Thursday, March 03, 2011

Hello Kitty Obsession

A vlog that shows this obsession. An update on Nikky Raney the blogger.

Charlie Sheen Twitter Past 1 Million; Can Sheen Catch LadyGaga?

Legendary Actor Charlie Sheen joined Twitter on Tuesday of this week, and already has passed the 1 million mark on twitter. According to the Guinness Book of World Records Sheen hit the mark in record time: 25 hours and 17 minutes after he joined Twitter. Amazing.

Twitter Grader has Sheen with a score of 100, but with the curious ranking of 81,251 out of 8.8 million. Why? the reason is that he just joined Twitter and so has just 21 listed tweets as of the time I checked him against Twitter Grader. So this unusual performance may say something of what's wrong with ranking systems for Twitter. My Twitter Zennie62 ranking was 5,276, out of 8.8 million. So from that measure, I'm ahead of Charlie Sheen, because even with just 24,500 followers, I have 16,949 updates. I've also been on Twitter for 3 years, 11 months, and 22 days; Charlie just two days.

So, with all that, can Sheen catch Lady Gaga, who has a 8.5 million followers on just 629 updates? Lady Gaga is ranked 40,263 out of 8.8 million. So the reasons why Zennie62 ranks higher than either Charlie Sheen or Lady Gaga are also the ways Charlie Sheen can catch Lady Gaga.

Right now, Sheen's ranking is low because not only does he not update a lot, it seems to be that he doesn't have a large number of followers that also have Twitter grades of 100 He need to get more of his friends who have "100" grades to follow him. Also, his tweets have to be more useful for retweeting, another factor in Twitter Grader. Sheen retweeting news items from a blog like would be a great start.

Sheen needs to produce between 10 and 27 tweets per day to improve his ranking and follower rate. Plus, his offline commentary on television, and radio, as was the case on The Dan Patrick Show here:

As well as celebrities like Gloria Allred talking about him...

Will only help build his follower base. If he keeps this up for a month he could reach 6 million followers by the end of it. Not quite Lady Gaga, but close enough to be of significance.

Supreme Court and Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is known for protesting soldier's funerals, praising the Lord for 9/11, professing that God hates fags and other outlandish and crazy things. The First Amendment means a lot to a journalist - but there's also laws about hate and discrimination, but the Supreme Court's majority 8-1 voted that it's okay for these delusional God worshipers to continue to be a disturbance and show their intolerance. They basically think America is terrible and God hates it. The church has only 80 members who are all related, and apparently they are the only ones who understand the bible.

The only member of the Supreme Court who had his head on straight was Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr, as reported by many sources including the Washington Post.

This is a great example of how the majority is NOT always correct.

The article from the Washington Post includes:

"Eight justices of the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that no matter how hurtful the speech employed by members of the Westboro Baptist Church, the First Amendment protected them from having to pay damages to the grieving father they targeted.

Alito said they were all wrong.

Alito's condemnatory dissent said the Constitution's guarantee of free speech did not allow members of the fringe church to protest the funeral of Albert Snyder's fallen Marine son Matthew and "brutalize" the family with their lewd and cruel messages."

Personally surprising was Sarah Palin's support for those in opposition. Here is her tweet:

The whole Westboro Congregation is known for being outlandish and crazy - and should be stopped. How unAmerican, really. Supreme Court - there's disappointment in you from all over - there's protesting for good cause and then there's just being disrespectful jerks that are delusional. There are many videos and the great interview Fox had with Shirley Phelps titled "Crazy Lady on Fox News." Go search for it.

Expect a follow up post on this!

Rodney King Anniversary: Still Police Beatings 20 Years Later

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Rodney King beating and the riots that happened afterward, bringing Los Angeles to a standstill. The officers captured on that nine minutes of video made by George Holliday had the Los Angeles Police Department beating and kicking King, even in the head. Now, the LAPD wants you to know it's a changed operation, but in the age of YouTube, it seems that , more often than not, police departments try to operate above the law.

Just a search for "police beating" on YouTube (click here) shows a large number of disturbing videos and titles. For example: "Video Allegedly Shows Md. Police Beating Student," "Philadelphia Police Beating Caught On Tape," "Police beat down an old man...," "Minneapolis Police Beat Man," "Seattle Police Beating." And the last one, where a Seattle Police officer beat a 16-year-old black girl two years ago, is the most disturbing one I've seen to date, and all because she kicked her own shoes off while in jail:

The overall message that police send in this day and age of new media is that they are white men who hate black people, and especially black girls. Girls, not women. That's an awful image to allow to be formed, but that's what's happened.

And to add all that, the fact that Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer two years ago, and that was captured on video, and you have an awful national police image.

This has had terrible results for police departments just and a time when they need more funding. In Oakland, not a place where such beatings have been part of the news, thankfully, the Oakland police relationship with the overall community is still poor. All of this was evident at an Oakland City Council meeting last year, when person and after person expressed their lack of support for the OPD.

