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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Be careful what you say or show on the Internet.


  I've mentioned this before.  It's a good idea to be extremely careful about  just exactly what  you put on the internet. I think most bloggers would really be surprised if they knew just how many folks read their blog.

 The vast majority of the people who read  blogs are good individuals, but you can attract some really unpleasant and possibly unbalanced not so pleasant types , with even the most innocuous posts.

   You have to be very careful about little details that might be in your photos, like street signs, license plates, mail boxes.  Pictures of any of those could give away your address to someone intent on finding it. I can't imagine anyone putting their address on a blog, but you can do exactly that and not even realize it. Over time, you can give people enough clues that they'll figure it out.

  One of the things that finished off my original blog was just that. Over a period of time, I said enough, and put enough  pictures on the blog, that an individual did determine  exactly where I lived. He didn't mean any harm, in fact he warned me about being careless. The event seriously rattled me at the time, even so.


It's easier than you think. Most public records are on line now and freely available to anyone. So if you identify the physical location of your residence, it only takes a few more pieces, surprisingly innocent, to fill in the blank spaces on the puzzle.  If you say how long you have lived in a place, or when you bought a house, and the searcher has some idea of what your property looks like, or some aspects of it, some defining fact that can be linked to others, they can run you down. One of the worst things I've done in blogging was to describe my property exactly. The whole time I had that old blog, any dimwit with a knowledge of plats could have gotten an exact read out from our tax office, over the net, just by doing a few quick searches of those parameters. If someone is mad enough, they'll just go back to the start of your blog, reading posts. Enough mistakes like that one, and the jigs up.

Is that necessarily a bad thing?  No. Not if it's just a kind of game to them.  But remember, you might have unbalanced individuals whom you've infuriated in one way or another reading your blog. Those people can be dangerous, and they can cause you a lot of trouble. They don't have to come to your house to wreck havoc. But they might show up on your doorstep if they know where it is. There are a lot more mentally ill people roaming the countryside than is generally supposed. Particularly in those states (like mine) where they were turned out of public mental health institutions during the 2007 budget crisis and just left in the streets.

  If you have pictures of your children, some pervert can get infatuated with them. There are a lot more of those out there than is common knowledge too.  Look at your county sex offender registry and you may get an ugly surprise. The world is full of sick people. Some of them don't always just lurk.

  If someone is angry enough about your political views, and you air those, you are taking a risk. I admit to sometimes feeling a certain fleeting apprehension over how many nasty grams I get from people who appear to have taken umbrage about my views on "The Religion of Peace." I'm not particularly enthralled with hits from Pakistan and similar hell holes either. I can say without braggadocio that anyone who comes up here after old Watash had better be ready to become a Shahid.  It would be ironic, I admit, to have survived Lebanon only to be whacked by some Islamic low life 33 years later.

 How much risk you are prepared to take is the measure of how much utility you can get out of your blog. If you take too much risk, you may have to  pay for it.



Even after my experience years ago, I tend to get careless. It's so easy to say something about where you live, something unique like a geographic fixture, or a business, or a school.  That's all it takes.
Publish a picture with clues in it, and not so nice people will eventually find you if they want to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Say you have 100 visits to your blog every day.  If only one in a thousand people fits the negative profile, that's roughly 3 individuals out there each month, hovering in the ether, that represent a threat.

It's no secret internet predators use the web for "research"
If you google "blogging danger" and read some of the articles, it's enough to make you throw your computer in the trash and start dropping the shutters down on the windows.

 But I'm not going to let a potential danger like that stop me from doing something I want to do.  I am going to bear the situation in mind and try not to put myself in jeopardy through some act of thoughtlessness or stupidity. Having gone down that road once, I'm trying not to repeat it.  Now, in retrospect, it doesn't seem like my experience was a big deal. But at the time, I was not sure that some of the threats made were not real. At that time, I still had my family at home.  It was a bit stressful.

