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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
H/T @ eman-gamal  

H/T @ eman-gamal  

 
“Despite the lack of specifics, the agreement is the latest example of how the U.S. is trying to underline its continued commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, as U.S. allies increasingly turn to Washington for reassurance that it will intervene if a military conflict occurs, even as domestic austerity pressure forces the Pentagon to reduce its defense spending. In another recent step, top military officials from the U.S. and Japan met in Honolulu late last week to discuss their joint plan to respond to contingencies over a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are at the heart of a bitter territorial dispute between Japan and China.”

Originally from WSJ Julian Barnes but this is lifted from Daily Beast

Recap. Counterprovocation agreement between USA-South Korea, and it can be seen as a part of USA’s commitment renewal to Pacific - similar move? maybe also with Japan.

And now we have to wait how South Korea’s domestic politics goes, and then signals from North’s domestic situation (signs of intra power rivalry?) 

March 31, 2013, 11:38am  0 notes

Again Obama’s Foreign Policy’s PR aspect is really weird (to me)

Obama’s trip this Spring to Middle East. 

Not sure that Israel’s political parties’d be sorted (calmed down) and ready to hear or care anything like Obama’s visit. (Don’t you know anything about those ppl…) 

Shouldn’t he wait bit more. Like until June or July. You’ve got 3-4 years timeframe. And you can’t visit every 3 months. 

Then I say should wait until really really effective moment. 

February 05, 2013, 5:36pm   1 note
 
“For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
Barack Obama, 1/21/13 (via think-progress)

January 21, 2013, 2:08pm  724 notes

The Star Spangled BannerBeyoncé  (nprmusic)



Reblogged from agentizzy353.

January 21, 2013, 1:35pm  3,413 notes

[America] The Emerging Democratic Majority has arrived: women, minorities, and professionals

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

The Emerging Democratic Majority has arrived: women, minorities, and professionals

underthemountainbunker:

Calling all 50 states the day before the election as Nate Silver did is one thing — predicting President Obama’s winning majority 10 years in advance is hard to top.

But that’s what Ruy Teixeira did. Since 2002, when Democrats were at a low point and sinking lower, Teixeira has consistently argued that long-term demographic trends pointed to brighter days ahead for the party. He and John Judis published a book that year, “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” that envisioned a governing majority in the next decade consisting of three rapidly growing voting blocs — women, minorities, and professionals.

Along with young voters, these three groups are credited with powering Obama’s 2008 and 2012 victories. Latinos were critical in contests across the country on Tuesday, especially in Western states like New Mexico (no longer even a swing state), Nevada, and Colorado. African American turnout helped put Obama over the top in states like Ohio. Huge advantages with women helped secure states like Iowa (28% gender gap). And a growing professional class in Virginia and North Carolina — solid red states when Teixeira published his book — put the former in Obama’s camp for a second straight election and kept the latter competitive until the end.

It’s easy to forget now, but after President Bush won re-election in 2004, there was a popular school of thought that America was entering an extended period in which Republicans would hold an unshakable majority. Karl Rove claimed the results as a “realignment” in which evangelical and suburban turnout would destroy the Democrats’ viability as a national party. Other observers like  Michael Barone backed him up. Perhaps not coincidentally, both of them predicted a Romney landslide last week.

Teixeira stuck by his theory, however, and now one of the big post-election questions is whether Obama’s majority is the new political reality in America or a passing phase. TPM talked to Teixeira, now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal DC think tank, on Thursday about what his research tells him about the future of the party…

Sounds like Tumblr’s investment in having its support unit based in Virginia - wise decision helping the trend?

It is true that tech companies can sure have influence - in so called red states. 

Source: underthemountainbunker
November 13, 2012, 11:40am   43 notes

Jot: Obama II - How Obama could use this 4 years 2nd term to become ‘Transformative’ President, Discuss

Was the topic of one segment of Brian Lehrer show (WNYC, NYC’s public radio station) this morning, but somehow WNYC website didn’t set up the discussion area - but anyway.

Jodi Kantor of The New York Times on the President’s second term; and a close look at how design and engineering could provide solutions for rising tides and storm surges in the future.

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/nov/12/

and

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/nov/12/obama-ii/

I’d say (without much thinking or checking) 2 thing.

Education (overhaul, reform), but not Lefty push but more focused on 

  1. Real great international comparison (create a team to run this comparison to report back, with website setup which is accessible for public and discussion)
  2. Securing America’s Sci/Tech/Entrepreneurism (with good number crunch) 
  3. With attention to the issue of red states and some wicked social conservative elements, and post-industrial America situations
  4. So that America creates education system which ‘updates itself’ and - also secure good job/career prospects for (all?) Americans 
  5. (Could have also like what went so wrong? kind of checks too.)

On this, he could push ‘manic’ for 2-3 years and see how it’s going. If it looks like failure, correct on what needs to be corrected. 

Then 2nd is: 

  1. Financial regulation (Splitting retail and investment banking - ‘Too big to fail’ issue - UK’s Sir Mervyn King, and Gordon Brown and others. ) 
  2. I don’t know how this’d look really in USA. But some number crunching may be possible to see how it’d affect - whether it’d improve the situation for middle class or otherwise. 

Something about the way American economy esp financial sector is going - though that may require more global take - (EU taking too long to really come out from its crisis - why? How are these relevant or irrelevant?: Separating retail and investment banking, and austerity policy). 

November 12, 2012, 1:09pm   2 notes
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sandyny4804:

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CNN, NBC, FOX declaring Obama the winner.

November 06, 2012, 11:19pm   6 notes

CNN projects Iowa

vergeofbliss:

all it takes is Ohio or Florida.

November 06, 2012, 11:12pm   11 notes
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geekyjessica:

My voting place.  West Texas rural life…

geekyjessica:

My voting place.  West Texas rural life…

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November 05, 2012, 10:43am   1 note