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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.

 
Solar Jobs
The Solar Foundation - thesolarfoundation.org

THE SOLAR FOUNDATION REPORTS 13% GROWTH IN U.S. SOLAR JOBS
On November 2nd, 2012, The Solar Foundation announced that the U.S. solar industry employs 119,016 Americans. This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar jobs and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the previous year. During the same period, employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent* (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), signifying that 1 in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year were created in the solar industry.

The full report will be presented at the Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference on November 14th in Albany, NY



Sweden Wants Your Trash
Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.

Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according to Swedish Waste Management. Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from other countries.

 
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!!
 


2 Days To Get Out The Vote
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 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:
Volunteers NEEDED in NYC. Bring hope, food, water, news to elderly--Absentee Voting Ext (Updated x2) GOTV and Sandy help diary from Catskill Julie.

Daily Bucket; Barred Owl, and friends. Barred Owl rescue (with photos) from burnt out.

The Last 50 of my 125 Favorite Photos Final installment in this photo diary series from Eddie C.

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 - Latvia

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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