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Read this carefully. It’s from a Melbourne, Austrialia newspaper called “The Age.” We know that the victims are Middle Eastern, but we don’t know that the attackers are white. Video accounts reveal that all of the 5,000 rioters. Why cover up that they’re white? A day of race-fuelled violence at Cronulla spread through other beachside suburbs in Sydney’s south on Sunday night, with one man stabbed and at least 10 arrested. About 5,000 people descended on Cronulla beach as mobs yelling racist chants...

Chris Rock not hosting Oscars LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Chris Rock won’t be back cracking wise as the host of next year’s Oscars telecast. “He is not hosting the Academy Awards,” the comedian’s publicist, Matt Labov, said Friday in a brief statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. He did not elaborate. Labov told The New York Times that Rock didn’t want to do the show “in perpetuity” but would “like to do it again down the road.” The 2005 telecast was Rock’s...

It makes you wonder, considering this news. Cost of rental housing increased faster than wages Tuesday, December 13, 2005; Posted: 7:12 p.m. EST (00:12 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of rental housing has increased faster than wages, making it increasingly difficult for low-income families to afford even modest apartments, an advocacy group said Tuesday. “The picture is similar to past years, but it’s getting worse,” said Danilo Pelletiere, research director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The coalition,...

Dreamworks SKG — the studio that produced the great movie “American Beauty” — was purchased by Viacom / Paramount for just north of $1 billion. “When Steven, Jeffrey and I started the company and had to put an entire infrastructure together from day one, we had hoped to be able to make enough films to rationalize the cost of being our own distributor,” David Geffen — the “G” in SKG said Sunday.” I wonder if this would not have been the case, had Dreamworks concentrated on producing...

It seems that Rove may have been unintentionally warned before his testimory. Check this story out Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles TimesMonday, December 12, 2005 Printable VersionEmail This ArticleWashington — A Time magazine correspondent acknowledged Sunday that she may have unwittingly aided the defense of Karl Rove in the CIA leak investigation by telling the White House aide’s lawyer about a conversation Rove had with one of her colleagues about CIA officer Valerie Wilson. The tip, offered over drinks at a Washington...

The bottom line in this Newsday article is the Senator’s a certain choice for reelection and may just be the best Presidential candidate the Democrats have, even if she does not run. ...

This article was from the November 2001 “Monitor on Psychology.” The full article can be read with a click on the title of this post. Social psychologist Russell Fazio, PhD, of Ohio State University, has been examining a related phenomenon he calls “automatically activated attitudes” toward those of different races. He was the first to develop a measure estimating whites’ positive or negative associations to and evaluations of blacks, without having to directly ask them for this information. The technique...

For the full report, click on the title of this post. Edward Dunbar Ed.D.University of California at Los Angeles and Pacific Psychological Associates Findings from an ongoing study of hate crime occurrence in Los Angeles County are presented for the years of 1994 and 1995. Content analyses of data from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission included 1459 hate crimes cases; this encompassed events reported to both law enforcement and community-based organizations. The behavioral analyses of the crime events were considered in...

While the story may have taken a new level of visibility recently in an article featured in this blog this report reveals that the mental health community has considered this matter as far back as 1998. The full report can be see with a click on the title of this post. For what has been done since then, keep your eye on this blog. By Jeannine MjosethAPA Monitor staff Hate crimes constitute a unique class of violence against a person’s identity, demanding distinctive psychological, legislative and policy responses, psychologists...

The Ads are out already. Peter Jackson for Best Director, Jack Black for Best Supporting Actor, Naomi Watts for Best Actress, and so on.. ...

Friday night at The Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, I ran into a woman who I have seen many times in public. She said “I see you all the time…I’m giving you my contact information, but just remember I prefer white men.” OK. For every person, mostly white, I’ve encountered who was afraid to have more black friends, or made racially insenstive comments, or openly discriminated on the basis of race in the formation of friendships, I’ve always wondered what was going on mentally to cause this. Or think...

(12-10) 13:16 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) — Former Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, whose insurgent campaign toppled a sitting president in 1968 and forced the Democratic Party to take seriously his message against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 89. McCarthy died in his sleep at assisted living home in the Georgetown neighborhood where he had lived for the past few years, said his son, Michael. Eugene McCarthy challenged President Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination during growing debate over the Vietnam War....

After 53 years of services, the famous London “Routemaster” Buses are being retired. I’m unhappy, because I never got to ride one at all! Of course, I’ve not yet visited London. ...

I just walked in the house, turned on my TV set, and learned that Richard Pryor passed away at 65. CNN’s interviewing his wife Jennifer. Pryor was a seemingly permanent part of the Zeitgeist, and was a big part of my life growing up in Chicago and then here in Oakland. It kind of feels like a part of my life has been ripped away. He was battling MS.Pryor used his humor to reflect on race relations at the time. But, and as Martin Scorsese said, it was a savage — and I would add, honest — humor. It made people think...

At the start of 2005 the San Francisco Bay area was rocked by the revelation that the San Francisco 49ers created a racist and sexist “traning tape.” Then, just before this year’s Cal / Stanford “Big Game” a group of Stanford Students made a video said to be, again, racist and sexist. Now, the San Francisco Police Department’s dark underbelly of racial intolerance is being exposed in the release of information on another video that is, yep, called racist and sexist. Wait. This is the SF Bay Area,...

You know, with so many Oakland-related posts, I may create another blog on Oakland-related matters. I just don’t know what to call it. Until then.. The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center is an enormous building that sits on the western shore of Lake Merritt, and opposite Laney College. It has an 8,000 seat arena, a 2,000 seat auditorium, and with all of that, the City of Oakland can no longer afford to keep in open. The Oakland Tribune reports the Oakland City Council made that decision Tuesday night. 11th-hour plan can’t...

Post by: Michael Barnett at www.mgno.com: I made it back to New Orleans on Thursday afternoon and here were my initial thoughts: I started my 1996 Honda Civic EX’s engine at 0100 EST. I rocketed up I-75 to I-10 and then headed west on 10 all the way in. At 0900 CST, I hit the Twin Single Span across the Lake. Moments later I realized that New Orleans will never be rebuilt in my lifetime. New Orleans East cannot be described; it can only be seen. You must drive through it. What you see on television is nothing. Nothing. You have...

Police Commissioner Kevin Riley shownAccording to the Dead Pelican website, the controversial New Orleans Police department deliberately overstated the number of officers to be paid by the federal government, and then gave more money to “connected” officers. Here’s the account from their website: FEDS ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS OF NOPD: INDICTMENTS PREDICTED XXXX DECEMBER 03, 2005 5:27 PM**EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT THE DEAD PELICAN!** In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Feds are asking a number of very specific questions...

Tonight, I just went down to The Alley, a local bar and piano establishment I visit, to have a good, basic chicken dinner. I didn’t feel like cooking, and had enough of pot roast, steaks, and pasta. I wanted chicken. Jackie, the owner and bartender, had my place read for me to sit — and the meal prepared — when I arrived. Ok. I was late, but I got there. So, I sat down to eat and to my joy, the Warriors basketball game was on. So, I was content, but I had one call to make, and it was an important one, so I got...

Perhaps the better text to write should have been “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.” I’m not a conservative, but I do believe in God and celebrate Christmas. However, there are many ways to believe, and we should never forget that. ...