Hey Bloggers! Summer's here and your girl Soulfull is just bumpin (yea, I said bumpin, lol!) with energy! I've been on the go for a bit, going to see docs for my impending surgery, hanging in the mall, playing with the kids, and just enjoying the nice weather we are having outside Coco City, DC! At any rate, there's an issue that's been on my mind this morning, that I wanted to share with you all:
Last year, the phone and cable companies convinced the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts to change how the Internet is operated, making a few unelected officials responsible for a decision with billions of dollars of impact for millions of Internet consumers.
These decisions reversed the safeguards that made the Internet so great – the freedom known as “Net Neutrality,” which allows you to go anywhere you want to go on the Internet. The Internet was designed by American universities, and made available to the general public over an open platform that required phone and cable companies to treat all traffic in a neutral manner.
Now, however, the phone and cable companies boast that they will create premium lanes on the Internet for higher fees, and give preferential access to their own services and those VIPs who can afford to “pay to play.” They have already blocked certain services and have the power to block or degrade any service that competes with them:
- Do you want the phone and cable companies to block online movies or cheaper phone service over the Internet?
- Do you want the phone and cable companies to decide which blogs or political sites you can access?
- Do you want phone and cable companies to give preferential Internet access to companies who pay more for “premium” delivery?
- Do you want phone and cable companies to keep new innovations off the Internet?
If you answered no to any of these questions, then Congress needs to hear from you.
***** 6/8/06 UPDATE: check out the Washington Post op-ed by Free Press co-founder Robert McChesney and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig on this critical topic!******
Congress needs to act to preserve Net Neutrality and the Internet as we know it! Keep the Internet Free 4 ALL!
The Headline Reads: NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls - USA TODAY
This Shh Is Bananas - B-A-N-A-N-A-S! What in the world is going on? I mean is it not enough that we are at war for no reason, gas prices are through the roof, and our borders aren't safe? Oh no, that just couldn't be enough because now we have the NSA monitoring the phone calls of innocent joes! Although, this isn't a bit surprising at all (come on this is a Bush administration, what did you expect?), I question the motives of these "gargantuan databases".
Bush made an unscheduled appearance before White House reporters and sought to shape perceptions about the surveillance while declining to acknowledge that it is taking place. He said that "the intelligence activities I authorized are lawful," but specified no source of statutory or constitutional authority. He denied forcefully that his administration is "mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans," saying, "Our efforts are focused on links to al-Qaeda and their known affiliates."
Neither Bush nor his subordinates denied any factual statement in the USA Today report, which said AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. have provided customer calling records to the NSA since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Together those companies serve about 224 million conventional and cellular telephone customers -- about four-fifths of the wired market and more than half of the wireless market. According to data provided by the research group TeleGeography, the three companies connected nearly 500 billion telephone calls in 2005 and nearly 2 trillion calls since late 2001. [Source]
Well, Mr. President, how do I know you won't use this randomly collected information against me in the future? Lord knows I talk some smack about your crazy administration on the phone and for all I know, your officials could be trying to ascertain the likelihood of votes for the upcoming primaries!! Now couldn’t they?
NSA should stand for NO SNOOPS ALLOWED!
Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a melody, falling on my head like a new emotion....
I am so out of it and again, I just don't know why. I mean I could pin point it if I really wanted to, but then I'd have to do something about it and I don't feel like it. So these emotions (guilt, fear, pain, loneliness) fill me with such a stank mood that I’m all in my Ipod looking for a quick music fix. I really have to face the facts that I have a lot of unresolved issues in my life, but damn, then I'd have to do something about them. I'm constantly trying to fix this, handle that, organize this, assist that, to the point where I feel like a machine! No wonder caffeine has become my best friendt. What happened to the book? What happened to the motivation? Hell, if I know... I mean, I'm still stuck at the same spot in the second chapter and I haven't really had any true inspiration. Yet, the other half of me is tugging my arm back down to the page, demanding that I write SOMETHING, ANYTHING! Whatever, I say. When the spirit moves me I will, when the time strikes at the right hour, I'll lay down a passage so tough, I'll have all the publishers banging at my door. LOL!
