“The Folded Flag” Why Respecting The National Anthem Matters….. by, Michael Hawke

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“This Flag Is Presented On Behalf Of A Grateful Nation In Appreciation For The Honorable Service Rendered By Your Loved One…. (name of fallen hero). 

At the end of the Military Funeral Service the American Flag covering the coffin is attended to by a military team whose duty is to remove and fold the Flag into an exact, tight, triangle. Once folded it is formally handed to the attending Senior Officer, or Military Chaplain, for presentation to the family. This most solomn military ceremony has been repeated millions of times, for over for two hundered years, to honor our country’s bravest and best….our fallen military heroes.

When the folded American Flag is presented to the family of a former servicemember who has lived a long life after serving his or her country it is a symbol of hope and pride for the family. They are recalling their loved one with the knowledge that he or she served the nation and often times did so in time of war. They are grateful for the receiving of the folded American Flag. It is treasured as a memory of their loved ones life and service to his or her nation.

When the folded American Flag is presented to the family of a military member who has fallen in war, or during the service of his or her country, it is also a symbol of hope and pride….but it is so much more.  The receiving of the folded American Flag in these services is crushing…it hurts…it passes from the Officer to the family member with an importance that no one can imagine unless they are receiving it in this way. The familly member clutches it with a tightness that is almost audible. The American Flag they just received was on their servicmembers coffin from the battlefield to the home front, and now to the cemetery, their loved one’s final resting place. They leave the service not with their loved one….but with the “Folded American Flag” , a physical symbol of the bravery and sacrifice of their fallen hero for the freedom and safety of all Americans. 

“The National Anthem NFL Player Protests Are An Affront To Most Americans, Veterans, And The Families Of Our Fallen Heroes” :

I am tempted to take the arguments being made to support the National Anthem protests and counter them one by one in this article. The arguments made by these players; they are doing a peaceful protest, it is not meant to disrespect the flag, it is a matter of free speech to do so, it is about police brutality and racism, it is about opportunities for minorities who are limited due to so called white privilege, are all shallow at best, and outright wrong at worst.  Rather, I will respond to these arguments in another piece, at a later time.

All Nations Have National Anthems:  During the Olympics when Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners stand on the podium, before the entire world, to receive their medals the National Anthem of the Gold Medal winner is played for all to hear and recognize.  The playing of the winning country’s anthem is a sign of respect and acknowledges all the good and honorable things of that nation. No one hearing the German, Russian, or Chinese anthems thinks about the negatives, both past and present, of those nations. Rather, we think of the atheletes and the hope for peace and prosperity for all in the future.  Likewise our Star Spangled Banner, when played before a game or event, represents our positives as a nation. It is not about a “perfect nation”, but rather a nation that is good and will become even better. It is about gratitude and hope.

Dignity, Decorum, Responsibility:  There is a time and place to protest. Jim Brown, Hall of Fame running back from the Cleveland Browns, who spent most of his post NFL career fighting for social justice and change had this to say on the knee takers;  he states he respects their right to do what they want but his preference is for them to stand during the Star Spangled Banner….

“I’ll never kneel, and I will always respect the Flag”.

Jim Brown was one of the best running backs of all time, an African American who never made the mega millions in salaries and endorsements of today’s players.  He grew up in the pre-civil rights era and knew prejudice and injustice first hand.

Jim Brown has always worked for equality and justice for minorities.  Today he is 82 years old and still actively working for social justice and change. Yet Jim Brown respects the National Anthem. Our Star Spangled Banner stands for the best of America’s past and present, and the hope for a postive future for all.  Jim Brown also knows that “Dignity and Decorum” matter.  He realizes that as a player, and former player, he is a role model which translates into a “Responsibility” toward his fans, both young and old alike.

Every American Should Attend A Military Funeral:  I suggest the next time a fallen hero is honored these protesting players attend the funeral.  After seeing the Flag being taken from the coffin, folded, and then given to the Senior Officer for presentation to the family member of the fallen hero, they will no longer protest during our National Anthem.  They will have understood the importance of dignity, decorum, and responsibility, and will take their protest to another time and a better place. They will understand why Jim Brown said…

“I’ll never kneel…and I will always respect the Flag”.

