Monday, June 30, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 30 June 08

RIP Michael Turner - Whitney Matheson remembers... The comic book artist passed after a long battle with cancer. Michael Turner was 37.

Jessica Rabbit Untooned: Mia Mäkilä posts video how-to...

Rethabile: Let’s kill the baby

Liz Benjamin: Obama's 'Dignity'General election TV spot No. 2 for Barack Obama appears tailor-made to address working-class voters.

Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Blogs Outside the Beltway: Some Obama supporters are apparently taking advantage of Google’s terms of service to silence anti-Obama blogs, Simon of Bloggasm reports. ...Related Articles »

Hussein as middle name (in a wave of online support, Obama supporters are taking his middle name to show what little meaning is in a name -- notice the age of the supporters photographed)

Hot on Technorati: سكس (Don't go there if you're at work or school!)

Have You Ever Dreamed of an Automatic Craigslist Posting Tool? This might be a good link for you!

MeghnaK added websites to StumbleUpon favorites:
[scribkin] Tell Me About RSSmeme
The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal

The Voice of the Taino People Online reports on the progress of the Peace and Dignity Journey, being run from New York to Panama, in honour of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean region.

MediaWatch 30 June 08

Girls prefer Disney... while boys flock to the Cartoon Network... and the "Baby Borrowers" made a healthy debut in this week's ratings. The Baby Borrowers Two-Minute Replay (6/25)

In Nueva York, (Metro New York) Spanish language Univision station WXTV channel 41 is # 1 with local news at 6 and network news at 6:30 p.m., according to TV Newsday.

You can hear Montreal's all-Jewish AM radio station, CJRS 1650, by visiting the station Web site, Radio Programming is in English and in French.

Calling all Citizen Journalists! NBC wants YOU!

Last week on one of the radio boards someone posted about the lack of activity (interest) in Capital Region radio and TV. The post was met with... a lack of interest. It seems the only source that can actually get people talking about local media is the Albany Eye, which has been very quite for a long time. Maybe we should encourage the Eye to re-open... To be fair, the Eye is a blog, while a "board" is what it is, a board: that means the average Joe or Jane won't bother trying to navigate it and follow the posts & comments. It seems the diehard radio buffs who previously followed the boards are off attending to other business. -OR- is this just another sign that the media landscape is changing and people are becoming less interested in scuttlebutt that was "fascinating" and entertaining just a few years ago?

By the way, we're six months done with 2008... when you look back at all the "stuff" that's happened since January... imagine where we'll be in December! I can't wait to experience it!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jack Johnson: The Biodegradable Musician

Jack Hody Johnson born May 18, 1975 [1] is a Hawaii-born singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker [2] and surfer who achieved commercial success and a dedicated following, after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales in 2001. He has since released four more albums and several EPs. His music is best described as acoustic/soft rock. He's on MySpace.

Treehugger writes: A little over a week ago, I braved threatening skies and a severe thunderstorm warning to visit with Jack Johnson on the kick-off of his 2008 summer tour. The show was in Noblesville, Indiana right outside of Indianapolis...

Johnson has donated 10 tickets to his August 21 concert in Vancouver (at UBC Thunderbird Stadium) to FarmFolk/CityFolk to help spread the word about sustainable food choices. Gail has details and links...

via Eco-Logic Living: Jack Johnson’s Green Power Tour: “Greening” a music tour is a hard task but Jack seems to make it work.

Related Blogs: News - Jack Johnson Official Website
I Punched Jack Johnson

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Charlie and Lola Tomato

If you haven't yet heard of "Charlie & Lola Tomato," you surely will...

Charlie And Lola (Video)

I can't explain WHY these characters are all the rage among Europeans & Englishmen! Charlie and Lola are the principal characters from a series of children's picture books by Lauren Child. The stories are narrated by 7-year-old Charlie, and focus on the antics of his imaginative and excitable 4-year-old sister, Lola. The books as well as the TV series also emphasise the relationship between closely-aged siblings. The first "Charlie and Lola" book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, was published in 2001.


