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Medical Privacy and Discrimination by Potential Future Employers and Insurance Companies

I'm 68 years old and don't care, but younger people should very much care. Especially don't post about anything medical in social media or anywhere else online.

Potential employers will discriminate against you and not hire anyone they suspect will increase their medical insurance rates; a fact of life. So if you have any medical issues, keep them to yourself. Don't even tell your real world friends. If you have to tell, then make it only the immediate family and loved ones you trust; and remind them about the posting-on-line caveat.

And certainly protect your kids in this regard. Definitely don't mention any medical problems online.

Image from federal NIH website.

And for folks of all ages, don't mention online that you are going to the doctor, hospital, or anywhere else on a particular day. Doing so announces to the world that your home may be vacant for burglars to enter.

And while we are at it...Never make a doctor's appointment for a Monday or a Friday. Both the doctor's office and the medical transportation will be total chaos. Personal experience talking here.

Another note... Pharmacists say don't keep any prescription medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet. I'm guessing this has to do with both heat and humidity issues; especially heat destroys the active ingredients. Same probably applies to OTC medications and vitamin pills. Makes me think that having prescription medicine or anything else that is heat-sensitive mailed to you during the summer months may also not be a good idea.

Important Tip on How to Use Blogger aka Blogspot: Beware Revert to Draft

Here's an important tech SEO warning for webmasters who use Blogger aka Blogspot. A true Blogger booby trap and pitfall.

This happened to me.

If you revert a published web page or blog post to draft mode for whatever reason and then re-publish, Blogspot will change your URL and not tell you! At which point anyone arriving from a search engine or any other source will immediately get a 404-file-not-found. In other words, you've lost everything. That post (whether being used as a web page or a blog post) no longer exists to the search engines, social media, or anywhere else your former URL is listed. All gone, you are back to zero. Your former URL is gone and your new URL will have to be discovered and shared all over again.

To clarify, this is about what Blogger calls "posts"; I don't know if Blogger does the same thing to what Blogger calls "pages", nor do I intend to find out. Also, I'm not talking about the usual editing/updating routine we all do to our published posts (whether being used as a web page or a blog post). I'm talking about the reverting of a published post to draft mode and then republishing it. Don't ever do that. If you do, you have effectively just murdered your web page or blog post. If you have done it recently and been wondering why your traffic for that post suddenly cratered to zero, that is the reason.


Fortunately I found a way to at least partially salvage the situation. You can go to "Settings" and then "Search preferences". There you will find "Custom Redirects". You can put the former and new URLs there. So at least I got my traffic back, but I'm sure the search engines are thrilled, now that they will be thinking I've got duplicate pages on my website. And I'm wondering if my search ranking for that page is going to drop dead when the redirection is discovered.

Blogger needs to implement a warning prompt when a user is about to do something that will change an URL. I mean seriously, they are not idiots and know how serious an URL change can be.

Why couldn't this have happened to one of my low-traffic articles? No, it had to happen to one of my top performers. The life of an online writer..., where the adventures never end. Oh, well. At least I hope this post saves a few kindred souls from similar fates.

Bumper Stickers - Over 100 Quotes and One-Liners - Funny, Philosophical, Life, Insults, More.

For entertainment and can also be used for Facebook, Twitter, memes, Pinterest, wall signs, office desks, bikes, car windows, etc.

Actually, there are more than 100; new ones keep being added. You don't have to read them all at once; maybe a couple sub lists a day keeps the doctor away? Many of these random quotes are absolute truths; many of these quotes merely reference truths. Many of these quotes and one-liners are about life and philosophy; many are just for fun, insults, and entertainment. None are original, but some of them are. Some will change your life; others will just make you fall down laughing. Some are understood immediately; some could take days. The majority are indeed just humor and other entertainment, but some are serious. This can kind of be a thought-provoking page actually. If a quote or one-liner isn't funny or an insult, then is it serious? Then there are the contextual issues, e.i., suitable for which scenarios listed in the sub title? It is up to you to decide which is what and how to enjoy.
Sigmund Freud


List of quotes sub-list one for bumper stickers, Facebook, etc.

Time and Space. Can't live with it. Can't live without it.

Live in the now.

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

Black holes are where God divides by zero.

You are obviously a fine human being in your own right. And I mean that.

I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.

If you observe this vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner, please try to think of it as one more anomaly in the cosmic order.

So many stupid people. So few asteroids.

I didn't believe in reincarnation in my last life either.

You are a total waste of protein.

Excess is never too much in moderation.

I didn't say it was your fault, I just said I was blaming you.

I'm really easy to get along with once you learn to worship me.

Honk if you want to learn sign-language.

Bricks and Rainbows, otherwise known as Life.

What do the letters in FEAR stand for? False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.

My Dad was just like me.

Let’s debate your existence. You take the negative.

Never believe generalizations.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Admit it when you are wrong.

The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance.

What holds attention determines action.

The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

Proof evolution CAN go in reverse.

I don't think, therefore I am not.

You’re a mess. But that’s ok.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

Does anal retentive have a hyphen?

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

Hope, but never expect.


List of one-liners sub-list two for bumper stickers, Twitter, etc.

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

I have the body of a god. Buddha.

Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.

I doubt, therefore I might be.

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.

Action expresses priorities.

