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Thousands of Students March in Montreal Against Tuition-Fee Hikes

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A masked student confronts a police officer as they try to block the access to the Port of Montreal during a demonstration against tuition hikes in Montreal on Thursday.
Canada, Montreal - Several thousand students are marching through the streets of Montreal in the biggest protest yet against proposed tuition hikes in Quebec.

The chanting, placard-waving throng is snaking its way along downtown streets and is headed for Old Montreal.

There are no immediate reports of any incidents.

The protest comes two days after the provincial budget and a blunt refusal by Premier Jean Charest's government to back down on the hikes.

The province is nearly doubling tuition fees over five years, to about $3,800. It will reach its target with a series of $325-a-year increases. However, the tuition fees in the province will still be among the lowest in Canada even after the hikes.

Students have been staging almost daily protests for the last several weeks and blocked a major commuter bridge on Tuesday. Police have also ramped up tactics and have used chemical sprays against the demonstrators.

The government has toughened its own tone lately.

Che Guevara

French Teacher Urges Minute's Silence For Murdered Patsy

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Le lycée Gustave Flaubert de Rouen, where a teacher has been suspended for calling Sarko out on his evil deeds
A French teacher faced disciplinary proceedings Friday for allegedly urging her class to observe a minute's silence for serial killer Mohamed Merah, the day after he was shot by police.

Education Minister Luc Chatel called for the teacher to be suspended after her class reported she had called Merah a "victim" and said his links to Al-Qaeda were invented by the media and "Sarko", referring to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Student representatives in the final year class in the northern city of Rouen wrote to the principal to voice "shock" at being urged in an English lesson to pay respect to a self-declared Al-Qaeda militant who killed seven people.

Most of the class walked out, though some remained "to try to understand what she was talking about," their letter said.

Comment: Update: The teacher has now been suspended, with the likelihood of being dismissed for good.

The woman is described by French daily L'Express as a "psychologically fragile woman", precisely the 'scientific' basis upon which French Witch-Hunters-in-Chief, the MIVILUDES organisation, cites its insane activities (persecuting non-existent 'cultic deviances').

So it seems that from now on in France those who cannot be labelled 'terrorists' or 'political extremists' for calling out the French government on its lies will instead be labelled crazy, lose their jobs and be excommunicated from the community.

France, say hello to MIVILUDES, Fenech's GMO dinners and magic pills.

Big Agri-Business, Big Pharma, Arms Trafficking, Suicide Cults and MIVILUDES - The Truth Behind France's Cult-Hunting Policies Exposed


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Truckers leave road in droves

 Truckers fill up at a truck stop last month in Rye, N.H.
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Truckers fill up at a truck stop last month in Rye, N.H.

Shortage in quality drivers

Trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers even as the U.S. unemployment rate remains at the highest level in almost 30 years.

Driver turnover rose to 89 percent in the third quarter of 2011, the highest since 2008 and the fourth consecutive quarter of increases, according to data from the American Trucking Associations.

That's mostly because new regulations and job prospects in other industries are creating a "quality shortage" of available workers, said Bob Costello, chief economist for the Arlington, Va.-based group.

2 + 2 = 4

Bus Driver in Ohio Accused of Choking Student

Columbus, Ohio - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

The Columbus City Schools district fired driver Laura Roberson on a district charge of malfeasance for inappropriate contact with a student, district spokesman Jeff Warner said.

Warner said a surveillance system recorded Roberson on Tuesday afternoon while she drove the 9-year-old student she was driving from school on Tuesday. He was not sure how many other children were on the district bus used to transport special-needs children, and did not know whether the girl required treatment for any injuries.

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Burning the Library of Alexandria Again

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"...the Library at Alexandria was charged with collecting all the world's knowledge. It did so through an aggressive and well-funded royal mandate involving trips to the book fairs of Rhodes and Athens and a policy of pulling the books off every ship that came into port. They kept the original texts and made copies to send back to their owners." (Wikipedia)

We have it in our grasp to realize the original mission of the Library of Alexandria, "collecting all the world's knowledge", but with significant improvements on the original plan:
  • Multiple, redundant, perfect copies.
  • Copies in multiple physical locations, (to avoid the problem of, say, one central location being burned down and losing the whole collection).
  • Storage of not only texts, but images, audio recordings (music, spoken word, etc.), and video.
  • The ability to search all of this knowledge comprehensively yet instantly that the librarians of Alexandria could not even have imagined (but would have loved!)
  • The ability to interconnect between all these texts and other media so that connections between them can be made explicit and easily navigable.
  • Access to all this from almost anywhere in the world, rather than scholars having to travel to a single location in Egypt.
  • Participation by all scholars (or anyone with something to share) from all over the world, rather than a relatively small group of scholars funded by a single government.
  • And all of this based on a voluntary process of sharing. No breaking in and stealing originals from anyone. If anyone wants to keep something to themselves they simply refrain from sharing it and this great project will leave them in peace.

