For those who have followed me on social media or through this personal website, through my many iterations of accounts, de-friend sweeps, and feed resets, you know that each year I post a statement of identity correction in an effort to assuage concerns of incidents and criminal history that have attached to my name thanks to a persistent imposter in Florida.
Since many employers and dating candidates, and landlords, first bee-line to things like Facebook to check out a prospect (an understandable universal practice, especially among you ladies, but, which for some bizarre reason can turn a guy into a creep if he confesses to doing the same), I see this tactic as a last line of defense in people erroneously harboring those concerns.
If this practice of mine is not actually helping, at least it psychologically puts me at ease. If people continue to believe or suspect negative search findings despite the clear case and evidence of judicial correction, chances are it's probably an irreversible political position meaning that it's "important that I be bad" -- not a genuine one based on a tangible relationship. No public disclosure is going to clear that up, but I feel I've done the best I can to put them into a position of clinging to a fallacy, which does make me feel better.
I usually post/circulate that disclaimer in January of each year, but today I am posting a variant of this before then, for two reasons. One, I completely re-did this personal website and have not yet concocted a disclaimer page. It's kind of low priority and is a bit of work, though I will eventually do it. Posting it as an entry here at my blog and on my Facebook's reset feed will do the trick until then.
Second, I realize that even that disclaimer fails to take into account the phenomenon of the "records echo" that rings through services like MyLife and PeopleFinders like, forever.
My records have been successfully tackled and eliminated in the courts, sadly after too much damage, but better late than never. But they STILL exist in all the little background check services any employer or person cares to utilize. Even after all the work to mop up that mess, the slow burning disaster continues on. Gads.
So, ahead of January, I am posting this now. If you see crap like the above screenshot (an actual run of my name in PeopleFinders), none of it is real. It's fake news. Yes, it's true that if you follow me around with a camera and notebook you won't prove I'm a saint, which is true of anyone - and god knows I've stoked many an investigatory trajectory by nature of my unique wonderful being and saber rattling against strong institutions (particularly in Florida), which I would never trade away to be someone different. BUT I have never been arrested nor have I ever even approached such an event horizon in the crimes listed in the example.
I'll post my disclaimer in January which discusses and "proves" what I'm typing, but for now, here is the nonsense in background check services you may use that is not actually me that will tell you it is me.
The first real blog (aside from my personal blog, this one, which serves as the development iteration) to use Battle Blog 3.0 is Earl Pin Astrology.
I use it to talk about astrological topics which is a subject I've been interested in for years though, despite so, this interest has been rather dormant since about the time I was 20-something or so when chart analysis and interpretation were a daily thing for me.
Since about that time I quietly kept up on interesting articles and practices but didn't overtly carry on about it so much or offer to chart anyone other than the occasional love interest or family member.
My interest renewed in light of the apparent cultural resurgence in astrology, making it relevant again. At 50+ now, I find myself in social circles with an iota of something to say with any depth that actually impresses people when the topic comes up. Who'd have figured?
I am proud to marry my interest in blogging and astrology to produce the first real Battle Blog 3.0 presentation. Look it over, register, and also consider subscribing to the YouTube channel which I plan to use to address any commentary that arises from the discussion.
I have had this question for a long time. Why do leftists let conservatives "own" nationalism or Americanism? It shouldn't be "owned" either way, but if there has to be one it should be the liberals who do, for all the reasons outlined in this piece.
Question to my leftist/progressive friends: If you have a BLM or other progressive bumper sticker, would you be willing to slap on an American flag one right next to it? That's what needs to happen in order to dilute out the false ownership taken on by the right.
In a Facebook video I posted I talked about how I was not gradually turning my car into a fantasy cop car. Well, this weekend I added a few things and tweaked the exterior a little, as you can see.
But I promise, I still deny turning my vehicle into any such thing.
And since you dared "go beyond the Twitter", I'll confess: This is an actual law enforcement vehicle who I surmised belonged to a plain-clothes officer I spotted while in the Walgreens. He was conspicuously packing his firearm above a loose fitting shirt, which suggested to me he was probably a peripheral officer of some sort (say, a probation officer, fire investigator -- in Tampa, the transportation code enforcement officers even carried guns). So, in a way, you could say the actual officer was likely doing some fantasizing...kind of hamming himself up needlessly (dude, like, for the sake of the kids that might be in the store, put the shirt over the gun, please).
I am in the final stages of launching Earl Pin Astrology. It's the first online theater expansion of my Battle Blog 3.0 project. I have several that will launch over 2020 and 2021 utilizing the new mobile-friendly platform, but Earl Pin Astrology has been one of the most important to me now for several months.
I am adding a YouTube component to it which is not something I do with all my blogs but in this case I believe it fits naturally and has productive value.
Here's the thing though, I want a custom YouTube URL instead of the weird numerically cryptic one they give you by default when you first set up a channel. But apparently, to get it, you need to qualify in a number of different ways. This must be a new requirement or something because I was able to get one for my personal channel which I don't even think has five, let alone one hundred, subscribers.
Here those requirements are in a paste:
YouTube Requirements for a custom URL.
Here Is Where I Need Your Help
Some of those requirements will take place over time naturally and others I can mitigate through production. But the one that I need the most help with is the first one requiring 100 subscribers.
I need the help because I need that fast.
That one is going to take a very, very, long time, left to its own devices. Yet, I need a custom URL the most quickly because the good ones are up for being sniped away. As well, its value at the start of my production is far more potent than later.
You'd be doing me a great solid if you could join the Earl Pin Astrology conversation immediately by subscribing to the channel. If you're interested in the craft, even if as a staunch skeptic and critic, I am promising to make it one of the most interesting subscriptions in your YouTube feed.
If you're not interested in astrology, then hopefully I can count on you to subscribe simply as a matter of friendly support. Maybe you'll wind up more engaged with the topic than you think!
The blog I mentioned at the outset is online but I am not yet sharing that URL while I complete its configuration. If you want to be added to that mailing list use my contact page to shoot me that email.
This guy pulled up alongside me at one point in traffic while I was driving home from work.
Six minutes later down the road, he's nursing a bad hit on his noggin'!
People sometimes see things like this and with a prejudice against reckless motorcyclists think "Aha!, he got what he deserved!".
But in this case, this dude was completely lawful for as long as I could see him and, although it was a bit of a minimalist shortie, there was a helmet. Maybe he wishes it covered a little more now, I dunno.
It appears that he bumped into, or got side-swiped by, another vehicle. The crash happened while he was well ahead of me so my dashcam didn't catch the actual event.
He was writhing in pain with his arms and hands wrapped around his own head while the people on the sidewalk around him provided immediate comfort as best they could. But, I think he was largely okay or at least hope so. I heard the medic call go out on the scanner about a minute later so help was on the way.
As may have been hinted at by about 15 years of websites and the occasional mention at this blog, I have a fascination with transit rail systems. Subway systems, light rail, high speed rail -- and to a lesser degree, conventional commuter rail. Don't ask me to explain the intense specificity (why not freight rail or Amtrak?), I can't.
Video Pan of Progress on the Exchange Street Station, with Commentary.
Buffalo is building a new train station for its Amtrak NYC cross-feeder called the Exchange Street Station, which is a replacement for the old standing one of several decades, and which goes by the same name. Today was sunny and warm and, shoot, I showered, so I indulged in some ground footage on how the construction is going, including this video pan with some pretty limp commentary.
You can check out Buffalo Rising's June 2020 post on the progress for some more insightful exhibition, and its Exchange Street tag for even more. Tasting this project for content has excited me for its future.