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      Hi All,

      I am trying to follow the transition to Medium and the issues that are arising, I believe there is more than one technical glitches that are requiring coding and servers. There is also the standards that we may have breached inadvertently with the switch in platforms. So I thought I would give you a snippet of what I have seen.

      1.) Pundits are now the Editors, who will assist the Horton's in posting to the Yabberz main page. Your story may go to a pundit that has not checked their emails or doesn't know their position in this. This is something I believe is being fixed in the background.

      2.) Medium is a publishing site, meaning that the stories and discussion starters must adhere to standards in the publishing business. That is why there are editors and submission guidelines.

      3.) You do not have to pay for a membership: via Medium "Do you need a Medium membership to publish in the Partner Program? No, you don’t have to be a paying Medium member to join the Partner Program and earn money for your writing. Anyone with something to say can join for free and start earning. Your monthly membership fees go directly to the writers whose work you enjoy."

      4.) Once you publish your story on Medium it is on your profile. To submit it further to the Yabberz homepage requires you click on the bottom of said piece where there are three dots. One option is submit to Yabberz, highlight that and follow directions.

      5.) If you are unaware of publishing standards, citations and usage permissions, I suggest a review of this site.

      https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

      6.) Medium is very strict on imaging permissions and copyrights, using free use images with citations is advisable as to not cross into a legal quandary. Here is a link to some sites that offer these services and free use.

      https://www.wabisabilearning.com/blog/15-open-source-image-resources

      7.) Medium is asking for people to use their voices and original content. So the plagiarism angles are going to be looked at in the whole, but I wouldn't worry about that part unless the copy paste becomes the standard.


      It is an absolutely huge site, a lot of people and areas to follow and these things take time to pick up. Go out and look around and find your interests. It is not a difficult place to post. It will also take time for folks to get used to change.


      Just my two cents. :)

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      Since The Mueller Report, Pelosi Opens The Door To Possible Impeachment

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          IN A LETTER TO DEMOCRATS, NANCY PELOSI SPEAKS OF TRUMP’S LACK OF ETHICS, AND SHE DOESN’T RULE OUT IMPEACHMENT

          ASSOCIATED PRESSSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seen on Thursday, has said that the Mueller report proved Trump “engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior.”

          The Mueller report has caused quite an uproar among those who no longer wish to endure Trump’s corruption without fighting back. As a result, many Democrats, (including two who are currently running for President of the United States) have called for impeachment of Donald Trump, so it was just a matter of time before this had to be addressed by the Speaker of the House.

          Today we learn that has happened. Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to Democrats and the press has picked it up. Within that letter she acknowledges that Trump has engaged in “highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds” . . . “The GOP should be ashamed of what the report has revealed instead of giving the President their blessings."


          Read the full letter here
          https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-letter...

          Also Reporting on this: https://thesunbest.com/nancy-pelosi-blasts-highly-...
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          FLASHBACK: Re-Branding Yabberz - Then & Now

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              With the imminent demise of Yabberz a year-and-a-half after I posted this opinion piece, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the decision and its consequences. Was it a mistake to make the site a dedicated anti-Trump repository? Was there in fact a "purge" of pro-Trump bloggers or did they simply leave? Did the dialogue just become too contentious, at times vicious, for the more moderate, thoughtful bloggers to remain?

              Re-Branding Yabberz

              The Necessity of Resistance


              OPINION

              By Ray Cunneff

              December 27, 2017


              There has recently been some push-back about this website's new mission statement. As one of the site's original "pundits", I feel the need to weigh in on the discussion.

              While I was not involved in the decision, and while I'm not entirely sure what my advice might have been if asked, I should explain why I wholeheartedly embrace it. So, in my opinion...

              The re-branding of Yabberz as "Trump Resistance" was an audacious and risky move on the part of Mike and Melissa. There was the obvious risk of the more thoughtful and knowledgeable Trump supporters departing the conversation, leaving only Trump critics to chronicle the president's daily outrages, essentially generating the sound of one hand clapping.

              And while there is some evidence that only the angry and uninformed Trump zealots have continued to embarrass themselves by remaining a snarky, rude presence on this website, I think it can be fairly said that "Yabberz/Trump Resistance" proves on a daily basis just how crucial and essential resistance to the Trump regime has become.

              No less than the fate of the American democracy is at stake.

              But it's not too late to prevent a corporatist/neo-fascist takeover of our government, the dismantling of democratic institutions, the sowing of distrust and division in order to restrict the rights and benefits of citizenship. The Trumpists seek to enshrine a particularly cruel vision of autocracy, oligarchy, and theocracy.

