Election Day Belongs to WE, the people.

Free and fair elections, as we’ve heard over and over recently (in re: iraq) are the linchpin of a true democracy.
vote November 7
My recommendations are: take off the right/left hat and abolish words like “partisan” and “bias” and re-register as “independent” or “upright caucasian.”

Listening to the mud-slinging and standing by while the media sits back enabling and magnifying the ridiculum, I realize that it’s important to not lose focus on the matters at hand. For one day, we’re in control (at least to some extent).

OK, I’ll leave it there. I’ll be roaming L.A. country documenting for Video the Vote — more on the grassroots, non-partisan efforts recently launched tomorrow…

Freshly launched NewAssignment.net lists Nine Ways Citizen Journalists Can Cover the Election

For all in CA, here is a proposition party-style breakdown of this year’s assortment of y/n legislation.

Know the issues, know the candidates and don’t answer the phone or check the mail during the 72 hours of shadiness.

Geffen Sells Painting for $140M, Will He Spring for LA Times?

Enquiring minds want to know!

David Geffen netted a record $140 million for the sale of Jackson Pollock’s “No. 5, 1948,” according to the New York Times.

Uber-wealthy Mexican, David Martinez laid down the biggest wad of cash ever paid for a painting in history.

So, as suggested in Crain’s Chicago Business, is Geffen gonna make a move to save the increasingly more affordable Los Angeles Times?

Hmmmm…

New York Times Co. Leads Funding for New Online J Site ‘Daylife’

daylifeA formal announcement is forthcoming from Daylife — the news site that has popped up in conversation over the past year because of Craig Newmark, Jeff Jarvis and others’ involvement in the project.

The New York Times Company appears to be one of the top investors, which could foreshadow a bold move into user-generated news and reader-customizable content.

Staci Kramer at Paid Content writes:

The mission is to gather and organize news in ways that are most relevant to the user. That could be by event, topic, author, geography or other factors. Source pages that show what a journalist writes about or who is quoted are part of the mix. RSS plays an important role. In an interview, [Upendra] Shardanand [founder of Firefly] said the distributed platform—designed for use across multiple sites—will be open “to a degree” with options for revenue sharing and licensing for those doing a heavy volume. “Anyone can take what we’re building and add it to their own site … Obviously, we have to make some revenue.”

Nice to see the Times making a proactive move long after their relatively idiotic acquisition of About.com. Interested to see how — if at all — Jay Rosen‘s NewAssignment.Net is involved.