Be someone who makes you happy.

Even my dog knows to reboot before calling tech support.

Honk if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving vehicle.

It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

Thank God I'm an atheist.

Never knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run. He hates that.

Some days it's just not worth gnawing through the leather straps.

Driveway doesn't go all the way to the road…

In a battle of wits, I’m unarmed.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

Sometimes I am almost overwhelmed by my incredible perfection.

If you're happy and you know it, see a shrink.

Do not judge a person's story by the chapter you walked in on.

Be good to people for no reason.

Vegetarian: Indian word for lousy hunter.

One-celled organisms out score me in IQ tests.

What!?! Am I here?

I don’t have ulcers, but I’m a carrier.

No Way Out.

Lost in America.

Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.

Worry. God knows all about you.


List of quotes sub-list three for bumper stickers, Pinterest, etc.

I'm Canadian. It's like being American, but without the gun.

Be happy, it drives people crazy.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

This bumper sticker intentionally left blank.

Person of Interest.

I’m not fat, I’m just easier to see.

The way nature is constructed, no living entity has any rights; just like non-living entities.

Life’s favorite chew-toy.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

The meek shall inherit the earth, after we're through with it.

Jesus loves you! Everybody else thinks you're a jerk.

A single thread of hope is still a powerful thing.

Lawyers have feelings too, allegedly.

People like you are the reason people like me need medication.

So many cats. So few recipes.

Just remember... If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway.

Don't make me mad. I'm running out of places to hide the bodies.

On your mark, get set, go away!

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability.

You don't need to have it all figured out to move forward.

To err is human, to blame it on somebody else shows management potential.

Let the past make you better, not bitter.

If you hate a person, then you are defeated by them.

Liberal Arts major: Will think for food.

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Adjure obfuscation.

What we need is a patch for stupidity.

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn't figured out yet.

Procrastinate now.

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.

Wherever you go, there you are.

Luck favors the prepared.


List of one-liners sub-list four for bumper stickers, memes, etc.

The best proof there is Intelligent Life in outer space is the fact it hasn’t come here.

I’d stalk you, but it’s been a long day.

The Tribbles are coming!

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Just because I don't react, doesn't mean I didn't notice.

You have delusions of adequacy.

I love you more today than tomorrow.

An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.

I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.

If at first you don’t succeed, the hell with it.

People who think they know it all really annoy those of us who do.

Well, at least the war on the environment is going well.

Churches only worship the prophet margin.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

We are all lab rats.

Perspective.

Due to lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled.

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. Sometimes not.

If you don’t like the way I drive, then stay off the sidewalk.

My feminine side is lesbian.

Just say NO to negativity.

I thought I was indecisive; now I'm not so sure.

The winner of the rat race is still a rat.

When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you.

Never get into a fight with an ugly person, they have nothing to lose.

I never thought I'd miss Nixon.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

I love animals. They're delicious.

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.

A wise man once said nothing.

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.


List of quotes sub-list five for bumper stickers, signs, etc.

Too tall for my blood supply.

I haven't been ignoring you; I've been prioritizing you.

It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.

Squirrels: Nature's speed bumps.

Armadillos: Texas speed bumps.

If a man states an opinion and there is no woman to hear it, is he still wrong?

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

You've survived 100% of everything in your life so far, so there is a pretty good chance you will survive whatever is next.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

If you are going to be "weird", be confident about it.

God is my co-pilot, but the Devil is my bombardier.

I don't have a license to kill, but I do have a learner's permit.

Keep honking while I reload.

I bring joy whenever I leave the room.

It's never too late for an apology.

A couple di-lithium crystals short of a warp core.

Why does Hawaii have an interstate highway?

Taxation WITH representation isn't so hot either.

EARTH FIRST! We'll strip-mine the other planets later.

My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her (or something like that).

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Stop repeat offenders. Don't re-elect them!

If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.

Happiness is not trying or finding, it's deciding.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

It's up to you.

Why not?

We repeat what we don't repair.

Driver carries no cash. He's married.

All I ask is the chance to prove money can't make me happy.

He who smiles in a crisis has found someone else to blame.

Don't dumb it down.

Entropy happens.


List of one-liners sub-list six for bumper stickers, decals, etc.

Friends come and go, enemies accumulate.

Opportunities come and go, problems accumulate.

Vote Democrat - it's easier than working!

Vote Republican - it's easier than thinking!

You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you.

Wanted: Meaningful overnight relationship.

Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.

First things first, but not necessarily in that order.

Old age comes at a bad time.

I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.

In America, anyone can be president. That's one of the risks you take.

Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

I'm an old person. Cut me some slack.

Exist on your own terms. That is all.

Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore.

I’m tall, but I’m worth the climb.

I need someone real bad. Are you real bad?

The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.

Why do the Flintstones celebrate Christmas?

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Life would be easier if I had the source code.

Hang up and drive.

Polar bears club baby seals.

God must love stupid people. He made SO many.

I took an IQ test and the results were negative.

I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you.


List of quotes sub-list seven for bumper stickers, social media, etc.

Do they ever shut up on your planet?

The trouble with life is there's no background music.

Sometimes a perceived problem turns out to be a gift instead.

Quoting one is plagiarism. Quoting many is research.

Don't measure my intelligence on your ability to understand me.

