October 1, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black Pirates

This week’s open threads will focus on a rarely known topic, black pirates. 

Henri Caesar

Replica of what Henri Caesar could have possibly looked like…

Some estimate that nearly 5,000 pirates hunted prey between 1715 and 1726. Of that number, about twenty-five to thirty percent came from the cimarrons, black slaves who ran from their Spanish masters. Other blacks joined after pirates attacked slave ships. For example, when Sam Bellany and his fellow pirates seized a “Guinea Ship,” twenty-five blacks went on the account. Stede Bonnet’s crew also included former slaves and freemen, and of the eighty sea rovers who followed John Lewis were numbered at least forty blacks from English colonies. Francis Sprigg’s cook was black and entrusted with dividing the spoils equally for the crew.

Not all black pirates were known by name. For example, thirty men escaped enslavement on Saint Thomas and went on the account in August 1699. A mulatto amongst Stede Bonnet’s crew had a confrontation with a white sailor who refused to sign the articles of agreement. After cursing the man, the black pirate wondered “why I did not go to the pump and work among the rest, and told me that was my Business and that I should be used as a Negroe.” Captain Bonnet overheard the exchange and concurred with the pirate – a man was either a sea rover or a slave, regardless of his color or status.

In his article “Black Men under the Black Flag,” maritime historian Ken Kinkor includes a chart listing various pirate captains and how many blacks were members of their crews.

    • Samuel Bellamy (1717) – more than 27 out of 180 men

    • Edward England (1718) – less than 50 out of 180 men

    • Edward Lowther (1724) – 9 out of 23 men

    • Blackbeard (1717) – 60 out of 100; (1718) – 5 out 14

    • Oliver La Bouche (1719) – 32 out of 64 men

These five pirate crews are but a small sampling of those listed, and they indicate these men were active members of the crew. Sometimes, they were the most fearsome and most trusted of the pirates, the men who boarded prizes first. They did not, however, always receive the same punishment as other pirates when captured. Whereas their comrades often went to the gallows, black pirates were often returned to the men who owned them, or they were sold into slavery.

Henri Caesar  (fl. 1791-1830) was allegedly a 19th-century Haitian revolutionary and pirate. Efforts to find historical evidence of his existence have been unsuccessful. According to works of fiction, he was a participant in the Haitian Revolution under Dutty Boukmanand Toussaint Louverture as well as active in piracy for nearly a 30-year period during the early 19th century.

Henri Caesar was allegedly born to a slave family kept by a French plantation owner known as Arnaut. He worked as a houseboy on the estate and, as a young man, worked in the lumberyard. He was apparently mistreated by the supervisor and later killed the man during the slave insurrection, torturing him with a saw. Joining the rebel forces led by Dutty Boukman and Toussaint Louverture, he remained with the revolution until its independence from France in 1804, when he left to try his luck at sea. Based in Port-de-Paix, he captured a Spanish ship in 1805 and soon began attacking small villages and lone vessels near Cuba and the Bahamas. Adopting the name Black Caesar, he was very successful during his piratical career before his disappearance in 1830. Although his fate is unrecorded, he most likely fled the area after President Andrew Jackson ordered an expedition against pirates active on the Florida coast after its purchase by the United States in 1828. There is one story of his capture in west Florida and, taken to Key West, was tied to a tree and burned to death. The widow of a preacher, whose eyes had been burned out under torture from Black Caesar, had been used to light the fire.

He is supposed to have buried between $2 and $6 million at several locations throughout the Caribbean including Pine Island, White Horse Key, Marco Island, Elliot Key and Sanibel Island, although none has ever been recovered. He is said to have been associated with another pirate, Jose Gaspar or Gasparilla, however his existence is doubted among historians.

 

*** Information courtesy of Cindy Vallar.com/blackpirates and Wikipedia.org***

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU. My internet was down last night, had to do some serious arguing with my provider. Yuck. They are coming today to check the problem. Hope everyone has a good one.

    • jds09

      Good Morning CC and POU Fam! I dreamed about pirates last night (I was telling people how to dress as one), I wonder what that means. lol

      • Aquagranny911

        This made me laugh. I had a dream about playing poker with an old boss of mine & some chicas I knew back in the day when we picked peaches for pesos. We cleaned the buzzard out. He wanted a do-over & actually pulled out a gun. I woke up.
        What can I say? Yesterday’s music brought back some memories & I live in AZ.

        • jds09

          LOL, Good Morning AG!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

    • goldenstar

      Hang in there, cc!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Mornin’ POU!

    Very interesting topic, PBomb! Looking forward to this series!

    • Alma98

      Mornin’ Sepia!

  • Joy

    Good morning!

    I’m currently obsessed with pirates (Black Sails, Once Upon A Time), so this topic is timely for me.

    • conlakappa

      I love Toby Stephens [almost as much as I love his mum, Dame Maggie!] and have watched him in all kinds of dreck [plastic surgery that made a Chinese guy look like, well, him?] but cannot do the pirate thing for some reason.

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy!

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! It’s 5:45 AM in my world. Where is everybody? I am up really early today.

    • Alma98

      Hola AG!

  • JojoRaze

    Good morning all! Have a great day!

    • Alma98

      Good morning Jojo!

  • conlakappa

    Not to be out-idioted and out-eviled by its brother to the North, what South Carolina has done:

    Despite the protests of faculty members, students, and officials of the NAACP, the governing board of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, announced on Saturday that it had chosen the state’s lieutenant governor, Glenn F. McConnell, to become the college’s next president. The vote was unanimous, The Post and Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, reported.

    Critics opposed Mr. McConnell’s candidacy because he had no academic experience and because of worries that his becoming president would hurt efforts to recruit minority students. A Republican and former head of the State Senate, Mr. McConnell has supported flying the Confederate battle flag on the Statehouse grounds and lists “reenacting civil war cannoneering” among his hobbies on the website of the office of lieutenant governor.

