The opening ceremony occurs on Friday, July 27th but preparations to secure the games have been underway for years. This monitor aggregates media reports and public discussion (which is quite robust this time around) about the measures taken to secure the games and the city.
Thousands of people are tweeting moving tributes to the fallen this weekend. I created this Memorial Day Monitor to capture as many of those tributes as possible.
I think it is important to remember on this day that countless, often silent, sacrifices are made by men and women who are not in uniform. And also that pain and suffering reaches well past the battlefield to touch those who send husbands, sons, fathers, wives, daughters, mothers, and friends off to war. All of them are worthy of remembrance today.
“In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls… generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.” – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Thank you all for your service and great deeds.
Chicago2012 – Tweets using the event’s official hashtag.
Protests – The Occupy Movement and countless groups from the fringe left have been actively planning (and carrying out) counter-NATO protests. This stream aggregates several of their hashtags. This column now features live streaming video from anti-NATO protests in Chicago.
Video – This surface links to video tweeted by anyone from protestors streaming live video on the streets of Chicago to NATO itself.
If you are only interested in the counter-NATO protests there is a monitor dedicated to the Occupy Movement that will stream much of the NATO protest activity – also with live video. ThreatStream has a permanent collection of streams for NATO focusing on NATO-led operations and potential involvement in Syria that will stay up long after the summit ends.
Will the occupy movement spring to life now that spring has sprung? We’re about to find out. OWS organizers are calling for a general strike:
While American corporate media has focused on yet another stale election between Wall Street-financed candidates, Occupy has been organizing something extraordinary: the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from over 125 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.
Can you possibly stand to listen to yet another shrill “Mic Check!”? I can’t. Still, I’ve built a monitor with the OWS video feed and tweet streams for both the strike and movement that you can watch here. Enjoy.
I’ve built a dedicated monitor with streams looking at earthquake tweets, tsunami tweets, and tweets about earthquake and tsunami damage or casualties. You can watch them here.