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CathyM, another of the group's three administrators, writes that she found the "posts helpful and supportive. Sometimes it is difficult for able-bodied friends to truly understand what (people with disabilities) are going through, from major to trivial challenges, and it's great to vent and get ideas and new sources of information, and it's worth seeing comments from newer members who have found help and fellowship – it makes me feel like I am returning the favors I got. "

Wilderness VoiceThe third administrator in the group specializes in "decoding medical studies". Especially when there are discrepancies between conflicting medical studies to gain insight into what is actually going on. This is important when translating medicine into non-specialized language, its nuance and implication.

The creation of KosAbility is hidden in the fog of the early Daily Kos, but the ancient texts suggest that it was one of the first formal groups to be formed in early 2010. More important is the work that has been done since and will be done in the future. It holds official meetings on the last Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 PM Eastern). The main story covers a topic of interest to the group, and meetings are discussions in the comments. Everyone is welcome; Again, the only rule is: be friendly.


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in the Give COVID-19 recordings, Man of fire offers a three-part look at the arc of his vaccination experience. Part 1 comes early in the pandemic response: from setting up clinics, staffing, filling vials, managing the flow of information, to dispensing the vaccines. "For those 32 people with fluids in their arms (me), there is a total of about 150 people in the operation." Part two reports on the flood of those vaccinated: "This is truly a human story. The people who come in. Happy. Enthusiastic. Fear of death. Fear of needles. Rich and poor." Although the clientele is more affluent, Manoffire sees great diversity in the people who line up for vaccination. Then the lines become calmer. Part three deals with the current situation: "People stopped coming in. People stopped getting shots at a rate that will save the country. Are the antivaxxers, the propagandists and the Trumpists winning? I hope not, but I will worry about it. " "" He ends with a plea for everyone to get vaccinated and warns that we are saving more than our own lives. We'll save everyone else. Manoffire is a retired firefighter and back on duty officer who has written 95 stories.

in the Vaccinations and my Norwegian ancestors, Dbug tells the story of the first vaccine used by Edward Jenner, who vaccinated people with live cowpox virus to build antibodies against smallpox. It worked, and as a result, in 1980 the World Health Organization certified that smallpox had been eradicated. Dbug begins with "a brief history of smallpox vaccinations (plus a few notes about my Norwegian ancestors and an etymology of the words inserted)." Norway preserves the history of the epidemics in its language and in its church history, where the churches kept vaccination records, and they were so important that whether "you moved to a new parish 20 miles away or traveled across the sea to America when." You moved out of a church and received official papers from your preacher. "People are alive today because their ancestors were vaccinated, an observation that would now be controversial in some unenlightened corners of our society. As a Norwegian-American, Dbug has written 219 stories, this is his 20th rescue.

prophet Unpacks vaccine hesitation and the real numbers behind the effectiveness rates for COVID-19 vaccinations What's stopping you? Most of the hesitation about vaccines seems to focus on a lack of understanding about vaccine development and effectiveness, although the author has a few chosen words for the amount of microchips that are likely to be out of reach. To the rest of us, a 95% efficiency rate sounds pretty good, although a Michigan State study concludes that in reality, "of the 1.8 million people vaccinated, three died of COVID-19 (those three most likely ended up in hospital in)) Three out of about 1.8 million is 0.000163%. Subtract 0.000163 from 100 and you get (with rounding) 99.9998% (if you round up of that you get 100% and that's just silly) The COVID-19 vaccines kept 99.9998% of those vaccinated from dying. "That is, as the Prophet puts it," not too shabby ". However, given the virus' propensity to mutate quickly, this remarkable vaccine efficiency works best when everyone receives the vaccine. Prophet came to Daily Kos in 2004 and has written 60 stories.

In the snarky Mother Nature has revealed her master plan, Ladyrima concludes that the earth has endured our nonsense long enough. "She told us without a doubt to clean up our act or face dire consequences. We (as a species, not as individuals) completely ignored her warning, and now she has it with us. She stops the car and turn around because we can't play well in the back seat. "As the owner of a small retail business, Ladyrima looks after customers on a daily basis and knows that they fall into two categories:" A) May I come in, please? I disinfected my hands, my mask is worn correctly and I just got my second vaccine shot two weeks ago "and (B)" masks are stupid, I never get the vaccine because baby parts / tracker chips / I'm not a scientist but I still have Questions I would not understand and you are a Nazi because you asked me about them in the first place. ”In Mother Nature's master plan, Ladyrima concluded, COVID-19 will deal with one of the following questions deal These guys and the other guy will survive. Ladyrima has written 28 stories, with this being her first rescue.

Viragette brings up the gap between ideology and behavior in I'm losing my social skills and I don't want them back She shares her experience of discrimination as a transgender faculty in a supposedly progressive academic department. "Even in academia, many – including supposedly 'liberal' and 'enlightened' faculty members and administrators – feel resentful of anyone they believe has crossed the line . " The hostility in the workplace she encounters with people who consider herself liberal and the cost of staying positive and compassionate in the teeth of aggression has made the isolation of the pandemic a respite she does not want to leave. Virgette wrote two stories and both were saved.


