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Occupy Hong Kong
September 29, 2014

Occupy Central with Love and Peace 

Hong Kong is a city of 7 million (94% ethnic Chinese), whose control changed from British to Chinese in 1997. The first Occupy Central protest occurred from October 2011 to September 2012, protesting social and economic inequality. The current Occupy Central With Love And Peace protest began September 28, 2014. It is a nonviolent occupational protest for universal sufferage, reacting to an August 2014 Chinese directive that the Chief Executive of Hong Kong must be supportive of the People's Republic of China government in the 2017 elections. Demonstrators say the rules will prevent a truly free and fair election. Police have used tear gas, batons, and pepper spray against the demonstrators.
  • Hong Kong police surround stragglers at Occupy Central protest - LA Times
  • Hong Kong protests: What you need to know - CNN
  • Pro-Democracy Protesters Swarm Hong Kong - Time

Music Association: Beatles- Revolution

By The Numbers
Minnesota Vikings v. Atlanta Falcons, 41-28
September 28, 2014

What a game! The third warmest home game in Minnesota Vikings history, the TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota was a sunny 82° at kick-off.

The Vikings 29th ranked offense had 558 offensive yards. The offense just got more offensive.

The game was the first time in Vikings history that rookies had a 317-yard passing performance and a 100-yard rushing performance in the same game.

Teddy Bridgewater’s 98.9 rating was the highest for a Vikings rookie starting quarterback. Zero sacks and zero interceptions. Team effort!

The Vikings had four rushing touchdowns in a game for the 11th time.

Minnesota Vikings fans 2014

Is center Joe Hawley looking at me?

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley is looking at me.

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan hands off to no one

Atlanta Falcons - holding?

Music Association: 38 Special - Hold On Loosely

Internet Slow Day
September 10, 2014

Internet Slow Day

Music Association: Jackson Browne - Load Out

Saving the Amazon Rainforest rainforest tree
September 4, 2014

The Amazon rainforest is the living, breathing lungs of the Earth. It is the largest rainforest covering parts of nine South American countries: Brazil, Peru, Columbia, as well as smaller amounts of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The Amazon rainforest absorbs 1.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide in a normal year. If that “normal year†thing sounds like an asterisk, you are reading this right. Basically there's good news and bad news out of the Amazon rainforest. Sometimes the news is both good and bad. It's good-bad news, a perspective issue.

The Good News
The good news for the Amazon rainforest is that Brazil caught the criminals responsible for the burning and logging of protected Amazon rainforest.

"The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing. Brazilian Federal Police said the group committed crimes worth more than $220m (£134m).   A federal judge has issued 14 arrest warrants for alleged gang members.   Twenty-two search warrants were also issued and four suspects are being called in for questioning."
world map of tropical rainforests

This year Brazil and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to protect 150 million acres of Amazon rainforest (11% of the Amazon rainforest), as we mentioned on 7-21-2014. The Nature Conservancy is saving
140 million acres of Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

And year by year the deforestation of the Amazon has been decreasing.

Amazon deforestation 2006-2012

Indigenous Amazon Groups are the future.

•   Inhibition of Amazon Deforestation and Fire by Parks and Indigenous Lands by Nepstad et al
•   Rights of Indigenous Groups over Natural Resources in Tropical Forests by Julio C. Tresierra

•   Brazil - Amazon Protected Areas Project - GEF : Indigenous Peoples Plan by World Bank [txt]

The Bad News
Drought. Brazil had devastating drought in 2005, 2010, and 2014. The 2014 drought in São Paulo is the worst in 84 years. Like California, they're running out of water. São Paulo, with a population of 9 million, is expected to run out of water by December 1st. Economic losses from the Brazil drought in the first half of 2014 are $4.3 billion, making it the world's third largest natural disaster of the year. That can't be helping the rainforest or the world. Again, each year, the Amazon rainforest absorbs 1.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Due to the drought, 5 gigatons were released in 2005 and in 2010 8 gigatons were released.

Deforestation. The damage has been done. Deforestation increases climate change which increases deforestation in a vicious circle.

deforestation in Brazil

Large Environmental Groups tied to Corporate Interests. The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund have been accused of putting corporate interests before environmental interests.

The Nature Conservancy promotes logging, has drilled for natural gas on its Texas conservation land, and slaughtered wild pigs on Santa Cruz island. In 2013, the Nature Conservancy had 3,712 employees, revenue of $859 million, and total assets of $6.1 billion. Plus, there's all the paper waste of mailings requesting donations.

Amazon Region Protected Areas. Are the 150 million acres in Brazil being protected by the World Wildlife Fund and the 140 million acres in Brazil being protected by the Nature Conservancy the same land? Yes. They just don't say so. It's the Amazon Region Protected Areas (GEF), (map, criticism).

Music Association: Lights - Savior
USA Association: USGS Protected Areas map viewer

Not Russia

August 29, 2014

Earlier this week, Canada put out a map labeling Russia as "Russia" and the Ukraine as "Not Russia."

