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The real criminals in the Tarek Mehanna case - Salon.com: if I were in a political theory class I would write a paper about this

Pat's sign: Pat and me (not shown) at the anti-SOPA protest

Capitalism VS Communism: The Battle of Ideologies.... Has this game been made? | BoardGameGeek | BoardGameGeek: Insight into Twilight Struggle design

pandagon.net: on hipsters, Tea Partiers, and the danger of pronouncing others inauthentic

deborah: authorial intent: "yay equality" in the book, "except for you" online

Krystal Ball's New Statement About The Scandalous Photos Released Online | The Frisky: and she designs educational software!

poesy galore: Being Visibly Queer-Friendly: Please Consider It: Thinking about how to embody this. Not as necessary in NYC, but in India maybe? A button would be a start

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_11_crew_in_quarantine.jpg: "You S.O.B.s just made my list!"

kaigou | the currency of little stories (pt 2): to read when I'm awake

Andrew Jackson's America - National - The Atlantic: "They claim to fear the immigrant clinging to his language. No. What they fear is the immigrant learning theirs."

http://lyrics.wikia.com/Oscar_Brand:Presidential_Campaign_Songs_1789%E2%80%931996_%281999%29: includes lyrics to "Get on a Raft with Taft," "Huzzah for Madison, Huzzah," "If He's Good Enough for Lindy," "Harding, You're the Man for Us," "Buckle Down With Nixon"; my heart sings to see this

INTERKOSMOS | a film by Jim Finn: Leonard, did you already know about this?

Dr. Rivka - Life and Death Situations: "My job, when I meet a suicidal person, is uncomplicated. It is my job to stand with the part of the person that wants to live.....Why is it that there is literally no disaster, no tragedy, no collection of problems so severe that our society argues that a person ought to be allowed to die rather than suffer them – EXCEPT for physical degeneration?"

Yatima » Blog Archive » a chimpanzee manifesto: You knew I'd bookmark this. Status play, compromise, imagining the possible, the endless joyous struggle.

Help us petition @SenChrisDodd to amend his proposal devastating startups and angel investors: missing the crucial info, *what is the bill and what is it aiming to do?!*

"Make True on that Promise" | The White House: Lincoln, then Obama playing with the word "bound" something fierce

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect: via Real Adult Sex. Personal excellence talks louder than bigotry, given a big juicy opportunity.

Civil Service — Crooked Timber: a reminder of the awesome Bunnatine Greenhouse

Politics, free trade, violence - Charlie's Diary: why capital and labor flows -> stupid harsh iron borders. Alt version http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012260.html#408196

'A Year in Pyongyang - North Korea' by Andrew Holloway: Kind of afraid to read this.

Edge 314: missiology, science-based field research, and jihad

Open 311 | The White House: San Francisco, 311, API sharing, pushing far too many of my buttons

Google and Italy — Crooked Timber: on Italy, rule of law, & differing conceptions of what the law should be - read the comments

Schneier on Security: Small Planes and Lone Terrorist Nutcases: disagreement from Schneier!

Bitch Ph.D.: There is no terrorism but Islamic terrorism: just for the title

Majikthise : Of course it was terrorism: "Stack said he hoped that his spectacular act of violence would galvanize others to rebel against the government."

Obama Administration Appoints Openly Transgender Woman to Dept. of Commerce | PEEK | AlterNet: Simpson's quote at the end makes me choke up & feel patriotic

Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, & Trademarks: just had to consult this to refresh my memory

The White House Blog | The White House: allez cuisine

Redefining Property: Lessons from American History | QuestionCopyright.org: points reader to http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28148/28148-h/28148-h.htm - proslavery arguments

Anacrusis › Senji: “You’re beginning an argument that leads into a distrust of all information from your senses,” says Senji.

Why I don’t like “Non-Commercial” licenses « Nina Paley’s Blog: to consider

The Limits Of Our Dialogue On Race And Beyond - Ta-Nehisi Coates : "It'd be as if our thoughts of sexism revolved strictly around honor-killings and rape. Perhaps they do."