In my particular case, some of those people who like to leave obscene comments got my phone number. I had a friend in Israel, a young woman who wrote a blog called "Ole Girl."  A bunch of nitwits started in on her, and I engaged them. I don't regret it,at all.  They were trash and somebody needed to. But they were way more devoted than trolls and they worked in a clique.  They got my phone number.  I don't know how, because to get it they had to get my name. They did, and it got ugly. I changed the number for an unlisted number, and the phone calls stopped. But I had to acknowledge that they knew my exact location. I had a lot of sleepless nights. You never know just how crazy those kind of people are. And there was always this.  If you know a persons phone number, you can find out anything you want about them for $30.00 from one of any number of companies on line, right down to where they work.




That was one of the reasons I dropped out of blogging for so long. First, the reader I mentioned, pin pointed my location, which I wanted to keep secure.

Right on the heels of that, my midnight phone calls started coming in.  Very unpleasant phone calls.

Then on top of that, there was a big fuss that broke out on the blog over something related to the anarchist movement, and I said to hell with it and pulled the plug. It took a long time before I came back to blogging.

Nasty comments and trolls aren't anything to worry about. But it can go far beyond that.

It's wise to be very careful about what you say on line!



I enjoy my blog, and I value the many friends I've made. People I would never have known without a blog. I've learned a lot from individuals I've met on line, and some of the information I've been given has been invaluable to me.  I try to reciprocate.  I worry sometimes about not being clever enough to avoid poor operational security on my part, but I do my best.  That's all any of us can do. Remember the risk, and try to be careful not to disclose, by accident or otherwise, things we don't want to be general public knowledge. There's email for point to point communications, rather than general broadcast to the world.


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    1. I recently posted a picture with my truck license plate there for all the world to see. Caught it almost at once, but I've been wondering what else I've done lately that I didn't catch. If I'm tired I get careless, and added to a naturally gregarious nature I'm apt to get Mohammed Abu Azzsratchi on my front porch with a machete one of these dark, foggy nights! ;-)

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  2. I am lucky in that so far I have not had problems with trolls. Perhaps that's because I don't often go off on a rant. I guess the trolls aren't much interested in how to bake a loaf of bread or make a quilt or how to can bacon, which is mostly what my blog is about. I find I am much more careful about giving out information to those I see in my neighborhood than I am about what I write. I probably would do well to treat both equally.

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    1. The biggest threat to a non-political, inoffensive person is that some mentally ill individual will subconsciously identify them with an individual from their past toward whom they harbor bad feelings. I have a relative who works in a facility that cares for the mentally ill. Some of the patients are that kind of individual. A perfectly random stranger on the street reminds them of Great Aunt Autey, who once refused to let them dye their hair. They see that person, make that mental connection, and the fur flies.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    This is one of the main reasons I don't have a blog of my own. I would have to post pictures and pics can give away everything.
    What I want to know is how long can we keep this up. 'Will google ban people for speaking their minds?

    We are becoming vocal dinosaurs from a bygone era where most Americans asked vocal, challenging questions of the political class and the political class did not blow smoke up our butts as often as they do.

    I sent you link a cartoon I found on youtube 'Harry where a cartoon on 'ism' (as in Communism) was being sold by a 'old fashioned snake oil salesman to cure all ill's of society.
    In that cartoon from the 1950's. The big hand of government 'slammed' a old style wind up record player onto the head of a politician when he said he would take something to the supreme court and then the politician 'changed his tune' and kept saying over, and over. All is well, All is well.
    Everything that, that cartoon predicted came true in our society here sixty years later in 2016 since we allowed the big hand of government to take over.

    I know I went off on a tangent there for a second. I think blogging and anything to do with social media is under direct threat and they can not silence our voices but they can 'delete accounts and content' and therefore in an indirect way they have power over us and the tone of speech and content that is used.

    That is even a bigger threat than some lone jackass in Peshawar finding out where someone lives.

    In the long term its still a downhill run for our society. I don't see any way out. As the masses watch as the 'Kardashsian family' commit mass suicide on a reality show the bastards in D.C. chip away at our Constitution and rights and liberties.

    What really makes me sick is that among certain friends of mine, Im the only that freakin' votes in every freakin' election. I have no kids, no wife, I have no future. I have friends that have young kids, mortgages, futures of their children that are under threat and they are all 'to busy to vote' but by God if their cable or internet goes out they and there wives raise holy hell with the cable being out but they wont do a damn thing about voting.

