Racist police in Ferguson, United States government discovers


Mavadelo:

I am soooo not surprised

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from the USA:

Ferguson Police Probe: Authorities Point to Alleged Racist E-Mails

3 March 2015

The Department of Justice is expected to release its findings as early as Wednesday.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Ferguson Police Routinely Violate Rights of Blacks, Justice Dept. Finds

By MATT APUZZO

MARCH 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests.

The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was…

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everything was better in the good old days


Remember that one? you probably heard your parents and grandparents utter that sigh when you where young. Perhaps now you are a bit older and think the same thing and I must say…. some things definately where better in the good old days….. food for example.. When I was a wee little pup I remember I got send out on regular note to baker, greengrocer and butcher. I had to buy fresh baked bread, freshly grown vegetables and good honest meat. You would often know where your vegetables where grown, the cow that gave your milk was the cow you passed by every morning when you sat on you bicycle going to school and the smell of freshly baked bread lingered in the entire neighborhood. Supermarkets you went to to get your basic household items like tinfoil, washingpowder and garbage bags.

Nowadays we run into the supermarket and grab ourselves a TV Diner, we nuke it a few minutes and we drop it on a plate. While we are watching the news, sports or cartoons, we stuff it into our mouth mindlessly chewing on the same taste every day again. We don’t take the time to read the box for what they put in, we don’t teach our children that we have to chew 30 times before swallowing. We eat taste enhancers, genetically modified foods and toxics without concern meanwhile warning smokers and drug users about how unhealthy they are acting (and in some cases how unhealthy they are for us)

Here are some common additives that you can find in your tv diner, your cola, your icecream and your factory bread.

Aspartame
Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute. People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested. Found as a sweetener in foods and some body products, such as shaving gel. See our Genetically Modified / GMO Foods section for more information.

Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.)
Even though their carcinogenicity has recently been proven, the 1938 Act includes a specific exemption for them. Severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Found in bubble bath, hair dye, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and foods. For more information, see the Dyes Commonly Used in Food and Body Product Section.

Diacetyl
An additive that tastes like butter causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers’ lung. Found in foods, especially microwave popcorn.

GMO/Genetically Modified Organism
Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. Minimal testing shows that animals fed GMO feed, refuse to eat it. When force-fed the feed (corn, soy, tomatoes etc.) the animals developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing. See GMO section for more information.

High Fructose Corn Syrup/HFCS
High fructose consumption has been fingered as a causative factor in heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. See Sugars, Insulin Resistance and Glycemic Index section for more information.

Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been radically changed by high heat. Trans fats are poison: just like arsenic. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat! See Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils section for more information

Monosodium Glutamate/MSG
MSG is an excitotoxin, which causes nerve damage and allergic reactions. Found in hundreds of foods, often under other names. See our Monosodium Glutamate / MSG section for more information

Polyethylene Glycol /PEG
Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. Found in cosmetics, body products, foods, lotions.

Other Ways To Ingest Genetically Modified Products
Drink milk from or consume dairy products from cows fed GMO corn and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)

Eat meat from animals fed genetically modified grain diets (rather than grass-fed) and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)

Use of genetically modified food additives such as Aspartame, flavorings and enzymes

Honey and Bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen

Names Of Ingredients That Have a Very High Chance of Being Genetically Modified

As the U.S. does NOT require labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, consider the following ingredients on food labels to be Genetically Modified unless the ingredient is Certified Organic or labeled NON-GMO:

Vegetable Oils: soy, corn, cottonseed, canola

Margarine

Soy Flour, Soy Protein, Soy Lecithin

Textured Vegetable Protein

Cornmeal, Corn Syrup

Dextrose

Maltodextrin

Fructose

Citric Acid

Lactic Acid


 

Now many people will think that they don’t have a choice, after all the ready to go meals and tv diners are cheaper than buying fresh produce..right?? (Often) Wrong….

