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Son Of Sonuvagun Part 3 : The Reawakening

Updated on April 16, 2013
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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.

Collateral damage?  Just a little Mein Fuhrer.
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Once again boys and girls!

This stellar-like hub will perhaps not be featured at all, but will certainly serve the purpose for which it is intended. That is, an idea exchange between writers which does not presently exist on the forums. And since I've finally been permanently banned from the forums it gives me and other such martyrs a place to vent and opine.

I will endeavor to include all of the bells and whistles--including polls, maps, photos, etc.--to attain “featuredom” for this hub, but still, I’m not promising anything. It really makes no difference to me though, especially with the MTurks doing the rating.

I will place this particular hub under the category of Creative Writing. I assume there will be some of this in the comments, if not in the body of the article itself. However, I will take short stab at it to make it appear for real, so bear with me!

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All God's Dogs.....

The old dog was lost. He sensed something familiar in the air though, smelled a scent so faint, so homey, he began to drool a bit at the aroma. He had been here before, had certainly visted the area in his long lifetime, but he still could not place the memory.

The woods were cool and shady. A sandy lane wound through tall trees as the evening sun shone through the leaves and needles of the various foliage adorning the limbs of the forest. It seemed so familiar here, so…….

Suddenly a rabbit ran across the dirt road, and Rags--the old dog’s given name--couldn’t resist giving chase. He picked up the rabbit’s scent easily enough, felt it rushing hot into his nostrils as if he were a young pup again. He leapt logs and streams, scurried through briars and thorns, ran until the prey was right in front of him, hopping and running for its life.

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Another Chase!

But then old Rags eased up, let the creature gain some distance on him and eventually escape completely. Strangely enough, the hound was not tired at all, was seemingly unaffected by the long race. And it was a good thing too, as all of a sudden a red fox appeared in the clearing, and the race was on again……

After a while of chasing the red fox and letting the vixen escape as he did the rabbit before, he spied a familiar figure walking towards him. The man’s scent was of an aroma he had not smelled in more than a decade of his long dog’s life. “Howdy ole Rags,” said the man “member me?” He did indeed…..

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In Another Place

As the little boy sobbed uncontrollably, the old man tenderly rubbed the grizzled muzzle of the ancient hound, still warm with the last vestiges of life which had so recently fled the weary old body. The little boy unashamedly shed tears down on the old canine’s nose. The hound had always been around since the child had first arrived in this world. He could not fathom life without the canine in it. “Is he daid now Granpa?”

At first the boy's grandfather didn't say anything, seemed not to hear the child at first. He took off his coat--well used it was, but clean--and wrapped it tenderly around the old dog's body before saying, "Yep, he’s in Hound's Heaven fer shore, honey!”

“He served his time on earth well, shore nuff,” the man said “alus give his best in a hunt, whether it ’ud be a coon er a rabbit. Now he’s in Hound’s Heaven ef thar’s sech a place, an’ thar is, or I ain’t a-thankin’ thuh lord’s a-gettin’ his way bout sech things. Yep he’s gone now. He uz just 2 yars old when his old master died an’ I took ‘im home with me. A good ole dog, fer shore."

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Abandoned house where the azaleas bloomed.
Abandoned house where the azaleas bloomed. | Source
A typical "Carolina Bay" in Southeast Georgia.
A typical "Carolina Bay" in Southeast Georgia. | Source
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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks David! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Great Hub

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      It may not be bots because blogspot (used to be blogger is also run by Google and they don't like those...so they say.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I've started a new blogger blog last week. So far 2 posts, and it seems to be getting hits according to blogger.

      The only thing that worries me, is this real people, or is it bots?

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I have one post on my blogger that has gotten more views that it ever did on here or at Zujava in only 2 days.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Have at it boyz n' girlz! :p

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      Bless his fuzzy, little heart. LOL

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I see that Randy has made us a new hub! Excellent!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      Well, just finished watching Bad Boys II. Good flick.

      Tried to liven up the forums earlier. Not too many folks want to play though.

      Anybody care to recommend another good action movie?

