War On Democracy: Spain And Japan Move To Criminalize Protests
As might be expected as political and economic policy failures pile up and citizens become increasingly mad, the status quo is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
In the latest disturbing news from a desperate power structure, the conservative government in Spain has passed an Orwellian bill titled the Citizens’ Security Law, which allows for fines of up to 600,000 euros ($816,000) for “unauthorized” street protests, and a 30,000 fine for merely having signs with “offensive” slogans against Spain or for wearing a mask.
It’s not just Spain though. This sort of panic attack from desperate members of the status quo is popping up elsewhere. Japan is another example, and over the weekend I read that Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba compared demonstrations to “acts of terrorism.”
Madison, 11, even cut and chopped the mistletoe herself from her uncle’s farm in Newberg.
She’s hoping to raise money to chip in for her braces. The dentist says they’ll cost $4,800.
“I felt like I could help my dad with the money,” she said.
Madison and her dad bagged up the mistletoe and started selling them next to the Skidmore Fountain in Downtown Portland on Saturday morning.
That’s also where the Portland Saturday Market holds its weekly venue.
A private security guard asked Madison to stop selling because city ordinance bans commerce like that without proper approval.
“I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place,” said Madison.
But you can’t open a business without going through the market’s formal application process.
Begging is different.
That’s a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, explains Mark Ross, spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park and rents it to the Saturday Market.
BP wins reprieve over Gulf of Mexico oil spill payouts
The court voted for an injunction to suspend any further payments to firms that had not suffered losses as a result of the disaster.
BP had argued that the settlement deal it agreed last year was being misinterpreted, allowing firms that had not suffered harm to claim losses.
The court voted 2-1 for the injunction.
In its ruling it said that “the district court erred” by not properly taking into account the question of whether losses were caused by the spill.
The ruling means that payments to any business that cannot directly trace its losses back to the spill, will now be suspended temporarily.
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So is this the end of the world like in the movie Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? If so, I have to get my towel.
Six months after it began, the FBI’s investigation has resulted in no release of information. The congressmen said the FBI even rescinded an offer for an in-person briefing with the assistant director in charge of the investigation. The reversal, after the FBI consulted with the Justice Department, suggests political meddling, the two investigators said.
Maine governor pushes to change child-labor laws: Children as young as 12 in the workforce
LePage said he’s not suggesting 12-year-old kids work 40-hour work weeks, but he’s comfortable with a 12-year-old working up to 10 hours a week and/or a 14-year-old working up to 15 hours a week.
As was the case with the measure two years ago, the Maine governor supports a minimum wage of $5.25 per hour for children – $2 less than the minimum wage for adults – which LePage would call a “training wage.”