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I got this idea from my friend Craig Newmark, who’s blog “Craig’s Blog” is a part of his overall set of Craigslist links. After some thought, I determined that since I was so interested in popular culture, and established my company (in part) to meld sports, simulations, and popular culture, and wrote two blogs: one on sports and sports business matters and one on popular culture with a personal bent, and since I was already identified with SBS, and Zennie’s Zeitgeist was gaining an audience, it just seemed...

And he was a big one, because in my view Morita was the picture of the assention of Asians in American popular culture. He went from playing roles that were somewhat “less than” to one that gained him true respect as an actor: that of “Mr. Miyagi” in “The Karate Kid.” How many people loved it when he smoothly beat the crap out of that bully and his so-called martial arts teacher in the second “Kid” film? But far beyond that, Morita became a massive part of American Culture and he served...

SACRAMENTO — Researchers said Tuesday that aging infrastructure is not the only growing pain the governor and his successors face — by 2020, the state is projected to gain10 million people who will strain services ranging from education to social programs. The California Budget Project, an independent think tank that concentrates on concerns of the poor and middle class, released a demographic report that also indicates as the state grows by a third, diversity will increase to the point where Latinos outnumber whites. In addition,...

I guess The Oakland Tribune has a slow news day. And no way am I posting a photo with this story. Bay Area grandmaster of Qigong pulls truck with penisBy Grace Rauh, STAFF WRITER FREMONT — The ancient Greeks worshipped it. Freud said women envy it. And Tuesday, a man pulled a truck with it.Yes, you read that right. He pulled a truck with his penis. Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, best known for his “Iron Crotch,” attached himself not once but twice to a rental moving truck and pulled it several yards across a parking lot in Fremont....

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Leaders of Iraq’s sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq’s opposition had a “legitimate right” of resistance. The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists...

Someone asked if male teachers have ever been changed with sex with a student / minor. Ringo at the “Straight Dope Message Board” googled around an extensive list of teachers involved in sex scandals. But not one of the 40 names listed — not one — is a man. Moreover, only four of the cases listed were before the year 2000. So, in five years we have had an average of seven cases a year. 1990 Pamela Smart1996 Mary Kay Letourneau1998 Denise McBryde1998 Julie Feil2000 Judith Christensen (attempt turned around...

One can’t wonder but what was going through her mind as she was doing this. Debra Lafave pleads guilty to sex with one of her students. She’s not going to receive any jail time at all. Wow. She’s blessed. In America, considering her looks — and that she’s blond — someone will approach her with a book or movie deal. Well, she can’t take advantage of it because of her plea bargain deal, but what about the victim? And where did this photo come from? And she’s married. But what’s...

If you’ve not seen this video, click on the title post link. President Bush was trying to walk — just walk away — from questions being thrown at him at a news conference in Beijing, China on Sunday. He stopped talking, walked over to a large door, pulled on it, and it didn’t open. So, he kept pulling on it; it didn’t open. Embarassed, he suddenly realized how he looked and stood almost motionless for a full second. Then, he searched for another way out — saying “I’m trying to escape...

They’re not all that good. They don’t contain massively important social commentary. They don’t feature big established stars. But with all this, the Harry Potter Movie Series continues to rake in the dough. This third installment — “The Goblet of Fire” — took in over $100 million since it’s open on Friday. What’s the deal? What kind of hold does this series have on us, and why? More soon. ...

Schmidt, a brand new Republican congressional representative from Ohio, did this according to a Washington Post Article: “…Members were heatedly debating a procedural rule concerning the Hunter resolution when Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) was recognized at 5:20 p.m. Schmidt won a special election in August, defeating Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, and is so new to Congress that some colleagues do not know her name. She told colleagues that “a few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp,” an Ohio legislator...

—Why is it always that someone uses racial stereotypes as the basis for stupid humor? I was told that the reason Dave Chappell stopped his program was white audiences didn’t get that he was making a social comment about how African Americans are referred to in America. He believed some took his humor as a serious statement about how blacks are. Unfortunately, many people aren’t detaiiled thinkers, and actually learn to be racist from race humor. Not good…Zennie Perhaps it might have been best to leave the social...

October 5, 2001 Administration memo restricting Congressional access to classified information – a decree that briefings with sensitive information be limited to eight of the 535 members of Congress, a move that reinforced a trend toward secrecy that characterized Bush’s government from the start. See: Downing Street Memos ...

This was lifted directly from their site. Please go to it for the actual documents: The other Downing Street Documents and MemosLocated on The Memos page Cabinet Office briefing paper: Conditions for military actionThe Sunday Times, June 12, 2005 Plain text transcriptionJuly 22, 2002 briefing paper, generated for participants for the secret meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, says that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the leading House Democrats on defense issues on Thursday called for a swift U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, drawing strong criticism from Republicans and escalating the debate over President Bush’s war policies. “U.S. and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq,” said Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who has been in Congress for 31 years. “It’s time for a change in direction.” Murtha warned that other global threats “cannot be ignored.” Murtha,...

I struggled over writing this, and elected to do so only to effectively release the anger from my experience. So, I’m going to let the chips fall where they may. Some people not of color (and a few of color) have this idea that society is color blind and that racism is something of the past. For them, to mention the problem is a terrible thing. Well, that’s too bad. The only way to really eliminate racism is to point out every example of it, and make sure it does not happen again. I attended my fourth, sixth, seventh...

My friend Michael Bean, who’s firm Forio Business Simulations hosts the Sports Business Simulations website, has developed an exciting new website called “Urbantic.” It’s at http://urbantic.com The idea behind Urbantic is very simple: to allow people to learn about places and people. It’s kind of a cross between community sites like Ryze and Friendster and your common restaurant or city review website. All you do is set up a profile and type in comments about your favorite places. You wil then see a list...

Wow, this is from ShowBizData and the link’s in the title of the post, but I’m copying it here: “… Faced with footage from an Italian documentary showing white phosphorus shells being dropped on Fallujah during last year’s offensive and interviews with two American soldiers who had witnessed the results of the chemical’s use, the Defense Department on Tuesday retracted an earlier statement saying that it had only been used for illumination. “It was used as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants,”...

“..Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed…” I wonder which Bush Administration official that was…. ...

I’m groggy voiced, having danced and sang at last night’s awesome Rolling Stones concert at Pac Bell, no SBC, no is it AT&T Park, now? Whaever. The place the San Francisco Giants play (though they’d better solve that weird name change problem). Anyway, the Stones are a totally great show. And what I most enjoy is the totally interracial flavor of what they do, from the terrific sista who was singing with Mic, to the brotha jammin on the sax, and to the hot Afro-British model strutting her stuff in a video for...

Boeing’s new 787, nicknamed “Dreamliner”, looks like it will be an exciting plane to ride, if the picture here is any indication. The windows shown in this interior mockup are to be 19 inches tall — larger than those on any other large commericial passenger plane. They’re also such that they can be darkened with the push of a button. This I don’t like. Here’s another example of the unnecessary application of high technology to a problem. It almost seems like Wallace and Gromit, where they...