Lauren Child's life could be told as if it were a fairy tale. She is our princess of picture books, author of the bestselling Charlie and Lola (also a TV series), creator of the unstoppable Clarice Bean and a dab hand at freshly reconfigured fairy tales (Who is Afraid of the Big, Bad Book? The Princess and the Pea and Beware of the Storybook Wolves). She knows what storytelling can do and is about to test its powers to the limit. On 25 June, she launches a major campaign for Unesco, 'My Life Is a Story,' to help educate deprived children all over the world (profits from a new edition of her picture book That Pesky Rat will contribute). The idea is to encourage children to turn their lives into stories: 'It is about having a voice,' she says. ..:::MoRe:::..

If you are in or planning to viist the U.K., Manchester Art Gallery id hosting a major showcase of the work of Lauren Child through September 21. The interactive exhibition will allow visitors to explore a series of installations based on the author's famous characters, including Grubby Alley - home of That Pesky Rat - and CBBC stars Charlie and Lola's house. But before you go, let's meet some of the characters ...

Official Lauren Child website
Charlie and Lola™ website
BBC - Press Office - Charlie and Lola press pack Lauren Child
Clarice Bean
Books by Lauren Child (Google)

Today, Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child is turning her attention to helping poor children.
Under a partnership launched on 25 June, Ms. Child and her publisher Hachette Children’s Books will donate the royalties from her best-selling book "That Pesky Rat" for three years to UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, according to a press release issued in Accra on Tuesday by the UN Information Centre.

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Around The Blogosphere 29 June 08

The Cuban car in this photo (borrowed from the blog of André Deak) looks like a Buick-Chevy hybrid. I've always been amazed at the resourcefulness of Cuban mechanics. World get ready to be blown away by the resourcefulness of Cuban computer geeks!

André Deak is a Brazilian blogger who has recently visited Cuba, and in ‘Cuban Hackers[pt] he tells us all about the ‘Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas‘ (Informatic Sciences University), where local developers are learning to create code in one of the most precarious technological environments, caused by the US embargo.
So the Cubans make the best of the scraps of Microsoft, Java and Sun that become available... almost like what I've done with my makeshift home network and juryrigged programs! Translated snippets:

...Cuba is trying to find a different way of using the global network of computers...According to the UCI, there are over 300 thousand accounts of Intranet, more than 700 thousand-mail accounts and 700 thousand computers on the island, counting the personal, school, business, etc.. Cuba has 11 million inhabitants, and Havana alone two million. "But when it says that in Cuba there are a number of accounts of intranet, you do not know for sure how many are, because people share access, share passwords with their neighbors, so we don't know whether we need to multiply the number of accounts by two, three or four. "
Deak concludes that, like Cuban mechanics who learned to keep old cars riding, local developers might become very specialized hackers in the future. (Cuban cars are also mentioned or appear in the following posts: 20 Feb 08 and Adios, Fidel?)

maoentrerios posted Declaran listas todas las instalaciones para Beijing-2008 Beijing, 28 jun (PL) El Estadio Nacional de China, sede principal de Beijing-2008, fue declarado el sábado en condiciones de...

Vivian Tomalá (Conciencia) posted Virgin State of Mind - K's Choice.

Gen-Si posts text and beautiful pictures in PUMA présent SILENT GESTURE NIGHT et TOMMIE SMITH DO make it a point to checkout the photos: Gen-Si is gorgeous! The most beautiful rapper on the planet!

Another French beauty, Ambiome, posts some Funky pictures

Fellow LiveJournal user navalny posts a picture and writes [rus] that police officers in a Baltic Sea resort town of Palanga, Lithuania, ride around on Segways.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Gay Issues & HIV in the M.E.D.I.A.

Alicia Keys met Sudi, a South African boy who died of AIDS shortly after this photo was taken.


The concert entitled CARIFEST C.A.R.E.S will benefit Alicia Keyes' foundation KEEP A CHILD ALIVE, whose mission is to fight the spread of AIDS

Brooklyn, NY- On Sunday July 6th, Revival Reggae Sundays will host the FREE official after party for the 2008 Reggae Carifest concert. The after party will take place at the all new LOX Lounge in Fort Greene, Brooklyn starting at 9pm. The concert entitled CARIFEST C.A.R.E.S will benefit Alicia Keyes' foundation KEEP A CHILD ALIVE, whose mission is to fight the spread of AIDS and to raise awareness of the disease.

