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2011 October 25 — Why Now?
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Proving they are a ‘class act’ the ABC reports that the Occupy protesters spare Queen’s Melbourne visit.

In the US some of young people really need to find useful work, rather than making bombs to throw at the people in Occupy Portland [Maine]. Imagine the howling if this had happened to a Tea Party gathering.

The city of Oakland continues to destroy its police-community relations by excessive use of force. The corporate shill version is provided by the LA Times and then a live blog version by the Mercury News. Guess what? The Albany [New York] police chief was right – Oakland is now facing a huge demonstration downtown, and more and more people are getting arrested as clashes with the police continue.

Thers has a look at Police Priorities, as NYC experiences a spike in crime. The NYPD, of course, blames Occupy Wall Street for pulling all of the officers in the City down to Zuccotti Park to watch people camp and hold meetings, rather than patrolling their normal beats. I guess I missed the report of the General Assembly that passed a resolution demanding that hundreds of police officers surround the park. In my day manning decisions were made by the police department. Maybe they should send a few ‘white shirts’ up the Hudson to Albany to learn how to deal with protests.

Occupy Baltimore attracted the reporting of the Scientific American with signs like PhD ≠ Job. There are a lot of scientists at the protest because of the degradation of science in the US. The woman who carried the “PhD ≠ Job” is near the end of her studies for her doctorate specializing in breast cancer research, and she doesn’t see much chance for employment after nearly a decade of work.

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That Explains It

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Hurricane Rina – Day 3

Hurricane RinaPosition: 17.5N 84.8W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [270°] near 3 mph [ 6 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph [215 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [ 45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 966 mb ↓.

Currently about 240 miles [ 385 km] East-Southeast of Chetumal, Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Gruesa North to Cancun.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal North to Punta Gruesa.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Belize from Belize City northward and for the Bay Islands of Roatan and Guanaja.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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