Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 18 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

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 bloggers to receive the award and tag/pingback to their blogs.
  • Ask them seven new questions.

My seven questions are:

1. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

2. It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go-to quick meal?

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

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

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

6. If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be?

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

My nominees are:

1. Matilde Mbulo

2. stefansphotos.se

3. The Versifire: Versifier With A Fire

4. A teenage Girl

5. Patricia

6. Starlit Bunker

7. Outdoor Adventures Fitness

8. Hobo Movie

9. Words of me

10. Pretty, Plus and Proud

11. Albigensia Press

12. Silicon Valley Types

13. Blog with Shreya

14. Unclearer

15. Insight

16. SUDARSHAN PALIWAL

17. Life

18. Sarika Voice

Mystery Blogger Award, thank you Laleh Chini!


Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you, dear Laleh Chini, of the blog A Voice from Iran, for nominating my blog for the Mystery Blogger Award!

The rules of this award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me:

1. I am surviving the coronavirus crisis relatively well, as I avoid busy areas, and can stand being alone sometimes.

2. I love birds.

3. I enjoy email correspondence with friends in these coronavirus days.

Questions and Answers:

1. What are you completely over and done with?

War.

2. What’s most important thing Covid-19 taught you?

How billionaires abuse crises.

3. What random stranger has had the biggest impact in your life?

The person with whom I started a band.

4. If you could put your brain in a robot and live indefinitely, would you?

That is technically impossible now.

5. What do you wish you had more time for?

Writing.

I ask my nominees the same questions.

My nominees are:

1. Coaching mental well-being

2. gigs and pencils

3. Priscilla Bettis, Author

4. Gender and Migration

5. Benie Writes

6. A Petite Girl’s Guide to…

and all visitors to this blog who want to participate.

Mystery Blogger Award, thank you, Laleh Chini!


Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you, dear Laleh Chini, for nominating my blog for the Mystery Blogger Award!

Mystery Blogger Award rules

Three facts about me:

1. I oppose wars.

2. I love birds.

3. I am careful in this coronavirus pandemic time.

I am asking my nominees the same questions as Laleh’s.

Questions

My answers are:

1. That ‘freedom’ to infect and maybe kill others (and yourself) is not real freedom.

2. Because I saw other blogs.

3. Listening to Siouxsie and the Banshees songs.

4. This one.

5. Historical novels.

My nominees are:

1. Just Charls

2. Unlocking the hidden me

3. Viśva-Saṃbodhi

4. free world inc

5. refugio dos moinhos

and all other bloggers seeing this blog entry who would like to participate.

Sunshine Blogger Award, thanks Laleh Chini!


Sunshine Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Laleh Chini has nominated Der Kitty. Some blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Thank you much, Laleh, for this kind gesture!

I am passing it on.

My nominees are:

1. Zoewiezoe

2. Joe’s Trailcams

3. lovenlosses

And all other bloggers visiting here wanting to help other bloggers!

Real Neat Blog award, congratulations!!!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will 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 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2020 so far?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. My Soul In A Piece Of Paper

2. church ov solitude

3. scribastonato

4. The Bookish Hag

5. deventuretime

6. Aradhana poetry and thoughts

7. Anindita Bose

8. Trade Action Blog

9. Facts And Info

10. Arati Banstola

11. A better playlist

12. Murray Robertson (photography & poems)

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, my nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will 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 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Life Window

2. AView

3. Maina

4. Bloggingwithonie

5. Pixel Rhino Photography

6. LOST IN DYSTOPIA

7. POSTBOX MEDIA

8. ore de drum

9. lovenlosses

10. Nudged Sketches of Flighty Things

11. RISE OF YOUNGSTARS

12. Pans & Proses

13. Blogging With Linah

14. I tesori di Amleta

15. NICHOLAS ANDRIANI

16. Melbourne Marvels

17. Poems from lockdown and beyond 2020

Facebook bans Dutch anarchist, welcomes nazis


This 9 February 2016 video says about itself:

Zuckerberg slammed after Facebook censors posts

Many are furious with CEO Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook censored an iconic photograph from the Vietnam War.

On 11 September 2020, Dutch anarchist Peter Storm reported on his blog that Facebook corporation had banned his Facebook account forever.

Why did Facebook censor me? Peter Storm wanted to know. He got the vague reply that he had supposedly violated ‘Facebook guidelines’. WHICH guidelines?

Facebook did not reply. But Peter very strongly suspects that it is because he is an anarchist and an anti-fascist. He mentions other anarchists banned by Facebook. Like CrimethInc and Its Going Down and many others.

Many Facebook bans of anti-fascist, otherwise leftist or simply artistic or scientific accounts preceded billionaire Facebook boss Zuckerberg‘s banning of Peter Storm now.

Facebook welcomes neo-nazis, and censors leftists and famous painters.

Facebook censors Thai critics of the absolute monarchy in their country.

Facebook censors the Dutch photography museum.

Facebook censors information on war crimes whistleblowers.

Facebook censors a leftist artist for being against Donald Trump.

Facebook censors posts against Trump’s attempted far-right coup in Venezuela.

Facebook has the extreme right censor the left.

