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LiveBlogging Iran


I've pushed for readers to check out Middle Eastern blogs before, but perhaps you've found the perspective of those with English as a second language less than helpful. Well, here's your chance to ride along via the ether and magic of the intertubes, as a one of the blogosphere's very best liveblogs his return trip to Iran. Sean-Paul is really informed and educated on a host of issues, and this is not his first trip to Persia. He's also going to really cool places there and talking to all kinds of people. Read below the fold...

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Youth Voters to W: FOAD (We're Coming For You, Chimpy)

On caveat is important before I get all gloaty. I listened to the C-Span panel on this report, and the author of the study was quick to note: what young voters say they'll do and what they do end up doing are often two different things. Think of the abstinence reportee, who's had anal sex and received a blow job in the last week, but worrying about parental views, claims to those asking, "Yes! I'm a virgin." That said, this Harvard study is chock full of good news. Highlights include:
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Under President Clinton, Republicans spent more than $ 150 million on investigations and independent counsels and issued over 1, 000 subpoenas to probe often-imaginary malfeasance. They investigated his Christmas card list, for heaven’s sake. Under Bush, New Orleans, a major American city supposedly protected by federal levees, was drowned. Literally billions of taxpayer dollars have vanished in Iraq. Not misspent, vanished. Disappeared. Unaccounted for. Nonexistent WMDs ? No problem. Abu Ghraib ? Not interested. Number of congressional subpoenas issued since 2001 ? Zero. Not one. Instead, as Matt Taibbi writes in Rolling Stone, thanks to super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, “Congress has embarked on a never-ending party, a wild daisy-chain of golf junkets, skybox tickets and casino trips.”

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Throw him to the floor, Senator Allen?

Senator George Felix "Noose Macaca" Allen reminds me of someone. But who? Oh, yeah. Now I remember.


UPDATE: He who was thrown to the floor by a member of Senator Allen's Roman Guard wrote a letter.

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Hacking Democracy

HBO's documentary "Hacking Democracy" is set to air on Thursday night, November 2nd (check local times). As with much of their programming it will be rebroadcast several times in the coming week.

Brad over at Bradblog notes that Diebold fumbled its attempts to stop the airing of the documentary. Read below the fold...

Insult? I'd say sending the troops to war with no armor and no plan is the real insult

C'mon, John, we love you, but please! Sharpen the edge just a bit! WaPo:

"[KERRY] I make apologies to no one about my criticism of the President and his broken policy that kills and maims our heroes in Iraq every single day. This pathetic attempt to distort a botched joke about President Bush is a shameful effort to distract from a botched war."

Well, yeah. But I want a sound bite, not a whole fucking meal! Read below the fold...

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From Media Matters via The Man in the Grey Turtleneck. Read below the fold...

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New Era

Head Coach Kristy Curry is off to a good start, as the Texas Tech Lady Raiders win their first outing of the 2006-07 season over the Houston Jaguars.

Oh, boy -- it's time to play ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read below the fold...

Little Felix has such a sense of entitlement!

Threatened with an election loss, George Felix Allen (R-Headlock) has his staffers wrestle a constituent to the ground.


And very very typical of today's Republican Party. Threatened, they respond witih violence.

And whaddaya know, they're almost always threatened. Read below the fold...

I'm trick or treating -- As a Republican!

Of course, as a good Republican, I've already got my big bag of sweets, but readers--

Can you guess what my costume looks like?

As if! Read below the fold...

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This Thing's To Do

(Jivester News, Lmtd.--alas, I would that it was not jive) Hamlet, a fictional Prince of Denmark, has agreed to appear in a series of commercials on behalf of Democracy that are scheduled to be aired in the final week leading up to the 2006 elections. In the commercial (see transcripted text below) Mr. Hamlet speaks of his dilemma: though he has the means and the knowledge to spur him forward he stalls and does not take action to defend his country from a series of crimes most foul. Read below the fold...

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Advanced Machine Intelligence -- AMI (amy)

One step closer to the singularity. A planet with a singular networked consciousness. How significant are we now? This scenario has been running through my head for a while now. Often with hives of autistics controlling global nodes as weather machines control climate; linked transportation infrastructure controls human mobility, productivity and communication. And just when it all looks like a nice efficient system. The planet wakes up and decides we are no longer necessary. Read below the fold...

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Alternative Minimum Tax - bend over, please.

That great big sucking sound is your income being siphoned off by one hell of a sleeper in the tax structure . Hidden right there in the open, waiting for all the pieces to fall into place. What ever will the uppermiddles do? Read below the fold...

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The Teachers of Oaxaca

Sounds like the Panther platform from the 1970’s. Jesus I feel old saying that. Here is brief piece from BBC news on the history of the conflict in Oaxaca

On 1 May 2006, teachers in Oaxaca handed in a document listing their grievances and demands. They then went on strike, saying they had received no answer from the local authorities. They are demanding better pay, as well as a series of measures to help poorer pupils, including: breakfasts for schoolchildren, scholarships, uniforms, shoes, medical services and textbooks. The teachers are also demanding the resignation of the Oaxaca Governor, Ulises Ruiz.

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Women in Afghanistan


But the Opium production is up. Run tell that.

BBC: Pam O’Toole
An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 have not translated into real change. Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities. The report admits that there have been some legal, civil and constitutional gains for Afghan women. But serious challenges remain and need to be addressed urgently, it states. These include challenges to women's safety, realization of civil and political rights and status. Womankind Worldwide sent a film crew to Afghanistan to investigate the situation of women there. They found a young Afghan woman crying in hospital who said she wanted to die. She was recovering after setting fire to herself. Womankind Worldwide says there has been a dramatic rise in cases of self-immolation by Afghan women since 2003.

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