Nov. 9 Nationwide EAS Test Shortened to 30 Seconds

November 3, 2011

EASHandbooki WASHINGTON: The Federal Emergency Management Agency today notified participants in the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that it will run just 30 seconds rather than two-and-a-half minutes as originally planned.

The test, scheduled for Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern, will be the first official test of a Presidential Emergency Action Notification. All broadcast radio and TV stations must take part in the tests along with participating cable and satellite operators. The national alert system relies on a daisy-chain architecture whereby the EAN is transmitted to designated radio stations that are monitored by State Primaries, which in turn retransmit the alert to Local Primaries that notify all other broadcast and cable participants. The United States is divided into 550 local EAS areas, each with at least two Local Primaries monitoring two sources for presidential alerts. A single failure within the system can leave hundreds of participants out of the loop.

A limited-area test of the system was conducted in 2010 across Alaska, revealing several equipment and communications failures. The Nov. 9 test was originally scheduled after a deadline for the implementation of the new Common Alerting Protocol, or CAP, an XML-based data exchange format allowing alerts to be broadcast simultaneously over multiple types of systems, eliminating the daisy chain. Broadcasters were supposed to be CAP-compliant in September, but due to the timing of equipment coming to market among other factors, the deadline was moved to next June.

The absence of CAP in the nationwide Nov. 9 test caused concern for the cable industry because many systems won’t be able to run a text crawl identifying the alert as a test. National Cable and Telecommunications Association chief Michael Powell wrote to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate in mid-October asking for a postponement of the test so as not to incite panic among deaf and hard-of-hearing cable subscribers.

FEMA confirmed the shortening of the Nov. 9 test, but did not say specifically if the agency did so to reduce the chance of an unintended reenactment of “War of the Worlds.” The change was said to be made at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
~ Deborah D. McAdams

ACORN’s OWS connection exposed

ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests
By   Published November 03, 2011

Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York — operating as New York Communities for Change — have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.

NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.

 “They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said an NYCC source.

NYCC Executive Director Jon Kest has been calling a series of emergency meetings to discuss last week’s report—and taking extreme measures to identify the sources in their office and to prevent further damage, a source within NYCC told

Two staffers were fired after NYCC officials suspected them as the source of the leaks, a source told “One was fired the day the story came out, the other was fired on Friday. (NYCC senior staff) told everyone that they were fired because they talked to you,” a source said.

NYCC spokesman Scott Levenson denied that anyone was fired for talking to the press.’s report identified NYCC as a key organizing force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Sources within the group also told NYCC was hiring people to carry signs and join the protests. NYCC — a nonprofit organization run almost entirely by former ACORN officials and employees –did not reply for comment prior to the publication of the initial article, but later posted a statement on its website dismissing the article and denying that it pays protesters.

A source said that immediately following publication of the report staff were called into the Brooklyn office for meetings headed by NYCC’s organizing director, Jonathan Westin. Westin handed out copies of the article and went through it line-by-line, the source said.

Staffers were also given copies of photos of Senior Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn and three other Fox News staff members, including this reporter.

“They reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” the source said. “Then they went through the article point-by-point and said that the allegation that we pay people to protest isn’t true.”

“‘That’s the story that we’re sticking to,’” Westin said, according to the source.

The source said staffers at the meeting contested Westin’s denial:

“It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting  who work there objected and said, ‘Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?’ Then Jonathan said  ‘No, but that’s your job,’ and staffers were like, ‘Yeah, our job is to protest,’ and Westin said, ‘No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.’

“Staff said, ‘Yes, you pay us to carry signs.’ Then Jonathan says, ‘That’s your job.’ It went on like that back and forth for a while.”

During the meetings, NYCC Deputy Director Greg Basta provided Westin with the copied photos of Fox News reporters to hand out to staff members, the source said. Basta told staffers they might be asked about the article when out in communities working on campaigns or when calling people by phone, the source said.

“They told us if people bring up the article, we’re supposed to say the source and all the stuff in there came from a disgruntled ex-employee who’s not working with us anymore.”

NYCC is also monitoring its staff’s behavior, cracking down on phone use and socialization. Officials have ordered all papers — even scraps — to be shredded every night, the source said.

“And all the supplies—everything around the office that said ‘ACORN’ — is now all in storage until this blows over,” the source said. “People literally have to cover up the cameras on the back of their cellphones in the office.”

