Thursday, May 31, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1921 - A major race riot breaks out in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, OK, killing at least 300 Blacks, becoming the deadliest race riot of the twentieth century.
Post Reporter: ‘So What Is This Caging Thing?’
In 2004, African-American leaders denounced the caging scheme as “another ’shameful’ Republican effort to keep blacks from voting.” Caging is a voter suppression tactic. Suppressing votes on the basis of race is not only illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act, but also unconstitutional.
5 Storm Disasters Waiting to Happen
9/11 Heroes fly to Cuba for Healthcare
9/11 responders compare the outstanding healthcare they received in Cuba to the abysmal care they received in the United States.
Conyers endorses national effort to impeach Bush, Cheney
"Tough guy" Fred Thompson
Here is Thompson's biography -- his own official, endorsed version. He's been a government lawyer, an actor and a Senator. Though Thompson does not mention it, he also has been -- for two decades -- what a 1996 profile in The Washington Monthly described as "a high-paid Washington lobbyist for both foreign and domestic interests." This folksy, down-home, regular guy has spent his entire adult life as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, except when he was an actor in Hollywood.
Black-owned Banks Struggling to Keep Doors Open
Independence Federal Savings Bank, one of the nation's oldest Black-owned financial institutions, based in Washington, D. C., was taken over in an aggressive buyout by a White developer last week, sending a chilling message to the already diminishing Black financial industry.
Alone in a City’s AIDS Battle, Hoping for Backup
The nation’s capital is the only city in the country barred by federal law from using local tax money to finance needle exchange programs. It is also the city with the fastest-growing number of new AIDS cases. These two facts keep Ron Daniels on the move, tirelessly driving his rickety Winnebago from drug corner to drug corner across the rougher parts of this city, counseling the addicted and swapping clean needles for dirty ones.
Drugs giant faces criminal charges over clinical trial
The US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been slapped with criminal charges in Nigeria over a notorious clinical trial it conducted on children during a meningitis epidemic a decade ago. Patients became unwitting guinea pigs for a new, untested antibiotic and many of them either died or were left with permanent disabilities.
Diamonds: Africa must get lion's share
Ironically Africa, which produces about 60 percent of the world's diamonds, has been receiving crumbs from the periphery of the market yet the mineral was being extracted from its soil using Africans as cheap labour. The move to control diamond trade by African countries should be taken seriously by all governments on the continent as a major step towards fair deals and fair trade, that is mutually beneficial.
Half of all black men in Britain will be on DNA database by 2010
As Black Britain reported on May 8, people from black and minority ethnic communities in the UK are three times more likely to have their DNA samples put on the national database. However, new information highlights the extent to which black men in particular, are being targeted.
Turkish forces head to Iraq border
Turkey's armed forces chief said today the army was prepared at any time to start cross-border action to halt attacks inside Turkey by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' party, which has bases in Iraq.
Aljazeera shows new weapon : Video:
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Bush Pens Dictatorship Directive, Few Notice
“The Bush administration has released a directive called the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive. The directive released on May 9th, 2007 has gone almost unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media. In this directive, Bush declares that in the event of a ‘Catastrophic Emergency’ the President will be entrusted with leading the activities to ensure constitutional government. The language in this directive would in effect make the President a dictator in the case of such an emergency. “The language written in the directive is disturbing because it doesn’t say that the President will work with the other branches of government equally to ensure a constitutional government is protected. It says clearly that there will be a cooperative effort among the three branches that will be coordinated by the President. If the President is coordinating these efforts it effectively puts him in charge of every branch.
In the African country of Zambia, over 70 percent of people live in poverty. The average wage is just over a dollar a day, one in five people are infected with HIV/AIDS and life expectancy is merely 37.7 years. Yet, in the midst of qualifying for debt cancellation by G-8 nations, the Donegal Corporation, owned by American businessman Michael Sheehan, bought Zambian debt from Romania. In April, British courts awarded Donegal 15 million dollars, almost five times the value Donegal paid for the debt. The morally bankrupt actions of vulture funds render the commitments to debt relief made by the U.S. and other wealthy nations meaningless.
Georgia on My Mind
Georgia is on my mind because of its lack of fairness and its blatant disregard for even a modicum of compassion for William Mayo, Jade Sanders, and Lamont Thomas. Even if William did commit robbery, don’t you think 15 years is enough? He can’t even get a fair hearing to review his case. Sanders and Thomas loved their child, I am sure, and although they were misguided and uninformed in the diet they fed the child, I don’t believe they intended to murder the baby. Someone ought to get their sentence reduced. Is there no common sense in Georgia courtrooms?
Ideas Cannot be Killed
When he(Bush) was recently asked by an important personality about his Cuba policy, his answer was this: "I am a hard-line president and I am just waiting for Castro's demise." The wishes of such a powerful gentleman are no privilege. I am not the first nor will I be the last that Bush has ordered to be killed; nor one of those people who he intends to go on killing individually or en masse.
Just Over Broke (J.O.B.)Why not consider hiring yourself?
