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Vigil for Oscar Grant on the 4 year anniversary of his murder
Laboratory chimps get a new lease on life
By Kim Segal and John Zarrella, CNN
updated 4:50 PM EDT, Sat April 21, 2012
Save the Chimps spent nearly a decade rehabilitating chimps from the Coulston Foundation
The 266 chimps were used as medical research test subjects until 2002
The animal welfare group recently transported the chimps to a sanctuary in Florida
It's the first time these chimpanzees have lived outdoors
More than a decade ago, more than 265 chimpanzees -- including Howard, pictured here in 2002 -- spent their days at a New Mexico medical research facility being poked, prodded and confined to small cages. Then, the Save the Chimps foundation intervened. After nearly a decade of rehabilitation, the chimps were transported to a 150-acre sanctuary in Florida. CNN went along with the last group as they made the journey and experienced their first time outdoors.
Alamogordo, New Mexico (CNN) -- Shortly after her birth, Moesha was taken away from her mother and sent to a laboratory for a life of medical testing.
Like the 265 other chimpanzees at the Coulston Foundation's facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Moesha would be poked and prodded in the name of medical research. Moesha was one of the lucky ones: She survived. Others were not so fortunate. Three chimpanzees housed at the Coulston Foundation were literally cooked to death when their enclosures heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
When federal authorities found out about the facility's mistreatment of these animals, it lost its funding and went bankrupt.
That's when a team of animal welfare experts stepped in and changed these chimpanzees' lives forever.
With the help of a $3.7 million grant, the Save the Chimps organization purchased the facility in 2002 and transformed it into the world's largest sanctuary for chimpanzees. It would serve as temporary housing for the chimps until the organization could create a more permanent outdoor sanctuary in Florida.
But first, Moesha and the others -- isolated for most of their lives -- would have to learn how to live as family units. And that process would take nearly a decade of rehabilitation.
Learning to become chimps again
One of the first priorities in rehabilitating the chimps was modifying their cages, known by the Save the Chimps team as "the dungeon." This gray, concrete structure housed 54 chimpanzees, most of them crammed into small, individual cages. The cages where the rest of the chimpanzees were housed weren't much bigger but they shared the space with another animal or two.
"It was six months of cutting doors into six-inch thick concrete walls so that chimps could actually see each other for the first time and meet each other for the first time," said Save the Chimps sanctuary director Jennifer Feuerstein.
Even with the new doors and skylights, the dungeon still had a dark feel to it, and resembled a concrete block of prison cells. Once the buildings were modified, the care of the animals became routine and the team began to slowly create diverse family groups for the chimps.
"The ultimate goal was forming family groups of 20 to 25 chimpanzees," explained Feuerstein, "We did it by introducing one chimpanzee at a time, so we're talking over the past 10 years thousands of thousands of introductions."
.CNN... . . Laboratory chimps get a new lease on life By Kim Segal and John... more
I know many of my colleagues in infosec sympathize with the Anonymous cause, because it's not too difficult to do so. While I won't comment on how I feel about that - I can tell you I absolutely do not condone the reckless actions and short-sighted activity that leads to more harm than good...
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15957-The-Real-Consequences-of-an-Anonymous-Data-Leak.htmlI know many of my colleagues in infosec sympathize with the Anonymous cause, because... more
On 2011-08-15, The pacifist-based group known as Anonymous descended upon San Francisco in response to #muBARTek cutting Cellular/Internet service to try and censor communication between Citizens hoping to enjoy their First Amendment Rights.
"In Egypt, it takes a mass uprising to bring down a phone network - in the US, it takes rumors of a protest." -@kaepora
Text Narration that I was too tired (been up all night long producing this video) to throw captions in the video for:
On the evening of August 15th, 2011;
Anonymous made sure that the people were heard at the BART Civic Center Station.
We told you to expect us, and we delivered.
Above all else, many of the public who were unaware of our presence, learned that we are pacifists who demand a better world, and that we will do whatever it takes to accomplish our goals; including incarceration and physical abuse, which did in fact occur at the hands of the Police at Embarcadaro without any physical response from Anonymous.
The majority of the media and the government have once again been exposed for the frauds that they are:
Today, the public learned that Anonymous is not a terrorist organization, we are simply your neighbors who give enough of a shit to take personal risks in order to improve our surroundings.
Furthermore, the Anonymous battleship is now being flanked by the Atari Teenage Riot and Broken Sidewalk Farm battleships in order to continue our efforts to protect and uplift the impoverished, feed and clothe the misfortunate, and implement Open Source Industrial and Agricultural Solutions.
