rust belt

what each state is most known for
  • Alabama: racism
  • Alaska: cold, north, big
  • Arizona: hot, immigration
  • Arkansas: diamonds
  • California: surf, hollywood, big
  • Colorado: ski, mairjuana
  • Connecticut: not rhode island
  • Delaware: first state, “crossing it”
  • Florida, theme parks, oranges, hot
  • Georgia, peaches, peanuts
  • Hawaii: hawaii
  • Idaho: potatoes
  • Illinois: corn, corruption
  • Indiana: corn, better version of illinois
  • Iowa: corn, perhaps?
  • Kansas: the setting for the 2006 post-apocalyptic action-drama series jericho
  • Kentucky: the derby
  • Louisiana: new orleans, the bayou
  • Maine: like canada
  • Maryland: weird shape
  • Massachusetts: accents, 1776
  • Michigan: car manufacturing
  • Minnesota: lakes
  • Mississippi: racism, overweight (info from supersize me)
  • Missouri: st louis
  • Montana: big, empty
  • Nebraska: don’t know what this is, sorry
  • Nevada: vegas
  • New Hampshire: the one touching maine
  • New Jersey: we all know
  • New Mexico: manhattan project
  • New York: NY NY
  • North Carolina: better version of sc
  • North Dakota: new oil
  • Ohio: rust belt
  • Oklahoma: panhandle
  • Oregon: portland vibe
  • Pennsylvania: liberty bell, benjamin franklin
  • Rhode Island: smallest
  • South Carolina: fort sumter
  • South Dakota: mt rushmore
  • Tennessee: appalachia
  • Texas: remember
  • Utah: mormons, great salt
  • Vermont: the one not touching maine
  • Virginia: robert e lee
  • Washington: seattle needle
  • West Virginia: yikes, hunger games
  • Wisconsin: cheese
  • Wyoming: the capital is cheyenne and that is it

A vast industrial landscape exists in northwest Indiana, including the Gary Works of United States Steel.  This building is either part of the Gary Works or whatever is just west of it.  Photo taken from a passing train, May 9, 2017.

I was happy to read today that @gregador is planning a trip to Gary, Indiana and look forward very much to his photos.  Safe travels to him.

There should be no confusion between this Gary, Indiana and the Gary Indiana of this previous post.


Thanks to cheap natural gas and renewable energy, coal is dying. That’s just a fact of modern life. While some coal will still exist, it won’t be enough to save the Rust Belt and Appalachia (areas that weren’t exactly swimming in money before coal disappeared). 

So the next step is figuring out what thriving modern industry can replace those jobs for a long period of time. It would have to be a livelihood that’s a) easy to train coal miners to do and b) growing enough to sustain a huge workforce.

The transition is already happening in places like Australia, where a coal mining town transformed itself into one of the country’s largest solar farming communities. It’s also in the U.S., where areas in Colorado rose from the coal ashes with a $800,000 boost in marijuana tax revenue. There have even been studies looking into the transition, which found that most coal mining workers not only could be cheaply retrained to work solar and wind farm gigs, but would also make more doing it. 

This isn’t a hard decision, people. So what’s the goddamn holdup?

Well … despite creating 150,000 full- and part-time jobs, certain politicians can’t seem to leave the 1980s when it comes to marijuana. While obviously not the wonder drug stoners want you to think, it’s insane we have an attorney general who’s apparently possessed by the ghost of Nancy Reagan. As for renewable energy, well, that’s oddly off the current administration’s to-do list, despite overwhelming bipartisan support for it.

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NRA talking head insists that “real Americans” don’t care about politics and are tired of hearing about how racist they are

His assertion that any American is not a real American is offensive. People born in New York are just as much real Americans as those born in the Rust Belt. And just because you’re a famous singer doesn’t mean you don’t love your country. Check out Whittle’s full statement here.



There are 7,000 doctors in the U.S. from Trump’s six banned nations

  • New research indicates that Trump’s travel ban will actually affect doctors from the very places that voted Trump into office — especially in America’s rural communities.
  • The Immigrant Doctor Project, a research project launched in response to the order, found that there are more than 7,000 doctors from the six targeted countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen — practicing in the U.S., and those doctors see a whopping 14 million patients a year.
  • The doctors who are from the six targeted countries are spread out through rural areas across the U.S., according to the project, where they provide “vital services throughout the Rust Belt and Appalachia, especially in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky” — states that overwhelmingly helped to ensure Trump’s victory. Read more (3/7/17 3:51 PM)
On Old Route 66, driving toward Joshua Tree. East of Amboy, California, we passed a railroad berm that’s been decorated by people passing through. Most of them wrote or drew things with rocks: RAY WUZ HERE, I LUV U MOM, GO BLUE, ☮. Others left things: I saw a lawn chair underneath a beach umbrella, both faded from the sun; a Chinese guardian lion. All these names, messages, symbols, ephemera.
Oh, humans, I thought. All of us want to leave a mark—even if all that amounts to is our name written in rocks in the desert, or a zine that only a handful of people will read. We all just want to say “I was here, I was here, I was here.”
—  Jessie Lynn McMains, from Reckless Chants #24: Snapshots of Ghosts

donald trump campaigned on a kind of populism that recalled the good ole days where lower middle class people in rural middle america could graduate high school and get a job at the local plant and make a decent living for themselves. and those days are never coming back bc of globalization and the onset of the information age and the export of production/industry to the global south where labor markets are much less regulated and workers are hired for dirt cheap wages. “but how are we supposed to revitalize the rust belt if those days are never coming back?” the answer is socialism, karen