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At a telescope at the south pole, scientists have been gathering information for the last few years. They have been studying the oldest light we can see, from the surface of last scattering: the Cosmic Microwave Background. And what they have found is absolutely stunning. The light shows polarization that provides evidence for gravity waves, rapid inflation of the early universe, and perhaps even the existence of gravitons.

How big is this? Really, really big.
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Like everyone, I have been captivated, outraged, and saddened by the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin. Tonight, thousands and thousands of people turned out in Detroit's Hart Plaza to demonstrate for justice for Trayvon. I brought my camera. Photos below the fold.

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Sun May 10, 2009 at 02:08 PM PDT

One less homeless vet in America

by dconrad

A few weeks ago I wrote about my friend, George, who is a veteran of the war in Iraq and was homeless on the streets of San Diego. I promised I would update his story when there were new developments.

George is now back in Michigan with a roof over his head, and getting ready to attend college.

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I haven't seen my friend George in several years. We went to high school together. We were both in the band. George went into the Army after high school, stayed in for a couple years, got out, worked various odd jobs, then went back into the Army again.

A few years ago he was serving in Iraq, in Samarra. He made it back from Iraq in one piece, and moved to Iowa. As far as I knew, he was still living there. At least, until my phone rang in the wee hours this morning.

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Barack Obama ran on a platform of change. What kind of change has he brought so far? At 4:00 pm Eastern Time this afternoon, the first one hundred hours of the Obama administration were complete.

Let's examine what President Obama has already achieved in his first one hundred hours in office.

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I strained my ankle, so I was looking for a way to help Obama that was a little less strenuous than the canvassing I had tried. Canvassing was fun, but a little tough with my 40-something computer nerd physique.

Luckily, the solution to my problem was as easy as letting my fingers do the walking, and you'll never guess who I got to meet....

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In one of the most shocking indictments of our broken health care system I've read, the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas billed a woman who waited for 19 hours with a broken leg, and gave up without ever being seen by a doctor.

Another man waited just as long and then suffered cardiac arrest and died.

Don't let them tell you that you can just go to an emergency room if you don't have health insurance. Find out the truth below the fold.

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On Wednesday night at the third presidential debate, John McCain said:

By the third grade many times children who were in the Head Start program aren't any better off than the others.

It's no secret that Republicans are no fans of programs to help the poor and disadvantaged in our society. McCain is way off base on this one, and I think the National Head Start Association might have something to say about it. I know I do.

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I spent the evening of October 6 canvassing in Eastpointe, Michigan, which used to be known as "East Detroit". The Detroit suburbs are typically red, but that's not quite what I found. Follow me below the jump to find out what I found, and how I serendipitously met the last new voter I registered in Michigan this year.

So, this second installment didn't follow quite so quickly on the heels of the first as I'd hoped. In the first installment, I told you how I was out registering voters on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. Registration closed in Michigan on Oct. 6.

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I've always treated politics like a spectator sport. I've given money, sure, and I write and call my Reps, but as politically savvy as I like to think I am, and despite how closely I follow politics, I've never gotten in the game. I'm 41, and I've never volunteered, I've never door knocked, never phone banked, never canvassed.

Until now.

This is the first installment of my Getting Active series. Better late than never, right? Won't you join me?

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Bush and McCain bear an uncanny resemblance. Could they have been separated at birth?

Follow me below the fold for the unveiling of the amazing new production they are co-starring in this fall.

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My letter (now an open letter) to Kathleen Carroll at the AP:

Kathleen Carroll
Associated Press

Ms. Carroll,

I know you're getting a lot of emails about Ron Fournier today. From his "Keep up the fight." email to Karl Rove to his job interview with the McCain campaign to his recent column on Biden as Obama's VP pick, Fournier is taking a lot of heat.

I'm not writing to tell you to fire Fournier or take him off the presidential beat. You can employ whoever you want. You can hire Karl Rove himself to cover the Obama campaign. It's your choice.


Will you help address AP's Ron Fournier problem?

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