In becoming self-employed, one must assimilate new concepts and ways of doing things. They must learn a great deal about people, and how to successfully penetrate the marketplace. Very often, these kinds of skills and insights differ greatly from what it takes to fulfill the requirements of a “J.O.B.” position.
Bio-electromagnetic Weapons: The ultimate weapon
This ultimate weapon system is currently being deployed in Iraq. The US Air Force and the Marine Corps refer to it as “active denial technology”, as if it were used purely for defense, but it is not.
Windows Vista no more secure than XP: report
Windows Vista only offers "marginal security advantages over XP" according to tests completed by CRN. "Vista remains riddled with holes, despite its multilayer security architecture and embedded security tools." The report's findings are mixed and at times a little unfair, but it does demonstrate the problems that Microsoft has to face—technical and otherwise.
Diet is key to long term health
This is so profound and everyone needs to know this. This is confirmation of the Hallelujah diet which is really just a new way of eating.
The Hallelujah Diet Explained
Cook's Commencement: Mastering a Meal for One
If you've been used to a full fridge at home with your folks, or the 24-hour feed trough of college, that table for one can come as a bit of a shock. I know. I've been there. After three months of the beige diet (ramen, bagel, pizza) and a king's ransom of takeout, you're going to start wishing you knew how to cook. But where do you start?
MANGO-PINEAPPLE TART WITH MACADAMIA NUT CRUST
This recipe is sooo yummy!! It's great, a perfect summer time dessert. Although you should give more time for chilling the custard.
Coming Distractions: Summer Film Highlights
Let's start with something that's unlike anything that's ever come before in the summer — except maybe Independence Day and War of the Worlds and (come to think of it) everything that's ever come before in the summer. That would be Transformers, that Saturday-morning toy commercial masquerading as a cartoon, now "transformed" into an enormous-looking live-action flick with digital effects.
Monday, May 28, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1851 - Sojourner Truth participates in Women's Rights Convention. She delivers her "Ain't I a Woman?" speech.
Neo-con cabal born in treason in the late 1970s.
Some of the same players who got this nation into the bloody quagmire of Iraq also criminally conspired to bring down the administration of President Jimmy Carter. President Carter's indignation about the neo-cons -- their blind support for Israel, their whittling away of our Constitution, our neo-con foreign policy -- is rooted in the treason they committed against the United States during his administration.
Why the US is losing its war on cocaine
The immensely costly "war on drugs" in Latin America is slowly collapsing like a Zeppelin with a puncture. The long-forecast failure for strategies which involve police and military in forcibly suppressing narcotics - first decreed by President Richard Nixon decades ago - is now pitifully evident in Bolivia, one of the poorest countries of the Western hemisphere.
Millions who risk death for a better life
Across Africa, millions are dreaming of fleeing to Europe. Families scrimp and save to find the money needed to secure a seat on a boat. Young men, often fathers, squeeze on to overcrowded, rickety fishing boats that leave Senegal, Libya or Somalia in the dead of night. They take with them nothing more than the hope that a better life lies across the sea.
Mugabe ready to seize foreign companies
Mr Mugabe's cabinet has approved proposed legislation to force all foreign-owned companies to cede 51% of their shares to black Zimbabweans. The empowerment bill is going through a final drafting process before it is presented to parliament, said top government officials.
Howard jeered at Aborigine ceremony
John Howard, Australia's prime minister, has been heckled as he acknowledged that some of Australia's Aborigines still live on the fringes of society 40 years after a vote recognising them as full citizens. An indigenous woman shouted at Howard after a speech on Sunday: "We have been genocided by your government and your court."
The Congressional Black Caucus is Dead
For the last few years, many of us political activists have gone out of our way to make sure the Congressional Black Caucus remained relevant in the theory of political discourse. And what do we have to show for it?
Truth be told, we are still dealing with the whip. Of course now a days the whip takes different forms, but it's still there and it's still painful. These days the pain is more psychological than physical, but it's still painful, and America still uses the whip to keep our asses in line.
Minister Farrakhan on The Fall of the Dollar
“Since 2005 there was a Supreme Court ruling that allows the states, cities, or the federal government to take all properties and assign the deed to someone else. So don’t get carried away, thinking you own something. In the slave code of laws, it was against the law for a Black man to own property and it was against the law for a slave to own a weapon.”
Water into fuel?
Radio-waves will heat certain metals. Tiny bits of certain metal are injected into a cancer patient. Those nano-particals are attracted to the abnormalities of the cancer cells and ignore the healthy cells. The patient is then exposed to radio waves and only the bad cells heat up and die. But John also came across yet another extrordinary breakthrough. His machine could actually make saltwater burn.
Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health
The problem - more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse - can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
OLD FASHIONED BARBEQUE SAUCE
Victoria Rowell: 'The Women Who Raised Me'
Victoria Rowell spent her early life going from home to home in the foster care system.
Some remember her her as Dr. Amanda Bentley on the 1990s primetime series Diagnosis: Murder. But, arguably, for most she will always be remembered for her popular role as Drucilla Barber-Winters, the runaway kid-turned-fashion model on the long-running daytime drama The Young and The Restless.
