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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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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

For those who are interested, I have now included a list of you-know-who's Twitter accounts you-know-where. I also included a link to the real EO's.

Meanwhile, still looks like it's the judges who are running the country theses days.

And HP Ads CPM have once again done another crash and burn. Leastwise hub traffic doesn't seem to be hitting new lows this weekend around, so that's something. My website traffic is also maintaining its newest, highest level plateau so far. Am definitely going to keep throwing more, new articles at it. You-know-who will disappear off the front page sometime next week, unless of course the traffic goes spastic sometime between now and then.

Hoping everyone has minimal life challenges this weekend.


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Randy Godwin 12 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Had to start a new comment section, guys. Got an email from our wonderful (just kidding) mods which informed me this hub was unfeatured due to spammy elements. No big deal but it was time to clean up the comment section anyway. The mods still suck, apparently..


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paradigmsearch 12 days ago from USA

500 comments is indeed a good kill point, especially since I saw another article today that really does seem to indicate net neutrality is soon to be a thing of the past. Welcome back to dial-up speed days, folks. Looks like it's going to happen pretty quick, too.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Perhaps it was your links, Para. :P


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Well, Donald signing an executive order designating my website as his favorite is indeed serious competition for HP. So I can understand HP's concern. Come to think of it, HP probably wasn't too thrilled with my stuffed groundhog post either.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Who cares what HP likes? :o


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

I'm pretty sure there is a certain moderator with their own personal agenda. And for whatever reason, the HP powers-that-be have let that moderator off the leash.

I think the unleashing occurred when Sue Adams started launching personal attacks against me. When I defended myself, that's when I got the forum ban and she was still allowed to merrily post away.

HP used to factor in ethics when making business decisions, but those days are gone. Basically, the Google situation scared the heck out of them. HP will now always side with the vocal lowest common denominator when the silent majority remains silent (or has outright departed and thus is no longer present to speak up).

HP's new policy is pretty much standard among the scared websites these days. Can you blame them? Their website is their livelihood. In such cases, the scared websites will always let the lowest common denominator rule, reason being because there are so many of them. Failure to cater to the masses is indeed a risky business.


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Meanwhile, I spoke too soon about my hub traffic being ok. It's done another major nosedive. Oddly, while my hub traffic went major down, my website traffic did a major up during the same time period. HP needs to learn that demented does indeed still work on the internet and with Google. For that matter, I'm sure Donald's EO about my website didn't hurt either.

Speaking of Donald and his FCC appointee..., I'm seeing more news about the FCC already taking major steps trashing individual user's internet rights and availability of access. I mean seriously, Donald's new appointee is implementing his own personal beliefs at lightning speed over there.


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

@HP Just so you know, the stuff I post here about HP, I would never post in the forums. I still and always will remember the good years.

However, I did take Paul E.'s SEO advice and posted an extremely negative review of a certain other website that deserved it on my website. Really and truly ripped them apart. We will see if that SEO advice concerning negative reviews is true or not. At the moment, the only posts about that other website that are showing up on Google are all positive. So, theoretically, my negative review should show up on google's front page in due course.


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

@HP Just so you know, the stuff I post here about HP, I would never post in the forums. I still and always will remember the good years.

However, I did take Paul E.'s SEO advice and posted an extremely negative review of a certain other website that deserved it on my website. Really and truly ripped them apart. We will see if that SEO advice concerning negative reviews is true or not. At the moment, the only posts about that other website that are showing up on Google are all positive. So, theoretically, my negative review should show up on google's front page in due course.


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Randy, my latest post was scarfed by HP filter. It was about Paul E's SEO advice. And no links. Might possibly be listed twice in your other folders.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP's moderators suck at their jobs. Absolutely no fairness is exhibited by them in their censorship. Perhaps Trump is a shareholder.....


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Freed two of your posts, Para. Are there anymore missing?


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

All is well. In fact, one of my posts is now showing up twice. I guess HP decided it wasn't that evil after all.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

There's no explaining what goes on in the mind of a hall monitor.....


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Meanwhile, if DJT or any of his appointees mess with my internet, medical, or any other aspects of my financial situation; I'm gonna be a very unhappy camper here. Don't really know what I could do about it, what with over 100,000,000 other people already doing everything they can to shut the guy down.

