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Today makes the 79th anniversary of the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Roosevelt’s Forest Army. On March 21, 1933, a day after entering office as President in the midst of the Great Depression, Roosevelt sent to Congress a proposal outlining measures designed to kick start the economy and put men back to work. Within that proposal was a provision “to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work, not interfering with normal employment, and confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects.” Later that same day, the Emergency Conservation Work Act was introduced in Congress and passed by voice vote in both houses within 10 days and signed by Roosevelt immediately. The act authorized the President to create emergency conservation work programs that would exist on a temporary basis and would need periodic reauthorization and appropriation by Congress.

Follow me after the fold for a closer look at the history of the CCC, the Texas State parks system and the architecture the two created in the Texas parks in the 1930's and 40's. (Warning picture intensive)

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM PST

A Day In DC (DKos Photo Coop Diary)

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Reposted from Salted and Cured by citisven
Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C.Photo by John Webb
                  Vietnam War Memorial
I was lucky enough to be able to spend the afternoon in Washington, DC yesterday. It was unseasonably warm and a great day for photography. I would like to share some of the photos that I took.

All of these photographs are available at the DKos Photo Coop.

Check out the Coop's Groups Page for more information on the coop, as well as how to use it and how to contribute.

The Complete Guide to Using Photos from the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative

From citisven:
For a brief history, this is a project that was envisioned by Meteor Blades who asked me to help him set it up. It went live about a year ago and we now have over 75 contributors who've uploaded over 750 photos to date.

I haven't been doing as much promoting of it as I would like, simply because my real life duties are keeping me so busy. That said, it's a cooperative effort, so the more folks use the photos, the more widely the word will spread.

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Reposted from Salted and Cured by citisven

I don't know how many of you know about the DKos Photo Coop. It is a place where Kossacks can view, share, and upload photos for use one the site. Check this link for all the pertinent details about how to use the Coop.

This is one of the photos that citisven kindly uploaded for me.

Virginia out of my Vagina.Protesting the attack on women's reproductive rights by the Virginia state legislature and Governor McDonnell in Richmond, Virginia, on March 3, 2012.Photo by John Webb

The Daily Kos Photo Cooperative is an administratively initiated and facilitated archive featuring original, accredited photos by Kossacks relevant to the mission of Daily Kos, made available for online editorial discourse by other Kossacks and progressive bloggers elsewhere in the blogosphere.
Anyway, i just added some of my photos to the collection, which can be viewed here. Please, use them if you feel that they will add to your diaries!

Nothing below the squigglies for this one. Peace!

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Welcome to the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative!

Port of Oakland - Occupy Oakland General Strike, 11.2.11Photo by Jill Karjian

The Daily Kos Photo Cooperative is alive and well, finally running on all cylinders. It took a while to set up and work out some kinks, but after almost a year of fine-tuning, it's finally starting to become what it set out to be:

dk photo coop logoThe Daily Kos Photo Cooperative is an administratively initiated and facilitated archive featuring original, accredited photos by Kossacks relevant to the mission of Daily Kos, made available for online editorial discourse by other Kossacks and progressive bloggers elsewhere in the blogosphere.

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Everything you've always wanted to know about DK Photo Co-op

Daily Kos Photo Cooperative launches, by Meteor Blades
DK Photo Cooperative: How it will work, by citisven
DK Photo Cooperative: Categorically Speaking, by citisven
Now open for business: The Daily Kos Photo Cooperative, by Meteor Blades

You know you're getting somewhere when front pagers are using DK Photo Co-op images...

With over 500 photos uploaded and almost fifty registered contributors to date, we thought this would be a good time to give a little tutorial on how to embed photos from our Smugmug.com host site into your posts and comments. Besides, what better way to welcome the Co-op's founder and guardian, Meteor Blades, back to the FP than to make his baby come fully alive?

Follow me below the squiggleydoodads for a visual tutorial.

Hand-colored black& white photograph, Hollywood farmer's market, Portland, OR

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Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM PST

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Reposted from kos by citisven Editor's Note: Meteor Blades, chief instigator of the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative, is coming back! -- citisven
Meteor Blades
Meteor Blades, in action (source: Eclectablog)
Meteor Blades will be back, full-time, on December 1.

Pretty awesome, huh?

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Reposted from Meteor Blades by takenote Editor's Note: MB has been instrumental in getting the Photo Co-op off the ground. We wish him the best (and some rest!). -- takenote

Because of deeply personal issues I am taking a leave of absence from Daily Kos. Other than to say my reasons are not related to my health, I am not willing to discuss the matter in public. My return is doubtful.

