Why I do and don’t agree with Mayor Deblasios protest moratorium and other points

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2014 by alg0rhythm

pluses++ first,

I think holidays is a time for pause, to be spent with families as much as is possible, and the protest movement has created a national stir, they’ve done a lot of work, have to be tired, and need to recharge, something activists often overlook. That’s what the holidays are, this natural space for people to rest and connect to their blood ties and closest friends, enjoying themselves from the perspective of where they came from as well as where they have migrated to.

The death of the officers was a tragedy, a targeted killing, though not an assassination,

The retraining suggested by Mayor Deblasio, around community relations, and use of force is absolutely necessary, ASAP, though it should be noted that the retraining of 35,000 people will take months, even with maximal

There is still a need for police, there are people who use guns, and force, and we do not have the person to person networks to police and protect ourselves. So the function is still necessary, and respect makes their jobs doable.


i understand the impulses not to, though, because, like an open wound, immediate, obvious steps have not been taken, and while words of understanding are definitely necessary,  actions that follow

If Commissioner Bratton believes that groups behave better when there is strict enforcement on the small things leads to a better behaved group, I’d like to see examples of how that works- from violation of NYPD internal rules.

In New York City,  if episodes of Bewitched are to be believed, if you work at an elite advertising agency, you break expressly stated rules and lose a client, you get fired, and no one will protect you or feel sorry for you. Apparently, at an elite law enforcement agency,  you can break rules, and someone dies, and they will bend over backwards to keep you on and protect you from criminal prosecution. I make the radical proposition that law enforcement be minimally held to the same high moral and ethical standard associated with the advertising industry.


Unless someone can come up with a fantastic account of the overwhelming competence and unusual skills of the officers involved in Gurley, Graham, and Garner cases, the officers should be dismissed, immediately, and a formal, joint investigation of the process used to follow up on these cases by Justice and the state AG office, with recommendations for improving the process.

In order to have the credibility to fight crime, and enforce rules,  people must know that enforcers of the law also obey it. When the situation is bad enough that they end up going after their own, it needs to change.


The roles of the police should be reinforced, and probably through a City Council resolution, something like this, perhaps even as a police oath.

The role of a police officer aka an officer of the peace, is, to me, is to 1. de-escalate dangerous situations in order to preserve life 1st 2. restore situations to alignment with the law 3. to observe assess, cite, and summon individuals guilty of violating local codes to see a judge empowered to make more critical decisions regarding the severity, up to and including long term limitations of basic rights as consequence to infractions upon others.

Eric Garner, and how to clean up police depts or Graces and Disgraces of the Law and Order in New York City

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2014 by alg0rhythm

The role of the police is to protect the lives, the liberty and the happiness of the people, from one another. But equal protection under the law also means equal protection from the law, and nationally it has become apparent that the current system is producing police with a shoot first mentality, rather than a protect the citizens mentality, as well as far, far too many prisoners. It is this on going imbalance that led me to the Eric Garner march on Staten Island.
I found it to be reassuring that things are moving in the right direction, especially considering the caliber of the speakers who were there, and the stated convictions of the speakers- respectful of the role of police officers as necessary to the community, but reinforcing of the simple idea that police themselves must obey the law, and be very displined. Included were the family of Eric Garner, along with that of Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, and Diallo, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries a Bishop, Dan Cantor of Working Families Party (huge in NYC and growing outward), heads of the Teachers Union, SEIU, and CWA, and of course, the brilliant and controversial speaker, organizer of the event Al Sharpton. He said he was helping the officers, getting them to remove the bad apples before they spoiled the bunch. One of the most informative speeches came from a retired 20 year veteran of NYPD, who revealed that officers in the cases of all of slain men violated NYPD protocol in the process of the killings.
To give an idea of my perspective, and understand why the issue of brutality and police misbehavior is important to me is that I was beaten badly by police with my hands in the air, because I pointed out that they were beating someone else (white, actually), and I ended up getting the worst of it. A quarter inch gash in my leg, and a charge of assaulting a police officer, for “ kicking and punching the officer while sitting on his chest” As though he was ever more than 10 feet away from 8 other cops at the concert.