He really, really hates California. And what he does to California could have adverse, trickle down effects on me. I really, really do need to play ostrich and stay the heck away from the news; but I can't.


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Randy Godwin 11 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Akin to watching Vesuvius erupt in earnest in Pompei. Frighteningly fascinating. :o


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paradigmsearch 11 days ago from USA

Well, North Korea finally fired their ballistic missile. Trump was asked about it, but hasn't responded yet.


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paradigmsearch 10 days ago from USA

I'd say, "Happy Sunday, All." But it really does look like the entire Old Guard have truly left HubPages. I consider that a very sad thing on several levels: loss of friends and companionship; loss of income for HubPages; loss of the freewheeling fun and ideas of yesteryear; the list goes on.

Meanwhile, I am pleased to report that Donald and the stuffed groundhog have departed the front page of my website. A former hub about Google now resides there, find it if you can (or want to).

Another Meanwhile, my aforementioned negative review about a certain website (not Google, not HubPages) has already gotten 130 views on Facebook. And still climbing. Who'd have thunk it? Still nowhere to be found on Google's front page though.

Well, I guess that's it for now.


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Randy Godwin 10 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not all of the Old Guard are gone Para, but the ranks have thinned considerately. Hot and muggy here today. February sux!


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paradigmsearch 9 days ago from USA

Both of whom have been permanently forum banned.

As for the weather, am contemplating turning the furnace pilot light off for the year (until November actually). I've gotten away with it previous years at this time and saved a fortune. I've got two space heaters as backup. Even factoring in the increased electric bill, those things have paid for themselves ten times over.


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

We alternate between running the heat and the AC this so-called winter. Temps in the mid 70's now and for most of the season so far. We are still using the propane we bought last winter but the AC has run the electric bill to almost twice what it normally is this time of year. Yes, I am a firm believer in global warming.


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Austinstar 9 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

If Texas in the summer is any indication, global warming is definitely here!


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Randy Godwin 9 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's Georgia in the winter that's got me convinced, Lela.


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paradigmsearch 8 days ago from USA

Lela, glad you are back. Now if only the other 1000 fellow old-timers would return (will never happen).

Forums continue to be a total dead zone these days. Nothing fun or lighthearted at all; just HP problems or writing issues or politics. Jeez, times have changed.

Just checked my GA ytd. My hub traffic continues to drift downward, while at the same time my website traffic continues to drift upward. On a hunch I checked the HP staff count. It's dropped by one for sure, and I suspect it's actually two; not sure about the second one. I removed the HP staff page from my website when I was forum banned, so am no longer doing meticulous tracking on them anymore.

As for the weather, glad I postponed turning off the furnace pilot light. Another cold spell is due to show up.


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Austinstar 8 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I used to love HP. Now it is mostly garbage. The most active "writers" are all about hate and devicivness. It's like watching our country fall apart.

Just had a talk with some ladies yesterday. They absolutely think global climate change is a hoax. Fake news. Won't even discuss it.

WTF is wrong with the world today?


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Randy Godwin 8 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Lela, the fact those ladies will not discuss climate change is very telling. Apparently, they are Fox News watchers.


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Austinstar 8 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Why do I keep running into these people? Where have all the intelligent conversationalists gone? I watch Fox news and I can still tell the difference between truth and lies. But I also watch several other information outlets.

I think it is because stupid people keep multiplying so rapidly like bunnies. Soylent Green is coming!


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paradigmsearch 8 days ago from USA

Unfortunately, the lowest common denominator does indeed rule.

Here, there, and everywhere.

Reason being there are so many of them.

I'd post a link to my website that discusses an example of this, but am deferring posting links at this time. However, if you already know the website, the relevant page is the one with the bear sitting at the picnic table, listed in the Featured Articles column at lower right. And I guarantee you, those who read it end up being 10X more WTF than how they were feeling before they read it. The Facebook count is currently 150 for this gem.


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gmwilliams 7 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Oh Austinstar, me thinks that there are so many people of low intellectual caliber around. It's frightening. These are the people who are pure automatons who exist at the amoebic level. These are the people who multiply like cockroaches. Yes, people are becoming stupider. Well, this has inspired me to write a hub. I am off from hub writing for quite a while. I shall return to hubbing soon.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Grace, I shall forever more picture these people as amoebas of the human evolutionary scale! Thanks for that!

