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Title: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 18, 2013, 08:00:51 am
We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.
In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest.
The MIT Technology Review explains how CSI’s model works: “The evidence comes from two sources. The first is data gathered by the United Nations that plots the price of food against time, the so-called food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. The second is the date of riots around the world, whatever their cause.” Plot the data, and it looks like this:
Pretty simple. Black dots are the food prices, red lines are the riots. In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world. CSI doesn’t claim that any breach of 210 immediately leads to riots, obviously; just that the probability that riots will erupt grows much greater. For billions of people around the world, food comprises up to 80% of routine expenses (for rich-world people like you and I, it’s like 15%). When prices jump, people can’t afford anything else; or even food itself. And if you can’t eat—or worse, your family can’t eat—you fight.
But how accurate is the model? An anecdote the researchers outline in the report offers us an idea. They write that “on December 13, 2010, we submitted a government report analyzing the repercussions of the global financial crises, and directly identifying the risk of social unrest and political instability due to food prices.” Four days later, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire as an act of protest in Tunisia. And we all know what happened after that.
Today, the food price index is hovering around 213, where it has stayed for months—just beyond the tip of the identified threshold. Low corn yield in the U.S., the world’s most important producer, has helped keep prices high.
“Recent droughts in the mid-western United States threaten to cause global catastrophe,” Yaneer Bar-Yam, one of the authors of the report, recently told Al Jazeera. “When people are unable to feed themselves and their families, widespread social disruption occurs. We are on the verge of another crisis, the third in five years, and likely to be the worst yet, capable of causing new food riots and turmoil on a par with the Arab Spring.”
Yet the cost of food hasn’t quite yet risen to the catastrophic levels reached last year. Around the time of the riots cum-revolutions, we saw the food price index soar through 220 points and even push 240. This year, we’ve pretty consistently hovered in the 210-216 range—right along the cusp of danger. But CSI expects a perilous trend in rising food prices to continue. Even before the extreme weather scrambled food prices this year, their 2011 report predicted that the next great breach would occur in August 2013, and that the risk of more worldwide rioting would follow. So, if trends hold, these complex systems theorists say we’re less than one year and counting from a fireball of global unrest.
But the reality is that such predictions are now all but impossible to make. In a world well-warmed by climate change, unpredictable, extreme weather events like the drought that has consumed 60% of the United States and the record heat that has killed its cattle are now the norm. Just two years ago, heat waves in Russia crippled its grain yield and dealt a devastating blow to global food markets—the true, unheralded father of the Arab Spring was global warming, some say.
And it’s only going to get worse and worse and worse. Because of climate change-exacerbated disasters like these, “the average price of staple foods such as maize could more than double in the next 20 years compared with 2010 trend prices,” a new report from Oxfam reveals. That report details how the poor will be even more vulnerable to climate change-induced food price shocks than previously thought. After all, we’ve “loaded the climate dice,” as NASA’s James Hansen likes to say, and the chances of such disasters rolling out are greater than ever.
This all goes to say that as long as climate change continues to advance—it seems that nothing can stop that now—and we maintain a global food system perennially subject to volatile price spikes and exploitation from speculators, without reform, our world will be an increasingly restive one. Hunger is coming, and so are the riots.

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Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 18, 2013, 08:01:26 am
Biggest protests in 20 years sweep Brazil

As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.
The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, blocked streets and halted traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, where demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Brazil's Congress building and then stormed it.

Monday's demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests in the past two weeks that have added to growing unease over Brazil's sluggish economy, high inflation and a spurt in violent crime.

While most of the protests unfolded as a festive display of dissent, some demonstrators in Rio threw rocks at police, set fire to a parked car and vandalized the state assembly building. Vandals also destroyed property in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

Around the country, protesters waved Brazilian flags, dancing and chanting slogans such as "The people have awakened" and "Pardon the inconvenience, Brazil is changing."

The epicenter of Monday's march shifted from Sao Paulo, where some 65,000 people took to the streets late in the afternoon, to Rio. There, as protesters gathered throughout the evening, crowds ballooned to 100,000 people, local police said. At least 20,000 more gathered in Belo Horizonte.

The demonstrations are the first time that Brazilians, since a recent decade of steady economic growth, are collectively questioning the status quo.


The protests have gathered pace as Brazil is hosting the Confederation's Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup soccer championship. The government hopes these events, along with the 2016 Summer Olympics, will showcase Brazil as an emerging power on the global stage.

Brazil also is gearing up to welcome more than 2 million visitors in July as Pope Francis makes his first foreign trip for a gathering of Catholic youth in Rio.

Contrasting the billions in taxpayer money spent on new stadiums with the shoddy state of Brazil's public services, protesters are using the Confederation's Cup as a counterpoint to amplify their concerns. The tournament got off to shaky start this weekend when police clashed with demonstrators outside stadiums at the opening matches in Brasilia and Rio.

"For many years the government has been feeding corruption. People are demonstrating against the system," said Graciela Caçador, a 28-year-old saleswoman protesting in Sao Paulo. "They spent billions of dollars building stadiums and nothing on education and health."

More protests are being organized for the coming days. It is unclear what specific response from authorities - such as a reduction in the hike of transport fares - would lead the loose collection of organizers across Brazil to consider stopping them.

For President Dilma Rousseff, the demonstrations come at a delicate time, as price increases and lackluster growth begin to loom over an expected run for re-election next year.

Polls show Rousseff still is widely popular, especially among poor and working-class voters, but her approval ratings began to slip in recent weeks for the first time since taking office in 2011. Rousseff was booed at Saturday's Confederations Cup opener as protesters gathered outside.

Through a spokeswoman, Rousseff called the protests "legitimate" and said peaceful demonstrations are "part of democracy." The president, a leftist guerrilla as a young woman, also said that it was "befitting of youth to protest."


Some were baffled by the protests in a country where unemployment remains near record lows, even after more than two years of tepid economic growth.

"What are they going to do - march every day?" asked Cristina, a 43-year-old cashier, who declined to give her surname, peeking out at the demonstration from behind the curtain of a closed Sao Paulo butcher shop. She said corruption and other age-old ills in Brazil are unlikely to change soon.

The marches began this month with an isolated protest in Sao Paulo against a small increase in bus and subway fares. The demonstrations initially drew the scorn of many middle-class Brazilians after protesters vandalized storefronts, subway stations and buses on one of the city's main avenues.

The movement quickly gained support and spread to other cities as police used heavy-handed tactics to quell the demonstrations. The biggest crackdown happened on Thursday in Sao Paulo when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes that injured more than 100 people, including 15 journalists, some of whom said they were deliberately targeted.

Other common grievances at Monday's marches included corruption and the inadequate and overcrowded public transportation networks that Brazilians cope with daily.


The harsh police reaction to last week's protests touched a nerve in Brazil, which endured two decades of political repression under a military dictatorship that ended in 1985. It also added to doubts about whether Brazil's police forces would be ready for next year's World Cup.

The uproar following last week's crackdown prompted Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin, who first described the protesters as "troublemakers" and "vandals," to order police to allow Monday's march to proceed and not to use rubber bullets.

The protests are shaping up as a major political challenge for Alckmin, a former presidential candidate, and Sao Paulo's new mayor, Fernando Haddad, a rising star in the left-leaning Workers' Party that has governed Brazil for the past decade. Haddad invited protest leaders to meet Tuesday morning, but has so far balked at talk of a bus fare reduction.

The resonance of the demonstrations underscores what economists say will be a challenge for Rousseff and other Brazilian leaders in the years ahead: providing public services to meet the demands of the growing middle class.

"Voters are likely to be increasingly disgruntled on a range of public services in a lower growth environment," Christopher Garman, a political analyst at the Eurasia Group, wrote in a report.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 18, 2013, 08:02:23 am
Police arrest dozens in raids across Turkey after protests

Police raided addresses across Turkey on Tuesday and detained dozens of people after nearly three weeks of anti-government protests, local media reported.
State media TRT said 25 people had been detained in the capital Ankara, 13 in Eskisehir to the west and "many" in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul.

A police source confirmed the operation and said: "For now, only provocateurs will be taken for questioning."

Turkey has been rocked by demonstrations that began in and around Istanbul's Taksim Square and turned violent after police sought to clear protesters using teargas and water cannon.

Clashes have erupted in cities across the country, as people protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.

Erdogan has struck a defiant tone in the face of the biggest public challenge to his 10-year rule, during which he has overseen an economic boom and enjoyed broad popularity.

At a speech on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of supporters in Istanbul he said the disturbances had been manipulated by "terrorists".

Ankara's police anti-terror department said it had no information on the reports of Tuesday's raids.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2013, 12:23:38 pm
This has been the whole agenda of the "truth movement" - to get everyone to think that it's THE BANKERS(and MOSTLY the bankers) that are doing all of the damage.

But all Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, Ron Paul, etc are doing are making you THINK you are fighting against the NWO being lead by the banking system, but ultimately the intentions(or deceptions, take your pick) are only going to lead into the GRAND deception of them all. Look at the whole Occupy Movement - they really made themselves known by wearing masks of Guy Fawkes(that high level Jesuit agent who tried to assassinate King James).

With that being said, the NWO banking system is only being used as tools by the higher levels in the food chain.(ie-Vatican, Jesuits, etc)

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 18, 2013, 12:34:48 pm
But dont think that it is all a staged event for the shock jocks of the world.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 

and upon the earth distress of nations, can be taken as forms of civil unrest, the people turning against the governments of the world and just a basic break down of society, like we have today. And "with perplexity" means they dont know why or how and it just keeps growing.... enjoy  :)

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2013, 12:47:38 pm
But dont think that it is all a staged event for the shock jocks of the world.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 

and upon the earth distress of nations, can be taken as forms of civil unrest, the people turning against the governments of the world and just a basic break down of society, like we have today. And "with perplexity" means they dont know why or how and it just keeps growing.... enjoy  :)

Ah...I see and understand now...

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Rom 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 19, 2013, 12:07:47 am
President Rousseff salutes Brazil protests, cities cut bus fares

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued in some cities around the country.

Speaking the morning after more than 200,000 Brazilians marched in more than a half-dozen cities, Rousseff said her government remains committed to social change and is listening attentively to the many grievances expressed at the demonstrations.

"Brazil woke up stronger today," Rousseff said in a televised speech in Brasilia. "The size of yesterday's demonstrations shows the energy of our democracy, the strength of the voice of the streets and the civility of our population."

Monday's demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests in the past two weeks that have fed on widespread frustration with poor public services, police violence and government corruption.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 21, 2013, 08:49:34 am
Teen dies as a million protesters take to streets in Brazil

Brazil's president grasps for answer to protests, violence

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Kilika on June 21, 2013, 02:46:29 pm
Sound Familiar?

Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless[1][2] and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.[3] This movement, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the "socialist world" (socialist states ruled by communist parties) and the "Western world" (countries with capitalist economies).[4]

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 21, 2013, 03:17:25 pm
^^ Notice the word "revolutionary" in its definition - Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and the "truth" movement love to use this word. Isn't Baldwin supposed to be a pastor, BTW, who's exposed the 501c3 system? ::)

The "truth" movement is really no different from any of these socialist groups, to be frank - they have the same ideology that people of all faiths and beliefs need to work together for the common good, albeit to fight the NWO.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 21, 2013, 03:51:42 pm

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 22, 2013, 12:11:52 am
Surprise, surprise! Problem, Reaction, Solution...

Brazil's president pledges to hold dialogue with protesters

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff promised on Friday to hold a dialogue with members of a protest movement sweeping the country, but also said she would do whatever is necessary to maintain order in the wake of widespread vandalism and looting.

"We cannot live with this violence that shames Brazil," she said in a nationally televised address. "All institutions and public security forces should prevent, within the limits of the law, every form of violence and vandalism."

Rousseff spoke even as new demonstrations broke out on Friday, including one that for several hours blocked most passengers from entering or leaving the country's busiest international airport, outside Sao Paulo.

The protests have come out of seemingly nowhere over the past week. More than 1 million people took to the streets on Thursday in the biggest demonstrations in Brazil in 20 years.

The nameless, leaderless movement - composed largely of students and the middle class - has pulled together a wide range of grievances including bad public transport and healthcare, corruption, and the billions of dollars that the government is spending to host next year's World Cup.

Rousseff, a former guerrilla who herself protested a military rule during the 1960s, praised the peaceful majority of protesters and said she would listen to their demands.

Speaking calmly but firmly, she said Brazil has a "historic opportunity" to harness the energy from the protests and make improvements. But she warned the movement could be ruined by violence like that seen on Thursday, when protesters smashed buildings, looted stores and set fires in a dozen cities.

Rousseff said it was her "obligation to listen to the voice of the streets, as well as dialogue with all segments" of society peacefully protesting.

The president, who is not known for initiating talks, did not specify what such a process would look like.

After her speech, the hashtag #calabocadilma - "Shut up, Dilma" in Portuguese began trending on Twitter accompanied by withering comments attacking her government.

Friday's protests were much smaller than those on Thursday. There were signs of a backlash against the movement on Friday, and one prominent leftist group said it would stop organizing marches for now because of discord and violence.

Unlike other recent protest movements such as the Arab Spring, Brazil's demonstrators are not targeting individual politician and Rousseff remains relatively popular.

Many are part of the middle class, which benefited from a recent economic boom. But they are upset about paying European-level taxes for what some describe as African-level public services.

Rousseff made a specific appeal for calm during a warm-up event underway for the World Cup. Clashes between protesters and police have occurred outside stadiums, terrifying many fans and tourists.


A recent economic slowdown and rising inflation has crimped the government's budget, meaning it probably cannot offer a major public investment plan without making painful spending cuts elsewhere - unlikely with an election looming next year.

Rousseff in her speech cited plans such as setting aside future oil royalties for education and importing doctors from abroad. She has previously made these proposals and they have faced resistance in Congress and elsewhere.

Mayors of several cities tried to yield to one of the protesters' main demands this week by rolling back a recent hike in bus and subway fares, but the demonstrations only grew.

The festive atmosphere that had attracted many students and even their parents to demonstrations over the past week took a big and possibly lasting hit on Thursday night.

TV images showed masked youths looting stores, setting fires and defacing buildings including the foreign ministry in Brasilia, which had its windows smashed. The violence was widespread, occurring in at least a dozen cities, and appeared to be fueled by fringe movements and common criminals taking advantage of the disorder.

Two people died as a result of the protests, local media reported, including one death caused by a car plowing into a crowd. More than 60 were injured in Rio de Janeiro alone.


Radio, TV, Twitter and other social media crackled on Friday with condemnations of the violence, while the unity that had prevailed among protesters at the heart of the movement also showed signs of breaking down.

The Free Fare Movement in Sao Paulo, an activist group that was instrumental in the rise of the protests, said it would stop organizing new demonstrations for now after street fights broke out among protesters with different objectives on Thursday.

