Saturday, 28 February 2009

Testimony of a Prison Guard at Guantanamo Bay...

Serious stuff...snippet of what went down from a guards perspective....

Even though I reached out to talk to you about Guantanamo and wanting to tell what it was really like inside the camp at the beginning when I was there, I am not a totally innocent person as far as what happened inside the wire. I am very ashamed to admit it and tell you that I was involved in the very first IRFing incident at Camp X-Ray. I left it out of what happened on Day 1, and I apologize for that. It's just something that I am very ashamed of. Here is what happened.

On the first day we had been taking detainees from the in-processing center to their cages for quite a while when myself and the guy that was my escorting partner grabbed the next detainee to be taken. He was an older man. Probably in his mid to late 50s--short and kind of a husky build. I remember grabbing him and then starting to walk first through the rocks and then through the sally port (a long walk way with gates on both sides) heading towards Alpha Block. Then I noticed he was really tense, shaking really bad, and not wanting to walk or move without being forced to do so. We made our way to Alpha Block to the cage he would be placed in. He was instructed to go to his knees, which he did. My partner then went down and took off his leg shackles. I still had control of his upper body, and I could still feel him tensing up. Once the shackles were off my partner started to take off the hand cuffs. The detainee got really tense and started to pull away. We yelled at him a couple times "Stop moving!" Over and over. Then he stopped moving, and when my partner went to put the key in that first handcuff, the detainee jerked hard to the left towards me. Before I knew it, I threw the detainee to the ground and was on top of him holding his face to the cement floor.

At this time my partner had left the cage. The block NCOIC (or Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) was on the radio yelling code red which meant emergency on the block. Before I knew, I was being grabbed from behind and pulled out of the cage by the IRF team. They grabbed this man and hog-tied him. He laid there like that for hours that day before he was released from that position.

A couple days later I found out from a detainee who was on that block that the older detainee was just scared and that when we placed him on his knees he thought he was going to be executed. He then went on to tell me that this man had seen some of his friends and family members executed on their knees. I can remember guys coming up to me after it was over that night and said "Man, that was a good job; you got you some".

I did not feel good about what I did. It felt wrong. This man was old enough to be my father, and I had just beaten up on him. I still to this day don't know who was more scared before and during this incident me or the detainee.

I remember seeing him the next day when I walked into camp. His face was all bruised and scraped up. I was young and didn't question anything back then. As I do nowadays. But even then, when I was as pissed off as anyone there, I felt ashamed of what I did. As the years have went on and the more I learn the more guilt I feel. This is one of the incidents from my time at Guantanamo that haunts me

Link Centre for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas

Thursday, 26 February 2009

IBM announces 20-petaflops of computing badness!

From Engadget

No I dont know how quick a petaflop is...

IBM just announced its 20-freaking-petaflop Sequoia supercomputer due for delivery by 2012. While supercomputer speeds have steadily increased year-over-year, a near 20x jump in calculations per second since the last world ranking is unheard of, even if the system has yet to come on-line. Slated to spend its life simulating nuclear explosions, Sequoia will use 45-nm (PowerPC, presumably) processors with 16 cores per chip for as many as 4,096 processors per rack. That's a total of 1.6 million cores assisted by 1.6 petabytes of memory

1.6 million cores....your average PC has a dual core or quad core processor, so can run 2 or 4 things in parallel. So imagine running 1.6 million things in parallel!

I cant even imagine how you program that bad boy!

Monday, 23 February 2009

18 Trillion Percent

From Inspired Startup

In a recent article about Zimbabwe in the NY Times, an economist estimated that inflation had reached 18 quintillion percent, literally 8 with 18 zeroes behind it

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Bouncer Moved To Tears By Tale Of Friends Already In Club

From The Onion

Zenith Lounge bouncer Keith Murphy, 25, openly wept Saturday after hearing the heart-wrenching story of two young men waiting in line who had been separated from their friends already inside the bar. "Oh, you poor things—no group of buddies should get split up in the parking lot because one of them has to run back to the car for his wallet." said Murphy, taking a moment to compose himself. "And this all happened on your birthday? I didn't realize this was your birthday. Man, that just sucks." Murphy, who does not generally become emotionally involved in his work, began sobbing uncontrollably when he had to inform the two men that he could not possibly let them into the club without some ladies

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Unreal - Credit Crunch hit WAGS of bankers are even blogging now!

