year? 

Now if only we could fix the problems within the Universities…

(Source: Yahoo!)

Really?!

Caltrans Demolishes Bordertown Skate Park

Cassie Harwood —  Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 4:09 P

As the Express previously reported, the transit agency sent demolition notices for both structures to both Oakland and Emeryville city officials in July. And while The Spot was demolished in late August, Caltrans public information officer Robert Haus said at the time that it would take an outside contractor (at a then-undetermined date) to safely remove the more elaborate Bordertown structure, which was built up onto MacArthur Maze freeway structure.Yesterday was a somber day for the skateboarding community: Three months after Caltrans tore down The Spot, a popular skate park built on state-owned property in West Oakland in 2009, the agency made good on its promise to demolish the nearby Bordertown skate park near the Oakland-Emeryville border. Both parks have sparked fierce debate over the rights of skaters to appropriate the otherwise underutilized spaces for recreational purposes, with Caltrans citing liability concerns and park supporters countering that the parks were a positive addition to an otherwise desolate area.

A small group of skateboarders congregated yesterday morning to witness the long-promised removal of their park…

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AFTER:

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National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate this week could allow the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely

soupsoup:

“If the president thinks you are a terrorist, let him present charges and evidence to a judge,” Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle said in a statement Friday. “He has no authority to lock you up without any judicial review, just because he and Congress believe he should have unlimited power. That is the kind of power held by tyrants in totalitarian regimes. It has no place in the United States.”

Federal Involvement in Occupy Protests…

Occupy and the militarisation of policing protest

Why, when protesters are peaceably exercising first amendment rights, is the machinery of counter-terrorism being mobilized?

  • Police prepare to enter the Occupy Oakland encampment
Police preparing to enter the Occupy Oakland encampment, 25 October. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

In our not-so-distant history, protest in the United States was handled by local law enforcement that treated demonstrations and marches as mere nuisance, mediating and directing as needed. Today, observing the interaction between Occupy movements and law enforcement suggests something different is afoot. Present Occupy protests are now being defined by a bewildering set of law enforcement strategies – and current practices display a worrying new trend.

While riot police are not necessarily an everyday feature at any given protest, the sheer frequency with which we are witnessing their presence on city streets throughout the United States is enough to give average citizens cause for concern; the excessive force being routinely deployed is alarming.

Within the first few days of Occupy Wall Street, protesters began to notice the presence of the NYPD’s Counter Terrorism Unit at Liberty Plaza. Joanne Stocker, who has become a fixture since day one at Wall Street, recalls within the first few days waking up to a Counter Terrorism Unit van, parked on the fringes of Liberty Plaza, which was taking video of her and her friends while they slept.

Protesters at other Occupy encampments give similar accounts. Robin Jacks, a member of Occupy Boston’s media team, relates being photographed multiple times by police. Dustin Slaughter, who has spent time both at Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Philadelphia, attests to the presence of the NYPD Counter Terrorism Unit at Liberty Plaza, saying that the Counter Terrorism Unit have been at Liberty Plaza filming on a regular basis. Slaughter also comments: “Philadelphia Police Homeland Security Units have had a regular presence at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment.”

Protesters are indeed correct to view the law enforcement they encounter at Occupy with a critical eye. The USA Patriot Act, which had its 10-year anniversary last week, gave the US government virtually unchecked powers to spy and track the activity of ordinary Americans without probable cause right after the 9/11 attacks. For that reason, it should come as no surprise that law enforcement agencies – thus empowered – have shown up at various Occupy protests armed with cameras, most certainly, to keep surveillance on protesters who are merely exercising their first amendment rights.

Reports of targeted arrests of informal “leaders” at Wall Street, Chicago and Boston indicate surveillance measures are operating. In Boston and Chicago, reports of extended and humiliating detentions of targeted occupy “leaders”, typically from Direct Action, media, legal and medics groups, are disturbing. Dan Massoglia of the Occupy Chicago media team further reports that arrested individuals were deprived of their phone call, food and water, and that mattresses were removed from cells, while one woman was placed in solitary confinement.

Curfews placed on occupied city parks are equally perplexing. Legislative Plaza, the site for Occupy Nashville, was ordered to be shut down between 10pm and 6am, rendering its occupation impossible. The orders, however, did not follow standard procedure. Instead of being issued by Nashville municipality, the order came from the state of Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Nancy Murray, director of education at the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU, views the various signs of Department of Homeland Security involvement as important indicators that the federal government is orchestrating the policing of Occupy protests throughout the country.

"This would be a big concern because it would show that the federal government is possibly playing an active role in opposing people’s rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble," says Murray.

Does this mean that protesters are being treated as terrorists? “It’s too early to tell,” says Murray. “But it’s obvious the feds are watching and observing to get more information … It is possible that the Joint Terrorism Task Force is calling the shots.”

