The Congressional Black Caucus was founded to focus on “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation.” The War on Drugs has devasted black and brown communities. U.S. Rep Charles Rangel, who with some others in the CBC initially backed the modern drug war that was launched by President Nixon, should admit he got it wrong and lead the CBC in pushing the Congress to reverse the tragedy.
Churches have the power and responsibility to address institutional racism by transforming the minds of African-American communities.
When the Obama-bashing conservative activist lost his gig as the president of a Christian college, it was just the latest example of how right-wing conservatives pimp evangelical Christians for personal gain.
The church has allowed the world to turn sex — what God intended to be beautiful — into ‘the nasty.’ This is part one in an occasional series on bringing God back into your bedroom.
The old thought experiment asks: If you could travel back in time to prevent someone’s birth who would be capable of great evil, would you do it? Admittedly, sometimes while browsing Facebook I wrestle with this myself when I think about Bitstrips and its founders Dorian Baldwin, Jacob Blackstock, Shahan Panth and David Kennedy. The social comic creation app makes for some truly cringeworthy posts by friends and family, but my personal distaste doesn’t negate the fact that these things are being used, and used frequently, by people in my network who’ve never even heard of Path or …read more
PubNub, MtGox’s Real-Time Price Streaming Partner, Now Offers Trading Data To Other Bitcoin Exchanges
PubNub has built a business around offering APIs that let developers stream different services such as messaging and other interactive services in their apps and websites. Today it’s adding a new module that focuses specifically on Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency du jour. If you go to PubNub’s new site for the service, called the Bitcoin Exchange Solution Kit, you will see that its own demonstration of the service is being powered with data from MtGox, one of the biggest of the Bitcoin exchanges. MtGox is one of PubNub’s customers, it turns out, and its use of PubNub …read more
This morning Anturis announced that it has raised a $2 million Series A round of funding. The company, focused on providing IT-monitoring services to small and medium-scale businesses, raised the new cash from Runa Capital and VEB Innovations. The two groups co-led the financing.
In case you are keeping score of Russian startups, Serguei Beloussov, who was involved with Runa Capital, and founded Parallels, was also an early founder of Anturis. So, that it raised more from Runa is hardly surprising.
South Africans flocke to houses of worship for a national day of reflection to honor Mandela. …read more
Your government is the enemy of the future. Innovative technology that would disrupt the world as we know it is already here, but oppressive government bureaucrats keep getting in its way. Taxi commissions vs. Uber; the FDA vs 23andMe; the FAA vs. Amazon Prime Air; the DMV vs. self-driving cars; governments everywhere vs. Bitcoin.
This is intolerable and must stop. The government must get out of Silicon Valley’s way. No wonder that, even as it has become the center of the universe, its leading lights are musing about <a class="colorbox" …read more
She’s closing her congressional campaign account and transferring the nearly $300,000 to a new PAC. …read more
The gray sky darkens as the sun dips below the horizon. The hum of a thousand drones replace the quiet of sunset, charging through the city behind a single leader drone. Children tug on the hands of their parents, pointing at the aerial army with concern.
“How did this happen?” one man asks another.
“Amazon,” answers the second man. “And Samy Kamkar.”
In the world of eBay sellers, some people photograph their wares on models and take the time to write up comprehensive product descriptions. Other listings… are kind of indecipherable. Or just unhelpful.
WorldLister, an app launching today, is trying to help the latter group become more like the former, by generating listings for you that include video, sizing information, and substantial product descriptions that flow. For those too lazy to write out a full description, it’s an easy way to look a whole lot more professional.
WorldLister, which is free, hooks up to users’ eBay accounts and acts as a …read more