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Pirates hijack two ships off Somali coast-official


NAIROBI, May 30 (Reuters) - Somali pirates fired rockets as they seized two freighters off the lawless Horn of African coast bringing to three the number of ships hijacked this week, a Kenyan maritime official said on Friday.

"The two ships were hijacked on Wednesday," Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based Seafarers Assistance Program, told Reuters.

"We do understand that the pirates on board two fast boats fired rockets at the ships. The number of crew on the ships are still unknown," he said.

Hijackings are common in the chaotic country’s un-patrolled waters, where pirates normally treat hostages well in anticipation of hefty ransoms.

He said there was little information available on the seized vessels — Arean and Lehmann Timber — other than where they were registered and who their owners were.

Local officials said the two ships were commandeered towards the Ras Bina area in the relatively peaceful Puntland region where pirates were also holding a Dutch-owned ship seized over the weekend along with its Russian and Filipino crew.

Somalia has been mired in anarchy since the 1991 ouster of a dictator.

An interim government formed in 2004 struggles to assert its authority but is facing an Iraqi-style Islamist insurgency in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere.

In the latest of such attacks, residents of the south-central town of Baidoa, 245 km (152 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, said on Friday suspected Islamists hurled a grenade at a house belonging to a lawmaker in the interim government, badly wounding his family.

The legislator was not in the house at the time of the attack.

"We received 10 wounded people mostly children including the lawmaker’s wife. The mother and three children are in serious condition. The rest are stable," Abdikadir Bare, a doctor in a Baidoa hospital where the victims were taken told Reuters. (Reporting by Aweys Yusuf in Nairobi and Mohamed Ahmed in Baidoa; Writing by Guled Mohamed; Editing by Matthew Jones) africa.reuters


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Posted: May 30th, 2008
at 11:03am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,bling,life,crime,business,politricks,real life news,"ninja"

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Bad Entertainment

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I shouldn’t have even posted this, but I had purely educational reasons in the end.AA Ladies and ninjamen, this is the effect that Soulja Boy (and youtube) is having on our youth.AA The old lady is pretty 9th dan about the whole thing though, like at any point she might just break out the mantis…

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Posted: May 27th, 2008
at 9:03am by Black Ock

Categories: youtube,crime,not ninja-worthy,real life news,9th dan

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R Kelly’s Lawyer Uses "The Little Man" Defense


[R. Kellya€™s attorney], in an attempt to suggest that Kellya€™s head could have been superimposed onto somebody elsea€™s body in the sex tape, asked [gal on witness stand] whether she had seen the Wayans brothersa€™ movie a€oeLittle Man.a€A [Attorney] said, a€oeThey put the head of Marlon Wayans on a midget and it looked real, didna€™t it?a€A But, to widespead laughter, [gal on witness stand] replied, a€oeNot really!a€A paulscheer via tumblr

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Real Talk - Militaristic Beautification

Thanks to Mr. Menace for the link. This ish is pretty ill for real. I wish someone would do something like this in the hood. Like I don’t know… the city. You should watch this video even despite the fact that the commercial is annoying and it continues playing well past you’ve watched what you were trying to watch.

Apr. 29 - A group of so-called ‘guerrilla gardeners’ go on a night dig in London, England to beautify some orphaned public land. Richard Reynolds, founder of online blog has been illicitly cultivating neglected public spaces for the past four years. He’s now written a book, ‘On Guerrilla Gardening’, which covers the movement’s history and offers tips and advice for those who want to get involved, especially for those who want to focus on neglected public urban spaces. Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri reports. [Link]

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Posted: April 30th, 2008
at 9:35am by Black Ock

Categories: crime,too good to be true,green,fo' real?,diy

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What are Weingarten Rights?

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Posted: April 29th, 2008
at 11:51am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,crime,business,politricks,weaponry

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Barney Frank : HR 5843


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Overseas Chinese rally in support of Beijing Olympics, against Western media’s biased coverage

Many Chinese expatriates and students in the United States, Japan and Europe rallied on Saturday to express their support to the upcoming Beijing Olympics, and their anger at some Western media’s biased coverage of the recent Lhasa riots.

Thousands of Chinese Americans and overseas Chinese rallied outside the Cable News Network (CNN)’s studios in downtown Los Angeles to protest anti-Chinese remarks by Jack Cafferty, one of the network’s commentators.

The protestors crowded the sidewalks, holding placards which read: "No Racial Discrimination," "CNN, Don’t Fool Americans," "No Media distortion" and "True Apology from CNN."

Singing patriotic Chinese songs and shouting "CNN Liar, Cafferty Fire," the protestors demanded a true and sincere apology from the CNN and Cafferty, as well as his dismissal from his post.

On April 9, as the Olympic torch relay was underway in San Francisco, Cafferty said in a CNN program that goods from China were "junk," and "I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years," apparently referring to the Chinese people.

Over 300 Chinese Americans and Chinese nationals gathered near the U.S. Capitol to protest against some U.S. media’s and politicians’ biased remarks about the Lhasa riots on March 14, which killed 18 civilians and one police officer.

