Sustainable Prosperity
rtamerica:

Inspired by Scotland: Quarter of Americans want their states to secede from US
Scotland may not have followed in Sir William Wallace’s footsteps to free itself from its English bonds, but that hasn’t stopped nearly a quarter of Americans from a little bravehearted hope of their states seceding from the US.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll sought to see if Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum ‒ which failed ‒ inspired Americans to dream of secession from the United States. According to the results, 23.9 percent of those surveyed either strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away from the union. 

rtamerica:

Inspired by Scotland: Quarter of Americans want their states to secede from US

Scotland may not have followed in Sir William Wallace’s footsteps to free itself from its English bonds, but that hasn’t stopped nearly a quarter of Americans from a little bravehearted hope of their states seceding from the US.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll sought to see if Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum ‒ which failed ‒ inspired Americans to dream of secession from the United States. According to the results, 23.9 percent of those surveyed either strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away from the union. 

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/18/3474352/urban-gardens-transforming-communities/

oldparasitesingle:

“We are going to work really, really hard to stop this country from participating in mass surveillance,” Mr. Dotcom told the crowd. “And we’ll close one of the Five Eyes,” he added, referring to the intelligence alliance that consists of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The crowd erupted in cheers.

Edward J. Snowden, top at left and far right, and Julian Assange, top center, appeared via video link this week to discuss mass surveillance issues with, bottom from left, the Internet Party’s leader, Laila Harré; Robert Amsterdam; the journalist Glenn Greenwald; and Kim Dotcom, the party’s founder, at Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand. Credit Hannah Peters/Getty Images

When Gloria Rubero was sentenced to 20 to life in 1981 for robbery and murder, the NYC subway fare was sixty cents; cigarettes cost 45 cents; and VCRs were a cutting edge technology. Twenty-six years later, Rubero, age 56, was released from prison into a city that she describes as “a time warp.” After spending the majority of her sentence at the maximum security facility at Bedford Hills, she had never used the internet, a cell phone or a MetroCard. On her first day out of prison, she saw people who seemed to be talking to themselves. Alarmed at the number of people she assumed were mentally ill, she asked her friend to bring her back to prison.

Across the country, the elderly prison population is skyrocketing. Between 1995 and 2010, the number of incarcerated people older than 55 has quadrupled. In New York State, as of January 2013, over 9,200 people (or nearly 25%) of its prison population are ages 50 or above.

In 2012, over 27,000 people were released from New York State prisons. Nearly half return to New York City. Almost 2,000 (or 13.2% of those released) were age 50 or older. Like Rubero, the majority had spent many years in prison, and they returned to a world that seemed like science fiction.

kittydoom:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.

MIC DROP

matildaswormwood:

Do NOT shame people for choosing not to go school.

Do NOT insult people for dropping out.

Do NOT teach your children that dropping out means you are a failure. 

You never know what’s going on in that person’s life.

Just DON’T DO IT.