Archive - Feb 2006

February 28th

Thinking about Bird Flu

(Cross posted at Toomre Capital Markets)

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bird Flu. The six most recent posts on Lars Toomre’s blog have been about the bird flu.

With this in the back of my mind, I went to a house party for the Humane Society of the United States. One of their fact sheets mentioned that poultry now makes up more 95% of the animals killed for food in the United States, with over 9 billion birds killed each year.

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February 27th

Why primaries matter

On the most basic level, the answer should be obvious. It is how people in the United States are given choices, are given the chance to express their opinions about who should represent them.

Yet, this evening over dinner, I was struck by another aspect of why primaries are so important. I am visiting with friends in Washington DC who I met through Gov. Dean’s 2004 Democratic Primary campaign. I have made friends through the primaries. I have learned through them.

I am in Washington for the New Organizing Institute training. This is a group of around forty people who have become excited about being involved in politics. I don’t know how many of them became involved because of the 2004 election but I know that there are people who were involved in the campaigns of Gov. Dean and General Clark.

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February 26th


I’m tired. I was up late last night, and then Kim called this morning while I was still sleeping. Perhaps this makes me a little more sensitive than usual. So, as I worked on my notes for me session on tracking the local blogosphere for the New Organizing Institute, I stumbled across this blog and got horribly distracted.

Dawit is a young boy from Ethiopia that a couple here in Connecticut has just adopted. It is a wonderful blog. Please take a little time to read it. It is written by GaiaGal. (See earlier posts here.)

New Organizing Institute

Sunday afternoon. I am at a friend’s house in Washington DC. Yesterday, I did a training at the New Organizing Institute. This is “a unique grassroots training and research program created by experienced online organizers and technology professionals in politics in conjunction with”.

Over 700 people applied to be part of their first training. They accepted 40 whom they split up into six teams. Each team will build a campaign for a fictitious candidate. I trained one team in setting up a campaign website using CivicSpace. For those who don’t know, one of my various ventures is to set up low end campaign websites through SmartCampaigns.

February 22nd

R.I.P. Rocky Hynes

I still feel a need to look over my shoulder and see if Rocky is okay. There is an empty spot there. He would have been 15 years old this summer. In dog years, he was about 102 when he died.