- It makes workers more productive
- It’s good for the environment
- It makes employees happier
- It creates a healthier workforce
- It brings America into the 21st century
This is Trench Warfare. Photo taken by an official British Photographer during WWI, c.1917
Here is a compilation of polling data from various reputable American polling organizations, describing the policy preferences of the Americans people over the last year.
↳ Americans who think that U.S. wealth should be more evenly distributed: 59%
↳ Support heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth: 52%
↳ Oppose cuts to Social Security or Medicare: 69%
↳ Oppose cuts on programs assisting the poor in order to address the deficit: 59%
↳ Support increasing taxes on the wealthy: 60 - 80%
↳ Support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour: 71%
↳ Support labor unions: 54%
↳ Spend too much on defense: 37%
↳ Extending unemployment benefits by at least three months: 58%
↳ Support marriage equality: 59%
↳ Support keeping abortion legal: 54%
↳ Disagree with SCOTUS striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: 51%
↳ Support the Paycheck Fairness Act: 62%
↳ Support legalizing marijuana: 58%
↳ Support a pathway to citizenship: 68%
↳ Support universal background checks for all gun purchases: 81%
↳ Support universal background checks and disqualifying offenses for gun purchase: 55.5% of Gun Sellers
↳ Believe in climate change: 73%↳ Support stronger EPA air regulations: 72%
|—||Why we are not a center-right nation: From minimum wage to the environment to abortion, America is far more liberal than the media or the right admit. (via odinsblog)|
The backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus is gathering momentum. After Noah’s mixed reception earlier this year, more and more people are sick of seeing movies with “whitewashed” casts: White actors representing historical figures who almost certainly were not white.
The latest accusation of Exodus whitewashing relates to someone who technically isn’t even a character: the Sphinx.
The likeliest explanation is that the sculpture in this picture is not the Sphinx, but is in fact a statue of Ramses. This means that it would have been based on actor Joel Edgerton’s face.
Unfortunately, this just makes the whitewashed casting even more blatant, because real statues of Ramses II simply do not look like that. So while Exodus may not have made a “white version” of the Sphinx, Egyptian culture is still being erased and rewritten to fit in with the film’s predominantly white cast of actors.
"How large is America’s prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That’s more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They’re scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Countryfacilities.”
AIn 2012, the writer and activist Bill McKibben published a heart-stopping essay in Rolling Stone titled “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” I’ve read hundreds of thousands of words about climate change over the last decade, but that essay haunts me the most.
The piece walks through a fairly straightforward bit of arithmetic that goes as follows. The scientific consensus is that human civilization cannot survive in any recognizable form a temperature increase this century more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Given that we’ve already warmed the earth about 0.8 degrees Celsius, that means we have 1.2 degrees left—and some of that warming is already in motion. Given the relationship between carbon emissions and global average temperatures, that means we can release about 565 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere by mid-century. Total. That’s all we get to emit if we hope to keep inhabiting the planet in a manner that resembles current conditions.
The number that the Carbon Tracker Initiative came up with is… 2,795 gigatons. Which means the total amount of known, proven extractable fossil fuel in the ground at this very moment is almost five times the amount we can safely burn.
Given the fluctuations of fuel prices, it’s a bit tricky to put an exact price tag on how much money all that unexcavated carbon would be worth, but one financial analyst puts the price at somewhere in the ballpark of $20 trillion. So in order to preserve a roughly habitable planet, we somehow need to convince or coerce the world’s most profitable corporations and the nations that partner with them to walk away from $20 trillion of wealth. Since all of these numbers are fairly complex estimates, let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that we’ve overestimated the total amount of carbon and attendant cost by a factor of 2. Let’s say that it’s just $10 trillion.
The last time in American history that some powerful set of interests relinquished its claim on $10 trillion of wealth was in 1865—and then only after four years and more than 600,000 lives lost in the bloodiest, most horrific war we’ve ever fought.
Scott Oakes (via moreleftthannot)
Yes we are living off the capital investment of the 50s and 60s. Without this investment Reaganomics would have collapsed immediately. The entire modern Conservative economic concept requires squeezing out all they can without reinvesting and then moving on to somewhere else without looking back.
In the US there are companies that take sick days and personal time off from the same pool of days. I had fifteen total in a year, and that’s regarded as pretty generous. Of course, if I actually did have anything that didn’t physically stop me getting in to work, I’d do so - it’s better for me to sit at my desk unproductive (and possibly infecting co-workers) than lose a holiday day.
Well done for reverse incentives there, free market capitalism.(via blech)