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Group Highlight: Story rescues and venerable Open Threads

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Every of the writers brings their very own particular sauce to the combo, however as P Carey notes, all of them “particularly try to be welcoming and non-political. We all know that the feedback sections of most posts may be intimidating and even hostile—definitely intellectually difficult—so we attempt to make it possible for concepts are given respect and that kindness and gentleness guidelines. We have now enjoyable conversations, dangerous and even ribald jokes, and spirited discussions about quite a lot of matters.”

Officebss makes use of her Monday slot for poetry. “Too many individuals had unlucky experiences with poetry at school, they usually assume they hate it,” she mentioned. “So I ask, ‘Are you aware all of the phrases to your favourite music?’ Most individuals do, so they do not actually hate poetry. In spite of everything, Bob Dylan acquired the Nobel Prize in Literature for his phrases, as a result of music lyrics are simply one of many many types of poetry.”

“What attracted me to MOT to start with was the music,” sandbear75 mentioned. “However I quickly realized the true magic of MOT is the range. I used to be at all times being handled to one thing new or one thing that I actually liked. From Fela Kuti or Charlie Mingus to Ralph Stanley or The Remedy, I stay up for every morning. Lurid visible descriptions from Vermont to double spaced opossum poems from west Texas. Inside musings from the Louisiana coast to punk rock verbal sleight of hand in Atlanta. Portland, Oregon, hilarity to Mississippi ethical steering. We have now come collectively and shaped nearer bonds than something I’ve skilled on the web. Or perhaps it is simply the dearth of espresso so early within the morning.”

“We have now enjoyable,” sandbear75 provides. “We take pleasure in seeing previous the partitions that separate us and discover widespread floor. We by no means understand how we’re related till we begin following our Morning Open Threads.” They usually’re at all times searching for new MOT-leys, because the regulars name themselves. The entire common writers began as drop-in commenters who caught round.

The place grows on you, as they are saying.

NINE STORIES FROM 1 PM PDT SEPT. 17 TO 1 PM PDT SEPT. 24, 2021

Group Highlight’s mission is to make sure that the best stories from the Each day Kos Group obtain the eye they deserve. We encourage members who write wonderful tales with unique views to maintain writing by selling their work. We additional assist a wholesome Group by not rescuing matters and particular tales designed to impress bitter or intractable fights, though we welcome robust arguments offered pretty and backed up by credible sources.

Excellent news: You don’t have to go looking to search out our rescued tales! The nightly Information Roundup, an Open Thread revealed six days every week at 7:30 PM PDT, contains hyperlinks to every day’s rescued tales.

Reminder: The numbers in parentheses after every writer’s identify point out the yr they joined Each day Kos, what number of tales they’ve revealed, and what number of we’ve rescued.

I’m a patriot by BoiseBlue (2007-148-9)

“Patriotism” is a loaded time period in a United States awash in flag paraphernalia. The “patriotism” displayed by the flag-fabric bikini or flag-festooned t-shirt and hat makes BoiseBlue livid. Patriotism isn’t about waving (or carrying) an emblem, it’s about contributing to the nicely being of your nation. “As a result of patriotism is not concerning the flag. Patriotism is that ebook of ration coupons that my great-grandma did not use simply because she might. Patriotism was the coupons she by no means cashed in. Patriotism was my Grandpa signing up for the Military Air Pressure (that was a factor) as quickly as he turned 18. It was his youthful brother mendacity about his age to get the identical function and changing into a fucking paratrooper.” 

Being a poll worker in California by sandijd54 (2020-1-1)

First-time author Sandijd54 explains each the method and rationale concerned in working polls within the Golden State. A ballot working veteran after a decade of elections—shifting from clerk to ballot inspector, and being entrusted with the exacting and important work of democracy—that is the primary yr the writer felt hostility on the polls. “Voting ought to have an environment of consolation and never confrontation,” they write, explaining that the brand new Texas voting legal guidelines are harmful, as a result of they are going to put partisans in too shut proximity to voters.

Zorba the Greek: A kinda sorta movie review by rougy77 (2021-13-2)

Anthony Quinn’s role-of-a-lifetime as Alexis Zorba can be a bit half in a distinct movie however, based on rougy77, Quinn is the most effective purpose to observe the movie: “Lately, Zorba’s character resembles what is commonly known as the ‘manic pixie dream lady.’ He has a lust for all times that the central protagonist lacks, and his presence alone provides zest to each scene. He might not quantity to a lot if you add all of it up, however by God he is aware of stay!”