Douglas Belome, a bank teller and member of the Free Fare group, said things turned ugly when some protesters sought to prevent left-wing political parties from waving their flags.

"At least for now, there are no new demonstrations scheduled," he told Reuters, expressing regret for the violence.

World soccer body FIFA on Friday condemned the recent violence but said it had not considered cancelling either the warmup tournament, known as the Confederations Cup, or the big event next year.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters that his team was banned from leaving the hotel because of the unrest.

Polls have shown that a large majority of Brazilians support the protesters and their aims. But the demonstrators' primary tactic of blocking main roads has begun to wear on some people.

"I support these (protests), but I think it's out of control," said Nilson Chabat, a 31-year-old gas station attendant on his way to work on Friday in Sao Paulo. "Many of us are angry but you can't just go make a mess every day."

(Additional reporting by Silvio Cascione and Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Todd Benson and Xavier Briand)

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 23, 2013, 04:23:16 am
Turkish Germans hold anti-Erdogan protests in Cologne

The march was organised by Germany's Alevi community to show their solidarity with activists in Turkey and to call for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on June 23, 2013, 09:52:21 pm
If this happened at all, it would be a Gov and media operation.

Schumer predicts mass demonstrations if House blocks path to citizenship

A senior Democratic senator predicted Sunday there could be massive demonstrations in Washington if House Republicans try to block a bill to grant legal status to millions of immigrants.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the Senate immigration reform bill, said House Republicans would likely spark massive civil rights rallies if they try to quash measures to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.

“This has the potential of becoming the next major civil rights movement. I could envision in the late summer or early fall if Boehner tries to bottle the bill up or put something in without a path to citizenship — if there’s no path to citizenship, there’s not a bill — but if he tries to bottle it up or do things like that, I could see a million people on the Mall in Washington,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Schumer said business leaders, evangelical leaders and CEOs of high tech companies would join the public call for action by the House on immigration.

Schumer has counted about 67 votes for the Senate immigration bill and believes close to 70 will support final passage later this week.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/307223-schumer-predicts-mass-demonstrations-if-house-blocks-path-to-citizenship#ixzz2X69cyMvv

I think he is full of lies, mostly as being a liberalism is a punishment from the Lord

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2013, 10:11:01 pm
Schumer predicts mass demonstrations if House blocks path to citizenship

More fearmongering - remember Henry Paulson pulled the same stunt when trying to get that massive bank bailout bill passed in 2008.

But that's pretty much expected of the lost world - they have the spirit of fear.

2Tim_1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2013, 11:52:01 pm
Tens of thousands march in Rome against unemployment

* Italian unemployment at record high

* Union chiefs attack Letta government for lack of action

* Government to present package to create jobs for young

By Cristiano Corvino

ROME, June 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of workers and unemployed people marched in Rome on Saturday to protest against record unemployment and call on Enrico Letta's two-month-old government to deliver more than empty rhetoric on the issue.

The rally, organised by the country's three largest union confederations, CGIL, CISL and UIL, was the first major protest since Letta's broad, left-right coalition took office following an inconclusive election in February.

Italian unemployment hit 12 percent in April, the highest level on record, and joblessness among people under 24 is at an all-time high above 40 percent.

Union chiefs, speaking before a flag-waving crowd estimated at more than 100,000 by the organisers, criticised Letta for what they called a lack of action on an urgent problem.

"We can't accept these continuous promises that aren't translated into decisions that give a change of direction," said Susanna Camusso, leader of the country's largest union CGIL.

Luigi Angeletti, head of the UIL, said the country could not afford the piecemeal approach to policy adopted so far, especially when the ruling coalition is so fragile.

"In a country where the main concern is betting on how long the government will last, the message is that there is no more time for promises and announcements," he said in Piazza San Giovanni, the traditional venue of left-wing protests.

Letta's cabinet is due to unveil a package aimed at tackling youth unemployment next week, but Angeletti said the measures being mooted, such as tax breaks for firms hiring young people, were "useless".

Italy's economy has contracted in every quarter since mid-2011 - its longest post-war recession - and companies are steadily shedding staff.

The unionists called on the government to intervene to prevent plans by white goods maker Indesit to lay off 1,400 workers in one of the most recent labour disputes.

"Indesit isn't in crisis, it just wants to use its profits to make investments in Turkey and Poland," Camusso said.

One marcher, Lorenzo Giuseppe, told Reuters he had turned out "to send a message to the government that jobs have to be the top issue on the agenda. If we have work we can move ahead."

Millions of Italians are so convinced they have no chance of finding work that they have given up looking altogether, meaning official figures severely understate the number of unemployed, according to national statistics office ISTAT.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Kilika on June 24, 2013, 03:35:30 am
“This has the potential of becoming the next major civil rights movement.

Only because you people are making it that way.

What Washington needs to fear is a major uprising of natural born citizens in protest against the tyranny of their politicians. There SHOULD be a bunch of politicians in handcuffs for treason.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 24, 2013, 06:16:27 pm
How mass protests around the globe have become the 'new social network'

The demonstrations in Brazil began after a small rise in bus fares triggered mass protests. Within days this had become a nationwide movement whose concerns had spread far beyond fares: more than a million people were on the streets shouting about everything from corruption to the cost of living to the amount of money being spent on the World Cup.

In Turkey, it was a similar story. A protest over the future of a city park in Istanbul - violently disrupted by police - snowballed too into something bigger, a wider-ranging political confrontation with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has scarcely been brought to a close by the clearing of Gezi Park.

If the scenes have seemed familiar, it is because they shared common features: viral, loosely organised with fractured messages and mostly taking place in urban public locations.

Unlike the protest movement of 1968 or even the end of Soviet influence in eastern Europe in 1989, these are movements with few discernible leaders and with often conflicting ideologies.

Their points of reference are not even necessarily ideological but take inspiration from other protests, including those of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement.

The result has been a wave of social movements - sometimes short-lived - from Wall St to Tel Aviv and from Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro, often engaging younger, better educated and wealthier members of society.

What is striking for those who, like myself, have covered these protests is how discursive and open-ended they often are. People go not necessarily to hear a message but to take over a location and discuss their discontents (even if the stunning consequence can be the fall of an autocratic leader such as Egypt's Hosni Mubarak).

If the "new protest" can be summed up, it is not in specifics of the complaints but in a wider idea about organisation encapsulated on a banner spotted in Brazil last week: "We are the social network."

In Brazil, the varied banners underlined the difficulty of easy categorisation as protesters held aloft signs expressing a range of demands from education reforms to free bus fares while denouncing the billions of public dollars spent on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics two years later.

"It's sort of a Catch-22," Rodrigues da Cunha, a 63-year-old protester, said. "On the one hand we need some sort of leadership, on the other we don't want this to be compromised by being affiliated with any political party."

As the Economist pointed out last week, while mass movements in Britain, France, Sweden and Turkey have been inspired by a variety of causes, including falling living standards, authoritarian government and worries about immigration, Brazil does not fit the picture, with youth unemployment at a record low and the country enjoying the biggest leap in living standards in its history.

Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC2's Newsnight and author of Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions, has argued that a key factor, largely driven by new communication technologies, is that people have not only a better understanding of power but are more aware of its abuse, both economically and politically.

Mason believes we are in the midst of a "revolution caused by the near collapse of free-market capitalism combined with an upswing in technical innovation" - but not everyone is so convinced. What does ring true, however, is his assertion that a driving force from Tahrir Square to Occupy is a redefinition of notions of both what "freedom" means and its relationship to governments that seem ever more distant.

It is significant, too, that many recent protests have taken place in the large cities that have been most transformed by neoliberal policies.

Tali Hatuka, an Israeli urban geographer whose book on the new forms of protest will be published next year, identifies the mass mobilisations against the Iraq war in 2003 as a turning point in how people protest. Hatuka argues that, while previous large public protests had tended to be focused and narrow in their organisation, the Iraq war protests saw demonstrations in 800 cities globally which encompassed and tolerated a wide variety of outlooks.

She said last week: "Up to the 1990s protests tended to be organised around a pyramid structure with a centralised leadership. As much effort went into the planning as into the protest itself."

She points to how the new form of protest tends to produce fractured and temporary alliances. "If you compare what we are seeing today with the civil rights movement in the US - even the movements of 1989 - those were much more cohesive. Now the event itself is the message. The question is whether that is enough."

She suspects it is not, pointing to how present-day activism - from the Iraq war demonstrations onwards - has often failed to deliver concrete results with its impact often fizzling out. Because of this, current forms of protest may be forced to change.

Another key feature of the new protests, argues Saskia Sassen, a sociology professor at Columbia University, New York, is the notion of "occupation" - which has not been confined to the obvious tactics of the Occupy movement. Occupations of different kinds have occurred in Tahrir Square, Cairo, in Gezi Park, Istanbul, and during social protests in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2011. "Occupying is not the same as demonstrating. Many of the [recent] protests made legible the fact that occupying makes novel territory, and thereby a bit of history, using what was previously considered merely ground," Sassen wrote. "Whether in Egypt, the US, or elsewhere, it is important that the aim of the occupiers is not to grab power. They were and are, rather, engaged in the work of citizenship, exposing deep flaws and wrongs in their polity and society."

She argues that one distinguishing factor is that many of the new protest movements have involved what she calls "the modest middle class". She says: "Often what people are saying is that you are the state. I'm a citizen. I've done my job. You're not recognising that."

Hatuka says: "The old pyramid way of organising protests does have its limitations, but so too do the new ways of organising. Often it does not feel very effective in the long run. People will often go for a day or two and these protests are not necessarily offering an ideological alternative."

- Observer

Social media 'wakes giant'

The protests for better living conditions rocking Brazil's streets have spilled over into social media, with a deluge of tweets, Facebook comments and thousands of pictures posted on Instagram.

For the past two weeks, hundreds of thousands of mainly young people have been marching across the country, a placard in one hand and in the other a smartphone to share their protests with the world.

As with the 2011 Arab Spring protests and recent unrest in Turkey, activists have used social media to mobilise supporters while authorities have monitored it to try to stay one step ahead.

On Twitter, a young woman exulted as more than 1.2 million people flooded the streets in scores of cities on Thursday to rail against the billions of dollars spent on the 2014 World Cup, as well as corruption and inadequate transport.

"This is what pride looks like. That was beautiful yesterday," she tweeted, adding the trademark slogan keywords #ogiganteacordou (A giant woke up) and #vemprarua (Come down to the streets).

Yesterday, online networks were abuzz with comments on President Dilma Rousseff's televised address on Saturday in which she pledged to listen to the "voices of the streets" and offered a plan to improve public services.

In Sao Paulo the Free Pass Movement , which began the protests over higher mass transit fares, said on Facebook that the demonstrations would go on.

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Post by: Mark on June 26, 2013, 06:05:14 am
Nine killed in Brazil slum violence

Alleged criminals and police in deadly gun battle in Rio de Janeiro, as protests over poor governance continue.

At least nine people, including a police officer, have been killed in the Nova Holanda favela in Rio de Janeiro, authorities have said.
Authorities said on Tuesday the deaths occured following a gun battle between police officers and criminals taking advantage of protests sweeping through the city, to loot and steal.
Al Jazeera's correspondent Adam Raney, reporting from the favela, said he saw blood splattered on the walls of the homes of the dead.
"It's unclear if it was a gunshot that killed these suspects in these houses or if it was something more in closed quarters," he said.
He said people in the neighbourhood would not speak to him because police there were feared rather than respected.
The violence in Rio occurred as Brazil remained in the grip of fierce protests over poor governance.


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Post by: Mark on June 26, 2013, 07:27:21 am

China Riots: Mobs Attack Police In Xinjiang

Local officials and civilians were stabbed and police vehicles set alight in China's autonomous Xinjiang region.

At least 27 people have been killed and three others injured after knife-wielding gangs went on the rampage through a town in far western China, according to state media.

 The Xinhua news agency said mobs attacked police stations, a local government building and a construction site in the Turpan Oasis in the Turkic-speaking Xinjiang region.

 Nine police officers and security guards, as well as eight civilians, were killed before police shot dead 10 of the attackers.

 The death toll from the unrest was the worst in the restive region since July 2009, when nearly 200 people were killed in riots in the regional capital Urumqi, involving local predominantly Muslim Uighurs and ethnic Han Chinese.

 Xinhua said Wednesday's unrest erupted at about 6am in the remote township of Lukqun, about 120 miles southeast of Urumqi.

 Gangs attacked officials and civilians, stabbing people and setting fire to police vehicles, Xinhua reported.

 Residents told Sky News there was a heavy police presence in the township. Search results for the words Xinjiang and Lukqun, in both English and Chinese, were unavailable on Chinese search engines.

rest: http://news.sky.com/story/1108240/china-riots-mobs-attack-police-in-xinjiang

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Post by: Kilika on June 26, 2013, 01:01:20 pm
It's inevitable. People can live under communist rule only for so long before it breaks down.

And I'd say we aren't getting all the story either. It's likely more widespread than they are admitting to.

Once the people actually get up the nerve to take on the authorities, that line will be reached real quick. Then the government will have to decide what's next. If they can keep the unrest local, they'll just deal with it. IF it spreads, they got a problem. They couldn't handle 100 million people taking to the streets. That's less than 10 percent of their population. The numbers get too big too fast. It would mean serious military crackdown, or the government crumbles.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2013, 03:26:02 pm
China's west erupts in violence 2nd time in 3 days

BEIJING (AP) -- A tense minority region in China's far west erupted in violence Friday for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a "terrorist attack" and raised the death toll to 35.

State media gave few details in a brief dispatch about Friday's unrest, saying it was "a violent attack" that took place on a pedestrian street in Hotan, a city in Xinjiang, a region that has seen China's minority Uighurs clash with the ethnic Han majority. No details on casualties were released.

But a woman reached by phone in Hotan said that young men rioted on a pedestrian street near Tuanjie Square, or Unity Square, at around 3 p.m., setting fires.

The woman, who said she lived a bus stop away from the street where the unrest took place, refused to give her name out of fear of government reprisal. She said people were not being allowed out of their homes or to gather on the streets.

Armed police and riot police were guarding intersections and have ordered residents to stay at home and shopkeepers to close early, and the area around the square has been sealed, said a man surnamed Jia, who works in real estate.

"At the time, I saw a lot of police cars and military vehicles on the roads headed in that direction, and I heard that there was trouble over there," Jia said. "Then they told us to close our office and go home because it's too dangerous."

Jia said that mobile phone services within Hotan were disrupted in the afternoon for a few hours. Calls to several government agencies could not get through.

The latest unrest to rock Xinjiang came as the government said that Wednesday's attacks on police and other government buildings in Turpan prefecture's Lukqun township had killed 35 people, up from an earlier toll of 27.