From Dating A Banker Anonymous

Is this for real? Awwww....

Are you or someone you love dating a banker? If so, we are here to support you through these difficult times. Dating A Banker Anonymous (DABA) is a safe place where women can come together – free from the scrutiny of feminists– and share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships. DABA Girls was started by two best friends whose relationships tanked with the economy. Not knowing what else to do, we did what frustrated but articulate girls have done since the beginning of time - we started a blog. So if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life, lighten your heart with laughter and email your stories to Warning all stories sent will be infused with our own special brand of DABA Girl humor.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Beat the Credit Crunch - Wii-Mote Jackets Double As Kiddy Shoes

From kotaku

Those Wii-mote jackets? They're good for more than cushiony shield protecting your TV (and face!) from flying Wii-motes.

They're good for, ahem, uncomfortable plastic shoes for children that no doubt act as a shin kicking ...cushiony shield

Man Gets Life in Prison For Killing Wife Who Changed Facebook Status to 'Single'

From Gizmodo

Is it me, or are some people taking this Facebook stuff just a little bit too seriously. Although has to be said, has to be embarrasing when all your mates start emailing you asking when you split up!

Edward Richardson, douche bag, got what he deserved this week when a jury of his peers convicted him of murdering wife Sarah Richardson, after she changed her Facebook status from "married" to "single."

Richardson received a life sentence for stabbing his estranged wife to death last May. She was living at her parent's home at the time following a falling out. When she later changed her status to "single," Richardson broke in and killed her. Later, he tried and failed to kill himself.

This is the third U.K.-based Facebook murder story to happen in the past year.

'douche bag', lol!

Commodore 64 emulator for Symbian S60 Phones

From Engadget

Anyone remember 'Way of The Exploding Fist'?

Have a Symbian S60-based handset in your pocket, do you? If you've a fever that can only be cured by more Commodore 64, you're in luck. The FrodoS60 application brings C64 emulation right to your N95, N96 or any other S60 mobile, and the updated version (1.5) even includes accelerometer support. Head past the break for a quick look at how much joy this little app could bring to your life, and hit the read link if you're interested in getting in on it. Which you are, so stop denying it.

Barack Obama vs Darth Vader

From Gizmodo

Check this out. Cool Obama action figures

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Something on the order of 10% of the American population is no-can-reedy

From alljapaneseallthetime

Back when I was at that college with the otherwise intelligent professor with his lively disdain for Chinese civilization, the local town public library was having an adult literacy initiative. I had heard about it once or twice before, but it shocked me to see it in real life. It turns out that many in the US, you know, the wealthiest most powerful country in the world, cannot read at all, or cannot read well enough to complete simple daily tasks such as filling in forms or travelling using street signs. This is despite free, universal, compulsory schooling (it’s a bit of a stretch to call it “education”).

If ABC News is to be believed, then something on the order of 10% of the American population is no-can-reedy, i.e. more than one in ten adults in the United States are driving through life with their phasers set to “stunningly ignorant” What happened to the beautiful simplicity and obviousness of alphabets? What happened to that? Where’s the…where’s…I thought the memo said…(???)

The US is not alone. In other (poorer) countries, using an alphabet and even completely phonetic spelling, illiteracy is rampant. What the frekkin heck is going on?

Obama welcomed by a sea of camers

From Gizmode

What were you doing when Obama was inaugurated...?

I was there and I was fiddling with me IPhone!

