Thursday, July 01, 2010

Mel Gibson uses "N" word by Suzannah B. Troy

Mel Gibson's inner Nazi keeps surfacing.   Why is that? Because he is a Nazi. TMZ reports some how, mysteriously, tapes that his ex-gold digging girl friend recorded of  Gibson, without his knowledge were released to the press.     Mel Gibson made racist, misogynist, violent, sexually threatening  as in rape her mouth, not his exact words, my interpretation  before he threatens to  burn down her house,  all caught on tape and  released to the press.  The judge says he is investigating the leak.

Here it the link from TMZ on Mel Gibson "hurling the N word".    I just quickly scanned a piece from The New York Post and it was clear to me,  Mel Gibson, misyognist was projecting his rage and violence on to innocent black men he calls the "N" word.

This is not new behavior from liar, adulterer, anti-semite, racist Mel Gibson but finally exposed by a gold digger who finally did one good deed and it wasn't because she was selfless but she finally exposed Mel Gibson's inner Nazi.

This man is proof you don't have to be poor and ignorant to be filled with hate and scapegoat innocent people, in fact entire groups of innocent people and threaten women, I am guessing many in to silence. Where better to threaten and bully women but in Hollywood.

Finally the true Mel Gibson has been exposed.

Everything expressed here are the opinions of me, Suzannah B. Troy.  Mel Gibson is aging so he looks as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside.  He should be shunned and booed where ever he goes and next time he is caught drunk driving he needs to go to jail instead of the special Holly-woo-wood treatment that lets people guilty as sin go free.

I call him Burn in Hell Mel!

Oakland's New Parking Citation System

The City of Oakland is proudly boasting about its new “parking-citation system” which officials say will be a “whole lot more efficient and cut down on frustration.” (As if there’s an enjoyable way to deal with parking tickets.) To hear Zak Walk, chief of staff for Council President Jane Brunner, describe it, you’d think this was done to better serve the constituents. I have my doubts, however, and believe the motivation behind the new system is purely based on collecting revenue.

The new system will be rolled out in several phases. So, what’s to be included in the first phase? If you guessed ‘pay-by phone’ and ‘pay-by-web’ systems, you’d be correct. Gee, I wonder why they chose to include more efficient payment-methods in the first phase. “It’s very exciting for those of us who want to see our constituents better served,” Walk said. And, apparently, even more exciting for those who want collect more parking-ticket revenue.

As defunct as the bureaucracy of Oakland’s government seems to be, they managed to streamline the process of developing and implementing the new system with enthusiasm and determination rarely seen in other matters. When it became clear they were short on manpower to handle the workload of the new project, they brought in interns from Cal Berkley to help out. Do they also bring in interns to assist with things like job-creation, public safety, traffic issues, and business development? My guess is no – because those issues don’t carry the same allure of immediate revenue. Later, when it became evident that they still needed more help with the new system, the Oakland City Council approved a 3-year contract with “ACS State and Local Solutions.” (Don’t let the name fool you – ACS is a private company.) According to a city press-release, the new contract with ACS will raise the collection-rate on parking citations from 68% to 80%. This means taxpayer money was spent to create a new system that’s goal is to collect more money from the taxpayer. Wow.

So what can Oaklanders expect to see in the next phase of the new system? If you guessed replacing handwritten tickets with computer-generated tickets, you’re correct again. Because if there’s one, universal, complaint about parking tickets in Oakland, it’s that the citations aren’t computer-generated! So, thank goodness for that.

The saddest part about this whole thing is that it comes as no surprise. With all the problems and complaints about parking-enforcement in Oakland, the City’s solution to better serve constituents is to implement new payment methods and improve collection rates? (Oh, and to replace handwritten tickets with computer generated ones.) Frustrating? Yes. Insulting? Definitely. Surprising? Not at all.

Twilight: Eclipse, eclipsed on Twitter by Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Twilight: Eclipse, the third installment in the hit movie series based on the book series by Stephanie Meyer, sold $68.5 million tickets Wednesday to mark the second largest movie opening in history. But with all that, Twilight: Eclipse can't beat Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows on Twitter.

As this is written at 2:08 EDT, "Deathly Hallows" is the second top trend on Twitter; it was number one an hour ago. "Twilight Eclipse" or "Eclipse" are no where to be seen. The reason for this, I speculate, is connected to the difference in Worldwide popularity for both series.