Facebook censors the leftist United States Young Turks site.

The same United States neo-nazis who had murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville planned to march in Washington. Anti-fascists announced a counter-demonstration on Facebook. Facebook then banned the anti-fascists and opponents of Trump’s xenophobia for being supposedly (don’t laugh) ‘Russian propaganda‘.

Facebook censorship helped corporate Democrat politicians against leftist candidate Bernie Sanders in the primary elections in the USA.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Whom does Facebook NOT censor? Denialists of Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust. The Nederlandse Volksunie, an Adolf Hitler worshipping violent neonazi criminal gang, has been welcome on Facebook for years and still is today.

BARR: KNIVES OUT FOR ‘ANARCHIST’ DEM CITIES With just weeks to go before the 2020 presidential election, the Justice Department is once again attacking elected Democratic officials, this time by designating New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, as “anarchist jurisdictions” and suggesting their federal funding may be in question. The Justice Department, responding to a memo from Trump that attacked all three cities, said the cities have “permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.” [HuffPost]

New York Times echoes Trump’s attacks on “violent anarchists”. Times editorial board member Farah Stockman attacks supposed anarchist: here.

NSA spying illegal, Snowden right, court decides


This 8 May 2015 video from the USA is called Court Rules NSA Bulk Spying Illegal: New Vindication for Snowden, and Uncertainty for PATRIOT Act.

That was then. And now …

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

NSA bugging program revealed by Snowden was illegal

The large-scale wiretapping program of the US security agency NSA that was revealed in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden is illegal. That is the decision of the federal court of appeal in San Francisco. Moreover, the officials who defended the program at the time did not tell the truth, the court said.

Snowden worked at the NSA and revealed seven years ago that the intelligence agency collects and stores Internet and telephone data on a large scale. According to the court, the NSA violates US intelligence law and possibly also the constitution.

Snowden’s story sparked much outrage. Before that, the intelligence service denied that information was collected on a large scale about US American citizens. Following the revelations, officials defended themselves arguing that espionage is crucial in fighting terror on US soil.

Eg, wiretaps allowed four San Diego residents to be convicted of supporting extremist Muslim groups in Somalia, according to the NSA. However, the court of appeal states that “that allegation is inconsistent with the content of the secret file in the case”. The four remain in prison …

Snowden’s response

Snowden fled to Hong Kong before making his revelations and then left for Russia, where he remains to date. In the US, he is suspected of leaking state secrets. He has previously said that he only wants to return to his home country if he gets a fair trial.

‘Twitter helped Saudi regime kill dissidents’


This 2016 Indian TV video says about itself:

Hyderabad woman dies after alleged torture by Saudi employer

A young woman from Hyderabad who was working as a maid in Saudi Arabia has died in hospital, allegedly after being tortured by her employer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 27 August 2020:

Saudi scholar to sue Twitter over alleged leak that led to dissidents being executed and tortured

A SAUDI scholar says he is suing Twitter for an alleged leak that has been blamed for the execution and torture of scores of activists in Saudi Arabia.

Ali al-Ahmed, co-founder of the US-based Institute for Gulf Affairs think tank, says he has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant after the identities of people exposing human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia via the platform were allegedly revealed.

“It is very distressing and it really hurts me greatly because I know some of them have died, many have been tortured, and remain behind bars,” he told the Business Insider news site this week.

Facebook censorship of Thai critics of monarchy


This 25 August 2020 video says about itself:

Facebook has blocked access within Thailand to a group with a million members. The popular group was named ‘Royalist Marketplace’ and the discussions primarily revolve around criticising the Thai monarchy.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 25 August 2020:

Facebook blocks million-strong anti-monarchy group in Thailand after government threats

FACEBOOK has blocked access within Thailand to a page that was popular among anti-monarchists after the government threatened legal action.

Group admin Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai academic based in Japan, said that the page was established to allow debate about the royal family amid huge anti-government protests in Thailand.

He said that the Royalist Marketplace group “allows Thais to express their views freely about the monarchy, from the political intervention of the monarchy to its intimate ties with the military in consolidating the king’s power.”

Criticism of the royal family is illegal in Thailand. Facebook confirmed that it had restricted access to the group from within the country on Monday, though it can still be accessed from abroad.

The social media giant said it was “compelled to restrict access to content which the Thai government has deemed to be illegal.”

Mr Chachavalpongpun is one of three key dissidents that the Thai government has warned people to stay away from.

The others are also critics of the Thai monarchy: British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall and history professor Somsak Jeamteerasakul, who lives in self-imposed exile in France.

Near-daily protests have rocked Thailand for over a month, with some attracting more than 10,000 people.

Led by students and young people, the protest movement has used social media as a platform to organise and co-ordinate action against the militaristic government, which they accuse of being anti-democratic.

Traditional hierarchies are being challenged and the role of the royal family is being discussed in a way that was previously taboo.

“The government tried to shut [protesters] up by using legal tools such as arresting the core leaders and blocking access to my group,” Mr Chachavalpongpun said.

“If the students persist, a harsher measure might be taken — like a crackdown.”

Record 43-year sentence for insulting Thai monarchy sends a chilling message to activists.