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Supporting President Obama Does Not Mean Letting Him Off the Hook

Max Eternity - I voted for Obama, and I stand by my decision. However since his election, the list of dissappointments continues to grow; threatening the balance sheet of pros and cons. From the horrendous, multi-trillion dollar giveaway to the already rich and wealthy, Wall Street elites, to health care rights for all and economic empowerment to the people, the President has strayed far and wide from many of his campaign commitments. In the accompanying video below, Naomi Wolf comments on the shameful disappointments of President Obama.




Has Anyone Noticed That Romeo Is Black?

by Jason W.H. Page @ The Root

LONDON—Romeo is black. And no one cares. While this might be big news in America, no one in London is making any fuss about Adetomiwa Edun in Romeo & Juliet, playing through August 23 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Here, it’s just damn good theater. No nuance, no emotional triggers playing on Edun’s ethnicity. Read more @ The Root.

Andrew Reach @ Art Digital Magazine

Merce Cunningham, Influential Choreographer, Dies

By ALASTAIR MACAULAY
Published: July 27, 2009 New York Times - Merce Cunningham, the visionary American choreographer who helped transform dance in the 20th-century into a major art and a major form of theater, died Sunday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. His death was announced by the Cunningham Dance Foundation.Mr. Cunningham ranks with Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Martha Graham and George Balanchine in making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography. Read more.

America I Am

Max Eternity - Tavis Smiley, acclaimed author, activist and host of the Tavis Smiley Show, broadcast on PBS, has curated a traveling exhibition entitled "America I Am." The exhibit, which "traces the indelible imprint African-Americans have made on America" presents a dynamic multi-media exploration into the last 500 years of Blacks in America, beginning with their journey from Africa. Currently in it's premiere launch in Atlanta, home to America's largest, most affluent black middle class, the exhibition is scheduled to tour across the nation. In the video below, CNN anchor TJ Holmes speaks with Smiley about the history of the exhibit.

Embedded video from CNN Video

NYC, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco: White Power in America

Max Eternity - While it is the Southeastern region of the United States, which continues to live with the national stigma of being the hotbed of Black oppression and racial bias, the rest of the nation is hardly immune. Take for instance, the recent unlawfully arrest of Henry Louis Gates, a black professor who teaches at Harvard, or in January '09, the murder of 22 yr old Oscar Grant, an innocent, unarmed black man that was publicly slaughtered by white police at a BART rail station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

California has a long history of police brutality against Blacks; remember Rodney King? And too, New York, America's so-called "melting pot" is also a hotbed of institutionalized racism, where recently it has been revealed that while the majority of the population is people of color (Blacks, Latinos and Hispanics) the NYC fire department is 90% White.

How is that possible? Democracy Now! reports. Click here to view.

Uyghurs in China and America's Addiction to Hallmark Moments

Max Eternity - Today Allison Kilinney, contributing writer to The Huffington Post, writes on True Slant that:

More than 4,000 Uyghurs have been arrested by the Chinese government since July 5. Almost 200 have been killed. Thousands have been injured. This violence follows the pattern of arbitrary detention, imprisonment, torture and execution that has enraged Westerners when it has occurred in places like Iran. Yet there is little attention being paid to the suppression of the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority, in the western media. The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is now concerned that mass executions of Uyghurs will soon be carried out, as promised by Chinese officials.

So why haven't we heard more about this, on TV and the Internet.Because whether liberal or right wing, news outlets, including bloggers, have for the last 8 weeks, rallied loudly about the supposed illegal election in Iran. And yet hardly a peep on the politically motivated atrocities committed by the Chinese gove…

Inside France's secret war

Max Eternity - While America feigns affection for Iran's so-called democratic revolution, which is really starting to look more and more like a Western-fueled coup attempt, nevermind the very real ills of the world, like the coup in Honduras or this recentIndependent UK report: For 40 years, the French government has been fighting a secret war in Africa, hidden not only from its people, but from the world. It has led the French to slaughter democrats, install dictator after dictator – and to fund and fuel the most vicious genocide since the Nazis. Today, this war is so violent that thousands are fleeing across the border from the Central African Republic into Darfur – seeking sanctuary in the world's most notorious killing fields. Read more.

