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Kenneth Campbell

Kenneth Campbell 

If your dreams do not scare you they are not big enough.

Occupation: Advisor for Media & Strategic Communications

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Daria Musk3,817,414*IT'S OUR FIRST HANGOUTIVERSARY* _G+niuses, I'm so thrilled to announce this biG+ concert celebration! Last summer I met you in my first Hangout Concert and you changed my life overnight. Now it's one year later and whether you're in New York City or around the world on Aug 10th, I want to see your faces and sing your praises, like alwayses. ❤ Details below!_ *JOE'S PUB GOES PUBLIC* On August 10th we're going rock out and hangout live from on of New York City's most famous stages - Joe's Pub! It might sound like the name of a little dive bar like the one I was lugging my amps through the rain to play this time last year, but it's actually an incredibly beautiful music spot, widely-known as the best sounding venue in the city. It's a part of The Public Theater (think Shakespeare In The Park). Adele, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and many more have sung from its stage..._And now we're taking that stage together with a giant on-stage Hangout!_ _It'll be the first live-interactive global show in the venue's storied history. We're crashing the party guys! ;)_ *READY TO CELEBRATE?* Here's details to come be there live in person - _Hugs! Cupcakes! Bubbly Toasts! Balloons!_ and if you can't get to NYC here's the details to join the hangout live and a guest-star on stage. _BE THERE IN PERSON:_ ♬ Get Tickets: www.joespub.com or 212.967.7555 ♬ Address: 425 Lafayette St, NYC ♬ Doors open at 9pm  ♬ Show starts at 10pm ♬ Raise a glass, sing along, rush the stage, celebrate the night away with me and our nyc family _Note: I hope to be joined by some other awesome musicians who you know from Hangouts here! Special guests TBA!_ _HANGOUT FROM AROUND THE WORLD:_ ♬ Comment here to be added to the first-invite circle! (We'll rotate like always) ♬ Find the Hangout on my G+ Page: +Daria Musk and my YouTube page: www.youtube.com/dariamusk ♬ Global Times: http://bit.ly/P0Rwzu *Thank You For The Best Year Of My Life* This relationship is getting serious G+. We've spent every waking minute together for a year. You've changed my life. You've changed my heart. I've written you love songs. You've met my mama. And now it's time to celebrate our first anniversary together. See you there. XO, DariaDaria Musk :::: Hangoutiversary Concert :::: Live In NYC2012-08-10 22:00:00110  

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2015-12-28 22:01:07 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This is yet another reminder that, by and large, black kids are not allowed to be children. Quoting a piece by Mia McKenzie, "Why don’t our children get to be children? Why don’t they ever get to be innocent?"

What I have grown to find most troubling is calls from politicians for "calm". These so-called public servants demand public calmness weeks and days before these prejudicial decisions are made each time a person of color is murdered and the community comes to the defense of not just the victim and their family - but of the community as a whole. Oh, if only black kids like Tamir Rice and the countless others had the privilege of telling their murderers to "remain calm" before they took their lives.

#TamirRice   #BlackLivesMatter  

Most reshares: 10

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2017-03-16 01:48:48 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

This is just too good not to share. #MAGAfail

Most plusones: 28

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2017-03-19 18:28:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-17 13:48:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Dirty money has just bought the 2nd largest school district in the USA

Trump's new America: where charter school funders spend more money on school board campaign than the Los Angeles mayoral campaign

Fewer than 3/10 voters turned out to vote in the LAUSD school board races this week. But, charter school campaigners, who siphoned in millions of dollars from outside of California, used that to their advantage – and they won. Meanwhile, civil rights organizations like the NAACP and others call for a moratorium and cessation of charter school expansion across the US due to their lack of transparency, allegations of abuse, over-politicization of education, charters' manipulative tactic of buying politicians, their exploitation of children of color, and their goal to undermine a fundamental promise: public education. #education

Dirty money has just bought the 2nd largest school district in the USA

Trump's new America: where charter school funders spend more money on school board campaign than the Los Angeles mayoral campaign

Fewer than 3/10 voters turned out to vote in the LAUSD school board races this week. But, charter school campaigners, who siphoned in millions of dollars from outside of California, used that to their advantage – and they won. Meanwhile, civil rights organizations like the NAACP and others call for a moratorium and cessation of charter school expansion across the US due to their lack of transparency, allegations of abuse, over-politicization of education, charters' manipulative tactic of buying politicians, their exploitation of children of color, and their goal to undermine a fundamental promise: public education. #education___

2017-05-05 23:42:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

America's health care fiasco is dark and depressing
a description for those unfamiliar

This latest health care debacle in the US has left Americans and our economy even more confused about the future of our health care system. And, that's pretty darn pathetic. It's not just a dark cloud on Republicans, but a dark cloud on Democrats as well.

In New York State, for example, even with the ACA aka Obamacare, it remains almost too costly to obtain and maintain health care. That's pathetic. We can and we must do more to invest in the welfare of our communities. Strong and healthy communities = a strong and healthy economy.

New York offers very "affordable" basic health care plans, some which offer no-cost or low-cost premiums (contribution by consumer each month). These private insurance costs are subsidized by the government. In exchange, the... more »

America's health care fiasco is dark and depressing
a description for those unfamiliar

This latest health care debacle in the US has left Americans and our economy even more confused about the future of our health care system. And, that's pretty darn pathetic. It's not just a dark cloud on Republicans, but a dark cloud on Democrats as well.

In New York State, for example, even with the ACA aka Obamacare, it remains almost too costly to obtain and maintain health care. That's pathetic. We can and we must do more to invest in the welfare of our communities. Strong and healthy communities = a strong and healthy economy.

New York offers very "affordable" basic health care plans, some which offer no-cost or low-cost premiums (contribution by consumer each month). These private insurance costs are subsidized by the government. In exchange, the consumer may visit a doctor or a hospital. However, the consumer (patient) is still expected to pay a portion of their health care. For instance, under some of the most "affordable" plans in New York, one might pay $60/month for their insurance. However, if they visit a doctor or a specialist or the hospital or even get prescription drugs, they will likely have to pay for that, too--out of their own pocket--until they have paid up to $7,500 for their deductible. How many people have several thousand dollars available to pay for a deductible? (Families should expect to pay a $10,000 deductible(!!!!!!).)

The ACA/Obamacare worked to lower and cap the cost of deductibles, but still–it doesn't do enough. It's a GREAT starting point, however, it seems Republicans are unlikely to support any measures which ensure every American has health full health insurance that is genuinely affordable and provides the care that we all need. What good is "access" or "affordable" health care if it isn't, in fact, affordable, and if people can't pay the deductible to use it? Essentially, private insurance companies receive hefty government subsidies and monthly premiums from consumers when the consumers can't even take advantage of the insurance. This makes absolutely zero sense. No, the path isn't to repeal the ACA, but work on some of its major successes: health insurance through parents up to age 26, capping the cost of deductibles, requiring employers to cover birth control, lowering consumer treatment costs for cancer and other disease, making dental and vision care more affordable and accessible to middle class and low income families, and forcing private insurance companies to be more straightforward with their customers. There's a very LONG way to go, but we need to have substantive conversation--less politics and more substance.

