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9/25: Mom's birthday, and National Voter Registration Day

September 19, 2012

Two big events happen 25 September, and I'd like your help celebrating both. It's my mom's birthday. Help her celebrate it by checking out National Voter Registration Day and committing to register and committing to vote. Take a look at their Facebook page, too. And to see what people are already Tweeting about the day,… Read more »

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Your Vote: anyone can do it, and everyone should do it

September 6, 2012

Hey, people across the world really do feel we're the "shining city on the hill," that, seriously, we're the leader of the free world. I feel we need to live up to that, every day, and that means to passionately commit to voting, that's the whole "consent of the governed" thing that the Founders established. … Read more »

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Doing something about truthiness in politics and news

March 20, 2012

Recently, the folks at the Harvard Berkman Center and the MIT Media Lab had a really good conference and hackathon addressing Truthiness in Digital Media. Truthiness in the Stephen Colbert sense, where people just make up stuff which they want to be true. A lot of good progress was reported, particularly involving citizens and professionals… Read more »

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Is this a real big step toward holding politicians accountable?

February 21, 2012

(Folks, I rarely quote press releases like this, but the folks at  FlackCheck.org, sister site of FactCheck.org, might have something  brilliant here.  They do have a great record of independent, nonpartisan factchecking. I'll personally request your help with this, once it gets going.) For Immediate Release: February 21, 2012 Contact: Kathleen Hall Jamieson. 215 898… Read more »

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An observation regarding factchecking and journalism from an outsider

January 13, 2012

Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that factchecking is an idea whose time has come. This results from smart people making smart observations, at two recent conferences about factchecking,… Read more »

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Now that I am home, I am able to look back on my experiences in combat…

August 4, 2011

Now that I am home, I am able to look back on my experiences in combat and contemplate things that I didn’t have time to think or worry about while in “the thick” of a combat zone. One prevailing thought that I have is my feelings about the men I served with and the men… Read more »

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