Up to Speed

Democracy is a Participation Sport

As a follow-up to an earlier post on voter apathy comes this gem from CNN: “Americans know literally nothing about the Constitution”.

The brief article talks about a new poll from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center which revealed:

* More than one in three people (37%) could not name a single right protected by the First Amendment. THE FIRST AMENDMENT.
* Only one in four (26%) can name all three branches of the government. (In 2011, 38% could name all three branches.)
* One in three (33%) can’t name any branch of government. None. Not even one.

I always thought those “man on the street” segments of late night TV where people didn’t know the President’s name were fake. I guess not. But if my 3rd grader knows this stuff, I think it’s fair that adults should know it, too.

C’mon America, we can do better.

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Voting Apathy

As I’m sure you’ve heard, popular-vote winner (but not President) Hillary Clinton is starting her book tour. In fact, it kicked off on Tuesday in New York City. People lined up nearly a day in advance to get their chance to meet former Secretary of State Clinton and hear her side of the election in What Happened. Secretary Clinton even sent pizza to those waiting overnight in line (Glamour has the story here).

Do you think maybe there’s one person in that line who received pizza who maybe shouldn’t have indulged? The Guardian (a FF favorite news site..no pay wall!) provides the story that the person first in line didn’t vote in the election…because of course they didn’t.

I’m not sure what it will take for citizens to vote, but don’t be bitching about the state of the country and how bad Congress is if you can’t take the time to research the issues and vote for the candidate which best matches your positions.

America (and specifically non-voting citizens), Group Your Poop.

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Grouping Your Poop — LITERALLY

Usually we like to point out how people need to get their $h!t together in a figurative sort of way. This story, takes it to the literal level.

What happens when you go on a Tinder date then get stuck in a compromising position? Though widely shared, Huffington Post tells the unlikely story of a girl literally grouping her poop.

FocusedFeed appreciates her dedication to our meme.

Hat tip to FFF (FocusedFeed Fan) J for the post suggestion.

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Love is Love is Love

Sometimes those small in stature can bring about big changes. Yesterday Edie Windsor passed away. Maybe you know the name, maybe not, but she’s a civil rights legend and was the plaintiff in the SCOTUS case which ultimately led to marriage equality. NPR has a great article on her life, and Time shares President Obama’s moving statement on her passing.

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Role Models

Remember that old Charles Barkley commercial where he says, “I am not a role model”? What shapes kids and their goals, dreams, aspirations? Families play an outsized role in this, but with the non-stop media world we now live in, don’t underestimate the passive messages kids see and hear. On Monday night, Beth Mowins became the first woman to do play-by-play in a nationally televised pro football game in multiple decades. She’s experienced – maybe you’ve heard her call FCS powerhouse NDSU beat top-ten ranked Iowa in football last year, or UConn winning women’s basketball championships? But for girls to hear someone like them at the top spot in a male-dominated field, just the act of her doing it means more than can be imagined. ESPNW writer Kavitha Davison writes about “That Visceral Feeling of Hearing Someone Like Me in the Monday Night Football Booth”.

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The Ties That Bind

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is that annoying-type dude who has a stat for everything and tweets nonstop on contracts and concession items/prices. The business side of sports. On the 16th anniversary of 09/11, he shares a personal story linking his life to that fateful day.

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Stronger Together

Without the kindness of strangers, where would we be? As Florida prepared for Irma, some families had nowhere to go. Strangers took them in…and Buzzfeed has the story here.

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