Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Liz Benjamin: Leaders of the Working Families Party are offering House Speaker Nancy Pelosi some free advice on how to bail out the bailout.
The Village Voice blog presents 9 Ways You'll $ave in the New Depression!
Nash Suleiman: Due to popular demand, Tina Fey is back as Sarah Palin.
How Current hacked the debates with Twitter!
From Qatar, Bahraini blogger Ammar Talk [ar] posts pictures of children around cannons, fired to signal the time to break one's fast in Ramadhan.
Steve Gillmor on TechCrunch types that SocialText 3.0 is (or will be in the near term) an enterprise mashup of Facebook, FriendFeed, enterprise microblogging, and the wiki. From an earlier TechCrunch post: Icondial lets you make free phone calls to landlines and handphones, anywhere, anytime.
University student and blogger id:suztomo describes (with many photos) their experience in September doing an internship [ja] at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan. The blogger had two objectives with the internship: to learn how to set up a server that can withstand many users, and to learn about how web services are developed at Hatena.
Joshua Foust wonders if the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle will make Baikonur space launch site in Kazakhstan even more important than it already is.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Ryan Adams on blogging: "It's like a spider plant ..."
Dallas Penn blogs Da Incredible Rap Team Strikes Back… - Heltah Skeltah is on the warpath right now with their new album ‘Da Incredible Rap Team’ hitting stores on Tuesday.
Ambiome[Dot]Net - checks in with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance - Je sais pas ce que j’ai ces derniers jours, mais je n’arrête pas de danser.
Muxtape founder Justin Oullette talks about why he started the service -- and why it was shut down -- in this lengthy post on his homepage.
by Bettina Perroni
"I touch your mouth, I touch the edge of your mouth with my finger, I am drawing it as if it were something my hand was sketching, as if for the first time your mouth opened a little, and all I have to do is close my eyes to erase it and start all over again, every time I can make the mouth I want appear, the mouth which my hand chooses and sketches on your face, and which by some chance that I do not seek to understand coincides exactly with your mouth which smiles beneath the one my hand is sketching on you.
You look at me, from close up you look at me, closer and closer and then we play cyclops, we look closer and closer at one another and our eyes get larger, they come closer, they merge into one and the two cyplopses look at each other, blending as they breathe, our mouths touch and struggle in gentle warmth, biting each other with their lips, barely holding their tongues on their teeth, playing in corners where a heavy air comes and goes with an old perfume and a silence. Then my hands go to sink into your hair, to cherish slowly the depth of your hair while we kiss as if our mouths were filled with flowers or with fish, with lively movements and dark fragrance. And if we bite each other the pain is sweet, and if we smother each other in a brief and terrible sucking in together of our breaths, that momentary death is beautiful. And there is but one saliva and one flavor of ripe fruit, and I feel you tremble against me like a moon on the water."...
It is.... wonderful my love
Tags: Literatura, Literature
“As Jews around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to send my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year. This marks not just a time for rejoicing, but for reflecting on the hopes the new year brings, and on our responsibilities to see them fulfilled. As families come together to mark the High Holy Days, upholding a proud Jewish tradition, let us all rededicate ourselves to the task of repairing this world for our children and grandchildren, and to working to achieve peace and security for Israel. On behalf of all of the Obamas and Bidens, Shana Tovah.”Interestingly enough, the Obama statement comes at a time when a group of Christian ministers in 22 states used their pulpits Sunday to deliver political sermons and / or endorse presidential candidates. Some say thsi could trigger an IRS investigation: others warn this could end up costing houses of worship their until now tax-exempt status.
By the way, Happy New Year to my Jewish friends!
Internet war games fanatic Matthew Pyke was stabbed to death by a fellow player who flew from Germany to murder him after an online dispute...What do you think of the new MySpace Music? Indie labels are unhappy ...
Queen Rania of Jordan is blogging her visit to New York here.
