Saturday, May 31, 2008

O Kimbo!

I was following his career long before he showed up on your radar: KIMBO!

What do you say about a guy like Kimbo? From homeless to youtube attraction to ESPN Cover to TV star... that's a jump! He did it his way, and you gotta respect him for that! Sort of a 21st Century Mr. T, Kimbo Slice fights tonight on CBS. Fights. THE Fights, 21st Century Style!
Kimbo Slice—real name Kevin Ferguson—was homeless 14 years ago. He lived out of a green, 1987 Pathfinder that had four mismatched tires. He taped plastic bags to the shattered window to keep most of the rain out. He bathed in the ocean and pools and went to the bathroom wherever he could. He was too proud to live with his mother but not too proud to wash the cars of strangers when he got turned down for menial jobs. And that mind of his—the one that has surprised the CBS suits trying to morph him into an MMA star, that convinced them to sign him for MMA's network debut on May 31—drowned in shame.

It hadn't always been so. Two years earlier, in 1992, Ferguson had been a middle linebacker at Miami's Palmetto High with the skill to think college ball. But then Hurricane Andrew blew through South Florida, wrecking Ferguson's home and hopes. Palmetto's season was shortened, and Ferguson's scholarships disappeared. He tried college at Bethune-Cookman but flunked out. By early 1994, he was out on the street. And that time makes the 6'2", 240-pound, 34-year-old badass cry to this day, just thinking about living and dying in the stink of that damn truck.[ESPN Magazine]
The Net is abuzz over Kimbo: Justin Anderson blogs Middle America Embraces Kimbo Slice; Full Tilt Poker features Player's Lounge :: Kimbo Slice; Dare To Gamble writes Kimbo Slice and EliteXC on CBS - Bodog Odds. In the Baltimore Sun: Kimbo Slice, good for the sport, Mixed martial arts blogger Mark Chalifoux believes Slice should be celebrated tonight, as it will be a great night for mixed martial arts (if you missed Mark's interview with CBS announcer Gus Johnson, who's broadcasting the EliteXC event, click here). I wholeheartedly agree, and I'll be watching! Thanks, CBS!

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Less Than Holy Men?

This post is not a swipe at Barack Obama. I have to say that up front, or somebody who can't read might think it is. This post takes note concerning our attitudes toward men of the cloth. Spiritual leaders should be held in high regard, setting a standard for the rest of us. I shudder to think of the standards being set by today's model holy man.

Conservative pundits (like Michelle Malkin) have been looking for something to knock Barack Obama out of the box. They've been focusing on what they say are Obama's friends in heavenly high places. But let's take Candidate Obama OUT of the equation. Let's look at why Mr. Mrs. & Ms. America of all Religious persuasions and colors seem unfazed by hateful holy men.

Just like those folks TV crews approach at the pumps while they blindly pump $4 a gallon gas into their vehicles, chuckling, yulkking, smiling and saying "gee whiz" as they mug for the cameras, average Americans are failing to react to the new Masters of Hate. Why is that? If a Muslim Imam spoke a quarter step out of turn, he would be crushed by the media. Has the media conditioned the public into accepting "bad priests" as the norm? I don't understand why the Catholic Chruch and the Pope tolerate renegade priests. And why other Christians tolerate hateful preachers. What's up with all the racial hatred from ministerse like Rev. Wright? Don't they know that the majority of "whiteys" who despised and oppressed them are long dead? Sadly, the playing of the race card as we approach November 2008 is far from over. Having said that, I hope I'm wrong.

One more thing... once upon a time I posted an article in which I said I believed someone out there in charge of media things was on a deliberate mission to shake America's faith in all things religious. We've had bad priests, wacky cults, misguided ministers, a few radical imams, even rabbis arrested and disgraced. What's that old saying something about "when people lose their leaders" -- ? -- Don't you think that also applies to religious leaders?

The Lazy Way To Monetize Your Blog

Do you have a blog and do you want to make some extra money? Now there's a question for ya! If you're like me, you've Googled and Dogpiled and found and read articles by bloggers all about making money while blogging. There are various ways and means and schemes, but let's face it: unless you're concentrating on generating cash 24/7 or you're one of the elite "A-List" bloggers, you're only going to make a little bit here and there... unless you employ a few simple techniques!

First of all, remember that everything doesn't work well on every blog: I tried a few text-link type services but they won't work under the blogger template I'm using. No problem: I just found something else.

If you haven't signed up for Google AdSense, that should be what you do next! After you've selected the size and type of ads you want to run, do what I do, place them right at the top of your blog where everybody can see them!

Look at my sidebar. At the top, I'm offering adspace in either "boxed" or classified form. Next I'm offering some Amazon mp3's --- you can listen to them, you can download them. Scroll down a ways and there's a cell phone offer. There are many "self-promotion" or "blog-promotion" tools and services as well.

All of these ads are passive. Set 'em and forget 'em. Don't sit too long waiting for the checks to come rolling in UNLESS you're getting big numbers of visitors. Let's re-phrase that. Unless you are writing at least ONE post a month that attracts LOTS of visitors! A single "HOT" post in any given month can be the ticket for one-time visitors to click thru one of your adverts!

