Politics: February 2009 Archives

Wow. There are enough jobs in the U.S. government/public transparency sector that the Sunlight Foundation has a whole website for jobs in the transparency field. Who knew?

Among these, at least two of the jobs are in Berkeley--Research Associate and Program Assistant positions at MAPLight.org.

MAPLight.org's a great resource on bills, issues, and politicians. Here's Barbara Lee, my representative, and Loni Hancock, my state assemblyperson. (They both get love from unions and lawyers. Go figure.) I also love the interests view; while nobody always gets what they want, some do better than others, e.g. animal rights campaigners vs. international trade associations.

Know transparency-minded campaigners and hackers? Pass this along.

White House front lawn

Heard the story about the solar panels on the roof of the White House?

For years now, I've been hearing stories about how Jimmy Carter installed solar panels in the roof of the White House, in an attempt to inspire Americans to invest in clean renewable made-in-America energy. As the story goes, the panels were ripped out during the Reagan administration. Reagan's takedown of the White House solar panels have long been used as a symbol of right-wing inattention to environmental and energy issues.

Turns out the original White House solar panels are still around, and the Google Blog reports on the story.

There's also a documentary in progress about Carter's solar panels. The film, A Road Not Taken, is still in progress. The trailer's on YouTube:

Now if we could only get Obama to support a White House victory garden...

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Anirvan Chatterjee is a San Francisco Bay Area tech geek and bibliophile.

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