Love The Tattoo

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Well hello fellow zobopians! Deciphering kanji pictographs is not easy. So I’m going to get to the chase here and be inscrutable. This is the Puerto Rican & Egyptian tattoo appreciation post. (Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.)

 

Kanji Text?

Kanji Text – read from the bottom to top.

Appreciate the Lexa L***!

…until neXt time!

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We Are Not One People

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We are not ONE people: the Present.
We were NEVER one people: the Past.

Africa Slave Trade

African slave trade

Greetings fellow zobopians! Finally got my thoughts together on another touchy subject. Yeah, you know me! I’ve been agonizing about the idea of unity with the African diaspora. You know, people of African descent. We truly are the Tower of Babel!  Reply…you know I’ll reply back on this.

{Setting: 400 years ago…give or take.}
According to some historical books and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. slavery was a social custom on the continent of Africa. Slavery either existed in Africa or it was imported from the Roman world of the Arabic realm centuries earlier. My question is, why did African tribes and societies accept and allow slavery in the first place? If Africans knew then what we know now, I’m sure slavery would have been fought against [more] furiously and never would have been accepted so meekly. (Hindsight truly is twenty-twenty [20/20]). What was an Africans’ worth when tribes were selling off their own or capturing and selling others into slavery? What was an Africans’ worth when white Europeans came to Africa in ships to trade European goods, (junk by modern standards), for human beings? We were NEVER one people!

{Setting: Western hemisphere – [Slave era] USA, Caribbean and South America.}
After transporting African chattel slaves to their plantation destination the slavers originally grouped their slaves by their respective tribes. Not realizing that an African tribe/social group spoke a common language, the Africans were able to communicate to each other in order to form an insurrection or revolt. White slavers quickly became observant and noticed that Africans spoke many languages and dialects. So, upon realizing this, the slavers began to mix up their slaves from different tribes and ethnic groups. After this slave management technique the African slaves were unable to communicate to each other effectively to organize insurrections. Africa then, and probably now, have over 800 languages.  White slavers in other colonies recognized this in order to use this language difference against Africans. It’s Divide and Conquer. We were NEVER one people!

{Setting: Fast forward to present – 21st century world.}
Africa is still a continent comprised of many, many tribes and ethnic groups. [Conflict!] Still comprised of many, many languages and dialects. [Failure to communicate!] Plus many religions too! [More conflict!] In the Caribbean people of African descent, in their respective island country, speak their common language now; whether it be Spanish, French, English, etc. or whatever language their former slave masters spoke. In South America most of the people speak Spanish, except for Brazil which speak Portuguese…how unique is that? It just goes to show, even the white European slavers didn’t speak one common language. And yet they oppressed human beings based on one common aspect: “Color Prejudice”. [the color Black] (There is no such thing as RACE people!). In the diaspora known as Black America we also now speak one common language: English. There have been, and probably still now, Black American educators who insist that we as a people speak a different dialect of English; called Ebonics or ‘Black English’. (That episode caused a lot of head shaking in the Black community). Whatever language we do speak, we have a failure to communicate! Modern day people of African descent have evolved into a diverse diaspora outside the continent. (Africa was always diverse). But where is the UNITY? “UNITY in DIVERSITY” is a phrase that has to mean something but what do we have to show for it?

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Until next time…

Africa Did Not Protect Us

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…will she in the future?

Greetings fellow zobopians! Still reading my copy of a Frantz Fanon book. Reading Fanons’ ‘Wretched of the Earth’ will get one to thinking. Especially this golden nugget of thought:

The continent of Africa was supposed to protect its people from the hostile environment of colonialism and slavery. EPIC FAILURE! Instead, Mother Africa gave free rein to its malevolent instincts; the selling of humans to other humans with ships.

Meanwhile, the colonial mother only protected the African from itself, from its ego, its physiology, its biology, and its ontological misfortune. Colonialism only protected its own social group, (the European), and its own profit.

If Mother Africa can not or will not provide and protect its own citizens, then Africa doesn’t deserve them or itself. Continent Africa should read Frantz Fanons’ ‘Wretched of the Earth’. It could use the lesson for its own future. As for the people of the African Diaspora in the Western hemisphere…that’s another story.

