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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

3200 posts offices could close in America -- could a marijuana tax be an economic tonic...

3200 posts offices could close in America as the economic crisis deepens and the US Government cuts state spending.

Could a marijuana tax prove to be an economic tonic? Is that such a dopey idea?

A tax on the green to assist the greenbacks?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Release all Iranian protesters now...

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — The wife of Iranian opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has called for the release of people arrested following the June 12 election.

"I regret that a large number of people among the political elite and others have been arrested, and I ask for their release," Zahra Rahnavard said in remarks published on her husband's campaign website.

"I have not been arrested. I continue my work at the university, but at the same time, alongside others, I protest" the result of the election, which put Mousavi a distant second after victorious incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Nationalism and the blood of the martyrs demand that I be on the scene, always protesting against the result of the election and defending people's rights within the framework of the law."

She said the regime should not act as if Iran were in a "state of siege."

Since the election, whose outcome is disputed by Mousavi, Tehran and other parts of the country have been the scene of often violent protests.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, as well as politicians and journalists.

Rahnavard, 64, a sculptor and academic, broke the mould of Iranian politics by campaigning openly alongside her husband ahead of the vote.

Acknowledgements: Copyright © 2009 AFP.

Zahra Rahnavard, wife of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi

Michael Jackson fans turned to Twitter...

Wacko Jacko or a sad and talented little man? Today's for his fans, I guess! RIP Michael Jackson!

Michael Jackson fans turn to Twitter
by Kerrie Mitchell

Categories: Michael Jackson, Twitter

Maybe it goes without saying at this point, but it turns out that Twitter was one of the first places people went to react to Michael Jackson's death. The usual celebrity suspects weighed in almost immediately: Ashton Kutcher tweeted, "Rip Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids." John Mayer wrote, "I think we'll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player." They apparently weren't the only ones chiming in with condolences. Paid Content reported yesterday that Twitter's search engine was swamped in the aftermath of Jackson's passing, with the site at one point disabling the search field on user's home page. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told the LA Times: "We saw an instant doubling of tweets per second the moment the story broke....This particular news about the passing of such a global icon is the biggest jump in tweets per second since the U.S. presidential election." Who out there turned to Twitter when they first heard the news?
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Kim Mascaro Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 08:13 PM EST

The MAN IN THE MIRROR has sadly passed away. His mission to HEAL THE WORLD thru his music and amazing talent will always be here to stay.
Some of us are BLACK OR WHITE, but we
are all of HUMAN NATURE. I WANT U BACK, however we are now only left to REMEMBER THE TIME. We want to ROCK WITH YOU forver. U will be missed. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Lisa Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 07:04 PM EST

i grew up listenining to M.J. It is so sad tha world has lost a great entertainer. M.J u will b missed but never forgotten u r tha king of pop music. i enjoyed tha music he made. R.i.P. MiChAeL JaCkSoN..

kc Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 05:29 PM EST

I grew up in Philippines and in high school he was big, every single teenager loved him, boy or girl, he was the idol. In that country, going to his concert is only a dream since we are in the otherside of the world. Even celebrities in Philippines are trying to immitate his moves and had become popular for doing that. it was sad about the scandal. The come back concert was something I was looking forward to.Time has healed, it was time to revive his name. I promised myself I will see him perform live, now that I am grown up in Canada, he is almost within reach, I can afford to go to his concert now but to my dismay I didnt even have the chance to see him perform live. We will always remember him. He is once a part of our lives, the mania, and no one is quite like him. We mourn for his death and we do hope he is in a better place. May God bless him and his family.

alce Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:56 PM EST

I was driving when I heard the news, my mind went back till my childhood, I grew up with MJ's music and to my surprise my joungest kid (10) became Michael Jacson's fan when listened Thriller, he pop up the volume of every single son played at the radio yesterday. Michael Jacson you will live forever in our hearts.

CC Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:46 PM EST

God bless the Jackson family especially the children. I was a big fan especially during the 80's, cut out every pic or poster I could from magazines that my dad would bring home. I'll miss you Michael. R*I*P*

isavel Barrie Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:42 PM EST

I would agree to continue to do the concerts in his rememberance and the kids get the moneys. xxxxxxx

Steve Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 04:26 PM EST

I agree that the concert should go on and other celebrities should offer there assistance to raise some funds for the kids....Michael Jackson was a legend and will always remain one he was a gift to this planet has done a lot for the poor and the needy he will always be someone who will be remembered for decades....love you mic

steve Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 03:21 PM EST

I think the "This is it" concert should go ahead as a tribute to the King of Pop, raise the money for Charity ! Michael would be there in spirit and he will live on in our hearts and minds

ML Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 03:16 PM EST

Maybe singing stars of today can play those 50 concerts in london and cover his and there songs and share how he inspired us all.

Eric Williams Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 03:00 PM EST

Michael Jackson was a long time fan of mine. He will be greatly missed by me and the world. One of my first dances I did was taken from Michael's Jackson moves. I perform the dance at one of my family reunions in 1984. Michael was my child hood hero.

