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Power To The POs. Some Venom Can Be A Good Thing

Updated on March 9, 2015
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Randy Godwin is a true southern male who enjoys writing about the past in his part of the world. I hope you enjoy my Tales of the South.

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State Of The Onion Address

Since I've been on HP right about 6 years--I can't remember the exact date--I thought I'd get a few things off my chest. Surely I've earned that much for all of the money I've made HP. I really don't care for the ways things are smelling......er....going lately.


I realize HP is a business and it's only natural for them to do what they think is best, it's just that I think they're making a mistake alienating writers with the silly labels they put on things. But I don't have to tell them that, I had it out with them before about calling ordinary members with the Elite label.

This Editor's Choice and Related Hubs controversy is just an example of what I'm referring to. HP will simply ignore those who do not like it until they get tired of complaining. Same old same old. Okay, time for a tale. And then the real stuff.

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WILD FLYERS IN THE SPRING

There were six of us young men waiting this late March evening, trying to stay cool and hidden in the shade of the trees on the west edge of a vast cleared area. The site was deep in the wilderness near the Okefenokee Swamp, owned by a pulpwood company which grew trees like a crop of corn, albeit a bit longer for the yield to come in.

Our “mission”--as we liked to call it-- was not scheduled to begin until after the sun disappeared from the Georgia sky as darkness was preferred in our line of work. Our “line of work” being the importation of Colombia’s finest smoking product. Yes, a bit illegal for this time in the late 70’s, but we knew the government wasn’t telling the truth about the innocent herb, so we did out best to ignore it. Besides, it was both exciting and rather lucrative in the bargain.

This day however, we heard the humming of radial engines long before sunset occurred. The old twin engine plane had caught a tailwind most of the way from Columbia and was way ahead of schedule. We had to scramble to get the trucks into place before it began its approach over the recently cleared woodland.

While the pilot flew as low and as slow as possible, Rick began kicking out cloth protected bales of Santa Marta Gold through a hole in the belly of the aircraft. In less than 20 minutes we had all three trucks loaded and was heading home. Another successful mission was accomplished and the herb shortage was ended.

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Once A Fighter Pilot....

After WWII ended, there were lots of soldiers coming home to continue their lives and hopes for the peace they fought so hard for. Most of them picked up just where they left off when the war started, marrying their sweethearts who’d waited so patiently, and having the children who would fill their once dubious future.

They returned much wiser about the places they once had only heard of in books and on the radio. In our small town of Clear Springs, Georgia these men were much respected for their deeds , were bolder and didn’t care to put up with local political nonsense any longer, nor nonsense of any kind. Most wanted to have peace in their lives and did so. But not all of them.

Leon Murphy was the exception to rule, a former fighter pilot who’d flown both P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustangs, he also performed as a test pilot following the war ,flying all sorts of single and multiple engine airplanes.

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There was nothing he couldn’t fly if he set his mind to it. His son Rick and I were best of friends for many years. On the few days off from work on the farm, we would play music together, get a bit smashed as the rain fell on the cropland, and make plans only young men make in their early 20’s.

Leon was not satisfied with peacetime, I suppose. I can only imagine piloting the fastest piston driven aircraft in the world, and the Mustang was certainly the fastest. of all the fighters during WWII excepting the German jet which was introduced late in the conflict.

Unlike today’s modern fighters, you had to actually see the enemy with one’s naked eyes and not on a radar screen or long distance camera. Leon could actually see the enemy pilot he was shooting at, could see the 50 caliber bullets tearing the aircraft apart, could see the pilot bailing out if he were lucky. Yes, it was a close-up and personal war in those times.

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Tales Of War

I’d often ask Leon what he felt during an air battle, wanting to understand what he went through and felt during his many dogfights. A hard drinking, hard fighting, stocky and strong individual, I’ve never met his like before and will never again. “How did you know where the enemy was coming from, Mr. Leon?” I asked.

“You turn yore ged dim head around and look high and low,” he replied sarcastically. Ask a stupid question, I suppose. He said, “During a dog fight I didn’t know if I was flyin’ upside down or not, I was so intent on either downing the enemy or getting out of his gun sights.”

He seemed to have no fear of dying at all, except perhaps, dying of boredom. In fact, Leon's face shone with pure serenity as if he was completely satisfied by retelling his exploits

At any rate, during the late 70’s Leon decided he had experienced all of the peacetime he could handle and hooked up with some backers to start his own import company. And that’s how I and several other local young men became part of the “missions” Leon flew. I suppose we needed a bit of excitement of our own

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The Business

At any rate, during the late 70’s Leon decided he had experienced all of the peacetime he could handle and hooked up with some backers to start his own import company. And that’s how I and several other local young men became part of the “missions” Leon flew.

