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How A Government Shutdown Impacts You

GOOD member MakinSense Babe shares in Politics, Health and Environment.

makinsensebabe:

How a shutdown impacts your life……
Don’t worry, the U.S. military will continue to operate.

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The Department of education will get sent home but your friends who are teachers still have to go to work. 

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Hundreds of national parks will close.

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Air traffic control stays open. 

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U.S. Postal Service stays open.

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And the DMV closes (maybe). 

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Missed why the government shut down? Click here —-> Here’s a quick explainer

Infographic: The Launch of Space Tourism- Alessandra Rizzotti and Corinna Loo contributed in Politics, Business and Technology
When NASA’s space shuttle program closed in 2011, the Obama Administration filled the void by reaching out to private businesses to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit. With commercial space transportation accounting for over $208 billion of the United States’ economic activity and employment of over one million people, space tourism has the potential to become a new exploration industry.
According to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, as of January 3, 2013, a total of 530 people from 38 countries are known to have gone into space, seven of which were private citizens, made possible by the company Space Adventures. Of the 530, three people completed only a sub-orbital flight, 527 people reached Earth orbit, 24 traveled beyond low Earth orbit and 12 walked on the Moon. Whether traveling 100 kilometers above our planet, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, or walking on the moon, here are the private companies that are making space tourism possible.

Tell us how far you’d travel in space. To participate in our exploration challenge, simply click here to say you’ll Do It.

Infographic: The Launch of Space Tourism
Alessandra Rizzotti and Corinna Loo contributed in Politics, Business and Technology

When NASA’s space shuttle program closed in 2011, the Obama Administration filled the void by reaching out to private businesses to transport crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit. With commercial space transportation accounting for over $208 billion of the United States’ economic activity and employment of over one million people, space tourism has the potential to become a new exploration industry.

According to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, as of January 3, 2013, a total of 530 people from 38 countries are known to have gone into space, seven of which were private citizens, made possible by the company Space Adventures. Of the 530, three people completed only a sub-orbital flight, 527 people reached Earth orbit, 24 traveled beyond low Earth orbit and 12 walked on the Moon. Whether traveling 100 kilometers above our planet, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, or walking on the moon, here are the private companies that are making space tourism possible.

Tell us how far you’d travel in space. To participate in our exploration challenge, simply click here to say you’ll Do It.

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling- Corinna Loo shared in Politics, Lgbt and Lgbtq
The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
In a separate ruling, it declined to take on the broader issue of gay marriage. The court decided that supporters of Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that had outlawed same-sex marriages in the California, did not have standing to bring the case to the court.

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Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling
Corinna Loo shared in Politics, Lgbt and Lgbtq

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

In a separate ruling, it declined to take on the broader issue of gay marriage. The court decided that supporters of Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that had outlawed same-sex marriages in the California, did not have standing to bring the case to the court.

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Remembering Nina Simone as a Siren and Powerful Civil Rights Activist- Yasha Wallin wrote in Politics, Music and Creativity

…using music as a soap box wasn’t an easy choice, as she once wrote, “Nightclubs were dirty, making records was dirty, popular music was dirty and to mix all that with politics seemed senseless and demeaning. And until songs like ‘Mississippi Goddam’ just burst out of me, I had musical problems as well. How can you take the memory of a man like [Civil Rights activist] Medgar Evers and reduce all that he was to three and a half minutes and a simple tune? That was the musical side of it I shied away from; I didn’t like ‘protest music’ because a lot of it was so simple and unimaginative it stripped the dignity away from the people it was trying to celebrate. But the Alabama church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers stopped that argument and with ‘Mississippi Goddam,’ I realized there was no turning back.”

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Remembering Nina Simone as a Siren and Powerful Civil Rights Activist
Yasha Wallin wrote in Politics, Music and Creativity

…using music as a soap box wasn’t an easy choice, as she once wrote, “Nightclubs were dirty, making records was dirty, popular music was dirty and to mix all that with politics seemed senseless and demeaning. And until songs like ‘Mississippi Goddam’ just burst out of me, I had musical problems as well. How can you take the memory of a man like [Civil Rights activist] Medgar Evers and reduce all that he was to three and a half minutes and a simple tune? That was the musical side of it I shied away from; I didn’t like ‘protest music’ because a lot of it was so simple and unimaginative it stripped the dignity away from the people it was trying to celebrate. But the Alabama church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers stopped that argument and with ‘Mississippi Goddam,’ I realized there was no turning back.”

