Sunday, August 20, 2017

Noose Found Hanging Outside Alabama Church

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities are investigating after a noose was founding hanging outside a north Alabama church.

WHNT reports that the noose was found hanging outside St. John Primitive Baptist Church, near the city of Florence.

Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office say they were called to the church Thursday morning, but believe it was hung during Wednesday night services.

One churchgoer sent News 5 photos of the noose hanging Thursday morning and backs up deputies’ beliefs on the timeframe.

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Source: News 5 WKRG

'Patriot' Asks Everyone to Shoot Black Women, Children and BLM Members in the Back

This video was published on YouTube by the listed source on August 19, 2017. However, the name of the "patriot" and date the video was actually recorded is unknown. 

Given the current racial climate in the country, From The G-Man posted the video in order to warn members of the Black community, Black Lives Matter and concerned citizens. 

As widely reported, a white supremacist allegedly drove a car into a group of protesters in Charlottesville. Therefore, the threats made in this video should not be taken lightly. 

UPDATE - 4:30 PM (EST): According to a comment posted below, this video was published in August of 2016. Nonetheless, From The G-Man urges people to remain vigilant. 

Even though the video was created a year ago, From The G-Man is urging the Department of Justice and Milwaukee law enforcement to launch an official investigation or provide an update on this matter as soon as possible. The Raw Story reported the man who made the threats is an ex-cop. 

Video Source: Aaron Verico1 

Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

By Clyde Haberman

Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died Saturday in Washington. He was 84.

Mr. Gregory’s son, Christian Gregory, who announced his death on social media, said more details would be released in the coming days. Mr. Gregory had been admitted to a hospital on Aug. 12, his son said in an earlier Facebook post.

Early in his career Mr. Gregory insisted in interviews that his first order of business onstage was to get laughs, not to change how white America treated Negroes (the accepted word for African-Americans at the time). 

“Humor can no more find the solution to race problems than it can cure cancer,” he said. Nonetheless, as the civil rights movement was kicking into high gear, whites who caught his club act or listened to his routines on records came away with a deeper feel for the nation’s shameful racial history. 

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Source: The New York Times 

From The G-Man salutes the activism and accomplishments of Dick Gregory with the following video. May he forever rest in peace. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Art of Abdul Badi

Abdul Badi was born in Washington, DC, but spent his formative years in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy, he had an obsession for working with his hands, particularly drawing. In elementary school he won an art contest which netted him free art classes at the Brooklyn Museum. He went on to attend Manhattans’ High School of Art and Design. Subsequently, he worked as a draftsman and illustrator in the United States Marine Corps.

Upon completion of his military service, he returned to school and completed an art program at Mercy college in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

 Abdul Badi

During the course of his career, he worked in the commercial art field and also taught art. He has also won prizes and recognition in many juried art shows and sold numerous works. He has become known for his vibrant oversized portrayals of Third World people, particularly Africans.

He spent years working as a pastel painter. Currently, he works almost exclusively in oils and has expanded his subject matter to include social commentary.
He uses his brush to make strong thought-provoking statements about the life struggles of African-American people and the human condition in general. 

Click here for additional information and to view Mr. Badi's gallery. 


It Took Charlottesville for Silicon Valley to Stand Up to Hate

The following commentary was submitted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). 

Silicon Valley has a reputation as a liberal place, but it was a critical partner in the deadly "Unite the Right" rally that cost a counter-protestor her life.

Hate groups of all stripes used their websites to advertise their participation in the rally. They turned to social media to urge their followers to join them. And they used services like PayPal and Patreon to fund their invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Such partnerships may soon be a thing of the past. By Monday morning, service providers had begun to pull the plug on hate groups and individual extremists alike.

"I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the internet," Cloudflare Chief Executive Matthew Prince wrote in an email to employees announcing his suspension of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

The Daily Stormer became the top hate site in America last year, but it struggled to stay online this week after its longtime host, GoDaddy, delisted its domain on Monday. Over the course of the week, The Daily Stormer transferred its registration to Google and even to the Russian Network Information Center, only to be kicked off each provider.

"Charlottesville has definitely lit a fire under some people," SPLC Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich told USA Today. "I wonder if the violence marks a sea change."

Beirich is right that tech companies have been stubbornly hands-off in the past. Despite policies that are ostensibly "anti-hate," they have rarely taken action to remove hateful content or users from their platforms.

But as the nation grapples with the violent coordination of hate groups across the far-right spectrum in Charlottesville, Facebook has shut down at least nine pages connected to the rally; Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn have suspended several extremist accounts; Reddit has eliminated one discussion community that supported "Unite the Right," and even OKCupid has kicked white nationalist Christopher Cantwell off the dating site.

