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Aug 27th

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New Years pessimism

To the common definition of pessimist – one who anticipates the worst -- I plead guilty.  Yes, I know that it is the start of a New Year and I ought to be looking forward to the new decade with -dare I say it- “hope” and anticipation, but I can’t.  Recent events have gathered the clouds of funk, casting long shadows on all that I see. 
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Recalled by Life: A New Year’s Resolution

“I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road
And I asked him, tell me, where are you going and this he told me…
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon
And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”
-- Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”    
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Saved in Detroit

It seems a lifetime ago that Detroit was home to the American dream: jobs in the auto industry lifted families into the middle class and musicians found profitable outlets for their talents. Back then, the city was booming, a place where dreams could come true.  That was then, this now. Today, Detroit has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Jobs are scarce and elected officials are continuously met with scandal.  But don’t be mislead…thought Detroit may have fallen on hard times in recent years, the city is far from dead.
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Black empowerment in 2K10?

"Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promises it made to you during election time, and you're dumb enough to continue to identify with that political party, you're not only a chump but  a traitor to your race” - Malcolm X 1964
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The Gifts of the Refugees

The Gifts of the RefugeesROCHESTER, MN – As usual for a human rights journalist, my e-mail inbox this morning is stuffed with radically, sadly, urgently un-Christmasy tidings.
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Obama’s fierce urgency of now revisited: The trouble with auto-hypnotic slogans

“Standing in the ruins of another Black man’s life
Flying through the valley separating day from night”
‘I am death’ cried the vulture ‘for the people of the light.’
Charon brought his raft and came from the sea that sails on souls
And saw the scavenger departing, taking warm hearts to the cold.
He knew the ghetto was a haven for the meanest creature ever known.”
--Gil Scott-Heron “The Vulture”    
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Counting prisoners in the Census: A modern day 3/5 compromise

The Constitution mandates that every person living in the United States be counted every ten years. As mentioned in a previous article, the Census is more than counting heads. The data collected is critical to the allocation of some $400 million annually in federal tax dollars to state and local governments for schools, housing, hospitals, transportation, roads and safety forces. Census data also determines the apportionment of political districts.
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