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      worst-of-hp 4 years ago

      I'm not enjoying so much our visit from Uncle Troll in gator country. Mr. Curry, spice it up! This time more than half the forum dwellers spotted troll. Lay off the Scandinavian socks and disguise yourself as stay-at-home breastfeeding advocate homeschooling Christian mom with 9 kids. Or a sex offender. You gotta get some of those dimwits in a tizzy or you're not doing it right. Do I gotta bring back Tussin?

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I would've been better off to spend more time on my blog than here they way HP has been so quirky over the last couple of years. I have no hopes anything will stay the same for very long at a time on HP, especially if they keep using us for guinea pigs and raping our pages with the floating ads.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I've been posting all sorts of good stuff on my blog. Can't get a click to save my life. Frustrating as hell.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm beginning to add more articles to my blogger account as I've been getting a few Adsense clicks--nice ones, in fact--on just 2 articles. I think I'll rewrite my most successful hubs and try to beat them out here. I get 100% of the earnings there. A no-brainer it seems to me.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I have started moving my hubs to my blogs. The one where it got unpublished will be posted up as soon as I can figure out which blog or a new blog that I will be making.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Nikon Coolpix makes a neat little combination still shot/video cam for a little over $200. Hi Def video and easy to use too. I have an older model sans Hi Def I use but looking to upgrade to a new one.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I'm looking for advice on how to buy a cheap, but acceptable quality vid cam. This freaking video got over 5,882,188 hits. I want to join this party! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I'll be ready Para, but I don't think it's going to be a big deal.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      Break out the vid cam, Randy! There's YouTube money to be made there!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Battening down the hatches in preparation for Tropical storm Andre due to pass through here sometime today. Good day for a party I suppose. Lots of wind and rain forecast with showers already in evidence this morning. Hurricane season is here already.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Perhaps you're correct, Hollie. Still, I don't trust HP anymore to be completely aboveboard after the "Related Search debacle was exposed. With HP ignoring all of the uproar over their cheesy attempt at slipping this program in unobtrusibly, and not even making a token effort to rationalize it, how can they be trusted any longer.

      I noticed Christy finally deleted the comments and questions on the blog which she didn't want to address. Simone taught her well before she departed. lol!

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I really wish we could start some trouble for them! I'm in the UK, I hardly know anybody in the States anymore. How many 'friends' do they think I have who click on my links?

      I can imagine that if it is always the same person making the purchases from your links, or the small group of people, and they click on a computer processor link, then immediately go to purchase something else, that this could look suspicious. But I'm pretty sure that's not happening with me, because I don't tell anybody to use my links. Also the traffic to my hubs is mostly organic. So how the hell can Amazon be suspicious?

      In March I had a conversion rate of 6%, now it's falling like a rock. Really people have suddenly stopped buying?

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Randy, this appears to be happening across a number of sites, and also appears to coincide with A's new rules etc. And all this talk of Amazon paying taxes, must surely be making them nervous. As aa quite rightly points out, there's the caviar and second and third mansions to consider. Someone has to pay for these parasites!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I've already had over 100 clicks on Amazon with absolutely no sales at all, aa. Something smells!

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      My Amazon sales have disappeared completely. None this month so far, if I had one that would be conversion rate of less than 2% on HP. I get 100 clicks to Amazon on one of my Squidoo articles in a month, but no orders apparently.

      Unlike you Randy, I tend to blame Amazon rather than HP, I just don't see how they can be affecting what happens after somebody goes to Amazon, and I'm still getting click throughs, just no conversions.

      I guess they have to make sure their CEOs stay super rich somehow, wouldn't want them to be deprived of their private planes, just so we don't become homeless.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @Hollie--Yes, there's something strange going on with Amazon because there is no Rhyme nor reason to the way sales suddenly disappear after a period of good sales. It's like someone has turned a tap on and off. I still suspect HP has a hand in it, especially after they've broken the agreement with us with the "Related Search" scam on our pages. I simply don't trust anyone who so blatantly in-your-face tries to steal the visitors during our part of the 60/40 split. Thieves they are! :(

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      aa - David Icke and his chums have organised an anti-Bilderberg festival, as he believes that the conference participants are the shape shifting lizards. Apparently the heads of Google and Amazon have been invited to the main event, so if any of you are in the area and have any questions?

