Now kids in Australia have the option to choose books instead of toys in their happy meal. The program is called “Happy Readers” and obviously McDonald’s along with some parents view this as a step towards better education, others however are protesting because of the amount of food it would require a child to eat in order to collect all the books.
In total there are 10 paperback books along with a handful of digital books for kids to download and read on a phone or tablet. The group protesting the books is “The Parents Jury”, a children’s health advocacy group. In all the quantity of 26 books would outnumber by far the handful of toys needed to collect a set, and this is the real issue at hand.
This same promotion has run in the USA last year but did not receive any objection. What are your thoughts about the fast food dilemma? Should McDonald’s cut back on the quantity of items they give away to kids so that children do not feel the need to want more food in order to obtain all the toys or books available? You can always let McDonald’s know your opinion through their survey at www.mcdvoice.com where you can leave comments for the corporate office. Additionally, we love your support and interaction on our site, so if you have any thoughts we would love to hear them.
At 11:00am the City of Tulsa shut off the electricity of the park where #OccupyTulsa is holding their peaceful demonstration.
Later this day, an eviction notice was given to the demonstrators. They were to clear the park and all of their belongings by Nov. 1 at 11pm. The protesters have agreed to step off of the public land, and only stand on the sidewalk as per city ordinance.
Why the City of Tulsa said this happened:
Michelle Allen, a spokeswoman for the city said the electricity of #OccupyTulsa was shut off in response to calls from “taxpayers who didn’t want to pay for (the demonstrators) electricity” in an article in the Tulsa World.
“Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma, the Council may regulate and fix the charges, fares, or rates of the grantee of a franchise and prescribe the services to be furnished by such grantee and the manner in which services shall be rendered. No rules, regulations, fares, or rates shall be adopted or changed except after notice to the public and to the grantee of the franchise and after a public hearing. The Council may inspect books and records and compel attendance of witnesses and may by ordinance terminate the franchise for a failure or refusal of a franchise holder or any officer, employee, or agent thereof to testify or to produce books or records.”
Based on this ordinance, the mayor, city council member, and law enforcement have no permission to legally shut off the electricity in the park. Further, by shutting off the electricity, the city council must first confront the public about the disconnection of the service as well as the resulting rate adjustment. Finally, if what Michelle Acillen, the spokeswoman of the City of Tulsa, said is true – the only reason that the electricity was shut off was because of taxpayers who disagreed.
As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.
Above and below, photos from Egyptian blogger Mohammed Maree, who is there at the march live-tweeting. He is a journalist with Egytimes.org, a human rights activist, and a veterinarian. All photos in this post are his.
This is a Worldwide movement people. Believe it. We are ALL in this together. They have played chess behind our backs long enough while we looked the other way. No more repression. No more money-hungry government leaders who siphon our money away into their coffers and corporate interests. It is our time to stand up, rebuild this country, generate jobs that actually pay a decent wage, and get the money out of politics.