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charlie's corporations rule. it's a rocky horror police show this says frightening scenes break out between denver long portsmouth and occupy wall street protesters so from the use of police the tongs to pepper spray and now probable what's next for police tactics against peaceful protests protests. judgment days postponed for victor boot the u.s. courts hold his fate in their hands for at least another day though he has already been courting the merchant of death by mainstream media with a fair trial ever really possible for him. and it is seven billion and counting this and the earth on galatians hits a record high so what the world busting at the seams and resources stretched thin
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we'll take a look at the alternative energy options for the universe. both some scientists say the answer lies in the table of elements of safer greener more abundant solution to nuclear energy so will the hammer of the room come down as a stronger option for the earth to glow green. it's monday october thirty first seven pm in washington d.c. i'm christine for you're watching our team. well let's take a look now at some new developments in the occupy wall street movement that has now been moved well beyond wall street to main streets around the entire country in light of recent events and much of the focus has shifted to the role of police and the way police officers have opted to balance the desire to keep the peace because protesters desire to occupy parks and spaces in various cities over the weekend it
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was denver colorado things heated up quite a bit. you. see. this video is from saturday and things got especially heated after protesters tried to put up tents outside the capitol there denver police intent on dismantling the occupy wall street camp used tear gas the tongs and lovable which seem to be a little more painful as you can see in this picture and most people might think now this followed what turned out to be a very violent week in oakland california where when tear gas and non-lethal projectiles were also used to clear people and ended up critically injuring one man scott olsen an iraq war veteran who you see here he was peacefully standing by when he was hit in the head but i do want to go on to new york city the city where not only on fire wall street started but also where some of the first incidents of
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clashes with police you may remember this video in the early weeks of the protests police using pepper spray as well as their baton so this was followed a few days later by about seven hundred people being arrested on the brooklyn bridge. we want to talk all about this in the context of a few questions first what's going on here second is it working are these tactics necessary and what other tactics might be on the horizon joining me to help answer those questions copwatch filmmaker jake of crawford. how are you doing with our day get out there guys i know you're an independent filmmaker your office starting to notice a different kind of tactic being used by police in the occupy wall street protest talk to me about exactly what you're saying well you know until last week it was on confirms to me you know. from the beginning what we noticed was a lot of people were interested in videotaping or interested in in acts of violence
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that really had no ground in the movement they were participating in meetings they really were fairly disconnected. as time passed we had that rate this week and a few people that i had videotape will last week it turned out were in uniform as police officers so i put that together put it online yesterday and within a few hours it went viral what has been a lot of what i thought i did see of the video and it seems like what you have there is audio of you know police officers from two thousand and three i believe talking about the need to be prepared in the future for one thing to happen to talk a little bit about exactly what is going on with with occupy oakland ok well as you all know we were raided this week and when we realized that evening were tear
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gassed for several hours by o.b.d. in violation of the use of force policies. i would say to right now we're stronger than ever because more and more people are showing up there to night. areas and reoccupied be there is trying to do something. but you know the movement right now is really figuring out what we want and i think there's a lot of autonomy from her so yeah it certainly a change of tune from their point i know at first she talked a little bit about you know giving police but port several days ago for their efforts and certainly that changed after what happened what we saw with scott olsen him being severely critically injured she said she had taken back her words and said you know police presence should be much less than it than it is i did see
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pictures today of people that we occupying in the park but it's really interesting and possibly about this i know that you're in california but when we interviewed a few days after those brooklyn bridge arrests several weeks ago in new york a lot of people there told us they were sort of led onto the brooklyn bridge i mean that's where they were going but police let them go on the bridge they didn't know that if they went on they would be arrested and it wasn't until they went on there that they were arrested i mean is this a common tactic that's yes yes absolutely it is and wow you know we need to be vigilant of police provided tours and were traitors we also have to be aware of snitches and informants because we already have proof from at night with the use of tear gas in us all the known informant that was outed in the oscar grant movement movement in which a young man was shot in the back of our isa few years ago and it was captured on videotape so we've got provide tourists in the streets that are either being funded or directed police and we need to be aware of that and as you stated earlier are
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now acting chief of police in two thousand and three stated and that's according to my video that they need to. have infiltrators from the get go and interview take leadership positions well in that case where he was talking about they actually had police get into the movement and become a lead in beaters and so the police do a bit desire to have decision making in this process they have desire to shut this down and so they're going to use any means necessary while the city is had a stand off approach for the most part that does not mean that there are agents within our group trying to destroy some really interesting and i know we've done numerous stories from around this country i know the laws are very different depending on what state you're in but there are a lot of laws against taking video of police on duty talk to me about how you think these laws came into place and what the impact of them well.