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Morning Randy, there is definitely something weird going on with Amazon. I wrote a review of a book which had been written by a member of Wizzley a couple of months ago. I had dozens of clicks, and the author informed me that she'd made a few sales, but I wasn't credited for any of them, I assumed that A had decided that friends were using the links. Today, however, I've been credited with one sale for the book. Weird, what's the difference between that sale and the others?

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Good morning everyone! Sorta dizzy headed cause I've been practicing holding my breath for 2 minutes or more. It may come in handy if I throw a tantrum or fall off of a ship or something. :o

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      My cousin lives in Watford. Didn't know they were going to host LeGarde and other rich peole. What's David Icke have to do with them. Isn't he the one who says the world is ruled by giant lizards?

      Very clever of Google to disguise the fact by pretending they are ruled by a cuddly panda. Excellent misdirection. Going to spray and feed my geckos now. perhaps the reptillian rulers of the world will look more kindly on my scribblings.

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      SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

      LOL, I never look at those any more, so thanks for filling me in on my first laugh of the morning. Stellar! Maybe HOTDs are now being chosen by an algo so that no one has to bother to read them. They're auto-filled. Yes, that explains it! :)

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I find it odd that instead of encouraging newbies to improve quality, they are rewarding sub-par hubs. No disrespect to the writer because I could only write a text in my mother tongue, so kudos to him.

      I think this just sends out the wrong message though. In fairness to the author if he/she is awarded HOtD, they're bound to believe that their hub is really good and no improvements are necessary, so they're not going to strive for improvement.

      Google just enjoy making people suffer, the humiliation and frustration felt by writers who are outranked by Yahoo and Wiki answers must be a source of great satisfaction to the evil and sinister G.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      It might be because somebody kicked off in the forums a while back about an older hub being chosen as HOTD, but really there are people out there who will get annoyed at any choice if it is not one of there hubs. Can't see the point in holding your breath for 2 mins and as izzy said it could be dangerous.

      As it is a nice sunny day am pondering wandering down the Hempstead Rd to see if I can get a picture of either a Bilderberger or David Icke! The mayor of Watford is already kicking off at being landed the bill for the extra policing - another poor dinner lady somewhere loses her job I suppose

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Anybody feel like writing a parody on "how to choose an HoTD"?

      Also it is rather strange that they are now choosing hubs from new people. I guess they want to encourage the newbies, but people who are new will probably produce weaker stuff than seasoned hubbers.

      On the other hand, I really don't thin HoTDs matter very much.

      My traffic is all over the place. Monday was the best for weeks. Yesterday was pretty abysmal. It makes me think that Google is messing around with the Serps. How stupid can they be to not notice that what they had in April was pretty good?

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      The last thing we need is a tutorial on how to hold your breath. Kids will be collapsing all over the place. Again. I think this type of hub is dangerous and should be banned, regardless of how well or otherwise it is written.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I didn't get beyond the first paragraph, not only was it too painful to read, but I'm immediately repelled when I see parts of the text bolded.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      "Every time your brain tries to find another topic to think of, you are loosing not just concentrations but also burn additional oxygen."

      There is no telling how much additional oxygen I burn while reading this. My brain was thrash like fish out of water trying to find an escape.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Anyone read the HOTD? They have got to be effing kidding!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I've just searched said pub and it looks fine, very reasonable.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      I was there a couple of years ago, meeting with a friend from abroad. We stayed outside of the town, at the Robin Hood pub in Pecket Well on the road to Haworth. We decided to share in order to save money (we are not a couple, but my friend is gay so there were no issues). However, the landlord said that he had a room spare that night and gave us a room each at no extra charge!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      That sounds great WA! I haven't been since 2006, I think it was. There's a few little guest houses if my memory serves me correctly. I'd stay over too, then I could have a couple of glasses of wine and wouldn't have to worry about the drive home.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Ah, we should have a meet-up Hollie! It's a long drive for me, but I really like the place. I could try searching for somewhere else to stay.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I love Hebdon bridge, it's only around an hours drive from where I am, haven't been for a few years though. I think cats can be far more frightening than dogs, they can be absolutely vicious.

