The 13th

The 13th… as in the 13th Amendment. Have you ever read the exact text? I admit that I have not. Sure, I link to think that I generally know what it is about – it’s what freed slaves. Ava DuBernay, director of Selma, is bringing a history lesson to us all in the form of a Netflix documentary:

via Netlix: The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

Netflix further writes: The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. On Netflix October 7.

Pay very close attention to the text in bold. Slavery is indeed LEGAL, IF it is being used as punishment for a crime. Did you know that? I certainly did not. One thing is for sure – on Friday, October 7th I will be glued to my iPad watching this documentary! You can check out the trailer below.

Stay woke people!

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How to Vote in Every State

Voting can be tough because each state has different requirements. Some require ID’s, some don’t. Some state’s deadlines to register are in October; others are not. So how do you keep track? YouTube via the channel “How to Vote in Every State”. Simply pick your state and that’s it! Find your state’s video here. Also, below each video there is a link that takes you directly to the site where you can sign up. #vote ‼️

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Google now shows campaign financing in search results

Google is making it easier to access the 2016 presidential candidates financial information. Announced today, you can now find results for the following directly in the search results: how their campaigns are funded (aka who owns them).

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If you’re wondering where this financial data comes from (you always should), Google shared it’s partner in the announcement itself, the Center for Responsive Politics. The upfront information provided is great!

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But what if you want more details? If you click on More Information (directly below the charts), you can get a breakdown of every dollar by industry, like the graphic below for Hillary Clinton.

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Super Tuesday

This will be a short post. The New York Times has the best simple summary of Super Tuesday’s election results I’ve seen (see charts below), including these two (2) headlines:

Meanwhile, searches for “how to move to Canada” peaked yesterday and Chris Christie introduced Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, only to spend the next 30 minutes looking like a deer in headlights, stealing the show, watch. #sigh

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Apple vs. FBI

The FBI ordered Apple to create a “backdoor” so it can break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c. Apple basically said no, challenging the FBI on encryption.

Official_Apple_Logo_2013_Pictures_5_HD_WallpapersSurely Apple saw this coming which is why CEO Tim Cooke started his appeal months ago. I’m 100% convinced that if we were not living in a post-Snowden world, Apple would have never had the “balls” (pardon my language) to stand up to the FBI. Apple must think it has the support of the American people; however, most in the tech community would support its position. The average Joe? We can’t be so sure so an uphill battle is almost a given. This case could make its way all the way to the Supreme Court... oh, wait, we only have 8. So in a tie breaker, the ruling of the lower court stands <== important point here

Supreme Court: What happens in case of a tie? The high court’s ruling is rendered almost meaningless; it leaves the most recent decision intact, usually from a federal appeals court or a top state court. There is no new, national precedent created by the nation’s highest court. USA Today

fbi-sealThe FBI’s case was brought forth in the STATE of CALIFORNIA. Recently, a lawmaker introduced a law that would ban encryption on ALL phones in the state starting in 2017. In essence he wants all phones to be, “capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” There’s also a similar bill in New York.

It remains to be seen where other tech giants like Microsoft, Samsung and Google will land in this debate. You better believe if Apple is FORCED to do this,  other cell phone manufactures will be on the hook as well. If they all side with Apple, #GameOn. Either way, it’s an interesting dialogue to have!  Regardless of your position on this issue, pay attention people! (I just turned notifications on for Eric Snowden on Twitter… can’t wait to hear what he as to say).

***BTW, do you know how much money do we spend on the FBI each year?? Wikipedia said the number was $8.3 billion in 2014 (2 years ago). If breaking into an iPhone is the only “chance” we have to catch a terrorist network/cell, we may already be doomed.

Watch a preview of Tim Cooke’s 60-minute interview from December 2015 here:

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View the statement issued by Apple last night (click the image to read more)

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