Archive for January, 2009

Guantanamo Bay No More

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama is planning to issue three executive orders Thursday, including one demanding the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed within a year, according to a senior administration official and a congressional aide.

A guard keeps watch from a tower at the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A second executive order will formally ban torture by requiring the Army field manual be used as the guide for terror interrogations, essentially ending the Bush administration’s CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods.

A third executive order, according to the officials, will order a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases.

The officials said new White House Counsel Greg Craig was briefing congressional Republicans Wednesday afternoon about the three executive orders.

"We’ve always said the process would include consultation," the senior administration official said of the closed-door meeting informing Republicans of the moves.

The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay became a lightning rod for critics who charged that the Bush administration had used torture on terror detainees. President George W. Bush and other senior officials repeatedly denied that the U.S. government had used torture to extract intelligence from terror suspects.

Obama’s move will set off a fierce legal struggle over where the prison’s detainees will go next.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2009
at 12:22am by Koookiecrumbles


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Anti- Biters Campaign

Why are we doing this? There are hundreds of web sites where you can find lyrics to today’s popular songs. In relation, there are very few real-live people who actually transcribe them. Transcribers do this for the sake of sharing their passion for the music. Think of it as a contribution or a public service. No one gets paid to do this, so "fun" is the motivating factor here.

This is not to imply that crediting the "source" means the individual or site "owns" the lyrics. "Crediting" has simply come to identify the individuals who took the time to transcribe and share the result with the world. That’s all.

When individuals come and steal (ie: bite) other people’s lyric transcriptions, then spread them all over cyberspace improperly, it becomes quite annoying. More importantly, it takes the fun out of it. Remove the fun, transcribers will start to disappear. No more transcribers, the lyrics start to disappear. No more lyrics, lyrics sites start to disappear!

So do your part in the battle against lyrics stealing and stop these people from getting a free ride. Send them email and and respectfully tell them you’d like to see them list sources. It’s such a simple thing. Simple as "ABC". SUPPORT The ABC. Recognize!!!

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Posted: January 22nd, 2009
at 12:15am by Koookiecrumbles


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Sean Price - King Kong

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Posted: January 21st, 2009
at 12:39pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Black’s the New Black

Word, like what I’m dressed in.

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Posted: January 20th, 2009
at 11:35am by Black Ock


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Tourism leads to artificial waste islands

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The world’s biggest and dirtiest rubbish island most would find shocking to believe, sits within a well known tropical paradise with over 1,200 coral islands nestled nicely in the Indian Ocean. This place, this island, this location, which hides such a stinky secret, is none other than Thilafushi, in the Maldives. Yes, close your mouths my dears.

Thilafushi is but a few miles and a short boat ride away from the Maldivian capital, MalA©. The artificial island ironically was built to resolve MalA©’s refuse (reclamation project) problem in 1992. The island has since super-sized to cover a mass of 124 acres of waste (calculating at around 330 tonnes of rubbish everyday). Not surprising considering over 10,000 tourists visit the Maldives every week.

While the Maldives can boast at being the richest country in South Asia, MalA© however, is one of the world’s most densely populated towns with around 100,000 people being squashed into 2 square kilometers. Though, thankfully for tourists, Thilafushi is hidden from view, and nobody except workers go there. It wouldn’t make for ideal sightseeing.

Waste pollution and rising sea levels caused by global warming don’t add up to the ideal living conditions. Earlier this month the new president, Mohamed Nasheed, stated that in order to solve this growing problem, the government will put aside some of the Maldives’ tourism revenues to buy another homeland. Who says social innovation and comedy don’t go hand-in-hand?

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Posted: January 19th, 2009
at 5:16pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: green,fo' real?,travel

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Crowd Surfing in China

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Two years ago, Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members to a€oeassert supremacy over online public opinion, raise the level and study the art of online guidance and actively use new technologies to increase the strength of positive propaganda.a€A

After Hu’s speech, Communist Party officials and the State Council issued an official call for a€oecomrades of good ideological and political character, high capability and familiarity with the Internet to form teams of Web commentators … who can employ methods and language Web users can accept to actively guide online public opinion.a€A

The CCP has hired thousands of freelance Internet propagandists whose job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards and comment areas on the Internet posing as ordinary users to voice support for the agenda and interest of the CCP. They praise Chinaa€™s one-party system and condemn anyone who criticizes Chinaa€™s policy on Tibet. They comment aggressively on news reports about Chinaa€™s food-safety problems, relations with Taiwan, suppression of bird-flu and AIDS information, Internet censorship, jailing of dissidents, support of Sudana€™s military in Darfur and other sensitive topics. Comments applaud the Chinese government and slam its critics, all using scripts and lines approved by the party.

The BBC calls these freelance propagandists China’s 50 Cent Party. The Guardian newspaper calls it the 50 Cent Army. (50 Cent isna€™t a rapper in this case, but a reference to the pay: 50 Chinese "cents" per post, which is equivalent to about 7 US cents). Other names include a€oered vestsa€A and the a€oered vanguard.a€A

Some estimates claim that the 50 Cent Army includes a whopping 300,000 people. If thata€™s accurate, China’s freelance propagandists exceed in number the total populations of 47 countries.

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Whip of the week (Chridiculous)

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Posted: January 19th, 2009
at 2:00pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Super (Super) Broker

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Shouts go to John L…..

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Posted: January 19th, 2009
at 9:56am by Koookiecrumbles


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Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]

16 April 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in." I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

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Posted: January 19th, 2009
at 12:06am by Koookiecrumbles


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