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Don't blame me - I voted for the Green Party Jill Stein as President, and not Libertarian

I'm one of those horrible, despicable radical progressives that does not like Barack Obama.

I don't like Obama, but I wanted the dems to win in general - and I think the republicans are lying and blackhearted monsters who have betrayed their old core principles and philosophies so outrageously and grossly that I can never, under any circumstances, vote for a republican.

I dont even want to be mistaken, by the dataminers, as someone who MIGHT have been persuaded to vote republican.

So, because of that, I couldnt vote libertarian, even tho I actually have been registered libertarian most of my life, and have always considered myself one of that very rare and exotic subtribe of libertarians, a techno-libertarian.

(Never heard of techno-libertarians? Gee I'm shocked. See, techno-libertarianism was born in the early days of the internet, way back in the early 90's, before html and webpages ruined everything, and the net was clean and pure and beautiful blah blah, and we all walked to school uphill ten miles both ways, in the snow. It was a noble and heady time, for sure... Two internet listservs, the Cypherpunks and the Extropians, existed in those halcyon days, and I was a member of both - and there, libertarianism was discusse at great length, and techno-libertarianism was born. A great story, I'll tell it sometime. Anyways...)

As I was saying - I liked Gary Johnson, and strongly approve of his properly libertarian anti-war and anti-drug war platform policies - because true libertarians, you see, don't believe in war or using violence to acheive political ends, and believe in the rights of adults to do what they chose as long as noone else is being harmed in a way that invokes civil liability - and even then the harm is a civil matter unless it involves the violent destruction of person or property against the owner's will. Read more »

Is Nate Silver a Witch?

This is probably the funniest and most astute political website that appeared in the final days...

Is Nate Silver A Witch?

Click the link to find out, is Nate Silver a Witch.

This is what the "Is Nate Silver A Witch?"

website said earlier today...

Did you vote yet?





GET OUT and VOTE!  Read more »

LOL, PA republicans so desperate they falsely imprison kids to have a media audience for no-show Romney

Now this is funny...

Romney-Ryan Staffers Falsely Imprison Freezing PA rally attendees?

"Rightwingers on twitter are being their usual selves, basically saying "so we held people against their will without cause, what's the big deal?" ("It wasn't even that cold!" being an actual quote against a mom who was concerned about her kid getting frostbite).

But, in fact, this IS a big deal. You see, rightwingers, you're not allowed to restrain people without their consent except under very limited circumstances---its called "false imprisonment.

False imprisonment is generally defined as the unlawful restraint of a person against her will by someone without legal authority or justification.

Generally, false imprisonment is both a civil and criminal offense. For the civil offense, all that is needed is the following elements:

There must have been a willful detention;
The detention must have been without consent; and
The detention was unlawful.

All of these are met here.

It gets even worse for the staffers because they detained kids. Pennsylvania criminal law specifically notes that this a felony offense. Read more »

Awwwww, what a shame - Spanier just got charged for the years of sex abuse cover up

It's true, I take a moment of schadenfreude (the pleasure one takes in the downfall of others, especially snooty jerks who were mean to you in the past) from this news.

Voices was told many times, thru the gossip grapevine that thrives at Penn State (like all non-transparent institutions that abuse their people in power games), that Graham Spanier didn't like us, and that he punished people who did support us, or wanted to advertise with Voices. We lost a lot of advertising income, which we depend on to survive, because we dared to speak out against Spaniers policies - something, by the way, that you will never see the CDT do.

For example, because we dared to publish articles critical of the Penn State loan game, - passing off hundreds of millions in State-backed borrrowed money to a select group of contractors to build expensive new buildings, and then raise tuition ten percent a year, instead of focusing on providing a good and affordable education for young Pennsylvania residents, as specified in the PSU charter. And other articles over the years critical of Spanier's leadership of Penn State.

Anyway - look at Spanier now - fired, driven from town in shame - and now he's going to be charged with felonies. Read more »

5 ways to fix Wall Street - too bad we wont see any of them

Ritholtz had a great short post today - a brilliant set of principles that would fix the financial sector and restore - maybe - enough credibility to banking to be meaningful.