      The pie sounds lovely, haven't eaten chestnuts in ages.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Ah, the best evil cat I knew was a resident of the wondrous Nutclough House Hotel pub in Hebden Bridge (itself a wondrous small town in the beautiful Calder Valley, Yorkshire). Said moggy would literally terrorise guests by hissing and baring teeth in order to get fed with crisps (potato chips for you lot across the pond). In his time, he was an Internet phenomenon, but no trace remains at least as far as I can ascertain.

      The moggy passed on to the great pub in the sky decades ago. Sadly, so did the Nutclough in its turn. I stayed there several times and was devastated the last time I tried to book and found the place was no longer in existence. The rooms were basic, but clean and cheap. The food in the pub was superb. They catered to all tastes but specialised in veggie/vegan. Their vegan "fusion pie" with mushrooms, chestnuts, red wine and I forget what else was to die for.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      Now that was deliberately obvious. LOL guestuser-SomewayOuttaHere" posts are not from SomewayOuttaHere.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Someway, it is a stray really, but my neighbour has been feeding him for years so he always hangs around the front garden. My dog and this cat have been in a fight before and the dog came out worse, she was scratched to ribbons. This cat goes on the attack, it's not defensive, it starts the fights.

      He stalks us and starts hissing and spitting, we carry on walking and he follows- it's creepy. This cat is a real thug- there isn't a dog around here who'll mess with him, and he is HUGE!

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago

      Hollie, my Raven needs to meet 'tabby' and take care of the problem. I've ran into weird cats before and you sure don't want to tangle with them because they are fast and unpredictable...sounds more feral than domestic...i was attacked by a domestic cat a long time ago, i managed to kick it! and then had time to get away from it, but not before it drew some of my blood and wrapped itself around my leg ....it didn't like my cat and went crazy, but on me.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      @SomewayOuttaHere, re: "there you are PDS....my luv mail has been resent! xo". Message never received. Not via my email address when someone uses the HP route. Not via my other address you know of. Nothing. And yes, I checked spam folders. If you hadn't posted in Randy's thread about this, we never would have known about the communication failure. You are a keeper. :-D. Whatever is going on, something is amiss. Use the HP route and we will figure this out. And, on general principal, I have gone on high-security alert. When you try again, assuming you want to, do it when you are signed into HP.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      You should meet my neighbours tabby cat, he chases my and my dog down the street every morning when we go for a walk. He frightens me to death!

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      You people on the other side of the Pond have all the fun with wild life! The most exciting thing to endanger me in London are wasps. Admittedly they seem to be particularly large wasps, maybe they are hornets? That's a lot more exciting.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      This probably sounds like a stupid question and probably is, but is it compulsory for kids in the US to study the Second World War in their history lessons?

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago

      yogi the bear has left......Raven did a good sweep of the property this a.m.....a friend will drop by later and figure out where the bear entered/exited - otherwise my little Raven may find it and take a stroll herself. i'm so proud of raven...she did an excellent job 'scaring' the bear and letting it know it was not welcome....she was pacing inside the house last night for about 1/2 hour - ready for action! at least now i know that when we go for a stroll in the woods she'll be ready to defend and keep an animal in particular a bear, at bay....until i can sprint away somewhere safe.....i chuckled to myself this a.m. about how fast i ran to my front door which was locked!...and then quickly to my back door confident with raven's barks behind me that the bear would not run up to her.....the damn thing was running at full speed!!!!!

