Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Voting Online, Voting at Our Debate -- Also: Russia!

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•You can vote already — in an online poll — for my free-market-loving legislator pal Dan Greenberg to become an Arkansas state senator (after his current representative gig). Would that we could all vote for him for real. This’ll have to do.

•And tonight, at our Debate at Lolita Bar (between Sander Hicks and Saul Devitt) on whether to reopen the 9/11 investigation as the Truthers want, you can vote on that question as well, in our traditional audience poll at the end of the evening.

•One less-traditional element of tonight’s debate: possible taping by Russia Today. The downside of this, of course, is that Russia Today has sometimes been criticized for close ties to the Kremlin, so if the debate proves disastrous, there may be theories afoot that the Russian government sabotaged things. I am joking! Joking like mighty Russian comedian!

•In related news, my Soviet-born anarchist blogger pal Michael Malice has an amusing culture-shock (or maybe more like culture-absent-mindedness) story about being an immigrant (like virtually all our scruffy, disreputable ancestors, I might add).

•And if hearing about a leftist punk (Hicks) being taped by Russian TV and an anarchist punk fan from Ukraine (Malice) being addled isn’t enough Eastern Euro-punk action for you, know that young Olga Konanova — originally from Russia but living in the U.S. for several years and now in New York City — among other past gigs helped market The Henry Rollins Show and retool part of it around a free speech theme — and now she could use a media-planner or marketing-strategizer-type job, if you have one to offer (she’s at OlgaKonanova[at]

She also happens to be an acquaintance of an ex-girlfriend of Dan Greenberg (who is now a married man, father, and general pillar of his community), so it’s really a very small world.

P.S. All this also makes me wonder, and not for the first time, what the plot of the impending Red Dawn remake is going to be, now that there’s no USSR, but that’s a topic for another time. (Of course, the very strange but interesting Inglorious Basterds didn’t exactly follow the real history of WWII, so why should a Red Dawn remake follow the Cold War accurately?)

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