"At the beginning of this movement, I could understand why there might have been a presence of Counter Terrorism Units operating at Liberty Plaza – because nobody knew who we were and what we represented," states Stocker. "Now, their presence is just overkill and antagonistic. What we stand for is clear and it is clear we are not terrorists."

Occupy protesters should make themselves familiar with the USA Patriot Act. Section 802 expanded the definition of domestic terrorism to include persons who engage in acts of civil disobedience to coerce or affect the conduct of government by intimidation of the civilian population. Furthermore, the US Department of Defence training manuals, until an amendment in 2009, equated protest with “low-level terrorism”. Although the DoD changed the wording two years ago, human rights lawyers and activists have lingering concerns about whether the sentiment and intent has caught up with the change.

Finally, there is the disquieting issue of excessive force at Occupy. In the autumn of 2008, the Army Times reported that for the first time, the US Army planned to station an active unit under the control of Northern Command serving as an on-call federal response in times of both natural and man-made emergencies, including terrorist attacks. Training included a non-lethal package, elements of which the US Army has been using in Iraq, designed to subdue unruly individuals. “The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.”

Despite the existence of the National Guard, whose raison d’etre is to augment civilian law enforcement when its capabilities are exceeded, this additional unit, according to the Army Times, may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The excessive force exhibited at some Occupy locations – the use of tear gas; alleged use of rubber bullets and reported presence of sonic weapons – is becoming a pattern. A protester in California, who wished to remain anonymous, recalls experience of along range acoustic device (LRAD) in Oakland last week:

"I had been tear gassed three times, so when I first saw the sound cannon, I panicked. When the cannon went off, I felt it pulse through me and I instantly felt dizzy and nauseated. At one point, I fell over. I noticed others around me had fallen over as well and some vomited."

Such anti-riot technologies were characterised as inhumane by human rights observers when they were used to subdue unarmed, peaceful protesters during civil unrest in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2007. They have no place in a democratic country. They may be characterised by authorities as “non-lethal”, but they can all too easily become lethal if misused by reckless law enforcement agents. The Occupy movement is explicitly a nonviolent exercise of first amendment rights, yet its policing bears all the hallmarks of a chilling militarisation of law enforcement in the United States.

Oh my…

Shocking new before-and-after pictures reveal horrific damage to face of woman injected with cement and tyre sealant by ‘butt implant doctor’

By CHRIS MURPHY and TAMARA ABRAHAM

Last updated at 7:06 PM on 30th November 2011

New pictures of an alleged victim of ‘fake doctor’ Oneal Ron Morris show the horrific damage to her face after it was injected with a toxic mixture of cement and tyre sealant.

Rajee Narinesingh, 48, from Miami, Florida, says her face was ruined by Morris, who had just been released from custody after she was accused of administering the potentially lethal shots to another victim.

Ms Narinesingh, who, like Morris, 30, was born a man, but lives as a woman, has been left with lumpen shapes in her cheeks, a misshapen chin and a ballooning upper lip after the back room beauty treatment.

Rajee Narinesingh

Destroyed: Rajee Narinesingh, 48, from Miami, Florida, pictured in 2005 (left), before she says she succumbed to toxic facial fillers made from cement and tyre sealant from ‘fake doctor’ Oneal Ron Morris

She admitted that she initially turned to Morris because she did not have the money to pay a licensed plastic surgeon. She says she learned of him by word-of-mouth in the transsexual community.

 

She told Miami television station CBS4: ‘It becomes so dire that you want to match your outside with your inside that you’re willing to roll the dice and take your chances.’

Rajee Narinesingh

'As a transgender person, you're thinking, “Oh, my God, I can start to look like I want to look like and I don't have to spend a lot of money.”'

Ms Narinesingh has since had several plastic surgery procedures to repair the damage, and faces more still.

'I had to end up going to surgery, to get me even to this point,' she revealed.

Morris, who was released from custody late last night after posting $15,000 bail, declined to comment as she left the Miami Dade County Jail.

She said only that she has a lawyer to answer reporters’ questions, and the lawyer claims she is innocent.

She was arrested earlier this month for practising medicine without a licence and causing serious bodily injury after a patient complained that she injected cement and a chemical compound called Fix-a-Flat, which is used to mend car tyres, into her backside.

Oneal Ron Morris
Oneal

The treatment left the victim with life threatening injuries, needing several surgeries and round-the-clock care.


A court was told that Morris used cement, mineral oil and Fix-a-Flat, in her backroom beauty treatments.Since Morris’s alleged practices came to light, prosecutors say several victims have come forward.

It heard that she then used superglue to patch up entry wounds in the skin.

Her arrest photographs show an apparently enhanced rear. Detectives say she performed the potentially lethal treatment on herself.

Morris is now free on bond but the probe by the Miami Gardens Police and health officials is continuing.

