Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MSW Newsletter - Stories of Interest 5/29/12

We here at Mike Salvi's World hope you all had a fantastic weekend whether you went away, stayed home, honored dead soldiers, celebrated somehow, or balked at the idea of memorial day altogether. Not sure if you noticed or not, but over the past few days, some stuff happened. Here's what stood out the most to me.

By the way, I saw "The Avengers" this weekend and just to let you know, the Hulk is a badass, enjoy. 
Hundreds of thousands red-shirted demonstrators defied Quebec's new "anti-protest" law and marched through the streets of downtown Montreal filling the city with "rivers of red."

As the global financial system teeters on the cusp of another recession, and nations throughout the Eurozone fall to economic insolvency, the time appears right for Congress to finally address the issue of the Federal Reserve, especially before their original 100-year charter expires.

The fact that TSA operates outside of airports may come as a surprise to some Americans. The agency’s so-called Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams work mostly in mass transit in big metropolitan areas, but not exclusively. They’ve been seen at ballgames, truckstops and even reportedly got themselves banned from Amtrak stations for a short while

Examining the decay of the kaon offers insights into fundamental problems in physics. “This calculation brings us closer to answering fundamental questions about how matter formed in the early universe and why we, and everything else we observe today, are made of matter and not anti-matter,” says Blum, a co-author of the paper.

If the founding fathers were spinning in their graves like centrifuges over recent assaults on the Constitution, their RPMs slowed down a bit last Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that Section 1021 in the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing military detention of American citizens without due process, is unconstitutional.

Friday, May 25, 2012

MSW Newsletter - Stories of Interest 5/25/12

Third newsletter of the week, I think three per week is decent, I can keep up with three times a week. Quite a bit going on the world, here's what stood out the most in Mike Salvi's World over the past few days. 
Iranian sailors helped scare off armed pirates who attacked an American cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, Iranian state media reported Thursday. It's the latest example of U.S.-Iranian cooperation on pirate-infested high seas despite a wave of tensions between Washington and Tehran over the decades.

The supposed al Qaeda bomb plot to blow up a U.S. bound plane has completely fallen apparent with recent revelations that the terrorist was actually working for the CIA and Saudi Intelligence the entire time. That’s right, this huge corporate media manufactured story was literally a NON EVENT with the terrorist actually being an operative who then turned the bomb over to the Central Intelligence Agency.

In spite of the success of Paul’s strategy in accumulating delegates, many pundits insist that Paul remains a non factor… they miss the truly “big story” of the 2012 election. That is, that Ron Paul, mobilizing both young and old with his message of liberty tempered by personal responsibility, and government power tempered by accountability, has already won far more than the election.  He has won the trust and the imagination of the people, Rocky Balboa-style.

The median price of an existing home that sold in April of this year was $177,400, an increase of just over ten percent from a year ago. That is the biggest price jump since January of 2006. The difference between now and then, though, is the 2006 price jump was real, this latest spike is not.

The big difference between the official deficit and standard accounting: Congress exempts itself from including the cost of promised retirement benefits. Yet companies, states and local governments must include retirement commitments in financial statements, as required by federal law and private boards that set accounting rules.

Traffic in New Delhi is bad at the best of times. During a run on fuel, it devolves into an unholy mess. On Wednesday evening, the wide arteries of India’s capital became a gnarled tangle of SUVs, Ambassadors, motorcycles and shuddering auto-rickshaws, as people from all corners of the city were stuck together in a 38°C gridlock, honking their horns in desperate futility.

First it was pink slime. Then, it was crushed cochineal beetles in your favorite strawberry-flavored Starbucks drinks. Briefly, it was tuna scrape. And any day now, it's going to be meat glue. More than ever before, it seems consumers are demanding to know what's in their food and why.

New York City police did not violate New Jersey laws when they conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups, Gov. Chris Christie's administration said Thursday following a three-month review, a finding that angered Muslim leaders who had sought a clampdown on the cross-border police operations.

Philadelphia pays for police misbehavior, more cops get caught pilfering the evidence, one gets caught helping a heroin dealer, and another goes down hard for helping drug traffickers.

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  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    MSW Newsletter - Stories of Interest 5/22/12

    Here's the second newsletter so far, the plan is to post "stories of interest" a few times a week. Here are a few stories I found that stuck out the most over the past few days, check them out. 

    China can now bypass Wall Street when buying U.S. government debt and go straight to the U.S. Treasury, in what is the Treasury's first-ever direct relationship with a foreign government, according to documents viewed by Reuters. The relationship means the People's Bank of China buys U.S. debt using a different method than any other central bank in the world.

    U.S. Marines joined American military contractors at a training base nestled in Uganda's rolling countryside about 2 1/2 hours drive from the capital, helping fill gaps where the al-Qaida-linked fighters have found weaknesses. The base, called Singo, was built by the U.S. and is a key part of the Obama administration's strategy to bring stability to Somalia.

    Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rallied near the site of the NATO summit in Chicago. The veterans threw their medals toward the summit on Sunday afternoon.

    For a law that supposedly sticks it to big business, President Obama’s health care overhaul sure has a lot of industries counting on it for profits. In recent weeks, plenty of new evidence suggests Obamacare was a boondoggle for special interests.

