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Much more interesting to me than the ‪#‎DemDebate‬ itself are the reactions to it on the ‪#‎MSM‬. The Starvertiser said #Clinton "dominated" the debate of course. The one upside to all of this is that finally the MSM is saying good things about a woman presidential candidate. Too bad it's only because she's up against a #socialist!

Still, even up against #Sanders, USA Today could not bring itself to say something nice about Clinton. It's headline? About how the Dems are veering to the left. Gee, I don't suppose they might be a bit biased?

Will any of MSM outlets dare to let their readership know the story that, far from being "dominated" actually Sanders got a bump in polling after the debate? Or the story that the MSM is increasingly veering away from reality to try to prop up Clinton?

Somehow, I doubt it.

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/14/1432044/-7-Major-Headlines-Clinton-Clearly-Won-the-Media-War

There are no easy solutions to gun violence. There are some misleading statistics being thrown around right now to make certain political points. One is the very real statistical correlation between number of guns/gun ownership and gun violence. At face value it seems like gun control is the obvious solution. I'm not fully convinced by this argument because it ignores the demand side of the equation.
Why do ppl feel the need to own so many guns? The demand may have to do with the perception of living in a violent community. And what are the violent communities? Generally speaking the poorer communities.

It is interesting that Europe with generally stricter gun laws is held up as an example. But maybe gun control there is only part of the story. The real story may be that Europe has done a much better job addressing poverty and inequality. The gun laws are a factor perhaps, but may be a much smaller one than most ppl realize.

There are countries with strict gun laws that still have many gun deaths. I'm not a libertarian, but it seems to me that pushing gun control without addressing fundamental underlying issues of poverty and inequality seems as wrong headed and ultimately futile as waging the war on drugs-- a convenient political dodge for politicians who are essentially paid off to NOT address fundamental issues of poverty and inequality.

#gun #law #violence   #poverty  #guncontrol

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Hey Mr. Republican, when they said "Get Out the Vote" they didn't mean take voter registrations in a crucial purple state out to the dumpster.

#gop #voting #fraud

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/19/gop_voter_registration_scandal_widens/

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I refuse to take sides in the clash of worldviews championed by Obama and Putin. Both of these men represent vicious, imperialistic world empires. Both of these men have no compunction lying and distorting the truth. And the truth is that both Syria and Ukraine are war torn hellholes largely because of the meddling and interference of these two evil men and the empires they represent. No matter how they spin it, the proxy warfare being waged by both sides can never be justified.

#‎peace‬ #obama #putin #imperialism

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I wonder if chemical agriculture would still be economically viable if the corporations responsible assumed full liability for the costs (human and environmental). Currently the costs are externalized (socialized) to such an extent that it really is impossible to know. How many cases of acute pesticide poisoning are acceptable in order to get cheaper prices for produce and ag commodities?

#pesticide #agriculture #corporatewelfare

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/28/after-decades-discrimination-farm-workers-get-pesticide-protections

I learned that Punahou (most prestigious private school in my area) teaches kids my girls' age the visual #programming language called ‪#‎Scratch‬. But no worries, if my girls keep it up, I'm sure they will soon surpass whatever it is that's taught in that curriculum. Positive side of my girls' school is that it is strong on culture and sustainability, so I'm not too jealous.

#coding #education

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This meme has been floating around and I gotta comment-- this is not an either/or. I wish more of my progressive friends understood the long historical connection between ethical hacking and radical progressive politics. Look at computer geek heroes such as Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, Jacob Appelbaum, Theo de Raadt etc, etc.

I am fully convinced that Ethical Technology will play an important role as the human race struggles to survive and possibly prevent the coming eco-armageddon.

#technology #coding #education
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