Petition Tag - us

1. Autumn Boehle For DollSkill Model

Autumn Boehle has been a friend of mine for over two years. She can pull off any hair color with any shirt and any bottoms. She is a sweetheart but don't flirt with her because she's taken. You have to respect that her and her boyfriend have been in a relationship for a long time. I nominate Autumn for a new model because she's someone I look up to and she's so amazing like omg, We don't talk much but I idolize her.

2. We Need Sex And The City 3

Many articles have popped up around the internet, getting all of us steamed about the potential production of Sex And The City 3. There is obviously more to tell to the story of our favorite girls, but if you read through the lines, the main concern is whether or not they would still be relevant, and if people would still watch it.

I created this petition to show people that the movie is INDEED still relevant, that we would all just love to see our favorite (formerly single gals) on the screen one more time.

Please sign this, and let's show producers, directors, and most importantly our four beloved actresses that they still matter for us and we would simply adore to see them again.

WE NEED SEX AND THE CITY 3!

3. Protect the Environment

We believe that the protecting environment and environmental safety should be a top priority in the world today. With the important landmarks being made such as the Paris Climate Agreement, and with many other steps being taken today, we must preserve those steps and move forward, as well as making more strides towards a cleaner and better world.

4. Do not extradite Laurie Love to the USA

Lauri Love is a young man with Aspergers Syndrome. Idiot American admin folk want to deport him to face 'hacking' charges in the USA where if convicted he could face 99 years (max sentence for same offense here 20 months!)

The information he gleaned was already hacked on multiple occasions by other computer hackers and there nothing he accessed could be considered Top Secret. The U.S. legal folk are simply embarrassed and want to make a point.

Shame on the judge at Westminster Magistrates for agreeing the extradition. Now we the public should make a noise and let our government who we elect and who work for us know that we do not approve of our children being sent to third world countries to be tried in courts already proven to be as corrupt as any in the World.

We do not want our children sent to spend time in US prisons where it is almost certain they will be raped and sexually assaulted (nobdy in America would deny the stats which suggest over 70% of young men incarserated are sexually assaulted).

Please sign this petition and demand the young man be dealt with here. Extradition laws need reviewing. They are being expanded so that the rules covers almost anything including relatively trivial offenses.. PLEASE SIGN ...........

5. Petition to Bill Maher (The Alternate Presidential Debates)

Trump and Clinton are the two least liked Presidential Candidates in history. It has been clearly shown that there has been voter tampering and that electronic voting machines are easily hacked.

It seems the only choices left to voters are to vote for the candidate that is least disliked, or, not vote at all. There should be another alternative.

6. North Carolina to Secede from the United States of America

We the People of North Carolina, in Order to form a more perfect State, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this petition for the United State of North Carolina.

7. PRESIDENT OBAMA: ENDORSE HARM REDUCTION AS A PRAGMATIC, EVIDENCE-BASED AND PERSON-CENTERED POLICY

The United States is in the midst of a growing opioid overdose epidemic. This public health crisis claimed the lives of nearly 29,000 people in 2014 alone, and has made many communities across the country vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis. We call on President Obama, in his last year in office, to make drug policy reform part of his presidential legacy by explicitly endorsing and embracing harm reduction.

President Obama’s Administration will be remembered for leadership on criminal justice reform, expanding access to treatment and recovery through health care reform, and a commitment to a public health approach to drug problems. His Administration has supported and expanded access to critical and life-saving harm reduction strategies, including syringe exchange programs, overdose education and naloxone distribution, and medication-assisted treatment. However, President Obama has not yet directly affirmed the broader role of harm reduction itself as a vital element of a comprehensive drug strategy.

Silence on harm reduction leaves key elements of the Administration’s drug policy ambiguous and unclear, both globally at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, and domestically for policymakers and communities across the country grappling with the overdose epidemic. In recent months, the President has highlighted his Administration’s efforts to tackle the prescription opioid and heroin crisis, challenging stigma and proposing evidence-based policies and investments. A stronger and clearer call for harm reduction from the White House would complement these initiatives. Ultimately, President Obama’s explicit endorsement of harm reduction would support and catalyze the work of community leaders, advocates and families to protect health and save lives.

8. Release all UFO Information by US Government

There have been thousands of UFO and alien sightings throughout history in the US and the people have the right to know what the Government knows.

