Society's ChildS


He was 14 years, 6 months and 5 days old - and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century

George Junius Stinney, Jr.
© South Carolina Department of Archives and HistoryGeorge Junius Stinney, Jr.

George Junius Stinney, Jr.,

[b. 1929 - d. 1944]

In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn't fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.

The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney's face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.

Now, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney's name, saying the young boy couldn't have killed two girls. George Frierson, a school board member and textile inspector, believes Stinney's confession was coerced, and that his execution was just another injustice blacks suffered in Southern courtrooms in the first half of the 1900s.


US: Brutal Bank Crackdown But Crooks Go Free

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© ReutersProtesters march up Wall Street past the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

Protesters had been swarming Wall Street and Lower Manhattan for a week.There were at least six arrests the first day Occupy Wall Street camped out and chanted near the New York Stock Exchange. There were dozens more by the weekend.

By Saturday, the hundreds of protesters appeared to have lit a fuse with New York City police. There were rough arrests that bordered on brutality. Pepper spray brought tears and pain. Watch YouTube video of female protesters penned and pepper sprayed .

And to a nation's shock, not one of the police targets was a banker.

Che Guevara

US: Virginia - "Not On Our Faultline" group protests nuke plant outside Dominion Headquarters

© The Free Lance-StarDominion's North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va.
Richmond - A group of residents from Louisa County is demanding that Dominion Resources Inc. ensure its North Anna nuclear power plant is safe from past and future earthquakes.

About 20 people from the group Not On Our Fault Line protested Tuesday outside Dominion's Richmond headquarters. They chanted and held signs reading "Shut Down or Meltdown," as Dominion employees went out for their lunch breaks.

The group says the Aug. 23 earthquake that shut down the plant brought attention to the danger of another event in the area. They are asking Dominion to retrofit the two reactors at the plant to higher earthquake safety standards. It also is asking for the company to inspect underground pipes at the nuclear facility to make sure they aren't leaking into the ground or drinking water.

"What we're afraid of is that Dominion is putting profits over the safety of the area," said Paxus Calta, a resident of Louisa County for 13 years. "This earthquake is a big wakeup call to us."


US: Virginia - Dominion's nuclear plants have shut down more often than average in the last two years

In the past two years, Dominion Virginia Power's four nuclear power reactors experienced 12 unplanned shutdowns.

Then, the Aug. 23 earthquake in Louisa County forced two more shutdowns at the North Anna Power Station.

"That's too many trips for us," said David A. Heacock, president and chief nuclear officer of Dominion Nuclear. "And we're going to ensure it's not going to continue."

Light Sabers

French Socialists (puppets on the left) seize Senate in blow to Sarkozy (puppet on the right)

President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party loses its majority in upper house for the first time in more than 50 years

France's left wrested the Senate from the right in indirect elections on Sunday, taking the majority of seats in the upper house of parliament for the first time in more than 50 years - a blow to conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Seven months before presidential elections, Sarkozy's party downplayed what it said was a narrow win - up to three seats, according to officials from the president's party.

The minister for parliamentary relations, Patrick Ollier, said the results had "no national political significance". Final results of the voting to fill half the seats in the 348-seat house were not in, but the Socialist party leader in the Senate announced the victory.

"This is a day that will mark history," Jean-Pierre Bel, head of the Senate's Socialist party, said.


Anonymous Leaks Personal Details of Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Wall Street Protesters

Anonymous is on the hunt for the cop featured in a video pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters for no apparent reason. They say they've found him, and are circulating a document with his and his family's personal information. This could get ugly.

According to a document posted on, the cop who blasted young women in the face with pepper spray in the now-iconic video above is NYPD Captain Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. Bologna was identified as the pepper-sprayer by a photographer who witnessed the incident and posted a blown-up image of his badge to his blog.

The Pastebin document, which has about 7,000 views at this writing contains Bologna's name and possible phone numbers and addresses, along with a list of potential family member names. It reads:
You know who the innocent women were, now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. We Are Watching!!! Expect Us!