All was not flowers and candy though- the change in location from the VeraCruzano bridge to a location on the mostly black North Shore. was a little disappointing, as it seems to be a nod towards not disrupting business as usual,which you gotta do sometimes. They also shut down the busses out of the terminal and routed everything on the subway to another stop, meaning SI’s mostly white South Shore community was routed completely around the march, meaning it essentially occurred in an echo chamber, allowing the community to vent- let off steam- without anyone else seeing. This came as a request from the Mayor Bill DeBlasio. A mayor who had spoken at Occupy’s Zuccotti Park, and had been a verbal opponent of stop and frisk. Post election though, he has shown support for what he calls “ limited” use. He also hired Bill Bratton.

Bratton’s version of broken windows, is a discredit to the name of a valid social theory regarding how chaotic environments (i.e. broken windows) contribute to crime levels. Some how that has become stopping petty crimes somehow stops major crimes, like a “gateway crimes” theory. It has led to a 100+% increase in subway dancer, and subway swipe arrests, as the correlation between subway dancing and armed robbery is well documented, by no social scientist, ever. It seems to be a direct line from the stop and frisk concept, more people shook down, intimidates people into behaving better. It has also very obviously been disproportionately applied. There was at one point 5 people in a jail cell (so I heard) that were there for using someone else’s reduced fare metrocard, at least 3 of them, who would miss work going through the system. Another person was there for SWIPING someone else on.

I also have a hard time not thinking through the cost benefit analysis- you have a police officer, who, between equipment costs salary, pension and administration costs the city somewhere in the neighborhood of 120,000 a year- at least 400$ a shift, watching to nab a person using a reduced fare card- 1.50 instead of 2.50… so 399$ net cost, plus staff at the jail, and the courthouse, over 24 hours… almost forgot- overtime, sometimes, because from nab to booking, takes 4-8 hours. I’d tell you some about the deliberate overcrowding of cells, but to belabor the acute and petty miseries they deliberately inflict is almost a digression. All of this to get someone who paid fare to get on the subway system. Insanity.
No, broken windows is a direct line from stop and frisk, a way to get around the blatant unconstitutionality inherent in frisking.
Nation wide, police accountability is lacking, and the measure by which police can use lethal force is completely lacking; there is a de facto immunity to prosecution for police.Equal protection under the law surely means equal protection from the law. If you’re going to enforce the law, you have to obey the law, and be seen as as a moral authority, practicing peace, and protecting the lives of those you serve.

Until officers are retrained to be officers of the peace, until they are all trained thoroughly in protecting the rights of the citizens, and certainly, until Richard Haste, guilty of breaking and entering – on camera, and manslaughter, until MP-5s are a specialty weapon for swat teams in multi gun, multi opponent situtations, there is not justice being dispensed by the NYPD.
It’s the same story, except now I believe, in Staten Island, they will roll a couple of heads so they can keep rollin. It sounds like they are taking it seriously, but, there has to be a culture shift. Police are paid well to be good, and though they definitely have a tough job, it must be done well, there are no other options.
To be quite honest with you, I’m not sure any organizational body, and possibly even an industry with omni present competition, can fully police itself. Whistleblowing is hard as hell.. really, are you trying to see somebody you worked with, behind bars- and maybe you can imagine being in the same situation. I don’t blame just NYPD, because it is a national problem, and it’s mayors, and its lawyers who tolerate the bending of clear intents of the law. Police need to know the law too, and not be allowed to lie to the public. It takes active participation from the community, civilian review boards with some teeth, probably combined with an annual review of cases and best practices, likely in a round robin fashion from other states, and the feds, with the feds themselves being audited by a couple of states according to a template that’s laid out clearly. I think on body cameras is definitely a step in the right direction, as well.

