Real men read poems – dipsomaniac’s sunday sleepyeye – links for 1/30/11

“The most vivacious of riding animals cannot do without a whip; the most chaste of women cannot do without a husband; and the most intelligent of men cannot do without consulting other men of intellect.” – Buzurjimihr, the Wazir of Nushirwan

Be a Man. Read a Poem.
http://artofmanliness.com/2011/01/19/be-a-man-read-a-poem/

[Useful for techies, a list of pre-0wned systems: with built in security compromises – thanks to corporate incompetence. Courtesy of Jericho/d1s@attrition]
http://attrition.org/errata/cpo/

Internet addiction is a symptom, not the disease, by Ferdinand Bardamu
http://www.inmalafide.com/2011/01/27/internet-addiction-is-a-symptom-not-the-disease/

Job Description and Resume Does Not Equal Human Capital, by Baruti Kamau
http://www.cincyforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=851

Quit Tweeting Your Iphone in Myspace, by Dave
http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2011/01/quit-tweeting-your-iphone-in-myspace-or.html

Stuff Aging Whites Don’t Comprehend: Egypt, by Advocatus Diaboli
http://dissention.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/stuff-aging-whites-dont-comprehend-egypt/

American Apparel: Hipster Porn In Our Collective Unconcious, by Vito Rispo
http://www.adsavvy.org/american-apparels-hipster-porn-ads-and-our-collective-unconcious/

What’s wrong with sleepovers, exactly? by Indigo Jo
http://www.blogistan.co.uk/blog/mt.php/2011/01/16/whats-wrong-with-sleepovers-exactly

[Interesting reading…]
While We Slept, by Vyzagoth
http://www.thinkorbeeaten.com/ITGK5/wws.html

With Arab Despots on the Run, America Remains Hypnotized: Why Do Americans Take It in the Face?
http://www.counterpunch.org/mokhiber01272011.html

Moving away from the subsidy model, by Brett Stevens.
http://www.amerika.org/politics/moving-away-from-the-subsidy-model/

All Pain, No Gain: A Brief History of “Austerity Program” Massacres & Disasters
http://exiledonline.com/all-pain-no-gain-a-brief-history-of-austerity-program-massacres-disasters/

[I may not agree with everythin V. Prozak writes, but the questions he asks are thought provoking and challenging.]
Men’s rights means men’s responsibilities, by Vijay Prozak
http://www.anus.com/zine/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=162

[An old one I missed, there’s a long history of this in the intel community, Heinlein Hubbard and a few other Sci-Fi authors used to meet with officials to map out scenarios. It makes sense, get the most creative novelists out there to ransack their brains give them coffee and booze. The link between fiction writers and intelligence circles is a very creative link, and a very old one..]

Homeland Security Employs Imagination, Outsiders Help Devise Possible Terrorism Plots
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50534-2004Jun17.html

Updated: Ken O’Keefe: Rise People Rise – The Global Revolution is Upon Us! (video)
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/28/ken-okeefe-rise-people-rise-%E2%80%93-the-global-revolution-is-upon-us/

Ballmer, Blankfein Invited by Obama to Hu Discussion on Business in China
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-18/ballmer-blankfein-are-among-ceos-invited-to-meet-with-hu-at-white-house.html

What do Human Genes and Rice have in Common?
http://www.voiceoffreedom.com/archives/worldwatch/geneticalterfoods/human_dna_in_rice.html

Sony Unveils Powerful Next Generation PSP

Written by Baruti M. Kamau for Cincy Forums and Affiliates

1/29/2011 – Recently in Tokyo, Sony unveiled the next generation of its PlayStation Portable (PSP). The new PSP features a five-inch OLED touchscreen on the front and a multi-touch pad on the back, cameras in front and back, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, GPS and an electronic compass, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The next-generation hand-held portable console is expected to be released later this year but pricing is unknown. Code-named NGP, or Next Generation Portable, Sony says the NGP will match the power of its infamous PlayStation 3 console. In their January 27th press release Sony touts, “NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.”

