Monday, November 5, 2012

Updates 11/5/12 -- Guy Fawkes Day

Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England's overthrow.
    But, by God's providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James's sake!
    If you won't give me one,
    I'll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
    Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Hello everyone.

It's Guy Fawkes Day. We've got some Occupy news, and then let's take a peek at what Anonymous is up to today. Since they have the signature Guy Fawkes masks, we can only expect that they have plans for the namesake of their anonymity.

-- Occupy Sandy is still out on the front lines, feeding the hungry and providing clothing and supplies to those who need them. Occupy is one of the only groups still accepting volunteers, and with the Red Cross and FEMA being seemingly slow to come to the aid of the people, it's Occupy they are turning to. Check out this article, which addresses this question: Is OWS outperforming the Red Cross?

-- [Chuck] In this video, a man who made a video of the damage at Staten Island gets $500 for letting someone use his footage in a movie. Instead of taking the money for his own benefit, he spends it at a vendor's store that sells sweatshirts and sweatpants, with the vendor donating several more pieces once he finds out the man will be taking the clothing to Staten Island. Before dropping off the clothing to appreciative people in need, he takes us on a tour of Staten Island, including a look inside one of the homes to see the damage. In the second link, there are photos taken of damage in other areas of Staten Island. (This is heart-breaking. I feel for all those who lost family members, pets, and irreplaceable items like photos and homes.)

-- [Chuck] Now to re-warm your heart, here is the Facebook page of the marathon runners who dropped their dreams of running the race to help those in need. You can scroll through to see that many of them have posted the stories of what they saw and did while they ran through devastated Staten Island.

-- The Portland Action Lab, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, is criticizing the police's use of force and pepper spray at Saturday's anti-austerity rally, and looking for ways to make sure it doesn't happen again. Police action in Portland has been getting more forceful, and protesters say that riot police regularly taunt them and fist bump when someone is arrested or sprayed. Police say that Occupiers need a permit to protest and demonstrate, whereas protesters believe that political dissent should not require permission.

-- [Chuck] Interested in finding out how prosperous the countries of the world have been recently? Check out this page, which gives a list of the World's Most Prosperous Countries in 2012. (Spoiler Alert: It's the Top Ten in the world, and we aren't in it.)

So what is Anonymous up to today? Turns out, quite a bit.

-- NBC sites have been defaced and taken down, as well as Lady Gaga's website. Anon claims to have stolen data on some of NBC's profiles, but they are not yet confirming or denying this. The sites are back to normal now.

-- They also went after PayPal, Symantec, and several sites belonging to the Australian government. They claim to have gained access to thousands of PayPal accounts.

-- As well as the hacktivist attacks, Anonymous has put out a call for protesters to hit the streets, but this may cause some issues for protesters in Canada who choose to wear Guy Fawkes famous masks. Canada's new law could cause a person in a mask to get up to ten years in prison should they wear the mask to a demonstration that turns violent.


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