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  1. Here in the US, folks are mainly divided into two camps politically...Democrat or Republican (GOP). On the surface it looks like the two parties have different platforms (liberal or conservative). Yet, they share the same ideology which is the maintenance of white supremacy. Both parties are juggling balls i.e. platform issues. While folks are pre-occupied with the balls in the air, they're not watching the sleight of hand tricks happening below. i've never been under the illusion that either party has ever given a d8mn about the peple. Both parties make decisions based on what's good for business. That is the business of maintaining white supremacy. Regardless of who occupies the White House, they are two sides of the same coin. Follow the money. POTUS PJB (Papa Joe Biden) is the flip side of the same coin once occupied by Agent Orange. Different agenda. Same paymasters.
    5 points
  2. With NYC Central Park Condos going for nearly $10 million, imagine how much Seneca Village would be worth today? Descendants of the Lyons family may know the dollar amount but they probably will never see a penny. I shared this NYT article from my account it should be open to read. Their Land Became Part of Central Park. They’re Coming Back in a Monument. A new sculpture will honor the Lyons family, black activists and property owners who once lived in Seneca Village, a community destroyed by the creation of the park. A double ambrotype portrait of Albro and Mary Joseph Lyons. The city is planning a monument depicting them, along with their daughter Maritcha, in Central Park.Credit...Smith Collection/Gado, via Getty Images Also, check out the book Black Gotham |A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City  by Carla L. Peterson, "an academic who wrote a book on investigating her own family history. Dr. Peterson is a great-grand-niece of Maritcha Lyons."
    4 points
  3. Well I did have my fingers crossed. Anyway, I had to refresh my memory on the President’s record so far - I haven’t seen anything he’s done except clean up the ish left by the last administration. This is what the democrats do for the first two years of their administration - especially after the GOP raids the treasury, pass laws for their cronies and reduce taxes on the wealthy. Here’s a list of President Biden’s signed executive orders. He even issued an EO for the Human Rights crisis in Ethiopia - - Some of the bills he’s signed into law overturn 45’s harmful laws against the environment and working class. I like that he overturned 45’s Usury law and put the cap back on how much payday lenders can charge “the poors”. - those exorbitant interest rates usually hurt black communities the most. And he also overturned a Trump law that made it easier for employers to retaliate against workers who filed EEOC claims - that is direct win for the black community. I know because I once had to file a claim against my television station. So… it would be interesting to learn who we should be checking out next.
    4 points
  4. What the general public is unaware of and needs to come to terms with is that there is no room for information which cannot be proven in the world of historical research. History is a science. And for those who conduct historical research seriously and treat it as a science, gather historical documents, news articles, journals, court cases, diaries, letters, and reference sources all of which their conclusions are based. It is this method which I used for determining the character of Christopher Columbus and charging him with crimes against the Indian people of the West Indies. This article is the product of records which will clearly point out, that from the very beginning Columbus purpose was not mere exploration or trade, but conquest and exploitation of the Indian tribes of the West Indies. African American students who are studying this article will be informed that the Indian people who Columbus oppressed, had physical features very similar if not identical to theirs. This enlightening piece of information grants the student a personal connection to this article and gives sound reasons for not glorifying Columbus. The following statements are from Columbus journal October 13 1492 with him giving his description the Arawak Indians who inhabited most of the islands in the Caribbean and what his vile intentions were. “Their hair is coarse almost like the hair of a horse’s tail and short. Their eyes are large and very beautiful. They are not black, but the color of the inhabitants of Canaries. The word Canary was a code word communicated among authorities of the Spanish empire. The word Canary was defined as the extermination of the native people of those islands. Later as we shall see the definition of Canary materialized in the violent actions of Columbus. He later went on say .” I showed them some pieces of gold which I have; I cannot not fail with the aid of our Lord to find the place where it comes.” Michele de Cuneo wrote about accompanying Columbus on his 1494 expedition into the interior of Haiti: “ After we had rested for several days in our settlement, it seemed to the Lord Admiral that it was time to put his desire to search for gold, which was the main reason he had started on so a great voyage full of so many dangers.” At dawn the next day Columbus sailed to probably what is known today as the Bahamas Island. He ended his description with these sinister words, “I would conquer the whole of them with fifty men and govern them as I pleased.” Columbus onslaught of the natives of the Caribbean Islands was also reinforced by the Spanish monarchy. There was an urgent need for slaves for mining and agriculture to sustain the colony. Slave labor supplied the Spanish crown with revenues which had a devastating affect among St. Croix and the Virgin Islands. Columbus had obtained two concessions from the Spanish monarchs, one which he would later regret was to allow criminals to be released from prisons to go to the colonies. A Spanish slave system was now put in place which would dominate the Caribbean Islands for centuries. The Repartimientos, a system for granting allotments of land and the Island natives to Spanish settlers. By 1505 the need for slave labor had become such a natural dependence, that slave raiding the Bahamas had become a profession and the first Negro slaves by and large were brought not from Africa but from the population already in Spain and in the Atlantic sugar islands brining important skills with them. Keep in mind that Columbus acted independently to exploit the native population without the instruction