Thousands of angry Turks poured into the streets on Saturday to join mass anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule.
Protesters blew whistles and waved flags in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the epicenter of the protests which erupted on May 31, while others brought blankets and food to settle in for the weekend at the adjoining Gezi Park, now a festival-like camp site.
“A week ago, I could never imagine myself sleeping out on the streets of Istanbul,” said 22-year-old Aleyna, wrapped up under a blanket with a stray kitten, pointing to her dirty clothes. “Now I don’t know how I can ever go back.”
Fresh rallies were also held in the capital Ankara, with over a thousand people gathering peacefully in the central Kizilay Square, singing revolutionary songs and dancing.
via Thousands join Turkey protests defying PM | Maan News Agency.
Number of confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (N = 55) reported as of June 7, 2013, to the World Health Organization, by month of illness onset — worldwide, 2012–2013 – CDC MMWR
via MMWR: MERS-CoV Update – June 7th.
So the real big question is what else was going on in Saudi Arabia in April and May that could possibly have an influence on such an outbreak? New or different people working in the hospital or local area – Lots of immigrant workers coming and going from Saudi Arabia from South Asia all the time. Any significant changes in environment – date palms all in fruit so more bats? My point is that people need to broaden their view a bit if they are going to find links of causation and thus prevention.
The honeybee hives atop the Waldorf Astoria hotel don’t have to travel far for their pollen sources. The iconic hotel made good on a promise to open a chef’s garden in the bees’ backyard, which they unveiled at a media event this week. The hotel has installed nine raised plantings beds on a 20th Floor rooftop space in addition to several large planters with a few kinds of fruit trees.
via Hops, Sour Cherry Trees And Kale Growing On Waldorf Astoria Rooftop: Gothamist.
On June 5, legislators in North Carolina voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which had allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences based on claims of racial bias. The Racial Justice Act was the only law of its kind that allowed inmates to use statistical evidence to claim that race played a role in their trial. Since the law took effect in 2009, most of the inmates facing execution in North Carolina appealed their sentence under the act. In 2012, Marcus Robinson, who was the first defendant to receive a hearing under the Racial Justice Act, was re-sentenced to life without parole due to evidence of racial bias in jury selection. Representative Darren Jackson expressed his disappointment at the repeal of the law. Johnson said, “[W]e voted for the RJA because we wanted the death penalty to be applied uniformly, without regard to race. Be it the perpetrator, the victim, or an individual juror, race should play no part in the process.” Governor Pat McCrory has said he will sign the repeal bill.
via RECENT LEGISLATION: North Carolina Legislators Vote to Repeal Racial Justice Act | Death Penalty Information Center.
New Hampshire has posthumously emancipated 14 slaves who fought in the Revolutionary War and asked state lawmakers for their freedom more than 230 years ago.
A group of 20 slaves submitted a petition to the New Hampshire General Assembly on Nov. 12, 1779, while the war was still being fought. They argued that the freedom being sought by colonists should be extended to them, as well, and maintained that “public tyranny and slavery are alike detestable to minds conscious of the equal dignity of human nature.”
via 234 years later, NH slaves are granted freedom – Wire National News – The Sacramento Bee.