9. Reactivate Isohunt.com

Isohunt is a free website that has been providing free movies and games to people through torrents for over a decade.

Imagine being able to download the newest movies on your computer for free and enjoying their entertainment as many times as you would like, but having that taken away by 'a US federal court' has all of a sudden which decided that torrents take too much money away from the already wealthy corporations so not only have they shut Isohunt.com down, but charged the creator with a 110 million dollar fine to compensate to the bloated businesses who already have more money than they could count to in a lifetime.

This is just another way how ordinary people have to submit to more state control and get the shaft of the US federal courts telling them they cant enjoy anything without paying big corporations 'what belongs to them'

10. No to Palestine!

11. Reject Renewed US Militarism in the Philippines

Allowing the US military presence in the Philippines has proved to be very detrimental to the country’s interests.

It has heavily militarized the Philippines!

Last year, a minimum of 70 US warships docked in Subic. And every year, around 100 US aircrafts use the runway in Clark. And these figures preclude those warships and aircrafts that go directly to Mindanao and Sulu where the US has three Task Forces of elite Special Forces.

This year, from January to March 18, warships docked in Manila, Subic and Cebu. These include submarines, destroyers and frigates. These warships carried 5,000 military men. And for the Balikatan 2013, the US is now employing the MV-22B Ospreys, F/A 18 fighter jets, 19 other aircrafts and 270 Marine Corps tactical vehicles and amphibious assault vehicles.

The US forces are permanently present even if troops and vessels are on rotational deployment. The US military practically has the whole Philippine territory for its base.

This is dangerous for the Philippines and the Filipinos as this could serve as a magnet for attacks from the many enemies of the US. More than giving security to Filipinos, it endangers the lives of the people.

It has actually caused direct physical harm and even death to some Filipinos and Filipino communities. Some of these came from accidental firing, from direct assault of Filipinos by foreign troops and also from military operations that the US soldiers conducted with the Armed forces of the Philippines.

It has infringed on our national sovereignty and has grossly disregarded the country’s territorial integrity.

The Philippines has a Constitution that absolutely bans nuclear weapons in Philippine territory. But, the government cannot even check for nuclear weapons in US vessels, aircrafts, storage facilities or camps.

It has a provision that foreign troops and bases are not allowed in the absence of a treaty duly passed by senates of both countries.

The Philippines cannot impose its laws on “visiting forces”; the US never allows Philippine authorities to arrest or take custody of their erring men as in the case of the “Subic Rape Case” and the officers and men of USS Guardian who were immediately shipped out of the country after the Tubbataha mishap.

It is causing grave social and environmental problems.

“Nicole” is the only case that prospered in court and was highly publicized.

The military agreements with the US have become pimping mechanisms. As prostitution has multiplied several times from pre-VFA years, abuse of women is common place in areas where US troops operate.

And, with the rise in prostitution comes also the rise in cases of drug use and addiction. Soon it will be a repeat of the problem on caring for abandoned AmerAsian children that reached 50,000 during the years of the bases.

Studies have shown that an average US soldier produces an average of 4 kilos of garbage. Five thousand US soldiers per month that stay in the Philippines for an average of five days will produce 100 tons of garbage, additional to the Philippines’ already burgeoning garbage disposal problem.

The incident in November in 2012 involving the disposal of hazardous waste to the sea in Subic is instructive and a glaring demonstration of the US disregard of our environmental laws. The destruction of the country’s ecosystem during live-fire exercises have yet to be assessed. But even now, USS Glenn
Guardian’s running aground in Tubbataha warns us that continued operations of the US military could greatly damage not only a world heritage but a great source of food of our people.

It keeps us hostage to US impositions; it will drag us into US’ wars of aggression. Therefore, the Philippines would not be contributing to world peace. The token humanitarian assistance in the form of classroom repairs, footbridge construction, building of basketball courts will never be enough to justify our acts of abetting US’ crime: waging wars purportedly for peace and democracy but are actually wars for profit and imperial power.

What we can do:

1. Sign on and endorse this message and send a copy directly to the Philippine President His Excellency Benigno Aquino III

Mail: H.E. Benigno Aquino III
New Executive Building
Malacañang Palace Compound
J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila

Fax: (632) 735-8005
Email: op@president.gov.ph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presidentnoy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noynoyaquino or search @noynoyaquino

2. Encourage your family and friends to sign on and endorse this message

3. Write a Letter to the Editor; make your own expression via artwork, message icon, etc expressing your sentiment for a peaceful, nuclear-free, bases-free and independent Philippines and share them through various social media.

