Group Highlight: A tribute to High Feedback


For 16 years, High Feedback has been a nightly characteristic, bringing the day’s greatest, most insightful, wittiest, and most informational feedback from story readers to the Every day Kos Group. Over time, it is also nurtured its personal group of regulars and newcomers, birthing friendships and alliances whereas serving to foster what’s nice concerning the Every day Kos Group: Its sense of shared function, widespread values, and mutual respect. The troll-rating methods that helped to develop our Group moderation system have served their function and handed on to their remaining reward. What stays is a nightly roundup of nice feedback, an inventory of the feedback which might be highest-rated for the day, and an assemblage of the day’s greatest pictures. Its mission in the present day is “to nourish group by rounding up a number of the website’s greatest, funniest, most mojo’d & most informative commentary.”

To appoint a fantastic remark, ship it to topcomments (at) gmail or to the Top Comments group mailbox by 9:30 PM ET. The High Feedback wranglers adore it if you embody a fast rationalization about why you assume it is nice in addition to your username to allow them to credit score you. To affix within the enjoyable, simply meet the moderator in story feedback.

Talking of nice, the staff discovered some terrific reads this week. Group Highlight’s Rescue Rangers learn each story printed by Group writers. Once 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 PT. Rescue priorities and actions have been defined in a earlier edition: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. 


WOW2 explores occasions which have formed historical past and celebrates those that adopted the recommendation that “well-behaved ladies seldom make historical past” in WOW2: Mid-March’s trailblazing women and events in our history, 2021. Officebss writes concerning the ladies who made historical past between March 11 and March 21, from 1279 to 2021, amongst them large-living nun Mary of Woodstock, coloratura Anna Bochkoltz, author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, actor Dorothy Gish, newspaper proprietor Dorothy Schiff, archaeologist Marion Stirling Pugh, microbiologist Charlotte Buddy, feminist theorist Griselda Pollock, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and Legal professional Common Janet Reno, amongst others. Moreover, she paperwork breakthrough authorized circumstances involving crimes towards ladies. “The aim of WOW2 is to find out about and honor ladies of feat, together with many who’ve been ignored or marginalized in a lot of the historical past books, and to mark moments in ladies’s historical past. It additionally serves as a reference archive of ladies’s historical past.” Officebss, creator of 544 tales, is a “left-handed feminist,” obsessive reader, and phrase lover.

The ultimate installment of a Beowulf minicourse analyzes a brand new translation of the venerable epic in The Language of the Night: Beowulf for a new century by … um, me. Poet Maria Dahvana Headley goes to the guts of the unique language to put in writing a translation that honors the tenth century whereas chatting with the twenty first. A part of her challenge has been to reevaluate characters who’re normally portrayed as monsters, and to disclose the male bias within the narrative of extra conventional translations. “My very own experiences as a girl,” Headley writes, “inform me it’s very doable to be mistaken for monstrous when one is simply doing as males do: offering for and defending oneself.” I write on quite a lot of subjects, together with the Readers and Guide Lovers collection “The Language of the Evening,” some stuff about historical past, and unorthodox previous home restore.

Irrespective of how we really feel about it, the best way the U.S. is ready as much as apportion Congressional seats is not prone to change. In My view on redistricting, stevk appears into the political geographical future to find out how the apportionment following the 2020 census will shake out, breaking down the picks into classes: A lot Higher (for us), Barely Higher (once more for us), A lot Worse, Barely Worse, No Affect and Unclear. He supplies a thumbnail sketch of every state, dipping into the “whys” of reapportionment, and predicts an final result “general not nice for (Democrats) because the (Republicans) have a roughly 55 seat edge in whole variety of seats which might be ‘constructive’ for them. It’s significantly higher than in 2010, nonetheless.” In all, the author forecasts a tough electoral battle forward. A member of Every day Kos since 2006, that is stevk’s first story and first rescue.

Should you’re an everyday reader of Every day Kos, you in all probability already assume that Science will save the economy. The truth is, as first-time diarist Tanglebox studies, there’s a current instance of that occuring. Keep in mind the Antarctic ozone “gap?” Inside 11 years of preliminary worldwide motion, and with a number of recalibrations to strengthen the hassle, chlorofluorocarbons, the primary damaging agent, have been eradicated worldwide. Tanglebox hopes that the newfound, mainstream data of phrases like “genome sequencing” and “viral protein spike” are indicators that the broader public will regain an appreciation for the “robustness of science,” and the way it helped start the top of a worldwide pandemic. Tanglebox has been a member since 2018 and that is their first diary.

