Friday, October 7, 2011

Wiley Bear's Amazing Shot

Wiley Bear's Amazing Shot

Wiley Bear's Amazing Shot

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 10:48 AM PDT

Here's a video clip of an amazing basketball shot your viewers would love to see. It was right out of a Disney movie. It was recorded as part of The Ysleta (eee-sla-ta) Independent School District's "The Wiley Bear Show," a bilingual children's television show featuring the district's panda bear mascot. This episode is on sports and physical fitness and encourages students to be active and healthy.

The YISD Wiley Bear production crew was recording a segment for this episode when Wiley showed his extreme athleticism as he made an incredible shot on the basketball court.

During this particular shoot, Wiley Bear was guarding a player on the Hanks High School basketball team. He reached out stole the ball with his paws, pivoted and miraculously made a 30-foot jump shot. It was nothing but net and amazing. The players on the team went wild and started chanting "Wiley! Wiley! Wiley!"

There was no practice shot, it was take one of that scene and definitely a keeper for the show. Wiley was proud that he could demonstrate to students how fun basketball can be.

YISD produces about three Wiley Bear shows each school year. In each episode, Wiley Bear goes on a new adventure to teach children about a variety of topics, such as good hygiene, transportation and bus safety. The show features superintendent Michael Zolkoski, principal Sandra Perez-Ibarra and various students and staff from the Ysleta district. The show is distributed to all elementary and Pre-K schools in the district.


Feel free to call me Joe Adame, YISD Video Production Specialist at (915) 443-3956 if you need any more information or would like for us to mail you a DVD version of the shot.

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Occupy Philadelphia day 1 - 03

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 09:18 AM PDT

Day 1 of Occupy Philadelphia, which is taking place at City Hall in Center City

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Occupy Wall Street spreads to Philadelphia

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 09:12 AM PDT

A movement that started on Wall Street and spread to other cities across the U.S. has made its way to Philadelphia.


Starting Thursday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside City Hall for what organizers say will be a days long sit-in against corporate greed.


Protesters carry signs with a list of complaints from bank bailouts to the war in Afghanistan.


The decision was made during a general assembly meeting earlier in the week where nearly 1,000 people attended. Facilitated by volunteers, the group conducted a 'straw poll' by raising hands to pick the final location.

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"We are Here as Americans..." Occupy L.A.

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 08:30 AM PDT

While at Skid Row's Fred Jordan Mission, where children were receiving school supplies and clothing, the sound of helicopters rumbled. Thousands had marched down Figueroa street to Bank of America in downtown L.A., only blocks from where underprivileged children were receiving supplies.

The march was part of the movement, "Occupy L.A", people expressing their frustrations with the greed of corporate giants. A sit in was held in the lobby of the bank that resulted in10 people being arrested and hauled into jail.

A strong police force was present and dispersed the large crowd of people, who then returned to their base camp. Occupy L.A. is now occupying the lawn of City Hall.

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Occupy Philadelphia Day 1 - 02

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 07:46 AM PDT

Occupy Philadelphia demonstration day one, which is taking place outside City Hall in Center City.

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Pay a Tribute to Steve Jobs in Second Life

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 07:45 AM PDT

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc sadly died on October 5, after his heroic fight against cancer.  Regarded as an icon of the technology age for many people, Jobs will always be remembered as a pioneer of early personal computers.  For those who want to pay their tributes to Steve Jobs, there is now a site in Second Life called 'The Church of the Mac' where people can visit to reflect on the passing of this famous entrepreneur/inventor/designer.



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Occupy Philadelphia

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 07:20 AM PDT

Day 1 of Occupy Philadelphia, which is taking place outside City Hall in Center City.

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The Occupation Spreads to New Orleans...

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:59 AM PDT

"Occupy Wall Street" reached the Big Easy yesterday as demonstrators marched through the streets of the CBD protesting their discontent with government corruption, corporate greed, joblessness, and healthcare.


