John Colston

John Colston is currently the leader and coordinator of our team of writers. He lives in Colorado and is collaborating with Ironclad Integrity Unlimited Ltd since 2006.John is a passionate independent journalist with a lot of experience in team building and human resources management.If you have any questions, suggestions or editorial complaints about, contact John at

Harry Belafonte publically insults Herman Cain

Under the eyes of an approving host, Harry Belafonte publically insulted Herman Cain. During the Joy Behar show, the singer called Cain a bad apple and a false Negro and described him to be a person who failed to show intelligence and a good grasp of history.

A few years ago, during an interview with the Cuba propaganda ministry, Belafonte showed his support for Fidel Castro. He claimed his main reasons for doing so were his belief in justice, democracy, people’s rights and harmony for all mankind, which made it impossible for him not to support Castro for as long as it might take.

Belafonte’s point of view, however, seems to be highly contradicted by the actual facts. Herman Cain dedicated his life to creating wealth and promoting freedom. Fidel Castro is known for his regime of terror. During his first three years of being in control of Cuba his actions led to the murder of as many people as it took Hitler six years to have killed. Furthermore, he imprisoned and tortured more political prisoners than Stalin did. Cuba owns a very sinister record as being the country with the blackest political prisoners in the world. His policy heavily affected the country’s economic state and drove, often at the point of gun, more than 20% of its inhabitants into exile.

Belafonte’s statement is contradicted even by the words of the very person he upholds. After entering Havana, Castro was asked by a report about his intentions concerning the black population of Cuba. Fidel answered: “We’re going to do for Cuba’s blacks exactly what they did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean nothing!”

Currently, the vast majority of Cuban prisons population is composed of black people, over 90%, whilst under 10% of the political functions are performed by black people. Most dissidents are black, including a large number of females.

Yet, the singer and actor continues to believe that “the Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and drink, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent”.

During the years, Belafonte visited Cuba numerous times, giving speeches and posing for photos in locations placed only in walking distance from political prisons where atrocious torture was performed.

Daylight Saving Time for 2011 ending soon

The Daylight Saving Time period for 2011 is coming close to its end. On November 6, people living in the United States will set their clocks one hour backwards.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology time will be reverted to the standard one at precisely 2 a.m. on Sunday 06.11, as decided by the Energy Policy Act in 2005. “We advance our clocks ahead one hour at the beginning of DST, and move them back one hour (“spring forward, fall back”) when we return to Standard Time”, the NIST rep stated.

Adding extra days to the Daylight Saving Time started in 2007 when the U.S. Energy Policy Act got installed. Then, for the first time, the clocks were reversed one hour not on the last Sunday of October but on the first one of November. The same act made changes for the DST as well moving it from second Sunday of March to first Sunday of April.

The actual energy savings that thesechanges bring are not the same all over the States. In the 1970s, when the Daylight Saving Time was first introduced, the savings summed up to a whole percentage of the national energy. Yet there are territories where the savings make little to none difference, like for example the state of California. However a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 showed that the four extra daylight weeks actually enable energy savings of 1.3 trillion watt hours per day, which could provide as such the power needed for 100,000 houses for an entire year.

The use of DST started during the World War I first, in an attempt to conserve as much energy as possible. Furthermore, during the energy crisis in 1970s, mid World War II, the year round DST was introduced for the same purpose.

However regions like Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and almost the entire Arizona state aren’t affected by this chance. Most people who live in Arizona don’t observe the time changes due to the extreme heat of the region. If the state would notice the Daylight Saving Time then the sun would stay up during the summer days till 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. like it does currently.

Giuliana Rancic, diagnosed with breast cancer

E! Entertainment’ Giuliana Rancic has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 37-year-old TV host has made the announcement on the Today Show on Monday. The TV icon has discovered the condition in August.

Giuliana and her husband Bill, who star in the reality with the same name – Giuliana and Bill – have been trying to get pregnant for a while. But on her third attempt to having a baby through in vitro fertilization, the E! News host has made a discovery she was not prepared for. The doctors found that she had breast cancer.
Rancic gave the news to An Curry on Monday, during the Today Show. She explained how her doctor wanted her to make some tests before undergoing the in vitro fertilization process again. She says that the doctor said that the pregnancy hormones given in the treatment can accelerate a cancer. So she did her first mammogram at 37 years old, which she never thought she would do. “I wasn’t prepared to get a mammogram until I was 40 years old”, Rancic confessed and added that even so, “I never in my wildest dreams expected anything to be wrong”. She says that no one in her family had breast cancer.
When talking about how she received the news about the cancer, she says that “it was like the world just crashed around me.” She was still very emotional when talking on TV about it, even though there have been several weeks since she found out. However, she explains that the disease is at an early stage and thus, treatable. “I’m doing surgery this coming week, and then I go to radiation for six and a half weeks.”

