keep it coming...
if i can't stand anything, it's fwds.. i hate those things. but when i get them from certain people like Meca or my man Rau, i do open them and read them... true indeedy...
here is one from Rau:
50 years to learn
by Dave Barry
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word wouldbe "meetings."
3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. And when God, who created the entire universe with all of its glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
6. You should not confuse your career with your life
7. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
8. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
9. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
10. Never lick a steak knife.
11. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.
12. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.
13. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
14. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
15. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That age is eleven.
16. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
17. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.
18. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
19. Your friends love you anyway.
Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
that last one ain't no joke.. feel free to pass this along..
Meca sent me this one..
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in U.S. Poultry
By J.R. Pegg
WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2002 (ENS) - Three times more antibiotics by weight are fed to poultry in the United States than humans consume, and the poultry industry's use of antibiotics is a health risk to American turkey and chicken eaters, according to two independent studies released today.
The studies, one from Consumer Reports and another jointly produced by the Sierra Club and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), raise concerns that Americans are increasingly likely to purchase chicken contaminated with strains of salmonella or campylobacter bacteria that are resistant to one or more antibiotics often used to treat people.
It is no small problem that bacteria on meat are getting more and more resistant to antibiotics," said Dr. David Wallinga, an IATP scientist and co-author of the Sierra Club/ITAP study.
"Common, brand name poultry products routinely carry at least one disease causing germ if not more, and these bacteria are often resistant to one or more antibiotics. The resistance we found is for many of the same medicines that doctors rely on for treating people sick with infections," Dr. Wallinga said.
Salmonella and campylobacter bacteria can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. People who are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria are likely to be subjected to lengthier, more serious illnesses.
Poultry industry representatives called the studies "unduly alarming to consumers" and countered that antibiotic resistance is more likely the result of over prescription by doctors.
let me end it there.. nasty kid... watch your back..
someone on black planet dropped a jewel (even i am guilty of this )
Touchinghearts (Thu, Dec 12, 2002 @ 04:49 EST)
I saw the interview, and I cam away thinking one thing, I have to many friends, family and people in my community struggling with drugs to really care wat Whitney or Bobby may or may not be doing. If she can sing I will by her CD, thats where it stops for me. I am always amazed beyond belief at how people can become so emotionally involved in the lives of people we don`t event know, simple because the can sing, rap or play ball. However, I think she went beyond what she had to do, by just giving the interview.
that is so true, we get caught up in other people's stuff (namely artists) and forget about what's happening right under our noses. Whitney and Bobby got money, they can take care of themselves. there are people way more UNfortunate than they are..
uglee-boy (Thu, Dec 12, 2002 @ 02:12 EST) Reply
This Bytch has hit rock bottom......
Look what happened to Mackenzie Phillips 20 years ago.....she went to H*ll and back and then brought a way ticket to H*ll again. Now Mackenzie is suppose to be on the `Good Foot`.
First; Whitney Houston is straight GHETTO from da jump......Clive Davis re-packaged her into an All American Princess for the public to see.
Second; her voice has been getting lower over the years and this can be due to many different causes (aging, singing, drugs). HER HIGH RANGE IS HISTORY!
Third; she`s been in the game for a long time and her career ain`t what it use to be. This happens to every career........do you think Sting, Madonna and Michael are still selling 8 million copies of their CD here in the States alone????
Fourth; Arista should have recorded Whitney in her middle range and leave it at that. Clive is gone and there is no one at Arista that can help her.
Fifth; If she wants to do drug and mess up her life then thats on her.......who cares?
The music industry and the public have moved on to others.......If Whitney really wanted her career and her life back then she has to be hungry enough to want it and I don`t think she really cares anymore.
sixth; I can`t feel sorry for someone who sold 11 million copies of their first CD, 30 million alone for `The Body Guard`, 8 million for the second CD, triple platinum for `My Love Is Your Love`, has been offered and turned down movie roles worth millions, lives in a million dollar+ mansion, wears `A` list designer clothes, appeared on the covers of `Rolling Stone`, `Bazaar`, `Ebony`, `Out`, `Jet` and `People`, made commericals for `Diet Coke` and `Max Factor`........has one of the best smiles in history and is worth over $200 million dollars on paper.............
Shyt, I hope a big azz bag of `rice` fall on her head then she`ll wake the f*ck up and smell the pancakes cooking in the kitchen.
i kind of feel him on that.. word.. gotta count your blessings..
oh well on to the next...
MY PRINTER IS ACTING FUNNY... arghhh!!!!
we started watching Lumumba last night. great cinematography. like i mentioned in a previous blog, you can feel the emotion in their expressions and kind of understand what they are saying with the subtitles. Raoul Peck is a great director. it begins when he is killed and then flashes back to when he began his political career. i need to find a good biography on him. he was Way ahead of this time. i see why Malcolm X looked up to him. Yejide of course did not let us finish.. hmph!
IS PROTEST MUSIC DEAD?
by Jeff Chang
Music used to be the dominant voice against war. Now it's easier to shut up and get paid. What's really going on?
Ever since John Lennon and Yoko Ono led a raucous crowd of flower-toting, peasant-bloused hippies in a pot-hazy chorus of "Give Peace a Chance," it seems to have been a pop axiom:When the United States goes to war, the musicians begin calling for peace.