              This website presents an electronic town square, a gathering place for people who represent and reflect what is emerging as a mainstream, center-left, Democrat and independent, progressive (some Republican) celebration of diversity, tolerance and optimism, a movement of those who share a renewed consensus - equal rights, equal justice, equal opportunity - and a desire to represent a positive influence throughout the world.

              Our greatest exports should be liberty, justice and prosperity.

              We need to get back to basics, re-discover what truly made America great.

              * * *

              That was then, this is now. When I originally posted this opinion, it scored 520 points, a not-uncommon score a year-and-a-half ago. Not it's rare that any post scores over 200 points, an indication of the decline in the level of activity since the re-branding. And at least half the names who awarded those points are no longer active on the site.

              Now is the time to weigh in with your opinions before Yabberz disappears forever.


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              I 'published' In Medium/yabberz 20 Hours Ago - Is Anyone Seeing It?

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                  Hello - I published a story almost 2 days ago.

                  https://medium.com/@douglassabbag/douglas-w-sabbag-is-a-2020-presidential-candidate-8f7ec5522b69

                  Is anyone who visits the Medium/Yabberz site seeing it?

                  I don't see it on the Medium/Yabberz page, but on my Profile when I go to 'Stories' it indicates that this story is published?!

                  Plus, I have not paid the $5 fee, so perhaps only I can see it - from my profile????

                  I would appreciate it if you happen to be in the Medium/Yabberz site replying here to let me know if you see a story from me about my Presidential Candidacy.

                  Thank you.

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                  The Finite Spark - That Burns Eternally

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                      http://m.nautil.us/issue/44/luck/why-most-planets-...


                      The Finite Spark - That Burns Eternally

                      Planet Earth Is Alive!

                      My seed article for this post is brilliant. In fact, this is the stuff that genius is made of. I've been trying to write it for twenty years, and some son of a gun comes along and says it better than I could ever hope to. Well!
                      I am eternally grateful to the author, who is really only a chronicler of devoted researchers, who reflect images of the astounding mind of de Chardin. That's the way of science.

                      Life strikes a spark on a lonely planet. Sometimes the spark dies. Sometimes it catches, and engulfs the planet, changing it forever. The planet, starting with the basic precursors of life, supports life and is in every way part of life. Precursors in planetary oceans become organic, then super-molecules, then organized, then cellular, then eventually sensitive, then mobile, then instinctive, then aware of itself and the Universe, then...? We are part of all that.
                      Life will out. As the author says, it is eternal. But, you and I, and our lovely planet are not. The fire can be stamped out. Or it can be nourished. That's up to us.

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                      What Is Buttigieg Trying To Say - In Fact IS Saying - Out On The West Coast

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                          https://nypost.com/2019/04/21/pete-buttigieg-compares-bernie-supporters-and-trump-fans/

                          Caught up on campaigning on the west coast and not appreciating his words will be read and appreciated by every registered voter nationwide. Sure and certain all Dems will appreciate him calling into question their affirmative support for Bernie?

                          What does Buttigieg, who has been a mayor for eight years - think Bernie does day in and day out on behalf of the people. Sanders is too busy engaged working on domestic and foreign policy - not trying to blow up the nation - to care, I would imagine what you think about his daily workings as a US Senator. But heck - let's hear Buttigieg appreciate on a daily basis while Sanders is campaigning and proposing changes on the floor of the US Senate - how checked out reality Sanders is in all of our lives? With Trump as President - credit Sanders- he didn't wilt away. He didn't stop being a people's champion. Bernie has remaied HOPEFUL regarding change, the same kinds of change Obama opined about. Never abandoning any of that. That's why supporters flock to him. Not to blow up the nation.

                          What does he think his supporters do every day - in between elections. We are not trumpsters - looking for angles and trying to take down the government. We are supporters of rights, protecters of the government - champions for the people. We are not the enemy, Buttigieg. We are registered Democrats whose membership in our party goes back for some of us - longer than you have been a registered voter, longer than you have been alive - literally. Whoa there, Pete. Is that how you intend to debate Sanders in a couple months? Good luck with that. Good luck with shutting up the free opinions of registered Democrats too. Millions of us in blue and red states who aren't agenda lead to hurt our nation - we actually do - want to fix it. Thanks but no thanks at the name calling, Pete. It's been real nice (and insightful) hearing from you.

                          Whoa.

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                          The End Of Russia’s ‘Democratic Illusions’ About America

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                              There is no dispute that the Russian government attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election with the intent to help Trump and hurt Clinton. In all probability, that attempted influence successfully impacted the outcome of the election. How So?

