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Archive for September, 2008

Everyone, Everywhere…

Posted by yoozur on September 25, 2008

…seems to be rapidly running out of patience, or even the semblance of patience, with the whole McCain camp.  Periodically I like to skulk around WordPress and read posts whose titles capture my attention, and a few minutes ago, this one happened to catch my eye:

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/alaskans-for-truth-are-hopping-mad/

Yes, even in the far-distant corners of this nation, grassroots organizations are emerging from the woodwork.  It’s nice to see people sitting up and taking notice — late is better than never.

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Xbox Live Program Distributes 55,000 U.S. Voter Registration Forms

Posted by yoozur on September 24, 2008

From Gamasutra.com:

A collaborative effort between Microsoft and youth-oriented voting awareness group Rock the Vote has seen 55,000 United States voter registration forms downloaded through Xbox Live.

Not bad. Rock the Vote is seriously upping the bar this election.

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Sarah Palin’s Email Account Hacked

Posted by yoozur on September 24, 2008

Original story from Wired.

20 year old David Kernell, a student at the University of Tennessee hacked into Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal email address. The hacker broke into Palin’s personal Yahoo account by guessing her security questions (note to self: make my security questions harder). The Kernell then posted emails from her account on message boards to prove his conquest.

Although Kernell may be charged, it is unclear what he will be charged with. It would be logical to charge him under the Stored Communications Act, but the Department of Justice is against the idea. According to the DOJ, email stored on servers such as Yahoo don’t count as “stored communication“.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what will happen. It’s funny, the FBI didn’t even arrest this guy because he hacked Palin’s account. They showed up to his door because of a party he was having. Funny how things work out.

Oddly enough too, Kernell’s father is Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell, and has already turned into a talking point & hacker war.

I’ll keep following this one. I have a feeling that more sites/emails are going to get hacked.

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Google To Give $10 Million For World Changing Ideas

Posted by yoozur on September 24, 2008

Today Google announced something they are calling 10 to the 100th. It’s a contest where you can submit ideas that you think will benefit the world in some way. The categories range from poverty to the environment. The idea is to find solutions to today’s problems that will benefit the most people worldwide.

Submission deadlines are October 20th, so get thinking about how to change the world!

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No One Thinks The Economy Is Improving

Posted by yoozur on September 23, 2008

A new poll from the American Research Group.

Like this comes to a shock to anyone. Considering the DOW has dropped 600 points in the last two days, is there anyone that can possibly put a good spin on this? Anyone? Even the Europeans are keeping their distance.

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New Michael Moore Film Online

Posted by yoozur on September 23, 2008

Michael Moore has released a new documentary today that is free to watch online. Entitled “Slacker’s Uprising,” it is a film telling the story of those who didn’t vote taking action after Bush was re-elected for a second term.

You can watch the whole movie at http://slackeruprising.com/

Here’s the trailer:

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The Votes Are in the Suburbs

Posted by yoozur on September 22, 2008

Lawrence C. Levy wrote a great op-ed in the NYT today. McCain and Obama, take heed.

Here’s a taste:

A recent study by researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Utah identified the most politically competitive suburban counties in a dozen “swing” states, including Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. All 12 of those counties were suburban and five of them have seen recent presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races decided by less than five points, while most of their neighboring urban and rural counties saw margins well in the double digits.

Considering suburbanites are the middle class, Obama does an have an edge here. It’s going to be close. Palin is the supposed equalizer.

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More than 300 students Rock the Vote

Posted by yoozur on September 22, 2008

From Den News

Rock the Vote got 305 people registered to vote Wednesday.

This is excellent. I don’t even mind who they are going to vote for as long as the kids are voting. The last couple of elections, the youth population has had the lowest voter turnout, and I think that’s going to change this time around. Congratulations to Rock the Vote for all the hard work they are doing.

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Posted by yoozur on September 22, 2008

Over the weekend, Tina Fey made a return appearance to SNL to parody Sarah Palin. The resemblance is uncanny, as is her immitation. See what Fox news pundits had to say about the impression and SNL in general.

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America’s Shift to the Left?

Posted by yoozur on September 22, 2008

I’d like to start my first blog by weighing in on the US Presidential election. I think everyone is pretty excited for what figures to be the most important election is a few decades, and I think that the election itself is representative of the changes that are going on in the political arena of the United States as a whole. Take John McCain for instance. I have mixed feelings on the ideals and personality that John McCain brings to the table. For instance, I think a lot of conservative voters are a little perturbed by John’s more leftward leaning policies. But as I said, I think that is indicative of a trend that is happening all over the United States.

After George Bush’s (admittedly) disasterous presidency, I think a lot of people in the United States are looking for a different approach to presidential politics, and I think are wrongly associating the ‘badness’ of Bush’s presidency with the downsides of right wing ideals. Not only do I think that is wrong, but I’m disturbed by the frequency that people bring this up to me. In fact, most of the things that people mention to me to be bad about the Bush presidency i.e. wiretapping phones of citizens, strengthening the power of the presidency over and above the other two branches of government, overspending etc. actually fly in the face of core ‘right’ views and policies such as bringing about a smaller government, and strong emphasis on the rights and liberties of US citizens.

The two politicians that now stand facing one another could be viewed as two of the most left-leaning players to ever face one another in a US presidential election. Obama, for instance, defeated the more right-wing Hilary Clinton in one of the most incredibly knock-down drag-out primaries anyone has ever bear witness to. McCain won the Republican primary because of his high moral character, history of being on the correct sides of many issues, and the absolute dearth of any other reasonably elactable Republican candidate, besides perhaps Mit Romney; another centrist Republican. This phenomenon is something that I don’t see a lot of press for, but I think that many different political observers would admit to noticing it.

I think that while it is apparent that there has been a shift in the political leanings of the country as a whole, the question is, is it the right direction to take? Personally, I’m not so sure.

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