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  1. #1 So Long, and Thanks for All the (Swedish) Fish 
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    Skinner sold out.

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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

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    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
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    Semi-former DU Administrator

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

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    Puke!

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    I would throw up my BYE image from Tombstone but he's not worthy of my time to host it again.
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    I think I am most proud of the fact that this is what DU has become: A community of friendly, progressive Democrats.

    Huh??
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    He should tombstone himself as his last official act.
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    Reading this message from Skinner gives me the impression of a rat leaving a sinking ship. Skinner knows that DU is going to go nuttier than squirrel poop the closer we get to the Presidential election and doesn't want to deal with the headache this will generate so he jumps ship.
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    Reading this message from Skinner gives me the impression of a rat leaving a sinking ship.
    That was my first thought too.

    He undoubtedly knows all about the spying that was done on President Trump, and everything the Democrats and their lackeys in the CIA, FBI, and DOJ have done to try to get rid of President Trump. The DUmmies deny it, and ignore all the FACTS that have come out but the truth is out there.

    Democrats are complicit and if not participating in the criminal actions they have been lying and covering up for the criminals.

    Skinner doesn't want to be associated with Hillary's propaganda site because it's looking more likely the shit may just hit the fan.
    OBAMA'S H1N1 VIRUS: From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-res...1-pandemic.htm
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    I wonder if he got a job with the
    Biden campaign keeping Joe from
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    It was quite a few years ago, but Rush Limbaugh mentioned DU on the air more than once. I forget how he referred to them... Largest pack of kooks anywhere on the web, or something to that affect.
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    DU has been irrelevant since Twitter.

    However, DU pioneered the techniques that we now see being used at Facebook and Twitter. The "cancel culture" began at DU. The purges of politically inconvenient groups--even when they matched the demographics and the general politics--are being copied across social media now. Remember Tech_Bear and the purge of the gays in 2009? Identity took second place to being in lockstep and following the narrative.

    I always thought that DU was a D'rat party apparatus run by public relations firm. However, one wonders if they were also connected to DARPA--the origin of Facebook and the internet itself. The name "Skinner" always made it seem that David Allen was running a large psychological experiment. Regardless, the techniques developed on DU to quash dissent while claiming to provide free speech have been adopted (and enhanced) by social media.

    At this point, the real discussions are taking place on Twitter and Facebook. (And Parler if you're conservative.) DU is an internet relic and perhaps David has just gotten sick of running it. He made whatever money he has made out of it and is now cashing in. Twenty years of fundraisers and pay from whoever were the real powers behind the board and David is ready for retirement.

    Of course, the Democratic party is headed for trouble right now. The rank and file Dems who want to help people but don't want a tranny in their little girl's public restroom or a BLM/Antifa terrorist rampaging through their nice neighborhood at all hours may be at a standstill right now. No, they don't want to vote for Trump, but who the hell wants screaming lunatics setting fire to things and destroying long term public safety?

    Now, these Dems really ought to leave the party--it has long since left them. But what they will probably do is leave their threatened liberal enclaves, settle in Texas, and vote like liberal loons out of habit. (I'm with those people who want Blue State refugees QUARANTINED from the voting booth for 20 years.)

    However, the party is not going to recover. The Socialist/Communist loons are taking over. Unless you're black, illegally in the country, or a white person willing to self-immolate, the party doesn't have much to offer you now. Your children will continue to vote for these loons, especially since the schools have taught them how terrible they are with the "original sin" of "racism". They're already kneeling. Soon they'll be taking knives to their own wrists over some false fantasy of "social justice" that demands more piety than a Catholic convent.

    God help us all in the coming years.

    But goodbye to Skinner, and good riddance. May David Allen spend his days as miserably as the party he serves has made American citizens live, in formerly safe and clean cities now destroyed by Black Lies, the black block (aka Antifa) and traitorous Democrat governance.

    And David, if I ever see you lying, bleeding in the street, I'll pour salt on your wounds and laugh.
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