* UPDATE 7x: ZUCCOTTI PARK NYPD BRUTALITY, ALL THE VIDEOS AND INTERVIEW WITH LaGRECA DAY BEFORE ANNIVERSARY
By War on Error, Daily Kos
Let’s start with an RT report on the day before the 6 Month Anniversary Celebration for Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti (Liberty) Park. The featured guest in this RT report is our very own Jesse LaGreca. Some great photos as well. Video is from Youtube Channel MOXNEWSd0tCOM
* NYPD MARKS #OWS SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY WITH VIOLENT CRACKDOWN AND ARRESTS
NYPD marks OWS anniversary with violent crackdown and arrests
A number of OWS protesters have reportedly been arrested and several injured at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan during celebrations of the movement’s six-month anniversary. Police broke up the peaceful rally that had gathered almost 600 people to OWS’ founding
There have been no confirmed reports on the number of arrests, but eye witnesses report more than a twenty. Police drafted in public buses to carry away the detained.
Demonstrators held their ground there locking arms in solidarity as dozens of police swept through the downtown Manhattan Park.
Several people were injured in the police assault, with three women being taken away in ambulances from the scene.
Many demonstrators accused the police of being unnecessarily aggressive. […]
* OWS MEDIC HAS HEAD SMASHED INTO WINDOW BY NYPD
Source: Steven Macchia @ www.TheDailyOccupier.Net
* RAHM NEW TRIER TOAST CRASH 2012
Rahm gets an award from New Trier high school and protesters toast his accomplishments of closing health clinics, schools, eliminating jobs and ignoring the poor. He is also toasted for denying resources to schools including 160 schools without libraries / librarians. He talks about the first amendment as he passes laws to eliminate the the people’s right to exercise theirs. This event, attended by about 250 people raised $68,000.00. The cost of attendance $150.00 per plate. He also talks about the great teachers and principals ironic since he just fired 17 schools worth of personnel and turned the schools into AUSL, corporate funded schools that do not work.
* PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWING FOR CONTROL OVER ALL U.S. RESOURCES
By Kenneth Schortgen Jr, Informatio Clearing House
On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security. The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determinations.
Section 101. Purpose. This order delegates authorities and addresses national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the “Act”).
(b) assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel; – White House […]
* FORECLOSING ON THE COMMONS
By Charles Davis, Aljazeera
If you want to make a lot of money in a less than honest way, the way to do so lies not in stealing purses or cars. No, the secret to getting rich and staying that way is by controlling the commons: control the land and natural resources, with a few armed guards or the world’s only superpower backing your claim, and one can charge a hefty fee for the necessities of life.
Best of all, many will believe your exploitation is benevolent, thankful just to get an adjustable-rate mortgage to a lot of land that was their rightful inheritance just as much as any other human being, but which has fallen into the hands of property profiteers.
Call it feudalism, corporatism or the American way: the rich elite in the US have turned economic exploitation into something of an art. The top one per cent in the United States now control a quarter of the nation’s wealth, double the unhealthy share they held 25 years ago. But while their ability to control legislatures and presidents is impressive, the propertied elite may have let greed get the best of them. In their quest to redistribute wealth from the labouring classes to the idle ones, they have been a bit too successful: the exploited are waking up. […]
* IS GREECE BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY? HIV, MALARIA, AND TB RATES SOAR AS HEALTH SERVICES ARE SLASHED BY SAVAGE CUTS
By Lee Moran, Mail Online
Savage cuts to the Greek health service have seen the country’s HIV and Tuberculosis rates soar – sparking fears it is becoming a third world nation.
Aid agencies said the cutting of hospital budgets by an astonishing 40 per cent had also led to a sharp rise in the number of citizens being diagnosed with Malaria.
In the south, they said, it is reaching near endemic levels not seen since 1970s.
The scrapping of needle exchange services has seen the number of HIV and Aids sufferers in central Athens rise by 1,250 per cent in 2011 alone.
There are more prostitutes on the streets selling their bodies to make ends meet, while heroin addicts are finding it harder to come by anti-retroviral treatments.
There is also the first instances ever of the two illnesses being transmitted between mother and child – something usually equated with sub-Saharan Africa and not Europe.
Médecins sans Frontières Greece’s Reveka Papadopoulos said the health service cuts, which saw widespread job losses, were putting social services ‘under very severe strain’
She added: ‘If not in a state of breakdown. What we are seeing are very clear indicators of a system that cannot cope’. She said the 40 per cent cuts were on top of a 24 per cent increase in 2011 in demand for medical services.
This, she said, was ‘largely because people could simply no longer afford private healthcare. The entire system is deteriorating’. […]
* FRANCE BANS GM CORN AMID MASS US PROTEST AGAINST MONSANTO
By Rady Ananda, Global Research
Amid mass US protests against Monsanto in mid-March, France imposed a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, MON810.
“Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire along with Francois Fillon, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development, in a press release on Friday, authorities “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.”
All prior plantings of MON810, trade name YieldGard, become illegal on March 20.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto announced in January that it would not sell genetically modified corn in France due to public opposition.
A growing list of human health and environmental hazards from GM crops has raised concern over bioengineered food and feed, including a literally explosive growth of a “new” microbe on pig manure: […]
* BRAZIL TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST CHEVRON EXECUTIVES
By Stan Lehman, AP
Brazilian prosecutors said Saturday they will file criminal charges against 17 executives of Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. for a new oil leak near the offshore well where at least 110,000 gallons (about 416,000 liters) spilled late last year.
Those targeted include George Buck, chief operating officer for Chevron’s Brazilian division, federal prosecutors’ spokesman Marcelo del Negri said by telephone.
He said prosecutors would file the charges including “environmental crimes” in a federal court next week, but he did not provide further details. […]