Police departments need to change. They need to hire people who are of various backgrounds, make sure the police force is at least 40 percent female (that's right), and help to rebuild the poor communities they patrol by hosting fundraisers, youth club organizations, and economic development initiatives. Police must become friends with their communities and stop being at war with them.

99ers Better Watch, Listen & LEARN from Union Solidarity to Survive

99ers better watch, listen and learn from Union Solidarity examples playing out across America, if they want to Survive - but mostly YOU MUST ACT NOW!

Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman called Madison protestors “SLOBS” just for exercising their 1st amendment rights. If that does not tell you what the “RICH HAVES” think about the American masses, I do not know what would.

Watch the 12-minute video (below) of the crowd surrounding and loudly heckling Grothman with chants of "You suck!" and "Shame!" during the ongoing union protests in Wisconsin - sparking colorful reaction nationwide, and see for yourself the "deep hatred growing" in America Glenn Beck is so afraid of he rants daily about. (after all Beck is one of the Haves... be afraid Glenn.... Be VERY AFRAID)

The thing I cannot understand is WHY more of the millions in the 99er Nation are NOT actively banding together in solidarity. It costs NOTHING but a little time and effort to join the action group U-Cubed and connect with fellow unemployed in your own state to take action - but not even one state so far has even reached the 1,000 member threshold. PATHETIC!

The sad truth of the matter is: The 99er Nation Has Not Because they refuse to band together and DEMAND their rights, so eloquently stated by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Bill of Rights” :

  1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return that will give him and his family a decent living;
  4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  5. The right of every family to a decent home;
  6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment.
  8. The right to a good education.
Today it is more obvious than ever before how the Rich politicians in this country are eroding the rights of the Have Nots and it disgusts me how apathetic Americans continue to be on this tragedy playing out in every state in our Union. (Remember when you feel yourselves hating the word UNION that America is a UNION of STATES!)

So get involved and spread the word everywhere to everyone. Social networkers must post these links and Tweet out to all friends and followers - strongly suggesting they do the same and so on.

It is unacceptable how with a minimum of 6 million UI exhaustees suffering so bad in this country that a FREE Union designed for the specific purpose of Strength and Unity to speak in ONE LOUD VOICE that Washington cannot ignore - has a membership of less that 5,000. What is WRONG with YOU?????

You have not because you ask not. Start by joining and participating in the U-Cubed Union for the Unemployed experience.

If you are not yet engaged in U-Cubed Please DO SO TODAY:

U-Cubed on:





The video below is Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman being chased and trapped by hecklers outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Mar. 1, 2011

New Unemployment Claims Fall to 3-year Low - Yeah Right...

According to the Associated Press today, new unemployment claims fell to a 3-year low - but that is not the whole story.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people requesting unemployment benefits has plunged to a nearly 3-year low.

That supports the view that companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.
The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 last week.

It was the third decline in the last four weeks. Applications are now at their lowest level since May 2008.

Ohio reported 1 of the largest declines, with jobless claims down by nearly 1,500 in the most recent week.

Upon release of this news,the Main Stream Media is reporting this is proof that the economy is getting better. HOGWASH!

It is important to note that new unemployment claims at a rate of 368,000 per week still means that the US is losing jobs at a rate of 19 million per year - and that is only those who file or even qualify for UI benefits. So what exactly is so good about that?

As long as the 30 some million of unemployed and underemployed in this country have little or no money to spend in the economy and Washington keeps cutting taxes on the rich and corporate elite and supplementing big banks on the backs of the poor, this country will continue to spiral down into an economic black hole which inevitably will result in a “Have Nots vs the Haves” revolution. (There are millions of Have Nots to every one of the Haves in the USA)

The thing is exactly how bad does it have to get in America before we get off of our collective BUTTS and make Washington listen? How much BS are you willing to tolerate? Only you can decide for your selves.....

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Playboy's Josie Goldberg At Oscar Party Says Chinese Girls Taking Jewish Men

All this blogger can say is Reality TV Show Star Josie Goldberg (Millionaire Matchmaker) is a riot. Josie's known for wanting to be the next Ana Nicole Smith, and, aside from posing in Playboy a while back, so came to the right place: The Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party is produced by people who were good friends to Ms. Smith, and still mourn her passing at this annual event.

The video from the Oscar party tells it all, but let's just say there's no regulator between Ms. Goldberg's brain and her mouth. The six-feet tall blonde with lots of hair and nice legs will tell you a lot of things, mostly about her wants.

(What she doesn't want is to be in Star Magazine again and about her increase in weight, as they did mention last December 2010.)

For example, she wants to be involved in The Screen Actors Guild at a high level, and makes a great spokesperson for SAG's value as a union for actors. (The only thing is, Josie didn't know what the Wisconsin Protests were all about when I asked her. Josie! What's up with that?)

