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Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 08:24 PM PST

HIV Vaccine Crowd-funding Scam?

by Toktora

Tonight I became aware of what appears to be a sad attempt to scam unwitting altruistic people willing to donate their own money in pursuit of developing an HIV vaccine. I am referring to "Immunity Project" a startup non-profit soliciting donations ostensibly to develop an HIV vaccine. (No, I won't link to their website. In my opinion they don't deserve the traffic.)

Follow me over the pretty orange swirl for an explanation.

[Full disclosure: I have a PhD in molecular virology, during which I studied retroviruses similar to HIV. My PhD advisor was and still is conducting research with the ultimate goal of developing an effective vaccine. I, however, never was never an integral part of these projects]

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Being the good Kossack that I am, I like clicking on ads here at dKos that come from across the political aisle. I figure it brings in revenue for this site, but also drains it from them.

Anyways, I was confronted with an ad depicting Herman Cain today, so I clicked on it - figuring I'd let the page load then come back here. I wasn't expecting to see what awaited me there.

Follow me below the fold for the screen capture!

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I went down to Occupy Boston Wednesday for the solidarity march for Occupy Oakland (and Scott Olsen). While the march was stopped in front of the Massachusetts Capitol Building a motorist caught up in traffic yelled "GET JOBS YOU FUCKING LOWLIFES!" As he was stopped in traffic I engaged him to explain that some of us, such as myself, have a "good" job, but are participating for a number of good reasons.

As one might expect, I was unable to successfully argue with this man. However, since that time I have not been able to let go of that conversation, as it started the gears in my mind a turning. That simple engagement (similar to others I have had in my time at Occupy Boston) has brought me to a new level of self realization about WHY I have engaged in the Occupy movement.

I have realized that the biggest reason I am participating is that I'm tired of endlessly chasing after an ever moving carrot (also known as the American Dream™). I have worked hard, gotten a fantastic education and still have little hope of getting to eat that carrot. In fact, I'm beginning to believe that the carrot itself is a mirage and I've really been chasing my tail all this time!

Follow me below the fancy squiggle for the long trail that I have trod in getting to this point. I apologize in advance for the length of this very personal story, I really want people to understand where I'm coming from.

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I wrote about my first day at Occupy Boston (and my first day at ANY protest) - it can be found here.

I've put off writing about the last couple of days of my experience at Occupy Boston out of fatigue and lack of time. For this I apologize, but trying to get work done during the day and attend the occupation (getting home at 2AM) has been a bit draining as one might imagine. However, I didn't want to put this diary off indefinitely as I feel it is really important to open peoples' eyes to life in Dewey Park.

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Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 05:35 PM PDT

Just Returned from #OccupyBoston

by Toktora

So, having nothing better to do with my Saturday afternoon, I decided to go check out the #OccupyWallStreet inspired protest that started in Boston yesterday. I heard about the existence of this here on dKos, went to their website to get more information, and decided to join for the day to experience things for myself.

Join me over the squiggle for the run down of the afternoon...

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Anyone who has followed the financial sectors over the last several weeks knows that thing have not been going smoothly, to say the least.

The stock markets of the world have been taking a roller coaster type ride. Credit markets ground to a halt, and have only recently started moving again. Central banks dumped tons of cash into the system to keep a full on panic from occurring.

At the heart of all of this mess has been the implosion of the mortgage sector. I shouldn't have to go into all of the details behind this matter as Bonddad has done a fabulous job of explaining things.

Last night I was awakened (literally) to the messy reality that kicked started all of the market turmoil.  What I would like to do is relay my personal observations, as a series of vignettes, from one of the places at the heart of the meltdown...Atlanta.

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On the day that some around here are calling "the second day of Fitzmas" you had to expect Dubya's administration to pull some kind of distraction out of their bag of tricks to distract people from how incompetent they really are...

So here's today's distraction courtesy of MSNBC:

Key al-Qaida figure reportedly captured

Suspect is a leader of European terror network, officials tell NBC News. In September 2003, Nasar was among 35 people named in an indictment handed down by a Spanish magistrate for terrorist activities connected to al-Qaida.

Nasar's name also has been linked to the July 7 terror bombings in London, but the Metropolitan Police and Home Office were unable to offer immediate comment on British interest in Nasar in connection with the July 7 attack, which killed 56 people including four bombers.
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Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 05:29 PM PDT

Hot Damn! CNN uses the "L" word!

by Toktora

I just got home from work, and looked at google news (my afternoon ritual). And behold my tired eyes is this title:

How dumb do they think we are?

Of course I knew it was about the Rove leak affair before clicking, but I wanted to see if there was anything new.

And if you couldn't figure it out from the title the MSM dropped the "L" bomb. You know, the word NO politician wants to be associated with...lie.

Go read the article, or read excerpts and comments below the fold.

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Personally I'm sick of the ongoing pie fight diaries. While I am on the fence for this fight (I can see why women would be offended by Markos' comments; I also believe that Markos needs to put up any ad that will help for the bandwidth we are using here) I find it really irritating sifting through all of the pie diaries, what 2 days after Markos' comment.

So I've decided on a protest diary to explain to people how tiresome this is for me.

Here's my take on the pie fight (be sure to check the end of the diary to see my point):

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Mon May 23, 2005 at 07:16 PM PDT

Why we won the Fillibuster Fight

by Toktora

OK, first of all I hate to disagree with many (if not most) of the people here on this issue, but let me explain why I think we won this fight.

I know the fillibuster deal analysis diaries are a dime a dozen right now (with many from much more knowledgeable people than myself) but I'll add my $.02 to the debate after the fold.


Did we win with this deal?

0%0 votes
50%3 votes
16%1 votes
33%2 votes

| 6 votes | Vote | Results

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Yesterday a fairly remarkable thing happened in the world regarding HIV prevention.

A country actually refused HIV related aid from the US.

This might sound like a terrible thing at first, so let me tell you (on the flip) why this is actually a wonderful thing.

(And excuse the long diary. I promise if you read to the end you won't be disappointed.)

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Wed Apr 13, 2005 at 08:07 AM PDT

14yr old sold to man for a CAR!

by Toktora

So over at CNN I just read this story.

Here's the headline:

OKEECHOBEE, Florida (AP) -- A woman was arrested for allegedly forcing her 12-year-old daughter into prostitution and trading a 14-year-old daughter for a car.

Follow me below the fold for the rest...

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