ouch……

 

http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/this-week-in-chicago/14973601/chicago-mercantile-exchange-protects-identity-of-we-are-t

WE ARE 99!!!!

Check  it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15160953

 

I dont know how I feel about this movement, founded by the most courageous of our generation with plenty to lose, being compared to the Tea Party in any way whatsoever….. it does make one think however…could a little organization throw this grassroots revolution over the top and make us, finally, a demographic to be reckoned with???

New York’s wheels are turning, Chicago is waking up, lets show some solidarity, where my 88’s at???

We have the numbers, its about being able to put aside our differences in motive to understand that we all want the same thing.  Fuckin Peace man.  We are 99.

Wait, what??

So apparently the New Mexico Police department fucked up…

I mean wtf, this isn’t like a raid on a drug house that comes up empty.  The NMPD acting on what they thought was a “credible tip” ordered this women to go through a “forcible and thorough” body cavity search.

Here’s the kicker…After they didn’t find anything they stuck this poor woman with the bill!!!

Here’s what it really comes down to….Courtesy of RT news…

“Before Congress earlier this year, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke out against the War on Drugs that has imprisoned millions since President Nixon launched it 40 years ago.”

“The human cost of the failed drug war has been enormous – egregious racial disparities, shattered families, poverty, public health crises, prohibition-related violence and the erosion of civil liberties,” “Lee said. Along with Senator Ron Paul (R-TX) and others, Lee was rallying for the end of marijuana prohibition this past June.”

 

Check out the full story here… http://rt.com/usa/news/cavity-search-drug-cruces-947/

Homicides hit new low?

Chello,

Things have been a little quiet recently, not that I haven’t been listening or anything.  Quiet can be good.  Hopefully it is due to the rumble underneath becoming stronger and stronger and the interconnectedness of us all begins to take over as we finally see through eyes.  Whether it be plainly through our own, metaphorically through the eyes of others or even through those whom have past.  Us ’88’s learn fast.  To the point where I believe we can accomplish anything.

Homicides are steadily decreasing and have been since the decades of the 80’s and 90’s.  There is something to say about this.  A family member told me today that it is because of the increase in the number of police officers that serve us.  I believe it is due to the fact that my generation has been able to put aside the allure of the streets in hopes of finding a more productive agenda.  Its not like we weren’t exposed to the glory of having power, but for some reason I’m finding more and more my peers and I could care less what it is that you have (maybe its because chances are we’ve seen it or experienced it before and it just isn’t worth it?)

We have a declaration of Human Rights devised by I’m sure those whom committed grave travesties in order to win the war that they did in order to be a part of its creation.  Simple Human Rights, the right to food, shelter, family, the pursuit of happiness seems more and more like a game as I step out of my home and reflect.  Instead of being given these rights we have to put on a show and dance of some sort…in a way we have to work for these rights that are undoubtedly already ours.  Instead we must rely on luck for what we inherit, the availability of resources to create, and the opportunity to put it all together.  A narrow few luckily inherited an established last name which led to bountiful resources and all the opportunity in the world to put it together.  So long story short they in turn become the “Largest gnomes in the garden” metaphorically representing those different than all the other more common gnomes.  We’re all gnomes however, by dividing us gnomes aesthetically we have become the “have’s and the have not’s” .

So while were busy rustling from birth attempting to ascend socially instituted stratification levels of class…we forget that at one point and time we were just some gnomes with a whole lotta love in a big ass beautiful garden.

Sorry for the abrupt end but life calls….till next time my friends.

New Era…Looking past the Hype and into Reality

Absolutely awesome dynamic and holistic thinking we should all be a part of.

 

 

 

Beyond 2012 – Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age, directed by Joao Amorim and Nikos Katsaounis.

Under the Starry Skies

A very moving piece illustrating what lies beneath the beauty and wonder……..or at least that’s how I felt about it.  Either way, dope.

undays in the air

Reflections from undays….       As I detach farther and farther from the ideologies of my past I begin to wonder….Is there no turning back?  At the age of twenty three is there no going back to a reality of rewards and bitter bitter fits of defeat?

Only to move forward seeing the past for what it was.   Indeed at this point more like a fairy tell which I cant recall whether the ending was real or ongoing.  Am I still a child?  Its been a while since Ive been a fan of labels but only now in this very moment do I not battle these enemies of mine more than ever.   Why?   To completely shut down from everything around me presents itself as an undesirable option.  I like it when people are happy.  I love it.  Mere exploitation and disappointment however is a direct consequence of this.   Logic, reason, respect, and treating others. receives fucking nothing.

