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Homemade Political Ads – They’re Virtually Everywhere January 30, 2007

Posted by Dan in News, Politics, Video.
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In quite a “sign of the times,” homemade political ads have begun cropping up on Internet Video Sites. I wanted to illustrate the potential for this, good, bad, whatever, so I focused on Barack Obama (simply because there is so much online video about him) and provided a wide cross section of videos below. However, I’m sure every candidate has a similar following online. Below is a sampling of what you can find online, just by doing a simple search at a site like Youtube or Google Video. Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled. The citizens of this country are finally taking a genuine interest in Politics! Perhaps our election turn-out numbers will continue to rise. It seems as if, thanks to the internet video revolution, Democracy is on the path to reaching its full potential. Whereby, every citizen is politically active, and a majority through voting will be the same as the majority through census.

The Good, the Bad and the Rest of US:

Bill Richardson’s 2006 Western Ad for Gov. of New Mexico (template for Barack’s):

Obama ’08: Vote Hope!

Barack Obama Hit Piece:

Obama: Hope for our Country:

Obama Bio Video:

There’s even crap like this:

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Power of the Troops v Power of the Purse January 30, 2007

Posted by Dan in Politics, War.
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President Bush has the authority, as Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, to deploy troops throughout the world (particularly in Iraq). However, it is Congress that has the “Power of the Purse,” and the ability to simply cut funding for the President’s military efforts. Yet that is something many in Congress are reluctant to do. Why?

Well, once again, the reality of the situation in Iraq goes far deeper than the politicking we see on the nightly news. Even those members of Congress most against the War admit, at least in private, that completely pulling out would be a disaster. We’re in this mess, for better or worse.

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Ancient City Unearthed Beneath Stonehenge January 30, 2007

Posted by Dan in News, Science, Video.
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Today, the discovery of the largest ever found neolithic village underneath the monument of Stonehenge may yield invaluable clues as to who built the rock structure and for what purpose. It is believed that the structure may be an astronomical clock, capable of identifying the summer and winter solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year, respectively).

Mike Parker Pearson of the University of Sheffield describes the find:

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