Maybe if you look at the short term you might be right, one lasagna from the microwave will be cheaper than a freshly made lasagna. However that tv lasagna is a one time meal, the lasagna you made yourself however very well might be 2 or 3 servings. You can’t freeze your tv lasagna if you have a bit left (and with their sizes it would be a waste of time and energy to begin with)… your home made lasagna can be frozen very well thus giving you a second meal a few days later. Same goes of course for your vegetables, casseroles, pies etc etc. Another money saver with fresh food is your medical bill.  You and your kids will be less ill, feel stronger, have more air, smell better and have a wider taste range when you eat fresh food. If you take note of where your meat and egss come from you have as added benefit that the animals are treated better than the animals in your McHamburger (did you know a hamburger from Mac can contain the meat from up to 100 animals, not cows perse)

Make your Doctor never see you….eat fresh

 

Blast from the past: South Park


We all know South Park, we all know “oh my god they killed Kenny” but do you know where and when it started? I bet most don’t, at least most non USA readers.

South park started actually in 1992 with The spirit of Christmas Jesus vs Frosty. In this episode only Cartman has a name….Kenny and yes, he gets killed (as is the character that we later get to know as Kenny). You can already recognise Cartman, Stan and Kenny, Kyle could be there but has a totally different hat and no reference is made about him being jewish

Then in 1995 they make a new episode also called “the spirit of christmas. I don’t know if the first episode had the theme song already (not in the video I posted) but here we hear the tune for the first time but in a slower beat and sounding a bit gloomy. Also in this episode Kyle gets his name and is recognised as being a jewish boy, cartman is called cartman and only Stan is without a name

Thesecond video became one of the first Internet viral videos, which ultimately led to its production as a series. South Park debuted in August 1997 with great success, consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program. Subsequent ratings have varied but it remains one of Comedy Central’s highest rated shows, and is slated to air through at least 2016 The pilot episode was produced using cutout animation. All subsequent episodes are created with software that emulates the cutout technique. Parker and Stone perform most of the voice acting. Since 2000, each episode is typically written and produced during the week preceding its broadcast, with Parker serving as the primary writer and director. There have been a total of 257 episodes over the course of the show’s 18 seasons.

The series has received numerous accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and numerous inclusions in various publications’ lists of greatest television shows. The show’s popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut which was released in June 1999, less than two years after the show’s premiere, and became a commercial and critical success. In 2013, TV Guide ranked South Park the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. South Park is the third longest-running animated series in the U.S. behind The Simpsons and Arthur.

enjoy the first official episode “Cartman gets an anal probe” with a short commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker

 

Tutorial for Horty (and others that want to make a dvd of youtube videos)


At special request I will be posting a tutorial about how to make a dvd with YouTube videos that you can play on any DVD player. If any step is unclear please let me know. I will be hosting any needed software on my personal web space, it will be checked for spyware/adware and viruses, is always freeware and I give my personal guarantee that it is safe to use.

First, if you do not have the videos on your own pc you will need to download them. This is very simple if you use Youtubedownloader which I have right here  for you. It is a simple and straightforward process. Install and start the software and you will be presented with the following screen

(EDIT: it seems that users of Google Chrome encounter the “download is not save” problem. This is due to the fact that my site is not a download site with a gazillion downloaders. You should look top right and click the icon with 3 bars, click the “downloads” option and in the new window that appears you will have the option to trust the dwnload anyways. If  that still doesn’t work go to the official youtubedownloader and dvdflick sites and download the programs there. YouTubedownloader is at http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com/ and dvdflick at http://www.dvdflick.net/ )

 

Now go to the video page and copy the address from the address bar (or if You are Horty simply use the two following links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm9-9u-p434 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx-UY8A57YY ) Paste the first link, hit download and when finished downloading to the same with the second link. You can see in the download window where the video is saved too (the blue underlined location)

So we have our videos, now to make a DVD out of it. For this we are gonna use DVDFlick which I have uploaded right here for you. Again, download and install then open the program and you are greeted by following screen.

dvdflick

 

On the right pane you see a few options, one of them is called “add title” click this, browse to the location of the first video and open it, then do the same for the second (and if needed third, fourth etc). On the left side you see a vertical bar that will show how many space is left on a standard size DVD. When added the screen will look like this.

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As you can see by the yellow bar on the left we have loads of space left on the dvd, If I where you I would add some other videos if available about you and MJ as well ;) However nobody claims a DVD should be filled to the brim so if you choose not to it’s ok as well.

Next we will edit our project settings, to do so click the corresponding button in the program and a pop up will appear.

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In this first screen all we want to change is the project title, this is just a title so you can find it back if you need to burn it again at a later stage. When done click the second option on the left labeled  Video

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Here we want to set Target format to NTSC (europe use PAL, North America uses NTSC) when done we skip audio and go to Playback.

