Blogger’s choice: Voter Suppression or Crowdfunding a Tesla Museum

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Politics, Science | 0 comments

Ok I was going to do yet another blog about the vile and anti-American voter suppression activity being perpetrated and perpetuated by the far right.   I was going to post this link: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/05/969971/tea-party-voter-suppression-group-under-investigation-for-possible-criminal-conspiracy/

Pointing out that finally, finally, someone is starting to pay attention at higher levels and maybe our legal system, which is occasionally unconscionably slow, might actually start protecting our rights, our legal rights, as citizens of this country.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)  sent a letter to True the Vote (a despicable Tea Party operation working out of Texas that said in part:

“At some point, an effort to challenge voter registrations by the thousands without any legitimate basis may be evidence of illegal voter suppression. If these efforts are intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.”

Of course True the Vote has doubled down on their probably illegal voter suppression activities.  Because it’s not about being American and doing what’s right for America.  It’s about making sure that anyone who doesn’t vote the way they want them to is intimidated, misled or otherwise deterred from voting at all.  That’s the far right way as far as I can tell from their actions and activities.

 

But then I stumbled upon this shining beacon of joy:  http://www.npr.org/2012/08/24/159925435/web-cartoonist-raises-1-million-for-tesla-museum

Yep, that’s right.  The interwebz got together and raised money to buy a lab to turn into a museum.   Well ok, not the internet per see.  A web comic known best by the name The Oatmeal found out that the lab was about to be sold, a buyer had emerged and he decided to do something about it.  This guy is a huge fan of Tesla and why not.  Tesla was a genius.  Tesla was quite possibly one of the most brilliant men ever to live.  But he tells it better than I can so here:  http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla

The Oatmeal decided to crowdfund through Indiegogo to raise the astronomical amounts of money that would be required to even begin bidding on the property.  Again, he tells it best:  http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum_1m

“In 9 days, we managed to raise over 1 million dollars to go towards buying back Tesla’s old laboratory, and with the $850,000 matching grant from NY state this puts us at 1.85 million bucks. At its peak, the campaign was raising $27,000 per hour, crashing Indiegogo, and probably setting some kind of land speed record in awesomeness.”

This is what we can do if we work together.  This is what the far right is so afraid of.  This is why voter suppression is the weapon of choice for the Tea Party.  Strangers, who are educated and have an appreciation for science and the history of science got together and raised 1.8 million dollars as of the time of this blog.  Imagine what we could do for our country if we all got out and voted and supported our candidates.

Go, look at the links, be amazed by what people are doing a few dollars at a time to preserve the laboratory of an (unfairly) obscure scientist.  And when you get your next car, be sure to check out the electric cars by Tesla.  Yep, I said Tesla electric cars.  Not affiliated I’m sure but they have an all electric car and it’s pretty sweet looking too.

 

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