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Health Care & Environment
07.29 Baltimore City Council Moves to Endorse Statewide Fracking Ban [Water is too precious to risk]
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.29 Fetal Tissue From Abortions for Research Is Traded in a Gray Zone [The Republicans war against science continues]
07.27 Socialism, American-Style [Bernie Sanders wants more efficient or profitable public programs to make the U.S. competitive again]
07.29 Dentist who killed Cecil the lion faces calls for prosecution [An immoral man]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
07.27 How the Euro Turned Into a Trap [If loans are denominated in euros and dollars how would using and devaluing the drachma help?]
07.26 Puerto Rico debt crisis: austerity for residents, but tax breaks for hedge funds [another government by and for the rich, paid for by the poor]
07.29 Obama Takes on Entrenched African Power Structures in Speech [1:49 video]
07.28 What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? [long read]
The best defense is a good offense, so VOTE!Now is not the time to retreat. Vote, and then find evidence to tell the story of what's really happening in U.S. elections.
Things may look relatively smooth on election day, but the real fun begins after the polls close. That's when we see a lot of strange things. Look for:
I expect surprising new problems, like the new electronic poll books having problems finding themselves, and voting machines that don't match themselves (for example, having different results on their paper tape than they do on their screens).
Document. Think photos, videos, and most of all, cleverly constructed requests for documents. You have the right to obtain a copy of just about any document you can think of, as long as it exists. Go hunting. See what you find.
When you find important information, propagate it. Don't just call it into one place, but e-mail it, send it to bloggers, give it to reporters, provide it to public officials.
We want to improve elections, but first we need to make a solid, indisputable case. And to do that, we all need to get into action.
Use your own common sense. Document. Propagate. Then push solutions through for true citizen oversight. Now is your chance to take back your electoral process!
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Be very clear about your job as a citizen right now: It is to reverse the swing of the pendulum. It's been swinging away from citizen control -- your job is to take back your government. Start at the local level.
You own your government -- not the other way around. It is time to get out of your chair, step away from the Internet, and get involved in citizen oversight.
We salute the extraordinary citizens who are taking back America.
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This story was published on November 7, 2006.