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Seven Years A Grave?

I've been writing on HubPages for almost 7 years now, and it has been quite an experience for me. Some good, some bad, but mostly confusing for an old dirt farmer/ freelance writer. It isn't the same place I first joined, not by a long shot

You should have seen some of the crap HP allowed on here at the time. Indian Auntie hubs—mostly unattractive women in diaphanous garb one wouldn't want to see anyway—and pure spam, some of which received millions of views pretending to be actual complaint departments of well known companies. Yes, we honest authors complained.

Anyhow, I've gone from making dollars a day to now earning pennies. I feel like a ball because I've been bounced from the main HP domain to sub-domains and back to the main domain again. Figure for yourself if they know what they're doing.....I sure as hell don't know and doubt they do either.

HP staff have never been too good at dealing with their writers. I suppose they'll never change until it's too late... like the other now extinct writing sites. Cut me some slack will ya, I'm prohibited from posting in the forums you know. I ask too many hard questions and upset their tea service, I suppose.

At any rate, I felt like a good spring story would possibly raise the hopes of the faithful—and the others of us of a more cynical bent—for the coming year. Yeah right! So, the tale.....

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My True Garden Story

I've come to a conclusion concerning gardening. It is an inherited genetic trait. Not that you can't be a good gardener without the gene, it's just harder to not garden if you do have it. I practically grew up in a garden, a vegetable garden for the most part, but my mom made sure there were also some flowers to grace the table with.

Everyone I knew had a vegetable plot of some size or another, even the town folk. Here in southern Georgia not growing your own produce was as unthinkable as not attending church on Sundays. Besides, you had to have something to give the preacher when he came calling, which he did frequently during the two garden seasons we enjoy down here.

Like almost everyone else around here, my parents were farming people, as were their parents, and so on back down the line. Mom and Dad were both born and raised during the Great Depression and knew how times could be tough. They didn't have much money during most of their younger years, but they always had plenty to eat. Perhaps you've heard the song "A Country Boy Will Survive," well everyone ate good out in the country, even in those terrible times

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Shortly after my parents married the U.S. became involved in World War II. Despite the fact of my father being in the middle of growing his first tobacco and corn crops, he and two of his brothers were drafted into the army. The younger of my uncles never saw action during his service, the older went to the South Pacific with all of it's many Japanese held islands.

My father , a simple country boy who had never been far from home, was suddenly sent to Fort Benning and from there to Texas for his basic training. "They weren't nothin' to basic training" he would say, "us farm boys was used to following a mule's rear end from dawn to dark and a twenty mile hike weren't anythang." Then he would tell how he and another Georgia farm boy carried this yankee friend of theirs, a city boy, almost half way back to keep him from having to repeat the hike.

Dad, and thousands of other equally disoriented young Americans, were then placed on transport ships to England. He would tell about the nightly bombing raids in London and the people seeking shelter in the subways. He was witness to a V-1 buzz bomb dropping through the clouds and causing devastation to the ancient city. As a young man used to hot sunshine and blue skies, he would say this of England, "I was in England for six weeks and never did see the sun shine.

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D-Day was on and my father's company were among a group heading to Normandy for a section designated by the name Omaha beach. I never wanted my father to see "Saving Private Ryan" and he wouldn't anyway. He just wasn't the movie watching type. He went on from Normandy with Patton's army to Paris for the liberation of France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, entered into Germany, and helped free some of the remaining Jewish prison camps.

What kept my father going through all of this terrible ordeal? This was one of the few questions he would respond to concerning the war. Like many of his fellow warriors, he chose not to talk about some aspects of being a soldier during this war. But when he did respond to the question you knew how serious he was about the ordeal.

His answer was always the same. "Wherever I was at night, foxhole, tent shelter, or curled up beside a stone wall, whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting I would think about the garden I would have when I got home. I would imagine how warm it would be and how green everything would look, the taste of familiar foods grown by my own hands, and this would help me relax and drift off to sleep."

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He told about having to eat green apples and horse meat when their supplies were cut off and about the struggles of the native population trying to cope themselves. He had to think about something fresh and growing instead of the death and destruction reality offered. I guess you could call it country boy therapy. Whatever, it seemed to work for him.

Dad said sometimes when they were tired and hungry with the snow falling heavily outside the shelter, one of the men would say "hey Georgia boy, tell us some more about your garden." Dad would go into great detail about how good the tomatoes would taste and how mom would fry a chicken better than they had ever tasted. "They didn't seem to understand about turnip greens and boiled peanuts" he said.

"I made my self hungry by describing the food and they were too, but it seemed to make us content for a while and this was the best we could hope for" Dad said. Having grown up in the deep south, he had heard about the "damn yankees" most of his life but he found out they were just people too. He would remain friends with many of his war buddies until he died.

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Every year they would have a reunion at one or the other's home town and I had the privilige to meet them and become friends with their children. He was, in many ways, closer to these men than his own brothers. Many would stop on the way to or from Florida and had the chance to eat some of the food Dad had described. Mom couldn't fry the chicken fast enough. I will always cherish those memories.

Well, he finally made it back home and indeed grew fabulous gardens. Some of my very first memories are of being there and helping plant the many vegetables we grew. It was work to me then and I really didn't care for it. My father however, always whistled and hummed as he worked in the garden. But sometimes he would get a faraway look in his eyes for a moment and I knew he was remembering something which happened during the war.

But he wasn't just good at growing garden food, he excelled at any crop he tried to produce. Although he, nor my mother, ever used tobacco in any form, he was famous for his beautiful golden harvest. Whatever you may think of tobacco, it was king then. He and my mom bought a farm and paid for it in two years growing tobacco. This was hard labor people. Tobacco takes most of a year to produce and the process is intricate

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Growing up and working on the farm with Dad I learned a lot from him. The older I got the more I appreciated gardening and growing things. In my case it was more exotic plants such as orchids and bonsai trees. I grew vegetables also as you can't buy a decent tomato anymore. But before long it was the whole shebang or nothing. Like my Dad, I needed a little country boy therapy myself and so do most of us.

My dad died while out working in the field one spring evening. He was almost 85 years old and as happy a person as I have ever known. When my mother and I found him lying on the ground beside the tractor, I thought he was asleep. He had been in much pain lately but would never stay inside the house. We knew we would find him dead on the farm someday but this was what he wanted. As he lay there he looked so peaceful and contented.

My father was not a rich man, nor was he famous, but he was loved by everyone. It seemed like he knew everyone in this area. He had given most of the local kids jobs in the summer and they never forgot this when they grew up. They would ask if their own children could learn how to work on Dad's farm like they did. For such a simple man my father had the largest attendance at the wake and funeral than any well-to-do person ever had around here.

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Although my father had fine clothes, he wished to be buried in his overalls. I slipped a pair of pliers in the side pocket and a small writing tablet and a two inch long pencil into the bib. A new John Deer cap was placed at his side, (one he had been saving) and he was ready to go. He was a truly religious man and had no doubts as to what lay ahead after death. I think for him heaven would be a garden.

After the funeral and the out of town visitors had left,(many were sons and daughters of former war buddies from all over the U.S.) I hung up my suit and headed out to the garden, only to discover my Mom and brother already there planting potatoes. It was spring and the garden needed planting and certainly dad would approve.

Planting the potatoes and making sure the eyes were pointed up made me think of dad when he would say "don't bend over in the garden granny, you know them tater's got eyes." This line was, of course, purloined by another Georgian, Louis Grizzard, for the title of one of his very funny books. For the most part though, we worked in silence because we were busy thinking about Dad.

