Wednesday, November 06, 2013

network mapping of urban environmental stewardship groups...,



stewmap | Who, what, where, why and how are environmental stewardship groups working across the urban landscape? The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) seeks to answer the question: What are the social and spatial interactions among civic groups who conserve, manage, monitor, advocate for, and educate the public about their local environments (including water, land, air, waste, toxics, and energy issues)


31 comments:

Vic78 said...

You have to give it up for easy answers. I believe investment is a better answer than density. Now that's it. "Why do some places see better investments than others?" I believe one can get 200+ pages out of that.

CNu said...

It's only been a few weeks since we touched on that topic. http://dreamandhustle.com/2013/10/why-the-black-community-should-recalibrate-our-thinking-towards-endowments/ and while he was at it, Ed drilled even further into a related vein with his treatment of HBCU's http://dreamandhustle.com/2013/09/lycos-yahoo-mosaic-explains-why-hbcus-are-a-joke-to-the-black-community/


It doesn't make sense to invest and endow on the basis of sentimentality. The HBCU and the Hood are places that quite a few people are from, but are also places that nobody I know wanted to go back to if other opportunities were available to them. IOW, these historic institutions were adaptations to the exclusionary force of Jim Crow, rather than intentional communities organized around their own sustainable principles and premises.



So, when crafting that 200 page persuasive narrative, it is of paramount importance to identify principles and premises that have an organic, contemporary, sustainable, and HIGHLY APPEALING life of their own, separate from any past hurty feelings or grievances from which most people in their right and forward-looking minds seek to distance themselves because it is of no continuing benefit.

CNu said...

Of tangentially related note, is it just me, or didn't China signal rather clearly that it fully intends to use its population as a strategic advantage in its planning for what's around that signpost up ahead? http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2013/11/china-unveils-nuclear-submarine-fleet.html

umbrarchist said...

I thought overconsumption was called Economic Growth.


ROFL

John Kurman said...

My suspicion is they will weave several thousand of their citizens into giant cudgels, hammers, and blackjacks, and walk down the streets bashing Americans with them.... just because they can.

John Kurman said...

We, of course, would love to counter with giant fighting robots, but we can't build that kind of shit anymore.

CNu said...

The Red Chinese very obviously haven't watched Red Dawn and have some highly confused notions about where trouble resides in the continental U.S. Chinese calculations for nuclear attacks on the U.S. are chillingly macabre.

“Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,” the Global Times said.


By nuking the coastal urban concentrations, they just take out a bunch of latte-swilling fashionistas and food-powered, make-work hierarchical types. If they leave the gunned up CSA and flyover regions unscorched - it'll take generations of grueling boots on the ground drudgery to actually conquer the U.S. - and numerical advantages notwithstanding - they very well may lose in the process.

CNu said...

Not that it has phuk to do with this subject, but please go and google common core exemplar texts...,

John Kurman said...

Ah, dude, that's Neolithic thinking, that you need to occupy the land. Just spritz it all down real heavily with human equivalent of Roundup and reapply every few years. That's why they don't cut back on their air and water pollution. Getting themselves immune to the new poison ecology.

umbrarchist said...

I have been watching some of the furor over Common Core. It will take a few years to be acknowledged as useless as No Child Left Behind.

umbrarchist said...

This has one book by Bradbury:

http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commoncore/ela-appendix-b.pdf


Fahrenheit 451. Nothing by Heinlein, Asimov or Clarke. This goes to out Two Cultures business and the school system dominated by Liberal Arts types and people not knowing enough science for decades.

CNu said...

If you had to hazard a guess as to which of these bout to be strenuously competing, wannabe species hegemons has already stockpiled still secret stashes of the human equivalent of Roundup....?

Vic78 said...

I would say China and Russia. The US has some funky shit at the CDC. Russia has some mutated diseases in their labs. There's no telling what China has.

CNu said...

The U.S., Israel, and apartheid South Africa were working on race-specific pathogens generations ago. I'd hazard the guess that the Han are sufficiently racially homogeneous to be at risk of some most serious mortality.

