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  1. True - but it helps folks like us to not carry them. They need to be left in their hell...they don't need us to remain there with them. (Aside: Someone killed my loved one and I forgave him on day one. And when I look back I think about my loved one and all the beauty he brought into the world)
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  2. Yeah TSA went over my baby stroller with a fine tooth comb but kids too young to buy a beer can legally roam the streets with a rifle
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  3. Oh one more thing! Thanks to President Obama's Jobs Act, my mother and I have private equity shares in black-owned technology fabless semiconductor company, Espre Technologies, Inc. Equity crowdfunding allows us to support black-owned businesses. And it's the first time we've been able to get in on the ground floor before it goes belly-up or public. The seed money we raised in the first round of regulation crowdfunding allows the inventor to fabricate his Edge device protection SoC (System on a chip). While the proprietary technology is a bit complicated, In short, -it helps wireless channels handle increased data. Without it, autonomous cars could stop processing information when it's most vulnerable. Or it can protect construction cranes from bad actors. The Jobs act allowed a black woman, Linda (Lynn) P. Smith, President/Founder/CEO, in Cincinnati to start a private equity regulation crowdfunding platform to raise money to "buy the block." While many people have probably heard about Bezos's real estate investment platform to allow people to buy shares in rental property, This sister's business helps people crowdfund to property to prevent gentrification. So, again working with who we have serves us. We need more legislators who believe in democracy and equity for all people.
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  4. Baby formula is the latest ruse being used to keep folks dazed and confused. Pandemic, supply chain shortages, immigration, conflict, inflation, abortion, monkeypox, etc. Red herrings are falling from the sky. There is a mid-term election in November. Keep that 3rd eye open.
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  5. Not the monkey pox! We are living through a full-blown apocalypse and don't even know it!
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  6. Maybe that’s how folks get so caught up - lol
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  7. The Anti-Abortion group says their next step is a federal ban on contraception and abortion. This move criminalizes women and will also stomp over the right to privacy. When I first began visiting this forum in 2010, there was a lot of talk about the fall of the Black community because unmarried Black women were having babies with multiple men. I noticed, too - no one put the onus on men. I'll never understand that perspective, mainly since men cause 100 percent of unwanted pregnancies. But let's say women lose the right to choose abortion. And any attempt to abort, a woman becomes a felon. Felons lose their rights to participate in society, especially in the political system. Black women are the most consistent voting block, but we're no match to combat voter obstruction. So, what's next? The government subjugates and returns black women to breeder status? Speculation aside, if black women lose their rights to exercise agency in this society, what's next for the Black community?
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  8. Sounds like Stefan is a Leftist... https://grandmageri422.me/2017/10/25/karl-marx-accuse-your-enemy-of-what-you-are-doing-as-you-are-doing-it-to-create-confusion/ https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/03/06/you-can-tell-what-leftists-are-doing-by-what-they-accuse-conservatives-of-doing-n2294209 On what logic? God has already said that you're not going to win this argument. #ProChoiice = #BabyKiller
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  9. High self-esteem, always smiling and positive, unselfish and a genuine love for humanity.
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  10. My concern is that a white guy shot and killed 10 black folks in a grocery store. The shooter apologized for pointing his weapon at a white person laying on the floor. The police didn't fire a single shot at him. They allowed this guy with a gun in hand to decide whether he's was going to kill himself or surrender. Racism is very real. It's a fact that many black folks are dealing with racist crap in one way or another every day.
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  11. I would date it back to Rush Limbaugh on Fox News. I feel the same way about writers, less so about people who write. A writer's voice as well as their ideas are informative. Technology has made many fields more open: music; writing; astrology, investing and others. This has also resulted in a lower signal to noise ratio.
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  12. An AfroAmerican hedge fund manager won the bid on that painting. IMO, it does represent progress to the extent that he could *afford* to be in the same room.
