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No justice. No peace. One of the men 4 men who killed George Floyd has been charged with third-degree murder. It doesn't feel like a victory. A man is still dead and police officers know that most of the time, there will be no repercussions for the violence they inflict. When you see this whole image, when you don't slice it up into 10 small pieces, all that's visible is one long bar. Killing after killing that goes unpunished. That's why people are still protesting *after* the news that Derek Chauvin has been charged. It's not nearly enough. Let's go back to the start and look at the 25 times that police officers supposedly had to face consequences for their actions. History tells us that even if all four men who killed George are convicted, their sentences will be generous (unlike the way the criminal justice punishes black men). Here is a breakdown of the sentences that were given those 25 times: ➖ Unknown sentence = 4 ➖ Just probation = 3 ➖ 3 months in jail = 1 ➖ 1 year in jail, 3 years suspended = 1 ➖ 1 year in prison = 1 ➖ 18 months in prison = 1 ➖ 2.5 years in prison = 1 ➖ 4 years in prison = 1 ➖ 5 years in prison = 1 ➖ 6 years in prison = 1 ➖ 16 years in prison = 1 ➖ 20 years in prison = 1 ➖ 30 years in prison = 2 ➖ 40 years in prison = 1 ➖ 50 years in prison = 1 ➖ life in prison = 3 ➖ life in prison without parole, plus 16 years = 1 Source: Mapping Police Violence (run by @samswey, @iamderay & @MsPackyetti)

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Things We Should Know

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Trumps 1st Secretary of Defense calls out Trump’s threat to use military

Remaining 3 police officers are charged in death of George Floyd (several days late) with bail set at $1 million each

Record-breaking Cristobal could become hurricane before US landfall…. Because 2020.

Memorial for Tiananmen Square massacre held yesterday

State of Emergency in Russia after massive Arctic Circle Oil Spill

Things We Should Still Be Talking About

Coronavirus Numbers

Growing List of Confederate Monuments being taken down

US-Mexico Border: OpEd on Police Brutality at the Border

Brexit: Should the UK be more Realistic? The Germans think Yes

Hong Kong Protests: Not the Same as US Protests

U.S. 2020 Election: Facebook will add warning label to state-controlled pages AFTER upset by employees for not labeling US President’s messages

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Book Review – All Things Reconsidered

All Things Reconsidered
by Knox McCoy

Every artist, who has their first hit, is faced with a challenge.

How do you release a second offering?

It has to be similar enough to the first one to still sound like the hit that people have come to love, but not be so similar that people find it repetitive to the first presentation.

This happens all the time with music, but can also be true for books. This was a fear I faced when presented with the opportunity to read Knox’s second book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Nelson Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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All Things Reconsidered:
How Rethinking What We Know
Helps Us Know What We Believe
by Knox McCoy

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Book Description:

If we ask just one question, does everything fall apart? 

In All Things Reconsidered, popular podcaster Knox McCoy uses a unique blend of humor, pop culture references, and personal stories to show how a willingness to reconsider ideas can actually help us grow ourselves, our lives, and our beliefs. 


In this laugh-out-loud defense of reconsideration, Knox dives into topics like:
Are participation trophies truly the worst?
Is it really worth it to be a ride-or-die sports fan?
Do we believe in God because of the promise of heaven—or the threat of hell?
Does prayer work? Is anyone even there?


This book is the catalyst we need to courageously ask the questions that will lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves—and God. It’s time to start reconsidering.

My Take:

With the same fun-loving humor we know and love from Knox, along with the thoughtful and poignant storytelling we were introduced to in The Wondering Years, All Things Reconsidered balances on that line between comfort in what we know and newness that keeps us coming back for more.

Reading this book was like having a conversation with an old friend – you might have been there for some of the stories, but the retelling is still hilarious and learning something new from someone you’ve known is delightful.

Also, don’t miss the footnotes!

Favorite Lines

Reconsideration is the difference between a faith that is for display purposes only and one that can lead you out of captivity.
Reconsideration is the difference between a faith that is for display purposes only and one that can lead you out of captivity.
The world is wide enough for us to disagree with each other without resorting to petty dismissiveness.
The world is wide enough for us to disagree with each other without resorting to petty dismissiveness.
It’s no longer enough to just react to an issue or idea before moving on. It’s our obligation to dig a little deeper to more completely understand it.
It’s no longer enough to just react to an issue or idea before moving on. It’s our obligation to dig a little deeper to more completely understand it.

The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

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