    Some opposition to Mr. McConnell also stemmed from concerns for the future of the 244-year-old college as a public liberal-arts institution. Bills are pending in both houses of the state legislature to merge the college with the Medical University of South Carolina to create a comprehensive research university in Charleston. Faculty leaders and administrators of both institutions oppose the proposal.

    While Mr. McConnell has not publicly championed such a merger, his candidacy did have strong support in the legislature, including from sponsors of the merger bills. He has said, however, that he does not expect a merger bill to pass this year, according to The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He said he would work instead to build the college into a full-fledged research university without the Medical University by seeking legislative approval for the college to offer doctoral degrees.

    • morphus

      There is pattern where state legislators across the South cite funding shortages to propose mergers which consistently result in the elimination of options at institutions with a history of serving black students.

      • goldenstar

        Could this possibly be instigated by ALEC?

        • Alma98

          That’s what I was thinking goldenstar.
          It seems like they’re get a foot hold in higher education too.

          • MsKitty

            They already tried this here when they tried to “merge” Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. Christie is in knee deep with the Koches and ALEC, but of course it’s Jersey so it was sleazed up a bit more with some of the Christie Dems in on it too.

        • morphus

          ALEC Exposed created a list of ALEC education objectives. Placing individuals like McConnell without an academic background into key education positions is one of those objectives. Here’s a short list of other education targets: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/Privatizing_Public_Education,_Higher_Ed_Policy,_and_Teachers

          • conlakappa

            Here’s the thing, as evil as ALEC is and the depth of its tentacles, there are problems at some HBCUs that are of the making of their administrations/trustees. Those things need to be addressed. Overpaying presidents while undergraduating students, for example.

          • morphus

            No doubt there are managerial problems within some HBCU’s. Recently had opportunity to observe inner workings of a couple up close. One is in a state of chaos after a merger with a white institution. It seems other than claims there would be financial benefits no forethought went into internal fallout after merger similar to black neighborhood school closures/mergers.

          • goldenstar

            Thanks for this.

    • Admiral_Komack

      McConnell is a important politician, so maybe that will help the school get money from the General Assembly.

      And, he can play Confederate dress-up to his heart’s content.

  • TresL

    Apparently Jimmy Kimmel has posted a selfie including him and the Clintons. There is nothing cool about that family or Jimmy Kimmel for that matter. These people are trying way too hard for me and discerning Democrats should be sick and tired of them by 2016. I know I am already.

    • Town

      Jimmy Kimmel is crabby because he’s hungry and mad the Obamas stay on Jimmy Fallon. Eat a Snickers and have a seat.

      • AxelFoley

        You’re saying he’s not him when he’s hungry?

    • Admiral_Komack

      I hope a selfie is taken after Hillary loses.

      • AxelFoley

        LOLOLOLOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    –GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ ***BIG HUG***

    SADLY the Prime Minister of Malaysia is announcing [NOW] that Flight MH370 ENDED in the Indian Ocean. –PRAYING 4 ALL.♥ AMEN♥

  • conlakappa

    Alert: today’s Google Doodle is Dr. Dorothy Height. Wow, she was 2 months younger than my grandmother and also a Virginian.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ conlakappa :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) —
      — -***BIG fist bump*** on Dr. Dorothy Height.♥ –:>)
      She annnnd my daddy –went 2 school 2-gether. :>) —
      —Lemme look 4 some more information at our SCHOOL site. :>) BRB
      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • GreenLadyHere

    -YO! –HO! – -HO!~ —Annnd a GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG♥HUG*** :>) —Soo Lookin’ FORWARD 2 THIS SERIES. :>) – -WE R -“AIR”-where. :>)

    PBOMB♥ – –THIS is gon B EXCITING. :>) THANK U♥

    – – – -☻BLACK PIRATES –Gave a NEW meaning 2 the WORDS –“CREW [THEM] annnd BOOTY[What they LOOTED]” :>)

    – – – – – – – -☺ Of that number, about twenty-five to thirty percent came from the cimarrons, black slaves who ran from their Spanish masters. Other blacks joined after pirates attacked slave ships. – — -He is supposed to have buried between $2 and $6 million at several locations throughout the Caribbean – –WHOA! :>)

    — -☻ENJOY♥ — -http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/hot-chocolate-cookies-front-fireplace-27855406.jpg

    – – –B BLESSED –SAFE – –WARM♥ –:>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH!
      What a cute video lol.
      Blessings to you & the family, have a good one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Alma98—***BIG HUG*** :>) —LOL THANK U♥ –:>)
        Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —U♥/Family♥ – —
        – – -BLESSINGS —soooo APPRECIATED♥ :>)

  • Miranda
    • morphus

      I like this comment:

      Why wouldn't the reporter call her by her real name? She is not in character.— Jamaica Hooks (@PostRacialMyAss) March 24, 2014

    • jds09

      That’s some good parenting right there.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Cue Christy Teigen’s disrespectful ass.

      • conlakappa

        Now that the beard has a ring on it, I think she’ll keep her counsel!

    • Daltex82

      It still annoys me that people act like that can’t be bothered with correctly pronouncing Quvenzhané’s name. I bet this same reporter would never mispronounced “Zach Galifinakis” or tell Agnieszka Radwanska I’ll just call you tennis player.

      • isonprize

        Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski

        STOP. PLAYING.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –:>)

    – – – -BEYOND BUSY: – -:>) —WHEW LAWD :>)

    Monday’s Obama Schedule
    4:00 am || Arrives Netherlands
    4:50 am || Tours The Rijksmuseum
    5:15 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    7:45 am || Holds a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China; U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, The Hague
    8:00 am || Attends meetings of The World Forum; The Hague
    1:30 pm || Attends a G-7 meeting; Catshuis, the Official Residence of the Prime Minister
    3:35 pm || Attends a working dinner with King Willem-Alexander; Dutch Royal Palace
    – — WORLD annnnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER :>)

    – –P.S.: —Can I jus’ say what I’ve been thinkin':? –There is NO WAY – –NO FLIPPIN’ WAY– that hillary can keep a schedule like THIS. – -THINK PEOPLE!- –MR. PRESIDENT has SET a BAR –Soooo HIGH –that I cain’t THINK about who can —think about goin’ over it. —
    SURELY – – -NOT hillary!! —

    -Jus’ sayin’. . . .

