Posting History for A Perfect Conversation
|You want to fix this? Start letting your life become more difficult. Now.
What do you think you need? Maybe you could rethink that into what you think you want?
|Why Don't People My Age Vote?
Now that my second year in college is finally over, I actually have time to post on Kos. At 19 (almost 20), I fit into that category of voters that, in nearly every election,
|We Have to Do It Ourselves
What Weinergate has shown me is that we cannot rely on leaders to get our work done for us. Our general MO has been to elect "more and better Democrats" with the implication that getting them into ...
|I can create 10mil new jobs
The people have spoken. Deficits matter. Foreign wars matter. Education matters. But jobs trump everything else. I'm conflicted about the role of the stimulus package (ARRA) in our recent recession/...
|Changing the Conversation on the Budget: An Idea for Good Governance
As a Precinct Committee Person for the Washington County Democrats , I've taken it upon myself to meet my neighbors and update their voter registrations. As ...
|A Perfect Conversation: And the Weiner is...
Okay. Cheap joke. I'll get to that in a second though. First, below the Fleur-de-Kos, you'll find a listing of diaries republished to A Perfect Conversation since the last diary I posted (which was ...
|Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Ken Binmore
This is part of a series within the Reading and Book Lovers group; it was suggested by LimeLite. The subject is books about science, math and statistics. This is intended to be a ...
|An interesting take on Corporate Taxes
(as seen on www.pacmen.org , Facebook , Twitter , &
|Protesters Given Permission to Set Up "Walkerville" Tent City Near Wisconsin Capitol
With some restrictions, the city of Madison's street use committee has granted protesters permission to set up a "protest village" near the state capitol building. The organizers, We Are ...
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|Desmond Tutu: "God Is Not A Christian"
Lately the political world seems relatively dormant, so the atheism/religion wars broke out here. Mostly it seems the atheism/Christian wars, perhaps because Christianity in all its forms is the ...
|A Manufacturing-centered economics, part one
Question: Why are we using mainstream economic ideas rooted in the 19th century to deal with 21st century challenges to our global civilization and to our national economies? No wonder political ...
|Welcome To The Desert of The Real
David Dayen points to Jared Bernstein'...
|A Perfect Conversation: This and That
Announcement Considering the volume of people throwing their hats into the 2012 presidential ring, I wanted to announce that I, Gabriel D, shall not be running ...
|We Are All Howard Camping Today
On the surface, it may seem surprising, but, except for the degree of difficulty, geocide would be one of the most common crimes in the world. Yesterday, we all enjoyed our laugh at Howard Camping, ...
|Participatory Models: Art of Hosting
What you think changes how you act. A while back, I was leading a group of teens in an exercise - each person gets five minutes to talk, without interruption, while the other two in the group listen.
Noam Chomsky (Duncan Rawlinson/
|White Privilege Diary Series #1 - White Feminist Privilege in Organizations
Over the last thirty years I've worked with a variety of white-dominated feminist organizations that have expressed a wish to "diversify." While feminist organizations differ in structure and intent,
|Why aren't progressives as good at politics as conservatives?
The latest round of argument within the progressive coalition over the Obama Administration - touched off by Cornel West'...
|I went to the Rapture, and all I got was this Lousy Blog Post.
I don't know about you, but I was expecting the end of the world, so I didn't prepare anything for tonight. So...uh...yeah. How about we take the weekend off, and I'll see you Monday. ;)
|A Perfect Conversation: Rapturous Joy! Caloo Calay!
|Searching for a Few Trans Heroes and Heroines
In my experience, which is not inconsequential, all transfolk sometimes cringe at the way other transfolk express our common situation/predicament. Some call it a malady. Some have called it a ...
|We Could Afford it Yesterday, but Not Today?