State-run media had said that knife-wielding assailants launched early-morning attacks Wednesday targeting police stations, a government building and a construction site - all symbols of Han authority and influx in the region.

An exiled Uighur activist disputed that account, saying the violence started when police raided homes overnight. It was impossible to independently confirm the conflicting accounts.

The updated death toll included some of the severely injured dying in the hospital. It also included 11 assailants shot dead in Lukqun, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Two police officers were among the 24 people they killed, Xinhua said.

"This is a terrorist attack, there's no question about that," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday at a regular news briefing. "As to who masterminded it, local people are still investigating."

State news reports did not identify the ethnicity of the attackers, nor explain what may have caused the conflict in the Turkic-speaking region, where Uighurs complain of suppression and discrimination by Han people. The report also said police captured four injured assailants.

Wednesday's violence - also described as a terrorist act by state media - was one of the bloodiest incidents since unrest in the region's capital city, Urumqi, killed nearly 200 people in 2009.

Photos released in state media show scorched police cars and government buildings and victims lying on the ground, presumably dead.

The Global Times newspaper said police set up many checkpoints along the 30-kilometer (19-mile) road to Lukqun and dissuaded reporters from traveling there due to safety concerns. It said heavy security has been necessary because some suspects remained on the run.

An official who gave only his family name of Bao and works at the news office for the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau said Friday that he had no more information than in state media. Calls to the region's party propaganda office and the regional government's news office were not answered.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, said residents in Lukqun were prevented from entering mosques for Friday prayers. He questioned Beijing's account of the event, saying local residents had told him police had forcefully raided homes at night, triggering the deadly conflicts.

Xinjiang (shihn-jeeahng) is home to a large population of minority Muslim Uighurs (WEE'-gurs) in a region that borders Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been the scene of numerous violent acts in recent years, including the riots in the capital four years ago.

Critics have attributed the violence, including Wednesday's deadly clashes, to Beijing's oppressive and discriminatory ethnicity policies. Many Uighurs complain that authorities impose tight restrictions on their religious and cultural life.

The Chinese government says that it has invested billions of dollars in modernizing the oil- and gas-rich region and that it treats all ethnic groups equally.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2013, 06:37:27 pm
Middle-class rage sparks protest movements in Turkey, Brazil, Bulgaria and beyond

As protests raged in Turkey and were set to explode in distant Brazil, Asen Genov sat in his office in Bulgaria’s capital on the cloudy morning of June 14, about to strike the computer key that would spark a Bulgarian Spring.

Only months earlier, public outrage over high electricity bills in the country had brought down a previous government, but Genov saw more reason for anger when the new administration tapped a shadowy media mogul to head the national security service. Furious, Genov posted a Facebook event calling for a protest in Sofia, the nation’s capital, though he was dubious about turnout for a demonstration focused not on pocketbooks but on corruption and cronyism in government.

“We made bets on how many would come. I thought maybe 500,” said Genov, a 44-year- old who helps run a fact-checking Web site.

But as he arrived in Sofia’s Independence Square, they were streaming in by the thousands, as they have every day since, with the snowballing protests aiming to topple the government.

“We are all linked together, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil. We are tweeting in English so we can understand each other, and supporting each other on other social media,” said Iveta Cherneva, a 29-year-old author in Sofia, who was one of the many peopleprotesting for the first time. “We are fighting for different reasons, but we all want our governments to finally work for us. We are inspiring each other.”

Around the globe, this is the summer of middle-class discontent, particularly in the developing world. From Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro, from Bulgaria to Bosnia, the pent-up frustrations of an engaged citizenry are being triggered by a series of seemingly disparate events.

Government development of a park in Turkey has erupted into broad unrest over freedom of expression in a society that, under a devout and increasingly authoritarian leader, is witnessing the encroaching power of Islam. A hike in bus fares in Brazil, meanwhile, has touched off an uproar over official waste, corruption and police brutality. But what do they have in common? One small incident has ignited the fuse in societies that, linked by social media and years of improved living standards across the developing world, are now demanding more from their democracies and governments.

In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, thousands of furious residents across ethnic lines united on the streets this month, at one point blockading lawmakers inside parliament for 14 hours to protest government ineptitude in clearing a massive backlog of unregistered newborns. Public anger erupted after a Facebook posting — about a 3-month-old baby whose trip to Germany for a life-saving transplant had been delayed by the backlog — went viral.

Thousands of protestors, including an outpouring of middle-class citizens, are expected in Cairo’s Tahrir Square this Sunday. They return to the touchstone plaza of the Arab Spring in a nation that exchanged a dictator for what many Egyptians now see as a new government unwilling or unable to fix a corrupt bureaucracy and inefficient economy.

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Post by: Mark on June 30, 2013, 06:09:16 am
Egypt protest: Crowds gather for big anti-Morsi rally

Crowds have been gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square ahead of a mass rally to demand the resignation of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Thousands spent the night the square, focus of the protests which brought down former leader Hosni Mubarak. Sunday is the first anniversary of Mr Morsi's inauguration as president.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 12, 2013, 02:49:41 am
Having been in India over the last week, couldn't tell you how POOR this country is - even livestock like cows were wandering alone on the streets. Even it was the norm for people to use bathrooms on the side of the roads in public b/c they couldn't afford one themselves.

Honestly, while America is under judgment and is heading India's direction, don't think they will ever reach the 3rd world level b/c they will RIOT before anything else. Not that I'm trying to praise India here, but these citizens having grown up in a poor environment, they know how to survive in terms of putting food on the table and clothes on their backs(ie-saw motorcycle riders carrying large amounts of farm food stuff all by themselves). Here in America, this country has been spoiled with way too many goodies in this "consumerism" economy, that the least spark of any kind of crisis like Katrina can potentially make people snap.

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Post by: Kilika on July 12, 2013, 04:43:09 am
The cows running loose is a Hindu thing. They worship cows!

And India wonders why they have so many poor!  ::)

As a result, India is one of the filthiest places on earth.

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Post by: Mark on September 04, 2013, 07:13:22 pm

Colombia president's approval plunges as nationwide protests show growing discontent with economy - @BloombergNews


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Post by: lightneverdims on September 04, 2013, 09:25:08 pm
Luke 21:26-28
(26)  Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
(27)  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Though their are plenty of verses which give hope during trials and tribulations..this is one, which, in the end times gives the most hope (in my opinion). It gives a how-to (look up = look to God; lift up your heads = don't be scared/frightened, hopeless; redemption drawing near = Second Coming) on how to manage through these days, spiritually and mentally.

(28)  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Post by: Mark on September 07, 2013, 12:27:22 pm

Protesters in Rio de Janeiro interrupt military parade to mark Brazil's Independence Day; at least 5 injured in clashes with police - @AJELive


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Post by: Mark on September 21, 2013, 08:39:38 am
About 50,000 garment industry workers hold largest protest so far in Bangladeshi capital - @Reuters


Mexican Riots: Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Teacher Protest
IBTimes.co.uk-Sep 14, 2013
Teachers and protesters stand near a burning barricade before they are evicted from Zocalo Square by the riot police in Mexico City.

'Hard to breathe': Anarchists, riot police clash outside Athens as ...
RT (blog)-Sep 18, 2013
'Hard to breathe': Anarchists, riot police clash outside Athens as nation ... Some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Keratsini in protest, ...

Akhilesh faces angry protesters as he visits riot-hit Muzaffarnagar
IBNLive-Sep 15, 2013
Muzaffarnagar: Days after riots in Muzaffarnagar claimed 48 lives; Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav faced angry protesters as he ...

Protest Turns Into Clash With Police in Cambodia
New York Times-Sep 15, 2013
The violence came during a day of mass protests in the capital of Phnom Penh led by Sam Rainsy, a former finance minister and the leader of ...

Troops patrol Colombian capital after rioting
The Guardian-Aug 30, 2013
Masked youths began hurling rocks and bricks and fought riot police, ... and potato farmers protesting against everything from high fuel prices to ...

Riot police use tear gas to disperse protesters in Turkey
PanARMENIAN.Net-Sep 13, 2013
PanARMENIAN.Net - Riot police used tear gas to disperse pockets of anti-government demonstrators in several Turkish cities for a third night ...

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Post by: Mark on September 23, 2013, 07:36:43 am
Clashes between rival supporters ahead of legislative elections in Guinea injure 24, government spokesman says - @AP

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Post by: Mark on September 28, 2013, 07:58:38 am
Sudanese police fire teargas to break up thousands of protesters who were calling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir a killer, witnesses say - @Reuters

Update: Sudanese security forces reportedly open fire on demonstrators, killing at least 4 - @AJELive

Clashes in eastern Lebanon kill 3, including 2 Hezbollah militants in firefight with members of Sunni clan - @AlArabiya_Eng

Hard-line protesters in Tehran throw eggs, shoe at Iran's President Rouhani after historic phone call - @nytimes
 ???  ::)

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Post by: Mark on September 28, 2013, 08:03:02 am
Sudan drops off Internet on third day of riots
NBCNews.com-Sep 26, 2013

Protesters burn tires and close the highway to northern cities amid a wave of unrest over the lifting of fuel subsidies by the Sudanese ...

Sudan dropped almost completely off the Internet on Wednesday as riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies entered their third day and protesters battled security forces in the capital.

Renesys Corp., a company that maps the pathways of the Internet, said it could not confirm whether the blackout was government-orchestrated. But the cut recalls a similarly dramatic outage in Egypt, Sudan's neighbor, when authorities shut off Internet access during that country's 2011 uprising.

"It's either a government-directed thing or some very catastrophic technological failure that just happens to coincide with violent riots happening in the city," said senior analyst Doug Madory. He said it was almost a "total blackout."

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by the reports of what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage, and called on the government to restore the country's connection.

A police statement said three people have died in three days of rioting over the lifting of fuel subsidies — two in the town of Wad Medani south of Khartoum, and one in the Omdurman district of the capital.

In northern Khartoum, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who demonstrated and torched a police station.

Wednesday's protests took place in several areas of Kadro district, 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the capital's city center, where protesters blocked roads using lengths of pipe and burning tires. They also attacked a police station.

The riots that began in the state of Gezira, south of Khartoum, have turned into a call for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for more than two decades. The rioting started after Sudan's government decided to lift subsidies, immediately doubling prices of gasoline and fuel.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center on Wednesday quoted Gezira governor Al-Zubair Bashir Taha as saying that aside from police stations, riots there targeted power and gas stations, banks, shops and private property. Police are tracking down the "saboteurs," he said.

The SMC also quoted the deputy head of the Sudanese parliament, Samiya Ahmed Mohammed, as saying she hopes the "opposition understands the measures with objectivity."

Sudan lost most of its main oil-producing territory when South Sudan broke off as an independent state in 2011.

An initial attempt by the government to cut subsidies sparked similar protests but they were quelled by a heavy crackdown on protesters, activists and journalists.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on allegations linked to the conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between government-backed tribes and rebels.

Al-Bashir received an invitation to attend the U.N. General Assembly and applied for a visa to enter the U.S. The State Department said Washington received a visa request but that before going to U.N. headquarters, al-Bashir should present himself to the ICC.

Sudan condemned Washington's response, and Sudan's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. is "not qualified ... to offer sermons and advice" on international law and human rights. Sudan's statement also criticized U.S. support for Israel, and called on Washington to swiftly grant al-Bashir a visa.

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Post by: Mark on October 01, 2013, 06:07:47 am
Buddhist rioters kill Muslim woman, burn more than 70 homes in western Myanmar, police say - @AP

Buddhists have become pretty violent here of late.

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Post by: Kilika on October 01, 2013, 08:16:15 am
And silly me thought that Buddhists were a peaceful lot, committed to not harming any living things! ::)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 08, 2013, 08:26:44 pm
India Unrest Puts 21 Million in Dark as Outages Threaten Google

Protests against a plan to split a southern Indian state entered a fourth day, leaving about 21 million people without electricity as outages threatened to affect technology companies like Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) Corp.

Striking workers shuttered power plants and impeded distribution, extending blackouts that started Oct. 6 in six districts of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters oppose Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s move last week to divide the state before national elections due by May.

“It’s as if the world has come to a standstill,” Buchi Babu Tanuku, who works with a local daily newspaper in the state, said by phone from West Godavari district. “Everyone’s staying indoors as there’s nothing much to do.”

The standoff risks disrupting the power supply to an area about the size of Spain that holds 20 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The division will help Singh’s Congress party win some seats in the newly created state of Telangana as it pushes to extend its nine-year rule, according to N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies.

“The situation is becoming worse as there is no leader there having some credibility to tackle the problem,” Rao said. “This mess will not subside before the election. Protests will continue in one way or other.”

Mobs this week have thrown stones at police, set tires on fire and damaged buses in Seemandhra, which will remain part of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters want the state to keep Hyderabad, India’s sixth-largest city that will fall in Telangana.

Microsoft, Facebook

The city, home to offices of Microsoft, Google and Facebook Inc. (FB), will function as the common capital for both states for a period of 10 years, according to the decision by Singh’s cabinet. Control of Hyderabad is a key reason behind the protests, state Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy told CNN-IBN television news channel on Oct. 6. A. Satya Rao, press secretary to Reddy, didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone.

Hyderabad has seen a three-hour daily power cut as about 60,000 utility workers have stayed home to protest the new state, according to a top official in the local government’s electricity department who requested anonymity as he isn’t an authorized spokesman. That has removed 3,600 megawatts of generation capacity, or 20 percent of the state’s total, he said.

Grid Risk

Failure to contain the demonstrations may prompt further distribution cuts to sustain a power grid that connects all of southern India. Talks with the labor unions of state power plants are on to prevent a repeat of last year’s collapse of the northern power grid that left an area inhabited by almost half of the population without electricity.

“The situation is being monitored at the highest level,” said V. Sekhar, executive director at Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., which runs the southern grid. “Every care is being taken to ensure there’s no threat to the grid.”

In the worst case, authorities would have the option of isolating Andhra Pradesh from the southern grid, according to Debasish Mishra, head of energy practice at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. in Mumbai.

“Because of the blackouts, the load has already gone down significantly,” he said. “As long as they are able to match the demand and supply, the grid should be fine.”

Representatives of Google and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories said the companies have yet to be affected. The government has provided extra security to Tech Mahindra Ltd. (TECHM), controlled by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), India’s biggest maker of tractors and utility vehicles, Aashish Washikar, a spokesman, said by phone.


“We have had no interruptions due to power cuts or any other factors,” Carson Dalton, head of corporate affairs at Facebook India, said by phone. “It’s business as usual.”

Outside of Hyderabad, the situation is becoming dire. Offices, schools and universities have closed. Private hospitals are running on generators, and non-critical surgeries have been postponed. Streets are almost empty as petrol stations are shut.

“Food prices are rising as supply is going down,” Patri Rajasekhar, who sells mobile-phone SIM cards, said from Nellore, one of the affected areas. “It’s like self-flagellation.”

