Society winding down

Ever get the feeling that society is winding down, like an unwound clock?

Here’s what I mean:

Road-crunching trumps repaving in more counties

LANSING — Half of Michigan’s 83 counties are expected to turn paved roads to gravel this year due to insufficient funding — three times the number from 2007.

Before 2007, only 12 counties had converted paved roads into gravel, according to the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM).

In 2009, 38 moved to gravel roads because of costs.

Today, CRAM estimates that have chosen gravel instead of repaving to keep roads safe and cost-efficient.

CRAM public relations specialist Monica Ware said counties prefer not to return roads to gravel, but without enough funding, unsafe crumbling roads must be reconstructed.

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Hiding the bucolic animal slaughterhouses

Americans have come to learn in recent years that factory farming, particularly of livestock and poultry, is a gruesome, animal-torturing enterprise. When the cubic footage of a chicken’s cage is scientifically calculated to maximize egg production, you can damn well be certain that the chicken’s level of agony is not going to factor into that particular equation.

The farming industry is not especially happy about the fact that their horrendous treatment of animals is being made public by groups like PETA and others.

In Florida, they have come up with solution: ban the photographing of farms.

Senator Jim Norman (R) of Florida proposed the legislation, SB 1246, on Feb.…
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Six syllables, sounds like…

Heh, heh.

Gotta love English major humor. Well, I do, anyway.

I’m just sayin’……

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Josh Marshall steps up and steps in it

Normally I really enjoy Talking Points Memo bit this piece from Josh Marshall is, in my opinion, just laughable in how full of wrong it is regarding the U.S.A.’s response to the situation in Libya.

At the end of last week I couldn’t help tweeting that everything I was seeing in Libya was bringing out my inner foreign policy Realist. And everything I’ve seen this weekend has confirmed me in that view. Indeed, there are so many reasons this strikes me as a bad idea I really hardly know where to start. So let me focus on the three biggest.

~SNIP~

No clear national or even humanitarian interest for military intervention.

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ACTION! Michigan GOP: ban social services for drug offenders – emails needed TODAY!

I am reposting this from Voice of Detroit without adding much to it. It pretty much speaks for itself. Essentially, Republicans in the Michigan Congress are trying to enact a lifetime ban on social services for anyone convicted of a felony. The implications for felons who have paid their debt to society and are trying to begin new lives is staggering. These programs are effective and they have an actual impact on the recidivism rate of criminals. Naturally the GOP wants to eliminate them.

MICHIGANDERS: The hearing on this is Tuesday, March 22nd and the letter described below goes out Monday so, if you wish to be a signatory, you need to send the email TODAY (Sunday, March 20).

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What do I MAKE? I’m a teacher and I make a goddamn difference. Now what about you???

Beautiful. Spend three quality minutes with this video. A response from a teacher to a patronizing jerk who asked him, “You’re a teacher, Taylor. Be honest. What do you make?”

In addition to being a teacher, Taylor Mali is a slam poet. His website is here. Here’s a transcript of the video (link).

He says the problem with teachers is, “What’s a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”
He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about
teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.…
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Eclectablog has its biggest month. Ever.

I just wanted to take a minute to thank all my readers. Today at around noon, this blog had its biggest month ever. And it’s only the 18th!

The previous highest month was 13 months ago when I did a piece on Rachel Maddow that went totally viral. You’ll notice that traffic spiked that month then petered out over the next two.

This recent peak is different. I’ve been building traffic over the past few months. It started last December when my very good friend Blackwaterdog added me to her blogroll.

Since then, as a proud member of our informal pragmatic progressives blogging family, things have been going very well.…

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Teachers to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s appearance in Jackson this Monday

From the Jackson County Educational Association (JCEA):

Governor Rick Snyder is scheduled to be in Jackson on Monday, March 21. He will be the keynote speaker at the Jackson County Republican dinner, which will be held at the Commonwealth Commerce Center (209 E. Washington Ave., corner of Washington Ave. and Francis St.) beginning at 6:00 pm.

We are inviting public education employees, their family, friends and all others interested to join together to mark this occasion. Feel free to bring a sign. If you don’t have one, sign-making supplies will be provided at the JCEA office (950 W. Monroe St., Suite 100, Jackson) from 4:30-5:30.

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