( Constitution Daily)
Two polls from well-respected research institutes show many Americans don’t know much about the health care fight in Washington, don’t care about it – or thought the Supreme Court ruled in another direction.
The polls were done independently by the Pew Research Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation, but they have similar results that show a big chunk of the electorate disengaged from the health care reform issue.
Both polls were done after the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health reform plan on Thursday.
The Pew study showed that despite widespread publicity about the case, just 55 percent of the public knew the Supreme Court upheld most of the health care law. The other 45 percent said they thought the court rejected most of the law (15 percent) or they didn’t know what the court did (30 percent).
Only 37 percent of people under 30 years of age knew what the health care decision was, even though the story was four days old when the survey ended.
That poll was conducted from June 28 to July 1.
The Kaiser study found that only 59 percent of those polled knew that the Supreme Court had issued a ruling upholding the law.
Another 18 percent thought the court hadn’t acted yet, while 17 percent just didn’t know about the case.
Both polls found the public equally divided on the issue, based on party affiliation. The Kaiser study found independent voters equally split.
One telling sign was also in the Kaiser study, where 56 percent wanted opponents of the Affordable Care Act to stop trying to block it and move on to other national problems.
The North American Slave Revolts are often centered on the most well-known rebellion of African slaves rising against their captors: the Nat Turner-led revolt of 1831. The Denmark Vesey conspiracy, however, is notable for the sheer number of slaves involved and how a simple, cowardly confession from fearful members of the revolution foiled Vesey’s epic plot. One-hundred and ninety years ago today, thousands of African slaves were betrayed by their own after the plot was revealed, resulting in dozens of executions.
Denmark Vesey was born a slave in the Caribbean and worked in the country of Haiti (then known as French Saint-Domingue). He eventually moved to the city of Charleston in South Carolina as a youth. Winning a large sum of cash, Vesey would buy his freedom and began working under the trade of carpentry. He would help to create a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, but his building was shuttered by White authorities.
Angered by the closing of his church and finding inspiration in the 1791 Haitian Revolution, Vesey would begin planting seeds to start a similar revolution among the slaves in Charleston. Planning the uprising to occur during Bastille Day (or French National Day) on July 14 in 1822, Vesey hoped to liberate slaves and slay slave owners. Both freed slaves and those under ownership were recruited for the task, numbering into the thousands.
Sadly, the Vesey-led uprising would not take place due to a treasonous act from inside his camp.
Two slaves who stood in opposition of Vesey’s plans leaked the plot to their masters, resulting in Vesey, 130 Blacks, and four Whites to be charged by Charleston authorities. Of the convicted, 37 of those involved in the revolt plans were hanged, including Denmark Vesey.
Scholars of the Vesey Conspiracy allege that the plot, while possibly a real thing, was not the widely spread revolution it was purported to be. Court records and claims made by men close to Vesey support the idea that a revolt was coming but not the scale.
Although Charleston was not Vesey’s home, with information implying that he was of Ghanaian descent, the Denmark Vesey house was made a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Kile Glover, 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and ex-husband Ryan Glover, and also stepson of R&B recording artist Usher, has been declared brain dead by doctors following the jet-ski accident yesterday on Atlanta’s Lake Lanier.
Kile Glover, 11, the son of celebrity stylist Tameka Foster Raymond and ex-husband Atlanta-based clothier Ryan Glover, and also step-son of her ex-husband superstar recording artist Usher Raymond, has been critically injured in a jet-ski accident on Atlanta’s Lake Lanier, reports the AJC.com.