Using Google Insights for Search, I typed in the words "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" for today, July 1, 2010. Google Insight for Search is an online tool that allows you to learn how keywords associated with your online content are doing in a city, region, and the World. It has an "intensity of search" rating that goes from zero to 100.

Today, while "Twilight" as a term has a higher intensity of search, 87 to 63, respectively, and "Twilight Eclipse" is at 79 versus 63 for "Harry Potter," Harry Potter has a higher level of search intensity in the United States than is true for either "Twilight Eclipse" or "Twilight."

Believe it or not, but both "Twilight Eclipse" and "Twilight" have the most search popularity in the Philippines, followed by Romania, then the United States. In the United States, the level is at 52 versus 100 for the Philippines.

By contrast, Harry Potter scores a 100 and a 83 in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively as the two highest regions in the list on Google Insight for Search for "Harry Potter."

Because Harry Potter's enjoying such search intensity for the USA and the UK after the release of the movie trailer for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, that translates into a much higher topic rank on Twitter for "Deathly Hallows" than for "Twilight Eclipse."

The problem for "Twilight Eclipse" is that it's just not as popular in the UK as "Harry Potter." Where Harry Potter has an 83 in the UK, Twilight Eclipse chimes in at just 32. So what does this mean?

It means that if Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows can stir up this much buzz with the release of a trailer, and months before its November 19th release, it will set box office records when it's released. I will go so far as to say it will break Twilight Eclipse' opening day mark of $68 million.

Stay tuned.

Stanford's Jenny Thompson attacked near Boston

Jenny Thompson 
Stanford University's Jenny Thompson, one of the most decorated Olympian in American history with 12 medals overall, and definitely a Wonder Woman, was attacked near Boston on Monday. According to The Huffington Post, Thompson was riding on her scooter in Brookine, Mass, when a car stopped behind her with its headlights out.

Thompson, 37 years young, said two people got out, stopped her, punched her, and tried to take her scooter. But she was too strong for them; she held on to it while screaming for help. The attackers ran away.

Jenny reportedly identified her attackers; Brookline police arrested three teenagers who were riding around on stolen scooters that night. Jenny Thompson managed to keep her scooter.

Too bad to read this about Jenny, as from the time I met her at the 2000 Bay Area Olympians Dinner, she's a hoot of a nice, fun person, even though she went to Stanford! Jenny moved back east to focus on a medical career after killing it in the pool. Nice to see she's not lost much of her strength; instead of being super humanly strong, she's just strong now. ; instead of being super humanly strong, she's just strong now.

Wonder Woman, bring back the legs, the muscles, and the flag, please

The Original Wonder Woman I prefer
Wonder Woman has always been my favorite comic book hero, or more appropriate to this message, heroine. It wasn't until the age of seven in 1969 that this blogger started reading comic books, but the first one was Wonder Woman, circa 1950 (or around that time).

What attracted this small boy at that time was seeing an image that the World did not present: of this obviously strong and yet (and in retrospect it's easier to see this) attractive woman doing things like lifting cars and throwing men. And she did it while putting on a costume that said "I represent America!" So it should come as no surprise that I'm not in favor of the newest look for Wonder Woman.

Not surprisingly, reading Wonder Woman circa 1950, my image of the ideal woman was formed a very long time ago. Whatever woman I was with, and regardless of color, had to look something like that and have at least near-Wonder Woman level of confidence. Lifting cars wasn't a real consideration.

When the Wonder Woman TV show was introduced in 1975, I was excited, but eventually deeply disappointed. I expected Diana Prince on TV to look like the Diana Prince of the 1950s comics: with curves and muscle. Instead, I got the lovely but not at all muscular Linda Carter.

And while I liked Linda Carter as Wonder Woman, it was more because I had no choice. No where else could you see Wonder Woman on TV. It was at that point, I became aware that Wonder Woman was a slave to male fears of women as expressed in how she was drawn.

William Moulton Marston, who created Wonder Woman and drew her, was not afraid of an obviously strong woman, or he would not have created one. But that's not true for the men who've drawn and written Diana Prince since then.

 From the failed 1974 Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman who was not strong at all, to the newest creation released this week, men have dared to give us the real, undoubtedly strong, Wonder Woman of the 1950s.

What does that say about American Men, of which I'm one?  Not much that's good. It says we're afraid of strong women so we take that away from them every chance we get. Take the new Wonder Woman. She looks like a lean female athlete who might run for exercise but can't lift a car, let alone throw it. She looks vulnerable, and like she's neurotic. And she's not really into America because the flag-themed costume is gone. That bothers me too.

