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I  was given a LINK to a talk by Dmitry Orlov the other day. It was quite long, over an hour, so I just book marked it for viewing at another time. Well I finally got around to watching it and it was well worth the time I spent. I do not say this lightly because I am more of a doer than a watcher, rarely taking time to watch movies or even television these days. I highly recommend it, it is worth the time. Here is the LINK.

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We as humans don't do Big very well and it seems that current and past research bares this out.  This article presents a few of the reasons why this is true.

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Middle America - why they no longer vote Democrat much

The progressive establishment keeps wondering why they keep loosing elections.  I find this incredibly strange. Ever since the late 1960s it has been populated by the better educated, higher payed professionals and semi-professionals. And ever since this influx, the Democratic party has continuously lost elections.  There is a reason for this.

What used to be the Democratic base - the working stiffs.

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Wal-Mart sales down for 7th consecutive quarter.

And if people are not shopping at Wal-Mart (and I know many are not shopping a KMart and Target here), then the economy is doing worse than Washington is saying by a long shot.

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Why don't they get it ?

I have heard over and over on various blogs etc. people on the left - very intelligent people - ask in one way or another "Why don't these people (meaning generally those on the right and some in the middle) Get It ?  How can they be so ignorant ? So naive ? Don't they see what is happening to this country ?

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Taking it to the streets.

This post will undoubtedly piss off a lot of people here. So be it. I hope people do get pissed off but I also hope they direct their anger toward those who are making life miserable.

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Government Social Circles - They're what makes things work in Washington.

I was turned on to this particular analysis from another blog and thought it deserved wider exposure.  One explanation of why congress and the president seem to be ignoring a large part of America.  Matt Yglesias and Kevin Drum seem to think it

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Democracy ain't pretty.

I came upon this article on the AlJazerra English site. A letter to the Tunisians and Egyptians from

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One of the areas I have the most trouble with when I construct a project for my radio interests is the physical layout of the larger components. The big variable capacitors and switches and coils and the like. I usually look at how others have done this and sometimes use this as a guide.  But I usually go with some current traditional method and am not always happy with the way it turns out. Oh it works OK but quite often it is larger than I want or not as elegant as I would like. This last time was no different.


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