Help with WordPress

A number of years ago in Internet time I wanted a place to store interesting articles. I did not want to use space on my hard drive. I heard about blogging but I was not interested in creating anything original I merely wanted to save items I deemed interesting and perhaps share them with others. Somehow I was led to WordPress. I began copying and pasting articles to WordPress and publishing them. I could always retrieve my articles when I wanted to look at them again. 

As long as I can remember I clipped magazine and newspaper articles for future reference keeping them in folders. Along came computers allowing electronic storage. Now the Cloud allowing storage with acces no matter the device I am using and from whet I am using the device as long as I have access to the Internet. I use Box, Dropbox, IDrive, iCloud, Google drive, and everything else for storing all that I have including photos and videos.

Bringing us back to WordPress. Now I think I would like to begin writing my thoughts and sharing/storing them, so I went back to WordPress. But, I am having a problem with restoring my drafts. I begin writing, save it as a draft with the intention of going back and writing more, but I cannot locate the draft for future writing, I must be doing something wrong because I do not believe that those who write blogs write in one sitting, but write in multiple sittings saving their writings as drafts for future editing, etc.

Where am I going wrong?

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The Loss of Sense and Sensibility 

This coming weekend begins my last foray across the pond to the land that embraced, then lost, reason. I am speaking of the West, Western Europe. The culmination of the best in art, science, engineering, and theology. Athens thought about and expressed untying the knot, loosening the ropes, unfettering the shackles, but Western Europe finally set man free. Truth and logic behind passioned reasoning unleashed that which had been leashed for millennia. No! it was not easy it was not swift, it was painful, but as with childbirth, it produced life.

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“3D Printing of Glass Now Possible” by Karlsruher Institut Für Technologie (Kit)

Glass is one of mankind’s oldest materials. It was used as far back as in ancient Egypt and ancient Rome and has found a place now also in manufacturing technology of the 21st century. An interdisciplinary team at the KIT led by mechanical engineer Dr. Bastian E. Rapp developed a process using glass for additive manufacturing techniques. The scientists mix nanoparticles of high-purity quartz glass and a small quantity of liquid polymer and allow this mixture to be cured by light at specific points – by means of stereolithography. The material, which has remained liquid, is washed out in a solvent bath, leaving only the desired cured structure. The polymer still mixed in this glass structure is subsequently removed by heating. “The shape initially resembles that of a pound cake; it is still unstable, and therefore the glass is sintered in a final step, i.e. heated so that the glass particles are fused,” explains Rapp. He conducts research at the KIT Institute of Microstructure Technology and heads a working group of chemists, electrical engineers, and biologists. The scientists present the method in the Nature journal under the title of “Three-dimensional Printing of Transparent Fused Silica Glass.”

The variety of 3D-printing techniques available so far have been used on polymers or metals, but never on glass. Where glass was processed into structures, for instance by melting and application by means of a nozzle, the surface turned out to be very rough, the material was porous and contained voids. “We present a new method, an innovation in materials processing, in which the material of the piece manufactured is high-purity quartz glass with the respective chemical and physical properties,” explains Rapp. The glass structures made by the KIT scientists show resolutions in the range of a few micrometers – one micrometer corresponding to one thousandth of a millimeter. However, the structures may have dimensions in the range of a few centimeters, emphasizes Rapp.

3D-formed glass can be used, for instance, in data technology. “The next plus one generation of computers will use light, which requires complicated processor structures; 3D-technology could be used, for instance, to make small, complex structures out of a large number of very small optical components of different orientations,” explains the mechanical engineer. For biological and medical technologies, very small analytical systems could be made out of miniaturized glass tubes. In addition, 3D-shaped microstructures of glass could be employed in a variety of optical areas, from eyeglasses meeting special requirements to lenses in laptop cameras.

The development by scientists under Junior Scientist Group Leader Bastian E. Rapp is a result of the “NanoMatFutur” junior scientist funding scheme run by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to support the development of innovative materials for industry and society. The work performed by the research group headed by Rapp has been funded by the BMBF since 2014 for a total of four years to the tune of approx. € 2.8 million. “Our research benefits very much from the interdisciplinary cooperation of various KIT institutes. Besides the Institute of Microstructure Technology, colleagues of the Institute of Nuclear Waste Management and the Institute of Applied Materials, among others, are involved in the project,” says Rapp.

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What has Happened to Conservatism in the South?

I am sick, disgusted, and angry. Last night was a *long* night for the critically important Special Election for Congress in Georgia’s sixth congressional district to fill Congressman Tom Price’s vacated seat.  The final numbers are now in and boy was it close:  Democrat Jon Ossoff finished with 48.1% of the vote – just 1.9% away from having won the seat for the Democrats. Either the people of the 6th district–solidly Republican since 1979–have lost their collective sense of right and wrong, or an alien population has moved into the district and have overpowered the sane.

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Bureaucrat Pensions and America’s Brazilian Future — International Liberty thanks to Dan Mitchell

When I write about poorly designed entitlement programs, I will warn about America’s Greek future. Simply stated, we will suffer the same chaos and disarray now plaguing Greece if we don’t engage in serious reform. Ideally sooner rather than later. But when I write about state governments, perhaps it would be more appropriate to warn […]

via Bureaucrat Pensions and America’s Brazilian Future — International Liberty

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Beautiful thoughts

The great German Poet Goethe, was once asked by a friend what he would suggest as a daily exercise for spiritual betterment. He said:

“I would like to read a noble poem.

I would like to see a beautiful picture.

I would like to hear inspiring music.

I would like to meet a great soul.

And for my fellow man, I would like to say a few sensible words.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay:

“Long I have known a glory in it all

But never knew I this,

Here such a passion is

As stretcheth me apart. Lord, I do fear

Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year.”

According to the 19th century poet essayist James Russell Lowell, “there is more force in names than most men dream.”



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Turkey and NATO—the End of the Line” Caroline Glick

In her column titled “Turkey and NATO—the End of the Line,” Caroline Glick began by saying that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s optimism about Turkey’s commitment to the alliance is misplaced.

Then she documented Turkey’s track record:
For nearly 14 years, since his AKP party first won the national elections in late 2002, Erdoğan and his followers have made clear that they are ideologically—and therefore permanently—hostile to the West. … Ever since then, Erdoğan has paid lip service, and even assisted NATO and the EU from time to time, when it served his momentary interests to do so. But the consistent trend of his behavior has been negative. … Erdoğan was the first major leader to embrace Hamas after its electoral victory in the 2006 elections. … During Hezbollah’s 2006 war against Israel, Turkey was caught red handed as it allowed Iran to move weapons systems to Hezbollah through Turkish territory. Erdoğan has turned a blind eye to al Qaeda. And he has permitted [the Islamic State] to use Turkey as its logistical base, economic headquarters and recruitment center. Earlier this year the State Department claimed that all of the 25,000 foreign recruits to [the Islamic State] have entered Syria through Turkey. …

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