We're putting out the welcome mat for all you new folks!

Welcome to C99! It's great to see you!

welcome matOver the past couple of days, a deluge of people suddenly signed up for the site, over 100 of them in a 2 hour period.

We had no idea you all were going to drop in all at once and it caught our server by surprise. We've upgraded to a new server with more bandwidth and so far everything looks good.

The person to thank for this quick migration of the site is Johnny the Conqueroo (JtC). He is the one-man tech department that brought this site into existence and has very ably made it work for everybody. Please give him a round of applause.

This site is a labor of love, not a profit-making venture (note the lack of advertisements) it is funded by the contributions of folks who hang out here. At the point when we need money to pay for more bandwidth or if we need to make other additions or alterations to the site to accommodate more users, JtC will post a donation button.

Since so many of you seem to be coming here from that Orange place, we thought that maybe a word or two about the site to help orient you guys might be a good idea. There's an FAQ that presents the basics of how to navigate the site and do some basic things, most of which will be pretty intuitive and simple for folks coming from the GOS.

There are some significant differences between this site and the Great Orange Satan.

This is not a partisan site. This site does not endorse any candidate or ask that anyone support a candidate or party.

Like the Occupy movement from which the name of this site derives (many of the early members of the site were active members and supporters of Occupy) we are open to people with all kinds of different ideas about how to make the world a better place. The folks already here represent a broad range of left-leaning to far-left orientations. While community standards here are against things like various "isms" that can make the world an ugly place (racism, sexism, etc.) the community is open to a wide range of ideas on how to make the world a better, peaceful and sustainable place.

This is a site for grown-up people to discuss politics, social organization, culture and related topics as we build a community.

Grown-ups do not feel so threatened by a diversity of opinion that they feel the need to attack people who think differently or mobilize socially manipulative actions to harrass, isolate and exile people with whom they disagree.

So, for those of you coming from the GOS, yes you can say, for example, that you will vote for Jill Stein or Vermin Supreme rather than Mrs. Goldwater-Sachs if the Democratic Party apparatus manages to shove Bernie Sanders out of the way. There are even greater possibilities of the sorts of things that folks might want to discuss here that are foreclosed by the partisan orientation of other sites.

There are no HR's here, no roving gangs of self-appointed censors (we do have moderators who are committed to keeping a free and open dialogue on the site), there is no mojo, nor are their badges of distinction. Nobody keeps track of how many "likes" people get on their posts and liking a post itself is anonymous, so there is no reason to "like" a post except to show that somebody likes the ideas expressed in it (as opposed to the individual posting it).

There is no way to "win the site," except by having good ideas, expressing them well and being kind to other people, which curries their respect.

The coin of the realm here is kindness and articulate discussion of your point of view which respects other people's ideas. Discussions that are characterized by the coherent exposition of evidence, facts, logic and reason which honor the bonds of friendship that hold us together are what this community thrives on.

So, welcome, we hope that you thrive in the less constrained, friendlier atmosphere here.

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GreyWolf's picture

"The person to thank for this quick migration of the site is Johnny the Conqueroo (JtC). ... Please give him a round of applause."

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joe shikspack's picture

jtc really performed a major feat, without a net, under pressure. it's a technological tour-de-force. Smile

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Gerrit's picture

Marvellous little gif! Here's to clapping for JtC Smile Woot!

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Resilience: practical action to improve things we can control.
3D+: developing language for postmodern spirituality.

angel d's picture

Thanks Johnny, this site rocks!

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triv33's picture

You're here! HOO-RAY!!!

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I shave my legs with Occam's Razor~

shaharazade's picture

to angel d

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enhydra lutris's picture

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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 --

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Oldest Son Of A Sailor's picture

Some Server Migrations I know what a pain it can be...
I was thinking of starting a Progressive Site up myself...
But I was also thinking of rapid growth, increasing server loads, crashes, and migrations...
Glad you are doing it for me...

Thanks Johnny!

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"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."

~John F. Kennedy~
Economic: -9.13, Social: -7.28,

Clapping

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~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~

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~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~

Then I uploaded it here. 90 x 90 is you like a square. 80x90 if not.

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

joe shikspack's picture

text will wrap around it, so it won't be in the way.

unless of course, you feel that such a vast expanse of piscatorial pulchritude is pretentious. Smile

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Fisherman usually want to make their fish bigger and often do in the retelling Wink

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enhydra lutris's picture

I've also heard that it won't.

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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 --

WindDancer13's picture

Cook it.
There is always shrinkage when food is cooked. = )

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.--Aristotle
If there is no struggle there is no progress.--Frederick Douglass

detroitmechworks's picture

And slept in this morning just in case.