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National Cathedral to Hold Gay Weddings- Yasha Wallin posted in Living, Politics and Same Sex Marriage
Washington’s 106-year-old cathedral will begin performing same-sex weddings—one of the first Episcopal congregations to implement the church’s new policy. The cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, said same-sex weddings are keeping in line with laws in Maryland and Washington, both of which have legalized same-sex marriage.
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National Cathedral to Hold Gay Weddings
Yasha Wallin posted in Living, Politics and Same Sex Marriage

Washington’s 106-year-old cathedral will begin performing same-sex weddings—one of the first Episcopal congregations to implement the church’s new policy. The cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, said same-sex weddings are keeping in line with laws in Maryland and Washington, both of which have legalized same-sex marriage.

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101 Facts About 100 Women of the House and Senate- Jessica De Jesus posted a Learn in Women and Politics





Last Thursday, a record 101 women were sworn in as members of the US House and Senate, which means that now, a mere 80% of federal elected officials are male. Woo! Girl power! It’s the end of men! But before we get ahead of ourselves celebrating women’s total 20% domination of the legislative branch, let’s take a minute to get to know a cocktail party fact about each of the 101 women who will be spending at least the next several weeks pretending to usher in a new era of bipartisanship in Washington.
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101 Facts About 100 Women of the House and Senate
Jessica De Jesus posted a Learn in Women and Politics

Last Thursday, a record 101 women were sworn in as members of the US House and Senate, which means that now, a mere 80% of federal elected officials are male. Woo! Girl power! It’s the end of men! But before we get ahead of ourselves celebrating women’s total 20% domination of the legislative branch, let’s take a minute to get to know a cocktail party fact about each of the 101 women who will be spending at least the next several weeks pretending to usher in a new era of bipartisanship in Washington.

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Tell Your Elected Officials to do Something About Gun Violence- Yasha posted a DO in Living, Politics, and Gun Control
Add your voice to the millions of Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum, coming together to demand solutions - real plans - from our elected leaders to do something about the toll of gun violence on our nation. Tell President Obama and all our elected leaders “We are better than this,” by signing this letter here.

Tell Your Elected Officials to do Something About Gun Violence
- Yasha posted a DO in Living, Politics, and Gun Control

Add your voice to the millions of Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum, coming together to demand solutions - real plans - from our elected leaders to do something about the toll of gun violence on our nation. Tell President Obama and all our elected leaders “We are better than this,” by signing this letter here.

Occupying Democracy: Amendments to Get Money out of Politics- Russell Simmons and David DeGraw

The future of our democracy cannot be for sale. Politicians must represent the people who elected them, not those who donated to their campaigns. All of the challenges that the American people face are grossly influenced by money in politics, and that is why we strongly support a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy and protect the people of this great nation.
A very broad coalition is uniting around this vital issue and it is just a matter of time before we reach critical mass. With the help of the GOOD community, we can soon reach a tipping point that forces historic political change. 
Thousands of working groups are spread throughout the country, organizing toward the same goal: ending the corrupt culture that has consumed our government by getting money out of politics. 
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Occupying Democracy: Amendments to Get Money out of Politics
- Russell Simmons and David DeGraw

The future of our democracy cannot be for sale. Politicians must represent the people who elected them, not those who donated to their campaigns. All of the challenges that the American people face are grossly influenced by money in politics, and that is why we strongly support a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy and protect the people of this great nation.

A very broad coalition is uniting around this vital issue and it is just a matter of time before we reach critical mass. With the help of the GOOD community, we can soon reach a tipping point that forces historic political change. 

Thousands of working groups are spread throughout the country, organizing toward the same goal: ending the corrupt culture that has consumed our government by getting money out of politics. 

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A Liberal’s Letter to Conservatives: Why Democrats Need You More Than Ever

Dear Conservatives,

Wow. Well that sucked, didn’t it?

I know how you’re feeling, and I don’t mean that in a condescending, mock-sympathy, shoulder-rub way. I really do. On a brisk November night in 2004 I lit a candle at my college’s chapel and despaired precisely the way you are now. I remember all too well that pit of dread in my stomach and the disbelieving heat flushing my cheeks. I get it, I really do, and I’m sorry about that. Kind of.

