Twitter Digest: May 20, 2012

  1. Twitter Digest: May 14, 2012 May 14, 2012 @ 05:40

  2. Moving Right - France: via @youtube May 14, 2012 @ 06:02

  3. I liked a @YouTube video Corporate Media and the Austerity Campaign May 14, 2012 @ 06:21

  4. RE: Gate to what, the truth?

    Are you of the view that the AGW position rises or falls based upon your characterizati... May 14, 2012 @ 18:48

  5. Political crisis in Italy and Greece: Karl Marx on 'technical governments' | Links International Jour... May 15, 2012 @ 08:37

  6. Best overview I've seen: "Greece: Austerity parties smashed, radical left makes big gains" May 15, 2012 @ 08:50

  7. If Europe falls apart, it will be due to Germany's Austrian School mentality. They could though issue targeted debt-free money. Hello!!! May 15, 2012 @ 09:03

  8. Addameer: Palestinian Prisoners' Mass Hunger Strike Concludes After Agreement is Reached | Palestinia... May 15, 2012 @ 10:32

  9. A Movement has co-opters. The Movement changes its name to leave the co-opters. Throw co-opters out, & keep the name for continuity's sake. May 15, 2012 @ 23:30

  10. DR Congo: Bosco Ntaganda Recruits Children by Force May 16, 2012 @ 00:04

  11. God, who is the lessor of evils, Obama or Romney? "Why Can't Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?" May 16, 2012 @ 00:45

  12. RE: You're under the false impression that calling the blog a failure does something to me. Even if you were right th... May 16, 2012 @ 06:58

  13. RE: Look Turtle,

    I know the points you are attempting to make, but you misread (if you are not being disingenuous) s... May 16, 2012 @ 07:55

  14. Egyptians Watch First Ever Presidential Debate - YouTube May 16, 2012 @ 08:15

  15. To all of the "Climategate" pushers of false propaganda for the oil, coal, and gas industries:

    Oh, "Climategate" is... May 16, 2012 @ 21:20

  16. RE:
    Ha, what a joke:BlueScreenOfDeath 1012 10636Telegraph Blogs 807 CommentsTelegraph 203 CommentsPA - The Trentonia... May 16, 2012 @ 21:41

  17. RE: Define "liberal Christian."

    I hear you applying plenty of pop-psychology to your analysis of my character and di... May 16, 2012 @ 22:01

  18. Down with California SB 1172: Pro-homosexuality, utterly fascistic bill to ban patient informed-choice May 16, 2012 @ 23:34

  19. God, who is the lesser of evils, Obama or Romney? "Why Can't Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?" May 16, 2012 @ 23:37

  20. Look, you forgive the Greek government's debts and let them remain in the EU because they were duped, used, & abused by Goldman Sachs. May 17, 2012 @ 00:39

  21. NDAA's 'Indefinite Detention' Provisions Unconstitutional, says Judge | Common Dreams May 17, 2012 @ 10:08

  22. RE: @Cwinstien I wouldn't go so far as to say the current judicial system in the US is of Jewish origin. Courts and j... May 17, 2012 @ 20:01

  23. RE: Look Turtle, you're writing mini-books in reply, which I have not had the time to read through. I just happened t... May 17, 2012 @ 20:30

  24. Journalist, Plaintiff Chris Hedges Hails "Monumental" Ruling Blocking NDAA Indefinite Detention May 18, 2012 @ 05:27

  25. "Goodbye Euro, Welcome Back Drachma" and debt-free money? May 18, 2012 @ 09:02

  26. Where did SYRIZA come from? | May 18, 2012 @ 09:14

  27. You can't win by declaring a permanent war on al Qaeda killing the Bill of Rights in the process in order to save it. May 18, 2012 @ 10:10

  28. What the Bible Really Still Says About Homosexuality – Kevin DeYoung May 18, 2012 @ 12:08

  29. RE: So, for thousands of years, millions of years, trees tracked with CO2 right along with all the other data, but tr... May 18, 2012 @ 21:30

  30. RE: "I have not minced my position regarding AGW." You have minced your position regarding AGW by virtue of your bein... May 18, 2012 @ 22:25

  31. Police document: "The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman...." Correct! May 19, 2012 @ 11:40

  32. US election: Candidates walk loudly, forget the stick | Alaska Dispatch: May 19, 2012 @ 12:34

  33. RE: It depends on the industries. Furthermore, clean, sustainable energy will replace oil, gas, and coal and be more ... May 20, 2012 @ 04:45

  34. RE: @ "MagicTurtle,"

    I can't for the life of me understand how you are so unable to read and comprehend my comme... May 20, 2012 @ 05:00


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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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