At first we merely played it by ear. All of us could fly as it was considered a rite of passage in this area of the south. We looked for likely spots for a large plane to land in an isolated rural area. We also figured the logistics of the mission including refueling the plane while the unloading process took place.

Several times I walked a deserted runway at night because I was accustomed to measuring farmland in this manner. The runway had to be long enough to handle the aircraft’s arrival and departure. Rick and I took turns as Leon's Copilot on some missions.

I could tell you stories of being lost in the Columbia countryside because of a malfunctioning radio on the plane, or of hearing officials scrambling jets over Cuba because we violated their airspace briefly.

But you wouldn’t believe the tales. You had to be there, I suppose. We were lucky on most of the flights, but after a few close calls with the law and airplane mechanical problems, all of us but Leon had had our fill of the business.

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Flaming Out

Not many months after we quit the missions, there was a report of a plane crash on the news. The night before, DEA agents had forced a suspected drug plane into the ground, creating a fiery explosion when the aircraft struck the trees. It was on TV I all of it’s flaming glory.

There were no survivors of the horrible crash. Leon was only identified by a previously broken bone in the few pieces of his body remaining after the intense heat of the fire. It seemed a shame that such a valiant soldier ended in this manner, but I suppose he was satisfied going out that way. It did seem strange he didn’t try to take the agents plane down with him, knowing him like I do.

Several months after Leon’s funeral I received a telephone call late one night. “What the ged dim hell are you doing,” the voice asked. “Is Rick there?”

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      Randy Godwin 14 months ago from Southern Georgia

      True tale of course, Robert. A hell of a guy!! Thanks for your time.

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      Robert Sacchi 14 months ago

      Great article. It was a sad end to Leon Murphy.

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      It remains to be seen if the "Last Gasp" will be republished. I deleted all of the comments and resubmitted it, but who knows what the mods will do. Apparently WB's real account reported the hub as hate speech. I detest anyone who hides behind an alias while stirring up trouble with others. Chicken s#it they are!!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 18 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Oh no Randy! I thought that you unpublished it yourself to add revisions. Shameful indeed to remove such a great story. This is beyond egregious indeed!

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      Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I would normally be shocked that this happened, but now I realize it's pretty commonplace for them to do this to their very own veteran writers in favor of a troll, spammer or plain old slug.

      We get to just shrug this stuff off......what else is there?

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      Person of Interest 18 months ago from SoCal, USA

      I saw that, didn't know what to think. Glad you got back so quickly.

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      LOL POs! Apparently the troll reported my "Last Gasp hub for hate speech and it is now unpublished. I simply removed all comments and resubmitted it for publishing. Obviously the mods favor the trolls over the veterans here. Why am I not surprised in the least? :P

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      Randy Godwin 21 months ago from Southern Georgia

      New digs, Dudes and Dudettes!

      http://hub.me/ak7Ly

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      Randy Godwin 22 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I've had problems with HP myself lately, Debbie. Getting ready to return home after 4 months here on Jekyll Isle. Home again, home again, jiggedy jig! :) Hope you're doin' well yourself.

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      Randy Godwin 22 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I've had problems with HP myself lately, Debbie. Getting ready to return home after 4 months here on Jekyll Isle. Home again, home again, jiggedy jig! :) Hope you're doin' well yourself.

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      Debra Allen 22 months ago from West By God

      Well I tried several times to comment back here the last couple of days and could not. I hope this one goes through. I hope everyone is doing great.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I understand completely, Para. It's gotten to where I wait for someone else to comment so I can respond without going to the hub itself. The "go to the last comment" click only takes me a few comment into the total. HP has really fell down on their accessibility lately.

      I've been meaning to write a new chat hub but I've gotten lazy as hell lately. I'm retired now and don't give a big dog f*ck what people think. Except for my friends of course, and they know me........ :)

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Getting difficult for me to post here re: bandwidth and all that. Hope Randy assigns us to another hub soon. :-D It can be an existing hub, no need to write a new one.