So, today The orange lizard is blaming Hillary again for the Russian treason he committed and that is why he had to fire Flynn!

She was apparently trying to sabotage his tremendous, unbelievable lead in the election campaign! And she was bussing in voters from Massachusetts and that's why he didn't win in New Hampshire?

But the Republicans are finally starting to get tired of the mess after only 3 weeks! Yay!


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Fascinating and frightening at the same time. Trump's going down!!


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Turns out Comey knew about Trump's staff being in contact with Russian officials when he broke the long standing rule of not interfering with the election during the last few months of the campaign. Why He didn't mention Trump's involvement at the same time is something Comey will have to answer soon.

I notice there is a distinct lack of the usual HubPage Trumpsters in the forums the last couple of days and those who dare brave the forums are focusing on the leaks rather the crimes. It's gonna get good....


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

The similarities to the Nixon-Watergate scenario do indeed keep mounting up.

Btw, awhile ago I mentioned about the wall and catapults. Yep, it's happen for real just now in Arizona.


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes, the comparison to Nixon's break-in of the DNC headquarters and to the electronic theft committed by Russia on Trump's behalf is certainly telling. A wall nowadays is not really a hinderance to modern--or even ancient--technology


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes, that stupid wall is more for keeping Americans trapped. And a huge new thing to put his name all over every 2,0000 miles of it.

I wish the whole Republican/Trump team would just go ahead and move to Moscow - the biggest White house ever! It's tremendous! They all wear real Minks! Expensive stuff! Putin will supply beautiful Russian women in every bedroom! Pissy grabbing included. (NOT A TYPO).


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

You all just caused me to make a dynamite of a Twitter post. And yep, he is going to see it.


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Randy Godwin 7 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

LOL! Lela you've made joke that's a little too close to Melania's heart. :P


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

What is your twitter name? Para? I'm going over to look at it.


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Austinstar 7 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Never mind, got it!


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Oh, good. Now you also know all the resources where you can keep an eye on him. :-D


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paradigmsearch 7 days ago from USA

Rant for the Day

My hub traffic is absolutely pathetic for a Wednesday.

End of Rant


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paradigmsearch 6 days ago from USA

I just watched a replay of the President Trump Full Press Conference 2/16/17. I think someone showed him my tweet.

Now what will be interesting is seeing the accuracy of the news reports about it tomorrow morning.


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Austinstar 6 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Fox news has already called him put for several of his lies today! They are so mad at him for attacking the press when he said, "the leaks are real but the news is all fake". Wut?


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Randy Godwin 6 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Fox News called him out? Will wonders never cease? LOL!


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

1984 is having a resurgence of sales I understand. Wonder why?


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

1984 is having a resurgence of sales I understand. Wonder why?


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Austinstar 5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

So is Mein Kamph or however you spell it. But it is more of a 1984 deal going on.


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Bannon is said to use Mein Kampf as a guideline for Trump's reign. Just what we need....


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

I think you guys just explained why my latest WWNN post is already getting daily traffic, even though I've done absolutely zero social media blitzing about it. Turned out to be tangential to the 1984 thing. I was wondering what the heck was going on. Got lucky. In fact, just went and seo edited it; also threw in Fahrenheit 451 while I was at it.

Meanwhile, today is an official Bragging Day for me. Woke up this morning to discover that my website has crossed the 200,000 visitors mark. Too bad that number includes bots, but still a feel good feeling.

As for our main man, Donald; yep, most coverage negative. There were positive aspects to that press conference, but mostly only the negative was reported. The media is indeed a biased pile of cr@p, both sides.

As for my own feelings about Donald, and the whole world mess in general for that matter, I'm pretty much gravitating towards the WGAF stage. Until such time as my own personal quality of life is threatened, I've decided to just not give a d@mn; after all, I can't do anything about any of it anyway.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

Randy HP filter struck again. Really getting fed up about that.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

To he11 with it, posted it on FB and G+.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

I've slammed FB in the past, but at least they allow free speech. HP does not.

And I almost forgot... Happy Friday Morning! :D


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

There are now news reports that Trump is considering calling out National Guard to round up illegal immigrants. If that turns out to be fake news, that tears it; F the media. If it turns out to be true, over 90% of those immigrants are honest, hard working families who mean the US no harm. In that case, F Trump. Can't wait to see how this turns out.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

Well, I see my HP-scarfed post finally showed up.