There are also pay-per-post types of services. I recommend Bloggerwave, which gives you the opportunity to use your blog to make money by writing a post here and there. Bloggerwave is aiming to be Europe's biggest advertsing media on blogs and you can help them grow so more and more jobs will come. Check 'em out at!

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Friday, May 30, 2008

An Open Door - by Bettina Perroni

I believe that the Internet is an open door to everyone… you know that door play, where to enter, where to stay, in order… a million options at our disposal and a single trial: Decide for yourself, the advantage offered by the Internet before other means of mass communication and dissemination… Is not this a new social revolution?

¿Quieres ser famoso?, solamente tienes que colgar algo que llame la atención de los cibernautas y al día siguiente, cuando pongas los pies en la tierra, el mundo completo ya estará mirándote de otra manera.

Want to be famous?, You only have to hang something we call the attention of users and the next day, when you put your feet on earth, the world will be looking at you differently.

Hay tantos casos que de la noche a la mañana han dado la vuelta al mundo.

There are many cases known worldwide.

¿Recuerdan el video que subió Terra Naomi a Youtube?, ¿que hay del Fan de Britney ?
Do you remember the video uploaded by Terra Naomi to Youtube?, What about the fan of Britney?

Claro, también están aquellos que sin quererlo, pasaron de ser víctimas a celebridades, como el caso de La caída de Edgar o El Little Fatty . Of course, there are also those who inadvertently, went from being victims to celebrities, such as The Fall of Edgar or Little Fatty.

Le conté a mi amigo Dave Lucas que me gusta tocar la guitarra.
I told my friend Dave Lucas I like playing guitar.

Me pregunto si tengo alguna cuenta en Myspace y compartió conmigo ligas de algunos amigos suyos que sin dudarlo son talentosos.
He wondered if I have a Myspace account. He shared with me some links of friends who are very talented people.

Aunque me gusta mucho eso de cantar, no es tanto como para subir un video cantando y dándole unas cuantas “rascadas” a mi guitarra.
Although I love to sing it, I think is not so much as to upload a video singing and giving a few "chords" via my guitar.

Finalmente lo mío es solo “hobbie”… PERO me dice una amiga: … ¿y tu que sabes?
Finally it is just a "hobby"… but a friend tells me: what if...? … Mmm...Naaa. … I don't think so!

Kris Shred Kris Shred
¿A dónde quiero llegar?, a que si tienes talento lo compartas en línea.
What do I mean?, That if you have the talent, share it online.

Así se convierte en una nueva práctica de democracia social donde todo el mundo puede participar y juzgar abiertamente si la propuesta gusta o no.- Diferente en la actual industria musical donde muchos jóvenes con años de estudio y preparación se cansan de tocar puertas que solamente se abren para hijos de famosos o muñecos de plástico prefabricados que son lanzados al mercado sin importar que su producto sea de baja calidad… si, producto que luego nos quieren meter hasta en los sueños-.
This becomes a new practice of social democracy where everyone can participate openly and judge whether or not they like the proposal .- Unlike in the current music industry where many young people with years of study and preparation get tired of knocking on doors only open to sons of famous or prefabricated plastic dolls that are launched into the market no matter what your product is of poor quality .

Como expresa Dave Lucas “Music is a Magic Thing” y el Internet es una plataforma pública donde la libre expresión tiene lugar y sentido.
Just as Dave Lucas says, "Music is Magic Thing" and the Internet is a public platform where free speech takes place and meaning.

Se aprueba o reprueba en una democracia participativa global.
It approves or condemns in a participatory democracy overall.

¿No es esto parte de un ideal? Is this not part of an ideal?

Pd. Kris Shred es un chico que un día decidió compartir sus videos conmigo...
Pd. Kris Shred is a guy who one day decided to share his videos with me ...

me pareció que tiene talento, así que como apoyo a su labor y tributo a muchos artistas que tocan puertas, lo comparto con ustedes.
I thought that has talent, so as to support its work and tribute to many artists who play doors, so I share two videos with you. Good Luck Kris!

-Bettina Perroni

For those of you who don't know, Bettina Perroni writes a wonderful blog*spot blog in Spanish [here] - awhile back I invited Bettina to post English translations of some of her articles here on my blog. We translate them from Spanish to English together, and though they don't always come out perfect, I think we do a bang-up job. I use her photos (sometimes enhancing or resizing them) whenever I can, and since more than one of my readers expressed interest in seeing the Spanish & English side-by-side, I present the posts that way as long as they are not too lengthy.

The Internet is much more than an open door: it is a place where people from anywhere in the world can gather and communicate. If you don't know a word of Spanish or a character of Mandarin, there are wonderful free online translators you can use to help you study and understand multiple languages. - Dave L.

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Around The Blogosphere 30 May 08

The Blogosphere is commenting on and exploring the additional PASTOR PROBLEMS for Obama, documented by Sister Toldjah, who also posts on Hillary getting the all-important Ricky Martin endorsement.

