Saturday, June 07, 2008

Scanning IPods for Unlicensed Music

This is what happens when you allow corporations to make policy and the bastards are too greedy and stupid to revive or replace a dying business model. Should this become law, and there is no guarantee it won't, then my movie, music buying days are done. Hell I don't even buy (or download) music now as it is. I listen to free internet radio instead.
Documents passed to Wikileaks have revealed the extent of an international copyright treaty being formulated by the US, EU, Canada, Japan and Australia.

The Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007) could see customs officers checking media players for pirated material.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is not yet in force, but is aimed at cutting down on the distribution of unlicensed material.

The proposed treaty would remove the current distinction under many national laws between people who profit from intellectual property theft and those who do not. This would mean that sites offering BitTorrent feeds, for example, could be prosecuted even if they do not profit from the material.

More worryingly, the treaty suggests that customs officers should be given the right to search laptops and media players for pirated material.

Quote of the Day

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
- James H. Boren

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Drug Resistant Cancer, Threat to Black Women

We've really gotta start taking better care of ourselves:

Black women are more likely to have diabetes, hypertension and certain forms of breast cancer than the general community. Yet many are reluctant to seek early treatment.

African-American women in general don't get the appropriate care they need," says Shonda Perry, a physician at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. "Many don't have access to care, they fear going to a physician. There are so many obstacles they face."

Although a higher percentage of white women are diagnosed with breast cancer, black women have a higher death rate, Baker says. Black women also tend to be diagnosed later than white women.

"That's partially because of how late we wait to seek out treatment and some early detection methods," Baker says. "Lack of information and knowledge, lack of access, transportation issues, there's a multitude of issues that contribute to late diagnosis."

Baker also will shed light on a form of breast cancer unique to black women called "triple negative." The cancer is a triple threat because it strikes early, it's resistant to standard drug treatments and it's more likely to kill.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Place Your Bets

Odds that:

- Hillary Clinton get the VP slot

- Barack Obama joins a Black church

- Barack Obama joins a multi-cultural church (50/50 Black vs. White with some Other thrown in)

- Barack Obama joins a multi-cultural church (more white with Hispanic, Black and some Asian thrown in)

- Barack Obama joins a multi-cultural church (more Hispanic than black or White and a sprinkling of Asians)

- Barack Obama joins a White church

- Barack Obama continues to distance himself from anything that smacks of Black nationalism

Quote of the Day

Obama acknowledged that joining another black church, where ‘there's a different religious tradition or a worshiping style' might be equally problematic as his membership in Trinity. He said he probably will not make a decision about a new church until January.
- The Washington Post

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Quote of the Day

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dollars and Cents - My Bills

This is a comment from a reader on my post Dollar and Cents - I'm Broke:
What you should be listing is all of your bills. From cable to hair, then decide what you really can do WITHOUT. Why try to do a million writings with barely anytime for yourself when you can just cut your bills in half?

Here's the thing, the $1750 is bare bones. Here are my bills:

Rent - $655
Utilities - $150
Food - $150
Mom - $200
Credit Card - $20
Cell Phone - $65
Entertainment - $50
Total - $1385

Notice I don't have "hair" or "transportation" on the bills list. The reason I don't is because all of that is supposed to come out of the $50 listed for entertainment. I don't drive so gas is not an issue for me. My haircuts cost $15 and I stretch them to 2.5 - 3 weeks so I can save some money. And mind you $150 for food includes toiletries as well.

Also I have taxes I have to pay quarterly because I'm a freelancer. When I add in taxes the total I need to make it each month rises to $1750. My current gig pays $10 - $15 an article. I was working on a bid for the company I work for which would have payed really well but they ended up not getting the contract.

So there you have it. My financial life in a nutshell. Now if anyone sees anyway I can cut out the fat feel free to comment.

Quote of the Day

I think we have to honestly admit that the problems in the world today, as they relate to the question of race, must be blamed on the whole doctrine of white supremacy, the whole doctrine of racism, and these doctrines came into being through the white race and the exploitation of the colored peoples of the world.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dollars and Cents - I'm Broke

So I decided to get real about my financial situation which, as of this writing, is quite dire.

The Good News: I do have a job
The Better News: I have a couple of job interviews
The Bad News: I'm still going to have to borrow money from my momma to make June rent.

Momma JJ proceeded to give me hell about the whole thing (not like she hasn't borrowed money from me on any number of occassions) and finally agreed to the loan. Nothing like a mother to make you feel worse about a situation than you already do.

So here is the good the bad and the outright ooo-gly about my current financial situation.

June - $316
You read that right. As it stands my entire take for the month of June stands at $316 dollars. And that may have to be downgraded by $10 if I overestimated how much I made on one of my writing gigs.

- $838 and counting
Right now my take home for July is standing at $838. That's better than June but definitely not a livable wage.

Minimum needed to cover all bills - $1750 (including taxes)

- $3500 before taxes

Current Job
- $1800 - $2250 (before taxes)
If I write 30 articles/week I will make between $1800 - $2250 a month before taxes. This alone will allow me to make the bare minimum I need to cover my monthly expenses. And mine you that $1750 for expenses is pretty bare bones.

Deficit between what I can make each month and goal
- $1250 - $1700

Ways to make up the difference
- Apply for more writing jobs
- Market my writing website and get more freelance gigs
- Outside employment
- Advertising revenue from blogs/websites
- Blogging donations

The (Daily) Plan
- Gym (can't work when I feel fat)
- Apply for jobs
- Blog (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays)
- Write 5 Articles
- Marketing (websites, blogs, social networks, etc.)
- Take Sundays off

So there you have it. My finances in a nutshell. I have a plan. I'm going to see it through. It will work.