In a vignette from Robert Dobbs, The inconvenience store is a side of his garage that has never held the family car. Instead, it stores the family's staple foods, which are currently in short supply due to the pandemic. "We refill our kitchen every day and every week make sure that the cumbersome truck leaves the supermarket only a little more than we need. And so the surplus grows." Although he is not a disaster preparer, Dobbs sees his inconvenience store as a hedge against the world that humans have created and all of its looming horrors: pandemics, forest fires, droughts, power outages. "And the author of this disaster novel is … civilization itself. To build a world where a global plague would happen and not to prepare for it. To cause global warming, droughts and famine. To create forests, not naturally burned so that when fires set in, they would be fierce and swift, merciless and deadly. "Robert Dobbs joined in 2012 and has written 52 stories, 27 of which were saved.

in the I am the pocket man, Daverhagen writes: "Earth Day is in our home every day. We don't want to be wasteful and really believe that plastics are a poisonous curse on the earth. That's why we wash our baggies and use them for lunches and many other small chores." Trying to live a life that minimizes waste can be time consuming and arduous. He ponders as he washes plastic bags and lets them dry in strategic locations. These strategic locations tend to multiply as the bags pile up. It's such a small part of the pollution so why? Because "Earth Day is every day" and because "actions speak better than words". Daverhagen wrote nine stories for Daily Kos, four of which were saved.

in the Back to the Future: Dystopian Version, sufeitzy reminiscent of the advanced technology of the 1970s: house-wide intercoms, central vacuum cleaners, "electric eyes" and directional controls for television on the roof. While each was amazing for its time, and either didn't work exactly as advertised, or was fairly easy to disable when it was convenient – especially in the case of the intercoms – none of the technologies invaded privacy. Sufeitzy compares these relatively innocent technologies to the handy electronic assistants like Google's smart speaker. "Imagine today if for just $ 300 a room for all ingredients – about $ 50 in the 1970s – you could have the world's largest digitizing / transcribing and archiving service in every room of your home for conversations to listen." The purposes all of your private information can be used for point to a truly dystopian future. Sufeitzy writes often about science, and COVID-19 in particular, and has written 69 stories.


"When nurtured, the tendrils of plants can grow long, hold other objects strongly and connect them in some way. Other immaterial things can make these connections as well." Intangible connections of family, history and love, all powerful and lasting, across continents, decades and lifetimes in Book girl& # 39; s review of Linda Rui Feng's novel, Swim back to the trout river, in the Views of Contemporary Fiction: Sending tendrils that connect with others. The overlap of the characters with their longings, obstacles and complexity makes for a reading experience, "which shows that the heart and mind of any knowing soul can be connected and that they can reach others in order to move other souls." "Bookgirl has 261 Keeping diaries, most of them for her Contemporary fictional views Series in the Readers and Book Lovers Group. This is her 98th salvation.

Admiral Naismith collects three different books for review in Monthly BookPost, April 2021. The first is a problematic classic, Edgar Rice Burroughs & # 39; The wild nobleman: Tarzan the monkeyHe notices has not aged well. "The book is at its best when he has nothing more than animals to keep company with, and he swings through the trees on vines and calls out his Tarzan cry, which has yet to be marked." The second is a Hugo nominee, Susanna Clarkes Piranesiwhich is experimental and defies simple description. "Please trust me that it was worth the read and earned its place on the Hugo list. Or don't trust me and play a few hours of your time to find out for yourself." Finally he turns to non-fiction and describes Mariana Mazzucatos The value of everything and its assessment of the "rent-seeking activity of billionaires who bribe their media and government sock puppets to sing that billionaires are too important to pay taxes". Mazzucato is a readable economist whose work is both popular and important. AdmiralNaismith, who writes frequently for the Readers and Book Lovers Group, has written 325 stories. This is his 34th salvation.


Wealth = power is an abstract construct that RandomNonviolence works to make concrete in Even among the world's billionaires, wealth is centered on the super-super-rich. The publication of the Forbes The list of the richest people reports 660 more billionaires in the world than last year, with total assets of $ 13.084 trillion. The world's 2,755 billionaires amassed $ 5 trillion more in wealth than last year. But wait – there is more! Because even among the richest people in the world, most of them are "poor" billionaires with a tiny splinter (Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and others) sitting on top of them. "In a world where money conveys power, it is dangerous to have 2,755 billionaires, each more than 140,000 times as powerful as the average person … and then to have the richest of those billionaires who is 177 times as powerful like the poorest billionaire. "" RandomNonviolence, who joined Daily Kos in 2007, has written 123 stories.

Dickkscott advises us to do so Stop fetishizing the founders, latex looks bad at them. He reminds us that the Constitution is an open, living document and that the founders were flawed people who nevertheless "left a loose and open framework for Us, the people, to be our own government and the today and tomorrow of our lives They deliberately leave a loose and open framework, knowing that time flows forward, society changes, customs evolve, culture adapts, nothing stays the same for long. ”Dickkscott wrote 33 stories for Daily Kos .

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OceanDiver records the coming of spring in The Daily Bucket: Tulips & transition season in the Skagit apartments, Not only highlighting What but also happens in nature Why it happens. Agriculture in Washington's Skagit Valley is remarkably beautiful, including growing tulip bulbs and other seeds for growing across the country and around the world. "Now that the delta topsoil is no longer muddy from winter rains, farmers can plow, plant, and cultivate farmers anywhere in the county. The main crops are potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cucumbers, cole crops, and vegetable seeds." In addition to flower and vegetable production, Skagit is known for its bird sanctuaries, where heron colonies, eagle nests and water birds live. The season is in transition, summer birds are arriving and some wintering species are still alive. Overall, it is a portrait of a region in which both highly productive arable land and largely untouched nature reserve exist. OceanDiver has written 697 stories for Daily Kos, most of them for The daily bucket.

Devoted pet owner Sally DeLurks tells the story of true love in the adoption of two rescue kittens to be added to her household with two border collies Nittens are in the house: Prolog. Nittens "refers not only to baby cats but also to older cats when they are doing silly, kittenish, or other amazing things. It is a term of tenderness." As the Nittens settled, their personalities emerged and they established themselves in the household, especially in the safe havens of the noisy dogs their humans had set up for them. Sally writes: "These could be the last kittens I will have. I want to capture their youth." This is her second story and her first salvation.

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