Vic78 said...

You wouldn't believe I tried to get something started like your last paragraph a long time ago. I wasn't writing a book. I was trying to put a team together to fix certain issues. You probably wouldn't believe how quickly it was derailed. One dumbass conversation was all it took. The bastard was trying to argue with me while I was trying to get him on board. The sick part was that he wasn't even bothering with my ideas. He was attacking my character. It justified my policy of not having much to say to jerkoffs. After that night I had to rethink things. A whole lot of people have thrown their hands up and said fuck it. I don't blame them when they do. I've seen my reward so far for trying to do something. This is just one story.

ken said...

Part of managing starts with using the money you are investing wisely. There is nothing wrong with trying to straighten things up a little to make it more effective. Perhaps a little deeper dig might even have you thinking saving money and attempting to make producers where we can is helpful.


http://www.cato.org/blog/republican-food-stamp-plan-modest-step-right-direction

CNu said...

And in a context-free world, this might seem reasonable. But we live in the trickle-down, deregulated, military industrial, prison industrial, paramilitary policing, war on drugs disenfranchisement from voting, employment, participation in the economic mainstream world. In this world that the republicans have had such a central role in shaping over the past 40 years, this is not an attempt to straighten anything out, rather, it is an additional outlandish swipe at those most negatively effected by 40 years of cumulative republican economic mismanagement - which mismanagement prioritizes imbecilic wars over basic human needs.

ken said...

Who in government could you accept this reasonable idea from and consider the proposal from the elements it contains?

CNu said...

I don't accept that any aspect of what the teatards are proposing is reasonable either in application as a policy, or in underlying motivation. (Much like any critique leveled by teatards at Obama)


The brief history of bipartisan, centrist response to hunger outlined in the rolling stone article gives a clear indication of a good faith, bipartisan source of proposals I would find credible inasmuch they're not intended to scuttle government, harm black and poor, and pretend at self-righteous reasonableness.

ken said...

That really wasn't my question, let's say this proposal was dropped into someone's mind from an intersection with the fourth dimension, who in government could present this that would you consider the proposal on it's merits and logic?

makheru bradley said...

It’s important to remember, as the RS article mentions, that the war on the poor begins with “Cigar Willie,” Bill Clinton’s welfare reform.

[In 1996, when Congress revised the separate welfare law, it also placed severe new restrictions on food stamps. Able-bodied adults who weren't raising children were limited to receiving food stamps for only three months out of three years if they weren't working at least 20 hours a week or participating in a job-training program. This grim rule applied no matter how hard they tried to find a job and even if they hadn't been able to get a slot in a training program.]

Both the Southerland amendment and the suggestions of the CATO Institute are ludicrous in this economy.

http://bit.ly/1hPWwsV

[While data on the very poor is limited and subject to challenge, recent studies have found that as many as one in every four low-income single mothers is jobless and without cash aid — roughly four million women and children. Poor families can turn to other programs, like food stamps or Medicaid, or rely on family and charity. But the absence of a steady source of cash, however modest, can bring new instability to troubled lives. Just one in five poor children now receives cash aid, the lowest level in nearly 50 years.]

http://nyti.ms/1fmn3vy

Of course some powerless people are abusing the food stamp program. Just like powerful people on corporate welfare. The biggest hypocrites in the bunch are Congresspeople who voted to cut food stamps while receiving farm subsidies.

[Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.). His wife, Caroline Aderholt, is a 6.3 percent owner of McDonald Farms according to 2008 ownership records. McDonald Farms received $66,891 in direct payment farm subsidies in 2012.

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.). He and his wife Lynn Fincher are each 50 percent partners in Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms. They received a $70,574 direct payment farm subsidy in 2012.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calf.). He and his wife Jill LaMalfa are each 16.67 percent partners (combined share totals 33.33%) of DSL Lamalfa Family Partnership, which received $188,570 in direct payments for 2012.]-- Alternet

The Democratic-controlled Senate also voted to cut $4 billion from food stamps over 10 years. At the end of the day Congress will agree on a number and food stamps will be cut by billions of dollars, but corporate welfare will keep on rolling.

