Home Prices Fall Across the U.S.

Home Prices in U.S. Decline 1.6% in Second Quarter, FHFA Says

By Kathleen M. Howley
August 25, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — U.S. home prices fell 1.6 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier as record foreclosures added to the inventory of properties for sale.

The annual drop followed a 3.2 percent decline in the first quarter, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said today in a report. Prices rose 0.9 percent from the prior three months, according to the Washington-based agency, which measures sales of homes with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Foreclosures are boosting the supply of properties on the market and undercutting the confidence of homebuyers, sapping demand even as mortgage rates tumble to record lows. The U.S. inventory of homes for sale averaged 3.89 million during the second quarter, the highest since 2008, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

“As long as foreclosures keep coming on the market, it’s unlikely we’ll see a strong rebound in housing prices,” said Zach Pandl, an economist at Nomura Securities International Inc. in New York.

A record 269,962 U.S. residential properties were seized by lenders in the second quarter, according to RealtyTrac Inc. Foreclosures probably will top 1 million this year, the Irvine, California-based data company said in a July 15 report.

Unemployment averaged 9.7 percent during the second quarter, near the 10 percent rate in 2009’s final three months that was the highest since 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Joblessness boosts the number of foreclosures as mortgage holders fall behind on payments. It also reduces the number of people who are eligible to get home loans.

Record Low Rates

Mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed loan fell to 4.42 percent this month, the lowest since McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac began keeping records in 1971. The rate probably will average 4.7 percent this year and next, according to Washington-based Fannie Mae, Freddie’s larger rival.

Purchases of existing homes plunged 27 percent to a 3.83 million annual rate in July, the slowest since comparable records began in 1999, according to Chicago-based NAR. Sales of new homes unexpectedly dropped last month to the lowest level on record, the Commerce Department said today.

Federal Reserve policy makers on Aug. 10 said the U.S. economic expansion probably will be “more modest” than earlier anticipated, citing the housing market as one of the reasons. The Fed has held the target for its benchmark lending rate near zero since December 2008.

“Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth and tight credit,” the Fed said in a statement. “Housing starts remain at a depressed level.”

Today’s FHFA report measures changes in real estate values using repeat data on individual properties. It doesn’t include a dollar value for homes. The U.S. median home price was $176,900 in the second quarter, according to NAR.

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Home Sales Hit Record Low Down 27%

New-Home Sales Hit Lowest Level

By Dina ElBoghdady
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 25, 2010; 11:51 AM

Sales of newly built homes dropped to their lowest level since the government started tracking the numbers more than four decades ago, with demand for home purchases down in all four regions of the country.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new homes sold in July at an annual rate of 276,000, down 12.4 percent from June and down 32.4 percent compared with the same time last year.

Housing experts attribute the weak results to the expiration of a federal tax credit April 30. They said the program probably lured people into buying homes earlier than they had planned, thereby eating into future sales.

But many economists say July’s dismal results, which add to grim sales data released Tuesday on existing homes, suggest that the problems go beyond the tax credit.

“There’s clearly something more at play here,” said Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities. “The economy is backsliding a little bit. While it’s too soon to tell if that’s going to result in another recession, it seems clear that consumers are holding back on committing to major purchases, such as buying a home.”

The drop was led by the Northeast, where new home sales fell nearly 35 percent. Sales declined 25.5 percent in the Midwest, 15.1 percent in the South and 9.8 percent in the West.

The median sales price of new houses sold last month was $204,000, down 6 percent from June and 4.8 percent from a year earlier.

Although new-home sales are dwarfed by activity in the existing-homes market, they are closely watched because the construction industry contributes to job creation and economic growth.

The struggle for the new-homes segment is that it is competing with the much larger existing-homes sales market, which includes aggressively priced foreclosures and other homes offered at steep discounts.

“Plus the underlying demand is just extremely weak, despite rock-bottom mortgage interest rates,” said Nigel Gault, an economist at IHS Global Insight.

Mortgage applications dropped off 43 percent since the tax credit expired and started inching up in four of the past five weeks, mostly driven by people looking to refinance to take advantage of the low rates, Vitner said. Cumulatively, applications have risen only about 1.5 percent in the past five weeks, he said.

On Tuesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that refinance applications continued to climb in the week ending Aug. 20, with the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage at 4.55 percent.

The group said the index that measures refinancing activity increased 5.7 percent from the previous week to its highest level since May 1, while home purchase mortgage applications increased 0.6 percent.

The poor new-home sales results follow another damaging report on the existing-home sales. Those sales fell in July to their lowest level in more than a decade to an annual rate of 3.83 million, down 27.2 percent from June’s pace.

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For Blacks: I’m White! I’m Better Than You!

The Myth of Being White

Down in the Bayou

So many people confuse statistics with a real application to “individuals”.  And, it confuses both white people and Black people alike.  For instance, you might hear a study that says the average white person has 85% more wealth than the average Black person, in America.  While the statistic may be true, it has zero application to everyone.  It is no more applicable to the average white person than the negative statistic is a hindrance to the average Black person.

