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Most grassroots organizations do not have national name recognition, but they are powerful advocacy tools that put pressure on elected representatives every day of the year. I know only a fraction of the large committees and organizations that hold local politicians accountable to their communities. In this week's comments, I ask for ideas on how local change can be made, how our political base can be strengthened, how our local and state governments can work for all of our people and ensure equal protection, justice and opportunity for everyone.


Community Spotlight's Rescue Rangers read every story published by community writers. When we discover great work that doesn't get the attention it deserves, we save ours Group blog and publish a weekly collection every Saturday – like this one. Rescue priorities and measures were outlined in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Saving your excellent stories for over 14 years.

Is there A video game that can teach homelessness to children and adults? Yes there is. Despite an initial reaction that the game would be exploitative, Random82 learned the experience was very different and invited her nephew to play the game. "He asked if it was possible to win the game. After doing this several times by many, I told him it was possible, but it is very difficult. He thought for a while and finally just said & # 39; it's not fair, 'and regarding the character he had chosen, he went on to say, "It wasn't her fault." She didn't deserve to be cold and hungry and to be in a filthy public Having to wash the bathroom just because she got sick and lost her job and couldn't. I'm not paying her rent. "Of course, the real-world experience of homelessness is far worse than a game. Together, the two called a local pantry to ask what they needed most, then took a trip to the grocery store to get it. The developers, a small British indie game company, donate 20% of the proceeds to charities for the homeless, admitting that their game offers "insufficient insight into the harsh reality of homelessness". But, the author thinks, it's a start. Random82 wrote 11 stories and this is their second rescue.

Part of an upcoming series of films documenting the labor movement Random82The second rescue this week is Working film of the week, a retrospective study of the 1987 classic by John Sayles Matewan. Inspired by a time when the labor movement was ruthlessly and violently opposed by the police and private security, which were hired by company owners alike, Matewan is a ruthless look at the barriers to union formation, which have included appeals to prejudice, malevolent actors, and murder. "(B) Enthusiastic men and women worked together to eventually form the still imperfect but far more just society that we too often take for granted today. Honor them by viewing and reading accounts of their struggle Honor them in your memory and thoughts. Honor them by standing up for what is right at work. Honor them at the ballot box, against the same forces that have been modernized, disguised and redesigned to hide what they really are and always have been, the enemy workers of fairness and human dignity, driven by greed and cruelty. "This is the third rescue from Random82 and the second this week.

DrMarmot takes into account consequences in Cage Asian palm civets: How environmental degradation is triggering the next coronavirus epidemic. Both habitat loss and invasion of the civet's natural environment increase the chances for coronaviruses to cross the species barrier. In the case of civets, however, the popularity of the species as exotic pets and a new practice of industrial agriculture where civets are force-fed in overcrowded cages, force-fed coffee cherries just to make expensive Kopi Luwak coffees, are "a nightmare for" infectious disease breeding “and together represent a unique threat to many disease vector species.” When (civets) adapt to human landscapes, they bring their coronaviruses and the possibilities for homologous recombination with them. Our destruction of nature is a selective force for (our) own destruction by disease. "Explaining the mutative quality of coronaviruses taking into account the fact that the poor suffer from illnesses more frequently and more acutely than the rich, DrMarmot examines why we realize must that our fate as a species is closely tied to our ecosystems and their sustainability. DrMarmot has written 12 stories and this is the fifth salvation.

Continuation of the conversation about the coronavirus, Baal still demystifies the fundamentals of cell research in drug development in HEK293 cells and drug discovery: Can this cell line cause something “morally compromised”? Using his experience in a research laboratory, one of thousands around the world that uses HEK293 and HEK293T cells almost daily, Baal still explains the often automated interplay between cellular materials and the drugs that come from laboratory research. The author points out that due to experimentation and refinements over time, the original cells are no longer recognizable as human cells and have been used for more than five decades. He opposes a statement by the Archdiocese of New Orleans that “the latest Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine is morally vulnerable because it uses the abortion-derived cell line in the vaccine design, manufacture and testing. Baal still states, "If, on moral grounds, you are opposed to a vaccine developed with HEK293 cells, you must also oppose the use of a very significant percentage of the drugs developed in the last 10 to 15 years." How many percent? It would be very difficult to say, I certainly can't. But a very significant percentage. "Baal still wrote eight stories, of which this is her first rescue.

