Friday, November 9, 2012

Updates 11/9/12

Hello everyone. 

It's difficult to believe that this year is coming to an end soon. I still have so much work to do.

Today's news is mostly brought to us by Chuck, who flooded my email last night with plenty of information. :)

-- [Chuck] Occupy Sandy has plenty of doctors and nurses within its ranks, and these helpful people are going door to door in Coney Island to check on each resident. The MRE's distributed by the Red Cross and FEMA can be difficult for the elderly or non-English speakers to use, as they only have instructions in English and have a very high sodium count. Checking on the residents allows them to see if anyone needs urgent care or food, and provide whatever help they can.

-- [Chuck] Proposition 37 in California (labeling GMO foods) was defeated, but now the FBI is involved in the controversy. Opponents of Prop 37 allegedly blatantly lied in several of their campaigns, claiming that groups such as the FDA and others agreed with them, going so far as to use the FDA seal on one of their commercials. The problem? The FDA claims they never said what is listed in the commercial. 

-- [Chuck] Do you believe that President Obama is progressive? If you do, these men may change your mind. In this video, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West talk about how calling the President progressive means ignoring his record.

-- [Chuck] If you haven't heard about the Ten Strikes bill yet, you need to watch this video. It's a new bill passing through Congress that would make certain streaming activities illegal, and punishable with up to five years in prison. It would affect people worldwide.

-- [Chuck] What is the Rolling Jubilee? It's an amazing idea, by people just like me and you, to save people like me and you. This is a must watch, and it's less than 2 minutes long.

-- A photographer in Miami was attempting to cover an Occupy protest when he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest. The police deleted footage of the protest and the arrest off his camera, but he was able to recover it. It turns out that police had been monitoring his Facebook page to see where he would be, and warned officers of his intent to record the event. The photographer has been acquitted, and plans to file a lawsuit for violation of his constitutional rights.

-- In Argentina, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand that President Cristina Fernandez stop the murders of Argentine people and police. They are also angry that the President may reform their Constitution to remove term limits, allowing herself to remain in power. The country is plagued with violence and corruption, and the people are tired of watching their friends and neighbors fall victim.

-- In Western China, thousands of Tibetans have marched on Chinese government offices, many of them protesting the educational systems. There have been at least three known self-immolations in the area in the past month, drawing international attention to the unrest in the region. The educational system forces students to study in Chinese, and if they choose to study in their own language, they are severely limited in their choices and chances. They are also calling to allow the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.


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