      Meanwhile, let me be the first to wish everyone an outstanding New Year.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I hope you and yours enjoy the festivities and survive them with impunity, Debbie. In other words Happy Holidays to you and all of my friends here. And to my enemies, you can run up in an alley and holler fish!! :P

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      Debra Allen 23 months ago from West By God

      Wishing Everyone Happy Holiday's and Merry Christmas.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      If we only had the chance, GM. They'd already be history..... :P

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 23 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Exactly, let's fire them. Replace them with intelligent, mature grown ups who KNOW what they are doing. It is woefully apparent that the "hubmasters" do not know what they are doing! Sad really!

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Christy has finally responded to the angst on the forums with nothing concrete at all. Meanwhile, my earnings still suck. What in the hell was HP thinking changing things right before Xmas? :( No wonder this place is in such bad shape with poor decisions like this. Let's fire the whole bunch!!

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      I see my scarfed comment has been resurrected. Meanwhile, all well in my world. I hope everyone else is as well.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      HP just scarfed my last comment here. They really do must hate arma di lo s.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      I'm busily working on website pages for posting in year 2016, all of them SEO targeted. I'd consider posting them as hubs, but they are all shorter than the infamous, QAP rejected armadillo hub, so I'm not even going to try.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Just deleted my one and only HOTD hub. More to follow as this site is dying a slow agonizing death after Paul E worked his magic with the subs. Thanks a lot geniuses!!

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Had a few AdSense clicks myself, along with one Amazon sale in the last two months. Peanuts, as usual! :(

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Hark! Someone must have accidentally sat on their mouse yesterday, I got an AdSense click.

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      Alastar Packer 23 months ago from North Carolina

      For sure , Randy. It's such an excellent article. You did a great job of it. We'll give it the red-carpet treatment and put it at the beginning of a red hot topic that's bringing in big numbers. I'll write an intro about the new findings and you as usual. CA followers and viewers will be delighted to see another guest write from you. Credits will be all yours and active links to anywhere you want. Thank you my friend. let me know when you can send it as an attachment and will get right to work getting it up. In the meantime, take a shot of T for me in celebration!

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Jeeze! So many grammatical errors in my last comment!! Can you tell I've had a few shots of tequila??LOL! Hey, I'm retired and luvin' it!! :P

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad if you can use it, Alastar. I've never believed the Megafauna was wiped out by the Clovis Culture because they were too few in number and had so many species to choose from for there food. I'll go ahead and unpublish the Bay article if you want it, simply let me know for sure.

      The campground has been having problems with the Wi-Fi here so I'm not always connected. Bear with me. :)

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      Alastar Packer 23 months ago from North Carolina

      Oh, as an afterthought, even as a kid I had a hard time believing a Paleolithic people, no matter how good their stone spears, could wipe out all the Columbia Mammoth(massive behemoths) herds, ferocious and massive-sized short-faced bears and huge American lion prides etc etc Now we know they didn't. They disappeared as a culture themselves.

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      Alastar Packer 23 months ago from North Carolina

      Want it brother Randy? Are you kidding! Absolutely! Yes yes. Give me a few days to ponder on how best to place and do it. I'll shoot you an e-mail then. Sorry to take it from HP but hey, you own it!

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      Alastar Packer 23 months ago from North Carolina

      My pleasure, Randy. It's fantastic. Very readable, eye-opening. Libraries should have it. And yes, the scientific evidence is in and for all intents and purposes proved. Of, course, there still are a few stick-in-muds for the long held beliefs, but theses ever decreasing few can no longer refute the evidence.

      So good to hear you and the missus are enjoying the isle's fine weather and getting around. What an historic place. Glad the elites were able to enjoy it to themselves for as long as they did. Maybe there's some buried gold pirate treasure on the isle still waiting to be turned into fiat money lol.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      By the way Alastar, would you be interested in having my Carolina Bay hub for your site? Although it receives a nice bit of traffic--or did before Paul took away my sub-domain--it doesn't deserve to be on HubPages. Take that last remark any way you like. :P

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for the update on the Carolina Bays, Alastar! I need to read that book. :) Ain't science great?

      Meanwhile, here on the isle the weather is gorgeous with warm temps and clear skies. We don't spend much time here at the campground during the day because there's so much to see and do when the climate is like this. No wonder the rich folk loved it here during the winter.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      For whoever here who is using Blogger, Marisa provided some excellent tech info. Check out the last half of her last paragraph, https://hubpages.com/community/forum/134354/moving... I'm busily adding labels as we speak. Will Google be awestruck by my new navigation menu and double my traffic? Who the -snipped- knows...?

