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You Tube Issues

I have noticed a disturbing trend going on lately. I watch a lot of you tube channels about homesteading, gardening and many other interests. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have gone off satellite and cable and only have internet now. This means we watch TV online via Netflix, Hulu, amazon, and channels we pay for like britbox and acorn TV. You tube is such a wonderful source of information for folks no matter your interest.

*I personally have a channel but no videos uploaded. So I don’t have a dog in this fight as far as having videos for view. *

What bothers me is that the channels I am subscribed to are being censored. Oh, they don’t call it censorship, but what else could it be?

At first, these channels saw their videos being demonetized, that is, you tube saying the video is not “advertiser friendly”. The channel creators have to challenge you tube to get it monetized again. It is not clear why a video get demonetized. It can be the title or the content. Who knows? Only you tube knows.

Now you tube is rolling out new rules for these creators. Apparently, they may only be monetized after February 28th, if they do not meet the new guidelines. What are these new guidelines?

A channel on you tube has to have over 1,000 viewers who are subscribers. OK, that is reasonable. The next requirement is that they must have over 4,000 hours of content viewed. For small channels this can be difficult.

I guess it can be put this way, even if you tube demonetized their videos, when we (the viewers) watch that demonetized video we still see an advertisement. So who pockets this cash? You tube.

Another troubling issue is that each time a creator “meets” you tubes latest algorithm monetization “rules”, you tube changes the ” rules”. The line gets erased and moved further.

I know you tube is a business. I get that. However, if advertisements are still being shown on videos deemed not advertiser friendly, it becomes blatantly obvious that you tube is still making revenue on the videos, and all of the advertising goes into you tube’s pocket. The creators are being fleeced in the process.

It was this reason I bypassed you tube and went to patreon. If folks like my content, they can show it without the arbitrary line being moved and more requirements being needed.

I have noticed on you tube that this disturbing trend crosses all lines of what I watch. From travel shows to homesteading to gardening to camping, most channels I watch are being impacted. So, if these creators get tired of jumping more hoops whenever you tube rolls out a new set of rules, then you tube will see their bottom line get moved too. Bottom line is their revenue. Money. In their pockets, not the creators.

Maybe in the near future a boycott will be organized. I don’t know personally what can be done, but I hate to see good and honest people being taken to the cleaners while the you tube brand rakes in all the revenue for these channels. It just doesn’t make sense to me but that is how the greedy get greedier. These corporate people need to stop and realize that these channels were their bread and butter. If they enjoy eating that bread and butter then they will find it hard to eat when they have no flour and butter. OK, off my soapbox now.

*End of rant*


Family History

I am an historian for our family. I love history. It was a natural fit. However, I want to caution those of you doing your family history to a few facts that are essential to being accurately represented in history.
Fact 1: You only put the facts. 
Just because someone in your family wants to put their spin on the family, such as hiding an illegitimate birth, it does not make it real. I know, it happens and all that. However, even if the child is adopted by another man, if should be recorded as being adopted. It may not make you popular, but you are not doing this to put a spin on the truth. You should put the truth. Likewise, if you are the step parent of a child and you raised that child, you still need to be honest. Especially if you did not adopt the child. While you may be the child’s “father of the heart”, you are not the biological parent so be honest.  If you put these items in your family tree, it muddies the truth and makes it much harder to future generations in their search. To do genealogy, historical accuracy must be maintained. 
Fact 2: Cite your sources.
Sources are where you get the information you add to your tree. Typically, sources are things like census records, city directories, court records, death records, birth records, etc. It is vitally important to use your sources in your research. If  you add something to your tree, without a source, you could find that you were wrong and it obliterates the whole line you have researched for years. When you put your source, it shows those coming behind you that you did your research in an approved manner, and that what you have in your tree is not fantasy. I know it sounds like it is not important, but it is. Also, if the person you add is still living, please research by adding their facts. If you put what you think from memory, it becomes distorted at times and can truly lead off into the wrong path. How do I know? Because I have seen it done. Trust me, it cannot be factual if it is not found in sources. I mean, it might be factual for you, but not historically, unless it is a source that can be cited.
Fact 3: Be flexible on dates
When you are researching a person in your tree, remember that int he past, people may not have known the true dates of things. For example, if my grandfather was born on say, December 1, 1890 and I know that is true because I have his birth certificate, yet in researching I find a census that says his birthday was December 31, 1889, is it the same person? It is important to check other facts before you add this source, since I have found that sometimes it is the same person, yet other times it is not. This is especially true if you have a common surname like Jones. Try to be as diligent in your fact checking to ensure you do not add someone who is not your ancestor.
Fact 4: Be flexible on names.
My family surname is quite unique and as such, pretty easy to trace. However, you can find that even if your name is unique, it may be spelled differently on some records. For example, my maiden is is Pieratt, pronounced pier at. On researching my family, I have found it written as Perat, Pratt, Perret, etc. In historical records, many times the person writing the record, be it a clerk or census taker, may write the name phonetically. Sometimes this occurred because the family member being interviewed is illiterate and does not know how to read or write, thus, the name is spelled by the record taker. So, think of your surname, and how it could be spelled differently and expand your search. You might be surprised at what you find.
Fact 5: Keep good records.
I have records in my home of birth certificates, death certificate, and census records of my family. I also have pictures. It is easier these days to get these records. When I started gathering information, it was much harder. You had to go to the places and states. Today, a lot of states have added their records to a database that can be accessed quite easily via the internet. Your tree records can still be stored as sources online in your tree. It is fascinating to see these records and it shows those following your tree that you did your research. 
That is it for now, but if you start looking into your family history, just try to follow these five things. You can have the journey of a lifetime and learn so many things about your family. I hope you enjoy you path and find interesting characters in your tree branches!

Sweet and Saltines aka Crack

Sweet and Saltines

Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2010
Show: Trisha’s Southern KitchenEpisode: Daddy’s Famous Stew
Recipe categories: Chocolate, Sugar, more
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Cooking spray
35 to 40 saltine crackers
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup light brown sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil until it turns a caramel color, a few minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly.

Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife.

Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

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For those new to me, you will learn that even though I do not think I am like those on the hit tv show “Doomsday Preppers”,  I do have a nice pantry full of things to sustain me and my family in the event of an emergency and power outages and such where we will have to survive on our own for a time. Why do I do it?

First of all, it is important for people to realize that if some thing happened in your area, such as a tornado, and power was out for more than a week, how would you survive? Where I live that is a real threat. So, I prepare.

Ihave a bug out bag or BOB ready in case I need to evacuate. In my BOB, I have supplies that can last me at least a week. If I don’t have to evacuate, I can last for six months, even with no power. I have prepared.

I am not some crazed person. I truly see that after katrina and sandy, we cannot rely on the government to help us out of situations. We need to be able to sustain ourselves. No more, no less.  I do not own a gun. I do not have some bunker. However, I do have knowledge and a fair amount of supplies to survive a major event. Yes, it brings me peace of mind.

Do you do this? I began this journey by couponing and getting huge quantities of foods for free. I decided to expand this couponing and to include the supplies for an emergency. It was a natural to flow from one to the other. Oh, and my faith also recommends it for our followers. It was a no brainer.  That’s how I feel, what’s your take? Do you think about things like this?