Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A frantic chase for a bank robber hitting several banks and businesses in the Tri-State came to reveal shocking results. Pursuing a man that was described to be African-American, authorities discovered that their search was for the wrong person and the wrong race. Conrad Zdzierak, 30, fooled many after donning a mask that made him look as though he was a Black man when in fact, he is white. Finally being captured, the man was arraigned last Thursday on six counts of aggravated robbery and is currently being held behind bars on a $3 million bond. Damn…why he have to go and dress up like a Black dude like there's not enough issues going on as is for the African-American community. Funny enough, many are stating that the mask had a strong resemblance to rapper Young Jeezy. Check the footage here:
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Oh, I thought Detroit only had the most crime in America.
When a pack of marauding youths stormed through Times Square on Easter Sunday — some brandishing guns, others assaulting passers-by — New York city officials shuddered.
Suddenly it seemed the bad old days of the Rotten Apple might have returned to haunt a city proud of its safety record after more than a decade of falling crime rates.
A few days later, statistics from the New York Police Department (NYPD) for the first three months of this year confirmed a startling trend. The number of murders in the first quarter of the year had shot up by almost 22% compared with 2009, from 97 to 118. The rise in shootings was 14%.
Compared with the crack-fuelled mayhem that the Big Apple endured at its bloodspattered nadir in 1990 — when there were nearly 200 murders a month — the latest mini crimewave amounts to a blip.
Yet the return to New York of atrocity-filled front pages has helped to fuel speculation that a golden age of crime-fighting may be coming to an end as long-term unemployment and economic pressures turn more people to crime.
Police chiefs across the country have been warning for months that budget cutbacks forced by the recession are reducing the number of officers on the streets when crime may be increasing.
Rich Roberts of the International Union of Police Associations said last week that some US police departments were the victims of their own success. Because crime had fallen so much, politicians were concluding they could get away with smaller forces.
“The smaller the departments, the fewer officers available on the streets, the more encouraged the bad guys are going to be,” said Roberts.
“There’s no deterrent better than a uniform and a marked cruiser.”
In New York, where municipal budgets have taken a huge hit because of Wall Street’s woes, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor, has repeatedly pledged not to lay off police officers.
Yet the NYPD, which is by far America’s largest force, is already down to 33,000 officers from a 2000 high of 40,000. At least 1,300 jobs that would usually fall vacant through natural attrition in the next fiscal year will not be filled.
Bloomberg has described the recent rise in violence as “worrisome”, although Ray Kelly, the city’s police commissioner, insisted last week that New York remained “much, much safer”.
Other forces are less sanguine. Michael Kovalyk, the police chief of the small Ohio town of Bellaire, has seen a rash of gun violence since December and a doubling of assaults, drug possessions and general unrest from February to March.
Yet his police station has been closed down because the town of 4,800 residents cannot afford enough officers both to keep it open and to patrol the streets.
With only nine full-time officers (down from a high of 21), Kovalyk said there were times when he had “maybe one person covering our whole town”.
In Flint, Michigan, the former home of a General Motors manufacturing plant, the police force was slashed by a third last month, from 150 officers to 104.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that you’re probably going to see more property crimes, break-ins and vandalism,” said Ed Jacques of the Police Officers Association of Michigan. “Criminals know there’s maybe one officer on duty on the midnight shift.”
On the causes of rising crime, he said: “You can attribute it to a lack of police presence because of the layoffs, but when people are out of work, they turn to crime.”
Other experts agree that the number of police has a measurable impact on criminal activity. Yet several criminologists noted last week that there were surprising exceptions to the trend and it might be too early to conclude that the recession is encouraging increased lawlessness.
“We’re two-plus years into a major recession but we haven’t seen across-the-board crime increases,” said Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri.
Across the Hudson River from New York, the New Jersey city of Newark was formerly a gang-ravaged hellhole where at least one murder has been recorded for every month of the past 44 years.
Yet last month Newark recorded its first murder-free month since May 1966.
“There’s a palpable sense on the streets of Newark that things are changing,” said Garry McCarthy, the city’s police chief and a former NYPD officer.
The disparities between big cities have made national conclusions difficult. New Yorkers had been proud of their reputation as crime-fighting pioneers; now they hope they are not leading the way into a new age of urban mayhem.
Third-world countries have nothing on Detroit when it comes to crime, according to a list released this week by a national news organization.
New Orleans was the only other city in the United States to make the dubious list.
Lifelong Detroit resident Sherman Hayes, 79, was not surprised to hear that Detroit was considered among the most dangerous cities in the world.
“On just my street (Lakewood), the other day a man shot a 2-year-old girl during a dope deal; I saw the car zoom by the house,” he said. “Then, a few months ago, a father shot his son in the head over money. That happened just down the street.”
CNN’s list was based on things like internal stability and effectiveness of law enforcement, along with official crime statistics and media reports.
