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Strolling the orange aisles again, poking here, poking there, here are just a few wonders of Daily Kos I found this week:

  • Quilt porn!
    Quilt panel featuring farm
    Florene, in the DK Quilt Guild group, wrote a show-and-tell diary full of goodness on cheap quilt-making, a necessity for previous generations (and once upon a time, the whole point of making things yourself): The ARE the Quilts Your Grandmother Made.
  • A salute to 1951 movie classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which author revbludge writes, "The following stories are “what if” conjectures based on the film's premises told in the manner of various sci-fi sub-genres since the early 1950s." [Brief Tales from the Day the Earth Stood Still].
  • In the Readers and Book Lovers group, diarist The Book Bear reviewed Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman in the post, Batman's biggest secret is not Bruce Wayne. Bottom line: There's more than one guy responsible for creating Batman, despite what conventional wisdom tells you, and there's quite a story behind that.
  • Sagebrush Grouse has an interesting series going, comparing the world created in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy to our current political situation. In the second installment of the series, On the Road to Panel, Part 2, Avox Populi, Michigan legislators silencing women lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida don't come out looking too good. An interesting undertaking, this comparing of parallel worlds, reminding readers of the long tradition of Orwell, Huxley, fiction and reality. Hoping for more in this occasional series—it's very thought-provoking.
  • Really cool Poems from the Left series each Monday night, Indigo Kalliope. Group's self-description: Poems from the Left: Join us every Monday evening for drinks at the new Kos community political poetry club. Drop by and speak your mind in rhyme or blank verse. Let's use language to scream our passion to the world. Bongos, berets and turtle neck sweaters are optional. The keypad is mightier than the sword.
  • A stunning photo diary by Ojibwa covering the Missoula, MT, celebration on the Fourth of July.
  • The Founding Progressives, a diary by play jurist, was an Independence Day meditation on the founders, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine and … the Diggers.
  • Nice series with Dumbo usually taking the helm: Thursday Classical Music. Most recent entry: Saint-Saens Organ Symphony #3.
  • Some good, light-hearted quality videos about climate change have been shared by Don't Just Sit There DO SOMETHING. And user Ask Jerves had a well-focused related diary on how to combat energy illiteracy.
  • Let's close with some flower and bug porn from blueyedace2!
    Damselfly on green leaf

What lovelies and positively awesome stuff have you run across at Daily Kos lately? Inquiring minds want to know, so share in comments!

Originally posted to Susan Gardner on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, DKOMA, and DK Quilt Guild.

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