A gang of fleeing bank robbers decided to give the residents of South Central Los Angeles a bit of economic stimulus Wednesday morning by tossing wads of cash out of the window of their getaway vehicle, and although TV news anchors and reporters tried to put a socially acceptable spin the actions of the Robin Hood gangstas, those on the street saw it in a complete different light as many of them rushed into the street to scoop up the Benjamins. “Deshawn,” who said he did not grab any of the robbers’ stolen money, told KTLA-5′s reporter Elizabeth Espinoza he saw this morning’s shower of cash as “neighborhood stimulus.” Added Deshawn: “We all need it. If you had seen it, what would you do?” he asked the reporter rhetorically. “If you saw money flying out, you would do the same thing they did, especially if you’re in a time of need.”

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You know that Asian/Pacific Island American Heritage Month has reached its zenith when TimothyDeLaGhetto aka Traphik aka Tim Chantarangsu drops his CSUF Undie Run vlog. Who is TimothyDeLaGhetto? Duh. He’s the international king of Asian American TouTube clowning who brings much-needed levity to this month-long government-mandated orgy of whorish corporate-backed “festivals,” boring discourse and self-congratulation that “APAHM” is. A true social media wonder, TimothyDeLaGhetto has a bazillion followers of his Internet antics, all conceived from his luxurious crib in his parent’s house in Paramount, Calif. Here are some links to DeLaGhetto’s bad self:  YouTube Channel  / Tim Chantarangsu Wiki   / http://TimothyDeLaGhetto.com

A new report issued today by the L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) says that Angelenos are living longer, but that across the board those who live in poorer neighborhoods of the sprawling county have fewer grocery stores offering fresh, nutritious food, and less opportunities for outdoor recreational areas and safe places for children and families to play, which results in lower life expectancy.

The report found that Asian/Pacific Islanders have an average life span of 84.8 years while African Americans live to about 73. There is also an average 5.3-year gap between men and women, with women outliving men.

The DPH study, “Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County: How long do we live and why?&#8221 (PDF), suggests there are major discrepancies of life expectancy among county residents based on race and geography.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Sacramento) points out that men of color significantly trail behind most students on achievement and school completion scales. African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American men are outperformed by their female counterparts in each racial grouping by 9%, 9%, 7%, and 2 %, respectively.

“We must address this crisis and quickly,” Honda wrote in an article appearing in the Jan. 26 Huffington Post. “While Asian Americans are over-represented in the top scores, they are also over-represented in the bottom scores.”

Read Rep. Honda’s entire HuffPo article here.

MitchellKoss

I was changing a leaky shower head in an upstairs bathroom when I first heard the news. Two Asian American women on assignment for the cable channel Current TV were arrested by North Korean soldiers near North Korea’s border with China. Early on, CNN’s senior international correspondent John Vause, quoting South Korean sources, reported Euna Lee, 36, and Laura Ling, 32, had been on North Korean soil and were seen running back toward China when apprehended.

The third member of Current TV’s Vanguard team, “cameraman Mitch Koss,” and a guide of Korean-Chinese ancestry somehow eluded capture. Reportedly, Koss was questioned by Chinese authorities and released. He booked it out of the PRC, hightailed it back to the US of A, and then he dropped off the face of the Earth.

Lee and Ling were sentenced to 12 years “reform through labor” this week by North Korea’s Central Court for “grave crimes against the Korean nation.” And Mitchell Koss has sentenced himself to silence.

Three months have passed without so much as a Twitter from the elusive Mr. Koss. Meanwhile, the lazy dog media have veered away from a search for the facts and seem content to wallow in the lame sentimentality of weeping siblings and naive pleas for their release. Poker metaphors are everywhere. And the one person who could tell us flat out what really happened at the Tumen River March 17 isn’t saying squat.

And Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department? They’re currently on location filming a remake of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

This is beginning to sound like the set-up to a bad Ludlum novel or, maybe, a remake of  Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Who is Mitchell Koss and why isn’t he talking?

Mitch Koss Ani Close Up

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Saigu: 4.29.92

April 29, 2009

minerva“South Korea’s democracy seems to be deteriorating by the day — this time with the proposed 18-month incarceration of a blogger critical of the South’s economic policy,” observes WIRED’s Threat Level blogger David Kravetz.

Popular South Korean blogger Park Dae-sung (aka Minerva) faces up to 18 months in prison for posting comments critical of the ROK’s economic policies, The Associated Press is reporting.

South Korean prosecutors said Minerva will be sentenced on April 20 for posting a story the government says undermined the county’s credibility.

In a Dec. 29 post, Minerva wrote that the South Korean government had ordered financial institutions to stop buying dollars in order to curb the won’s fall against the greenback.

The posting devastated the local foreign exchange market, forcing the nation’s financial authority to spend $2 billion of its reserves as the demand for dollars surged wildly, prosecutors claim.

Park’s online popularity swelled after he foretold the collapse of Lehman Bros. and anticipated the resulting plunge of the South Korea currency, the won, all the while castigating policymakers for their blunders.

Park has been held without bail since mid-January.

fas·cism: (often capitalized) a political philosophy that exalts nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


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