All Further Articles for 2013-07-26

Friday, July 26, 2013
Chutzpah, Thy Name Is Pike
John Pike, the former UC Davis cop who casually pepper-sprayed students during a 2011 protest, is seeking workers' comp, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the incident. No, really. Pike was fired after eight months' paid leave despite arguing to investigators that he had to use pepper spray “to gain compliance (and) get my troops out of there." Pike has an upcoming hearing for his claim of psychological injury - though you'd think such injury might in fact have preceded the lunatic, sadistic decision to douse peaceful, seated, defenseless people in the face in order to inflict excruciating pain for no discernible reason, no?
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#Summerheat Activists Arrested Protesting State Dept Contractor Who Lied About TransCanada Ties
54 #Summerheat activists from the group 350.org were arrested Friday after blockading the elevator and entrances of the Environmental Resources Management Office in DC. It was recently revealed that ERM, the State Department's lead consultant to assess environmental impacts of Keystone XL, has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry.
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Dear Detroit Police, Photography Is Not A Suspicious Activity
Days after the fact, Detroit police are still investigating the arrest of a Detroit Free Press photographer while filming police arresting a suspect on a public street, after which she was held in the same interrogation room as the suspect and the memory card from her iPhone went mysteriously missing. A national press photographers' group has protested the action, reminding police that “photography by itself is not a suspicious activity." Meanwhile, in Sweden...A clip to compare and contrast. “In any free country the balance between actual vigilance and over-zealous enforcement is delicate...but that is no excuse for blatantly violating a person’s First Amendment rights."
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Halliburton Admits Doing Terrible Things, Gets Probation and Slight Slap on Proverbial Wrist
Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence about faulty cement in the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe that killed 11 workers, decimated hundreds of miles of water and land, and likely led to widespread health problems. They will get three years probation, pay a $200,000 fine - yeah, that'll break 'em - and continue to cooperate with federal investigators, who in turn will not prosecute further, thus allowing them to go on their slimy, deadly, highly profitable way.
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