Missed my 5AM writing time by a bit, but 4 hours late works for me. Smile

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

Ciganka's picture

Thanks so much for this. I am currently reading about the site. Will there be groups or specific topics that a person could write and blog about? I am considering doing some writing on higher education costs, and colleges in Europe and other places as well. I feel that it is one way that I could use my knowledge base for the good of the community.

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It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

joe shikspack's picture

welcome!

currently there are no sub groups or topic pages, we haven't really needed them to this point. we really have only two divisions of the site at this point, the community comment page which currently carries all of our posts, open threads and community announcements and the front page which carries only our posted articles (it's our front door, so to speak, where we post the articles we think that visitors should read).

with all of the new users we may have to create some more pages or make some other device to make the site content accessible to folks. it really depends on how much content gets created and how neatly it falls into a category that we could sensibly cluster onto a page.

if we get to a point where there is so much content that it is scrolling far down the page before folks get a chance to have it under their noses, we'll obviously have to figure something out.

please do put together the posts that you are considering, it would certainly be quite welcome here and i think that you would find that folks are eager to discuss higher education, its costs and the means to make it available broadly in a manner that does not place a mortgage on people before they even enter the workforce.

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Robyn and JayRaye both publish a topic specific series based on when and how they chose to do it. Joe publishes EB every weekday. We have a morning open thread every day. People can volunteer for a slot on the open thread schedule. They do with their open thread how much or how little they want. Everybody else posts or doesn't post diaries essays as the mood strikes them.

If you noticed the top two links on the left indicate we have a front page and a community content. Diaries that are insightful, thoughtful, please excuse my fumbling for considerate language, are also posted to the front page. When c99 is googled, it is the front page that surfaces. The community content page is casual, irreverent, loved, and not necessarily what you want strangers to land on.

You might want to chat with JayRaye or Robyn and then decide how and if you want to proceed. If you click on their name, it will take you to a page where you can send them a direct email. Everyone is welcome and everyone is encouraged to participate in their own way.

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

Nice overview Joe. I am happy to see all of our friends here. I look forward to many happy hours of camaraderie and totally replacing the high blood pressure, keyboard slamming hours at dailykos.

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

joe shikspack's picture

i am amazed at how many people are signing up. between the time i went to bed last night around midnight and this morning when i got up, there were more than 60 people that signed up. the requests are still flowing in, there were another 40 since about 10am.

i feel like writing kos a thank-you note for sending so many cool people to us.

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detroitmechworks's picture

Expressing the thanks for a couple hundred new people to read my writing.

Lord knows it was a crap shoot getting attention over at his site.

Smile

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

joe shikspack's picture

there is something to be said for a smaller pond where people's focus is more aligned in terms of getting attention for your work.

i'm thinking that without the pie fights and the struggle over "winning the site," people will have more time and be able to have more interesting and productive interactions that might (gasp) lead to organizing and activism. Smile

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Nowadays all you have to do to get attention at the site that must not be mentioned is to say something bad about Clinton or good about any other candidate.

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enhydra lutris's picture

fine, but the site is a large audience of at least moderately engaged people. There are many messages and a lot of content that can be presented and advocated there. I know I will be staying for some of the Enviro stuff, the Daily Bucket and such, but I also keep hoping to get Group W more fully operational as an anti-war venue, because I'm sure we'll need all of them we can fabricate to re-kindle some sort of peace movement in today's USA.

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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 --

Oldest Son Of A Sailor's picture

Keep an eye out for good people and bring them here...
Think of DKos like a sandbox to find all the good kiddies...

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I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."

~John F. Kennedy~
Economic: -9.13, Social: -7.28,
triv33's picture

What a beautiful sight on a Saturday morning. The tangerine dream's loss is the thinking blog's gain.

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I shave my legs with Occam's Razor~

joe shikspack's picture

i haven't even had a chance to get over to facebook yet today. i'm guessing that folks over there are already aware that we're back live, though. Smile

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triv33's picture

LOL. I haven't gotten around to doing much more on FB, I'll pop over and tell my peeps this joint is up and humming.

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I shave my legs with Occam's Razor~

In other breaking news, water is wet.

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triv33's picture

All day every day, porn, porn, and more porn. Hey, where's the little people green party porn hiding?

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I shave my legs with Occam's Razor~

shaharazade's picture

your Snowden group for some odd reason gets a lot of extraterrestrial crazies. What's up with that? Maybe I just hit it on a weird day. I sure like the Snowden group stories in my fb feed. your doing a great job triv. Thanks.

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triv33's picture

we accepted everybody, and I'm here to tell you that we were over-run with teahadis and David Icke fans, and a lot of them were sleepers. I am constantly on the lookout for chemtrail posts and "Snowden reveals UFO conspiracy!!!" posts...UGH! I screen like a madwoman now. Is your page nothing but guns? You, your dog, and guns? Jesus, your dog, and guns? Sorry. All of your shares come from Alex Jones infowars? Is that Obummer with a bone through his nose? Sorry, I just blocked you from even asking again! I know causes can make strange bedfellows, but...fuck that noise.

