From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Netroots Nation 2014: 17 Weeks and Counting!
• The panel discussions and workshops are still being finalized, but Mary Rickles has some cool info about the nearly 500 total submissions that, as usual, poured in from all four corners of the universe:
Last year was the first year ever where Netroots Nation featured more women as speakers than men (we also had more women panel organizers than men in 2013). That holds true again for 2014. Of the panels submitted in 2014, 953 of the proposed speakers are women (60%), 602 are male (38%) and 44 are not identified or identify as other (3%).As soon as the 80 approved panels and 40 training sessions are announced, we'll grab our Billyhorn and shout them out one at a time from a tall building unless we decide to post them here instead.
While there is still a majority of Caucasian speakers submitted, the diversity has improved over 2013, particularly among African Americans. About 20 percent of proposed speakers are African American and about 20 percent are API, Hispanic, Native American or multi-racial. During the panel selection process, we have a chance to make those numbers even more diverse. It’s our goal to make Netroots Nation more diverse every year so that our speaker list is much more representative of what our country really looks like.
• If you missed Kos's post contrasting Netroots Nation and its conservative counterpart, it's worth a read:
Netroots Nation is a buffet of panels on how to win elections, how to take action, how to influence change. There's very little of the red meat that characterizes CPAC. And that's a good thing. We're focused on winning, they're focused on making themselves feel good by putting Donald f'n Trump on stage. If you're the media, which is more compelling?Another difference: CPAC attendees are much more prolific at trolling for gay sex via Craigslist. Go figure.
• According to sources, for the first time in Netroots Nation's history, there will be a special landing pad on the roof of Cobo Center if you're arriving by jetpack. Please call ahead for wind speed and direction so you can stick the landing.
• Follow NN14 via Twitter here.
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Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, March 20, 2014
Note: Sugar caffeine sugar caffeine sugar caffeine sugar caffeine. Our motto: keep it simple.-
Days 'til summer: 93
Days 'til the Maple Syrup Festival and Irish Celebration at the Curran Homestead in Orrington, Maine: 2
Percent of Democrats who say they personally know someone who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act: 48%
Percent of Republicans who say they personally know someone who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act: 14%
(Source: Bloomberg National poll)
Number of years in the last dozen when employers hired "aggressively": 3
(Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Number of the 3,200 children’s books published last year that were about black people: 93
(Source: Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin via Black Kos)
Amount of time by which the Rocky Mountain wildflower season has lengthened since 1975 due to climate change: 35 days
(Source: Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado)
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment---CAUTION: RATED R
Q: What's the difference between an anus and an asshole?
A: An anus can't put its arms around you.
Puppy Pic of the Day: Well, in fairness, that IS a lot of dog.
P.S. Where do people go to learn about the seasons? At the School of Hard Vernal Equinox! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!
CHEERS to a good show. If you live in the northeast and you're wondering what went whizzing by your house at 10,000 miles per hour in the wee hours of the morning, it was just an asteroid the size of Rhode Island. In fact, it was so big that it actually caused a brief "eclipse" of the brightest star in the constellation Leo. The last time illumination disappeared that quickly was when Michele Bachmann walked into a committee meeting.
CHEERS to FLOTUS in flight. First Lady Michelle Obama is in China for a week to meet 'n greet, grip 'n grin, and show the world yet again that when it comes to awesomeness among current spouses of world leaders, "WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!" You can find details on her (and the kids') trip at the White House web site. Here's what she's up to today and tomorrow (which, due to the time change, I think is a week before yesterday):
One of the highlights will be a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, whose ceramic soldiers date back to the Qin Dynasty. To give you an idea of how old that is, archaeologists say they pre-date the Republican platform by a whole week.TodayChina: prepare
to be charmed.
Arrival in Beijing.
> Obama joins First Lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend Universities abroad.
> Obama visits the Forbidden City with First Lady Peng Liyuan.
> Obama meets with First Lady Peng Liyuan and joins First Lady Peng Liyuan for dinner and a performance.
JEERS to crude surprises. Hey, did you hear about all the solar and wind that gushed through a busted pipe under an L.A. street and started oozing all over the place? Yeah, me neither. But this happened:
Governor Brown will probably say that this is the reason California needs to up its fracking activity. If he does, please walk up and whack him with your shoe on my behalf. But be nice about it.Crews Tuesday night were capping off an underground pipe leak that sent oil seeping through cracks in the asphalt of a Southern California neighborhood. Crews used sand to cover the areas where oil seeped out of a finger-sized hole on the bottom of a 10-inch pipeline buried 7 feet underground, officials said. The pipeline belongs to Phillips 66, whose crews were working with hazmat teams to fix the leak. … Los Angeles city officials. More than 1,200 gallons of crude oil were collected from the leak."I can do finger
painting with it!"
CHEERS to strategic cutting and running. In a move that would've gotten him court-martialed by George W. Bush for "not finishing the job," on March 20, 1942, General Douglas MacArthur pulled out of the Philippines during World War II so his forces could live to fight the Japanese another day. His words made history: "I shall return." Not so historic were the words that followed: "Accelerator's on the right, Chumley. First hit the clutch...now give it some gas...a little more...great, now you've stalled, try it again. I swear, this is the last time I moonlight as a war zone driving instructor..."
CHEERS to Minty freshness. Exciting doings across Her Majesty's Pond in Her Majesty's realm of Her Majesty's Exchequer at Her Majesty's Department of Her Majesty's Currency, as Great Britain starts minting a these little hotties:
A new 12-sided pound coin based on the threepenny bit is being unveiled – and is said to be the hardest in the world to fake. Described as a “giant leap into the future” the new coin will replace a familiar token that the Treasury says has a 3% forgery rate---amounting to a total of more than 45m in circulation.The coolest new feature of the threepenny? When you squeeze it, the Queen goes, "Helloooooooo!!!"
JEERS to shocking moments in American history. On March 20, 1899 Martha Place of Brooklyn became the first American woman to be strapped into the electric chair in Sing Sing prison. Her crime: REDRUM! It took 'em two tries to finish her off. The public read about it the next day in their local paper's current events section.
Five years ago in C&J: March 20, 2009
JEERS to the Seven Million Dollar Man. That's how much Chimpy McFlightsuit is reportedly getting to write a book about how he made decisions in the White House. Working title: Dart Throwing for Dummies.
And just one more…
gets thumbs-up from me!
Have a nice Thursday. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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