The latest starlet to go the LiLo way of fighting (or fueling) rumors one blog at a time is 90210's new Brenda, Shenae Grimes.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Twittering the Debate - From sheer outrage to hilarious quips on what the U.S. Presidential candidates were saying at Friday night's debate, international Twitter users across different time zones were glued to their television and computer screens following every word uttered by Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
Pakistani bloggers found much to analyze debate-wise... What the US approach to Pakistan should be was a core part of discussion, since Pakistan has come under greater scrutiny in recent times and is considered a hot-spot.
The Debate, Liveblogged - I enjoyed watching the debate, and now that it has had a chance to sink in, I don't think there was a clear-cut winner or loser here. Both candidates made valid points, represented their POVs quite well, and I believe gave the American people extra insight. Having said that, thru the magic of bloggery you can re-live the Friday night debate and the aftermath by visiting LaShawn Barber, who live-blogged the event for posterity... I'm somewhat shocked to see that at this time, roughly 0737 Sunday morning, there are a mere ELEVEN comments on LaShawn's post. I would have expected more than a hundred. Perhaps the comment left by one fellow reflects the attitude of a growing number of voters:
"I know this will sound crazy. I’m sooo tired of these two phony champions of the left and right paradigm. Anybody with a brain can see that both these men are figureheads. The power behind these men is the same. Wake up people whoever wins, America loses."Now, that's what I call cynicism!
On One Web Day in Oxford, a small exhibition of Kosoof's works portray Iranian bloggers, who struggle with censorship and Internet filtering in their country. Watch them here and here.
Friday, September 26, 2008
What a day! I woke up to find that my bank, Washington Mutual, "went under." Where's Jimmy Stewart when you need him? The ongoing collapse, bail-out and buy-out of Wall Street investment banks, threatening a U.S. and possibly worldwide recession, has triggered no lack of debates in Japanese blogs on the country's strong financial connection with its overseas ally. Michelle Malkin weighs in with "The Ant and the Grasshopper, 2008 edition"...
Gateway Pundit » IT'S ON!... War Hero Will Debate Chicago Politician Tonight!
So, McCain WILL debate Obama tonight, after all! I'm certain that some will be liveblogging the debate. I will probably wait until Saturday or Sunday before offering my assessment of the event. I'm glad that McCain decided to attend. Of course, Obama could have always debated Joe Biden...
Weather event KYLE is poised to strike along the eastern seaboard, something we'll no doubt be watching over the weekend. All the news about Wall Street and out of Washington has taken public attention away from the recent victims of Hurricane Ike. I'm working on a story for the radio that will probably air on Monday. By the way, WAMC's fund drive is spilling over into the weekend, so please give any amount you can! You can donate online at wamc.org! And oh, by the way, you can LISTEN to WAMC's live broadcasts 24/7 as well as access and listen to individual new stories right on the website.
I listen to the wind
to the wind of my soul
Where I'll end up well I think,
only God really knows
I've sat upon the setting sun
But never, never never never
I never wanted water once
No, never, never, never
I listen to my words but
they fall far below
I let my music take me where
my heart wants to go
I swam upon the devil's lake
But never, never never never
I'll never make the same mistake
No, never, never, never
Please add Vadim to your prayers and / or positive energy lists today... he has been diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma. (The power of prayer should not be underestimated.)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Microsoft announced it was moving away from its commercials featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld just two weeks after unveiling the baffling teaser ads. Although the Seinfeld spots were so short-lived that they might be dubbed a failure—particularly since Seinfeld’s deal with Microsoft is rumored to be worth $10 million—Microsoft and ad agency Crispin Porter claimed that the teasers did what they set out to do.
New: MUFFIN - a small toolbar at the bottom of your web browser that allows you to read all the blogs that you follow on a regular basis, without having to open new windows or frames. Muffin doesn't intrude on the blogs originality; it's look, links, comments or ads. By using frame technology combined with AJAX, the user can keep the toolbar while reading the blog. ...:::Details:::...