The 50-year-old campaign for Telangana’s statehood got new life in December 2009 when Singh’s government backed the idea as a local leader’s hunger strike triggered protests that closed roads and offices. The government made little effort to finalize the plan as demonstrators for and against the new state clashed on the streets.

India created three new states -- Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh -- in 2000. The country has 28 provinces and seven union territories that are administered by the central government.

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Post by: Mark on October 13, 2013, 11:30:52 am
Protesters in south Moscow move to vegetable warehouse where migrants work

MOSCOW, October 13 (Itar-Tass) - A crowd of people protesting over the murder of a young man in the Biryulyovo Zapodnoe district in southern Moscow blamed on migrant workers, moves towards a local vegetable warehouse where a lot of migrants work, Tass reports from the site.
People are moving from a shopping centre, earlier stormed by a group of young men, overturning on their way Gazel minibuses and smashing windows. Riot policemen have tried to prevent them from going there, but people try to get to the warehouse through neighborhood yards.
The warehouse is guarded by police. The situation in the district remains tense.
Earlier on Sunday, local residents staged a rally demanding the dismissal of the district head, Viktor Legavin, following the murder of Yegor Shcherbakov, 25.
He was stabbed to death on Thursday night in a quarrel over a girl. The rally also demanded the closure of a local vegetable warehouse where a lot of migrant workers work, as local residents believe some of them may have been involved in the murder.


Video: Park police using barricades dumped in front of White House to push back protesters - @JimAcostaCNN

Photo: Group of veterans took barriers from Lincoln Memorial and carried to protest outside White House - @ldemarcofox5 


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Post by: Mark on October 13, 2013, 02:58:27 pm
Thousands protest in Bucharest, Romania, against plans to build Europe's biggest gold mine - @AP


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 13, 2013, 11:20:47 pm
It's only a matter of time before it really hits here in America.

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Post by: Mark on October 18, 2013, 07:58:26 am
   The Coming Food Stamp Riots

It may not happen this month, or even this year, but food stamp riots are coming to America.  In fact, we got a small preview of the coming food stamp riots this past weekend when a "temporary system failure" caused food stamp cards to stop working in 17 U.S. states.  Within hours, there were "mini-riots" at Wal-Marts and other retailers that rely heavily on food stamp users.  So what would happen if food stamp benefits were cut off or reduced for an extended period of time?  As you will see below, if Congress had not pushed through a "deal", the USDA would have started cutting off food stamp benefits on November 1st.  Considering the fact that 47 million Americans are on food stamps and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government, that could have sparked massive rioting.  So the good news is that the coming food stamp riots will probably not happen in November.  The bad news is that the "deal" in Congress only delays the political fighting until after Christmas.  In just a few months we will be dealing with a potential "government shutdown" and a debt ceiling deadline once again.

(Read More....) http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-coming-food-stamp-riots

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Post by: Mark on October 27, 2013, 11:18:32 am
Brazil protests: Sao Paulo bus station attacked

Hundreds of protesters have attacked a bus station in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, setting fire to a bus and destroying cash and ticket machines. Riot police responded with tear gas and at least six people were arrested. Protesters were demanding free public transport. High transport costs triggered protests in Sao Paulo in June that later spread across Brazil.   


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Post by: Mark on November 01, 2013, 01:26:37 pm
Thousands of residents in Mali city of Gao fight street battles with police; torch mayor's house during protest - @Reuters


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Post by: Mark on November 27, 2013, 08:05:40 am
Thailand protesters back on the streets

In almost any other country, the scenes I have witnessed in Thailand the past couple of days would have been unthinkable. An unarmed crowd of demonstrators, some of them elderly and most decidedly unthreatening, stormed and then occupied the finance ...


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Post by: Mark on December 02, 2013, 10:50:15 am
Massive protests hammer Ukraine's financial markets, increasing risk of currency crisis - @Reuters


Ukrainian president calls for peaceful rallies, appeals to protesters, police to 'observe the laws of our state' - @Reuters


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Post by: Mark on January 19, 2014, 10:54:53 am
Tens of thousands of Ukrainian pro-EU demonstrators gather in Kiev in defiance of new anti-protest laws - @BBCNews


Protesters clash with police in center of Ukraine's capital after anti-protest laws passed - @AP

 Protesters in central Kiev push bus towards riot police in fresh clashes - @aronets

Update: Police fire tear gas at protesters in Kiev, Ukraine- @AFP

Bus set alight in downtown Kiev as protests over new laws turn violent - @lb_ua

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Post by: Mark on February 18, 2014, 07:40:23 pm

Ukraine: Death Toll Rising in Violent Clashes...

Police, protesters at war...

AG Office Seized, Criminal Files Set On Fire...

Venezuela set for more dueling protests...

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on February 24, 2014, 12:14:36 pm
The Math That Predicted the Revolutions Sweeping the Globe Right Now

It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices.

Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be riots across the globe. Sure enough, we're seeing them now. The paper's author, Yaneer Bar-Yam, charted the rise in the FAO food price index—a measure the UN uses to map the cost of food over time—and found that whenever it rose above 210, riots broke out worldwide. It happened in 2008 after the economic collapse, and again in 2011, when a Tunisian street vendor who could no longer feed his family set himself on fire in protest.

Bar-Yam built a model with the data, which then predicted that something like the Arab Spring would ensue just weeks before it did. Four days before Mohammed Bouazizi's self-immolation helped ignite the revolution that would spread across the region, NECSI submitted a government report that highlighted the risk that rising food prices posed to global stability. Now, the model has once again proven prescient—2013 saw the third-highest food prices on record, and that's when the seeds for the conflicts across the world were sewn.


"I have a long list of the countries that have had major social unrest in the past 18 months consistent with our projections," Bar-Yam tells me. "The food prices are surely a major contributor---our analysis says that 210 on the FAO index is the boiling point and we have been hovering there for the past 18 months."

There are certainly many other factors fueling mass protests, but hunger—or the desperation caused by its looming specter—is often the tipping point. Sometimes, it's clearly implicated: In Venezuela—where students have taken to the streets and protests have left citizens dead—food prices are at a staggering 18-year high.

"In some of the cases the link is more explicit, in others, given that we are at the boiling point, anything will trigger unrest. At the boiling point, the impact depends on local conditions," Bar-Yam says. But a high price of food worldwide can effect countries that aren't feeling the pinch as much. "In addition, there is a contagion effect: given widespread social unrest that is promoted by high food prices, examples from one country drive unrest in others."

Here's the list of the countries Bar-Yam has cited as suffering from unrest related to the rise in the cost of eating:

    South Africa
    Sweden (yes, Sweden)

In Thailand, where clashes between mass demonstrators and authorities in Bangkok have claimed multiple lives, food prices have been steadily rising. In 2012, a trend towards rising food prices prompted the UN to issue a warning: the poor will be hit hard, and unrest may follow. The nation's rampant inflation caused prices to continue to rise further still in 2013. Today, there are fatal riots.

In Bosnia, which erupted into violent conflict last week, high unemployment and hunger are prime drivers of a discontent that's been simmering for months. On February 9, Chiara Milan wrote "Today, after more than one year of protests and hunger, eventually the world got to know about [the protesters'] grievances."

Food shortages caused by drought helped spur Syria's civil war. High food prices helped precipitate the fare hike protests in Brazil. The list goes on.

The food riots in places like wealthy, socialist Sweden and the booming economies of Brazil and Chile highlight the fact that the cost of eating can fuel unrest anywhere; even in nations with robust democracies and high standards of living. With the inequality worsening across the globe, this is worth paying special attention to—lest we forget there are millions of Americans going hungry every year too.

So. The cost of food is high; discontent is raging. Thankfully, Bar-Yam's model sees at least temporary relief on the horizon.

"As to the trend for the next few months: Grain prices have gone down, starting with corn last summer," he says. "This has yet to propagate through the food system to lower prices, but they should drop soon. This may help reduce the unrest that is happening."

However, he emphasizes the structural threats to the global food system haven't been addressed. Bar-Yam has written at length about what he believes to be the root cause of food price swings: financial speculation and food-for-fuel policies like ethanol subsidies. Both, he argues, artificially drive up prices on the global market and, in turn, cause hunger and unrest.

Whether or not the prices will drop, he says, hinges largely on US and European policy decisions.

"Everything now is very sensitive to what will happen with the ethanol mandate," Bar-Yam tells me. "The EPA has proposed not following the mandated increase this year, keeping it about the same as last year. There is a Senate bill to repeal the mandate sponsored by Feinstein and Coburn. The European Union has stated that it will implement a regulation of commodity markets (because of the impact on poor populations), and the CFTC is still fighting the market traders in trying to regulate the US markets."

The way the global food system works right now, with wheat, corn, and rice traded globally as commodities, domestic food production doesn't necessarily guarantee a population will get enough to eat. Ukraine, for instance, produced record amounts of wheat last year—but exported most of its gains. This web of imports and exports creates a global marketplace that is vulnerable to price shocks. That's why Bar-Yam believes that speculators and bad ethanol policy are essentially feeding global unrest.

"The main thing is that matters are very much in flux," he says. "We may still have higher food prices if the policies are not implemented but if they are, we may have a significant reduction in prices and lower unrest globally."

If not, in other words, the riots will burn on.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on February 25, 2014, 04:57:41 am
What Is Happening In Ukraine Is Far More Important Than Most People Realize

What the people of Ukraine are being put through is absolutely horrible.  They are caught in the middle of a massive tug of war between the East and the West, and they are paying a great price for it.  Ultimately, Ukraine will end up either being dominated by Russia (a bad outcome) or by the EU and the United States (another bad outcome).  Most Ukrainians just want to be free and want to be able to build a better future for themselves and their families, but it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to escape the specter of foreign domination.  Meanwhile, the violence in Ukraine is planting the seeds for a potentially much larger conflict down the road.  The days of "friendly relations" between the United States and Russia are now gone.  Russia is absolutely furious that the U.S. has fueled a violent revolution on its own border, and it is something that Russian officials will not forget for a very long time.  In return, U.S. officials are taking an increasingly harsh stance toward Russia.  In the end, the seeds that are being planted right now could ultimately blossom into a full-blown conflict between the superpowers in the years to come.

Let there be no mistake - the United States is heavily involved in what is going on in Ukraine.  Even the New York Times admits this.  And the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and the Assistant Secretary of State have been caught on tape discussing their next moves in getting a new government installed in Ukraine.

In addition, a number of non-governmental organizations inside the United States have allegedly been assisting and organizing the revolution in Ukraine for a long time.  At least a few of these organizations have ties to George Soros.  This is something that I discussed in a previous article.

Some of the "progressive" NGOs that have been accused of fueling the violent revolution in Ukraine include the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Open Society Foundations (formerly known as the Open Society Institute).

Please don't misunderstand me.  I am not taking sides.  I am just pointing out that both sides in Ukraine are controlled.  If I was living in Ukraine, I would want both Russia and the United States to go away and leave Ukraine alone.

Instead, Ukraine is being used as a battleground to fight a proxy war between the East and the West.  Now that the opposition has gained the upper hand, it does not appear that Russian officials are in any mood to recognize the new "government"...

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said Russia had grave doubts about the legitimacy of those in power in Ukraine following President Viktor Yanukovich's ouster, saying their recognition by some states was an "aberration".

Medvedev also stated that he has "big doubts about the legitimacy of a whole series of organs of power that are now functioning there."

Last Friday, an agreement was signed by the two sides in Ukraine that was supposed to bring about a peaceful resolution to all of this.  But the revolutionaries reneged on the deal and toppled the government instead.  Needless to say, Russia was quite horrified by this...

    The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the West for turning a blind eye to what Moscow described as the opposition reneging on its agreement signed Friday to form a unity government and aiming to “suppress dissent in various regions of Ukraine with dictatorial and, sometimes, even terrorist methods.”

So what does Russia plan to do?

That is the big question that everyone is asking.

They are not doing much of anything just yet.  But there have been rumors that we could potentially see some economic blowback...

    Russia and the Customs Union could temporarily limit increased-risk food imports from Ukraine, given fears of loose safety control, said Sergei Dankvert, head of the Russian veterinary and phytosanitary oversight service Rosselkhoznadzor.

    "My Belarusian colleague and I are extremely concerned about the situation in Ukraine. We do not rule out that curbs could be introduced on the imports of products of high veterinary and phytosanitary risks from Ukraine," Dankvert told Interfax after talks with his Belarusian counterpart Yury Pivovarchik in Bryansk, and telephone talks with Ukraine's Deputy Agrarian Policy Minister Ivan Bisyuk.

Of course what the U.S. government is most concerned about is any military action that Russia might take.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice says that what has happened in Ukraine reflects "the will of the Ukrainian people and the interests of the United States and Europe" and that it would be a "grave mistake" for Russia to get militarily involved.

But whatever happens over the next few days, nobody should think that the Russians are simply going to abandon their interests in Ukraine.  Russia has a very important military base down in the Crimea, and the eastern half of the country is very pro-Russian.

So the struggle between East and West in Ukraine is likely to continue for quite some time to come.  The following is an excerpt from a recent WND article...

    The issue with Ukraine is whether it will join the E.U. or Putin’s Eurasian Union. The country is roughly divided on this issue between eastern and western Ukraine. The eastern portion wants to remain with Russia while the western side wants to move closer with the West.

    In southern Ukraine, where the Crimea is located, Russian influence remains strong.

    Because demonstrators who want to see Ukraine lean westward have become emboldened with their immediate success of ousting Yanukovich, it could make it more difficult for them to come to terms with any settlement agreement to reunify the country.

    Moscow has a large naval military facility in Sevastopol in the Crimea and recently received a 25-year lease extension to 2042, with another five-year renewal option until 2047. In exchange, Ukraine received a multiyear discounted contract for much-needed natural gas.

And the pro-Russian eastern half of the country is actually the stronger of the two halves economically.  So this will likely complicate matters for the EU and the U.S. as they try to bring Ukraine into their sphere of influence...

    Seven of Ukraine’s 10 largest private companies by revenue are either headquartered or maintain the majority of their operations in eastern Ukraine. These firms are owned by some of Ukraine’s wealthiest and most influential individuals. Three of these 10 corporations — mining and steel company Metinvest, energy firm DTEK and its subsidiary Donetskstal — are based in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk and are owned by Ukraine’s wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov. Interpipe, the company that controls 10 percent of the world market share of railway wheels and more than 11 percent of the world market share of manganese ferroalloys, is based in Dnipropetrovsk and belongs to businessman and politician Victor Pinchuk.

    The country’s most important businessmen are embedded in the east, where their businesses make disproportionately high contributions to the Ukrainian economy and national budget.

In the end, this proxy war between the East and the West has left Ukraine with a collapsed economy and on the brink of civil war.

