British Conservatives Voice Support for NHS

August 17, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in Barack Obama, health care | 2 Comments
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From TPM:

The American right wing’s attack on the British National Health Service is now getting a strong rebuke — from the British right wing, who are joining in on the Twitter campaign of Britons proud of the NHS.

Among the many British politicians, journalists and Twitter users chipping in to debunk the attacks on the NHS is now Conservative Party Leader David Cameron, who is heavily favored to win the next election and become Prime Minister. He’s now blogged in support of the pro-NHS Twitter campaign:

People still care about the issues they care about, and thanks to the internet they can voice their concerns whenever they want. Just look at all the support which the NHS has received on Twitter over the last couple of days. It is a reminder – if one were needed – of how proud we in Britain are of the NHS.

Millions of people are grateful for the care they have received from the NHS – including my own family. One of the wonderful things about living in this country is that the moment you’re injured or fall ill – no matter who you are, where you are from, or how much money you’ve got – you know that the NHS will look after you.

“I support the NHS 100% and the Conservative Party supports the NHS 100%,” he told the BBC. “We are the party that gives the biggest amount of support to the NHS. It is incredibly important to my family. It is incredibly important to this country.”

Cameron’s reassurance that the Tories support their country’s socialized health care comes after one of his party’s members of the European Parliament bashed the NHS and called it a “60 year mistake.” Cameron declared: “He does have some quite eccentric views about some things, and political parties always include some people who don’t toe the party line on one issue or another issue.”


Latest YouTube Videos from Inside Iran

June 19, 2009 at 8:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Thursday’s rally (6/18)

A woman being beaten and kicked in Rasht by Basiji paramilitaries

Video of the moment of attack on Tehran University earlier this week

Translating Facebook to Persian

June 19, 2009 at 7:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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More from Nico:

Just got an email from a PR person:

As people around the world share news and information around the recent Iranian election on Facebook, hundreds of Persian speaking Facebook users have helped to create a Persian language translation of the site.

The language translation is now live, and users with their Internet browsers set to Persian will automatically be directed to the Persian version of Facebook.

From a Facebook blog post that will go up later tonight:

Persian was already in translation before worldwide attention turned to the Iranian elections, but because of the sudden increase in activity we decided to launch it sooner than planned. This means that the translation isn’t perfect, but we felt it was important to help more people communicate rather than wait.If your browser is set to Persian, you should automatically see the Persian version of Facebook. If you’d like to change your language into Persian, go here, or click on the “Settings” link in the upper-right corner of any page and then go to the “Language” tab. You then can select the language you want from the drop-down menu. …

We could not have made this happen so quickly without the more than 400 Persian speakers who submitted thousands of individual translations of the site. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. If you speak Persian or any language not yet completely translated, you can help as well by using the Translations application

Sen. Grassley Throws Twitter Tantrum

June 8, 2009 at 7:02 am | Posted in Barack Obama | Leave a comment
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Obama said he wants a health care reform bill that covers all Americans on his desk by August, heaping the responsibility on Congress to come up with such a plan.  Apparently the announcement has thrown a chink in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s summer plans.  He rambled incoherently on Twitter, blasting Obama for taking time off to sightsee in Paris, while lawmakers had to do actual work, like make law, back in Washington.



May 28, 2009 at 8:19 am | Posted in Barack Obama, Democratic Party | Leave a comment
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from mark knoller’s twitter feed:

markknollerObama was fundraiser-in-chief last night at the Beverly Hilton, doing two events that raised between $3-mil and $4-mil for the Dem Natl Cmte

Use Tools, Not Gimmicks

February 18, 2009 at 9:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Were the words of Thomas Gensemer last night during his presentation “Obama’s (not so) Secret Weapon” at London’s City University.  Gensemer is a managing partner at Blue State Digital and is one of the brains behind Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign web operation.


He’s come to London to share the secret behind Obama’s success with an audience eager to use the same tools in British politics, UK NGOs or within the private, busines sector. Having worked for the beta version of Obama in 2004, Howard Dean, Gensemer saw the web’s potential in transforming campaign strategy.  If Dean was the Kitty Hawk of online campaigning, in just 4 years time, Obama would become the NASA space shuttle.  Armed with his laptop, PowerPoint and a massive projector screen, Gensemer unveiled the secrets behind Obama’s online operation: a strategic blending of online social networking and fundraising coming together on a clean, user-friendly website.

Now that may not sound so revolutionary, using Facebook to create buzz about Obama?  Not rocket science, right?  Well, not quite.  When Gensemer talked social networking he didn’t mean using sites like Facebook or Twitter to create a community around Obama.  Rather the campaign built a community of followers from the ground up, then used Facebook as a third party to integrate into their online Obama base.

On the fundraising front, one “weapon” Blue State Digital deployed was the volunteer video.  During the campaign, BSD solicited campaign stories from volunteers much like this one called Charles Meets Obama.  Gensemer and his team sifted through thousands of emails they received from various campaign volunteers across the country.  Once they found a compelling story, BSD sent down an $80 flip camera to capture the volunteer’s story on tape.  The video was recorded, edited and uploaded to youtube or where it enjoyed hundreds of thousands of hits.  Those hits, Gensemer says, turned into dollars as traffic spurred fundraising numbers in the form of small online donations.  Campaign volunteers working on the ground in Colorado were inspiring voters in Florida to contribute $10 or $20 to Obama’s campaign.

Asked if the same kind of strategy would work for Palin or McCain, Gensemer confidently replied absolutely, raising eyebrows that Obama’s win was less about the candidate and more about the technology.

Since the election, Blue State Digital’s list of media clients has grown.  Clients range from advocacy groups like Wal-mart Watch and the Save Darfur Coalition to international clients like the London Mayor and the European Council on Foreign Relations–all eager to use the tool of online communities to raise awareness and money.  It appears, Obama’s secret weapons are fast becoming the future of campaigning and fundraising.


October 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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From my inbox:

Hi, hotfile.

RNC (RNC) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out RNC’s profile here:


Hey RNC,

Sending the message that you are following me on Twitter isn’t the least bit creepy…but then again, subtlety has never been your area of strength.  Better stick to warrantless wiretapping and beefing up that Patriot Act.



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