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Group Highlight: How a lot has DK developed from the times of hate mail?

It all started with a community history via Manny Favela, whose company sells exactly one type of lamp. At the heart of the problem was one of those lights that community member Charles CurtisStanley ordered online and couldn't assemble … because it was broken. Frustrated by his attempts to resolve the complaint directly with Favela, he wrote a Daily Kos story about his outrageous interactions with the company owner, who declared among other extravagant abuse: “It is clear that you have neither the mental strength nor the mechanical aptitude own to assemble this lamp. “Favela contacted kos insisting that the story he called the" listing "was" unfounded "and that" much of the information was intentionally changed and / or removed to support this person's selfish agenda ".

kos welcomed the opportunity to debate the Flagrant Capitalizer Favela and responded to the attempted dismantling with legal facts that denied the viability of the individual threats of fraud, defamation and libel from the favela. Six minutes later, Favela replied, “OK, I got it! The truth is NOT provided and it is NOT my job to prove anything to you! So we will move on and I assure you that the day will come when you will stand in front of me! We will then see if you assert yourself as in an email. I WILL SEE YOU SOON!"

Kos never mentioned this incident again and, as far as I know, must still be standing in front of Favela.

The "Hate Mail-a-Palooza" series ended because Kos decided it wasn't amusing anymore, but I'm now nostalgic for that more innocent, milder era when rabid Republicans scribbled messages at Kos and shouted "DEMONAZI TRAITORS" as if it were the harshest insult possible, claiming that Barack Obama used silver nitrate and "unmarked military aircraft" Causing Hurricane Sandy to win re-election.

Six years ago it was a letter from Manny Favela of Chino, California, raging over a story that revealed the troubles of a customer who tried to return a broken flashlight. This week it's a lawsuit from someone known as the "anti-masker and anti-sound offspring of the famous (Kennedy) family". The filing alleges defamation and claims the identity of DowneastDem, who reported on Kennedy's participation in an anti-mask rally in Berlin – alongside neo-Nazis with Reich flags.

Back then, people who claimed to be Republicans called Democrats "Nazis" and "Commies". Now the Republicans are assuming white supremacy and marching on the side of the Nazis. The favorite insults of the hate mail writers, fueled by their violent hostility towards the LGBTQ community, blacks and Jews, have become established and are on our faces every day.

As Onomastic wrote in her history on Kennedy's demand: “We are all at risk, all under attack. What Kennedy is doing with his lawsuit is part of the larger war that is being waged against facts, accountability and free speech. We'll either come together and stand up against them, or we'll see our rights taken one by one. "

Let's get together.

Nine Saved Stories from 1:00 p.m. PDT May 21 to 1:00 p.m. PDT May 28, 2021

In Daily Kos, the topic is often expanded into comments on story comments, errors are corrected and follow-up topics are addressed. This week's Saved Stories Comments provide vivid examples for community members to complement writers and add their own personal expertise.

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. PST. We also Take a look at one author's Community participation to see if they comment on their own stories and comment on or recommend other stories. Our rescue priorities and actions were outlined in a previous issue: Community Spotlight: Saving your excellent stories for over 14 years.

Through photographs and details of the life story, OceanDiver greets and says goodbye to birds making their seasonal shifts Dawn Chorus: Coming and going on the coast. Some birds are leaving. “Waterfowl are the most obvious winter dwellers that have now broken up… No doubt some of the ducks are passing through at the end of the season on their way to their northern breeding grounds. They don't have name tags so I can't know for sure if these late buffies and mergansers are the same people who have been my neighbors all winter or different ducks stopping by my local bays to rest and refuel. “Others arrive:“ A multitude of passerine birds have arrived for the summer breeding season I live in, a quarter of a mile from the coast. ”Meanwhile, permanent residents shift gears:“ The first sign of the change comes for some birds in the Spring, when their plumage transforms into colorful patterns. ”OceanDiver has written 702 stories since joining in 2012, dozens of which have been saved.

It was "a massive pickup with the suspension raised where you need a ladder to get in, adorned with gun stickers on the rear window" that inspired Major Kong write Go tell the Spartans. "The first thing I think about when I see this is, "This is probably not a person I want to interact with …" The second is, "If it were me, I wouldn't be promoting potential thieves to do this to do." I have expensive toys in my house. “The author explains the development and functions of assault rifles based on personal experience and historical information. Major Kong has written 218 stories since joining in 2004, 32 of which have been saved.

in the How the GOP ignores the West's water crisis, drought and climate change, writer Social entrepreneur dissected a recent report in Salt Lake City Deseret News on the growing water problems in the western US The author refutes the statements of the article that the government of the state of Utah "Taking steps to combat the drought " and adds a personal analysis substantiating her thesis that most Utah officials, from governor onward, “incongruously tend to blame their own governments for the growing water scarcity. I claim that it is not government policy or the weather, but climate change that is causing much of the crisis. We are now seeing what experts have warned it is "the worst thing in life," but Utah lawmakers were just hoping it would rain more in the past few decades. "SocialEntrepreneur, who joined in 2019, wrote nine stories. This is their first rescue.