Expected guests for the after party include Billboard chart topper
Matisyahu and other top reggae artists;Midnite,Slightly Stoopid, Joseph Israel,Groundation, Meta and The Cornerstones, Uriel Hamilton and Kayla Bliss. These artists will perform at the
concert earlier that evening at the USTA Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

The weekly Revival Reggae Sundays dance party has been hailed as "the revival" of the New York reggae scene. Revival Reggae Sundays features an all-star line up of New York's premiere djs including DJ Silence of Pointblank Sound and DJ Jase of 107.9 Flava FM. Special guest djs include DJ Gringo of Sirius Radio and British djs Mr. Milton & Sir David of the BBC Sound System. Revival Reggae Sundays has also hosted many live performers including top reggae artists Ky-Enie, Barbadian songstress Toni Norville, Judah Tribe & reggae legend Milton Henry.

Now in its 10th year, Reggae Carifest is the largest reggae concert in the United States, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate reggae lifestyle and culture. Launched in 1998, Reggae Carifest was initiated principally for uniting the West Indian/Caribbean Culture for one full day of cultural awareness, consciousness and celebration of the culture in the United States. Reggae Carifest caters to all genuine cultural expressions and aesthetics and is received by an eclectic group of people hailing from all walks of life. For more information about

Reggae Carifest visit

KEEP A CHILD ALIVE is an urgent response to the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africa. With more than 28 million dead and 15 million orphaned, the disease continues, wiping out whole societies, threatening economic infrastructure and creating tragic family devastation. They provide life-saving medication, support, and orphan care, to keep these children and families alive. KEEP A CHILD ALIVE gives 100% of public donations to their cause. Co-Founded by Alicia Keyes, supporters and partners of the foundation include Iman, David Bowie, Sting, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Richard Gere, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, AOL Music, BET Holdings, Bloomberg LP, CBS, Continental Airlines, HBO, Kenneth Cole, L'Oreal, Macys/Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sony and Time Inc. For information about KEEP A CHILD ALIVE visit

Venue: LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Ave. Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (Cor. Fulton St & Grand Ave)

Admission: FREE all night with Reggae Carifest Ticket Stub or FREE before 12 with RSVP $10 without
Contact Info:
or 718.930.1316

Friday marked a day of awareness in the USA: The 19th annual Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards was telecast Friday night on Bravo. Over on Music Television, MTV, Common team up and fight back (to draw awareness to National HIV Testing Day) (ItsYourSexLife)

In the U.K., a group of British lawmakers say that the foodmaker Heinz Company was wrong to withdraw a television advertisement that showed two men kissing. Six legislators from the governing Labour Party filed a British House of Commons motion saying the decision to pull the ad was "ill-considered" and likely to offend gay people. They called on Heinz to reconsider: details from Associated Press.

In Search Of: Lara Logan's Swimsuit Pics

NEW ::: Lara Logan recounts 2011 assault in Egypt while working for CBS

One of the top 10 hottest searches today on Technorati is Lara Logan Swimsuit Gmtv. It's always interesting to backtrack and try to figure out why something is popular on T'rati: in this case I believe it's because people searching for Ms. Logan's photos are failing to enter the correct search terms. For example, if you use the terms "Lara Logan Swimsuit Gmtv" on Google, you'll get a UK newspaper website, actually a specific page: The Mirror is running with a very brief story "Former GMTV reporter Lara Logan called homewrecker". There are other searches one can do as well...

I manipulated the search terms on Google and in 4 seconds was directed to the correct information. Back in January (when nobody cared) Tabloid Baby blog ran some of the LL swimsuit photos ...:::H.E.R.E.:::...

Meet the HOTTEST babes who blog!
Who is Lara Logan and why should anyone care? It's all about SCRUPLES! Logan is a former swimsuit model turned reporter. Sherman, let's step into the waybac machine and return to January 2007:

Michelle Malkin caught Lara Logan of CBS helping herself to al-Qaeda video without crediting the terrorist organization.
"First, read this heart-rending appeal from Lara Logan complaining about CBS News refusing to air one of her Haifa Street reports, which highlighted a masked "Haifa Street resident" who "blamed the fighting on the U.S."
Logan's report is first (runs just over two minutes). Grabs from the Al-Qaeda video follow and are provided by Rusty. If you want to download it and view, you can do so here (Real Player, 43mb, 8mins).

Nibras Kazimi took a closer look at the evidence:
"this is the most damning indication of journalistic incompetence, Logan makes no mention about the affiliation of these insurgents fighting on Haifa Street. Not even the slightest mention is made that Al-Qaeda is taking credit for the fighting there. On the contrary, the audience is treated to a blanket accusation by an anonymous civilian (wearing a headdress in the insurgent manner) denouncing the Americans and the destruction they’ve brought to bear on Haifa Street. Hey Logan, how about tempering your report with something about insurgent activity? The report sounded as if the American and Iraqi forces were pounding Haifa Street for the fun of it.