Once I thought I heard him humming a tune, like he always did when working in the garden. But then I realized it was just me. I was also thinking about the pleasant look on his face when we found him. I wondered if he was dreaming about gardens. I think I now understand his contentment. It's in the genes I tell you.


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Randy Godwin profile image

Randy Godwin 5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

How can I say no, Lela? :P


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Austinstar 5 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Awww, you are so sweet! Love you!


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Season's Greetings!

To Some of my Friends...

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To The Rest of my Friends...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Feel free to post in the forums.


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Randy Godwin 5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ditto! :P


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

I am expecting 2017 to be a very chaotic year on all fronts; national, local, HP, self, pretty much going to be everything and everywhere.

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Austinstar 5 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Great job, Para! I could never have said it better. I am going to some kind of festive luncheon tomorrow. Photo with Santa included. Actually, I think I might even have a jolly drink. So, a toast to you all, my fine P.O. friends at HP!

Happy, Jolly, Festivus for all!


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fpherj48 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Please let me add my Holiday wishes to all the awesome PO 's!

Here's hoping your Christmas is Merry and filled with love & laughter~~that the brand new year begins with promises of health, happiness & lottery winnings! The HUGE ones.

You should be good till next year! Peace, Paula


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

It was an email I received and altered. Meanwhile, intuition has caused me to change my profile quote. And it is not an optimistic one.

I'll reiterate my earlier comment here... I am expecting 2017 to be a very chaotic year on all fronts; national, local, HP, self, pretty much going to be everything and everywhere.


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fpherj48 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

para....If you "expect" it, chances are it will happen. Should I assume you love chaos & you're taunting it to appear?

Try thinking positive and looking forward to good times. Why the doom & gloom? You're a smart man. You can do better than that.

Just have a hissy fit and get all the bad out of your system. Then you can start fresh and expect no chaos. I'm just sayin.....Then again, I could be wrong.


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Based on what I've been witnessing lately, I'm just saying I'm lowering my expectations to rock bottom. The neighborhood I live in has a large part to do with that; there are just so many criminal and outright stupid people around here... It only takes 10% to wreck it for the other 90. Maybe I'll become an urban hermit; start buying everything online, including food. Seriously, the random anger and hatred in this town is truly appalling.


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Randy Godwin 5 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gee Para, cheer up! Can't you get out of that place? Around here there's not much crime, but then, there's not many people either. And of those who are here, most have firearms of some sort. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

And Yuletide greetings to all of my fellow POs! :)


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Well, I've had a good night's sleep; a rarity, btw. I have proceeded from acknowledgement and true awareness of reality to resignation concerning same.

The thing is that with resignation comes acceptance. And with acceptance comes peace. In other words, I am back to ignoring all the bad things.

However, the current quote on my profile page is probably going to stay there for a long time. Just because I will ignore reality doesn't mean reality will ignore me. That profile quote is going to be my own, personal reminder of that. Do always be careful and alert out there, folks. Be selective in all one says and does, spontaneity should only be reserved for people you already know and trust.


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Oh, good. Thanks to Twitter, I just came up with a second profile quote...


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fpherj48 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

para....Not only do I not like your new profile quotes (based on the fact that I DO like you) I would refute your concept and could have a really long debate with you, were we able to do so. Oh, and BTW, supposing we'd be judged and given scores as in an official debate, iron-clad guarantee I would win that debate~~which is not to be as certain I would win "you" specifically, over to my opinion.

Keep searching for a better, more profound, realistic quote. Just a suggestion. P.


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

I like you, too.

Unfortunately, I think over 7 billion people agree with me and only around 300 million people agree with you, http://www.census.gov/popclock/

Maybe I watch too much History Channel, and then my own personal experiences certainly haven't helped matters either. And this is just about our human species Then there are the realities of all other biological nature.

And we haven't even gotten to the part about the realities of entropy yet.


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Austinstar 5 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's all good, Life Goes On.....

Make America Greater Than Ever.

Hug a Billionaire. Let him grab you and give you a job. That will fix everything, right?


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

What with most of the old-time writers having been driven away, I wonder if HP realizes that writing abilities have dropped overall by at least 20% or more around here. Can't fault the new writers, we were all new once. There's just too few experienced writers left to help offset things anymore. Instead of our writing new articles, we keep moving our old ones away; this is drastically continuing to lower our average to an inevitable point of no return.


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Sorry I was such a downer the last couple days, but the lowest common denomination of our society was really thrown in my face a few days ago. Stupidity, anger, hatred, and an overwhelming desire to try to hurt you are really what is the human norm. What we all normally see is nothing more than a thin, societal veneer.

Maybe by Christmas I'll have changed my profile, but don't count on it.


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paradigmsearch 5 weeks ago from USA

Happy Thursday. Shock and disillusionment were my primary emotions the last three days, nothing more. And both have passed. I'm back to working on my writing project. All is well.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Well, sports fans. The writing project is approaching 75% completion.

Meanwhile, these two pages are now getting regular, double-digit, weekly traffic.

http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/11/life.html

http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/06/u.html

And both of them are nothing more than original memes. Now if I can just find some decent social media...

As for the rest of it, reading the daily news has once again put things in perspective. The true way to sanity is to just not give a damn about anything.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Well, HP is doing good on the CPM. Now if only I could do something about my HP traffic...

Cagsil is still alive and well on Twitter. Twitter has been changed all around. I'm having to learn it from scratch again.

A. Feed tweets are no longer shown in sequence.

B. Many tweets never even make it to the feed, you have to hunt around to find them.

C. Spam shows up in your feed from people you aren't even following, and I don't mean the retweets.

If it wasn't for Cagsil, I'd probably just drop Twitter altogether.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I don't care for Twitter at all. Reminds me of the old chat rooms that no on can follow the conversation in. Then there's the Donald and his mean tweets.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

I wonder if HP knows their Flipboard button doesn't work. The hub title and link transmit ok, but none of the hub images will transfer. So basically all the magazine will have is a bunch of boring titles and nothing more. If someone would like to inform HP of this, go ahead. While you're at it, tell them paradigmsearch says hi and that my consultancy fee is $35. They can just tack it onto my earnings, no big deal.

As a side note, I found a workaround. But that's a post for another day.


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hahahahaha. You funny man!


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sometimes I wonder how successful HP might be if they had smart people running it. :P


Austinstar profile image

Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I wonder that too, Randy. Too bad I'm not young enough to start a site like this. Too much work!


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fpherj48 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela.... about that age-related comment, girlfriend.....Several years ago I read a book (I have a feeling you would find interesting & then some) by Barbara Sher, entitled "It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now." It may be needless to mention it's about creating a second life after 40.....or even 50, now that we're allowed to believe "50 is the new 40!"

Someone with your level of intelligence could probably accomplish whatever you choose to attempt.

I recall liking this book for the sheer encouragement and motivation it offers. I'm into anything that might get me to delve deeply and do some research. Whatever transpires from that point, the wisdom and ideas are never wasted.

Naturally, the older we get.....( more bluntly~the closer we come to the edge of that cliff) it's not surprising that we start thinking, "What's the point at this age?".....I have worked really hard to keep that thought at bay!!

LOL....and Yes, if I have to do it...so do you!! LOL.....just kidding. But it's really a good idea!

Randy...Your last comment cracked me up. Love it!


