The Asylum: These entries document the changes to the website. Consider each topic as a breathtakingly short news brief about the changes to the site or some other trivial point of interest regarding the site design or new site feature.


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You are not alone. You are not paranoid. It seems like every politician has gone insane, as defined as "extreme foolishness or irrationality."

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    From The Insane Asylum | April 26, 2017

    Post Runner

    Post pages have a bottom runner linking to the Newest Mania, Alternative Reality, and Snowflake Central.

    New CSS 
    Added green_bold spans. This is a minor change but makes it easier to set bold areas in the text.

    Landing Page
    I rearranged the homepage page to show one post from The Asylum, the hottest posts, two posts from Alternative Reality, and two from Snowflake Central.

    Trump | the Number One Snowflake
    Congratulations Donald Trump. He has his own page on Insane Politics. The page branches off Snowflake Central.

    Ryan | the Number Two Snowflake
    Congratulations to Speaker Paul Ryan. While he may be three steps away from the Presidency, he's earned the number two spot for Snowflake Central. A dedicated page to his stories is available.

    Twitter Poll
    The sidebar on the landing page includes a twitter poll.

    Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions to improve the site by posting a comment. 
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    From The Insane Asylum | April 24, 2017
    Two new pages were added today: alternative reality and snowflake central. Alternative Reality is for featured articles whereas snowflake central is focused completely on Donald Trump stories.

    The Asylum Page was redone today. The category "IP Announcements" is now loading only on the page. This should create a "blog style" entry for the page. 

    Major Topics
    A post may be created as a Link Post or a Topic Post. For example, this post is a Topic Post. It seems cleaner to add Topic Posts for major stories of the day and have new articles about that topic added as comments. This should alleviate some of the repetitive feel to the site.

    The Major Topic Posts will be categorized as featured and will show in the Alternative Reality page.

    After looking over the traffic for the past few days, it turns out there have been some articles viewed over 300 times in contrast to a majority of articles only viewed 5-10 times.

    HTTPS Protocol
    The Insane Politics site now loads under the HTTPS protocol. This feature was added by using the "flexible" SSL option in CloudFlare.  
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      Gracie The site is loading much faster!
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      Insane The site is looking better. The naming of the pages provides stronger branding.
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    From The Insane Asylum | April 25, 2017

    While showing this site to someone, they thought the area just below the header should be unique for each of the pages. After careful consideration (5.26 nanoseconds of micro thinking), the area was moved from the header and added to the top of each page.

    Snowflake central now carries an introduction to the term snowflake while the alternative reality explains the concept of mega-threads on major political topics. The Inmates page simply reminds us all that passion and respect can co-exist. The Asylum doesn't have an explanation - my mind is too exhausted to consider the possibilities. Maybe you have a suggestion. In which case, please post an idea. 

    Old Posts
    The original "blog" entries for April 10-24th are on a page and I'm trying to figure out how to add them back so that visitors have a complete history of the changes to this site.

    New Categories
    Several categories were renamed (to give a little flare) and new categories were added. For example, From Russia with Love discusses the Russian investigations happening in Congress and the Clinton Clan to discuss the constant reappearance of the Clintons. Foreign Follies was added to mark foreign policies -- or as Sean Spicer likes to call it "the emerging Trump Doctrine."

    Padded Rooms
    The word "Categories" in the main menu has been replaced with "Padded Rooms." 

    The new favicon is finally uploaded. 
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      CABerniecrat Snowflake central is awesome. Can you add a place for other snowflakes? The Clintons and their supporters, the Democratic Party supporters who deny the party does not protect the middle class, the John McCain crowd who tolerates his bouncing around from talk show to talk show, and the biggest snowflakes Paul Ryan and Republican Senator from the great state of Kentucky, Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell Jr..
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    From The Insane Asylum | May 6, 2017
    Work continues on the footer, mainly a few more attempts to fixing the CSS.

    Added pages for Nancy Pelosi, Mike Pence, and Sean Spicer.

    Added Pundit Pedantry in the footer. Sean - the minister of misinformation - is the first link. 

    Added new poll for Snowflake Central. 

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      CABerniecrat The footer is much cleaner. The site is nearing 1000 posts! Sweet.
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    From The Insane Asylum | May 7, 2017
    This site reached a major milestone today: the 1000th post was published. There are currently 1002 posts with over 100 comments. Thank you for your participation or at least viewing the site. 


    A listing of recent comments is now available in the sidebar for the landing page and the recent activity listing has been changed to a listing of the newest mania. 
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    From The Insane Asylum | May 3, 2017
    Pages for Barack Obama and the Supreme Court were added to the footer. The footer currently has three columns - representing the 3 branches of the government.

    A new group called the "Quondam Squad" links to Barack Obama and Clinton pages.
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    From The Insane Asylum | April 29, 2017
    Work continues today on the website's CSS and adding new pages.

    New Pages

    Added pages for Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

    Mobile Theme

    Viewing this site on a smartphone is not good. My CSS knowledge is not good enough to fix this issue and I'm searching for ways to get the menu to show as well as a means to post new articles. 

    It turns out the hamburger was hidden behind the black background that I had added to the custom CSS. I made a few color changes and now the menu shows when the site is viewed with a smartphone.

    Footer Changes

    Added terms of use, sign-up, and sign-in links in the footer.

    Spelling Error

    Oops. I fixed a spelling error in the Website News blurb located at the top of the page. 

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    From The Insane Asylum | April 28, 2017

    About Page

    The Site Purpose is included at the bottom of the about page

    Site Information Sidebar

    Changes to the site information sidebar include headings for members' role and a promise to welcome all perspectives. 


    Changes to the footer include a listing of different pages dedicated to politicians. Currently, pages for Trump, McConnell, Ryan, and The Clintons are placed in the footer. 

    What other politicians deserve their own page dedicated to their crazy statements?
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    From The Insane Asylum | April 10, 2017 through April 23, 2017
    The following entries were made prior to the "IP Announcements" category and The Asylum page was redesigned. 

    APRIL 23, 2017

    TMD Hosting was kind enough to install a trial version of Social Engine PHP; however, the features didn't allow voting and easily posting articles. It would have been nice to include an actual blog, groups, and polling. Maybe Social Engine will add the features to SE Cloud some day.

    ARIL 15, 2017

    The site hit a new milestone, over 600 posts. Thank you for visiting.
    I'm working on learning the API to see if I can add a few more features.

    APRIL 14, 2017

    More branding work is being done on the post page. The footer also needs help. I hope you are enjoying reading the articles. Please vote up or down stories and share your own.
    In the interest of transparency, I wanted to disclose that I use two accounts on this site: LPH and BerniesTeachers. The first is a personal account that I've used on many sites for decades. The second was started on Twitter in June 2015. This site also uses an RSS feed from and aggregator built from the articles linked on twitter to BerniesTeachers.

    APRIL 12, 2017

    Spent two days working on the logo, CSS, and adding branding of the site. Added this page for news and site updates. There are over 300 stories posted now and we have a new member! I hope this is the first of many.

    APRIL 10, 2017

    The site launched with a default theme. Options and pages were explored as news stories were added.

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Don't get caught up in your own cognitive dissonance. Avoid 'group think' and identity politics. Consider the opposite of what you "believe" to be true. Discover news sources you wouldn’t normally read and look for information which may prompt you to re-think an idea. Remain open to someone else's point of view.