 

Michael Hawke

The Daily Mix….by Michael Hawke

Black Lives Matter: Their mission statement is clear as mud. Yet, in spite of the attempt to appear reasonable, they still say enough to make it clear they for the undoing of American society and family norms.

It  states:  “We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence. We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn. We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another”.  Reading this I am puzzled why our news programs, sports teams, and now our schools are lifting this organization up as something worthy of support, praise, and funding”.

We have lost our minds here in America if we can support these goals as ones that will benefit all black lives. This organization is Marxist at its very core and as such anti America. 

Abortion Leading Cause of Death Worldwide: In 2019 there were 42 million abortions across the globe. America tallied 876,000.  Meanwhile Covid has killed 160 million Americans, mostly the elderly and those with health problems. Black women have the most abortions percentage wise. Over 80% of women having abortions are unmarried.

The Iran Boondoggle: Remember the Obama Iranian Nuclear Deal? The Obama administration gave Iran $150 billion dollars to secure Iran’s compliance with Nuclear inspections to ensure they were not creating weapons. The administration flew $1.8 billion dollars in cash…that’s right… a 747 filled with cash landed in Tehran and delivered America’s payment for Iran’s compliance. The results of this disastrous policy became evident withing months. Inspectors were denied access to the research labs, terror attacks in Iraq, Israel, and throughout the Middle East increased, and Iran took on a belligerent tone regarding it’s nuclear program.

The NFL, NBA, and MLB are Near Dead: The Covid crisis alone did a lot to kill these sports but what really did the damage was the Black Lives Matter support and praise given by each of these leagues. The players think the big bucks will always be there for them but the reality is they are soon to be playing for a lot less money. Fans are leaving in droves. The NBA has the lowest ratings ever. I personally love basketball yet I have not watched an NBA game in three years. I find the way the game is played at the NBA level boring to watch. The NBA’s BLM position, their support of the PRC and open denial of support for Hong Kong freedom fighters or Muslim factory slaves did it for me. Steve Kerr and LaBron James telling us “we need to respect China’s culture and not meddle in their internal politics” was ignorant at best, self serving in the lowest way, at worst. They are money grabbing hypocrites and they no longer get my time or money.

The NFL and MLB also knelt to the BLM propaganda and did so in a way that just ruined my ability to enjoy watching a game. I am like 99% of the fans who watch sports. We watch to feel good, get away from the daily stresses, and root for our teams. The political positions these sports leagues openly support have simply taken the fun out of watching. I am playing tennis again, going to the beach more with my dog Abendigo, and watching other, more fun entertainment programming.

As Mike Ditka recently put it…. “These high paid athletes can all go to Peru if they do not like it here…and by the way see what kind of income they will be making there”.

The DNC Convention Lies, Lies, and More Lies: I watched it throughout, paying close attention to the major speakers. The thing I came away with was everyone thought Joe Biden was “a good guy”….the salt of the earth as they say. Well if being a good guy qualifies one to be President then there are probably 50 million Americans ready and willing to serve.

Being a good guy is great…..being good at leading and governing is what is needed. He spent 47 years in Washington as a politician!  To me this should qualify him as a swamp rat, maybe the top rat in fact. He certainly is not the creative outsider willing to bring change and “build us back better” that they painted him to be. He did nothing for 47 years except support Senator Bird, vote against integrating the schools, and serve as Barack Obama’s right hand man. In three years President Trump has done more, and kept more promises, than Biden in all of his 47 years of government service.

Step 3: “Cognito, Ergo Sim.” by TheGideonLion

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By guest writer TheGideonLion, 09 August 2094

By guest writer TheGideonLion, 09 August 2094

Rene Descartes argued, “Cogito, ergo sum.” (“I think, therefore I am.”)

