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Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

If you invite someone by following them, you are ALREADY following them, whether or not they reply with a “following you” email.

This means you do NOT need to fear deleting ALL your “following you” email. Acceptance emails complete the loop. The rest of your “following you” email is spam or prospecting for followers.

If you want to go completely radical on this and pare your list of followers down, then post something like the following as needed.

SPAM follows. I now delete all following email.If I miss you, send me a @ reply with FOLLOW. I will check these. Thanks. S

To rephrase this, I believe if someone you want to follow gets missed, he or she should be invited to send you a @ reply with FOLLOW as the message. This means I can check the profile again and follow the person.

Naturally if you get mail from someone you follow and recognize it, you can and should keep it. But if you are getting tens and even hundreds of spam and prospecting follows each day,an approach like this may help.

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Bush In A Dress, McCain Attacks, Obama on McCain’s "Health Plan"

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Barack is at 50 again in the Gallup Daily. His lead widens to eight. GO

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From 538: Markos Moulitsas has data on advertising expenditures that may explain the difference. Overall, in the week ended 9/30, Obama spent about 2.5x as much as John McCain on advertising. This is likely an underappreciated reason behind his recent polling surge. But in Minnesota, McCain outadvertised Obama better than 3:1. In fact, Minnesota was the only state in the entire country where McCain out-advertised Obama.

So McCain may literally have bought his way into a competitive race in Minnesota. It now rates as the 7th most important state in the election according to our tipping point metric, behind the traditional Big Three (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida), the New Two (Colorado, Virginia), and Michigan, which should probably now be scratched off the list. MORE

Bush In A Dress

HT MyDD

McCain In Attack Mode

As of October 1 — three days ago — the McCain campaign’s $1.3 million weekly is being broken down as follows, according to Tracey, who stressed that he himself wasn’t labeling the ads either “positive” or “negative”:

* Nearly half a million weekly is funding the ad called “Dome,” which attacks “Obama and his liberal allies” in Congress for favoring “massive government.”

* A shade more than half a million is funding the ad called “Mum,” which attacks “Obama and his liberal allies” as “mum on the market crisis.”

* Much of the remaining McCain money is funding a spot called “Overseas,” which says that “Barack Obama and his liberal allies are to blame” for jobs going overseas. A negligible amount of the remainder is going to a positive spot, the “Original Mavericks” ad. SOURCE

And this is just the campaign.

Two Barack Ads on McCain’s “Health Plan”

Obama’s campaign is focusing especially on McCain’s proposal to tax as income health care benefits that people get through their jobs. While such a tax would be new, McCain would offer tax credits of $2,500 ($5,000 for families) to help pay for insurance.

The Democratic and Republican nominees have proposed significantly different approaches to try to address coverage for an estimated 45 million Americans — about 15 percent of the population — who have no health insurance.

Obama has called for offering access to all Americans to the kind of health care members of Congress have, mandating coverage for children and lower costs through improved technology.

McCain, meanwhile, would tax employer-provided benefits, offer individuals tax credits for spending on medical care and also push for lower costs through technology.

In Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden criticized McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for their health care proposal, calling it the “ultimate bridge to nowhere.” SOURCE

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McCain’s Parrot Campaign, Obama’s Smartest Afghanistan Play

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McCain’s Parrot Campaign

If you have noticed, McCain is now parroting the Obama positions. But behind the parrot’s beak lies a person so attuned to distortion that it requires some serious truth telling — well beyond the scope of the media — to expose the fact that parroting is actually telling lies big time.

McCain is now telling his listeners that he will give a tax cut to every family with children.

The truth is that McCain will let the current Bush tax cuts stand.

For example:

McCain would cut the taxes of people making over $2.9 million by a nice $269,994.

And generous John would also cut taxes for an impoverished family making under $19,000 annually by a princely $19. Enough to buy a half a tank on a good day.

I am being unfair, you say. Cherry picking?

McCain would cut the taxes of households making $38,000 by $133. (There is a list of all his cuts below.)

Let’s see how Obama weighs in.