    Maybe I should no longer give a shit like everyone else and watch the Kardashians commit mass suicide and talk about it on facebook and send pics of puppy dogs playing in snow.

    I wonder how many will care when the 'black lives matter' crew erupts in full sectarian violence and several U.S. cities wind up like Beirut and Bengazi because a leader like that crazy African general, (Last king of Scotland) (Raid on Entibbe)cant remember his name?, got into the white house and embolden the Black Lives Matter crew to destroy whitey and take back what the slaves built. How will the sheep of middle America react as five or six (wolves) break down their front door at two o'clock in the morning?

    I tried to warn them. No one gives damn and that will lead to the ultimate demise of our society, our heritage and our freedoms.

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    1. Field Marshal President for Life Dr. Idi Amin Dadda.

      I think Obama is his bastard. :-(

      Well, here's the thing. It may well be true that the government and google together will stifle blogging. That would be a very bad thing, I totally agree.

      But I think, in my case, that having a bunch of Camel Jockies in ski masks showing up at one a.m. here would for me personally, be worse.

      I know the odds are against it, but here's the problem as I see it. There are zillions of the followers of the prophet all over the country. Some (if not all) of them are nuts.

      The people who worked with that raghead and his wife out in California probably never dreamed that one day a Johnie Jihadi would show up and waste them. But he did.

      So , if down in Atlanta there's some toilet trout with a towel wrapped around his head, who wants to serve Allah and doesn't quite know how to do it, I don't want to be the answer to his prayers.

      I'm not afraid of the bastards but I don't for a second underestimate them, either.

      For that reason, among others, I'd just as soon not broadcast how to get to old Harry's place on the mountain top in North Georgia.

      When the 13% fire up again, it will be in some city. Too bad for the decent people, black , white or indifferent, who live there. But it isn't going to effect me. Even if we had any of those Black Lives Matter idiots up here (which we don't) we outnumber them and we are better armed. A couple of years back, at a town hall meeting, one of the commissioners bemoaned the fact that because all the young people were leaving for the cities, he doubted we could muster up more than 3000 armed men for the Sheriff's Posse in an emergency. I think we could do better than that, in a pinch.

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  4. Something else to be cautious with is the meta data that can be attached to photos, especially if you have your GPS location function on when you take photos with your phone. As a teacher we were cautioned about that information and posting pics of our students....or ourselves, even if it wasn't close to home and someplace that you frequented. Something to be remembered as well. On another note, our Sheriff has a service that allows you to be alerted to when a registered sex offender relocates within a set distance (usually a mile) of your home. This includes links to their reported residence (usually with a link to a map) as well as a picture and the the crime for which they were incarcerated. There is also a warning that it's against the law to do anything overt but you can be aware. It is surprising how many of those types of individuals are on that map.

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    1. What is Meta data, Tim? I don't know what it is so I can't guard against it. I'd appreciate anything you can tell me.

      We have an on line page where you can go and see if an individual is on the sex offender page, but it doesn't tell anything else. There is a county SW of here that has a page like you described. I know because the old bastard I used to work for had a really nice, sweet wife. She was worried because a sex offender moved into their neighborhood in one of those gated communities and she pulled him up on an office computer to show me the guy.

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  5. I clean my pictures with Microsoft paint, and leave misdirecting clues to my location [saying north when meaning south]. Still, with enough clues and determination, I'm sure that someone could locate me. Weather events can also be used to narrow down a person's location, for example the last snow fall. A quick search of where it rained that day over a series of days will quickly narrow a person's search. Food for thought and excellent post. Thanks. I'll have to leave more misdirections on my blog to throw the lunatics off the scent.

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    1. Most people I know use the misdirection approach. It's a smart thing to do. I'm so compulsive about this being a record for my kids, that I try to keep everything on the square.It's stupid and I may live to regret it. But I am an obsessive compulsive individual in many ways and just can't help it. :-(

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  6. THis is definitely a concern. I dont put any pictures of people on my blog. My friend had facebook and had some man befriend her and then he became obsessed with her. Very scary. lol Im puny I therefore have to be careful. Good post. Thanks a good reminder

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    1. Sol, I haven't seen you in so long I thought something happened to you (like another accident!) I'm glad to see you.