Xujun Eberlein from Inside-Out China discusses the morality crisis happening in China. And whether a new ideology can solve the problem... An illegitimate girl of primary-school age in Zhuhai , South China, was turned away by the local schools, because her mother is not able to afford the hefty fine for illegitimacy, according to sohu blogger Han Tao’s report .
Japanese blogger and author Chiki Seijo scans an educational manga book he stumbled on at an eco cafe [ja] that teaches children good dietary habits with incredibly frank visual messages and storylines, emphasizing the danger of fast food and the value of eating rice, among other things. Webpage of the company that produces the books (with more info) is here [ja].
In the West Bank, Alajnabiya describes shopping for her daughter's wedding: “The problem is that I like looking at this stuff, but I really want to buy it and hang it on the wall to look at, not wear!”
And one more about marriage: In Before I Did, TD Jakes' daughter Sarah offers a look at marriage from her own perspective as a newlywed!
A ring of fakery has been exposed regarding Aerosmith's Steven Tyler: Tyler ha presentado una demanda por suplantación de personalidad, contra los responsables de un blog en Internet que revela "detalles íntimos de su vida". La demanda, presentada el miércoles en Los Ángeles, detalla que las fotografías y textos de Tyler y su novia, Erin Brady, fueron publicadas en 'Blogspot.com'. El texto acusa a los responsables del blog de revelar públicamente situaciones privadas, realizar falsos testimonios y aprovecharse de su persona. Además, el documento busca una orden judicial para que el acusado deje de suplantarlo en Internet o en cualquier otro lugar.
Tags: Aerosmith, Steven Tyler
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We all understand that partisan attacks are part of the political process in this country. The debate that stems from these grand and sometimes unruly conversations is what makes this country so exceptional. Indeed, our nation has a long and proud tradition of news organizations that are ideological and partisan in nature, the Huffington Post and the New York Times being two such publications. We celebrate their contribution to the political fabric of America. But while the Huffington Post is utterly transparent, the New York Times obscures its true intentions -- to undermine the candidacy of John McCain and boost the candidacy of Barack Obama -- under the cloak of objective journalism."I don't believe that the Times is pulling for Barack Obama." Jack Shafer, Slate, 9-23-08
Wash Post/ABC Survey: Obama Up Nine
The Bono Factor
New York Post / Maggie Haberman reports: “Barack Obama has hit a roadblock as he tries to woo backers of former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton - making no gains among that group since June, a surprising new poll shows.”
New York Sun /Russell Berman reports: “Americans turning on the television the last couple of days could be forgiven if they thought the calendars had been turned back: On every channel, it seemed, were the Clintons.”Online Tool Estimates Taxes Under McCain, Obama.
McCain by a nose in Virginia.
Deconstructing the polls:
Barack Obama is certainly capable of winning this election. He has a ton of money, the media is a team of Obama cheerleaders, and the public mood is desperate. But the polls released to the public do not reflect the actual level of Obama's or McCain's support, nor do they show an accurate pattern of support growth over time, or properly relay the time and source of momentum shifts and changes in support. When the polls are reverse-engineered and nominal weighting restored, it becomes clear that Barack Obama is depending on a three-tier plan for the election...Wait until Friday... ...or NOT...
For those unfamiliar, Yarah Bravo (born in Sweden to a Chilean mother and a Brazilian father) is a musician blurring the lines between spoken word, hip-hop, and RnB. Notable appearances include collaborations with French avant-garde emcees TTC and Polish acid jazz duo Skalpel. However, she is best-known for her appearances on DJ Vadim's USSR—The Art of Listening compilation, and most recently together with Vadim (her husband) and New York City MC Blu Rum 13 as the group One Self. I think we can apply another "old school" word here: FRESH!