of the Spanish administration. The following are statements from Columbus letter of March 1493. “ On the thirty-third day after I departed from the Canary Islands;(code word meaning prime for extermination), I came to the Indian sea, where I found islands inhabited by men without number, of all which I took possession for our most fortunate king, with proclaiming heralds and flying standards , no one objecting. Yet I especially took possession of a certain, large town in a very convenient location, and adapted to all kinds of gain and commerce, to which we give the name of Lord of the Nativity.” Without any regard for the natives Columbus constructed a fort confining the natives,(a prison) and a military force for defense in the event the natives would rebel. “ And should wish to hurt those who remain in the fort, they would not be able, because they lack weapons, they go naked and are too cowardly. For that reason those who said fort are least able to resist easily this whole island, without any imminent danger to themselves, so long as they do not transgress the regulations and command we gave.” Students should ask themselves what would be the purpose for Columbus with placing the inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands in lock up? A group of people who were non- threating and never imposed any danger to Columbus or his naval forces. According to the historian James W. Loewen, on Haiti the Indians were forced to mine gold for the Spanish settlers. Another stomach-turning aspect of the slave trade was sexual. Columbus was rewarding his lieutenants with women to rape. For Spaniards sex slaves came in abundance in the form of gifts. Moral crimes of rape, forced slavery, prison confinement, and theft all add up to the undeniable fact that Christopher Columbus was a notorious criminal. After reading this article students should come to terms that Columbus is not a national hero, nor a role model. Cherishing Columbus is a characteristic of myth not reality. Worst of all Columbus left a legacy of genocide and a history of bloody horrors. By: Herbert Addison Burns Reference Sources: 1.Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the indies: by Geoffrey Symcox and Blair Sullivan 2. Conquest of Eden 1493-1515: by Michael Paiewonsky 3. Lies My Teacher Told Me: James W. Loewen 4. The Journal of Christopher Columbus: Translated by Cecil Jane www.onlineafricanamericanhistory.weebly.com
    4 points
  5. Who would ever think that people in Lake Tahoe and California would be devastated by the raging fires that seem to be unstoppable? It is reported that at least 15,000 fire fighters are working day and night to extinguish the deadly Caldor fire. There is no question that these brave fire fighters must have gas mask to protect themselves from smoke inhalation. But how many people know including these fire fighters that a Black inventor invented the gas mask which operates according to the same principles as the gas mask use today. This inventor's name is Garrett Morgan. He invented the gas mask during his day it was known as a smoke helmet to fight fires. The purpose of the helmet was to allow the wearer to enter a room filled with noxious gas, fumes, or smoke for the purpose of saving human life and property. And this is the same purpose of gas mask use today by fire fighters. Today’s gas mask is known as an air-purifying respirator which is standard equipment used around the globe. So the similarities between today's gas mask and Morgan's smoke helmet match. Morgan discovered that no matter how dense an environment is pure air is always located near the floor or ground. Given this fact, Morgan’s gas mask was engineered to access pure air from the ground or floor. The ability to breathe pure air in a noxious gas environment whether through accessibility or purification the goals are exact. Not to mention the saving of human lives. The gas mask is the largest prevention of deaths when attempting to extinguish a fire. Some 50–80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries, including burns to the respiratory system. It is safe to say that Morgan's smoke helmet which fire stations have modeled the principles of its operation, is responsible for saving thousands of lives. With the raging fires in Nevada and California I haven’t heard of any report extending credit for Garrett Morgan’s gas mask. The safety and welfare of our society humbling given through a safety device by a Black inventor has been repeatedly ignored. This lack of consideration is a reflection of the past. Garrett Morgan was directly involved with saving lives of underground workers after an underground explosion in Cleveland, Ohio. The mayor at that time at an awards ceremony did not even recognize Morgan for his outstanding achievement of bravery along with major newspapers. The lesson to be learned is that we should always give reverence to those who are in some way instrumental with the saving of human lives. If not, this heartless action adds doubt to our humanity. By Herbert Addison Burns Reference Sources Citizen Advocate, “A Great Hero Rewarded”, 1916 NY Times, ”To Save Lake Tahoe, They Spared No Expense” 2021
    4 points
  6. The media, the media, the media. Everybody hates the white mainstream media! Sooo, it must be doing something right. Its crime, of course, is not reflecting the views of all its critics who, themselves, are at odds with each other. That's really what the complaints amount to: being offended by not having one's opinions reinforced. It would also seem that many want the media to ignore anything that is not serious; no gossip. no rumors nor anything that could be construed as being politically biased or racially offensive. Just about shit that happens. If an alien from another planet were to observe the American scene, would this viewer wonder whether things would be different if the status of Blacks and Whites were reversed? Would the white minority be crying "racism" at every turn, and would the black majority be corrupted by the power it had ruthlessly acquired over centuries. Surely black supremacy would be an issue because Blacks definitely think they are superior to Whites. Would this spectator from outer-space conclude that Earthlings are doomed to be in a constant state of discontent? And that, ideally, each race should simply have its own planet so the conflict would not be about superficial differences! Even aliens can dream. Meanwhile, the third rock from the sun continues to wobble on its axis, rocking its dizzy inhabitants, leaving them to lament its atmosphere of turmoil and bigotry. But there are exceptions. Me? I no longer give a damn.