By far, the biggest sweep came from PayPal, which agreed to block at least 34 organizations from using its services after an SPLC report highlighted how extremists used the platform to fund the rally in Charlottesville.

"For the longest time, PayPal has essentially been the banking system for white nationalism," the SPLC's Keegan Hankes told The Washington Post. "It's a shame it took Charlottesville for them to take it seriously."

It is good news that PayPal, Patreon and other tech companies are finally taking steps to curb the hate on their platforms. But to truly make a dent in the hate and bigotry online, tech companies must be more cognizant of the role their services play in spreading hate.

"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention," Heather Heyer, 32, posted on Facebook before she was killed by an alleged Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville.

It's wise advice for tech firms in Silicon Valley and beyond.

The Power of the Pen: Bills Signed into Law

President Donald J. Trump poses with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members, and Senior White House Advisors, Friday, Aug. 18, in Laurel Lodge at Camp David near Thurmont, MD., as he signed the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act. (Click on the photo to increase its size.)

On Friday, August 18, 2017, the President signed into law:

H.R. 374, which makes permanent the authority of Washington, Oregon, and California to adopt and enforce State laws governing fishing and processing in their State in any Dungeness crab fishery for which there is no fishery management plan in effect;

H.R. 510, the "Rapid DNA Act of 2017," which authorizes criminal justice agencies to use Rapid DNA instruments approved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct certain DNA analysis outside of a laboratory;

H.R. 873, the "Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act," which authorizes the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to establish a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia; and

H.R. 2430, the "FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017," which reauthorizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilars; and to amend FDA authorities and activities related to medical products, including pediatric drugs and devices, generic drugs, device inspections, drug exclusivity, and user fee reporting requirements. 

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
Official White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

State Tells City to Dig Deeper to Unearth Possible Slave Remains in Gowanus

GOWANUS — The state recommended Thursday that the city dig deeper into the soil of a proposed Gowanus pre-kindergarten site that may hold the remains of slaves and Revolutionary War soldiers.

On Thursday, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation sent the city's School Construction Authority a letter revealing it had discovered traces of a 19th century cistern and well during a recent survey. It now recommends the agency excavate further at the Ninth Street lot, a Department of Education official said Friday. 

It is now up to the city to decide if it will follow the the state's recommendation.

"We cannot desecrate this burial ground," state Sen. Jesse Hamilton said at a Thursday press conference held on the matter before the public learned of the state's new stance. "I know we need to build a school to alleviate overcrowding, but we can’t build a school on a foundation of ignorance."

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Friday, August 18, 2017

"Art of the Deal" Writer Says Trump Will Resign Before Year’s End

Briefing by Secretary David Shulkin on H.R. 3218

This video was published on YouTube on August 16. 

H.R. 3218: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

GOP Sen. Corker: White House Needs 'Radical Changes'

Source: CBS News

Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis Hold Joint Press Conference with Japanese Counterparts

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis hosted a bilateral security meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Foreign Minister Taro Kono at the State Department. Following their meeting, they held a joint news conference covering a range of issues including North Korea, U.S.-Japan relations, and China’s role in putting pressure on North Korea. At the top of this event, Secretary Tillerson gave brief remarks on the terrorist attack in Spain.  

The event was originally broadcast on August 17.

Source: C-SPAN

Trailblazers in Black History: Ayanna Howard

One of the World's Leaders in Robot Creation

Ayanna Howard is an electrical engineer who has made major advances and contributions to the field of robotics.  She was born in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena, California.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Brown University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of Southern California.  She also holds an MBA from Claremont Graduate University.
Her graduate dissertation was entitled, “Recursive Learning for Deformable Object Manipulation,” which drew on her work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and focused on humanized intelligence, which allows human cognitive capability to be embedded into the control path of autonomous systems.  During her time at the laboratory, she helped develop the next generation Mars Rover, which uses artificial intelligence to be capable of exploring Mars’ terrain through independent thought rather than programming.
After her work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Howard was offered a position at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  While there, she has started her own laboratory, the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Lab, which focuses on how to enhance the autonomy of robot functionality. 

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Source: The Black Home School

'Flashback Friday': Our Time in Hell (The Korean War)

This video was published on YouTube on April 24, 2017. 

Source: Blood & Iron

Minister Louis Farrakhan's Uncensored Message to London & UK

This video was published on YouTube on August 16, 2017. 

Source: The Nation of Islam London Study Group

Karl Rove: Bannon Interview is an Affront to Trump's Leadership

Source: Fox News

Huckabee: President Trump Takes American Security Seriously

Source: Fox News

Trump Hasn’t Tweeted When a U.S. Soldier Died in Six Months

                            Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks                Sgt. Allen L. Stigler Jr.