From Geoffrey Philp: New Book by Sasenarine Persaud - From TSAR Publications: From the very first piece in this collection, the title poem “In a Boston Night”
New York Magazine explores John McCain's battle against "The Media" - (Why Steve Schmidt is now trying to work the refs after attacking them for weeks, and how insulting it is when 'low-rent' blog high jinks become campaign issues. PLUS--- McCain's War on The Times: A History.
Mojtaba Saminejad, an Iranian blogger, who had been in jail for more than 20 months for his writings, uses Google Earth to show us his prison in Iran.
Akky Akimoto writes about the first Wordcamp (conference of WordPress users) in Japan [ja], Wordcamp Tokyo 2008 held on September 23rd, and also rounds up other Japanese blog posts on the event.
Tags: Yarah Bravo, Yarah Bravo
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Today's "must-read" post:
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, a government critic and founder of the Malaysia Today website, has been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in northern Perak state on the order of the home minister, his wife Marina Lee Abdullah told AFP. Malaysia's most prominent blogger has been ordered to spend two years in detention under internal security laws after being accused of insulting Islam... [more...]
A Malaysian Rapper is under investigation: Wee Meng Chee, aka Namewee, was quizzed by the police on the matter of his rap song, which featured the Malaysian national anthem “Negaraku”, in the chorus. The song, entitled ’Negarakuku’, had caused controversy last year, with Chinese lyrics purportedly touching on police abuses, corruption and racial discrimination, among others. Wee’s video for ‘Negarakuku‘ was posted on Youtube last year, and has had more than a million views. [LiNk]
Fred is a phenomenon on the Internet, created by a teenaged rural Nebraska boy named Lucas Cruikshank. Fred is a 6-year-old boy created and acted by Lucas, aged 14, who recently was interviewed by New Tee Vee and by Fox Los Angeles TV station KTTV channel 11 which says Fred has had 70 million hits on the Internet.
In case life has been blitzing you from all sides, Technorati is releasing (in consecutive daily doses) the long-awaited "State of the Blogosphere / 2008" report, a very comprehensive look at RIGHT THIS MINUTE in blogging. Read it... print it off... recommend it to others...
If you’re a homeschooling parent or considering homeschooling your children, LaShawn Barber recommends This Old Schoolhouse magazine. I second that recommendation!
Here is a little game for you. Next, here is a little surprise for you (and for General Motors): Chrysler already has developed and plans to sell THREE electric cars by 2010!
From cars to the Congo: Are you (or is someone you know) a Congolese musician?: “University of Bergen in Norway is searching for Congolese musicians who perform Congolese music”
My question: What's going on here? (scratches head) Much as I'd love to see Hillary on the ticket I'm concerned as to why Team Obama hasn't reined Joe in a little bit...The most astonishing Biden comment comes via cbsnews.com, copy pasted word for word, and it even went over Katie Couric's head (unlike Obama's "my Muslim faith" comment which was corrected by an alert interviewer)
"Part of what being a leader does is to instill confidence is to demonstrate what he or she knows what they are talking about and to communicating to people ... this is how we can fix this," Biden said. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"Unless CBS removes the link or corrects the text, look for it (and video) here. If they do indeed remove it, I'm certain you'll find screenshots of the original page if you search.
Monday, September 22, 2008
S.O.S. - nominations are being accepted for the Blogger's Choice Awards, which honor users' favorite blogs.
TechCrunch: CBS on Monday announced that Eyemobile for iPhone is available now in the iTunes App store for those users that want to submit photo and video content to the company’s new citizen journalism site, CBSeyemobile.com.
Anybody seen WALDO?
Liz Benjamin in "Localizing Cuomo" writes that Republican Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell, who is running for Congress in the 20th CD, issued a statement in which he begs to differ with John McCain's trial balloon on AG Andrew Cuomo as a potential SEC chairman, saying it would be a "huge mistake" to put the Democratic former HUD secretary in charge. Liz points out that Cuomo is the former boss of his Democratic opponent, freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, and all politics is local.
