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south-florida-blog:

corporationsarepeople:

south-florida-blog:

corporationsarepeople:

liberalpropagandagroup:

south-florida-blog:

Imagine how much success, growth, productivity, intelligence, and virtue society would lose out on if the rich were abolished. The ultimate progressive vision for society is Detroit. You won’t find any rich people there. We should look to the rich as role models, not as enemies.

Well if you’re looking at the rich as role models: the ultra wealthy in this country are 60% democrats, with the wealthiest of families being 75% democrats. I actually answered a question from an anon on the same topic here.

The only place where America makes money happens to be in the progressive bubbles of the country. See, there’s this thing called “reality,” and it really doesn’t work with your world view.

If you want to look to the rich as role models, go ahead. You better start turning blue though if you want to put your money where your mouth is.

-Eli

This is so backward it’s painful to read. south-florida-blog clearly has no concept of the economics of Detroit or of any other city, for that matter.

I’ll make it as simple as I can.

The Detroit metropolitan area is relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the nation. In fact, many of the zip codes surrounding Detroit ARE the wealthiest in the nation.

An urban city center has costs and stresses that are built into it as a hub for a region, including the extensive infrastructure required to maintain that role. In successful cities, the wealthy neighborhoods contribute to those costs. This benefits the entire region.

In highly segregated cities, especially those filled with “go-it-alone” wealth (aka greedy & apathetic types), they do not. When this happens, the urban core will financially fail.

In some parts of the country we can see this actively being addressed. Denver, for example, built a new urban core called Tech Center that ultimately had to charge a use tax on commuting workers to survive. It did. Detroit couldn’t do that. Atlanta has seen one of its wealthiest neighborhoods, Sandy Springs, secede for the same reasons of greed and isolationism, but that movement hasn’t snowballed as in Detroit. There are similar examples all over the US of this basic economic relationship in action.

One of the best analogues to Detroit is actually DC. Suffering for years with tenants (government agencies) that paid no tax, the city struggled with safety and infrastructure for decades, with its wealth primarily in its suburbs. Now, however, there is a wide recognition of the money that can be siphoned off our federal government, and Washington has become an extremely wealthy town. That isn’t something Detroit can build upon, obviously.

Detroit is an example of destruction by greed and segregation. Hardly a progressive model for anything.

It takes more than emptying taxpayer’s pockets to fix a dysfunctional city. Whether or not you like other people’s greed (I assume you don’t have a problem with your own), you have to recognize that markets are beneficial to society.

Wow, that was the most off-topic and willfully blind response I could have imagined.

There are known ways that cities function economically (based on markets). A retreat into failed dogma doesn’t change that.

I used to think markets were failed dogma until I saw the evidence in classes for my MPA program. Free markets (within reason) correlate with good outcomes.

Let me try again. I can see that this is more difficult for you to comprehend than I could have expected, especially for someone who has taken classes toward an MPA.

While you’re probably embarrassed that you’ve learned nearly nothing about planning in your program so far, I’m sure you will over time. Don’t give up.

Market isolationism (or “taking your ball and going home”), as the wealthiest areas around Detroit forced to occur by their refusal to contribute, generally does not work well for a metropolitan region. There is a large degree of coordination and cooperation that is necessary, and that includes sharing costs of maintaining an extensive (and expensive) urban core. This is not actually an example of free markets, but one of isolated markets.

Things like streets, transit and sewer systems are more complex and expensive in an urban business district. The urban business district, in turn, provides a market and meeting space for the region. However, without the high concentration of wealthy residents found in bedroom communities living there, the tax base can become too small to support its function. When that happens, the infrastructure (including schools, museums, and all sorts of other things) aren’t affordable for residents to maintain. In the case of a city like Detroit, that meant that the poorest residents in the region were saddled with the highest costs, and were in effect subsidizing the central marketplace for the use of their much wealthier neighbors.

