May 042016
 

When I’m wrong, I say so.  Back at the beginning of the Clown Car Destruction Derby, otherwise known as the Republican Presidential race, I said that Hell would freeze over, before Trump won the Republican Nomination.  Last night Cruz discovered that the batteries in his TRUS were dead, and he decided that,without the prostate stimulation it provided,,he could not go on.  He suspended his campaign.  Next Reince Priebus declared that Trump is the presumptive nominee, and that the Republican Party will fall in behind him.  Then KKKsich suspended his campaign.  How could I have been so wrong?

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After Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a victory in Tuesday night’s Indiana primary, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus tried his best to rally the party behind Trump.

During a Wednesday morning interview on CNN’s "New Day," co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Priebus, "Did you ever think this is where you would be this morning?"

"You know, I didn’t, but I don’t think that’s necessarily bad. You know what? I think something different and something new is probably good for our party," he replied. "And look, I don’t think anyone predicted what happened. So look, we’re here. We’re going to get behind the presumptive nominee."

Priebus has spoken with Trump over the phone, but would not reveal much about his conversation with the candidate on CNN. But the RNC chair indicated that Trump will have to align himself with the Republican party platform…

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Photo credit: Politicus USA

The only way to stop him from getting the nomination now is for the Party to change the convention rules to release pledged delegates in the fist round and install an establishment Republican, but I don’t see that happening.  To do so would disenfranchise their base of hate mongers. Their response would be armed revolt.  The Republican Party fears the monster they created.

So all I can do now is admit I was wrong and change his name to something more befitting a presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee.  Instead of Fecal Dump Trump. he is now Rump Dump Trump.

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May 042016
 

Last night I watched the poli6tical festivities.  George is mad at me.  When Rump Dump spoke, I couldn’t help myself.  Poor George!!  Julie left a few minutes ago, so I’m a primped puddy tat.  Today is a grocery delivery day and I’ll have a big order to put away.  Later”  The groceries are stowed and I’m pooped!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:51).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Real Clear Politics: The latest delegate count:

State

Date

Delegates

Clinton

Sanders

Delegate

Allocation

Open/

Closed

(2,382 Needed to Win)

4763

2202

1400

Delegates Won

4051

1682

1361

 

 

Superdelegates

(712)

520

39

 

 

District of Columbia

June 14

20 (25)

 

 

Primary

Closed

California

June 7

475 (71)

 

 

Primary

Semi-closed

Montana

June 7

21 (6)

 

 

Primary

Open

New Jersey

June 7

126 (16)

 

 

Primary

Closed

North Dakota

June 7

18 (5)

 

 

Primary

Open

New Mexico

June 7

34 (9)

 

 

Primary

Closed

South Dakota

June 7

20 (5)

 

 

Primary

Semi-open

Puerto Rico

June 5

60 (7)

 

 

Primary

Open

Virgin Islands

June 4

7 (5)

 

 

Caucus

Closed

Oregon

May 17

61 (13)

 

 

Primary

Closed

Kentucky

May 17

55 (5)

 

 

Primary

Closed

West Virginia

May 10

29 (8)

 

 

Primary

Semi-closed

Guam

May 7

7 (5)

 

 

Caucus

Closed

Indiana

May 3

83 (9)

37

43

Primary

Open

Rhode Island

April 26

24 (9)

11

13

Primary

Semi-closed

Pennsylvania

April 26

189 (21)

105

83

Primary

Closed

Delaware

April 26

21 (10)

12

9

Primary

Closed

Connecticut

April 26

55 (15)

28

27

Primary

Closed

Maryland

April 26

95 (23)

61

33

Primary

Closed

New York

April 19

247 (44)

139

108

Primary

Closed

Wyoming

April 9

14 (4)

7

7

Caucus

Closed

Wisconsin

April 5

86 (10)

38

48

Primary

Open

Washington

March 26

101 (17)

9

25

Caucus

Open

Hawaii

March 26

25 (9)

8

17

Caucus

Semi-closed

Alaska

March 26

16 (4)

3

13

Caucus

Closed

Utah

March 22

33 (4)

6

27

Caucus

Semi-open

Idaho

March 22

23 (4)

5

18

Caucus

Open

Arizona

March 22

75 (10)

42

33

Primary

Closed

Ohio

March 15

143 (16)

81

62

Primary

Semi-open

North Carolina

March 15

107 (14)

