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People camping out for Black Friday deals already!


Beaumont, California -- Black Friday is still about three weeks away, but two friends in Beaumont are already camping out, ready to cash in on holiday deals.

Vicky Torres and her friend Juanita Alva picked out their spots in front of the Best Buy in Beaumont last Wednesday.

They're ready for the long haul, stocked with mittens, snacks and hot coffee.

"We're good to go," Torres said.

Alva and Torres switch off sleeping at the store overnight, saving each other's spot. Alva's husband takes part if for some reason, they both need to leave.

"The point is to get the sales, because everybody is on a fixed income and we don't have that kind of money to splurge," Alva's husband said.

When stores open for Black Friday, Alva and Torres are hoping to get a 50-inch, high-definition TV for $199.

They say they get to talk to a lot of people while waiting out here. People say a lot of different things.

"They say you're dedicated. That's cool. Some say you're stupid," Torres said.

"They say they're crazy, but then they come and ask us can you save a spot in line, or can you do this for us? We're not here for that. We're just here to get our stuff and that's it," Alva's husband said.
Dollars

The ugly face of American consumerism: Buffalo mall threatens stores with fines if they don't open on Thanksgiving

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Shoppers walk the concourse on Black Friday at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
An upstate New York shopping mall is threatening to fine retailers about $200 an hour if they fail to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Walden Galleria, a suburban Buffalo retail complex with more than 200 stores, told store managers in a meeting last week that they must open their doors when the shopping center opens on the holiday, or pay penalties specified in leases, 10 managers told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Waiting until midnight to open may cost stores $1,200 or more.

Struggling to compete with big-box stores and online retailers, shopping malls around the country plan to kick off Black Friday early by opening on Thanksgiving. The malls are trying to keep up with stores like Kmart, Target and Walmart, which have all pushed holiday shopping's start date to turkey day.

It's not uncommon for mall property managers to penalize stores for time spent closed when the rest of the mall is open. Though the practice still can ignite controversy. In Albany, New York this year when a shopping mall refused to close despite a snowstorm, stores stayed open to avoid fines and many workers complained.

Comment: Just say no to rampant consumerism and materialism. Boycott Black Friday.

Heart - Black

Sick bag: Child pornography case, couple sent to prison for 2,340 years collectively.


File photo of Patricia and Matthew Ayers
In an aftermath of what can be termed as the most disturbing and horrific example of sexual exploitation of a young child, the cruel couple Patricia and Matthew Ayers have been given an extraordinary punishment of 2,340 years behind bars collectively. Man received 750 years while woman received 1,590 years in jail.

The couple pleaded guilty to the charge of exploiting a child in their care. The Federal Judge while giving out the sentences addressed the defendants and said that "I have been on the bench since 1998 and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with. ... You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate."

The case came into limelight during December 2012 in Alabama after a friend of the couple informed local law enforcement authorities about the ongoing exploitation after seeing digital pornographic photographs of the female child given by Patricia Ayers.

Comment: As society continues to break down we'll see more and more horrific cases like the above. For more information about the root causes of societal break down see.

Syringe

Not over yet: Nebraska Medical Center Says Ebola-Infected US Doctor 'Critically Ill'

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The Nebraska Medical Center said that the US doctor was sicker than any of other patients transferred from West Africa and treated for Ebola in the US.

The US resident arriving from Sierra Leone to the United States for Ebola treatment is "critically ill", the Nebraska Medical Center said Saturday.

"The third patient to be treated at Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center with the Ebola virus is now scheduled to arrive at Omaha's Eppley Airfield at 4:00 p.m. CST [22:00 GMT]. We have received word he is critically ill - possibly sicker than any of the other patients transferred from West Africa and treated for Ebola in the United States," the Nebraska Medical Center said on its Facebook page.

Earlier on Saturday, the US State Department confirmed that the medical center is ready to receive the patient on Saturday afternoon.

Comment: The first news on ebola in a while. The US MSM has been soft-pedalling this story. Cause to worry?

Mutated Ebola virus could spread like flu, says Purdue University biologist

Che Guevara

Italy protests erupt across the country


Demonstrators during a protest against Matteo Renzi and his planned job reforms in Milan
Italy hit by strikes and violent demonstrations as anger towards soaring unemployment and economic crisis boils over onto the streets

Italy was hit by strikes, violent demonstrations and protests against refugees on Friday as anger and frustration towards soaring unemployment and the enduring economic crisis exploded onto the streets.

Riot police clashed with protesters, students and unionists in Milan and Padua, in the north of the country, while in Rome a group of demonstrators scaled the Colosseum to protest against the labour reforms proposed by the government of Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old prime minister.

Eggs and fire crackers were hurled at the economy ministry.

On the gritty, long-neglected outskirts of Rome there was continuing tension outside a centre for refugees, which was repeatedly attacked by local residents during the week.

A group of 36 teenage migrants had to be evacuated from the centre in Tor Sapienza, a working-class suburb, on Thursday night after the authorities said the area was no longer safe for them.

Comment: It's all too easy to blame these 'anti-immigration' protests on right wing elements in society, but the truth is that this kind of xenophobia is a classic symptom of a broader sense of social injustice and an increase in general suffering of the population, all of it a result of massive corruption and greed among the political and corporate elite.

