Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How Obama Got Elected

From How Obama Got Elected:

"Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama's limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States. For many of these Americans, the explanation was rather simple... the news media, completely enamored with Obama, simply refused to do their job.

On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The rather shocking video below seeks to provide some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.

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John Ziegler On The B-Cast

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Audacity Wins

From Wikinews:

Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States

The 2008 presidential Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is projected to win at least 338 electoral votes, enough to clinch the Presidency of the United States. Obama is the first African American to be elected President in U.S. history.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Correction And Re-Post

Hmmm, very strange: I was reviewing something I'd just posted to my Blogizdat Livejournal today, and noticed that one of my recent posts there from mid-October was set to 'friends-only' and I hadn't meant to do that, and I have to suppose that no one saw it, but then again, no one mentioned not being able to link to it from here, so I have to think that just confirms what I've thought, that no one reads any of this. Hah.

Well, anyway, I'm re-posting here what you could have read, if you read, when you read, or didn't read, before.


From Blogizdat LJ:

On Blogging

I know I haven't written much here, recently, and I keep meaning to write more, but it's so easy to fall into Facebook/Twitter mode (yes, I have an account with both) and just post little blips of nothing to those sites, and it all seems so pedestrian, but then again, that's pretty much real life, too, innit, just a collection of meaningless events, connected by more of the same. Maybe that's why I still like blogging, cause it's only in backing away from the canvas and pondering it all that I can see how the pretty and ugly little pixels actually make up a larger picture.

Or something.

So, anyway, I'll try to write more. I promise. Yeah, know you've heard that before, but you'll see, it'll be different this time, baby. I've turned over a new leaf. I'm a new man. I've changed.

Or something.


Read the rest here.

Go. Read. Enjoy.

This And That And The Other

From Blogizdat LJ:

This And That And The Other

Okay, I'm starting this on Saturday night, and I've felt a bit weird all day, just kind of out of my element, partly because I've been coming down with a cold this past week, and partly the same-old feeling of anxiety that plagues me periodically, the kind that feels like it comes from the pit of the stomach and moves up and out of the sternum.

Yeah, that one. Never felt it? Good for you. It's not fun.

Thing is, it's strange that it's not entirely out-of-the-blue, cause there are triggers, and I know what they might be, but it's not consistent, and sometimes they set me off, and sometimes they don't - it's hit or miss, just unpredictable, really. But as I've written here so many times, when it comes crashing in there's little I can do to alleviate it other than to go for a long walk and/or just wait for it to pass, and today my foot has been hurting so much that I couldn't do the walking thing, so I'm just going to have to ride it out.


As an aside, it's funny, I've experienced periodic trips to The Dark Place since I was quite young, and yet it wasn't until about two or three years ago that I began to be able to unravel the difference between depression and anxiety. I guess for years I'd thought it was all just the same, and when clinicians would ask me if I was experiencing one or the other, I'd always feel stupid for not knowing how to differentiate them, but now I feel stupid because I can, cause it's like talking about the weather, even having armed myself with knowledge, there's still nothing I can do about it all.

Or something.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Audacity Of Hype

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Seeing Red

From Science Daily:

Red Enhances Men's Attraction To Women, Psychological Study Reveals

ScienceDaily (Oct. 28, 2008) — A groundbreaking study by two University of Rochester psychologists to be published online Oct. 28 by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology adds color—literally and figuratively—to the age-old question of what attracts men to women.

Through five psychological experiments, Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher, demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women. And men are unaware of the role the color plays in their attraction.

The research provides the first empirical support for society's enduring love affair with red. From the red ochre used in ancient rituals to today's red-light districts and red hearts on Valentine's Day, the rosy hue has been tied to carnal passions and romantic love across cultures and millennia. But this study, said Elliot, is the only work to scientifically document the effects of color on behavior in the context of relationships

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Latest Geocaching Craze?

From AFP:

Brazil markets GPS lingerie, 'Find Me If You Can'

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) — Lingerie maker Lucia Iorio says her new design targets the modern, techno-savvy woman, but the GPS-equipped "Find Me If You Can" line has raised the hackles of feminists who call it a 21st-century chastity belt.

The lingerie combo consists of lace bodice, bikini bottom and faux pearl collar, with the GPS device visibly nestled in the see-through part of the bodice next to the waist.

"This collection... is a wink to women and a challenge to men because, even if she gives him the password to her GPS, she can always turn it off," Iorio told AFP.

"She can be found only if she wants to."

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MTV Music

From Gizmodo:

I hope you've got some time to kill, because the new MTV Music website is pretty much the coolest thing ever for music fans. At long last, the MTV name is being associated with music videos again, because the "music" channel has gone and put its entire archive of music videos online, all embeddable and in high quality. It's like Hulu for music videos, only with less ads (for now). And it's awesome.

