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

OSU dairy judging team sweeps three national shows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is a new undisputed national championship team at The Ohio State University.The Agricultural Technical Institute dairy cattle judging team swept the three major national competitions this year with its Nov. 8 win at the North American International Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.Team members won by an impressive 67-point margin in Louisville, topping the 64-point margin by which they won the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28. Hannah Dye, a dairy science major from Beloit, Ohio, was first place overall with 710 points. Teammates Tanner Topp (dairy science, New Bremen, Ohio) and Kaleb Kliner (agronomy, West Salem, Ohio) were second and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the four-person team was John Paulin, a hydraulics and power equipment major from Nova, Ohio.The team’s first big win of the season was at the Pennsylvania-All American Contest in Harrisburg on Sept. 14.“I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in three judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said Royce Thornton, chair of the Agricultural and Engineering Technologies Division and coordinator of Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs.In dairy cattle judging, team members evaluate and rank animals based on how close the animals are to ideal dairy conformation — a collection of traits associated with high milk production and healthy longevity. After ranking the animals, team members must give “oral reasons,” justifying their placing to contest judges.Like all Ohio State ATI dairy students, the judging team members take classes in genetics and get firsthand experience in evaluating animals for breeding.“We select mate all of our cows and are continually working to improve our herd,” said Gary Crocker, Ohio State ATI dairy herd manager. “Students see how we pick bulls to try to get as sound an animal as possible. We teach them what we’re striving to achieve and how we get there. Every dairy farmer wants to breed cows that will make the most money.”Down the road, that’s a skill students can put to use in their careers in the dairy industry, Crocker said. And, Thornton adds, it’s part of the recipe for success for a championship dairy judging team.last_img read more

Google Brings Its Turn-By-Turn Navigation App to Older Android Phones

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#web frederic lardinois Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google just announced the launch of its Google Maps Navigation app for Android 1.6 and higher. Until now, Google’s turn-by-turn navigation app was only available on Android 2.0 phones like Motorola’s Droid. Now users of older Android handsets like the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and G1 can get free turn-by-turn navigation courtesy of Google. The Android 1.6 version of Google Maps Navigation doesn’t offer some features of the 2.0 version, including advanced voice commands. Otherwise, the two apps seem to be identical. Starting today, Android 1.6 users can download the app from the Android Market. The service is currently only available in the US, though some users managed to hack their phones to make the app work anywhere in the world.We called Google Maps Navigation a killer feature for Android 2.0 when Google announced it’s release last month. Currently, however, there are only a few Android 2.0 phones on the market, so it only makes sense for Google to release this app for older phones as well. Just like the Android 2.0 version, Google Maps Navigation for Android 1.6 will include voice guidance, traffic data, satellite and Street View imagery. The app will also show geographical information courtesy of the Google Maps Layers feature the company introduced earlier this year.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Don’t Complain. Do Something.

first_imgHustlers don’t stand around the water cooler and commiserate with the cynics, the critics, the burnouts, the has-beens, and the never-weres. They don’t complain about their manager, the compensation structure, their clients, or their co-workers. Hustler’s don’t complain about the political party in power or the economy, even though they may have strong feelings about these issues.Hustlers know that commiserating doesn’t change anything. They know that complaining about their work-life doesn’t in any way improve it, nor does complaining about politics or the overall economy.There is nothing to be gained by complaining. The way to make something better is through taking action.Instead of complaining about what’s wrong at work, hustlers find a way to create massive value, gain influence, and change what they need to change for themselves. If things are really bad where they are and they can’t do what they need to do to make a difference, they move on and find a new home where things are better. They don’t wallow in their sorrow, helpless and disempowered.Instead of complaining about the economy, hustlers make their own economy. They find opportunities to create value instead of griping, knowing that this is the only way to improve how they’re doing. When they’ve got the chops, they make their own game and set up their own shop.Hustlers aren’t easily satisfied with the way things they are. In fact, they are mostly dissatisfied with how things are and they see how things can be made better. But they don’t complain. They do.QuestionsAre you ever guilty of complaining when you should be acting?How does complaining disempower you?When something isn’t working, how do you help make things better? How do you sell your ideas?last_img read more

