Anti-marijuana New York assemblyman busted for weed possession

(RAW STORY)   A Republican lawmaker in New York who has a record of voting against medical marijuana legalization has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. State police said that a suspicious odor was noticed in Assemblyman Steve Katz’s vehicle when they pulled him over for driving around 80 mph in a 75 mph […]

Confronting Cops 101 with Jimmy Justice

Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange meets up with Jimmy Justice in Brooklyn, New York and gets some first hand knowledge about confronting police with a camera. Get Luke’s Shirt! http://wearechange.org/store Special thanks to Eugene V for his behind the scenes camera work Follow Luke @ http://www.twitter.com/lukewearechange Become a WeAreChange Sponsor and get exclusive behind the scenes […]

Homeland Battlefield Act Portion Found Unconstitutional By New York Judge

Homeland Battlefield Act Portion Found Unconstitutional By New York Judge (via http://www.scenereleases.eu) NEW YORK — A judge on Wednesday struck down a portion of a law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, saying it left journalists, scholars and political activists facing the prospect of indefinite detention […]

World Trade Center developer Silverstein in $666 million deal in Poland

World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein is going global for the first time, teaming up with Poland’s richest man for a $666 million property deal in Warsaw. Their first purchase was an eight-story Warsaw office building in August, and they are working on plans to add towers to the Polish capital’s skyline. The partnership is […]

Buffett: Banks Victimized by Evicted Homeowners

By Andrew Frye, Bloomberg.com Warren Buffett, who controls the biggest shareholding of the No. 1 U.S. mortgage lender, said banks were victimized by some homeowners who refinanced their loans before getting evicted. “Large numbers of people who have ‘lost’ their house through foreclosure have actually realized a profit because they carried out refinancings earlier that […]

To avoid N.Y. tax, tribes make, and sell, cigarettes

By Thomas Kaplan / New York Times – BendBulletin.com ONEIDA, N.Y. — The trucks lumber past cornfields and dilapidated farm houses, pull up to a onetime bingo hall, and unload their cargo: boxes of tobacco imported from the Carolinas. Inside, employees of the Oneida Indian Nation dump the shredded tobacco leaves into rolling machines and […]

Bonds Backed by Mortgages Regain Allure

By: Azam Ahmed, The New York Times Some Wall Street investors made money as the mortgage market boomed; others profited when it fell apart. Having reaped big gains during both of those turns, Greg Lippmann, a former star trader at Deutsche Bank, is now catching the next upswing: buying the same securities built from mortgages […]

Israeli Political Prisoner Khader Adnan Near Death

The Intel Hub Stephen Lendman February 7, 2012 Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israeli prisons. Virtually daily, more arrests are made. Those incarcerated face torture, appalling prison conditions, and other forms of abuse. Some react in response. Khader did his way by refusing food for multiple reasons, including: his rights and identity were […]

At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake

By James B. Stewart, The New York Times Meet Mr. 102%. James Ross, 58, is a founder and managing member of Rossrock, a Manhattan-based private investment firm that focuses on commercial real estate and distressed commercial mortgages. “I realize I am very fortunate, and in fact I am a member of the 1 percent,” Mr. […]

Stocks Gain as Dollar, Treasuries Fall on Manufacturing Recovery Outlook

By Michael Shanahan and Rita Nazareth, Bloomberg.com Stocks (SXXP) rose, erasing a four-day drop in U.S. benchmark indexes, while the dollar and Treasuries fell on signs global manufacturing is strengthening. Silver and aluminum led commodity gains, while natural gas slid. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 1.2 percent to 1,328.38 at 12:58 p.m. in […]