I’ve been working around a lot of groups of younger activists and there are some that click together on the issues facing the group well, but the inner dynamics could use improvement.
If you honestly reply that you do, then what do you believe the motivating factors are? They say a picture tells a story… then who’s story is it? It would seem that it is the viewer’s story created by their perspectives on the world. There’s nothing wrong in the image itself, merely how we judge it to be.
Strive to be conscious of your thoughts and beliefs, live from your heart and be with the world at large.
Urgent Call to Action:
Rally at Wayne State University Student Center on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 5PM
We need you to reach out to mobilize families with children in your circles, youth leaders, children and youth activities to compel them to represent a moral voice to stop water shut offs for the most vulnerable people in Detroit. Three quarters of the children in Detroit are living below 150% of the federal poverty level ($35,775 for a family of four). Exposing children to an opportunity to care about other children is a way to nurture their humanity by caring for other children in need. Please make the sacrifice of time to personally compel people to join in and wage love…
“Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si
The Allied Media Conference has agreed to support our cause by spreading the word nationwide about Mayor Duggan’s refusal to accept the warnings that massive water shut offs are a threat to public health and an assault, punishing vulnerable people who cannot afford the current payment rates and policies. There is not a reasonable process in place for evaluating shut offs for vulnerable populations such as elderly, pregnant women, persons with serious medical conditions or chronic health challenges, young children in the home, or landlord tenant discrepancies. This is unreasonable and unacceptable. Like Flint we have been persistent as advocates, now we have decided to lift up the children’s voices to call out to the Mayor in front of the nation. Continue reading Children’s March to Stop Water Shutoffs
The article by Micah White of Occupy Wall Street provides great advice on movement building and evolution. I’ve had people here in Detroit interested in movement building on new ventures and they’ve seen recent efforts not going so well. The reasons are continued attempts using the same methods. Once you become predictable you are conquerable and become consequentially passed over by the press and people watching it. The efforts to be heard fall short of desired goals.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Normal has never changed anything ever — Stephen Boyle[/pullquote]
Evolving movements must realize that establishing a normal process is what corporate training leads them toward. Corporatizing movements is compromizing why activism happens. We aren’t interested in normal! “Normal has never changed anything ever.” I’ve been saying this for a few years now and each time someone hears it a “lightbulb appears”. Radical change requires radical means and efforts. Guerilla warfare is an example and how the Americas won the Revolutionary War leading to independence from English regime. Much of America has lost its luster, there is little gleam in the eye of those here wishing for change. The only way it’ll happen is moving beyond those influences we hold sacred (and reliable). Relying on something is where we are losing it. We’re forgetting how to produce on our own. Community building has to learn that doing different shouldn’t be shunned but needs to be embraced as the evolutionary path needed. Getting involved in the evolution means listening and doing. Being outspoken and responsible at the same time.
As one of the original co-creators of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I’ve watched student protests sweep across campuses in Cape Town,Missouri, London and Los Angeles with a growing sense of optimism. The history of protest suggests that students are often the first to sense the opportunity for revolutionary change.
I suspect that the new wave of campus protests could be the foreshock to the global social movement that activists have been hoping for since the end of Occupy. To increase the odds, here is some advice to student protesters, based on the lessons from my time with Occupy.
First, never protest the same way twice. The birth of a new movement is exciting. But the effectiveness of a protest diminishes if the same tactic is used repeatedly. Once the occupation tactic stopped working in the face of police crackdowns and the onset of winter weather, Occupy Wall Street stopped existing.
Read more at Popular Resistance: An Occupy Wall Street Founder, Provides Advice To Student Protesters
Last week I reported an attempted scam to get me to send money. The scammer even asked me to call his phone number to prove he was R*** K***. I tried to tell him he had the wrong person, that I have not got the money he wanted, which was expressed as $450 this time, last week it was $350. You might review last week’s information to understand the first post in this series.
