This week’s Field Revealed comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out “rapid inventories” with the Field Museum’s Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams. Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas–information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.
Posted by CN Staff on June 28, 2012 at 09:52:07 PT By Kristen Mack, Tribune Reporters
Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago — The Chicago City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana possession, joining a wave of states and big cities that have opted for fines instead of arrests for small amounts of the drug.
Starting Aug. 4, police can issue tickets of $250 to $500 for someone caught with 15 grams or less of pot — the equivalent of about 25 cigarette-sized joints. Given that more than 18,000 people are arrested for pot possession in Chicago each year, the new law could generate millions of dollars for the city.
The push for pot tickets marks the latest in an increasingly long line of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s maneuvers to find new sources of money that largely rely on penalizing people who run afoul of the law. The mayor counted on bad behavior to balance his first budget, anticipating that the city would raise $26 million in increased fines for such offenses as failing to cut high weeds, not feeding parking meters and driving with a suspended license.
This fall, cameras are expected to begin clocking motorists who speed on Chicago streets, resulting in tickets of up to $100 and tens of millions of dollars for the city. Emanuel framed that controversial plan as a way to leverage technology to better protect children near schools and parks.
Like the speed-camera plan, Emanuel insisted Wednesday that the marijuana fines aren’t about the money.
“It’s not about revenue, it’s about what (police officers) were doing with their time,” the mayor said. “The only revenue I’m interested in, I don’t want to be paying for these officers time and a half to sit in a courtroom for four hours on something that 80 to 90 percent of the time will be thrown out and everybody, both the residents and police officers and judges, already knows the outcome.” . . . Read Complete Report
Americans better wake up. This is not a case of members of the alternative press being arrested at some protest. This is the case of a MSM crew being harassed while trying to do their assigned job. And this is not an isolated incident. This type of stomping on our 1st amendment rights is becoming more and more common. Scary tactics. . . EDITOR
There is one thing that Barack Obama has been successful at since taking the helm of the nation and that is trampling on the US Constitution and the constitutional rights of American citizens. The Constitution requires the President to obey and protect the laws of the land. Nowhere does it say that he can ignore or pick and choose which laws he wants to keep and which ones he can disregard. That’s one of the reasons our Founding Fathers established three branches of government and not one.
Obama has often expressed his desire to do away with the Second Amendment right to carry and bear arms. More recently, he seems to be also trying to do away with the First Amendment rights to free speech, freedom of religion and the freedom to redress grievances against the government. . . . Red Complete Report
In a shocking display of the police state and the creeping push towards actual martial law, heavily armed military officers in black helicopters swooped through downtown Chicago in what was billed as a routine military exercise.
Up to three Blackhawk Helicopters flew in formation and separately around downtown office buildings and apartments for at least three hours.
A report by the local Chicago Fox affiliate was surprisingly unconvinced by the military’s claims that these exercises had nothing to do with the upcoming NATO Summit:The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Monday announced that Chicago is the site of a military training exercise this week involving personnel and at least three helicopters.But the bland press release from City Hall did nothing to prepare folks for the jarring scene that unfolded Monday evening.
“It was frightening,” Jessica Hill said. “I was definitely alarmed.
At least three Blackhawk helicopters flying at time in close order formation – at other times separating fairly widely – zoomed around office and residential towers for several hours.
I was pretty amazed,” Felise Llano said, “because they were definitely military.”
A quick look through the various videos of these helicopters flying very low to the ground throughout the city shows just how out of control this country has become . . . Read Complete Report w/ more videos
Occupy Protests May 1, 2012 – A “REAL” No-spin Report
by Dennis Crenshaw – Editor
May 2, 2012
The major financial problems in this country ARE caused by a combination of a corrupt good-old-boy political system, the money controllers and the capitalist system as operated today. The times are changing. For one thing corporations will eventually have to learn to share their profits with the people who actually do the hands on work, not pass it along to Corporation flunkies. Unfortunately, they will have to be forced one way or another into accepting that position. The second step is that we MUST get rid of the Federal Reserve System and get our money back on a sound track… backed by precious metals. The occupy movement is a great start in waking people up to what has been going on in our Country’s political and financial world. . . . the elitist controllers and their pals can’t stand it! They will fight it tooth and nail. . . EDITOR
Occupy Movement launches global May Day Protest 5/1/2012
Covering the Event without the “Commie control” scare tactics of the far right.
The Occupy Movement identified one of the major problems in our system, the banking and financial institutions who have used their Washington thugs to pass bills and regulations which allows them to strip the American people of their assets. Only their target group is wrong.
It’s not the top 1% who are causing our problems. It a A SMALL PERCENTAGE at the top of that 1% who control the situation. By blaming the “top 1%” and “corporate greed” the Occupy movement made a big mistake and opened a large can of worms. This is a direct challenge to the GOP and their talking heads like, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and David Horowitz who consider themselves to be members of the controlling elitist whose sole media job is to keep such talk under wraps. Check out their coverage of the Occupy protest movement. They are screaming negative vibes about the Occupy Movement louder than at anything Obama has done. This should send up red flags that they have more personal agendas in the fire when it comes to the amount of energy and time the elitist media’s talking heads spend shouting down the Occupy Movement. They didn’t “report on the “10s of thousands” of peaceful protesters that turned out across the nation. People of all walks of life. Instead they reported the one or two bad things that happened and spent the rest of the time calling the protesters “Commies.” And to recycle the old “Red Threat” from the so-called cold war. Even that isn’t new! The gotta be scared s…less!
