Had Cat scans and blood work yesterday again. More bruises. Surgeon says I'm not recovering as fast as I should be, which means that I have to take another week off of school This makes three weeks now. This isn't good. I've already missed three weeks of statistics classes. You don't do that. You don't miss out on stats. I have a feeling I'm not going to do so well in this class.
On to the news.
-- [Chuck] Violence against women is a horrible thing in our world, yet it happens in every country around the world. Eve Ensler is an activist and playwright who wrote The Vagina Monologues, and is now calling on all those opposed to violence against women to join together and dance until the violence ends. The movement is called "One Billion Rising." The first link is an interview with Ensler concerning the movement, while the second link is for the movement page itself.
-- [Chuck] Today is the day that the people of Spain set out to say they've had enough. They have plans to surround the Spanish Parliament in order to turn it into a symbol for the kidnapping of the institution and rescue by the people. In the first link, there is a full description of what is going on, why this is needed, and what the people plan to do about it. The second link (from me) is concerning the police in the situation, who have already sealed off the Parliament building.
-- A U.S. Representative may have a little bit of paranoia mixed in with his suspicions about being stalked and burglarized. Rep. Bill Young believes that Occupiers and the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) are "after" him. Police say there is no evidence of a break-in, but rather a storm door with a faulty lock blowing open. No footprints were found, despite the rainy conditions that would have caused tracks into the home. There are several more incidents that this Representative talks about. Read them here. (It's interesting, in an "Are you sure you should run for another term" sort of way.)
-- [Chuck] The Keystone XL pipeline construction is heavily underway, but several people have taken matters into their own hands to stop it. Eight activists have climbed trees to form a blockade against the machinery devastating the lands. From the looks of one of the pictures posted, they don't have to do much, as the workers flipped one of their own heavy-duty machines. (No one was hurt.)
-- There are a lot of rumors swirling about Occupy and the President of Iran. Supposedly, President Ahmadinejad was to meet with Occupiers, but later articles say that Occupiers instead denied and denounced him. This comes after he reportedly said that Israel has no ties to the Middle East and would be "eliminated."
Lastly, this is kind of "news," but it's also hilarious and terrifying at the same time. After Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's wife's plane had to make an emergency landing due to smoke filling the plane, Romney mused on his concerns about what could have happened. Here is a quote:
“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem."
I wish this wasn't serious. I really do. When I first saw this, I really expected to read a retraction from the major news site it was on, saying they made a mistake by citing a satirical news site, such as The Onion. Only it's not. It is serious. This man flies all across the country to campaign, yet cannot figure out why you don't want the windows on your plane to open. That is, like I said, hilarious and terrifying. It's hilarious because... I mean, look at that. That's funny. How do you not know about that?? It's terrifying, because a man who doesn't know even basic details about things we all know is running for President of our country. Some people say that it has no bearing on his possible Presidency. I disagree. If a man can't even be curious enough to look up a small detail that he doesn't know about something he does ALL THE TIME, or take the time to look at one of the million news stories about how decompression caused injuries or death, can we really expect him to do his research about anything while IN Presidency?
Here's one of the many links to this story.
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