Meanwhile, yep, the National Guard thing was more headline-grabbing fake news.

World must really be a mess today. Been waiting for two business-related return phone calls that I'm beginning to think are not going to happen. No response posts here. Even Twitter is ignoring the "news". Screw it, been up since 5:00 am, taking a nap.


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Took a nap myself, Para. Us Geezers need to rest when we think for awhile. :P


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

It occurred to me awhile back, why keep set hours? I don't have to do that anymore, so why should I? I now get up whenever I want. I sleep when and however long I want. Basically, I threw all discipline and scheduling out the window. Oddly, I still generally end up being up during the day and sleeping at night. But there are indeed times when I've gotten up at 2:00 am, then go to bed around 10:00 am, then back up at 1:00 pm, and so forth. Totally fine with it.


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Austinstar 5 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

The news wasn't fake, there WAS a memo from the WhiteHouse about using the National Guard to help ICE. But I think the memo was just a test of some kind. It wasn't an EO.

Our National Guard office in Austin (our capitol, for those that think it is Dallas) was on the local news talking about it. They say that they prefer the National Guard only be called out for real national emergencies. And they don't consider helping ICE to be a national emergency.

Our lovely governor is still lobbying for a "bathroom bill" and could care less about how stupid this is. He also wants to fire our county sheriff because she is a woman and want's to follow a "let ICE do their jobs" and she will do her job type of philosophy. (She is not hispanic, btw).

ICE will be woefully understaffed as usual and Trump just wants an Easy button fix for everything of course.


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Randy Godwin 5 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm the same way, Para. Since I've retired I keep what hours I deem necessary. It's not like I have to worry about a boss on my ass. Of course, most of my life has been without a boss, unless you count my wife....


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

It is odd that neither of my business-related calls have been returned. I'm actually starting to wonder if it is somehow tied into the sick neighborhood I live in as represented by the previously mentioned bear-at-picnic-table post.


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paradigmsearch 5 days ago from USA

As a former programmer/analyst, all of my Friday office days were generally of the kick-back-and-relax kind; as such, plenty of time to reply to any phone calls or emails. However, the two entities I'm dealing with now are businesses that deal with the public. So this could be the opposite, where Fridays are their most chaotic days. Even worse, Monday is a federal holiday. So I have to give the whole situation the benefit of the doubt until COB Tuesday. Pain in the neck. Oh, well.


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

Meanwhile, my hub traffic keeps drifting down while my website traffic keeps drifting up. Contemplating not submitting anymore hubs to the niche sites and just continuing with the exodus to my website. Not to mention the CPM sucks again, and that's before their 40% cut. Generally unenthusiastic today, yet there are things I must get done whether I feel like it or not. Maybe if Donald blew that Russian ship out of the water, that would perk me up.


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Starting a nuclear war would perk you up? You are having a bad weekend! :P


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

You have a point. Tow it to Iran first. Then blow it up.


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

Tough town around here. CPM worthless. AdSense clicks worthless. Social media worthless. This is all Trump's fault, he's keeping everybody too distracted.


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

HP scarfed another one of my posts.


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Randy Godwin 4 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

I know, Para! The GD mods are at it again!! :3(


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paradigmsearch 4 days ago from USA

Maybe one of them is pro Trump. Btw, Donald is definitely anti EPA. I'm thinking of firing off a tweet asking him to exempt all 1982 Camaros from smog tests.


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Austinstar 4 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I gues it's ok to buy a diesel dually again! Yep, the south will conquer them yankees one way or another.


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Randy Godwin 3 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Don W. is giving the trumpettes a run for their money on the political forums. You go. Don!! Wish I weren't censored so I could voice my 2 cents worth. :)


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Austinstar 3 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Your question is doing well. I'm getting some chuckles from the answers.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

I agree about the free press, but certain news organizations are indeed publishing opinions and fake news represented as actual news.

The good news? Yellow journalism has been around for well over a 100 years and it hasn't done us in yet. So I have no concerns there. I also have no concerns about Donald ranting about it. Other than reminding Joe and Jane citizen to read everything with a critical eye, it will have no other effect.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

Speaking of rants...

I just got back from the grocery store. Only six bags, and none of them were anywhere even approaching anything you could call full. $150. And we're not talking steaks and chops either; mostly just basic canned goods. This definitely qualifies as a 10X WTF.

