Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:25pm
Happy Sunday evening folks. We will have BlueNC down for maintenance this evening beginning at 9:00 p.m. for updates to some modules as we head into our big upgrade. If all goes well, we will be up and running again before I fall asleep before midnight.
I've been thinking a lot these days about the human capacity for denial. It is an amazing thing to behold, even when the consequences are profoundly dire and imminent. From the coming water wars and climate change to income inequality, poisoning the environment, peak oil, and our infrastructure collapse, the signs of growing chaos surround us.
At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent. But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.
Submitted by scharrison on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:19pm
Consider this your open thread for the weekend, and for you lurkers, some food for thought: over the years, I've had dozens of people tell me how much they enjoy reading BlueNC, but they're "just not the writing type." Or something along those lines. When I peel a few layers, I often find they really don't believe they're qualified. Or maybe not so much "qualified" as they aren't confident enough in their analytical skills to hang their ass out to dry in a public forum. If you feel that way, consider these observations:
The Republican Party is no longer the flag bearer of any actual political ideology or movement. It represents only a collection of paranoias and conspiracy theories bundled together by grifters, promoted by hucksters and obsessed over by rubes. It no longer has a functioning philosophy of government any more robust than declaring government itself illegitimate; it is a collection of dullards demanding rebellion for the sake of rebellion.
Seriously, folks. You need to stop trying to rein in the GOP from acting on their worst instincts. Because every time you do ... every time you manage to get a tiny little concession from them ... people start to think they're being reasonable. They are not being reasonable. They are systematically gutting decades of slow progress to protect our environment and create a more sustainable future. And when the laws finally hit the books, all the tiny little concessions in the world won't add up to anything worth having.
North Carolinians need to see the full ugliness of GOP policies, and truly feel the destructive impacts of those policies on children, the environment, public safety, and the common good. Until that happens, they'll run the table.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:46pm
We are about to begin the process of upgrading BlueNC to a spiffy responsive design that will work beautifully on any size screen without loss of functionality or content regardless of whether the site is accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
There will be some unavoidable structural changes because we are upgrading versions of Drupal, but hopefully they will enhance the site.
We've always sought to keep BlueNC lean - though we've tried a few functions and features that were ultimately removed. We may look for new features for the site once we have the initial upgrade completed.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please speak up in the comments. I know I speak for the entire admin and front page team when I say we would love to hear from you.
Most of the work will happen late at night, but I will notify you in advance so I don't take the site down in the middle of anyone's blog post masterpiece.
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