And what has happened in Ukraine has caused permanent damage in the relationship between the United States and Russia.

It won't happen this month or even this year, but someday the U.S. may end up bitterly regretting antagonizing the Russian Bear.

At least that is what I think.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Kilika on February 26, 2014, 01:01:18 am
Russia is absolutely furious that the U.S. has fueled a violent revolution on its own border,

That's not true, because Russia has been strong-arming it's former satellite countries since the communist breakup. The US has nothing to do with what's going on in Ukraine. That falls on Russia.

Now Putin is putting on a show over gays, which he's mad the US sent some gays on the US delegation to the Olympics. But all that is over Russia's anti-gay laws.

I think the author is simply anti-US.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on March 15, 2014, 12:14:16 pm

Chris discusses a story about how a global riot "epidemic" has swept the world in modern times.  The UK Guardian reports "a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history" which includes the most recent uprisings in the Ukraine.  The unrest is said to have impacted Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and elsewhere.  The cause is said to be because of rising food prices and reliance upon fossil fuels.  Could these issues impact the United States?  More importantly, are these troubles the fulfillment of Bible prophecy?  The Lord warned that toward the time of the end would be the distress of nations (Luke 21:25), and that men's hearts would fail them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth.  Yet believers are encouraged that when we see these things, we should know that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on March 15, 2014, 06:12:57 pm
Venezuelan President Maduro warns protesters to clear square they've made their stronghold or face eviction by security forces - @Reuters

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Kilika on March 16, 2014, 03:18:47 am
I think this Maduro guy will end up making those people wish they had Chavez back.

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Post by: Mark on May 20, 2014, 06:43:38 am
Martial law Thailand: the inevitable intervention from the army
Analysis: the refusal of Thailand's opposing Red and Yellow political forces to work together left military leaders little choice

 As a neutral, it is hard to pick sides in Thailand’s long running – and sporadically deadly - political stand-off.

Which side is more worthy of our support? The Reds or the Yellows?

The Reds – the mostly poor, rural supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ilk - have won every election since 2000 fair and square. But it is hard to avoid the suspicion voiced by his critics that Thaksin saw democracy as a means to further the business interests of himself, his family and his cadre of trusted aides. His combination of populism and cronyism carried an inherent threat to the royal family, which largely explains why he was removed by the military in 2006.

Some of the Red shirts have not been afraid to resort to violence, most recently last week when three anti-government supporters were killed in an attack on their protest camp.

On the other hand, the Reds lost lives heavily in 2010 when the army attacked their encampment against a Yellow-supported Democratic Party government that had been installed courtesy of the army.

 In their defence, the Yellows – largely middle class and metropolitan - can be seen as patriots defending the royal family and preventing the establishment of a demagoguery that could have harmed the country in the long term. On the other hand they have blatantly ignored the results of several elections, all won by Thaksin’s party, or parties loyal to him, since his first pivotal victory in 2000.

By occupying central Bangkok for extended periods over the last several years, Yellow shirt protesters have prevented the government from functioning properly. The solution of their leader Suthep Thaugsuban to the impasse has been an unelected "people's council" - hardly the solution of a democrat.

It may seem depressingly familiar, but given this bloody deadlock, it is not surprising the army has stepped in and declared martial law. The military has after all mounted 18 coups or attempted coups since 1932, and before the 1980s usually formed the government.

As Tuesday’s pictures of Thais grinning with the military show, its move is not without the support of a public relieved that seven months of disorder has abruptly ended.

The danger of course is that this latest declaration of martial law could soon become another fully-fledged coup. The situation is fluid and unpredictable but that currently seems unlikely, not least because US sanctions would be invoked by a military seizure of power.

For now, the West should hope that the military can achieve its aim of finding a way for the Reds and Yellows to work together until new elections can be held.

Then, the results must be accepted but winners (likely to be the Reds) must realise they rule a divided and wounded country. Both sides need to show a maturity and willingness to compromise that has been conspicuously lacking so far.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on May 22, 2014, 05:36:33 am
Thai army stages military coup, says it is taking control of the country's government - @BloombergTV, @Reuters

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 01, 2014, 10:45:07 pm
Conservatives Won't Let the Mississippi Election Go

One week after the Tea Party victory that wasn't, conservatives are still challenging the legitimacy of the black votes that helped Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeat Chris McDaniel. State Sen. Michael Watson said Tuesday that McDaniel's campaign has found over 3,300 voting "irregularities" across the state so far. That same day the conservative vote integrity group True the Vote sued the Mississippi Secretary of State and Republican Party to inspect the election records, according to the Sun Herald.

But the big (conspiracy) theory dominating the conservative blogosphere is an article claiming that Sen. Cochran promised a Democratic black pastor money to help organize a cash-for-votes scheme.

Charles C. Johnson, a former Daily Caller blogger who runs GotNews.com, reported that Rev. Stevie Fielder claimed Cochran official Saleem Baird said the campaign would pay him $16,000 to offer black voters $15 each to vote for Cochran. The article points to four text messages allegedly from the official asking for addresses for money envelopes. Fielder said the Cochran campaign convinced him that McDaniel was a racist — he doesn't think that anymore — and the campaign never paid him.

The story was picked up by the big conservative outlets including Breitbart News, The Blaze, and RedState. The main problem with the story's credibility is that Fielder was paid by Johnson for the story. As The Daily Caller argued, that's "both ironic and problematic: If you’re the kind of person who is willing to participate in a vote-buying scheme, isn’t it possible you’d also be the kind of person who is willing to make up a wild story in order to get paid by a reporter?"

Breitbart asked Johnson about paying his source and he argued that there's "a long history of ‘checkbook journalism’ in America. I'm bringing it back." He listed David Frost paying for the Nixon tapes as an example, but the problem with that analogy is there's a difference between paying for uncorrupted source material and paying someone to confirm your suspicions of a cash-for-vote scheme.

Cochran's campaign denied the allegations to The Clarion Ledger, calling the claims "baseless and false." A Cochran spokesman said Johnson has had to retract other stories in the past and said Fielder was hired as part of a legitimate get-out-the-vote campaign. "If you're out working doors for us, you get paid in cash, in an envelope. Saleem asked the guy for names and addresses for (Federal Election Commission) filing purposes. Why would you ask a guy for names and addresses if you're buying votes?"

The campaign is also filing a lawsuit against Johnson. So far, that's no deterring him:

    Oh, how silly. You thought a lawsuit threat was going to intimidate me? #mssen
    — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) July 1, 2014

The question now is whether McDaniel will launch a formal challenge to the votes. The state's GOP executive committee met Tuesday at party headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, in a meeting closed to the press, according to WAPT's Scott Simmons. In the meeting, Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef was quoted saying the party was approaching the point when there needs "to have a challenge or not." If there is a challenge, far right groups like True the Vote are ready.

This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/07/conservatives-wont-let-the-mississippi-election-go/373806/

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 02, 2014, 11:56:28 am
Tea Party Anger Over Mississippi Loss Ripples Across States

Sen. Thad Cochran may have won Mississippi’s GOP Senate  run-off last week, but his tactics of courting normally Democratic voters, including high numbers of African Americans, has enraged tea party activists  in Mississippi and that anger  has rippled across the Republican landscape.

The outrage among tea party supporters has spread to other states where conservatives are challenging establishment Republican candidates. Tea party activists perceive Cochran’s wooing as promising Democrats favors, as well as willing to do anything—even break with party principals—to win.

“This wasn’t outreach. Outreach is promoting our values in other communities,” said FreedomWorks executive vice president Adam Brandon. He said he believes Cochran wasn’t asking Democrats to “take another look at us.” Instead he was “just spreading cash around,” referring to financial promises they believe have been made to Democratic constituencies.

“Mississippi was a turning point, absolutely a turning point, no doubt about it because it wasn’t a battle for the heart and soul of the libertarian conservative Republican voter,” Brandon said. “We won that, we won it, our arguments carried the day with that voting bloc. It’s the desperation to turn to liberals to bail themselves out, bail their lobbyists out…That’s where they’ve been exposed.”

In Mississippi, the campaign of defeated tea party candidate state Sen. Chris McDaniel is investigating whether the Democratic votes in the Republican run-off  were legal. It is legal for Democrats to vote for Cochran if they hadn’t already voted in the Democratic primary on June 3. McDaniel’s team is checking those votes.

Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr, the tea partier challenging incumbent and former governor Sen. Lamar Alexander, says conservatives in Tennessee were “shocked that the establishment would go to such lengths to incorporate the message of liberal Democrats…soliciting their vote for the sole reason to stay in power.”

“After the disappointment wore off something remarkable has happened,” Carr said. While  stumping last week a voter told him, “We have gotten over the grief and we are mad as hell and our heads have exploded.”

“They are more interested in holding on to power than advancing the principals that embody the (Republican) platform. I think you are seeing a level of energy in Tennessee I have never seen before,” Carr said. “They have done this at their own peril.”

In Kansas, incumbent  Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged by Milton Wolf, a physician who is also a distant cousin of President Obama. Their primary is in August and Wolf told ABC News “conservatives are infuriated by what the GOP establishment did in Mississippi.”

“It’s an absolute betrayal of what our party stands for,” Wolf said.

“If the Republican establishment are using our resources and contributions to turn out Democratic voters, then what’s the point of being Republican anymore?” Wolf asked.

He said Kansans he meets on the campaign trail are “livid” and he’s seen both contributions and volunteer sign ups “skyrocket” since Cochran’s victory, but in state polls, he still trails Roberts by double digits.

Republican presidential candidates must consistently try to woo voters across the aisle and although Ronald Reagan is revered amongst this group,  they say what he did to bring in “Reagan Democrats” to the GOP could not be more different.

“Reagan Democrats were conservatives, they were simply members of the Democrat party,” Wolf said. “(Cochran) reached out to liberal Democrats to interfere with a Republican primary. It’s a very different thing. Ronald Reagan knew to stand boldly for conservative principals of limited government and individual freedom, not what the current batch of Republicans stand for.”

Some tea partiers have said for years it is time for a permanent break from the Republican Party, but Cochran’s victory has made those calls louder. Ken Cuccinelli is the head of the Senate Conservatives Fund, an outside group which boosts tea party challengers over some Republican incumbents. In an interview with ABC, Cuccinelli said he doesn’t agree that there should be a new party, but if the “tactics” used in Mississippi are repeated “the more people aren’t just going to talk about that, they’re going to start doing it. And that’s going to be destructive to their goal of clenching on to power.”

“They’re in danger of breaking this party in half,” Cuccinelli said. “It isn’t the conservatives that are going to do that. We’re right where the Republican Party is supposed to be: smaller government, less power, more freedom, and they’re running from that. They’re the ones who are breaking this party apart. So if that happens…it’s on the establishment folks who are doing it. ”

Brian Donahue, a GOP consultant who works with both establishment and tea party candidates, says the only way to not only make up, but win is by being the happy not angry warrior.

“Anger doesn’t win elections, anger doesn’t improve a party or bring success,” Donahue said. “What the right, what the tea party conservatives, what other members of our party need to  figure out is a way is to grow the party in order to be successful.”

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 08, 2014, 09:57:06 am
TED CRUZ: We Need An Investigation Into The 'Appalling' Mississippi Runoff

 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for a thorough investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the heated Republican Senate primary runoff election between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his intraparty challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz criticized the Cochran campaign and his allies for their "conduct" in last month's runoff election, which he called "appalling."

"What happened in Mississippi was appalling," said Cruz, the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  "Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was incredibly disappointing."

After losing a plurality of votes in the initial Republican primary, Cochran defeated the Tea Party-aligned McDaniel by about 7,600 votes, according to official certified results finalized late Monday night. Cochran employed an unusual strategy on the path to victory, courting the votes of many traditional Democrats, including African-Americans.

McDaniel's campaign has claimed to find thousands of voting "irregularities," and it is preparing a legal challenge it hopes will eventually lead to a new election. Cochran's campaign on Monday night released a detailed list of votes in question in each county, and the total did not come close to the McDaniel campaign's claims — though the examination is still ongoing.

Cruz said in the interview it was clear McDaniel had won a "sizable majority" of votes from Mississippi Republican voters, and he accused Cochran's allies of "racially charged" ads and conduct that tipped the balance in Cochran's favor. He said the McDaniel campaign's claims of voter fraud should be "vigorously investigated."

"But even more troubling, in the past week or so, we've seen serious allegations of voter fraud, and I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud," Cruz said. "But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated, and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth."

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on August 21, 2014, 10:34:28 am

South Africa's parliament collapses into unprecedented chaos as radical lawmakers hijack presidential question time in anger over $24 million spent on President Jacob Zuma's private residence - @AFP
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Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on September 15, 2014, 07:38:26 pm
Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico

Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed wooden homes, flooded hotels and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of tourists and injuring some 135 people.

The injured were treated for everything from panic attacks to cuts. But authorities said the powerful storm had not caused any casualties despite causing heavy material damage in Los Cabos resort towns.

Hundreds of looters ransacked supermarkets and electronic stores, snatching rice, water, toilet paper, booze, televisions, and fans.

More than 1,000 troops were deployed to the disaster area, which was without electricity and running water. Scores of wood-plank and tin-roof homes were leveled in one neighborhood.

"I'm taking water for the children and food for the baby. You never know what can happen tomorrow," Osvaldo Lopez, 41, said as he left a convenience store.

Some 24,000 foreigners and 6,000 Mexican beachgoers, meanwhile, were looking at a second night in hotels that served as temporary shelters.

Authorities scrambled to reopen the international airports in Los Cabos and La Paz in order to send military planes to airlift the tourists.

But National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said the first planes would only leave Tuesday because of the damage caused by strong winds at the terminals.

"We don't have optimal conditions to begin flights in the next few hours," he told a news conference, adding that sick tourists and the elderly would be the first to be airlifted.

The hurricane smashed hotel windows, flooded rooms and sent palm trees flying into swimming pools.

"I'm disappointed about my vacation, but above all my heart aches for the people from here who lost everything," said Tifani Brown, a 34-year-old American tourist who had arrived Sunday from California.
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Hurricane Odile Strikes Mexico`s Pacific Coast

"It's one thing to see hurricanes on TV. It's another to live them," she said.

Some tourists said they spent the night at the Los Cabos airport's luggage room after flights were canceled on Sunday. They were now looking at a night in a hotel near the airport.

"When the hurricane hit, the light went out in the airport, windows shattered, the ceiling fell and some computers exploded," said Mariana Perez, a 26-year-old Mexican engineer showing a video of the incident on her phone.

- Wooden homes leveled -

Odile crashed ashore Sunday, packing winds of 205 kilometers (125 miles) an hour, tearing down trees and power lines and ripping roofs off homes.

It was listed as category three hurricane in the five-scale Saffir-Simpson scale, but weakened to a category one Monday as winds slowed to 130 kilometers (80 miles) an hour.

