•    Critters’ Voice – A Forum   


    The “Critters’ Voice” topic category gives critters a chance to communicate with their human counterparts about important issues of the day. Currently, the leading topic for them is the BP Gulf Oil Spill disaster and how THEY have been disproportionately hurt by that catastrophe.

    Another BP Oil Spill Victim
    Another BP Oil Spill Victim

    Because critters speak in many different languages, their views are presented through a respected Reflecting Pool Discourse interpreter by the name of “CatDaddy” and their blogs appear under the topic category “Critters’ Voice.”

    Stripee Passed Away June 1, 2010
    Stripee Passed Away June 1, 2010

    As with ALL topics on this blog site, this topic is open for ‘Comments’ from visitors and we cordially invite critters around the World to join in the discussion by submitting comments on the critter posts and pages that appear here.

    On this blog, EVERYONE has a voice – Everyone has a right to be heard.

    Nemo Welcomes You All
    Welcome Critters from around the World.

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  •    Reflecting Pool Discourse Introduction   

    Reflecting Pool Discourse Web Blog Grand OpeningFree popcorn and balloons for the kids!!!

    A prime-time family program
    Yet another web blog to add to the glut of web blogs in the Universe. Everyone clamoring for the podium to dispense a few pearls of wisdom & insight. But who’s all that interested in ‘listening’ these days? Time was when headphones could only ‘listen.’ Then they added a microphone and it’s been talk, talk, talk ever since. A neurotic World theater packed tight with talkers who are tired of listening.

    And the vast majority of them are pounding their gums to dead air. No one is listening to the blather. It’s more like the ‘Reality TV’ pandemic. Everybody buying lotto tickets so they’ll be ‘in the running’ for their magic moment 5 minutes of fleeting fame, usually bestowed by a long-shot fluke of luck, like when their blog post or YouTube video goes viral after Paris Hilton happens to punch the wrong key on her keyboard and accidentally re-tweets your Internet URL to 2,000,000 of her leech-bed followers who are anxiously scrounging around for their own moment of fame and good fortune.

    I think CB Radios would never have gotten off the ground if they could only transmit signals, but could NOT receive any signals. Yet TV & AM-FM radio appear to be doing just fine without the ability to receive signals from the same ‘victim’ their broadcasts target. Maybe that’s why people are so tired of listening. All it has gotten them is a glut of spamming commercials that gobble-up the programming they were watching. Unilateral signal dispersal is quite different from the bilateral exchange, otherwise commonly referred to as true “Communication.”

    But despite this general malaise in the blogosphere environment, here we are, adding yet another web log (blog) to the fire. Maybe the Free popcorn and balloons will help ease the pain.

    Then again, a Socratic web blog that emphasizes Listening might not be such a painful idea after all.

    To this end, all of the topics at the Reflecting Pool Discourse blog site are open for discussion and your participation by way of Comments on the articles posted is invited and encouraged. At this point in time, Moderator approval IS REQUIRED before a posted Comment will appear on a Post (necessitated by spammers and hackers).

    Leaving Comments: You can only leave comments for “Posts” — as this Word Press version does not display a comments section for “Pages.” But Keep in Mind there is a Post article for every ‘Page’ article — so you’ll always be able to submit a comment for every article on this site. To leave a comment to a Post — there are two “Required” fields that must be provided: 1) Your name and 2) your Email Address. Keep in Mind comments submitted will not appear immediately. It takes 12-24 hours for it to appear — due to moderator approval requirements. Remember to click the reCaptchya “I’m no robot” security box BEFORE clicking the comments ‘Submit’ button.

    ALL POSTS in Reverse Date Order (most recent on top): To view the entire string of blog Posts, which appear in Sequence with Most Recent First (descending order), click on the most recent Post (the first listed post) under the “Recent Posts” heading in the left-side Menu Panel. Keep in Mind when you enter the “Recent Posts” section, ALL posts from ALL Topic Categories are mixed together and the posts appear in descending date order, regardless of the topic category. To view “Posts” (blogs) that are segregated according to the Topic Category they fall under, select a Topic under the “Topic Category” heading in the left-side Menu Panel. (see, “Topic Category” below).

    Recent Comments: To peruse the Comments submitted to the Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog by visitors, look under the “Recent Comments” heading in the left-side Menu Panel and select the Comment of Interest. Clicking on a Comment will take you to that Comment where you will be able to post your own comment on that Comment.

    Topic Categories (Genres): To peruse this Blog according to the Specific Topic, look under the “Topic Categories (Genres)” heading in the left-side Menu Panel and select the Topic of Interest. Clicking on a Topic will take you to the most recent “Blog Post” for that Topic, with earlier Posts for that Topic appearing beneath that. There are two blog posts per page.

    Blog Pages in Categories: Reflecting Pool Discourse “Pages” appear under the heading “Blog Topic Pages” in the left-side Menu Panel and they appear in a logical sequence as we have organized them. Keep in Mind that while these are exact duplicates of “Post” blogs with the same title, they are NOT actually blog “Posts,” so dates and date order sequence and Comments do NOT appear on these pages.

    Our Topical External Website Links: Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog “Website Links” appear under numerous headings that include the term “Website” in the heading. They appear in the left-side Menu Panel and they are labeled according the Topic Category which their subject matter falls under. These are “external” websites that will cause your browser to migrate away from the Reflecting Pool Discourse Blog website. Many of these “external” websites belong to the Reflecting Pool Discourse creators and you will see the word “Our” in the link title for these website links. Others are Third Party websites which we felt provided important, accurate, reliable information relevant to the Topic Category they are listed under. The word “Our” will be missing from these third-party website link titles. We always try to list these external website links according to the Topic Category they relate to, for easier browsing.

    Memorable Quotes: At the very top of the left-side Menu Panel is a revolving Marquee that displays 16 of the most memorable Quotes we have found in our travels. A new quote appears every 20 seconds. We will change \ rotate in a new batch of 16 quotes on a regular basis, to keep the offering fresh.

    Twitter Posts: On the left-side Menu Panel is a Twitter link to our “CatDaddy_NY” Twitter page (http://twitter.com/CatDaddy_NY). It used to dispay a few of the most recent Twitter posts — but — Twitter changed the ‘feed’ protocol so that it is a major gauntlet to set-up now – so I just have the link to my Twitter page. Clicking on the Twitter Feed label “Follow Me on Twittter” will take you to our Twitter site. On some browsers holding the CTRL key down or right-clicking on the link will offer an option to open link in a new window or tab.


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