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Occupy Central With Love And Peace, Amazon deforestation, Vikings, and other news and reviews

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 241-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

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