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TheOtherMaven's picture

The atmosphere back at you-know-where was getting increasingly toxic, so I'm checking out the alternatives. Already this looks like Old Home Week. Smile

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

joe shikspack's picture

it seems like many people that i haven't seen post in quite a while at the big orange are turning up again. it really does look like a homecoming event.

welcome, pull up a chair and relax.

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Went to check the Pootie Diaries and got kicked in the heart with this:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/5/1496412/-The-Queen-is-gone

The Pootie Diaries were the last safe refuge from vituperative politics. Now...???

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

enhydra lutris's picture

get over there sometime soon today.

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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 --

Catkin's picture

I just discovered a new home from Dkos. Thanks for the big welcome!

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Please look around, test it out, make yourself to home.

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

netop's picture

not much more to say at this time… pretty much just test posting here and seeing if I can post a picture. If a beer can puppet shows up below, then I guess I can.

P1016438.jpg

And now it is (probably) resized. And, lo and behold, I can edit comments.

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joe shikspack's picture

welcome. you'll find that most functions that you expect a blog to have are pretty easy and intuitive here. if you want, check out the faq for tips on posting or put a question in one of the open threads if you get stumped.

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Good

(This is also a test comment!)

Wink

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

joe shikspack's picture

things are downright zippy around here since the server move. Smile

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JekyllnHyde's picture

Good to be here, joe.

In the song “Hoochie Coochie Man,” Muddy Waters sings about having a Johnny the Conqueroo. This term shows up in lots of blues songs. What or who is it?

John the Conqueror, which is also known as High John the Conqueror or John de Conquer, was a folk hero in African-American folklore. Most probably John was entirely fictional or at the very least extremely embellished. He was mostly likely a fictional avenue for the African slaves to defeat their masters without having open rebellion. It is said that he was the son of an African king, who although he was sold as a slave in America, they could not tame him...

John is a mythical being and is not dead. He went back to Africa, but he left his power here in the root of a certain plant. The plant is known in some areas as bindweed or jalap root and is related to the morning glory and the sweet potato. If you possess the root of that plant he can be called at any time. He is available when he is needed. Thus that root became a good luck charm, although they say John is so powerful that just uttering the words “John the Conqueror” is enough to protect against being hoodooed. John the Conqueror is also known as High John the Conqueror or John de Conquer but regardless of which name is used, in these contexts “conqueror” is pronounced “conker” or sometimes “conqueroo”. Link - https://trueblueser.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/who-is-johnny-the-conqueroo...

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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

great to see you here, my friend!

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triv33's picture

my um....votes aren't sticking. I cleared my cache, ran my clean-up, checked on fb and another blog, all seems well there, came on back, it says saving vote, but then it doesn't save my vote. A minor annoyance, and I realize nobody knows it was me, but I think people like to know their comments are appreciated. So, I thought I'd let you know~

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Shahryar's picture

but I wouldn't be surprised if the site has hiccups now with 2 million new members.

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triv33's picture

my votes ain't sticking. heh!

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I shave my legs with Occam's Razor~

sorry getting back to you so late, busy busy day for JtC. They're working OK for me, is it still doing it? Is that happening for anyone else?

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triv33's picture

And I cannot figure why. I uninstalled a reinstalled chrome, rebooted, disabled all my extensions...cannot figure it. It's driving me round the friggin pipe...lol

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shaharazade's picture

turning it off and on again?

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JekyllnHyde's picture

You're now in the major leagues. We expect you to throw a shutout every. single. game. Wink

By the way, it's working fine for me.

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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

joe shikspack's picture

everything is quite zippy here. the site has a kind of spring in its step since the migration.

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to JtC. I first heard of the plan for this site when a kind Kos poster (3 goldens) emailed me that a group was going to start up, and that it was chugging along as a Google Group, pretty big and unwieldy, but organizing a new website. I opted to wait for the website since my rural DSL is not too fast. SouthernLiberal in MD Kosmailed me to let me know it was going live in Feb. 15. Joined soon after and had a tech issue (my incompetence is not limited to any one website Wink )and busy as he was, JtC walked me through resolving it. Hadn't been checking in too often but will do so daily now! Good to see so many great people migrating over.

Can't thank you all for doing this--and like Bernie, doing it brilliantly and cheerfully.

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Shaylors Provence

as I was saying about incompetence:

can't thank you enough for doing this...

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Shaylors Provence

joe shikspack's picture

thanks for dropping by!

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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 --

mimi's picture

in German, son of an African king and a Wagner lover (unbelievable !!!) with some interesting thingies in his mojo bag.