CNu said...

lol, silly rabbit, mind represents that intersection, some understand that fact and others are just dumb and struggling, period.



As for the question, I had in fact answered it by referring you back to the original authors of the supplemental nutrition assistance program who married up urban and rural interests to benefit both their respective constituencies. I'll take bipartisan budget cutting from any combination of legislators working in good faith, exclusive of teatard taliban elements - whose only purpose is to subvert normal governance and inflict injury upon poor black and brown people, the traditional victims of American economic warfare and labor value appropriation.

Vic78 said...

Why didn't Obama use his popularity to at least try to get a congressional majority? There were at least 40 districts that were in play. It's pretty obvious that you need a majority to govern effectively. It's masochistic to do play around the way they do.

CNu said...

The teatard solution for one of the fundamental problems it and it's immediate ideological forbears created - is nothing short of the/a Final Solution. http://www.thenation.com/article/177017/boxed-how-criminal-record-keeps-you-unemployed-life for the black and brown poor that have been in its crosshairs since the Nixon administration.

ken said...

I think food stamps are as much a rural interest as and urban interest, my guess is a higher percentage are on food stamps in the rural than in urban settings. (Note: In June 2009, according to data gathered by the Times, 14.6% of rural residents received food stamps. In urban counties, 10.8% of the population received food stamps). So there is no reason to attempt make food stamps just an urban concern that has nobody receiving benefits in the rural area, like the rolling stone attempted. Currently right now with the relaxed requirements to be looking for work or being trained or working to receive food stamps, a person can get food stamps without doing anything. I probably would also
like to see farm subsidies cut also, but they shouldn't be considered equal.

The rural or urban person getting food stamps has to do nothing to get the their 180 or so dollar per person allowance for groceries, meanwhile the farmer is going to have to work to get a subsidy. He still has to have a farm and actually produce, whether it's corn for an ethanol subsidy or whatever, he is going to have to come up with something.

Vic78 said...

So what should happen if the farmer's crop doesn't work out one year?

Vic78 said...

Food stamps are part of the cycle. It's not about people getting something for nothing. It's about making sure people don't die in the streets. And the money goes directly to accepting businesses. Food that would have been wasted goes to someone's kitchen. People don't get on food stamps because they like not having shit. They're on their last leg and need a little help.

ken said...

Is that what the farm subsidy is for, in case crops don't work one year? If that's the case handle it year to year or like you would natural disasters.

Vic78 said...

Food stamps serve the same purpose for individuals that hit hard times.

ken said...

Ok we can agree we should help, but my family is 5 people and that puts my subsidy if I was on food stamps at $793 per month for just groceries, I think that is more than I pay for groceries now I go to Sams and buy in bulk but still, you can get a pretty good amount of groceries for a little under 800 bucks a month. Part of the future cuts over 10 years are going to happen because we expect this is the peak amount of people on food stamps, another is we hope to encourage people who are able to train for a job, or be working.


And the amount of money that is talking about being cut is 5% of the projected amount if nothing was done for 10 years. Or a little under the $40 for the family who gets around 800 for groceries a month if we made no other program adjustments. It's assumed it there would be cost saving adjustments that would allow the family to see less of a cut. How are we going to find a way to quit borrowing 40 cents for every dollar we spend if we can't even allow discussion about something like this?

Ed Dunn said...

I touch on this topic in regards to China urbanization as to import talent with the high-density to avoid the disaster of Portland, Oregon failed efforts of densification without diversification.

http://dreamandhustle.com/2013/07/can-hood-brothas-and-sistas-help-china-urbanize-and-help-our-hoods-at-the-same-damn-time/



In terms of hoods and HBCUs, one of my new recruits trumped my "hood card" proposition with his "college card" proposition it was easier to transform Urbana, Illinois or Cambridge, Mass faster and more effectively and benefit the "hoods" in these college towns faster and more effectively because of the talent pool and demonstrated educational capability of the population.

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