Most metro areas would work (and actually have worked) to avoid the impending catastrophe, and try to head it off before it happened. The Detroit metro area did not, and instead, the wealthy surrounding areas abandoned the core. This is, obviously, bad for the region, bad for the people living there, and bad for markets.

Good luck with your studies. It sounds like you have a long way to go.

(Source: dailykos)

socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 1) (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace 

Sep 20th, 2014

thinksquad:

While a national debate roils about professional athletes whacking kids, it seems useful to remember that 19 states still allow children to be hit in public school, sometimes to the point of bruising. A federal data analysis found that on average, one child is hit in public school every 30 seconds somewhere in the United States.

While 31 states have now banned corporal punishment, these states still allow it: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. In many places, parental permission is required — and often given. It is more prevalent in Texas; least prevalent in Wyoming. The last state to abolish it was New Mexico, in 2011.

The practice persists because some educators and parents believe it helps modify disruptive behavior despite no conclusive evidence that it actually does. Some students are hit for severe infractions of school rules, and others for minor ones, like being tardy.

How many kids get hit? According to an analysis of federal data from 2009-2010, the Children’s Defense Fund reported in 2014 that 838 children were hit on average each day in public school, based on a 180-day school year, which would be 150,840 instances of corporal punishment a year — less than just a few years earlier but still a rather stunning number. African-American students and students with disabilities are disproportionately subject to corporal punishment in school, data shows.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/18/19-states-still-allow-corporal-punishment-in-school/

Conflating issues.

south-florida-blog:

corporationsarepeople:

liberalpropagandagroup:

south-florida-blog:

Imagine how much success, growth, productivity, intelligence, and virtue society would lose out on if the rich were abolished. The ultimate progressive vision for society is Detroit. You won’t find any rich people there. We should look to the rich as role models, not as enemies.

Well if you’re looking at the rich as role models: the ultra wealthy in this country are 60% democrats, with the wealthiest of families being 75% democrats. I actually answered a question from an anon on the same topic here.

The only place where America makes money happens to be in the progressive bubbles of the country. See, there’s this thing called “reality,” and it really doesn’t work with your world view.

If you want to look to the rich as role models, go ahead. You better start turning blue though if you want to put your money where your mouth is.

-Eli

This is so backward it’s painful to read. south-florida-blog clearly has no concept of the economics of Detroit or of any other city, for that matter.

I’ll make it as simple as I can.

The Detroit metropolitan area is relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the nation. In fact, many of the zip codes surrounding Detroit ARE the wealthiest in the nation.

An urban city center has costs and stresses that are built into it as a hub for a region, including the extensive infrastructure required to maintain that role. In successful cities, the wealthy neighborhoods contribute to those costs. This benefits the entire region.

In highly segregated cities, especially those filled with “go-it-alone” wealth (aka greedy & apathetic types), they do not. When this happens, the urban core will financially fail.

In some parts of the country we can see this actively being addressed. Denver, for example, built a new urban core called Tech Center that ultimately had to charge a use tax on commuting workers to survive. It did. Detroit couldn’t do that. Atlanta has seen one of its wealthiest neighborhoods, Sandy Springs, secede for the same reasons of greed and isolationism, but that movement hasn’t snowballed as in Detroit. There are similar examples all over the US of this basic economic relationship in action.

One of the best analogues to Detroit is actually DC. Suffering for years with tenants (government agencies) that paid no tax, the city struggled with safety and infrastructure for decades, with its wealth primarily in its suburbs. Now, however, there is a wide recognition of the money that can be siphoned off our federal government, and Washington has become an extremely wealthy town. That isn’t something Detroit can build upon, obviously.

Detroit is an example of destruction by greed and segregation. Hardly a progressive model for anything.

It takes more than emptying taxpayer’s pockets to fix a dysfunctional city. Whether or not you like other people’s greed (I assume you don’t have a problem with your own), you have to recognize that markets are beneficial to society.