Please send us a copy at:
scrapvfa@lists.riseup.net
scrapvfamovt@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapvfa/

12. Stop Bird Mills

With all of the talk about puppy mills and the mistreatment of dogs it is often overlooked that other animals are being abused. Not only by people in their homes but right from when they are born.

Our focus is on the bird mills in the US.

To continue following the petition and the Budgie Whisperer visit our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/budgiewhisperer

13. Stop deportation of Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd is being deported for a crime he has already served time for. Sam has lived in the U.S. for 25 and knows no other life.

Sam legally entered the U.S. from England when he was 7 years old. Sam's crime was not a violent offense. Nor was it drug related. Sam has a daughter that was born in the U.S. His family is here. He has nothing left for him in England.

14. Support Congressional Term Limits

Congressmen have abused the fact that they can focus more on the topic of personal campaigning, in turn neglecting their legislative duties.

The following signatures represent citizens who are demanding the installation of congressional term limits in or bellow the amount of 5 (five) terms for the house of representatives, and 3 (three) or fewer terms for the senate.

15. Arm Teachers to protect Children in Schools

Since the year 2000 we have witnessed 77 shootings in schools around the US leaving 165 students and educators dead.

This situation is intolerable and something must be done to end the madness! We can no longer leave students as sheep in a slaughter pen, they must be protected in the only way murderers understand and that is DEFENSE!

16. Bring back Deadliest Warrior for season 4

Deadliest Warrior, a show Aired ny Spike TV, is a documentary television show where historical or modern warriors and their weapons are used to determine which of them is the "deadliest" based upon tests performed during each episode.

The show first aired in April 2009 for its first season and was later followed by another two other seasons. In 2012 Geoff Desmoulin, one of the hosts alongside Dr Armand Dorian and Max Geiger ( later replaced by Richard "Mack" Machowitz) announced via twitter that spike had cancelled the series.

17. Celebrate Lives of 9/11

Nearly 2,800 innocent men, women and children died September 11, 2001. Many fire fighters and policemen serving their country sacrificed their own lives to save others. Since then, war has erupted and even more death befell upon our country.

The horrendous act of terrorism has changed the United States forever and on its anniversary our district should take a day off to celebrate the lives of those who had lost them.

18. Bahraini Medical Students should not be denied access to their university in Saudi Arabia

During the period between the 14th of February 2011 till the 16th of March 2011, where the Bahraini revolution took place before authorities cracked down all the protests, we were not allowed to get in or back from Saudi Arabia as smooth as it was.

That’s why we had to stay over the weekend at the students housing although we used to get back to Bahrain to meet with our families. Ala’a and Zainab were in Bahrain during the weekend before the crack down took place on the 16th of March and could not get back to university until the 19th of March. However Zahra’a stayed there for more than two weeks because she had exams and was afraid if she get back to Bahrain she will not be able to get back to Saudi as all Shia were banned to get in.

On the 21st of March 2011 10:00 PM the director of Al Dmmam University housing requested us to take our personal belongings as an order came from the Higher national security counsel requesting to depart us from Saudi Arabia immediately. We asked for more clarification at that time, but we were told that our families are waiting for us at King Fahd causeway without even mentioning the reasons for that action.
Out of the students housing building which our flat is in, the Head of university’s office manager was waiting for us as he drove us in his private car to king Fahd causeway and he handed us to the Bahraini security Force. Around 50 masked police officers were waiting for us.

Until that time we were able to contact our families in Bahrain, but our contact them got stopped since we were submitted to Bahrain security Force as they’ve taken our mobile and they switched them off. They put us in a mini-bus and closed the windows and one of the policemen was shouting on us, belittling us and frightening us. We felt suffocated. We were concerned because our parents do not know anything about us. Please note that Zainab was in her 13th week of pregnancy as she was most of the time in Bahrain. The lawyer demanded three times the public persecution to release her because of her maternity condition, however, each time the request was rejected.

