From Another Old Woman: http://anotheroldwoman.blogspot.com/2011/11/police-under-duress-forced-forced-i-say.html
November 19, 2011
Reposted with permission
Activist were peacefully protesting on their campus at University of California, Davis Quad.
Friday afternoon police showed up in riot gear to disperse the protesters by using pepper spray at point-blank range.
The officer who pepper-sprayed UC Davis students is Lt. John Pike. Give his PD a call. 530-752-1727
This from “Occupy All Streets” – please follow link to original
From everything I’ve heard from and about Elizabeth Warren I would much rather have her as a future Democratic Party candidate for President than Hillary Clinton. Especially retrospectively viewing neo-lib Bill Clinton’s Presidency.
Let me get the disclaimers out of the way first: to write about the 2016 presidential campaign when the 2012 election is still nearly a year away surely seems like an indulgence in the most ridiculous excesses of horse race journalism. And to speculate specifically on a potential candidate for ’16 who has yet to win office and whose political career may well end in November ’12 only adds to the absurdity.
But bear with me for a minute and consider this new piece from the Hotline, which concludes that Elizabeth Warren, the presumptive Democratic challenger to Sen. Scott Brown, has emerged as “the biggest rock star candidate in the 2012 Senate elections.” The energy that Warren has stirred among Democrats in Massachusetts and across the country is undeniable. Her campaign events are packed — 1,000 people were at a rally this past weekend — she’s raked in big money from grass-roots donors, and her viral video explanation of the social contract has led activists on the left to gush the way conservatives do over Chris Christie: Finally, someone who knows how to explain exactly what we’re thinking. The excitement she’s generated is testament to how rare and refreshing her voice and her story feel to most Democrats. She stands out.
Continue reading at: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/15/elizabeth_warren_future_white_house_prospect/
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/jerusalem-mayor-battle-orthodox-billboards
Jerusalem’s secular mayor, Nir Barkat, has pitted himself against the city’s swelling ranks of ultra-orthodox extremists by demanding that local police enable women to reclaim their position in the public domain.
Over recent months, women’s faces have disappeared from billboards across the city amid mounting pressure applied by the powerful ultra-orthodox lobby, who find the female image offensive.
Several advertisers have erased female models from their posters in Jerusalem. Elsewhere in Israel, the winter campaign of Israeli clothing brand Honigman features a model cosily dressed in winter knits. In the capital, the woman’s head has been removed from the image, leaving just her arm and a handbag.
Companies that do not fall in line with the standards of the extreme ultra-orthodox have frequently fallen victim to direct action. Across Jerusalem, female figures have been blacked out of billboards with spray-paint, or vandalised with graffiti branding the image “illegal”. Other posters are simply torn down.
On Sunday, Barkat wrote a letter to district police commander Niso Shaham in which he said: “We must make sure that those who want to advertise [with] women’s images in the city can do so without fear of vandalism and defacement of billboards or buses showing women.”
Police have confirmed an increase in vandalism on the borders of Jerusalem’s closed ultra-orthodox neighbourhoods. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police would be stepping up patrols to prevent further acts of hooliganism and ensure it is investigated.
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 1:50 AM on 19th November 2011
Women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up under Saudi Arabia’s latest repressive measure, it was reported yesterday.
The ultra-conservative Islamic state has said it has the right to stop women revealing ‘tempting’ eyes in public.
A spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, said a proposal to enshrine the measure in law has been tabled.
Women in Saudi Arabia already have to wear a long black cloak, called an abaya, cover their hair and, in some regions, conceal their faces while in public.
If they do not, they face punishments including fines and public floggings.
One report on the Bikya Masr news website suggested the proposal was made after a member of the committee was attracted by a woman’s eyes as he walked along a street, provoking a fight.
By Stephen Lacey
Nov 17, 2011
The United States’ Department of Defense needs to know more about how climate change affects global security, recommends a report by the the department’s science advisers, the Defense Science Board (DSB).
“Changes in climate patterns and their impact on the physical environment can create profound effects on populations in parts of the world and present new challenges to global security and stability,” wrote Defense Science Board co-chairs, Larry Welch and Willian Howard in a letter preceding the DSB report, Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and International Security.
“Failure to anticipate and mitigate these changes increases the threat of more failed states with the instabilities and potential for conflict inherent in such failures,” the DSB co-chairs warned.