Study: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists – Salon.com

Why don’t people behave in more environmentally friendly ways? New research presents one uncomfortable answer: They don’t want to be associated with environmentalists.

That’s the conclusion of troubling new research from Canada, which similarly finds support for feminist goals is hampered by a dislike of feminists.

Participants held strongly negative stereotypes about such activists, and those feelings reduced their willingness “to adopt the behaviors that these activities promoted,” reports a research team led by University of Toronto psychologist Nadia Bashir. This surprisingly cruel caricaturing, the researchers conclude, plays “a key role in creating resistance to social change.”

Writing in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Bashir and her colleagues describe a series of studies documenting this dynamic. They began with three pilot studies, which found people hold stereotyped views of environmentalists and feminists.

In one, the participants—228 Americans recruited via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk—described both varieties of activists in “overwhelmingly negative” terms. The most frequently mentioned traits describing “typical feminists” included “man-hating” and “unhygienic;” for “typical environmentalists,” they included “tree-hugger” and “hippie.”

via Study: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists – Salon.com.

Minnesota Eighth on Forbes List of Best States for Business

The pinkos at Forbes are trying to convince us that Minnesota’s high tax rates aren’t driving businesses to South Dakota. And what’s up with Wisconsin? Wasn’t union bashing supposed to improve the business climate?

From the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development:

~State jumps 12 spots from a year ago, making the biggest improvement of any state~

ST. PAUL – Minnesota ranked eighth in the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” jumping 12 spots from a year earlier on the strength of an improving economy, according to the publication.

Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study, which looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

Virginia ranked No. 1 in the study, followed by North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.

“The Forbes magazine study is fantastic recognition of our state’s strong economic climate and thriving business community,” said Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “The word is out that Minnesota is a great place to live, work and do business.”

Forbes cited the Twin Cities as Minnesota’s economic hub, with 62 percent of the state’s population and a strong mix of corporate headquarters, including TargetU.S. Bancorp,General Mills3M and Medtronic.

The magazine also noted the high percentage of Minnesotans with a high school degree (92.5 percent, ranking second nationally) and pointed to the state’s strong quality of life measures such as good schools, low poverty rate and healthy population.

In the six key metrics, Minnesota ranked fifth in quality of life, ninth in economic climate, 13th in growth prospects, 18th in labor supply, 22nd in regulatory environment and 34th in business costs.

Among other Midwestern states, South Dakota was 11th, Iowa was 12th, Indiana was 16th, Kansas was 17th, Illinois was 38th, Wisconsin was 41st and Michigan was 47th.

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The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business | Alternet

The average American family pays $6,000 a year in subsidies to big business.Thats over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. Its $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

via The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business | Alternet.

A Matter of Momentum for Great Lakes Restoration

Congress Asked for Long-Term Funding Commitment

by John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection

ST. PAUL, Minn. – More than 400 advocates from Minnesota and across the region gathered in Milwaukee on Tuesday for the annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference. With pivotal decisions to be made by Congress on the future support for the Great Lakes economy and ecology, they’re pushing for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Mich progress has been made, said Chad Lord, policy director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, but a long-term commitment from Washington is needed.

“That would help guarantee continuing restoration success,” he said, “and that’s success that we’re seeing not only in Minnesota, with all the projects that are being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but across the region.”

A U.S. Senate bill would provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The House could slash funding to $60 million, but an amendment has been introduced that would boost the amount in the House to $210 million. The Great Lakes are the largest source of surface freshwater on the planet.

Lord said previous funding from the Initiative in Minnesota has helped with everything from protecting drinking water to tackling toxic hotspots.

“Cleaning up the toxic mud that was sitting on the bottom on Stryker Bay in Duluth,” he said, “restoring moose habitat near Grand Marais; helping folks that are boating on one of Minnesota’s many lakes understand the types of activities that they can do to prevent invasive species from spreading.”

More information is online at greatlakesrestoration.us.

MPCA seeks comments on Snake River Watershed water quality improvement report | Minnesota Watershed

Brainerd, Minn. – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for the Snake River Watershed in east-central Minnesota. The report, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), focuses on pollution caused by excess bacteria and nutrients, mainly phosphorus. A public comment period begins Sept. 3 and continues through Oct. 3.

via MPCA seeks comments on Snake River Watershed water quality improvement report | Minnesota Watershed.