First Ferguson, now Antelope Valley. According to the LA Times, Los Angeles County agreed to pay 2 million to Antelope Valley residents who were discriminated against by housing authorities. The FBI investigation found the LA County Sheriff’s deputies harassed and intimidated black, Latino and Section 8 residents living in the area.
In a complaint filed in federal court, U.S. Justice Department officials alleged that the local governments had engaged in a “targeted campaign of discriminatory enforcement against African American [housing] voucher holders in order to discourage and exclude them and other African Americans from living in the cities.”
The complaint alleged that the county housing authority and Sheriff’s Department subjected black so-called Section 8 voucher holders to “more intrusive and intimidating compliance checks” than their white counterparts and also were more likely to terminate black residents’ vouchers.
According to the article, the county had already reached a settlement with federal authorities in April over alleged racial profiling. They agreed to pay victims and track data on stops involving minorities.
Can we finally admit there is such a thing as structural racism???
This summer saw the titans of the comics industry DC and Marvel duke it out in similar plotted maxi series that will fundamentally change their comics for years to come.
DC’s series Convergence is done. Marvel’s Secret War is ½ done. What do I think? Secret War is why I started reading comics. It bodes well for the new vision of Marvel Universe to come. Convergence, not so much.
On a personal note, I had decided to give up on comics after these two maxi series ended. I felt it was time. Marvel had gone out of its way to call a beginning and end date to its universe which seemed like a good out. And I have been displeased with the DC’s new 52 for some time (with the rare exception being Grayson and Batman) with Superman’s comic unreadable and his romance with Wonder Woman is just dumb.
The Supreme Court has sided with the President of the United States in the case King v Burwell. At stake were the tax credits given to individuals if they signed up for the federal exchange in states that refused to set up their own state run exchanges.
The ruling was a jaw dropping 6-3 where only the most ardent conservative voices voted against. Justice Antonin Scalia’s decent was classic Scalia writing:
The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an “Exchange established by the State.” This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare
No, it’s not a browmance in season three of Hannibal. Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are gay lovers. Outside of gratuitous violence, it is probably the only thing about the series that makes me long for Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the titular character. Will’s whisper of “I forgive you…” and Hannibal pausing, dramatically, just enough to react as he exits the catacomb is just too much to bear. It makes a farce out of the true evil of Hannibal Lecter and a mockery of Will Graham, the agent trying to catching him (or perhaps run away with him as Graham infers to detective Pazzi).
If you read the book Hannibal, which is the source of this season’s first arc, you know Will Graham and all this nonsense is nowhere to be found. No, its all been dreamed up by Bryan Fuller, himself a gay man, who maintains in an interview with Variety that the cat and mouse relationship is a browmance – if by browmance you mean gay soap opera –:
The man who will perhaps be best remembered as The Man with The Golden Gun and Dracula, Christopher Lee, has passed away. He was a ripe ole age of 93 and was old enough in fact to have worked during the golden age of Hollywood and had friends like legendary screen actor Boris Karloff, was cousin to James Bond creator Ian Flemming and was the only cast member of Lord Of The Rings to have actually meet JRR Tolkien.
Brooklyn rents reached new heights in April, and Manhattan rents have been steadily rising for more than a year. Escalating rents go hand-in-hand with gentrification, a topic that is only getting more contentious as the new-building boom—and with it, almost inevitably, even higher rents—creeps deeper into the outer boroughs.
The chart above shows exactly where the rent increases are being most felt. The deeper the red, the higher the rent. As predicted, Manhattan is still the king of high rental prices, particularly in Tribeca.
But Brooklyn is no slouch. The red is concentrated around much of midtown and lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, The Heights (Brooklyn and Prospect) Fort Green, Park Slope, Williamsburg. Even BedSty and East New York is starting to see rent increases.
Take a look at the interactive map at curbed New York using the link above. (52)