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  13. Is this your belief? It’s not fact - but if this is your belief it does make your position clear to me. I don’t debate “beliefs.” I thought you were stating what you witnessed. And I didn’t see any empirical evidence. But now I understand the perspective is more nostalgic “Make Black America Great Again.” Although I I have more in common with iconoclast. I don’t have a strategy. I observe what is and analyze migration and the structure of movement. A movement doesn’t care about what you believe or how you feel about it - but it will run you over if you don’t adapt.
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  14. @richardmurraydisagreement does not equate to misunderstanding. The USA is set up to have various levels of failure. Poor whites are having their own drug crisis. The real issue is always class, not race not sex. So divide and conquer is effective. Not certain how a P2P group is not a community. Most disagreement are a result of differing definitions, beliefs or assumptions. You believe Black people need leaders. I believe it's more effective to teach a person to fish. So they won't get hungry. Every society has a stratus. And it is usually a pyramid. You want to go back to a past model that has obvious flaws. I prefer the future. You will be more successful since people don't like change. Well forward thinking people like it. Based on the definition of community. The Black population is not a community. But they are treated or mistreated as a monolithic block. Unless they are a celebrity.
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  15. @Stefan just for the record, I didn't share this as someone who is personally invested in any crypto. I just know people who are and I know people in this community who are. so I shared. but I want it known I am not an investor in crypto and I have offline spoken against crypto to my friends, some of whom are deeply involved. I don't share cause I always concur or agree with. I share Black cause the black community is internally multiracial and I want all of the races in the Black community to grow. @Troy I concur to your point about crypto not being for the general populace. But I use more statistics. During the sars -cov-2 the white man admitted that circa 70% of children in the poor sections of los angeles didn't have internet for the online school thing. A similar number the white man stated for the entire continent of africa, which the white man also states has the quickest growing quantity of under twenties in humanity. The internet, all the financial management schemes touted all the time, are clearly not for the general populous in the usa or on earth with such numbers. @ProfDyes, the greatest lesson in monopoly is what happens when a player has a little money , owns no lands, and all lands are sold, and is still playing:) In defense, ever since the dutch started their stock market, the white community has always created radical financial markets to sucker those who think they can get lucky. The slot machine is a well known device by know and yet, still does a lot of damage to personal accounts. Fiscally wealthy whites comprehend all others, including poor whites, will always have many who will gamble even knowing the odds is bad, crypto is merely one of many. Why do people keep playing monopoly when they are clearly finished:) @Delano truth. but, people will always risk cause the truth is, .001 percent risk and win, that is the genius of stock markets, card tables at macau, crypto, many people know, if you are not willing to kill somebody for their wealth or enslave somebody for their labor, then absent those sturdier schemes to get rich quick, you have to gamble to get quick and ...
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  16. Correct. The current system definitely wouldn't allow every black person to be a multimillionaire. H8ll, the system makes it harder for many black folks to become a multi-thousandaire. As black folks, we aren't doing enough collectively to generate, pool and sustain our wealth. Gross consumerism is the opiate that anesthetizes folks into maintaining the status quo.
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  17. I will share to those i know who are interested in crypto.
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  18. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. For several decades now, black folks have had access to every aspect of American business. There's no shortage of black folks capable of representing black athletes and entertainers and teaching money management too. The hurdle is teaching black folks how to trust each other. Peeling the layers of that onion is no small feat. We do waste too much time on celebrity culture among other things.
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  19. My Millennial nephew who's heavily into money management believes Crypto has a future. I told nephew that I will be keeping my money in investments, bank accounts and underneath a mattress. No Crypto-nite.
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  20. I don't care how many classes, seminars or free food becomes available to lure folks into patched up Crypto snake oil tents. The future of Crypto is about as murky as the chances of Putin conquering Ukraine and rest of former Warsaw Pact nations without the use of nuclear weapons or having Klingons and Romulans as allies. Or Global Warming suddenly disappearing because the Right Wing wants to continue ignoring it. Crypto markets have been heading south for weeks and it's clear now that the demand for NFT's has crashed so badly, you can barely find it in the basement. Ah, but don't take it from me: The NFT market is, shall we say ... in free fall?
