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Duggup reviews The Desert Mothers

A very nice review of “Nowhere Motel” by The Desert Mothers at Australian music site duggup.com.au, which has made us their featured artist of the day – excerpt: Today’s track is a ripper, for a whole bunch of reasons. My … Continue reading

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The Desert Mothers are on iTunes

Have a listen -and if you like, write a short review! Click to go to our iTunes location (This will launch the iTunes app from your browser, assuming you have iTunes installed.)

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The Desert Mothers release “Nowhere Motel”

My new band The Desert Mothers has a new release, “Nowhere Motel”, which I’m really excited about – give it a listen.Dieselbe Farbe 10 und Bube gegen verschiedene Farben Bube und König – Wenn es keine Flush Straf-Karte gibt, dann … Continue reading

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“Nowhere Motel” by The Desert Mothers

My new musical project is The Desert Mothers, who have just released their first single, Nowhere Motel. Listen to it at thedesertmothers.com, or on the great social music site Amie Street:

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Wonkosphere: Political Reputation – or at Least Buzz – Management

It’s early days, but just like the record industry, American democracy is being taken apart and rebuilt by digital technology and the web. Several trends are converging to make this possible and, I think, inevitable. All are characterized by the … Continue reading

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More Political Reputation-Management: The Truth-o-Meter

Following my recent post about a color-coded reputation management system* for politicians (indicating their truthfulness by the color used to display their names on web pages), I came across Politifact and its Truth-o-Meter. Politifact is a project of the St. … Continue reading

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Proposal: A Politicians’ Reputation Management System

News of computer scientist Luca de Alfaro’s Wikipedia trust-coloring system revived – and improved – an idea I’ve been playing with: automated reputation-management for politicians. The idea is to make the concept of honor meaningful again, by creating new social … Continue reading

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Follow the Risk: Amateur Journalism & Democracy

Adapted from a reply on John Jarvis’ Buzz Machine blog: The Internet and cheap digital tools allow crowd-sourcing of news by amateurs, not just because the technology makes production and distribution fast, easy and cheap, but also because it diffuses … Continue reading

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Enough of this creepy “Homeland” stuff: America is an idea

(Cross-posted at dailykos.com.) In 2008, let’s take back our language, too. As far as I can tell, the first time the USA was widely referred to as the “Homeland” was when the Bush Administration created the Department of Homeland Security. … Continue reading

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Thanks to Bush, we now have Outrage Spam

(Cross-posted at dailykos.com.) I’m sure it happens to you, too: the latest outrage from the Bush administration hits the news — Cheneygate, Gonzalesgate, Torturegate, etc etc etc gate – and your fingers start itching to fire off an outraged email, … Continue reading

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