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I have been following endorsements in NY State for months now and highlighting them as they come. I was one of the first to catch the NY Times endorsement of Tim Wu. I may have gotten the following list of endorsements before some of the candidates have gotten it.

This list of endorsements comes from the New York City Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, one of the most liberal organizations out there and I agree with all their endorsements.

Americans for Democratic Action, founded in 1947, is an independent liberal political organization dedicated to protecting individual liberty and expanding economic justice, working to advance civil rights at home and human rights abroad, and promoting the general welfare in a world at peace. We stimulate political activity through policy briefs, op-eds, newsletters, voting records and emails which define and crystallize issues.

ADA NYC AMERICANS FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION
NEW YORK, NY 10003
212-367-8883
www.nycada.org
EMAIL: info@nycada.org

You can donate to all these candidates through my Reform Albany 2014 Act Blue Site.
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Melodrama is sometimes rather irresistible. Yeah, I got sucked in from time to time. But OH MY GOD. Can we kind of refocus a bit? I mean it isn't as if reform in NY State is up for grabs in ONE WEEK!! And it isn't as if the control of the SENATE is in question. CLEARLY who uprates who, who is stalking who on the intertubes is more important than like the SENATE.

We are all people with our own quirks, biases, faults, and sensitivities. That is great and all the meta really boils down to one thing: respect each other a bit more and listen to each other a bit more. Now, can we move on to electing better and more Democrats?

First a cut to the chase, and then I will go into more detail below the fold.

Can we PLEASE focus a little on the Democratic Primary coming up in one week? Here is my Act Blue site aimed at reforming Albany: Reform Albany 2014. I will go into some detail below. But bottom line is we need money to fight the big money interests.

And then we REALLY need to focus on all the close races for November:      Closest Races 2014

Seriously, winning some elections feel a lot better than endlessly arguing meta.

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The NY Times has a tendency to follow fairly predictable, very mainstream, and not always progressive paths. I won't say I always DISagree with them, but we aren't always on the same page. Even though I once strongly influenced one of their endorsements (if email exchanges I was shown are accurate)...or, more to the point, strongly influenced their decision NOT to endorse in one election. And I have to say they talked to me about another election, almost directly quoted me, and never gave me credit, but that is another story...and the reason I seldom actually LINK to the NY Times.

However, in the endorsements the NY Times have made for the Sept. 9th primary in NYC, we are strongly in agreement for once. I was one of the first people around here to post that the NY Times endorsed Tim Wu for Lt. Governor. Now I can report (in not so timely a fashion) their endorsements for some other races. Since they dove tail well with an Act Blue Page I recently highlighted, I will give my comments on these races as well.

For my Reform Albany 2014 Act Blue Page, please click here if you just want to cut to the chase and donate to good candidates. For more info on the candidates the NY Times and I agree on, please see below.

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Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 03:00 PM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 20

by mole333

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

But first some personal stuff. Here is a film about the Latvian synagogue that is being restored thanks to my efforts circa 2003-2004:

For more information, here is the diary I recently wrote on my efforts, my reasons, and the success: Never Give Up: Saving my family history and thumbing my nose at Hitler

And here is a book written about life of Latvian Jews at the time my family would have lived there:  A Woman's Voice: Sarah Foner, Hebrew Author of the Haskalah by Sarah Foner

Unemployment has kicked in. It helps, but isn't enough. One extra, small source of income is people buying  through my Amazon Affiliate store. If you are doing any Amazon shopping, consider doing it through the above link.

This week's book recommendation is Dream in Color: How the Sánchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress, the autobiography of Loretta and Linda Sanchez, children of immigrant parents from Mexico who became Congresswomen from California. Loretta is a Blue Dog Dem and Linda part of the Progressive Caucus. Both are brilliant and tough individuals who took on a white male dominated Congress. An excellent read.

Recent video of Loretta Sanchez in Congress:

Linda Sanchez on the "It Gets Better" project:

Read about them both in  Dream in Color.

Other recommended books that are among my top sellers are Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am also available for editing college essays, scientific papers, resumes, etc.

Finally, any scientists out there who need someone to edit a paper, I am freelancing through ScienceDocs.com. Soon will be blogging for them as well!

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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In New York State we have had an embarrassing state government for years. Slowly, VERY slowly, things have been changing. But now is the chance to push harder than ever to clean up Albany.

NY State Senate, NY State Assembly, Lt. Gov., and, of course, Gov. All of these are critical to reforming the notorious mess that is Albany. This clogged cesspool we call Albany requires some serious snaking out, and that can only be done by supporting the reformers who have been fighting for years, defeating the corrupt scum like Malcom Smith and John Sampson, AND defeating the Republican-loving IDC members like Jeff Klein and Tony Avella. We even have the chance to defeat a Republican State Senator, Marty Golden. And let's not forget our "beloved" thug of a governor, Cuomo.

We have about 2 weeks to get all this done. Help me clean out the cesspool called Albany.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 19

by mole333

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

Unemployment has kicked in. It helps, but isn't enough. One extra, small source of income is people buying  through my Amazon Affiliate store. If you are doing any Amazon shopping, consider doing it through the above link. My best selling items are:

Diatomaceous Earth for effective control of crawling insects, and

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents), a book that has helped my son enormously and I think is good for any family dealing with an ASD diagnosis.

And here is what I WANT to be my best seller, a book that pretty much analyzes how Democrats can win across the nation: The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am also available for editing college essays, scientific papers, resumes, etc.

