Archive for April 26th, 2010

This should be illegal

| April 26, 2010 | Reply
This should be illegal

Can you believe this? The United States government is soliciting donations from citizens “to help reduce the public debt.” This is utterly shameful for a government that is merrily spending far more than it takes in, without remorse.

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We’ve heard the benediction, now let’s begin the processional

| April 26, 2010 | 2 Replies
We’ve heard the benediction, now let’s begin the processional

If the young woman giving this benediction is even half accurate, she must be about to graduate from one hell of an immoral, devil-cursed, remorseless, irredeemably-corrupted university. It sounds like it’s so bad down there that God should send another big flood to clean the place out.

The Youtube description says that it’s a public university in Texas. If true, I’d like to see the kinds of benedictions they give at religious universities in Texas.

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Do you know your neighborhood?

| April 26, 2010 | Reply
Do you know your neighborhood?

Do you know your neighborhood? No, not that neighborhood. I’m asking whether you know the nearby stars. Here’s a cool 3D graphic that provides lots of good information about our solar neighbors.

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History through real-time sand painting

| April 26, 2010 | Reply
History through real-time sand painting

Kseniya Simonova is a 24 years old Ukrainian artist who won Ukraine’s “Got Talent” in 2009. I’d never before seen anything like this sand-painting performance art, backed by music. Check out her many beautiful images come to life, all of them in less than 9 minutes. Watch this one in full screen mode!

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Why we need public funding for our elections

| April 26, 2010 | 1 Reply
Why we need public funding for our elections

Members of Congress are supposed to assert independence regarding their deliberations and actions, but it has long been clear that campaign cash corrupts this entire process.

In the video below, Lawrence Lessig succinctly makes the case that corporate contributions have made a farce out of Congress. Truly, how can Senator Scott Brown (featured in the video) take a position opposing a bill when he doesn’t even know why? Rather than considering the merits of the financial reform legislation with an open mind, Scott Brown is giving the terms of the bill no consideration. Instead of understanding the bill, then weighing the pros and cons, he is merely granting the wishes of his biggest contributors, who happen to be big corporations. This is political malpractice, and We the People deserve far better than this. This is the equivalent of turning on your kitchen faucet and hoping for clear water, but seeing only raw sewage come out. The “Congress” we have is not a functioning Congress. Because it is devoid of the critical deliberative function that should serve as it’s heart and soul, it is a charade and it should be the highest priority of this country to Fix Congress.

The solution Lawrence Lessig proposes is to enact a law called the Fair Elections Now Act, which will allow publicly-funded elections. One such bill is currently pending in Congress: the Fair Elections Now Act. You can read the full text of the Senate version of the bill here.

If you click on the “Take Action” page, you can encourage additional sponsors for this desperately needed legislation. There are many co-sponsors to both the Senate and House versions of the bill, but there is a long way to go. It would only take you five or ten minutes to review the bill, and make a few calls to voice your support to your representatives.

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