YouTube - Auto-Step the News #5: loves, combined

http://tablesaw.dreamwidth.org/395780.html: !

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Gay sex decriminalised in India: Yay! What will emerge from this?

The strange nakedness of Mark Sanford | Salon : captures some of my feelings about the guy

http://www.tommcmahon.net/2005/05/world_premiere_.html: "We at the Library cannot confirm or deny that it is President Ford in that cover."

http://www.amptoons.com/blog/archives/2009/06/16/why-not-to-use-the-word-lame-i-think-im-starting-to-get-it/#comment-365760: links to alternatives

Loving every moment - Sepia Mutiny: yup, my marriage would have been against the law

Terra Prime (episode) - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki: archer's speech

http://www.slate.com/id/2217905/: YAY

Bad Subjects: The West Wing and Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager: comes up in Leonard's wishes re tng

pandagon.net - review of Pledged: why would the nat'l force conformist reorgs on offbeat instances of the franchise? because admin officials are the ones who LOVE the old ways & old people-pool, & new/diff people contaminate that. cf marriagestuff

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/20/What-Makes-the-United-States-Special/: jesus yes

Future Me: the war in Iraq: dark

Linux.com :: How to get a Windows tax refund: may try to do this for new laptop

Mugabe Aides Are Said to Use Violence to Gain Amnesty - NYTimes.com: talk about wrong

Hark, a vagrant archive: Yay! Kate Beaton has archives by category!!!!

http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/07/21/handcranked-fujitsu.html: haunting dystopian scifi in an unexpected place

http://www.theartofthepossible.net/2008/07/24/labor-struggle-in-a-free-market/: "And I believe that when workers fully realize the potential of the incomplete labor contract, and become as willing to exploit it as the bosses have all these years, we’ll mop the floor with their asses. And we can do it in a free market, without any “help” from the NLRB. Let the bosses beg for help."

on friends and trolls: translation: "I will say racist things and resist if you critique them."

Think GalactiCon Main Page: to contribute, even if I can't go

Positions on Race in Fiction 101: final grades: wanted letter grades? you got 'em

http://transcriptase.org/ : want to read these

starkeymonster's forcluelesswhitepeople Bookmarks on Delicious: meta-deliciousing!

"I'm actually going to talk to people who consider themselves White writers.": useful tips

Free Fiction : Federations: to read!

Dallas police chief apologizes for conduct of officer who drew gun on NFL player outside hospital | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News : via ta-nehisi coates. Especially note the giant SUBMISSIVE sign the driver hangs on himself once he realizes the cop is hell-bent on being a jerk

http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/events/event.php?id=50: ANOTHER interesting thing happening Monday!

Bitch Ph.D.: nice!

Open For Questions: should I?

An Evening With the Twelve Colonies by Elizabeth Kiem - The Morning News: they cut the cold cuts into octagons!

In a City Filled With Lawyers, Many Immigrants Fight Deportation Alone - NYTimes.com: These workers need to know about AltLaw

http://www.stimuluswatch.org/home/faqs: awesome!

Knowyourmoney - Weirdest Taxes of All Time: best reddit link of the year

Russia: New Russian law ends jury trials for 'crimes against state' - Los Angeles Times: Russia disappoints once more; more of a dictatorship than some places the US has invaded to "spread freedom"

Another Day of Death - TIME: Contemporaneous account of the Moscone & Milk murders

YouTube - November 18, 1977 Harvey Milk speaks, audio tape he recorded: "....destroy every closet door..."

Gina Bellman Leverage blog: getting the Job - Celebrity Blogs | TVGuide.com: visa trouble

Hulu - Saturday Night Live: Obama Plays It Cool: SNL articulates its conception of the new President

If You See Something » Change Dot Love: Another fave IYSS

If You See Something » What Did He Do to be So Black and Blue? Obama and the Race Card: a fave IYSS

Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective @ Things Of Interest: competitor to Stephen Feuerstein's Oracle PL/SQL Programming

pandagon.net: tough discussion re Prop 8

Election Special Issue - Barack Obama, Forever Sizing Up - Candidate Profile - Biography - NYTimes.com: Controlling and bad at dealing with surprises?