It would seem that the Al-Furqan propagandists exhibited more journalistic accuracy than CBS News on this count."
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Albany Priest Ends Life

You may have seen this: Albany priest, diocese sued - the story involves a priest who apparently took his own life. But there's another suicide that's been long forgotten ---

Here is a Mystery - your speculation invited - as to what may have drove a respected priest to end his life with a gunshot to the heart. The story shows that men are mortal, even in turn-of-the century Albany, New York! The Rev. Joseph S. Graham, rector of the Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament, on Central Avenue, was one of the city's most popular religious leaders. Do you have any knowledge or information or photographs relating to Father Graham?

Around The Blogosphere 28 June 08

Happy 90 Nelson Mandela! (I won't tell you about one fellow I know who to this day thinks the Peter Paul and Mary song "The Great Mandala" is about Nelson!) Amy Winehouse kept her promise and appeared to sing last night at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert. Blazing newcomer Leona Lewis (seen in photo at left) also performed. PopSugar reviews the event here.

Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot rises with "Dancing With Katrina" by Geoffrey Philp: Geoffrey announces "For this week’s *Video Friday* and the 600th post on this blog, here’s a poem livicated to Kalamu ya Salaam..."

Rethabile offers For Matyaka, adding "This poem was “inspired” by the story of the Matyaka family. Today, Friday 27 June 2008, Robert Mugabe is staging a sham election in Zimbabwe. I decided to post “For Matyaka” today, even if I feel I have not yet made it the best I can make it . I will continue to work on it online. If you need more information about the tragedy in Zimbabwe..." there's a link to that info at the end of the post.

Lady bloggers Miss Info & Ambiome have posted interesting articles: Miss Info writes about Goodtimes: Jay-Z has fun onstage in Ireland, perfs “American Boy”, while Ambiome[Dot]Net uploads Apache Ultimate Re-Remix (Prodigy - Breathe) : "Je suis déjà en week-end depuis quelques heures, mais puisque je vous aime très fort, je ne peux pas m’empêcher de penser à vous. C’est pas gentil, ça ?"

There's something suspicious happening in the American southwest: Michelle Malkin writes about Another home invasion in Phoenix by…Cartel hitmen? Mexican military? Coyotes targeted.

Turning to the digital planet: TechCrunch blogs Yahoo Loses One Of Their Top Deal Guys - One More Exec Gone - sez Crunch: as anyone could guess, the Yahoo executive exodus continues... As departures of top officials hit Yahoo, the Internet company is reorganizing its product groups: so say the San Jose Mercury News and Bloomberg News.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun...

Landmark Ruling Enshrines Right to Own Guns

Text of the Decision (pdf)

@nd Amendment Interpretation

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Thursday sought to clarify his position on a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Washington gun ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. The high court struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handgun possession, ruling that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense. [reaction]

When asked about his reaction, Obama disputed the one outlined earlier by his campaign, ABC News reported.

"I don't know what my aide said but I've been very consistent, I teach constitutional law," Obama said. "What I said was that I believe Second Amendment as being an individual right and have said that consistently. I also think that individual right is constrained by the rights of the community to maintain issues with public safety. I don't think those two principles are contradictory and in fact what I've been saying consistently is what the Supreme Court essentially said today."

Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, said although the District's gun ban was overturned, the court did affirm the right of local communities to engage in background checks and other "common sense laws."

In the Capital Region of New York State, ladies love handguns and other weapons... Vincent Chow points out that, in Somalia, 80% of the men own guns for protection.

Article Sources include The New York Times, CBS6 and UPI

Around The Blogosphere 27 June 08

Some rather interesting art on the Colors of Poulili, here and here!

Dashy has posted a cute video entitled Just Listen!

JotaCê Carranca [pt] posts some interesting pictures sent by a reader of the blog, one is a photo of a rather unique wooden bicycle! "As fotos deste meio de transporte foram tiradas em Bocoio, a caminho do Huambo, são totalmente feitas em madeira, incluindo as rodas, e que transportam tudo, desde chapas de zinco a pessoas!! Algumas até são 4X4."

