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  •  Meteor Blades was picked as my ... (4.00)
    ...user name because of its connection to my 6-year-old business, which is selling ceremonial antique Indonesian daggers (called keris - pronounced kris) and textiles. Many have it that these daggers are made of iron from meteorites, which is true in only a handful of cases, although a lot of them have a high nickel content.

    I stumbled onto Daily Kos just before I left on a trip to Bali at the time of the disco bombing in October 2002. I think there were maybe 500 people visiting the site each day then. In September 2003, Kos asked me and DHinMI to be guest posters on the Front Page, a "job" I held until November 2004.

    My first political "experience" was listening to my Seminole grandfather, the first Native American regional organizer for the United Mine Workers discuss union politics, racism, and the need to always question authority, although he didn't say it that way. In 1964, I decided to join Freedom Summer and was trained in Ohio to help register black voters in Mississippi along with hundreds of other young people - black and white. In late 1964 I was in my first anti-Vietnam War protest, a silent line of 22 women and men with one sign, which said: Stay out of Vietnam.

    Over the next decades, I joined SDS, the American Indian Movement, and numerous local groups, plus environmental groups and became a journalist, engaging in one three-year stint as an alternative investigative reporter. I spent months reporting from Central America in the bloody 1980s, witnessing war and the aftermath of genocide.

    I was born in Georgia, lived for 29 years in Colorado and will have lived for 20 years in Los Angeles come next February. I believe in and fight for peace, justice and the American Way as its most idealistic, not its most greedy, practitioners interpret it.

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    by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 23, 2005 at 11:57:00 PM PDT

    •  Sheep shearing (none)
      If I've posted this before, pardon the repeat, but when I first saw your username it piqued my interest so I googled it. About the only thing that came up (other than your posts) was a brand of sheep shears. For a long time I thought there might be some snarky hidden meaning to your username related to that.

      (Actually I still think there is and the stuff about knives is just a cover story)

      We all go a little mad sometimes - Norman Bates

      by badger on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 12:20:26 AM PDT

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    •  Meteor Blades (none)
      I always wondered about your name. It's the coolest - fittingly.
    •  Damn, I've been punk'd (4.00)
      Kagro X convinced me that Meteor Blades was your real name, and I bought it.  Heh.  

      Guess that means I'm buying the first round of drinks should we meet in real life...

      -AG

      You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

      by AlphaGeek on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 12:50:57 AM PDT

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    •  I always thought MB was a wicked cool name and.. (none)
      ..it conjured up images of the black blade used by one of the characters in Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, IIRC. It's been over ten years since I read that book, so don't kill me if I'm wrong about the knife, but there was a black blade used in one of the cyber punk novels I read back then.

      It also always makes me think of the song, Murder Suicide Meteor Slave by Jeff Buckley for obvious reasons, but I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's a cool "title" as well?

      Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. -Tom Paine

      by Alumbrados on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 02:30:24 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, thank you for explaining! (none)
      I've been wondering about it for so long. The only explanation I could think of was that you were a competetive (and very fast) roller-blader.

      "America has left the building." --Jeff Wells

      by Hastur on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 11:07:26 AM PDT

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