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"Between Two Palms"

Participated in +Trey Ratcliff's #TreyUSA  photo walk in downtown #Miami  tonight with +Carlos Miller +Muse TD hosted by +Ant J. For those who listen to the +OnlyinMiami Show, you've heard our discussions about homelessness. For those who live in Miami, you know about the skyrocketing cost of rent, and rising cost of living too. 

As we made our way from our starting point at McCormick's Place in downtown Miami, the signs of a homelessness were everywhere; we walked under bridges, up SE 1st Street, under highway overpasses, metromover central station and east on Flagler Street into Bayfront Park.

As the photo walk group milled about the Bayfront Park fountain (an old school municipal government boondoggle) on the surrounding hard concrete apron, I began to notice the numerous homeless residents camped out on the other side of the railings. They were hidden in plain view. Downtown denizens often despise these individuals, many of whom suffer from severe mental illness. However, they have just as much right to their lifestyle - as unorthodox and different it may be - as we do to ours, and our courts have affirmed this in the "Pottinger" decision which has governed the City of Miami's actions, mandating the humane treatment of these fellow human beings. 

Recently, there have been numerous fights locally about what to do. Nobody wants people with nowhere else to go - sometimes literally-  sitting on their doorstep.  Ultimately, the county and city acquiesced to a "Housing First" model espoused by the Miami-Dade Homeless trust. Without funds to rescue all 1007 homeless in Miami-Dade County today (a 90% reduction from a decade ago), it still leaves a signifiant amount of people sleeping on the street. 

I thought this photo best symbolized the dichotomy of Miami. The old man was sleeping, and seeing the trees, it evoked in my mind the youtube tv show called "Between Two Ferns" by Zach Galifanakis. Only, instead of a fake set with real trees, we find a man, a regular man, in between two palm trees. I thought this was far more appropriate a name for the situation in Miami, than Galifanakis,

#OnlyinMiami  would you see a resident of Bayfront park, with a waterfront view like this, and no rent to pay.
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This #Pennsylvania  cop made the usual bogus claims of fear for his life, but after being recorded from 5 different angles, he's been rightfully charged with a crime.

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A Pennsylvania cop who ripped a phone out of a woman’s hand because she was recording, then slammed it on a sidewalk before punching the woman was arrested Wednesday. All because another camera recorded Reading police officer Jesus Santiago-DeJesus criminal actions. Otherwise, he would still be free while the woman, Marcelina Cintron-Garcia, and her boyfriend would still […]
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Anyone who watched #makingamurderer  probably thinks Steven Avery was innocent, so does the juror who contacted filmmakers after seeing the documentary. 
The creators of the popular Netflix documentary series 'Making a Murderer,' Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, revealed on Today on Tuesday morning that a juror from Steven Avery's trial reached out to them...
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NYTimes: Father of Koch Brothers Helped Build Nazi Oil Refinery, Book Says
The book, “Dark Money,” by Jane Mayer, traces the rise of the modern conservative movement through the activism and money of a handful of rich donors.
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Thank you +Miami Herald for a wonderful profile in today's news
For a city populated by so many transients and foreigners as Miami, activism of any kind is rare. In fact, political and civic involvement in the United States has been on a steady decline.
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My fact check of the ACLU shows that their story in the New York Times fell short.

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The New York Times usually gets it right, but the Newspaper of Record published an op-ed pice titled
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