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This was to be a weekend of data entry for my income taxes. TurboTax wants to triple what they charge to file Schedules C and D, and I have to either pay up or enter a lot of stuff for myself the first year that any of the programs will do for you in subsequent years. I got interrupted when a big envelope showed up at my door.

From the return address, I quickly figured out what was inside and was ripping it open like my five-year-old twin grandkids did their birthday presents last week: Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2012.

I opened the booklet inside to distribution by “race and ethnicity” and started reading....


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  •  High-quaity problems (2+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, FarWestGirl

    I really like how you closed your essay.

    I go back to my data entry problem and, yes, it’s a problem, but it’s a high-quality problem. You don’t have to pay income taxes if you have no income. Choosing among opportunities off the rez or staying to create opportunities on the rez is a problem, but it’s a high-quality problem. Who do you know who lives with no problems at all?

    We need to teach our kids not to fear those high-quality problems, and the primary way to banish that fear from their lives is to banish it from our own.

    Good advice. Nationally we're fortunate to be struggling with high-quality problems. They're big, complex, strategically, even existentially consequential problems, but high-quality, which is a blessed state. I like that.


  •  Excellent diary (and ICT article) (3+ / 0-)

    Thank you!

  •  I believe though I can't find the (0+ / 0-)

    reference right now that a short teaser followed by a link to a blog is not within the diary rules. However, it is permissible to reproduce your full blog post here. I think that most users prefer not to have to click offsite to continue reading the main content of a diary.

    •  This is the first (4+ / 0-)

      I've heard of it.

      I can't do that because I have an embargo period on those columns.

      If I'm bending rules, I would prefer to quit posting everything else and just continue with Ray Sixkiller.

      If I can't post Ray Sixkiller, I don't see a lot of action for me on Kos...well, you can look at my history.  Now and then, I come up with a topic that has nothing to do with Indians, and I post that here.

      How do I clear this up?  I'm not here to break rules, but my primary reason for being here is Sixkiller.

      I really don't mind it if you want me to cease and desist teasing my ICT columns generally.  But if Sixkiller is in violation, I'm outta here.  I can point out what's different about Sixkiller (no direct political application), but I doubt that would hold up.

      •  If it were against the rules, you'd know by now (2+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes, FarWestGirl

        I hope you keep posting your links here. I'm on vacation right now, so I have time to browse readings, but usually, I don't. And every time I go to ICT on my own, I get horribly sidetracked by all the great reading. Your posts make it wonderfully easy to find your articles.

      •  I don't think it's against the rules. (1+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes

        Just that a lot of folks don't care for the practice, and tend to look askance at people who do it often.  I'd say keep it up if you want to.

      •  Diaries for the sole purpose of directing ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... traffic elsewhere are frowned on, especially the ones where the author says something like "comment over there if you want me to interact with you."  

        You, on the other hand, explained up front that you wanted to post the whole articles here but can't because of your agreement with ICT, and you interact here.  So I think/hope!!!! all is good.  I agree with indubitably that you surely would have heard by now if what you are doing is a problem.  Still, can't hurt to post a question to the help desk.

        I do hope you continue posting here, Steve.  I greatly enjoy your writing and perspective, and I think you are a great contributor to the site.  Personally, I like going to ICT - there's almost always something else that catches my eye when I follow your links.  (Just in case you decide not to post here as often, I added ICT to my list of sites to regularly check.)  And, last and also best, I adore Ray Sixkiller.  :)

        •  your opinion of Cousin Ray (1+ / 0-)
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          is music to my ears.

          I'm really not inclined to rock the boat.

          If Markos or his minions tell me to quit, I won't complain.  Kos is his party and he gets to make the rules.  But I'm not going to rattle their cage.  That is filed under "it's easier to apologize than to ask permission."

          Actually, I do more interaction here than I do over there, which is one reason I like posting here.

          Indian Country Today, print version, was the New York Times of an Indian community that is spread out all over the country but is still, in some sense, a community.  ICTMN attempts to be the same.

          The fact that I get off on entertaining the Indian community does not mean I have no interest in entertaining the rest of the world.

          Actually, since the Sixkiller columns have generated the numbers so far to keep them up, my only regret is that I don't have the non-Indian audience my hero, Will Rogers, had.  Much of the non-Indian audience I do have is on Kos and I would hate to be ejected from Kos.

          But my ability to claim that non-Indians should devote energy to Indian problems and concerns is limited in light of all the other terrible stuff going on in the USA right now.  I hope to be entertaining enough that Kossacks, who are major political activists, will be aware Indians are not gone and our claims--while quite different from the mainstream civil rights movement--have a legal and moral basis.

          That is, I think there is value in a bit of culture straddle, value to both cultures (or, in the case of Indians, many cultures), and that's the reason not personal to me that I hope Markos does not give me the boot.

      •  Don't worry about it. You might want to look into (1+ / 0-)
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        some of the other posts in related fields, (by Aji & navajo), and adjust your tags so you get more eyes, tho.

        Your diaries are welcome, please keep posting. :-)

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
        ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

        by FarWestGirl on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:23:05 AM PST

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        •  Adjust my tags? (1+ / 0-)
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          Do you have time to spoon feed me a little?

          Right now, I try to use American Indians plus every tribe mentioned and every state mentioned and every individual mentioned.  In the Sixkiller columns, I set up the original in one window and the tag line in my other browser and tag every doggone thing I can think of.

          I also use the major fields like "civil rights" or "law" when they fit.

          I'm really interested in learning how to do this better.

          •  I do... (0+ / 0-)

            Aji and navajo are DKos users who are very involved with Native American Netroots.

            Here's a link to today's post. I'd recommend Kosmailing navajo, (there's a link at the top of the diary where it says 'Send message', and ask her about pretty much anything. :-) Then watch your 'Welcome back' box, (at the top right), when you're logged in and when you get a message back, it'll show in 'Messages', click there to read n' reply.

            Aji & navajo are both wonderful and they're tapped into lots of resources, so they should be able to point you in the right direction. I'm less directly involved, I just read and try to keep up, which is why I stopped in to this post. :-)

            Feel free to kosmail me, too, if you get stuck or have other questions, I'm not all that up on a lot of stuff, but I'll help if I can. :-)

            Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
            ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

            by FarWestGirl on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:46:29 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for the explaination (0+ / 0-)

        It didn't occur to me that you might be blocked from reproducing the article by another site. Given the limitation my personal preference would be for you to continue doing what you are doing. Below another user indicates that was actually dropped as a rule in the newest dkos update, which is perhaps why I couldn't find a reference for it. My apologies for posting my comment without awareness of this change. I do hope you continue posting.

        I can't do that because I have an embargo period on those columns.
    •  The old rules had something like that, but since (2+ / 0-)
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      Joy of Fishes, scotths

      the upgrade to DK4(?) that was dropped as a rule. It's still generally adhered to, but no penalties attach.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:19:23 AM PST

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