Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part IV

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Julie Phillips is a writer and "aerial dancer" from Athens, Georgia. She's also the features/art-and-entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald -- for which she shot some probutcool footage on her inauguration trip to DC. In this clip, a young woman and a girl from Atlanta explain what they liked about ...

Obama’s Senate Seat

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

[Leo Reynolds / Flickr] You're familiar with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, yes? And the corruption charges resulting from the way he tried to fill Obama's Senate seat? And the ensuing hoopla surrounding his Senate appointee, Roland Burris? Good. So a new Gallup poll says 51% of Americans favor blocking Burris from the ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

How Does the Electoral College Work?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Confused about the Electoral College and what happens to your vote after you cast it in November? Sue Salinger found this self-consciously silly but useful music video to help you out. It was made by Slater's Garage Ads and Audio in Bangor, Maine, a probutcool shop that makes radio ads ...

Antiwar Activists in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Stephen Swofford, Denver resident, says it only occurred to him a year ago that he could translate his love of photography into a career. He now appears to be a photojournalism student at Metro State College of Denver. Last week during the convention he took to the streets to and ...

Clinton “Sunset Boulevard” Parody

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Lisa Nova makes videos. A lot of videos. Some of them are about the campaign, and they're clever. Up first, via Sue Salinger, a sharp parody of the last scene of Sunset Boulevard, with Clinton in the Norma Desmond role: Nova plays lots of different characters in her videos; in this ...

US Sources of Fossil-Fuel CO2

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Stay with this one (or fast forward) through the first 30 seconds of opening credits. After that it's cool -- probutcool, actually. (Via James Mills.) Lots of maps show different sources of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions across the US. They're based on data collected by scientists from Purdue University, Colorado State ...

Anti-War Freeway Blogger

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

He dresses in a bright orange "highway volunteer" vest and haunts highway bridges. He's the Freeway Blogger. His mission: to end the Iraq war. His weapons of mass distribution (in addition to the web): cardboard, paint, bungee cords, and wit. Since 2004, he's displayed, on freeways all across the West, ...

Nuclear War and Ozone Hole

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

[Octoferret / Flickr] This six-minute probutcool podcast episode from CU-Boulder in Colorado ties together two election issues: nuclear war and the environment. (Found by James Mills.) Michael Mills (no relation!), a research associate at the university's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, explains: A small, regional nuclear war could create a ...

Iraqi Perspective on Iraq Status

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 10th, 2008

This week General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker answered hours of questions from Senate and House committees about the status of Iraq. So, as a small bookend, here are the perspectives -- both discouraging and hopeful -- of some Iraqis on the state of their country. First, via Sarolta Cump, ...

Chinese Opinion

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 7th, 2008

Whether or not you believe China's trajectory puts it on track to rival the US as a world power, there's no question that we're bound together economically. It's natural that Chinese should take an interest in the US election; we in turn might want to know what they make of ...