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  21. Abortion is a Women's Issue - Period. Men need to stay out of it. The most sickening part of the Abortion debate in the U.S. is the claim by White Conservatives and Evangelicals and many ill-informed and misogynist Black men that curbing this oft-used medical procedure will help the Black Community. Which is hogwash. If Conservatives and Evangelicals want to assist the Black Community, then treat and fund Black Community Healthcare in the same manner as their own communities. 1) Let Blacks vote without hesitation, the same way Whites can 2) Fund Women's HealthCare, from Gynecology, Pre-Natal, Pre-Birth, Post Birth, Pre-School and then actual Schooling. Do this with the same percentage of funding that is provided Whites and other ethnic groups. 3) Provide adequate money for Child Care, reasonable accommodations for the Disabled and those otherwise requiring assistance. 4) Teaching young men and young women proper Birth Control will help the Black Community. Again, this is a financing issue. 5) Make sure that Black Mental Health issues have adequate funding, support and resources. This is just a start.
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  22. Sure. The trickle down effect of their laws and initiatives will always have a worse impact on Black people and other disenfranchised groups. As black folks, we need to be even more vigilant in holding ourselves and each other accountable and be more responsible in our actions and reactions. Black folks cannot do everything they do and get away with it. We have to protect ourselves and our interests on all fronts.
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  23. "Confederate Heritage Month" wow! I can't imagine this passing - especially in a state with a Black population approaching 40%. But I've stopped underestimated our collective ignorance. @StefanI can see why @richardmurray was not too anxious to proclaim that Black people are "free" in this country. To be sure we enjoy more freedoms than we did 100 years ago, but are we completely free here? I'm not so sure. I know you are familiar with gerrymandering which has diminished the impact of our vote, so while we can vote, our vote is not equal to that of a white person's. I know you understand what redlining is and how that systematically prevented Black people from buying real-estate. The impact if this continues to this day in terms of lost generational wealth that give white families a substantial benefit over Black ones. Obviously the hyper-incarceration and policing of Black people has created an unimaginable toll on Black people. Sure we can buy a car and drive down the street, but we are far more likely to be pulled over, arrested, and even killed than a white people is. I can't even tell you how many times I've been pulled over by the police. This stands in stark contrast to the number of white women I've spoken with who have NEVER been pulled over -- or get off with a warning for the same infraction. I can create a website, but white-owned companies monopolize search and marginalize Black-owned websites in favor of white-owned sites in search results. as a result, Black website's value is stripped away. what is the value of that freedom? I could do this all day... and so could you. I many ways our freedom is a farce. Oprah, Obama and others are the exception not the rule. The fight for freedom is a constant battle. Otherwise we end up with Confederate Heritage Month.
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  24. I remain flabbergasted by the comments of some on this forum. Despite the frenzied denials against all evidence, White Supremacy continues to exist. In fact, there are millions of Whites who would just love to return to the days when they could actually own, whip, rape or kill a person with impunity. These are times when their desires were quickly met, their complaints always rectified and their violent rages repeatedly excused. Ah, but don't take it from me. Read an opinion piece in The Black Wall Street Times written by its esteemed founder and editor-in-chief, Nehemiah D. Frank. He's simply highlighting yet more proof that racist Whites are ramping up their siege of us. Our history means nothing to White Supremacists. Mississippi Governor rejects inclusion, dives back into the Confederacy
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  25. This topic is a non-starter, period. Black people can no longer vote freely in this country and creating an all-Black political is foolhardy. Not only would the financial cost of creating new political party from scratch be prohibitive, its leaders would be harassed and threatened and many venues would soon be off-limits to any nascent group. I will no longer be part of a fantasy of a Black Party of Governance. Which means a Black political party that is actually governing. You'll find many in Black Africa.
