Citizens Protest the Bailout Plan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Last week, citizens everywhere from New York to Albuquerque to Burbank protested the $700B bailout proposal (thanks, Sue Salinger and James Mills). The common theme: how does this help us? Ryan in Fargo would much rather, thank you very much, have a personal assist from the Fed/Treasury. So he made ...

Debate Parties in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some people the debate watched at a bar. Some people watched with their friends at a party. Some people watched with their friends at a party... in Second Life. Rik Panganiban teaches kids in NYC about the power of technology, and during the debate he had one laptop tuned into ...

Trying to Understand the Bailout Proposal

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

"No way, no how, no bailout." Read his 6 reasons here. [jakerome / Flickr] It's not just Congress and the campaigns that are grappling with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's $700 billion bailout proposal -- citizens are trying to digest it, too. Yves Smith, a finance expert in New York City, is unhappy with ...

Regulate or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the headlines worldwide [jovike / Flickr] General Petraeus handed command of MNF-I to General Ray Odierno yesterday -- a moment that might have triggered campaign talk (and invective) about Iraq. But all eyes were on Wall Street -- and on whether its fundamentals are "strong" or in "crisis." The financial ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

I Can’t Believe It Is Butter

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Yep. At New York state's Erie County Fair, people made scultpures of McCain and Obama. Out of butter. Here they are in progress, in a photo by Timothy Finucane, a programmer/developer from Lancaster, New York (thanks, James Mills): [speljamr / Flickr] Jessica Tanny, a processing archivist from Buffalo, caught them a ...

Russia-Georgia Conflict

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Tbilisi, Georgia, at night [pazavi / Flickr] In the last week, long-festering animosity between Georgia and Russia turned into bombing and heavy fighting. Some say the US is peripherally implicated in the escalation due to the mixed messages it has been giving President Saakashvili. It's clear, in any case, that the ...

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

Acting Presidential: Catch 22

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Watching Obama in Berlin [stevegarfield / Flickr] Sam Han is a sociology PhD student at CUNY. He didn't want to wade into campaign hoopla but couldn't help himself last week when people started saying, during Obama's trip abroad, that Barack "'needs to be careful' about not appearing like he’s already won ...

Candidates as Marionettes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This one is a puzzle. Ruben Carbajal, a writer in Brooklyn, NY, took the photo a few weeks after the primaries started. I love the fact that the poster references a specific neighborhood and is on a mailbox, but who controls Obama, Edwards, Clinton, and Giuliani's marionette strings? Is the ...

Bake Sale for Barack

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The very day that Moveon.org expressed some alarm at Obama's support of the FISA bill, it also persevered with a "Hungry for Change" Obama bake sale. Cookies were made and sold across the country, from New York City to Missoula, Montana. (Thanks, Sue Salinger and Ann Raber.) In Austin, Texas, Cara ...

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Clinton’s Concession

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination. And in so doing, she put on her Obama cap, so to speak. Educator and writer Lois Stavsky is passionate about street art and discovered this representation on the streets of her hometown, NYC (thanks, Ann Raber): [LoisInWonderland / Flickr] If you check out ...

LGBT Rights

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, like abortion, is one of those normally core political issues that hasn't broken through into high visibility in this presidential race. Yet, anyway. Online, though, you can of course find riches. Let's start by rewinding a few months to New Hampshire, where Dennis Kucinich was approached by Harvard ...

Race and Racism in the Race

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Twenty percent of white West Virginians who voted in yesterday's Democratic primary said race "influenced their choice." Two out of every ten. Although Obama's skin color didn't appear to be an issue in white Iowa, it does seem to matter in the general Appalachian region. Clinton's focus on the ...

Science Debate 08?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

See the periodic table? [Mike Mertz / Flickr] A group of scientists, educators, and business leaders is calling for Science Debate 2008, and thousands of people have signed on in support. The goal here is to convince the 08 candidates to debate big scientific issues -- issues that affect America's national ...

Election Kitsch

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 28th, 2008

For a light start to the week, some fantastic election kitsch. Londoner fintag, who writes a hedge-fund blog, took this photo on the streets of NYC (thanks, Ann Raber). It's hard to believe it, but they actually exist: electric sconces decorated with pictures of McCain, Obama, and Clinton... and a ...

More Criticism of PA Democratic Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

These two videos found by Sue Salinger make it worth revisiting last week's ABC Democratic debate -- a debate that has been thoroughly trashed (by Democrats, anyway) for it near-total irrelevance. In this vein, up first: New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth's mashup of debate footage and Soulja Boy: And next: ...

Not So Neighborly

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Misa Dayson found this one. It was taken in Pennsylvania and features the "Chappaqua chapter of Women for Obama." In other words: Hillary Clinton's Democratic neighbors who aren't voting for her. [jolly / Flickr] Hopefully these women won't need to ring the Clintons' doorbell any time soon in search of eggs ...

Co-Curator: Misa Dayson

Posted by Misa | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

[Misa Dayson] I am a filmmaker, producer and writer who has worked in various capacities in film production and development, including as Development Associate at Pipedream Productions. I directed and produced three short documentaries, including Four Women, which enjoyed screenings at various film festivals and conferences. I am currently ...