September 22, 2014

Sunday Open Thread: The Legendary Art Tatum

Tatum is widely acknowledged as a virtuoso and one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and was a major influence on later generations of jazz pianists. He was hailed for the technical proficiency of his performances, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, “Tatum’s quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries.”

Tea for Two

From infancy he suffered from cataracts (of disputed cause) which left him blind in one eye and with only very limited vision in the other. A child with perfect pitch, Tatum learned to play by ear, picking out church hymns by the age of three, learning tunes from the radio and copying piano roll recordings his mother owned. In a Voice of America interview, he denied the widespread rumor that he learned to play by copying piano roll recordings made by two pianists. He developed a very fast playing style, without losing accuracy. As a child he was also very sensitive to the piano’s intonation and insisted it be tuned often. While playing piano was the most obvious application of his mental and physical skills, he also had an encyclopedic memory for Major League Baseball statistics.

Tiger Rag

Tatum posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. Numerous stories exist about other musicians’ respect for Tatum. Perhaps the most famous is the story about the time Tatum walked into a club where Fats Waller was playing, and Waller stepped away from the piano bench to make way for Tatum, announcing, “I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house.” Fats Waller’s son confirmed the statement.

Ain’t Misbehavin

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  • AxelFoley

    Buenos días, familia.

    • GreenLadyHere

      –:>) BUENOS DIAS AxelFoley. :>) ***BIG HUG *** :>)
      – — Have a nice day. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -:>)

      • jds09

        Good Morning Axel, GLH and Everybody else!

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD MORNTIN’ jds09 :>) ***BIG – –Cali —HUG*** :>) –
          — —Still — – ☺http://likegif.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/01/rain-gif-1.gif

          — -Have a nice day. :>) –
          – – – -B BLESSED/SAFE/DRY♥ :>)

        • Alma98

          Morning jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel!

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SUNDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ —-***BIG-HUG*** :>) –THANK U 4 FEATURING Mr. ART. :>) He is MULTI-TALENTED. :>) LUVIN’ His “Tea-4-Two” :>)

    Miranda♥ — -THIS is new information 2 me: – –A child with perfect pitch, Tatum learned to play by ear, picking out church hymns by the age of three, learning tunes from the radio and copying piano roll recordings his mother owned. :>) A-MAZ-ING!! :>) — He was BLESSED and destined 4 success. :>)

    – — ☺http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/have-a-blessed-sunday.gif

    — – – – -☺ENJOY♥ — -http://www.williampenninn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/sunday-brunch2.jpg

    — – –☺IN Da NEWZ” – – -Pres. Obama suspended participation in preparatory G8 meetings. Canada followed his lead. Now France joins
    The Russian isolation has begun

    – —-PRAYING 4 THIS situation. . AMEN♥

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! Hope you’re having a nice Sunday.
      We still haven’t snowblowed last nights snow lol.
      We’ll get to it, blessings to you & the family. (((HUGS)))

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma98 :>) – – –Here “HE” -comes —☺http://www.netanimations.net/Man-using-snowblower.gif LOL

        Annnd — -THANK U♥ 4 your BLESSINGS. —Always needed. :>)

        • Alma98

          LOL The just went outside to take care of it GLH.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — –Aww – –LOVELY LADY♥ — -Like MOTHER♥ — – LIKE DAUGHTER♥ – – -:>) — -CONTINUED BLESSINGS. . :>)

    – – – -☺@NerdyWonka
    @GoodGirlRoxy @Shoelovah @Mlle_D @Only4RM Jared Leto with his future mother-in-law. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2571233/Jared-Leto-jokes-romance-Lupita-Nyongo-Film-Independent-Spirit-Awards.html … pic.twitter.com/dt5T5feRFA

    • JojoRaze

      Jared is way too thirsty, though. But, I always think it’s best when a man is more crazy about a woman than the opposite.

      • jds09

        You’re bringing wisdom this morning Jojo…wisdom.

      • crazycanuck

        Jared was flirting on that other actress at the awards show. I can’t remember the name of the actress or the award, but he was def flirting. This whole Lupita/Jared thing is all in fun, and I like how they are playing us lol.

        • EpiphanySweet

          Ok publicity stunt. I am ok with that.

          • crazycanuck

            I think people are making too much out of this. It was the internet that started this, they are just having fun with the whole thing imo.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ JojoRaze :>). ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – -***BIG fist bump*** [Jared is way too thirsty,. . ]
        Howeva – –A grown man. . should ACT like one.

        RESPECTFULLY: — – –IMHO —he’s embarrassin’ her CLASSINESS. :>) —WATCHIN’ — – —

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

      • EpiphanySweet

        I am just NOT feeling this “match” Jared needs a bath, shave and hair cut. She is NOT for him…sorry.

        • conlakappa

          There have been rumors about his non-heterosexuality since long before he played a transgender. I really don’t want her to be the inoculation from closet dwelling. Didn’t P. Cruz already walk that road as an exotic foreigner? Enough already with that Look! magazine behavior.

          • EpiphanySweet

            He betta find him another beard. He can’t have her. (like I have any say….but I got a strong opinion) The media needs to stop pushing him on her.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – —RE: –MR. PRESIDENT♥ –UPDATE —

    — -Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to pull troops back – –

    — – -US President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Russia has flouted international law by sending troops to Ukraine.

    In a 90-minute telephone conversation, Mr Obama urged the Russian leader to pull forces back to bases in Crimea.