Under either Obama or Romney we wont see any of this - they are both acting as if they are committed to guaranteeing the too big to fail banks a second bailout as the global economy continues to choke on higher EROI on liquid fuels. Many (if not most) of the idependent banking experts say another finance crash is inevitable, because fundamentally nothing has changed, and risky unregulated trading in poorly understood complex derivitives is still standard practice, made worse by high speed trading, and the international economic slowdown.

2. Publicly commit to end bailouts
Market must punish the boneheads.” We should learn from post-2008 bailouts is we should never allow ourselves to be in that position again. Wall Street cannot have an indefinite option to “put” its losses to the Treasury and to taxpayers.

Solution: Make penalties for asking for and getting bailouts egregious — wipe out shareholders, fire management.

4. End speculation in the credit derivatives market
If arsonists can’t buy fire insurance on someone else’s house, why allow speculation using credit derivatives? Credit default swaps with no vested interested are the same thing. Read more »

Possibly the best article ever written on why hardcore progressives should not vote for Obama

Hardcore progressives dont need to be too concerned if Romney wins. Romeny and the republicans have no economic plan, no solutions for any of the problems we face, and the american people will pay a HUGE price for electing him. And that is as it should be. Americans cant think clearly about the future, they believe the corporate media when they shouldn't trust the "official story" that comes from any corporate source, and a solid dose of awakening pain will do the whole country a lot of good.

So, dont be sad if Romney wins, is my position. Yes, the Iraqi oil we took for the fossil carbon corps will start to come online before 2016, holding worldwide fuel prices down a bit, and the republicans will take credit for that; but, thats a minor force, and the other economic forces will reduce that to a relatively small bump in a downward arc as the perfect storm of population increase, resource depletion, and global warming slowly strangle the oil age economy.

Republican nostalgia, and their fearful denial of reality and the natural world of physics and biology, can't solve complex problems that require complex, intelligent, and longterm solutions. 

And the democrats need to learn to be bolder, braver, and less corrupted by wall street. 

Anyway - to get to the original impetus for this post - we have to remember that Obama is 100% a tool of the corporate elites - and this article outlines his tool nature as well as anything I have ever read:

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Betting markets (like Intrade) more accurate than polls, market expert says

Right at this moment, Intrade still says Obama has a 60% chance of winning the election, intrade says:

Barack Obama to be re-elected President in 2012

NBC news had a piece on betting markets - worth a read.

"Bookmaker markets allow players to place bets on specific election outcomes. If, for example, showed Obama with a 6 in 10 chance of winning the election, the payoff on a $60 bet would be $40 (a player would risk $60 to win $40, with their initial $60 stake returned). Due to U.S. regulations, Americans can’t use sites such as and, so most of the wagering is by overseas bettors.

Following the third debate, Vaughan Williams put Obama’s chance of winning on Nov. 6 at 68 to 70 percent — up from 65 percent before the debate. He compiles his odds from an average of all the betting websites and bookmakers’ odds he monitors, allowing for possible inaccuracies and market manipulation. Vaughan Williams also takes into account how accurate these betting sites have been in past elections.

Vaughan Williams says betting websites offer a far more accurate prediction of electoral outcomes than opinion polls because the average voter doesn’t have any incentive to tell a pollster the truth about their voting habits, but when they are betting their own money they will tend to think hard about the choices they make using the best information available to them. The more money involved, the more efficient and accurate the market, he said. Read more »

"I Have A Drone" - the ultimate presidential debate parody video - MUST SEE

This is one of the great parody playlists of all times. Just let this baby play.

Funny that all the voter fraud caught this election is being committed by republicans

We all heard about the big voter fraud deal in Florida, where a company hired by the republican party faked republican voters in 11 counties.

Here's a new case closer to us in virginia - the republicans set up voter registration tables, and threw out forms that didn't register republican, from the looks of it,

A third instance of fraudulent voter registration has been uncovered in the important swing state of Virginia, where a Republican consultant has been arrested and thousands of discarded voter registration forms were recovered from a dumpster earlier this week. According to the Not Larry Sabato blog, a law student at James Madison University registered to vote on campus, but found when she tried to verify the change online, found that her form had never been submitted.

On Thursday, Raw Story reported that 31-year-old Colin Small, a Republican operative employed by Pinpoint, a firm contracted by Republican Party of Virginia, was arrested and charged with “four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of disclosure of voter registration application, and one count of obstruction of justice” for throwing active voter registration forms into a dumpster.

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