Extra sad news...

On Saturday, our friend divineorder suddenly collapsed and passed away while bicycling and birding in Costa Rica with his wife jakkalbessie. Jakkalbessie is now sorting out a variety of details and preparing to return home. She has help from both some local friends and family who can join her if needed.

Divineorder travelled widely, enjoying and photographing nature and shared his adventures with us, checking in from all over the world. When home in the States, he was always active in promoting issues and activism. His optimism and drive to make change will be remembered.

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I'm so sorry to hear that. Please let us know if we can do anything to support his family.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

Let us know if we can lend a helping hand, Jtc.

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he had a divine relation to his surroundings, be it nature or people. RIP, good Sir and my condolences to his wife. You will be missed a lot.

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Ich schreibe was mir paßt - in memory of Steve Biko

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@mimi

I always thought that his name reflected his persona
he had a divine relation to his surroundings, be it nature or people.

I will miss him very much too.

My sincere sympathies to Jakkalbessie. Sad

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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@mimi

I always thought that his name reflected his persona...

He and Jakkalbessie were on a constant adventure in life; it was inspiring. I hope Jakkalbessie will continue to visit with us. She has a place here, always.

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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
– Albert Camus

Many of us here were active participants at joe's The Evening Blues at DKos back several years before this site went live, divineorder along with his wife Jakkalbessie were among that group. We have been good online friends for many years.

As joe mentioned divineorder was an activist and writer, he loved nature and gifted us with many of his excellent photos from his and Jakkalbessie's many adventures. He was most concerned about climate change and wrote about that often. He leaves a hole in this site and my heart. I will miss him dearly.

Jakkalbessie, my friend, our friend, be strong and if there's anything we can do please let us know. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Divineorder's last comment here, the day before he passed, and appropriately it was to joe:

https://caucus99percent.com/comment/400186#comment-400186

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@JtC I loved his outlook it was always so positive, so lively.

Pura vida! Means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe...just maybe, your situation isn't all that bad and that no matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short...so start living it "pura vida style".

Great photographers those two, loved the travels they shared here too. Shocking sad news indeed.{jakkalbessie}
divineorder
peace be the journey

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@eyo
Made me tear up.

They have friends they met in their travels, who co-found an org that helps African girls stay in school the whole month. She mentioned them. I asked about the org; he posted background with a link.

Unless she asks that we do otherwise, I will donate in his name (with a little background in case they don't know his handle).

Here's her comment, and his follows, in case anyone else is interested.
https://caucus99percent.com/comment/385841#comment-385841

Here's the link he posted to the org:
http://www.projectluangwa.org/mhm

Jackalbessie, my heart goes out to you for your loss.

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@Deja

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EdMass's picture

He and I go way back...

Will be missed greatly.

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Prof: Nancy! I’m going to Greece!
Nancy: And swim the English Channel?
Prof: No. No. To ancient Greece where burning Sapho stood beside the wine dark sea. Wa de do da! Nancy, I’ve invented a time machine!

Firesign Theater

Stop the War!

for his voice, it is felt as such a loss to our community. Heartfelt love to his family and friends, including all those here.

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DO's DKos diary on OPOL from March 2016: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/29/1507806/-kos-has-OPOL-on-Timeout

And, here's his comments on Meteor Blades in his (DO's) profile: https://www.dailykos.com/user/divineorder

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"Freedom is something that dies unless it's used." --Hunter S. Thompson

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@bobswern

Thanks for that bobswern.

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@bobswern

322 recs and 800 plus comments kinda gives you an idea for how that went over. The thing that I'll never miss is the echo chamber of back and forth of bickering comments. I saw a lot of names that have gone missing since the ides of get the hell out of here if you can't say something nice about Her even if you have to lie about Her.

Pescadero Bill divineorder March 29 · 07:59:39 PM
I guess Kos has narrowed his perspective down to just “more...” democrats. The “better” seems to have slipped by the wayside.

It’s sad really. I always hoped this website could lead to politics that actually help people. Instead, it looks like it’s leading to politics by people that help themselves.

Now don't that sum up daily kos?

Thanks for the links to those diaries, bob. divineorder also went there to discuss Russia with his focus on how it could lead to war. He still got called names. Sad

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

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Like most here, I never met him in person but liked him and thought he was a very positive and caring person. He always had a way with me personally, don't know what it was, like the sensible big brother talking down his rambunctious little brother but encouraging him to run free always. I wish we could have met in person. I liked to call him d.o., with periods.

