Angel of Air…

beautiful one by Alice Coltrane and Carlos Santana

THX 1138 Dope Movie!!

Yo, this shows the power of soundwaves!!

Mindlock

Yellow Magic Orchestra!!

So a great friend of mine, turned me on to this dope! japanese group called Yellow Magic Orchestra… check out some of their stuff…

Wow! ok, so there was another murder by police on New Years Eve!!

 

Family wants police charged in New Orleans killing

  • STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Adolph Grimes III shot 14 times, including 12 times in the back, coroner says
  • New Orleans police superintendent says Grimes shot at police first
  • Grimes family says police executed loved one as he ran for his life
  • Family contacts FBI to investigate, wants officers charged in New Year’s Day killing
From Sean Callebs and Jason Morris
CNN

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — As fireworks exploded over the Big Easy on New Year’s Eve, 22-year-old Adolph Grimes III pulled up to his grandmother’s home near the French Quarter after a five-hour drive from Houston, Texas.

Adolph Grimes III, 22, drove to New Orleans to celebrate the New Year with his friends and family.

Adolph Grimes III, 22, drove to New Orleans to celebrate the New Year with his friends and family.

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Grimes, who relocated to Texas with his fiancée, Shae Whitfield, after Hurricane Katrina, couldn’t wait to get home with their 17-month-old son, Chris, and ring in the new year with friends and family.

“He made it at 12 o’clock exact, with a second to spare,” said his father, Adolph Grimes Jr.

Three hours later, Grimes lay dying on the sidewalk half a block from his grandmother’s front door, with fireworks giving way to the hue of flashing police lights.

The Orleans Parish coroner said Grimes was shot 14 times, including 12 times in the back. Video Watch police investigate scene of shooting »

Grimes had just walked out of the house and was in a car waiting for his cousin, according to family members, when nine plainclothes officers — part of an undercover narcotics task force driving around New Orleans on New Year’s Eve — surrounded Grimes’ vehicle.

Shots rang out; New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Grimes shot at police first.

The Grimes family disagrees, saying police executed a loved one as he ran for his life.

“It was like someone was a murderer, and they finally caught him,” said Grimes’ mother, Patricia. “I ain’t ever seen anything like this. And the worst part about it was I had to wait for the 5 o’clock news to find out my son was murdered.”

Shortly after finding out about the death, the family contacted the FBI to investigate alleged wrongdoing by police officers in the shooting.

“We are hoping for a thorough investigation by the NOPD [New Orleans Police Department] and the district attorney’s office,” said the family’s attorney, Robert Jenkins. ” We know the FBI is going to do a fully complete investigation. We are hoping that criminal charges will be brought against all of these officers for the execution in this case.”

Riley agreed that all the facts need to be released.

“We think that families should do everything they can do make sure this investigation is as thorough and complete as possible so they know the truth,” he said.

Nine police officers were reassigned afterward, but New Orleans police aren’t commenting on the case. The police also declined to release the names of the officers and the shooting report, saying the investigation is ongoing, both internally and with the FBI.

Family members said they want to know why officers descended on a young man with no criminal record, who graduated from one of the most prestigious high schools in the city.

“This violence has to stop. My child’s death will not be meaningless. He did not die in vain,” Patricia Grimes said. “This is meaningless; this never should have happened.”

Grimes did have a gun. His family and the lawyer, Jenkins, said he had a legal permit to carry the weapon. Authorities also said they found a shotgun and extra ammunition in the car’s trunk.

Grimes’ relatives said they don’t believe he opened fire first. And the family’s attorney said he believes the investigation will show rogue cops and sloppy police work.

“I just think it was some bad officers who were out there and imposing their will on the community,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins also said that 48 bullet casings were found at the shooting scene. Police won’t confirm or deny that number, but Riley defended his officers’ actions.

”We train our officers to fire when fired upon. We train them to fire more than one shot,” he said.

But the shooting doesn’t make sense, relatives said, describing Grimes as a young man who was a loving father with a good job and no history of being in trouble.

His grieving mother and father said they won’t be silenced and are not worried about a code of silence among officers, the so-called “blue wall.”

“The walls are going to come down. Just like the walls of Jericho came down,” Grimes’ father said, trying to fight back tears.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/09/new.orleans.shooting/index.html

R.I.P. Oscar Grant!! Wut’s Going on??

Wow! Check out this footage! Since when do we need to shoot people laying on the ground. This is a familiar scenario with police shooting a Black man in the back!

Where is my bailout money?? Did anyone hear about this?

Student, car debt quietly added to bailout plan

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In the dark of night over the weekend when most people were snoozing, the Treasury dramatically expanded its bailout plan to include buying student loans, car loans, credit card debt and any other “troubled” assets held by banks.

The changes, which were included in draft language that also opened the bailout program to foreign banks with extensive loan operations in the United States, potentially added tens of billions of dollars to the cost of the program.

Although it was a major addition to what was already the nation’s largest-ever bailout, it did not become part of the debate between Democrats and the Treasury over details of the program. A Monday counterproposal by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd included such consumer loans as well as mortgages, just as the Treasury’s draft did Saturday night.

“The costs of the bailout will be significantly higher than originally considered or acknowledged,” said Joshua Rosner, managing director of Graham Fisher & Co., who charged that the Treasury and Federal Reserve have not been “forthright” about the ultimate cost to the public. The plan gives Treasury the discretion to buy the non-mortgage loans and securities in consultation with the Fed.

Conservatives cited the move as a sign that the massive plan to take over bad mortgage debt already is opening the door to further government bailouts.

“Such a large takeover by the government will surely be accompanied by adverse, unintended consequences,” said Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, a conservative advocacy group. “Already, other companies and industries are lining up at government’s door asking for their own bailout.”

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. stressed that the additions were needed to ensure that student loans and credit cards – which have become indispensable to the spending habits and career plans of many Americans – do not become victims of the widening credit crunch.

Student loans, which Wall Street firms packaged and sold to investors just like mortgages, already were hit hard in the widening credit crisis earlier this year, with much of the private loan market disappearing. That forced the government to step in and beef up its direct loan programs for college students.

Many financial analysts feared that the credit card market would be the next domino to fall. Credit card debt also is packaged and sold to investors in complicated “derivative” securities that have become difficult or impossible to sell in recent months.

Investors are spurning the complex securities because they are worried about rising defaults in nearly every category of consumer loans, which reduce the value of individual loans and have made it hard to determine the value of pools of loans that back the securities.

Many of the unsellable loans have been sitting on the balance sheets of banks, forcing them to take losses and preventing them from making further loans.

Richard Berner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley, one of the investment banks that stands to benefit from the loan buyback plan, said the program will help ease frozen loan markets and ensure consumers continue to have access to credit.

“The Treasury proposal is crucial to the credit and risk-taking repair process,” he said, predicting that plan will have “dramatic consequences” in helping to “renormalize” loan markets.

But some financial analysts were not sure whether the massive bailout plan will accomplish its goal of calming markets.

“The credit squeeze gripping the financial market won’t disappear soon as a result of this program. Financial institutions will continue to hoard cash, raise credit standards and increase risk premiums” on loans, said Sung Won Sohn, economics professor at California State University.

Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who announced his opposition to the bailout Monday, said he simply doesn’t believe Mr. Paulson when he says it will solve the market problems.

“His predictions have been consistently wrong in the last year,” he said. “It’s a sad fact, but Americans can no longer trust the economic information they are getting from this administration. … There are much better ways of dealing with this problem than forcing American taxpayers to pay for every asset some investor doesn’t want anymore.”

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Human Rights for Gaza Petition

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