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The Occupation Spreads to NOLA

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:46 AM PDT

"Occupy Wall Street" protests reached the Big Easy yesterday as the 99% marched through the streets of the CBD to Lafayette Square at City Hall.  They held a rally where individuals expressed their discontent with the government, corporate greed, joblessness, and healthcare.  The protestors  will be taking up semi-permanent residence at Duncan Plaza.




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Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:30 AM PDT

Hollywood superstar George Clooney acts in and directs a political thriller than does a great job of holding up a mirror to our political system, revealing the dark underbelly of our every changing democracy.

George Clooney plays Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Morris who isn't what he appears to be in "The Ides of March".


This political thriller also features rising star Ryan Gosling. He plays Clooney's hot-shot media strategist Stephen Myers. He butts heads with the campaign manager, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and THE opposition's campaign manager, played by Paul Giamatti, who tries to lure Gosling to his side, hinting that things he doesn't know about yet will sink his candidates campaign. Marisa Tomei is the New York Times reporter, plunging them all

down the slippery slope of tragedy and sleaze.

Without giving too much away, the story does loosely follows a Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky story line.

Evan Rachel Wood plays a small role as the pretty intern who's got quite a secret.

The game of politics is dirty and this film does a brilliant job of pulling back the curtain.

The timing is perfect, as we approach the highly charged, polarizing presidential election season.


This film is smart and witty, with Clooney helping to write the script, as well as act and direct in it. The acting is great, but the corrupt politics storyline the film takes is well-worn and dated. It would have been nice to bring something new to the genre. At least something that hasn't already been played out, to an extent, in real life.


The flick-o-meter gives "The Ides of March" a solid four out of five.  The film has nothing to say about American electoral politics we don't already know. I was hoping that it would. In any event, its a pretty good movie. Some are even giving it Oscar Buzz.


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The Occupation Spreads to New Orleans

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:16 AM PDT

The "Occupy Wall Street" protests have spread to New Orleans.  Yesterday thousands marched through the CBD to the front of City Hall where they held a rally and voiced their greviences regarding corporate greed, government corruption, and joblessness.


more to come...




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Rain or Shine: Occupy Los Angeles

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 01:10 AM PDT

We've had rain the last few days in Los Angeles, but that has not stopped the occupation.


Photos by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix

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Prescott Youth Spreading The Message

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:45 PM PDT

Young people team up to protest in Prescott!

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Occupy Hits Small Town America

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:29 PM PDT

A group of people ranging from age 18 to 80 meet at the courthouse in downtown Prescott to discuss future planning of Occupy Prescott.

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Occupy Gets Organized in Prescott

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:20 PM PDT

Protesters begin to gather at historical courthouse in down town Prescott. Over 30 people showed up to help organize the upcoming occupy.

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Flooded School

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:05 PM PDT

One of the affected schools in Calumpit Bulacan Philippines brought by Typhoon Pedring.

It was 1972 since the last time the area was flooded.

Broken school desk and arm chairs, damaged teaching paraphernalia and muddy school ground were the results.

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DC Is Occupied

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:48 PM PDT

On October 6, hundreds of protestors marched from Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC to the Chamber of Commerce and then along K Street. They gathered to express discontent with a number of issues ranging from unemployment to health care to unfair mortgage practices.

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Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:28 PM PDT

Occupy Philadelphia began in front of City Hall today.

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Typhoon Pedring Bulacan Philippines

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:28 PM PDT

Aftermath of the typhoon Pedring in Calumpit Bulacan Philippines.

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Typhoon Pedring Bulacan Philippines

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:25 PM PDT

Aftermath of the typhoon Pedring in Calumpit Bulacan Philippines.

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Who's Clothing Our Children ?

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:19 PM PDT

Today was Fred Jordan Mission's 23rd annual "Back to School" giveaway event, the Nation's largest. Families lined the streets of Skid Row, some as early as 5 am, to wait with thousands to get shoes, clothes, backpacks, and necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo.The line of people wrapped around at least two city blocks, holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the beating sun. The children patiently waited.

The first stop was a meal. In and Out burger donated over 5,000 meals, apples included. Next, the children headed off to one of the many stations, which included clothing, backpacks, shoes from Footlocker, and hair cuts from the Paul Mitchell school. To my surprise many children were excited to get their locks trimmed for school the next day.