Now it’s the days after. All us liberals are walking around with huge grins, holding doors for people, and being all cheery and spry. Even our hangovers taste sweet. 

Despite all this, the election produced some very good news for you. 

What is it? That the Republican Party—in its current form—is dead. Its heart monitor is screaming  “BEEEEEEEE” in flatline and no matter how hard you pound on its chest you’re not bringing it back to life. Step back from the gurney, wipe the sweat from your brow, look at your watch and call it: time of death, 1:50 p.m., November 6, 2012. Why is this good news? 

Yesterday’s Republican Party had become diseased with anachronistic, extremist, jingoistic, and xenophobic ideology. It was infected by the Tea Party, the religious right, and the Koch Brothers. The Party was no longer the moderate, dignified, intellectual conservatism of yore, championed by well-educated members of the middle class. It had mutated into the party of people who protest outside post offices with handwritten protest signs declaring Obama a Muslim “socalist” and that English should be our official “langauguage.” In short, your Grand Old Party poisoned its grand old self. 

Do not mourn its passing though. The death of yesterday’s Republican Party was necessary to ensure tomorrow’s Republican Party is a viable political movement for the future. That movement must embody fiscal—not social—conservatism, small egalitarian government, and responsible free markets. Lastly and most importantly, base your political ideology on solid data, statistics, and reason, NOT fear, jingoism, and bigotry.

Look to sane conservatives—the Log Cabin Republicans, the Megan McCains, the John Hunstmans, even the Chris Christies. Approach political discourse like adults, not petulant children. Leave religion and your Bible totally and completely out of it—as per your favorite document, the U.S. Constitution.

The right-wing blogs are aflutter—this country is doomed, they say. America just died. In a sense, they’re right. The country they wanted, their ideal America, the country of backwards social policies where gay weddings will ruin your marriage and weed is bad mkay and women can’t look after their own bodies and anybody with dark skin is probably stealing shit be it TVs or jobs—that bizarre notion of America is dead.  

What these people don’t get, and what they’ll never get, is that America’s laws and politics should always reflect the desires of the majority of its populace, and the majority of its populace isn’t interested in their version of America.

These people will never adapt to the changing times. They will prop up the party’s corpse and scream louder, spittle flying as they rage about the death of our Constitution, the sanctity of marriage, of God’s rape-given gifts. They will insist “Obama Hussein’s” reelection means WAR, dammit, REVOLUTION. When this happens—and it already is—here’s what you do:

Tell them to Fuck. Right. Off.

Why am I telling you this? Why tip my liberal hand and give you advice? Because we—the Democrats—we need you.

I know, that sounds weird. The liberals reading this just choked on their soy lattes. But I’m serious. We need a reasonable counterpoint, an opposing view, a dissenting opinion. When you challenge our ideas with sound argument it will force us to make them stronger. The arguments of yesterday’s Republican Party were not sound, and the electorate knew it. Democrats didn’t so much win this election as the GOP lost it.

If you want to stick to your old ideology, we liberals take great pleasure in thumping you again. If you don’t think we can, remember you’ve lost the popular vote five out of the last six elections, and your demographic is only getting worse.

So please. Realize that yesterday’s Republican Party sucked. Light its funeral pyre and say a few words as it burns. Then from its ashes, rebuild it to the respectable party it once was.   

Much love, if you can believe it,

Your (liberal) fellow American

- Thanks, Wylie Overstreet

Tonight we party, tomorrow we vote!
Who and What the F***Are We Voting For!? — A Party
Photo by Tyler Hoehne

Tonight we party, tomorrow we vote!

Who and What the F***Are We Voting For!? — A Party

Photo by Tyler Hoehne

Frank Zappa Was Getting Out the Vote Before it Was Cool - by Jeff Newelt

Frank Zappa (RIP) was the iconoclast’s iconoclast, a genius composer/guitarist, an exacto-sharp satirist and a prominent promoter of voter registration years before “Rock The Vote” or MTV’s “Choose or Lose” began. He included “Register to Vote” on every album since 1971 when 18-year-olds won the right to vote, and was the first to register voters in concert halls, with the help of the League of Women Voters.
“Nothing scares them more than the possibility they will be voted out. The ballot box is still quite a weapon if we can just get people to use it, that’s all,” Zappa told my 19-year-old self in 1991, at the close of an interview I conducted for 34th Street Magazine at UPENN.
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Illustration by Fatim Hana

Frank Zappa Was Getting Out the Vote Before it Was Cool - by Jeff Newelt

Frank Zappa (RIP) was the iconoclast’s iconoclast, a genius composer/guitarist, an exacto-sharp satirist and a prominent promoter of voter registration years before “Rock The Vote” or MTV’s “Choose or Lose” began. He included “Register to Vote” on every album since 1971 when 18-year-olds won the right to vote, and was the first to register voters in concert halls, with the help of the League of Women Voters.

