Thursday, June 28, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1839 - Cinque, originally Sengbe, the son of a Mende king, along with several other Africans, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba. Cinque and his companions will later carry out the famous successful revolt upon the slave ship Amistad. The rebels were captured off Long Island on August 26.
Sean Bell: The Fix Is In
The Queen’s district attorney’s office has already disqualified itself. Despite five fouls, it is still in the game. Civil rights pacifists, leading Blacks and Black selected officials must collect the courage to demand that the “steamroller”—Gov Eliot Spitzer—do his job. A special prosecutor must, immediately, substitute for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. He has fouled out.
The Fear Of “Magic Negro.”
At any rate he doesn’t look so “Magic” anymore does he? But this really isn’t “24,” the Secret Service is its own reality show called 24/7 and that’s what Obama needs. It seems those on the fringe are being roused; the white protagonists want him dead.
Whites Just Don't Understand the Black Experience
To white Americans, giving up television is a hardship; being black is not. That's the upshot of a series of studies by researchers at The Ohio State University
U.S. Social Forum kicks off in Atlanta
"Another World is Possible; Another U.S. is Necessary" is the conference theme. In the end, the U.S. Social Forum hopes to inspire less progressive talk and more action. "An interesting thing happens with these social forums around the world. You see it in South America, in Africa, in Asia -- a wave of change and grassroots political engagement follows," said Alice Lovelace, a USSF national lead organizer.
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Turley: Avoid Bush’s Executive Privilege Claim By Investigating NSA Program As A Crime
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley claimed that Congress may be able to “get around the executive privilege in court” by saying “we are investigating a potential crime.” Turley said this was possible because warrantless wiretapping is “a federal crime” that “the president has ordered hundreds of people (to) do.”
Bush hypocritically loads up on earmarks.
President Bush has repeatedly attacked Congress for its earmarks and pork barrel projects. Yet a new House Appropriations Committee report accompanying legislation funding the Department of the Interior “shows that Bush requested 93 of the 321 earmarks in the bill.
Mugabe threatens to seize firms
Speaking at the burial of a senior military officer in Harare, Mugabe charged that some industrialists, including miners, had been drafted into a "regime-change" agenda by Britain, deliberately reducing production, raising prices and illegally banking foreign currency abroad.
US 'behind Baghdad hotel blast'
"Because the gathering [in the hotel] was supposed to be a step toward establishing national unity among Iraqi tribes, the US, through its terrorist operatives, tried to thwart the move," IRIB quoted al- Saberi as saying.
Government said to have lost control of Basra
As U.S. troops battle to retake Baghdad and surrounding areas, the government is reported to have lost its control of Basra where almost all of the country’s oil exports originate. The city, according to well-placed sources, is under the hegemony of militias who do not run its streets only but have imposed levies and taxes on oil output.
13, 129 :The number of Iraqi childen maimed by depleted uranium
They don’t hate you for your freedoms they hate you for starving, maiming, and murdering their children.
The Four Biggest Myths about the US War Against the People of Iraq
Lies about Iraq are easily disproved. The myths die harder. Bush lied about Iraq in order to attack and invade. The many myths, however, have to do with the geo-political significance of Iraq, US motives and incompetence, and the nature of the resistance to the illegal US occupation.
How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps
Note to readers. Every fact in this list actually happened and continues to happen in New Orleans after Katrina.
My heart is heavy, but my spirit is strong
Do you remember when television networks aired Roots for the first time? Do you remember how angry it made you feel? But also, wasn’t there a certain pride, even though they depicted our people as slaves? When we watched it, we developed a mindset of “Never again!!”
Autism symptoms reversed in lab
US scientists created mice that showed symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome - a leading cause of mental retardation and autism in humans. They then reversed symptoms of the condition by inhibiting the action of an enzyme in the brain.
Seven Things to Consider Before Buying an iPhone
Consumers are lining up to purchase the gadget, but do you really need the iPhone?
