Are police becoming militarized?

By Ruben Navarrette Jr., Special to CNN
updated 11:26 AM EST, Wed November 9, 2011
Occupy Oakland protesters run away as the police shoot tear gas canisters near the Oakland City Hall late last month.
Occupy Oakland protesters run away as the police shoot tear gas canisters near the Oakland City Hall late last month.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ruben Navarrette: Occupy Oakland protests showed cops in violent clash with citizens
  • He says increasingly cops everywhere trading community policing for more weapons
  • He says officers in some cities have machine guns in cars, see job as soldiering
  • Navarrette: Policing not about kicking down doors, it’s about building relationships.

(CNN) — Just how bad is the civil unrest associated with the Occupy protests in some U.S. cities?

This bad: There is an online petition calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to send the National Guard to protect Occupy Oakland protesters from the city’s police department.

In recent weeks, hundreds of protesters in Oakland have clashed with police officers in riot gear. In one tragic incident, a 24-year-old Iraq war veteran named Scott Olsen was critically injured when he was hit in the head by a teargas canister at close range.

Even compared to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and other protests around the country, what’s happening in Oakland shocks the senses. Judging from video and firsthand accounts, the police in that city have been especially brutal in dealing with the protesters.

Just two decades ago, in the 1990s, the favored law-enforcement approach was community policing: the idea that police were most effective when they were intertwined with the community. This is a throwback to an earlier time, when a cop walked a beat, knew the neighborhoods and made sure doors were locked after dark.

Now, in some cases, instead of the police serving the community, it’s more like the police are at war with the community.

How did we get here, in Oakland and elsewhere? And how do we go back?

Occupy Oakland turns violent

 I have a friend who thinks he knows what went wrong. He’s a cop who has been on the force more than 25 years, having worked himself into the upper management ranks of a midsized police department near San Diego. I’m comfortable in that world. My father is a retired cop who spent 37 years on the job. I grew up around cops. And now, some of my good friends are cops. I often say that while I cover politicians for a living, I’d rather spend the day with police.

Yet my relationship with the institution of law enforcement is also complicated. My upbringing doesn’t prevent me from — in the course of doing my job — criticizing police officers or law enforcement agencies when they turn into bullies, betray the public trust or deny a suspect due process. I’m also highly critical of the tendency of some police officers to dabble in areas of law enforcement they don’t understand, such as federal immigration law.

The siege in Oakland, where police have repeatedly clashed with protesters, reminds us that there’s one other thing that police officers shouldn’t do: impersonate soldiers.

That’s what concerns my friend, who agreed to talk with me on the condition of anonymity, given the sensitive nature of the subject. Like many law enforcement officers, he was in the military. But after he was discharged he began a career in civilian law enforcement. He knows the difference between the job that he used to have and the one he has now.

But, he fears, that may not be true for a lot of cops on patrol these days. The way my friend sees it, our police forces have become militarized.

“The mission hasn’t changed,” he said, “And that’s to make people feel safe in their communities. It’s how we go about doing it that has changed.”

These are miniature armies, stocked with every weapon imaginable — all at the officer’s disposal.

“You make adjustments here and there,” he said, “The next thing you know, there are machine guns in the squad cars.”

You heard right. Machine guns. And not in a weapons locker back at the station house. In many cities, the machine guns are in the police cars, next to the standard issue shotgun. On the officer’s belt: a Taser, .40 caliber handgun with 16 bullets in the clip and one in the chamber, a baton and mace. And that’s for one officer. Multiply it out, and you’ll get an idea of how much firepower is circulating out on the street.

There is more on the way. Leaf through a police magazine these days and you’ll see ads for automatic weapons, military equipment and the like — all being pitched at police officers. Midsized and larger police departments have long had SWAT teams. But now, even patrol officers have access to more firepower than they used to. The must-have item this holiday season: an armored assault vehicle. That’s right. A tank, which will be back at the station house if you need it.

“There’s a sense among new recruits that police work is about soldiering,” my friend lamented. “And we don’t discourage it. In fact, we encourage it — when (in reality) about 90% of what we do is community relations.”

He’s right. Law enforcement isn’t about kicking down doors. It’s about building and maintaining relationships.

Police officers have the power to either make their job simpler or more difficult. If they treat people well and build relations, people will cooperate. They’ll have leads, witnesses and informants. But if they see the people they’re supposed to “protect and serve” the way an occupying army sees the native population, they’re going to encounter resistance, suspicion, defiance and other things that make their job harder. That’s a recipe for chaos.

Meanwhile, these mini-armies are always on the lookout for the next battle. And, as events in Oakland and around the country suggest, they usually find it.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/09/opinion/navarrette-militarized-police/index.html?hpt=hp_bn9

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Obama's birth certificate…straight from the whitehouse

SEE, THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Barry is not from the US, and probably not even from Africa. I think that is a second layer cover story as well. Maybe one day i will get into where I think he is from, but let’s just say i tend to side with Freeman on this one.

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Do you agree with murdering millions?

180 the movie

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Mercury Poisoning from Amalgam Dental Fillings

Author: Dr. Joseph Mercola
Summary: Don’t let dentists put this poison in your mouth!