After eight years here, I have met many, many activists who I am proud to call my friends. And many others whose organizing efforts and writing and thinking skills I highly respect.  I wish I could say thanks individually to all of you — my colleagues on the Front Page, diarists, commenters and silent lurkers who have sent me emails over the years. But that long list would inevitably leave some out, and I don't want to do that. So I will make my thanks to one person only, Markos.

He has done more to create the left political blogosphere than anyone. Starting with a single computer and a handful of commenters, he created a platform unlike any other. Soon there were many imitators. Unlike so many of the thin-skinned operators elsewhere, he gave free rein to discussions, governing the conversation with only a few rules, even when that conversation included ferocious insults to him and his efforts. Scores, then hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands of people showed up, all of them with their own motives, their own political viewpoints, their own agendas, but most of them with a fierce desire to turn American politics around.

That platform continues to offer an outstanding opportunity for activists to organize against the overseers who have imposed a class war on the majority of Americans and back it up by exacerbating racism, sexism and heterosexism. It is all the more important now that this war has been ratcheted up and strengthened by the Supreme Court, and the curtain has been pulled back on the true nature of the overseers and those whose strings they pull in both political parties.

Daily Kos also provides a place to support each other's individual struggles of a non-political nature: dealing with job loss, with disability, with grief and even with our own mortality.

It offers a place to raise money for causes like the famine-struck Horn of Africa or the earthquake victims of Haiti. It allows a means to keep tabs on on-going world events — Fukushima, Katrina, the Gulf Oil spill, the Middle East political awakening, climate change, the criminal justice system. A place to present big ideas to shape our future.

Often, the place can just be fun.

Of course, Daily Kos is not a platform that has eliminated human nature. Pettiness, personal grudges, jockeying for power and attention, preening and pretending that only the other guy's shit stinks make daily appearances here. All too frequently, respected individuals are viciously attacked because their attackers can't read or simply to score points with their pals. Labels are attached on the flimsiest of excuses or none at all. Some say that the in-fighting is worse than it's ever been. If only they were running things here, if only this group or that group were banned en masse, the site could get much more accomplished, they imply or say directly.

In fact, much more would be accomplished if just half the energy that goes into this internal battling went into the real activism that we see recounted or proposed in diaries every day. Some of the viciousness would probably be undermined if the "Preview" comment button were replaced by one saying "THINK!"

Markos has provided the platform and he deserves everyone's deepest thanks for it. He certainly has mine. It's up to the participants here to make the best use of it in carrying out the fight against those who see the working classes of America as nothing more than fodder to make themselves ever richer.

My life has taken a turn that means I can no longer be one of those participants, here, or in the greater world.

Farewell to you all.

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Reposted from Daily Kos by takenote
Co-authored by citisven and Meteor Blades

Rally in San Francisco supporting Wisconsin unions. Feb 26,2011Photo by Kim O'ConnorBack in February, we announced the start of an exciting new project: the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative. We said we'd be up and running within a couple of weeks. Ah, optimism. A few glitches arose long the way. Many other issues had to be worked out than we initially thought. Consequently, the original deadline and a couple of others were missed.

But thanks to volunteers kimoconnor, it really is that important, takenote and Land of Enchantment, all working under the wise guiding hand of citisven, the co-op is now up and running. All it needs is your participation.

Before getting into the mechanics, we'd like to repeat the reasons for initiating this project in the first place.

Thousands of you take photos everywhere you go. You may have fancy SLR equipment with zooms and filters or just a simple 4-megapixel cell-phone camera. But whatever the case, whether you're at a public meeting with your Congressperson, a fund-raiser, a protest demonstration in front of the state capitol, touring the newest wind-turbine manufacturing plant, or helping volunteers dig out of the rubble from a natural disaster, you're capturing images that usually only your family or Facebook friends get to see. As noted three months ago, we want to change that:

Here’s the deal. With the knowledge that there will be only recognition, not remuneration, individuals will upload photos to our host site when they think these would be of interest and value at Daily Kos and other progressive blog sites. In other words, your sister surfing off Malibu is only likely to be of interest if she's planning to run for Dianne Feinstein's seat or has some other claim to fame. The photos will be loaded into the appropriately labeled folders for quick and easy access. Into each photo, using their own or the host site's software, individuals will provide a brief caption or information for one. And they will embed a standard credit line reading © 2011, Photographer's Name, Daily Kos Photo Cooperative …

As noted in the terms of use appended below, diarists and Front Pagers at Daily Kos, as well as selected bloggers at sites we approve in advance, may use any of the original photos in the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative to illustrate their diaries and essays posted here or at those approved sites. There is no fee.

About 150 photographs in 21 categories are already available for your use. We've posted two of them with this announcement. When you go to the site you'll see that there are ready-made captions or information that can be used to create a caption.

