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20110609 – To protect and serve; or to intimidate and control?

Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News
Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Sterling Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment #2:  News Rant
Presenter:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  30 minutes

Tonight will feature an extended news rant. 

Frankly, I dont really know for sure if the reason we are seeing increasing evidence of rampant police brutality is because of the proliferation of easily affordable video equipment or if there has been an escalation of such activity on the part of the police. 

What I do know is that incidents of police activity that one would normally associate with a third world banana republic seem all too common.

My hope is that such activity does not become the accepted new normal.

If such activity becomes the accepted norm, we get what we deserve.

And as a followup, just what is the “status quo” here in the United States of America that the police are protecting?

SWAT raid fatal drama is revealed in 911 call
Arizona Daily Star
by Fernanda Echavarri
Tucson Arizona

Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine, was sleeping after the graveyard shift at Asarco Mission mine about 9:30 a.m. when his wife woke him saying she heard noises outside and a man was at their window. Guerena told his wife to hide in a closet with their 4-year-old son, his wife has said. He grabbed an AR-15 rifle and moments later was slumped in the kitchen, mortally wounded from a hail of gunfire.

For about five minutes after Guerena was shot, his wife stays on the phone trying to explain what happened and asking for an ambulance.

Witness releases new video of fatal police-involved shooting during Urban Beach Week

By David Smiley and Diana Moskovitz

Two witnesses to Monday’s fatal shooting on South Beach say police tried to intimidate them and force them to give up an up-close video of the incident. Police officials say the couple has not lodged a complaint.

Related YouTube Video
Miami Beach Memorial Day Shooting May 30th 2011, cellphone video

Toronto Police Shoot Woman Point Blank To Incite Riot

The Intel Hub
Shepard Ambellas & Avalon
June 4, 2011

This is absolutely unacceptable behavior on behalf of the Toronto police department in Canada. We have seen this type of provocateur behavior before from police, but this is point blank crazy.

The defenseless woman gets pounded with a teargas shell.

This premeditated police action seems to be more that an outright criminal assault on Peaceful Assembly, it is a Military Operation to CONDITION ALL OF US that this type of Police Action is acceptable or even worse, justified.

If anyone was to take that kind of action (against the police), that would be considered attempted murder, because a blunt force bullet at that distance has been documented to kill people.

This clearly is also a Military Operation that has been underway for years now, in that people who peacefully assemble are putting themselves in harms way – possibly being killed for no apparent reason.

Manchester, NH Police Dept. Confiscate Multiple Video Cameras and Arrest Peaceful Protestors

Posted by KRYPKE on June 6, 2011 at 6:30pm

On Saturday, June 4th, 2011 eight ‘shire-based activists were arrested while at a pro-police accountable rally outside the Manchester, NH PD. The event was held due to the beating of one man and the shooting death of another man by “authorities” in the past few weeks.

The arrests and theft of activist property (cameras and phones) that happened underscores the need to communicate the simple, but powerful concept that badges don’t grant extra rights.

Call the Manchester PD: 603-668-8711
Let them know that their actions aren’t going unnoticed.

Related YouTube Video:
Arrests at Manchester, NH Pro-Police Accountability Rally

$75,000 Investigation Exonerates Police As They Kill Again and Kari Abbey Faces Murder Charges
by Modesto Anarcho
Saturday Jun 4th, 2011 3:24 PM

The investigative report, issued by a Palo Alto based lawyer, which cost tax-payers $75,000 (on top of the nearly $100,000 for police accreditation), concludes that there is not a problem with rampant police brutality or corruption. The report issued by Robert Aaronson claims that the series of emails issues about ongoing brutality are unfounded, based largely on interviews with police officers. He also cites the shooting death of Francisco Moran, claiming that officers shot Moran in order to protect “his family members and themselves,” only later discovering that the weapon he was pulling from his pants was in fact a spatula.

Aaronson’s “suggestions” for the community are as follows. He claims that most escalations of force are largely the result of failures by the public to respond and comply with police commands. As he states, “The vast majority of law enforcement uses of force…are in response to a stated or perceived refusal to cooperate.” Thus, according to Aaronson, it is the fault of those shot and abused in encounters with the police who are to blame, not the police and the system that gives them power.

