H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 as introduced.

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  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:49am

    I’m sure most people saw this pepper spray video on the news by now. I think that those officers should have been immediately fired, and arrested for assault, not put on desk duty. The video got over 1.3 million views in two days just on You Tube. I’m sure it got tens of millions more on all the other sources showing it so far.

    One huge accomplishment so far for Occupy is exposing the true police state we actually live in, and how the rights many still believe we have are actually an illusion now.


    Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave


    The more violence they try to use to crush us the faster we multiply and the more we unite!!!

  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:50am

    Police Response to Occupy Wall Street is Absurd

    …All across the country, cops are cracking down on protesters with force. I may be a critic of Occupy Wall Street, but the police are public servants, and public servants have no business treating the public this way.

    By and large, Occupy has been a peaceful affair. Certainly pepper-spraying protesters while they sit calmly in a row like this is a gross abuse of power. It should have our collective blood boiling, whether or not we even agree with the protesters themselves. What was meant to be a protest against economic equality quickly morphs into a protest against the police state.
    And make no mistake, the powers of the police in this country have grown out of hand…


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:51am

    Psychology Today: “The Police Officer Is Congress. Our Banks. Our Clerics. The Students Are Us”

    It Is About Contempt from Those in Power and the Wanton Use of Force Against the Powerless


    EXCELLENT new video! Thanks for posting it WB!



  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:54am

    VIDEO: Oakland Police Strike Peaceful Army Ranger Supporting Occupy Protest … Lacerating His Spleen

    On November 2nd, Oakland police struck a peaceful Army Ranger who was supporting the Occupy protest with nightsticks on his back, ribs, shoulders and hands, lacerating his spleen and causing internal bleeding (and see this). Video of the attack has just been released:

    Witnesses say that the Ranger was totally peaceful and the attack was unprovoked. The end of the attack was not filmed, as the police quickly formed a barricade between the cameraman and the Ranger, pointing several guns at the filmmaker to get him to back off. This is not the first time that America’s militarized police forces have severely wounded a veteran supporting the Occupy protests.


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:55am

    Kevin P. sent an article about another arrest for an already disgraced member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) “crime fighting” pressure group. Since so many mayors from Michael Bloomberg’s group are either under indictment or have already been convicted on a plethora of felony and lesser charges, I propose that we form our own lobbying group. Since Mayor Bloomberg has proposed such cockamamie legislation, I think that we should call our new group Citizens Against Criminal Anti-freedom Mayors And Mayors In Exile (CACAMAMIE).


    Anonymous-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, You Are a Target Of Anonymous


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 11:56am

    Did I already say this is a EXCELLENT video?…


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 12:09pm

    Join the Public Mark-up of SOPA

    As you have probably heard, Congress is working with Big Content companies and unions to quickly pass legislation that would give corporations and the government new powers to take down websites and censor the web. Public-interest groups have been trying to get a seat at the table to explain why the bill is maybe not such a great idea, but so far they’ve been shut out.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 12:10pm

    The bill is the Stop Online Piracy Act, and in response to the closed nature of how it’s being pushed through Congress, we’ve been encouraging folks to join in an ongoing public mark-up of the legislation here on OpenCongress. Using our in-line bill text commenting functionality, OpenCongress users have submitted over 100 public comments to specific lines and paragraphs of the bill. People are flagging important sections of the text, helping each other digest the legalese, and collaboratively analyzing the implications of what is being proposed.


    People, this bill ties in with everything we see the police doing now to suppress our first amendment rights!!!

  • nancym 11/21/2011 12:26pm

    Interesting, interesting…a professor at UC Davis comments:

    Militarization of Campus Police

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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 12:36pm

    Yes, very interesting.

  • nancym 11/21/2011 1:28pm

    Quick and easy sign-up – have Senator Wyden read your name in opposition in a filibuster:


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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 3:42pm

    I did the other day.

    EVERYONE out there should too!

  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 3:26pm

    UC Davis Pepper Spraying officer, Lt. John Pike.


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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 3:31pm

    (g) Any person who uses tear gas or tear gas weapons except in
    self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable by
    imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, or two or three years
    or in a county jail…


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 3:59pm


    Make a statement condemning the use of violence against peaceful protestors in the United States.


