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US: NYPD's Kelly Pulled Fast One On Protesters And Was Ready For Their Every Contingency

Zuccotti Park Call For Reinforcements And 'Human Chain' Idea Were No Match

When you get right down to it, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was able to evict Zuccotti Park protestors because he faked them out.

Once he knew he had to evict the protesters Kelly reached into his NYPD playbook and pulled out his trick play. He had been running regular drills every single night in lower Manhattan, but on Monday night/Tuesday morning the practice drill suddenly became the real thing.

"Last night we had another drill and we used officers involved in the drill to actually carry out the plan," Kelly told CBS 2's Marcia Kramer.

And Kelly was ready for the protesters to call for reinforcements, too. But by the time their e-mails started up around 1:15 a.m. there were only two words for it - too late.

Che Guevara

Best of the Web: This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Occupy Wall Street
© Todd Heisler / The New York TimesOccupy Wall Street protesters react and wave copies of the court order allowing them back into Zuccotti Park as police block them from re-entering, in New York, November 15, 2011. Hundreds of police officers arrested about 200 demonstrators early Tuesday in an operation to clear the nearly two-month-old camp.
Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers Tuesday morning into garbage trucks in New York City. They have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.

Our decaying corporate regime has strutted in Portland, Oakland and New York with their baton-wielding cops into a fool's paradise. They think they can clean up "the mess" - always employing the language of personal hygiene and public security - by making us disappear. They think we will all go home and accept their corporate nation, a nation where crime and government policy have become indistinguishable, where nothing in America, including the ordinary citizen, is deemed by those in power worth protecting or preserving, where corporate oligarchs awash in hundreds of millions of dollars are permitted to loot and pillage the last shreds of collective wealth, human capital and natural resources, a nation where the poor do not eat and workers do not work, a nation where the sick die and children go hungry, a nation where the consent of the governed and the voice of the people is a cruel joke.

Comment: This moment in history reminds us of the following dialog from the movie 'V for Vendetta':
Finch: The problem is, he knows us better than we know ourselves. That's why I went to Larkhill, last night.

Dominic: But that's outside quarantine.

Finch: I had to see it. There wasn't much left. But when I was there it was strange. I suddenly had this feeling that everything was connected. It's like I could see the whole thing, one long chain of events that stretched all the way back before Larkhill. I felt like I could see everything that happened, and everything that is going to happen. It was like a perfect pattern, laid out in front of me. And I realised we're all part of it, and all trapped by it.

Dominic: So do you know what's gonna happen?

Finch: No, it was a feeling. But I can guess. With so much chaos, someone will do something stupid. And when they do, things will turn nasty. And then Sutler will be forced to do the only thing he knows how to do. At which point, all V needs to do is keep his word. And then...

[Dominoes collapse with TV footages showing conflicts between rioting citizens and the anti-riot police]


Teacher at Christian school charged for masturbating in class

© UnknownPaul A. LaDuke, 75
Authorities in Schaumburg, Illinois have charged a teacher at a Christian school for repeatedly masturbating in class over a period of 10 years.

Schaumburg Christian School fired math teacher Paul A. LaDuke, 75, on Friday after a student reported that she saw him masturbating, according to NBC Chicago.

After conducting an internal investigation, school officials contacted Schaumburg police Monday. On Tuesday, LaDuke was charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

Several students reportedly told police that they were present in the classroom when LaDuke unzipped and lower his pants and then masturbated.


US: Student shot at UC Berkeley has died, university says

A University of California student who was shot in a campus computer lab not far from the scene of anti-Wall Street protests has died of his injuries, the university said on Wednesday.

Christopher Nathen Elliot Travis, 32, died late on Tuesday afternoon, hours after the shooting at the Haas School of Business, university spokesman Dan Mogulof said.

University police say there is no indication that the incident was related to a day of rallies Berkeley linked to anti-Wall Street protests.

"There is no information at this point in the investigation suggesting that this is anything other than an isolated incident," Mogulof said.

Mogulof said Travis was an undergraduate transfer student who started classes at Berkeley in the fall and that family members had been told of his death. He said he did not know where Travis had transferred from.


US: Secret Service Searched Occupy D.C. Camp For Person Who Shot At White House

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The Secret Service announced the suspect was taken into custody in Pennsylvania.

The Secret Service searched Occupy D.C. on Monday for a man suspected of firing bullets at the White House on Friday, one of which was stopped by the building's ballistic glass.

Protestor Ralph Wittenberg told TPM on Tuesday evening that authorities came through "searching for a so-called terrorist who shot at the White House, with no warrant, they went into everybody's tents."