The latest food scandal making headlines in Japan revolves on the nation's staple commodity: rice, one of only a small handful of foods for which the country achieves almost complete self-sufficiency. Bloggers discuss the roots of the latest food scandal, and one blogger points out holes in media's reporting on the issue.
The tainted-milk scandal that originated in China is turning into a global food scare, while Paolah of Ahi e Que Prende [es] writes about the discovery of milk used for schoolchildren on Juan Dolio beach in the Dominican Republic.
The new TV on the Radio album is already on iTunes!
1964 - The last year SILVER coins are available. Dollar bills known as "Silver Certificates" redeemable for the precious metal are ordered discontinued.
Circa late 1968 early 1969 - American moms, usually home tending the house and kids, suddenly take on part-time jobs
1970 bra burners and women's rights advocates begin to taste the equality they sought - now women can get fulltime jobs alongside men. Corporate America seizes the opportunity: it took a few years to tweak it, but that second fulltime income turned from a bonus to a neccesity in a few short years. Mom would never stay home again.
1971-2 The first big oil crisis, along with the Arab Oil embargo and gasoline rationing gets Detroit automakers on the ball: building fuel-efficient cars. Oh, how soon they forgot...
1990's ...or did they? GM introduces a wonderful electric car, which they later recall, crush and abandon the project because nobody can make much money off it once it's in consumer hands, unlike the "new Volt" which will not only cost you plenty to "charge up" but could end up driving electric rates triple what thay are today, not to mention collapsing the national electric grid.
I don't count the so-called "poison mortgages" in my list because had the oil speculators and ethanol nuts not conspired to drive prices of gasoline and food off the chart, everybody in one of those sub-prime mortgages would be doing okay. Not fine, but okay.
Tags: economy, crisis
Sunday, September 21, 2008
UPDATE: Life without parole for woman who killed UA roommate
Do you remember "Princess" Mia Janelle Henderson, the sweet college co-ed murdered in her dorm (just 2 days after moving in) by the "roomate from hell"? It didn't take long for a Pima County Superior Court jury to convict Galareka Harrison of stabbing Mia 23 times with a knife that she had bought prior to the attack on Sept. 5, 2007. A doctor testified that 7 of the 23 stab wounds Mia received could have been fatal. There was one reprot that Harrison said she's hoping to find a "girlfriend" in prison and vowed to "raise hell" if she ever gets out. I haven't been able to retrieve that information since originally viewing it on the Net Saturday. For a blow-by-blow account of courtoom proceedings, we look no farther than AJ Flick.
Harrison faces life in prison and could be eligible for parole after 25 years, depending on the results of a hearing before her Nov. 25 sentencing.Now here's the BAD news:
Prosecutors had decided not to seek the death penalty.DETAILS: University of Arizona Galareka G. Harrison freshman allegedly admitted fraudulently cashing a $500 check from the bank account of the roommate she was accused of killing, according to information gleaned from a search warrant.
In May 2007, a glowing Mia Henderson had posed for a celebratory photo at her graduation from Tuba City High School, while hugging her grandfather, prominent tribal leader Johnny R. Thompson.
She had already been chosen as a student researcher through a National Institutes of Health program, worked with UA Professor Murray Brilliant, an expert in human genetic disease, and been named to an all-area softball team as a third baseman for the Tuba City Lady Warriors.Tags: Mia Henderson, Galareka Gowata Harrison, Mia Henderson, Galareka Harrison, MySpace
Last September I blogged that I was shocked to see that a murder had taken place on the U of A campus - even more shocked to find it was a girl on girl killing! I had stayed on the U of A campus for a time and it was the Utopia of College Campii!!
Harrison was a well-known "bitch troublemaker." The story goes she was upset that Mia had accused her of theft, so she a knife, returned to their dorm room and stabbed Mia as she slept.
