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373 days ago

In just a few months, the Presidential debates, which are sponsored by this group, will be upon us.

My problem is not that these debates are largely vapid exercises in personality and body language assessment, combined with gotcha zingers and deliberate dodges. It has nothing to do with informing the public about the political process or what these candidate's plan to do once in office. The problem is that they simply matter less and less with each campaign season. As I pointed out the other day, $3 billion in advertising goes to swing a couple hundred thousand voters in a few states. The bulk of the campaign's attention is geared towards these voters, and so are the debates.

Even the schedule of the debates makes a mockery of their relevance to a huge section of voters. By the time the third debate wraps up on October 22, an enormous number of voters will already have turned in their mail-in absentee ballot, and early voting will already be underway in most parts of the country. That's not to say the debates can't sway the election. They most certainly can. That's bound to happen in a country so evenly divided that a victory with 53% of the popular is considered a landslide.

But it is remarkable that such a grandiose spectacle of democracy is being put on for the benefit of so few voters who may actually change their minds after witnessing the whole thing.

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1054 days ago

Nothing more than a costly program that takes taxpayer funds to support favored politicians and political parties abroad. Their interference in foreign elections is something that, if the tables were turned would be highly illegal within the US political system. Sovereign political entities and their citizens have a right to control their electoral systems--it doesn't get any more fundamental than that. The NED usually operates by injecting so-called 'soft money' contributions into the domestic elections of other countries in favor of one party or the other.

They also play big roles in offering support and covert funding for 'color revolutions' in countries that are geopolitically significant, with the purpose of ushering in a government that is supportive of US aims in a region, usually to oppose the plans of another upstart power like Russia or China. Sometimes they are successful, other times, not so. Iran's Green Revolution is an example of a color revolution that was not successful. Ukraine's Orange Revolution was successful (until they were ushered out of power earlier this year), along with Georgia's Rose Revolution. More recently, we have seen so called "people power" coups topple democratically elected governments in Honduras and Ecuador.

This is another way of using "soft power" to influence events in the region. Our people see it as a form of conflict management as a means to promote American political and business interests abroad.

All it usually takes is a couple hundred thousand dollars in a poorer country to influence the outcome of an election. I find it particularly Orwellian to call US manipulation of foreign elections "promoting democracy". Certainly Americans wouldn't like it if the Chinese or the Russians came to the US and started funding candidates that supported their geopolitical interests. Either way, this would hardly be viewed as a democratic development, and neither should the activities of the NED in other countries as well.

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1102 days ago

Stay AWAY from this business. CCi is the company that own the chain of schools that are known nationally. Here is the list:

-Wyo-tech
-Everest institute, university and college
-Heald College


They are not REGIONALLY ACCREDITED and DON'T HAVE SPECIALIZATIONS in certain career programs.

Go to your local community college, if you have a GED or need one. Start there and work your way up. Many CC now have transfer agreements called Pathways to Success which guarantees admissions to state Universities. Don't waste your time, money and energy on this school or schools like it. People are going to comment after me, and say libelous things like: " He was a bad student and did not make the best of his education." Which is FALSE. My academic achievements speaks for itself.

http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb3c-X9HtQ0&feature=search


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1188 days ago

Get thee to the Folger! Great place to catch an intimate little show -- and not just Shakespeare plays, but works by his contemporaries and modern playwrights, too. Have seen some really wonderful productions here, two of the most memorable were a classic interpretation of "King Lear" (one of my fave Shakespeares to begin with) and a modern interpretation of "Midsummer Night's Dream" that incorporated the Mafia and used a pizza joint as the setting. The theater is small and cozy which means most seats are great ones. There are, however, these giant columns/pillars providing structural support? I guess? And woe to the play goer whose seat is behind one. Your neck will break from the craning around those things. Be sure you know your seat is not anywhere near those bohemoths!

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1342 days ago

This Thomas Circle cooking school offers hands-on, one-off and series classes on topics such as pastry making, knife skills and wine and spirits tastings.

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1376 days ago

The White House--designed by architect James Hoban-- has been home to the United States President for more than 200 years on the plot chosen by then-president George Washington and city planner Pierre L'Enfant. It has survived two fires (one caused by the British in 1814 and another in the West Wing during Hoover's term) and is redecorated with each new administration. In addition to the West Wing and other executive offices, it also includes a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater and bowling lane.

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1417 days ago

This was the only place we paid an entrance fee on our visit to D.C., so I expected a little more than your local aquarium, but that's what we got. I thought the "National" aquarium" would be something to see, but there wasn't much to it. Don't get your hopes up!

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1833 days ago

Nationwide courier service specializes in first-class certified mail delivery, domestic mail, signature confirmations, passport processing and postage stamps.

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2055 days ago

Nationwide courier service specializes in first-class certified mail delivery, domestic mail, signature confirmations, passport processing and postage stamps.

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2067 days ago

Nationwide courier service specializes in first-class certified mail delivery, domestic mail, signature confirmations, passport processing and postage stamps.

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