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US: Man dead at Occupy campsite on North Texas campus

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An official at the University of North Texas says a man has been found dead at a campsite on the school's campus where Occupy Denton protesters have been gathering.

The Dallas Morning News reports that university spokesman Buddy Price says officers from the school's police department found the man's body Saturday after someone called authorities. Price says no one else was at the encampment when police arrived.

He told the newspaper the man is believed to have been a member of the Occupy Denton encampment.

The man's name and age have not been released. An autopsy is pending.

University police referred calls to Price on Saturday night. Price did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press.

Denton is about 40 miles northwest of Dallas.

Source: The Dallas Morning News


US: 85-year-old says she was strip searched at JFK

© The Associated Press/Bruce ZimmermanLenore Zimmerman, 85, who arrived in a wheelchair for a flight at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, said that she was required to go through a strip search after she asked to be patted down instead. She was concerned that passing through the airport’s body scanner would interfere with her defibrillator.
An 85-year-old woman said Saturday that she was injured and humiliated when she was strip searched at an airport after she asked to be patted down instead of going through a body scanner, allegations that transportation security officials denied.

Lenore Zimmerman said she was taken to a private room and made to take off her pants and other clothes after she asked to forgo the screening because she worried it would interfere with her defibrillator. She missed her flight and had to take one 2 1/2 hours later, she said.

"I'm hunched over. I'm in a wheelchair. I weigh under 110 pounds (50 kilograms)," she said from her winter home at a seniors community in Coconut Creek, Florida. "Do I look like a terrorist?"

But the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Saturday that no strip search was conducted.

"While we regret that the passenger feels she had an unpleasant screening experience, TSA does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols and one was not conducted in this case," the statement read.


A Disturbing Truth: The Deception of Media

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Why is the American establishment media sanitizing reality?

The December 5th, 2011 cover of Time Magazine represents a disturbing truth: the American corporate-controlled establishment media presents a picture of the world that is meant to placate and pacify the people of the United States in favor of presenting reality as it is.

While the covers of the European, Asian, and South Pacific editions have an image of chaos in the streets in Egypt with "Revolution Redux" in bold white letters in the center, the American edition is a cartoon with the headline "Why Anxiety is Good for You."

Is this just a meaningless marketing tactic or does it exemplify the greater trend in how the American corporate media presents the world to the people of the United States?

I tend towards the latter, given the fact that this is something that is inescapable when consuming media marketed to people in the United States.


Crossing Police Lines: US cops defect to OWS

Police in Los Angeles have cleared one of the last and longest-standing 'Occupy' camps in the U.S, making 300 arrests in the process. These latest arrests bring the total across the whole 'Occupy' movement to almost 5,000, but now police are starting to defect to the other side. Our correspondent Marina Portnaya has been finding out why some people have been choosing to make history instead of making arrests.

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US: Governor Walker intends to charge citizens fee to protest


Free speech is getting expensive in Wisconsin.

Following demonstrations earlier this year which drew up to 100,000 people to the Wisconsin Capitol, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed new policies that would require future protesters to pay in advance to stage an event, at a cost of $50 per hour, per Capitol Police officer.

Police may also require a liability insurance or a bond, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

Demonstrators will also be on the hook for any damage and cleanup following protests. Walker's administration had claimed that the pro-union protests earlier this year had costs as much as $7.5 million, but later admitted that the actual costs were far less.

Under the new policy, permits will be required for groups of four or more people who want to do any activity inside the Capitol. Groups of 100 or more gathering outside the Capitol must also apply for a permit 72 hours in advance. Police will have some leeway if unforeseen events lead to spontaneous gatherings.

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty agreed with the state's allowance for spontaneous protests, but worried that some groups might have their right to freedom of assembly curbed because they could not afford to pay.

"It leaves too much discretion to the Capitol Police," Ahmuty told the Journal Sentinel.

For their part, many activists are vowing not to be cowed by the new rules.

"This will only embolden people and get them to protest louder," Nicole Desautels, who participates in a daily pro-labor, sing-along protest, explained to The Chicago Tribune.