 

 

 

DVDFlick4

Here we gonna choose what we want the video to do after it played a title, do we want the next title to play automatically, do we want it to stop, go to menu. your choice, I would take the first option and remove the check mark you see with the loop option.  when done go to the last option called burning.

 

 

 

 

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The name you give to Disc Title is what the DVD will see as the title of your DVD and what you will see in your pc dvd player if you put it in there so choose a good title here ;) Put a check mark with the Burn to disc option, the verify and the eject options and click accept at the bottom, the pop up will close and you are done with the project settings.

Final step before burning is a menu, click on the corresponding button in the program (Menu Settings) and choose one of the available menu’s. Since we don’t have subtitles or extra audio leave those check marks blank, have autoplay menu checked.

dvdflick7

 

I basically choose the menu theme I THINK you are gonna choose yourself as well Horty ;)  Now the final step, burning. Put a DVD in your drive (making sure it is the same type as in project settings, if you didn’t change anything there a standard writeable or re-writable DVD will do. Don’t use dual layer though.

Hit the “Create DVD” button and the following screen is presented to you

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Now wait till it is finished. When it is done burning your dvd drive will open automatically provided you asked so in project settings in the burn tab. You can hit the button labeled “entertain me” in this last screen, do not hit abort. When hitting entertain me you are presented with a tetris game to keep you busy while the program is working.

tetris

 

All that is left now is to test your dvd, put it into a (non pc) DVD player and see if it is working as you want it to work.  If you still have problems or it doesn’t play….you know how to reach me (p.s as a result of this tutorial I will have an iso that I can if needed burn to a dvd, if all fails let me know asap and it will be coming your way however I think tis tutorial will do the job just fine, besides you will know how to do it a future time ;) )

Endless River..Pink or Stink (Album review)


As I am writing this, I am listening to the new Pink Floyd album Endless River.

First a bit of history.(from the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame)

Syd Barrett (guitar, vocals; born January 6, 1946; died July 7, 2006), David Gilmour (guitar, vocals; born March 6, 1944), Nick Mason (drums; born January 27, 1945), Roger Waters (bass, synthesizer, vocals; born September 9, 1944), Rick Wright (keyboards, synthesizers; born July 28, 1945; died September 15, 2008).

These are the names of the man that where the Pink Floyd (later just named Pink Floyd)

Pink Floyd’s hallucinatory presentation of lights and music at London’s Roundhouse in 1966 brought psychedelia to the U.K. scene. The group carried rock and roll into a dimension that was more cerebral and conceptual than what preceded it. What George Orwell and Ray Bradbury were to literature, Pink Floyd is to popular music, forging an unsettling but provocative combination of science fiction and social commentary. In their early years, with vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Syd Barrett at the helm, Pink Floyd were the psychedelic Pied Pipers of the “London underground” scene. In the Seventies, with bassist Roger Waters providing more of the songwriting and direction, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential rock bands of all time.

(L to R) Founder and original guitarist Syd Barrett,Roger Waters,Nick Mason, and Rick Wright (Gilmour replaced Barett a few years later)

Before they settled on Pink Floyd, the group went by the names Sigma 6 and the Architectural Abdabs, and they mainly performed rhythm and blues covers. Singer-guitarist Syd Barrett provided Pink Floyd with most of its original early material, including the British hits “See Emily Play” and “Arnold Layne.” Barrett’s elfin, tuneful psychedelia made him the Lewis Carroll of the pop scene. Pink Floyd’s debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is a classic of psychedelic whimsy that epitomized the remarkable year of 1967 at its most playful and creative. As the British music magazine Q opined in 1995, “Piper at the Gates of Dawn is, even counting Sgt. Pepper, possibly the defining moment of English psychedelia and Syd Barrett’s magnum opus.” Among its highlights was a nine-minute instrumental, “Interstellar Overdrive,” that represented one of rock’s first forays into deep space. It was a preoccupation of Pink Floyd’s that would later surface in songs like “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” (from A Saucerful of Secrets) and the group’s masterwork, Dark Side of the Moon.

