12.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in previous years.

According to the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, 12.3 percent of U.S. households, or 15.6 million households, were food insecure in 2016. Food insecure means that members of the household have a difficult time getting enough to eat at some point during the year because they lack resources. Usually, children are shielded from hunger, and adults will go without food so younger members can eat. But 3.1 million households still had children who experienced food insecurity, which was similar to pre-recession levels in 2007*. 

This is inhumane, and a grave injustice of the government that we are apart of. No one should ever be hungry, no one should ever have to go without food when needed. The very basis of all societies has been the abundance of food in the population, the more food a society has and shares amongst themselves the higher the rate of education, literacy, innovation, and thoughtfulness. 

The very first priority a government should have is to ensure that the citizens have access to clean food, clean air, and medical services. Everything else comes secondary after the freedom of the people. When a government fails to act in accordance with the majority of the people, then something is incredibly wrong. When children are left hungry and thirsty and we as a society let this happen - something is wrong. 

When a mother has to call 911 to request assistance because she could not afford food for her four children, and had to go from church to church and organization to organization and be told that they couldn't help - then something is wrong. 

No one should be hungry, not only for the personal reasons that all people should live happily (some would dispute this) but additionally for the benefits that society would have if the populace was given a constant supply of the very things that are the basis of existence - food, water, and medical attention. Without these, we are just animals preying on those who are smaller (in capital) than the others. 

This is not acceptable, we as a society need to reinvest in our greatest and most basic infrastructure, the people. This needs to change.

The percentage of food insecurities are progressively going to rise, especially as the population increases and as the government continues to harm the people that make up the country by removing benefits of the people by cutting food stamps, by removing corporate regulations, and lowering the taxes on the wealthy.

The population is going to increase by two-billion and become a staggering nine-billion by 2050 worldwide. The requirement for food production to keep up with that rate, will need to increase by an additionally staggering 75%. If we don't start increasing the amount of food security and redistribution to everyone, and we don't invest in our society through innovations in agriculture, and in all other industries then we will fail even more people.  

We need to refocus our government and social policies by investing in more renewable food production, and by investing more into the people by directly funding and developing a real plan for food to stop the food insecurities that are plaguing our society. 
* statistics written by Jassica Lai of mom.me

Magnetic Tacks

Concept: A magnetic tack, a simple way of holding up items such as posters or papers on a corkboard

Does this exist: More than likely, but I can't seem to find one that has all the requirements in looking for. 

Requirements:

  1. Must be a single individual piece. I am not looking for a hacky and horrible way to make a magnetic tack that involves a part that I'm just going to end up losing such as a small magnetic in front of the paper with a metallic back behind it to hold in place. Must be one singular unit. 
  2. No holes or marks. They can not create any holes in the item they are meant to hol(e)d and neither can any marks be left in the individual items after use of the magnetic tack. 
  3. Must be able hold up to 20 papers when shaken. 

Basic design:

The second tong is bendable to be able to have the magnet sit flush against the top tong 
If you look at the two smaller drawings to the right you will notice that I have drawn one with a more triangular design and a more curved deign. I am going to safely assume that if you were able to create the curved design it would crate less tension marks and issues on the paper. Again, requirement #2 is in full effect. 

This design also allows you to leaf through and remove individual papers without taking them all down  

Use Cases: 

  • Hanging up posters / art 
    • You could potentially sell these to art galleries in bulk. 
    • Sell them to art students and other artists and have them send them with their work to their buyers. 
    • Cheaper than frames.  
  • Business offices 
Alternative versions:
  • Reusability as staples, create one without the pin, boom now you can take on the four-billion dollar hole filled staple industry. 
  • Binders of papers and presentations 
  • Larger versions to hold monitors and displays 
  • Extra  large version as a statue in the middle of town
  • Smaller ones surrounding the extra large one
  • Giving them consciousness 
  • Bowing down to our new overlords 
  • Pitch them the concepts of magnetic humans 
  • Race of Magneto's is born AND they will never use staples again
  • Nametags

I am going to start writing here...