Our neighbors and friends and family are literally dying because they cannot afford insurance. It is devastating and pathetic. Where politics are concerned, it doesn't get much more "real" than this.___

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2017-05-05 19:04:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Some Freddie Mercury + Xmas cheer to get through the end of this rainy, grey week...

Some Freddie Mercury + Xmas cheer to get through the end of this rainy, grey week...___

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2017-04-27 20:14:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

700,000 People May Lose Healthcare Coverage Immediately, Call Congress NOW

Trump will not walk away until the Republican-controlled Congress passes a healthcare law with his name on it. According to the Center for American Progress, if the president and Paul Ryan do not decide to throw in funding for ACA payments 700,000 Americans will lose their healthcare coverage immediately. This is a sad, sad day in American history.

Weeks ago, the president's #TrumpCare didn't have 20+ votes it needed because it wasn't conservative enough --- this new proposal needs only 4-5 more Republicans to support it. It looks more likely every hour.

CALL YOUR LAWMAKER AND TELL THEM TO #SaveTheACA

700,000 People May Lose Healthcare Coverage Immediately, Call Congress NOW

Trump will not walk away until the Republican-controlled Congress passes a healthcare law with his name on it. According to the Center for American Progress, if the president and Paul Ryan do not decide to throw in funding for ACA payments 700,000 Americans will lose their healthcare coverage immediately. This is a sad, sad day in American history.

Weeks ago, the president's #TrumpCare didn't have 20+ votes it needed because it wasn't conservative enough --- this new proposal needs only 4-5 more Republicans to support it. It looks more likely every hour.

CALL YOUR LAWMAKER AND TELL THEM TO #SaveTheACA___

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2017-04-23 17:17:48 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Thoughts: Poll finds that 67% of Americans think the Democratic Party is out of touch.

Most Americans supported the Democratic Party's platform when they voted for president in November. While the poll is disappointing, it isn't entirely shocking. Not at all surprised that voters are displeased with the party that lost the presidential election. Presumably, voters want Democrats to win, fight back harder and speak truth to power. And, quite frankly, the DNC has been pretty quiet in recent months. And, to be fair, at times, understandably so.

The fact remains that most favor Democratic policies instead of those offered by Republicans. More Americans support Democrats' policies at face-value than they do when it comes to Republicans' policies that do more to weaken the middle class than strengthen it.

People are hurting. The consequences of our neighbors... more »

Thoughts: Poll finds that 67% of Americans think the Democratic Party is out of touch.

Most Americans supported the Democratic Party's platform when they voted for president in November. While the poll is disappointing, it isn't entirely shocking. Not at all surprised that voters are displeased with the party that lost the presidential election. Presumably, voters want Democrats to win, fight back harder and speak truth to power. And, quite frankly, the DNC has been pretty quiet in recent months. And, to be fair, at times, understandably so.

The fact remains that most favor Democratic policies instead of those offered by Republicans. More Americans support Democrats' policies at face-value than they do when it comes to Republicans' policies that do more to weaken the middle class than strengthen it.

People are hurting. The consequences of our neighbors voting for Donald Trump in November are tangible. People feel less safe, less confident in the federal government's ability to be straightforward (Trump and his aides' comments counter what the US military and our allies say) and interested in the welfare of the majority.

So, while the poll is disappointing, it is sobering. Democrats have a lot of work to do in speaking truth to power and creating an internal culture at its HQ in Washington that Americans can stand behind. The Democratic Party must invest more time in issues than it does on candidates. People err and people fail – but our ideas remain. ___

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2017-04-23 16:52:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Can We Talk About LONDON SPY?

I just watched the BBC 2015 series LONDON SPY. It's only 5 episodes (and the show has been tabled at BBC -- not renewed, not canceled). It is a solid 10/10 on all marks: casting, performance, writing, direction, editing, location, set design.

The series revolves around the life of a man who falls in a love with a stranger, who he later discovers was a genius and a British government spy, who had uncovered major secrets that threatened the interests of major players in the international community. He is framed for his partner's murder, though he is supported along the way by his best friend, his best friend's close friends, and later, his late partner's family.

I have been a big fan of Ben Whishaw since I saw his performance in LGBT hit Lilting. He exceeds expectations in every episode. His emotion easily becomes the... more »

Can We Talk About LONDON SPY?

I just watched the BBC 2015 series LONDON SPY. It's only 5 episodes (and the show has been tabled at BBC -- not renewed, not canceled). It is a solid 10/10 on all marks: casting, performance, writing, direction, editing, location, set design.

The series revolves around the life of a man who falls in a love with a stranger, who he later discovers was a genius and a British government spy, who had uncovered major secrets that threatened the interests of major players in the international community. He is framed for his partner's murder, though he is supported along the way by his best friend, his best friend's close friends, and later, his late partner's family.

I have been a big fan of Ben Whishaw since I saw his performance in LGBT hit Lilting. He exceeds expectations in every episode. His emotion easily becomes the audience's. He connects so deeply to his character that it is hard to look away.

The series also stars Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, and Charlotte Rampling.

The final 10 minutes of the series, features a raw conversation between Whishaw and Rampling's characters, deserves substantial praise. It is so authentic and so original. I wish that the BBC will one day produce a series 2, if only to tie up the loose ends and show viewers what happened.___

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2017-04-22 17:35:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Why President Trump's new #TrumpCare plan is disgusting!

- 130 million Americans have a pre-existing condition – Trump wants to allow insurance companies to charge those people more money (often prohibiting them from getting insurance altogether)

- his plan would remove essential health benefits (like prescription drugs, maternity care, birth control, etc.)

- his plan moves to reduce subsidies that enable people to buy their own health insurance at more affordable/discounted rates--otherwise, they can't buy it.

Why President Trump's new #TrumpCare plan is disgusting!

- 130 million Americans have a pre-existing condition – Trump wants to allow insurance companies to charge those people more money (often prohibiting them from getting insurance altogether)

- his plan would remove essential health benefits (like prescription drugs, maternity care, birth control, etc.)

- his plan moves to reduce subsidies that enable people to buy their own health insurance at more affordable/discounted rates--otherwise, they can't buy it.___

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2017-04-22 17:25:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Congress is still in recess. And, with just a few days until the US government is forced to shutdown, Congressional Republicans are going to hold a conference call from their homes tonight to decide how to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act–in the dark of the night and away from the public.

Congressional Republicans: shame on you!

President Trump last week said that he would hold the government hostage until Congress repeals the #ACA, despite the idea failing just weeks ago. He said that tax reform and other major reforms won't happen until he can strip health care away from millions of people and make cuts to programs that American families need to survive.

#AffordableCareAct #ObamaCare

Congress is still in recess. And, with just a few days until the US government is forced to shutdown, Congressional Republicans are going to hold a conference call from their homes tonight to decide how to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act–in the dark of the night and away from the public.

Congressional Republicans: shame on you!