    Mr Putin responded by saying that Moscow reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers in Ukraine, the
    Kremlin said.
    — -[ARROGANT - -EVIL/VILE CRIMINAL!]

    Meanwhile, Canada has recalled its ambassador to Moscow for consultations.
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was also suspending Canada’s preparations for a G8 summit in the Russian resort of Sochi in June.

    Ukraine says it has put its army on full combat alert after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of Russian troops.

    Acting President Olexander Turchynov said he had also stepped up security at key sites, including nuclear plants.
    ‘Clear violation’

    THERE IS MORE — —-PRAYIN’ 4 the PEOPLE. AMEN♥ —

    — -BLESS U♥ 4 your LEADERSHIP – — MR. PRESIDENT♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —TWEETIN’ — -TRUTH – – —

    — -☺@metaquest
    Ukraine is biggest test of Pres Obama’s presidency! Except for economy, BP, Iraq, OBL, NoKorea, ACA, Libya, reducing the debt, every SOTU- – -GOOD 1. :>)

    Waitin’ 4 Da HATAS. . . .

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • crazycanuck

      Good Morning rikyrah, and everyone. Have a great day. It’s snowing here, and i put the blame fully at Alma’s feet.

      • rikyrah

        naw cc..

        you better accept responsibility for this CANADIAN snow.

        I got 4 inches that I’m about to shovel.

        • JojoRaze

          In cc’s defence-see I spelled it the English Commonwealth way-this snow is coming from the storm California got.

          • goldenstar

            CA is way far away from Milwaukee. LOL.

          • crazycanuck

            yeah, you all need to own it. There is nothing wrong in that lol

      • Alma98

        Morning cc.

    • Alma98

      Good morning rijyrah :)

  • jds09

    Okay, Chicagoland POU Fam, who is Lynn Sweet and why is she out for FLOTUS? According to the twitter streets she tried to cut MO on Uppers this morning.

    • crazycanuck

      That name sounds familiar

    • rikyrah

      Lynn Sweet is a racist bitch from way back.

      Nobody Black that I know remotely believes a word that she says.

      PERIOD.

    • goldenstar

      Rikyrah has a point. I watched that segment and actually she came off as stupid rather than racist this morning. What was sooooo interesting was that Tom Colicchio from Top Chef shut. her. down. Lynn Sweet was trying to put Goldie down but Tom said oh, no, you’re not. I was amazed how much policy he knows. Clearly, a huge ally of all of MO’s initiatives.

      • jds09

        Good to know. On another note, I’m still mad a Tom for his Top Chef bs last season.

        • goldenstar

          What he do?

          • jds09

            Nina….black Chef dominated all season, but in the finale lost to another Chef who throughout the season got criticized for “not enough salt”. If it was a close as the judges said it was, it should have gone to Nina. IMO.

          • EpiphanySweet

            When was the finale? I was rooting for Nina or that Asian lady who had been winning alot.

          • jds09

            A few weeks ago, the Asian woman was third. The other finalists was the white guy who had anger issues….AND issues with bland food. Yes I have a grudge.

          • EpiphanySweet

            Please tell me the guy who they hated all season did not win. REALLY. The one who had immunity made crap ass food and made the lil blond who did well have to leave? NOOOOO

            ETA: Just hit the Google. How in the hell did he win? That is bullsh*t. Glad I missed it. Nina or the Asian lady SHOULD have won.

          • jds09

            Yep, that’s the one.

          • EpiphanySweet

            If I wasn’t so late. I would tweet Tom. Total B.S.

    • GreenLadyHere

      jds09 — – – lynne is ANYTHANG – – BUT SWEET. —
      — –She is – a LONG TIME CRITIC/HATA/RACIST!! —
      -CHECK: – –☺Sweet set out to convince readers that while the White House veggie garden was the first lady’s “signature project,” she was powerless to thwart the ravages of Mother Nature as the shutdown furloughed gardeners who tended to the plants. Apparently the First Lady can’t work the garden herself with some capable volunteers from local charities like
      Miriam’s Kitchen helping her, even though she used those folks for a harvesting photo-op in October 2009 (emphasis mine):
      — –
      — She STR8 — -SOUR!!! — – -humph!!

      • conlakappa

        Local kids actually do help too. When a former colleague’s grandson was accepted in the elementary school (in DC, for select public schools, people line up to get their kids in) that has a garden relationship with the White House.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY conlakappa. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          – –Ohhh –THANK U 4 THIS. :>) –Good on the KIDS. —What a TREAT. :>)

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

  • crazycanuck

    Louisiana grapples with ’12 Years’ legacy

    By Rajini VaidyanathanBBC News, Rapides Parish, Louisana

    The film 12 Years a Slave has been praised for its vivid portrayal of slavery in America’s South. Based on a book of the same name, it tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who is kidnapped and enslaved in rural Louisiana. But how does the legacy of the film live on today?

    The book had been out of print for decades before it was rediscovered by historian Sue Eakin, who lived in the same area, Rapides Parish, where Northup was enslaved.

    Eakin first read it at a friend’s house at age 12, then found it again at her college bookstore and was “mesmerised” by it.

    As her great-nephew Lamar White explains, the man who sold her the book told her it was “a pack of lies”.

    Determined to prove him wrong, she devoted her life to researching the book’s authenticity and republished an edited version in 1968 with fellow historian Joseph Logsdon.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26344746?SThisFB

    • Miranda

      As her great-nephew Lamar White explains, the man who sold her the book told her it was “a pack of lies”.