But before Harrison killed Henderson, she forged a note in which the victim purportedly admitted falsely accusing her roommate and "mentioned ending her own life"- what a freakin' heartless little bitch!
Harrison (pictured on the right) is a member of the Navajo Nation, as was Henderson, a biology student from Tuba City, who had attended a summer science program at the university, held a prestigious tribal scholarship. Henderson died at University Medical Center after officials responding to a 5:45 a.m. 911 call found both women injured at Graham-Greenlee Hall on the UA campus.
A University of Arizona freshman accused of murdering her roommate made her first court appearance Thursday morning. KVOA Video
Earlier, I found two newsvideo reports: on this page and on Fox News' website.
Mia Henderson, an honors student, says she chose UA “because it has nationally recognized science departments, well-funded labs, and outstanding student involvement opportunities.”
Mia J. Henderson is congratulated by relatives following Tuba City High School's commencement exercises May 26, 2007, in Tuba City. (Photo: Navajo Times)
Archived Crimeblog material:
Note that these links could "vanish" or come up "404" at anytime, so print or copy and save!
Mia’s MySpace profile has already been referenced in various reports about the crime:
Galareka Harrison’s own profile:
Some have suggested Mia Henderson was a lesbian. She described herself as a "swinger" on her MySPace page. Henderson may have referred to the conflict with Galareka Harrison in the blog attached to her “mighty_mia” profile:
you truly out gayed yourself this time Current mood: annoyed
Article about Mia Henderson’s murder on the website for KOLD-TV in Tucson.Navajo freshman's killing stuns UA Indian students
Modern-day abolitionist author E Benjamin Skinner makes a Capital District appearance. I interviewed Skinner for a story that ran on WAMC. During the course of our conversation I asked Ben if he had ever crossed paths with Francis Bok, a former slave whom I interviewed a couple of years ago. Apparently they did meet once.
Human Trafficking in New York, Somaly Mam, (Another Day In) Human Trafficking
the following is via Bed Tea Blog:
Foreign Policy posted an absolutely chilling audio clip, courtesy E. Benjamin Skinner, author of A World Enslaved, of a pimp selling a girl to a man in Bucharest for a used car.Tags: slavery, slavery
I know there are arguments for legalizing prostitution, and perhaps adequate legislation could better address the problem of sex slavery better than a shadowy journalist type, a rogue armed with little more than a tape recorder, but … this is just it. The depths. Despair. Humanity dark as night.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Semingly all about retro-style and sci-fi, Annika Harris blogs that Monáe's deal with Bad Boy Records gives her total creative control, which means mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs must really believe in her as a star of the future. Part musical theater, part funk, part Dirty South, her sound is a kind of psychedelic R&B. Think Judy Garland meets Lauryn Hill. And after all, didn't Art Nouveau Magazine name Janelle Monae as one of five artists we'd know by 2008?
Pre-retro Janelle! (picture at right)
But is there substance and definition that can rise above the singularity of "Violet"??? That's what remains to be seen. Some commenters on YouTube appalud the arrival of a real talent vs. the bewigged Beyonce and her ilk. Janelle is no stranger to show biz: At 16, she studied at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy while also dabbling in a few Off-Broadway plays.
Janelle Monae featured in GQ
Janelle Monae interview with KUBE 93
Janelle Monae Interview with Kiwibox.com
Janelle Monae in Paste Magazine
Janelle Monae Supports Black Gay Pride
Janelle Monáe Store
boatload of links:
Janelle Monáe's Official Website
Janelle Monáe at MySpace
Janelle Monáe at Last.fm
Janelle Monáe at Allmusic
Janelle Monáe at MSN music
Janelle Monáe discography at MusicBrainz
Janelle Monáe fan site
Janelle Monáe Interview
Tags: Janelle Monae, Janelle Monae, Janelle Monáe, Janelle Monáe
So what do YOU think.. does it make sense to bailout the financial instutions or hardworking / tax-paying American’s?
Tags: AIG, Wall Street