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A gathering place to promote posts and projects, chat about the news, check on the weather (and brag about yours!) and waste spend a little time. Bring your music, your news stories, your life stories, word of your latest projects, a photo of your town, and, above all, your sense of humor.

 
Climate Change Fellows Make A Difference
"The Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends."

Want To Help Deploy Climate Solutions? Become A Climate Corps Fellow
Each year Environmental Defense Fund hand-picks a small army of graduate students – mostly MBAs – from top schools, gives them specialized training, and pairs them up for the summer with companies, cities and other large organizations to find cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities and create the business strategies to capitalize on them.

New results released last week are nothing short of remarkable: According to the latest analysis, these EDF Climate Corps fellows have found an average of $1 million in energy savings opportunities during each ten- to twelve-week engagement – most with a payback of less than three years.

So far, the program is responsible for at least $150 million in new investments in energy solutions.

Nearly 200 organizations have taken advantage of the program since it started five years ago. Participating companies in 2012 range from IT digital giants Google and Facebook to major manufacturers like Boeing, Caterpillar and Mack trucks. Both AT&T and Verizon signed up. So did Dunkin’ donuts and the Carnival cruise line.

Non-profit and public sector hosts include National Geographic, Howard University, and the City of Los Angeles, along with the public schools in Boston, Chicago and Houston, and housing authorities in New York, Philadelphia and El Paso (Detailed stories about all Climate Corps projects are available here.)


David Attenborough: force of nature

David Attenborough may have lived the perfect life, travelling the world and seeing its wonders before tourism ravaged them. He talks to Robin McKie about his early regrets, battles with climate-change deniers, and his favourite place on Earth.
Attenborough is not without some shred of optimism. "If I have to grasp for little threads of hope, one is that humans are going to be better informed about the state of the world than they have ever been in the planet's history. Kids in Tibet are going to be talking to people in Patagonia about what is happening to the Earth and there is a chance that a worldwide, slow protest movement will grow with younger people wanting something to be done."
 
Got GOTV Post?
From now until election day, J Town will Republish (and spotlight in our Got Post? table) personal stories of GOTV: phonebanking and canvassing and support. If you find such a story and you are a Contributor, Republish it to our group queue. If you are not a Contributor, message one of the Editors directly (don't message the Group because we will not get notified!) and we will Republish it. We are looking for personal stories of real life activism, not just links to phonebanking sites. Thank you in advance for your contributions!!
 


9 Days To Get Out The Vote*
(Click for GOTV Blogathon Archive)

*GOTV Countdown reset now that I can count the days on my fingers and don't need to take my slippers off!

(more under the Orange Entwined Js)




 J Town Features Table of Contents:
 ● Click for J Town Babbling Brook (Got Post?)
 ● Click for Community Action Corner (Got Project?)
 ● Click for Meta Spotlight and J Town Virtual Library
 ● Click for J Town is for Healing
 ● Click for You Are Here



Got Post?
 

In Case You Missed Them:
When I phone bank, I do it for Stacy Lihn Personal story from Rolandz (found by nomandates for GOTV).

Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Frankenstorm edition) The weekly OND Science diary from Neon Vincent.

Origins of English: Things in the Sky From Ojibwa: "For the past 200,000 years people—more specifically, Homo sapiens —have been gazing at the sky above and the objects which it contains."

Your Diary Could Be Here Promote a diary in the comment threads and we will test it for "the right amount of cowbell".

J Town is looking for Readers ... people who read Daily Kos posts and want a place to share them. When you find a diary worth promoting, comment in the threads and we will send the Judicious J Town Jolly Jeniuses (ie Editors Armed With Republishing Marks) to check it out and Republish here. The posts will show up in this list: J Town Babbling Brook. And if you write a diary, you can promote it here also!

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Got Project?

The Community Action Corner is a place to organize, discuss and promote all of our DK projects, blogathons, take-action measures or advocacy projects, whether we are planning online activism or working on projects for offline activism in our home communities or other communities, such as community gardens. Take-action petitions can run for more than one day to reach a wider audience. It is a place to hook up with people when we need help, volunteers, advice, tips, or contributions and to see what other DKossacks are doing. We have so many people with experience covering such a wide range of issues and activism, and we can share our experiences here. In short, the CAC will grow and expand organically to cover all our needs for projects for communities online and offline!

Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on J Town's new feature:
A Community Action Corner is a much needed feature for DK. Whether working on blogathons, fundraisers, take action or other projects at DK or activism in our home communities, we now have a home base to help spread the word to reach a wider audience and provide all of us with a work room!
Sara R:
I like the idea of a Community Corner as a go-to place to learn what creative good works are going on in the DKos community on any given day.  The more people know about what is going on, the more they can get involved – and be inspired to come up with new ideas and projects, as well.
citisven:
I totally love the idea of a community bulletin board type of space where people can post things they're organizing and action items, something that stays up for a few days, giving others a chance to share ideas, contribute, give advice.
llbear:
CAC is great place for us to share tips from our experiences. I think any projects undertaken by Kossacks designed to help people forgotten by most of the country is a great thing.
rb137:
This is a great idea -- herding kittens is harder than it looks, and this will be a great tool to ease our admin work and to spread word about our many excellent progressive projects at DK.

Our projects promoted
"Activism is my rent for living on the planet."
~ Alice Walker
DK Quilt Guild: NN13 project, Palo Alto VA wheelchair quilts The DK Quilt Guild will be making wheelchair quilts for the veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury/Disability unit ("SCI/D") of the Palo Alto VA Medical Center (the VA hospital nearest San Jose) to be delivered at NN13.  

Climate Change SOS Blogathon and 350.org Petition Sign the petition at 350.org to ask Mitt Romney two questions about his solutions for climate change that highlight how dangerous it would be if he were president. Romney has flipped flopped on whether climate change is real, and admitted he is climate change illiterate. His energy plan does not mention climate change.  If president, he would approve a tar sands pipeline the first day that will move us closer to game over.

Community Quilt Projects The Community Quilt Project is run by Sara R and connects the community in a very unique way: "Community Quilts are a way of sharing care, compassion and support for community members who are facing illness or other hardships. "

The Inoculation Project - Sunday morning at 10am Eastern Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance. The objective of this weekly project is to combat the anti-science push in conservative America by providing direct funding each week to math and science projects in red state classrooms.

Your Project Here Promote your short term or long term project in the comment threads.

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Meta Spotlight and J Town Virtual Library


Post Author Description
Cranky Users: Our Story So Far
belinda ridgewood Links to help you format diaries and comments, find your way around, and make the most of DKos 4.1
Cranky Users: Help Wanted
belinda ridgewood The ultimate guide to the DailyKos Helpdesk where you can get help, report bugs and suggest improvements
The Complete Guide to Using Photos from the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative
citisven Everything you need to know about using the DKos Photo Cooperative for your posts.
Cranky Users & KosAbility: Image Metadata
belinda ridgewood Important information about labeling your photos for the Image Library includes links to the DKos Image Library helpdesk tutorials.
New Diarists: HTML Lessons
nomandates and belinda ridgewood Lessons covering the basics of HTML formatting for diaries and comments.

Posting Statistics and Top Comment Submission

and Sneck!

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J Town is for Healing

People visit J Town to meditate on the California Poppy Field, grab some moon energy for healing and release, and to curse their bad luck at Nurse Kelley's Cursing Tree. Feel free to use the images provided here for reflection and to share your hardships, illnesses, and losses in the comment threads. We are at our best when we care about others.



Our California Poppy Field


Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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Nurse Kelley Shares Her Cursing Tree with J Town

Because sometimes it feels good to simply curse the unfairness of it all.

Cursing Tree Instructions: "I stand very close to the trunk and, depending on my need, I might yell at it, kick it, heave curses at it, look up through the branches and curse the universe, or just stand there and cry. When it was obvious exmearden was suffering and would die soon, I even beat it with my fists." ~ Nurse Kelley

“Life. Optimism. The future of us. Smooth the waters of the past, so that we can push out into the waves a bit further, for a little longer. Pull who we love and what we love close to us, around us like a warm blanket, which gives us comfort and lends a strength we may not see inside ourselves. Underpin our days with caring and contact and not isolation and fear.”
~ Kris Froland (exmearden)

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J Town is a community diary series founded February 14, 2011 by JanF and Julie Gulden. It posts daily at 9 am Central* / 10 am Eastern / 8 am Mountain / 7 am Pacific. *Democracy in action (or inaction). (The fine print)
Note: J Town may be occasionally recast as "br town" (not the shivering kind of br but the "brilliant rendition" kind of br). Negotiations are underway for future guest bloggers. Watch this space!




You Are Here

Outdoor Art - Giant Peg in Belgium

Each day in J Town starts as something new. It is, quite literally, what you make it.

Have fun and let the Towning begin!

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