Millions of bats in North America are dying from a disease called White Nose Syndrome. Scientists don’t know how to treat the illness. In 2008 an estimated 2.4 million pounds of insects went uneaten due to the diminished bat population, causing major strain on agriculture in New England.


Newest Census data shows steady population rise in Atlanta

The newest population estimates, released this week from the US Census Bureau, show that the City of Atlanta continues to experience a steady amount of population growth.

From 2010 to 2014, that’s a respectable 7.85% increase for Atlanta (that’s the city, not the metro). The 1.69% of increase in population from 2013 to 2014 puts Atlanta in line with the increase seen in other big US cities during that time – such as Pheonix, Houston and San Diego –  according to this Census infographic

Where Atlanta differs from those three cities is in overall population; while those three now house over a million people, total, we’re still struggling to hit the half million mark. With 17,000 reported vacant properties in the city, and a relatively low population density, it’s clear that Atlanta has room for growth.

Creative Loafing has done a good job recently covering the city’s struggle to add new affordable housing, with a recent editorial stating the problem well: 

The Atlanta Beltline, touted as a great equalizer for residents from all walks of life, has fallen behind its goals to build 5,600 affordable housing units near the smart-growth project. The steps the city has taken — making some developers set aside affordable units in exchange for subsidies — is a drop in the bucket toward fixing the larger problem.

When the city can do a better job at encouraging new housing in a compact, walkable format that accommodates walking, transit and cycling mobility – the way sustainable cities should – we may finally hit that 500k mark and beyond. 

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim

George Santayana

Young students often try to make a difference, or like to think they do anyway. For this reason they read philosophy, psychology, women studies, politics etc. So that they can better understand humans.

The wish to understand and better humans is called humanism.

Unfortunately for us, it seem that a new wave of populist individuals hijack the humanist cause. Especially in places where critical thinking is not something people care much about, this is particularly dangerous or a best annoying and futile.

The difference between a humanist and a new age populist, is that humanists promote peace, progress, rationalism, tolerance, equality and solidarity, while a new age populist try to invoke mass movements, common enemies and simple explinations for complex problems.

For example a real feminist supports Equal rights for women and men, anywhere in the world, and wishes to change legislation and social understanding to make society equal for both genders.

A populist feminist, simply attacks all males, has no solution but suggest that if there is a tendency in a society where something bad is accepted for males to do, that females should just do it aswell. Thus effectively making society worse for both genders, in the name of feminism. It gives real feminists a bad reputation and is counter productive.

This is the same with racism, which is problem of varying degrees everywhere in the world. racism is proven to be overcome with higher education and a more tolerant society. Again real contra-racists promote tolerance and equality, while populist ones promote hate towards majority society. Which is insane, to incite hatred towards an even larger group because a smaller one is hated makes no sense.

Populism is for the ignorant. It’s counter productive, and most often hypocritical. 

If you believe in something and you can’t handle critisism of what you are doing, you are just an ignorant fanatic, and most certainly wrong in what ever you believe, humanism and science is easy to defend, populist ignorance is not.

If you want to incite hatred and ignorance please stop labelling yourself humanist, civil rights activist or feminist.

Your looking for facism, it’s over there.

If It Were Just About The Issues, Bernie Sanders Would Win In A Landslide

If It Were Just About The Issues, Bernie Sanders Would Win In A Landslide

Political pundits and voters are both intrigued by Bernie Sanders’ run for the presidency, but few outside the liberal base will admit that Sanders has a chance.

Polls say something different, though – that is if the debate can really be about issues instead of labels. When asked about the issues, especially about wealth inequality, the vast majority of the country, including even Republicans,…

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Out of Occupy, a New Populist Political Party Forms

Published on Mar 13, 2014

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Carl Gibson, co-founder of U.S. Uncut, is joining with other Occupy Wall Street organizers to launch a new populist political party. While more details (including the name of the party and the identities of other key organizers) will be available when the group launches on March 20, the party will be explicitly anti-capitalist. 