Get a glimpse of what Media Assassin calls "Truly Hard Rock Radio" here...

Blogxilla takes us along on Jurnee Smollett's "New Journey."

Organizers of the 2008 version of the Bloguivianos bloggers conference recently launched their website [es]. The 2nd annual Bolivian bloggers conference will take place over two days in El Alto and La Paz on August 29-30.

Not exactly a blog: US election 2008 humour via

Frank S. Robinson has announced a new weblog effort: I’m pleased to be starting a blog, “The Rational Optimist.” I am a former state administrative law judge and author of four books, most recently Life, Liberty, and Happiness. In addition to considering myself a rational optimist, I will accept the labels humanist and libertarian (more or less).

A.M. de Almeida Serra [pt] introduces a new blog about East Timor.

This month marks the first anniversary of the Nari Jibon Blog.

CocoaLounge marks The Black Model Museum: The First American Covergirl.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Around the Blogosphere 29 May 08

Michelle Malkin 1, Dunkin' Donuts 0

Liz Benjamin: The DN has a photo gallery of Rep. Anthony Weiner's past girlfriends and current love, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, but the likely '09 mayoral contender wasn't eager to dish about his love life.

Kimbalina answered the door when opportunity came knocking: do you think she was nuts to leave Google?

C|Net News Blog
: Google on Wednesday announced completion of version 0.8 of OpenSocial, a standard for building social applications on the Web... One notable difference with OpenSocial 0.8 is the addition of the RESTful API. This addition lets a wider variety of software beside just Web-based widgets running in JavaScript interact with the servers running social applications. For example, it would permit a program running on Windows or on a mobile phone, but not in a Web browser, tap into a social application.

Miss Info blogs How Cool!: Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” video part 3, she says "All three of these videos have been amazing. I can see Kanye creating a video-art installation a la Murakami’s “Inochi” one day…."

Whitney Matheson: Now, if someone told me they just read a funny, yet insightful, book about the work of Steven Seagal, I'd probably a) nervously scan the room for someone else to talk to; and/or b) ask them what pills they've been swallowing. CandyseagalogyHowever, I'm actually here to tell you that such a book exists, and I support it.

How to be a (modern) gentleman: lesson from Christine Songco.

YPulse: Let's talk about s-e-x (the latest topic for New American Media's Youth Blogothon. Get blogging!)

Signifying Guyana blogs about her “personal struggle with a hyphenated identity”... Egyptian women have their own set of challenges, ranging from the right to marry themselves off to inequality in marriage and divorce rights. Marwa Rakha sheds light on the thoughts and writings of Eman - a self-confessed spinster.

Geek Chic by Ellie: Geek Girl’s Software Pack includes what I consider to be a solid set of free software that every computer user should have installed on their system - whether they are computer beginners or experts!

Help support victims of xenophobia...

Come and join the cause against xenophobia! Freshlyground with support from Hot Water will give a concert on Friday 30 May from 9 pm at The Assembly (61 Harrington Street) in Cape Town. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to people who have been displaced due to the violent acts of xenophobia.

Tickets can be purchased from Limited tickets will aslo be available at the door. Presale tickets cost R70 and at the door R90. Doors open at 9pm.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Are You Beautiful?

Do you think you're pretty beautiful? Are you a young, hot model (or think you are)? Do you have what it takes to be the "Look of the Year"???

Here's another spin on the time-tested "beauty contest" - this time, you can be beautiful ONLINE!!! Here's an online beauty contest for anybody – everybody who wants to join! And the judges? Not Simon and Paula, NO! It's YOU, your friends and simply everybody who surfs onto and votes!!!

There will be one winner in each of four categories and each month a top 10 list is published for each category: will publicize the 4 winners of 2008 on the 31st of December 2008

Use this opportunity to be the next model working in Paris, New York or Milan.
Join Look of the Year today and start your new life together with beautiful people from all over the world.

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Around The Blogosphere 28 May 08

Make life sweeter? How? Flavor Tripping blog has the answer: The first series of tastings center on miracle fruit (Sideroxylon dulcificum if you want to get all scientific about it), a cranberry-sized West African berry that that numbs your sour and bitter tastebuds for a couple of hours after eating it. That means that everything that used to taste sour now tastes sweet. FTB even made it to the New York Times!

Sheylara finds it very disturbing that there’s even a category called “Nicest smelling” in Facebook’s Compare People application. Guess who smells best? Sheylara!

Dallas Penn blogs 70% of Black women are single because they wanted it that way. He throws a little blame Oprah's way... Hip, hype or hot? Coffeewallah explains...

I've been wondering why Googlers have been arriving at my blog in droves the last several days: Liz Benjamin may have provided the answer. She writes Rep. Anthony Weiner confirms to the AP that he's dating Clinton's "body woman," Huma Abedin.

