Welcome to another edition of the Morning Mountain News, coming to you from a WalMart parking lot in Puyallup, WA! Sorry about the light poles in the picture–no Ansel Adams photo prize today! Got a lot of things to show today. Our roving reporter was sent out to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. For many years I lived next to it, if you Washingtonians can believe that, and I attended more times than I can remember. A lot to show today, so let’s get going!
We haven’t had any kind of Mountain News in a while. Today is just news and odds and ends–some good: some bad. Took this photo the other morning as the sky was clear.
Marigold is still mobile and eating and drinking and licking everybody but losing weight rapidly.
The Cat Killer is still out there. 13 victims so far. A six person task force is on the case 24 / 7. Killer profiled as unsuccessful male, seeking attention, living alone, and of unremarkable appearance–no one seems to notice him. Reward now $41,000 or €35,000 or ₤31,700. He is staying in the Olympia area about an hours drive away, so we are down from Red Alert to Yellow Alert.
The horrible smoke in the atmosphere was blown away into another direction for a week into someone else’s face, but now and then it becomes hazardous again depending on the day, weather, and wind shifts. Major wildfires continue to burn in the region.
A few days back Channel 13, Q13 Fox Seattle, lost their internet and had to make signs. Watching the weather was like back in the old days of Black and White almost. I liked it and snapped a photo.
I did receive the “Curious Cats” coloring book I won from Caren on “Cat Chat with Caren and Cody”.
These TMI questions came from Joelle Two on a Rant
1. Share your profile photo. Not my “profile” photo which is Zeke the Kid, but my “About” page photo which is not very old:
2. Who are you named after?
Don’t know. Probably actor Gregory Peck. We are like twins!
3. Do you like your handwriting? No samples for you, but I take handwriting and legibility very seriously!
4. What is my favorite lunch meat? Deli ham sliced ultra thin.
5. Longest relationship: Married 34 years til Death parted us.
6. Do you still have your tonsils? NO
7. Would you bungee jump? No. They would be hauling a dead body back up!
8. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? If I can untangle the knot the shoe lace is in!
9. Favorite ice cream? Vanilla (real not artificial flavour)
10. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their smile. Don’t smile and I don’t notice you!
11. Football or baseball? American football
12. What color pants are you wearing? New dark blue jean blue.
13. Last thing I ate? Unsweetened cereal with milk, a Cheerios knockoff. Saved a buck!
14. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Burnt Sienna–yes, it was discontinued–just like me!
15. Favorite smell? Perfumed woman–
16. Who was the last person I spoke to on the phone? Plenty of “robots”, business, and scam calls, don’t know!
17. Hair color? Silver predominately
18. Eye color? Brown
19. Favorite food to eat? Fresh baked bread with real butter. It’s a genetic thing. My grandmother said she could live on just that. She lived to be 100!
20. Scary movies or happy endings? How about “action” film with a happy ending!
21. Last movie you watched? “The Time Machine” (2002)
22. Beer or wine? Don’t drink alcohol for health reasons now–that’s why I am still here!
23. Favorite Holiday: CHRISTMAS! No explanation necessary!
24. Favorite Day of the Week? Sunday. It is the quietest day of the week figuratively and literally.
25. Three favorite bloggers you want to learn more about? ANSWER: “Pass” for many good reasons!
26. Substitute question for # 25: What do you appreciate the most in life?
Answer: The people and animals I love who love me.
Greg is so happy to report after following Caren on “Cat Chat with Caren and Cody” for more years than he can remember, he finally won a prize! It feels good to be a winner! I am so happy! I feel like Scrooge on Christmas day! Love you too, Christine!
See the prize details:
Reporting: Monday Morning Murder is about the serial cat killer operating in the area. This morning Harley, a 20 year old deaf cat was the 7th victim. There is a $6000 reward for information leading to the capture of the individual.
Happy 5th Blogversary to us here on WordPress. The Feline Cafe blog started in 2009 on Blogger with the same name. Things have changed as far as blog platforms and what is cool are concerned. I will turn you over to Marigold and she will explain a few things. (There is a reason for using this image!)
Marigold here, although I don’t really look myself do I?
Scooby is the Calendar Cat for July 2018. The Calendar received late last year was made by and sent as a gift by my love 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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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! 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.