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Yikes, 5 of mine had been breached.

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Have You Been Pwned? by  in Random Musings

Okay, do tell…

Did you discover any comprised websites?

How many?

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Most popular posts of the past 7 years

My how time flies-7 years and counting.

Some days I find it hard to believe I’ve been on WordPress that long.

Other days, I feel as though I’ve been writing blog posts for a zillion years. LOL

Over time, my blog has evolved and changed several times. I’ve written 3 books for children, dabbled with coloring books and journals. I’ve had several flash fiction stories published and entered a few contests. (Placed but never brought the top trophy home.)

So, in honor of me sticking with one thing for 7 years, I’m sharing 7 popular posts. One for each year. Please don’t be too critical of the really old ones.

It’s been a wonderful, maddening journey where I’ve met great writers who have encouraged and helped me improve my craft. Thanks, to everyone for hanging in there with me.

I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane. 

  1.   – South of the Border Magic 
  2.  – Sparks of Creativity  
  3.  – The magic happens here 
  4.   – This is what they don’t tell you about becoming a writer.
  5.   –Do You know how to write a book review? 
  6.  – How to take your idea to story
  7.   – You need to double your amazon security
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When will this latest crisis end?

You can’t open a newspaper, check social media or turn on the TV without news about the shutdown. People are hurting because our government is not doing their job.

…workers rally to end the government shutdown at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

I fail to understand why this shutdown is dragging on when the latest poll indicates only 7% of voters want this wall.

Thursday, 1/24/2019, Mitch McConnell is supposed to bring to the Senate Floor, at long last, two bills to end this ridiculous standoff. I do hope he presents both. Up until now, Senator McConnell has refused to present any bill from the House of Representatives.

I guess we will soon see.

Lots of people have an opinion on the shutdown and the wall. So, I’d like to share mine along with a few facts. You may not agree with my opinion, but facts are facts.

About the shutdown:

By Javier Zarracina and Li Zhou

About the wall:

  • President Trump has demanded Congress pony-up 5 Billion to build the wall.
    • 5 billion dollars is just the beginning.
    • The Brookings Institute estimates the total cost could exceed 20 Billion.
    • That’s billion, with a B.  An outrageous amount for a wall for which the majority of Americans do not want.
  • The land must be taken from owners using eminent domain.
    • This process will cost millions in court and attorney fees.
  • Working through the process of securing the land can take up to 10 years.
    • Landowners do not want to relinquish any part of their farms or ranches.
    • Bring in the lawyers.
    • Lawsuits will drag on for years, lining the pockets of only attorneys.
  • The majority of American voters do not want a wall.
    • The latest poll indicates that only 7% of voters want this wall.

I can think of plenty of things our country needs now. Not in 10 years.

If the government has an extra 5-20 Billion dollars burning a hole in their pocket, how about spending the money on things the people need and want. I think 5 billion dollars can go a long way to meet the needs of the people.

Where to spend 5 plus billion dollars:

  • Repairing our crumbling bridges and roads.
  • Update our electrical grid.
  • Invest in cybersecurity.
  • Repair antiquated schools or build new.
  • Assist our veterans as they return home.
  • Raises for underpaid teachers and invest in better education.
  • Hire additional foster care workers.
  • Provide shelter for the homeless.
  • Provide health insurance for uninsured children.
  • Aide medical research.
  • Hire more immigration officers and agents.
  • Hire more immigration judges.
  • Invest in streamlining the immigration process.
  • Invest in technology to protect our voting system.
  • Invest in technology to assist border agents.

The list for better ways to spend 5-20 Billion dollars, is endless.

Should Congress succumb to pressure and hand over 5 billion dollars to begin such a wall, I have one last question.

How long before other countries begin to chant, “tear down this wall,” shaming the USA as President Reagan shamed the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev?

I did my best to stick to facts but as with most writers, I’m sure my opinion came through too. But facts don’t lie and we need to end the name calling and act like adults. We are all Americans in the same boat.

It’s time to row together. 

Do you have any suggestions for our government?

Where would you like them to spend 5 billion dollars?

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Watch for upcoming security changes

No one wants their website hacked, am I right?

 

However, I do wish the techies looking down from cyberspace would stop monkeying around and tweaking every little thing on the internet.

Just when I believe I’ve gotten everything under control, bam! Time to relearn and figure out just what the hell is changing now.

A big thanks to Nicholas C. Rossis for keeping me and everyone up to date on the coming changes to Google Chrome. Apparently, it has something to do with website security. OMG

Now you may say, “I don’t use Google Chrome.” But where Google goes other search engines are soon to follow. So take note, read the article and watch for changes.

So, what is this Google Chrome update all about?

  • Google Chrome has an update coming out the end of July. Chrome 68.
  • The new update will mark ALL websites an “not secure.”
  •  Some hosting websites will add additional Security Socket Layer–or SSL for us, some may not.
  • If the website host doesn’t add the additional SSL, we will need to add one ourselves to make sure communications between our site and a visitor is secure.

Think I got all that right. Sure hope WordPress.com adds it for me. Hate when I have to figure all this shit out for myself.

Click on the link below and read the entire article for the bigger picture.

SSL Security And Social Share Counts By  Nicholas C. Rossis

Talk to me…

Does anyone out there know if WordPress.com will fix this for us?

Do you worry about visiting unsecure websites?

Did you know about this change?

Do you think it will impact bloggers? How?

Check out these links for more information about Chrome 68.

What’s New In DevTools (Chrome 68)

A secure web is here to stay

Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer

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