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U.S. tries to crush corporate whistleblower

It’s complicated, but worth reading. David Sirota:

As if we needed any more evidence that the United States is fast becoming aCorporate Police State (i.e., systematically deploying police power to protect narrow corporate interests), make sure to check out thisĀ jaw-dropping storythat broke in Canada late Friday. It details how the Canadian Supreme Court uncovered what it says is a massive collusion between computer giant Cisco and U.S. law enforcement — a collusion that seems designed to use criminal prosecution to stop a whistle-blower’s antitrust case against a powerful politically connected corporation.

The machinations in this case are complicated, but the basics go like this: Ex-Cisco exec Peter Alfred-Adekeye filed a whistle-blower suit against his former employer Cisco in civil court — a suit that could compel the company to pay millions in damages for allegedly “forcing customers to buy maintenance contracts,” according to theĀ Vancouver Sun.

Cisco subsequently responded with two moves designed to intimidate Adekeye: First, the company filed a counter civil suit against him for allegedly “using a former colleague’s computer code to illicitly access Cisco services worth ‘more than $14,000.'” Then, the corporation had its allies in U.S. law enforcement cite the civil counter-suit to issue a whopping 97 criminal charges against Adekeye. In other words, instead of following Adekeye’s civil case with criminal antitrust charges against Cisco, U.S. authorities were convinced by the corporation to add criminal charges to Cisco’s counter civil suit against Adekeye (this move to add state-sanctioned criminal prosecution to a corporation’s civil action, of course, is a textbook definition of a Corporate Police State).

Ultimately, U.S. authorities demanded the Canadian government extradite Adekeye for prosecution, and Canadian officials proceeded to follow U.S. orders by arresting and detaining him. However, on Friday, a top Canadian court rejected the extradition request, issuing a stunning ruling that goes way beyond one whistle-blower dispute.

The backin up song

This is so strange and funny — The Gregory Brothers auto-tune an interview with a woman who was in a convenience story while it was being robbed. (There are several alternate versions, by the way. They include a heavy metal version, a Chipmunks version, and full orchestral.)

Stop The Machine rally in D.C.

Oct. 6th in D.C.:

Somehow we need to realize that the situation has gone beyond critical and there is no alternative but to act and resist with resolve. Every day the runaway corporate machine moves closer to the precipice; every day, thousands more children needlessly starve or die from wars or disease. Every day, the earth itself is being raped, and all this death and destruction, for what? Bloody offerings at the altar of the god of profit! It has to stop and people of conscience and courage are the ones with the collective power to stop it.

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Cutting edge

Story of my life: Once I’m done with something, that’s when it suddenly becomes cool. The New York Times has discovered my previous neighborhood, Mount Airy.

Which I loved, but I absolutely hated those frickin’ cobblestones on Germantown Avenue. People used to mobilize to protect them every time the city wanted to pave over them, insisting they were part of the area’s Colonial charm — when they weren’t. They were put in place in the late 1800s. It was a nightmare, walking across the street on those things, and even worse driving. “Charm”? Bah, you can keep it.

Tax me

Millionaires speak:

Why

Does baby Jesus hate Arizona when they don’t allow gay marriage?

How do they not see

What we so clearly see?

Sniff, sniff

Oh, the New York Times is so very offended by Anthony Weiner, who (I might point out) did not help fabricate the reasons to bomb and invade a country where countless innocents died as a result.

All he did was show his penis to some twinkies and lie about it. People lie about sex, it’s a given.

While certainly a matter between him and his wife, that’s really their business. We don’t actually vote for moral leaders — as we are frequently reminded by scandals like this.

We vote for politicians, people who can hopefully get things done for us.

It’s a puzzle

How this president intends to get reelected.

Education

Everything that happens in Philadelphia is boiled down to the same racial narrative: See what happens when you let “those people” run the school district?

And yet, black Democrats aren’t really running the school district, and haven’t since 2001. It’s a Republican-controlled School Reform Commission, put in place by the state legislature as they harrumphed about the state having to pour money into a district mismanaged by “those people.” The mayor get to appoint three of the five seats, but the Republican state legislature still controls the state funding.

As you might expect, it simply moved some of the patronage recipients from one side of the column to the other — and the ripoffs continued. But the real funding problem is that 70% of the students are at or below the poverty line, and people in the rural parts of the state insist on holding those children accountable for all that money they waste!

Oh well! Sucks to be a poor black kid in Philly, because that makes you a political football from Day 1:

The Philadelphia School District began its biggest layoff in decades Monday, issuing 3,024 pink slips and triggering its largest union to fight at least some of the dismissals in court.

Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox issued a temporary restraining order stopping the layoffs of 1,523 teachers until a June 14 hearing on whether the district violated the collective bargaining agreement by exempting 200 teachers from the layoff.

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