Reason and Common Sense..

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…

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..a kind of “optical delusion” of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein.

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We cannot solve our problems with (the same thinking) we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein.

On July 24, 2014, a developer or developers at “WordPress” made the (conscious and deliberate) decision to change their service and deny me and “every” (WordPress user), the ability to manipulate, and/or, in the developer’s words, (stretch and smoosh) media, (referring to pictures and graphics).

Which is in violation of the contract that WordPress entered into with me as the proprietor and publisher of…

https://pearlsofprofundity.wordpress.com/

This action taken by WordPress and/or, the employees and representatives of WordPress.com is in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution under the freedom of speech and freedom of press provisions.

Question: Why am I sharing this information in my post?

As a matter of legal status since WordPress.com (does not) provide an address or phone number for their office, and/or, offices, if this conflict ends up going to court, this publication establishes (my due diligence) in reporting my grievance to WordPress.com.

One more time…

Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition — this set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as “Freedom of Expression.”

The Supreme Court has written that this freedom is “the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom.” Without it, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would wither and die.

The ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology (SPT) is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently working on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts. (Source, aclu.org.)

One more time…

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All WordPress has to do to make this go away, ..is (change) the few lines of code “they” changed to create this problem.

Will reason and common sense prevail?

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Commensurate Chronicle..

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According to Webster: “com·men·su·rate,” Measurable by a common standard.

According to Webster: “chron·i·cle,” A detailed narrative record or report.

A Current Forward: …

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(Yours truly, “Crusader Rabbit” Vietnam – 1965).

I hope anyone who has a military background, or those of you who simply love America, will share my post today.

Received this today from a friend…

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If you’re a veteran or, if you’re not a veteran, please share my post today with everyone you know, veteran or not.

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. Get out and VOTE!!

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. They are organizing themselves, but this can be done by all of us.

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The President, the Golfer in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight.

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Nothing has been done to stop our troops from being murdered by the Afghanis they are training, either.

Now, the President wants the US to sign on to the UNs International Criminal Court (ICC), which would allow the UN’s ICC to arrest and try US troops for War Crimes, without the legal protections guaranteed under US Law, and from which there is no appeal.

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The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power.

If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger.

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Please consider this, and share this post with everyone on to your mailing lists.

Thank You.

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Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily.

With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. —

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More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before. Thirty have died in August. During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan .

A reinforced Marine battalion is +-1.000 men.

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The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed.

There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent and the incompetence of this president.

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It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.

Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform.

However, there is currently a serious movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against…

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.. this president.

Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members.

Veterans are no self indulging special interest group, but rather millions of folks who can have an enormous impact on the November 2014 election if we all get involved. The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if everyone shows up at the polls.

Our efforts might not keep another one hundred or so U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack..

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..of leadership could make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

Veterans and everyone: Please forward to your lists.

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Day Six, the Path to a Solution..

 

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Hello Jason, thank you for your reply to my request. I tried everything that you suggested without any success.

Whatever has taken place, (at least in my opinion), is a result of some change someone at WordPress decided to do.

I am an extremely congenial and easy-going individual, mostly because at my age (72), I realize that getting excited about such things provides no benefit, this has happened once before and was resolved when I chose to sign up as a paying customer.

I realize that the lust for money is the prime motivation for activity in our society which is a sad commentary for the human race. Oh well, I appreciate your effort. Have a great day, Chuck.

From Jason S. – WordPress.com

Hi Chuck, I’m sorry you are still having difficulties and would like to help you resolve the issue. Could you possibly provide me with more information about what exactly you are wanting to do? Feel free to include a screenshot of any errors or other pieces that are not functioning as you expect them. I’m happy to keep working through this issue with you. Best, Jason S. | WordPress.com

On Monday, July 28, at (2:49 PM) I got this communication from (Jason S.), a kind and considerate representative of WordPress.com, to which I replied; …

Hello Jason, I appreciate your concern. The problem; on Wednesday, July 23, when transferring my post and my graphics from my word processor into “word press” everything was working as it had been since I signed up as a professional member of the group.

However, on Thursday, July 24, following my routine I was shut down when I was unable to resize my graphics and my pictures as I had been resizing them since day one. Both my pictures and my graphics, basically install the same.

I select “insert media,” choose the photo or graphic I wish to install, click on it and it’s done.

However, as I referred to earlier many of my pictures and graphics to fit my purpose must be resized in one direction or the other (top to bottom) or (side to side), which has always been simple to accomplish by selecting one of the buttons on the top or on the side and dragging it to the desired size or configuration.

Word press program, install media will no longer allow me to drag one of my pictures or graphics in a single direction, no matter which I choose on the frame, the frame resizes in both directions at the same time to maintain the picture or graphics integrity.

If this is a glitch in the program it is a glitch in your arena, and should be something that a word press technician could fix?

Resizing a picture or a graphic is a simple process, or at least it was until this glitch.

As far as sending you a screenshot? I wished I knew how to do that. I know how to do what I do, but what I do is limited to what I do.

