Greetings, Moosen. I'm rb137.

by: rb137

Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 19:41:07 PM EST



Hello all. I wanted to introduce myself, and let you know that I want to play. I write as rb137 at Daily Kos, and want a place where the diaries move a little more slowly and have a longer lifetime.

I am making some big personal changes, and as such I don't have a lot of time for blogging lately. I miss it. I've been totally unable to devote the time it takes to participate as a regular community member. At DK, a dairy posts, and the threads are dead in a few hours. I might not get to that post until the next day. I find myself going to threads less and less often, and if it isn't on the front page, I almost don't have time to see it anymore.

rb137 :: Greetings, Moosen. I'm rb137.
My schedule means that I often don't have a suitable block of time to devote to tending comments after I post a diary at DK. I'd love to post on a number of issues, but I don't have two or three hours to carve out of any day while the comments appear and need attention.

Anyway, I recognize some friendly faces here, and I thought it would be fun to check in once in a while. I'd also like to post some of my diaries here. I'm hoping to write some chewy stuff.

I usually write about human rights, the environment, science, food -- and recently, I like to write about my two new puppies. My cat is already an infamous blogger.

Thanks, ya'll.

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Thanks, all. (2.00 / 39)


"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

Welcome to the Moose! (2.00 / 28)
We do have a longer attention span here. While volume is a part of it, there is an intention to have conversations where the initial volley (diary/article) is less a main course than an appetizer.

It seems you have been browsing the buffet so you may have a feel for it already, but the Moose is something of a mutant form of consensus community and benevolent dictatorship. An air of a olde country pub, perhaps, where frazzled participants are organically helped down from the rafters by the denizens until they can find a Happy Place to abide in, while actual ruffians find themselves outside in the dung heap wondering what happened.

Mooses loves geeks, data, thoughtful contemplation and enough contention to forward tough issues among folks of good intention. Spacey will be around with some spicey canapes if the horrific noises from the kitchen are any indication, if they turn out to be too much the water in the fountain in the courtyard is often used for remediating just such outcomes.



John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Do you write technical manuals? (2.00 / 23)


"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Good lord no. (2.00 / 21)
At least, I try to avoid it like the plague.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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You should. Write them, I mean. (2.00 / 19)
;)

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I understand that as a compliment and I will take it as such, (2.00 / 14)
but I'd rather be beaten with a frozen haddock.

:~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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You have a way with words. (2.00 / 10)
Spacey will be around with some spicey canapes

Welcome to the Moose, rb!

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen


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Wow. I think I have typo fever today... (2.00 / 8)
Please read between the mistakes today. Yikes...

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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rb! Welcome to purple paradise! (2.00 / 32)
Your Africa diaries are perfect for the Moose, as are all the other topics you mentioned. I've missed you, my friend.

PS to those meeting rb137 for the first time: she is a GEEK!

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


Kelley, (2.00 / 29)
flattery will get you nowhere.  :)

I've missed you, too. I've suffered from a meatworld takeover of my blogging time. And I will post some Africa diaries here. A lot has happened in Goma, that's for sure...

Looking forward to it.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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Looking forward to it, (2.00 / 28)
I have taken a personal interest in Yemen of late, and happenings in North Africa are particularly apropos. The north side of the Bab al Mandeb shows hope for dramatic improvement in the coming years, what happens on the south side and points west is something that will have a great deal of impact elsewhere.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I work with a Congolese group in the Lake Kivu (2.00 / 14)
region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It used to be HEAL Africa, but now HEAL has undergone a reconstruction. This group is still associated with HEAL, but is called ACT (Advancing Congo Together). This is also a Congolese group.

I'm interested in all of the African World War countries, but mostly focused on DRC and Rwanda, Unganda, and Burundi. Also Sudan and South Sudan, although their conficts are different.

I will be able to write in detail about Africa this summer. Right now, I'm writing articles with people at ACT, so I won't blog much about the Lake Kivu region for a few months. But soon!

Thanks. I'm looking forward to having Africa conversations here. They fall pretty flat at DK. I guess people are focused on other things, or just can't bear how awful it relly is. There is a lot that can be done on the blogs, though.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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welcome (2.00 / 27)
I like the slower pace here, too.  

