RANT: The Social Security Myth

http://finance.yahoo.com/focus-retirement/article/111849/social-security-changes-in-2011?mod=fidelity-readytoretire&cat=fidelity_2010_getting_ready_to_retire

4 Social Security Changes Coming in 2011
by Emily Brandon
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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The Social Security program will be tweaked in several important ways in 2011. Workers will get a temporary tax break on the amount they pay into the entitlement program, and several claiming options for retirees will be eliminated. Here’s a look at how the Social Security program will change this year.

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The Social Security system’s finances are not expected to be harmed because the trust fund will be reimbursed for the full amount of the tax break from the general fund of the Treasury. However, this change also means that the Social Security trust fund will no longer be completely funded directly by citizen contributions. “This pretty much ends the claim that Social Security is self-financing or that it doesn’t contribute to the budget deficit,” says Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

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What a bunch of hogwash!

This is all a myth.

Myth: “an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution”!

Boy, that sure fits.

If you went to Metropolitan Life Insurance and bought an annuity. They would take your wealth that you gave them freely, invest it in something productive, deduct their fee, and return it to you over time in accordance with your contract. You have “rights”. You know it will be audited. You can sell it. You can rely on their assurances. There’s a risk, but you’ve considered and know it.

Now compare it to the Social Security “system”. (It’s wrong to call it a Ponzi scheme. In a Ponzi scheme, you volunteer to participate. Usually out of greed. But, with “Social Security”, you don’t get a choice.)

They TAKE your wealth. If you don’t want to participate, men with guns will come and possibly kill you.

That wealth is thrown into the General Fund. And, you get a promise. Not even an IOU.

The whole article “celebrates” the system.

Where are your rights?

When the system goes broke, you, and I, will be standing like David Copperfield, hat in hand, saying, “May I have what’s mine, sir?”

“We, The Sheeple” are getting shorn again.

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RANT: Watching VILL / SYR game

I still think a time out should NOT granted when a change of possession is imminent.

Too many times a TO is granted an penalizes good defense.

I’d define “imminent” as “in the next three seconds”.

The ref could even let three seconds run off the clock then blow the whistle and award the time out.

Argh!

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JOBSEACH: “Job hopping” IS NOT the new normal

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Is job hopping the new normal? : The Work Buzz theworkbuzz.com

Job hopping used to be taboo, but today it’s not only common, it’s also considered a good quality in many workers. What changed?

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FJohn Reinke • https://reinkefaceslife.com/2010/12/01/jobsearch-is-the-age-of-the-job-over/

The “gold watch” era is over. “Job hopping” is still taboo. But, the perception is reality. Today, it’s all about being “entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial”. Everyone is on their own. In an organization or not, you’re really on “The Apprentice” every minute.

That may sound to cynical, but …

Success for this generation is:

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;

(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) develop a second business or avocation – under the radar – start small part-time;

(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can and will “help” you;

(8) buy and save assets that hold their value over time; and

(9) emulate the Amish and Mormons for their sense of community, simple thrifty living, and true to core values.

Notice that “loyalty to an employer who will screw you when it suits their purpose” is nowhere on that list.

It’s a complete paradigm and meme change that’s required.

It’s all about creating value. However one is uniquely qualified to do it, you have to do it in such a way that you retain some. And, you must always focus on unlocking value. For yourself primarily. And, developing skills at doing it.

Very cynical, I know. Very blunt. But, what does one expect from a fat old white guy injineer. And, you really don’t think the “unemployment rate” is under 10%? Lot of people have to learn a new set of paradigms and memes to compete in the new world.

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INTERESTING: Carlina White, followed her instincts to reunite

http://abcnews.go.com/US/kidnapped-carlina-white-solves-cold-case-reunites-parents/story?id=12712313

Cold Case Solved: Carlina White Reunites With Parents
White Was Kidnapped as a Baby 23 Years Ago From a New York City Hospital

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Carlina White, separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, followed her instincts to reunite with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson. “Carlina was a missing link and we have gotten her back in the name of Jesus, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,” Pat Conway, White’s godmother, said. On Aug. 4, 1987, worried parents Joy White and Carl Tyson took their feverish baby daughter to Harlem Hospital’s emergency room. The visit turned into horror when…

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DNA?

As much as I like happy endings, there is a LOT more to the story.

Gooferment screw ups: <1> Hospital; <2> School; … must be others.

It would seem that there are a lot of charges to be investigated and filed in this case.

Technology had a role in finding with the computer aged photos.

Perhaps, this will have a happy ending?

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IPAD: Task swap ain’t

In using the IPAD, I have noticed that “swapping” between tasks or even between SAFARI windows isn’t a swap in the sense of ALT-TAB on a “real”computer.

Using the on screen keyboad is a PIA.

Different apps have different keyboards?

