Monday, October 13, 2014

Crafting Art at the Protest

Crafting Art at the Protest

Crafting Art at the Protest

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 07:24 AM PDT

Participants decorate the Admiralty protest site in Hong Kong with eye-catching colors and passionate messages.

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My #cnnireport story

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 05:49 AM PDT

Image submitted by @ashleahalpern
A #Bangladeshi feast at #Neerob in the Bronx, @nymag's No. 1 Cheap Eats pick of the last eight years. The spread included goat biryani, tilapia, shingara, a million dals and bhartas, and maybe a half-gallon of crazy-good hot sauce. #worththeschlep #dabronx

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Hong Kong, wounded by protest!

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 04:14 AM PDT

The un-told part of the Hong Kong protest story, is how ordinary citizens of this fine city is held hostage by the student led protest. In the pictures you see are the organized stoppage by HK taxi drivers which NO MEDIA PERSON covered, it is not sensational enough for the bias media coverage including CNN, who tends to favor everything the students do.
Media never reports how thousands of businesses will probably close soon because of the disruption caused by the illegal blockage of city street in vital intersections both in Kowloon and Hong Kong, media also likes to report the peaceful nature of the student demonstrators but not how they would encircle any person with a opposite view and create contact with such person then call for police assistance whom they ridicule.
Some of the "opposition" actually supports democracy, at least I do in some form, but because it is not what the Occupy Central pace or view, they disregard your views or opinion, can't some of us support democracy without civil disorder?
Media (including CNN) spin this as a movement in order to some day justify this illegal action perhaps in court, but I ask you this, can you block off the Santa Monica fwy or the Brooklyn Bridge's connection to the FDR and call it a movement? Or can you besiege the White House during your protest? Ordinary Hong Kong citizens just want a peaceful Hong Kong with flowing traffic, it is hard enough normally wiithout these blockages, just because the media does not cover your cause normally does not give you the right to hold a gun to the rest of our heads just because you seek attention, enough is enough, give us our streets back please!

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Anti-occupy protesters attempt to remove barricades of protestors at Admiralty

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 02:48 AM PDT

Pictures from this afternoon of Hong Kong Police after anti-occupy protesters tried to remove some of the barricades that were blocking the main admiralty district (main protest area)
Students however wasted no time by working together and putting them back up.
There were a lot of anti-occupy protesters also that were shouting at the students too.

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Scuffles are erupting in Admiralty

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 12:59 AM PDT

Hong Kong, Admiralty, October 13th 2014, 3pm HKT.


Scuffles are erupting in Admiralty between pro-Occupy Central protesters and anti-Occupy Central count protesters, joined by taxi drivers.


Police forces are in numbers but are struggling to contain the two sides who are engaging in a war of words, and sometimes a few scuffles. One side is chanting "Open the roads" while the other is chanting "Close the roads".


Scuffles are breaking out between small groups in different areas of the main Queen's Way blockade that two dump trucks were trying to remove (near Pacific Place) and triggered the gatherings.


A hundred meters from there, numerous taxi drivers have also gathered to protest against the blockades and are requesting the police to clear them.

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Walker-Burke Debate Provides Candidate Contrasts

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 12:40 AM PDT

The political pressure for the upcoming midterm Wisconsin elections on November 4th picked up steam as the first debate for governor got under way on Friday, October 10th. In this, the first televised debate between sitting Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke, differences between the two campaigns came into clearer focus, while other topics were simply avoided.


The majority of the invited press for the debate, sponsored by Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, were not allowed in the Mayo Clinic auditorium in Eau Claire, Wisconsin during the broadcast. Instead most of the press core were crowded into a small room, provided with two live media feeds as the group took notes and wrote their news items for print, TV, and radio. Still the venue offered some important clues on the candidate's platforms.The debate provided insights into the strategies each candidate had in capturing the ever-important undecided voter.


The debate covered a wide variety of issues including voter ID and rights, abortion, jobs, budget, education, and the minimum wage issue.


Mary Burke's opening comment was, "I am running for Governor to focus on what works for you, and your family. I am a fourth generation Wisconsinite…every day I am reminded of my deep Wisconsin roots, and the values I was brought up on. And one of those values is that everyone deserves a fair shot to get ahead if they are willing to put in the hard work."


In Walker's opening comments he said, "As I traveled the state four years ago I decided then and there that I was going to aim high, and set a big goal of 250,000 jobs. Now we have come a long way but we're not done yet. Think about it, we went from losing 133,000 in the four years before I took office, to gaining 100,000 jobs since Wisconsin ranks third in the Midwest for private sector job creation from July of last year to July of this year. Tonight my opponent is going to spend a lot of time using old and outdated data trying to criticize and attack the Wisconsin comeback."


Burke followed up by saying, "Four years ago Gov. Walker promised us 250,000, that's a broken promise. We are not even close. In fact we are dead last in the Midwest in jobs creation." And with that comment, the debate gained momentum.


Over the course of the debate, both candidates were alternately given the chance to first respond, and have rebuttals and follow ups. Early on, Walker was polished and appeared comfortable with his stature as an experienced debater. Burke, perhaps with less live debate experience started more slowly, but gained momentum, especially with one of the first hot topics regarding the state's voter ID issue. Just one day earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Walker's administration's attempt to require photo ID's for every eligible voter in the state to vote.

Shawn Johnson, from Wisconsin Public Television asked the candidates if Wisconsin voters were better off after the 6-3 Supreme Court voter ID decision, and if Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was exploring ways to still begin implementing voter ID before Election Day, even with the ruling.


