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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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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Trump is Putin’s Bitch

Fuck Collusion!

Trump is a Russian Asset!
Trump fears there is kompromat out there—maybe a lot of it—but he doesn’t know precisely what it is, who has it, or what might set them off.

Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury secretary, right, and his wife Louise Linton hold a 2017 50 subject uncut sheet of $1 dollar notes bearing Mnuchin’s name for a photograph at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Steve Mnuchin was a hedge fund manager who previously worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs for 17 years. His father Robert Mnuchin was a general partner at Goldman Sachs and worked at the firm for 33 years. Mnuchin is a member of Skull & Bones, a secret society based at Yale University.
Mnuchin joined Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, and was named national finance chairman for the campaign. On February 13, 2017, Mnuchin was confirmed to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury by a 53–47 vote in the U.S. Senate. Mnuchin follows in the footsteps of fellow Goldman alumni Robert Rubin (under Bill Clinton) and Henry Paulson under (George W Bush) in the Treasury job.
House Democrats have summoned Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, to Congress on Thursday, January 10, 2019, to deliver a classified briefing about the Trump administration’s plans to end sanctions on companies linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska.

Trump’s government shutdown is straight out of Putin’s playbook.

Russia created a massive flow of Syrian refugees into Europe as part of a deliberate and cunning policy to use the influx of these millions of refugees as a political weapon that would destabilize Western Europe.
Putin feared that Hillary Clinton was such a strong supporter of “regime change” policies that, if elected in 2016, she might pose a serious threat to his survival.

Craig Unger

Excerpt from House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger
Meanwhile, relations between Russia and Western officials were approaching a Cold War-level chill. Putin’s bête noire was the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. In fact, Clinton had made her feelings about Putin clear in 2008, when, as a senator, she had joked about George W. Bush’s famous assessment of Putin.“I looked the man in the eye,” the former president had said, “I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

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Our Cultural Misogyny

Audrie Pott

Eight days after allegedly being sexually battered while passed out at a party, and then humiliated by online photos of the assault, 15-year-old Audrie Pott posted on Facebook that her life was ruined, “worst day ever,” and hanged herself.

[Kate Manne] argues that misogyny is not about male hostility or hatred toward women — instead, it’s about controlling and punishing women who challenge male dominance. Misogyny rewards women who reinforce the status quo and punishes those who don’t….
There are relatively few misogynists as brazen or as unapologetic as Donald Trump, partly because misogynists often think they’re taking the moral high ground by preserving a status quo that feels right to them. They want to be socially and morally superior to the women they target.
I think most misogynistic behavior is about hostility towards women who violate patriarchal norms and expectations, who aren’t serving male interests in the ways they’re expected to. So there’s this sense that women are doing something wrong: that they’re morally objectionable or have a bad attitude or they’re abrasive or shrill or too pushy. But women only appear that way because we expect them to be otherwise, to be passive.

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Shopping at Amazon is Bad for Your Health

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 answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”
~ Luke 10 : 25 – 28

DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE

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Shopping at Amazon is Bad for Your Health

The first thing that we need to understand is that community has a profound effect on who we are and on our health.

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End Mass Incarceration

Stop Mass Incarceration and Endless War

The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
Despite only making up about 5 percent of the global population, the United States has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 700% ­­– far outpacing population growth and crime.

prison population

One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino boys—compared to one of every 17 White boys. At the same time, women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the United States.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

‪There are twice as many people sitting in local jails awaiting trial and presumed innocent than in the entire federal prison system. And each year, 650,000 men and women nationwide return from prison to their communities. They face nearly 50,000 federal, state, and local legal restrictions that make it difficult to reintegrate back into society. According to Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow:
If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas, like Chicago, have been labeled felons for life. These men are part of a growing undercaste — not class, caste – a group of people who are permanently relegated, by law, to an inferior second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits — much as their grandparents and great-grandparents once were during the Jim Crow era.
Putting It All TogetherIn 1991, I also wrote about mass incarceration in my book, Putting It All Together. In addition, I wrote about COINTELPRO and the assassination of Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). COINTELPRO (Portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) (1956–1971) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. In Putting It All Together, I included a copy of the COINTELPRO FBI memo below.

COINTELPRO memo

Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unity and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement.

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