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Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM PST

Rest in Peace Joe Cocker

by cooper888

BBC news is reporting singer Joe Cocker has passed away at the age of 70.

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness.

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Breaking news! According to the Sacramento Bee, Ami Bera has beat out Republican Doug Ose by 1,432 votes in California's Congressional district 7.

This was one of the most expensive races in the country with more than $20 million spent.

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Great news from the California Congressional district 07 race.

Democratic candidate Ami Bera is narrowing the early lead held by Republican Doug Ose in the latest election counts update from the Sacramento county registrar.

United States Representative District 7

DOUG OSE (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    76,133   50.17
AMI BERA (DEM).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    75,603   49.83

Bera trails Ose by only 530 votes now.
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Chris Geidner reporting from BuzzFeed News: Same-Sex Couples Heading To Supreme Court After Appeals Court Loss

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I tried to search and didn't see this video shared yet so forgive me if it's already made the rounds.

This is such the perfect vehicle of humor wrapped in truth that really drives home just how important this election is. Please share far and wide!!!



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It's always sad to me to learn of someone passing away that I would have liked to have known about and promoted as a hero. On October 23, 2014, at the age of 85, Bernard Mayes died. Mr Mayes was the founder of the first suicide prevention hotline in the United States and first chairman of NPR (National Public Radio)

Click through the NPR link immediately following the squiggle to read the complete story.

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What a great idea. SolarCity is offering bonds starting at $1000 each, giving regular folks a way to invest in solar energy.

From ThinkProgress...

It’s a way for a company to build up capital to finance future expansions, particularly in its start-up years. SolarCity’s bonds will be sold in $1,000 increments, and will be available to any U.S. citizen, 18 or older, with a domestic bank account. The bonds will mature in one, two, three, or seven years, and will offer interest rates between two and four percent.

Would you invest in Solar bonds?

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM PDT

Google drops ALEC! (Updated x4)

by cooper888

Breaking news... from Forecast the Facts, it was just announced that the pressure worked. Google has decided to drop ALEC.

From the press release:

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 01:22 PM PDT

I did it... I did it!

by cooper888

In June of this year I rode my bicycle 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 7 days...

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Wed Sep 10, 2014 at 07:17 PM PDT

C.U.A Report - Sacramento Meetup

by cooper888

Connect! Unite! Act!

Sacramento Meetup Report

We had an awesome meetup in Sacramento last Saturday (Sep. 6th) at the home of our host, the lovely and ever gracious kestrel.

Unfortunately she was in considerable pain from ongoing back issues. So we made every attempt to make sure she only had to open her doors and hold court with her dogs.

Your hosts, tgypsy, gotmooned and I took care of everything else, or tried to. Kestrel wasn't being a very compliant patient. ;)

kestrel holding court with Gracie, Cooper and Kirby
kestrel holding court with Gracie, Cooper and Kirby
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Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:11 AM PDT

Sacramento Kossacks Meetup!

by cooper888

Wow! We are already up to 14 18 participants! We still have room for more though!

Please plan to join us Saturday September 6th from 4-7pm for a fun, casual potluck hosted by kestrel. (BYOB if you prefer adult beverages)

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Just saw a tweet from Derek Cressman who is leading the Yes on Proposition 49 campaign (Money Out Voters In) noting that the CA Supreme Court blocked the proposition from the ballot.

Approved by the Legislature early last month and grudgingly allowed to go on the ballot by Gov. Jerry Brown, Proposition 49 would have asked California voters if Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling in 2010.
California campaign finance measure booted off ballot
The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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