Have you had a white person say to your face, that they are better than you, simply because they are white?  I have.  Many times.  It doesn’t even phase me.  Because, I know a few things, just by them saying this.  First of all, they say this to my face, because they are overwhelmingly threatened by my superiority over them.  I am more handsome, smarter, craftier, wiser, more frugal, patient and generally not a bone head.  I am more educated, more traveled, and live, more often than not,  a far better lifestyle than they do.  Secondly, a truly superior being, such as myself, would never need to evoke verbally that he is better than someone else.  Being better than someone, isn’t something that you voice, it just is.

Why White People Are Not Superior to Black People

The vast majority of notions about white people being superior to Black people in America has absolutely nothing to do with any physical, emotional nor social notion of superiority.  White “superiority” is derived from institutional frameworks that seek to steal resources from Black people and deposit it into white hands.

Institutional Racism Includes Poor Whites?

Father, Son, Brothers (yes all 3)

It means simply, that white people from the beginning of the country and even during colonial times, passed laws to ensure than Black labor, intelligence, and social power were sucked out of Blacks and given to whites FOR PROFIT.  It had nothing to do with penis size, education, knowledge or capacity to learn.

Many bigoted whites have taken institutional racism to mean that they are superior humans.  This was never the case.  In fact the truly powerful white people, that got these laws passed, laugh at these country bumpkins who took it upon themselves to express hatred for Blacks, when they themselves were never included in the economic transference of wealth.

Even more shocking was the blow when slavery, Jim Crow and other institutional forms of racism were simply dropped.  And why were they dropped?  Because they were inefficient and unnecessary tools to steal Black wealth and power and deliver it into wealthy white hands.  When technology caught up, slavery was not an issue.  When technology caught up, Black civil rights were not an issue.  Once technology caught up, institutional racism reformed and readjusted to a sleeker form of racism.

Institutional racism became more and more refined to the point that elite whites included poor whites in their scheme to steal riches.  So the very person screaming about how superior he is because he’s white, is ignorant of the fact that, he technically speaking isn’t even white, in the real scenario of the world.  If he is on a level where he rubs elbows with you, in the same circle, he might as well put on overalls and call himself a negro, because the real “white” people have thrown him under the bus right along with us Black folks.

[take this post as a joke.  it was written in jest.  but, sadly, according to my research it is true.  those that are in the halls of power never intended Blacks to be hated.  They were simply seen as a convenient cheap labor force.  After a century of practicing this, the powers that be have refined their negotiating for a cheap labor force and have made it nearly and art form.  Think about it for a second. And, no there’s no need to think I’m talking about some clandestine conspiracy.  It is quite out in the open.]

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Potash (POT) BHP Bilton Bid

BHP Bilton Bids for Potash

Marius Kloppers, the boss of BHP Billiton. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

BHP Billiton on Friday said it had begun a roughly $40 billion tender offer for Potash shares, officially going hostile in its pursuit of the Canadian fertilizer giant.

BHP said it would pay $130 a share in cash, the same price that Potash’s board has already rejected as insufficient. The offer is set to expire Oct. 19.

American shares in Potash closed on Thursday at $148.84.

In a statement, Potash said that it is reviewing the offer and advised shareholders to take no action at this point.

Potash’s chief executive, previously told DealBook that he and the company’s board aren’t opposed to a sale, but have derided BHP’s offer as undervalued. The company is exploring ways to drum up potential rival bidders, people briefed on the matter said. They added that a universe of other interested parties beyond Rio Tinto and Vale may emerge, including agricultural companies and players in China.

BHP has said that its offer is fairly priced, and people close to the company emphasize the strength of the mining giant’s balance sheet and its bank financing.  [N. Y. Times]

BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP/LSE:BLT/NYSE:BBL/JSE:BIL) today announced that an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton Plc, BHP Billiton Development 2 (Canada) Limited (the “Offeror”), has commenced the previously announced offer (the “Offer”) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (“PotashCorp”) (NYSE:POT/TSX:POT), at a price of US$130 in cash per PotashCorp common share (the “Offer”). The Offer values the total equity of PotashCorp at approximately US$40 billion on a fully-diluted basis.

The Offer represents an attractive premium of 20 per cent to the closing price of PotashCorp’s shares on the NYSE on 11 August 2010, the day prior to BHP Billiton’s first approach to PotashCorp. It is also a premium of 32 per cent and 33 per cent to the volume weighted average trading prices of PotashCorp’s shares on the NYSE for the 30-trading day and the 60-trading day periods ended on the same date, respectively.

The Offer is open for acceptance until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on 19 October 2010, or such later date or dates as may be fixed by the Offeror unless the Offer is withdrawn.

The Offer is being made by BHP Billiton Development 2 (Canada) Limited (the “Offeror”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton Plc. This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer to purchase or any solicitation of any offer to sell PotashCorp’s common shares. The Offer (as the same may be varied or extended in accordance with applicable law) is being made exclusively by means of, and subject to the terms and conditions set out in, the offer and the circular, the letter of transmittal, the notice of guaranteed delivery and other related tender offer materials (the “Offer Materials”).

In connection with the Offer, the Offeror, BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc will file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities the Offer Materials and will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (the “Schedule TO”), including the Offer Materials.