So on Wednesday, I found myself in the ER with an IV in my arm and a mouth full of pills because suddenly my back decides it wants to go on vacation and start doing spasms! Damn it! If it ain't one thing, it's MF’ing another! Doc says to stay off the computer and no lifting the kids for a while. What? I don't get it, how is it that an accident from TWO years ago can start to make you have problems now? It's just another test. A test of what? Your faith. Your strength. I don't even know what I want anymore. I thought it was to be the happy homemaker, but now I want to go back to the way things were before. So on the hunt I go, for a new experience, because I'm ready to get back into the work world. Why can't you just chill? I NEED CHALLENGES. Ok, yeah I complain, but I need adversities. Shit that reminds me of a poem...
Come at me from all angles
Crashing into me
With such ferocity
Abusing my inner spirit
Begging for a piece of me
To steal my internal song
Like a pirated mp3.
But, I’m sorry
I don’t listen to your station.
(C) 2006. Soulfull.
I’m not meant to do one thing and one thing only. Life is about making mistakes, doing wrong, then right, and somewhere in the middle you learn a little something. I'm just going through a momentary lapse, to the point where I'm starting to question my own abilities. What is your problem? Life is too short for second guessing! Whatever man, sometimes you gotta step back and take a look at where you are in your life, or as I like to call it, to assess the damages... You guys ever feel like that? Like the corners are closing in on you? Well, I'm there and I know this, too, shall pass, but right now I'm buggin! Where is that Sade song….
These changes got me so moody! But groovin to Sade makes it feel better...
I am in need of positive energy in my life right now. I am tired of discussing what other folks are doing, wearing, saying, going, etc, especially if I don't even know them! I mean it's just wasted energy and right now it's time to, in the immortal words of Bubba Sparkxxx, get it right, get it tight. I want to deal with the things that I have some control over and wondering if Britney Spears is pregnant again doesn't compute anymore...
Y U So Nosey? Gossip Kills
Well, this past weekend was the MySpace weekend. I've been over there connecting with some old friends and meeting some really great new ones. Don't you just love internet communities? LOL! Well, in the process, I've started to purge some of the poems I've been holding onto and of course, I had to throw in a couple ramblings. It just wouldn't be me if I didn't. So how many of you folks out there are MySpace addicts because I know I CAN'T be the only one? I mean, as of today there are 76,524,686 folks running though their servers in Cali, whoring themselves for millions to see and it's just another sign that we are truly living in a voyeuristic society. Looking at someone's page to me is a kin to looking through the window of their house, the house being their soul. It's gutsy to stand out there amongst millions of profiles and say hey, look at me, judge me, be my homie, lover, friend, or whatever your vice is. For me, it's quite fun to see into the lives of all kinds of folks. Some of the interesting folks I've seen along the way range from D-Nice to the REAL Allen Iverson to this guy who does lovely sketches. Hell, even Trent from Pink Is The New Blog (don't you just love reading him?) has his own page.
Everybody has a story to tell or crazy pictures to post up. It's just another world over there. When my sister told me she was ready to dive in to the space, I was too excited. What better way to promote your God given talents? Where else do you have the opportunity to meet 76+ million folks in one place? Yup, I had to hook up her page and now that it's over, I'm back on the prowl to find even more wonderful, creative, artistic folks to link up with. But I know one thing, this site better stay free! LOL!
Do you have a MySpace page? He does and so does he and so does Trent.. So many people do...
Well, Friday is here and I am starving. Not necessarily for any McDonalds like my brohams above, but for a nice slice of pizza. Speaking of food, this little story here had me dying with laughter! Apparently this woman and her family won't be enjoying any food from the local Chinese buffet because of wasteful habits.
"They just take one bite and throw it away," said cashier Lin Huyen. "They take four egg rolls and crab ragoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food." [Source]
Shit, times are hard for everybody and ole girl and her crew should be a bit more considerate to these business owners. Well, one cabbie is surely the talk of Atlantic City for his gracious deed of returning $2,085 in $100 bills to its rightful owner.
