by blues, Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 07:38:29 AM EDT
You should know that there is now definitive information to the effect that what are being called the "corporate forces within the Democratic Party," or "Wall Street Democrats" are organizing a project to neutralize the party's grassroots movement. They call their putsch "the Hamilton Project." This is probably not "only a test," folks.
This information has appeared at Sirotablog HERE, AT WORKING FOR CHANGE, and at TODAY'S SIROTABLOG 4/9/06.
by blues, Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 05:28:37 AM EDT
The Labor Party is pushing through a law that will abolish the centuries-old English Parliament, giving Blair absolute power in the UK. This is not a joke. Just Check it out:
by blues, Thu Apr 06, 2006 at 03:37:16 AM EDT
Ready for this?
Russia readies bird flu vaccines
MOSCOW, April 6 (UPI)
Mikhail Zurabov, Russia's health minister, said Wednesday that clinical trials of three vaccines based on the H5N1 strain could be completed within three months.
He said Russia would be able to produce more than 8 million doses of bird flu vaccine a month once the testing is over and it would take no more than five weeks to modify the new vaccines, should the H5N1 strain mutate.
Some 190 people in more than 50 countries have been infected so far and 107 of them have died.
The Russians can afford to survive, unlike stupid Americans who squander their treasure on pointless wars. Too bad for us, eh?
by blues, Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 09:55:31 PM EST
Funny stuff is happening. For the last two months, I have not been able to access one of my favorite sites, Think Progress. I have tried gaining access directly from both Google and Yahoo. I have attempted this with both Earthlink dial-up and Verizon DSL. No joy. I have tried various different Browser programs, only to obtain the results below:
by blues, Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:32:04 PM EST
I have been insisting forever that individuals, not corporations, and other organizations should be the sole entities allowed to make political contributions. It's simply the difference between a Government of the People and a Government of the corporations, think tanks, etc. And every single resident deserves at least a $5.00 voucher that she or he can contribute to the candidates of his or her choice. The poor must be granted their place in this process.
We must completely eliminate automated voting systems, which demand that voters must place their trust in complicated machines.
We must select random precinct-level "election juries" to hand-count the hand-marked, just as soon as the polls close, and have them announce the results before they are forwarded to result sums in larger pools, so that cheating cannot be co-ordinated to yield undetectable 1% victory margins.
by blues, Sun Mar 26, 2006 at 02:32:08 PM EST
Yes, I am fuckin' pissed. You folks may even deserve what's coming to us. Can't try anything new, huh? Need hot shot leaders, huh? yer fuckin coffee is done. Smell it already.
by blues, Sat Mar 25, 2006 at 05:51:48 AM EST
(Note: this is a hyperspeculative scenario. It's saving grace is that it curve-fits the present circumstances with 99% accuracy)
Porter J. Goss became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on 21 April 2005, in a White House "Saturday Night Massacre" of the nation's entire intelligence community. -- And a whole lot has happened since (certainly not all of it stemming from the elevation of Mr. Goss).
Now for my hyperspeculative scenario:
The entire Iraq Invasion and Occupation is a vast neo-intelligence-media junta fraud. The black agencies are successfully pumping more oil out of Iraq right now than the Mississippi is (or is nearly) pouring polluted water into the Gulf of Mexico. And the neo-intelligence-media junta is scrambling to rake in the $trillions.
by blues, Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 08:13:14 PM EST
BOY DID I SCREW THIS THING UP!!! I IDIOTICALLY ANNOUNCED THAT FOUR "FINALISTS" HAD BEEN DETERMINED, AND THAT YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TWO "APPROVABLE" CANDIDATES FROM THOSE FOUR. THAT'S A GOOF-UP! THE COHERENT PROCEDURE -- AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO -- IS CHOOSE FOUR -- YES FOUR -- CANDIDATES FROM THE INITIALLY CHOSEN EIGHT! VERY, VERY SORRY. BUT THIS IS HOW EXPERIMENTS WORK OUT IN THE REAL WORLD. (BEFORE THE "PROOF" OF A THING, YOU NEED TO DEVELOP A "PROOF OF CONCEPT" FOR THAT THING.)
Note: The relevant flawed diary entry is HERE.
by blues, Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 06:11:11 AM EST
BOY DID I SCREW THIS THING UP!!! I IDIOTICALLY ANNOUNCED THAT FOUR "FINALISTS" HAD BEEN DETERMINED, AND THAT YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TWO "APPROVABLE" CANDIDATES FROM THOSE FOUR. THAT'S A GOOF-UP! THE COHERENT PROCEDURE -- AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO -- IS CHOOSE FOUR -- YES FOUR -- CANDIDATES FROM THE INITIALLY CHOSEN EIGHT! SEE MY NEW ENTRY =Sequential Approval Voting Experiment, Pt. 2.5 FIXED!= ABOVE. VERY, VERY SORRY. BUT THIS IS HOW EXPERIMENTS WORK OUT IN THE REAL WORLD. (BEFORE THE "PROOF" OF A THING, YOU NEED TO DEVELOP A "PROOF OF CONCEPT" FOR THAT THING.)
I started this polling experiment, in the diary entry Try Your Hand! - An Approval Voting Experiment, at about 5:00 AM EST, Wednesday, and it's now time to tally results from the magnificent 3 (Including myself!!!). (Actually, it's 9:45 AM EST, Friday, so I should have done this 4 hrs. and 45 mins. ago. But I was a tad hung over this morning. Sorry.)
Here are the results:
So that's the raw data.
by blues, Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 12:03:59 AM EST
This is a "non-scientific" experiment to see how well MyDD users might be able to express their preferences from among progressive presidential candidates. This will not be a normal poll, first because I am arbitrarily limiting the field of available candidates in order to avoid debates regarding which candidates would qualify as "truly progressive." If this were an actual national election, no such arbitrary limitation of potential candidates would be appropriate at all.
Also, owing to the technical limits of the options available to me as an ordinary user on this site, I will not be able to conduct this poll according to a "secret ballot" methodology.
I am arbitrarily qualifying the field of available candidates as "truly progressive" based strictly upon the manner in which they voted on the recent Alito confirmation cloture decision in the Senate.