It was easy to get swept away by the enthusiasm of the crowd of volunteers and the grateful recipients. Hours of waiting and all I saw were smiles and joy from these families.

I am forever reminded of how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head and flip flops on my feet. From the moment I began reporting on the efforts of the Fred Jordan Mission, I was touched to the core. To see children lined up block after block, to receive one toy at Christmas, or shoes for school, all while they laughed and played, is a sight to behold.

Who's clothing our children? Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row certainly does their best to provide for the needs of the families in their area.

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Teresa Allen Tells Why She Is At Occupy Houston

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:09 PM PDT

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Teresa Allen tells why she is at OccupyHouston

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"Human Bullhorn" in action at Occupy Wall St

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 09:44 PM PDT

Occupy Wall Street protestors in Libery Plaza shown using the human bullhorn technique of spreading information when powered bullhorns are not permitted by police.

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Soldier Michele Foy Tells Why She Is At OccupyHouston

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 09:35 PM PDT

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Michelle Foy explains why she is at Occupy Houston.

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What do you want? Interview at Occupy Wall Street

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 08:53 PM PDT

I ask a protester at Occupy Wall Street in New York City on Oct 5 why he's there and what he wants?

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Posted: 06 Oct 2011 07:56 PM PDT

Approximately 600 protesters occupied Lykes Gaslight Park in Tampa to show solidarity with OccupyWallStreet.

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Occupy Philly

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 07:04 PM PDT

Images from around the hours of 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m., October 6th 2011. Occupy Philly protests held at Center City, Philadelphia, PA.

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The Single Woman's Guide to Marrakesh

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:44 PM PDT

In August of 2011, I had decided to travel to Marrakesh and do so alone. I wanted to experience the magical mystique that Morocco has to offer and immerse myself in the culture and wonder of Marrakesh. Marrakesh is a beautiful city having unique architecture and scenery, smells of spices and mouthwatering cooking, as well as an intriguing history. As excited as I was for this trip, I knew that I needed to prepare a little extra as I was a solo female traveller. Hence, I had scoured the Internet looking for travel tips and advice for solo women travelling to Morocco and had discovered that there was no single source encompassing all of the advice I would liked to have had before my travels. As a result, I went to Marrakesh without these travel tips and had to learn my way around as I was there. While there may be travel tips online for Marrakesh, there are very few geared specifically towards women. While my tips may be applied to both men and women, I found that the common problems faced by travellers are often exacerbated towards solo female travellers as opposed to those in groups or men. The realities of traveling as a single woman are consistently overlooked in travel guides as solo female travel has not been a common practice until very recently. Even though experiences may vary from person to person, I have compiled a list of travel tips based on my personal experience in the hopes that it may help guide more women in their travels to Marrakesh. I have additionally included a list of my favorite sights within the old Marrakesh Medina as well as specific advice for the Djemaa El Fna, the largest square in Morocco, and the souks, specialized Moroccan shops. Not only are these sights a favorite for all travelers to the region, they are also very "solo traveller" friendly and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Must-See Sights:

The Marrakesh Medina is an ancient walled city within the overall city of Marrakesh. It was founded in 1070 and quickly rose to become one of the most powerful cities in North Africa. The walls were constructed in 1126 and are still present today, surrounding the city. Some of the most fascinating sites in all of Marrakesh lie within the Medina. The following are a brief list of four major sites in the Medina with which no trip to Marrakesh can be completed without.

     Koutoubia Mosque: No trip to Marrakesh is finished without a visit to the Koutoubia mosque; it is like the Eiffel Tower of Marrakesh. This mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and is over 800 years old. While only Muslims are allowed in the mosque, it is still a pleasure to visit from the outside. The gardens can be a peaceful retreat after the chaos that is the Djemaa el Fna and the facade is a beautiful backdrop. Be advised that as Marrakesh is located in a desert region, many of the fountains and water features around Koutoubia have dried up, presumably because of the drought this region is suffering. However, the Koutoubia gardens is still a must see and is definitely worth your while.

