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The sole purpose of this post is to test the formatting for the ‘Aside’ post format. Nothing to see here.

What would happen if an aside post had more than forty words in it? Would there be a ‘continue reading’ or ‘more’ link, or would it all still show up on the front page?

What about featured images?

I am sharing this video again because I never want it to die. Also, I make up rhymes to go with this almost daily. It’s a catchy little tune. You’re welcome.

 

We lost him six years ago today, but he will never be forgotten. His contributions to the world of music and performance are still reverberating through the artists we have today.

We love you Michael, and we miss you.

Featured on the soundtrack to GTA V, this song is a stone-cold groove. It is perfect for your summer barbecue with your aunties and uncles. Here is your ear-worm for the day. I just added this to “They Sang That.”

Yesterday, I mentioned the “They Sang That” playlist. One of the songs on it is “(Let’s Go) All The Way” by The Whispers.

Never mind that my brother is priming his woman for their very first time; get into these dance moves.

They Sang That!

They Sang That” is a playlist I created on Google Play Music. It’s a collection of songs performed by two or more people. There are currently 54 songs on it, but I continue to add to it regularly.

Enjoy!

MCO 194/JMC 101 Everyday Grammar/Grammar for Journalists is a required course in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. It reviews the fundamentals of grammar and teaches some basics of AP (Associated Press) Style. If you do not pass the course, you have to change your major; that is how serious they take it in the Cronkite School.

I am presently taking this course as part of my first summer session courses. Imagine the giggles I let out watching this assigned video that goes over the 8 parts of speech.

This video is both useful and hilarious.

 

 

 

Facebook is curating your feed for you; are you aware?

The study found that the algorithm suppresses the diversity of the content you see in your feed by occasionally hiding items that you may disagree with and letting through the ones you are likely to agree with. The effect wasn’t all or nothing: for self-identified liberals, one in 13 diverse news stories were removed, for example. Overall, this confirms what many of us had suspected: that the Facebook algorithm is biased towards producing agreement, not dissent. This is an important finding — one you may have completely missed in the press coverage about how it’s all your fault.

Source: Facebook Said Its Algorithms Do Help Form Echo Chambers. And the Tech Press Missed It.

Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

A newly hired Boston University professor has come under fire for several anti-white comments she made on Twitter, but the school says she is simply practicing free speech.Incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies, Saida Grundy tweeted a slew of tweets over several months blasting white males which have drawn criticism on social media, Fox News reported Saturday.

Source: Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

 

Chris Hayes talks to Jayne Miller, the WBAL reporter who interviewed interviewed Donta Allen, who was the 2nd prisoner in the police van along with Freddie Gray.

Source: Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

This makes absolutely no sense. There are now way too many holes in this story.

  1. The Washington Post article says that the prisoner who was in the van with Freddie Gray alleged that he thought Freddie Gray intentionally hurt himself.  In this interview, the guy is clearly saying that he thinks the police hurt him.
  2. The WaPo article said the other inmate was 38 years old. I know black doesn’t crack, but this guy is clearly not 38 years old.
  3. The WaPo article says that the identity of this man was being protected for fear that something would happen to him. He’s clearly on television giving interviews, so how does that make sense?
  4. How long are we supposed to continue swallowing this bullshit?
  5. In his version of the story, he says he was arrested for stealing a cigarette? The WaPo article says he was arrested for violating a protective order. Uh…

Watch the video for yourself and tell me what you think.

Freddie Gray allegedly injured himself intentionally while in police custody

The Baltimore Police Department Public Affairs Office The Washington Post has published an article which suggests that Freddie Gray injured himself while in police custody. The entire article is sourced from a police document and doesn’t name any names, including the prisoner supposedly giving the information. According to the Post, the document was provided to them under the condition that they not name the prisoner.

According to a police document obtained by The Post, a prisoner in a separate compartment of the same Baltimore police van as Freddie Gray told officers he heard Gray “banging against the walls.”

Source: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says – The Washington Post

This information is directly contradicted by earlier reports from Baltimore reporter Jayne Miller.

Just who is supposed to believe the information in this article? How can a man sever his own spine and crush his own vocal cords while handcuffed inside of a police van?

Did the guy on the other side of the wall get a deal? Did he think that possibly the thumping was the police beating Gray on the other side of the wall? If he couldn’t hear or see Gray (other than the thumping) how can he say for certain that was him on the other side of the wall?

There are so many holes in this story, and this piece is an example of the media spreading lies and propaganda for the police.

Then there’s this:

Batts has said officers violated policy by failing to properly restrain Gray. But the president of the Baltimore police union noted that the policy mandating seat belts took effect April 3 and was e-mailed to officers as part of a package of five policy changes on April 9, three days before Gray was arrested.

Gene Ryan, the police union president, said many officers aren’t reading the new policies – updated to meet new national standards – because they think they’re the same rules they already know, with only cosmetic changes. The updates are supposed to be read out during pre-shift meetings.

The previous policy was written in 1997, when the department used smaller, boxier wagons that officers called “ice cream trucks.” They originally had a metal bar that prisoners had to hold during the ride. Seat belts were added later, but the policy left their use discretionary.

So, using seat belts is discretionary, and they are admitting that the police don’t read or follow their own rules. Good job guys.

This article and the information contained is complete bullshit. Let’s continue to demand the facts. Police the police.

#BaltimoreUprising #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

Kieren McCarthy’s take on net neutrality for The Register

But the reality is neither of these are true. What the net neutrality rules really demonstrate – and a little sooner that we are all comfortable with – is that a new status quo is emerging. And that status quo is Google, Netflix, Facebook et al.

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