Perhaps one of the most iconic and welknown album covers ever “Dark side of the moon)

Intense experimentation with LSD unfortunately transported Barrett from enlightenment to mental instability, and increasingly unpredictable behavior necessitated his departure from Pink Floyd in 1968. Among the prime “acid casualties” of the Sixties, Barrett subsequently released two magnificent, if eccentric, solo albums – The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, both from 1970 – with considerable input from his erstwhile bandmates in Pink Floyd. Thereafter, however, Barrett became one of rock’s most legendary hermits and the subject of Roger Waters’ tributary opus “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” It was the side-long centerpiece of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (1975) and a sterling example of what the group has referred to as its recurring “theme of absence.”

The album cover used for the best PF album ever, “Whish you where here”

With guitarist David Gilmour on-board as Barrett’s replacement, Pink Floyd’s lineup remained constant for the next 15 years. In the wake of Piper, they recorded psychedelic soundscapes such as A Saucerful of Secrets and the double album Ummagumma, which comprised one disc of live performances and one of individual works by each band member. Laid-back but experimental, Pink Floyd kicked off the Seventies with the pastoral, atmospheric albums Atom Heart Mother (1970) and Meddle (1971). Each featured a side-long epic, “Atom Heart Mother Suite” and “Echoes,” respectively. Fittingly for a band with who took a cinematic approach to music, Pink Floyd provided music for three films. Their work as film scorers can be heard on the soundtrack albums More (1969), Zabriskie Point (1970) and Obscured by Clouds: Music from La Vallee (1972).

They never played in this formation but here they are all five together

Their 1973 release Dark Side of the Moon hit Number One on the Billboard charts and ultimately broke all records by remaining on the Top 200 album charts for 741 weeks. Dark Side of the Moon did not drop off Billboard’s Top 200 album chart until 1988. The album signaled rock’s willingness to move from adolescence into adulthood, conceptually addressing such subjects as aging, madness, money and time. From its prismatic cover artwork to the music therein, Dark Side of the Moon is a classic-rock milestone. The subject of alienation was further explored in Wish You Were Here (1975), an album whose central preoccupation was the band members’ distance from each other (“Wish You Were Here”) and erstwhile leader Syd Barrett’s distance from reality (“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”). They turned their gaze outward yet again on the Orwellian Animals (1977), whose songs bore the titles “Pigs,” “Sheep” and “Dogs.”

Pink Floyds famous inflatable pig, used in many live shows

Success continued into the Eighties with The Wall, a four-sided epic about a rock star named Pink who suffers a nervous breakdown while on tour. Much of it reflected chief architect Roger Waters’ dim view of the concert experience as rock expanded into arenas and stadiums.  “I wanted to make comparisons between rock and roll concerts and war,” Roger Waters toldRolling Stone in 1982. He elaborated on this central tenet in the liner notes forThe Wall Live: 1980-81: “The idea that we, as individuals, generally find it necessary to avoid or deny the painful aspects of our experience, and in fact often use them as bricks in a wall behind which we may sometimes find shelter, but behind which we may just as easily become emotionally immured, relatively simply stated and easy to grasp.” That, in a nutshell, is the theme pursued by Pink Floyd from Dark Side of the Moon forward.

We don’t altough we just used a double negative, we really don’t need no eduk…educt..edu…we don’t need no skool

Possibly the most pessimistic album ever to reach #1, The Wall also addressed childhood, education and marriage, finding all of these passages to be dehumanizing. The Wall, the most theatrical and complex stage show that rock had ever seen, was performed 24 times in multi-night stands at four places – London, Los Angeles, Long Island and Dortmund, Germany. During the performance, an actual “wall” was constructed in front of the band, and its collapse at the end provided a fitting denouement. The Wall was subsequently revived by Roger Waters for a star-studded staging in Berlin in 1990, to commemorate the unification of East and West Germany. Performances from the Pink Floyd’s original staging of the epic saw release in 2000 as The Wall Live: 

The teacher puppet from “the Wall live in Berlin 2000

In the wake of The Wall, Pink Floyd itself gradually seemed to collapse, at least temporarily. The Wall turned out to be the last album the foursome of Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason recorded together. The Final Cut, which was recorded under extreme duress, found Wright absent from the group. Almost wholly Waters’ vision, it was an antiwar album triggered by Britain’s 1982 conflict in the Falkland Islands. The group unofficially disbanded after its release, and that seemed to mark the end of Pink Floyd, as the members involved themselves in endeavors, including solo projects, outside the band.