59

45

Primary

Semi-closed

Missouri

March 15

71 (13)

36

35

Primary

Open

Illinois

March 15

156 (26)

79

77

Primary

Open

Florida

March 15

214 (32)

141

73

Primary

Closed

Northern Marianas

March 12

6 (5)

4

2

N/A

N/A

Michigan

March 8

130 (17)

63

67

Primary

Open

Mississippi

March 8

36 (5)

32

4

Primary

Open

Maine

March 6

25 (5)

9

16

Caucus

Closed

Kansas

March 5

33 (4)

10

23

Caucus

Closed

Nebraska

March 5

25 (5)

10

15

Caucus

Closed

Louisiana

March 5

51 (8)

37

14

Primary

Closed

Virginia

March 1

95 (15)

62

33

Primary

Open

Vermont

March 1

16 (10)

0

16

Primary

Open

Texas

March 1

222 (30)

147

75

Primary

Open

Tennessee

March 1

67 (9)

44

23

Primary

Open

Oklahoma

March 1

38 (4)

17

21

Primary

Semi-closed

Minnesota

March 1

77 (16)

31

46

Caucus

Open

Massachusetts

March 1

91 (25)

46

45

Primary

Semi-closed

Georgia

March 1

102 (14)

73

29

Primary

Open

Democrats Abroad

March 1-8

13 (4)

4

9

Primary

Closed

Colorado

March 1

66 (13)

25

41

Caucus

Closed

Arkansas

March 1

32 (5)

22

10

Primary

Open

American Samoa

March 1

6 (4)

4

2

Caucus

Closed

Alabama

March 1

53 (7)

44

9

Primary

Open

South Carolina

February 27

53 (6)

39

14

Primary

Open

Nevada

February 20

35 (8)

20

15

Caucus

Closed

New Hampshire

February 9

24 (8)

9

15

Primary

Semi-closed

Iowa

February 1

44 (8)

23

21

Caucus

Semi-open

Bernie scored an impressive win in Indiana, but he cut Hillary’s lead bu only six delegates. He needs 982 more to win. Hillary needs 180 more to win. Vote blue, no matter who!!!

From NY Times: The entire community of Fort McMurray, the heart of Alberta’s oil sands region, was ordered to evacuate on Tuesday night as a fast-spreading wildfire advanced on the city and cut off its only highway link to the south.

The fire destroyed a number of homes in one neighborhood and some trailers in a trailer park, said Robin Smith, a spokesman for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray. According to television news reports, commercial buildings downtown were also ablaze.

There were no reports of injuries by early evening.

A video showed flames and smoke rising hundreds of feet into the sky, prompting the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history, The Edmonton Journal reported. The fire was expected to get worse on Wednesday, when winds were forecast to switch direction and increase in speed.

I found a video report:

Prayers are going out for the residents of Fort McMurray, I don’t think the oil sands have caught fire yet and hate to think of the toxic threat to Canadians, if that happens.

From Alternet: Following Donald Trump’s primary win in Indiana last night, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted the Republican frontrunner on social media for building “his campaign on racism, sexism and xenophobia,” vowing to ensure “Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.”

Here’s the message she posted on Facebook:

Elizabeth Warren
14 hours ago
Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It’s real – he is one step away from the White House. Here’s what else is real:
Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia. There’s more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.
He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is "cool with being called an authoritarian" and doesn’t min…
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Democrat Warren has largely stayed on the sidelines of the nominating process for her own party this election cycle, but the progressive politician consistently slams Republican candidates for their positions on big banks, and labor laws and women’s rights.

Go Lizzie!! Rump Dump Trump deserves every bit of that!

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May 032016
 

William Rivers Pitt | "Boots on the Ground" in Iraq: Here We Go Again
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35873-boots-on-the-ground-in-iraq-here-we-go-again                  16peace.jpg

 

How Trauma Therapy Can Help to Reduce Cycles of Violence
http://passblue.com/2016/04/26/how-trauma-therapy-can-help-to-reduce-cycles-of-violence/

 

Hidden Costs of US Air War
http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/features/iraq/8833-hidden-costs-of-us-air-war

 

Air Strikes on Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate or Targeted?
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16228

 

UN proposal demands combatants protect hospitals and doctors
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9d7f7d3bf688431fab2c1a0bb741a0df/un-proposal-demands-combatants-protect-hospitals-and

