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Cop who pepper-sprayed UC-Davis students scores worker’s comp payoff bigger than students’ award from lawsuit

He was depressed don’tchya know


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John Pike, the UC-Davis university police officer who painted a line of seated, subdued students participating in an Occupy protest received a workman’s compensation payment last week to the tune of $38,059.

Apparently, he was depressed and suffering from anxiety after receiving death threats for his inhumane treatment of fellow humans. He was eventually fired for the obscene behavior.

As Business Insider points out, this is actually more than the students themselves received from their class action lawsuit:

UC-Davis had previously paid out $1 million to settle a lawsuit by the demonstrators that were pepper-sprayed by Pike, according to The Guardian.…
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Remember when they pepper-sprayed the tea party demonstrators?

Remember when they tear-gassed pepper-sprayed the tea party demonstrators?

Yeah, me neither.

Or the Westboro Baptist Church morons?

Funny about that, isn’t it?

But, then, they weren’t being all threatening and violent by just, you know, sitting there, right? Like these guys?

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Banks glad you’re moving your money to credit unions – you aren’t profitable enough & they have too much $$$

I’m sorry, but I’m having a REAL hard time believing this load of manure:

DCDecoder asks [Motley Fool’s] Morgan Housel: Why do you think Bank Transfer Day may end up working out for banks AND customers?

Housel: One of the drivers behind [Bank Transfer Day] is people trying to teach banks a lesson. The irony of that is since the financial crisis, and especially over the last three months as there has been a panic about Europe… banks have been inundated with cash deposits. They’ve been seeing a higher inflow of deposits than they can turn into loans.

That’s putting pressure on their margins because banks have to pay [Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.] premiums and overhead costs.

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Occupy Chicago protesters shut down WI Gov. Walker appearance with The People’s Microphone

This is exactly the kind of civil disobedience I can completely get behind. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared at a public policy breakfast at the Union League Club in Chicago. A collection of about 50 Occupy protestors purchased tickets and sat quietly, dressed to the nines, eating, conversing and waiting. Waiting until Governor Walker took the podium to give a speech.

At that point, the protesters stood up and used The People’s Microphone to completely shut down Walker’s speech.

Watch it:

Now that is how you get a message across and out to the world. Positively brilliant.…

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Republicans say “no new taxes” – for 30 of the most-profitable companies, that means NO taxes at all

I’m getting a bit weary of the obnoxious political commentary suggesting that the Occupy movement is full of spoiled brats with plenty of money. The reality is that many people in the middle class, people like me, for instance, are one or two missed paychecks from losing everything. President Obama and the Democrats want to put people to work on infrastructure building and repair but the Republicans won’t let it through because it puts a paltry 0.7% tax on the super-wealthy. Frankly, these people wouldn’t even notice it but it’s a bridge too far, so to speak, for the plutocratic GOP.…

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Occupy Niles – VIDEO from last Saturday’s protest in southwest Michigan

Another of Capture Me Films most-excellent videos, this one from the Occupy Niles protest in Niles, Michigan last Saturday. The group Occupy Southwest Michigan is very clearly not a bunch of dissatisfied hippy kids, venting their spleens as is too often portrayed in the media surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is a group of articulate, angry adults, pissed off that corporations have taken over our government.

One of the things mentioned in this video is the Move to Amend (movetoamend.org) initiative. Here’s what they are asking:

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
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Nolan Finley trots out debunked myth that “The 1% does most of the giving”

Nolan Finley at the Detroit News just can’t seem to bash the Occupy Wall Street folks enough. First, it was his article where he basically called the protesters a bunch of animals and derided them as being simply “malcontents”.

This week, he trots out a debunked-many-times-over myth that “the 1% does most of the giving”.

The civil rights center bearing the name of Detroit’s Judge Damon Keith was dedicated last week at the Wayne State University Law School. Its mission is to protect the legal rights of the nation’s most disaffected and powerless citizens, continuing the work to which Keith has dedicated his life.…
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Another video from last weekend’s Occupy Lansing rally

This one is from Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News.

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Some views from last Saturday’s Occupy Lansing rally (VIDEO)

A great video shot by Doug Miller of Capture Me Films last weekend at Reutter Park and the state Capitol during the Occupy Lansing rally. Really good stuff.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero welcomes Occupy Lansing protesters to the Capitol

Only a handful of mayors have voiced support of the hundreds of Occupations going on across the country. Most have been on the west coast.

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