Reflections in an Ice Cube: The Drinks of Memory
On the most bruising summer days it’s hard to imagine ever staring down a stove again. Those are the times when stirring sugar into cold tea feels like all the cooking anyone can handle — and that sweetened drink seems like all the nourishment anyone will ever need. After all, the body can burn spare fat cells for days, but it hits real trouble after a few hours without liquid.
Lena Horne Turns 90
Songstress Lena Horne is preparing to celebrate her 90th birthday. Author Donald Bogle talks about Horne's legendary career as a singer and an actress as chronicled in his book "Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood."
Spike Lee To Make Broadway Debut With Stalag 17
"I'm very happy to get the opportunity to make my first foray into the theatre and Broadway. "I was too young to see the play but I've seen the movie numerous times and Billy Wilder is one of my favourite directors. This production will have a contemporary look, yet still stay true to the period and the original play."
'Ocean's Thirteen' Cast Donates $5.5M to Aid Efforts in Darfur
Clooney told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Rome that he was joined by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and producer Jerry Weintraub in raising $9.3 million for Darfur, most of which was contributed at a dinner during the film's premiere last month at the Cannes Film Festival.
Daily Show: Lewis Black Exposes Right Wing Media Paranoia
Lewis Black goes to town on the “liberal media” paranoia that pervades the right-wing and leads them to do things like counter the “biased” Wikipedia with Conservapedia.
";Commandments of Secrecy"
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1872 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, short story writer, is born in Dayton, Ohio. He will be so talented and versatile that he will succeed in two worlds. He will be so adept at writing verse in Black English that he will become known as the "poet of his people," while also cultivating a white audience that appreciated the brilliance and value of his work. "Majors and Minors" (1895), Dunbar's second collection of verse, will be a remarkable work containing some of his best poems in both Black and standard English. When the country's reigning literary critic, William Dean Howells reviews "Majors and Minors" favorably, Dunbar becomes famous. And Howells' introduction in "Lyric of Lowly Life" (1896) will help make Dunbar the most popular African American writer in America at the time. Dunbar will join the ancestors after succumbing to tuberculosis in 1906. The U.S. Postal Service will issue a commemorative stamp in his honor on May 1, 1975.
METHODISTS NEW TARGET OF THE 'KOSHER NOSTRA'
The United Methodist Church's call to divest from companies linked to Israel "is bordering on anti-Semitism," Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman told Ynetnews on Wednesday. Foxman furiously condemned recommendations made by the New England branch of the Methodist Church for its members to divest "from twenty companies identified as supporting the Israeli occupation in Palestine."
Mineta Confirms Cheney Ordered Stand Down
“During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president “do the orders still stand?” And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said “Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!?
Bush Directive for a "Catastrophic Emergency" in America: Building a Justification for Waging War on Iran?
NSPD 51 grants extraordinary Police State powers to the White House and Homeland Security (DHS), in the event of a "Catastrophic Emergency". The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism (APHS/CT), who is slated to play a key role in the eventuality of Martial law, is a key White House adviser, Frances Fragos Townsend.
New Book Deal for Black POW Shoshana Johnson
Shoshana said the details of her new deal with Simon & Schuster are being hammered out by a lawyer. Though the story is not yet titled, a publication date of February, 2008 has been set.
Excitement and cynicism in the air in Ghana as oil is found
The government of Ghana Monday announced that it has discovered crude oil in commercial quantity at a district in its western region. Tullow Oil Plc, a UK oil and gas exploration company reportedly made the discovery last Friday.
Conditions in Iraq ‘terrifying’ says U.N. envoy
He warned that political reforms and reconciliation were moving slowly with the same problems facing the various political factions unchanged since the U.S. invasion of 2003.
A case for reparations: Add It Up!
