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 stil 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]

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.”

GREAT ACHIEVER महासिद्धी BLOGGER AWARD, thanks Kamal!


Great Achiever Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Kamal from Nepal has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the GREAT ACHIEVER “महासिद्धी” BLOGGER AWARD.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Kamal writes about it:

The very essence of giving an award is to recognize the expertise and outstanding achievement in a particular field. The ‘GREAT ACHIEVER “महासिद्धी” BLOGGER AWARD’ will be awarded to an outstanding, qualified, dedicated and creative person for presenting a quality works of art. The certificate will be provided as a badge for Great Achievers as a GAMBA WORDPRESS SHINING STAR AWARD for PEACE & SAVE ENVIRONMENT.

Rules of this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, with a link to their blog.
2. Make a post of the award with a statement on peace and saving the environment.
3. Mention the rules.
4. Ask 7 questions. One of them about peace, one about saving the environment
5. Nominate 7-21 bloggers and notify them.
6. Follow kamalsbloggincafe to get a chance to get the Shing Star Award.See here.

Kamal’s questions (he posed 8 questions) and my replies:

1. How can you be a good blogger as a member of WordPress Global Village?

Eg, by nominating other bloggers for awards 🙂

2. Could you please define the word “PEACE” from your point of view?

Removal of wars and causes of wars.

3. How can we save a tree?

Eg, here.

4. Do you think human trafficking is still a crosscutting issue?

Definitely. See, eg, here.

5. What thing do you sacrifice to make a happy family environment?

Being obsessed with money.

6. Which animal do you like most? Why?

I basically like all animals. Eg, a kingfisher is very beautiful

7. What do you think about journalists or YouTubers?

They are all different from each other. So, I think differently about each of them.

8. Is a movie-star play a vital role to make aware most of the people around the world or do they just present their performance to earn money?

It differs among various movies, actors and actresses.

I ask my nominees the same questions as Kamal.

My nominees are:

1. Secrets! Open or Closed but unshared

2. The Flaker pen

3. beautifulpeopleinc.com

4. Karen O’Brien Country Music

5. Sustain

6. The world through my lenses

7. MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL WEBSITE

8. Unique Times

9. Butterflies of India

10. Foodie Mail

11. SURAFEL MUHAJER

12. Darius Ghiță

13. Βiodiversity of Kos

14. MANDALA

15. Albigensia Press

16. Life Window

17. AView

18. Maina

Sunshine Blogger Award, thank you Laleh Chini!


Sunshine Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Laleh Chini has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, dear Laleh, for this kind gesture!

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

Thank and mention the blogger who has nominated you by linking to their blog.
Insert the logo of the Sunshine Blogger Award in the post.
Answer the eleven questions that are posed to you.
Nominate eleven bloggers [and link to their blogs].
Formulate eleven questions to be answered.
Indicate the rules of the nominations.

Laleh’s questions, and my answers, are:

1. Where do you get inspiration for your hobbies/interests/talents?

By playing Siouxsie and the Banshees songs on my computer.

2. Which of your posts has been the most popular?

Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer.

3. Whatever your blog is about, when and why did you get interested in that topic?

My blog is about 40 different categories. I am interested in all of them 🙂

4. Do you ever feel nervous before publishing a blog post?

No, I am not. Also not when speaking in public to an audience of thousands of refugees who protest against being deported to war zones.

5. One thing that can lighten up your day in an instant?

A bird singing.

6. Most watched tv series?

Women’s soccer World Cup.

7. Your comfort food?

Penne.

8. What is a good morning like for you?

When a blackbird sings.

9. What’s your favorite thing about your blog?

Finding good videos.

10. What activity takes most of your time?

Writing.

11. Are you, so far, proud, and satisfied with your blog’s progress?

Usually, yes.

I ask my 11 nominees the same questions as Laleh’s.

