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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The second roast of Donald Trump

Excerpt: Readers who are regular viewers of Comedy Central may recall that the network not long ago aired a roast of Donald Trump, the most recent in a series of profanity-laced celebrity roasts that the Viacom subsidiary has sponsored. Earlier tonight, Trump was unexpectedly roasted for a second time in as many months – except this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” released

Excerpt: For the last several years, the end of April has meant another release of Ubuntu (the world’s most popular GNU/Linux distribution), and 2011 is no exception. Yesterday, Canonical – which sponsors the development of Ubuntu – announced the release of Version 11.04, codenamed “Natty Narwhal”. Natty succeeds Maverick Meerkat, which was released back in October […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thanks for a memorable evening!

Excerpt: Our 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala is now history. After months of planning and preparation, the big night finally arrived… and we had a blast! On behalf of NPI’s staff and board, I want to thank everyone who participated in the event, particularly our Master of Ceremonies, Bob Ferguson, and our speakers – Timothy Ford, Reuven […]
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Meet the hypocrites: Donald Trump

Excerpt: Since reality show host and corporate blowhard Donald Trump has decided to express his political views and go through the motions of being a serious political candidate, we’re happy the treat him as one. While the Donald breathlessly blew his own horn this morning regarding the President’s birth certificate (something this shameless self-promoter does frequently),  […]
Written by:Ken
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White House releases President’s long-form birth certificate; birthers not satisfied

Excerpt: Apparently hoping to fan the flames of the “birther” controversy (which is making the right wing look ridiculous) President Obama today authorized the release of his “long-form” birth certificate, which, under the laws of the State of Hawaii, would otherwise not be subject to public records requests. I’m guessing the White House knows full well […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Happy Easter 2011!

Excerpt: Rejoice! Rejoice! This is the day that the Lord has made, be glad about it. Everybody rejoice, rejoice! This is the day that is made – be glad. — Lyrics from Rejoice by Kenneth W. Lewis For your reading pleasure on this joyous Easter Sunday, here is an account of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala is only one week away… and you’re invited!

Excerpt: As of this evening, our 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala – which will take place at the Community Center at Mercer View – is just one week away. It’s shaping up to be one of the best events we’ve ever put together, and we hope to see many NPI supporters there. The speaking lineup consists of […]
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Researchers’ discovery demonstrates that Apple users don’t really own their devices

Excerpt: Two security researchers investigating visual uses for geolocation data revealed today that gadget giant Apple has been secretly shipping spyware inside of its mobile operating system (iOS) that constantly records its customers’ whereabouts. The discovery, which has ignited a firestorm of criticism, was first made public at O’Reilly Radar by the researchers (Alasdair Allan and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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How do we change Congress and put an end to rampant corruption?

Excerpt: When our founding fathers put together our plan of government at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, they spent a great deal more time hammering out the details that concern the legislative branch (Congress) than the details that describe how the other two branches are supposed to work. This was not accidental – our founding fathers […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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The search for a long-term answer for coherence in Ryan Blethen’s columns

Excerpt: Apparently oblivious to the reality that he has as much credibility as Tim Eyman does when it comes to talking about protecting public services, Seattle Times editorial page editor Ryan Blethen has penned yet another column lamenting the dire straits that Washington’s public universities are in. The piece, which ran in today’s Sunday edition, does […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Education
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Timothy Ford joins the outstanding speaking lineup for our 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: Any supporter who has attended one or both of our two past spring fundraising galas knows that we try very hard to bring some of the brightest minds from around our region to the stage at our event. That’s because our gala isn’t just about trying to raise money – it’s about thanking our loyal […]
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Jay Inslee to speak at NPI’s 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala on Mercer Island

Excerpt: I am delighted to announce this morning that Jay Inslee – my representative in Congress and a true champion for economic security and environmental protection – will be speaking at NPI’s 2011 Spring Fundraising Gala (with all proceeds to benefit NPI), happening two weeks from tomorrow on Mercer Island. If you follow national politics, you […]
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Camp Wellstone returning to Seattle: Don’t miss an outstanding training opportunity

Excerpt: Camp Wellstone, the signature training offered by the organizing geniuses at Wellstone Action, is returning to Seattle for the sixth or seventh consecutive year – I’m losing track 🙂 – about a month from now. The 2011 camp will take place at Seattle Pacific University on May 13th, 14th, and 15th. (SPU is actually where […]
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Idaho Taliban claims God’s support for pregnancy due to rape

Excerpt: Earlier this week the Idaho House passed a bill to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks on the basis of a disputed scientific report that claims that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The bill, which does not have an exemption in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality, now goes to Governor Butch […]
Written by:Ken
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