Black People Creeped Out By All The People Smiling At Them

From The Onion

WASHINGTON—A majority of African-Americans surveyed in a nationwide poll this week reported feeling "deeply disturbed" and "more than a little weirded out" by all the white people now smiling at them.

Black citizens have reported a disturbing 350 percent increase in interracial high-fiving since January 20.

First witnessed shortly after President Obama's historic victory, the open and cheerful smiling has only continued in recent months, leaving members of the black community completely unnerved.

"On behalf of black people across this nation, I would like to say to our white brethren, 'Please stop looking at us like that,'" said Brown University psychology professor Dr. Stanley Carsons. "We're excited Barack is president, too, and we're glad you're happy for us. But giving us the thumbs up for no reason, or saying hello whenever we walk by, is really starting to freak us out."

Added Carsons, "We just want to be able to stand in line at Home Depot without getting patted on the back."

Hey Man, You Got A Second So I Can Fire You?

From The Onion

How are we doing today? How we doin'? Great, great. You're looking good. Love the shirt. Let me guess: Christmas present? Knew it. Great. Hey man, whenever you get a sec—and it's no biggie—I was hoping you could just pop on over to my office real quick so I can fire you.

Nothing to worry about. Trust me. Just a short little one-on-one session about you being fired. We'll have a bit of unnecessary and degrading small talk and then I'll clunkily segue into terminating your position here. I'll follow up by apologizing like I care and that'll be that. The whole thing will take a second out of your day. Promise.

You'll be in and out and unemployed in no time.

Keep working on whatever it is you're working on. I don't want to interrupt. Just want to terminate your source of income. That's all. Go ahead, take your time and finish whatever you need to do now, because afterward you won't be allowed back in here. And we'd really love it if we could get as much work as possible out of you before you go. Okay? So when you've got a free minute, just drop by my office to get fired.

Guy goes surfing using a shark!

Is this for real?

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Commuting Japanese Style....Room for One More!

OMG...this is just ridiculous...

25 Barack Obama Quotes

From businesspundit

1. A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, “Huh. It works. It makes sense.”

2. That’s silly talk… Talk to my wife. She’ll tell me I need to learn to just put my socks on the hamper.

3. In a generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.

4. There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.

5. Our economic dependence depended on individual initiative. It depended on a belief in the free market; but it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, the idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity. That’s what’s produced our unrivaled political stability.

6. Michelle will tell you that when we get together for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s like a little mini-United Nations… I’ve got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I’ve got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher… We’ve got it all.

7. For all the progress we have made, there are times when the land of our dreams recedes from us — when we are lost, wandering spirits, content with our suspicions and our angers, our long-held grudges and petty disputes, our frantic diversions and tribal allegiances. And yet, by erecting this (Martin Luther King, Jr.) monument, we are reminded that this different, better place beckons us, and that we will find it not across distant hills or within some hidden valley, but rather we will find it somewhere in our hearts.

8. We cannot afford to be a country of isolationists right now.

9. I am a prisoner of my own biography: I can’t help but view the American experience through the lens of a black man of mixed heritage, forever mindful of how generations of people who looked like me were subjugated and stigmatized, and the subtle and not so subtle ways that race and class continue to shape our lives.

10. Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts call theory into question.

11. All the money in the world won’t boost student achievement if parents make no effort to instill in their children the values of hard work and delayed gratification.

12. For in the end laws are just words on a page- words that are sometimes malleable, opaque, as dependent on context and trust as they are in a story or poem or promise to someone, words whose meanings are subject to erosion, sometimes collapsing in the blink of an eye.

13. We are on our own, and have only our own reason and our judgment to rely on.

14. Nowhere is it ordained that history moves in a straight line.

15. The very interconnectivity that increasingly binds the world together has empowered those who would tear that world down.

16. We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes we can.

17. This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected.

18. We’ve got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We’ve got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. … This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things.