Black Harvard professor falsely arrested and terrorzed by white cop

Washington Post - Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation's most prominent scholars of African-American history, cast his recent arrest in his home in Cambridge, Mass., as part of a "racial narrative" playing out in a biased criminal justice system. Shortly before the charge against him was dropped this afternoon, the Harvard professor who has spent much of his life studying race in America said he has come to feel like a case study.

"There are one million black men in jail in this country and last Thursday I was one of them," he said in an interview with The Washington Post Tuesday morning. "This is outrageous and that this is how poor black men across the country are treated everyday in the criminal justice system. It's one thing to write about it, but altogether another to experience it."

"I was thinking, this is ridiculous, but I'm going to show him my ID, and this guy is going to get out of my house," Gates said. "This guy h…

Bush and Cheney Tortured Children

President Carter: Many Children Were Tortured Under Bush
by Ralph Lopez @ Daily Kos

Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 12:35:52 PM PDT

President Jimmy Carter wrote that the Red Cross, Amnesty International and the Pentagon "have gathered substantial testimony of torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse." In "Our Endangered Values" Carter said that the Red Cross found after visiting six U.S. prisons "107 detainees under eighteen, some as young as eight years old." And reporter Hersh, (who broke the Abu Ghraib torture scandal,) reported 800-900 Pakistani boys aged 13 to 15 in custody. Read more.

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

Celebrating Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America

Max Etenrity - As the world mourns the loss of Walter Conkrite, perhaps America's greatest journalist, many are reflecting on the life and legacy of a man who truly set the standard of reporting excellence. Mr Cronkite, who was fondly dubbed "Uncle Walter" by viewers and listeners, was so relied upon to tell the unvarnished truth about the US Government and international affairs that he was sometimes casually referred to as "the most trusted man in America." But he was not particularly popular with everyone, especially politicians, including President John Kennedy and other presidents who supported the Vietnam War. Still with such a towering figure now fallen, the question begs to be asked, where are we now? What's happened to journalism in America? Perhaps that question can best be answered by America's most trusted woman in America, journalist Helen Thomas, who once said "without an informed people, there can be no democracy..." Anothe…

The NAACP Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Truthout - On February 12, 2009, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) marked its 100th anniversary. The NAACP is America's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Read more.

Utah's 4-Day Workweek

Utah Finds Surprising Benefits In 4-Day Workweek

by Jenny Brundin

NPR - Last summer, amid surging gas prices, Utah became the first state in the nation to mandate a four-day workweek for state employees. A recent assessment of the program by state planners found the expected energy cost savings haven't materialized, but there have been unexpected boosts to productivity and worker satisfaction. Read more.

Human Rights, Homophobia and the Black Church

SCLC and Marriage Equality
posted by Melissa Harris-Lacewell on 07/13/2009 @ 7:59pm
The Nation - The effectiveness of the mid-century Civil Rights Movement rested on generating empathy among fair-minded whites appalled by the brutal mistreatment of black citizens in the South. One reason that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. targeted Birmingham, Alabama was his expectation that police chief Bull Connor's violent overreaction to protestors would elicit national empathy for the cause of civil rights and full equality. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail is a classic political treatise calling on the empathetic impulses of white church leaders. This history of politics and empathy was violated by the SCLC this week. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization founded and led by Dr. King, is considering dismissing the president of its Los Angeles chapter because of his vocal opposition to Proposition 8. During the 2008 election the SCLC officially took a neutra…

Danilo Lejardi @ Art Digital Magazine

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe

Max Eternity - At the completion of exhaustive research by some of the worlds leading engineers, physicists, architects and collegiate educators, a new scholarly paper has been published. The document demonstrates conclusively that tons of pre-planted explosives, using a highly specialized incendiary known as nano-thermite, is responsible for the controlled demolition collapse of World Trade Center towers one, two and seven.

In other words, the airplanes that crashed into the towers had nothing to do with the buildings' collapse. Instead, as the paper proves, the buildings were blown up with explosives, leading one to wonder if the planes were just a distraction meant to deceive the public from finding the real guilty party--most likely Bush and Cheney.

The incredulous nature of this very revealing document has already caused an uproar in the scientific community, resulting in the bizarre, abrupt resignation of the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Chemical Physics Journal.