      I googled david icke....didn't read everything....a nutter? i read about the ped-artist, 70 yrs. old that just walked free - Graham Ovenden...what was the judge thinking?...the article was connected to d icke's site.

      there you are PDS....my luv mail has been resent! xo

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      SomewayOuttaHere, re: "you don't reply to my PMs????? :)". Something may be wrong. The last communication I received from you was on May 2nd. Please resend anything you've sent me since then and drop me a note here that you did so. Your friend, PDS.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      You safe from the bear Someway? Can you get out of the house?

      We don't have bears around here, but we do have the Bilderberg Group squaring up to David Icke and his cohorts down at The Grove this week. No doubt this will make the traffic even worse. You would think that if you were intent on world domination that you could find somewhere a bit more glamorous than Watford to execute your dastardly plans from. Though they do do a nice afternoon tea and have a great spa.

      WA don't spit on the heretic Akhenaten, he's one of the main characters in my Aten Sequence books and I hope that he is going to make me a lot of money lol! (Don't worry he's a total creep in the books)

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      omg!....went to get Raven because she was barking....as I got closer, I realized she meant business!!!!!!!....there was a bear on my property....the bear ran by me in the more wooded area of the property....i sprinted back to my house with Raven running and barking behind me...........holy shyte....from the size, I figure it was a young one - few years. anyway....now i'm stuck in my house and finally got Raven in the house....it better be gone in the morning!!!....btw I can run really, really fast with heels on! ....whew!!!!...i'm not even sure how it got on the property...everything is fenced....oh oh...another security breach!

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      so.....quality here means it has to be a circle with an H - featured.....hmmmm.......wonder how many featured hubs folks have if they have say 100 hubs....does featured imply making dollars?...or it just means featured....with no purpose?...curious....or does any of it make sense....or the circles and things just looks good....like for example I like my yin and yang circles....ha ha ha

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yo Someway, it's the latest attempt at trying to figure out what Google wants. Sissy has jumped ship and her fans have almost embarrassed themselves with kissing up to her. I can't think of a single thing she has done to improve the site thus far. Her new site is supposedly for teaching people how to be successful online, but so far I've not observed anyone who can vouch for her expertise. Just sayin'.....

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      hmmmm....just looked at my stats....ha ha ha....i have clear circles and half moons....or i fondly refer to them as yin and yang....this is new...new to me anyway....do i get an accolade or sumthin' like that?????.....no need to reply......ha ha ha

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      SomewayOuttaHere 4 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      are you serious worst?....ha ha ha.....

      Randy - how's that tan, you lucky man!....mind you tonight where I live it is a nice 25c....comfortable weather.....where I work it was a cool 15c when I began the trip home to what i call the 'valley'......

      droppin' in to say 'hi to all.....where's my little PDS?....dontcha like me anymore???????....you don't reply to my PMs????? :)

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Ahh I've never read Faraon, I think I managed a couple of other Prus books. But I read the trilogy many times, I had it almost memorised. In some ways it is real trash, and the Romance bits are so naive they are embarrassing, but Zagloba, and Wolodyjowski.......fantastic.

      Actually what is really valuable about the books is how he really recreated the historical feel, the language, the use of cobwebs.......you really think you are living there. So as literature I don't thin they are completely worthless. There are movies, Ogniem i Mieczem was redone about 12 years ago, with the Scorupko (Bond) woman among others. The other 2 are really old movies, but I enjoy watching them. They are all on youtube if you are interested.

      This is my favourite flounce scene, I've often dreamt of resigning from work in this fashion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qpr49AHeoA&lis...

      You have to go to 2:30 minutes.

      Sorry guys it is in Polish. Basically the Swedes invaded Poland, and all the aristocracy were selling out. The good guys flocked to Prince Radziwill to fight the Swedes under him, but at this big dinner party he raises a toast.....

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      The trilogy With Fire and Sword, etc. ? I didn't ever read it myself, but my father loved it and read it over and over. He told me bedtime stories from it: Zagłoba was my favourite character.

      The only adult Polish book I've read (*blush*) is Faraon by Prus, which I devoured when visiting my uncle in Czestochowa at the age of 13. I guess it was an intimation of my current obsession with Egyptology. Of course now I spit on the name of The Heretic Akhenaten...

