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Occupy San Diego starts today. I am bummed I won't be there for the inaugural march, but I will be there soon.

I continue to be more and more impressed and heartened by this movement. As someone who has done political and activist organizing, I am really interested in the process. I love the nightly General Assemblies, Occupy Wall Street's "Human Microphone," and the overall message--"we are the 99%."

I keep hearing the criticism that there is no cohesive message, and I have to wonder, where do those people live? No, there isn't a single demand (yet?), but the message is that things aren't working. The American Dream is a myth for most people, and that hard work, education, doing everything right, doesn't even guarantee you the basic security of home, food, access to medical care, or work anymore.

I get it. There is a helluva lot wrong, and I'm perfectly ok with letting this movement emerge and coalesce. I hope it is the start of something big.
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Marvelous!
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I was thinking about those brave souls occupying Wall Street, and this seemed to suit the situation:

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." – Atticus to Jeb, in "To Kill A Mockingbird"
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Thanks, +Sean Cusack for sharing. :)
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This is an unfortunate reminder to me that my actual go bag (called a "bug-out bag" in our house) is full of toddler-sized clothes for my seven-year-old, and canned food that might be of interest at an antique store.
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Ha! Yes, I can imagine. We haven't ever been evacuated for any of the fires. Knock on wood.
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swoon is right, +Sarah Skuseth. This captures the wonder I feel about the natural world.
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Fabulous. Sounds like a date night movie for my husband and me. Thai food and a science movie... Perfection. :-)
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The GOP strategy is slash and burn, then come riding back in as the saviors. Do people just not see this? They are perfectly content to destroy the country, so long as they can hang it around Obama's neck and then regain control of the White House. These are scary, ruthless people.
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On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and their respective number twos sent an extraordinary letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. "It is our understanding that the Board Members of the Federal Reserve will meet later this week to consider additional monetary stimulus proposals," they say. "We write to express our reservations about any such measures."

It is not intrinsically illegitimate for congressional leadership to convey its preferences to the Federal Reserve. The Fed is protected from political interference, not from the opinions of politicians. But it is quite unusual for the leaders of a major political party to make a public, unified request of the chairman, and to ask that their request "be shared with each Member of the Board."

And let's be honest. The implication of this letter is that Ben Bernanke backs off or political interference comes next. As Bernanke knows, Boehner and McConnell have a posse. Gov. Rick Perry has threatened to "treat him pretty ugly" if he engages in further monetary easing, and Gov. Rick Perry may soon be President Rick Perry. John Taylor, the most popular monetary economist on the right, is writing op-eds saying the Fed should be stripped of its dual mandate. Rep. Ron Paul, who wants to "end the Fed," was put in charge of the House Subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve.

So sure, this letter isn't threatening to do anything now. It's just making clear that the Republican leadership in Congress is strongly opposed to any further attempts to help the economy. It's the subtext that Bernanke and others will find threatening: The Republican Party is unified in its backlash to the Federal Reserve, and they may well be in power two years from now. Does Bernanke really want to provoke them? Is that really a good thing for his institution?

In other words: Nice central bank you got here. Shame if something should happen to it.

Of course, if Bernanke chose to by cynical about it, the irony of this letter is that it strongly underscores the political case for easing. The worse the economy is, the better Republicans will do in the 2012 election. If the economy is really bad, a hardliner like Rick Perry, rather than a presumed moderate like Mitt Romney, becomes a likely bet for the presidency. And if the economy is really, really bad, there will be the impetus to do something, anything, to show major action is being taken. "Mend the Fed" could quickly become a rallying cry among the newly dominant Republican Party.

That suggests Bernanke would be wise to do whatever he can to help the economy, and to do it quickly. But of course, that's his job anyway. So the fact that this letter, and its implied threat to his institution, will be lodged in the back of his brain isn't going to matter either way, right? Right? Bueller?
On Tuesday, Boehner, McConnell, and their respective number twos sent an extraordinary letter to the Fed chair.
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That is the trillion dollar question, Joe. I hope so, too. 
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You inspired me to post the song I just posted. Don't listen to it with Joey around!!
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Joe Biden. He should just always wear a live mike. That's all I'm going to say. Ok, no, it's not. I think he said more with a look than just about anybody else has said about the recent booing of a gay soldier at a GOP debate. And I still love the "BFD" moment. Live mike the man, I say.
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Some assholes say rejecting God's existence is immoral. Some assholes say accepting God's existence is stupid. Lesson: Assholes are assholes
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Heh.
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I wish the baby Harp seals in Canada would do this to the dang hunters!!!
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I love this letter to the editor in my local paper (Sept 20 edition):

Showing the science

I am always fascinated by letters or articles that call for those concerned about climate change to "point to the hard analytic data that confirms their hypothesis" (Mark Cusano, Sept. 3). I recommend that those searching for evidence that the climate is warming and that humans are the major cause peruse the past few decades of literature in the following journals (though not a complete list):

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Reviews of Geophysics, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Earth-Science Reviews, Paleoceanography, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Journal of Climate, International Journal of Climatology, Climate Research, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Geophysical Research Letters, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Global and Planetary Change, Global Environmental Change, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Science Letters.

It's a pretty daunting task, which is why the statements of major scientific organizations like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union and others are often cited to demonstrate the state of the science. Individuals like Mark Cusano call "show me the science" because they slyly realize that very few people are ever going to look ---- after all, I doubt he has.

Sandra Turner
Ph.D. candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Texas cattle country seems an odd place to break new ground in veganism, but a public university near Dallas is doing just that.

How to Frame Yourself: A Framing Memo for Occupy Wall Street
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