'Wounded Knee' Film Set for HBO Debut
A film based on Dee Brown's 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee makes its debut Sunday night on HBO. The book, published in 1970, told the story of the U.S. government's brutal treatment of Native Americans.
Williams and Hume spar over Bush’s take on The Iraq Study Group
This Modern World
Sunday, May 27, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
May 27 - 1942 Dorie Miller was awarded the Navy Cross for his gallantry aboard the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Obama Fires Back At McCain And Romney
'Klansman' on trial for murdering two black men
James Ford Seale, 71, is to go on trial in Jackson this coming week on kidnapping and conspiracy charges in the latest of several cases to be revived and brought to trial across the South in the past 13 years.
Alabama Legislature Approves Slavery Apology
The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution Thursday expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery and apologizing for slavery's wrongs and lingering effects on the United States. When Governor Bob Riley signs the bill, which a spokesman said he will do, Alabama will become the fourth U.S. state to formally apologize for slavery in recent months.
Plunging into Public Pools' Contentious Past
In his new book, Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America, historian Jeff Wiltse traces the evolution of municipal pools in America from the late 1860s to today. As a recreational refuge, pools became prime destinations for families. Men and women interacted in the water for the first time, and Wiltse found that a change spawned a wave of racial segregation across northern pools: Whites were mainly concerned about black men interacting with white women — they feared the sexual atmosphere at a pool might promote racial mixing.
SEND YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSPERSON THEIR PINK SLIPS
Man Hits Back Of Truck At 120mph, Gets Stuck & Dragged, Photos Online
Please Drive to Arrive Alive!
Indiana Adopts $1000 Speeding Tickets
UN-backed court to start trial of Charles Taylor in June
"There is an issue with this court regarding its right to exercise jurisdiction over me as president of Liberia,” he said, according to the BBC story. “There are issues of how I got here. It is not a matter of me entering a plea as I do not recognize the jurisdiction of this court,” Mr. Taylor insisted. Finally, he stated that he was innocent of all charges.
'Stop Dimona' says Blix
Israel should comply with the same demand being made of Iran, to cease its nuclear fuel-cycle and stop enriching uranium, Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), told Ynetnews.
Pictures Purport To Show Two U.S. Marines Beheaded and Abused
The pictures below are alleged to show the bodies of U.S. service men In Iraq. I am advised, these men are not the soldiers that were captured some 3 weeks ago.
These images depict the savagery and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
U.S. Security Contractors Mercenaries Open Fire in Baghdad
A Blackwater guard shot and killed an Iraqi driver Thursday near the Interior Ministry, according to three U.S. officials and one Iraqi official who were briefed on the incident but spoke on condition of anonymity because of a pending investigation. On Wednesday, a Blackwater-protected convoy was ambushed in downtown Baghdad, triggering a furious battle in which the security contractors, U.S. and Iraqi troops and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters were firing in a congested area.
When the bully cries foul...
They moved in with a vengeance – propaganda, sanctions and all - against Zimbabwe once President Mugabe took a stance on the land question a decade later. The poor showing of Zimbabwe's economy ought to be seen in this context rather than President Mugabe's alleged misrule.
Why Didn't You Stand Your Ground, Mr. Carter?
This was a teachable moment, Mr. Carter. Why did you squander it?If you’d welcomed that debate, instead of backing away from it, you could have educated the American public about what has happened to the image of America all around the world. It’s a lesson a great many Americans probably need.
Argentina and Brazil drop US dollar
Argentina and Brazil, South America's two largest economies, will drop the U.S. dollar in favor of a regional currency in their bilateral trade starting in October 2007.
The Truth Behind This Month's Blue Moon
Thursday, May 31 brings us the second of two full Moons for North Americans this month. Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full Moons occur within a calendar month, that the second full Moon is called the "Blue Moon."
Diet, Exercise Seen as a Key to Staving Off Diabetes
In beating back the risk of Type 2 diabetes, research shows that diet and exercise programs can be just as effective as medicine for some people.
Welcoming the Dog Days of Summer
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get your dogs on. For more than a century, the hot dog has worked its way from the butcher's scrap table straight to our nitrite-filled hearts. And, oh, how our hearts flutter when we bite into a pillowy, warm bun, our tongues tingling under a sweet-and-sour medley of condiments as our teeth snap satisfyingly into the meat's outer casing.
GRILLED FRENCH TOAST, GRILLED PEACHES & RASPBERRY
This makes a great brunch dish, especially for an outdoor summer brunch or bridal shower.
Jazz Great Brecker: A 'Pilgrimage' Before Dying
It's said that jazz musicians respond to two types of inspiration. The first is the muse within themselves — the one that gives birth to the musical ideas in their compositions, their solos and their musical identity. The second is the unspoken communication they share with the people with whom they make music. Saxophonist Michael Brecker responded to both.
"Bug" -- not to be confused with the 1975 sci-fi thriller starring Bradford Dillman, though I'll bet that one's a lot zippier -- is supposed to be a serious psychological thriller, an unsettling little number designed to creep us out and make us think. But it's really just junk.