In order to think, however, one must be “alive” to think. What does it mean to be alive — to breathe, the feel, to experience?

 

The technological singularity — the point in time at which Artificial Intelligence (AI) surpasses the collective intelligence of Humanity and enters upgradable cycles that further increase the intelligence of the Artilect at an explosively exponential rate — is the precise moment when base reality and virtual reality can no longer be distinguishable. From Pong to Pac-Man to GTA to Call of Duty to Virtual Mate — all in just one lifetime! — the trajectory of interactive video game technology is hockey-sticking parabolically. If the singularity is a mathematical inevitability, in all probability it has already happened. Cogito, ergo SIM! We are “alive” right now inside an interactive 3-D experience so real we “accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” Is it so hard to believe? “You think that’s air you’re breathing now?”

 

Now what?

No different from any other video game, the purpose of this SIM is to rack up points in order to advance to the next level.

How do you rack up points?

The human is like a microwave relay station. Signals come in, signals go out, in waves. In this SIM, there are two and only two things we believe we have control over:

(1) How we let an incoming signal affect us

(2) How we decide to react to and relay it

Based on this gaming format, we gain or lose points by the ripple effect we create here. The total score at the end of the game (tallied by a point matrix beyond our comprehension) is used to determine which level (“up” or “down”) the gamer advances. Sounds fun, right? And vaguely familiar? Just be mindful of your thoughts and deeds and careful not to step on any landmines (which there are many — luckily mostly figuratively).

 

Ready Player One?

 

One final thought before we get started in our new mindset. A poem:

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily —

Life is but a dream.

 

Ok, let’s play! “Cogito, ergo SIM!”

 

 

 

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Black Lives Matter Mission Statement: Why Are We Honoring This Group?….. by, Michael Hawke

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Below you can read the mission statement from the Black Lives Matter Home Page. After reading this statement ask yourself why are we honoring this group? They are Marxist, anti-Christian, anti-law and order, anti-family, and anti-American values. Caving to this mob is not just dumb it is dangerous. Shame on the liberal media, the liberal educators, and more recently on MLB. People of America want jobs, security, and opportunity…not unemployment, chaos, and mobs. Caving in to this left wing, Marxist, agenda will result in the loss of our country and all it stands for. Yes, all it stands for….not yet perfected but a work in progress that has done more to end injustice around the world than any other country in the history of the world. 


BLM: Mission Statement: 
Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.
Enraged by the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, and inspired by the 31-day takeover of the Florida State Capitol by POWER U and the Dream Defenders, we took to the streets. A year later, we set out together on the Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride to Ferguson, in search of justice for Mike Brown and all of those who have been torn apart by state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Forever changed, we returned home and began building the infrastructure for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which, even in its infancy, has become a political home for many.
Ferguson helped to catalyze a movement to which we’ve all helped give life. Organizers who call this network home have ousted anti-Black politicians, won critical legislation to benefit Black lives, and changed the terms of the debate on Blackness around the world. Through movement and relationship building, we have also helped catalyze other movements and shifted culture with an eye toward the dangerous impacts of anti-Blackness.
These are the results of our collective efforts.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of our membership, our partners, our supporters, our staff, and you. Our continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of our ancestors and fighting for our collective freedom because it is our duty.
Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.
We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbelief’s, immigration status, or location.
We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.


Police Departments Are Not Racist “Facts Speak Against The Lie”…..by, Michael Hawke

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June 20,2020
Race Breakdown of Police Departments
Sourced from Police Departments Race and Ethnicity Demographic Data…”www.governing.gov” .

I am pretty certain that most democrats, as well as those influenced by the racist bating claims of the radical left, will not read the following statistics or go to the referenced site for even more detailed evidence showing there are no systematically racist, or racially prejudiced, police departments in the United States.

There are, no doubt, a small number of bad cops, some of whom may be racist, but 98-99% of the cops serving our nation are honorable and good. They get up every day and go to work in one of the toughest jobs out there to keep our cities and communities safe. The police departments across America, and especially the big city departments, which have been run by democrat governments the past fifty years or more are integrated from the top down. The claims of “systematic racism” in these departments is simply a lie.