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  26. They talk about gun control whenever there is a mass shooting. The folks who could do something about guns in America choose to plug their ears and roll their eyes until the dust settles from the latest mass shooting. Yet, nobody seems to be asking the real question of "why" Americans are so heavily armed. The majority of the population isn't hunting to survive. Most meat being consumed by Americans is slaughtered in a factory. Besides, there wouldn't be much left of an animal if it were hunted with an AR-15. That weapon is designed specifically to kill people.
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  27. @richardmurray Thank you. I really, really appreciate this. I have so much doubt but I do hope that I can get the confidence up to write about my experiences. Part of my doubt is that I know that my views are extremely controversial and stem from my anguish about slavery in America.
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  28. @Mel Hopkins A lot of folks in the U.S. are relying on relatives or friends in Europe or can speak and read different languages so they peruse foreign news Websites. Most in the U.S. who are closely following the Russo-Ukrainian war are using this Website: https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-conflict-updates The data from that Website is said to be the most current and its analysis is considered to be the most unbiased and accurate.
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  29. Really? Stefan, from my point of view, you're never going to win this argument by trying to explain it away with irrational logic, plain and simple. Remember, the left loses it's cool every time someone says something they don't agree with. On that, you've now been completely exposed. And one more thing, Barack Obama was the most incompetent president that the United States ever had, that is until Joe Biden stole the election and was installed as a regime head who just so happens to be a criminal with a serious case of dementia. From your post, anyone could guess that White Supremacy is real if you're 'black' enough to believe it.
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  30. Adding to the confusion, scholars wrote, er, interpreted these scriptures filled with *wisdom*.
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  31. There's so much geopolitical ignorance in America - but it's not surprising since most of us don't even know how our own government works. I can't speak intelligently on the Ukraine war-invasion... I'm still heartbroken that I can't get unbiased information on what appears to be a civil war in "the land of the gods" Ethiopia. Please continue to share your perspective and information - I'm paying attention I just don't know where I should focus it across the pond. (aside: we are so isolated here in the americas)
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  32. Don't stop there, Sis! Keep thinking it through. Laws are never divisive. It is the application of the law that divides the people. You brought up marijuana laws - look at the 2022 map, determine where marijuana is illegal, then look at incarcerated people based on the laws written for possession and distribution of marijuana. If you feel inspired, look at the record of the prosecuting attorneys involved in those cases - and law enforcement. Next, look at the states where marijuana is legal - or a misdemeanor- to see how those states seek to offer retribution to those tried and convicted under all laws. Once you gather that information - see if there's any relation to proposed criminality for terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Legislators who protect your freedoms separate themselves from those who don't. Vote for the ones who create legislation to protect you.
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  33. @Chevdove And here is where I leave the debate which began with the Bible. Fantasy, supposition, theories and feel-good tales are good for the soul and the ego. But I will never look to ancient Egypt for inspiration or the source of my ancestors. They were Slavers, too. And according to the Bible, Yahweh whooped their butt, drowning the then-Pharaoh along with his vaunted chariot force in the Red Sea.
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  34. @Stefan Well stated! And thank you for the reminder! What we (I) do today will determine the future.
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  35. There's a whole lot of white folks in that number too. In 2045, there will be 200 million white folks and 240 million non-white folks in America. That is a problem for white folks. With a stagnant population growth, white folks are tired of white women aborting the future of their race. Again, the anti-abortion folks do not give a d8mn about non-white folks.
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  36. All billionaires supply the wants of those in need. (Or they inherited from someone who did.) Supplying wants is how anyone earns money. Find a person's need to fulfill their desires. For example, your ability to read the stars is the answer for someone who wants to hedge the predictions for their future. They need to be self-sufficient. Some of us determine "wants" better than others. And those who do earn a lot of money. I earn money from clients because I pay attention to what people want from me. People usually want me to prepare statements. It doesn't matter what type of statements - they all have one thing in common. Many people need to appear versed in their vocation, and they are, but they sometimes have difficulty expressing what they know. So I help them. I can't make millions from helping people - because I help one person at a time. I could scale my knowledge by writing a book. But I don't know how to address their want commercially. And I NEED to get it right. (lol) BUT billionaires have figured out how to scale their product/service to sell to multi-millions. And I think all billionaires have a need to create the future.