    4 points
  7. I just started making my first NFT. An article and @DCComics pushed me over the edge. I had been hearing about it for awhile. DC Comics gave me my first. I then scanned an article in The Economist which motivated me to take the plunge to create my own. So far I am using OpenSea and Coinbase wallet. I hope to have my first one ready by the end of the weekend. Follow me on OpenSea and let’s see how things develop. https://opensea.io/Daniellegfny
    3 points
  8. Wow Anglo "dad", are you ok? I think he needs a little bit of cultural exposure. - Shout out to Meek Mill for commissioning art work from a black woman! Thank you for this link to the Artist, Nina Chanel Abney. This is my first time seeing her work and it is inspiring! #Sankofa - It appears she is reaching back to ancient KMT to bring us modern-day hieroglyphs and nudes to tell her story. Bravo for keeping African antiquity alive. LINK: https://ninachanel.com/ THIS! A lot of us black women love our bodies too. No one wants to be objectified that's brain-damaged western civilization programming - BUT when black men LOVE our bodies it's endearing, it's foreplay. it's LOVE. It says to us or (at least me) black men feel they're home
    3 points
  9. I've repeatedly said for over 10 years now that Black folks need a SOLID AGENDA. But what I've been saying for about 3 years specifically is that INTELLIGENT and DECENT Black folks need to get together and formulate this agenda because you'll never unite ALL Black folks on everything. Unfortunately, some of our people are just plain too STUPID to know what's in their best interests. They'll sell-out for a pack of Black-N-Milds and 12 piece party pack of Popeyes chicken. You can't discuss anything of importance with them. They won't understand if and many of those who manage to....will just screw your plans. "Reparations???? NIgga this IS the Reparations! Da' fuck you thank???" INTELLIGENT and DECENT Black folks need to organized and form an agenda. I've discovered that INTELLIGENT Black people...meaning Black people with an IQ of atleast over 95..actually tend to think quite similar. We notice the same things in society and actually notice the same problems. When intelligent Black men get together...and leave the dope and alcohol alone while we meet...we usually come up with VIABLE solutions to our problems pretty quickly. It's usually White folks who come into the meeting interfering with the discussion or Black FOOLS who waste time talking loud and making threats that hinder progress. And don't let a bunch of Black fools AND some White folks be at the same meeting...they'll REALLY act up!!! Start showing out and competing with eachother over who the White folks agree with the most. "Now wait a minute now... Shhhhhh...be quiet yall, I got sum' to say. Now hold on yall... I thank...I thank dat we should all show a dep of gratitude to Massa Trump fa takin' time out his busy schedule to come sit down wit' us." Just don't let THEM butter biscuit eating fools in our meetings and we'll be alright. Let them wait outside in the drive way next to the cars until we're finished talking businesses. Then they can drive us back home...or to the closest Popeye's chicken to celebrate our success...lol
    3 points
  10. One is physical , the other is mental. Sex has to do with your genitals; gender has to do with your masculine or feminine orientation.
    3 points
  11. Agreed! Be safe! I just read a timeline of a man who was fully vaccinated in March - He died today. His 8 year old daughter was the first to test positive, last month. Then his wife and then him. He ended up in the iCU. The last video he sent talked about not wasting one moment but instead live your purpose. I had a feeling the virus picked and chose its victims. But I thought the vaccination actually lessened the symptoms. I didn't understand why the CDC said to take off your masks - I didn't. All this to say - I'm heart broken. No one knows anything about this virus other than it's deadly - FOR SOME. @Pioneer1 I hope you can find a way to earn income without having to leave the house. When I read that you didn't get vaccinated I was sad. Today, I'm learning we are all in the same boat - vaccinated or not. Maybe it's a good thing you left your job - at least you don't have to worry about those folks breathing on you anymore. Yes, you make me crazy but I'd miss you if you departed. Put some lambs' blood on your door and hope for the best!