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very a lot of these laws i think they're referring to a maybe the right or campaign laws in which you in certain states you can't record somebody without them knowing however these are the only really been enforced over the last couple years since the nation in the world has become involved and understand that these are public officials there they're operating in public and if they would be stopping members of the public we not only have a right to videotape them but we mean we should be and we also graham movement really made a lot of people here step up and i think that you know these cases that we've seen is the police trying to stop people from having the right and the ability to document what they're doing their police their public officials we have the right and we don't have the right you know we're not living in a democracy so but jacob i think a lot of people might say to you though if there are a few bad apples there are a few police who definitely overstepped their bounds or for the most part a lot of them not the majority of them really take their jobs seriously in terms of
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keeping people safe in terms of keeping their communities safe why is it that you are so intent on exposing all the bad apples then you know i'm wondering what you would say to people who say you're making it seem like this is a much larger problem and it is i'm sitting here right now with four pages of servile killings in oakland over the last ten years i can show you where we don't have the time but several of these officers were not only promoted but they were put in other positions of power where they have the ability to cover up younger officers that are involved in shootings and killings so that we have is that you kill it don't put it on the open piece of armor that you kill you're more likely to be promoted me any more likely to be in a position of power to be able to protect others want you during that night when they cheered out that us that came from a direct order from the top we want to talk about a few bad apples and you've got a few and they're running things so i don't really care about what people have to
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say about that because at the end of the day if a cop says. do this is your supervisor i'm just doing my job and nobody else who goes but i'm going to get into the streets to just do the job and as you can see you can do it pretty quickly well really really interesting stuff that you're doing and that you're documenting keep us posted on the different kinds of things that you see because we really want to put it out there and make sure people are aware that this is going on filmmaker with cop watch jake of crawford thank you. but i want to switch gears now and talk about the trial of victor boot the forty four year old russian businessman accused of being an international weapons dealer who has been charged with conspiring to kill american nationals conspiring to kill american officers and employees conspiring to use an acquirer anti aircraft missiles and conspiring to provide material support to the fark rebels in colombia south america he has been nicknamed by much of the mainstream media quote the merchant of death or victor but maintains he is innocent he says his business was
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sales and service says in the shipping industry now you may remember he was arrested in a u.s. drug enforcement administration sting operation in the thai capital of bangkok in early two thousand and eight he was extradited to the united states for the trial over the objections of russia and the jury is now in the process of deciding his fate earlier i spoke to our teens on a saucy a church and she had the latest on the trial. basically what was scheduled to take place today was the prosecution to make a final statement before the jury gets together to decide on a verdict afterwards followed by a speech from the defense apparently they didn't have enough time to get this done in the so far seven hours that they were gathered in court for so we are expecting this to finalize tomorrow although the jury will get together tomorrow it's not exactly clear their verdict decision making process could take up from minutes to several hours to even several days so we're going to have to wait and see exactly
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how soon they're going to make up their mind so just that we're clear here so closing arguments have been made for the both for both sides but we're still waiting for additional statements is that what you're telling me no closing closing arguments have been made by the defense and they're now expected to be made by the prosecution tomorrow after which the jury will get together to make a decision you got it there do you want to talk about some of the history of this case just give our viewers a refresher course in terms of how this all shook down this has been going on for several years now and talk a little bit too about some of the controversial elements of this. well you know christine this is differently been a pretty crazy case because apart from the details that you so wonderfully outlined in the introduction of the story we have to keep in mind that the u.s. officials have been chasing boot around and have been on a hunt for him for pretty much a decade this started about ten years ago when it was peacefully living in moscow
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the u.s. officials started pumping tens of millions of dollars into setting up the sting operation to hunt down because we have to keep in mind of course that when he was arrested in thailand in two thousand and eight and is now being charged with conspiring to cooperate with the fark rebels which are terrorist by the united states and not by the united nations russia or thailand by the way the people he was dealing with were actually covert special agents and not. group members by any means so that's sort of one of the things that's been reason eyebrows in this case and of course the fact that he was really snatched away by the u.s. in the middle of the night like in a hollywood movie from thailand to the u.s. even though thai courts found him not guilty twice and his papers continued to simply still remain in thailand so the way he was brought here and basically you know hunted down for so long it's really unclear why the u.s. would spend tens of millions of dollars on this one man and i know this case has
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been one of q or three major cases that we've been focused on another one is that of constantine yarns. talk a little bit about you know the two cases and some of the main points here going on here. you know the constitution was a great example to bring up because he was sentenced to twenty years behind bars the september a man who was also snatched up from a third country a russian citizen brought onto u.s. soil where particularly had never even stepped foot on u.s. soil before that incident so certainly that he's built a precedent where it became clear that the united states is not planning to really refrain from sentencing foreign citizens on its soil regardless of whether or not they've been on u.s. territory and we know this of course not exclusive example but in russia's case this is certainly a great precedent in modern u.s. russian history and with this case we're certainly not going to we don't see
