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Mel Hopkins

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  1. 1.7 million since January 2021 have migrated mostly "due to deteriorating political, economic and humanitarian conditions in several countries, particularly in Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti." It appears very few migrate here from countries with stable economies and less violence. In the last 20 years, the amount of Americans leaving the US has doubled according one Insurance website -the US doesn't keep records of those who give up their citizenship, but Aetna reports a minimum of 9 million have left. https://www.aetnainternational.com/en/about-us/explore/living-abroad/culture-lifestyle/where-are-Americans-emigrating-to-and-why.html https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/counting-uncountable-overseas-americans https://cis.org/Report/ForeignBorn-Population-Hit-Record-47-Million-April-2022
  2. Here's the lens I'm looking through right now: Time is circular or sometimes represented as an infinity symbol. Therefore, I'm receiving your reply that Time Markers are immensely personal. TM is like breadcrumbs I've left on the path as I move through the circle of Time. And since I've partnered with Google's solution for measuring how many visitors are on the point at any given moment, it provides messages. Those messages led me back to that post I wrote five years ago. And it feels like I left myself a note to follow a specific path at this TIME. So, this makes sense to me. - I've laid the foundation to build awareness for my project -(I've breathed life into it). Now others realize my vision. And they are resurrecting/ "resuscitating" it. Wow - Just Wow.
  3. @ProfD, yes! In fact, I called on this part of @Delano's "essence" to help me with my cursory finance knowledge. I've kept my debt at 0 for the last few quarters. If I can't afford it, I don't buy it. It was hard not to see the signs. Also Google's CEO said they are slowing hiring. I bet this is in response to the Consumer Price Index report released today. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of major corporations follow them. Gas prices are down now so that's not factored into the report but rent is rising -- so those who are paying rent are feeling the pinch. Sadly, local governments were too slow to act on rent gouging properties...My municipal government put an ordinance on the books to prevent hedge funds from buying up single homes trapping families into a cycle of renting without a chance to own. As I always say, VOTE, because all politics is local. Don't you mean, "I AM A Taxi Driver"... Ok that's just creepy. And I can tell you're out of your depth both financially and grammatically - you've just used a subjective personal pronoun as the subject of a sentence that referenced someone outside of yourself. Do you get a script to post these messages.
  4. Actually it borders on it. Unknowable” post 2017 https://melhopkins.com/2017/03/03/the-unknowable-got-you-under-a-spell/ 1 - Google Maps July 12, 2022 @ 1:00 AM EDT said my photos had 8000 views 2 - Google Search Impact - 20 clicks in 28 days July 11, 2022 circa 12:29 AM EDT Besides using Google products and platform - I feel there’s a message too. Thank You!
  5. @Chevdove The State Department has a rating for other countries but they don’t rate the U.S. So one day I did a search to find out how other countries rank they U.S. and found The U.S. ranked as one top 15 dangerous countries in the world. In fact, there are a bunch of youtube channels hosted by expats. Most people who can afford to leave the U.S. have left. But yes this is how highly developed countries and even emerging markets see the U.S. - They see our hypocrisy and call it out.
  6. 2017 and Google have made several are appearances in my life this month. @Delano Can you shed some light? Ok here’s some background - Google sent me a message about visitors finding my work on various platforms. They are also visiting one post that I wrote back in 2017. The creepy thing is they’ve been visiting this one post since December 2021.
  7. @Pioneer1 You know that’s right! I would be a “Shirley Chisolm” candidate who fights for freedom. I’d also work to make folks get the “eff out of Black people’s way. Do you know how far we would be if the powers that be would stop putting up literal and figurative roadblocks to prevent our progress. Also, from where I sit, it doesn’t seem like people want to be “free.” Many people want to be “led” or need a “leader. I’m not a leader - I’m an organizer. But thanks to Stacey Abrams I see that can work too. Having said all that - the true power in politics is what you and I do -actually what we all do here support and work with movements that we believe in like helping @Troy with #readingblack.com This is where real policy is born.