POV (Point of View), the award-winning nonfiction film series celebrating its 25th year on PBS in 2012, brings the popular POV Short Cuts back to the schedule with a new collection of short documentaries. These diverse films tell stories of hard-fought and hard-won civil rights battles, a family’s separation after deportation and lessons learned from parents. The five short films include an Academy Award® nominee, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement; a Student Academy Award® winner, Sin País (Without Country); and three new animated shorts—Eyes on the Stars, Facundo the Great and A Family Man—from the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps oral-history project. The one-hour POV Short Cuts premieres on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at 10 p.m. on PBS as part of the 25th anniversary season of POV (Point of View), which runs through Oct. 25 and concludes with fall and winter specials. (Check local listings.) POV Short Cuts streams on the POV website from Aug. 10 – Sept. 9. American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, POV is the winner of a Special Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two International Documentary Association Awards for Continuing Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday In the days before and after Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, an 85-year-old civil rights activist and “foot soldier” looked back on the early days of the movement in this Academy Award®-nominated short. World War II veteran James Armstrong was the proud proprietor of Armstrong’s Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Ala., for more than 50 years. Among his clients was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this small establishment, where every inch of wall space was covered in newspaper clippings and black-and-white photographs, hair was cut, marches organized and battle scars tended. Armstrong, who carried the American flag across the Selma bridge during the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights in 1965, links the struggles of activists of the past with a previously unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president. Armstrong passed away on Nov. 18, 2009, at the age of 86. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. (Length: 21 mins.)
Robin Fryday, Director/Producer Robin Fryday, born and raised in Chicago, is a photographer based in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Her career as a child photographer spans almost 20 years and is linked to a commitment to use her work to help underprivileged children. Fryday co-founded and co-chairs the Bay Area Heart Gallery, a collaboration between photographers and public and private child adoption agencies. Her photographs have been used to raise money for nonprofit agencies designed to feed and school the impoverished in Peru, India, Bhutan and, most recently, Haiti. Fryday also runs an annual photography camp designed to teach teenagers photographic skills. The Barber of Birmingham is her first documentary film. Gail Dolgin, Director/Producer The late Gail Dolgin was best known for Daughter From Danang, which follows a Vietnamese mother and her Ameriasian daughter as they reunite after a 22-year separation. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and won the 2002 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. While working on The Barber of Birmingham, Dolgin, who had battled breast cancer for years, knew it would be her last film. She passed away in October 2010. Sin Pais (Without Country) by Theo Rigby Winner of a 2012 Student Academy Award®, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family’s experience as members are separated by deportation. Nearly 20 years ago, Sam and Elida Mejia escaped a violent civil war in Guatemala and brought their one-year-old son, Gilbert, to California. The Mejias settled in the Bay Area, worked multiple jobs and saved enough to buy a home. They had two more children, both U.S. citizens, and lived the American Dream. Two years ago, Sam, Elida and Gilbert, all undocumented, became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system. Sin País (Without Country) begins two weeks before the parents’ scheduled deportation date. After a passionate fight to keep their family together, they are deported back to Guatemala. The film chronicles the Mejias’ new reality as a separated family—parents without their children, and children without their parents. (Length: 19 mins.)
Theo Rigby, Director/Producer Theo Rigby’s work has focused on topics ranging from the war in Iraq to the justice system, and for the past six years he has been making films about immigration issues in the United States. His short films have screened in film festivals across the globe; Close to Home was a national finalist in the 2009 Student Academy Awards and won a Golden Eagle Award and special jury mention at the 2010 Ashland Independent Film Festival. Rigby’s photographs have been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, National Geographic France, People and many other national and international publications. His still photographs have also been exhibited at San Francisco City Hall and at the 2005 Visa Pour l’Image festival in France. Rigby recently graduated with a master of fine arts degree in documentary film from Stanford University.
StoryCorps The renowned oral-history project StoryCorps brings intimate conversations among friends and families to life in touching, often hilarious animated shorts that are sure to strike a chord in all of us. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Eyes on the Stars – Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African-American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars. (Length: 2 minutes.) Facundo the Great – Ramòn “Chunky” Sanchez recounts how the new kid at school became a hero when his teachers could not find a way to anglicize his name. (Length: 1 minute.) A Family Man – In 1955, John L. Black, Sr. started his job as a janitor for the Cincinnati public school system. He regularly put in 16-hour days to provide for his wife and 11 children. His son Samuel talks with his wife, Edda Fields-Black, about his father’s lasting legacy and the power of a look. (Length: 3 minutes.) Now on DVD: StoryCorps Animated Shorts is a collection of shorts featured on POV, from a heartwarming conversation between a boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his mom to two Brooklyn characters remembering how they fell in love to a feisty grandmother regaling her family with tales from her youth. Pulled from more than 40,000 audio interviews recorded by StoryCorps and archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, each story captures the poetry, grace and wisdom found all around us if we take the time to listen. Visit www.shoppbs.org.
by Leslie Savan
Computer geeks and federal agents have a warning for the public this weekend: Don’t wake up Monday with a case of the Malware Blues.