Sometimes the fast pace at DK is a lot of fun. (2.00 / 27)
It makes getting complicated or controversial points across, though. And that keeps a lot of important conversations from happening. I'm looking forward to the conversations at this site, though.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Hi, rb! (2.00 / 24)
Glad to see you here!

Hi there! (2.00 / 24)
Glad to see you, too. Do you do any frugal blogging here?

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Not yet (2.00 / 6)
I've been thinking of reposting some of the better ones from the past, but haven't gotten much past the "thinking about it" stage.

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I would be really happy to see that here. (2.00 / 3)
I like most everything about frugal pursuits (all eveidence to the contraray if watched me recently). They are usually environmentally sound choices, and they just bring us all back to basics. It seems like the more basic my life is the better everything works out. I'll pitch in some diaries if you want to do a simplicity thread here.

I am definitely a fan of your frugal posts, though.  

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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Thumbs up. (2.00 / 3)
The simple things in life are not just about austerity. Happiness is not a matter of having or not having assets, you can find it with or without.

That Lenny Kravitz video rings of that, him hearing a choir practicing Fly Away and just joining in (below, for anyone who missed it).

The simple things are about engaging, living, enjoying the moment. You can be rich or poor, it isn't the point, what matters is if you follow your heart, seize the moment, capture the essence. You can't buy it.

I would love to see where you go with it.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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I am so glad to see you here. (2.00 / 25)
Welcome. I love the slower pace here, especially during the academic term when I don't have a lot of time to blog. I am glad to see so many old friends here.

Hi bjm! (2.00 / 12)
Good to see you. :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Hi rb137...welcome...please wipe your feet before entering. (2.00 / 23)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

I will. Maybe I should take off my shoes??? (2.00 / 11)
:)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Of course, (2.00 / 4)
What, were you born in a barn?

There are cozy mocassins for wearing around the Moose, anyway. :~)



John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Hi rb 137 (2.00 / 22)
The pace here is very refreshing and honestly, for me, an adjustment which needed to happen and is doing me good.

Stopping and smelling the mooses can be better than it sounds.

Good to see you.


Ha! (2.00 / 19)
     Stopping and smelling the mooses can be better than it sounds.

You nut! There is nothing about smelling mooses that sounds good.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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yeah, I was thinking the very (2.00 / 11)
same thing. P.U.  !!!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I've never actaully met a moose. (2.00 / 10)
I can only imagine...  :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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They are bigger than you think. (2.00 / 3)
Then a bit bigger than that...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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GEEK!!! (2.00 / 18)
Your cat is quite famous. If I were on my computer I would post a picture. Would you please write about physics?

Maybe we can do another hunger series. blue jersey mom is here too and the plight of the hungry is unfortunately something that has not been fixed.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


i can contribute (2.00 / 12)
to series like that, hunger in the USA or worldwide.  

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Here is her famous cat Raz greeting me a few years ago: (2.00 / 13)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Yes and yes. (2.00 / 12)
I will write about physics. I will probably also write about hunger in the US. It's amazing when you step back and look at what the government subsidized (and what it doesn't.) Well not amazing, actually. If you allow full cynicism, it's totally predictable. But it guarantees that our low income and poor people never actaully get to eat real food.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."   Kris Carr at Wanderlust 2011 (This is my recollection of the quote, actually.)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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...and i promise not to write about autopsies. (2.00 / 8)
deal?

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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and all the squishy things in your body (2.00 / 6)
that can go blorp.  maybe i will, however, write about some of the things that i've found in bodies.  nah, you don't want to read that either.  i'll be good, promise (fingers crossed).

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

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I actually think that would be pretty cool. (2.00 / 5)
But I'm a freak that way.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I want to read about autopsies... (2.00 / 3)
Just sayin'...

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Welcome, rb! (2.00 / 22)
I myself have not been active here  for a while, due to the press of other matters.  I see that there has been an influx of peeps from T3H GOS.  I take it that this is a reaction to all of the rancor over there associated with gun-control "debates."  I did not read very much of all that, but some of what I did see was getting pretty nasty.

I haven't seen any flaming over here since I stumbled in, and that suits me just fine.

I am very glad to see that the herd has increased.  I look forward to reading your contributions.


