The following is my tirade, a not-so-trenchant comment on Seattle Education blog’s analysis of Charter School Bill 1240 and the 0.01%. Continue reading
We vote by secret ballot in the USA. This is constitutionally protected for many reasons.
“We’ve teamed up with the good folks from Google”
I am confused about this new WordPress project for the 2014 midterm elections, emphasis mine:
“We’ve teamed up with the good folks from The Pew Charitable Trusts along with Google…. Together, we’re offering cutting-edge tools that give voters access to the customized information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. We also want to provide a toolkit so that they can get more information on where to vote, which issues are at stake…”
I am worried about the release of voter information to WordPress. I am also worried about information transit in the other direction.
Will WordPress and Pew use or maybe even sell the information entered by me and my blog readers to local or national political campaigns, now or in anticipation of the 2016 election?
One of the prior comments said,
“I was concerned that certain states (in particular those that have a bad track record in terms of encouraging citizens to participate in the democratic process) might be withholding this information.”
I’m concerned about what information IS being released! WordPress’s Peter Slutsky replied, Continue reading
Arthur Lenk is the current Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland. Earlier this month, he wrote an opinion piece, South Africa and Israel: A mandate for more engagement, which was published in the Daily Maverick, a publication based in South Africa.
Both South Africa and Israel are touchstones for many, seen as places born out of great tragedy. I understand, and appreciate, the long and emotive connection between many in the ANC with the Palestinians. Israel is more than that one (albeit, very important) issue.
South African trade relations with Israel
Israel is a leading trading partner of South Africa, with bilateral trade in goods and services. For example, Israel has a business partnership with South Africa’s biggest vegetable producer of tomatoes. Most South African companies use Israeli telecommunications systems.
…. no less than five ex-governors, who are years, even decades, away from the state house, have won their party’s nomination to win back their old jobs.
The most striking example to me was Jerry Brown, former governor of California, I vaguely recall. He was dating Linda Ronstadt. I know she was a pop music star on the scale of ummmm…. Olivia Newton-John maybe? However, the only music I can dredge out of memory to remember her by was late in her career, an acknowledgement to her heritage, “En Mi Casa de Mi Padre”. I should confirm the the spelling, apologies.
I read this:
Nowhere is the effort to return more remarkable than in California, where Jerry Brown is seeking to regain the office he first won literally half a lifetime ago.
and felt a frisson of something, of emotion. Yes, I do find second chances rather inspiring.
What is the former governor’s motivation for running for public office again? CBS News did a good job in drawing out this response (unless Jerry Brown has always been so forthcoming and direct, I don’t know the slightest thing about his political track record or demeanor):
“I like this work. I promised never to admit that, but I do enjoy it. I like the politics, I like the government, and I find this almost a Rubik’s cube of complexity, an intractable, unsolvable problems. And I just feel my entire life work, everything I’ve ever learned, everything I’ve ever done, has prepared me to take it on. And that kind of a challenge excites me,” Brown said. “If you remember, when, in that movie about Patton, when he talks about how he loved war, you know, and that’s a shocking kind of statement. But he was a great general because he loved what he did. And I love this work,” Brown said.
In a few states, it just might be possible that what once was old, may become new again. That sounds a bit like the words to “Amazing Grace”. Merely a coincidence.