Common Dreams’ Kristal Nacht

We’re up for another year. Sorry about the hiatus.

 

Common Dreams just went full out rogue leaving many commenters stranded with no place to call home.

 

The Green Party, at a moment possibly a hair’s breadth away from a populist revolution “sweeping” across the EU, is MIA on the national front-lines in the US. WTF? WTF?

 

I asked Kevin Zeese about it and got a response amounting to: they are too small, strapped(?) to mount a YouTube national presence, unlike the TRNN… WTF!!!

 

I have a 1.3 year old Aussie. A herder par excellence!

 

Let’s herd the CD abandoned sheep!  Some great posters among them, better writers than many of the articles they are reduced to comment on.

 

Our “hunting grounds” are not ours. Even(especially) when Disqus could cut our connections with a snap of their fingers, should the NSA demand; some form of Marshal law be declared…

 

The alternet(gatekeeper) media, so effective during the Bush years, has proven itself to be – once their savior party came into power – mere guardians of the political class’ neoliberal status quo.

 

Perhaps we can turn Mosquito Cloud into the collective site it proposes to be.  Perhaps “we” (please relieve me of my authority status!) can become the alternative to the “alternative” media sycophants to the establishment PTB?!

 

It’s late. I’ve been sipping on Sake. Best I shut up. Welcome!

 

Two vids worth absorbing:

 

Richard Wolff:
 

The War on Austerity in Greece is Raging – http://youtu.be/4R3_G3ZHUig
 and,

Eric Dyson v. Glen Ford debate at DemocracyNow, on the eve of the 2012 election:

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/7/effective_evil_or_progressives_best_hope

edit:

Trying to re-familiarize myself with links, etc, sorry!

  • Two Americas

    Perhaps we can turn Mosquito Cloud into the collective site it proposes to be. Perhaps “we” (please relieve me of my authority status!) can become the alternative to the “alternative” media sycophants to the establishment PTB?!

    Is there a discussion going on about this?

  • Two Americas

    Perhaps we can turn Mosquito Cloud into the collective site it proposes to be. Perhaps “we” (please relieve me of my authority status!) can become the alternative to the “alternative” media sycophants to the establishment PTB?!

    Is there a discussion going on about this?

  • CD Sucks

    http://www.commondreams.org/comments-hold-new-better-system-coming

    “Very soon we will be launching a new & improved comment
    system that doesn’t rely on 3rd party data mining corporations like
    DISQUS or Facebook that give us little or no control over comments.”

    Does anyone want to tell me now that Brownie & Company aren’t intending to censor on their new commenting system, what ever it is? It also looks like the rest of his policies are gone but I’m sure he has a new gag order coming soon.

  • Human Relations 1932

    I quit reading liberal/leftish blogs for quite awhile. Too much Obama love in the comments for me at the time. Months later I returned to find the mood much more critical of Obama, and more worth reading. At least for me.

    Common Dreams will have little to offer without its commenters. They’ll be losing some readers. Dumb decision.

    • Ward One

      They were losing me back in November/December, when I figured out the link between S and Trudeau. When they shut down comments entirely, that was the final straw. 90% of the articles on CD were simply repringts from other resources, tacked together with their own “{spin”. I usually checked out the other whole articles anyway – now I’ll just read them directly, without going through CD, and without having to avoid saying “we”, lest I incur the wrath of the Red Queen.

    • droned2

      Donors probably happy with the decision to end commenting. I’ve been banned too many times to give a sh*t anymore.

      I don’t think this will have a great effect on their readership, and Brown’s flirted with going full-on authoritarian for a few years now.

      Leftists aren’t going to find a more permanent convo home until they make one themselves.

  • Southernfink

    1) – Block those posters who dare speak truth to power.

    2) – Prevent the posting of links and blame it on some unrelated issue such as pc virus being transmitted etc….

    3) – Completely disable the commenting system.

    4) – Roxanne ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnyUfxPvmo

  • Harlan County

    I am tired of some of these supposed left sites, they need to learn to appreciate all posters.

    • http://mosquitocloud.net/ aprescoup

      They have an agenda, Harlan. Left critique of the Dems and right critique of the Reps pops their perfect political bubble world. They won’t have it if they can help it.

      I imagine that the influx of CD orphans into the comment threads of Alternet and similar gatekeeper sites may cause a similar reaction before long.

      I also have a nagging suspicion that when the economy really go south because of another “black swan” event, Disqus itself may go off line.