    • AxelFoley

      I LOVE seeing PBO and FLOTUS overseas. I love seeing the reactions to them from other countries.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ AxelFoley :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        – – – -***BIG fist bump*** :>)
        – – -THEY R Soooo LOVED annnd RESPECTED. :>)
        – – – —-☺http://blog.nordquist.org/wp-content/uploads/obama1.jpg

        – —- – -☺@Krissah30[THANK U♥]
        ‏ICYMI: Yes, @FLOTUS jumped rope in China… #FLOTUSinCHINA … At the Xi’an City Wall http://twitpic.com/dz8niv http://twitpic.com/dz9l1b
        View photo

        —-Good 2 C U AxelFoley♥ :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- – -

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Ohhhh GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. –:>) HOW BRIGHT annnd LOVELY. :>) Annnd the CLOUDS –REFLECT the BRIGHTNESS of the SUN. :>)

      —I sooo look FORWARD 2 – –OUR DAILY JOY♥– :>)

      THANK U♥ — Alma. :>) B BLESSED♥ – –
      P.S. –It’s a little overcast here –sooo appreciatin’ the SUN♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine! Thanks for the sound effects lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        - ☺http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad102/thalatinoking1/SmileyBowDown.gif
        GOOD MORNTIN’/AFTERNOON La Qosine♥ :>)
        — –***BIG HUG*** –

        —Ohhhh – –HOW- – “ETHEREAL”–:>)

        – – – –GR8 FIND. :>) I keep playin’ it 4 – –INSPIRATION. :>)
        Good 2 C U. La Qosine. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥- –

    – – –☺@FLOTUS
    The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Why I’m Passionate About Education: http://wh.gov/lpKOE #FLOTUSinChina #PowerOfEducation

    – – – ☺https://twitter.com/NBCNewsPictures/status/448106337407221760

    — –☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    First Lady Michelle Obama jumps rope as she visits the City Wall, in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. #FLOTUSinChina pic.twitter.com/1VMuWZ36RZ
    View photo
    — –WORLD-CLASS –“AMBASSADOR”♥ :>) — BLESS U♥- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – THIS is – -“The CUTENESS♥” – – -RE-POST♥-

    – — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltjT25GyXTM

    — – -☺Jus’ —The –“CUTENESS♥” – – -:>) B BLESSED♥ -:>)

    – – -☺@NoShock -[CONGRATULATIONS annnd -- -THANK U♥]
    Reading “The Saggy Baggy Elephant” to the grandgirls. Samaya is overjoyed; Tamara not so much #GrandBabiesRTheBest pic.twitter.com/X4pusXc8oo

    — —ETA♥- -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0CYJNw9YJQ

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ –OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ :>)

    — – -[H.T Nerdy wonka♥]

    – – – – -☺FLOTUS, Sasha, and Grandma Marian Robinson listen to a guide at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses. pic.twitter.com/j4ZuHzwENN

    – – – – -☺First Lady Michelle Obama and her family visit Qinshihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, in Xi’an. pic.twitter.com/W9XDV2rSbb

    – — –☺First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, and Sasha Obama visit the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, in Xi’an. pic.twitter.com/U7pJG667ZE – –
    – – – – -WORLD-CLASS –“AMBASSADOR”♥ – -:>)

    • Worldwatcher7

      This is on my bucket list.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Ohhh Worldwatcher7 – – -HOPE U fulfil –YOUR DREAM♥
        —-☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3C3x7zKMA

        THEN SEND PICS 2 US. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥– -OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥–:>)

    – —☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    First Lady Michelle Obama hugs her daughters as they watch a folk dance during her visit at the City Wall, in Xi’an. pic.twitter.com/hVkl1FoJ0d

    — – – -☺First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, and Sasha Obama dance with performers at the City Wall, in Xi’an, Shaanxi. pic.twitter.com/tNRHBBd5uQ

    – – – -☺First Lady Michelle Obama dances with folk performers as she visits the City Wall, in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. pic.twitter.com/jAZnhNZ8O2
    – — –[Mama Robinson is WATCHIN' ---With PRIDE♥ :>)]
    – – -ETA: — Mama Robinson♥ :>): –First Lady Michelle Obama plays a mini cube with Malia Obama and Grandma Marian Robinson in Xi’an. pic.twitter.com/0wDB7LeA0x Sooo happy 4 U♥ — -ENJOY♥

  • Miranda

    SMH……I would hope people in NH aren’t so stupid as to vote for a man that blatantly is running just because he couldn’t win in his HOME state. Its insulting.
    —————————
    In airwaves war, N.H. Democrats fret

    Barrage of ads laying foundation for Brown
    By Matt Viser | GLOBE STAFF MARCH 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON — On New Year’s Eve, station managers at WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., received a request from a media buyer in northern Virginia: Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaires David and Charles Koch, wanted to buy some ads.

    During the next week, nearly $120,000 worth of ads aired during commercial breaks of shows like “Ellen,” “The Bachelor,” and “Modern Family.”

    The hard-hitting, 30-second spots were among the first in a wave to attack Senator Jeanne Shaheen, helping lay the groundwork for former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown to challenge the Democratic incumbent.

    “Tell Senator Shaheen it’s time to be honest,” the ad said. “ObamaCare doesn’t work.”