      ———————
      That doesn’t surprise me at all. Doesnt everybody know slave owners were benevolent kind souls who went out of their way to care for the savages?

  • JojoRaze

    Good morning, all.

    • Alma98

      Morning Jojo.

  • Miranda

    Every Dem in Florida should be screaming about this. The FL GOP passed this law that’s about to kill off hospitals.
    —————————-
    Jackson Memorial Hospital expected to lose $140 million under new Medicaid law
    BY KATHLEEN MCGRORY, TIA MITCHELL AND JODIE TILLMAN

    TALLAHASSEE — Jackson Memorial Hospital is bracing again for big cuts — this time, the result of a new law that will send millions of federal dollars that used to go to Miami-Dade hospitals elsewhere in the state.

    When the provision takes effect in July, healthcare systems across Miami-Dade County stand to lose $218 million in Medicaid matching funds, also known as Low Income Pool funds.

    Jackson alone will shoulder a $140 million hit.

    “That would be fairly catastrophic,” Chief Executive Officer Carlos Migoya said. “We’re at a point right now where we are fairly efficient. It’s not like we have a whole lot of extra fat to cut.”

    In a twist that shows how complex the new funding formula is, hospitals in Broward County are expected to gain about $31 million.

    Still, officials at Broward’s two largest public hospitals say the law should be repealed.

    “Even if this could bring us more money this year, we oppose it,” Memorial Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer Frank Sacco said. “We are going to lose transparency. In the future, we might not have any control over where the money goes.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/01/3968161_jackson-expected-to-lose-140-million.html#storylink=cpy

    • AxelFoley

      Wow, the hospital where I was born. Yeah, FL is my home state.

      • Alma98

        Escambia co. here.

    • rikyrah

      elections have consequences.

      you elect sociopaths…this is the result.

  • jds09
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ –CONGRATULATIONS R In ORDER♥ – – -:>)
    – –’12 Years a Slave’ rolls at Independent Spirit Awards :>)
    — – -“12 Years a Slave” rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.

    On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for
    director Steve McQueen, actress Lupita Nyong’o, screenwriter John Ridley and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt. In a more laid-back, beachside ceremony in Santa Monica, just west of Los Angeles, “12 Years a Slave” was applauded as the clear favorite of the indie circuit.

    The Spirit Awards could end up being — more than ever before — a
    dress rehearsal to Sunday’s Academy Awards. “12 Years a Slave” is
    considered, albeit extremely narrowly, the favorite for best picture
    over the space spectacle “Gravity” and the 1970s con-artist “American Hustle.”
    (Neither film was eligible at the Spirits, which honor films made for
    $20 million or less.)

    THERE IS MORE — —CONGRATULATIONS.♥-

  • crazycanuck

    Tom + Lorenzo® ‏@tomandlorenzo 31m
    Lupita Nyong’o (in a @JCohen_Studio dress) & Chiwetel Ejiofor at Grey Goose’s “12 Years A Slave” dinner. pic.twitter.com/JghcZQ0zTU

  • Miranda

    Personal Essay: The ‘Invisible Man’ in the age of Trayvon and Jordan
    by Dexter Mullins @DexterMullins March 1, 2014 5:00AM ET

    With his widely read novel “Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison ignited a conversation and an awareness of racial alienation in America that had the potential to help bridge the gap between the nation’s races.

    But as we celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on Saturday, it is almost staggering to see how little has changed since Ellison published the book in 1952.

    Black people — and black men in particular — are still viewed and judged as though we are all one person, with one mind, and that we are all either criminals or about to become criminals.

    We are still treated as if we are less than everyone else, no matter the degrees we may possess, how impressive our job titles or our contributions to society.

    Indeed, as we celebrate Ellison today, it is a shame to have to say that the black man as an individual is still “invisible” and that the country has a long way to go.

    more here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/1/personal-essay-theinvisiblemanintheageoftrayvonandjordan.html

  • Miranda
    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • EpiphanySweet

      Love me some Angela!! I wanna be just like her when I grow up. So classy!

    • AxelFoley

      OH MY DAMN

      DAT. ASS.

    • rikyrah

      one of my she-roes.

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

      Look at dude with shades. LOL!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Yikes!! And why is Will Smith pulling security duty?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ – – -Ohhhh – –those SHooooooooes! :>) Luvin’ the dress/color. – -She is RADIANT! :>)

      THANK U♥ 4 your many years of –SHARIN’ your TALENTS with us. :>) B BLESSED with MANY MORE. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – –LUVIN’ – –the Lookin’ BACK♥ – – –[Thank UNerdywonka♥]

    — —☺Today In 2012: FLOTUS embraces the Johnson C. Smith basketball team during a “Let’s Move!” physical fitness promotion pic.twitter.com/wyAuKPzdGA

    — – –☺Today In 2009: FLOTUS with daughters, Malia and Sasha, sled in the snow on the South Lawn of the White House. pic.twitter.com/L1tYT9FWDt

    — -☺Today In 2011: FLOTUS makes sure POTUS is presentable before meeting National Medal of Arts and Humanities recipients pic.twitter.com/Nc6ekar7AR

    – – -Sooo ENDEARING. ♥ :>) – –

  • crazycanuck

    Scott Meiklejohn ‏@ScottyTWN 2h
    Rare frost flowers blooming over the central Arctic Ocean. (Picture courtesy Matthias Wietz): pic.twitter.com/zx2u2LNIAc

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)
      –Ooooohhh – -THANK U♥. —NATURE’s BEAUTY :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) – -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –
      —[Prayin' 4 ARM/Sinuses --AMEN :>)] —

      • crazycanuck

        And yet we cotinue to destroy it. My sinuses are at defcon 6 GLH. Arm is ok, the therapy is helping.