    Tuesday brought the dispiriting news that CNN had its lowest-rated week in primetime in a staggering 20 years last week.

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    MSW Newsletter - Stories of Interest 5/21/12

    I, captain obvious, find that it's next to impossible to keep up with every story. I always hear something interesting, scary, funny, newsworthy, etc and it all tends to get lost in the shuffle. If you look on the side of my webpage, I have links to the Drudge Report, Drug War News, Antiwar News, and Ron Paul related news. So I've decided to pick a story from each category, plus anything else that seems worth reading, and make every attempt to consolidate them into one place.

    So let's all welcome the MSW Newsletter. Rather than posting each story individually on every social network, I'll do my damnedest to post one of these every few days. Nothing earth-shattering, hopefullly you take interest, but this is as much for me as it is for you, so check it out and hopefully you keep coming back. 

    Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses
    Imagine you had a building material that was energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. The material may even have a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, than concrete, a claim that is still being investigated. The only problem? The base of the Hempcrete creation is hemp, which comes from the cannabis sativa plant -- the same one that produces marijuana, which is a federally banned substance.

    Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Idaho National Guard, and four Idaho police departments raided the homes of 13 other headshop owners and employees on May 10. All of the headshops had their inventory seized.

    Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Chicago again today, demonstrating against the NATO summit, with a focus on condemning the ongoing NATO occupation of Afghanistan

    In Minnesota, Paul organizers won a decisive 12 of 13 delegates to the RNC at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, wrapping up the North Star State’s two-tier nominating contest.  Earlier this spring, Paul supporters won 20 of 24 delegates at district conventions.  In all, the Paul camp has swept the state of Minnesota winning 32 of the state’s 40 national delegates.

    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Ep. 7 - MSW Podcast ft Planet from Outerspace 5/10/12

    Two worlds coincide and combine as Planet crashes Mike Salvi's World in episode 7. We cover everything from being true to yourself and sticking to your guns, doing what you love, being parents, music, life, Greek riots, the Puerto Rican day parade, getting held up by the SWAT team, the Sixers, and plenty more. Plan, I can't thank you enough, looking forward to having Flip join us on the next one! 

    Just like every episode, watch the video if you have time, but for sure download the audio version and take us with you. We'll make your road trip, your commute to work, your house or yard work WAY more interesting in your iPod or on Stitcher Radio. Enjoy, we certainly did!

    Listen here, MSW Ep 7  - Ft. Planet from Outerspace

    Download the audio version of this episode and subscribe to Mike Salvi's World on iTunes.

    In his historical oracle, he'll blast metaphorical editorials, educating in his territorial. Master Planetary, Plan, Pliz, Aquaman, Maj, Mario, call him what you like, I call him fam (that's short for family FYI). Knocking on 20 years ago, this cool ass Puerto Rican dude I used to buy cigarettes and blunts from would never ring the register, and everything was always half price. Never met him before, but the fight-club-nod was all that was necessary, he hooked me up, I hooked him up. 
    Not long after our newfound tobacco-based relationship, The Mighty Flipside introduced me to this emcee called Aquaman, and lo and behold, it was the guy who worked at the unnamed store with the hook up! First time I heard him rhyme I knew rap would be his thing forever. He was part of a group called Outerspace which was made up of three of the sickest emcees I've ever heard. 
    I watched them literally grow from ciphering on a street corner, to battling and crushing other groups, to open mics, to performing at all the local hot spots, to touring the world. Now down to two members, Crypt the Warchild and Planet, Outerspace has become a staple in underground hiphop around the globe, and in my opinion have earned the rank of one of Philly's greatest groups. 

    Go to www.OuterspaceHiphop.com, listen to and download all their music, show real support to real artists, help them keep this labor of love for hiphop alive. Follow Plan on twitter @PlanetaryAOTP

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    The 5th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

    6-7-12 UPDATE:
    Media Bureau Network announces Screening Schedule by Venue, click here for details

    Guns and Weed. That's how I kicked off the 4th annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in June 2011. Let me back up and get you a little more acquainted with how this came to be. I should also clarify that I did not have a booth at the festival selling Desert Eagles and Trainwreck (google it if you don't get that).

    My friend Mark Passio and I have been hosting monthly documentary screenings, immediately followed by discussions, in Philly for the past few years. Because of this we befriended the mastermind behind the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Ben Barnett. In my never-ending quest to bring activists and independent thinkers together, I ended up through some sort of magic being asked asked if I wanted to submit a film into the festival and host it.

    The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (herein called PIFF), is typically a half week of constant films being screened one right after the other. Independent film makers from all over converge in Philly to share their work. Through our magic, I was given the slot of kicking off the festival.

    I wanted to flirt with shock-value, so what better film to pick than Michael Dean's "Guns & Weed: The Road to Freedom." To many critics' disappointment, the film does not advocate ingesting cannabis and going on a shooting spree. Instead it takes a cold hard look at the war on drugs, the war on raw milk (yes it exists), and the dark history behind government gun control and what all the above has led to.