After that, we have been taken to the police station at king Fahd causeway for further investigation. At 4 a.m. from the 22nd of March Bahraini authorities took us to another temporary police station to stay the rest of the night there. Our families have had appointed Mr. Abdullah Al Shamlawi as our lawyer. At 11 a.m. we had been taken again to King Fahd causeway police station where they started the investigations all again with the investigator started screaming and shouting that we have lost all the years of study and we will get a sentence of life imprisonment. Also he said that we don’t deserve to get scholarships despite that we got the scholarship after we graduated with high GPA (98%) from secondary school.

On the same day, we have been presented to the Public Prosecution and the lawyer attended as well.
General Persecutions directed an accusation to us listed below:
1. Cursing the government symbols and leaders.
2. Incitement the hate toward the regime and demanding the over drawl the regime
3. Organizing protests at the university and at the university housing in Saudi Arabia
4. Contacting foreign TV channel and providing misleading information’s regarding the situation in Bahrain.

The lawyer asked the Public prosecutor to close the file, as there were no evidence against us neither by the Bahraini government or any known evidences provided by the Saudi authorities that would charge us.

Despite that, the Public Prosecutor had decided to imprison us up for 7 days while holding our case pending for further investigation in a police station called “Isa town police station for women rehabilitation”. We were among the first women to be accused and imprisoned after the crack down in pearl roundabout took place on the 17th of March 2011.

As per investigator decision we were supposed to stay in the custody for 7 days only. However, the custody duration expanded to 23 days until the13th of April.
Suddenly, the authorities have decided to release us where we were handed back to our families from the same police station we detained from. At that time, they let us sign on pledge that we will not participate in any activity against the government and the royal family, we will not contact any media and they have the right to call us anytime if they hand new evidence and by that he case had been closed.

On the 2nd of June Ala’a and Zahra received a call asking us to attend the military court. Zainab was not asked to go due to her maternity. We asked for clarification but what we have been told that we need to sign papers regarding our closed case. On the 6th of June we went to the military court and shocked that we were presented in front the military court judge were he accused us with the charge of participating in a protest in the Pearl Roundabout to commit crimes and breach of public security. None of the previous accusation was directed to us. We had appointed another lawyer called Mr. Mohsin Al Aalwi and procreated to attend court on our behalf. He attended 3 court sessions, when finally on the 21st of June we got the acquittal.

Later, when we decided to get back to the university, we where told from the Saudi authorities on the King Fahd Causeway that we were banned from getting in and we are not welcomed in the country anymore. We contacted the University to get a clarification regarding our studying status but they cleared that they have no authority to help us getting back and it was all directed to them from higher authorities. From that day until today we had communicated with all possible responsible parties both in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia that might help in our case.

Moreover, we reported the case to BICI (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry), which one of their recommendations was to return all dismissed students back to their studying seats. The National Committee who’s assigned by the King to apply the recommendations duty was finished on the 20th of March 2012 without even reporting back regarding our case. Keeping in mind that we met with the president of that committee since they started.

Also, we communicated with all human rights defendant parties and committees inside and outside Bahrain. Last but not least, we met with many committees and missions sent by many countries as US and Ireland who visited Bahrain. Also we met with FIDH.

In Bahrain , we tried with ministry of foreign affair , Ministry of Education , Ministry of Interior , Supreme Council of women , Saudi Embassy in Manama , Bahrain Embassy in Saudi Arabia . Bahraini Member of Parliament Ahmed Alsaati . MOI in Saudi Arabia. University of Dammam . king Fahad causeway authority.

We applied for admission to the University of Arabian Gulf, but our request was denied for the reason that the Gulf universities operate within a single system .As a result, the Saudi authorities refused to allow us to complete our study there , the Arabian Gulf Univesity refuses to accept us as well as.

Al Wasat newspaper published a number of topics related to our cause.

Our Current situation, is unknown if we will be able to get back to Saudi where we need to complete the remaining semester (2 months. Otherwise, we need to apply to private universities where most of them we contacted requested us to repeat 3 to 4 years and on our own funding despite we used to have it as a scholarship.

We hope that your foundation could consider our case and help us completing our study.