Again the phone number calling was “private number”, which sadly I have a friend who calls me and is always listed as private number. So I’ve been tuned in to taking those phone calls when they happen. Obviously it has to stop now, and my friend is going to have to text message me prior to calling so I know it is them rather than this scammer or another. This scamming needs to also be known as stalking as it is changing how I’m handling my life. Continue reading Identity Theft Redux
I’ve had the dubious privilege to have a “R*** K***” call my phone using a private number. Speaking heavily accented and broken english I was asked for my email address. The reason for this was confusing at best. He said something about they wanted to send me money but needed $350 to send it.
The crude attempts to impersonate the US Marshals Service are nearly comical, however sadly real.
- Why would an official send an email through a gmail.com address?
- Misspelled words and improper English abound in the communication both verbally and in written form.
- The line breaks and replaced words in the email text show that this is a cut-and-paste email. I believe that he literally was pasting it up and replacing words as needed while I was on the phone with him.
- Urgency expressed in making sure the information was sent as quickly as possible. When asked for verification of anything, even asking for what number he called to reach me, never had a significant reply to offer proof.
- He offered a phone number to reach him 407-45*-**** which is for a T-Mobile phone based out of the Kissimmee, Florida exchange. Why would that be used for US Marshals Service based in “North Darkota”?
- I’ve tracked down the assumption of identity on the part of the caller, and I’m contacting them – hence their name and address are obscured in this post. How did I find this? Listed as results from Google that passed through a White Pages search using the name and address. This provided even more identifying information.
Subject: I am R*** K*** The Acting Director of U.S. Marshals Service
From: david harlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>1)Why is the email address using gmail?
Recieved: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:34pm EDT
Attn: Stephen Boyle,
I am R**** K*** The Acting Director of U.S. Marshals Service (UMS)2)US Marshals Service abbreviates as USMS, not UMS District of North Darkota in alliance with economic community of World Bank Swiss (ECWBS) with afliated Office here in North Darkota. We have been working towards the Track Down Of Fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United States Government Secret Agents glued with Anti Money Lundering Squad.3)Never heard officials call an operation “Track Down of Fraudsters”. How exactly have Secret Agents been “glued with” an “Anti Money Lundering[sic] Squad”?
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA, CAMEROUN, BURKINA FASO, MALI, SENEGAL, COTE D IVOIRE AND LONDON) and they are all in our custody here in North Darkota Usa.4)Incredible that everyone being sought is in custody, and brought to North Dakota of all places! Interesting that the Ivory Coast is known by the French origin name Cote D’Ivoire. And even more interesting are references to locations going through a change of regime – Benin / Burkinga Faso. These are likely tips as to the originator’s location.
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 500 Lucky people around the globe for their compensation as scam victims.5)I wonder how I became one of these “500 lucky people”. I asked during his call if they had identified me as a victim of scams, there was no comprehendable reply.
This email is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in North Darkota. you will only pay $350 follar insurance so mr john will deliver
You are therefore being compensated with $1.1 Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who claim that they are Barristers, Bank Officials, Lottery Agents who
has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not exist. Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a
compensation of $1.1 Million, we have arranged your payment through our Swift card payment center 6)Apparently Swift has been identified by others in scam schemes (1). Swift is a prepaid card service available through Discover Card Services. . Feel free to contact the processing officer JOHN CARL ROES. The
swift card has been specially prepared to enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Six Thousand Dollars Only per
So you are advice to contact the swift center officer MR R K*** with your provided information’s as required.
CONTACT PERSON: MR JOHN CARL ROES
CONTACT ADDRESS: 5061 New Land Road Newark MD USA 7)Appears to be a fictious address, can’t find as given using Google Maps.
CONTACT TELEPHONE +1 410 6322 291 8)phone number has too many digits.
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS email@example.com
Provide the information bellow to enable him prepare your ATM Master Credit Card including your Pin code to access it.
1)YOUR FULL NAME.
2)YOUR RECEIVING ADDRESS.
