John Maenpaa

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[VIDEO] Attorney says Occupy Houston leaders were targets of plotted sniper attack

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Attorney-says-Occupy-Houston-leaders-were-targets-of-plotted-sniper-attack-217845701.html

Last year the Occupy Houston protests brought part of the city to a standstill, now we have learned there was an alleged plot at the time to shoot the leaders of the protest.

A local attorney claims the FBI knew about it. According to the Houston Chronicle a local attorney who represented members of the Occupy Houston movement recently received a document from a group. Those documents pointed to an alleged plot to shoot protestors in Houston last year...

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Tell D.C. Mayor Gray: Listen to Workers, Not Walmart, Sign the Living Wage Bill

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/Tell-D.C.-Mayor-Gray-Listen-to-Workers-Not-Walmart-Sign-the-Living-Wage-Bill

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he still hasn’t decided if he will sign a living wage bill for workers in big-box stores like Walmart that operate in the District of Columbia. If you live in the district, here’s your chance to tell the mayor to do the right thing.

Click here to send Gray an email urging him to sign the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA)...

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[VIDEO] AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Holt Baker, CWA President Cohen Among Immigration Activists Arrested on the Hill Today

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/AFL-CIO-Executive-Vice-President-Holt-Baker-CWA-President-Cohen-Among-Immigration-Activists-Arrested-on-the-Hill-Today

Outside the Cannon House Office Building this afternoon, immigration activists, including AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, took arrest for blocking traffic during a sit-in protest.

Watch a video of the arrest from NBC News here...

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14 Infrastructure Areas the U.S. Needs to Fix Before Tragedy Happens

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/14-Infrastructure-Areas-the-U.S.-Needs-to-Fix-Before-Tragedy-Happens

Earlier this year the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its annual report card about the health of the nation's infrastructure, giving the U.S. an overall grade of "D+" and stating that $3.6 trillion in investment is needed by 2020 to avoid catastrophes that could cost lives and cripple local economies. Not only would this investment protect lives, it would also boost job creation at a time when the economy is still struggling to get back to full employment. Here are 14 of the most critical areas the U.S. needs to invest in before it becomes too late to prevent needless deaths, according to ASCE...

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Will labour union do in Tunisia what military did in Egypt?

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=60473

Whereas in Egypt military power decided Islamist government's fate, in Tunisia economic muscle of 600,000 member union may prove decisive.

More than any threat of the armed forces, the power of Tunisia's main trade union may be what pushes the Islamist-led government to accept opposition demands for it to quit...

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International poll reveals more than half the world population say incomes fallen behind the cost of living

http://www.ituc-csi.org/international-poll-reveals-more

The global economy is no more stable today than it was six years ago as incomes fall behind the cost of living and two out of three people rate the current economic situation in their country as bad, according to a new global public opinion poll from the Labour 20, the trade union representatives to the G20.

Sharan Burrow General Secretary International Trade Union Confederation will call for new international architecture to be implemented under the Australian Presidency of the G20 in a speech to the Lowy Institute for International Policy today in Sydney...

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QCU calls for new laws on government advertising

http://standforqld.com.au/qcu-calls-for-new-laws-on-government-advertising/

The Queensland Council of Unions has called on Health Minister Lawrence Springborg to reveal how much taxpayers money the LNP is spending on defending privatisation of public hospitals.

QCU President John Battams said the campaign would be costing hundreds of thousands of dollars...

RELATED: http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/17830226/qld-government-urged-to-change-mps-pay-law/

RELATED: https://www.facebook.com/cfmeuqldnt

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Guatemala seeks freeze on Portillo's Europe accounts

http://www.expatica.lu//news/luxembourg-news/guatemala-seeks-freeze-on-portillo-s-europe-accounts_270241.html

A Guatemalan court has ordered the freezing of assets held by ex-president Alfonso Portillo in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the nation's top prosecutor said Monday.

Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz said Portillo, who was in power from 2000-2004 and is currently being held in the United States for money laundering, had frozen accounts totalling 2.8 million euros in those three countries...

RELATED: http://www.wort.lu/en/view/guatemala-seeks-freeze-on-ex-president-s-ubs-luxembourg-accounts-51ee68a7e4b07b2e701af3b3

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Luxembourg faulted for not helping find tax cheats

http://www.expatica.lu//news/luxembourg-news/luxembourg-faulted-for-not-helping-find-tax-cheats_270922.html

The global forum charged with cracking down on tax havens said Wednesday it found that Luxembourg was not fully meeting international standards in helping other countries seeking to find tax cheats.

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, which operates under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said a review had found that Luxembourg had not always fully used its legal powers to provide requested data...

RELATED: http://www.wort.lu/en/view/luxembourg-bites-back-after-tax-cheat-gibe-51fa7b06e4b08c139153d8ab

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George P. Bush raises major dollars from outside Texas, thanks to Bush family network

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130716-george-p.-bush-raises-major-dollars-from-outside-texas-thanks-to-bush-family-network.ece

He might be running for state land commissioner, but he’s got plenty of support from outside Texas, thanks to the extended Bush family and friends network. Of the $2 million Bush reported raising, more than 40 percent came from outside Texas.