19. Our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition.

20. I am reminded every day of my life, if not by events, then by my wife, that I am not a perfect man.

21. You have shown what history teaches us — that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.

22. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.

23. If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. … It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

24. This is our moment. This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

25. The question we ask today is not how big or small our government is, but whether it works.

Top Ten Tips for Getting a New Gig in 2009

From businesspundit

Super Bowl Party anyone...

Here are a few tips to help you land a dream job this year:

1. Commit Yourself
January is in and gone before you know it. Take the time to do some long range planning, then break big goals down into manageable steps.

2. Don’t Assume No One is Hiring
In fact, don’t assume anything. Ask, ask, ask. And read. Make it your mission to learn everything you can about your local and virtual job markets.

3. Be Consistent
Remember every day you look is one day closer to finding that new job. If you currently have a job, set an amount of time that you will spend every day or every week on your job search. If you are unemployed - you just found yourself a new job. Looking for work is your new ten hour a day vocation.

4. Stay Optimistic
Enjoy the down time. It won’t last forever. Do affirmations, read self-help, practice yoga, consult your spiritual advisor - whatever it takes to maintain a positive attitude. Seriously, you cannot fake good vibes. Employers do not want any downers on the team, so work at not being one.

5. Use College Resources
Take advantage of your former college’s career services office. Get back in the loop. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn.

6. Super-size Your Networking
Use social gatherings like Super Bowl parties to increase your networking opportunities or to hone your social skills. Even if you’re just hanging with the the old gang, make it a point to learn something new about each of your friends.

7. Get Educated
If you’ve been considering getting another degree, start the process now now. There are many graduate programs that may allow you to attend while you are awaiting official admission especially if you already have a graduate degree or are an alumni. Online degrees are a great option for many people.

8. Serve Your Community
Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet like minded people and make valuable business contacts as well. It’s also just a great reality check when you start feeling sorry for yourself to serve those less fortunate.

9. Dive Into Social Networking
Here’s the thing - you can either curl up and wish things were the way they used to be and complain about all this social networking nonesense, or you can get in the game. Sure there’s a learning curve, but this is the new normal. Ignore it at your employment peril. Social networking makes it easier to reconnect with former co-workers and friends. (It’s scary, but I talk to some of my neighbors more on Facebook now than in the street. It’s cold outside after all….)

10. Update Your Resume
When it comes to job hunting, preparation is everything. Consider creating multiple versions if you have several different areas of expertise

Mo Brownies

From chocolateandzucchini

Mmmmmm cake, must have cake....

The chocolate flavor is intense, thanks to the combined action of melted chocolate and cocoa powder, which makes this a true chocolate lover's brownie -- not a tautology in my book, as I often find brownies to be too strong on the sugar and too weak on the chocolate.

....yeah, me too, lol!

Mmmmmm Cake! - Luxury Brownies!

From cocoandme

OMG...I have to try this....dam I love cake!

Dearest readers, this week I’d like to share with you my secret recipe for BROWNIES that I sell on my stall.
The Brownies War:
As you can imagine, brownies being so popular, there are many stalls selling them at my market (I counted ten stalls/ shops). It’s big headed of me to say this I know, but, I’m proud to say that mine always sell-out no problem. I make tonnes of it too - about 30 chunky slices per week - & on a week when I know the business will be good (ie: sunny weekends, & Christmas weekend), I make 40 - 50 slices, & they still go.
Because of this, I briefly debated wether to share this recipe online like this, but…, what the heck, I’ve got enough ‘regulars’ devoted to mine, & it’s competitively priced. Even if someone do a copycat, I’m confident that it won’t affect my sales!

Mad Strength!

Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world's youngest Microsoft Certified IT whizz

From The Times

Never too young to ask the immortal words.....'Have you tried rebooting it?'

While the other elementary school pupils skim through their comics in the break between classes, Marko Calasan takes out his copy of Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server Network for a light read.

At the age of 8, Marko has become the world’s youngest certified computer system administrator and was deemed the Mozart of Computers by the press after passing exams for IT professionals with the computer giant Microsoft.

