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Florida Atlantic Football Stadium Will Be Named For Private Prison Company

For more than two years, Florida Atlantic University has been searching for the name of a corporate sponsor to adorn its new 30,000-seat, palm-ringed football stadium.
The public university on Tuesday announced an unconventional partner: the nation's second-largest operator of for-profit prisons, the GEO Group Inc. The newly christened GEO Group Stadium came as part of a $6 million donation from the prison company's charitable foundation, which will be paid out to Florida Atlantic over 12 years.
America has a long tradition of unusual corporate athletic sponsorships -- Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and Houston's Enron Field (now Minute Maid Park) come to mind. But the GEO Group Stadium puzzled several experienced sports marketing experts.
Stadium sponsorships usually involve a product that a company wants to market to consumers: Cars, in the case of the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans; or bank services, with Citi Field in New York. GEO Group's customers are government agencies offering contracts. Prisoners don't have a choice of where they land behind bars.
"It appears to be a charitable gift that is trying to be a marketing vehicle, and it just doesn't make a lot of sense," said Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon's business school. "To link themselves with an athletic department when their business is locking people up, it just doesn't connect to me really well."

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breath out....is this a real place on a real planet?#@!#?!??

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Monogamous Animals: Sea Horses...

Monogamous Animals:  Sea Horses
Scientists have studied only a handful of species of seahorses (genus Hippocampus), but all of them appear to practice some form of monogamy. After her eggs are fertilized, a female seahorse passes them to her male partner, who carries them in a pouch until they hatch. The males probably incubate one female’s eggs at a time, and it appears that some species remain bonded throughout the breeding season and perhaps even longer.
(photo: Michael Bentley, via: The National Aquarium)                         
(via: Science NOW)

In Angola, the Generals will be just fine

In Angola, the Generals will be just fine:

Last week the Portuguese Attorney General’s office dismissed a case of libel and defamation against Rafael Marques and the Portuguese publisher Tinta da China. The criminal case against Marques and Tinta da China was filed by nine Angolan generals, all of whom own are part owners in Sociedade Mineira do Cuango, a mining company, and Teleservice – Sociedade de Telecomunicações, Segurança e Serviços, a telecom and security firm, that work in the diamond mining regions of Eastern Angola.
Marques is an investigative journalist and human rights activist. The Portuguese Attorney General’s office decided that Rafael Marques’s book Diamantes de Sangue: Corrupção e Tortura em Angola (Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola) published by Tinta da China in 2011, is protected under constitutionally guaranteed laws of freedom of speech and expression in Portugal.
The book details the involvement of the companies in nearly one hundred killings and hundreds more tortures. And it shows the links between the generals and the companies. Media in the West as well as in Africa heralded this victory for free speech in Angola (although the case took place in Portugal). Novo Jornal, part of Angola’s independent press, in their February 15th edition, noted the irony of the closure of two court cases on the same issue, neither one going forward, but for diametrically opposed reasons.
In Portugal, the generals’ case against Marques and Tinta da China was thrown out in the name of free speech and the lack of any public crime committed. In Angola a criminal case filed by Marques against the generals was also closed recently. He had lodged a criminal complaint against the generals at the Angolan Attorney General’s office in June 2011 for acts of torture and homicide in the diamond mining areas where the Sociedade Mineira do Cuango and Teleservice operate. In June 2012, the Angolan Attorney General’s office archived the case for lack of evidence, and in November 2012 they notified Marques of their decision.
But beware the bling of banner headline announcing free speech victories. Further down on my google news feed for the same day was this announcement: “U.S. Army Delegation Visit Angola.” That’s right. Six high-ranking U.S. Africom officers based in Italy began a three-day visit to Angola last Wednesday, signaling a certain coziness between the U.S. armed forces and those of Angola.
The Generals will be just fine.

Bill Gates, Africa and population control

Bill Gates, Africa and population control: Bill Gates: We can lower the world’s population with vaccines Feb 28, 2010 At a time when anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is becoming broadly recognized as a politically driven, pseudo-scientific power-grab, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates recently “unvielded his vision” of global catastrophe unless net man-made carbon emissions are reduced to zero. The video of his [...]

