Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz appeared with Wu Tang Clan member GZA at Brooklyn Borough Hall today to announce the lineup for the 2012 Northside Festival. Mr. Markowitz kicked things off by giving “my take on the first verse” of GZA’s biggest hit single, “Liquid Swords.”
“Through cyclones or typhoons, I represent Brooklyn from midnight to high noon,” Mr. Markowitz rapped in his trademark Brooklynese. “I don’t waste ink, I think, I drop ‘fuggedaboutits’ faster than you blink.”
“You know, most people associate Wu Tang with Staten Island, or Shaolin, but actually I’m a native of Brooklyn,” GZA said. “I was born in Crown Heights, raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Bushwick.”
After the announcement, GZA and Mr. Markowitz took questions from the press. One reporter asked GZA if he’d consider adopting Mr. Markowitz into the Wu Tang Clan and what the borough president’s rap name would be.
“Marty Wu,” GZA answered without hesitation.
‘Omar’ from The Wire set to play ODB in the just-announced ‘Dirty White Boy’ film about the Wu Tang Clan.
Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles based street artist who branded the name OBEY plead guilty last Friday to criminal contempt after he was charged for both destroying and fabricating documents in a civil suit relating to his infringement upon Associated Press Copyright laws.
Fairey earned a lot of recognition in 2008 when he began promoting the Obama Campaign with his now iconic Obama Hope poster. In 2009 the poster gained national attention after Shepard preimptively sued the Associated Press seeking protection under the “Fair Use Act” after they alleged that the image of Obama in his poster had been taken from an AP owned photograph and began contacting him for compensation.
During the preceedings Fairy admitted that the image he used was in fact taken from an AP photograph, only the photograph that Shepard claimed to have used was of a then Senator Obama next to George Clooney. Shepard claimed that he had altered the work and had used it in an artistic manner to such an extent that his use of the image was protected under “Fair Use”, a doctrine that allows limited use of creative property without permission from the copyright holder. Unfortunately it was discovered that Shepard Fairey had in fact lied about the source of the image. The actual photograph that Shepard used was an entirely different image of Obama, also AP owned that was incedentally taken by the same photographer. Fairey apparently “went to extreme lengths to obtain an unfair and illegal advantage in his civil litigation, creating fake documents and destroying others in an effort to subvert the civil discovery process.” according to a statement that was released last Friday by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Although Fairey had settled the copyright infringment claims with the Assosciated press for an undisclosed amount last year, he was ultimately charged with contempt by a federal court after deleted files surfaced that showed evidence of the fact that Shepard had lied about what photo he had referenced in the Obama Hope poster. According to a report released by the Associated Press, the government intends on seeking a term of imprisonment for Fairey, who plead guilty to the charges. Shepard has been released on his own recognisance until sentencing.
Meet Omari. A few days ago he returned from the hospital after being hacked in the face by a machete defending an orphanage of 35 children by himself.
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A police officer under investigation for sexual misconduct with a teenage minor was shot and killed while on duty by fellow officers Saturday as they tried to arrest him on California’s central coast, authorities said.
The officer was manning a DUI checkpoint when the shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. He was declared dead after emergency surgery at Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria police Chief Danny Macagni said in a statement.
The officer, a four-year Santa Maria department veteran, had just learned of the internal investigation of an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, and it became necessary to arrest him immediately, Macagni said.
“We had no choice,” Macagni said in video of an afternoon news conference posted by KCOY-TV. He said investigators had evidence “that demanded that we go out and take this officer off the street immediately.”
Supervising officers were sent to make a felony arrest, but he struggled with them when they arrived, first putting up a physical fight, then firing his gun but hitting no one, Macagni said.
“He chose to resist, he drew his weapon, a fight ensued, he fired his weapon,” the chief said.
Several officers came to help the police making the arrest, and one of them shot the suspected officer in the chest once, Macagni said.
Detectives had begun investigating the alleged relationship on Thursday night, and minutes before the shooting had confirmed that an “inappropriate” and “very explicit” relationship had been going on, Macagni said.
He said he could not give details because of the sensitivity of the investigation, but “there was some witness intimidation involved” and the arrest couldn’t wait for a more proper time or place.
“The information that we had in hand demanded that we not let him leave that scene, get in a car, drive somewhere, it would put the public at risk,” Macagni said at the news conference. “We just did not know what was going to happen, we did not expect him to react the way that he did.”
Macagni said police had expressed condolences to the officer’s family.
The officer who fired the fatal shot, an eight-year department veteran, has been placed on administrative leave, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the shooting, Macagni said.
The name of the officer killed has not been released because some family members were still being notified, and the name of the officer who fired the shot was withheld while the incident was under investigation, police said.
Santa Maria is a city of some 100,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Santa Barbara and 160 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The U.S. military has been after self-guided bullets for years. Now, government researchers have finally made it happen: a bullet that can navigate itself a full mile before successfully nailing its target.
The breakthrough comes courtesy of engineers at the government’s Sandia National Laboratories. They’ve successfully tested a prototype of the bullet at distances up to 2,000 meters — more than a mile. The photo above is an actual image taken during one of those tests. A light-emitting diode was attached to the bullet, showing the amazing pathway that the munition made through the night sky.
The lab’s day-to-day operations are run by an auxiliary of Lockheed Martin. Of course, Lockheed’s been a longtime partner in the military’s quest for the ultimate self-guided munition. In 2008, they scored a $14.5 million contract as part of Darpa’s “Exacto” program, which sought to develop sniper rifles with guided bullets. They’ve also been involved in the agency’s “One Shot” initiative, which is trying to develop scope-mounted lasers that can help snipers compensate for weather conditions.
Each self-guided bullet is around 4 inches in length. At the tip is an optical sensor, that can detect a laser beam being shone on a far-off target. Actuators inside the bullet get intel from the bullet’s sensor, and then “steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target.” The bullet can self-correct its navigational path 30 times a second, all while flying more than twice the speed of sound.