Best remembered for being the boxer who handed Muhammad Ali his first professional defeat in the “Fight of the Century,” Frazier and Ali would go on to tussle two more times, with Ali gaining the upper hand in both.
Of his legendary rival Ali said in the aftermath of their second fight, known as “Thrilla in Manila”: “He’s the greatest fighter of all times, next to me.”
Frazier’s family announced his death with the following statement:
We The Family of the 1964 Olympic Boxing Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Member Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transitioned from this life as “One of God’s Men,” on the eve of November 7, 2011at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We thank you for your prayers for our Father and vast outpouring of love and support.
Respectfully, we request time to grieve privately as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Stop Beating Students of the Day: UC Berkeley students clashed with police this afternoon after several tents were set up outside Sproul Hall as part of an Occupy-style protest against tuition and fee hikes as well funding cuts for public education.
Officers in riot gear used their batons in an effort break through a human chain of peaceful “Occupy Cal” protesters that had formed to prevent police from tearing down the tents.
At least seven people were arrested, and the tents were eventually cleared away, but returned later on. According to reports, police plan to remove the tents again later tonight, and a second “showdown” with the remaining protesters is expected.
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told students earlier this week that the university supports the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, but will not allow camping on its grounds.
An interesting and informative opinion piece provided by Dr David Batstone, co-founder and president of Not For Sale, and professor at the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, detailing how the very real forms of bondage contradicts our “sense of modern history and moral progress”. He examines the issue of slavery after having learnt that slavery very well reaches across the globe to one’s “own backyard”.
Dr Batstone writes this after having established his own agency, Not For Sale, where they undertook the task of creating a consumer tool, Free2Work, that “provides data and transparency to the supply chains of products that sit on the shelves of retain stores we frequent”.
Free2Work assigns a product a grade- A to F- based on the tangible steps that a company has taken to demonstrate that it has zero tolerance to forced labour in its supply chain. The 50 factors that go into evaluating the grade encompass protocols that pertain to transparency in a supply chain, a sold code of conduct, monitoring its implementation, and remediation when violations do occur.
Such technology, available as an app on the Android and iPhone, may allow one to finally learn the story behind the product. Simply said, walk into a store and scan the price tag.
If you would like to learn more about Not For Sale visit their website here.
“I find it interesting that if terrorists put a chemical in the food supply that killed a million people, it would be called a great crime against humanity, and we’d probably bomb some nation into dust in retaliation. But when a U.S. food corporation puts chemical additives into the food that ultimately kill a million people through heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes, nobody seems to notice.”
On this day in 1913, Gandhi led a march of miners in South Africa (127 women, 57 children and 2037 men) — during this march, Gandhi was arrested more than three times.
(see more — Gandhi: Glimpses of a Legend)
Dr. Cornel West arrested after he led a mock trial against Goldman Sachs in Zuccotti Park. (More information to follow on this as more becomes available).
2011 looks more and more like 1954 every day
Video: John Domokos
Protestors in Greece demonstrate against austerity measures. George Papandreou, Greece’s prime minister, chose the wrong time to call for a referendum on the latest deal to salvage the euro. His last gamble may have hastened his demise.
Bill Cosby Flashed Outside of 5th Avenue Barnes and Noble by Holly Van Voast. People of Tumblr, give me all your Jello Jigglers jokes!