You - Off my planet.

I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

If you are what you eat, I'm fast, cheap and easy.

Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

Warning: Dates on calendar are closer than they appear.

I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.

Sarcasm is just one more service I provide.

Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

Embarrassed about something? They'll get over it.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.

Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren't asleep.

Most of what you worry about will never happen.

Suck it up every now and then.

Persistence.

I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one.

I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?

You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.

Earth is full. Go home.

How do I set a laser printer to stun?

Chaos, panic, and disorder - my work here is done.

Getting on your feet means getting off your butt.

Some things are more important than money. And they all cost money.

Never argue with reality.

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The fatal flaw of logic is it presupposes awareness of  all relevant premises.



Forgive yourself for your mistakes.


Google Privacy Issues and You - What It Is and Always Will Be

2018, the untold story... Warning, some humor may be present; as well as the political aspect. But also lots of informational items and resources. In truth, Google does seem to be one of the more benign corporations out there. And they certainly have answered every question I've ever thrown at their search engine.

I Love Google. Well, Maybe "Fond" Is a Better Word.

Google. All Seeing. All Knowing. All Powerful.


If you really are concerned about privacy invasion, be sure to read the last section of this page. What you are concerned about has been going on long before the internet and Google arrived on the scene. In other words, on the private-sector side, George Orwell's 1984 scenario showed up a long time ago. As for the public-sector side, more about that later.)

Wherever I Go, There Is Google...

No matter which website I visit, there's the Google API's scattered across my screen. Google knows I've been there.

Whenever I search for something, Google knows and Google saves. And then Google follows me around, telling me all about it for the next month (they really do).

Google knows where I've been. Google knows where I am. Google knows where I want to go. But wait, there's more...
  • Google knows my name.
  • Google knows my gender.
  • Google knows my age.
  • Google knows my ethnicity.
  • Google knows my education level.
  • Google knows what I do for a living.
  • Google knows what I do for fun.
  • Google knows what I buy.
  • Google knows the companies I love.
  • Google knows the companies I hate.
  • Google knows what financial institution I use.
  • Google knows where I live.
  • Google knows the YouTube song I listened to six times a a row.

We Are Being Watched...

Not only does Google want to know, and does know, everything about me; they want to watch me.

So much so, they even send driverless cars with cameras that follow me around wherever I go. Sure, they say it is for their Google Maps; but I know better.

And if the cars weren't bad enough, now Google is launching satellites to watch over me. I mean seriously, satellites!?! They claim it's for their Google Earth, but then they took a picture of me in front of my house. [Yes, they really did. The technology is that good. No, I'm not posting the link; I'm already paranoid enough as it is.]

And then, of course, there's the whole GPS thing...

Google Headquarters

But Wait! There's Even More.

Google isn't happy just knowing everything about us and where we are at any given moment.

Google is gradually buying up the entire planet. If you doubt this, check out acquisitions and partnerships. Not only is Google buying up everything in sight, they have even partnered with the NASA Ames Research Center.

The NSA certainly loved Google and what they do. So much so, they were busily stealing all of Google's information about us from the Google data centers; leastwise until Google wised-up and encrypted it.

The CIA certainly loved Google. Apparently, they've been stealing everyone's user data from Google's Chrome browser. Fortunately, Google announced in March 2017 that they've finally been able to put a stop to most of it.

Do you use web-based email? Someone is probably thumbing through your letters as we speak.

Do you use Google Docs? Best not to put anything there that some law enforcement agency or your spouse's divorce lawyer might be interested in...

It Gets Worse... Google Has a Sense of Humor and Can Strike at Any Time...

...and without warning.

Depending on which browser you use:
This is only the tip of the iceberg. You can find more at Google Hoaxes and Easter Eggs.

Where Will Google Be in a 100 Years? They'll Still Be Around.


Other companies that have survived over 100 years include ExxonMobil, IBM, General Electric, Chevron, McKesson, and many others.

IBM is the most notable of these. Even though they are in the cutthroat technology industry, and even though they have seriously messed up at times, they are still around. And even prospering.

Will Google still be around in a 100 years? Probably. As long as Google continues to keep hiring the smartest people on the planet; and as long as Google continues its company charter policy of "Do no evil", and thus avoiding perturbing the general population; the odds of Google's continuing prosperity are good.

When some new company does come along with a threatening new technology, Google will no doubt do the corporate usual; buy them or stomp on them. Capitalism is capitalism...

One of Google's Data Centers

Though this page is sometimes humorous of intent, it somehow also kind of turned into an informational article and a review of Google and of internet life in general. I'm fine with that. All in all, I am fond of Google. One really does have to admire what Google has accomplished since its inception. And as far as corporations go, Google really does seem to be less evil than most.

The Privacy Controversy


There has been a lot of media coverage concerning privacy issues. The thing is, all the other corporations and companies out there have been doing the exact, same thing. And not just tech companies; any company that has any interaction with the public is busily snooping into your private life in every way they can. Admittedly, Google is probably better at it than most.

It gets worse. This has been going on long before the internet came along. Try decades and decades and decades; probably somewhere between 50 to a 100 years or even longer.

If you really want an eye-opener as to privacy invasion, try checking out the Credit Report Guide for Beginners page; this has likewise been going on for decades and decades and decades.

