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Thursday, June 6: NEW YORK, NY 7:30pm

Location: The Strand (2nd floor), 828 Broadway, NYC

Monday, June 10: WASHINGTON, DC 6:30pm

Location: Busboys and Poets, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 12: PORTLAND, OR 7:30pm

Location: Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside St., Portland

Sunday, June 23: SEATTLE, WA 7:30pm

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (West Entrance) w/Elliott Bay Book Company

Tuesday, June 25: SAN FRANCISCO, CA 7:00pm

Location: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley w/The Booksmith

Friday, June 28: CHICAGO, IL 7:00pm

Location: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. #146 (Chestnut Court Shopping Center), Darien

Saturday, June 29: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7:00pm

Location: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave, St. Paul

Friday, July 12: Philadelphia, PA 4:15pm - At Netroots Nation
Location: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

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February 2012

Politics of the possum

We have met the enemy

Occupy Century Aluminum

Almost certainly the oldest group of Occupiers in the nation, Occupy Century Aluminum just posted this on their facebook page.

"Thanks sooooooo much for your help!!!!!! We just won our battle and we are getting our health care back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy! Will let you know more later. Thanks"

"Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Center for Media and Democracy Win Izzy Awards for Independent Media "

Two of the stories from last year that captured my interest the most were the Egyptian revolution and the incessant attack on our rights by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The top sources that I relied on for each story have been rewarded ...


Ayn Rand and Bhuddism

Ayn Rand has a theory that is completely valid and can never be proven or disproven. How she gets credit for being an original thinker can be disproven. No human being can prove that they are NOT the only REAL human. The whole universe may well be a figment of MY imagination, but I am not willing to put all my eggs in that basket. I wish pompous little AYN would have had a Bhuddist mentor help her find some humility. Well, There was a Monk in training about 9,000 years B.A.R.(BEFORE AYN RAND) who asked his master about this very theory.

Why Dems can't match the '08 GOP in mischief making.

Right wing media loudmouths are quick to point out in gloating satisfaction that Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" of 2008 did not work in reverse in 2012 Michigan. That is, the Democratic crossover vote for Santorum could not compare in numbers or effect with the votes that Hillary got from Republicans in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio trying to deny, or at least postpone, the nomination to Barack Obama. That's probably true, but for a reason that I believe says much more about the comparative integrity of the voters than their respective political skills. What the groups h

Pentagon Papers redux...

I have concluded [written here some time ago] that the Pentagon has completed its task of establishing "Full Spectrum Dominance"...aka...control, influence and presence in the world's Militarization Pyramid...[atop of which the five sided building surely sits]...so, therefore, there is no longer any need to stay in either Iraq nor Afghanistan in a big "boots-on-the-ground" footprint.

Hertiage Foundation Rep LIED about the Steven Chu's quote about gas prices

Hertiage Foundation Rep LIED about the Steven Chu's quote about raising gas prices to the levels in Europe. He said that Chu repeated the desire to raise the price of gas to European levels *yesterday*... this was not true.

The actually quote was from 2008 and taken out of context. Poitico reposted the quote last week [Feb 212012, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73138.html] and it was picked up and plastered over all the Conservative Blogshere.

No one is going to call them on this... it is a shame.



I need socio-economic statistics.

I am currently researching statistics that break down American economic strata. Along the lines of what % of population earns what wealth relative to GDP/taxes paid and any associated info. I have an idea for a PSA. I have been to the census site but it's almost as difficult to interpret as the bible.

State sued over voter ID's

Had this been done in 2000 Gore would have been Prez.


Oil and Gas Industry Wins: Supreme Court rejects emergency carp measures that would have closed Chicagoland waterways.


Earlier this week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced that he would not adopt a set of binding ethical guidelines for justices who serve on the Supreme Court.1

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