Says Gibson: “A new party that actively opposes capitalism and unites people around the basic ideas of meeting human needs would be widely respected and immediately acknowledged. This new party could stand apart from the two corporate-owned parties by refusing to take campaign donations from corporations, banks and developers, standing up for the rights of immigrants and indigenous people, calling for sustainable energy and development, making education for all a top priority, and believing in universal access to healthcare as a human right. While it would take time, focusing on building power first at the local and county level is the surest way to make lasting change.”

In this interview with Resistance Report host Dennis Trainor, Jr., Gibson acknowledged that the Green Party is already working along a parallel path, but feels his (soon to be launched) party will do a better job of engaging young people and focusing on local politics as a way to build power. 

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Paul Ryan's Faux Populism

On Friday, Paul Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice-presidential nominee, made the most populist speech of this campaign season.

“It’s the people who are politically connected, it’s the people who have access to Washington that get the breaks,” he told an enthusiastic crowd of over 2,000 at a high school gym in Virginia.

“Well, no more. We don’t want to pick winners and losers in Washington… . Hardworking taxpayers should be treated fairly and it should be based on whether they’re good, whether they work hard and not who they know in Washington. That’s entrepreneurialism. That’s free enterprise.”

Sounds good, but earlier this week – three days after being picked as Romney’s running-mate – Ryan went to Las Vegas to pay homage to Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire who is the poster boy for using money to become “politically connected” in Washington, and getting the “breaks” that come with it. Adelson has promised to donate up to $100 million to make sure Romney and Ryan are in the White House next year.

Much of Adelson’s fortune comes from his casino in Macau, in China, via his money-greased access to Washington.

When China’s pitch for the 2008 Olympics was endangered by a House resolution opposing the bid because of China’s “abominable human rights record,” Adelson phoned Tom DeLay, then House majority whip and recipient of Adelson’s political generosity — urging him to block the resolution, which DeLay promptly did. The next day, according to the New York Times, a Chinese vice premier promised Mr. Adelson an endless line of gamblers to the Macau casino.

The money Adelson has committed to putting Romney and Ryan into the White House is a business investment. Adelson has a lot riding on the 2012 election.

Last year, his Las Vegas Sands Corporation came under investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — bribing Chinese officials to help expand its casino in Macau.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, meanwhile, is investigating whether the Sands Corporation violated federal money-laundering laws by accepting more than $100 million from high-rolling gamblers accused of drug trafficking and embezzlement, rather than reporting the suspicious funds to the government.

Ryan has also been a major recipient of contributions from billionaire energy moguls Charles and David Koch. Koch Industries PAC has donated more than $100,000 to Ryan’s campaigns and his leadership PAC – more than any other corporate PAC, according to a NY Times analysis of campaign records.

You see, Koch industries spans a variety of oil and gas investments – whose value would be compromised if Congress and the White House got serious about climate change.

Small wonder Paul Ryan has emerged as one of Congress’s most outspoken skeptics of climate change. He has also repeatedly voted against energy efficiency standards, including a House vote to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Several months ago, when I debated Paul Ryan on ABC-TV’s “This Week,” he said we need to shrink the size of government because big corporations and wealthy individuals otherwise use government to their advantage.

“If the power and money are going to be here in Washington, that’s where the influence is going to go … that’s where the powerful are going to go to influence it,” he said.

It’s an odd argument coming from Ryan because his proposed budget doesn’t shrink government by cutting benefits and payments to big business and the rich. He increases military payments to defense contractors, for example, slashes Wall Street regulations, and gives giant tax benefits to the rich.

His budget shrinks government mainly by cutting benefits and payments to the poor and lower-income Americans. Over 60 percent of his spending cuts target programs for Americans in the bottom third of the income ladder.

Ryan is correct when he says “it’s the people who are politically connected, it’s the people who have access to Washington that get the breaks.”

But his faux populism obscures the main point. A much smaller government still dominated by money would continue to do the bidding of billionaires like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, energy moguls like the Koch bothers, military contractors, and other high rollers now actively trying to put Ryan and Romney into the White House.

It just wouldn’t do anything for the rest of us.