For those who follow this group, Money and Public Purpose, this diary won't be anything too surprising for you. However, if you're new to this group you should know that my goal is to so completely ...
|A Perfect Conversation: A Little Advice for Online Privacy and Security
This is something I've been meaning to write about for a while, so I'm using the excuse of taking a break from writing/editing my other diaries to write this one, instead. I'm not going to go into ...
|Louder Than Words||David Swanson||05/19/2011||6||7||-||57|
|A Perfect Conversation: I got Nuthin'
Normally, by the time Top Comments is posted, I have this diary close to wrapped up, and it's just a matter of adding a couple more diaries to the lists as they come up late. Tonight, not so. In fact,
|A Perfect Conversation: Money and Power
Preface: I'm not totally satisfied with tonight's diary, but I've been banging my head against a wall far too long over it, and this is good enough to get the point across, I think. This ...
|Trade Deficits Are Not Born Evil
Trade deficits are not inherently bad. In fact, they can be a good thing. The idea that trade deficits are inherently bad seems to be the one thing that unites the political left and right. ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Back in the Saddle
Yay! I'm back! I don't have much to say, tonight. Mostly did some reading and generally took a break from cleaning. Speaking of, the living room's more of a mess than I started with. (I have ...
|The "No-Losers" Tax Simplification Proposal
Let's take a pause for a flight of fantasy, and imagine that we still had an America where political negotiation was possible, and people might listen to a "positive sum" proposal... one in which (
|A Perfect Conversation: (Belated) Hiatus Notice
Let me start right off with apologies to everyone for the last couple days. This week has turned into "clean the damn house 'cause it's a frickin' MESS" week. (It's been building for a while, and ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Happy Mother's Day (Weekend)!
I didn't really have time to write, today, so tonight is a short entry. And with my cousin here for the weekend, plus Mother's Day, you can count on me being gone the 'til Monday. In fact, I'm going ...
|You can now die of old age
Today, May 6, the new feature film Forks Over Knives premiers in New York City and Los Angeles. The film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Ayn Rand wouldn't know Rational Self-Interest if it bit her in the....
I can't quite say what particular train of thought set me off on this, today, but it's been a long standing grudge for me, and I just need to get it off my chest. See, I have my own philosohpy, too.
|Ayn Rand churns in her grave: Robots naturally evolve altruism
As some few of you know, I teach a freshman seminar in science fiction. The central questions of that course are: Who or what qualifies as a person ? (Not human , but a person .) ...
|Who will speak for the jobless?
I am quoting from two heartbreaking recent diary comments without revealing the identities of the commenters:
|A Perfect Conversation: Quick Thought
While I continue to chug away on my other diaries (frickin' plural), here's a short thought. I'd have more, but I've spent most of my time on the other diaries. (It feels like I'm having to fight ...
|"A Web of One"
At a recent TED meeting, Eli Pariser of MoveOn had some really ...
|A Perfect Conversation: It's Filler Time!
It's late. I've got the beginnings of three (count 'em, three ) diaries, but nothing finished. I won't bore you with why they're unfinished, let alone why there's three in the first place. ...
|Pundit Accuracy Tested: Krugman and Dowd DOMINATE! Update: Professional Left Snubbed
In this paper, we report on the first-ever test of the accuracy of predictions in the media. We sampled the predictions of 26 individuals who wrote columns in major newspapers and/or ...
|A Perfect Conversation: What Keeps Obama up at Night.
This has probably been commented on already—in fact, I'd be surprised if it hasn't—but I think this is what struck me the most, at least at this point in my ruminations, about the events of this ...
|Make Everybody Wealthy
That's the solution. How do we do it? It's really the main game, if we have a chance to do any of this. I've read so many good suggestions. But there are so many frightened people out there, ...
|A Perfect Conversation: A Nation of Laws?
Has there ever really been such a beast? A nation that was ruled by law and not men? I sit here, with many thoughts running through my head, but this one comes to the fore, so I'll write about it. ...
|It's Time for a National Defanging
The hatred of the federal income tax has long been the backbone calling card for the Tea Party and anti-govt haters. It's time for a national defanging of this bad bird by eliminating all income ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Adding Follow Links to Diaries and Comments.
Light reading today, so I've put the lists up top and the diary topic in the extended. Happy reading!