Even as the storm moved up the peninsula, the US Hurricane Center warned of more heavy rainfall and flooding.

Some 11,000 local residents took refuge in schools and other temporary shelters when the hurricane moved ashore.

But some braved the storm in their humble houses.

Soledad Mayo, 52, sent four of her children to a neighbor's home while she stayed in her wooden house with her husband.

"We spent the night standing there, waiting to see what would be left of our house. But look, it took everything," she said, surrounded by rubble.

The hurricane hit the Pacific coast around the one-year anniversary of a twin tropical storm battering on both coasts that left 157 people dead.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 24, 2014, 11:36:25 pm
Romans 13:11  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

1Thes 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 24, 2014, 11:37:45 pm
Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of "Hands Up! Don't Shoot," the slogan that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

Activists had been planning to protest even before the nighttime announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The racially charged case in Ferguson has inflamed tensions and reignited debates over police-community relations even in cities hundreds of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. For many staging protests Monday, the shooting was personal, calling to mind other galvanizing encounters with local law enforcement.

Police departments in several major cities said they were bracing for large demonstrations with the potential for the kind of violence that marred nightly protests in Ferguson after Brown's killing. Demonstrators there vandalized police cars, hugged barricades and taunted officers with expletives Monday night while police fired smoke canisters and pepper spray. Gunshots were heard on the streets.

But police elsewhere reported that gatherings were mostly peaceful immediately following Monday's announcement.

About 100 people holding signs that read "The People Say Guilty!" blocked an intersection in downtown Oakland, California, after a line of police officers stopped them from getting on a highway on-ramp. Minutes earlier, some of the protesters lay on the ground while others outlined their bodies in chalk. A similar scene unfolded in Seattle as dozens of police officers watched.

Several hundred people marched through downtown Philadelphia with a large contingent of police nearby.

"Mike Brown is an emblem (of a movement). This country is at its boiling point," said Ethan Jury, a protester in Philadelphia. "How many people need to die? How many black people need to die?"

Several hundred people who had gathered in Manhattan's Union Square to watch the announcement marched peacefully to Times Square after the family of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed by a police chokehold earlier this year, joined the Rev. Al Sharpton at a speech lamenting the grand jury's decision.

In Los Angeles, which was rocked by riots in 1992 after the acquittal of police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, police officers were told to remain on duty until released by their supervisors. About 100 people gathered in Leimert Park while others held a small news conference demanding changes in police policies.

A splinter group of about 30 people broke away and marched through surrounding streets, blocking intersections, but the demonstrations remained mostly small and peaceful.

Chris Manor, with Utah Against Police Brutality, helped organize an event in Salt Lake City that attracted about 35 people.

"There are things that have affected us locally, but at the same time, it's important to show solidarity with people in other cities who are facing the very same thing that we're facing," Manor said.

In Denver, where a civil jury last month found deputies used excessive force in the death of a homeless street preacher, clergy gathered at a church to discuss the decision, and dozens of people rallied in a downtown park with a moment of silence.

At Cleveland's Public Square, at least a dozen protesters held signs Monday afternoon and chanted "Hands up, don't shoot," which has become a rallying cry since the Ferguson shooting. Their signs referenced police shootings that have shaken the community there, including Saturday's fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who had a fake gun at a Cleveland playground when officers confronted him.

A few hundred people marched from Chicago police headquarters toward downtown after hearing the Ferguson decision, using profanity but causing no damage. Police on bicycles, horseback and in squad cars closed portions of roads along the protesters' route.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 27, 2014, 11:00:43 am
Communist, Palestinian Groups Join Ferguson Protesters In Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Police in Portland used pepper spray and arrested seven people after hundreds of demonstrators roamed the city and blocked traffic Tuesday night while protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a Missouri police officer in the killing of an 18-year-old.

The arrests involved a splinter group that broke away after a peaceful downtown demonstration that involved about 1,000 people, police said.

The smaller group of about 300 marched across a major Willamette River bridge into east Portland, disrupting traffic. Sgt. Pete Simpson said one driver was punched in the face by a protester who disappeared into the crowd. The driver was not seriously injured.

Protesters also marched onto Interstate 5, where some tossed rocks and bottles at police, Simpson said. That’s when officers used pepper spray and made several arrests. The freeway was clear within about 10 minutes, the spokesman said.

Those arrested were accused of offenses including disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer.

Bus and light rail traffic was disrupted.

“No justice, no peace,” protesters chanted, “no racist police.”

Several confrontations briefly elevated into skirmishes. At one point on the Hawthorne Bridge, which police were blocking, a police officer on a motorcycle repeatedly ran his bike into the legs of a protester, who continued to stand in his way.

The incident drew a crowd of protesters who accused the officer of assault. The officer quickly left the area.

The protest had many elements of the Occupy Portland movement, which galvanized protesters in the city and formed a network of people who still communicate via mass text message.

As with Occupy, the vast majority of protesters preached peace, but a fringe group of people — some covering their faces with black bandannas — advocated violence and confrontations with police. And like Occupy, the original protest drew a disparate group of people together, not all of whom agreed with one another.

Military veterans called for peace, a communist group called for the overthrow of capitalism, and a group calling for a Palestinian state all held court during a series of speeches on the steps of the state Justice Center in Portland.

Portland is perhaps as primed as any city in the country to protest police actions. The Portland Police Bureau has endured scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has criticized the bureau’s treatment of the mentally ill.

The department has had violent, sometimes fatal, confrontations with the mentally ill and the black community, highlighted in the documentary “Alien Boy,” about the death of a homeless man in police custody.

In many parts of the country, Tuesday was the second day of protests over the Ferguson, Missouri, decision.

For many, the shooting of Michael Brown, who was black, by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain “hands up, don’t shoot” became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.

In Eugene, more than 200 people gathered downtown for a Tuesday evening vigil to remember the life of Michael Brown and voice their support for changes in law enforcement practices.

“We’ve gone to sleep over the years,” said Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans, one of several speakers. “We’ve gotten into a cult of worshipping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the years instead of doing his work.”

Evans, who is black, said he has been racially profiled in Eugene many times and worries for his four sons.

“Michael Brown could have been your son, he could have been my son,” Evans said.

In Salem, about 50 chanting protesters gathered earlier Tuesday at the city’s police headquarters. The police station in Oregon’s capital city is at City Hall, and the protesters walked in a circle at the building’s plaza.

In Ferguson, Mo., 44 people were arrested in a second night of protests.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 27, 2014, 02:06:52 pm
#LondonToFerguson: Protests spread across London LIVE UPDATES
Published time: November 26, 2014 16:36
Edited time: November 27, 2014 00:32 Get short URL

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through central London and occupied Parliament Square, briefly clashing with police, in protest against a US grand jury verdict clearing Darren Wilson – the officer who shot dead black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Plenty of Updates in the link!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 14, 2014, 05:04:58 pm
US protesters march against police slayings of black men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators nationwide protesting the fatal shootings of unarmed black men killed by police chanted "I can't breathe!" ''Hands up, don't shoot!" and waved signs that read "Black lives matter!" as family members of three victims packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol, urging thousands of supportive marchers to keep pressing for changes to the criminal justice system.

The march in Washington on Saturday — attended by family members for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were killed by police in recent months, and Amadou Diallo, who was fatally shot by police more than 15 years ago — coincided with nationwide demonstrations that spanned from iconic Fifth Avenue in New York to the streets of San Francisco and the steps of the Boston Statehouse. Most were peaceful protests, although about two dozen people were arrested in the Massachusetts capital for disorderly conduct.

"My husband was a quiet man, but he's making a lot of noise right now," said Washington protest marcher Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, 43, who died in July after being put in a chokehold by New York City police during an arrest for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

"His voice will be heard. I have five children in this world and we are fighting not just for him but for everybody's future, for everybody's past, for everybody's present, and we need to make it strong."

Nationally, chanting demonstrators also staged "die-ins" as they lay down across intersections and in one city briefly scuffled with police blocking an onramp to a highway.

New York City police said two officers were assaulted by protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge when they tried to arrest a man who was attempting to toss a garbage can onto police officers below. Some marchers then blocked traffic on the bridge for about an hour. Police said the officers were treated for bumps and bruises, including a broken nose. Police say there have been no arrests in that incident, but a backpack full of hammers and a mask was found.

Organizers had predicted 5,000 people at the Washington march, but the crowd appeared to far outnumber that. They later said they believed as many as 25,000 had shown up. It was not possible to verify the numbers; Washington police do not release crowd estimates.

"It's just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us today," she said. "I mean, look at the masses. Black, white, all races, all religions. ... We need to stand like this at all times."

Joining the Garners in Washington were speakers from the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old killed in Ohio as he played with a pellet gun in a park, and the mother of Amadou Diallo, who in 1999 was shot and killed in the Bronx by four New York City police officers.

Diallo's mother, Kadiatou Diallo, reflected on how the same issues being debated today were debated when her son was killed more than 15 years ago.

"We've been there so many times," she said. "Today we are standing still and demanding the same thing."

The Rev. Al Sharpton helped organize the marches.

"Members of Congress, beware we're serious ...," Sharpton said in Washington. "When you get a ring-ding on Christmas, it might not be Santa; it may be Rev. Al coming to your house."

Several speakers asked the crowd to chant, "I can't breathe." Garner, 43, had gasped those words before his death. Some protesters also wore those words on shirts.

Protests — some violent — have occurred around the nation since grand juries last month declined to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown, 18, shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Before the crowd started marching, Sharpton directed, "Don't let no provocateurs get you out of line. ... We are not here to play big shot. We are here to win."

Washington, D.C., and U.S. Park Police said they had made no arrests in the capital protests, though a small group of protesters split off after the march and briefly occupied various intersections in downtown Washington. In Boston, about two dozen people were arrested for disorderly conduct after scuffling with officers blocking an Interstate 93 onramp near the Nashua Street Jail.

The noisy march through the heart of Manhattan swelled to at least 25,000 people, police said. It snarled traffic but remained peaceful, with no arrests reported by late afternoon. On Saturday night, some protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking traffic in both directions.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and Oakland on Saturday. Oakland police said at least 45 people were arrested for crimes such as vandalism, failure to disperse and resisting arrest following a largely peaceful protest. Meanwhile, at the University of California, Berkeley, police removed life-sized photographs of lynching victims that had been hung at the campus. Investigators believe they were connected to a smaller protest in Berkeley at noon. Berkeley protest organizers said they didn't know where they came from.

"We hope that it's someone who wanted to bring attention to the issue," said one of the organizers, Spencer Pritchard.

In New York, the thousands of demonstrators included family members of people killed by New York City police going back decades.

Donna Carter, 54, marched with her boyfriend, whose teenage son was shot and killed by police in the 1990s while carrying a toy gun.

"It's good to see people of all colors here to say enough is enough," said Carter, who's black. "I'm a parent and every child that's killed feels like my child."

Others were there to show their outrage, including Rich Alexandro, 47, who carried a handmade sign with dozens of names of victims of police killings in which officers were never charged.

"It just seems like the cops are Teflon," Alexandro said. "There's no justice."

On the eve of Saturday's nationwide protests, demonstrators in Nashville, Tennessee, staged "die-ins" in the country music capital's honky-tonk district Friday night while tourists took their pictures.

Politicians and others have talked about the need for better police training, body cameras and changes in the grand jury process to restore faith in the legal system.

Terry Baisden, 52, of Baltimore said she is "hopeful change is coming" and that the movement is not part of a fleeting flash of anger.

She said she hasn't protested before but felt compelled to because "changes in action, changes in belief, happen in numbers."

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the Washington march was peaceful. She mingled with the crowd and said she wanted to show solidarity with the marchers.

"This is one of the most well-organized events I've seen," Lanier said.

Other groups including Ferguson Action conducted "Day of Resistance" movements all around the country.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 17, 2015, 07:10:46 pm
Just wait until the system gets "turned off"(ie-EMP attack) - they will really be stampeding like never before.

100 Teens Rush Theater After Being Denied Entry to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

February 16, 2015

Love was not in the air for a large group of ticketless teens at a Florida movie theater on Valentine's Day.

On Feb. 14, officers responded to numerous calls around 10 p.m. from patrons and staff at the AMC theater in West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, Fla., complaining that a group of 100 male and female teens burst through the doors when they were denied tickets to R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey.

"There's a whole bunch of kids that tried to get rated-R tickets. So we sold out all PG-13 movies, and they just started to run in, and it's a whole bunch of them," reported a supervisor at the theater in a call to the police. "I mean, we're trying to control it by shutting one side of the gates and trying to get them out, but there's just so many of them ... mall security is even trying to help, but it's just not enough."

R-rated films require that a guardian over the age of 18 accompanies the minor to the film. Because the theater was sold out of tickets for all PG-13 films, the teens were denied ticket sales.

Following this, the 100 teens stormed the movie theater without purchasing entry.

Moviegoers who purchased tickets also called police, reporting their fears about leaving their respective theaters and also inquiring about reimbursement for the disturbance.

"There's a bunch of — about 35 teenagers running in and out of the movie threatening people. ... There's no control here," reported one ticket holder to the police while still in the theater. "They were saying, 'Shut the -— --, or I'm going to kill you.' ... I'm trying to get out, and I don't feel comfortable leaving the theater."

Officers arrived at the theater and dispersed the group, arresting one juvenile for battery and resisting an officer without violence.

West Oaks Mall announced on Monday that unaccompanied minors under the age of 17 are no longer allowed in the mall after 9 p.m. The mall told Daily Mail that the rule will go into effect immediately.


1Peter 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
1Pe 4:4  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
1Pe 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on April 27, 2015, 09:54:31 am
Civil Unrest Has Begun In Baltimore And This Is Only Just The Start Of Something MUCH Bigger

On Saturday night, the city of Baltimore resembled a warzone as protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned wildly violent.  One eyewitness reported watching the streets around him and his friend “turn into madness” as they left a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.  Car windows were smashed, stores were robbed, chairs were thrown and large numbers of random bystanders were attacked.  One prominent Democrat claims that those committing the violence were “mainly from out of town“, but how would he know that?  Today, there are approximately 2.7 million people living in the Baltimore metropolitan area.  It is an area that has been known for poverty, crime and drugs for many years, and as racial tensions continue to increase in this country it is a powder keg that could erupt at literally any time.  We got a preview of what can happen on Saturday night.  If this is how people will act while economic conditions are still relatively stable in this country, what in the world is going to happen when things really start falling apart?

On Saturday, April 11th, I delivered a presentation down in Dallas, Texas in which I warned about the rioting and civil unrest that are soon coming to this nation.  On slide number 145 of the presentation, I specifically named the city of Baltimore as one of the cities where this would happen.  But I had no idea that the rioting in Baltimore would begin so quickly.  And the violence that we saw on Saturday night was at a level that was quite shocking.  The following is how the Daily Mail described some of the chaos that ensued…

    Local news captured live footage of a man throwing a flaming trash can at the police line.