We are your neighbors
We are your lovers
We are your friends
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
Expect Us.On 2011-08-15, The pacifist-based group known as Anonymous descended upon San... more
A sericollection of photos featuring activists protesting the BART cellphone shut down that is said to be an attempt to stifle free speech and activism.A sericollection of photos featuring activists protesting the BART cellphone shut down... more
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog-
The collective of hackers and internet activists known as Anonymous has successfully left their mark on the website of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and has published the personal information of its clients, BART officials admit on Monday.
As a result of the BART official's incompetence, personal data of 2,400 myBART users has been compromised. Moreover, several mobile information services of the transport system went haywire following the hackers’ intervention.
The local government has failed to address the issue of BART shutting off cell phone service last Thursday to ward of protesters. As a result of the combination of San Francisco's lack of competent governance, the fact that Oscar Grant's murderer walks free today (BART cop Johannes Mehserle), and the fact that just last month another man named Charles Hill was shot to death my BART police, some residents who are not completely wrapped up in their own lives and who aren't completely selfish have deiced to take direct action.
In recent weeks we have seen protests erupt underground on BART platforms. Some protesters have even resorted to using their own bodies to attempt to disrupt train service, and maybe to shake a few sheeple awake from their willful ignorant states of being.
This afternoon, Monday August 15, there will be a planned protest at the Civic Center BART station (which is also known as the U.N. plaza) at 5pm. Show up and make your presence known. Wear a mask if you have one, and wear red to symbolize the blood BART police are so accustom to spilling on the platforms.
http://www.politicalfailblog.com/2011/08/anonymous-takes-action-against-bart.htmlMatt Gratz, Political Fail Blog- The collective of hackers and internet activists... more
Hacktivist group Anonymous has hacked into myBART.org website belonging to San Francisco’s BART system. The attack was an SQL injection which was able to extract more than 2,000 records containing names, usernames, passwords (plain text), emails, phone numbers, addresses and zip codes...
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/15905-Anonymous-Defaces-BART-Site-Posts-User-Data.htmlHacktivist group Anonymous has hacked into myBART.org website belonging to San... more
Related: BART Defends Decision To Cut Off Cell Service After Civil Rights, FCC Concerns Raised
BART's Suspension Of Wireless Service Prompts More Hacking, Protest Threats
bart_generic.jpgThe decision by BART officials to interrupt wireless service at several downtown San Francisco stations Thursday in an attempt to disrupt possible protest plans has drawn criticism.
The transit agency interrupted wireless service for several hours in response to a possible planned protest that was spurred by the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill by BART police July 3.
BART officials said organizers were planning to disrupt train service Thursday during rush hour, like protesters did July 11, when a protest at the Civic Center station temporarily closed it and led to a number of arrests.
The decision to cut service has been widely covered--from Bay Area blogs to international outlets like Al Jazeera. A number of articles and comments have drawn comparisons to Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarek.
Twitter users have even started a trend using the hashtag #muBARTek as play on his name.
Civil rights groups have voiced opinions, as well. A blog post on the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California's website said, "Shutting down access to mobile phones is the wrong response to political protests, whether it's halfway around the world or right here at home."
State Sen. Leland Yee released a statement today blasting BART officials for their decision.
"I am shocked that BART thinks they can use authoritarian control tactics," he said. "BART's decision was not only a gross violation of free speech rights; it was irresponsible and compromised public safety."
BART officials say they are well within their legal rights to disrupt wireless service and that they support free speech as long as it does not interfere with riders' safety.
"There are areas in the BART system that are designated free-speech areas. We support that," BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
The busy platforms with nearby fast-moving trains and high-voltage third rails, Allison said, is not the appropriate place for an "anything goes atmosphere."
"To allow free and unfettered activity of any kind is simply not safe," he said.
The online hacker group Anonymous has called for another protest Monday at 5 p.m.
The group sent out a letter to BART promising to "set the censored free from their silence." Using the Twitter hashtag #opBART to spread the word, Anonymous is calling on San Franciscans to participate in the protest and asking those who cannot attend to bombard BART with emails, faxes and phone calls.
"BART decided to cut off your communications and now we will flood theirs," their statement said.Related: BART Defends Decision To Cut Off Cell Service After Civil Rights, FCC... more
BART's decision to shut down cell phone service on Thursday to disrupt communication of citizens has caught the attention of the Internet collective known as Anonymous. Like I said yesterday, shutting down lines of communication is not something you can do in the United States and get away with it.
A tweet by YourAnonNews led me to a press release that details the plan that will take place over the next couple days. It explains in 3 simple steps what the repercussions for shutting off lines of communication will be.
