2009 February : DryerBuzz News, Podcast and NetTV
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Raw Video: Deputy Shown Kicking Teen Girl

February 28, 2009

AP Video – Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County, Wash. sheriff’s deputy shows him kicking a young girl, slamming her to the jail cell floor and striking her repeatedly. The deputy has pleaded not guilty in case. (Feb. 27)

Report: America’s Four Middle Classes

February 28, 2009

America’s Four Middle Classes? From Joe the Plumber to the neighbor who [used to] live next door.

Reports and stats drive our daily lives.  From what’s in our grocery stores to speeches giving by politicians, to legistlation, to local news, and for one part of our middles class: the response and treatment from police.

Last year (2008) in July, a report defining the middle class was the results of a national survey.  Instantly we saw a shift in the presidential campaign (i.e. joe the plumber was thrown into the race).  The campaign became all about the middle class.  Not America’s poor or poverty. The middle class was quickly becoming the new poor.

Lives were “trending” downward.  The middle class was no longer moving on up.  The American dream was not insured and Americans were losing more and more each day.  At post time, a news report Good Morning America was showing shoppers excited and doing the buggy at a new retail store – Goodwill.

How did America’s middle class get here.  A national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends project says it depends which part of the middle class you truly belong.

The Top of the Class 35%- members of this group—predominantly male, disproportionately well-educated and financially secure—expect to do even better in the future.

The Satisfied Middle Class 25% – has everything but money; their comparatively modest incomes have not muted their sunny outlooks or overall satisfaction with their lives

The Anxious Middle 23% – by income, education, age, employment and family status, the fourth middle class group is the most middle class of all—and the most dissatisfied and downbeat of the four groups

The Struggling Middle 17% -  a group disproportionately composed of women and minorities. Have more in common with the lower class1 than they do with those in the other three groups

Note: These four groups are all part of the 53% majority of Americans who identified themselves as “middle class” in a Pew Research telephone survey taken from Jan 24 through Feb. 19, 2008 among a nationally representative sample of 2,413 adults.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends says, taken together, this statistical typology of the four middle classes paints a nuanced picture of the American middle class and those who claim membership in it. Read More>>

Watch State of Black Union (sobu) Live

February 28, 2009

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More video updates to come.

SOBU Live Video feed was courtesy of CSpan.org
PBS Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley and a variety of America’s black leaders meet in Los Angeles, CA, for the 2009 “State of the Black Union.” This day-long event is titled, “Making America As Good As Its Promise.” This even will re-air on C-SPAN, Friday, March 6 at 8pm (ET).  For upcoming tour events and sobu info, visit www.TavisTalks.com


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Purchase “Accountable” presented at 2009 State of Black Union. Available in print, ebook, or audio.

Proof You Twitter Too Much

February 28, 2009

If your avatar is the only face on your tweetdeck, you might twitter too much?

Ironically, my followers continue to grow daily even though I give the constant disclaimer not to follow via phones and if less than a few hundred in your following.  Otherwise it would appear that I tweet too much.  In reality, tweeple (persons who follow) appreciate the tweets because they are full of information, in real time, and by a real person.

On the night in question, I took the snap shot above of my tweetdeck after seeing only my avatar staring back at me.  It hit me that maybe I was tweeting to much.  However, I happened to be following the same topic in varying forms.  So no need for an intervention yet. Was just preparing my tweetdeck for State of the Black Union aka #sobu2009 aka sobu while trying to see which keyword(s) brought the most results.  Needless to say, seeing my avatar repeated and across column was an eye opener.

State of the Black Union takes place Saturday February 28, 2009 now in its 10th year.  Live feeds will be available via www.CSPAN.org.  If you’re tweeting from or about the SOBU, the tag is #sobu2009, however the most results are simply under “State Black Union.”(see how informative we can be when we tweet)

Follow at your on risk. Now back to tweeting…

In hard times, more women try to sell their eggs

February 27, 2009

Drawn by payments of up to $10,000, an increasing number of women are offering to sell their eggs at U.S. fertility clinics as a way to make money amid the financial crisis. Fertility organizations across the country said there had been a growing interest. The Center for Egg Options in Illinois has seen a 40 percent increase in egg donor inquiries since the start of 2008.

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People.com Reports Rihanna and Chris Brown Are Back Together

February 27, 2009

The new Whitney/Bobby?

people.com — The pair have reunited almost three weeks after Brown, 19, allegedly battered the “Umbrella” singer on Feb. 8, a source tells PEOPLE. “They’re together again. They care for each other,” says the source. The on-again couple are currently spending time together at one of Sean “Diddy” Combs’s homes.

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Slumdog Millionaire – The Claps and Cries

February 27, 2009

After sweeping the Oscars, feel like you missed the buzz on Slumdog Millionaire?

ikolkata.blogspot.com — Slumdog Millionaire wins eight Academy Awards and some DEBATES come onto surface! Accused for being “poverty porn” the feat of Jamal gets glorified because of his background, the Dharavi Slum located in the suburb of Mumbai, India, where the reality is a nightmare! But Jamal comes across all obstacles to win the contest. That’s what Mr. Rahaman has pointed out – “The power of hope in our lives…”.

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Real Housewives’ Kim Peeved at Ex-Publicist—and Vice Versus

February 27, 2009

eonline.com — The Real Housewives of Atlanta hausfrau has been sued for breach-of-contract by her publicist, whom she is simultaneously trying to restrain via a court order. Zolciak has filed a request for a protective order against her former rep, Jonathan Jaxson, in which she accuses him of using the website KimZolciakOnline.com to sabotage her.

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Video Troops Troops React to Obama’s Iraq Pullout Plan, Plus Democrats Voice Concerns

February 27, 2009

Video: AP – Some troops, veterans and military families in Fort Hood, Texas support President Barack Obama’s plan to remove U.S. combat forces by August 2010. (Feb. 27

CNN – Top Democrats have expressed concern over President Obama’s plan to draw down nearly two-thirds of U.S. forces in Iraq by August 2010, while some key Republicans are offering praise.

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D.L. Hughley’s correspondent, Loni Love, steals the show at New York Fashion Week.

February 27, 2009

Loni Love goes behind the scenes at Fashion Week for DL Hughly Breaks the News. Omg she asked ATL’s Dwight Eubanks, in New York for Fashion Week, was he going for the look of Count Blackula?  DL’s show airs on CNN weekends.

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