September 25, 2016
Black Americans, Law Enforcement, Power, Society, zobop republic
BlackLivesMatter, police, race, society, video
Hello fellow zobopians. [No exclamation point.] I’m nowadays under the impression that the Un-United States of America are becoming a modern day killing fields. Black people are getting shot and killed on any given day. Police unions and lawyers are making it illegal to video record police doing their job we, taxpayers, are paying for.
Video recordings don’t seem to be a deterrent! Police and “stand your ground” freaks can kill with impunity! The whole world is watching? What difference does it make? Who watches the watchers? Apparently we can’t!
September 13, 2016
culture, Literature, Media, Philosophy
folklore, free thought, memes, society
Hello fellow zopbopians! I’ve been reading book on world folklore. [Full title: Interpreting Folklore by Alan Dundes.] There’s this section on the folklore of the ‘Evil Eye‘. It’s funny and sometimes vulgar at best. The author claims ‘blue’ evil eye’s are considered evil. And the best way to defeat an evil eye is by another evil eye. It’s relates to the principle of ‘like against like’. I always thought you can’t fight fire with fire but I guess you can fight evil eye with evil eye. Hmm-m…that’s something to consider in the future.
Until neXt time…eye’ll be seeing you!
August 29, 2016
Music, Video, zobop republic
electronica, Music, video, www youtube.com
Hello fellow zobopians! I had to share this oldie but goodie. Classic House music of my generation. My Mine – Hypnotic Tango…
#House #music #electronica #techno #video
August 11, 2016
Education, Law Enforcement, Prejudice, zobop republic
BlackLivesMatter, civil rights, justice, prejudice
Well hello fellow zobopians! Yep, I’m still blogging! It’s still 2016 in the 21st century and I’m still waiting for my 2001 space odyssey. We’re 15 years overdue for it! Oh well, on to pressing matters on Earth.
Black lives haven’t mattered since…the mid-1990’s. I blame the Zero-Tolerance policies of those 1990’s. Instead of sending Black students to the principal’s office, and calling the parent(s), they’re sent to the police station. Instead of suspending Black students, with a crap-load of homework to be completed upon returning, they’re expelled from the school never to return. [Good luck you charter schools.]
Yeah…I don’t think Black Lives Matter. In this world Freedom without Security is useless. You can say #BlackLivesMatter all you want. We will always be looking over our shoulders for the rest of our lives.
Black lives, obviously, don’t matter when lives are being lost everyday. When someone gets killed by police who intentionally sought to deprive someone of their constitutional rights — you can’t get justice! When someone gets killed by police due to incompetence, bad training or mistakes — you can’t get justice!
You can’t win for losing your lives!
P.S. : In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that, black men “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Like I said above, Freedom without Security is useless.
Until neXt time…
July 15, 2016
Black Americans, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Violence, zobop republic
bigotry, BlackTwitter, civil rights, human-rights, violence
Hello fellow zobopians! The whole world’s watching! But who’s watching the watchers? What difference does it make? It’s all being captured on video! Killers are being caught on video. People getting killed are captured on video. The revolution WILL NOT be televised! It will get recorded and be available for downloading to be watched over and over again at your convenience.
But…here’s the thing…
When a Black person gets shot and/or killed by police, does anyone see it? Never mind having “the talk” with your son or daughter when coming in contact with the police. What Black Americans need to talk about is, do you have a dashboard camera or your own personal body camera ready? That’s the talk we need to be having.
The importance of recording the police is deadly serious. (After all, they’re recording us citizens.) There are three  deadly grounds for Black people when we come into contact with police:
-Order Of Survivability-
- You can get shot and/or killed in the street or in the vehicle. [Eric garner – killed on sidewalk; Alton Sterling – shot in the street; Philando Castile – shot in car.]
- You can get shot and/or killed in the police vehicle; ( if you survive the first deadly ground scene.) [Freddie Gray – killed in police van during “rough ride”.]
- You can die in the jail house or jail-holding cell; ( that is if you survive the first & second deadly grounds.) [Sandra Bland – suspiciously died while in waiting in jail.]
Gone are the days of the 1960’s slogan, “the whole world’s watching”. The police of the 21st century need to be kept under watch. The only way we’re going to do that is to keep recording them. If the police are going to keep “shooting to kill” us, then we need to keep “shooting to record” them just so we can have proof and evidence of what happened. We can’t always rely on the police to provide evidence when they cover-up or delay proof or disable their tax-payer paid recording equipment.
KEEP RECORDING! Freedom without security is useless!
Until neXt time…
Note*: The above picture I got off the internet. I don’t own rights to it.*
June 8, 2016
America, History, Literature, Politics, Society, zobop republic
Donald Trump, Hitler, politics, Upton Sinclair
Hello fellow zobopians! I had something on my mind this month. Can you guess what it is? Yep, it’s Donald Trump! Having a potential female President doesn’t scare me as much as having a President Trump in the White House.
The author Upton Sinclair once wrote in a story, (see picture below), titled “Root of All Evil” :
“A world conqueror had appeared in modern times. Alexander [the great], [Julius] Caesar, Attila [the Hun], Genghis Khan, Napoleon -… when nine men out of ten would have said it was impossible.”
[Was Sinclair predicting the rise of Donald Trump?]
“A world conqueror has to be a man of few ideas, … a peculiar combination of exactly the right qualities, both good and bad – iron determination, irresistable energy, and no scruples of any sort, (…) He has to understand the minds of other men, both foes and friends, and what greeds, fears, hates, jealousies will move them to action. He must understand the mass minds, the ideals or delusions which sway it; (…) He must believe in nothing but his own destiny, the glorified image of himself…”
Doesn’t it seem like Upton Sinclair was describing today’s Donald Trump? Actually this story was originally written in 1942 about Adolf Hitler. If America doesn’t root out evil, the future will moan and curse us for not acting!