It seems as if I cannot get away from it Expressions of hatred Discussions of hatred Hate directed towards the LGBT community Hate directed towards Obama Hate directed towards those who ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Asking for Assistance
As you know, A Perfect Conversation currently consists of just me. This is a problem. I do what I can, but as the past week clearly illustrated, things can happen that cause me to miss days. I would ...
|Our Exhausting Illusions
This post is a reprint; I originally posted this at OneUtah.org and openleft.com. I'm posting this now because I'm working on a follow up. I've written before about the notion that an ...
|Chris Hayes digs into the Forces of Denial and the Science of Belief Formation
Chris Hayes filled in last night for Lawrence O'Donnell (who had a prior commitment). Chris did a stellar job digging into the 'psychological underpinnings' of how some people form their ...
|Our Slide Into Economic Backwardness Continues
In summer 2009, Daily Kos was the scene of a great deal of back-and-forth about whether or not the economic recession was over and, if so, what that meant for the average American. Based on my ...
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|The Domestication of Humans
The other day I happened to be sitting in the barbershop waiting my turn and perusing a copy of National Geographic with a picture of a Fox on the cover. I have been seeing a red fox visit my ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Idealism and Pragmatism.
Tonight, I'd finally like to finish (for now, at any rate) the conversation I started last week ...
|Top-down organizations, "being humane" and ethical decision-making
I've been pondering the reactions to the beating incident that took place in that Baltimore-area McDonald's since the story of it broke over the weekend. It has engendered a lot of thoughtful, and ...
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|A Perfect Conversation: Power Outage
Yep. We had a power outage in the area. Luckily the power came back, but it was out long enough that I didn't have time to finish my diary. So instead, you get yet another crappy excuse for a lame-...
I love Daily Kos, but too many of us are now full-on talking out of our asses. A sizable proportion of diaries are just knee-jerk responses to whatever latest nonsense or madness is being ...
|A Perfect Conversation: This is not the Diary I Intended to Write
I repulled my neck muscle, today, so I'm back in pain. Again. Crap crap crap. So, I've read zilch today. I've scheduled this diary to post at the usual time, but chances are, I'm already in bed. My ...
|Learning To Make a Buck
I have a vision of using the tools of capitalism to empower working class people. It's a sly vision which pleases me because really I just want to give working class people access to the rules that ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Answering Myself
Last night, I posed the following question: If you had supreme authority over the nation for a day, what social policies would you want to enact and why? Feel free to be as idealistic ...
|Dear Markos and administrators
If you happen to read this, can I make a friendly suggestion for you to consider over the next several months? Okay, thanks! ;) I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing these Townhall videos of Republicans ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Two Weeks
It's been two weeks since I officially launched the group (a little longer since I started it). I'm taking a short reassessment to see where I am, where the group is, and what needs changing. This ...
|Let’s get the framing right, right now.
This is a short diary. I believe its timing is critical to get out in front of what the right is about to do to try to derail the President’s popular message on taxing the rich. I’d suggest ...
|A Perfect Conversation: To Work or Not To Work
I often hear that people want to work. Naturally, I question that statement, and I do so with a little thought experiment. You are given all the money you need to live comfortably. It pays for your ...
|The Cure for Plutocracy: Strike!
How do you get politicians living off legalized bribery to criminalize bribery? How do you persuade the corporate media to report on the interests of flesh-and-blood, non-corporate people? How do ...
|A Perfect Conversation: New Features!
