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I'm a liberal looking to make a difference in politics.

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If you ever see a Libertarian, be sure to give them this helpful tip

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http://seasteading.org

The Seasteading Institute is an organization dedicated to developing an offshore artificial island where Government regulations cannot be enforced. John Galt would most certainly approve. So why aren't Libertarians rushing to donate to this cause? They should. Their dream world awaits them, all they need to do is take action!

Present this to them and make sure to ask why they decline to pursue their dream. This should be a fun little hunt.

School official stuffs a kid in a duffel bag

Now the mother demanded that they remove her kid from the duffel bag. I for one would not demand it. I would do it myself. And God help anyone who got in my way.

http://news.yahoo.com/school-accused-putting-autistic-student-bag-182229844.html

School accused of putting autistic student in bag

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A 9-year-old autistic boy who misbehaved at school was stuffed into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight, according to his mother, who said she found him wiggling inside as a teacher's aide stood by.

The mother of fourth-grader Christopher Baker said her son called out to her when she walked up to him in the bag Dec. 14. The case has spurred an online petition calling for the firing of school employees responsible.

"He was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway," Chris' mother, Sandra Baker, said Thursday. She did not know how exactly how long he had been in the bag, but probably not more than 20 minutes.

Ron Paul's campaign status update! Go, Ron Paul!

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To the bottom of the ocean, that is! LOL.

Hairy, pie in the sky Liberals, check in here!

I have hair on my head and that pie in the sky I'm shooting for is a fair and just society for all!

(Bald folks are always welcome!)

Oh, and...
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Note to mods: I invoke the "Yankee Doodle" historical example as justification.

K&R if you feel President Obama Richly Deserves to Be Re-elected!!!

Thanks, "Old and In The Way" - good idea for a thread title!

So now the first thing a visitor sees when they come to the DU is this:

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President Obama Richly Deserves to Be Dumped
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WTF?! I've been trying to play nice with the "Dump Obama" / Obama hater crowd but this has gone far enough. The damage that has been done should be clearly obvious.

"President Obama Richly Deserves to Be Dumped"? That needs to be hidden. Go take it to the Freepers or whatever if you want Obama kicked out of office. Or stuff it until the 2016 election season.

In my opinion the DU isn't here so that people can do the Republicans' job for them!

Kick and record if you think it's CRAZY or just downright IMPRACTICAL to call for Obama to be Primaried or any of that mess.

Remember Anderson in 1980, Perot in 1992 and Nader in 2000. Don't let the Democrats be the victim of the next disruptor candidate! And remember to vote SUPER PROGRESSIVE in 2016 and in EVERY other election!

Oh, the IRONY. A football team relies on Government Aid to win!

Show this to your local Republicans.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/blog/prep_rally/post/Georgia-school-overcomes-hunger-to-claim-state-t?urn=highschool-wp10283

Wed Dec 21 02:51pm EST

Georgia school overcomes hunger to claim state title
By Cameron Smith

Usually, when an analyst says that a team was hungry for a state title, they mean that in a figurative sense. In the case of the Burke County (Ga.) High football team, that phrase meant something quite a bit more literal: The players were actually hungry.

As reported by CBS News, one of Georgia's newly crowned champions made a quantum leap in performance in 2011, and its coach has little doubt that better nutrition -- mostly in the form of simple access to more food -- was a big part of the improvement.

"We're probably like most small towns in America right now -- you know, we're struggling," Burke County football coach Eric Parker told CBS. "So, bringing food home and putting it on the table for a lot of our people, you know, that's a big deal.

"We had kids who literally by Tuesday had to be removed from practice because of the intensity and the amount of energy they were having to expend."

The new EPA regulations and this persistent "cheap energy" meme...

Why do we, as liberals, not stand up to this "Obama equals the end of cheap energy" meme?

There is no such thing as cheap energy. There never was to begin with.