“Now there’s no texting in the office, no phone calls in the office. They tell us to take our phone calls out into the waiting room where there’s an intercom, and then they turn on the intercom to hear our conversations. They’re installing new cameras and speakers around the building so they can hear everything.

“It’s almost like working at Fort Knox.”

NYCC officials declined repeated requests to respond to specific questions about the organization’s response to last week’s story. The group on Wednesday instead sent this statement, attributed to NYCC board member Jean Sassine:

“New York Communities for Change participates in protests, direct action, social activism and campaigns that promote social and economic justice.  We see FOX as the enemy to those efforts.  For the record, this is consistent with Fox attacks on Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, George Soros, Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood and all those who stand for social justice.  Once again, FOX entertainment poses as FOX News. Once again, FOX makes a series of false, unsubstantiated claims and accusations which have no basis in fact. Once again, through a series of sources FOX structures a story which is nothing but a series of lies.”

Westin did respond to some questions a day earlier, when approached by at an NYCC event in Manhattan.

When asked if a staff member was fired because people thought he’d talked to the press, Westin said, “I have no idea.” When asked about handing out photos of Fox News employees, he said, “I have been? No, I don’t think I have been. That wasn’t me.”

Westin did acknowledge NYCC staff have met to discuss last week’s report. “People talked about it,” he said. “People are interested.”

He also deflected a question about the allegation that staffers were being told to blame the report on disgruntled staffers, telling this reporter to contact him later via email.

Responding to reports of pushback from staffers who said they were being paid to go to the protests, and reports NYCC had recently hired people as canvassers or organizers and then sent them to the protests, Westin replied repeatedly “We don’t pay people to protest.”

Westin later did not reply to two emails asking for follow-up.


Dozens of arrests at Occupy Oakland

By Kristin J. Bender, Sean Maher and Cecily Burt
Oakland Tribune

Posted: 11/02/2011 08:45:52 AM PDT
Updated: 11/03/2011 02:13:00 AM PDT

OAKLAND — As many as 40 people were arrested in downtown Oakland early Thursday after what was mostly a peaceful day during the general strike Wednesday turned heated.

Late in the evening, protesters temporarily took over a vacant building, started fires in downtown and used homemade bomb launchers to fire M80s at police.

At 1 a.m. police had used tear-gas and flashbang grenades in attempts to clear the crowd from downtown streets. Some protesters tried to calm the situation by chanting “Don’t throw (crap)” and yelling “Stand still the world is watching” but others continued to stand off with police and refused to leave despite police calling an “unlawful assembly” at midnight.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. police were ready to move in on the Occupy Oakland camp at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and announced that arrests would be made. At least 100 tents are housing hundreds of people there.

Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said there are about 70 people “determined to cause trouble and instigate a confrontation with police.” They plan to release their photos at some point. Jordan said officers intended to separate the troublemakers from the rest of the campers. He said around 2 a.m. that between 30 and 40 had been arrested, although he could not confirm the exact number.

They may have been some of the same vandals who trashed Whole Foods on Wednesday.

“We are aware of people bent on causing problems, and we’re taking steps to address

those problems,” Jordan saidPolice are reporting no injuries to officers, although some protesters were hurt. Witnesses said one man was hit in the leg with a projectile fired by police, and earlier Wednesday, two protesters were struck by a car on their way to a rally at the Port of Oakland. Early reports are false that one of those struck died; all injuries are believed to be nonfatal.

Early in the chaos Mayor Jean Quan asked protesters to call her

and gave them her phone number; there was no word on whether Quan had been called by protesters.The general strike Wednesday, the first one in Oakland since 1946, was mostly calm, peaceful and

organized during the day.

Before the sun set Wednesday, more than 4,500 walked from downtown to the port and stretched several blocks down Middle Harbor Road leading into the port as they begin their attempt to shut down operations. About 5 p.m., they successfully shut down the port, said Director Omar Benjamin.

Before the building takeover shortly before midnight Wednesday, Quan said she was happy the crowd — which police estimate hit 7,000 people at one point — protested all day with only a small amount of destruction and violence.

Oakland is being watched worldwide as one of the largest and possibly the most volatile Occupy movements around the globe.

