November 30, 2015

Two thirds of American blacks want action taken on climate change

New American Media - Two-thirds of African Americans believe global warming is a serious issue, ranking it as one of four major challenges facing the black community.

Crime, economics and education rank as the most-serious issues and 60% of African Americans include global warming fourth on that list, according to a poll of 800 randomly selected African Americans taken nationwide in September.

Sixty-seven percent of Blacks want action taken to reduce the threat of global warming compared with 3% who argue concern about global warming is unwarranted. Thirteen percent of all Americans believe concern about global warming is unwarranted, the poll found.

ABC News - Eight in 10 Democrats call climate change a serious problem, as do 62 percent of independents; this drops to 43 percent among Republicans. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats think most scientists agree on the issue, while two-thirds of Republicans feel the opposite.

Paris climate protest

Kansas tax cuts haven't worked

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities - Kansas’ Gross Domestic Product will grow at half the rate of national GDP in 2015, according to new projections from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Research Department, marking another year of sluggish growth since Kansas enacted massive tax cuts meant to spur its economy.

Kansas’ huge tax cuts took effect at the start of 2013.  That year, Kansas’ economy actually shrank, even as the national economy grew.  Then, in 2014, Kansas’ economy managed some growth, but still lagged national growth. 

To be sure, Kansas’ growth also lagged U.S. growth in 2012, the year before the tax cuts took effect.  But in five of the previous six years — going back to 2006 — Kansas grew faster than the country as a whole.
After Tax Cuts, Kansas' GDP Is Lagging Behind U.S.

Word: The best description of the Trump campaign

Judd Legum has come up with the best description of the Trump campaign yet -- from a French philosopher nearly six decades ago. Said Roland Barthes:

One can bet on the outcome of a boxing-match: with wrestling, it would make no sense. A boxing-match is a story which is constructed before the eyes of the spectator; in wrestling, on the contrary, it is each moment which is intelligible, not the passage of time… The logical conclusion of the contest does not interest the wrestling-fan, while on the contrary a boxing-match always implies a science of the future. In other words, wrestling is a sum of spectacles, of which no single one is a function: each moment imposes the total knowledge of a passion which rises erect and alone, without ever extending to the crowning moment of a result.

Football: The game of empire

Sam Smith - Back in the 1970s I noted how the game of football was replacing baseball as America's favorite sport in sync with the rise of the nation's imperialism: "Our autumnal orgy of orchestrated injury, our paean to triumph at any cost, the pageant of American Darwinism."

Vox recently pointed to a Gallup report that has tracked this matter for decades, and it notes that football replaced baseball as our favorite sport sometime in the 1970s. In 1960 34% listed baseball as their favorite, by 1980 it was down to 16%.  

Incidentally, Vox also notes what actually goes on at a football game: