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  1. On 8/12/2018 at 6:49 PM, richardmurray said:

    De blasio today suggest a certain philosophical merit must come before fiscal profiteering when the fiscal profiteering is the philosophical merit.

    It doesn't get any "truer" than this... Except I think black people want to take the moral high ground and make money too.  I think you may have a point though. It's nearly impossible for the two to exists.   Robert Johnson learned quickly and emerged as the hip-hop era's first billionaire.

  2. 4 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    "Lose the fear and make money whatever it takes to allow you to live your dreams."


    @richardmurray  Thank you!  That is a dang good edit. 


    It is actually what I was thinking but chicked out, afraid to put the emphasis on money. Clearly, my intent came through.  You are correct.  Making money is the American way, sadly.  But still I was being disingenuous not following through with the true intent of the commentary.  So, thank you for calling it out.   I actually made other edits to complete the thesis.

    4 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    That is how donald trump went bankrupt three times but and came back financially from each. 


    Also please elaborate on what you mean here about DT - I think I understand what you implying but I don't want to miss out on the spirit of your observation. 

  3. 5 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    Art is not meant to reflect one viewpoint or one lifestyle, art do reflect all lifestyle.



    Art is often commentary  and commentary reflects a perspective.  Eliminating that perspective or the one who perceives it is akin to censorship ... and similar to what happens in war.   Removing artwork and the artist is an attempt to silence.   Not cool.  I rather be offended than to be a witness someone losing the right to express themselves.  

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  4. The irony of this article  dated May 7, 2018 appearing here as a post  is that I believe it was inspired by awesomelyluvvie  article - dated April 17,  2018 -  😐 


    Still, It drives home the point that unless a black woman's feelings are echoed by a woman of non-color - then those words are just another "fart in the blizzard."


    Further, tears of woman of non-color are assigned as the attributes of all women especially black women. And if we don't cry at the drop of a hat then we are labeled Angry black women. Or we're not women at all, or rather we're acting like "men"...because we don't act weak.  When in reality women are not weak at all - but women of non-color just play men that way. 

     Now, they've joined the me-too movement to kick men out of their offices all the while playing victim but getting the corner offices in the process.  All I got to say is "well-played women of non-color; well-played. 😛

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  5. 27 minutes ago, richardmurray said:

    highly well known strong mom characters are rare, as involved characters especially.


    I'm not the right person to ask though.  I read a lot more nonfiction, than fiction.  And when I read  fiction it's sci-fi, horror and fantasy.

    I'd love to hear from those who  who read literature. They may have an example of a strong mom character.   

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  6. @richardmurray ,

    On 5/13/2018 at 2:04 AM, richardmurray said:

    Who is the best mother in fiction? any phenotype/religion/genre/language/age/species apply

    In all the fiction, I've read I don't have a nomination for a "best mother" If I go by memory , then most of the mothers have been largely forgettable.

    However, I felt comforted by  mother-figure  in The Shack by William P. Young

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  7. 19 hours ago, Kalexander2 said:

    As with any venture, there's always the best and better way to benefit; offering cryptocurrency platforms may very well be the best way for Black investors to get involved. That involves manipulation, bold approaches, and deceit seem to always work for the short-run. Remember, banking was a moral success story until the usury was implemented and paper replaced gold, values we placed objects.


    According to Anari Sengbe in this talk,  the internet of things (IoT) allows the devices to mine bitcoins for others and earn a fee for the transaction. 

    In short, your refrigerator, thermostat or any device in your home can become a virtual "Check Cashing Place" except its mining bitcoins or any other cryptocurrencies. 


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  8. On 5/10/2018 at 5:39 AM, Kalexander2 said:

    "When there’s a gold rush on, the thing to do is not to dig. Instead, sell shovels to all the suckers who think they’ll get rich digging for gold.


    Yes, this is a very old aphorism.  I've read one about fishing poles to fisherwomen/men.


    But do we still find value in tools today? Also, do you think wealthy people are “careful”?


    Let's unpack this sage advice using the top 25 wealthiest people in the world.  

    (1) Jeff Bezos–sells tools, provides a virtual and real location for tools and storage for information.

    (2) Bill Gates – makes and sells tools

    (3) Warren Buffet buys companies that sell tools, transportation and shelter & tools protection

    (4) Bernard Arnault sells luxury tools and goods

    (5) Mark Zuckerberg’s product is people and sells their attention

    Mark Zuckerberg provides the tools, but his company, Facebook’s product is people and he sells their attention. Allegedly, he doesn't even sell personal information, he sells access to those who’d like to get in front of specific eyes.   

    In this case, is attention the shovel/fishing pole?  I'm not sure. 


    Also, MZ allows those who want access to determine the value of those eyes.  


    Although this tends to be my blind spot, most of these people on the list "sell shovels/fishing poles", some sell "fish” but there are a few gold-miners /fisherwomen/men here too. 


    But all those businesses have one thing in common – they earn and require currency. 


    Now bitcoin is cryptocurrency, and  its value is in the exchange.  I don’t know if the goal is to get rich quick from using bitcoin but rather allowing those who use it, determine its value. 

    It’s practically an egalitarian currency that’s in use nearly worldwide.    


    So, I guess the key to predict who will profit from the proverbial gold rush is the one provides the platform for trading. 


    Currently, heavily regulated financial institutions are the ones who profit.   But now we have the Winklevoss Twins who were awarded a patent for ETP (exchange-traded products (ETPs) using cryptocurrencies) –(See  Vanguard ETF)

    Then on a smaller scale we have Anari Sengbe's website OWO where gaming and purchasing products at a discount using cryptocurrency gives the platform its value.   

