mm038: Nerve struck

MUDGE’s Musings

I have been evading my responsibilities for most of this month, as I have resorted to what I have called “clipjoints” rather than much original text. It’s been that kind of month, with much more interesting things going on outside than in.

Case in point, the explosion (well, for this lonely corner of the ‘sphere) of interest enjoined by the last post, regarding Unity08. Sure did change the look of my WordPress statistics graph. Nerve struck, indeed.

Many thanks to ClapSo, whose thoughtful and passionate responses prompted me to take a look at his blog with which I am quite impressed. I don’t think I’m quite ready to be as extreme as he is, but he certainly makes a strong case for the bankruptcy (except of cash!) of our existing political system.

Campaign politics is likely to become even more consuming of time and attention than ever this election season, and no better example exists than this column found in the always fascinating and incisive TechCrunch (–>). This article from yesterday is particularly telling.

ElectionVine is a new service being launched today by NewsVine that allows users to embed a US Presidential candidate poll on their sites.

NewsVine sees ElectionVine as their answer to mainstream media’s traditional polling methods, turning the tradition polling model on its head by delivering a distributed polling system that can be used by blog/site owners across the United States. Anyone can hold their own election on their own site and even go as far as endorsing a candidate. The site-specific results show what percentage of each sites readers are Democrats, Republicans, or backers of a certain candidate.

The strength of the application comes with an aggregate view of how the election is shaping up in the eyes of the distributed blogosphere. With several months to go before the primaries, NewsVine expects to have tens, if not hundreds of thousands of these independent polling places throughout the web.

He has included said widget — try it out if you like. On his site: I was bummed that our flavor-of-the-week, Michael Bloomberg is not listed. So, no way I’m putting that widget here, even if WordPress’s technology would allow it or if I could figure it out if they did.

I’m still ready to join up, Mike!

It’s it for now. Thanks,


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One Response to mm038: Nerve struck

  1. ClapSo says:

    Ah, thanks. But you give me too much credit for the upswing. It’s the political dissatisfaction that made hits happen. Everywhere I go people are more and more unhappy. They want a different approach, and that different approach is an alternative to the best of two evils.

    I’m sorry you find this extreme, but it really is the “mood” of the country. There’s a storm abrewin’ and I see this being at least 4, and 5 with unity08 included, viable ticket presidential race. With a whole host of other lesser known candidates besides.

    This could be the election that blows the two party system asunder. I know you probably won’t agree, but I think that would be a good thing.

    You should continue to see “new faces” here about. My stats have shown no sign of going anywhere but up for the almost two months I’ve been writing it.

    You hit it on the head with the title of this post. A nerve has been struck. Thanks for taking part, you get credit too (or is it blame?) 😉 for all this!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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