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Wed Jun 27, 2007 at 04:24 PM PDT

YK07 Auction Re-Starts Friday!

by oortdust

I am pleased to tell you that eBay has reinstated the YearlyKos account, and we will restart the June YearlyKos eBay Auction Fundraiser on Friday evening, June 29th.  Unlike previous auctions this will be a three day only auction!  The auction will end on Monday evening, July 2nd.  Because of the extremely short time before the auction begins, we will not be accepting any new items.

In reviewing both the diary I had previously posted to advise you that the auction had been canceled I realize I was not as clear as I could have been.  eBay stated last Sunday that they canceled the auction due to suspicion of ‘Shill Bidding’.  I told all of you that I had indeed bid upon three items which were subsequently bid up out of my price range, but I had placed those bids with my personal account, not the YearlyKos account.  Although I informed you that there was no link between my personal account and the YearlyKos account, the responses of some led me to see that I had not been transparent enough.  

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As many of you have noticed, eBay has cancelled our auction.  We have no hope of getting this auction reinstated with the last known bids prior to what would have been the end of the auction today.  The auction has been canceled because of me.  Seriously.  Because I, personally as oortdust, actually bid on 3 items that had not yet been bid on (you know, things I could still afford to purchase and actually wanted to buy), eBay has accused YearlyKos and myself of Shill Bidding.  Shill Bidding!!!!.

I have contacted their Trust & Safety department about this mixup.  They, like all of eBay, do not have phone support.  Nor do they have the Live Chat feature that eBay’s standard customer service uses.  Trust & Safety can only be reached by email, and their posted response time is 24-72 hours.  The last time I needed to contact them, they took 5 days to respond.

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Sat Jun 23, 2007 at 04:00 PM PDT

YK07 Auction Ends in 24 Hours!

by oortdust

That’s right, just 24 hours until the end of the YearlyKos Mega eBay Fundraiser Auction!  Please bid now if you have been holding off.   We have double the amount of items in this auction than we did in April!  All proceeds from the auction, minus fees, goes to the YearlyKos Convention.  Even if you cannot make it to the convention, you can still support YearlyKos by bidding in the auction.  

We have an amazing collection of items on offer for you.  Most of the items you will find have been hand made by fellow Kossacks.  Others have brought autographed books, programs, dvds and shirts for your consuming pleasure.  Everyone is doing what they can to help make YearlyKos a phenomenal success.  

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Stargate SG-1 has ended.  Sci-Fi Channel is now dead to me until November and the return of Battlestar Galactica.  I really liked SG-1.  I loved Farscape, and have an unhealthy obsession over BSG.  Now, all that is left are shows I won’t even watch such as Atlantis and Eureka.   All I have to look forward to now is manically checking eBay to see how the YearlyKos Auction is doing.  

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Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 05:10 PM PDT

Crafty Kossacks for Sale!

by oortdust

Rush on over to the YearlyKos Auction Mega Fundraiser to get your chance to bid on your choice of Kossacks!  Ok, ok, rush on over to bid on amazing items created by Kossacks!  Have you any idea of how much talent your fellow Kossacks possess? Amazing items that should be in a juried craft show, are instead placed here for your viewing pleasure!

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The YearlyKos Auction is proud to offer Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, and Jon Stewart for your purchasing pleasure!  Mr. Moyers himself has donated a one-of-a-kind Triple Truth Pack available only through this auction! Mr. Olbermann’s erudite visage is yours to own and frame, complete with autograph!  As for the irrepressible, snarkilicious Mr. Stewart, we are offering 2 VIP tickets to The Daily Show! But wait! There’s more...

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Were you one of the Kossacks who pledged an item to the June YearlyKos Fundraiser Auction?  Have you turned in your Donation Form and sent in your images?  If you have not, here is your notice that the deadline to do so is here.  Please contact auctions at yearlykosconvention dot org and let us know the status of your donation! This will be the final auction for the 2007 YearlyKos Convention! If you had been planning on donating, now is the time to contact us.

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Thu May 24, 2007 at 06:19 AM PDT

Crafty Kossacks Needed!

by oortdust

The June YearlyKos Auction is in great need of contributions by our crafty Kossacks!  We have only a few lonely pieces of handmade items to offer.  We need quilting, jewelry, knitting, crocheting, sewing, woodwork, sculpture, photography, painting, beadwork, cookies, millenary, weaving, mosaics, glass ware, and anything else that either you or someone you know made.

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We’re gearing up for our third and final auction before the 2007 YearlyKos Convention!  We hope to have many more items in this auction then we have had before!  In order to accomplish that, we are looking for volunteers to donate more of their fantastic possessions.  In the previous two auctions Kossacks have donated jewelry, books, political memorabilia, hand sewn or knitted items, soaps, prints, and everyone’s favorite – horse semen!

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Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 12:12 PM PDT

1968

by oortdust

I personally do not remember the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, but many do.  For those of us who don’t remember that crucial event, there are books, documentaries, and Wikipedia.   This convention happened the same year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, which set off riots throughout the nations.  Parts of DC still have not recovered from those riots.  Robert F. Kennedy, former U.S. Attorney General and Presidential candidate, was also assassinated in 1968.  The Vietnam War was still happening, and protests were growing stronger.

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Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 07:26 AM PDT

W vs. Webb!

by oortdust

There have been many diaries on the differences between W and (now) Senator Webb.  These diaries usually point out the breadth of experience Sen. Webb has in foreign policy, military experience, and respect for the middle class.  Quite a few has said that Senator Webb would make a significantly better president than 43, and have urged him to run for office.

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Sunday, April 15th at 7pm eastern, the second YearlyKos Auction of 2007 will start!  The auction will run for seven days, allowing plenty of time to rant and plead with those daring to outbid you.  The purchase(s) you make from the YearlyKos Auction provides the funds to help us run the 2007 YearlyKos Convention in Chicago in August.  

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