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Group Highlight Unmasked: Share The Fascinating Tales Behind DK Usernames

A popular source for usernames honors family members or famous people, or both for Avatarabbiehoffman, whose name "Abbie Hoffman and the Chicago 7" ascribes the birth of my political consciousness when I was a boy. My mother came home from a protest in Chicago in the summer of 1968 with a great glow from a police baton. "

Missy's brother spent his childhood as the younger sibling of an older sister. He “read Daily Kos but never attended until two people were really giving a Connecticut member a really hard time. I came in late one night to help this member. Everything I entered as the screen name has already been adopted. Eventually I put Missy's brother in and it worked. Both people who make it difficult for the member have now been banned. I never thought I'd stay here, but here I am, 14 years later. "

Names in honor of animals and plants gave birth to well-known organisms –Dandy Lion, Fieldspeedwell, Nolana (a blue bellflower) and Crotalus atrox (aka the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake) – but also an unusual breed of dog, Kuvaszwith a photo example. Catharus ustulatusThe name contains several levels of meaning. "Swainson's Thrush (genus / species) breeds successfully by stealth and staying under the radar deep in the forest. They hear but seldom see them. I have these birds and their M.O. suits living in a very red state. " Nectarus, whose name is also complex, is named after "an aquatic salamander", commonly referred to as a mud puppy or water dog. It is unusual in that it never completely transforms like tadpoles do into frogs, but instead retains its fluffy red outer gills throughout its life. There are also aspects of my childhood that I have never outgrown. "

Community members have diverse, sometimes surprising, professional backgrounds expressed in their usernames. FilkertomThe statement introduced me to a genre of music I'd never encountered, though community member Damon Griffin both recognized it and owns some of Filkertom's music. “My first name is Tom. I write and play filk (ie music by and for the science fiction and fantasy fandom community). Therefore Filker Tom. Definitely my brand. "

Some explanations have changed the way we see people. Little momis not short, for example. “When our children were young, her feet and her father strongly suggested that they grow up later. I always said to them, "You are little now, so I will take care of you, but one day you will be taller than me and you will take care of your little mother." People meet me, ”admits Wee Mama – because she is 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

Similar, Bakeneko does not work around an oven. "My username literally means "modified cat " in Japanese. "He goes on to explain that a Bakeneko is a cat that died of human malice and transformed into human form … to seek revenge.

Many of the stories about username were unusual and impossible to categorize. The explanations were too complex to include here. Megsk8z summarizes her story: "Skates saved Meg's life, they defined my return to normal and gave me the will to participate in life again. My chosen screen name means the world to me. " GreyHawk& # 39; s name “comes from a time in my life when a falcon was constantly hanging around me … People I was working for at the time always knew when I was coming or going because they were the hawks Saw the building fly over the long winding driveway – it literally followed my car. "

I need to send a special thank you call to fromberkeleytocvillewhose username points to an actual move from California to Virginia. She listened to all 1,293 comments and replied to dozens of people to make sure everyone felt heard and valued.

In reviewing the username discussion, I saw that the Daily Kos community was eager to tell our stories and make detours together. Our ability to do this in 1,293 comments without a single hint of bad humor shows a solid community foundation that underpins our progressive collaboration.

Try to remind yourself that next time an argument will flare up.

Eight saved stories from 1 pm. PDT Friday, May 7 to 1 p.m. PDT Friday, May 14, 2021

The stories we saved this week include three relating to COVID-19, though each examines a different issue emerging from the pandemic, one look at a California bill on e-bike subsidies and two deep dives: one on civic education in schools and another on the importance of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Two of our stories offer a cursory reading: one explains patent circumvention for a historical tool, while the second reflects the importance of kindness.

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 post a weekly collection – like this one – every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time. We also Take a look at one author's Community participation to see when 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. Our rescue priorities and actions were outlined in a previous issue: Community Spotlight: Saving your excellent stories for over 14 years.

