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Rick Perry Agrees to ‘Conversation’ on Fracking in Texas

December 19, 2011

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Its a pretty safe bet from a Texan’s point of view that fracking has a promising future in our state. The practice has, as Governor Perry states, “been used for years” in Texas. Its also clear judging by recent news stories and a controversial study by the EPA that the federal government has every intention […]

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In Austin, Small Business is Big Business -everyday

November 17, 2011

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On November 26th you can make a huge impact by shopping small on ‘Small Business Saturday’…one purchase, one purchase is all it takes. -From American Express’ ‘Small Business Saturday’ campaign Americans, especially Austinites, have an affinity for entrepreneurs and the character small businesses bring to the community, which is why it is no surprise that one of […]

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Rush Limbaugh said it first.

October 19, 2011

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I could not help but comment on the above headline. It was displayed prominently by Drudge post-debate. What’s interesting is earlier in the day on his radio program Rush Limbaugh  said, “So their objective at CNN is going to be to make every one of these people look like an absolute wacko nutcase fruitcake.” So Anderson Cooper will […]

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GOP candidates on Occupy Wall Street

October 18, 2011

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The GOP field on Occupy Wall Street: Mitt Romney -“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” Rick Perry – 1.) “We understand the frustration with the Obama economy, but the protests don’t make sense or help create jobs.” 2.) “You know Liberals are now pointing the finger of blame at successful employers under the guise of […]

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Occupy Wall Street: Too Big To Fail?

October 17, 2011

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The combination of Occupy Wall Street and Social media may mark the end of the invisible hand. With the rise of crowd sourcing and location-based services it could be that the consumer actually solves the economic crisis. It would mean a paradigm shift from the losing battle of employee vs employer to “the customer is […]

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Who is behind Occupy Austin?

October 11, 2011

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Several people have contacted me regarding the #OccupyAustin movement. Some thought I maybe participating, others that I might actually be a chief organizer. Neither is the case but they were all right to assume I had a strong interest in understanding what its about, who’s behind it, and what if any connection it has to […]

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Mike Huckabee, Occupy Wall Street and how Supply-side Media works

October 10, 2011

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In his monologue Mike Huckabee referred to Occupy Wall Street as ‘young and the wanna be young’ who would rather ‘yell’ than work. He continued, saying they should put down their iphones and get jobs in a field picking vegetables. He was trying to be clever and infer these people were hypocrites for using technology […]

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Rick Perry jabs Occupy Wall Street at Value Voters Summit

October 8, 2011

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He may not have addressed it directly but Rick Perry referred to the Occupy Wall Street movement in his latest address to the Value Voters Summit. You know Liberals are now pointing the finger of blame at successful employers under the guise of fairness, but when they utter phrases like “fair share” you just know, heh, they’re […]

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Occupy Austin “This movement is about Democracy”

October 7, 2011

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I returned to #OccupyAustin about dusk. The occupiers had grown in number to over 1,000 and the atmosphere was festive. The crowd skewed young but was at least as diverse as the city itself. There were impromptu sing-a-longs, home made signs and lots of folks who were clearly there out of curiosity. I walked into City Hall which […]

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Occupy Austin at City Hall

October 6, 2011

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Occupy Austin, a set on Flickr. I arrived about 11am at Austin City Hall for the #OccupyAustin event. The occupiers numbered about 300. There were about 5 news trucks from local Austin media who were browsing the crowd for interesting looking characters to interview. The APD was also out in force. After exchanging several emails […]

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Occupy Wallstreet (Anywhere)

October 6, 2011

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Today is #OccupyAustin and as I talk to local politicos about the burgeoning new “occupy[insertyourtown]” movement we speculate on how long it will be before some highly funded, issue specific group comes in and marginalizes it like the TEA Party. Within the Occupy Austin movement there is a clear structure being created with a General Assembly […]

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Why we tax the rich- for dummies

October 4, 2011

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Why should we tax the rich? Its a question that reminds me of a childhood argument I had with my parents every time they bought me a new pair of shoes. I wanted the latest (and most expensive) Nike tennis so they would always remind me of how much it cost to make them, how much […]

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Keystone XL: Pipeline to Employment?

September 28, 2011

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I have been following the Keystone XL pipeline developments for over a year and we are coming to the end of the public input process. This week the State Department is holding the last round of hearings in Texas, Monday in Port Arthur and today in Austin at UT’s LBJ Library. The Sierra Club enlisted […]

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A different kind of Festival

September 25, 2011

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It’s the weekend following ACL and I’m at the Texas Tribune Festival. Its a festival for policy wonks, news junkies, liberal do-gooders and industry insiders. I got lucky and received an invitation from a friend who won tickets on twitter. The festival was organized by the Texas Tribune which describes themselves as: …a nonpartisan, nonprofit […]

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Class Warfare: Do we have to pick sides?

September 19, 2011

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We are hearing a lot about “job creators” but what about “wealth creators”? Those are the many hands that perform the jobs and create the wealth that gets funneled to the top and fails to trickle down. It isn’t about over-taxation, its about labor costs and the American middle-class standard of living is just too […]

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State Department holds hearing on Keystone XL Pipeline but is Anyone Listening?

September 14, 2011

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Major publications coast to coast are discussing the implications of the Keystone tarsands pipeline that will dead-end in Southeast Texas. Despite the national fervor the State Department will only hold hearings along the proposed route.  Texans have been granted 2 opportunities voice concerns, one in Austin and the other in Port Arthur. I am working alongside the Sierra Club and internationally […]

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UPDATE: Tar Sands Keystone XL

August 31, 2011

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Ok, so I take off for my trip to Turkey with plans to blog (follow hashtag #YoungTurksTravel on twitter) and all of a sudden the Keystone pipeline becomes part of the national dialogue. Thanks to Gator for the kind words and link to my blog on this subject. I’ll have to make this quick as […]

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Not so smooth…like Keystone XL

August 30, 2011

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“It’s not the easiest thing on Earth for law-abiding folk to come to risk arrest,” –Bill McKibben Environmentalist/protest organizer Born and raised in Southeast Texas I can attest that a new pipeline is hardly worthy of a headline. This is different, and even with a notable amount of national media attention it is still proving difficult to […]

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Young Turks at the center of the Earth…Again

August 25, 2011

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Once the home of the great Ottoman Empire and center of the Old World, Turkey is reemerging on the world stage as a regional power. Interestingly this natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a population that’s 99.8% Muslim. Turkey has been experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts, getting reacquainted with its Ottoman and […]

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That First Step – Citizens REunited

August 23, 2011

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I’ve been wanting to restart my blog again for a while now. Many factors have led to my procrastination not excluding the hours berating pundits on cable news. I think my point of view is fair and balanced but not just because I say it is. I do my best to site my sources but […]

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