A copy of th…

1999: Michael Jackson, in his own words

Max Eternity - I don't watch MTV--it's lame as hell. And I totally think the set-up introduction by this sophomoric VJ is pure publicist swill, nonetheless if you can tolerate the first 30 seconds of this MTV tool's naseating quasi-british accent, the rest of the film is well worth the watch. As well, on this site I generally post in as objective manner as possible, but at the moment I'm disgusted with the cheesy repackaging of "the world's greatest entertainer" which is already underway. Michael's work speaks for itself. End of story! However, if Michael's parents, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Rowe, any of the other Jackson siblings or any of his true, close friends, like Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones or Al Sharpton, have something to say about Michael, I want to hear it. Otherwise, everybody else needs to shut the hell up!

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The Words of God Do Not Justify Cruelty to Women

The Words of God Do Not Justify Cruelty to Women
by Jimmy Carter

Published on Sunday, July 12, 2009 by The Sunday Observer/UK

President Jimmy Carter - At their most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and out-dated attitudes and practices - as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive area to challenge.But…

Evidence of Murder Surfaces in Post-Katrina Chaos

New Evidence Surfaces in Post-Katrina Crimes
By A.C. Thompson

July 11, 2009The Nation - Television news reports are casting new light on the violence that flourished in New Orleans in the anarchic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The reports--broadcast Thursday by WTAE TV in Pittsburgh and WDSU in New Orleans--focus on two unsolved crimes: the near-fatal shooting of Donnell Herrington, who was allegedly attacked by a group of white vigilantes in the Algiers Point neighborhood, and the murder of Henry Glover, whose charred remains were discovered on a Mississippi River levee. Both victims are African American. Read more.

Domestic Deception Revealed: 8 Years of Bush CIA Propaganda

Democrats Say C.I.A. Deceived Congress


By SCOTT SHANE
Published: July 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, has told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that the C.I.A. concealed “significant actions” from Congress from 2001 until late last month, seven Democratic committee members said. Read more.

The World's Greatest Entertainer:: Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009

- The World's Greatest Entertainer -

- Remembering Michael Jackson -

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We Had Him
by Maya Angelou

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing,
now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips
like a puff of summer wind.
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace.
Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.
In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time.
No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.
Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember
that he was a gift to us and we did have him.
He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love,
and survived and did more than that.
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style.
We had him whether we know who he was or did not know…

The Unrelenting Hideous Enterprise of War

By BOB HERBERT
Published: July 6, 2009

After the War Was Over

Bob Herbert @ NY Times - President Johnson contended that American warships had been attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964. The attack never happened. As Mr. Weiner wrote, “The American ships had been firing at their own sonar shadows on a dark night.”But McNamara, relying on intelligence reports, told Johnson that evidence of the attack was ironclad. Does this remind anyone of the “slam dunk” evidence of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? Read more.

Letter from an Israeli Jail, by Cynthia McKinney

Saturday, 04 July 2009 13:47 Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2009 15:30 Written by Free Gaza Team Original audio message available here: http://freegaza.org/it/home/56-news/984-a-message-from-cynthia-from-a-cell-block-in-israel
- Cynthia McKinney -

This is Cynthia McKinney and I'm speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies - and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children. While we were on our way to Gaza the Israelis threatened to fire on our boat, but we did not turn around. The Israelis high-jacked and arrested us because we wanted to give crayons to the children in Gaza. We have been detained, and we want the people of the world to see how we have been treated just because we wanted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. At the outbreak of Israel's Operation ‘Cast Lea…

Flashback: Was Michael Jackson Framed?

Was Michael Jackson Framed? The Untold Story
By
Mary A. Fisher
GQ, October 1994
The untold story of the events that brought down a superstar. Before O.J. Simpson, there was Michael Jackson — another beloved black celebrity seemingly brought down by allegations of scandal in his personal life. Those allegations — that Jackson had molested a 13-year-old boy — instigated a multi million-dollar lawsuit, two grand-jury investigations and a shameless media circus. Jackson, in turn, filed charges of extortion against some of his accusers. Ultimately, the suit was settled out of court for a sum that has been estimated at $20 million; no criminal charges were brought against Jackson by the police or the grand juries. This past August, Jackson was in the news again, when Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’s daughter, announced that she and the singer had married. As the dust settles on one of the nation’s worst episodes of media excess, one thing is clear: The American public has never heard a defense of Mic…

Obama's Pattern of Accommodation

Michael Brenner @ The Huffington Post - On issue after issue, Barack Obama has shown a strong reluctance to challenge established thinking and to confront powerful interests. Just the opposite. He instinctively tips his hat to every establishment he encounters -- be it Wall Street, the military, the intelligence community, or the health care industry. He is little more aggressive in pressing Congress. Obama is demonstrably someone whose loud bark is not followed but much bite. Retreat from positions boldly declared has become the hallmark of his administration. Read more.