My thots are with jakkalbessie, we all know this is very hard for her. May she find the strength to carry on. If there's anything we can do jakkalbessie, please let us know. So very sorry for your loss.

Rest in peace d.o. Brother.

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@Big Al

I would enjoy reading your respectful back and forth on the various issues under discussion. It was healing in a way. You two would hold firm on your opposing views, but they somehow ended up looking like complementary views, instead, in a complex system where there was room for both. divineorder was good at bringing order out of chaos.

[edit = typo]

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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
– Albert Camus
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@Pluto's Republic

I can do no better than to quote Edward R. Murrow in this context:

The Senator charged that Professor Harold Laski, a British scholar and politician, dedicated the book to me. That's true. He is dead. He was a socialist -- I am not. He was one of those civilized individuals who did not insist upon agreement with his political principles as a pre-condition for conversation or friendship.

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

I learned a great deal about Harold Laski when I was a grad student in London in the mid-1990s. A giant of a man who always supported the underdog, his contributions are legendary. Below is a comment I posted in an essay last year by Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal.

We should always, always celebrate decency and lives well-lived.

Harold Laski was a legendary professor of political science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). As a committed socialist, he often engaged in vigorous debates with Friedrich Hayek, who also taught at the LSE before moving to the University of Chicago a few years after World War II. The school was formed in the mid-1890s by essentially the same group of people (notably George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb) who had started the socialist Fabian Society as well as the British Labour Party. The idea was to study massive changes and dislocation in society brought about by the Industrial Revolution. The LSE became a haven for intellectuals of all kinds as one had to be a member of the Anglican Church to attend Oxford and Cambridge until the early 20th century.

As a public intellectual, Professor Laski was unusual in that he was not only a noted academic but also the Chairman of the Labour Party after World War II. He was a critic of then-Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who'd been a lecturer at the LSE in the 1930s, and often clashed with him on policy issues. In the late 1940s, Laski would have become President of Brandeis University were it not for J. Edgar Hoover. As a Jewish socialist with Marxist inclinations, he was considered suspect by Hoover's FBI during the McCarthy Era and it maintained a file several hundred pages long on Laski and others like Paul Robeson who had any kind of association with the Soviet Union. Among many LSE students who'd accompanied Laski on student trips to the USSR in the 1930s was one Joe Kennedy, JFK's older brother who was killed in 1944 while on a bombing mission. JFK would also attend the LSE in the late 1930s although he did not complete his studies at the school.

It is said that two British institutions contributed greatly to the rise of the anti-colonial movement and decline of the British Empire: Sandhurst Military Academy (Britain's West Point) and the LSE. Sandhurst taught discipline and organization to numerous students from Britain's colonies. Under Laski's tutelage, the LSE taught a couple of future generations of colonial leaders about how to structure societies and organize governments. Even to this day whenever the Indian Government Cabinet meets in New Delhi, there is an empty chair in the room to honor the memory of Harold Laski.

Such was his impact on those who'd found newly-won freedom from their colonial masters.

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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

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@JekyllnHyde

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

He and I were often on opposite sides of the divide.

Are you telling me you're of chaotic alignment, i.e., the opposite of divine order? Wink

[ducking]

Remember, Chaos is Divine, too.

WinkWink

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides @thanatokephaloides

It's both easy and hard to make order out of chaos.

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@thanatokephaloides

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

Well, I do usually play a Chaotic Good character. Smile

I do as well, as I'm almost always a Magick User, who cannot be strictly Lawful because of the limitations on that character type.

(I live as "neutral good"; I suspect that you and most other c99ers do as well.)

Wink

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides

as the vipers who rule us destroy and corrupt the law.

Funny, ain't it?

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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@Pluto's Republic making order out of chaos. I'll miss him. It's like the age old thing, wish I'd have told him so before he was gone. Thanks Pluto.

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@Big Al

and family-like ... to be encouraging of the other whose direction is different, while respecting the person themselves. So nice for you both to have shared that. That kind of stuff is forever encouraging.

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and speechless so I will let JtC speak for me:

He leaves a hole in this site and my heart. I will miss him dearly.

Jakkalbessie, my friend, our friend, be strong and if there's anything we can do please let us know. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Go in peace, divineorder. I will miss you greatly.

Jakkalbessie, peace be upon you dear. I loved the love I felt between you and your soulmate.

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- strife delivery

and birding with his wife in Costa Rica.

Doing what he loved with who he loved-none of us could ask for more.

peace be upon you. always.

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

@Tall Bald and Ugly
Good people seem to die too soon.
See you on the other side, DO.