We left our fathers on Normandy Beach, in Palermo, in Rome, in Naples, in Sicily. We left our bodies on the streets of Paris, in Belgium. Add it up. We joined the war. They used us in Hawaii, in Bataan, in Corregidor, in the Solomon Islands, in Iwo Jima. We lost our lives fighting for America. And after the war was over, America rebuilt Germany. Now the West German economy is the strongest in all of Europe. We rebuilt Japan. Now the Japanese are world leaders, but Black people who helped you win the war, they are homeless in Atlanta, homeless in Chicago, homeless in Detroit, homeless in Boston, in the streets looking for a job, looking for a handout. We helped you to win, but you offered us nothing. I say, add it up. Add it up. Add it up!
Caucasian, Please! America's Cultural Double Standard For Misogyny ...& Racism
There are those in the media, mostly white males (but also some black pundits as well), who now want the Black community to take a look at hip-hop music and correct the diabolical "double-standard" that dwells therein. Before a real conversation can be had, we have to blow-up the myths, expose the lies and cast a powerful and discerning light on the "real" double-standards and duplicity.
Corporate greed, corruption, and the coming collapse of America as we know it
The U.S. government, once crafted as a system that would serve the interests of the people, has devolved into a system of plutocracy where corporations control both the government and the people
Is Bush Al Qaeda?
We keep hearing that the greatest threat to America is Islamic terrorism; most specifically al Qaeda led Islamic terrorism. We were told, even though the evidence points elsewhere, that al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks of September 11th, 2001. We keep hearing how al Qaeda hates our way of life and hates our freedom. Yet during the past seven years it has been the Bush administration that has done the most harm to the American way of life and it is the Bush administration that has eliminated a great many of our freedoms.
It’s Official: The Crash of the U.S. Economy has begun
It’s official. Mark your calendars. The crash of the U.S. economy has begun. It was announced the morning of Wednesday, June 13, 2007, by economic writers Steven Pearlstein and Robert Samuelson in the pages of the Washington Post, one of the foremost house organs of the U.S. monetary elite.
Will Your House Do the NASDAQ Meltdown?
House prices will not collapse to nothing like the most ridiculous of the Internet stocks, but homes in the most-inflated markets could lose 30 to 50 percent (in real terms) from their bubble peaks. Some people bought homes in these markets expecting to make great returns on their investments.
Banks 'set to call in a swathe of loans'
"Excess liquidity in the global system will be slashed. Banks' capital is about to be decimated, which will require calling in a swathe of loans. This is going to aggravate the US hard landing."
Aspartame linked to cancer: study
The US Food and Drug Administration says there is no need for an urgent review of the safety of aspartame, despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.
A US consumer group has called for the review after Italian researchers published a new study that showed aspartame - widely used in soft drinks - might cause leukaemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.
A Four-Corners Fourth
Cooking for friends on the Fourth of July can be as easy as slapping some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and icing beer — or as complicated as slowly smoking a side of beef all day and serving it with pitchers of Tom Collins.
CHERRY BARBECUE SAUCE
I made a variation of this sauce for a party recently. Everyone loved it! This fruity, not-too-sweet barbecue sauce is terrific on any type of grilled poultry, pork, or even salmon. For convenience, it can be made one day ahead.
Savion Glover Pounds Out a Feast of Rhythms
Two years ago, Savion Glover tapped while an 11-person orchestra played Vivaldi and other famous dead composers, then induced the classical musicians to riff off a jazz ensemble's patterns. He has stripped down his latest production so that feet on mic'd wood are all we hear. The man's in love with sounds and rhythms, and he wants us to experience that interplay in its purest form.
"Live Free or Die Hard"
In "Live Free or Die Hard," a picture heavy on old-fashioned stunts and relatively low on CGI trickery, Willis' character, the indestructible yet comfortingly vulnerable John McClane, has the jujitsu kicked out of him by a svelte villainess; drives cars into places they shouldn't be driven, resulting in smash-ups that cut and bruise the bejesus out of him; and is variously flung, dragged, kicked and punched, in numerous combinations and permutations, like a discarded Raggedy Andy. That McClane always bounces, or at least stumbles, back doesn't lessen the impact.
