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Some bad craziness went down on dKos recently and I admit I was one who was suckered in, though I think my diary in response MOSTLY was still is worthwhile. But it WAS based on false information. And in the course of the whole thing , if I dissed anyone who in the end was clearly a victim, I apologize, as do many around here, I think.

But this isn't another meta diary about what went down. What I want to say is this: the vast majority of folks around here did what they thought was right as they always do. That came from the heart and we shouldn't be ashamed of it. We try to be good folk around here and we should feel good about that.

And that is also what we are all about. We are a community and so we are bound to care about eachother, which means if someone REALLY wants to spend some INSANE amount of time creating a persona or three to dupe us, they may well succeed. But that doesn't mean we should stop caring about eachother and MOSTLY trusting eachother.

Though we should all also remember to keep some healthy skepticism...and we should all remember to cut eachother some slack when things get hot.

But also we need to remember we are here not for drama that would make a great TV show...we are here because we care and we want to make a difference. So below I try to remind us all of what should count...

First off, I personally appreciate what the Admins do here. Kos himself and the Big Wigs like Meteor Blades and Armando have created something we all should appreciate. We may not always be happy with it, but it MEANS something to us and they created it. I THANK them!

I also want to say I personally appreciate that throughout the bad craziness, I could still count on the wit and, can I say it, WISDOM of Jbou who throws some pretty funny shit at us on a regular basis. If I had the ability to change one thing around here, it would be to require jbou to post at LEAST once a day every day to keep us entertained and on our toes. So when things get tough at dKos, the tough should look for a jbou diary...or so I think. Bet I am not alone.

Now why do we come here, other than OF COURSE Jbou's wit and wisdom?

Well LOTS of reasons.

Of course there is the politics. That is a bottom line we should never ignore. Damn the meta, let's remember that we have a lot of right wing extremist teabaggers to defeat. Let's get the ball rolling and WIN some shit in November. That's what we are here for. Last night I raised some $300 for Congressional candidates across the country (including some offline donations people ell me they made). That is worth more than any other blogging I did that day.

And there is more LOCAL politics, because ALL politics is local and electing amazing progressives on the local level creates the next generation of politicians running for higher office.

But we also need to remember we ARE a community. And there are SO many things we can do TOGETHER.

There is the coffee diary that can save a nascent Jewish community in Uganda and unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in that community.

There's music too. I learned some time ago that music is a big part of this community.

Maybe it's Warren Zevon's ode to Vera Cruz (showing far more knowledge of Mexican history than most Americans have)

Maybe it's some killer Jewish music from Israel:

Or Jewish kids in Uganda!

Or maybe the Big Man of Hawai'i

Or one of the most amazingly beautiful songs from any Japanese Anime ever

Or maybe a kick ass union song:

We love music as much as politics around here...

My point is this. Stay focused. Stay inspired. Humor, politics, of this is as much a part of this site as the meta that sometimes sucks us all in, myself as much as anyone.

When it gets out of hand, sit back, enjoy, and re-focus on what really matters...

Winning against the right wing fanatics who have hijacked our country.

And since it is now technically Friday, though I still need to drag my ass home and get to bed, let me leave you with Woza Friday:

We're all in this together, so let's not forget to come back together whenever we have or differences.

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  •  Damn, we're a squirrelly bunch! (10+ / 0-)

    Community is hard work, but worth it.  Party on mole.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 11:23:01 PM PDT

  •  I like it here a lot. That is why I write here. (6+ / 0-)

    However, I do not feel part of a community.  

    I always feel I could be thrown out of here at any moment just for being me. I will paraphrase Robert Frost:

    Community is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

    I heart some people here and consider them friends. Some people I loved are gone from here for the same reason I do not feel at home: malignant scrupulosity.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 02:44:02 AM PDT

  •  Wait, too soon! (6+ / 0-)

    We haven't had time for the witchhunts yet!

    I was really looking forward to slyly insinuating that some of the most obnoxious posters onsite were actually TN sockpuppets! ;)

    But more seriously, I think this does put a crimp into things like Community Fundraisers diaries.  If someone is willing to spend years creating all sorts of fake offline personae and having them interact just as 'proof' that they're 'real' on DK, simply for fun, how are we to know if the person we're all raising hundreds or thousands of dollars via paypal for isn't a similarly thorough scammer, even if they've got a low UID and have been around and commenting for a long time?

    Which leads to my one peeve with many of the fundraisers - people never want to actually address their problems early, they always wait til it's 'I've got 48 hours til I'm going to be evicted', at which point it's generally even too late for them to get paypal funds out in time anyway.  That's the perfect set-up for a scam, putting on the pressure cooker 'I need money right this second!'  I understand that sometimes life does throw immediate money needs issues up, but really, you should know at least a couple of weeks in advance if you're going to be evicted, and it would be nice if you might bring it up a wee bit earlier if you want help - not everyone here who even wants to help can cough up money on such short notice.

    •  Heh... (6+ / 0-)

      I have donated a lot through diaries on this site, but never to individuals. More like things like Pretty Bird Women House...

      Or was Pretty Bird Woman House another TN sockpuppet?

      Almost wrote a "I AM THE NEPHEW" diary last night. Then I opted for this diary instead.