Upward of 60,000 American laptops and desktops late this week were still infected with the notorious DNSChanger Malware – a computer virus that debuted five years ago. And unless those impacted take the necessary steps, the FBI warns, they will be without Internet access come Monday morning.
Shortly after midnight Monday morning, the feds will switch off the temporary servers they had set up to let those affected by the bug safely use the Internet. The pending blackout has been ominously named Malware Monday.
Last November, the FBI announced the arrest of the virus’ creators, capping a two-year investigation dubbed Operation Ghost Click. While DNSChanger’s architects – part of the Rove Digital criminal enterprise – have been locked up, their disease has remained a scourge for many. The FBI gained temporary authorization to deploy clean DNS servers, allowing infected machines to still access the Internet. But that stop-gap measure ends Monday morning. Computers still with the bug will get nothing but error pages when they pull up a browser.
Thomas Grasso, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s cyber division, said on the agency’s website that he hopes the public will “follow our recommendations to: one, determine if they’re affected by this; and then two, fix the problem.”
To help you do so, the feds and security experts from Georgia Tech have established a detection and repair website: http://www.dcwg.org/.
(CBS – Bryan/College Station, TX)
Local doctors and paramedics say they’re still seeing cases of heat exhaustion even in the milder weather. That’s because temperature isn’t the only factor. High humidity mixed with the heat can lead to deadly conditions outside.
“Our calls do increase with it,” said Trevor LaRoche with Bryan Fire Department, “With the rain there’s a lot of humidity.”
According to Dr. Clint Chi Cheng, M.D. with St. Joseph Family Medicine, humidity increases the dangers of the heat.
“When it’s humid one of the main mechanisms when your body cools off is by sweating and if the humidity is over 70% that mechanism is decreased,” said Cheng.
Those most at risk include people who work outside, young children and the elderly.
“Kids don’t sweat as easily as adults.The elderly are taking more medications and are not able to compensate as well,” said Cheng.
Everyone is at risk though.Especially those who aren’t use to the muggy heat in Texas. Like a 15 year old boy who suffered heat stroke this week in Sam Houston National Forest.
“It progressed from simple heat exhaustion to more of a heat stroke and a true life threatening emergency,” said Jimmy Williams with New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department. The teen did survive, but remains in serious condition.
“A lot of times they don’t notice it until it’s too late,” said LaRoche.
An emergency that can strike with hardly any warning and in a matter of seconds, turn deadly.
The controversy of access to cell phone data by law enforcement has reached the courts. Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Cyberstalking and event Texting when driving has created new and demanding changes to access of cell phone records and stored data. The increased use of cell phones by terrorist and extremist groups has called for increased scrutiny of the collection and transmission of data by federal and local law enforcement.
Law enforcement has for years obtained warrants for cell phones that suspected individuals are using for criminal activity. Obtaining this information has been a challenge. The question of privacy has raised concern and public attention for the enforcement of Constitutional rights.
Most cell phone users believe that their content that is in a digital format cannot be shared or accessed without permission, but this is not true. The 5th District Court of Appeals ruled in ‘Florida vs Ricardo Glasco’ that law enforcement can search a cell phone without a warrant. The Stored Communications Act that exists does not need to show probable cause to access e-mails or electronic information that has been stored on a server for more than six months by wireless companies.
Digital communication creates a paradigm for digital information. Applying the Constitution of the Unites States where illegal search and seizure would apply, this makes the rulings questionable because the founding fathers were not aware of digital communication in the form of Smartphone’s, Tablets and other electronic devices.
Storing of data for most companies at least three years and IP (Internet Protocol) information for three or more years. IP Protocols allow cell phones to access the Internet so data can be uploaded or downloaded. Each device has a number that allows the Internet to “see” the phone as a connected node online.