Fafblog! the whole world's only source for Fafblog.: a reminder.

Slate Magazine - Editorial and Political Cartoons, Comic Strips: Leonard, it's your grandpa!

Washington state 2008 Congressional election reults, Burner v Reichert: c'mon Burner

Proposition 8-Same Sex Marriage Ban — Election 2008 Results — Politics — SFGate: have i mentioned expletive Prop 8

Election Results - November 4, 2008 - California Secretary of State: freaking Prop 8

Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard » Blog Archive » Election-night exorcism: the bogeymen that didn’t bark: On exhaling. Oh, there have been a lot of wrong predictions that deserve schadenfreude in the next few weeks.

Kevin Drum - Mother Jones Blog: 11 PM Update: My emotions: relief that the election wasn't stolen, sadness/anxiety over Prop 8/Franken/Burner/Tevis, getting my head around "Pres Obama"

Yes, we did « style over substance: dara weinberg: blog: Dara's report from Chicago

October 24, 2008, 11:08 a.m. - The Guilfoile-Warner Papers - The Morning News: aforementioned righteousness

Swampland - TIME.com » Blog Archive The Full Obama Interview «: He just came up with "lurch from crisis to trance" off the cuff, what beautiful phrasing. Kevin Guilfoile is right about Bartletry.

HACK: CONFESSIONS OF A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN REPORTER: GQ Features on men.style.com : to read

The Godfather of Bangalore : to read

Muslim McCain Fans Confront Intolerance At Rally | American News Project: Makes me glad that the Republican Party has at least a little diversity to help moderate the worst elements...

Linda Adams: Author, Editor, Singer/Songwriter: Withdrawing my support of Google.: "There is absolutely no place for a public and free service, like Google, to attempt to sway people on very personal and religious issues- and use their public and free service to do so." Are they suggesting nationalizing Google?

Hindu Threat to Christians - Convert or Flee - NYTimes.com: NO! Ay, Rama. WTF.

Time to hit the barricades? - Salon.com: Time to update this for the new election

LinkedIn: Answers: Do you 'do' 'Doostang'? Others have suggested it is a great career network resource. What are your results? Do you recommend it for a recruiter with mid to senior level jobs?: And the prize for least egalitarian comment of the day goes to Karthik Chandramouli

http://www.google.com/search2001/search?hl=en&q=barack+obama: HIS SECRET, BORING PAST

States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal - NYTimes.com: it is hella important, not just to register to vote, but to check whether your registration went through, or has been challenged

Can I Vote? | Find Out If You Are Registered to Vote: thanks, kansas.gov.

nass.org: voter registration deadlines for each state; California's is Oct 20th

“Whisper Campaign” Hit-Job against Madia - Sepia Mutiny: "now [Republicans] are hinting that because [Ashwin Madia] is ~30 and single he might be gay. Geez, and you thought desi parents were the ones putting on the marriage pressure!"

http://community.livejournal.com/obama_daily: can't stop looking at the pretty photos

Immigrants, natives need to keep discovering America | Oakland Tribune | Find Articles at BNET: Not bad, and apropos for election time

Cleaty: War, What Is It Good For?: The war comes home

Help Wanted -- We're Launching the Ghost Works Survey | QuestionCopyright.org: What works did you consider making but discard due to copyright worries?

What’s so great about the family anyway? — Crooked Timber: What are the goods a family makes? Also in the comments a really civilized "how does that data work?" argument!

