At one point the United States of America had 46 states. There were less before that and more after. It seems to -FUPPETS- that many people automatically assume that the USA has reached a limit of some sort on allowable states as if the even number of 50 somehow confers finality. This is because people are stupid. It would not take much more to have the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico established as US states. They are all less remote than the state of Hawaii, and far more hospitable than Alaska. They are all US protectorates, or commonwealths, or colonies, or whatever, and the people born there are all citizens instantly with all rights granted to all US citizens. The US government already uses money to run the postal service, infrastructure, government, and military protection for these places. It would be little more than a formality to grant them full statehood, with representation in Congress in equal proportion to their population, just like all other states. Why has the US government not done this in the 60+ years since annexing Hawaii and Alaska? It is a very thorny question and the answers are likely not pretty. -FUPPETS- does not have them, only suspicions, and the knowledge that nothing is ever done, by governments nor by private enterprise, with anything other than the filthy lucre of money in mind. So keep your eyes open, your mind open, your ears open, ask the questions, especially the OBVIOUS ones, for those are the ones that they are hoping you never actually ask. You never know what will make that connection in your brain, allowing for insight and wisdom not gathered from the fucking TV news or the bullshit infotainment disguised as educational TV.
WHEN INSIDERS EXPOSE THE UGLY SIDE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY - ( Vigilant Citizen )
MUSIC AND SPEECH SHARE A CODE FOR COMMUNICATING SADNESS IN THE MINOR THIRD - ( Ferris Jabr - Scientific American )
COLONIAL STUDIES: Real ants offer no lessons in moral human conduct - ( Deborah M. Gordon - Boston Review )
BEN FRANKLIN ON AMERICAN HAPPINESS: A wise advisor for troubled times - ( Jerry Weinberger - City Journal )
THE VALLEY OF TABOOS: Daring to discuss Africa's indigenous beliefs - ( Johann Hari - Slate )