On Oct. 25, 1,000 people marched in the streets, threw bottles and rocks at police and clashed with officers, who launched projectiles and tear-gas into the crowd. A former Marine, Scott Olsen, 24, fell to the ground during the clash and remains hospitalized with a fractured skull; witnesses said he was struck by a tear-gas canister. Quan has since allowed the Occupy movement to rebuild the camp at the plaza and about 100 tents have popped up.

The nighttime clashes followed an early-morning raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where police overturned tents, ripped down signs and arrested scores of protesters.

Jordan said Wednesday that the plan had been to facilitate a peaceful march.

“We react to the actions of the crowd. (Wednesday) the crowd has been peaceful, with no threats to police officers, and we allowed them to peacefully assemble. When crowd becomes assaultive or agitated, we’re required by law to respond. That hasn’t happened here. What you saw tonight was minimal presence,” he said.

Quan spokeswoman Sue Piper said city leaders know that the sight of police lines could incite the crowd, and putting fewer police on the streets earlier in the day was deliberate.

But there was a ruckus at 11th Street and Broadway after two people were hit by a motorist.

About 8 p.m., a man and a woman were struck by a car at 11th Street and Broadway. The male driver of a silver Mercedes ran a red light and struck the pair, said Joe Jackson, 37, of Oakland, who witnessed the incident.

Onlookers said the driver deliberately ran over the protesters, and accelerated after a man hit the hood of the car. The windshield was splattered with what appeared to be a milkshake. After the car stopped at the other end of the intersection, the driver switched seats with his female passenger. About 40 people gathered in the intersection and some pulled open the driver’s door.

The woman inside shouted: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” The injured man and woman were taken away in ambulances. Their conditions are not known, but both have non life-threatening injuries. Reports that the one of those struck had died are untrue. Police released the driver.

The general strike was called by Occupy Oakland and supported by residents, a few small businesses, teachers and nurses with the California Nurses Association. It was intended to shut down the city for the day in a rally cry against corporate greed, widespread unemployment and wage inequality.

The worldwide Occupy movement decries the economic wealth of the very rich 1 percent while the remaining 99 percent of the population struggles in the down economy.

Throughout the day, at least five businesses were vandalized, mostly banks and a Whole Foods Market.

At the Whole Foods at 27th and Bay streets, a splinter group wearing black clothing and face masks threw paint balls, left graffiti, tore up a fence and broke a window before the larger crowd turned on them and forced them to stop. About 75 people were inside the store at the time. No injuries were reported.

Joan Bechtel, of Pittsburg, and a friend were inside the grocery when the vandalism started and were held inside the store for 45 minutes.

“People were scared at first, and there was a lot of tension there for quite a while,” Bechtel said. “We heard (the protesters) were coming back and the employees said they had to close the store, and they let us out.”

Oakland City Council President Larry Reid took was not pleased with the destruction.

“Look at Whole Foods. Look at Bank of America and the Kaiser Center. Look at Chase Bank. It’s not even dark yet,” Reid said of the midafternoon destruction.

At Bank of America in downtown Oakland, some protesters pounded on the locked doors, defaced ATMs and broke a window before moving down the street to Wells Fargo.

Several windows were also broken at the Wells Fargo at 12th and Broadway by a splinter group as the majority of demonstrators urged them to stop.

Some bank branches were closed all day, including the Wells and Citibank outlets near Oakland City Center.

There were also some unhappy truckers at the port when the protesters blocked the roadways.

“To me this is all (baloney),” said Sam, who declined to give his last name, but said he is a hauler for NevCal Trucking out of Reno and picked up a container at PortsAmerica terminal Wednesday afternoon. When he tried to leave, the exit gate manned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection had closed early because of the impending protest.

“These people are out here trying to make a living. I get paid per run, I don’t get paid by the hour,” he said. “My personal opinion? The 1 percent down here is protesting, the 99 percent is down here working.”

At least 200 city workers took Wednesday off, about 5 percent of the city’s entire workforce. Other city and port workers were sent home early as the crowd of demonstrators swelled to about 5,000 downtown.

For much of the afternoon the large crowd split off into separate marches, with some staying at the Occupy Oakland camp at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and participating in teach-ins and sit-ins, and others marching and protesting.

At the plaza, members of the Alameda Labor Council served free hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs and veggie burgers to a ravenous crowd and had given away more than 4,000 meals. Firefighters from the City of Alameda with Alameda Local 689 worked the massive charcoal grills while other volunteers began picking up the mountains of trash overflowing from garbage bins.