In theory, he could now get a job maintaining complex office computer networks, even though he has not yet completed the third grade in his native town Skopje, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Obamas ride...

Heres a pic of Obamas ride....

Although whats more interesting is the badboy that follows him around everywhere...4,000 rounds per minute will keep the over enthusiastic protesters back!

Always check your kids homework!

A first grade girl handed in the drawing below for a homework assignment

After it was graded and the child brought it home, she returned to school the next day with the following note:

Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be very clear on my child’s illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This photo is of me selling a shovel.
Mrs. Harrington

Now thats what I call art!

From blogbauh

25 Martin Luther King Quotes

1. True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

2. I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

3. A riot is the language of the unheard.

4. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

5. Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten. A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most element of greatness — justice.

6. Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

7. I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.

8. I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

9. If a city has a 30% Negro population, then it is logical to assume that Negroes should have at least 30% of the jobs in any particular company, and jobs in all categories rather than only in menial areas.

10. …Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.

11. Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.

12. A nation or civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

13. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

14. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

15. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

16. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

17. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

18. I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.

19. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

20. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

21. Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time — the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.

22. I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

23. The time is always right to do what’s right.

24. In every age and every generation, men have envisioned a promised land. Some may have envisioned it with the wrong ideology, with the wrong philosophical presupposition. But men in every generation thought in terms of some promised land.

25. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

The Ultimate Small Business Twitter List

From smallbiztrends

Monday, 16 February 2009

Is Steve Jobs Killing Hip-Hop?

From zigzagstripesplaids

Interesting piece over at zigzagstripesplaids. Could have a point...

Steve Jobs, Apple, the iPod and the iTunes Music Store are definitely riding high. With over 3 million songs sold every day from the iTunes Music Store and over 32 million iPods sold in 2005 alone.
With that said I love Apple and iTunes but
People have been looking for the culprit who killed everyone's beloved Hip Hop
for years
This is R.C.'s theory on who did the deed,follow....

Chinese woman misses her flight and loses it big time!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff

From Wikipedia

25 worst lyrics in Hip-Hop

From iknowtheledge

Check these out theres some doozies in there...

