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Name: David Allen
Gender: Male
Hometown: Washington, DC
Home country: USA
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 63,645

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So Long, and Thanks for All the (Swedish) Fish

A few weeks ago I sold Democratic Underground. The new owner is EarlG (also known as Dave Allsopp), a long-time DU Administrator and co-founder who has been a part of this community since the very beginning. He knows DU as well as I do -- probably better. He is a decent, loyal, trustworthy human being, and he is a great friend to me. If you take away one thing from this announcement, it is this:

Democratic Underground will be fine.

But I hope you understand that for EarlG, purchasing this website was not without risk. He had to take on a fairly significant amount of debt while we are in the middle of a global pandemic *and* an economic downturn. In my final act as a DU administrator, I have been working to organize a summer DU fund drive to smooth the transition to new ownership and help ease some of the financial burden. When the fund drive begins next week, I hope you will become a DU Star Member and GIVE GENEROUSLY.

Iíve been agonizing over what else to say to all of you about this. Moving on from DU is kind of a huge deal in my life -- after all, Iíve spent nearly two decades running this website -- and I feel like I am supposed to be passing along some nugget of wisdom to all of you that lives up to the enormity of this moment for me. There are so many things I could say, but after much consideration Iím just going to say this:

Thank you.

I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part of this community over the last 19 and a half years. What a wonderful, happy, friendly, stimulating, sometimes aggravating, and most of all rewarding journey this has been. I still canít quite wrap my head around the idea that I created a virtual space where thousands of truly decent human beings would choose to spend so much of their time. It seems unreal. This is first and foremost a community of people, and the truth is that Democratic Underground would be nothing without all of you.

During the darkest days of the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, when many DUers were viciously tearing each other apart, the three DU admins were deeply frustrated with the state of this community. So we put our heads together to figure out a positive vision of what we wanted DU to be. During that process we drew a Venn diagram on the whiteboard in our office, and it remained on the whiteboard for the last four years to remind us what we wanted this community to be. Here is a picture:

Looking back over the last 19+ years of running this website, I think I am most proud of the fact that this is what DU has become: A community of friendly, progressive Democrats.

Thank you especially to Dave and Brian (whom you know as EarlG and Elad) my fellow DU Administrators. I could not have done this job without your friendship, expertise, support, and hard work. Dave, I am particularly grateful for your wise counsel over all these years. You have provided indispensable guidance and support that made me a better admin and made DU a better community. Brian, I am in awe of your technical knowledge and skill, as well as your patience and dedication. We came up with a million crazy ideas that required countless hours of programming, and you always knew how to make those ideas a reality.

To the rest of you, I want to keep in touch. Hereís how:

Iím not going to be here on DU nearly as much now that I donít work here, but I am dipping my toe into various social media sites and I want to keep in touch with all of you. To keep things easy I grabbed a single username that I could use across many different sites: @DavidAllenNow. *Everyone* is welcome to connect with me, whether you are a long-term DU members, a new DU member, a lurker who never signed up for DU, a former DU member, a former Discussionist member, or even a banned or flagged DUer.

If you connect with me I promise Iíll follow you back...

Twitter: DavidAllenNow

Instagram: DavidAllenNow

Facebook: DavidAllenNow

LinkedIn: DavidAllenNow

TikTok: DavidAllenNow

YouTube: UCXWXuF-V07yxQRY7v7XFZoQ

And you can also contact me by email: davidallennow (at) gmail.com

Once again, thank you for everything. I am forever grateful.

David Allen
AKA Skinner
Semi-former DU Administrator

ON EDIT: EarlG has posted a follow-up thread you should read.

I've been taking a course in digital painting, and I painted a picture of Joe Biden.

It's for all of you. Hope you like it.

I just started a digital painting course, and here is my first project.

I'm pretty happy with the result.

Never thought I'd be in one of those "two-dog families"...

And yet here we are.

You might already know Rosie on the left. The new guy on the right is Jasper.

Pics and video from yesterday's Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, DC

Here I am at Black Lives Matter Plaza, in my face mask:

The White House:

I approve this message:

The Coward-in-Chief finally built his wall:

How DC blocked off the streets:

Lincoln Memorial:

Washington Monument:

Marching from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House:

And here's a brief video I took of the march:

14 years ago, Pearl Jam foreshadowed use of "Present Tense" for Michael Jordan Doc

Finished watching The Last Dance this week, and hearing Pearl Jam at the end really brought me back to another time in my life. Music can do that. I was in college when "Ten" dropped.

Anyway, I was googling "Present Tense" this morning and I saw this from the official Pearl Jam youtube channel. Pretty cool...

Pearl Jam - Present Tense - Chicago 2006

Pearl Jam
1.32M subscribers

Who heard "Present Tense" at the end of The Last Dance documentary?
14 years ago Eddie foreshadowed this moment at the United Center in Chicago, discussing Michael Jordan and the powerhouse Bulls team.

ON EDIT: I just realized the only time I saw Pearl Jam live was during this same tour in 2006, in Washington DC.

It's the end of the Democratic presidential primary on Democratic Underground

It's been a little over a year since we opened the Democratic Primaries forum here on DU, and now that we have a presumptive Democratic nominee (Congrats, Joe!) the time has come to shut it down. We're going to let you all post your postmortems in there for another day or so and then we are going to archive it.

If you previously expressed support for Joe Biden in the primaries, your signature line in the DU Primaries forum still shows you as a Biden supporter. If you supported someone else, your signature line now shows you as "Undecided." I encourage everyone go to the DU Candidate Preference page and set your preference to Joe Biden if you have not already done so.

At the moment we do not know if we are going to set up a new top-level forum for the upcoming 2020 elections. We will be following discussions closely to decide whether we need to do so in the future.

In previous presidential election years this has traditionally been the time when the DU Admins would beg forgiveness for the pervasive incivility on the website and gently reprimand our members to try to make an effort to be nice. But I'm not sure any of that is necessary this time because overall I think this primary has been (dare I say?)... not so bad.

So instead I want to express my gratitude to all of you who came to DU during the primaries and passionately supported your preferred candidates, while treating your fellow DUers with kindness and respect. Thank you.

As we head into general election season, I feel like the members of this website are more united than we've ever been. As you know we expect the members of Democratic Underground to support Joe Biden and all other Democratic nominees in the elections this fall. But this year I don't think we'll have much trouble coming together to win in November!

Go Dems!

DU Admin

With each witness Trump fires, Mitt Romney looks better...

...while Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander, and Lisa Murkowski look even worse.

They should have known that Trump would immediately make them look like complete assholes.

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