Nowhere To Run

Talk about deep doo doo: I'd hate to be an astronaut right now. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Some folks in Santa Barbara CA are in REALLY deep. Lost thier homes to foreclosure, living in their cars. Is this fate awaiting more of us? I keep hearing adverts on the radio for the Chrysler $2.99 Re-Fuel America promotion. Hmmmm... could they possibly have inside info that gas will be cruising below $2.99 a gallon within the next 6 to 12 months? Either that or they want to lose money.

And just when we're getting used to the idea of $4 a gallon (while big oil via mainstreamedia primes us for $5 a gallon next month) after being told "that's what they pay in Europe," NOW we're being told thay're actually paying $10 a gallon in London. Oh S***!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Week Ahead: The Economy

I don't think I'd feel very safe tooling around in one of these "Smart Cars," but there are alternatives if you're looking to save gas money...

The Memorial Day Weekend (for many) ran from Thursday 5pm thru Monday night (and a few others will enjoy it thru Tuesday night). This holiday IMHO is a critical moment of Rest, Rememberance and Relaxation for Americans.

Everywhere I've been, people have been most aware of the changes to the US economy as a result of the oil crisis. The China earthquake and increased media coverage of our Veterans had many Americans saying prayers of thanks and taking moments of silence.

On Sunday and Monday, people were out and about in my Albany neighborhood in great numbers (we decided to weekend in the Capital Region instead of NYC this year) just WALKING and CYCLING and stopping to chat.

I did a lot of reflecting, taking the opportunity to chill, enjoying the nice weather. I got a lot of stuff done too, ranging from cleaning up around the house to getting things ready for work... and a bit of blog housekeeping as well!

Most of the radio talk shows I heard over the weekend were of the early morning variety and the one and only topic was the high gas prices! Right now, folks want to mumble and gripe about filling thier gas tanks and what happens if and when gas rises to $5 a gallon! Politics ran a distant second. Much of that chatter revolving around John McCains AGE and Barack Obama's lack of EXPERIENCE. No mentioning Hillary, who incidentally feels she should stay in the race through June, which may be the best decision. It could be a more graceful exit, if indeed the thought of exiting the nomination race has crossed her mind. I've seen a few articles touting Chelsea Clinton as a future political candidate: I wonder where that will go...

Toyota's ECHO, hatchback shown, also came in 2 and 4 door models, wasn't a big hit when it was available in the US 1999-2005, but they're in demand now!

Now, it's time for a game plan... 2008 is almost half-over... the oil crisis is strangling the economy and the experts say the prices of goods that rely on oil i.e., groceries shipped from distant factories, will be jumping in accordance with the rising cost of diesel fuel, which is out of this world and heading to another galaxy. The general consenus is that while things may be rough right now, they could be a lot worse, and may still get much worse.

75mpg? This little car has "been there, done that!" Did you miss your chance to buy one when you could have?

For now, car pool, walk, take public transportation and stay away from new car purchases until an all-electric vehicle comes along (with the car manufacturers hurting as much as they are, that technology should be here within 2 or 3 years). There's a lot of attention being paid to the "Smart Car" --- it's been out since around 2000. Don't forget there are soem great used cars out there (now hard to find and high-priced) like GEOs that get 55mpg (up to 75mpg) from the mid-80s as well as 55-mpg Hondas from the late 70s early 80s. Toyota ECHO is a compact but not overwhelmingly small car built in the late 90s-2004or5 that gets great mileage and carries on Toyota's legacy of dependability. Stay away from used Hyndai's!!! The cars are cheap when new but DEARLY EXPENSIVE to fix when things go wrong!

Hungry? There's always foraging for family fun...

Behold, the humble Mulberry. The berries are out during the month of June. For whatever reason, this scrumptious little fruit tree can be found dotting city streets in Albany (look around)!
The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines and cordials. The fruit of the Black Mulberry, native to southwest Asia, and the Red Mulberry, native to eastern North America, have the strongest flavour. The fruit of the White Mulberry, an east Asian species which is extensively naturalised in urban regions of eastern North America has a different flavour, sometimes characterised as insipid. The mature fruit contains significant amounts of resveratrol. It is known, though, that unripe fruit and green parts of the plant have a white sap that is intoxicating and mildly hallucinogenic. Aha!
My first introduction to the Mulberry was through my best friend Don, who brought over a bottle of "fresh mulberry juice" one day. There were many Mulberry trees scattered throughout Arbor Hill and the South End, most of them cut down in the mid-1970's through mid-1980's, a greater number lost when the old South End was demolished to make way for the Empire State Plaza.

Food prices across the Capital Region aren't too bad. The grocery dept. competition from the two Wal*Mart superstores are keeping Price Chopper and Hannaford on their toes. We have an ALDI store or two in the area, and there are great local businesses like the Deli Warehouse and Falvo's Meat Market that seem to be holding the line on price increases. For fast food, the major chains are still holding prices down. Luckily, we have June, July, August, September and possibly into and through October to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables LOCALLY. New York and Vermont have local dairy farms too, (and outlets like Stewart's) so our milk prices should theoretically stay where they are now. When we're shopping for our Mahopac getaway, we choose Stew Leonard's (it's the prices!) and patronize local shops whenever possible.