 

District court holds Amazon misled consumers with in-app charges; opinion inappropriately redacted
http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2016/04/district-court-holds-amazon-misled-consumers-with-in-app-charges-opinion-inappropriately-redacted.html

 

Straight out of college, women make $4 less per hour than men—and the gap is getting wider
http://www.epi.org/publication/straight-out-of-college-women-make-4-less-per-hour-than-men-and-the-gap-is-getting-wider/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=c9f8e6630b-EPI_News_04_29_164_29_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-c9f8e6630b-58013205

 

Who Can Go After Banks for the Foreclosure Crisis?
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/05/who-can-go-after-banks-for-the-foreclosure-crisis/480588/

 

What is shadow lobbying? How influence peddlers shape policy in the dark
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/19/what-is-shadow-lobbying-how-influence-peddlers-shape-policy-in-the-dark/

 

Why are there so many anonymous companies in Delaware?
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/06/why-are-there-so-many-anonymous-corporations-in-delaware/

 

Meet 8 precious kids who have rare diseases — and learn all about them.
http://www.upworthy.com/meet-8-precious-kids-who-have-rare-diseases-and-learn-all-about-them?c=click

 

She landed a deal with Whole Foods, has a plan to save the bees — and is in sixth grade.
http://www.upworthy.com/she-landed-a-deal-with-whole-foods-has-a-plan-to-save-the-bees-and-is-in-sixth-grade?c=upw1

 

Faith-based programs help former convicts get jobs
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/02/faith-based-programs-help-former-convicts-get-jobs.html

 

Dutch Parliament: the Netherlands needs to negotiate an international nuclear weapons ban treaty
http://nonukes.nl/dutch-parliament-netherlands-needs-negotiate-international-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/

 

A Bus and Sliding Prices Help Bring the Same Great Food to Everyone
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/04/30/metro-market-st-louis

 

It’s Funny Because One Guy Is Muslim And The Other Is Jewish. You’ll See What I’m Saying. (video)
http://www.upworthy.com/its-funny-because-one-guy-is-muslim-and-the-other-is-jewish-youll-see-what-im-saying

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May 032016
 

Faux Noise never disappoints when it comes to the asinine, whether O'Lielly, Hannity or a host of others including Tantaros.  Read on!

         BARF BAG ALERT!!!!    BARF BAG ALERT!!!!     BARF BAG ALERT!!!!    BARF BAG ALERT!!!!

Frequent viewers of Fox News, and those who mock it for a living, have noticed a familiar face has gone missing this past week. Rumors abound as to what pushed "Outnumbered" co-host Andrea Tantaros off-air a day after the launch of her new anti-feminism book, Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable. 

Whatever the reason, Fox News is certainly missing an element of entertainment in the form of daily doses of Tanta-rants, so to pacify your need for an IQ drop, we’ve compiled a list of some of the dumbest things Andrea Tantaros has ever said (which was only difficult because there was a ton of material to choose from). 

1. Tantaros says she would look "fabulous" on the food stamp diet.

During a discussion about food stamps on Fox Business, Tantaros suggested she would look amazing if she tried the food stamp challenge: eating on $133 a month.

“I should try it, because do you know how fabulous I’d look?” Tantaros said. “I’d be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds 10 pounds, it really does. I’d be looking great.”

Posted from Alternet

Click through for the other seven moments.  Tantaros is an insult to real women and the human race.

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May 032016
 

To quote TomCat: "Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how despicable InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception."

The week was overflowing with right-wing assholery mixed with a generous dollop of buffoonery. As Trump’s inevitability grew stronger, he launched his sexist Hillary-bashing campaign in earnest. 

4. Glenn Beck reacted entirely reasonably to John Boehner’s criticism of Ted Cruz.

Oh, hahahahaha. No he didn’t. He covered his face in Cheeto dust.

It was a hard week for Beck. First, his “divinely inspired” boy Ted Cruz lost all five states to Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving Cruz no realistic shot whatsoever at the nomination. Then Cruz named his vice presidential running mate anyway, the immensely likable Carly Fiorina, who sang a song that reminded everyone of an evil witch in a fairy tale. Then Cruz stunned everyone in Indiana with his stupidity about basketball. Then John Boehner made a rare appearance and told his truth about Ted, which is that he is “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.”