Sociolingo: AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang... Korea Beat translates a local report on how Korean AIDS patients live and die.

From Global Voices: Cambodia: Riding the Wave of Change ... In a country where men tend to have more privileges in family and society, a new wave of change is about to begin. Sopheap Chak is another urban woman with initiatives and ambitions. The 23-year-old, originally from Kampong Cham province, is a prominent human rights activist. When she talks about changes she believes in it's as if she's a new hopeful inspirational leader.

Kanye Blogs Back - New York Times

Omani Blogger Abdullah has completed his high school exams and is back on the blogging scene. He has also posted a vlog to tell us how his exams went.

Arafat's Tomb

Yasser Arafat, Ringo Starr - don't they look alike?

Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini (محمد عبد الرحمن عبد الرؤوف عرفات القدوة الحسيني‎) (August 24, 1929November 11, 2004), popularly known as Yasser Arafat

During his recent visit to Isreal, French President Nicolas Sarkozy placed a wreath of flowers at the tomb of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Gideon Lichfield, Jerusalem correspondent of The Economist, keeps a weblog covering Israel and Palestine. He recently visited Yasser Arafat’s new mausoleum and writes about the experience.

After the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem handed out more than 100 cameras to Palestinians in the West Bank to document their harassment by Israelis, it didn’t take long for the investment to pay off. This month, Muna Nawajaa of Khirbet Susiya recorded an attack by masked men, believed to be Israeli Jews, beating members of her family with clubs.

The video of the incident, which took place in the South Hebron hills, prompted Israeli police to take action. Suspects from the nearby Jewish town of Susiya already have been arrested. Tuesday’s New York Times carries a feature on the June 8th incident and its aftermath.

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The Candidate You Never Heard Of

Did you know there is a black woman running for President?? Cynthia McKinney (yes, Michelle Malkin, that Cynthia McKinney) is the 2008 U.S. Green Party presidential candidate! Running under the motto "We have to do things we've never done before in order to have things we've never had before" -

(Have a look at the candidate's website): McKinney has full schedule of events and an agenda.

The Greens will nominate their presidential ticket at the Green Party 2008 national convention in Chicago, which will take place July 10-13.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

American Black Presidents

Long before President Palmer appeared on "24" there was a 1926 novel that prophecized the first American Black President [pt] [en]... Monteiro Lobato (1882-1948) Originally published “The Clash of Races” in 1926 as a ‘feuilleton‘ in the newspaper ‘A Manhã'--- “The Black President” is a doubly curious book: first for being a science fiction piece, an uncommon genre among Brazilian writers, and second because the plot anticipates the current scientific and intellectual debate during the first decades of the 20th century.

In his book, Lobato prophecizes public access to a type of data via radio transmission that would make it possible for people to work from home, as in telecommute! He forecasts the disappearance of the printing press, for the news will be “radiated” directly to people's homes, appearing in bright letters on a screen. The premonitions don't stop there. By the time he was moving to the US as commercial attaché at the Brazilian embassy, Monteiro Lobato foresaw the election of a black president in the US. The presidential race in the year of 2228!

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$5 a Gallon Milk

When will milk hit $5 a gallon? Probably by the time I finish posting this article.

Bossie (pictured at left) says the corn she eats now costs Farmer Al more moo-la...

I heard it on the 0630 TV news: Talking Head Ed announcing with a touch of glee "Bad News this morning! Get ready for $5 a gallon Milk!" Perhaps Ed prefers a beverage other than milk: this is probably the straw that breaks the backs of average American families that have been teetering on the edge. I'm just wondering how soon it will be before we see people jumping out of windows as we're told they did at the onset of the Great Depression.

The powers that be have been "priming" Americans to get used to the idea of higher prices for gas and milk, always pointing to European nations "they do already." Well, hey, pot is legal in some countries over there, let's make it legal here! And you can go as fast as you want on the autobahn, so why not on the interstates? Of course, it doesn't work that way. The gas price warning was sounded as early as 2000. And today I found this article that was posted July 19th 2007 (it could have been written moments ago):
Milk may do a body good, but don't expect it to do your wallet any good. Industry experts predict that by fall milk prices could reach $5 a gallon!