      I constantly harp at my daughter to be careful with that facebook stuff. I tried to do facebook so I could keep an eye on her but it was in the too hard category. Also I started getting messages from people I didn't even know and I wasn't comfortable with the whole thing. I also wanted to go the facebook pages of Southern Ohio Guns, AIM, and others but I just couldn't get the knack of it.

      I would bet more people come to grief through facebook than through blogging.

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    2. I have been about and blogging, not the last 2 days. I seem to have a problem commenting on some blogs. I cant tell you the amount of comments that just disappear into the ether when I comment on Kev, PP, Sue at our new life in the country. I find it so annoying that I give up. or I think it has gone to the blogger and it hasnt. it doesnt seem to happen on wordpress/....

      We forget that the whole of the UK including northern Ireland fits right into the land mass of California. We are a very small island. That is why I will never show pictures of my food stores.

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    3. Sol, that happens to me too. It has to be a blogger problem. Even worse than trying to make a comment and not being able to, is when somebody comments and it doesn't come through on this end. I'm always concerned they will think I just didn't publish it and that will make them feel badly. The only comments I don't publish are from trolls.

      I sometimes show the stuff I have stored because I live so far out in the sticks. That picture in my header is my place. It's not as isolated here now as it was , say, 5 years ago but none of the new buildings are where I have to look at them, so I don't mind. I have a ridge line over to the left of my property where it ends at the county road, and that screens me off from those places. There's an abandoned house from 2007 and an abandoned cabin place. I walk up to the cabin place sometimes. I hate to see the nice cabins just rotting away, but nobody could ever make a go of that here. The only time there are enough tourists to do that is in August and October. You can't make it off two months.

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  7. Harry check your email.

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    1. That does't sound good! But if I have missed something I need to know about it. I will go do my email as soon as I have finished answering the comments. I have to do comments first so I know I got everybody before I delete the emails. That is, I have to publish the comments before I delete the emails they generated to my account.

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  8. Anyone that has ever met me know my views are just to right of Attila the Hun but I try to keep that to a dull roar on the sidebar of my blog. And believe me as much as it pains me I have parted ways with personal friends over our differences in this matter. On my blog I post mostly about the things I do, projects, repairs, my cooking and events surrounding airplanes. I started it mostly as a place to park some photos of my activities for personal friends and family, of which only two are subscribed followers. Outside of them all of my six blogosphere followers are pretty tame so far. Except for the moonbat freak troll that came over from Yael's page I have not really had many troubles, but then I moderate all my comments pretty much since day one. I am quite sure anyone who wanted to find me very easily could even though I have not advertised my address. But I expect if they came here with the intention of doing any harm they would not fare all that well in a confrontation of any kind. My location is not that amenable to it, but in your situation an excavator might be just the ideal thing to maintain your driveway and also dispose of troublemakers.
    ;-)

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    1. I've been thinking of getting some hogs. All they leave is dental plates.

      What is a "follower" anyway. I have a thing on my side bar that I remember setting up by fumbling my way through the process once at the urging of a friend. It has pictures of people. I thought it meant they just liked the blog but sometimes I get messages from people by clicking on a little red dot that appears in the upper right corner of my email program. The messages are always pleasant but I don't know how to respond to them, and they come from "followers."

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    2. When I say followers I mean subscribers, if you go to your blogger "dashboard" you can set up a widget so you can see their avatars in a little box on your side bar, and it keeps track of how many subscribers/followers you have. There are several ways readers can subscribe to you. Via email, or Google plus or simply by using their blogger dashboard so they are notified whenever the author of the blog makes a new post. I see way down you have one on your side bar with those subscribers who follow you via Google Plus. But those are only those who choose to subscribe to you via google plus. You likely have a lot more.
      PS: The hogs are a swell idea. Recycle and reuse. LOL

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    3. I knew I had one of those boxes but I was not sure what purpose it served. If someone puts their picture on there, I try to put my picture on their blog too, as a sort of courtesy. But what being on a persons picture board actually meant, I was not sure. I do know I get a little red dot up on the corner of my email account, and if I click on it sometimes I see pictures from my blog and other times I see pictures from other peoples blogs, but that's as far as my understanding of it goes.