The New Wonder Woman of 2010
There's nothing wrong with flying the American flag for good purposes, like showing a strong woman helping people, which is what Wonder Woman does. Why does Superman get to keep his same look, and the red, white, and blue colors, and tights that he's got no business wearing in public? Why not give Superman a makeover? Do the men who draw Superman like that look? I have to ask, because I don't like it. I was never into Superman; Wonder Woman was always for me.

I can see where DC Comics J. Michael Straczynski as writer and Jim Lee as artist are prepping Wonder Woman for the movies, and for Comic-Con in San Diego later this month.  It will make for an interesting Comic-Con, for sure, as Wonder Woman purists like myself butt heads with the, well, lovers of the new, weak Wonder Woman.  (Just have her throw a car, or an airplane.  Something to make me happy.)

But man, I want the Wonder Woman of the 1950s, much as we're going to get the Captain America of World War II in that upcoming movie.

Maybe I should write my own Wonder Woman Movie and make her the strong woman she was in the 50s, because it's clear to me that since then, too many of her artists and writers fear a really strong female image.

Not me.

AC Transit in Oakland facing possible driver strike after impasse

Berkeley AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit

Oakland, CA-based AC Transit has declared that contract talks between the Alameda - Contra Costa District Transit Company and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 192, (ATU) have reached an impasse. AC Transit is working to close an estimated $56 million budget deficit due in large part to reductions in revenue from property taxes. AC Transit is working to reduce labor costs by 8 percent at least; far better than cutting jobs but the ATU fails to see it that way.

AC Transit has been forced to increase fares and decrease service to make up for the revenue shortfall. ATU made an offer but it reportedly wasn't enough to help close the gap: AC Transit seeks $15 million in savings.

What the ATU does not understand is AC Transit's budget problems, like those of the City of Oakland itself, are due to massive reductions in sales and property tax revenue. AC Transit receives a percentage of each dollar of property tax collected in what are called "flood control districts." There's no sign that with the unemployment rate and the credit crunch, those sales and property tax revenues are going to recover to levels of even four years ago.

The ATU really should make a concession and give a salary reduction. It's not AC Transit being mean; what a lot of people don't seem to get is this country has real economic problems and California's really suffering from it. We're letting manufacturing jobs go offshore; the New United Motors Plant that employed 4,000 people in Fremont, California, has closed. And the green jobs effort has not closed that unemployment gap.

Memo to Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 192: we're in trouble, pitch in an help. Don't walk away from talks, or strike.


The NY Post changes format? Nets! by Suzannah B. Troy

Just like abusing eminent domain it looks like Jay-Z and the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, apparently not a spy have taken out such a large ad featuring their faces plugging The Nets basketball team.   I am guessing very expensive ad that appears The New York Post changed it's format or I thought I was at the wrong site.  I thought someone else had taken over....

Just a side note:  We have a Russian coming in and buying up a majority ownerership in an American Basketball Team and being part of eminent domain abuse so Americans happily living their lives were forced out of their homes in part so a Russian citizen could make even bigger profits!  Nice and China owns a huge part of America's debt!   If America was a person living insanely beyond his means any financial adviser would say stop spending money but because it is a country we allow ourselves to go further in to debt and Russia and China to buy up anything we put on the chopping block.

Billionaires in New York are acting more and more like billionaires in Russia except in Russia sometimes even billionaire have very, very scary things happen to them when the powers that be decide they want to take away their wealth.  That has not happened here in NYC...yet.  It would be almost funny if that did because New York billionaires think they are impervious to just about everything.  One billionaire got busted in Florida and although NY born and bread he of course doesn't declare NY as his residents.  Michael Douglas not a billionaire won't of course declare NY as his residence.  Most Wall Streeters immediately declare any where but NY as their residents to avoid the NY taxes, a piece of info you will not see in Oliver Stone's Wall Street 1 and 2 and just naming movies with numbers is a bad omen.

Getting back to advertisements here in New York where we wonder what is the price tag and if the billionaires are going to far, crossing the line and on this and other lines...

Mike Bloomberg's ads on the steps of Grand Central  The MTA, Mike Bloomberg and his public relations woman for his private empire refuse to answer questions on how much this ad cost and does it advertise him as mayor and his political aspirations as well as his private empire?

I am not going to suggest we have a revolution but I can't help but think some very arrogant people are in for some shocking awakenings that they are not above "it" meaning the laws, accountability, etc.