Heart - Black

Infamous Abu Ghraib guard has no regrets

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US Army Private First Class Lynndie England arrives for the second day of her court-martial in the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal 03 May, 2005 at Fort Hood, Texas.
One of the guards involved in the 2004 Abu Ghraib abuse scandal says she does not regret her actions. The revelation comes in the wake of the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier, further tarnishing the image of the American military.

"Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal," England said in an interview with The Daily referring to the Iraqi prisoners who were sexually and physically abused in the infamous prison near Baghdad. "They weren't innocent. They were trying to kill us and you want me to apologize to them? It's like saying sorry to the enemy."

Lynndie England, 29, became one of the symbols of the controversial 2003 US invasion of Iraq after photographs of her smiling while giving a thumbs-up in front of a pile of naked Iraqi detainees and pulling a man by a leash went public. The pictures sparked international outrage and shone a spotlight on the abuse and misconduct committed by US soldiers, fueling anti-American sentiments across the world.

"All the prisoners that were there were on the tier of high-priority. They were there for a reason. They had killed coalition forces or they were planning to," England told The Daily on Monday. "They had information about where insurgents were hiding."

Comment: Left to wonder if she was concerned about alleged Jihadists who "killed coalition forces or they were planning to", why was she so infatuated with mens penis's and/or forcing them to masturbate?

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Vancouver man sues Avatar's James Cameron for copyright violation

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Emil Malak, a screenwriter and restaurateur appears on Canada AM Click Here to Watch Video
Canada, British Columbia - After its 2009 release, Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all time in North America and surpassed the $2-billion mark at the international box office.

At the time, director James Cameron said he'd been developing the idea for the film since 1994, but had delayed production for over a decade until he felt the technology was sufficiently advanced to capture his vision.

But Vancouver restaurateur and amateur screenwriter Emil Malak is challenging Cameron's authorship, telling CTV's Canada AM that the Academy Award-winning director "borrowed" concepts from a screenplay Malak sent him over a decade ago.

As he related to host Marci Ien, Malak learned the director was in Vancouver filming television series Dark Angel back in 2000. Taking advantage of the director's presence in town, Malak dropped off a copy of his script - a film called Terra Incognita he wrote in 1997 - to one of Cameron's producers. No one ever responded.

Nearly 10 years later, Malak received a call about his script, but it wasn't from the person he'd hoped.

"I never heard until 2009 when my colour graphic designer called me and said 'he's taken all your building blocks on the story and the characters and the graphics.' I went to the Internet to look and I was quite surprised," he told host Marci Ien.

Heart - Black

Whitney Houston drowned with cocaine in system

Whitney Houston
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US: California, Los Angeles- Pop star Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said on Thursday.

The 48-year-old singer, who spent years battling addiction to drugs including cocaine, was found submerged in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on February 12, the eve of the Grammy Awards.

An autopsy into Houston's death found that the cause of death was accidental drowning with atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors, Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said.

Harvey said toxicology tests also turned up marijuana, an anti-anxiety medication, a muscle relaxant and an anti-histamine in Houston's system.

Those drugs were not found to have contributed to her death, and no trauma or foul play were suspected, the coroner's office said. A final report was expected to be made public within two weeks.

Wolf

How The War on Women Opens the Door for Politics in Your Doctor's Office

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Both Arizona and Kansas are considering bills giving doctors the legal authority to withhold potentially crucial information about a woman's health, and in this case her child's.

Attention

5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply

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World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis.

If you brushed your teeth this morning or flushed the toilet or had a cup of coffee, consider yourself lucky. Actually, if you turned on your tap and potable water freely came out, consider yourself truly blessed. Because so many of us in the United States are in this situation it can be easy to forget that nearly 900 million other people aren't so lucky. It can be easy to forget that globally we face a frightening water crisis. And it can be hard to notice that even here in the US there are dire threats to our water supply right now.

The people hardest hit by the water crisis are in developing countries - places it is easy for many world leaders (and the rest of us) to overlook. And even the number of those without clean water - last tallied at 884 million - can be hard to grasp. Here's another way of looking at it: if you take that number and translate it into the population of developed countries, the people living in the world today without access to clean drinking water would equal all the people living in the US, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia and Norway.