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    4. Its not so much a mater of putting your picture on their blog, it's just a result of what happens when you subscribe or follow someones blog, and the blog owner has that feature/widget enabled on their sidebar. The widget on the sidebar is basically a list of subscribers though subscribers can opt to follow as anonymous. If you click on the avatar icon for each subscriber it opens a box with their details, showing if they have a blog or what blogs they follow. Sort of a networking thing that allows you to find other bloggers with similar interest. In the case of the google plus followers shown on you sidebar it just takes you to their Google plus page.

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    5. As for the little red dot notification you reference on your Gmail (I presume) I don't get those, but I guess that must be a mater of how I opted to be notified about comments on my blog. I have avoided Google Plus at all costs as I find it very intrusive almost like an imitation Facebook account attached to your mail that notifies the world of all your cyberspace activities.

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    6. So if I click on their picture it will take me to their blog if they have one? That's good. I just figured it was a "hand waving" thing like you do when you pass somebody going the other way on the road.

      Do I automatically have a google plus page? Is google plus the page my profile is on?

      My blog is my only cyber space activity, but it must irritate the hell out of people to be constantly getting red dots on their email accounts when I fiddle with the blog. I hope they can disable that feature because I sure don't know how to. I just wanted to be friendly so I clicked on "join" when I liked a blog and usually people then put their picture in the little box on my blog.

      I remember when everybody had a black rotary phone and a party line with two or three other houses on it. Those were the days!

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    7. Well, It seems you do have a Google Plus profile page as when I click on your name above it takes me to it.... and that's where it gets a bit confusing as I suspect different folks using different devices post to their blogs, and chose to subscribe and be notified about new posts to blogs they are subscribed to, using different devices and different settings. But to start with I don't use mobile devices and am working from an older and slow PC with Windows 7 and Firefox that does not behave nicely with mobile device features, so I am not up to speed on those but I suspect that is what Google Plus is, a sort of unified page for mobile device users. Like I said I avoid it all all costs. At least for me on my home PC, I subscribe to the blogs I like, and am notified about new posts to them, using my blogger dashboard. https://www.blogger.com/home
      should take you to yours.
      When I like a blog I copy the URL and using the ADD button on the left of the dashboard, I can add the desired blog and am thus subscribed to them. This automatically puts my avatar in their blog under their "members" list, if the owner has that widget feature enabled. I do on mine. You only appear to have Google Plus subscribers feature enabled. If you go over to my blog you can see the little box on the right side sidebar listed as "members". Click on any of the avatars of my "members" and you will open a pop-up window with the details of that subscriber similar to the page opened if you click on their name when they have left a comment on your blog.
      As for red dots and notifications on my Gmail account I don't get those. But my Gmail settings may differ from yours. I do receive emails of subsequent comments to any post I commented on, if I choose to click on the little "notify me" of the comment box of the blog.
      To add the "members" widget, go to you blogger dashboard and select from the top menu bar the "View Posts" icon. Then on the left sidebar menu select "Layout" and that should pretty much take you through the sidebar "widgets" menu including a "members" widget you can add to your blog page.
      Clear as mud, right?

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  9. Harry you are 100% correct about being able to locate/identify anyone with internet search data base's. Most cost under 10$ for a month of searching. Local record are free on county websites. We did it before buying a tax deed to see if a reclaim could happen. In one day we found out the man had 8 judgment's, a foreclosure in 2014 and a DUI. His current address was his mother in law's, this cost us 1 $. If we could do that anyone can. Now we had a name but after getting into the search found we could have done it with a parcel search.

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    1. My daughter once distinguished herself by using a company called "Know -X" to look up a teacher she didn't like. Turned out the teacher had a DUI. My daughter copied the report and left copies in the library and the cafeteria. she was 12 at the time. :-0

      It's easy to get anything you want on anybody if you can get just a few clues. Address, phone number, or even a fairly unique name and you are off to the races.

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  10. I take some precautions, but I'm sure I could be found. Someone with bad intent could show up at my door . . . god help them.

    I've been pretty open about where I've been traveling this winter. However, I tend not to stay in one place too long.

    I am a strong believer in the freedom of speech. If we are afraid to use it, we no longer have that freedom.