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whether or not this becomes a similar scenario and just finally and i know i've been reading in a lot of different places all over the web today things that basically eventually say there's no way your group will not be found guilty talk a little bit about that and why people are so sure that this case has already been decided. well you know this is actually one of the most interesting points of this case because many believe that people have been following this case is that his guilt has been decided by the court of public opinion a very very long time ago because like i mentioned earlier for a decade this man was searched for hollywood movies presenting him as a villain were made the mainstream media in the united states legal to the merchant of death we before he even you know his trial even started so certainly it's going to be very hard for you know even though the judge made the jury sign a pledge saying they will not be googling this man around trying to find out more about who he is but that's that hasn't probably made the jury refrain from watching
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television and movies from which they would certainly know that the united states see this man as an enemy very interesting stuff artie correspondent on the stasi the church going to keep her eyes on the victor boot case for us thanks so much well it was a pretty unprecedented day today there are a lot of people as we've learned occupying the earth as the global populate population today reached that million people we have a picture here of danica may camacho she was born in manila philippines in a crowded government run hospital chosen by the united nations of the dollar thirty seven billionth baby danica represents a reality for everyone on earth that babies are continuing to be born at a rapid rate on a planet that itself is not getting any bigger this has sparked a whole lot of questions about the need for people to rethink the way in which they live what resources they use i will talk a little bit more about that in
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a bit but this has also sparked some of. the desire to think about leaving the planet altogether and to look for other planets to call home our teams peter all over explores that idea in this report. so where next mercury too hot. too cold mars thus will do nicely as the population of earth passes the seven billion mark some of suggested the red planet as a replacement for our current blue one however in these times of tightening purse strings the cost of going to mars could be a problem in the not so the one known expedition to mars and park would cost it is safe to say over three billion dollars preparing for these flights would cost about thirty or fifty times more than a two way ticket in other words we're talking about colossal expenses regardless of what price those who have been into space say the time is right for mankind to yet again boldly go where no one has gone before everybody realizes that it's time
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to reach out and explore the universe beyond low earth orbit we have for many years just for ten years at least we have been on the international space station in north orbit very close and we haven't been somewhere else or with people since the lunar landings which ended back in one nine hundred seventy two there's no shortage of take years to be the first to set foot on mars and potential red planet trailblazers have started their training young surrogate. just a teenager but he's putting in the hard yards in the hope that he can help create a potential new home for humanity millions of kilometers away not march i want to be the first to travel to mars and to other planets as well to the moons of jupiter saturn you see you can leave there in future we're still a long way from science fiction becoming science fact with even setting up home on the surface of mars even if we put the huge cost of
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a martian settlement to one side there are some serious hurdles to be overcome not least we have no idea if life existed there previously and if it is whether whatever killed it off could be dangerous to us. why should we even think about finding a new home. that's resources are finite therefore we will eventually have to either restrain population and production growth risking losing both or we find a foothold on other planets no matter how much it cost us with the retirement of nasa space shuttle the only way for people to get into space at the minute is the russian soyuz rocket currently with the science available our chances of a global relocation anytime soon have pretty much zero however took to weigh in central moscow the mars five hundred project is simulating the effects a mission to mars would have on a crew in search of a new home. there is one obvious reason why the experiment has been so popular the
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world is still a place for dreamers who dream of exciting projects that unite people international projects. is not old enough as it stands we might have to learn to deal with the soaring global population but young sergei will keep on training hard and the hope that he can do it for the dreamers. r.t. . all right so in the meantime let's talk about what's really going on back here on earth where resources are growing more scarce and economists scientists even politicians suggest we could be reaching our breaking point well take a look at the numbers here because important to illustrate just how fast the world population has grown so it wasn't until age you know for just a little more than two hundred years ago that the world population reached one billion it was another century in one hundred twenty seven before it hit two billion people then things really start to pick up three billion people in one nine hundred fifty nine four billion in one hundred seventy four five billion in one
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nine hundred eighty seven five billion in one hundred ninety eight and here we are today seven billion people at this rate the united nations estimates we will hit eight billion people in less than twenty years by twenty twenty five and ten billion twenty eighty three to dig deeper into the implications of this earlier i spoke to vice president for energy and climate at the united nations foundation read the definition i asked him in his view how big of a concern these numbers actually are here's what he had to say. i think you can have continued growth of this trade and not just put huge strains on the planet's resources but as women get more economic power and more power within their families they tend to live with their families and so the best that we can do to limit their growth is to make people more economically able so when you say as women start to gain more power gain more equality certainly that's happening in this country not
