Everyone seems busy
The angry sighs you hear across the city today come from the journalists tasked with transforming Minneapolis’s new crime-fighting initiative, full of buzzwords and lacking in detail, into a meaningful news story. What exactly is the “effort process”? Well, according to the great communicator himself, Jacob Frey, it’s a “data-driven” collaboration between several law enforcement agencies determined to prove that “safety is not currently a priority on the agenda – it is.” The priority.” (“[Safety] It’s the thing I think about every morning when I wake up. It’s the last thing I think of before we go to sleep,” Frey assures us, with his usual style of talking all about Jacob.)
So what exactly is the plan for this collaboration? “Everything is on the table,” says Community Safety Commissioner Cedric Alexander, offering the kind of obvious, no-nonsense answers you can also pay to hear him give. Since the augmented presence will be concentrated in the city centre, although this is not a hotbed of violent crime, some would say this may amount to a cosmetic attempt to allay the fears of Vikings fans rather than reduce gun violence. Are we cynically unfair about these obscure, perhaps well-intentioned public safety efforts? Frey’s management style of letting the audience in as little as possible certainly makes it difficult not to.
Oh, and as a reminder, winter is coming.
Locally-Based Crypto Company Goes Bankrupt, Holds $500 Million Real Money
Back in May, as the crypto wave continued to unravel, Racket enlisted Jessica Armbruster inside the US Bank Arena for a hyper-fest of VeeCon filled with fun and hilariousness from all things blockchain. Her colorful fast food included terms like “snake oil” and “multi-level marketing plans.” Fast forward to today, and the perfect poster child for the cryptocurrency explosion has emerged in our own backyard. Eden Prairie-based Compute North, one of the largest US data mining companies, has filed for bankruptcy, Yahoo reports. In February, as VeeCon’s celebrity-packed plans kicked off, Compute North announced that it had raised $385 million (!) in funding. Now, with its CEO walking out the door, the company owes an estimated $500 million to “at least” 200 creditors. Compute North operates four data mining sheds – two in Texas, one in Nebraska and one in South Dakota – and the huge amount of power required for such facilities is well documented. Tom Emmer, please advise.
Philips activists don’t want people to inhale rooftop columns of arsenic
For nearly five years, neighbors of Minneapolis and Phillips have been wrangling over what to do with the property on East 27th Street and Longfellow Avenue. The issue has grown so acute that protesters demonstrated this week, when the Minneapolis City Council took a vote on whether or not to demolish the warehouse there, in hopes of delaying the vote, which approved 7-4. “How can you have a meeting now?,” cried an activist. Mayor Jacob Frey was not pleased. “Our government depends on the ability to do business,” he said after the meeting.
The city of Minneapolis, which owns the property, wants to demolish the structure and build a water distribution site that will contain equipment. Activists want the building to be repaired if possible, as there are fears its demolition could release a huge column of arsenic into the neighbourhood. They also prefer to use the space as an urban farm. In May, Fry offered a compromise: The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute would acquire three acres of land while the city would build its facilities. There was a caveat, of course: EPNI would have to drop the lawsuit against the city. EPNI has so far refused to sign the agreement; They want to see the results of the city from the geotechnical consultant they hired to see if the building can survive.
Saint Cloud Superman: Still bad!
Until today, we have never heard of Saint Cloud Superman. Real-life John Villa hit our radar when his recent exploits – allegedly terrorizing St. Cloud State students by driving across campus while sounding his horn and screaming – caught the attention of the area’s crime watch page. (The superhero photo is worth checking out; the super jaw-dropping is real.) Superman has been arrested and charged with super-chaotic behavior and interruption prevention, according to Page, as he was relegated to Stearns County Jail for the first time since 2016. But all of that only partially answers: Who the hell is Saint Cloud Superman? For a more complete picture, we turned to Stu Newman, reporter for Racket’s St. Local Twitter personality/ Former resident of Saint Cloud. Stowe writes:
Cloud Superman has been around forever. I moved to Saint Cloud in 1989 and he was there dressed up as Superman and waving the American flag by a dairy queen. Weird, but benign. The years haven’t been kind to him. Trump/Facebook/Conservative media made extremism not Just your outside family but also him. The American flag has become the Confederate flag. Handwritten signs bearing the phrase “HITLERY FOR PRISON.” Not great! In Free Speech by Criticism Against Diversity, Hillary Clinton, Affirmative Action, which is basically your average Fox News viewer’s list of grievances. A torrent of insults (allegedly) as racist as shit. It’s not funny anymore.”
Well, there you have it. If you’ve made it this far in life without facing Saint Cloud Superman, go ahead!