Why the increase? Gas prices, the drought and increased feed and farming costs are all said to play a part. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: we're all about to pay more for the priviledge of carrying home a jug of moo juice.
Remember the days of 10 cent sodas and 39 cent a gallon gas? that was the 50's - by the very late 1960s it was a quarter for a bottle of pop and gas was still under a dollar. Then came the Great American Wake-Up Call: the Arab oil embargo. Gas rationing. A move toward more fuel efficient vehicles. Americans hit the SNOOZE button.

Deja-Vu: while drinking drops of precious milk, continuing to watch Ed's news, there was a commercial interruption for a new Lincoln SUV/Crossover. Hey, where have I seen that before: LIGHT BULB! The 1970s-era American Motors 4wd Eagle! Whoa! What comes around goes around! Then there was one of those "kooky for Suzuki" commercials. I drive a nice "big" Hyundai Elantra that gets 35mpg city, no foolin!!!!! Why on earth would anyone buy a little Suzuki that only gets 27-31mpg? For a car tin-can like the Suzuki I would expect 45-55 mpg! Back in 1989 a co-worker owned a Chevy Geo Sprint station wagon. 3-cylinders: he got 55-60 miles per gallon! I wonder if GM collected and crushed those like they did the EV1?

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Around The Blogosphere 26 June 08

Ambiome[Dot]Net - Massacre au power noise - La question a été posée il y a plusieurs semaines, et sur le coup, je n’ai pas su quoi dire. Aujourd’hui, journée ayant failli de terminer en eau de boudin...

The Cuban Triangle comments on the astonishing results of a UNESCO education study on third and sixth graders, in which Cuban students did so much better than the rest of Latin America. Did Cuba pull the wool over the testers' eyes and rig the tests? At Encuentro, a writer thinks so, and so do some of the commenters!

Michelle Malkin - Judge upholds illegal alien sanctuary in L.A. - Open borders in the court. Plus: McCain and Obama to attend "National Latino Congreso."

As the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Budapest is less than one week away, and after introducing a few Hungarian food blogs, we have been now browsing through Hungarian photoblogs. There are many of them and the quality is very high, so here's just a little sample.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

MediaWatch 25 June 08

Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama graces the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands today.

Rolling Stone has put Barack Obama on the cover. He discusses his musical inspirations, including Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan. The creator of Stuff White People Like discusses Coldplay's white fan base for Vanity Fair.

'Camp Rock' - the TV teen musical drew nearly 9 million viewers for its Friday debut.

This weekend Saturday Night Live will air its 1975 premiere episode that featured George Carlin as host. New York Pacifica FM station WBAI 99.5, the station that defended George Carlin's seven words all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, looks back. The New York Times has details.

Media Post reports the Internet generation is driving the growth in the global entertainment and media industry. A broad coalition is backing universal broadband.

Writing on AFP's Correspondent blog, the news organization's Caucasus Bureau Chief, Michael Mainville, laments the state of the media in Azerbaijan. The post recognizes the pressures and restrictions in place on local journalists in the oil-rich country and comments on the case of Agil Khalil who has been recognized by Amnesty International in its annual Journalism Under Threat awards.

Turkmenistan: Activists, Journalists Harassed Ahead Of EU Meeting

Following last week's landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, Unzipped comments on the importance of the judgment for the embattled A1 Plus TV station which was deprived of its broadcasting frequency by the authorities in 2002. The blog says that pressure on the government to allow it to resume operation will now intensify.

'Totally Unlimited' (Virgin's new pre-paid flat rate calling plan)

Wednesday Morning 0736

One Life-Lesson you oughta know by now: change is inevitable.

I keep bumping into these interesting PBS shows - last night there was one that aired locally on Analog 17 - all about "Teenarama" which was one of a dozen or so local-TV teen dance programs (Think "Corny Collins" from the original wonderful Hairspray movie starring Ricki Lake, Divine and Debbie Harry) that were popular (think "Social Networking") during the 1960s. (Aside: as always, in behind-the-curve Albany, the only teen TV program produced locally was the ultra-lame "Teen Age Barn" *yawn* which aired weekly - where the kids were the kind Mom & Dad wanted them to be - think "Lawrence Welk" crossed with "Hootenanny") The Teen dance programs usually aired Monday-thru-Friday after school and were tops in their time slots in Baltimore and Washington. Over in Philadelphia, American Bandstand was in its heyday: ABC network broke AB up into 15 minute segments that gave not only ABC but other network affiliates and independents the opportunity to run the show, even if just for a quarter of an hour! The defining line that ran thru AB, Teenarama, etc., (and this was brought out by one of the former Teenarama 'regulars') was that the boys and girls who danced on the tube wore their 'Sunday best' - suits, ties, beautiful dresses, showing viewers that while they can still dance and have fun, these young women and men were serious about and ready for the responsibilities that come with adulthood.

