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|(Updated) Why is a diary promoting a right-wing CT video on the Rec list?
(Update) The diary in question, by Democrats Ramshield has been deleted. This is a common tactic by diarists who are unwilling to take responsibility for what they have written, or how they have ...
|A Day in the Life of Dorian Johnson - Walking While Black in Ferguson
I just finished reading Dorian Johnson's testimony to the Grand Jury concerning the Ferguson Police Shooting, and found myself moved by his account of the day. Dorian comes across as a decent young ...
This is a slightly edited repost of a diary I posted a few years back - The comments in the previous diary are worth going back to read. Robin Williams' suicide is of course on my mind, I spent part ...
|On Civility, and Constructive Engagement
A DK commenter reminded me of a diary I wrote a while back, suggested I repost it. These are just suggestions and guidelines that I try to follow, things that I've found are helpful when I get ...
|Ukraine - Popular Uprisings/Revolutions are Messy
I've been following the events in the Ukraine with interest, but no particular expertise. I'm half-European, and have decent knowledge of the history and current socio-political dynamics. I've been ...
|What does serious climate change look like?
In Ondaatje's Running in the Family (an amazing book - highly recommended), the father at one point describes a persistent delusion where his family is surrounded by a cloud of poison gas, but he's ...
|Last Most Beautiful Moment in Nature
It's been awhile since I've done one of these, partly because there haven't been many for me recently, but a few days back I stopped on the way back from the dentist for a run along the Potomac River,
|So how does this all play out?
Resolved within a week, both the debt limit and the shutdown. And the main reason is the polls. Reid and probably Lew deserve full credit for holding the line, and Obama gets lots of points for ...
|The War against the ACA is the Tea Party's Iraq
This started as just a riff on Harry Reid's reference to the Iraq War, but this did get me thinking about how we could start tying the current gov't shutdown/debt limit crises to overarching ...
|Al Jazeera tells it straight: "Shutdown coverage fails Americans"
I've been following Al Jazeera since it's recent US launch, and they've been doing good coverage. My main news site now is the Guardian - I used to follow the Washington Post and NYT, until they put ...
|The Wisdom of Youth - When did you lose faith in Republicans?
Turns out to my surprise that I'm getting old and grizzled, and while the current government shutdown threat is an interesting development, it's nothing I haven't seen before. Which is why I'm not ...
|(Corrected) There may be a government shutdown on Monday.
Update - various commenters who are federal employees have informed me that the federal agencies are making preparations for a shutdown. This undermines my core thesis, but I figured I'd leave the ...
|Holding the line on the debt limit increase
I'll start by conceding that I don't have a fully clear understanding of the underlying machinations associated with the debt limit increase, but I haven't seen any convincing evidence against Obama ...
|Why I believe that the Assad regime used chemical weapons
Allow me to preface this diary by saying that I knew that the Bush administration's pretext for invading Iraq, the claimed existence of WMD's, was bullshit at the time. It didn't take much research ...
|The Daily Kos Rec Community
This is basically a response to Ray Pensador's recent diary, The Daily Kos "Rec" Police which triggered lots of discussion. The diary addresses the perceived problem of a very small group of users ...
|There is no vast corporate propaganda conspiracy
Let me start off by saying that I'm a big fan of John Carpenter's "They Live" - it's a great commentary on corporate manipulation of the public, and there's a fantastic 3 minutes of 2 guys hitting ...
|Any military action in Syria will be limited
to air and missile strikes, possibly with training and resources being provided to rebels in Syria. That's certainly not a good thing, but it's not cataclysmic. There's also a strong possibility ...
|Breaking - "CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup"
I couldn't come up with a better title. The Guardian is on fire. Here's the link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/cia-admits-role-1953-iranian-coup I used their title because I couldn't ...
|This isn't about sockpuppets. It's about civility and respect.
I feel that there's a simple solution to the recent pie fight about "sock puppets" (not the correct term, imho), which is for DK community members to practice civility and respect. That's definitely ...
|What was your last most beautiful moment on DailyKos?
