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Dave Meslin: TEDx: The antidote to Apathy
donmc

I just watched this 6.5 Minute TED Talk that pulls apart all the reasons that we become "disengaged" in the political process.
I think he has hit the nail on the head - he left me feeling a faint ray of hope - that we can use our power as voters to push for reforms of all of his points.
Please watch - only 6 minutes, and it gives us some answers and maybe a way forward !

https://www.ted.com/talks/...

Larry Lessign speaking in the Plenary Session at #UNRIG Summit in Feb 2018
donmc

Fix Democracy, First

Watch it on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMK4rbGJkNw

Lots of coverage of the Summit here on the official website: https://unrigsummit.com/Text of Larry's speech From: https://medium.com/@lessig/fix-democracy-first-1fd1b811722f

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Charleston Post Courier-Carla Miller quoted...
donmc
donmc

We are seeing the first detailed evidence of the tampering that went on during the 2016 campaign for U.S. President.  This is a whole new category of "nasty" that allows people without scruples to feed false information into the mix without any transparency.  In this article, the NY Times lays out a host of Facebook and Twitter advertising that was purchased (estimated at $100,000 in paid advertising) but sources were never  revealed - as you might expect.

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cmiller

City Ethics was in its infancy stage in the early 2000's when I got a letter in the mail. (Yes, an actual handwritten letter.)   "Do you need any help with research?" asked Rob.  "Yes", was the immediate answer and the beginning of a wonderful partnership and friendship with Rob. His first project was the compilation of municipal ethics codes with the view towards synthesizing them into a Model Code.  Not too many people could confront doing such an enormous project, but...

Robert Wechsler
After ten years of blogging and book and model code writing, having completed my book on local lobbying oversight and accomplished my writing goals at City Ethics, I have decided to bring an end to my work on local government ethics in my role as Director of Research.

My greatest regrets are:

1. There appears to be no one to continue my work. No young person has shown...

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