Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Fellowship

Part One
Horror and Love

Charles Middleton, James Ramsay, Granville Sharp,
and Margaret, Lady Middleton


We are inundated by reports from all over the world, and find it hard to remember the last atrocity while facing the latest. In the world of the 18th century, word on slavery was slow to arrive, slower to be heard. The evil of slavery was growing, but only whispers reached the shires, which were preoccupied with their own problems.

Those who learned about slavery and recognized it as an evil were few in number. These few formed a fellowship to abolish the slave trade.

They were brought together in ways that seem mysterious and inexplicable. Each person brought to the fellowship something only he or she could bring, and without which the whole exhausting, dangerous effort that came close to killing several of them might have failed.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Clinton is No Brother of Mine

By SONYA ROSS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Imagine, for just a minute, the pain of America's first black president.

Not Barack Obama — Bill Clinton.

That's about the only explanation for Clinton's lack of brotherly behavior lately: He's in pain.

He is a figurative black man watching an actual black man soak in all the love that black voters used to save for him.

Suddenly, he looks oh so white.

The former president's love affair with black America hasn't soured to the point that he'll be chased out of his office in Harlem. But black people might revoke Clinton's honorary brother card if, out of his pain, he keeps hating on Obama. He's treating the Illinois senator like an unworthy heir to his racial legacy.
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Below Dick Gregory apologizes to Bill on the behalf of Black folks

Monday, April 28, 2008


By Michael Obi

Do you realize that in order to succeed in any of life’s endeavor, you need to use your imagination? You have to start imagining things. If you really wish to succeed begin here and now to imagine that. Imagination can be described as “the workshop or the laboratory of all man’s plans”. Desire is the very first principle of success discussed in an earlier article. Yet for that success to actualize and materialize, you need to use your imagination. This is in consonance with the popular saying that “whatever the mind of man conceives and believes, it can achieve”. This quotation has been referred to in other articles I wrote.

So, if you badly want to succeed, begin to imagine and begin to believe that which you have imagined. I have often maintained that the expression “seeing is believing” should be changed to read “believing is seeing”. I want you to begin to think of the various technological inventions that have taken place in this age of ours; and that includes space travel. There was a time when space travel was featured only on cartoons or in fiction movies. Today, all this has become reality because man has imagined things and successfully materialized these things. He has been able to use his imagination to maximum effect.

It is creative imagination that is being referred to here. Those who rely on creative imagination are the ones who are most likely to make the big discoveries and bring about innovation. They generally make things happen in this world, as it is often said. To make maximum use of your imagination, you need to be aware of your intuitive feelings. These feelings are sometimes referred to as the sixth sense by experts in psychology and spiritualism, a topic I wrote about in my book and hope to develop further in another article.

To develop your imaginative and creative powers, you need to practice frequently, and there are simple methods devised to achieve this in my book. Did you know that the secret of great leaders of industry, business, finance, music and other fields of human endeavor, is the ability to use their imagination effectively? Only those who can imagine can create and when you create you have no competition because you produce something new and spectacular. This is why the copyright law of every country in the world protects your invention and your interest. For instance, my philosophy and book which I labeled “Success Through Mind Power” are the products of my imagination. Think today, what wonderful new thing your imagination can bring to you.

Many people in life are prisoners of their own imagination. They are so full of fear to use their imagination that they would not consider new or big ideas. They get caught in their own rut and refuse to make the necessary changes to take them to the next level in life. Thus, they do not achieve the success they only dream about. So if you want to make outstanding progress in life, you must break out of your rut and begin to use your imagination creatively.

It is good to heed this warning; any thought that is registered strongly in your mind is acted upon, though it might not be immediate. The seed is sown through your imagination. Remember your mind is like a garden where you can plant weeds or sweet roses. Your garden does not discriminate. The mental weeds are the major fears of poverty, failure and ill health or death. These weeds are so dangerous that they can strangle excellent ideas by blocking your imagination.

Finally, remember that your mind has been described by one psychologist as a camera picturing whatever thought or ambition fed to it by you. Mix your thought of success with strong positive feelings and the means to achieve your goal will manifest physically. Knowing how best to do this is the basis of my philosophy and book Success through Mind Power, which is very popular at the prestigious National war College in Abuja, Nigeria, where the author has been a guest lecturer of long standing. A copy of the book is available at the website

Friday, April 25, 2008

Vote for Obama B4 the next IPOD is Released

Keep It Rockin

Keep it Rolling

Keep it Dance Hall

Keep it sexy

Keep it Real

Keep it Fair

Keep the Promise

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Top 5 Tips for Getting Motivated

1. Begin with the end in mind

thoughtfulThat's right, identify what it is you want to achieve. As Stephen Covey stated in the famous quote above, to know your outcome gives any work you may need to do much greater focus.

So, get focused, and get writing with what it is you want to achieve. Don't worry if you can’t yet dream the big stuff yet, start small – and I promise you'll be moving on up to the bigger pictures sooner than you ever imagined!
2. Get a plan

diaryIf you knew where you wanted to go, the next question would be, "how are you going to get there?" What would you need to do first in order to be "on course" to succeed? Be practical; fit your planning in with whatever time you have right now, but push just a little bit.
3. Chunk

Chunking is that age old way of achieving what may first appear impossible, simply because it's just too damn big. Chunk down, plan "baby steps," and again before you know it you'll be looking like a giant.
4. Challenge those fears

Whatever comes up and stops you achieving, challenge. Ask yourself;

* Is this for me?
* Is it what I really want?
* What do I need to change in order to get success?
* Do I need to enlist anyone else’s help or take some training?
* What would I need to believe to win?
* What can I do to re-enforce that new belief?

