Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

This video is brilliant.

Kudos to JewsVote.org for their bold move, calling on young Jewish folks to “schlep” to Florida to get their grandparents to vote for Obama. And Sarah Silverman? A perfect choice.

It’s daring, to be sure…

Check out The Great Schlep for all the details. Happy schleping!


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Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. It’s not getting better, is it?

Well, yesterday Roger Ebert kept at it with a scathing review of Palin as the VP candidate for the Republican party. It’s worth a read. Here are a few lines from his post:

Although Palin gets laughs when she mentions the “elite” Ivy League, she sure did attend the heck out of college. Five different schools in six years. What was that about?

Sarah Palin’s travel record is that of a provincial, not someone who is equipped to deal with global issues.

I want a vice president who is better, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq. Someone who doesn’t repeat bald- faced lies about earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere.

You go, Roger! Thinking of making the switch from movies to politics?

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Wordle is neat. Very neat.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text (keep this in mind).

I heard about it this morning and have played around with it just a bit during lunch today. Then it hit me – I wonder what would happen if I put in all of Obama’s June speeches and all of McCain’s June speeches (as posted on their websites)?

The results are *quite* interesting!


Obama Wordle Mashup - June Speeches


McCain Wordle Mashup - all text from speeches in June

Hmph. What do you think?

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My friend Alex directed me to a great site that provides you with notification of available positions on government boards, councils and agencies. You can learn more about each organization, the type of work they do, what time commitment is involved, if they offer a per diem and even apply online!

Do you have some time and expertise you want to share? Check out the Public Appointments Secretariat website, you might just find a position that’s right for you!

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