*Source: NY Times
The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage, putting the weight of one of the most high-profile law enforcement offices in the United States behind the growing movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to sex work.
The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., asked a judge on Wednesday morning to dismiss 914 open cases involving prostitution and unlicensed massage, along with 5,080 cases in which the charge was loitering for the purposes of prostitution.
The law that made the latter charge a crime, which had become known as the “walking while trans” law, was repealed by New York State in February.
The announcement represents a substantive shift in the Manhattan district attorney’s approach to prostitution. Many of the cases Mr. Vance moved to dismiss dated to the 1970s and 1980s, when New York waged a war against prostitution in an effort to clean up its image as a center of iniquity and vice.
“Over the last decade we’ve learned from those with lived experience, and from our own experience on the ground: Criminally prosecuting prostitution does not make us safer, and too often, achieves the opposite result by further marginalizing vulnerable New Yorkers,” Mr. Vance said in a statement.
The office will continue to prosecute other crimes related to prostitution, including patronizing sex workers, promoting prostitution and sex trafficking, and said that its policy would not stop it from bringing other charges that stem from prostitution-related arrests.
That means, in effect, that the office will continue to prosecute pimps and sex traffickers, as well as people who pay for sex, continuing to fight those who exploit or otherwise profit from prostitution without punishing the people who for decades have borne the brunt of law enforcement’s attention.
Manhattan will join Baltimore, Philadelphia and other jurisdictions that have declined to prosecute sex workers. Brooklyn also does not prosecute people arrested for prostitution, but instead refers them to social services before they are compelled to appear in court — unless the district attorney’s office there is unable to reach them.
The Brooklyn district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, in January moved to dismisshundreds of open cases related to prostitution and loitering, and said that he would eventually ask that more than a thousand be dismissed. The Queens and Bronx district attorneys followed in March, moving to dismiss hundreds of prostitution-related cases.
Prosecutions for sex work had already been dropping dramatically over the past decade, said Abigail Swenstein, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project, with occasional spikes, such as one during 2014 when the Super Bowl was held at MetLife Stadium, just outside the city.
She added that the vast majority of her clients over the last two years had been women arrested in massage parlors.
Ms. Swenstein said that Mr. Vance’s move would likely “have reverberations for sex workers and trafficking survivors well outside of New York City,” and that it would make them feel “less stigmatized.” She commended the district attorney for having formulated the policy after talking to sex workers and others with relevant experience.
Mr. Vance’s office had been in the practice of dismissing prostitution cases after sending those charged to mandatory counseling sessions. Going forward, Mr. Vance’s statement said, such counseling sessions would be provided only on a voluntary basis.
Sex workers have been fighting for decriminalization for decades. But the 2019 formation of Decrim NY, a coalition of organizations that support full decriminalization and have worked to lobby lawmakers, represented a turning point for the movement.
In New York City, those calls have grown louder. Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, called on the state to end criminal penalties for sex workers.
“The communities hit hardest by the continued criminalization of sex work and human trafficking are overwhelmingly L.G.B.T.Q., they are people of color, and they are undocumented immigrants,” Ms. McCray said at the time. “Sex work is a means of survival for many in these marginalized groups.”
Declining to prosecute prostitution and other related crimes has also been a focus of the candidates to replace Mr. Vance, who announced in March that he would not run for re-election. The majority have said that they would halt the prosecutions if elected.
Eliza Orlins, a candidate for the office and a former public defender, has been particularly vocal, releasing a comprehensive policy paper on the subject in which she said that she would fight to make it legal in New York to buy and sell consensual sex. Whether to prosecute those who patronize prostitutes has been a subject of consistent debate among feminist organizations.
In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Orlins said that she was happy to see the shift, but that it had taken too long and that, in continuing to prosecute those who patronize sex workers, the office had not gone far enough.
“Am I glad that someone in a position as powerful as the Manhattan district attorney’s office is finally speaking out and saying that we shouldn’t be prosecuting people for engaging in their jobs? Of course I’m glad,” she said. “But do I think that he deserves to be held out as heroic by the movement when he has not done enough and acted quickly enough? No.”
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I really don't know. But I know that marijuana has been called "The Devil's Drug", "Devil's Lettuce" etc. I know. I know that Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. The Imperial Palace's owner in Las Vegas would host annual "Hitler was Right" parties. He eventually got in trouble. The Imperial Palace sold and its now the Linq Hotel. I have also heard that Hitler was a Satanist, but that could be more of an Urban Myth.
Anyways, Happy 420 Day.
“We know that children whose families use corporal punishment are more likely to develop anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and other mental health problems, but many people don’t think about spanking as a form of violence,”
Spanking children may affect their brain development in a similar way as more severe forms of violence, according to a new study by Harvard University researchers. Children who had been spanked had a greater neural response in regions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in the brain.
This is the area of the brain that responds to cues in the environment that may be threatening and affects how the individual makes decisions and processes situations, according to the researchers.
Credit checks & background checks should be a thing of the past. Your best employees think outside the box. Your superstars take action outside the box. Wall Street traders, investment bankers, venture catalysts and sharks are constantly seeking to find those rule breakers.
background checks, credit checks and other investigative metrics will weed out your most creative and inventive thinkers. You have to wonder, did anyone ever tell these people that you should not judge a book by its cover.
Businesses that deny applicants based on credit checks or criminal history are only hiring the most feeble minded, order-taking, drone-like workers. Businesses need 2 sets of rules: One set for their hourly employees and one for their creative thinkers (management).
When you deny an applicant due to a bad credit report or a criminal report, then you are judging a book by its cover. Just because someone got a DUI 10 years ago does not mean that person is less of an employee than someone who never got caught. Often, a person who never gets caught will rectify their problems; whereas a person who never gets caught will fester in their problems.