A Conservative for Obama | D Magazine - Dallas Fort Worth's Resource for City Guides, Daily Blogs, D Bests, and Restaurants: And the British band played a song called "The World Turned Upside-Down"

Guide for the Last Minute Voter: The 2008 Primary (Gotham Gazette, September 2, 2008): For Sumana

Big government, big IT — Crooked Timber: "...when many stakeholders may have powers of delay or veto, but few have powers of initiation. It is not for nothing that some people claim IT as now a branch of applied sociology."

Fafblog! the whole world's only source for Fafblog.: ouch.

SUPEROSITY Archives: Day by Day: Aha, here it is. Not as funny as I remember.

Crooked Timber » » Why Did The Fathers of the American Revolution Hate America?: Another reminder of why I read CT. Also I didn't do enough talking smack about the British on the 4th of July.

http://www.tnr.com/story_print.html?id=d8731cf4-e87b-4d88-b7e7-f5059cd0bfbd: In case you needed to understand the heart of the Leon Kass ice cream bluster

IT vs. initiative: The Internet age comes to the battlefield | The Industry Standard: IT -> micromanagement

Five Whys » Blog Archive » DIY Project - Bed Pocket: test

Rick Veitch » Army@Love: Art Of War #2: punch in the gut

Comment Central - Times Online - WBLG: Communist joke competition: So Trotsky walks into a bar.....: Even more communism jokes!

Hammer and Tickle: book explores subversive Soviet jokes - Boing Boing : Communism jokes!

Racial Identity's Gray Area - WSJ.com: how did I miss the 1943 tidbit?

Crooked Timber » » Some Of These Things Are Not Like The Others: the comments are hilarious...like me, CT commenters are puzzling out the world with each other

YouTube - Barack Speaks To HQ Staff & Volunteers: So this is the speech you get when you win.

JoshKornbluth.com » Upcoming Gigs: DC, Oct 8-26, 2008: CITIZEN JOSH at the Arena Stage

Bitch Ph.D.: "those who decry it as card-playing are annoyed by the fact that we all won't play by their rules of pretending that everything is equal now, since we can all vote and everyone will pay lip service to racism and sexism being Bad."

Heaneyland!: And if it ever touches the ground, you have to throw salt over your shoulder, right?: Maybe I, too, am just prissy

dem_cdcaucus_2008_7768 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!: I'm looking over your shoulder....but only 'cause I've got your back!

BBC NEWS | Europe | Swiss hold crunch citizenship vote: Need to examine my reflexes that say "citizenship should be given via law, not vote"

Be gay, be anything -- just not single! | Salon : It would be so mindbendingly great to be able to celebrate gay weddings among Indians

Giraffe Heroes Project: Evidently being named Jack Ryan makes you a hero

Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi: What's Hurting the Middle Class: Breath of fresh air re: the middle class, bankruptcy, public education, etc.

We need a different copyright for individuals - Boing Boing : Folk copyright and what it's OK to share

Making Light: Could lead to goose-stepping: Close reading of "the words with which once-free people talk themselves into tyranny" -- e.g., "it's only authorities who get the benefit of the doubt"

MetaVid Archive: "free and open archiving of the audio/video congressional record since 2006"

CD of campaign songs from contentious elections: a lovely companion to Oscar Brand?

I Dream of Barack: I think I have had dreams with Obama in them; have to try to remember

Dr. Rivka - God and Mammon, part II.: Rivka : Barack Obama :: purple-hat woman : who?

Bitch Ph.D.: A citizen needs self-confidence to enforce decency without having to hide behind policies other people have ratified.

Bitch Ph.D.: Argh! I thought we solved the call center capacity problem with eblocks!

YouTube - Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video: I wonder what McWhorter is thinking about the loss of the formal register right now

xkcd » Blog Archive » Politics: two

Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard » Blog Archive » Why I’m voting for Obama: One

Return to Manzanar: Tell me this was a crazy dream

The Practical Nomad blog: New travel document requirements for USA citizens: I should ask my jet-setting sister whether this is bozo nuts, real, or both

Immigration officials detaining, deporting American citizens : "The burden of proof is on the individual to show they're legally entitled to be in the United States" WTF via riana

Liberal Fascism by The Editors (Book) in Humor: As long as i'm linking to Lulu stuff by my friends

Charles Peters - Judge Him by His Laws - washingtonpost.com: Obama: great project manager, or the greatest project manager?