Obama and Reagan

Using photos from the DK Photo Cooperative:

Browse for images you'd like to use in your diary and select a photo in a gallery. Above the big version of the photo on the right you will see a “Share” button. Select “Get a Link.” You now have two options:

    1) Select “Embeddable Links” at the top of the box. Copy either Blog-Small, Blog-Medium or Blog-Large option and paste directly into the body of your diary. You can further customize image size by adding width="XYZ" to the code.

    2) Copy the Photo Link in the desired size (hovering over the orange ? next to the size will give you pixel size) and paste it into your diary with the “add” function on Daily Kos.

We recommend Option 1 because it will automatically include a link back to your image and info on Smugmug and provide the extra exposure for you. We'll post a "Complete Guide to Using Photos from DK Photo Co-op" diary in the near future.

Contributing to DK Photo Co-op:

Contributing photographers retain all rights to their original photos not expressly transferred to the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative, as described in the terms of use. In other words, if somebody at The New York Times sees your photo here or at a DKPC-approved blog and wants to buy it for a use you approve, you are free to do so.

If you'd like to contribute, email dkphotocoop at gmail dot com and include your DK user name as well as the name you'd like to have on your watermark. Your watermark name could be your DK user name, your real name, or your relevant photo web site. We will then create your watermark and email you the manual containing login info and everything you need to know about posting your photos.

Terms of Use:

The Daily Kos Photo Cooperative ("DKPC") is an archive featuring original images submitted by participating Contributing Photographers ("CPs"). These images are, under the specific conditions identified below in the Terms of Use, available on a fee-free and royalty-free basis. Images may be used by Daily Kos Users on Daily Kos without advance permission, subject to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.  Images may be posted by users at other websites only with advance written permission of the DKPC's administrators.

By posting photos in the DKPC, CPs agree to the limited grant of rights to others specified by these Terms of Use. CPs further agree to any terms of use specified by the site(s) selected by DKPC administrators for hosting DKPC images. (The DKPC presently uses SmugMug, whose Terms and Conditions of Use are available at http://www.smugmug.com/....)

Copyright for all images in the DKPC is held by their respective CPs. CPs reserve all rights to all images contributed to the DKPC which are not otherwise transferred to the DKPC or to licensees under these Terms of Use. Entities seeking to use these images under any circumstances other than those described above must directly contact the appropriate Contributing Photographer for advance permission. Neither Daily Kos nor the DKPC is responsible for any unauthorized use of images contributed to the DKPC.

Previously posted diaries:

Daily Kos Photo Cooperative launches, by Meteor Blades

DK Photo Cooperative: How it will work, by citisven

DK Photo Cooperative: Categorically Speaking, by citisven

DK Photo Cooperative: Beta test it now!, by citisven

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Admit it. You thought it was never going to happen. When Meteor Blades speculated that we would have the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative humming by March 1, you thought he was serious. Well, he was, but as so often when you're dealing with multiple layers of technology, content and organization, weeks turn into months. First, we had to figure out how it would work. Then we needed to get some community input on how to categorize the archive.

This time it's for real though. I think we've got it to where all the issues and concerns expressed in the previous threads have been addressed and we can take it for a test drive. So for anyone interested in rummaging around and uploading a few pics to our Smugmug host site, this is the time.

If you'd like to participate, email dkphotocoop at gmail dot com and include your DK user name as well as the name you'd like to have on your watermark. Your watermark name could be your DK user name, your real name, or your relevant photo web site. I will then create your watermark and email you the manual containing login info and everything you need to know about posting your photos.

Once you've read the instructions and feel like you're ready to upload a few of your finest shots into some galleries of your choice, give it a spin. Any difficulties, confusion, suggestions, or complaints (and we'll accept praise too ;-), post it in this thread over the next few days. Your friendly administrative team of kimoconnor, takenote, Land of Enchantment, Meteor Blades and myself will be there to take notes and answer any questions you may have.

Barring any major issue, our plan is to have an official launch next week.  

If this is the first you've heard about the Photo Cooperative, I recommend checking out the previous diaries:

Daily Kos Photo Cooperative launches, by Meteor Blades
DK Photo Cooperative: How it will work, by citisven
DK Photo Cooperative: Categorically Speaking, by citisven

dk photo coop logoThe Daily Kos Photo Cooperative is an administratively initiated and facilitated archive featuring original photos by Kossacks relevant to the mission of Daily Kos, made available for online editorial discourse by other Kossacks and progressive bloggers elsewhere in the blogosphere.
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From a creative perspective, nothing beats the thrill of watching the world go by, waiting for that perfect moment to arise right in front of you, and push the shutter release on your camera. Organizing your photos, on the other hand, is a much less glamorous activity, and if you're like me, often put on the back burner of the photographic process. Categorizing your photos never feels quite as urgent and important as taking them.

Until you're trying to find them again, that is.

