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Flying Squirrel

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Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 06:40 PM
Number of posts: 2,080

About Me

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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I iz honorred

Dat u left dis space 4 mee.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:18 PM (1 replies)

I iz honored

That u left dis space 4 mee.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 04:14 PM (0 replies)

I haz a fort

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 08:29 PM (1 replies)

Oh... Snap.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Aug 29, 2015, 01:35 PM (32 replies)

What HRC e-mail scandal comes down to, in one word:


It's why this issue will not die. It's about likability, a big factor in presidential elections (for better or worse).

Whether or not Hillary did something technically legal, she showed contempt for the normal order of things, for the idea that the office of Secretary of State was bigger and more important than she was, the idea that the country and the people's right to certain information was more important than her personal ambitions.

And so the Republicans will do their level best to keep investigations going. Yes, it sucks that the political enemies of the Clintons do what they do; but she had a part in this too.

Not that it matters much to me -- if you took away all the scandals, fake or otherwise, I'd still support Bernie over Hillary on policy.

But there are plenty of people who vote on a visceral, emotional, gut-level basis. This e-mail scandal speaks to them, and like it or not, it's something that must be taken into consideration when choosing our candidate.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 07:54 PM (50 replies)

This is what happens when you don't spay/neuter...


(If anyone in the Seattle area wants to help, visit http://www.seattleareafelinerescue.org)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 12:24 PM (6 replies)

To be intellectually honest re Bernie's crowds

(And I'm a steadfast Bernie supporter) I have to admit that the crowds don't guarantee he'll get the nomination.

If I thought that, then I'd have to think that Trump's crowds mean he'll get the Republican nomination.

But I can still hope.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:45 PM (11 replies)

Take action: Protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining

Petition President Obama to proclaim the Grand Canyon's watershed a national monument:


More info:

'Beyond Unacceptable': Judge OKs Uranium Mine at Grand Canyon


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 06:22 PM (0 replies)

"Who the hell is Bernie Sanders?"

Hey, I didn't start the conversation. My 75-year-old dad started talking politics with me over lunch. Said he'd gotten a call asking whether he would support Hillary Clinton... He says he usually votes Democratic but no way he would he let "those two" back in the WH. (I'll spare you the details, he can be pretty blunt.) Doesn't like any of the Republicans, but finds Trump entertaining.

I mention Bernie Sanders - surprise, surprise, my dad who gets all his news from the MSM hasn't heard of him. He agrees that our "free press" has been taken over by a few corporations but that doesn't mean he's gonna bother with the internet.

Then comes the big surprise: He has heard a rumor that Al Gore might decide to run.

So, to recap: My 75-year-old dad who is into politics enough to start a conversation about it with me, but gets all his news from the MSM, has not heard of Bernie Sanders, but HAS heard the extremely unlikely-to-happen rumor that Al Gore might run.

Well-done, MSM!

P.S. After looking at a pic of Bernie, he wondered why he would even bother to run, knowing the kind of BS that he would have to put up with.

That, detective, is the correct question.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

A call to action...

I've seen it before, people who think they can't make a difference so why try. With regard to DU, specifically, they bemoan the inattention that their cause seems to get from the administrators of the site. They posted once in ATA, or someone else did; there was no response, therefore they don't care and nothing anyone says will change anything.

Well maybe nothing will change, but maybe it will; and there's no way of knowing if you don't try.

So if you're concerned that the jury system may be, ahem, systematically silencing strong Black voices on DU, then speak up - whether you're Black, White or Purple!

I will now post here what I posted in ATA, NOT to get into a Meta discussion (and in keeping with that, I won't respond to critiques of the ATA post) but to hopefully inspire DUers of any color who feel a connection with the AA community to add their voices in support of a less draconian system of punishment for jury hides.

This was my post, speaking only from my own perspective; please feel free to add your own in ATA and perhaps together we can change some minds.

RE: Criteria for receiving a time-out

As noted here,


Many people feel that the jury system is being unjustly used to silence strong voices.

Is there currently any discussion of the possibility of tweaking the system?

It seems to me that 6 hides out of 489 posts is obviously quite different than 6 hides out of, say, 49 posts. Then you add in the fact that 3 of those were 4-3 hides, and the system looks pretty arbitrary.

Rather than allowing a computer program to decide to stop a person from posting, shouldn't a real person evaluate things once a person gets the requisite number of hides, and decide whether such an extreme consequence is warranted? And isn't it possibly just as disruptive and detrimental to DU to continue to allow people to be silenced who perhaps would not have been if a live person had made the call?

One of the things I most admired about DU when I first came here was how carefully the moderators discussed my posts which were causing a big disruption, and respectfully asked me to cease and desist from that line of posting (which I willingly agreed to do) rather than just, say, hiding/deleting my posts and/or banning me. Real human decisionmaking, a genuine respect for all DU members which it seems has gone by the wayside sonewhat, better due process... Take these things away and replace them with a computerized process, it's like "zero-tolerance" policies - so dehumanizing. I find it hard to believe that DU cannot do any better.

Good luck to us all!
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 07:05 PM (9 replies)
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