Oyeyemi's 'Opposite House'
Nigerian author Helen Oyeyemi takes readers on a journey of magical realism in her new book, The Opposite House. The young writer talks about her work.
Miles Davis: Miles' Styles
Davis' embrace of other traditions necessitated a larger canvas on which to paint, and he sought out the right musicians for a bigger group. Using guitarist John McLaughlin and a three-keyboard ensemble of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul, Davis recorded In a Silent Way in 1969. That same year, Davis recorded an album that became the standard for the nascent jazz-fusion movement: Bitches Brew. The double album was an abrupt commingling of jazz, rock and funk.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1970 - Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Senators
Three issues in the safety of genetically modified crops
There may be some who believe that we should all have unlabelled liver gene therapy with our salad. I know this is high tech writing but, I include it because we all need to know as much as posible about what they are doing to OUR FOOD!!!
Could genetically modified crops be killing bees?
Bees dying of mysterious infection
Olympian Marion Jones 'bankrupt'
Legal bills have plagued Jones since 2003, when suspicions of drug use emerged and she was linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative after a federal raid. Jones retained lawyers for her BALCO grand jury testimony, for negotiations with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in her fight to avoid being banned from competition and for a defamation lawsuit she filed against BALCO founder Victor Conte, who accused her of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Who Killed JFK?
Shortly before President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, Texas, he made certain statements, any one of which would align powerful antagonistic forces against him:
1) He would eliminate the CIA,
2) He would issue Treasury greenbacks (which don’t pay interest) in lieu of financing government deficits through the Federal Reserve, and
3) He spoke against empowering the state of Israel with nuclear capability.
African states oppose US presence
The Libyan and Algerian governments reportedly said that they would play no part in hosting Africom. Despite recently improved relations with the US, both said they would urge their neighbours not to do so, either, due to fears of future American intervention. Even Morocco, considered Washington's closest north African ally, indicated it did not welcome a permanent military presence on its soil.
Fifty years later, Ghana stands as trailblazer for African independence
On March 6, 1957, Africa’s Gold Coast became Ghana, the continent’s first Black state to break the shackles of colonial rule, a bloodless handover of power that set off a wave of independence worldwide.
The Coup Against Hamas
After President George Bush commanded democracy to flower in the Arab World, to his shock and awe, Hamas won a major democratic electoral victory in the region’s second free election. The first, in Algeria in 1991, produced a landslide for the Islamist reformist movement, FIS. Algeria’s French and US-backed army quickly annulled the election and jailed FIS leaders. Washington quickly sent $80 million of US arms to Dahlan’s Fatah fighters, who were trained and organized by CIA specialists.
Blair gets Middle East job; 'Disaster for Palestinians'
Afghan opium production 'soars'
The fire this time: after 13 years the poor grow tired of waiting
It is the evident wealth of others, mostly white but including a small newly enriched black elite, that has contributed to bitter divisions within the ANC over the government's economic strategy. The issue is expected to dominate a party conference this week.
U.S. Plan to Capture and Kill Insurgents in Baquba Fell Far Short of Goal, Officer Says
“When I came here I thought there were 300 to 500 fighters in there because that is what the intelligence told me,” he said. “Does that mean that half or more eluded us? I guess it does.”
Freedom Rider: Supreme Injustices
In the past month, the Roberts court has lived up to predictions that the worst case scenario has come to full fruition. In Ledbetter v. Goodyear, the court essentially advised workers to file discrimination lawsuits as soon as they begin a new job. Discrimination complaints under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act must now be made within 180 days of the discriminatory pay practice taking place. If the victim smells a rat after 180 days, there is no legal remedy and employers have no fear of legal retribution.
