BBC errs and puts the wrong person in front of the camera! (mit video!)
12:47 am EDT, May 14, 2006
The Times Online has tried to spin this as if the cabbie who wound up in front of the camera made some effort to misrepresent himself, but it seems to me more like it was a matter of people getting a little rushed and putting someone who doesn't have a very powerful grasp of English in front of the camera.
The *video* can be found on at least two different sites at the moment. Pay close attention to the interviewee at the start when the BBC reporter introduces him. The look on his face is priceless.
This is some beautiful stuff someone captured. Apparently someone at CNN trying to put together a map of the areas of France not currently in flames and bursting with rioters managed to really screw up using Google Maps.
Check it out, it's almost like a public school student's attempt at making their own map of a country they know nothing about.
Patrick Aaron Lee autopsy final details in: Taser did not directly affect the outcome
7:48 am EDT, Oct 15, 2005
I think the title pretty much summarizes the situation. The final toxicology has come back, and Levy has released his results. There was indeed more than just drugs involved, and it wasn't just the Taser.
Of course, since this affair has been covered distastefully by the media up to now, I see no reason why it shouldn't continue, so in the upper portion of the article you may notice a paragraph which looks like it was more or less made up to fit circumstances, and I somehow doubt this detail came from Levy.
Someone *died* and now people are trying to capitalize on the situation, apparently in hopes that they can sue for some money. The people responsible for continuing the stink and refusing to face reality should truly be ashamed of themselves.
Kanye West *almost* gets it--Bush doesn't care about poor people
7:59 am EDT, Sep 3, 2005
New York — It began, fittingly enough, with jazz from New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis.
But "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," a heartfelt and dignified benefit aired on NBC and other networks Friday night, took an unexpected turn thanks to the outspoken rapper Kanye West. Appearing two-thirds through the program, he claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."
Frankly, I'm very impressed that he had the balls to speak out like this. Corporate America doesn't like it when people deviate from scripts, but basically West was only a little bit off the mark. His main statement was that "Bush doesn't care about black people", but it's really got nothing to do with whether the people who are dying in New Orleans are black or not. What matters (or rather, doesn't matter) is that the vast majority of the people still trapped in New Orleans are very, very poor. Which means that, demographically speaking, they don't vote, they don't put money in lobbyists pockets, they don't hold any kind of political power, and their ability to promote political campaigns is limited--so there's very little chance these people are going to be able to impact Bush in any possible way. The political machine has learned that almost any sort of mismanagement can be covered up in just a few months of campaigning and careful spin-doctoring, and at worst, power will simply shift from one faction to the other for a presidential term or two.
In short, it's not that they're black, it's that they're poor. There's plenty of white (and asian and so on) people down there that Bush cares just as little about.
So long as poor people are busy trying to blame each other (blacks versus whites and vice-versa) they're never going to get around to seeing that their real enemy, the people who really are responsible for generation after generation of poverty and ignorance, are Bush and people just like him, who only care about the poor when it comes time to get them to watch the television so they can be told which faction of rich people have the best interests of "America" in mind. They make their rafts of empty promises and smile and shake hands just long enough to keep their power, and then they go back to their ranches and condos and gated communities and have as little as possible to do with the poor until it comes time for the next round of lies and deception.
If West were paying attention, he'd have figured this out by now. Hopefully he will soon because America needs more people to wise up to what's going on.