The Lost Border: Photos of the East/West Germany border

http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2007/12/column_robotaochan_american_civ.php: "I'll keep on fighting, as long as the America inside my heart is still alive!"

Copyright Crash Course: add link to my own IP-quartet crash course page?

Publish and Perish - Avi Klein: LaRouche & blogging -- match made in heaven & prevented on this foul earth

Emptywheel - » Whitehouse Reveals Smoking Gun of White House Claiming Not to Be Bound by Any Law : via waxbanks. RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is a hero. Declassified papers reveal more contempt from Bush for law.

Questionable Content: New comics every Monday through Friday: probably my favorite QC. QC needs a touch more lunacy. But not enough that it gets quote zany unquote.

Fraud, intimidation and bribery as Putin prepares for victory | Russia | Guardian Unlimited: Kremlin aides openly acknowledge that their aim is to push smaller parties out of parliament. "We have moved towards the purification of the legislature," said Putin's deputy spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

slacktivist: You're not the pope of me: Clark's version of "Luther solved that problem for you!": "I told him I preferred my postmodern crisis of authority to his premodern one."

Sour Note Coda « NotionsCapital: Classy bait there. Reminds me of Salon, Conrad, and the mannequins.

Crooked Timber » » Torture, torture, torture: Holbo: insightful on why moving the Overton window doesn't seem to work for liberals, and why conservatives compete on extremism

Kung Fu Monkey: Heh, You Know ...: The worst thing about promotions is all the ads.

Schneier on Security: Modern-Day Revenge: Time to get my zvengeance on some high school archnemeses!

YouTube - Kerry behind the scenes at Colbert Report: xkcd got it re: YT comments. "Colbert exposed -- ha ha stupid liberals" also breaks my mind.

Apple - Trailers - Protagonist - Trailer: I have to see this movie, maybe not as much as Hugo Schwyzer does

A tale of two decisions (or, how the FBI gets you to confess) (PsychSound by Steve Bergstein): Just a heads up, in Dec 2001 the FBI threatened torture on an innocent guy and then the government covered it up

Brutal Women: Together: Feminism is gender egalitarianism is for everyone

Low Road to Splitsville: Everything you ever thought about the personal flaws of the rich is true. Especially the ultra-rightwing rich.

The unthinkable made real - Page 3 - Salon.com: a reason to watch "24": to understand this (TiVo has started recommend-recording "24" and I find myself watching it)

Letter from Moscow: The Tsar’s Opponent: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker: I would love to believe there is near-term hope for Russia

24 Sussex Drive: Canadian PM Official Residence: The sentence beginning "Security at 24 Sussex was overhauled following..." is GREAT

Wockner: Republican San Diego mayor embraces same-sex marriage, says daughter is a lesbian: you can see in the video that he's choking back tears

Ed Batista: Debord, Stewart, Colbert: Is DeBord on that giant mantelpiece under the recursive painting?

Salon.com | The truthiness hurts: I'm not the first to think about Colbert as a Situationist

halifax_slasher: The politics of hipster-baiting and the semiotics of hipsterdom: As always, Hal is definitive

Trent Stamp's Take: Lay-ups and Tip-ins: the last para is hilarious in an Yglesias way

Presidential Management Fellows Program: The application start date for applying to the PMF Class of 2008 is expected to be on or around September 1, 2007.

Gardner Fellowship Opportunities: If you're trying to articulate the breadth of the public/independent/nonprofit sector, here's a glimpse

Seeing Yellow: must obey boogabooga

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ceremonial_officers_in_the_United_Kingdom: Sumana's favorite Wikipedia list ever

An Introduction to the Overton Window of Poli... [Mackinac Center for Public Policy]: Overton window! That's the term I was trying to remember!

