Route 66, America’s “mother road,” was built in large part by the federal government. This includes funding going back to the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 and the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921. In the 1930s, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt put thousands of unemployed young men to work completing Route 66. Likewise, America’s Interstate Highway System was constructed pursuant to the 1956 National Interstate and Defense Highways Act envisioned and signed by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. All of this federal highway construction has brought about tremendous benefits for Americans, from commercial to recreational, and it could not have been done without politicians from all sides participating in Good Government for patriotic reasons.Continue Reading on Messaging Matters
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
In the first five months of 2014 more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors were detained whilst trying to enter the US illegally. The influx has posed a political as well as humanitarian problem for Obama administration. Eager to score political points, Republicans claim that the current crisis is the result of the Obama administration’s lax policy migration, and particularly the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Continue Reading on ViewsWeek
Friday, July 25, 2014
Murrieta, CA – Protestors have lined the back roads outside a secluded dilapidated home bordering a favorite campsite close to Mexico. A “concerned citizen,” weeks earlier, notified local Pinal County Sheriff Richard Grimes, who quickly called a press conference. Sheriff Grimes stated, “There have been numerous reports of zombies along and around the Mexican border, most likely trying to get into America.”Continue Reading on absrdComedy
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal. A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.Continue Reading on Firedoglake.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Forget going international, Lisa Albinger's going intergalactic. Well, sort of. The artist's work combines collage and painting, and you might've recently spotted it at R. Pela Contemporary Art or Mesa Contemporary Arts. But on Friday, June 6, 20 of her pieces will be presented inside Dorrance Planetarium at Arizona Science Center. Albinger's works will be animated and projected on the dome ceiling of the planetarium as part of the event, "Art 360." The free First Friday must-see will be presented as part of the Science Center's Adult's Night Out and also will include a few of Albinger's paintings on display.Continue Reading on Phoenix New Times
Sunday, June 1, 2014
"Does your country have everything you need? If it doesn’t, usually the internet can provide for you. But in some specific cases, there are certain products or contraband that just aren’t allowed in a particular country. Here’s a list of 15 things that are currently not allowed, or weren’t allowed at some point! It doesn’t seem that out of place that some things are banned in certain countries. Governments are free to ban whatever they feel is necessary to protect their citizens. If the citizens don’t like it, that’s what elections and revolutions are for! If any of the following banned items are your passion, just be happy you don’t live in the following countries!"Continue Reading on RocketNews24
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Among progressive circles near and far, Arizona is widely considered a laughing stock for many of the regressive bills drafted– and sometimes passed– by its Republican-controlled legislature. But to those negatively affected by many of these measures, they are no laughing matter. Last week, both houses of the state legislature approved SB 1062, the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which aims to “restore” the right of Arizona business owners to refuse service to anyone whose beliefs, appearance, lifestyle choices, association or even genetics (think LGBT) don’t jibe with their particular religious beliefs, however odious, discriminatory or mythical those may be.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014
"This past January, House Republicans announced what they call a “step by step process to common sense Immigration Reform,” the sum of which regurgitates the same old enforcement and punitive-based framework that we’ve seen for nearly a year. It calls for more border militarization, more criminalization of immigrants, biometric tracking systems, and harsher penalties for those they deem in violation. The Republicans in the House have put forward a scheme completely in line with previous prescriptions, such as the Safe Act, proposed by the House Judiciary Committee in June, and the Senate Bill that was passed in April 2013."
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
“Está morto”, disseram todos, um por vez, olhando para mim. Imediatamente tomaram os primeiros preparativos. Telefonaram para a funerária, fizeram as primeiras ligações para amigos e familiares distantes. Ninguém chorava. Havia alguma comoção (não quero ser injusto), mas nenhuma demonstração de surpresa. Era como se reagissem ao anúncio da morte como maratonistas ao tiro de largada: começaram a mover-se adiante, sem pressa, mas com método. Dois ou três foram até o quarto, pegar terno e gravata, já pensando no velório, nos convidados. Vai ficar bem bonito, ouvi alguém dizendo lá de dentro, o som abafado pela distância.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
No Shit Snow by Xomiele on Flickr.
Is Snow Made from Wastewater Safe for Skiers?