     Ben Youssef Medersa: This ancient Islamic school was one of the largest in North Africa and has been in existence since 1565. It is intricately carved in cedar, marble and stucco and contains some of the most stunning architecture you will see in Marrakesh. The history of the school is quite fascinating and the peacefulness is divine. Take your time, walk slowly and enjoy yourself. Check out the many intricate details in the tiles and carvings and lose yourself in the designs.

     Saadian Tombs: If intricate designs are on your list, this one takes the cake. The Saadian Tombs date back to the 1500s and were a burial place for royalty. These tombs arguably contain the most intricate designs of all of the Marrakesh Medina sights. Be advised though, you cannot walk among the tombs as they are gated off. Your view of the tombs will be from outside the doorway looking in. This can create somewhat of a problem, since if there are long lines, you will not be able to stand and stare inside for long. However, it is definitely worth visiting on a trip to Marrakesh.

     Bahia Palace: When we think of the word "palace," various pictures come to mind. Ones of moats, turrets, guarded gates and fantasy. This is not such a palace, but one certainly worth seeing nonetheless. Built for Si Moussa, the grand vizier of the sultan in the end of the 19th century, the palace is a gateway to history and a wonderful way to envision how Moroccan royalty used to live. Intended to be the greatest palace of its time, the grounds contain a set of gardens in which the palace rooms open onto. The Bahia Palace is yet another wonderfully peaceful location within the Marrakesh Medina.


·         The best places that I can advise tourists to stay are in "Riads." Riads are traditional Moroccan guest houses which contain about 5-10 customized rooms. These are usually in the center of town and are perfect and peaceful getaways to spend your holidays. Additionally, the families who own them usually take special care with their guests and provide them with directions and advice upon arrival. This extra care and advice can be especially helpful to the solo traveller, who is unfamiliar with the area and needs to be able to navigate alone. Meals and transportation are also common amenities provided at most riads and can make your stay a lot easier. Most guidebooks as well as online travel websites can recommend quite a few riads in the area.



If you were to search the Internet on how to dress in Marrakesh, I guarantee you would find many conflicting responses. And those conflicting responses are quite accurate as to what you would see in Marrakesh. Women wear everything. I had seen everything from full head-to-toe coverage to sheer wraps over bikinis. The majority of foreign women though, had worn shorts, sneakers and a tee-shirt. This is fine for the majority of women who were in groups but I would recommend something even more modest for the solo traveler. Try to stick with outfits that extend to the knee and cover the shoulders and collar bone. This type of dress would eliminate much of the unwanted attention you may receive based on appearance.



When it comes to food, there are a multitude of options to select from in Marrakesh. There are food stalls, cafes and restaurants as well as dining within the riad.

Food from street stalls can be quite appetizing and delicious as long as certain precautionary measures are taken before purchase. Cooked food is usually safe to eat as well fruit with skin. I would be weary of skinless fruit and any fruit which is sold based on weight (weight based fruits may have been modified, ex: drilling holes in watermelon, then filling with unsafe tap water to increase weight). I would also be weary of juice vendors that reuse cups, as some do not thoroughly wash those cups before serving. Don't let these warnings scare you from street stalls; you may find some very appetizing and delicious finds on the street, just be mindful of what you order. The Djemaa el Fna comes alive at night and is filled with food stalls; this would be a prime place to test out stall food.

Some of the cafes in the Djemaa el Fna offer the best views of the square and can be quite relaxing and enjoyable places to eat. In addition, you will find the prices quite reasonable. Bring cash though, as most of these restaurants don't take plastic. Marrakesh also has some very fine restaurants that rival any of the top restaurants you will find in your home countries. Any major guidebook will list these for you, and they do live up to their reputation.

Riad dining is very convenient for those who do not want to search hard to find good food or do not want to wander the alleyways after dark. Check with the riad owner beforehand to see if dinners are available; if so they can usually cater a menu around your preferences. It is also a great introduction to traditional Moroccan foods and tagines (slow cooked Moroccan meals). If you're lucky you may even be able to watch the food preparations in the kitchen which can be quite fascinating.