        • GreenLadyHere

          crazycanuck –That’s sad 2 hear. – – -They need 2 remember: —
          – – -A thing of BEAUTY is a JOY 4-ever.. :>)
          Good on your ARM. :>) – -[Continuin' 2 pray 4 your sinuses. :>)]

    • rikyrah

      that is so beautiful.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —SOS KERRY– -SPEAKIN’ TRUTH. . .

    – – – -☺@JohnKerry
    This is not the way modern nations resolve problems. There is still a right set of options. Not invasion. @FaceTheNation

    — – -☺ ‏@JohnKerry
    Unified view by G8 & more that they will not engage with #Russia as business as normal. Russia inviting trade isolation. @meetthepress

    — -☺@JohnKerry
    President Obama made it clear we are prepared to work with #Russia to help people of #Ukraine. There are many alternatives to invasion.

    – – – –KEEP SUPPORTIN’ MR. PRESIDENT ♥ :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — –FROM — – POPE FRANCIS♥ —

    – – -☺@NewsBreaker
    Pope Francis urges world leaders to promote dialogue as a way of resolving the crisis in Ukraine http://apne.ws/1pOCX8e – @AP
    View summary
    THANK U♥ – –BLESS U♥ –:>)

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – —WHOA! – – — HAPPY 4 U :>) – —
    – – -Georgia Resident Gregory Jarrett Cleans Room, Finds $1 Million Powerball Ticket — –
    – – –This story might get a few folks cleaning house more often — according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Decatur, GA resident Gregory Jarrett, 26, found a forgotten, winning $1 million Powerball ticket while cleaning his room. “I was sitting on the ticket and didn’t even know it,” Jarrett said.
    THERE IS MORE – —

    – – -Uhhhhh —SCA-USE me :>) —I got WERK 2 do – ☺http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/my_documents/my_pictures/2009/jun/DA7_clean_the_house.gif LOL

    • EpiphanySweet

      Good for him…

  • JB20005

    With possibility of invasion looming Ukraine, I’m guessing that every former Warsaw Pact nation that joined NATO is feeling pretty damned good about that decision right now.

  • crazycanuck

    Ramon Casas i Carbó…..La Sargantaine, 1907 Portrait of Júlia Peraire

    • JojoRaze

      Love the color of the dress in contrast to her skin, but her mean mug/side eye is what attracts me. Her face is saying to the artist, ‘ You betta hurry this painting up before I go off’- a stark contrast to her ‘sunny day, sweeping the clouds away dress.’

      • crazycanuck

        She has got such a WTF expression lol. It is just so boss.

  • crazycanuck

    Palestine report ‏@Palestinereport now
    Upon takeoff for US, Netanyahu vows to ‘stand firm on Israel’s vital interests’ – Jerusalem Post http://dlvr.it/53CnZK

    • goldenstar

      He is so predictable. Another Brooklyn gangster.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – -GETTIN’ READY – —:>)
    — — ☺@NewsBreaker
    OSCAR NIGHT: The red carpet grand staircase leading to the Dolby is ready for its guests tonight @TheAcademy pic.twitter.com/CxWzHgvujg

    — – -CROSSIN’ “OUR” —fangers/eyes. . .:>)

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Federal Government Expands Access To Healthy Food For Low-Income Moms And Babies

    [....] This year, the program marked its 40th anniversary. And to coincide with that milestone, the U.S. government is finalizing new rules that update WIC’s fairly limited list of foods that can be purchased under the program. Now, women will be able to use their WIC vouchers to buy a wider range of whole grain options; yogurt products; and fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables. They’ll also have more leeway to purchase foods that meet their cultural needs.

    And the amount of money allocated for babies’ fruit and vegetables will be boosted by 30 percent.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/02/28/3344211/wic-update-healthy-food/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • creolechild

    You might see fewer oil trains on the tracks, thanks to a new emergency order

    The rash of exploding railcars across North America was treated with a dash of regulatory tonic this week. Citing an “imminent hazard” of explosion and fire posed by trains hauling crude, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring more thorough testing of oil before it’s shipped.

    The department is especially concerned about oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana, as it’s been found to be particularly explosive. The order also bars shipping oil in weak railcars designed for less hazardous materials.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/you-might-see-fewer-oil-trains-on-the-tracks-thanks-to-a-new-emergency-order/

    H/T John Upton

  • creolechild

    New York Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles – February 21, 2014

    Corrections officials in the New York State prison system Wednesday took a major step toward reform by agreeing to new guidelines for the maximum length prisoners may be placed in solitary.

    The state will also curb the use of solitary for the most vulnerable groups of inmates: those younger than 18 will receive at least five hours of exercise and other programming outside their cell five days a week, making New York the largest prison system yet to end the most extreme form of isolation for juveniles.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/usa/usa/ny-bans-solitary-confinement-for-juveniles.html

    H/T GNN

  • rikyrah

    you want to know how images have changed for Black people?

    You wanna know the commercial that chokes me up these days?

    The one of the Black mother giving her daughter pearls in the 60’s…and then fastforwarding to that mother now seeing those pearls being given to her granddaughter on her wedding day.

    The simple humanity in that commercial is something that you just wouldn’t have seen even 5 years ago.

