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“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Born and encompassed in the aspects of imaginative diversity, Bayou Boards was founded in Miami, Florida USA (est. 2011) by an elite and multifaceted group of individuals who felt the need to bring about the rebirth of originality and individuality in the art of true customization. Just like the demographic of people within the city if Bayou’s birth, the masterminds of the company were inspired by the notion that art cannot be limited and is as versatile and diverse as the people whom conceive it. It was with the implementation of this idea and limitless imagination that the true essence of Bayou was acknowledged.
The concept of Bayou, as a service entity, is to bring about quality satisfaction in allowing its consumers to become the consultant and artist for their board(s) and/or apparel(s) from the initial stages of production until their graphical and artistic needs are met and our product is sent out with an authenticated seal of approval. Centralized in a Mecca of diversity and aware that no two persons are alike, Bayou strives to ensure that our product(s) match the personality of our consumer(s) and that no two products are comparable unless otherwise desired.
Each member of the Bayou team is equipped with skills that allow quality service and control to ensure customer satisfaction. Each aspect of the company is under reliable supervisor and operation, from commerce to hands on artistic fabrications, to ensure Bayou’s pristine reputation and overall service approval. Bayou prides itself on the ever developing sectors of production promotion and marketing strategies, board assembly and artistic consultant & production and customer service and financial control operations; all epicenters of what Bayou truly stands for.
Imagination Encircles the World, But Is Shaped BAYOU
~Bayou Boardshttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Bayou-Boards/259701197405302 “I am enough of... more
When you finally, truly internalize the injustice of your country, you can’t go back to sleep. Instead, you start re-evaluating how you’ve been distracting yourself, and who is profiting from your trance. When you see that it’s the one percent profiting—that the one percent is standing atop the ninety-nine—you realize if we all shift, the one percent will fall.
http://veracitystew.com/2011/10/06/occupynola-new-orleans-joins-in-solidarity-with-anti-wall-street-movement-you-should-too/When you finally, truly internalize the injustice of your country, you can’t go... more
in book form
By David Edwards
Friday, September 30th, 2011 -- 11:59 am
Four years after Blackwater's license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC -- the company formerly known as Blackwater -- wants to return to the country.
In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street Journal that he would like to do business in Iraq again.
"Would I like to go back into Iraq?" Wright said. "Certainly."
"Would the Iraqi government accept us in Iraq? That’s really the question."
Wright's renewed interest in operating in Iraq comes at a time when the U.S. State Department is considering adding 5,000 private contractors to replace some of the U.S. troops that will be withdrawing by the end of the year.
On September 16, 2007, a Blackwater private security detail escorting a convoy of U.S. State Department vehicles through Baghdad opened fire on Iraqis in al-Nisoor square, killing 17. The next day, the U.S. government revoked the company's license to operate in the country. While the U.S. reinstated Blackwater's license in 2008, the company was forced to discontinue operations again the following year because Iraq refused to extend the license.
Xe, under Wright's leadership, has tried to restore the company's image, but Iraqis will not be quick to welcome them back.
"I would love to do business there," Wright explained. "I think that we could serve all customers there very well, whether they are commercial customers or government customers."
"Hmmm, I wonder how they feel about New Orleans???By David Edwards Friday, September 30th, 2011 -- 11:59 am Four years after... more
BARNES & NOBLE | Alex and Hope Mardi Gras Bound A Morgan and Harrington Mystery by Yvonne Mason | NOOK Book (eBook)now on nook book
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it is coming!
Thick smoke spreading from a marsh wildfire across the city of New Orleans has prompted Mayor Mitch Landrieu to declare a State of Emergency Tuesday afternoon.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/marsh-wildfire-prompts-state-of-emergency-for-new-orleansThick smoke spreading from a marsh wildfire across the city of New Orleans has... more
On the morning on August 29, 2005, a category three hurricane stuck the Gulf Coast of the United States. The aftermath of the disaster was the most costly in U.S. history. An estimated $81 Billion dollars in damages occurred and left one of the oldest and most beloved American cities in near ruins.On the morning on August 29, 2005, a category three hurricane stuck the Gulf Coast of... more
Another day in history you probably always wondered about.
Jordan Flaherty, author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, reports on the murder trial of five New Orleans cops for ColorLines.