CARINGBRIDGE app loses input if not committed before task switch, hibernate, or time out.

Arch!

SOFTWARE: After a fellow blogger lost a post …

… I suggested:

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May I suggest that you, or your tech support — whomever you’ve stuck with that job — look at “Lazarus plugin”. http://lazarus.interclue.com/ It allows you to recapture data that you’ve put in a form and lost.

I try to write all my stuff in a text editor and cut’n’paste it where needed. Lost too much. Too often. But, I try to discipline myself to do it that way. The losses are too painful.

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SERVICE: Google SITES is tough to use

I use a Google Site as an overflow area for my alumni ezine.

But it’s frustrating.

Take for instance, tables.

A basic concept.

SITES requires you to use HTML to get it working.

Not User friendly.

APPLE’s MOBILEME and IWEB isn’t much better.

Argh!

And, I hate the thought of investing a lot of time, effort, and attention on something that may go away of change.

Argh!

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FLASH: House R’s list cuts

http://www.usnews.com/news/washington-whispers/articles/2011/01/20/house-gop-lists-25-trillion-in-spending-cuts

House GOP Lists $2.5 Trillion in Spending Cuts
By PAUL BEDARD
Posted: January 20, 2011

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Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama’s healthcare reform program.

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Way to go!

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FLASH: TFH-PROOF Now Hawaii says it found them, unbelievable!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/01/19/2011-01-19_record_of_obamas_birth_is_in_the_archives_hawaii_gov.html

Now the Gooferment of Hawaii says they’ve “found” them.

And, you want me to believe them. At the very least, if introduced in a competent Court, there would be “chain of custody” issues.

Like that COLB (Certification of Live Birth) that was cooked up and posted on the inet, I think we are ENTITLED to have a full airing of the issue.

What’s to hide?

If everything is on the up and up, then it will be a boring as watching paint dry, grass grow, or liberal pontificate. (Sorry couldn’t resist!)

But, it isn’t, because everyone is scrambling to hide something! Aren’t you the least be curious as to what it is.

Guess we’ll have to wait for the Enquirer to out it like the did Edwards!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Peaceful non-violent non-cooperation!

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sabrin/sabrin14.1.html

Government Violence: The Real Evil in the World
by Murray Sabrin

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Not surprisingly, law professor Butler Shafer expressed my sentiments 100%. There is no need to dissect the events in Tucson, except to say, the killing of any human being is a horrific tragedy.

From the murderous street mugger to the violent carjacker and armed robber, killing another human being is the highest immoral act an individual can commit. However, the real evil in the world is the violence perpetrated by governments around the world, including our own.

As a son of Holocaust survivors whose parents were the only ones to have lived through the horror of government-sanctioned mass murder, we as a people should be more outraged about the thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who have been killed by our military as “collateral damage” in the juiced up global war on terror. In addition, where is the outrage by our political leaders, the pundits and others about our government invading a country – Iraq – that made no hostile acts against the American people?

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The violence of government is all around us, 24/7. From taxation to regulations to military adventurism, the federal government has become a role model for individuals prone to violence. If the government can use violence to achieve its goals, then violence becomes acceptable in the minds of the unstable. If the government can perpetuate Ponzi schemes, then some in the financial community will try to create their own fraudulent investment programs to enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens.

The role model for violence is not heated political rhetoric, but the actions of government officials who assert they are doing “good” by taxing, spending, regulating, borrowing, debasing the currency and invading other nations. This is not to condone violence against any government official. On the contrary, we should criticize unequivocally their use of violence against the people, while we work toward reestablishing liberty as the highest social good.

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No violence towards anyone.

More correctly state “Zero Aggression”.

(I think that’s a “principle”.)

Peaceful non-violent non-cooperation!

(I know I’ve heard that before!)

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POLITICAL: OK where is the proof?

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=252833

BORN IN THE USA?
Hawaii governor can’t find Obama birth certificate
Suggests controversy could hurt president’s re-election chances
Posted: January 18, 2011 8:05 pm Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.

Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star Advertiser he was searching within the Hawaii Department of Health to find definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii, because the continuing eligibility controversy could hurt the president’s chances of re-election in 2012.

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Suggesting he was still intent on producing more birth records on Obama from the Hawaii Department of Health vital records vault, Abercrombie told the newspaper there was a recording of the Obama birth in the state archives that he wants to make public.

Abercrombie did not report to the newspaper that he or the Hawaii Department of Health had found Obama’s long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate. The governor only suggested his investigations to date had identified an unspecified listing or notation of Obama’s birth that someone had made in the state archives.

“It was actually written, I am told, this is what our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives, written down,” Abercrombie said.

For seemingly the first time, Abercrombie frankly acknowledged that presidential politics motivated his search for Obama birth records, implying that failure to resolve the questions that remain unanswered about the president’s birth and early life may damage his chance for re-election.

