Gunmen killed a top federal police official and his bodyguard Thursday as they ate lunch in Mexico City, the latest attack against authorities waging a nationwide battle against drug cartels.

Igor Labastida was director of the federal police division monitoring trafficking and contraband, said a Mexico City security official who was not authorized to give his name. Federal police refused to comment.

Labastida’s second bodyguard and a woman were injured.

The motive for the attack was unclear and police officials had made no arrests.

The assault was the latest against Mexican officials involved in the nationwide fight against drugs and organized crime.

Edgar Millan Gomez, Mexico’s acting federal police chief, was killed in May outside his Mexico City apartment. Police blamed the Sinaloa drug cartel.

President Felipe Calderon has sent more than 20,000 troops across Mexico to take back territory controlled by some of the world’s most powerful drug gangs.

The cartels have responded with unprecedented violence, killing more than 4,000 people since Calderon took office in December 2006.

The homicides also have become more gruesome, with hit men beheading their enemies and leaving threatening messages with the victims’ bodies.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

BY TeV ’95
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Lets face it, most people are not buying music anymore. Why? It’s simple. Why would you buy something that you can get for free. In other words why would a fan buy an artists record when they can simply download it from the thousands of bloggers that are sharing music via file sharing sites. This an issue that the Music Industry needs to face, point blank.

While artists and record companies complain about the their fans disloyalty to the artist, they are failing to adapt to a new era of music consumption. It is beneficial for an artist or record labels to have as much exposure as possible. Yet Some still fail to see the value of having their music pirated or given away for free.

It may even be true that there is a positive correlation between illegal downloads/free give-aways and higher records sales.

Let’s take the example of Lil Wayne. Over the past few years, Wayne has been releasing an unprecedented amount of material which has either been given away for free, or illegally pirated via the internet and mix-tapes. His latest album release the Carter III, was leaked all over the internet, yet sold over a million copies in its first week release. The question is why? It is possible that the pirating of his music served as a marketing tool?
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4 Amazing Ancient Cities

This stuff is from an incredible article @ lifeinthefastlane

Popularly known by their names of color as much as their historical designations — the ancient Blue City known as Jodhpur, neighboring Jaipur known as the Pink City, its former capital the Amber City, and Morocco’s Red City of Marrakech — are as much astonishingly beautiful as they are remarkably unusual.

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Jodhpur — known as the Blue City for the color of its buildings — is the second largest city in Rajasthan, the largest state of the Republic of India, standing at the edge of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which has an edge paralleling the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan.

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Most of the buildings in the old quarter are painted blue to signify the Bhraman (Priest) class, but non-Brahmins soon followed suit, as the color was said to deflect the heat and deter mosquitoes, and suddenly everything turned blue, creating a broad vision of indigo from the hilltops.

Dominated by the monstrous and imposing Mehrangarh Fort that appears to grow from out of a sheer rocky ridge 410 feet (125 meters) high of which the Fort is built of right in the middle of town, the ancient city is surrounded by a 16 mile (10 kilometer) long wall, which has 6 massive gates — the Eastern gate Suraj (Sun) Pol, Western gate of Chand (Moon) Pol, Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Jalori gate, and the Siwanchi gate.

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There are only 3 gates facing in these directions, including the Northern gate which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber, while many gates face South, and all used to be closed at sunset and opened at sunrise.

The walls of the fort are up to 120 feet (36 meters) high and 70 feet (21 meters) wide, enclosing some exquisite structures and collections of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort provide not only remarkably preserved cannons, but a breath-taking view of the city.

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This was the way that the Rajputs built their formidable forts and to good effect, as Mehrangarh Fort was never successfully stormed, but the 6 gates still bear visible scars of battle.

The fort was built about a century after Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by the Rajpur chief Rao Jodha, for whom the city is named after.

The old quarter is contained within the confines of the fort, with mostly winding, narrow passages and alleys impossibly cramped with street vendors, shops, bazaars, rickshaws, bicycles, bustling people and animals of all shapes and sizes. The present city has expanded from outside of its walls.

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Charlton Heston’s Basement

I wasn’t a big Charles Heston fan he was a little gun crazy for me. Check out these pics to his basement stash that makes T.I.’s look puny.

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Zeitghost TV – Eclectic Method

I’m super excited to share the first episode of Zeitghost TV produced by media mash up kings “The Eclectic Method” This is the future now!
Eclectic Method and Reggie Watts combine to bring you a tv show/mixtape/hyper-reality/metamix of Movies, TV, Music Videos and
media of the now. Reggie’s Remix BeatBox comedy commentary meets The Methods up to the minute Media Mix. The whole show is based around what happened just now being commented on by Reggie and then remixing it. Obama’s victory mashes with NERD’s latest Everybody nose, or an alternate view on Oil Prices with Coldplay, Kung Fu Panda and Get Smart and The Hulk come together in high speed movie remix review.