While the Offer is being made to all holders of PotashCorp common shares, the Offer is not being made or directed to, nor will deposits of PotashCorp common shares be accepted from or on behalf of, holders of PotashCorp common shares in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance of the Offer would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. However, the Offeror may, in its sole discretion, take such action as it may deem necessary to extend the Offer in any such jurisdiction.

This announcement contains information, including information relating to PotashCorp, that has been derived from publicly available sources that have not been independently verified. No representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of such information.

This announcement may contain, in addition to historical information, certain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “expected”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Offeror and BHP Billiton to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the risk that all conditions of the Offer will not be satisfied. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond BHP Billiton’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, changes in regulatory environment and the behavior of other market participants. BHP Billiton cannot give any assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to have been correct. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this announcement. BHP Billiton disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to be a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of any member of the BHP Billiton Group, PotashCorp or the enlarged BHP Billiton Group following completion of the Offer unless otherwise stated.

BHP Billiton plc is a diversified natural resources company. The Company is engaged in extracting and processing minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia, the Americas and southern Africa. It sells its product worldwide with its marketing activities centralized in Singapore, The Hague and Antwerp. The Company operates in nine customer sector groups (CSGs): petroleum, aluminum, base metals, diamonds and specialty products, stainless steel materials, iron ore; manganese, metallurgical coal, and energy coal. Its Petroleum CSG is a global oil and gas business with producing assets in six countries and exploration opportunities in a further six countries. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 (fiscal 2009), the Company realized annual production volumes of 137.2 million barrels of oil equivalent. Its sells its crude oil production to refiners worldwide at market prices.

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Online and Getting Older

The Pathetic, the Lost, the Online

Online Dating Loser

There has literally been an explosion in upstart companies with online dating as their business.  They are all of the same business plan: get people to make profiles; charge per profile; setup website to peruse and have limited interaction with other profiles.  Now, that’s not the amazing thing in this article.  What is truly amazing about this boom in the online dating business is the “why” of it.  Why are there so many online dating businesses now?

Why There are so Many Online Dating Services

Yes I’m 6’2″ with a 6 pack

Let’s approach my conclusion together.  First of all what are the key components to have a successful online dating business: plenty of members; so many members that nearly every gender and racial type are all included; member with money enough to pay large entry fees and continuing fees.

Once you get into talking about fees, you are talking about people with enough money that they can waste it on your website and not miss it.  With that said, the demographic of people with expendable cash, starts at around 30 years old.

But wait, the average 30 year old is still going to clubs, going to bars, picking up chicks / guys as they want.  So catering to 30 year olds might not be the best thing.  Your viewership of an online dating website would be sorely lacking if you catered to 30 year olds.  So you have to kick it to the next age group.  The 40 year olds.

The demographic of online dating websites shows you, in fact, that a majority of the people who are members on these sites are indeed in their 40s.  Now why is this?

Online and 40 Years Old

Too Easy

For most people, when they think of online, they think of some teenage kid who is playing a game or chatting with high school friends.  This is a fallacy.  A majority of the online internet users, use the internet strictly for pornography.  All the other users combined do not equal the massive number of people who strictly use the internet for pornography.  And, invariably, these users are vastly middle aged.  They are not kids, nor are they young adults.

So why are there so many middle aged people on the internet searching for “love”?  Because America is going to hell in a handbasket.

  • Educational reading levels have dropped in the past 50 years.  Political participation and understanding has dropped in the past 50 years.  There are less people, in America today, who are aware of any of the last 100 pieces of legislation passed in congress, than there was 50 years ago.
  • We work more, today, for less pay than we did 50 years ago.  That’s across the board, whites and Black people included.  Even with a second income in the home, each family makes less today than they did 50 years ago.
  • As money shortens, so does time.  We are constantly bombarded with the notion that “YOU DO NOT HAVE TIME”.  It is a message that is repeated over and over and over.  Instructional videos now add “quickly” as their motto.  We purchase ready made food that is supposed to be faster than food made by hand, from scratch.  However, noone ever takes the time to measure the time it takes to make the prepared food, over the by hand food.  The prepared food takes just as long and is nearly deadly to you.  But, the marketing continues unabated, making sure you think that you do not have time.

This last point is the genie in the bottle.  Since we are told “YOU DO NOT HAVE TIME” then we apply it to all aspects of life, including our dating relationships.  Instead of us going out in public and meeting someone of the opposite sex, exchanging numbers and setting up a date to have ice cream together, instead we pay someone else for the privelege of meeting someone, exchanging numbers and setting up a date to have ice cream.  Wait!  What?

Wait Till You See Him in Person

Also, obviously 40 year olds don’t have time to be wasting going out to bars and trying to meet some woman at happy hour, instead with a few click of the buttons you can meet her online, in the comfort of your poop stained underwear.

We grow more and more pathetic as we age.  More and more middle agers flock to the internet to meet singles.  More and more middle agers are engaging in risky behavior like one-night-stands.  Middle aged people are now catching venereal diseases that were once thought of as young diseases.

