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Populist movements don't build themselves, they grow from a process of people learning how to support a series of populist campaigns in a populist way, rather than as passive consumers of corporate political marketing campaigns.

It doesn't matter what the "horse race" outcome of the campaign is, if we fight the campaign. Fighting it, we learn how to fight. Learning how to fight political battles, we become citizens again. Becoming citizens again, we reclaim the Republic that lies dormant beneath the bread and circuses of modern American society.

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Spreading fires

John Edwards is offensive by mbair
mbair writes up the piece from FAIR that LaEscapee brought to our attention

Interview: Dave Bradley of Buffalo's Wind Action Group by Stranded Wind
(h/t dKos Enviro Google Group)

 When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution By Sara Robinson  (h/t LaEscapee)

Original Sparks

Climate Change is a threat to Humans NOT the planet by zackmann
CNN Analyst Wrong on Climate Science, Wrong on "Where the Country Is" by Target Global Warming
(a h/t two-fer for Global Warming tagpage)

Taking Offense at Edwards: Media can’t forgive his anti-establishment rhetoric by FAIR staff
(FAIR, h/t LaEscapee)

Hillary, ride Electric Rail to a Comeback Station by BruceMcF (h/t LaEscapee)
Guess what happened when I did a dKos diary? They jumped my tip jar!

Gilda Reed Fundraiser tagpage
Heaps of progressive populist goodness in nearly every byte

Peak Oil, Peak Gas, Peak ... Methanol? by Stranded Wind (h/t Peak Oil tagpage)

Everyday, Mainstream Americans Deserve a Voice by gildareed (h/t One America tagpage)

Why We Miss John Edwards' Voice on Trade and Globalization by Tasini
(h/t John Edwards tagpage)

HOW WE LIVE NOW. Ezra Klein (Tapped)

The Post Can't See Bank Welfare in Front of its Eyes by Dean Baker (Tapped)

They're Coming 'Round on Mountain Gorillas (Grist)

'The days of cheap and easy oil are not here anymore' by the stormy present (European Tribune)

EENR Edwards Democrats ActBlue (ActBlue, h/t LaEscapee)

Gilda Reed: Progressive Values Never "Off The Table" by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse
(h/t LaEscapee)

Congressional Elections: Lets Make 2008 The Year of the Woman!! by RDemocrat (h/t LaEscapee)

Round-The-Clock Gilda Reed Fundraiser Part Five:  Meet the FDR of Louisiana! by blueintheface

We Need Read / Gilda Reed Call to Action (h/t blueintheface)


Midnight Thought

I thought that this Friday would be an Open Thread ... drop a link to places other than dKos that you like to hang out online.

Oh, and since I expect to get a topical Midnight Oil up tomorrow, the 16 hour rule on video clips is reduced to 8 hours. So you get to do a music party all through the day tomorrow .... aint you lucky duckies.

Neil Young - All Along The Watchtower
"There must be some way out of here,"
said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine,
plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line
know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited,"
the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us
who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that,
and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now,
the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went,
barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching,
the wind began to howl.

UB40 - Many Rivers To Cross
Many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost as I travel along
The white cliffs of Dover
Many rivers to cross and it`s only my will
That keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years and,
I merely survive because of my pride.

And this loneliness won't leave me alone
It's such a drag to be on your own
My woman left and she didn't say why
Well I guess, I gotta try.
Many rivers to cross but where to begin,
I'm playing for time
There'll be times when I find myself thinking
Of committing some dreadful crime.

I've got many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost as I travel along
The white cliffs of Dover
Many rivers to cross and it's only my will
That keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years and,
I merely survive because of my pride.

Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
Boul ma sene,
boul ma guiss madi re nga fokni mane
Khamouma li neka thi sama souf ak thi guinaw
Beugouma kouma khol oaldine yaw li neka si yaw
Mo ne si man, li ne si mane moye dilene diapale

Roughneck and rudeness, We should be using,
on the ones who practice wicked charms
For the sword and the stone / Bad to the bone
Battle is not over / Even when its won

And when a child is born into this world
It has no concept / Of the tone the skin is living in
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting / I'll be waiting

Jassume les raisons qui nous poussent
de changer tout,
Jaimerais quon oublie leur couleur
pour quils esperent
Beaucoup de sentiments de race
qui font quils desesperent
Je veux les portes grandements ouvertes,
Des amis pour parler de leur peine,
de leur joie
Pour quils leur filent des infos qui ne divisent pas
Changer
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting / I'll be waiting

And when a child is born into this world
It has no concept / Of the tone the skin is living in
And theres a million voices / And theres a million voices
To tell you what she should be thinking

So you better sober up for just a second
  7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting
Its not a second / 7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay / I'll be waiting

Midnight Oil - Short Memory (1983)
Conquistador of Mexico, the Zulu and the Navaho
The Belgians in the Congo, short memory
Plantation in Virginia, the Raj in British India
The deadline in South Africa, short memory
The story of El Salvador, the silence of Hiroshima
Destruction of Cambodia, short memory

Short memory, must have a, short memory
Short memory, must have a, short memory

The sight of hotels by the Nile,
the designated hilton style
With running water specially bought, short memory
A smallish man afghanistan,
a watch dog in a nervous land
They're only there to lend a hand,
short memory

Wake up in sweat at dead of night
And in the tents new rifles hey, short memory

If you read the history books you'll see
the same things happen again and again
Repeat repeat short memory they've all got it
When are we going to play it again
Got a short, got a short, got a short, got a short
They've got a short must have a short
they've got a short aah
Short memory, they've got a.

Originally posted to BruceMcF on Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 09:17 PM PST.

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