By Scott Kaufman
Friday, December 6, 2013 16:01 EST
The police officer arrested for refusing to remove his Anonymous mask at an anti-Obamacare rally gave an interview to Red Pill Philosophy and WeAreChange in which he said that theres a war coming and its time to fight.
Ericson Harrell wore the Guy Fawkes mask, he said, because its a symbol of protest.
I always keep my mask in my truck, my cape in the truck, the flag in truck and everything, he said. So I put on the mask and the cape, grabbed the flag, and I stood on the corner.
Eventually a female police officer confronted him, at which point he asserted my right to free speech, and tried to convince the officer that the anti-masking statute didnt apply to him, because that statute was not put into place for peaceful protests, not for figures just standing on the side of the road trying to express their first amendment rights.
After her supervisor showed up, he was arrested for refusing to remove his mask or identify himself.
By Steve Goldstein
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- On the heels of strong November vehicle sales and positive economic data, General Motors GM +0.03% has topped $40 for the first time since being rescued by the U.S. government and then re-listing in Nov. 2010. GM shares rose over 3% to $40.30 in afternoon trade.
By Justin Doom - Dec 6, 2013
The U.S. Interior Department loosened restrictions designed to reduce the threat from wind farms that annually kill dozens of federally protected eagles.
Thats a small figure compared to the hundreds of millions of birds killed every year by cats, cars and mobile-phone towers. Wind farms killed about 573,000 birds in the U.S. last year, according to the Wildlife Society.
In 2002, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimated that communication towers kill 4 million to 5 million per year, cars kill roughly 60 million, cats kill hundreds of millions, Amy Grace, a wind industry analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said today in by e-mail.
Almost 1 billion are killed annually from flying into windows, and no one is protesting about bird deaths outside your new home, she said.
David Ringer, a spokesman for the National Audubon Society, said 67 federally protected bald and golden eagles have been killed by turbines in the U.S. since 2008, a figure that excludes deaths in Californias Altamont Pass area, where as many as 60 to 75 eagles are killed every year.
By Michelle Jamrisko - Dec 6, 2013
Consumer borrowing rose in October by the most in five months as credit-card use picked up and Americans took out more loans for car purchases and education.
The $18.2 billion increase in credit followed a revised $16.3 billion gain in September that was more than initially reported, the Federal Reserve said today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a $14.5 billion advance.
Credit-card borrowing rose by the most since May as job gains, income growth and rising household wealth gave Americans the confidence to borrow. Consumers also took out more non-revolving loans for big-ticket purchases such as cars, which are on pace for their best sales year since 2007.
Non-revolving credit has been the driving force behind consumer credit growth basically since the recession, said Dana Saporta, director of U.S. economics research at Credit Suisse in New York. As incomes start to pick up and those that have jobs have more confidence that theyll see some income growth, we could see this revolving component post more consistent gains.
Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-06/consumer-credit-in-u-s-rose-in-october-by-most-in-five-months.html
The recent diplomatic breakthrough between the United States (and others) and Iran is much less than meets the eye, Noam Chomsky writes in a recent article. Particularly, Chomsky takes issue with the uneven distribution of concessions between the U.S. and Iran.
The landmark accord indeed includes significant Iranian concessions though nothing comparable from the United States, which merely agreed to temporarily limit its punishment of Iran, Chomsky writes. In mainstream discourse, it is considered natural that Iran alone should make concessions [but] [t]here is a different perspective, little heard, though it might be worth at least a mention.
Chomsky then goes on to lay out a narrative of 10 years of the United States rejecting appeals from Iran and third parties to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis: Ten years ago Iran offered to resolve its differences with the United States over nuclear programs, he writes, along with all other issues. The Bush administration rejected the offer angrily and reprimanded the Swiss diplomat who conveyed it.
Ultimately, Chomsky concludes, the United States and Israel have been so stubborn in their negotiations with Iran because they fear dealing with a true deterrent in the region, which a nuclear Iran would certainly be. There are in fact two rogue states operating in the region, resorting to aggression and terror and violating international law at will: the United States and its Israeli client, Chomsky writes. Iran has indeed carried out an act of aggression: conquering three Arab islands under the U.S.-backed Shah. But any terror credibly attributed to Iran pales in comparison with that of the rogue states.
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won't support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California made the comment today as senior lawmakers struggled elsewhere in the Capitol to find a compromise that would ease across-the-board cuts in the budget that both parties would like to eliminate.
Majority Republicans in the House have not ruled out extending the benefits that are due to begin expiring on Dec. 28, but say they have no plans to pursue legislation on their own.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to approve an extension, and House Speaker John Boehner today said he was looking for a White House proposal on the issue.
Read more: http://www.startribune.com/business/234615921.html
Source: Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency, asking it to disclose efforts to stop municipalities from using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners and make its dealings with the financial industry more transparent.
The ACLU, Center for Popular Democracy and other nonprofits filed a freedom of information lawsuit against the agency Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.
Richmond, Calif., was the first city to officially codify the divisive foreclosure fighting plan, which has drawn zealous opposition from Wall Street and Washington. Two lawsuits challenging the use of eminent domain have been thrown out, but will likely be refiled. The city has not yet used eminent domain to seize a mortgage.
Irvington, N.J., is moving forward with the strategy, and the city council in Newark took its first steps toward moving forward with a plan Wednesday. Yonkers, N.Y., is considering it, but other places have scrapped the idea because of opposition from banks or legal hurdles.
Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/234619851.html
A deadly epidemic had gripped a gold rush town in the impenetrable U.S. territory of Alaska nearly 90 years ago, transfixing the nation.
A cure existed, but there was no way to deliver it. There were no roads available, and air supply drops weren't an option.
The only solution was a nearly 700-mile sled dog relay to deliver a life-saving serum to those threatened by the 1925 diphtheria outbreak in the rugged coastal town of Nome.
A new film, "Icebound," documents the race against death and will debut at the Anchorage International Film Festival this week. The 95-minute picture is narrated by Patrick Stewart, and a national theatrical release is set for next spring.
Balto, namesake star of a 1995 animated film about the outbreak, became famous out of scores of other dogs because he was a lead canine on the last leg of the first relay.
The dog was an unlikely hero. Balto was a freight dog owned by a champion musher of the time, Leonhard Seppala, a Norwegian who lived in Nome. But he never made Seppala's competitive teams of Siberian huskies because he was too slow.
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman accused of lying about having cancer has been convicted in a separate case of falsely accusing two men of rape.
A St. Clair County judge Thursday sent Sara Ylen (WHY'-lin) to jail to await sentencing on Jan. 17. Jurors took less than 30 minutes to convict her.
Ylen's also charged with fraud in Sanilac County for allegedly faking cancer for years.
Ylen accused two men of attacking her at her Lexington home last year. Police say she used makeup to create what looked like bruises.
Prosecutor Suzette Samuels says Ylen's story reads "like a cheap novel."
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president whose stubborn defiance survived 27 years in prison and led to the dismantling of the country's racist and brutal apartheid system, has died. Mandela was 95 years old.
Mandela had a number of issues with his health in recent years including repeated hospitalizations with a chronic lung infection.
Mandela had been listed in "serious but stable condition" for since he entered the hospital June 8.
In April, Mandela spent 18 days in the hospital due to a lung infection and was treated for gall stones in December 2012.
Mandela's public appearances had become increasingly rare as he dealt with his declining health.
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