    • Miranda

      This one is another example of how our images have changed:

      • rikyrah

        here’s another one from Halloween

        • Aquagranny911

          Love that one! Hubby & I both got such a laugh from it.

      • EpiphanySweet

        This commercial is BEAUTIFUL!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Here is another commercial that I just LMFAO on.

      • isonprize

        LOLOLOL I have never seen that one… HILARIOUS. (Except the kid doesn’t look anything like the dad….)

  • creolechild

    People magazine vows not to publish paparazzi photos of celebrity kids – Posted January 25, 2014

    [....] Cagle, who took over People in January, said in an Editor’s Letter. “But we have no interest in running kids’ photos taken under duress. Of course, there may be rare exceptions based on the newsworthiness of photos. And there’s always the tough balancing act we face when dealing with stars who exploit their children one day, and complain about loss of privacy the next.”

    Cagle cited the work of celebrity moms Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, who have testified against aggressive members of the paparazzi in California.[....] Two other outlets, Just Jared and Entertainment Tonight, have made similar proclamations.[....]

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/02/25/People-magazine-vows-not-to-publish-paparazzi-photos-of-celebrity-kids/3681393380665/#ixzz2uYLprE9t

    H/T Kate Stanton

  • creolechild

    Solar Industry Employs A Surprisingly High Percentage Of America’s Veterans

    The raw number of veterans employed by industry is admittedly small: 13,192 versus over one million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the workforce as a whole. But total employment in the solar industry grew by 20 percent
    just from 2012 to 2013, and by 53 percent from 2010 to 2013. That
    growth far outpaced other industries, marking solar as a sector who’s full potential to provide veterans with employment has yet to be felt.[....]

    Beyond opportunities for military veterans, studies show that solar and other green jobs are more accessible to Americans without a college degree compared to the jobs market as a whole; that industries boasting a high number of green jobs weathered the 2008 recession better; and that growth in green jobs as a percentage of an industry correlates with overall increases in employment for that industry.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/27/3336621/solar-employment-veterans/

    H/T Jeff Spross

  • creolechild

    Clowns Without Borders Raising Smiles Worldwide

    An Australian group, Clowns Without Borders, travels the world on a mission bringing smiles to the faces of children in refugee camps and natural disaster zones. They recently returned to the Philippines after performing for thousands who were recovering from Typhoon Haiyan.(WATCH the video below from ABC.net.au)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/clowns-without-borders-raising-smiles-worldwide.html

    H/T GNN

    • jds09

      Sorry, I don’t do clowns or ventriloquist dummies.

      • creolechild

        LOL! For some reason clowns freak me out too. The only clowns I really like are the ones featured on Cirque du Soleil because they have a different look.

        • conlakappa

          They freak me out too. I used to visit ihateclowns on the regular. I think my fear comes from every murder mystery that centers around the circus has a clown with a dark past, is an alcoholic, and often the perpetrator. It is the painted-on smiles that freak me out.

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

          Harlequin used to creep me out when I was a kid.

    • Aquagranny911

      I don’t like clowns at all!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        Anybody who has the courage to do what they’re doing has my full backing.

        • conlakappa

          Blowing balloons, wearing floppy shoes, and cramming into a car?

  • creolechild

    League of EXTRAordinary Black Men: Michael B. Jordan

    [....] In 2013 Michael B. Jordan grabbed the attention of Hollywood film critics with his starring role asshooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler. His performance in the film earned him a Hollywood Spotlight Award, Gotham Award, and breakthrough actor award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[....] In an interview last year with theGrio, Jordan opened up about his role in Fruitvale Station and discussed the importance of being a role model for young men.

    “We need more men in our kids’ lives,” says the actor. “Most of our dads are locked up. They’re not around. A lot of the women are taking care of the kids and they need help. It’s a different thing, especially for young males. It’s imperative for them to have the father figure in their life, and if they don’t have that, I think it’s more likely for certain stereotypes in certain situations to keep repeating themselves.”

    Read more: http://theblackmancan.org/2014/02/05/league-of-extraordinary-black-men-michael-b-jordan/

    H/T The Black Man Can

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

      It’s time to eliminate all processed foods from your diet. It’s hard because they’re so convenient.

      • conlakappa

        I agree. The amount of sodium alone is unsettling.

    • Aquagranny911

      I consider yoga mats totally ridiculous.

  • Miranda

    Now…exactly why is Toronto mayor Rob Ford on tour through the US??

    Rob Ford is more celebrity than mayor at this point, which seems just fine by him. This weekend, Toronto’s most famous ex-crackhead will hit Los Angeles for a few of his most high-profile appearances ever: the Academy Awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
    http://gawker.com/rob-ford-goes-to-hollywood-1534237517

    • Alma98

      LOL….I have no idea?

    • MonieTalks

      Not surprised. Look at Charlie Sheen and his drugged up antics and people flocked to his tour a few years ago. If you’re a person of color caught with some weed though, you’re a thug and menace to society.

      But be cracked out and white and you’re an attraction, waiting for those bookings…the people are clamoring to see you. Hell you can be a crackhead mayor and polls come out touting your popularity versus an esteemed and hardworking American president.

      And don’t even get me started on the dialogue following Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death and Whitney Houston…

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      If I were Marion Barry, I’d me mad as hell.

      • AxelFoley

        I know, right? How the hell is this dude still mayor?

        cc, what’s going on up in the Great White North? How can this dude, as funny and sad at the same time as this is, stay in office?

