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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and a founder of FaceBook, has agreed to donate $100 million to improve the long-troubled Public Schools in NewarkNj, and Gov. Chris Christie will cede some control of the state-run system to Mayor Cory Booker in conjunction with the huge gift, officials said Wednesday... Less than a month ago, the governor informed the city’s schools superintendent, Clifford Janey, that he would not be rehired, and that the state was looking for a successor. There has been speculation in Trenton about the possibility of hiring Michelle Rhee, the hard-charging schools chief in Washington, whose political patron, Mayor Adrian Fenty, recently lost his bid for re-election. Officials said Mr. Christie planned to announce that he and Mr. Booker would jointly select a new superintendent, a decision the governor has the power to make on his own. And they said he would instruct the mayor to come up with a reform plan for the system: in effect, asking Mr. Booker to redesign it.

Funny timing with the FaceBook movie coming out, eh?

Jan'2011 - Anya Kamenetz thinks there are better ways to generate School Reform with that much money. Our continued prosperity in a Post Industrial economy depends on Creativ Ity and Innovat Ion. And that's why Zuckerberg's decision to follow the popular script disappoints me. I wish he had taken his $100 million, and some of his smartest people, and designed a new framework for education from the ground up, much the way he built Facebook from a dorm-room idea to a global brand. Is it possible to craft an education platform that's as participatory, offers as much opportunity for self-expression, and is as magnetic to young people as Facebook itself? That would be a theory of change worth testing.

Jan'2013: Newark was forced to release emails that negotiated the "deal".

May'2014: Throwing money at a centralized system tends not to get the effect you expect. "This is is the post-Booker era."

Mar'2015: On Wednesday, city, county and state officials, along with clergy and civil rights leaders, met in Washington with senior Obama administration officials, arguing that the schools plan has thrown their city into chaos. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating seven separate complaints of civil rights violations stemming from Christie’s plan.

z2010-09-23- Zuckerberg Grant100m Newark Schools

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson Mo, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, a young black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white PolIce officer. The disputed circumstances of the shooting of an unarmed man and the resultant protests and civil disorder received considerable attention in the United States and abroad.

The day after the shooting, local and national leadership planned a vigil and other responses. On the evening of August 10, police tried to break up the crowd, and some protesters responded violently, looting various stores in the neighborhood, including a QuikTrip.

Protests and rioting lasted for over 2 weeks. As the details of the original shooting event emerged from investigators, police established curfews and deployed riot squads to maintain order... On August 13, while police were clearing a McDonald's restaurant, The Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilley were arrested... Al Jazeera America Journal Ist-s covering the protests in Ferguson on Wednesday night were also tear-gassed and shot at with rubber bullets by a police SWAT team. Along with peaceful protests, there was looting and violent unrest in the vicinity of the original shooting. Widespread media coverage examined the post-9/11 trend of police militarization (SWAT) when dealing with protests... The Justice Department will investigate Ferguson police force for possible misconduct or discrimination.

But a revealing vote this past June shows just how uphill the battle is to stop the trend of turning police into soldiers. On June 19, progressive House Democrat Alan Grayson (FL) offered an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would block the “transfer” of “aircraft (including unmanned aerial vehicles), armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers, toxicological agents, launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles” from the Department of Defense to state and local police forces. The amendment attracted the support of only 62 members, while 355 voted against it (14 didn’t vote). Included among those voting against it was Rep. William Lacy Clay (D), who represents Ferguson. Clay was joined by every senior member of the Democratic Party leadership team, including Reps. Nancy Pelosi (CA), Steny Hoyer (MD), and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC).

Sept05: Rep. Hank Johnson has set his sights on reforming the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, the mechanism through which local law enforcement agencies can request and obtain military surplus equipment.

  • Sept16: Hank Johnson and Raul Labrador’s bill, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act has already received support from numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle.

Mar04'2015: Darren Wilson will not be charged by the Justice Department.

z2013-08-11- Brown Killed By Ferguson Police
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SnapChat is trying to move from its Self Destructing Instant Messaging origins to become a publishing PlatForm.

In Oct'2013 they launched the Snapchat Stories feature which add Snaps together to create a narrative. When you add a Snap to your Story it lives for 24 hours before it disappears.

  • In May'2014 they reported 500M Stories views/day.

  • Jan'2015: MashAble describes their experience using them. The inability to drive traffic anywhere outside Snapchat, however, can make it difficult to justify allocating such resources.

Jan'2015: they unveiled Snapchat Discover, a new section within the app featuring news articles, music and other content created by nearly a dozen handpicked media partners.

  • They were working on including BuzzFeed on that list, but the deal fell through.

  • The limited number of partners makes it like pre-DVR/channel-surfing TV. But who wants a lot of that?

  • In the short-term, it does allow for them to play king-maker. (ScarcIty)

z2015-02-28- Snapchat Publishing Platform

If you’re curious about biology, you can join a newly formed organization called Bio Curious in California’s Bay Area. Bio Curious, started as an online community, recently opened a new BioTech Hacker Space and community lab where those interested can come together to learn and share ideas... If you live in New York City, you can join GenSpace, the city’s community biolab that opened doors in December 2010. According to their web page, “Genspace was founded by a group of science enthusiasts who come from different professions--artists, engineers, writers and biologists. Unlike traditional institutions, our diversity is our strength and the source of our innovation.” WiredMag profiled the lab when they opened last year.

A similar article with more emphasis on home activity. In 2007, Freeman Dyson predicted that leadership in biotechnology would eventually shift away from large corporations like Monsanto to kitchen laboratories, becoming "small and domesticated rather than big and centralized."... AutoDesk has recently begun sponsoring college genetic-engineering competitions and is developing software to aid biologists in their goal of re-wiring the genes of bacteria so that they will make fuel or drugs... After paying a $325 license fee, Cathal Garvey won approval last July from Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency to create genetically modified microbes in his mother's home. His "Class 1" lab rating lets him work only with germs that pose "negligible risk" to the public or the environment... Using his computer, Garvey designed a circular ring of 3,200 DNA letters, which he paid a contract lab in Texas $1,300 to synthesize and mail to him. It's a miniature chromosome called a plasmid that the B. subtilis bacteria will absorb. To endow a germ with new traits (say, fluorescence, or the smell of rain on a sidewalk), just splice the needed DNA into the plasmid. Garvey calls his construct "Indie Biotech Backbone 1.0," and he plans to sell it to other Bio Hacker-s.

More recent coverage from the DIYbio group.

z2012-01-25- Diy Garage Biology
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