Monday, May 21, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on - May 21
Pianist Thomas "Fats" Waller, who will write such popular hits as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose," is born in New York City
Racism goes on trial again in America's Deep South
In the cool and beflagged small courtroom in Jena, Louisiana, three black schoolboys - Robert Bailey, Theodore Shaw and Mychal Bell - are about to go on trial for a playground fight that could see them jailed for between 30 and 50 years.
Army Recruiters Caught on Hidden Camera
The United States Army insists that it's not so desperate that it would recruit the mentally ill to serve on the front lines.
But now an exclusive NewsChannel 5 (Nashville) investigation has the Army investigating three Middle Tennessee recruiters, along with their Dishonorable Deceptions.
Michelle Obama's sacrifice
Michelle Obama has quit her $215,000 dream job and demoted herself to queen. Though the party line is that she's only "scaled back" to a 20 percent workload, I doubt her former co-workers will bother alerting her to many staff meetings. She's traded in her solid gold résumé, high-octane talent and role as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals to be a professional wife and hostess.
Jimmy Carter Put Down By Fox & Friends
Instead of focusing on the good that Jimmy Carter has done when he was president, (brokering the Middle East peace talks) and all the good he's done after his presidency, saving literally millions of African children from Guinea worm disease which is down from 3.5 million cases to fewer than 11,000 by Dec. 31, 2005, and winning a Nobel Peace Prize, Fox went after Jimmy Carter's economic record in order to put him down because of the remarks he made about the Bush Administration.
Economic success in Somaliland
On the dusty streets of the market place in the Hargeisa, the capital, goods are displayed.
Money-changers also do a brisk trade, converting between shillings, dollars and euros.
They are cashing in on relative stability in the enclave to build solid businesses.
Who owns the land in Nigeria?
Prince Wegwu and his family own land in the Niger Delta with 31 oil wells on it. Oil companies pump out thousands of barrels of oil a day and yet he says neither he nor his family have benefited.
Cameraman captures Afghan bomb footage 21 May 07
Africa to form new syndicate for global diamond market
The founder members, who include six African countries that produce over half of the world’s diamonds by value, have already agreed on the terms of reference for the new body and were recently in the Angolan capital of Luanda to agree on a framework for ADPA’s funding and secretariat.
Exclusive: Secret US plot to kill Al-Sadr
The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official. The revelation of this extraordinary plot, which would probably have provoked an uprising by outraged Shia if it had succeeded, has left a legacy of bitter distrust in the mind of Mr Sadr for which the US and its allies in Iraq may still be paying. "I believe that particular incident made Muqtada lose any confidence or trust in the [US-led] coalition and made him really wild," the Iraqi National Security Adviser Dr Mowaffaq Rubai'e told The Independent in an interview.
Iraq's hidden casualties: 13,000 working for contractors
Casualties among private contractors in Iraq have soared to record levels this year, setting a pace that seems certain to turn 2007 into the bloodiest year yet for the civilians who work alongside the U.S. military in the war zone, according to new government numbers.
Who's Afraid of Jimmy Carter? George Bush
It is difficult to argue with Carter, not just on the basis of his stature but on the basis of his astute read of the current circumstance. And that's what scares the Bush White House. When a well regarded former president gets specific about the current president's dramatic failures -- and about the damage that is done when foreign leaders align with Bush -- this embattled White House gets tense.
The Progressive Daily Beacon: "The Bleeding Heart Liberal ..."
Every American that actually tried to make the world and his or her country a better place for all "God's children", as Martin Luther King JR had so eloquently said; eventually those Americans bought into the extremist Republican's perversions and came to view themselves as being somehow "un-American" and ashamed for daring to care about someone and something other than themselves. Nearly every American who believed in something greater than themselves came to surrender their very real and Christ-like morality and instead, latched onto the radicalized and extremist Republican Party's perverted and greed-based "Christian" morality of hate and intolerance.
The Democrats’ Misleading Iraq Funding Provisions: They’re Not Really Benchmarks
Democratic congressional leadership has effectively taken ownership of the Iraq war waging political theater battles over phony “benchmarks” that the Bush administration doesn’t actually oppose. In reality, Democratic “benchmarks” for Iraqi government behavior require the handover of the country’s oil resources to mainly U.S. corporations; a demand that Iraqis spend their own money to rebuild infrastructure systematically destroyed by the Americans, who also looted billions in oil revenues; and reform of “de-Baathification” laws that were instituted by - the Americans!
Kuwait drops dollar peg in blow to Gulf currency union
The move stunned Gulf currency markets and volumes dried up. The impact would be clearer on Monday when global markets open, said Steve Brice, chief Middle East economist at Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai. Oman and Bahrain, the two smallest Gulf economies, and Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, said they planned to stand by their pegs.
New and improved version of Gozi Trojan horse on the loose
Japanese use bacteria to store data
While ink may fade and computers may crash, bacterial information lasts as long as a species stays alive - possibly a mind-boggling million years - according to Professor Masaru Tomita, who heads the team of researchers at Keio University.
