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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
Categories:Humor & Satire, Media & Culture
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
Categories:Humor & Satire
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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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