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The phenomenon of young conservatives being surrounded by liberalism at colleges and social media and then seriously thinking that conservatism is some sort of counterculture movement while the right holds control over every branch of the federal government and most state governments always makes my head spin

The new Young American Tracking Poll (YATP) is a first-of-its-kind quarterly survey and report that focuses on the opinions and behaviors of Americans between the ages 13 and 25 on topics in politics, policy, and civic engagement.

From its annual surveying of young Americans conducted since 2013, DoSomething.org and TMI Strategy launched the YATP in order to elevate the voices of young people in discussions of national policies and priorities. The poll brings attention to the distinct ways young millennials and Gen Z participate in their civic communities, which often contrast from beliefs and actions found in the general adult population in America.

Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing.

Specifically, the YATP provides an alternative to the standard approaches taken by traditional polling towards young people. Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. This approach mutes the nuances of youth experience and opinions. The circumstances of someone in her late teens are very different than someone in her late twenties. And even with more narrow age-bracketing, there are major differences between urban and rural youth, male and female, and so on.

And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing. Most national polls omit 13- to 18-year-olds entirely from sampling, thereby silencing millions of young people who disproportionately rely on and are impacted by policy decisions.

Summary of Key Findings

The YATP finds that young Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump and his policies. For all areas where a direct comparison is possible, youth disapproval of Trump exceeds that of the general population. Specifically, American youth disproportionately disagree with Trump’s actions regarding immigration and border security.

In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

This strong disapproval of Trump corresponds with a perceptible increase in civic participation from young Americans. In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

Self-identified young “liberals” — one third of all young people — are driving the increase in civic participation almost entirely. This group has been two to three times more likely to take action than self-identified “moderate” or “conservative” peers since the November election.

Additionally, across a broad set of issues and policy areas, America’s young people are increasingly taking sides. On nearly every issue/policy asked about in the YATP, the percent of young people with no opinion decreased following the election.

The biggest gains in agreement went almost exclusively towards traditionally liberal positions. On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On several issues and policy areas, young liberals diverge from young moderates and young conservatives. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and identification with feminism are resoundingly unpopular with young moderates and young conservatives but are popular with young liberals. On issues of religion and security, young moderates and young conservatives are noticeably more skeptical of refugees and concerned by terrorism than are their young liberal peers.

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A pair of young Bengal tigers in India’s Ranthambore national park. Less than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild, a consequence in part due to poaching to supply consumer demand for their body parts, mostly in China and southeast Asia.

Photograph: Sudhir Shivaram/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen

Prince Harry hosted former President Barack Obama today at Kensington Palace.  They discussed support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations. Barack Obama  also offered his condolences to the victims of the Manchester attack and support for those recovering from injuries.

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The Apollo 11 command module, which took the first moonwalkers to lunar orbit and back in 1969, is undergoing a painstaking restoration, in preparation for an unusual national tour later this year.

Until recently, the capsule sat in the main lobby of the National Air and Space Museum, where it had been since the museum opened in 1976. Conservator Lisa Young says that occasionally workers would open up its Plexiglas case to look it over or put in new lighting.

“But it never really went under a full examination or investigative analysis as to all of the certain materials on there, how stable they are,” says Young, who is working on the spacecraft now in a restoration hangar at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.

“Our big job as conservators right now is to figure out, if we are going to put it back on display permanently, what could be happening to it in 50 years,” says Young, who wants to prevent future deterioration.

Moonwalkers’ Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

Photos: Shelby Knowles/NPR and NASA/Getty Images

The “Pray for Betty White” movement is cute and all, but I think the person who really needs our prayers right now is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a liberal member of the United States Supreme Court. Being a Jewish woman and a big advocate for women’s rights, her presence on the Supreme Court has really helped American law move towards equality. For example, Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same sex-wedding, is a big advocate for equal voting rights, and as a feminist, her voice and vote in the Supreme Court has helped protect women’s reproductive rights for years

The problem is, Ginsburg is 83 years old (the oldest member) and a cancer survivor. If she passes away, Trump will be in charge of replacing her presence on the United States Supreme Court, and you can be sure that he’ll replace her with somebody who is against everything she stands for.

At the moment, the Supreme Court consists of 4 liberal members, 3 conservative members, and Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative swing (a conservative member that occasionally sides with the liberals). The confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch would give conservatives a potential edge of 5 to 4, which means conservatives could control what cases enter the Supreme Court for a vote, as well as the results. It only takes a simple majority of 5 votes to overturn a case. Nevertheless, we have fared well in a 4 liberal, 4 conservative, and 1 conservative swing court before. It’s not good, but not the end of the world. 

HOWEVER

Ginsburg’s passing would give the conservatives a concrete 5 votes, and a potential 6 votes, which would give conservatives the ability to overturn any major court case, including Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) and Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage).

On top of that, Supreme Court justices serve life terms, so you can bet Trump will elect a YOUNG conservative, meaning conservatives have the potential to completely control the Supreme Court for GENERATIONS to come. 

So pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg y’all.

