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Phillips/Powderhorn
Nokomis
Riverside
December 2013
 
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Soon you won't have to throw it away. You can turn it into new soil. The Hale, Page, Diamond Lake Community Association is teaming up with folks in Tangletown to centralize a drop site for organic waste. You might have to go a little further to take out the garbage, but the garbage will go a lot further, too. They are looking to create a free local drop-off option for compostable materials as early as spring of 2014. Call HPDL at 612-548-4735 after that to find out where, what and when.

 

 

‘A good man with a gun’

“The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.”

—Wayne Lapierre, National Rifle Association

Paul Anthony Ciancia believed he was that good man. He believed he was a warrior against the traitors who were taking over our government, bankrupting our currency and trying to establish a New World Order.

On Friday, Nov. 1, Ciancia walked into the Los Angeles airport and began firing an assault rifle, killing Transportation Service Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding several others, until police officers were able to bring him down with several rounds to his midsection. He is in fair condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

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How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

The 228-page police report of the killing of Terrance Franklin has contradictions and inconsistencies that should have set off alarms for Police Chief Janee Harteau, Mayor Rybak, County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minneapolis City Council Chair of the Public Safety Committee Don Samuels. There are clear and arrogant admissions of the use of excessive force. There are serious questions as to whether Terrance Franklin was in control of a weapon or was simply executed. An analysis of the police report is available on the Southside Pride website. Go to this link.

Former Minneapolis police chief and author of “Expert Witness,” a catalog of 20 years of testifying against police misconduct, Tony Bouza reacts to my analysis and summary:

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A novel approach to increased police
accountability

 

High profile cases of police misconduct have crowded the news over the past few years. This is not surprising; the City of Minneapolis has paid out roughly $20 million over the last seven years for police brutality and misconduct claims.

These payouts come directly from the city’s general fund, from taxes that all of us contribute. We all understand that it is necessary to pay our fair share of taxes to ensure a safe and vibrant city, but it is disrespectful to ask the taxpayers to fund police misconduct, especially when the city refuses to discipline those officers who cause these payouts. It is precisely this lack of discipline that encourages the misconduct and waste of taxpayer money.

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Regular Features: A world without bees equals a world without food


For hundreds of years, miners toiling deep in the earth have taken small birds with them. If the air got bad, the canary died and the miners knew they had to get out fast or perish. Today we use the expression “a canary in the mine” to indicate an early warning. Honeybees are that warning species for people.

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Burn, Baby, Burn

A recent report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) makes a strong case that much more municipal solid waste could be recycled and composted. Commissioner John Stine made eloquent statements about the quantity of recyclable and compostable materials that were being inappropriately shipped to landfills. Not one word about incinerators, as per usual for the MPCA.
But buried in the report is analysis of the refuse material being shipped to landfills AND incinerators. For this study, it was the Elk River “Resource Recovery” Facility, i.e., Garbage Incinerator.

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Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine


Grand slam dining

Think it’s the ballpark driving the hordes to downtown’s newly-flamin’ Warehouse North? Nah—it’s Borough. Far easier to hit a home run on Target Field than in the food biz, where competition’s lethal and fans as fickle as the Minnesota weather. Yet, almost a year since its debut, Borough hasn’t missed a pitch. And when you’re the daring darling of the foodie world, that’s saying something.

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - The food waste problem

Here’s a poster from issued by the USDA in 1917 during World War I. I think it sums up the issue perfectly. Food Posters from WW 2

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. Turkey, football, family and lots of leftovers. Were you able to use up all your leftovers?

If so, I commend you. If not, you are certainly not alone. In our house we tried hard (cranberry sauce and peanut butter sandwich, anyone?), but inevitably part of the delicious feast ended up in the trash as did some neglected pre-holiday fridge items. Thanksgiving is a particularly guilt-inducing time to write an article about food waste.

Food waste is an enormous problem in America. According to a report from the National Resource Defense Council, 40% of the food produced in the United States does not get eaten. 40%! Are you as shocked as I was? Who is trashing all this food? The squandered food includes unharvested crops, food discarded in the manufacturing process, and unused food in grocery stores and restaurants. It also includes the spoiled, discarded and forgotten food in our homes.

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’Tis the Season

It seems like every year someone prints a story about the Salvation Army’s disagreement with gays, lesbians, transgender folks and others who live “alternative” lifestyles. Last year, an Australian Salvationist and Major within the hierarchal structure of the Salvation Army said on a radio show that gay parents should be put to death. He didn’t actually say those words, he just agreed with the DJ that was making the statement. Immediately, the Salvation Army put out a rebuttal stating that it employs its services without discrimination. The last article I read about this incident looked at the rebuttal as a pat answer and ingenuine.

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The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus



In Baltimore there
lived a boy.
He wasn't anybody's joy.
Although his name was
Jabez Dawes,
His character was
full of flaws.
In school he never
led his classes,
He hid old ladies'
reading glasses,
His mouth was open
when he chewed,
And elbows to the
table glued.
He stole the milk of
hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.

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Southside resident commits to planet preservation

“I’m a secret agent for Mother Earth.” So proclaims the T-shirt given me by Powerfully Green, my solar panel installer. The 36 new electricity-generating panels themselves are no secret—quite visible on my roof. (“They look sexy,” says my neighbor.) I do admit to some secret satisfaction, however, whenever the sun is shining, based on both what those solar cells are doing and what they’re not doing.

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St. Cloud State: Why do so few Black students graduate?

Earthbound Media Group was employed by St. Cloud State University (SCSU). The Lakota Group was hired by City Hall. Both public relations firms are desperately diverting attention from St. Cloud’s reputation as Minnesota’s bastion of racism.

Despite campus and community efforts to hide historic and present racial hostilities, FBI hate crime statistics, hundreds of damning news reports, 22 scathing study findings, Jail Surveys data and millions of dollars won through lawsuits by victims of discrimination, Blacks and other students of color increasingly escape to campuses in more accepting, civilized and safer communities.

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December

 

Nokomis Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spark Wellness Moves into Mike’s Corner Store Space
Spark Wellness, holistic clinic and yoga studio, is moving into the previous home of Mike’s Corner Store on 56th and Chicago Ave. in S. Minneapolis. Spark Wellness hopes to move into its newly revitalized space before the first of the year, continuing its current services.

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Nokomis Religious Calendar

events

Advent: A Women’s
Exodus & Gospel
Sundays, Dec. (1, 8), 15 & 22, 10 a.m.
University Baptist Church
1219 University Ave. S.E.
The drama is based on feminist study and reading of the “infancy narratives” in Matthew and Luke, and their roots in Hebrew scripture. Members of the laity wrote and are producing the work, in conjunction with the UBSC Chorale.

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Phillips Powderhorn



‘A good man with a gun’

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

A novel approach to increased police
accountability

Regular Features: Powderhorn Birdwatch - Winter winds beneath my wings

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine - Grand slam dining

’Tis the Season

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given



 
Riverside


A novel approach to increased police
accountability

How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

Vikings referendum denied

Regular Features: The hungry insurgent is looking for food entrepreneurs

Young and black and dealing crack

Tony’s latest for the holidays

HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING

Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine

Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given

Minneapolis elections 2013 – how did we do?