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Neighborhood Highlight: Is your username a masks that hides … or a clue that reveals?

I chose my username at random when "Chispa", my first choice, was made and the Chispa + system offered a range of numbers. I didn't want to be one of a Chispa crowd here so I considered another choice. The real Chispa, a parrot that lives up to the meaning of this Spanish word in Latin America – spunky and clever – practiced singing "his song", a salsa number from Mongo Santamaria. I had changed the actual title: "Bésame mom, "To" Bésame Chispa ", and the parrot kept singing" Bésame … bésame … BAY-sah-may-cheese-PAH ".

Our usernames are open to misinterpretation. For a year after I started participating, people thought my name was "Be Same" or "Be Sammy" and called me "Brother". I got names wrong too –ericlewis0, for example. In my mind I said "ericale wiso" and missed that the division should be "eric lewis 0". Other names that cannot be spoken or spelled are unwieldy when a group of commentators mentions each other regularly, as in the Daily Bucket. Two members, fll7612 and 6402093 (his user ID number), became "Filly" and "64" (and "Redwoodman") to circumvent this unspeakable difficulty.

Years ago community member BFSkinner, who gave up this name and now participates as CameronProf, asked people to put their origin stories via the username in "Where did your grip come from?Several people noted the importance of anonymity in order to avoid harassment for views that are not popular in their work. Other answers ranged from nicknames or variations of the member's actual name to references to the users such as: B. Professions (exatc, "a retired air traffic controller, therefore Ex-ATC "), study organization (Arabiflora, a plant scientist "using the Arabidopsis model system") and status (Veterinarian, "A woman who is married to a veterinarian").

Mother magswho is neither a mother nor a Mags has a relatable, honest explanation. "It was late, I had too much to drink, to do with our dog Mags and mother Jones." Hang up my tusks offers an explanation typical of Daily Kos: “I changed my registration from (Republican to Democrat) when I registered with DK. I had mainly chosen Dem for a while, but never changed my registry. I moved to Kansas from California, participated in the Obama campaign, and officially changed my registration at that time. "

My own username was a spontaneous decision that made unexpected assumptions about my gender and what I really meant by "Bésame". In the seven years since joining in May 2014, I haven't seen any activity from someone named Chispa, but that's fine because Bésame has become a pleasant self-identity for me in this community and elsewhere. In the real world – on Netroots and when I moved to an area where I only knew one Daily Kos friend – I was nicknamed Bé (pronounced Bay). I am now set to my username because it is not anchored in its literal meaning: the declarative statement "kiss me". I didn't think about this awkward possibility when I first signed up.

What is the origin story for your name? If you joined today, would you choose something else? Let us know in the poll below or in a comment.

Ten Saved Stories from Friday, April 23, 1 p.m. to Friday, April 30, 2021

Among the community stories that Rescue Rangers spotlighted this week are three discussing various aspects of racism in the United States. Other stories include a vaccination evocation and a story of the Armenian Genocide, both linked to the authors' personal story, as well as worrying events in China. GOP propaganda and a personal revelation from the January 6th uprising. For easier reading, we've saved a story about Oscar nominees and an ode to female jazz musicians. Two authors, JunglelandDan and AAMCWB, revealed their username in the saved stories.

In addition to Good work Rescue Rangers don't get the attention they deserve Community participation. We check to see if they comment on their own stories and comment on or recommend other stories. Since new members may not realize that there is a community here, we don't expect new people to have the same level of involvement that we seek from more experienced members.

A new Daily Kos group, Welcome new authorsis a project of the Partners and Mentors Team and is led by Jay Cuasay and TrueBlueMajority. Their goal is to promote members whose first piece of content on the site is a story and make their first comment on a Tip Jar. Their stories will be forwarded to the group to encourage the writers to stick with and participate in the comment threads of their own story and, more generally, Daily Kos. None of the eight stories saved this week were eligible for Welcome New Writers, but three are the writers' first rescues and one is the member's first story.

Readers easily related AnimeraiderRant I'm sick of this $ #! ^ So let's compare COVID-19 with polio, This is evident from over 400 recommendations and 500 comments. With data and a personal story, the author expresses the frustration of many of us: “We mobilized a nation over polio. The polio vaccine was mandatory. We all had it. We don't have polio. We have to do more now. Screw on the Anti-Vaxxer. Screw "free choice". This is a public emergency. Nobody's freedom of choice exceeds my right not to die. "Animeraider, who joined in 2007, has written 111 stories, eight of which were saved.

Windtalker adds family history 1915 Armenian genocide finally recognized by the US President! The author, "a descendant of Armenians massacred by the Ottomans before and during World War I," mixes historical facts with the story of their ancestors to describe events that led to the Armenian genocide, and how they did similar events in National Socialist Germany and in colonial America. “As an Armenian American, I don't want to punish the Turkish people or their country for genocide. I don't want redress or forced mea culpas. I have supported Turkish / American companies. I don't hate the Turks. However, I want them to face their past, admit the reality of what happened in 1915, and realize that this genocide was indeed genocide – just as many Americans are now accepting the Native American genocide. It's time. "Windtalker has written 123 stories since joining in 2011. We saved 13 of them.