President Trump last week said that he would hold the government hostage until Congress repeals the #ACA, despite the idea failing just weeks ago. He said that tax reform and other major reforms won't happen until he can strip health care away from millions of people and make cuts to programs that American families need to survive.

#AffordableCareAct #ObamaCare___

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2017-04-21 21:45:17 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Hopefully, on her birthday today, Her Majesty's Government grants her this wish: Donald Trump is not allowed to parade down The Mall in her gold chariot, as his team has requested.

___Hopefully, on her birthday today, Her Majesty's Government grants her this wish: Donald Trump is not allowed to parade down The Mall in her gold chariot, as his team has requested.

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2017-04-16 14:42:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Love one another. #hhny

Love one another. #hhny___

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2017-04-15 15:25:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Great idea–check this out: Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago? 💅 💅

Great idea–check this out: Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago? 💅 💅___

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2017-04-13 16:35:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Part of the problem with charter schools in New York is that they force out kids with disabilities or experience problems learning, profile students and their families, manipulate media, lack public transparency, are influenced by wealthy political elite, and abuse communities.

In this instance, a deplorable charter school founder suspended a disabled 7-year-old for 45 days after she called him a "danger" to the school. Meanwhile, she's the danger to our country's public education system.

FYI: Hours after this story was announced, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement praising the network that owns this school and its deplorable founder/developer #PublicEducation


Part of the problem with charter schools in New York is that they force out kids with disabilities or experience problems learning, profile students and their families, manipulate media, lack public transparency, are influenced by wealthy political elite, and abuse communities.

In this instance, a deplorable charter school founder suspended a disabled 7-year-old for 45 days after she called him a "danger" to the school. Meanwhile, she's the danger to our country's public education system.

FYI: Hours after this story was announced, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a statement praising the network that owns this school and its deplorable founder/developer #PublicEducation
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2017-04-12 21:56:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

FOR SALE: President Trump's education squad: Betsy and Eva, selling equity in poor and low-income kids' education at a subsidized rate at your nearest Republican campaign HQ.

FOR SALE: President Trump's education squad: Betsy and Eva, selling equity in poor and low-income kids' education at a subsidized rate at your nearest Republican campaign HQ.___

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2017-04-12 20:24:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Betsy DeVos is an embarrassment–she rolled back loan protections for American citizens because her family benefits from student loan debt collectors torturing struggling American families. What's at stake for her? More than $100 million.

Let them eat cake, eh?

I'm rich and you're not. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!___Betsy DeVos is an embarrassment–she rolled back loan protections for American citizens because her family benefits from student loan debt collectors torturing struggling American families. What's at stake for her? More than $100 million.

Let them eat cake, eh?

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2017-04-10 02:41:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Fabulous Write-up on the Free New York Public College Tuition Program

Major progressive step forward toward comprehensive, universal college in New York State. Few issues that could be addressed through an amendment to the budget:

(1) for each year the student receives a scholarship, s/he must live in New York State after graduation, except in case of hardship or grad school outside of state. Is not being able to find a job in NYS included in their definition of hardship? I can understand the state wanting to keep residents in-state after graduation, but these attached strings should be lifted.
(2) part-time students aren't covered. Unfortunately, the scholarship applies only to tuition. Living costs (dorm/apartment fees, books, meals, etc.) are left to the student–this is not helpful to poor or low-income students or students with families, who may have to work tos... more »

Fabulous Write-up on the Free New York Public College Tuition Program

Major progressive step forward toward comprehensive, universal college in New York State. Few issues that could be addressed through an amendment to the budget:

(1) for each year the student receives a scholarship, s/he must live in New York State after graduation, except in case of hardship or grad school outside of state. Is not being able to find a job in NYS included in their definition of hardship? I can understand the state wanting to keep residents in-state after graduation, but these attached strings should be lifted.
(2) part-time students aren't covered. Unfortunately, the scholarship applies only to tuition. Living costs (dorm/apartment fees, books, meals, etc.) are left to the student–this is not helpful to poor or low-income students or students with families, who may have to work to support themselves and their families while in-school. If the goal of this program is to lift individuals out of poverty and/or lift wages, the state should include–or at the very least make exceptions–for students enrolled part-time towards a degree. Their tax dollars contributing to this program are just as valuable as anyone else's.
(3) ensure smart spending in securing resources for books and learning material. Part of the budget includes a program that allows the state to purchase popular books and reading material to make it free for students. Great idea (as colleges frequently force students to buy unnecessary books) but the program must ensure it's spending money wisely without being ripped off.___

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2017-04-07 20:09:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-07 14:48:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Debating New York's Free College Plan

New York State has proposed a scholarship program that provides free tuition (between $4.5k and $6k) to residents who attend public NY colleges and universities and who meet a certain criteria. While it's a great step forward, there are a few issues with the plan:
- the scholarship covers only students enrolled full-time; excluding those who might be able to attend only full-time to raise a family, work, etc.
- the bulk of NY residents' expenses stems from costly and wasteful textbook requirements (up to $2k/yr), dormitory living ($12k/yr) and other university and college-specific fees
- NYS doesn't have a solid plan to keep this plan sustainable or ensure a sustainable infrastructure plan if demand for public education expands

Still, the plan is a huge step forward. The state has proposed a $163 investment... more »

Debating New York's Free College Plan

New York State has proposed a scholarship program that provides free tuition (between $4.5k and $6k) to residents who attend public NY colleges and universities and who meet a certain criteria. While it's a great step forward, there are a few issues with the plan:
- the scholarship covers only students enrolled full-time; excluding those who might be able to attend only full-time to raise a family, work, etc.
- the bulk of NY residents' expenses stems from costly and wasteful textbook requirements (up to $2k/yr), dormitory living ($12k/yr) and other university and college-specific fees
- NYS doesn't have a solid plan to keep this plan sustainable or ensure a sustainable infrastructure plan if demand for public education expands

Still, the plan is a huge step forward. The state has proposed a $163 investment into the tuition-free scholarship plan. That's a lot of savings for New York families. That means that loans and grants sought by families and students will be spent entirely on dormitory costs, textbook fees, and other associated student fees (roughly $15k/yr).

I am wondering whether this scholarship will help force private colleges across New York State to lower their costs as demand for state school rise – after all, the state schools are cheaper, many are more popular and well-known, and they often have better relationships and college-preparedness programs with NY public high schools, giving students an easy transition from high school to college.

Private college critics of the plan (surprise!) have expressed concern on the merits of "school choice." They insist that if New York offers free tuition at their public schools, they should also raise TAP grants from $5k to $6k per student/year. TAP grants, aka Tuition Assistance Program grants, is a public investment of up to about $5,000 per year for low-income students. It's a great program that's benefited thousands of New Yorkers. The problem with private colleges' request for more state grant aid isn't about "school choice," however. They're worried that if students have a more affordable opportunity to attend a public college, then attendance at private colleges and universities in NY will fall.

The question, though, that I'm debating is whether the free tuition scholarship–despite it's flaws—will force private colleges and universities to lower their tuition costs.