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          I don’t know, but damnit I’m pushing for Marion Barry to head up to Canada to run for Prime Minister then.

        • crazycanuck

          HEY don’t look at me lol. I’m just hoping he stays there. He’ll fit right in with the crazies.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Karma is sitting in the living room, patiently waiting on his ass.

  • creolechild

    Private Prison Firm Agrees To Nationwide Settlement After Widespread Claims Of Violence

    In a first-of-its-kind agreement, one of the world’s largest private
    prison firms has reached a settlement with the federal government to reduce violent workplace conditions at all of its facilities across the country.[....] As part of the agreement, GEO will only pay OSHA $13,600 in fines.

    It will also be required to conduct regular workplace violence audits at each of its 42 U.S. facilities, allow regular OSHA inspections, and develop a workplace violence program that includes training and the hiring of new workplace violence oversight staff. The settlement was approved earlier in February and will go into effect 30 days after its approval.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/28/3345921/private-prison-firm-agrees-nationwide-settlement-widespread-claims-violence/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • rikyrah
    • AxelFoley

      Hell, that’s more blue than I’d think there’d be if only white dude could vote.

      • Miranda

        Me too Axel….I’m actually pleasantly surprised by it.

    • jds09

      My position has been, if the Republicans kicked out their racist elements, that the GOP would get its fair share of POC conservatives (every family has some), but this map is making me re-think that.

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

      That’s why they’re desperately pushing those voter ID laws.

    • isonprize

      DAMN.

  • aleth

    It’s funny to see this hand wringing, like the georgia issue..obama must act on Putin..why? Is us interest at stake? I’m waiting for Hillary sound bite and who the fuck is this chuck Todd? They are thirsty for Cold War mentality..need fear in America.. A boogie man. Just watch this whole thing disappear… Putin about to learn who controls his nation when oligarch see their paper frozen.

    • jds09

      What I’m finding most interesting about SoS Kerry’s comments is the dismantling of the Cold War mentality; this administration is re-framing the issues. If we are able to do it, it will give huge amounts of credibility and encouragement to protests similar to the Ukraine.

      • aleth

        You are right but there is too many in US who clamor for the old mentality. Putin with RT and lefty infiltration with American racism finds himself in a illusion army good seating to redraw Eurasian. His justification is Iraq war. The President does not have what other 43 presidents had… A nation behind him.

        In honesty the only thing I care about is how Iran views this in relation to their agreement with US. Don’t forget Russia knows it’s losing Iran and Syria. EU are punks with joint dependency of over 60% of Russia gas.

        I am one who thinks Putin chewed off too much.

        • BoomerGal

          Aleth-
          Do you think Putin will maintain his influence in Iran and Syria, if he maintains a stronghold on Crimea?

        • jds09

          Sounds like Putin’s been hanging out with Bibi and the neo-cons that may have convinced themselves that they have more influence than they really have. I think they have misjudged the American people and mistakenly minimized the new centers of power. I just saw on TOD the clip of the masses singing the Ukrainian National Anthem. And for those who love their testosterone, Klitschko may have something for them.

        • Aquagranny911

          You are not the only one here. I read a great article about Iran today. I’m going to retrieve the link. Be right back.

    • Miranda

      “Putin acts, Obama warns, Putin acts, Obama warns,” Todd said. “This is a pattern that [Obama] can’t afford to stay in.”
      http://www.mediaite.com/uncategorized/chuck-todd-calls-on-obama-to-act-against-putin-no-more-harshly-worded-warnings/

      ————————–
      That right there is probably the best example of Todd’s abject stupidity.

  • creolechild

    Block annoying social media posts with Rather

    [....] Now there’s a new app (yup, it’s free!) called Rather. It’s only available for Chrome right now, but it will be available for other browsers in the near future. You can use it to block whatever it is you don’t want to see on your newsfeeds; once you install it into the browser it blocks whatever you ask it to from any social media site you visit. You can chance the settings whenever you want, and you can also replace blocked content with stuff you like.[....]

    Rather is basically a spam filter you can use on your friends. But it’s not perfect. When I blocked “babies” there was a significant reduction in the baby pix in my feed, but they weren’t totally eliminated[....] But I’ve been mostly really pleased with how it works.

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/blogs/block-annoying-social-media-posts-with-rather

    H/T Starre Vartan

    • jds09

      The “darker the better” works on many levels.

    • conlakappa

      Dark chocolate = love, life. For a lot of folks, Hershey’s Special Dark was the first encounter with something calling itself dark chocolate. Not so much.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dark cocolate is the best! We get ours from Mexico. It tends to be more bitter than that from other places but I like it.

  • lamh36

    Ugh. I just finished reading this article, one of a series about tonight’s Oscars. It really pissed me off. Please read and comment. It’s a discus system do u don’t have to open an acct or anything.

    Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 7 http://disq.us/8hecbc

    • rikyrah

      she didn’t want to watch something that made her ‘ feel bad’.

      for real?

      for real?

      White Privilege front and center.

  • creolechild

    Bank Allegedly Neglects Foreclosed Houses In Black And Latino Neighborhoods

    When Deutsche Bank forecloses on a house in a predominantly minority neighborhood, it doesn’t bother maintaining the property
    in the same way that it does with foreclosures in white neighborhoods, according to a federal complaint filed Tuesday by the National Fair Housing Alliance.[....]