Finally, any scientists out there who need someone to edit a paper, I am freelancing through ScienceDocs.com. Soon will be blogging for them as well!

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 18

by mole333

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

First, I am still unemployed AND uninsured, so I will keep putting in a plug for myself. If you want to skip to the news roundup, just go straight below the fold.

Until unemployment benefits kick in or my tutoring and editing freelance gigs start bringing me work, my only real source of income is the trickle  from my Amazon Affiliate store. If you are doing any Amazon shopping, consider doing it through the above link. As always I would like to recommend ALL Kossacks read The Political Brain, because reading it will help Democrats win. I also want to highlight this book about Holocaust Hero Raoul Wallenberg written by a dearly missed friend.

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am also available for editing college essays, scientific papers, resumes, etc.

Finally, any scientists out there who need someone to edit a paper, I am freelancing through ScienceDocs.com. Soon will be blogging for them as well!

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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I have been keeping track of endorsements for the NYC Democratic Primary on Sept. 9th. The LGBT organizations cover the most ground in terms of number of races. There are four local LGBT organizations that I am aware of, and they are among the more influential progressive organizations in NY. These are the following: (click on each for their full endorsement lists)

Lambda Independent Democrats (my favorite of the four but covering the fewest races)

Stonewall Democrats

Empire State Pride Agenda

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

What interests me is how on some races these clubs agree completely and on others they are split. I want to highlight those races they are either unanimous on or three out of the four agree.

First, what candidates are unanimously supported by all four major NY LGBT organizations: (There are only four such candidates! Click on their names for more info)

    AD 42 (Brooklyn) Rodneyse Bichotte (D)
    AD 51 (Brooklyn) Ceasar Zuniga (D) (This is one where I disagree with them and I support Felix Ortiz, but that is just my opinion!)
    AD 52 (Brooklyn) Jo Anne Simon (D) (Jo Anne is a good friend of mine so I heartily agree here)
    AD 64 (Staten Island/Brooklyn) Marybeth Melendez (D)

I find it hard to argue against any of these candidates. All are endorsed by many excellent organizations. Although I DO prefer Felix Ortiz, Carlos Zuniga seems good as well.

Now let's look at cases where three out of the four agree...

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Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 08:24 AM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 17

by mole333

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

First, as I remain unemployed AND am not eligible for Obamacare (currently uninsured!), I have to plug myself a bit. First of all, anyone out there who shops through Amazon.com, if you shop through my Amazon Affiliate store it can help me get through this period of unemployment. And if you are interested,this and this are my biggest selling items. They are almost infallible in stopping crawling insects. And THIS is the item that people are buying that I want even more people to buy, because reading it will help Democrats win.

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am also available for editing college essays, scientific papers, etc.

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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I have been on the Republican mailing list for some time...so I get all sorts of crap. Including "I miss W" mug offers...if you can believe it!

Today I got an email fundraising to take the Senate. This email convinces me that the Republicans have ALREADY fumbled their chances to take the Senate. Let me show you. Here is the gist of the email:

The GOP must win six Democrat Senate seats to win a Republican Senate Majority.

Here are the top ten democrats who are the most vulnerable senators according to recent polls:

1.    Mark Pryor, Arkansas
2.    Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
3.    Kay Hagan, North Carolina
4.    Mark Begich, Alaska
5.    Mark Udall, Colorado
6.    Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
7.    Al Franken, Minnesota
8.    Jeff Merkley, Oregon
9.    Mark Warner, Virginia
10.    Tom Udall, New Mexico

Sounds like they have a real shot, right? I mean they are claiming there are 10 vulnerable Dems and they only have to win 6 of those seats. Time to panic right?

Wrong. Time to do some real defense, perhaps, but their own analysis shows they have almost no chance of actually taking the Senate. Let me show you...

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Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 06:24 PM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 16

by mole333

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

First, as I remain unemployed, I have to plug myself a bit. First of all, anyone out there who shops through Amazon.com, if you shop through my Amazon Affiliate store it can help me get through this period of unemployment. And if you are interested,this and this are my biggest selling items. They are almost infallible in stopping crawling insects. And THIS is the item that people are buying that I want even more people to buy, because reading it will help Democrats win.

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am not charging much right now because I want to establish a customer base.

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM PDT

Mole's Cool News Roundup 15

by mole333

Bit of a delay in publishing this week...internet problems then computer problems then applying for unemployment. Yes...I am there now.

Below is a roundup of news, politics science, and humor. I hope you enjoy.

First I want to highlight some actions I am pushing for. Right now I am focusing on keeping up the pressure on companies that oppose fully funding women's healthcare:

Please sign this petition to help save honey bees and save a third of our food supply: https://www.change.org/...

More you can do for bees here: http://save-bees.org/

Boycott Hobby Lobby: https://www.facebook.com/...

Boycott Eden Foods: https://www.facebook.com/...

Finally as I remain unemployed I have to plug myself a bit. First of all, anyone out there who shops through Amazon.com, if you shop through my Amazon Affiliate store it can help me get through this period of unemployment. And if you are interested,this is my biggest selling item. It is almost infallible in stopping crawling insects. And THIS is the item that people are buying that I want even more people to buy, because it will help Democrats win.

Second, anyone in the NYC area, if you know someone who needs tutoring or other kinds of help, here is my page on the University Tutor website. I am not charging much right now because I want to establish a customer base.

Sorry for the self-advertising. Now onto the news, science and randomness below...

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