I don't know if there was any one thing, Rashaverak. (2.00 / 17)
I had a hard time with the anti-Obama anti-Democrat rhetoric.  Some days when I looked at the front page I thought I was on redstate.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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My husband actually reads Redstate. (2.00 / 9)
He's a democrat -- he's just interested in what the crazy base is saying. Looking over his shoulder, I think I can still tell the difference!  ;)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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I myself also check out RedState and FreeRepublic (0.00 / 0)
from time to time.  I have never registered with either site, so I cannot post comments, etc.

I do not see any hide-rate function at either site.  I do not know if that is because I am not a registered user.  I see the most vile stuff at FR, and it rarely draws any counter.  Recently, someone posted a GBCW diary over there... someone who claimed to be a conservative and a long-term member, and who was fed up with the racism.  That person got viciously attacked as, among other things, a librul agent provocateur.


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I skipped over most of the gun control stuff (2.00 / 8)
over there. I thankfully didn't have the time. I write a comment in one diary -- but it wasn't a controverial one. I just said that we need to pay more attention to the mental health care system.

I don't know how to solve our problems with gun related mass murder. I do know that everyone has to be at the table, though. I think the ones who aren't sure of what to do next are closer to solving the problem than those who've already carved out a solution, though. It's a monumentally complex issue, and probably not well served by the brief nature of a blog, anyway.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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oh hai! (2.00 / 18)
so good to see you here, it's your friendly news-rounderupper & rescue ranger.  ;-)  and hostess of community diaries.  

nice pace here . . .  


Nice to see you, too! (2.00 / 13)
I hope all is well.  :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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i merely play say hey ok & (2.00 / 9)
G it's great 2 c a superb loving chum come by

E education looks like upswinging ahead more now

E edgy casion too expects to accrue for true

K kinda throngy how many kogs kollecting round ear..

G E E K ! ! !

  hooray hooray love you hooray and welcome, how bout that?

     geek. fun.  


LOL at "throngy" (2.00 / 8)
Good morning, amzo!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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think the cross postin having an effect/increase mayb (2.00 / 7)


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:) (2.00 / 7)
Thanks. It's my cat that's a geek. Really.

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Hi there! (2.00 / 11)
I've recently made the move to the moose myself. I really think you'll like it here.

I've not really moved, but I'd like to blog here. (2.00 / 7)
I think this place is a good spot. I don't have a beef with DK, really (I'm not suggesting that you do) -- I just think that I'd get deeper conversation about a lot of complex topics here. Torture, conflict resolution, climate and environment -- even science. So, I'm looking forward to it.

I'm looking forward to reading your stuff here, too.  :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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The conversations run at a slower pace, but have more depth. (2.00 / 6)
I think you'll definitely see some thoughtful dialogue around here.

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howdy, hello and welcome to da moose! (2.00 / 10)
we hope you have a great time here along with the rest of us!  

Does the morgue wagon come with the job?

Thanks! (2.00 / 4)
And I'd love to read about autopsies. When I was a kid (here I go dating myself), my favorite show was Quincy. I resurrected it through Netflix the other day in honor of Jack Klugman.

General Warning!!! Read on only if you have the stomach for this kind of thing!!!

The only thing I couldn't take about autopsies is the smell. (Well, that, and I hear that floaters tend to explode -- witnessing something like that is something that would make me not right for a couple of months, I think.)

When I was an undergrad, I decided to fulfill all of my biology credits with A&P and cell classes. I actually got the work on a cadaver when I was a freshman. That was really fascinating -- although he'd already been gutted and preserved, so there wasn't anything too gross left. That was a muscle/skeletal/neuro course. I didn't take any internal courses.

I have to say, though, the first day I did think about what kind of person this was that I was poking and prodding. I never was able to get enough clinical distance -- and I kept wanting to apologize to him for upsetting his body parts all over the place.

Anyway, I know very little about this stuff, but I'm fascinated.

 

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr


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Welcome. I am also new and find it a (2.00 / 6)
very pleasant pasture in which to graze, The pace is slower as you can see by how late my welcome is! Actually am not sure if a moose grazes or browses and, if so, it it's in a tundra or pasture or the edge of a wood. Oh dear.

Thanks... (2.00 / 6)
That's a good point. I guesing that the MotleyMoosen browse. :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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Well, well, well... look who the moose hath dragged in (2.00 / 2)
Great to see you, rb137!

Fond memories of "the liveblog days."  


You too! (2.00 / 2)
This place is getting to be more fun all the time. Good to see you. :)

"Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government."  --Kris Carr

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