Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tony Winner & Hip Hop Poet Lemon Andersen @UAlbany

The University at Albany Foundation presents

In conjunction with the Writers Institute, Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum

This series of events focuses on the life and work of Lemon Andersen, writer, performance artist, screen actor, and Tony Award-winning poet. Lemon is also a three-time felon who grew up in Brooklyn, the child of a Puerto Rican mother and Norwegian American father, both heroin addicts who died of AIDS before he was fifteen. Left to fend for himself, he dropped out of high school and spent years in jail and on probation. His attempts at rehabilitation faltered until he attended a poetry reading and discovered he had a gift for expressing himself through words. This series celebrates Lemon’s journey to transform his life through art.

October 24 (Friday): Film screening, 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
November 1 (Saturday): Film screening, 9:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Directed by Laura Brownson and Beth Levison
This intricately crafted documentary follows Lemon’s struggle to free his family from poverty and pain by embarking on a daunting journey to bring his life story to the stage. The movie features the music of hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, and Talib Kwel.

November 6 (Thursday): An Evening with Lemon Andersen
Presentation — 7:00 p.m., University Art Museum, Fine Arts Building

In an intimate setting, Lemon discusses his life and work, focusing on what nurtures him as an artist and how that has been the salvation in his life. An original cast member of the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (2002-2003), Lemon shared the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. Lemon is the author of two poetry collections, Ready Made Real (2004) and County of Kings (2009), which earned the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York Book Festival. Also an actor, Lemon has appeared in the Spike Lee films Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Inside Man (2006), She Hate Me (2004), and Sucker Free City (2004).

Monday, October 20, 2014

#MusicMonday Come Home Dc5

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

#Ebola WhatsApp

BBC has launched an Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in West Africa.

The service will provide audio, text message alerts and images to help people get the latest public health information to combat the spread of Ebola in the region.

Content will be released 3x each day, in English and French.

To subscribe, send 'JOIN' via WhatsApp to +44 7702 348 651

To unsubscribe, send 'STOP' via WhatsApp to the same number.

One the major "chat apps" in use in Africa, WhatsApp is being used as a means of reaching people in the region directly via their mobile phones.

Ebola: A Poem for the Living - United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iheed have collaborated to produce an animated video for use in West Africa that helps dispel myths about how Ebola is spread and promotes prevention of the disease.

Ebola: A Poem for the Living (English) from United Methodist Communications on Vimeo.

Dr. Meryl Nass writes at the Anthrax Vaccine blog. ::: "Testing people at airports is rather meaningless since someone could be infected with Ebola and not show symptoms, like increased temperature, for three weeks. Thomas Eric Duncan didn't show symptoms when he came to the U.S. from Liberia. Clearly the CDC was wrong to allow nurse Amber Vinson to fly on a commercial flight. Unfortunately, these are just the most obvious and most recent of the problems of the CDC responses to the Ebola outbreak."

    See Nass' recent blog entry, "Current clinical thoughts on Ebola," which raises ten critical points. The first is: "Even the best containment gear, combined with a diluted bleach solution to spray down workers as layers are removed, and a buddy system that requires another healthcare professional to watch how healthcare workers take off their personal protective equipment, is not perfect. Medecins Sans Frontieres / aka Doctors Without Borders / aka MSF workers used the best equipment and methods we know, still 16 MSF staff became infected with Ebola, and nine of them have died." Her most recent entry is: "Aerosolization tests of Ebola in Animals at USAMRIID [U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases] confirms disease can spread via air." 

Also, see Oct. 7 piece by David Willman of the Los Angeles Times, who won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the anthrax attacks of 2001, which were found to originate in a U.S. government lab: "Some Ebola experts worry virus may spread more easily than assumed." Also, see Oct. 8 editorial from the Times: "Effort to prevent panic over Ebola went too far."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

via @ThisIsSethsBlog : Avoiding Magical Thinking

Here's an article that's truly a pleasure to share. It transcends all of the nonsense and hoopla marketing ploys the self-annointed "web gurus" will throw your way. And it's powerful message for ANYONE attempting to do ANYTHING.

Hard work is at the root of popular acceptance and recognition in whatever field you're striving to make a mark or have a presence in. Simply click on the image at left to read the full article, or click here to visit the blog where it first appeared. For this post, someone else did the heavy-lifting. Here’s to reblogging!