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Well, bless my tin foil hat, now there appears to be NO long form Obama birth certificate. How could that be? Everyone was buzzing there was but they were just prevented by law in the absence of a waver from BHO44.

“We, The Sheeple” have once again had the old wool over the eyes.

SNOPES’ credibility is destroyed. (They came down hard on the birthers and proofers saying there was a certificate. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthcertificate.asp And, it’s still there. Ahh, it was a great service, until it became “political”!)

As well as most of the Lmme Street Media.

The truth always will out.

How many times will “We, The Sheeple” let some Lucy pull the football away before we start to become cynical and skeptical?

Get the pop corn, this tale is JUST getting interesting.

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SOFTWARE: SAFARI is getting demerits

Had another occurrence of “all space disappears”.

The SAFARI browser and POSTBOX2 mail were active. (I didn’t do an autopsy.)

Reboot and restart.

Free space is in the 6’s.

Argh!

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And, I don’t like how it has fixes with tabs and shoves the overflow tabs off the screen.

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POLITICAL: Fix Congress with term limits and fiscal reform

FORWARDED MESSAGE FROM A CORRESPONDENT LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS

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Please forward this. This has to be passed on. If you disagree with it, please fell free to delete it. If you agree with it, please forward it to 20 or more people. Hope you have a happy new year!

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!

Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below:

——- A. Two Six-year Senate terms

——- B. Six Two-year House terms

——- C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.

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I’m with you on everything but #5. Let’s fix their salaries in absolute “dollars”. No CPI. The CPI just “legitimizes” inflation. That’s a theft of wealth from the people “under the covers”. I think you may have hit on a way to motivate the politicians and bureaucrats to stop counterfeiting the money supply.

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RANT: The King will have the diktats reviewed

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703396604576088634252904032.html?mod=djemalertNEWS

President Barack Obama plans a government-wide review of federal regulations, aiming to eliminate rules that stymie economic growth.

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In an article published in the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, Obama said he intends to issue an executive order initiating a review to “make sure we avoid excessive, inconsistent and redundant regulation,” focusing on rules that “stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.” He also suggested future regulations must do their job “while promoting economic growth.”

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WOW! Thank the “Plantation Master”. It ony took two plus years to get the word from the bottom to the top.

Sorry, but this is more “tying s ribbon on the jackass’s ass”, “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”, or “all hat and no cattle”.

An after thought!

“Let them eat cake”!

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RANT: Play with “class”

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2658416/posts

Video: CBS announcer bashes Jets’ ‘absurd’ touchdown celebration
Yahoo Sports ^ | 17 Jan 11 | Chris Chase
Posted on January 17, 2011 2:15:18 PM EST by SkyPilot

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A bit of the celebration didn’t please CBS announcer Jim Nantz, though. After Shonn Greene(notes) scored a late game-sealing touchdown, many Jets, Rex Ryan included, converged in the end zone to whoop it up and send one final message to the Patriots and their fans. Nantz didn’t like this, particulary Greene’s “nap time” celebration, which saw the running back fall to the ground and mimic that he was going to sleep.

“I’ve never understood the absurdity of all the self-aggrandizing and now you’re going to cost your team 15 yards on the kick and you’re going to give Brady and his unit a chance to do something.”

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I agree with Nantz. It was dumb and classless. Dumb because it opened a crack. Brady was having a bad day; the objective was to ensure that he did NOT get a chance to make a “miracle comeback”! Yes, it was unlikely, but long shots do come in. Some one wins the lotto. Lightening strikes. The worm turns. Imagine the dialogue if it did. These are supposed to be professionals. Hand the ball to the linesman and hustle back to the sidelines and see what your team needs next. Classless, in that you don’t embarrass anyone. Look like you’ve been there before. And why give the Pats locker room fodder for the next game. Dumb cubed!

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RANT: Hey NJ “Civil Authorities” you are a PIA

Hey Big Brother!

(They just “seized” what I pay for — Verizon FIOS TV service — for about 3 minutes. Wipeing out the end of “Let’s Make Deal”.)

I don’t know if anyone looks at your “test”? But your clock is wrong. It ain’t 11:59!

Isn’t this a “legistative and / or regulatory” taking?

Now, the tin foil hat takes over, and I muse “civil authorities” as opposed to the “military authorities”? Do we have two criminal gangs that can take over my TV? Argh!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Keyes sees the fraud in the current system

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=248141

The 2-party system: Like a rigged casino
January 07, 2011
Alan Keyes

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In this respect, the two parties are like rival factions of an organized-crime syndicate. The Democrats devise government activities that are like different rackets that they divide into tax-funded territories. Then they parcel out control and distribution of the budgets for these territories among the different groups working to maintain the party’s governmental power base. The Republicans, on the other hand, use government office to establish a protection scheme. In exchange for political support, they promise to shield their partisans from the excessive collections the Democrats use to fund their rackets. While the Republicans play on the public’s fear of what the Democrats will take from them, the Democrats play on its fear of what selfish Republicans will keep them from getting.

