The Sandy Hook murders in Newtown Connecticut have been the trigger for an onslaught of anti-gun legislation. I’ve lost track of the number of bills–last count was about a dozen. I won’t glorify this legislation with the title “gun control”, because the real purpose of most of this legislation is to get rid of guns that those in power do not want us to have. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is pretty clear about not infringing on our rights in this area: “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
What’s missing from all this is an investigation into the real cause of the violence in our schools. For hundreds of years we’ve had a country with many schools, where weapons were abundant and we didn’t have any shootings like this. Now it seems as if there is a new school shooting every few months. Why?
Here’s what one psychiatrist, Dr. David Healy, says about it. Now, if you’re at all like me, you probably think psychiatrists are about as loopy as they come, and that psychiatry bears the same relationship to medicine that astrology bears to astronomy. Even so, this one seems to have his head partially screwed on right.
See also his website to report the side effects of drugs at Rxisk.org.
CCHR has been saying that psychiatric drugs were responsible for this increase in violence for about 20 years. So have I, but then I’ve been a member of CCHR since 1972.
There’s an interesting new internet “meme” about “mass murder pills” based on the many requests out there for an investigation into the relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence. Do a Google search for that term and see what’s popping up now.
I have recently finished a fairly big project moving Christmasgifts.com over to WordPress.
It was an interesting project, but it took a long time to do. WordPress is not my favorite kind of platform for an ecommerce site (this particular site sells advertising) and it used to rank very highly for the search term “Christmas gifts” at Google. It ranked #1 for years, helped by EMD (Exact Match Domain name) and by having thousands of links to it from websites linking to the free Christmas Clipart and free Christmas music there. Several attempts to re-optimize the old site (which I built in php and mySql originally in 2003, I think) were made over the last couple of years, to no avail. Suddenly the thousands of links to the site looked like an “unnatural link profile”, although they were completely natural!
So we have completely changed the way the site works and looks, with a very nice new graphic design in the WordPress theme created by Matteo Galbiati of www.webandseoguru.com. He also found and modified some plugins so they work for our purposes. We used the Simple Ad Manager, which is kind of clunky but seems to work okay.
Matteo was a joy to work with – very responsive and he always had a solution for some fairly difficult technical issues within WordPress.
The new site is much better for shoppers now because it shows actual products and prices. It works better from an SEO perspective because visitors are not being send off to other sites through ads — they click on products and can purchase them right away. The site continues to offer great advice on what Christmas gifts to give to various kinds of people, but now you can SHOP! which is a much better user experience.
We’ve done yet another request for reconsideration at Google, and are looking forward to being back on page one of the search results for our search terms once again.
My server is getting old and all 35 websites on it need to be transferred to another server. I’ve been working on little else for the last week. I expect another three or four weeks of this and I’ll have all the sites moved. It would be easy if the sites were simple; but few of them are simple. For the last ten years I have specialized in hosting complicated database-driven websites that use php and mySQL to do some amazing things. A lot of these sites rank very highly at Google for their search terms (keywords) and when the sites move, I have to make sure that nothing I do will affect those rankings.
In the meantime, I have found a couple of new quotes I like and put them on my permanent “quotes” page. Enjoy.
Yoost DeValk (the hopelessly nerdy guy pictured at right) is the guy who wrote the SEO plugin for WordPress. He’s someone whose SEO advice I listen to with rapt attention.
Last week I listened to a live webinar of Yoost talking about how to actually use his SEO plugin for WordPress, and it was very informative and helpful.
The kind folks over at SEO Brain Trust who sponsored the webinar originally, have put the webinar up on a web page so anyone can listen to it now and learn the techniques Yoost recommends for optimizing a Word Press website. Here’s a link to the Yoost Devalk SEO Plugin webinar.
If you use WordPress, you’ll want to listen to it so your WordPress site can rank better.
The US Post Office in Broadbent, Oregon, where we get our mail here on the ranch, is on a short list of 46 post offices that are likely to be closed in Oregon within the next few months. Apparently there are 3200 post offices locations that are being considered for closure nationwide; only 46 are in Oregon.
Over the last few days I connected with an old friend on Facebook; a woman I hadn’t heard from in 35 years. I knew her when she was a vibrant young woman. She was married during the 70′s to a very nice guy who helped me out of a jam once upon a time. She informed me that she’d gotten divorced in 1980, and that her ex-husband had died in 2000. My belated condolences were offered and accepted. But I felt like a schlep when she told me he was dead, for not already knowing something that life-changing had happened to her.
I wonder if my grandchildren, who are being raised in the time of Facebook, will ever experience losing track of someone, Continue reading →
On June 28, 2011, my internet service provider (ISP) went out of business. One minute I was surfing the web at about 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second – a fairly fast internet speed — at least it was fast enough to get work done online) and the next minute they were gone. The owner and the only technical brains of that local ISP (Rural Access Internet Company = RAIC) Guy Ralph, died in January of this year. He was a great guy, Continue reading →