Super Sweet Blogger Award, thanks Katharina!


Super Sweet Blogging Award

Katharina of ZazuMove Danza Libera blog was so kind to nominate my blog for the Super Sweet Blogger award. Thank you for thinking of me!

Katharina has a really interesting sweet blog, with subjects from dancing to music.

Dear Kitty. Some blog has received other awards. It is my second time for this award.

When nominated for the Super Sweet Blogger Award the nominees have to 1. thank the super sweet blogger that nominated them. 2. nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers (see below; with links to their blogs), and 3. answer 5 super sweet questions. [and probably: 4. add the Super Sweet Blogging Award image to your blog post and 5. notify your nominees at their blogs]

1.Cookies or Cake?

Cake (especially if the cookies are Internet cookies :) ).

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla (if the question is about custard).

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Strawberries and raspberries.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

When there are few of them.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

My sweetie :)

My nominees for the Super Sweet Blogging Award are:

1. imaginecontinua

2. TASHA’S TRAVEL TROVES

3. Sheepish Wolf

4. Masqua’s Art

5. radiance

6. Light touch

7. Hot Rod Cowgirl

8. Books&Psychology

9. veronicacay

10. A.R.T.~ Photography

11. Victor Rakmil Photography

12. Hoof Beats and Foot Prints

Buzzard on the snow


This video is called Common Buzzard on snow covered flat plain.

This morning, just south of Nieuw Vennep, a buzzard sitting on the snow along the railroad.

Los Angeles police shoot paper carriers


This video from the USA is called Police Shoot A 71-Year-Old Woman Mistaking Her For Suspect Christopher Dorner.

By John Andrews in the USA:

LA police shoot paper carriers during Southern California manhunt

11 February 2013

Los Angeles Police Department officers guarding the home of an LAPD captain from an ex-officer vowing revenge shot and wounded two women while they were delivering the Los Angeles Times last Thursday morning.

Photographs of the paper carriers’ pickup truck show multiple bullet holes entering from the rear, indicating that the still unidentified officers fired as the women were driving away. They were covering their regular delivery route in a housing tract located within the South Bay community of Torrance.

Emma Hernandez, 71, was in the rear seat handing the papers forward to her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, who was driving and tossing the papers onto driveways. The women were following the common newspaper delivery practice of turning off their headlights to avoid disturbing residents who may still be sleeping.

Hernandez was hospitalized with two bullets in the back, but is expected to survive. Carranza was cut either by bullet or glass fragments. LAPD bullets pierced nearby cars, roofs and homes. Fortunately, no one else was hit. The LAPD has not announced the number of rounds fired, but estimates by neighbors range from 20 to 60.

Minutes later, a Torrance police cruiser responding to the LAPD shooting deliberately rammed a second pickup truck, after which the officers fired several rounds through the front window. Miraculously, the driver, who has not yet been identified, was able to duck and avoid injury.

Triggering this police mayhem is former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, who identified himself earlier in the week as the perpetrator of the February 3 double murder of a couple in Irvine, California, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles.

On February 4, Dorner, 33, posted a “manifesto” on the Internet in which he appears to take responsibility for the killing of Keith Lawrence and Lawrence’s fiancée, Monica Quan, whose father, Randy Quan, represented Dorner at the Board of Rights hearing leading to his 2009 termination from the LAPD.

Dorner’s lengthy and rambling document complains that the LAPD tolerated a culture of violence and racism, and then terminated him for reporting that another officer beat a mentally disabled person.

Dorner, who recently spent a year in Iraq as a Navy reservist, listed several LAPD officials he holds responsible and pledged to wage “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.”

Dorner is believed to be responsible for the shooting of two Riverside, California police officers, one of whom died, while they were stopped at a traffic light in Corona, which is located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, shortly after 1:00 am on February 7.

The Torrance LAPD shootings of the newspaper carriers happened about four hours later.

Dorner is a 270-pound black man. He was reported to be driving a dark blue Nissan Titan. The two shooting victims were female and Latina, driving a light-blue Toyota Tacoma. The pickup rammed and shot at by the Torrance officers was a black Honda.

Glen T. Jonas, an attorney for the LAPD’s victims, said that the LAPD officers failed to warn before firing at the two newspaper carriers. “It’s obvious that police wanted to execute this guy,” Jonas said.

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, however, wrote off the incident as “a case of mistaken identity by the officers.”

Ignoring the fact that the officers had no legal justification to fire from behind at a vehicle slowly driving away—not to mention shooting in the direction of homes and people—Beck sought to blame the victims because the pickup’s lights were out.

See also here.

Dutch horse meat scandal


Horse meat containing lasagna in England

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Also horse meat at Plus and Boni

Updated: Monday, 11 February 2013, 18:21

Supermarket chains Plus and Boni have sold frozen lasagna that may contain horse meat, while the packaging does not say so. It’s the Plus brand and Prima Frost at Boni.