Much of the old wisdom seems to be falling by the wayside. NCI scientists and those at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found last week that lycopene apparently does not prevent prostate cancer. "Our study adds an important piece to the puzzle," said Dr. Ulrike Peters, lead author of the study. "It's disappointing because lycopene might have offered a simple way to lower risk."
Open-Face Bacon-and-Egg Sandwiches with Arugula
So easy and delicious, we enjoyed for a quick and satisfying dinner with fresh fruit and oven-baked fries.
Venezuela to give Danny Glover $18m to direct film
Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against imperialism and western oppression.
Fats back after Hurricane Katrina
The 79-year-old New Orleans icon was crisp and energetic as he sang and played the piano, and the crowd of hundreds jumped and screamed when he belted out "Blueberry Hill". Domino, whose real name is Antoine, lost his home and much of the city he loves during Katrina. He was rescued by boat from his flooded 9th Ward home after the storm struck on August 29 2005.
SNL: Presidential Candidates Come Clean to Oprah
Saturday, May 19, 2007
News others won't tell you
On This Day In Black History:
1925 Malcolm X, Civil Rights leader, is born Malcolm Little in Omaha, NE. He will become a devoted follower of Elijah Muhammad in the Nation of Islam.
Malcolm X and the Fight Against Psychological Poison
As we gather in cities from coast to coast on May 19, 2007, to celebrate Brother Malcolm’s birthday, we must focus on developing ways to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from the psychological poison of the White supremacists and their self-hating and self-centered Negro allies in the entertainment, academic, civic, journalistic and political arenas.
Death or freedom as Abu Jamal faces crucial court hearing
The case being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia could see Abu Jamal fast-tracked to lethal injection or gaining a retrial that could see him set free.
Amnesty has criticised the "confused and unclear" witness evidence about the shooter's description, including what clothes he was wearing and whether he fled the scene.
No ballistic tests were carried out to determine whether Abu Jamal had fired his gun, and statements he had made as a teenager were "improperly used" against him, the human rights body says
Detroit City Council votes to impeach Bush and Cheney
Study: Gulf War vets' children have higher birth defect rates
The researchers said they did not have enough information to link the birth defects to possible exposures to poisonous gases, pesticides and other toxic substances, which many Gulf War veterans suspect are culprits of their mysterious illnesses and their children's health problems. They also did not have access to parents' family histories and job exposures.
Depleted Uranium is the cause.
Congressman wants FEMA trailers hearings
Earlier this month, the agency dismissed findings by environmentalists that the trailers pose serious health risks from the known carcinogen. The agency said the fumes could be reduced by opening vents and windows, a strategy deemed unacceptable by Rep. Bobby Jindal (news, bio, voting record) in light of the region's heat and humidity.
The formaldehyde is mostly contained in particleboard used in the trailers, from walls to cabinets.
Black media delegation returns from Darfur
The truth concerning the atrocities and fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region—an area that is overwhelmingly Muslim and shares a border and tribal heritage with Chad—is more complex than the U.S. media would have you believe.
Congo: The Broken Heart of Africa : Video
Congo, despite being a country rich in gold and diamonds, has a poverty-stricken population. Al Jazeera's John Cookson investigates the corruption, smuggling and poverty blighting the central African nation.
Murder In Gaza
Al Jazeera English airs exclusive footage of a series of deadly Israeli air attacks in the Gaza Strip, one of which struck as Gaza correspondent Nour Odeh was live on air.
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Immunity Sought for Cheney, Top Officials
Attorneys for Vice President Cheney and top White House officials told a federal judge yesterday that they cannot be held liable for anything they disclosed to reporters about covert CIA officer Valerie Plame or her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.
Condoleezza Rice-Cooked in Oil?
Now that Paul Wolfowitz has been more or less sidelined, how about some questions for Condoleezza Rice? What’s to ask Condi? Well, for starters about her role in the Oil-for-Food scandal–a role she might have played first in private industry, and then, as President Bush’s National Security Advisor
The Exodus: An Account of the Iraq Refugee Crisis
Freedom Rider: Should We Want a Black President?
Is Barack Obama more worthy of Black “loyalty than any other Democrat?” The answer is no - Black America should not “purchase a lemon” just because the “seller looks like us.” Obama has mastered the fine arts of bullshitology, while avoiding issues of core concern to African Americans in order the make white people feel comfortable. Why should Black America vote for a man who proclaims “there is no Black America?”
An Open Challenge To Angela McGlowan
Just like the other lightweight conservative frauds who the white right movement have propped up as their Negro of the moment, your arguments lack intellectual honesty or logic. Still, you like to say that those of us the far left (by the way, I consider myself an independent) are afraid to debate you on the issues. Well Angela, consider this an open challenge to you: I, the Field Negro, will debate you at any time and any place on the benefits and merits of conservative social and economic policies, and whether it's a good or bad thing for black folks.
Money Sense: Beware of Debit Card Fees
Once upon a time, banks were institutions primarily identified with saving money. Today, many banks seem better known for costing you money.