Wow, that was the most off-topic and willfully blind response I could have imagined.

There are known ways that cities function economically (based on markets). A retreat into failed dogma doesn’t change that.

(Source: dailykos)

eviltessmacher:

micdotcom:

Young British Muslims tell the Islamic State: #NotInMyName

There’s a new trend taking over the social media pages of young British Muslims, and it’s targeted right at the Islamic State. 

As Mic has previously reported, there’s something troubling about calling this terrorist group the “Islamic State,” since they do not accurately represent Islam or Islamic beliefs, but a twisted and perverted interpretation of the global religion. 

So to combat this, young activists, led by Britain’s Active Change charity, are telling the terrorists to stop acting under the banner of Islam by circulating the hashtag #NotInMyName and calling out the group for “hiding behind a false Islam.”

The message is clear | Follow micdotcom 

Much like political conservatives in the United States have hijacked, twisted, and perverted christianity.

What we really need now is a #notinmyname movement for:

-Christians against hatred
-Americans against torture
-Cops against killing unarmed citizens

liberalpropagandagroup:

south-florida-blog:

Imagine how much success, growth, productivity, intelligence, and virtue society would lose out on if the rich were abolished. The ultimate progressive vision for society is Detroit. You won’t find any rich people there. We should look to the rich as role models, not as enemies.

Well if you’re looking at the rich as role models: the ultra wealthy in this country are 60% democrats, with the wealthiest of families being 75% democrats. I actually answered a question from an anon on the same topic here.

The only place where America makes money happens to be in the progressive bubbles of the country. See, there’s this thing called “reality,” and it really doesn’t work with your world view.

If you want to look to the rich as role models, go ahead. You better start turning blue though if you want to put your money where your mouth is.

-Eli

This is so backward it’s painful to read. south-florida-blog clearly has no concept of the economics of Detroit or of any other city, for that matter.

I’ll make it as simple as I can.

The Detroit metropolitan area is relatively wealthy compared to the rest of the nation. In fact, many of the zip codes surrounding Detroit ARE the wealthiest in the nation.

An urban city center has costs and stresses that are built into it as a hub for a region, including the extensive infrastructure required to maintain that role. In successful cities, the wealthy neighborhoods contribute to those costs. This benefits the entire region.

In highly segregated cities, especially those filled with “go-it-alone” wealth (aka greedy & apathetic types), they do not. When this happens, the urban core will financially fail.

In some parts of the country we can see this actively being addressed. Denver, for example, built a new urban core called Tech Center that ultimately had to charge a use tax on commuting workers to survive. It did. Detroit couldn’t do that. Atlanta has seen one of its wealthiest neighborhoods, Sandy Springs, secede for the same reasons of greed and isolationism, but that movement hasn’t snowballed as in Detroit. There are similar examples all over the US of this basic economic relationship in action.

One of the best analogues to Detroit is actually DC. Suffering for years with tenants (government agencies) that paid no tax, the city struggled with safety and infrastructure for decades, with its wealth primarily in its suburbs. Now, however, there is a wide recognition of the money that can be siphoned off our federal government, and Washington has become an extremely wealthy town. That isn’t something Detroit can build upon, obviously.

Detroit is an example of destruction by greed and segregation. Hardly a progressive model for anything.

(Source: dailykos)

prochoice-or-gtfo:

cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Last Meals of Innocent Men

Campaign for Amnesty International, displaying the final meal requests of prisoners executed on Death Row, who were later found innocent.

Photographed by James Reynolds

I don’t mean to take the focus off the topic at hand (innocent people who were murdered by the state), but this is the kind of shit that comes to mind when people say that they’re pro-death penalty but prolife. These two views are not compatible and claiming that they are is infuriating.