                              The co-ordination between IRA and the Trump campaign, social media activity and political activist groups, not to mention how Fox "News" and even legitimate news outlets covered the misinformation disseminated by IRA, had to have impacted how people voted. If not, all of the work done by political campaigns through grassroots activities had no impact on the election, and all of the "news" reporting had no impact on the election, and all of the campaign financing, grassroots or PACs had no impact on the election.

                              At the end of the day, Americans have allowed Putin to steal a presidential election from Hillary Clinton and install his own puppet sub-government in the USA, AND we are to this very day STILL operating under that Putin controlled puppet sub-government.

                              So how do we fix this, or indeed CAN we fix it? Do we merely treat this as normal politics? Have we done anything to prevent what Russia did in 2016 and may have expanded thereafter? Politicians and the press tell us everyday that this is not important to the American people. They say Americans are more concerned with things like health care and jobs and other things that affect their everyday lives. I have searched my brain's limited capacity, and I cannot come up with ANYTHING that is more important to me as an American, than the sovereignty of democracy in the USA. Can we fix this with politics? I don't believe politics presents an adequate solution to something that has sabotaged the very existence of democracy in the USA.

                              But I COULD be wrong.


                              https://www.thenation.com/article/the-end-of-russias-democratic-illusions-about-america/

                              For decades, Russia’s self-described “liberals” and “democrats” have touted the American political system as one their country should emulate. They have had abundant encouragement in this aspiration over the years from legions of American crusaders, who in the 1990s launched a large-scale, deeply intrusive, and ill-destined campaign to transform post-Communist Russia into a replica of American “democratic capitalism.” (See my book Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia.) Some Russian liberals even favored NATO’s eastward expansion when it began in the late 1990s on the grounds that it would bring democratic values closer to Russia and protect their own political fortunes at home.


                              Their many opponents on Russia’s political spectrum, self-described “patriotic nationalists,” have insisted that the country must look instead to its own historical traditions for its future development and, still more, that American democracy was not a system to be so uncritically emulated. Not infrequently, they characterize Russia’s democrats as “fifth columnists” whose primary loyalties are to the West, not their own country. Understandably, it is a highly fraught political debate and both sides have supporters in high places, from the Kremlin and other government offices to military and security agencies, as well as devout media outlets.

                              In this regard, Russiagate allegations in the United States, which have grown from vague suspicions of Russian “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election to flat assertions that Putin’s Kremlin put Donald Trump in the White House, have seriously undermined Russian democrats and bolstered the arguments of their “patriotic” opponents. Americans, who may have been misled by their own media into thinking that Russia today is a heavily censored “autocracy” in which all information is controlled by the Kremlin, may be surprised to learn that many Russians, especially among the educated classes but not only, are well-informed about the Russiagate story and follow it with great interest. They get reasonably reliable information from Russian news broadcasts and TV talk shows; from direct cable and satellite access to Western broadcasts, including CNN; from translation sites that daily render scores of Western print news reports and commentaries into Russian (inosmi.ru being the most voluminous); and from the largely uncensored Internet.

                              How many Russians believe that the Kremlin actually put Trump in the White House is less clear. Widespread skepticism is often expressed sardonically: “If Putin can put his man in the White House, why can’t he put a mayor in my town who will have the garbage picked up?” Others, who believe the allegation, often take some pleasure, or schadenfreude, from it, having grown resentful of US “meddling” in Russian political life for so many years. (In recent history, the remembered example is the Clinton administration’s very substantial efforts on behalf of President Boris Yeltsin’s reelection in 1996.)

                              But what should interest us is how Russiagate allegations have tarnished America’s democratic reputation in Russia and thereby undermined the pro-American arguments of Russia’s liberal democrats, who were never a very potent political or electoral force and whose fortunes have already declined in recent years. Consider the following:


                              § Russian democrats argue that their country’s elections are manipulated and unfair, including, but not only, those that put and kept Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. “Patriotic nationalists” now reply that Russiagate rests on the allegation, widely reported and believed in the United States, that an American presidential election was successfully manipulated on behalf of the desired candidate and that the entire US electoral system may be vulnerable to manipulation.

                              § Russian democrats protest that oligarchic and other money has corrupted Russian politics. Their opponents argue that special counsel Robert Mueller’s convictions and other indictments—in the cases of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, for example—prove that American political life is no less corrupt financially.

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                              Election Meddling. Is American Rage And Angst Justified<:)?

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                                  In this day and age of endless, obsessive and rancorous debate, and nervous breakdowns, occasioned by Russian interference in the America electoral process, a sane person inquires into similar behavior on the part of the U.S., wondering if US deserves to play the part of poor, innocent victim. Results of the inquiry, being previously well recorded, are sobering...

