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    Jet setting, globetrotting, landlocked seafaring, book peddling recovering broadcast journalist wordsmith who dreams vividly and commits it to white space.

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  1. I don't even watch comedy on Netflix …In fact the last comedian I probably listened to was Eddie Murphy. BUT with all the 'faux" controversy I had to watch. Wow Dave Chappelle's THE CLOSER sent a message I definitely needed to hear! And by the way @Pioneer1 I finally know your real identity lol
  2. Troy, I’m extremely curious about new technology - I pitched the crypto story to EBONY/ JET. I’m not sure it was on their radar - but I found a way to make it easy to understand. And they commissioned it. https://melhopkinssite.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/coin-collector-by-mel-hopkins.pdf Here’s some info from the IRS Virtual currency that has an equivalent value in real currency, or that acts as a substitute for real currency, is referred to as “convertible” virtual currency. Bitcoin is one example of a convertible virtual currency. Bitcoin can be digitally traded between users and can be purchased for, or exchanged into, U.S. dollars, Euros, and other real or virtual currencies. https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/virtual-currencies I earned about $30 in cryptocurrency just by taking short 5 -10 minute classes in the selected “coins.” I just checked and found I have about $20 worth of crypto-classes waiting in my account. These founders really want others to be educated crypto-collectors.
  3. the limit is 21 million bitcoin in circulation - when that number is reached there is no more reward. The incentive shifts. There are reports that incentives could come from other avenues such as transactions fees Read the white paper. I linked to the Bitcoin founder’s paper here on the site. NOTE: Not to be confused with trading value - I am talking about mining. The FBI just recently caught a ransomware gang because every transaction is PUBLIC - I think you mean the bitcoin owner is anonymous - But that doesn’t mean much when the IRS and FBI can determine who got paid. “The blockchain—bitcoin’s historical ledger of all transactions—is publicly viewable at all times by anyone, so that there can’t be any under-the-table cash transactions. Software firms such as Chainalysis and Elliptic have supported federal investigators with a suite of analysis tools intended to help trace criminals and tax cheats, including those who try to obscure the bitcoin trail through dozens of successive transactions.”. WSJ “Untraceable Bitcoin Is a Myth” How could the FBI recover $2.3 million of the pipeline ransom? It isn’t a mystery. By Ezra Galston June 16, 2021 12:27 pm ET
  4. This just makes me more curious about what you tapped into!
  5. Yep! I did a deep dive and wrote an article on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for EBONY magazine (2018) I’m sure I linked to the original bitcoin white paper. Also you must report every cryptocurrency trade when you file income taxes. Aside: The weird part is cryptocurrency volatility. It can be a loss or a gain by the time you file. So that serves up some type of conundrum. But anyway, you must report. It’s now law. Even if you have a wallet and key, The Bitcoin ledger or any cryptocurrency ledger still keeps a record of transactions. So, if officials wanted to do some digging there’s a record. Speaking of which, the true value of bitcoin is its tamper-proof blockchain. Which brings us mining. Some reports indicate it cost about 9 years worth of household electricity to mine bitcoin. The thing is we don’t produce our own electricity - so I can only imagine that Con Ed officials will report what’s going on at that “wild house” at the corner of the block. Also, there’s a limit to how many bitcoins will be mined - (read the white paper) Somebody is going to be left holding a crazy-a electricity bill and equipment with no way to pay for it. Yes, conjecture but it only makes sense.
  6. Yep! Just yesterday I got the GoDaddy block firewall. After I posted my latest topic I went back to change the font size and correct syntax and BAM GoDaddy said NOPE. So I left it alone.
  7. We don't disagree here . The most difficult part of living, is CHANGING A MINDSET.
  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
  9. 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.
  10. LOL I'm #UnionStrong and this is where they got me in the crosshairs of this vaccine mandate debate. I'm actually a bit angry with the SWAPA (Southwest Airline Pilots Association) because they started grieving their CBA (collective bargaining agreement) when their contract lapsed at the end of August. They lost a lot of workhours due to COVID so then the grievance was about changes to work rules and scheduling. Now management includes jab or lose job to the equation [EDIT] and pilots changed the focus of the grievance. I guess it’s a tactic to garner public support by entering into the political debate. The thing is, it’s disingenuous and might weaken arbitration. [End Edit] Anyway, I stand with the pilots, I just can’t stand legerdemain for any reason. The pilots have a strong case. Especially since the FAA hasn't made any changes to the airmen medical certificate for pilots or ATC (air traffic controller) specialists. So technically they're not required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  11. @Troy ,I laugh whenever someone says "Ben Crump" and "Paid" in the same sentence. They only notice him but never see the battery of attorneys who are co-counsel on these cases. I'm guilty of this too. He is the face of civil rights INjustice. This time I paid attention to whose name is the attorney of record. According to the lawsuit, Kim D. Parker is the first name listed. Christopher Seeger is also a co-counsel.
  12. The family of Henrietta Lacks' has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Courthouse in Baltimore, MD B against ThermoFisher Scientific. The pharmaceutical company, listed as a defendant in the case, is allegedly responsible for profiting off Henrietta Lacks' cancerous cells to develop the HeLa cell line. According to AP News, the lawsuit asks the court to "disgorge the full amount of its net profits obtained by commercializing the HeLa cell line to the Estate of Henrietta Lacks." That amount could total over $250 Billion. You may recall published reports, indicate in 1951, John Hopkins Hospital admitted Henrietta Lacks to treat cervical cancer. Doctors took the cells of the tumor without her permission. Lacks family accuses Thermo Fisher Scientific of selling those cells. Lacks' cells helped medical breakthroughs such as the polio vaccine, gene mapping, invitro-fertilization, and even the research that led to the COVID-19 Vaccine. Ben Crump, and co-counsel Christopher Seeger says the lawsuit will name other defendants. Kim D Parker, Esq (also present in the video) is the counsel of record. Links: https://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2020/vessels-for-collective-progress-the-use-of-hela-cells-in-covid-19-research/#:~:text=Scientists began studying COVID-19,ACE2%2C to enter the cells. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/henriettalacks/ https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2021/10/henrietta-lacks-family-sues-thermo-fisher https://apnews.com/article/business-thermo-fisher-scientific-inc-lawsuits-race-and-ethnicity-health-1b7942bb535b3656195d2347c9e676be https://dockets.justia.com/docket/maryland/mddce/1:2021cv02524/500650 https://www.kpcounsel.com/ https://bencrump.com/ https://apnews.com/article/business-thermo-fisher-scientific-inc-lawsuits-race-and-ethnicity-health-1b7942bb535b3656195d2347c9e676be
  13. These numbers represent “essential workers,” those directly on the frontline. Can we blame them for leaving? Check out Federal Reserves “Beige Book” to read where other shortages are popping up. After catering to Wall Street since the 70s things about to get really nasty.
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