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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by Most Awesome Nana Editor's Note: Good morning! We are still trying to help elenacarlena pay her rent! URGENT - PLEASE REPUBLISH TO YOUR GROUPS, TIP , REC, AND SHARE AS FAR AND WIDE AS YOU CAN. Thank you very, very much. -- Most Awesome Nana

Please keep tipping and recommending so as many people as possible will see this diary! We only have a day to accomplish our goal. THANK YOU!

Due to a situation far beyond our control, the Derby Day Party and Fundraiser for elenacarlena did not reach the goal we had set. Total amount collected is $220.00. The original diary is HERE if you would like to see how the party went.

Now Elena's situation is critical. She must make her rent payment of $750 TOMORROW and she is $530.00 short. I will start things off with $30.00 leaving only $500.00 to go. That can be 50 people sending $10.00 each! I know this Community can do that.

I know there have been many requests for help, all for very worthy causes, and stretching everyone to the limit; but I know we can do this one more time for Elena who is a valued member of our Community. Here is what JekyllnHyde wrote in the diary:

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



Everyone will WIN THE ROSES TODAY!

Here's How You Can Help Elena


If you have a PayPal account and have never used it to send money to anyone, it is really simple.

  • Go to PayPal.com.
  • Click Send Money to Family and Friends.
  • Enter elenacarlena's email address (which is karlekonsultants@cs.com) and amount you are sending. The sender's name is visible to the recipient.
  • As a reminder, you can also help by keeping this diary on the Rec List, republishing to your Daily Kos groups, linking to your Facebook pages, and helping to spread the word through Twitter.

Thank you for caring and your generous contribution.


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Monday! I was all set to write a diary about animal mayors, but I fell asleep at the computer while doing research :(

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We do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
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Loud cheers and great rejoicing!  Juicy colds are horrible things.

Itzl Alerting As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!

IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a PM to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!

Yes, I know.  My troubles are few and light.  But juicy colds are horrible things.
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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by weck

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde



Welcome everyone to our Derby Day Party!

We are going to have a horse race (also known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports"), a few mint juleps, and a good time raising funds for our fellow Kossack, elenacarlena. Everyone is invited to join us to make a comment, tip, rec, republish, share on Facebook, promote on Twitter, send good vibes, or donate.

Elena is always ready to help others with information, good wishes and when possible, money. But now she is the one who needs help. Many of you read her previous diary and responded with great kindness. Unfortunately, the situation has not yet resolved itself. She still lacks enough funds for her special needs cats.

Please follow me below the bourbon fudge swirl for a few words from Elena.

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Photo Credit: NASA

Today, I hope to entertain you and include some sciencey stuff.  Because astrology is both art and science.

Itzl Alerting

As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group gives Kossacks a safe place to check in, a daily diary where we can let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, earthquakes, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It also allows us to find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a Kosmail and ask to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  
We do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
Monday: BadKitties
Tuesday: ejoanna
Wednesday: Caedy
Thursday: art ah zen
Friday: FloridaSNMOM
Saturday: Most Awesome Nana
Sunday: loggersbrat

The Farmers' Almanac has this short video about Sunday's Full Flower Moon:

This week is a continuation of my last two Saturday diaries about the phases of the Moon and how those phases are viewed in astrology as indicators of personality traits.

Please note these are only indicators.  Astrology is a complex art; the phase of your moon indicators may be overshadowed by other factors in your chart.  This week, I'll talk a little about my own chart as it relates to the phases of the Moon (hey, I'm an Aries - we're a little self-absorbed) and how this is bolstered by other factors in my chart.

Please follow me below the orange curlicue for more...

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by rebel ga
Heap of US pennies, nickels, and dimes
This is a followup diary to the one I posted last week, which was itself a followup to the one in January (please see these for more details). Longtime Sacramento-area kossack aitchdee found herself disabled by rheumatoid arthritis, unable to work, and facing immediate tax auction of her modest condo. Serious roof leaks had consumed her savings and now made it impossible to sell the condo for enough to pay the tax liability, so she turned to us fearing that she was about to become homeless.

