Category Archives: What’s Up

OMG! Did Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Really Respond to My Friendly ‘Hello’?

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*Is it just a coincidence that shortly after I sent a friendly email to Mark Zuckerberg through “his people” saying a simple “Hello,” I got an email from the Facebook founder himself?

In the email, which really, I swear, I didn’t even have an agenda for sending, I simply mentioned that I had just finished writing an article about him and then I clicked on send. I was actually on Facebook, uploading the article (which I didn’t even link to him in the email) at the time. No big deal, I do this with at least 85% of my articles. I don’t recall what it was that drew my attention to the man, personally. But it was SOMETHING that appeared on Facebook, and I just responded to it.

But I did NOT expect anything to come of my little friendly ‘hello’. Continue reading

A Poisonous Spider Down Under Bites a Man…Down Under!

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*When I was a kid, I wanted to have superpowers like the heroes in the comic books I read.

Like Spider-Man. Remember him? I used to daydream of being bit by a spider and swinging all over town, saving the day.  I even used to catch spiders in the hope of finding that. Special. ONE.

After reading about this guy’s encounter with a spider, I realize, frankly, that I was a fucking nut.

A man in Sydney took himself to the hospital recently after having been bit on his penis by a poisonous Australian redneck spider.

Yes.

Yes, Lawd.

On the penis. Continue reading

Oprah’s Not Worried About Flack From Church Folk

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*For decades, my girl Oprah has spoken passionately about “intention.” She’s famously asked many guests what their “intention” was before sitting down to talk with them, and she seems grounded in a belief that if your intention is pure and significant, your work will bear fruit.

So it was not really a surprise to learn that the Queen of All Media wasn’t concerned with the possible backlash against her upcoming drama ‘Greenleaf,’ a one-hour scripted drama which promises to pull the curtain back from the inner workings of the black church and the family that runs one.

“Our intention is to use this as a platform for telling great stories,” the 62-year-old media tycoon said, during a press screening of Greenleaf. “Our intention is to be mindful and respectful of the church as an institution. Only good can come from that.”

The family drama focuses on a fictional megachurch in Memphis, Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, headed by Bishop James Greenleaf and Lady Mae Greenleaf, played by Lynn Whitfield. Viewers soon learn that the good Bishop’s life is more sinister than godly. Winfrey herself returns to the screen, playing Mavis McCready, Lady Mae’s sister, in the new series. Continue reading

Would You Support a Vet Who Shot a Cat in the Head With an Arrow? (Video)

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*Call me overly sensitive, but in answer to the headline question, I’d have to give a rousing Hell no!” The above photo was posted by veterinarian Kristen Lindsey (who is seen holding the allegedly feral tomcat she shot in the head with an arrow) in April 2015. To further my solidify position, although vets face the death of animals all the time, evening having to euthanize them when requested or necessary, Lindsey’s actions have nothing to do with that. This photo reminds me of the dentist who killed the lion. Boldly and proudly.

So when she was in court on the second day of a hearing which would determine if she would lose her veterinary license or not, she had the nerve to tear up.

But don’t get it twisted. She wasn’t crying because she felt bad about what she had done; nor the fact that she could very well lose the right to be a pet doctor.

Nah, it was another something that touched Lindsey in the place that houses the heart in the rest of us. Continue reading

‘There Was No Love in This Kids Life’ Prosecutor Said of Boy Whose Parents Starved Him

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Lori Lloyd and Christopher Sefton

*I hate to say it, and at the risk of sounding ‘ignorant’ when I hear about children whose bellies are swollen due to malnutrition, my mind immediately goes to places like Africa and India; and all of those god-awful pictures we have seen on TV of starving children with flies circling their eyes.

I know there are hungry people here in the states, hell, “keepin’ it real,” not even I have been spared, but after hearing about this boy, who lives right here in Seattle, my mind did a U-turn and came right back home.

Last week, Christopher Sefton and his fiancee, Lori Lloyd, both 31, got 20 years in prison for abusing and starving their son (since 2013); only feeding him “smoothies” that consisted of mash up hot dogs, bread, carrots and vegetable oil. Continue reading

Parking Lot Crowded, Can’t Locate Your Car? Meet ‘Zus’

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*It was only a matter of time for some genius to come up with a brilliant way to make a buck, based on something we can really use. I just don’t like the fact that it wasn’t me. But, oh well. Back to the lab again. ‘Zus’ is that something. We often forget where we parked our car, and no matter how many times we push the key button, if we’re nowhere near it…

It ain’t gonna work!

But then again, that same “genius” has no doubt experienced the same thing and one day woke up and said, wait! I’m going to create something so this won’t happen to me or anyone else again!

Git ‘er done. And he did.

The “Zus Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger” mainly works to locate your car.

Here’s how it works! You know that big hole in your car’s dash, formerly known as the cigarette lighter, they had to do something with it for those of us who don’t smoke. So Zus plugs into this 12-volt power point which automatically tells its associated app to save the location of the car when it is parked.

Brilliant, right?

Zus is also rather inconspicuous too. Nothing flashy that sparks attention. Instead, its made of black plastic and has a flanged head with two USB ports. The app measures 3.25 inches long, and an inch at its widest point. The USB ports sit on slightly angled surfaces for better access. ZUS also integrates white LED lights to let you know when it’s on, and makes it easier to find and plug in USB cables at night. Continue reading

Families of Three Drowned Girls in Stolen Car, Question if Police Tried to Save Them (Watch)

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*Did those officers laugh? Wait! I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin again: The families of three teen African American girls who allegedly stole a car at 4 o’clock in the morning, and then tried to outrun police, before the car plunged into 15-feet of water, causing each of them to drown, is now asking those Pinellas County Florida Sheriff’s deputies: Did you really try to save our girls?

Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15 are said to have stolen a gold Honda Accord from a supermarket parking lot on March 30. According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times,

“Though the county sheriff’s rules forbid deputies from chasing stolen vehicles, some officers were trailing the car when the car plunged into a pond off a sharp turn in the road around 4 a.m. the next morning.”

In the video below, which is dense in quality due to the time of day and the location, we can clearly hear the officers, one in particular, describing what he is seeing.

The video begins from the viewpoint of a patrol car following the three girls. At first there are no tail lights from the Honda being driven by one of the girls, but due to the darkness of the hour perhaps, we eventually see the tail lights are on.

However, this action fatally proves too late, as the car plunges into a pond that is said to be 15-feet deep. Continue reading

CNN Gets Copy of Racist Texts Sent by SF Cop, But Police Chief Insists Issue is ‘Isolated’

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SFPD in action…

*The San Francisco Police Dept. is in a lot of hot water after CNN was able to capture incredibly racist and slanderous texts exchanged by some of its police officers — with one officer of Asian descent being in the center of it all.

Text messages such as:

“I hate that beaner,” and “but I think the nig is worse.”

“Indian ppl are disgusting,” another reads, and a third says, “Burn down walgreens and kill the bums.”

One would think these officers are bored, with little else to do but use their force excessively or…write disparaging texts. Are there no real crimes for them to fight?

Officer Jason Lai (shown below), who was accused of sending the texts shown above (they were actually captured from his personal phone), recently resigned. But he had been with the police department for the past six years, according to CNN.

According to his attorney, Don Nobles,  the texts are “not reflective of who he is.”

Good lord! Do people actually hear themselves when they say shit like this? If it is not “reflective” of who HE is, WHO is he reflecting??? Continue reading