    A group of roughly 100 protesters broke out a window of a department store with a chair they got at a restaurant across the street at The Gallery, a downtown shopping mall.

    The same group broke the windows of restaurants including a Subway sandwich shop near Camden Yards, tossing chairs and tables through the glass.

    Protesters also engaged with a group of Orioles fans at Slider’s Bar and Grille and began fighting with patrons.

This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in America.

But it is happening.  Ferguson set the precedent, and now this is going to spread all over the country.

You can see some excellent photographs of the chaos that happened in Baltimore right here, and in the video posted below several young thugs smash out the front window of a police cruiser as dozens of onlookers cheer them on…

I also want to share with you another video, but I need to warn you about it first.  This YouTube video strings together a bunch of clips of some of the worst of the violence, but it also contains some very graphic language.  So please don’t let any young children watch this.  I felt that it was important to share this because we need to really understand what is happening to our cities.  America is changing, and not for the better.  This is what social decay looks like…

Are you starting to get the picture?

Things were so bad outside of the stadium where the Baltimore Orioles play that some of the Orioles actually thought about spending the night inside the clubhouse.

One of the things that is being ignored by many in the mainstream media is that fact that one of the key organizers of the Baltimore protests is a former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party named Malik Shabazz.  These days, he is the president of an organization known as “Black Lawyers for Justice”, but he is definitely still up to his old tricks.  The following is an excerpt from an article about the Baltimore riots in the New York Times…

    There, Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that called for the demonstration and advertised it on social media, told the crowd that he would release them in an hour, adding: “Shut it down if you want to! Shut it down!”

    Mr. Shabazz said in a later interview that his rhetoric was intended only to encourage civil disobedience — not violence — but added that he was “not surprised” by the scattered angry outbursts because people here “haven’t received justice.”

If you are marching for “justice”, you don’t throw objects at random bystanders, loot stores or attack vehicles that are just driving through the area.  But all of those things happened on Saturday night.  The following is how an eyewitness described one of the most harrowing attacks…

    The crowd of protesters then stopped a blue station wagon carrying a white family as they tried to drive past Pickles, Bullpen and Sliders along a narrow one-way stretch between the bars and the main road. As a horde of them smashed their open and closed fists on the hood of the car—while impeding them by standing in front of them—the driver backed up on the one way pass in a desperate attempt to get out of dodge. Then, stopped on the other side with nowhere to go, protesters ripped open the passenger door of the car and began reaching around inside the vehicle. As hundreds of people looked on, including several police officers who didn’t engage the violent protesters, the white woman in the front seat—middle-aged and a little heavyset with dark hair—was visibly terrified. The group of black men who ripped open the car door suddenly realized they were separated from the larger group of protesters and abandoned their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside in front of hundreds, driving out of the one-way street back onto the main road and presumably out of dodge.

Of course all of this did not just erupt out of a vacuum.  Racial tensions on all sides have been stirred up by the mainstream media, by our politicians, and by other prominent national leaders for years.  At this point, even pastors are inflaming the tensions…

    Activist Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church, told his congregation Sunday that “somebody is going to have to pay” for Gray’s death, the Associated Press reported.

    If “you’re black in America, your life is always under threat,” Bryant said.

Why can’t we all just learn to love one another, forgive one another, and peacefully come up with some solutions that are going to work for all of us?

Sadly, all of this hate and anger is just another sign of the social decay that is eating away at the foundations of our society like a cancer.

And if people are willing to act like this when our economy is still relatively stable and things are still relatively good in this nation, what are they going to do when they don’t have any money in their pockets and they don’t know where their next meal is going to come from?

What we witnessed in Baltimore on Saturday night is just the beginning.

Much worse is coming, and eventually we are going to see tremendous civil unrest and rioting all over this nation.

vids: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/civil-unrest-has-begun-in-baltimore-and-this-is-only-just-the-start-of-something-much-bigger

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on April 28, 2015, 04:46:04 am
time line from last night

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday's unrest: 'This is one of our darkest days. But I am confident that the will of good can overcome the destructive interest of a few' - @MayorSRB


Clergy at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore applauds gangs for standing with clergy to help end riots and violence in city - @KarenCampbellTV

Baltimore riots organized mainly by local high school students, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts confirms - @kateamaraWBAL

Baltimore Police Commissioner: 'I wish I had more parents out there who took charge of their kids tonight'

quit teaching them liberal views and teach them Jesus

Baltimore Police commissioner says National Guard has been deployed to city; will be used to protect structures - @ABC

Photo: Vehicle that was lit on fire seen on North Avenue and Fulton Avenue in Baltimore - @Bencjacobs

Baltimore Police say they are continuing to deploy resources 'to ensure everyone remains safe' - @BaltimorePolice

Gangs gather at Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church to say they did not threaten police, call for end of violence - @MedinaMora


Baltimore Police investigating reports of criminals throwing cinder blocks at passing fire engines as they respond to fires on Fulton Avenue - @BaltimorePolice

Firefighter says Baltimore Fire Department is 'totally out of resources' as fires continue in city - @Bencjacobs

Baltimore police deploying officers with fire department to ensure operations not disrupted by demonstrators - @BaltimorePolice

Editor's note: We are seeing reports of 911 calls going unanswered in the Baltimore area amid unrest. According to @PauLGessler, no operators are picking up. - Jillian

Curfew in Baltimore to be in effect from 10pm April 28 until 5am May 4, police say - @BaltimorePolice

Fires continue to burn in Baltimore - @cbsbaltimore

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on April 28, 2015, 07:45:07 am
In Every City In America There Are People Ready To Riot, Loot And Set Things On Fire

The city of Baltimore has been transformed into an “absolute war zone“, and the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency as the rioting in “Charm City” continues to escalate.  The funeral for Freddie Gray has unleashed a firestorm of violence, and none of it is going to do anyone any good.  To their credit, some of the leaders of the African-American community are standing up and loudly condemning the violence.  They know that smashing cars, throwing rocks at police and looting stores is not going to solve anything.  But just like we saw in Ferguson, there are lots of people out there that are ready to riot, loot and set things on fire at the drop of a hat – all they need is an opportunity.  The social decay that has been eating away at the foundations of our society for generations is now manifesting in some very ugly ways.  We have raised an entire generation of young people in a “value free” environment, and now we are getting to experience some of the consequences of our foolishness.  And what we are witnessing in Baltimore right now is just the start.  Eventually, we are going to see scenes like this all over the nation.

Thanks to social media, the violence that we saw in Baltimore on Monday is being broadcast to the entire planet.  The whole world is getting a really good look at what the decline of America looks like.  The following is how the New York Times described what took place…

    Angry youths could be seen surrounding a police cruiser and smashing its windows in what police described as an organized attack by criminals — not demonstrators. Cars were set on fire, and stores’ windows were smashed in. Heavy smoke poured out of a CVS drugstore, which had earlier been overrun by looters. Several other businesses, including a liquor store and a check-cashing shop, were also looted.

You can find some incredible photos of looting in progress right here.  Do those young people believe that they are actually doing something constructive that will make a difference in our society?  Of course not.  They are opportunists that are taking advantage of the chaos to commit crime.

And you know what?  A lot of older African-Americans were absolutely disgusted by what they were seeing.  The following is just one example…

    Barbara Taylor, 60, has lived in the neighborhood near the store for 15 years. As she spoke, a group of teenagers carrying cases of soda and Arizona Iced Tea walked by. “All I can see is crime,” said Taylor. “The people doing this don’t live around here. They’re kids coming in to our neighborhood and breaking it apart. There is no reason for this.”

Of course the biggest targets on Monday were police officers.  It is becoming extremely dangerous to be a police officer in America today, and this is something that I wrote an entire article about recently.  During the violence on Monday, seven police officers were seriously injured.  At least some of the injured had broken bones, and one was described as being “unresponsive”…

    “We have seven officers who were injured during the course of this,” said Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. “They have broken bones, one of them is unresponsive. This is not okay. Our officers went out to that situation to make sure that the people who live in that community were safe and we’re going to continue to do what we can to make sure that those people stay safe.

    “It’s a group of lawless individuals,” Kowalczyk said of the rioters. “What we know is that they are a group of criminals with no regard for the people in the community.”

Later on Monday, we found out that a total of 15 police officers had received some sort of injury during the course of the day.  To say that the streets of Baltimore have become a “war zone” is not an overstatement in the least.

This is what America is becoming, and this is only just the beginning.  As I mentioned yesterday, I went on the record publicly regarding my belief that civil unrest was coming specifically to Baltimore during a speech I gave on the evening of April 11th.  That was about a week before Freddie Gray died.  But little did I know that it would start happening before the end of the month.  The following are some tweets that contain scenes from the violence that we witnessed on Monday…

Make sure to watch that last video.  It shows a man literally being dragged out of his store and ruthlessly beaten by a gang of young thugs.  Because of the decisions that we have made as a society, this is what the future of our country is going to look like.  This is something that I have been warning about for years, and now it is here.

So let us mourn for America, because the nation that so many of us love is slipping away a little bit more every single day.

vids and pics : http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/in-every-city-in-america-there-are-people-ready-to-riot-loot-and-set-things-on-fire

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on April 28, 2015, 01:23:49 pm
Baltimore today, America tomorrow: Why "utter chaos" will soon erupt across more U.S. cities

Baltimore is in a state of "utter chaos" and Gov. Larry Hogan has now declared a state of emergency and called for troops on the streets to halt the spiraling looting and violence.

The pro baseball game has been postponed, rioters are attacking police cars, and protesters managed to loot a CVS pharmacy then burn it to the ground. When firefighters arrived on scene to extinguish the fire, more gang bangers punctured the fire hose to cause a loss of water pressure.

Threats have been made against local police departments, and gang bangers circulated a flier that called for a "purge" of law enforcement -- seemingly a call for the mass murder of police officers. The city is being "destroyed by thugs," according to its Mayor.

"Three of the city's most violent and dangerous gangs - Black Guerrilla Family, Crips and Blood - have announced an unprecedented alliance to 'take out' law enforcement officers, in a move that has prompted fears for police safety across the country," reports the Daily Mail. (An international news publisher that almost always tells more truth than the U.S. mainstream media.)

In response to all this, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake literally told the police department to "...give those who wished to destroy [the] space to do that."

As new of her statement spread -- and the condemnations kicked in -- she quickly issued a clarification statement which said:

The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence. Any suggestion otherwise would be a misinterpretation of her statement.

The Baltimore riots are not merely a Baltimore problem; they're a nationwide policy brutality problem
But the real story here is that this riot is not merely a Baltimore problem. It's a nationwide problem. It just so happens that the black people of Baltimore are sick and tired of a militarized police force -- an apparent goon squad of chemically-altered 'roid heads -- beating the life out of their young adults (and severing their spines and killing them in police custody).

Can you blame them for the outrage? No matter what your race, it's now obvious that police brutality is an endemic problem in America. This is not just another "isolated event." It's clearly a reflection of a culture of police brutality that for some reason seems to be disproportionately focused on young African-American males.

As the following image depicts, police in America have gone from being polite public servants to rogue villains donning black masks and military gear swiped from the era of Nazi storm troopers:

Cops are unconsciously playing out their roles as brutal enforcers
What almost nobody seems to understand is the power of role playing when wearing all this militarized gear. As numerous psychological experiments have shown over the years -- most notably the Stanford Prison Experiment -- people automatically and unconsciously take on the roles they have been handed; and such roles are reinforced by the gear and clothing they are asked to wear.

If you dress up somebody like a cruel, thuggish prison guard and put him in charge of prisoners, he will very quickly become cruel and thuggish, even committing physical violence against those prisoners.

This is what's happening today all across America in nearly every police department. Cops are being dressed up like storm trooper assault teams, complete with black masks, "shock troop" body pads and aggressive weapons that used to only exist on the front lines of war. They take these weapons and these attitudes and turn them against the American people, with disastrous results.

This is no longer community policing. It's increasingly a war against the citizens.

Why black Americans now see attacking cops to be a form of self-defense - this is NOT something I condone, I'm only explaining it...
Today, black America genuinely feels like it is under attack by a "legalized gang" of villains who happen to carry badges. In the minds of many black Americans, attacking the police is not an act of aggression but an act of self-defense. (I'm not condoning it, mind you, just explaining the perception behind it for some people.)

In truth, as long as community policing is approached from an aggressive confrontational posture on the part of the police, they are going to foment reactionary violence among the citizenry. This, I believe, is the thinking behind the Baltimore Mayor's poorly-chosen words when she explained the protesters needed to be "given space" to destroy things. (The Mayor is African-American.)

We need quality community peace officers; not all cops are bad!
Just to throw another twist at you in all this, I'm pro police! In fact, I helped train police officers in Arizona in weapon defense skills, and I served for two years as a board member of a non-profit foundation that sought to provide lifesaving gear to officers on the street. I was given an award by the Chief of Police of a prominent Arizona city, and I donated my own private funds to help local cops -- many of whom were woefully underpaid and utterly lacking the safety gear they needed to more effectively do their jobs.

The police I met and interacted with there were highly professional peace officers. And across America, there are many police departments where law enforcement officers are upstanding, hardworking professionals who do a damn good job of keeping the peace, especially given the budget restrictions that almost universally plague local police departments everywhere.

But there are also crooked, militant police departments that exist in America, and they are dominated by 'roid head cops who are truly a danger to society. These rogue cops "get off" on their power trips, running around like criminal egomaniacs, protected by the power of the badge. It is these cops who rob drug dealers to steal their cash; pull over innocent drivers so they can sexually molest them; and exhibit extreme brutality in the arrest and detainment of individual citizens, just as we recently saw in Baltimore.

The real problem with policing in America today is that it takes place in a hoo-rah culture of steroid-induced aggression and a military-inspired stance of aggression. As long as cops are trained in a combative, confrontational context, they will act out their training on the streets of America, often at great cost to the public perception of police and civility in general.

In other words, bad policing breeds confrontational violence with the citizenry, further reinforcing a spiral of violence that has led to the alarming militarization of police departments across America.

That's why the title of this article explains this problem is not a Baltimore problem. And it's not limited to Baltimore, either: similar confrontations between police and citizens are going to continue to escalate across America, leaping from city to city and frequently exploding out of control. The way to stop this is not to turn America into a police state with troops on the streets, but rather to change the culture of policing into one that's less confrontational, less militaristic and more collaborative with local communities.

Smart policing is hard work. You can't keep the peace with tear gas and rubber bullets. It takes dedicated peace officers building trust with local communities and working incessantly to treat citizens with dignity, even if they are being arrested for an apparent crime.