As previously mentioned, the private-sector side of privacy invasion arrived a long time ago. As for the public-sector side of things, both George Orwell's 1984 and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 officially arrived the day after September 11, 2001.

How to Make Your Own Bookmarks Website

Make the Browser's Clumsy, Old Bookmarks List into an Online Document Page or Website.

A quick lesson on how to create your own bookmark manager. Setting up a bookmarks web page or online document is easy. You will be so glad you did.

No Technical Skills Required
And Much More Fun

If you can...
  1. Type text.
  2. Highlight text.
  3. Click a link icon.
  4. Copy/Paste an URL from the browser website address bar.
Then you can create your own personal template, bookmark webpage or online document.

Why Make Your Own, Homemade Bookmark Manager?

Quite simply, because it is incredibly convenient. Laying out all your links exactly the way you want them is so much more efficient than any browser bookmark list or app can ever be or do.

Plus, the bookmark manager web page or online document will always be there for you. Convenience factors include:
  • Always available no matter which or whose computer or mobile device you are using.
  • The ability to organize your links in rows as well as columns.
  • Never losing all your bookmarks, due to accidental deletion or browser corruption.
  • Never losing all your bookmarks, due to hard disk or other computer problems.
  • The convenience of grouped-by-type links.
  • The convenience of grouped-by-subdomain links.
  • The convenience of grouped-by-frequency links.
  • The ability to set the background and your link text to whatever color, size, and font, that is easy on and best for your eyes.
  • The ability of your bookmark lists to change as your needs and preferences evolve.

How to Organize Your Bookmarks. And Things to Include in Your Lists.



You will probably want to put your most frequently visited websites near the top. Only you can decide what those might be.

As for groups, some examples would be:
  • A row of the search engines you use.
  • A row of the news sites you regularly visit.
  • A row of your frequently visited social media sites.
  • A row of your blog websites.
  • A row of your email websites.
  • A row of your less frequently visited social media websites.
  • A row of utility websites, e.g., weather, calendar, etc.
  • A row of whatever doesn't fit somewhere else.
  • Subdomain rows of a website.
As for the last one, Facebook might be a good example. If you regularly go to certain accounts all the time, it would make sense to set up a convenient row of links to those accounts.

How to Make Your Online Document Bookmark Page

Here is a Demo Bookmark Template (opens in new tab).  Feel free to copy to your own document. The links are set to open in new tabs, which is a necessary feature. If that attribute fails to transfer when you copy, you will need to reset them to that option.

If you are not already using an online document app that lets you publish to the web, then I recommend G-Drive for your first cloud experience. They are owned by Google, so they will be around for awhile; it is free. It is as easy to use as any other word processor. Once you are familiar with it, you will probably use it for other projects as well.

Side note. Sometimes, copying from one app or format to another results in an unusable mess. If that happens, try copying into your document using the web page version below. In addition to the template, the next section also has additional, worthwhile information.

How to Make Your Own Website Bookmark Web Page - Website Building the Easy Way



Going the website/web page building route will give you considerably more design capability.

Here is a webpage version of the Demo Bookmark Template (new tab). Only highlight and copy the portion between the lines, objective being to omit as much unnecessary HTML and unwanted attributes as possible.

If you are not already using a website design app or software, then Blogger/Blogspot is free and easy to use; no degree in rocket surgery required. It is also run by Google and so will be around for awhile.

Since you are creating this template site for your own personal use, you will probably only have the one post. You will frequently re-edit it as desired.

Once you've created the blog and are ready to do the post, it's pretty straightforward. After copying over the template into your new post, just type in and arrange your additional destination titles as desired. You don't have to do all of them at once. Start with your most frequently visited websites. No problem leaving the post open in edit mode as you are visiting the other sites.Then, as you are visiting your sites, take a moment to copy/paste the URL into your titles.

Always set the link to open in a new tab. The planned routine, once you have everything set up, is for the bookmark page tab to always be open and available at the far left.

In layout mode, do enable (if it isn't already) the navbar you will see at top-right. This way, you have one-click access to re-edit your page whenever you wish to add another URL.

A Blogger/Blogspot editor note. When attempting to space from an existing link to add text in preparation for the next link in the row, the editor extends the hyperlink attribute into the space. To circumvent, don't do the space; hit enter instead. Then enter your space and text on the new line. Then go back to the end of the previous line and hit delete to bring your new line up to the existing line. It will then be as it should be.

Last, but not least, organize everything so all your bookmarks will fit on a single screen. Your objective is convenience, having to scroll all the time would defeat that purpose.

Once published, set the page as your new browser home.

Privacy Options

You can restrict public access to your bookmarks page to whatever degree you wish. You will find the privacy options under Settings on the left-side menu when in design mode.

No matter what privacy settings you use, do keep in mind the internet is the internet. So it would be wise to not include bookmark links to such things as your bank, credit card, or utility accounts. For that matter, such links should not be on your browser bookmark list either. Those links can be accessible to any malware that might happen along.

Other Blogger/Blogspot Options

For those who are not already familiar with Blogger/Blogspot, the platform has all sorts of other capabilities. Some of those capabilities include:
  • Displaying ads and earning part of the revenue
  • Adding 3rd party HTML/JavaScript
  • Images
  • Videos
  • News feeds
  • Lots more
And if you know basic HTML, you can create templates and bookmarks pages like this webpage example or this webpage example.

