The policeman who doused a group of protesters sitting peacefully (and later became the subject of myriads of memes), is claiming the event caused him psychological damage; Alex Gibney’s documentary about WikiLeaks is chock-full of propaganda meant to discredit Julian Assange; meanwhile, divers in Hawaii cleaned the ocean by hand and filled an 18-wheeler with human debris. These discoveries and more below.
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Pepper-Spray Lieutenant Appeals for Worker’s Comp
The former police lieutenant who became the target of worldwide ire after dousing Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, John Pike, is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the Nov. 18, 2011, incident.
The Assassination of Julian Assange
We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange, teaches the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination.
Hawaii Ocean Debris Could Fill 18-Wheeler
In an area off Hawaii, far removed from most human habitation, a recent cleanup effort yielded an 18-wheeler’s worth of human debris during a 19-day anti-pollution campaign this year.