Friday, November 16, 2012

Updates 11/16/12

Hello everyone.

We have a fair share of helicopters flying over our little town today. I've only been up for an hour and I have heard at least 5 already. I also haven't had a cigarette since Wednesday, although I have had a few puffs off an electronic cigarette to help me calm down. The news today is fairly short.

-- A report from Google has been released, confirming that requests for surveillance information are at an all-time high and rising. Compliance rates for the requests are at about 90%, the lowest success rate the government has ever had. 

-- Members of Occupy DC are suing the Metropolitan Police Department and Bank of America after it came to light that a secret meeting was held between the groups in order to get rid of the Occupiers. The protesters had been arrested for blocking the sidewalk, but those charges have been dropped. Now an informant has come forward to say that the defendants held a meeting in which they acknowledged that the Occupiers were not doing anything illegal, but wanted them gone nonetheless. 

-- Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other snacks, is saying it is going out of business due to mass strikes by their employees, which compromised their ability to produce and deliver products. They are planning to file bankruptcy and lay off all of their 18,500 employees. 

-- Since the Rolling Jubilee began, they have raised over $260,000 with a telethon and variety show, which can be used to pay off over 5 million dollars of debt. They are still fundraising to write off debts that are bought in bundles. 


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