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carter meland

minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 07/31/14 at 09:00 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

Given their laser focus, Paulsen, Kline, Bachmann, et. al. must have missed the memo that Zellers issued at the debate the other day. “We’re all Republicans,” Zellers said. “We’re not going to go off on a tangent.”

Posted on 04/29/14 at 11:39 am in response to Minneapolis creates Indigenous People's Day on Columbus Day

Historians suggest that Columbus became the "discoverer of America" as a result of the need to reject all those British influences in the Revolutionary War era. Americans shouldn't be celebrating anything British (like the British colonists who "discovered" New England). They needed a hero who wasn't British and Columbus fit the bill. The idea of Columbus as the discoverer of America was a concocted fantasy (and Washington Irving, the fantasist who gave us the Headless Horseman and Rip Van...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 10:58 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

Don't be fooled by personal assumptions or hoary stereotypes about the homogeneity of Scandinavia.

About 7% of Minnesotans are immigrants, and the five state region as a whole is less than 9%. In the US about 13% of the population are immigrants--that is likely a few ticks higher when you factor in the widely agreed upon number of 11.7 million undocumented immigrants (not the 17 or 20 million that the fantasists at Fox/Washington Times imagines).

A quick google on the...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 03:35 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

... of my comment was to address the stereotype that the Nordic countries were homogeneous and immigration averse.

Immigration patterns will of course change over the next 35 years (they even changed between Paul Brandon's 2006 numbers concerning Sweden having a 12% immigrant population and my 2011 numbers of 19%) and will likely change again as wars end, nations stabilize, economies shift, collapse, recover, etc. A map projecting population growth (which includes births) does not...

Posted on 04/17/13 at 11:01 am in response to Gun rights in the 1780s and today

Arguably the Haudenosaunee confederacy, which many cite as an inspiration to the US federal form of gov't, is much older than the American gov't. Not judging, just saying.

Posted on 02/20/13 at 11:43 am in response to Why motorists get so angry at cyclists — a psychologist's theory

While interesting, Tom Stafford is not a psychologist, he is an evolutionary psychologist which is a different bird in so many ways. Evolutionary psychology is an offshoot of sociobiology (which arguably is an offshoot of 19th-century social Darwinism). These fields of study, while popular, have been roundly criticized by leading scientists and thinkers in all sorts of fields and so any ideas they offer should be taken with huge doses of salt.

To read one such criticism, you should...

Posted on 10/12/12 at 12:25 pm in response to Using the Dakota War to talk about racism, stereotypes and violence

Good story giving good overview of this important series of dialogues. I've met Jim Bear and was moved by his dream and his desire to initiate dialogue about the impact events such as the hanging of the 38. He is an able facilitator of dialogue and I highly recommend that readers of MinnPost attend some or all of these events! They will come away with fresh perspectives and, I hope, new understandings of how such events have impacted Native communities.

Posted on 09/18/12 at 04:05 pm in response to What’s wrong with what Romney said: from Thurston Howell to pandering

Ms. Martin wonders why Romney doesn't mention the low-to-nonexistent taxes that many corportations pay and that made me think of another critical oversight that Romney makes in painting this picture. He conflates the 47% of non-taxpayers with being moochers on gov't entitlements AND with being squarely in the Obama camp. As Brooks points out in NYTimes piece (that served as the impetus for Black's piece here): "The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not...

Posted on 08/29/12 at 05:28 pm in response to Chris Christie’s GOP convention speech: 20 truths make a lie

Orwell told the truth, unlike Republicans like Christie and Pawlenty who may have taken inspiration from Orwell's fictional creation Big Brother and his Party's extensive use of Newspeak to make lies seem true.

Posted on 08/20/12 at 01:00 pm in response to Using amendments to tear up the Constitution — or not

Others know more about this than I do, but I want to put out there that modern Constitutional republics (like the US) explicitly seek to protect minority groups from the "tyranny of the majority." In the case of these amendments the GLBT community and non-photo ID holders are minority groups. Paul's piece seems to be suggesting that amendments passing by 50% + one vote enact the kind of tyranny that thinkers like Madison and JS Mill worried about. Even looking at it from a states' rights...