So often my comments to _The New York Times_ either do not make it, or make it so late that no one sees them.  Nobody may see them here, either, but better to shelve them in a remote reach of cyberspace rather than only my computer…

…because the whole point of a vibrant democracy is participation, and reciprocation.  There is no such thing as a dumb question, but there is a lot of faulty silence in the world.  If you add me on TimesPeople, I will add you as a basic courtesy by which I wish everyone would act.  It doesn’t mean I endorse or agree with all your opinions.   It means I can listen to all opinions, and want to reach out to and learn from people from all over the world, in all walks of life, all stages and ages of life…

We have a tremendous opportunity in the internet to truly create a world wide web of hope, respect, humor and understanding, so that no single entity ever has the final say over our destiny but us…people all over the world willing to shatter the walls of their prisons, rulers, and silence and be friends, plain and simple.

  1. Am I the first to comment?
    DreamsAmelia, congrats on getting this blog going! You’re setting a great example for real democracy. Besides, you’re prolific. And you’re right!

    • Yes, you are my first commenter–thank you, and welcome!

      …yeah, it was getting so hard to not be “off-topic” on the blogs and Times articles I like to comment on…here is my space to entwine as many diverse topics as I wish…

      My feelings do get genuinely hurt when my posts are rejected by the Times, and I know that I therefore risk being faulted as “thin-skinned” about critique… but my words are not empty attack for the point of being trollish, as so much of the vacuous commentary on Facebook and unmoderated websites are…

      They are meant to dust the cobwebs out of my own complacency, and more than anything, to allow as many people as possible to embrace their simply humanity to connect with and understand as many people as possible while alive. We are here to connect, not disconnect. Why this is not abundantly obvious to the Times moderators is beyond me.

  2. Congratulations on your blog. It’s the perfect revenge against all those Times rejections. The timing of your posts there is everything. If you drop me a line, I will let you in on a little secret of how to get yours to the top of the pack. Still, “regular”commenters are subject to periodic brown and black-outs. The moderators will run a slew of comments for weeks on end, and then suddenly, poof! You become one of the “disappeared.” The Times has never come clean about this practice, which effects everyone at one time or another, and I doubt that they ever will. That’s the reason I started my blog, too.

    I still don’t get how “Times People” works. I signed up and have some followers, but my comments are not being cached there, nor are all of my “recommendations”. The Times has been notified of this problem, and they are supposedly working on it. Don’t hold your breath!

    DreamsAmelia, you are a wonderful writer and I am happy to get the chance to read more of your fine essays. May your blog continue for a very long time to come!

  3. Karen Garcia has forwarded to me this site of yours. I’m not sure who you are, I mean, as a human-type person. (Remember, in the new Citizens United America, the corporate-type “person” takes precedence.) As I perused your site, I found a photo and brief bio of a woman in n.w. North Carolina — but couldn’t be sure she was you, or a fan of yours.

    Please count me a fan. Two weeks ago I first noticed you for a “comment” of yours that the dear moderators allowed through the Times. Stunning. Wonderful. True. Karen Garcia already well agreed. And Kate Madison, too — dear Kate on the Oregon coast who sent me what Google intimated was a site for you, which turned out much less than, much other than, you.

    I’ll be following, indebted, yours,

    Phil in the mountains of Kyushu, Japan

  4. People who seek facts and fairness in political life will sooner or later come across this site, as well as those of Marie Burns (Florida), Kate Madison (Oregon), Karen Garcia (New York), Phil in the Mountains of Kyushu and others who defend democracy. They are a more immediate source of news and policy for people who already subscribe to publications like The Nation, Harper’s, The Walrus, etc. We need reporters like you at the keyboard every day to fill in the gaps between the weekly and the monthly magazines. We can’t trust the dailies anymore, not even the NY Times. You are the the New Fifth Estate, the Real Reporters’ Gallery.

    As for the NY Times, I despair. It was never entirely satisfactory. Now it is becoming less so by giving so much space to op-editors of the right or the just plain silly. We can’t blame it all on Carlos Slim; the Times has been siding with big money for a long, long time. What kept me reading it was the remnant of fine news stories on various subjects and those other op-eds by Frank, Herbert and Krugman. Now only Krugman remains. And after reading them, I clicked on the commentaries, where I discovered you writers, whom I now follow more regularly than the Times. You added “value” to the Times’ reports, more than they seemed to realize.