Sigh, I utter now conqueroo at least three times a day, once after I have read the morning OT, for protection of getting hoodooed by 'those' commentators, second time after I peaked into the orange pit, to get protected from being angry to have left, because those hoodooing spirits over there deserve to be fought, and once in the evening, before I start to read the Evening Blues for protection against having the blues and being all depressed. Heh, I have my little JuJu charme against that too ... you know we have African queens, who can handle those maladies.

JtC, you have protected now a batallion of slaves and rebels with your magical skills and lead them to the promised land server.

And I am so thrilled to see JekylInHyde visiting us. That's just so healing to my battered mind. Thanks JekylInHyde.

Server is running. Phantastic. Kudos. Clapping Yahoo Drinks Give rose

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mimi

Thanks for the landing pad!

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He decided to pull out the banhammer.
C99P people just sat out a chair and a pina colada for you.

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joe shikspack's picture

i think that i am going to have to send markos a nice thank-you note.

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don mikulecky's picture

looks interesting so far

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An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the time. It stands or it falls on its own merits.

excellent to have you here. Hope you post some of you great work.

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This place seems like a nice spot to make a camp.

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Rivers are horses - and kayaks are their saddles

joe shikspack's picture

pull a chair up to the fire and relax. great to have you here!

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Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.....

and thank-you!

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Progressive to the bone.

joe shikspack's picture

good to see somebody with a sense of rhythm has signed up. Smile

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Thank you for laying out the welcome mat.

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joe shikspack's picture

glad you and a few hundred of our friends could make it. Smile

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Excited to have an alternative place to lurk. Thanks.

Cheers!

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joe shikspack's picture

i hope that it works out so well that you'll pipe up now and then.

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Thanks for the welcome. Looking around still, but was motivated to create an account. Lots of familiar user names in here.

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alexa100's picture

Thanks you JtC !!

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Go Bernie !!
Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

Hello and thanks for welcoming us.

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shaharazade's picture

and thank you for coming on over. Make yourself at home.

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Shahryar's picture

"exceeded" limits. I refreshed and came back in, first try but I didn't like seeing that again today.

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

joe shikspack's picture

that is kind of worrisome.

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"max_users_exceeded" once around 8pm
CST Saturday. Tried again and got in.

Does c99% need to upgrade its server
again ... ?

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Only connect. - E.M. Forster

joe shikspack's picture

it's quite possible that since the site is now in the category of overnight sensation, we may have to grow yet again quite rapidly. we'll see how it goes.

thanks for checking in with a report!

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Pat K California's picture

Yup ... I'm another Bernie supporter from the GOS. Just looking for a place where people can discuss things without getting their heads snapped off by people who don't share their EXACT political leanings. Also a place where the proprietor doesn't refer to over half of his members as "fucking morons"! Goodness. I'm 64 years old. Do I need that??

Anyway, thanks so much for giving me a place to land where so many names are familiar to me already. And LOVE your emphasis on kindness. Hear, hear!

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"Long term: first the rich get mean, then the poor get mean, and the rest is history." My brother Rob.

joe shikspack's picture

heh, apparently the proprietor over there lost his copy of "how to win friends and influence people." Smile

welcome, make yourself at home.

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I don't appreciate being thought of as a moron either. I also don't appreciate roving Hillarybots putting me in a timeout until dad says I can come out. The site is not nice and immature. We are all adults and need to be treated like one.

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

At least that's how it started. But it was pretty obvious where DK was headed & I suspected we'd soon have some more company here.
It was sad to see Meteor Blades' recent front page "support HRC or you're a jackass". Somehow, I'd expected better of him.

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chuck utzman

TULSI 2020

joe shikspack's picture

heh...

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

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It was sad to see Meteor Blades' recent front page "support HRC or you're a jackass". Somehow, I'd expected better of him.

Ichabod! The glory is indeed gone from DK.

And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel....

-- Jewish Scriptures, I Samuel 4:21 (KJV)

UPDATE: The document appears to have disappeared! Was it a Diary or a Comment? If it was a Diary, it may have been pulled! Anyway, I can't find it!

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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

A place to agree or disagree without flames or flags. A place of respect for the right of others to hold the opinions they do. A place to share and care. A place to behave as grown-ups (silly humor allowed) instead of preschoolers throwing tantrums and taunts and time-outs. Aaaaaah. That's me exhaling the fresh air of freedom of speech and thought. Thank you all!

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"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." --Jiddu Krishnamurti

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...been waiting for a site like this FOR YEARS!

as anyone who knows me from the old days at Dkos will tell you, I've banged my head against the GOS' fucking walls too many fucking times. TOO MANY.

At least now kos has fully shown his true colors for all the world to see.

Glad to be back with you guys!

#FeelTheBern #BernieOrBust #OpBernHRC #WhichHillary
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