The peaceful demonstration in the Upper Senate Park, which lies across the street from the U.S. Capitol Building, attracted Chinese Americans and overseas Chinese of all ages and of various professions.

"American media, you can muzzle our voices, but cannot smother the truth!" reads one banner.

The demonstrators are also infuriated by some members of the U.S. Congress, who support the Dalai clique for their own political purposes.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Chinese students in Japan signed their names on three flags to extend their support for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The campaign, initiated by the Chinese Students in Japan Friendship Association, plans to collect over 10,000 signatures of Chinese students and scholars in Japan.

At the opening ceremony of the campaign held in the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, the Chinese students set up banners promoting Olympic spirits and the Beijing Olympics slogans such as "One World, One Dream."

The flags will then be presented to the Organizing Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Nearly 10,000 Chinese expatriates and students held a peaceful demonstration in downtown Paris to express their support for the Beijing Olympics and their anger at a few French media’s distorted reports about the Lhasa riots.

The rally, starting from midday at the Place de la Republique square, was the biggest ever staged by overseas Chinese in France in nearly 20 years, organizers said.

The demonstrators, dressed in red T-shirts with the slogan "Olympic Games is a bridge, not a wall," waved both Chinese and French national flags and chanted patriotic songs.

They also protested against the stance of a few French media which have provided misleading information on the Olympic torch relay and the Lhasa riots.

In London, over 3,000 Chinese expatriates and students staged a silence demonstration at a square opposite the British Parliament building, in protest of distorted reports by some Western media including British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) on the Tibet riots.

"Today, we are here to oppose media distortion and media fabrication in the recent events. We are here in a quest for objectivity, fairness and justice," a demonstration coordinator read out a statement.

"As we heard, we saw, we say the BBC on some of the recent events has misled the British public and the rest of the world by providing intensive untruthful reports and biased coverage."

The rally was mobilized via the Internet and received enthusiastic responses from all parts of Britain.

Over 2,000 Chinese studying or working in Manchester and neighboring cities in central Britain held a silence demonstration against media distortion in front of the BBC office building.

In an open letter to the BBC, the protestors said the BBC adopted "double-standards" and failed to provide credible and independent coverage of the Olympic torch relay and the Lhasa riots.

Meanwhile, thousands of Chinese expatriates and students from all across Germany staged a peaceful demonstration in Berlin to protest against the biased news coverage of the Lhasa riots and voice their support for the Beijing Olympics.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in the march, beginning from Berlin’s famed downtown Friedrichstrasse railway station to the Potsdamer Platz, a landmark square for the capital city.

During the rally, the protesters held banners such as "Tibet was, is and will be a part of China" and "Boycotting Olympics = New Berlin Wall," and sang patriotic songs.

Moreover, some 1,500 Chinese expatriates and students staged a peaceful demonstration in Vienna to show their support for the Olympics and their anger at the "pro-Tibet independence" activists’ attacks of the Olympic torch relay.

The demonstration, titled "Overseas Chinese in Vienna Supporting Beijing Olympics Demonstration," was organized by 25 Chinese groups in Austria and local Chinese-language media organizations. [englishpeople]

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Posted: April 21st, 2008
at 5:42pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Spend It Like Beckham?

Soccer superstar David Beckham has earned yet another distinction that sets him apart from mere mortalsa€"but this time not in a good way. It turns out Beckham has the worlda€™s largest carbon footprint and, for that matter, the largest in human history, according to Carbon Trust, a green group based in the UK.

Beckham and his spicy wife Victoria (aka Posh of the Spice Girls) fuel multiple homes around the world as well as 15 gas-guzzling vehicles, including a Hummer, a Porsche and a customized Lincoln Navigator. And between them, the couple logs more miles in carbon-spewing airliners than most pilots.

In 2007 alone, Beckham flew 250,000 milesa€"more than he would need for a trip to the far side of the moona€"jetting off to play in soccer matches around the world, to fulfill his advertising contracts, and to serve as official photographer for the Spice Girls when the group kicked off its comeback tour. In the process, Beckham personally contributed 163 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (compared to 9.4 tons annually for the average British citizen).

And thata€™s not even counting the carbon released by the raucous cheers and swooning sighs of his adoring fans.

Naturally, environmentalists and green politicians are calling on Beckham to reduce his carbon footprint by making lifestyle and travel choices that lead to fewer emissions, and to help raise awareness about the dangers of global warming. [environment.about]

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Posted: April 17th, 2008
at 7:09am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,bling,life,celebrity,crime,green,not ninja-worthy,home,games,whips,gear,fo' real?

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Fittay Gets Sued


50 Cent is being sued for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a teenager who claims friends of the rapper assaulted him.

Fourteen-year-old James Rosemond and his mother Cynthia Reed are taking the rapper, Universal Music Group and Tony Yayo from 50 Cent‘s G-Unit, and one of Yayo’s employees, Lowell Fletcher, for encouraging "artists to pursue violent, criminal lifestyles" [LINK]

If it weren’t so real, it’d be Ludacris (get it?)

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Posted: April 11th, 2008
at 12:01pm by Black Ock

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