    Shaheen’s allies have fought back but, in a sign of potential trouble for the Democrat and her supporters, they have been overwhelmed by the opposition’s barrage, outspent by a margin of more than 4-to-1. The gap is already becoming a grave concern among state Democrats who fear that national party leaders are not making the race a priority.

    more here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2014/03/23/senate-spending-battle-nonprofit-groups-put-republicans-way-ahead/PrHjBTNjOAoYlGNadmPQCP/story.html

    • jds09

      That senate gym must be very nice.

      • Miranda

        HAHA….that cafetaria must be 5-star.

    • jziglar

      I’m so sick of the “sky is falling” any campaign that spends millions of dollars on ads in March doesn’t know how to run a proper campaign. They did the same shit in 2012 during the presidential election. And to be honest studies have shown that most people are tuning out political ads especially when it’s a barrage of the same stuff.

  • Miranda

    In today’s “ya don’t say” news:
    ———————-
    U.S. Whites More Solidly Republican in Recent Years
    Party preferences more polarized by race and ethnicity under Obama
    by Jeffrey M. Jones March 24, 2014

    PRINCETON, NJ — Whites and nonwhites have long shown differing political party preferences, with nonwhites widely favoring the Democratic Party and whites typically favoring the Republican Party by at least a small margin. In recent years, however, the margins in favor of the Republican Party among whites have been some of the largest.

    more here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/168059/whites-solidly-republican-recent-years.aspx

    • jds09

      Captain Obvious strikes again!

    • Daltex82

      ..And in other news water is wet.

    • jziglar

      Tell us something we don’t know. The breakdown of the 2012 presidential election results supported this conclusion.

    • Scopedog

      Hmm…well, the sky is blue, the Titanic did sink, and James Brown will always be the Godfather of Soul….so yeah, nothing new here.
      Seems that Gallup didn’t pay attention to the rise of the dudebros….

  • Miranda

    In D.C. mayor’s race, Vincent Gray has secret weapon: Support of growing ex-prisoner vote
    By Aaron C. Davis, Published: March 22 E-mail the writer

    Above an official portrait of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, crisp silver lettering spells out a welcome to one of the shiniest new places in D.C. government — the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs.

    And on a flier lying nearby: “YOU CAN LEGALLY VOTE!”

    The bustling facility is designed solely for convicted criminals, a center for training, job placement, housing services and other programs for a slice of the population growing by thousands each year. Ex-offenders account for at least one in 10 D.C. residents and perhaps many more.

    That makes them a potentially pivotal, if uncertain, voting bloc — and a highly coveted target that no political campaign has ignored in the tightening April 1 Democratic primary for mayor.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/in-dc-mayors-race-embattled-gray-may-have-a-secret-weapon-in-growing-ex-prisoner-vote/2014/03/22/9a5834e4-aac3-11e3-adbc-888c8010c799_story.html?wpmk=MK0000203

    • qosine

      I love that title. Seriously.
      Office on Returning Citizen Affairs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –LOL – —

    – —☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    Secret Service officer checks a Chinese performer dressed as an ancient warrior as FLOTUS and her family visit Xi’an. pic.twitter.com/VqnXR1ifO0

    – – – -CAPTION READY:

    – – – — — -☺Can U – -HOOK a ‘Brotha’ UP with dat –“GOLD”?? :>)

    —– – – —–☺When U DANCE – -Can U –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngFWbCJJVcI :>)

    • conlakappa

      No, you didn’t say “dat gold!” Ah, the late 1970s-early 1980s, such fond memories of hawkers on the street! The part of D.C. where “dat gold” was largely sold looks so different now.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ conlakappa♥ —***BIG HUG** :>)

        —LOL — -Thanks 4 sharin’ :>)

        — -YA MEAN —LIKE THIS? – –
        – – – –☺http://mrnelsonhomework.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/mr-t-gold-chains-sparkling.gif

        — — -☺http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/wtvd/cms_exf_2007/_video_wn_images/8453020_600x338.jpg
        – — -LOL – –SAME THANG in da STREETS of Pittsburgh. :>) —
        —Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>) U do BRANG “da GOLD”. :>)
        — -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – -

  • MsKitty

    You sent a text? You couldn’t even be bothered to have your people make actual phone calls? SMH…what is wrong with people?

    Malaysia Airlines Sends Condolences Via Text Message

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been brought to an end after satellite data revealed its last location in a remote part of the Indian Ocean.

    Following Malaysian Prime Minister somber Najib Razak’s announcement today, Malaysia Airlines sent this text message to the family members of the MH370 passengers.

    “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/03/malaysia-airlines-sends-condolences-via-text-message/

    I’m sorry, whoever thought this was a good idea needs a beatdown.

    • conlakappa

      Um, it’s Malaysia, the person or people might just get one!

    • Miranda

      This was so heartless. Damn.

    • qosine

      Biggest CYA I’ve ever seen. Cowards.
      What next? Doctors texting families in the waiting room?
      With deep regret, ___ didn’t make it. Please text ___
      for details.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -MULTI-Tasking: —:>)

    – –President Obama orders increase in special forces to hunt Joseph Kony- –

    – – – – -The U.S. is sending military aircraft as well as an increased number of special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony.

    The White House confirmed early Monday the U.S. is sending “a limited number” of CV-22 Osprey, refueling aircraft and “associated support personnel” to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. President Barack Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.

    National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said early
    Monday the additional support would enable the African Union “to conduct targeted operations to apprehend remaining LRA combatants.”

    “Our African partners have consistently identified airlift as one of their greatest limiting factors as they search for and pursue the remaining LRA leaders across a wide swath of one of the world’s poorest,least governed and most remote regions,” Hayden said.
    THERE IS MORE – – – –

    2 Da Emoprogs/PL’s/Assorted HATAS — –MR. PRESIDENT –HELPS —BLAH folks 2 –also –annnnd. . .
    – – -NOW —***Runteldat*** – –humph!