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    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Yet, I try not to give away the farm where it comes to personal data. For me, it's a fine line I try to walk. Given that someone asked me to email them about this, I think I probably did not walk it as well as I thought though.

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  11. I think you're safe but you never know.

    I was very public about many personal things and have moved away from that from pictures of grands and times of events etc...mostly after the fact but still.

    I'm not leaving. You could not get rid of me with a crowbar and fire ants. I'm just looking at what I write. I tend to babble and think about quantity. I love to write and will continue to do so but more me...if that makes sense. Oh, there will always be statements of wisdom (ha!) and stories of animals and the great outdoors but just taking a step back. Gonna write for the joy.

    Thank you.

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    1. No harm in taking a break sometimes, Gail. I do that, and when I do I just do a post saying I need some time off. That way people know I'm not dead. I'm not joking either, because sometimes when people just disappear something bad has happened to them.

      As I said, I really enjoying reading your posts. It's very relaxing and low key.

      Sometimes I feel like Adolf just coming off the podium at a Nuremberg rally and I need to read a few posts about animals, and sunrises....

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  12. When I got angry about something, I would speak my mind on my blog, but I don't any more, I just want peace in my life, finding happiness in the simple things, so I think that's what my blog has become now. But what you have a good point in this and your warning is taken.

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    1. Inger, I remember when the murderer was running loose in your area, and hoping that he wouldn't stumble on your place. It would have made a great hideout. Some of the things on your blog, like your feelings about weapons, and the fact that you are a widow woman living with your two dogs, worried me. Granted, not many criminals will be cruising the blogosphere looking for a good hideout, but still...

      But I know you have an elderly woman out there near you who has a weapon and knows how to use it, so I felt better when I considered that.

      Incidentally, I love your pictures. Sometimes I go over to your place and don't leave a comment, just to look at those views.

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  13. Thanks, Harry. Sometimes we forget that we had an audience of millions. Very good advice.

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    1. If I am mad, I tend to be careless. Probably I shouldn't blog til I calm down. I used to make fun of people who put counters on their blogs, and considered it vanity. But then I wanted to know just where some not so nice comments were initiating ( I thought a counter would tell me that but it doesn't) and I put one on my blog. Then I found out that while I thought that maybe 15 people or so were reading it on average a day, it was a lot more than that. And I can tell how many visits I've had from what countries. I could do without my non-Israeli readers from the middle east and places like Pakistan.

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  14. Just last week, I followed a link to another website on U tube, about a man showing the property he bought for a retreat in a rural area. As soon as I saw the flat top mountain (Table Rock) I knew the area as Sams Valley, Oregon. Then he had his camera going inside the cab of his truck as he was leaving his property, and passed the corner with the street sign Dodge Rd. In less than 5 minutes, I had located his property using G maps. I did it just to see if my hunch was right. I just happen to be very familiar with the area! But, I was shocked at how much info this man gave away, including his truck license plate. Another blog I read from N. Idaho, I found their property from a photo she had taken of their only gas station in town, to show the prices, but it had the name of the station in the photo. I am no threat to anybody, or anything, but if it was that easy for me to find their rural property, it could be as easy for someone with bad intentions.

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    1. That is exactly the thing I am concerned about. There are so many ways you can pin point your location and never be aware of it. I used to have a friend that would email me when I did something like that, but I haven't heard from him in a long time. I know he was sick , and I am afraid now he may be too sick to go on line. I'm nervous about emailing to see what's up because I think I might not like the answer. Don't ask the question if you can't stand the answer.

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  15. Harry - here is how "INTO" OPSEC we are....we are actually 2 inuit living in iqaluit fooling people on our blog with pictures of a place called Framboise - pretty funny eh? no, i should tell the truth, we are both RAF officers living on base in chicksands, england...that's why me and Sol and Kev Alviti get along so well - bahahahah!

    no - we have actually put up pics of our exact location...even pics with our address on it...but google maps doesn't have us at the right location and you can't zoom in very far even to the wrong location.

    it's different strokes for different folks and i completely agree that people be very aware of what info they put out there. but the idea of some towelheads coming up our driveway - they'd never make it across the canso causeway - which is the only way to get to our island!

    but i advise anyone who is concerned about people finding them to take your advice, and all of the other commenter's advice.

    sending much love, as always Harry! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I think you'd be safe enough. Like me, any camel jockeys coming into the area would attract a lot of adverse attention. And if I saw them outside, I'd know instantly they weren't selling encyclopedia, or concerned about the well being of my soul.