"The Arizona Supreme Court has greenlighted a lawsuit that the Hopi Tribe brought against the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. for selling wastewater to a local ski resort to make fake snow. In a procedural victory, the tribe has won the right to proceed with its lawsuit challenging Flagstaff’s 2002 decision to sell reclaimed wastewater to the Arizona Snowbowl ski area, on claims that the wastewater snow creates a “public nuisance.” The Arizona Court of Appeals last April had overturned a trial judge’s dismissal of the case in 2011. The city then asked the supreme court to review the appeals court ruling, but the petition was denied on Jan. 7."Continue Reading on The Active Times
Monday, January 13, 2014
Arizona SB 1070 Protest, May 2010 by xomiele
Óyeme Voz: U.S. Latin@ & Immigrant Communities Re-Sound Citizenship and Belonging
"Citizenship is (mis)understood as a privilege that guarantees protection by the nation-state. The current nation-state’s dominant discourse of national security creates draconian federal, state, and local legislation that belie immigrants’ differences. Rising anti-immigrant rhetoric attempts to homogenize both Latinas/os and immigrants as criminals. In other words, such discourse is used to justify the nation-state as the reference point for recognizing a legitimate community. The Department of Homeland Security’s agenda deems who may be tolerable and who is deportable, even if you are a U.S. citizen. Distinguishing, for example, between exceptional students who “deserve to be here” and those who do not, creates a hierarchy of immigrants. Consequently, public discourse over the worthiness of recognition and belonging creates limitations that categorize immigrants in restrictive ways. Similarly, attacks on bilingual education and ethnic studies attempt to displace Latinos as foreign and “alien” within US territories."Continue Reading on Sounding Out!
Sunday, January 5, 2014
A thin blue line: how Facebook deals with controversial content
"Stories of Facebook allowing beheading videos but removing breastfeeding images, and then reversing the decision to allow graphic violence after public uproar, has led many to question how Facebook should treat controversial content. Australian users, for example, were enraged by Facebook’s initial refusal to take down an Aboriginal Memes page last year, although Facebook also later reversed that decision and removed the racist page."Continue Reading on The Conversation
Monday, December 30, 2013
"As the new year approaches, the media is looking back on 2013, highlighting the news and culture stories that made headlines. Gawker, however, looked back at “The Year in Mass Shootings,” highlighting the horrible events that represent “a fraction of all U.S. victims of gun violence.” The term “mass shooting” is widely debated and has no set definition or criteria. According to the FBI, a “mass murder” is considered a single incident in which the perpetrator kills at least four people, not including him/herself, with no distinct period of time between the murders. Mother Jones classifies a “mass shooting” with the following criteria..."
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Under Surveillance by xomiele, on Flickr
Universidades Americanas verificam sua nota e seu Facebook
"A Kaplan - http://press.kaptest.com/ -, uma empresa do grupo que edita o jornal Washington Post (EUA), realizou uma pesquisa com 381 universidades americanas e constatou que 31% delas consultam as páginas das redes sociais dos candidatos durante o processo de admissão.Continue Reading on Tecnologia e Economia.
Alguns já foram reprovados, como conta a repórter Natasha Singer em uma reportagem no NYTimes ("They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets"), publicada em 09/11/2013.
E no Brasil?"
Monday, November 11, 2013
Dogs and fire hydrants are an age-old coupling. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. After all, what dog doesn’t stop by a fire hydrant to either mark his territory or sniff to discover who has been there? It is not just a local city phenomenon either. Countless photos have documented dogs’ love for fire hydrants all over the country, that give us an opportunity to witness the various, surprisingly beautiful, fire hydrants from city to city. Dog-lovers know what fire hydrants mean to our pups, although perhaps not as much as the dogs in the photos tell us.Continue Reading on Babble
Monday, October 28, 2013
Guns by xomiele, on Flickr
Steve Chapman on Demolishing Guns and Common Sense
"In the course of their duties, Chicago police come into possession of all sorts of contraband: jewelry, video games, bicycles, cars. They sell the stuff through online auctions that are open to the public. They also confiscate some 10,000 firearms each year, with an estimated value of $2 million. They sell them and put the $2 million through a shredder. Just kidding, writes Steve Chapman. It would be insane to shred large stacks of perfectly good money. What they actually do is destroy the guns. That way, there's no money to destroy. At a time when the city of Chicago has reduced the size of the police force because of budget pressures, Chapman notes, you'd think it would not lightly forgo such a handsome sum. But it does."Continue Reading on Reason