A person handling media requests for Occupy DC confirmed the searches and said they were led by the Secret Service. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


US: Secret Service says suspect in shooting near White House arrested at Pennsylvania hotel

© The Associated Press/The Canadian Press/Haraz N. GhanbariLaw enforcement officers photograph a window at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, as seen from the South Lawn. A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said. An additional round of ammunition was found on the White House exterior. The bullets were found Tuesday morning.
A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into a shooting near the White House, the U.S. Secret Service said.

The Secret Service discovered Tuesday that two bullets had hit the White House, one of them apparently cracking a window on the residential level while President Barack Obama was travelling.

The discovery of the bullet holes followed reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday night, although the bullets have not been conclusively connected with the Friday shooting. An assault rifle and an abandoned vehicle were found, which led authorities to link Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez to the reported gunfire.

Ortega, 21, was arrested Wednesday by Pennsylvania authorities at a hotel in the southwest part of the state, the Secret Service said. He was in Pennsylvania State Police custody.


US: Bullet hit White House window

© Associated PressThe US Parks Police are looking for Oscar Ramiro Ortega.
A bullet struck a protective window of the White House and another round was found nearby, according to US Secret Service, who are searching for a suspect.

The casings from two bullets were found on the White House grounds during a probe launched after gunshots were fired nearby on Friday.

The probe has not yet "conclusively connected" the bullets found on the White House grounds to Friday's incident, the Secret Service told Agence France Presse.

"An assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing," the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, were in California at the time of the shooting.

The US Parks Police are looking for Oscar Ramiro Ortega, a 21-year-old man in connection with the shooting, which reportedly took place between the White House and Washington around 9.30pm.

Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area. An AK-47 rifle was recovered and US Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said a semi-automatic gun was also involved.

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Does it seem possible someone could get a round to a window at the White House, that the suspect could get away, guns would be found but not the person who committed the shooting? The White House is a bed of security and techno wizardry with years of preparation for such incident(s).


Japan: Mysterious 'Ultra Seven' donor sends 1 million yen to foster home

Japan Anon Donation
© The Mainichi Daily NewsThe envelope with 1 million yen and an attached letter that was sent to a foster home in Muroran, Hokkaido Prefecture, is seen in this recent photo.
A home here for children who cannot live with their parents has received 1 million yen in cash from a donor identified only as a popular TV series hero "Ultra Seven."

The money and a handwritten letter arrived at the Wakasugi Gakuen foster home in Muroran, Hokkaido, in the post on the evening of Nov. 11, officials from the facility said.

The letter read, "Dear Wakasugi Gakuen staff, I would like you to use this small gift only for the children." The sender also suggested several ways for the money to be used, including buying clothes, textbooks, toys, games, and movie tickets.

The Ultra Seven donor is the latest in an ongoing anonymous goodwill movement that began in December 2010 with the donation of schoolbags to a child consultation center in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, by a donor going by the name "Tiger Mask," a popular manga character. The incident has been followed by a number of donations of money, schoolbags and other materials in the names of popular animation characters and historical figures to various children's facilities across Japan.


Investors take latest budget stalemate in stride

Maybe it's because investors are optimistic a deal will be reached. Or maybe it's because they're already expecting the worst.

This time around, though, Wall Street seems to be shrugging off next week's congressional deadline to break the political gridlock that sent financial markets into a tailspin last summer.

"I think the expectations just aren't that high given what we went through in August," said Wells Fargo senior economist Mark Vitner.

The congressional budget "supercommittee," which faces a Nov. 23 deadline to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and new tax revenues, was born out of the budget stalemate that sent the financial markets on a wild ride in August.

After transforming a routine debt ceiling increase into a self-imposed deadline, hard-line Republicans squared off against the White House, demanding deep spending cuts, forcing the Treasury to the edge of default As the bitter, partisan battle dragged on, the stock market plunged by 20 percent in a matter of weeks. Since then, stocks have recovered about half the lost ground.

Comment: "Wall Street seems to have concluded that the sequester is not as scary as originally intended.." That says a lot about who is in control of the United States Government.


Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says

Pattern in Desert
© Google - Imagery copyright Cnes/Spot Image, DigitalGlobe, GeoEyeA strange zigzag pattern in the Gobi Desert in China. Coordinates: 40.452107,93.742118.

Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media - from mainstream to fringe - has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to (or from) aliens.

It turns out that they are almost definitely used to calibrate China's spy satellites.

So says Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, which operates many of the cameras used during NASA's Mars missions. Hill works with images of the Martian surface taken by rovers and satellites, as well as data from Earth-orbiting NASA instruments.

The grids of zigzagging white lines seen in two of the images - the strangest of the various desert structures - are spy satellite calibration targets. Satellite cameras focus on the grids, which measure approximately 0.65 miles wide by 1.15 miles long, and use them to orient themselves in space. [Gallery: Mysterious Structures In China's Gobi Desert]