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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / luke cage
« on: October 13, 2016, 04:32:39 PM »
anyone watching luke cage?

i liked the actor and the character in de jessica jones series.

General Discussion / USSC
« on: February 13, 2016, 07:15:15 PM »
wow, just reading scalia dead.

election year - republican congress and one seat to fill.

what happens next?

Other Sports / Rugby Thread
« on: September 19, 2015, 06:34:38 PM »
Rugby World Cup

Japan vs South Africa


Fella on twitter said this like Chico beating Eminem in a rap battle.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Narcos thread
« on: September 17, 2015, 08:23:03 PM »
anybody watching this series?

General Discussion / Grexit
« on: July 06, 2015, 07:49:10 AM »
anyone following the greece debt issue?

they vote OXI (no) yesterday and about to leave a steaming pile for germany to handle.

they run the same poll with some of big name economists and they also say NO to continuing the austerity policy. of note is the only economists voting YES actually live in the eurozone.

more drama to come.

General Discussion / New ting .... transracial ....
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:31:31 PM »
really .....


Storm over 'black' US civil rights advocate said to be white

Los Angeles (AFP) - A US civil rights activist who has portrayed herself as at least part black is facing tough questions after her estranged parents said she is white and accused her of lying about her identity.

With coils of dark hair and tawny skin, Rachel Dolezal, 37, built a career as an activist in the black community of Spokane, Washington.

She rose to become the president of the city's branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and also served as an independent mediator for the city's police force.

Neither position required that she be black, but the Coeur d'Alene Press said Dolezal identified herself in application forms as part black, part white and part Indian.

Her parents, who are both white, said their daughter is as well, providing local media with a birth certificate and childhood photographs of a blonde, fair-skinned Dolezal.

Interviewed Friday on CNN, Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal said they were saddened and hurt by their daughter's behavior.

She "has not explained to us why she is doing what she's doing and being dishonest and deceptive with her identity," Ruthanne Dolezal said.

The city of Spokane has said it takes the concerns raised about Dolezal "very seriously" and is gathering facts to determine if any city policies have been violated.

"That information will be reviewed by the city council, which has oversight of city boards and commissions," it said.

The NAACP nevertheless threw its weight behind Dolezal, saying it would respect her privacy as she sorts through "a legal issue with her family."

"One's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership," it said.

"The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms Dolezal's advocacy record."

Dolezal did not immediately respond to a request from AFP for comment.

- Unanswered questions -

Dolezal has so far dodged questions seeking clarification about her race and ethnicity.

The Spokane Spokesman Review reported she told them: "I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation."

"That question is not as easy as it seems," she said after being contacted at Eastern Washington University, where she is a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program.

"There's a lot of complexities … and I don't know that everyone would understand that."

And she broke off an interview with a local TV reporter when he asked her point blank: "Are you African American?"

Her parents, who adopted four black children, said their daughter had always been interested in issues of ethnicity and diversity.

But around 2007, they learned from a newspaper article that she was claiming to be African-American. She had cut off contact with her parents.

"She doesn't want to be seen with us because that ruins her image," Ruthanne Dolezal said.

Dolezal's biography indicates she studied at Howard University, the historically black university in Washington.

Her profile on the Eastern Washington University website lists her interests as including "African dance, culinary arts, ethnic hair styling, modeling, managing a political campaign, and mothering two sons."

General Discussion / wdf happening in yemen?
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:22:02 PM »
SA running air strikes against a shiite minority that take over the govt. iran in their corner.

yemeni running into somalia.

no humanitarian corridors established.

how this will end?

Zimbabwe bowler have a bigger belly dan me. Wdf

Football / First female pro football coach/manager
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:48:18 AM »

French club Clermont Foot makes history with Helena Costa coaching appointment

(CNN) -- Is soccer's glass ceiling finally cracking?

French second-tier side Clermont Foot hinted at a new dawn for the sport after appointing the country's first ever professional female coach for a male team.