    3 points
  12. Great sounds by great artists who me and my husband may have been checkin out back in our jazz clubbin days...the way we were. \
    3 points
  13. Definitely important to have a Will and Trust Estate. Black folks should have the equivalent of a business plan when it comes to their investments (land & property). For the longest time, black folks have stressed the importance of getting a good education in order to get a good paying job. Well, a good paying job which usually means trading labor for an hourly wage leaves most people just over broke (job) especially once debt and consumerism are factored. A savings account is not the same thing as an investment account. Land ownership means nothing if it is not appreciating in value and/or producing passive income. IMO, in addition to pushing a soild education to increase knowledge, skills and abilities, we should be teaching entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency by way of learning how to build and maintain wealth which brings power. Wealth is accumulated from producing goods and providing services and maintaining and controlling resources. Of course, white supremacy has gotten a thousand year jump on the program but it's never too late to start thinking correctly and making the right moves.
    3 points
  14. My divorce from the black race is final. I am no longer wed to this sprawling entity reeling under the spell of the "what black folks need to do" mantra, an insanity that chants the same things over and over again, expecting different results, blaming the same conditions, fixating on the same villains, excusing the same behavior, mesmerized by the same denial, creating the seductive narrative that my diminished appeal couldn't compete with. My own unfaithfulness made things worse. Love didn't conquer all. Now, here i am, on my own, lanquishing under the radar, living out my remaining days, realizing that some things are just not meant to be... Should a great grand child of mine come across this decree 50 years from now, will the words inspire laughter or tears? Anyway, feel free to bid me a rousing good riddance!
    3 points
  15. @MzuriI Know Right! This case put the spotlight on many other eminent domain landgrabs from Black Americans. The local media here in GA even resurfaced how ( haunted )Lake Lanier was actually a community (Oscarville, GA) of Black Americans run out of their homes. The land was flooded, cemetery, fences many remnants of the what the town looked liked remains but underwater.
    3 points
  16. i don't think my decision can be challenged. I am invisible. Nobody pays any attention to old folks. and neither blacks nor whites will be interested in claiming me. I am Vampira; raceless! .o r
    3 points
  17. Mel Hopkins Lol....if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath for his list. Mzuri In 2020 Black America had a choice between BEEL-ZEBUB (the prince of demons) or SATAN himself...lol. Now which one would YOU have chosen? The chief demon or Satan HIMSELF? I personally didn't vote for EITHER Trump or Biden, because I didn't trust either one.
    3 points
  18. Hello all. I just discovered this forum a couple weeks ago. Very cool space brotha Troy has created. In that time, I've read through some of the topics to get a "lay of the land" especially among the most active participants. I'm glad to see the exchange of dialog; opinions and ideas shared here. Hopefully, I can add my 2 cents as well.
    3 points
  19. I believe this to be true; our best and brightest typically play from the white American playbook, winner take all mentality — do what ever it takes to make money — enslave Africans, work children in sweatshops, go abroad and steal wealth and natural resources, etc. If they can’t emulate white business practices in their own businesses then they strive to work for white businesses. I’m working on a variety of projects involved in what I call, the “Black Wall Street” state of mind, in the spirit, of the Black community that was created in Tulsa Oklahoma before white folks destroyed it — twice. It is not a novel concept, but hopefully on more will embrace moving forward.
    3 points
  20. Yep! I definitely missed @Cynique when she left; it was like losing a wise friend who was way more intelligent than me. The sad part is I had to wean myself from her posting, and anyone who has experienced loss knows it's a process. And I got into a habit of not visiting as much. I'm so glad you've returned,@Cynique. Thank you, @Troy , for tagging me. AALBC forum requires independent thinking. Haven't you noticed the people who post here don't follow a script? Thinking outside of the program is a challenge, especially when the forum is not an echo chamber. The latter makes it hard for trolls and ditto heads. The good news is the people who sign up want to throw away the "script." Maybe when they attempt to post, it makes them feel uncomfortable. For example, has the OP who wrote the AALBC forum is "boring" ever started a topic? If s/he hasn't - that indicates how intimidating this forum may be to some. Still, I find it encouraging that a lot of people are signing up. Signing up on a literary website means people are ready for a new paradigm. Give them time.