Anyway, Ms. Goldberg also directly says she wants a Jewish guy, and "any Jewish guy" (of any color) will do, but claims they all want "Chinese girls," not her.  (Awww...)  She also wants a "big guy," and says that "African American men don't like me. They like Chinese girls." Which I think she's nuts for saying. (Notice a pattern here?)

(Plus, I think Josie's masking. When she told me she dated "athletes" I assumed she meant black men within that group, so I said so. But Josie gave me a racially-coded answer: that she dates "Volleyball players," which is code word for white guys. Lame. How many black guys play Volleyball?)

Anyway, I told Josie she's wrong about that one; she just doesn't know enough brothers. But in retrospect if you're a "Chinese girl,"  watch out. Josie think's your stealing men from her!  But I guess if you're Korean or Japanese or just Asian, it's cool - Chinese girls, watch out!

But it's all in fun and it makes for good pub.  I think Josie really only means half of what she says, poor thing.   The trouble is, I can't tell which half!  

GDC 2011 San Francisco Quick Hits: Prototype 2, Samsung Photo App

Some really quick, brief early morning Game Developers Conference hits.

NOTE: San Francisco Hotel Parc 55 has a GDC Bar Special - 55 percent off the second drink for GDC badge holders. Go to the hotel at the corner of Sacramento and Battery in SF's Financial District. The Parc 55 sent out a Twitter Tweet to inform folks including me.

First, before I get to the other GDC stuff, I'm complaining about my Samsung Galaxy's photo app. Normally it's supposed to upload photos to my Flickr account, but for some #$$% reason, it's freaking not working. I took five photos at GDC events last night - none are in the smartphone or on Flickr. I don't like that, man.


Activision and Radical Entertainment took over much of the lobby at the W Hotel, the unofficial hub of GDC activity, as always. The gaming company roped off a little rectangle of space, set up finger food, had a check-in girl, and the usually overly nervous security guy checking for wrist bands, and held court as Studio Hesd Ken Rosman fielded questions about the new game.

If you don't know it, Prototype is best described as the basic "angry loner bald white dude looking to get into a battle" game, of which there are so many variations they're all starting to blur into one. In this case, it's about Alex Mercer vs. Sgt. James Heller, who is set out to destroy him because of the BLACKLIGHT infection that Mercer has caused to spread, and kills Sgt. Heller's family.

But I gotta say, Sgt. James Heller, and Alex Mercer both look like Eminem. Still, the graphics on the game are KILLER. It's virtually 3D, which means at some point it's going to be 3D.

Just saying.

It's a also a great candidate for a movie of some kind, but the storyline has to be deeper than the video game, if it's to be successful. Watch for more on this at Comic Con 2011 because I'm informed the game producers have been in talks about Prototype as a movie - nothing solid as of this writing.

Oh, and a video interview is coming. But...

Beyond that, I'm still steaming about this Zeevex "little people" marketing crap. Here:

And on a good note, the Blacks In Gaming event - held at the same time as the GDC Developer Awards, so guess what I missed - was a rousing success. While my video will come in a few hours, it must be said that with 300 people in attendance, and about a 50 percent black makeup, "BIG" proves that people of all stripes will come to such a gathering.

Look, it's got free food, Microsoft's sponsoring it, and the people are fun. It's really cool to meet black men and women who are real tech heads with a story to tell.

Ok. More later.

Loretta Devine, Adele On Grey's Anatomy, On The Oscars And Blacks

Grey's Anatomy's Loretta Devine ("Adele") made a majestic appearance at The Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party, explaining to my line partner who represents the mom's watching, that her lovely dark green dress was made by Haro, the jewelry was by Fenix Jewelry, and the purse by Mary Francis.

Devine, who plays one of the most popular characters on Grey's Anatomy ("I'm still there after all these years."), informs us that she's also in a new movie with Pastor TD Jakes (called Jumping The Broom), and comes out on Mother's Day. She's also in Madea's Big Happy Family.

Devine went on to gush over Melissa Leo's performance in The Fighter, saying she hoped Leo would win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (she did), and said she saw most of the Oscar Best Picture nominees.

OK. Harmless, enough.

So I asked Devine for her view the idea that there were not enough blacks in the Oscars, siting Whoopi Goldberg's statements about the New York Times article pointing to this problem. Devine said that while Whoopi's statements on her being omitted from the NY Times article were not correct considering what the author's intended (and I realized were were going "off-track" here in subject) on the matter of not enough blacks on the Oscars she said "I don't know how they (at the NY Times) could include everybody because there have been so few (blacks) nominated. And in a way, I guess you could say the same thing about the NAACP. How many white actors have won NAACP's? So I guess it depends on how you look at it."

The comment was so unexpected, I couldn't help but crack up. But it was also unfortunate.

I wonder what the NAACP would think of that view? It just goes to show that when things are going well for some people it's hard for them to sympathize with the problems of others.

But that said, here's hoping for more years of Ms. Devine on Grey's Anatomy.