Zeitghost – 17th June 2008 from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

Bunch of other sites streemimg Eclectic Method After Jump

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Celebs Funny High School Pix

DENZEL

GEORGE CLOONEY

MARILYN MANSON

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Peeping Tom Falls Off 10th Floor!

A 44 year old Hong Kong man accidentally fell off a 10th floor balcony while trying to video tape his next door neighbor showering.

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The 29 story building was designed so that two units have their bathroom windows right next to each other. This made it easy for the man to climb over and peep on his neighbor.

The victim, a 28 year-old sales lady, was taking a shower when she noticed a strange hand holding a cell phone outside the bathroom window.

She screamed for help and saw the person outside climb back into the next room, which was a vacant apartment.

Her husband and other residents blocked the door entering the next door apartment and called the police.

The peeping tom, realizing his only way to escape was out the window, climbed out the window back onto the ledge.

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Due to the dark and slippery conditions, the man lost his footing and fell 10 floors to the ground. Luckily he hit a tree branch which broke his fall a little.

He was found alive but critically injured with a broken rib puncturing his lung.

He was taken into custody and rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Saw this crazy story @

http://www.weirdasianews.com/

Jeezy Gets Snitched On

Testimony offered yesterday in the federal government’s cocaine-conspiracy case against alleged Black Mafia Family member Fleming “Ill” Daniels revealed a stunning allegation: According to a witness, Atlanta hip-hop superstar Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins received kilos of cocaine from BMF.

Jeezy has not been charged with a crime in relation to the allegation. When asked whether there is an open investigation into the rapper, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Crosby said he had no comment.

Scott Leemon, the New York-based lawyer who represented Jeezy on weapons charges out of Miami in 2006, told CL “obviously, I am not going to comment on anything. I will look into it.”

The allegation was raised in U.S. District Court in Atlanta this week by a BMF member named Ralph “Ralphie” Simms. Simms was indicted last year in a related federal drug case in L.A. He told the jury that in exchange for his truthful testimony in the case against Daniels, he hoped to receive a reduced sentence.

Simms testified that his job was to unload BMF’s cocaine from limos outfitted with secret compartments. He said he piled as many as 100 “bricks” of cocaine at a time inside the basement of one of BMF’s stash houses, an ultra-modern Buckhead mansion nicknamed “Space Mountain.” And he said that on one occasion, in the fall of 2004, he was ordered by high-ranking BMF members Chad “J-Bo” Brown and Martez “Tito” Byrth to set aside multi-kilo cocaine “shipments” for two customers. Simms said the customers picked up the coke from him at Space Mountain.

When asked by assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney who the customers were, Simms gave two names: William “Doc” Marshall, a high-level BMF co-conspirator who testified earlier in the trial, and “Jeezy.”

“Young Jeezy the rapper?” McBurney asked.

“Yes,” Simms answered.

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Ashanti Sexy Men’s Health Shoot

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Scott Stortch A Lesson In Tricking

All I can say is wow.  Complex really put Scott on blast about buying Bentlleys for Lil KIm & Paris Hilton etc. Doing way too much Scott, hopefully one of these starlets will come back and help a brother when he’s down. Or for his sake maybe he has a sex tape of one of these famous ladies he can slang on the open market. His beats were so hot what happened with that as he lost his hit power to the white powder? Check the crazy tricking spree below.
As of today, pint-sized hitmaker Scott Storch is a wanted man. A warrant was issued for the producer who has churned out hits for everyone from Fat Joe to Brooke Hogan after a Florida judge ordered him to pay a minimum of $46,000 in child support. Coupled with Storch owing over a half-million dollars in property taxes, it seems as though his pockets are taking a beating worse than one of Kimbo Slice’s YouTube opponents.

Of course, making it rain on his extensive yacht collection and picking up the Terror Squad’s dinner tabs didn’t help the superproducer’s financial status. But we all know that the biggest suck on your wallet is usually having a girlfriend. And given all the socialites, rappers and models he’s dated, it’s not unreasonable to think that Storch’s financial plight might stem from the high-maintenance women in his life. After the jump, we’ve listed some of the notable ladies he’s been linked to.

Lil Kim
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Storch hooked up with the Queen Bee back in 2004 for a quick two-month relationship. It was a costly 60-something days for Scottie, who gave Kim a $150,000 Bentley Continental GT, which may or may not be the Bentley that was reposed from Kim’s crib a few weeks ago. Talk about hustling backwards.