The good advice she received here helped her file the correct form of bankruptcy just in time. This does NOT discharge her tax debt, but it forces the county to wait one year before the auction. Meanwhile, she's received assistance from another expert kossack in completing her application for SSDI benefits, and is thought to have a good chance of success (because she is so obviously ill in ways that interest SSA). Now, she needs financial help to keep going for the estimated 4-5 weeks until she gets a response. (If the response is negative, she's in trouble and she knows it, but if she is accepted, then she can figure out how to find a living situation that's affordable for her once she loses the condo.)

If you can help at all, now or in a week or two or three, please continue below the fold to learn how. She is so close to being okay, and even small amounts can help her eat, feed pets, keep the lights and water on, get the expired car registration renewed -- all life's expenses that do not wait just because there is no income. And if you have nothing to spare, please consider helping with recs, republishes, mention in open threads, and social media shares and tweets, to help us reach others who might have more resources.

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Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 09:55 PM PDT

Ian: May 1 2015

by FloridaSNMOM

Friday once more.

Itzl Alerting

As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group gives Kossacks a safe place to check in, a daily diary where we can let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, earthquakes, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It also allows us to find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a Kosmail and ask to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  
We do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
Monday: BadKitties
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Thursday: art ah zen
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Jacaranda-Tree

This is one of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen.  I love jacarandas.  They have such stunning color, airy open canopies, wide spread shade.

Itzl Alerting

As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group gives Kossacks a safe place to check in, a daily diary where we can let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, earthquakes, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It also allows us to find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a Kosmail and ask to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  
We do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
Monday: BadKitties
Tuesday: ejoanna
Wednesday: Caedy
Thursday: art ah zen
Friday: FloridaSNMOM
Saturday: Most Awesome Nana
Sunday: loggersbrat

They also are perhaps the messiest trees that don't drop bombs or sap.  Those flowers, ach!  They track into your house on all feet, into your garage on all tires, into the yard on all winds.  More below the orange zen tangle string.  One day, I will tangle it just to see what can be done.

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Reposted from Kitchen Table Kibitzing by Pam from Calif

Input for improvement welcome: comment or kosmail to diary writer. Revision is in process.


JOB  1:  Someone with permission of the kosak in trouble has written a diary stating who's the kosak in trouble, what help is needed, and what means are in place so help is receivable. Often you'll see the diary published by Community Fundraisers or a group the kosak in trouble is a member of (group publishing reaches friends immediately & makes updates possible by other group editors/admins in case the original diarist can't, says belinda ridgewood who magnificently writes a lot of them; also that anyone writing such diaries can kosmail to a Comm'ty Fndrsrs admin, ask to be made a contributor there, explain what your diary will be and when it needs to post; and group members there will help you if they can, if you keep communications open.)

FROM HERE ONWARD, IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW WE READERS RESPOND: Like this:

JOB  2:  Go to the profile page of the kosak in trouble, find all groups in which the kosak is a member, and:

         2A:  Readers who are editors/admins there republish the diary to those groups.

         2B:  Contributors see if that's been done and if not queue it and kosmail repub requests "to help a member of the group" to 1 or 2 eds/admins at each whose profile page shows them currently active in DK.

               Don't bother with Message-to-Group: it won't put a New Message alert in any
               WELCOME BACK box & can go unseen forever. Don't worry if others are doing
               the same as you: together the bases get covered better than any 1 or 3 alone.

         2C:  Non-members check is it repub'ed at those groups? If not, kosmail the diary link to 1 or 2 active eds/admins at each, requesting repub to help group-member.  Don't worry etc.

JOB  3:  If the diary says where the kosak is, find groups in a 200-or-so mile radius in Where The Kogs Are — folks there may have friends/relatives nearer who might be able to help.
                  3A:  See 2A  ◄►  3B:  See 2B  ◄►  3C:  See 2C

JOB  4:  Check the DK Health-Med & Related Groups & Series to find groups focused on health or socioeconomic needs cited in the diary — members there may be knowledgeable about resources & coping.
                  4A:  See 2A  ◄►  4B:  See 2B  ◄►  4C:  See 2C

JOB  5:  Send the diary link to individual kosaks you know with expertise in that kind of emergency, or who are near it but not in a group where they'd read of it.