I really need to figure out how to make some serious money soon.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

As for Donald, if he really does go off the rails; the congress, the courts, and the press will stop him dead in his tracks. If anyone has any doubts about this, just dig up and ask Nixon.

Me thinks I have successfully returned to https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/7205084_f496.jp... mode.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

It saddens me that my brilliant posts are no longer seen in the forums. As such, many of the posts I make here are now also on FB, G+, Twitter. Should have started doing that a long time ago. Lots of posts without links can't help but improve my status on the social media sites.


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sabrebIade 3 days ago from Pennsylvania

It's interesting to go to other forums that don't have the HP Cheerleaders there and see what people say about this site and how it's run now.

I felt alone until I read what happened to them...LOL


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

I would seriously appreciate knowing where these forums are at. :)


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Austinstar 3 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Quora.com it is a high end intelligent forum of experts for the most part. My expertise is in blood banking, Hawaii, Texas, and some native American stuff. I sometimes discuss some other esoteric stuff.

Currently, Quora is exploding with Trump stuff, but that is not its primary purpose.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

Lena, thanks! Bookmarked.


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paradigmsearch 3 days ago from USA

I just discovered HP noindexed one of my questions in Q&A. Darn thing was one of my top performers with over a thousand visitors. Needless to say, I made the appropriate response. Question Deleted.


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I just close the questions and leave them to annoy anyone in a search result! Hahahana.


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

You're a sneaky one alright, Lela. I'll bet you drive Bob nuts sometime. :P


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sabrebIade 2 days ago from Pennsylvania

Yeah Quora is one but a Google search will turn up others. I spent some time last night just reading peoples complaints...where they could actually complain.


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

Well, as opposed to my usual reasonably intelligent articles, my next website post is going to pander to the masses. Even worse, it's going to provide links to one of HP's niche sites. This tragedy is scheduled to occur sometime in March. Gotta get some money rolling in.


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Make that moola, Para! The sunset years seem to require it....


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

Darn it, "travesty" would have been a much better word than "tragedy". I hate it when I do that.


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paradigmsearch 2 days ago from USA

Only writers will understand this...

I've learned that when I think I have an article ready to publish, it is best to let it sit there in draft mode for another week. Sure enough, I'll go back at least a half-dozen times to make changes. And then, when I do finally publish, I'll immediately think of more changes I want to do. Fortunately, I've read that this is actually normal. So no concerns, just aggravation.


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gmwilliams 2 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Some jackass moderator is taking forever to feature my latest hub as to how children in large families are objectified, devalued, and even dehumanized. I have almost 100 readers and yet the hub isn't featured. Is the moderator in question- retarded or what? A ten year old could do the job better!


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gmwilliams 2 days ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

I revised the hub. I read the hub and there's NOTHING wrong with the hub. It is excellently written. These moderators are retarded. They ruin everything the writers do. These moderators are illiterate and aren't capable of writing on a matchstick. They are beyond stupid. These jackasses are ruining hubpages.

Para, the problem isn't with you and the good writers. It is with the sub-moronic moderators. They can't even write. I am not about to take writing advice from a moronic jackass.


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I wonder how you REALLY feel, Grace! hahahha

Randy, I am wondering how many Trumpsters are going to figure out which one of Trump's lies bothers them? I'm guessing they will just try to intimidate those that do answer the question. LOL


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

For some reason most of the regular pro-Trump morons from the forums shy away from my questions, Lela. Some I'd really like to engage with if they'd get some balls. Or other such objects if they're not male. :P


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

I know right? Those 'alternative questions!' Trump poops in a gold toilet and his followers eat it up!


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Fox News is the place to hear some horseshit. They're egging Trump on by kissing his butt on a regular basis. Some seem to be entranced by that ridiculous bunch at Fox. I just don't get it!! :(


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Austinstar 2 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

Weird. A fox news poll released today says they do want him investigated for his russian comrades. Then a top russian diplomat just dropped dead in NY today. Bodies are falling!


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yep, just not those we'd really like to fall...


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Randy Godwin 2 days ago from Southern Georgia Author

Recently I heard Trump referred to as "Twitler." Sorta catchy and definitely apt. LOL!


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gmwilliams 44 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

My hub has now been pending for 30 hours. The moderators are sub-idiots. An intelligent person would have featured it HOURS ago. It is now at almost 200 views. Yes, we have some retarded moderators working here.