Her husband Bill was very supportive of his wife throughout these days. “He lets me cry when I want to cry. He just lets me feel what I want to feel”, she gushed about her “unbelievable” husband.

America commemorates 13 years since Matthew Shepard was killed

This month – the LGBT month – all of America commemorates the death of Matthew Shepard who, 13 years ago, was brutally killed in what turned out to be a hate crime against his sexual orientation.

October is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) month and also the most appropriate time to commemorate the tragic events that abruptly ended the life of an 18-year-old, thus creating one of the most powerful symbols for hate crimes in American history. The attack took place in Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 7th 1998. The attackers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson took Shepard into a remote area, tied him up, viciously beat him and left him to die.

More than a decade after their son’s death, Shepard’s parents consider that “Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms, thus changing the way Americans talk about and deal with crime in USA”.

The tragic event brought to the public attention the magnitude of hate crimes and the actual danger gay people have to face on a day to day basis. Furthermore, Matthew’s violent death stirred up protests even to his funeral from organizations such as Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church. Such radical displays of bigotry and hatred led to a completely new approach for the debates against hate crimes and gay rights.

The inhumane events determined an immediate reaction even from the President of the U.S. at the time, Bill Clinton. In a state of shock and grief, he dismissed such behavior as part of the American values.

Shepard’s death led to unprecedented public support, media coverage and attention to the LGBT cause and their endless pursuit against hate crimes and discrimination. Thus, events such as the murder of the transgender Gwen Araujo and Lawrence King’s shooting based on sexual orientation found a more concerned and sympathetic public reaction.

Two years ago, on October 22nd, an act named after Shepard added gender, sexual orientation and gender identity to the previous hate crimes laws, passed the United State Congress. Only six days later, president Obama approved the law, thus making it the first piece of federal legislation that supports the LGBT cause.

Eight people reported dead in the Seal Beach shooting

An eighth victim joined the list of the people who lost their lives in the shooting that took place Wednesday in a salon in Seal Beach. The incident starred a single offender, or so the Seal Beach Police Department reps claim. The man entered the salon and opened fire randomly at the crowd inside pilling up bodies. The investigation is still open aiming to uncover the reasons that determined such an act of violence.

Some of the people who were present at the whereabouts of the salon Meritage on Wednesday claim that the shooter was aiming to take out his ex-wife as the two of them were engaged in a custody quarrel.

The man was apprehended shortly after his violent outburst only a few blocks away from the salon. The incident took place at a very crowed hour for the Pacific Coast Highway shop, which was full of stylists and customers at the time.

One of the survivors, Cindy, declared for the press that the events took place very fast, the man entered the shop and started shooting everyone in sight including the salon’s owner Randy Fannin. Even though at start the people in the shop thought the noise came from firecrackers it was soon obvious to everybody what a violent scene they were part of.

Such unprecedented events took by surprise both the town’s inhabitants as well as the police, who were forced to deal with the unfamiliar display of violence. After the shooting both the victims and the eyewitnesses were escorted to an apartment building in the vicinity, to calm themselves down. The streets were roaming with people talking about the events.

The witnesses were under shock both from the shooting itself as well as from the tragedy of the families of the victims and their grief outbursts. Marissa Pei, who was coming home from a day at the gym, told the reporter about several people’s reaction to the shooting. “’My baby. She’s half of me. Please, God, don’t let her be dead”, said a man to her outside the salon, looking feverishly for his wife.

Several other people who were in the vicinity of the salon working or passing by were affected by the incident which has shaken the entire community. Dion Martini, manicurist in another salon, said she had to hold her tears down at the thought of such a person living among the others and being capable of such behavior.

A ninth victim is reported as still in critical condition at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

Women drive safer than men

Despite the jokes about women driving with their head in the clouds, a recent study shows that they actually drive safer than men. CBS says that according to a survey done for MetLife, women get far less reckless driving tickets and they also are less likely to be taken downtown for DUI.