Opposing war hasn't always been a popular position, but it has created some great music. During the Vietnam era, songs like Edwin Starr's "War," Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower," Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain" and "Wars of Armageddon," Jimmy Cliff's "Vietnam," Country Joe and the Fish's "Fixing to Die Rag," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" turned defiance into a raging, soaring, brave and melancholic gestures of community.
Even our allegedly apathetic post-Lennonist generation has extended the tradition. When Bush Senior sent troops to Kuwait in 1991, rappers Ice Cube and Paris trained their verbal guns on the White House in "I Wanna Kill Sam" and "Bush Killa," while Bad Religion and Noam Chomsky split a 7-inch into a no-war-for-oil seminar. Antiwar music has become a time-honored balance to "bomb 'em all and let God sort 'em out" fervor. So why, since Sept. 11, have we heard so little new music protesting Bush Junior's war on evil?
Artists who were once outspoken peaceniks seem to have lost their certainty, or even switched their position. For years,U2 led crowds in chants of "No more war!" during their concerts. But during their surrealistic Super Bowl half-time performance this past January, they offered deep ambivalence--a stark display of the names of Sept. 11 victims set to "Beautiful Day
Where are the alternative voices? Let's start with hip-hop, the most socially important music of our time and, until recently, the most successful. Hip-hop's sales led the plunge last year--by 20 percent, according to Def Jam founder and rap industry leader Russell Simmons.
And so did its vision. While Congress debated the Patriot Act and air strikes left Afghan cities in ruins and untold innocents dead, Jay-Z and Nas declared their own dirty little war for the pockets (if not exactly the minds) of the younger generation.
Jay-Z's dis of Nas, "The Takeover," was based on a sample from the Doors' "Five to One," an anti-Vietnam War song released during 1968's long hot summer whose title supposedly alluded to a demographic menace: five times as many people under the age of 21 as over.
Here's Jim Morrison's original: "The old get old/ And the young get stronger/ May take a week/ And it may take longer/They got the guns/ But we got the numbers/ Gonna win, yeah/We're taking over!" Here's J-Hova's slice: "Gonna win,yeah!" Released on Sept. 11, his album, The Blueprint, sold465,000 copies.
Bay area artist Michael Franti and Spearhead were invited last November to play The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn. Franti obliged with a new song, "Bomb Da World." Yet the song's chorus--"You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace"--was apparently too much for the show's producers. Months later, and only after a Billboard magazine article exposed the story, the clip finally aired.
"It's funny," Franti says. "In the past, I'd hear some folksingers singing folksongs or 'Give Peace a Chance' and think, God, this is really corny. But then you realize, in a time of war, it's a really radical message."
Take KRS-One's new album, "Spiritual Minded." In part a reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, the album reconciles Christian spirituality with a radical notion of diversity--putting together Bronx beats, Cantopop, biblical chapter and verse, and the words "peace" and "As-Salaam Alaikum" in the same song.
"We live in a Christian nation," he says. "I can only give the public that which it can digest. So I put this album out. The door swings open. Christians are like, 'Yeah, wow, KRS! He finally came over.' Now I'm over. Now let's talk."
But if this is his most subtle effort yet to promote a message of peace and unity, it is still a record that needs to be marketed. So while Spiritual Minded has been a dud in the hip-hop world, it topped the less lucrative Gospel charts earlier this year.
Even indie labels no longer provide an alternative, says Joel Schalit, the Bay Area-based editor of Punk Planet and a member of dub-funk band Elders of Zion. Schalit's new book, Jerusalem Calling (Akashic Books), features a chapter that indicts the indie-punk scene, a movement which began as a highly charged reaction to Reaganism and major labels and ended up a calcifying, apolitical, "petit bourgeois" feeder-system for the same majors.
"I think our generation has started to move in the direction of formulating its own distinct progressive political positions, but in many respects, I think that the trauma that was Sept. 11 has thus far stopped them from doing anything new," he says. "There haven't been people rushing out to print 7-inch singles attacking American foreign policy like there was during the Gulf War."
He adds, "A lot of label owners, especially on the independent level, are very concerned that promoting ideology is not the same as promoting art."
pretty interesting, it's longer than i thought. so check it out here...AQUI!
i like this one...
When an artist elects to exploit an art form founded in the rhythmic traditions of his African forefathers and cultivated by generations of his oppressed predecessors in pursuit of gross commodification and capitalistic gain, that individual is a menace to his people. He is ill equipped to serve as a worthy role model for our impressionable youth, and should not be expected to comprehend the eminent importance of such a position. He cannot ethically endorse any community cause and be a sincere representative, since his own lyrics and lifestyle are often contradictory to almost every campaign for the social and cultural progression of Black folk. His credibility as a spokesperson for the collective Black condition is void. This individual is Black by skin complexion alone; his soul, by both definitions, has been compromised for the multifaceted perks of stardom. He is the hustler of our culture.
==>>>>Janelle Harris is a graduate student in the African-American Studies Department at Temple University in Philadelphia.
with that.. let me get out of here. i pray that what i have put on my blogger will give you insight and a better understanding of our world.. i know people are like "talk about what you do" but this is what i do (well one of the things...) : i analyze info and pass it along.. what what ...