Knowledge Base: Avatars, Profiles, Posts, and Comments

A series of changes recently made to the site are intended to improve navigation around the site and make it easier to keep track of your own activity and that of other members.  For complete implementation details, see the posts on the Updates group, which is usually updated around 22:00 UTC on any day in which the site’s software or configuration has been changed.

Avatars are the small round images which identify users.  Users can upload their own avatars or use avatars posted on the Gravatar site under the same E-mail address they used when registering their Ratburger membership.  Avatars appear on main page posts and comments, and on group posts and comments, along with the user’s name, which identifies people who haven’t uploaded an avatar image.  For likes on posts and comments, only avatars are shown, but you can “mouse over” or “hover” above the avatar to see the user’s name as a pop-up title.  On almost every place you see an avatar on the site, you can click it to display the user’s Profile page.

Profile pages are a one-stop shop for information about users.  A user’s profile shows you:

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(A note on “Party card numbers”: some users will have party card numbers which are greater than the number of members shown in the “At a Glance” section of the Dashboard.  This is because these numbers [formally, within the WordPress software, user IDs] are assigned when an account is created and never reused.  If an account fails to complete registration, is closed,  or is banned due to spamming or other misbehaviour, it will have a party card number which corresponds to no active account.  Like many other parties, Ratburger has “unpersons”.)


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Not bad so far

Seems like the world is shifting under our feet.

Israel drops an intelligence bomb on Iran, right after the two EU heads try and keep the Obama deal going.

NAFTA is really ending up as dealing with China using it as a backdoor.

The Media is being led to put really bad imagery on camera- the caravan of refugees climbing the existing fence, the WHCD desperation comic, the North and South Korea historic moment and James Comey looking more and more like a weasel every day.

Kanye West decides to lead the “Get off the Democrat Plantation” concept as the next big thing, moving the leadership of “the movement” stumbling over their tongues.

Meanwhile, jobs are there for those who want them and wages are rising.

Damn, this feels good. I feel my grandkids just might have a shot at the best country on earth.

I look at POTUS and think he may have the same nerves as the guy in this picture.

That is an 80 foot wave being surfed.

Trump may be the one who redeems the sins of the Boomer generation.

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TOTD 2018-5-1: Quotes by Rob Schneider

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/30/alec-baldwin-says-rob-schneider-has-point-in-criticism-snl-trump-impersonation.html

I read the above article and it made a lot of sense. It comes from the viewpoint of comedy has been lost.

 

 

 

Well, what are your thoughts, nutjobs? 


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This Week’s Book Review – The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. (Or Monday, if I spent Sunday traveling.)

Seawriter

Book Review

Book captures early 1900s era Galveston perfectly

By MARK LARDAS

Apr 24, 2018

“The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage and Carolina Murder Scandal,” by T. Felder Dorn, History Press, 2018, 192 pages, $21.99

There is something distinctive about a society murder when it involves a Texan.

“The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage and Carolina Murder Scandal,” by T. Felder Dorn, demonstrates that. The book tells the story of May Walker Burleson’s murder of her ex-husband’s second wife.

Born in 1888, May Jennie Walker belonged to Galveston’s prominent Walker family. She grew up a member of Galveston’s aristocracy.

In 1908 she married Richard Coke Burleson. It seemed a fairy-tale marriage. Burleson came from of one of the most important families in San Saba County. A 1906 graduate of West Point, he was starting a prestigious career as an officer in the United States Army.

Dorn shows how May Walker Burleson had it all: looks, brains, charm and spirit. In 1913, she was Grand Marshal of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 in Washington, DC. Later, she became an archeologist, noted for her work studying ancient Mexico.

Richard Coke Burleson’s career also prospered. By the mid-1930s he was a colonel. His wife boosted his career; he supported her activities. They seemed the ideal couple.

Yet Dorn reveals cracks in the marriage. Richard wanted children. May did not. She spent more time with her mother and pursuing her other interests than she was spending with her husband. In turn, he began several affairs with other women. Each accused the other of egregious behavior. She claimed he struck her. He stated she threatened to shoot him.

When he decided to seek divorce, she fought. She liked the status and prestige of being an officer’s wife. A bitter three-year legal struggle ensued, blighting his career, and shaking her sanity. Once the divorce was granted Richard Coke Burleson married his current woman.

May Walker Burleson decided to rid the world of the other women — so her husband would return to her. She shot the new wife, was caught in the act, and convicted.

Dorn puts together the tale of two unlikable people in a manner that catches the reader’s interest. A meticulously researched work, “The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson” captures its era perfectly.

Mark Lardas, an engineer, freelance writer, amateur historian, and model-maker, lives in League City. His website is marklardas.com.


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TOTD 2018-4-30: Trivia Question

In the 1920s and 1930s what accounted for one third of IBMs sales?

I will put the spoiler down below. In the comments let us know if you guessed correctly or missed it. For those who get it wrong, you will have to spend the day in the Ratburger.org stocks.


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Musings on the WHCD

At one time, in a land far away and long ago, the media was biased, but played by rules. They understood that while they were there to foist their view on the world, there was a base agreement on what was destructive for all sides, which resulted in a degree of decorum and rules of behavior. The ownership of the media was scattered and reasonably sized.

All that is gone. We have media corps like Comcast, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Time Warner, Disney who have decided to use their media tools for direct action for the furtherance of overall organization goals. No surprise, that is how it is supposed to work.

All those corporations also happened to choose one political party to invest in.

We no longer have publishers and ‘media barons’ driving action in the media industry, but much larger entities. Citizen Kane is long gone.

Until the Trump GOP decides to become a threat these players, rather than be thankful for minor donations now and then like the GOPe, this situation will continue.

We have an anomaly now, where a media savvy self funded Billionaire decided to stick a wrench in the gears of the globalists. Money counts in politics, but voters also count, and what we have now is a struggle of the clout of working class voters versus the cash of the globalist corporations.

For this to sustain, he will need corporate allies, other industries who prefer an America First Global Order rather than a Corporation First Global order which will lead to a China First Global Order. (Capitalists tend to lose to determined Countries with serious firepower).

If those allies do not come around, we may be watching the 21st century version of Spartacus.

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Lake Chelan on Powerline

The 04/29 – sorry, 2018-04-28 – edition of Powerline’s Steven Hayward’s The Week in Pictures included a photo of interest to friends. In 2014 I inquired on Ricochet for advice and encouragement about a place in remote northwestern Washington called Lake Chelan. In-laws had arranged a family reunion there; naturally I wanted to go prepared.

Well, Larry Koler provided the advice and encouragement. Thanks, Larry! We had a good time, although the water was cold and the skies smoky from the wildfires. We got into that boat at the southern end and chugged through mountainous emptiness for an hour to reach the lodges at the northern end.

While relatives were trudging up and up and around mountains for days with heavy backpacks on their backs, I stayed down by the lake, swimming, canoeing, and riding the seaplane.  See this photo from The Week in Pictures? That’s the seaplane deck; that the lovely clear water; those the mountains.

So somebody else has found the place! We’ll just have to deal with that next time.

Thanks, Larry.


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The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

I used to like watching the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The comedian usually knew how to take their shots with creativity and class. [Name edited out for not being family friendly. :-)] was about as deft as a jack hammer. Terrible. Good humor gets people on both sides of the aisle laughing. You know when you have failed when you have both sides cringing.

Trump does have a way of bringing the best out of the left. What really hurts them the most is realizing they aren’t that important any more.

The Correspondents’ dinner used to be a night to raise money and honor people then a lighthearted roast. Well, I hope they raised some money.

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