Canada: A Facebook comment, a dead girl, and an anti-bullying bill

© The Canadian PressMarjorie Raymond is shown in a undated photo taken from a facebook tribute page. Raymond took her own life on Nov. 28 in the tiny town of Ste-Anne-des-Monts, Que., telling her mother in a suicide note that she couldn't endure the physical and psychological abuse any longer.
A flip comment made on Facebook several weeks ago cut chillingly to the heart of a debate on bullying raging Wednesday in Canada.

"Suspended 5 days! ahahaha! Not bad," the teenaged alleged aggressor of Quebec schoolgirl Marjorie Raymond wrote on Facebook on Nov. 1, apparently unperturbed by the penalty handed down by her school.

Within a month, Raymond had killed herself.

Cases like this one were the inspiration behind legislation tabled Wednesday in next-door Ontario. Following other high-profile teen suicides in that province, the McGuinty government introduced a bill that would allow schools to permanently expel students for bullying.

The Facebook post was one of several referring to the teen's run-ins with Raymond, who became severely depressed over the torment she faced at school.

When Raymond committed suicide, someone posted on the other girl's page: "You must be proud of yourself with a death on your conscience. . . .Pathetic."


US, Florida: Teen Stopped at Airport for Design on Purse

17-year-old missed flight to Jacksonville after agents inspected gun replica

A teenage girl's sense of style got her in trouble at the airport.

Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag.

Gibbs said she had no problem going through security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she headed home from Virginia.

"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it," Gibbs said.

But her preference for the pistol style didn't sit well with TSA agents at the Norfolk airport.

Gibbs said she was headed back home to Jacksonville from a holiday trip when an agent flagged her purse as a security risk.


Iraq Veterans Against The War Releases New Statement: The 1 Percent Is Profiting From Our Sacrifices

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Unemployed for two years and still recovering from a war injury, Dottie Guy has just about blown through her life savings. While the Iraq veteran qualifies for disability payments, she has no idea when the agency will set a date for her hearing.

"I have no income right now and it's scary," Guy, 29, told the Huffington Post.

The former military policewoman is just one of about 2,000 disgruntled veterans who say they've risked their lives and well-being only to come home to a country that profits from their sacrifices. Iraq Veterans Against The War issued a statement Monday saying that they feel betrayed by the nation's leaders and will continue to join the Occupy Wall Street protests to broadcast their grievances.

"The VA services are abysmal," Guy said. "But yet the corporations who are making all this money from these wars are living high off the hog."


Our whole system's in crisis: Mervyn King warns mortgage rates are likely to soar and tells banks to slash bonuses

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© PACrisis: Sir Mervyn King, pictured speaking yesterday, warned resolving the eurozone crisis was 'beyond the control' of any UK authority
  • Sir Mervyn King warns eurozone crisis 'beyond the control' of any UK authority
  • Bank of England preparing for the worst case scenario
  • Downing Street says Britain is in the grip of a second credit crunch
  • But Governor says Britain's banks are among the strongest in the world

  • Mortgage rates are set to soar as the Governor of the Bank of England warned the 'extraordinarily serious and threatening' crisis in the eurozone is damaging Britain.

    The Bank's financial policy committee said banks were facing higher borrowing rates and may try to pass this on within months - resulting in a 'significant increase' in lending rates.

    The sobering report came as governor Sir Mervyn King issued a dire warning about the threat posed to Britain by the euro crisis - because our banks have more than £500billion tied up in European institutions.

    Sir Mervyn said the situation was spiralling out of control and deteriorating conditions in the markets were 'characteristic of a systemic crisis'.

    'Faced with a crisis of the euro area system, we are seeing at first hand the costs of financial instability,' he said.

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    US: Gingrich- Children of poor families are lazy, should be put to work

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), now seemingly the Republican party's new frontrunner for their presidential nomination, took rhetorical aim on Thursday at an all new threat to America's economy, one that's been with us all along: lazy children of poor families.

    Speaking to a crowd in Iowa yesterday, Gingrich for the second time in recent weeks called for child labor laws to be repealed.

    "Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday," he insisted. "They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it is illegal."