Helena Costa, who was previously in charge of the Iran women's national team, will take over the reins at Clermont next season.

The 36-year-old will become the first female coach of a French professional football club, while her appointment, announced Wednesday, represents the first time a team in the top two divisions of one of Europe's big five leagues -- Spain, Germany, England, Italy and France -- has hired a female manager.

"Clermont Foot 63 has chosen Helena Costa to be our new coach," a statement confirming the appointment read.

"This appointment will allow Clermont Foot 63 to begin a new era, relying on a group of 17 players currently under contract, which will be added by young players from the club."

The Portuguese will succeed Regis Brouard, who is currently in charge of Clermont but is leaving at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Costa, a sports science graduate, has been rewarded following her work with the Iran and Qatar women's national teams, while she also led Benfica's male youth team to two World Youth titles. She also spent time as a scout with Scottish club Celtic.

Currently 14th in Ligue 2, Clermontwill introduce Costa to the French media after the season's final set of fixtures.

Male chauvinism

While Costa is the first ever female coach in French professional football, Nelly Viennot previously served as an assistant referee in France, also featuring in Champions League games.

The English Premier League boasts two high-profile females, with Eva Carneiro fulfilling the role of Chelsea's first-team doctor, while Karren Brady is West Ham's vice chairman.

Former England women's national team manager Hope Powell was linked with the Grimsby job in 2009, although she denied that she was ever in the running for the post.

In Italy, Carolina Morace took charge of Italian Serie C1 team Viterbese for two matches in 1999.
Maria Jose Claramunt, meanwhile, is currently the director of the Spanish national team, however, she is responsible for marketing issues rather than sporting ones.

Historically women working in the football industry have had to contend with male chauvinism.

Richard Keys and Andy Gray were household names on British broadcaster Sky Sports -- two men who presented football to UK viewers for so long they had become an integral part of the game itself.

But both were forced to leave the broadcaster in 2011 shortly after they were caught making derogatory remarks about female match official Sian Massey.

Talking near a microphone they thought had been turned off, Gray said: "Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don't know the offside rule." Keys replied: "Course they don't." [Ha ha]

General Discussion / us midterm elections 2014
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:24:12 PM »
Sound like the Republicants poised to take the Senate. Obama might use dem drones on Congress next.

General Discussion / wdf happening in hong kong?
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:52:47 PM »
any trinis in hong kong? will the protests blow over or is this heading towards a next tianammen?

ah hear china dragging their feet on reforms. the communist party trying to keep their finger in the election and HK telling dem to 4k away with dat.

in a few years time europe will be majority muslim.

the russian army is projected to be majority muslim in a few years time as well (crazy).

most popular baby name in england (and israel!) is mohammed.

when the west become islamized, will policies change vis a vis the developing islamic countries?

why pan-islamism seem like a much stronger movement than pan-africanism ever was?

General Discussion / just cool, is that you?
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:01:55 PM »
check dat handle....


Turks leave for "family-friendly" IS group


ISTANBUL (AP) — The Islamic State group is run by religious zealots and marked by war, mass killings, crucifixions and beheadings.

"Who says children here are unhappy?" said Asiya Ummi Abdullah, a 24-year-old Muslim convert who traveled to the group's realm with her infant son last month. She said that living under Shariah, the Islamic legal code, means the boy's spiritual life is secure.

"He will know God and live under his rules," she said.

Ummi Adullah's story, told to The Associated Press in a series of messages exchanged via Facebook, illustrates how, despite the extreme violence which the radical group broadcasts to the world, the territory it controls has turned into a magnet for devout families, many of them Turkish, who have made their way there with children in tow.

Ummi Abduallah said her move to the militant group's realm was in part to shield her 3-year-old from the sex, crime, drugs and alcohol that she sees as rampant in largely secular Turkey.

"The children of that country see all this and become either murderers or delinquents or homosexuals or thieves," she wrote.