With regards,

Aalaa Al-Sayed
Zainab Mohammed
Zahara Salman

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Personal Information of Zainab:
Name: Zainab Mohammed Maklooq
Nationality: Bahraini
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th year medical student, last semester (two modules to graduate)

Personal Information of Aala’a:
Name: Aalaa Sayed Shubber Mosin Majed
Nationality: Bahrain
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th Year medical student, Last semester (two modules to graduate)

Personal Information of Zahra’a:
Name: Zahra Salman Mohamed Zabar
Occupation: Medical Student
University: Al Dammam University (King Faisal University previously)
Year of Studying: 5th Year medical Student.

19. Suspend TPPA and EU-Malaysia FTA talks

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a free trade agreement under negotiation among nine countries, including the US and Malaysia.

The problem is the agreement deals with other non-trade issues, like investor rights, which affect how foreign companies do business, and patent rights, which affect access to affordable medicines. To make matters worse, the agreement is being negotiated in secrecy. And the countries hope to sign the agreement by the end of the year.

The EU-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement is another free trade agreement being negotiated between Malaysia and the 27 member states of the European Union. Similar to the TPPA, there are elements in the agreement that governs patent rights, which could harm access to cheap medicines. Although the negotiations are top secret as well, we are already seeing the destructive effects of such an agreement in India.

For more information, go to http://www.ftamalaysia.org

Perjanjian Kerjasama Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) ialah perjanjian perdagangan bebas yang sedang dirundingkan antara sembilan negara-negara, termasuklah Amerika Syarikat dan Malaysia.

Perjanjian ini malangnya, juga merundingkan isu-isu yang tidak berkenaan dengan perdagangan, seperti hak pelabur yang memberi kesan kepada cara syarikat-syarikat luar negara menjalankan perniagaan mereka di negara lain, dan hak paten yang membawa impak kepada ubat-ubatan yang dijual pada harga yang berpatutan. Selain itu, perjanjian ini juga dirundingkan secara rahsia. Hal ini merumitkan lagi keadaan dan negara-negara yang meyertai perjanjian ini ingin menandatangani perjanjian ini sebelum hujung tahun ini.

Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas antara Kesatuan Eropah (EU) dengan Malaysia ialah satu lagi perjanjian perdagangan bebas yang sedang dirundingkan antara Malaysia dengan 27 ahli Kesatuan Eropah. Sama seperti TPPA, perjanjian ini juga mempunyai elemen-elemen hak paten yang boleh menghalang akses kepada ubat-ubatan yang murah. Walaupun rundingan-rundingan tersebut dijalankan secara rahsia, impak-impak negatif perjanjian ini boleh disaksikan di India.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari http://www.ftamalaysia.org/

20. Oppose US Backed UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka

The United States draft resolution (A/HRC/19/L.2) on Sri Lanka was tabled at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 8 March 2012.

This resolution, is being brought up to address the alleged "war crimes" supposed to have occurred during the humanitarian mission to save innocent civilians from the terror of the inhumane terrorist organization calling itself the "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)".

The resolution;

1. Calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive Recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;

2. Requests the Government of Sri Lanka to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps that the Government has taken and will take to implement the recommendations made in the Commission’s report, and also to address alleged violations of international law;

3. Encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps, and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session.

The passing of this resolution will have the effect of;

1) Breaching Article 2(7) of the Charter of the United Nations which states "Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state"

2)Completely jeopardizing the core concepts of International Law and breaching Article 2(1) of the Charter of the United Nations, which ensure the sovereign equality of all its Members, since no such resolution has been brought up against the US (sponsor of the current resolution) for allegations of Human Rights Violations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3) Violating the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka.

4) Hindering the effort of the Sri Lankan government in its reconciliation efforts to ensure equality among all races and the post war development process.

5) Taxing the resources of the United Nations since the government of Sri Lanka has already made substantial progress in implementing the recommendations of the LLRC report which makes it unnecessary for a process as recommended.

21. Put a Humane force in Las Vegas

Many states have a NSPCA humane force A.K.A animal cops. Las Vegas does not have one. We need one desperately. We need one NOW! The abuse has become so bad that even my next door neighbors are doing it.

It seems left and right animals in Las Vegas are hurt and abused for no reason except for a persons sick fantasies. I'm not asking for money im just asking for help so if you can contact any major officer (mayor, governor, president etc.) please send this to them.

I may be only 15 but this is what I want to do, defend animals of Las Vegas and let them have a good life.

22. Get Megaupload back

On 19 January 2012, the founders of Megaupload were arrested and www.megaupload.com was dismantled.