Over the years any time the controllers felt a threat from the populace they dust off the same playbook they have used since Joe McCarty’s hearings after World War II of the age-old tactic of claiming that the “trouble makers” are controlled by Communist and Socialistic organizations. To have fallen back to using this ridiculous, outdated propaganda proves they feel like they are in dire straights and needed something that sounds frighting to send to the sheeple.
Problem is the protests numbering in the “10s of thousands in cities and towns across the nation” (the amount of people reported protesting across America on May 1).
They would have us believe that these 10s of thousands of people are all of communist bent or controlled somehow by some evil “red cells” who have anxiously been waiting in the wings for the past couple of decades for a chance to gain power in the United States; And in the Occupy Movement they see their chance to spring out of the closet! Bull Shit.
GOP and such wake up. Communism went out of style years ago. Everyone knows it failed. Hell, even your hero Ronny Ray-Gun knew it after Nancy told him. This is the 21st century, it’s radical Islam that attracts the crazies today.
Sure there are a few burned-out retreads from the 60s and 70s vocalizing about the Occupy Movement… but a plot? Give me a break. The Controllers flunky’s propaganda wants everyone to believe that those supporting the movement are a bunch of mindless puppets blindly following the resurrected communist from Occupy protest to Occupy protest. Actually these the same propaganda tactics used to turn the nation against the Branch Dravidian religious sect of Waco Texas and “the Patriot Movement” with the Oklahoma bombing. Scare tactics to turn the populace against anyone that disagrees with the controllers. Just use interchanging bad guys.
So what if some left-wing groups are using Occupy to get in their licks? That’s the American way. That doesn’t make the entire protest a “Commie” protest but it sure does play into the hands of media hacks like Rush Limbaugh. Too Bad.
If you want to know the true make-up of the protesters, look at the videos of the actual people protesting. Of course unless it’s a video of protesters being rowdy and being arrested you will not see any of the videos of the marches on you cable outlet. Continuing our pledge to be your alternative news source presenting information THEY refuse to publish we have put together the following video reports from around the Country.
Who are the protesters?
Many are young collage students who have no hopes of a job once the graduate. There are a lot of homeless people. They are at the bottom of the food chain and certainly see a problem. Then there are everyday working people who are totally frustrated.
The Republican-or-die-crowd are screaming their heads off about a “Communist Movement.” They would have you and I believe that the Occupy Movement is under the control of communist organizations. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. But their fears never pan out. Over the years I have watched these fascist GOP party types claim that any movement against the establishment by a group of vocal people is a “commie plot.” The right wing nutcases never want to believe that people are smart enough to know what’s going on and, when really pissed off at the controllers and their pals, will think and join others in protest on their own. Yesterday, according to one reporter, “tens of thousands of protesters turned out in peaceful protest all across the nation. If there are that many “commies” in the country, or if the small number of die hard commies and socialist of America can cause the kind of turnout we had yesterday I wonder why have the Controlling fascist fraction of our government made so many inroads over the past 40 years, yet the commies, for the most part, were forced out years ago.?
Do I believe there are far left-wing people involved in this movement? Of course I do. The left wing nutcases will join a movement such as this in a heart beat. It’s anti-establishment and that’s what they represent. Do I believe, as those in the Republican Party want me to believe, that the Occupy Movement is “controlled” by these left wink nuts. No,I firmly believe that most of the rank-and-file people protesting under the Occupy banner are people, like myself, who realize that THE TOP BANKERS and FINANCIAL CONTROLLERS ARE A LARGE CAUSE OF OUR COUNTRIES FINANCIAL PROBLEMS TODAY.
So, after listening to the mainstream press scream in our ears that the Occupy movement is nothing but a bunch of commies, lets take a look at what’s going on out on the streets. As you watch this extensive video report look at the people. Commies? Gimme a break!
After you watch the live videos if you still “think” this is not a peoples movement that’s O.K. But I personally think that line of thinking is the product of rightist propaganda. . . EDITOR
“Video documentation by local activists and independent media shows that police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they’ve been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement. , , ,” Read Complete article.
Police teargas Oakland protesters at May Day general strike
“Around 400 protesters have been confronted by police who used tear gas, causing hundreds to scatter on May 1. Some activists blocked streets throughout the day and vandalized two banks, a news van and police vehicle. Nine people were taken into custody in Oakland, California, after hundreds of people took to the streets. Police reportedly used Taser against at least one of them. Officers ordered protesters out of the street after firing the tear gas and “flash-bang” grenades. RT’s correspondent Madina Kochenova has the latest from Los Angeles.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation is testing an emergency plan to shut off access into and out of downtown Chicago. The plan uses a network of highway security gates that are designed to shut down all traffic coming in and out of Chicago in the event of a terrorist attack.
The Illinois DOT is warning truckers that it’s best to avoid the city during the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21. There will be a number of driving restrictions and rolling street closures, and the Illinois DOT is testing highway barricades that will block access to all major highways in and out of Chicago.
These barricades, which started being installed on Chicago highways back in 2005, are deigned to restrict or cut off access to roads during an emergency like a bioterrorism attack.