A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Watch Dogs” is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they’ve set up their Facebook privacy settings.

The campaign called “Digital Shadow”, which currently is available only in the US, requests permission to access a user’s account and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user as if he or she were an assassin’s target. And we do mean comprehensive.

So after reading this article I had to check it out myself, and yes the shit is scary. It might be just  a video game but it goes way beyond the realm of digital characters pretending to be Jason Bourne. Every picture, password or person I may have interacted with inadvertently or other wise was data mined. It only took the program less than 15 seconds to create my profile; “hot tempered and most likely to kill”. All because I referenced a quote from the “Godfather 2″ when Hyman Roth expressed his displeasure about the death of Moe Green. But this type of invasion of privacy is what Eric Snowden was talking about and how the NSA goes to far. So always know that Big Brother is watching!

Click the link to find out what Facebook knows about you: Facebook knows everything about you!

carla olgesbyWhen a public employee gets arrested for stealing taxpayers money, the first question we ask “was it worth it?” Well Ms. Ogelsby was it worth it? I hope she reflects on her miscalculation of getting caught  and being stupid. Political patronage is the “Chicago Way”, friends hire friends or the kids of friends or the great uncle of friends or the baby sitter of friends. This systematic style of hiring practices never ends and the public confidence of politicians is close to a big fat fucking zero! When I’m in the barbershop I always hear brothers complain that its hard to get a city or county job because “the process is political”. The sad saga of Carla Oglesby, who wasn’t qualified for the job in the first place was clearly given the job because of her relationship with Todd Stroger.  Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Podlasek said “Let’s not make any mistakes. This was a crime of clear intent. From the time Ogelsby contacted Stroger’s office to offer her professional services until she maneuvered the last of the money through convoluted accounts and sources to hide it, this has been about Olgesby intentionally raiding money from the community chest.” What makes Carla different from Jesse Jr or Sandy? Not a fucking thing other than being lower on the food chain and not having enough money to buy herself a lighter sentence.  The residents of Cook County are the real losers, victims of a system that rewards losers like Carla Olgesby. So Ms. Olgesby enjoy your 6 and 1/2 year sentence, read plenty of books and get some exercise.

 harolds   The daughter of the founder of Harold’s Chicken Shack is asking for the city’s help in her fight to stop people from ripping off the iconic brand.

Kristen Pierce-Sherrod and her husband, Vincent Sherrod, say they are the legal owners of the Harold’s Chicken name, but a half-dozen “rogue” stores have popped up in recent years.

“We want to take back control over what’s rightfully ours, which is the name,” she said.

More illegal stores may exist, but Pierce-Sherrod said she relies on word-of-mouth, Facebook and disgruntled customers to tip her off.

The complaint came to light this week when a property owner complained that a Harold’s Chicken was not able to get a business license to move into the 4500 block of South Indiana because Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) rezoned the address from mixed-use to residential.

That prospective owner, however, claimed to have rights to open an eatery.

“Actually the alderman did us a favor when they denied the business license. We didn’t know anything about it,” Pierce-Sherrod said.

Harold Pierce migrated from Alabama and opened his first chicken shack in 1950 near 45th and Greenwood.

The business was basically family-owned, and has remained that way for 65 years.

Four of Pierce-Sherrod’s children work in the corporate-owned Harold’s located at 2341 W. 95th in the Beverly neighborhood, she said.

“With my dad, it was just a basic license agreement that allowed a person to use his name, his recipe and his logo,” Pierce-Sherrod said.


To  read the entire article click the link: Daughter of Harold’s Chicken founder fights to preserve legacy

“Illmatic” 20 years later…still dope as hell!