We are also constantly bombared with false claims that divorce rates are outstripping the marriage rate.  We are constantly bombarded with propaganda that marriage “doesn’t matter”.  You’ve heard it.  “Marriage is just a piece of paper.”  I have heard it from girls, young girls.  They think that by saying that, that they are somehow cosmopolitan, which is probably where they got that saying from.  The truth is, divorce is nowhere near the marriage rate, not among whites and even less among Blacks.  I am happy to say that divorce among Blacks is much lower, per capita, than that of whites.

With that in mind though, singles become afraid to get married to someone.  With that in mind, middle aged people are now single / never married, moreso than ever before in the history of the entire world.  So, they flock to the internet to engage in activities, reserved for young people seeking to discover what sex is about, finding the right spouse.  However, they already know what sex is about, and they are not interested in finding a spouse.

So many have resolved themselves to being alone for the rest of their lives, also, than ever before in the history of the planet.  Men are resolving themselves to never marrying.  Women are resolving to dedicating themselves to their careers, not having children, and never marrying.  So this pathetic cadre of people are going to the internet to get an instant fix on their need to procreate and have meaningful human contact.  However, in their delusional state, they are not understanding that, that’s what they are seeking.

A man needs to procreate.  A woman needs to procreate.  Humans need meaningful human contact, i.e. contact with someone of the opposite sex that is not just a friend.

With the data that I looked at, to write this article, I see every indication that this is all an elaborate hoax to get everyone in America to buy into the notions of :

  • you have no time
  • marriage is outdated
  • someone else can help you find a date
  • you will always be alone for the rest of your life
  • divorce is inevitable

It is readily apparently, in my eyes, that these were hoisted upon American society, on purpose.  When a woman / man has not had sex in years, he/she does not perform at their optimum.  When a human is deprived of meaningful human contact, they do not perform at their optimum.  When a human is beaten into submission that they are not worthy of marriage, they will never perform at their optimum.

Why would we want humans to not perform at their optimum in America?  So that they can be completely controlled.  If you are not performing at your optimum, you are not going to pay attention to legislation passed by a huge pharmaceutical company.  If you are not performing at your optimum, you are not going to realize that your job has been removed and shipped overseas, and you could have done something about it.  If you are not performing at your optimum, you are incapable of standing up for your human rights.

So we have degenerate, middle aged people, flocking to the internet, who have bought into all of the media propaganda that they are not worthy of finding someone on their own.

What is amazing, is that they do not realize that they run into viable mates all damn day long: at the grocery store; at the book store; at the library; at the park; at the gas station; at the mall; on the running trail; at the ball game; at the fireworks show; at the plant nursery; at a restaurant; at church [the best possible place].

What is equally amazing is that the pathetic middle agers don’t realize that they are doing all the work for the dating companies.  They are bringing themselves to the website [bingo new customer].  They are uploading pictures and a profile [bingo new material].  They are paying subscription fee [bingo more dollars].  They are perusing the other’s profiles and making the effort to meet them.  They are still paying for the date.  They are still setting the date up.

After all this, and we are talking about sane reasoning adults, they don’t understand that they can do all this in the line at Vitamin World’s Buy One Get One Free.  I mean there you are being all healthy, and there he is, being all healthy, and you ignore him.  Really!?!?!?!?!?  You could just as easily say excuse me and ask what he’s buying and how often he uses it.   I don’t know anything better than striking up a conversation in a place where both of your obviously have an interest.  And, it’s free.

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Police Subdue Woman Arguing Over English

The Police State is Coming

I ran across this article in The New York Post.  Luckily, the reporter did not give any opinion, and I feel it was written simply matter of factly.  What’s ridiculous to me is that people side with the store calling the police on this woman and not with the woman who simply asked for a damn bagel.  What’s ridiculous to me is how you can get a bagel order confused.  What’s even more ridiculous is that the cashier would argue with a customer.  Fire the cashier and get a new one.  Let the arguing one go apply for a new job where he can argue with customers all day long, in the unemployment line.

Starbucks’ strange vernacular finally drove a customer nuts.

Lynne Rosenthal, a college English professor from Manhattan, said three cops forcibly ejected her from an Upper West Side Starbucks yesterday morning after she got into a dispute with a counterperson — make that barista — for refusing to place her order by the coffee chain’s rules.

Rosenthal, who is in her early 60s, asked for a toasted multigrain bagel — and became enraged when the barista at the franchise, on Columbus Avenue at 86th Street, followed up by inquiring, “Do you want butter or cheese?”

“I just wanted a multigrain bagel,” Rosenthal told The Post. “I refused to say ‘without butter or cheese.’ When you go to Burger King, you don’t have to list the six things you don’t want.

“Linguistically, it’s stupid, and I’m a stickler for correct English.”

Rosenthal admitted she had run into trouble before for refusing to employ the chain’s stilted lexicon — balking at ordering a “tall” or a “venti” from the menu or specifying “no whip.”

Instead, she insists on making a pest of herself by ordering a “small” or “large” cup of joe.

Yesterday’s breakfast-bagel tussle heated up when the barista told the prickly prof that he wouldn’t serve her unless she specified whether she wanted a schmear of butter or cheese — or neither.

“I yelled, ‘I want my multigrain bagel!’ ” Rosenthal said.