Those big earners above would see a tax increase of $701,885. They would only get to keep a little over $2 million.

Those lower income tiers would see cuts of $567 and $893 respectively.

A substantive, discussable difference. Something Larry Summers and Bob Rubin could chew on a bit.

Let us turn to that MIDDLE income bracket: $66K-$112K.

McCain cuts $1009, Obama cuts $1290. Get the idea.

When all is said and done, Obama has cost the country only around $100 each to achieve a massive and fair change in the distribution of wealth. McCain’s cuts will cost the nation more than $1000 each. Obama delivers a much bigger bang to the middle class, seniors and low income folk for one tenth of what it will cost McCain to give a paltry few dollars to the least and a hundreds of thousands to the most wealthy.

Here are all the numbers, courtesy of the Tax Policy Center

MCCAIN

Over $2.9M
-$269,364

$603K and up
-$45,361

$227K-$603K
-$7,871

$161K-$227K
-$4,380

$112K-$161K
-$2,614

$66K-$112K
-$1,009

$38K-$66K
-$319

$19K-$38K
-$113

Under $19K
-$19

OBAMA

Income Based on Average Tax Bill

Over $2.9M
+701,885

$603K and up
+115,974

$227K-$603K
+$12

$161K-$227K
-$2,789

$112K-$161K
-$2,204

$66K-$112K
-$1,290

$38K-$66K
-$1,042

$19K-$38K
-$892

Under $19K
-$567

Use of The Info Here Would Underline The Message of This New Obama Ad

Obama’s Smartest Afghanistan Play

On September 8, Human Rignts Watch sent a salvo across the bow of the notion that increased power alone will solve much in Afghanistan:

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US and NATO airstrikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, with recent deadly airstrikes exacerbating the problem and fuelling a public backlash, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The report also condemns the Taliban’s use of “human shields” in violation of the laws of war.

Though operational changes advocated by Human Rights Watch have reduced the rate of civilian casualties since they spiked in July 2007, continuing tragedies, such as the July 6, 2008 strike on a wedding party and the August 22, 2008 bombing in Azizabad, have greatly undermined local support for the efforts of international forces providing security in Afghanistan. SOURCE

It is almost a truism that we should move troops into Afghanistan. But Afghanistan makes Iraq look like War 101. Compared to Iraq, Afghanistsn — since the British devised the term “the Great Game” to describe colonial efforts to prevail there — is a sink hole that has brought major powers to humiliating defeat for centuries.

The notion of a resurgent Taliban is hardly the sort of thing one wants to walk away from, if one is concerned for the Afghan people. But the prospects of simply shifting from a tenuous conclusion of the unnecessary war in Iraq, to a conflict that promises to be about ten times as difficult, is more than daunting.

It is a situation that calls for the same degree of insight that made Barack a passionate opponent of our entry into Iraq.

My own impression of the Kill Osama Card is that it is pandering.

We get Osama and what do we do?

Help create an organization run by people whose names we do not know.

If you want some perspective on this, read Juan Cole’s shocking suggestion that the original Al Queda has already been defeated.

My frank sense is that we should use the Afghanistan impasse to rethink war, just as we rethink ways police subdue wrongdoers.

Our air-heavy, hideously expensive, laser-laden forces can intimidate, but who remembers Shock and Awe with anything but revulsion and shame?

The best service of the fighting men and women Barack celebrates is their human “community organization” performance on the ground, among the people.

We need a move beyond a tech-heavy, trigger-happy global war machine to something … simpler and more effective.

Naive?

The alternative could well be another endless engagement that will go down, with Vietnam and Iraq, as a stupid war that never should have been fought — at least as it WAS fought. Not to mention a financial sinkhole bigger than the one we are already in.

There may be more than one way to win a war on terror.

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TWO MEDITATIONS AND A NOVELLA:
ABBA’S WAY ANTICIPATES THE OBAMA ERA. (MEDITATIONS)
BEYOND CREED ADVANCES THEOLOGY BEYOND BONHOEFFER. (APHORISMS)
PANFLICK (1988) BLACK HUMOR.

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