23. Get Our Old Channels Back!

Youtube/google No longer listens to their users and all they do is listen to their sponsors and do every thing their sponsors tell them to.

They no longer listen to their viewers witch is really starting to piss off many people. Youtube/google really need to listen to their viewers and their feedback on the shit on a plate they are serving to us.

24. Stop the Alberta to Texas Pipeline

Stephen Harper wants President Obama to agree to having a pipeline be build from Alberta to Texas.

This pipeline threatens the environment and will make Global Warming worse than it already is.

25. Let Richard Wentz fly his flag

A retired member of the New York City Police Department who helped victims out of the World Trade Center on 9-11 is now at war with his Coral Springs homeowners' association over a commemorative flag.

Richard Wentz has been given 10 days to take down his flag down or face fines and possibly legal action.

"That flag means the world to me. Other than my children, that flag means the world to me," said Wentz.

Wentz lives in the Fairways at Heron Bay. The commemorative flag lists the names of everyone who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and is a replica of the ones placed in Battery Park during the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

"When I received the letter, I actually stood out in front of the house yelling in anger about it," Wentz said.

Wentz, a retired New York City police officer, said he ran into the Tower 1 and started pulling out people before the building collapsed. Wentz said he lost 43 friends and colleagues that day. The inside of his home is a shrine to the friends he lost.

Wentz now has cancer, he said, from breathing in all the particles during the cleanup of Ground Zero.

The letter from the Fairways at Heron Bay association said the flag detracts from the aesthetic harmony of the surrounding properties.He said he was confronted by Patricia Favata, president of the Board of Directors.

"She pushed the issue and said, 'Do we really need to get lawyers involved?' Her demeanor got very nasty," Wentz said.

No one was at Favata's home when Local 10 tried to talk to her.

Several neighbors said they are disgusted.

"He was involved in 9-11, and what he went through, he deserves to have the flag up there. I think it's an honor in our neighborhood to have the flag up," said resident Irene Skulsky.

"That flag doesn't bother me at all and shouldn't be taken down," added another neighbor.

Bill Sugarman, the president of Benchmark Property Management, which represents the association, said he received complaints.

The rules say there can only be one flag per home.

"The only flag that is allowed is an American flag. The problem is he is flying two flags, and until someone changes that there is a problem," Sugarman said.
Wentz refuses to take it down. "I will not take that flag down. That flag will remain up. I don't care how many fines they want to give me, how many notices they want to give me, I refuse to take that down," Wentz said.
The American Civil Liberties Union weighed in, saying that although homeowners associations are constitution-free zones, it has asked the state to limit what associations can do.
"This is an absurd, excessively literal interpretation of the rule. Why anybody would want to enforce that is beyond me," said Howard Simon with the ACLU.

26. Lower prices of digitally distributed games, stop the price gouging

Price gouging is a ridiculous practice that for the last few years Australians (and others) have had to put up with for the last few years from Steam and other digital distributers. We realise that Steam may not set the prices (I love Steam it's great), but as they allow this to happen they are also at fault. Some stores we simply cannot buy games from, as they do not want us getting US prices.

The price of our games is sometimes triple that to other countries and many AAA releases are $40-$50 more compared to their US counterparts. A few examples being:

Batman Arkham City: US price is $49.99, Aus price is $99.99 (double the price, $50 more expensive!)

Modern Warfare 3: US price is $59.99, Aus price is $99.99

Modern Warfare 2: US price is $29.99, Aus price is $89.99 (triple the price for a two year old game)

LA Noire (which at first was on parity to the US): US price is $49.99, Aus price is $89.99

With retail games, for years we have had to put up with these stupidly high prices due to a plethora of excuses (taxes, shipping, production costs, store-front costs etc) but digitally distributed games do not have any of these costs and hence this is why they should be a lot cheaper than retail counterparts.

Not only are our games more expensive but we pay in US dollars (hence get hit with conversion fees as well), is this a tactic to make us believe that we aren't paying more and are purchasing from the US store?

These price gouging practices are leading many people to get their games through other means, whether it be via: import, VPN, dodgy CD key sites, a friend gifting it, sellers (thanks GMG) that aren't ripping us off (that will more than likely price gouge us in the future too) or by sailing the seas (which many would do just on principle, if you want to screw us over, we'll screw you over). We are being forced to use alternative measures, which none of us want to do.