In relation to the current political environment, "the calming of the" overwhelming background noise we have been suffering from for five years "has calmed down agnostic nervous as they explain in It's pretty damn normal. That's my problem. The author explains that now "our reality is different. Our perceptions have changed and our approach to this flat earth is no longer the same." Donald Trump's sudden mute, return to government in the hands of competent adults, and Rush Limbaugh's disappearance from the world are among the factors that add to a new, disoriented, but very welcome reality. As a 15-year-old Cossack, Agnostic is the smartest pastor in the Church of Indescribable Stupidity and the author of 1,221 stories.

Author of longtime "Books So Bad It's Good" for Readers and Book Lovers Group, EllidThis week's post is Hoaxes, Part II: Indifference. “Tonight,” she writes, “I will continue my exploration of what jokes are and why otherwise intelligent people believe them, based on Curtis D. MacDougall's book Jokes. MacDougall's first chapter deals with the first reason people fall for jokes that he called "indifference": people's tendency to believe what they are told (especially when something looks or sounds plausible), especially when it is is something that happens to other people, in another country or area of ​​interest that they do not know that much about. "We are all prone to joking, if only because we don't have enough time, resources, or the ability to research everything we're told, and based on our collective obscurity, there is no shortage of people willing to hear ours In her other life, Ellid is a LARPing quilting historian, here at Daily Kos she has written 574 stories, of which 152 she saved.

LeftOfYou writes in I will finally come to terms with my southern ancestors' role as overseers on NC plantations, of his desire to authenticate family histories and learn more than he expected – including the role of a direct ancestor as a Confederate soldier and his post-war occupation as a landless farm laborer who fathered a family of farm laborers (tenants). Another ancestor was a potential owner of enslaved people, although the historical record is incomplete. From the experience of his ancestors, he writes that despite their poverty and exploitation by rich whites, his ancestors were "irredeemable racists" until his father's generation. "Although I'm not entirely sure why, I felt this story says something about the persistence of racism and white supremacy in the face of even deadly opposition." LeftOfYou ​​is an amateur conservationist. Of its 850 stories, 73 were saved.

In recent weeks Irontortoise told the stages of a life changing journey that ends with Iron Tortoise Origin Story, Part 5: Conclusion. The trip was a weeklong 480-mile (closer to 570) bike ride around the Nevada Proving Grounds in 1989. For readers who have followed the journey through the desert, in and out of Las Vegas, and up and down In Barren Hills the conclusion a triumph and the fulfillment of a life goal, albeit a lonely one. "Physically, I had at least proven to myself that even cycling over very long distances under less than ideal conditions did not necessarily require a fanatical devotion to diet or exercise – just a minimum of preparation for common sense and a willingness to persevere. And psychologically, I did had now cast off the last vestiges of self-doubt over separation from the gas-guzzling cult of automobile ownership. "Irontortoise, a retired seismic analyst who helped uncover the true extent of unannounced US nuclear tests at the Nevada test site, is the author of 315 Daily Kos stories.

paradox discharges The Washington Post in the It was a dark and stormy night, Call to the authors of a post for "a classically incompetent piece of lousy American DC journalism". The article, "As the Senate slams $ 1.9 trillion through Congress, Biden doubts it's still the right package," quotes unnamed economists and critics as calling into question the wisdom and effectiveness of democratic legislation before it even gets passed. This is not a case of incompetent journalism, the author writes, but a consequence of the fact that "DC is a hardwired Republican city – too many defense interests, too many money lobbyists, too many republicans shamelessly lying on" conservative "or Republican political positions in the DC press. "Even so, it would be a concern of a Republican press to prevent" every page "from covering every single issue. A Cossack since 2003, Paradox has written 1,051 stories and saved 58.

Finally, Lynnekz offers a personal insight into her husband's struggles to control his diabetes Kos Diabetes Group: Hubby, a cautionary story about the importance of regular glucose testing. After a long period of relative stability, Lynnekz says her husband has become sloppy with both testing and diet. Staying from home cut him off from his daily habits of fast food, M & Ms, and peanut butter cups. When combined with daily walks, he lost weight and his A1C dropped, but it wasn't until he started blood work 3-4 times a day that they were able to schedule his oral medication and keep his blood sugar constant. It's healthier and safer. "My husband is fortunate that he never crashed his car on his way to work because of low blood sugar or had any other serious problems. As a diabetic, you do science every day about your diet, your medication, and your body. You may not know how your body reacts if you don't test. Like my husband, you could be a serious hypoglycemic incident waiting to happen. "Regular testing is important in managing the disease. Lynnekz writes regularly for the Kos Diabetes Group. This is her first rescue.

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