Not Feeding the Trolls Is Not Enough

By: Friday May 30, 2014 3:00 pm

In the history of FDL, trolls of various stripes have always been around. There are the “take a dump in the comments” Common Trolls, who tried to derail comment thread and often ended up being mocked and chased away by a rain of bad puns and nightmare-inducing photoshops. There are the Villager Trolls, descendants of the trolls in the old Norse eddas, who live to serve only themselves and do not take kindly to lesser beings that might wander into what they regard as Their Turf. Most recently, though, FDL has been the target of the Tech Trolls, who combine the desire to derail and destroy of the Common Trolls with the distinctly unhelpful and decidedly superior “we’ll do it because we can” attitude of the Villager Trolls.

The trolls do not need to be fed, but the troll hunters sure do. If you are in a position to help, now would be a good time to do so.


Please Help FDL Stay Online

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:54 am

We have a terrific community here at FDL that has always been extremely generous about supporting us when we’re in need. And if we cannot overcome these technical hurdles and pay these bills, the DDOS attackers could be successful in silencing us and we could be in serious jeopardy

Can you donate to help FDL stay online?

Introducing Facebook, Google+ Login at Firedoglake

By: Monday February 10, 2014 11:55 am

We have some exciting news to share with you all today: you can now log in and/or register for a MyFDL account using your Facebook and Google+ profile!

Celebrating 2013—A Year of Critical Work Made Possible By You

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 11:52 am

There will soon be another year, and, for a moment, I find it worthwhile to celebrate what was accomplished this year—critical work which would not have been possible without people like you. Going into 2013, there was only one focus: continue regular coverage of Chelsea Manning’s court martial. The trial did not begin until June, [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Roz Savage, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 1:59 pm

Roz Savage’s Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, chronicles the Pacific Ocean-crossing phase of the author’s record-setting single-handed row around much of the world. It was not one journey, but a series of them, beginning with what might easily have turned out to be a tragedy, when, after two capsizes, she was all but forced to abandon her tiny vessel off the coast of northern California, and leap overboard into fifteen-foot breaking waves.

October: Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 8:40 am

October is a busy month. Schools have settled into the day-to-day routines. The sports world is busy with the MLB Play-offs; NFL, college, and high school football seasons are in the mix; the NHL has started its season; and NBA basketball training camps have started. College basketball has started having “midnight madness.” The news and weather shows are providing fall foliage reports.

October is also the “awareness” month for two causes that I support very strongly – Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. I

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Sept 7

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 9:00 am

We open up today’s whip count with Pete Sessions (R-TX) who comes out as a firm nay: “Like most of my constituents, I also do not believe the president’s current plan is in the best interests of the American people or our national security.”

During Filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul Highlights Work of Journalists & Writers on Drones

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 7:30 am

Senator Rand Paul took to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination to the position of CIA chief. He decided to engage in a “talking” filibuster because he believed Attorney General Eric Holder had not given a clear and unequivocal answer to the question of whether a US citizen suspected of terrorism, who posed no immediate threat, could be killed by a drone strike on US soil.

Over Easy – Happy New Year!

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 6:14 am

Good morning everyone, and welcome to 2013. I hope it’s a fantastic year for all of you.

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