MediaWatch 27 May 08

Most young people get the news of the day through email, a medium that traditional newspapers rarely use. That's according to a new global survey of digital 18-to-34-year-olds by Associated Press. Editor & Publisher has details.

A [brief] history of the youth vote (interview with Michael Connery, whose book "chronicles how youth-led organizations are working behind the scenes, on a shoestring budget, to mobilize the 44 million Millennials.") (WireTap)

No surprise: MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn grow, while kiddie social site Club Penguin shrinks

How many pals is too many when it comes to social networking sites?

Outside.In, the Brooklyn-based "place-blogging" site which provides local news for all 5 boroughs of New York City and other cities across the nation, has raised a $3 million round and hired a CEO - Mark Josephson, the former president of ad network operator Seevast. Silicon Alley Insider has more.

Online video viewing is surging, says Media

Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to Appear with "The Lost Generation" 7 PM Fri 6/6/08

Internationally-celebrated filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will speak at a screening of her new film "The Lost Generation" at The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue in north Troy) on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 7 PM. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). Call (518) 272-2390, email, or visit for directions and more information.

Islamabad, May 20 (PTI) A young filmmaker has launched a project to document the memories of Pakistanis who witnessed the Partition of India in 1947.
The "Oral History Project" by Pakistan's non-resident filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is trying to preserve the stories of ordinary Pakistanis who lived through the pain of Partition.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first non-American journalist to be awarded the prestigious Livingston Award and the youngest recipient of the One World Media broadcast journalist of the year award in the United Kingdom.

Over the past seven years she has produced and reported on 13 films for major networks in the United States and Britain including CNN, PBS, Channel 4 (U.K.) and the Discovery channel. Her work has earned her major awards in broadcast journalism including the Overseas Press Club Award, The American women and Radio and Television award, The Cine Golden Eagle Award, The Banff TV Rockie award and the South Asian Journalist Award.

In her latest film–"The Lost Generation" (2008, 50 mins)–filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy investigates the biggest and most catastrophic refugee crisis in the Middle East since the Palestinian diaspora of 1948.

In the past five years more than four million Iraqis–20 per cent of the entire population–have been driven from their homes as a result of the war and sectarian bloodshed. Two million have become exiles, living desperate lives across the border in Syria and Jordan.

The film travels to Syria and Jordan to investigate the plight of Iraqi refugees. These are the very people on whom the new, democratic Iraq was to be built–the professional middle classes–nearly half of whom now live as desperate refugees, driven out by the violence and civil breakdown.

Sharmeen’s work has taken her to more than ten countries around the world. Her career in documentary filmmaking began when she examined the plight of Afghani refugee children in Pakistan for one of her articles. Their situation was so dire, and their stories so compelling, that Sharmeen decided to return to Pakistan and create a film about them. She petitioned Smith College and New York Times Television production division for the grants that would allow her to accomplish her goals. Intrigued by her story, both organizations gave her the funds as well as production equipment and training.

Born in Karachi, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was the first woman in her Pakistani family to receive a Western education. Obaid graduated from Smith College with a bachelor of arts in economics and government and then went to complete two master’s degrees from Stanford University in International Policy Studies and Communication.

Local presentation of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, made possible by volunteer labor and small financial contributions from hundreds of patrons of The Sanctuary For Independent Media.

BBC radio interview 3/12/08.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Keeping Up With Technology

During mid-May, BlackBerry maker RIM hosted the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando FL. At the conference, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was intreviewed by reporter Natasha Lomas ... he told her that the most exciting mobile trend is... Full Qwerty keyboards. Lomas quotes Lazaridis:
I'm sorry, it really is. I'm not making this up. People are running out of their two-year contracts and they're coming into the stores and they want to be able to do Facebook and they want to be able to do instant messaging and they want to be able to do e-mail and they ask for those features thinking that they're going to get another flip phone and they're walking out with a (BlackBerry) Curve or a Pearl because they're the best devices for doing those kinds of activities. And so what is the defining factor? The keyboard.
Speaking of keyboards, PC's and cellular telephones, have you ever wondered where all the obsolete computers, cellphones and other electronic garbage has gone? Try Africa. Sokari writes
The figures are astounding. Each year the EU produces 8.7 million tons of E-waste of which 6.6 million tons leaves Europe each year - where does it go? Mainly to Africa and often under the guise of “charitable donantions” where it is left in landfills and ponds and where much of it is burnt sending out huge quantities of lead and mercury which then enter the food chain. The dumps become “working” areas for poor people mainly children searching for scraps of metal and other bits they can sell. Every month about 500,000 used computers are arriving in Lagos alone with only a small percentage working and the rest end up as toxic waste. NGOs, businesses, unscrupulous local businessmen but most of all the EU are all complicit in the trade of electronic waste arriving in West Africa from Europe as this video shows. [Link to Sokari's post & video]
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Around The Blogosphere 26 May 08

Michelle Malkin: Audio: A special Memorial Day song from my 4-year-old son

Sokari: US + Halliburton + Cheney + Shell & Nigeria = corruption

Rethabile: Refugee.