Okay. As you probably know from my sig, I'm also a KosBuster. And last weekend while I was busy doing things outside the GOS, a new update went through that I missed. In that update, we got a nifty ...
|Disturbin' Durbin: A Unity Diary
That's right -- I'm calling this a /unity/ diary. If I've done my job right, then by the end of this diary, people of all stripes of support and opposition for Administration policy will wind up ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Economics as Religion
The diary republished today was actually from yesterday. It's a review of a book that takes economics, among other subjects, to task for essentially being unscientific in nature. Now, I'm not going ...
|Science, math and statistics books: Consilience: A New World View
A review of Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson. Described as the only living heir to Charles Darwin, Edward O. Wilson is, to me, more like the T. H. Huxley of all science.
|A Perfect Conversation: Pain in the Neck
I pulled a muscle in my neck today, and it's hurt to do anything but lie down in bed. I've had this happen to me from time to time since I was in middle school. So other than going to the ...
|Analyzing the 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court Election
On April 5th, 2011 Wisconsin held an election to choose a Wisconsin Supreme Court nominee. The supposedly non-partisan election turned into a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker's ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Status and Challenge
A short day for me, but I did manage to find a couple interesting diaries for your perusal this evening. Tomorrow will also be short. My aunt and uncle found a new place to live after they had to ...
|The Order Of Things
Sometimes we get our priorities wrong. I know I do. I've been sick. That's a fucking priority! For the last three weeks, I've had some wierd flu that I can't seem to shake. This morning was the ...
|Hunting the Elephant in the Room: Inequality (Part III - Transfers and Pre-Tax)
Note: this is a cross-post from The Realignment Project . Follow us ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Equality is Inevitable
A quick reminder. I'm being kept pretty busy at the moment, so I haven't had time to read anything today. This diary was scheduled in advance, so if you're reading this sentence, it's probably ...
|A Perfect Conversation: More and Better
A quick reminder. I'm being kept pretty busy at the moment, so I haven't had time to read anything today, let along even check in except to get this diary published (thus the lateness). So feel free ...
|A Perfect Conversation: What are You Reading?
I've had about 2-3 hours to read tonight, and while that allowed me time to find some diaries for recommending, it wasn't enough to find any I thought fit the group. It also meant no time to write ...
|A Perfect Conversation: The Lottery Exemption
I want to start by apologizing to citizen k. My use of his/her comment as a foil in yesterday's diary was in-artful to say the least. I can see in hindsight how it would be embarrassing and even ...
|German Town Shows How to Achieve Nuclear Free Future
Yesterday I was invited by friends (thanks Kat & Deidre) to attend the ceremony for the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize at the War Memorial in San Francisco. ...
|The 99-Percenters Economic Plan: Next steps
Last night I posted this diary re-capping the progressive ...
|Tourists For Justice
This is my debut on Dkos and I would like to make a suggestion ...
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|Dispelling myths in the Obama Wars
As the pie fight between President Obama's defenders and detractors boils over across the ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Framing Redux
In response to yesterday's diary, A Perfect Conversation: Framing is Fundamental Framing,
|ENOUGH! Get active. State & Local Action Group's First Campaign
It's time folks. Time to get started on our plan. Today we begin choosing our first target.
|Anti-Capitalist Meet-up: The Questions of Self-determination, National Struggles and Nationalism
Today’s diary will address a question that was born in the mid nineteenth century, during the wave of bourgeois-democratic revolutions that swept Europe and ultimately led to the fall of the ...
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|A Perfect Conversation: Framing is Fundamental
So Obama made another deal in which he gave up more than Republicans initially asked for. If you can't tell by that one sentence where I stand in regards to Obama and his actions, you probably don't ...
|Conformity + Class War = Working Class Suffering
Americans are a deeply conformist society. We are raised to conform in school, where deviating from the norms gets you ostracized and bullied. Many of us don't even realize the damage that has been ...
I am a lifelong progressive, born in the late sixties and raised by two baby boomers who would have been called "hippies" at the time. I come from the heartland Midwest: blue collar, beef and corn ...
|$34K tax-free, 15% after that
I'll keep this simple. With the Bush/Obama tax cuts, certain people have the following income tax structure: First they deduct any deductions they have. Then the next $34,000 is completely tax-...
|A Perfect Conversation: Missing Text
I had originally planned to write something here, but I spent most of the day either asleep or not at home, so by the time I finally checked in, I only had about three hours to read before posting. ...
|Wherein I paraphrase Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock at the end. Twice. (With poll)
I'm going to pick one example. Just one. Because for those of us who stand with neither side in the ongoing pie-fight between critics and supporters of the President, there is a lot to be said that ...
|Why Progressives Keep On Losing: Premature Exhilaration
This [article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/why-progressives-keep-on_b_847054.html] was written by Richard (RJ) Eskow, Consultant, Writer, Senior Fellow with The Campaign for America's ...