Depending on the position, not everyone of your employees should be a feeble minded, rule following, ordertaking, drone. As the owner or a boss, you will go fucking nuts surrounded by these types of morons. Who cares if they have a 4.0 and an 800 credit score and they have never taken a risk?
I’d rather stand scarred & broken with the warriors who chose to climb the steepest mountain instead of walking like sheep who “follow the leader” down the easiest, paved road.
The Bureau of Reclamation is forecasting first-ever water shortages this June 2021 because of falling levels at Lake Mead. They say the reservoir could drop so low that it might not be able to generate electricity at Hoover Dam. The 24-month projection predicts the water leveled will drop below s 1075 feet, officially making a water shortage for Nevada and Arizona. Arizona & Nevada will have reduced water allotments when a shortage is declared.
The Jedi hope to change that in 2021.
The Jedi are flying to Las Vegas today to see Ice Cube in concert at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas. Ice Cube wrote the Raider Nation Anthem that the Jedi have been covering for the last year. Our hope is that Ice Cube will bring back the Anthem.
Jedi Rich got attacked at Union Square
The Jedi are photojournalists. We document everything. We were gathering footage for some a New York City trailer when a man assaulted Jedi Rich.
I watched Oprah Winfrey interview Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy looks depressed. I was so sad to see the funniest, happiest man alive become some rundown mope like the main character in “A Thousand Words”. What happened? He says he hasn’t left his home in over a year. COVID is the excuse. The cause is depression. The cure is abstaining from sugar. When I say sugar I mean sugar in the scientific term, not table sugar. Scientifically, when I say stop eating sugar I mean stop eating monosaccharides. Monosaccharides include glucose, fructose and galactose. That means fruit, vegetables, dairy, bread, pasta, honey and grains, anything other than meat.
Oprah: it’s blind & deaf interviewing the blind & deaf
Sugar makes your depressed. Bulimia is a natural response to a high sugar diet. Bulimics are sugar addicts. Without help, they will never eat normally again. But Oprah didn’t talk about Eddie’s visible depression. Why not? It’s her job. It’s because Oprah is addicted to sugar. She does not want to dive into the hard subjects of depression, eating disorders, food addiction & obesity. Oprah tried to lose weight & failed. That would make anyone depressed. Jedi Joy’s mother was a sugar addict. The sugar addiction made her so depressed the she committed suicide in 2005.
Oprah hides her depression by over consuming food. It’s visible. You do not need a doctor to diagnose a food addict. Food addicts are obese. And Oprah is a food addict, just like Eddie, but she does not vomit.
Sugars are found in most plants. Honey and fruit are natural sources of simple sugars. Sucrose is especially concentrated in sugarcane and sugar beet, making them ideal for refined sugar.
Maltose is another name for sugar. Maltose comes from malting grain. Lactose is the only sugar that cannot be extracted from plants. It can only be found in milk including human breast milk, and in some dairy products. Humans are the only animals on the planet who drink breast milk of other mammals. And humans are the only mammal that drinks breast milk after infancy. A cheap source of sugar is corn syrup. Corn syrup is made by converting corn starch into sugars, such as maltose, fructose and glucose.
I've seen better fine art exhibits at the Bellagio in Las Vegas than I did at the Guggenheim in New York City"
Jedi Joy is convinced that the Guggenheim museum is scamming rich people who are trained followers.
This was Jedi Joy's first visit to a New York City museum and she was less than impressed. Today, The Jedi visited the Guggenheim Museum on E. 86th. She was convinced the people who work there were laughing at all the suckers who paid $25 to see a largo ball of twine.
Full capacity of Lake Mead is about 1224 feet. It’s currently down to 1083 feet. At 1075 feet, Lake Mead declares a shortage. At 895 feet, Las Vegans get their water cut off.
A recent study in January 2021 shows Lake Mead water levels dangerously low at 1083 feet. However, if Lake Mead's elevation goes below 1,075 feet by August 2021, then a "shortage condition" will be declared in the Lower Basin. Under a shortage condition, water allotments to Arizona, Nevada by 13,000 acre-feet, and Mexico would be reduced. The declaration would apply to the 2022 calendar year.
The trend is a concern than water may be in short supply sooner than previously thought. Conversation efforts have helped. But Las Vegas developer continue to expand as more California seek cheaper land, rent and mortgages.
Photos from 2016 when water levels were at 1080 feet
Hypoglycemia is just sugar addiction. The symptoms are the withdrawals. We made a whole field of medicine based around sugar & caffeine addiction.
Bulimia is a natural response to a high carbohydrate diet. Bulimia first hit the mainstream in the 1980s when the FDA divided food into group. The groups were meat, fruit & vegetables, dairy & grains. We know that’s horseshit today. The body only recognizes three macronutrients: fat, protein & sugar (carbohydrates). The FDA’s recommended 4 equal food groups were really only two: protein (1) and (2) sugar (carbohydrates). Eating 3 times the amount of carbohydrates to protein will make anyone become hyperactive, lethargic, obese, depressed and yes, as the Jedi discovered, bulimic. Eating disorders are caused by diet. Eating disorders are cured by diet. But do not follow the FDA’s recommended diet or you will become obese or bulimic.
Have you ever heard of a suede leather rug? This shag rug is really suede leather.
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The Jedi have a sublease until August 31st, 2021. The Jedi hood to take over the lease before the time comes to extend. We might even offer to buy his furnishings if he does not want to deal with moving.
Jedi Rich is a former CEO who transformed from a banker into a modern day independent music & film maker.
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