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Do you watch Game of Thrones, PDS? I was fanatical about the books, and I'm watching the series religiously. This week's episode was a serious downer for me, even though I knew what was coming.

      All day I went around shouting, "it's so unfair!", "justice for the Starks!" (in my head). Other than that I can't say I watch much stuff, and I used to mostly live in other peoples' worlds. I've decided a long time ago that TV series are better than movies.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      This is a Day of Rest for me. Think I'll go find a movie to watch.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      If the forums are any indication, the summer doldrums are definitely here.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I can't find this Wizzley curious person. I can't even find Q&A, what does this say about me? - Anyway, think I would have to emphasize that Wizzley's quality standards are quite stringent.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      On Google's part this is shortermism at it's finest. If they continue to rank grammatically incorrect and factually inaccurate nonsense, whether the poster is paid or otherwise they'll eventually lose their market share. Not all searchers are completely stupid, although some might argue they are :)

      Although, ultimately,perhaps that's what Google wants, stupid posters who work for free?

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      We can but hope. I was amused to see Simey referred to as "drama queen" (I think) by Will Apse on another thread.

      But (and I might be remembering this wrong) Simey I think wrote specifically about WebAnswers. That's always been the less successful sibling of yahoo and wiki. I think Google's great belief in these sites, and in wikipedia, is that people don't get paid for posting there, so less incentive to spin and spam. But also no incentive to produce something worthwhile.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      It's so frustrating! I'm writing about things which interest me, but I'm also astonished that people are looking up "What does endangered mean" unless they're kids. This is such basic information, what's going on with the world? But either way, if Google are serious about quality then surely the information should be reliable. Having said that, I find it difficult to pitch articles like these to internet searchers. If they're asking such a basic question, they will clearly be bored to tears reading the summary of a study, but how else can you substantiate your claims?

      SimeyC's "so long, fair well, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye" thread gave me some hope. Nothing against SimeyC, but maybe the Great Google Spaghetti Monster is about to thrash those sites. SC indicated that his traffic had been decimated there.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      One of my favourite hubbers in contemplating a move to Wizzley. He's just asked a question "Anyone who are were write on wizzley or any thoughts?". I think you should go and tell him how terrible wizzley is, Hollie.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Yep, but really I don't expect anything correct from yahoo answers and all the other answer sites.

      So the question is why does google love them so much, given all that they say about quality? I guess Google would say that people like these sites, hence they are quality. Google's definition of quality is basically "what searchers like".

      To be honest, I think it's beyond Google's or MTurk ability to know whether the content is true or not. The only things they can judge the text on is whether it seems to cover the subject in depth (hard for Google, but I think they use semantic whatsitcalleds, synonyms etc.) blah blah blah.

      So if these things matter why do we keep being outranked by these ridiculous answer sites?

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Yep, but really I don't expect anything correct from yahoo answers and all the other answer sites.

      So the question is why does google love them so much, given all that they say about quality? I guess Google would say that people like these sites, hence they are quality. Google's definition of quality is basically "what searchers like".

      To be honest, I think it's beyond Google's or MTurk ability to know whether the content is true or not. The only things they can judge the text on is whether it seems to cover the subject in depth (hard for Google, but I think they use semantic whatsitcalleds, synonyms etc.) blah blah blah.

      So if these things matter why do we keep being outranked by these ridiculous answer sites?

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      And technically speaking, correct me if I'm wrong, that is not the correct answer anyway- and all the content on page one repeats it. An animal is endangered if they are at risk of becoming extinct in their usual habitat or historical range. Most endangered (or at least very many) animals are also kept in captivity, so it's not like they're going to be the next dodos. I know that's not the point, but you'd at least think it should be made clear, at least somewhere.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Indeed I have a 20 work wiki answers outranking my hub about "types of frogs". Perhaps we need to write a few very short engrish hubs.

      Lol worst, I have considered writing an informative Stella hub, with some comical facts and seeing how well it would do in QAP. But I suspect it would take longer than 8 minutes and 12 seconds.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Yahoo answers is outranking my what does endangered mean hub and THIS:

      it means that something is getting extinct and may likely to be vanished soon .