Posted: April 15, 2014 by O.M. CALDWELL in BLOG, URBAN CULTURE


20 years ago listening to WHPK Chicago’s first real all hip hop station at least once a week from 7p -12a, I heard the first verse of Live at BBQ by “Main Source” which featured this young cat named “Nasty Nas”. He wasnt out yet or signed but I called my cousin in Lefrak City, Queens and asked him about who was the dude that blazed on that track. He told me NY was going crazy over NAS, my cuz sent me a Ron G mixtape and the rest is history. I waited and waited for his joint to droop and finaly it did. I drove to “Jew Town”  and went to the record store and paid my $10 for Illmatic. I played it on the drive home, stopped at the weed spot and got quarter ounce and called my guy and blazed and listened to Illmatic over and over. The first MC to get 5 mics in The Source, yeah  son was nice.

As a 40 something old head now, I still bump Illmatic just not as loud now that I’m a dad but NAS staying power is undeniable. His words painted a vivid picture of the NY streets and ushered in a new era away from the late 80′s gangster rap. With the garbage that floods the air waves today, its hard not sit in car and turn “it Aint Hard To Tell” all the way up and reminisce about the golden era of rap. The world is yours!

chic nuggetSay What! As a south side kid that attended public school during the crazy 80′s lunchtime was hit or miss. It was more likely to miss if you attended a school that had open campus (students who went off campus for lunch). Juts about every school has  or still does have a version of mystery meat. Well not so much anymore with The First Lady pushing for healthier alternatives in the schools. However lunch time is a crap shoot for students who aren’t lucky enough to have parents that can prepare lunch at home.

Turns out the chicken nuggets being served in one of the nation’s largest public school districts don’t contain much actual chicken at all.

Earlier this month, Chicago-based WBEZ food reporter Monica Eng reported that her attempt — made via a Freedom of Information Act request — to retrieve an ingredient list for the chicken nuggets served in Chicago Public Schools cafeterias was met with a curt response after weeks of delays: The lone ingredient of a chicken nugget was a chicken nugget, the district wrote.

After the Illinois Attorney General’s office intervened, CPS — which reportedly did not “know the ingredients” of the nuggets its caterer Aramark serves to district students — released the list of 28 ingredients making up the processed nuggets, minus their breading.

Among the ingredients, according to NPR: “textured soy protein concentrate, isolated soy protein … brown sugar, salt, onion powder, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, citric acid, potassium chloride, sodium phosphates and, oh, yes, a little chicken.”

Considering about 84 percent of CPS students qualify for either free or reduced-price lunch and 87 percent of the district’s approximately 400,000 students come from low-income families, it’s likely that far too many CPS students get all their meals for any given weekday at school.

And those meals, Eng reports in a followup published Monday, remain dominated by high-sugar processed food with little to no nutritional value while some caterers say low funding is to blame for the limited options available to students. *


Article courtesy of: * HuffPost

Prince Asiel Ben Israel pleads guilty

Posted: April 11, 2014 by O.M. CALDWELL in BLOG, URBAN CULTURE

images  South Side religious leader Prince Asiel Ben Israel admitted Friday that he broke the law when he agreed a $3.4 million deal to lobby Chicago politicians to lift sanctions against the regime of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Prince Asiel Ben Israel, 72, pleaded guilty to failing to register as an agent of the controversial Mugabe, on whose behalf he tried to enlist four Chicago lawmakers to open a “back channel” to President Barack Obama and have the sanctions overturned.

He faces up to five years behind bars but, under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors, is free to argue for probation at a sentencing hearing later this year.

Despite his guilty plea, the sharp-dressed Ben Israel — whose family runs a well-known vegan soul food restaurant on 75th St — remained defiant later Friday, saying he’d devoted his life to “uplifting the African people” and had done nothing morally wrong.

Together with codefendant, Greg Turner, 71, who continues to maintain his innocence, Ben Israel had hoped to take advantage of the election of the U.S.’s first black president, believing Obama might consider a policy change toward Mugabe’s Southeast African regime, court papers state.

Sanctions against Mugabe, his Zanu-PF party and other leading members of his ruling elite were enacted by the Bush Administration in 2003 as punishment for Mugabe’s human rights abuses and election fraud.