These people, my soul mates, are often misunderstood to the point of being classified within 2-3 months…definitively

Why do find that the more I think of my best interest…my best interest seems to be wasted?

Again however, the thought of lending any more of my mental to others scares me.  Seriously I feel something in my chest which makes me feel sad; as if I’ve lost something.  It could be the K.West that’s playing in the background but regardless the only sense of real emotion takes its dive into the upper stratification of leba without regard to when or where really when I think of the masses upon masses of people I need to be happy in order for I to be content.

I think something of those born in ’88…I see it in a little of the ’87’s as well.  Dunno what it is yet, stay tuned for developments.   90’s babies are fucking crazy…I really hate to generalize like this but I mean….shit.  I respect their will however…no matter how much of it is tainted with prescription pills.

We just have to start thinking of the positive I guess. Maybe this all stems from thinking about so much negative lately.  Maybe the fortune of the masses require positive energy…and thoughts.  Everyone it seems is willing to advise/suggest solutions to these negative energy producing dilemmas however a wise man, back, in the day once told me, “People should be more like the art on the wall instead of the curator in the gallery.”

No way I’m going back.  Up and onward goes the tone of a true positive energy trend setter.  🙂

Don’t hate..Participate.

I apologize I have two really awesome figures along with this tidbit that I’m having trouble converting…

Political Participation

The active nature of a citizenry is considered one of the more significant components that make up a functioning democracy.  It is because of this political scientists have studied not only the level of participation among citizens, but equally important, when and to what extent these citizens participate if indeed they are actively engaged.  Political participation varies both at the national and local level, and can be measured in a variety of ways.  These distinct forms of participation are not chosen randomly; rather they reflect ways in which citizens view their roles in society.  Conversely, these ideological views on a citizen’s role in society directly affect participation levels and types.  Due to differences in one’s application of the role of a citizen, mobilization efforts to foster political participation must often be specific to communities and neighborhoods.  However, the fundamental components behind political participation and civic engagement are rooted in the cognitive and behavioral abilities of the individual citizen themselves.

The mere participation of American citizens in the democratic process (regardless of type or frequency) is largely determined by social and psychological variables/inequalities found among groups of people.  Before getting into these variables, it is important to first describe the two dimensions of citizenry found commonly held by citizens inAmerica.  In “Citizenship Norms and Political Participation inAmerica: The Good News Is…the Bad News Is Wrong”, a study is conducted by building upon the 1984 General Social Survey research and the European “Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy” (CID) project (Dalton, 2006).  Russell Dalton and the Center for the Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS) at Georgetown University created the “Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy” survey, replicating the battery of citizenship questions from earlier research.  In 2005 they conducted in-person interviews using 1001 respondents focusing on determining which of the citizen’s duties were seen as important and which were not.  The survey asked:

“To be a good citizen, how important is it for a person to be . . . [list items]. 0 is extremely unimportant and 10 is extremely important.”

 Their results were consistent with the findings of the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS) and identified two broad dimensions of citizenship found in America.  Citizen Duty is the first dimension of citizenship found in America and is based around the norms of social order (Dalton, 2006).  This dimension of citizenship involves being duty-based; in other words, the role of the citizen is to fulfill their duty to their country by acts such as reporting a crime, obeying laws, serving the military, voting (etc.).  The second dimension, Engaged Citizenship, includes citizens which believe in political autonomy, activity within civil society groups, solidarity, volunteering and other general political activities (Dalton, 2006).  Also engaged citizens are more likely to hold different priorities in terms of policy and views concerning the role of government compared to duty-based citizens (Dalton, 2006).  Engaged citizens are less inclined to vote and focus more on other aspects of political participation.

Although more research and empirical evidence is needed in order to apply the findings of the survey nation-wide, it does provide a unique way of looking at the idea of citizen involvement from the eye’s of the citizen.  The inclusion of the CID survey and Russell’s analysis in my discussion of political participation is due mainly in part because of two key ideas.  First, development of the two dimensions of citizen norms is helpful when looking at the motivations behind citizen involvement and also the type of participation each respective set of ideals calls for.  Secondly, it provides interesting analysis comparing the social distribution of these norms; specifically in the areas of age and education.  The survey found that older Americans held more duty-based norms of citizenship while greater support is shown for norms of civic engagement among younger citizens.  Interestingly enough, throughout the age groups (ranging from 18-70+), wherever there is a decrease in duty-based norms held, it is actually counterbalanced by an increase in the amount of engaged-citizen norms held.  This balance of norms held throughout the age groups presents the idea that a decrease in political participation through the means of voting, is made up by political participation through other means.