The Islamic State group, the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria, appears eager to attract families. One recent promotional video shows a montage of Muslim fighters from around the world cuddling their children in Raqqa against the backdrop of an amusement park where kids run and play.

A man, identified in the footage as an American named Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi, holds an infant who has a toy machine gun strapped to his back.

"Look at all the little children," al-Trinidadi says. "They're having fun."

It may promote itself as a family-friendly place, but the Islamic State group's bloody campaign for control of Syria and Iraq has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in a wave of destruction that involves gruesome punishments and spectacular acts of cultural vandalism.

"The blood and goods of infidels are halal," she said, meaning she believes that Islam sanctions the killing of unbelievers.

Ummi Abdullah's story has already made waves in Turkey, where her disappearance became front-page news after her ex-husband, a 44-year-old car salesman named Sahin Aktan, went to the press in an effort to find their child.

Many others in Turkey have carted away family to the Islamic State group under far less public scrutiny and in much greater numbers. In one incident earlier this month, more than 50 families from various parts of Turkey slipped across the border to live under the Islamic State group, according to opposition legislator Atilla Kart.

Kart's figure appears high, but his account is backed by a villager from Cumra, in central Turkey, who told AP that his son and his daughter-in-law are among the massive group. The villager spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he is terrified of reprisals.

The movement of foreign fighters to the Islamic State group - largely consisting of alienated, angry or simply war-hungry young Muslims - has been covered extensively. The arrival of entire families, many but not all of them Turkish, has received less attention.

"It's about fundamentalism," said Han, a professor of international relations at Istanbul's Kadir Has University. The Islamic State group's uncompromising interpretation of Islam promises parents the opportunity to raise their children free from any secular influence.

"It's a confined and trustable environment for living out your religion," Han said. "It kind of becomes a false heaven."

Ummi Abdullah's journey to radical Islam was born of loneliness and resentment. Born Svetlana Hasanova, she converted to Islam after marrying Aktan six years ago. The pair met in Turkey when Hasanova, still a teenager, came to Istanbul with her mother to buy textiles.

Aktan, speaking from his lawyer's office in Istanbul, said the relationship worked at first.

"Before we were married we were swimming in the sea, in the pool, and in the evening we would sit down and eat fish and drink wine. That's how it was," he said, holding a photograph of the two of them, both looking radiant in a well-manicured garden. "But after the kid was born, little by little she started interpreting Islam in her own way."

Aktan said his wife became increasingly devout, covering her hair and praying frequently, often needling him to join in. He refused.

"Thank God, I'm a Muslim," he said. "But I'm not the kind of person who can pray five times a day."

Asked why she became engrossed in religion, Aktan acknowledged that his wife was lonely. But in Facebook messages to the AP, many typed out on a smartphone, Ummi Abdullah accused her husband of treating her "like a slave."

She alleged that Aktan pressured her to abort their child and said she felt isolated in Istanbul. "I had no friends," she said. "I was constantly belittled by him and his family. I was nobody in their eyes."

Aktan acknowledged initially asking his wife to terminate her pregnancy, saying it was too early in the marriage to have children. But when she insisted on carrying the pregnancy to term, Aktan said he accepted her decision and loved the boy.

Meanwhile Aktan's wife was finding the companionship she yearned for online, chatting with jihadists and filling her Facebook page with religious exhortations and attacks on gays. In June, she and Aktan divorced. The next month, a day before her ex-husband was due to pick up their son for vacation, she left with the boy for Gaziantep, a Turkish town near the Syrian border. Aktan, who had been eavesdropping on her social media activity, alerted the authorities, but the pair managed to slip across.

It isn't clear how many families have followed Ummi Abdullah's path, although anecdotal evidence suggests a powerful flow from Turkey into Syria. In Dilovasi, a heavily industrial town of 42,000 about halfway between Istanbul and the port city of Izmit, at least four people - including a pair of brothers - recently left for Syria, three local officials told AP. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to the media, said that dozens of people from surrounding towns were believed to have left as well.

