June 10, 2006

Blogging from YearlyKos: Day 2

Today was an incredible day with lots of information, networking and sessions on getting engaged. And one thing that made this day special was getting to meet and spend time with snark, who is one heck of a commentor on TLC.

I took many notes for the science sessions in the AM, was thrilled by Barbara Boxer's speech at lunch, spent lots of time wandering the exhibit hall trying desperately not to buy another book and then indulged in the Hot Topic session with Hunter, Markos, Jane, John Avanois and Duncan. This evening I watched the incredible video, The War Tapes, filmed by some of our soldiers in Iraq. Being a bit overwhelmed after that film, I decided to skip out of the Warner party - having had enough people and noise for awhile.

I spent sometime talking with Larry Johnson who told me that his neighbor, who is a high muckity-muck in one of the defense companies and a solid Republican has finally come to the conclusion that the Bush administration is dangerous. "These guys are little fascists." It's clear more and more people are seeing this. But it's definitely too bad our media continues to be so blase about this phenomena.

A high point? Getting Joe Wilson's autograph on my business card. And I was not the only one thinking he's a pretty terrific and awfully courageous guy. Barbara Boxer was effusive in her praise. And Natasha should have a very nice picture of him and her to post soon.

I still need to put my notes into shape for the Championing Science session and the Energizing America session, but one person on the first panel I enjoyed talking to was Wendy Northcutt, the woman who came up with the Darwin Awards. As she said in her speech the awards "commend those individuals who ensure the long-term survival of our species by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion." And it turns out that you don't have to die to be able to win a Darwin award. What you do have to do is to perform some deed that prevents you from passing your genes down to another generation. An example was the guy who decided to sneak out a special lobster by hiding it in his pants. She has also found that the Darwin awards is a great way to keep kids really engaged and thinking about science. Making sure people have enough science literacy to be able to engage in our democracy is a key issue of our day as we try to find ways to tackle our problems.

More later.

Cross-posted at The Left Coaster

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