“The barista said, ‘You’re not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!’ “

But Rosenthal, on principle, refused to back down.

“I didn’t even want the bagel anymore,” she said.

The bagel brouhaha escalated until the manager called cops, and responding officers ordered her to leave, threatening to arrest her if she went back inside, she said.

“It was very humiliating to be thrown out, and all I did was ask for a bagel,” recalled Rosenthal, who said she holds a Ph.D. from Columbia.

“If you don’t use their language, they refuse to serve you. They don’t understand what a plain multigrain bagel is.”

A Starbucks employee who witnessed the incident blamed Rosenthal.

“She would not answer. It was a reasonable question,” the worker said.

“She called [the barista] an a- -hole.”

An NYPD spokesman confirmed that officers were called to the coffee shop but said he was unaware of anyone being tossed out.

After reading the post and then seeing the comments, it’s no wonder America is in the poor shape that it is in.  Not one commenter pointed out that the police were called to handle a WOMAN that was a customer of a store, to do what? subdue her? really?

I don’t frequent Starbucks but whoever manages the company lacks any sense of wanting customers.  Never would I call the police on one of my customers over something an employee asked her.

I would call the police if the Mafia started shooting out my windows, not if Miss Crabtree asked for a bagel.

The tacit agreement that the police were

  • A) justly invoked 
  • B) should oust customers from stores 
  • C) should be called to SUBDUE the populace that rails against the complete lack of English and education in and establishment that charges $12 bucks for spit in a cup is ridiculous to even think of.

Hell, I would have come out from the office, handed her a bagel for free and went back in.  If I got 1 complaint against the employee, fire him.  Him, I can replace, in this economy I can’t replace my customers.  People need to grow up and smell the doom coming our way and stop siding with police over nonsense.

So in the final analysis of this, people know that Starbucks calls the cops on people that doesn’t answer in their wannabe Italian pseudo language.  This is God Damned America.  Quit playing your language games and hand customers whatever they want to pay for.  You’re a moron if you honestly think anyone gives a damn if you have cute names for coffee.  And, in the morning people have places to be, what in green hell would you waste precious seconds asking them if they want some damn butter on their plain bagel.  Now, you’re famous for being douche bags and calling the cops on your customers.  Good job Starbucks.

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For Blacks: The Blanket Truth (video)

Dustin Hoffman: I Heart Huckabees

The Blanket is Everything

I don’t often post an article that is extremely high brow.  I think for my non-returning readers, i.e. the kids that happen to wander upon my blog, they don’t “get me”.  I write actually MAINLY for them.  Yes I dumb down my blog for the greatest idiots to understand me.  I am sure, quite a few of you will be laughing at that statement, because, I call dumbing down my blog dropping it to a masters degree level.  I’m trying.  Not only do readers not “get me”, but advertisers don’t get me either.  Imagine if you will, a nerd guy in a plaid shirt, with glasses, tape in the middle of the glasses, and a pocket protector full of pens and a scientific calculator, then maybe you’ll “get me”.  Of course, I look nothing like that, and stand 6’2 with muscles, but I have a full on nerd side to me.

Why the preamble?  Because, I am about to take the kid gloves off and hit you will full high brow thinking.  I want you to put on your best thinking, alter ego, super-consciousness thinking cap.  I want you to sit down, and read these few quick sentences and watch this video.  I want you to think, not of yourself, but the entire universe, God, existence and the entirety of time.

Why did i put this under the For Blacks title?

What, Blacks cant’ be intellectual?  Of course we can.  So for this topic, we’re going to go deep deep into that place we never admit:  That this entire United States experiment with humans has been a complete and utter failure and joke.  We have had unwashed, inbred, low brow white people sicked on us for about a good three centuries for us to feel inferior, for nothing.  This whole notion of racism, classicism, sexism, and the separation of all humanity is a lie.  Nowhere in the bible did it ever say “God said let black and white men not eat the same bread”.  I do not care if you do not believe in God, but that is an excellent place to start.  If God placed us all on this planet together, who told us that we are all separate.  Not every leopard looks the same, yet they never fight each other or try to subjugate each other.  If humans are so superior to the rest of the planet, whey do we painstakingly indulge in hating each other for simply being alive?

There are people above people above people above people that have pitted all of us against each other.  I want you to imagine for 30 minutes, what the world would be like if all humans had joined together from the time of Adam and had never ever saw a difference between us.

I want you to imagine how much more advanced we would be if we had pooled ALL of our resources, as we got them, and worked towards the furthering of the HUMAN RACE.  I am not talking about communism.  I am talking about the complete acceptance of our differences and beliefs.

Why am i saying this?  I believe that we are missing a very LARGE and HUGE lesson that is all around us, and we are not seeing it.