I've gotten several emails from readers wanting to know why I haven't written anything about NY State Senator Joe Bruno. I believe the political bloggers, especially Liz Benjamin (linked in my sidebar), handle these types of stories the best. But after watching that "Teenarama" show I realized Joe Bruno has always been one of those 'regular' guys who shows you that he can dance and have fun but he is serious and ready when it comes to dealing with the responsibilities that come with political office. He decided to move on and make a change, the same way time itself moved on past the kids who attended and watched the dance shows. Keep marching forward. The Teenarama teens have. Joe Bruno is. Come what may.

Earlier this year, in a New York Magazine article entitled "The Un-Reformed," then-State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno quotes poetry. Bruno personifies character. NYmag has an excellent spread on Bruno, who represents a model that faces political extinction right now. It's a great article! Here's a snippet:
His first job was at a bakery. He carried trays of pastries to the factory workers for their morning shifts. His pay was what they didn’t eat. In school, he was a failure. “They sort of kicked me along, you know? I told Sister Rose Madeline I wanted to be an altar boy. She laughed at me. Nothing worse. She said, ‘He’s too dumb.’ ” On summer afternoons, he learned to box. A middleweight met him in the park. “He’d get down on his knees and I’d circle around him and he’d wear out his pants circling on his knees. He taught me to punch straight and lead with your left. These kids that used to bloody my nose, I kicked the shit out of them.”

That’s about the time he met Barbara—known as Bobbie. He was 14. She was 13. They met one night at the YMCA, playing Ping-Pong. This was 1947, and Bruno’s job was driving an ice truck. Her father was a surgeon and chief of staff at the hospital, and didn’t approve of him. “Her father said the only way he’d agree to our getting married was if I would live there while I was in college.” He enrolled in Siena College and drove the ice truck to class.
"I bleed. I rise. I fight again." There are words very like the ones Joe Bruno likes to quote in a very old, very long ballad called 'Sir Andrew Barton': ‘Fight on, my men!’ says Sir Andrew Barton, ‘I am hurt, but I am not slain; I’le lay me downe and bleed a-while, And then I’le rise and fight again. The quote is verse LXIV; the whole thing can be seen online in the Oxford Book of Ballads on Bartleby.

The two lines "I'll lay me downe and bleed awhile,
Then I'll rise and fight again" were also used as a refrain in the poem 'Alastair Buchan', written by the author John Buchan in memory of his brother killed in the First World war.

Text may be read here and also in The Oxford Book of Ballads (OUP, 1969), The Viking Book of Folk Ballads of the English Speaking World (Viking, 1956), and English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Houghton Mifflin, 1932).

By the way : I think NYmag's timeline is off... it is 2008, Bruno is more like 79, which would have made him 18 or 19 in 1947... comments, anyone?

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Around The Blogosphere 25 June 08

PF (Personal Finance) Blogger Sharon Harvey Rosenberg is on the radio today! You can LISTEN LIVE from anywhere on Earth! Wednesday, June 25 from 1-2 p.m. (EST). She has a little contest going on and you can participate!

Jordanian Qwaider warns Internet users about the security concerns from using Internet cafes.

Miss Info - That’s what he said: Prodigy’s latest blog on - aka things that make my head hurt…. aka What really grinds P’s gears…. here’s a short excerpt. But I’m sure you’ve already been keeping up with P’s blog. “...
It will soon be the 600th day in prison for jailed Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulieman. Bahraini Esra'a writes about how you can get involved in pressing for his release.