The alleyways of the old Medina are designed like a maze and it is extremely easy to get lost. Know where you are and where you are going.

     For your first time out, pick out key navigational points along the way and take note of them as you are walking in order to find your way back.

     Bring a map! Lay out directions to and from your hotel or riad in advance. Often times, your riad will provide you with a map of the local area. In addition, bring the phone number of your riad to call incase you do get lost.

     If lost in the souks, work your way back to the Djemaa el Fna and get your bearings from there. Map out the souks beforehand.

    • Scams: Be aware of people who claim to be "from the hotel" or try to guide you in a different direction which you know to be obviously wrong or do not want to go. This has resulted in several robberies and attacks on tourists, especially the solo traveller. Be assertive and continue on your way.


Djemaa el Fna:

     This is the main square in Marrakesh; it is almost impossible to get from one area of the Marrakesh Medina to another without having to pass through it at some point. The square is predominantly filled by orange juice stalls, monkey handlers, henna tattoo artists and snake charmers. On one side of the square are the souks, which are traditional Moroccan markets, and on the other side are cafes and taxi drivers. A road from the cafe side of the Djemaa el Fna leads right to the Koutoubia Mosque. The square is a great reference point for locating attractions as well as catching your bearings. A few points to be aware of:


     Henna Tattoos: There are many options with regards to getting a henna tattoo, but the best option that I can provide is to purchase your tattoo from an official pharmacy. There you will be assured that the henna is safe and the design will be professional. Additionally, you will not have to bargain the price as it will be a fixed price provided by the pharmacist. This may be a relief to those who are weary about bargaining.


     Something to be cautious of: there are various women around the Djemaa el Fna who will try to persuade you to purchase a tattoo. They will go about this in various ways. One of which is to grab your arm and proceed to draw a tattoo without your permission; then demand payment. In addition, the henna which is frequently used is "black henna." This type of henna is poisonous and can lead to a permanent scar as well as infection. My best advice is to keep your hands folded or in your pockets when walking past henna artists. Be especially cautious; mainly because of the dangerous henna used.

     Overall, having a henna tattoo from Morocco makes an excellent souvenir and a fun experience. Just be sure to follow these tips and you will have an excellent time!



     Monkey handlers: While we may have seen monkeys on TV or at the local zoo, we don't normally have the opportunity to see one up close and interact with one. In the Djemaa el Fna, there are many monkey handlers; these handlers carry chained monkeys on their shoulders and, for payment, will allow you hold the monkey and take pictures. While these monkeys may seem cute and and you may want to hold one, there are two things to be aware of first.

     If you elect to hold a monkey, agree on the price beforehand, as the price agreed upon afterwards will never be enough for the handler. (Additionally, remember the conditions in which these monkeys are held, and consider whether one picture is worth supporting this industry.)

     If you are taking photographs of the Djemaa el Fna and happen to capture a monkey handler in a photo, whether you intended to or not, they will demand payment from you and quite adamantly. This may include following and harassment. The best way to avoid this is to be careful what and who you take photographs of and be aware of your surroundings. (This advice can be applied to all aspects of travel but especially in this instance).



Behind the Djemaa el Fna square lies the traditional Moroccan markets, the Souks. Marrakesh claims the largest souk in Morocco and is a necessity to visit on your trip to Marrakesh. The souks in Marrakesh sell anything from pottery, fabric, lanterns, electronics, leather, jewelry and much more. Whatever your imagination desires. Each souk is separated by category. Travelling in numbers can avoid many of the following possible negative experiences. If you choose to travel solo, assertiveness and preparation for these instances will prove to be extremely beneficial.

      Be prepared to spend more money than you anticipate. I cannot stress this point enough. It always happens. "Just looking" is a rarity and shop owners can be quite persuasive, even for the most hardened traveler. There are several key points to be aware of when in the souks:

     Bargaining: When buying something, start the bargaining process at half or less of what the asking price is. If you are not getting the price you are looking for, walk away. Do not be persuaded to go out of your price range by the store owner. There are multiple shops selling similar items all in the souks. There will always be another opportunity to buy the same item for a more reasonable price.

