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  •  I whole heartedly agree (0+ / 0-)

    That it would be a great strategy for NZ to give extra points to Kossacks in their application for residency. I would also like to include that applicants are encouraged to listen to 'The Panel' on 'Afternoons with Jim Mora' for intelligent and reasoned debate on political and social issues. Wikipedia states, that in the 2006 NZ census, 10,806 people identified themselves as American in their ethnic identity, and 17,751 said they were born in America. There must be more than 3 Kossacks here in NZ, don't you think? I am really curious about how you discovered Daily Kos. I'm guessing that it has something to do with that innate Kiwi curiosity.

    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

    by janis b on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:21:09 PM PDT

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    •  I blame it on my family... (0+ / 0-)

      My brother is a college professor in the US and a democrat activist who directed me to DK during 2008. But once introduced to Daily Kos it is hard to kick the habit. There is something quaintly human and both inspirational/exasperating about Daily Kos. It is like having an instant political family! And given how small NZ is, progressive political junkies sometimes need some kind of global family!

      Probably more than that, there is something totally compelling about US politics. It is not just spectacular political theatre (although that is certainly entertaining) or an alternative to being a sports-fan for progressives (why else did we live on Nate Silver's daily predictions last year?). The US seems to simultaneously contain both the worst and best options available to contemporary democratic politics. Every week in US politics seems to provide the opportunity for hope and despair, for progress and regression in equal measure... That's why the tab seems to always stay open in my browser!

      Thanks for asking the question Janis b!

      "Both sides are just the same". Voter shorthand for "I haven't been paying attention".

      •  Thank you for answering the question (0+ / 0-)

        I enjoyed reading your perspective of the American political scene, especially your perception, that encompassed within all its theatrics is the opportunity for hope and despair, in equal measure. It often does appear to be like theatre sport, and in equal measure, I go from hope to despair, over and over again. If you would like to continue our conversation you can email me ...  Janmys at ihug dot co dot nz

        'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

        by janis b on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:28:30 PM PDT

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