#PublicEducation #HigherEd #NYPoli #FreeCollege___

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2017-04-03 18:43:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Adore +bettywhomusic's I Love You Always Forever !!

Adore +bettywhomusic's I Love You Always Forever !!___

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2017-03-31 23:39:43 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

+BuzzFeed: Black Democrats Are Starting Their Own Groups To Work Outside Of The DNC

Good! Black Democrats - including activists and politicians have been told too long to sit on the side lines or to wait. What has happened in Maryland and New York is a brilliant case of the DNC too frequently asking black Democrats to "wait just a little longer."

+BuzzFeed: Black Democrats Are Starting Their Own Groups To Work Outside Of The DNC

Good! Black Democrats - including activists and politicians have been told too long to sit on the side lines or to wait. What has happened in Maryland and New York is a brilliant case of the DNC too frequently asking black Democrats to "wait just a little longer."___

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2017-03-31 16:33:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Why do we need to know Comey's usernames?

So, yesterday an investigative reporter at +Gizmodo may have identified the FBI director's Twitter account. Impressive investigative work, indeed, but I'm wondering what, exactly, it helped achieve or report on in the public's interest. I also ponder over the ethics of the disclosure.

It's up to a reporter and their organization to decide what makes their news, but other than confirming that the FBI director uses Twitter - the disclosure of his account seems to do very little/nothing in public interest. And, isn't that what the news is for? It might be a different story if there were tweets from the alleged account that suggested the director had been discussing anything ()y'know, like promoting conspiracy theories or acting in anyway contrary to his work), but just like everyone else who works for the... more »

Why do we need to know Comey's usernames?

So, yesterday an investigative reporter at +Gizmodo may have identified the FBI director's Twitter account. Impressive investigative work, indeed, but I'm wondering what, exactly, it helped achieve or report on in the public's interest. I also ponder over the ethics of the disclosure.

It's up to a reporter and their organization to decide what makes their news, but other than confirming that the FBI director uses Twitter - the disclosure of his account seems to do very little/nothing in public interest. And, isn't that what the news is for? It might be a different story if there were tweets from the alleged account that suggested the director had been discussing anything ()y'know, like promoting conspiracy theories or acting in anyway contrary to his work), but just like everyone else who works for the government, he has a private life and his account confirms that. He likes articles that discuss him; he's a Republican; and he tweets very seldomly. And, apparently, he'd used the username to create an Instagram handle that he used to follow/track/engage with his children.

But, nothing worth any real substance. There's so much noise out there today... and so little substance.___

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2017-03-31 04:20:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Former Republican National Committee chair tells Republicans (his clients) that President Trump will not finish his term.

The sad part is that he's not the only Republican in DC advising their clients to distance themselves from the president and start building bridges with the vice president.... 

Former Republican National Committee chair tells Republicans (his clients) that President Trump will not finish his term.

The sad part is that he's not the only Republican in DC advising their clients to distance themselves from the president and start building bridges with the vice president.... ___

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2017-03-29 00:31:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Tonight, the DNC chair has called on all employees of the Democratic National Committee to resign. Here are my thoughts:

The DNC chair has largely been absent for the past few weeks as the Republican Party worked to shred the Affordable Care Act and rip millions of Americans away from their health insurance. I think that it was wise for the chair to distance himself from media as the Congress began deliberations so as not to fuel the fire and add to the over-politicization of the issue - but, the DNC chair should have been on every news network hailing Democrats' resistance and success in killing the bill. And, today, in the first big news we hear from the chair -- he's effectively firing everybody. Then, he sent out a fundraising email, seeking donations to the party. This seems pretty inconsiderate - especially coming from the former US secretary of Labor.
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Tonight, the DNC chair has called on all employees of the Democratic National Committee to resign. Here are my thoughts:

The DNC chair has largely been absent for the past few weeks as the Republican Party worked to shred the Affordable Care Act and rip millions of Americans away from their health insurance. I think that it was wise for the chair to distance himself from media as the Congress began deliberations so as not to fuel the fire and add to the over-politicization of the issue - but, the DNC chair should have been on every news network hailing Democrats' resistance and success in killing the bill. And, today, in the first big news we hear from the chair -- he's effectively firing everybody. Then, he sent out a fundraising email, seeking donations to the party. This seems pretty inconsiderate - especially coming from the former US secretary of Labor.

Historically, a newly elected DNC chair will seek to dismiss some of the top political "appointees" of the incumbent chair -- not all of them.

Many of the DNC staffers aren't from Washington, DC. They are young men and women from across the country, who have uprooted their lives to move to Washignton to help the party fight against bigotry, hate and intolerance they witness on the other side. These professionals sacrifice a lot to work at the DNC -- many of whom are from modest backgrounds, seeking only a modest living and an opportunity to make a difference. They aren't earning copious amounts of money, either. More often than not, they are earning salaries comparable to congressional staffers: meager salaries that just barely pay the bills and rent (meanwhile many consultants often get the big bucks). I respect the chair's right to build the best staff possible to help, but this could've been carried out a lot better. I know it's easy to sit back and judge, but I am so disappointed by this action.

Working in politics isn't easy and it is a heavy sacrifice -- one that many people can't afford to make. The chair has spent the past several years earning more than $100k/year working for the federal government with great benefits -- most of the people he's dismissed haven't been afforded that privilege. Nevertheless, if they don't have a plan in place, I hope the chair takes every effort to help craft a plan that helps these folks get new jobs and back on their feet.___

2017-03-28 19:59:56 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

There is nothing progressive or transparent about the charter school system that has plagued NYC, led largely by Eva Moskowitz -- a deplorable and manipulative politician, who has put her network and personal wealth ahead of New York City's most vulnerable kids and families.

Moskowitz has over-politicized education in New York, creating a coalition of individuals and corporations against Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians who oppose her.

She claims to fight for "high quality" education and has demanded that NYC pay rent for her school buildings. Meanwhile:
- Moskowitz pulls students from her network out of schools for days to attend political rallies
- Rents buses to transport kids and her staff across NY for rallies
- Rents expensive facilities to rally for more $$
- Uses money to influence media and political conversation
- Lacks... more »

There is nothing progressive or transparent about the charter school system that has plagued NYC, led largely by Eva Moskowitz -- a deplorable and manipulative politician, who has put her network and personal wealth ahead of New York City's most vulnerable kids and families.

Moskowitz has over-politicized education in New York, creating a coalition of individuals and corporations against Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians who oppose her.

She claims to fight for "high quality" education and has demanded that NYC pay rent for her school buildings. Meanwhile:
- Moskowitz pulls students from her network out of schools for days to attend political rallies
- Rents buses to transport kids and her staff across NY for rallies
- Rents expensive facilities to rally for more $$
- Uses money to influence media and political conversation
- Lacks transparency and administers questionable practices in her network - including questionable admissions practices and disciplinary procedures

In the words of President Donald J. Trump, "Sad!" #NYC

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2017-03-26 19:47:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts, when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a hand-written check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd... more »

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts, when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a hand-written check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd watch her look downward when asked when it could be expected - Mrs. Minoli do you think you could drop that check by the bank in person rather than sending it through the mail? You know, to save time. We don't want to have to penalize you, but if too much time goes by...well, this has happened several times this year and, well, I'm just trying to prevent you from being penalized.