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Every day that stupid flipboard button isn't fixed will be costing HP revenue for years down the line. Too bad I can't drop them a note in the forums about it.

Meanwhile, from what I have seen, Flipboard is one, big, buggy, usually non-functioning mess. However, according to the forums, people are making money by posting there. So I guess I'll be throwing more stuff at them this afternoon. It will be my reward for my industrious writing endeavors this morning.

Good thing China is giving back our submarine drone.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Trump tweeted for them to keep the drone. What a hot mess.

Paula, all I can say is "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn".

I used to try to care, but seriously, the more one tries to help, the stupider and more dependent they become.

"They" are, of course, the people that refuse to listen and learn.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

An update in the interests of fairness and full disclosure...

I just added around a dozen pages from my website to Flipboard. Flipboard worked just fine, no problems whatsoever. Yep, definitely going to be going back and adding more.

Meanwhile, guess I better go check on what's Donald been up to. LOL


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

I just fired off the following tweet:

"@realDonaldTrump If that's the way you feel, why didn't you just offer to sell it to them for 10 billion or so?"


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Colon full one seems to be a birther. LOL! Dump certainly has some doozies backing him.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

I've just done two Analytics charts, both from the beginning of July through now.

HubPages Network is a steady, unending trend downward. But my website is a spiky trend upward during the same time frame.

I don't remember when HP started the niche sites, but it looks to me that beginning on September 25 something bad started to happen and is continuing to be so. I'll refrain from making the obvious speculation as to what that bad thing is.

I think the writing is already on the wall, but I'll give it another seven weeks before considering it carved in stone.


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Marisa Wright 4 weeks ago from Sydney

Is that Analytics for the whole of the HubPages network or just for HubPages.com? Remember the niche sites are totally separate websites so even though moved Hubs show on your profile, they won't show on Analytics unless you've added them manually. If it's just HubPages.com then I would expect a dramatic decline - they've moved all the Hubs that used to get good Google traffic, so the overall quality of the main site has nosedived.


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Robert Sacchi 4 weeks ago

This Hub seems to be to be doing well judging from the number of comments. How are the rest of your Hubs doing?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Marisa, I looked all over. Where does one do that? Are you sure? Supposedly if my tracking AdSense or Analytics ID showed up in any website on the planet, Google would see it and count it as mine. Are you saying HP isn't automatically putting Analytics everywhere the same way they are automatically putting our AdSense ID's everywhere?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Marisa, I did an Analytics drill down.

HP IS INDEED PUTTING OUR ANALYTICS ID EVERYWHERE AND ANALYTICS IS INDEED FINDING EVERY ONE OF THEM WITHOUT MY HAVING TO DO A THING.

So. Sadly. Looks like the aforementioned trend is indeed the entire HP Network (as relates to me).

Oh,well. At least you gave me hope for a little while. :D


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

My niche hubs are doing well for this time of year, Para. I cannot speak for anyone else though.


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Marisa Wright 4 weeks ago from Sydney

@paradigmsearch, that's sad to hear. I have very high hopes for SOME of the niche sites - the ones where they've created a sensible grouping of topics, like PetHelpful and AxleAddict. The ones which are a mishmash, probably not. And although management keep saying the main site will be maintained, I don't believe it. Why spend money on maintaining the slush pile of stuff they don't think is good enough for the niches? They'll go with the sucessful niche sites and that will be it, at some point, IMO


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Robert Sacchi 4 weeks ago

That would be bad news for me. I don't have anything that gets good traffic, although some of my Hub's are in niche sites. At any rate at least HubPages is trying to do something. Yahoo! Voices just gave up.


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Marisa, I think the main site will stay because they have to have a place to try the new hubs out for the niche sites. But then, what do I know?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

@Marisa I miss all the good people that used to be here, I'd guess over 85% are now permanently gone. Even worse, it's almost as if HP deliberately drove them away. I miss talking with you in the forums.

@Robert In my opinion, Yahoo! Voices was about as unethical as unethical gets. They got exactly what they deserved. As for HP, my memories will always be positive. They contributed greatly to my life over the last seven years.


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Robert Sacchi 4 weeks ago

Can you expand on Yahoo! Voices? I'm not challenging what you wrote I'm just curious.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Why bother? It really isn't worth our time. Besides, Yahoo, itself, is no great prize, http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/03/yahoo-mai... Aside from the updates, also check out the original review.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I do know that Bob was threatened with death once from Yahoo Voices and we had to report this guy and have him banned. Yahoo is about to go bankrupt anyway. Their buyer has backed out since the big Russian hack job they just went through.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Yes, sports fans. Year 2017 shall be an interesting year indeed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/palo... So, who's ready to start their food stockpiling?


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Dump said he liked war anyway. Can you picture him fighting with his flying around everywhere? :P


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

The terrorists have really been ripping Europe apart lately. I don't get it, what's their point?


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Religious nuts!! We have our share of them down here too. :(


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

The social days sure are dead and gone in the forums. Which, for some reason, is exactly the way HP wants it to be. In fact, HP's overall philosophy and gestalt have markedly changed. I think I have a pretty good idea of HP in 2017.


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

No kidding! HP doesn't have time for the likes of those who earn money for the site. Especially those of the PO persuasion......


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

I'm afraid you are right. Basically, it's going to be churn and burn. And while that's going on, I think Google has already started screwing with the vertical sites. It's going to be grim.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Just so as to end on a positive note, the HP Ad Program continues to do well.


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

AdSense is still good too! Making multiple payouts per month even though my peak season is long over. Amazon sales not bad either. :)


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

A conversational day for anyone so inclined. Meanwhile, been spending most of time doing backups here, there, and everywhere. What with the rain and such, peaceful it is.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Interesting what I'm skipping over and no longer caring about.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Backups are a chore. Boredom is a wonderful thing. Almost done.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Will someone PLEASE take Twitter away from Trump again??? Nuclear arms are NOT supposed to be discussed on a social media platform by a wannabe demigod!

WTF? Has 3/4 of the world now totally lost their minds?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

A little nukey here, a little nukey there; could solve a lot of problems.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Couldn't help myself, just tweetet that.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

In all seriousness, what is going on right now is amazing! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump ,12/23/16, ~1:55 pm PST.


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fpherj48 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

para.....LOL! You crack me up sometimes.....There are three correct and acceptable ways to spell the word you used above that is slang for, shall we say, "coitus." 1. Nookey 2. Nookie or 3. Nooky......Just NOT "nukey".....as in short form of nuclear...or Nuke!....Unless of course, this is your subtle way of explaining how totally explosive your sex life is!! If this is the case, I now understand a little more about you! LMAO!


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Thank you for understanding my scribblings, so many don't.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

And not kidding about that. Still somewhat recovering from referenced a week or so ago; so unbelievable.


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Randy Godwin 4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep! But now I believe brother!! :P


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Would you like to know more?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Yes.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Yes.


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

NO! I don't want to know more! I want a lobotomy. I can't stand the thought of Trump attempting to match NUKES with Putin while China watches.

This is so fuckin unbelievable. It's like I have lost my country, my life, and my sanity.

Keep gloating Trumpsters. I hooe you enjoy your nuclear winter.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Sorry, deliberately posted above so as to not be understood.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

@Austinstar My above posts were not relevant to whatshisname. Would you like to know more?


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

I see a post was deleted.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Meanwhile, who's here now?


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sorry Para. I'm probably going to be pissed off until 2020 or Trump gets admitted to the funny farm, whichever comes first. If they just wouldn't keep talking about him, maybe I could ignore it, but every day, he still does stupid things that get on the news. And no one seems to give a shit.