      Is the top answer. What is Google thinking?

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      worst-of-hp 4 years ago

      The Mturkey rating of creative writing is can be a source of great amusement if you have 8 minutes and 12 seconds to spare. (Yeah, I timed it.)

      Create a dummy HP account, use a semi-random poem text generator to "write" about 200 words of "poetry," post it, and check on it a few hours later when it's gone through QAP. Oh, and stick a few flower photos on it.

      When you check back, you will be dismayed or delighted to see the black circle of featurehood next to your "poem." Not only that, but you'll also get some clueless HP users commenting on how touching your poetry is.

      Thanks for the laughs HP!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes aa, for time out of mind spiderwebs have been used to slow or stop the bleeding from wounds by the ancient ones.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      lol. Yes, probably. I'm just imaging some poor kid using that page for research for their homework and offering those facts!

      The Hula Painted Frog, or Lazarus frog. He's a little belter, absolutely lovely. :http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/06/scie...

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      The stuff is brilliant if you don't take it seriously, but useless if you want to find something about spiders. The problem is that most people googling "spider facts" probably want to find something about spiders. They might be confused by the delicious cold milk produced by hairy spiders, or the black widow being admonished by congress for racism.

      I googled hula frog, but there appears to be some sort of parenting community by that name, and it dominates.

      The reason I want to write about spiders is because one of the things that fascinated me when I was a child, was reading Sienkiewicz's trylogia (did you ever read it WA?), where every time somebody was wounded (all the time in those books) they would knead cobwebs with bread and treat the wounds.

      Apparently it's a great at stopping bleeding. A little known fact that I feel the internet would benefit from being told about.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Actually, I read it to the end, it's hilarious!

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I couldn't even read that, the text was hurting my eyes. But the bits I read were pretty dreadful!

      aa, this may or may not be of interest to you and you may or may not want to write about it, but the Hula( think it's name is) frog is apparently no longer extinct and has been spotted in Israel. Just thought I'd let you know!

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      OMG, really I don't know what google is thinking of. I was researching facts about spiders as a keyword. According to market samurai, this is the top result: http://www.hamtwoslices.net/spiders.htm

      I mean it is great stuff, I lol'd at several points, but is this what people are really expecting when they want to find out about spiders?

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      So glad to hear from you, Mary. Yes, the comments are varied and certainly most of them are not about the hub, but we enjoy having a place to chat, especially since at least one of our group is banned from the forums. (guess who?) lol!

      Always pleased to hear from a former Georgia Peach. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just spent about an hour reading all these comments!

      I enjoyed your story and just want to say "hello" to GEORGIA. I still miss that place.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi, Moonlake. Yes, I got banned from the forums for arguing with one of the resident MTurks about why James Watkin's profile score was so low a while back. Obviously HP is going to protect their raters opinions so It was no surprise at all to get permanently banned from the forums for even suggesting their system sucks.

      I have no use for brown-nosers.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      You got banned from the forums? Why, there are people on there that should be banned and never are? I enjoyed your story and voted up and share. By the way I love your photos.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I'm wondering if my stats this Monday are going to beat last Monday. Three hours to go. Too close to call.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Here's my two comments which haven't been approved either.

      The first one:

      I completely agree with Wayne and others, Christy. So who in the heck

      devised the scale for creative writing? You should have no problem listing

      their names unless they are ashamed of their own work on HP. We at least

      deserve to have a look at their articles to see if they themselves are

      even qualified to judge other peoples efforts on the site.

      I’ll wager you won’t even respond with the guilty parties names, and if

      not, this says so much about the people making the important decisions on

      Hubpages these days. I am thoroughly disgusted with HP at this point in

      time and have no plans to contribute either CW or info articles again

      until these silly rating scales are cleaned up and actually work well. :(

      And the second unapproved comment:

      Since my comment wasn’t allowed I suppose this means I won my wager. lol!