Stars Have Earth-Like Weather
Cherries on Top
It seems that each year, I'm so wrapped up in the too-brief strawberry season that I fail to pay my respects to the too-brief cherry season. Both fruits reach and surpass their peak disconcertingly quickly, between late spring and mid-summer.
Flavor Flav Ordered to Pay $1.8 Million in Shooting Lawsuit
A New York state judge has ordered rapper Flavor Flav to pay a reported $1.8 million to a neighbor he allegedly shot at 10 years ago in a Bronx apartment building.
All the Beer in the World Can't Save Mario Party 8
If you throw a Mario Party party and friends actually come, it's only fair to warn them that it'll be one of those "eight o'clock till ???” kinds of parties. Games can drag on for a frustrating hour or more and culminate in the winner ultimately achieving a somewhat random and hollow victory. Older players may want to hike up the fun by breaking out that beer bong and making a real event of the proceedings (every time Luigi loses his coins, take a drink!).
Monday, June 25, 2007
News others won't tell you
History was made on this day:
1933 - Dramatic soprano Matilda Sissieretta Jones joins the ancestors after succumbing to cancer in Providence, Rhode Island. Called the "the first Negro prima donna," Jones toured with the Tennessee Jubilee Singers and performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and at the White House in 1892. She will be dubbed "Black Patti," a name she reportedly disliked for its allusion to white contemporary, Adelina Patti.
The Faith of Seeds
When America invaded Iraq, one of the first moves that it made was to force the Iraqi farmers to turn in their seeds and buy Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds. Why did America do that and is this a sign of what she intends to do right here in America? Does she intend to make the harboring of seeds by individuals against the law? If so, who would be allowed to grow?
Which Way On Low-Power Urban FM Radio - The Next Test for the Congressional Black Caucus
This week or the next, bipartisan legislation will be introduced in the House and Senate to reopen the licensing of hundreds of nonprofit, community-owned low-power FM radio stations in urban areas across the country. After last year's two-thirds vote to let phone and cable companies deny high speed internet access and the economic benefits that go with it to the black communities they represent, CBC members have a chance to partially redeem themselves. But will they?
Death and Texas: The Kenneth Foster case
For a decade Kenneth Foster Jr. has languished on one of the worst Death Rows in the U.S. – Texas. He now faces an execution date (of Aug. 30, 2007) despite the fact that even the trial judge, the DA and the jury that sentenced him to die admit he never killed anyone. Whoa! I know that it sounds funny – or fishy – but it’s not. It’s just a fluke of Texas law.
The Real Rudolph Giuliani
Critics often label him a fascist. Whether he's the populist hero who "took charge" on September 11, 2001, or the frightening face of a new American Reich, it appears Rudolph Giuliani will carry George W. Bush's torch into the 2008 presidential election. I guess this only makes sense, since, like Bush, Giuliani's failing political career was rescued by the terrorists that attacked New York and Washington, DC on September 11.
What you need to know now about Dick Cheney
We're reminded of the opening lines of "Dick is a Killer"
Robert Gates: CIA Drug Trafficking CoverUp Man
It may be a revelation to many people that the global drug trade is controlled and run by the intelligence agencies.
Iran poses no missile threat, Russia tells US
Russia bluntly told the United States that it saw no threat from Iran’s ballistic missiles and was perplexed how Washington could use this to justify a planned US defence system in Europe. “We do not see any kind of threat from Iran,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after a meeting in Tehran of foreign ministers from Caspian Sea states.
1967: 40 years of occupation
Forty years after Israel defeated the combined armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt in the 1967 war, some Middle East analysts argue that the conflict has helped to fuel the rise of Islamist ideologies.
Baquba: ' A kill sack'.