     Purchasing: Always have exact change, especially for the less "established" shops. (From personal experience, I had bargained the price down on jewelry, handed a bill to the store owner, who then gave it to another man who ran away with it. Never received change.) Just be safe and have exact change.

     Looking: If you would like to walk through the souks without buying anything, be prepared. "No thank you" does not go a long way and you will undoubtedly find yourself being harassed or taunted, especially for solo women travellers.

(Personal Experience: After a full day of this provocation, I had returned to my riad disheartened and exhausted. It was at which point that the owner of my riad had told me I was "being too nice" and that I must be firmer and more assertive in order to avoid harassment.)


As a result, a method which I found worked best, was to leave my sunglasses on at all times in order to avoid making eye contact. Instead of saying "no thank you" countless times, I just didn't say anything at all and kept walking (something you big city residents my be used to). This method almost always worked. In the rare instances in which the harassment persisted, a firm "NO" did the trick. This behavior may seem excessively rude to potential tourists, but politeness is very easily taken advantage of in Marrakesh and will leave you exhausted and discouraged very quickly.


While I may have discussed many of the potential obstacles faced in the solo female travel of Marrakesh, I hope that none of you are dismayed. Marrakesh is an amazing city, full of history and culture, just waiting to be explored by all those who have a sense of spirit and an open mind. The food is mouthwatering, the souqs are full of amazing finds, the history is endless and the riads can be the most relaxing place in the world to lay down your head. Just be sure to follow my tips and I guarantee you a breathtaking trip of a lifetime. So join me in breaking the ties that limit female travellers and immerse yourself in the mystical wonders of Marrakesh!

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Occupy Chicago 10-6-11

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:27 PM PDT

Uncut clips of the protest on LaSalle in Chicago, IL on 10-6-11.  I think it's worth noting the racial diversity of this very peaceful, fun group.  #OccupyChicago

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The Morning After: Sleep and Relaxation

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 05:09 PM PDT

The morning after the big Occupy Wall Street protest and a night of police arrest many protesters decided to rest and take it easy Thursday.


Some protesters still rallied their Occupy Wall Street cause and made signs; others just wanted to eat, play checkers and reflect on their victory march Wednesday from Zuccotti Park to Foley Square.


The Naked Cowboy of Times Square even came out to offer support, though many of the protesters werent' amused, so he soon left without much fanfair.

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My speech at the Occupy Wallstreet Rally in DC

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 03:12 PM PDT

I was asked to connect the Occupy Wallstreet movement with what's taking place in the Congo so I shared this poem, which is a true story about working in Congolese refugee camps and seeing firsthand how the people of Congo suffer in part to due to corporate mining interests and the electronics industry in America. I was introduced by my friend JD Stier of the Enough Project. About a thousand people in attendance.

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Occupy Wall St. Comes To D.C.

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 02:46 PM PDT

The scene at Freedom Plaza today, October 6, 2011, 3:p.m. Hundreds gathered...


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Wall Street Protest in Norfolk, VA

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 01:57 PM PDT

People in Norfolk, VA are showing their support for Wall Street. Big OCCUPY march Sat Oct 8th...

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Chilean students protest Oct 6 2011

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 01:44 PM PDT

No words...

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Chilean Students protest Oct 6 2011

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 12:21 PM PDT

In chile, the violence of the police in the Chilean students protest...


This isn't authorized for the Metropolitan Intendency (Santiago).

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Occupy Wall Street activists ask: "Where are the jobs?"

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 12:18 PM PDT

Folks are demanding jobs and education funding. It's for real down here people!

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One Hundred Years in Taiwan

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 12:17 PM PDT

One Hundred Years in Taiwan


By NEAL MOORE (CNN iReport) NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, R.O.C. --- As Taiwan readies herself to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Republic of China – the oldest surviving republic in all of East Asia – I wanted to highlight and thus celebrate a different, yet related history.  Namely, those in Taiwan who identify themselves as Taiwanese.


