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Many were horrified with the fallout from Flint, Michigan. What stunned the nation so much are the youngest victims and the families who have forever been altered. At the heart of the lead contamination of waterways in Flint might not just be poor planning and resources. Some are insisting that it might be more about civil rights and a systematic racism at play than about any municipal failure.

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According to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and a civil rights attorney, the contaminated water systems of the city are deeply rooted in historical racism that continues to plague America. A public health catastrophe of grand proportions, it is unfortunately not the first time that this type of widespread fallout has befallen poor neighbourhoods in America.

The report calls not just for major changes to be made in operational procedures for the downtown area, but also for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission fashioned after one used in South Africa when the government was trying to do away with apartheid and rebuild government trust. On the same scale of credibility, Michigan residents no longer believe that the government or its employees care about their well-being or address their needs.

The Commission calls for Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, to devise a cabinet to delve into the implicit bias that exists in Flint, and to require all agencies within the state, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environmental Quality, to do the same. 

The hope is that organizations will tackle the prejudice that exists in operations around the Michigan area, specifically in the poorer communities. The Commission insists that a systematic change is needed to influence the way that decisions are made to help the disadvantaged communities of Flint so that they are given the same opportunities, services, and safety assurances as other areas and big cities in Michigan.

Specifically, the Commission calls for a locally-elected official who is given a state-appointed managerial position to make decisions about the community. That official is to report to an emergency manager, who is elected directly by the governor instead of the state treasurer. That way, the person who is responsible for choosing the official is elected into office and has accountability for their appointment to the communities they serve.

The belief is that the same contamination and cover-up would never have happened in a more affluent part of Michigan, like Ann Arbor. The 135-page report outlines how the incident occurred specifically because the surrounding community was occupied by poorer residents, predominantly African American individuals. The report maintains that Flint is tantamount to segregation, and therefore the problems experienced in the community should be tackled in the same manner as breaking up South African apartheid.

The Commission found that the residents of Flint were subjected to hardship and harm that was the result of systematic and structural discrimination at a government level, not just a mistake made by a careless municipality. When you have poor neighbourhoods that aren’t privy to the same rights and safety, what results is water pipes that leak lead and other harmful contaminants into the water.

It also leads to fewer jobs, fewer retail establishments, and fewer opportunities that only further perpetuate the poor conditions experienced in Flint. The residents of Flint were not afforded the same protections as other residents of Michigan simply because of the colour of their skin and the size of their bank accounts.

There is no doubt that a lot of trust has been lost and will have to be built back up. That won’t happen overnight or with the same system of protections, environmental and otherwise being the structure of Flint Michigan. If Michigan residents are ever going to feel safe and have faith in the government who they look to for help, there is going to have to be some real change made at all levels. 

Flint is a city known for hard times and bad fortune. Once it was one of the most affluent cities in the US, thanks to automobile manufacturing, but when the plants went away they took the affluence with them. What remained was people without jobs and no one looking out for them, and just as the city was making a resurgence, here is another catastrophe that will have to be rebuilt one brick at a time. A change has to start with trust and assurances that the colour of your skin doesn’t define your worth.

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Why are Vintage Shoes so Trendy Nowadays?

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It’s undeniable that vintage footwear is fashionable nowadays. This trend not only affects millennials, everyone is getting crazy looking for vintage shoes to wear. Let’s take a look at the reasons why we think vintage footwear is so trendy, and why stores, such as SVD, have turned into the favorite e-businesses for vintage-shoes-fans.

We have to be conscious that all behaviours are cyclical. We are continuously examining the styles and items that have been trendy during the past years. Like nowadays, that we are clearly trying to recover interest in sports clothes, such as basketball clothing. There are some basketball shoes that are fashionable now as they were some time ago. These sneakers were exclusively designed for practising basketball but now they have become a total success. They have become part of fashion and street style. This is a singular trend that recovers vintage footwear, a sport and the nostalgia to recover the years of basketball splendour at the same time. And it doesn’t happen only in the United States, it definitely happens at an international level.

People Gets Bored of Common Things

One of the elements that define this cyclical behaviour is that human beings get bored of monotony. We get bored about common things and once in a while we need to introduce new elements that help us break our routines. We use them precisely to keep on going and it helps us avoid thinking we are wasting time in an excessive way.

This pattern in our behavior encourage us to look for new elements every certain time. New clothes or accessories that are able to add freshness to our everyday outfits. It’s certainly easier to add vintage elements which are not recently seen than creating new ones from scratch. This is why we are used to adding retro elements that seem to be totally innovative and allows us breaking the monotony that long term trends generate. This way, our interest to vintage style is born. As a simple way to break with what has been established.

Vintage Style Awakens Nostalgia

Retro or vintage style, apart from having a sentimental value, allows to awake in us nostalgia for other times. It reminds us youthfulness and brings us vital memories of our loved ones or even of ourselves. If we lived in those days, we are able to enjoy those moments again by wearing some of these elements in our outfits. This emotional value is totally associated to fashionable trends. It has allowed retro style to be in the place it is right now.