    • AxelFoley

      Kony 2012!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY AxelFoley. :>) Thank U. – –Will post a proper REPLY when I return. :>) –***HUG*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-Humph!! — -U sho had people fooled!! – –
    – – -☺http://www.okdani.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/tanesha-side-eye-gif.gif

    – —BUT –NOW —WE KNOW!! — —
    — – – — –☺http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2587819/Neighbour-tells-Oscar-Pistorius-murder-trial-heard-shots-man-woman-screaming-gunfire.html

    – – – -RIHEP♥ –Ms. Reeva♥ – – –BLESSINGS/CONDOLENCES 2Family♥/ALL♥ – –AMEN♥

    — –SEEKING JUSTICE! —HE is a MURDERER!! – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –MR. PRESIDENT —SPEAKS :>) –

    – —Obama: Russia will ‘pay a price’

    – – – –President Obama vowed Russia would “pay a price” for its annexation of Crimea as he kicked off a week of talks with European leaders focused largely on the crisis in Ukraine.
    – – – -“Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian
    government and Ukrainian people,” Obama said. “We are united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far.”

    The president and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte briefly addressed the press following bilateral talks and a tour of the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ national art museum.

    Obama noted that he and other leaders of the G-8 — minus representatives from the Kremlin — will meet later Monday, and are expected to consider permanently expelling Russia from the economic group. The world leaders are also expected to discuss additional economic penalties for Russia in response to its aggression in the region.

    “Prime Minister Rutte rightly pointed out yesterday the growing sanctions would bring significant consequences to the Russian economy,” Obama said. “And I’ll be meeting with my fellow G-7 leaders later today, and we’ll continue to coordinate closely with the Netherlands and our European partners as we go forward.”
    THERE IS MORE — –
    — –WORLD annnd WORLD-CLASS LEADER :>)

  • MsKitty

    When you’re POTUS you don’t have to worry about waiting in long lines to get into a museum. Just have them open it for you on the day they’re usually closed.

    https://twitter.com/metaquest/status/448099546740957184

    (This one time I’m mad at him. I had to wait an hour and half to get in there LOL)

    • conlakappa

      I cannot believe no other president has done so! Seriously?! Are the Louvre and the Prado also not visited?

      • qosine

        You know, now that I’m thinking about it — or maybe
        never paid attention — have any other presidents highlighted photos at museums, galleries, etc.? I
        know they visit famous world wonders.

        • conlakappa

          If I were those countries, I’d see it as an insult. Those are their national treasures.

    • qosine

      That gallery; that painting; our President!!!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    The Cottonelle vs. Charmin Twitter beef was fake, but Charmin still throwing shade:

    https://twitter.com/charmin/status/448086074259017728

    https://twitter.com/charmin/status/448077864991084545

  • Alma98
  • Miranda

    Will the talking heads on cable news or the WHPC talk about this? Probably not…will downplay it if anything.
    —————–
    Japan to Let U.S. Assume Control of Nuclear Cache
    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and DAVID E. SANGER MARCH 23, 2014

    THE HAGUE — Japan will announce Monday that it will turn over to Washington more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons, according to American and Japanese officials.

    The announcement is the biggest single success in President Obama’s five-year-long push to secure the world’s most dangerous materials, and will come as world leaders gather here on Monday for a nuclear security summit meeting. Since Mr. Obama began the meetings with world leaders — this will be the third — 13 nations have eliminated their caches of nuclear materials and scores more have hardened security at their storage facilities to prevent theft by potential terrorists.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/japan-to-let-us-assume-control-of-nuclear-cache.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good morning everyone.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin; Worldwatcher7 – –***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – –Hope that U have a good day. :>)

      – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥– :>)

    • Alma98

      Afternoon ww7.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -GOT Jus’ the PLACE 4 Jimmy Carter:

    — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJRSgro6jXs

    – – — ☺-He needsta –HAVE a SEAT annnd EAT: – –
    – – – — – – – -♦http://media0.giphy.com/media/xjcCk9s2xYh9u/200_s.gif

    –☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ny7bovPzC1c/Uis1aPNdu0I/AAAAAAAAEZo/kXYbpZDwcBU/s1600/tumblr_mhvlo0bx9u1qcmny4o1_500.gif GEESH!! – – -

  • lamh36

    Read this and thought. .take that Person of Interest!

    Tara kind and Terrence to star in new Fox show as LEADS…BAM!!!!

    Check out this post: http://freesworld.com/2014/03/24/taraji-and-terrance-to-star-in-fox-series/

  • Miranda

    Oh….discovered what they really thought of you and yours huh?
    —————————–
    Gov. Rick Scott’s finance co-chair exits amid campaign turmoil
    BY MARC CAPUTO

    In a campaign shakeup, Gov. Rick Scott’s top fundraiser — billionaire healthcare CEO Mike Fernandez — abruptly quit his post late Thursday after weeks of behind-the-scenes disagreements.

    Fernandez said he was quitting to spend more time with his family and businesses. And he praised Scott’s campaign in a letter to the campaign’s leadership team.

    “Together, we have helped the Governor raise more than $35 million. This has been an unprecedented effort, which is only matched by our shared commitment to reelect our Governor this November,” Fernandez’s letter said.

    “I am proud of the team the Governor has put together, and I am confident that we are on course for victory,” he wrote in the letter, released by Scott’s campaign.

    Despite the praise, Fernandez has been unhappy for weeks with the struggling campaign’s direction and and the attitude of some of its workers.

    Fernandez began expressing his frustrations at least a month ago when he sent an email to top Scott allies and complained about two campaign aides who had joked around in a cartoon-style Mexican accent en route to a Mexican restaurant in Fernandez’s home town of Coral Gables.