Quote of the Day

Racial inequality took 400 years to build, but for some reason, people are asinine enough to think it should take just 20 years to fix it. Sorry my friend, it’s not that simple.
- Dr. Boyce Watkins

The Gold Digger's Manifesto: How to Get Broke Off

Welcome to the Gold Digger's Manifesto, a step by step guide to getting the baller of your dreams. These lessons are geared toward women of color since your path to a rich man's pockets is different from that of your white or Latin sisters.

Today's lesson is:

How to Get a Rich Man to Part With His Cash a.k.a. How to Get Broke Off

First thing you need to understand is that a guy who leads with his cash, is doing so because he knows it will give him the pick of woman he wants. He's doing so with the expectation that he will have to part with this cash to get the woman he wants. So the first lesson in How to Get Broke Off is to NOT GIVE UP THE GOODIES FOR FREE.

I put that in all caps is because it is an important lesson to understand. Giving up the goodies for free and early, marks you as low class and stupid and not at all the type of woman he's looking to deal with.

So if you can't just sex the man into opening his wallet how do you get him to part with his cash? Simple. You have two options:

1. Don't give up the goodies. You let him know up front that you aren't giving up the goodies unless you all are together or at the very least until you say so. You let him know that if he wants some quick action than their are plenty of other chicks for him to choose from but you are not one of them. You let him know in no uncertain terms that that is NOT how you get down. Be firm and stick by what you say. No giving in because he looks good or kisses you the right way, etc.

Now on the surface it appears this may not work. He will just find some chick who is willing to give up the goodies. But wealthy men aren't used to being told no. They are used to getting what they want, so if they decide they want you they will work extra hard to get you. And not just get you, but to impress you and make sure you want them. Next thing you know the cash is flowing without any panties dropping. Nice.

2. Pay to Play. Under this scenario you let the man know up front that if he wants your time and attention it's going to cost him. You make it clear that the panties don't come off without some incentive and that incentive usually involves hair, nails, clothes, shoes, cash or some combination of all of the above. Once the initial transaction has been made, then you sex him well. And I mean WELL. If you do your job as well as you should, he will continue to lavish you with gifts and cash and you will continue with the good lovin'. The moment he stops with the gifts, you stop with the sex. He will understand and behave accordingly. It will be a match made in Gold Digger Heaven.

So ladies that ends today's lesson in How to Get Broke Off.

Next week: Why D-List Entertainers, Athletes are NOT the Business.

Until then, keep it real and keep it gold.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I am in love" means "I want me to be happy"; "I love" means "I want to make you happy."
- unknown

Monday, May 19, 2008

Wise Words From Black Angenda Report

From House Slaves, Field Slaves and the Obama Predicament:

On the plantation, it is likely that many of the field slaves who managed to talk their way into the big house entered fully conscious of the likelihood that the humiliation they would suffer there would reach intolerable limits. Those contemporary field slaves who live vicariously through would-be President Obama, will be well advised to, like their ancestors, continue their journey toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with open eyes, and a frank realization that the presidency is not a political panacea - and possibly not even a palliative pill for the ills of America's African population. If we are to achieve genuine liberation, all political options, including revolution must not only remain open, but be pursued as though the world had never heard of Barack Obama.

And that's all I'm saying Black folks. Be happy that Barack has a shot at the Big Whitehouse. Celebrate it. Rejoice in it. But recognize that it doesn't change anything. Recognize that anyone who is willing to "abandon his pastor, ignore his community, commit to a corporate and Zionist agenda, and pander to bigots," will likely keep doing such if it means he will keep his job.

What do you think the flag lapel pin was all about? It was directed toward those bigots voters who have questions about Obama's "patriotism." Expect to see more of that. And the more of that you see, the more Black folks become the boogie man and the more Black pathology is put out there as the cause of our problems and not the systemic racism that confronts all Black people from birth.

Just be prepared is all I'm saying. Rejoice for Barack's presidency like you did for OJ's freedom but recognize -- it doesn't change anything.

Quote of the Day

Although many see value - even if only sentimental or symbolic- in electing a black president, it should become increasingly apparent that if the quest for a position in the big house compels a slave to abandon his pastor, ignore his community, commit to a corporate and Zionist agenda, and pander to bigots, then it is likely that once he moves in, he will have to stay with that program if he wants to keep his job.

- Mark P. Fancher

Friday, May 16, 2008

Quote of the Day

…For this Negro is sick. He has to be sick to try and force himself amongst some people who don’t want him, or to be accepted into a government that has used its entire political system and educational system to keep him relegated to the role of a second-class citizen. Therefore he spends a lifetime begging for acceptance into the same government that has made slaves of his people…
- Malcolm X

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Quote of the Day

"We're not living in the (19)40's," he said. "Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears -- he looks just like Curious George."
- Mike Norman on Obama Curious George T-Shirts

Saturday, May 10, 2008

And the Foolishness Just Keeps Rolling Along

Obama Suggests Offer Maybe Clinton Can't Refuse

The money quote:
Historically after a campaign is done and you want to unify the party, particularly when you've had a strong opponent, you want to make sure you're putting that opponent in a strong position so that they can work to win an election in November. So, obviously, I would want to have a broad range of discussions with Senator Clinton about how I could make her feel good about
the process and have her on the team moving forward.

And the tom foolery continues...

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Friday, May 09, 2008