    3 points
  21. @Troy I think you're probably right about a lot of things coming together to bring about the dwindling participation on this site. i was hesitant myself when you changed the format. I thought it took away some of the intimacy. But all good things must come to an end. For a brief moment in time we all shared something special and unique, then it all dissipated. Before Ferocious Kitty (Deesha) gained fame, she and i met for lunch when she was in Chicago for some event, and we had a somewhat interesting engagement before she ended up sticking me with the $50 tab because her fiancee never showed up to bail her out. Yvette and I also met for lunch when she was in Chicago. She is one of my favorite people and our afternoon was much more fun. And, before she went ape on me, Kola and I briefly corresponded during this period as did Chris Hayden and I as well as me and "A Woman". My brief encounters with all of them broadened me. My participation in that forum back then was a new experience for somebody who was past her prime. It rejuvenated me and was a great diversion for someone who had recently retired and was new to the Internet. 'Will always be grateful to you for providing an outlet that allowed me to spread my wings and be something other than a wife and a mother. And of course i can't overlook the book collaboration with you and Mzuri that never panned out. LOL And where is Mel? I miss her! Lotsa luck with tracking Chris Hayden. I explored all avenues with no results. He's from St. Louis, btw.
    3 points
  22. Radio is limited by bandwidth whether it's FM (Frequency Modulation) or AM (Amplitude Modulation). The signal is limited within a radius or region. Syndication is how those conservative talking heads thrive in getting their messages across the country. The radio stations pay to broadcast them. XM Radio is satellite based which allows one station to broadcast its content across the entire planet. So, black folks would have to buy AM and FM stations throughout the country and at least one XM station to broadcast iour own content.
    2 points
  23. You know you call them people whitey!!! ************************************************************************************ @tipsyturv Your questions that started, basically, with "I have a friend who" made me suspect that you were referring to yourself. You can identify yourself however you please, but I would hope that you identify yourself honestly and not by your skin tone. As to the people who question your heritage, next time someone asks you about it, give them an answer and then turn around and ask them about theirs. Most people don't even know what it is. Or ask them what part of Africa they originated from. I guarantee they won't have an answer. ************************************************************************************
    2 points
  24. Surely, I could look at the world around me and cruise down the road of pessimism. But, I can only envisage that it would lead to more darkness. So, I choose to be eternally optimistic because I don't see any joy in the alternative. I also have the opiate of music that allows me to tune out the noise. As I look back over my life, it's been a great ride so far. I have no aches or pains literally or figuratively therefore I really have no reason to complain. Now, if the Supreme Being decides to snatch my black azz off the planet within the next minute or two, that's cool too. in the meantime, that doesn't preclude me from having opinions about everything. I'll continue calling balls and strikes as I see them.
    2 points
  25. That's easy...these are 1st world issues/problems. I do not believe any of it is a matter of life or death for you personally. There are folks dealing with far worse in the form of debilitating illnesses, being dumb/stupid, despair and poverty, etc. So, in my eternal optimism, there is no reason for you to bid this world goodbye. Our time will be up soon enough. No need to expedite it. I also enjoy reading whatever is on your mind. Besides, you've watched the movie this long. You might as well stick around for the credits.
    2 points
  26. What is an "NFT"...another internet scam? One of those crypto-currency TRAPS that have been set up to shift money around and make you think you're actually gaining something in the confusion? Ain't building a damn thing...just playing games and tricking people out of what little money they DO have.
    2 points
  27. @Cynique Basically the fix is that I whitelisted your IP address (basically tell Godaddy not to block your posts). This has actually happened to me a few times! There is no reason that I can discern for why some locations are blocked. @ProfD and @Mel Hopkins you both should be able to start conversations now. Unfortunately this is a major problem with the the web, carriers, service providers, web hosts have to be extra precautious for fear of being hacked. I can't say that I blame them inconveniencing some users is MUCH better than having you site taken for ransom. Again the little guy is always hurt the most... I've been sending a newsletter out for over twenty years and I discovered about a year again that Outlook is putting my own newsletter, sent from me, into my junk folder!?
    2 points
  28. Personally, I'm not offended by Meek Mill's artwork. I just don't find it to be in good taste. The artwork looks like something that should be in a Boondocks comic book. I'm not a black woman either but as a connoisseur of them, I can type/say unequivocally that many black women take great pride in their bodies and personal appearance. They just want it to be seen by the *right* person i.e. someone who they find attractive. That's why black women wear clothes to accentuate the positive and give an idea of what lies beneath. They certainly don't dress like Middle Eastern or Amish women. Women do not want to be objectified or sexualized by those to whom they're not attracted. When a woman is digging someone, it's on and poppin' and everything comes off. Religion and morality is the smoke screen folks hide behind until they feel safe letting their hair down and doing what comes naturally. Whodini said, "nobody wants to be called a freak but everybody wants to get freaked". Even in black churches, the women try to out-dress each other in order to get the pastor's robe to rise. They certainly aren't going after the choir director dude because he's after the pastor too. The bottom line is that black women are comfortable in their nakedness and willing to share it with whoever they feel is qualified to see them.
