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12 August 2007 @ 07:49 pm
"The episode was the culmination of a shameful era in which serious issues related to national security and civil liberties were debated in a climate of fear and intimidation, saturated by political calculation and the quest for short-term electoral advantage."

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life has your country taken over by a foreign invader and split into a civil war, make murals on the security barriers.

* How the 'good war' in Afghanistan went bad.
* "If President Bush wants Americans to give him the power to spy on them at will, Americans should be allowed to know how much their freedoms are being abridged."
* Meanwhile the atrocities in Darfur continue.
* Does America really have the best medical care in the world?
* The candidates are holding plenty of debates, but is anyone watching?
* Interesting. Nationwide, frustrated voters seek to change how we elect our officials.
* Uh oh. America is no longer the tallest country.

Alan Tudyk on nude scenes in his new movie.

Television legend Merv Griffin, creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, passed away.

Factory Records founder and musical force Tony Wilson passed away. I wasn't really aware of the breadth of his contributions until I saw the movie 24 Hour Party People, which definitely piqued my attention and drew me to read more. The BBC also discusses some of the tributes to his life and career. (Bonus: BBC gallery.)
Tales from a suburban tourist: News:  Bitch Dailyasimplelife on August 13th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
American doctors and hospitals kill patients through surgical and medical mistakes more often than their counterparts in other industrialized nations.

All other things aside....ACK!

Here is the report they are discussing. If it makes you feel better, we're second last!
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PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on August 13th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: How We Elect
I mentioned it in the spring here. It made the rounds of the local news, and I saw mentions in the Post and (I think) the Times. The key is the provision that the majority of other states have to vote to do the same thing, so, it's pretty safe to ignore at the time.
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PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on August 13th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: How We Elect
I'd love to see the Electoral College go away.

Seconded. Though, I should add the caveat, as long as it's replaced with something better.

Barring that, I wouldn't mind seeing their votes dictated by congressional district.

See, I could not get behind that, until the gerrymandering problem is fixed. (Hi, Texas!) I want the big parties and big money to have less influence, and the voter to have more influence.

Not that Maryland has ever been a stumping state for candidates...

This is totally true. We're so close to the seat of power, but really, we're a suburb.