Boni will get the lasagne off the shelves and will destroy the products. Plus has started a preventive investigation into all suppliers of the Plus brand. …

The NVWA investigates which products contain horse meat without saying so because horse meat was found in frozen lasagna in England.

See also here.

British Food Standards Agency statement on horse meat testing: here. See also here.

Romania hit back angrily today at claims that its horsemeat industry was involved in an alleged fraud that has seen thousands of “beef” products withdrawn from supermarkets in EU member states: here.

New birds-of-paradise website


This video is called Birds-of-Paradise Project.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Cornell Lab eNews

February 2013

Explore new multimedia website about the Birds-of-Paradise Project

The new website helps explain the Red Bird-of-Paradise‘s lovely display, and much more. Photo by Tim Laman.

Science and Beauty Converge on New Birds-of-Paradise Website

Come along with us in the next phase of the Birds-of-Paradise Project: a new website that uses high-definition video to explore the science of these exquisite birds. The site features 35 videos, expert narration by the project scientists, plus sounds, slideshows, and downloadable lessons for educators. We’ll show you how the males create their jaw-dropping colors, shapes, and dances. And we’ll show you why it’s the subdued females that end up in the most powerful roles. Explore the site.

Looking for recommendations? Here are a few of our favorites to start with:

Raytheon war profiteers undermine Internet privacy


This video is about how Raytheon software tracks you online.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

Exclusive:Raytheon’s Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups

Link to video: How Raytheon software tracks you online

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.

A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients.

But the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing “trillions of entities” from cyberspace.

The power of Riot to harness popular websites for surveillance offers a rare insight into controversial techniques that have attracted interest from intelligence and national security agencies, at the same time prompting civil liberties and online privacy concerns.

The sophisticated technology demonstrates how the same social networks that helped propel the Arab Spring revolutions can be transformed into a “Google for spies” and tapped as a means of monitoring and control.

Using Riot it is possible to gain an entire snapshot of a person’s life – their friends, the places they visit charted on a map – in little more than a few clicks of a button.

In the video obtained by the Guardian, it is explained by Raytheon’s “principal investigator” Brian Urch that photographs users post on social networks sometimes contain latitude and longitude details – automatically embedded by smartphones within so-called “exif header data.”

Riot pulls out this information, showing not only the photographs posted onto social networks by individuals, but also the location at which the photographs were taken.

“We’re going to track one of our own employees,” Urch says in the video, before bringing up pictures of “Nick,” a Raytheon staff member used as an example target. With information gathered from social networks, Riot quickly reveals Nick frequently visits Washington Nationals Park, where on one occasion he snapped a photograph of himself posing with a blonde haired woman.

“We know where Nick’s going, we know what Nick looks like,” Urch explains, “now we want to try to predict where he may be in the future.”

Riot can display on a spider diagram the associations and relationships between individuals online by looking at who they have communicated with over Twitter. It can also mine data from Facebook and sift GPS location information from Foursquare, a mobile phone app used by more than 25 million people to alert friends of their whereabouts. The Foursquare data can be used to display, in graph form, the top 10 places visited by tracked individuals and the times at which they visited them.

The video shows that Nick, who posts his location regularly on Foursquare, visits a gym frequently at 6am early each week. Urch quips: “So if you ever did want to try to get hold of Nick, or maybe get hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6am on a Monday.”

Mining from public websites for law enforcement is considered legal in most countries. In February last year, for instance, the FBI requested help to develop a social-media mining application for monitoring “bad actors or groups”.

However, Ginger McCall, an attorney at the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Centre, said the Raytheon technology raised concerns about how troves of user data could be covertly collected without oversight or regulation.

Social networking sites are often not transparent about what information is shared and how it is shared,” McCall said. “Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search.”

Raytheon, which made sales worth an estimated $25bn (£16bn) in 2012, did not want its Riot demonstration video to be revealed on the grounds that it says it shows a “proof of concept” product that has not been sold to any clients.

Jared Adams, a spokesman for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems department, said in an email: “Riot is a big data analytics system design we are working on with industry, national labs and commercial partners to help turn massive amounts of data into useable information to help meet our nation’s rapidly changing security needs.

“Its innovative privacy features are the most robust that we’re aware of, enabling the sharing and analysis of data without personally identifiable information [such as social security numbers, bank or other financial account information] being disclosed.”

In December, Riot was featured in a newly published patent Raytheon is pursuing for a system designed to gather data on people from social networks, blogs and other sources to identify whether they should be judged a security risk.

In April, Riot was scheduled to be showcased at a US government and industry national security conference for secretive, classified innovations, where it was listed under the category “big data – analytics, algorithms.”

According to records published by the US government’s trade controls department, the technology has been designated an “EAR99″ item under export regulations, which means it “can be shipped without a licence to most destinations under most circumstances”.

Raytheon may sell it to dictatorships in Bahrain and elsewhere.

The Obama administration is close to announcing its support for a law that would force Google, Facebook and other Internet communications companies to build back doors for government wiretaps, according to an article in the New York Times Wednesday: here.