The recent MetLife poll shows that men are worse drivers than women. Here are the results of the survey:
•    Women are 3.4 less likely to get a ticket
•    Women are 3.1 less likely to be arrested for DUI
•    51% of women believe they drive better than men

The study explains the results through some qualities that women have when getting behind the wheel, qualities that men seem to lack in those situations. One of them is that women tend to respect authority more and they do not manifest an aggressive behavior, at least not as often as men do. “Women are on average less aggressive and more law-abiding drivers — attributes that lead to fewer accidents”, the report concludes.

However, there is one field in which men have gained the majority of points, and that is automotive knowledge. They definitely know more about the hardware, such as electronic stability control, thus being more able to prevent rollover accidents.
When it comes to morbidity statistics, the number of men dying as a result of an accident is considerably higher than women’s. In 2009, in the United States only, 11,900 male drivers have lost their lives. This, in comparison to just 4,900 women.
The gender differences seem to fade away in the case of teenagers, due to equal risk of distraction while driving. Among the main distraction in the teenager accidents, there are the cell phones and the music players, says a survey made in 2011.

“The Avengers” trailer is out

The latest Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson movie, “The Avengers” has finally got a trailer out to the hungry for information fans.

From the first scene, the trailer reveals bigger picture events, since the team is larger it only fits that the location the action takes place should scale accordingly. So the first scene presents a highly populated town’s street with people running for their lives as bombs drop from the sky.

Marvel hasn’t yet revealed to the press the creatures they plan to have help Loki as he strives to conquer the Earth. But that wasn’t unexpected since there is still more than half a year till the production will be actually finished, so keeping some tricks up their sleeves feels only natural.

The newly formed team gets a coach, Nick Fury, a dysfunctional twist and a specific role “there was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so that when we needed them they could fight the battles that we never could”.

Even though, at first glance, the movie seems to be leading in the direction of yet another save the day production, the director has big plans in mind for developing both the team’s interactions as well as the characters individually. Joss Whedon carefully places conflicts between the members of the team, which will escalade from mere talk to actual physical fights, but also within their personalities as well.

As expected, even with the inner team conflicts, most of the battling is still conducted against common enemies and threats. Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, blows up stuff at the use of his explosive arrows, Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, takes a henchman down by wrapping her legs around his neck and so on.

The trailer finishes with revealing the team’s ultimate goal: “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it”. And with a quick peek at yet another character believed to join the team but not commented upon by Marvel, The Hulk.

Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Here it is:

Kraken might be real

The kraken might be real. Or “have been”, actually. Mark McMenamin, paleontologist for Mount Holyoke College, is on the verge of an unprecedented discovery. It seems like the ancient Earth’ oceans were populated with the legendary sea monster of gigantic proportions:  the kraken. Owners of huge teeth and school bus sizes, the krakens are believed to have been some on the water’s most fierce predators.
The creature was 30 meters long and weighted twice as a Mesonychoteuthis, the giant squid, did.

Unfortunately for McMenamin’s studies, that he was set to present on Monday, 10th of October at the Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, there is no direct evidence to the actual existence of the creature, since its soft body couldn’t have been preserved throughout time.

McMenamin takes his proof from the markings on the bones of the pray found at the kraken’s supposed lair. Here the paleontologist discovered the bones of nine ichthyosaurs, which are proven to have lived between 248 million to 206 million years ago, during the Triassic era. The sea creatures were 14 meters long and are the old version of nowadays giant sperm whales.

McMenamin’s  interest in this matter started with the unsolved cause of death of the creatures displayed at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada. Scientists have come to the conclusion, in 1950s, that the creatures have died of accidental stranding or toxic plankton bloom. Yet for McMenamin the explanation wasn’t sufficient enough, as no further studies were able to actually prove that the S. popularis died in shallow water.
“I was aware that anytime there is controversy about depth, there is probably something interesting going on”, he said.

Once arrived to the Park the paleontologist was taken by the weird pattern the bones were describing. It seemed like the creatures weren’t all killed at the same time, but mostly like their bones had been rearranged. This could have occurred as a result of the S. popularis being killed at the surface then dragged to the kraken’s lair. The giant sea creature is believed to have either drowned or strangled its victims.

The strange pattern the bones form can very well resemble the disks of a tentacle, where every vertebra looks like a sucker made by a Coleoidea sea creature, such as: octopuses, squid or cuttlefish. Presented like this, the bones pattern appears to be a self-portrait of the Kraken.

Further proof comes from studying the behavior of other very large octopus like creatures that are still alive nowadays. For example, the octopus that inhabits the largest aquarium at the Seattle aqua land is killing the sharks. So it is possible for large octopus like creatures to take out huge animals as pray. Furthermore, the bones found in the kraken’s lair showed numerous breaks that couldn’t have occurred as mere accidents, as well as evidence of twisted necks.