      Even so, I did have a lunatic show up here once when I was sitting out by a fire in the evening. That was creepy. He kept insisting he needed to see the inside of my house. I finally ran him off with the rifle, which I fortuitously had sitting next to the table. He might have been crazy but he wasn't that crazy.

      I don't know though, Kymber. Some sex fiend might get enthralled with you and show up at the hot tub. I'm not kidding either, a smitten admirer minus a few screws really could materialize if he could figure out where you and J were.

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    2. Ha Ha Kymber Naken on an RAF base? lol They would pretend they didnt see it, stiff upper lip and all that. lol

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    3. Sol, when I was in Naples, Italy there was a British Navy Commander on the staff. He had a little bitty boy that they sent to boarding school. This fellow and his wife invited my wife and I to their house for dinner. I had to ask the Royal Navy Chief on the staff what you wore to dinner at his house as I had no idea. An American would have had everyone wearing comfortable slacks and open necked shirts for the men, and just everyday dresses for the women. But the Chief told me at the Commanders house I should wear a suit and my wife should wear a more formal dress. So we did, and honest to God, the man was wearing a suit when he answered the door, and his wife was all swank. Then the little kid came in, (he was home for the holidays. His name was "Jaunty",) and I'm not making this up, he had on a little white shirt and a tie! We had brought him a small remote control submarine from the base exchange as a guest gift (His dad was a submariner). He took it and looked us right in the eye and said "how frightfully kind."

      It was like being in a novel. They were really nice people but it was very strange for my wife and I.

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    4. I live with some one like that now! Posh Boy will always wear a tie if we go anywhere for dinner lol My inlaws are like that. All very monarch of the glen. That was a tv show over here. I only know of one person who is called Jonty. and that is an antiques dealer on tv.

      When we see some of Posh Boys friends and their kids are back from boarding school they say things like "arent these potatoes delectable" I think it is really funny. they always have amazing manners. Stand when adults enter the room etc. I was feral in comparison

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    5. My wife and I watch "Downton Manner" and we think back to Naples, and to our trips to England. There seemed to be two kinds of people. Normal people who were pretty much like Americans but with a different accent. And then the "upper class" who were very, very unlike us. In this country, money is what determines upper class for the most part. You can start out dirt poor but if you are lucky and work hard you can do alright. Even then though, people won't think you are anything but rich. Seemed to me that in England there was something about the aristocrats that was not based on money at all, but on history and how they saw the world. I can't really articulate it. The only time I ever really came across the "upper crust" other than at the staff was when some British officers who had been in the Falklands, like Jeremy Moore, came to AFSOUTH to talk about the Falklands. There were different staff dinners every night while they were there , as each AFSOUTH command wanted to entertain them. It was a mess dress uniform thing. The guests were very affable but they were definitely aristocrats. As a junior officer I didn't speak much with them.

      I wonder how people can send their small children off to school most of the year? My wife would never have gone for that, and I wouldn't either. They are home such a short time anyway.

      But the English have been around for more than a thousand years, and Americans have only been in existence for a couple of hundred. Unless you count the stone age people who lived here, I guess. Bound to be differences.

      If Posh Boy wears a tie to go out, do you have to get all dressed up? That would make going out to dinner too much of a trial for us!

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    6. I have a wardrobe of posh frocks if that is what you are asking. His old job used to give him an allowance for me to buy evening and cocktail wear. Hand bag and shoes, hair came out of expenses. I had to shop at the ones on their list. But yes there was a lot of entertaining. That type of place is dying out. They are more for a suit without a tie (Posh Boy still wears one, old habits die hard) and cocktail or evening dress for ladies.

      I think a lot of people think about boarding school in a different way to us. Posh Boy had a FAR FAR superior education, where he was completely immersed in it. Every waking hour was school work, sports or music. Wednesday afternoon was apparently free, but they did extra sports or music, or caught up on school work they were falling behind on or when 12 or 13 they could be a Forces Cadet.