August 10, 2011
Community members celebrate news of the convictions outside the courthouseCommunity members celebrate news of the convictions outside the courthouse
IN A historic verdict with national implications, five New Orleans police officers were convicted August 5 of civil rights violations for killing unarmed African Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and could face life in prison when sentenced later this year. The case, involving a grisly encounter on the Danziger Bridge, was the highest-profile of a number of prosecutions that seek to hold police accountable for violence in the storm's wake.
The officers' conviction on all 25 counts (on two counts, the jury found the men guilty, but with partial disagreements on the nature of the crime, which could slightly affect sentencing) comes nearly six years after the city was devastated by floodwaters and government inaction.
The verdict helps rewrite the history of what happened in the chaotic days after the levees broke. And the story of how these convictions happened is important for anyone around the U.S. seeking to combat law enforcement violence.
The results of this trial also have national implications for those seeking federal support in challenges to police abuses in other cities. New Orleans is one of four major cities in which the Department of Justice has stepped in to look at police departments. Any success here has far-reaching implications for federal investigations in Denver, Seattle, Newark and other cities.
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THE DANZIGER Bridge case begins with Hurricane Katrina. As images of desperate survivors played on television, people around the world felt sympathy for people waiting for rescue after the storm. But then images of families trapped on rooftops were replaced by stories of armed gangs and criminals roaming the streets.
News reports famously described white people as "finding" food, while depicting Black people as "looting." Then-Police Chief Eddie Compass told Oprah Winfrey that "little babies (are) getting raped" in the Superdome. Then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco announced she had sent in troops with orders to shoot to kill, and the second in charge of the police department reportedly told officers to fire at will on looters.
Evidence suggests that the NOPD acted on these instructions. On September 2, just days after the storm, a Black man named Henry Glover was shot by a police sniper as he walked through a parking lot. When a good Samaritan tried to help Glover get medical help, he was beaten by officers, who burnt Glover's body and left it behind a levee. The next day, a 45-year-old named Danny Brumfield, Sr., was killed by officers in front of scores of witnesses outside the New Orleans convention center when he ran after a police car to demand that they stop and provide aid.
The following morning, two families were crossing New Orleans' Danziger Bridge, which connects Gentilly and New Orleans East, two mostly middle-to-upper-class African American neighborhoods. Without warning, a Budget Rental truck carrying police officers arrived, and cops jumped out. The officers did not identify themselves, and began firing before their vehicle had even stopped.
Officers had heard a radio call about shootings in the area, and according to prosecutors, they were seeking revenge.
James Brisette, a 17-year-old called studious and nerdy by his friends, was shot nearly a dozen times and died at the scene. Many of the bullets hit him as he lay on the ground bleeding. Four other people were wounded, including Susan Bartholomew, a 38-year-old mother who had her arm shot off of her body, and her 17-year old daughter Lesha, who was shot while crawling on top of her mother's body, trying to shield her from bullets. Lesha's cousin Jose was shot point-blank in the stomach and nearly died. He needed a colostomy bag for years afterward.
Further up the bridge, officers chased down Ronald Madison, a mentally challenged man, who was traveling with his brother Lance. Ronald was shot in the back by one officer, and then stomped and kicked to death by another. Lance was arrested and charged with firing at officers, and spent weeks behind bars.
At the time, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that officers "sent up a cheer" when word came over police radios that suspects had been shot and killed.
A cursory investigation by the NOPD justified the shooting, and it appeared that the matter was closed. In fact, for years, every check and balance in the city's criminal justice system failed to find any fault in this or other officer-involved shootings from the days after the storm.
Eddie Jordan, the city's first Black district attorney, pursued charges against the officers in late 2006. When the cops went to turn themselves in, they were greeted by a crowd of hundreds of officers, who cheered for them and called them heroes. Before the case could make it to trial, it was dismissed by a judge with close ties to the defense lawyers, and soon after that, Jordan was forced to resign.
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AFTER THE charges brought by Jordan were dismissed, the story of police violence after Katrina remained untold.
Jordan believes an indifferent local media bears partial responsibility for the years of cover-up. "They were looking for heroes," he says. "They had a cozy relationship with the police. They got tips from the police; they were in bed with the police. It was an atmosphere of tolerance for atrocities from the police. They abdicated their responsibility to be critical in their reporting. If a few people got killed, that was a small price to pay."