I've been thinking recently about what I appreciate and value about DK. This is pretty much the only place where I write and participate in an online community. And there's plenty that I find ...
|Wasp Encounters - the last most beautiful hymenoptera experience
I spent part of yesterday engaged in locating a yellow-jacket nest, in an overgrown courtyard. I'd been weeding it with a group of middle-school students, and two of them had gotten stung. After ...
|Why is an unsubstantiated diary alleging police brutality against teachers on the Rec list?
There is a diary currently on the rec list that claims that police beat and arrested teachers at an ALEC protest in Chicago today. The comment thread is full of outrage, naturally. However, there ...
|On behalf of an anonymous organ donor
My dad donated a kidney anonymously, a year ago today. We celebrated with a nice dinner, a bottle of wine, and a bonfire. We didn't talk too much about the experience, but he did mention something ...
|On conflict: Water is another option.
I'm generally pretty good about staying away from the DK conflicts, mostly because that's not why I come to DK. I come for information, and different perspectives, really interesting stories and ...
|Trekking Bhutan - Part 2 - Day Hike to Phajoding Monastary
Part 1 Dogs and dishes wake me at 6am. After breakfast, I watch the Thimphu street life start up. An old man seated in the middle of a field of sand slowly pulls off his pants and starts filling ...
|Trekking Bhutan during the Dot-Boom - Part 1
Back in another life, during the Dot-Boom, I put a poster of Bhutan up on the window in front of my computer, at the start-up ISP I was working at. We had racks of modems attached to phone lines, ...
|Last Most Beautiful - Flower-eating edition
For those new to this, the Last Most Beautiful is a very erratic diary series, wherein we share moments of beauty, in celebration and recognition of Beauty, and That Which Keeps Us Going, and Why We ...
|Urban schools and Sustainable meals
Today I helped with a Sustainable Food presentation to 8th-grade classes in a DC Public School. This was part of an educational program where we created and planted raised-bed gardens with the 7th-...
|Meeting the swarm
I work with an afterschool eco-club, creating and maintaining a school courtyard, among other projects. We have vegetable gardens, a variety of representative native ecosystems, and several nature-...
I think I've posted this on DK before, ran into it recently as I realized to my regret that the Cicada Brood II tide had not reached my shores. I'm always grateful for the comments and support from ...
|Martinique - A moment in time
It must be wonderful to walk down the same street every day, and greet people as you go, to have the same conversations year after year, slight variations on a familiar timetable, a regular path ...
|Why Chechnya matters
You may have clicked on this diary expecting a detailed, insightful discussion of Chechnya's history, culture and politics, and how the relatively recent First and Second Chechen wars, connected ...
|What was your last most beautiful moment?
It's been awhile since I've done one of these, so here's the background - what was the last most beautiful moment that you experienced? It's easy to get caught up in the grind and slog of all the ...
|Thoughts on leaving anonymity on DK?
I've been on DK for awhile now, and am thinking about "going public". I've enjoyed participating in the DK community anonymously, and have kept diaries of real world experiences vague enough to make ...
|Best Protest Poster Ever! Pics and thoughts on today's Keystone rally in DC
(For those looking for the best protest poster ever, it's down at the bottom of this diary...). The weather was cold today, but the mood was very warm - there was a big crowd of all ages - families ...
|Why Oppose Keystone XL? To those who think it's pointless
this started as a comment , but got so long I decided to make it a diary. The starting point for me is basically, you have to start somewhere. I've been involved in several long-term campaigns ...
|An Albertan's view of Keystone and the Tar Sands
Well, not exactly an Albertan's - I've been living in the States for so long that when I go back, my accent, my driving style, my attitude all give me away as a "Yank". As in Yankee. But that's ...
|Renting Energy Inefficiency
I just moved, in many ways to a better place. The move was a surprise to me, but I found a good new place, thanks to my social network. Now I'm in a place that's less treed, and farther out from the ...
|Being with deer in Nature
Thinking Fella's excellent diary about getting close to a deer, and the discussion in the comments, got me thinking about my experiences with deer. I live in the DC area, where deer have thrived ...
