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  • Populism is poison. Plural cities are the antidote (Smug Liberal Alert)

    05/22/2017 6:41:39 PM PDT · by Mafe · 22 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | January 4, 2017 | Misha Glenny
    The world’s most powerful nation states are flirting with catastrophic conflict. Whether it is in Europe, Asia or the Middle East, for the first time since the 1960s we are facing a real possibility of nuclear confrontation. With nation states distracted, the threat of irreversible climate change also looms large. Global anxiety is feeding the growth of nationalist movements, emboldened by the drum beat of populism. Anti-immigrant and anti-establishment parties are capitalizing on public disquiet, gaining footholds in political systems across the planet. But as alarming as all this sounds, there are opportunities to head off potential disaster. One of...
  • ‘Student coup’ at St. Olaf College: Students block buildings, classes shut down over racial unrest

    05/02/2017 8:01:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    College Fix ^ | May 1, 2017 | Nathan Rubbelke
    Racial unrest has wracked St. Olaf College, a small campus in rural Minnesota, with students essentially taking over the campus with aggressive protests that forced administrators to cancel classes on Monday so demonstrators could air their grievances in a day-long sit in.
  • The Arrogance of Blue America

    05/01/2017 6:28:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/1/17 | Kotkin
    If you want to see the worst impacts of blue policies, go to those red regions—like upstate New York or inland California—in states they control. The fondest hope among the blue bourgeoise lies with the demographic eclipse of their red-state foes. Some clearly hope that the less-educated “dying white America,“ already suffering shorter lifespans, in part due to alcoholism and opioid abuse, is destined to fade from the scene. Then the blue lords can take over a country with which they can identify without embarrassment. If you want to see worst impacts of blue policies, go to those red regions—like...
  • President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Property in America

    04/30/2017 10:35:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/30/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Life-long Democrat and Republican establishment bureaucrats do not represent nor “serve” the interests of the American people President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, which was signed on April 25, 2017, is significant in many ways, not the least of which is the Revocation of Executive Order 13575 of June 9, 2011, issued by President Obama, the Establishment of the White House Rural Council. I wrote about the June 9, 2011 13575 order as soon as it was released and I have included it in my best-seller book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy.” (pp. 88-91)...
  • Educational attainment increases among rural Americans

    04/14/2017 4:28:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Some advocates of rural America have suggested that improved technology and telecommuting will allow more highly educated Americans to live and work in rural areas. Marre says the report doesn't have data on the extent, if any, to which that's happening. Marre says he doesn't have published material on regional differences in educational attainment. But he provides Census Bureau information for the Midwest — a 12-state area that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota — that shows: • Rural Midwest residents are, on balance, better educated than rural residents nationwide. For example, 88.7 percent of rural Midwest residents have...
  • State House considers tax break for rural internet (South Dakota)

    02/28/2017 5:59:58 AM PST · by davikkm · 3 replies
    The state Senate has already endorsed the measure. Legislators in the House could consider it as soon as Tuesday. Companies that provide the internet service can apply for repayments of some, or all of sales taxes on a project. The state Board of Economic Development decides the amount of the refund.
  • There’s the threat of Oroville Dam. Then there’s Trump

    02/13/2017 8:59:54 PM PST · by Mariner · 54 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 13th, 2017 | Erika D. Smith
    It all happened so quickly. Water poured down the rapidly eroding hillside of Oroville Dam on Sunday evening. Engineers with the state had to make a series of quick decisions to avert a catastrophic flood. When they weren’t sure it would work, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department made the gutsy call to evacuate tens of thousands of residents in a matter of hours. By Monday, state and local officials were working alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine the next steps in a still dangerous situation. This is what should happen when people’s lives are in danger, this beautiful...
  • Daily Beast editor: Non-Cosmopolitan Rural Voters For Trump are the ‘Real Problem’

    01/29/2017 10:34:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Message from MSNBC to you hicks out in the sticks: the people who gave us Le Pen, Brexit and now, Trump represent the “real problem.” Unlike we city dwellers, you don’t “mix” and “get along together” with people from “cosmopolitan cultures.” . . . Then came the pièce de résistance—Dickey’s swipe at the great rural unwashed: “the voters who cast their ballots for Marine Le Pen, for Brexit, for Donald Trump, they’re not the people who are part of those cities, those cosmopolitan cultures where people mix and get along together. That is the real problem. That’s the divide we...
  • 'Deception employed' to build new Islamic Center

    01/22/2017 4:40:26 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | Garth Kant
    Concerned residents in a small Northern Virginia community have dug up misleading information in the application by a local Islamic center for a permit that would have cleared the way to build a mosque, and it may be an example of a pattern of deception practiced around the country. The information includes: An apparent attempt to mislead residents on the use of facilityAn apparent attempt to mislead residents on the size of the facilityAnd an apparent attempt hide the identity of the owner of the property where the facility would be located Attorney and constitutional law instructor Karen Lugo is...
  • Why liberal elites are so resentful of middle America

    01/12/2017 11:25:34 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 49 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 11, 2017 | Salena Zito
    This week we saw a few perfect examples of why liberal coastal elites are so resentful of middle America: It’s because the supposed rubes and rednecks aren’t more resentful of the elites — or, more specifically, the elites’ “success.” They don’t aspire to be like their self-appointed betters. Some Americans just don’t need much; they don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to have a 1,500-square-foot house, watch football and go to church on Sunday. They don’t want to leave their hometowns to come to Silicon Valley or Washington, DC, or Manhattan. They place great value on community and living...
  • Why rural America voted for Trump

