Saturday, July 16, 2011

South Carolina beach city remembers black Civil War soldiers

South Carolina beach city remembers black Civil War soldiers - KFOR

FOLLY BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) -- The tiny island city of Folly Beach, South Carolina, paid tribute this week to Union soldiers whose bones were found there more than a century after the Civil War ended.

Residents, visitors and Civil War re-enactors gathered at a riverside park on Friday for ceremonies that included rifle and cannon fire salutes, bagpipes and the unveiling of a historical marker to the soldiers' unit, General Edward A. Wild's "African Brigade."

The unit camped here from 1863 to 1865. It consisted of the 55th Massachusetts Regiment, free men, and the First North Carolina Infantry, former slaves.

This year, states North and South are holding commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the first shots of which were fired nearby in Charleston harbor. The bloodiest war in American history claimed 620,000 American lives and ended slavery in the United States.

In 1987, Civil War relic hunter Robert Bohrn was exploring a vacant lot on Folly Beach with a metal detector when he found Union uniform buttons and a skeleton. The remains of 19 soldiers ultimately were discovered in what turned out to have been the brigade cemetery.

"In a shovelful of sand, I touched a soldier," Bohrn told the crowd. "It's one thing to find artifacts, but to find the men who lost them is an honor that I just cannot describe."

Bohrn, 54, contacted the University of South Carolina's archaeology and anthropology department to tell them he'd found bones. "They said 'you sure it's not a cow?' I said 'no, I've never seen a cow wear a Yankee uniform.'"

The soldiers were reburied with full military honors at Beaufort National Cemetery in 1989, but forensic artist Roy Paschal made casts of two skulls and created bronze busts of what the soldiers probably looked like. He displayed them on Friday.

Historians have records of who was buried in the brigade cemetery but identifying the men would be difficult, Paschal said.

Retired Washington, D.C. firefighter Louis Clark said identity is what drives him to re-enact the Civil War as a soldier in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, one of the first all-black units, whose members fought and died in this area.

"I might have an answer about my ancestors that I haven't found yet," he said." These soldiers all knew that they were going to raise their people to a higher level in life. They had the consolation of knowing that future generations were going to receive the benefit of what they did."

"The Civil War doesn't mean anything to you, not yet," re-enactor Melvin Turner, also with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, told a group of preschoolers after the ceremonies.

"This happened 150 years ago. But this is the uniform they wore. See this medal? I'm brave."

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

Ron Paul Stop Payments To Federal Reserve

Occupy Wall Street - Tahrir Style Sep 17

Occupy Wall Street - Tahrir Style | Wake Up From Your Slumber

A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote:"The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people."

— Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University
Barcelona, Spain

The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people's assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.

The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America.

On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.

They hit the nail right on the head.

But it would be far more effective if Americans take to the streets of EVERY capitol or epicenter in EVERY state -- and stay there until our demands are met.

And the call of action should be to END the PRIVATE CONTROL over our MONEY system.


If North Dakota can do it and end up with the lowest unemployment in the nation and a yearly budget surplus, then every state can!

We can end their control over our government once we release their stranglehold on our economies and livelihoods.

But no matter what we ask for, we won't get squat unless we hit the streets in droves.

Our "government" MUST start listening to the people. But they won't unless and until we give them no alternative.

They say that being respectful is the most effective way to communicate and I believe that's true. But respect is a two way street and we're not getting any right now from our governments. We must demand it.

To do that we must demonstrate a colossal show of power - and all we have is our numbers. But everyone must act - or it won't work.

United we stand. Divided we fall, one by one, until there's no one left standing but the banksters.

What will it be?

Will you join us when the time comes? Or will you stand by and wait for your banking overlords to spare you and take mercy on your poor wretched little soul?


Can Libertarians save America? Dylan Ratigan Show 7/4/2011

Beyond absurd: Obama thinks 80% of Americans want more taxes

Beyond absurd: Obama thinks 80% of Americans want more taxes | End the Lie - Independent News

By Madison Ruppert

Editor of End the Lie

With a tanking economy and average Americans struggling to pay the bills, our so-called President is under the impression that 80% of the people of the United States seek even more taxes.

If Obama was only referring to taxing the extraordinarily wealthy, I would not have an issue with his proposal and indeed I think many Americans would agree with him.

For instance, if the top 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers paid taxes like every other working American, the deficit would instantly be reduced by roughly $44 billion.

Is this the tax increase that Obama is proposing? Is he planning on ending the billions in corporate welfare and off-shoring tax incentives?

Obama claims that the American public is sold on his hybrid approach of spending cuts and tax increases. As the Christian Science Monitor points out, Obama seems to have pulled his 80% figure out of thin air.