But Ben Israel’s scheme never got off the ground. Before Obama was even sworn in, his staff referred the case to the FBI in December 2008 — leading to Ben Israel’s eventual indictment and guilty plea.

To read the full story click the link: Ben  pleads guilty to fraud

Article courtesy of Chicago Suntimes; Kim Jannsen

pedicure-2Ok….Here we go. Its like a right of spring passage, getting the pedicure to show off your pretty toes. I understand women view the pedicure as essential part of the total package. BUT…consider these health risk before you plop down in the chair during your next mani/pedi visit. Yes there are health risks involved and those pretty little toes can be transformed into grotesque, disfigured and discolored appendages dangling from your feet.

Never let them turn on the bubbles while you soak your feet. “The jets in the whirlpool bath can harbor bacteria and fungus,” says Dr. Sutera. Sutera estimates that she sees about 10 to 12 patients a week that come in with fungal or viral infections, like warts and athlete’s foot, caused by build up in whirlpool foot baths. If the skin is cut by accident during a pedicure, you can also get bacterial infections by coming into contact with bacteria from previous customers at your station. She recommends finding a salon that uses pipeless foot baths or individual bath liners to further avoid cross-contamination with previous clients.

Make sure the metal tools they’re using are sterilized between each client… When you walk into a salon, look for tools soaking in that blue liquid disinfectant (a common brand is Barbicide). This effectively kills most microbial life that can lead to infection, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines. Of course, some salons are better than others about cleaning, so make sure your pedicurist is using freshly sanitized metal tools on you.

Some salons might be using UV lights to sanitize tools — you know, those machines that look like toaster ovens (not autoclaves, which kill 100 percent of infective organisms using high pressure and steam). But Dr. Sutera says that popping tools into one of those isn’t a great way to sterilize. “It’s a six-hour process to sterilize instruments,” she says. “You have to get them at really, really high temperatures; you have to soak them in different solutions; they have to be scrubbed. So putting them in that little toaster oven in between clients for a few minutes? I don’t think that that’s really doing much.”

Tell your pedicurist exactly how to cut your toenails and cuticles if you want to avoid a trip to the doctor.

Toenails should be cut straight across along the contour of the nail — never into the corners, since that will encourage the nail to grow into the skin and cause ingrown toenails. So make sure your pedicurist isn’t cutting your toenails into rounded shapes. If you already have ingrown toenails, however, avoid pedicures entirely and see a podiatrist.

Unfortunately, there is no “right” way to cut cuticles, says Toombs. “The cuticle is very protective for the ultimate nail growth, but it’s very thin tissue,” she says. “If you’re concerned about an infection, don’t cut your cuticles, just keep them soft and pliant.” You can do this by lubricating them often and gently pushing them back with a small orange wood stick.

To read more about this article click the link: Pedicure Health Risks

But historically, black union members have alleged that racial discrimination is allowed to run rampant among the union ranks. Over the years, federal lawsuits were filed. Consent decrees were ordered. Monitors were called in. Big settlements were paid out. Yet the problem is still entrenched. In the summer of 2012, 87-year-old retired businessman Ed Gardner became so frustrated after seeing only white workers at a construction site at 95th and Western, he led a weeks long street protest.


Article courtesy of Sun Times: Black Pipe Fitters fighting for jobs,equality

black students white collegesThe performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students — and between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates — continues to widen, newly released data show.

Black students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card.



Article courtesey of Suntimes: Test Score Gap Widens Between Black and White Students

scott walker racist aideThe campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) fired deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano on Tuesday after learning that she’d tweeted out bigoted comments about Hispanics in 2011.

Shortly after Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Daniel Bice notified Walker’s campaign of the tweets, which made derogatory comments about a housekeeper in a library and fellow patrons on a bus, Palmisano was ousted.