Huang Jan Mei, age 100, was born in You-na, Keelung, Taiwan [then Formosa].  Like many Taiwanese, Huang Jan Mei's family came to Formosa during the Qing Dynasty, as fisher folk, between two and three hundred years ago.


While the Xinhai Revolution and Chinese Civil War would rage on the Mainland, and the end of WWII would herald a changing of the guard on Taiwan from Japanese colonialists to Chiang Kai-shek and the Republic of China, Huang Jan Mei would not take notice.  For she was a housewife who lived in the "country" – thus not in direct contact with soldiers, politicians, or news of the world.  Which makes for an interesting point.  Huang Jan Mei was busily living her life, stowing away food, making a success of the family store, and in so doing, a livelihood for her family.  And while history was being written, swirling all around her, and although she would dream about an education for herself, Huang Jan Mei would go without, so that her son, Huang Chin-fu, and his seven children could attend school.


What I learned from my meeting with Huang Jan Mei is to live to one hundred, you've got to be tough, you have to celebrate the gift of life and you must above all else, sacrifice for and thus celebrate family.  I was amazed to learn that at the wise old age of one hundred, Huang Jan Mei to this day not only shops for fresh produce and meat by herself at the local morning market, but brings the food home and, again on her own, insists on cooking for her family.


Taiwan's hardships, triumphs, and illustrious history are reflected in her diverse populace, like Huang Jan Mei, among others.  Pausing to glance back while simultaneously looking forward, onto a future, they hope will be bright.





2) Huang Chin-fu, 84, with his mother, Huang Jan Mei, 100. Photographed at the Huang's residence, New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.


3) Huang Jan Mei, 100. New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.

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Occupy Philadelphia

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 12:11 PM PDT

I stopped by the Occupy Philadelphia protests in Dilworth Plaza, next to City Hall and across from the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The more than 600 protesters at 11 am were sharing space with the homeless people that typically stay there. They were demonstrating against Congress, bank bailouts, the Troy Davis execution, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, healthcare, and the Supreme court Citizens United decision. My favorite signs were "Wall Street is Dog Meat," "When Did Socialism Became a Dirty Word?" "Do You Feel The Trickle Down?' and "Phire the Phat Man," which referred to Eagles Football Coach Andy Reid. Police presence was not overwhelming. The mostly white, young crowd was entertained by a pick up band consisting of a bass, trumpets, guitar and drums.

One enterprising lawyer could not resist the opportunity to capitalize on the protests. He hired workers to carry signs directing people to a website if they were disaffected stock brokerage clients.


They should be there all night. Unlike the city of Seattle, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter had agreed to let them sent up a tent city in a designated area.



The media has portrayed the protesters as unemployed and estranged from society. I did not find that. Most of the people that I interviewed had a decent job and were taking a personal or vacation day. Quite a few were licensed healthcare professionals that worked at local hospitals.Well known African American activist Michael Coard and Jeremy Burton, the education and community services coordinator of the Philadelphia regional office of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission were two of the lawyers that I talked to.




Many are committed for the long haul. One said, "I am only leaving at 6 tonight because I have a rehearsal dinner. My wife would kill me if I did not go. I will be back tomorrow."


One English protester reminded me that we were lucky to live in America. He said,"Protests like these have been banned in England."


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Occupy Wall Street March With Unions Oct. 5

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 12:09 PM PDT

Occupy Wall Street March With Unions Oct. 5 3pm-8pm.


Taken with Canon s90

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GLEE: Maria -- Off, Over + Out!

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:50 AM PDT

Welcome to Season 3 of pop!talk's weekly GLEE recap show hosted by Error 404 + Yellow Peril!


This week on GLEE,  it's about defying expectations, taking what's rightfully yours, and understanding the price you pay...for love, fame and friendship, as Mike Chang is torn by his parent's expectations for him, Britney unleashes her girl power in the race for class president, and the showdown between the two Marias -- Mercedes and Rachel -- threaten to split apart New Directions.


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Occupy Wall Street Rally @ Foley Square 10/5/11

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 11:43 AM PDT

On the afternoon of October 5th, thousands of people rallied in Foley Square and marched to Zuccotti Park as part of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. That day marked a turning point in the movement due to increasing support from labor unions.


