When democracy feels like bungee jumping

first_imgCommunity writers this week expressed hope, fear, fatigue, warning, and forgiveness—a gamut of reactions many of us felt simultaneously or cycled through hour by hour as vote counts jerked upward and Republican did their worst to reverse the will of voters. These stories reflect the Daily Kos Community’s mood and thoughts about what we can accomplish during the high-risk months before the 2021 inauguration. Four years ago, I barricaded my heart against election sorrow, and was able to resist both Blue Wave! and All Is Lost! hysterias. The media affirmation of the Biden-Harris win—and my elation over our first woman VP—allowed me to lower my barricade with joy tempered by the snarl of Republican trickery and the reality that 72 million voters still backed those monsters. Check out what the Community had to say in this week’s rescued stories and, in the poll below, tell us how you feel right now. Rescued Stories from 7PM EST Friday Nov. 6 to 7PM EST Friday Nov. 13, 2020Community Spotlight’s Rescue Rangers read every story published by Community writers. When we discover awesome work that isn’t receiving the attention it deserves, we rescue it to our group blog and publish a weekly collection—like this one—each Saturday. Rescue priorities and actions were explained in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. You also can find a link in Meteor Blades’ “Night Owls” series, which publishes daily between 10-11PM EST. – Advertisement – Houyhnhnm takes a reflective mood, offering a perspective that compares waiting for the perfect autumn leaf display with the perfect election outcome. “I saw all the tsunami memes on Twitter. I observed the highest turnout I’ve ever seen at my polling place. And I let my fancy run away with me.” The story, published before the media announced a Biden-Harris win, notes the disappointment of not getting everything we want. “The deplorables are still with us, as are those who always seek to make the perfect the enemy of the good.” She ends by tying the election results back to the hope for autumn leaf colors. A 16-year DK member, houyhnhnm has written 223 stories. Her profile page offers her gender, date of birth (1950), occupation (retired secondary science teacher), and DNA ancestry profile.It’s been a wild ride LordNoxie presents the fascination of a distant observer who can do little more than sign petitions. A Spanish citizen, their interest in American politics began with the 2016 election. “I have been very interested in the history of far right politics since my college years … I think it’s half morbid curiosity, half desire to understand my (and humanity’s) enemy in order to better fight it. So Donald Trump’s victory (because even then the Spanish people knew what kind of politician he would be) shocked me quite a little bit. The far right hadn’t achieved that much power in the world stage since the 1930s. I had to do something. I had to learn.” LordNoxie, who joined in 2019 and has written 4 stories, wrote that they have no American friends, but commenters to this story corrected that deficiency.- Advertisement – I will not forget, but I will open my heart to the possibility of forgivenessFishOutOfWater contemplates how to heal himself and our nation in this piece. His story begins with the massacre at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church: “I would not and could not have found a way to forgive the murderer of those beautiful believers who shared their love with the hateful young man who turned on them like a snake in the grass.” After whipping through examples from U.S. history, Fish observes, “Anyone who has been paying the slightest bit of attention knows exactly what the Republican Party is and who its members are.” He ends by explaining why he will embrace forgiveness. Fish, who has a Ph.D. in geochemistry, joined in 2006 and has published 775 stories. His DK profile page offers this bio: “Left USNRC nuclear waste safety research planning & management to body surf Kauai. Now living in North Carolina.”Anticipation- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT is dedicated to finding great writing by community members that isn’t getting the visibility it deserves.To add our rescued stories to your Stream, click on the word FOLLOW in the left panel at our main page or click on Reblogs and read them directly on the group page. You can also find a list of our rescued stories by clicking HERE or using the link in Meteor Blades’ Night Owls open thread that publishes daily between 7-9PM Pacific time.An edition of our rescue roundup publishes every Saturday at 1 PM ET (10AM PT) to the Recent Community Stories section and to the front page at 6:30PM ET (3:30PM PT). An Open Letter to the Media RE: The Lame Duck SessionDeanDemocrat speculates about hypothetical questions the media has for Joe Biden, and warns about the damage that may result from examining these hypotheticals before Biden can take any official actions. “(T)he GOP has gone off the rails. The Q-Anon Trump Expanded Universe of Conspiracy Theories segment of the nation is dangerously deranged. To save our country we need to pull the GOP back from the fringes.” DeanDemocrat lives “in the High Desert area … a VERY Red part of Southern California. The one without a single Democrat on the ballot due to the stupid top-two system we have here in California.” And they work with “crazy right-wing Romney supporters … (who in 2012) were fasting, praying, and utterly convinced that a Romney presidency was Mormon prophecy waiting to come to fruition.” DeanDem joined in January 2004 and has written 322 stories.Shouldn’t I be more excited?LuvPure claims fatigue, and delineates the reasons why they aren’t popping open champagne. “We’ve turned on the news to an endless stream of WTF stories. We’ve been bombarded with memes and ads with absolutely ZERO basis in fact … I’m exhausted. I could just scream and swear and throw things, but I’m too drained. I could just curl up in a ball and cry for my fellow man, but I’m too tired. I could rejoice and celebrate, but I’m just too damned fatigued.” LuvPur is a new member who joined and wrote their first story on Nov 8.Lessons from the Quebecois: Why Dems Need to Stay True to the Black Women who Put Joe Over the TopDavid B examines the recent election and the role of Black women, through the lens of Quebec’s past history and its votes to secede from Canada. The author asks if “we have to supplicate ourselves to the never-Trumpers in the middle, and ignore not just the demands, but the feelings and the reasons these (Black) women worked so hard to get us here.” Their answer begins by noting that, ”(w)e saw in Quebec what happens, eventually, when politicians pay only lip service to those who voted their way …” David B joined in 2008, and has written 142 stories (14 of them rescued). Their most recommended story announces in the title that David is a tax accountant.I don’t fight anymore, I watch the bees marialba’s post-election mood is described by referencing her mother’s beliefs. “When I was little, my Mom had this notion that if she watched (our favorite) the Argentinean national soccer team, they’d lose.” This year reminds her of that belief and of a TV show. “I worked very hard on this election to win us the Senate and more seats (in) the House and then… they all lost. I had been through it before, when I supported a candidate to become a State House Rep, and he lost too. I am not superstitious, but…” Marialba joined in 2013 and has written 40 stories.  This naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina lives in Chicago, and has “a pollinator container garden in my tiny yard,” where presumably she, too, can watch bees.Was the 2020 Election a Referendum on White Supremacy?Semiller48 answers the question posed in the headline and ends with a warning. “Obviously, yes … But not completely: (N)on-trivial percentages of Black men, Latinos, and immigrants voted Republican.  For them, and for some segment of white Trump voters, something else was going on.” Semiller48 goes on to describe social aspects, such as religion and “hierarchical inequalities,” that affect how voters see themselves and how they create a consensus reality that led the U.S. to Trump. Semiller48 joined in 2016, and in their 9 stories has revealed they “used to teach history” and “grew up Jewish.”A risk manager’s view of Donnie Deathcount’s vote challenges – “asymptotic risk tolerance”Tjlord explores the consequences of operating under the premise that any risk is worth taking for the least amount of success. Tjlord describes “asymptotic risk tolerance,” where anything is on the table because what’s the worst that can happen? They apply this characteristic to the actions of the outgoing administration. Tjlord joined in 2006 and has written 353 stories. They live in Colorado Springs and have “been in financial trading risk management for over two decades.” Their profile adds that they are a “long time experienced executive in energy, green space and strategy.”Mississippi State & Ole Miss Football Players Finally Have a State Flag to Carry ProudlyCharles Jay offers the first non-election-focused story to be rescued this week, although the topic arises from the election. “Last Tuesday, just over 70% of Mississippi voters approved a new state flag to replace the old flag with its Confederate iconography.” The story tracks the joyful reactions of Black athletes at Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi. “For years, there had been a battle in Mississippi to remove the Confederate symbol from the 126-year-old state flag. The NCAA and SEC had put pressure on the state by prohibiting postseason events in Mississippi until the flag was replaced. Mississippi’s public universities repeatedly condemned the flag.” Charles, who was also rescued last week, joined in 2018 and has written 59 stories. His profile page says he’s from New York City. “During a 30-plus-year career as a writer and editor for an international news agency, I was barred from openly supporting a political candidate and posting a political opinion on social media. I’m retired and making up for lost time.”Racist Push Polling In Georgia RunoffLexie v was resting, “to recover from the stress of the election, celebrate the Biden win in Georgia (the first time my vote has counted for anything in over 24 years!!),” when a push poll fired up their energy for the Senate runoff election. The nice call center person had never heard of Marxism, so the author taught her how to pronounce it. “Then the questions took a dark turn and I realized that this was a push poll for Kelly Loeffler … there was the question that the poor girl was reading and then she stopped and said ‘Oh no, I can’t read that word’.” The net result – lexie promptly donated to Fair Fight and signed up to volunteer. They joined DK a week ago and this was their first story. The introduction to the story offers a bio: ‘I am a middle-aged, middle class, white, atheist, liberal, northern transplant who has lived for 24 years in North Georgia, in the district that just elected the Qanon-loving Marjorie Taylor Greene.”The Purple Heart Battalion. With a Movie. And a Ghost StoryRandym77 uses a history lesson, a movie summary, and a ghost story to explain why there was a military battalion made up entirely of Japanese-American volunteers, most of them from Hawai’i, after Pearl Harbor. “Japanese in Hawai’i were not put in camps, with a handful of exceptions. They were over one-third the population at the time; the economy would have crashed.” Randym joined DK in 2004 and has written 59 stories covering eclectic topics such as peak oil, politics, and climate change.Thoughts on the Biden-Harris cabinetDelib skips past election-reaction and dives into proposing Cabinet members for the Biden-Harris administration. “There are various reports floating around in the media about possible cabinet picks … I find some on the list uninspiring or too risky.” After citing three principles behind the proposed choices, Delib then names people for each agency and for White House staff, and offers rationale for their choices. “(T)here are 12 women and 12 men in the above list … 13 whites, four blacks, two Asian Americans, two Hispanics, two Indian Americans, one Native American.  Most are below the age of 50. The cabinet will look like America.” Delib joined in 2015, has written 10 stories, and lives in “a very crucial swing state.”Even the King, at the Cost of His Head, Did Not Try to Pardon HimselfTortmaster drops back nearly 400 years to two murderous heads of state held responsible for their actions and beheaded. They then examine claims made by Trump that parallel claims from those two historical figures, and how the U.S. Constitution views the absolute right to self-pardon. “Charles Stuart was brought to trial by the House of Commons, calling itself the supreme court, and it charged the sovereign with murder and treason. For days, the King was brought into court and asked to admit or deny the accusations against him. Instead of doing so, he questioned the authority of the court to judge him, a king.” Tortmaster joined in 2008 and has written 265 stories about a range of topics: politics and current events of course, but also art, science, and a personal story about freeway blogging in Myrtle Beach.The Daily Bucket – Cattle Point & ducks  OceanDiver carries readers to an election-free refuge in nature, as she has done in 659 previous stories. “With an hour to spare to catch the next ferry, we took a jaunt down to the southern tip of San Juan Island to visit Cattle Point.” She describes the island and its history through text and photos. “It was a stormy day but not actually raining at the moment. Big layers of clouds and near nightfall….a classic winter’s day on the Salish Sea.” OceanDiver joined in 2012, and lives “on an island in the Salish Sea. Passions: nature, wildlife, science, learning, diving, kayaking, sailing, floating, photography, beauty, peace, fresh air, and my family.” last_img read more