5. The secret ingredient...

...and the secret? There is no secret; just TAKE ACTION. There's only so much dreaming, planning, refining, challenging, chunking, reviewing (blah blah blah) a person can do – and then you need to take action.

Nothing - let me repeat - NOTHING will build up your motivation quicker or more solidly than following through on your actions. Remember your mantra, from today it's "do it, do it now!"

Let me know how you get on.

Much respect,
Mike xx

Monday, April 21, 2008

After the Wire

Tristan Wilds, who portrayed "Michael" from The Wire in and out of character

Friday, April 18, 2008

The BOSS backs Barack

If a single figure in American pop culture represents the ideals of the working class
its Bruce Springsteen. On his website he endorsed Obama

Dear Friends and Fans:
LIke most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.
He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where "...nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone."
At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams of My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.
After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.
Over here on E Street, we're proud to support Obama for President.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Keith Knight launches “Knight Life”

By Alan Gardner

United Media is launching a few feature by Keith Knight entitled The Knight Life on May 5th. The political and satirical feature is described as tackling “contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness.”

“Keith Knight became one of the most successful alternative weekly cartoonists in America by drawing honest stories in an honest style everyone can enjoy,” says Ted Rall, Acquisitions Editor for United Media. “The Knight Life moves his amusing take on the autobio genre to the next logical level-a daily strip that hearkens back to the days when the comics were funny, but updated for 21st century weirdness. Lively, smart, relevant, personal and witty, The Knight Life is an essential addition to any comics page in need of more laughs.”

Keith has twice been awarded a Glyph Award (2006, 2007) and the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip (for “The K Chronicles”). He creates “(Th)ink,” a weekly comic panel, and is a frequent contributor to Mad Magazine and ESPN The Magazine.

Monday, April 14, 2008

8 Ways to take action now

Wipe the slate clean – If you have too many projects on the go, clear them all and start from scratch. When you have wiped the slate clean, concentrate on thing at a time until it’s finished and then move onto the next. If you can’t clear everything, just drop them temporarily, concentrate on one thing until it’s finished and then move on. You will find you move a lot quicker through everything you need to get done.

List everything – Make a list of everything you would like to do, whether it be cleaning the house to taking the dog a walk. Write it down.

Prioritise – Pick the most important thing you have to do for the day, or week or year, and then pick the next most important thing and so on until you have reached the bottom off your list.

Eliminate distraction – No I don’t mean kill your partner! Eliminate the things you do from day to day that distracts you from taking action for example TV, books, computer. When you eliminate distractions, your mind wants something to do and this makes you more inclined to take action on the things you want or need to do.

Take a day off – Maybe a bit contradictory this one. It’s a simple piece of advice but one that is hard to do. Just take a whole day off, the world will still turn, the work will get done and nobody will die because you are not there. You will come back refreshed and ready to take action again which means you will be a lot more productive than you would have been should you have kept going.

Clear the clutter – Clearing the clutter, whether it be from your desk, your house, or your wardrobe. When there is clutter in your life there is clutter in your mind, clearing the clutters clears your mind.

Analysis paralysis – This is the term given to people who are analysing things too much and it keeps them from moving on. Stop analysing and just do it. There comes a time when you have to stop evaluating something and just bite the bullet and do it, if it doesn’t work out do something else and start again.

Change the narrator of your thoughts – Do your thoughts predominantly sound like Elmer Fud on dope; ‘Yeah, I have to get up but I can’t be arsed, I’ll do it tomorrow’. Change Elmer Fud to someone who gets you going, someone who can motivate you into doing something. It can be anybody from your best mate to your wife or a film star, anybody as long as they can motivate you. This can be quite amusing and the results can be great.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Found It!

Have You ever watched a music video that sticks in your brain, and even the years can't erase it? That was the case of this Tony Rich video. I saw it on MTV maybe twice and the visuals just stuck in my head

Monday, April 07, 2008

"Thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his words of wisdom" by the Lumonics Light Museum

I couldn't articulate my feeling about King, more beautifully than the Lumonics Light Museum, so I didn't.

Jan. 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Night Biter Cover Contest

Urban Horror. com is seeking a cover model for the reissue of the young adult novel Night Biters a Tale Urban Horror

The winner will receive $100 and will be featured
on the cover of the novel Night Biters a Tale Urban Horror
for one year
What we‘re looking for
• Fresh face Models from diverse ethnicities
• A variety of hairstyles, long, short, red hair wavy, etc
• Urban looks, taggers, dreadlocks, skaters or other urban looks
• No or very light makeup

What we‘re not looking for

• Group shots
• Photos that are too revealing or suggestive
• Heavy makeup
• Props (vampire teeth, capes, blood, etc
For Contest Rules & Regulations click here

Contest ends May 1st

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Change in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe - The main opposition party claimed outright victory Wednesday for its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying he had won 50.3 percent of the vote compared to 43.8 percent for President Robert Mugabe.

The ruling ZANU-PF party rejected the opposition's claims, saying that it would await the full results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which has not yet published the outcome of Saturday's presidential poll.

The state Herald newspaper, meanwhile, predicted a runoff in the first official admission that Zimbabwe's autocratic leader of 28 years has failed to win re-election. A presidential candidate needs at least 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff.

However, Movement for Democratic Change general secretary Tendai Biti said there was no need.

"We maintain that we have won the presidential election outright without the need for a run-off," Biti told a news conference.

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