A Plan to Restore the “Xanga Style” Community on “Free” WordPress

(Note: This is a “Pinned Blog” – newer blogs below this one)

Soullfire is Bringing Sexy Community Back ** Former Xangans – Like and Reblog if you support this idea ** It’s been close to a month OVER SIX MONTHS A YEAR TWO YEARS since Xanga has launched it’s “updated” “Xanga 2.0”, driven with the WordPress engine, and it’s still operating well below the “free” WordPress state. The “community” that was, disappeared with the end of Xanga 1.0 with the loss of free blogging, along with all of “1.0’s” community centric features like having a front page, ring groups, and general areas where users could find each other and congregate. Xanga has given no updates – so no one over there knows how long the “non community” condition will last. Many former Xangans like myself have moved their general blogging over to “free” WordPress but are also feeling a general loss of overall community that “Xanga 1.0” had. After using my WordPress site more often, I realized that it has certain features that will allow the former Xanga community to reconnect.  The answer lies in the “Reader” section, which is accessed by the top menu bar: Top_WP_menu In the Reader section, on the right hand side, there’s a “Topics” exploration search column underneath “Find Friends”: Side_WP_menu The topics search works by searching all the “Tag” keywords put in a blog and displays the blogs that have a match. Below shows an example of the Tag area in a new blog: blog_WP_menu Tag words go on the bottom line separated by commas. So once you’ve published a blog with certain tag words, it can be searched by others using the “Topics” search function. Now here’s where the Xanga community restoration comes into the picture. All that’s needed are some common “key words” used as tags that will allow users to find posts by former Xangans. Searching on a particular keyword will be similar to using the Xanga “Blog Rings” to find a group of posts related to a similar interest. Okay, to set this up, Xangans need to do the following: Post a blog stating what your Xanga name was and what your current name is now. In this blog use the tag word “ID_Xanga“. This will let people search for other former Xanga users using “ID_Xanga” as well as identify the Xangans who have changed their usernames. The beauty of this is it will only pull up the blogs that use this tag, so you will have an exclusive Xanga search feature. Next, when blogging, include the tag word “FreeXanga“. This will allow folks to find the latest blogs of former Xangans. Following this format, we can now use keywords to group blogs by interest or subject, just like the former “Xanga 1.0” Blog Ring or “Ish” sites. I’ve created a few tag words to get us started: QOTD_Xan  – Use this tag word to post with a question of the day Dollarish_Xan – Use this tag word to post with a money/savings/economic blog Politicish_Xan – Use this tag to post with a political related blog Rant_Xan – Use this tag to post with a rant type of blog Drama_Xan – Use this tag for drama blogs – for the drama lovers, haha. =) Townhall_Xan – Use this tag for general community info. This would be the tag to use when introducing new tag words to create a new search group. FreeXanga – Use this tag in all your blogs to make them “Xangan” searchable. I added “Xan” to the tag word topics to make it unique to Xangans, and it provides the general format for creating new search terms/groups. “ID_Xanga” need only to be used once for identification and to create a search list. I think this should work to help restore the “Xanga 1.0” style of community on WP, with the super bonus of now having a new world of people available to meet as well! Note: The max number of searchable tag words is 9, so don’t add too many tags words to your blog. ** Like and Reblog this and pass the word around if you support this idea – the “FREE” solution to bringing back community “Xanga 1.0” style! =)  **

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The Dark Side of Humanity

All of us are aware that a whole spectrum of people exist on Earth – from the absolutely saintly selfless to the most diabolically cruel. It’s amazing how people can vary so much to such extremes.

Two cases of people on the dark part of the spectrum caught my attention this week. I usually just bring up the bad actors on Wall Street that fleece their customers but these two stood out to me.

