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In 2016, Michigan will hold primary rather than a caucus.

Democrats Planning to Hold Primary in 2016
Party expected to switch to primary after holding caucuses in 3 of last 4 presidential election years.

Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district.

***snip***
Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district. Those receiving less than 15 percent would win no delegates.


I wonder how a sate wide vote will change the race for delegates? Just from my experience, caucuses rely on much more of a ground game and an individual candidates state organization than caucuses.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon May 11, 2015, 02:24 PM (0 replies)

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably
But a few days later, neither Sanders nor the state’s Democratic Party seem too worried about that obstacle. Asked yesterday morning whether he’s given any thought as to how to deal with New Hampshire’s rules, Sanders didn’t explicitly say he would register as a Democrat when asked – but he said, confidently, “We’re going to fulfill all of the rules.”

“I made the decision that the best way to be effective as a campaign, the best way to win is to do it through the Democratic primary process,” Sanders said, before leaving a house party that attracted close to 100 supporters in Manchester. “We will meet all of the requirements of all of the states, including New Hampshire. We will fulfill all of the requirements.”

When a reporter asked again, to clarify whether he would register as a Democrat, Sanders responded, “We’ll do what we have to do.”

“We’re going to be on the ballot in 50 states,” Sanders added. “You don’t win unless you do that.”

This should lay to rest any concern that Sanders will be locked out of running in some states.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed May 6, 2015, 12:37 AM (15 replies)

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.

Bush resigned from the foundation late last year after saying that he was considering running for president, and on Thursday he tapped Rice, a member of the foundation’s board for two years, as the organization’s new chairman, the foundation’s Web site says.

Bush’s decision to tap her is all in the family: Rice served as secretary of state for his brother, President George W. Bush, from 2005-2009, the first African American woman to hold the position. She also served as Bush’s national security adviser, prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat.

Jeb Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education after completing his second term as Florida governor to continue his influential advocacy of school reform. As governor, from 1999-2007, he launched a series of controversial reforms that centered around using standardized test scores as the chief metric of “accountability” for schools and expanding charter schools and vouchers. His “Florida Formula” became a model for other states. Bush’s foundation hosts a national school reform “summit” every year that brings together like-minded reformers from the worlds of business and policy-making.


I guess Jeb Bush's foundation must be 100% honest and above board.

Hard to find much about it at all, though this old article form 2012 is interesting.
http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/11/11883/taxpayer-enriched-companies-back-jeb-bushs-foundation-excellence-education-its-bu
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Apr 24, 2015, 01:48 PM (5 replies)

Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity

Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity
NEARLY two thousand years ago, a man named Saul had an experience that changed his life, and possibly yours as well. According to Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the biblical New Testament, Saul was on the road to Damascus, Syria, when he saw a bright light in the sky, was blinded and heard the voice of Jesus. Changing his name to Paul, he became a major figure in the spread of Christianity.

William Hartmann, co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, has a different explanation for what happened to Paul. He says the biblical descriptions of Paul's experience closely match accounts of the fireball meteor seen above Chelyabinsk, RussiaMovie Camera, in 2013.

Hartmann has detailed his argument in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science (doi.org/3vn). He analyses three accounts of Paul's journey, thought to have taken place around AD 35. The first is a third-person description of the event, thought to be the work of one of Jesus's disciples, Luke. The other two quote what Paul is said to have subsequently told others.

"Everything they are describing in those three accounts in the book of Acts are exactly the sequence you see with a fireball," Hartmann says. "If that first-century document had been anything other than part of the Bible, that would have been a straightforward story."


That would certainly be a different interpretation than any I heard when I was you. I can even understand why Paul and other would interpret an event of this nature as a sign from God.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Apr 22, 2015, 04:53 PM (11 replies)

When I go to DU Norton displays "Suspicious Web Page Blocked You attempted to access http://www.demo

"Suspicious Web Page Blocked
You attempted to access
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=latest_thread...

For your protection, this web page has been blocked and submitted for review. Visit Symantec to learn more about phishing and internet security.

It is recommended that you do NOT visit this page, however if you know that this web page is safe, you may choose to visit this web page anyway.


I am thinking it is a advertiser, though it is impossible to determine which one.

I suppose, Norton could have been bought by a Republican.

Your suggestions are appreciated.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 12:43 PM (2 replies)

Netanyahu Will Make History

Netanyahu Will Make History
Well, it’s pretty clear now: Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be a major figure in Israeli history — not because he’s heading to become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, but because he’s heading to be the most impactful. Having won the Israeli elections — in part by declaring that he will never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians — it means Netanyahu will be the father of the one-state solution. And the one-state solution means that Israel will become, in time, either a non-Jewish democracy or Jewish non-democracy.

Yes, sir, Bibi is going to make history. And the leader in the world who is most happy that Netanyahu ran on — and won on — a one-state solution is the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Oh, my goodness. They must have been doing high-fives and “Allahu akbars” all night in the ruling circles of Tehran when they saw how low Bibi sank to win. What better way to isolate Israel globally and deflect attention from Iran’s behavior?

The biggest losers in all of this, besides all the Israelis who did not vote for Netanyahu, are American Jews and non-Jews who support Israel. What Bibi did to win this election was move the Likud Party from a center-right party to a far-right one. The additional votes he got were all grabbed from the other far-right parties — not from the center. When the official government of Israel is a far-right party that rejects a two-state solution and employs anti-Arab dog whistles to get elected, it will split the basic unity of the American Jewish community on Israel. How many American Jews want to defend a one-state solution in Washington or on their college campuses? Is Aipac, the Israel lobby, now going to push for a one-state solution on Capitol Hill? How many Democrats and Republicans would endorse that?

