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If you don't know Korryn Gaines' short life story, you don't have any idea of the dangerous world we live in http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41298-twenty-three-years-of-resisting-police-brutality-the-life-and-death-of-korryn-gaines

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Bike lines increase the selling price of nearby homes: https://www.planetizen.com/node/93761/study-bike-lanes-raise-property-values-brooklyn

Which raises the question of who ought to pocket most or all of that 18% increase in value? The homeowners didn't earn it; certainly absentee landlords didn't. If this money, a windfall for homeowenrs, went to the city instead it would be easy to fund more bike lanes and public transit— these public works would literally pay for themselves, and then some.

Folks at the Henry George school http://www.hgsss.org/ could probably lay out this better than i can, and i hope they will.

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Senate GOP plotting right now to kill thousands of us by putting health care out of reach. We must http://www.fight4medicare.com/

benjamin melançon

Georgia police murder a 33-year-old U.S. veteran who made empty threats demanding $892/mo disability be reinstated http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/07/10/pers-j10.html

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Reclaiming my life. Unsubscribed from another newsletter and uninstalled Heroku so it stops notifying of updates on average twice a day.

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Went to a great talk by @mathbabedotorg of https://weaponsofmathdestructionbook.com/

A woman asked for examples of malicious intent in designing algorithms. Likely due to the focus on big data and math, a big and clear example of malicious intent didn't make the book. But based on the definition of algorithm as something to achieve "a definition of success" using "historical data", i would like to belatedly add the massive voter suppression tactics used in the United States which intentionally targets Black people, young people, poor people, Native Americans, Latin@s, and anyone else more likely to vote against reactionary rich Republicans, to the talk's Question & Answer period. See http://freepress.org/article/skewing-democracy-white for an introduction.

And buy Cathy O'Neil's fantastic book Weapons of Math Destruction at your local independent bookstore: http://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder

Oh, and if you don't want secret algorithms deciding how fast your internet should be for different sites, join the battle for the net, 2017 edition, TODAY: https://www.battleforthenet.com/?org=fp

benjamin melançon

benjamin melançon

Happy Independence Day! On this celebration of self-determination, and the unsteady expansion of same through voting, let's remember that the attack on voting rights via personal data fishing expedition by Trump and Kobach, while so severe and transparent that Republican-controlled states are steering clear, is not at all new and voter suppression is indeed how evil, rich, white, old men keep clinging to power https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/04/kobach-under-fire-pushback-repugnant-voter-data-demand-swells

benjamin melançon

Beyond whether running a campaign based on principles of justice and liberty would have worked in this particular district, what would it have meant for the signal to the rest of the country, which by definition is not wealthier and more Republican than average? Or simply spending that $20,000,000 where that message *would* work? The Democratic leadership is still intentionally trying not to make this about class, because they to are of and for the rich. http://portside.org/2017-07-01/would-berniecrat-have-won-ossoff%e2%80%99s-georgia-race

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Thanks & happy birthday to Evelyn Melançon, a wonderful role model in so many things who also kept me alive long enough that it's my job now