Group Highlight: Don’t mess with the Pootie Folks!


It had certainly carried on. The PWB Peeps are a vital characteristic of Every day Kos. The group is a refuge on unhealthy information days, an extra raise on good days, and a wry take a look at life and no less than one giggle day by day in between. The group is now helmed by The Marti, who bears the title of “Pootie Princess,” and who says the crew “has saved up the custom, increasing it to incorporate a wide range of diarists, every with their very own skills. Da Peeps…are da finest!”

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You’ll at all times be our Pootie Queen.

“One motive I joined,” wrote Dixiecollie, “(or no less than why I write my Woozle Wednesday night version) is to get these woozle (canine) numbers up. Wednesday is the day when the pooties (cats) get to relaxation and the woozles get to shine.” BMScott, who manages the every day hyperlinks and lists of Kossacks who may use a hand from the Group, says, “The PWB diaries had been kind of my ‘house’ at DK, and I didn’t wish to see the Group hyperlinks disappear: I’m undecided what I got here to DK for, however I’ve positively stayed largely for the Group!”

Which is simply one other approach of claiming, “Got here for the politics, stayed for the Group,” as is true of so many people. No matter diverse paths introduced us right here, right here we’ve stayed. “Politics could be fairly tough,” elenacarlena wrote. “I really feel an obligation to learn all of the unhealthy, principally political, information and assist out the place I can, however it will get emotionally draining. So Group diaries, and particularly the PWB Peeps with its cute animals and humor, is the place I am going to take a break, calm down and chat with mates, give and obtain assist, have a number of laughs. Then I’m re-energized, and might go and get again into the combat.”

Being within the combat is important, and this week’s Rescues replicate the wide range of struggles we encounter. From lethal critical questions of justice and reform to the lighter dilemmas of the best way to eliminate treasured possessions, our Rescues this week run the gamut.


Group Highlight’s Rescue Rangers learn each story revealed by Group writers. After we uncover superior work that isn’t receiving the eye it deserves, we rescue it to our group blog and publish a weekly assortment—like this one—every Saturday at 7:30 PM Pacific time. Rescue priorities and actions had been defined in a earlier version, Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. 

Paul Abrams means that one of the best ways to get an infrastructure invoice handed with assist from Republicans is to tie enhancements to their states in How to get 100 Senate votes for infrastructure. He causes that “Republicans don’t want an infrastructure invoice in any respect for 2 causes: It should put the ultimate nail within the coffin of their ‘authorities spending destroys the economic system’ mantra they’ve used (and, official Washington has more-or-less swallowed) for 50 years; and it’ll make President Biden and Democrats look good going into the subsequent two election cycles with “it’s morning once more in America” memes.” One attainable resolution he proposes is to tie the quantity of infrastructure spending on to the votes of every senator. Though the answer as acknowledged is unworkable, it is a inventive step towards breaking the logjam that Republican opposition to every little thing has created, and will level to a approach ahead in a variety of points. Paul Abrams has been a Kossack since 2008 and has written 34 tales. That is his second rescue.

One aspect impact of gentrification is the way in which that locals are pushed out of shared public areas. Grog explores one such instance in Denver’s city park and road closures: A new generation of white entitlement on display. As a part of COVID-19 lockdown measures, the town of Denver closed components or most of three public parks to vehicular visitors. Now, with restrictions easing, some (principally younger, white, gentrifying) residents are lobbying the town to maintain the vehicles out of public parks the place, for generations, for folks of shade the park’s driveability has meant “ad-hoc traditional automotive rallies, sitting in garden chairs beside the automotive smoking a cigar or speaking with mates, large household picnics solely made attainable by hauling stuff in with a automotive, napping within the automotive (sure that’s a factor right here) and,” Grog notes, such entry is important for “folks with mobility points.” Issues have come to a head over proposed restriction of entry to the MLK monument. The brand new residents do not assume they’re being racist, however their actions inform in any other case. “Mainly, it involves conserving ‘others’ from ‘their’ areas of the park, stated areas which might be usually open and accessible to all people.” YIMBY is coming to a neighborhood close to you. A longtime Group member, Grog has authored 68 tales. That is his eighth rescue.