While this post is basically a re-blog, I'd like YOUR OPINION on re-blogging or reblogging. Tumblr and Vine basically pioneered the process. Some people believe great posts should be shared via whatever means available, be it twitter, facebook or re-blogging. I rarely reblog, unless I really like something. I think reblogging is a great tool for spreading good ideas and great blogs. What do YOU think?

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Guilderland Murder Mystery

The Capital Region collective news focus in recent days has been on the deaths of four family members in Guilderland, in an incident that apparently took place in broad daylight. At Guilderland Town Hall Thursday morning, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor, and State Police Captain Scott Coburn updated the media, although with limited information, on the quadruple murder that occurred Wednesday afternoon at 1846 Western Ave. It’s a busy stretch near Crossgates mall; one lane was closed off as investigators from several agencies converged on the house.

“The call came in yesterday afternoon as an EMS call. When police arrived they realized it was a homicide scene, and an investigation began," said Lawlor. DA David Soares said the investigation is in its infancy and stressed that any information that the public may have should be turned over to law enforcement.

Chief Lawlor confirmed four victims; a 37-year-old male, 39-year-old female, and two male children, ages 7 and 10, all of Asian descent. The children were confirmed as students at Guilderland Elementary School.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-GIVE-TIP.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

#ISIS Welcomes Journalists

So, you are a journalist and you want to head to the Middle East to cover #ISIS, eh?

Although I'm not 100% convinced that a newly-released set of "rules" is legit, I've posted them on my mobile blog, here.

Truthfully, they sound a bit hollywoody... wonder who authored them?

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Democrats for Gibson Coalition Launched

Hyde Park, NY – The Democrats for Gibson Coalition was launched yesterday in Hyde Park, New York. 
Left to Right: Bartle Bull, Chris Gibson, Linda Comando

Congressman Gibson was introduced by Democrats for Gibson Coalition Chairman Bartle Bull and Chairwoman Linda Comando. 

Bull is an attorney, novelist, and lifelong member of the Democratic Party.  He has been very active in politics, including working as Robert Kennedy’s New York State campaign manager in 1968 and serving in leadership positions on the campaigns of Ed Koch, Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, and Jimmy Carter.  He is a former publisher of The Village Voice

"John Kennedy was a tax cutter, a capitalist, and - like Chris Gibson - an active-duty patriot.  As a lifelong Democrat, and as Robert Kennedy's 1968 New York State campaign manager, I believe that we should put country before party, as Chris Gibson has always done, and that is why I am proud to support Chris for Congress," said Bartle Bull.

#MusicMonday w/The Kinks

Many Autumns past, "Where Have All The Good Times" was one of the so-called "turntable hits" way back in the 1960s! Kids loved the song, radio stations loved playing it. Go figure!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Colored American Magazine

Two Professors Aim to Fill Gap in Digital Archives of Periodicals

            “The Annotated Colored American: A Collaborative Digital Humanities Project,” a new project by two College of Saint Rose professors to fill a gap in digital archives of periodicals and pioneer new methods of digital presentation, will be introduced in a talk by Dr. Eurie Dahn and Dr. Brian Sweeney at The College of Saint Rose.

            Dahn and Sweeney will deliver their lecture, “Digital Pedagogy and African American Print Culture,” Monday, October 20, at noon in the Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center (Standish Conference Rooms, second floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 

The program is free and open to the public.


Over the past two decades, digital archival projects have made available on the “freeweb” printed materials that previously could be accessed only in the reading rooms of rare book libraries or behind the firewalls of proprietary digital databases.  This expansion of access has helped advance periodical studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field that examines the cultural, social, literary and historical significance of periodicals and periodical forms.

