Genius Farm as a Cure for Violence

In March, Terrance Jackson did a presentation:
Genius Farm
Teaching young people to grow food for their communities and solve the critical problems of our times.

Personal Food Computer

Caleb Harper, Director of MIT’s Open Agriculture Initiative, showing students how controlled environment plant-growing works.

We will begin at the Genius Farm by building personal food computers based on the work of the MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative. The OpenAg Initiative is developing open source “Food Computers.” A Food Computer is a controlled-environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. Climate variables such as carbon dioxide, air temperature, humidity, dissolved oxygen, potential hydrogen, electrical conductivity, and root-zone temperature are among the many conditions that can be controlled and monitored within the growing chamber.
Will Allen of Growing Power

Will Allen of Growing Power

According to Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution:
The great tragedy for many African Americans…is that in losing touch with the land and with traditions handed down for generations, they also lost an important set of skills: how to grow and prepare healthy food….
It’s no coincidence that the epidemic of diet-related illnesses now sweeping the country—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes—are harming blacks the most….

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The Food Computer is a way to introduce students to the importance of both growing food and programming computers.

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African-Americans in Swing States Hold the Key

Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
~ Matthew 7:7

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Click, and it will be opened to you.
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“The winning coalition Democrats need to win Michigan and Pennsylvania, and certainly Ohio, depends on very high black turnout along with winning some union, working-class white voters,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver said on ABC’s Good Morning America on Election Day November 8, 2016.
As of Sunday, November 20, 2016, Clinton is leading the popular vote by more than 1.5 million over Trump, yet, she trails President Obama’s 2012 totals by more than 2 million ballots and his 2008 totals by more than 5 million ballots.

Nate Silver on Good Morning American

Hillary Clinton lost Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, states that Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012.
IT IS NOT an exaggeration to say that the Democratic Party is in shambles as a political force. Not only did it just lose the White House to a wildly unpopular farce of a candidate despite a virtually unified establishment behind it, and not only is it the minority party in both the Senate and House, but it is getting crushed at historical record rates on the state and local levels as well. Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “The Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.”
The Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.
Democrats are not putting resources into registering nine million African-American voters.
~ Jesse Jackson via Ralph Nader
The Democrats knowing that they win or lose presidential elections based on the turnout in the African-American community, especially in the swing states…
~ Ralph Nader

The party expected its loyal followers to look at the Clinton Foundation, and speak only of the good. It demanded that when asked about any appearance of influence peddling, the response was the Citizens United defense: where is the quid pro quo? We Democrats were to turn a blind eye to the way Bill Clinton sold the party out to Wall Street in the 1990s. We were to affirm our deep faith in his and Hillary’s good character, despite them both grotesquely cashing in after his presidency ended, even while she remained in public service. Even remarking the contrast between Jimmy Carter’s foundation — which earned the former President nothing in personal wealth — and the Clinton Foundation was verboten among loyal Democrats. She was good, her motives were good, so the stench of influence peddling must be ignored.
Wealth, power and crony capitalism fit together. Americans know a takeover has occurred, and they blame the establishment for it….
Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and economic security.
We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear into elected officials. At the end of the day, this is just a president.
If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump, rather we should build it ourselves.
~Edward Snowden

Learning from the Italians and their experience of having Silvio Berlusconi as a PM for nine years, the most powerful way to oppose Trump is to try and understand what his voters want and try to address the need of his voters. No jokes, stop shouting, and stop crying.
We contacted the Bernie Sanders campaign in June 2015, over eight months before Super Tuesday, to stress the importance of the African-American vote and the need to go beyond his standard stump speech. Politico:
In Tennessee, Clinton is winning with 82 percent of African American voters, while Sen. Bernie Sanders has picked up just 12 percent, according to a CNN News exit poll. African Americans from Virginia similarly came out in force giving her 84 percent of their vote. In Georgia, Clinton won a similarly large margin of African American voters with 83 percent, according to CNN. The network’s exit polls also showed that 87 percent and 88 percent of African Americans had voted for Clinton in Alabama and Arkansas, respectively. And finally, in Texas, Clinton won 80 percent of African Americans, according to CNN’s exit polls.
Now with general election over, there is a need to be concerned about Republicans using tactics to suppress voting in swing states for the next mid-term election. As we learned from a New York Times article, “New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States:”
Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

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Digital Ads Suck & Google Is An Old Business

The new model of advertising and branding demands that companies improve public life and satisfy the needs of our higher sacred selves.
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Google has more revenue than all U.S. print newspapers and magazines combined.

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Google has more revenue than all U.S. print newspapers and magazines combined, yet direct mail is still the biggest single direct marketing channel, worth around $45 billion a year in the US alone. But it’s increasingly clear that printed marketing communications work best when used in conjunction with digital channels such as email, personalized web pages (PURLs), database marketing, and mobile elements.

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