Here’s the list, which was presented by CNN in no particular order:
Cape Town, South Africa
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
But where is Chicago on the list. Don't they have multiple murders almost every day. Where do they pull these studies from? I guess out of their asses. Of course most populated cities are going to have crime, especially in the times that we are in, but Detroit is not a real populated city and if it was as dangerous as the media puts it out to be. Then why is Hollywood and the film industry taking risk to film in one of the most Dangerous cities in the Country?
f you know me at all, you know that I’m an advocate for whole, unprocessed foods. However, many of us inevitably turn to packaged or processed foods when we are short on time. Maybe we grab a frozen dinner or pizza for a quick dinner for our family. Maybe we grab a quick nutrition bar to satiate our hunger until we can sit down for a real meal. Or maybe, we just don’t like to cook. Whether we like it or not, packaged and processed food has become a huge part of our food industry and, as a result, a part of many of our diets.
Although there are some brands that I hugely advocate for, there are many more that border on outright unhealthy and “scary.” Many packaged foods that seem healthy often contain fillers, preservatives and other ingredients you don’t want in your diet. It is always preferable to choose products that have only a handful of ingredients, all of which should be recognizable. One test to know whether an ingredient is healthy is to ask yourself whether your grandmother would recognize it. If not, there is a good chance the ingredient is less natural food and more man-made chemical. Another good test is whether or not you can easily pronounce the ingredient. If you feel like you need a science degree to pronounce it properly, chances are the ingredient is worth avoiding.
If you do have to resort to a processed food for a snack or dinner (anything canned, packaged, etc.), try to avoid those that contain the ingredients listed in the following chart. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, these ingredients are some of the most highly processed and least healthy of all:
Ingredient Why it is Used Why it is Bad
* Chemical compounds made from coal-tar derivatives to enhance color.
* Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches.
* Cheap chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors.
* Linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthma
* Can affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid.
(Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Saccharin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol)
* Highly-processed, chemically-derived, zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet foods and diet products to reduce calories per serving.
* Can negatively impact metabolism
* Some have been linked to cancer, dizziness hallucinations and headaches.
(BHT, BHA, TBHQ)
* Compounds that preserve fats and prevent them from becoming rancid.
* May result in hyperactivity, angiodema, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors and urticaria
* Can affect estrogen balance and levels.
Brominated Vegetable Oil
* Chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks.
* Increases triglycerides and cholesterol
* Can damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
* Cheap alternative to cane and beet sugar
* Sustains freshness in baked goods
* Blends easily in beverages to maintain sweetness.
* May predispose the body to turn fructose into fat
* Increases risk for Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer
* Isn’t easily metabolized by the liver.
* Flavor enhancer in restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees, soups and other foods.
* May stimulate appetite and cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and difficulty in breathing.
* An indigestible fat substitute used primarily in foods that are fried and baked.
* Inhibits absorption of some nutrients
* Linked to gastrointestinal disease, diarrhea, gas, cramps, bleeding and incontinence.
Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils
(Palm, Soybean and others)
* Industrially created fats used in more than 40,000 food products in the U.S.
* Cheaper than most other oils.
* Contain high levels of trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, contributing to risk of heart disease.
Have you checked your ingredient lists recently? Do they contain any of the above? Have you tried cutting some of these ingredients out?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Recently our planet has been experiencing some crazy ish. Summers seem to be short sighs @ (Global Warming) and Winters now seem to be extremely cold and bitter, but that's just the least of our concerns. Since the planet has had the big 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. Other earthquakes and natural or man made "coughs" HAARP disasters have been occurring all around the Globe and this doesn't seem normal, well not in my lifetime have I've never experienced so many Catastrophic events One after another!! Like recently a Volcano erupted in Iceland and over in Indian they had a Cycloon that killed over eighty people and the recent earthquake in China that killed over 400 people. What's up with our planet? Maybe is just me paying more attention to all these disasters or the yr 2012 doesn't seem farfetch and nature seems to off balance.
New jobless claims unexpectedly rise by 24,000
New weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rose by 24,000 to 484,000 last week, the government said this morning, increasing worries that high unemployment will stick around for a long time.
Forecasters had expected the new jobless claims number to come in at 430,000.
The four-week moving average, which smooths out volatility in the number, rose by 7,500 last week to 457,750.
Continuing claims rose from 4.57 million to 4.64 million.
Economists suggest the spike in claims could be related to the Easter holiday. Each week, it seems, there's some sort of anomaly that affects the new jobless claims -- the big February snows, the March snapback from the big February snows, the Easter holiday -- so it's hard to get a good handle on the real jobless picture in the U.S.
The official U.S. unemployment rate is 9.7 percent, which was unchanged from February to March. This time last year, the economy was shedding 600,000 jobs per week. On the other hand, in order for job growth to begin, the weekly new jobless claims number to get down to the low 400,000s and stay there.