25. “Verse number 2 do the damn thang keeps on my neck pocket’s full of Ben Franks.”
Yung Joc, “It’s Goin’ Down.”
Album: New Joc City
A classic case of saying…absolutely nothing.
24. “There’s no need to lie folk, Why you sleepin’ wit ya eyes closed?”
Timbaland, “Get on the Bus”
Album: Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Soundtrack)
Well, Tim, if I had to endure your mediocre rhymes all the time I’d definitely sleep with my eyes, ears, and nose closed as well.
23. “I can double my density from three-sixty degrees to seven-twenty instantly.”
Canibus, “Funk Master Flex Freestyle”
Obviously, Canibus slept through 10th grade when they went over units of measurement.
22.”Thirty-eight revolve like the sun round the Earth.”
Jay-Z, “It’s Hot”
Album: Volume 3: Life and Times of S.Carter
And, Jay-Z skipped his Geography class.
21. “N****s in the Bronx call me Lex cause I push a Lex, and I rock a Rolex and I lounge on Lex’, and I love sex.”
Peter Gunz, “Deja Vu: Uptown Baby”
Album: Make It Reign
What are the odds that Cory Gunz ghostwrote this for his dad at age 9?
20. “Never let me slip, cause if I slip, then I’m slippin.”
Dr. Dre, “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”
Album: The Chronic
Aren’t we glad that he eventually decided to hire some ghostwriters?
19. “When it’s hot I’m duckin’ them people with my firearm Look I be straight thuggin.”
Turk, “Trife Livin”
Album: Young and Thuggin’
If he’s the one with the firearm, why’s he duckin’?
18.”My paragraph alone is worth five mics (uh-huh) A twelve song LP, that’s thirty-six mics (uh-huh)”
Redman “5 Boroughs”
Album: The Corruptor Soundtrack
Apparently, Redman’s calculator is miles ahead of the game.
17. Don’t try to treat me like I ain’t famous My apologies, are you into astrology Cause I’m, I’m tryin to make it to Uranus
Kanye West, “Gettin’ It In”
Album: Kiss of Death
Oh I get it: there’s Libra, Sagittarius, Scorpio, and then Uranus. And you say Kanye doesn’t deserve to have his image displayed next to the word ‘genius’ in Webster’s Dictionary?
16.”Hood n***a from Bankhead, I stay by Grandma Nana I lay by my banana, dumpin’ and punkin’ monkeys.”
Young Dro, “Shoulder Lean”
With all the money T.I. makes from music and movies, you’d think he would at least invest in a decent ghostwriter for his sidekick.
15.”When you take a sip you buzz like a hornet Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets.”
LFO, “Summer Girls”
Cut them some slack. These guys graduated from the prestigious Vanilla Ice Institute of Hip-Hop and decided to try their hands at random word association.
14. “Sometime y’all get crimey crimey, grimy grimy But those with a tiny hiney they get whiny whiny.”
Cam’Ron, “5 Boroughs”
Album: The Corruptor Soundtrack
Someone should have informed Cam that this choppy choppy rhyme thing is silly silly.
13.”I’m hungry for cheese like Hungry, Hungry Hippo.”
Project Pat (”Ballers”)
Album: Ghetty Green
Extra points for giving us one of the worst songs ever known to man.
12.”If you don’t bring back my m****f*****n money or my m***f****n dope, you can forget about Christmas n***a, cause you ain’t gon even see New Years.”
Master P (”Do You Know”)
In Master P’s universe, New Year comes right before Christmas.
11.”It’s like fee, fie, foe, fum, I smell the blood of a jealous a*s punk.”
Prodigy (”Click Clack”)
Album: Blood Money
No longer inspired by hardcore hip-hop, Prodigy turns to nursery rhymes for some equally uninspiring lyrics.
10.”First family will gradually lift that a*s up like gravity.”
Lil’ Fame (of M.O.P.) (”Half and Half”)
Sire Isaac Newton must be turning in his grave right now.
9.”I like the way ya ass move to the beat You a freak, that’s somethin’ you can be.”
J-Kwon (”Show Your A**”)
Album: Hood Hop
You see, kids, that’s another reason why you should stay in school.
8. “D.D.T. the b**ch, I can go for some hours. Let Parlae hit, together we like twin towers.”
Pimpin (”Freaky as She Wanna Be”)
Album: On Top of Our Game
A terribly humorless and tasteless joke. Enough said.
7.”I like them black, white, Puerto Rican, or Haitian Like Japanese, Chinese, or even Asian.”
Chingy (”Balla Baby”)
Album: Powerballin’
As far as Chingy’s concerned, Asian is a nationality damnit.
6.”I’ll break it down for you now, baby it’s simple If you be a nympho, I’ll be a nympho.”
50 Cent (”Candy Shop”)
Album: The Massacre
Well, what do you expect from an artist whose stage moniker in itself constitutes a grammatical mishap?
5.”Thirty-two grams raw, chop it in half, get sixteen, double it times three. We got forty-eight, which mean a whole lot of cream Divide the profit by four, subtract it by eight We back to sixteen…”
Foxy Brown (”Affirmative Action”)
Album: It Was Written
This holds the world record for worst mathematics on a song.
4.”Got a Bill in my mouth like I’m Hillary Rodham.”
Ali G (Grillz)
Album: Sweat/Suit
No comments.
3.”Young, black, and famous, with money hanging out the anus.”
Mase (”Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”)
Album: No Way Out
Now, that’s the type of money I definitely wouldn’t want to touch before breakfast.
2.”I watch my back when I’m walkin, I watch my mouth when I’m talking. My glock cocked when I’m crawling.”
Mike Jones (”Scandalous H**s”)
Album: Who is MIke Jones?
What’s next? I watch my ears when I’m hearing, I watch my sight when I’m seeing?
1. Now you know that I’m the Queen of Miami. All that loud talkin, lyin, save that sh*t for your mammy. Sounds like “blah, blah blah, blah bla blah-blah,” I’m like uh-huh (uh-huh) okay (okay), Whassup (whassup) SHUT UP!”
Trina (”Here We Go”)
Album: Glamorest Life
Actual lyrics.
***I spit facts, no non-fiction nigga
Artist: Lil Boosie
Summary: Simply brilliant, he wasn’t going for a oxymoron either, I wish
***Im a soldier like MASH
Artist - Lil Flip
Summary: So he is an army doctor kind of soldier? Don’t shoot me with a needle!