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Would you like to know more?


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, Para, tell us more...


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paradigmsearch 4 weeks ago from USA

Oh, please. Don't make it that easy.

http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2016/11/life.html


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Meanwhile, January traffic is make or break.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Not kidding, what I just saw is a deal breaker. My website does better.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

All I see on that link is the rat photo. What's the deal?

If anyone can and wants to post a q&a - here is one....

How many different "races" have you ever dated? Or wanted to date?

Might get some interesting answers.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

You, my dear, are interesting.

More than one.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's difficult to get into the Xmas spirit this year with the ladies wearing shorts while shopping for gifts. Global warming is here to stay, seemingly. :(


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gmwilliams 3 weeks ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Austin, that is a GREAT question. It's SAD that you are no longer asking questions. You are superior in terms of questions. THE BAN SHOULD BE LIFTED!!!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago

Lela, it could be worse if he ends up in a loony bin, look who would be in charge, and that would be worse.

Blessings my friend.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

I feel your pain, Lela! I was shopping in the county seat today and decided to visit a fireworks store to get a few things to celebrate with on Christmas Eve. As I looked around there was a few people gathered up and talking about the election.

I heard one guy say, "Now that Trump's been elected we can start saying ni**er again." For real!!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

I checked my rat. The words are still there. I was thinking one default response, but maybe default is another? I need to know. What was your FIRST response, people? Seriously, please?


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Meanwhile, I was unaware of the fellow ban.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, Randy, guess we get to also say Crac ker, Ho nky, Ra cist, mother humper too then, right? Names don't really have power. It's their actions that drives me over the edge. The thought processes that keep belittling humans and stacking the deck against progress. That's the real problem.

Yes, Para, we all live in a maze, trap, cage, rat hole. But why? Why can't we rise up and fight back against the traps?

Why can't we get people to think? Use their brains?

It's beyond me.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Unfortunately, the lowest common denominator rules. The reason is because there are so many of them.


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have always said that overpopulation is the root of all evil. We are rats in a maze here on Earth. Like stacked dominoes, we are all going to fall some day.

@Grace - thank you for the kind words! I will never return to the q&a or forums, thanks to our illustrious leaders here at HP, but I'm glad someone misses me :-)

@Shyron - Pence is a religious nut for sure, but he can't defeat the constitution. (hopefully)


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HollieT 3 weeks ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Merry Christmas, Randy, PDS and all!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Hollie, I have missed you. All is well. Talk to me.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Meanwhile, traffic is worst I've seen in years. January is make or break.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Merry Christmas Hollie! Where you been girl? :P

And also a very PO Christmas to those others of the Clique. You know who you are! :) Luv all 'o yuh!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Merry Christmas, Randy. And all other fellow denizens.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

And do not click on Christmas Day, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUwjNBjqR-c


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Jeez, new record low. Good thing I'm opti...


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Do full screen.


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

31 degrees outside. Technology is indeed a good thing. 7:10 am


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Upper 70's here, Para. Sunshine reigns supreme...


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

286 "Your comment is rather short."


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279 "Your comment is rather short."


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Would you like to know more?


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

287 "Your comment is rather short."

And still unbelievable. But worst is past?


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Killed Spotlight. Bet you can't do same.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

So glad Xmas is over. I hate to be a humbug but it's gotten out of hand. Xmas should just be for children.....


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

That said, I did get a nice video streaming drone.....:)


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Cool! If I had a big interesting farm, I would stream some drone stuff! What can we expect to see from Georgia?


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha! Still learning to fly the damn thing, Lela! Technology has really come a long way since I got my first transistor radio.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Can anyone tell me what this user profile pic depicts?

http://hubpages.com/@tuordferguson


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Austinstar 3 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Whoa! That is a weird one! Modern art? Some sort of alien porn? I am verklempt!


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Waiting for 2017 so I can begin my updates and new article publications.

Meanwhile, this earlier quote of mine has now become a permanent part of my psyche:

"...but the lowest common denomination of our society was really thrown in my face a few days ago. Stupidity, anger, hatred, and an overwhelming desire to try to hurt you are really what is the human norm. What we all normally see is nothing more than a thin, societal veneer."

As to how this is going to affect my actions in 2017 is still being sorted out.


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sticks and stones, Para! Don't worry......be happy. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 weeks ago from USA

Just so there's no misunderstanding... The experience from 2-3 weeks ago that made me truly aware of what humanity really is had absolutely nothing to do with HubPages. Not the forums. Not the staff. Not the hubs. Now you got me wondering... Did something happen around here I need to know about?


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Nobody has called anyone a mother**ker if that's what you mean. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Well, today is the last day of 2016. Out with the old... Contemplating whether to make this hub Slaughterday. Some of them because of zilch traffic and zilch potential. But there are others with good traffic, but I'm fed up waiting for them to be transferred to the niche sites; so why not just go ahead and transfer them to my website.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Happy New Year, everyone. Well, I've already got the purdy, new 2017 date on 12 of my hubs. As for yesterday, yep, three hubs were indeed dragged out behind the barn, the shotgun got a good workout.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Para - Get rid of your computer! Trump wants us to use COURIERS now! Because MAGA....


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Happy New Year, guys and gals!! Hope you're all fine and dandy. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Someone needs to tell Donald about carrier pigeons, they can't read and they can't be bribed. Come to think of it, maybe Randy might be willing to lease his drone.


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Cheers!! PO's.....Just stopping by to extend my New Year wishes to all of you awesome peeps. Another year's beginning upon us, my hopes for all of us are all of the familiar ones and much more. Good health, good fortune, appreciation of the comforts of home and love of family and most of all, inner peace.

I'm happy to know all of you, for your support, wisdom and kindness. Here's to our BEST year ever. Hugs, Paula


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

We could also use tin cans and string and morse code. Or perhaps we should bring back the Navajo code talkers?

Cheers, Paula.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Para - Drones could be shot down by ICBMs, I suppose, certainly they are not as secure as a courier?

The man still doubts that Russia wants to meddle in U.S. politics and possibly our infrastructure.

I do hope we all survive the next 4 years.

P.S. Uruguay is a possible "safety zone" for a nuclear attack. Montivideo is comparable to Madrid, Spain in many respects, plus it is in a temperate climate with a very high educational quotient for their population. English is widely spoken and understood, but Spanish is the official language. LOL I knew I learned Spanish for a reason!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago

I just hope that the Republicans realize that trump does not like a poor Republican any more than he likes any Democrat and he just as soon eliminate them as any Democrat.


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela...Ever since you mentioned Uruguay to me a while back, I went into research mode. I think I now know everything anyone has ever wanted to know about Uruguay, but never asked.

I'm amazed at how much there is to read. Most of it is positive and inviting but of course some negative info is always included. It's nice to always have an option in mind. Unfortunately for me, anywhere I might choose to go it still within the U.S....(& I realize that's not your purpose.)

Have you already been there to actually get the vibes or would you intend to go for an extended visit? I don't know if you have adult kids...if so, would they be interested in going along? That's my HUGE obstacle. I could never ever leave them & my grandchildren under any circumstances. A big needy baby I am. They've always been the reason I even f_ _ _ ing breathe & that will never change. Sad, I know. What a waste of a good, energetic woman!....Well, that's what my big sis used to say to me.....