I’m glad they’re moving in the right direction, but the work to move them there is far from over, and it will not be until NYPD no longer tolerates killers in it’s midst, and de militarizes. Having a SWAT team for a city this size is definitely a plus, but giving machine guns to work the Apple store in Columbus Circle is madness. There’s a reason they call petty crimes petty crimes, and you turn officers into petty officers when you focus on small things, especially the crimes of poverty.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2014 by alg0rhythm




Darrell Prince, Jon Rynn, Ph.D. and Brian D’Agostino, Ph.D.
copyright 2014

More than four years after the U.S. economy entered a nominal recovery, unemployment and underemployment in 2014 in much of the country remains at recession levels. During these years, Hurricane Sandy and an epidemic of droughts, floods, and tornados have devastated much of the country, reminding everyone about the rising sea levels and extreme weather events being caused by climate change. Both of these crises—economic and environmental—have a common solution that is politically and financially feasible. In this paper, we outline a policy that can achieve this solution. It offers the single best program for any political leader wanting to deliver on campaign promises of providing economic relief to the middle class and poor, while investing in a sustainable future.
The Green New Deal we discuss involves a unique partnership between the public and private sectors and features a bold program of investment in energy efficiency. The main form of this investment would be refurbishing single family homes, for state of the art energy efficiency and energy generation. Such housing stock is currently the most energy inefficient of all housing, and thus “low hanging fruit” for any effort to reduce private energy costs and the nation’s carbon footprint while simultaneously creating millions of new jobs.
What currently prevents such investment from occurring on a large scale? According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (2013), financial institutions have ample funds to loan for such purposes and the economies that can be realized from such investment are indisputable. “By far the greatest obstacle identified by [lenders],” they write, “is a lack of customers actively seeking financing for energy efficiency investments.” This sounds like lack of a good old-fashioned, Madison Avenue demand generation marketing and advertising campaign, as well as a “tin men” style of door to door sales. The remainder of this paper discusses a public policy innovation that can greatly increase consumer demand for energy efficiency investment and open a vast flow of private capital, earmarked for such improvements to homeowners, creating millions of productive jobs and revitalizing American manufacturing.
The Green New Deal we envision involves two parts: 1. A national energy efficiency building code standard, set in place for seven years hence, and 2. the issuing of a $100 billion in high yield (4%) US backed bonds that would absorb private capital and make it available for a fixed total publicly administered lend loss fund. Making a conservative estimate of twice the current fail rate of such deals of 5%, a 10% coverage means such a program covers a trillion dollars in investment deals of this type. Assuming the US is able to capture 10% of this revenue back as taxes, interest rates on the bonds are easily covered by $100 billion in extra tax reciepts. Moreover, the number of buildings (100 million) in the US, means that conversion market will need 4-5 trillion before all is said and done, which will have a 10-12 year payback on energy savings—a lot of financing, on simple deals.

With this much money flowing that way; large scale demand generation, and product companies will develop quickly to take advantage of such a large emerging market; and big capital will move from plodding antagonist bent on protecting existing cash flows on fossil fuels to enthusiasts seeking to move into low-risk high volume plays, that will also yield several high risk, high reward new technology plays.
Rather than traditional bond markets; the bonds themselves would be targeted towards traditional commerical banks, with these bonds being eligible as “reserve capital”, thus ensuring buy-in from large institutions, though a disproportionate number would be earmarked for smaller banks. The bond sale would serve as “buzz” for the deals themselves. It’s also a huge PR boost to banks, headlines that read ”Wall Street saves the World,” is a little different than their current pariah status for most Americans.
The private financing would make ultralow interest home improvement loans intended to retrofit housing for energy efficiency, energy generation and remodeling. The program should be designed to require a bare minimum of paperwork from homeowners and no net increase in monthly costs. Once the improvements are made, the loan can be repaid entirely out of the savings resulting from lower costs for fuel and electricity.
This funding system uses public policy to create incentives for private lending by increasing consumer demand for investments in energy efficiency. The citizens earn interest on bonds, the lenders get larger, more stable reserves from customers, as well as high volume of low risk deals, the homeowners undertake the investment and realize long term cost savings as well as measurable status upgrades to their homes, and the US reaps the positive externalities of large scale job creation and a greatly reduced carbon footprint.
The job creation would occur through a multiplier effect—homeowners would employ contractors and their workers, who would purchase materials from local businesses, which in turn will need to be manufactured, spurring job growth in manufacturing as discussed by Rynn (2010). The program embodies the principle of “subsidiarity,” namely the use of government in a way that empowers, rather than pre-empts, action in the private sector (D’Agostino 2012).


