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How white engineers built racist code – and why it’s dangerous for black people

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theguardian.com By Ali Breland|Dec. 4th, 2017 “You good?” a man asked two narcotics detectives late in the summer of 2015. The detectives had just finished an undercover drug deal in Brentwood, a predominately black neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, that is among the poorest in the country, when the man unexpectedly approached them. One of the detectives responded that he was looking for $50 worth of “hard”– slang for crack cocaine. The man disappeared into a nearby apartment and came back out to fulfill the detective’s request, swapping the drugs for money. “You see me around,…read more

Making Your Taxes Complicated Is A Multimillion Dollar Lobbying Operation (In 1 graph)

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Chart: Federal lobbying by tax companies and organizations. Source, Maplight America has the technology to make Tax Day exceedingly simple. The IRS already collects financial information on what citizens earn throughout the year and can precisely estimate how much they owe automatically. All the IRS needs to do is send citizens the estimate, have them add in any optional deductions, and file it away with the click of a button. In fact, when California piloted this exact idea in 2005, ReadyReturn, citizens reported finishing their taxes in less than 30…read more

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!

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It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner. You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.” The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. We have a…read more

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Money To Burn: CL & P, UI Have Millions In Energy-Efficiency Funds To Offer

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Image by 80sAustin via Flickr By LYNN DOAN, The Hartford Courant Late last year, Connecticut Light & Power Co. was desperate for energy conservation money. Several programs it runs for the state, which pay for power-saving improvements from lightbulbs in homes to tinted windows in office parks, were oversubscribed. The company had promised $10 million it didn’t have to companies seeking energy subsidies, and was forced to borrow from this year’s budget. Suddenly, everything turned upside down. The federal government awarded Connecticut $39 million in stimulus money for energy-efficiency programs….read more

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