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As a community noted for its social fabric, the Pond died a few years ago. As I noted above, politics has changed and the spirit @ThePond became quite hostile. There have been turf wars before, on the other hand BooMan's Place welcomed views from a broad range on the basics of democracy. Likely with the advance of social media, bloggers became sour, lazy and quite vile in posting comments. Didn't last long before there was true policing of thought and the obvious troll ratings. This has left a blemish on the Pond as a welcoming community of the past and its founding. Yes, my rights to post a diary were taken away.

A world view on American foreign policy can only be worthwhile by accepting views from allies across the big pond, the Atlantic Ocean. Knowledge of world history, global culture and meeting foreigners should be part of every day life for bloggers interested in politics and living together on planet Earth. That's why the European Tribune is so very precious.

Views on the candidacy in the Democratic primaries between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton (HRC) were very devisive @ThePond and led to a turf battle that will now be left behind in the founding of Progress Pond. Great move.

Libya and Syria were decisions under Obama's presidency that once again soured relations with allies in the Western world and led to an expansion of terror across Africa and the Middle East. Quite similar to the foolish decision under George Bush to expand the war in Afghanistan to Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. These actions led to favourable conditions for the Ayatollahs in Iran throughout the Middle East. As a result an idiot like Trump can proudly sail his armada into the Persian Gulf flying the American flag.

BooMan's take on Libya ...

Obama's Biggest Mistake Was Hillary's Fault

My take on Haftar and Libya ...

US Marines On the Shore of `Montezuma and Tripoli'

Trump's politics today in Libya ... siding with Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Gen. Haftar, France and Russia.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 12:52:44 PM EST
"Yes, my rights to post a diary were taken away."
I missed that. You were one of the most active contributors. Although I often disagreed with your conclusions (and sometimes your premises), I always respected your opinions and your efforts to change the world for the better.  

I was unable to login here using my BoomanTribune name or to reset the password. So, I created this new name. If I am persona non grata, I will go away quietly. I confess to being passionate about US politics, but I am more "in learning mode" about Europe. My grandparents were European immigrants to the USA, but they had no votes in their homeland. Indeed, my paternal grandfather's father was an armed rebel against the Italian government.

I too came to Booman Tribune around 2005, some time after the failure of the Dean campaign. It was much much different then. It all started changing when Mr. Longman got that big media gig. The 2016 campaign ripped it apart. I won't recycle that sorry debacle.

I'm glad you haven't given up, Oui.

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 03:53:20 PM EST
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You are most welcome here, and free to publish diaries as you please. We will have to increase our grass roots coverage of USA affairs here now that Booman.com is no longer available as a publishing resource for all...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 04:18:52 PM EST
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@BooMan I had UserID #430 ... here @EuroTrib I was quick on the draw with UserID #40  :)

Indeed building the Pond through the first year was great fun with the Welcome Wagon diaries. Made many, many friends who had much respect and appreciation for one another and our diaries. Got a nomination for the Koufax Award in that first year, both as Oui @BooMan and as crevecoeur @dKos !! Creve Coeur was my hometown living in the States and the Indian legend behind the name was very meaningful in my life and linked to my feeling moving back to Europe.

In the month of June in 2005, there was a surge of new members - mostly female - thanks to an odd ball remark about women writers @DailyKos by the proprietor Markos Moulitsas. The membership @BooMan rose quickly beyond the 1500 mark. The good old days.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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Nice to see you here.

You are most welcome to write diaries. Just don't take disagreement for discouragement. People here are an opinionated bunch, but more expressed through qoutes, links and arguments than downratings and such.

Btw, with you here I am reminded that I should mention that I have seen some former Booman commenters at
caucus99percent.com which is a group blogging site to the left of Democrats (I would place Booman to the left within the Democrats, and Daily Kos as mainstream Democrats). I've only lurked there, but it looks like good old blogging.

by fjallstrom on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:23:18 PM EST
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Yes, thank you. I've been "The Voice In the Wilderness" there for some time. It's rather strange experience to be one of the most conservative members! Definitely new for me. But I like that there are only approval ratings, no disapproval or hide ratings. Most are refugees from Daily Kos, ake "the orange place (TOP)" or "the Great Orange Satan (GOS)".  When I get not ratings or one or two, I know that my post was either unremarkable or not well received. definitely not well-received if there is a counter-post. When I get 21, 22, 23, I have struck a chord. I have seen others like Steven D, and Bob In Portland, that I remember as old denizens of the Frog Pond. And a new one, whose handle I don't recall but is apparently a Southerner or Appalachian. Like me, he or she is most concerned with the practical side rather than the theoretical.

I see Europe once again in the vanguard of sociopolitical change. I'm haunted by a remark of my late Uncle a few years ago, "Maybe it's time for the family to go back to Europe." This over a century after they came to the USA! (late 1890's in the Great Wave from Southern and eastern Europe.) Of course, he was a first generation American while I am a second generation. He grew up bilingual and drinking table wine at age 12.

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 11:57:55 PM EST
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Nowadays I try te leave US politics and focus on the effect of its foreign policy on Europe, the Middle East and all other continents. Hopefully here @EuroTrib we can focus on the most urgent issues at hand for planet Earth - Gaia - and its living creatures.

Americans and their trauma of 2016 - h/t Cat

Today I read an artikel about the US Ambassador to Germany ... why doesn't he get the boot from Berlin?

Further reading my new diary - Europe Day - May 9th 2019.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 09:35:13 AM EST
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countries don't get to choose who the ambassador sent to them will be.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:59:45 PM EST
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Well in extremis they can declare them persona non grata, but it's close to a declaration of war. Best just to let him continue to make a fool of himself - and Trump... although he dosn't need help.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 03:19:14 PM EST
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Egypt dared with proposed U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford of Syria fame ...

    Come to think of it, that was Blue America with Obama-HRC-Erdogan-MuslimBrotherhood.
    Today it's Red America with Sisi-Trump-Pompeo-MBS-SaudiArabia.

So all worked out all right in the end - Libya with Haftar, a CIA asset.

Former US Amb. Robert Ford as an expert witness in New York
Townhall Meeting Ms Clinton with CNN's Amanpour - embarrassed by Robert Ford speaking out

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 04:00:28 PM EST
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