Some Final Thoughts...

Once the bookmarks manager page was set up the way I wanted it, my overall efficiency had a marked increase. Somehow, it caused me to become a real tab management pro. Projects involving repeated, multiple website access were not only easy and quick to do; they were fun again.

And besides, any bookmark manager webpage or website you create and customize exactly the way you want can't help but be:
  • 10 times better than anything Mozilla Firefox could come up with.
  • 10 times better than anything Google Chrome could come up with.
  • 10 times better than anything Microsoft Explorer could come up with.
  • 10 times better than Safari or any other prefabricated, standardized, generic website could come up with.
  • 10 times better than anything a third-party vendor could come up with, simply because only you really know what you want.


A Review of Nextdoor and Trolls and Worse

This is a regretfully negative review of the Nextdoor website for years 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, the plethora of inquires from people on the search engines wanting to know how to close, delete, cancel their accounts pretty much substantiates the conclusions drawn by this review.

Be sure to read items #3 and #4 at the end of this review.

"Frankly, I've never seen so many hate-filled trolls
and worse in one place at one time."

I recently discovered a social network website known as Nextdoor. Despite the above quote, every neighborhood Nextdoor forum could be different, so your results or experiences there could vary. There's just no way of knowing in advance.

Posts to the site are made by you and your neighbors in the surrounding areas, sometimes even the police and fire departments will contribute generalized information. The nextdoor website is supposed to help people know what is going on in their neighborhood, but fails miserably in that regard. Unfortunately there is also the possibility of immediately being subjected to unwanted contact.

Nextdoor has all sorts of customization settings available. You can control which nearby neighborhood posts you see. You can control which neighborhood posts you receive email notifications about; settings range from all, some, or none.

The Nextdoor forums are supposed to be a good social network experience. However, attempting to participate can often result in very bad experiences. It is unfortunate this review has been forced to become a negative description of the Nextdoor website.

Unfortunately, the Nextdoor Forums Have One Very Bad Flaw.

Bullies, trolls, and worse are not monitored nor restrained in the Nextdoor forums. They are free to launch personal attacks, make false accusations, and even try to do you real harm in the real world. Remember, these are your neighbors and real names and addresses are used. In most cases, they just want to humiliate and inflict as much emotional pain as possible for sport. However, the potential for real world spillover is also a major concern.

It all depends on what forum you happen to be forced to visit or use.

If you happen to live in a neighborhood where bad people haven't yet taken over the Nextdoor forum, things could be ok.

But if you discover it's one of the forums where there are a group of people who automatically want to hurt strangers in any and every way they possibly can just for the fun of it, it is best to depart before there are real world ramifications.


(The gun in the Clint meme is misleading. Extreme emotional pain, false accusations affecting real world situations, vandalism, or legal consequences are the actual, main dangers.)

Here's hoping your neighborhood and corollary Nextdoor forums are one of the normal ones. Take care.

Year 2017 and 2018 Updates

Item #1 In the event you are subjected to personal attacks and you attempt to defend yourself, you will be the one Nextdoor will ban. Nextdoor lets the lowest common denominator rule, reason being there are so many of them and Nextdoor really doesn't have much of a business choice in the matter. The banning might also be for your own protection, objective being to prevent escalation to the level of real world consequences. There are indeed people inhabiting some of the Nextdoor forums who will do or try to do you real world harm.

Item #2 Based on what I have personally witnessed and what the search engine results say, I wouldn't go there. Nothing of value is ever posted there anyway. And the possibility of negative consequences are just too great.

Item #3 Long story short, better to type your city or neighborhood name into Facebook search. You will invariably find a group dedicated to talking about your neighborhood. There will be regular posts about what crimes have just occurred, both positive and negative comments about experiences at local businesses, what the police and fire departments are currently dealing with, reports of what's going on at specific locations, what's happening at city hall and other government offices, locations to avoid, locations to visit, lots of videos and pictures, and all sorts of other useful information. If you happen to not find a Facebook group for your town, start one and be the admin!

Item #4 I found none of what I described in item #3 at the Nextdoor website. Sadly, the site is useless and can even be dangerous. The intentions of the site owner(s) were no doubt just to duplicate the Facebook groups and provide similar positive experiences. I respect them for trying. It is just plain bad luck the forums were taken over by undesirables.

List of MILF Dating Etiquette Rules and Tips

MILF Dating Tips and Etiquette 

First and foremost, one must be sure the MILF is not still married. Still married MILFs can result in extreme husband irritation as to your poaching. You are going to have enough problems as to the kid(s), you don't need an angry husband on top of that.

As to the kid(s), 20% to 50% of the time, you will be stood up. This percentage will vary depending on the number and ages of the kids the MILF is dealing with.

If one has successfully navigated beyond the above two issues, then the list of following rules apply.

  • Respect that you are interacting with another human being.
  • Be understanding when kid problems supersede dates.
  • Never bring up the kids. This will inevitably result in a MILF soliloquy about kids. Even worse, statements about the Ex will ensue.
  • Do not attempt to be the MILFs kids' substitute dad. The kids will immediately hate you. Let the relationship develop naturally over time. Let the kids and the MILF set the pace.
  • MILFs know how to cook, avail yourself of this at every opportunity.
  • Have you become thoroughly tangled up with the MILF over time? Well then, might as well go ahead and do the drop off and pick up the kid(s) and other errands.
  • Are you now doing her home repairs? Looks like you are doomed, time to marry her.

