The White Rage of NYPD Legitimacy

NYPD shooting and killing of suspects, stop-and-frisk, and educational policies that promote de facto segregation were all part of a system of White rage in New York City.
People will obey when they feel that they are being treated legitimately.
True leadership begins not with leaders imposing their wills but with leaders understanding that true authority and obedience comes from the expression of legitimacy.
Remember what Jesus did.
How you carry out your ideas is as important as the ideas themselves.
Amadou Diallo

February 4th, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the police shooting and killing of a 23 year old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo. Amadou was shot by four plain clothes NYPD police officers in his hallway after they unloaded 41 shots at Amadou in front of his Bronx apartment, a building I often passed on my way to and from the 6 train. The officers hit Amadou with 19 shots; less than half of what was discharged from their weapons.
Claiming the impossibility of a fair trial in NYC, an appellate court ordered that that the trial be switched to Albany, New York, the state capital. All four the officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing after the acquitted them.

Amadou Diallo

On April 18th, 2000, Diallo’s mother, Kadijatou, and his father Saikou Diallo, filed a $61 million ($20m plus $1m for each shot fired) lawsuit against the city and the officers, charging gross negligence, wrongful death, racial profiling, and other violations of Diallo’s civil rights. In March 2004, they accepted a $3 million settlement. The much lower final settlement was still reportedly one of the largest in the City of New York for a single man with no dependents under New York State’s “wrongful death law,” which limits damages to pecuniary loss by the deceased person’s next of kin.

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The characteristic common to God and man

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
~ Exodus 20 : 7
The most important question in the whole world:
What do you believe is the true nature of the universe?
In the Bible the Hebrew word for God is made up of four vowels, and according to tradition it was only pronounced on Yom Kippur by the High Priest. Saying God’s name was considered a very serious and powerful thing, so much so that one of the Ten Commandments prohibits us from saying God’s name in vain. As a result, people have come up with various substitutions. One of those substitutions is Hashem. Hashem is a Hebrew term for God. Literally, it means “the name.”

In Aramaic and Hebrew, the word shem, which is usually translated as “name,” can also mean light, word, sound, reputation, and atmosphere. The concept that unifies these meanings is vibration: everything that vibrates its way into existence as a seemingly separate being carries its own unique shem. At the same time, all individual name-light vibrations are connected in various ways to the one sacred shem of the divine, which is beyond human words or thoughts. All vibration is part of the whole vibration of the universe. This concept of shem is ancient mysticism, yet it is entirely consistent with the particle-light duality of modern physics.

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Why are people so unhappy in modern societies?

Capitalism makes us richer but more miserable.


We exult in our freedom, but sometimes we wonder: Is this all there is?
For the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car crashes, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

The suicide rate has been rising in the United States since the beginning of the century, and is now the 10th leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s often called a public health crisis.

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Municipal Bonds on a Gigabit Blockchain

The Metro Open Network would be a community-owned open-access gigabit fiber network with embedded blockchain technology

The Metro Open Network

This network will initially focus on the unserved and underserved parts of the New York City Metropolitan Area.
According to a New York Times article, the United States ranks in 14th place behind countries like Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Romania and Macau in fiber connectivity. The fastest are in countries where the government has paid for fiber upgrades. But in the United States it has been left to cable and telecom companies, which have been slow to make the investment.
Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Self-Reliance

From a Crain’s New York article, “It’s foolish to think that we can just leave it to the market to use this limited space under the street efficiently,” Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Self-Reliance, said. “The fiber needs are tremendous, and if New York over time can expand access to a lot of fiber at low cost, we’ll see all kinds of [innovation].”
The New York City Metropolitan Area needs a vastly expanded fiber network to attract startups and create a thriving independent business community.

Chris Dixon

AS THE INTERNET has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually shifted from open source protocols maintained by non-profit communities to proprietary services operated by large tech companies. As a result, billions of people got access to amazing, free technologies. But that shift also created serious problems.

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Listening to Your Elephant

The American system, right now, is not working very well

“The Third-Term Panic,” by Thomas Nast, was originally published in “Harper’s Magazine” in 1874 and is considered the point when the donkey and elephant came to symbolize the two parties. The cartoon’s imagery is from Aesop’s fable “The Ass in the Lion’s Skin,” with the moral being that a fool may disguise his appearance but his words will give him away.

In our age of overwhelming information, how do we find truth?
We live in a very intellectual culture, but the intellect or what we perceive as consciousness is very weak. Jonathan Haidt uses the metaphor of a rider on a elephant. The rider can tell the elephant where to go, but if the elephant doesn’t want to go in that direction there is very little the rider can do.
In my experience, the intellect may be even weaker than that. Beyond our own unconscious, there is a collective unconscious. And beyond that is something we in this cultural usually call God.
Collective unconscious, a term coined by Carl Jung, refers to structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings of the same species. According to Jung, the human collective unconscious is populated by instincts and by archetypes: universal symbols such as The Great Mother, the Wise Old Man, the Shadow, the Tower, Water, the Tree of Life, and many more.
Listening to the elephant is just the start. The elephant suggests things, do it, see what happens, adjust, and then repeat. This is what one needs to do develop internal complexity. The industrial age attempted to build a culture where people lacked internal complexity.

The rider and the elephant

The American system, right now, is not working very well

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New York City’s Next Mayor

New York City We Are Family

Terrance Jackson for Mayor of NYC

I am also currently helping a couple of high school students build a chess-playing robot to help expound on the fact that there is no conflict between science and the Bible.
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong

New Book Coming Soon


And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”
And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”
~ Luke 10 : 25 – 28


“Faith” has its etymological roots in the Greek pistis, “trust; commitment; loyalty; engagement.” Faith in God, therefore, is a trust in and loyal commitment to God. Belief in Christ is an engaged commitment to the call and ministry of Jesus; it is a commitment to do the gospel, to be a follower of Christ. In neither case are “belief” or “faith” a matter of intellectual assent.
We must develop business models that create good jobs.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem

If we don’t want poverty in our community, our businesses must pay living wages with decent benefits. And if we don’t want polluted air, water, and land, our businesses must behave in environmentally sustainable ways.

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Conquering Neoliberalism

One barrier to the threat of destruction is an informed and engaged public.

[Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher] was actually, unconsciously no doubt, paraphrasing Marx, who in his condemnation of the repression in France said, “The repression is turning society into a sack of potatoes, just individuals, an amorphous mass can’t act together.” That was a condemnation. For Thatcher, it’s an ideal—and that’s neoliberalism. We destroy or at least undermine the governing mechanisms by which people at least in principle can participate to the extent that society’s democratic. So weaken them, undermine unions, other forms of association, leave a sack of potatoes and meanwhile transfer decisions to unaccountable private power all in the rhetoric of freedom.

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan

Well, what does that do? The one barrier to the threat of destruction is an engaged public, an informed, engaged public acting together to develop means to confront the threat and respond to it. That’s been systematically weakened, consciously. I mean, back to the 1970s we’ve probably talked about this. There was a lot of elite discussion across the spectrum about the danger of too much democracy and the need to have what was called more “moderation” in democracy, for people to become more passive and apathetic and not to disturb things too much, and that’s what the neoliberal programs do. So put it all together and what do you have? A perfect storm.

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