American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. 2013. Engaging Small to Mid-Sized Lenders, Executive Summary.

D’Agostino, Brian. 2012. The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).

Rynn, Jon. 2010. Manufacturing Green Prosperity: the Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).

Revolution Revolution Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by alg0rhythm


I arbitrarily choose to celebrate only Chinese New Year’s Day- An arbitrary coordinate in our path around the sun that the inhabitants choose to celebrate full solar revolution. A good time for Today’s word: Revolution

Lots of people say revolution is overdue. I agree- I’ve actually gone so far as to invoke the right to revolution myself. once by recording it on Youtube, surely as close to a public record system as we have in this day and age, and the second by application to federal court.( to think, our founding fathers fought for the right to revolution, and today we have no idea that it exists, written clearly in our founding documentation.) I think we should talk about what it is, as the clearer the picture of what you want the more likely it is that you will get to it by most philosophies, self help books, goal management leadership books, and even the practice of prayer. Also, if I were to judge the end result of say, the Bolshevik revolution, in which poor and starving people revolted (with the help of bourgeoisie) against a system of power, land and production was in the hands of a rich few royalty and some nobility that had their own games of losses and gains, but never dropped to the level of the people. It became a system of power, land and production was in the hands of a rich few elite party members hat had their own games of losses and gains, but never dropped to the level of the people. I’d say it sounds more like the third defintion of revolution below, the action of moving around a path, to get back to the same place, relatively. I would also say that a “capitalist” republic sounds a lot like a system of power; land and production is in the hands of a few wealthy and their well off employees who have their own games of losses and gains, but never drop to the level of the people.

So let’s be clear about what we want.

What is a revolution? (from Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary)

: the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one
: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, think, work, etc.
:a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something
: a change of paradigm
: the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle to the same place

Let’s see- I am interested in the first one, mostly, violent, not so much, but the end of the rule of government we’ve had. The stuff on paper is good to me, but the implementation is spotty at best and awfully corrupt and hypocritical at it’s worst. A major problem is that so many people are unfamiliar with the basic principles behind most laws, and to which laws apply when and where, and in truth those who practice it also seem to be (not surprising as a lawyer’s job is to present a reasonable sounding argument that a certain outcome works within the law for people who have enough money to pay- an incentive problem). Self-governance requires wide spread law training. So I would say that I am for a radical re-branding of the basic concepts, as a framework to a legal revolution, building and popularizing based upon the work that’s already been done, using the national conversation and legal action to narrow the gap between the words on paper and the implementation. Once we have something that is what it says it is- we can then create something that is even better. The Declaration of Independence must take the force of law, and the definition of government’s role to the individual. What neither the Declaration nor the Constitution specify precisely is the government’s role in regulating and growing business/organizations (corporations are certainly not people, though they are run by them) as part of the functions of the people within the government. This is especially true in the realm of research and infrastructure. It is clear from practice that the New Deal legislation left many positive legacies, and that it was government spending that stimulated the economy through the New Deal, and later completely pulled us out of the depression with World War II, because funding doubled, and the government running the economy was officially ok. It is worth noting with 91% nominal tax rate on the rich, the US experienced the largest economic expansion in human history, not getting the next tax cut until Kennedy. Nuclear energy, for better or for worse, came in to the world born by US government bills. Taxes were very much higher on the wealthy. The interstate highway system built by Eisenhower was a great thing for our country. That was then.

The government is spending more than ever, and what we got for it? NSA spying on the people, at 200k average salary- mostly people doing nothing but watching or listening to people doing normal people things . A trillion two for “victory” in Iraq. A government that is the largest purchaser of drugs, with the most expensive price for drugs. We can do better than that.