JOB  6:  Come back and recommend and tip the diary, and comment on:
      6A:  what groups you repub'ed or queued or kosmailed the diary to with reasons why, so readers who don't know The JOB will learn it from you.
      6B:  resources you have reason to know may be available where the kosak in trouble is, and how to reach those resources.
      6c:  offer whatever donations and words of fellowship as always.

Why not "6c" first? Because time is of the essence to spread word far & wide in DK which mobilizes fully effective help fast and gets the diary heavily rec'd and tipped so word goes even further.  But emotion can pull us so deep into events that we get sidetracked from what's personally immediately powerful to do, while every delay multiplies geometrically all along the line, and things get scarier and worse than maybe have to. Since forever, telephone-trees, amazingly global 'ham' radio (my heroes!), bicyclers town to town, foot-runners, drums — come fire, flood, famine, avalanche, bush-war — people send out the call. And stay connected to check on each other in case of emergency, like Itzel Alert Network (in the first of the 2 lists in DK Health-Med&Etc Grps). Like all of DK can. So, spread the word - that's why.

Later, Job 7: kosaks wanting to stay help-ready can republish this to your groups (the section above the green line will shrink as revision addresses omissions), and periodically Move To Top so even in disorienting emergencies Dk grps have checklists to help us come through for each other.

New folks join DK constantly. Let's give them opportunities like this to matter, by their actions, right from the get-go.

What other virtual first-responder actions and groups should we remember and/or include, and where in the sequence? Are there diaries good to link here and repub and Move To Top at our groups? What ways of spreading word and mobilizing help do you recall from when you were a kid, or how your parents or g'parents did it? Or thru'out history!

BTW, reading the please-help diaries, I kept thinking: "when [troubles] come, they come not single spies, but in battalions" ...from Hamlet, Act IV, Sc 5. This week we also had diaries on how Shakespeare continues to speak to our lives.  10-Q 4 the inspiration of all the diaries.

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Reposted from guavaboy by rebel ga

My adult daughters, in a strange turnaround, keep demanding to know my exact whereabouts these days, since the earthquake here in Nepal.

I am fine and I was nowhere near the epicenter. My teaching project here takes me outside the Kathmandu Valley about half the time, and I was in the Terai, teaching at a medical school, when this happened. It's the hot flat part far from Everest.

My daughter asked how to show some visible solidarity with Nepal, and then she asked me a question that made a lightbulb go off...... step over the orange piece of earthquake rubble to read what it was.....

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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 10:33 PM PDT

IAN 4-29-15

by broths

Bardarbunga volcano makes for nice sunset.
Itzl Alerting
As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group gives Kossacks a safe place to check in, a daily diary where we can let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, earthquakes, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It also allows us to find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a Kosmail and ask to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  
  Please sign in here, and have a great day.
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Reposted from Support the Dream Defenders by weck
BFSkinner in 2010
Sigh. Our friend BFSkinner returned to the emergency room on Friday due to intestinal blood loss and extreme weakness. He remains hospitalized at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, north of Detroit.

He received three units of blood. His intestinal bleeding has apparently stopped for now. No site of blood loss was visible on a red blood cell nuclear scan. His doctors cannot determine if the tear has healed completely or if the rend is bleeding intermittently with a periodicity of one to two weeks.

Some of his doctors want to give him the blood thinner Coumadin to prevent blood clots being thrown to his heart or brain. He had a clot already which lodged in an artery on the surface of his heart, for which he had a stent placed. Other doctors reject Coumadin because of his risk of hemorrhage. Coumadin has caused him to hemorrhage in the past.

He told me he has to choose between death by bleeding and death by heart attack or stroke. Immediately after delivering this news, he made me laugh by telling me a funny story about an interaction with one of his doctors. We both laughed.

Looks like he will undergo placement of a temporary vena cava filter in the next couple of days. This filter will be removed in about 30 days.

His family is nearby. His sister lives in the next town, and his brother has not yet returned home to China.

I found out about his rehospitalization today. BFSkinner asked me to say his continued illness has kept him from participating at Daily Kos.

Again, he cannot view Daily Kos on his cellphone, but he can make limited comments on FaceBook.

Instead of creating another incredible collection of get-well notes for him, please take a moment as you hover over the Tip Jar to send him gentle but firm and certain healing.

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