27 May is Book Club Tuesday in Uganda: Scarlett Lion writes “I'm guessing there will be a blogger or two there, since the only way this has been discussed is via blog, so maybe we can also talk about meeting during a different part of the month...”

Blogging from Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, Annie Paul writes about Derek Walcott's poem The Mongoose, “written specifically with V.S. Naipaul in mind”: “Down here at Treasure Beach we give thanks for sunny skies and prickly poets. Willing conscripts in the enactment of a first-class literary feud we await the unfolding of Day 3 at Calabash with some relish. A mongoose will never just be a mongoose again.” Geoffrey Philp blogs that he wishes he could have attended...

Would you rather be wealthy or healthy? Lotis posts Regular exercise needed Being healthy is the biggest wealth we can have.

To think it's only been a few months since this (which also seemed to 'dead-end' the blog that posted about it!) happened, but it seems like years...

Authors of the Macedonian media blog analyzed the "unprecedented" use of the internet and the new media by the leading political parties in the campaign for the early parliamentary elections, scheduled for June 1, 2008. Global Voices' Filip Stojanovski has translated the post from Macedonian.

75% of Colombians have no access to the internet according to a recent studty. Campus Comunicativo [es] provides more of the findings.

Memorial Day 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Xenophobia in the News

xenophobia [(zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-foh-bee-uh)]
An unreasonable fear, distrust, or hatred of strangers, foreigners, or anything perceived as foreign or different.

Reports of xenophobic violence and hatred have featured prominently in South Africa 's - and the world's - daily press this week and rightly so. But what hasn't made the headlines is the overwhelming positive response to the violence ... more from Simone

On Black Looks, Sokari posts The Ushahidi engine is being used to map xenophobic attacks in South Africa at the “United For Africa” website.

David Van Wyk theorizes -What are root causes of this violence?

Nanja Boy writes examines the fate of Nigerians in the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa: “Lest we have forgotten, Nigerians economy now harbors the best of their businesses. For goodness sake, the lists of Nigerian-based multinational companies wholly owed or controlled by South Africa people or government is far greater than the hundreds of Nigeria migrants residing in that country. Nigerians are not destroying any of MTN’s installation even when their services are poor and genuine reasons to rampage are evident.”

Khayna Blog reports The Strange Maps blog has posted maps of Germany showing a correlation between the growing of genetically modified crops and racist violence. It points out that the source of the maps is a satirical magazine, and warns that correlation does not necessarily mean causation...

Itayi Chimuka: With the current crisis in South Africa being caused by the xenophobia attacks, many websites and blog are focussing on this topic. Rand Mediacom’s own blog has been posting regularly about these attacks.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

MediaWatch 24 May 08

I've been blogging for a few years now, and sometimes it seems the best blogs are ones I ran across early on: like UAE Kitten, whose motto is "Look Beyond What You See."

TechCrunch reports Microsoft is shutting down its book digitization initiative, which launched in 2006, the company said in an email today (full text is here). The publisher site is already down, the books site itself will be shut next week, and Microsoft posted a blog post on it here

Dan Gillmor writes: The YouTube Citizen News Channel wants to highlight citizen videos with news value. Olivia Ma, the site’s News Manager, says on the site’s blog:
If you see examples of fellow YouTubers doing great work in journalism and reporting, please let me know. If you’re a citizen journalist yourself, tell me how YouTube could better serve you. I want to hear how you guys envision news on YouTube and what you’d like to see. My ultimate mission is to make the site a go-to destination for news on the web.

So far so good — another worthwhile experiment in citizen media. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works.
But as they monetize this, I hope they’re going to find a way to reward the people who are doing the work. As I’ve said again and again, I’m not a fan of business models that say “You do all the work and we’ll take all the money, thank you very much.”

Dan continues: I also hope YouTube will give people a way to post using Creative Commons licenses, which are all about sharing information, as opposed to the currently restrictive terms of service. This is the main reason I don’t automatically recommend the service — though I do believe it offers great value in a general sense– and why I do recommend Blip.TV, which makes Creative Commons one of the defaults.

Memorial Day "Rewound" at WABC (770 New York)


via Fybush: Johnny Donovan, Pete Kanze, Rob Frankel and Frank D'Elia have been hard at work once again on a full day of nostalgia at "Musicradio 77," and next Monday's lineup will include three hours of Bob Lewis (two hours from 1964, plus a WABC-FM hour from 1968), a Chuck Leonard top 100 countdown from 1968, Jim Nettleton's 1969 debut, and a new addition - an hour of Don Imus from his WNBC days, marking Imus' recent addition to the present-day WABC lineup. The fun happens from 6 AM-6 PM next Monday (May 26), followed by the "Rewound Talk Show."