That's the Canadians, eh?

Yet the map had too many unanswered questions. It had holes you could drive a tank through, so to speak.

So the helpful Gif Animators here at Hopes-and-Dreams.net decided to fill in the rest of the map.

That's what this is all a-boot.

Beauty, eh?

Not Russia map 2014 animated gif

Music Association: Doug & Bob MacKenzie - Take Off

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The Ferguson Dialogue
August 28, 2014

As a representational democracy, the governments of the United States -- federal, state, city, and county -- must represent all its peoples.

Rich or poor.
Black or white.

Stop being afraid of other humans, religions, classes, nations, and stop being afraid of speaking out. Stop being afraid of terrorists because you know that's what they want.

And the police must operate within the law. They are not above the law.

Music Association: Blue Öyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper

Waste Not, Want Not
August 27, 2014

toothpaste chart

Music Association: Genesis - Throwing It All Away

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Back to School
Civil Rights
Dangerous Colleges
August 19, 2014

College should challenge minds. College should not challenge legal rights.

Far too many colleges do not treat sexual assault and rape seriously.

The New York Times recently reported the story of a freshman at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, who ended up regretting reporting that she was raped.

That's not a lesson schools should teach.

In May 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of colleges by state with sexual violence investigations:

State     Institution
AZ    Arizona State University
CA    Butte-Glen Community College District
CA    Occidental College
CA    University of California-Berkeley
CA    University of Southern California
CO    Regis University
CO    University of Colorado at Boulder
CO    University of Colorado at Denver
CO    University of Denver
CT    University of Connecticut
DC    Catholic University of America
FL    Florida State University
GA    Emory University
HI    University of Hawaii at Manoa
ID    University of Idaho
IL    Knox College
IL    University of Chicago
IN    Indiana University-Bloomington
IN    Vincennes University
MA    Amherst College
MA    Boston University
MA    Emerson College
MA    Harvard College
MA    Harvard University—Law School
MA    University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MD    Frostburg State University
MI    Michigan State University
MI    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
NC    Guilford College
NC    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ND    Minot State University
NH    Dartmouth College
NJ    Princeton University
NY    Cuny Hunter College
NY    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY    Sarah Lawrence College
NY    Suny at Binghamton
OH    Denison University
OH    Ohio State University
OH    Wittenberg University
OK    Oklahoma State University
PA    Carnegie Mellon University
PA    Franklin and Marshall College
PA    Pennsylvania State University
PA    Swarthmore College
PA    Temple University
TN    Vanderbilt University
TX    Southern Methodist University
TX    The University of Texas-Pan American
VA    College of William and Mary
VA    University of Virginia
WA    Washington State University
WI    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
WV    Bethany College
WV    West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Date Rape Drugs - Two studies, 2007 Study & 2009 Study, indicate the most common date-rape drug is alcohol, not Rohypnol or GHB. Yet inventors are creating common objects (nail polish, plastic cups, and straws) to detect date-rape drugs. Even armed with special gadgets, people still need to drink responsibly.

Music Association: War - Why Can't We Be Friends

225 Jewish Survivors of Nazi Genocide
Condemn the Massacre of Palestinians

August 18, 2014

As they say, “Genocide begins with the silence of the world.â€

225 Jewish survivors and descendents of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide have signed a letter condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza and calling for an end to the genocide of the Palestinian people. In the letter, they also speak out against the abuse of their histories to promote the dehumanization of Palestinians.

The Letter:
As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world. We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia. Furthermore, we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel’s abuse of our history in these pages to promote blatant falsehoods used to justify the unjustifiable: Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of nearly 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water. We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. "Never again" must mean never again for anyone!

[sources: teleSUR, Google Doc, IJAN]

Some previous Hopes and Dreams articles on Palestinian: September 24, 2010, May 20, 2011, & December 5, 2011

Music Association: War - Why Can't We Be Friends
Movie Association: Men In Black  "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it."

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Cats Are Diverse
August 17, 2014

Cats are not alike.

The animated gifs above (thanks to the original posters) show the beautiful diversity in cats.

Music Association: War - Why Can't We Be Friends

Robin Williams 1951-2014

Rest In Peace
Robin Williams 1951-2014
August 11, 2014

Depression impacts many people.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number

He was the master of comedy dodgeball. He'd keep throwing -- rapid-fire -- something is bound to hit your sense of humor.

Music Association: Beatles - Help!
Quote Association: this will take some explaining... at one of his earliest filmed standup shows, Robin Williams wandered through the audience, passed near one of those round convex mirrors up in a corner, and he referred to the mirror as a "People Aquarium."

Nixon Tweets President Richard Nixon refused to resign from Twitter
August 8, 2014

Richard Nixon would tweet his life if he lived today.

Nixon would be on Twitter as soon as there was a Twitter.

Resign from the Presidency? Sure.

Resign from Twitter? Never.

Nixon's "I'm not a crook" speech (animated gif)

Music Association: Journey - Separate Ways

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