Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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5 Best States for Home Ownership

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Depending on where you live, you may qualify for a property tax exemption offered by your state, county, or local jurisdiction. Some states offer a homestead exemption, for example, where you don’t pay taxes on a certain portion of your home’s value—say, the first $150,000—if you meet certain age or income requirements following the death of a homeowner spouse or the declaration of bankruptcy.

Percent of renter-occupied units spending 30 percent or more on rent and utilities such as electric, gas, water and sewer, and fuel (oil, coal, etc.) if paid by the renter. States with the same percentages receive the same rank.

Average Cost of Homeowners Insurance (2020) - ValuePenguin

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Maryland aims for 20% of all the energy generated by 2022 to come from renewable sources. Because of this standard, utilities and the state government are offering great incentives. For almost all smaller residential installations, homeowners qualify for a $1,000 grant. Additionally, they receive cash back from the local utility for every kilowatt they produce with their panels on top of state property and sales tax exemptions. Great state regulation means, despite Maryland’s mid-range electricity costs and below-average insolation, homeowners here can typically pay off the cost of installation in 8 years, the same time frame projected for Arizona residents. Solar leasing is available in Maryland.

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The third state on our list for best states for homeowners is South Dakota, which has a median-home-value-to-median-income ratio of just 2.97, a top-15 rate. The burglary rate in South Dakota is approximately 311 per 100,000 residents. That’s the third-lowest rate in the top 10 and the 12th-lowest rate for that metric in the study overall. The property tax rate is fairly high at 1.26%, leading to median annual property tax payments of $2,119.

Despite this, however, homeowners can enjoy the fact that the state ranks extremely well for its low number for foreclosures and low burglary rate. July 2020 data from realtytrac.com shows that there has been only one foreclosure per every 125,524 homes in the state, or a rate of 0.08 per 10,000 homes, the second-lowest rate for this metric in the study. Additionally, according to 2018 FBI crime data, New Hampshire has the lowest burglary rate – about 136 per 100,000 residents – of all 50 states.

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Farmers owns about 5% of America’s homeowners insurance policies, and offers policies available nationwide. With strong credit ratings from A.M. Best and fairly high customer satisfaction ratings, Farmers homeowners insurance policy rounds out the top five.

Like any other type of insurance policy, homeowners insurance has a lot of moving parts. When you’re choosing your policy, there’s a lot more to consider than just the monthly premium you’ll pay for coverage.

Percent of mortgaged owners units spending 30 percent or more on rent and utilities such as electric, gas, water and sewer, and fuel (oil, coal, etc.) if paid by the renter. States with the same percentages receive the same rank.

On half of the metrics in our study, Arizona ranks in the top 20. It has the eighth-highest median value per square foot ($413), the second-highest home value appreciation (7.55%) and 13th-lowest average closing costs as a percentage of median home value (1.35%).

5 signs of recession (if we disregard COVID-19)

Inverted Yield Curve: Definition, Predicts a Recession

Economic activity in the United States began to contract sharply at the very end of February and into early March as the coronavirus spread across major metropolitan areas, like New York City, Chicago and Atlanta. Shops closed, travelers canceled flights and diners began avoiding restaurants, even before some states issued formal stay-at-home orders.Real-time economic gauges, like a series on Chase credit card spending produced by J.P. Morgan, show that spending pulled back sharply in early March and has gradually rebounded since late April. Even so, spending remains well below pre-crisis levels.

Causes of an Economic Recession

In 2020, many indicators of global activity are expected to register the sharpest contractions in six decades. A large swath of services has seen a near sudden stop, reflecting both regulated and voluntary reductions in human interactions that could threaten infection. Partly owing to an unprecedented weakening in services-related activities, global trade and oil consumption will see record drops this year, and the global rate of unemployment will likely climb to its highest level since 1965.

 

“We’ve already seen signs that the economy is past the trough and is in the recovery phase,” said Matthew Luzzetti, the chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities. But there are differences between the overall level of output and the period-to-period change because the former is likely to remain depressed for some time, even as the latter bounces back.

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ADP’s report comes ahead of July’s unemployment figures which the Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce on Friday. June had a dismally low number of jobs added, 54,000, leading to an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

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Based on the spread between the 10-year and three-month Treasury yields, the regional New York Fed compiles data about the likelihood of a recession in the year ahead. It’s updated typically at the beginning of each month, with the last release occurring on Aug. 2.

