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Infographic: The People’s House?

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The US House of Representatives has had 435 members for 100 years. Prior to this, the House regularly increased its membership to mirror growing population in the United States. This decrease in representation at the federal level has had drastic consequences for effective and fair government. As the democratic body of the legislative branch, the House of Representatives was designed to represent everyone. As Representatives have grown more and more distant from their constituents, their power has dramatically increased while their responsiveness to anyone but the highest bidder has all but vanished. With larger districts electioneering becomes the most important job and money the loudest voice, drowning out the voices of those who truly hold the power.

This infographic visualizes historical aspects of the US House of Representatives to help grasp its changed nature. Congressional representation was one of the most vigorously argued issues during the founding of our republic, and I believe it is still a crucial issue to the functioning of our legislative branch.

Click the link to see the full graphic.

THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE INFOGRAPHIC (1.5MB JPG)

You can find more detailed information on this issue at
Thirty-Thousand.org.

Who will stand up for the corporations?

Here’s some damning evidence of our nation’s emerging status as a corrupt third-world oligarchy:Chart of Corporate and Wage/Salary recovery after last 5 major recessions

Notice the unequal recovery in national income share of corporations vs. wage/salary earners. Also notice how the ratio has changed from a fairly equal recovery in the 70’s and 80’s versus the 21st century recessions. Obviously, corporations are doing very poorly and we need tax cuts and less regulation to help them be more competitive. And let’s not forget to cut benefits and safety nets for those rapacious wage slaves!

via Northeastern University study: “The ‘Jobless and Wageless Recovery’ from the Great Recession of 2007-2009”

Weiner: It’s the pictures, stupid!

Despite having broken no laws and being the instigator of one of the tamest sex scandals ever, Anthony Weiner has embroiled all of us in a firestorm of pathological finger-wagging, shaming and prurience that’s been the equivalent of a national vomit-burp. He didn’t do anything with a cigar, he apparently wasn’t soliciting or using a wide stance, he didn’t technically cheat or dump his wife or father multiple love children. So, we have to wonder why this particular titillation has engendered such a firestorm of condemnation and shaming when so many others have done so much worse and gotten off so much easier?

And I say, it’s the pictures. Not just one picture, but many. In various embarrassing stances and states of undress and weird facial expressions and states of tumescence. Like a gift-wrapped press package of hubris, corruption, obsession and recklessness. I don’t blame Weiner. I think in the next generation of politicians we may be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have their anatomy floating around in digital form. In this sense we can see that Weiner is on the cutting edge of the next technological deviance. And I think a victim of both his lack of appetite control but also the technology and its inherent nature.

I always come back to Marshall McLuhan’s statement about the content of a medium versus the nature of a medium. And I think we continue to see that he was correct in surmising that the true revolution of media is not in what it carries but in how and how this then enfolds and changes our very nervous system, which is to say our brains, which is to say ourselves. The medium itself is the message.

I think it’s obvious Mr. Weiner has some issues and I find the media feeding frenzy around the situation nauseating. My hope was that he would stay and fight but now I see that the frenzy would have continued and for his, his wife and child’s and the country’s sake, I’m glad it has ended.

God Bless America!