When the cabbie, Abdelmegid Emam, spotted the cash, he alerted his company and the doorman at the Atlantic City Hilton Wednesday. It didn't take long for his fares to come running back from the city's Convention Center. [Source]
Now, if someone would return my missing cat, because I doubt she's able to make a return like this cat here, I'd be willing to fork over a small reward. Well enjoy these photos of some brothas down south and the commercial suits they've thrown on their rides. Somewhere a marketing exec for each of these brands is jumping for joy...
tricked out cars where are they going? mcdonalds? the mall?
I can't be afraid anymore to share the depths to which my feelings go... Here's a intro I started not too long ago... I think it's promising...
Sitting in the pew, I couldn’t believe I was holding his program. Looking at the Christmas wreaths in the pristinely decorated church, it just didn’t make sense that there was a casket below. ‘Tis the season of merriment, not death. Yet and still I was here, clinching my sister tight as if I could survive off her lungs instead of mine. Closer and closer, I was coming to shutting down. Okay, keep it together! At all times, we should rejoice in the Lord, but why do I feel ashamed? So many people I never got a chance to meet and here I sit amongst them, with the six degrees of separation closing in on me. I shouldn’t be here sitting in this place. I never did anything right by any of these people. I lied, stole, and cheated them all out of any hope for a chance of knowing him and now he is dead. Isn’t it funny how God teaches you about life at the most inopportune moments?
Just a story
The following is a list of all sites that I enjoy reading...
Soulfull of Thoughts - Other Blogs I Like
Aliya S. King
Beats and Rants 2.2
Best Week Ever
Big Bad Book Blog
Black Gives Back
Blogging In Black
Covenant With Black America Blog
Crooks and Liars
Crunk & Disorderly
Lynne d Johnson
Naked With Socks On
Overheard in DC
Pretty In The City
Pro Hip Hop
Three Beautiful Things
Soulfull of Thoughts - Other Websites I Like
Accuracy In Media
Black America Web
DC Blogs ROCKS
Eric Jerome Dickey
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Remembering Rhythm & Blues Musical Websites
It's A Rap - Other Hip Hop Sites
If you'd like to submit/exchange links, please feel free to email me.
posted by Soulfull @ 5/03/2006
Reading the NY Times story on Mr. Colbert's visit to last Saturday's Press Dinner and I must say I don't see how anyone doesn't find this man funny. His jokes were truly delightful and, damn it, he should be applauded for saying, what I call, the truth! Check out some video from youtube below:
The rest can be found here.
Colbert on youtube
The Headline Reads: A Second Ripple in Plagiarism Scandal
Tsk, tsk, tsk! Ms. Kaavya hasn't even had a chance to recover from the first bout of plagiarism and now it appears that she is heading into another round with the publishers of Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?". Geez, what's next? I'm just waiting for someone to come out and say the books weren't even written by Kaavya. LOL!
At least three portions in the book, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," by Kaavya Viswanathan, bear striking similarities to writing in "Can You Keep a Secret?," a chick-lit novel by Sophie Kinsella.
The New York Times was alerted to the similarities by a phone call from a reader.
The plots of the two books are different — Ms. Kinsella's novel is about a young British woman who unwittingly confesses her secrets to a man on a plane, only to discover he is the American head of the company for which she works, while Ms. Viswanathan's is about an Indian-American girl struggling to get into Harvard. But the phrasing and structure of some passages is nearly identical. [SOURCE]
TWP article on Kaavya Viswanathan
Okay, now I am so sure that now they will put just about anything on television these days, but I surely will be watching just to see what these crazy folks at VH-1 will do to bring even more bizarre events to reality TV. Will you watch?
VH-1 white rappers
The Headline Reads: In New Orleans, the Show Goes On
The concertgoers came in droves. Displaced New Orleanians and other music fans wanted to show their support to a beleaguered city, and in doing so they transformed a once-flooded horse-race track into the same massive party that the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has always been.
With a bigger-than-expected turnout for its initial three-day weekend of concerts -- organizers won't reveal exact ticket sales until Sunday, when the second weekend ends -- and headliners such as Bruce Springsteen as well as zydeco favorites Terrance Simien and C.J. Chenier, the celebration was a sign that the core of the city's cultural identity has survived Hurricane Katrina. Even before the festival gates opened, lines were snaking around the Fair Grounds.[SOURCE]