Wonderful Wizard of Oz


September 9, 2016
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Michael Barber and Josh Tifer’s song, Take Your Time, was originally released on Interscope Digital back in 2011. The song charted on Itunes and sold over 109,000 copies to date, has been re-released on Michael’s newly released album, Sand Dollars.

Michael Barber is a rapducer, from Evansville, Indiana, best known for being the last artist signed to Death Row Records. That label deal went by the wayside and under water as Death Row entered into it’s last bankruptcy. Barber’s highly touted album, Thrift Shop II Hip Hop was never released.

“Take Your Time” was the first of a music fusion between metal rock guitarist and producer Tifer and self proclaimed, “rapducer” (rapper + producer) Barber. The duo formed the group, Illuminati Sky, and toured the state of Florida twice most notably opening for Naughty by Nature.

Sand Dollars is a mix of those songs that were stranded on Death Row as well as a few projects recorded with Illuminati Sky. Illuminati Sky described their fusion sound as RUNK(Runk = Rap + Punk).

Barber and Tifer, wisely, owned the rights to Take Your Time, and the release is all within the legal limits. The whole album, Sand Dollars is available for sale on all digital outlets online.

Purchase Sand Dollars & Take Your Time on Itunes or Bandcamp Now!

Jared Leto says he was ‘tricked’ into playing Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ says ‘fu-k WB’

August 22, 2016
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After months of boasting and broadcasting about his performance as The Joker in the recently released movie Suicide Squad, Jared Leto seems to be backpedalling about his “method” approach: the Oscar-winning actor now claims he was “tricked”into playing the role.

Coincidentally timed with backlash about the movie’s lacklustre vibe and countless tepid reviews, Leto reportedly opened up to “campers” at a Q&A session at Camp Mars, a wilderness retreat for fans of Leto and his band, 30 Seconds to Mars.

An attendee of the camp, who identified themselves only as “La Leto,” posted Leto’s thoughts from the Q&A. [The post has now been deleted.]

“He was very honest about the film this weekend,” read the post. “His disappointment in what he’s learned of the theatrical cut (he’s still not seen the film); feeling sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently; thinking it would’ve been more artistic than what it became; feeling overwhelmed by the hate regarding the look and choices.”

Leto also confirmed his Suicide Squad contract banned him from doing certain activities he enjoys, like rock climbing.

It’s been reported by numerous sources that Leto shot hours of footage for the film that ended up on the cutting-room floor.

Reviews indicate that The Joker is also a fringe character, only appearing sporadically in a handful of scenes, despite the trailers that make him seem like a main character in the movie.

he Joker star was asked about his contract with the film company, which is rumoured to contain a clause preventing him from undertaking any dangerous activities like rock climbing and wearing garish clothing to film premieres.

“fu*k ’em,” Leto is said to have responded, provoking laughter from the crowd.

Next Steps in Chokehold Death Probe in NYC

December 4, 2014
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What happens next after a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner:


Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday the Justice Department would launch a criminal civil-rights investigation into Garner’s death. U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, who has jurisdiction over Staten Island, will oversee the probe. President Barack Obama recently named her to succeed Holder as attorney general.

Lynch has experience with police brutality cases; she was one of the attorneys who prosecuted New York officers in the 1997 broom-handle assault on Abner Louima. “Since the death of Eric Garner in July, our office has monitored this case closely,” she said in a statement. “The investigation will be fair and thorough, and it will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.” It’s not clear how long it will take; an investigation is still pending into the death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Pantaleo could face federal criminal charges. In 1998, police officer Francis Livoti was convicted of violating Anthony Baez’s civil rights in a 1994 chokehold case and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. He had been acquitted of criminal charges by a state judge.


The New York Police Department will conduct an internal investigation into the incident to determine whether Pantaleo violated policy. Commissioner William Bratton said interviews would begin Friday. The probe will be conducted simultaneously with the federal investigation.