My nominees are:

1. Me & My Girl

2. Footballworld5

3. The People’s Vanguard

4. Unspoken Thoughts

5. The Autism Parent Blog

6. Travel Watchdog

7. Victoria Dutu

8. Kamal’s Blogging Café

9. Not-So-Modern Girl

10. The Interfaith Intrepid

11. Blogs Notes

Mystery Blogger Award, thank you Laleh Chini!


Mystery Blogger Award

My dearest blogging friend Laleh Chini, of the blog A Voice from Iran, has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Mystery Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Laleh’s questions to nominees, and my answers, are:

Which country and place do you belong to?

I belong, in principle, to the whole world. At the moment, summer heat at my place.

Would you like to go invisible or read others’ minds?

It would maybe be useful to go, invisible, into the White House and prevent Donald Trump from making bad decisions, by mysteriously removing papers etc.

Describe your blogs shortly?

I have only Dear Kitty. Some blog. More about it is here.

What would you prefer-tea or coffee?

Fruit juice.

Phobia for any object or situation that disturbs you very much.

War.

My questions for my nominees are the same as Laleh’s.

My nominees are:

Life in Copenhagen

Retire In Branson

What Lorna Saw Next

lifestyle blogs

immigrant from shithole

In My Own Words: Precious Zvimba

Teenage

Anju Vaish

NeuroDevotion – Inspiration and Motivation

Soul Reads

Singing and Screaming

amellafleur

Dawn Anthony

Miltonsp@ce

read on

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Trump’s revenge on K-pop TikTok teenage opponents


This 23 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Teens Use TikTok to Sabotage President Trump’s Tulsa Rally

Was President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma sabotaged by an army of internet-savvy teenagers? That’s who’s taking credit for the rally’s paltry turnout of 6,200 in an arena that holds 19,000. Trump’s campaign had boasted that over 1 million people had signed up to attend the rally, only adding to the embarrassment of a mostly-empty stadium. Teenagers across the country are now taking credit for the disaster. They did it by reserving large amounts of free tickets.

In this way, these TikTok teenage K-pop music fans saved many lives (though not, eg, the life of Trump-supporting coronavirus denialist Republican politician Herman Cain who did attend in Tulsa). If the Tulsa arena would have been jampacked with 19,000 people, then the Trump propaganda rally would have caused still many more COVID-19 infections than it already did with 6,200 persons present.

Now, Trump plots revenge against these teenage opponents.

By Kevin Reed in the USA:

White House engineering a takeover of TikTok by Microsoft

3 August 2020

In a state-sponsored hostile takeover, Microsoft Corporation announced late Sunday that it was moving forward with plans to acquire the mobile app TikTok from the China-based corporation ByteDance following a discussion with President Donald Trump.

In a blog post, Microsoft said its CEO Satya Nadella spoke with the president and “is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.” The post said the acquisition would be completed “no later than September 15, 2020.”

The takeover would involve the absorption by Microsoft of the operations of the social media video sharing platform in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. According to Microsoft, the TikTok acquisition will be conducted with an unprecedented level of White House involvement. The statement says, “During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”

Additionally, Microsoft is indicating that the new owners of the extremely popular app will operate TikTok under the direct supervision of the state security institutions within the countries where it will operate. “The operating model for the service would be built to ensure transparency to users as well as appropriate security oversight by governments in these countries.”

The Microsoft announcement comes as no surprise, following the appearance of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” earlier in the day. Pompeo said that President Donald Trump “will take action in the coming days” on mobile apps, including TikTok, as part of a growing White House offensive against China.

Although he stopped short of saying precisely what the president was going to do, Pompeo claimed without any evidence that “Chinese software companies doing business with the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat” are feeding data directly to the “national security apparatus” in China.

In a statement clearly designed to whip up anti-Chinese sentiments, Pompeo added that Americans using TikTok were having their facial profiles and “information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to” scraped by the Chinese government. He went on to say that these are “true privacy issues for the American people” and that “President Trump has said, ‘Enough’, and we are going to fix it.”

Pompeo concluded, “I promise you, the President when he makes this decision will make sure that everything we have done drives this as close to zero risk for the American people.”