Researchers challenge JFK lone gunman theory
The researchers, including former FBI lab metallurgist William Tobin, said new chemical and statistical analyses of bullets from the same batch used by Oswald suggest that more than two bullets could have struck the president. "Evidence used to rule out a second assassin is fundamentally flawed," the researchers said in their article. "If the assassination (bullet) fragments are derived from three or more separate bullets, then a second assassin is likely."
Free integrated computer security software
I plan to try this out over the weekend. So don't take this as a recommendation as of yet but, from first glance it looks promising. If you have already tried it let me know how it worked. I will give a full report next week.
Plan to Plant Gene-Modified Rice Alarms Interest Groups
The company has introduced modified human genes into the rice in order to produce the milk proteins lactoferrin and lysozyme under the trade names Lactiva and Lysomin. Ventria, which has already tested the genetically engineered (GE) rice on children in Peru, wants to use the proteins produced by the rice to treat infants suffering from diarrhea. The company has also proposed to use the protein as supplements in yogurts, meal-replacement bars and beverages, granola bars and sports drinks for the general population.
Monsanto India: GM Foods, Crops - Preparing for Worldwide Genetic Control
CHEDDAR BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
These drop biscuits are as tender as they are easy; since the dough isn't rolled out, there's no chance of overworking it.
Producer: US trying to seize film
In March, Moore travelled to the Caribbean island with a group of emergency workers from New York's Ground Zero to see whether they would receive better care under the Castro regime than they had under George Bush. He had applied for permission to travel in October 2006 and received no reply. In a letter dated May 2, the treasury department notified Moore that it was investigating him for unlicensed travel to Cuba, or, as the missive put it, engaging in "travel-related transactions involving Cuba."
How Hollywood made America care about Darfur
Sly and The Family Stone's 40 Years of Music
Soul power-funk band Sly and The Family Stone are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a brand new box-set featuring the group's first seven albums. Rose Stone and Larry Graham, two of The Family Stone's original members talk about the band's contributions to popular music.
Guy in a Reagan Mask Runs for President
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day May 16
Singer Janet Dameta Jackson who will be noted for her roles on Good Times and Diff’rent Strokes, her musical releases of “Rhythm Nation”, and “Together Again”, is born in Gary IN.
Yolanda King, Daughter of Civil Rights Leader, Dies
King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 51. Klein said the family did not know the cause of death but that relatives think it might have been a heart problem.
California’s new secret death chamber
“This demonstrates, once again, the state’s desire to incarcerate and kill, rather than educate and cultivate. If they can find it in the budget to build new death chambers; then it certainly would be good if they could find it in the budget to repair our schools.”
MALCOLM X: Oxford University Debate
With Malcolm's birthday fast approaching, I think revisiting the brilliance and courage he displayed is a good idea.
Nigerian charade exposes West's double standards
The so-called policemen of the world will not shy away from validating any political outcome that would install their proteges in power. What concerns them is the smooth flow of British Petroleum, Shell and Exxon oilfields from the Niger Delta. They have sometimes in history gone on to support undemocratic means of unseating legitimately elected governments in order to satisfy their resource exploitation agenda.
AIDS in Africa: 28 million victims
An estimated 28 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the U.N. Some 5,500 of those people die from the disease each day. Fourteen million children are parentless because of AIDS, 700,000 children are born infected each year and 90 percent of the world's 2.6 million children with HIV/AIDS are African.
The Poverty Business
This link is a little quirky. The Business Week lead story deals with the subprime lending business set up to make the poor a lot poorer.
Black wall street A Dream Lost pt.1
The date was June 1, 1921, when "Black Wall Street," the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving 36-black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering.
The Blog Karen Russell: On What Planet Is The Confederate Flag ...Not racist
The flag enjoyed a huge renaissance during the Civil Rights era. Angry, white Southerners brought it back to show they weren't going to take this whole desegregation thing lying down. They adopted it again as a symbol of hatred and defiance. They dusted it off to terrorize blacks who had the audacity to fight Jim Crow laws.
Louisiana: Struck by Whitening
The new Louisiana is destined to be whiter. And the black people who do remain will be even poorer than they were before. I guess that means more blues sung by fewer people.
NEXIUM - A Staggering Number of Side Effects
So, your physician gave you or someone you know some Nexium pills for acid reflux problems?
The doctor didn't say anything about any bad side effects?
Govt Study - Chemical Food Additives Tied To Child Behavior
Tea: Out of the Cup, Onto the Dinner Table
Why tea? More than just a refreshing beverage, tea is also a terrific cooking ingredient. After all, the ancient Chinese spiked their fires with green tea for smoked duck and stuffed their fish with oolong.
Bobby to Fight Whitney for Custody of Daughter
Opie & Anthony suspended for a month for potty mouths
So you think IMUS was foul, check out these clowns.