Lists of Somewhat Humorous Reminders as to Things One Should Not Do or Say on MILF First Dates

List of Things One Should Not Do

  • Chew gum (or anything else).
  • >Wipe your nose with your shirt sleeve.
  • Brag about the people skills you learned while serving time for assault and battery.
  • Mention the time you were caught under your boss's desk.

List of Things One Should Not Say

  • You gotta cigarette?
  • You got some Alka-Seltzer? his hangover is killing me.
  • I haven't stalked anybody in months.
  • ...lawsuit...
  • Still waiting for my STD test results.
  • What are your favorite positions?
  • I love you.
  • ...restraining order...
  • ...ankle bracelet...
  • Nice dress! I have one just like it
  • My wife wanted me to ask if you like threesomes.

To End on a Serious Note...

You are interacting with an adult who has had considerable experiences in life, some of which have been extremely good and some of which have been extremely bad. As the quote at the bottom of every page on this website says, "One of the most important lessons a person can learn in life is other people are as real behind their eyes as you are behind yours." — Author unknown

A Regretfully Negative Review of Indulgy – A Pinterest Clone

Updated for Year 2018


What is Indulgy?
Sadly, a poor man's attempted Pinterest clone.

Original Review (followed by updates)

According to Alexa, indulgy.com traffic seems to be doing well. It is currently ranking as one of the top 20,000 websites globally and one of the top 10,000 sites in the US. The bad news is that traffic seems to be drifting downward, a year ago the stats had them in the top 10,000 sites globally. Not sure whats going on or why the drift downward. Still not bad, considering there are probably over 200,000,000 websites out there in internet land these days. [Side note. Be sure to read the updates. Things currently seem to not be going well.]

Using Indulgy for Collecting Images and Backlinks

Indulgy is a nice, simple, uncomplicated version of Pinterest. If you like Pinterest, Indulgy can be fun as well.

As with Pinterest, you can include backlinks to the images you post on Indulgy

Visitor traffic is still relatively low at this point, but Indulgy could have some future value as to and for backlinking purposes.

As a low priority project, I've opened an account (the link above) and started posting some images there. We'll see how that goes; I'll report on any results every now and then.

Ongoing User Review Updates

March 2015

For some strange reason, I am intuitively fond of this site. Probably because of the nice, clean interface and ease of use. I'll continue to add images and updates from time to time. I hope the site does well.

Unfortunately, Indulgy does not enable enough text space when displaying the photo to include the title of the article where the image came from (see later update). This pretty much shuts down the prospect of generating a click-thru to your article from Indulgy. Hopefully, Indulgy will change this and emulate Pinterest.

Went back again later in the month. I'm beginning to think Indulgy has become a mess. When right-clicking to post pictures, the box doesn't auto-fill and after filling out the box the picture doesn't show up in my collection. Also, earlier this week, the site locked up my computer.

September 2015

Yep, Indulgy is still pretty useless as to generating traffic to your linked article. As previously indicated, there's no text accompanying the image in the collection to indicate what the image or linked article is about (see later update). Clicking the image will bring up some accompanying text for the visitor, but how many visitors will bother to make that click to find out the details?

February 2016

Dropped by my account. Deleted some obsolete pics. Updated some links in others. Both tasks were intuitive and easy to do.

Added a couple new images. Doing the add link to source page still does not work (direct link to image, not article, is required). Better to install the browser plugin. Then right-click on target image to use it.

Indulgy has much improved since previous visit and is a worthy site.

And I made a worthy discovery. Giving yourself a really short user name will then enable more descriptive text to be included with your image.

After almost a year, I still have zero followers. This is no doubt because I never collected (re-pinned) anyone else's images or followed anyone. So I collected (re-pinned) a few images and followed three people. We will see how it goes...

January 2017

Visited my account for the first time in almost a year. Had to reinstall the plugin, understandable. To find the installed plugin, look in your browser bookmarks lists. Deleted some obsolete images and added some new ones.As far as I can tell, the account has had no visitors. As before, it is probably because of my lack of activity.

Indulgy does have what I consider to be one very serious flaw. It keeps opening new windows as opposed to new tabs. That can very quickly become a real pain in the neck. Oh, well; to each their own.

April 2017

Dropped by the site and my account. They've changed things around. Frankly, that site is now a pain in the neck to navigate. They've also added a shopping section.

Indulgy traffic has been steadily declining over the last year. A year ago it was globally ranked as one of the top 11,000 websites in the world; it's ranking has since dropped to around 21,000. In other words, it is back to where it was two years ago. Basically a two-year bell curve. Prior to the two years ago, it was once before globally ranked at around 10,00. A sine wave or two bell curves in a row? Due to the time lengths involved, the pattern doesn't appear to be seasonal.

Whatever is going on, it doesn't appear to be driving any visitor traffic my way for the articles I've posted there.