His biggest donors include GOP heavyweights who were instrumental in helping bankroll uncle George W. Bush’s presidential races. Among them, longtime Bush friend Brad Freeman of Los Angeles ($10,000); Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes ($5,000); and venture capitalist Jerry Perenchino, former head of Univision ($5,000). His Texas donors also include some well-known names. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave $25,000, and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman gave $10,000.

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George P. Bush to stump at Llano Tea Party venue

Read more: http://www.dailytrib.com/2013/07/29/george-p-bush-to-stump-at-llano-tea-party-venue/#ixzz2al4fVYkw

Campaigning through Texas has taught George P. Bush one “big” lesson.


“I’ve been traveling the state for the better part of three-fourths of a year. It’s a big state. There’s 254 counties, 26 million residents,” he said. “It’s anticipated there will be somewhere around 1.5 million Republicans that will go out and vote. I’m just trying my best to meet as many of them as possible.”...

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[VIDEO] George P. Bush speaks at Sherman Tea Party meeting

http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/George-P-Bush-speaks-at-Sherman-Tea-Party-meeting-216785181.html

A member of the Bush family is in Sherman Tuesday evening.

George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, grandson of George H. W. Bush, was the keynote speaker at Tuesday evening's Texoma Patriots Tea Party meeting.

RELATED: http://www.constantinereport.com/a-new-bush-rises/

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SEND OBAMA A CONGRESS THAT CARES ABOUT AMERICA — It's always good to get out of Washington, to see how Americans are struggling. To see the middle class disappearing. To understand how truly out of touch today's Republican Party is with reality. President Obama is doing just that, as he shines a light on the reason he can't get anything done. Republican zealots are blocking all roads to progress. Congressional historians said last year's Congress was the worst in history. Now they're saying this year's Congress is even worse. Tea Party members are on an ideological "crusade" to kill Obamacare, to harm our economy and to starve our government of needed revenues, just so they can claim the Democrats have ruined our nation. Well, that isn't going to work. Polls show our citizens know that the Republicans stand in the way of progress. Teajadists like Ted Cruse and Rand Paul are willing to shut down our government for their own political expediency. Now is the time to register voters for the 2014 elections. Let's send President Obama a Congress that cares for America, a Congress that's willing to negotiate in good faith and work with our President for the sake of our nation's future.

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US Uncut On Facebook

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accuses JP Morgan of manipulating energy markets in order to scam Michigan and California consumers and taxpayers for a total of $83 million. http://www.occupy.com/article/investigation-what-jpmorgan-chase-energy-scandal-reveals-about-fossil-fuel-financing

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Stand with striking Chicago fast food and retail workers!

http://fightfor15.org/en/

We, hundreds of fast food and retail workers, went on strike at 30 stores in the Loop and the Magnificent Mile to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Employers like McDonalds, Whole Foods, and Sears are raking in enormous profits while workers like us, mostly adults with families, don’t get paid enough to cover basic needs like food, rent, health care and transportation.

We are risking our jobs as we continue to stand up and say ENOUGH. And we need everyone who supports us to join us. It’s time to give every worker a chance to survive and thrive – and strengthen Chicago’s economy.

If you agree, add your name below, and then spread the word...

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GOP Nihilism Fully Revealed in Current Paralysis

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-nihilism-revealed?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

By their refusal to even consider President Obama's latest proposal, Republicans show they can't even help their ever-narrowing constituency.

There was a time, about two summers ago, when Republicans in Congress opposed the president for a reason. The reason wasn’t exactly an honorable or stirring one, but at least it had a logic to it. The thinking, reportedly articulated by Paul Ryan among others, went a little something like this: Any grand bargain, no matter how tilted to the right wing, would only help Obama win reelection. But all-out intransigence, when paired with a weak economy and looming debt, would make Obama look ineffectual, weak, and in over his head. And that was the way back to 1600 Penn...

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Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/bradley-manning-changed.html

Bradley Manning will be sentenced today, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage (despite the lack of evidence for intent to spy and the lack of evidence that his leaking ever did any real harm). Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

1. Manning revealed the Collateral Murder video of a helicopter attack in Iraq on mostly unarmed non-combatants (though some of those struck may have been armed), including two Reuters journalists, whose cameras were taken for weapons, and children. The army maintains that the video does not show wrongdoing, but the killing of unarmed journalists is a war crime, and the callousness of video gives an idea of what was going on in Iraq during the years of the US occupation. When the Bush administration asked the Iraqi parliament for permission to keep a base in the country, the parliamentarians said, absolutely not. The US military was forced to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011...

RELATED: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/how-will-the-world-remember-bradley-manning/278193/

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Too often they "pass" on removing child: Social Workers Fired After Brutal Torture Death Of 8-Yr-Old Boy

http://laist.com/2013/07/31/social_workers_fired_after_fernandez_death.php

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Yup... Representative government...

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