Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Jay Z replies in rap to rage over Cuba trip – rap lyrics

Jay Z replies in rap to rage over Cuba trip with Beyonce

image Rapper comes good, as only Jay-Z could, and hits his critics like a plank of wood. Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba.

WASHINGTON, United States, Friday April 12, 2013 – Members of Congress who questioned the legality of power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent trip to Cuba have been feeling the sharp edge of the music mogul’s talented tongue.

Yesterday, he released a stinging rap targeting the critics and suggesting that he had been accused of breaking the law because of his friendship with President Barack Obama.    Continue reading

The Greening of cities: growing food and creating success – 2 videos

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA 

Published on Mar 6, 2013 TED Talks: 

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

Published on Jul 31, 2012. TED Talks: 

A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York’s tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery — and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Delanceyplace book selection –.

In one of the greatest atrocities of the modern era, Belgian King Leopold II was responsible for the deaths from 1885 to 1908 of ten million Africans in the lands surrounding the Congo River. Determined to acquire a colony from which to extract personal riches, the king had used famed explorer Henry Stanley to trick village chieftains into selling their lands to him for token compensation. To the world, he presented a face of benevolence regarding the colony, professing himself to be anti-slavery and his mission to be charitable.

In fact, his personal army forced millions of Africans into de facto slavery to amass a personal fortune from elephant tusks and rubber plants. It was King Leopold’s Congo that served as the subject for Joseph Conrad’s famed novel Heart of Darkness. Two individuals who were among the earliest to begin reporting the horrors of the colony back to the western world were George Washington Williams and William Sheppard. In enforcing the Africans to work, King Leopold’s soldiers often had to shoot those who would not cooperate. To get credit for these actions, as well as to help prevent the waste of ammunition, these soldiers had to show the hands of those they had killed: Continue reading

EARTH FROM SPACE by the Discovery Channel – autoplay 9 videos

EARTH FROM SPACE – autoplay – 9 videos 

Venture on an epic quest to discover the invisible forces and occurrences that sustain life on this planet and – for the first time – see these processes in action in EARTH FROM SPACE. This sweeping two-hour special reveals the Earth’s deepest mysteries, captured in breath-taking detail, and raises profound questions and challenges the old assumptions of how it all works.

Using the latest CGI technology, and joining NASA and the world’s foremost Earth scientists, EARTH FROM SPACE transforms raw satellite data into a visible spectrum, offering viewers authentic, high-definition moving images that vividly illustrate these processes at work.   Continue reading

Above average Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2013

Above average Atlantic hurricane season predicted in early forecasts

imageExperts from Colorado State University, Tropical Storm Risk, Weatherbell, and Weather Services International are all expecting an active 2013 storm season.

Barbados, Thursday April 11, 2013 – The June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season may seem a long way off, but judging from several early forecasts released this week, the Caribbean would be well advised to prepare for some pretty wild weather.

The bad news is that Colorado State University (CSU) weather gurus Phil Klotzbach and William Gray are predicting a turbulent, above-average storm season. The worse news is that several other prominent climatologists agree.    Continue reading

The Case for Compensating the Caribbean – commentary

The Case for Compensating the Caribbean

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – By Sir Ronald Sanders

In 1838, British slave owners in the English-Speaking Caribbean received £11.6 (US$17.8) billion in today’s value as compensation for the emancipation of their “property” – 655,780 human beings of African descent that they had enslaved, brutalised and exploited.  The freed slaves, by comparison, received nothing in recompense for their dehumanisation, their cruel treatment, the abuse of their labour and the plain injustice of their enslavement.

The monies paid to slaves owners have been studied and assembled by a team of Academics from University College London, including Dr Nick Draper, who spent three years pulling together 46,000 records which they have now launched as an internet database.  The website is: ucl.ac.uk/lbs.                       Continue reading