Increased Paramilitary and Police Attacks Against San Juan Copala 7:03 pm / 31 July 2010 by scott, at Angry White Kid
Yesterday police, accompanied by state-backed paramilitaries, entered the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala.
Kristin Bricker has a detailed report:
At approximately 12:15 pm on July 30, over one hundred Oaxaca state police raided the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala. Approximately thirty heavily armed members of the Union for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region (UBISORT, a paramilitary organization) accompanied the police on the raid. Rufino Juárez, UBISORT's leader, reportedly participated in the raid.
In response, a blockade in front of the federal courthouse and a march to the city center was held in the city of Oaxaca. A short report back and photos, plus more news and press releases from the municipality and organizations in solidarity with the autonomous project can be seen at El Enemigo Común.
Business 6:27 pm / 31 July 2010 by tolstoyscat, at things along the way
"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half." - Jay Gould, 19th century American financier and railroad businessman.
"South of the Border" by Oliver Stone, some criticisms 4:48 pm / 31 July 2010 by John Madziarczyk, at Lost Highway Times...Paths in Oblivion
Hey there, Just got out of "South of the Border" by Oliver Stone and I have to say that while it wasn't really bad it wasn't nearly as good as I imagined it to be. I stood as a kind of mediocrity, somewhere in the middle. The film is Stone's attempt to chart the movement to the left that South America has been engaged in since Hugo Chavez defeated the coup attempt in 2002. To do this he
Ethics, Congress and War (Video) 4:00 pm / 31 July 2010 by Stefan Molyneux, at Little Alex in Wonderland
Sooo, Congress is bothered by a little corruption? Hah! Also, will there be war with North Korea and/or Iran? (9:30):
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The Picket Line — 1 August 2010 4:00 pm / 31 July 2010 by David Gross, at The Picket Line
1 August 2010
A few more things of interest that passed through my RSS aggregator and email inbox while I was away:
- George Monk and Molly Schaffnit went off-the-grid and back-to-the-land, motivated in part by their desire to live under the tax line on a lower income to avoid contributing to the U.S. military. The Charleston Daily Mail tells their story. Also: they have a web site.
- Patrick O’Neill comments on the sentencing of war tax resister Frank Donnelly.
- Murray Rothbard examines the 17th century French tax rebellion of the Croquants.
- The IRS is getting meaner, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting any more money. The Taxpayer Advocate noted: “Since FY 1999, the IRS has increased lien filings by about 475 percent and levies by about 600 percent, yet inflation-adjusted revenue raised by the IRS Collection function has actually declined by about seven percent over that period.” Another recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration tells a similar story: in 2009 the IRS brought in less money from collections, and left more delinquent accounts stranded, while at the same time ramping up its use of collection enforcement tools.
Mrs. [Kate] Harvey’s Continued Protest.
Once more has Mrs. Harvey made her defiant protest in the police-courts, and received a sentence of £5 and 14s. costs, with distraint on her goods, or in default one month’s imprisonment in the second division. The action was in relation to the license of a man-servant, to wit, the man-servant [William David] Asquith; and this is the second conviction on the same offence.
Brackenhill is still barricaded against the tax-collector, and there is still another tax unpaid. Another special warrant will be necessary to break in for distraint; and the sentence imposed last week has not yet been carried out. It will relieve the anxiety felt by many of Mrs. Harvey’s friends to know that, if imprisoned, she will probably be committed to Holloway Gaol, where she will be among comrades, and not to Maidstone as was at first anticipated.
Miss [C. Nina] Boyle and Mrs. [Margaret] Kineton Parkes were at Bromley Police Court to support Mrs. Harvey on July 28, and by the courtesy of the Bench Miss Boyle was allowed to speak for her. She maintained that the prosecution was a vindictive one, because of Mrs. Harvey’s well-known views, and pointed out that her defence was not based on any legal quibble or evasion, but on a fundamental principle of the Constitution; and that principle she could not depart from. She stood for constitutional rights against statutory wrongs; all the grosser abuses of legislation had been purged from the statute-book by similar action in the past, and even by more violent and disorderly action. The only people now subject to such gross injustice were those who for physical reasons were unable to resort to armed rebellion. Such rebellion as she was capable of against these constant encroachments by statute on the Constitution and on the rights of the people, Mrs. Harvey held to be a sacred duty.
The County Council Collector, like the Insurance Commissioner’s agent, asked for special costs against Mrs. Harvey, whereupon Miss Boyle protested vigorously.
“But she is contumacious,” asserted the scandalised Bench.
Miss Boyle maintained that it was at any rate a high-minded contumacy, and that it would be disgraceful to impose special penalties on persons who were beyond question inspired by righteous and not by vicious motives. Eventually a fine of £5 was imposed — the minimum penalty allowable for a second offence; and only 14s. costs. Distraint was ordered after the simple-minded officials of the Court had asked for the money and found themselves refused. They further asked whether there were any goods on which to distrain, but were told that they must find that out for themselves.
Mrs. Harvey reiterated her determination not to pay, and thus remains with two sentences hanging over her. The sentence for resisting the Insurance Act has not yet been carried out; the house is still barricaded and can only be entered on a warrant.
An Unlicensed Dog.
…There is another form of persecution of a petty nature, but none the less ignoble, that is being tried on one of the members of the Women’s Tax Resistance League, Miss Alice M. Walters, of Bristol.
The lady owns a dog on which she refuses to pay a license, as she is determined to pay no taxes till women are represented in Parliament. In March of this year she was summoned for having no license, and as she had no goods on which to distrain, was imprisoned for seven days for non-payment of fine. In April she was again summoned for being without a dog license. She refused to appear in Court this time, but the constable swore that “he saw a terrier sitting on the window-sill,” and on this grave evidence the owner of the guilty-innocent was again fined, and on non-payment, cast into prison for another seven days. Not satisfied, the attack has been renewed a third time, and quite recently Miss Walters was imprisoned a third time for the same offence, i.e., keeping a dog without license. This time she appeared in Court, and on being asked if she had goods on which to distrain, made an answer that was caught up by the Press: “No, but I have a castle in Spain.” “Beyond the jurisdiction of the English Courts?” asked the clerk.
So the game goes on. Meanwhile, pending the fourth summons, mistress and dog are enjoying a good holiday. “His name is Daniel,” said Miss Walters, “but I think I shall re-christen him ‘Peg,’ because I use him to hang my protest on.”
Molly’sBlog 2010-07-31 14:45:00 2:45 pm / 31 July 2010 by mollymew, at Molly'sBlog
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Iran in the Afghan War Diary 1:56 pm / 31 July 2010 by Justin Podur, at The Killing Train
A search on "Iran" in the Afghan War Diary gives about 150 hits - more, actually, but I cleared a bunch that were place names that have the string "iran" in them, like Faqiran, and any entries about how the US raids a weapons cache and uncovers Iranian-manufactured weapons (there are a lot of those cache raids in the record).
India in the Afghan War Diary 1:28 pm / 31 July 2010 by Justin Podur, at The Killing Train
In the phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot, golf, hotel, india...), the letter "i" is represented by "india". This makes searching for "India" in the Afghan War Diary a bit of extra work, as grid systems and nomenclatures that use alphabetical numbering and reach the letter "I" end up having US military units or areas around bases that have nothing to do with India, called "India". When you go through that and cut those out, I got about 82 entries.