There's understandable frustration about President Obama's deal with the devil Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to ...
|Let's Roll - Updated
Let's plan a convoy. I think that getting out and becoming a community is better than sitting and feeling powerless. I am not real big on being powerless. We've been able to see this train ...
|It's Time for Accountability for "Job Creators"
As I was watching John Boehner's brief statement about the deal to keep the government going by screwing the poor and elderly out of more of the things they need to survive, I was struck by one of ...
|A Perfect Conversation: Priorities, Priorities.
Back in junior high English class, we were assigned to keep a journal. Each day, we were supposed to write a minimum number of lines. I forget how many, now. I think it was five. Whatever it was, I ...
|National Public Employee Rights Act: A Solution to State Tyranny
A bold solution exists to the current infringement on worker rights by radical right-wing governors and conservative state legislatures. A National Public Employee Rights Act would take the decision ...
|Winning The Watercooler Debate
Cross posted at Conceptual Guerilla . This is part of part of the opening effort to start promoting the film "Megadittoes: Rush Limbaugh's America." ...
|Deficit Hawk, tell me: How do you define "spend"?
Deficit Hawk, tell me: How do you define "spend"? 1. To use up or put out; expend: spent an hour exercising. 2. To pay out (money). 3. To wear out; exhaust: The storm finally spent itself.
|Screw the ordinary people
This will be short. If there is a shutdown - which now seems likely and less than 18 hours away - all signs are that something will be very different about this one. In those during the Clinton ...
|Travel Broadens the Mind
Having lived most of my nearly 52 years in the UK, life here in the USA has offered up many delights, some frustrations, and a generally broader outlook than I had before. I have traveled some, ...
|Welcome to A Perfect Conversation
A Perfect Conversation is my own little niche in the DK blogosphere. The name comes from the first line in the ...
|Principles, Lines in the Sand, and What's at Stake
( Cross posted from Progressive Blue. ) In case some were wondering, it’s not enough ...
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- On Monday the editorial staff of the New York Times launched a series about transgender rights. Transgender Today used up the entirety of the space usually used for editorials (usually three ...1 comments 0 Recs
- California growers continue to expand their almond acreage in the state during the current drought while Governor Jerry Brown has mandated that urban families slash their water usage by 25 percent. ...4 comments 3 Recs
- An Auburn, Nebr. woman has filed a case in Federal court in Omaha, seeking to have the court decide whether homosexuality is a sin. Really. More below the sinful orange taffeta.7 comments 7 Recs
- The Keystone XL pipeline is nearly dead now.Canada will be building the pipeline east from Alberta to St.Johns deepwater port to send it to the Irvine oil refinery and to refineries in India. The ...2 comments 6 Recs
- In the United States, hate speech is often spewed forth by people with a great deal of influence, thus making it even more dangerous. Freedom of speech always comes with responsibility, and people ...13 comments 6 Recs
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- If there's one good thing about social media, it's illuminating how much hatred there is in the Republican Party for ordinary Americans, particularly those who question or challenge Republican ...40 comments 90 Recs
- Of all the Republican presidential candidates, Rand Paul really _gets_ where black Americans are coming from. That's what Rand Paul says, anyway. He understands what black American men are facing ...38 comments 36 Recs
- What we are witnessing are the workings of an “apparatus of justification” to rationalize the “extreme economic inequality” that is on the horizon and that hedge-fund managers’ ...2 comments 2 Recs
- A common response to the #BlackLivesMatter hash tag is a demand for an equal outrage over cop deaths. There's a mix of ideas and logic behind that response. There's the hero angle. The Cops are ...12 comments 5 Recs