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After following the Libyan revolution with complete fascination initially I've slowly swung towards horror as I watch videos on Liveleak and The Guardian. I've been struck by the absolute need to provide some sort of defense for a civilian population being slaughtered for daring to demand basic rights. Western Europe seems to want to impose at least a no-fly zone, which would have a measurable impact in terms of lives saved. All parties need a UN authorization to make the prospect politically viable. Russia in particular has indicated it would veto anything more substantial then selling arms to the rebels. After some thought, I might have a Plan B.

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Don't be evil is Google's widely known corporate motto, an ethos that a company famously managed, run, and staffed by engineers recognized they would need to hold close in order not to let themselves get sucked away with the power of technology that most people were unaware could do so much. While becoming a public company has made that motto open to interpretation, as in the case of China (is censoring search results hurting the Chinese people when they wouldn't have gotten better results from other Chinese search engines?) Google today announced a wonderful little weekend hack-together that may prove immensely valuable.

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If there's one thing we've learned about messaging, its that it needs to be simple. Explanations cause eyes to gloss over. How do we put the Republicans on the defensive in the house, when they have a majority? The answer has been waiting to come out for 30 years.

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I watched this ad in a dream last night. It was for a made up congressman, who might also have happened to be an aardvark. That matters little. What matters more is that it's a hit. It's catchy. It has a pithy catch phrase. It has good visuals. It fits in 30 seconds.

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Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:21 AM PDT

Lets fight. I'm down.

by AKMask

I didn't sleep last night. Im not sure why. Well, i am actually, a gallon and a half of coffee drank over a two hour period produces an effect strongly reminiscent of Ecstasy, but I couldn't tell you why I downed the coffee. With nothing else to do but stare upwards for a while I put on some headphones, turned the punk way up and thought about politics.

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Even more ironic, he did it while debating an abortion bill. The schadenfreude just blows me away.

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Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 03:12 PM PDT

Show you're serious Reid: Drop Nelson

by AKMask

The financial reform package was brought up with one simple message:

We care about people, real people, and fuck you if you don't.

Mind you, it was phrased nicer then that, but that was the gist. We wanted the filibuster to show how completely beyond the pale the Republicans are. And it showed through. But one of our own also showed their colors. Just as the position is embarrassing to the GOP, now with Nelson it's embarrassing to us too.

Harry Reid, you need to stand up and show the world that you fight for Americans, not banks, and you need to have the moral authority of that argument on your side. You want to win this? Stand up and trumpet the fact that you won't let someone throw the American people under a bus, at least not while wearing your team colors. Drop Nelson from the caucus.

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I just made a comment in a thread warning against holding too hard a line in caucus negotiations because, as I put it, the Blue Dogs are perfectly happy to see nothing pass, so voting against a bill because it's 'not progressive enough' and having it fail is not an outcome they're scared of- it is, in fact, a victory for them. I'm going to use this to flesh out that comment, and I'm going to use a strange assist here- an internet dating site.

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The headquarters of the Alaska Democratic Party were attacked by a vandal this weekend, literally within feet of the offices of both Rep. Don Young (R) and Gov. Sean Parnell (R). Surprisingly (yeah right), those offices were left untouched. And the chairwoman is wasting no time calling Sarah Palin out for her inappropriate rhetoric.

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Fresh off their still-sizzling victory utter humiliation over health care reform, the teabaggers call "A Conservative Woodstock" in Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. Why does Nevada always have the best town names? But I digress. Why, from my various sources, the event would make me positively jealous.

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UncommonSense wrote a diary on a news piece noting the increased use of the 'Sovereign Citizen' phrasing and ideas in the Indiana teabagger group. He made the comment "This would be adorable if it wasn't so insane and sad." which is what it is indeed if you are unaware of the fact that the Sovereign Citizen craziness predates the teabaggers: It's a deeply held conspiracy theory of the Christian Identity/Posse Comitatus neo-nazi groups and their offspring.

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Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 04:32 PM PST

Weekend Science: Clues to RNA Shaping

by AKMask

In the most recent Science there was A paper published on the 3 dimensional shapes taken by RNA. It's important for their own work of course, but more intriguing is the potential implications on our understanding of the very dawn of life.

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