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  37. Black folks need to seriously consider arming themselves in order to have a fighting chance if/when they come under the attack of a racist white supremacist. That's why I'm a proponent of the open carry gun laws. Folks will think twice about attacking someone not knowing whether or not they are strapped. I also believe the real reason they want to get guns out of black communities is not to keep black folks from being victims of gun violence. IMO, disarming the black community insures that whenever race soldiers (white supremacists) get the call to exterminate black folks with impunity, we will be soft targets.
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  38. As I wrote in another thread, the slaughter of black folks will get worse as the ideologies of racism white supremacy indoctrinate more race soldiers willing to carry out executions. Black folks needs to seriously consider arming themselves. This is the only way to have a fighting chance against white supremacists who are willing to kill.
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  39. There are some folks who just don't believe that White Supremacy is real and this intense hatred against Black people is getting worse. This young, racist shooter is said to have bought into the White Supremacist "Replacement Theory," espoused by Fox News' talk show host Tucker Carlson. But this nonsense didn't start with Carlson. It's been a long held doctrine of Far Right White Supremacists. Know what galls me? That some have the nerve to get ticked off at me because I continue harping on it. I am telling the truth.
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  40. Being highly paid entertainers, hopefully, they will figure out how to turn their riches into wealth like the folks at the top of the list. Otherwise, white folks know it's good for business and perception to let a few non-whites have money without real wealth i.e. power.
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  41. Because I was such a fast writer and editor, I used to walk into my top editors' offices and ask for more work. So, they assigned me to edit Corporate Bankruptcy stories. And man, did I learn a lot. In a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, the debtor, or the bankrupt company, is protected from its creditors. They can't remove anything or sue the company for its assets. If the company keeps its assets, it's often referred to as a Debtor in Possession. But this is determined by a Chapter 11 judge. Normally, banks and other financial lenders are considered secured creditors. This means if the company's reorganization plan is later approved by a judge, these folks get paid first. They may not get all of their money back, but they will get something. Now, stockholders or other investors are unsecured creditors. The rank on the same bottom step as employees who are owed wages. These may also include companies that provided services, such as computer suppliers, utilities, transport companies and apparel. Usually what happens when there is not enough money left over after paying the lawyers and secured creditors is that unsecured creditors get pennies on the dollar even if they are collectively owed millions. If things go really bad for them, a former colleague f mine loved to write: They "are wiped out." They get nothing. This is why investors in Coinbase are considered unsecured creditors. Now you know why Donald Trump filed for Chapter 11 four times. He got away without paying his workers, his contractors, his rent, his furniture and fixture providers and these include all of his liquor suppliers. Unless they got pennies on the dollar. They were all unsecured creditors. By the way, a Chapter 7 is a liquidation. Which means the company that is bankrupt will either sell or auction off all of its assets, including lighting fixtures, to raise money. Companies that are going out of business will usually do this. Chapter 13 is for individuals who file bankruptcy to reorganize their debts. In case anyone is wondering is there are successful corporate reorganizations, there are scores of them every year. One of the most successful that I know is a company called Marvel Comics. Its comic book sales were doing so badly and the company kept borrowing to keep itself afloat that the financial situation became untenable. So, Marvel filed for Chapter 11. And its reorganization plan, which had to convince Marvel's secured creditors so it could emerge from Chapter 11 and be a profitable company, Marvel said it would use its many comic book characters, Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Black Panther and others and feature them in full length movies. The secured creditors bought into the plan. And we know what happened. Marvel made millions. So, there is light at the end of Chapter 11. You just got to have the right Reorganization Plan, the right lawyers and pick the right Bankruptcy Court, which are the same as Federal District Courts.