    After the film, Michael Dean joined us for our discussion live via Skype, which was awesome. It definitely had a wizard of oz feel to it, but it was pretty amazing to have that happen. The feedback from the audience was great, and seemed to open up the dialogue for rethinking how certain laws impact individual liberty.

    This time around, Ben has invited me to be a part of this year's PIFF as well. My friend Fernando Antonio Salguero's group Survive & Thrive was recently featured in a documentary about survivalist groups across the country. So when Ben asked if I had a certain film in mind, I got the greenlight from Fernando, and locked Training for the Apocalypse into the 5th annual PIFF.

    In addition, I'm hosting a block of about 5 other films at the festival relating to the current state of the economic and political system. I pre-screened two so far at home and I'd be lying if I didn't say they were slightly depressing, but they were more enlightening than anything. Maybe I'm half joking when I say depressing, but they both take hard looks at things most people tend to ignore, which are unfortunately a huge chunk of "what's wrong" with our current state of affairs.

    I'm not only excited, but honored to be a part of it all. I'm not a film maker by any stretch, I've made a handful of youtube videos, and have hosted documentary screenings and led discussions, but that's about it. However, I have a huge level of respect for the independent arts, love movies, and honestly, I just love being a host, so this is right up my alley.

    So bookmark www.PhiladelphiaIndependentFilmFestival.com, like them on facebook, mark your calendars for 6/20 - 6/24, and come support independent artists!

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Ep 6 - MSW Podcast ft Payday Monsanto 5/4/12

    By far, this was the craziest episode! Ridiculously fun, Payday is just flat out awesome! I tried to hold my expectations back before we hit record, but human nature allowed them to creep in and damn they were blown away. Payday, I can't thank you enough, the way this episode went is exactly why I do this podcast. Can't wait to have you back on ANYtime! 

    Everyone else, I know this is a longer episode, but so far the feedback has been great, and I concur. Watch the video if you have time, but for sure download the audio version and take us with you. We'll make your road trip, your commute to work, your house or yard work WAY more interesting in your iPod or on Stitcher Radio. Enjoy, we certainly did! 

    Listen here, MSW Ep. 6 - Ft. Payday Monsanto

    Download the audio version of this episode and subscribe to Mike Salvi's World on iTunes.

    Everytime I write a post promoting the next episode of the "Mike Salvi's World Podcast," I feel like I always say the same thing. "This is an episode I've been waiting for forever!" But it's the truth, every episode feels like that because my guests are awesome.

    Payday Monsanto is no exception. I told Payday on the phone yesterday, even if we weren't friends, I'd still say he's one of my favorite hiphop MC's. In the hiphop world, the percentage of real artists doing what they love is so low compared to the nonsense you hear on the radio, or even the wannabes crawling up the ranks to get 2 minutes of fame.

    Hiphop has always been about raw skills. When all the fluff disappears, real talent, lyric skills, delivery, confidence, humor, and even a splash of arrogance is what separates respectable MC's from the average person who can make a few words rhyme. 
    I met Payday a few years ago and we clicked immediately. Hiphop is lucky to have his talent come through its channel, the freedom movement is lucky to have him spread the message of truth and liberty to a wider audience, and I'm lucky to have him right here in Philly.
    Payday's latest track "Dr. Know" (THE Ron Paul hiphop song for the history books)

    Snippets of some of Payday's older tracks, "Mass Hopenosis, No Monsanto, & Wicked by Design" 

    Go to www.PaydayMonsanto.com, buy his music, support a real hiphop artist who's definitely not afraid to speak his mind and cover real topics all while keepin' it street! 

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    MSW Podcast Updates 5-1-12

    What's new in the world of the Mike Salvi's World podcast? Alot! So far I've completely done the back end of the past 5 episodes on my own and no doubt about it, I'm learning as I go. Been getting tips along the way from other podcasters, but for not knowing a thing about how to work all the background stuff out, I'd say it's been a satisfactory success so far.

    Huge thanks to everyone who has tuned in, downloaded episodes, and kept up with the show. I can say I've done alot in my life, and so far, all else is hard pressed to top the amount of fun I'm having with the podcast. The schedule fits perfectly with my world, pretty damn sporadic. As of lately though, I've gotten more interest from friends who want to be guests, which makes the whole thing that much better.

    So here's what's in store, at least for the month of May. New show every week, still no set day or time, and don't count on there ever being one. Regardless of a specific time, just count on a new episode by the end of each week. Still going with live video on USTREAM followed by the audio version to be uploaded to iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever my RSS feeds land within a few hours.

    Guests in the pipeline for May and June are:
    • Payday Monsanto, Philly hiphop artist
    • Planetary (of Outerspace), Philly hiphop artist
    • Paul Ulmer, president of PA Oathkeepers
    • Rob Pepe, living legend, activist, heart on his sleeve Ron Paul supporter, Constable, and more
    • Keith Smith, long time Philly area activist
    • Ben Barnett, owner of MBN studios and Philadelphia Independent Film Festival mastermind

    For email updates at email me at mike@mikesalvisworld.com, I won't sell your email or spam you. Follow me on twitter @chicomike215. Stay tuned!