Paralyzed man uses mind to move robot hand

Tim Hemmes, a man who was left paralyzed after a motorcycle accident, has managed to move a robot hand attached to his wheelchair only with the use of his mind. Moving a robot hand towards his girlfriend was a success for both the man and for the team of scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, who led and monitored the experiment, Associated Press reports.

Tim Hemmes was a perfectly normal man until seven years ago, when he suffered an accident that left him quadriplegic. One evening in 2004 he was riding his motorcycle when at one point a deer came in front of him. He swerved to miss it and hit a guardrail. He broke his neck and was left paralyzed from his shoulders down.  Since that time, his ultimate goal is to get back the use of his hands. “I always tell people your legs are great … but they just get you from here to there”, Tim says, but “the arms and fingers and hands do everything else”.

His great luck was the possibility of joining the volunteers testing the 100 million dollar project for DARPA, the research agency of the Pentagon. The project revolved around constructing a robot arm that moves on the command of the human mind. For this, Hemmes, who is 30 years old, underwent a brain surgery, where electrodes were implanted in his brain, to record the electrical signals. Those signals are then sent through connecting wires to the hand. Hemmes’s electrodes were implanted on the surface of his motor cortex and the intervention lasted about two hours.
The first days after the operation, Hemmes was assigned to simply get used to the robotic arm. He had no significant tasks. But the following week, he had to command the hand to reach to a ball and grasp it. The experiment turned into frustration for the man, as his hand would to the exact opposite of what he wanted. After several attempts, he managed to complete the task. “There’s no owner’s manual, I’m training my brain to figure how to do all this”, he said.

On Monday, Tim managed to reach out and touch with his new hand the hand of his girlfriend, Katie Schaffer. It was the first time he has ever reached to her, as they met after his accident. It was a highly emotional moment for both of them. “I believe this is the future,” Hemmes says thrilled about the new perspectives opening up in front of him. “Just let people know there’s hope.”

“Catching Hell” documentary premiers Tuesday on ESPN

During 102 minutes of reminiscence, Alex Gibney, film maker for ESPN, revisits the events surrounding the Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. The documentary tells the story of the match as viewed by Bill Buckner, former Cubs first baseman, and Steve Bartman, Cubs fan.

Buckner played for Cubs and later on Red Sox. He was the first baseman to allow a ground ball to be lost. In the 1986 World Series, the ball went through his legs and resulted in the New York Mets World Series championship enabling the curse to continue.

Bartman became notorious when he reached, alongside only a few other people, for a foul ball at the Wrigley Field Cubs match in October 2003. The Cubs were five outs short of reaching the World Series. It would have been the first time since their last success in 1945. Needless to say that Batman didn’t catch the ball, but served as a symbol for the curse being renewed.

For Gibney, “Catching Hell” serves as a means for media introspection, as Buckner is portrayed in the documentary as a substitute for humanity in its whole who manages to fail the media in both stories.

In 2008, the Red Sox had Buckner throw the first ball for the Opening Day. Even though he was received warmly by the Boston fans, the former baseman couldn’t forget the hell he was put through by the media after his error in 1986. In a press conference that followed the opening game of the season, Buckner talked about the ordeal him and his family had to put up with. His daughter Kristen was present as well for the event as a reporter for an Idaho TV station.

Things were even worse for Bartman who, unlike Buckner, wasn’t even a public figure. He got ESPN reporters stalking his car in an attempt to get a fast few words from the Cubs fan when he was leaving his work. The reporter was in the parking lot for seven hours. John Kass, columnist for Chicago Tribune, was sitting next to Bartman at the game, his first words to him were “Do you realize what you have just done?”. Sun Times made public the home address of the unfortunate Cubs fan.

Bartman’s story was addressed before, in a documentary entitled “Chasing October” directed by Matt Liston, who is a co-producer for “Catching Hell” as well.

The hatred towards Bartman started outside the field that night, with a fan who was carrying a  TV on his head. People watching the replay of his actions over and over started chanting “Ass”, which later on carried into the ballpark as well.

“Catching Hell” includes premiers, as the interview with Erika Amundsen, a security guard for Wrigley Field, who talks about the way she got Bartman out of ballpark in one piece. Also, Moises Alou, left fielder, chats about his reaction to the foul ball, as him and colleague Aramis Ramirez foreseen a bad outcome and even booked flights back home.

“Catching Hell” will be aired several times throughout the week.