Case 1:

A very talented student who excels in playing the clarinet applied for a prestigious scholarship at a conservatory for training under one of the very best clarinet teachers. The scholarship is valued at $50,000, which was a full ride including tuition, housing, meals, and miscellaneous living expenses.  The clarinet teacher also only accepts 2 people a year to train- which shows you how difficult it is to get approved for acceptance.

Despite those long odds, the student manages to convince the instructor and conservatory to accept him and approve him for the special scholarship.

However, he never finds out he is accepted….

…because his girlfriend at the time whom he had been dating for 5 months, saw the email of acceptance that was sent to him, and deleted it. 😲 After that, she forged an email from the conservatory telling him that he was NOT accepted, and then forged another email to mail to the conservatory telling them he refused the scholarship. 😠 The poor guy went on with his life never realizing his girlfriend duped him out of his dream until years later when he had a chance to talk with that famous instructor.

Now before I provide the story link, the reason being given for this action is that the girlfriend was afraid of losing him, thinking he would break up with her. I don’t believe this to be the case. I think it has more to do with the actions of someone psychotically jealous of his abilities.

But can you imagine how angry he must be feeling when he found out? She sabotaged his entire career! 😠 What a betrayal, by someone he would never have expected it from…..so disturbing!

McGill music student awarded $350,000 after girlfriend stalls career

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/15/us/dream-school-false-rejection-letter-trnd/index.html

 

Case 2:

Divorced man marries woman, then after a while, starts cheating on her with other women, one of them being his ex-wife. 😲  Man runs into debt problem and looks for a way out. His solution? Arrange for his wife, the MOTHER of his two kids, to have an “accident” so he can collect on her life insurance which will also free him up to pay off his debt and chase other women. 😠 Fortunately for the wife, her guardian angel was looking out for her. He tries once, fails, tries again, and this time his misdeeds are exposed.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/16/620531854/former-british-army-sergeant-sentenced-after-parachute-murder-attempt-of-wife?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

 

Sure, some people are evil, but for people to betray someone they supposedly pledged their heart to is especially depraved. At least these two cases had positive outcomes for the victims.

Fox News Online Goes Full Fake News/State TV/GOP Cheerleader Mode: “Trump Sycophantic Syndrome”

Today is election day in several states – lots of news to discuss and lead with:

CNN:

NBC:

MSNBC:

USA Today:

 

Then we have Fox News, who choose to go with this for the bulk of the day:

 

Apparently according to Fox, there is some big news speculation explosion about Melania being hit by Trump that I have yet to see anything about other than on Fox itself.

It’s always been the case that Fox has been pro-GOP, but now it would appear that they have given up any pretense of trying to be “fair and balanced” and have jumped the shark into full-bore cheer leading for the GOP in general and Trump in particular. They rather focus on manufactured/made up demons and fears than deal with the current news if it bears a negative reflection on the Trump Administration.

Fox is claiming other news media is suffering from “Trump Derangement” – but the reality is if Fox is suffering from “Trump Sycophantic Syndrome” at hypocritical levels not witnessed by a nationwide popular multimedia source in modern history.  Try to imagine them making the same level of defense for Obama or another Democrat.

 

More details on this Fox Propaganda Phenomenon:

https://www.vox.com/2018/5/30/17380096/fox-news-alternate-reality-charts

From the article:

“Every night, Fox News paints a picture of reality that Americans outside the Fox News bubble would not recognize.

In Fox News world, the FBI is conducting a witch hunt against President Trump; the Stormy Daniels saga is part of a conspiracy to take down the president; Hillary Clinton’s corruption is still a major threat to American decency; and the mainstream media is ignoring Trump’s accomplishments, like securing the borders, lowering the unemployment rate, and withdrawing the US from bad international deals and treaties. These stories clash with the world that appears just a few channels away on mainstream media outlets like MSNBC and CNN.”

 

Real Life Spider-Man Quickly Climbs 4 Floors Outside Building to Save Dangling Toddler in Paris

Fearless super-heroes most definitely exist and they walk among us…..

