Kamala The Ugandan Giant Bleacher Report Biography

Kamala The Ugandan Giant Bleacher Report

The Kamala The Ugandan Giant Bleacher Report piece was heart breaking.  Kamala was one of the big stars during the glory days of wrestling squaring off with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.  But Kamala wasn’t paid like them.

But pay is only the tip of the iceberg on Kamala’s problems.  He only had a 9th grade education, which is probably a factor as to why his money wasn’t right, his sister was murdered, his son dies of AIDS, and he lost both of his legs to diabetes, so he is no stranger to adversity.

Throughout it all Kamala remains positive.  He doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him .  He appears to be dealing with his adversity well because he still knows that no matter how bad it gets, life is still worth living.

 

FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

FIFA Officials Arrested By USA

The story about FIFA officials arrested by Swiss police, due to an indictment by the U.S. Justice Department, has far-reaching ramifications.  FIFA is the international governing body of soccer.  The United States issued arrest warrants for 14 people on a variety of charges from money laundering to fraud and racketeering.

The timing of the arrests is curious because the officials were on hand for an upcoming election where Sepp Blatter is expected to be elected to his 5th term.  It is not expected that the arrests will affect that, but the charges could be used as a means to get Blatter out of power, considering ESPN recently did a documentary on his corruption, geting Blatter out of power seems to be the ultimate goal.

The charges are ironic because USA isn’t into soccer like other countries.  The logic behind the charges is that the plot was supposedly hatched on US soil, and US financial instruments were used for the bribes.  But the real issue appears to be the fact that United States was denied in its bid to host the World Cup in 2022.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, but one thing for sure, other countries will hate America more after this.

 

E:60 w/Jeremy Schaap – FIFA Corruption 

 

Black Hoosiers (Spike Lee Lil Joints)

Black Hoosiers – Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints

Oscar Robertson speaks on his experience with Indiana High School Basketball in Black Hoosiers, one of Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints film series for ESPN.  Robertson is most known today for being the last man to average a triple double, but considering the time he lived he had to be much more than a basketball player.

Robertson was from an era where racism was the norm and everyone fell in line.  It was telling when Robertson said that when he was coming up in school basketball wasn’t a factor, education was the priority.  Also ‘The Big O’ make it clear the movie Hoosiers was sensationalized because in real life that team didn’t play an all Black team in their state championship run.

Sometimes the older generation may seem surly and bitter, but we have to remember what they went through.  They had to fight for everything they got, so it is hard to fathom how far we have fallen in their eyes.

 

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo Acquitted

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo Verdict

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the death of Timothy Russell and his passenger Malissa Williams after a chase on November 29 ,2012.  The verdict is not surprising considering that Brelo was 13 officers, who fired a total of 137 rounds.  Brelo was the most eager firing 49 rounds including 15 rounds after he jumped on the car’s hood and the other officers had stopped firing.  In the decision, Judge John P. O’Donnell said that the state couldn’t prove that Brelo fired the fatal shots.

This case isn’t just simply about racism, it was more about fate and circumstance.  First of all in this case the victims fled in their 1979 Chevy Malibu, and the car back firing led officers to believe they were being shot at.  Ida Lieszkovsky of cleveland.com reported that the chase reached speeds of 100 mph, there were as many as 62 police cars involved in the chase.

Not saying that Officer Brelo was without blame in this instance, but he is more guilty of being trigger happy than something racist.  In a situation like this it is natural for the adrenaline to take over, and to do something normally someone wouldn’t.  The deaths of Mr Russell and Ms Williams are tragic, but this case doesn’t prove the same point as the other police killings of unarmed Blacks

Foods from Ancient Times with Miraculous Health Benefits

The Vigilant Citizen posted an article detailing foods from ancient times that aren’t as popular today, but contain remarkable health benefits.  Today potential cures have been replaced with feel good medications.  It is nice to feel good, but when the feeling wears off then what?

With all the technological advances, the overall health of the population is steadily decreasing.  Why is that? The food that we eat is a big factor in our health.  The problem is that it takes an extra effort to eat healthy because foods that try to use health as a selling point typically aren’t healthy.  If the company is for profit, they will cut corners to increase profit, and it’s not as healthy as it should be.

3 Foods from Ancient Times with Miraculous Benefits

Consumed for thousands of years in various parts of the world, these three simple foods were revered by ancient civilizations for their healing powers. Today, modern science is proving these civilizations right, yet they are still relatively unknown in the Western world. Here are three foods you need to know about.