The educational inequalities found in the study amongst the two groups holding different citizenship norms were eye-opening to say the least.  The study found a slight negative correlation between education levels and the adoption of duty-based citizenship as shown here:              Figure 2: Education Differences in Citizenship Norms

This means that an increase in education levels actually lead to the abandonment of duty-based norms of citizenry and the adoption of a more engaged-citizen approach to political participation.  Due to the perceived norms that the educational system would try and perpetuate (i.e. voting), seeing education levels higher among those adopting engaged-citizen norms provides legitimacy to the dimension (of norms).  Lastly, this information presents the idea that rising levels of education coupled with generational change have impacted citizens in a way were they are adopting more engaged-citizen norms.  A couple of important political implications rise as a result of this data.  A possible shift in the priorities of citizens when it comes to their roles in society and the direct correlation between increasing levels of education and the rise of engaged-citizen norms; both of which may in effect cause more dissenting opinions of government and more engaging forms of political participation as illustrated here:

 

 

 

Figure 3: Trends in American Political Participation

             The CID study provides an example of how the mobilization of citizens is conditional upon certain norms creating a fixed ideology of citizen engagement and political participation.

Russell’s analysis of the CID study illustrates how the mobilization of citizens is contingent upon individual-level characteristics, such as education.  Other variables both social and psychological can account for whether or not a group of citizens will mobilize for a particular problem.  One of the biggest social factors affecting the participation of individuals in the political process continues to be ones specific socio-economic standingThis is the root of most social barriers to political participation.  The knowledge level of the individual is very important to political scientists because it can directly capture information levels.  Although definitive measure of political knowledge has not been agreed upon, what we do know is that the average level of political knowledge is low and the variance is high (Kuklilnski, 2000).  The socio-economic standing of an individual can, to an extent, be a good indicator of their knowledge levels.  People that have a higher socio-economic standing have more time and resources available to them to be able to participate in the political process (Mondak, 2001).  It is just that simple.

Psychological variables that prevent people from mobilizing and participating in the political process are also present.  Attitudes and beliefs among the citizenry have been found to have high levels of misinformation (Kuklinski, 2000).  The ability of citizens to access information regarding their attitudes (rather than strict, credible information) when called upon also acts as a psychological variable that may prevent citizens from mobilizing.  Attitudes, from a social psychological definition, are “a psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favor or disfavor (Kuklinski, 2000).  Attitudes according to Converse, should be fixed, stable and meaningful (Kuklinski, 2000).

Providing a more realistic view, John Zaller provides the argument that people do not actually posses a single fixed attitude stored in memory about any given phenomena (Zaller, 1992).  Instead he provides the view of varied considerations.  This view holds that any given phenomena may induce different thoughts and responses that are floating around in our head.  The claim refutes the argument from Converse that people’s attitudes are completely random, however it states that response stability should not be expected as this theory of varied considerations does not claim the citizen holds a stable ideology capable of reflecting consistently held attitudes either (Zaller, 1992).

Varied considerations and the idea that the most easily accessible evaluative response is the most important (and that citizens by accessing the evaluation strengthen their attitude whether it is wrong or right) are indeed psychological limitations that citizens face which, at times, makes them difficult to mobilize.  Varied considerations although not completely random, still hold that the considerations a citizen brings to bear on a judgment will inevitably hinge on priming (what is at the top of your head), which may be random thoughts evoked by cues in the item viewed or effects of framing from multiple sources (Zaller, 1992).  Independent of citizens’ motivations, limitations to our cognitive capacity provides another psychological variable which may prevent the mobilization of citizens.

Individual-level characteristics including socio-economic standing continue to act as a variable preventing political participation.  Due to a lack of time and resources, “The Citizens Objective” as described by Dennis Chong, is to make well-rounded political decisions while minimizing both time and effort (Chong, 1993).  This idea, also known as “Bounded Rationality” illustrates the social constraints placed on individual citizens who cannot expend the proper time and effort when making political decisions.

Framing, how something is depicted, is often correlated with the idea of “Spin”.  As seen in the Chong study of liberties, framing effects operate on the receiver of the message, causing them to recall various considerations.  Chong in his article “How People Think, Reason, and Feel About Rights and Liberties”, he stated, “People are clearly susceptible to framing effects…so it is likely that the public can be persuaded to interpret an issue in different ways, with potentially significant implications for how they choose sides (Chong, 1993).  This is extremely important when discussing political participation.  The argument provided by Kahneman and Tversky in “The Framing of Decisions and the Psychology of Choice” provides that preferences on political issues should remain the same regardless of how the story or issue is told (packaged) (K&T, 1974).