This eye-opening video from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.org) is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to illustrating the very real danger of mercury fillings. It contains a powerful visual demonstration of how mercury vapors are released into your oral cavity every time you chew, visit the dentist, or drink hot tea or coffee, for example. And these mercury vapors continue to be released for at least 1.5 hours after each stimulation.

The poisonous vapors are odorless, colorless and tasteless, so you can’t tell when it’s happening. But you can be sure that if you have so-called “silver fillings” in your mouth, you’re continuously exposed to mercury, which passes readily through cell membranes, across the blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system, where it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems.

This eye-opening video from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.org) is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to illustrating the very real danger of mercury fillings. It contains a powerful visual demonstration of how mercury vapors are released into your oral cavity every time you chew, visit the dentist, or drink hot tea or coffee, for example. And these mercury vapors continue to be released for at least 1.5 hours after each stimulation.

The poisonous vapors are odorless, colorless and tasteless, so you can’t tell when it’s happening. But you can be sure that if you have so-called “silver fillings” in your mouth, you’re continuously exposed to mercury, which passes readily through cell membranes, across the blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system, where it can cause psychological, neurological, and immunological problems.

Amalgams Are The Number One Source of Mercury Exposure

Source: Matt Lemmon on Flickr.

Dental amalgams are the primary source of mercury exposure in Americans. A single dental amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day. For comparison, eating mercury-tainted seafood will expose you to about 2.3 micrograms per day — and that is enough for scientists to call for a worldwide warning!

Unfortunately, while many have become well aware of the dangers of environmental mercury contamination, few are as well-informed when it comes to the dangers posed by dental amalgams.

Sadly, only one in four people is aware that silver amalgams contain mercury, and the dental industry is capitalizing on that ignorance. Part of the problem is that the very name “silver fillings” seems to imply they are made of silver, a misdirection that has kept a good majority of consumers in the dark for a long time. Alas, amalgams consist of more than 50 percent mercury. When confronted about this, the industry response is that the term “silver” is meant to denote the color, not the constitution.

However, dentists have also been actively persuaded to keep this information under tight wraps, and they are under no obligation whatsoever to inform their patients about the mercury content of amalgam fillings. As recently as 2009, the FDA ruled that no warning shall be issued to patients—not even to young women and parents of young children—that the mercury from the amalgam fillings is a reproductive toxin and a neurotoxin, despite the fact that pregnant women and young children are at greatest risk from mercury toxicity.

An Antiquated and Hazardous Dental Tool

In the words of Charlie Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry,

Amalgam is a primitive, polluting, 19th century product that began when physicians were sawing off legs. Medicine has since moved forward.

Unfortunately, this aspect of dentistry has not. The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to give amalgam (mercury) fillings their seal of approval, stating:

Used by dentists for more than a century, dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all those in use. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials. For those reasons, it remains a valued treatment option for dentists and their patients.

The height of irony is that dental amalgam is shipped as a hazardous material to the dental office, and any amalgam leftover is also treated as hazardous and requires special precautions to dispose of. Yet, most dentists will readily implant this hazardous material directly into your mouth, with assurances that it’s perfectly safe and harmless!

The Health Hazards of Mercury Fillings

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys, and mixing it with other alloys and placing it in your mouth does NOT all of a sudden render it harmless… Children and fetuses whose brains are still developing are at greatest risk, but anyone can be affected. Naturally, the more amalgams you have, the greater your risk of experiencing health problems as a result.

Visited the dentist today.  Here was my x-ray.  This was the first time I used this machine that I put my head into and it rotated around my head.

In the featured video, they show that:

  • When amalgam was placed in sheep, substantial quantities of mercury spread from the filling and accumulated in the animal’s jaw, liver, kidney and stomach after just 30 days.
  • The sheep’s kidneys also dropped the ability to clear inulin by 60 percent—an indication of kidney malfunction.
  • Antibiotic-resistant dystrophic bacteria was discovered in the primates’ intestinal flora, within just two weeks of receiving mercury fillings.
  • Mercury fillings damage the ADP-ribosilation of brain neuronal proteins.
  • When amalgam fillings were placed in pregnant sheep, mercury was immediately transferred to the placenta and every part of the fetus.
  • After birth, the offspring’s mercury levels continued to rise as a result of ingesting the mother’s milk.

Mercury is especially damaging to your central nervous system (CNS), and studies show that mercury in the CNS causes psychological, neurological, and immunological problems including:

  • Arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Slowed mental response
  • Insomnia
  • Weakness
  • Unsteady gait
To make matters worse, mercury bonds very firmly to structures in your central nervous system. Unless actively removed, mercury has an extremely long half-life of somewhere between 15 and 30 years!

Beware! Amalgams Must Be Removed Properly

It should be clear that there’s simply no such thing as a safe mercury filling. However, please do NOT make the mistake of having your amalgam fillings removed by a dentist who is not properly trained in safe amalgam removal. Doing so could expose you to tremendous health risks, due to the large amounts of mercury vapor being released during the removal process.

