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We must coordinate better.

It is becoming apparent that there are several parallel social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Feminist networks, Progressive networks, Activist networks, etc. There are even many sub-social networks within Twitter itself! And it is very damaging to our cause that those network do not know of each other.

The most glaring example to me was when I noticed that my many UK followers were organizing vigils in London on the 3rd, 4th and 9th of May,
while another twitter sub-group were separately organising a London May 5th event, and both groups didn't know of each other! They were meeting at the same place (Nigerian Embassy), but on different days.

I promised from the very beginning that we'd get organized and coordinated. The need for that is becoming apparent!

In a way, it's a good sign: it shows that groups spontaneously spring up everywhere. But now, the droplets of water must coalesce to form a big river. (It appropriately sounds like an African proverb!)

The #BringBackOurGirls wiki is our biggest tool to build bridges and inform people. Information in a blog, a diary, or a tweet is volatile, no matter how many times recommended or retwitted. The wiki is more permanent and can be improved over time. A twitt decays. A wiki flourishes.

Use the wiki to link to other groups, to list other organizers, to link to other people's web sites, to other peoples blogs or twitts.

The key is to make sure that we are aware of them and that they are aware of the list of worldwide events that we are compiling.

For this, I need your help. I  am spread thin and I miss many things.

I need you as

  1. Researchers
  2. Wiki editor
  3. Liaisons between groups

This way, we'll form a mighty river and will take the girls on a boat ride home!

Thank you very much for all you do.

If I'm alone, me and my channel are meaningless. It's all of you who give us power. Our only strength lies in numbers!

So, Thank you!

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@BringGirlsBack: 0 to 2000+ Twitter followers in a few days, thanks to a large extent to a big boost from Lauren Laverne, a UK media celebrity.

3 days ago, I was despairing for the girls: marches seemed to be exclusively organised in Nigeria.

Today, we are organising events in 6 countries (Nigeria, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, France) and numerous cities, with more countries to come. Yesterday, for the UK, a single demonstration was planned in London. Today, more are planned in London again, in Manchester, in Nottingham and more to come.

A short while ago, Norwegian Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Former Minister of Environment & International Development, promised he would boost our movement in the morning (Europe time), so I expect a new crowd of Norwegian followers and new events being organised in Norway.

We are coordinating efforts with other social networks (Facebook) working on the same topic. We are cooperating (you can find the list of such known networks in the wiki, below - add to it if you know more).

One ITV reporter I shall not name said she couldn't 'advertise' our movement unless we had "nice pictures and big numbers". I told her we had neither when Lauren Laverne publicised @BringGirlsBack, my twitter channel.

Meanwhile, I slept in 5 days the number of hours I usually sleep in 2. But I wonder: do the abducted schoolgirls sleep well?

I have been meaning to post some articles about the #BringBackOurGirls movement at Daily Kos much earlier, but... I have been busy.

Please, Dear Kossacks:

  1. Follow me @BringGirlsBack on Twitter.
  2. Check the list of #BringBackOurGirls events in the US and worldwide.
  3. Check our whole #BringBackOurGirls wiki.
  4. Register at our wiki web site (I own it, I won't spam you!) and help add information, news items, etc. to the wiki.
  5. Importantly, please help me ensure that the list of demonstrations in USA is up to date.

I need your help. More importantly, the poor schoolgirls need your help.

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I set up the @BringGirlsBack Twitter account to help organise efforts and rallies to help rescue the 200+ kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. But technical difficulties with Twitter are hindering my efforts...

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Roger Copple, as one of his 27 demands to Congress, proposes:

#2: Bring home all U.S. troops and close down the government’s 700-1000 military bases around the world.  Even with such a drawdown, our nation would retain more than enough capacity to defend its own borders.  The money previously spent on the military would be used to create jobs and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure: “[A]nd they shall turn their swords into ploughshares.” (Isaiah 2:4).  Military ships, submarines, and planes can be used for low-budget travel and tourism.
The poll What do you think about the presence of the US military on foreign soil? was specifically created in order for our community to address these specific proposals. As with all community polls, the result of the poll will be used to complete our Community manifesto and especially the Foreign Policy and Military section thereof.

The demand above completes Copple's vision for much reduced US military, adding to his first demand, about abolishing the use of nuclear weapons.

More below the fold...

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An Inside Look at the System Which Has Made The Most Powerful Nation in the World Into One of the Most Dysfunctional

Voting While American

Why does going to vote have to be so difficult? How can money be removed from politics? Who elected these people?

Film director John Amaruso, a Democracy Chronicles writer, promises to deliver a very interesting and most important documentary. All progressive activists should be made aware of this project: please share widely the following link:

See: Upcoming documentary: The Design of a Broken System.

[More below the fold.]

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There is already some demand for polls for the 2016 US Presidential elections, so I thought I would bring the discussion out in the open for how to set up polls in this site for 2016.