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  42. @richardmurray Those are institutions/organizations, NOT a community. Using the definition of community from both Merriam Webster (definition 1 ) and also using the description of Umoja on page 158 refers to "Oneness." See Linguistic Dilemmas of Afrocentricity The Diaspora Experience Ali A. Mazrui | State University of New York, Binghamton, New York Alamin M. Mazrui | The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. A community is a group of people with shared interests and likeness. The Black community continues its growth stage. It quickly becomes a large, diverse, decentralized, peer-to-peer networking community. The Black population in the USA is 46.8 million strong (second only to German-Americans at 49 million people here in the U.S.) Further, these individuals, many whom are immigrants, have chosen to identify as Black/African American. These individuals self-identify as Black, which is what makes us a community. Presently the black community mirrors Del's assessment. Definitely, not the community of enslaved Africans you continue to refer to when you mention war between the states. But it is understandable why newly unshackled Africans needed a central meeting place the laws codified Africans as less than. Still, Institutions and organizations that outlive their usefulness tend to die. And self-directed individuals take their place. If you're interested in reading about the trajectory of the black community, PEW Research already did the heavy lifting. All that is left to do is independent research to fact-check.
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  43. @Delano, your opinion is correct and would be sound financial advice. It takes money to make more of it.
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  44. I haven’t. And I am naive when it comes to certain aspects of finance. I only think about unsecured creditors when it comes to lining up for money after filing bankruptcy. But I think people are getting confused between traditional finance and decentralized finance. There are few protections in DeFi. traders are own their own and risk and reward is very high. When you mentioned coinbase - I was looking at from a trading/depositor perspective. Once cryptotraders get coins they deposit in their noncustodial wallets like mycelium - cryptotraders know not leave large sums in coinbase.
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  45. Sadly this true. But only because of perspective. In fact, there was something you wrote in the abortion anti-abortion thread that help me have a paradigm shift. Once we start looking at things differently- things change!
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  46. The house that is America has never been overly concerned with the plight of Black people economically. We have to do a better job of protecting ourselves through strategic alliances and investments.
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  47. I'm voting "yea" to pay the back rent if that's what it takes to keep folks from eviction, foreclosure and living on the streets. It's a waste of energy for fiscally responsible folks to grumble and/or complain about any form of welfare given to others. There will always be haves and have nots and everything in between. Most recently, look no further than the US printing billions of dollars to help the Ukrainians. Then, there's the trillions of dollars spent over 20 years fighting terrorism. The US has more than enough money to take care of its citizens. Unfortunately, a handful of people get to pick and choose who wins and who loses in the grand scheme of things. That's the game being played on a global level.
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  48. https://www.npr.org/2022/04/26/1094870371/jessica-watkins-to-be-the-1st-black-woman-to-serve-at-the-international-space-st Jessica Watkins is a 33-year old Geologist. She entered the NASA/SpaceX program in 2017. It's always awesome to see our young black people doing big things.
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  49. I agree, the Bible did not sanction slavery 'in the traditional sense' however, you are interjecting false statements. NOAH cursed CANAAN, not Ham, the father. Therefore the other three sons of Ham were NOT cursed This statement is NOT in the Bible. The Mongoloid false 'racial construct' ignores the entire Mongolian Empire of which the very origin was a Black African woman! The Mongolian people were a mixture of people that included millions of African-typed people at one point in time. The racial construct of what became 'White Caucasians' stem from the origin of Black Negroes. LOL. The original Caucasians were definitely 'Negroid'. All three patriarchs came from Noah, a Sheth man [Seth] therefore, the three of them were all pure BLACK as Noah was PERFECT in his generations. Noah was NOT a perfect man, but he was perfect in his generation, meaning that his wife was also pure Seth as he had been. GEEZ. lol. Jap-HETH was black, CHAM was black and SHEM was also black. Out of Ham also came White people too. AbraHAM was Hamitic; he was a Ram. He was AB-original. Noah was a captive, himself, under White Cainites. smh. His son, JapHETH brought a White woman on the ark, nevertheless, no one person is to blame for White supremacy, All modern humans stem from goodness, but many chose to be evil, no matter what color they were. White supremacy began way before Cain covered the head of an evil brown woman.
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