How to make a cup of tea....

...if your posh, or think you are!

The rest of us just use teabags mate!

No Pants Subway Ride 2009


The Top 10 Songs That Killed Hip-Hop

From Spike

You may not agree with em but he does have a point...

Hip-hop just may be the most popular music genre on the face of the planet and for good reason. It’s raw, real and unpredictable. But in recent years the music revolution that started in New York over 30-plus years ago has been dying a slow death. For some reason, wannabe hip-hop artists with little talent have decided to pervert the genre by manufacturing bubblegum garbage for the masses. If hip-hop isn’t dead yet, it is definitely in critical condition

A 10 Step Guide to Selling Rap Beats Online

Many music producers from all over the world dream of selling their rap beats to major record labels. Often the chance to connect with the right decision maker in the industry never happens. Par…

Kanye and his Crew

From jakandjil


Rick Ross calls 50 Cent a "Monkey"

Happy Valentines Day

From Wikipedia

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven Valentine's Days. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome. and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The day was originally a pagan festival that was renamed after two Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend in average twice as much money as women.

Joaquin Phoenix says rap career is going 'terrible'

From USA Weekend

Joaquin Phoenix knows his new career as a rap artist is going badly. "Terrible," is how he described it to a handful of reporters, including our Nancy Mills, when they talked earlier this week. In fact, a much-publicized gig in Las Vegas last month was such a disaster — Phoenix fell off the stage — people assumed that the whole rapper idea was a hoax or a joke. But Phoenix insisted he's serious and the fall happened because "there were lights everywhere right in your eyes. I literally just went to step off the thing and misjudged and slipped down. I wasn't messed up. I was so nervous it’s all kind of a blur."

Fortunately, Phoenix doesn't care what people think about the career switch. “It’s not about ‘success’ or ‘good,’” he says. “It doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t act because I wanted people to say I was good.” And he claimed to be surprised that anyone cared whether he quit acting. "I didn’t realize it would be such a big deal,” he said, throwing in a few expletives. “It’s not my dissatisfaction with acting. I just don’t feel challenged or excited about acting any more. I don’t enjoy the process any more. I’m not complaining that acting ruined me. I have a good life. But I have to do what’s right for me.”


From The Daily Mash

SUNNY Delight, the orange substance, has been defeated in a blind tasting against a new Indian soft drink made from cow urine.

Researchers asked 30 children to test Sunny Delight against the Indian cow piss and a cup of ground pubes, earwax and horse vomit.

The vitamin-packed treat was then rated against a pint of liquid faeces, a cocktail of cheese juice and sweat drippings from John McCririck's scrotum and a glass of hot water strained through Carol Vorderman's pant-gusset.
'Sunny D', launched in the UK in 1998, was first developed by the CIA to destroy huge swathes of vegetation in South East Asia. It is now produced in a disused zinc mine on the outskirts of Gdansk

Friday, 13 February 2009

True Hip Hop Stories - Monie Love...

Remember this South London chick, went over to New York and had some success

D-Nice Presents True Hip-Hop Stories: Monie Love from D-Nice on Vimeo.

