PlanetPOV has been more successful than we could have imagined when we first started it just over a year ago. We couldn’t feel more fortunate to have built up such a wealth of valuable friends and colleagues (you know who you are) as those who make up this remarkable community. Add to that the many fascinating, enlightening, insightful and entertaining posts that we’ve been so honored to host.

As I’ve mentioned before, we started The Planet to create a site that reflected all of the aspects we most sought as bloggers. We had been around the block a bit on other sites, had our expression censored by heavy-handed moderators, endured the hatred and provocation of trolls, been rudely insulted by others for having opinions that didn’t conform to the majority, been in the crossfire of the petty and small-minded who turn blogging into personal soap operas…none of this was why we wanted to blog in the first place.

We had an idea for a site where Freedom of Expression and respect for all members would be the Prime Directives. A citizen’s think tank, where observations, propositions and the real opinions of real people would be the front page stories and the engines of conversation and contemplation. Simply said, a site by bloggers, for bloggers.

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The Planet, just recently new and improved with a new look and more cool features, hosts original comedy videos, parody articles and political humor, marvelous original artwork from such members as WhatsThatSound and AntiChrist and of course, an incredibly wide array of perspectives and articles from a wide variety of thoughtful, informed and clever people around the world.

From the start, we chose not to integrate advertising services on our site that would allow causes and entities we philosophically oppose to be promoted. So, we are dependent on our membership to help us cover our operational expenses. As mentioned previously, it’s time for us to cover our annual expenses (in addition to the expenses of our new website) so we humbly invite our members to consider contributing during this fund raising drive.

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We know these are difficult times right now for many people, we hope our members understand that we’re only seeking financial donations from those who can afford to do so.

This is also a time when we are holding a Membership Drive. We invite our members and readers to reach out to friends, family and colleagues at other blogs to come and visit The Planet and see what we have to offer. Also, all of our members are invited to join and invite others to join us on our  Facebook and Twitter accounts (you can click the icons at the top of the page to join!). For those who might be interested in inviting folks at Huffington Post, you can use any of the following links to avoid having your comment go into moderation:

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VegasBabe
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Dearest Adlib:
Be patient with me for a minute and I promise to forward funds supporting POV as I have in the past. I sufferred a neck injury and have been off on temp disability which unfortunately only allocates a percentage of my actual pay so things are a bit tight right now. I don’t share that with you for sympathy, but to illustrate my sincerity only in supporting you and this wonderful sight. It’ll get there babe, just give me a couple weeks, k?
Luv
VB

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kesmarn
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Hope you feel better soon, VegasBabe! Neck injuries are no laughing matter!

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boomer1949
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I did a couple of weeks ago, but I see more in “your” future, long ’bout turkey day, if it’s okay? 🙂

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kesmarn
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My cat got together with boomer’s, Kalima’s, and assorted other Planet cats, and they sold videos of themselves to some gruff fellow who posts here every now and then. They sent the proceeds in as a modest donation, in gratitude for MB. They tell me they all read it avidly every day, as they sip their a.m. catnip tea.

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boomer1949
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Meow. “They” (all three of them) had to read it twice, but the catnip finally kicked in. 😆 😆 😆

This guy is a Rock Star!

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kesmarn
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boomer, I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this vid. I love it. (At the same time that I totally envy Maru’s owners that immaculate home. Where is my Sri Lankan maid?)

Glad you enjoyed the post. I thought you might! 😉

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Kalima
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😆 So that’s where he’s been? Meow, meow, meow!!!!

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kesmarn
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Some people do collect kitty videos, Kalima…honest! 😉

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Kalima
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I’ve heard about that kes, but isn’t it spelled with a “P?” Bad cat!

Once when I innocently used the “P” word on HP, they scrubbed my comment.

Or did you mean these types of video?

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kesmarn
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I hope that was the type of video they made, Kalima. But my guy didn’t show me the finished product, so — now that you mention it — the purchaser might possibly get a real eye full! 😳 My bad boy would be just the kitty to lead the others astray, too. After all — if he’s not afraid to bite the foot that belongs to the hand that feeds him, he’ll do anything.

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Kalima
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😆 “Bite the foot that belongs to the hand that feeds him.”

I can assure you that my Tiger Monster was right there with him, leading the others on.

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Haruko Haruhara
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I thank you all so much for having me and tolerating me. 🙂

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kesmarn
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Heaven knows, Haruko, we need a mixture of young ‘uns as well as…ahhh…”experienced” (would that be the word?) Planeteers!

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Kalima
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bito
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Haruko, I refuse to tolerate you, I would much rather appreciate you. And I do!!

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Kalima
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It is a delight to have you here Haruko, and thank you for joining us on The Planet. The more the merrier. 🙂

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Kalima
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I don’t do nuffink! The tweaking an fancy-pantsy tecky stuff is all done by me mate AdLib. I’s just ear for a knees-up most of the time. I’s about to take an ammer to me “piggy bank”

Thank you all for your support, we couldn’t do it without you. Cheers!

Oh before I forget, and because I’m such a lazy, old cow, keep an eye open for a question I’ll be asking on Saturday the 20th on MB. The occasion is the 1st anniversary of MB, and the prize to the first 3 who send me the right or closest to the answers of my three part question, will win a MB mug in the colour of their choice. Good luck.

Sorry for the shameless, self-serving PR AdLib. 😳

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boomer1949
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You are NOT an “old cow.” Jeeze k, I own that title and refuse to give it up! However, if anything should happen to me, I publicly will it to you. 😆

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bito
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Hey, you peeked, you weren’t supposed to read that part! And I don’t believe a word you say! 😉

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Kalima
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I’m up, and I NEVER tell a lie. 🙂

Good afternoon my friend.

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bito
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Typical liberal claptrap! Just because I use the roads, schools, parks and drink clean water, eat safe food–you want me to pay for it??

Great Job, Big Guy!! There is not a day I come here that I don’t learn, think or enjoy.
Thank You for your outstanding work, both in front and behind the curtain.

(Now this is real Hush-Hush, don’t tell AdLIb, ok? The work Adlib and Kalima do behind the curtains is amazing. From the start to the redesign to the posts, the glitches, the tweaks and the expense is astounding. Now keep this quite, all right?)

The best way I know how to thank you and everyone here, Is To Give!
A privilege to donate.

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