    2 points
  29. This is heartbreaking because these workers need the most protection from greedy-a owners and management. I’ll never forget Jeff Smisek former CEO at United. He hated that Legacy United had such strong unions and he did everything he could to destroy them. But the pilots union dragged him .. and even the flight attendants union 25000 strong after the merger wouldn’t give or budge much on anything. He hated the work rules; and definitely hated the pay— Dude even tried to get rid of aircraft mechanics at some stations and ended up paying other airlines to fix the planes. In the end, the FBI had him under investigation and he resigned with a golden parachute. But all those unions I mentioned do have highly skilled laborers. So, you may be right, it could make a difference.
    2 points
  30. I read the book written about Henrietta Lacks by a white female author who did pretty well from the royalties. I think she did set up some kind of foundation in Henrietta's name. Oprah, of course, made a TV movie based on this book. Wonder who was paid for the rights to it? The story of Henrietta and her family was a rather sad one. Her survivors seemed to be a very erratic family group. In regard to the hospital labs using her cells without the family's permission, this was a routine procedure. It was like using the afterbirth of miscarried and aborted fetuses, harvesting these cells to save the lives of living babies. I think the latter is still done today. it figures that Ben Crump would be the current face of the civil rights legal team, inasmuch as a petty criminal, counterfeit-bill passing, ex-drug addict named George Floyd has become the martyr of the BLM movement ...says the person who has divorced her race. @Troyhow about knocking down that Go Daddy firewall so those of us being blocked by it will be able to start new posts?
    2 points
  31. Mzuri, I hate to break this news but unfortunately, unions have been corrupted by politics too. Unions collect dues from its members to take care of them supposedly. But, those same unions are also courted by special interest groups to get their members to conform to certain things too. Unions will not buck mask mandates or vax requirements because it would be bad for business i.e. their bottom line. They are encouraging members to follow the rules. I don't know what the end game is regarding this pandemic but I'm watching their hands and following the money. I'm still amazed that they have politiczed and monetized a virus but to date there is no cure for cancer. Oh, that's right, there is no money in the cure. But, there's a whole economy built on cancer research and treatment.
    2 points
  32. QFT (quoted for truth). I definitely use variations of the word as a term of endearment, frustration, incredulity, etc. Never in a hurtful or negative way I don't think.
    2 points
  33. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/02/us/slavery-myths-clint-smith-blake-cec/index.html
    2 points
  34. ************************************************************************************ @Cynique and @Mel Hopkins I have had some glitchy experiences as well. On my iPhone, there are ads that have to be turned off before I can proceed. I think it's the same thing that Mel described. And on my desktop, sometimes when I click on a topic, the page is fogged over and the web address turns to something about google, but it doesn't happen that often. I also don't see the point in displaying ads for things like tractors. Troy was asking why there isn't more participation and I wonder if the ads are having an impact, since some people don't like ads at all. You Ladies should probably contact him directly since he might not read all these comments. ************************************************************************************
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  35. Mzuri Well, according to the CDC and others who even PROMOTE the jab...when it comes to the Delta Variant, it really doesn't matter whether you've got the jab or not you can STILL spread it just as easily. They knew all of this when they were telling people to take their masks off and walk around Wal-Mart a few months ago. They knew that jabbed people were just as likely to pick up the virus and spread it as the un-jabbed. They KNEW this...and hid the information. Their entire goal is to get people to stop worrying and panicking and go back to work, go back to shopping....ignore the dead bodies laying in the street and go back to business as usual. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near Yeah, I was reading that earlier today actually! Also hundreds of thousands of POLICE OFFICERS around the nation haven't gotten it yet. They said the LAPD chief is refusing to enforce the mandate on his officers because so many haven't gotten it that he doesn't want to risk a mass WALK OUT by the officers. This thing is getting real.....very real. And I say it's about time.
    2 points
  36. Ok - I didn’t expect this thread to go from algorithms to consciousness! - Excellent! I’m glad I read from the bottom up because I was going to write that I agree the answers are within - but first you must solve the first puzzle. #KnowThySelf. And look at your conclusion!! it’s impossible to know anything before you’ve solved your own equation - “know thy self” The avatars throughout the ages have advised this to all of their followers. I suspect it is the reason Feymann once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.”
