Thursday, April 12, 2012

Updates 4/12/12

Hello everyone.

Today, my computer decided to remind me how much I hate Microsoft. It restarted for Windows Updates while I was in the middle of writing the blog, without saving anything. Oh, well. This may be short due to time constraints.

On to the news:

-- The UC Davis pepper spray report was finally released yesterday. It says the event could have been prevented, and that poor planning and implementation came from all levels of school administration. The reactions from the report range from disappointment to outrage, with Assembly Speaker John Perez saying it has "very troubling revelations." There are dozens to hundreds of articles concerning this out there, but I'm supplying one for now.

-- An Occupy Sarasota member has had all charges dropped against him. The man was arrested for chalking a sidewalk back in February, and he was being represented by the ACLU for free. The ACLU referred to the case as "over the top."

-- The author of this blog post seems to be a little angry about the Madison City Council thanking Occupiers. Read this link to find out why he's so perturbed.

-- The Monsanto Corporation is headed to court, after a lawsuit was filed this week against them. The plaintiffs in the case are mostly small town farmers, who allege that while Monsanto knew the herbicides and pesticides they asked farmers to use could cause birth defects, the corporation did not tell the farmers. The reports for the case indicate that multiple children were born with devastating birth defects, including Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, blindness, and other serious health issues. Farmers were not taught how to properly dispose of the poisons they were told to use, and improper storage and disposal led to leeching into the water supply. Read on here:

-- George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder, and is currently being held without bond. Just one day after his defense attorneys quit, Zimmerman was arrested after Florida Prosecutor Angela Corey decided enough evidence was present to warrant the charges. Many questions still remain unsolved in this case, including the original handling by police, possible evidence of a struggle, and witness testimony.


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