1. Politics and Science, and Lies.

    brian on 2003.08.10
    at 11:54 pm

    A website, built by a member of Congress('s staff, that is) that details specific instances where the all the Presidents men have distorted scientific fact, or in other cases flat out gone against science, all for political gain.

    Politics & Science: Investigating the Bush Administration's Promotion of Ideology Over Science.

    The Bush Administration has manipulated, distorted, or interfered with science on health, environmental, and other key issues.

    Not that this is unimaginable considering the White House's current resident, but why isn't this on the Evening News? What if the President told (a/countless) lie(s) and nobody cared?

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  2. Dean's many faces

    brian on 2003.08.10
    at 06:46 pm

    Howard Dean is an interesting candidate for the 2004 Presidency. Not only does he have a devoted grassroots following, but he's the first candidate in the history of the presidency to truly, officially harness the power of the internet. Most of his donations are under one hundred dollars, just like those to Ralph Nader in 2000, except that there are a ten thousand-fold more registered Democrats in America from which to receive them, and they've started early!

    Now, Democrats everywhere shuttered when I mentioned Ralph and Howard in the same sentence. They want to be progressive, but they want to be look attractive to people who consider themselves middle America. They want to portray his ability to win, and not just be a protest choice. The sad thing is that 2/3rds of Americans are registered Democrats, policy-free surveys often show people's sensibilities tend to be quite progressive when they aren't associated with politics. For some reasons, Americans have an undying need to be perceived as "middle of the road" in politics, even if their beliefs veer hard left. (Side note, I hate the terms "left" and "right." This would put politics on a 2-D plane, which it clearly is not. If anything it's spherical. For example, if you're for personal responsibility and believe that companies will do anything for money that laws will allow [and that that is a bad thing], where does that put you?)

    Anyhow, here's the reading for the day. A non-partisan review of comments made about Howard Dean. It's a collection of 17 comparisons of who Dean is like, from all over the political and even fictional realm (Josiah Bartlet, anyone?).

    Posted in: Politics

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  3. Blogs at Harvard

    brian on 2003.08.10
    at 05:53 pm

    Since I'm in Boston, should I make some attempt to attend BloggerCon?

    I've long been muling my Thurday night activities, and whether they should include a trip to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, at Harvard Law School. The Berkman hosts Thursday night sessions on weblogs with blogging-famous name/ fellow Dave Winer.

    Perhaps if Jake would take a Friday off, we could check it out.

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  4. Maher rides again, uncensored.

    brian on 2003.08.10
    at 05:15 pm

    Bill Maher has a weblog. Cool.

    Posted in: Cool Info · Web

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