    Fernandez, who is Cuban, wouldn’t comment about the email.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/21/4009855/gov-rick-scott-finance-co-chair.html#.Uy2pUJIsGoc.twitter#storylink=cpy

    • morphus

      Seems there’s another angle. Florida Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp: “With his pay-to-play tactics exposed, the turmoil in Rick Scott’s campaign has become impossible to hide … After giving Mike Fernandez over $1 billion in state contracts, Rick Scott thought he had found his money man for 2014. But sunshine is the best medicine, and with their relationship exposed, it was only a matter of time before Mike Fernandez had to leave Scott’s campaign.” http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-finance-co-chair-calls-it-quits

  • AxelFoley

    Oooh, black pirates. This should be an interesting topic.

    Oh, any of you watching two new dramas on ABC and NBC with the two leads being black males? ABC has Omar Epps in ‘Resurrection’ and NBC has Lance Gross in ‘Crisis’. Two very good shows, IMO, with two very good leads in dramatic roles. And of course we have Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson hosting the new version of ‘Cosmos’. I’m surrounded by good TV.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- –HONORING – -DR. DOROTHY IRENE HEIGHT♥

    – – –☺March 24, 1912
    Birthday of Dorothy Irene Height in Richmond, Virginia. Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than three decades, organized a successful drive to place a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in a Districtof Columbia park. Once erected, the statue became the first of an African American in a public park in Washington, D.C.

    – – –EARLY YEARS:- -

    — –Born on March 24, 1912, in Richmond, Virginia, African-American activist Dorothy Height spent her life fighting for civil rights and women’s rights. The daughter of a building contractor and a nurse, Height moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania, in her youth. There, she attended racially integrated schools.

    In high school, Height showed great talent as an orator.She also became socially and politically active, participating in anti-lynching campaigns. Height’s skills as a speaker took her all the way to a national oratory competition. Winning the event, she was awarded a college scholarship.

    – — -☺http://www.racematters.org/dorothyheight.htm

    – —- – -When a new principal arrived in 1928 at the nearly
    all-white Rankin High School in Rankin, Pa., he forbade Dorothy Height, a black student who usually led the singing at school assemblies, from ever doing so again. At the first assembly after the edict, when the accompanist began the Rankin alma mater, the students refused to sing. The pianist began twice more; still the students were silent. Finally, the exasperated principal motioned Dorothy to the stage. The student body rose en masse, and a chorus split the air.

    – – –FROM ANOTHER SOURCE: – –
    — – – – – As a student she proved to be exceptional. In addition to excelling at academics, she won several speech contests and had a passion for music, even cowriting the alma mater for her high school. She graduated from Rankin High School in June of 1929,. .

    — -STILL have my daddy’s Rankin High School diploma. ***TEARS/SMILES** – – They were classmates. -:>)

    We attended/graduated from RHS annnd SANG her ALMA MATER. — -With PRIDE♥ :>) - —

    At a convention –where she was speaking — I mentioned my daddy. She laughed annnd said: –He was such a “KIDDER –DANCER annd SHARP DRESSER”. – – —She GOT DAT RIGHT! :>)
    – – –FOND MEMORY ♥ :>) — -

  • Alma98
    • morphus

      Yikes. Stopped reading after “WorldNetDaily regular”.

      • AxelFoley

        WorldNutDaily. LOL

    • AxelFoley

      Da fuq?

      Where do they get coons?

      • Daltex82

        Coons R’ Us.

        • Alma98

          LOL

      • Alma98

        I know and he’s crazier than a mofo.

    • MsKitty

      ODS is real

  • Miranda
    • morphus

      A death knell hopefully to the revolving door of recidivism.

      • Alma98

        Also for people who open halfway houses just for the money.

        • Aquagranny911

          Most of the halfway houses I knew of back in the day were caca. There were a couple of nonprofits, always underfunded, that were decent. The others not so much.

      • Aquagranny911

        AMEN!

    • Aquagranny911

      WooHoo! This is so important. Way back in the day I worked with clients who were in a diversion program for substance abuse & related crimes. We provided counseling, support groups & other services. We saw way better outcomes for these clients than we did for those we had who had done prison time & were on parole in barely adequate “halfway house” placement.

      Our diversion clients mostly kept their jobs often with some moral support from their employers. Their families stayed more involved. They seemed to have a much better chance than those who had gone to prison, lost pretty much everything & had a more defeatist attitude.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      And not a peep from the Blackademic Crew.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -REFLECTING on MR. PRESIDENT’s STATEMENT:

    — –“Prime Minister Rutte rightly pointed out yesterday the growing sanctions would bring significant consequences to the Russian economy,” Obama said. “And I’ll be meeting with my fellow G-7 leaders later today, and we’ll continue to coordinate closely with the Netherlands and our European partners as we go forward.”

    – --BEYOND IRONIC: – –Who woulda THUNK that the EUROPEAN COUNTRIES which once –COLONIZED –ENSLAVED annnnd RAPED– –“The MOTHERLAND” – – -of RESOURCES[ PEOPLE annnnd MINERALS]- – —

    — –R NOW – –WAITING 4 –annnnd even beggin’ —A BLACK MAN –OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥- 4- DIRECTION annnd GUIDANCE — -in this SERIOUS INTERNATIONAL MATTER.- -:>)

    —– ☺-KARMA —-ALWAYS —gets the “W”! – —

    – – – –☺ So the last shall be first, and the first last:. . .[Matthew 20:16] – –AMEN♥- –

    – – –BLESS U♥ – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ :>)

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Demarco to Leave FHFA After Leading Fannie Mae Conservatorship

    Edward J. DeMarco, who led the U.S.
    Federal Housing Finance Agency as acting director in the wake of
    the 2008 credit crisis, will leave the agency at the end of
    April. DeMarco, who remained at FHFA as a deputy director after Melvin L. Watt took the helm in January, submitted a resignation letter today, the agency said in a statement.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-24/demarco-to-leave-fhfa-after-leading-fannie-mae-conservatorship.html

    H/T Clea Benson

  • Miranda

    God I hope that idiot Nathan Deal is voted out of office.

