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“Although marches are the most public way to protest, another striking but understated way is simply not to engage with the systems one doesn’t agree with. For instance, the vast majority of today’s teenagers aren’t at all interested in joining the all-volunteer military. Last year, for the first time since the height of the Iraq war 13 years ago, the Army fell thousands of troops short of its recruiting goals. That trend was emphasized in a 2017 Department of Defense poll that found only 14% of respondents ages 16 to 24 said it was likely they’d serve in the military in the coming years. This has the Army so worried that it has been refocusing its recruitment efforts on creating an entirely new strategy aimed specifically at Generation Z.

In addition, we’re finally seeing what happens when soldiers from America’s post-9/11 wars come home infused with a sense of hopelessness in relation to those conflicts. These days, significant numbers of young veterans have been returning disillusioned and ready to lobby Congress against wars they once, however unknowingly, bought into. Look no farther than a new left-right alliance between two influential veterans groups, VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America, to stop those forever wars.”

And many more, like climate activists and the Pentagon footprint.


These young people have never known a period of true American peace. They are seeing the terrific war damage: the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others. There are the suicides, PTSD, chronic despair and depression. If Generation Z doesn’t have loved ones affected by this scourge, they know folks who do. Who can blame them? I’ve always been a peacenik so I sure don’t!


Rather than seeing “the horrendous death and suffering caused by ISIS and others,” it is more likely they are seeing and reacting to the horribleness of wars that have been instituted by the US for no other reason than for corporate profit.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Importance of economics and geography — not just one policy

Place-Based Economic Conditions and the Geography of the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Over 400,000 people in the U.S. have died from opioid overdoses since 2000. However, there is widespread geographic variation in fatal opioid overdose rates, and the contributions of prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) to the crisis vary substantially across different parts of the U.S. In a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health, we classified U.S. counties into six different opioid classes, based on their overall rates and rates of growth in fatal overdoses from specific types of opioids between 2002-04 and 2014-16 (see Figure 1). We then examined how various economic, labor market, and demographic characteristics vary across these different opioid classes. We show that various economic factors, including concentrations of specific occupations and industries, are important to explaining the geography of the U.S. opioid overdose crisis.


about 21,000 a year. but terrorists. shocking.


T and R, jcb!! Subir got TOP all riled up in a positive way with Bernie’s interview with Margaret Brennan 🙂

On a much more serious subject, NC did this post on fracking. Worth reading. Mebbe there is hope regarding fighting fracking.


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