1) We have begun at once a massive Black Fax and E-Mail Bomb action, where we will fill every inbox and fax machine at BART with thousands of copies of our message that this outage was unacceptable.
2) Tomorrow, Sunday - August 14, 2011 at High Noon Pacific Time we, Anonymous - will remove from the Internet the web site of BART located at www.bart. gov for exactly six hours. That's twice as long as they shut off the cell phones for.
3) On Monday - August 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time there will be a physical protest at the Civic Center Bart Station. Expect us!
http://www.politicalfailblog.com/2011/08/anonymous-responds-to-bart-with-3-step.htmlBART's decision to shut down cell phone service on Thursday to disrupt... more
Last Friday I had to meet up with a friend I’m doing some freelance work for and I had to meet her in Oakland. As you know I have a hatred for the Bay Bridge, so I suggested that if we could meet somewhere near a BART station that would work out best for me. She found a coffee shop right next to the Rockridge BART station so we had a date.Last Friday I had to meet up with a friend I’m doing some freelance work for and... more
We’ve been eagerly following the development of San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Terminal, and now we’re excited to announce that the $4 billion project by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has just broken ground! In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony were a bevy of local dignitaries, including Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Mayor Gavin Newsom, and former Mayor Willie Brown. The ambitious project will aim for a LEED Gold rating and will replace the existing Art Deco structure. Read on to learn about this landmark structure.
Read more: San Francisco Breaks Ground on Green Transbay Transit Center! | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/12/san-francisco-breaks-ground-on-green-transbay-transit-center/We’ve been eagerly following the development of San Francisco’s new... more
A few months ago, a white police officer in a transit station in Oakland, CA killed a young African American named Oscar Grant. Many claim the involuntary manslaughter verdict was too lenient, but was it racist?A few months ago, a white police officer in a transit station in Oakland, CA killed a... more
(CBS/AP) Federal officials say they will investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer on an Oakland train platform to determine whether the case warrants federal prosecution.
Former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Justice say the review will be conducted by its Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco and the FBI.
At least five bystanders videotaped the incident in what was among the most racially polarizing cases in California since four Los Angeles officers were acquitted in 1992 in the beating of Rodney King.
During the trial, prosecutors said the 28-year-old Mehserle became angry at the 22-year-old Grant for resisting arrest. He was shot in the back while he lay face-down.
The jury had a choice between second-degree murder and lesser charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.(CBS/AP) Federal officials say they will investigate the fatal shooting of an... more
(CNN) -- A former police officer who is white was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in the killing of an unarmed black man in Oakland, California.
Johannes Mehserle, who was a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at the time of the incident, was convicted in the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on a California train platform on January 1, 2009. Mehserle, who was on duty at the time, said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun, CNN affiliate KTVU reported.
The shooting was captured on a bystander's cell-phone video camera. The video was widely circulated, and it spurred several protests and riots in and around Oakland.(CNN) -- A former police officer who is white was found guilty of involuntary... more
Mayor Dellums' Press Conference on Mehserle Verdict
July 2, 2010-- Los Angeles
This Bay Area family travels to Los Angeles' Superior Courthouse to hold signs that demand justice for Oscar Grant, a 23-year old father who was shot by BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle January 1, 2009.
-- Ann Bassette
YouthOutlook.orgJuly 2, 2010-- Los Angeles This Bay Area family travels to Los Angeles'... more
July 2, 2010
Aidge Luke Patterson stands outside of Los Angeles' Courthouse waiting for the verdict as he hands out flyers demanding justice for Oscar Grant, a young man who was shot and killed by BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle.
-- Ann Bassette
aestheticscrew.comJuly 2, 2010 Aidge Luke Patterson stands outside of Los Angeles' Courthouse... more
A friend sent me a link to a Facebook group called "2012 OLYMPICS LOOKS LIKE LISA SIMPSON GIVING HEAD"
Normally I don't delve into "blue humor" but this is particularly interesting because the group already has over 300k members. So I decided to investigate.
The 2012 summer Olympics will take place in London, England. This is their official logo:
It appears that internet artists have added different hues to convey their message that a character from popular animated program "The Simpsons" is performing oral copulation.
Other artists have opted for a less abstract rendition of this image:
Of course there is dissent in the community. This (MS)painter suggests that the image looks more like the nation of Australia performing fellatio upon its neighbor New Zealand.
Other users have proposed a different form of vulgarity. In this instance a radical artist, shows her distaste for the Olympics, by turning the abstract logo into a more concrete expletive.
Interesting developments in the world of internet art.
(Since you're already on the Facebook, you might as well become a fan of SuperNews! and infoMania.)A friend sent me a link to a Facebook group called "2012 OLYMPICS LOOKS LIKE LISA... more