And talking every little thing to death, the Affordable Care act is a small step toward something which clearly works better. Health care is easier to get, and cheaper in other countries- why is that? .Health care costs are crazy- somebody had to try something to fix it. We need to let it settle, because we have other things to talk about.
Big things like climate change, like an American designed nuclear reactor is leaking into the Pacific ocean in our ally Japan, like an American weaponized nuclear stock pile that could power all of America for years and still take out every major city in the world with redundancy.
How the land of the free can have a higher percentage of people in jail than any other place in the world, with lower violent crime rates. How there can be more empty homes than homeless people?
Violent crime tends to spring from joblessness and money problems- Idle hands are the devils playthings.
How we look at things needs to change as well- I agree, we probably shouldn’t be paying people to not work or go to school- what about doing skills analysis and job recommendations, and shifting people into temp, part time work on projects for the government instead of simply paying them to job search from home?
I do think it is time to ask a large part of Congress to resign, retire.
Approval ratings less than 10%. More importantly, I think the minimum wage fight illustrates the problem- Congress has been receiving automatic “Cost of Living” increases in their wages. 4% per year, an increase of pay 110% (needs citation)since the year the most recent (1992) amendment took effect, which said that Congress may not change their pay in between terms. In other words, all of Congress is in violation of any reasonable definition of the Constitution. Minimum, (living) wage has increased by little more than 50% over the same time period.
There also needs to be a federal investigation, and public hearings regarding the rise of college education costs. The cost hikes are absurd, leaving people in mountains of debt by their 21st birthday.

: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, think, work, etc.

This I am very interested in; even with the idea that I must be a better example. Especially with that idea. Making better use of what we have, taking only what we need and working to make our world better, happier and healthier. Making love a part of everyones life that wants it or needs it, which is everyone. Better balances with nature, less trash, and almost everything recyclable. Real ideas about what wealth is, and how much is enough- many here are drowning in their stuff. Everybody’s learning, which also slows birth rates down.

:a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something

government. What it is supposed to do, what are our roles in it, what’s good,what’s bad. What do we have in common, what do we need, how do we make sure we are getting back something good for our money. What kinds of people do we need in it? Is it more random folks, or genuinely intelligent people, who plan, negotiate and discuss. Do we need Congress to be 80% male? Can we have some folks who are educated in urban design, resource management, engineering, math or science?

: a change of paradigm

YES! YES! YES, please. A new truth, a way of looking at the world that takes us from thinking the sun goes around us to us around the Sun. Boy that must have been a mind flip for anybody remotely smart.
Can you imagine anyone blowing your mind like that, on something so fundamental? Today we take it as a fact, despite that it’s unlikely you know anyone who could discern the difference. (It is known, Khaleesi.)

: the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle to the same place(also called periods)

The third I am also not interested in. Well, I am interested in better understanding periods, which is generally speaking what that form of revolution around the sun, is a year, which has it’s weather cycles. I have this theory that anything you do (with others) that you can measure through one cycle, can conservatively be done 50% better in the next cycle, depending on how well you measure that which you are doing against your goals.***
What I was not interested in, was doing that whole Bolshevik thing again, going through a great lot of motions just to end up with something that also doesn’t work that well, with the illusion of choice(I will say that towards the end at least, I would think Soviet Russia was better than the prior nobility, though)