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      Alastar Packer 23 months ago from North Carolina

      Your hub and speculations on the Carolina Bays and ones in Georgia are now just about confirmed as parts of a comet that hit or exploded above the western Canadian ice sheet bringing the Younger Dryas extinction event on about 12, 800 years ago after 2,000 years of earth warming. Some parts of it hit the NE US and European icecap, too. That was the time the Clovis culture in N America disappeared as well as 35 large animal genera. Flooding out of Canada into N America, particularly in the NW US on a scale unimaginable. Took over a 1,000 years for things to start warming up again. Great new book just out on it by Graham Hancock called Magicians of the Gods. Those mysterious bays may in fact be crater impacts from parts of that comet after all. Present day it's know total impact or air-burst area is 50 million sq kilometers all the way to middle east. Still some detractors but the evidence is becoming overwhelming for the event. It may not always take 10 of millions of years for these strikes.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Speaking of the death of writers' sites..., http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2015/12/wikinutco... . It was a forum post that tipped me off, but figured why not write about it where I get paid for it?

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Set your comments free, aa and Paula. Been out and about but back now. :)

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      aa lite 23 months ago from London

      My addition to the complaints about the traffic seems to have been censored :(

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      aa lite 23 months ago from London

      According to the newsletter I lost another 13% of views. Together with the losses in the proceeding 2 weeks this adds up to 50% of views lost. Given that this is the season for Amazon earnings that is horrendous.

      I did make some sales but yep things are pretty bad. I'm guessing Paul must rue the day he listened to those 'SEO xperts'.

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      WriteAngled 23 months ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Traffic murdered here by the changes. I was thrilled to see that one of my web sites, which has only received about 20 hits so far this month and which admittedly I have not touched for over a year, nevertheless earned me $7 commission in Amazon sales a couple of days ago. Given the minimal views, the same content would have been idled here a long time ago. It just goes to show though that no web content should ever be written off. Nevertheless, I am glad that my main earnings do not depend on page views, Amazon or Adsense!

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I depend on my HP earnings for my Fuzzy Navel and glaucoma meds supplies. :P I suppose I'll have to construct a still and start growing my meds now that HP has been decimated. :(

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      If I didn't have my WWNN traffic to perk me up, I'd be all depressed; zipped right on through the 100K mark this morning. Meanwhile, HP traffic still a sad state. And as for AdSense everywhere, truly pathetic.

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Randy....I'm sure you already know this but "molesting without permission" is RAPE. Just sayin.......:) Try to stay happy.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      No shit, Para! HP has really screwed me over on the sub change. I'm beginning to hope they get what they deserve..... :( Only pennies a day on AdSense where I'm accustomed to dollars. Absolutely no Amazon sales since they made their genius decision....again. Hubs which normally get a hundred or so views a day get nothing. That includes the one hub of mine which the HubPro Eds molested without my permission. This was once a very active and enjoyable site to write on. Not so much anymore....

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      I think January is going to be make or break for a lot of us.

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "sux" doesn't quite cover it. Not strong enough.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Traffic still sux!!

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Randy, I might be the same. Got tangled.

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      Randy Godwin 23 months ago from Southern Georgia

      My traffic here still sux. Lost at least 3/4 of my earnings and views. Thanks a bunch HP geniuses. :(

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      The infamous WWNN is approaching the 100,000 mark. The excitement! The Drama! The Intrigue! Gonna be awhile yet, but still fun for me to watch.

      Meanwhile, I've been subjected to or incurred a couple more online dramas. The jury is still out as to whether rants or happiness posts will ensue. It'll be fun either way.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      LadyG. I checked it out. Looks good! I've had a couple Zazzle ideas, but I've just been too pessimistic to do the work. If you make a sale, tell us! It might give me the motivation I need.

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      Debra Allen 23 months ago from West By God

      Poking my head in here for a bit. It has been dreary and rainy and cold here the last few days.

      I found many people that I know here and on other writing sites that also have Zazzle Stores. I am building mine day by day, but it take a lot of work to get my pictures edited so that I can add them to the products that they already have. I know how a collection, many collections, that have business cards and you can cusomize them with your own business name and information and such. I have a few cases and sleeves also made. I looked up what is selling the most and it was Wall Hangings, so I put some of my landscape photography on them and put that in a collection as well. I will be adding lots more to all my collections, but it just takes time. Even if I don't sell anything right away thse things will stay on my site as long as I am on there and I don't plan on leaving. It is fun and I like getting my photographs out there for others to see.

      To see my collection of Wall Hangins you can look at them here: http://www.zazzle.com/collections/wall_decor-11913...

