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gossip-averse liberal political news sources: all killer, no filler?

Hoping to find at least one ostensibly liberal news website that has not yet collapsed into a pit of Buzzfeed-ification or gossip column nonsense masquerading as current events. I don't want to read about the latest offensive off-the-cuff remark made by some random state representative or Joe the Plumber or Sarah Palin or any other totally irrelevant GOP-friendly media personality. I only want to read in-depth stories about U.S. politics with a liberal bent: candidates, issue positions, polls, all that fun stuff. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find political and economic simulation games for 12-16 y.o.

As part of our schools enrichment program, I'd like to do an intro to global politics and economics for 12-16 year old students. As a culminating activity, I'd like to run a few different simulations to give the students a chance to put their new knowledge to work. More snowflake specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 27, 2014 - 8 answers

How to work under an insecure boss?

I'm struggling with a social / political issue at work. I have been in my current job for about a year. I am a little overqualified for the position, but I really like most aspects of it and it's a small enough field that other similar jobs are hard to come by, so I'd vastly prefer it if the solution doesn't involve quitting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I FOIA bank records of banks that were bailed out with Federal money

I am working on a project where I am trying to find contributions made between businesses and political parties. Besides the obvious places (Sunlight Foundation, etc.) I want to know if, for the time banks received federal money, would those records be FOIAble? I have a pretty good idea which federal agencies to contact. But would it work?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Please recommenced me some "political" music that fits my vegan tastes?

I like Dead Prez, disposable heroes of hiphoprisy, Defiance Ohio, Good Clean Fun, propagandhi. Bands that sing about veganism, health, discipline, organization, how corporations suck, how religion sucks, dumpster diving, tofu, vegetables, honesty, being a good human being, cooking, gardening, etc. A lot of songs may seem cheesy, or corny, but I don't think they are, and I don't mind it. I prefer rap, but other genres are ok too. Even this youtube video "read a book" is good.
posted by crawltopslow on Feb 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Cartooning

I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Make way for pedestrians

How can I start, or join, a public action committee or collective action group focusing on the needs and rights of pedestrians? A social support group or listserv would be OK too. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Are these surveys (A) very useful (B) somewhat useful (C) ignored?

Is there any point to filling out surveys from non-profits? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 15, 2013 - 15 answers

We have the punchline - what's the joke?

My friend and I are stumped: we have the punchline for a joke he liked in highschool. However, we can't for the life of us come up with joke. Google hasn't helped, neither text nor image searches. So we turn to you fond MeFites, for your good knowledge: what joke ends with the punchline, "I must be a past participle." [more inside]
posted by Galen on Oct 1, 2013 - 2 answers

What are the five most seminal books in whatever field you're interested

Imagine you're allowed to give a nobel prize for five of the most seminal books of the past 50-60 years in whatever field you're interested and/or invested in. What would they be? The Nobel is usually given out to applied research and application and theory is eschewed. In this case you can give it to theoretical works as well. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Sep 6, 2013 - 9 answers

What's the age and value of this Theodore Roosevelt campaign pin?

This pin must be from either the 1901 or 1905 elections. Can you tell me anything about it? Can you tell me its approximate value? If not, can you direct me to a website or individual where I might find out? Thanks!
posted by crazylegs on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

What makes a propaganda film?

How can a film rely solely on the opinions/viewpoint of a (social, political) activist without ultimately becoming a propaganda piece? If a movie focuses on an activist, does it have to feature his/her dissidents for it to be objective? Can't the film just allow for this person to tell his/her story and still not be classified as being sympathetic towards him/her? Are there any prominent examples of films that focus on such figures, for which the filmmakers have been later praised/vilified? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Where is this political cartoon?!

I've looked high and low for a political cartoon that shows a boy asking his father "What is science?" The father replies "I don't know, son, we are Republicans." Can anybody steer me to a link to that cartoon? Thanks.
posted by wsg on Mar 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Tips on attending a political rally?

Tips for attending a political rally? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Nov 1, 2012 - 12 answers

A list of political domain names for blocking?

Do you know of a master list of active political domain names being used in the current American election? I need it so I can block all ads pointing to those sites. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power. I don't want to devote my life or income to this and i'm only doing it because i think i ought to=i am lazy. Comments? Suggestions? Need to know? Sarcasm? Thanks^_^ [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Oct 6, 2012 - 2 answers

2012 election debate bingo cards and drinking games?

The presidential and vice presidential debates are coming up quick, with the first one on tomorrow, Wednesday 10/3. What are the best debate bingo cards and drinking games you've seen this season?
posted by Korou on Oct 2, 2012 - 14 answers

The Governor wants a better intro

What happened with Romney's Univision intro? [more inside]
posted by mmf on Sep 23, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I best help my mom with her election?

My mother is running for a fairly high office. I generally agree with her beliefs and standings, but not always those of her party. I want to support her in her bid for election but I have a hard time waving a flag for those who I don't agree with. How do I support my mom who I agree with while dealing with those who I have to shake hands with and smile at while at parades, fairs, and other functions (I mean people who are working for her campaign either explicitly or not, not those who are there to heckle)? This is in the US in the midwest, but it really shouldn't matter what state we are in or what party we might each be affiliated with - I just want to know how to best help my mom.
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me make a list of the can't miss speeches of the 2012 DNC convention.

I need help so I don't miss out on watching the best "can't miss" speeches of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Best of 2012 political journalism?