Chicago, Illinois– Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Female, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 52.1%, B 24.7%, H 18.8%, A .03%
City Population: W 32.0%, B 31.3%, H 29.1%, A 5.8%

Detroit, Michigan-Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: B 63%, W 34%, H 2%
City Population: B 80.7%, W 8.5%, H 7.5%, A 1.3%

Toledo, Ohio-Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: White
Deputy Chief: White
Police Force: W 72.5%, B 16.6%, H 7.8% A 1%
City Population: W 61.1%, B 26.4%, H 7.8%, A 1.1%

Cleveland, Ohio– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 64.2%, B 26%, H 8.9%, A 1.0%
City Population: W 34.3%, B 50.9%, H 10.5%, A 1.7%

New York, New York– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 52.2%, H 26.1%, B 16.1%, A 5.5%
City Population: W 32.9, H 28.8%, B 22.6%, A 13.1%

Los Angeles, CA – Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: White Male
Deputy Chief: Hispanic Male
Police Force: H 44.6%, W 34.1%, B 11.2%, A 9.6%
City Population: H 48.6, W 28.5%, A 11.3%, B 8.8%

San Francisco, CA-Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Female, Dem
Police Chief: Asian Female
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: W 52.4%, A 22%, H 15.7%, B 9.0%
City Population: W 41.6%, A 33.1% H 15.3%, B 5.5%,

San Diego, C A– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: White Male
Deputy Chief: Hispanic Male
Police Force: W 65.7%, H 19.6%, B 6.5%, A 4.3%
City Population: W 43.3%, H 29.9%, A 16.5%, B 6.4%

Baltimore, MD– Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Mayor, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 50.7%, B 40.3%, H 7.1%, A 1.6%
City Population: W 28.1%, 62.5%, H 4.5%, A 2.4%

Minneapolis, MN– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: W 79%, B 8.8%, H 4.4%, A 5.2%
City Population: W 60.8%, B 17.7% H 10.1%, A 5.8%

Seattle, WA– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Female, Dem
Police Chief: Black Female
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: W 75.3%, A 8.6%, B 8.6%, H 5.2%
City Population: W 66.0% A 13.9%, B 7.5%, A 13.9%

Boston MA– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 65.5%, B 23.9%, H 8.3%, A 2.4%
City Population: W 46.1%, B 22.5%, H 18.5% A 9.1%

Memphis, TN– Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Black Female
Police Force: B 50.7%, W 48.1%, H 1.3%, A 0.0%
City Population: B 62.9%, W 27.0%, H 6.7% A 1.8%

Dallas, TX– Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Male, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Hispanic Male
Police Force: W 53.8%, B 25.3%, H 18.4%, A 1.8%
City Population: W 29.4%, B 24.3%, H 41.8%, A 2.9%

Houston, TX-Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Male, Dem
Police Chief: Hispanic Male
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 45.1%, H 25.3%, B 22.8%, A 6.0%
City Population: W 25.8%, H 43.8%, B 22.7%, A 6.2%

Atlanta, GA– Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Female, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: B 57.9%, W 37.2%, H 3.8%, A 1.0%
City Population: B 52.2%, W 37.4%, H 5.3%, A 3.7%

Miami, FL– Republican run city.
Mayor: Hispanic Mayor, Rep
Police Chief: Hispanic Male
Deputy Chief: Hispanic Male
Police Force: H 55.9%, B 32.8%, W 10.5%, A 1.0%
City Population: H 70.3%, B 16.9%, W 11.3%, A 0.9%

Phoenix, AZ-Democrats run city.
Mayor: White Female, Dem
Police Chief: Black Female
Deputy Chief: White Male
Police Force: W 76.6%, H 14.8%, B 3.9%, A 1.9%
City Population: W 46.0%, H 40.6%, B 6.5%, A 3.2