Being a Vigilant Citizen is not only about being aware of what goes into your mind, it is also about being aware of what enters your body. If your body is fueled with toxic garbage, your brain will also run on toxic garbage. And when your brain runs on toxic garbage, it becomes slow, cloudy, and enjoys listening to Pitbull.

In my series of articles, Dumbing-Down Society, I list some toxic elements found in everyday products that we all need to avoid. This article, however, is about the exact opposite. It is about foods we all need to consume on a regular basis. The three foods in this article have been revered for thousands of years for their incredible healing proprieties and modern science is slowly confirming these ancient claims. Not only can these foods cure ailments, they can be used as supplements to improve the immune system, brain function and general well-being.

Ancient civilizations did not praise these foods for the heck of it. They observed, for thousands of years, the various effects these foods had on the mind, the body and even the soul. Ancients were so in awe about their proprieties that they obtained special statues: they were perceived as gifts from above, they were celebrated in ceremonies, and Kings were buried with them. So, without further ado, here are three ancient foods you need to know about right now.

Zaatar

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When I was a snotty little kid running around the house getting hungry, I used to go up to my mother, interrupt whatever she was doing and demand food. And, very often, I got the same snack: Zaatar mixed with olive oil inside a pita bread (that’s what you get when your parents are Lebanese immigrants). As I got older, I understood why I was given this wrap all the time. First, it took about 30 seconds to make; second, it’s the cheapest lunch in the history of the world (it costs about 26 cents to make); third, it tastes pretty good. Finally, it is a natural, wholesome food that is packed with important nutrients.

Zaatar is a mix of spices that is mainly consumed in the Middle East. While each region has its trademark take on it, zaatar usually consists of the same basic ingredients: Dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.

Zaatar has been part of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. It was consumed in Ancient Egypt and, throughout history, has remained a staple credited with various healing properties.

There is evidence that a za’atar plant was known and used in Ancient Egypt, though its ancient name has yet to be determined with certainty. Remains ofthymbra spicata, one variety used in modern za’atar preparations, were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, and according to Dioscorides, this particular species was known to the Ancient Egyptians as saem.

Pliny the Elder mentions an herb maron as an ingredient of the Regale Unguentum (“Royal Perfume”) used by the Parthian kings in the 1st century CE.

In Jewish tradition, Saadiah, Ibn Ezra (d. circa 1164), Maimonides (1135–1204) and Obadiah ben Abraham (1465–1515) identified the ezov mentioned in the Hebrew Bible with the Arabic word “za’atar”. Ezov/za’atar is particularly associated with ritual purity ceremonies, such as preparing the ashes of the Red Heifer (Numbers 19:6) and handling bodily contaminations (Leviticus 14:4, 6, 51-52; Numbers 20:18).
– Lise Manniche. An ancient Egyptian herbalist

As stated above, the renowned 12th Century philosopher, astronomer, and physician Maimonides was a big fan of zaatar. He regularly prescribed it to his patients to cure various ailments and to “open the mind”. Recent studies all tend to confirm these claims, as zaatar has proved to be a powerful antiseptic (it kills nasty things in your body) and a potent “brain food”. Here are some of the proprieties of each ingredient found in zaatar.

Sumac Health Benefits

Sumac is rich in gallic acid, which research suggests has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and cancer-fighting properties, and quercetin, which also seems to an anti-inflammatory agent effective against cancer.

A 2009 study also suggested that sumac can protect DNA from errors during cell reproduction in animals, though research on human cells was inconclusive.

Thyme and Oregano Health Benefits

Thyme and oregano are both rich in thymol and carvacrol, similar organic compounds called phenols that have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Like gallic acid, they are also effective in suppressing funguses and other microorganisms.

A 2010 study found that thymol and carvacrol can weaken drug-resistant strains of disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus, making the microbes more susceptible to antibiotics.

In lab tests, the antioxidants in thyme were even powerful enough to fight off acne-causing bacteria.

A fluid extract of thyme also helped patients with acute bronchitis and phlegmy coughing fits minimize their respiratory symptoms — which, as The Salt notes, echoes Maimonides’ prescription of za’atar to treat colds.

Brain-Boosting Za’atar?

In certain parts of the Middle East, folk tradition suggests that za’atar has brain-boosting properties – The Salt recounts that Syrian children are often encouraged to sprinkle the spice mix on meals before exams.

Scientific literature on the health benefits of za’atar herbs like thyme, oregano, and sumac for human intelligence is minimal, though some researchers are beginning to speculate that the carvacrol, the phenol found in thyme and oregano, may have cognitive and mood-enhancing properties, at least in rodents.