The site's still very young, but just poking around shows the amazing amount of content on there. There aren't just music videos on here, but also songs played on shows like VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged. Just check out above, where I've embedded Nirvana playing The Man Who Sold the World from their unplugged set. As of this writing, it's been played 8 times.

Before this just degenerates into me embedding my favorite music videos, I'll just leave you with this video for Wanderlust by Bjork and then let you go explore for yourself. Just from my surface exploration, it includes pretty much everything, from old acts to new, major label acts to indies. Go, go now! [MTV Music]

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From The WTH Files

From Newsweek:

The World Hopes for Its First President

By Stryker McGuire | NEWSWEEK

Published Nov 1, 2008

From the magazine issue dated Nov 10, 2008

The world has never watched any vote, in any nation, so closely. In country after country, polls show record-high fascination with the outcome of the U.S. elections this Tuesday. In Japan, according to one poll, there's more interest in the election than there is in the United States. The Voice of America, which broadcasts in 45 languages to a worldwide audience of 134 million, is seeing "unprecedented interest." In Pakistan there was so much interest in the first presidential debate, the VOA changed its initial plans and broadcast the next two as well. Indonesians and Kenyans, are of course fascinated and somewhat astonished by the fact that Barack Obama, a man with ties to both places, should be the front runner, and in Vietnam, there is much discussion over John McCain, a man who returned home from Hanoi in 1973 a wounded man and spent the rest of his life in dedicated service to the United States.

Europe is thrilled by the prospect that whatever happens this week it will mean the end of George W. Bush, and enraptured by the sheer spectacle of it all. James Dickmeyer, the director of the Foreign Press Centers, which helps international press cover U.S. political campaigns, says foreign journalists swarmed not only the Iowa caucuses but even the Iowa State Fair's Straw Poll, which they had never covered before. Bob Worcester, the American-born founder of the London-based polling and research firm Mori, has worked in more than 40 countries, and says he has "never ever seen any election in which so many people in so many places have been so interested."

It's very clear who they are interested in: Barack Obama. John McCain and Sarah Palin are by all accounts still in the race, but McCain has become a political cipher in a world that has of late tuned into Obama 24/7. (Obama's running mate, Joe Biden, is an afterthought to the international audience). Obama went into Election Day with a steady lead in U.S. polls, averaging about 50 percent to 44 percent for McCain, but he was headed for a landslide around the world, topping polls in virtually every nation often by strong margins: 70 percent in Germany, 75 percent in China and so on. Somewhere along the road to the White House, Obama became the world's candidate—a reminder that for all the talk of America's decline, for all the visceral hatred of Bush, the rest of the world still looks upon the United States as a land of hope and opportunity. "The Obama adventure is what makes America magical," French State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Rama Yade, a Senegalese immigrant who is the only black member of Nicolas Sarkozy's government, recently told Le Parisien.

Read the rest here.

Busking Muzzy

WTH? How Did I Miss This?

From Little Green Footballs:

Obama's 'Civilian National Security Force'

Politics | Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 5:48:57 pm PST

Among the many promises and pledges in Barack Obama’s multi-million dollar infomercial, one statement really stood out: he announced that he will “rebuild the military.”

But somehow, at the same time, he’s planning a “civilian national security force” that is as powerful and well-funded as the US military: Obama outlines plan for national service.

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

The Department of Defense’s current base budget is close to $500 billion. So if he meant that promise, he plans on a total defense budget of about a trillion dollars.

What exactly is Obama planning to do with a “civilian force” with such an astronomical level of funding?

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Serendipity Do

Very strange. I was just in the middle of reading some online sites on Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Saturday AM when I was startled to receive the following fascinating article, forwarded to me by a friend.

From The American Chronicle:

Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

by Sam Vaknin Ph.D.

August 11, 2008

Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist. Scroll down for a detailed treatment.

Granted, only a qualified mental health diagnostician can determine whether someone suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following lengthy tests and personal interviews. But, in the absence of access to Barack Obama, one has to rely on his overt performance and on testimonies by his closest, nearest and dearest.

Narcissistic leaders are nefarious and their effects pernicious. They are subtle, refined, socially-adept, manipulative, possessed of thespian skills, and convincing. Both types equally lack empathy and are ruthless and relentless or driven.

Perhaps it is time to require each candidate to high office in the USA to submit to a rigorous physical and mental checkup with the results made public.

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From Blogizdat LJ:

So, we're about to hold yet another election for president in these United States, and the peoples of the world are holding their breaths, hoping and praying we do the right thing by electing their choice of Barack M. Hussein Obama to the highest office of our land.


Look, I know this will smack of extreme arrogance and hubris but I don't really give a hoot in hades what some wine-sipping effete French pseudo-intellectual, or neo-Marxist Oxford Uni Econ professor, or power-mad Iranian Parliament President thinks or wants us to do.

No, really. I do not care what they think.

Read the rest here.