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Flying Squirrel

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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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When u grabz catnip from mai paw

Den u will be da mastrr.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 01:13 AM (2 replies)

This was a great post

The latest "banning" (NYC_SKP) is an interesting lesson on REPUTATION

I care about this subject enough to try and keep it alive, to keep it kicked for newer members or those who log on infrequently enough to have missed it, and also to see how far authoritarians are willing to go to shut people up.

As of yesterday, the authoritarians are willing to alert on a post without content that simply kicks the thread, and to successfully (4-3) prevent a person from continuing to keep the thread in public view -- rather than just hiding the thread if it offends them.

I find that fascinating.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Jun 28, 2015, 03:31 PM (25 replies)

*** Washington State residents: The time is NOW! ***

Contact Senators Murray and Cantwell:



For Patty Murray, choose "Trade"; for Maria Cantwell, choose "Economy & Jobs" or "Labor".

Tell them to vote NO on the TPA ("fast track").

Let them know we care about the welfare of the entire country, not just our state, and they should as well.

(I'm being generous in making the assumption that they believe the TPP will be good for their constituents and not just their big donors.)

Here's what I said:

I am extremely disappointed that you have been siding with Republicans on this critical issue. If you help pass the TPA, I will never again vote for you. I'll be generous in assuming you think you have your constituents in mind here and not your big donors, but this trade pact affects the entire country and not just Washington state, and you are a U.S. senator, not a state senator. Like me, you should care about the welfare of the entire country. If you think the TPP will benefit Washington workers, but will hurt those in most other states, you should oppose it. I strongly feel that this is the case, and I'm not even certain that it will benefit our state. How can I be? I'm not allowed to know what's in it. Gee, I wonder why. But I know most Republicans support it - enough to side with Obama on it - and that tells me all I really need to know.


Feel free to critique what I said and/or share what you said (or would say) for those who may not know what to write.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 10:37 PM (7 replies)

*** NOW is the time to contact Sen. Murray & Cantwell on TPA/TPP ***



Tell them to vote NO on TPA "Fast track."

Let them know we care about the welfare of the entire country, not just our state, and they should as well.

(I'm being generous in making the assumption that they believe the TPP will be good for their constituents and not just their big donors.)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 10:32 PM (1 replies)

Save me from people who want to "talk rationally" about Dylann Roof

I posted a link to the "Anti-intellectualism" article on Facebook, (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201506/anti-intellectualism-is-killing-america), and this was the result:

Person A:

This ties directly to the notion that intellectual diversity is stunted. When ideas from an outside group are immediately rejected and label as "uninformed" opinions.

Maybe if people didn't attack this kid everytime he brought up racist points, he would have had the opportunity to hear things in a healthy conversation. Not on the Internet with all of his other buddies, spiraling down the racist portal with zero outside ideas to challenge his.

Person A (continuation):

We live in a culture of unseen levels of partisanship, where any information that is not sourced by MY select list of TV outlets and online portals, it's probably not true and you're just some idiot liberal/republican.


There used to be a wide variety of news sources to choose from, locally owned, which checked facts before reporting them and sincerely strove to be accurate and unbiased. The telecommunications act of 1996 changed all that, and now most media has become consolidated into the hands of a very few people pushing an agenda. And people bringing up racist points deserve to be attacked. Are you defending the "poor kid"?

Me (continuation):

Also known as a grown adult man?

Person B:

I think that if someone is "attacked" every time they bring up something racist, they will stop bringing it up to people who might attack them, and instead will find and bring it up to people who feel the same way, who will encourage it.

But if the people "discuss" it instead of doing so in an attacking sort of way, then maybe the door will remain open for new ideas, and maybe change the racist feelings instead of pouring fuel on the fire.

At some point before he became a murdering psychopath he was a "poor kid" who needed some direction, and didn't get it.


Aww the poor dear... So misunderstood. So it's not his fault at all, it's the fault of anyone who ever confronted his racism with anything stronger than the kindest, gentest kid gloves. This is so beautiful, the way the perpetrator becomes the victim - as long as the perpetrator is white. If he were black, and the victims white, the same people who insisted that nobody should refer to Michael Brown as a "kid" since he was 18, would make sure to refer to the perpetrator as a grown man and a thug. There would be no discussion of his childhood, no suggestion that his black acquaintances should have treated his hatred of white people with kid gloves so that he would not join with other haters of white people. No, in fact the question that would be asked is why the "good black people" did not do more to deter him from the path he was on. The double standard is repulsive, it is disgusting, and it is being proliferated by the Republican Party, Fox News, and those of their ilk. If people don't wake up to it pretty soon, there will be an uprising in this country.