In a dazzling act of protest against the conspiracy of the orange men, Trump and Boehner, and to simulate their hue, a begoggled Beck performed a faceplant in a bowl of Cheeto dust.

Wanna see? Here’s video that will not scare the children, although it may make you lose your lunch.

Posted from Alternet

Well now we know . . . Glenn Beck has the IQ of a Cheeto!  Click through for the other four moments.

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May 032016
 

I completed the Alzheimer's Walk for Memories on Sunday 01/05/2016 but managed to do in my knee.  It was swollen to the size of a grapefruit and I managed to mess up my hamstring where it connects to my left knee on the lateral side.  I was scolded by my physio for overdoing it, but the walk was only 2 km.  I did raise $1,645 and our little team raised $8,000.  So I am happy!  Not only did our fundraising go over the top, but so did the temperatures.  It was about 27 C (80 F) and yesterday was just as bad.  I am using my laptop more but have not figured out how to highlight something for copy/paste.  Copy/paste is no big deal using the keyboard commands.  Another nice part of the laptop is the touch screen.  I'll have to remember to never eat a sticky cinnamon bun while using the laptop.

Short Takes

Huffington Post — Mark Salter, who served as chief of staff to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and worked as an adviser on both of McCain’s presidential campaigns, says he’ll be supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump this fall.

In a January Esquire essay, he [Salter] described the candidate as “a cartoon villain, a fake, a cheat, a liar, a creep, a bullying, bragging, bullshitting, blowhard kind of asshole.”

How's that for a ringing endorsement?

Raw Story — An online petition to boycott Target over the store’s policy that transgender individuals can use the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity has gathered more than 1 million signatures. Conservative activists said they are worried that men will take advantage of the policy and enter women’s restrooms.

It turns out they may be right that some men are taking advantage of the policy — but those men are the conservative activists.

This really is getting rather ridiculous in my view.  When I think back to my pre-teen years, there were no cautionary signs on the doors that men could not enter, yet I am sure there were transgendered people then too.  If a man wants to enter a women's bathroom for other than peeing, he will find a way.  What are the bathroom police going to do to monitor this? . . . stand at the door and say to everyone to "drop your drawers" before they can enter??  And lest I be seen as sexist, what about predatory females in the men's restroom?  What about pedofiles in either bathroom?

Truthdig — In this stand-up bit from his 2005 show “Life Is Worth Losing,” Carlin explains the way America works and why politicians don’t have much power.

George Carlin has always been a favourite of mine.  And although he uses a lot of blue language, he gets to the truth very quickly.

Daily Kos — Never one to be timid with her political views, singer, actor, director, and activist Barbra Streisand, decided to chime in on one of the many alleged conspiracy theories (CT) against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. One of the latest CTs circulating charges that the former New York senator and U.S. Secretary of State is holding back some deep dark secrets contained within her Goldman Sachs speech transcripts, based on the fact that Clinton was paid well. Streisand, who is a proclaimed Hillary Clinton supporter, feminist, and Medal of Freedom recipient tweets: 

Barbra Streisand 

What's the issue about Secretary @HillaryClinton getting $225k a speech when Pres Bush 41/43 got $1m/Trump $1.25m. OK for men but not women?

11:39 AM – 28 Mar 2016

It is pretty hard, in my mind, not to agree with Streisand's logic.  The fees are high in my mind, but when compared to Baby Bush and Drumpf? . . . she knows more than both put together.

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Giving new meaning to getting your knickers in a twist!

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I love when I can play in the gym!

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Why didn't you tell me it would explode?

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Read my mind!

 

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May 032016
 

There is so much going on in the Republican quest for power, about which the term horrific is an understatement, that we need to step back once in a while and enjoy a smile, so I have one to share today.  It was a big cicada year in 1999, but either Portland is not a big Cicada town, or there just weren’t many in my neighborhood.  Seventeen years have passed and John Oliver welcomes them back.

Oliver

Apparently, it’s going to be a big summer for cicadas, whose unusually long reproductive cycle means the ones emerging this summer were conceived in 1999. Cicadas won’t be here for long—two to six weeks on average. But if they’re anything like humans, they’re going to need some catching up on what they missed while they were gestating. And Last Week Tonight’s host John Oliver is here to help bring them up to speed.

In a funny video made directly for YouTube, Oliver divulges that, “We voted in second President Bush by a narrow margin, and rejected a third President Bush by an enormous margin."

