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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.
Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.
She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.
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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Tell the truth anyway.
(35 comments) Sunday, May 24, 2009 Tech-Gate: What Is This Device?
New spygear is being attached to lampposts in South Florida. Care to guess what this is or what it will be used for?
Friday, May 22, 2009 CA Supreme Court to Issue Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the case questioning the validity of Proposition 8, a voter-based initiative that denies equal treatment under the law to homosexuals in the realm of civil marriage. Also at question is the validity of marriages made before Prop 8 passed.
(20 comments) Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Obama Increases Number of Prisons, Cops
President Obama's 2010 budget proposes $105 million for two new federal prisons. The new budget will also add $3 billion to the Department of Justice budget from 2008 figures, putting 50,000 more cops on the payroll.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Obama's Higher Education Budget a Mixed Bag for African Americans
President Obama's 2010 budget proposes to end the Federal Family Education Loan Program, cutting out the banker middleman. It proposes $2.5 billion to fund a new program, Access and Completion Incentive Fund, to increasee college graduation rates.
(21 comments) Sunday, May 10, 2009 Margaret Bassett: The She-Bear of OpEdNews
With a debate team background, decades of educational training and experience, and some spare time on her hands now, Margaret Bassett is the She-Bear of progressive excellence on OpEdNews.
(15 comments) Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Scahill: Spain Launches Wide-Ranging Criminal Investigation into US Torture, When Will Obama?
JEREMY SCAHILL: Despite rhetoric coming from the White House that Americans should look "forward not backwards" when it comes to pursuing those responsible for torture, Spain doesn't seem to be listening. Judge Balthazar Garzon, who has been pursuing a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials for torture, has now authorized a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the US torture program at Guantanamo.
(15 comments) Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Swine Flu in Perspective - Ron Paul video
Looks like our government is getting us pretty upset and concerned about Swine Flu... reminds me of the 1972 Swine Flu panic that 'was gonna sweep the nation.' One person died of Swine Flu and 25 died of the vaccine.
(7 comments) Sunday, April 26, 2009 Yes We Can: Mink Shows How
Outside the mainstream, edgy, ahead of her time, a champion for democratic principles, a Buddhist, Japanese American, populist, female politician is honored in the film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority. This 2008 film by Kimberlee Bassford will premier on PBS on April 30th. It is a must-see for anyone needing hope that some politicians stay true to their campaign promises.
(11 comments) Wednesday, April 22, 2009 US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police
JEREMY SCAHILL: The US is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are more than 2 million "private security" officers and guards on the streets of America and this number is growing by the day in Oakland and other cities.
(2 comments) Saturday, April 18, 2009 Food Freedom
BY BRYAN: Let's compare safe food to the US government's new 'Food Safety' legislative scheme from a risk assessment perspective: perceived vs. actual risk to our eating raw food, and our right to do so without government interference.
(13 comments) Thursday, April 16, 2009 Afghan Women Protest Marital Rape Law; Men Spit and Stone Them
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENT CONTENT. Afghanistan parliament passed the "Shia Family Law" which legitimates marital rape and child marriage for Shia Muslims who make up ~15% of the population. At least 300 women protested the law, with their faces exposed. Nearly 1,000 Afghan men and their slaves turned maniacal and stoned the protesters.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Thai Unrest Spreads, Turns Violent
News Digest: Soldiers armed with assault rifles fought running street battles with antigovernment protesters in Bangkok on Monday as unrest spread through a wider swath of the city, and the chief of Thailand's armed forces vowed to use 'every means to end the chaos.'
(4 comments) Saturday, April 11, 2009 Thai Farmers & Youth Shut Down Southeast Asia Summit
Farmers and youth organize new protest party, shutting down the Association of Southeast Asian Nations economic summit. Populist resistance is growing across the globe as the elite-engineered financial collapse creates a deeper and wider spread of poverty and starvation. "Dealing in multiplications, and they still can't feed everyone."
(3 comments) Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Vermont 1st state to legislate marriage equality; plus this day in Q History
The AP and blogs lit up today with news that Vermont's legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto (Jim Douglas), and passed a law allowing marriage equality for gays and lesbians. The District of Columbia also voted today to recognize same sex marriage. These events follow the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling last week banning discrimination against same-sex marriage. Still awaiting California Supreme Court ruling.
(7 comments) Sunday, April 5, 2009 Slumdog Millionaire: Danny Boyle captures the zeitgeist
Released in the US in January, Slumdog Millionaire carefully crafts a flickering time sequence to tell the story of one boy's pursuit of his destiny. The film is shocking, horrifying, in its graphic presentation of torture, genocide, child exploitation, and rampant corruption. Levity comes as the protagonist enters a game show to win a million dollars.
(1 comments) Saturday, April 4, 2009 Poison on the Platter - Full length
This video chronicles the disastrous consequences of GM food in India. The United States does not require GM food be labeled here. Seventy percent of our food, reportedly, is genetically modified.
(2 comments) Friday, April 3, 2009 CNN Inside Africa with Eve Ensler and Dr. Mukwege to Air Saturday
CNN's Inside Africa, a weekly, half-hour, current affairs program that provides global viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa, will air a special segment featuring Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler and the DRC's Dr. Denis Mukwege this Saturday, April 4 at 11 AM Eastern, and will replay the episode several times thru Tuesday, April 7.