The way things are going, the site appears headed for extinction. It certainly wouldn't be the first. Then again,who knows? The site is certainly still salvageable. Maybe the site has a regular 2-year-trend pattern as opposed to the usual one year. Time will tell. Deleted one old image/article and added one new image/article.

October 2017

Well, the pictures do indeed display well and look nice. Deleting a couple of obsolete ones was easy to do; you'll need to refresh the page to see them actually disappear. Modified some outdated descriptions, again was easy to do.

Still no visitor activity that I could see.

What we have here is a plain and very simple site. If all you want to do is organize your pictures into various collections and don't care about having visitors or generating traffic, Indulgy is a useful website.

There is one other use for the site that occurs to me. One could use it as a bookmarks-website, if you don't mind about the scrolling all the time. Just a thought. Come to think of it, you also can't organize, i.e., move the pictures around within each collection. If one does not have that many bookmarks, then Indulgy could be useful in this regard, otherwise going the bookmarks-website route would be the better way to go.

January 2018

Indulgy really is a mess. You can't even trust it.

I clicked the setting icon on one of my images and was pleasantly surprised to find I could supposedly change the URL, which I did indeed need to do. So I changed it.

When I tested it, the change had failed to take. So I edited and tried again. This time I carefully watched. When I clicked save, I saw the URL revert back to the old before the edit box then saved and closed. Tried it a couple more times before giving up.

A glitchy mess and you can't even trust it when it claims to have saved your edit(s).

Personally, I have given up on this site.

June 2018

Dropped by. Checked a few links and they seem to work. Nobody is visiting the page, so didn't bother adding any new links.

List of Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Follow Me on Twitter

  1. You will get to see my spiffy avatar every time you drop by my page. 
  2. You will also get to see my beautiful background picture. 
  3. You get to discover the link to my awesome website. 
  4. I will dazzle you daily with my brilliant, personal thoughts. 
  5. I only share stuff from other websites that are truly interesting. 
  6. I sometimes come up with amazing photos. 
  7. I only retweet stuff that is as good as or better than my own. 
  8. You will never get a Direct Message from me. 
  9. You will never be inundated with hashtags. 
  10. I’ll follow you back (unless you are demented).
What is my Twitter address, you ask? If I ever open an account, I’ll get back to you on that. Meanwhile, you can visit the homepage of websitewithnoname.com, always something of interest there.

And here are some memes.

Meritocracy - Politics - Society

The Sociological Definition and Results of a 100% Meritocracy, i.e., Social Darwinism

Why a 100% Meritocratic Society Can Never Work as a Standalone System, the Pros and Cons. For Democrats, Republicans. Liberals. Conservatives, and anyone else who is interested.


Darwinism - Another word for meritocracy

 

Introduction

Meritocracy is a good thing. In addition to rewarding those who can compete, it generates lots of extra money that can be used to help those who cannot. Unfortunately, meritocracy can never work as a standalone system. This is due to the fundamental nature of meritocracy and, of all things, the basic laws of mathematics.

What is a meritocracy? For the purposes of this article, meritocracy is defined as one's survival and success being solely contingent upon one's ability to compete and contribute to society in such a way as to prosper.

Meritocracy and capitalism have a lot in common. In a "perfect" system, the concept of money could be defined as the method used to quantify one's success.

The Scenario – What would happen if a society were to convert to a 100% meritocracy? Sociological implications...

In a meritocracy there will always be winners and losers. In many cases the loser worked just as hard as the winner, but the winner was just a little bit better at it. The winner thus gets more and the loser gets less. So far, no problem. And the loser can always try again.

However, resources are finite. For the bottom 10%, there will always not be enough. There will not be enough shelter. There will not be enough food. There will not be enough health care. There will not be enough of a lot of things. It is inevitable, due to the lack of even the basic necessities of life, the "losers" will sooner or later lose the ability to compete. Now what with this being a 100% meritocratic scenario, what happens to them?

It is already abundantly demonstrated in our present society one of two alternatives will occur...

Alternative One – The person dies

In our present society ,homeless people unnecessarily die all the time. Everyone knows living on the streets will eventually destroy most people through attrition: a continual decline of health, the eventual and inevitable being a victim of successive crimes, and finally the loss of ability to defend or survive, and then death.

However, we are not talking about our current society. We are discussings a 100% meritocratic society. Therefore: there are no free job-training programs; there are no homeless shelters; there are no food banks or food programs; there is no affordable health care; there is no type of charity or handout whatsoever.

Needless to say, this greatly accelerates the attrition, leading to death or the second alternative.

Alternative Two – A new criminal is born

Steal, rob, kill; or die. That pretty much sums it up.

Of course the number of criminals will continually be reduced for the usual reasons: competition among same; attrition through street-living; "eradication" by society via imprisonment, etc.

As the number of criminals are reduced, others will take their place.

The Brutal Mathematics

What happens when the bottom 10% gradually dies; whether it be through Alternative One or Alternative Two? The answer is simple; they will gradually be replaced by a new 10%. It is a brutal mathematical fact; there will always be a bottom 10%.

Recursion comes into play. As the bottom 10% shrink through death, new bottom 10%'ers will take their place. Along with an expanding criminal element and a shrinking population; riots and other civil unrest could very well become commonplace. 100% meritocracy is equivalent to 100% Darwinism. Both are good, but not at the 100% implementation level.