|The Maroons - Jamaica's Freedom Fighters
Imagine an alternative history for America, where slaves brought from Africa escaped the plantations, built strongholds and villages in the mountains, sowed terror among slaveholders through ...
|It's easier to make enemies than allies
I have, as likely many among us, always been committed to the cause of justice. I have stood up for others, I have spoken up when others didn't, I have chosen a life path that is for me more morally ...
|Supporting the NRA through opposition
I haven't engaged much in the Sandy Hook discussion. Naturally, I find this attack very upsetting. On a personal level, I work with a number of schools, and don't always go through the front door. ...
|Climbing Jamaica's Blue Mountain as a child
What I remember first is driving through a rocky, flooded river in an open jeep. I remember a long period of waiting through a long discussion before we started across, and then a profoundly ...
|Obama didn't lose, and this isn't over
Granted, Romney came across a lot stronger than I'd expected, and Obama's body language needs some work. He acted like he was off-camera when Romney was speaking, and he didn't make much eye contact ...
|If Romney was worth voting for...
-Romney would be fighting for freedom of speech for Pussy Riot in Russia. He'd be standing up for brave people and groups who risked their safety and future to stand up for what they believed in - ...
|A preview of Obama's Convention Speech
There's lots of speculation about what will be the core narrative for the Obama campaign, in the buildup to his convention speech. Today, the "Are you better off today...?" meme is running pretty ...
|"Go ahead, make my day"...very very strange
Clint Eastwood's speech was pretty amazing, not so much for what he said, but for how enthusiastically he was cheered for it. His speech combined a sad, offensive half of a ventriloquist act with ...
|Romney 2012 is over. We're fighting for the future.
This is not to say that we can slack and coast through the presidential election, particularly given all the voter disenfranchisement initiatives coming from the right - this is going to be a hard-...
|Romney knows what's best for black people
Granted, picking apart Romney's speech to the NAACP is like shooting fish in a barrel, especially since he clearly was playing the audience in order to boost his bonafides with *his* audience, at ...
|Working in the heat
DC's a bit of a ghost-town right now, I know that lots of people are on vacation, but beyond that there's a significant majority that's choosing to be outside as little as possible. It is pretty ...
|Rescuing a baby bird
I work with an environmental non-profit that combines environmental education and hands-on restoration projects, working with students and teachers at elementary and middle schools to create, restore,
|Crossing the river, planting gardens.
In DC, "crossing the river" means crossing the Anacostia River, which has been a significant divide between black and white communities in DC. The river isn't an absolute boundary, but when I was ...
|The war on women - Rove's in play
"Attack their strength" is the signature - it's been the core of Rovian strategy through the W years. Kerry didn't see it coming, never came up with an effective response - his campaign considered ...
The possibility of Santorum joining Romney's campaign as VP crossed my mind a few days back, and I decided to run it by the DK hive-mind. The current primary campaign looks like (from my perspective)
|Exorcism and the Far Right
I just read an interesting article about Anneliese Michel, a young German woman with obvious mental instabilities who in ten months between 1975 and 1976 was literally exorcised to death:
|On Leadership - Know Your Audience
This is a first attempt on a community discussion about Leadership, which I personally am finding to be an increasingly relevant topic. I'd like to open this topic up in the DK community, and maybe ...
|The last most beautiful, and resolutions.
Well, it's been awhile, but these diaries come up on me like butterflies. And when I compare discussions of beauty, with the awesomely relevant hardhitting political and social diaries that DK ...
|Recipe - Family Xmas Tomato Salad
Maybe it's naive, but everytime I go home, I imagine that maybe by now we're all grown enough to get along. This year, that little fantasy got shredded pretty quickly. Maybe that's good. Whatever. We'
|What's up with all the R 2012 primary presidential debates?
There have been so many that they're all blurring together. And I periodically am surprised to hear there was another one. Eg the CNN-Heritage Foundation Debate in DC's Constitution Hall, where the ...
|What's important about Occupy? Presence and Voice
There are plenty of people out there writing and talking about what the Occupy Movement is, what it should be, why it sucks, why it's awesome, what they should be doing, what they're doing right and ...
|Viscerophobia, a hitherto unnamed affliction.