Sorry I don’t have more expertise, my generation grew up with Lincoln logs and two tin cans with a string between them, we had no computers and no cell phones. Chuck.

To which Jason S. – WordPress.com replied; …

Hi Chuck, I’ve checked with one of our developers and it does look like a change was made to the system which forces aspect ratio for images. This was done to keep images from looking ‘stretched’ or ‘smooshed’ while still provided the ability to edit an image by dragging. This does limit your flexibility with image resizing, but should make the images on your site a little more clear.

(Sidebar).

According to Webster: “cen·sor·ship,” n. The act, process, or practice of censoring.

First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – text;

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Continuing…

You do have the ability to crop an image to a specific size in the ‘Edit Image’ utility, either when you are inserting into the post or from the Media Library. I hope this explains what is going on. I have reported to the developers that there may need to be a way to use a non-aspect related images. I would like some additional feedback from you to provide if you don’t mind.

(Sidebar).

And of course, I absolutely do not mind providing WordPress with more information to help them in their decision to return their service to the way it was.

Continuing…

What ways do you use non-aspect restricted images?

(Sidebar).

As example; the graphic directly below is of my own design and meant to be “stretched and/or smooshed” when installed into my post.

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Continuing…

Are you using graphics, pictures, original pieces? Does the crop function serve your needs, or would you like access to that in a different location? Thanks, and let me know if you have any additional questions. We try to make sure our utilities work for our users, and appreciate the feedback. Many thanks, Jason S. | WordPress.com Happiness Engineer

Which brings me to question: …

Why would someone @WordPress.com (want to limit) my flexibility in resizing, and/or, deny me the capacity to “stretch or smoosh” an image or a graphic as I see fit under freedom of expression?

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After conferring with legal counsel, I have learned that WordPress.com is currently open to a civil suit for breach of contract, as the facilities provided at the time I joined as a paying client included the ability to resize, manipulate, and/or “stretch and smoosh” (whatever?)

Of course, beyond the silliness of denying me the ability to “stretch and smoosh” images and graphics, by making this decision, the individual, and/or, individuals WordPress.com’s developer, and/or developers, are “legal representative” of WordPress.com, that have unequivocally denied me my U.S. Constitutionally “guaranteed” First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression.

Clarification: Although the U.S. Constitution does not include the wording; “freedom of expression” it has been brought to my attention by legal counsel that there are more than 8,000 examples of case law in which (freedom of expression) is upheld on behalf of the press.

Accordingly, (at least in my opinion), the question arises for WordPress.com, as to just how dedicated they wish to be in maintaining their denial of my freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of expression?

Postscript; …

Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition — this set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression.

The Supreme Court has written that this freedom is “the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom.” Without it, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would wither and die.

The ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology (SPT) is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently working on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts. (Source, aclu.org.)

Talk about an…

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..and for what?

In closing, if the question of my age should arise, I am in fact and indeed an old guy, albeit I am not a stupid old guy.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Day Five (NO) WordPress Support..

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Good morning boys and girls, what can I say? I’m at the end of my rope, it’s really beginning to seem like the “Happiness Engineers,” @WordPress.com, aren’t actually as concerned with their client’s satisfaction as they would like their clientele to believe.

Again, I ask you to please bear with me as the WordPress crew lingers over a cappuccino or whatever?

In the meantime all we can do is be hopeful that someone will leave the break room in the next few days…

Thank you for your patience, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Day Four, (NO) WordPress Support..

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Good morning boys and girls, my most (sincere apology) for WordPress.com and their “unsympathetic” or indifferent staff.

With that said; I should like to add (my opinion), that with the exception of my friend Greg who has a heart the size of the moon, it has been my personal experience that the technoid generation and the technology industry is as cold and baron as Jupiter in January.

As I have relied on love and common sense to guide me on my journey of 72 years through life, it is extremely difficult for me to understand folks that place money above their neighbors.

A parting thought to ponder, love begets love, while greed is destined to provide the greedy with a grave without a flower.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Day Three, (NO SUPPORT), Old News..

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Good morning boys and girls, although I did achieve contact with an individual whose mother named him Jason, sadly the advice Jason provided did not correct the problem.

However, on the bright side, Jason’s contact jarred my rusty old hard drive enough to remember that I had saved, and/or, archived my last communication with WordPress from one of their “Happiness Engineers” by the name of Andrew.

Accordingly, my first order of business this morning was to email Andrew with a plea for help…

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The ball is now in Andrew’s court.

Please be patient, update tomorrow

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Day Two of (NO) WordPress Support..

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Good morning boys and girls, unfortunately it is “once again” necessary to apologize to you for being “un-able” to publish my daily offering due to WordPress.com’s lack of (promised) service.

According to Webster: “prom·ise,” n. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.

I am still unable to “insert media” and manipulate it to my purpose, albeit with time I am certain that the inconsiderate staff at WordPress will someday discover what they could have been aware of yesterday by providing their customers with a phone number.

Again, please bear with me through this drought, ..have a great day, I appreciate you all, thank you, Chuck.

Hope runs eternal, I’ll be back tomorrow

 

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