Will The Banksters And The Corpocracy Eventually Own It All?
By ilene
Created 06/08/2011 – 15:20
Published on zero hedge (

Today, average Americans have less power relative to the monolithic corporate and governmental institutions that dominate our society than at any other point in U.S. history.  Sadly, this is not what our founding fathers ever envisioned.  Our founding fathers established a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but what we have today is very far from that ideal.  In America today, wealth and power are very highly concentrated, and if you have neither wealth nor power than most of our politicians really do not have any interest in you.

Over the past several decades, those with huge amounts of money and power have been busy rigging the game so that the rest of the money and power slowly but surely funnels into their hands.  If current trends continue, the banksters and the corpocracy will eventually own it all.  Below you will find 29 statistics about extreme income inequality in America.  Sadly, most of these statistics will be out of date in a year or two because wealth and power will be much more concentrated by that time.

If you are a “Kool-Aid drinking Democrat” you are going to be really upset by this article.  If you are a “Kool-Aid drinking Republican” you are going to be really upset by this article.

Most Republicans have been brainwashed into believing that “capitalism” means cheer-leading while the big corporations hoover up money and power.

Most Democrats have no trouble with big corporations either because most establishment Democrats have been brainwashed into believing that large concentrations of power (whether governmental or corporate) are generally good.  Most Democrats just wish that big corporations were a little less greedy and were a little more “socially responsible”.

Today, the big banks, the big corporations and the federal government are all in bed with one another and it is average Americans that always lose out.

Our founding fathers tried to warn us about large concentrations of power.  They attempted to establish a very limited central government, they wanted to keep us free from the tyranny of the big banks and they were very suspicious of large corporations.

In a 2010 article, Rick Ungar noted that corporations were very seriously restricted in the early days of America….

    After the nation’s founding, corporations were, as they are today, the result of charters granted by the state. However, unlike today, they were limited in how long they were permitted to exist (typically 20 or 30 years), only permitted to deal in one commodity, they could not own shares in other corporations, and their property holdings were expressly limited to what they needed to accomplish their corporate business goals.

My how things have changed.

“Capitalism” is supposed to be about the empowerment of individuals and families and small businesses.

Instead, today “capitalism” has come to mean something completely different.
Today, the biggest, meanest concentrations of wealth devour everyone else with a big assist from the government.

Just think about the amount of power and money that Exxon Mobil or Wal-Mart has compared to the amount of power and money that an average American has.

Our society has veered very far from the egalitarian ideal that our founding fathers once hoped for.

The corporate giants are so powerful that it is next to impossible for small businesses to directly compete with them.

Many banks and corporations have become so big that the world literally cannot afford for them to fail.

For example, three U.S. corporations [6] control approximately 90% of the world’s grain trade.

The following are 29 statistics about extreme income inequality in America that will blow your mind….

1: In the United States today, the richest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

2: The wealthiest 1% of all Americans now own more than a third of all the wealth in the United States.

3: The wealthiest 1% of all Americans own over 50% of all the stocks and bonds.

4: The poorest 50% of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

5: According to a joint House and Senate report entitled “Income Inequality and the Great Recession”, the top one percent of income earners in the United States brought in a total of 10.0 percent of all income income in 1980, but by the time 2008 had rolled around that figure had skyrocketed to 21.0 percent.

6: Between 1979 and and 2007, the average household income of the top 1% of all Americans soared from $346,600 to $1.3 million.  During that same time period the average household income for middle class Americans increased only slightly.

7: According to Harvard Magazine, 66% of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.

8: More than 3 billion people, close to half the world’s population, live on less than 2 dollar a day.

9: According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, the average CEO made 343 times more money than the average American did last year.

10: The number of “low income jobs” in the U.S. has risen steadily over the past 30 years and they now account for 41 percent of all jobs in the United States.

11: Since 1979, real median weekly earnings for high school dropouts has declined by 22 percent.

12: During this economic downturn, employee compensation in the United States has been the lowest that it has been relative to gross domestic product in over 50 years.

13: Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

14: Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.  Meanwhile, our population has gotten significantly larger.