                                  The U.S. has a long and stunning history of attempting, sometimes subtly, sometimes violently, to influence foreign presidential elections. A 2016 study by Dov Levin* found that, among 938 global elections examined, the United States and Russia combined had involved themselves in about one out of nine (11%), 68% of those covertly. The same study found that "on average, an electoral intervention in favor of one side contesting the election will increase its vote share by about 3 percent," an effect large enough to have potentially changed the results in seven out of 14 U.S. presidential elections occurring after 1960. According to the study, the U.S. intervened in 81 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000, while the Soviet Union or Russia intervened in 36. A 2018 study by Levin found that the electoral interventions determined in "many cases" the identity of the winner. The study also found suggestive evidence that the interventions increased the risk of democratic breakdown in the targeted states.

                                  *Dov H. Levin. Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong. Author: “A Vote for Freedom? The Effects of Partisan Electoral Interventions on Regime Type.” in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
                                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp...
                                  September 7, 2016

                                  Bags of cash delivered to a Rome hotel for favored Italian candidates. Scandalous stories leaked to foreign newspapers to swing an election in Nicaragua. Millions of pamphlets, posters and stickers printed to defeat an incumbent in Serbia.


                                  The long arm of Vladimir Putin? Nah, just a small sample of the United States’ subversions of foreign elections.


                                  Anti-Russia, too? Sure. Aleksei Navalny (Russian lawyer, right-wing activist a few years older than Venezuelan Guaido), though arrested and jailed numerous times, this political opponent of Vladimir V. Putin, had received grants from the National Endowment for Democracy. In fact, an organization employing him received one $23,000 grant from the endowment in 2006, which he used to set up his anti-corruption foundation. Navalny, a Washington favorite, was found guilty in February of 2017 of embezzling $500,000 worth of timber from Russian state-owned timber company Kirovles while working as a volunteer. Prior to that, Navalny was convicted of defrauding $440,000 from a cosmetics company in 2014. Yet, despite all that, according to the New York Times, “Mr. Navalny is a charismatic anti-corruption campaigner "...............................

                                  And Putin. Is he a demon in 2016, or is he just exercising a bit of payback? God knows Washington has made life difficult for Russia in recent years, and never missed an opportunity to paint Putin in a bad light.

                                  Following is a short list of US interventions in other countrys' Democracies etc. as compiled by political scientist Levin.
                                  Even after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the U.S. continued its interventions abroad, including elections in Israel, former Czechoslovakia, and again Russia in 1996, Levin found. Since 2000, the U.S. has attempted to sway elections in Ukraine (Paul Manafort, John McCain and John Kerry), Kenya, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, among others. Currently, Venezuela is the shining example of American attempt to vassalize a country whose Democracy doesn't meet the approval of Washington, i.e., a country who refuses Washington corporate unfettered access to its oil and gold. Without Russia and China, Venezuela would by now be in ruins, as are Syria and Yemen. Yemen. America has maintained military involvement in Yemen since 2003, 16 years and counting.

                                  https://www.globalresearch.ca/military-coups-regim...

                                  This pretty map shows the results of a 2013 (pre-Trump) WIN/Gallup International survey asking people which country they felt was the greatest threat to world peace.

                                  According to the survey results:
                                  The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%).


                                  Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.

                                  Recently,

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                                  Here's What To Know About The Easter Sunday Blasts In Sri Lanka

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                                      Faux News is going to go all in with the "war on christianity". The comments on the articles are already whining about liberals and their alleged refusal to talk about Islamic extremism. Actually, they may be right about this issue because it seems to me that a lot of liberals have become apologists for Islam in their PC quests.

                                      Is it too soon to talk about the religious components here? Is it possible that these bombings are retaliation for New Zealand? I'm not going to go with the 'where was your god' memes, but it's obvious that thoughts and prayers haven't stopped any of the violence.

                                      Religion is the bane of enlightened civilization, both can't exist at the same time. I choose secular progressivism.

                                      What is known about the perpetrators?

                                      An official told AP that two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers. Nobody has stepped forward to claim responsibility. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena, told the AP that seven suspects were in custody.

                                      News agency AFP says it has seen documents that show that Sri Lankan police have been on the alert for several days, fearing that suicide bombers from a local radical Muslim group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were targeting prominent churches.

                                      AFP also reported that Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators in January after arresting four men “from a newly formed radical Muslim group.”

                                      A number of Sri Lankan Muslims were known to have joined ISIS in Syria, according to Reuters.

                                      http://time.com/5574723/easter-sunday-blasts-explosions-sri-lanka-what-to-know/

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