Sue in Oregon envisions President Joe Biden and former President Obama reconnecting in a hypothetical strategy session to manage the public's perception of UFOs in POTUS and Obama: Take part in the UFO shuffle. Full of sniffles and dexterity with a slight sense of humor, this excerpt from the script captures the mood between two old coworkers doing what they do best: serving the public. "POTUS: We don't say" UFO "anymore. It's UAP, Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. Remember the estate taxes that everyone used to support? If you call it a" death tax "you don't get that much support. So we name it UFOs around and hope the madmen go away. Might work. " This is Sue in Oregon's First Rescue who joined and published a story the same day.

in the Techie Green Deal # 1: How Big is a Green Deal Grid? The mechanical engineer Ironwoodedward deals with the implementation of green energy, starting with the North American energy network. “From my point of view, the main problem with the Green New Deal is the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions … That is the linchpin that connects everything. And almost always, reducing those emissions means using electricity to do whatever needs to be done. The first question to be asked is, “How much electricity is needed?” The author's analysis translates the political rhetoric into what is required locally for green energy to take off and fossil fuel dependence as well reduces CO2 emissions. As a member since 2019, this is Ironwoodedwards' first story and first rescue.

Dratler assesses aspects of the growing human population in Too many of us Starting with the media alarm about what they call "population stagnation". This is due to "the second slowest population growth in the US since it existed after the low growth rate during the Great Depression". According to Dratler, experts predict "the decline of entire societies, including economic vitality and new ideas." The author claims, however, that "these predictions are not only based largely on unfounded abstract speculation, but miss the bigger picture by a mile". Dratler discusses the direct and indirect side effects of population growth – pollution, human disease, extinction crisis – and the role of immigration in solving the problem. Dratler joined in 2016 and has written 106 stories, seven of which were saved.

Fberry, A family member whose dogs and cats are just as loved as humans shares stories of their joys and heartbreak Brother Nick makes a move (and finds his cat). Animals wholeheartedly live in the moment, which is reflected in the style of writing. “There were three things in this house for mom and dad: a mortgage, a five-year-old, and a dog named Lady. It seems whoever my parents bought the house had only one real condition: the dog comes with them. … But Lady was a sweetheart and the doggiest of dogs, regardless of her possession, and she became my best friend, my first step into a world where humans suckle, pets not so much into which I eventually drag myself into and in which I would live. Fberry joined in 2016 and has written 34 stories, two of which were saved.

You're missing out if you aren't familiar with the incredibly talented musician Olivia Rodrigo who starred in Jazzmaniacs story And a young woman speaks the truth. You are out of order. The 18 year old has just released her first album, ANGRY;; and as her "deliciously angry pop-punk song & # 39; Good 4U & # 39;" Debuted at number 1 on Billboard, she was the first female artist to ever debut two songs in that position, and the first female artist of a gender to have two # 1 hits from her debut album. But the song Jazzmaniac really wants to hear is the single "I Hope You're Alright," in which the artist sings in front of people in her past who were rejected, hurt and lonely – and wondering what became of them is. Listeners' comments on YouTube make it clear that Rodrigo's generation is exposed to far too much bigotry and bigotry from its elders. "The song is a powerful example of the reality that today's young people are perhaps the most tolerant and inclusive generation of all time, while older generations … their parents … are often still full of hatred." Jazzmaniac joined in 2003 and has written 169 stories, 11 of which were saved.

Trespekes, an expat living in Austria, found horror afterwards Decision "to make a trip to a part of Austria that I had not yet seen: the lake area in Upper Austria … Ebensee, a small town at the foot of the Traunsee … (beautiful) lakes, surrounded by mountains." in the The price of denial; The price of inaction, the author uses photos and stories to encourage visiting the website of the “most horrific concentration camp of the Nazis ”and reflects on how this experience relates to what is happening in the USA right now.For me, the horror was heightened by the neighborhood that has taken over the rest of the concentration camp. Well-kept, well-kept houses with carefully landscaped courtyards. The lilacs were in bloom, tulips everywhere, everything carefully cultivated. Everything in place, as if the obsessive control of plant growth could erase memories of the suffering and agony of the men who lived, worked and starved there. The people who live in Ebensee today are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Austrians, who have closed their eyes and hearts for the wretched suffering in their midst. It was also good for business! Think of all the companies that benefited from the Nazi slave labor. “Trespekes joined in 2019 and has written nine stories. This is her first rescue.

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