    The complaint against Deutsche Bank is the fourth NFHA has filed in the past few years, and the evidence the group gives in the complaint is very similar to that inprevious filings against Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo decided last spring to pay $42 million to settle those allegations, but the other complaints are still pending.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/27/3336161/housing-discrimination-neglect-deutsche/

    H/T Alan Pyke

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

    • Alma98

      There’s no allegedly to it, they do it on purpose.
      They purposely cause the value of homes to go down and sell homes under value too. Causing people to be stuck in neighborhoods because they can’t afford to move. Their homes are no longer worth the price they paid for it. They can walk away from it and ruin their credit or they can sell it at a lost and still owe money to the bank. So the banks win either way. Something has to be done about this it’s crippling people financially.

    • Aquagranny911

      That happened in my neighborhood. We complained & got no where with either the banks or the city. Our neighborhood groups started cleaning up weeds & so forth in some properties to help them be kept up. We actually got told we could be arrested for “trespassing” We basically said “BITE THE BIG CACTUS!” and kept on keeping things up. Nobody stopped us.

  • creolechild

    Christie officials still dodgy on disaster aid: Editorial

    [....] We know already that thousands of Sandy victims couldn’t get straight answers on whether they’d get money to rebuild, or even any idea of when such a response might come. We know that the
    administration cut loose the incompetent contractor with nary a word to the public, and that its decisions, when appealed, were reversed in 79 percent of the cases.[....]

    And now, state documents obtained by lawyers at the Fair Share Housing Center show that while the administration awarded this firm a $68 million contract for three years of work, it billed $51 million in just seven months.[....] There’s also an ongoing legal dispute over $18 million in federal funds with this firm. hat’s in addition to $10.5 million in termination fees the state has already paid.[....]

    We won’t stop asking until we find out why.

    Read more: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/02/christie_officials_should_stop_ducking_questions_on_disaster_aid_editorial.html#incart_river

    H/T Star-Ledger Editorial Board

    • jds09

      They billed for 80% of the money while only spending 20% of the time contracted? Sounds like a huge payday advance to me. It’s Sunday, I’m trying to be charitable.

      • creolechild

        Interesting, no?

        • jds09

          Straight up thievery.

  • creolechild

    This Pregnant Woman Has Her Job Back Thanks To A New Anti-Discrimination Law

    Floralba Fernandez Espinal, who works at a thrift store in New York City, is back on the job thanks to new protections offered in the city’s recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.[....] Up until January of this year, Fernandez wouldn’t have had much legal recourse. But in September, New York City passed a bill that requires employers to provide their pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations, such as assistance with manual labor, rest breaks, and a period of recovery from childbirth.

    If an employer fails to do so, workers can bring actions against them in civil court as well as bring a complaint to the city’s Commission on Human Rights, which can order a business to hire back an employee, pay backpay or compensation for damages, and halt its practices. Employers can also be fined as much as $250,000 or even be found guilty of a misdemeanor, with possible jail time.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/27/3342141/pregnant-worker-york-city-reinstated/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • MonieTalks

    There was a college student beat to death in my area last weekend (I believe he was from the Richmond area). He died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    Now this particular campus has a predominately black neighborhoods neighboring it on certain parts of campus and a mixed, but mostly white neighborhood neighboring on the other side. Rep. Elijah Cumming’s nephew was murdered in his off-campus apartment years ago which remains unsolved.

    The victim was white. Of course, in the comments at the local news sites, you got your typical racist fueled comments bemoaning ghetto-trash in the wake of his death. The suspects were named fairly early in the investigation, at least by the following Monday and the news were reporting that the suspects had either turned themselves in or were picked up. But interestingly enough, no mugshots were released.

    Locally here, you see criminal mugshots, predominately black on your news lick clockwork. I thought it was odd that I had not seen the mugshot of people accused of killing a college student..which is huge news. Well since it was said that the young man was from the Richmond are, I check their news sources….and it was there that I saw the mugshot….of one of the white men who killed him.

    But here locally, Tuesday…nothing. Wednesday..nothing. Thursday…nothing. Finally Friday, they released the photos. Many folks took notice. I told one of my co-workers ….have you noticed what I noticed? She was like damn, you right. When there is a white murder suspect, the local news appears almost scared and cautious to a point that they don’t want to release a photo. But had that been a POC, there would have been no hesitation. Hell, they will upload the wrong photo from Facebook if it means getting first dibs on showing “those” people.

    • Alma98

      It happens here too Monie, when there’s no mug shot I know the perp is white. Even if the perp is under age and black they show his or her mug shot. The media keeps the stereo-type alive that only poc commit crimes.

      • Miranda

        Same here…when there is no immediate mugshot…its a very very safe bet the perps are white.

        • conlakappa

          Of all of the crime/detective dramas I have watched over the years, I have noticed that only Monk referred to a prep as white.

      • jds09

        Along with the ever popular generic sketch of the black male “person of interest.” As my Uncle said “Yep, that describes about 80% of us.”

    • rikyrah

      if they don’t show the mugshot…the perp is WHITE.

      that’s a constant rule of mine, and it has rarely, if ever, failed me.

  • creolechild

    EPA Said Poised to Issue Lower Sulfur Limits on Fuel

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil new regulations March 3 to reduce smog from automobiles, including cutting by two-thirds the level of sulfur in gasoline. The EPA is expected to stick to the broad targets included in a proposed rule published last year that would lower sulfur in gasoline to 10 parts per million from the current 30 parts. New limits will also be imposed on tailpipe emissions.[....]