Where can I find the best online American political commentary and analysis right now? Looking for bloggers, columnists, reporters, websites. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 6, 2012 - 14 answers

U.S. Public opinion versus institutional implementation

What are some contemporary examples of significant discrepancies between policy, the platforms of the major parties, and public opinion, as reflected by polls, in the United States?
posted by phrontist on Aug 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?

What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jul 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Summer Activities for College Student

What are some ways a guy who just finished his first year of college and is home in New York City for the "summer" ("summer" = 3 months + 10 days) might expand his social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2012 - 2 answers

political lesbianism

Where online can I read about political lesbianism? For it, critical of it, history of it, arguments about it are all ok.
posted by the young rope-rider on Apr 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I join a major political party?

I'm a U.S. citizen currently registered as "No Party". Why should I, or shouldn't I, join one of the political parties? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Maps for a political race?

I'm helping someone with their local political campaign and I've been given a voter list with about 2500 records - I'm estimating that it probably has around 1500 unique addresses. I've been asked to map them and produce street by street maps, identifying the address and which side of the street it's on to make it easier to go door to door. Some questions: [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 answers

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Need the Howard Zinn of secret santas

Recommend-a-gift: political/historical book edition. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a rebuttal to this argument about unions.

Please point me to rebuttals to the argument that public employee unions have an inherent conflict-of-interest because union members vote for their own bosses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Nov 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Brother, can you spare a click?

I want to launch an online petition on a substantive political matter that's national in scope (and to the extent it matters, center-progressive). I have a semi-private FB account that I prefer not to associate with the petition; I do not have a Twitter account or anything else (e.g., Change.org), but could make one. What is the best means of creating a petition, getting eyeballs on it, and garnering popular support? Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Straight talk on Sciences Po?

Can anyone give me some straight talk on Sciences Po, otherwise known as l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris? It's quite expensive and I don't know that I could get in, but on the other hand, it could be an awesome opportunity. [more inside]
posted by peakes on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Democracy and Capitalism...huh?

Looking for a basic starter book on capitalism and democracy that explains their relationship and, if possible, perhaps explores other systems or changes that could be an improvement on the current systems in place in most developed nations. I have read that capitalism is a good way to stimulate a young nations economy but that it is not necessarily an equitable or functional long term solution. I have some small understanding regarding corporations roles in democracy. Beyond these basics I'm rather lost. (hence the plan to explore further) I would prefer to read books as I would rather utilize them, and my library, than pop from webpage to webpage but would be willing to consider any information. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni on Nov 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Map of Los Angeles area

Is there a map available online of the boundaries of the cities around Los Angeles? For example, the map would show the streets where places like Culver City, Bell, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, etc. begin and end. Bonus points if the map shows neighborhoods within LA proper. Double bonus points if it includes light rail and commuter rail. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Oct 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Political ad/video with kids working adult jobs

What was that political video / TV ad that showed a montage of small children working a series of adult jobs (in a factory, for example)? [more inside]
posted by ac on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Is this political donation legal?

Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
posted by blargerz on Jul 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Vector political boundaries for NASA Blue Marble?

Map Geo filter: Need political map overlay for NASA Blue Marble image, help! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What could I do, career-wise, to provoke the most meaningful and long lasting change?

What could I study, learn, and eventually do (for a career or otherwise) that would help the most amount of people in the most meaningful way? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jun 3, 2011 - 27 answers

Any tips on Harris Wofford?

Graduation gift ideas: Does anyone have the contact information for Former Senator Harris Wofford? Or alternatively, any old campaign memorabilia? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me debunk Auntie (& Bill Whittle)

Help me debunk Auntie (& Bill Whittle) - warning, highly politicized fiscal data [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Apr 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Secret connection between the President of the US and an Irish version of the Flintstones?

Why does my relative call President Obama "O'BamBam"? What is it meant to signify, other than derision?
posted by vitabellosi on Apr 5, 2011 - 27 answers

Social/Political theory of movement

I am looking for theories of political/social movement (i.e. dance, performance not ideological) for a research paper on the Mass Games in North Korea, a large-scale spectacle including gymnastics, music, dance and art performed for Kim Jung-Il.
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Ideas for mobilization

Please help us to generate further ideas on how to mobilize people for an action day against the further use of nuclear energy [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Mar 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Just Gypsies, Not Tramps or Thieves

Is it politically correct to use the word "gypsy" to describe someone who lives a traveling lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Mar 18, 2011 - 48 answers

Please recommend current political non-fiction

I need help picking out a book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I'm looking for fascinating current non-fiction about the inner workings of American politics. Husband is a staunch Democrat. Many thanks!
posted by Dragonness on Dec 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find 1980s-era political image?

I vaguely remember an editorial cartoon or maybe a Doonesbury Sunday strip or maybe even a political ad that used a childlike crayon drawing of a missile hitting a magical bubble-like shield to illustrate the ridiculousness of Ronald Reagan's dream of the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. It might have been a short animated film. But I cannot find this 1980s-era image online; can you?
posted by chavenet on Nov 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Who wants to conquer the world?

What modern political theorists/essayists write very explicitly about the end-result they'd like to see in the world, rather than focusing on piecemeal reforms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the career path of a school trustee?

What is the career path of a school trustee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

How did those of you with political or policy type of jobs get your feet in the door? Whether its campaigning, non-profit, policy or anything else political related, how did you get your start? More of course in the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Sep 30, 2010 - 16 answers

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