    GOP’s ObamaCare fixation knows no bounds
    Posted: 10:31 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014
    By Jay Bookman

    “Let me tell you what we’re doing (about Obamacare),” Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens bragged to fellow Republicans back in August: “Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.”

    At the time, the comments seemed over the top even for Republicans. Opposing the law politically was one thing; actively sabotaging the ability of Georgians to benefit from a program that they were helping to pay for was something else entirely. Hudgens himself seemed embarrassed by his words, confessing later that “I guess my mouth got away from me.”

    Seven months have passed since then, seven months in which the GOP’s obsession with Obamacare has become even deeper and more passionate. And judging from the actions of the 2014 General Assembly, an embarrassing example of individual extremism back in August has by March become the official position of the Georgia Republican Party.

    more here: http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/jay-bookman/2014/mar/24/gops-obamacare-fixation-knows-no-bounds/

  • creolechild

    It’s here. Media Matters Mythopedia is up and running…

    WATCH: 5 Obamacare Myths Debunked

    H/T Emily Arrowood, Justin Berrier, & Coleman Lowndes

  • Miranda

    The world hates our President…just look at this

  • creolechild

    These people are mindnumbingly stoopid…

    House Republicans Declare That the American People Will Have No New National Parks

    [....] The idea that an African American President dared follow the example of every president since Teddy Roosevelt and use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect iconic American places such as the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon was, as Utah Mormon Rob Bishop claimed, Barack Obama’s way of “punking” the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. It is noteworthy that Republicans have never accused any white president of punking the House by protecting federal land, but they have also never accused white presidents of dictatorial tyranny or shredding the Constitution by issuing executive orders either; something the Antiquities Act grants all presidents to protect Federal lands.[....]

    The Republicans scheduled the vote to put a stop to the President designating national parks and federal lands for protection to coincide with his establishment of monuments honoring African Americans Harriet Tubman and Colonel Charles P. Young exactly one year ago. Republicans are being proactive to prevent the President from protecting national sites that honor some of Republicans’ most despised Americans including women, Latinos, African Americans, the LGBT community, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and other communities that are under-represented by national parks and monuments.[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/24/house-republicans-declare-american-people-national-parks.html

    H/T Rmuse

    • Aquagranny911

      This won’t pass & PBO would never sign it. We have got to get these goatfiggers OUT of the House! These scum are a useless waste of oxygen. GOTV!!!

  • JB20005

    Now that we know that flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean…

    How long until the major US media outlets agree that it was Obama’s fault?

    • Alma98

      Faux news already did lol.

      • Miranda

        Yep…JB late. LOL

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I can’t believe it took them that long to figure out it had crashed in the ocean.

  • creolechild

    Congressman Steps Up Attack On Koch Brothers For Detroit Petcoke Pollution

    [....] On Friday, Rep. Gary Peters scheduled an event near the area of the Detroit river where large piles of petroleum coke — the black, dusty byproduct of tar sands oil — once stood. Peters reportedly scheduled the event to tie the existence of those piles to both the Kochs and Republican opponent Terri Lynn Land, and announce an endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters[....]

    City residents were so angered by piles of petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” that were illegally stored along the Detroit River last year that then-Mayor Dave Bing demanded the piles be transported away. The company that stored the piles, Detroit Bulk Storage, is currently appealing Bing’s decision in court, arguing that they have the right to store those piles along the river.

    Though Detroit Bulk Storage stored the petcoke, the petcoke itself was owned by Koch Minerals LLC. Detroit Bulk Storage has confirmed that it was storing it on behalf of Koch.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/21/3417531/peters-petcoke-koch/

    H/T Emily Atkin

    • morphus

      Reminds me of Dumping in Dixie written by Robert Doyle Bullard, former Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, except this time, its in the North.

  • creolechild

    ‘Boyz N the Hood’ director: Hollywood liberals afraid to ‘let black people tell the stories’

    [....] “There’s no Stephanie Allains,” Singleton said, referring to the executive who oversaw the production of Boyz N the Hood. “Stephanie Allain kicked and screamed to get Boyz n the Hood made. Those people don’t exist anymore, whether or not they’re black, white, or whatever. So we’re not going there. What doesn’t exist is financial infrastructure for people, and not necessarily black, but just people of different visions, to be able to do different types of work.” He did praise some of the work being made outside of the studio system, noting that “films are being made outside of the certain norm, people are putting in and financing.

    That’s a liberating thing. You’re going to get different types of stories made. A good example of a person who happens not to be black, Benh Zeitlin who did Beasts of the Southern Wild, that would never have been made if it hadn’t been made in that model. That could never have been made in the studio. 12 Years a Slave could never have been made in the studio model.” Singleton recalled a realization he had when writing Boyz N the Hood: “I learned that no one was going to write the films I wanted to do except for me. No one was going to have the vision to tell the stories that I wanted to tell except for me.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/24/boyz-n-the-hood-director-hollywood-liberals-afraid-to-let-black-people-tell-the-stories/

    H/T Scott Kaufman

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I dig where he’s coming from but I’ve heard this same sad song since Yaphet Kotto made a couple of guest appearances on Daniel Boone. Stop talking about it and build the darn thing.

      This is why I give props to Tyler Perry. He didn’t sit around and wait for somebody else to build that infrastructure or go to bat for him. He did it himself. Either pool your resources, build contacts to the money people or do both. I guarantee you we will see this same article next year with a different name attached to it.

      • MsKitty

        Even Spike Lee has said eff it and has gone the Kickstarter route for his movies. Can’t wait for Hollywood to give it to you, and even if they do you’re on borrowed time because you’re just a flavor of the month (see Blaxploitation Movies 1970s, Urban Dramas 1990s).

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          Exactly. I remember reading about this in the 90’s in People Magazine.

          Look everybody has a sob story about how Hollywood wouldn’t let them do this or that dating back to Erich Von Stroeheim. They’re leery who they shell out money too and we’re on that list. Fine. By now Singleton should have figured out to look elsewhere. If you’ve only made two feature films in the past 9 years then the handwriting on the wall should have been decoded by now.