Heart - Black

Missouri KKK: We will use 'lethal force' against Ferguson protesters

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The Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is threatening to use "lethal force" against protesters in Ferguson who threaten their safety, equating some demonstrators to "terrorists."

Frank Ancona, leader of the KKK's Missouri operations, has been distributing fliers in the metropolitan St. Louis area warning protesters in Ferguson that those who have threatened police officers and their families will be met with violence themselves.

The flier, obtained by Vice News, is addressed to "the terrorists masquerading as peaceful protesters." It also states that they have "awakened a sleeping giant."

"You have been warned by the Klu Klux Klan!" it continues. "There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri."

This kind of behavior is not exactly unusual for the KKK, which has circulated similar letters in various cities across the United States. But the delivery of these fliers comes at a particularly sensitive time in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis area.

Residents are currently waiting to hear whether or not a grand jury will bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The 18-year-old's death sparked massive, weeks-long protests, which made headlines around the country after police deployed a number of controversial crowd-control tactics - the use of tear gas and the establishment of a no-fly zone over the city, for example.
Smoking

Westminster, Massachusetts outrage over proposed tobacco sales ban fuels talk of recall


Westminster, Massachusetts Board of Health
Westminster, Massachusetts -- In the aftermath of an emotional public hearing on the town's proposed tobacco-sales ban, some residents were discussing the possibility of recalling the Board of Health members who proposed the new policy.

If the residents did want to recall the Board of Health, Town Clerk Denise MacAloney said they would only be able to recall two of its members. Since 1995, the town has had a bylaw providing for recall elections, but the bylaw states that an elected official with six months or less left in his or her term is not eligible for recall.

"(Board of Health chair) Andrea Crete's term is up on April 28, so she wouldn't be eligible," MacAloney explained.

Comment: People are getting fed up. It seems like a tipping point is being reached. For more on this story, see:

First tobacco ban in U.S. proposed in Westminster, MA
Raucous town hall meeting on tobacco ban quickly ended

Arrow Down

Walmart sends riot police to arrest employees daring to protest against slave wages


Protesters rally in front of a Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera on Nov. 13
Police dressed in riot gear arrested dozens of Walmart workers and their supporters who were peacefully protesting outside a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., last night.

The protest followed an earlier sit-in strike at another nearby Walmart. Pictures of those protesters with their mouths taped and holding signs were tweeted with the hashtag #Walmartstrikers.

Protesters were arrested in Pico Rivera for refusing to move after being ordered to do so by police.

"I have two sons and it's their future that I'm concerned about, mainly. Walmart is setting the trend for all companies," a Walmart employee named Denise told KTLA. "If we don't change it now, the future of our youth is in dire straights."

The protesters want the multibillion-dollar company to pay all employees at least $15 per hour and give workers full-time hours, which would qualify them for health insurance.

Comment: Walmart makes $16 billion dollars per year by squeezing both suppliers and employees, and has destroyed many small communities by making it impossible for local retailers to survive, thus eliminating middle-income jobs. Whenever Walmart has moved into communities, dollars have flowed into it's tills and out of the local economy. These communities are left with little but low-wage jobs for the workers who now toil in Walmart stores. To get by, many Walmart employees have no choice but to rely on food stamps and other public assistance. The heartless sociopaths at the helm of this ruthless corporation continue to try to refashion the US labor force into one more closely resembling that of the third world, no protesting allowed!

Question

Polish woman declared dead wakes up 11 hours later in morgue


Janina Kolkiewicz
A 91-year-old Polish woman was declared dead and spent hours in a morgue before waking up, to the astonishment of hospital staff and relatives. Her demise and resurrection had apparently created an appetite, as she ate soup and pancakes.

Janina Kolkiewicz was declared dead by local medics in a small town of Ostrow Lubelski in eastern Poland, reported TVP public broadcaster. She had no pulse, was not breathing and her eyes didn't react to light.

But 11 hours later she woke up inside a body bag in the cold chamber of the local morgue. The dramatic event happened on November 6, but the information emerged in the local press only on Thursday.

"I was sure she was dead," Kolkiewicz's doctor, Wieslawa Czyz, who has 28 years of medical practice, told TVP. "I'm stunned, I don't understand what happened. Her heart had stopped beating, she was no longer breathing."

Comment: There have been a number of other people who have made remarkable recoveries after being declared dead.



Stormtrooper

Police expert: War on terror has turned our cops into occupying armies - and we're the enemy

Thomas Nolan
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The war on terror has essentially turned police into occupying armies in some American communities, said a police and criminology expert.

Thomas Nolan, an associate professor of criminology at Merrimack College and former senior policy analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, said the focus of police work had shifted greatly since he was a Boston police officer in the 1980s and 1990s.

"I remember it being drilled into me as a police officer, as a sergeant and then as a lieutenant: partnership, problem-solving, and prevention - the three Ps," Nolan said Wednesday during a panel sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

He said police were heavily trained to form alliances to help them to better serve and protect communities, and he said those relationships clearly don't exist in Ferguson, Missouri.

While the war on drugs is frequently cited as a major factor in the breakdown of civil liberties and police-community relations, Nolan said a more recent shift was largely to blame.

Comment: As Thomas points out, this militarization of the police will only continue as long as people sit idly by and let it happen under the false impression that they will be protected by these goons. Almost 5,000 people have been killed by police since 2003, more than the 4,486 American casualties in the Iraq war.

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