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Is this the longest thread ever? Maybe you should bank a hundred of these and let them gain interest? "Randy's Ranting Post" good for what ails you..

      I'll be busy today. Lighting a fire under my ass. Keep fire trucks on stand by please. Peace to all. Paula What a world.

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      WriteAngled 23 months ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Whoopee, I managed to cross the one dollar threshold!

      And people wonder why I don't bother with this lark any more.

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      Person of Interest 23 months ago from SoCal, USA

      My account also continues to have a heartbeat. And I continue to remain cautiously optimistic as to what January will bring. Meanwhile, the infamous WWNN continues to move right along. Doing all this nonsense is fun, if only it paid more...

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hopefully the traffic will return when/if HP gets their shit together. This untimely move certainly isn't doing them any good either. My traffic is up a bit, and since I mentioned my one hub which has been treated by the HubPro eds, which plunged so badly afterwards.it has now resumed its former traffic. Coincidence? I hope so...

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      Person of Interest 24 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Well, sports fans; 'twas a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, I was even somewhat productive. Looking forward to more of the same this coming week. As for my HubPages traffic, I now look at it with a detached eye; oh, well.

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      aa lite 24 months ago from London

      Held my nose and read an article in the Daily Hail. They say 'it sickens the Mail to find ourselves in the same camp as Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell'

      And it sickens me to find them in my camp, but there you go. Hard to believe that there will be many labour MPs who are voting for a bombing campaign that even that rag realised makes no sense whatsoever. The world is a crazy place!

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Traffic still sux for me here. I was accustomed to earning a few extra hundred bucks a month from my hubs but HP's geniuses put an end to that. What idiot decided to change from sub-domains right before Xmas? And is the EC program still in effect?

      My sole hub subjected to the HubPro editors is now showing about 1/10 of its former views. Thanks a lot!! :(

      Meanwhile, sunny weather in the 70's here on the isle.

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      Person of Interest 24 months ago from SoCal, USA

      I know that soda is bad for me (and everyone else for that matter), so it makes me cringe to have to buy 5 bottles of the stuff at once just to get a decent price. lol

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      Debra Allen 24 months ago from West By God

      Oh Para, I buy in bulk in the ealry winter so we will not run out of food or nessesities if we get really snowed in or the ice man cometh to wreck havoc! I have done this for many years.

      Randy, I really want to make some money so that I can contribute to paying some bills, but I have tried and tried and tried. I do also know aobut the people needing things. I don't have that "pleasure" anymore. LOL

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      WriteAngled 24 months ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      It doesn't worry me in the slightest, para. I often buy things in bulk for the savings, either in physical shops or online. There is the extra advantage that I always have an abundant supply of things in the house, so do not feel obliged to go shopping if the weather is foul or there is too much work/other activities going on.

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      Person of Interest 24 months ago from SoCal, USA

      My latest rant, http://www.websitewithnoname.com/2015/11/grocery-s... . I wonder if grocery stores in Europe do the same thing?

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie. :) I understand you need to do something whether earn money doing it or not. It's important to do something with your time and as long as you enjoy it you need not explain yourself to anyone.

      My problem is I have so many interests I can't make myself concentrate totally on any one of them. I also have many people wanting me to do something for them--mainly kinfolk--so any extra time I have is spoken for. That's the main reason we stay on Jekyll almost half the year now. LOL! Knowing how to do a lot of things isn't always an asset you know. :P

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      Debra Allen 24 months ago from West By God

      Oh Randy. I am just bored and have to do somehting. If I make any money with Zazzle or anywhere now, I will be gladly surprised. I do like taking pictures though and sharing them. Nothing like putting all onese time and effort to something and getting zilch as a return. I am just tired of marketing everything again and again and again.

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      aa lite 24 months ago from London

      In other news, according to Wednesdays newsletter I have lost 20% of my views. This is on top of 8% loss last week. So yes, re-indexing the site, or the newest Google animal are really doing wonders!

      There is hope that this is just a temporary re-indexing issue and traffic will be regained. But even if it is that, wasn't it idiotic to do it before Black Friday? Wasn't the genius idea to buy out Squidoo also made at around this time last year?

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      aa lite 24 months ago from London

      Well, I admit the case for the bombing looked very weak for a while. But.....did you pay attention to the latest development? Apparently archeologists have just dug out 70,000 nice moderate Syrians with flowers in their hair who are ready to take over the country immediately as soon as Cameron's bomber jets arrive. You have to admit that this is a game changer! And if you still have any doubts about the wisdom of bombing, Mark Steel explains it very clearly http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/maybe-it-s-tim...