Hope you're feeling better.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Happy 2nd. Well, the update thing seems to be really working out. Did 5 more this morning. Between HP and my website, I've got around 150 pages to do. At 5 a day, it's a wrap by the end of the month. Aside from SEO purposes, there are other benefits. It's helping me decide which hubs are the next to leave the hubpages.com domain. It's giving me new writing ideas altogether.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Hark! The HP filter just scarfed my last comment. I have no idea what word or words could have triggered it.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Paula, yes, I have a grown son. No, I don't consider him to be my reason for living. He is an adult and does what he wants to do with his life. I don't have grandchildren. If he chooses to come see me in another country, that is up to him.

I have weighed all the up and down sides and I think Uruguay is the country for me. Bob is not ready to move yet. But maybe soon.

Yes, I feel better, but history has shown me that I will feel worse as time goes on.

Better to live in a country where the people are not so full of hate, I think. It's really depressing here. And depression is a killer too.

Para, the filters have scarfed a comment of mine also.

Randy, check your spam filter!


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fpherj48 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I can understand how you feel, Lela. We all need to weigh options and make the decision that best meets our current needs & desires. There's a lot to be said for the excitement, challenge and newness of settling in elsewhere. Most everyone I know on a personal level who have followed their own direction, find it to be the best decision they've ever made.

I'm sure this proves that at the end of the day, listening to the instincts that guide and protect us, is the key to our peace of mind.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

yes, and when I move, I will still be connected to HP and the world in general. Not leaving the planet just yet, guys!


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Well, HP traffic is showing real promise. So I've unpressed that panic button.

Meanwhile, me thinks I'll check out Uruguay. :-D


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources...

https://findit.state.gov/search?query=uruguay&affi...

I wonder what the average rent is for a 2-bedroom in a nice part of town is?


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

HP just scarfed yet another one of my comments. It was a followup about Uruguay.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Craigslist - Uruguay (English) - https://montevideo.craigslist.org/search/apa?lang=...

Uruguayan pesos to U.S. dollars - https://montevideo.craigslist.org/search/apa?lang=...

I'm estimating $500 to $700 a month for an upscale apartment in Montivideo


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

I bet there are expat communities all over the place there. I wonder about internet costs and medical costs though.

Meanwhile, traffic remains satisfactory; my updating frenzy continues; got 3 new writing projects so far; caught up on all immediate business-of-living chores.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Uruguay has national health that I heard only costs $55 USD per month. Dual citizenship is allowed and we can keep our ss disability payments which can auto deposit to an uruguayan bank if you choose to do so.

Cost of living is less than half of USA.

Yes, lots of expat communities.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

I wonder what it would cost just to get me and one crate of belongs down there from California...

Meanwhile, can't help myself, Donald is now conducting his foreign policy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump :-DDD


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

The foreign policy thing is not a joke, btw. China has already officially complained about it as it relates to them.


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

It's an ARMS race! Who can destroy the world first, fastest, and most thoroughly???

I can't believe we elected an older, stupider, and uglier g. w. Who would have thought it could happen AGAIN?


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

This truly could be one chaotic year...


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Being at the epicenter of one of those really wouldn't be a bad way to go, talk about instantaneous...


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Austinstar 2 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

You have a point there, Para.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

The more likely scenario would be being near one as opposed to being at one. In which case I would want a painless suicide pill. To be used if:

A. I'm one of the ones instantly and permanently blinded.

Or

B. Once I start feeling the radiation symptoms start and know my exposure level was at a fatal dosage.

There would probably be sufficient political news warnings that doctors would be willing to write prescriptions for those smart enough to ask.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Jeeze guys, I was feeling fine till I read these comments. Think I'll go smoke one now....


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

Donald is a firm believer in the practice of playing chicken. The problem is that one can't always predict how such a game will turn out. Going to be an interesting year indeed. Too bad the forums are missing out on this conversation.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Dump is in bed with Putin, probably in debt to him as well. There is a good reason Dump wouldn't release his income tax returns before the election, or after it as a matter of fact. The truth will come out eventually....


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

This is just a bragging post. I have met my self-imposed updating commitments 6 days in a row now. It's amazing how on every single page I can always find something to make it better.


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Randy Godwin 2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia Author

Another of my hubs was chosen for a niche site without me submitting it. With the new 14 day rule of submitting hubs HP must have caught up with the editing of the old hubs. I suppose now is the time to write more articles for income purposes.


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paradigmsearch 2 weeks ago from USA

I've already published two this year, but both went to my website instead. If/When my existing hubs that are worthy are moved to the niche sites, I might think about writing new hubs again.


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Randy Godwin 13 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I simply do not understand HP's thought process. Two 0f my PO hubs have been edited, supposedly for a niche site. I wonder what category they will fall under? :o


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paradigmsearch 13 days ago from USA

I don't know what to advise as to the comments. The quantity makes it look good, but if they actually read them...


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

'Twas somewhat bored today. Got some stuff done, but still going to have to call it my first non carpe diem day of 2017. I noticed my author score has dropped after I dragged those 3 hubs behind the barn. All 3 hubs did indeed have high hub scores, didn't care. In fact, I've already selected my next 2 victims, digging the holes behind the barn as we speak. HP really better have taken what they want by the end of January. In February the real slaughter begins.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

Sunday. Sunday. 4:30 am. A carpe diem day already planned.


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

@Austinstar If you are really thinking of moving, check out http://hubpages.com/community/forum/139460/think-i... Apparently AdSense traps may abound.


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Austinstar 12 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, good idea to keep all my accounts the same. Why bother changing the addresses? I would keep my U.S. bank account open and run everything through there.

Who gets paper mail any more?


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

HP AD Program CPM suddenly got real grim. I know it's that time of year, but decided to go ahead and give Straight AdSense another spin.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP eds have been removing ads from my hubs which sold literally hundreds of high dollar products used in doing maintenance on certain RV items. I imagine HP has sold more than I have, but these items are necessary for the maintenance I describe in the hubs and aren't readily available off the shelf. I guess I'll have to email Robin again because the eds are just too gung ho for the sites own good. If they take all of the products ads off of my hubs then Google or Amazon will simply put their own ads on my pages and I end up selling product for those guys with no recompense for my own labors. This sux the big one!!


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paradigmsearch 10 days ago from USA

I have likewise been noticing some serious screw ups, both personally to my hubs and happening to others that are then being talked about in the forums. It is indeed becoming a mess. If I had a niche topic like yours, I really would start my own website and start transferring hubs, starting with the worst-performing hubs first and working my way up. As for tech knowledge, Blogger is no more complicated than Hub Tool.


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do indeed have a blogger site which earns me a bit of money, Para. I may simply move my RV articles there is this stupidity continues for long.


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have had a website or 3 since 1995. I still can't say that I'm making any progress regarding getting a steady income.

Bob's music goes nowhere also. He has over a half million views on SoundCloud, Amazon, Spotify, etc. and other music sites, but still no sales.

Maybe I should change focus to one of survivalism. Apparently the preppers are the only people spending money these days.


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Three of the STUP.I.DEST actual questions I have ever seen on the forums or Q&A!

1. Who was the first black president? (They didn't state 'of what country?', but they must be living under a rock not to know the answer to this.

2. Was the movie 'The Martian" actually filmed on Mars? - Yep, the full cast and crew were flown straight to Mars just to film this movie.

3. Why should I worry about repealing Obamacare? - I have insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. - Another person living under the rock where questioner one lives.