I write quite a lot, definitely more than the average person, somewhere to the tune of roughly 2-3 journal entries a day at a minimum and this is outside of my daily schedule and documentation of tasks and short thoughts (this is item #10 on my list of things to do today and it's only noon).

A lot of my thoughts are incessant gibberish that only my brain can sometimes comprehend, and a lot of the times its just the same thought hidden and perpetuated under a veil of another horribly described and completely obsessive mindset. Fun stuff, I love it. 

Even if my thoughts are misconstrued, or rightfully construed to be absolutely insane and wrong, so very wrong. I would love to have a voice again. I'm pretty introverted and I have a strange love for having my work and thoughts critiqued properly. Where else on the Internet is better for valuable reviews and complaints than a blog? Disagree? email me and we will have a lovely discussion and I may change this opinion. (Placeholder for future response to this where I probably do change my mind and give thanks to whoever did it, you win future bio/artificial entity!) 

This blog isn't just going to be my thoughts and long winded articles and discussions - those blogs are boring and so extra (let's bring this term back everyone). This blog will be a mixture of myself, my life, my adventures, and whatever else that may unfold.

Who knows what will be included here, maybe this will be the only post (highly likely honestly). 

What you need to know about DACA, right now.

On September 5th, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the Trump Administration, announced an end to the DACA Program.

1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.

DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until it’s expiration date. To determine when you DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

2. No New DACA applications will be accepted.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time application after today.

3. DACA Issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5th, 2017.

If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.

4. Advance parole to travel abroad is no longer available.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.

5. We are united in this fight.

You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit weareheretostay.com for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of themselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action no


This information was created in part by United We Dream, with permission to share by anyone.


Republicans are skeptical of higher education because it leads to more equality-focused policies

Evidence and research suggests that when more people are educated that there is a direct correlation to more liberal policies.

I recently read an article by Ryan Huber, on the subject that republicans are skeptical of higher education. While they did suggest some very good points, I wanted to divulge more into the educational argument that is the more prominent reason.

Research has shown time-and-time again that higher education tends to produce more left ideologies. But, the research not only shows that but you don’t even have to graduate — you jut need to attend higher education and you are more likely to have more liberal-focused ideologies and policies.

For example, a study¹ published by the Pew Research Center lead by Samantha Smith shows that those who have attended graduate school are even farther to the left than those who only have an undergraduate degree.

The research goes onto show the differing levels of political ideologies through different times of education from over six thousand students and alumni members across the country.

More than half of those with postgraduate experience (54%) have either consistently liberal political values (31%) or mostly liberal values (23%), based on an analysis of their opinions about the role and performance of government, social issues, the environment and other topics. Fewer than half as many postgraduates— roughly 12% of the public in 2015– have either consistently conservative (10%) or mostly conservative (14%) values. About one-in-five (22%) express a mix of liberal and conservative opinions.

If you are anything like me and enjoy seeing a progression from one time to another, then let’s go back to this research released in 1994 (nearly 25 years ago!), the share of those with graduate education who held consistently liberal views was seven percent (compared to today’s thirty one percent). The share with mostly or consistently liberal views was 31 percent (compared to today’s fifty-four percent).

If we were to analyze the different areas of education on the liberal side, then NPR had this to say:

Split it out by party, and the shift is even starker. Among the post-grad set, more than half of Democrats and Democratic-leaners today are “consistently liberal,” up from fewer than one-in-five in 1994. Likewise, among college grads, it jumped from 12 to 47. ²

If we want to jump forward another ten years, then we have further research on this same phenomenon in 2004.

