UPDATE at 3PM EDT:
Go, kossacks, go!
Our guy's in second place now and over the moon with our amazing response.
Let's make an afternoon push to put him within striking distance of #1!
If you're tipping this, please rec, too. Tips are great but recs bring visibility.
Lots of us love fellow kossack ericlewis0 for all the enthusiasm, grace and humor that he brings to Daily Kos. He is often on the rec list for informative and pithy diaries that make his audience better (political :-) junkies and better wonks.
Yesterday, however, he completely hit it out of the park.
Using his brains and talent, and experience and skills as an industrial/ product designer, he came up with a possible solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and garnered accolades from engineers, oil experts, and many others along the way.
Yesterday, he refined his idea, incorporating the comments of multiple kossacks, and passed the idea on to BP.
Eric is applying for a DFA (Democracy for America) scholarship to attend Netroots Nation for the first time this year, and he, mistakenly :-), wasn't selected during the first round of voting.
The second round starts now and he needs your support to join us all in Las Vegas.
We've put him on the rec list twice this week, along with his permeable cone thingy. Now let's put him on a plane to Las Vegas. (Well, actually the scholarship only covers the convention and hotel. He'll have to get there under his own steam :-)
Please show your support today and ask everyone you know to do the same.
Eric could be an international celebrity by the time we get to Netroots Nation. And we can say that we knew him when...
P.S. Eric has absolutely no idea that I am posting this and is probably going to kill me when he sees it, but I am willing to take the risk.
P.P.S. If you think that Eric deserves to go to Lost Wages, you have to show this diary some love, so everyone can see it and we can GOTV.