And my mother would explain that our expenses were a little more than expected that month - there'd been a leak in the roof after the Spring rains that needed to be repaired, or the furnace wasn't working, or the wall heater in the breakfast room had blown a motor, or the car needed a new alternator or a new tire and I'm sorry, I know I'm late, but I'm doing the best I can, and could you please just bear with me a few more days, please?

And the banker would look at the ground, as though trying to figure out how to ignore the reality of her life, of our lives, of what she'd just told him, and he'd resort to repeating the facts about the mortgage agreement she'd signed and the due date and the penalty and what could happen if she was late again, all of which served not to change the reality of our lives a mote, but only to make it worse, underscoring the difference between the life of the man knocking on the door with his nice suit and hat and his freshly shined shoes.

And I'd stare at the shine on his shoes and think they must've been brand new, right out of the box, laced up onto his feet for just this sort of house call to a single mother struggling to pay her bills and raising three children by herself. The crispness of a banker's suit and the shine of his shoes a kind of armor against the oozing emotional reality of our lives, against financial circumstances he was sure would never happen to him.

These men never offered any sort of comfort or encouragement or help to my mother. They'd see me sitting at the dining room table, or on the living room rug (where I often sat in the sun as it poured through the window) and I could feel the energy they had to burn up to avoid looking at me, to avoid looking into a little girl's eyes to see the fear she'd go to sleep with at night, to avoid having to contemplate the fragility of life without a financial safety net.

And I knew poor people weren't bankers. A banker's life was the life of a person who had money, who knew money, who moved piles of it from one place to another, who spoke to a person who had it differently than they spoke to a person without it, like my mother.

And after a few days when my mother got paid and could finesse her late payment she'd ask me to go with her to the bank. We'd get in the car shod with a set of tires ones of which was almost always bald (I never saw the shine of a new tire, my mother always bought retreads) and drive up to the corner of Osuna and 4th Street where the bank was and she'd ask me to go inside, where the tellers were all women and the bankers who sat at their clean desks looking like they had nothing to do were all men and she'd hand one of them her mortgage check.

Years later I came to understand that they only reason my mother would ask me to go with her to the bank when she had to pay a bill in person was that my presence provided my mother a little armor of her own. With a child in tow she hoped to find a sliver of a fissure of a crack into the hearts of people who thought she'd done something to deserve losing her husband, she'd done something to deserve not being born with money to shelter her fall.

Paul Ryan, who suffered his own childhood sorrows, grew up hating people like himself, and dreamed of a grown up life making other people feel as horrible as he no doubt felt. But, instead of building a career helping other people like his mother, he has spent his life pretending he's not like them.

"By his own account, in college he used to hang out with his friends and drink beer while sharing his dreams of cutting Medicaid. When Ryan was 15 years old, his father died from an alcoholism related heart attack. Ryan and his family then received his father’s Social Security survivor’s benefits. Ryan used that money to attend college.This was not the only money that Paul Ryan received from the federal government. His family built its wealth from receiving government contracts."

I'm sure Paul Ryan has never read Plato's Apology and therefore isn't familiar with the phrase from that text, "An unexamined life is not worth living."

For had he taken the time to examine his own life, and the sorrow it caused him as a kid, and to understand that he was helped by the government of the United States of America, which helps many families like his, like my mother's when I was growing up, perhaps he might have devoted his career to helping people rather than hurting them.

Paul Ryan got his comeuppance this week. I hope he takes a moment, not to figure out how to come out swinging against people who are in need, but perhaps to examine what his true purpose in life ought to be. Because he can change it...if he wants to.___

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2017-03-26 17:32:44 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Healthcare Failure Was Only A Short-Term Win for Those Who Need It

The Republican Party didn't reject the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they had a better idea to help Americans; they rejected it because it didn't go far enough to leave people without health care they need.

It's important to remember that those who opposed the repeal, said that they could have supported it if it removed funding for community health centers, insurance programs for seniors and low income older men and women, preventative care and treatment, and health insurance for children. They supported the removal of these programs on principal alone -- despite the fact that cutting these programs would have saved very little money, if any at all, in the long-term forecast.

Their failure to repeal Obamacare was only a short-term win for those people who really... more »

Trump's Healthcare Failure Was Only A Short-Term Win for Those Who Need It

The Republican Party didn't reject the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they had a better idea to help Americans; they rejected it because it didn't go far enough to leave people without health care they need.

It's important to remember that those who opposed the repeal, said that they could have supported it if it removed funding for community health centers, insurance programs for seniors and low income older men and women, preventative care and treatment, and health insurance for children. They supported the removal of these programs on principal alone -- despite the fact that cutting these programs would have saved very little money, if any at all, in the long-term forecast.

Their failure to repeal Obamacare was only a short-term win for those people who really need it. The problem remains, however, that the Affordable Care Act does actually need some finer-tuning. (This has been acknowledged by Republicans and Democrats, alike.) By Republicans committing to leave the ACA alone -- is, indeed a good thing in the short-term -- their goal, as they have said, is to watch it burn. Now, while the ACA "burning" is highly unlikely, Republicans could have worked with Democrats to produce a fine-tuning bill to reduce burden of paperwork on doctors, make insurance companies more accountable to consumers (hey, the ACA keeps health care in the private sector, so insurance companies should be grateful for that), introduce new proposals and funding that reduce state costs in health care, and reduce prescription drug costs. President Trump has expressed great interests in reducing costs of prescription drugs, so it seems a shame to let that go without trying while American consumers are direct beneficiaries of rising drug costs.

There are legitimate cost-savings programs Congress can pursue to help lower cost of medical treatment in the US and they are abdicating their responsibility, while committing to watch the ACA "explode" and millions of lives be wrecked. That isn't patriotic, that is the work of the devil.

Republicans' abdication of their responsibilities means 1 of 2 things:
(1) the ACA will continue to gain popularity (it is more popular now than President Trump and the Congress);
(2) the ACA will continue to gain popularity, but rising healthcare costs and stagnant wage growth and a stagnant economy will challenge it -- making it yet another major political issue in years to come.
OR the Republicans can propose a bill to repeal the ACA in 2018 as they're expected to lose the majority.

At the end of the day, the people who need a strong ACA aren't imaginary figures, they're each of us, including the 20+ million people who have become covered. The fight for equity and making sure people get the health care they need continues!

Photo: Chicago Sun-Times___

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2017-03-23 01:03:21 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Welcome to America, where the Republican Party -- the so-called party of freedom -- calls prescription drugs, pregnancy, going to the ER or medical services for children unnecessary health benefits.

If President Trump agrees to cut the following "benefits" -- the GOP has signaled that it will pass his #TrumpCare bill tomorrow and repeal former President Obama's #AffordableCareAct. Sad day for America, indeed.

h/t Vox's Kay Steiger

Welcome to America, where the Republican Party -- the so-called party of freedom -- calls prescription drugs, pregnancy, going to the ER or medical services for children unnecessary health benefits.