There have been and will continue to be innocent people executed by the state as long as the death penalty exists. If you are prolife, you cannot approve of the killing of ANYONE, whether innocent or guilty. There is always the chance that the person was innocent, and as these images show, it has happened multiple times. These people felt pain, fear, suffering, had fingernails, the whole nine yards, and yet, there are some that continue to support a flawed system that murders innocent people in some warped pursuit of justice.

Take a good look at these photos, pro-death penalty prolifers. This is the system you support while claiming to value all life.
-Victoria

If you’re pro-death-penalty and call yourself pro-life, there’s no other way of looking at you except as a “pro-oppression” supremacist.

The only logically defensible reasoning for your position is that you do not value the lives of any person in a group without power, and believe in revenge for not adhering to your social ideals.

Whether that refers to women in need of medical care, or men (and sometimes women) killed by an unbalanced legal system, the common thread is that those people are not deserving of humanity. Your position is that of maintaining dominance and supremacy, while reserving decency and empathy only for those like yourself.

It’s sick, frankly. But it has logic.

At first, I would ask about the girl in the Dumpster, but no one had heard of her, so I asked if there had ever been any women found in truck stops. Wherever I went, I was told nothing “like that” ever happened, which was remarkable given the numbers of bodies the FBI had tracked over the past thirty years. The newspapers were equally silent. It seems our profound fascination with serial killers is matched by an equally profound lack of interest in their victims. One library archivist explained that I was looking for the kind of news nobody wanted to read. The girl, he said, “wasn’t one of our own. She was a drifter.” I’d never heard the word “drifter” used in earnest.
I read this when it first was published a couple of years ago, but I stumbled back on it today and now I want it to be adapted into the new season of True Detective. It would be everything I’ve ever wanted in a crime narrative. (via kelsium)

seakin-magda asked:

Whats going on is Scotland right now?I keep seeing posts about riots whats happening?

turnoffthisentry:

A referendum happened to decide whether or not Scotland split from the UK. The votes came in - Scotland is still part of the UK.

Today at 12 a bunch of member of the Orange Lodge (look it up - protestant extremists who also like to hang around with the KKK sometimes it turns out) decided to gather in George Square (the main square of Glasgow) to celebrate, as these guys are unionists. They are also sectarian racist fascist homophobic bigot losers. The Scottish Defence League (equivalent to the English Defence League, who are basically Nazis) decided to join them. They started shouting abuse at everyone. Called a gay pro-independence politician a poofter and kept telling everyone that didn’t resemble them to fuck off. Things got heated and they attacked some Yes folk, as far as I can tell. Fights broke out. One of them attacked a guy with a flare. BBC news reported this as “protests of the results” despite the instigators being supporters of the winning side. This was maybe around 4. They didn’t report anything else until maybe about 10 when things had been violent for at least 3 hours. Policemen on horses everywhere. People singing sectarian chants. Nazi salutes. Beating the shit out of kids, a Yes campaigner got stabbed. 

Basically fascists and bigots using their newfound confidence and morale boost from remaining a part of the UK to instigate a huge fight. It’s pretty much a riot. Streets blocked off. It’s not just happening in Glasgow but Glasgow has a larger population than most places and so the gathering here is rather noticeable. 

It’s still going. It doesn’t really feel safe around here.

And while fascists are literally beating the shit out of Yes voters the government decides to revoke Scottish powers - Scottish MPs no longer have a say in the Westminster budget (considering that Scotland’s budget is 10% of this it actually removes Scotland’s control of it’s own budget). This is in direct defiance to what they said they’d do in the case of a No vote - that Scotland would get more powers. So while English politicians are crushing the hopes and morale of the Scottish people fascists are trying to cave in their skulls. 

Politics, eh?

Some of this might be incorrect. I’ve been getting most of my info from social media and ‘official’ media does not report on Scottish matters in a way that reflects the truth so if I’m misinformed someone please correct me! 

Fraternity Investigated For Using Color-Coded System To Drug Female Students

shoeshinebrewingco:

ellestanger:

Predatory.

I hope these guys get sent away and also banned from any university.

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