Let me give you an example:

  • there are plants that know animals will eat them, so they make sure their seeds are completely immune to the stomach juices of the animals, and then are deposited inside the dung of the animals and sprout up, a new plant
  • there are plants that know that humans will eat their leaves, so the leaves nourish the humans the best, so that humans will plant more and more of that plant
  • there are plants that know bees will pollinate them if they come to their flowers, so they change their flower colors into the color spectrum that bees can see, and thereby attract the bees
  • there are trees that are hundreds of years old who’s seeds are so tough that they can withstand fires that surely come every 100 years, and only sprout until after the fires are gone, in fact they are only allowed to sprout until a fire had baked the outer skin off of it

Do you notice a pattern here?  If you only thought about plants, you missed the point.  I gave those plant examples, because I don’t think some of you would believe animals would give their life, so that humans could raise more animals, or that the sun falls on the dirt and turns the dirt into nourishing rich earth, which plants can flourish in, which then nourishes us when we eat the plant.

What am I trying to say?

The universe is connected.  We are connected to the planet.  We are a part of the dirt, plants, animals and sunlight.  All of us are connected.  Every human walking the face of the planet is related, if you go back far enough.  If you are Muslim, does not every Muslim trace his ancestry back to Mohamed?  Some of you might think that is fantasy, but the reality that everyone is related is far more technically right than every Muslim being related to Mohamed.

I present to you this brief clip of “The Blanket Theory”.  I want you to watch the clip over and over and over and over until you apply it to every possible difference you think you can come up with.  I want you all to start by saying how you are completely different from ME.  How you and I have never met.  How you and I will never meet.  Then I want you to watch the clip and see how we have already met.

I normally hate anything Hollywood does.  They are in fact money grubbing sharks that are out just to keep you as stupid as possible.  SOMETIMES, an artist squeaks something by like this.   Ostensibly the Dustin Hoffman character is asking the other character to apply his theory JUST to his case he’s working on.  However, any fool can see that this entire scene wasn’t talking about this stupid case, but the entire universe.  What is bad about the movie itself, is that it doesn’t take itself serious.  The writer didn’t think it would make it past the censors, i.e. producers with money, nor the viewing public.  Why on earth would existentialism be hoisted on drunken peasants that worship American Idol.  I lament that the writer didn’t think he could get this past the sharks, and the idiots who watch Fox News, or CNN for that matter.

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Bleach: Aizen Says "Let’s Begin"

Lord Aizen Sosuke

Aizen (center), Gin (left), Tousen (right) [Yes Tousen is Black]

So we find in Bleach Episode #284 that we have Lord Aizen Sosuke walk up to Arancar #3 Tia Harribel (ティア・ハリベル, Tia Hariberu), the only female Espada, and slash her across the stomach with his sword, ending her life.  But, of course this is anime, and we must do a complete background story on Harribel, which covers the entire episode.  So let’s talk about the episode a bit and Harribel, more specifically.

Harribel, Tia

[ I find it amazing that white people in America, and the animators, all draw Harribel as a white woman.  While that might not seem amazing to you at first glance, let me show you her real description. ]

Harribel has dark skin, green eyes, blonde eyelashes, and messy short blond hair which has three braided locks. She wears a variation of the Arrancar jacket that covers the lower part of her face downward, while baring a good portion of the lower half of her large breasts. The jacket, unlike that of other Arrancar, has a zipper running along its entire length that is opened from the bottom upwards (in the Anime, this outfit is extended to fully cover her breasts, a black stripe showing where the original cut of the jacket was). The jacket’s sleeves completely envelop her arms, terminating in black glove-like extensions at her extremities, which slightly give her fingers the appearance of a cat’s paw. Harribel carries her Zanpakutō horizontally across her back (similar to Soifon). The sword itself is notably broad and short compared to others, completely hollow in the middle, and has a western-style guard.

The remnants of her Hollow mask consist of the sides of her face and her mouth, as well as an extensive area below and around her neck extending down to, and also covering, her nipples; she usually hides these Hollow remnants from view with her jacket (in the anime, the remnants are extended to cover the underside of her breasts due to censorship). Harribel’s mask fragment gives her a similar appearance to Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, at least in regards to the teeth. To date she has the most intact mask of any Arrancar not including the incomplete Grand Fisher (though the mask is removed upon her Zanpakutō’s release). Her Espada tattoo is oddly placed on the left side of her right breast. The location of her Hollow hole is currently unknown, despite the fact that her release form reveals most of her body.

Tia Harribel (is Black)

[ Yes ladies and gentlemen, Harribel is in fact Black.  I know, I know, she has blond hair and green eyes, but this is a cartoon, she can have purple eyes, if they so chose, but she is actually a Black woman.  It cracks me up to see so many Scandinavian, pasty white, nerd girls, cosplay Harribel.  They fail at the knowledge that they are actually portraying a Black woman. ]

Harribel, Tia [ as is custom in Japan to say the last name first, and the first name last, so that everyone in your family would present their last names all first ] immediately goes through, not her own background story, but we are presented with the chance meeting of a hollow, who looks like a unicorn, who is about to be eaten by an Adjuchas.  Harribel shows up, obviously not an Arrancar at the time, and easily defeats the Adjuchas, since she is a Vasto Lorde at the time.  We later learn that the hollow is in fact female.