  8. @Delano Twin, check me if I’m wrong. But finance experts report the drivers of inflation is too much money chasing too few goods, a hot job market- (unemployment rate is 3.6 and US economy added 372000 jobs, high wages (hourly earnings rose 10 cents to $32.08 according to the July Jobs report) the strong dollar causing certain markets to rally AND gas prices are down. - @daniellegfny do you actually follow financial markets? Because if you did, you know now is the time to get rid of personal credit debt. The fed’s rate hike is to cool the economy and prevent a recession. Living above our means makes it difficult for any American to live comfortably. We are not in a recession -and inflation is tied to the consumer market. Biden can’t control our consumerism - no president can but at least he is working to keep folks employed. By the way, as with most republican presidents, 45 created the least amount jobs than any other president in recent history. If you’re self-employed, you may not care about employment numbers. But remember, unless you’re a multimillionaire living off investments, you also need a strong jobs market In order to get paid too.
  9. Not in any Georgia polls thank goodness LOL! These are the same folks who left the presidential part of the ballot empty -so not to vote for 45. I'm working on a crowdfunding campaign for digital technology products.
  10. I hate when that happens LOL! I'm working on a campaign - and it's crunch time
  11. @Troy I'm wondering if you know inside information on Apple's pricing structure. Apple sells digital books for less, they have an open digital format, and if they offer better royalties than am*zon. (APPLE: You'll earn 70% royalties on all of your ebook titles, regardless of price point, with no hidden fees or exclusivity requirements. Payments are made within 45 days following the end of each month.) then more readers /writers would be better off purchasing/publishing through Apple. Do you have any insight to the contrary?
  12. I’m not surprised. But the books are also less expensive. I would like to know why?If you have any insight as to why, please share.
  13. Twin, two proverbs I live by. “the more I learn the less I know” ”You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win”
  14. Complacency: The space between the rock and the hard place. Shirley Chisholm, U.S. Representative, NY - 12th District, 1969-1983, ahead of time and on time!
  15. Yep sadly Texas will have a new face for their “welfare queen” meme. Washington Post ran an article about a Texas (white-looking) teen who recently gave birth to twins. She says she missed the heart beat bill deadline and didn’t/ couldn’t leave the state for an abortion. Her boyfriend/ baby-father makes $9.75 an hour to support them and she stays home with the babies. He was a “surfer dude” but that life is over. He is the financial supporter of the family. (Texas does have a wic program.) But even if he leaves he’s also stuck with the 7-figure bill. nope. It’s all yours.
  16. Greg, You do know this is a literature website?... Despite your low opinion of black people, you know we learned how to read, right? And guess what? Over here, we read A LOT! So let me gift you this article - - https://wapo.st/3HQOf9L Dude may have given out some checks, but the lion's share of forgivable loans, $6.6 Billion and counting, went to white folks.
  17. Ok fair Ok. I've had this same experience... I misunderstood your perspective - it felt like you were saying we gave up. Because there are so many people fighting to make this better than we found it. And let me tell you, you working to help folks who can't/won't help themselves especially when they want the help is hella sexy.
  18. In 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 81% of white victims were killed by white offenders, and 89% of Black victims were killed by Black offenders. #ThoughtsandPrayers
  19. I wish she didn't backpedal on that...I felt a kinship for her saying the quiet part out loud. lol
  20. Most blacks live in the states where the abortion laws are going into effect, Greg. If you bothered to look at an actual report from an reputable agency that keeps all the statistical health records you'd see that majority of black people live in republican-run states. "The 10 states where 60 percent of African Americans resided were: New York, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan and Louisiana. Five of these had more than 2 million Blacks each: New York, California, Texas, Florida and Georgia." - Census You'd also learn, that births are down in every ethnic group - while academic degrees are up. BUT THE ISSUE IS BODILY AUTONOMY!!! No one should have the right to tell you what to do with your body. Did you like the mask mandate? How about the vaccine mandate? How about a mandatory vasectomy? If I had a nickel for every time a man said that to me.. I'd be as rich as Elon Musk LOL
  21. You may have seen some white people out there working with you but they make up the majority of the population. Pareto Principle - If 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work then you will see 8,200,000 black people working in the social movements alongside 46,200,000 white folks. AND we don't live in the same states! So please don't say black people aren't working - there are 41 million black people in the U.S. and as usual we are working twice as hard to get half as much.
  22. I've pulled up enough links today to support my position. So, I'm going to ask you to pull up our record of social and civil movements, voting history and institutions since black men got the right to vote in 1870... That gives you 5 years grace period from enslavement. And then tell me with evidence, that we haven't continuously moved to make this place equitable since 1870. Note: Black Women didn't get to vote until 1920.
  23. Support these bigoted stereotypical generalizations with evidence or you both win the "greg/nels troll award for the day"...
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