3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
As a person that has been scammed in the distant past I’m keenly aware of what identity theft looks like. The final 5 items requested are exactly what constitutes an attempt to secure your identity.
I would not have received this email without offering an email address to recieve it. The email address used is one which I’ve let languish for a long time.
Repeat Calling Behavior
It seems R*** is excited that he was able to “speak” with me for 23 minutes – as I was trying to decipher what he said, who he was, and what his purpose ultimately will be. In the end none of this was really answered.
The call was followed up by another at 7:47pm to make sure I got his email. Eventually during the call I grew frustrated, he asked if I wanted to speak with someone else when I asked him to give me the phone number for the US Marshals HQ office in North Dakota. I replied “sure”, he seemed to hestitate, fumble around a little, then I got another email. If he was truly working for the USMS he would have been able to find that number easily, it was never produced.
Second Email Requesting Information
Using same subject and origin email sender as above:
Received Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:59pm
IN RESPECT TO OUR TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BELOW IS THE INFORMATION TO SEND THE $350 DOLLARS FOR US TO PROCEED WITH THE DELIVERY OF YOUR VISA CARD BY TOMMOROW REGARDING THE DELIVER RECORDS
NAME JOHN CARL ROES
ADDRESS NEWARK MARYLAND
AMOUNT $350 DOLLARS
TEXT QUESTION WHAT FOR
ANSWER FOR VISA CARD
I AM WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SO THAT I WILL SEND THE PAYMENT INFORMATION TO THE CARD DELIVERY CENTER INCLUDING YOUR PHISICAL ADDRESS OF LOCATION SO THAT YOUR CARD WILL BE PROPERLY DELIVERED
THANKS AND BEST REGARDS
MR R*** K***
On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM, Fuzzytek <****@****.com> wrote:
Best place to find me is at http://fuzzytek.com
More Repeat Phone Calls from Private Number
Since this I’ve had calls at 7:51pm, 8:11pm. and 8:35pm – these were not answered or sent to voicemail. I’m wondering how to block a private number and it doesn’t seem possible. Although I do believe my phone provider *could* find out what number and location if pressed by federal authorities.
Why So Much Interest?
I believe R*** is pursuing me because he senses that I’m educated and have opened a dialogue. Unfortunate for him the dialogue is now over. I’m documenting what has been sent and said. Any future “private caller” calls are going into voicemail.
If you know people who are adept at pursuing identity theft, fraud, and marketing harrassment – please leave a comment. Wednesday morning I will give a call to the US Marshal’s Office in North Dakota and turn information over to them.
Curious to know what scamming looks like? Check any of these resource websites:
- 419 Awareness
- Consumer Fraud Reporting
- Fraud.org – National Consumers League
- Identity Theft – MyFICO
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|1.||↑||Why is the email address using gmail?|
|2.||↑||US Marshals Service abbreviates as USMS, not UMS|
|3.||↑||Never heard officials call an operation “Track Down of Fraudsters”. How exactly have Secret Agents been “glued with” an “Anti Money Lundering[sic] Squad”?|
|4.||↑||Incredible that everyone being sought is in custody, and brought to North Dakota of all places! Interesting that the Ivory Coast is known by the French origin name Cote D’Ivoire. And even more interesting are references to locations going through a change of regime – Benin / Burkinga Faso. These are likely tips as to the originator’s location.|
|5.||↑||I wonder how I became one of these “500 lucky people”. I asked during his call if they had identified me as a victim of scams, there was no comprehendable reply.|
|6.||↑||Apparently Swift has been identified by others in scam schemes (1). Swift is a prepaid card service available through Discover Card Services.|
|7.||↑||Appears to be a fictious address, can’t find as given using Google Maps.|
|8.||↑||phone number has too many digits.|
Between here and there,
I discover neither here or there.
It is nowhere?
More importantly it is “Now Here”.
The journey is not complete
Without knowing where you set your feet.
Awareness ever blooming
Consciousness ever zooming.
The ah-ha moment not lost
Shared experiences not tossed.
