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As a longtime Kossack and web denizen, the growth of the WWW beyond US borders has always intrigued me.  It used to be that the US was the undisputed leader in all things Internet, but over the past decade America has been increaingly left in the dust by Europe, Japan and parts of South America when it comes to broadband speed and access.

What particularly intrigues me, with regard to Daily Kos, is how it's used and viewed by the folk who visit it from outside the US.  Are we a good thing?  A bad thing?  Refreshingly spot-on, frustratingly clueless, or perhaps bits of both depending on which diarist you happen to be reading at the moment?

Kossacks from outside the US' borders, stand up and speak up!  Consider this your time to shine.   The floor (or this diary at least) is yours.

Originally posted to Phoenix Woman on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:05 PM PDT.

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  •  I'll be updating the body w/comments & info (0+ / 0-)

    As they're received.

    Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

    by Phoenix Woman on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:07:00 PM PDT

  •  I don't count (7+ / 0-)

    as I was a Kossak before I went elsewhere. Is England better than the States, more forward, more enlightened? As they say over there, "you gain on the swings and lose on the roundabouts." Both places are good in some ways and sorry in others. The best people in both places are trying to make their own corner of the world better, and Kossaks are in that category for sure.

    If nothing is very different from you, what is a little different from you is very different from you. Ursula K. Le Guin

    by northsylvania on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:13:22 PM PDT

    •  Me neither (3+ / 0-)

      Before I lived in Geneva Switz, I was a Seattle kossack. Am part of the Dems Abroad group here and the same thing you said above can be said for many of the liberals over in my neck of the woods.

      •  I like to think that DK helps us know each other (2+ / 0-)
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        northsylvania, LokiMom

        Or at least provide a respite from at least some of the various Official Stories our respective leaders infuse in us via the corporate or otherwise state-approved media.  (If nothing else, seeing a different Official Story, and noting the discrepancies between that one and the one we're used to seeing, might help us locate the truth somewhere between those two stories.)

        Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

        by Phoenix Woman on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:28:49 PM PDT

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    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      Who says you don't count?  What justification do you have for this belief?  Why are you putting yourself down?

      [I come here to ask questions?]

      No mate, everyone counts, everyone everywhere.

      Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

      by Demena on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 01:34:05 AM PDT

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  •  heh (3+ / 0-)

    i believe i was in italy when i registered.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:19:13 PM PDT

  •  My problem is slow speed, But (2+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, bubbanomics

    I am in a small town in Nicaragua. We have running water for a few hours almost every day. I don't know which is worse.

    I just upgraded internet speed. Now I can be late to the best diaries, faster.

    by mississippi boatrat on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:24:43 PM PDT

  •  Oh, haha! I thought (0+ / 0-)

    this was in refernce to this diary:

    Like, "get your census in, so we can over-take those dumbass Rethugs in conservative districts and make Karl Rove sceam like a baby!"

    So, ya, carry on.......(without me, since I am clueless, and from the U.S.....)

    One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork." - Mark Twain

    by ohmyheck on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:25:41 PM PDT

    •  You know it's bad when they have to grab (1+ / 0-)
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      Ol' Turd Blossom and send him out to chat up the base.  

      Except that too many of the base have spent too long listening to Michele Bachmann for one little Rovian PSA to do the trick.  Too little, too late Karl -- just like in 2008.

      Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:31:00 PM PDT

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  •  ha ha ha ha (4+ / 0-)

    In Texas for a very short time. long enough to get my census in the mail, now back to Canada on Friday!


    by TexMex on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:30:07 PM PDT

  •  Canadian. (2+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, bubbanomics

    Peterborough Ontario.  UID 33-something something something.  Registered in the late summer of 2004 in those "John Kerry reporting for duty"/ swiftboat liars halcyon days.  I checked out D Kos and Freerepublic on the same day because of a magazine graphic spread which equated the two sites on a right-left axis.  I was banned after three posts on FR, but safe to say, my early "all Americans are bloodthirsty warmongers" efforts weren't such a big hit here either.  Now, DKos is my first stop for info.

    People are fungible. You can have them here or there. - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, responding

    by peterborocanuck on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 12:35:03 PM PDT

  •  I'm in the country where (2+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, cadejo4

    Frank Herbert wrote 'Dune,' where García Márquez lives. I'm in what used to be "la región más transparente del aire."

    I've always felt close to the country up North. I enjoyed the TV shows and the American music. I started reading Science Fiction in Spanish, and later continued in a slowly improving English.

    I've lived up there, and my brother was a devoted Republican; but my roots remain here. Perhaps it's the stifling sun, perhaps the pull of family.

    In retrospect it seems inevitable that I would rage at Bush in 2000 and avidly would follow the effort to elect a better person, which led me here.

    The broadband connection works very well in Mexico City. I remember when dial-up killed the radio star was a chore.

    Alles ist verr├╝ckt

    by sersan on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 02:16:49 PM PDT

  •  Expat tuning in from Guatemala (4+ / 0-)

    I like the DKos community, especially the small group living in Latin American countries. Probably, international appeal is limited because the site's focus (electing Democrats) is highly regional, but it's a good place to stay informed and helped me retain my sanity during the Bush years. Like others here, I'm a member of Dems Abroad.

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 02:59:55 PM PDT

  •  Aussie no USA citizenship. (1+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman

    I come here to help move the Overton Window.  

    I'm pro american ideals but not its governments.  I come to help get more democrats elected (but I can't do much) and to move democrats to more progressive stands.  As America influences so much of the world I think this is a good place to work from.

    I think that people from overseas can see more of american nature than americans themselves.  All locals are sometimes in the position of not being able to see the woods from the trees.

    I hope that what contributions I have made have helped and that I have widened people's perspectives and have had mine widened.  But my diaries are lightweight and poorly toned so I work mostly in comments.

    This is the fourth (serial) handle I have had here.  I lost the first two because of forgotten passwords and changed email addresses.  One I discarded after the pie fight.

    I've outraged others and been outraged.  Mostly this is a good thing.  

    I like it here.

    Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

    by Demena on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 01:29:33 AM PDT

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