A 2011 study found that in mice, specific doses of an oregano extract elevated levels of serotonin, a vital brain neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood, learning, sleep, and appetite, working like a low-impact version of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs that are commonly prescribed as antidepressants in humans.

Another study published last month showed that when fed to rats, steady low doses of carvacrol can boost levels of serotonin and dopamine, which is also involved in mood, learning, and feelings of reward, possibly increasing feelings of well-being and reinforcing other positive brain processes.

Finally, a 2012 study found that in rats, thymol and carvacrol helped alleviate some symptoms of dementia caused by beta-amyloid, a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. When dosed with the compounds before being placed in a water maze, cognitively impaired rats learned how to navigate the labyrinth more quickly than expected.

Let’s forget about rats eating zaatar for a second and focus on the great minds who were fueled on it instead. If zaatar was good enough for Egyptian pharaohs, the Bible and renowned philosophers, it is probably good enough for you.

How to get and consume zaatar

Zaatar can be found in most markets selling products from the Middle East. You can also order it online through Amazon – this one is pretty authentic

You can also buy each spice that make up zaatar separately and create your own blend.

Zaatar can be sprinkled on dairy products, vegetables and meats to add flavor. It is however at its best when mixed with its long time partner: olive oil.  I personally like to spread some zaatar and olive oil on whole wheat bread, and then add a slice of tomato and some feta cheese. Nice.

Black Seed Oil (aka Nigella Sativa Oil)

Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon and essential oil. Real oil from nigella looks like dark honey

Although black seed oil has been praised for thousands of years for its incredible healing properties, it gets little to no love in the Western world. However, scientific research is shedding light on this seed’s awesome powers and is gradually confirming what ancient cultures claimed for thousands of years: Black seed oil is a miracle worker. Considered to be an “elixir of life” and the “most powerful oil in the world”, black seed oil built its reputation over thousands of years of use across various cultures.

Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Sativa) oil has been used in traditional medicine since the beginning of civilization. It was called Panacea (which roughly translates to ‘cure-all’) in Ancient Egypt; it was found in the tomb of King Tut and it is said that Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment. Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, used it to cure digestive and metabolic disorders. The Prophet Muhammad called it “a remedy for every illness except death.

The oil has also been recommended by practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years for conditions from diabetes to indigestion to cancer. In recent years, it has been put to the test of modern science and several studies confirm its long reported health benefits.
– Natural Living Idea, “Black Cumin Seed Oil: The Most Powerful Oil In The World?”

Black seed oil has been used by ancient cultures to cure and to prevent pretty much anything – from common colds to life-threatening cancers. Science is now confirming these claims.

Nigella Sativa has been involved in hundreds of studies regarding health, and particularly cancer treatment and prevention. One of its active ingredients, Thymoquinone, has been found to be particularly effective in reducing the size of existing tumors. In studies on rats and humans, researchers found that Black Cumin Seed Oil:

  • Inhibited tumor growth by up to 50%
  • Increased the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250%
  • Helps to protect the body against damage from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aides in the production of natural interferon
  • Can even deactivate or kill certain types of cancer cells

– Ibid.

Although that is pretty impressive, black seed oil is most useful when it is consumed on a daily basis to improve health and to prevent illnesses from even appearing. The “magic” ingredient in black seed oil is called crystalline nigellone, a compound that is relatively rare in nature and difficult to synthesize. Black seed oil also contains Beta Sitosterol, Calcium, Copper. Folic Acid. Iron, Oleic, Linoleic and Linelenic Acids (Omegas 3 & 6), Palmitol, Phosphorous, Protein, Stearic Acid, Thymoquinone, Vitmins B1, B2 & B and Zinc. All of these ingredients contribute in maintaining optimal health.

Overall, the greatest benefit of Black Cumin Seed is its effect on the immune system and metabolism – which, in turn, supports all the functions of the body. The active compounds in the oil have been proven to fight several diseases by naturally boosting the body’s production of immune cells, bone marrow, and natural interferon. It also protects the liver (your body’s filtering system) from toxicity. Even for people in the best health, regular supplementation with Black Cumin Seed Oil can greatly increase their overall sense of health and well-being.

Some of the many conditions successfully treated with regular ingestion of Black Cumin Oil, over an extended period of time (6 months or more), include:

Allergies and Sinusitis
Anxiety and Nervous Tension
Bronchitis
Colds and Flus
Colic (babies)
Diabetes
Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
Hair Loss
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
Insomnia
Intestinal Parasites
Lethargy and Depression
– Ibid.