It is all interconnected
Society recognizing and disconnected.
I’ve been aware that I need to start compiling quotes that have inspired me as well as those I’ve been creating. You’ll find a new sidebar on the website sharing a random quote that I’ve entered into the collection. This is powered by the Quotes Collection plug-in. I’ve also created a Quotes page where this collection can be found. Not every quote will be a blog post as this one is.
There is an existing sidebar item pulling a random quote that I’ve liked over at GoodReads.com. Feel free to add my profile as a friend and lets share inspiration.
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As a person that has been developing websites for a number of clients I’ve seen a difficulty in retaining those sites developed. It seems that establishing annual terms isn’t working out very well. Domain renewal comes up and perhaps the topic being pursued has lost interest or the timeliness has ran its course. A good example of this is political campaign websites.
On the hosting side of things the renewal of domain licensing is often what takes a website out of circulation.
Once a domain expires the services bound with it – email accounts, website content, and more are no longer accessible until the domain fees are brought current. There is a short time window available for bringing things current and the popularity of your domain can create a lineup of interested 3rd parties bidding on taking over your domain.
Municipal leaders from three counties of southeast Michigan agreed to allow Detroit to lease its water system to the newly formed GLWA – Great Lakes Water Authority.
For years the surrounding counties – Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb – have been buying their water from the city. They’ve long complained they didn’t get enough say over their rates or big decisions about the system.
This deal will, at least in theory, give suburbanites more direct power over the system, and (they hope) lower rates in the long run.
In exchange, the authority will pay Detroit $50 million a year in lease payments.
And it will set up a $4.5 million regional water assistance fund for low-income customers behind on their bills.1)Detroit, suburbs reach water deal, Michigan Public Radio, June 12, 2015
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|1.||↑||Detroit, suburbs reach water deal, Michigan Public Radio, June 12, 2015|
Some will draw a line between Hip Hop and spoken word. For the sake of reading to your fullest enjoyment, please set aside this divide to enjoy this post fully. I was fortunate to be tagged by a Facebook friend on a share of this article on The Spiritual Age of Hip Hop in the Syracuse New Times.
Hip Hop is extremely diverse, cultured, educated, emotional and is constantly evolving. The next evolution is taking us to a higher plane, one where more artists are expressing their spiritual views of life in their music. Welcome to #TheSpiritualAgeOfHipHop.
The article lists so many Detroit talents within whom we #WageLove in our communities locally and globally. The awareness to what we face at home seems to be overlooked by far too many. We need #FireSpit to clear the misconceptions that maligned mainstream media have clouded the truth from general consciousness.
Truly raising consciousness is what we must request of our talent. We can acknowledge the divide which society drones into our existence and overpopulizes through marketing and fiat currency value. But we must rise above with a higher message. Those from human compassion and dignity. Our society is no better than how we treat the least among us. Those people and situations which are the “least common denominator” are the claims we must own and raise up. Surround them with love and seek to perceive what can be when united in peace. Peace is far more than silence, it is moving and active, forging bonds of interconnectivity and trust.
Detroit State of Mind
Listen in on “Belle Isle Bountiful” conversation with 5ELA artists DJ LaJedi and Ambiance. These are the situations, thoughts, conversations and unity that bring higher consciousness in our music and lives.
Spoken Word and Cypher from The Raiz Up at #ISMG15
A link if the video embed doesn’t work. It’ll only be good for 30 days, then it’ll expire.
Several of those who were on stage are what I consider the best talent Detroit has to offer. Bringing truth and revelations through their words to those who take the time to soak their soul in them.
ISMG15 is the International Social Movements Gathering, bringing people from Detroit, our region, nationally, and internationally together focused at this time on the Water and Housing situations we face in Detroit and in our society. We have to pay particular attention to the words of introduction for Governor Snyder on Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference – “the template that he is building in Michigan is being watched across the country and internationally”. Are the conditions we encounter of sacrificing the most poor by violating our human rights truly the template to push globally?