I spoke with Bill Buster, who is currently doing public relations for Occupy Wall Street, about the movement, its purpose, and current media attention.


As night fell, I personally had to leave to go to work and wasn't able to continue filming. Things got messy on Wall Street that night with 20 protestors arrested by policemen wielding billy clubs and pepper spray. Occupy Wall Street members have placed supporters with video cameras in strategic areas to record the interactions between protestors and police, especially as a safety precaution when things get violent.


This piece is designed to show the peaceful side of the protests that aren't as tantalizing as the few clashes with police and to counteract the punditry opinions on many major media outlets.

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Our son is a big fan of Mr. Jobs

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 10:13 AM PDT

My husband bought Ipad1 last year, just one month before ipad2 was launched. We often use it for our business and enjoying our free time.Finally, our son get interest on it.

At that time, he just 14 months old.


We were so surprising that he can unlock the Ipad by himself, and also watch MTVs and play games. Now he already 22 months old and memory game is one of his favourite game.


He is a playful kid and seeking for our attention. When Ipad at his side, he will sit quietly and play his favourite app.

I can teach him how to read and sing using Ipad.


Eventhough Apple product is expensive it prove that a child under 2 years know how to use it. Not to mention that Ipad1 is a tough solid unit.


Steve Jobs had create a good product.


Hope that Steve Jobs really heard these word " THANK YOU" on his own ears during all the Apple product that he had launch pass all these years.

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Photos inside the Wall Street March 10/5/11

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 09:06 AM PDT

Participated in Weds. 'Occupy Wall Street" protest as part of 2 orgs.that I volunteer with. Just wanted to share some of the view from inside the march. Great to see America standing up for itself. (Note the photo of our WWII Veteran).



Brooklyn, NY

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Liberty or Death

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 09:01 AM PDT

Little girl holding a protest sign in the midst of all the chaos during the march on wall street

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Occupy NY

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 08:58 AM PDT

October. New York City. Wall street march

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PC Street TV at Foley Square

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 08:41 AM PDT

Peter Moses of PC street TV reports from Foley Square during the Wall Street protest.

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I sent him a letter...kind of a poem...when he retook Apple...

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:32 AM PDT

It was right after he'd taken over from Amelio. Smart money was on him selling or dismantling the company. I knew he read his own email. I knew I had to make it brief, to the point and hit a few soft spots.


I wrote:


"I picked up computers when I laid down my dolls.     

Computers live for me.

In being on the crew of Toy Story

you have made toys live

for a new generation of children.

I think computers must live for you, too.


Whatever your decisions concerning Apple

our prayers go with you, Steve Jobs."


I sent it late one night, to


In the morning, a reply.



yours, steve."


And next month, Wired displayed a "Pray for Apple" cover.  Wonders!

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Life Changer

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:27 AM PDT

The dynamic relationship between this man and Bill Gates is the reason why I'm able to make this post today.  I work in the software field and have always been drawn to writing code.  I thank this man for setting the framework in motion for me to be able to have the life that I do.  Forever thankful.  A sad day.

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Occupy Seattle Late Night Protests

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 11:09 PM PDT

October 5, after a long day of protests and 25 protesters arrested, things calmed down in Seattle's Westlake Plaza.  About 100 people were gathered over all, holding signs, and waving to cars passing by. 

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The Last March of the Ents in Lego

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 10:19 PM PDT

Taken from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, this Lego model displays the epic battle as depicted in the film version of the timeless book.  The base of the model is 305 Lego studs(8ft.) in diameter and the tower Orthanc stands 228 Lego Bricks (7ft. 2in.) tall. The battle consist of 23 Ents and 100+ Orcs.


Photos:  Brian Bautista


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Occupy Hits Prescott

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 07:37 PM PDT

The word is out and it has hit the hills of Prescott, Arizona!

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Berber Tea Ceremony in Morocco

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 06:00 PM PDT

We had the opportunity to experience a real Berber tea ceremony while visiting a Berber family in the Ourika Valley outside of Marrakesh, Morocco.

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