If President Trump agrees to cut the following "benefits" -- the GOP has signaled that it will pass his #TrumpCare bill tomorrow and repeal former President Obama's #AffordableCareAct. Sad day for America, indeed.

h/t Vox's Kay Steiger___

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2017-03-22 18:20:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

STOP the #TrumpCare Vote NOW - call Congress now to save the #ACA

Congress will vote tomorrow whether it will repeal President Obama's #ACA and replace it with Donald Trump's #TrumpCare. Reports show that, if it is passed, over ten years, 24 million Americans will become uninsured.

Trump's proposal fails if 21 or 22 Republicans refuse to support it. Polls show that 26 Republicans are likely to vote against it.

Call Congress now and tell them to save ObamaCare and vote against #TrumpCare tomorrow. (202) 224-3121

STOP the #TrumpCare Vote NOW - call Congress now to save the #ACA

Congress will vote tomorrow whether it will repeal President Obama's #ACA and replace it with Donald Trump's #TrumpCare. Reports show that, if it is passed, over ten years, 24 million Americans will become uninsured.

Trump's proposal fails if 21 or 22 Republicans refuse to support it. Polls show that 26 Republicans are likely to vote against it.

Call Congress now and tell them to save ObamaCare and vote against #TrumpCare tomorrow. (202) 224-3121___

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2017-03-22 01:44:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Beware this Android App: 360 Mobile Security

Flagging for other Android device users. I was searching for a helpful spyware/antivirus app and battery saver for my device. I used this app for a while, but wish I hadn't. The latest Android update to Nougat includes some great built-in battery saving mechanisms, so I'll likely be relying on that in future.

Here are my thoughts on the app and why you should avoid it:
- honestly, the reviews in the +Google Play store do not seem legit; Google should look into it, especially if this developer is stealing data and/or scamming users
- this is an antivirus and battery saving app that sends unwanted notifications daily and uses data and more battery power than some of the apps it force closes
- unwanted notifications galore: despite setting notifications off/limited, this app sends notifications at least 3... more »

Beware this Android App: 360 Mobile Security

Flagging for other Android device users. I was searching for a helpful spyware/antivirus app and battery saver for my device. I used this app for a while, but wish I hadn't. The latest Android update to Nougat includes some great built-in battery saving mechanisms, so I'll likely be relying on that in future.

Here are my thoughts on the app and why you should avoid it:
- honestly, the reviews in the +Google Play store do not seem legit; Google should look into it, especially if this developer is stealing data and/or scamming users
- this is an antivirus and battery saving app that sends unwanted notifications daily and uses data and more battery power than some of the apps it force closes
- unwanted notifications galore: despite setting notifications off/limited, this app sends notifications at least 3 times/day; at least 1 notification asking you to sample its offline battery saver (which displays ads when the phone is locked or charging)
- permissions: this app requests a lot of unnecessary permissions. This should be a flag to any user

Upon further inspection, I learned that the app developer has been accused of leaving devices (both mobile and computer) susceptible to hacking by foreign counterparts. The reviews on Google Play store do not appear to be 100% genuine. I would implore fellow Android users to beware and be safe. ___

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2017-03-19 18:28:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-19 18:22:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

As forecast: President Donald Trump now has the lowest approval rating of any president this early into their term.
Only 37% of Americans approve of President Trump's job thus far

As the president's approval rating falls, so does the Republican Party's. As the number grows closer to 30%, it becomes tragically dangerous.

Not surprising, considering many Americans who voted GOP are realizing their candidates are voting in direct opposition to their own interests. In the week ahead, the US Justice Department is expected to disprove President Trump's baseless allegations against wiretaps, re-confirm and reaffirm intelligence that Russia interfered in the US election with support from Trump associates, and the president is expected to lose even more support on his abominable #Trumpcare bill.

#Politics Photo: Bloomberg/Gallup

As forecast: President Donald Trump now has the lowest approval rating of any president this early into their term.
Only 37% of Americans approve of President Trump's job thus far

As the president's approval rating falls, so does the Republican Party's. As the number grows closer to 30%, it becomes tragically dangerous.

Not surprising, considering many Americans who voted GOP are realizing their candidates are voting in direct opposition to their own interests. In the week ahead, the US Justice Department is expected to disprove President Trump's baseless allegations against wiretaps, re-confirm and reaffirm intelligence that Russia interfered in the US election with support from Trump associates, and the president is expected to lose even more support on his abominable #Trumpcare bill.

#Politics Photo: Bloomberg/Gallup___

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2017-03-18 19:13:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

politics//privacy

Re-sharing with my comment:
I can't help but think that we'll have a practical solution to curb recognition in due time. As it personally impacts more people in influential positions, I'm sure there'll be greater push back.

The photo you attached to this also reminds me of the privacy restrictions of our own photos we upload and share online. I think that the two issues are related and hope that the public discusses them more than we do now, especially as we see more youth and children using online tech. Some serious risks out there --- companies are actively "monitoring" children's growth from birth. Literally. (From baby's first picture, baby's first bday, so-on. And, uploaders, likely parents, are granting permission to tech companies to own+store the photos.)

It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition

(Read my column: https://goo.gl/pgSPeM )

The public is understandably hazy about the privacy and security risks of biometrics. Everybody knows biological features can be used to identify people. Police have been using fingerprints for decades, for example.

Technology has enabled a large number of new biometric identification systems that use fingerprints, iris scans, wrist vein scans, voice recognition and face recognition. But when it comes to the potential for privacy invasion, however, these various approaches are not equal.

Face recognition is 100 times more dangerous than all the others.

Here's why:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3182269/emerging-technology/its-time-to-face-the-ugly-reality-of-face-recognition.html

#facerecognition___politics//privacy

Re-sharing with my comment:
I can't help but think that we'll have a practical solution to curb recognition in due time. As it personally impacts more people in influential positions, I'm sure there'll be greater push back.

The photo you attached to this also reminds me of the privacy restrictions of our own photos we upload and share online. I think that the two issues are related and hope that the public discusses them more than we do now, especially as we see more youth and children using online tech. Some serious risks out there --- companies are actively "monitoring" children's growth from birth. Literally. (From baby's first picture, baby's first bday, so-on. And, uploaders, likely parents, are granting permission to tech companies to own+store the photos.)

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2017-03-17 15:57:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Fortunately, President Trump's budget proposal is likely to fail, but he sends a strong signal that he just doesn't care about low-income and middle-class families

Pell Grants are designed to help students and their families meet the cost of education. The president has said that his administration would like to remove $4 billion in funding from the program's discretionary spending. What Americans and students have said for years is that the government needs to invest more in American students' college education, not less. Post-secondary and graduate degrees are more important now than ever. It's a shame that the president doesn't feel the same way. All while over $150 million from taxpayers is spent in unnecessary and optional costs at Trump Tower in NYC. Sad! 

