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I'm only commenting so that I'm considered "thoughtful, wise, insightful, and good-looking" all at the same time. (But seriously, this was funny. Loved it.)
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Cat catch a fish
in the river, in the foam.
Cat catch a fish
and he got to get it home.
Run, cat, run, cat.
Drag it through the mire.
Take it to the pretty girl
who's sitting by the fire!
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It's also useful to put aside a piece of writing for a long time so that it falls out of your short-term memory.

I spent 5 years trying to write, rewrite and publish a scholarly journal article. At one point, I left the text aside for a full year. When I came back, I found a major stylistic error in the first sentence.

I had read that document so many times, but missed that error because I was so used to my own text.
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When I was 13 or 14, I wanted a pair of Earth shoes so bad. We had to drive to a store on the University of Tennessee campus, because despite having a half-dozen clothing stores on Main Street, my little town had no Earth shoes. Then they cost TWICE as much as any shoes I'd ever worn before. I was so proud of them! But a few weeks later, I realized that walking around with your toes elevated above your heels was not all it was cracked up to be.
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That brings to mind the episode of Friends when Rachel and Joey dropped spaghetti on the floor in the hallway and both got down and ate it off the floor. I guess it depends on how hungry you are!
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They have a school on Sarumon street? That sounds a bit inauspicious.
What's a "Nutsschool"? A school for nuts?
OH! A "Utility School". That makes it . . . well . . . not much more clear to me. A school for nuts to complement the school for bolts?
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Barbara Bush was always one of my favorite people that I would have liked to sit down and have a cup of coffee with. Near the end of his Presidency, George declared a National Broccoli Day. When asked he said "no, I do not like broccoli and I am President and do not have to eat broccoli." I wished that on his first morning as First Citizen, Barbara would have made him a broccoli and cheese omelet telling him "Your no longer President, eat your broccoli."
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Are you insane? It's like saying that the descendants of black slaves now enjoy the benefits of the American life, so it's all good! The internment of Japanese Americans (I emphasize that these were citizens, many born in the U.S.A.) was an act unbecoming and unworthy of the ideals that we cherish in this country. Citizens of Italian and German descent were not put under official blanket suspicion or placed in camps en masse. Concerns over sleeper agents among Japanese Americans were clearly prompted as much by racism as military considerations. This last statement is in agreement with the official U.S. position on the internment, signed by President Reagan.
The internment also involved forfeiture of property, including valuable farmland and businesses on the West Coast. With few exceptions, in which friends and neighbors purchased property at auction and held it in trust against the return of their interned neighbors, property was transferred to others and never returned at the end of the internment. The unsafe, impoverished and harsh environment of the camps resulted in many deaths of innocent and loyal citizens. Many of the internees proved up their loyalty with their lives by fighting in the most decorated military unit deployed in the war: the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Even while their families languished unjustly in primitive and dangerous conditions in the mountains of California, the Japanese-American fighters of the 442nd advanced the cause of the nation that turned against them.
The infamous Executive Order 9066 should serve as a reminder to all that war hysteria will make monsters of us all. The shameful acts surrounding the internment must not be minimized.
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Adding more original content is a good idea. Actually, I'm working on a piece right now. But as Alex says, that takes a lot of money.

Honestly, I don't understand the criticism. As I look at the front page of reddit right now, there's only one item there that has been posted on Neatorama recently. There's significant overlap between reddit and Neatorama, but only if you take the truly massive reddit as a whole. And who wants to try to keep up with, say, more than 50 subreddits?

I've long taken pride in the quality of the work that we do here for the resources that we have available. There are a lot of sites like ours that just grab content and publish it without attribution or a hat tip. But we're very conscientious hat tippers and make a substantial effort to credit content creators. I could name a few websites that don't habitually do so.

Like Miss Cellania says, we're a link blog. We try to find neat things that have not been widely circulated on sites similar to ours and post them before they do. We also operate an online store in which we sell physical products. We advertise our product lines when possible. We're a commercial enterprise, so we try to make money.

What I'm trying to understand, Coconutbrah, is what you think that we should do that would be commercially viable. We're glad to get feedback. But I'm not sure what to do with your critique.
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Thanks for stopping by, Coconutbrah. I think we made no attempt to pass the post as our own - as Miss C noted, it clearly credited reddit and individual redditors. We always try to source the original content creator the best we can (unlike ahem, reddit and imgur - I lost count at how many times artists' artwork got posted without credit there).

In addition to sourcing posts from around the web, we also have long-form exclusive articles (each posted in full in one page, by the way, not split into multiple pages that make you click, click, and click.)

And yes, we do have ads. Unlike reddit, which is owned by the 52nd largest private company in the United States, we don't have a parent company that can foot the server bill. Hence, the ads. I wish servers don't cost anything, but reality is, we have to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of running this blog (you'd be surprised to learn that the server bill for a blog the size of Neatorama runs into the four digits every month).
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I honestly don't understand why you're angry. We are a link blog, and we linked to an interesting post from reddit, for our interested readers who don't want to sift through every link on every internet site. We aren't trying to pass this post off as original material; in fact, we went the extra mile to link and credit the OP and every commenter quoted. And now that you have an account, you won't see hardly any ads. If you decide to come back, you'll be welcome.
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