A few short years ago, a viable positive vote bloc web-based application was available at votizen.com. (Votizen was acquired by causes.com, and all of it's stellar functionality and assets have since gone AWOL, AFAICT.) Hopefully*, within the next few months (optimistically assuming sufficient support 'appears'), a negative vote bloc, web-based application will be available, along the lines of the "Voter's Revenge" application that I have defined. Read more about Negative Vote Blocs vs. Positive Vote Blocs - which could prove more disruptive in the near future?
Russell Brand: Well, I don’t think it’s working very well, Jeremy, given that the planet is being destroyed, given that there is economic disparity of a huge degree. What are you saying, there’s no alternative? There’s no alternative? Just this system?
I see Lambert has already posted the viral youtube as well as a post on Brand's essay in this week's Revolution Issue of The New Statesman. The youtube with my transcript (there are other transcripts out there, with differences) below the fold. Couldn't resist. I love it. Read more about Russell Brand vs. Jeremy Paxman: the full transcript
Cindy Sheehan labeled it "hopium" long ago. Here are some excerpts from Randy Shields' brilliantly scathing Your Brain on Obama, worth reading in its entirety here at counterpunch:
This is your brain on Obama:
Smoking Obama increases apathy and reduces empathy, regardless of race, creed or color. Now blacks, as well as whites, don’t care in the least how many dark-skinned people America kills throughout the world. .... For American capitalism, that Obama is some good shit.
The signature gathering effort to put the citizen veto of SB 5 on the ballot in November is finally in full swing. Petitions are printed and activists are working. It is being done in the face of what has become the standard Republican attack on democracy.
By "attack" I mean the systematic and methodical efforts to keep citizens from participating. The most obvious example is vote suppression, which has a long history. The right has tried to keep vote numbers down for years (also see this from digby and this from her former co-blogger Dave Dayen). Read more about 'No On SB 5': Training and signature gathering
Just a note before I begin. These are just the candidates that I know of from my work in the Green Party and what I can glean online. There are plenty of other strong Green candidates for state offices all over the country. Not to mention, there are tons of strong local Green candidates. You can find Green candidates near you at NewMenu.org. Read more about Three Green candidates that could seriously shake the boat in their states
UPDATE: If you'd like to know more about the non-legacy party candidates for California governor, they'll be debating tomorrow (28 Oct). Brown and Whitman have been invited, too, but, according to the press release, neither one has responded yet.
The debate is sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. It's scheduled for 1 to 2:30 pm. Pacific Time, and will be streamed live and archived at the Free and Equal website (link above).
Participants include Peace and Freedom Party candidate Carlos Alvarez, American Independent Party candidate Chelene Nightingale, Libertarian Party candidate Dale Ogden and Green Party candidate Laura Wells.
End of update
Read more about Making Your Vote Count, CA edition UPDATED
So I just spent 1.25 hours with my sister trying to help her decide her local election choices. It's an off year, so generally only those of us who are Hard Core about voting bother to do so. That just makes our votes that much more powerful. I appreciate the irony of someone like me, frequent Doomsayer on the sad state of our video poker voting reality, talking about good voting. But I'll do so anyway, cause part of me wants to Hope. /scampers away from Lambert/ Read more about Resources for Voters: A Good Thing
Not so much so far--in Florida, at least.
"... younger voters have shifted heavily toward the Democratic Party during the past four years.
But as yet -- in either Central Florida or the state as a whole -- a surge of younger voters hasn't materialized.
Though a bit more than 10 percent of all voters are younger than 25, fewer than 6 percent of early voters fit that category. Similarly, voters 25 to 34 years old are 14.4 percent of the electorate -- but just 9.5 percent of those who voted early. ..." -- Orlando Sentinal analyses the early voting figures in all of Florida -- Battle for Florida: Blacks turn out in droves, but few young people have voted Read more about those young voters who are all energized?
It's Friday night. You're tired and don't want to cook.
Some friends had invited you over for dinner. But they're pretty weird, you think, and you don't recognize what they say they're having. You declined.
You decide to go out to eat. You go downtown to a block that used to have twenty restaurants, but nineteen are boarded up. The line to get into the only one still open is endless. Read more about Vote. No!!
Today is not the first time the New York Times has urged elites to step in and stop people from destroying the country by voting. From the 1915 New York Times Editorial on the proposal to give women the vote: Read more about The Elites Have Always Been for the Elites
The topic of WTDAMAF?(What To Do About Michigan And Florida?) has been discussed ad naseum , and I'm not trying to rehash them out here. But one argument that is always brought up, by someone supporting Obama, is that Clinton's entire stance is politically motivated. But, that is as that may be. The underlying point to me is that Obama is not. Period. End of discussion. Read more about Principles
I'm really not against hand counts and audits of electronic voting. Heck I think there should be federal laws requiring audits where hand counts are compared to electronic results. But, in this case, I think the NH recount will be used by the media as a big orange-devil-stick to silence Those-that-dare-speak-its-name. (and Bev agrees)
Candidates who lose by 3 percentage or less are entitled to a recount for a $2,000 fee. Candidates who lose by more must pay for the full cost. Kucinich's campaign said it was sending the $2,000 fee to start the recount.
(Let's not repeat that virulent meme, "voter fraud," eh? Since, let's face it, that's a felony, and not many people want to risk a felony to vote. No matter how much the Republicans would like to make that dream come true. And if somebody comes up with something catchier than "voter disenfranchisement" I'd like to hear it.)
Many happy returns, friend. My apologies for being so bad with birthdays, I can hardly remember my own.
Everyone really should thank Brad for his efforts. There are bloggers, there are journamalists, and then there are champions of truth and democracy. That's him. Read more about Happy Birthday, Hero!