Fortunately, President Trump's budget proposal is likely to fail, but he sends a strong signal that he just doesn't care about low-income and middle-class families

Pell Grants are designed to help students and their families meet the cost of education. The president has said that his administration would like to remove $4 billion in funding from the program's discretionary spending. What Americans and students have said for years is that the government needs to invest more in American students' college education, not less. Post-secondary and graduate degrees are more important now than ever. It's a shame that the president doesn't feel the same way. All while over $150 million from taxpayers is spent in unnecessary and optional costs at Trump Tower in NYC. Sad! ___

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2017-03-16 01:48:48 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

This is just too good not to share. #MAGAfail

This is just too good not to share. #MAGAfail___

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2017-03-14 15:30:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

An opinionated, unapologetic black woman with the respect of her community and her constituents? No way. [Insert sarcasm]

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a serious problem with the way black leaders are treated in politics and policymaking bodies. How former Congresswoman Donna Edwards was treated (and by her own party, no less) was, in fact, deplorable. But, it's a very good example of that "low-key" racism we're always warned about.

Far too-often, you have to be "black enough" so as to fit into the stereotypical box, "obedient" to not be seen as a threat or too opinionated or radical, "non-aggressive" and "smile enough" so as not to seem too angry and "work harder" so as not to appear lazy.

All the while -- you cannot let any of this drag you down: you can't... more »

An opinionated, unapologetic black woman with the respect of her community and her constituents? No way. [Insert sarcasm]

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a serious problem with the way black leaders are treated in politics and policymaking bodies. How former Congresswoman Donna Edwards was treated (and by her own party, no less) was, in fact, deplorable. But, it's a very good example of that "low-key" racism we're always warned about.

Far too-often, you have to be "black enough" so as to fit into the stereotypical box, "obedient" to not be seen as a threat or too opinionated or radical, "non-aggressive" and "smile enough" so as not to seem too angry and "work harder" so as not to appear lazy.

All the while -- you cannot let any of this drag you down: you can't afford to, and the community that helped you get to where you are now can't afford for you to fail either.

Note: Edwards isn't complaining. Far from it. But, I hope she and others continue to speak-up privately and publicly, and make noise when we can. Because we're not going anywhere.___

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2017-03-13 20:50:39 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Welcome to America under President Donald J. Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

Don't get sick, don't get cancer, and don't age -- if you do, tough cookies! #TrumpCare #politics #ByeFelicia

Welcome to America under President Donald J. Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

Don't get sick, don't get cancer, and don't age -- if you do, tough cookies! #TrumpCare #politics #ByeFelicia___

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2017-03-13 20:38:01 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Sad news -- the numbers are in from the CBO. If President Trump's #TrumpCare is passed and the #ACA is repealed, 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance. Older people will be forced to pay significantly higher premiums (if they can). Don't forget to send those Republicans thank-you cards when you or a loved one gets sick/is unable afford preventative treatment/can't get the medical assistance they need! #politics

Sad news -- the numbers are in from the CBO. If President Trump's #TrumpCare is passed and the #ACA is repealed, 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance. Older people will be forced to pay significantly higher premiums (if they can). Don't forget to send those Republicans thank-you cards when you or a loved one gets sick/is unable afford preventative treatment/can't get the medical assistance they need! #politics___

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2017-03-10 18:50:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still"
#music

Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still"
#music___

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2017-03-09 18:49:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (the book, not the film)

Days after reading "Call Me By Your Name" I still feel the chill of the protagonist's departing words. This book easily moved to my all time top five. It's only 225 pages, but it is so exhausting because the reader is combing through the emotions, memories, analyses and desires of a man who is now in the second chapters of his life (not quite young but not quite old, either) reflecting on his 17-year-old self's once-in-a-lifetime experience. Evocative, reflective, angsty read that is surely good food for the soul. This book is so profound and so beautifully written that no synopsis nor any review can do it justice. This book is a time machine with a destination of Italy sometime between the 1980s and 1990s -- and one other important place, too. I found myself confused and frustrated when I looked up from the book as I... more »

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (the book, not the film)

Days after reading "Call Me By Your Name" I still feel the chill of the protagonist's departing words. This book easily moved to my all time top five. It's only 225 pages, but it is so exhausting because the reader is combing through the emotions, memories, analyses and desires of a man who is now in the second chapters of his life (not quite young but not quite old, either) reflecting on his 17-year-old self's once-in-a-lifetime experience. Evocative, reflective, angsty read that is surely good food for the soul. This book is so profound and so beautifully written that no synopsis nor any review can do it justice. This book is a time machine with a destination of Italy sometime between the 1980s and 1990s -- and one other important place, too. I found myself confused and frustrated when I looked up from the book as I observed my surroundings, missing the previous few moments I'd spent walking through the beautiful Italian coastal town.

The beginning of the book kicks off rather slowly -- but that has an advantage: the reader is slowly wound into the angst, emotion and inner thoughts of a young individual who is over analytic and plagued by his own identity. To be quite honest, I first felt that the early parts were superfluous, but in hindsight they were necessary. This book focuses not only on the protagonist's youth, but the years that follow and the impact that one person (dare I say, one loved person) has on us for an eternity. This book isn't a coming of age story; it's a coming of life, story. This book is a ticket to an Italian summer holiday that you won't quite want to leave by the end, and you're not entirely sure why; you're not okay with it and you must accept it, and your soul weeps but warms because it happened.___

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2017-03-08 01:49:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Democrats and Barack Obama brought America further to the left than we'd thought

Just eight years ago we were debating whether health care was a right and whether the government should regulate private insurance at all. We debated whether the federal government should abandon the issue altogether.

Today Congress is debating how much Republicans should strip away off of the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks, Obama!

Democrats and Barack Obama brought America further to the left than we'd thought

Just eight years ago we were debating whether health care was a right and whether the government should regulate private insurance at all. We debated whether the federal government should abandon the issue altogether.

Today Congress is debating how much Republicans should strip away off of the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks, Obama!___

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2017-03-05 17:24:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

There's a beautiful movie you've probably not yet heard of called Théo & Hugo originally titled "Paris: 05:59" to capture an important moment of the movie.

It's a story about two men who meet on a night out in Paris -- and experience love or something close enough to it -- in the most unsuspecting of places in the most unsuspecting of moments. It captures the kindling of love without over-romanticizing it, but making it all the more real and authentic. In the final scene of the film - just as the characters are about to go their separate ways, but decide otherwise to spend more time together - these dramatic and powerful lines are exchanged.
******
Hugo: We'll keep going, there'll be no reason to stop. We'll stay together for a long time.

Théo: How long?

Hugo: A long time, I don't know.L... more »

There's a beautiful movie you've probably not yet heard of called Théo & Hugo originally titled "Paris: 05:59" to capture an important moment of the movie.

It's a story about two men who meet on a night out in Paris -- and experience love or something close enough to it -- in the most unsuspecting of places in the most unsuspecting of moments. It captures the kindling of love without over-romanticizing it, but making it all the more real and authentic. In the final scene of the film - just as the characters are about to go their separate ways, but decide otherwise to spend more time together - these dramatic and powerful lines are exchanged.
******
Hugo: We'll keep going, there'll be no reason to stop. We'll stay together for a long time.

