- The first Netroots Nation Holiday Bazaar kicked off this weekend, with a treasure trove of crafty creations. For more info, check out mcjoan's excellent rundown of items up for bid.
All in all, there are 115 items, something for everyone on your holiday list, and the vast majority of them under $20. On top of that, it's for a fantastic cause. In three four (already?) short years, Netroots Nation has become the premiere annual gathering for progressives. Proceeds from this auction will go toward Netroots Nation '10, and to the series of regional salons that happen throughout the country during the year.
Did I already mention the truffles? Tempting, huh? Well, you have to act now. The auction ends next Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 pm, eastern.
- The Los Angeles Episcopalians elected an openly lesbian bishop yesterday.
The Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, 55, will become the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church since Gene Robinson took office in New Hampshire in 2004, if she is formally approved.
- The New York Times has a guide to the climate change talks in Copenhagen.
- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called for tightening loopholes in U.S. legislation to regulate the $605 trillion over-the-counter derivatives market.
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the US hasn't had any good intelligence on OBL's whereabouts in years, but National Security advisor James Jones seems to think otherwise.
- The DARPA challenge is underway. The Pentagon is using the $40,000 prize to study "how online groups share resources." (Update: A team from MIT already won! h/t John3.)