I do my part to make this a better world. Liberal at heart, Skeptical in general

Traveling the West Coast
Joined October 2009
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Ashley Parker is the WH Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. A Dowd mentee. When you start noticing all of the myriad ways in which we the people are truly fucked (here, that the bill of the press is at this point just cheering for conservatives endlessly), itโ€™s a lot.
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.@netflix you'd sell a lot more videos if a long-press on ANY thumbnail prompted user to tag, favorite, add-to-watch list, and write a memo. Don't take my word for it. Ask any user. @PrimeVideo, same goes for you & @Xfinity, @peacockTV, @hulu, et al.
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1) End journalism as we know it and start over 2) Create a tech press not beholden to the conglomerates theyโ€™re supposed to cover 3) Establish a consumer rights organization that has some leverage & can afford to litigate as needed 4) Do 1-3 in reverse order.
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How can one fix that?
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I wish more people would understand that holding the media accountable is just as important as holding government accountable.
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She loved the snow. This was her last day, 8 yrs ago. She was a very good dog.
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I'm just waiting for @FBI to explain how a synagogue just happened to be chosen, uh, randomly?
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It breaks my heart, tbh. I had so much respect for them. Once upon a time. ๐Ÿ˜ข
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Lastly, the idea that somehow kids in Manhattan are suddenly feeling "emboldened" because they think they can get away with offenses like this is ludicrous. Violent felony before. Still violent felony. Also directly undercut by every study undermining deterrence theory.
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The data also undermines the propaganda. Crime trends over last year according to most recent FBI data was consistent. Across all jurisdictions. Cities large/small. Red/blue. With/without reforms. Those w/ "progressive prosecutors" & without. With police protests & without.
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Even worse: The $11 billion NYPD LIED. Lied that there's "nothing" they could do. That "nothing" would happen. They did this knowingly. They want to make people feel less safe, to fearmonger, & lie about reforms in order to get people to support doubling down on failed policy.
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We spend $11 billion on policing that did nothing to prevent the crime described by the storeowners. $11 billion to fail/refuse to solve crime. That's not the storeowners' fault. That's not "reform's" fault. That's an epic failure of policing as a health & safety strategy.
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Ill end here for now. More policing is not the answer. Continued harsh prosecutions aren't the answer. More people caged is not the answer. How do we know this? This story underscores why. Read on:
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The experience of the storeowners sounds harrowing & horrifying. Only made worse by the fact the NYPD both refused to help & also lied to them. Lied blatantly, as theyre doing in NYC & around the country to make people feel less safe & call to roll back criminal justice reforms.
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Braggโ€™s policy also doesn't rule out bail or incarceration for any crime. And carceral sentences would be based on a "holistic analysis of the facts" including "victim's input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma)." Which fits the storeowner's case as well.
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Only other change in Bragg's memo re: commercial crimes relates to outrageous practice of charging someone w/ a "violent burglary" for simple theft only bc a store's connected to a building w/ residences as well. Bragg'd still charge these as non-violent felonies. Up to 4 years.
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So much lying out there about Bragg "condoning commercial armed robbery!" Minor changes relate only to cases involvingย no "genuine risk of physical harm." In this case, someone was ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY HARMED. Even just *threatening* the act would've qualify as a C-violent felony.
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It is FALSE Manhattan DA Bragg's new policy memo foreclosesย prosecution of these violent felonies. Or comes close to *condoning them*. He'd prosecute this case as a violent robbery.ย  His prosecutors would request bail. Hereโ€™s a direct link to his policy:manhattanda.org/wp-content/uโ€ฆ
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The offense & actions the storeowners described is Robbery in the Second Degree. A class C violent felony. Each individual would face minimum 3.5 years in prison. Max 15. Under NY Penal Law 160.10(2)(a). Bail reform doesn't touch this case. Alvin Bragg's memo doesn't come close.
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Confronted both w/ traumatic experiences & brazen lies by the NYPD, it's understandable these storeowners would speak out, in anger & resolve, against commonsense & remarkably successful reforms in NY. Misinformation is as much a tragedy as the violent robbery. So here are facts:
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