New Orleans– Democrats run city.
Mayor: Black Female, Dem
Police Chief: Black Male
Deputy Chief: Black Male
Police Force: B 58.2%, W 38.5%, H 11.9%, A 1.0%
City Population: B 59.4%, W 30.7%, H 5.4%, A 3.0%

Racism in America 2020 Facts: Resourced by Michael Hawke

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Published: July 22, 2019
THE TRUTH BEHIND RACIAL DISPARITIES IN FATAL POLICE SHOOTINGS
Contact(s): Caroline Brooks, Joseph Cesario
Reports of racially motivated, fatal shootings by police officers have garnered extensive public attention and sparked activism across the nation. New research from Michigan State University and University of Maryland reveals findings that flip many of these reports on their heads – white police officers are not more likely to have shot minority citizens than non-white officers.
“Until now, there’s never been a systematic, nationwide study to determine the characteristics of police involved in fatal officer-involved shootings,” said Joseph Cesario, co-author and professor of psychology at MSU. “There are so many examples of people saying that when black citizens are shot by police, it’s white officers shooting them. In fact, our findings show no support that black citizens are more likely to be shot by white officers.”
The findings – published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS – are based on an independent database Cesario and his team created that catalogued each police shooting from 2015. The team – led also by co-author David Johnson from University of Maryland – contacted every police department that had a fatal police shooting to get the race, sex and years of experience for every officer involved in each incident. The team also leveraged data from police shooting databases by The Washington Post and The Guardian.
“We found that the race of the officer doesn’t matter when it comes to predicting whether black or white citizens are shot,” Cesario said. “If anything, black citizens are more likely to have been shot by black officers, but this is because black officers are drawn from the same population that they police. So, the more black citizens there are in a community, the more black police officers there are.”
The data show that it’s not racial bias on behalf of white officers relative to black officers when it comes to fatal shootings, and that’s good news. The bad news, Cesario said, is that internal policy changes, such as diversifying police forces, may not reduce shootings of minority citizens.
Beyond officer race, the team drew other conclusions about details related to racial disparities in fatal officer shootings.
“Many people ask whether black or white citizens are more likely to be shot and why. We found that violent crime rates are the driving force behind fatal shootings,” Cesario said. “Our data show that the rate of crime by each racial group correlates with the likelihood of citizens from that racial group being shot. If you live in a county that has a lot of white people committing crimes, white people are more likely to be shot. If you live in a county that has a lot of black people committing crimes, black people are more likely to be shot. It is the best predictor we have of fatal police shootings.”
By connecting the findings of police officer race, victim race and crime rates, the research suggests that the best way to understand police shootings isn’t racial bias of the police officer; rather, by the exposure to police officers through crime.
The vast majority – between 90% and 95% – of the civilians shot by officers were actively attacking police or other citizens when they were shot. Ninety percent also were armed with a weapon when they were shot. The horrific cases of accidental shootings, like mistaking a cell phone for a gun, are rare, Cesario said.
“We hear about the really horrendous and tragic cases of police shootings for a reason: they’re awful cases, they have major implications for police-community relations and so they should get attention,” Cesario said. “But, this ends up skewing perceptions about police shootings and leads people to believe that all fatal shootings are similar to the ones we hear about. That’s just not the case.”
One thing that was surprising to the researchers, Cesario said, were the number of mental health cases that resulted in fatal officer shootings.
“It was truly striking and we didn’t recognize just how many there were,” he said. “This shows how underappreciated mental health is in the national discussion of fatal officer shootings.”
Nearly 50% of all fatal shootings involving white civilians were because of mental health; it also accounted for nearly 20% of black civilians and 30% of Hispanics. These included two types of mental health cases: the first was “suicide by cop,” in which civilians intentionally antagonize the police because they want an officer to kill themselves; the second was a result of mental disorders, such as when a civilian is suffering from schizophrenia and poses a threat to officers.
Although white officers are not more likely than black officers to shoot black citizens when looking at all fatal shootings, the data are too uncertain to draw firm conclusions once different subtypes of shootings, such as shootings of unarmed citizens, are examined. This is because these types of shootings are too rare for strong conclusions to be drawn.
Cesario said that better record keeping – such as the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection, which launched in 2019 – will enable researchers to understand police shootings in finer detail.
Hear more from Cesario on the Manifold podcast.
(Note for media: Please include a link to the original paper in online coverage: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/16/1903856116)

