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  •  the good old days of the cold war (19+ / 0-)

    Tom Dispatch often posts their items here on DK. They seldom get more than a couple of recommends.

    The one that just came out lists 5 differences between the cold war period and today. For those old enough to recall the drills in elementary school to dive under the desk in case of a nuclear attack, it is probably hard to imagine the fear in the country.

    1. The president didn’t claim the right to kill American citizens without “the due process of law.”

    2. We didn’t have a secret “terrorism-industrial complex.”

    3. Organized labor was accepted as part of the social landscape.

    4. The government had to get a warrant before it could tap your phone.

    5. The infrastructure was being expanded and strengthened.

    Most of the Tom Dispatch posts are written by others like this one.

    •  additional information on this post (11+ / 0-)

      I got through the first 5 items on his list and made the post above.

      Here is the title of the article and the additional 3 items on his list.

      Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War
      Fifty Years Ago, College Was Cheap, Unions Were Strong, and There Was No Terrorism-Industrial Complex
      By Jon Wiener

      6. College was cheap.

      7. We had a president who called for a “war on poverty.”

      8. We had a president who warned against “the excessive power of the military-industrial complex.”

      •  has anyone done a study of diaries that fall off (5+ / 0-)

        that never make it to the REC list?

        The article that I mentioned in my two previous comments has now been posted on DK.

        As I write this, it is now down to number 12 on the recent diaries list and it has had two comments and no recommends.

        Tom Dispatch is edited by Tom Englehardt and part of the effort of The Nation magazine. He has an impressive group of authors who publish on his blog.

        I can't recall if any of these posts ever made the Rec list.

        A couple of years ago I thought that I could write a diary and get a big following, but at least for me, unless I take many hours to compose a diary, and write a good one, and hit just at the right time, the chances are almost zero that I will make it long enough to be seen.

        •  Don - this is one of the outcomes of the new DK4 (2+ / 0-)
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          Lujane, chuckvw

          rules. As you know prior to DK4 there were diary content standards and a limit of one diary per day per UID. Diaries now move through the recent diary list at a much faster pace.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:04:03 AM PST

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        •  Don't know how much it impacts readership (9+ / 0-)

          I know for me, I've come to rely heavily on the snippet at the beginning of the diary that I can see when I scroll over the title. This is what I see on the tomdispatch diaries

          This article originally appeared at To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.
          I will admit that I then conclude if the most important thing the poster wants me to take away is to visit their site and sign up for their e-mails, there are probably other more useful diaries to read.

          "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

          by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:28:41 AM PST

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          •  Good point Catte Nappe, (3+ / 0-)
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            Catte Nappe, Don midwest, No Exit

            I rely on the snippet also.  If the information about the diary topic doesn't catch me, I move on.  I do the same thing with the diaries where the snippet is just a link to the same diary posted to the author's twitter account.  

            I know I'm missing a ton of well-written and informative diaries, but I'm also reading a ton of well-written and informative diaries that have encouraged me to click through via their informative snippet.

            However, due to this comment thread, I will make a point to catch TomDispatch diaries in the future.

            •  I too will give them a closer look (3+ / 0-)
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              Don midwest, No Exit, Pandora

              It's interesting, though, that they don't often (ever?) seem to get picked up by Community Spotlight either. Neither do the RH Reality Check postings, which has a similar model of various people contributing the content. And both tend to be "posters" who do not participate or respond to comments or discussion.

              "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

              by Catte Nappe on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:42:21 AM PST

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          •  TomDispatch diaries are always MUST READ (1+ / 0-)
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            for me.

            TomDispatach's site is also on my reading list.

            Excellent site.

            A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

            by No Exit on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:00:26 PM PST

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