Friday, July 07, 2006

Another Angle 6 - July - 2006

News others won't tell you


"Blackwell, black votes and God will in the Buckeye State"
Blackwell is that rare public official who managed to become a multimillionaire while working as the state Treasury Secretary by parlaying a $500,000 investment with three other investors into a $190 million sale of radio stations within six years. Some have questioned whether or not his decisions as Treasury Secretary influenced the millions of dollars in loans he received from friendly banks including those owned by billionaire Carl Lindner of Cincinnati. The Lindner family is Blackwell major donor in the last campaign reporting, giving him $90,000.

Louisiana relies on convict labor
"Many people here say they could not get by without their inmates, who make up more than 10 percent of its population and most of its labor force," the article continues. "They are dirt-cheap, sometimes free, always compliant, ever-ready and disposable."

Selective Service System: ALIENS AND DUAL NATIONALS
U.S. non-citizens and dual nationals are required by law to register with the Selective Service System.* Most are also liable for induction into the U.S. Armed Forces if there is a draft. They would also be eligible for any deferments, postponements, and exemptions available to all other registrants.



North Korea's long range missile, the one we're all supposed to be afraid of...
... blew up 35 seconds after launch.

Breast ironing: grim secret of Africa's women
Breast "ironing" - the use of hard or heated objects to try to stunt breast growth in girls - is a traditional practice in West Africa. The practice is most common in the Christian and animist south of the country, rather than in the Muslim North and Far North provinces, where only 10 per cent of women are affected.


Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans
With the plan to secure Baghdad, "Operation Forward Together," now three weeks old, and the so-called terror leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed, the security situation has only continued to deteriorate


Lou Dobbs on the North American Union
President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the United States.


Fed Treading on Thin Ice as U.S. Housing Bubble Weakens
Although it is no secret among economists, most Americans donŽ≠™ know that the Fed fights inflation by increasing unemployment and thereby lowering wages. The public probably would find this unsettling. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, has been running at 5.7 percent over the last three months, up from 4.2 percent over the previous year. But most of this is the result of higher energy prices and the fall of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, which raises the price of imports and therefore adds to inflation. The Fed sees rising wages as the problem, because the people who run the Fed do not look at the economy from the point of view of wage and salary earners.
Some Homeowners Who Accept Aid to Avert Foreclosures Lose Their Homes Anyway

Soros: Housing bubble may burst econ.
"The U.S. consumer has benefited from the rapid rise in the value of housing," Soros said. "Equity could be withdrawn from that increased value. Basically half of that is spent."


Arent you proud to be Black?
Arent you proud of who you are, where you came from, and what your relatives did to make sure you had food on the table, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head? We should celebrate our Blackness and always cherish our culture. As Claud Anderson teaches, we should be proud to be Black because God made us first, in His image; and He placed us in a perfect place, on land that contained every vital mineral and natural resource necessary for growth and prosperity. He gave us enough wisdom to share with the world and bring others out of the darkness into the light of knowledge. We are His special people.


Judge Blocks U.S. Navy's Use of Sonar in Hawaii Waters
A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday temporarily blocked the Navy's planned use of high-intensity sonar in the waters around Hawaii. She said that the Natural Resources Defense Council had provided evidence that the sonar can kill and injure whales and other marine life.


Daily Acetaminophen Dose Linked to Liver Damage
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other painkillers, is considered one of the safest medicines around. But a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that ordinary doses of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Experts see the new results as a warning, but not as a reason to stop taking acetaminophen.


Ice Cream Sundaes from Coast to Coast
In Keene, N.H., you can get a rather austere-sounding fruit-salad sundae, which is not something you can imagine ordering in, say, Texas. In Foley, Ala., there's a chocolaty-thick sundae called Lower Alabama Mud. And In Las Cruces, N.M., you can dare to order the green chile sundae: vanilla ice cream laced with spicy-sweet green chile marmalade.


The Brand New Heavies: 'Get Used to It'
After more than a decade apart, the three original band members -- U.K. natives Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Love Levy -- and powerful vocalist and Atlanta native N'Dea Davenport have reunited for a new CD, Get Used to It.

Fury at 'Racist' BBC Drama
Is this what black people have to do to get on TV?


Let America Be America Again
By Langston Hughes

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