All Further Articles for 2011-11-22

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
What Bank Regulation?
Federal prosecutions for bank fraud have plummeted almost 30 per cent in the last five years despite the well-documented abuses firing up Occupy sites around the country. See chart.
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Bush/Blair Convicted of War Crimes at Tribunal That's Symbolic But Still More Than We've Accomplished
George Bush and Tony Blair were found guilty at a mock Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal of committing "crimes against peace" during the Iraq war. The Malaysian tribunal also plans to bring torture and war crimes charges against Rumsfeld and Cheney. "Unlawful use of force threatens the world to return to a state of lawlessness. The acts of the accused were unlawful."
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Less Lethal, Or You Die
A chilling look at police "crowd management tools" - ie: weapons - from compressed-air pepper-spray backbacks to projectiles firing bean bag "pain compliance rounds." Also, hilarious, rapidly multiplying reviews from Amazon customers. "No meal is complete without just a touch of Mustard gas. Dinner conversation has never been so peaceful!"
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The Ethical Thing To Do
Cognitive Dissonance Dept: L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital is denying a liver transplant to a cancer patient because he used medical marijuana - legal in California and prescribed by his Cedars doctor. The h ospital says Norman Smith, 63, must stop using pot for six months, undergo drug testing, and do substance-abuse counseling before he can go back on the list - a stance blasted by a medical marijuana advocacy grou p.
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Occupying the Air, Because the Grass Is Closed
Occupy Cal has been busy and creative, not just at UC Davis. When police trashed tents at Berkeley, students took to the defiant air as others made book tents on the ground. Great video. A former poet laureate described the "low cunning" of police who beat him and others with truncheons hard enough to hurt but not leave evidence. And a blogger wrote a terrific piece on power and the University's Orwellian position it has the authority to do whatever it has to do to exert its authority. Like beat students to keep them "safe."
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