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I didn't know him very well, but from the travels he shared, he sure lived his life to its fullest. He will be missed. RIP

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

@dkmich
Better to go in Nature than racked in pain or stoned to the hilt in a hospital with tubes in you.

Just a quote from the Elder Edda:

Kine die, kinfolk die
So at last do we
This I know that never dies
How dead men's deeds are deemed.

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riding off into the divine order of things, on a bike in CR. Sorry for Jakkal B. Will be missed but remembered fondly.

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Listen to your higher mind.

DevineOrder will be deeply missed at this place.

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Very sad news. I will miss his presence here.
Jakkalbessie, my message box is always open. (That goes for everyone here too.)

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This shit is bananas.

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White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field

Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —

so I thought:
maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.

~Mary Oliver

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@wendy davis

and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.

Thanks wendy.

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@janis b

over the course of my blogging (and RL) life, i've conducted many online eulogies w/ that poem. i love the mary oliver particularly, and had even written it down on a card for someone to take to a dying friend/neighbor in the hospital. as i was writing it, he sat up in bed and demanded to go to home to die. magic, who can say? but i call him lazarus now.

but for female partners (and i should have added gay partners)i also love this by w.h. auden, (and while mr. wd are both ready to leave this mortal coil, we would wish we could leave it together), this is how i'd feel if i were Left Behind:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

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@wendy davis

I'm sure magic is a part of it.

Thank you for another beautiful poem about life and death. I would love to read more of the poems that move you relation to this subject, here or in a PM.

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@janis b

to reflect, given the holes in my memory. but i've always loved the one that karen von blixen read over deny finch-hatten's burial site high in the ngong hills, irrc, while two masaai warriors watched in the background, standing one one foot, as ever.

To an Athlete Dying Young
~ A. E. Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

mart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.Now you will not swell the rout

Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,

The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head

Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

often when i've sung at gravesides, i sing this among other songs (dude needs to tune his fiddle, ack)

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@wendy davis

"Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) describes the grave of her lover, Denys Finch Hatton, who was killed in a plane crash at age 44."

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@janis b

remembered this poem from my youth, and it may be one of the reasons that i/we'd sprinkled the cremated ashes of my relatives in places they might help to grow things (an apple orchard, a rose garden, even my father's favorite golf hole.

when god lets my body be

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit that dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passion wastes

will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow

Into strenuous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with her face
and all the while shall my heart be

With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea

~ e.e. cummings

mr. wd had thought i'd been about to send this extraordinary song by bruce cockburn about crossing to the other side to jakkalbessie rather than the mary oliver poem. he agreed that i could send it to her on his behalf:

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@wendy davis

poetry and music.

One beautiful verse from the music, Closer to the Light

Walked outside
Summer moon was nearly down
Mist on the fields
Holy stillness all around
Death's no stranger
No stranger than the life I've seen
Still I cried
Still I begged to get you back again

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@janis b

i might have said about our strong love, that we've been married for forty-five years, and have gone through 'the best of times and the worst of times' together, and have ended up as each other's best friend. (and of course i was a child bride.) ; )

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Losing a spouse is difficult - NCTim and I can attest. I lost my husband much the same way - he went fast. I'm grateful DO didn't suffer (at least it doesn't sound that way) and I'm grateful, for jb, that it was swift.

A poem for the occasion, written when my friend passed in October 2017, but just as appropriate for Divine Order:

Expiration dates are most visible
On the material things we buy.
But I was taken aback,
when yours arrived,
today.

RIP DO.

We are here for you jb.

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“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

-- Voltaire

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Both divineorder and his beloved jakkalbessie loved traveling and living their lives to the fullest. My heart goes out to JB in sympathy and sorrow. Divineorder was such a kind and thoughtful commenter here. I am sure that his comments were very reflective of the way he lived and viewed the world. Like others here, I will sorely miss him.

He went away doing what he dearly loved, but it was way too soon. Peace be with you, our dear divineorder. Our lives were far better for having known you.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~Dr. Cornel West

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F Kennedy

Lookout's picture

...and D.O. lived well and with grace. I always appreciated his positive spin...trying to look for the good....spreading the word about worthwhile causes and efforts to improve things... a person filled with the wonder of the world and ready to explore. He always had an encouraging comment in my (and others) essays.

He will be missed here at c99 by us all, and I can imagine the loss J.B. must feel. I hope she will lean on our community as she adjusts. What more can any of us wish other than a life well lived. It was our joy and pleasure to to know him.

I'll sing this one for him tonight...peace to all

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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I will miss him.