Elizabeth Colomba“ Inspired by the legend of “Cupid and Psyche"

Elizabeth Colomba

“Inspired by the legend of “Cupid and Psyche” written in the 2nd century CE. by Apuleius,and reinterpreted within the context of Africa, this painting illustrates one of the insurmountable tasks Venus orders her to execute.

Apuleius was born in northern Africa, which is the reason I chose to mix Orientalism with Classicism.”


Illinois woman killed same day sister sat behind Obama

An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.
Janay Mcfarlane was shot once in the head around 11:30 p.m. Friday in North Chicago, said Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. Mcfarlane, a mother of a 3-month-old boy, was in the Chicago suburb visiting friends and family.
North Chicago police said two people are being questioned in connection with Mcfarlane's death, but no charges have been filed.
"I really feel like somebody cut a part of my heart out," Angela Blakely, Mcfarlane's mother, said.
Blakely said the bullet that killed Mcfarlane was meant for a friend.
Hours earlier, Mcfarlane's 14-year-old sister was feet from Obama at Hyde Park Career Academy, where he spoke about gun violence and paid tribute to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student fatally shot last month in a South Side park. Police have said it was a case of mistaken identity, and two people have been charged.
Pendleton's death was one of more than 40 homicides in Chicago in January, a total that made it the deadliest January in the city in more than a decade. Pendleton, a drum majorette, had recently performed during Obama's inauguration and the slaying happened about a mile from his Chicago home.
Blakely told the newspaper that Janay Mcfarlane had been affected by Pendleton's death.
"She always said after Hadiya Pendleton got killed, 'Momma that's so sad,'" Blakely said. "She was always touched by any kid that got killed. She was always touched by mothers who couldn't be there for their babies because they were gone."
Mcfarlane was supposed to graduate from an alternative school this spring, Blakely said, and wanted to go into the culinary arts.
"I'm just really, truly just trying to process it — knowing that I'm not taking my baby home anymore," Blakely said.
     A girl was lynched today.


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The impact of colonialism on Africans & Diaspora

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Q: What were your thoughts as you lay in the hospital...

Q: What were your thoughts as you lay in the hospital recuperating from the gun shots?
Tupac: They shot me! Straight up, like I just kept thinking “They really did shoot me”. I really did believe at one point, up until I got shot, that no black person would ever shoot me. I was their representative. I believe that, um, you know I didn’t have to fear in my own community. You know, I was like, I represented them. I’m the ambassador to the world. They would never harm me, they would never rob me, they would never do me wrong -that’s not true, I’m just one man.


Be happy for no reason...

“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”
- Deepak Chopra

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   When the early Churches established their system, they collected all the writings they could find, and managed them as they pleased. It’s unsure whether these writings under the name of the Old and the New Testament, are in the same state(meaning what’s written in them), in which those collectors say they found them; or whether they were altered, changed, or dressed up.
   Regardless, they decided by vote which of the books(out of many) should be the WORD OF GOD, and which should not. They rejected many, and others were said to be doubtful…such as the books called the Apocrypha. Books that had a majority of votes, were voted to be the word of God. Had the votes gone otherwise, people calling themselves Christians would of been believing otherwise! The votes of the few, has literally become the belief of others!

   When it comes to the Old Testament, the people who did this, we know nothing of. It was just, “The Church”. As for the New Testament, The Councils of Nicea, and Laodicea were held around 325-350 years after the death of Jesus (Jmmanuel). The books that make up the New Testament, were voted for, by these councils, with yeses and nos. Many books that were offered had a majority of no’s, and were rejected. This is the way the New-Testament came into being. Moreover, it’s probable that the Old Testament books were also voted and deliberated upon.
  • Here, is a letter from Athanasius(a theologian who attended the Council of Nicea meetings), and he admits that changes and votes have taken place in the New Testament. [this is one out of the many proofs]
  • Here is SOME of the things that were talked about/banned at the Council of Laodicea. 
  • Here are additional books that were also left out by the 2 Councils

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One Chart Showing How Race Influences Your Chance of Dying from Gun Violence

One Chart Showing How Race Influences Your Chance of Dying from Gun Violence:

The waves of press following recent horrific mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, and elsewhere have brought gun violence back onto the national agenda.
One thing that sometimes gets obscured in the debate, however: The victims of gun violence remain overwhelmingly African-American. Indeed, black people make up just about 13% of the population of the United States — but more than half of all victims of gun violence.
Black victims are overwhelmingly killed by handguns, and the congressional focus on semi-automatic rifles has no obvious connection to the violence plaguing cities like Chicago.
One factor in the intense focus on white victims may be who is leading the conversation. Here's a snapshot of the people talking about guns on cable news between January 29 and February 5:
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One Chart Showing How Race Influences Your Chance of Dying from Gun Violence

     More accurately written:
     One Chart Showing How Racism from the time of these centuries and the places of this America Influences Your Chance of Dying from Gun Violence

There is in this world no such force as the...