La Shawn Barber's Corner - Barack Obama Enrolls in John Kerry School of Biblical Interpretation - Readers have hinted or outright begged me to start blogging politics again. I fill a void and provide a much-needed voice, they tell me. Do I really?
Pinoys got talent uploads the list of passengers who are either missing or dead after a ship owned by Sulpicio Lines capsized last weekend. in the Philippines.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Return of Ninavenetta

She's baaaaack! Eliot Spitzer's sexual Achilles Heel, Kristen re-visited her MySpace over the weekend... according to published reports (various sources), Ashley Alexandra Dupré posted the following message:
"Hey everyone...Let me just start by saying THANK YOU ALL, for your support!! I have not had the time to be on myspace that much...BUT I have been trying to get on here to approve pending friend requests and catch up on e-mails & comments. Sorry it is taking me so long!! All of my pending friend requests from 3/12 through now were deleted by myspace (if you do not approve them within a certain number of days, they get deleted) so...please please please re-send and you should be approved automatically. Again, thank you all so much for taking the time to send me a bit of strength and inspiration via email or comment, your words have touched me and I thank you for that...with all my heart, I love you guys!!! :) ...and to all the not so kind words...I love you too, because it makes me push myself and want it even more. "Hard times don't last...only strong people"."
The New York Post says the 22-year old Dupré , an aspiring pop star, has already cashed in on the sensational Spitzer case, raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling her songs online.

Related: Schwartz, Schwartz Back in Brazil

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MediaWatch 24 June 08

Check out the jab and jabber on New York Magazine!

The top 100 advertisers in the U.S., who represent 41 percent of total advertising spending, shifted about $1 billion last year from TV and newspapers to the Web. An analysis from Ad Age shows that overall media spending in “measured” categories (TV, print, radio, Web) by the top 100 advertisers was flat in 2007, with 0.3 percent growth to $61.3 billion. But spending on Web display ads rose 33 percent to $4.2 billion. More from TechCrunch...

Ad execs fear that Web powerhouses like Google and Microsoft want to extend their reach into traditional advertising. The New York Times has details. I don't know about you, but when I have time (usually on weekends and on the train) I still enjoy The New York Times, The Post and the Albany Times Union. At least printed papers don't have popup ads, speaking of which, Free Press and Public Knowledge have put out a report claiming that “NebuAd Wiretaps Consumers and Hijacks Web Sites.” Ask Warn your ISP about this one!

Lotta Holmström (Citizen Media Watch) writes "Going through old posts on Beta Alfa’s blog, I found a post about YouTube’s new Citizen Media channel, Citizen News. They’ve appointed a News Manager and aim to collect news from citizen sources in one place, as a citizen news and interviews channel. " ...:::more:::...

[note to BLOGGERS] Lotta also posts a Bambuser video, a clip from WAN in Gothenburg, provided by Medievärlden. Pierre Haski of on how to take your readers seriously and get good quality comments and a good debate.

WeblogBahamas thinks the late Tim Russert's advice to his college-bound son should be adopted by Bahamians, especially the part about not cultivating a sense of entitlement.

Around The Blogosphere 24 June 08

Veronica Chao Lim, a Fulbright student researcher from New Jersey living in Beijing, writes Chinese Lesbians face blood donation discrimination. Lim (pictured) is in China on a Fulbright Grant. When she returns to the states, Lim hopes to work with immigrant communities through the provision of accessible clinical healthcare and the conduct of public health research. While attending Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Lim designed her own special major in immigrant studies and designed her study abroad program focusing on migration from Mexico to the U.S.

Sokari, on, posts An Angolan wedding.

Dallas Penn features Dr. BILLY SUNDAY Explains That Crap Music Is For Retahds (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em ReMix) This is a picture of the brain of someone listening to popular rap music. As you can see the cerebellum is malformed and there is also a black arrow taped ...

Miss Info - Best Worst Rap Ever: Shaq asks “Kobe, tell me how my *** taste?” (crying….gasping for air)

via Ambiome[Dot]Net - Productivité et organisation - Je gratte des pages de mon carnet. Je tape dans le bloc notes. Je trie et retrie mes photos. Je fais le ménage. Ce n’est pas la matière qui manque, bien au...

La Shawn Barber's Corner: So Many Books -One of the better residual effects of being a formerly popular political blogger is books. I like getting advance and review copies, but I don’t have time ...

Speaking of politics, see-dubya writes "Daily Kos diarrhist urges you to pray for Michelle’s death"... read that one care-fully!

TechCrunch - Centrif Tries To Mix Bookmarking With
There are few things more satisfying than asking a search engine a question and immediately getting an answer.

Four Fingers and a Thumb 2.0 is stirred by a hymn being played by a steelband, reminding her of the “magically bizarre wonderful place” that is Trinidad.

Barbados Underground makes the case for solar power, and says for the “first time in history, cost-competitive solar power is now within the planning horizon of every utility in the nation.”

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