Paris Hilton
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Paris has Scott Storch to thank for half of the songs from her nearly unlistenable 2006 album. Like Lil Kim, it was reported that Storch also copped Paris Hilton a Bentley, which is apparently the producer’s gift of choice when he’s trying to smash off.

Erica Mena
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Although these two were definitely a couple, there’s no record of what Storch was shelling out to keep video-chick regular/model Erica Mena interested. We’re guessing close to nothing—he probably told her he was gonna make her a famous actress. It’s every video chick’s dream!

Lindsay Lohan
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In 2007, Lilo got the extravagant gift treatment from the Floridian hit-maker, getting showered in over $1 million worth of jewelry. The two later split when Lindsay gave him the pink slip for “Girls Gone Wild” purveyor Joe Francis.

Dalene Daniel
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This was the closest thing Storch had to a down-ass-chick. The couple lasted for over 4 years, with a few normal bumps in the road, but in 2006 the shit hit the fan when Daniel filed a paternity suit against Storch (which he ignored) after he didn’t claim responsibility for their second son Jalen. Today, a judge ruled Storch has to pay at least $46,000 in back child support for the 2-year-old, issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Great article I found @
http://inventorspot.com/


Mark Jenkins is an American artist specializing in street installations. He has created many projects and is mostly known for his work created with clear packing tape.

He makes items such as babies, small children, adults and animals. He then places them out in the public, usually on busy streets. This is usually when unsuspecting people pass by, wondering what they are looking at.

His work seems to be mostly displayed in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

A few of his projects include:

Embed Series: Life-sized tape people are dressed in realistic clothing and installed around various cities – such as being stuffed into a traffic cone, trash bag or can. Jenkins then documents through video the reaction of the public as they pass by his sculptures.

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This book goes right along with my new bi-weekly column “Worst Tattoo’s Ever”

While mistakes in life are common, only a select few are permanently inked into your skin. Authors Aviva Yael and P.M. Chen scoured the country for the most outrageous, and often regrettable, examples of body art for their recently released book, “NO REGRETS: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever.” A flip through the book — a humorous array of the tattoo industry’s most “creative” works
(Courtesy No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever)

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Amazing Photographs

Found this amazing collection of “25 Unbelievable Pictures” @ geekarmy cherry picked my favorites.


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Man this looks shady…

A convicted steroids dealer who recently met with NFL security officials and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him was found shot to death in his home Thursday, police said.

Early Thursday morning, Plano police made a welfare check and found 35-year-old David Jacobs and 30-year-old Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell dead. Police said both had been shot to death.

Police spokesman Rick McDonald said the officers were making a welfare check after relatives of Earhart-Savell expressed concern about her whereabouts.

Plano detectives aren’t releasing information about whether the deaths were a double homicide or a murder-suicide, whether a weapon was found near the bodies, or any other details, McDonald said.

Jacobs was sentenced to three years probation and fined $25,000 on May 1 after pleading guilty last year in federal court in Dallas to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

Hank Hockeimer, Jacobs’ attorney, has told The Dallas Morning News that Jacobs then met with NFL security officials in the Dallas area on May 21 and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him. Hockeimer didn’t immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press on Thursday.

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Officials in northeastern Brazil say they confiscated the equivalent of more than $170,000 and two pistols from an imprisoned drug trafficker whose jail cell was equipped with a plasma TV set, a refrigerator and gym equipment.

Jose Francisco Leite, head of the state of Bahia’s Prison Affairs Department, said the “posh prison life” Genilson Lins da Silva led came to an abrupt end on Monday when police raided his cell as part of a statewide crackdown on drug trafficking.

Leite said Tuesday authorities have ordered an investigation to find out how Silva got the money and guns into his cell

Dirty Miami Drug Cops Busted!

Thanks to http://streetknowledge.wordpress.com/

Two veteran police officers were charged Friday with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation.

Officer Geovani Nunez and Detective Jorge Hernandez are accused in court documents of helping protect shipments of what they thought were stolen televisions and computers and at least 12 kilograms of cocaine – sometimes by using their police cars to escort trucks.

Prosecutors said the 13-year veterans of the Miami Police Department were paid a combined $39,500 by a secret FBI informant they thought was involved in illegal businesses, prosecutors said.

Nunez and Hernandez were released on bail after appearing briefly in court. Nunez’s attorney, Michael Catalano, said the allegedly illegal conduct was staged and not real because it was an FBI sting. Catalano also said the officers would fight the charges, which carry potential life sentences.

“They are charged with committing crimes that did not exist,” he said.

It was not immediately clear if Hernandez had an attorney.

Police Chief John Timoney said the two officers would be fired.

“These two, as far as I’m concerned, are aberrations,” he said.

