Saturday, August 20, 2011

Flash Mobs Of Responsible Parents

Just thought I'd share the pearls of wisdom posted by my fraternity brother (blu-blu) on his Facebook page:

Let's start a flash mob of GROWN UPS roaming around the City with belts; any teenager we see out of line just start whipping on them. Doing drive-by whoopings!! Just drive up to a teenager, jump out of the car & start tearing their butts up Old School Style!! Didn't .. I .. tell .. you .. not .. to .. be .. in .. these .. streets .. acting .. like .. you .. wasn't .. raised .. better!!. and..pull.up..your.....D_ _ _ _.......pants!!! Repost if you Agree!!

LOL funny stuff!

But in all seriousness, as Philly Mayor Nutter stated, it's time for more black men to become responsible fathers and more than human ATM's andsperm donors.

And Nutter added:

That's part of the problem in our community. Let me speak plainer: That's part of the problem in the black community. ... We have too many men making too many babies they don't want to take care of and then we end up dealing with your children.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Herman Cain: Impeach Obama

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain suggested that impeaching President Barack Obama "would be a great thing to do" on a conference call with bloggers on Tuesday night, Politico reports.

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza predicted, however, that achieving such a goal would likely prove easier said than done.

"Because the Senate is controlled by Democrats we would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don’t care what the American public thinks," he said. "They would protect him and they wouldn’t even bring it up," Cain said, citing the administration's position on the Defense of Marriage Act as an impeachable offense."

When thinking about the cast of characters offered up as credible by the Tea Party/GOP - Michelle Bachman (winner of the Iowa Straw Poll), Sarah Palin, Texas governor Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich et al - I can only think about the Circus Freak Side-Show coming to town.

As Blue Magic famously sang:

Hurry, hurry, step right up
See the sideshow in town for only fifty cents

Step right up, hurry, hurry before the show begins, my friends
Stand in line, get your tickets, I hope you will attend
It'll only cost you fifty cents to see
What life has done to those like you and me

It's more exciting than a one man band
The saddest little show in all the land

So let the sideshow begin (Hurry, hurry)
Hurry, hurry, step right on in
Can't afford to pass it by
Guaranteed to make you cry

Let the sideshow begin
Hurry, hurry, step right on in
Can't afford to pass it by
Guaranteed to make you cry

And BTW, can someone explain to Citizen Cain, it's the House of Representatives - currently controlled by Tea Party/GOP - that impeaches the president and not the Senate.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Africa optimism rising

When some of the most influential figures in emerging markets finance spoke to a group of Reuters editors, they were asked about top picks for growth beyond the so-called BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

One continent came up again and again – Africa – and one country in particular – Nigeria. Goldman Sachs global head of economic research, Jim O’Neill, highlighted the improvement in the growth-environment index of Africa’s giant over the past decade.

“If it were to show the same increase in its growth-environment score over the next decade, many investors will look back and say why the hell didn’t I invest in Nigeria,” said O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs. read more

Monday, August 15, 2011

Brazil's Anti-Poverty Policy

Whatever the ulterior motives of the Tavis/West 16 city poverty tour, we need to address the poverty issues of the underclass.

We have roaming thugs, organized via Twitter and other social networks, flash mobbing in cities like Philadelphia, Cleveland, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC.

Should we be surprised?

Jonathan Taplin, director of the innovation lab at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, said he was not surprised to see people using social media for organizing flash mob robberies.

"You are essentially having a world where you have 25 million people who are underemployed and 2 percent of the population doing better than they ever have," Taplin said. "Why wouldn't that lead to some sort of social unrest? Why wouldn't people use the latest technologies to effect that?"

Not to excuse wanton violence committed by roaming thugs who want to loot, rob, steal and wreck havoc on innocent victims, but with a constricting middle-class and ever increasing poor-class, this behavior is a symptomatic of the failure of more than just poor parenting.

Brazil, far from being utopia, has taken the proactive approach by adopting anti-poverty policies - these policies, very successful, is demonstrating what a nation can do when motivated.

When Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva addresses a meeting of world leaders next week, he is expected to proudly claim that his country has already met – and exceeded – one of the key U.N. development goals: reduce by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and hunger.

The deadline was 2015, but Minister for Social Development Marcia Lopes told IPS that Brazil was way ahead of its targets.

She said President Lula has made a lot of progress in helping implement the U.N.’s eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"We are on the right track," she said, pointing out that "millions of Brazilians have been lifted out of extreme poverty."

Brazil attributes much of its success on the government’s cash transfer programme called "Bolsa Familia". Since 2003, the ministry has invested over 103 billion dollars in this social protection programme, reaching out to more than 70 million people living in poverty.

Marie Pierre Poririer of the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF says the world’s largest income transfer programme in Brazil has resulted in significant progress in education, health, social development and the fight against hunger.

"This single programme, which focuses on Brazil’s poorest social groups, has significantly reduced poverty and social inequality in Brazil, and has been recognised nationally and internationally for its success," says Poririer, who is based in Brazil.

But Brazil apparently has survived the global financial crisis – at least judging by its economic performance.

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega was quoted last week as saying the country’s economy will grow by at least 7.0 percent this year, which he described as "the best performance in 24 years, and without inflation."

Of the world’s biggest economies, only China is doing better, he conceded.

A country with a population of over 195 million, Brazil is also marching towards the achievement of several other MDGs by 2015, including universal primary education, gender equality, reduction in infant mortality, improvement in maternal health, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and ensuring environmental sustainability.
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Brazil proves that infrastructure building, universal health care, environment protection, and poverty initiatives can be a net win-win for big business and the small guy.

In our corporate owned congress, the poor only hear - especially from the Tea Party/GOP -
Poverty is you own fault and You have to pull youself up by your own bootstraps.