I have autism. Why an autocracy scares me by boofdah (2005-212-12)

Boofdah poignantly describes spending a lifetime making an attempt to slot in, adapting to completely different communities earlier than receiving an Asperger’s analysis and constructing a profitable marriage, household, and life. She worries about what’s going to occur if authoritarianism takes over our authorities, and autocrats get to resolve who’s worthy of residing freely and who isn’t. She would not fear about her personal response, although: “I cannot be wanting to slot in—I’ll battle again.”

A theory on why the Democratic party in Texas has had problems by Baal still (2015-20-3)

Baal nonetheless contemplates the Democrats’ success in Georgia and wonders why Democrats in Texas, with its robust progressive presence, haven’t been capable of break the Republican grip on energy as they’ve accomplished in Georgia. The rationale, they recommend, could also be as a result of Texas is just too massive, and its energy facilities too dispersed for a single politician like Beto O’Rourke or an organizer like Stacey Abrams to drag the whole inhabitants collectively. “The actual fact is, individuals in Houston, for instance, do not know very a lot about rising progressive political stars in these different cities. Even individuals like Royce West, who has been within the Texas legislature eternally, and who comes from Dallas, aren’t actually well-known statewide.” Within the feedback, Texans (who know the state greatest) function the knowledgeable witnesses.

In defense of sheep by LL Brown (2020-81-1)

LL Brown says that sheep get a nasty rap. “They’re so clever they’ve discovered to cover it from the typical human, particularly the unvaxxed ones.” LL Brown  tells us virtually the whole lot we have to learn about sheep however had been too busy to ask, notably in the case of their intelligence: Sheep acknowledge different sheep, they acknowledge human faces, they usually know self-medicate. Their herd mentality isn’t dumb–it’s a protection mechanism. In truth, sheep are far smarter than the typical southern Republican governor.

The Eastman memo and what it might have triggered by Elwood Dowd (2005-205-?)

Elwood Dowd walks by means of the steps outlined in John Eastman’s six-point recipe for overthrowing a respectable election, a narrative that has been extensively ignored by mainstream media. The scheme, offered to Donald Trump earlier than the Jan. 6 Congressional vote certification, required Vice President Mike Pence to disallow Electoral Faculty votes from seven states. “Pence would then name upon the Home of Representatives to elect the president based on the twelfth and refining amendments to the Structure. There may be near-universal settlement, from Lawrence Tribe to Dan Quayle, that Pence didn’t have the authority to reject the state vote counts. However who was going to cease him?” Provided that so many different backstops of democracy failed in the course of the Trump administration, had Pence gone together with the plot, the Jan. 6 riot may certainly have been worse.

Stupidity as shibboleth by Sollace (2021-3-3)

Sollace equates the present Republican loyalty practices of spouting misinformation, outright falsehoods and different stupidity with the “Shibboleth” story from the Ebook of Judges within the Tanakh, or the Previous Testomony. The Gileadites, who had been susceptible to being infiltrated by members of the tribe of Ephraimites, instituted a password, “shibboleth,” which the Ephraimites mispronounced, exposing themselves. Since then, to move a “Shibboleth” take a look at is to say one thing “appropriately” as a passcode into a gaggle. “We people have at all times prioritized social cohesion over truth-seeking. The GOP confronted such a selection not that way back.” Right now, stupidity, dangerous religion, and misinformation are Republican shibboleths that weed out purported RINOs and individuals who prize fact over group id.

How did my school board become the enemy? by JKam83 (2016-2-1)

JKam83 chronicles discovering and organizing with like-minded dad and mom after their faculty board voted to use a “mask-optional” coverage to the general public colleges of their small city. The dad and mom’ group found simply what number of overtly political and partisan choices had been being made in an allegedly nonpartisan, apolitical faculty board. “The fact right here is that there’s an abundance of questions concerning the board’s choices on masking that can not be answered honestly as a result of their ‘non-partisan’ choices are, the truth is, primarily based on politics.” The partisanship might have begun with a masking coverage, nevertheless it touches each nook of the varsity constructing and its curriculum; the writer’s expertise serves as a clarion name for fogeys to research their faculty board’s priorities earlier than they belief in anodyne reassurances. 

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT is devoted to discovering nice writing by group members that isn’t getting the visibility it deserves.

  • Every day’s assortment of rescues is reported within the Information Roundup revealed on the entrance web page at 7:30 PM PDT.
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