6AM - Herb Oscar Anderson, Ron Lundy and Chuck Leonard

7AM - Chuck Dunaway 1961

8AM - Harry Harrison Top 100 of 1975

9AM - Don Imus (WNBC)

10AM - Bob Lewis 1964 (Part 1)

11AM - Bob Lewis 1964 (Part 2)

Noon - Jim Nettleton 1969 Debut

1PM - Chuck Leonard Top 100 1968

2PM - Martin Block/Dan Ingram 1962

3PM - Bruce Morrow 1972, Chuck Leonard 1974

4PM - Bob Lewis on WABC-FM 1968

5PM - Dan Ingram 1963

6PM - Post Rewound Talk Show

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Around The Blogosphere 24 May 08

Say Hi to Kelly...

Are you a journalist who blogs? Check out the Online Journalism Blog’s new survey and help Paul Bradshaw get info for a book chapter he’s writing on the subject of journalists blogging. H/T Citizen Media Watch

The hot new "Atlanta Sound" is setting the music industry on it's ear: Arjanwrites is all over it, highlighting one of my favourite new artists, SPREE WILSON. There's even a download...

If you're in the city Saturday, Dallas Penn invites you: Sneaker Fiends… Come out and plaaaaaaay. We will traverse the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan in our quest. Just like the ‘Warriors’ movie, but with less gang warfare.

Are you between the ages of 13-17? Are you interested in politics? Would you like to beef up your resume and score a few free magazine subscriptions? is looking for teen election bloggers

YouTube starts citizen journalism channel Juliana Rincón Parra · lingua → mk · mg · sq · bn
Giving citizen journalism videos more airtime has just gotten easier: YouTube video uploading website has opened a new channel exclusively for citizen videos named CitizenNews. Vloggers who specialize in reporting what is going on where they live can now subscribe to the channel and let the world know what is going on.

LegoFish, Iranian blogger and designer, informs us that Ballgard's new CD is now available. Ballgard draws from the musical styles of Funk, Hard Rock and Iranian Folk music themes. Watch Ballgard's video here.

My dear friend Bettina has posted Genio y figura... Al Internet lo visualizo como una puerta abierta a todo el mundo… uno sabe que puertas tocar, donde entrar, donde quedarse,...

From YouTube to YouTomb (MIT students track YouTube videos that have been removed for copyright violations)

Jolies petites loutres Encore un post totalement inutile… Simplement pour vous donner une bonne dose de “yeeeuuuuh si c’est pas...[alsaciennerose]

Ximbitane [pt] talks about the “sms mania” which seems to be now part of the Mozambican daily life. “The mobile phones are installed in our lives as if they were a second skin and there is not the slightest doubt about it”.

Altino Machado presents pictures [pt] of what could be the last isolated ethnic group in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, the so called ‘Invisible Indians'. The pictures were taken from a plane by José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Jr., coordinator of FUNAI's [Brazilian National Indian Foundation] Ethno-environmental Protection Front, in the region close to Feijó, in Acre State. The Indians reacted by attacking the plane with bow and arrows.

Bárbara Axt [pt] publishes a spot on video showing Jose Saramago's reaction just after watching Blindness, an adaptation of his book by Brazilian Fernando Meirelles, which was launched the Cannes film festival on Wednesday. “I am so happy to watch this film… as I was when I finished writing the book”, said the Nobel-laureate Portuguese writer.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Maria Sue Chapman, R.I.P. (2003-2008)

Steven Curtis Chapman and family.

All that matters in this life below
Is not what you are or how much you know;
All the world's knowledge can make the mind smart,
But the diff'rence is made in the heart.
Dallas Holm

Michelle Malkin writes: Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue, died Wednesday when her teen-age brother accidentally ran over her as he backed the family’s car out of their driveway. Chapman’s music and life have been inspired by, and centered on, faith and family. His oldest daughter, Emily, encouraged Chapman and his wife to adopt after having three of their own natural-born children; the couple adopted three beautiful girls from China. They performed missionary work in Chinese orphanages and established a charity named after their first adopted daughter, Shoahannah. At the time the accident occurred, the family “was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman’s completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago.” Maria Sue had just graduated from church preschool.

Maria was the youngest of three girls from China that Chapman and his wife Mary Beth adopted. They also have three biological children.

The entire family was home when the accident happened. Two other kids witnessed the tragedy. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Visitation for the Chapman's little girl will begin Friday, May 22, at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service will take place Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m.

A special blog has been set up in memory of Maria, where you can send your condolences to the family.

Ayuda para China... by Bettina Perroni

Reina la soledad entre los escombros, reina la oscuridad.
Queen solitude in the rubble, darkness reigns.

Deng Lui se mantiene quieta. Deng Lui keeps quiet.

La posición fetal la ha protegido de daños mayores aunque algunas punzadas de dolor han comenzado a atacar a sus piernas.

The fetal position has been protected from further damage although some pangs of pain have begun to attack their legs.

Cierra los ojos y trata de concentrarse en episodios especiales de su vida… recuerda el gran sol rojo sobre el río Yangtse, las montañas doradas y los corazones que dibujó en su cuaderno escolar esa mañana...
She shuts her eyes and tries to concentrate on special episodes of her life… recalls the great red sun on the Yangtze River, mountains and golden hearts that she drew in her notebook at school that morning ...

