Monday, April 30, 2012

Occupy Denver Using Civic Center Park Again

Occupy Denver, in conjunction with the other Occupy groups has announced tomorrow to be a day for a "general strike".

They plan to rally at Civic Center Park around noon, and then march through downtown from 12:30 to 1:30.

At that point they plan to return to the park and per a spokesperson, " occupy until dusk with teach ins, music, trading stations, food, and activities for all".

May Day, as May 1 is sometimes known, is celebrated as International Worker's Day in over eighty countries. For years it has been used to celebrate the labor movement, and Occupy is not going to ditch that trend.

Preview: The Dark Knight Rises

On July 20, the muchly anticipated third part of the Batman trilogy comes out, in The Dark Knight Rises.

The third movie is set eight years after the end of the second. Batman (reprised by Christian Bale) is still a wanted fugitive, but he must return after the terrorist leader Bane (Tom Hardy) takes over the city.

Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine all return in their respective roles. Anne Hathaway makes her entrance as Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John Blake.

To most of us Catwoman is a familiar character. But if you didn't follow the comics, you might not know Bane at all.

The movie does look it will be just as good as the previous two, and it will be interesting to see how they use it to end the series.

War Games for Olympic Security

Between May 2 and 10, Exercise Olympic Garden will be taking place in, around, and over London. During the exercise the Royal Navy, Air Force, and Army will practice various scenarios in which the games could be threatened.

Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said, "Support for the Olympic Games will be an important task for defense in 2012 and this exercise is about pushing our people and our systems to the limit to ensure that we are ready for the challenge. The majority of this exercise will be played out in full view of the public and I hope that it will have a secondary effect of reassuring the British people that everything possible is being done to ensure this will be a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games."

A total of 23,700 security personnel will be used during the Games. That number will include 13,500 military as well as police, private security guards, and some volunteers.

Some controversy has arisen over the possibility of surface to air missiles being deployed, in the area, for added protection during the games. Concerns mostly are over debris falling from them if they are used.

Microsoft Invests in Nook

Microsoft has invested $300 million in Barnes & Nobles' Nook.

Immediately after the deal was announced, stocks for both companies rose.

Microsoft benefits from the deal, by getting a foot in the e-book market; while Barnes & Nobles gets additional funding and backing.

Barnes & Noble has been discussing splitting their digital business into a separate company. If they did so, Microsoft would have a 17.6% hold in the company.

Liberty Media already has an investment in the Nook, that would give it a 16.6% stake if a new company is formed.

Remembering: The Louisiana Purchase

On April 30, 1803 the United States makes the Louisiana Purchase from France. The sale more than doubled the size of the US.

In 1801, Spain had signed a secret treaty, with France, to give back the territory known as Louisiana. Reports of the treaty reached America, causing much unease amongst the Americans who had been settling further and further west, as much of their supplies came up the Mississippi River, through New Orleans.

American leaders were so worried about the situation, that they began considering an alliance with England. At the same time as that was being discussed, a special envoy was sent to France, to negotiate for the purchase of New Orleans.

On April 11, 1803 the French surprised the Americans by asking straight out, what the US would pay for all of Louisiana. Negotiations were quick, and the US bought the whole 828,000 square miles of Louisiana for $15 million. That price amounted to less than three cents an acre.

Thirteen new states would eventually come out of the area.