Always worth the reshare on this one. Wealth inequality is a disease that is slowly killing the American Dream. Kill that disease instead. YOU are the white blood cells that can heal the body of our nation.
“we have a lot of evidence on what happens when you raise the minimum wage. And the evidence is overwhelmingly positive: hiking the minimum wage has little or no adverse effect on employment, while significantly increasing workers’ earnings.”—
*National Parks Showdown -Round 4: The Quarterfinals*
Only 8 National Parks remain in this competition. There were some very surprising reuslts in Round 3. Zion took out The Grand Canyon by a 60/40 ratio of votes. That’s right, the Grand effin’ Canyon has been eliminated. Other surprise defeats include Yellowstone (lost to Glacier) and Hawaii Volcanoes (lost to Redwoods). Vote on the current round at:
My friend +Chris Webster wrote the definitive guide to doing field archaeology in the US. If you know any Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, or Social Science students, this makes an excellent gift for the holidays. Webby knows his stuff, I know, I was an Archaeologist.
Chris Webster’s handy, informative guide outlines what it take to become an archaeological technician, a field worker in cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology. Based on his popular blog feature, Shovelbums Guide, Webster offers young archaeologists useful advice about CRM work, including writing, cooking in hotel rooms, hand-mapping, surviving unemployment, life after archaeology, and more. It provides tools new CRM archaeologists need to get hired and to live life on the road in a fluctuating job market, as well as details on how to succeed as a field archaeologist. Appendices cover sample job hunting documents and checklists for fieldwork. If you will be pursuing a position in this dynamic, challenging field, this book is a must-read both before you apply for that first job and once you get one.
I’ve been very entertained by the conservatives suddenly pretending like they are outraged… OUTRAGED I tells ya… at domestic espionage under Obama. They forget that it is one of the central issues that conservatives have always pushed. Perhaps they are just blinded by their hatred of President Obama.
Either way, I’m proud that liberals have always been against domestic espionage. It was liberals that got the Freedom Of Information Act passed. It was we liberals that supported the ACLU to try to stop this march towards authoritarianism and internal spying. It is currently us liberals that are fighting the hardest to repeal domestic espionage (even if some centrists and conservatives in the Democratic Party are too chicken to oppose Republicans on this issue).
The notion that, today, Sagan would have been deeply engaged with the climate issue is highly plausible. In publicizing the threat of “nuclear winter” in the early 1980s, Sagan was basically outlining the possible consequences of a human-induced climate-alteration (albeit one that would freeze us rather than fry us). In fact, Sagan gained recognition as an astronomer for his research on the greenhouse effect of Venus, work that later inspired NASA climate researcher James Hansen.
“The chief reason the political right is anti-science is because it contains the Christian Right (and Tea Party, which is kind of the same thing). There is no force in American politics generating anywhere near so much unreality, in science or in other spheres, as this one. It is not just evolution, or the age of the Earth, as Green seems to think. When it comes to science, it is also anything having anything to do with abortion, reproductive health, and sexuality. Moreover, we are talking here about the willful advancement of dangerous falsehoods, and the clinging to them in the face of all evidence and refutation—because this is about unwavering certainty, and ultimately, about faith.”—Unequivocal: Today’s Right is Overwhelmingly More Anti-Science Than Today’s Left | DeSmogBlog
Phil Plaitt demolishes the False Equivalence logical fallacy
One of the most aggravating of these tactics is the one of false equivalency. For example, in a post I might lambaste yet another Republican candidate saying creationism should be taught in schools, and someone in the comments will say, “Well, people on the left are antiscience as well!” This is a common claim, but at best it’s a gross mischaracterization of what’s going on, and in reality it’s beside the point.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Republicans will seek to delay a requirement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that all Americans obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty. ”With so many unanswered questions and the problems arising around this rollout, it doesn’t make any sense to…
No Exaggeration to say that Republicans hate Obama more than they pretend to love America
“The six Wal-Mart heirs possess more wealth than the bottom 40% of families in this country. Or, in other words, six surrealistically-rich people who say they can’t provide decent wages or benefits for their workers have more wealth than roughly 160 million other Americans combined. Much of that Wal-Mart wealth is directly attributable to the ways U.S. taxpayers subsidize the Wal-Mart labor pool, offer tax breaks, and tilt the playing field so that so much wealth flows into those few hands. Six people. Think about that, if your own head isn’t too far up your nether orifice, then think of the people and policies that created such disparity.”—Jaime O’Neil, 12 Signs America Is Insane (via iggymogo)
There is simply no reason to cut SS except to appease the right wing who already have preserved 98% of the Bush Tax Cuts, got 40% of the ARRA (stimulus) as additional tax cuts, the across the board #Sequester cuts, and stopped any meaningful jobs programs or economic recovery for 99% of Americans.
There can be no compromise on this. SS is a successful program. Any temporary cohort based strains on its finances are easily solved by abolishing the tax cap (currently anything over ~$106k no longer has a SS tax) or by allowing greater immigration (tend to be younger).
There are only a few topics that seem less obvious but more hotly debated than climate change. It’s here, it’s happening, it’s caused by humanity, and it is one of the largest problems humanity will ever face. But I believe we will face it, and we’ll face it with the desperate ingenuity and bravado with which we have faced our entire history on this planet. And we will survive it, as long as we can finally freaking agree that “it” isn’t a conspiracy theory made up to annoy the rich and powerful.
So, as I know this is a hotly debated subject, this video has sources…
Corporate America is fighting a proposed SEC rule requiring companies to calculate the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the median pay of all their employees.
When the ratio of CEO to Average Worker pay in America is somewhere between 200 to 400x, it’s no wonder the rich elites don’t want people to know about it. That’s how torch and pitchfork parties get started!
Everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows how bad the Republicans cheated by gerrymandering US House district boundaries recently. Democrats won by 1.6 million total votes, but the GOP mysteriously has a 3-dozen majority in the House.
In order to balance things out, we have no choice but to fight hard in every district that leans Republican just to have a shot at breaking even. This means Cook PVI districts R+5 to R+1. Click on the PVI tab:http://cookpolitical.com/house/maps
This means you. 2014 is all hands on deck. We have to dictate the narrative (wealth inequality, jobs, minimum wage are key), remind everyone of the #GOPshutdown , and volunteer on the ground in real organizing, activism, and politics.