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What grows in a #newsgarden?Friendship! Intelligence! Understanding!

 (And fannies, but we try to ignore that side-effect.)

The #newsgarden channel is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel located on Undernet servers. They were created by people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and political philsophies from around the globe. We gather online to chat, debate, discuss, argue, gossip, socialize... (and a few have even found romance!) The format is informal and unstructured, with a minimum of rules to keep interaction civil and pleasant for all participants. Please see "Rules" below. Click on the "Chatters' Page" link to meet some of the members of our online community.


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What's New

New Picture: Samurai Liberal Singing in Paris
New bio and picture from Mazarjee
New bio and picture from fourwheels
New bio and picture from Feep
Arkhobbit Sleeping
More pictures from the 2008 Nation Cruise

Arkhobbit and Pame, Christmas 2008
New picture and bio of Arkhobbit
Jed's 2008 Nation's Cruise
In Memoriam: Kazmirah/Seagodess
New from Fatima3, Holiday Spice Cookies
New picture of cbi
Maggijo's has a new grandson
Pictures from Jed's Nation Cruise
New picture and bio from Pugg
In Memoriam: Patti
New picture of Sharonelle
New from Lorelis, Dinosaur Burial Ground
New from Lorelis, Lorelis & Hubby, Lorelis & stepson.
Fatima's cat Mickey, Mickey and more Mickey
From cbi - Priscilla (February 14, 1994 - February 14, 2007)
New from Fatima3, the recipe for Blush Seafood Pasta Sauce
New from alllie, a review of Woken Furies
New picture of RSleepy and Girlfriend
New picture and bio from
New picture of RSleepy
New picture and bio from Lady_Grey
New picture and bio from MrSteve
New picture and bio from Jasmine
New from Woodman, the recipe for Beef Salami
New from Newsgarden: Community - Post your blogs, photos and articles!!
New poem from Daywalker, The Terrorist
Welcome Allyson!!!
Patti's new granddaughter
In Memoriam: Tao-Urso
New from Bubba, Cameron Highlanders Kilt
New from TaoUrso, a picture with Rudy Giuliani, his granddaughter and his new home.
In Memoriam: Hawk^, aka Rev-Macleod
New picture from Skullhunter: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know!
Katrina Comments
Leecie, new chatter, picture and bio.
Passages: In Memoriam: Patti's Mom
New pictures from Wilf, Qingdao and the Yellow Sea
Passages: In Memoriam: Molly
New from alllie, a review of Market Forces
New from alllie, a review of Broken Angels
New from Spikeb, a review of Page & Plant: Walking into Clarksdale
New from Spikeb, a review of
Page & Plant: No Quarter
New from jala, a review of March of the Penguins
New from alllie, a review of Altered Carbon
New from RiRi, a review of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Harry Potter comes of age
New from Alllie, War of the Worlds: Same Game, Same Shame
From Jed, more pictures of the Salon Cruise which included former ambassador Joe Wilson
New pictures from Thang
New from ScottLee, War of the Worlds, or How I Spent One Night of My Summer Vacation
New recipe from Jed, Ultimate Mexican Rice

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How do I connect to #newsgarden?

PC users generally connect using mIRC software. This shareware program can be downloaded at:

Mac users can download the Ircle chat client at:

After downloading and installing IRC software,
connect to any Undernet server then type /join #newsgarden in the editbox and press enter.

You can also access the channel through the undernet's webchat at

Many thanks to the Chatters whose
generous financial contributions
made our new website project

A message from DaRat!

Thanks to our channel founder,
PlagueRat, pictured below.

PlagueRat was born at a very young age. He was the 189th son of ApocalypseRat and rose to the #3 spot by eating most of his siblings. Author of many world renowned pestilences, he is perhaps best known for his 1364 Black Death European tour. He now lives peacefully in the backwoods of Ohio, occasionally infecting a passing fox or groundhog.

Sightings of DaRat

What are the RULES? In short: Behave like a civil human being who wasn't raised by dingos. But, to be specific: Be respectful. No direct insults. Attack the idea, not the person. No gross obscenities, no racial slurs or bigoted language when discussing race or similar topics, no spamming, flooding or intentional disruption of the channel.

It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it...

Ops are identified with a @ preceeding their nicks.Ops are volunteers who supervise the channel in accordance with established rules. Rules violations will result in a warning, unless the violation is so severe that an immediate kick or ban is warranted. Failure to heed warnings will result in a ban. (For this reason, never place an Op on your "ignore list") Spirited debate is welcome, abuse of others is not.

If you need assistance while on channel, feel free to message an Op. They will be happy to help you, if possible.

And now, a word from our chief OP!

"Friday Night Trivia Quiz" - Most Friday nights we have a trivia quiz at 10 PM EST. Most are general knowledge, but every now and then we have one about a topic such as movies, books, mythology, science or music. Most of the quizzes are just for fun, but every now and then we have a PRIZE QUIZ with prizes ranging from a banner on the topic for a week to to getting kicked for being a smarty pants.Join us and see!"

#newsgardengarden contacts:
"THE LEFT" Editor: sheba %

Check back often for channel announcements, Chatter news and other tidbits of interest!

Newsgarden Email Account Request:
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Editors Wanted

We are in need of people willing to develop content for the site. It has been suggested that we have three subsections representing the socio-political "Left", "Center" & "Right". This will require three editors. Let us know what you think and whether you're interested.

We also need people willing to update the site as necessary. The plan is to give content editors responsibility for a single page or subsection so that no one person is overburdened.

"Bleedingheartliberalsocialistcommiepinkos" is hosted by Sheba. Please contact her with your suggestions and materials. "Rightwingnuts" are led by Aleister and ""Yellowbelliedfencesitters" by Tara.

We're looking for a someon to edit our "Books" page and write and solicit reviews of best-sellers, classics, poerty and essays. Let us know if you wish to volunteer and also if there's anything you'd like to see included.

AgitProp has proposed that we have a channel book club. Books would be suggested and discussions scheduled. Please let
alllie know your level of interest. Thanks!


"The Meeting"
Log file of the meeting held to discuss creation of the site.

Any suggestions you may have regarding content are welcomed. We can't promise that all suggestions will be implemented, but all will be considered!

Chat Etiquette
The appropriate response to the question "Does this font make my tush look fat?" is always "Absolutely not!"

Check's in the mail?
Thanks again to those who pledged contributions to register our domain name and purchase webhosting services. Please send your checks to @Patti at your earliest possible convenience. THANKS!

Content Contributors
Everyone is invited to contribute relevant material for the site. Please see the "Menu" above for possible categories. At this point, everything is still in the development stage, so please submit any content suggestions you may have to Alllie. If we proceed with "editorial departments" representing different political points of view, the editors of those sections and their "staffs" will be responsible for creating content for their sub-sites.

Wizards Wanted
Persons with HTML skills willing to assist others in producing their personal webpages for the site are needed.




!Off Center!

Where our socio-political philosphers from across the spectrum make their cases


Image: IRC WebWatchers Choice Site Award We are pleased to announce that on behalf of our worldwide Judges and Membership, your web site has been awarded an IRC WebWatcher's Choice Award for the month of April 2003. The IWW has been granting awards to IRC Channel and IRC related services web sites for almost five years now and we are pleased to add your site to our distinguished list of winners.

Again, on behalf of our Executive Board, Judges and Members alike, we would like to congratulate you on being one of our selected winners for the IWW Choice Award. You can proudly display an award that many have applied and/or nominated for but few ever get. Your web site fits our ideology that IRC can and should be a better place for all of us and we are pleased to award such efforts.

Best Regards;
IWW Executive Board and Judges