“It’s been exciting. There’s been great energy all day,” said Josie Camacho, secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council.

Also on Wednesday, a crowd of more than 300 parents with babies, toddlers and children of all ages marched from the main branch of the Oakland Public Library to 13th and Broadway as part of a “children’s brigade.” Children led the march and chanted “Who are the 99? We are the 99!” while parents with wagons, strollers and infants in carriers marched behind them, toting snacks, crayons, chalk and bubbles.

“I’m only 6. I can’t afford a lobbyist” read one sign.

Chris Specker, a Temescal resident who owns the “It’s Your Move” game store on Telegraph Avenue, attended the march with her 5-year-old daughter Sarah, who is in kindergarten at Oakland Unified’s Peralta Elementary. Specker said she was one of several Peralta parents who signed her daughter out of school at lunch time Wednesday.

“The concept is easy: everyone needs to share,” said Specker, a single mom. “I closed my store to support the strike, and I want my daughter to learn that activism is important.”

Specker said she hoped that Oakland residents will support local businesses and she planned to eat dinner with friends at a downtown restaurant before heading home.

Students and teachers from Berkeley and Laney colleges also marched downtown to join the strike after first stopping to serve a symbolic “eviction notice” at Oakland Unified School District headquarters.

Joel Velasquez, a parent of two children at Westlake school, said school board members are “on notice that they will be evicted from office in the next election for doing the dirty work of the 1 percent.”

“They are part of institutional problems that cause hardship on low-income children,” Velasquez said.

Several businesses, including Tullys, the Men’s Wearhouse and the Grand Lake Theater, closed to support the general strike to protest the inequality of wealth and power.

The UC Office of the President kept its more than 800 employees home over concerns that BART might be shut down at some point. About 1,300 people affiliated with UC work in the building, and all stayed away.

Sam K., owner of Jimmy’s Deli said he decided to keep his delicatessen on Broadway closed all day.

“What can you do? We have to close,” said Sam, who asked that his last name not be used. “Our regular customers don’t want to come down here while this is going on,” he said, gesturing to the demonstrators who had filled Broadway.

“It’s getting to be too much to run a business in Oakland,” Sam said.

Oaklandish, a T-shirt and accessories retailer, kept its doors closed.

“We wanted to show our solidarity with Occupy Oakland,” said Angela Tsay, owner of Oaklandish. Her store opened in July on Broadway.

Oaklandish printed free T-shirts that said “Working for Oakland 99 percent.” Tsay also arranged for a disc jockey to play music in front of the shuttered store and paid her dozen employees for the day, despite the store being closed.

Black Panthers and Communist revolutionary thug Angela Davis in Oakland

Live from Occupy Oakland: Window smashing, vandalism, and more; charter buses to port, Teamsters in the house; port shut down, trucks overrun; Update: Tear gas, riot police, fire, firecrackers at midnight Pacific time

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 2, 2011 06:22 PM

Scroll for updates…midnight…riot police finally show up…Mayor Jean Quan begs protesters to “call” her…

Police barricade on fire lit by protesters to disperse tear gas

Approx. 100 officers from Alameda County

Hayward PD and Concord PD also on scene


Earlier today…

I’m starting a fresh thread on tonight’s Occupy Oakland “strike.” (Previous post and background here.)

They’ve welcomed the Black Panthers and Communist revolutionary thug Angela Davis, and are currently marching to the Port of Oakland.

Various sympathizers and observers are tweeting live. Mother Jones reports that the Oakland Whole Foods store — after being falsely accused of threatening to punish workers who walked out on the job today — has been vandalized.

One person on scene writes: “Straight into window breaking and street furniture smashing at whole foods. #generalstrike #occupyoaklandwindow breaking and street furniture smashing at whole foods.”

Whole Foods is defending itself online. To no avail.

A big mob dressed in black is roaming around the streets. They’ve sprayed graffiti on the walls of businesses.

Wells Fargo windows have also been reportedly smashed.

Chase Bank vandalized.

Maybe the city enablers will use federal stimulus money to clean it up.

Overheard on livestream: Occupier sneers: “They can afford new windows.”

East Bay Express reports that approximately 75 shoppers were barricaded inside the Whole Foods as protesters threw rocks and smashed the windows.
Livestream here.