A podcast interview with the author of a new book (subtitle) How the tax system impoverishes black Americans – and what we can do about it), inspired Dales saved history The White of Wealth: Chris Hayes' Podcast Discussion with Tax Law Professor Dorothy Brown. Brown's book explains that "Tax laws that favor white over black taxpayers are an example of hidden, systemic places of inequality, as we might call" spreadsheet inequality. "In addition to identifying specific tax laws that lead to racial inequalities , Dale recounts Brown's encounters with white reluctance to acknowledge this reality. When Brown "presented these results at academic conferences, there was tremendous backlash against claims that race had anything to do with it, arguing that class was the overwhelming determinant." Dale, a longtime three-digit user ID member, joined in 2003 and has written 66 stories. We saved at least two.

in the Oscar Night: Recommendations from some of the lower profile categories, JunglelandDan Highlights and summarizes "Categories and films that rarely get a lot of attention or attention." This includes live action, documentary, animated shorts, and documentary. Here is the Oscar-winning author's recap in that final category:My octopus teacher– nothing complicated or deep with this one. But given the subject, I am a pleasure to take care of (I am a former safari advisor and a passionate wildlife junkie). The film is about a filmmaker in South Africa who one day came across an octopus in False Bay near Cape Town and for almost a year developed a kind of relationship with him every day. It's beautiful, beautifully shot. And octopuses are both beautiful and pretty amazing animals. I knew some of these things, but seeing them so well documented was phenomenal. “JunglelandDan joined in 2020 and has written 53 stories. This is her first rescue.

The South China Sea is heating up by TheOrchid provides an updated overview of China's activities in the South China Sea. During a pandemic, with an attention-grabbing increase in right-wing rhetoric promoting right-wing violence, it's easy to overlook what's happening on the other side of the world. TheOrchid report shows that China is taking full advantage of our focus on domestic issues. "It seems obvious, therefore, that China's rapid build-up of the navy is aimed not only at securing China's claimed fishing and mineral rights in the South China Sea, but also at establishing an armed force projection capability that can accommodate a US or US response led coalition on a Chinese would thwart invasion of Taiwan. "TheOrchid joined in 2005 and has written 104 stories.

Novapsyche considers the powerful effects of disinformation and propaganda in At what end? The author asks why: is it misinformation for its own sake or the construction of something darker that affects us all? Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd was generally considered appropriate and justified – until the story was washed through the Fox News cycle, after which support for the conviction fell by 20 points. Polls over the period "seem to confirm that public opinion can be influenced in as little as 48 hours. This is significant. A 20 point drop in support for an otherwise neutral position is exceptional, let alone how stunning it would be to see us." the power of focused, resonant, monovocal point speeches, especially when it comes to material from the culture wars. "Novapsyche has been a member for 16 years and has written 21 stories. This is her first rescue.

The modern GOP is always looking for a way to avoid teaching problems that are at the center of a philosophical framework. In the latest example Idaho Republicans forbid schools from teaching critical racial theory, Spud Bud outlines this "academic discipline of studying how the law and systems of government adversely affect people of color, and challenges the systematic prejudices and structures that perpetuate racism." This Idaho bill is a typical GOP tariff "that fits the red hat constituency perfectly" to "continue the tale of white victims." She attacks educators who would teach the truth about our past as liberal ciphers that are more likely to indoctrinate young people than people who simply explain our best understanding of history and experiences from all angles. “Spud Bud has been a member since October 2020. This is her first story and rescue.

in the Racism in America is exhausting … for everyone! mohistory2 Asks, "Do you ever just get tired of seeing the seemingly endless negative effects of institutional white supremacy on this society? (Or are you mostly just trying to turn everything off as much as possible?)" The author notes that "question" is primarily aimed to white people in general. And the whites on the left a little closer. "By answering other questions, mohistory2 uses historical and contemporary examples to describe how racism exhausts whites." If we are ready to be brutally honest and scrape away all other aspects of it American racism was, is and will always be rooted in a fundamental desire since its first "legal" foundation in the mid-17th century, especially (** without consequence Violence Against N **** rs The general argument here is that we are unlikely to be getting significant enough buy-in from these tens of millions of whites (including the left) who are still comfortably segregated and enjoying the fruits of the economy Enjoying inequality if we don't begin to analyze what it specifically costs them to continue racist violence. “Mohistory2 joined in 2017 and has written 35 stories, three of which have been saved.

History has tried to tell us that only white men have made meaningful contributions, despite the last century trying to tell the truth: all people of all genders and races have always made meaningful contributions. Charles Jay adds in more evidence to this historical correction International Jazz Day: The women who fought against racism and sexism to open doors for their sisters. With story and music, the author honors five "pioneering jazz instrumentalists – many of whom are largely forgotten – who fought against both racism and sexism in order to play the music they loved." These five women have "the national." Received endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Awards, the nation's highest jazz award introduced in 1982. " Charles Jay joined in 2018 and has written 207 stories. We saved at least four.

in the I saw the face of hatred, AAAMCWB recalls the two direct attacks on America that took place during his lifetime: September 11, 2001 and January 6, 2021. The biggest difference between the two was not that it was an external attack and an attempted fall from within, but the public response. On September 12, 2001, the country was united. On January 7, 2021, "there was a rather muted outcry condemning the uprising. And with it an equally loud silence from far too many. Was their silence pain? Was it shame? Was it fear? No. This silence was their observance. "Coupled with regulatory compliance was the hair-raising leap in AAAMCWB's small, bright red Central American town that blamed everyone but the insurgents. This public reaction led to the realization of the author: "That was the day I learned what hate looks like. It looks like my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. It looks like almost everyone in this small, rural town in central Missouri. " AAAMCWB's username is explained in this story as an acronym for "Average All-American Middle-Class White Boy". He wrote 10 stories, three of which were saved.

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