    2 points
  37. Roads, bridges, highways, tunnels and facilities are in need of repair and maintenance. There's massive amounts of landscaping and clean up that needs to be done too. America should be beautiful everywhere we look. Not a piece of trash or a blade of grass should be out of place. No robots required. People need to get their hands dirty.
    2 points
  38. I used to read about mathematics and how it has been used over time. In my quest for understanding. Same with science and scientists. I also read a fair amount about the esoteric. It is only in the last decade, that I am getting close to the answers I have been seeking. I was using the wrong tools. If you look at Einstein, Newton Feynman, Pythagoras, Plato, Socrates, Malcolm X et al. There is a similarity they all had a laser focus and could see an articulate what other could not. They each used the tool that was best suited to their personality to find truths. The old adage is true the answers are inside of you, you just have to use the correct key. It probably helps to be an independent thinker.
    2 points
  39. Unless engaged in a violent confrontation, nobody should fear that their encounter with the police will lead to death or severe injury. In fact, most interactions between police and society do not end up with somebody being dead or severely injured. Unfortunately, there are race soldiers embedded among those who have sworn to serve and protect citizens. Given an opportunity, a race soldier will maim or kill. IMO, police do not have to be re-trained. They know exactly how use restraint when dealing with people who look just like them. There are numerous encounters where police have engaged in hours long confrontations without firing a single shot while the assailant does. The police recently engaged in a standoff with some folks barricaded in a house. The police officer can be seen and heard on his bodycam begging and pleading not to have to pull his weapon. I believe police officers should be a reflection of the communities they serve. It does not make sense to stick a dude with a KKK mentality in a black community. The law enforcement community should do a better job when conducting pyschological profiles in order to determine who should become a police officer. They should keep a record of problem children (bad officers) to prevent them from going from one jurisdiction to another. While I don't necesarily think police need to be defunded, unless they are planning to go to war, I don't see the point in a police department having military hardware (tanks, rocket launchers, assault rifles,etc.). There isn't a city under seige anywhere in America requiring that much firepower. Jacob Blake's life was spared but the quality of it has been severely compromised. I wish him well in his physcial and mental recovery.
    2 points
  40. The monument to the Lyons will be a very nice gesture. Thanks to the folks who "dug up" their history as it relates to Central Park. Land has been a primary source of white wealth in America as over a century or so they have gotten paid for owning acres of dirt when public and private developers decide to build any and everything. Folks hit the powerball when Wal-Mart decides to buid a store in the spot where their living room or kitchen currently resides. Whenever I hear black folks talk about their family owning land, my 1st question is always whether or not it's producing passive income. Nope. The land is usually tied up in a warped form of family politics or litigation leading to stagnation as an investment. Yeah, when I think about the fortune the Lyons family does not have in relation to the value of land in New York City, I can only shake my head because I know that wealth has been stolen.
    2 points
  41. Yes, Joe Biden has indeed repeatedly stuck his finger right in the eye(s) of black America and the country as a whole for many many decades. Until liberal black America in particular, jettisons the mainstream media, the deep state and the blame racism mentality, things are not going to get any better.
    2 points
  42. ProfD You ain't LYING bro. It's one thing to see women running around in pajamas, but I've seen so many YOUNG DUDES bopping up and down the street in their pajamas and sandals. To me, a man should be ready for BATTLE when he walks out the house. You should be dressed in some hard shoes that allow you to fight (or run if you must...lol) and tussle if it comes to it. How in the hell are you gonna protect yourself let alone your lady when you're walking around with some soft ass pajamas on with little kangaroos on them? They don't even have to hit him, all they have to do is just snatch down his pajama bottoms and he'll be embrassed and tripping all over the damn place. As for women in pajamas............... For some reason I do NOT find that sexy at all. Even if the woman was ordinarily sexy....if she's wearing fruity pajama with her butt bouncing and wobbling all over the place, it doesn't seem right. "Yeah....is this Kentucky Fried? Ok then. Small fries and BIG MAC." If she's been wearing them all day in public...you KNOW they stank.