Burke responded to the voter ID issues by saying, "It's part of democracy here in Wisconsin and the across the U.S. that people are able to vote. I am concerned we are putting roadblocks in front of people's ability to vote, and the Federal Judge indicated that there are 300,000 that could be hurt by this law."


Walker countered saying, "The (current) law in Wisconsin is simple, it's easy to vote, but hard to cheat. Now for us, this is a common sense reform that protects the integrity of each and every vote." Walker continued by saying he was in a recent town hall meeting in Appleton when one person asked him how many cases of fraud there have been in the state.


Walker said, "It doesn't matter if there is one, 100, or 1,000. I ask us who amongst us who would be that one person who would like to have our vote canceled out by a vote that was case illegally."


Burke wasted no time rebutting saying, "It is shocking to me that Governor Walker doesn't even care, if there is only one instance of fraud and yet he would put these road blocks in front of 300,000 people who would find it difficult to get that ID and to vote even though there is no documented cases of fraud and that could cost millions and millions of dollars. That's just not common sense."


As the debate turned to jobs and minimum wage, Governor Walker began avoiding answering some of the questions. When Walker would not answer the question directly, Keith Edwards from WQOW News 18 Eau Claire said, "Governor Walker I need an answer, do you believe a Wisconsin worker can live on a minimum wage, do you believe the state has an obligation to make sure workers are paid some sort of minimum wage, and if so what would that be? Again, Walker avoided answering the question directly.


On two occasions, when the questions turned to ACT 10, a law striping collective bargaining rights of public workers, and on strip and frac mining in the state, Governor Walker attempted to talk beyond his allotted time, and his microphone was subsequently muted. In her rebuttal, Burke took a jab by pointing out that Walker pushed legislation and easing environmental regulations for Gogebic Taconite to build a strip mining operation in northern Wisconsin. According to reports, the mine could extend 21 miles.

On frac mining Walker commented, "we have some of the best frac sand in the world and many of the rural parts of the state) have been a tremendous economic boom creating jobs and opportunity….and we want to continue that going forward."


Burke said, "I do have concerns on whether we are balancing job creation with protecting our natural resources." She continued saying, saying, "What I am concerned about it big money and special interests are driving the decisions in the Governor's office instead of what's of is good for the people in Wisconsin and local communities."


She pointed out that "there was a secret $700,000 campaign contribution from an out of state corporation and Governor Walker changed the rules so that we had the corporation strip mining in our north woods… and I think most people in Wisconsin think it that should be illegal if it's not."


The debated continued for one hour, with each candidate taking on social issues such as abortion, and fiscal issues such as a looming deficit or surplus in the Wisconsin state budget. At the end of the debate, neither candidate offered personal interviews but rather had their campaign spokesperson address the press.


In the final analysis, Walker deftly handled the line of questioning, but on a number of issues, simply refused to answer questions. Burke, picked up steam after the first 10 minutes and equaled Walker's ability to debate, and took firm aim on his jobs pledge, the environment, and campaign contributions from out of state corporate interests. Contrasts between both candidates were readily apparent. Another debate is schedule for October 17th in Milwaukee. Governor Walker declined to debate Mary Burke on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio October 16th. According to the station's policy, Burke will be given 60 minutes of air time to herself.


Polling between the two candidates has been statistically tied recently. CBS/NYT/YouGov Poll Sept 20-October 1st puts Burke at +1 and Gravis Marketing/ Poll from October 3-4, puts Walker +4. Stay tuned.

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Anclote key Lighthouse

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 11:04 PM PDT

A day of boating leads to a lighthouse history lesson.

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration NYC

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 06:47 PM PDT

Thousands marched up 5th avenue on Sunday October 12th to celebrate the 50th annual Hispanic Day Parade.

The parade caps off a month long celebration of Hispanic Heritage. Participants were represented by about 20 Spanish speaking countries, including Latin America, Cuba, Puerto-Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain. Some of the marchers came as far away as Spain and Latin America to take part in this parade.

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The Trailing Of The Sheep: Ketchum, Idaho

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 06:43 PM PDT

   Thousands of sheep are herded through the streets of Ketchum, Idaho today.

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The Pergamonmuseum

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 06:21 PM PDT

Antiquity, especially Near Eastern, thrives in Berlin. The Pergamonmuseum in this city made me further fall in love with Ancient Mesopotamia. In my visit to the museum in September 2013, I was mesmerized in particular with the Ishtar Gate and its Processional Way (photos 1-3) which have retained their color. I also admired the other huge structures transported and reconstructed in the museum. Among these are the Pergamon Altar (photo 4-5) and the Roman Market Gate of Miletus (photo 6). My visit to the museum was also the chance to see with my own eyes Ancient Near Eastern inscriptions that I knew only from my studies, like the Stele of Kilamuwa (photo 7) which was written in Phoenician. There was also the Aleppo Room (photo 8) whose walls are a real work of art.

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Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 06:13 PM PDT

It is a parade/ political activist style with musical instruments.

I really do not know if this is a parade or a protest??? You decide... I just finished my German food from the Oktoberfest. This parade/protest splits the crowd and the band played on...

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Fleet Week San Francisco

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 06:01 PM PDT

Watching Fleet Week 2014 Air Show in San Francisco featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

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The Fernsehturm

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 05:58 PM PDT

The Berlin TV Tower, or better known as the Fernsehturm is the highest point in Berlin, and even the whole of Germany. It is located near Alexanderplatz and from this it gets its nickname, Alex Tower. It is a structure one will never miss for its towering presence can be seen in most parts of the city. In the two summers that I have been to Berlin, I have wanted to go to its sphere to have a view of the city and its environs. However, I missed that chance and I would have to content myself with contemplating the tower from below--which is not a bad experience at all.

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