Hipsters are good for America?

Originally posted on The Daily Heresy:

Pop culture, politics and even sociology are all very much related, obviously. And no, I’m not just talking about protest songs, I want to show that the merit of art forms might even be a way of testing the sociological strength of their native cultures. How can this be shown? Well today, this fact can be illuminated by a peculiar specimen: hipsters. Because hipsters are a thing now, in fact, they’ve been a thing for a while, a very prevalent thing. The overabundance of mustachioed, modern day metros says a lot about the country they reluctantly call home.  But hipsters and America are indebted to each other. Maybe hipsters shouldn’t be wearing their American flag shirts ironically, maybe they are dependent on what that flag represents. Hipsters might be good for America, and a good America might be good for hipsters.  I argue that beautifully bizarre and eccentric populations take root in successful countries.  If you…

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What Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush doesn’t get about “millennials”

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Millennials: They’re well-educated... wait, never mind they’re not well-educated enough. Maybe that’s why they’re bad with money. Oh wait, they’re actually pretty good with money. But they definitely don’t like marriage… just kidding, the percentage of millennials who want to get married is roughly the same as it was in the previous generation.

The point is, for all the emphasis brands place on targeting a demographic that apparently covers everybody from infants to thirty-somethings, the so-called millennial generation resists easy generalizations. Of course that hasn’t stopped the Internet thinkpiece machine from churning out wildly reductive articles on a daily basis about what millennials are and are not. The Guardian’s Nadja Popovich captured this absurd trend with her amazing “Millennial Madlibs” micro-site.

Now the latest “brand” — because let’s face it, that’s all a politician is — to explicitly target the millennial set is Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. He just launched a website and Super PAC…

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How White Millennials Rely on Racist Policing

Originally posted on Black Millennials:

By Stefani Cox

The Bay Area is home to a wealth of protests on a seemingly weekly basis. For each protest, there are some people who get behind the action, and others don’t. The #BlackLivesMatter protests, which strive to raise awareness about the over-policing of black and brown people, unsurprisingly brought out both sides in full force, especially when public transit was shut down. However, I was surprised that among the usual dissenters frustrated by the inconvenience of direct action and protest, was an unexpected demographic – liberal white millennials.

In my own social media platforms, and through conversations observed in passing, I heard many comments similar to the one below.

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The gist usually captures some level of ideological support for the protests, but is combined with an expression of extreme annoyance at being inconvenienced. Often dissenters proffer a suggestion to take the protests elsewhere – to the police, to Congress, to anyone else…

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These Are the Terrible Mistakes You’re Making in Your Job Search

Originally posted on TIME:

Job seekers are feeling more confident about the economy and about their prospects, and more of them—especially young adults—report that they’re keeping an eye out for new employment opportunities even if they already have a decent job.

In a new survey, recruiting software company Jobvite finds that 45% of job seekers are satisfied with their current job, but open to jumping ship — and half of currently employed people looking for work characterize their current job as a “stepping stone” or “entry level,” a figure which jumps to more than 70% of job-seekers under the age of 30.

Here’s the rub: These people might not have as much success as they imagine if they engage in some of the behaviors Jobvite’s survey highlights.

Today’s job hunters treat the pursuit of career advancement almost the same way as they would buying something on Amazon, says Jobvite CEO Dan Finnigan.

“It’s almost…

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3 Minnesota Millennials Making A Difference

Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Forbes recently ranked the Twin Cities in the top 10 for Millennials to live and work.

The metro area has ranked high on many lists for Millennials. That list, however, includes unemployment. Minnesota is fifth in unemployment for young professionals behind the Dakotas, Utah and Nebraska, according to a Joint Economic Committee Report led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Unemployment for young prime age workers:

North Dakota: 3.7 percent
South Dakota 4.3 percent
Nebraska: 4.5 percent
Utah: 4.8 percent
Minnesota 5.4 percent

So, whether it’s wood, the world wide web, or helping a client with their latest “look,” WCCO This Morning’s Ali Lucia profiles three Minnesota millennials, all in their 20s, making a difference.

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First, we take you to northeast Minneapolis, where Atlanta transplant Melissa Taylor was finally ready to get out on her own.

“We’re not like our parents. We don’t feel like we…

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From the Heart: Follow It.

Originally posted on From Jen.:

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I wanted to take a moment before the month of love and hearts is over and talk about following your heart. Easier said then done, I know. But it’s been on my mind lately and a popular topic of conversation amongst some of my friends (quarter life crises perhaps?).

