Category Archives: Culture

Headline of the day: They’re voting with their feet


From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

Huge turnout for women’s march dwarfs Trump inauguration crowd

  • Hundreds of thousands of people streamed into the nation’s capital Saturday to attend a massive march in support of women’s rights and civil rights, the largest of dozens of marches in the United States and around the world that signaled the rocky road ahead for President Donald Trump a day after his inauguration.
  • Washington’s public transportation system nearly ground to a halt as heavy crowds massed toward the Women’s March on Washington on the National Mall, the largest inauguration-related march in U.S. history.
  • Throngs joined marches and rallies in Boston, New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and dozens of other U.S. cities, and women’s rallies also unfolded in global capitals like London, Paris, Sydney, Ottawa and Nairobi. Estimates of the worldwide turnout topped 2.5 million people.

Brace for a flood of GMOs after TrumpAscension™


Each of them accompanied by a Rebel Yell.

From teleSur English:

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump picked the last member of his cabinet on Wednesday. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue — who has been linked to big agribusiness and has sympathized with confederate history — has been tapped to become the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Unsurprisingly, like Trump and the rest of his cabinet, Perdue has links to big business and in particular corporate agriculture. He has been a supporter of factory farms, and in 2009 he signed a bill to stop the local regulation of the industry to prevent animal cruelty.

In 2009, he was named “Governor of the Year” by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, which the Organic Consumers Association referred to as “a front group for the GMO industry.” During his campaigns for governor, he also received donations from pesticide companies. After finishing up as governor, he founded his global exporting business Perdue Partners.

The 70-year-old was on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during last year’s presidential campaign. During his time as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011, Perdue drew the support of many disillusioned white voters and was well known for leading a service at the state capital building in Atlanta to literally pray for rain during a harsh drought in 2007.

“Farmers need a champion in the USDA who will fight for conservation programs to help farmers be more resilient in the face of extreme weather, not pray for rain,” Kari Hamerschlag, from Friends of the Earth, said in a statement.

In 2010, Perdue signed a law that proclaimed April “Confederate History and Heritage Month.” The month, which was also declared in six other southern states, is particularly controversial because it failed to mention the history of slavery in its proclamation.

Charts of the day II: Poles – and polls – apart


From a new survey from the Pew Research Center:

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Celebrities launch alternative inaugural festivities


They call it the Love-a-thon; we call it the anti-inaugural.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

For those who are, say, less than thrilled about the incoming president can now make some alternate Inauguration Day plans: A celeb-filled telethon will benefit a few of the GOP’s least-favorite things.

Set to take place on Jan. 20 at the same time as the presidential inauguration, the “Love-a-thon” (as it’s being billed) will raise money for Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Earthjustice, according to CNN.

So far, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis, Judd Apatow and others will be taking part in the telethon of sorts and organizers are looking to raise at least $500,000 for the organizations, via crowdfunding company Crowdrise. Those donating money can choose the group their money will go to.

“It’s a really important opportunity to support causes like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Earthjustice, as they gear up to do [critical] work,” organizer Alex Godin told CNN.

The event will take place in New York City and CNN reported the programming will feature comedy skits, music acts and celebrity emcees.

Charts of the day: The global migrant death toll


From the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project:

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Chart of the day: Americans rank nexial events


From a Pew Research Center survey asking Americans which news event they considered the most important in their lives, this chart focuses on generational differences [click on the image to enlarge]:

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Being of the Boomer generation, we would argue that the Vietnam war was the most critical event, a war that showed the linits of American power and the singular event wwhich has driven successive governments to reassert American dominance, leading the chaos that now reigns in many parts of the world.

Mexican company introduces “digital detox” resorts


From CCTV America, the inevitable next step in capitalizing on distraction:

Program notes:

When it comes to work, being connected to the internet 24 hours a day has its benefits. But some people need help disconnecting when they’re on vacation. One business thinks it has the answer. A so-called digital detox program was started at two of Mexico’s beach resorts, but it’s still struggling to get people to unplug.CCTV America’s Martin Markovits reports.