15: Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  In 2010, the United States fell to seventh.

16: According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States were living below the poverty line in 2010. In the UK and in France that figure is well under 10 percent.

17: Today, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

18: It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

19: According to Moody’s Analytics, the wealthiest 5% of households in the United States now account for approximately 37% of all consumer spending.

20: The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

21: The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

22: Approximately half of all American workers make $25,000 a year or less.

23: The wealthiest 1% of the earth’s population controls 39% of the wealth.

24: It is estimated that over 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where the income gap between the rich and the poor is widening.

25: One year after the recent financial collapse the top 25 hedge fund managers earned a total of approximately $25 billion.  That breaks down to an average of $1 billion each.

26: Bill Gates has a net worth of somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 billion dollars.  That means that there are approximately 140 different nations that have a yearly GDP which is smaller than the amount of money Bill Gates has.

27: It is estimated that the entire continent of Africa owns approximately 1 percent of the total wealth of the world.

28: The top 0.01% of Americans make an average of $27,342,212.  The bottom 90% make an average of $31,244.

29: 58 percent of the members of Congress are millionaires while only about 1 percent of the general population is made up of millionaires.

So what is the solution?

Well, our liberal friends insist that the solution to all of this inequality is to tax the rich and to distribute the wealth to the poor.

Well, there are three major problems with that.

Number one, when you raise taxes too high you eliminate the incentive to work hard.

Number two, when you make it too easy to depend on government handouts you create an underclass of economic parasites.

Number three, the big corporations and the ultra-wealthy have become masters at avoiding taxation no matter what the rates are.

Today, 59 percent of all Americans receive money from the federal government in one form or another.

Yes, there will always be those that cannot help themselves and we should always have a “safety net”.

But when you look around it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that things have gotten completely and totally out of control.

Right now, an all-time record 44 million Americans are on food stamps.

Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

The U.S. government is even handing out billions of dollars to homeowners that are delinquent on their mortgages.

This is not a formula for long-term economic success.

When people get addicted to government checks they never want to stop.

But this is not what the poor need.

What the poor need are good jobs that pay good wages.  Unfortunately, we keep shipping millions of those jobs overseas.  So now the Chinese economy is thriving and our formerly great manufacturing cities are turning into hellholes.

Handouts do not give people hope, dignity and a future, but jobs can.

What U.S. corporations are able to get away with is absolutely amazing.

The following figures come directly out of a report by Citizens for Tax Justice.  These are combined figures for the tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

During those three years, all of the corporations below made a lot of money.  Yet all of them paid net taxes that were below zero for those three years combined.

How is that possible?  Well, it turns out that instead of paying in taxes to the federal government, they were actually getting money back.

So for these corporations, their rate of taxation was actually below zero.

If you have not seen these before, you are going to have a hard time believing some of these statistics…..


Profits: $4.9 billion

Taxes: -$34 million

*Fed Ex*

Profits: $3 billion

Taxes: -$23 million

*Wells Fargo*

Profits: $49.37 billion

Taxes: -$681 million


Profits: $9.7 billion

Taxes: -$178 million


Profits: $32.5 billion

Taxes: -$951 million


Profits: $2.1 billion

Taxes -$72 million

*American Electric Power*

Profits: $5.89 billion

Taxes -$545 million

*General Electric*

Profits: $7.7 billion

Taxes: -$4.7 billion

Are you starting to get the picture?

Breaking: Secret Bilderberg Agenda Leaked by Mole
Kurt Nimmo
June 8, 2011

Alex Jones and have received inside information regarding the Bilderberg agenda now unfolding in the idyllic Swiss countryside.

According to AFP journalist and legendary Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker’s inside sources, the agenda now under review includes a number of critical issues at the top of the elite’s to-do list. These breakdown as follows:

The elite are concerned that the American Congress may soon turn against the illegal and immoral invasion under humanitarian cover by NATO and the U.S. against the north African dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Related YouTube Video
Bilderberg Security Erect Veil To Hide Identity Of Attendees At Entry Checkpoint Of Secret Meeting

Segment #3:  Feature Presentation
Presenter:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  20 minutes

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Segment #4 – Audience Q&A Session
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