What is noteworthy about this entire background story arc, is that it is pointing out the female role in this series as measured next to men.  Harribel, for her part gathered 3 female hollow, and the 4 of them would defend themselves in unison.  However, the power that most hollow exhibit is about to change with the entrance of Aizen, Sosuke into Gueco Mundo.  With his entrance, the power level of those he changes, is astronomical, compared to what they were all before.  Harribel and friends, encounter an Arrancar level hollow, which makes a Vasto Lorde seem like an ant.  All 4 try to defeat the Arrancar, and are annihilated save for Harribel.  She is about to be completely obliterated by the Arrancar, when Aizen shows up on the scene and easily kills him.  He offers her a choice to become more powerful to avenge her fellow female companion hollows, who lie dead behind her.

We are left to put two and two together, and the 3 female hollow that we saw in the background arc later become Harribel’s Fracción.  We are not let in on, how they came back to life; how they got from animal form to human form; how they were able to come up with a unique power to rip off each of their right arms to form an immensely powerful elemental beast, more powerful than the 3 combined.  We are not let in on anything about her Fracción.  And, more importantly, the fight between her Fracción and others is one of the longest sequences of fighting of most of the Arrancar.  And, her Fracción was only defeated by Captain Commander Yamamoto himself, when he effortlessly incinerates them by simply releasing his shikai from his Zampaktu.  Furthermore, we don’t even know if in fact the Fracción was defeated because, although Harribel comments that she will avenge their deaths, Captain Commander Yamamoto comments that that did not completely burn them, out of respect for their fighting spirit (attacking him with only one arm each, after having summoned the elemental beast named Ayon).

Female Representation in Anime


I have often personally hated females in Anime.  There seems to be two types of representation of females in Anime: completely pathetic, weak females who are mostly in the way of the lead male character, or any male character; or completely overbearing females who beat on male characters in a sadistic way.  Although Harribel herself was a completely modern, conscious representation of what an ideal female [ in my eyes ] would be, her Fracción are the quintessential aforementioned, useless females.  Yes, they fought three lieutenants, two who happened to be female, and beat them to a pulp, however the entire time they bickered and acted like high school girls out at the mall.  I neither like catty, immature portrayals of females in Anime, I equally detest sadistic portrayals of them beating fellow male character to a pulp, just for comedy relief.  It sends a completely twisted message to young girls AND boys watching the Anime: 1) females are useless 2) men are to be both shunned and harassed at all times 3) boys and girls are never to be together.  This particular Anime genre is geared towards mid-aged teens – 9 – 16 year old boys.  So, although the bottom age is quite low, the top age is well within dating range.  I cannot imagine growing up in Japan, and watching this every day [ yes Anime is show in prime time in Japan, every day ] and coming out with a healthy view of women.

Harribel, like I said, for her part is portrayed as a capable woman, who is on par in strength with a man.  She fights and nearly defeats a captain level Death God.

Enter Aizen, Sosuke


Lord Aizen, Sosuke, as mentioned before, shows up behind Harribel and slashes her right across the stomach.  She has no chance to defend herself and the wound is fatal.  He says to her that he is done with her as it appears that she is not strong enough to fight for him.  Aizen goes on to say that he never thought after all the trouble he went through to gather the Espada, that he alone would be more powerful than all of them. Harribel looks at Aizen with rage and retaliates by stabbing him through the chest with her sword. Aizen’s expression does not change as he says “dealing with is so troublesome”, surprising Harribel. She then realizes that she attacked an illusion and that she has been stabbed from the back of her left shoulder by the real Aizen. He then says “don’t make me go through the effort, to swing my sword twice on the likes of you” and withdraws his sword, which sends Harribel plummeting into the city below.

After Harribel is gone down dead, he says “now, shall we begin, you 13 squads of the court and you failed mock Arrancar,” referring to the Vizard who have shown up to fight alongside the Death Gods.  Greatest line in any entertainment.

I love this guy.  Bleach is more mature than, say a Naruto or One Piece.  The main antagonist is so evil and so devastating that noone sees him coming, nor knows how to exactly defend against him.  What I really enjoy about him is that he is completely calm, cool and collected in every instance.  Nothing phases him because he has already foreseen what and how the person will react and he always has a response that overwhelms the person.  He is so much like me in real life.  [ when a former roommate of mine completely angered me, I did not say anything, I simply left at the end of the month, right before rent was due and turned off all the cable, which was in my name ]

Aizen Prepares to Slash Harribel

When he appeared in the real world, the Captain Commander Yamamoto wasted no time in releasing his shikai, encircling them with impenetrable flames.  Where Aizen is evil incarnate, the Captain Commander Yamamoto is equally one to give absolutely no chances to his opponents.  Realize, this is the same Captain Commander that released his Zampaktu on his own twin blade Captains to encircle them in impenetrable fire when he was about to fight them in the first Aizen arc, telling them to stop messing around and release their own swords, since they were about to fight, or he was about to kill them both in the next blow.

Bleach #285 promises to be pretty exciting if Aizen is really about to start fighting.  However, in the preview the Vizard do say that the fight cannot end unless the main hero, Ichigo, shows up.  This main hero of course is in Gueco Mundo, having just defeated the infamous Ulquiorra Cifer, in Bleach #271 & #272.  The Ichigo vs  Ulquiorra fight, ranks up there as one of my most awesome fights ever in the history of Anime.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed to see everyone’s Bankai in the next few episodes of Bleach.