The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution. Many of the issues that law enforcement must address, a matter of public safety v. privacy. Laws were not and still are not able to properly address the advances of technology. When youth as young as 7 can manipulate a Smartphone to access online content that spans the world we live in, engage in multimedia games like Angry Bird and Angry Sharks, access Google Maps that can pinpoint anywhere in the world and the ability to communicate instantly by voice, text, video and audio these capabilities allow for terrorist groups and extremists to create potential dangers to the public.
Smartphone’s can capture pictures, video, text conversations, emails, banking information and much more. As I have taught my Educational Technology class at Edward Waters College and during workshops and presentations with youth. Youth do not realize that their data never really goes away. It is stored on a server someplace.
Smartphone’s are a computer with all the tools (protocols) of a laptop or tablet. Youth send more text messaging than voice data. Many do not realize that in text messaging detailed information on who you text and what you text is keep hold of for a minimum of a year, but some companies keeping it for up to seven years or longer; the same for video and pictures.
Many in law enforcement rationalize just that and work to keep up with the growing capabilities of wireless technology. In other court rulings, ”The federal appellate court ruled that a criminal suspect cannot be forced to give you the password to phone or computer.” Results may change in the other direction with the world wide war on terrorism grows; citizens need to understand that the 5th District Court of Appeals ruling changes many perceptions and ideas about their protections for electronic devices. Just as computers can be seized when there is child porn detected, this ruling can be applied to Smartphone’s when the potential arises for revealing criminal activity and Sexting.
Technology is changing many rules of communication. These changes affect current and future laws and the ability to prosecute criminals, but also make sure the innocent’s rights are protected. The increase of minorities using wireless technology this may show cause for alarm because of the implications of Digital Profiling against minority groups. Pew Internet & American Life Project reported 64 percent of African Americans access the Internet over their laptop or mobile phone in 2011. This is an increase from 57 percent who said they did in 2009 and the numbers are growing because of the increased wireless speeds. Aaron Smith, author of the Pew report, stated, “The mobile population is becoming more diverse over time and more people are relying on their cell phones as their primary form of wireless connectivity.” Even lower income families that cannot afford Internet in their homes use wireless phones to surf the web and gather information.
Caution and wisdom is needed in creating digital content on any device. In the world of digital sniffers, digital watchdogs, and digital robots that probe the Internet for dangerous content everyone must be aware and informed. That App that you download may do more than play music, use GPS or find a good restaurant. It may be checking your data and sending it someplace else.
Posted By: William Jackson
Charlotte, NC (BlackNews.com) — According to a recent study, even though a large number of black singles meet through college, about 64 percent of married couples meet through friends, relatives, and online dating services. Thanks to a new, exclusive online dating site, African Americans will now be able to meet potential dates who have been filtered and classified as “good-looking.”
“To be considered for membership, a prospect must submit a profile along with an attached photograph,” says J.C Dixon, founder for the new site called AttractiveBlackSingles.com. “Existing members of the site vote on the approval of new prospects. Once a prospect is voted in, they are entitled to enjoy all the luxuries of the community as an accepted member.”
The launching of the new dating site could prove to have perfect timing.
According to NDP Group, an industry leader in research, tracking, and global trends, about 40 million Americans use online dating services, and more than half of that number includes black singles.
Dixon explains that the main goal of the website is to assist the black dating community by matching attractive black people with other attractive people.
“Anyone can apply for a membership, but gaining acceptance is tough,” Dixon states, before adding that, “For every 10 applicants that apply for a membership, only two make the cut.”
Tamera Johnson, 32, of Houston, says she’s thrilled to hear about a dating site that’s not only targeted toward black singles, but also has a rigorous screening process.
“I’ve tried dating sites, but the one thing that I hate is the lack of good-looking people actually on those sites,” stresses Johnson. “If this site is what it claims, then I will definitely give it a try.”
Dixon notes that common complaints like Johnson’s within the black singles community, is one of the main reasons why AttractiveBlackSingles.com was created.
“No longer do I have to hear complaints about how 30 minutes or more may waste away going through an inbox filled with messages from people hoping to get lucky,” Dixon notes. “I have countless conversations where some of my more attractive associates, friends and family say they stopped using online dating sites for this very reason. It is annoying and a waste of time, they claim that some people online are just out of touch with reality.”
For more information about Attractive Black Singles, visit www.AttractiveBlackSingles.com