I have, for about the last 2 decades, been affected by an unnamed condition. There are many others out there who are similarly afflicted - I've talked with them. It's taken me a long time to come up ...
|I don't think that OWS guy got his leg run over.
I know people are very upset about this, and I know that I'm inviting a lot of controversy with this diary, and I'm not particularly interested in having a long back and forth with everyone who ...
|Moments of Beauty
Right now, all the beauty's tangled up with Occupy Wall Street and the local implementations, which I've just been lurking on. Thanks to DK I got to follow this from the beginning, and am very ...
|So apparently we're done talking about the Boycott.
But actually, we're not - prepare for another wave of diaries this Sunday-Monday. We're also not done because there's not yet been a resolution. I've been involved with an all-volunteer organization ...
|So what can we do to address racial issues at DK?
I feel that our progress towards the goal will be in exact proportion to the purity of our means...They say ‘means are after all means’. I would say ‘means are after all everything��
|Flooded River, Heart Sutra
I love kayaking in floods. We got a *lot* of rain this week, and the last few days I'd been getting really restless, because my work commitments didn't allow me to get out on the Potomac river. I ...
I mostly lurk at DK now, and t/r diaries that I like. I used to get more stirred up and engaged about the various battles, and likely will again. I do appreciate being able to get close to the pulse ...
|Moving through the wild
I was mostly excited about Hurricane Irene because I was looking forward to kayaking the Potomac in flood. I headed out Sunday without checking the flood gauges because I just wanted to experience ...
|Surviving the Apocalypse - Hurricane Irene Edition.
While the East Coast still reels from the devastation of Earthquake Unnamed ( btw, why is that? Why do hurricanes get names, and earthquakes don't? On the chance that this is a problem waiting ...
|Utopia is Now-Here
I spend a lot of time reading the news. A lot. More than has ever proven useful. Working from home, it's easy to get endlessly distracted, and pointlessly so, since none of my work is ever news-...
Well my first foray into apocalypse-themed diaries was met with interest, confusion, and some mockery. Which tells be the topic has potential but needs some refining. So we're going to take this to ...
|How ready are you for the Apocalypse?
Over the years, I have spent an unreasonable amount of time thinking about the coming Apocalypse - what form it would take, what my response would be, what my odds would be. I blame Christianity - ...
|So here's my theory - Obama is a pragmatist
He works with the existing operative reality, negotiates with the people who've brought power to the table, and doesn't mind losing battles. He's open to working with unconventional allies, willing ...
|Feasting green, cheap, and healthy - some recipes
I've been living frugally for almost a decade now, grew up in a family that was frugal even when we lived in what I now understand to be upper middle class. That was passed down from my grandparents ...
|Your Last Most Beautiful Nature Moment
Yah everyone, time for another round of LMB. Today, the nature edition. Almost all of my moments of beauty are moments in nature. Someone told me recently about asking a group of people about their ...
|If Congress can't find a debt limit solution, can Obama?
I'm not a scholar of constitutional/governmental issues, so I don't really have any specific insights to share on this. But if Congress fails to raise the debt limit, is there a way for the ...
|In his own non-words: Grover Norquist is a plutocrat
One interesting sideshow of the current debt limit crisis for me has been the references to Mr. Grover "Drown Government in a Bathtub" Norquist. The Washington Post did an interesting article on him ...
|Crisis management/Management by crisis
I came late to positions of responsibility, and still try to avoid them. I have a deeply ingrained mistrust/suspicion of institutions and authority, and generally opt for positions/roles where I ...
|I went to a community leaders briefing at the White House today!
I had my reservations, because I'm not much of a meeting person, and I don't really think of myself as a community leader. I'm an environmentalist, working at the grassroots level, and while I work ...
|The last most beautiful - Apocalypse Edition
moment you've experienced - what have you got? I've been wading through a lot of work, and every time I drive over the Potomac River, I hear it calling to me, but I'm too busy. It's been months ...
|Your last most beautiful moment - trailrunning edition.