I’ll keep you posted as they head to the port.


Teamsters are in the house, of course…

Charter buses taking protesters to the Port of Oakland now. One occupier says there about a dozen buses on site. It looks like they are getting police escort…overhead shot via ABC7:


A swarm is gathering at the Oakland port:

At 732pm Eastern/432pm Pacific, an ILWU rep just consulted with occupiers at the Port of Oakland on which trucks to blockade. Broadcast here.

Union leaders are coordinating with occupiers to form a picket line that will allow them to turn around and stay in the port while abiding by their contract.

At 824pm Easter/532pm Pacific, the Port Authority has reportedly said that the port is shut down. Protesters have turned back vehicles and are climbing on top of trucks:

Brilliant: Protesters are preventing a trucker dad from picking up his son.


9:19pm Eastern/6:19pm Pacific
: Classic. Occupier complains of thirst, complains that businesses are closed, finds food truck, buys cold soda, then proceeds to reprimand other workers for not staying home for the strike.



Factions splitting between rabble-rousers who want to mob the Bay Bridge and others waiting around for orders from the union goons.

Sideshow: The guy with the big Gandhi puppet…


More ugly Occupy Oakland pictures that won’t make MSM front pages.


Update: Midnight. Riot police apparently from Alameda County Sheriff’s office have fired on protesters, tear gas dispersed, warnings issued to leave.

A Mother Jones reporter tweets that “people are throwing firecrackers at the police.” And beer bottles.

Van Jones and Boots Riley approve.

And here are the midnight tweets from worst mayor in America, Oakland’s Jean Quan:

Idiocrat. Reaping what she has sown. Heckuva job, Jeanie.

Now they’ve gone and done it…OWS

Drudge headlines for the day…

'Occupy' Rallies Turn Violent...
Police Tear Gas Oakland Protesters...
Mob Runs Wild in City Streets...
Shut Down Port, Attack WHOLE FOODS, ATMs...
Cops, Protesters Clash in Seattle...
Bloomberg Ready to 'Take Actions'...
Baltimore Cuts Power To Camp...
MN Officials Take Toilets...

This isn’t going to end well but it reinforces my previous statement that Liberals are the ones who riot and in this case reminiscent of the Viet Nam era, just ask Obama and his pals.   It’s funny that they are screaming jobs, jobs, jobs but are denying those who have jobs the right to work and the rest of us the right to goods.

Population Control – Maafa 21. Abortion of black babies… 

Adrienne has a great series on Eugenics including a 13 part video.  The series is the history on Eugenics, Planned Parenthood and the disproportionate placement of abortion clinics in black neighborhoods as brought up by Herman Cain recently.

Herman Cain preaches on personal responsibility but then uses this race card to blame whites.

It goes without saying that forced sterilization is appalling.

Regardless of what kind of influence is out there, women, all races, are responsible for their own actions and they have the choice to walk into an abortion clinic or walk by an abortion clinic.

To assert that there are nefarious reasons for abortion clinics to be located in black urban communities is ridiculous, they are there because of convenience, central location, usually downtown where the majority of lower income blacks live, where, I might also add, are the welfare offices.  Should we move the abortion clinics further out of town, what about the welfare offices? Since we’re responsible for their plight, should we not do what we can to discourage them from seeking abortions and welfare?  Take away the tools to harm themselves and they will take care of themselves.

Isn’t it every woman’s responsibility to use birth control?  There’s little excuse for having an accidental pregnancy in this day and age.

Why, prior to abortion being legal, were there 80% white women having abortions, did blacks not access the back alley clinics?  Being illegal there were no records kept, how did they arrive at this number? The majority of women having illegal abortions did so at home by their own hands or the help of a “friend”, I’m sure this included black women as well as white women.

I don’t believe anyone is pro abortion, just pro choice, given that, it’s interesting that the pro choice people, the advocates of planned parenthood, are from the liberal party where the majority of blacks are also.  If it’s such a disgrace to blacks, change parties, change policy, change attitude.

If you want population control, stop treating the symptoms, treat the disease.  Our policy should be, one child we will help support, you can have all the children you want but we’ll only support one of them, no extra food stamps, no extra welfare benefit after one child.  If we find out you have 10 kids after that and you aren’t feeding them properly then you lose your kids and go to jail for neglect.  Wanna bet that would make women think twice before having any more welfare babies?