The American Prospect
The American Prospect is a quarterly American political magazine dedicated to American liberalism and progressivism. The American Prospect says it aims to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, the magazine was founded in 1990 by Robert Kuttner, Robert Reich, and Paul Starr as a response to the perceived ascendancy of conservatism in the 1980s. The American Prospect has run a writing program that offers young journalists the opportunity to spend two years at the magazine, blogging as well as contributing to the print magazine. Past fellows have included Matt Yglesias, Ezra Klein, Chris Mooney, Joshua Marshall, Dana Goldstein, former staff writers and contributors include Gabriel Arana, Steve Erickson, and Harold Meyerson. In March 2010, The American Prospect entered into an affiliation with the Demos, the official affiliation ended in 2012. In 2010, The American Prospect was the recipient of Utne Reader magazines Utne Independent Press Award for Political Coverage, in 2012, the magazine nearly folded due to financial struggles.
It was able to raise money to stay afloat. In 2014, the magazine re-purposed itself as a journal of ideas. Kit Rachlis announced he was leaving the editorship of the magazine, senior writer Monica Potts and editor Bob Moser were laid off, the network was absorbed into Care2s Frogloop and general operations. Originally The American Prospect published quarterly, bimonthly, in 2000, thanks to a grant from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, it became biweekly. Financial and logistical difficulties ensued, and the moved to a 10-issue-per-year format in spring 2003. The online version of the magazine included an active blog called TAPPED. Facing financial issues, the magazine reduced its bi-monthly publication scheduled to a publication schedule in 2014. Notable contributors to the magazine and blog have included Michelle Goldberg, Harold Meyerson, Robert Kuttner, executive editors have included Michael Tomasky, Harold Meyerson, Mark Schmitt, and Kit Rachlis. Official website The 60-second interview, Robert Kuttner, co-editor, The American Prospect
Gun violence in the United States
Gun violence in the United States results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually. In 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries and these deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides,21,175 suicides,505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with undetermined intent. Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013,1. 3% were related to firearms, the ownership and control of guns are among the most widely debated issues in the country. In 2010, 67% of all homicides in the U. S. were committed using a firearm, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. In 2012, 64% of all gun-related deaths in the U. S. were suicides, in 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicides, and 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U. S. In 2010,358 murders were reported involving a rifle while 6,009 were reported involving a handgun, Firearms were used to kill 13,286 people in the U. S. in 2015, excluding suicide.
Approximately 1.4 million people have been killed using firearms in the U. S. between 1968 and 2011, in 2010, gun violence cost U. S. taxpayers approximately $516 million in direct hospital costs. Gun violence is most common in urban areas and frequently associated with gang violence. Despite widespread concern about the impacts of gun violence on public health, the Congressional Research Service in 2009 estimated there were 310 million firearms in the U. S. not including weapons owned by the military. Of these,114 million were handguns,110 million were rifles, in that same year, the Census bureau stated the population of people in the U. S. at 306 million. Accurate figures for civilian gun ownership are difficult to determine and it found that gun ownership by households has declined steadily from about half, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, down to 32% in 2015. The percentage of individual owners declined from 31% in 1985 to 22% in 2014. Pew found that fewer Americans are dying as a result of gun violence, In 1993, there were seven homicides using firearms for every 100,000, by 2013, that figure had fallen to 3.6.
The Gallup polls further show that household firearm ownership currently exceeds 40%, Gallup polling has consistently been over 65% against, when asking whether there should be bans on possession of handguns. Gun ownership figures are estimated via polling, by such organizations as the General Social Survey, Harris Interactive. There are significant disparities in the results across polls by different organizations, in 2012, Gallups survey showed 47% of Americans reporting having a gun in their home, while the GSS in 2012 reports 34%. In 1997, estimates were approximately 44 million gun owners in the United States and these owners possessed approximately 192 million firearms, of which an estimated 65 million were handguns. Most firearm owners owned multiple firearms, with the NSPOF survey indicating 25% of adults owned firearms, in the U. S. 11% of households reported actively being involved in hunting, with the remaining firearm owners having guns for self-protection and other reasons
The New York Times editorial board has opined that the 2014 midterm elections were influenced by the greatest wave of secret, special-interest money ever raised in a congressional election. The term was first used by the Sunlight Foundation to describe undisclosed funds that were used during the United States 2010 mid-term election, in some elections, dark money groups have surpassed traditional political action committees and super PACs in the volume of spending. In 2014, the group Freedom Partners was identified as the child for the rise of dark money. Freedom Partners largely acted as a conduit for campaign spending, of the $238 million it spent in 2012,99 percent went to other groups, and Freedom Partners itself did not have any employees. This was a distinction between other high-revenue trade associations, which typically have many employees and devote only about 6 percent of spending to grants to outside groups. The rise of dark money groups was aided by the U. S. Supreme Court decisions in FEC v.
Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. and Citizens United v. FEC. In Citizens United, the Court ruled that corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, dark money accounted for nearly 44% of outside spending in the 2010 election cycle. In the 2012 election cycle, more than $308 million in dark money was spent, an estimated 86 percent was spent by conservative groups,11 percent by liberal groups and 3 percent by other groups. Karl Roves dark money group Crossroads GPS alone spent over $47 million in the 2014 election cycle, in the Senate elections, dark money spending was highly concentrated in a handful of targeted competitive states, and especially in Alaska, Colorado and North Carolina. In the eleven most competitive Senate races, $342 million was spent by non-party outside groups, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by advertising tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG, the group ran more than 12,400 television advertisements.
Melanie Sloan of the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said that the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition was nothing more than a sham, dark money played a role in other competitive Senate seats in 2014. In the 2014 cycle, Crossroads GPS gave $5.25 million to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, $2 million to the American Future Fund, and $390,000 to the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition. In total, Crossroads GPS spent more than $13.6 million on grants to other groups, about half of the $30 raised by the group came from five anonymous donors. The group was led by Craig Varoga, an ally of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. In Alaska, Mark Begich was one of the few Democratic candidates to come close to receiving as much support from dark money as his Republican opponent. The pro-Begich Alaska Salmon PAC, funded entirely by the League of Conservation Voters and its Alaska affiliate, the money was spent by six groups - five conservative groups and one liberal group. 501 dark money groups are distinct from super PACs, however, a single individual or group can create both types of entity and combine their powers, making it difficult to trace the original source of funds.
ProPublica explains, Say some like-minded people form both a Super-PAC and a nonprofit 501, corporations and individuals could donate as much as they want to the nonprofit, which isnt required to publicly disclose funders
Tourist Season (novel)
Tourist Season is a 1986 novel by Carl Hiaasen. It was his first solo novel, after co-writing several mystery/thriller novels with William Montalbano, Las Noches de Diciembre is a small terrorist cell led by renegade newspaper columnist Skip Wiley, a brilliant-but-insane Uncle Duke-like character, as El Fuego. Wiley believes that the way to save Floridas natural beauty from destruction is to violently dissuade tourists from visiting and/or settling in the state. Fittingly, their first victim is B. D. Sparky Harper, Harpers body is found stuffed into an oversized suitcase, dressed in a garish tourist outfit and smeared with suntan oil, and with his legs amputated. Next, Wileys gang starts kidnapping and murdering random tourists and Florida residents, Brian is inclined to believe that Harpers murder is much too bizarre to be Ernestos work, but the Miami police, in their eagerness to close the case, dismiss him. Ernesto commits suicide when his own lawyer states that the case is a lost cause, Brian is hired by Nell Bellamy to find her missing husband, and by his old mentor, Sun editor Cab Mulcahy, to locate Wiley, who has disappeared.
After an uncomfortable encounter with Wileys girlfriend, Keyes tracks Wiley to a cabin in the Everglades, Wiley reveals himself as the groups leader, and tells Brian that his job is to return to Miami, and spread the word of Las Noches demands. But Wiley says that he is not ready to have his own role exposed yet, to drive home the fact that Las Noches is serious, Wiley has Keyes witness as their latest victim, retiree Ida Kimmelman, is fed to Pavlov. Keyes tries to stop the murder, and is stabbed in the back by one of the gang, Keyes is returned to the city and treated in the hospital. Since it is the start of the tourist season, the initial reaction to Keyess warnings is to cover up. Sun reporter Ricky Bloodworth uncovers the letters and writes an article on the letters, the terrorists retaliate by triggering several bombs in public places, forcing the authorities to take them seriously. Keyess old friend, Detective Al Garcia is appointed head of a force to catch the terrorists. Based on Wileys hints, Keyes and Garcia deduce that the plan to kidnap Miamis much-touted Orange Bowl Queen.