      I'm not sure about Corbyn. Look at the infighting in the Labour party, it's not exactly a pretty sight is it? The media (including the BBC and the guardian spends more time on the Labour civil war then it does on the Syrian Civil War.

      Even if Corbyn is completely right about everything (and on Syria I think he is of course), the combination of the hostile media and the peeps in his own party make him look like a disaster. Honestly if you were an undecided voter, of which I think there are many more of than committed labourites, would you vote for a guy who doesn't seem to be able to lead his own party, never mind the country?

      Being right is not enough. Given the challenges, which were predictable right from the start, Corbyn needed to have a genius PR strategy, instead he's scored quite a few own goals. The only good thing is that the GE is still so far away, he has the time to sort things out, but I am not hopeful.

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      HollieT 24 months ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      aa, saw something on Twitter tonight and it was real food for thought. If Cameron had managed to get his 'let's obliterate Syria' vote through in 2013? ISIS, or whatever they're bloody called these days, would be ruling Syria now.

      Still haven't watched that episode of BBQT, but will this weekend. The Tories really don't like any mention of Saudi, do they? Hassan's a bit socially conservative for me, however, he's not 'nasty' socially conservative. Different views on same sex relationships, abortion etc. but I can accept that's part of his upbringing, culture, religion etc. And he's not a 'nasty' he doesn't want to persecute (or smear) those he disagrees with.

      In other news, think Corbyn et.al have proved a strong opposition to this govt and their crass intentions. Love JC's approach and handling of DC at PMQs, he takes the wind out of his sails and shows him to be the nasty, ill-informed, cosseted tosser that he really is!!

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      Alastar Packer 24 months ago from North Carolina

      Well sorry to hear about it but understand as I have had the same prob in the past with a nephew whiz. Got another whiz now but they demanded part ownership of the site! can you imagine that! lol . Maybe you could lend a photo or two on some kind of GA NC animal. I'll write it and give you photo credit with link(s). If you have any photos at all you could do that with that is. Those pages are hot right now and some followers have asked when to expect another write from you! As of the last two weeks, for just one example. your Wall of Deadly Stone has shot into the stratosphere- top ten every day! I'd love to get an animal one written by you but it's Ok my friend. Let me know if things change:)

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Yo Alastar, all of my photos--except for the ones taken lately--are on my old computer. I have most of them on a flash drive but 've lost that also. I hope to get my son motivated this weekend but don't count on it. :(

      I also have some articles on the old computer I've spent lots of time researching and writing. It's tough to be so ignorant of todays technology!! :(

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      Alastar Packer 24 months ago from North Carolina

      Randy, did you take these pictures with your camera and have an sd card? If so you can download them again into your new computer.

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      Alastar Packer 24 months ago from North Carolina

      Yeah Randy, you'll have to go into your old hard drive alright. Get that sun to shining for his ol' man! Tell 'em I'll give him a gold star ! lol

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      As for HP selling the site, I'd imagine they wouldn't have sent it in a sudden downward spiral by redirecting all the articles before putting it one auction block. But then, I'm jest a pore ole dirt farmer and ain't got much book larnin'. :P Anyway, this move has accost me a few hundred simoleons at least. Thanks HP, I'll send you a bill.....

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      And to you also, Phyllis! Been having computer problems for the last week or so and my IT son is rather lax about helping the old man with his puter. I promised Alastar a tale but I cannot access my photo library from my old computer and now the new one is showing its asp. :P

      Home for Thanksgiving but had rather be fishing at Jekyll instead of practicing the art of gluttony. To each his/her own, however. :) Besides, since I retired every day is a holiday. therefore worthy of giving thanks.

      Yo Debbie and pleased you are trying different venues and ideas. I admire your spunk! :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 24 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      A very Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 24 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      All this crap HP has been tossing hither and thither makes me think they are preparing to sell, probably after the New Year rolls round. I am not excited or encouraged to write any new hubs till I know what's going down. Matthew Myer is gone and that sux!

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      Debra Allen 24 months ago from West By God

      Poking my head in here for a bit. Bubblews went out of business and so have other writing sites like Seekyt and PersonaPapers. I have stopped writing anywhere and have focused my attention to my new thing on Zazzle. Still lots to earn on that site. I have also started advertising my sewing business too. I think all this writing thing was a fad and it is quickly dying out. Not sure what the next thing will be, but watching for it. Windws keeps shutting down on me more this week than ever. I heard others having issues too. I think it is something that is happening becasue of all the holidays. At least things of this nature seem to happen more around those times than others.