Thanks for reading…until neXt time…

I Think Frantz Fanon Saw The Future

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Hello fellow zobopians! Yes, I think medical specialist and intellectual Frantz Fanon, (Black Skin, White Masks) saw into the future. I’m reading his other book, Wretched of the Earth, and it’s almost as if he saw into the minds of modern day Black American or African revolutionaries. Either we didn’t read Mr. Fanons’ book correctly or we just keep on making the same pathetic mistakes over & over. Anyway, not to get all preachy, follow my Twitter feed @zobop_republic to read #FrantzFanon quotes.

Until that day…

Goodluck Scam

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Hey zobopians! I’ve got another scam alert for you. Come on people! Nobody from email address gethere2@gmx.com is going to pay you $13.5 million. You’ve been warned! Message below as is:
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Attn: Beneficiary

PAYMENT OF US$13.5M YOUR CONTRACT,INHERITANCE & WINNING FUND APPROVED BY NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT,UNITED STATES & UNITED NATIONS.

Following the protest of the International Community and United Nations, The World Bank, IMF/European Union and the instruction from the President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces federal republic of Nigeria (DR. GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN) says that all outstanding foreign debts especially lottery winning,inheritance and contract fund should be released to the beneficiaries account henceforth without any further delays.

From the records of outstanding contracts and inheritance/ lottery winning fund due for payment with the United Kingdom (UK) and Government of Nigeria,United States Government and United Nations which your name and company was discovered as next of kin on the list of the outstanding contractors whose payment have not been received their funds up to date. I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter and also note that from the record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) US$13.5M.

You are please, re-confirm to him if this is in line with what you have in your file and once again furnish us with the stated information below.

The Information requested for the wire transfer of your fund to be provided by you are below:

1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) FULL ADDRESS OF YOUR CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY:
3) PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE:
4) COMPANY NAME, POSITION AND ADDRESS:
5) PROFESSION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS:
6) A COPY OF YOUR INT’L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD.

BANK INFORMATIONS:

A) BANK NAME:
B) FULL BANK ADRESS:
C) ACCOUNT NAME:
D) ACCOUNT NUMBER:
E) SWIFT CODE:
F) ROUTING NUMBER:
G) IBAN NUMBER:

As soon as this information are received from you as the beneficiary, your fund will be process within 24hrs without any delay. Now you are directed and inform as the beneficiary of the above stated amount valued US$13.5M by a Wire Transfer Payment to finalize the release of your fund. Our official paying bank and directors name to contact is hereby stated below for you to contact with your details.

You are to contact Dr. Charles Menard for directive with your full details as instructed by the above:

CONTACT CODE (HSBC PAYMENT CODE 111)
contact Person: Mr.CHARLES H. MENARD.
Position: Director International Remittance Department
Email Address: gethere2@gmx.com

Contact him immediately you receive this mail for further directives on how to receive the payment from our offshore payment center.

YOURS SINCERELY

Mr.William Japhet.

Minister OF INFORMATION AND Communication on Foreign Contract And Inheritance Fund
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From: “Mr.William Japhet.”<Unitednations233@uns.org>
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Hello fellow zobop republicans. I think I once got a similar e-mail like this before but this time I’ll add the e-mail header along with it so you can see for yourself where this junk is coming from.  I deleted my e-mail address.  Happy reading!
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From: “HIS EXCELLENCY TERENCE P. MCCULLEY.”<admin@acsi.com.ph>
Subject: YOUR PACKAGE OF $15MILLION DOLLARS
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Dear Friend

THIS IS AMBASSADOR TERENCE P. MCCULLEY. UNITED STATE OF AMERICA AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA. I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS THROUGH AN ATM MASTER CARD OF $15M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).

YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. CHECK HERE: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html .PRIVATE E-MAIL: terencepmcculley2@aol.com

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE GREAT DOUBT AND DISTRUST IN YOUR HEART IN RESPECT TO THIS EMAIL COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT SO MANY MISCREANTS AND IMPOSTERS(SCAMMERS) HAVE TAKEN POSSESSION OF THE INTERNET TO FACILITATE THEIR NEFARIOUS DEEDS, THEREBY MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR GENUINE AND LEGITIMATE BUSINESS CLASS PERSONS TO GET ATTENTION AND RECONGNITION

YOUR PACKAGE($15M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $250.THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.

YOU SHOULD SEND THE FEE DIRECTLY TO THE CARGO REGISTRATION OFFICER
WITH THE INFO BELOW-

RECEIVER’S NAME: John Olamide
ADDRESS: LAGOS NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION: GOD BLESS
ANSWER: AMERICA
AMOUNT $250
SENDERS NAME:
SENDERS ADDRESS:

AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS TUESDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

SIGN
HIS EXCELLENCY TERENCE P. MCCULLEY.
US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
TELEPHONE NUMBER
CHECK HERE VIEW MY DATA: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html

Hello Nigeria

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*Without mincing words, I’m sure you’ve gotten this same e-mail too! Welcome to another episode of Phishing & Scamming. This one almost seems real. 😦 This e-mail is all over the internet : http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=53925
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OFFICE OF THE US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
11 GARKI ROAD ABUJA
ABUJA, NIGERIA.
 
WITHOUT MINCING WORDS, I AM CONVINCED 100% THAT YOU HAVE HAD BITTER EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS SCAMMERS ‘CLAIMING TO BE HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BANKS AND THEREBY DEFRAUDING YOU OF YOUR’ HARD-EARNED MONEY’ THE  ACTIVITIES OF THESE SCAMMERS HAS CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ABOUT CONDUCTING BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET AND YOU NOW BELIEVED THERE IS NO GENUINE BUSINESS THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNET. WELL I AM AMERICAN AND THE INTERNET WAS CREATED BY AMERICANS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING; AWARENESS FOR YOUR PRODUCTS/ SERVICES AND CONDUCTING GENUINE BUSINESS WITH EASE. I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO DELIVER THE DIPLOMATIC CONSIGNMENT TO YOU.I Am A FULL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BUT I WAS ON A MISSION HERE IN NIGERIA AS A US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
HENCE, I AM MAKING EVERY EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT NO CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IS CHEATED BY NIGERIA/BENIN REPUBLIC. THEREFORE, I NEED YOUR UTMOST SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING TO ACTUALIZE THIS DREAM. I ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DO TRUST YOU AND I EXPECT YOU TO SHOW ME THE SAME TRUST AND RESPECT IN RETURN SINCE TRUST IS A 2-WAY STREET. ON THE OTHER HAND, TRUST IS A RELATIONSHIP OF RELIANCE. TRUST ALSO MEANS BEING ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL DO AND WHAT SITUATIONS WILL OCCUR.
I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF $15.5M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).
YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. CHECK HERE: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html YOUR PACKAGE($15.5M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $120.THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US. SEND THE FEE TO MY SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY FOR THE REGISTERING FEE WHICH IS $120 ONLY.
 
RECEIVERS NAME:OKONJI ANTHONY
RECEIVERS ADDRESS: LAGOS NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION GOOD
ANSWER:DAY
AMOUNT:120
SECRETARY TO US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
Phone +234 708 753 5463
 
AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS THURSDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.
THANK YOU
TERENCE P. McCULLEY
US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA

What Black Wealth?

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Are the wealthy Black Americans part of the 1% or the 13%?

After 42-plus years since the Civil Rights era, Black America can produce only one Black American billionaire: Oprah Winfrey $2.7B; #442 in the area of Television.

Out of 1,226 people on the Forbes’s 2012 list of the world’s billionaires, only four(4) are Black. Oprah being the only U.S. citizen, the other five(5) are from the African continent. Two(2) are from Nigeria, one(1) is from south Africa. [There are others from Africa but they’re not considered Black.] Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of wealthy Black people in the world but we only consider the one’s who have power and/or political clout.

Economic circumstances robbed Black America of previous billionaires, [i.e. divorce, bad business decisions, bankruptcy, death.]

So the question is, how can Blacks create wealth if Blacks don’t create it?