Para esta tarde se encontraría con Shang Tsu… era urgente que esos escombros se removieran para darle paso a la luz.

This evening she would meet with Shang Tsu… it was urgent that such debris was removed to give way to light.

Cerca de ella, algunas historias fueron consumidas por el devastador terremoto de 7.8 grados que sacudió al país sede de las próximas olimpiadas apenas el pasado 12 de mayo.
Around her, some stories were consumed by the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude that rocked the country hosting the next Olympics on May 12.

Las noticias hablan de un registro fatal de más de 34,000 muertos .

Reports speak of a fatality registration of more than 34000 dead.

China se ha declarado 3 días de luto nacional y la controvertida llama olímpica ha suspendido su recorrido durante estos días.
China declared 3 days of national mourning and the controversial Olympic flame was suspended its route during these days.

El mundo testifica lo acontecido por las imágenes que salen a la luz.

The world witnesses the devastation via TV, newspapers and the Net.

Hay testimonios de algunos sobrevivientes , lamentos de otros y aflicción por los que no han podido ser rescatados… como en el caso de Deng Lui.
There are testimonies of some survivors, and other cries of grief for those who have been unable to be rescued… as in the case of Deng Lui.

Cierto que los días han pasado y miles deambulan buscando alimento.
Of course, the days have passed and thousands roam looking for food.

Varios países se han ya sumado a la ayuda, algunos opinan… incluyéndome yo… pero esto no es suficiente.
Several countries have already joined the aid, some just give an opinion, including myself…… but this is not enough.

Según información oficial , las cuentas a nombre de la embajada de la República de China son el banco HSBC con el número 199184962 en pesos mexicanos y la 199312118 denominada en dólares, para cualquier aportación económica que se desee realizar desde México.
According to official information, the accounts in the name of the Embassy of the Republic of China are the HSBC bank with the number 199184962 in Mexican pesos and 199312118 denominated in dollars, for any financial contribution to be made from Mexico.

No sé pero… en estos momentos el oriente ya no lo siento tan lejano.
I do not know… but at the moment the east no longer feels so distant.

Mis condolencias a este gran pueblo.

My condolences to this great nation.

-Bettina Perroni
The original post in Spanish is available here.

Around The Blogosphere 23 May 08

Geoffrey Philp writes --Jamaican dub-poet Malachi’s new CD Luv Dub Fever will be launched on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 7:00 pm at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. The event will be hosted by the Poetry Society of Jamaica as part of their monthly fellowship. Malachi will be the special guest performer/reader for the evening. Geoffrey notes that Luv Dub Fever is already getting heavy airplay on Caribbean radio in South Florida and on stations in Vale, Colorado, and in Hawaii. The CD is available online at Luv Dub Fever is also available for downloads at Negations are being finalized for distribution in the Caribbean, the USA, Europe, and Africa... [more]

Malachi Smith was one of the founders of Poets in Unity, a dub poetry group formed in 1979 at the Jamaica School of Drama. He was the group’s most compelling presenter (and, as a policeman/peacemaker writing poems, the most newsworthy). Migrating to Miami in 1987, he has continued being both a policeman and a dub poet, earning the 2003 International Dub Poet of the Year Award in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in 2007 a Master’s degree in Criminology from Florida International University. “I can never be silent when I see injustice,” he has said. “We are all part of the system.” Social justice and black self-realization are predominant concerns on his earlier CDs, Throw Two Punch (1998) and Middle Passage (2003). Love Dub Fever has a different emphasis: it is focused mainly on love and sex, as projected by a confident man. Many have proclaimed this is his best CD.

Miss Info believes we should all "party hearty" Yardie Bucket List: You havent lived until you’ve been to a Massive B bash

Madonna says criticism of her adoption of a Malawian boy hurt so much, she compared it to giving birth. Since Madge doesn't have a blog, check out her story here, here and here!

Mutatione Fortitud, the blog of a political scientist from Azerbaijan, comments on his country's first ever debut in this year's Eurovision Song Contest and says that it appears as if the song, Day After Day, was “pretty successful.” The Revolving Madventist Church of the Golden Worm of Mu agrees and says the entry entered into the true spirit of the international song contest with such a “blatant disregard of propriety” which “brings the whole act safely from ridiculousness into the hyperdimensional realm of pure awesomeness, Epic Win, and spiral power. And it sounds kinda nifty, too.”

Haitian blogger Wadner Pierre shares his thoughts on the philosophy of nonviolence and, in the words of Thoreau, when “it is important for honest men to break the law.”

A Chongqing-based magazine, New Travel Weekly, was suspended from publishing for using bikini-clad women on the front page of its May 19 issue. More from ESWN and DANWEI.

Kamangir reports that Sheema Kalbasi (شیما کلباسی) has published a book about the works of Iranian female poets from Middle age to present day Iran. The book is called: Seven Valleys of Love. On her blog, Sheema suggests that Barack Obama needs a reality check...

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Sheema Kalbasi at ICORN

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