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AMERICAN RED CROSS EMERGENCY HELP

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The American Red Cross is setting up dozens of shelters across the East Coast. Shelters can be located on a map the organization maintains on is Web site. The Red Cross can also be contacted at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

http://app.redcross.org/nss-app

PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT A CRIME!

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In Australia, every street photographer can relate tales of being harassed and threatened by passers-by, photo subjects etc; people who believe that it is illegal to photograph people without their permission.

Likewise, there is a common believe that the second you pull out an SLR with a long lens, you're either a terrorist or a pervert.

City Island Temporary Bridge?

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How do you get in and out of City Island? Hopefully, by crossing a temporary bridge, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. We will also continue to report on this boondoggle which has experienced multiple problems.
The project has been on and off several times and by the looks of all the political buck passing, there's more.

City Island's temporary bridge now open | News 12 Bronx http://bronx.news12.com/news/city-island-s-temporary-bridge-now-open-1.1... via @News12BX

City Island Temporary Bridge Undergoes Load Test « CBS New York http://cbsloc.al/1UKYM6J

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION

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Please join East Bronx History Forum members in supporting our Veterans at the
Van Nest Memorial on Nov 11th.

CUBAN TRUMP

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The Donald may be up to his neck in red corruption. No wonder why he does not want to release his past tax returns. We ask what else is he hiding?

Looks like he may have conducted illegal trade secretly with #Cuba #Castro #trumpforprison #trump #lockhimup #truptaxes

Donald Trump conducted illegal business in Communist Cuba: report http://nydn.us/2dBcdYf

Donald Trump broke Cuba embargo, knowingly conducted illegal business in communist country http://slnm.us/JxvDgGB

New article to look at Trump ties to Cuba during embargo http://on.msnbc.com/2dlPjqh via

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Following a fact finding trip with over twelve hours of travel, I returned to City Island at 12/12 @ 12:12P.

The World is Watching

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Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of protests in Bahrain. Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets to protest a government that has committed terrible violence against its own citizens.

When Bahrain's streets awaken in protest tomorrow, will government forces crack down on peaceful demonstrators again? Will there be more tear gas, torture, killings?

We don't know what will happen tomorrow. But we do know that tragedy is not inevitable.

ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN EARTH DAY?

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Whether you are already an ecology activist, or perhaps you're still struggling to sort recyclables, we all have a prime responsibility and opportunity during the week of April 22 to renew our individual and collective pledge to love the earth and tread more lightly on our planet.

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities must evolve.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve our climate crisis.

President Bezos?

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Do you want someone who is really rich and is an amazingly powerful visionary and honest businessman, who does not owe money to any foreign banks?

Support Beacon School

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FYI: Please read the following and reach out to all your contacts. The loss of the Beacon School would mean no place for 1300 children and seniors to go for daily activities. We desperately need to keep this program open.

See below for details and please help where you can.
This affects us all.

Sincerely,

Bob Bieder
CB 10 Youth Chair
45th Pct Council President
Chair, Bronx Merchants Coalition

Greetings, Beautiful People,

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.