Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Russian Bots/Trolls Are Back

Yep, they're back.  There have been 105 Russian hits on this blog so far this week. 

If I post, they will come.

Not to read my posts, but to spring board off my web addy onto some unsuspecting Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Pinteresque page.  I hate the thought that I am being used in this way. 

However, I also know that there aren't 105 internet users in Russia who care enough about my point of view to actually stop in for a quick read.

When I was posting regularly, these 105 grew to well over 350 hits a week. That was back when the American election was in full flower and the Russians were working overtime to exert some influence. 

When I realized what was happening — that Russia really wasn't in the least bit interested in my posts, but that those same Russians were using my blog to hop-scotch onto other media without having their own web identity discovered, I simply stopped posting....and they went away. 

Seems the blog has to be actively engaged by me for them to successfully use the site for their own purposes.

What to do?  I seriously thought of discontinuing my blogging.  Actually, I did discontinue as those of you who come regularly know. 

However, this little window on the www is very important to me.  I have missed the sharing. 

Any ideas about how to handle this dilemma?  I'd love to hear from anyone who has an idea to share.

Thanks ever so much..

p.s. Below is the addy of a Mother Jones article on the subject that may be of some interest.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/russian-journalists-just-published-a-bombshell-investigation-about-a-kremlin-linked-troll-factory/


Need I Say More?


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Almost Like Praying — Donate to Puerto Rico



https://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/lin-manuel-miranda-almost-like-praying-puerto-rico-relief?utm_term=.wcj6pBV913#.qudVEngk3v

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

In a Country Gone Crazy, I Offer You an Article on Loving


The Most Lovable Thing About Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type


The careful thought they give each passing question. The whirring, reeling look inside their eye. The raw and childlike energy they exude when the people who they love are truly thriving. The way they let their weirdness out in bursts. The measured nature with which they plan the future. The hurried nature in which they share their thoughts. The way their eyes light up when they’re engaging with their passion. The even, tempered consideration they give to each new perspective that comes their way."







"INTP
The measured, thoughtful nature of their speech. The wild, unstructured pattern of their thoughts. The way they break down every pre-determined concept. The way they question and cast doubt onto themselves. The curiosity that fuels their every action. The open-mindedness with which they approach people. The patience they apply to deep complexities. The biases they recognize within themselves.





http://observer.com/2017/10/most-lovable-thing-about-each-myers-briggs-personality-type/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bill Kirton
 from Facebook
Simply because we need to keep reminding ourselves that some of us are still relatively sane (although that'll be read by some as hubris), I offer the opening verse of a little parody. You're welcome to add verses of your own.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
I'm confused and just don’t know what place we’re going to.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
With your jingle jangle half-brain I'm not following you.
Though I know that humankind will only finish up as sand
Vanish from the land
Leave no-one here to stand after the weeping,
Your idiotic posturing in every manic tweet
Will hasten our defeat,
Bring emptiness to streets which once were teeming.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
I'm confused and just don’t know what place we’re going to.
Hey! Mr. Tangerine man, what is wrong with me?
With your jingle jangle half-brain I'm not following you.

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The current political circumstances in which the USA finds itself consumes me these days.  I find myself unable to write about the racism, the bitterness, the dishonesty that we face in the moment.  One day when I have had the opportunity to sort through my reaction to this entire morass of meanness, I will write. In the meantime there are moments when Facebook gives me material that I am willing to share here.  Today, one of those posts caught my attention and so I share with you via Bill Kirton.  Feel free to add verses of your own.