Aktan says he is in touch with other families in similar circumstances. He cited one case in the Turkish capital, Ankara, where 15 members of the same extended family had left for Syria "as if they're going on vacation."

Even with U.S. bombs now falling on Raqqa, Ummi Abdullah says she has no second thoughts. "I only fear God," she wrote.

For Aktan, who says he hasn't seen his son since his ex-wife took the boy, her decision is a selfish form of fanaticism.

"If you want to die, you can do so," he said. "But you don't have the right to bring the kid with you.

"No one can give you this right."

Hours after the AP first published this story, Ummi Abdullah's Facebook account disappeared. Her messages to the AP were also removed, replaced with a message from Facebook saying they were "identified as abusive or marked as spam."

Facebook did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


Suzan Fraser contributed from Ankara, Turkey.



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General Discussion / #11 world's sexiest accents
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:34:27 AM »

Other Sports / ray rice
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:14:26 AM »
looks like de nfl get caught trying to sweep this under the carpet.

goodell holding on like a ghadaffi. he need to get thrown out immediately. him and bettman - the last sports ayatollahs.

Other Sports / Adam Goodes: Aboriginal AFL star calls out racists
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:40:35 AM »
Nice read

Adam Goodes: Aboriginal AFL star calls out racists

By Gary Morley, CNN
September 3, 2014 -- Updated 1723 GMT (0123 HKT)

(CNN) -- "A 13-year-old girl called me an ape."

Adam Goodes was not impressed. One of the most successful proponents of a sport that is more Australian than any other, a hero in a country where its stars are gods, he was not going to take such an insult lightly.

"I stopped, I called her out, got her escorted out of the ground, and from that point the awareness and the conversations that have been had around racism in this country have just skyrocketed," he tells CNN's Human to Hero series.

Goodes is a star of Australian Rules Football, best described as an often-confusing mix of the two rugby codes, basketball, and its close Gaelic football cousin.

"Aussie Rules," also known as AFL, reflects the nation's continuing battle with the aftermath of its colonial past.

On one hand it sometimes highlights appalling attitudes towards indigenous peoples -- after the incident with the girl, the president of the host team's club joked on radio that Goode should be used to promote a stage production of King Kong, effectively ending their friendship.

On the other, it has made great efforts to welcome indigenous players; there are 68 registered at the 18 Premiership teams this year, and their 9% total of the sport's overall list is greater proportionally than the 2.5% they make up of the country's total population.

So it was all the harder for Goodes to accept being abused during a game that was part of the AFL's 2013 "Indigenous Round" -- and played at arguably the country's most iconic sporting venue, the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I hope I'm a person people look up to and say, 'I remember the day Adam Goodes did that at the MCG. Today is the day I'm going to stand up for myself or stand up for somebody else who might not have a voice for themselves,' " he says.

"Since last year, a lot more cases have come through, and I think that's what needs to happen for it to improve. A lot more people need to call it out, need to say no to racism ... and we're going to improve as a community from there."

In recognition of his work helping Aboriginal youth and battling racism, Goodes was named "Australian of the Year" in January, the same month he turned 34.

"It's a very humbling experience," he says. "It's been an amazing platform for me this year to talk about things I'm passionate about -- like eliminating domestic violence and trying to get recognition in the constitution for Aboriginal people.

"It was quite dumbfounding for me to find out that we weren't part of (Australia's) constitution -- this is a document that's over 112 years old that doesn't recognize its first people."

When European settlers came to Australia in the 1800s, they took land from the indigenous people and forced the nomadic tribes to accept new ways of living, often splitting up families under a government policy of "assimilation" -- as highlighted in the acclaimed 2002 film "Rabbit Proof Fence."

Australian politicians have since apologized for the past mistreatment, but Aborigines remain disadvantaged socially and economically compared with the overall population.

Goodes, like many modern Aborigines, is from a mixed-race family, with a father of British descent.