Did UK Government commit the 7/7 Atrocities?

Conspiracy fever: As rumours swell that the government staged 7/7, victims' relatives call for a proper inquiry

Fateful day: The iconic image of a 7/7 Tube victim wearing a burns mask ***

Daily Mail - And so the story of 7/7 that we have come to accept was pieced together: four British Muslims - Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Jermaine Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 - blew themselves up using home-made explosives, killing 56 and injuring 700 on three Tube trains and a double-decker bus.

They had travelled on a mainline train from Luton into King's Cross Thameslink Station in London, each carrying a heavy rucksack of explosives.

It is a version of events that has been endorsed by a high-level Parliamentary inquiry and a government report, both published in May 2006 ten months after the event, based on 12,500 statements, a police examination of 142 computers and 6,000 hours of CCTV footage.

The report insisted that the bombers acted on their own, constructing explo…

"Man of Mystery: LEGENDS - Michael Jackson" by Max Eternity

"Man of Mystery: LEGENDS - Michael Jackson" byMax Eternity

Jermaine Dupree @ Huffington Post - It seems we're living in a world where people build you up just so they can break you down. No one has ever really come back to the level that got them there in the first place.Don't let that small mindset take away from what a great artist has already given us. No one can touch what he did. We were blessed to have someone with his incredible talent living among us. God put Mike here to do what he did and wasn't gonna allow the devil and his helpers to destroy something so beautiful. He put him on the biggest stage of all. The whole world loved Mike, and Mike gave that love for his fans back tenfold. No one, not even President Obama, can top that.

Quincy Jones said it all the other day in his tribute to Mike on a blog post for the Los Angeles Times."This blessed artist commanded the stage with the grace of an antelope, shattered recording industry records and broke d…

Senator Al Franken

Franken, the Fight, and the Wellstone Seat
Al Franken Needs to Keep Fighting

by Matthew Rothschild @ The Progressive


Congratulations to Al Franken!

Thanks for taking down the pestiferous Norm Coleman, who had usurped the seat of Paul Wellstone and who had refused to give it up for way too long.

Good riddance, Norm Coleman.

And take that, Bill O’Reilly, the big bully who trashed Franken at every opportunity, and then some.

Franken is also to be praised for his pioneering work in progressive talk radio, having launched Air America when many, like O’Reilly, said it couldn’t be done.

Now that Franken is soon to be sworn in as Senator, that leaves the Democrats with the magic number of 60—a filibuster-proof majority. Read more.

Apartheid in America?

Max Eternity - Has America prematurely come to the conclusion that because we now have a biracial President, anti-Black bias has been overcome--banished from this nation? Some may like to think so, and to a limited extent, at least symbolically, that might be true. However there are many indicators that say otherwise, suggesting that a more sanitized version of apartheid has now replaced our defunct Jim Crow laws. In an article written by former and current presidents of the NAACP, citing a study done by Princeton University, they recently wrote in The New Republic "when white and minority youth were charged with the same criminal offenses, African-American youth with no prior admissions were six times more likely to be incarcerated than white youth with the same background...we could list volumes of statistics that reveal a nation still racked with discrimination and disparity."
CNN/Money wrote about this same Princeton study in 2005, with a lead in for that article saying …

Seized by Israeli Navy, Cynthia McKinney Demands Immeadiate Release

- Cynthia McKinney -

Max Eternity - Former 6-term congresswoman from Georgia and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, is demanding the immediate release of her and 20 other activists., who have been taken captive by Israel. McKinney, who was featured in the 2006 documentary "American Blackout," said her Greek-flagged boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children's toys to Gaza when it was hijacked by the Israeli navy.

"This is an outrageous violation of international law against us," said McKinney. "Our boat was not in Israeli waters and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip. President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that's exactly what we tried to do."