This culturally important area remained so, throughout the various Islamic eras, only to be rendered a 'kill sack' in 2007. Baquba has, it seems, has had its 'plentiful waters' sealed off, and electricity is cut off, as has happened in every US effort at 'pacification' (read : killing) in specific defiance of the Geneva Convention (but who cares, the US Administration now long declared itself outside the law.) In the unlikely case there is a conscience out there, here (again) is Article 54 of the Additional Protocols of 1977. 'Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is forbidden.' Denying the civilian population water is just as illgal as denying them food. 'It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless, objects indispensible to the survival of the civilian population.'
New Jack Affirmative Action
Fifty years ago one thousand armed national guardsmen escorted 9 Black Little Rock, Arkansas teenagers through an angry mob to the doors of Central High School. No doubt Ernest Green, Melba Beals and the rest of the Little Rock 9 did not face a mob screaming for their blood in order to promote cross-racial understanding. On the contrary, their acts of bravery were an indictment of the prevailing notion that race was a sufficient rung on which to hang individual rights.
Amos Wilson was right; “We are, indeed, out of our minds.” June 2007
Prior to the most recent act of economic treason, we had the Chinese Connection, which involves the $10 million contract awarded by Black folks to a Chinese sculptor to carve the National Martin Luther King Monument, and the awarding of the project design contract to a white-owned firm. It was unconscionable that a Black organization would not see that a Black Sculptor and Designer would get those contracts. But, Amos Wilson was right; we have lost our minds. “Massa, is we sick?” “No, ‘we’ ain’t sick, but you sho is.”
The Day After We Strike Iran
What can you do when you learn that, once again--- without your permission---the U.S. has attacked a sovereign country posing no real threat to you? Generating enormous hatred for America throughout the world? What do we do the day after? I would just like to pose the question for discussion as we approach that moment.
Black-Owned Tea Company Offers Distinctive Teas
Realizing the growing demand for tea, mother and daughter team Ernestine Jackson and Dara Jackson Wiggins enrolled in a Specialty Tea Institute certifications course, then established their own tea business - Two for Tea. From www.shoptwofortea.com tea enthusiasts and folks who entertain may purchase tea preparation and serving accessories, gift baskets, a variety of teas derived from some of the best grade tea leaves, and other "tea things."
Untangle Your Finances Before Tying the Knot
Newlyweds are increasingly in debt from student loans, credit cards and, of course, their big wedding day. In her new book, The Big Payoff, Sharon Epperson offers advice to help them untangle their finances before they tie the knot.
Barneys, New York's style centre, bought by Dubai
LAYERED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS WITH TOMATILLO-CILANTRO SAUCE
The tortillas and filling are layered (instead of rolled) to reduce prep time.
'Soul Sister #1' Has Her Day
Remaking a classic song presents a unique challenge: Covers necessitate infusing the subject with new life and personality, but the original commands respect, lest the cover devolve into a desecration. Fortunately, veteran soul singer Marva Whitney strikes just the right balance on her interpretation of Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts," a plaintive lament Alicia Keys revived two years ago.
BSN Interview: Queen Latifah
In “Last Holiday,” the Queen takes on a meek character by the name of Ms. Georgia May Byrd who is in a desperate need for a make over both mentally and physically. As the story progresses, the audience will find that Georgia has a love for food and wishful thinking. The combination of Latifah and LL Cool J as love interests—It really sets the film apart from the usual “same”-themed films as both these 2 established actors set a quiet fire to the big screen with a gradual love that everyone can identify with.
Old TV Is New Again, and Shorter
On its online network Minisode, Sony is making more than 500 episodes of shows such as Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch and Different Strokes available free, in condensed form. Its tagline: "The shows you love. Only shorter."
Should Roberto Clemente's number be retired?
Did he not encounter the same Jim Crow injustices that were experienced by Robinson, Willie Mays and Don Newcombe? Did he not, unlike the aforementioned players, have the courage to speak up about these injustices? Must an argument really be made to retire the number of a baseball player who was called a prince?
Meet the Yoostabees!