Picture this situation:

Mother of a small toddler is not in town and left the child with the father. The father leaves the child alone in the apartment, and the child wanders onto the balcony, climbs rail and winds up dangling over the edge, holding on for dear life, 4 levels up from the street.

There are neighbors on a balcony next door, but railing/fencing limit their ability movement to fully reach/grab the child.

A young man from Mali, Mamodou Gassama, happens to be on the street below and sees all the commotion and that the little child is in grave danger. Then this happens:

Mamodou manages to climb up 4 levels in 30 seconds to be able to pull the child back into the apartment and out of danger.  This is is quite an amazing feat to witness! He immediately sprang into action and risked his own life to save that child.

It’s mind boggling that he had the strength and stamina to climb that far up so quickly. I don’t think Spider-Man could have done it any faster!

 

Here is a picture of this newly discovered Super Hero:

Well Done Mr. Gassama!!!

 

More details in the following articles:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/28/spider-man-of-paris-climbs-four-storeys-to-rescue-dangling-boy

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44275776

 

The Illusion of Competence: What Know-It-Alls Don’t Know — AlterNet

This “illusion of confidence” is now called the “Dunning-Kruger effect,” and describes the cognitive bias to inflate self-assessment. One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each…

via The Illusion of Competence: What Know-It-Alls Don’t Know — AlterNet

Armored Truck Doors Open up on Freeway: Dumps Out $600K On the Road

 

Here’s one traffic jam you wouldn’t mind being stuck in. Apparently the doors of an armored truck weren’t properly locked and they opened up when then truck was on the highway, dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash along the road.

 

As can be expected, most vehicles behind the literal windfall stopped to collect the cash.

 

 

After awhile the police appeared and rained on everyone’s parade by telling everyone to return the money or face the risk of being charged with theft.

According the to report some vehicles had left the scene earlier with bags of cash.

 

 

Tax Day News – One Day Extension Due to IRS Computer Glitch & Broken GOP Promises

 

Tax Deadline Extended

Good news for all the last minute tax preparation procrastinators. Due to a malfunction today of computers at the IRS payment centers, which prevented people from paying their taxes directly online, the IRS has decided to grant a one day extension to everyone, moving the tax filing deadline to Wednesday, April 18.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parts-irs-website-down-direct-pay-not-working-today-2018-04-17/

So if you were feeling the heat of racing against the midnight deadline – you’ve been given a 24 hour reprieve! =)

 

What Became of that “Simple Postcard Size Tax Form” Promise by Trump/GOP?

Remember this promise made on the “tax reform” plan?

 

Sorry to say, that “post card size” tax return promise never came to pass- your tax forms will remain as convoluted and confusing as before. And the middle class went backwards with losing the PERMANENT personal exemption while getting a TEMPORARY standard deduction increase that begins expiring in 8 years. Also many states lost their PERMANENT state and local tax deductions as well- another hit to the middle class.

Why did the middle class get an 8 year delayed tax increase instead of a permanent tax cut? Well, somebody had to pay for the permanent tax cuts given to the wealthy in the way of eliminating the estate tax, cutting their top tax rates, slashing corporate rates, while letting all the prior loopholes that where supposed to be eliminated to pay for these cuts remain.

For the icing on this tax reform cake, an extra $1.5 Trillion will be added to our growing debt, that ALL tax payers will be on the hook for.

It’s only a matter of time before more and more people non wealthy folks start realizing how poorly they fare under this Trump/GOP tax plan, making the unpopular plan even lower rated.

 

 

Free Movie Stream This Weekend on AI: Do You Trust This Computer?

There is a new documentary on AI starring big tech minds like Elon Musk:

‘Do You Trust This Computer?’ Trailer: Documentary Exploring Perils Of Artificial Intelligence Sets Switch-On Date

https://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/do-you-trust-this-computer-documentary-elon-musk/

Elon Musk is sponsoring free streaming this weekend.