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After watching most of yesterday's "South Carolina Freedom Summit," I was very surprised that one of the comments there got practically no followup. Hunting around this morning turned up only one mention of it on Twitter. Fortunately, C-SPAN lets us replay the clip.


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Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 09:14 PM PDT

Obama will keep McChrystal

by Flywheel

My guess/prediction is that President Obama will retain General McChrystal as commander of US forces in Afghanistan. I wouldn’t wager a lot, but here’s the case for betting with me instead of against me:

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 05:49 PM PDT

The Three Hypes of Hypermedia (Part 2)

by Flywheel

The Web’s creators never made secrets of their goals and dreams. In fact, they’ve been remarkably forthright and even outspoken about what they were doing.  The story of hypermedia – the story of hyper-linking, hyper-mixing, and hyper-sourcing – is the story of how computer engineers conceived a role for themselves as mighty social architects.

You can read Part 1 here. It concluded with this:

What we must understand, therefore, if we seek a clearer picture of the future, is the history of the inventors’ dreams. By exploring how those dreams were made real during the decades of hyper-linking and hyper-mixing, we may gain a better sense of what will come in the decade of hyper-sourcing and beyond, as their remaining dreams reach fruition. There is still time to ensure those dreams don’t become our nightmare.

Part 2 continues below the fold.

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 05:55 PM PDT

The Three Hypes of Hypermedia (Part 1)

by Flywheel

A bold prophecy about the World Wide Web may soon be fulfilled.  Many observers have speculated – and some fully expect – that the Web will prove as historically significant as the printing press. Few predictions could be bolder. Gutenberg’s invention is the gold standard for socially transformative technology.  It fractured Christendom and marked the beginning of the end for Roman Catholic dominance of Europe, a transition that spanned two war-filled centuries.  Rome’s ultimate defeat opened the way to the legal authority of sovereign states, rooted in the 1648 Peace of Westphalia.  

If Web technology is equally potent, what modern institutions might be pushed aside? What kinds of skills and practices will become as basic to personhood as reading a book? There’s no doubt our civilization is headed for dramatic change. This time, however, we are moving at Internet speed.

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 11:02 AM PDT

Sarah Palin = Fred Thompson?

by Flywheel

My conjecture is that Palin has a future as a national figure in the GOP, and that she'll find a friendly and financially generous base waiting for her among the interests who tried to sell us Fred Thompson.

McCain's selection of Palin is not like a Hail Mary pass, but a first round draft pick intended to start rebuilding the GOP team for the coming seasons... 2010, 2012, and beyond. McCain is evidently smart enough to realize the odds are strongly against him this November, and that any VP choice would do little to influence the outcome.

My own non-scientific straw polling indicates that Palin was the first choice among the blogosphere's cadre of Fred Thompson supporters. Here's the reasoning.

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Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 08:43 AM PDT

Obama's VP: An IRV Straw Poll

by Flywheel

Rank your top ten preferences for Obama's running mate.

http://www.choiceranker.com/...

This is a self-selected, non-scientific straw poll that showcases the virtues of ranked choice/instant runoff voting.

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Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 06:16 PM PDT

Obama's VP: An IRV Straw Poll

by Flywheel

Rank your top ten preferences for Obama's running mate.

http://www.choiceranker.com/...

This is a self-selected, non-scientific straw poll that showcases the virtues of ranked choice/instant runoff voting.

Last month's ballot collected over 500 votes and is worth a look. It does a pretty good job of showcasing the value of ranked-choice IRV. John Edwards narrowly led the plurality and modified Condorcet vote (which shows depth of support), but Bill Richardson pulled out the final consensus victory in the Instant Runoff. Kathleen Sebelius was a strong third. Hillary Clinton started out 4th in plurality but fell back quickly due to weak depth of support).

The list of options in this month's poll is based on my readings of current press speculation. If I've left out any prominent options, please let me know.

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Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 03:49 PM PDT

Obama's Public Financing Promise

by Flywheel

Let me be clear. My vote's in the bag for Obama. I made a couple of small donations during the primaries. I've advocated on his behalf among people I know.  I expect to do those things and more for the General Election. But I'm disappointed he didn't go for public financing. Sticking with the pledge would have been wiser, in my view, for two reasons.

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Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:20 PM PDT

A President's Three Jobs

by Flywheel

A President's three jobs are running foreign policy, running domestic policy, and running for President.

What motivates this diary is a new revelation about how President Bush has been running our foreign policy into the ground, from an interview with NBC News correspondent Richard Engel.

- Bush admits to Engel that going to war was a decision based on his personal instinct and not on any long-range strategy for the Mideast:

"I know people are saying we should have left things the way they were, but I changed after 9/11. I had to act. I don’t care if it created more enemies. I had to act."

I don't care if it created more enemies.

How foolish can a President be?

There are a few things George apparently never learned about how to do the foreign policy part of his job. Someone needs to teach him. I have a spiel on national strategy that employs some sports analogies, so it might hold his attention. It goes like this:

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 07:57 AM PDT

Obama's VEEP: An IRV Straw Poll

by Flywheel

Rank your top ten preferences for Obama's running mate.

http://www.choiceranker.com/...

This is a self-selected, non-scientific straw poll that showcases the virtues of ranked choice/instant runoff voting.

Thus far, Bill Richardson and John Edwards are running close, trading the lead in the DEM straw poll, with Kathleen Sebelius and Russ Feingold on top of the 2nd tier.

The list of options is subjective, based on my readings of current press speculation. If I've left out any prominent options, please let me know.

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Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 07:01 AM PST

Unity08 Throws in the Towel

by Flywheel

Unity08.com has put up a "We quit" message announcing that the group has given up its ballot access campaign, its convention plans, its agenda for bipartisan presidential ticket, and the interactive (and largely inactive) portions of its website.

They tried to put on a party and nobody came, including the guest of honor.

There were a couple of related diaries earlier this week (here and here) that, in my view, overstated the connection between David Boren's Bipartisan Forum and Unity08.

I'll replay a comment I added in one of those diaries below the fold.

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Here's a chance to rank your choices among the officially declared Democrats.

This is not a scientific poll, but a way of visualizing the preferences of people who turn out for it.

http://www.choiceranker.com/...

This ballot will stay open through the end of January. Measures are in place to prevent repeat voting and ballot stuffing.

Most of the ChoiceRanker polls for the Democrats have been won by John Edwards. There have been ballots with Al Gore as well, but this one is just for announced candidates.

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