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"It is the innocence which constitutes the crime:" thus ends James Baldwin's powerful indictment of the American public. The charge he lays at our feet is of a collective refusal to be aware of what we are doing, and what we have done. And can we disagree with this? I've heard excuses before of "we didn't know what was happening," "it's just what had always been done," "we were only doing our duty;" I'm sure you have, too. Have you ever, once, known them to be true? 

In 1962, a Gallup poll showed that 85% of whites said that "black children had just as good a chance as white children to get a good education in their communities." In 1969, another Gallup poll showed 44% of whites saying that "blacks had a better chance than they did to get a good paying job." Look at those dates for a moment, and think about the world then. In retrospect, those statements look like complete madness. Were they any less nonsensical at the time? No: they were completely obvious back then, too. But there was a strong urge not to look.

This article is an excellent, and serious, discussion of the things we have been unwilling to look at.

Coming on the heels of Memorial Day, I find this particularly important. America has achieved many great things, but it has a deeply ingrained habit of ignoring the many terrible things it has also achieved. The country (like all countries) is very good at establishing an "official narrative" of what happened and why, a narrative we all learned in school, one which suggests that mistakes were made but everything is fine now.

The reason we can't ever let ourselves accept this is that when we ignore past actions, we blame the wrong people. When we ignore present actions, we cannot fix them.

Many people like to wave around the phrase "my country, right or wrong!" as a meaningless patriotic slogan. Remember the full quote: "My country, right or wrong: if right, to be kept right; if wrong, to be set right." It's not an admonishment to ignore any flaws; it's a reminder of our shared responsibility to our country, to understand what is right and wrong with it, so that we can preserve the former and repair the latter.

This article is an excellent introduction to some of the things which are and have been, undeniably, wrong. We don't need to make excuses for it; we just need to recognize it, understand it, and fix it.

h/t +Jürgen Hubert.

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It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

MLK, 1968.  Not today, 1968.

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Same thing at Home Depot, I only realize after I've started paying that it supports NFC. Forget every time until I start paying.
Well, this is interesting.  A few weeks ago I noticed that +Wegmans had moved to new point-of-sale (POS) terminals that did not appear to support NFC.  (There was no obvious contactless reader anywhere on their devices.)  At the same time, an optical reader appeared that seemed similar to what MCX is proposing for CurrentC.

It was disappointing to see this happen right around the Rite-Aid/CVS MCX fiasco, making me assume that +Wegmans had chosen to sacrifice their customers' privacy and security and gone with MCX/CurrentC.

Well, it turns out, +Verifone's  highest end POS terminals, such as the MX 925, put the NFC reader UNDER THE TOUCHSCREEN.  I'm kind of surprised the TS doesn't interfere with NFC.  In my opinion, this is a HORRENDOUS UI/UX design, as it isn't clear to anyone that the NFC/contactless tap point IS THE SCREEN ITSELF.

+Verifone This is horrendous and confusing design that makes retail customers think your terminals don't support something that it does.  A typical retail customer is NOT going to go to your website to find the documentation that makes it clear where they are supposed to tap.

At +Wegmans the indication that contactless NFC support might exist didn't happen until the very last step of checkout, when it was time to swipe a card.  By the time this happens, someone has already pulled out their regular credit card because there is NO indication whatsoever to a user that the terminal is NFC-ready until the last step of the transaction.  With older equipment, there was a contactless tap area with a clear logo that was visible at all times.

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I pulled out this comment I made on +Rado Medz post below about side-by-side comparisons of the new X vs the rest of the industry, based on everyone's kind feedback:
With the Moto X, Motorola has changed the paradigm of the mobile phone from raw specs to user experience.  It's about software, not just hardware.  The rest of the industry has not figured out how to catch up with this paradigm shift yet.  Thus, I feel it's really kind of impossible to compare other phones to what any of the Moto X units have to offer, yet.  It's kind of like comparing apples (pun intended) and airplanes.  +Punit Soni  made the comment on a new Moto X comparison review yesterday - the rest of the industry doesn't know how to quantify their phones against the software that Motorola is developing for the Moto X yet - they can't - they are relying on Android and applying bloatware, not developing software that changes how mobile phones are actually used.

Your Classic Moto X can still do things that Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony, and the others still can't do in their next gen phones.  If you compare them all up against the new X, they may look better in a line-by-line spec sheet (like PhoneArena), but they still don't provide the user experience of even our year old units.  Thus, the kind of comparison you asked for is really kind of irrelevant.
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