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Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM PDT

Anonymous Unveiled (NN Auction)

by AlisaR

Who is Anonymous?  Who donated this autographed picture of "Paul Krugman is tired of trying to reason with you people" as Bob Barnes to the Netroots Nation auction?  As one person said at NN this year, 'This is the coolest thing I've ever held in my hands!'  

Who donated it?  Barrett Brown?  Julian Assange? Sir Francis Bacon?  George Clooney?

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You're busy.  Who has time?  And if you look, you might bid on something.  Specifically, you might outbid me, and I'm doing my holiday shopping at the Netroots Nation auction.

I know, I know.  Some of us want to support the Netroots Nation community.  Some of us find Netroots Nation to be a essential part of our life, nourishing our citizen souls.  Some of us want to help build the strong community.  To nourish our roots as we support each other in making a world that is a little better than it might otherwise be.

I am not one of those people.  I just want a good bargain and the Netroots Nation auction has some great items, created with love by people for a community they love, at bargain prices.

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Today is the last day for the Netroots Nation Holiday Bazaar. With more than 122 up for bid, now is the time to do a little shopping for friends and family. Or treat yourself to one of these hand-crafted items up for bid.

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Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 04:53 AM PST

Calling teachers: NN10 Pedagogy Panel

by AlisaR

Do you use blogs in your classroom?  Social networking sites? I am putting together a panel discussing the various ways that we can use blogs and new media in the classroom.

More after the jump.

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Most of you probably don't know me.  I blog very occasionally.  But going to Iowa for Dean got my feet wet and I've worked for Ned Lamont and Linda Stender in NJ and I've volunteered in a variety of campaigns and for MoveOn.  And every year, you might catch a glimpse of me backstage at Netroots Nation--that gal with the headset telling people what to do backstage.

For me, Netroots Nation is a chance for the bloggers and the activists to meet, to cross pollinate and to keep our base engaged.  Now that we've elected an administration that we can work with, we need to keep up the pressure.  Being a part of Netroots Nation has been one of the great privileges of my life and I passionately believe in the need to keep this community strong!

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So Bush's new "Right of Conscience" Rule is intended to make life harder for women with reproductive needs.   Abortion, birth control.  The entire litany.  Clearly, she should never have had sex.  After all, why should a pharmacist be required to dispense pills legally prescribed from the pharmacy.  I mean, really--if you wanted someone to do that, you should have gone to an apothecary.  

But, the new rule is so broadly that it can be applied to anyone opposed to anything.  Some, in some ways that might be interesting.

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Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 03:50 PM PST

A Looming S-CHIP Battle

by AlisaR

I just received a focus-group call!  I have a cell phone, so I’ve never been called before--so exciting!

Based on the call, I think the tobacco companies are developing plans to fight any increase to expand S-Chip (the State Children's Health Insurance Programs, which gives lower-income kids free or subsidized health insurance).  We need to know their strategies and be prepared to deal with them.  

Specifically, I believe they may try to push for larger health care reform to avoid an expansion of S-CHIP

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 12:23 PM PDT

STOP BIDDING! Netroots Nation Auction

by AlisaR

Last week I had great hopes of having a super-cheap Christmas via the Netroots Nation Auction.  But people ignored my plaintive requests and went and bid anyway.  Now some things are bidding at half their retail costs.  HALF?  Don't you know there's an economic crisis on?  

Unfortunately, I went into teaching instead of plumbing and in Bush's economy I haven't got much of an IRA left, so I think my retirement plan probably involves buying great jewelry and political collectiblesat the Netroots Nation auction, holding onto them for 20 years, and reselling them on ebay to buy catfood.  Or dogfood--which is cheaper?

Either that, or I suppose we could keep organizing, have a Democratic landslide and try to fix the economy. And of course, with 74% of the items having bids, raising over $12,000 to help support the costs of this annual convention and keep registration costs low for everyone, maybe, just maybe there's a shot to do that. But I'm only 36.  There isn't much time.

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What should people NOT bid on, so you can have it?

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There's all this cool stuff at the auction.  There are some amazing deals, but with people bidding, the stuff is still very reasonably priced, but not insanely so.  

Have you seen what Bush has done to the economy?  Well, not just Bush--the whole Republican ethos of deregulation? I need insanely cheap bargains.  So whatever you do, don't go bid at the auction.

Don't look at that customizable, on-line training offered by the Alliance for Justice on advocacy for Non-Profits  In this economy, you're better of saving the money for a subsistence farming course.  Who has time to care about justice and fairness and the law?  Just close this diary and go shopping.  At Wal-Mart.

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What do you want most at the auction?

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Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:40 PM PDT

Obama & Gore in 2008

by AlisaR

Obama needs a homerun in his VP pick.  Someone with the experience and integrity to match Obama’s vision and integrity.  The choice is obvious.  Al Gore would be the best person we could imagine to balance the ticket.

I’m sure Obama would love to have Gore.  But would Gore do it?  

I believe if Obama offered Gore the chance to commit 100% of his time to leading the climate control policy of the US, and the full support of the U.S. government in leading for climate change in the world, Gore would consider.  

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Wed May 21, 2008 at 06:23 PM PDT

McCain's Awesome, Dude

by AlisaR

McCain is SO awesome.  And this has nothing to do with McCain asking people to post on this blog and my desire for points.  (Maybe I'll get a t-shirt?)

So, I want to highlight the points that he, I mean that I, think are important.  McCain is a partisan hack, I mean a post-partisan leader and it is time for solutions after the Bush mess, and McSame, I mean McCain will continue, I mean fix the problem.

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Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 01:40 PM PDT

Homophobia at Tax Time

by AlisaR

While taxes are never a particular joy, some people have injustice inherent in their taxes.  We all know how this country is hurting the poor with regressive taxes, but I think the homophobia in our tax structure is largely unknown.

Conservatives gripe about the 'marriage penalty,’ which affects a very small number of people who could find ways to work around it.  However, there are massive major benefits as well.  This year, I have to pay taxes on $6,899.48 of "income" for the market value of the health insurance my domestic partner and his kids received last year.

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