Month: March 2015

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Almost Done – Final Edits!

Bought Sense | The Collected Poems Of…‬ ‎m. e. nash‬ ‎

Coming Summer 2015

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Let’s Have Coffee – @ Starbucks, Please

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“Last night, around midnight, I deleted my Twitter account. I also blocked a handful of Twitter users — given the hostile nature of what I was seeing, it felt like the right thing to do. I’ve been a dedicated — some might say obsessive — Twitter user for nearly seven years and as a professional communicator, Twitter has proven to be a valuable tool for me to interact with my professional community, with media, on behalf of Starbucks, as well as “on behalf of me.” But last night I felt personally attacked in a cascade of negativity. I got overwhelmed by the volume and tenor of the discussion, and I reacted. Most of all, I was concerned about becoming a distraction from the respectful conversation around Race Together that we have been trying to create.” – Corey DuBrowa, Starbucks’ Senior Vice President of Global Communications

Excerpt from; http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/overcaffeinated-attacks-on-the-starbucks-race-together-campaign/388072/?utm_source=btn-facebook-ctrl2

This is a perfect example of why people who have the power to impact a discussion on race relations do not speak up – because people are comfy in their little cocoons of oblivion and resist the tough conversations.

I don’t understand why people are upset about words written on a coffee cup that encourages discussion about something that is clearly impacting OUR country.

If you disagree with Starbucks’ attempt to improve race relations in America then you don’t have to have face-to-face conversations and you can ignore the words on the cup. Just ignore them and continue to pretend that this is a “post-racial” society.

As for the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz I applaud him, he will be on the right side of history.

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Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

Starbucks Cup AdoOvercaffeinated Attacks on the Starbucks ‘Race Together’ Campaign Grappling imperfectly with race in America is not a moral failing or cause to be disparaged by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

Dollar-Dollar Bills Y’All

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In light of the latest ado about Creflo Dollar – and his plea to his followers for $65 million dollars to get a new jet so that he can continue to spread the gospel – I decided to dig up an old law slideshow that I’d done for school in 2009. I think it’s still relevant.

Also, can each of you donate $100 to my don’t-want-to-work-anymore-fund? If 300,000 of you donate that would be $30 million, enough for me and Malcolm the Dog to retire and write books and live happily ever after. IJS.

E-mails & Ferguson

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Don’t you just love the 21st Century? The advancement of technology and the continued push to defend free speech while fighting for transparency? We need more of if, don’t you think? Transparency that is.

These e-mails sent by Ferguson police and officials are pretty transparent. They were discovered during the investigation done by the Department of Justice. Almost unbelievable, but not quite.

Let’s see how people defend these actions, documented and sealed with a stamp from one of the greatest technological inventions of our times, e-mail.

Here are the seven emails the Justice Department uncovered, all of which come from current employees and were apparently sent during work hours:

  • A November 2008 email said President Barack Obama won’t be president for long because ‘what black man holds a steady job for four years.’
  • A March 2010 email mocked African Americans with horrible stereotypes about their families and how they speak. One line of the email read, ‘I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!’
  • An April 2011 email depicted President Obama as a chimpanzee.
  • A May 2011 email said, ‘An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, “Crimestoppers.”‘
  • A June 2011 email said a man wanted to obtain ‘welfare’ for his dogs because they are ‘mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.’
  • An October 2011 email had a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, ‘Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.’
  • A December 2011 email made jokes based off offensive stereotypes about Muslims.” ~ G. Lopez, vox.com

Link to Article: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/4/8149699/ferguson-police-racist-jokes