Hey, Boomer generally is a praise. Philly526, a Boomer born in 1946, shares why she wears that label with satisfaction. Whereas she agrees that Boomers have a lot to be taught from youthful generations, she additionally remembers how a lot her technology stood for, how a lot they protested, how a lot they questioned authority, and the way a lot they drove change. She closes with a plea to the subsequent technology: Do not “marginalize any group as a consequence of race, faith, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation—or age … Do not assume our age indicators incompetence or apathy. Do not relegate us to disengaged observers. We have now historical past and expertise to share. We have now tales to inform and views solely lengthy lives could make related. Share your journey with us. We might shock you.” A terrific-grandmother with an web connection and the flexibility to make use of it, Philly526 has been rescued thrice.

In An Asian woman’s voice and vision for America, TaraGreen argues that the U.S. is regressing in regard to each ladies’s rights and rights for individuals of shade. Though the Atlanta taking pictures was brutal, she writes that “what got here afterward because the response to the taking pictures was much more deadly,” by looking for to make the murdered Asian ladies answerable for the assassin’s actions. She provides that, “As a result of some very highly effective males and a few very highly effective machines on this nation regard different individuals, different traditions, different perception methods, and different nations—together with the land, the forest, rivers and oceans, aka, Mom Earth—as the identical manner they see Asian ladies: as topics to be bullied and killed, objects to be exploited and discarded.” TaraGreen has authored 5 tales. That is her first rescue.

“People who find themselves upset appear to assume the problem is an unwillingness to work arduous or make sacrifices to repay the money owed, or maybe that we made silly selections and have nobody guilty however ourselves for the predicament and now wish to be bailed out of our simply desserts. It’s extremely insulting, however once more I consider it comes from ignorance of the info of the scenario.” In Why we need student loan debt relief: One man’s story of deception, fraud, and consequences, Toro Blanco tells a story of desperation, false hope and, as an alternative of a ladder out of poverty, a school that fraudulently traps its college students right into a lifetime of debt and unimaginable compensation schedules, demonstrating why “scholar mortgage debt cancellation isn’t a nasty factor, it’s barely even a great begin. In circumstances like mine, not solely will it not repair the whole lot, it would barely repair something … however you’ll perceive, I’m certain, if I let you know I really feel like I deserve my a refund.” Fort Price resident Toro Blanco has authored 66 tales for Every day Kos.

Goodwhich notes that the Biden-Harris administration is doing now what the Obama-Biden administration ought to have accomplished years in the past: Educate the general public concerning the ACA. That lack of training has left too many Individuals unaware that More than 10 years later, Obamacare is still there. Impressed by the instance of the shutdown of a Common Motors auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio, Goodwhich discusses the best way too lots of the staff needed to make agonizing life selections as a result of they believed their insurance coverage was tied to their employment. “This reveals once more the issue of linking your medical health insurance to your employer: When your employment goes away, so does your insurance coverage.” Not so anymore, and with the current amendments to the ACA that strengthen the regulation’s protections and make it extra inexpensive, extra Individuals must know their household’s well being is not depending on an employer’s enterprise selections. Goodwhich has authored 28 tales. That is their first rescue.

Counting up all of the issues that haven’t occurred since one man in Las Vegas shot greater than 800 individuals and murdered 60 within the largest mass taking pictures in U.S. historical past, Elixa tells the story of a rustic paralyzed by a robust few in Three years, 5 months, a score and 4 … Not “good guys with weapons, not civilian vigilance and background checks, not a SWAT staff that took 90 minutes to find the shooter, nothing was sufficient to counter one man with 24 completely different weapons.” One man who shot himself earlier than being taken down “as a result of he had deliberate to do this all alongside. He had deliberate this terror assault for months.” Elixa reminds us that blaming mentally sick individuals for this sort of violence is simply the most recent dodge to maintain us frozen, and to maintain “these weapons meant for navy utilization … nonetheless simply attainable by strange individuals.” Elixa has authored 36 tales, and that is her second rescue.

On its one hundred and tenth anniversary, new Kossack Honkette pays tribute to a tragedy that birthed a labor motion in Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The day’s occasions have been horrific, resulting in the deaths of 146 individuals, lots of whom burned to loss of life whereas others leaped from home windows. However Honkette reminds us that, by the requirements of the time, the manufacturing unit was not thought-about a sweatshop, however an organization with respectable working circumstances. The abuses and failures at Triangle “led on the finish to a big package deal of laws that handled many points: security, sanitation, employment of kids and extra. The top of the American Federation of Labor, Samuel Gompers, stated the laws was astonishing in scope, however it should not be forgotten that girls needed to be burned to loss of life for it.” That is Honkette’s first story and first rescue.

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