Research has shown that if you do not take proper safety precautions during the removal process, mercury levels in your blood can rise three to four-fold, which may result in acute toxicity.

SO PLEASE …

Make sure to use a so-called biological dentist that is trained in properly removing mercury fillings. Some things that need to be done to keep you (and your dentist) safe during the procedure include:

  • Providing you with an alternative air source and instructing you not to breathe through your mouth
  • Using a cold-water spray to minimize mercury vapors
  • Putting a rubber dam in your mouth so you don’t swallow or inhale any toxins
  • Using a high-volume evacuator near the tooth at all times to evacuate the mercury vapor
  • Washing your mouth out immediately after the fillings have been removed (the dentist should also change gloves after the removal)
  • Immediately cleaning your protective wear and face once the fillings are removed
  • Using room air purifiers

For a complete description of how to safely remove mercury amalgam, see this PDF created by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The proper procedure is also explained in the featured video.

Avoid making the same mistake I did 20 years ago when I had all my amalgams removed by a competent dentist who was an elder at the church I attended. Unfortunately, he was clueless about mercury toxicity and used no precautions and as result I got kidney damage. Additionally, I had to remove all the crowns he put in because they were metal. It was a very expensive and health damaging mistake.

I also suggest you get healthy BEFORE having your fillings removed, as you want your detoxification mechanisms optimized prior to removal. To remove mercury that has already accumulated in your body, I highly recommend reviewing my Mercury Detoxification Protocol, which details the things you can do right now to help rid your body of this toxin. If your mercury levels are seriously elevated, you should work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner to help you through the detoxification process.

Source: http://amazingdiscoveries.org/H-deception_mercury_amalgam_dentist

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What are you eating??

Poisoned Meats
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD

Summary: Today’s meat and dairy industries are focused on profit rather than health.

Current farming techniques and animal husbandry are focused on conserving energy and building profit. But since the way meat is being made totally changes the meat itself, very few animals can still be considered clean for humans to eat.

Unfortunately, human and animal health is usually overshadowed by the desire for production and profit. For example, in the poultry industry, chickens are housed in cramped cages. They are kept in dimly lit and stuffy buildings. These unhealthy conditions are designed to prevent the animal from wasting any energy on movement such as walking. All of the animal’s energy is to be put into growing.

The chickens are fed carcass meal, bone meal, and even the remains of previously slaughtered poultry. To prevent infection or disease from these cannibalistic meals, the chickens are also fed antibiotics and chemicals, as well as growth stimulants and digestion-aiding enzymes.

A commercial chicken farm.

This artificial environment increases growth and decreases how much food each chicken needs. Under modern conditions, a chicken can grow from 35 grams to 1.5 kilograms in just six weeks, with only 3.5 kilograms of feed. In the past, that same chicken would have needed 17 kilograms of feed to reach that mass.

Modern poultry can grow exceptionally fast and large. However, these chickens have severely underdeveloped immune systems and internal organs. Because chickens produced in these conditions cannot defend themselves against disease, they must be raised in a virtually sterile environment to prevent sickness and death. Review our Animal Products and Food-borne Illness chart

The problem doesn’t end with sick chickens. The manure from this poultry is processed into feed for cattle and sheep. All the chemicals, enzymes, antibiotics and lethal doses of growth stimulants that the chickens were fed are passed to these animals. We then consume meat and dairy products, ingesting these chemicals into our bodies.

This process has left a legacy of drug-resistant bacteria and increased cases of food poisoning worldwide. Already, bacterial respiratory infections and diarrhea have been identified as two of the top killers in the world today. People are dying around the world from diseases caused by poisoned meats and diary products.

Read Clean and Unclean, an explanation of the diets God has given humanity throughout history, or The Vegan-Vegetarian Lifestyle, which shows that optimum health is possible, even in a world full of toxic foods.

Source: http://amazingdiscoveries.org/H-deception-meat_profit_chicken_poison

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Sorry 2005 YU55, not this time

It appears as though Asteroid 2005 YU55 has missed us and the moon.  There were some saying that one or the other would be hit, with the mysterious google map images floating around the net again.  You know the one…the big X in the box.  People need to do some homework before jumping the gun.  Many rumors can be averted by doing some simple research and investigation.  Oh yeah, a little common sense helps too.

I just wonder what the next doomsday event might be.  Hmm, so many to choose from.  Anyway here and article that should help tie up this little loose end.  Happy doomsday!

Asteroid 2005 YU55 ‘looks like a giant rock floating through space,’ reports astronomer

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1109/Asteroid-2005-YU55-looks-like-a-giant-rock-floating-through-space-reports-astronomer

“…During its closest approach, which occurred at 6:28 p.m. EST, it was inside the orbit of the moon, about 200,000 miles above the planet. It posed no threat to either.”

“…Computer models simulating the asteroid’s path for the next 100 years show there is no chance it will hit Earth or the moon during that time, said Don Yeomans with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Astronomers do not expect it will be a threat beyond that time either but have not run the models beyond 100 years.”

Of course we never believe “official” sources.  We always do our OWN homework and come to logical conclusion on our own.  Don’t we?

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Hilton’s had poaching charges?

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