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not the case in a lot of other countries but is this just sort of an awareness and from the family planning and that type of thing or. you know what is actually a result that well usually it means second nomic empowerment and i do think it's happening all over the world including developing countries as women make money they tend to keep the money within the family they tend to take more charge of the planning of the family and so this leads to smaller families and it leads to better economic conditions for the family so you're saying we shouldn't then be overly concerned about overpopulation i think that we want to give women the tools to decide how big their family should be and so if that means access access to contraceptives they should have that but i think that in the wrong term economic empowerment is going to do more to stabilize the world's population that's why rich countries have plateaued on their populations i want to talk to you now about
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resources certainly this is a major issue as we go ahead i think go forward what do you see as the biggest challenge in terms of dwindling resources well as these billions get added to population they put more strain everybody wants more more more but what's really remarkable is that the o.e.c.d. the rich countries have calculated that over the next twenty years three billion more people will join the middle class there. or cars are going to work refrigerators are going to air conditioners and that's going to put huge pressure on the planet's resources so it's not just more people coming into this world it's the fact that a lot of those people are not in fact going to be living in huts with no electricity it's really interesting to think about that because right now it seems at least in this country we're going through a time where more and more people are moving from the lower middle class down back into lower classes at the inequality gap grows bigger of course talking on a global scale is that right of course in this country what most people would
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consider lower class would be a rich person or a country so if you think about in china and india people who have been in really extreme poverty are now buying cars they have jobs they have apartments they have houses so so you're talking about people moving into these different classes about relying on more and more energy what about an issue that we've seen just over the last few years and that is food prices continuing to go up how big of an issue do you think this is well suit prices are correlated to a remarkable degree to the price of oil because of oil was such an important aspect of agriculture and i think that you will see you know as you see the explosive growth of demand for cars in china for example you going to see continued our pressure on the price of oil and that's going to continue to put pressure on the price of food as well as speaking of oil i mean right now it's funny eleven there
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are plenty of alternative forms of energy that we know about from solar power to wind power for a brief stint there was a phase when electric cars were being developed but for a lot of reasons and i think there are a lot of reasons but one of one of which many people would say is that the oil companies in this country in this world are extremely powerful and seemed to sort of. not be in favor of other types of energy competing with them do you how. likely is it that other alternative forms of energy will be able to be developed in a world where the oil companies have so much power and don't want to see these other forms developed i mean do you think that's an issue i think it's a huge issue trying to compete with an existing alternative like oil which after all has to be right ninety seven percent of the transportation market so you're bringing in new product to compete with that you have a huge obstacle to overcome but i do think the over time the system works change
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mostly to electricity it will be a door fuel vehicle so it may use gasoline or biofuels in addition to electricity but i think inevitably because of environmental concerns the world will shift toward elections for you we certainly have seen a lot more hybrids a lot fewer hummers being sold interesting interesting things i think about as we do have passed the seven billion mark in our population thanks so much. ice president for energy and climate at the united nations foundation we catch thank you. and as the world population is on the rise so too is that demand for energy but what if there was a form of nuclear energy with no possibility of a meltdown and could be found abundant around the world well scientists are researching a source that could be a solution to a world energy crisis this is called story on r.t. correspondent liz wahl thinks
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a look at dorian and why despite it touted benefits not everyone is right on board yet. president obama has vowed to transition america to alternative energy in america run solely on fossil fuels should not be the vision we have for our children and our grandchildren solar winds and biomass have been so how does more viable energy sources the disaster in japan serve as an example of the serious dangers associated with nuclear power plants but all of a sudden to raise this level to the highest level the levels. but what if there is a nuclear energy source that is safe green and abundant some say thore arm is that source light bridge based in virginia is now testing this next generation nuclear fuel in russia south gray is the c.e.o. of the company get dramatically reduces the about the waste comes out of the reactor reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor and doesn't
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produce any weapons usable materials and it's estimated that dorian is three times more abundant than your raining on the element currently use in nuclear plants and scientists say there is so much of it that it can produce more energy than all the world's oil coal and uranium combined sounds like the alternative energy source the world needs but despite its advantages nuclear experts say politics and corporate interests may be getting in the way that doesn't. mean that it's going to be picked up by the you kill it is an improvement. they are going to look at the economics and the environmental benefit cochrane says the u.s. needs to change its energy policies in order to make story a more attractive to businesses they would have to have a different structure than the current one you encourage. the development of your. nations everywhere are racing to develop new ways to produce energy well i
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think in the coming years you'll start. results more industry interest i think most of the industry. or even reactors from outside the us and we're testing underway in russia china and india the united states may lose the race and find itself behind the curve when it comes to energy innovation and the jobs it would create from washington liz wall artsy and that is going to do it for now but for more on the stories we covered go to argue dot com slash usa or you tube dot com slash r t america i'm christine frisell.

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