A Brief Pause From Politics

Hello, all my amazing followers! I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for deciding, against all human reasoning, to follow me. I’ve only had my blog for a week, and there are already 40 of you who actually care about what I have to say. I don’t know if that makes you intellectuals or idiotic hacks. Either way it makes me happy, and that’s what’s really important, if we’re being honest. I just want to let all of you know that I appreciate you, and that together we can bring a new voice of reason to this hell-hole that is tumblr.


Sincerely,

Lauren

mbti as occurrences near my university

ESFJ: free tea and cookie events during exam week that no one goes to

ISFJ: puppy petting workshops during exam week that everyone goes to

ESFP: bright green hippie van occasionally seen throwing loaves of bread at people

ISFP: a farmers market outside of Starbucks

ESTJ: hundreds of “research participants needed” posters. everywhere you look. Even the bathrooms.

ISTJ: the campus security service door. people are seen inside, but never entering or leaving.

ESTP: the people who canoe over a mini lake that happens in the centre of the university every spring due to poor water drainage

ISTP: the pontoon bridge over that lake that just spontaneously appeared one day

ENFJ: passive aggressive chalkboard in a student store instructing people to not be fucking idiots to the staff and tries to make you feel bad just for being there to buy something

INFJ: vegan food truck that only sells two different curries at 12 dollars each

ENFP: half defunct parkour practice area

INFP: poster for a political club that says “join the side that won the Cold War”

ENTJ: the student government election week that no one pays attention to but everyone complains about anyway

INTJ: big bin where a bunch of old computers and computer parts are thrown at the beginning of each year

ENTP: whoever put the Young Conservative club across from the Young Communist League during a club festival

INTP: big, complex looking clock in the student centre that hasn’t worked for years

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The bright Book was heavy on her back as she looked out across the night. All around, for miles and miles, was glittering light, brilliant motion, shining under the Moon; lights of a thousand colors gleaming from windows, glowing on streets, blazing from the headlights of cars. The city, breathing, burning, living the life they had preserved. Ten million lives and more. If something should happen to all that life—how terrible! Nita gulped for control as she remembered Fred’s words of just this morning, an eternity ago. And this was what being a wizard was about. Keeping terrible things from happening, even when it hurt. Not just power, or control of what ordinary people couldn’t control, or delight in being able to make strange things happen. Those were side effects—not the reason, not the purpose.

- young wizards, diane duane 

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anonymous asked:

Listen dude, I respect where you're coming from here but it's pretty clear that both sides are to blame for what happened in Charlottesville. They both have dangerous ideologies and are accountable for the violence.

You need to take a step back and realize who we are dealing with here. It really shouldn’t be this hard to understand that Antifa, despite their ideology or past, are not morally on the same level as goddamn neo-Nazis. On Saturday, one side chanted “No Nazis, No KKK, no Fascist USA” and another chanted “Jews will not replace us” and “Hail Victory”. Regardless of what Antifa believes, they are not Nazis and trying to equate the two is wrong. Antifa’s ideology of socialism / communism / collectivism, whatever you want to call it, isn’t exactly a solid platform without some faults, but they are not morally on the same plane as Nazis. You may not agree with their ideology, but at the same time you need to look at it through the lens of “which group of people want me dead because of my skin color / ethnicity / sexual preference?” I have plenty of good friends who are socialists and they all debate in good faith, but with Nazi sympathizers that just simply isn’t possible because they want me dead for being Jewish and my friends dead for being PoC or LGBT+. You can debate socialism, you CAN’T debate genocide.

I’m looking at the events of Saturday as Nazi vs. anti-Nazi, and I will always believe the anti-Nazi side is the better side. While I don’t think “neo-Nazism” is gaining prevalence under that name, you just have to look at people like Richard Spencer, Baked Alaska, and other “alt-right” groups to see how they are channeling that same anger into more public form of activism. The tiki torch rally on Friday was attended by dudes wearing khakis and polos. While the white hooded David Duke-era of the KKK will never return, I think that this Richard Spencer “professional” type of racism has deeply infected the GOP because he is able to relate everything he is doing to Trump, justifying his rhetoric and enabling more hate speech. Also, the trend among young republicans / libertarians is to focus on triggering liberals instead of actually debating their ideas, so I think people like Spencer also use that to their advantage to get their foot in the door to many places where young conservatives gather. We are living in very, very dangerous times and talking about these two groups as if they’re on the same level of wrongness is not only irresponsible, but giving credence to the promotion of literal Nazism in the very nation that destroyed it in the 40s.

  • Conservative Party, 2016: Attention everybody we've decided to stop fighting marriage equality. Eleven years after it became the law of the land we've decided to finally give up fighting it. You disgusting, vile gays can have rights I guess.
  • Conservative Party, 2017: This is our new leader. He doesn't think trans people deserve the right to do anything, he doesn't support marriage equality (he promises not to try to undo it though (but he has in the past), even though he hates it), and he wishes that the world went back to 'traditional values.' Oh and this is only one small part of Mr Scheer's old-timey views. He hates everybody else that's not rich cishet white men, too.