Born in South Australia, his tribal name is Adnyamathanha -- the people who live in the Flinders Ranges, the largest in Australia. His place of birth (Wallaroo, on the York Peninsular near Adelaide, first settled by Europeans in 1836) means he is also Narungga.

"Growing up, I didn't know what it meant to be Aboriginal," Goodes recalls. "My mum was taken away from her family when she was five years old and we weren't really taught anything about what it meant to be Aboriginal -- no language, no culture, no ceremonies, no nothing.

"What we did know was where we came from, and that was Adnyamathanha and Narungga, so I've had to do a lot of that journey, to find out information about that, in the last 10 years.

"So for us, growing up, we just thought we were just like any other normal family. We didn't really see ourselves as mixed race. I copped stuff from people at school because of the different color and whatnot, but I had good support that helped me get through those tough times."

His parents separated when he was young, and he moved state to Victoria with his mother in his early teens, and they settled in another small country town.

Up until that stage, Goodes was a big fan of basketball star Michael Jordan, while his own talents were in soccer.

However, there were no teams in his new hometown -- so his mum suggested having a go at AFL.

"I was very athletic, so the running part of it was good," he says. "Grabbing the ball was quite difficult because it could bounce everywhere, but I was able to pick that up pretty easily."

The main premise of AFL is simple: kick the oval-shaped ball between the two central posts to score maximum points; if it goes through the two outside posts, the score is lower.

It results in basketball-size scorelines, and with 18 players on each team -- wearing sleeveless tops known as "guernseys" and notoriously short shorts -- all kicking, passing, running, jumping and jostling at high intensity for two hours, it can be a confusing spectacle, as Goodes admits.

"You might come and watch a game and not know what's going on. That's because the players, the coaches, the supporters and even sometimes the umpires don't know what's going on either," he says.

"I still think that I'm learning things and improving because it is a game that you can never truly master."

While it was started by European settlers in the 1850s, the game has strong links to an ancient Aboriginal sport known as Marngrook.

"We used to play a game where we'd have a possum skin filled with charcoal and they'd kick it around, hand-pass it around, 50-a-side, up and down these massive bits of land, and they would play for days," Goodes says.

He has won two AFL titles, once as captain, and twice been awarded the game's highest individual honor, the Brownlow Medal.

His biggest challenge becoming an AFL player, he says, was not being an Aboriginal in a white man's world, but having to uproot from his family at the age of 17 and chase his sporting dream in Sydney, where he had been drafted by the city's AFL club the Swans.

"In the first year, I didn't look even close to playing in the senior side, I played reserves all year," Goodes says.

"It was really a tough year for me and it wasn't until the next year that I actually really committed and decided, 'this is what I want to do, this is what I wanted to be.' I started to make those real sacrifices and really working hard, making all the right choices to be a professional athlete."

He was inspired by Aboriginal teammate Michael O'Loughlin, nearly three years his senior.

"The way our kinship system works, he's actually my nephew -- something I only just found out recently," Goodes says.

O'Loughlin was the first Sydney player to pass 300 games, and Goodes broke his club record in 2012 when he made his 304th appearance. He is now the most-capped indigenous player, having beaten Andrew McLeod's record of 340 games for Adelaide this year -- the most by any player is 426.

"To have him there to help mentor me, and show me the way, has just been an ideal situation for me and that's what I would want for my brothers and any other people when they go to a football club," he says of O'Loughlin, who retired in 2009.

Having had a long spell on the sidelines with injury last year, missing the club's run to the preliminary final, Goodes says he is determined to extend his career for as long as possible.

"I know I can still improve and I think that is what drives me," he says ahead of this weekend's opening playoffs, where Sydney will take on Fremantle after finishing the regular season as the top team.

"A lot of people would say I'm past it, but I still believe I have a lot to offer."

When he finally hangs up his boots, Goodes aims to focus on the foundation he set up with O'Loughlin, which provides school scholarships for Aboriginal children in Sydney.