NARA | The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription: Let's teach the US Declaration of Independence in English/Lit class, not just History. The brilliance of "let Facts be submitted to a candid world."

Putin Strikes Again - The New York Review of Books: Have I mentioned that Russia is creepy? Creepy.

Malaysian court refuses to recognize Muslim's conversion to Christianity - International Herald Tribune: How could she get kicked out of Islam without also incurring a fatwa against her? Saying some sort of anti-shahaada in the public square?

Matthew Yglesias: impetus for change in my life and reduction in insecurities: do I really want to be like THOSE people?

MacLeans Canada - Blogs | Jaime J. Weinman: TV Guidance: extremely concise connection-making and articulation of The Problem Of Insiderness

Bill Moyers Journal: Interview with Jon Stewart - Google Video: Catering to my tastes may lead to a pledge, they figured

Ancient History Sourcebook: The Emperor Julian: Mispogon (or "Beard-Hater"): The ancient equivalent of the White House Press Correspondents' Dinner

Baghdad Burning: Riverbend is leaving Iraq

Blood, Bullets, Bombs and Bandwidth: "Not having power was probably the single biggest problem that created animosity among Iraqis," Ryan says.

George Orwell: Shooting an Elephant: Another story I read when I was too young to grok it. Had an Achebe-like moment realizing I was Orwell and the Burmese both.

User interface and user education: the significance of literacy and comp literacy; "our inability to articulate the standards for these judgments... was no evidence that the judgments were impossible"

You have the right to remain the hell in Dodge (MemeMachineGo!): my intuition tells me that I have the right to visit any non-private land in the US; courts disagree?

George Orwell: Funny, but not Vulgar: I just need to buy and read a Compleat Orwell and not bankrupt myself in the process

First Movers: A Musing on the Constitution and Windows: hard to refactor, and such a legacy system

Crooked Timber » » A Friend in the Family: "mafiosi have a strong interest too in ensuring that individuals don’t come to trust each other independently of their contacts through the Mafia."

Lorem Ipsum: Throwing in the hat: "They’re two sides of the same coin. Vote for me, and I promise to THROW AWAY THE COIN. Or use it to line my own pockets."

apophenia: about those walled gardens: In general, restrictions you impose on yourself == good. Restrictions others impose upon you == bad.

Taking Power, Sharing Cereal - New York Times: Congressmen squabble over making the bed - great lines from roommate legislators

Crooked Timber » » Living With Darwin by Philip Kitcher: Dawkins/Time Lord joke, plus religion is a crutch but we're all cripples

Salon.com Comics | Tom the Dancing Bug: "you look familiar"

Twenty Years of Congress, Volume 2 (of 2) by James Gillespie Blaine - Project Gutenberg: People yellin' at each other

The right to vote stirs Muslim's soul: "I'm Republican guy! ... Just kidding!" An immigrant votes.

frontline: the gulf war: oral history: robert gates: Interview with the new Defense Secretary nominee about the first Gulf War

frontline: the gulf war: oral history: robert gates: Interview with the new Defense Secretary nominee about the first Gulf War

A 'Beautiful Day' in a Republican Town - New York Times: A single day for a single volunteer, with an election and a birthday cake.

Incumbent Hits the Trail, With a Dog - New York Times: Lieberman shows his loserness one last time.

NPR : Dire Predictions and Disastrous Votes: Election Ads: Senator Bedfellow once voted against innocent kittens! Voiceover artists spill the beans.

George W Bush Speechwriter: Hours of fun. "May God continue to must leave in 48 hours."

6/9/06 - General Wesley Clark at Yearly Kos: Science Panel | WesPAC: To read

United States Congress - Senators and Representatives share their Favorite Recipes : "4 whole chicken legs and thighs. 3 wastewater treatment plants. 2 naval bases."

http://www.hermetic.com/bey/taz3.html: I wish there were some way to automatically filter out the obfuscation from a piece of writing.

