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Some of you have a favorite celebrity. Well, so do I. Except its not human and - here’s the kicker - its address is quite literally out of this world.  

"There are 3.7 million unregistered blacks and 4 million unregistered Hispanics and Asian Americans in the “Black Belt” region of the American South. According to Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ben Jealous, this is an enormous source of untapped political power."

"But no matter which political party they favor, the very fact that they are voting at all would impact the political dynamics in each state"

Can you imagine? I don’t really care what your politics are, as long as EVERYONE VOTES. That’s the most important thing. 

Original summary: http://bit.ly/1lVMmd7

How voter suppression occurs strongest where minorities live: http://bit.ly/JHHKHy

Fight against voter suppression lands in Birmingham: http://bit.ly/1ARkyNy

"The Millennials are our youngest adult generation. They’re America’s most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever. More than four-in-ten are non-white, many the U.S.-born children of the big wave of Hispanic and Asian immigrants who began arriving half a century ago.

They’re political and social liberals, they’re social media wizards, they’re highly educated, they’re not very religious, they’re slow to marry and have kids, and many are saddled with college debt and lousy jobs. Because of their difficulties getting launched in a tough economy, 46% have at some point boomeranged back to their childhood homes, where the refrigerator is stocked, the washing machine isn’t coin-operated, and all their dreams are on hold, but intact. Despite these economic woes, Millennials are the nation’s most dogged optimists. They believe their own best days are ahead – and so are America’s.”

Fascinating look at demographic transformation that is underway in the United States, comparing it to previous generations of Americans. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1hMvZhl

Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama

If you don’t know who they are, then I’ll make the sleuthing easy for you: 

Wil Wheaton: http://wilwheaton.net/

Phil Plait: http://slate.me/X9AwDn

A place where something great came to a final end. 

Castellum Lucullanum, destroyed in the 9th century CE, was where the last acknowledged emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustulus, was exiled after he was deposed by the possibly Germanic Odoacer. This exile occurred in 476 CE.

From there Romulus vanishes from the historical record, presumably living out his last days there. A castle was built on the same spot hundreds of years later, Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle), which stands today. Although the traditions of the Western Empire carried on in name only and slowly phased out, there is general agreement that this was the end of the Western Roman Empire. 

Here is the modern structure that is Castel dell’Ovo. 

If you are disgusted or disengaged by politics and you are not voting, then you are part of the problem. More people dropping out of the process means, increasingly, that a smaller & smaller fringe minority of angry (and not necessarily smarter) Americans are choosing candidates for the rest of us to vote on in the general election.

To compound the problem, 57% of eligible voters turned out for the general presidential election in 2012.

"Overall, voter turnout among the 25 states that have held primaries is down 18 percent from the 2010 election, according a study by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. There were almost 123 million age-eligible voters in these primary states, but only about 18 million of them voted.” - Washington Post

You might be thinking that your voice doesn’t matter and that’s why you don’t participate. Perhaps that’s true. You may think that politics as it is won’t change anything. This too rings true. In fact, both of these sentiments will be true if you are not voting.

The United States is the oldest modern democracy in the world (not counting the Haudenosaunee) yet we rank below Kenya, India and Mexico in terms of voter turnout. Things certainly won’t change until these figures do. Maybe if we matched Kenya’s turnout (85%), this might be a vastly different nation?

jtotheizzoe:

How much is your vision of the future worth? Think of what kind of world that little guy could grow up in with 1 cent of every federal dollar going to Big Science like NASA.

www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

(In other news, is it me or does Curiosity want to laser zap little dude like a rock?)