      In reality I do know how the "I have 48 hours left" situation arises. Going through something almost like that with my mother and brother. Crisis that we all knew was coming, but somehow we weren't able to get it sorted out ahead of time. On the good side I think I've set it up so we have a few months before we are at the "48 hours left stage." So that gives us a few more months to stabilize the situation...or procrastinate more...

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

      by mole333 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 05:38:18 AM PDT

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    •  the answer to that is.... (4+ / 0-)
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      Unit Zero, KateCrashes, JayRaye, madhaus

      If someone wants to post a diary soliciting money of any kind, for any purpose other than links to the registered campaign organizations of candidates for office or well-known nonprofits (e.g. links to Democratic campaigns or known nonprofits at verifiable addresses), they should be required to out themselves to Admin, and have their personal details verified by admin before any such diary can be posted.  

      Otherwise such diaries should be immediately deleted by Admin and the individual sent some kind of warning, and banned on the second offense.

      And the way to prevent bulk sign-ups such as the "name/number trolls" is to charge one dollar as a "processing fee" for a userID: payable by credit card or Paypal or by cashier's check or by Post Office money order.   Anyone who is poor and doesn't have a credit card or bank account, or who needs anonymity for good reasons, but has online access, can afford a $1.00 money order and a postage stamp.  

      As for squishing dangerous trolls in the future (Ramdoves, Nephews), that calls for more awareness on everyone's part, and a standard procedure by which people can submit evidence to Admin without fear of getting penalized if they turn out to be wrong.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:01:49 AM PDT

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      •  Anonymous money offers is why I'm here (6+ / 0-)

        I said this in F4O's Westboro Baptist diary two years ago, and I'll say it again now: anonymous money donations are a unique and amazing part of this community, and i would hate for TN to ruin that.

        My first diary in 2008 I asked for ways to get to Ohio from Houston. People offered to send me money. Ultimately i ended up on a bus run by OFA, but that spontaneous generosity had a profound effect on me.

        Two things should happen as a result of all this: TN should be banned, and everyone should cut back on the donuts.

        Making major changes to the site in respone to this sociopath is the wrong thing to do.

        Snarka snarka snarka!

        by Hunter Huxley on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:15:25 AM PDT

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        •  you have some good points... (5+ / 0-)

          ... and certainly there is a lot to be said for spontaneous generosity, whether of the heart or of the purse.

          But the problem is how to deal with those who would tug at heart-strings and/or purse-strings in order to use, abuse, and take advantage of, members of a community that in general is not known for a wealth of time or a wealth of money.

          The simple measure of having those who request aid disclose their identities and verifiable contact infos to Admin, won't compromise their privacy with the rest of the members.  

          Can you think of a good reason why someone who is legitimately in need of aid, would have a legitimate reason to want to remain totally anonymous?  

          And in any case, anyone who asks for money or other assistance has to have a place to send it.  To that extent they are already "outing" themselves to anyone who sends them money.  But if they are illegitimate, then the destination for the money is going to be a cut-out of some kind, rather than a legitimate destination for funds.  

          As for sociopaths, IMHO they should be subject to civil commitment to psychiatric hospitals until there's a cure, because they truly are a danger to self or others.  For example I'm aware of some of the inside details of the Nephew case, and in the judgement of all persons concerned, he is a danger to others.  

          And just to deal with the likely debating topics over whether TN's escapades constituted freedom of speech, IMHO they do not, any more than Sandusky's verbal solicitations to minors were free speech, and I am not persuadable on that point.  

          Sociopaths are an absolute plague in our culture right now.  The entire Republican party has become utterly infested with them.  Wall Street under Casino Capitalism has become infested with them.  The small ones destroy families and communities, the big ones destroy economies and democracies.  We can't tolerate that any more than we can tolerate the KKK burning crosses on black families' lawns and claiming it's political expression.  

          As to how to keep sociopaths away from DK, that comes down to meme-vaccines: learning to recognize the signs, learning how to challenge them successfully without intimidating innocent people, setting up admin mechanisms for handling reports with evidence (such as the evidence of TN's flagrant lies that many of us were suckered into believing), and so on.  

          The last major plague in our society was AIDS, and the gay community rose to the challenge, to support research, publicize and educate about safe sex, test new medications until the correct combinations of drugs were found, and ultimately bring the pandemic under control despite an unfavorable political climate.  

          If we can do it with AIDS in our physical world, we can do it with sociopathy in our virtual world.

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:54:03 AM PDT

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          •  So long as they remain anonymous to the internet (2+ / 0-)
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            I can think of a few diaries I wouldn't want sent to potential employers. But if there was some way to verify identity without going public ... I don't know how that would work exactly.

            BTW, fighting sociopathy in a virtual world sounds like the most nightmarish paranoid acid freakout ever.

            Snarka snarka snarka!

            by Hunter Huxley on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:14:55 AM PDT

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            •  that's what Brit is proposing: (1+ / 0-)
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              Verifying identity to Admin who would keep it private, and then you can use whatever userID you like.

              Bob Roybob signs up for userID "WhoIsRoy."  Admin knows he's Bob Roybob, but all his posts and comments have on them is "WhoIsRoy".

              Fighting sociopathy in the virtual world is preferable to doing it in the physical world.  Checking under my truck for bombs was a beeyotch, and setting up a household alarm system overnight was a beeyotch, and (you get the idea).  

              "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

              by G2geek on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 09:02:01 AM PDT

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