2012 polls

As a reminder, for 2012, we had set up 4 presidential polls using different Election Methods + 1 poll on the issues:


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Roger Copple, as one of his 27 policy initiatives, proposes:

Dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants, simultaneously and voluntarily, the world over as soon as possible.
First of all, Roger Copple covers simultaneously civilian and military nuclear programs. For the purpose of our Community Manifesto initiative, I though it best to break this into two separate polls, dealing with, respectively military use and civilian use:

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 03:09 AM PDT

Do not publish queued diaries

by augustin

One of the advantages for the Knowledge Democrats to have a group at Daily Kos is that group members can help collectively edit diaries. Some diaries may be queued for review by other members: the author can ask other group members for their input on how to improve a diary, etc.

Since all members have the power to publish queued diaries, it has led to some confusions, which I've attempted to clarify in the Daily Kos group wiki page:

You can easily submit diaries by other Daily Kos members. If you stumble upon an interesting diary which you think is a good fit to the group, you can submit it following the same simple steps as below.

However: do not publish queued diaries unless authorized to do so. Basically, you can publish all the diaries that you have queued yourself. Sometimes, other authors will queue diaries for a specific reason, for example: queued diaries can be collectively edited and review by other group members. Let them take the responsibility to schedule the diary for publication. On the other hand, it may happen that a member has queued a diary but does not have the rights to publish it. You may contact that member by private message and see with her/him when to schedule it for publication.

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Elections have consequences. They matter. I am not going to deny that. That's why I am very grateful to all the progressive people who, in every district, every state and every country on this, our only, world, who donate some of their time and money in order to make sure progressive people get elected at every levels, in every country.

However, I do think that a strategy that is solely based on short term electoral pursuits is ultimately doomed to failure. Whatever we do for the short term in our respective districts, states and countries, we do need to expand the map for the long term.

We need to reach out to those (potential) voters who are usually neglected and cast aside because they are deemed "unimportant" for the next electoral cycle. We need to educate them on the issues, not because it is going to matter for the next election, but simply because they have a right to know, a right to understand.

And maybe, simply maybe, as a happy consequence of us doing the right thing, such newly enlightened voters in neglected districts may one day form a critical mass that will topple the balance of future elections, a few cycles from now.

It is time for us to take action:

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Mon May 20, 2013 at 09:23 PM PDT

Forced absence

by augustin

No, I have not abandoned this project, although I am not sure how much real demand and interest there is for it (exactly one person contacted me since my last diary in this group, and the last diary had only 4 tips and zero user comments).

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I am going away for a few weeks but I'll be back after that. My brother in law died a few weeks ago. The funeral is already past, but I am now flying back to Europe to assist my sister and support her. During the past few weeks, my mind has mostly been with my family and with preparing the upcoming trip. I'm flying out tomorrow and I'll be back in the second half of June.

When I'm back, we'll have to together redefine the parameters of this group so that our collective effort affords this project to grow up to its full potential. I'll post a more detailed diary fully explaining the situation, re-asserting the goals and proposing several possible strategies to get there together. Thank you for your support.

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Today, we discuss chapter I of book 1, volume 1  of Les Misérables: Who guarded his House for him.

I need some help to build the project to its full potential so that collectively we can make a concerted, positive and effective difference in the world. Please check the "Open Questions / Open Tasks" section below and see what aspect inspires you the most to contribute. Although your active participation would be very welcome, it is not a requirement. I am also very happy when people simply check my diaries and tip my tip jar now and then, as time allows them to. :) Blessings to all!

[Fr.] [En.]
Nisi Dominus custodierit domum, in vanum vigilant qui custodiunt eam.  Si le Seigneur ne protège pas la maison, c’est en vain que veillent ceux qui la protègent. Nisi Dominus custodierit domum, in vanum vigilant qui custodiunt eam.  Unless the Lord guard the house, in vain do they watch who guard it.
This chapter sets the stage for the major plot development that will happen in book 2.  While in chapter II~V, Hugo used the character of Myriel in order to expose his own idealistic vision, the purpose of this one is chiefly to help get the story started.

Still, it does not prevent the author from covering a couple of important themes, providing additional pieces to his overall vision.

Security is the main theme being expounded in this chapter: the huge differential between the richest and the poorest is one of the main factors which affect security and which drives individuals and whole countries to build more and more extreme defences in order to protect and maintain that differential.

Also this chapter completes the portrait of the practical, heart-centred intellectual which was started in the previous chapter.

The beginning:

Past episodes:

The project:
  • If you haven't yet, make sure to join the Daily Kos group Les Misérables: Send me a private message and I'll send you an official invitation to join the group. Joining the group does not obligate you to participate in any way, but it makes it more convenient for you to follow the group's activity.
  • Take action: you and other interested people can contribute to this project in many different ways, depending on what aspects or what issues interest you the most.
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Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:51 AM PDT

How to behave in the men's room

by augustin

We saw yesterday how not to behave in the men's room. Today, we see how, ideally, men should behave. See video below the fold.

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