But the prize for asking the SAME questions over and over without once ever listening/reading/accepting the answers goes to our own Brad Master - bator OCalorie - Why does everyone keep saying "Trump is a fascist?" "Shouldn't Hillary/Obama be in jail?" "Isn't Trump's WALL a great idea?"

I am surprised these people actually make it to the toilet in time not to soil themselves! Or maybe they are still wearing baby diapers.

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, and off to spam I go....


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

No fear the spam, Lela. No one ever claimed the US was occupied by more smart people than dumb and this last election proved that to be true. Take heart as Dump will self-destruct long before his term is up. Why, you ask? I believe those same dumb people will gain in intelligence at a rapid pace after Dump actually takes the job of POTUS for real.


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Austinstar 10 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sort of like how smart your parents get as you age? Parents are just so dumb when we are young. Strange, but true.

The fall of Trump can't come fast enough. But it will still be a sad day when people realize they elected a crook with Alzheimer's disease. Any first year med student can see it.


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Been having more carpe diem days. And another hub is going to bite the dust this week, i.e., transferred to my website.

Anybody got any ideas on how to fix a seized smog pump as opposed to forking over $100 to replace it with a rebuilt one?

Website updates going smoothly, finding all sorts of things to make better.

Meanwhile, I now have a DTW link on my bookmark website. The Donald Twitter Watch. Let's face it, a tweeting president is fun to watch no matter who you are.


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sorry Para, we don't have smog down here. :P


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Life is an endless treadmill. Yet somehow we still find moments of happiness. Still haven't figured out the point of it all though.


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

HP really were morons to block me. Some of the posts here alone demonstrate I could double their forum traffic. That is true money lost.

Then again, I've been using ad-blockers. Do the forums even still have ads? I started using the ad blockers because I got sick and tired of waiting for my hubs to load so I could edit them. Is that still going on?

Edit: Particularly, are they still doing the videos?


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Checked other profiles. I am impressed. Still no urge...


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Not that I would have.

What you say goes.


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Not true that I have given up.

Try me one more time.


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paradigmsearch 8 days ago from USA

I am curious as to real play.

{Where'd that come from?}


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Friday the 13th, 5:00 am. I think I'll stay home today.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

And I just deleted another hub.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Donald's tweet pattern is beginning to worry me. It is on the same par as my recent comment pattern and former forum pattern. This really is going to be one heck of an interesting year.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I tried to find the DT tweets on your web site, but couldn't. Where is it? I have blocked him from my twitter feed, so, can't really go there.

My Parkinson's diagnosis has now converted to Essential tremor diagnosis. Not much better, but maybe a little bit. It's still a progressive, no cure condition.

Maybe I should take up abstract art since I can now mix paint in my sleep and can't hold a camera steady anymore. But can still use a tripod and a timer.

I'm also planning to work on that dang novel again this year. Ha!


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I discovered that dynamic content is an AdSense no-no. They specifically mentioned forums, but decided not to risk possible Twitter. Thus deleted.

Interesting about the camera. Same here. In fact, talked with a neighbor about it recently, she was the same. It's just called getting old.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

What is the name of that movie where the guy drives into the bulldozers? The second one.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Amazing! "movie guy drives into bulldozers" found it on G. Didn't expect that advanced.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I was prepared to watch the whole move, but found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCiikaRDSdQ

Am now looking for first movie ending.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

For the record, the government has generally been kind to me.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Love the drama and film, disagree political message.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just rename the ACA to Trumpcare and everything will be all right.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Moved on to the movie, The Stand. Would post, but there seem to be copyright issues all over the place.

As for medical..., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I would so start a forum website, but AdSense does not allow it.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I tried a forum website once, but the vulgar stupid worms were crawling out of the woodwork faster than I could delete them.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Thanks for saving me the trouble, true lol.

Meanwhile, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OqwKfgLaeA


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I have still not found anything to add to this, http://oldersonglyrics.blogspot.com/

I guess I really am old.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

yes, the music really was good, once apun a time...


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I am so tired...


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Old people need naps often, Para! :P


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Agreed. It is amazing what access... (different subject)


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

...if only I could make legal money from it. Possible. Still researching.


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Simply wait until Dump is in office then illegalities will become obsolete. Anything goes...


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

I just bought second monitor. It will be my first monitor. New second monitor and old computer will be Linux.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Remember what I said awhile back?


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Which time?


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Only the time that was relevant.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

For the experienced... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sUtaMbQmpk

Note I skipped one.


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Side note. Trap for thieves. Try me.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Curious as to who understands my previous note.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhQ74N8b9Vg would be my HP sign off if that day ever comes.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Silent readers... I so much want to say more... In time. And not that short.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Or not.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Now the last two clicks were unprofessional, sorry. The last applies. Or not.


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yeah, that is a good song to exit by. I wrote Robin another rather lenghtynemail about my whole HP experience over the last almost 8 years. I mentioned the crappy moderators as well as the downright destruction of the forums as a means of inspiring new hubs to be written. I also mentioned I haven't written anything to make HP money since my forum ban was levied. I don't need the money but HP does. It's my own little payback for their misdeeds toward me. Do unto others......


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Replaying, some not applicable.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

As opposed to another Della-and-the-Dealer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vST6hVRj2A


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Lot of odd cr@p I've been posting here... Wrinkled hands do not explain it. We do what we can. Am I really done?


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

I have food. I have shelter. State of California is going to take away my Camaro later this year, fu smog test 6-year finally lose.

Sorry, but I WILL be lamenting about this for the next half-year, that is the kill date.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

It's always been NOx, but now the smog pump has seized. So cure that, still flunk. I am so tired...


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

I swear, I think every post here will be my last, but it is not.


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fpherj48 6 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Randy, With reference to your last comment above. Interesting....I wonder if once again you and I may have sent (shall we say) our individual opinions of a "personal experience" to HP in terms of the moderators. I sent mine to Paul D. & Paul E. Needless to say my correspondence was void of political correctness. I do not feel the least bit compelled nor obligated to side step nor cushion the clear facts as I see them. It all centered on their "moderators" being, IMO, their hugest waste of money.

Although I may not be a money-maker of your caliber, I took the liberty to speak up as a member of over 5 years. I felt strongly about expressing issues that they need to address as chief administrators, sooner rather than later. However they accept or digest my input is their right but I absolutely had to present it.

If in fact, they received comment from others of our fellow writers, perhaps this will serve to WAKE THEM UP!!

No doubt I hope so. I am not fond of being so dangerously close to bailing. I'm happy with what I do here.

Just thought I'd let you know that we seem to be on the same page!


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Paula, no doubt there have been many of us complaining about the lack of fairness exhibited by the mods. I wouldn't mind if everyone was treated in an equal manner by the mods, but most of us have witnessed that some seem to be immune to the mods wrath. I've been personally attacked by those immune many times, but they are never banned even when I reported them to the mods. As far as I can tell, no one I've ever reported has received a ban of any kind while my bans are because of nit-picky slights or not even explained at all. The mods stink!!


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

We have all tried to communicate with the mods, Paula. They seem to see things quite a bit differently than we do.


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I have no respect at all for the mods, Lela. They are the worst part of HP and have always been so. It seems HP thinks of their writers as school children the way they unfairly treat us. The mods are simply hall monitors who give the favorites breaks while punishing those who speak out. The now extinct Helium website used the same strategy of punishing those who disagreed with them and rewarded the cheerleaders who sucked up.

