This Week’s AWE Events

From the Minnesota Atheists newsletter…

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Inside the Political Process: Jim Emery and the Madia Campaign

This is the first in a series of posts by politico Jim Emery, who worked in the Communications office of the Ashwin Madia campaign in 2008. With a new congressional campaign underway, Jim’s recollections and analyses are timely.

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Minneapolis Primary Sample Ballot

Tomorrow is the day. Following my usual tradition, I’m posting my ballot and reasoning for anyone who trusts my judgment and hasn’t had the time to research all the races.

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Consider attending the 3rd annual DFL Barbecue with all the candidates and incumbents. Franken, Klobuchar, Kelliher, all of them. It’s on Saturday, August 21st in Saint Paul. Details here.

Ana’s Feed

Congressional obstructionism. Climate obstructionism and its consequences.

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Bell Museum Events

Events and exhibits at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

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August Events Calendar from Minnesota Atheists

Freethinking, free-wheeling events in the Twin Cities area.

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Atheists Talk to Return to the Air on Sunday, August 1

Tune in!

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No More “Safe” Guys

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of conversations with my male friends about them being called “safe,” or in one case, a “safety blanket.” Don’t know what I’m talking about? Celebrate.

This is the phenomenon in which a (generally young) woman dismisses her behavior around a guy as “Oh, that’s just so-and-so. He’s safe.” It always sounds like it’s meant to be a compliment, but there’s very little like it to bring out the bitter in a guy even decades after the fact. It took explaining the concept of “safe” to the wife of one of these friends for me to really figure out why.

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Al Franken at Netroots Nation

Hat Tip: Crooks and Liars

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