The short-form video sharing platform has approximately 80 million users in the US, 800 million worldwide and has been downloaded 2.2 billion times. ByteDance has said that its servers are located in the US and Singapore, and tech experts have pointed out that TikTok gathers user data in a manner similar to other popular social media apps.

That Pompeo is making hysterical and unsubstantiated statements is a demonstration of the desperate nature of the aggressive moves by the Trump White House against China. The administration is attempting to deflect the mass opposition to Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the authoritarian police measures against protesters across the country in the intensifying anti-China campaign in order to prop up his collapsing reelection prospects.

Meanwhile, it is well-known internationally—primarily due to the exposures by the former national security contractor Edward Snowden in 2013—that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is the number one electronic surveillance operation in the world, gathering data on every single person on earth and storing it in massive server farms such as the Utah Data Center.

On Friday, Trump told reporters that he was going to act soon to ban TikTok. Speaking with reporters on board Air Force One on a flight back to Washington from Florida, he said, “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” He then called the ban a “severance” and said he had the authority to make the decision. “I can do it with an executive order.”

However, news of Microsoft’s involvement in a forced divestiture of TikTok by ByteDance emerged before the weekend as it was revealed that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) was involved. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, CFIUS began its investigation into TikTok last year following concerns raised in Congress. “The Treasury-led foreign-investment committee is made up of federal agencies and reviews deals involving foreign money to ensure they don’t put the country’s national security at risk.”

No doubt a major consideration in the negotiations over TikTok is the fact that the company has recently valued at $150 billion with major investments from US equity firms Coatue Management and Sequoia Capital. Along with the huge US user base, the entanglement of the American financial elite with TikTok make an outright ban a double-edged sword for President Trump and, in the end, it appears that it will be much better to just steal the company from ByteDance under the auspices of national security concerns.

An article in Forbes by Peter Cohen indicates the thinking among American business pirates. “If that deal goes through for the roughly $5 billion, I estimate TikTok’s US operations are worth, you should buy Microsoft shares. … the triple-digit acceleration of TikTok’s user base could add oomph to Microsoft’s top line,” Cohen wrote on Saturday.

The role of the Democrats in the US seizure of TikTok exposes the fact that they have no fundamental differences with the Trump White House. Stephen Mnuchin, who heads CFIUS and has been leading the negotiations with Microsoft and the TikTok investors over the takeover, said on “ABC News” on Sunday that the view that “there has to be a change” is shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat of New York).

Schumer began ringing alarm bells about TikTok last November in a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy over the US military’s use of TikTok to recruit young people. Schumer wrote, “I urge you to assess the potential national security risks posed by China-owned technology companies before choosing to utilize certain platforms.”

Schumer’s campaign was echoed by Senator Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida), who took the issue to CFIUS, and Senator Josh Hawley (Republican of Missouri), who held a hearing on TikTok’s relationship with the Chinese government.

In this particular instance, it is apparent that Pompeo and Trump have now borrowed a few lines from Schumer, who wrote another letter to Transportation Safety Administration Director David Pekoske in February that said, “National security experts have raised concerns about TikTok’s collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information.”

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 34 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. Turtle Quotes Homepage

2. MYMonkey MIND

3. Science Trendz

4. ROJR

5. The Gist Info Blog

6. miss PE

7. Expat Alien

8. NorSCARF

9. Life on the Lower East Side

10. de-Graft Boakye

11. hustle bustle

12. Addicted To Living

13. Beauty In Words🌹

14. Repeating Islands

15. Tee Wyze Services

16. campogeno

17. Thooghts – a Dash of Emotions

18. Oglinda sufletului meu

19. What Now News 24

20. The Detroit Standard

21. Nature’s astounding wilderness

22. ENGINEERING QUICK FACTS

23. Ephemeral Elegies

24. MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL

25. J. P. D. T.

26. Half earth, half sky

27. introvert1me

28. Mr. NahasFinance

29. The Year Without Wimbledon

30. World Animals Voice

31. The Readers Desk

32. Captain Planet

33. Small Change

34. Wildlifeconservationkenya