    The NYT PayWall has further alienated me. As a retiree, I could stay in the game for $5, gladly, but not for $15/4 wks. The Times is screening out the lower income readers, intentionally or unintentionally. They are also choking off from view the reactions (and correctives) of straight-shooting commentators (see above). Writers like David Brooks keep getting whittled down by your comments. The PayWall will probably protect him from those deserved pop shots at his rich man logic. I hope other former readers see the Times for what it has become, a well-written mouthpiece for the well-to-do and self-satisfied. And I hope the readers who are being priced out realize that they can do better elsewhere on sites like this, where democratic practice and progressive values still count.

    I know it isn’t easy for you and your allies in the blogosphere to maintain sites like this. I salute you all for carrying on then and now and in the future. I check your sites every day before I review the headlines (still free) in the Times. As far as I’m concerned, yours is now the news that’s fit to print. Down with the corporatist press of Dives; hurrah for the Lazarus Press shelved in cyberspace.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this, Jay. I hope some Times writers and moderators AND business-side people read it! They should never forget the resounding message made obvious by all the comments denouncing how prohibitively expensive the paywall is, on the article announcing its roll out.
    I am sure there are good people at the Times who feel every ounce of frustration that we do. I can only imagine how boxed in I would feel were my writing constrained by having to elicit my bosses’ approval.
    Just like Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Mikulski, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand must feel so infuriatingly hemmed in in the Senate, as they spew nails back at this heinous budget against women and people…what else can they do but hold a press conference…C-Span and the Times briefly feature it, but flickers of righteous indignation just get swept into the detritus of the bulk of garbage that passes as news. The genuine and authentic gets missed, or misplaced. Discarded by herds who want to be told what they heard.

    One day I was protesting with a small group right on the path between the Capitol and the congressional offices, and one of the women congresspeople glowed a smile at us as she drove by and said, “You work for change from the outside, and I do the same thing, I am working for change from the inside!”–And many wave and flash peace signs at the ladies from Code Pink. We do have friends in congress, its just that congress is taken over by right wing extremists representing the same interests as the Carnegies, Frick, Rockefellers, Mellons, Fords, and Chases of yore. As we all sit here breathing in radiation raining down on us being told its safe, and dead dolphins wash up on a spill no dollars can ever reckon with. The earth doesn’t care about our money, and it’s polluted in places beyond repair.

  6. Nice site. Love the name ‘dreamsAmelia’ and where it comes from . . .

  7. It comes from Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia”–“Ah, Amelia, it was just a false alarm….dreams, Amelia, dreams and false alarms…”

    I forget that as I get older, fewer people realize where it comes from…!

    • Oh, I’m “only” 50, but I knew where it came from! And so do my 11 and 13 year old daughters . . . I just wanted to say I like the name of your site. I wondered, too, on the subject of comments being rejected by the NY Times — sometimes it seems they don’t only reject them individually, but in time blocks (all comments submitted between 2-4 in the morning, for example). . . I could be wrong about that . . .

  8. Good to find your blog, Amelia!

    I have a lot of hope for the blogsphere. It is a powerful way to connect with each other and share our knowledge of what is happening in our country – much of which the corrupt politicians would like to keep hidden.

    Like Jay in Ottawa, I am very grateful that many of you have taken the plunge and are willing to devote the time to maintaining and updating your blog. I have neither the computer skills nor am I well-read enough to be able to do what you do!

    So, welcome! And so glad you are here!

  9. Just discovered you via Sardonicky. You and Karen Garcia have similar writing sytles, although certainly not identical. I visit such blogs for the joy of experiencing the writing as much as the politics. I can’t recall reading you at all in the Times comments–do you use the same screen name?

    I hope you will decide to use your real name as a byline to DreamsAmelia at some point as have Karen Garcia, Marie Burns, et. al. It would enable you to get real recognition for your work–but perhaps you don’t desire any recognition beyond the blog itself?

    Thank you for your work.

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