Since the civic leaders flatly refuse to cancel the Orange Bowl Parade, or to allow guards to be seen near the beauty queen. Keyes is pleasantly surprised when the recently crowned beauty queen, Kara Lynn Shivers, turns out to be an intelligent, self-possessed and she actually hates the whole beauty queen racket, and takes part only to indulge her fathers fanatic dreams of making her a star. She and Keyes quickly find common ground and grow closer, eventually developing a relationship, while escorting her home from a tennis game, Keyes catches Jesús Bernal loitering in the parking lot, doing a lackluster job of surveilling the Orange Bowl Queen. Bernal is not paying attention, and Keyes beats him soundly, armed with nothing. Furious, Wiley informs the gang that Bernal has thrown away their advantage by revealing himself
J. K. Simmons
Jonathan Kimble J. K. Simmons is an American actor and voice actor. In television, he is known for playing Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison-drama Oz and his film roles include J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimis Spider-Man trilogy and music instructor Terence Fletcher in 2014s Whiplash. He is known for voicing Cave Johnson in the video game Portal 2, Tenzin in The Legend of Korra, Stanford Pines in Gravity Falls, Kai in Kung Fu Panda 3, and Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia. Simmons reprised his role as J. Jonah Jameson in various Marvel animated series and he has appeared in a series of television commercials for Farmers Insurance. Jonathan Kimble Simmons was born on January 9,1955 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the son of Patricia, an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, in 1965, when he was 10 years old, his family moved to Worthington, Ohio. In 1973, when he was 18, they moved to Missoula, the younger Simmons graduated from the University of Montana in 1978 with a music degree.
During his tenure, he was part of the music-oriented fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Later, Simmons moved to Seattle and became a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, on Broadway, Simmons played Benny Southstreet in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls. In 1994 he sang roles in the Wagner opera satire. He played the role of Jigger in a revival of Carousel with the Houston Grand Opera and he stars as Ralph Earnhardt, the father of race-car driver Dale Earnhardt, in 3, The Dale Earnhardt Story. He plays Will Pope, Assistant Chief of the LAPD, in the series The Closer. In an interesting precursor to his joining the Law & Order cast as Skoda, Simmons appeared in Homicide, Life on the Street, portraying a criminal in a Law & Order cross-over episode. Other roles include that of a general in the television sitcom Arrested Development. He played B. R. in the film Thank You for Smoking and has been praised for his performance in Juno as Mac McGuff, in all three of Sam Raimis Spider-Man films, Simmons played J.
Jonah Jameson, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Daily Bugle. In 2008, he played a CIA superior in Burn After Reading and he appeared in I Love You, Man. Simmons starred in films produced or directed by his friend Jason Reitman, including Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air. In 2013, he had a role as Mr. Jervis in Reitmans film Labor Day. He voices Tenzin, an Airbending master and the son of Aang and Katara and he starred as blind lawyer Mel Fisher in Growing Up Fisher
The Weekly Standard
The Weekly Standard is an American conservative opinion magazine published 48 times per year. Its founding publisher, News Corporation, debuted the title on September 18,1995, originally edited by founders William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard has been described as a redoubt of neoconservatism and as the neo-con bible. It is currently owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, the magazines website produces regular online-only commentaries and news articles. The Washington Examiner reported that the Examiners parent company, the Anschutz-owned Clarity Media Group, had purchased the Standard, after the sale to the Clarity Media Group, the Standard increased its paid circulation by 39 percent between its June 2009 and June 2010 BPA statements. The editors stated, We apologize to Dr. Chopra and to our readers and we regret any harm that may unjustly have been done to Dr. Chopras reputation. We trust that this correction and apology will help in repairing any such harm, and will set the record straight.
They added, “We would no longer state that his company’s herbal remedies have high levels of bug parts and rodent hairs or levels higher than other such organic products. ”Chopra claimed the magazine settled for $1.6 million
Mary Harris Jones
Mary Harris Mother Jones was an Irish-born American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent organized labor representative and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World, from 1897, at about 60 years of age, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called the most dangerous woman in America for her success in organizing mine workers, Mother Jones magazine, established in 1976, is named for her. Mary Harris Jones was born on the side of the city of Cork, Ireland. Her exact date of birth is uncertain, she was baptized on 1 August 1837, Mary Harris and her family were victims of the Great Famine, as were many other Irish families. This famine drove more than a million families, including the Harrises, due to the deaths from starvation and the massive emigration, Irelands population fell approximately 20-25%. Mary was a teenager when her family emigrated to Canada, in Canada, the Harris family were victims of discrimination due to their immigrant status as well as their Catholic religion.
Mary received an education in Toronto at the Toronto Normal School, at the age of twenty-three, she moved to the United States. She became a teacher in a convent in Monroe and she was paid eight dollars per month, but the school was described as a depressing place. There were two turning points in her life, the first, and most tragic one, was the loss of her husband George and their four children, three girls and a boy in 1867, during a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis. After that tragedy, she returned to Chicago to begin another dressmaking business, four years later, she lost her home and possessions in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This huge fire destroyed many homes and shops, like many others, helped rebuild the city. According to her autobiography, this led to her joining the Knights of Labor, at first the strikes and protests were a horrific failure and usually ended with the police shooting at and killing numerous protesters. The Haymarket Riot of 1886 and the fear of anarchism and upheaval incited by union organizations resulted in the demise of the Knights of Labor, once the Knights ceased to exist, Mary Jones became involved mainly with the United Mine Workers.
