2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review by John W. Whitehead | LewRockwell.com

via Lew Rockwell, this is a Must Read …

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review by John W. Whitehead | LewRockwell.com

Depressing synopsized word cloud follows (don’t bother reading it. GE.)National Security Agency, NSA, eavesdropping, private email, phone calls, security/industrial complex, marriage of government, military and corporate interests, keeping Americans under constant surveillance, GPS tracking, secret spying on Americans, technology, our ability to control it, our Frankenstein, given it free rein in our lives, Continue reading

Invading Libya brings UK govt. £200bn | PressTV

 

“The west is establishing another client in Libya. Libya is the source of more oil than any other country in Africa, including Nigeria,” said John Pilger, a London-based journalist and documentary maker.” via PressTV – Invading Libya brings UK govt. £200bn.

Oakland Police Lacerate Army Ranger’s Spleen and Cause Internal Bleeding … Then Deny Him Medical Treatment for 18 Hours

via Oakland Police Lacerate Army Ranger’s Spleen and Cause Internal Bleeding … Then Deny Him Medical Treatment for 18 Hours | ZeroHedge.

Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.

“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move.

“Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me.”

Sabeghi … said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in “unbelievable pain”.

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Sabehgi was due to undergo surgery on Friday afternoon to repair his spleen

US Food Stamp Usage Hits New Record | ZeroHedge

via US Food Stamp Usage Hits New Record | ZeroHedge.

food stamps families august 2011

“… the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which informs us that in August, a new all time record number of Americans, or 45.8 million, relied on food stamps for sustenance.   So for those who are looking for those up and coming states where the population has decided that slowly but surely work of any kind is an anachronism we suggest you move to Alabama, Delaware, Utah, or Washington: all states that have seen at least a 3% sequential increase in food stamp usage. And, tangentially, confirming that this country’s economy is headed straight to hell and won’t pass go is the latest news from LPS according to which nearly 40% of loans in foreclosure have not made a payment in two years, and 72% have not made a payment in the past 12 month…”

Food Price Inflation, CPI and Expenditures | ERS/USDA Briefing Room

via ERS/USDA Briefing Room – Food CPI and Expenditures.

Overview The Consumer Price Index CPI for all food increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010 and is forecast to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2011.

Also – see here for data  –  Food CPI and Expenditures: CPI for Food Forecasts