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Helluva President! Obama speech for Mary Burke in Wisconsin, October 28.

We've got to GOTV! EARLY! A Big Thank You to RBinMaine for bringing this speech to DU's attention.

Tonight my own daughter broke my heart. On Facebook she announced that she is not voting.

I can't believe I'm reading such a public announcement from my 35 year-old, lifelong Democratic voting daughter!

My daughter:

I have been proud to engage in the electoral process since I was old enough to do so and have participated (in many actively and avidly) in every election I've ever been registered for. In the past two years (since I last voted) I have realized that EVERY political contender on the ballot has already been bought by "big $$$"...so why bother? Democrat or Republican identifiers (and the realization that the concepts of dichotomy and "zero-sum game" are effectively false) and "ideals" are NOT enough when, once in office, none actually represent "constituent" interests...only "big $$$" interests.

For the first time in my adult life, I refuse to vote. I will continue to refuse as long as dichotomous options are all that are available to vote for. Until then, I will believe this concept of American "democracy" is merely a false amelioration of the masses.

On the spur of the moment I felt that I had no choice but to make a public appeal to her, although talking about voting publicly with a family member is a pretty awkward thing to do on Facebook. Even her little brother popped up in support of "ground level progressivism."

I felt that I'd failed, and that she's become someone I can only be tolerant of and courteous toward, but can't respect. I don't want to feel that way, but dammit, I do.


You're right about the money, the reality. But there is a larger moral issue at stake. To disengage from a process others used to fight and die for a chance to do is regressive, not progressive.

Your reasoning is valid. It's just not sound. Vote because you can. Because Gramma Jean, you, I and all the women and girls we know, know how hard it's been for our half, and because G needs a good example of someone making effort for other voters, if not for moneyed interests or representation.

We know the deal. Even if your heart's not in it.
Vote anyway. Like every little thing has consequences we can't see, voting is a good thing that you do.

Questions: Could I have said or done something else? Has anybody else experienced this?

I hope this isn't a trend elsewhere. Maybe I'm just tired right now, but I'm also feeling like I'm losing my children to the disengaged youth stereotype. UGH.

"Inside the Ebola Wars" from The New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2014

This is a report from the Africa side of the Ebola world on the struggles of doctors and their treatment attempts. It details the epidemiological studies and genome mapping of Ebola.

The report names ZMapp as the medicine produced by Kentucky Map BioProcessing labs, as the first medicine that saved Dr. Brantley, whose blood has been since donated to help treat Ebola patients back in the USA.

The report also summarizes vaccines in development, from the National Institutes of Health's testing of a vaccine made by a division of GlaxoSmithKline and based on an adenovirus on twenty volunteers, to one called VSV-EBOV, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics, which started human trials last week.

It's long and dramatic, but worth your time. Unlike the rest of media, this is the kind of information that shows us how awesome people in scientific fields are awesomely in the forefront and behind the scenes.

Did I mention that I love the New Yorker?

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