Calendar Cat July 2018 / Breaking Personal News–LOVE!

Scooby is the Calendar Cat for July 2018.  The Calendar received late last year was made by and sent as a gift by Christine and Spike
Thanks again Christine! She sends me them every year. The rhododendrons bloomed in the spring and are flowerless now; and, of course the photo is from 2017!

Scooby July Calendar Cat

Scooby July Calendar Cat

Breaking Personal News!

Christine asked me to write this post today. The breaking news story today is the story of Greg and Christine and how they found love.

In the 1980’s I was stationed for a number of years in the US Air Force in the UK in East Anglia. I spent a month on assignment in Scotland. Flash forward–About nine years ago I started a blog called “GW’s Cat Corner”. It was my first attempt at blogging. Christine, who lives in Scotland, also began a blog about her cat Spike. By accident (if you believe in accidents) we each became the first follower on each other’s blogs. Christine was more clever at the blogging technicalities than I so she helped me catch up. We became friends. We talked blogs and cats.

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Letter from the Editor GDPR

zeke editor in chief

ZEKE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Zeke here.  I am in the back-room of the Feline Cafe sorting through lots of papers, and I have some thoughts to share with you on GDPR.

GDPR

First off, some people are in a panic over this GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) from the EU.  Others never heard of it!  Don’t panic.  They are in force TODAY!  The law covers the entire world!  Not just the EU, but the entire world!  Any foreign site a EU member clicks on is bound by the the data collection and disclosure rules backed up by stiff monetary fines–so the EU says.  You get fined if you don’t comply.  Sounds like a great money making scheme to me.  How many millions of websites are there in the world?  The idea the day after implementation they are coming after you, hobby blogger, is unrealistic. If you sell things, you have a little more to worry about.  If you have a WordPress blog, here is a link to the May 14 WordPress Blog GDPR update that tells what WordPress has done and is doing.  See:

WordPress Blog GDPR updates

I see WordPress.org blogs and paid business WordPress.com blogs have new plugins for you to install.  They say the free WordPress.com blogs like mine are going to get taken care of as well.  The blog says it will happen in the next few Weeks. A “new cookies and consent banner” is now in widgets.

I found another long but somewhat readable post about the GDPR, what it means, and suggestions what to do at the following location:

What the heck is the GDPR and how to make sure your blog is compliant

Some people are under the notion that making your blog “Private” so only invited subscribers can visit will solve the problem.  That would only be true if you excluded EU members from your blog.  Simply allowing members to comment on your private blog collects their data and makes you bound by the rules.  As far as the “Likes” are concerned, the likes are a difficult and complicated subject to address.  There are lots of “spammy” likers who just “like” me and hope I will click on their “like” and visit their spammy website.  I decided to turn “Likes” off. Are the EU privacy police going to come knocking on my door or yours over “Likes”?  Not like-ly!

Comments of course collect name, URL, and email addresses.  A consent button to collect this data for the commenter is coming out for this.

Next week we will find something new to panic over!

You Cannot Hide from the EU’s GDPR

You cannot hide from the EU’s GDPR!  Nice try Zeke, but not good enough!  But we live in America, and not in the EU.  Shocker: It doesn’t matter!  Then I will just close the top! If you connect with a EU member, then he is protected by the rules, and regardless of being based in America, you are required to follow them.  There are stiff penalties for non-compliance, and yes, the EU can come after you in the USA for their euros!  Or should I say, YOUR euros!

What is it?  Before I go on let me say it would take a team of specialized lawyers to figure out what it is about by the way it is written.  Since I am not one of those, or even close, I can not vouch for the accuracy of what I write today.  Maybe my European friends may be able to shed some light on this.  Anyway, the point of it is to give individuals control over their data on the internet, and the right to know who is using it, what for, and the right to have it all removed, i.e. the right to privacy.  Sounds good in theory.  But I am running a low traffic cat blog on WordPress, so what do I care?