      Well I will be back. Off to do some stuff!

      http://www.zazzle.com/lady_g_boutique

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      Person of Interest 24 months ago from SoCal, USA

      Holy Cr@p! HubPages' rank dropped from 88 to 114 in a heart beat, https://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com?country=US#... . Fortunately, I've already mentally detached myself from this mess. I'm industriously working on my infamous WWNN site instead.

      Decided to give HP a break and post this missive here instead of the forums.

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      aa lite 24 months ago from London

      Somehow not getting email notifications about new msgs here so only replying to you now Hollie. QT was really brilliant. Soubery was going on about how terrible ISIS were with 'I mean they behead ppl!', and Mehdi Hassan pointed out that so did Saudi Arabia. She started shouting that his point was 'below the belt'.

      Seriously I think ISIS are pretty much as bad as it gets when it comes to evilness, and if there was some way action against it could wipe them out I would be for it. But the US, Russians and the French have been bombing for ages, and........the Kurds seem to be the only people who are having a bit effect against them, but of course Turkey hates the Kurds, so I guess the West can't support them too much.

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      Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I'm just glad it's not me!! LOL

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      Randy Godwin 24 months ago from Southern Georgia

      I suppose it's a good thing I can't post on the forums. I'd be tempted to call someone a mother**cker along about now. No Amazon sales. Very little traffic or earnings. Y know who you are MF! :P

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      HollieT 24 months ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Fantastic timing, too, aa. Tories have been itching to bomb Syria for the longest time. Have you seen pictures of Syria, there's nothing left to bomb? What on earth could they possibly achieve by bombing Syria now? Suppose little Englanders will believe that it'll stop those pesky, displaced people from actually daring to move around Europe freely.

      Really, dislike Anna Soubery, and haven't watched QT in ages- but might do if Mendi Hassan gave her what for.

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      aa lite 24 months ago from London

      My traffic is down by 8%. This is after several previous falls of course which makes things pretty bad. It could be the whole google reindexing thing, but November should be good for the kind of hubs that make me money!

      Don't know if any UK (who have TVs) still read this, but I thought that yesterday's Question Time was particularly excellent. The Tories sent Anna Soubery! She got into major shouting match with Mehdi Hassan. Def. worth watching on iPlayer if you have spare time.

      Incidentally Hollande sounded positively Bushish, didn't he? Obviously what happened in Paris was horrifying but I don't see what French bombing in Syria is gonna achieve apart from giving the French the illusion that they are doing something. It also seems to me that UK people are more shocked at the Paris attack than they were at the July 07 London attacks.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I agree with all of your sentiments, ladies. Besides, at this point I have absolutely no advice to give anyone as to how to write an article which will stay featured. LOL! I'm in danger this month of not reaching the minimum $100 AdSense payout in many years and my Amazon sales are almost nothing also. I am depressed.... :P

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Paula, there is an inundation of people asking help on their hubs. That is what the LEARNING CENTER is for! Go to the Learning Center! People find it "easier" to keep asking for help than to read. Reading seems to be a lost art among such people! It is beyond maddening to say the least! This is kindergarten times three! Good God if people want to learn about writing hubs, go to the Learning Center and study!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      True Randy. My point is, I am the kind of person who is the first to help anyone......BUT, there's this new trend that began of new people basically begging and advertising for other writers to literally "tutor" them. Can I say this isn't exactly our job or responsibility? WHY has HP allowed this to get out of hand? (That's a stupid question)

      When I began here I was green...lost in space. I had ONE person I leaned on (via email NOT on HP). It a simple process, write, edit, publish, read, comment and write some more. On the job training.

      HOPEFULLY one is somewhat of a "writer" before joining! Then it's just like any other new venture. You progress as you go. Not only have we lost forever, some of our very best....they've been replaced by individuals who couldn't possibly have made it past 4th grade. In the past 6 months, trying to give the newbies some attention, I have read writing (?) that hurts my head, my stomach and makes my eyes bleed. But there they are, as big as life. I had no idea that HP was a charity agency, giving free space and time to bored illiterates.

      Worst of all, "they" beat on their valid, talented writers, when they're not ignoring us altogether. Frankly, in my entire 40 year career, I've not encountered such a clueless group of ......what do they call themselves?..."Administrators?"