Wing Com Abhinandan likely to get Vir Chakra

first_imgNew Delhi: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC) in February resulting in his capture and subsequent release by Islamabad, is likely to be decorated with the Vir Chakra, India’s top military honour, defence sources said on Thursday. Along with Abhinandan, pilots of the five Mirage-2000 fighter jets, who had dropped bombs on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror launch-pad in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunhkwa province, are also likely to be decorated with Vayu Sena medals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The final list of gallantry awardees will get the nod from President Ram Nath Kovind on August 14. Only after the list has been formally approved by the President can we disclose the names of awardees to the general public,” a senior Indian Air Force official told IANS. Abhinandan had strayed into Pakistan territory after shooting down the F-16 during a dogfight that had taken place on February 27. His own aircraft, a MiG-21 Bison, had been hit by a missile forcing him to eject from the fighter jet before it crashlanded in Pakistan. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Pakistani security forces had captured Abhinandan, but released him to India around 60 hours later at the Wagah border. The bombing of the JeM terror facility in Balakot was carried out by India in retaliation of a terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed. The Vir Chakra is the third highest wartime military award in India.last_img read more

Climate change impacts already real in the Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the climate change talks continue in Paris some Yukoners say they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.Warming in the North is occurring faster than the rest of Canada. Canada is also warming at twice the global rate.With warmer temperatures, the permafrost in the Western Arctic is beginning thaw.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

September 1 2008 Welcome to the August 24 200

first_imgSeptember 1, 2008 Welcome to the August 24. 2008 workshop participants. [top row from left]: Karen Bottoms and David Nordahl [seminar week], Kyle Engoian, Liza Chiu, Nicola Toscano, Lucia Castello and Ezio Vecchi. [bottom row from left]: Ashlie Langan, Matt Mays [seminar week], Shu Fun Kwan [seminar week], Paola Manzo and Valentina Lucherini. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Steve McCaffery Turkish cable operator Turksat has

first_imgSteve McCafferyTurkish cable operator Turksat has chosen Arris to supply its E6000 CCAP converged edge router to prepare for future IP interactive and high-speed broadband services.Turksast chose the E6000 both to support today’s CMTS requirements and to support its strategic transition to the CCAP infrastructure, according to Arris. The E6000 CER will enable the operator to achieve broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps while future-proofing its headend for eventual service expansion, Arris says.“Turskat is a valued customer, and we’re proud that it continues to turn to Arris for its strategic technology investments,” said Steve McCaffery, senior vice-president, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Arris. “Turksat is extending the E6000 CER’s growing footprint across Europe – taking advantage of its ability to deliver high-speed broadband services and IP content today, while enabling tomorrow’s shift to DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP.”last_img read more

Samsung UBDK8500 Ultra HD Bluray player Samsung

first_imgSamsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray playerSamsung Electronics UK has launched its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player in the UK, it announced today.The UBD-K8500 is high dynamic range (HDR) compatible and offers four times the resolution of a conventional Blu-ray player, according to the company.“At Samsung, we’re committed to developing technology that creates the best possible entertainment experience. With the launch of our first UHD Blu-Ray player, users can enjoy a wide range of movies and shows in outstanding quality, sharp resolution and brilliant colour, without WiFi bandwidth restrictions,” said Robert King, vice-president, consumer electronics, Samsung UK and Ireland.The UBD-K8500 is available to buy online and in stores including Currys, John Lewis and Richer Sounds at a recommended retail price of £430.last_img read more

Jason Kilar Jason Kilars online video service Ves

first_imgJason KilarJason Kilar’s online video service Vessel will close on October 31 after US telecoms giant Verizon swooped to buy the technology and software that underpins it.Verizon will hire “most” of Vessel’s staff, including “some of the original founding team at Hulu” after buying the business for an undisclosed amount.Kilar co-founded Vessel and broadcaster-backed VOD service Hulu with Richard Tom, who joined him a Vessel at chief technology officer.There was no official confirmation of Kilar’s future from Verizon, but a Vessel blog post revealed he would remain through the end of the year to “ensure a smooth transition”.Kilar and Tom claimed that Verizon shares Vessel’s “belief that internet protocol will inevitably become the dominant way consumers access great video experiences”, and noted all of its subscribers would be given complimentary free access for October.“Though the team and the actual tech and product will live on at Verizon in ways that will become apparent in the months and years ahead, sadly we will be sunsetting the Vessel service at the end of this month (October 31),” they added.For Verizon, the acquisition comes after the launch of its go90 mobile video platform, and as it staffs up for the launch of a youth-skewing service that it’s creating with YouTube channels operator AwesomenessTV.Chip Carter, general manager of Verizon Entertainment, said: “When we examined and evaluated all that the Vessel team has executed to date and their technical strengths in areas of content discovery, recommendation, OTT subscription management and user experience management we were able to identify a number of ways this was a smart pairing.”The deal is the latest example of telco giants developing content ownership and distribution strategies. This week has been largely dominated by the fall-out of the news Verizon rival AT&T was acquiring entertainment conglomerate Time Warner for US$85.4 billion.last_img read more