Framing however, according to Kahneman and Tversky’s research, has left us with the “susceptibility of preferences to variations of framing (K&T, 1974)”.  The political implications of being susceptible to framing include misinformation held by citizens, the fact that political decisions made may reflect packaging and are not guided by substantive matters and also it leaves the citizenry open to attempted manipulation by those whose interest would be better served having a less informed citizenry (Lecture, Feb 10).

The cognitive and behavioral abilities of the individual citizen and their individual-level characteristics make up the conditions for an effective or ineffective mobilization effort.  Factors affecting mobilization efforts range from an opposition to governmental ideals, to a lack of resources, time and effort, and even include low education levels.  The personality of an individual also serves as a condition to political participation.  According to professor Mondak’s article “Personality and Civic Engagement: An Integrative Framework for the Study of Trait Effects on Political Behavior”, Biological factors affect personality traits which are affected by environmental factors.  All of these factors which are individual-level characteristics work to create the contingent effects of personality which in turn become illustrated through ones political behavior (Mondak, 2010).  Mobilizing Americans to participate in politics can be very difficult because of numerous social and psychological limitations.

Through the adaptation of engaged-citizen norms, the promotion of more direct action concerning local and community issues and the increasing levels of education, the limitations of the individual citizen will be (or should I say could be) eased.  Mobilizing citizens and fostering political participation may come with reforms embedded in the framework of engaged citizenship, not civic duty.  Individual-level characteristics including cognitive ability, personality, socio-economic status, education and the adoption of separate citizen norms, largely affect the mobilization and political participation of citizens.

Works Cited

Chong, Dennis. 1993. “How People Think, Reason and Feel about Rights and Liberties.” American Journal of Political Science 37: 867-99.

Dalton, Russell J. “Citizenship Norms and Political Participation in America: The Good News Is … the Bad News Is Wrong.” Occasional Paper Series (2006).GeorgetownUniversity, Oct. 2006. Web. <http://www8.georgetown.edu/centers/cdacs/cid/DaltonOccasionalPaper.pdf&gt;.

Kuklinski, James H., Paul J. Quirk, Jennifer Jerit, David Schwieder, and Robert F. Rich.2000. “Misinformation and the Currency of Democratic Citizenship.” Journal of Politics 62:790-816.

Mondak, Jeffery J., and Belinda CreelDavis.  2001. “Asked and Answered: Knowledge

Levels When We Will Not Take ‘Don’t Know’ for an Answer.” Political Behavior  23:199-

224.

Mondak, Jeffery J., Damarys Canache, Matthew V. Hibbing, Mitchell A. Seligson and Mary R. Anderson. 2010. “Personality and Civic Engagement: An Integrative Framework for the Study of Trait Effects on Political Behavior.” American Political Science Review 104(1).

She had the lemons…ahem…lemonade…. to make a point.

This is something I would love to see spread.

Sort of like a franchise right?  Little “Liberation Lemonade” stands all over the country in densely populated metropolitan areas.

Three cheers for action…

Full Article including their trip downtown:  http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=32678

Viva Mattaleba

Bigger Picture: We own nothing.  We know nothing.  We’re worth nothing.

My Picture:  We can change this.

 

The 21st century individual has been reduced to an apathetic and fear ridden consumer.

Unfortunately we have come to a point where we cannot keep running from the same fundamental problems that rid not only our society and culture but our minds as well.

An old college professor of mine once said, “Remember, humans do NOT mitigate, we ADAPT.”

Not only do I completely agree with my old Atmospheric Sciences Professor but adapting in order to co-exist with detrimental phenomena (in the realms of the environment as well as society, government etc.) has left us with war, debt and an increasingly depleted environment.

Socially, we humans simply fear what we do not know or understand and since we have been trained to vehemently argue misinformation, you can see how easily it is to get caught up in a web of useless information.

What is dangerous about this is that pockets of arrogant, scared and misinformed citizenry will act on this misinformation, having no true journalistic institutions willing to set the public straight (Rather, their job is to set the agenda for what you think about on a daily basis, which they, would rather it not be serious and legitimate news, i.e. “Bubble Boy”).  Remember, a confused and divided citizenry plays into the hands of those that wish to keep the status quo of “The leaders, and the lead”.

We better start mitigating some shit yo.