In 1999, the internet was still pretty much in its infancy, and "scream[ed] in agony as you dial[ed] into it," recalled Oliver, who also described YouTube, which came into existence in 2005 as “a video distribution platform where teenagers become famous for playing video games and opening boxes."…

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I do remember the swarm of 1972,  When this years class of cicadas returns in 2033,. I hope that conditions on earth will permit them to survive.  To a large extent, that may well depend on how much voters reject Republicans this November,

Save the planet!  Dump your Republican!

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May 032016
 

Another day, another late start,  I ran Quicken to download my transactions and discovered that my subscription had run out,  I had to upgrade from 2013 to 2016 to keep using it.  I followed the prompts to buy the software,  Then it told me to sign in to Intuit’s web site.  When  I did, it said that it would send me an email to prove who I am.  The problem is that I have since changed from Clear to Comcast, and I no longer have that email address.  So I called Customer Service and spent over an hour waiting on hold, before I finally gave up.  Finally I found an online form to change my email address,  I even had to scan my Oregon ID and attach a PDF file.  They sent me an email with links to make the changes and in three more steps, I was finally able to download Quicken.  Then I had to install, register  and configure it.  Finally, several hours later, I downloaded my transactions.  I actually would not recommend the program you, but I am not aware if anything else that downloads and manages transactions with multiple bank and credit card accounts.  Anyway, that’s why I’m late.  ARGH!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Must be tough being George Will — watching someone like Donald Trump shit all over the party he spent decades carrying water for.

Must be a horrifying experience.

Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.

If that’s what even an establishment Republican pundit thinks, our opposition to Fecal Dump Trump must be positively livid!

From Alternet: Jimmy Kimmel generally keeps things relatively light, comedy wise, on his late night show. But apparently, Sarah Palin’s appearance in a new climate change denial film called Climate Hustle got the host fired up enough to take up the dumb-dumbness that is both Palin and the entire climate change denial brigade, aka, the GOP.

Ding Bat Barf Bag Alert!!

 

They’re damn right it’s real, and I’m not bleeping with you either!

Also from Alternet: Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That’s because you have to have enough savings from income to begin to accumulate wealth — buying a house or investing in stocks and bonds, or saving up to send a child to college.

 

As usual, the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right and the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is wrong… and evil.

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Godwin’s Law – a common meme used by Republicans, other fascists, pseudo-intellectuals, and people with their heads in the sand or in smellier places, whenever anyone points out the verifiable commonalities between today’s Republican Party and Germany’s National Socialist Party, shortly before Hitler became dictator.

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May 022016
 

In politics it is said, that when not fueled by hope there is a vacuum for fear to fill. Since artists turn to the muses, Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Ourania and Calliope we are exploring what they can offer us for inspiration to have the hope fueling politics.

“Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.”
-Pliny the Elder

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.”   forgotten-muses-1226788
-Elie Wiesel

Let us first turn to some history courtesy of Clio:
This chef is much bigger than her 'Lemonade' cameo, though that was pretty great too.

http://www.upworthy.com/this-chef-is-much-bigger-than-her-lemonade-cameo-though-that-was-pretty-great-too?c=upw1

and
Robert Scheer Talks With Eddie Conway About Making Real News After Prison
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16243

Gave me a kind of hope, how about you?

 

Now to Euterpe and Polymnia (musical instruments and divine “hymns”):
Musicians Raise Their Voices in Song to Help Children in Gaza
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/05/01/album-2-unite-all?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2016-05-02

My hope for the future in hands such as these went up, how about yours?

Erato would claim (love):
This Australian guy is buying 300 charter buses for an incredible reason.
http://www.upworthy.com/this-australian-guy-is-buying-300-charter-buses-for-an-incredible-reason?c=upw1

Did you grab a hanky like me?

 

On to Ourania (celestial):

The Amazing Sky
https://amazingsky.net/

Looks wonderful to me, how about you?

 

Who would claim this one?
Scientists gave a camera to an octopus, and she only needed 3 tries to learn to use it.
http://www.upworthy.com/scientists-gave-a-camera-to-an-octopus-and-she-only-needed-3-tries-to-learn-to-use-it?c=upw1

I feel hope after watching these, how about you?

Thank you dear reader for joining me on this journey of discovery and quest for hope.