Dr Dr John Martin, who is now treating Ms Narinesingh, said he has been giving her therapeutic injections that he hopes will eventually soften the hard nodules that formed in her face and return her to a more normal appearance.

'There is not an easy solution to this nightmare,' he said.

 

Ms Narinesingh says she is grateful to Dr Martin for trying to help give her a face back.

'I have learned my lesson,' She said. 'I could have died. I know that now.


Amazing stuff. 

USC issued an e-mail to all students Wednesday morning, following a mumps outbreak at the University of California at Berkeley. There have not been any reported cases at USC, but the warning was issued ahead of Thursday night’s football game at Cal.
(Image courtesy Associated Press)

The e-mailed stated, “If you are going  to Berkeley for the game, please enjoy the festivities and the game, but note that mumps is an infection that is transmitted through respiratory droplets i.e. sharing drinks, cigarettes, towels or being coughed on.”
USC has a mandatory vaccination policy against measles and mumps. Students are requires to have two rounds of the MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.
The outbreak at UC Berkely began last Friday. Lab test reports revealed on Tuesday that there are nine confirmed and 23 suspected cases of mumps at UC Berkeley.
According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of mumps usually include fever, headache, muscles aches, tiredness, swollen glands under ears, jaw or tongue. In males, the disease can cause painful, swollen testicles and in some cases impaired fertitlity.
Most people with mumps fully recover after a few weeks. The rarest cases for mumps can lead to sterility, temporary loss of hearing, and inflammation of the protective membranes.
"It probably did start from somebody, it’s hard to say," said Dr. Brad Buchman, medical director at UC Berkeley. "It’s all speculation, but the State of California Department of Public Health has announced that it looks like an early case was traveling in Europe and England where a lot of people are not vaccinated and were around some people who weren’t sick and came back and got sick once they got here to Berkeley,"
All UC Berkeley students will be allowed a free vaccination at their schedule FLU/MMR Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 14. The university is taking neccesary steps to fight the spread of mumps by allowing students to take an additional dose of MMR, regardless of their vaccination status.
"We’ve had our first mumps Vaccination Clinic Friday and we gave out about over 900 doses of mumps vaccines. We had our second clinic yesterday and we gave 965 doses. We probably have close to over 1900 doses within the past five days," said Dr. Buchman.
To protect themselves, students should ensure they are vaccinated, wash their hands, cover their coughs, not share untensils, and avoid close contacts with anyone who is ill.
It is highly advised that all students with symptoms of mumps stay away from others to avoid spreading through contact.
While most people born before 1957 have had mumps and are immune to it, and most people who have had two doses of MMR vaccine are protected, there is still a 5-10% possibility of getting mumps.

USC issued an e-mail to all students Wednesday morning, following a mumps outbreak at the University of California at Berkeley. There have not been any reported cases at USC, but the warning was issued ahead of Thursday night’s football game at Cal.

(Image courtesy Associated Press)
(Image courtesy Associated Press)

The e-mailed stated, “If you are going  to Berkeley for the game, please enjoy the festivities and the game, but note that mumps is an infection that is transmitted through respiratory droplets i.e. sharing drinks, cigarettes, towels or being coughed on.”

USC has a mandatory vaccination policy against measles and mumps. Students are requires to have two rounds of the MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.

The outbreak at UC Berkely began last Friday. Lab test reports revealed on Tuesday that there are nine confirmed and 23 suspected cases of mumps at UC Berkeley.

According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of mumps usually include fever, headache, muscles aches, tiredness, swollen glands under ears, jaw or tongue. In males, the disease can cause painful, swollen testicles and in some cases impaired fertitlity.

Most people with mumps fully recover after a few weeks. The rarest cases for mumps can lead to sterility, temporary loss of hearing, and inflammation of the protective membranes.

"It probably did start from somebody, it’s hard to say," said Dr. Brad Buchman, medical director at UC Berkeley. "It’s all speculation, but the State of California Department of Public Health has announced that it looks like an early case was traveling in Europe and England where a lot of people are not vaccinated and were around some people who weren’t sick and came back and got sick once they got here to Berkeley,"

All UC Berkeley students will be allowed a free vaccination at their schedule FLU/MMR Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 14. The university is taking neccesary steps to fight the spread of mumps by allowing students to take an additional dose of MMR, regardless of their vaccination status.

"We’ve had our first mumps Vaccination Clinic Friday and we gave out about over 900 doses of mumps vaccines. We had our second clinic yesterday and we gave 965 doses. We probably have close to over 1900 doses within the past five days," said Dr. Buchman.

To protect themselves, students should ensure they are vaccinated, wash their hands, cover their coughs, not share untensils, and avoid close contacts with anyone who is ill.

It is highly advised that all students with symptoms of mumps stay away from others to avoid spreading through contact.

While most people born before 1957 have had mumps and are immune to it, and most people who have had two doses of MMR vaccine are protected, there is still a 5-10% possibility of getting mumps.