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Actually, the issue at stake is patriotism. You must return to your world and put an end to the Commies. All it takes are a few good men.
--Q

Exit polls not involving George W. Bush or Hillary Clinton tend to be quite accurate.
--Doug Hatlem

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What a great loss... Always great wisdom in his comments. He knew Chachalacas and Balmoreah, and so much more. I really wanted to meet him and jb knowing they were sometimes only a few hours away, and birders, I figured one day we would cross paths. Alas it was not to be. Very sad indeed. At least he was birding with his love. I'm soooooo sorry. My heartfelt condolences to jb. RIP D.O. We will miss your insight. Fly with the Ivory-bills brother.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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My thoughts are with Jakkalbessie. So very sorry. So sudden and hard to believe.

I will miss him and his traveling posts.

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If you don't like the Mafia, why don't you join it and change it from the inside?

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I'm holding jackalbessie in my thoughts. I'm glad she has local, immediate help and support. Sudden death is a sort of gift to the person dying, but a shock to their loved ones and friends.

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It is very sad news, indeed! My heartfelt condolences to jakkalbessie.

divineorder was a gem of a person. I had a fair bit of interaction with him here on c99% and on DK over the years. His postings were always informative. He was insightful in his observations of life and politics, respectful of others, never argumentative, and very considerate of what others thought and believed.

The highest compliment one can pay another recently-departed person is to acknowledge that he was a good human being. And more. We will miss him.

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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

we'll all feel his loss.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

(nothing is ever forgotten)

Peace be upon you both. DO, may the Bardo be short and merciful, and may your stay in the Summerlands reunite you with all your loved ones, especially jakkalbessie.

jakkalbessie, our love and our thoughts are with you.

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

janis b's picture

that someone so vibrant and present as do, is not here anymore.

All I can say is that the respect and care for do that everyone here has expressed is so true. He seemed so real to me.

I’m so sorry jakkalbessie, for your incredible loss, but I’m sure you find comfort in having spent a lifetime with someone like do, and knowing that he was content in his life. Do, you were blessed with the strength to feel deeply for others and and an enthusiasm for life. I know you will rest in peace.

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an extra bond beyond his writings and photos, having birded and toured CR and Kenya, among other places and spent his absences awaiting the next report of his travels with jb. He will be greatly missed by the entire site I know. Condolences and all the best to jakkalbessie.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Unabashed Liberal's picture

this is one of those times.

While I plan to further comment at EB, once I've had time to collect my thoughts, and begin to digest this sad, and totally unexpected news, I want to express to you, JB, how very sorry I am that DO was taken from you so suddenly, and unexpectedly. I hope that you find the strength to get through the trying days ahead. Please know that you have many, many friends here at C99, who are willing to lend you a shoulder to lean on. (Including myself--I can be PM'd at UL, if you ever need to talk.)

Although I joined DKos in 2004, only started blogging a little more than 6 years ago. And, I can say without reservation, that of all the folks that I've been fortunate to get to know online, without a doubt, your--and I'd like to think, our--DO was at the top of my list when it came to folks whom I regarded as super kind and caring. Just a fine and decent person in every way.

On top of that, he was knowledgeable about many topics, and always extraordinarily generous in regards to sharing that knowledge with others. I truly can't remember interacting with him without coming away feeling better about things (in general), and knowing more than I did, before we had our discussion.

For me, the discussion of the topic of healthcare, here--especially, Medicare--will never be the same, without him.

JB, I listened to this requiem when I lost my older Brother (and only sibling) in 2015. I hope in some small way, it will give you some solace, as it did me.

This is Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Pie Jesus (Requiem) performed by Brazilian soprano Carla Maffioletti, and then 5-year-old violin prodigy/virtuoso, Akim Camara.
(Just ignore Rieu--her voice is hauntingly beautiful.)

[Pie Jesu sung by Carla Maffioletti and Akim Camara]

Requiem Lyrics, Last Verse

Dona eis requiem, dona eis requiem
Sempiternam
Sempiternam
Requiem

Requiem Lyrics, English Translation

Grant them rest, grant them rest
everlasting
everlasting
Rest


The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.
~~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

Mollie

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Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.

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@Unabashed Liberal

of who do is, and what he meant to you. I can imagine your shock and great sense of loss.

I trust you and Mr. M, and your new companion are enjoying life together. Be well.

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@janis b

your kind and encouraging words provide comfort to me, and, I'm sure, to many others. Pleasantry

Also, Mr M and Miss K say 'thanks' for the best wishes!