Among Democrats* (or more left-leaning individuals) with postgraduate experience, 54% express consistently liberal views, compared with 34% who did so in 2004 and just 16% a decade before that. Among Democratic* college graduates with no postgraduate experience, the proportion that is consistently liberal has nearly quadrupled since 1994, from 12% to 47%.¹

The change in attitudes among Republicans* (and more right-leaning individuals) has followed a very different trajectory over the past two decades. As noted in the 2014 Polarization report, the overall share of Republicans with predominantly conservative political values declined between 1994 and 2004, before rebounding in recent years. This pattern is seen across all educational categories.¹

As you can see there is some major evidence to suggest that college leads people to have more liberal thoughts and ideas due to their direct amount of education and the people surrounding them.

The graph information to the side (for desktop readers) and above (for mobile readers) shows more directly the different ideological sides and the growth between them.

Among Millennials, over a majority of them have more liberal-leaning views, with only four in ten millennial having a mix of both ideologies.

Across older generations, fewer have liberal political values. About a third of Gen Xers (36%) ¹ have at least mostly liberal attitudes, while 23% have mostly conservative attitudes; 41% are mixed ideologically. Among Boomers, more have conservative (36%) than liberal (30%) attitudes; 34% have mixed views. And among Silents, 40% are conservative — including 21% who are consistently conservative — while 26% are liberal and 34% express a mix of conservative and liberal views.

Sizable majorities of older Republicans — 64% of Boomers and 69% of Silents — have at least mostly conservative attitudes across the 10-item scale. More than a quarter of Republican Boomers (28%) and 38% of Republican Silents give down-the-line conservative responses. Both groups have become substantially more conservative over the past decade.

By contrast, only about half of Gen X Republicans (49%) express consistently or mostly conservative views — although that share has roughly doubled, from 24%, since 2004. Only about a third of Millennial Republicans (34%) express at least mostly conservative views, just half the share among Silent Republicans.

We can find more information about why this change in the last twenty-five years is directly explained by the following information from official census data that clearly show that our educational rates are higher than ever.

Pew Research Center graphic, research derived from US Census Data from 1973–2008. ³

The reason why Republicans are skeptical of higher education is because there is a clear link between education and the more liberal ideologies due to an increase in formalized, fact-based, and societal lessons that the average student receives versus those who did not attend or finish a college education.

High School Education

I want to point out that not only does this trend exist in college education, it starts much earlier with high school graduation rates.

The record share of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in 2008 comes at a time when a record proportion of young adults have completed high school, either by regular high school graduation or passing an equivalency test. According to Census Bureau figures, in October 2008, almost 85% of 18- to 24-year-olds had completed high school, an all-time high for this basic measure of educational attainment and up from 75.5% in 1967.

That is a major 10% increase graduation rates that shows 2.6 million high school graduates in 1967 is now an average of 3.3 million high school graduates in 2008 which will further increases college education rates due to the pipeline effect. ⁴

Conclusion

Leading conservatives aren’t ‘skeptical’ of higher education due to the success rates, they are terrified of the concept, because that means their ideas became dated and can no longer can hold a majority appeal to the public.

They aren’t skeptical, they are scared.


Sources:

  1. Smith, Samantha. “A Wider Ideological Gap Between More and Less Educated Adults.” Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 26 Apr. 2016, www.people-press.org/2016/04/26/a-wider-ideological-gap-between-more-and-less-educated-adults/.
  2. Kurtzleben, Danielle. “Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal?” NPR, NPR, 30 Apr. 2016, www.npr.org/2016/04/30/475794063/why-are-highly-educated-americans-getting-more-liberal. Accessed 29 Aug. 2017.
  3. Staff, Demographic Internet. School Enrollment, www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/school.html.
  4. “Digest of Education Statistics, 2007.” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a Part of the U.S. Department of Education, nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d07/tables/dt07_100.asp.
  5. “World’s Population Increasingly Urban with More than Half Living in Urban Areas | UN DESA Department of Economic and Social Affairs.” United Nations, United Nations, www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects.html.