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 4:09pm

    UC Davis Chancellor Katehi – silent walk of shame


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    nancym 11/21/2011 4:24pm

    I watched that the other day and was totally impressed by the tremendous discipline of those students, keeping to the tenets of non-violent protest in spite of the way they had been treated. Everyone should see that UC Davis pepper-spraying and then this video of Chancellor Katehi. I wonder if she actually realized how much brutality was going to be released on those students before calling in the police. If not, she does now.

    The less well-circulated part of the pepper-spraying incident I think is the part that happens after that. When you watch the longer versions of the video(s) some of them continue on and show the cops just backing up and leaving while the students are shouting en masse, “You can go! You can go!” The police looked as if they just didn’t know what to do. It was quite stunning, a psychological victory in spite of the pepper-spray.

  • nancym 11/21/2011 4:49pm

    Fun Facts

    I’m still trying to figure out who, if anyone, is reading these posts, considering there are so few of us posting on this forum, yet 200-400 views for this bill consistently show up on the site every day. I went to Alexa.com to check the traffic stats for OpenCongress, and this came up:

    “While we estimate that 68% of the site’s visitors are in the US, where it is ranked #7,918, it is also popular in Thailand…”

    HUH? Anybody here from Thailand???

    Also seems to be popular in Pakistan, the Phillipines, and India. Most visitors are over 45, some college, and view the site “from school.” And the stats jumped a lot recently in response to S.978, the “Commercial Felony Streaming Act,” where only 1% of users support that bill, ha-ha!

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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 6:20pm

    Remember…. 654 in favor / 196 opposed here

    All registered here.

    We never had THAT many posting ;)

    So I guess we have a global audience now…

    I do like Thai food )

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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 6:22pm

    It says 515 views now :)

  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 6:43pm

    Just for comparison, on site I frequent we have tens of thousands of views every day now, with only about 20 regular posters.

    You can find similar things on most sites when you compare views per posters. Except of course when you get those paid posters with a political objective using multiple sock-puppets in certain places…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 7:07pm

    Scott Olsen, out of the hospital and in excellent spirits!


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 7:09pm



    To help win the ‘hearts and minds’ of our fellow citizens, we are starting a photo album with the stories of veterans and those currently serving. Please write large and legibly on a piece of paper. Hold it up and take a photo. Send it to us by posting on our wall. We will add them to the album and post continually. No names will be used in the photo album. Please end all statements with " I am the 99%" "occupywallstreet.org "

    We’ve heard so many moving stories of people struggling and it’s important to get those stories out. If you are having a hard time, or if you just want to protect the rights of our citizens to peacefully protest; let us know. Thank you.


  • WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 8:18pm


    Maybe we should spend some time over at HR3261

    It has 55,143 views and 54 comments so far.

    I’m getting in on it here too…

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    WasMiddleClass 11/21/2011 9:35pm

    Hmmmm….I think I see some old ghosts from HR5749 over there…

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    WasMiddleClass 11/22/2011 9:31pm

    It would be pretty hard for them to be able to sweep all those people on extensions under the rug if they all got cut off during the holidays. Unlike they did with the 99ers.

    I wonder if they will call everyone collecting extensions “99ers” again this time, and make a big deal again about how they helped the 99ers…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/24/2011 10:06pm

    I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

    The holidays are rather melancholy for me these days…

    As I listened them read what viewers of the news said they were thankful for this morning one really said a lot. The woman said she was thankful that they were able to come up with the rent for the month so her family would not be homeless for the holidays.

    I had dinner with some old friends. I can remember years past when they would have been showing off their new truck, boat, ATV, or other expensive toy while waiting for dinner. No one had any new toys this year. Not even many old ones.

    I think what struck me the most is when we were watching TV and a ad for a 32” TV for $188 came on from Walmart. We all said we wished we could afford to buy one of those…

    On my way to their house I passed the local soup kitchen. There were far more people there than I ever saw before in my life for Thanksgiving.

    I can imagine the lavish dinners most in Congress had…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/24/2011 10:06pm

    Occupy movement does Thanksgiving nationwide


  • WasMiddleClass 11/25/2011 11:14pm

    And the worldwide attempt to shut down Occupy continues:

    Mayor: Occupy LA must leave City Hall camp Monday


    MONTREAL – What took nearly six weeks to build came down in a single morning as authorities moved in and dismantled two of Canada’s last remaining Occupy camps.


    LONDON (AP) — Authorities in London said Tuesday they were resuming legal action to evict a protest camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral after talks with the demonstrators stalled.
    More than 200 tents have been pitched outside the iconic church for a month in a protest inspired by New York’s Occupy Wall Street.


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