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Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 11:20 PM PDT

Hawaii Primary Election Results

by Yosef 52

Here is the latest information on the primary election held today in my beautiful home state. Governor, Democratic (from KHON):

IGE, David Yutaka                                 67,647      67.22%
ABERCROMBIE, Neil                                 31,884      31.68%
TANABE, Van K. (Tanaban)                           1,098        1.09%

U.S. Senator Vacancy - D                                  (31 of 247)
HANABUSA, Colleen Wakako                         50,885    50.28%
SCHATZ, Brian                                         48,503    47.93%
EVANS, Brian                                           1,814     1.79%

I will report more below as I get it. Looks like Gov. Abercrombie is through and we have a barn-burner race for the Senate.

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There seems to be a pervasive sense that we have already attained victory in the Virginia contests to be decided next week. There are many who are already analyzing Cuccinelli's "defeat" or why he "lost".

Well, I got news for you folks:

He ain't lost anything yet. Take a gander here:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

Quinnipiac has the race at FOUR POINTS. And you KNOW the Teabaggers will be out to vote. So let me make a kind request of many of you:

Stop spiking the football. We haven't scored the touchdown yet!

There's more:

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Back in 2002 I was a dissatisfied middle-aged Democrat. I was still angry over what I saw (and still see) as a right-wing coup d'etat in the 2000 election and the atrocious Supreme Court case that facilitated it. I was deeply dissatisfied with the quality of Democratic leadership in this country. Being contentious by nature, I wanted a Democratic Party with fighting spirit and backbone. Both of those things very often seemed to be sorely lacking in the party's leadership, which seemed too ready to excuse or accommodate the excesses of an increasingly radical Republican Party. I wanted a fresh approach and a community of fellow Democrats who felt as I did.

And so it was that I began lurking around a website with an unusual name: Daily Kos, founded by a remarkable man named Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. I began to visit the site every day, then several times a day. And on 19 October 2003, I took the plunge and became user number 2138. Let me share some of my personal history with this site and explain to you why I value it--and all of you--so much.

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The race for Governor of Virginia this year is of paramount importance. The Republican candidate is, simply put, a radical Right-wing Teabagger fanatic of the worst kind. His name is Ken Cuccinelli, and he represents everything--and I mean everything--that is dangerous and toxic about the modern Republican Party. As I will detail below, his views are so hateful, so authoritarian, so intolerant, so morally ugly as to beggar belief. The polls for his opponent Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, look good so far.

But so did the polls on the Colorado recall elections. And we know what happened there.

We need to burn this into our consciousness:

THE RIGHT WING TEABAGGER FANATIC VOTERS WILL VOTE. They WILL show up.

Will we? We'd better. And here's why.

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This diary is the last one in the chronology of human consciousness I have posted here on DKos. Throughout, I have used Carl Sagan's device of thinking of the Universe's history as having happened in a single year. It is sobering to see that in that time frame our entire history happens just before midnight of the new year. I have also used the device of measuring the Universe's history as if it had happened on a timeline 1,000,000 meters in length. It is equally sobering to see that by this measure, human history takes up only four-tenths of a meter. By the way, the lifespan of a 75 year-old on this scale would occupy about 5.5 millimeters.

My aim has been to try to elucidate, in a broad and general way, the whole process from the Big Bang until now that has brought about humankind and the consciousness that is its most characteristic feature. If you have read every one of these diaries, I am deeply gratified. I realize they are very detailed, even somewhat technical in places, but I wanted to know how our emergence on this planet had occurred. I didn't want to leave anything significant unmentioned. I do not pretend that these diaries are in any way definitive or comprehensive. They amount to about 228 pages of print in total. The amount of information that exists on these subjects is staggering, even humbling. There is so much I didn't say. I will be a student of these topics, and the others I am researching, for the rest of my days. Moreover, new evidence about these subjects is constantly superseding current information. There is nothing final in human knowledge.

In any event, this will be it from me for a while. I am working on Volume Two of my deep history of the world. Maybe someday I will post excerpts from that.

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This is taken from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The section of the book from which this is taken is a chronology of the emergence of consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length. In this scale of time, all of the events here began about 2 and one-half minutes ago and within 4 meters of the end of the line.

The chapter is very lengthy, so I published Part One in the middle of last night. .

I had always wondered how modern humans came to populate the surface of the Earth. This is what I found out.

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This is taken from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The section of the book from which this is taken is a chronology of the emergence of consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length. In this scale of time, all of the events here began about 2 and one-half minutes ago and within 4 meters of the end of the line.

The chapter is very lengthy, so I will publish Part Two in the middle of tomorrow night.

I had always wondered how modern humans came to populate the surface of the Earth. This is what I found out

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Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM PDT

Evolution of the Genus Homo, Part Two

by Yosef 52

This is taken from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The section of the book from which this is taken is a chronology of the emergence of consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length. In this scale of time, all of the events here began about 10:30 pm on 31 December, and were 999,818 meters up the line. The chapter is lengthy, so I published part one in the middle of last night.

(This is a re-post.)

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Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 11:00 PM PDT

Evolution of the Genus Homo, Part One

by Yosef 52

This is taken from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The section of the book from which this is taken is a chronology of the emergence of consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length. The chapter is lengthy, so I'll publish part two in the middle of tomorrow night.

(This was previously published on 12 June.)

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This is a chapter from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The main section of the book is a chronology of the events that led to the emergence of human consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length.

Because of the tremendous importance of primate evolution in this chronology, I examine this subject particularly closely. The chapter is very long,  so I have divided it into three parts.

I am not a scientist; I am a (very minor) historian and former history teacher. But I am writing a "deep history" of the world, and so I was forced to venture into subjects which are typically the province of physicists, chemists, biologists, and geologists. If I have made egregious errors of any kind, or even minor ones, please correct me.

If you are interested in reading other parts of the chronology, just look at my diary list starting with "The Beginning of the Physical Universe".

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This is a chapter from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The main section of the book is a chronology of the events that led to the emergence of human consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length.

Because of the tremendous importance of primate evolution in this chronology, I examine this subject particularly closely. The chapter is very long,  so I have divided it into three parts.

I am not a scientist; I am a (very minor) historian and former history teacher. But I am writing a "deep history" of the world, and so I was forced to venture into subjects which are typically the province of physicists, chemists, biologists, and geologists. If I have made egregious errors of any kind, or even minor ones, please correct me.

If you are interested in reading other parts of the chronology, just look at my diary list starting with "The Beginning of the Physical Universe".

Continue Reading

This is a chapter from my book The Emergence and Nature of Human History, Volume One. The main section of the book is a chronology of the events that led to the emergence of human consciousness. The chronology employs Carl Sagan's device of condensing the Universe's age down to one year, with the Big Bang occurring on 1 January. The section also measures time through the use of an imaginary timeline one million meters in length.

Because of the tremendous importance of primate evolution in this chronology, I examine this subject particularly closely. The chapter is very long, and so I will be dividing it into three parts.

I am not a scientist; I am a (very minor) historian and former history teacher. But I am writing a "deep history" of the world, and so I was forced to venture into subjects which are typically the province of physicists, chemists, biologists, and geologists. If I have made egregious errors of any kind, or even minor ones, please correct me.

If you are interested in reading other parts of the chronology, just look at my diary list starting with "The Beginning of the Physical Universe".

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