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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 from alllie: The UFO Conspiracy
New from alllie: Fashion, Fringe and David Bowie
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!