“Nothing scares them more than the possibility they will be voted out. The ballot box is still quite a weapon if we can just get people to use it, that’s all,” Zappa told my 19-year-old self in 1991, at the close of an interview I conducted for 34th Street Magazine at UPENN.

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Illustration by Fatim Hana

Interactive Infographic: Is America Falling Behind in Innovation? (Let’s hope not!)
As the election season kicks off, GOOD and MTV want to cut past all the blustering, pontificating, and finger pointing to get to the heart of some of the most important issues that America is facing today. Join us every other Wednesday for the next two months, when we’ll be graphically exploring through interactive infographics what goes behind the nation’s key issues.
In the past few weeks we’ve covered the major issues that have been on the minds of Americans, including energy independence, job creation, student debt, immigration, healthcare, national security, and taxes. 
This week’s issue is our final installment in this series. We want to look ahead to see what’s store for our nation and whether our candidates will be investing in research and technology. As it turns out, innovation has long been a driving force of America’s competitive lead in technology, science, and development. Innovation brings about world-changing ideas, which in turn brings jobs. But is America falling behind in innovation? How do we compare to other nations in the strength of our scientists, engineers, and research investment? Are our children armed with the strong math and science skills to lead a new generation of discovery? Find the answers and more here.
This infographic is a collaboration between GOOD and Other Means, with support from MTV

Interactive Infographic: Is America Falling Behind in Innovation? (Let’s hope not!)

As the election season kicks off, GOOD and MTV want to cut past all the blustering, pontificating, and finger pointing to get to the heart of some of the most important issues that America is facing today. Join us every other Wednesday for the next two months, when we’ll be graphically exploring through interactive infographics what goes behind the nation’s key issues.

In the past few weeks we’ve covered the major issues that have been on the minds of Americans, including energy independencejob creationstudent debtimmigrationhealthcarenational security, and taxes

This week’s issue is our final installment in this series. We want to look ahead to see what’s store for our nation and whether our candidates will be investing in research and technology. As it turns out, innovation has long been a driving force of America’s competitive lead in technology, science, and development. Innovation brings about world-changing ideas, which in turn brings jobs. But is America falling behind in innovation? How do we compare to other nations in the strength of our scientists, engineers, and research investment? Are our children armed with the strong math and science skills to lead a new generation of discovery? Find the answers and more here.

This infographic is a collaboration between GOOD and Other Means, with support from MTV

GOOD Video: No More Pricetags on Our Presidents

This video is brought to you by GOOD, with the support of Ben & Jerry’s

Did you know that the 2012 presidential campaigns have been the most expensive in the history of the world? Thanks to the Citizens United ruling in 2010, corporations have been allowed to use unlimited money resources to fund and influence initiatives that aren’t always in the best interest of citizens. Huge political funding gives an unfair share of political clout to the haves, and not enough for the have-nots. And when it comes to the presidential election, neither candidate can afford to fall behind the other in financing when the stakes are so high.

The result? Regardless of who wins the 2012 election, the day our president takes office he’s going to owe a lot of favors to corporate special interests. And that isn’t right. 

Last time we checked, America was a nation founded by and for the people, not political corporate interests. To take the price tags off our politicians, we need to take a stand against the Citizens United ruling. By coming together, we can take back our voices and get the dough out of politics. 

Learn more about Citizens United at our videos exploring the issue (click above and here) and then go here to take action.