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May 022016
 

In April Politics Plus was slightly down from March in every category, except visits.  The differences are so small that the length of the month accounts for almost the entire drop-off.

Here is our latest summary:

Stats04-2016

Reported period

Month Apr 2016

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2016 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2016 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,632

 

30,422

(3.15 visits/visitor)

90,401

(2.97 Pages/Visit)

238,894

(7.85 Hits/Visit)

6.47 GB

(223.01 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

404,409

472,520

8.27 GB

Reported period

Month Apr 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2015 – 23:57

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,838

 

26,580

(2.7 visits/visitor)

80,467

(3.02 Pages/Visit)

233,368

(8.77 Hits/Visit)

3.36 GB

(132.35 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

321,700

365,533

5.15 GB

However, we are up significantly from last April in every category.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

Q!US04-2016

They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they are a valuable source of information.  We are still mostly older, well educated, poor, Democrats, and politically active. 

Here is our archived ClustrMap for April only.

Clustrmap04-2016

ClustrMap misses a lot of visits, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  They have changed their format..  When you click the map in the left column, it shows the current month only, no longer the year to date..

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,751
Republicans on Parade–8/18/2014 8/18/2014 232
BEEautiful Shot at Ammosexuals 4/12/2016 161
Koch Brothers Finance Racism 8/18/2011 154
Could This Kill the Reich? 4/20/2016 153

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite pleased that two from April made the cut,  Unfortunately none are from authors other than me.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers (100 referral minimum):

Care2 2,542
Google 2,016
Stumbleupon 222
Google (Images) 132

All are slightly down from March, except Stumbleupon.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://www.oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://fair.org/
http://disaffectedanditfeelssogood.blogspot.com/
http://okjimmseggrollemporium.blogspot.com/
http://www.bloomberg.com/

Once upon a time I included fifteen here, but these seven are the only ones with two or more referrals.  We also had seven in March.  This is the one stat that still disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, we seem to have become a go-to site for activists!.  Putting blogs’ links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here, unless I forget to copy the data before it resets.  We had a four way tie for fifteenth place.

Joanne Dixon (115)
Lynn Squance (94
)
Lona Goudswaard (90)
Edie (84)
Pat B (81)
jla (74)
SoINeedAName (58)
Mitch D. (50)
Vivian Birdwell (45)
Jim Phillips (42)
Jerry Critter (14)
Arielle (11)
dave c (4)
Phil Hanson (4)
Cheryl A. Aaron (3)
gene jacobson (3)
Patty Lasek (3)
Yvonne White (3)

People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.. 

We have 326,457 links on other websites, down slightly from March.

As of Midnight on May 1, we have 6,480 articles and 77,837 comments.

Kudos to Lona Goudswaard for posting the 77,000th comment.

I recommend using your own avatar. Go to Gravatar.  Sign up using the email address you use to post comments here and upload the image you want to use as your avatar.  Whenever you comment under that email address here or on any WordPress blog (several others too), that image will become your avatar.

In case you did not know, we are no longer a one-author blog.  Due to my reduced availability, from ongoing medical mayhem and learning to live as an amputee,  I appointed two Administrators, who are also authors.  They are Lynn Squance, aka Sasquatch or Squatch and SoINeedAName, aka Nameless.  I also appointed two more Authors.  They are Judi Angell, aka JL A, and Joanne Dixon, aka JD.  I’m also very proud that last month we added another Author to our staff.  She is Lona Goudswaard and a prime catch!  Please Join me in praising and thanking all five for a job well done.

This is our policy on links.  We do not embed links to extreme Republican websites, like Faux Noise, Breitfart or World Nut Daily.  However I leave an notes in square brackets when I delete such links, (example: [faux noise delinked]) so readers, who wish to follow them can click through to the source article.  I also remove topical links.  Finally, I blank the target on all links, so they open in a new tab or window.  Please do so, or if you commonly leave links and don’t know how to blank the target, please say so.

I’m not concerned with the downswing,. because it is so small,  Given our expanded talent, I expect to continue our upward trend.  One way you can help is to share our articles, not only with your family and friends, but also, on other sites, linking back to the article here.  The more exposure we get, the better we shall do at fulfilling our stated purpose, “Overcoming Right Wing Insanity One Day at a Time!”

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You are why we are here!  You are the reason we are a success!!

Now lets go kick some Bagger butt!! Winking smile

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