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Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM PST

Lover. Biographer. Confidante.

by weirdscenes

Paula Broadwell knows a lot.

Watching this video of her speaking a month ago about Benghazi gives a glimmer of what she knows. Petraeus mistress reveals real motive behind Benghazi attack via Reuters.

more after the jump

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Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 08:16 PM PST

Occupy HOPE

by weirdscenes

Shepard Fairey has redesigned the famous HOPE poster to match the times. Occupy HOPE

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Is it a hit?

70%12 votes
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Sat May 16, 2009 at 10:55 PM PDT

Live blogging The Dead Live

by weirdscenes

The Dead are wrapping up a spring 2009 tour tonight at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. The band are the core four from the Grateful Dead - Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart - along with Jeff Chimineti and Warren Haynes (filling some big shoes). For a bunch of old guys, they are playing some of the hottest rock and roll of the decade.

After the jump I'll talk a bit about the music and the politics behind The Dead and the Grateful Dead.

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Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 10:35 AM PST

Inaugural dKos?

by weirdscenes

Just floating the balloon to see if there is any potential dkos events around the Inauguration?

I presume that many of the hard code diarists, dkos inner circle and deep thinkers that post here will be in town for this monumental event.

I also suspect that many will be happy not to be organizing, booking, planning and creating an event and will just want to attend the official state and federal events.

I further assume that there will be a lot of people in DC that won't be able to attend any of the official events.

So, maybe just maybe there's the possibility of a Kossack organized after party, pre-party, gathering of heads, meeting of minds, mixer, mix-it-up, get down, thrown down party all night even in the works.

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Would you could you in a box?

25%9 votes
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Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 12:08 PM PDT

Dilbert Survey of Economists

by weirdscenes

Interesting! Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert has privately funded a survey of 500 economists. He released his results and his interpretation in a press release and at CNN.

In short this is what he found :

60% of the economists say Obama would make the most progress for the economy, with 32% picking McCain, and 8% saying there would be no difference

This broke down across party lines :

I'll continue with the details and a mini-rant after the big hop.

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Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM PDT

Poll watching and analytics

by weirdscenes

LOTS of talk about polls since the RNC bounce went so high so I thought I'd tie up a few tidbits I learned in the last week in a brief diary to share. In short - it's not as bad as some will say.

More below ...

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This poll is ...

5%1 votes
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| 17 votes | Vote | Results

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Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:58 PM PST

I Am Voting Now

by weirdscenes

I am voting now. Right after I whittle down my Dixon(r) No.2 school boy pencil, I'll be reading the last pass of comments FOR and comments AGAINST and I will be voting for candidates and ballot measures.

Issues aside, this is about the mechanics, the technology, the participation and the Democracy of Oregon. While we may not be a behemoth in technology like our neighbor to the North, nor the agricultural powerhouse like our neighbor to the South, I believe that Oregon is the nation's leader in participatory Democracy

I explain under the fold...

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Vote by mail is...

42%6 votes
7%1 votes
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| 14 votes | Vote | Results

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Sun Sep 17, 2006 at 10:03 PM PDT

It's Time To Elect A Government

by weirdscenes

I am dreadfully tired of the various phases of government and elections I've seen in my 24 years as a voter. Pick this party or that. Pick this talking head or that. Suspense and dread as the policy makers, henchmen, cronies and donators all line up for high powered positions of influence.

I'm sick of Republicans and Democrats alike keeping the cards close to the table until they have manipulated minds into the appropriate checkbox on the ballot.

I'm ready for a real election. I'm ready to Elect A Government.

read my 2008 dream ticket after the hop

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 11:00 PM PDT

9/11 Death Toll Continues To Rise

by weirdscenes

Mount Sinai Medical Center released a large study on Thursday 9/8/06 covering WTC responders health. The study, titled "The World Trade Center Disaster and the Health of Workers: Five-Year Assessment of a Unique Medical Screening Program", covers 9,442 workers (out of a total of over 40,000) from the period of July 2002 and April 2004. At the time of the examination 59% had persistent symptoms.

The study coincided with a public meeting Thursday night with federal 9/11 Health Coordinator, Dr. John Howard. Public statements from lower Manhattan residents provide anecdotal evidence of long term and chronic health affects among the children and others.

Former EPA chief Christine Whitman will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday night to continue her defense of the EPA during the cleanup.

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Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 11:50 AM PDT

What must be done

by weirdscenes

Brothers and sisters. Kossacks and candidates. What must be done?

While Democrats are hard at work on the campaign trail, raising funds and challenging the status quo of neo-Republicanism and this do-nothing Congress, while many of us are working hard, commenting and councilling, donating and volunteering, there is more to do.

It is highly likely that Democracy will return to the House and (at the risk of being overly optimistic) the Senate. The momentum and energy in the Democratic camp exceeds the efforts of the Republicans in 1994, exceeds the efforts of the neo-Republicans in 2000 and exceeds the efforts of the do-nothing Republicans in 2004. Our party will wash a blue tide of Democracy across our nation this November!

continued under the fold...

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Tomorrow morning Diane Rehm will spend an hour with Aviel Rubin discussing his new book
Brave New Ballot
and the problems with electronic voting. Avi Rubin is a highly regarded computer scientist (or "ubernerd" in compsci talk) and has turned his attentions on electronic voting machines. His expertise is in computer security and as well as being professor at Johns Hopkins University, he is Technical Director of the Hopkins Information Security Institute.

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Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 05:12 PM PDT

YearlyKos Mainstream Media Coverage

by weirdscenes

As yK winds down, the traditional news apparatus kicks into gear.

Right now, as I write this at 4:30pm PST, the top US story on news.google.com is YearlyKos from The times of London Chocolate, Elvis and foil hats as politicians woo the bloggers.

[Markos] sounded more like the leader of a fledgling political party than the cyberhost of a cacophony of voices.

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