    Automakers have supported the so-called Tier 3 motor vehicle and fuel standards — unlike earlier efforts in the 1990s — because the new U.S. rules would generally match California’s. That means the industry could produce one set of cars for the U.S., rather than two, lowering costs.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-28/epa-said-poised-to-issue-lower-sulfur-limits-on-fuel.html

    H/T Jeff Plungis and Brian Wingfield

  • creolechild

    8-year-old raises money for Guatemala schools

    Eight-year-old Marissa Alterio’s appeal in front of the congregation of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church affected one parishioner so much that he walked up to her and emptied his wallet, handing the young girl $85.[....] “It was all the money in his wallet,” said Marissa, who has since gone on to collect close to $1,000 to help buy school supplies later this month for the students of two schools in her grandmother’s native land of Guatemala.[....]

    The dynamic young girl, whose family lives in San Leandro, has not
    let health problems get in her way. She was diagnosed with Type I
    juvenile diabetes in January 2012 and has spent the past 12 months regaining her health and not allowing the disease to keep her from her active, normal life. She and her family have also gotten involved in a walk-a-thon fundraiser to fight the disease, raising $500 last fall, and they are planning to organize a diabetes fundraiser at Marissa’s school in the near future.[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/fairfield/eight-year-old-raised-money-for-guatemala-schools/

    H/T Ian Thompson

  • goldenstar

    Beneath the Hypocrisy, Putin Is Vulnerable. Here’s Where His Soft Spots Are.

    BY TIMOTHY SNYDER

    In dispatching troops to Ukraine, Russia has violated international law, flouted multiple treaty commitments, and set the stage for a European war. It has no casus belli, aside from an eccentric understanding of the domestic politics of a neighboring country. The Kremlin’s surreal warmongering is bad enough, and obviously demands a response from the European Union, the entity that, beyond Ukraine itself, is most immediately concerned. Ukraine borders on four European Union members, and its new government has made joining the EU its foreign policy priority.

    Russian intervention in Ukraine is directed against the EU, which Moscow has now decided is a threat to its interests and indeed a civilizational challenge. President Putin’s global crusade against gays has become, during these last few weeks, a specific foreign policy doctrine directed against the EU. The Kremlin has made clear that control of Ukraine is one step towards the creation of a Eurasian Union, a rival organization to the EU which will reject European “decadence” in favor of a defense of Christian heterosexuality etc. For months press organs close to the Kremlin have referred to Europe as “Gayropa.”

    How can Europe respond to the immediate problem of military intervention in Ukraine and the more fundamental political challenge to European values and achievements? It goes without saying that the EU cannot act alone. In 1994, the United States, Great Britain, and Russia guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial inviolability in exchange for Kiev’s agreement to destroy its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Now that Russia has violated this agreement and rejected American proposals to begin consultations based upon its premises, London and Washington are directly implicated in the crisis. Ukraine also borders four members of NATO. The United States is the relevant military power.

    Yet the EU might hold stronger cards than the Russians think. Russian propaganda about depraved Europe conceals an intimate relationship. Tourism in the European Union is a safety valve for a large Russian middle class that takes its cues in fashion and pretty much everything else from European culture. Much of the Russian elite has sent its children to private schools in the European Union or Switzerland. Beyond that, since no Russian of any serious means trusts the Russian financial system, wealthy Russians park their wealth in European banks. In other words, the Russian social order depends upon the Europe that Russian propaganda mocks. And beneath hypocrisy, as usual, lies vulnerability.

    Soft power can hurt. General restrictions on tourist visas, a few thousand travel bans, and a few dozen frozen accounts might make a real difference. If millions of urban Russians understood that invading Ukraine meant no summer vacation, they might have second thoughts. If the Russian elites understood that invading Ukraine meant dealing with their disaffected teenagers on an indefinite basis, they too might reconsider. If wealthy Russians understood that their accounts could be frozen, as has just happened to Ukrainian oligarchs, that might affect their calculations as well. These punishments might seem minor compared to the crime, but Putin is gambling that the EU will not do even this. These measures would have costs, of course. But the price of a military conflict in the middle of Europe would be far higher.

    Of course, such steps, which can be taken immediately, would precede a general reconsideration of overall EU-Russian relations. The European Union is by far Russia’s most important trading partner, although the reverse is not the case. The EU relies upon Russia for natural gas and oil, and sends in return finished goods. Given that Russia has twice in recent years tried to use natural gas supplies to threaten the EU, and has begun to intervene military in a country across which the pipelines flow, now might be a good time to reconsider energy policy. A simple announcement of the intention to investigate Norwegian and American hydrocarbons might make a difference. Over the long run, of course, the EU has every incentive to develop fusion and other alternatives that would free it from its artificial dependence upon a bellicose petrol state.

    Russian propaganda derides Europeans as fey and helpless, and we too often tend to agree. But the European Union does have instruments of influence. Its greatest power, of course, is its attractiveness to societies on its borders, such as Ukraine. But even where membership is not an option, and the EU faces unambiguous hostility, it can act. Russia’s very contempt for the European Union might force Europeans to undertake a more active foreign policy and to take responsibility for their neighborhood.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116812/how-europe-should-respond-russian-intervention-ukraine

    • Miranda

      I don’t think this will end well for Putin.

    • Aquagranny911

      This is an excellent article. Putin put himself in big trouble whether he knows it or not. Ukraine is not going to roll over easily. It will be much worse than Afghanistan. The Russian economy will be in great pain shortly. They need the EU & US to keep their currency stable & consumer goods flowing.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!