I am very proud to have been instrumental in bringing Helium down by involving some very powerful--as in political and business--people Helium could not stand up to. Yes, I do have some very important friends. :o


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, I may not be very important, but I am glad to be your friend :-)


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Our next president is using all caps, https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Flashed it, but who cares? Jeez, 2017 and will there be a 2018?


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

All of my friends are important to me, Lela. :)


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Chess, 3rd plane. I kid you not.


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

So what do I do here?


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Wipe

"." Important to me.


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

And then flush......


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Just live, Para, just live your life.


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Lady Guinevere 6 days ago from West By God

I HATE HP and ADSense. Enuf said! I started blogging elsewhere and it seems to be working and getting me some cents. I haven't made enough for a payout and now I don't even write for a payout anymore. HP has just turned me off...period. So I just write blogs and post my photography on Niume.com. So far I have not broken any of their ules. I can't say it enough that I HATE HP and Google Adsense. Google has not indexed any of my blogs on any of my sites. I am just tired of all the BS!


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Thank you.


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Deb, long time no see! I wonder what Holly and aa are up to?


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

Scrambled Eggs Odd not link.


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sausage and grits. Bet you've never had good grits!


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I love grits. Miss them terribly. Are you a salt and pepper grit man? Or sugar and butter?


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Salt, pepper, and butter mixed with over easy eggs in my grits, Lela. Cheese grits with fried quail and fried shrimp or any other fried seafood. And no, I am not obese yet. :P


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

My damn Falcons won tonight! The south rules football dammit! :P


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Been getting lots of private emails concerning the unfairness of the mods towards SOME writers. There seems to be a pattern.....


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

Who cares about any of it? Life, itself, is trite. We are nothing but recursion/feedback. Been fun though. I figure I'm good for another 10-30 years. The problem is that death and dying is a crappy way to end a life.


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I agree, Para. I've lived a wonderful life for the most part and had many experiences and adventures along the way. Some you probably doubt the veracity of. Like my Mom has always said, "It's better to wear out than to rust out."


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Austinstar 4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Para, I just had my doctor put me back on Prozac. I, too have come to the conclusion that there is no point whatsoever to human life. In 200 years, no one will remember anything we do now.

All we can do is enjoy or tolerate every day that we can.


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Do what you gotta do to cope, Lela. I find a good toke now and then gives a new perspective on things. Then watch Para's preferred musical YouTube videos. Or even Bob's. :P


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Austinstar 4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Bob is always encouraging me to toke up. I wonder why I resist. It's supposed to be good for chronic pain and even tremors.

It's not like i have a moral compass or anythung, LOL!

I'm sure I need to make a trip to Colorado and try some edibles. Mostly I just don't like the smell.

Hey! I can go to Vegas! I have a neice there even.

Let's plan a meet up!

We all need a frikkin vacation!


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Is it true what happens in Vegas stays there? A toke is excellent for nausea as it's used for chemo patients with excellent results. And of course, I have glaucoma....


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

I am a round here and there. Just doing my own thing and having fun!

Got us out of deep debt last year. I wrote a blog about and how to get out of debt and what to watch out for. Last year was one tough year for us financially and I will never trust my husband again with the budget....ever! We almost lost this house, we had to get food from the pantry up until November. You can read it if you want: https://niume.com/post/208769


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

LadyG, I read your blog. A sincere congratulations on surviving. Reminded me of my own former hard times. For that matter, still hard times. But food, shelter, other life necessities are no longer being threatened. Of course, the year is still young yet. The wolves are always circling... Fact of life for a few billion of us I suspect. Constant treadmill. Don't let your guard down.


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Austinstar 4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Some men just can't handle money. I would never let Bob manage our funds. All we would have is a guitar left to our name! No house even.


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

Speaking of circling wolves (not Bob), seen today's news on salmon? I just put my presumably already sufficiently cooked canned sockeye in the freezer and set it at max for the next 7 days. I will also microwave the heck out of it when the time comes. Life really is one b o o b y trap after another. (yep, spaced it so HP filter wouldn't get excited)


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Austinstar 4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I wish i had a tape worm! Lol


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

my post vanished Randy.


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Found it, Debbie. Now released to the wilds of HP! :)


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

I still do not see it. Thanks anyway.


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

It was the one about Hells Fargo and the last word was Wham!


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

There was only one comment from you in my spam filter and I approved it Deb. Dunno what happened....


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

I was commenting to para's comment about not letting my guard done. I just had another go around with Hells Fargo. In November I had paid the escrow off so that our monthly bill wouldn't be so high. That was from my husband's Christmas bonus. I had also paid towards the principle. Now I talk to someone in the main office to pay my bills with. She put that monies in the escrow account. I get a call Friday morning telling me my payment for December was past due. I paid my December payment, so I got totally upset with the guy on the other end. He or someone in his office wrote me a letter telling me what happened with the $700.00 that was suppsed to go to escrow. The numbers that I paid were correct but the amount that I paid was totally wrong. I am not going to pay for something that I already paid. I get on the phone on Saturday to talk to the person that I talked to that was in charge of all this. She also could not believe that the money went into my principle. I get the statement on Saturday afternoon and the bill has not been fixed. I will call back on Wednesday and see what happened AGAIN.

btw I copied this message in case it didn't go through again so I can paste it here again.


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Lady Guinevere 4 days ago from West By God

I posted another comment. Did you get it?


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fpherj48 4 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Randy.....I was scrolling through "latest" Q&A...and I found this! LOL....you're being singled out ....fan mail??

http://hubpages.com/sports/answer/275186/dear-rand...


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Lady Guinevere 3 days ago from West By God

Para I am glad things are working out for you. Apparently HP doesn't like my post that I responded to you with.


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Paula, by the time I saw your comment the question was removed. :o Must have been reported by someone. What was it?


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Released it once more, Deb!


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fpherj48 3 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Really? It was from some woman explaining that she and her hubby bought such & such a camper....and then proceeded to ask mechanical questions .....something of that nature. I thought it was kinda cute because she addressed it to you.....just signed in, you know one of those with a score of 55. But it was a normal sort of question. I wonder how the hell they jumped on it so quickly and removed it? They could have just left it and let you answer it!


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Paula, I think she may have commented on this hub also. Some lady named Janine or something like that...


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fpherj48 3 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I'm curious as to how & why the mods would have deleted a comment within seconds of it being posted. Rather odd.


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Lady Guinevere 3 days ago from West By God

Got it! Yay! I don't know what was wrong with the first one though. It doesn't make sense....OH WAIT....it is HP!


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

I have suddenly lost all interest in writing, updating, editing, and all the rest of it; hopefully it is temporary. In all fairness, I should mention traffic is doing rather well at the moment, however, earnings and CPM are unknown.

My second monitor has arrived. Been busily turning my two computers, two monitors, and other assorted tech into a regular NASA satellite office. Looks pretty neat already and I'm not even done yet. It's amazing what one can accomplish with old gear if one is tenacious enough. Once everything is setup, the "game" will begin... I will report back in due course as to whether serendipity does indeed exist.


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Strange happenings at the ranch. We lost our power last night during a storm. Then 2 guys in a truck were out casing the cul de sac. Two properties for sale on this block, so perhaps they were shopping.

All homes are wired for surveillance and guarded by multiple fire arms. So, things could get interesting.

On another note, I saw a real cowboy yesterday hitchhiking. He looked like he was headed for a wild west show. Ah, the joys of living in Texas!


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

We got 'em in Georgia as well, Lela. Mostly wannabees I'd imagine....