    We still have bitcoin miners (With Bitcoin, miners use special software to solve math problems and are issued a certain number of bitcoins in exchange AND cryptocurrency platforms just might be the new “shovels or fishing poles" in this digital economy.   

    Edit: to change but to AND.  According to Anari Sengbe in this talk,  the internet of things (IoT) allows the devices to mine bitcoins for others and earn a fee for the transaction.  In short your refrigerator, thermostat or any device in your home can become a virtual "Check Cashing Place" except its mining bitcoins or any other cryptocurrencies. 

    I don't think the Black community can afford to be ignorant of  cryptocurrencies. We're already 10 years behind. 

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  9. 20 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    every machine purpose stem from its creator, not itself 


    @richardmurray  ... OMG!!!  this is true of everything we create.

    Understanding the creator reveals the creator..

    I knew this to be true of my writing ... to read me is to know my heart - (good bad or indifferent).   BUT now looking from your perspective I'd say this is true of what we consume.  

    On 5/6/2018 at 8:50 AM, Kalexander2 said:

    I do believe anyone with something to hide exposes everything about her/his self.





    "It's not that I have something to hide.  It's that I have nothing I want you to see."  ~ANON  (Netflix) 

    10 hours ago, Kalexander2 said:

    allowing local and state governments to continue receiving HUD grants without compliance with the full requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the Post reported. 


    @Kalexander2 If I understand this premise correctly, if  the state is receiving the money - then why aren't officials distributing the HUD funds based on needs  - rather than using the cash to integrate communities.   One challenge, however,  is to make sure millionaires such as Fox News Sean Hannity don't get the HUD money  and then fix up buildings in areas - and charge exorbitant amount of rent for each apartment. 



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  10. @richardmurray & @Troy  I hadn't thought about involuntary ways we share our stories.   


    I was thinking more about how we share moments, and events with each other.  For example, I can tell a part of your story, Troy, that took place at Brooklyn Tech because it was my journey too. Or Richard, I can share a little of your writing journey as I know it from AALBC because both of us look for ways to get our words to the masses. :)


    But your responses allow my little observation to become so much more than I'd realized. 


    Data analysts can collect all the information in the world;  sift through it and concoct part of our stories but it will never be accurate. It will always lack intimacy. 


    Humans are too fluid.   We possess innate ability to connect with another human in a way that allows us to feel what the other person is feeling in that moment.  


    This is one reason, Artificial Intelligence will never become the standard.  It can never  be intimate - because it doesn't understand vulnerability.  Such as the intimacy of community.   In a community, we allow ourselves to see others and  " be seen" by them.  


    Looking through our data and trying to figure out the human experience is as hard as looking through our excrement and understanding  WHY we eat the things we do.  To know WHY we eat, takes sharing a meal and feeling the nuances of the story we tell.  

    Speaking of meal and stories,  -Amistad author Michael W. Twitty,  won the James Beard Foundation Award for his book - The Cooking Gene.


    But I digress. 


    I happened to stumble on this early tedtalk yesterday and while the speaker rambles on, he expands on this concept  when he said  "emotional empathy, feeling with the other person"  


    His talk reminded me of why it is a lot easier to turn humans into robots than it will be for Artificial Intelligence to reach the level of humanity.  Humans will always have shared stories; AI, not so much.


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  11. 7 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    Artistically, how do you define GET OUT and how can it be labeled a comedy? 


    @richardmurray , I haven't seen Get Out but from the clips I've seen and the reviews I've read, it appears to be satire comedy.   Not comedy in the traditional sense where the protagonist prevails and has a happy ending.  The type of satire comedy that looks at the absurdity of the situation and accents it with  humor.    

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  12. Fear is tool that provokes are real-life response.   Fight or Flight... Prolonged fear leads to mental breakdown.    It's not easy to just resist because most people are approaching psychotic breaks.   Most people of EVERY color.  

    We are not just humans; we are human animals and animals all react differently when they're afraid.  Some animals play dead, faint and poop when they're afraid and there are animals that make themselves bigger when they're afraid and if pushed to their limit, they will attack.    This is where we are today - you can't use a weapon without expecting a weapon to be used against you.   Use of fear has pushed everyone to mental instability.  

    Danger is real and it also provokes the same response as those experiencing fear... Fight or Flight.   There is another way to combat danger and its through the use of CHAOS... Clear Head Assess Observe Situation then respond.  Response requires training.   

    Those who are in imminent danger are usually not of the mindset to survive the danger... especially those who have experienced duress due to prolonged fear.   

    So first we must learn how to respond to a situation.    However I suggest first locating the fire (the danger) because fighting smoke (fear) is a waste of resources.     

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  13. 2 hours ago, richardmurray said:

    My pleasure  @Mel Hopkins  yes many tribes in the village. your personal query has as many response as individuals:) I think the literary question has merit as well, I wonder your thoughts to it. 


    Me too! And I was also referring to the your response to the literary angle too.  Many fairies  in various parts  of the motherland  (Africa) had different powers too - some would bring happy endings especially to young girls... and there were other fairies that would act as shapeshifters and their outcomes would  depend on if their spirit and the spirit of the story.  My stories tend to be bittersweet.  I've tried my hand at writing HEA romance but it tends to turn dark.   I do like reading /watching HEA romance.  As for my own  HEA , I haven't had one but I have lasting friendships and wonderful experiences.  

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