Friday was gorgeously warm, so once I'd got enough of what I felt I had to get done that day, I stripped down to shorts and my barefoot shoes, jumped on my bike and headed for the river. It was late ...
|Will Fukushima be the next Chernobyl?
I've been following this story very closely, and with a lot of concern. Crises like this (eg the Deepwater Horizon, 9/11...) have a fascinating interim, after the event, where everyone's trying to ...
|Running Wild - the Southern Utah edition
I've been doing a "bucket list" trip with my dad each spring, for the last 4-5 years. Last year we got rained out of a planned trip to Montana'...
|On Revolution - from the 2004 Inauguration
(repost - my first posting ran into a dk4 bug) Living in the DC area is a mixed blessing. It was a lot more painful during the W years. I do have to give W and his wars credit for my evolution to ...
|On Revolution - from the 2004 Inauguration
I have the luxury/curse of living in the DC area, which was a lot more painful during the W years. I do have to give W and his wars credit for my evolution to the elite progressive status of ...
|On losing my sig to DK4
I did wipe it as recommended, because it made more sense to go clean slate on my comments, than for whatever posterity there may be to be disoriented by comments on my sig, attached to the wrong sig.
|Please stop wasting my time!
I confess, I do still get all caught up in the zugzwang of right vs left in the Congress and the White House. I've been following it for decades now, and honestly caring about it, because even as a ...
|"Be With Us!" Voice Message from Voice of Egypt
K, this just blew me away. I've been checking in on the Guardian feed on the protests in Egypt pretty regularly, and they have been providing a decent running commentary:
|What I love and hate, context: right now, Cairo/Egypt
Well I am lucky and privileged enough to have once been in my life to Egypt. And more privileged to have left the succor of the tourist busses. And yet still lolled in ridiculous luxuries at ...
|Anyone coming to the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in DC?
Let's meet up! This seems like a likely Kossack event. I'm not much of a meeting person. Actually, I'm a pretty rabidly anti-meeting person. Most of my meaningful work involves me being out in the ...
|Watching the car crashes - media choices and my 3 seconds.
When I'm on a long drive, I get annoyed by traffic, by the stupid decisions of fellow drivers that slow me down, that add more time to my trip. I hate slow drivers in the left lane, I hate people ...
|Can we leave RKBA out of the Giffords shooting for now?
RKBA=Right to Keep and Bear Arms The attack in Arizona is a terrible thing. Innocent people have been injured and killed. That the attacker had access to a gun almost certainly resulted in more ...
|And your next most beautiful?
I did have a wonderful xmas and new years vacation, with my family in Europe. We got snow and cold, which is to be expected, and for a few weeks subsequent every morning I would look out the window ...
|Honestly, if you wanted better, you should have fought for it harder!
And no, the fight didn't end with GOTV. It didn't end with clicking on email petitions or calling your congress people. It didn't end with passionate arguments in bars or busses or cubicles. And it ...
|The last most beautiful
I don't have much to contribute, I'm working on a lot of good things, but right now I'm stuck in the grind part, where they're not particularly beautiful. I'm working towards beauty, but it's a few ...
|A bit of perspective on President Obama (well, mine).
A lot of people here are really pissed with President Obama right now. I certainly sympathize. He's made a number of decisions as President that don't make sense to me, decisions that I wouldn't ...
|How to support President Obama
(Note that this isn't a diary about *whether* to support President Obama, or *why*. If that's what you want to discuss, go do it somewhere else.). It really is very simple. And I'm not saying that ...
|Back in the Days
Is an interesting topic, especially now that I'm old enough to have been there then. I was going to write this diary as a snark, looking back on now as a gnarled grandfather, nostalgic for the ...
|The last most beautiful thing
is back, although I'm not quite sure what mine is at the moment - I'm procrastinating on some paperwork that I should have done weeks ago. And I've been sick the last week, so I've been missing out ...
|The last most beautiful thing
is back, and Your Faithful Diarist has lately been Wading in Beauty! He is currently queuing up a youtube playlist of his obsessive favorite songs, the ones he's listened to for hours on end, going ...
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