Conclusion

A 100% meritocracy is not only brutal and full of misery, it is destined to fail.

An 80% to 90% meritocracy, however, would be a good thing. We pretty much have that now. We just need to get better at it.

It should also be noted a meritocracy below 80% will more than likely lead to a country's bankruptcy. This apparently is already happening in some European countries.

A Review of WeHeartIt (now called Whi)– A Pinterest Clone


I originally didn't like this site. I felt that the site was clunky, obstructive, disorganized, and generally just a pain in the neck to use overall . And if there was a delete button to get rid of images I no longer wanted, I had yet to find it (see update below).

My original opinion may have been in the minority however. According to Alexa, weheartit.com is one of the top 1000 websites globally. Out of a total of 180,000,000 websites in the world, that isn't bad.

Then again, WeHeartIt's global ranking has steadily been getting worse since the beginning of the year (see update, trend has apparently reversed back to positive).

As a side note, WeHeartIt has instructed Quantcast to hide their information.

Using WeHeartIt.com for Backlinks

For folks who just like to organize, share, and exchange pictures; Pinterest is better. Once experiencing Pinterest, one's enthusiasm for weheartit may wane.

However, you can include backlinks to the images you post on weheartit (as with Pinterest). The backlinks aren't intuitive to visitors though. Unlike with Pinterest, there is nothing to indicate that clicking the image will take you anywhere.

WeHeartIt may have some value for backlinking purposes, but this particular site should probably be one of your lower priority tasks. Though I do strongly suspect weheartit may be more productive than Twitter as to social media sharing. As far as I'm concerned, Twitter is just one great, big, spamming mess; because of that, very few links are followed there.

Year 2014 Update

First, rocket surgeon that I am, I finally discovered how to delete images I had previously posted and no longer wanted. Simply click the heart and it will unheart; at this point, the image is supposed to be removed. The image will immediately no longer be there for new visitors who drop by, but you still might keep seeing it until you do a browser refresh and/or clean your browser cache.

Alexa says WeHeartIt.com's global ranking has improved during the last 3 months.

I've started posting some new images there to see how weheartit is performing these days as a backlink and/or traffic driving resource. We'll see how that goes; I'll report on the results early next year.

Year 2015 Update

First, the good news. We Heart It is an active site. The members share the love all over the place. Hearts here. Hearts there. Hearts everywhere.

But, there is some bad news. Hearting is somewhat equivalent to Pinterest Liking. In other words, it does not add (pin) your image to the Hearter's collection. If the Hearter wants to add (pin) your image to one of their collections, that has to be done via another distinct and separate action. Although I received hearts here, there, and, everywhere; pinning to collections was next to non-existent. In other words, essentially no new banklinks were created in other Hearter's collections. Then again, maybe I just have lousy pictures. Your results may vary. And I did notice that when I hearted someone's image from the weheartit homepage, it did show up on my homepage; and the link to the source of the image did work. So apparently a backlink is indeed created in that regard.

There is a possibility of more good, but unknown, news. Some of the Hearters probably followed the image links to the source pages. Once at the link destination, they could very well have added images to their collections from there. If so, I'd have no way of knowing they did that.

The bottom line. I am becoming increasingly fond of weheartit.com. Lots of nice folks. I'll continue to contribute images from time to time. I hope the site continues to prosper. I'm known as Worthy_Info there. And if I've posted any inaccurate information here, drop a note in Comments; I'll fix the error forthwith. Also feel free to add any additional information about WeHeartIt you may wish.

Year 2016 Update

WeHeartIt continues to make improvements and add functionality to their site. I continue to like them and recommend them.

Year 2017 Update

Oddly, WeHeartIt keeps refusing to Heart many innocuous images even though the images meet their specified criteria of:
  • A width that is greater than or equal to 240 pixels.
  • A height that is greater than or equal to 200 pixels.
  • A valid image extensions (jpg, png, gif).
I don't know what's up with that, but I finally gave up. Presumably it is something that will be fixed in due course.

Year 2017 Update #2

Went on a major deletion spree of obsolete images. As previously mentioned, simply unheart it to delete it. When you then leave the site and return, the images will indeed be gone as desired. No problems.

Still need to delete some more. Then planning on adding a whole bunch new ones. We'll see how that goes. Stay tuned. The site has been working fine and dandy so far.

Year 2017 Update #3

Finished the deletions, then started hearting/adding images. First two or three went fine, then the site suddenly started rejecting anything/everything I tried to add. I finally gave up and quit. Tried again the next day. Again the site refused to accept images. I've written WeHeartIt off for the time being, maybe you will have better luck. Personally, I'm not checking back until 2018.

Year 2018 Update

WeHeartIt have changed their name. Here's their announcement:

"BIG NEWS! We are evolving how We say our name from We Heart It to Whi (pronounced ‘We!’)."

I tried hearting an image and it was accepted without problem. However, the link went to the image library as opposed to the source article. Fortunately, I discovered you can edit the description and put the article URL there. WeHeartIt (now called Whi) keeps trying, but they just can't seem to get things right. Somehow I don't think the article is going to get much traffic from them. Oh, well.

Year 2018, 2nd Update (June)

Tried posting an article URL there, but Whi (WeHeartIt) was unable to find or recognize the existence of any of the article's images.