Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Are you ready for the first Action Day?


A message from John Edwards:


Dear Friend,

People everywhere are responding to our call to change America.

In the three weeks since we launched our campaign, One Corps has grown to more than 800 chapters in all 50 states. Thousands of Americans are signing up to take action now -- people like you and me who are not willing to wait until the next president is elected to begin changing our country.

One Corps allows people to join with friends and neighbors to take action in our local communities. And next Saturday, January 27, we're all coming together for our first National Day of Action -- working together in our communities to conserve energy and fight global warming:

Since announcing my candidacy, I've been speaking of our need to break our country's addiction to oil and create a new energy economy. I've also been speaking about the huge moral issue that global warming presents for America and the entire world. These are tremendous challenges which won't be solved in a day -- but each of us can take responsibility in small ways that make a big difference. For example, after years of driving a regular SUV, Elizabeth and I just purchased a hybrid SUV. I'm not asking each of you to buy a new car, however, or fight this problem on your own. We can all work together in our communities -- educating others and changing the way we use energy in our homes and workplaces -- to bring about the change we need today:

Take the first step by pledging to do what you can to conserve energy in your home and life -- then sign up to take action in your community on January 27th. We all know that government or technological innovation alone will not solve global warming or increase energy efficiency. To solve these problems, we need to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war. Today, I'm asking you to join with thousands of One Corps members across the country and be patriotic -- to make a difference in how you and your community use energy, and to get the word out on January 27th. Thank you for taking action.

Your friend, John

These are tremendous challenges which won't be solved in a day -- but each of us can take responsibility in small ways that make a big difference.

For example, after years of driving a regular SUV, Elizabeth and I just purchased a hybrid SUV.

I'm not asking each of you to buy a new car, however, or fight this problem on your own. We can all work together in our communities -- educating others and changing the way we use energy in our homes and workplaces -- to bring about the change we need today:

Take the first step by pledging to do what you can to conserve energy in your home and life -- then sign up to take action in your community on January 27th.

We all know that government or technological innovation alone will not solve global warming or increase energy efficiency. To solve these problems, we need to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war.

Today, I'm asking you to join with thousands of One Corps members across the country and be patriotic -- to make a difference in how you and your community use energy, and to get the word out on January 27th.

Thank you for taking action.


Your friend,
John

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

JRE links for today


Melissa
Josh
Josh
Ezra

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

JRE links for today


me: MLK and Harlem
PhilGoBlue: John Edwards MLKJr Day 'Realizing the Dream' Speech
MeanBoneII: Edwards applies a little more pressure (Update: YouTube of speech)
Brian: Edwards and Permanent Military bases in Iraq
Melissa: Clinton's Jab at Edwards
Stoller: The End of Process Attacks
Neil: He's Good
PZ: Zzzzzzzzzz
Kirk: Edwards at Riverside
Lindsay: John Edwards: Silence is betrayal
Scoble: Political use of social media: Edwards (1); Obama (.5); Clinton (NA)
Brad Blog: 'Total Bull' That Congress Can't Stop Bush Iraq Escalation Plan Says John Edwards Campaign

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Science Blogging Anthology is here!


The first of its kind, phenomenal, unbelievable collection of the best science blogging in history has just been published!

Timed to coincide with the first Science Blogging Conference, this anthology of best 50 blog posts from science and medical blogs is now available for sale. You can find all the information about the book, including the blog-typical democratic process of choosing 50 best posts of all time, at this URL

I would really appreciate it if you could steer your readers towards it!

You can buy the book here.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Koufax Awards open for nominations!!!


Yes, the best blog awards in the history of the Universe are ready to go again! Go here and start nominating! Dont' you think that Scienceblogs.com is one awesome "blog community" and should be nominated in that category?

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Excellent Indy this week


Hal Crowther on Iraq
Kirk Ross on Edwardses
Lisa Sorg on The Chapel Hill event

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Everything you need to know...


...about the launch of the Edwards campaign can be found and linked on this Diary on DailyKos. Go and Recommend it.

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JRE links for today


TPM Cafe: Edwards Coins New Phrase For Escalation: 'The McCain Doctrine'

Crooks and Liars: Edwards Rips 'McCain Doctrine'

Iddybud Journal: McCain Doctrine Draws U.S. Troops into Civil War

Jim Buie: On Helping the Working Poor

Vagabondvet: John Edwards for President!

Reno and its Discontents: Exclusive Interview with John Edwards (hat-tip: Susan Nunes)

Mark Maynard: john edwards announces

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Science Blogging Conference Update


NCSBClogo175.pngThe conference is only 19 days from today! It's getting really exciting!

The program is shaping really well:

On Thursday (January 18th) we will have a teach-in session. About 20 people have signed up so far. We'll use Wordpress to help them start their own blogs, so I'll have to make one of my own in advance and play around to figure out the platform before I teach others.

On Friday (January 19th), we'll have dinner and all the bloggers present will read their posts. We have not decided on the place yet, but perhaps a site that has wifi, or a screen and a projector would be good as the posts can be seen as well as heard.

On Saturday (January 20th), we'll have a busy program. We have two speakers: a scientist - Hunt Willard (director of the Duke Insitute for Genome Sciences & Policy) and a science blogger - Janet Stemwedel (Adventures in Ethics And Science).

Then, we'll have four (or five) break-out sessions in an Unconference format - the participants take the lead and the leaders guide and moderate.

We decided not to have these sessions cover different areas of science, but different ways blogs, podcasts and other internet technologies can be used: a) research (e.g., using a blog as a public lab-notebook, online publishing), b) teaching (using the online technologies in the classroom), c) popularization of science (how to blog well, including the importance of visual props - illustration) and d) informing the public (e.g., public health, medicine, countering un-scientific forces in the society, etc. perhaps broken into wo sessions: one on science, one on medicine and public health). We have lined up four excellent people to moderate these sessions (not everything is on the wiki-page yet but will be soon).

Afterwards, we will go to dinner. If you have registered already, or plan to register soon, please do not forget to sign up for one of the dinners. Just edit the wiki and enter your name where you want.

At this moment we have 109 people registered for the conference. Some locals will probably sign up at the last minute. Some of the people coming from very far away may still be waiting for good deals on plane tickets before they sign up. If you are considering this, it would be good if you could sign up as soon as possible so we have a good idea how many people to plan for in terms of space, food, swag, etc.

If you browse through the list of registrants, you will see what a great diversity of people there will be, a potential for cross-fertilization leading to high hybrid vigor! There are people from four continents coming to Chapel Hill in January to meet with us, as well as people from a number of States. There are science, medical and technology bloggers, web-designers, research scientists working in academia, government and industry, physicians, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, even high school students. There will be editors of science and medical journals and magazines, journalism professors and students, local journalists, and science writers. There will be science teachers at all levels - elementary, middle, high school and college. There will be local elected officials, and staff of state departments. And, I hope, you will be there as well!

We have attracted quite a lot of cool sponsors for the conference, so you can excpect some really good stuff in your swag bags! Still, both Anton and I are quite bad at begging for money. We do need a little bit more - can you or your organization be a sponsor, or donor, or host? If so, let Anton know as soon as possible.

And we may just be able to pull it off to have the Anthology ready to be distributed at the conference.

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