When I trained with cops in Arizona, everybody was taught to de-escalate the violence
What happened to de-escalation training in America? When I trained with cops in Arizona, we used to gather in a padded room where we were given "DT training." That stands for "Defensive Tactics," and it was basically a hand-to-hand combat training room where cops were trained to de-escalate the violence while simultaneously protecting their own lives.

In fact, I was present during one of the very first days of a "basic training" camp for would-be cops, and one of the first exercises I saw was the pairing up of candidates who were instructed to literally "beat the crap out of each other" until one of them gave up and screamed for help.

This exercise, I was told, was used to weed out recruits who were too weak willed to keep fighting when the odds were stacked against them. Police departments don't want cops who give up and surrender; they want cops who will keep fighting for their survival down to the very last second.

But at the same time, they also want cops who don't relish physical violence. So good police training always involves instruction in de-escalating violence through a variety of tactics. For example, a law enforcement officer's first tool of de-escalation isn't his gun but rather his VOICE. Police are rightly taught to use clear, concise, direct and authoritative voice commands to dissuade people from violent actions or intent.

A properly trained police officer, in other words, almost never needs to use violence to resolve a problem. The combination of their voice, the presence of their partner (or backup support from additional cops), and the mere presence of their firearm should be more than enough to dissuade any conscious person to rethink their actions. When those tactics fail, cops are trained in what are essentially simplified martial arts techniques to control the hands of the suspect, disarm a suspect, or disable a suspect.

I say all of this to support the following point: No cop should ever need to beat the life out of a suspect in order to apprehend them. Any cop that has to resort to such extreme violence is either a poorly trained cop or someone who seeks out violence and uses his badge as an excuse to commit it. There is absolutely no excuse for the kind of treatment by cops that led to the death of Gray in Baltimore. At every level, that outcome is an outright condemnation of what can only be characterized as "****-poor training" of Baltimore cops.

When you master the art of strategically applied violence, you do not need to instigate violence in order to stop violence
Good cops are trained in the art of strategically applied violence in order to de-escalate violence when they encounter it. Similarly, I am trained in tactical handgun combat skills so that I never need to shoot anyone except as a last resort lifesaving option. The more you master the skills of applied martial arts, hand-to-hand combat or handgun combat, the less you should ever need to use them against another person.

The very highest masters of martial arts are the world's most peaceful people. They never start fights, they never escalate violence, and if violence comes to them, they have the skills to end the violence without even causing harm to the instigator. That's the true measure of a master: their ability to end violence without contributing to it. As a good example of this, you don't see high level professional MMR fighters walking into bars and starting fights. They don't need to prove anything in a bar fight, and if violence comes to them, they will END IT quickly and efficiently. Similarly, self-defense arts such as Krav Maga teach students to very quickly end violence so that violence does not escalate.

If only our police were taught these principles, we might have a chance of avoiding more eruptions of rioting and chaos across our cities. But I fear we are already too far gone. America has in many ways devolved into a nation of suspicion, aggression and cultural distrust. The burning of her cities is merely the inevitable result of cultural memes which have already been set into motion... and which almost certainly cannot be stopped until they play out.

My advice to Natural News readers is to become proficient in the physical arts of self-defense so that you can, if needed, contribute to the de-escalation of violence and the protection of the innocent. Start with Krav Maga if you want real hand-to-hand defense skills that can help de-escalate violence and even help prevent rapes. Krav is a favorite among women, and it is especially useful for **** prevention for the simple reason that no man can **** you after his balls have been forcefully relocated to the region near his tonsils…

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Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on January 30, 2017, 08:33:56 pm
The United States Is On The Precipice Of Widespread Civil Unrest

civil war!! Snowflakes vs conservatives... guess who wins?  :D

It doesn’t take much of a trigger to push extremely large crowds of very angry protesters into committing acts of rioting and violence.  And rioting and violence can ultimately lead to widespread civil unrest and calls for “revolution”.  The election of Donald Trump was perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the radical left in modern American history, and we have already seen that a single move by Trump can literally cause protests to erupt from coast to coast within 48 hours.  On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that banned refugees from Syria indefinitely and that placed a 90 day ban on travel to the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  Within hours, protesters began to storm major airports, and by Sunday very large crowds were taking to the streets all over the country…

    From Seattle to Newark, Houston to Boston, hundreds jammed airport terminals — lawyers, immigration advocates, ordinary citizens compelled to the front lines, many refusing to leave until those who had been detained by U.S. Customs had been freed or had obtained legal counsel.

    On Sunday, the movement caught fire and demonstrations and rallies erupted in communities across the U.S. from city halls to airports to parks. In the nation’s capital, the site of the march that drew a crushing 500,000 people Jan. 21, Pennsylvania Avenue was shut down Sunday as thousands trekked from the White House to the U.S. Capitol. An energized crowd stopped outside Trump’s showcase hotel along the avenue to shake fists and chant “shame.”

You can see some really good pictures of the protests going on around the nation right here.

As I was going through articles about these protests today, I remember one woman holding up a sign that said “Remove Trump By Any Means Necessary”.

It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what she was suggesting.

Visions of violence are dancing in the heads of these very frustrated people, and they are being egged on by top members of Congress such as Chuck Schumer…

    ‘These orders go against what America has always been about,’ Schumer told the crowd in Battery Park according to the New York Daily News. ‘The orders make us less humanitarian, less safe, less American and when it comes to making us less safe people forget this, that’s why so many of our military, intelligence, security, and law enforcement leaders are opposed to this order and all those like it.’

    Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary, tweeted a picture from the rally. It was captioned: ‘Yes. We will keep standing up for a country that matches our values and ideals for all. #NewYork #NoBanNoWall.’

On Sunday, President Trump attempted to clarify what his executive order was really about and make it clear that it was not a ban on all Muslims.  The following comes from CNN…

    President Donald Trump insisted Sunday his travel ban on certain Muslim-majority nations would protect the United States from terrorists, after a weekend of outrage and confusion over the move.

    In an afternoon statement, Trump wrote the country would continue showing “compassion to those fleeing oppression.”

Unfortunately, polls show that somewhere around a third of the country greatly dislikes Trump, and those people are more than ready to believe that Trump is a racist bigot that hates all Muslims.

But the truth is that Trump does not hate any group of people.  His target is simply Islamic terror, and he is actually pro-immigration as long as it is legal immigration.

Let us not forget that his wife is a legal immigrant.

I know that Trump is quite eager to get things done, but putting out this executive order at this particular moment was definitely a case of poor timing.

We are a nation that is deeply, deeply divided, and now this latest controversy threatens to divide us even further.

When I was out earlier today, I saw a pro-Trump billboard that some business owner had put up that was urging liberals to quit their whining.

On the surface that may sound funny, but it definitely doesn’t do anything to bring us together.

If you give anger enough fuel, eventually it leads to violence.  I am certainly not suggesting that we should ever compromise on what we believe, but what I am suggesting is that there is a wise way to handle things and an unwise way to handle things.

Someday, widespread civil unrest is going to sweep across the United States and major American cities will burn.

My hope is that we can put this off for as long as possible.

In fact, I sincerely hope that this will not happen at all during the Trump/Pence era.

But you would have to be blind not to see the hate, anger and frustration that are all growing like cancer in the hearts of our young people.

This is a time for the peacemakers.  If there are any left in Washington, we need them to rise up now and try to bring healing before it is too late.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on November 04, 2019, 09:41:23 am
here now

Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on November 04, 2019, 09:42:04 am
Ages And Ages Of Rage And Days Of Global Unrest Are A Sign Of Great Upheaval Ahead

The Age Of Rage And Days Of Global Unrest Now Upon Us Are Signs Of Great Upheaval Ahead, With America In A Death Spiral, Being Herded Towards The 'End Of The Age'

By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

I must begin this story today asking for your prayers for Susan Duclos as Saturday, she suffered a massive heart attack that will still require two more operations on Monday following successful surgery on Saturday. While we are incredibly grateful for the wonderful First Responders of Garrett County, Maryland who rushed Susan like the wind to the hospital and the incredibly fantastic people at the West Virginia cardiac center who are treating her, it could be a difficult road ahead for Susan, though, as you all know, she is a fighter!

A very sad 'sign of the times' we're now living in, as we'll explore in this ANP story, 'signs of the times' are everywhere as we hear in the 1st video at the bottom of this story, a very important interview that Doug Hagmann did with Steve Quayle and Celeste Bishop-Solum of Shepherd's Heart titled "At The Brink Of The Days Of Unrest". The 2nd and final video at the bottom of the story is also a must-watch titled "Everything We Know Is About To Change 2020/2021".

As Steve and Celeste warn us within the 1st video below, America is rapidly being pushed towards the 'end of the age', not the 'end of the world' as Steve explains but the end of the times we've been living in, with America in a death spiral with no real political or military solutions to the problems the world faces and potentially tremendous chaos ahead.

And like clockwork, days later Zero Hedge put out this new story titled "We Now Have Mass Public Unrest In France, Spain, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador And Bolivia" within which they lay out for us the 'ages and ages of rage' the world is now going through with many warning the same happening in America is on the horizon.

Ages And Ages Of Rage

Indeed, consider that we now have mass public unrest (on and off) in: France, Spain, and that 24% AfD vote in Germany, and Brexit in the UK; Algeria; Iraq: Lebanon; Egypt; Russia; Hong Kong; Venezuela; Chile; Ecuador; and Bolivia. Plus deepening polarisation in the US – and one could add the middle-class disruption of Extinction Rebellion in Australia, Canada, and others.

In short, there isn’t a continent that isn’t seeing unrest in some form, and as Branko Milanovic notes today, one wonders if this isn’t all a little 1968-ish.

Of course, one can’t usually join dots that simply, but if this is 1968-redux then consider the historical echoes. The Prague Spring was violently crushed by Soviet Tanks and the West was powerless to prevent it. Meanwhile, student uprisings in the West produced social reforms and a policy swing to the Left. Along with the Vietnam War, that contributed to the end of the USD peg to gold and the first phase of the global Bretton Woods order – and then to very high inflation in the 1970s, which was ultimately ended by the Volcker Fed and the current phase of deflationary neoliberal globalisation that is once again pushing people out onto the streets.

(With massive medical bills for Susan Duclos ahead, please consider donating to ANP to help keep us in this 'Info-war' for America at a time of systematic censorship and massive establishment corruption.)
As we see in the map above taken from this Zero Hedge story, all across the planet unrest is breaking out over economic or geo-political strife yet as Michael Snyder reported in this story at The Most Important News titled "Civil Unrest Is Erupting All Over The World, But Just Wait Until The United States Joins The Party",  America is also being pushed rapidly towards the edge with the ongoing Democratic impeachment attempt nothing less than a 'coup' with CNN fantasizing about a 'President Nancy Pelosi', just as we had warned might be the Democrats plan back on October 19th in this ANP story titled "The Blueprint For Democrats To Complete Their Overthrow Of America Is Already Written As Retired Admiral Calls For President Trump To Be 'Removed' From Office, 'The Sooner, The Better'".

And with Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert now warning on the Congressional floor that the impeachment coup could lead America to Civil War with anger growing among Conservatives and the right loading up for bear, Snyder's warnings of what might happen in America may be closer to coming true than any of us believe. A brief excerpt from Snyder's story below explains why no matter what way impeachment goes, tens of millions of Americans are going to be furious.

The impeachment process is bringing a focal point to the deep anger that has been building on both sides of the political spectrum for many years. Now that this process has begun, there is no going back, and both sides believe that there is only one result that will bring justice.

For the left, any result that does not remove Donald Trump from office will be a bitter disappointment. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are going to draft articles of impeachment, and they believe that they already have the votes they need to send those articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate.

If the Republican-controlled Senate does not vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, this will greatly upset the left, and could result in an explosion of anger in our city streets.

On the other hand, if the Republican-controlled Senate does vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, tens of millions of **** Trump supporters are going to be absolutely livid. There would be an explosion of righteous anger on the right, and it would almost certainly spill into our city streets.

Of course it is likely that both sides will start protesting well before there is a final result, but once the final vote in the Senate happens that is when things are likely to get very interesting.

The Democrats should have never gone down this road, because one way or another this process is going to tear us apart.

If our founders could see us today they would be rolling over in their graves, because this is not what they intended.

With even President Trump warning via tweet that his impeachment could lead to another Civil War in America and nearly 7 out of every 10 Americans agreeing with him, we should all be completely prepared for whatever is 'unleashed' in the days ahead with a new decade just over 60 days away and more and more warning signs of danger ahead.

As the Organic Prepper had reported in this October story titled "6 Warning Signs That Civil Unrest Is Imminent", being fully aware of our surroundings is crucial with unhinged leftists already unleashing violent attacks against President Trump supporters, often simply for them wearing a MAGA hat, and with tensions even brewing hotter now as Congressman Gohmert warned, there may never be a more important time than now to be fully prepared.

OK, here´s the thing. Maybe you can have some indications in the nearby days about how bad things can get, all of a sudden. You won´t even notice it until you´re in the middle. If you don´t believe me just ask to Ecuadorians. They were caught in the middle of a geopolitical storm stirred from abroad. Looting, empty shelves as a result, and half of the country blocked because of the mobs. Tear gas, and shootings. Three young men thrown from a bridge by other angry enemies. Things like this happen when people are exposed, and unaware.

I want to tell you something. I’m not in my better moment these days. But every time I need to go outside for some reason, I do it with the firm, strong idea in my mind, of defending myself and my family (and the means to do it). Being partially impeded, defense will have to be lightning quick and disabling. No mercy and I am sorry about this, but it’s true. It’s the survivor’s mind setup clicking in since I saw the chain of events. Facing the law afterward? Sure, as much as the taken down predators face it too. There is footage of an angry mob (identified with leftist guerrilla colors by the way) beating with batons innocent people inside a building. Same as Germany in the 30s. Jeez.

If for some reason in the future these few paragraphs save your life or someone’s you love, I will feel rewarded.

Although our exposition to xenophobic behavior has been minimal, I´m pretty aware how bad things can get under the current social climate. Therefore, signals definitely can´t be ignored. Every society of the world, unfortunately, seems to have the potential for civilian turmoil, and the possibility of the appearance of more or less organized gangs of marauders NEVER can be dismissed. (I´m sorry Canada, never been there but maybe even you have some percentage of this happening somewhere in the future).

With America moving ever closer to unchartered territory and one huge group of people sure to be hugely disappointed with political developments in this country in 2020, and the 2020 election just ahead, Steve Quayle's and Celeste's warnings in this first video should be taken to heart as America is pushed toward the 'end of the age'.


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on November 29, 2020, 09:18:20 pm
REPORTS: Truckers Strike Actually BEGINNING--'They think they can steal a national election? We'll starve them to death.No food for the cities.'your cities will become war zones within hours as people panic and try to get whatever they can'!


Title: Re: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Post by: Mark on November 29, 2020, 09:18:47 pm