True Hip Hop Stories - Masta Ace

Masta Ace discusses his role in creating the classic Juice Crew recording “The Symphony”

True Hip-Hop Stories: Masta Ace from D-Nice on Vimeo.

Interview with Easy Mo Bee

Hip Hop Producer responsible for a string of hits for Lost Boyz, Tupac and Biggie, to name a few. Puff wanted to manage him, and when he refused, Puff severed all ties...

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Was Biggie Smalls broke and selling drugs at his peak of success...

From Thats Hip Hop

Was the Notorious B-I-G so broke during his Bad Boy days that he had to resort to bootlegging his own C-Ds? Former label-mate Mark Curry makes that allegation in his new book Dancing With the Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip Hop. Curry claims that despite strong sales, Biggie had to sell drugs and bootlegged copies of his C-D out of the trunk of his car so he could have spending money.

Curry also claims that Puffy did not tell former Bad Boy rapper G-Dep that taxes and production contracts would be subtracted from his 350-thousand-dollar signing advance. He says that as a result, less than six months after signing the contract, G-Dep was in debt to Bad Boy and soon turned to drugs.

Chapter One of Mark Currys book Dancing with the Devil is available here


From The Daily Mash

THE official slogan for the 2012 Olympics will be 'London, City of Fucking Sport and Shit', mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Mr Johnson insisted the Olympic construction projects were proceeding according to schedule, adding: "Then again it's not like I'm some kind of fucking architect.

"I told them I'm not good on the fucking details, so they could tell me any old shit and I'd be like, 'great, whatever, just get it fucking done'."

Gigbot on Talib Kweli

From Gigbot

Ever since emerging as a member of Black Star in the late 1990s, Talib Kweli is one of the few artists making commercially viable music that matters. The Brooklyn bred rapper’s hard-hitting music has been able to educate and entertain simultaneously. So it is no wonder that at the peak of their fame, both Jay-Z and 50 Cent named Talib Kweli as one of their favorite rappers.
With Ear Drum, his first album released on his own Blacksmith Music and his sixth album overall, Kweli has delivered his career-defining work, a polished collection showcasing his advanced lyricism and his penchant for picking music that resonates long after the song ends. “The image of the ear and of the drum are powerful enough by themselves, but when you put them together, it’s an instrument that’s in your body that helps you hear,” he explains. “They’re also two very simple, yet powerful words. I wanted to focus on finding a sound that makes you move, and that’s where the word ‘Ear Drum’ popped in my head.”

Clip Of 'Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon' Documentary

Joaquin Phoenix - Nuts or Playing a Role

What is going on here? Good acting?

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

Intergalatic - Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys - Girls

beastie boys - girls, girls, girls.mp3 -

Cream of the Crap - The Worst of CES

From Engadget

This will be home for Christmas, much to your family's disgust!

Nothing readies you for life's challenges like Bluetooth Stereo Sunglasses

Who knows!

Users show off competitors to Sonys Pocket PCs

Heres the Sony...

And heres the competition...

Guy Gets Back Stolen Car by Texting Thieves He's Got Hot Girls and Drugs


Alan Heuss was carjacked. The thieves made off with his BMW, cash and cellphone. But they did not steal his brain. So he came up with a plan involving hot girls and drugs.

After the incident, he went out with some friends, where they came up with an idea to get his stuff back. The kind of guys who jack cars probably like drugs and women. And statistically speaking, 51 percent of thieves are dumb. So Heuss sent a text to his stolen phone, acting like one of his friends: "I've got a bunch of hot chicks...we've got some drugs, too."

The thieves, easily duped by the promise of girls and drugs, sent over their address. But instead of hot girls with drugs, they got a visit from the Columbus police officers—not the sexy kind that take off their clothes—and were caught red-handed with the stolen car

Boogie Down Productions - Word From Our Sponsor Remix

Word From Our Sponsor #8 - Boogie Down Productions