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paradigmsearch 34 hours ago from USA

Grace, your comments made me realize I haven't posted a new hub here in over 3 years. As I recollect, the reason I quit was because I decided the 2-year wait before Google would start sending traffic just wasn't worth it.

At my peak, my hub count was somewhere in the 90's. Since then it has been declining as I've been moving my non niche hubs to my own website. My hub count is now down to 47.

As for HP Staff, there are still some good ones. It's all politics and luck of the draw. The federal holiday, 3-day weekend probably didn't help things either. If things are still a mess by Wednesday, you might try contacting Robin. She's always acted in good faith.


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gmwilliams 34 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Thank you, Para, you are a good person. Always was and always will be.


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Austinstar 33 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

So, Randy, did you remove the featured question about Trump's lies? Or was it the wise moderators?


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gmwilliams 33 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Me thinks it is the moderators yet again. Hubpages is slowly becoming a dictatorship.


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Austinstar 32 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

Maybe you can ask, "Which one of Trump's policies affect you the most (good or bad), and why?"

You know, be more "politically correct" about it.


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sabrebIade 32 hours ago from Pennsylvania

So you cant reply to HP emails any more?

You have to post to the Forum? I would rather jab a sharp stick in my eye than post to these Forums. You just get arrogant jerks telling you that YOU did something wrong....not HP.

This is kinda like what Bubblews did right before it bit the dirt.


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paradigmsearch 32 hours ago from USA

Hmm. I wonder how long I could mess around in the Q&A before I get banned there as well?

Randy, have you gotten at least one AdSense click a month from your Q&A activities? If so, then maybe I'll give it a shot.


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Randy Godwin 31 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've been away all morning and didn't realize it was removed, Lela. I didn't realize HP had any wise moderators. :P


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Randy Godwin 31 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

As far as I know, I have not received any AdSense clicks from the Q&A stuff, Para.


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paradigmsearch 31 hours ago from USA

I've just realized, the way both HP and AdSense have changed and moved everything around, I can't tell what specific pages have been clicked, only websites. All my custom and URL channels have disappeared or become obsolete. I found where to add custom channels, but I'm undecided as to whether to start bothering with that. Used to be that the questions were all under one subdirectory, but those days are long gone. Apparently must create custom channel for each question now. What with the moderator issues, I think I'll just stick with my website work.


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Randy Godwin 28 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's been a while since I've checked the URL channels myself, Para. I suppose the niche sites have played hell with that system. I believe the mods now are worse that they've ever been since I joined the site. Oh well, you get what you pay for.....


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paradigmsearch 27 hours ago from USA

Uh, we're paying 40%. Sorry, couldn't pass that one up. LOL

Meanwhile, Real World has been nice to me today. Getting things done and feeling downright cheerful.


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Randy Godwin 26 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

We have rain on the way. Hopefully no really bad weather, but you never know when the temps run in the 80's in February. We've only had two nights barely below freezing all winter. The skeeters are gonna eat us alive this summer if we don't get some sub-freezing weather.


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paradigmsearch 25 hours ago from USA

Your post inspired me to post my first Q&A question in years. We'll see how long it lasts before being "disappeared".

Meanwhile, I hope your temps are in the 20's next week. :D


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Randy Godwin 22 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'd be willing to cover my citrus trees for some 20's weather, Para. It seems to be short pants weather for much of the year down here. Hardly worth winterizing the pool anymore...


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paradigmsearch 15 hours ago from USA

Me and skeeters don't get along at all, you definitely have my empathy.

Meanwhile, Wednesday morning and my Q&A question is being ignored. I was afraid that might happen. All the religionists have departed and this is a political debate site now. No big deal, I only invested 5 minutes of my time. If the thing isn't active by the end of the weekend, I'll just yawn and delete.

Got up at 4:00 am. Going to be dealing with all sorts of business-of-living obstacles. If things go as well today as they did yesterday, I will be a happy camper indeed.


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paradigmsearch 13 hours ago from USA

Hark, my Q&A question got a response. Maybe there is some earning potential here after all.


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gmwilliams 12 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

@Austinstar, Randy, & Paradigmsearch, Norine Williams has been banned from HubPages. Her last activity was 39 hours ago. Miracles do happen!