As an example of how stupid price gouging is: I was going to buy Batman Arkham City for $50 as that was a very reasonable price to pay for a AAA new release game, that I wanted, however it was increased to $100 ($50 more, for the EXACT SAME PRODUCT). I will now not be buying it until it's less than $10. That is a lost sale (and not the only one), profit and a very nice review

Here are the links to the US and Aus Steam stores, see for yourself how bad it is
http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=us
http://store.steampowered.com/?cc=au

We are sick of being price gouged and many simply refuse to pay extra any more. Hopefully this petition will make game publishers aware of the people they are angering and the sales they are losing and eventually lead to parity with US game prices.

27. Hetalia Movie: America and England's Past, Present and Future

Throughout the anime of Hetalia, no two characters have had the most beautiful and also painful memories as England and America. These two are usually the favorite among all the other historical pairs for many reasons. One of them being there's a tender side to England we only see when he raised America.

The Revolutionary War hurt the two, splitting them apart forever, yet now, they act as if it never happened. They seem too neutral, therefore it makes us wonder. Did they find a resolve after the Revolution or are they keeping their pain from each other?

28. China Should Stop Bullying its Neighboring Countries

On this first day of July 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) stands in solidarity with all people of Vietnamese descent, all Southeast Asian citizens represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and all international communities represented by the United Nations (UN) to raise a collective concern on the global security threat posed by China Communist Party’s (CPC) expansion policy in the Southeast Asia Sea (South China Sea).

The CPC has shown increasing aggressions with disrespect for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the Southeast Asia Sea (1982), disregarding the ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea (1992), as well as ignoring the ASEAN Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) (2002).

China’s navy has opened fire on Vietnamese fishermen, cutting cables of Vietnamese surveying ships, banned fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zones belonging to Vietnam and the Philippines, and threatened to use its power to claim ownership of more than 80% of the Southeast Asia Sea. It has imposed the 9 dotted line called U shape which infringes on the sovereignty of Southeast Asian nations, disregarding all regional and international agreements China has officially signed with ASEAN and the United Nations.

While recognizing Chinese People as peace-loving and hard-working people, we condemn the CPC for abusing its power, under-minding traditional Chinese culture, not honoring its own signature on the UNCLOS and international treaties, and putting the Chinese people in severe conflicts with their traditional culture and with the world.

29. Introduce a new U.S. visa free system for the Irish

There are approximately 36,278,332 Irish Americans living in the United States of America, estimated at 11.9% of the total population. This information was provided by US citizens who reported Irish ancestry in the 2008 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Eight Irish Americans signed the United States Declaration of Independence, and 22 American Presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama, have been at least partly of Irish ancestry, this shows that the people of Ireland and people of the United States share a close bond and this bond should be celebrated with an introduction of the visa free system.

The current Visa Waiver Program is an ineffective solution for most Irish tourists as the program has restrictions of 90 days which is too short to meet family and friends who have emigrated and enjoy the beautiful country and all that it has to offer in relation to touring and travelling the 50 states.

30. Urgent Action to Stop Killing of Residents of Camp Ashraf

Urgent Action to Stop Killing of Residents of Camp Ashraf.

Hundreds of injured residents in serious condition.

-Considering the criminal attack by Iraqi forces against defenseless residents of Ashraf which began at 04:45 am April 8, 2011;
-Considering that the attack was conducted on the order of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and under direct command of the Lieutenant General Ali Gheidan, commander of the ground forces;
-Considering that extermination of Camp Ashraf residents has been the constant demand of the Iranian regime;
- Considering that until April 8, 2011, some 33 residents were killed and 300 more wounded;
-Considering that the residents of Camp Ashraf are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention and enjoy all fundamental rights under international human rights law;
-Considering that Iraqi government, contrary to its commitment to respect the rights of Ashraf residents has constantly infringed its obligations;
-Considering repeated warnings by human rights organisations, statements and resolutions by members of parliaments in European countries and members of US Congress including the European Parliament resolution of April 24, 2009; EP Written Declaration of November 25, 2010 and Declaration by Council of Europe …., Congressional hearings in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee;
-Considering that in accordance with the Rome Treaty and the writ issued by the Spanish Court violation of the residents of Ashraf as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention constitutes war crime and crime against international community;