Turkey eases lockdown restrictions on over 65s, under 20s

first_imgTopics : From May 13, the same four-hour window will be extended to children under 15 — and to those aged between 15 and 20 from May 15, said Erdogan.Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus is 3,461, according to the official figures as of Monday, while the number of cases has passed 127,000.The government hopes the domestic tourism sector can start in June after the Eid holiday, which follows the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.But Erdogan insisted that all-day weekend curfews in 31 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, would continue.After recording more than 5,000 new cases in a single day in mid-April, the number of infections in a 24-hour period has declined substantially, with recoveries now overtaking new infections. Turkey will relax confinement rules on people aged 65 and over, and those under 20, as the country moves to a “new normal”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.Since March 21, around 7.5 million senior citizens have been under lockdown, forbidden from going outside in a measure taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.The same restriction was brought in by the government for people aged under 20 on April 4.center_img “We will gradually return to normal life,” Erdogan said in Istanbul after a cabinet meeting held by videoconference.”But this will be a new normal,” he warned.Barbers, hairdressers and shopping centers will be able to reopen on May 11, said Erdogan.From Sunday, those aged more than 64 will be able to go out for fours a day, between 0800 and 1200 GMT, he added.last_img read more

Fire razes Cabatuan house

first_imgILOILO City – Fire razed a house inBarangay Rizal, Cabatuan, Iloilo. Babaw was able to save some of theirpersonal belongings including electronic gadgets, jewelry items and money. According ting fire investigators, the blazestarted around 2:39 p.m. on March 4. The house owned by Roan Babaw, 38, wastotally gutted, a police report showed. The Bureau of Fire Protection have yetto determine the cause and the origin of the blaze./PNlast_img

