Hong Kong protesters face off with police as they step up their movement

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HONG KONG – Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were facing off with Hong Kong police late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after being camped out on the city’s streets for more than two months.

Student protest leaders on Sunday night told a big crowd rallying at the main protest site outside government headquarters that they would escalate their campaign by surrounding the building.

The crowd tried to push its way down a narrow staircase in an attempt to get to the office of the city’s Beijing-backed leader. Hundreds of protesters charged past police lines, blocking traffic on a main road, but were stopped by police barricades from going down an access road to Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying’s office.

Police arrested at least five protesters, according to the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the groups that have played important roles in organizing the protest movement, which…

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Rochester, NY, Parents: Say No to a Charter Founded by a Con Man

“I couldn’t graduate from regular school because I’m just too, too advanced…” Perhaps he had an undiagnosed ADD condition and couldn’t focus long enough to learn anything. Or perhaps he’s just an outright huckster. Whatever the reason, he has not shown a good reason to be in charge of educating children. If I were a parent in that school system, I would be protesting this decision.


Dear Parents of Rochester, New York:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have approved a charter school to be opened in your community in September 2015: The Greater Works Charter School (GWCS).

GWCS lead applicant Ted J. Morris, Jr.– the man chiefly promoting the project– has been found multiple times over to be a fraud.

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He lied about his high school graduation from Rochester’s School Without Walls.

He lied about graduating with a bachelors degree from Western Governors University.

He lied about attending and graduating with a masters and doctorate from Concordia University Chicago.

He lied about graduating with a doctorate from Grand Canyon University.

And watch here to see Morris lying in person on Rochester television.

In the Democrat and Chronicle, Morris described himself as being “too advanced” for the traditional classroom:

“I remember being in school and feeling I was…

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Alberta pipeline spills 60,000 litres of crude oil into muskeg

“…the report says there was no impact on wildlife…”
Ahem. One cannot spill 60k litres of crude oil onto the Earth without it impacting wildlife. What utter bullsh*t. Clearly, Canadian Press is a PR firm for Big Oil.

Global News

RED EARTH CREEK, Alta. – The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province’s north.

An incident report by the regulator states that a mechanical failure was reported Thursday at a Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ) pipeline approximately 27 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek.

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The report says there are no reports of impact to wildlife and that a cleanup has begun.

Red Earth Creek is over 350 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

Carrie Rosa, a spokeswoman for the regulator, says officials have been delayed reaching the scene due to poor weather in the last few days.

No one from Canadian Natural Resources could be reached on Saturday for comment.

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Burnaby wants Kinder Morgan to pay for Burnaby Mountain policing costs

Why is it that oil companies have plenty of money to throw at politicians, but suddenly develop “empty pockets” when the bills for their transgressions comes due?

Global News

WATCH: After days of protests, things are finally returning to normal on Burnaby Mountain. Kinder Morgan crews took their equipment and left, and protesters celebrated with a rally. Jeremy Hunka reports.

The police have left Burnaby Mountain after over a week of enforcing an injunction requested by Kinder Morgan. Now the only question is who will pay their bill.

“I want [Kinder Morgan] to pay,” says Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan. “We told them not to go on to the mountain, we told them to obey our bylaws, we were overruled by the National Energy Board, so they can’t possibly say in any way this was our fault or responsibility.”

Protesters held a celebration on Burnaby Mountain on Saturday, a day after Kinder Morgan began packing up after saying they wouldn’t finish testing on their second drilling site by the Dec. 1 injunction deadline. The company has proposed building through the mountain…

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Abbas to push for UN resolution to end Israeli occupation by 2016

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CAIRO – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he is moving ahead with a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution on setting a November 2016 deadline to end the Israeli occupation.

Abbas told Arab League foreign ministers that he had put off such a step repeatedly in response to requests from Washington, but: “We can’t wait any longer.”

“The status quo is not sustainable any longer, especially at a time when the Israeli government is continuing its attacks, its settlements, demolishing houses, confiscating lands and imposing facts on the ground,” he said

Abbas said he will now begin consultations on the draft resolution, but did not mention a timetable.

“This is a basic issue, this is a very important issue, and the Arab League agrees with it,” said Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby, adding that it is “natural” that Palestine is heading to the Security Council now. Arab League foreign ministers…

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Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

As much as I have been made aware of Walmart’s unethical behavior, I still learned something today about the true impact on our wages, our independence, their welfare status of avoiding taxes in the billions. I avoid them like the plague, but as we saw in the video, my choices to buy elsewhere are limited by the other stores still in existence and there are times when I have no choice (like when the Kroger water filter machine breaks down for the umpteenth time). We had another long time store closing its doors in this small town’s downtown area just this month. They were the last of their breed with the higher quality clothing. I especially value higher quality goods because they last–which means less going to landfills; they wear better (a sewer especially appreciates well-constructed clothing–a talent that I am afraid will be lost in the coming generations). And when one sees the impact around the world–with the workers in China and India — one sees how truly destructive Walmart is–we have to take that into consideration when buying cheap plastic crap from Walmart. Doing unto others as we would have done to us is part of this–why I would not cave in to the bank that would give me free checking as long as I began online banking–this would eliminate a human being’s job (not to mention security issues, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog). And people tend to feel helpless, but as they talked about in the video, Walmart would like us to think we’re helpless.
What if nobody shopped at Walmart?
Where would they get their billions?

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Walmart Sucks NIMBY Image by R.xR. Anderson via Flickr

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