A Duck-Walking Rock Legend Gets the 'Blues'
Even a ubiquitous figure like Chuck Berry has neglected gems gathering spiderwebs in remote corners of his catalog. The duck-walking legend, who developed the basic vocabulary of rock guitar, began his career at Chicago's Chess Records, in the company of B.B. King, Willie Dixon and countless other ferocious blues musicians.
Tinky Winky says bye-bye to Jerry Falwell
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Rev. Jerry Falwell – founder of the Moral Majority (1979) and Liberty University (1971) – has died. He was 73. A pillar of the religious right movement – as well as an ardent conservative Republican – Falwell's career was replete with verbal controversy; he often attacked gays, lesbians and feminists, as well as labor unions and the pro-choice movement. Indeed, Falwell infamously described AIDS as a form of divine retribution:
"AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexualsm," he [Falwell] said.
It was in 2001, however – following the September 11 attacks – that Falwell (arguably) ignited the quintessential controversy of his career. He [Falwell] pointedly blamed the 9-11 attacks on gays, feminists, non-christians and such:
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America," Falwell said. "I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen."
A fervent segregationist in the mid-'60s to early-'70s, Falwell regularly featured lightning-rod Segregationist figures like Lester Maddox and George Wallace on his Evangelist program, The Old-Time Gospel Hour (which still airs locally in its place of origin, Lynchburg, Virginia). Falwell often tried to reconcile his 'then'-positions on race relations with 'divine will':
"If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God's word and had desired to do the Lord's will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made…. The facilities should be separate," said Falwell. "When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line."
Jerry Falwell is often credited alongside other right-leaning religious figures with helping to morph the once solidly Democratic South into the bastion of Republican victories it is today. Indeed, the religious right is now the heart of the modern Republican Party and its bread and butter.
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day May 15
U.S. Congress Declares Foreign Slave Trade a piracy, and is Punishable by Death.
Obama is the Only Candidate Who Mentions AIDS on Campaign Website
How high AIDS is on the priority scale determines how high Black people are on the scale,” says Phill Wilson, founder and executive director of the California-based Black AIDS Institute in an interview with the NNPA News Service.
Obama promises universal health care
T.D. Jakes Seeks Leadership, Not Faith, in President
One of the most influential black leaders today, Jakes has the ear of President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton. He says the black clergy faces big challenges as the 2008 presidential election draws near, as they weigh competing strategies on how to work effectively for the betterment of their community.
Bloomberg poised for third-party campaign
The mayor has told close associates he will make a third-party run if he thinks he can influence the national debate and has said he will spend up to $1 billion. Earlier, he told friends he would make a run only if he thought he could win a plurality in a three-way race and would spend $500 million -- or less than 10 percent of his personal fortune.
Maybe all roads really do lead back to Rove
Last week, in an interview with the Albuquerque Tribune, purged U.S. Attorney David Iglesias said, “I think all roads lead to Rove. I think that’s why the president is circling some pretty major wagons around him to keep him from testifying under oath, which subjects him to criminal prosecution.”
Iglesias appears to be onto something.
Karl Rove Directed DOJ Voter Suppression Project 5/15
Rove 'set up' five Attys. for dismissal
Memory of Gov. Wallace Shooting Fades
A former segregationist, Wallace was best known for standing defiantly at the all-white University of Alabama in a symbolic face-off with the Justice Department as the National Guard stood by and two black students enrolled in 1963. By 1972, he had tempered his racist rhetoric and adopted a more subtle approach, denouncing federal courts over the "involuntary busing" of schoolchildren to meet desegregation orders and pledging a return to a "law and order" society.
White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
For almost 100 years evidence has lain dormant, of one of the greatest mass murders. Millions of African people died in one mans quest for wealth and glory.
DOD Iraqi body count outright lie: OVER 5000 US soldiers are dead from DU alone
Doug Rokke, U.S. Army contractor who headed a clean-up of depleted uranium after the first Gulf War states: "Depleted uranium is a crime against God and humanity." Rokke's own crew, a hundred employees, was devastated by exposure to the fine dust. He stated: "When we went to the Gulf, we were all really healthy." After performing clean-up operations in the desert (mistakenly without protective gear), 30 members of his staff died, and most others"including Rokke himself"developed serious health problems.
Iraqi's Dying From Drinking Water
Louis Farrakhan at State of the Black Union 2005 - Part 1
People who feel wronged can really take it to heart
A new study found that people who thought they were treated unfairly were more likely to suffer a heart attack or chest pain. Those who thought they had experienced the worst injustice were 55% more likely to experience a coronary event than people who thought life was fair, according to the report published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Scientists find evidence proving ancient Egyptians were fathers of modern medicine
Researchers at the University of Manchester have uncovered new evidence which firmly places the origins of modern medicine in ancient Egypt and not Greece.
LOADED SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN SALAD
This is a good summer meal, light and pretty healthy.
The Half Hour News Hour: Still Not Funny
Do you suffer from Hillary Ambivalence Syndrome, otherwise known as H.A.S.? Well now there's OxyClinton, recommended by Dr. Laura Ingraham.
