Real Neat Blog Award, thanks Meghan!


Real Neat Blog Award

My blogging friend Meghan of the blog Whimsically Meghan has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you, and all the best for you and your blog!

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere.

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the seven questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate seven bloggers to receive the award and tag/pingback to their blogs.
  • Ask them seven new questions.

Meghan’s questions and my answers are:

1. Time for some self-love. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

My blog and other writing.

2. It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go-to quick meal? Mine is baked beans on toast with a little grated cheese melted on the top… and when I say a little cheese I mean a lot of cheese.

A small bit of cheese or a big bit.

3. List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

Albert Camus, The Plague. Stephen Fry, Mythos. The autobiography of Dutch poetess Henriette Roland Holst. The biography of Ms Roland Holst by J.P. van Praag. The ancient Greek poet Hesiod, Theogonia.

4. Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

They both have their good and bad sides. Oaks live much longer and I don’t like dying. But butterflies can move.

5. What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

The autobiography of Henriette Roland Holst.

6. If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be? I am a kettle for sure, always getting boiled up about something.

I would not like to be a kitchen appliance. An oak tree can also not move, but at least it is alive.

7. Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

Probably, a Grammy, as I have never acted, but I used to be in a band.

My questions to my nominees are the same as Meghan’s.

Now I will break a rule. I will nominate not 7, but 17 bloggers. They are:

1. Suzie M. Bosko

2. indiantripper

3. My life as a Geography student

4. Refreshingly Random

5. The Cool Fijian Guy

6. Being Zab

7. By Hook Or By Book

8. ktrutika

9. Surajit Khanna – Child Advocate

10, Child’s Mindset

11. joevicholdingafrica

12. The Written Revolt ©

13. from the pink shed

14. 𝗦𝘁𝘄𝗮𝘆𝗻𝗲 𝗞𝗲𝘂𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽

15. Anketsu

16. How big is Texas?

17. dianaashworth

Hundreds of rainbow flags in Spanish small town


This 26 June 2020 Spanish TV video is about the 400 Pride flags in the small town Villanueva de Algaidas.

Gay Pride flags in Villanueva de Algaidas, Spain, Reuters photo

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Spanish town celebrates Gay Pride Day with over 400 rainbow flags

Residents of a town in southern Spain have massively decorated their streets and houses with rainbow flags. It is in response to the municipality’s decision to remove a large rainbow flag from City Hall.

It has been there since Monday to support yesterday’s celebration of International Gay Pride Day. But three [probably right-wing] residents of Villanueva de Algaidas reported the flag as supposedly criminal. In Spain, only the flags of the municipality, state, country and European Union may be displayed on public buildings.

More rainbow flags in Villanueva de Algaidas

The rainbow flag was removed, but a former resident didn’t let go. Coincidentally, he had a surplus of flags. He wanted to sell them on Gay Pride day in [the bigger town] Torremolinos, but that event was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

When he heard from his family in his hometown that the flag had been taken down at the town hall, he offered his flags to his former townspeople. Interest was great. More than 400 rainbow flags fluttered in the streets of the 4,200-people small town yesterday and today.

Breonna Taylor murdered, mourner murdered, Louisville, USA


This 28 June 2020 video from Kentucky in the USA says about itself:

Kentucky Shooting! Armed Man Showers Protesters With Bullets!

Warning: this is graphic. A white man opened fire on a group of peaceful protestors in Louisville, Kentucky, today. Local reports claim there are multiple victims.

Louisville, Kentucky, USA protest against police murde of Breonna Taylor

The people attacked by that gunman are protesting against police murdering local healthcare worker Breonna Taylor, shot eight times for sleeping while black.

This 27 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

[White supremacist] ‘Armed militia’ group rumored to counter-protest in Louisville

As rumors about an armed militia group coming to downtown Louisville continue to circulate, LMPD has made plans to close some streets.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Man shot dead in Kentucky anti-racism protest

In Louisville, Kentucky, a man opened fire on protesters last night. A man was hit and died of his injuries, a second victim was taken to hospital injured.

In the park where the attack took place, a protest was in progress following the death of Breonna Taylor in March this year. The 26-year-old black woman was killed in her home by police bullets. …

The police have not yet revealed anything about the circumstances of the shooting incident last night. It is also not clear whether the gunman was arrested or identified. …

George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in late May has also sparked protests against racism and police brutality in Louisville. The case of Breonna Taylor was also put into the spotlight again.

The agents who were involved in the raid on her house in March had a so-called ‘no-knock warrant’, which allowed them to invade without notice. …

After Taylor’s death, the city council put an end to the no-knock warrants.