This is a really good example of why you never put racism up to a popular vote, because racism will win every time,” she said. “It’s not up to the offending class to say what offends the offended.
—  Susan Shown Harjo, quoted in “US Poll Finds Widespread Support for Redskins Name” by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press (http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/us-poll-finds-widespread-support-redskins-19092814?page=2)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, three-quarters of the North American audience for Furious 7 was non-white. I saw the movie with a packed house at my local multiplex in Astoria, Queens, recently touted on Morning Edition as one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world. (Furious 7 was playing on not less than half of the multiplex’s 14 screens, and trying to negotiate the parking garage is a memory which will stay with me for significantly longer than anything in the movie itself.) The argument goes that Furious 7 has, thanks to its multicultural cast, connected to an increasingly diverse moviegoing public starved for representation. I suspect that this tells part, but not all, of the success story. Furious 7 doesn’t contain a single speaking role for a Chinese actor that I can recall, while $323 million of its gross to date has come from the People’s Republic of China—also a credited partner in the production through China Film Co.—and will very likely finish with a higher gross in China than stateside. (Chinese audiences coughed up $66 million for Fast & Furious 6, their first taste of the franchise.) With Furious 7 reviews fresh in my mind, I recently re-watched Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the inestimably superior Resident Evil series. The cast, which includes Furious veteran Michelle Rodriguez, Li Bingbing, and Boris Kodjoe, is hardly less diverse than that of the Furious films, though to my knowledge the Resident Evil franchise has never been singled out as praiseworthy because of this. (Nor were the representation plaudits anywhere to be found when Blackhat was sinking like a stone.) In fact, I suspect the relative diversity of the Furious and Resident Evil films is a byproduct of Hollywood racism—like other franchises of the last 20 years which rely on ensemble casts (Step Up, Final Destination), they’re drawing from a talent pool of something other than top-dollar name-above-the-title stars, who tend still to be overwhelmingly white. Without megastar wattage, they opt for demographic outreach, a matter of marketing strategy rather than egalitarian sentiment. (If you think this is cynical, I have some leaked Sony e-mails you might like to read.)
—  Bombast: Pop-Pop-Pop-Popular by Nick Pinkerton

GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Melts Down, Screams At Constituents: ‘Dont Blame Banks!…I Am Tired Of Hearing That Crap!’

Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his anti-Obama rhetoric on cable television and his inability to pay his child support payments. But during a recent meeting with constituents in his Chicago-area suburban district, Walsh lost his cool when several attendees asked about why banks have so much power in government. At one point, Walsh even threatened to eject a man who asked Walsh about the revolving door of bank lobbyists infiltrating Congress and financial regulatory agencies.

Walsh at one point screamed, “don’t blame the banks … this pisses me off!” After several constituents accurately pointed out that bank lobbyists occupy key positions within Congress, the SEC, and other oversight bodies that are supposed to supervise bank practices, Walsh began sticking his finger close to his constituent’s faces, yelling, “quiet for a minute or I’ll have to ask you to leave.” The constituent, who had calmly asked his question before being cut-off midway through his sentence, obliged:

WALSH: Thats not the problem! The problem is you’ve got to be consistent. And I dont want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes. […] Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! This pisses me off! Too many people don’t listen. […]

WALSH: Quiet for a minute! Quiet for a minute!

CONSTITUENT: Joe, what did I say–

WALSH: Quiet for a minute or I’m going to ask you to leave. You need to listen, or I’m going to ask you to leave.

The conversation moved from talking about influence of the bank lobby to larger structural problems in government. Walsh absurdly claimed that worker unions have more power and money than corporations in America. But he was quickly rebutted by his constituent, who said that in any case, unions serve worker interests while corporate lobbies push for private, selfish interests. The video of the exchange, which occurred during Walsh’s “Cup of Joe with Joe Walsh” event on Sunday in the town of Gurnee, Illinois, was posted on YouTube last night by Gene Taylor’s District116.org blog.

Feminism is the radical notion that “poor people can’t read, don’t be silly!”
Feminism is the radical notion that “did you notice how I skirted talking about race by using pregnant teens as shorthand instead”
Feminism is the radical notion that white academia invented discussions, and nuance
Feminism is the radical notion that pregnant teens have no interest in “the nuances of intersectionality”
Feminism is the radical notion that let’s ignore how decades of feminist literature argued that poetry/theory/talking/discussing could, in fact, help survivors cope with abuse