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Americans Elect Officer Stages Promotional Videos with Buddy Roemer

Americans Elect is not supposed to be in the business of communicating or acting in favor of any presidential campaign. But the corporation just can’t help itself. Its latest act is to stage a fake video q-and-a session with Republican Buddy Roemer, asking questions to which it and Roemer already know the answers. […]

Americans Elect Holds its First Vote… and it’s Broken

Visit Americans Elect’s home page at and you’ll see the 501c4 corporation’s countdown to its first ballot. According to Americans Elect, the nation’s first-ever 50-state online election to nominate a presidential candidate will be held in just 150 days. Is Americans Elect technically prepared to pull this off without a hitch — without getting […]

Make a Green Man… Naturally

Why make a Green Man for your garden from a base of polymer clay or papier mache mix or plastic resin or concrete? Such a creation may be many things, but it isn’t made out of what it’s meant to represent. I’ll be darned, but I can’t seem to find anyone describing a way to […]

Old Americans Elect Video Openly Promotes Centrist Ideology, Contradicting Current Neutrality Claim

Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that has registered as a political party in multiple states and plans to run its own candidate for President in 2012. Lately, Americans Elect has been saying that they have no ties to left, right or center, and that they do not promote any ideology. Its current “About” page:


May 21, 2011: Video Evidence of The Rapture (Documentary)

Dateline: May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM.

Prominent Christian preacher Harold Camping is heard every day on on Family Radio, broadcast from coast to coast. According to him, today is the day of the Rapture and Judgment. When the largest earthquake ever known to mankind shakes the ground. When the Earth spits out the bodies […]

Selection Bias: In Video from 7 Cities, Americans Elect Underrepresents Women and Black People

Political campaigns in the modern era commonly use demographic targeting to conserve resources, appealing to certain portions of the population and largely writing off others:

J. Brian O’Day explains:

The point of targeting is to determine which subsets of the voting population are most likely to be responsive to your candidate and focusing your campaign […]

Slay the Minoc, Merlin Froyd!

Of all the names in the hundreds of races for congressional seats this year, my favorite is Merlin Froyd, Republican candidate running against Howard Berman in California district 28. It’s such an evocative name, isn’t it? When I say “Merlin Froyd,” I think of a nervous acolyte being seized about the collar by a wizard […]

10 Tactics for Information Activists: Can You Name #11?

Yesterday, I despaired a bit that old social movement tactics didn’t seem to be working any more. New Media Rights and the Tactical Technology Collective have gotten creative, coming out with a list of 10 tactics for turning information into activism:

1. mobilise people 2. witness and record 3. visualise your message 4. amplify personal […]

Sunflower Equinox

Time lapse of this last morning of summer, just down the hill.

Enjoy the change.

International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference: Watch it Online

2007-2008 marked the Fourth International Polar Year, a coordinated international research effort dedicated to a better understanding of the Earth’s poles. Various sorts of data were collected in more than 150 research projects during this year.

Some of this research is still proceeding, and a large amount of data collected during the International Polar Year […]

Candidate Paul LePage Video: Read Letter on Back?

While walking by the side of the road today here in Maine, I encountered the following campaign sign for Paul LePage, a Republican candidate for Governor.

A bewilderingly unclear campaign sign might be better for Paul LePage than a crystal clear one: LePage, after all, has been bizarrely calling for the insertion of creationism […]