How to Get and Consume Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil can be found in markets specializing in Mediterranean and North African products. It is however rather difficult to find in some areas. For this reason, I found it easier to order the oil online – this brand is one of the most authentic

No matter what brand you buy, make sure the oil is 100% pure, cold pressed and its color resembles dark honey. Oils that are too light (like vegetable oil) might have had important nutrients filtered out.

For general well-being, it is recommended to take one teaspoon of oil in the morning, one hour before breakfast. For therapeutic purposes (if you’re sick) a second teaspoon in the evening is recommended. The taste is somewhat nasty, but you’ll eventually get used to it. After about week of using this magical oil, you’ll feel a noticeable boost of energy and you’ll feel pretty sharp. If you don’t believe me, go back in time and ask King Tut, Cleopatra, Hippocrates, and the Prophet Mohammad. They’ll tell you.

Turmeric Powder

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Turmeric powder is a staple in Indian cuisine and is often found in curry-based recipes. Although it is relatively easy to find in supermarkets, most Westerners are not taking advantage of this spice’s incredible healing powers. This situation is unfortunate because turmeric is a potent antidote to the many ills resulting from our modern lifestyle characterized by poor diet, contact with toxic chemicals and heavy pollution.

The most well known medicinal action of turmeric is its use as a powerful anti-inflammatory, the effectiveness of which is comparable to pharmaceutical medicines. However, it also acts as an alternative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary  . Modern science is beginning to recognize and understand the amazing healing qualities of turmeric and much research is currently being conducted.
– Lisa Gallant, Turmeric : “The Golden Goddess”

There is nothing new about the usage of turmeric – its healing powers have been known since the dawn of civilization. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old natural healing system of India. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas, the three bodily humors that make up one’s constitution (named vata, pitta, and kapha).

It was around 500 BCE that turmeric emerged as an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of natural healing that is still practiced today. Ayurveda translates to “science of life”– ayur meaning “life” andveda meaning “science or knowledge.” Inhaling fumes from burning turmeric was said to alleviate congestion, turmeric juice aided with the healing of wounds and bruises, and turmeric paste was applied to all sorts of skin conditions – from smallpox and chicken pox to blemishes and shingles. Ayurvedic literature contains over 100 different terms for turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases,” and matrimanika, meaning “as beautiful as moonlight.”

In Indian culture, the importance of turmeric goes far beyond medicine. The Hindu religion sees turmeric as auspicious and sacred. There is a wedding day tradition in which a string, dyed yellow with turmeric paste, is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. This necklace, known as a mangala sutra, indicates that the woman is married and capable of running a household. The tradition still continues in Hindu communities and has been compared to the Western exchange of wedding rings. In parts of southern India, a piece of the turmeric rhizome is worn as an amulet for protection against evil spirits.
– Lisa Gallant, “Turmeric, the Golden Goddess”

In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. In the Siddha system (since around 1900 BCE) turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies
Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa, “Turmeric, the Golden Healer”

Recent studies are not only confirming what Ancients believed about turmeric, they are also discovering several applications for modern ailments. Here’s a quick summary of the properties attributed to turmeric by modern science.

  • A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory
  • An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
  • Turmeric and Onions May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
  • Turmeric Teams Up with Cauliflower to Halt Prostate Cancer
  • Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia
  • Improved Liver Function
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease

– whfoods.com, Turmeric

Yup, that’s a pretty hefty list … and the research has barely started.

How to Get and Consume Turmeric

Due to the surge of popularity of Indian food, most supermarkets now carry turmeric powder. If you live close to a market selling South East Asian products, you can probably buy a bucketful of the spice for about a nickel. You can also order it only through sites like Amazon – this one is pretty good

Turmeric can be consumed in a variety of ways, but, due to its peculiar taste, I do not suggest adding it where it doesn’t belong. Turmeric is right at home in soups, curries or tossed with rice and vegetables. Make sure to add black pepper to your recipes as it is known to improve the bioavailability of turmeric, making it even more effective. You can also simmer turmeric with honey, ginger and lemon to make the world’s healthiest beverage.

In Conclusion

Zaatar, black seed oil, and turmeric powder were considered to be true miracle workers by ancient civilizations for millennia because, like miracle workers, they have the power to heal. They also improve general health by cleansing the body, sharpening the mind and nourishing the soul. Unfortunately, instead of benefiting from these affordable gifts from nature, many resort to swallowing pills made by profit-driven pharmaceutical companies to feel better. Some of the pills sold on TV have horrible side effects such as “suicidal thoughts”. If a pill makes your brain want to kill itself as a “side effect”, maybe it’s a sign from the universe that you should not be taking this pill. The side-effects of the three foods in this article? You feel better and you’re in a better mood. That’s the universe telling you that you should eat these foods … and thousands of years of experience, wisdom and knowledge agree.