Trump sued for Rolling Stones music abuse


This 28 June 2020 Reuters news agency video says about itself:

Rolling Stones threaten lawsuit over Trump’s music use

The Rolling Stones are working with performing-rights organization BMI to try to stop President Donald Trump from using their songs in his campaign.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

It is not the first time that the band has complained about the use of its songs. In 2016, Trump frequently used the Stones song You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and at the recent campaign meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the classic resounded again.

Trump is not only opposed by the Stones. The family of Tom Petty, who died in 2017, has also objected to the use of his oeuvre in Tulsa. Petty’s I Won’t Back Down was played there.

Petty’s family says in a statement that the rocker and his descendants are fiercely against racism and discrimination. “Tom Petty would never have wanted one of his songs to be used for a campaign of hatred. He wanted to bring people together.”

Trump is not the only United States Republican politician with a history of abusing music.

In 2016, Tom Petty opposed far-right Republican politician Bachmann abusing his music.

As a 2016 post at this blog said:

The Rolling Stones are not the first musicians to complain about Trump. Also Adele (Skyfall) and Aerosmith (Dream On), Neil Young and REM were angry that their music was used during campaign meetings.

This tweet is about Trump’s Republican party abusing a George Harrison song.

Tom Morello fought against Republican Paul Ryan abusing his music.

Republican President George W Bush abused the music of many musicians to torture prisoners with. To the indignation of, eg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. See also here.

After the failed Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump very probably won’t play K-pop music at his events.

K-pop fans against racist politicians


This 22 June 2020 video says about itself:

K-pop fans and TikTok teens troll Trump with fake registrations for first campaign rally in months

US President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in months took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20, 2020, but only hosted only a fraction of the number of supporters his staff expected. Some of the no-shows may have been teenagers who registered to attend the rally but stayed home. Days before the event, calls went out on social-media apps TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, asking Trump opponents who had no intention of going to the rally to sign up anyway. The message spread among teens, including many fans of Korean pop music, who have recently pivoted their networks to support political causes including the Black Lives Matter movement.

This video has been updated to change a visual element.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Trolling Trump and hashtags disruption, online protests by K-pop fans are getting louder

They claimed responsibility for the many empty seats at the Trump election meeting, made a large donation to the Black Lives Matter movement, and flooded the hashtag WhiteLivesMatter on Twitter with gif pictures of their favourite Korean pop stars to crowd out other [white supremacist] messages. K-pop fans have been making themselves heard in recent weeks. In the Netherlands, too, they went against Wilders and Johan Derksen [a Dutch racist politician and a racist soccer commentator] on social media.

The social involvement of the fans is not new, says Elmer Veldkamp, ​​anthropologist and assistant professor of Korea Studies. “That started in 2007, when the first K-pop idols called on their fans to stop buying gifts for artists, but to spend the money on donations to charities. Fans immediately took it up fanatically.”

Eg, they donate money to goals they find fit with their idols. For example, in honour of the birthday of a singer, often fondly compared to a squirrel by fans, 37 endangered red squirrels were adopted in Scotland.

But most of the time, fans imitate the donation behavior of their idols. For example, early this month, when it was announced that the band BTS donated a million dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement, the hashtag #MatchAMillion became trending on Twitter. With that, fans collected more than $ 817,000 in the first 24 hours.

“After such a donation, the fans know that the goal is supported by their idols and are going to work for it in other ways,” says K-pop expert Mai Verbij. “This is also how Dutch fans come up with their own actions on social media.”

More and more political

According to Veldkamp, ​​the actions of the K-pop fans are only now noticeable because our eyes are very focused on the USA. “But you can see fan involvement shifting towards more political goals for some time now. Eg, fans from Chile drew attention to the deaths during protests against right-wing President Piñera at the end of last year.”

Researchers already predicted that supporters would continue to use their tight online infrastructure for these kinds of political goals. In particular the fight against racism.

That goal also fits in well with the diverse fan base of K-pop, says Verbij. “Many fans have diverse cultural backgrounds or come from the LGBTQ community. They feel very committed to the fight against racism. They want to make the world a better place with their idols.” …

Fight for appreciation

K-pop has come a long way, but Asian pop is still barely played on the radio in Western countries. “The fans have been fighting for more appreciation for years and use the activism to make the music more known,” says Senders. …

South Korea

While the idols speak out clearly about certain social issues abroad, they keep quiet about many problems in South Korea. Afraid to lose sponsors and advertisers. “Eg, the subject of homosexuality is very sensitive and they do not speak out against discrimination against children of mixed parents in South Korea,” says teacher of Korea Studies Elmer Veldkamp.

In the country, the actions of the fans are therefore followed with suspicion. “For example, you see in comments in South Korean media that people are concerned about the relationship the USA and South Korea,” said Veldkamp.

He thinks the success at the Trump gathering – an initiative by US American fans – will give them a taste for more. “There is a strong infrastructure that fans can use for everything. It is a group that does not just leave and that we will hear more about.”