    2 points
  43. So do you think black jazz masters are not on a par with Beethoven, Mozart. Chopin , Shubert. Handel, et al, whose works are timeless and who hold permanent places of honor in the annals of white classical music? I absolutely do think black Jazz masters and their works are timeless on a par with and held in high regard within the Jazz community just like their European counterparts of classical music. Why do you think vintage jazz artists and present day ones can't co-exist and be judged on their individual merits??? Vintage Jazz artists and present day musicians do co-exist. The former are canonized. The latter are judged on their individual merits within their ability to interpret the music and keep it alive. Within the Jazz community, musicians do honor and respect the legacy of the past masters both in the way they play and as evidenced by the fact that there are plenty Jazz tunes (standards) that every Jazz musician should know. Jazz musicians past up to present are still playing and recording standard tunes. A Traditional Jazz musician should be able to hit with other players on any Jazz gig, anywhere on the planet without a single rehearsal based on their common knowledge of tunes left to us by the giants of Jazz. Why does it have to be one or the other when it comes to listening to them? That depends on the listener(s). Jazz is America's classical music. But, it's also an acquired taste. When someone says they like Jazz, it helps to know what kind of Jazz they like. John Coltrane and Kenny G are worlds apart. Traditional Jazz was a popular form of music from the 1930s through the mid-1960s. It's popularity began to wane as other styles of music emerged in the 1960s and beyond. As I mentioned, Miles incorporated new sounds into Jazz which led to different styles of it. As a result, listeners moved accordingly. Like Brussels sprouts, a small group of folks still listen to and appreciate Traditional Jazz. I think most Jazz listeners nowadays prefer the McDonalds version of it.
    2 points
  44. OMG! You just read me like a book …and you probably don't even know how deep it goes but this is truthdotcom! It is exhausting - especially when I have to stifle the " I told you so" in the aftermath. And yes, as a journalist, I'm used to other people's words LOL!
    2 points
  45. You have plenty to say, but not being heard is exhausting. I post mostly other people's words.
    2 points
  46. @Cynique I feel the most important job in the future is system disintegrator and farmer.
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  48. I think the world as we know it is coming to an end right before our eyes. Computerized technology is enabling artificial intelligence and together they are co-opting society. The covid pandemic provides the perfect matrix for this transformation because it has inhibited and distorted our lifestyles, in addition to making us physically vulnerable. America's political polarization will be the final nail in its coffin. "Retrumpicanism" and the way it has hi-jacked the truth and bastardized reality has created a threatening herd of robotic maggots. Meanwhile, the family feud between progressive Democrats and moderate ones is destroying the party's unity and deflating its power to counteract fascism and maintain democracy. White supremacy is thriving, genocidal black-on-black crime is ongoing, law and order are in shambles, and natural disasters are rampant. Moreover, America is a microcosm of countries all over the globe where internal conflict is never ending. Planet Earth may survive, but its population will have computerized itself out of existence amid an atmosphere of the chaos that will necessitate a return to square one.
    2 points
  49. No because you don't feel as though you are being delusional. The difference between genius and madness is results "The difference between insanity and genius is success." – Jonathan Price December 15, 2014 Verbal Selfie. The difference between a superstition and a belief. Is like the difference between a fire extinguisher and the ocean. The ocean can cool you off, it can relax you and it can feed you. A fire extinguisher is a substitute until the fire fighters arrive. Delano Strachen October 4, 2014 The question I ask myself. How can I tell the difference between a limit and a limitation. Delano Strachen May 4, 2014 Verbal Selfie. Opportunities exist in time. It's like a train. Which is why timing is everything. So if you got rid of the physical aspect of the train, what remains is transport. Missing the train or the boat has new meaning. So following the analogy you can't miss them because you didn't buy a ticket. You are unprepared. Or you arrived late. There is a difference between opportunity and fantasy. Your choice. I have to catch some different vehicles. Delano Strachen March 30, 2015. @Mzuri thanks for asking. I was searching for the quote on Facebook to answer you. What I found was the above quotes, which span a period of almost a year. Which was a transitional period between two major shifts in my life. That period being different from what came before and what followed after it was over. So it was a question that took me 7 years to resolve. Am I okay? I don't have a one word answer. Do you prefer a short. medium or realy loooong answer? Pioneer is not delusional he doesn't believe he is right he thinks that he is right. I would say of his positions are irrational yet logical, since they have an egocentric consistency. You can also be hopeful for something that you will never attain Cynique is not delusional, she can only be mistaken. since she is not emotional invested in the truth of her statement. I would say Cynique is disinvested in Pioneer.
    2 points
  50. I agree, Troy runs an excellent forum. It's one of the things that has kept me on here for years. I've said over and over again that I'm surprised it doesn't do more traffic since social media is so restrictive and is so quick to ban people. With all of the forums on this one site.... What's stopping people from signing up, starting a thread and then posting back and forth on it like a chat room? Only difference is it may be a little slower to submit comments. I haven't seen any limits on the pages of a thread...people could potentially have a thread full of a thousand posts. I don't have to worry and say "Blk" instead of "Black" or "Wht" instead of "White" or avoid saying the word "vaccine" for fear of it getting caught up in some algorithm Plus, unlike Twitter or Youtube...where some unknown figure is sending you warnings and stikes....you can easily just e-mail Troy about a problem. But many of our people love to follow the crowd. They love to go where the "action" is and follow their friends around.
    2 points
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