“Step 2: Clocks, part 1″…. by TheGideonLion

Imagine, if you will, long ago — the moment when humankind first started to become aware of its surroundings on a deeper level. Who was that first curious, inspired human to look up to the sky and make sense of the patterns? The sun’s path, the moon’s shapes, repeating. Two pieces, intertwined, marking time — clocks!
In an epoch without internet to pass the days and nights in entertainment and diversion, Man observed the movements of the sun and moon, day after day, night after night, taking note, memorizing. Our YouTube was his waxing crescent, our Netflix his sun at the vernal equinox. A perfectly full moon must have been seen as an object of awe — so much so that as a group they would have stayed up all night in revelry (by a crackling bonfire, perhaps?), which surely meant they were too exhausted to rouse the following day until the sun was already high in the sky. The first formal rest day in human history! Then it was back to work — gathering, building, the daily grind. It would be many suns rising and setting, and its light on the moon incrementally waning and waxing again, until the next night of revelry, and the next rest day — about 28 or 29 or even 30 suns in a row! That’s a long haul! How they must have anticipated that special night and the following day of rest. Surely only once per moon cycle is not enough! And it wasn’t. At some point, someone clever must have proposed, “And what of the full moon’s opposite — when there is no light on the moon and it appears fully dark? Certainly there must be auspice in that! Another, albeit lesser, night of revelry? Indeed! And the following day, another rest day!” And so it was, two nights of revelry per moon cycle, about 14 suns separating the full moon from the new moon. And again in time, someone clever — a union of workers, lobbying perhaps? — must have proposed, “And what of the perfect half-moons? Are they not auspicious as well?” “Certainly,” the leaders in time must have concluded, “on the night of the waning half-moon we will revel, as well as on the night of the waxing half-moon, with a rest day to follow each.”
And so it was that the rest days were established from then on — seven suns separating the full moon from the waning half-moon; seven suns separating the waning half-moon from the new moon; seven suns separating the new moon from the waxing half-moon; and seven suns separating the waxing half-moon back to the full moon. One moon cycle. One “month.” And the span of seven suns separating the nights of revelry had come to be called a “week.” And the weekend, the day of rest, four per moon cycle, was called the Sabbath.


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General Colin Powell’s Management Rules….. by, Michael Hawke

General Colin Powell’s Management Rules:
1. It Ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. Check the small things.
8. Share credit.
9. You can’t make someone else’s choices; you shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual Optimism is a force multiplier.

“Step1: Awareness” by TheGideonLion

The essence of things lies right before our very eyes, and no PhD is required to have a “eureka” moment. All that is required is a little thought and awareness to piece the mysteries of life together. Take, for example, the world’s number two most profound icon: the logo for Apple Computers. It depicts an apple with a bite taken out of it.

What is the significance of such an image? What was the designer trying to convey? It’s elementary. The apple is the iconic fruit of the Tree of Knowledge from the Garden of Eden. The bite expresses Man’s original sin of disobeying God by eating of the forbidden fruit only to discover his nakedness. Man then, expelled from Paradise, embarks on his journey of exploration and understanding of the world around him, which, after millennia, culminates with the entire body of Knowledge right in the palm of his hand — the IPhone. Access to the information super-highway right at his fingertips — all from one bite. “Crunch!”

The logo is genius, pure undiluted genius. And that is the number two most profound icon in the world. What, dear reader, could be number one? Interested in taking the deep dive into Red Pill consciousness? Subscribe to the Pomorski Report.