Who and What the F***Are We Voting For!? — A Party - by Casey Caplowe
Even if you’re not one of the potentially mythical undecided voters in the presidential race, you may still be one of the roughly 100 percent of people (we made that up, but it feels right) who are undecided on the various ballot measures and state and local races you’ll find in front of you on November 6.
To help solve this problem and cram for the big event coming up just around the corner, we’re proposing a Who and What the F—- Are We Voting For!? party. 
The idea is simple: 
Find a spot to have a party. Invite some friends. Assign each guest one of the non-presidential races or ballot measures and ask them to prepare a short presentation (two minutes) to be delivered to everyone else at the party. During the party, as people present (questions and consulting the internet is fine) everyone fills out the DIY Voter Guide we’re providing below to bring to the polling booth as a cheat sheet. And we figured some drinking doesn’t hurt, so we’ve got a simple drinking game you can follow along with too. 
If you’re into it: 
Click here to download a toolkit and to-do list to help you make it happen. 
Click here to download the DIY Voter Guide and Drinking Game (print one copy for each attendee).
Click here to see if there’s any of these events happening near you, or add your own to the list on GOOD’s Meetup Everywhere page. 
And we suggest grabbing the image from the top of this post to use in your invite email to friends. (To download it, just right-click (or control-click if you’re on a Mac) the image and save it to your computer.)
And as you get more into it, here are some resources to figure out what’s on the ballot near you:
For full listings of what’s on the ballot in your zipcode: theballot.org or pollvault.com 
For the GOOD Community’s reviews on Ballot measures - vote.good.is
Many local newspapers have good voter guides and even endorsements published. We suggest searching for those perspectives to help you along your way. 
Cheers! America is lucky to have citizens like you.
This post is part of the Take Back Tuesday campaign to make Voting Day a national holiday. Sign up or encourage your company to join in at takebacktuesday.good.is.

Who and What the F***Are We Voting For!? — A Party - by Casey Caplowe

Even if you’re not one of the potentially mythical undecided voters in the presidential race, you may still be one of the roughly 100 percent of people (we made that up, but it feels right) who are undecided on the various ballot measures and state and local races you’ll find in front of you on November 6.

To help solve this problem and cram for the big event coming up just around the corner, we’re proposing a Who and What the F—- Are We Voting For!? party. 

The idea is simple: 

Find a spot to have a party. Invite some friends. Assign each guest one of the non-presidential races or ballot measures and ask them to prepare a short presentation (two minutes) to be delivered to everyone else at the party. During the party, as people present (questions and consulting the internet is fine) everyone fills out the DIY Voter Guide we’re providing below to bring to the polling booth as a cheat sheet. And we figured some drinking doesn’t hurt, so we’ve got a simple drinking game you can follow along with too. 

If you’re into it: 

  • Click here to download a toolkit and to-do list to help you make it happen. 
  • Click here to download the DIY Voter Guide and Drinking Game (print one copy for each attendee).
  • Click here to see if there’s any of these events happening near you, or add your own to the list on GOOD’s Meetup Everywhere page
  • And we suggest grabbing the image from the top of this post to use in your invite email to friends. (To download it, just right-click (or control-click if you’re on a Mac) the image and save it to your computer.)

And as you get more into it, here are some resources to figure out what’s on the ballot near you:

  • For full listings of what’s on the ballot in your zipcode: theballot.org or pollvault.com 
  • For the GOOD Community’s reviews on Ballot measures - vote.good.is
  • Many local newspapers have good voter guides and even endorsements published. We suggest searching for those perspectives to help you along your way. 

Cheers! America is lucky to have citizens like you.

This post is part of the Take Back Tuesday campaign to make Voting Day a national holiday. Sign up or encourage your company to join in at takebacktuesday.good.is.

Election Day Eats: Introducing ‘Voting Day’ Apple Pie Bake-Offs - by Lara Rabinovitch

Ask your friends to name their favorite aspect of any holiday and talk will turn to food pretty quickly. So if Election Day were a national holiday, what food would we eat?
Nothing is as American as, well, apple pie, so I propose we mark Election Day by celebrating this quintessential American dish, broadly conceived, in voter-based baking competitions across the country. Think of it was voting with your ballot and palate.
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Art Direction and Photography by Jessica De JesusApple pie by Carolyn Sams 

Election Day Eats: Introducing ‘Voting Day’ Apple Pie Bake-Offs - by Lara Rabinovitch

Ask your friends to name their favorite aspect of any holiday and talk will turn to food pretty quickly. So if Election Day were a national holiday, what food would we eat?

Nothing is as American as, well, apple pie, so I propose we mark Election Day by celebrating this quintessential American dish, broadly conceived, in voter-based baking competitions across the country. Think of it was voting with your ballot and palate.

Continue reading on good.is

Art Direction and Photography by Jessica De Jesus
Apple pie by Carolyn Sams