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For the past 10 months, I’ve been the Chair of the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee. After months of discussion, the Committee prepared a series of recommendations for the City Council and the City Manager, and presented them last Wednesday night.  That is to say, I, as Chair, presented the recommendations.
To say it went well is [...]

Dual-ing Topics: Exercise and the Economy

As that post-election glow starts to fade, the ugly reality of the current economy creeps back into focus. There are a bunch of related pieces on how to deal with it, but the common thread is: go big, go hard. (Folks listed there are Paul Krugman, Robert Reich, and Noam Scheiber.)
And exercise? Well, the workouts [...]


A collection of newspaper front pages.  Awesome.

Election thoughts

First, a few choice quotes from around the Web:
Ezra Klein:
Barack Hussein Obama was, arguably, the country’s most unlikely candidate for highest office. He embodied, or at least invoked, much of what America feared. His color recalled our racist past. His name was a reminder of our anxious present. His spiritual mentor displayed a streak of [...]

Election Night

Ohio called, Pennsylvania called … I suspect this thing is close to over.
Still waiting to see VA, NC, IN, etc.
~12 minutes or so for notions on the West Coast, too.
10:56PM: VA called for Obama?  Game over, man. Holy shit!
11:05PM: Oh my, yes.
Our long national nightmare is OVER!

Election Day - Report 1

I voted before 8, with Isaac in tow.  He amused the lineup as we waited for 30 minutes or so to vote.
Aftger he got dropped off at daycare, I went over to the Obama office to figure out what I was going to be doing.  I did:

Visibility - 1 hour: waving signs and wearing a [...]

30 hours or so

I’ll be taking a day off from work and working for Obama’s campaign on Election Day.  I have no idea what I will be doing, but I’ll be working from 10AM - 4PM.  In the evening, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has a great timeline of things to watch for over at Newsweek, breaking down hour-by-hour [...]

Department of Missing the Point by a Mile

From Pharyngula, this news:

Some Christian fanatics are concerned, quite reasonably, about the economy, and have chosen, quite absurdly, to try and correct the problem with prayer. So far, so typical, but then … well, they picked a peculiarly oblivious way to do it. They prayed before a statue of a golden bull on Wall Street.

We [...]

A Few Good Reads

From around the web this week (and earlier):

Joe Klein interview with Barack Obama
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama’s grandparents
Make-Believe Maverick, Rolling Stone’s cover story on McCain
The actual exchange with Joe the Plumber (plus transcript)

The interview just makes me think “how can anyone who considers themselves rational in any way NOT vote for Obama?”  Coates’ piece is just [...]

Final Debate

Decided to watch rather than post, so quick summation: McCain got his ass handed to him by Obama.  Seriously.  Score was even until McCain had to bring up the attack stuff … and he went deep into the toilet after that.  Sure, a few good points and clear policy pieces here and there, but the [...]

Obama '08

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