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fpherj48 12 hours ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I know Grace!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwwwww!! Bout damned time!! HP must have had no less than 50 emails of complaint about that lunatic.....at least 50...because I swear I wrote 49!!

I felt a vice come off my head when I saw it with my own eyes.

Of course you know, she may attempt to sneak back under an alias. She's definitely stupid enough to think we wouldn't recognize her ranting, raving, fire & brimstone, damning to the fires of HELL, OH YE OF SATAN'S SPAWN!!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, Mr. Rogers.....:)


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gmwilliams 12 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Another one bites the dust.

Another one bites the dust.

Hay-hay!


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Austinstar 11 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

Bye Bye to Norine, may she rest in the peaceful arms of her loving lord. That just made my day, Ya'll!

The Q&A works best if you are truly using it to research something for a hub. Otherwise, it's just bickering. But I did make a few pennies from my activity there. It's amazing how many people really get the maddest when you delete their nonsensical comments and answers. That was what pissed them off the most. Even if you tell them to go write their own question/hub/forum and get out of my yard.


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gmwilliams 11 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

I was thinking about Norine, realizing that she was absent from the q&a. I decided to look up her name & discovered that she was......BANNED! She was the ultimate troll. She interjected herself everywhere, even on questions that weren't religious. Well, ANOTHER BITES THAT DUST. The religionists are disappearing one by one by one........


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Austinstar 11 hours ago from Somewhere in the universe

More will take their place, Grace, just give them time. Best not to ever interact with them in the first place. I learned that lesson the hard way. Ha!


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gmwilliams 11 hours ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

I really don't. I really could care less. The religionists really don't bother me in the least.


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paradigmsearch 8 hours ago from USA

Too bad she didn't get around to my Q&A question in time. It could have been her memorial post.


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paradigmsearch 8 hours ago from USA

Actually, sounds like she was banned before I even made the post. As to the responses already there, both are quite coherent and sane. What I need is another Norine and an equally rabid atheist to show up. Thus much text and traffic generated. Thus getting Google's attention. Thus Google then sending its own traffic, etc. I've already thought of a second question, but going to save it until next week.


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Randy Godwin 8 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

It couldn't happen to a more deserving Hubber, Grace. There may be at least smart moderator in the bunch!


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fpherj48 7 hours ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Actually.....it was a male fellow hubber who directed his list of concerns directly to Matt. I've always said I think the big dudes (owners) need to somehow keep at least a bit of ongoing focus on what exactly the Mods are accomplishing and HOW. I swear they delete 90% of the emails they get from us/writers.

It was evident more and more individuals were becoming angry with Noreen, trying to ignore her, deleting her and often, point blank ripping her a new one (which of course did not faze her)

At one time she was leaving in excess of 67 ranting, insane comments in ONE thread. Wouldn't one think that just that behavior alone would be more than sufficient proof many of her screws are loose and the rest are missing? It took far too long to ban the pathetic woman.......but she's gone.

You're right, we still have plenty of them and there will be more. There's always a few of every sort of person in any group. This is just how it is. I think the majority are awesome people. Well......you know, all except for Randy.


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Randy Godwin 7 hours ago from Southern Georgia Author

I feel the same way about me, Paula :P But you know how sensitive I am..


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paradigmsearch 5 hours ago from USA

Maybe I should start visiting the forums again. I missed out on the whole adventure. Sounds like quite a gal. I wonder if she dates.


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paradigmsearch 5 hours ago from USA

Just kidding.


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fpherj48 3 hours ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

If WHO dates?? Noreen? hahahahahahahahahah......Keep in touch so one of us can come rescue you, para! Anyway, she's married, & he could only be one of 2 things: 1. Comatose or 2. psychotic enough to be her perfect mate.

She was more visible in the Q&A and comment threads of hubs by others.

Yes, Randy. I am always alert to your sensitivity. But you still must get "pay-back." Try to be a big boy.....& you can have a lollipop.


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paradigmsearch 2 hours ago from USA

Well, sports fans. Today didn't go as good as yesterday. I fought the bureaucracy, but the bureaucracy won. However, life has not ended as we know it. Tomorrow is the another proverbial day. Going to bed early again tonight.


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Randy Godwin 22 minutes ago from Southern Georgia Author

How did you know I once got slapped by a girl named Lolli, Paula?

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