She frequently led UMW strikers in picketing and encouraged striking workers to stay on strike when management brought in strike-breakers and she strongly believed that working men deserved a wage that would allow women to stay home to care for their kids. Around this time, strikes were getting better organized and started to produce greater results, another source of her transformation into an organizer, according to biographer Elliott Gorn, was her early Roman Catholicism and her relationship to her brother, Father William Richard Harris. Her political views may have influenced by the 1877 railroad strike, Chicagos labor movement. Active as an organizer and educator in strikes throughout the country at the time, she was involved particularly with the UMW, as a union organizer, she gained prominence for organizing the wives and children of striking workers in demonstrations on their behalf
International Standard Serial Number
An International Standard Serial Number is an eight-digit serial number used to uniquely identify a serial publication. The ISSN is especially helpful in distinguishing between serials with the same title, ISSN are used in ordering, interlibrary loans, and other practices in connection with serial literature. The ISSN system was first drafted as an International Organization for Standardization international standard in 1971, ISO subcommittee TC 46/SC9 is responsible for maintaining the standard. When a serial with the content is published in more than one media type. For example, many serials are published both in print and electronic media, the ISSN system refers to these types as print ISSN and electronic ISSN, respectively. The format of the ISSN is an eight digit code, divided by a hyphen into two four-digit numbers, as an integer number, it can be represented by the first seven digits. The last code digit, which may be 0-9 or an X, is a check digit. Formally, the form of the ISSN code can be expressed as follows, NNNN-NNNC where N is in the set, a digit character.
The ISSN of the journal Hearing Research, for example, is 0378-5955, where the final 5 is the check digit, for calculations, an upper case X in the check digit position indicates a check digit of 10. To confirm the check digit, calculate the sum of all eight digits of the ISSN multiplied by its position in the number, the modulus 11 of the sum must be 0. There is an online ISSN checker that can validate an ISSN, ISSN codes are assigned by a network of ISSN National Centres, usually located at national libraries and coordinated by the ISSN International Centre based in Paris. The International Centre is an organization created in 1974 through an agreement between UNESCO and the French government. The International Centre maintains a database of all ISSNs assigned worldwide, at the end of 2016, the ISSN Register contained records for 1,943,572 items. ISSN and ISBN codes are similar in concept, where ISBNs are assigned to individual books, an ISBN might be assigned for particular issues of a serial, in addition to the ISSN code for the serial as a whole.
An ISSN, unlike the ISBN code, is an identifier associated with a serial title. For this reason a new ISSN is assigned to a serial each time it undergoes a major title change, separate ISSNs are needed for serials in different media. Thus, the print and electronic versions of a serial need separate ISSNs. Also, a CD-ROM version and a web version of a serial require different ISSNs since two different media are involved, the same ISSN can be used for different file formats of the same online serial
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Located along the Flint River,66 miles northwest of Detroit, it is a city within the region known as Mid Michigan. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, the Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010, the city was incorporated in 1855. Flint was founded as a village by fur trader Jacob Smith in 1819, from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century, the city was a leading manufacturer of carriages and automobiles, earning it the nickname Vehicle City. General Motors was founded in Flint in 1908, and the city grew into a manufacturing powerhouse for GMs Buick. Flint was the home of the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936–37 that played a role in the formation of the United Auto Workers. Since the late 1960s, Flint has faced several crises, the city sank into a deep economic depression after GM significantly downsized its workforce in the area from a 1978 high of 80,000 to under 8,000 by 2010.
From 1960 to 2010, the population of the city nearly halved from 196,940 to 102,434, in the mid-2000s, Flint became known for its high crime rates and has repeatedly been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States. The city was under a state of emergency from 2002–2004. The Saginaw Valley, particularly the vicinity of Flint, is considered by some to be the oldest continually inhabited area of Michigan. The Flint River had several convenient fords which became points of contention among rival tribes, as attested by the presence of arrowheads and burial mounds near it. In 1819, Jacob Smith, a fur trader on cordial terms with both the local Ojibwas and the government founded a trading post at the Grand Traverse of the Flint River. On several occasions, Smith negotiated land exchanges with the Ojibwas on behalf of the U. S. government, Smith apportioned many of his holdings to his children. As the ideal stopover on the route between Detroit and Saginaw, Flint grew into a small but prosperous village, and incorporated in 1855.
The 1860 U. S. census indicated that Genesee County had a population of 22,498 of Michigans 750,000, in the latter half of the 19th century, Flint became a center of the Michigan lumber industry. Revenue from lumber funded the establishment of a local carriage-making industry, as horse-drawn carriages gave way to the automobiles, Flint naturally grew into a major player in the nascent auto industry. Buick Motor Company, after a start in Detroit, soon moved to Flint