      • Lisa M

        Despite my personal feelings about his movies, Tyler Perry has been getting it done. Mad props!! Maybe he’ll eventually get too busy and incorporate more writers.

  • creolechild

    What to Expect From Starbucks’s New Booze Menu

    The coffee chain plans to roll out alcoholic beverages to thousands of stores over the next few years as part of a program it calls Starbucks Evenings, which starts after 4 p.m. A few things for consumers to note: The options will be bottled beer or wine, not cocktails, and the selection will vary to meet “local taste preferences.” The evening program has already been tested at select locations in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C.[....]

    The wine selection is fairly diverse for a coffee-focused cafe. The menu in Chicago, for example, features nine wines: prosecco, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, brachetto (a sparkling rosé), pinot noir, malbec, chianti, and cabernet sauvignon. The Seattle menu has 10 options, including a syrah and a riesling. Atlanta’s has two red blends.[...]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-20/what-to-expect-from-starbucks-new-booze-menu#r=nav-f-story

    H/T Venessa Wong

  • creolechild

    Infographic: 30-day readmission rates to U.S. hospitals, 2010

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/infographic/infographic-30-day-readmission-rates-us-hospitals-2010

    H/T HCUP

  • creolechild

    Member of FARC Terrorist Organization Pleads Guilty to Hostage-Taking Charges in 2003 Capture of U.S. Citizens:Hostages Were Held in Colombia for More Than Five Years

    Alexander Beltran Herrera, 37, a commander of the FARC terrorist
    organization, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the
    District of Columbia to hostage-taking charges stemming from the 2003 kidnappings of three U.S. citizens in Colombia.[....]

    Beltran Herrera pleaded guilty to three counts of hostage-taking. He is to be sentenced July 25, 2014, by the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth. The offense of hostage taking carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, although as part of the extradition process from Colombia, the United States agreed not to seek a sentence exceeding 60 years.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/March/14-nsd-279.html

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

    • morphus

      Now that the DOJ shown that it can touch FARC members perhaps charges against Drummond Co. can be revived?

  • creolechild

    Nicaraguan coffee producer Isidro León-York awarded US Labor Department’s Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor

    [....] U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez selected León-York in recognition of his efforts to eliminate child labor from the production of coffee, which includes the prohibition of child labor on his own coffee farm that employs over 760 workers. León-York uses a portion of his farm’s profits to fund a school for the children of workers there and has committed to provide his workers and their families with decent wages, food and health care.

    He is also helping expand a public-private partnership called Educational Bridges, which provides education to children of coffee workers and prevents child labor during the coffee harvests. León-York has been a prominent advocate for child labor reduction efforts in Nicaragua’s coffee sector[....] León-York is the first award recipient to come from the private sector.[....]

    Read more: .dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20140468.htm

    H/T U.S. Department of Labor

  • creolechild

    This deserves honorable mention…

    Los Angeles Selected as One of Eight Pilot Cities – Posted on 03/10/2014

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to announce Los Angeles has been selected as one of eight pilot cities under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative
    to connect urban youth with the great outdoors.

    The announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request last week, which supports the Department’s youth initiative to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors through increased investments in the Department’s youth programs.[....]

    Examples of other projects include working with schools in New Haven, CT, to create a network of wildlife-friendly habitat oases and habitat improvements in municipal parks, schoolyards, and vacant lots to establishing nature-learning and engagement opportunities in urban neighborhoods in Chicago.[....]

    Read more: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-mayor-garcetti-announce-urban-wildlife-refuge-partnership-to-connect-la-youth-to-great-outdoors.cfm

    H/T U.S. Department of the Interior

  • creolechild

    Prosecutors Can’t Go After Family Treating Child’s Seizures With Marijuana Extract, Judge Rules

    Five-year-old Zander Welton was able for the first time to hold a
    fork on his own and sleep through the night last year, after his doctor treated his seizures with a medical marijuana extract. But after several county attorneys in Zander’s state of Arizona threatened felony prosecution for using the marijuana in extract form, Zander’s parents stopped giving him the treatment.

    An Arizona court ruled Friday that Zander’s parents could start treating him again, finding that Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows consumption of the plant in extract form.[....] Like many children with debilitating seizures, Zander was unable to perform even simple tasks like speaking and running. After taking the marijuana extract, Zander’s parents say in their lawsuit that he made “striking developmental progress.”[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/24/3418044/prosecutors-cant-go-after-family-treating-childs-seizures-with-marijuana-extract-judge-rules/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • creolechild

    Ted 2014: Negroponte on plans to connect last billion

    If the technology industry had celebrities, then Nicholas Negroponte would be on the A-list. Best known as the founder of the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s Media Lab and the driving force behind the One Laptop Per Child project, he now has ambitious plans to help connect the last billion people to the internet.[....] He explained how he wanted to help provide free net access to Africa via low-cost satellites.

    “It is a satellite system, first over Africa, that will serve, to start, 100 million people free, expanding to one billion. These people are the world’s poorest and also the world’s most remote. Namely, low density and rural. The idea is to do this in 18 months,” he told the BBC. “We can do it now, very inexpensively, without research and for less than $1bn,” he said. Prof Negroponte did not go into details about the project, but he is looking at a range of options, including low-orbit satellites.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26357363

    H/T BBC

    • morphus

      Negroponte plans will like succeed in that there are many stories about African whiz kids who are already building nano and micro satellites.

  • creolechild

    Leaders Scrap June G-8 Summit in Russia

    A senior diplomat says the Group of Seven major economies has decided to scrap a planned G-8 summit in Russia and meet instead in Brussels to protest Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.[....] Russia had invited the G-8 group to a summit in its Black Sea resort Sochi in June.

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/leaders-scrap-russia-g-8-summit

    H/T AP