Wayneonly dives into the mentality that makes it attainable to strip humanity away from entire teams of individuals in NHI: No Human Involved. NHI is police slang and stands for “’no people concerned,’ an off-the-cuff classification assigned to a criminal offense giving it low precedence, as a result of its sufferer is considered having a low social standing. Low social standing is only a euphemism for ‘undeserving of consideration.’” Wayneonly walks us by way of a number of the instances in U.S. historical past the place the NHI mindset is obvious, when atrocities had been dedicated as a result of the victims had been thought-about “undeserving of consideration.” From present policing insurance policies that emerged from the system of slave management, to the internment of Japanese folks in WWII, in addition to Jim Crow and segregation, all contain dismissing the humanity of others for the needs of management or erasure. And this isn’t relegated to the previous only- dehumanization continues to this very day … and the information is stuffed with tales the place NHI mentality has created horrible conditions. Wayneonly has written 16 tales with two of them rescued.

Coming from a private historical past of hard-drinking sports activities lovers, Rule of Claw relates his evolution in understanding from a “blue collar” dude to a mature and extra enlightened particular person in How I look at the transgender issue. As a result of, he explains, gender shouldn’t be an “problem.” “The bubble heads within the media saved referring to trans-rights as an ‘problem.’ Points are debatable, they’re mentioned within the context of coverage growth. A bridge that wants repaired is a matter. Whenever you body one thing as a problem, you robotically set it up for false equivocation. You set it as much as be debated as one thing to be ignored, as one thing that may be disallowed.” The “points” that the proper so love to border are peoples’ lives and well-being. Transgender persons are not a problem: Transgender persons are folks. Rule of Claw has authored 102 tales for Every day Kos.

Neelyja debuts at Every day Kos with The way to end abortion: Make It unnecessary. Anti-choice forces have chipped away at ladies’s proper to manage their copy since Roe v. Wade in 1973 and now, with a hard-core ideological majority on the Supreme Court docket, the nation is on the sting of outlawing not solely abortion, however imposing ever-more invasive insurance policies to manage individuals who is perhaps or turn out to be pregnant. She writes, “If Republicans are honest about defending moms and youngsters, born and but to be born, they might concentrate on making abortion pointless.” However in fact, that is the other of what they’re doing. That is Neelyja’s first story and first rescue.

Within the aftermath of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, dratler wonders What will justice look like sooner or later. If, as an alternative of a brutal arrest and violent subdual, George Floyd had been handled with the protocols applicable for a low-level offense and attainable mistake in presumably passing a pretend $20; if as an alternative of being led by martinets, police departments had been judged by requirements of group satisfaction as an alternative of an not possible metric of “crimes prevented,” what would policing appear like? What is going to justice appear like? “We’ll encourage cops to make use of their intelligence, human judgment and make contact with with folks to weed out the really unhealthy actors, and to depart instances of innocent carelessness and psychological sickness to unarmed specialists.” It is a mannequin price making an attempt, because the one we have now now has failed so miserably. Dratler has written 105 tales for Every day Kos. That is their sixth rescue.

Irresistible drive meets restricted cupboard space in MT Spaces‘ world in Bookchat: To keep or not to keep—why ask that question? because the creator wrestles with the everlasting battle of guide lovers in every single place: Deciding what to maintain, what to offer away, what to eliminate, and the way? A library turns into a collection of collections boxed and sorted by style, however the dilemma continues to be there: “I’m now not capable of intelligently take care of this mountain of cardboard containers, precisely curate volumes for analysis functions, or correctly show my most collectable books.” The creator is making progress, however “to maintain or to not preserve” continues to be an open query. MT Areas, who has collected books all over the world, has written 15 tales. That is their fourth rescue.


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