No tweets or speeches for the last 22 servicemembers who died fighting the wars he promised to easily win. Instead, the president creates a new crisis every day. 

By Justin Glawe

ARLINGTON, Texas—Allen Stigler’s doorbell keeps ringing. Women are walking in with bags full of food and party supplies and passing him as he sits at a glass-top table in the living room of his spotless, suburban home. He hugs them before they disappear into the kitchen, joining the others. But when Stigler’s doorbell rang on Sunday, he was terrified when he opened the door.

“Just tell me, where is my son?” Stigler remembers. “Is he hurt?”

Two men from United States Army were on his bright, white concrete front step with dark news: Allen Jr., A.J. among his friends and family, was dead. He had been killed that very same day in what the military described as an “artillery mishap” on an undisclosed base in Iraq.

Stigler can’t remember the name of the base, somewhere near Mosul, maybe. Recently, though, they had set up “showers and shitters,” the father of three daughters and one dead son remembers. A.J. texted him this update, adding, “lol.” The father and son who never had a disagreement, never had a fight, spoke as often as possible. Now they can never talk again.

A.J. was 22 years old and 22nd American to die in Iraq and Afghanistan so far this year. He died alongside his friend, Roshain Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York. All but one of those dead soldiers have not been mentioned publicly by President Trump; he addressed the widow of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens at the State of the Union address. (Owens’s father was so upset about the apparently ill-conceived raid that took his son's life that he refused to meet the president when the soldier's body arrived at Dover Air Force Base.) 

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Source: The Daily Beast 

Statement by President Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations. 

This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.  

United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations.  Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded. 

In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of separating United States Cyber Command from the National Security Agency.  He will announce recommendations on this matter at a later date. 

Through United States Cyber Command, we will tackle our cyberspace challenges in coordination with like-minded allies and partners as we strive to respond rapidly to evolving cyberspace security threats and opportunities globally.  
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

Dr. Cornel West: The Difference Between Justice and Revenge

This video was published on YouTube on June 15, 2017.  

Institutions—governmental, religious, financial, even revolution itself—have a way of turning stale and sour. "Thank God for the history of the heretics and the blasphemers. That's my crowd," says Dr. Cornell West. Quoting from some of history and literature's greatest thinkers and doers, West presents a poetic lecture on the role of hope in America's past and its future, and how to make your voice matter. This video was filmed at the Los Angeles Hope Festival, a collaboration between Big Think and Hope & Optimism, a three-year initiative which supported interdisciplinary academic research into significant questions that remain under-explored.

Source: Big Think

Are Steve Bannon’s Days Numbered?

Source: The New York Times

Thousands Expected to Attend Boston Protests to Right-Wing Rally

Interest in two major protests opposed to Saturday’s right-wing “free speech” assembly in a Boston park has swelled in the aftermath of the deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend.

The “Boston Free Speech Rally” — organized by a coalition of groups calling themselves "libertarian" and "conservative" — has been on the books since late July and the protests were organized not long after by ANSWER Coalition Boston and the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM).

But since a group of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members took to the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia — ostensibly to protest of the removal of a Confederate statue — the expected attendance by protesters has grown substantially. 

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‘This is War Against the Entire Republican Senate’: Morning Joe Rips Trump

This video was published on YouTube on August 17.

Is the GOP Worried About President Trump?

Source: CBS News

Senator Sanders to Host Day of Healing / Vigil at Brookville Park

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The following statement was provided by Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

"Community leaders and residents are coming together to show support for the families who have suffered loss. We will stand together to denounce all senseless acts of violence and offer encouragement to families and loved ones who are affected. We invite the community-at-large to come out and participate at this Night of Healing as we continue to engage in the larger conversation of how to move forward with addressing the issue of violence and safety in our neighborhoods. We will gather on Sunday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Brookville Park. Please join us and share this event." 

Contact Tanagra Bledman at (718) 327-7017 for additional information.

Assembly Member Michael Blake on the Attacks in Barcelona

This statement was submitted on August 17. 

"In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack that occurred today in Barcelona, it is with a heavy heart that I offer my thoughts and prayers to the victims of this cruel, tragic, and senseless act of violence. May God heal the wounds of all affected families and bring you healing. We send our appreciation to law enforcement and courageous persons who aided the injured in the wake of this tragedy.  To the great people of Spain, we are with you. In these trying times, it is imperative to remember that we have strength in our unity, and we must not let this act of cowardice divide us.  Barcelona, you are in all our hearts tonight. 

Source: The Office of Assemblyman Michael Blake