United States of Apocalypse

United States of Apocalypse

Commentary, Editorials, Opinion
By Delphia Simmons I read somewhere that the word apocalypse does not mean final destruction and undoing of all things as I had thought, but rather an uncovering, a revelation of what has existed but has not been seen.  There have been apocalypses throughout history; I've read about some that belonged to another time. But this apocalypse belongs to us. Like Seers and Prophets of old, we've long seen what others only now see. Bringing light where there is darkness, knowledge where there is ignorance. Caution: Reasons for Ignorance May Vary. Far too many have been in the comfortable illusion of color-blindness, rugged individualism, American idealism, and equal opportunity, while we, as African Americans and people identified as  “non-white,” live in the experience and reality of blatant hatred and racism in a built system that we’ve been forced to keep alive and breathing. A…
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Why Is Your Kid a Bully? A Discussion on Prevention

Commentary, Life & Community, Uncategorized
By Michelle Moon We’ve all been inundated by the emotionally overwhelming stories of bullied teens committing suicide or going on killing sprees, which are often accompanied by instructional pieces on how to teach your child to recognize bullying, to not be a bystander, and to stand up for the bullied… but I haven’t seen much aimed at preventing bullies from becoming the little nightmares we adults all remember. In other words, what about the parents of the next generation of bullies? Yes, YOU. What is a bully? I think it’s safe to say we all remember bullies in school, whether we were the bully, the bystander, or the bullied. In the classic TV world, the bully is an overgrown, heavily freckled, soulless ginger shaking a fist while demanding milk money…
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Is it Possible to Prevent Online Hatred from Turning into Offline Tragedy?

Is it Possible to Prevent Online Hatred from Turning into Offline Tragedy?

Commentary, Life & Community, Technology
By Daniel Simmons The Internet is the most comprehensive communication tool ever contrived, so broad in scope that it defies categorization. It has grown to encompass nearly every niche, culture, and idea that humanity has to offer. Therefore, it is inevitable that some corners of the Internet encourage ideas ranging from mildly offensive to legitimately dangerous. In the wake of two recent mass shootings, each involving suspects who frequented extremist websites, many are revisiting the idea of increased transparency and censorship online. Popular websites have long grappled with how to elevate discourse without alienating their user base. For example, for much of its early history, YouTube’s comments section was frequently flooded with “internet trolls” (commenters who stir controversy for their own amusement), who attempted to drown out all meaningful conversation.…
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The Age of Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Commentary, Life & Community, Lifestyle, Uncategorized
By Karen Gates We live in the Technology Age. Just look around and you cannot help but see an electronic device in operation. I am old enough to remember when this was the subject of sci-fi movies. The brain was encased in fluid-filled glass hooked up to equipment that did all the functions necessary for life. The one thing it could not do was be human any longer. It has been a slow process getting to this point when you consider our existence here on Earth. The exact age of the existence of humans is up for debate since all current methods use unprovable philosophical assumptions. Man has been around a long time no matter how you count it. We’ve passed through many ages along the way. We have the…
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Attack of the Consumer Drones

Attack of the Consumer Drones

Commentary, Technology
Daniel Simmons Thrive Detroit Until recently, aerial drones have been solely the province of dedicated DIY-ers or clandestine government agencies. However, due to the miniaturization of the sensing, localization, and control technologies inside them, drones are becoming increasingly common among casual hobbyists. Little more than a decade ago, the hardware in a common consumer drone like the popular DJI Phantom would have filled a small garage and cost a small fortune. Now, thanks to some impressive engineering wizardry, that same technology fits in the palm of your hand, and costs as little as a few lunches from Chipotle. Besides sharing the same moniker, there is scant similarity between the controversial army of drones commanded by the U.S. military and the growing number of quadcopters hovering above American soil. The fixed-wing,…
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Impound, Impact, Innovation

Impound, Impact, Innovation

Commentary, Editorials, Opinion
Depending on whose report you dig into, my neighborhood is made up of a significant number of individuals and families in the lower income range. According to City-data.com, in 2011, over 40% of the residents in my zip code had incomes at or below poverty level. I would venture to say that many of those residents are among the large percentage who can’t afford the cost of auto or homeowners insurance in Detroit. I’ve seen what would be an inconvenience or minor blip for a middle-class family become a substantial crisis for families whose economic margins are razor thin. We’ve been in this neighborhood for 20 years and witnessed decline as family homes have been lost because of back taxes or destroyed by fire, with no insurance to repair or…
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