In this writer’s opinion, the five-inch OLED touchscreen is a significant improvement from the 3-inch LED screen of the PSP-3000 series. Also, the NGP features two thumbstick controllers which were requested by existing PSP gamers.

Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) manufactures, designs and distribute electronic equipment to consumer, professional and industrial markets. Based in Tokyo, Japan Sony’s common stock was last quoted at $34.78 per share on the New York Stock Exchange.

PlayStation Next Generation Portable
Sony's Next Generation Portable

About The Author
Baruti M. Kamau is an African American entrepreneur and citizen journalist. As a writer and publisher, Kamau is primarily known for publishing Barutiwa Newspaper from 1992 to 1999. Currently, Mr. Kamau is building a network of websites focusing on publishing and distributing user-generated content. As an entrepreneur, Kamau is the President and CEO of a development stage company that provides passenger and driver solutions to select urban markets in southern Ohio. Kamau can be reached @ http://www.barutiwa.com and http://www.cincyforums.com

Egypt’s Mubarak Holds On To Power

Written by Baruti M. Kamau, Guest Columnist

1/28/2011 – Egypt, situated in the Northeastern region of Africa, has long been a country of political, religious and social upheaval. In the latest saga of events inspired by the toppling of Tunisia’s strongman, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, disgruntled and oppressed Egyptians are demanding a change in leadership. After 4 days of peaceful protest met with stern violence from riot police, Housni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, addressed his country tonight announcing the termination of his cabinet and promising more democratic freedoms. Mubarak promise to bring in a new and improved government. US president Barack Obama enjoined Mubarak not to meet peaceful protest with violence.

Egypt has been an American ally for 30 years. America enjoy a high stake interest in the Suez Canal which is controlled by Egypt. It would not be in the interest of America or Israel for a radical movement to take the citadels of power in Egypt. So, in this writer’s opinion, Mubarak will remain in power and the Tunis revolution will go down in history as an isolated event.

About The Author
Baruti M. Kamau is an African American entrepreneur and citizen journalist. As a writer and publisher, Kamau is primarily known for publishing Barutiwa Newspaper from 1992 to 1999. Currently, Mr. Kamau is building a network of websites focusing on publishing and distributing user-generated content. As an entrepreneur, Kamau is the President and CEO of a development stage company that provides passenger and driver solutions to select urban markets in southern Ohio. Kamau can be reached @ http://www.barutiwa.com and http://www.cincyforums.com

Song Lyrics, Poetry or Not?

Floating around the “poetosphere” I’m noticing a good deal of debate about the validity of song lyric, especially popular song lyric, and rap in particular, as poetry.

In my not-so humble opinion the debate – though well intentioned – often hits stupid levels, this is less the fault of the people on either side debating, and more the fault of our language itself.

The debate reflects a massive ambiguity, in meaning, in the terms being used: lyric, poetry and verse. This ambiguity, in our language, at this point of time, really is the problem. Also a forgetting of historical origins.

There is also the aspect of an elite literary culture forgetting the category of folk poetry, forgetting orality in favor of the literary.

To me, the Doors are poetic, Poor Righteous Teachers are poetic, Gangstar are poetic, Iron Maiden are poetic, Massive Attack are poetic, Ani DeFranco is poetic, Tracy Chapman is poetic, Henry Rollins era Black Flag is poetic.
Bathory, for gods sake, are poetic – whether I enjoy Bathory’s aesthetic or not is another matter.

None of this is to say that I necessarily like, or do not like, the poetry in the lyrics in question. It’s to point out what I see as a fact.

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Introducing some guest posts

Expect more posts from Baruti M.D.S. Kamau and Sean Jobst, both are writers and men I respect a great deal.

Of course, all guest posts represent the author’s opinions and views, and not mine. In opening up my blog to divergent points of view I hope to stimulate and further discourse.

Enjoy,
Kamal