"I've committed a lot of my time to my sport and there's going to be a big void for me to fill," he says. "It'll be nice to have a bit more spare time for me."

Other Sports / rory mcilroy
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:26:46 AM »
so rory mcilroy wins the british open at the age of 25. he just needs to win the masters to have the career grand slam.

interesting bit was that his father placed a bet 10 years ago with a few friends that rory would win the british open before the age of 26. so dad cashes in (about $300K) as well. 500-1 odds.

did earl ever win money betting on tiger?

belgium and uruguay with populations of 11m and 6m are ranked 5th and 6th in the world. amazing.

Belgium’s blueprint that gave birth to a golden generation

General Discussion / boko haram
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:23:53 PM »
This ish in Nigeria getting real. How the hell dey kidnap 200 schoolgyal like that?

Real test for the government. They too busy stealing.

Too many places for islamist to hide in that part of the world even if they could get a counter insurgency strategy implemented.

In a generation, de whole of north africa could be muslim.

General Discussion / troll of the week: brother nathanael
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:33:39 PM »
anybody catch this fella's youtube vids? he crazier than pastor manning.

General Discussion / wdf happening in central african republic??
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:07:06 PM »
ah late hearing about this situation. it sound like some muslims try a ting and now de christians cutting dey arse and chasing dem out bangui. let see if that work.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Followup to Back In Times thread
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:36:24 PM »

Toronto record label makes old disco new again

Invisible City reissues rare records by tracking down artists in far-off locations

By Joshua Errett, CBC News

A vintage photo of Trinidadian disco musician Stephen Encinas, part of the roster at Toronto's Invisible City record label. (Invisible City)

When it was released, Stephen Encinas’s Disco Illusions seemed destined for the dancefloor.

He recorded the near-seven minute disco single about the ecstasy of Friday nights in 1979, when dance music was at its peak around the world. Only outside of his native Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the record reached very few turntables, and ever fewer discotheques.

Instead the vinyl record sat collecting dust in a box in a storage warehouse of Rhyners, a renowned record store known in the Caribbean as ‘De Music Store’, in Port Of Spain.

That was until two Toronto DJs and entrepreneurs, Brandon Hocura and Gary Abugan, got into the warehouse and literally dusted off the vinyl of Disco Illusions. “There were two full rooms of storage space to dig through. By luck and perseverance, we found it,” says Hocura.

The two own a small Toronto record label called Invisible City, which reissues lost classics just like Disco Illusions.

Now, 34 years later, the record is finally fulfilling its destiny and hitting dancefloors, courtesy of a reissue from Invisible City.

Hocura and Abugan go all over the world seeking rare and forgotten vinyl, a process fittingly described as crate digging. After a few years of uncovering gems, the two decided to do more with their discoveries.

“We decided we are going to break out of the DJ mode and be a real record label, finding artists and licensing their music,” says Abugan. This allows them to reissue the albums as vinyl in record stores and digitally online.

Currently, Invisible City records can be found as nearby as Play De Record on Yonge Street and as far away as Japan and Denmark. The records constantly sell out.

The criteria Invisible City uses to evaluate music is not based on potential popularity or return on investment, but that the music is under-appreciated. “You’ve never heard this music before, and it might be in a different language, but has an immediate appeal,” explains Hocura.

The two have been around the Caribbean, India, Japan and the U.S. for records, with varying results. “We were in some dank basement in New York - it was like we were miners. Totally hazardous. Probably took some years off our life,” recalls Abugan. “In Japan, every record seems pristine, in a plastic wrap and organized.”

That digging has resulted in a number of releases from forgotten artists, like 80s Zambian band The Witch, Trinidadian disco artist Michael Boothman and Ahmed Fakroun, an Arabian New Wave singer from Benghazi, Libya, to name a few.

“It’s a lot of sleuthing around,” says Hocura. “We’ll get 10 leads on artists and one turns into a record.”

“A lot of times, it’s 40 years down the road, and we’re calling them about their music and they don’t even remember it,” said Abugan. “The artist has moved on and done other things in life.”

