Frederick Clay, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Wins Freedom Back after Nearly Four Decades in Prison

This is an excellent bit of news! I’m very happy for Mr. Clay and his family.

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Frederick Clay, center, who was wrongfully convicted of a 1979 murder, leaves Suffolk Superior Court with attorneys Jeff Harris, left, and Lisa Kavanaugh yesterday. (photo credit: Angela Rowlings)

by Chris Villani via bostonherald.com

A Boston man who has maintained his innocence through nearly four decades behind bars was granted his freedom after Suffolk, MA prosecutors admitted his 1981 murder conviction was tainted by discredited witness identification and police tactics. “To quote Sam Cooke, ‘it’s been a long time coming,’ ” Frederick Clay said after walking out of the Suffolk Superior courtroom yesterday. “It’s been 38 years for something I didn’t do. I’m overwhelmed and sort of nervous.”

Clay, 53, emerged from the Boston courthouse with his arms raised and a wide smile on this face, having last experienced freedom when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer was at the top of the charts. He…

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The Automation Revolution

Some interesting observations and thoughts, here! I can’t say that I disagree…
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BJØRN ANDREAS BULL-HANSEN

Did you go to work today? Did you feel useful? Good.

But did you feel happy?

If you didn’t, you probably go to work only for the money. I believe that this should not be necessary. In fact, I have come to believe that every citizen should get a fixed amount of money for doing absolutely nothing. The concept – often referred to as universal basic income – might seem a bit insane, but it is now being tried out in several countries. The results so far are interesting: When people receive a fixed allowance of money on a regular basis, no questions asked, they tend to contribute better to society by taking initiative to generate something of value (crafts, part-time jobs etc), and they tend to spend more time with their kids.

How can this be? Most of us were brought up with the notion that work makes you…

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Just Dance

Freedom

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Yes

More truth

Deep truth, right here…perfect.
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Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Tuesday Tidbits

 

Sailing around the world via the Interwebs, looking at the goings-on. I’ll start at home and meander outwards…

The wildfires here in Washington state are the worst in recorded history. The fire near Twisp amazed even seasoned veterans in its fury – one minute, the brush was ablaze…just a couple of hours later, three young men were dead and a fourth is fighting for his life with burns over 60% of his body. I believe that he has been upgraded from “critical” to “stable,” at last report – he has a long road of painful healing ahead. Burns are among the worst trauma the body can suffer, because the largest organ, the skin, is compromised. I found a website that has regular updates of the fires, the smoke path, air quality conditions, and other details. The link is below:

Wildfire Today | News & opinions about wildland fire

On the economy: it is no surprise that, mere days after the stock market in China collapsed, global markets tumbled as well. From Al-Jazeera:

Global markets rebounded Tuesday after China’s central bank cut its key interest rate to support growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Earlier, China’s main stock index closed sharply lower for a fourth day.

European markets recovered almost all their losses from Monday, with most rising at least 4 percent, while U.S. stocks were expected to open higher and oil prices rebounded.

Hours after China’s Shanghai stock index slumped to close 7.6 percent lower — adding to Monday’s 8.5 percent loss and taking the benchmark to its lowest level since Dec. 15 — the central bank swung into action.

China cut its interest rates for fifth time in nine months in a renewed effort to shore up economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The central bank said the benchmark rate for a one-year loan will be cut by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6 percent and the one-year rate for deposits will fall by a similar margin to 1.75 percent.

The bank also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the minimum reserves banks are required to hold by 0.5 percentage points.

The move came as Beijing appeared to be abandoning a strategy of having a state-owned company buy shares to stem the market slide. There have been no signs of large-scale purchases by the China Securities Finance Corp. during the past week.

“The fear is that the Chinese economy is slowing at an alarming pace and that the domestic policy makers have fallen well behind the curve,” said an analyst at Credit Agricole CIB in a report.

I have a modest 401k which rode out the last big drop a few years back – I keep an eye on my finances, believe it or not – so the only thing to do is sit back and let it ride…regardless of what that bogus hack Jim Cramer says!

I’m very glad that I don’t live in North or South Carolina – I guess I’m used to the subtle, insidious racism of the Pacific Northwest, not the blatant hatred on the East Coast and in the Deep South. It exists in every state, but some are clearly worse than others! Someone on another blog opined that things in the U.S. are better now, since “strange fruit” isn’t swinging from trees anymore. I beg to differ, as would Lennon Lacy’s family, but hey – I’m not going to burst anyone’s bubble. People are free to believe what they wish…

Besides, who needs lynch mobs when so-called “peace officers” can shoot unarmed Black people with impunity?

The young ladies abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 498 days, now – that is 54 days longer than the American hostages were held in Iran…very sad. Gut-wrenching. Maddening. Tomorrow marks “Women’s Equality Day,” but to most men (and a lot of women), that simply means that females should have the right to walk topless in Times Square.

Indigenous Canadians face the same voting issues that Black people here in the U.S. do – the gutting of voting rights.

The NRA is royally pissed off at the City of Seattle over a ‘gun violence’ tax.

People who thought that being a cheating douchebag is a good thing, found out the hard way that it really isn’t…in their case, life really WAS “too short!” It’s hard for me not to laugh over that whole thing – yes, schadenfreude is something that I feel from time to time. I must be human, after all…contrary to popular belief!

Seriously, though, if marriage isn’t for you – then don’t get married! It seems so simple…

I’ll close with something positive – AfroPunk Festival 2015! I wanted to be there, but I attended in spirit. It has to be refreshing! Just once, to go someplace and just be myself without feeling scrutinized, degraded, and under a microscope simply for having dreadlocks. To be able to walk around in Levi’s, a leather vest, a big-ass hat and my motorcycle boots…and nobody would bat an eyelash. To thrash around wildly and fling my dreads in head-banging glee, and not stand out like a sore thumb. I would love to just feel free.

I’ve been wanting to attend it since 2010, and the closest I got was in 2012…but the motorcycle had other ideas, and the timing just wasn’t right. I’ll get there one of these days…sooner than later, for sure!

Closing with a song…enjoy.

 

Respect The Goddess!!

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Aahhhhhh…refreshing…one of my favorite seasonal ales has hit the shelves!  Spring Reign is smooth and mellow – the perfect suds to suck on at the end of a long motorcycle ride!  😎
“Four wheels good – two wheels better!  Four wheels good…TWO WHEELS BETTER!!”  LMAO

We went on the ‘Spring Opener’ run over the weekend, and the weather cooperated just fine…here are some pictures of all of the bikes that were there.  In this pic, you can just pick out the front end of our bike, if you look closely:
Photos: Motorheads rev up for 'Spring Opener' ride
http://www.katu.com/news/local/Photos-Portland-motorheads-rev-up-for-Spring-Opener-ride-144250175.html

See the red-and-white helmet near the center of the picture?  Look for the bike with the spinger front-end (and if you don’t know what that is, Google it!), right next to the yellow one…that’s our Thunder Mountain chopper.  No, that ugly-ass helmet isn’t mine…we carry ours with us to use as bumpers in crowds, and defense weapons if necessary.  Anything and everything can be utilized, no matter where you are…I’m much more concsious of defensive tools and exit routes when I’m in a crowd, as of late.

Updated Thursday, 2012_03/29 @ 11:32 a.m. (PST)

Sing it, Macy!  😎

Macy Gray sings “Teenagers” on Conan O’Brien

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