Monday, June 9, 2008

Protests, Nudity and Food Shortages

As we play polo and complain about the heat lets take a moment.

Madrid, Spain (AHN) -- Hundreds of bike riders shed their clothing and rode through the capital of Spain Saturday protesting the overuse of automobiles, and celebrating the simplicity of bicycles and the human body.

According to the World Naked Bike Ride Website, the annual ride is held in cities all over the world "to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against oil dependency."

The event is meant to be a peaceful and humorous. It has a "bare as you dare" policy, meaning it's okay to wear some clothing. Promoters urge riders to wear as little possible and still be comfortable.

The event started in 2004 and encourages people in cities everywhere to organize groups to ride in protests.

Protests in India

The Bharatiya Janata Party took out a bicycle rally in Bihar on Sunday in protest of the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

The protesters, shouting slogans against the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, took out the procession in different parts of Patna.

According to the protesters the ruling Congress led UPA government has failed to contain price rise.

"The government has failed to control the prices. The economic set up is not what it should have been. The economy is reeling under inflation and with this fuel price hike the situation will further worsen. And it's obvious that the prices of Gold, Silver, petrol and other goods will also increase. The economic management of the government is not in places," said C. P. Thakur, Member of Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile the women wing of BJP also staged a protest march in Patna and expressed their anguish by piling empty cooking gas and shouting anti government slogans. read more here

Forget oil, the new global crisis is food

MO strategist Donald Coxe warns credit crunch and soaring oil prices will pale in comparison to looming catastrophe A new crisis is emerging, a global food catastrophe that will reach further and be more crippling than anything the world has ever seen. The credit crunch and the reverberations of soaring oil prices around the world will pale in comparison to what is about to transpire, Donald Coxe, global portfolio strategist at BMO Financial Group said at the Empire Club's 14th annual investment outlook in Toronto on Thursday.

"It's not a matter of if, but when," he warned investors. "It's going to hit this year hard." more here