In this day and age, a widespread recognition that, by any real definition of Law, and the accepted American process of defining our major national legislative pieces of documentation, the Declaration of Independence is our basic moral law, the principles by which a government is formed, protecting the fundamental human rights, that of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a revolution in and of itself. “All men are created equal” is a phrase which seems to mean all individuals have the same basic rights as humans. Life I take to mean protection of the whole being, from things which would interrupt or shorten length of life. (meaning threats from outside invaders, poisons, pissed off individuals, or carcinogens from next door neighbors) Thomas Jefferson on Liberty: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.” The pursuit of happiness, is less well defined, but pursuit in those days meant more like occupation or job, so the abilty to make pursuing happiness a fundamental part of day to day living. Finally, the Declaration, the one ratified by the thirteen original Colonies, asserts a final right, a duty, of the people, to alter or abolish their Government when it becomes destructive of any of the first three. It is certain that many will scoff at the validity of the Declaration as law, or even guiding principles through which the Constitution and all subsequent laws, and outcomes of governmental action should be viewed. Certainly contrary examples, like 2/3 of a person in the Constitution, like Japanese internment camps, like mass incarceration exist as shadow on our history. Consistency of words and action is always difficult for individuals or for humankind. However, I would say that like Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Obama, that the words our nation were founded upon must be a guiding light, a set of goals, that it is time were fully realized. And when our collective belief- the same one that says that the 0’s and 1’s in our bank account translate in to greenish (blue) pieces of paper that are the ultimate expression of personal worth – is similarly imbued in the fundamental belief that people of all shapes colors, sizes and intelligences have the same rights, as small pieces of our teeming lifemass of humanity, then we will have a new age, turn a new page in the human story, a time of glory unimaginable by the creative team of Walter Mitty, Walt Disney and Buckminster Fuller. You have a choice- you can be a believer, that these are fundamental rights of human kind that have been firmly ensconced on our national heritage by people in another exciting time, and play your part in realizing this change in closing the gap between our stated goals and our implementations. Or you can be a nay sayer, who says that our rights have been compromised by the actions and inconsistencies of corruptions past and present, that a rich, vibrant nation is permanently sick and the best bet is to put your head in the sand and live without hope? I’ve made my choice, and you must make the choice that has always been yours.

*Like most people and most things- practicing what you preach is the hardest part. I have certainly been the classical example of this. But if the basics of the social contract are understood by and applied equally to all, then it eases the burden on enforcement, as most people obey willingly rules they understand and at least offer a “tsk, tsk” and the breakers break it less.
In conditioning, from child psych, behavior reinforcement- the toughest patterns to break are those that are enforced inconsistently or unequally. Why then is our criminal justice system set up that way?

**I’m recalling a specific conversation with a law school student from the Bronx, advocate for the poor, but insisted that stop and frisk was not a constitutional issue- though there’s already Ohio vs. Terry which says it is, and as though no one should have the right to search people unless they happen to be walking down the street in a tough neighborhood.

*** Be interesting if that was a corollary effect of Heisenbergs uncertainty principle




Do red blood cells debate their individuality

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 29, 2013 by alg0rhythm

red blood cells

The concept for God as a higher power in the universe is not at all at odds with evolution; indeed a creator, with ability to seed life on earth could hardly be expected to interact and interfere with the infinitesimal day to day lives of each individual creation, and would be violating their choice. Rather, such a being would set things in motion with a set of principles by which the rewards for moving in directions of making oneself and ones community better would evidence themselves over a lifetime, or even generations. Particularly if you believe as I do that our interdependence on our environment makes us more than simply individuals but also part of a greater whole, a human organism with billions of parts only peripherally aware of themselves as part of a larger life mass.

We see this sometimes, in our words. Organizations are a group of individuals committed to similar principles to have a greater effect through their joint efforts than any could have individually, on community or greater humanity. Organization could be the process by which individual cells move together to form an organ, which performs very specific functions with greater effect for the larger organism, a complex multi cellular creature made up of specialized organs. Indeed,  anthropologists and archeologists credit humanity as beginning to thrive and develop , was when it began to specialize into working groups of specialists responsible for certain tasks. A concept also encapsulated and popularized by Adam Smith’s a Wealth of Nations- ten pin makers doing different tasks in the production of the pin create a hundred times as many pins as each pin maker moving it from start to finish. If this is so, could we not be simply a form of organism, that produces cells of different capabilities, that can migrate to other organs when they self differentiate, much like stem cells do?

Declaration of Independence rendition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 6, 2013 by alg0rhythm

What is needed for all to understand the basic law from it’s starting act here, and the discussion of human rights, and government boundaries very. The Declaration of Independence is very oldest law in the European America, ratified in the same way the Constitution was, and the lessons of the time

The Rebirth of the American Economy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 3, 2013 by alg0rhythm

Conservation standards and 3 government programs brings economic expansion, climate protection, private investment of $200 Billion, net zero effect on Year one expenditures and jobs, jobs, jobs