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Friday, July 02, 2004

Few suggest these works will turn the election, but the profusion of Bush-bashing projects may suggest something about the mood of the country, says Mandy Grunwald, a Democratic consultant who devised Clinton's strategy of using appearances on MTV and "The Arsenio Hall Show" as a publicity tool in 1992. Grunwald recalls that the bestseller lists and talk radio were brimming with invective against Clinton before the 1994 midterm elections, which led to huge Republican gains that year. "The popular culture was reflecting where the country was at that moment," she said. "Now the culture is going the other way. I
think it's telling us that the country is moving Democratic."

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a biracial woman who stepped forward last year to acknowledge that she was the daughter of the late Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, now wants to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an organization of descendants of soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War.

Evidently she is eligible: Senator Thurmond, once a fierce segregationist, was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a similar group for men. Ms. Washington-Williams, a 78-year-old retired teacher who lives in Los Angeles, also plans to apply for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Black Patriots Foundation, which honors black Revolutionary War fighters. One of her two sons will apply to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, her lawyer said.

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 2-Jul-2004
Archaeologists unearthing life of early integrated town in Illinois
Independence Day has taken on new layers of meaning for a team of archaeologists who've been digging in western Illinois this summer. They are focusing on New Philadelphia, a town since turned to pasture but once a thriving agricultural center founded in 1836 by a former slave who had trekked to the site from Kentucky.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Jul-2004
Environmental Health Perspectives
As humans alter land, infectious diseases follow
As people remake the world's landscapes, cutting forests, draining wetlands, building roads and dams, and pushing the margins of cities outward, infectious diseases are gaining new toeholds, cropping up in new places and new hosts, and posing an increasing risk to human and animal health. Writing in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, an international team of experts warns that widespread changes in the global landscape are providing new opportunities for infectious diseases.
Interesting blog. Keep up the good work.


Johnny Reb
Cass County
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