Diver Yang Yun was part of a competition to hold her breath for as long as possible in a pool of beluga whales in China. The dive was going smoothly until she tried to move her legs and she couldn’t. That’s when Mila, one of the beluga whales, came to her rescue. Sensing something was wrong, the animal immediately swam to the drowning diver, took Yun’s leg in her mouth and lifted her to the surface to breathe, saving her life. 10 animals that saved human lives
I’m a little tipsy at the airport, about to fly back home to NYC (after a long, unexpected trip) and I just went through some key things that pissed me off about Congress this month, and I decided to write a quick little recap of what they have been up to. Ya know, so we’re all on the same page here about how psychotic they are…
In less than one month Congress has:
*Passed the National Defense Authorization Act, with a slight adjustment, the government now has the ability to arrest an American Citizen, on American soil (or in the World) and hold them in a prison, WITHOUT TRIAL….. INDEFINITELY, removing our constitutional right of Habeas Corpus.
*Congress allowed a lobbyist for billionaires (Grover Norquist) to control the Super Committee by forcing them to sign a pledge agreeing to NOT raise taxes on the rich (even though they are paying RECORD LOW taxes— some millionaires and billionaires paying less than their secretaries), which caused their debt deal to fail.
*The House Energy and Commerce committee voted to allow corporations to poison our air/water with toxic chemicals known to cause cancer (arsenic, heavy metals, and industrial mining operations). Uhhhh, yeah, uhhhhh, yeah. I got nothing. Shit is so fucked up right now.
*And, annnnnnd, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (run by members of Congress) were busted trying to discredit one of the Commissioners, when in reality, they were trying to allow the nuclear industry to have less safety regulations, while Fukushima Japan is still dealing with their nuclear meltdown.
I’m sure I missed something. I didn’t write about SOPA because apparently that is still up in the air and so is the Keystone Pipeline. I’m about to hop on my flight. I have a LOT of writing to catch up on, but thanks for reading if you did.
OCCUPY THE FUCKING PLANET. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE~~~~ ;)
“The average income of the top 1 percent has gone up by more than 250 percent to $1.2 million per year … For the top one hundredth of 1 percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her worker now earns 110 times more. And yet, over the last decade the incomes of most Americans have actually fallen by about 6 percent.”
—President Obama speaking in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday about what he calls a “make or break moment” for the middle class
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others of the Day: Hint: It’s the one with the cover story about how it’s completely okay, if not beneficial, to feel unease about future uncertainties, as opposed to, say, riot in the streets until sh*t gets done.
President Barack Obama was mic checked today in New Hampshire, by protesters urging him to defend our 1st Amendment rights to protest and police brutality! Our media isn’t reporting his FULL response, but I think it is is important to know his full response, and WHAT the protesters were saying. Please share! (short video of mic check)
From CBS- “A group of protesters seemingly affiliated with the “Occupy” movement interrupted President Obama’s speech in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, engaging in a call-and-response protest for about 20 seconds before being drowned out by Mr. Obama’s supporters.
"Mic check!" yelled a voice from the crowd as Mr. Obama was giving a speech calling on Congress to pass and extend a payroll tax cut. Other protesters repeated "mic check," in the style of the Occupy protests, as Mr. Obama halted his speech and looked out into the crowd.
"Mr. President, over 4,000 peaceful protesters," the lead protester began, his words then repeated by the other protesters. They then made reference to those protesters being arrested, though their words became difficult to hear.
At this point those in the crowd began booing and chanting “Fired up, ready to go,” prompting Mr. Obama to say, “no, no, no, it’s ok. It’s ok.”
“All right, OK guys,” he continued, trying to calm the crowd as supporters started chanting “Obama” over the protesters.
“I’m going to be talking about a whole range of things today, and I appreciate you guys making your point, let me go ahead and make mine,” he said. “All right? And I’ll listen to you, you listen to me." The comment prompted applause from the audience.
He went on to reference the movement twice more in his remarks.
“A lot of the folks who’ve been down in New York and all across the country in the ‘Occupy’ movement, there is a profound sense of frustration, there’s a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American dream, which is that if you work hard, if you stick to it that you can make it, feels like that’s slipping away,” said the president. “And that’s not the way things are supposed to be, not here, not in America. This is a place where your hard work and your responsibility’s supposed to pay off, it’s supposed to be a big, compassionate country where everybody who works hard should have a chance to get ahead, not just the person who owns the factory, but then men and women who work on the factory floor."
The protesters handed out their full message on paper to the assembled press.
"Mr. President, over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while bankers continue to destroy the American economy," it said. "You must stop the assault on our 1st Amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out."
I am happy this exchange happened. I’m not saying the fight is over, or that I have full faith in his re-election. But I think it is IMPORTANT for everyone in the Occupy movement to know exactly what the exchange was, not just the biased media version.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the World: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy — who was assassinated 48 years ago today. RIP.
This is a big deal. Dan Siegel, legal adviser to Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jean Quan, resigned over the brutalization of Occupy Oakland protesters and says he now supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. Approximately an hour ago, he wrote on Twitter, “No longer Mayor Quan’s legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.”
This came after he encouraged people to mobilize to Occupy Oakland late last night, where another raid resulted in upwards of 32 arrests, according to Occupy Oakland leaders. Police declared the park a crime scene Monday and forced media to leave.
If more high-ranking municipal officials have an attack of conscience and do the right thing, what then? It appears city and state governments are already a titch frightened of the Occupy movement. If their own people refuse to obey or resign in protest, perhaps it will be time to take this a little more seriously. Change from the bottom on up, folks.