Spider Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 02:16 PM EST

This is dedicated to the loved ones we have lost:


Silv Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 02:11 PM EST

I one of those weirdos who refuse to jump on the bandwagon of new trends sometimes just because I refuse to be a lemming, so I actually first got a phone call from my husband, who listens to a news radio station; I went to TMZ; between his radio station and TMZ I was ahead of the tv stations and even my usual internet news sites.

Snalf Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 01:21 PM EST

it really was amazing to watch this spread online, i found out and looked and NO news site had it picked up, then slowly LA Times reported he was hospitalized but online sources and TMZ had it confirmed dead for an hour at that point. . . here is more info about it spreading online:


leleana Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 01:20 PM EST

I found out about it from twitter. SO yeah.

Dr BLT Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM EST

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2009

Re: Psychologist Pens "Bittersweet" Tribute to Michael Jackson: Addresses psychological significance of star's life/death

Canadian-born Californian singer/songwriter/psychologist, Dr BLT has penned a song about Michael Jackson called "Goodbye Michael Jackson (Bittersweet Legacy)" that offers a social psychological perspective on Michael Jackson as a pop culture phenomenon. The song brings out Jackson's demons and alleged demons as well as his triumphs.

It can be heard here:

Goodbye Michael Jackson (Bittersweet Legacy)
words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2009

A full-length version is available here:


And psychological commentary and discussion on the subject is offered here:

Psychology Comes Alive


For more information:

Contact Dr BLT at:

P Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM EST

raises hand. saw harvey levin's post first from tmz.

Diane Jackson Chapman Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:51 PM EST

My family feels so connected to Michael Jackson becuse, we are from Gary, we are from large families - 8 in ours and 9 in his, and we share the same last name. May God bless Michael Jackson and his family during this time of such personal lost them as well as for the world.

Ace Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM EST

I found out the same way lefty did. I had just gotten home from work and went to Twitter and read Andy Roddick's tweet about MJ passing. Such an interesting age we live in.

lefty Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM EST

That's how I first heard about it. Andy Roddick tweeted about it and I immediately began checking Google News to see if it was true.

Vicki Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:14 PM EST

I tweeted the second I heard the news. Unfortunately, because of all the traffic, my tweet never go through.

betty Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM EST

I enjoy his music very much. It is wonderful. I find that lots of his fans on____Richflirts.com__ club for professional athletes, moive stars and millionaires are talking about him recently.

His death does not mean that he has lost, he is the winner.I wish to express my deepest condolences and sadness at the passing of michael jackson.

chrissy Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM EST

Today I am remembering my love for the pop icon. You can say what you want about him but I will always remember him like this:


Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Zealand today in triplicate...

New Zealand today:

David Shearer wins the Mount Albert by-election, Helen Clark's old seat,by what were landslide-like figures. A future leader in the making, perhaps. John Key seemed indifferent to the by-election; the National candidate, Melissa Lee a distant second. Shearer won by 3-1. The teflon is fading from Key's persona.

So David Bain was found not guilty in his retrial for the murder of his family - parents, two sisters and younger brother. The whole defence tactic was to create doubt, and more doubt! And so it came to pass. Is he innocent? Who killed his father, because there was no proof he committed suicide? Was O.J Simpson innocent? There will be doubt hanging over him for the rest of his life - unless double jeopardy is used. A precedent was set in the UK recently. A family fought for ten years to get new evidence against the person who was acquited of their daughter's murder. So double jeopardy was legally used to convict the man. NZ law closely follows that of Britain.

New Zealand may have had its first domestic swine flu infections. There could well be a flood of infections in coming weeks. While there is a world-wide pandemic now, it is, at this stage, a mild infection which can be treated with Tamiflu vaccine and three days isolation.

Friday, June 5, 2009

David Bain found not guilty of murdering his family...

David Bain found not guilty of murdering his family...

David Bain was found not guilty beyond the shadow of doubt. It was as I said, the defence would be trying to create doubt, and they did.

The most expensive court case in the history of NZ law has finally ended. It probably cost ten million New Zealand dollars for this re-trial alone. Add the original trial, two appeals and the application to the Privy Council in London, and you would have millions more.

David Bain had his day in court and a jury of twelve of his peers have found him not guilty. But having said that it was not proven that his father was responsible for the murder of his family either.

Who killed the Bain family in Dunedin, NZ, in 1994?

Personally, I have not changed my opinion of the evidence and guilt after reading two books, one by a notable Kiwi academic, written a few years after the murders and the original trial. There are still may people who believe Alan Arthur Thomas was still guilty of murdering the Crewes, despite being pardoned and paid a million dollars in compensation. We still have free speech and are entitled to an opinion.

The next step for the Bain camp will be an application to the NZ Government for compensation: This is a very different kettle of fish. David Bain will have to prove to the Executive that he is actually INNOCENT! A shadow of doubt does not come into it. If he was successful he could get $100,000 for every year he spent in prison - close to $1.3 million.