Traditional coal, even "clean" coal, is highly expensive in ways you don't see on your energy bill. We're talking mountains of proof that coal energy poisons our rivers with mercury, and that's even before you get to the store and see the additional proof in the form of mercury warnings - ALL of that is because of coal power plants!

There are more mountains of proof about the connection between coal power plants and health risks, not to mention the radioactivity of the coal itself once it's burned.

And, if you live in Tennessee, you no doubt recently bore direct and personal witness to the clean-ness of "clean coal".

Why aren't we bombarding the airwaves with this? We're going to let the Republicans convince America that we're abandoning cheap energy when it was never cheap to begin with. AGAIN. ARGH.

Oil industry gets STUNG!! Badly!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/d-oh-oil-industry-lobbyists-punked-enviro-activist-143714171.html

The oil industry spends millions each year to shape its image and shift the public debate in its favor. But amid growing concern over climate change -- and over the industry's clout in Washington -- it can sometimes find itself losing control of its message pretty quickly.

That's what happened earlier this month, when the American Petroleum Institute (API), a powerful Washington-based lobbying organization for oil and gas companies, put out a call for volunteers to appear in an upcoming commercial about domestic energy production -- and got more than it bargained for. The ad campaign, scheduled to launch January 1 on CNN and coordinated by the high-priced Edelman PR firm, uses ordinary-looking people, dubbed "Energy Citizens," to insert a pro-oil and gas message into the 2012 elections.

But one respondent to the casting call, Connor Gibson, turned out not to be quite what the industry was looking for. Unbeknownst to the organizers, Gibson was an activist with the environmental group Greenpeace, and was surreptitiously recording the proceedings -- recordings that Greenpeace provided exclusively to Yahoo News.

Oil industry lobbyists punked by enviro activist

Ooooh, STUNG!!!

BTW I searched for this article in DU, if this is a dupe, that's because I could not find the story in here. Sorry!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/d-oh-oil-industry-lobbyists-punked-enviro-activist-143714171.html

The oil industry spends millions each year to shape its image and shift the public debate in its favor. But amid growing concern over climate change -- and over the industry's clout in Washington -- it can sometimes find itself losing control of its message pretty quickly.

That's what happened earlier this month, when the American Petroleum Institute (API), a powerful Washington-based lobbying organization for oil and gas companies, put out a call for volunteers to appear in an upcoming commercial about domestic energy production -- and got more than it bargained for. The ad campaign, scheduled to launch January 1 on CNN and coordinated by the high-priced Edelman PR firm, uses ordinary-looking people, dubbed "Energy Citizens," to insert a pro-oil and gas message into the 2012 elections.

But one respondent to the casting call, Connor Gibson, turned out not to be quite what the industry was looking for. Unbeknownst to the organizers, Gibson was an activist with the environmental group Greenpeace, and was surreptitiously recording the proceedings -- recordings that Greenpeace provided exclusively to Yahoo News.

Remember the jobs that offshoring was supposed to create? Well here they are!

Behold the power of Comparative Advantage.

While China is doing manufacturing and India is taking over R&D jobs, American workers are being "freed" to do.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/new-blue-collar-temp-warehouses_n_1158490.html

The New Blue Collar: Temporary Work, Lasting Poverty And The American Warehouse

JOLIET, Ill., and FONTANA, Calif. -- Like nearly everyone else in Joliet without good job prospects, Uylonda Dickerson eventually found herself at the warehouses looking for work.

"I just needed a job," the 38-year-old single mother says.

Dickerson came to the right place. Over the past decade and a half, Joliet and its Will County environs southwest of Chicago have grown into one of the world's largest inland ports, a major hub for dry goods destined for retail stores throughout the Midwest and beyond. With all the new distribution centers have come thousands of jobs at "logistics" companies -- firms that specialize in moving goods for retailers and manufacturers. Many of these jobs are filled by Joliet's African Americans, like Dickerson, and immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.
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