Warning: Real trouble ahead.


This sentence bears repeating: "And the one-state solution means that Israel will become, in time, either a non-Jewish democracy or Jewish non-democracy."
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Mar 19, 2015, 04:58 PM (10 replies)

Election Committee bars PM’s press conference

Election Committee bars PM’s press conference
rime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls a press conference for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, just four hours before polls close on Election Day.

But the Yesh Atid and Zionist Union parties appeal to Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who heads the Central Election Committee, to forbid the press conference.


Good try, Bibi, but they got you.

No campaigning means no campaigning.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 17, 2015, 12:13 PM (2 replies)

Why the White House Won’t Pursue GOP Senators’ Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation

Why the White House Won’t Pursue GOP Senators’ Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation

As Earnest pointed out, the language of the letter is ambiguous enough that a theoretical defense lawyer could argue it is simply a helpful list of (not accurate) facts, and the fact that it’s an open letter would make proving their intent somewhat more difficult. Of course, a theoretical prosecutor could also make the argument that the letter is essentially the Republicans’ way of saying “Nice nuclear deal you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.” It is, at very least, a clear violation of the spirit of the law, and given the precedent being set, I’d be happy to take a chance on such a prosecution.

However, such an uphill fight would not be worth the gamble, politically, and under the current set of facts, the White House is getting the best of both words. Earnest and President Obama are going right up to the line with their criticism of the move, and people like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid are dancing right on it. The debate helps them more than leaning into the specific accusation ever would. If they say they’re looking into it, then they have to do something about it. If they say it’s not a violation, then it kills the story. Better to let everyone else talk about it.

And talk about it, they should, because this sets a dangerous precedent that could well leave us with little choice but another war.


As bad as it is, prosecution would not be a slam dunk, but it would set a precedent.

Very interesting article.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 10, 2015, 01:36 PM (15 replies)

Republican House to block an administrative procedure within the Social Security

One of my faceoook friends, a disabled former Railroad employee, shared this with me. It appears that Republicans have tried to slip changes to Social Security into a bill that will directly harm the disabled.

From the Legislative Director for the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Empolyee's

Narvre Unit 59 Boone Iowa

From the Legislative Office:

As reported, the recent actions (Jan 6) of the Republican House to block an administrative procedure within the Social Security system is yet another veiled attempt to bring undue harm to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and it's beneficiaries, specifically, those in the disability program. This article (below) lays out yet another scheme that was discovered when the Republican leadership slipped a provision into a routine rules bill that will block an internal financial procedure (reallocation) between SSA trust funds. There will be legislation introduced soon in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that will serve to strengthen the Social Security system, and protect the benefits of millions of Americans that have paid into the system. It is a travesty that the GOP leadership in the House would set up the Social Security Disability program for benefit cuts projected to be at 20 percent in 2016. Railroad Retirement works with the Social Security Administration in many ways, and NARVRE will stand with millions of other retirees across America to ensure that Congress understands that we expect them to protect Social Security and Railroad Retirement and the benefits of it's beneficiaries. This latest action reminds us all that there are consequences to elections. The legislation referred to had no hearing and no discussion. The rules bill passed the House by a vote of 234-172, with all Democrats opposed and almost every Republican in favor. We will keep you advised, more information in the Feb Newsletter...


I don't have access to their Feb Newsletter, but this reveals that Republicans are more than willing to disassemble Social Security, no matter who it harms.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:25 PM (3 replies)

Lockheed Martin's new Compact Fusion Reactor might change humanity forever

Lockheed Martin's new Compact Fusion Reactor might change humanity forever
This is an invention that might possibly modify the civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It's about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works state that it will be operational in 10 years. Aviation Week had completeaccess to their stealthy workshops and spoke to Dr. Thomas McGuire, the leader of Skunk Work's Revolutionary Technology section. And ground-breaking it is, certainly: Instead of utilizing the similar strategy that everyone else is using— the Soviet-derived tokamak, a torus in which magnetic fields limit the fusion reaction with a enormous energy cost and thus tiny energy production abilities—Skunk Works' Compact Fusion Reactor has a fundamentally different methodology to anything people have tried before. Here are the two of those techniques for contrast:

The crucial point in the Skunk Works arrangement is their tube-like design, which permits them to avoid one of the boundaries of usual fusion reactor designs, which are very restricted in the sum of plasma they can sustain, which makes them giant in size—like the gigantic International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. According to McGuire:


“The traditional tokamak designs can only hold so much plasma, and we call that the beta limit. Their plasma ratio is 5% or so of the confining pressure. We should be able to go to 100% or beyond.”

This design lets it to be 10 times smaller at the same power output of somewhat like the ITER, which is anticipated to produce 500 MW in the 2020s. This is essential for the use of fusion in all kind of uses, not only in huge, costly power plants. Skunk Works is committed that their structure—which will be only the size of a jet engine—will be capable enough to power almost everything, from spacecraft to airplanes to vessels—and obviously scale up to a much bigger size. McGuire also claims that at the size of the ITER, it will be able to produce 10 times more energy.

The question remains, is it Great, or just too good to be true?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 04:49 PM (20 replies)
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