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What is going on in this picture?
It’s been a few years since Minnesota tried to do some stupid stunts to get the world’s attention to us. (Hosting the Super Bowl during a frigid February was clearly not the long-term tourist attraction that some imagine.) “We know Minnesota can do big things,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said. “We did the Super Bowl, and it was in the middle of winter,” she continued, as if that was a good idea, as if the visitors weren’t miserable, as if she had already made money for the local businesses. (The next sentence used the word “major” three times.)
To show the world what Minnesota has to offer, look at this real-world demonstration of what the Mall of America neighborhood could become in just five years. It looks like someone pushed an AI-powered robot to paint “the future,” complete with some architecture that really rejects physics. Furthermore, it appears that the downtown Minneapolis skyline will be relocated several miles near Bloomington. And what is that giant ball looming on the horizon? the sun? the moon? Sadnes? The event will cost $2 billion, which is supposed to be covered by “ticket sales, corporate sponsorship and other private investments,” although we advised that planners “have not ruled out seeking some kind of public financial support.” We bet they didn’t.
The MN Freedom Fund responds to Cop-Loving AG Wannabe
Bail is one of the most messy elements of the (extremely corrupt) American criminal justice system. For a gentle, easy-to-digest night primer, consult John Oliver EP from 2015; For criticism from left to left, consult this Quotes wanted Pod from last week. The nonprofit Minnesota Freedom Fund has been at the forefront of local efforts to reform bail since 2016, and yesterday it snagged Jim Schultz, the GOP candidate/conscious egg phenomenon. Defending the Nonprofit Exclusion Act (BANE) for bail relief, Schultz – who pitted against incumbent DFL AG Keith Ellison in November – criticized MFF for its “record of paying bail to criminals who went on to commit new crimes”. (The whole concept of bail means that you He has not yet been convicted Because of what you were arrested for, thus making it a de facto prison for the poor, but Jim wouldn’t let facts stand in the way of a good universal lock system.)
The Freedom Fund applauded Thursday with a press release, with co-CEOs Eliezer Daris and Mirella Sega Orozco stating, “Schultz doesn’t provide any details about the ‘responsible sponsorship policies’ it supports, but what he wants is crystal clear. He and his colleagues want to help the for-profit sponsorship industry to Fill their pockets with money diverted from black and brown communities; support a system that imprisons poor, black, bon, and indigenous peoples at disproportionate rates while allowing rich people accused of the same crimes to be set free; and use their positions of power to crush the First Amendment rights of organizations that dare to oppose them.” The BANE Act, which MFF says was written in coordination with the for-profit bail bond industry, would effectively ban groups like MFF.
Do villains love Operation Quest? “They didn’t,” says the policeman.
In the midst of election season, a new Commissioner of Public Safety, and an annual drop in back-to-school crime, Operation Endeavor’s PR blitz continues. This time they get the copaganda treatment from KSTP, with reporter Ben Henry taking a trip through the North Side and downtown. In the clip, Henry is seen asking MPD Sgt. Adam Lipinski asks tough questions, such as whether he thinks criminals like Operation Endeavor (“they don’t,” he boasts) and whether the recent increase in arrests is thanks to Op End (“Without a doubt, he agrees). According to the KSTP report, since the program began About two weeks ago, MPD “made 50 arrests and seized 30 firearms, 520 fentanyl pills, 270 grams of heroin, 196 grams of cocaine, and $39,500 in crime-related cash.” What is not clear is how these numbers compare to previous years. , how many people have been arrested and charged with a crime, and whether the firearms seized are illegal.Also, if you’re basically running a stop and check campaign, how do cops determine whether any money they find on people is related to a crime. ?
Not in my bird yard!
Residents of the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul are concerned that replacing a modest three-story building with a new four-story high-rise will upset a pair of vultures who made a home in the area a decade ago now. “We have beautiful texture here,” Wendy Neuwer, a resident of the area, told the Star Tribune, referring to the eagles and other wildlife in the area. “It is their land. We are encroaching on their land. And when you start building on it, they become disoriented and where do they go? They have become displaced.” Neighbors objected to the project for various reasons and won some concessions from the developers. Councilman Chris Tolbert, who has been filing complaints about the project from voters, recently commented, “This is the first time I’ve heard of the Eagles.”