Friday, October 03, 2014


NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in response to the latest news regarding a cyberattack at JPMorgan:
“The news that JPMorgan was targeted in a massive cyberattack affecting millions of account holders and small businesses is troubling for all New Yorkers. JPMorgan account holders can take some basic precautions to protect themselves against identify theft and harm to their credit rating.”
The Attorney General provided a list of tips for JPMorgan account holders and those who suspect they may be a victim of the security breach:
If you might be a victim:
  • Report to any of the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Transunion or Experian) that you may have been a victim of identity theft. Make sure the credit reporting agency has your current contact information so it can get in contact with you.
  • Ask the credit reporting agencies to put a fraud alert on your credit file.  This will still allow you to use your credit card. If you put a fraud alert on your file, you may ask for a free credit report from each of the credit reporting agencies. Contacting any one of the three credit reporting agencies above is enough to file a credit alert with all of them. A credit alert must be renewed every 90 days.
  • You also have a right to put a credit freeze on your credit file. This will block someone from obtaining credit using your name or personal information. This means you won’t be able to apply for any new credit cards or loans while the freeze is in effect, but you can continue to use your existing cards. To freeze your credit file, you must notify each of the three major credit bureaus. You can remove the freeze temporarily or permanently by contacting each of the three agencies. There is no fee if you have been the victim of identity theft. You may be charged a fee of up to $5  if you have not been a victim of identity theft.
  • You should also check your credit activity regularly with each credit issuer.  You don’t need to wait for your monthly statement, though you should check that as well.  Many banks provide online information to account holders about recent activity.  
If you are a victim:
  • Create an identity theft fraud report.  To create one, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and print your Identity Theft Affidavit. You can call the FTC at 1-877-438-4338 or visit this website.
  • Use that to file a police report and create your Identity Theft Report.
  • An Identity Theft Report will help you deal with credit reporting companies, debt collectors and any fraudulent accounts that the ID thief opened in your name.
  • Put a freeze (not just a fraud alert) on your credit report by notifying each of the credit reporting agencies (Equifax, TransUnion or Experian). The freeze can be removed only by you. 
  • Get your credit report from each of the three agencies. You are entitled to free reports once you post a fraud alert or put a freeze on your account. Read the reports carefully to see whether other fraudulent transactions or accounts are listed, and then take steps to correct the errors.
  • Check your credit card account frequently to look for any irregular activity.
Contact information for the credit reporting agencies:

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#ISIS - Analyzing the Timeline: The Rise of the Islamic State

How Much Do You Know About #ISIS #IS #ISIL ?

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Police Resume Jaliek Rainwalker Search


Age Progressed Photograph:

Jaliek's photo is shown age-progressed to 14 years. He was last seen on November 1, 2007. Jaliek is Biracial. He is Black and White. Jaliek was last seen wearing blue jeans, a yellow fleece pull-over and black tennis shoes. He has a slight speech impediment. Jaliek pronounces the letter "r" like a "w."
Time Line
11/1/2007 At 6:45 p.m. Jaliek is returned to Stephen Kerr after spending six days in respite care.
11/1/2007 Stephen takes Jaliek to dinner at Red Robin Restaurant.
11/2/2007 At 8:57 a.m. Stephen reports Jaliek as a runaway to the Greenwich Police Department.
11/4/2007 Greenwich/Cambridge Police amass forest rangers and law enforcement officers for search for Jaliek.
11/4/2007   Jaliek’s adoptive parents are interviewed regarding Jaliek’s disappearance.
11/5/2007 Ground and air searches for Jaliek are conducted.
11/6/2007 Ground and air searches are increased for Jaliek.  Jaliek’s adoptive parents are asked to take polygraph tests.  Stephen begins polygraph but refuses to complete test.  Jocelyn takes and completes polygraph.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014


Women who willingly posed for porn say they'll sue Google $100M - I think they should sue themselves for stupidity.

Women ask yourselves: R U willing to mimic your 'sheroes' like Rihanna and pose for nude pictures, even if you think they're 'personal'??? (You don't really believe anything is personal in this post-Snowden iCloud age, do you?)
Although Anthony Weiner was done in more by sexting rather than his selfies, it's more than apparent that while we the sheeple tend to accept female fone porn, male selfies are not well tolerated.

The same women who say they abhor being 'hit on' by men at work or in a club idolize self-sexifying women like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian.

Many men love and appreciate women for what and who they are, the 'true spirit' of life and happiness.

Unfortunately, there are other men whose common sense gets blinded by chemistry - when they see images they can't help but see disseminated of R & KK they wrongly deduce all women 'want it' - all respect is lost. This is wrong. Leads to evil. Ladies, don't dis-respect yourselves! You are people, not objects, souls, not slaves. You have human rights. Pose all you like for beautiful photographs and paintings, but

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