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

I suppose you've all seen http://hubpages.com/community/forum/139577/trolls-... . Frankly, they don't know what badness and evilness really is. Trolls are a fact of life and that's just the way it is. But what trolls do is nothing compared to what I referred to here last year. Try true, absolute, unadulterated, maximum hatred washing over you in waves and being done by a group; along with them trying to do me real harm in the real world. And the silent majority just standing there and doing nothing. And what makes it all truly sickening is that is the norm, not the exception. My opinion of humanity that I stated last year is still in full force and effect. Humanity is pretty much mostly composed of garbage. Good people abound, but as a percentage of the total population I'd say they represent less than 10%.


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I truly believe it depends on where one lives, Para. I do get your point though.


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

Randy, you have a point as well: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=909 "The armpit of Southern California"


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paradigmsearch 31 hours ago from USA

Thursday... Thursday... Well, getting stuff done all over the place.

AustinS, your storm made the national news. California is next, rain predicted every day from now until "forever". I like rain, so am fine with it.

Randy, I've started researching as to trying to find some way to escape this wretched, lowest-common-denominator part of the state.

Tomorrow is Donald Day. Could be the most interesting speech we've seen in our lifetimes.


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Randy Godwin 31 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

Never been to Cal, Para. Always figured it would fall into the ocean if I visited. :P


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Austinstar 30 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

California is mostly a pretty cool state - for 10% of the people! Same for Texas. Probably even Georgia.

Para is right, only about 10% of the world is worth a damn.


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Randy Godwin 29 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can agree, Lela. Just talking to my cousin and closest neighbor about Dump's cabinet nominees. He uses the N word as a matter of course and thinks Dump is a hero. Yep, 10 % seems about right.....


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paradigmsearch 28 hours ago from USA

Somewhere there is a place where a significant percentage of the adult population doesn't despise and have pure hatred for lonely, old people.

Meanwhile, I haven't shared any of my scribblings on social media for awhile. Tried a few this morning. Yep, still a waste of time. Everybody is as usual too busy sharing their own stuff. Here's something (not mine) I discovered and retweeted by Sigmund Freud, https://twitter.com/paradigmsearch Made my day.


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Austinstar 28 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

My sister - Every time I try to describe her - "She puts everyone down to make herself look better".

She has done this her whole life. And yes, she "puts on airs", pretends to be better, smarter, whiter, more Texan, richer, cleaner, etc...

I think this is what I see in Trump. He is a fake. A liar who is always putting people down to make himself look real.

Everything these types of people do is to make themselves appear to be better than everyone else. They deny every truth about themselves. They believe their own lies.

What really scares me is that this is all they are, they are hollow inside. They have nothing. They believe a reality that does not, never did, and never will exist. They are simply the outer shell of a chocolate Easter bunny. It looks like it would be the best Easter bunny of all, but then when you buy it, the chocolate is full of tasteless filler and the inside is empty.

I am boycotting the TV tomorrow, maybe even the internet. I will just watch the recap on the Fake/Slanted MSM.


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paradigmsearch 28 hours ago from USA

I am going to watch every second of it. I'm particularly interested in what foreign policy bombshells he is going to drop.


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Randy Godwin 27 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm hoping Dump's reign will be measured in months and not years. Seems he's putting the worst people in positions to do the most harm to common Americans. Rick Perry wanted to do away with the Department of Energy 5 years ago and now he wants to head it. The list goes on and on.....


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Randy Godwin 27 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

People like your sister admire rich folks like Dump, Lela. No matter what sort of people the rich really are. :o


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paradigmsearch 25 hours ago from USA

Been looking for times of events, but nothing on the news yet. But I did discover: "Inauguration Day takes place on January 20 following a presidential election. The term of a president commences at noon (ET) on that day, when the Chief Justice administers the oath to the president."

So that's it, folks. At High Noon (ET) is when we have our new president. Presumably he'll be giving his speech right after? Will he make-nice or will he immediately start issuing executive orders? No way to know with this guy.


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Austinstar 25 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

He is taking the weekend off and will start signing executive orders first thing Monday morning.

I wonder how many are joining him on the golf course?


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Randy Godwin 24 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I wonder how many non-Caucasian golfers will tee off with him? :p

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paradigmsearch 24 hours ago from USA

Here's something that could happen... News says North Korea is ready to test launch an ICBM towards the US. What if they launched that critter at noon tomorrow? If there's a sudden scramble at the podium, that'll be the reason why.

Meanwhile, here's a good speculation piece on tomorrow's speech: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/palo...


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paradigmsearch 23 hours ago from USA

Well, I see that I'm not alone, http://hubpages.com/community/forum/139598/why-is-... I was starting to wonder if HP was picking on me again, but I guess not.


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Austinstar 22 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, Para, whoever decided to revise the hubber score logorhythm sure made a lot of pissed off hubbers.

Practically all the hubbers I followed had 90 to 100 scores, now none of them do.

I still won't follow anyone unless they are 50s or better though. And I dropped my minimum a year ago.

Smells like old cheese to me.


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paradigmsearch 20 hours ago from USA

I know it hurts my own score to do so, but I'm currently following someone with a score of 22. He's been a heck of a lot nicer to me than certain others.

Come to think of it, I should probably go through my list and check for anyone who has been inactive for more than 2 months; them I do unfollow. If they've been gone for over 2 months, I figure they don't care anymore; not that I would blame them.


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Randy Godwin 19 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

Pissing off the mods will affect your score drastically. After I was permanently banned from the forums I've never achieved a 100 score again. They also removed some of my accolades. That just broke my damn heart!! :P


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paradigmsearch 9 hours ago from USA

Donald just tweeted: " It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. "

11? Not 12, per the constitution or whatever? So who knows when all this is going to happen... Looking for the best video feed as we speak.

Meanwhile, news says Donald will indeed be doing executive orders today.


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Austinstar 9 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ah, yes, the accollades! Not worth the paper they are printed on, lol.


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paradigmsearch 9 hours ago from USA

Randy, Lena. As to the accolades, I don't even show mine anymore, and I've even got that purdy 1M one.

Meanwhile, all the live streams keep stalling; excepting for ABC and the Russian news channel, RT.


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paradigmsearch 9 hours ago from USA

They're already in the cars. Looks like it really is happening now instead of noon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nieiu8tmLIM


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paradigmsearch 7 hours ago from USA

Here it comes... Donald to be sworn in at noon. This is the first inauguration I've ever watched I believe. Darned interesting, 11:59 am.


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paradigmsearch 6 hours ago from USA

Love him or hate him, it was a heck of a speech. Now we wait for those executive orders...


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paradigmsearch 3 hours ago from USA

He now has 3 Twitter accounts (that I know of), plus whitehouse.gov.

Some of the media reports are unbelievable, apparently some of them didn't watch the same speech the rest of us did.

From day one I said I was not thrilled with either candidate.

Up until today, it's all been just words. Now we will see some actual deeds. I can then finally and truly make up my mind about Donald Trump.


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paradigmsearch 2 hours ago from USA

Here's what the "rest" of the world thinks, http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/donald-trum... . Interestingly, China and Canada were not mentioned.


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Randy Godwin 61 minutes ago from Southern Georgia Author

These may sell out early, Para! LOL!


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paradigmsearch 9 minutes ago from USA

The Oval Office has been redecorated. It is now all gold. Gold curtains, sunburst carpet, gold couches, all of it. Not kidding.

He's also signed 3 executive orders, but nothing that rises to the OMG or WTF level. I guess we'll have to wait until next week for those.

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