You don’t have to listen the whole video but I sugest you listen at least to the beginning ;) Music from the body is a solo project from Roger Waters

Throughout their history, the members of Pink Floyd have projected a rather static personal image, allowing music, lyrics, lighting and theatrical settings to communicate for them. Consequently, they’ve largely avoided the sort of public scrutiny that typifies the lives of rock stars. Little was known or reported about their personal lives. Only when a bitter war of words and a court battle erupted between Roger Waters and the others after Gilmour, Mason and Wright reconvened Pink Floyd was the silence broken.

Pink Floyd released Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 and followed it up a year later with Delicate Sound of Thunder, a live album drawn from an extensive tour. The group reconvened in the Nineties with Gilmour again at the helm, releasing The Division Bell in 1994 and another tour souvenir,Pulse, a year later. Both albums went to the top of the charts, proving that the public’s fascination with this most unconventional supergroup had not dimmed in the least.

Album cover from Pulse Live.

And now the Endless River and I assure you that this album is something fans have waited on for years. In fact most of us doubted that there ever would be a new album cause boy oh boy did it take time. But of course the question is, is it Pink….or does it stink.

Upon starting the first “side” (Pink Floyd are often record lovers and we stick with side instead of CD, especially when it comes to Pink Floyd) I was greeted by a very familiar sound. Within just a few moments I was swept away by the sound of the guitar and synthesizer, the typical way of drums, the relaxing sound that says “just relax, let go, let the music take your soul (yes yes Enigma, not Floyd). This sounded like a follow-up to their imo best ever album Wish you where here. I immediately had the overwhelming urge to roll myself a big J (which I of course did right away…it’s finished now so time for a new one…lmao). Is it Pink, oh yes absofrigginglutly Pink. It once again is a musical journey into the depths of your self, the deepest core of your being. This is music as it is ment to sound. Forget the Wall, Forget UmaGumma…the Final Cut…must have been a joke (the Final cut was their “goodbye album, can you believe it? that was 1983)

Album cover “The final cut”

Of course I post the entire album right here, I have to. Not sharing would be outrageous. In fact, since these video’s are from YouTube and YouTube tends to delete music videos from the publisher/studio that was involved in this, because of that I will have my own versions ready soon to be hosted from my own site. I would, if I where you, take a glass of wine (if you don’t/can’t smoke) or better, roll yourself a fat one. Take a lawn chair, dim the lights and dream away with the sounds of bliss. There is nothing more to say here than “it doesn’t come more Pink then this. I am truly grateful and in awe. This is a true tribute to Barett and Wright. Ladies and Gentlepeople I present you

album cover “Endless River”

Pink Floyd: the Endless River (a word of caution, you will see one video window, however it is a playlist of 4 videos that will play after each other without you needing to do anything)

An Open Letter To WordPress


Mavadelo:

I so absofrigginlutly agree it isn’t even fun anymore. Sad part (or not so sad part) I have been checking out other platforms and WP is still the best, I wonder however for how long

Originally posted on Fish Of Gold:

Dear WordPress,

I am loath to write yet another letter to you, since I typically prefer spending my time writing actual blog posts, but I’ve been bitching on Twitter and in your forums to no avail, so maybe you’ll pay attention to a blog post. It’s not likely, but hey, you never know.

Please, stop. Just put down whatever you’re working on and stop with the futzing. You have been tinkering under my hood long enough and you know what? None of the “improvements” you’ve made are actually improvements.

Below, you will find explanations as to why your improvements aren’t improvements sorted conveniently by feature.

Post Editor

Let’s talk about this “Beep beep boop” editor nightmare with less than half the functionality of the old editor. Thankfully, you haven’t taken away the old editor yet. However, I fully expect that one day, I will go to write a post and…

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WOOOHOO 200 tytytytyty


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I am proud to say that The crazy bag lady has found it in her heart to click and press on the “follow” button and thus she became my 200th follower. What can I say but thank you to my 200 followers and the many readers that pass by and read but don’t follow. Thanks for visiting my blog and putting up with my rants and “tree-hugging and new age-ish” way of writing here (well, I think I come across like that, if not I might be doing something wrong…or right…)

It is with great pleasure that I have written here, I had a blogspot thing in the past as well and I never got a hit there, well…very few anyway, so I didn’t even try it anymore in the end. However, if I am not mistaken (I will know after hitting Publish) I am working on my 222nd entry for Mavadelos Mindscape and (with loads of help) running a Facebook share group .

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Thank you my friends I hope you will visit me for many more blogs to come. I am honored by your visits and interest. Blog On