For me, blogging has been a hobby I’ve dabbled back and forth with over the years and I read some articles back in the fall that fired me up to pursue it once again. Articles that helped me get over some of my fears and hesitation, that made me realize going for it was the only way to know if I can be any good at it. If any one likes or cares what I have to say. Would people think I was weird? Delusional? Well I couldn’t shake those fears while I wasn’t blogging, so might as well blog and have something…

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“Racially Charged And Ridiculous”: Ron Paul Connects War, Black Lawmakers, And Food Stamps

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

Right about now, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) probably wishes his father kept a much lower profile.

Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps.

“I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not – they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here,” Ron Paul told Lew Rockwell in early February during a discussion on sanctions.

I saw some paraphrases of this online, and I assumed the former congressman’s comment couldn’t have been quite as ridiculous as the tweets suggested. My assumption was wrong – Paul really did argue Congressional Black Caucus…

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A Generation of Romantics: How Study Abroad is Influencing Millenials

Originally posted on Space, Place & Southern Grace:

As a twenty-something born in the early 90s, I’ve witnessed no shortage of romance. It is delivered to us in the forms of novels, films, magazines, television, music videos, and more. Young millennials have embraced this notion of romantic love as an idealized goal, and has contributed to widespread “romanticizing” that includes all things material and cultural. We capture these moments of romance in 140 characters or in a square image in the spaces society has constructed for us to share within. Whether it is a snippet of a song lyric shared on Twitter or a love affair with a new pair of boots narrated via Instagram, romance, in numerous forms, is alive and well with our generation.

When it comes to studying abroad, young collegians jump at the chance to catch a plane with close friends, or even complete strangers, and spend time in a foreign destination. Students are…

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Salon: Opinion: Bill Curry: We Can Stop The Neo-Cons: Here’s What a Truly Progressive Foreign Policy Would Look Like

Originally posted on The New Democrat on WordPress:

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Salon: Opinion: Bill Curry: We Can Stop The Neo-Cons: Here’s What a Truly Progressive Foreign Policy Would Look Like

I hate to break it to anyone who calls them self a Progressive today, but the Progressives gave us the U.S. Department of Defense. They gave us the national security state. Which includes things like the CIA, FBI, the National Security Council, NATO and why we are today responsible for Europe’s defense as American taxpayers. They gave us the Vietnam War after they got us involved in the Korean War and won World War II at least far as leading that war. Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman gave America the tools to fight and win the Cold War. That Lyndon Johnson used to put America in the Vietnam War. Can anyone who calls them self a Progressive today say they support any of those policies?

So when I read Bill Curry…

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The Evening Post: Last Week Tonight Slams Roy Moore And Elected Judges

Originally posted on Geek Alabama:

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The HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did another great video!  This week, they slammed the notion of many states in this country electing their judges.  Yes, electing judges sometimes means throwing the book for simple crimes and over filling our jails.  John Oliver did not stop on elected judges, he also slammed Roy Moore over his stance of gay marriage in Alabama.  This is a must watch video, enjoy!

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Rudy Giuliani, the worst of American politics

Originally posted on Sean A. Colarossi:

Let’s jump right in.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that [President Obama] loves America,” said skilled 9/11 exploiter and shameless asshole, Rudy Giuliani, Wednesday at a political gathering in New York. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.”

First of all, he’s probably right that Barack Obama doesn’t love him. Hell, most Americans don’t love Rudy Giuliani. Ever since he made it his life’s work to exploit America’s worst terror attack to advance his political aspirations, Americans have been pretty turned off by him.

Even Republicans laughed Mr. Giuliani out of the room when he tried to run for president in 2008. I suppose that’s what happens when your entire campaign platform is, as Joe Biden accurately pointed out, “a noun, a verb, and 9/11.”

With that said, I think there are some points for which the…

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Republicans move to separate immigration issue from DHS funding bill

Originally posted on WGNO:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Congress has just three days until Department of Homeland Security funding runs out, and it’s anyone’s guess whether they’ll take the department off the cliff.

On Monday night, the Senate again voted down a DHS funding bill that included a measure rolling back President Barack Obama’s executive action delaying deportations for immigrants. But that night, a potential solution emerged as well, with Sen. Mitch McConnell announcing he’ll bring a separate bill to the floor tackling Obama’s immigration move, potentially allowing a clean DHS funding bill to move on its own track.

It’s unclear whether the tactic will work, and conservatives are still expressing opposition to the move. But some Republicans have previously suggested that the fact that a Texas court recently issued an injunction against the order, pausing its implementation, could offer conservatives cover to vote for at least a short-term clean funding bill and use the…

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