Badgers have 1 last chance to play ‘A’ game

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team picked up a hard-fought, 35-10 win over Bowling Green. In the minutes following the game, head coach Bret Bielema spoke of satisfaction in victory, but also said there was a lot more work to do. He also noted his belief that most teams make the biggest jump from their first game to their second.But that turned out not to be the case with the Badgers this season, as the team went on to turn in an uninspiring blowout over I-AA opponent Western Illinois.This has left Wisconsin with only one more chance to get primed for the Big Ten season before conference play begins, as they welcome San Diego State into Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday’s contest.”It is extremely important, because all the preparation phases are almost over,” said Badgers wide receiver Paul Hubbard. “This is our last game before the Big Ten season. So we need to go out and play a crisp game, hit on all cylinders on offense and defense so that we can make sure that we are ready for the opening Big Ten game in a hostile environment.”However, while the Badgers will have a great deal of focus on cleaning up their own house, they can’t afford to look past San Diego State, who will almost certainly represent the most formidable opponent UW has seen to date on both sides of the ball.”I know this, they have an experienced group of guys coming back on the defensive side,” Bielema said. “Offensively, they lost one of their key players in their starting quarterback, but [Darren] Mougey came in and did some things to ignite that offense. I think he kind of brought a little spark and brought them back in that UTEP game.”Indeed, Mougey did spark a turnaround for the Aztecs, as he engineered three straight scoring drives late in the game, after coming in for injured starter Kevin O’Connell, who is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. Mougey finished the game 12-for-16 for 178 yards and two rushing touchdowns and appears undaunted by the task of having sole control of the huddle now as the lead signal-caller for SDSU.”I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Mougey said. “I’ve been here for a couple years now and gotten some playing experience, but this is my first real test. I’m excited for my first test to be a big test, against the best in Wisconsin. I’m excited to prove to my teammates, myself and this community that I can play at this level.”Bielema doesn’t foresee any drop-off in the quality of quarterback play from O’Connell to Mougey.”The guys from San Diego State, both quarterbacks combine for [an] almost 80-percent completion percentage,” said the first-year head coach. “And both of them had good numbers while they were in there.”Mougey, a mobile, dual-threat quarterback, will also have had two weeks of practice to get comfortable in the starting role and also to prepare for Wisconsin. This has to be something of a worry to Bielema, considering their offense probably was dynamic enough without double the preparation time.”What I expect Saturday is they’re coming in with the idea and the philosophy that they’re going to be able to be probably very fast,” Bielema said. “I like the team speed that they show. Their two wide receivers have done good things. I like their running backs. It’ll be interesting to see how the game unfolds, and only Saturday will tell that.”While the Badgers are heading into the game with their minds set on improving and taking the next step forward in their evolution into a conference contender, the Aztecs are looking to send a message throughout the world of college football that SDSU is for real, with an upset victory on the road.”We’re excited to play,” said Aztec head coach Chuck Long, who coached with Bielema at the University of Iowa from 1995-99. “This is the type of game that puts you on the map as a program not only for your own confidence, but also for recruiting. It gives you that national exposure that every football coach covets.”In order to get that coveted upset victory, the Aztecs will first have to figure out how to slow down UW tailback P.J. Hill, who has been impressive in his first two career starts, rushing for over 100 yards both games and breaking into the end zone four times.”He reminds me a lot of (former Badger running back) Ron Dayne,” Long said. “He’s very strong and compact, and he runs hard. We have to do a good job of gang-tackling (him). That’s going to be a big focus for us.”They do have some guys up front that are 320-pounds-plus, and we know that they want to smash that football in there a number of times,” said Long of a UW offensive line boasting five Badgers that weigh in at 314 pounds or more. “We have to make sure that we are very sound in our gaps defensively, because that’s where they’ll take advantage.”The Aztecs do realize that playing in Camp Randall can be quite harrowing for opponents and are mentally preparing for the hostile environment.”I think the biggest thing is not getting overwhelmed by the environment,” said Aztec wide receiver Chaz Schilens. “It’s easy to go into a place and have more butterflies than you would in a regular game. We have to block out the crowd and realize it’s just a football game, and when the crowd does get into it, we have to thrive on that.”Wisconsin, on the other hand, just wants to see its young team continue to grow. The team believes that if it takes the next step versus San Diego State, everything will finally fall into place. “I’ve said that I believe that teams make the most improvement between Week 1 and Week 2,” Bielema said. “That hasn’t happened with us, so we’ll just have to see if we can do that [this] weekend.”last_img read more