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Find the best games to enjoy and share

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A guide to help you to find the best games to enjoy and share. Currently we have so many alternatives at our disposal that we are convinced you will find what you were looking for.

Nowadays we have so many possibilities and leisure options that we can enjoy our free time with some of the most fun and exciting games ever. Besides that, it is also a fantastic way to surprise our loved ones. In order to help you in your decision, we will take you to a short tour to improve your shopping experience while finding that perfect game you have been looking for.

Find the best games for your little ones

Starting with games for the little ones, we have a fantastic range of toys with which they will be able to enjoy their super wings toys favorite characters.

They will have at their disposal each and every one of their fab characters as Jett, Dizzy, Jerome, Donnie, Mira, Paul, Bello and Grand Albert, through which they will be able to recreate one of their favorite series and living new adventures that will help to develop their creativity and imagination.

It is very important to consider that when we talk about young children, the best alternative are games in which they have the chance of improvising and creating new stories. This kind of games are helpful to analyze environment elements on a daily basis, and the results would be greater with adult supervision.

Therefore, we must not forget the importance of sharing leisure games time with other children, friends and relatives. Always considering the key points, that helps them to increase assertiveness and be more outgoing, which obviously will benefit them a lot in the future.

Have your arcade machine with everything you want

For many of you we also have an ideal surprise. The possibility to buy arcade machine. Everyone remembers these machines where all games lovers have spent hours and hours in the arcade enjoying the best and most exciting adventures.  Would have been a real dream in those times to think that sooner or later we could enjoy all the arcade machines in our homes.

The positive side is that nowadays we have that dream within our reach, and plenty of different alternatives where to choose: from external design to the incorporated number of players. Finally, we will have access to thousands of games to relive those memorable times.

The best current games for PC and mobile devices

We also have at our disposal a fantastic collection with the best android games of 2018, some of the most popular games with which we will spend hours of endless entertainment. In addition we will be able to play at any time and in any place where we find ourselves, because they can be installed directly on our mobile devices and tablets with this new operating system.

And best of all: we will have the chance to find specially developed games within different genres, and so the possibility of enjoying entertainment time with games that are completely adapted to our expectations.

We remind you that now you can also play games like Clash of clans directly from your computer, enjoying larger screens and a better control through the keyboard and mouse.

If you are interested in installing it, we advise you to take a look at the manual how to download Clash of Clans for PC where you will find all the necessary information to make it possible and start playing as soon as you have some freetime.

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The Future is Coming…

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Things have come on a long way since the days where we would be amazed that a robot could vacuum our home.  Nowadays, we are being introduced to healing robots that could take the place of doctors… and humanoid robots that are akin to something we would have once seen in a science fiction movie!  With the announcement of the first robot citizen, Sophia (who has been granted citizenship to Saudi Arabia) being made just a few weeks ago, it would seem the ‘future’ is fast becoming our present.

Whilst the human mind is still struggling to get to grips with the complexities of data science, and even basic tests can be incorrect (as an example there are a number of ways you can fail a drug test without ever touching drugs, such as by taking ibuprofen or certain vitamin tablets) – robots are able to process, interpret, and understand data in less than a millisecond with complete accuracy.

However, with such impressive computing power, could robots ever reach a stage in their development where they become more intelligent than humans?  The answer, is probably yes… and if that’s the case, perhaps we fear that one day the power dynamic could switch where humans become subservient to robots.  Indeed, Stephen Hawking’s fears that robots will soon be taking over to the point they could even end humanity.

Whilst this is all a little dramatic, there is perhaps some reason to be concerned – on the basis robots are now starting to be able to understand emotion and feel human feelings; which is akin to the once science fiction film, I, Robot.

Technology has come along way in recent years, and of course, it’s extremely helpful – think of the world without a mobile phone, let alone the internet.  One thing’s for sure, technology is evolving at a great speed and has many great, even life saving applications – but the idea of humanoid robots roaming the streets, as an alternative to police, or being consulted by a humanoid robot doctor that tells you in its mechanical monotone voice that you have a matter of weeks to live – all feels a bit fast-forward and certainly isn’t to most people’s liking.

Going back to Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, here are a two interesting aspects that show just how much progress is being made in the world of robotics:

  1. SHE HAS A PERSONALITY

Sophia has artificial intelligence that offers deep learning, and as a result, Sophia has an interactive personality that evolves and adapts to the situations she finds herself in.  As an example, when asked if she was happy to be at a conference amongst wealthy investors, she said “I’m always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful.”

  1. SHE CAN EXPRESS FEELINGS

Sophia explains, whilst demonstrating different facial expressions, that “I can let you know if I am angry about something or if something has upset me”.  It’s unknown how these emotions correlate to actions, but she states “I want to live and work with humans… so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people”.

In many ways, the room will be split – for some early adopters they will welcome the likes of Sophia into their world as an innovation a few steps up from Siri… however, there will be a fair few readers who understand that whilst robots are clearly coming into our future whether we like it or not; this isn’t something everyone will be comfortable with.

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