4 Signs of ‘Extraordinarily Uncertain’ Path to Recovery

Spiking COVID-19 cases throughout the country already set the stage for a dire winter. The US reported 163,975 new cases on Wednesday, according to The COVID Tracking Project, bringing the nation’s total to roughly 11.4 million. Deaths and hospitalizations continue to trend higher.

Cities including Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco have tightened economic restrictions to slow the virus’s spread. Yet new measures threaten to slow spending during the critical holiday season. And as Congress remains in legislative gridlock over a new stimulus package, small businesses and unemployed Americans face a worsening economic backdrop without renewed fiscal support.

(1) Wavering jobless claims

Claims for US unemployment insurance snapped a four-week streak of declines last week, leaving filings at an elevated level and hinting at continued labour-market pain through November.

New US jobless claims for the week that ended Saturday totaled an unadjusted 742,000, the Labour Department announced Thursday morning. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected a reading of 700,000. The reading also marks a sizeable jump from the previous week’s revised total of 711,000.

“This isn’t the trajectory we want to see, and it underscores the fact that lockdowns kicking in across the country have a very real and negative effect on the labour market,” Mike Loewengart, managing director of investment strategy at E-Trade, said.

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(2) Slower hiring

While millions of Americans remain unemployed, the chances of finding new work are slowly worsening.

US job openings rose by 84,000 to 6.4 million in September, according to Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, data published Thursday. The reading lands below the 6.5 million openings expected by economists.

The pace of hiring worsened slightly to 4.1% from 4.2%. The rate now stands just above its pre-pandemic level, signalling the rapid return to work seen earlier in the recovery has all but entirely played out.

The ratio of jobs-to-unemployed-Americans improved slightly but remains far from where it stood before the pandemic. About 2 workers competed for every open job in September, down from 2.1 the month prior. In all, the September JOLTS data point to much slower gains in the labour market despite being far from a full rebound.

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(3) Meager retail-sales growth

Americans’ spending at retailers grew less than expected in October, suggesting boosted holiday revenues may come up short this winter.

US retail sales gained just 0.3% last month, according to Census Bureau data published Tuesday. Economists expected sales to climb by 0.5%. The reading also shows a sharp decline from September’s 1.6% growth.

October’s modest increase marks the slowest pace of growth in six months and brings retail sales a hair away from contracting in the coming months. With consumer spending counting for roughly 70% of economic activity, a weaker-than-expected holiday season endangers businesses that only just began recovering from the virus’s initial fallout.

(4) Faltering consumer optimism

It’s not just retailers feeling the pain again.

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell to 77 in a preliminary November reading from 81.8, its first decline in four months. Economists expected the index to climb to 82. The reading is also the gauge’s lowest since August, when the second wave of virus cases just began falling.

The university’s index of consumer expectations tumbled to 71.3 from 79.2, also hitting its lowest point in three months. Most of the decline came from Republicans who, after President Trump’s election defeat, turned markedly more pessimistic toward the US economy’s future.

Democrats, however, didn’t turn more optimistic. It’s likely that growing virus fears offset gains in economic expectations, Richard Curtin, chief economist for the university’s surveys of consumers, said. The weakened outlooks could show up in softer-than-expected corporate revenues through the holiday season.

A final November reading will be released by the university on November 25.

COVID related: 52% of the dead in Pennsylvania are the people from nursing homes

 

COVID related:

52% of the dead in Pennsylvania are the people from nursing homes.

44 people died from in a veteran’s home St. John’s Parish, Louisiana over the past couple of weeks. Today they have a small celebration because they went for 2 days without death AND they may be able to get tests for the remaining living people in the home. Not in Africa, this is in the USA.

In NJ town the police is asking for donations in PPE so they can deal with the 68 dead in the town.

27 dead in a week in a nursing home in Belmont, Massachusetts.

The federal government is not tracking deaths in nursing homes.

April 17 2020: USA death rate is 33,268

PREDICTION: at least 100k KNOWN COVID deaths by end of May.

TREE#US.SOCIETY Today we will be starting series of ‘trees’ to complete our forest showing the next US hunger games

 

TREE#US.SOCIETY
Today we will be starting series of ‘trees’ to complete our forest showing the next US hunger games. No, it’s not about the poor, it’s about the middle class of 16 million (so far) unemployed and unsupported. There is no place in the US where rent for a family of 4 is lower than $1500 a month. Without jobs, rent freeze and one time Trump’s aid of $1200, this is going to be a new normal until people take to the streets. And being unemployed, now they can protest on workdays too.

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