Today's diary — the third in the process of setting up the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative — will present an organizing system that we've come up with as a starting point for our archive. We'll explain the basic idea behind it and then open up the floor for comments and suggestions.

If you haven't heard about this project yet and have questions about its goals and functionalities, I highly recommend reading the first two diaries in the series:

Daily Kos Photo Cooperative launches, by Meteor Blades
DK Photo Cooperative: How it will work, by citisven

dk photo coop logoThe Daily Kos Photo Cooperative is an administratively initiated and facilitated archive featuring original photos by Kossacks relevant to the mission of Daily Kos, made available for online editorial discourse by other Kossacks and progressive bloggers elsewhere in the blogosphere.
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Reposted from Daily Kos by citisven Editor's Note: This is the first diary in the DK Photo Cooperative series that was posted by Meteor Blades before the group was started. -- citisven

Being political animals, many of us Kossacks spend a hefty portion of our time at political events – Representatives' public meetings in their home district, candidate rallies, press conferences, VIP speaking engagements, fund-raisers, "popcorn" protests, deliveries of petitions. Some of us visit places that have important policy implications, such as geothermal installations and mountain-top removal sites. On the street we encounter the consequences of poverty and joblessness. As well as projects built with money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. One or two of us may be in the capital of the next country that sends its dictator packing. Or in Afghanistan. And everywhere we go, we take photographs.

Except for a lucky, persistent and highly skilled few, however, our photos get shown to our families, posted for our Facebook friends, and maybe make a one-time appearance on this or that blog. End of story. Most never to be seen again.

With confidence that we can help change that, this week, we're starting the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative. It's one of several new administratively initiated and facilitated group projects that will be rolled out over the course of 2011 that we hope will serve as valuable resources and tools, making the most out of Daily Kos's new functionalities.

Long-time Kossack Citisven has graciously volunteered to take on the start-up administrative tasks of the Photo Cooperative, including developing a handful of parameters for participation. He will work together with a team of his choosing, and me as a partner.

Here’s the deal. With the knowledge that there will be only recognition, not remuneration, individuals will upload photos to our host site when they think these would be of interest and value at Daily Kos and other progressive blog sites. In other words, your sister surfing off Malibu is only likely to be of interest if she's planning to run for Dianne Feinstein's seat or has some other claim to fame. The photos will be loaded into the appropriately labeled folders for quick and easy access. Into each photo, using their own or the host site's software, individuals will provide a brief caption or information for one. And they will embed a standard credit line reading © 2011, Photographer's Name, Daily Kos Photo Cooperative, as in the example shown here:

Modoc County (Calif.) Courthouse

All photos posted with the Photo Cooperative will be available royalty-free for non-commercial use at Daily Kos and other progressive blogs. Individual photographers will retain all rights of commercial use.

Citisven, his team members and I will frequently drop into diaries and any groups we are members of to "advertise" the Photo Cooperative and encourage diarists who are already posting relevant photos along with their text to add them to our collection for everyone's benefit. We will also encourage Kossacks and other progressive bloggers who aren't including original photos in their diaries to start doing so when appropriate. Our encouragement will also flow to Front Pagers at Daily Kos. If you're interested in being on the team, we can be reached at dkphotocoop@gmail.com.

Over time, the cooperative should build quite a collection of images, add more visual impact to progressive sites and give some attention to good amateur photographers. We're extremely excited about this project.

Beginning this week, Citisven will choose his team, set up the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative Group, open our user account on the host site and get started writing a brief how-to manual. The manual will contain terms of use, necessary details about how the host site works, trouble-shooting hints and possibly a handful of procedural rules that the participants themselves collaboratively determine are necessary.

We hope to have the cooperative humming by March 1.

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This is Part II in the process of getting the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative cruising. For those who missed the announcement, check out Meteor Blades’s diary last Sunday about the reasons for and concept behind the Co-op. I was asked to midwife this baby, and in a moment of giddy anticipation and blissful denial of the work involved in facilitating such an undertaking, accepted.

Daily Kos Photo Cooperative

There are obviously a few things that need to be figured out to set up a community resource like this, and a lot of people asked all kinds of great questions and offered their ideas and support. I’ve read through all of them and I’ve also done a bunch of research on the different ways in which we can set this up and how it will work best. Kimoconnor, with whom I have worked on offline photo editing projects before, and it really is that important, administrator of the thriving DK Photography group, have graciously agreed to be co-administrators (along with Meteor Blades) of the soon-to-be-launched host site. For those of you who want to be involved in this, there will be lots of ways to contribute, not only with your photography, but your editing, organizing, tagging and community building talents.    

In this diary I’d like to share with you where we’re at, explain some of the things that may have been confusing, and also get everyone’s input on how to proceed.

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