      The whole thing is I suppose like a military school but the focus is completely on education and finishing the person for society. Manners were also expected to be faultless at all times.

      Where as my schooling was very different. they really didnt care, if I was there or not.

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  16. Thank you Harry....I needed to be reminded!

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    1. Never hurts to think your blogging over and see if there's anything amiss.

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  17. Very good points to remember, Harry. I once considered tossing in the whole blogger thing in the waste basket and go back to just reading. But I had this nagging urge to keep at it. Maybe it is because I have family members who read and have the belief that 'it can't happen here'. I'm hoping and praying that they'll get inspired to get with the program. But more than likely they'll come knocking when it really hits the fan cause they've seen all the hard work we've done.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I actually did quit blogging and deleted my old blog. I wish I hadn't deleted it, I could have just put it inactive and kept all that hard work, but I didn't know that at the time.

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    2. Harry - i now i speak for A LOT of people when i say that i wish you had put your old blog to inactive - it was a great blog with many good posts and many good discussions in the comments!

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    3. Somebody, and I can't remember who, showed me where a small part of it was still on the net, at some bizarre url where it had been compressed or something. But then after I looked at it, I lost the email and was never able to find it again.

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    4. I thought it was you but I wasn't sure. I can't remember stuff that far back.

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  18. Harry - if you remember your old url (website name) you can look it up in "the wayback machine". just type "the wayback machine" in google and enter your old url. it should have at least some of your old blog on it. delete this comment and i think you should delete your comment back to me. some people might still remember your old blog and go searching for it on the wayback machine. sending love!

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    1. Kymber, I think it would be ok if they found it, because I "sanitized" it with Matts help and another fellow helped me. It wasn't anything on it after we cleaned it up that caused me to dump it. More, it was all the name calling and ugliness over a really trivial post about the anarchy thing going on in D.C. at the time. All of a sudden, everybody was pitching into everybody else, being really hateful. On top of all the other B.S. that I had just been putting up with, I said to hell with it. Probably it was partially because my wife was having one of her bad health deals about that time and I was worn to a frazzle. I try not to talk about health issues or medicine or doctors on here because that's all older people seem to do and I don't want to be like that. But we have had some really rough times with medical issues.You know how that drags you down. Not just spiritually because you are worried about your spouse, but because we have to drive so far to get to a doctor other than a GP.

      I appreciate your passing that on to me. I can't remember what the old blog URL was, but if anyone out there knows (I'm assuming it would be a friendly anyone" I wish they'd let me know because I have really been angry with myself for deleting it. I could have put it on "restricted access" with just me on there and saved it, and I would have accomplished the same thing without losing all that good info and pictures and family journal stuff.

      You are a smart lady. I'm glad you are on my side.

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  19. Sending it to you via email. It's been taken over by someone else so you'll have to use the way back machine for what few posts it saved.

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    1. You mean the address? It isn't somebody passing themselves off as me is it? I wouldn't care for that at all. But if it's just somebody who picked it up by chance after I deleted the blog that's ok.

      Yes, please do send it to me. I'd love to recover it. Especially some of the pictures that I lost when my old computer went on the fritz.

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  20. That's all very good advice Harry, it's easy to forget that not everyone reading the blog is just interested in your way of life. You've made me think, thanks!

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    1. Kirsty, I think the English have a lot less to fear in that respect than we do here. I read some English papers on line and I never see the kind of hideous things we have here, like people molesting children, or home invasions, or girls being lured off by internet predators. I don't know why that would be, but unless your papers just don't cover that kind of thing it seems to be true.

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  21. That would've shaken me up too. I try to be careful about certain things in pictures. Like I his the number of my boys' school bus in a picture once and I won't put pictures up if they are wearing a shirt with their schools' name on it. But I realize if someone really wants to they can likely track you down.

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    1. I think most of the psychopaths that do that kind of thing are not intelligent enough to figure all the angles. Or, they go after people who make it easy for them. As in everything else, the trick is to make yourself such a hard target that a Goblin will go look for an easier mark. I've been reading your blog a long while and I think you are pretty canny about what you put on there. You are not impulsive. I get wound up in something and forget to be careful. Never seen you do that.

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