To Rule the Earth...: The ultimate high score list

cleveland.com: Everything Cleveland: oh, man

Data Mining in Politics: Whee

BarlowFriendz: How to Overthrow the Government: suddenly, he mentions eblocks

: misread "now watch this drive!" as "now watch this drivel"

Errol Morris: Election '04: I need to find out why political commercials have official, very short names. Is this true of all commercials?

Dictator Cards: There must be a more interesting game to play with these cards

American Prospect Online - ViewWeb: Intentions over actions part 2 or 3 (this is the politician's stock in trade for campaigning; the problem is that Bush thinks it also works for governing)

Ron Wade Political Campaign Buttons/Pins & Historical Memorabilia: This is really neat but also kind of creepy (I wonder how much I could get for my Clark stuff?)

Unqualified Offerings: Best critique of separation of powers I've ever seen.

naseeb.com - muslim social networks: "Fortunately, considering the advent of Internet speeds, the process need not take that long and, besides, you are not alone, you have the world's most seasoned transformers on your side."

Consumer Report Part 1: Look at this -- the Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole | Black Box Voting: They're not looking because that's the only way they have to cover their asses. Looking creates liability.

Boing Boing: Aussie politician's incestuous spam scam: "And it seems he's somehow managed to tie email addresses to first names." Yeah, that's real tough

DropCash: Very nice--make it as easy as possible

AdvocacyDev: Advocacy Platforms: For reference purposes

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It? : Can't find the pithy quote that I liked

Language: A Key Mechanism of Control : A fruitful and rightfully famous starting point

Project Gutenberg - Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen: "At an earlier, but not the earliest, stage of barbarism, the leisure class is found in a less differentiated form."

The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Abolitionist, by John F. Hume. : MISSOURI (Continued)

http://cryptome.org/dos080204.txt: Interesting to see the different departments' boilerplate

: Rate politicians by singing ability as captured in embarassing film clips: alan keyes, colin powell, john ashcroft, etc.

http://protest.bmgbiz.net/FreeSpeechZone.jpg: Someone made the graphic i was thinking about making

FightBackFund.org: Clark alumni new project

Salon.com Comics | Tom the Dancing Bug : Coming soon: Slavery will be illegal! (See coverage map)

The Atlantic Online | July/August 2004 | Dumb and Dumber | Joshua Green: Dynamics of campaign commercials; includes Craig Veroga quote. Explains how negative ads work even though everyone claims to hate them.

Remarks by the President in Canton, Ohio: Campaign as sitcom

Newsday.com - Democratic National Convention: Clark's speech

STARTREK.COM : Article: My own advice mirrored by a Ferengi. "They'll pay ridiculously high prices for the cheapest stuff."

Salon.com Politics: Good introduction to the concept of vote multiplier (and a good vote multiplier): don't just vote, run for office

Paradigm Pictures: hail to the chef

How citizens' groups destroy themselves: Underscores the need for dead-simple everpresent tasks

Democrats blast GOP lawmaker's 'suppress the Detroit vote' remark: "You get it down with a good message." Nice try. PS: I am pretty sure that everyone in politics thinks this way, even if they don't say it or act on it. At best they silently hope on election night that certain demographics didn't turn out as much as their opponents might have hoped

TIDES World Press Reports: Investigate in more detail

http://slate.msn.com/id/2103168/: Notices the weird theater that any candidate for political office is constantly engaged in.

http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2004/07/oppo_remorse.html: Another piece of the campaigning puzzle. Opposition research is petty and dirty and pointless. Trying to find an excuse to get mad.

Transcript of former President Clinton's Dole Lecture: Why so Doleful?

RSS in Government: Keep your city councilman in line with RSS electric shocks.

Monolith: reminds me of "it can't be considered pornography because to be pornography you would have to look at it the way the computer looks at it" (or whatever):

Representations of Global Capital: They argue that National Geographic is informed by "static humanism principles that assert universal sameness across boundaries of race, class, gender, language, and politics."

Damn their eyes! 'dismal science' indeed!


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