U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said the case was particularly disheartening in a year when several South Florida police officers have died in the line of duty.

“It is sad that a handful of individuals choose to repay their colleagues’ sacrifice through criminal conduct,” Acosta said.

The case is similar to a recent FBI sting that led to guilty pleas from five officers in Hollywood, Fla. Four received lengthy prison sentences.

Wood – Second Person Music Video

This is the first of five videos to be taken from Second Person’s second studio release “The Elements”. This album was entirely funded by fans of the band who raised $50,000 (on Sellaband.com).

New MP3 May Revolutionize Music

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr
If you are a serious guitar-master wannabe and you want to focus on the tune of Brian May’s guitar and don’t want to hear Freddie Mercury’s voice and Roger Tailor drumming in Queen songs, then this may be what you have been looking for.

Korean computer engineers are introducing a new digital music format that has separate controls on the sound volume for each musical instrument, such as guitar, drum, base and voice — an ideal tool for music lovers of different tastes as well as karaoke fans.

The new format, which has a file extension format of MT9 and a commercial title of Music 2.0, is poised to replace the popular MP3 file format as the de facto standard of the digital music source, its inventors say.

The MT9 technology was first conceived by Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and is being shaped into commercial use by venture company Audizen. It was selected as a candidate item for the new digital music standard at a regular meeting of Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG), the international body of the digital music and video industry, held in France late April.

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Taiwanese Decaying Space Hood

Thanks to boingboing

Craig Ferguson snuck into Taiwan’s abandoned hyper-futuristic San-Zhr Pod Village, a rotting, curvilinear housing complex that has been cursed since its inception, killing and injuring some of its construction crew.

Just before arriving in Sanzhi, there’s an interesting site hugging the shoreline – an abandoned hotel/apartment complex that looks like somewhere ET might call home. I first heard about this a couple of years ago, but it was only recently that I was able to get out there.

Accounts vary on the origins of this complex, and indeed, as to whether it was meant to be a hotel development or a housing development. Apparently, it was constructed in the 1960s and included/was to include a dam to protect it against sea surges, floors and stairs made of marble and a small amusement park. The site was commissioned by the government and local firms and there is no named architect. Local papers at the time reported that there were numerous accidents during construction which caused the death of some workers. As news of these accidents spread, no one wanted to go there, even to visit, and the project was subsequently abandoned. The ghosts of those who died in vain are said to still linger there, unremembered and unable to pass on. The complex was left in its unfinished state because no amount of redevelopment will bring people to the area due to superstitions about ghosts, and it can’t be demolished because destroying the homes of spirits and lost souls is taboo in Asian culture.

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Biggest Turn-Off Tattoos

Funny article I found @ jilliansjournal.com I added the pix and some comments of my own.

Getting a tattoo, for most people at least, is sort of a big decision. Its one of those life long decisions that isnt easily taken back (and somewhat messily if so). It also has evolved as a way of making a statement about a person. A person stamp indicating the bearers soul, or something like that.

Still, despite the hip factor of tattoos, there are some which can be instant turn-offs to the opposite sex. Below are five of the worst offenders. Getting the below tattoos might speak to your inner soul, but it might speak louder to potential dates, screaming, Run away!

The name of an ex

This one should be obvious. Yes, there is the romanticism of permanently branding yourself with the name of your significant other. Wait, strike that last part. There is nothing romantic about that. Instead it seems to signal a sort of sad co-dependency you share. That’s made even worse when you’re no longer with that person.

The worst thing you can ever do in a relationship is completely subjugate yourself. A tattoo of the other persons name is the adult equivalent of your mother writing your name in your underwear before camp. It signals that left to your own devices you would lose track of whom you belonged to. Youd be better served by instead getting their favorite flower, animal, or line of poetry tattooed in honor of them.

Ed Note – Big business in covering up these tat’s

Anything to do with a band

It can be guaranteed said band thinks far less of you than you do of them. See the above rule. Buy a t-shirt or a second copy of their new CD instead.

ed Note – Super Red Flag screaming “I’m a groupie!!”

Someone’s face

The obvious problem with getting an actual face tattooed on you can easily relate back to one of the issues listed above. Less obvious, at least to some, is that a face is generally meant to look one certain way–the way the person looks. With Mario or the devil there is some artistic interpreting to be done.

So, in about ten years when youve put on a few pounds, that face is going to look bloated. Not just bloated, but horribly distorted depending on the amount of weight gained. Compare that to Mario who looks kind of funny the fatter he gets. Jack Johnson, on the other hand, begins looking kind of scary. This may not be so much a concern for the immediate future, but if you think you might be on the market again, its probably to keep one face per body.

Ed Note – This pix had me rolling!! It’s some English Boy Band Westlife

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