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It’s Black History Month
It’s Black History Month. “I don't even know what that means.” I took this previous sentence from a mostly white oriented film, Blades of Glory (2007) that made the phrase ever more popular in the culture. The phrase found its way on a hip hop song with the clean title, “In Paris” by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and the artist formerly known as Kanye West, Ye.
"Is Putin Dead?"
The Russian online public sphere has been buzzing with new rumors of Putin's death this week. On Tuesday, a rumor started to circulate that he had a heart attack and was in poor shape. And on Thursday (Oct.26, 2023) an anonymous "Russian Foreign Intelligence Service General" account on the Russian social media platform Telegram posted this:
The Voice: A Historic Disappointment
Welcome to Country: As I write this piece, I wish to acknowledge the Wangal people of the Eora nation, traditional owners of the land, whose soverignty and connection was never ceded. I pay my respects and regrets to the elders; past, present and emerging.
The Apocalypse Is Already Here (for some)
As Europeans started to make landfall in America, the apocalypse would soon begin. A disease killing upwards of 90% of the Indigenous population (estimated to be anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions) would soon cause cities to crumble and empires to fall. According to one study published in the Quaternary Science Reviews:
Connections - Would You Push The Button?
Introduction This is an extended take on a Seven Days In post from 2017, a result of a film, a TV series and the election of Donald Trump.
The Most Important Discussion of Our Lifetime is Happening Now
On Monday, 12 June 2023, Dr. Steven Greer held a televised press conference before The National Press Club to deliver a report. This report was a summary introduction to a massive and challenging discussion: Empirical evidence from more than 750 whistleblowers of a "beyond black budget" organization operating within our government and military, illegally.
Janet Yellen's Dismissal of Short Selling: Unearthing a Deeper Systemic Problem in Financial Markets
As the CEO and Chairman of Creatd (OTCQB: VOCL) and a financial markets veteran of three decades, I was horrified as I watched Janet Yellen dismiss short-selling in an interview with CNBC’s Sara Eisen on ‘Closing Bell Overtime’.
Explaining How the George Floyd Uprising Was Quickly Forgotten
I remember when I first heard about George Floyd's death. My partner had asked if I had heard about this new police shooting of a Black man, and I mistakenly thought he was referring to Tony McDade, a Black Trans man who was murdered two days later. I was confused by people suddenly caring about Floyd when I had already seen the videos that year of so many Black men and women killed by the police.
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Will School Board Protect Public School Students?
“In allocating space to a charter school, pursuant to applicable law, the District must consider the impacts on other public school students, both those attending District schools and those attending other charter schools requesting space.” – Proposed Proposition 39 Charter Schools Co-Location Policy
Unveiling the Underworld
Sewage fungus, an unpleasant topic yet a crucial aspect of wastewater treatment, unveils a complex world that many wish to remain ignorant of. This organism, typically a type of filamentous fungi, thrives in the nutrient-rich environment of sewage systems, presenting challenges in maintaining effective wastewater treatment processes. Understanding sewage fungus involves delving into its characteristics, impact on the environment, and the measures taken to control its growth.
Call for a ceasefire Starmer's only hope of restoring credibility
Good or bad, for better or worse, one thing we can all be certain of is that life goes on. And right at this moment I’m thankful I have the good fortune that mine is centred in a country that is not under siege by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bombing hospitals, schools, universities and all other possible places of refuge for the tens of thousands of Palestinians being ethnically cleansed from Gaza by Benjamin Netanyahu’s terrorist Likud regime in Jerusalem.
Sir Keir: "Lasting Ceasefire in Gaza".
We have all been horrified by the Hamas attack on Israelis on October 7. Where Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis and took many hostage. We knew Israel being Israel, would hit back. However, many have been and are taken aback by how hard Israel has hit back. Killing 28,000 civilians, taking out churches and mosques, medical facilities, education facilities, etc. Killing it seems, very few Hamas fighters. 300 or so IDF soldiers are dead with countless others injured. Hamas no doubt, has been and will be decimated, however, it remains intact.
Putin is A Walking Dead
The cover image for this story is one of my favorite cartoons by Alesha Stupin because of its symbolism and allusions to various images, incidents and facts in Putin's life. It is based on the famous photo of topless Putin riding a horse that is often used to illustrate his masculinity and strength.
Putin Killed Navalny
Both men in the cover photo for this story, the leading Russian opposition figures, are now dead. With a span of 9 years, in the same month of February. When Nemtsov was assassinated on Feb.27, 2015, I could not believe it and was numb for a couple of days. Same thing happened when the news of Navalny's death broke on Feb.16, 2024.
Permission to Know Our History:
In a recent exposé by The Guardian, "Florida school requires parental consent for pupils to listen to Black author’s book," the author outlines the confusion caused by Governor Ron DeSantis's enactment of the "Stop Woke Act" in 2022. ("Florida School Requires"). This legislation dictates the parameters around discussing race and related issues in educational settings, which some critics contend is an attempt to erase the historical memory of African Americans. As a result of the law, many schools in Dade County have resorted to mandating parental consent for student engagement in Black History Month activities.
Bob Marley: One Love
I just saw the new Bob Marley biopic yesterday and loved it! It captured Bob's journey from a fatherless "half-caste" bwai to becoming the leading messenger of Rastafari and a beacon of Black redemption. Bob Marley: One Love was faithful to that spirit and struggle.
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