Twitter-Sessions Digest, April 16-19, 2010

  1. Keiser Report: Special Greenspan Bubble edition about 1 hour ago via FriendFeed

  2. Keiser Report №34: Markets! Finance! Scandal! about 1 hour ago via FriendFeed

  3. RT @stacyherbert   57% of tea party members hold favorable opinion of George W. Bush Yep, true renegades, all against deficit spending. 7:39 AM Apr 17th via web Retweeted by you and 2 others

  4. Following @maxkeiser Hosts: "Keiser Report," RussiaToday; "On The Edge," PressTV about 11 hours ago via web

  5. I'm now following @StacyHerbert, On the Edge, The Keiser Report, ... about 12 hours ago via web

  6. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-02-2010 (part2) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  7. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-09-2010 (part 1) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  8. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-09-2010 (part 3) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  9. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-02-2010 (part3) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  10. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-09-2010 (part2) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  11. Press TV-On the edge with Max Keiser -04-02-2010 (part 1) about 19 hours ago via FriendFeed

  12. RT @Mondoweiss   Will liberal Zionists come around to BDS? Magnes Zionist gives 13 reasons he thinks they should - 12:37 PM Apr 18th via TweetDeck Retweeted by you and 3 others

  13. National Broadband Plan If technology is developed from a truly unselfish spirit, it's not evil. 12:40 PM Apr 18th via web

  14. The Public Costs of Not Regulating Products 12:02 PM Apr 18th via FriendFeed

  15. I'm now following @ombwatch OMB Watch (open government, accountability...) 11:04 AM Apr 18th via web  

  16. RT @OMBWatch EPA to Limit Mountaintop Mining: 2:38 PM Apr 6th via web Retweeted by you

  17. Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Saturday, March 4, 1933 @AddToAny Have you every read it? 11:53 PM Apr 17th via AddToAny

  18. President Franklin Roosevelt 1933 Inauguration 11:40 PM Apr 17th via FriendFeed

  19. If Obama is serious, he'll void Gramm-Leach-Bliley (the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999). Otherwise, he can't tie FDR's shoes. 10:25 PM Apr 17th via web

  20. We have children running the planet. Actually, that's an insult to children. An average group of 5-year-olds could make wiser choices. 9:54 PM Apr 17th via web

  21. Oh for Pete's sake, if this is proof enough to attack Iran than anyone can attack anyone for anything. Grow Up! 9:52 PM Apr 17th via web

  22. " deepening...nuclear weapons capabilities. We don't [know]...they' them." — David Albright, ISIS idiocy. No Sanctions! 9:46 PM Apr 17th via web

  23. Unless Global Zero always qualifies statements vis-a-vis Iran, I will not sign their petition but will still stand against nuclear weapons. 9:10 PM Apr 17th via web

  24. It turns my stomach when people refer to Iran as a nuclear-weapons problem when those people have never substantiated the claim. 9:07 PM Apr 17th via web

  25. I'm 100% for Zero nuclear weapons, but I'm 100% against people claiming Iran is constructing nuclear weapons when there's Zero Proof. 9:06 PM Apr 17th via web

  26. Keith's not perfect, but he's right on nuclear weapons. Also, don't fall for neocon lies about Ahmadinejad & Iran. 8:39 PM Apr 17th via web

  27. Following @globalzero Zero Nuclear Weapons: Worldwide Nuclear Disarmament Movement! 8:34 PM Apr 17th via web

  28. Bill Clinton says don't "demonize." Then tell them to do what's right rather than sucking up to banksters. Repent while you're at it, Bill. 7:28 PM Apr 17th via web

  29. Stop making sick excuses for greedy, violent, depraved Zionists, Barbara Boxer! Support the wiser Jews who are against the evil of Zionism. 2:46 PM Apr 17th via web

  30. The world has been waiting decades for Zionist-Israel to stop systematically murdering, and stealing from, Palestinians. The time is over. 2:44 PM Apr 17th via web

  31. It is far from America's or the world's righteous interest to back racist, ethnic-cleansing, war-criminals refusing to repent & atone. 2:37 PM Apr 17th via web

  32. "Israel continues to be the one true democracy in the Middle East." That's a lie. Israel is a highly ethnic-class-based society and worse. 2:34 PM Apr 17th via web

  33. Barbara Boxer's letter about Israel stinks to High Heaven 76 bought-off U.S. Senators have signed on — for shame. 2:30 PM Apr 17th via web

  34. I'm now following @HIPAA_explained Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 10:49 AM Apr 17th via web

  35. I'm now following @TVCWASH Traditional Values 12:57 AM Apr 17th via web

  36. Facebook in Germany: Minister Slams Site Over Privacy - TIME @AddToAny 6:48 PM Apr 16th via AddToAny

  37. Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? - TaxDay 2010 | National Priorities Project @AddToAny 6:45 PM Apr 16th via AddToAny

  38. Court Drives FCC Towards Nuclear Option to Regulate Broadband | Epicenter | @AddToAny 6:40 PM Apr 16th via AddToAny

  39. Twitter-Sessions Digest, April 4-16, 2010 @AddToAny 5:57 PM Apr 16th via AddToAny


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    Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration.

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