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans
Journalist and medical ethicist Harriet Washington details medical research on African Americans from colonial times to the 20th century. Harriet Washington is a Visiting Scholar at DePaul University School of Law. She has been awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Beacon of Light Award and investigative journalism awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
This Modern World
Monday, May 14, 2007
News others won't tell you
Reminder: Monday is Wiretap the Internet Day
May 14th is the official deadline for cable modem companies, DSL providers, broadband over powerline, satellite internet companies and some universities to finish wiring up their networks with FBI-friendly surveillance gear, to comply with the FCC's expanded interpretation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. Congress passed CALEA in 1994 to help FBI eavesdroppers deal with digital telecom technology.
McCain: Iraqi government can't order U.S. withdrawal
The video clips are from NBC's Meet the Press.
Katrina Aid Program Is $2.9 Billion Short
More than 20 months after the Katrina catastrophe, tens of thousands of houses remain vacant, in part because of administrative delays in the aid program, the largest single source of direct federal help for homeowners. To date, only 16,000 of 130,000 applicants have received money.
The good Professor
Public Enemy's notorious loudmouth, Professor Griff, shared a few choice words about black popular culture at Shelton State on Saturday. Actually, it was more than few. He spent at least three hours -- I had to split just as the school was telling him to wrap things up, and he sounded like he was just getting started
Iranian leader threatens retaliation
The Iranian president said Monday Iran will retaliate if the U.S. strikes the country — a tough response to recent comments by the Vice President Dick Cheney that Washington would prevent the Islamic republic from dominating the Middle East.
UN Watchdog Denies Iran Blocked Nuke Visit
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Blair's failed promise to Britain's blacks
So how is the last decade seen though black eyes? First there was the heady release after long years feeling outsiders under Mrs Thatcher. We "swamp" the country's culture, she complained; we support alien cricket teams, moaned Norman Tebbit. She didn't give a damn about discrimination and ruthlessly tried to extinguish resistance to racist policing and institutional practices. So, boy were we ready for a redeemer when Blair rode in.
Mumia: London protest at US Embassy 17 May
Iraqis resist U.S. pressure to enact oil law
Some of the fiercest opposition has come from oil workers, who threatened to go on strike this week to protest the legislation. Imad Abdul Hussain, a leader of the Federation of Oil Unions, said workers want oil production to remain in government hands. "Oil is Iraq's sovereignty. It is the only wealth in Iraq. It unifies Iraqis. When we give it to a foreign investor, this means the sovereignty is taken away."
Majority of Iraq Lawmakers Seek Timetable for U.S. Exit
US Government Forces E-gold Redemptions - Seizes Gold
My advice is when you convert to gold, make sure you have physical posession of it.
Benchmarks and Bullsh*t
The sellout is coming, if it isn't already here.
American voters sent a clear message to Washington last November when they voted to put an ostensibly antiwar Democratic Congress in power: they told pollsters the war was the big issue, and, furthermore, they wanted out of Iraq. They voted Democratic not because they suddenly believed that party would end "the culture of corruption" – which is a very bipartisan phenomenon, and voters aren't dumb enough to believe otherwise – but because they took seriously Democratic promises to get us out of Iraq.
That's all, folks
The only thing lacking from Dick Cheney's Persian Gulf appearance yesterday aboard the USS John C. Stennis was the Warner Bros. cartoon theme song as a musical introduction, for this pathetic blusterer has finally become the Yosemite Sam of U.S. foreign policy, if I may be so charitable as to label the hapless presentation of the Bush administration's international conduct as "policy."
Where's Spike Lee's joint about the Klu Klux Klan?
I would like to see the tables turned on white stories by black directors, with all the cliches they have had to endure over the last century turned upside-down. Picture a talented, pissed-off film-maker like Spike Lee making a multi-generational saga about a white family long active in the Ku Klux Klan and the hillbilly racist right.
Common chemicals are linked to breast cancer
More than 200 chemicals — many found in urban air and everyday consumer products — cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today.
Proof Bees Dying From GM Crops?
Research by a leading German zoologist has shown that genes used to genetically modify crops can jump the species barrier, newspapers reported here on Sunday. A three-year study by Professor Hans-Heinrich Kaatz at the University of Jena found that the gene used to modify oil-seed rape had transferred to bacteria living inside honey bees. The findings will undermine claims by the biotech industry and supporters of GM foods that genes cannot spread.
20-40% of US bees have disappeared
CARROT CAKE WITH MAPLE-CREAM CHEESE ICING
A tasty twist on a fan fav!
Benny Golson: From Jazz to Hollywood and Back
Saxophone player Benny Golson played with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey, and wrote music for the TV shows M*A*S*H and Mission Impossible. He talks about his role in reshaping Blakey's band as well as the bit part in a Stephen Spielberg movie that helped revitalize his career.
Bob Marley Releases Exodus On USB Stick
Island records have announced plans to re-release Bob Marley’s pioneering album, ‘Exodus,’ on June 4th. The reissued to coincide with the album's 30th anniversary, amongst traditional formats, ‘Exodus,’ will be available on USB Memory Stick and Micro SD Card - the first artist-specific album to be released on both formats.