There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.
— W.E.B. Du Bois

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The Disappearance of General Joseph Warren Statue

General Joseph Warren statue, 1904, with the Hotel Warren in the background.  (BPL Flickr photo group).

(edited to add a link to a Boston Globe article and contemporary photo of the statue, 1/11/2013)

Staying in Roxbury, we're going to honor the memory of General Joseph Warren, lament the loss of Warren square, and consider the, ahem, relocation of his statue.  Joseph Warren was born in Roxbury in 1741. He became a doctor, and played an active role in events leading up to the American revolution. Warren authored the Suffolk Resolves and served as President of the Massachusetts Provisional Congress. It was Joseph Warren who sent Dawes and Revere to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were on their way to Lexington. He was appointed to the rank of Major General (they did things like that in those days), but chose to serve in the front lines at Breeds Hill, where he was killed in the third assault when he was recognized by a British officer and shot in the head. In death, Warren was memorialized as the first martyr of the revolution.

Warren square, Roxbury, 1931.

 The Warren homestead was in Roxbury along what is now Warren street. Warren street is one of the original roads of Roxbury; it shows up in the earliest listing of roads, in 1662. In 1825, during another comprehensive listing of roads, it was renamed Warren street. The Warren house shown in the 1931 map above was built by Joseph Warren's nephew. John C. Warren in 1841. Like both his uncle Joseph and his father John Warren, John C. was a doctor. John Warren was one of the founders of Harvard Medical School, and served on the faculty. His son, John C. Warren, took his father's place on the faculty, and was one of the leading surgeons of his day.

The Warren house, 1850.An omnibus races up Warren street, a man rides on horseback, and dogs wander the street.

Ceremony at Warren square, circa 1940s. Note that a tree has grown up directly in front of the General.

In 1902, a statue of Joseph Warren was placed on an island in what became Warren square, within sight of the old Warren house. The photo above shows the community out to honor General Warren. A schoolboy band, scouts, a military contingent and dignitaries are observed by a small crowd. 

General Warren statue postcard, showing the New Jerusalem church, home to a Swedenborgian congregation. 

During the 1960s, the intersection was reworked, removing the triangular island that once housed the Warren statue. The buildings on the west side of Warren square are all gone, in including the handsome Hotel Warren building and the Swedenborgian New Jerusalem church. And gone, also, is the statue of Joseph Warren. So where did it go?

The story is that on a tour of City of Boston facilities, an alumnus of Roxbury Latin school noticed the statue of Warren in a garage somewhere. As it wasn't being shown, and as Warren was himself an alumnus of the school, the gentleman made inquiries as to whether the statue might temporarily be moved to Roxbury Latin, now located in West Roxbury. As the old home of the statue had disappeared, and as there was no apparent interest by current Roxbury residents in a statue of a dead white guy, the statue was duly sent to West Roxbury, where it sits to this day. There have been calls to bring Joseph Warren's statue  home, but with little community support, he stays at Roxbury Latin, overlooking Centre and Spring streets and St Theresa's church. A Boston Globe article from 2011 discusses the movement of the statue to West Roxbury in 1969, and provides a photo of the statue in its current location.

Posted Comments:
Dear Good Old Boston:
Question: so how did it get to the garage? That's a big part of the question "where did it go?" No? (smile). And there is more to the "current Roxbury residents" story (smile). The current Warren/Moreland Roxbury residents are, yes, largely african-american and very likely yes 'don't want a dead white guy' but he is more than that. He purchased & owned an African boy, and because of patterns of racial power politics in the city (held over from that time) residential changes to the Dudley Sq. area could again, put Gen. Warren back in racial 'fashion' sooner than one might think (smile).

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Photographer Peter Menzel’s book, Hungry Planet, features families photographed with a week’s worth of food.