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The Daily Mix…..By, Michael Hawke

The General Flynn Matter: I find it difficult to listen to Fox News talking heads coming to the defense of General Flynn. They paint him as a “true patriot” who was “set up” by Jim Comey and the FBI plan to derail the Trump presidency. The General was indeed set up by FBI Director Comey and should have all charges dropped. No question….he was illegally targeted by the FBI. The problem I have, though, has to do with the “patriot” part that keeps being attached to General Flynn.

General Flynn ran his own private Lobby Company that represented the interests of a select few Turkish businesses and the Turkish government. He was paid over $500,000 dollars through a Dutch subsidiary to a Turkish firm run by a political person closely associated with President Erdogon. When General Flynn came on with the administration he reported two of his business connections worked for the Turkish government. He just failed to mention one was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the other Minister of Energy. General Flynn is not a lone ranger in the dirty business of Washington lobbying. He is one of many who sell their connections after retiring from either government or the military. It is a dirty business that makes many of these former “public servants” filthy rich as they sell their connections and secure contracts, jobs, and privilege to those willing to pay.

A Retired Three Star General should have no business at all in the lobby system. However given the laws that permit and even perpetuate these activities he should at least have some dignity about who he selects as a client. Representing, and profiting from, one of the most repressive and evil governments on the planet should be an out of bounds no brainer. General Flynn marketed his Pentagon and Washington connections for personal gain to the government of Turkey! This is as close to treasonous one can get and short of that…. it reeks of stark naked greediness. At the very least it is certainly very unbecoming of a Retired Three Star. The question I leave for General Flynn is this….do those “Army Values” all soldiers memorize and live by apply to Army General Officers??

Oh, and a PS to Mark Levin….Stop with your patronizing, exaggerated sainthood proclamation of General Flynn. He is no saint and his after career actions certainly do not reflect those of a true patriot either.

Perpetual Saturday: I was in my car driving home from an “essential” trip to the supermarket. I was initially headed to Costco but their line redirected me to Sprouts. I had my dog, Abenidgo, (Belgian Malinois) with me for company. I wore my face mask but she kept pulling hers off and chewing on it. I finally stopped trying to keep it on her. What can you do when driving and listening to the radio while caught in traffic. Yep….caught in ” Saturday Traffic ” on a Thursday afternoon. I mean who knows what day it is anymore? As one newscaster recently commented Joe Biden’s “forgetting what day it is” problem is now the norm for all of us. The people in the Costco line….it ran around the entire side of the store and halfway down the back side were all dutifully spaced six feet apart….you know science tells us no way to catch a virus when properly spaced while waiting in a long line….for an hour or more. I said to Abendigo…” it feels like a Satrurday”. She just eyed me and kept on chewing her bandanna.

Governors Killing By Their Orders: Yes I said killing by their “lock-down orders”. I write this report from my home in Southern California. I live in the French Valley and if one has to live in California I am at least stuck in a semi-rural, beautiful, valley. Still, being only 60 miles North of San Diego, I am well aware after this Friday if I am in San Diego County not wearing a face mask I can be fined $1,000.00 or six months in jail! No shock right….from the State that is all about three things when it comes to its citizens….”Fees, Fines, and Taxes” !

Governor Newsome aka “Governor Bothersome” opened the beaches for one day last weekend. So many people flocked to the beaches it looked like a Memorial Day weekend. The good Gov. then withdrew his “permission” for the people to go on the beach saying “it was just too dangerous”. Now he has doubled down and is talking like maybe the phase I might take longer to get to here in California. If we are good boys and girls, and follow the rules, we will be safe and the Gov might let us go outside to play again real soon.

The Statistics: The stats show us that continuing to keep the society closed down will only lengthen the time we have this problem and it will weaken the development of “herd anti bodies”. The virus is a deadly one if you are in a high risk population. The high risk population is the same one for the seasonal flu. Every year in the US 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu with more than 200,000 hospitalized and deaths from 12,000-60,000.