TXL takes note of the peculiar and completely capitalist consequences of the pandemic Health monopoly banked and screwed consumers through the pandemic. "Health care usage has been declining for about a year, but a number of predatory monopolists / oligopolists have all along been ripping people out through a series of anti-consumer, sky-high crap prices. Case in point: hospital system providers getting engulfed and the costs increasing Increase, especially by using aggressive testing. ”Although consumers made less use of the healthcare system during the pandemic, insurers“ raised a ton of cash ”by increasing service rates and premiums.” TXL, which joined in 2018, did four stories written, this is her first salvation.

Enoch Ro0t reports on a project to replicate a "very cool steampunk historical" device in Another forgotten tool: Pike & Deans Patent No. 4, Smooth Plane, circa 1875. "I'm not going to be spending nearly $ 5,500 on an old tool, no matter how rare it is." So I did the next best thing: I sat down at my laptop and modeled it with a free program called mixer. "The author describes elements of tool design as one of the" ingenious methods that manufacturers used in the last 1800s "to circumvent a joint patent. Enoch Ro0t joined in 2015 and has written 43 stories, 11 of which were saved.

Nickjlicata explores the rundown state of civic education in America in Teach civics in schools or face more riots. The author notes that even the most basic knowledge of government, such as the number of branches, is decreasing. "A lack of knowledge not only renders our citizens ineffective in holding the government accountable, it also leads to the general distrust of democracy." Citizenship as a school subject is more than just a government function. It frames the story and determines how we tell the story of our country to ourselves. Nickjlicata joined in 2019 and has written 58 stories. This is her first rescue.

in the Study: E-bikes are the best climate investment for California, greendes reports on research on “the impact of subsidies for electric bicycles, battery electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars on greenhouse gases (GHG). It found that e-bike subsidies, such as those included in the $ 10 million e-bike affordability program proposed by CalBike, are the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed program “provides incentives for low-income residents to buy, making zero-emission transportation within reach for many more Californians. Plus, e-bikes plug into a standard electrical outlet and cost around $ 0.01 per mile, so no charging stations are required. “Greendem joined in 2004 and has written 324 stories.

Witgren’S COVID-19 Vaccine News: Do You Know How Many Vaccines Are In Development? provides a comprehensive overview of six of the 251 COVID-19 vaccines at various stages of development worldwide, including their effectiveness against variants, distribution problems and mandatory vaccination requirements. Novavax "uses specially prepared moth cells to produce the SARS-COV-2 virus spike protein." Vaxart is "a freakin" PILL! An honest pill that is stable at room temperature and can be taken orally! This could be a big game changer if that vaccine fails. “Another vaccine is a nasal spray. Witgren joined in 2011 and has written 312 stories.

SisTwo reflects objectively and subjectively the importance and benefits of kindness in We treat each other. "Kindness reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, boosts your immune system, and can give you an onslaught of endorphins … This type of behavior could improve a leader's standing on the world stage. To be viewed as a person of integrity and consideration for those around you , encourages others to work with you and value your opinion. ”SisTwo joined in 2005 and has written 376 stories.

GShaw describes a problem that arises from the myriad of crises and challenges posed by COVID-19 and that has not yet been fully discussed – the impact on financial support for college classes – The Next COVID-19 Crisis: University Affordability. Many school grades were affected during distance learning. Although colleges claim they will understand such class disruptions upon admission, the guidelines for receiving grants have not been adjusted. GShaw explains why disadvantaged students get hurt more. “The racist element in all of this is explosive. Who came back personally this year? White children in conservative, often rural areas. People with color, not so much. “GShaw joined in 2014 and has written 80 stories. This is her first rescue.

Thomas C. promises in advance that the story will not be shaky The Fed Chairmanship is in play and progressives need to get involved is very detailed. Usually, "the left rarely makes a lot of ado about the Federal Reserve's appointments." However, if Biden can't get his fiscal measures through Congress, “the person who chairs the Fed becomes hugely momentous for one simple reason: After torpedoing Biden's sensible fiscal policy, the Republicans become monetary policy and someone next take aim At the Fed, the chairman should preferably stand up and call "bullshit" when the monetary policy equivalents of the Proud Boys storm the Fed figuratively and scream: "Inflation is killing us!" Reports and historical positions of the Federal Reserve and Republican lawmakers. Thomas C joined in 2004 and has written 38 stories.

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