Other DJs and record labels have re-released old, rare albums, either under-the-table at shows or simply illegally. The Invisible City team takes pride in finding the artists and paying them.

Even though the pair travel to the far reaches of the globe for music, the inspiration for Invisible City comes from records found at home in Toronto.

“It all goes back to Toronto, really,” said Hocura. “This city is so multicultural. You see all these records from all over the world. You can find that stuff in Toronto.”

Abugan agrees. “Toronto is the best in the world for crate digging. People come here, and they bring their records from home. Those get sort of thrown it into the mix here. Their records end up in thrift stores or record shops, and a lot of times there’s only ten pressings of these records.”

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / more from de tiger mudda ....
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:05:57 PM »
we all know trinis love a good race talk. here is de tiger mom amy chua with a theory on which cultural groups have an advantage over the others. she miss out a group though....


Tiger Mom is back with despicable new theory about racial superiority

"The Triple Package" posits that eight cultural groups in America are better than everyone else

by Prachi Gupta

Yale Law professor Amy Chua, who would live in obscurity among the general public if it weren’t for her persona as the disgustingly smug Tiger Mom, is trolling America with yet another theory personal rant about her cultural superiority. Two years after releasing “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” a great step-by-step manual for parents who want to systematically weed out any genuine interest or passion for life that their children might innately have, Chua is releasing a book co-written with fellow Yale professor and husband Jed Rubenfeld called, “The Triple Package.”

In it, Chua and Rubenfeld use what reviewer Maureen Callahan calls “specious stats and anecdotal evidence” to argue that Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons are superior to other races or cultures, and “everyone else is contributing to the downfall of America.” The name of the book is derived from the three characteristics Chua and Rubenfeld make the groups so much better than everyone else: a superiority complex, insecurity (Callahan points out that these two qualities are just two different side of the same coin) and the ability for impulse control.

Callahan’s review can be summed up in her declaration that the book is “a series of shock-arguments wrapped in self-help tropes, and it’s meant to do what racist arguments do: scare people.”

Football / the "quenelle" ...
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:04:54 PM »
anelka get roasted by de press for using it and de coach say anelka have a comedian padnah that use it in his act.

then tony parker get ketch - same fren?

waiz de story with dis?

General Discussion / wdf happening in syria?
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:28:36 PM »
UK parliament vote and de brits eh going syria.

red red line make he forget but like obama forget he cyah vote "present" for this one.

he paint himself in a corner trying to outplay russia.

General Discussion / Georgia negotiator
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:52:30 PM »
this lady is amazing. this is real bravery not de internet kind:

Antoinette Tuff hailed as 'true hero' for handling Georgia school gunman

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Write-up for T&T Roti in Toronto
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:39:45 PM »
The Grid is a Toronto rag aimed at the Hipster generation. Nice to see a Trini get a write-up:!/article/520cfc617b1eac1eeb0a7c10-rigging-the-roti

I never hear korma getting call "cookie" before.  :D

General Discussion / Is this fair journalism?
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:38:31 PM »

Kenya airport fire first responders looted banks, ABM

Police guarding the site attempted to a take a safe from the burned-out arrivals hall, officials say

First responders to a massive airport fire in Nairobi looted electronics and banks during and after the blaze, officials said.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was forced to close on Wednesday after a fire swept through the international arrivals building. The cause of the fire has not yet been announced, but investigators have ruled out terrorism. The FBI have been assisting with investigations.

Officials in Kenya told the Associated Press that first responders stole electronics and money from an ABM. Another official said that police guarding the site overnight attempted to a take a safe from a bank in the burned-out arrivals hall, which also houses several foreign currency exchange shops.

All four officials who described the alleged looting are close to the investigation. They insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to share the information before the investigation is complete.

The criminal investigations policeman for the airport, Joseph Ngisa, said he has not received formal complaints of theft and that police are waiting for affected institutions to report what they lost in the fire.

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