The truth is this is not the plague. It is not arbitrarily killing any and all who come in contact with it. It is a bad virus and if it attacks your lungs can lead to death. It can be extremely deadly if you have pre-existing medical conditions, weakened immune system, or are over 65. The flu is also deadly for these groups. The death rate will ultimately end up being about the same as that of the seasonal flu. In the mean time we have panicked and shut down the entire American and World economy. Earlier this week the United Nations announced that as many as 90,000 people per day were starving to death in poor nations around the world due to the supply chain interruptions. The stress deaths in America alone due to the financial crash for most households has yet to be tallied. Meanwhile the science and models used for this shutdown are now proving to be wrong. As Dr. Birkx said…”our models are only as good as our data”. Well well well…meanwhile the Governors, or I should say most Governors, keep the doors shut tight. I refer you to Dr. John Ioamidis of MIT, Dr. Joel Kettner, Stanford, and Dr. Wolfgang and Dr. Shiva ( running for the Senate in MA ) for more detailed information.

Other Yearly Death Stats: Cardio Vascular: 800,000 ( leading cause of death in America).

The Corona Virus Stimulant Plan….. by, Michael Hawke

Mitt Romney’s dumb idea: It would be nice to just think his suggestion of having the Federal Government pay each and every American $1,000. to stimulate the economy was simply dumb. The fact is it goes way beyond dumb. It insults working people, students, seniors, single moms and dads, and all the rest of us too. His idea of giving us all one thousand dollars would be a one time payment. Will it help stimulate the economy? I am sure it will…but for only about two weeks. Will it help the millions now out of work and unable to pay rent, food, student loans, credit card and car loan debt? No, it won’t even nick their money needs.

It is a frivolous idea put out there by a very detached elite politician. Romney, and all the other “political saviors” are unable to grasp the real problem the American people face as they now have to “hunker down” for the next three or more months. Most working people of America live pay check to pay check. Miss three months of pay checks and guess what…. home, car, food, medical, and so much more goes in the toilet…. and in there without paper too! People will be financially ruined by summer time. Big business and political elite will come out on top.

It’s all about the banks: Lets step back a day. The Federal Reserve yesterday lowered the interest rate for banks borrowing money to 0% ….yes, that’s right, 0%! So as not to be confused the reasoning stated for this interest rate reduction by the Fed was to help the banks get through this tough time and allow them easy money in order to…..”stimulate the economy”. The banks will be helping big business and some small businesses too to keep going when their income sources shrink or even dry up. The entire auto industry as well as every large corporation in American will get easy low interest loans, as well as free money too, to get them through this crisis.

But for the American workers, the students, the single moms, and the rest of us…a one time $1,000 dollars will do the trick….according to Mitt guided by his ethics, religion and strong moral compass. Meanwhile people will continue to owe on their 12%, 14%, 18% and higher loans and credit card debt. They will not be able to get loans from the banks. The credit card companies and big banks will not give a three month grace period to allow people breathing room while no income is coming in. No, the “banks and financial institutions “and their elite customers will get a strong helping handout from the Federal Government. The rest of us….well, we will get a thousand dollars. Glad these politicians are looking out for us.

The airlines, cruise lines, and ground transportation will all be funded: President Trump made it clear today that the airlines too will get big bailouts. They will get the money needed to keep going and be ready to fly full and fast when this is crisis is over. The Federal Government will back them 100%. When the crisis is over we can all get back to flying….if we can afford it.

What “the American people” really need: As I stated it is a “pay check to pay check” life for most Americans. The Federal Government should give everyone reduced interest rates on all credit card and auto loans. I mean lower it….2%, and make it for the life of the loans. Also give forgiveness on all late payments. Further give a three month window of no payments. This would be for all loans to include mortgage and rent payments. Now this is a stimulant program that will help “all” Americans. This would get the working class through this crisis and, like the airlines, allow them to ” be up and running” when the crisis ends.

Oh, and if you want to still give the American people cash to stimulate things Mitt, lets make a $1,000 dollars a month for the next three months to get them through it. You know gas, food, supplies, and the like.

Michael Hawke