I was waiting for someone to explain the takedown of Eliot Spitzer

Greg Palast stepped up.

Just the biggest corporate criminals of our era (and that's saying a lot).

An Experiment with Helium

My Idealab article "The San Jose Mercury News and Gary Webb" is now posted to Helium (which promises writers democracy and money) in the Internet as a threat to newspapers thread.

It debuted at 12 of 22, which is interesting, since it of course had no ratings whatsoever.

Vetting the Tangential: Weird NYT Articles a Symptom of Avoiding Real Issues

Jay Rosen asked about three vetting-the-candidate stories that went awry at the New York Times: "Obama's drug use. Hillary's marriage. McCain's lobbyist. The New York Times made weird decisions in all three. What gives?"

I think the problem started at the root why these stories received focus to begin with.

What did you call me?

[This will be posted on Idealab soon, but as I am ahead on my blogging for a change (and behind on all my other work as usual), I'm putting this out for review and revision. First and most pertinent question: Do I say anything worth saying?]

My kind of hate list

As far as I can tell the nonprofit-person-media connector he's launching is proprietary and for-profit, when it needs to be the opposite, but I like Gregory McHale.

So far, based entirely on his I hate blog category.

It's mostly complaining about bad products, such as Microsoft Vista. (Bad Vista!)

Every Nonprofit Tries to Give People Information, which is Power

[Cross-posted at Idealab]

At this year's Foundation gathering, "Innovation for Nonprofit Success," the recurring theme was less the SalesForce software than the broader topic of the social web.  This is to SalesForce's credit; Suzanne DiBianca, cofounder and director of the Foundation, set the tone when she introduced Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Technology Network, as the keynote speaker.

Just Words, Shared

Al Giordano has no patience for spleen spilled over shared words:

The shrieking accusation out of the Clinton camp that Obama somehow “plagiarized” some words about words from (his good friend) Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Saturday night demonstrates just how stuck in the last century that entire team has been especially since the boys hounded Patty Solis Doyle out of the war room.  [...]

Politics from below

As I've written about presidential politics more than I care to admit, I need to go on the record here, before the sane people willing to run for president lose their first primaries.

Electing a president or getting elected to the presidency are not the ways to bring about long-term, positive change.

Core goal: the most power possible for all people over their own lives.

Trying to put one person in power is not the way to do that.

So borrowing from the Zapatistas, we need a politics from below: a movement that builds power for everyone.

The Long View

[NOTE: I want to make this a blog post on -- anything I have to add to it?]

George Salzman wrote:

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