Jersey City coppers told to remove anti-government patch

Police officers believed to be members of an anti-government extremist movement have been disciplined, an official with the Jersey City Police Department said.

The group of men from the Emergency Services Unit were “Three Percenters,” a movement that believes the federal government must be resisted because it is taking away Americans’ rights, the Jersey Journal reported…

Followers “engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing,” including the notion that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States were carried out by the federal government, said the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

The “Three Percenters” take their name from the idea that only 3 percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the Revolutionary War, a Facebook page says.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Nalbach did not identify the officers who were disciplined.

The department took action after a letter sent to the Jersey Journal said some ESU officers wore a patch saying “One of the 3 percent.” A photo of a patch accompanied the letter.

Nalbach confirmed the officers were wearing a patch and that it was removed “because we don’t allow unofficial patches.”

Fitting for clowns using 3% of their brains.

Attempts to establish fascist cells inside police departments are nothing new in the United States or abroad. Whether recruiting is done from “natural talent” in the forces or cadres entering departments with the goal of building a presence – is unimportant.

Their goals are the same, individually and collectively. The task of civilians, the appropriate response from the body politic, is to root out racists, the stormtrooper mentality that always accompanies cowards and fear-mongers trying to redirect the armed branch of civil service into vicious, reactionary policies.

IRS lets businesses avoid corporate regulation, call themselves real estate trusts – stop paying taxes!

Look like rental property to you?

A small but growing number of American corporations, operating in businesses as diverse as private prisons, billboards and casinos, are making an aggressive move to reduce — or even eliminate — their federal tax bills.

They are declaring that they are not ordinary corporations at all. Instead, they say, they are something else: special trusts that are typically exempt from paying federal taxes.

The trust structure has been around for years but, until recently, it was generally used only by funds holding real estate. Now, the likes of the Corrections Corporation of America, which owns and operates 44 prisons and detention centers across the nation, have quietly received permission from the Internal Revenue Service to put on new corporate clothes and, as a result, save many millions on taxes.

The Corrections Corporation, which is making the switch, expects to save $70 million in 2013. Penn National Gaming, which operates 22 casinos, including the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, recently won approval to change its tax designation, too.

Changing from a standard corporation to a real estate investment trust, or REIT — a designation signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower — has suddenly become a hot corporate trend. One Wall Street analyst has characterized the label as a “golden ticket” for corporations…

At a time when deficits and taxes loom large in Washington, some question whether the new real estate investment trusts deserve their privileged position.

As an example of bending over to kiss corporate butt:

…The Corrections Corporation and the Geo Group successfully argued that the money they collect from governments for holding prisoners is essentially rent. Companies that operate cellphone towers have said that the towers themselves are real estate.


Sea surface temperatures reach highest level in 150 years on Northeast continental shelf

Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). These high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are the latest in a trend of above average temperature seen during the spring and summer seasons, and part of a pattern of elevated temperatures occurring in the Northwest Atlantic, but not seen elsewhere in the ocean basin over the past century…

Sea surface temperature in the region is based on both contemporary satellite remote-sensing data and long-term ship-board measurements, with historical SST conditions based on ship-board measurements dating back to 1854. The temperature increase in 2012 was the highest jump in temperature seen in the time series and one of only five times temperature has changed by more than 1 C…

“Changes in ocean temperatures and the timing and strength of spring and fall plankton blooms could affect the biological clocks of many marine species, which spawn at specific times of the year based on environmental cues like water temperature,” Kevin Friedland, a scientist in the NEFSC Ecosystem Assessment Program, said. He noted that the contrast between years with, and without, a fall bloom is emerging as an important driver of the shelf’s ecology. “The size of the spring plankton bloom was so large that the annual chlorophyll concentration remained high in 2012 despite low fall activity. These changes will have a profound impact throughout the ecosystem.”

Michael Fogarty, who heads the Ecosystem Assessment Program, says the abundance of fish and shellfish is controlled by a complex set of factors, and that increasing temperatures in the ecosystem make it essential to monitor the distribution of many species, some of them migratory and others not…”We now have information on the ecosystem from a variety of sources collected over a long period of time, and are adding more data to clarify specific details. The data clearly show a relationship between all of these factors.”

“What these latest findings mean for the Northeast Shelf ecosystem and its marine life is unknown,” Fogarty said. “What is known is that the ecosystem is changing, and we need to continue monitoring and adapting to these changes.”

What is also known is that the average political hack in Congress doesn’t care a tinker’s damn about these changes – or how they may result. So, a comprehensive political response to build understanding and education, policy and best practices among those who earn their livelihood from the Northeast seas – ain’t about to happen.

Bangladesh coppers nab fugitive owner of collapsed building

News of Sohel Rana’s capture was met with cheers at the site of the building collapse

Rescuers have resumed using heavy machines to clear rubble after a fire reportedly killed a woman trapped in the rubble of the eight-storey building that collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday…

“We are not sure whether the woman is dead or not, but she could not be rescued as a fire broke out when the rescuers tried to pull her out by cutting iron rods,” said Shahinul Islam, spokesman for the army unit leading rescue operations…

The owner of the building was arrested earlier on Sunday as the death toll from its collapse exceeded 380.

“The human-faced beast who had built a death trap here was arrested while trying to flee the country,” Jahangir Kabir Nanak, a local government minister, said while touring the rubble in Savar, 25km northwest of Dhaka.

Sohel Rana, a local politician with the ruling Awami League party, was captured near the Indian border and flown back to Dhaka to face questioning, security sources said.

Rana was accused of using substandard materials during construction of the building, which was completed in 2006.

Accused of negligence in the building collapse were the owners and top executives of the garment factories housed in the Rana Plaza building.

Three have been arrested, and three remained at large…

The factory owners were accused of ignoring warnings issued by officials a day before the collapse that the building was unsafe due to large cracks.

The owners and managers of the factories forced employees to work despite knowing of the cracks, a complaint filed with police said…

Four government engineers, who approved and supervised the planning and construction of buildings, were likewise arrested.

79% of Bangladesh’s export earnings come from clothing manufacture. Any industry occupying that big a portion of a nation’s economy is likely to own as many politicians as manufacturing facilities. Forgive my cynicism; but, I don’t expect very much to be done about dangerous working conditions in Bangladesh.