Comment: Named and shamed! The above-linked PasteBin file says that a case was brought against him for a Civil Rights infringement on August 27, 2007. Here is a photo of this brute:

Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna is the commanding officer of the First Precinct, which covers Lower Manhattan, Soho, Hudson Sq. and the South Village. If you see this man, please report him to the poli... oh wait. No, don't do that! just stay well away from him and spread this info far and wide!


Flashback L'Oréal: 'because we're racist'

l'oreal racist
Sometimes you can pick up a new bit of French language, slang and so on from the unlikeliest of places.

The latest bit we've come across is "BBR". It's short for "bleu, blanc, rouge", the colours of the French flag.

Apparently BBR is also widely used in the French recruitment world, as another kind of shorthand: it stands for white French people, born to white French parents. BBR, through and through.

Last week L'Oréal failed to reverse a 2007 court decision that it was guilty of racial discrimination when recruiting women to sell its shampoos in supermarkets outside Paris.

Black Cat

Flashback France: L'Oréal profited from victims of Nazis, court told

nazi l'oreal
The French cosmetics company L'Oréal profited from a house which had been confiscated from its Jewish owners when they were sent to their death in concentration camps during the second world war, it was claimed in the appeal court in Paris yesterday.

Edith Rosenfelder, the sole survivor, now 76, has embarked on a long legal battle for compensation from the company, which had its German headquarters on the site of her childhood home for more than 30 years.

The case is complicated by years of confusion, worsened by the frequent sale and resale of the property, but the family claims that L'Oréal is guilty of receiving stolen goods.

"L'Oréal know that the property was confiscated, and they know that the owners are still alive, Mrs Rosenfelder's daughter Monica Waitzfelder said.


Book Review: Ugly Beauty - Glamour Goes to War

Helena Rubinstein
© Helena Rubinstein FoundationHelena Rubinstein promoted herself as a "beauty scientist."
In 1835, the French novelist Honoré de Balzac observed that "the secret of great fortunes . . . is a forgotten crime." Recast in the English-speaking world as "Behind every great fortune lies a great crime," this truism aptly describes the central conceit of Ruth Brandon's Ugly Beauty. Reconstructing the lives of two self-made beauty tycoons - Helena Rubinstein, the creator of the cosmetics brand, who died in 1965; and Eugène Schueller, the founder of the corporate behemoth L'Oréal, who died in 1957 - Brandon zeroes in on a crime that, in her view, places them in a "potentially lethal opposition" to each other.

The crime in question is Schueller's collaborationist activity during the Nazi occupation of his native France during World War II, activity that books like Monica Waitz­felder's L'Oréal Took My Home: The Secrets of a Theft and Michael Bar-Zohar's Bitter Scent: The Case of L'Oréal, Nazis, and the Arab Boycott have already treated in some detail. But for Brandon, whose previous works include Singer and the Sewing Machine: A Capitalist Romance and Automobile: How the Car Changed Life, the fascist dealings of L'Oréal's chief merit additional exploration because the Polish-born Rubinstein "was a Jew," and because, "in 1988, Schueller's business swallowed Rubinstein's." From this confluence of factors, Brandon tries to produce evidence of a drawn-out, high-drama "standoff between Helena Rubinstein and Eugène Schueller."

Che Guevara

Pepper-spraying cop accused of abusing Bush protesters in 2004

Activists have identified the senior New York Police Department officer who allegedly pepper-sprayed young women at the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, and it's not the first time he has been accused of civil rights abuses.

The Guardian confirmed that the officer is Anthony Bologna, who was also accused of civil rights abuses and false arrest during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.

Photographs of the officer's badge also suggested that Bologna was the person in question.

A file released by the hacker group Anonymous pointed to a 2007 civil rights suit filed against Bologna.

Post A. Posr, the man named as a plaintiff in that suit, was arrested during the 2004 convention although he wasn't actively taking part in the protests.

"Police contend that Posr hit the man with a rolled-up newspaper," Posr lawyer Alan Levine told The Guardian. "He said he was just talking to the guy. Bologna ordered another officer, Camejo, to arrest Posr."