Pantaleo’s attorney and union have maintained that the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned maneuver, because Garner was resisting arrest. They said Garner’s poor health was the main reason he died. “You cannot resist arrest, that’s a crime. Police officers do not have the option to walk away,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Pantaleo could face a departmental trial that could result in administrative charges like loss of vacation days or suspension, or dismissal. Regardless of the administrative judge’s finding, the police commissioner has the final say on the officer’s future with the force. The officers involved in the shooting death of Sean Bell, killed in hail of bullets on his wedding day, were fired after an internal affairs investigation. They had been acquitted at a bench trial of criminal charges.


Garner’s family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a civil suit against the city. Attorneys said the family will seek $75 million in damages alleging wrongful death, assault, emotional distress and negligent training.

Civil cases generally require a lower standard of proof than criminal cases. Jurors must find a preponderance of evidence, not proof beyond a reasonable doubt needed to convict in a criminal trial.

The family of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man was killed by police in 1999, settled with the city for $3 million in 2004 after filing a $60 million lawsuit. The city did not admit any wrongdoing. Garner family attorney Jonathan Moore said Thursday they had been waiting on the outcome of the state case before filing their lawsuit, and may wait on the federal case.

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Jamaal Wilkes with Catfish Hughes on Thru the Wire

November 19, 2014
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2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and former Los Angeles Laker and UCLA star, Jamaal Wilkes, is interviewed by Catfish Hughes the East Coast Voice of the Lakers on Thru the Wire Sports Talk Radio. #52 “Silk” talks about new Coach Bryon Scott, a former Laker teammate, and Kobe Bryant and whether or not he thinks Kobe Bean Bryant has anything left in the tank. Wilkes also talks about the Lakers front office and more. Enjoy!

Parts of U.S. abruptly thrown into early winter as cold snap sweeps through

November 12, 2014
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An early blast of cold air will leave more than half of the United States shivering into the weekend.
About 200 million people will be affected by the severe cold, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.
The unseasonably cold temperatures associated with an arctic air mass will continue to surge southward through the central United States.
Temperatures are forecast to be 20 to 40 degrees below climate average for areas east of the Rockies into the Great Plains.
The cold air will move toward the South by Wednesday morning, bringing freezing temperatures as far south as Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.
It will reach the East Coast by Thursday, forecasters said.
“Early season cold outbreak will drift south and eastward across much of the eastern half of the country over the next several days,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

By the time the weekend hits, hardly anyone in the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be spared.
“The next 10 days over the entire eastern half of the country will be below normal,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said Tuesday.
In Wyoming, the wind chill is expected to be between 25 to 35 below zero. Experts warned residents not to stay outside for prolonged periods, and urged farmers to move livestock into a barn.
“The cold spell is about zero degrees, and we will get subzero overnight,” said Mayor Rick Kaysen of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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State health officials: second Ebola case in Texas

October 13, 2014
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More News on Ebola

Texas health officials say a health care worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition.

Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they provided care to Thomas Eric Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has “requested total privacy.”

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Varga says the health care worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regimen required by the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control.

Duncan died Wednesday in Dallas.

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Two Dutch doctors possibly infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone

September 12, 2014
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The doctors were treating patients, who later developed Ebola. Doctors were unprotected, like they used to be, treating a lot of malaria patients. No Ebola patients in that time in this region. After the doctors found out they had been treating patients who developed Ebola, they warned the Dutch Embassy in Ghana. They will fly home by a military plane. The clinic has been closed, this closure is another local health disaster.

Director of RIVM (Dutch CDC), Jaap van Dissel, said via NOS National Radio, as long as the doctors don’t show any symptoms, they can’t infect others. After their return they will have a medical check. After that it will be decided what the next step will be. They could stay in isolation at home (less contacts than in a hospital setting) and monitored by telephone. As soon as they develop a fever and/or other symptoms, the next steps from the Ebola protocol will be followed.

More updates later.

source: The Pluto Daily News on Ebola