Hollow Ichigo

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For Blacks: Do Not Stop Our Own Internal Dialogue

Robbing Us of Our Conversation

The Discussion Table

We have been missing from the discussion table for far too long.  I did a video on the reparations bill for Africans in America that is presented yearly, since the time of Lincoln.  One of the comments told me that we should stop protesting and marching and boycotting, because it does nothing and is foolish.  This was one of those white people that say “oh be calm, it’s alright, everything will be o.k.”.

A very wise Black man once said, “the reality of those who come in peace is that they are ordering you to sit down and shut up and like what the white man gives you.”  What is most dangerous about this type, is that they pretend to come in peace.  They are simply passive aggressive.  You have to be wise beyond measure, and vigilant to catch them.  We’re talking extremely passive aggressive here.  They pretend to be on your side, or even pretend that they are fighting FOR you, when in reality, they are simply telling you to sit down and shut up and be happy with what you’re given.

The more Africans in America open up channels and have internal dialogue the better.

The Switch

You ever see this on T.V.: nameless Black leader says something completely truthful about someone else, and the white media twists his words to sound as if he called someone names, and the nameless Black leader is hung out to dry for daring to speak the truth.

The Switch

It’s called the switch.  Without a doubt, the white man in America has not only practiced racism on a massive scale, unseen ever before on the face of the planet, South Africa included, but he institutionalized [ i.e. made laws ] racism so that it was impossible for racism not to flourish in the land.  The ultimate goal was always to subjugate the African in America, so that all resources ended up in the hands of the white man.  None of that information is new, nor is it inflammatory.  It is just a case of historical fact.

The switch is that now the white man, to continue subjugating the Black man, in perpetuity, he has initiated a passive aggressive campaign to socially stigmatize the African in America.  They can then more easily incarcerate Black men; get rid of Black leaders; get rid of conscious Black preachers; get rid of socially conscious speakers.  Any Black person that speaks out against the widespread racism that exists in America today is called a racist himself.  They then challenge the Black community to get rid of the trouble maker for them, if they don’t do it outright themselves.

They are obviously not above assassination.  Historical fact!  We now know that several Black leaders, whom we thought were taken out by their own men, were in fact infiltrated by the government, sabotaged, and stage the assassination for all eyes to believe what was apparent to the naked eye to see.  Chief among these agencies were the CIA and NSA.

Land of the Free

There are poor white people, as much as there are poor Black people.  This statement is false on so many levels it isn’t even funny. If you honestly believe that a white man is equal to a Black man, then you are sleeping with your eyes open.  No sane individual with a 5th grade understanding of social history in America, believes that white men are equal to Black men.

More Equal Than You

Yes, I intend to insult, so that you wake up from your stupor.  Listen up.  A white man has 85% more power, wealth and knowledge than a Black man in America.  That includes a poor white man.  I could make any white man rich in about 2 years.  I cannot guarantee that to any Black man.

How many studies do you need to tell you that there’s a wealth gap between Africans in America and whites?  How many studies do you need to tell you that Black unemployment is off the charts?  How many studies do you need to tell you that Black owned businesses are not supported by any racial group and fail miserably whereas all other racial groups support and succeed in business?  There are countless studies and they have done these surveys since slavery first started. [ shocking ]

The Discussion Table

Get away from stupid Black leaders that talk about civil rights and voting rights and equality.  They are a shill for the powers that be.  Yes, that’s right.  They are nothing more than put in place to placate Black people into thinking they are getting something.  The reality is that they accomplish absolutely nothing.  Martin Luther King Jr accomplished absolutely nothing.  WHAT?!?!?!  Yes, we are in the same boat we were in since 1860.  Now that’s a historical fact.

The Discussion Table

As soon as Blacks got the ability to get away from Blacks and spend their money in white shops and buy white houses, the Black community fell horribly.  No other community has asked that their own community be destroyed.  Only the black community has willingly asked that theirs be destroyed.  Not one person, not even Malcom X even opened the question about the financial well being of the Black community AMONGST ourselves.

The civil rights leaders are obsessed with the white man.  I say, leave them to the white man.  They can have all the white man they want.  You and me, let’s sit down and figure out how we can open up 400,000 businesses within the black community this year.  THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DISCUSSING.  Not how some idiot talk show host hurt your feelings on national t.v.  Seriously, you need to grow up and be an adult if that is the center of your universe for even one second.

Instead of watching the stupid t.v. and getting insulted when someone says the N word, why don’t you sell the t.v., save the money and open up you a business.  THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DISCUSSING.

Instead of falling for a half Black president that tells you straight up that he is not going to discuss nor even think about Black issues and you vote for him anyway, we need to research that the democratic party instituted the KKK and Jim Crow and stop being a damn fool and voting for these democrats to begin with.  THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DISCUSSING.

Our Black leaders have failed, fail and will keep failing if we keep honoring and listening to their nonsense.  If we keep listening to white people that pull “the switch” on us, we’ll keep failing.  If we don’t sit at the discussion table and discuss our financial future in a voice of authority, rationality and be educated on finance, all the stupid civil rights discussions be damned, we’ll never be equal.

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