I will get to that reason why I care in a moment.  I noticed some of my German blogger friends talking about the GDPR and changing their blogs.  One lady quit blogging altogether “with tears in her eyes” she said, I paraphrase.  Another turned her blog “Private”.  Others turned off their “likes” and “comments”.  Others also removed all gadgets and widgets with links to other people, like “Blogs I follow” , or ‘Posts I like’ , leaving a clean, bare bones looking blog theme.  This is what got me interested into digging into this.

Once again, what is the problem with my low traffic “American” hobby blog?  The big problem is requiring email addresses to make comments on WordPress.  Collecting email addresses leads to being able to identify the person commenting.  I am talking here only about the email addresses of EU commenters and not Americans.  I don’t know where these email addresses go or are stored?  Or what WordPress does with them.  It is a privacy thing I can see.  Here is another big problem.  What if your European follower comes to you and says he wants all his public comments removed from your blog? It is his right under the GDPR.  What if he says, he also wants all his “Likes” removed from your blog?  You must comply according to the GDPR.  Imagine trying to find them all and delete them!  This is the reason some of my German friends have closed comments and disabled likes.  That is the easy way to comply.  The fun of interaction between bloggers is destroyed by doing this.

Additionally, a large disclaimer is required on your blog as well.  Just as an exercise, I have copied some data from various places and put it on my “Disclaimer” page just to give you an idea.  Some is broken English.  It is far from comprehensive.  Maybe a “Europeans Prohibited” sign?!

Help is on the way for WordPressers.  Their tech and legal wizards will very shortly be coming out with “something” new for us to put on our blogs to help us with compliance, but I don’t see how everything could be addressed.  It better come out fast, because we got less than two weeks to become compliant.  I will mention it as soon as I see it.

Like I said at the beginning, I may be wrong.  I hope I am, but I think I am not too far off the mark.

Zeke in box

You cannot hide from the GDPR

 

Prize

I won a prize!

I won an actual physical prize for the first time.  I won it through luck of the draw.  I won it from Tails from the Foster Kittens.

Here they are:

Prizes

Prizes

Scooby book

Scooby would like a story.

There is a book of true life cat stories and a heart with a paw print on the front. There are at least two stories of Christmas cats in the book, I think. We like stories about Christmas cats! We are happy to have received our generous prizes from Connie.

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Unusual Billboard Cat! (Updated July 28, 2017)

cat marijuana billboard

Marijuana Billboard

This post shows a nearby marijuana billboard with a cat on it! And you thought you had seen everything! There are four shops within walking distance to my house.  UPDATE: July 28, 2017.  The issue of course is the picture of the cat, as you can read about in some of the posted comments here.  A law has just been passed which only allows the name, address, and name of the product(s) sold to be on the billboard.  “Mascots” and “cartoons” are not allowed, which means no more cats on the signs.  I guess this puts the issue to rest.  The present signs comply with the law and are unremarkable.

CAT ON MARIJUANA BILLBOARD

IM SO HIGH RIGHT MEOW. CLEARCHOICE CANNABIS

Scooby Billboard

Not to be outdone!

Lions in woodland park zoo seattle

Here are a few photos of lions taken at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle this week. Pictures of animals in zoos may not be interesting to some. Many do not like to see animals confined in zoos. If they were not in a zoo, they may not survive, as the wild is a dangerous place now. If you cannot see a real animal in a zoo, how can you care about them in the wild, when you have never seen a real one? I wonder if Scooby would be afraid of seeing these animals? There is a very slim chance a mountain lion or bear could show up in my backyard–but slim is not zero! I have many animal photos to choose from but I will just stick with these cats, as this is, after all, a cat blog.

Lions in zoo

Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

male lion

Scooby Senior

scooby cat

Tabby cats are descended from African wildcats. See any resemblance? Cats, giraffes, and camels are the only animals that walk putting their right front foot and right rear foot forward; then left front and left rear foot forward, and so forth and so on. You might need to know this on the “Jeopardy” television quiz.

Below is shown a photo of lions in the London Zoo I took back in 1976! When you are counting how many shots you have left on your roll of film, you have to be selective. I concentrated on “people” photographs. They are the ones that stand the test of time.

zoo lions

Lions in London Zoo 1976

Tower Bridge London

1976 Tower Bridge London (Kodachrome Slide)