Can You Be Deported For A Small Amount Of Weed?

One case of a Jamaican immigrant caught with a small amount of marijuana in the US highlights how much a simple offense could be twisted by the Fed. Gov’t as an excuse for deportation.

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3 Reasons We Should Expect NYC’s 1% To Pay +50% Of The Taxes

"Personally, I don’t see why we should note how much more the top 1% of earners pay in taxes to NYC in comparison to the nation as a whole, except to pat ourselves on the back for being marginally closer to a sane tax rate than our “friends” in Washington have allowed. And strictly from an economic perspective, we should probably be noting how much more these high earners should be paying considering the benefits our City gives them, and the externalities that profit them exclusively (and are almost exclusively toxic to average NYers)."

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How Did The Bronx Become NYC’s Pot Arrest Capital?

There is no plausible reason to believe that residents of The Bronx use or possess marijuana more or at higher rates than residents of any other borough. Research examining marijuana use and race shows pretty confidently that usage rates are virtually the same or are insignificantly different between races. Notably though, at least one study conducted in NYC found that the neighborhoods with both the highest income and worst income inequality were home to the most prevalent marijuana use.
Based only on scientific evidence, The Bronx should be the last place anyone would expect to have the highest arrest rates. Something else is up, and it may have more to do with the NYPD’s tactics, specifically Stop & Frisk, than it does with actual usage prevalence.
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How Did The Bronx Become NYC’s Pot Arrest Capital?

There is no plausible reason to believe that residents of The Bronx use or possess marijuana more or at higher rates than residents of any other borough. Research examining marijuana use and race shows pretty confidently that usage rates are virtually the same or are insignificantly different between races. Notably though, at least one study conducted in NYC found that the neighborhoods with both the highest income and worst income inequality were home to the most prevalent marijuana use.

Based only on scientific evidence, The Bronx should be the last place anyone would expect to have the highest arrest rates. Something else is up, and it may have more to do with the NYPD’s tactics, specifically Stop & Frisk, than it does with actual usage prevalence.

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Look Somewhere Else For An End To Homelessness

In 2013 the homeless population reached a new record high in NYC, something we’re reminded of today after learning that crawl spaces in the Manhattan Bridge have served as “casket sized” homes for many.

Although we know that one of the best actions we can take for the homeless is to give them housing, politicians are having trouble making even that solution work. Miscommunication or poor planning between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio has left rent subsidies hanging in the balance and even as Federal officials try to help, they’re really just beginning to address the damage they had caused.

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The CDC Is Super Scared Of Antibiotic Overprescribing

According to the CDC, poor prescribing practices put patients at risk for allergic reactions and, “deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile.” Society in general is at risk since over-prescribing is viewed as a major contributor to the growth of antibiotic resistant infections.

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#ThrowbackThursday Immigrants Help American Employment

Contrary to popular belief, immigrants actually boost American’s wages and living standards. They do not contribute job losses for American workers either.

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geoffmullings:

Have to say, it’s hard finding a cheap *anything* to do in NYC. And don’t get me started on our absence of “free” events!

Well, to my surprise, these rare gems actually do exist, but few are talking about them. And summer is coming, so why not spread the word? At The Blinker, we’re going to conveniently collect and display daily and future events right on the sidebar.

We’ve been collecting some great events so far, but we need to know more about what’s happening around town. Getting onto our calendar is free, as long as your event is happening within 5 miles of NYC (or within a reasonably timed public transportation ride’s distance).

Also, while it would be ideal, events don’t have to be free. Just fun or of interest to our savvy readers.

So help us get these citywide happenings out to the forefront, because New Yorkers deserve to know!

Who’s Losing NYC’s Trash War?

How much of the war has already been lost? These disturbing stats highlight the disproportionate distribution of the City’s trash management infrastructure. While Manhattanproduces 40% of the City’s waste, it only houses 2% of the waste transfer stations. Compare that to Brooklyn, producing 19% of the waste but housing 35% of the private waste facilities in NYC.

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Will Marijuana Arrests Go Down With Stop And Frisk?

Guns were found in a 13th of a percentage of all the Stop and Frisks conducted in 2012. Comparably, marijuana was discovered almost a full percentage of the time. While obviously conducted far more often than it should have been in any case, S&F was about 9x better at finding marijuana than guns that year.

Are Stop and Frisks and marijuana arrests correlated? That’s important to know because if so, forecasts for fewer (and hopefully more effectively targeted) S&Fs could mean fewer marijuana arrests in NYC’s future.

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NYC Can’t Keep Robbing You To Support Unsustainable Rent Prices

We can’t fall back on spending our way out of this problem with public money. It alone isn’t reliable in the long-run, and leaves low income residents in fiscal purgatory.

While NYC’s rental assistance program recognized the problem – high rents putting enormous burdens on low-income budgets – it didn’t address the root of the problem: the high rents themselves. Now that the assistance is gone, the original problem is back with vengeance. Homeless shelter costs, according to the NYC Independent Budget Office, are expected to surpass the Mayor’s estimates by $13 million.

Every time we accept NYCHA’s long wait list and ask for more public housing, or see unbelievably high rent and demand rental assistance, we’re condoning the ridiculous practices occurring in the private market. Worse, we’re condoning our elected officials’ spineless refusal to take private developers to the table and work out a serious road to truly affordable rent.

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