    01/10/2017 5:40:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    El Paso Inc. ^ | January 9, 2017 | Robert Leonard, New York Times Contributor
    KNOXVILLE, Iowa – One recent morning, I sat near two young men at a coffee shop here whom I’ve known since they were little boys. Now about 18, they pushed away from the table, and one said: “Let’s go to work. Let the liberals sleep in.” The other nodded. They’re hard workers. As a kid, one washed dishes, took orders and swept the floor at a restaurant. Every summer, the other picked sweet corn by hand at dawn for a farm stand and for grocery stores, and then went to work all day on his parents’ farm. Now one is...
  • Mother Jones Blogger Admits That Big-City Liberals ‘Tend to Sneer at Rural Working-Class Folks’

    12/11/2016 12:18:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 10, 2016 | Tom Johnson
    Though it’s not clear whether the Democratic party will produce a post-presidential-election “autopsy report” like Republicans did in early 2013, there has been a lot of self-scrutiny among liberals since Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss. One example is a Friday post by Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum, written in response to a fellow liberal’s cluelessness. After New York Times columnist Paul Krugman claimed to be unaware that “affluent liberals…sneer at the Joe Sixpacks,” an amazed Drum declared, “I'm not here to get into a fight with Krugman, but come on. Sure, the right-wing media fans the flames of this stuff, but...
  • Here's why rural Ontario is fading and cities aren't (Out of touch urban elitist in Canada alert)

    12/06/2016 9:41:06 AM PST · by SouthernerFromTheNorth · 53 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Madeline Ashby
    Here's why rural Ontario is fading and cities aren't The urban-rural divide is swiftly becoming one of the most pressing issues of economic policy in this century. From Europe to England to the United States and yes, here in Canada, the sweeping changes to physical landscapes have translated to sweeping changes in political landscapes. As David Reevely pointed out last week, Ontario’s urban centres have seen economic growth and recovery that the stretches of rural land separating those centres simply haven’t. There are multiple reasons for this, one being that Ontario’s municipalities have been practising a policy of intensification for...
  • Vilsack says Democrats need better message for rural America

    11/30/2016 11:55:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 3:07 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    No one listened to Tom Vilsack. As agriculture secretary during the entire Obama administration, the former Iowa governor has for years been telling anyone who will pay attention — farmers, members of Congress, even Hillary Clinton — that Democrats need a better message for rural America. And he’s spent most of his tenure focusing on rural development, trying to revitalize areas that ultimately voted for Republican Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election. “The Democratic Party, in my opinion, has not made as much of an effort as it ought to, to speak to rural voters,” Vilsack said Tuesday in...
  • Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Us, Suffered the Consequences

    11/29/2016 12:27:43 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 29, 2016 | By Alex Roarty
    Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming — and it’s your fault. Strategists and party officials say their warnings about the party’s lackluster outreach to rural voters went unheeded by Democratic leaders for years, culminating in this month’s shock defeat to Donald Trump. A presidential candidate who actually performed poorly in many cities and suburbs nonetheless scored an upset victory because of a surge in support from small towns and rural areas. To these old Democratic political hands — many of whom hail from well outside the...
  • How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country

    11/17/2016 3:11:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 16, 2016 | Ronald Brownstein
    In 2000, Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote, but carried fewer than 700 counties. In 2012, President Obama squeezed even more advantage from the biggest places: He carried 86 of the nation’s 100 largest counties (including the District of Columbia), winning them by nearly 12 million votes combined. That allowed him to win comfortably, although he carried only about 600 of the remaining 3,000 counties, and lost them by nearly 7 million votes combined. This year, Hillary Clinton pushed that model just past the breaking point. Pending final results, she now leads in 88 of the nation’s 100 largest...
  • How the Democrats lost the white working class (Appalachia)

    11/16/2016 6:35:40 AM PST · by Uncle Sam 911 · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/13/16 | SALENA ZITO
    On Thursday morning the "Today" show had a segment with a psycologist who was there to guide parents on how to explain Hillary Clinton's loss to their children. "Well that is interesting, they sure didn't have a child psycologist on to explain to my children the loss of Mitt Romney, or John McCain. You just simply did not have that," said a suburban mother sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office with the morning show streaming on the television. The young mother, an IT professional who lives in Pittsburgh, the "Paris of Appalachia," said she was stunned once...
  • Taran Killam Blasted for Calling ‘Rural’ Americans ‘Stupid’

    11/09/2016 8:37:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 9, 2016
    Taran Killam got himself into trouble when he tweeted “Rural = so stupid” Tuesday night. The former “Saturday Night Live” star took a lot of heat for his tweet, which was seemingly in reference to election results from those living in rural areas.
  • Trump support surges in Pennsylvania towns

    09/16/2016 8:19:11 AM PDT · by KavMan · 67 replies
    Every square foot of Hazleton evokes America’s grand immigrant story. From the Irish cemetery on Donegal Hill, to the now closed Slovak Holy Trinity Church, this once booming Pennsylvanian coal town was a magnet to the huddled masses who crossed the Atlantic in search of a better life. In 1883, Hazleton became the third city in the world (New York was the first) to install an electric grid. It was literally a shining city on a hill. Today, as Donald Trump’s campaign steps up its focus on Pennsylvania — if he wins its 20 electoral college votes he could take...
  • Armed militia storm council meeting after right-wing anger over Muslim plan for mosque

    09/14/2016 12:55:43 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 12 replies
    Express UK ^ | September 14, 2016 | Oli Smith
    Local armed militia in a small US town forced a council meeting to be cancelled following growing security concerns over their presence. The violent group of right-wing protesters carried guns into a local square to demonstrate against "the presence of Muslims" in the country The meeting, which was expected to lift a ban on new places of worship, was called off amid growing tensions in Newton County, Georgia. Five weeks ago a local Muslim group laid out construction plans for an Islamic cemetery, mosque and school - but it was met with anger from a loud minority of the town.