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Detroit Citizens Turn to Urban Gardening

In the July issue of Harpers magazine, writer Rebecca Solnit explored modern-day Detroit and found that the wilderness was returning to the city’s many abandoned buildings and empty lots. Her piece, "Detroit Arcadia: Exploring the Post-American Landscape", showed how some city dwellers were reclaiming those empty lots by turning them into urban community gardens. While Solnit’s piece was rightfully dinged in letters to the editor for being too optimistic that these activities would somehow lift all those living in Detroit out of poverty, the idea of new life returning to what was once one of the most populous cities in America is fascinating.

Now the Detroit Free Press offers a more down-to-earth take on the city’s gardens and microfarms in a piece published late last month. Click through to read about urban farms in old, roofless factories, and how the city and foundations actively support the new farming methods.



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Posted: August 29th, 2007
at 8:12pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,green,home,grub,fo' real?

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Bizarre names not where ita€™s @, China says

BEIJING - A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive name for their child settled on the e-mail a€ata€™ symbol a€" annoying government officials grappling with an influx of unorthodox names.

The unidentified couple were cited Thursday by a government official as an example of citizens bringing bizarre names into the Chinese language.

Written Chinese does not use an alphabet but is comprised of characters, sometimes making it difficult to develop words for new or foreign objects and ideas. As of last year, only 129 names accounted for 87 percent of all surnames in China, Li Yuming, vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference.



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Posted: August 18th, 2007
at 5:52pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,life,web,business

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Star Wars - Gangsta Rap

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Posted: July 31st, 2007
at 5:58pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,youtube,music

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The Chicago Billboard fiasco: Dona€™t Fall into the Cama€™ron Trap

For once, I was happy that no one was lured into the ridiculous trap of defending free speech against the likes of censorious housewives and hypocritical religious leaders. The worst part of the ongoing hip hop censorship debate is how easily rappers like Cama€™ron, KRS-One and otherwise astute black leaders respond to the simplest baiting tactics perpetrated by pastors, CNN, Fox News and the like. For kicks, Oprah joined in on the fun by bringing Rusty Simmons and Common in for a good old-fashioned tar and feather job delivered by posturing media members like Stanley Crouch and similarly out-of-touch debaters. Typically the panel segments proceed something like this:

1) Host brings up incendiary topic
2) Conservative pundit sneers, offering flimsy paid-by-the-minute talking points
3) Rapper/cultural commentator gets defensive, backs into a corner
4) Shouting and interruptions commence
5) Segment ends

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Posted: July 14th, 2007
at 3:39pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,bling,music,celebrity,web,games,business,politricks,weaponry,real life news

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How Should We Think About Economics Today ?

Note that the scientific approach (like the aristocratic one) is a quest for power for its own sake; in other words, it is the practice of black magic. Science transforms white magic into black when it turns the young childa€™s paranoid fantasy for total control into the real world. The bounds of the expanse of total power (and of black magic) is the economic requirement of performing a valuable service for others. This is the humility that the capitalist market expects of us so that the white magic of economics might deploy its beneficial effects.

Contrary to customary opinion, money is not an idol, it is instead the tempest that upsets idols. Unpredictable and uncontrollable, money is on the side of liberty because it does not recognise borders and it threatens all governments. It is spiritual because it tears us away from materialism.

To sum up, the subject matter of economy is simply the Soul of the world.

read the complete analysis at liberalia

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BOOCOO: be the change

A new cultural center has just sprung up around the corner from stomping grounds of years past- should be awesome! Offering space, classes in movement, music, words and nutrition, as well as a farming initiative and a new breath of air for the 5th Ward in Evanston.

Boocooa€™s diverse and multi-cultural programming addresses different aspects of human health, creativity and intellect. Boocoo has physical activity classes ranging from dance to martial arts, a recording studio with affordable rates, a music school, music production workshops, a digital lab, a performance space and a healthy cafA©. Each component of Boocoo is part of sustaining the center and creating a surplus that allows for content affordability. Sustainability at Boocoo means ensuring staff continuity and decent wages, program and center longevity, content accessibility for local residents and youth, minimal environmental footprint and ensuring participating artists, musicians and instructors, a solid student presence.

boocoo an agent of edf

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Fi Tru’

We here at mnp feel like we might be spilling the beans and giving away some sort of monumental secret by giving you this juicy little link.AA Especially since it’s a very ill couple of playlists for all those who enjoy reggae.AA Check out Virginia Reggae Radio.

Don’t hog all the bandwidth or we’ll come after ya.AA But share and share alike right?

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Posted: May 21st, 2007
at 12:01pm by black octagons

Categories: hood status,music,life

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Interviews, My Ninjas!

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So if you don’t read our music page at least occasionally, you probably should. Currently we have 4 ridiculously tight interviews over on our music page dor your consumption. These artists have agreed to give myninjaplease a little bit of their time so that you can get to know them better. The interviews are guaranteed to satisfy, or your money back.

music.mnp interviews:

The Hip Hop Family Affair: The Jugganots

DJ Kool Akiem - Rap’s 5-Star Funk General

Jalani Horton from Reggae Group Bambu Station

DJ Child from Project Groundation

All interviews are conducted by main ninja Trizlam. Hit him up with questions, comments or feedback.

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Posted: May 18th, 2007
at 4:42pm by black octagons

Categories: hood status,music,celebrity

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oh my god! zoroastrianism is

Some major modern Zoroastrian precepts:

  • Equalism: Equality of all, irrespective of gender, race, or religion.
  • Respect and kindness towards all living things. Condemnation of the oppression of human beings, cruelty against animals and sacrifice of animals.
  • Environmentalism: Nature is central to the practice of Zoroastrianism and many important Zoroastrian annual festivals are in celebration of nature: new year on the first day of spring, the water festival in summer, the autumn festival at the end of the season, and the mid-winter fire festival.
  • Hard work and charity: Laziness and sloth are frowned upon. Zoroastrians are encouraged to part with a little of what would otherwise be their own.
  • Loyalty and faithfulness to "family, settlement, tribe, and countries."


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Posted: May 11th, 2007
at 9:51am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,life,too good to be true,green,mnp is for the children,weaponry,fo' real?,9th dan

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