After soliciting the thoughts of its members, the No Labels organization has settled upon three areas of focus for the group’s efforts: Policing partisan politics, promoting fiscal responsibility, and election reform.
No Labels founding member John Avlon announced this decision Monday during the weekly leaders conference call.
“Based on your feedback we have decided to focus on three core policy principles going forward.
Some conservatives call the president the political equivalent of a suicide bomber: so consumed with hatred that he’s willing to blow himself up in order to inflict casualties on a society he loathes.
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In short, the White House record of more than 200 years shows plenty of bad decisions but no bad men. For all their foibles, every president attempted to rise to the challenges of leadership and never displayed disloyal or treasonous intent.
Phi Beta Iota: Both the extreme right and the extreme left persist in demonizing individuals while remaining oblivious to the fact that it is the two-party “system” (remember, there are 65 parties in America, 63 of them disenfranchised) that has with malice and deliberation “sold out” the US public. The fact is that top-down governance is impossible anyway, it is pathologically dangerous when done by corrupt uninformed parties. The ONLY thing that can get America back on track is Electoral Reform–yet to our astonishment, Ralph Nader, Ron Paul, Cynthia Mckinney, all others who would seem to have everything to gain by coming together and demanding Electoral Reform in time for 2012, remain silent. Could they be part of the theater? The ONLY agile governance in the age of complexity is collective self-governance rich in clarity, diversity, and integrity. Electoral Reform is the only way to get there.
Tunisia: ‘I have lost my son, but I am proud of what he did’
The mother of the street vendor who set himself on fire, and triggered protests across North Africa, talks to Kim Sengupta
The street vendor who set himself alight, sparking an uprising which swept away 23 years of dictatorship in Tunisia and triggered protests across North Africa, had been beaten down by years of poverty and oppression by the authorities, his family told The Independent last night.
Mohamed Bouazizi – whose desperate act, copied in countries including Algeria and Egypt, has become a symbol of injustice and oppression – had lost his land, his living and had been humiliated by local officials.
Thomas Friedman suggests that the special strength of Egypt’s youth-led revolutionary movement has been “the fact that it represented every political strain, every segment and class in Egyptian society.” But then he turns around and says that diversity “is also its weakness. It still has no accepted political platform or leadership.”
Of course, from a majoritarian electoral perspective, he’s right. But perspective that may not provide the most potent and useful democratic approaches for Egypt’s future — or ours.
If Egypt’s 21st century revolutionaries want their revolution to turn the world, they will make this supposed weakness — their inclusive diversity — into the greatest strength of their emergent democracy. They will cherish, develop and institutionalize their cross-section diversity AS a political platform AND AS the principle underlying their new forms of democratic leadership.
Openmoko™ is a project dedicated to delivering mobile phones with an open source software stack. Openmoko was earlier more directly associated with Openmoko Inc, but is nowadays a gathering of people with the shared goal of “Free Your Phone”. Distributors are currently selling updated versions of the Openmoko Inc’s phone released in 2008, Neo FreeRunner, to advanced users, while the software stack for FreeRunner and future free phones is being developed by the community.
Solar-powered OpenBTS systems costs pennies a day and operates in the farthest outreaches of Earth.
By Julie Bort, Network World August 30, 2010 02:47 PM ET
Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that’s revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. Where do you want me to begin?