      And by the way, HP not sharing the “Related Search” revenue placed on our

      pages is a direct violation of the agreement we have with HP. This doesn’t

      bode well for the trust we placed in you guys and tends to make one

      believe there are other nefarious violations we have yet to discover. Oh

      what tangled web we weave….

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I am moving them to my blogger sites. I also have accounts at Wizzley and Zujava. I have a hub on the other places that I write at.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I agree with aa. Excepting for HP, I am done with all content sites.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      @LG, the problem with wanting to put stuff on other sites, is that it is hard to find anything that is ok now. You should hear the screaming on Squidoo, they're in complete panic mode, changing the filters all the time.

      I guess you can try Zujava or Wizzley (or infobarrel), but I imagine there will be trouble there, if not now then in the future. I do like the look of Wizzley, but the two articles I've put there get 0 external traffic. So if I think I have a good keyword I will put it on HP.

      Tbh, the best solution might be your own blogger sites, you can do whatever you want and have full control over everything. I've just started a couple of blogs that should be fun. I have no expectations for them, if they get traffic, cool, I will monetize them. If they don't.......it will just be a bit of fun for me.

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      The last 2 traffic-related comments caused me to go check mine. Seems ok with me as well.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Okay my comment is still waiting for approval on Cristy's notice so here it is:

      I am with Randy, Duffsmom and Wayne on this issue. I have painstakenly unpublished lots of my 300+ hubs because of YOUR quality control issues. Making better quality hubs will not get us more views if they are made to conform to YOUR views, Ask the people what they want to read. I had one hub that had some personal story in it and it was unpublished and then you changed the rules that night and it was re-published the next day but not featured. I got many readers tell me here and on other sites that they like personal stories. So whose rating is that going for–yours alone. I think not.

      As far as doing what Google wants, that is very lame in my opinion because Google doesn’t know what it wants.

      Like Duffsmom, I am so almost ready to not re-publish any more of my hubs and put them on some other writing site. You have pushed me to the limit of how many changes that YOU think is going to do better that don’t and waste my time and effort. When HP begam and I came into it 5 years ago it was wonderful and I got lots of traffic and views, but now with all the changes people just don’t want to spend the time making those changes and it also deviates from the article a bit because of the many changes. I don’t think you have quality staff because they don’t do the stuff of checking the hub from grammar or spelling only. They seem to be putting their spin on the subject matter and rating it for their personal views, not anyone elses need for such information.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey guys! I'm sunburned to hell's limit but finally got the pool in good shape. Switched over to salt water after I tried a friends pool. It does away with all sorts of chemicals and the equipment will pay for itself in less than one season compared to chlorine pools.

      Congrats on the rise in traffic, aa. Mine seems to be holding pretty steady with a bit of a slow rise. My Adsense earnings for May was almost as much as March and April combined. Now if only Amazon sales will go back up.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I'm going to whisper it here, and hope that Fate doesn't notice......my traffic seems to be really good today :)

      Actually I saw an improvement on Wednesday, but then came the usual weekend drop so it wasn't as obvious.

      It seems to me that Paul E. in the forums has said that the majority of hubs here are rated at whatever the threshold of the QAP is (which most believe to be 6). I guess if they raised the QAP threshold, they would de-index so much stuff that they would lose money, even if traffic improved to what was left behind.

      I remember Melissa saying that only about 1/40 hubs that she rated it made it to 8!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      A pool and fuzzy navels come to mind...

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Where is Randacious? PDS, your spelling is ultimately British/ English!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      Maybe Randacious can do it for you.

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      HollieT 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Too late, PDS!

      Office products, wedding stationery, business cards and Thank you cards appear to do very well there. And, of course, other niche stuff. I have another store with no products as yet, but named ethnic designs (quite chuffed when I managed to bag that URL) I'm going to populate this store and then concentrate on more unusual, native designs in my new store later.

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      WriteAngled 4 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      Hmm, I'd go to Vistaprint for those!

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      Person of Interest 4 years ago from USA

      I got banned from the forums for saying something like that. HP has no sense of humor sometimes. I'd quickly delete that comment before it is too late.. :)