Other elected officials, like the city coroner, went along with the police version of events. For example, the coroner's office never flagged Henry Glover's body, found burned in a car, as a potential homicide.
But the Madisons, the Bartholomews and the Glovers, along with family members of other police violence victims, refused to be silent. They continued to speak out at press conferences, rallies and directly to reporters. They worked with organizations like Safe Streets Strong Communities, which was founded by criminal justice activists in the days after Katrina, and Community United for Change, which was formed in response to police abuses.(more at link)Jordan Flaherty, author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the... more
Image by Linda Leavitt (on twitter: @WhoDat35 )
Cherri Foytlin and three Gulf Coast activists have been arrested in front of BP Headquarters in New Orleans.
“The time has come” says Foytlin. “We have exhausted our options, collected the facts, tried negotiation, gone from meeting to meeting. The oil is still here. We are still here, and we will not wait! Take care of my people on the coast!”
Since last summer, when Foytlin reached out to President Obama (to no avail), she said in a press release. She has attended countless town hall meetings, community forums, and has walked from New Orleans to Washington DC in order to be sure federal officials are aware of the unresolved economic, environmental, and health devastation caused by the BP disaster.
Foytlin is one of several dozen Gulf Coast fishermen, BP clean-up workers, residents and community organizers who gathered in front of BP Headquarters in New Orleans to mark the one year anniversary of the date when the White House falsely claimed that 75 percent of the oil was gone from the Gulf of Mexico.
The group demanded BP and Kenneth Feinberg honor health claims and operate a transparent and fair claims process for those impacted financially. Feinberg has denied all health claims and has approved less than 40 percent of all claims submitted.
“It takes people who have courage to hold BP accountable,” said Darlene Campbell, Immaculate Heart Community Development Corporation of Lucedale, Mississippi. “It is deplorable that no one from BP has been arrested, yet you can arrest an activist who is standing up for the people who have been effected by BP.”
Participants also advocated for independent, non-industry funded science, particularly for turtle necropsies, a critical issue, as Gulf Coast shrimpers are being unjustly and without supporting data, blamed for the alarming increase in sea turtle deaths since the Deepwater Horizon exploded last April.http://t.co/1m2Sna5 Image by Linda Leavitt (on twitter: @WhoDat35 ) Cherri... more
This is the Fourth of July Weekend, and while many people might be taking advantage of the long weekend to visit amusement parks all across our great nation, Six Flags New Orleans is still a wasteland of rubble. Six Flags New Orleans, formerly known as Jazzland when it first opened in 2000, is located in Eastern New Orleans, and the park was completely flooded and closed when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Six years later, it remains closed, a desolate victim of both political fighting and the elements.
This piece includes a number of high-resolution color photographs, a photo-gallery and a wonderful documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/the-sad-ghost-of-an-abandoned-new-orleans-amusement-park/This is the Fourth of July Weekend, and while many people might be taking advantage of... more
In episode 50 of MicrobeWorld Video, Vincent, Michael, and Stanley recorded episode #8 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, with guests Andreas Baümler, Nicole Dubilier, and Paul Rainey. They spoke about how pathogens benefit from disease, symbioses between chemosynthetic bacteria and marine invertebrates, and repetitive sequences in bacteria.In episode 50 of MicrobeWorld Video, Vincent, Michael, and Stanley recorded episode #8... more
Jury selection began June 22 in what observers have called the most important trial New Orleans has seen in a generationJury selection began June 22 in what observers have called the most important trial... more
After several weeks of rising, surpassing its all-time historic high water levels at Vicksburg and Natchez, the Mississippi River finally crests at all of its major points in Western Mississippi.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-at-vicksburg-crests-forecast-crest-at-natchez-on-fridayAfter several weeks of rising, surpassing its all-time historic high water levels at... more
The National Weather Service in an updated river forecast Wednesday morning lowered the historic crests expected on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg and Natchez over the next few days.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-yazoo-river-crests-lowered-at-vicksburg-natchez-yazoo-cityThe National Weather Service in an updated river forecast Wednesday morning lowered... more
Authorities shutdown the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez due to the record high flood waters, which could be made worse with barge traffic.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/port-natchez-shutdown-to-barge-traffic-due-to-record-mississippi-river-floodsAuthorities shutdown the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez due to the record... more