Mount Vernon Murder Victims 2016

Shamoya McKenzie

Shamoya McKenzie

13-year-old Shemoya was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding home from basketball practice on New Year’s Eve. Shemoya, an eighth grader at the Graham School was a rising star on her school’s basketball team who dreamed of playing for the UConn women’s team. .
UConn officially made Shamoya McKenzie an honorary member of the UConn women’s basketball program Friday, complete with a No. 30 jersey to match her number at Mount Vernon. A letter enclosed in a package ended with, “Once a Husky, Always a Husky.”

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O’Neal was the 40-year-old owner of The Mansion nightclub who was shot and killed at his club on Christmas Day.

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Fake News & Rethinking Digital Capitalism

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Just as climate change is the natural byproduct of fossil capitalism, so is fake news the byproduct of digital capitalism.

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As described in Steve Denning’s Forbes article, “Roger Martin: How ‘The Talent’ Turned Into Vampires:”
How did America—a country dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal—become one of the most unequal countries on the planet? Why do the nation’s leaders now spend so much of their time feeding at the trough and getting ever more for themselves? Why has public-mindedness in our leaders given way in so many instances to limitless greed?
These questions are being raised, not in some anti-capitalist rag from the extreme Left, but in the staid pro-business pages of the Harvard Business Review, in a seminal article by Roger Martin, the former dean of the Rotman School of Business and the academic director of the Martin Prosperity Institute: “The Rise and (Likely) Fall of the Talent Economy.
One key factor, argues Martin, is a fundamental shift in nature of the economy. Fifty years ago, “72% of the top 50 U.S. companies by market capitalization still owed their positions to the control and exploitation of natural resources.” But in the latter part of the 20th century, a new kind of organization began to emerge: an organization that prospered not by natural resources but through “the control and exploitation of human talent.”
We need to build a world where Facebook and Google neither wield much clout nor monopolise problem-solving.

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Seven Magazine: 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.
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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Local Empowerment is the Key to Dealing with Trump

How did America—a country dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal—become one of the most unequal countries on the planet?
Results of the 2016 presidential election by county.

Results of the 2016 presidential election by county. (Source: Flickr)

In the modern era of presidential politics, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a bigger margin than any other candidate that lost the electoral college. Donald Trump won the presidency by 74 electoral votes while losing the nationwide vote to Clinton by 2.6 million votes and counting.
But there’s another divide exposed by the election, which researchers at the Brookings Institution recently discovered as they sifted the election returns. It has no bearing on the election outcome, but it tells us something important about the state of the country and its politics moving forward.

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The divide is economic, and it is massive. According to the Brookings analysis, the less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64 percent of America’s economic activity in 2015. The more-than-2,600 counties that Trump won combined to generate 36 percent of the country’s economic activity last year.
Clinton, in other words, carried nearly two-thirds of the American economy.

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Live The Resurrection! Tribute Concert

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“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
~ Luke 24: 26-27
When we connect the dots of Scripture and Jesus suffering, we see a God who loves us more than we can imagine.

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Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
~ Steve Jobs

Prince 1999

The sky was all purple
There were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from their destruction
You know I didn’t even care
They say two thousand zero, zero
Party over
Oops, out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
In 1999 worldwide music revenue was $27 billion, in 2014 it had dropped to $15 billion. Most blame Napster for this decline, but if you dig deeper you will find that Wall Street and government policy are the actual cause of the steep decline in music revenue. The death of Prince is a metaphor for the death of music and especially Black music.

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Tell Trump to Stop Mass Incarceration & Endless War

“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
~ Luke 24: 26-27
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"Miracles happen" ~ Pope Francis

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
~ Luke 17: 20-21

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Trump: An Answer to Prayers

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Don’t try to interpret faith
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Religious imagery is
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“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22
Evangelist Franklin Graham said that prayer — and God’s answer to it — helped Donald Trump and Mike Pence pull off “the biggest political upset of our lifetime.”
Some of the guests who celebrated Pastor Billy Graham's 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, were News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch (seated right), Tood and Sarah Palin (standing back right), Fox's Greta Van Susteren (middle row, center), and Donald and Melania Trump (back row). (Photo: Twitter/Asheville News.)

Some of the guests who celebrated Pastor Billy Graham’s 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, were News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch (seated right), Tood and Sarah Palin (standing back right), Fox’s Greta Van Susteren (middle row, center), and Donald and Melania Trump (back row). (Photo: Twitter/Asheville News.)

Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he has traveled across the United States this year, holding prayer meetings at each state capitol. “I could sense going across the country that God was going to do something this year,” Graham told The Washington Post. “And I believe that at this election, God showed up.”
On Thursday, a day after Trump was elected to become the nation’s 45th president, Graham said God had answered their prayers.

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