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I contributed to his campaign. Before he went “loopy”.

It’s good to see that he sees the “barbara streisand” of the “two party” system.

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TECHNOLOGY: Always encrypt your phone

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/guides/2011/01/why-you-should-always-encrypt-your-smartphone.ars

Why you should always encrypt your smartphone
By Ryan Radia

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As such, if you are arrested or detained by a law enforcement officer, you cannot lawfully be compelled to tell the officer anything other than your basic identifying information—even if the officer has not read you the Miranda warning. Exercising your right to remain silent cannot be held against you in a court of law, nor can it be used to establish probable cause for a search warrant.

However, if you voluntarily disclose or enter your mobile phone password in response to police interrogation, any evidence of illegal activity found on (or by way of) your phone is admissible in court, regardless of whether or not you’ve been Mirandized.

What if you’re not a criminal and think you have nothing to hide? Why not simply cooperate with the police and hand over your password so that you can get on with your life?

For one thing, many Americans are criminals and they don’t even know it. Due to the disturbing phenomenon known as “overcriminalization,” it’s very easy to break the law nowadays without realizing it. A May 2010 study from the conservative Heritage Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers found that three out of every five new nonviolent criminal offenses don’t require criminal intent. The Congressional Research Service can’t even count the number of criminal offenses currently on the books in the United States, estimating the number to be in the “tens of thousands.”

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Secure your phone with a passcode, put it away when you’re driving (Good idea so you’re not tempted, and, if stopped by a cop, keep your mouth shut under any and all circumstances.

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SERVICE: STUFFBAK “not recommended”

http://www.stuffbak.com

201101071801.jpg

I signed up for this a while ago. And, for a variety of reasons, forgot about it. Found some of my left over labels. Hey, let’s see if the service is still up.

Yup! I was. Yay!

So, I “registered” one. And, found out it forgot me. (?)

“call 1-800-yeah-right”

I don’t do phone in “customer non-service”. My blood pressure can’t stand it. It has to be really really important for me to endure that particular hell.

From what I remember, it only had one level of service. And, there was zero charge for recovery. (I know I had one.) Now before you “tag” any thing, make sure you’re willing to pay 50$ for it’s return. Argh!

I don’t like folks that suck you in and then change the game after you’ve bought in. I had to buy the labels. If they had presented this value equation, then I’d have passed.

NOTRECOMMENDED!

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SOFTWARE: POSTBOX2 has a serious value-impacting problem — “SMEARING” in message preview pane

“SMEARING” in message preview pane

POSTBOX2 Version 2.1.0 (PAID)

While the workaround — “click on the message” and read it in a new tab — works, it destroys the usability of it.

I’ve used Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Firefox. It’s no better.

It seems that the “rendering engine” of Postbox2 for HTML is slow, or broken.

I can’t believe that I am the only one who has this problem. If I am, why me? If not, why aren’t other screaming?

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SOFTWARE: ECTO in my dog house … again

1. Describe the account you’re using.

Jasper Jottings Daily!!!
https://jxymxu7sn5ho9d.wordpress.com/xmlrpc.php
WORDPRESS hosted at wordpress

2. If the issue involves communication with your blog system

A post is being made. It was placed on the blog correctly from what I can tell.

3. Some odd hang-up?

Nothing appears to hang.

4. Crash?

Doesn’t crash

5.

I wrote and pushed a post with a forward time stamp. (The whole rationale for ECTO is it is easier than using the WordPress web page. Time setting is still not as easy as it could be, but that’s another matter.)

In looking at the post about an hour LATER, I see it is truncated. Argh!

Quick like a bunny, I go up and see the post is complete in WordPress. Againlike a bunny, I make a backup copy of my pearls of wisdom.

Then, I do “retrieve posts”. The target post comes back complete.

But when I open it, it is truncated.

(We have had this symptom before. Where posts or partial posts are produced but then don’t display correctly int he Client side software. A while ago. But it was never resolved. Haven’t seen it in a while. I think, always suspected, that there is crud in the underlying copy. Maybe an unprintable character or some such?)

Help.

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Argh! I hate having “problems”. The ECTO folks are good in support. Just not there on Sunday. Argh!

At least, the post is up for publishing correctly. And, I have a copy.

I think that I have to now reorganize how I do the blog posts.

More work for me. But, I have to keep a running backup of the post. Perhaps prep it in a WP, instead of using the ECTO Client.

Argh!

That’s a waste of the old technology budget.

The downside is that my pearls might be lost. But, then I have learned that pearls aren’t worth much on the resale market! Argh squared!

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