Let’s Take Over Idaho

There was an article on Raw Story today:

Idaho’s only black lawmaker gets KKK membership invite

Now I thought about that one for a while and suddenly a thought crossed my mind:

How did a bunch of subhuman morons like Aryan Nation, the Nazis and the KKK manage to get so much power in one place?

Especially a place as beautiful as Idaho.  I mean some hell hole like Mississippi Goddamn I can understand, but a place known for fly fishing, wildlife and great beauty?

What the fuck is wrong with creative people, LGBT people, people who who love beauty?

Many years ago the gays in California talked about moving to Alpine county and taking it over.  It wouldn’t have taken that many people as Alpine county had a miniscule population and was again a place of great beauty.

I just did a quick check on Wikipedia and the population of Idaho is:

State:  1,584,985

Boise is its largest city with a population of  616,500.  Coeur d’Alene has 44,137

Bring creative people there.  Bring lawyers to sue the shit out of the Nazis and Aryan Nation.  Seize their assets.

Bring eco-minded people who want to save the wilderness.  Build an eco-economy there and pass strict laws on land usage, pollution, while encouraging the development of green energy.

Take the place over with its two senators and deprive the right wing of two extremists.

It is doable…

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The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’

From The New York Times:  http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/the-taint-of-social-darwinism/

By Philip Kitcher
April 8, 2012

Given the well-known Republican antipathy to evolution, President Obama’s recent description of the Republican budget as an example of “social Darwinism” may be a canny piece of political labeling. In the interests of historical accuracy, however, it should be clearly recognized that “social Darwinism” has very little to do with the ideas developed by Charles Darwin in “On the Origin of Species.” Social Darwinism emerged as a movement in the late 19th-century, and has had waves of popularity ever since, but its central ideas owe more to the thought of a luminary of that time, Herbert Spencer, whose writings are (to understate) no longer widely read.

Spencer, who coined the phrase “survival of the fittest,” thought about natural selection on a grand scale. Conceiving selection in pre-Darwinian terms — as a ruthless process, “red in tooth and claw” — he viewed human culture and human societies as progressing through fierce competition. Provided that policymakers do not take foolish steps to protect the weak, those people and those human achievements that are fittest — most beautiful, noble, wise, creative, virtuous, and so forth — will succeed in a fierce competition, so that, over time, humanity and its accomplishments will continually improve. Late 19th-century dynastic capitalists, especially the American “robber barons,” found this vision profoundly congenial. Their contemporary successors like it for much the same reasons, just as some adolescents discover an inspiring reinforcement of their self-image in the writings of Ayn Rand .

Although social Darwinism has often been closely connected with ideas in eugenics (pampering the weak will lead to the “decline of the race”) and with theories of racial superiority (the economic and political dominance of people of North European extraction is a sign that some racial groups are intrinsically better than others), these are not central to the position.

The heart of social Darwinism is a pair of theses: first, people have intrinsic abilities and talents (and, correspondingly, intrinsic weaknesses), which will be expressed in their actions and achievements, independently of the social, economic and cultural environments in which they develop; second, intensifying competition enables the most talented to develop their potential to the full, and thereby to provide resources for a society that make life better for all. It is not entirely implausible to think that doctrines like these stand behind a vast swath of Republican proposals, including the recent budget, with its emphasis on providing greater economic benefits to the rich, transferring the burden to the middle-classes and poor, and especially in its proposals for reducing public services. Fuzzier versions of the theses have pervaded Republican rhetoric for the past decade (and even longer).

Continue reading at:  http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/the-taint-of-social-darwinism/

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Unregulated Fracking for Decades? Why California May Be a Disaster Waiting to Happen

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/fracking/154833/unregulated_fracking_for_decades_why_california_may_be_a_disaster_waiting_to_happen/

It appears fracking has gone virtually unregulated in California for decades and now lawmakers are pushing back with legislation to expose the truth.

By Scott Thill
April 5, 2012

Thanks to the smoking gun of Josh Fox’s sobering documentary Gasland, hydraulic fracturing has finally entered our renewable news cycle. Yet despite poisoning groundwater, freeing methane and literally creating earthquakes back east, fracking has a visibility problem in California.

The situation became less clear after a recent investigative report from DC-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group explained that California has experienced 60 unregulated years of widespread fracking, whose technical methods and geographical locations in the seismically active state exist outside of the public purview. It got darker after Governor Jerry Brown’s administration wiped the state government’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Web site of fracking fact-sheets and documents. Good luck finding anything about fracking on the governor’s official site either.

“Since our report came out, the Brown administration hasn’t been happy with it,” Bill Allayaud, EWG‘s California director of government affairs, told AlterNet by phone. “They said we quoted their meetings but left out important quotes. But I don’t know what we left out, or how we could shine a better light on the situation. We’ve been trying to work with them now for over a year.”

There has also been a great disappearing act. According to Allayaud, gone is the issue’s main page, an account of fracking in other states, as well as what he calls an “inaccurate and misleading factsheet about fracking in California.” Gone also is a copy of a letter sent by the state in response to questions from Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, whose rebuffed inquiries about the extent of California fracking inspired assembly bill 591 (AB 591), currently at the center of a tug-of-war between the interested citizenry and an industry that seems desperate to avoid transparency.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/fracking/154833/unregulated_fracking_for_decades_why_california_may_be_a_disaster_waiting_to_happen/

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Conversations w/Great Minds Joe Madison – What’s fueling racism & police brutality

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Feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/feminists-hail-explosion-grassroots-groups

Dozens of new organisations are springing up around the UK, campaigning on issues from lads’ mags to benefit cuts

guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012

It was the lads’ mags – with semi-naked women in suggestive poses on their covers – being sold at eye level at her corner shop that did it.

“I just don’t think I should have to look at that – it’s degrading,” said 17-year-old Isabella Woolford Diaz. “If people want to buy it, fine, but I don’t think 11-year-old pupils should have to look at it.”

Deciding to take the matter into her own hands, the student formed a feminist group at Camden school for girls, and before long a core group of 15 teenagers – boys and girls – were attending. “I was getting so frustrated at how women were portrayed and I wondered if I was just being pernickety,” she said. “But I soon realised it wasn’t just me.”

The group is one of dozens of new feminist organisations springing up around the UK, according to the campaign group UK Feminista. Research carried out to mark the group’s second birthday has revealed that the number of active grassroots feminist organisations has doubled in the past two years.

These are feminists who do not fit easily into stereotypical moulds: young and old, men and women, urbanites and country dwellers. A new breed of feminists is starting to rise up.

“It’s a really exciting time. We are seeing a real resurgence in feminist activism that is moving from the margins to the mainstream,” said Kat Banyard, founder of UK Feminista and author of The Equality Illusion. “People are willing to put up their hand and say they are a feminist without the fear of being ridiculed. Particularly in the past 12 months, we are seeing people standing up and willing to be counted.” Like the Camden group’s members, many of them are young, passionate and unafraid to take direct action.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/feminists-hail-explosion-grassroots-groups

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Anti-Gay Law More Vulnerable Than Ever: April 9 Marriage News Watch

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