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William Cragoe
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Nice afternoon ride in the river bottoms.
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I'm guessing that most of America would get at least half of these wrong based specifically on the disinformation spread by the GOP.

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#CreativeEconomyJourney  

Eben Moglen: Innovation under Austerity

"We have no opportunity to cheer for this outcome, which is largely the result of incompetence in those people who claim to be worth all that money because they're so smart, it is partly the result of the political cowardice that gave them too much room to swing their cats. It is not that we are glad to see this happen, but there is a silver lining to the cloud. There are very few people who know how to have innovation under austerity. We are they.

We have produced innovation under austerity for the last generation and not only did we produce pretty good innovation we've produced innovation that all the other smart rich people took most of the credit for. Most of the growth that occurred during this wild and wacky period in which they took other people's money and went to the racetrack with it, was with innovation we produced for them."

Transcript: http://www.softwarefreedom.org/events/2012/freedom-to-connect_moglen-keynote-2012.html

Some thoughts on healthcare....

Tomorrow we should see the long awaited decision on the Affordable Care Act case. No matter what the outcome the problem of health care will not be solved. We need solutions not court cases and more sound bites.

Speak from fact, how many of have spent time becoming informed, thinking through the problem? It is far easier to carp and gripe than offer an alternative.

What are the alternate solutions? How does your view change when it is you or a family member that is directly hit with no health care coverage? How much of the economy is slowed down as people stay in jobs which for them are under performing only for the healthcare. How much of the healthcare cost is due to the insurance pool being too small? Difficult questions,difficult to find solutions.

Please check out finder.healthcare.gov for a view of how the health insurance exchange may look. Kaiser foundation has some good information about the Affordable Care Act.

This is a complicated problem to solve. With all complicated problems solutions are not perfect. I only ask that people move beyond the sound bite and offer alternatives, spend the time to think this through. We need a solution and the Affordable Care Act is a start and not a final destination.

We await the decision. Today all we know is that there will be no winner.

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Movie about the craziest bicyclists ever.

The premier for _Line of Sight) is July 1. The movie shoots illegal and dangerous urban bike riding, called "messenger racing," from helmet cams.

Wow. Even the trailer will freak you out!

http://www.lucasbrunelle.com/

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Nice spring evening on the bike path. Easy Monday spin!
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An interesting discussion as the MN House debates amendments to the voter id law is fascinating. As a guy who made his living working on identity issues for 6+ years this is "fun".

I really think that our legislators are off track and do not understand the problems of identity verification. There is too much belief that "state issued" id provides for some higher level of confirmation of identity.

I have a cheaper solution for the tax payers. How about this for an option for voter id? Have everyone get a free facebook account, post a few pictures of themselves, have their friends tag them in pictures. Get an agreement in place with facebook to turn on picture recognition When at the polls to vote have the election judges take the voters picture, run it through facebook. Bingo I just confirmed who was in front of them.

Here is a live feed or link for highlights.

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What kind of society are we becoming? This is really too much!
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