Person B:

You're reading a lot of things into what I said that weren't there. I see you can't talk about this rationally. So never mind.


So, apparently I was not talking about it rationally. (?)

Perhaps Person B believes that because my fiance is African-American, I'm no longer capable of rational thought with regard to race. What say ye all, was what I said irrational?

I thought I was being quite rational about it, myself.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Jun 20, 2015, 11:28 PM (4 replies)

Man am I tired about hearing "How we look to the GOP."

That's always trotted out here, whether it's about primary infighting or DU fundraisers or what have you.

I don't give a shit about how we look to the GOP!

They should be worrying about how they look to us! Is there even a remote chance that if the Freepers started acting differently, I might change my entire life philosophy and join them? NO! Do I care that they make fun of us? A thousand times, NO!

Similarly, most of the GOP who aren't Freepazoids won't join us either - it's certainly unlikely that very many of those on the other side who might happen to check out DU will suddenly change their entire outlook on life if we just behave a little bit better (or behave a little bit more like them).

So could we please dispense with this meme once and for all?

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jun 15, 2015, 02:18 PM (5 replies)

All yur elektronicz are belong to me.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Jun 12, 2015, 02:57 AM (4 replies)

I think I know now why JeffR stopped posting here.

I was first attracted to this website because I thought it was a community, and that the website owners shared my liberal values, and were deserving of my respect. Recent events have convinced me otherwise.

That is all.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 9, 2015, 06:52 PM (3 replies)

* Re-post ... Day 1 *

I liked this thread, and a particular exchange within it. In fact, I like it so much that I plan to re-post it once daily throughout the Democratic Primaries, for wider exposure.

OP by peecoolyour

America won't vote for a Socialist Jew


10. Kick and Rec!

And I'll add a little something here. 

We need to seriously look at why we support whom we support: is it because of their policies and record, or because of their race, religion, or sex? 

I dare say that one of the candidates is enjoying big numbers because of the desire of supporters to see the first female president elected. 

This is not to say that they'd support a GOP female president. 

But I would submit that for a Democrat they'll give a pass on all kinds of different baggage.


17. My daughter attends an all women's college

She and her friends are big fans of Warren. No surprise to me as they are a bunch of liberal feminists. What was a real surprise is that they have all turned their support to Bernie. 

They love his economic message.


39. I suspect it's older women who are really pulling for Hillary Clinton.

And I think this is reasonable: they've experienced far more oppression in the workplace, etc., than their younger counterparts who see women mayors, governors, senators, etc., and think nothing of it. 


60. Not this older woman.

I've also lived through what was demoralizing then and illegal now (at least in California) in terms of sexual harassment and even assault in the workplace, including as a single parent (before it was more or less "acceptable" by today's standards, which it still isn't to some) - and this older woman is for Bernie all the way

Gender issues are very important but are far from being the only issues, especially today. Bernie's strongly on the same page there, anyway. A feminist does not have to be female. 


63. Agree on all points and, you know, that shit still goes on in the workplace.

I left a good position because of the sexual harrassment I had to witness my director perpetrating. 

I made a move to talk to HR, just asked for a sit down without details but mentioned whom I wanted to discuss and a week later I was informed that my contract would not be renewed and I was to report to a different department.


101. Another older woman checking in.

I support Bernie all the way. He's on the right side with all the social issues and understands how intrinsically they are linked to economic issues. They can't be isolated and treated separately. I am so happy to have him as our standard bearer.


65. I'm an older woman. Talk about oppression in the workplace, etc.

And it is still here today. 

I really, really, really want to see a woman in the White House. Really, really. 

But Bernie is just the best candidate so far. I wish I could say otherwise, but I can't. 

Bernie is the best candidate. And that's all there is to it. 

He walks the walk and has been walking the walk for a long time. 

The more people see Bernie, hear him and learn about him, the more voters he will attract. 

He could very well win. We shall see. 

You never know for sure what the future will bring. But Bernie is the best candidate.


104. totally agree, I want to see a woman in the Oval Office

but now Bernie has really impressed me. Will vote for him, then Hillary, then any democrat. that's depending who is on the ballot.


110. i'm a 73 year old woman and bernie

is my choice. if hillary is the nominee she will get my vote.


121. 70 here, and I completely agree.


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 9, 2015, 12:27 AM (25 replies)

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