Saturday, April 14, 2012

Updates 4/14/12

Hello everyone.

What an odd dream I had last night. Sometimes I wonder what's going on up in my head. I dreamt of two great dogs that I had many years ago, which I found loving homes for. They would be gone by now. In the dream, I found a wooden box with both of them in it. They're quite large-a rottweiler and a chow-chow- but they fit fine. They hopped out of the box and walked with me. I could even smell them. They were very kind and loving towards me, and it felt like I was being protected. Anyone else ever wish they knew what their dreams meant?

So that's what is on my mind this morning. :) On to the news!

-- A Federal Judge has ruled that the free speech rights of an Orlando man were, in fact, violated when he was arrested for chalking political messages in the public plaza. The ordinance that was supposedly violated targets advertisements, and the judge pointed out that he was not advertising, nor has the rule been enforced against others who chalked the square in the past. He even recalled an instance in which the Mayor encouraged businesses to chalk their sidewalks, which he called selective enforcement. The city has not yet decided if it will appeal.

-- Five more DC Occupiers have been arrested by Metropolitan police for their "sleepful protests." The Occupiers were sleeping outside a Bank of America ATM, and police detained them for violating a statute about blocking sidewalks. Protesters say they are clearly not blocking anything, and the charges being laid against them are bogus. They say the sidewalk is roughly 30 feet wide, and they are taking up roughly a foot and a half of it. It has become a morning ritual for police to arrest those involved in the "sleepfuls," but every day more Occupiers show up to join in.

-- In Chicago, dozens of people sequestered themselves into a mental health clinic, locking themselves in with bike locks and thick chains, to attempt to thwart the closure of six public centers, and the privatization of seven more. Police sawed through the metal barricades early Friday morning and arrested 23 people, releasing 11 without charges.

-- Occupy Eugene held a protest against Bank of America on Friday, paying close attention to the date. In honor of Friday the 13th, Occupiers dressed up as zombies for the protest, and pointed out the many fraudulent business practices held by the bank. Managers at the bank said their main concern during the protest was to keep their customers safe, even if it means closing the bank down for a while.

That's all for today, everyone. I really do appreciate the time you take to read the blog. It means a lot to me.


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