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Department Of Homeland Security Has Been Planning

HIDE FP7 Dynamic Database

eland Security, Biometric Identification & Personal Detection Ethics

HIDE FP7 Projects Dynamic Database:

  • 4DVIDEO - 4DVideo: 4D spatio-temporal modelling of real-world events from video streams
  • ACTIBIO - Unobtrusive authentication using activity related and soft biometrics
  • ACTOR - ACcelerate Trust in digital life Organisation and Relations
  • ADABTS - Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces
  • AMASS - Autonomous maritime surveillance system
  • ANASID - Analysing Social Interactions at a Distance
  • APIDIS - Autonomous production of images based on distributed sensing
  • BBFOR2 - Bayesian biometrics for forensics
  • CLOVISEN - Cross-layer optimization for visual sensor networks
  • CPSI - Changing perceptions of security and interventions
  • CRESCENDO - Coordination action on Risks, Evolution of threatS and context assessment by an Enlarged Network for r&D rOadmap
  • DEMASST - Security of critical infrastructures related to mass transportation
  • DETECTER - Detection technologies, terrorism, ethics and human rights
  • DIGIDEAS - Social and ethical aspects of digital identities. Towards a value sensitive identity management
  • DIGITAL.ME - Integrated Userware for the Intelligent, Intuitive, and Trust-Enhancing Management of the User s Personal Information Sphere in Digital and Social Environments
  • EFFISEC - Efficient integrated security checkpoints
  • EGAIS - The Ethical GovernAnce of emergIng technologieS New Governance Perspectives for Integrating Ethics into Technical Development Projects and Applications
  • EIW3R - The Ethics of Information Warfare: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities
  • ELSAIDTCGT - Ethical, legal, and social aspects and implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • ETHICAL - Promoting international debate on ethical implications of data collection, use and retention forbiometric and medical applications
  • ETHICSWEB - Inter-connected European information and documentation system for ethics and science: European ethics documentation centre
  • ETICA - Ethical issues of emerging ICT applications
  • EU-SEC II - Coordinating national research programmes and policies on security at major events in Europe
  • EUCONRES - A European approach to conflict resolution? institutional learning and the ESDP
  • EUCRIMINALSECURITY - The Criminal Regulatory Network for Private Security Companies: European and International Perspectives
  • EURECNET - European Research Ethics Committees' Network
  • EUSECON - A new agenda for European security economics
  • GEST - Global Ethics in Science and Technology
  • GINI-SA - Global Identity Networking of Individuals - Support Action
  • HIDE - Homeland security, biometric identification and personal detection ethics
  • ICTETHICS - ICTethics. An interdisciplinary approach for addressing ethical, social and legal aspects of ICT
  • IDETECT4ALL - Novel intruder detection & authentication optical sensing technology
  • IMSK - Integrated mobile security kit
  • INDECT - Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment
  • INEX - Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe
  • LAST - Large scale privacy - Preserving technology in the digital world - Infrastructure and applications
  • MOBIO - Mobile Biometry
  • MUSIS - Multispectal terahertz, infrared, visible imaging and spectroscopy
  • MUTIVIS - Multispectal terahertz, infrared, visible imaging and spectroscopy
  • OPERAMAR - An interooperable approach to the European union maritime security management
  • PASS - Privacy architectures for system services
  • PATS - Privacy awareness through security branding
  • PHM-ETHICS - Personalized health monitoring
  • PRACTIS - Privacy - Appraising challenges to technologies and ethics
  • PRESCIENT - Privacy and emerging fields of science and technology: Towards a common framework for privacy and ethical assessment
  • PRISM - Privacy-aware Secure Monitoring
  • PROMETHEUS - Prediction and interpretation of human behaviour based on probabilistic structures and heterogeneous sensors
  • RISE - Rising pan-European and International awareness of biometrics and Security ethics
  • RTD - RTD: Real-Time Delivery for Sensor Networks in Unpredictable Environments
  • SAMURAI - Suspicious and abnormal behaviour monitoring using a network of cameras & sensors for situation awareness enhancement
  • SEARISE - Smart Eyes: Attending and recognizing instances of salient events
  • SECTRONIC - Security system for maritime infrastructures, ports and coastal zones
  • SENIOR - Social ethical and privacy needs in ICT for older people: A dialogue roadmap
  • SEPIA - Secure, Embedded Platform with advanced Process Isolation and Anonymity Capabilities
  • SEREN - Security research ncp network - phase 1
  • SFLY - Swarm of micro flying robots
  • SNAPS - Social Networks: Algorithms, Privacy, and Security
  • SUBITO - Surveillance of unattended baggage and the identification and tracking of the owner
  • TABULARASA - Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks
  • TALOS - Transportable autonomous patrol for land border surveillance
  • TASS - Total Airport Security System
  • TECHNOLIFE - a Transdisciplinary approach to the emerging challenges of novel technologies: Lifeworld and imaginaries in foresight and ethics
  • TURBINE - Trusted revocable biometric identities
  • VISION - Video-oriented UWB-based Intelligent Ubiquitous Sensing
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