Mollie

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
~~Will Rogers, Actor & Social Commentator

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Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.

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@Unabashed Liberal

I have learned very many things in my years of hospice work. One of those things, is that there is nothing stronger than the human spirit which encircles us in life, and which gives death meaning.

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You'll be missed.

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

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Not sure what else I could say considering everyone else covered it.

Perhaps a song would be appropriate?

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

can both share in the grief and express gratitude for Divine Order's life.

Divine Order's posts were lovely and intelligent. They were a great contribution to all of us.

My mother died suddenly. One day she was clipping hedges at my sister's place because my sister was away and our mother wanted to surprise her by cleaning her home and making the property tidy. A day or two later, she was gone. A sudden death can be very difficult for survivors, but, I think a great blessing to one who passes.

Farewell, fellow Caucuser.

Jackkalbessie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am glad you and divine order had the time together that you had. Some people live their lives without ever finding their mate. Those who do have received an incomparable treasure. I wish I could do something beyond words, but I can only offer them and my very best wishes.

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@HenryAWallace

an incomparable treasure.

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I didn't know d.o. very well, but share the perspectives already expressed here about his core kindness, expansive knowledge, and desire to share both with all of us.

As a tribute to his life well lived, I'd like to try to better emulate him in my posts here. Not that I have much knowledge to share, but I could certainly always be more kind, and more patient, and more full of wonder.

Jackalbessie, may you discover peace in all the wonderful memories you and d.o. made together. We're here for you when you need us.

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to hear this news. The bit I knew about divineorder was that he was a traveler, a lover of nature, a calm and kind voice. We will absolutely miss that voice here.
Condolences to Jakkalbessie, my thoughts are with her, I am so sorry for her loss.

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I really enjoyed do's pictures, diaries and comments. Pura-vida: he lived it. I wish that for myself and all here. Thoughts of peace to his other half: jb, and all his loved ones. A very sad Rec'd!!

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" Our solutions to the climate crisis must match the demands of physics."
c/o truthout

I love them both. Such fine human beings. The world is poorer today. Condolences and best wishes to JB.

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rest in peace, do

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We have lost another C99% family member.
RIP Divineorder

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Always thought of him and his wife Jakkalbessie as two radical, former teachers with a joie de vivre that sparkled. Would be uplifted to hear stories about their travels and the lovely people they'd encounter, and sometimes become intimately involved with, and through whom they'd meet others, and on like that, sharing and enjoying life.

He will be sorely missed by many.

My heart is with you, Jakkalbessie.

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"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC"

- Kurt Vonnegut

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but felt everything I was saying was inadequate.

I'm picturing ripples. jb, being closest, will of course feel it the most. c99, too, although not as strongly but this place will still be a little different now.

Honestly, every time I type one sentence I find myself spending 5 minutes looking out the window before continuing on.

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Thank you for sharing. RIP and sincere condolences to his family and all of his friends. I will really miss him, his writing and beautiful photography.

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"If you can't eat their food, drink their booze, take their money and then vote against them you've got no business being in Congress."

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Blessings to all affected

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"The degree to which liberals are coming to inhabit an alternate reality, impenetrable by facts or reason, is actually frightening." -- Steve Maher

I cried yesterday and just wasn't able to respond, could not and still cannot really find words. I am so glad for him that he did not suffer, but as others point out sudden death is very hard for survivors. JB you're in my thoughts too.

And this is such a great place, all the beautiful comments made me cry all over again.

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Sorry to hear of his passing, I remember his posts @dkos and they were beautiful, rest easy kind sir

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You and I - Stevie Wonder.

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Such terrible, shocking news. Thanks for letting us know, Joe. I have known, admired and respected divineorder from early days Over There. He was always who I wanted to be when I grow up.

Jakkalbessie, if you see this comment, please let me know if you need any assistance when you get back to Santa Fe. Until then, please accept virtual hugs and know that the candle I light tonight will be in memory of him.

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Please help support caucus99percent!

@Dallasdoc
and made it in, doc.

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@JtC
I love all you guys.

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@Dallasdoc
that sentiment my friend.

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hearing this sad news. Joining all in saying we are here if you need us.

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Positive energy to divineorder and his family/friends.

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There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties.. This...is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.--John Adams

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I have no words for the sorrow of loosing one of the worlds strong voice for deliberative expression of tolerance and invoking thoughtfulness of our words.

Jakkalbessie my thoughts are with you during this transition and realignment you life.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK | "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine." - G. B. Shaw Bernie/Tulsi 2020

Not much in words to say more.

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Sad news indeed.

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