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Winter Storm Slams Northeastern USA with Arctic Punch

Wexton Wins Virginia Senate Seate for Dems

Teacher's MLK Day Smackdown of Paul Ryan and the Tea Party Says It All

US and UN Express Horror at Syria Torture Report (BBC)

The 'Skin in the Game' Myth (from 'Cowgirl Blog' - Montana's #1 Political Website)

Bill Gates Predicts There Will Be Almost No Poor Countries by 2035

Super Bowl Ad Insanity Explained in Six Charts

A Crumbling Sochi Hides Behind Olympic Facade


Video- Remembering Martin Luther King Jr, 45 Years Later



Martin Luther King's "true legacy... Activism makes a strong democracy."


Another L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

King's real message

Re "Obamas mark King's birthday by doing something for others," Jan. 17

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service shows that we've forgotten King's true legacy.

King was an activist, not a direct service volunteer. Activism and service are both good ways to help somebody else, but they're not interchangeable. In service, we deal with the results of the system: When our neighbors are hungry, we feed them. In activism, we aim to change the system itself: When our neighbors are hungry, we demand a fairer economic structure.

King protested and led marches; he changed people's minds and put his life on the line. He was the epitome of activism, and he showed that activism achieves great things.

His day should be an official day of activism. Service makes a strong society; activism makes a strong democracy.

Edwin Everhart
Los Angeles


Video Overnight Thread- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tells a Joke on Michael Douglas


What a lovely end to a toxic day. Via.

I just want to share some stuff with ya'll. We both get up every morning (as I'm sure many other bloggers do) with the first thought out of our heads not being, "Where's my coffee?" but "What happened, what do they need to know?" We'd do this (albeit on a smaller scale) even if we couldn't make a couple bucks out of it, but we both, really, sincerely get our kicks out of getting the bestest, fastest, most interesting info out there for you, and that is what I think makes us a wee bit different.

We are literally just two women cranking this out, day after day, with virtually no break since 2007. (Do I need to remind you that I was one of the first to disdain Half Gov McSimpleTalk?)

We've all been thru the ringer, we all have tales of woe. I'm crawling my way out of serious physical problems and Gotta has her own issues.

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If everyone who dropped by here on a regular basis did just that, I could STFU and go back to being my cranky, taciturn self.

/removes soapbox


Live Streaming Audio- President Obama Speaks to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Volunteers 950a est



Audio- Glenn Beck Now Co-Opting Martin Luther King To Fear Monger "The Coming Insurrection" And Promote His Trap Pledge



VIDEO: Whitestock Crowd Estimate of 87,000 Explained

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare calculated that about 87,000 people (give or take 9,000) attended Glenn Blech's SPFathon, Whitestock.

It was the only scientific estimate made of the number of people at the rally.

Conservatives, including Blech, said it was more like half a million.

This from the people who count votes the same way they count heads.

Curt Westergard is the president of AirPhotosLive, the group that came up with that crazy 87K number. He has some pretty impressive clients. He provides aerial imaging for "the U.S. border patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, companies building skyscrapers, and cell phone companies trying to decide where to build their towers, and others."

Blech relies on his belief in geese formations.

To calculate attendance at the Beck rally, used what is called a surveillance aerostat balloon to take pictures from both above the event and closer to the ground. In the video above, which was provided by the company, you can see some of the images used to come up with a figure.


"We took a lot of shots under the trees and higher up by just changing the balloon altitude," he said. "So what might have been a negative with an airplane and certainly a negative with a satellite was a very strong position with a balloon."

Thorough, huh?

I can hear all the Whitestockers protesting now: "Oh sure, but they probably took the images at the time when attendance was at its lowest."


The photos were taken at noon, which Beck's representatives suggested would be the peak of the event...

Blech's reps suggested that, so it must be true. This is one time I'll trust them.

Westergard partnered up with Dr. Steven Doig of the University of Arizona, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and crowd estimate expert.

Doig estimated that there were 80,000 people at the "Restoring Honor" rally, while estimated that there were 87,000 people, a statistically insignificant different since the margin of error was 9,000. CBS News elected to use the higher estimate.

So at best, 96,000 people attended, not quite meeting the minimum Blech requirement of 100,000.  It really doesn't matter, though. I've been listening to a number of people who backed up my original assertion that, if you see a gigantic structure and a lot of media, huge TV screens, and loudspeakers smack dab in the middle of a public space, it's more likely than not you'll hang around to see what's happening.

Oh, and then there's that little matter of there being about 80,000 in the area on any given day anyway, per those journalists who frequent the place.

Size really doesn't matter... or so I'm told.

There is even more, and it is well worth the read.