Archive for August 17th, 2009

Still More Econ Panel Photoblogging

One of the catch-22s of trying to take pictures of panelists and speakers is that they’re usually at their most animated and interesting and gesture-y when they’re speaking… but they’re also moving their mouths to shape words, and while it’s not really visible to the naked eye, when the camera freezes them, you can get some fairly unflattering results.  That’s why I check out the panelists who aren’t speaking, hoping to catch someone reacting or fidgeting interestingly, or just looking thoughtful.

None of that applies to this panel more than any other – I just thought it worth mentioning, especially since this post is mostly reaction shots.
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Right about now I’m thinking it might be a good time to stand up and get a higher camera angle…

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Ah yes, that’s much better.

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Dave Johnson again.

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I think this is my favorite Monica Sanchez photo.

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I, um, really liked Monica’s hair. Photographically speaking, I mean.

August 17th, 2009 at 07:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Can Irony Be Killed Twice?

I’ve been totally focused on processing and posting Netroots Nation photos, so I’m a little late here, but this just makes my head spin:

Opponents of Barack Obama’s healthcare proposals are using the tactics of Saul Alinksy, the legendary leftwing activist who helped inspire the US president when he was a young community organiser, says Dick Armey, head of Freedom Works, a group fighting against universal healthcare.

Mr Armey, who was the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives for most of the 1990s, said his group, which is behind many of the “tea party” protests that have disrupted town-hall meetings in the past two weeks, draws consciously on the forms of agitation pioneered by Mr Alinsky.

Mr Obama, who worked as a community organiser among unemployed steel workers on Chicago’s South Side in the late 1980s, was heavily influenced by Mr Alinsky, who inspired a generation of radicals in the 1960s. Mr Alinsky believed that packing public meetings with highly vocal activists would sway their outcomes and give people a taste of the power they could exercise when they showed up in numbers.

I don’t know which is more disheartening and surprising – that Dick Armey is a student of Saul Alinsky… or that Obama is.

(h/t Julia)

1 comment August 17th, 2009 at 05:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Obama,Politics

More Netroots Nation Econ Panel Photoblogging

More photos from the econ panel:
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Digby is embarrassed by Bill Scher’s imaginary bottle.

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Monica Sanchez.

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Apparently she’s been taking gesturing lessons from Bill.

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Ah, there’s a smile.

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Monica speaks, Bill and Digby listen.

August 17th, 2009 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Monday Media Blogging

The New Pornographers, “Mutiny, I Promise You”:


I have no idea what it means, but it’s fascinatingly bizarre.

August 17th, 2009 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Netroots Nation Econ Panel Photoblogging

Technically, the panel wasn’t so much about economics as how to talk about economics. And don’t ask me why some pictures are in color and some are in black & white. I decide on a case-by-case basis, and it usually depends on how which version delineates lines and shapes better, whether the color adds anything to the photo, and which version I did a better job of processing on.
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Digby is a total sweetheart. Spork incident and I wandered over to her table after the closing keynote, and she was very friendly and generous with her time.

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Bill Scher embarrasses Digby with effusive and well-deserved praise.

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Bill Scher, moderating.

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Dave Johnson.

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I liked the light gradient on the wall over there. Also, that is totally Bill Scher’s go-to gesture.

August 17th, 2009 at 07:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs


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