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wendy davis

wendy davis

On December 12, pent up with frustration, thirty warehouse workers employed by contracted supply chain corporations for Walmart, Inc. walked off the job in Mira Loma, CA citing unfair labor practices and hideous working conditions that were not being addressed by a host of legal filings and complaints workers had taken to Walmart, then to their direct employers, NFI, in hopes that they’d provide relief.  Workers claim that management has retaliated brutally.  Requests to CalOSHA and the NLRB have gone unanswered so far, but apparently both are investigating complaints.


Monday, 17 September 2012 09:25

#OWS 2.0 and Pot Smokers Strike Back!

Good morning, and a good #S17 day to you.  Events in Manhattan today will celebrate the first anniversary of the Occupy movement.  I assume there will be livestreaming of events both here and at The Dissenter at the Mothership.

While so many people have declared OWS dead, those who’ve been paying attention have known that there have been ongoing efforts at general assembly working groups to consider alternative economic and business models, a better and more inclusive democracy, scale up local sustainable food and energy projects, etc.

Today in NYC, Occupy 2.0 Strike the Debt will hold actions to spotlight the copies of their new Debt Resistors Operation Manual.  According to Astra Taylor at The Nation, realizing that since Occupy encampments were shut down, the movement needed a theme to rally around to excite interest and activism.  Toward that end, a group of organizers put their heads together and decided that one common theme that unites the 99% is…debt  (Pace to MMT adherents, please).  And not just the by now $1 trillion in student debt, but as Occupy organizer Yates McKee writes:


Saturday, 15 September 2012 14:32

No Bars for Fraudsters; At Least Now We Know Why

(Or: It’s the DPA’s, baby!)

First, the situation so far as criminal prosecution for fraud , as in: SNAFU, brought to you by William Black, longtime white-collar criminologist:


Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:56

7 O’Clock News Silent Night

(You may want to play the video for background ambiance while you read...)

Good evening, America, and welcome to the seven o’clock news.


Please feel free to ignore this post; I won't take offense.  Re ennui: I get it, and suffer it sometimes.  But shit like this is visceral for me, and the rage makes me have to write about it.  It need not mess up any of your heads further, especially watching or listening to the Liar-in-Chief.

Friday, 07 September 2012 14:44

Food Price Spikes and Commodities Manipulation

(Yes, it’s long, but…it needs to be, and we need to know this stuff.  Once again, there will be prizes for those who finish.)

From (hat tip AitchD):

“The AntiSec hacking group claims to have released a set of more than 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) obtained from breaching the FBI. The group claims to have over 12 million IDs, as well as personal information such as user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses.


The hackers issued a statement with the following description on how the data was obtained:

‘During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of ”NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.’

They published the UDID numbers to call attention to suspicions that the FBI used the information to track citizens. (my bolds throughout)  Much of the personal data has been trimmed, however, with the hackers claiming to have left enough for “a significant amount of users” to search for their devices.

“TNW has contacted the FBI for comment. Meanwhile, AntiSec says it will not provide further statements or interviews until a mysterious request is fulfilled – to have a photo of a Gawker staff writer dressed in a tutu featured on the company’s homepage.

Update: The TNW tech team has built a tool to let you check whether your device was included in the list.

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