      You say that Paul reads this thread of yours? That's nice to know. This tells me they have no pride either. Sure, they're "busy," We're all busy. So, there are thousands of us and only few of them. The solution there would be to CLEAN HOUSE....(sort of like Trump wanting to deport the illegals....build a wall...and THEN let the good people in a few at a time after careful screening!) I'm desperate.

      I especially appreciate it when Paul writes of new information or communicates issues of importance for ALL hubbers...and he does it VIA the FORUMS. That's really special. I assume that's so the low lives who have been UNFAIRLY banned cannot participate.

      Well, what did I say before? Oh yeah.....F- - k 'em. G'night Randy.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Tell it all sister.....tell it all! :) I know what you mean, Paula. After 6 or 7 years here it begins to be frustrating when so many illiterate writers want help and will never be competent enough to actually put the assistance to use. A waste of time........:(

      Feel free to vent here whenever you feel the need, Paula.:)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I've reached my state of "It just doesn't matter anymore~who gives a crap~~f- - k 'em all" If my life experiences have taught me anything, I damned sure know that when I reach this dreadful point, there's no turning back.

      I just don't care anymore, I'm not even angry, just sad and disgusted. What a let down. I feel like a kid whose balloon just burst. I had such enthusiasm and looked forward to my time with HP each day.

      My Dad would always say, "there's a whole lot of BULL we need to cope with in our lives that we basically have no control over. When something stops making you happy and you can do something about it.....Go for it." The man was a genius.

      I want to hang with all my friends here, but then I think I need to move on despite how much I love them. I'm becoming much too cynical and it's not comfortable.

      I have to throw my hands up and walk away when someone gets shitty online.....because what I WANT to say, would get me thrown off by the lazy bastards who don't have the common sense or ounce of fairness to see who the real assholes are.

      Twice yesterday, I shut down and walked away because I came across the 6th. person who "Wanted FEEDBACK on their hub.".....My feedback is not exactly politically correct. I just want to tell them......Here's my feedback Steinbeck, "Go back to grade school, learn our native language, use a dictionary if you must, check out the LEARNING CENTER. If you think you're a writer, JUST FUCKING WRITE. The rest will happen. Better yet, take up Yoga instead."

      This is such a wonderful place to dump my woes. Thanks, Randy.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't have much hope for an improvement at this point, Para. Things are a proper clusterfuck at the moment. The worst month during my time here from an earnings perspective! :(

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      Person of Interest 2 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Randy, I'm beginning to think we are all doomed until mid January.

      Meanwhile, I'm muddling through another day. Did another update about the bubblews fiasco, probably my last one; added it to my existing post on the subject.

      Am going to try to work up the energy to do some real world accomplishments today.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Traffic still in the toilet! HP sux.......

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      aa lite 2 years ago from London

      That's pretty interesting! Never realised quite how many unfettered (all for lack of google traffic) hubs I had. Shocking!

      Very weird place of announcing it on people's profiles. Why?

      Mind you the readers I am after, google searchers who then go and spend moneys at Amazon ........ I can't imagine what they would be doing on my profile. I only cares about the moneys.

      But this really looks like HP is trying to provoke people, maybe they got bored with the forums too :)

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't really give a big dog f*ck what Paul and his minions do anymore since they changed the agreement we once had with them. They now make more than we do off of our work. They can kiss my popalooly.....

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      Person of Interest 2 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Randy, HP is now ratting everyone out; see your profile. You have 18 unfeatured hubs.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      It's going to be a WAR here soon! There's forcible HubPro Edit of high ranking hubs, the new how many unfeatured hubs out of total hubs ( so "good" for one's ego & credibility, particularly to the outside reader,hmmm), & other new happenings. Well, I won't be surprised if good to excellent writers leave HubPages IN DROVES. I believe in change but these changes it seem are for ......THE WORSE, NOT BETTER!

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm down at least 2/3 of my previous traffic and almost nothing in Amazon sales and AdSense earned since the change back to the HP site. I'd surely like to kick Paul's ass right about now.....

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      Person of Interest 2 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Nothing but complaints on the forums: traffic, CPMs, ambiguous rules, unfeatured hubs all over the place, etc.; I certainly contributed my part; too darned depressing. Meanwhile, my own traffic and CPMs remains awful; it's at the point where I'm seriously considering not visiting my stats page for a week; too much bad karma; pretty much the same for the forums; and for straight AdSense for that matter.

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      Person of Interest 2 years ago from SoCal, USA

      They are not amused, knocked mine out of the blue they did: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/133874?page=2#post...