Théo: How long?

Hugo: A long time, I don't know. Let's say.... 20 years. In 20 years we'll do so much. We'll go to the supermarket or maybe something huge. We'll save whales or just a kitten.... A cause, or a world changing invention. I don't know. Something.

Théo: Then what?

Hugo: After that.... We'll break up, I guess. Like everyone else. And, we'll be sad, but that's life.

Théo: You're sure it's worth it?

[Nods decisively.]

[They kiss and scene wraps.]
FIN.___

2017-03-01 00:19:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Anyone know when Google is set to launch Android apps for the chromebooks? They'd pledged to send out the release by "early 2017." The lack of strong off-line apps can be incredibly frustrating!

Anyone know when Google is set to launch Android apps for the chromebooks? They'd pledged to send out the release by "early 2017." The lack of strong off-line apps can be incredibly frustrating!___

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2016-12-09 17:56:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

New op-ed: Deliver Us Away From Eva
New York kids are not for sale.

The liberal opposition to New York City’s charter schools isn’t noise. It’s about equity, equality and demanding that our government work for all of our communities.
#education #equality


New op-ed: Deliver Us Away From Eva
New York kids are not for sale.

The liberal opposition to New York City’s charter schools isn’t noise. It’s about equity, equality and demanding that our government work for all of our communities.
#education #equality
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2016-09-12 22:11:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

#She4SG

2017 was lauded by international policy and geopolitical spectators and critics as the first time a woman would take the helm at the UN as secretary general. But as January 2017 quickly approaches that prospect becomes more and more less likely.

In the coming days and weeks ahead, Eastern Europe (specifically Bulgaria) will likely pitch a new female candidate that they think has a better chance of winning the support of the Security Council. The Eastern European coalition will demand that when UN representatives assemble for the General Assembly this month they give the candidates a fair shot and consider the historic opportunity this presents the world in 2016 --- just as the UN tries to make itself more relevant to ordinary people. #She4SG

#UNSG
(Secret ballot results courtesy WFUNA)

#She4SG

2017 was lauded by international policy and geopolitical spectators and critics as the first time a woman would take the helm at the UN as secretary general. But as January 2017 quickly approaches that prospect becomes more and more less likely.

In the coming days and weeks ahead, Eastern Europe (specifically Bulgaria) will likely pitch a new female candidate that they think has a better chance of winning the support of the Security Council. The Eastern European coalition will demand that when UN representatives assemble for the General Assembly this month they give the candidates a fair shot and consider the historic opportunity this presents the world in 2016 --- just as the UN tries to make itself more relevant to ordinary people. #She4SG

#UNSG
(Secret ballot results courtesy WFUNA)___

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2016-01-09 18:53:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

My heart aches to this beautiful composition + these heart striking lyrics: NE ME QUITTE PAS ("don't let me go," for you non-French speakers).

My heart aches to this beautiful composition + these heart striking lyrics: NE ME QUITTE PAS ("don't let me go," for you non-French speakers).___

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2015-12-28 22:01:07 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

This is yet another reminder that, by and large, black kids are not allowed to be children. Quoting a piece by Mia McKenzie, "Why don’t our children get to be children? Why don’t they ever get to be innocent?"

What I have grown to find most troubling is calls from politicians for "calm". These so-called public servants demand public calmness weeks and days before these prejudicial decisions are made each time a person of color is murdered and the community comes to the defense of not just the victim and their family - but of the community as a whole. Oh, if only black kids like Tamir Rice and the countless others had the privilege of telling their murderers to "remain calm" before they took their lives.

#TamirRice   #BlackLivesMatter  

This is yet another reminder that, by and large, black kids are not allowed to be children. Quoting a piece by Mia McKenzie, "Why don’t our children get to be children? Why don’t they ever get to be innocent?"

What I have grown to find most troubling is calls from politicians for "calm". These so-called public servants demand public calmness weeks and days before these prejudicial decisions are made each time a person of color is murdered and the community comes to the defense of not just the victim and their family - but of the community as a whole. Oh, if only black kids like Tamir Rice and the countless others had the privilege of telling their murderers to "remain calm" before they took their lives.

#TamirRice   #BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2015-12-10 22:10:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The Republicans won yet another education budget battle.
Outlook for American education: poor

Finally, a bill with strong bipartisan support has passed the Congress. Unfortunately, the new law is a farce and an embarrassment to American education. #ESSA , a bill drafted heavily by Republicans, does little to empower low income communities or students of color; it's also yet another strike at teachers and unions across the country. Much like "No Child Left Behind" this law will keep the US education system at international lows because politics came before our kids. The worse part is that #ESSA will expire by 2020, so it's now more important than ever for folks to ensure that the next person elected president understands education is a priority.

The Republicans won yet another education budget battle.
Outlook for American education: poor

Finally, a bill with strong bipartisan support has passed the Congress. Unfortunately, the new law is a farce and an embarrassment to American education. #ESSA , a bill drafted heavily by Republicans, does little to empower low income communities or students of color; it's also yet another strike at teachers and unions across the country. Much like "No Child Left Behind" this law will keep the US education system at international lows because politics came before our kids. The worse part is that #ESSA will expire by 2020, so it's now more important than ever for folks to ensure that the next person elected president understands education is a priority.___

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2015-12-03 20:34:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This controversial character has taken the British public by storm. Over the past two weeks, she's sparked trending hashtags, debates across national television, and anger in hundreds of thousands of British households. Her name? Lady Colin Campbell. Her claim to fame: "I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here" and multiple books she has authored.

Disclaimer: strong language. Is anyone else following #ImACeleb ? #uktv   #British  

This controversial character has taken the British public by storm. Over the past two weeks, she's sparked trending hashtags, debates across national television, and anger in hundreds of thousands of British households. Her name? Lady Colin Campbell. Her claim to fame: "I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here" and multiple books she has authored.

Disclaimer: strong language. Is anyone else following #ImACeleb ? #uktv   #British  ___

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2015-11-24 01:14:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Antarctica is totally on my list of places to visit ... one way or another!!

Antarctica is totally on my list of places to visit ... one way or another!!___

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2015-11-12 00:42:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

THIS.
#Starbucks   #HolidayCup  

THIS.
#Starbucks   #HolidayCup  ___

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2015-10-31 17:12:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Smart policy. Right?

New York City will now require employers with more than 20 employees to provide said employees with commuter saving benefits.

Hard enough to live in this city to have to worry about ever increasing commuter fare hikes. Kudos to Mayor de Blasio. Programs like pre-tax commuter savings don't save commuters too much money, but it's a step in the direction.

Smart policy. Right?

New York City will now require employers with more than 20 employees to provide said employees with commuter saving benefits.

Hard enough to live in this city to have to worry about ever increasing commuter fare hikes. Kudos to Mayor de Blasio. Programs like pre-tax commuter savings don't save commuters too much money, but it's a step in the direction.___

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