 

Blues Legend BB King Death of a Legend

‘King of Blues’ BB King Death

A legend was lost with the BB King death at a hospice in Las Vegas, according to his daughter Patty King.   B.B., short for Blues Boy has been performing since the 1940’s, and it wasn’t until he was in his 80’s that he finally started slowing down from his 200-300 performances a year.  King is a testament to a previous generation that wasn’t into excuses only results.

King will always be remembered because he changed a genre.  B.B. King is viewed as the man who blended Blues and urban music.  It was a great match because the Blues is about emotion, and due to the social climate at that time there were a lot of emotions in the urban community.

King wasn’t vocal in the Civil Right Movement, but his contribution may have been more significant.  He contributed money to causes, but he wasn’t at the forefront.  So he was able to be accepted by the White community, which needs to happen for their to be equality.  Some may be critical of his lifestyle, but he is from a different time, so his values are different.  One thing that can’t be disputed is the fact that the world lost an important figure.

 

Best Of B.B. King

Racism in America Explained by Laci Green

Racism in America by Laci Green (@gogreen18)

Laci Green, who teaches sex education on Youtube made a powerful commentary on racism in America that may actually make a difference in race relations in this country.  She eloquently described the plight of Blacks in this country, not missing a single point.  It wasn’t anything that hadn’t been said before, but the fact that it was said by a White woman is what makes it significant.

If a Black person made a video like this it would be taken as complaining and wanting a handout, but since it came from a White person it will be given more credence.  To move forward in race relations, the white community has to acknowledge the validity of the issues.

How Bitcoin Can Change the World (Forbes)

How Bitcoin Can Change the World (Forbes)

William Blair partner Brian Singer explains to Forbes how bitcoin can change the world.  Singer says that bitcoin, and its blockchain encryption technology has the ability to bring more of the world’s population out of poverty than anything we’ve seen in decades.  Singer went on to explain that the blockchain encryption software is the key because it establishes a network to verify ownership of property at a fraction of the cost.

Singer went into further detail about why is important for people from poverty because they don’t typically have the infrastructure (banks, financial institutions) to verify property, but with the blockchain encryption, their property can be verified in minutes and funds for services transferred instantaneously.  That is important because with credit cards transactions may be declined, thus decreasing sales.  Besides a time savings there is a significant cost savings regarding the transaction fees, plus it is more convenient.

The Bitcoin phenomenon is not going away.  New York issued a charter for its first virtual currency company, a sign of legitimacy.  Opportunity is there for anyone who wants to take it.  Those who were in from the beginning are already millionaires.  This is just another example that with the internet anything is possible, we are only limited by our imagination.  There are no excuses, we are in charge of our own destiny.

Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection Documentary

Nature Boy Ric Flair Documentary

Nature Boy Ric Flair has experienced a career renaissance so to speak as his trademark flamboyance has been discovered by the new generation in their quest for ‘swag’.  It is argued that Ric Flair invented swag because he was a jet flying limousine riding son of a gun in the 80’s.  Flair was so far ahead of his time that he has remained culturally significant today.  The Indianapolis Colts channeled Flair for motivation last NFL season, and Killer Mike recently released a song entitled ‘Ric Flair‘ with samples of Flair’s voice.

But what people don’t see is the substance behind the image.  The ‘Nature Boy‘ was wrestling 6 months after being a plane crash in which the pilot died.  He kept it professional when WCW attempted to embarrass and humiliate him by making him lose to less talented wrestlers.  But more important people don’t see how he had to struggle and overcome his own confidence issues because of those things he went through.

The man who exudes confidence had confidence issues.  It shows that it can happen to anyone.  People may consider the sport fake, but the story is real, and is an inspiration to all.  His story also teaches how you act when you are on top will determine how far when you fall.  Ric Flair never fell anywhere because he treated people the right way when he was on top.

Synthetic Drugs Revolution: Vice on HBO Debrief

Synthetic Drugs Revolution Vice on HBO (Episode 5)

Hamilton Morris knows his drugs and his latest piece gives a report on synthetic drugs.  Morris breaks down the science behind the drug to give facts instead of myth.  Keep in mind that these drugs are typically initially created for medical use, so they have some therapeutic value if used properly.  But the chemical compositions are constantly changed, so they do not become banned substances.

Along those lines Morris mentioned that these synthetic drugs effectively win the war on drugs. Since they are something that can change, the government can’t keep up as new variations hit the market.  At what point will the government realize that they can’t stop it and legalizing is the best option?