Creative Blogger Award, thank you Prasna!

Creative Blogger Award

Prasna of the blog ART PEACE has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some Blog for the Creative Blogger Award.

Thanks for your generosity, dear blogging friend!

This award is new for me; though I have been nominated for the Kreative Blogger Award; but that is with a K, so it does not count here :)

Here are the Creative Blogger Award rules:

* Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog
* Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
* Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
* Share 5 random facts about yourself to your readers
* Pass these rules on to them

Five facts about me:

1. Where did my blog get most visits from this month?

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2015-07-31 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 5,640
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,354
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 482
Jamaica FlagJamaica 384
Canada FlagCanada 329
Germany FlagGermany 314
France FlagFrance 272
Australia FlagAustralia 271
India FlagIndia 241
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 121
Belgium FlagBelgium 109
Italy FlagItaly 105
Norway FlagNorway 91
Philippines FlagPhilippines 86
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 84
Sweden FlagSweden 80
Romania FlagRomania 80
Greece FlagGreece 64
Ireland FlagIreland 57
Spain FlagSpain 56
Bahrain FlagBahrain 51
European Union FlagEuropean Union 47
Turkey FlagTurkey 43
Thailand FlagThailand 43
Poland FlagPoland 42
Russia FlagRussia 40

2. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2015-07-31 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 911
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 277
Texas civil rights activist Sandra Bland, killed by police? 185
Radioactive daisies after Fukushima, Japan 181
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 93
Most hated animals top 50 87
Great white shark mating discovery 85
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 82
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 65
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 63
About 61
Poverty in Britain 54

3. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about

Topic Views
Human rights 626
Environment 364
Crime 323
UK 313
history 305
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 248
Peace and war 247
Racism and anti-racism 247
Politics 237

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week

4. Which referrers referred most to my blog this month?

Referrers for 30 days ending 2015-07-31 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 6,392 Reader 231 89
Facebook 76
WordPress Dashboard 71
Twitter 59 49 35

5. Which search terms brought most visits to my blog this month?

Search Terms for 30 days ending 2015-07-31 (Summarized)

Search Views
sandra killed by police 12
fukushima daisies 6
grass snake deity 5
crows give gifts to girl 5
radioactive daisies 5
neo nazis in germany today 4
spanish poet lorca 4
guardian owen jones lexit 4
first indian member of british parliament 4
update sandra bland 4

My nominees are:

1. Առլեն Շահվերդյանի գրական բլոգ

2. It Is What It Is

3. Concierge Librarian

4. greenmindvegheart

5. Benefit tales

6. Mogromo

7. Joshi Daniel Photography


9. Kira Moore’s Closet

10. Denisa Aricescu

11. derwentvalleyphotography

12. A Patient Voice

13. Surrendering My Shield

14. facecameraaction

15. sheetal sharma

German government attacks bloggers exposing Internet censorship as ‘traitors’

This video says about itself:

German spy leaks website being investigated

30 July 2015

Germany’s federal prosecutors are investigating whether a website has committed treason. reported on plans to expand the country’s domestic surveillance of online communication earlier in the year.

The site says it has received a letter from prosecutors announcing the probe against two of its journalists and an unidentified source.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

German prosecutor investigates ‘treason’ by journalists

Today, 19:36

The German Public Prosecution Service is investigating two journalists for possible treason. The two have published on their blog excerpts from secret documents of the Stasi.

Stasi? Well, Google Translate translated as ‘Stasi’ here. However, that was the name of the secret service of the late German Democratic Republic, disbanded in 1990. While the NOS means one of the present secret services of the German Federal Republic, the Verfassungsschutz. Different name? Yes. Different practice? Not always so sure.

The investigation should find out whether the publications in the blog also revealed actual state secrets. In two articles, which were published in February and April, they described plans to expand the surveillance of the Internet. The articles are based on leaked documents.

The investigation focuses on editor Mark Beckedahl, editor Andre Meister and the sources for the articles. Journalists call it an intimidation attempt and an attack on press freedom. “It’s quite long ago that Germany acted against journalists and their sources like this.”

Germany halts treason inquiry into journalists after protests. ‘For the good of media freedom’, Germany’s prosecutor general suspends investigation into reporters who said state planned to boost surveillance: here.

Free Bahraini political prisoners

This video says about itself:

#SingaceHungerStrike – NGOs protest ongoing detention of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace in Bahrain

29 July 2015

On Wednesday, 29 July 2015, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), English PEN and Index on Censorship gathered outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the ongoing detention of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace.

Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace is a prominent academic and blogger who promoted human rights in Bahrain throughout the years 2000. After participating in peaceful protests, he was tried by a military court in June 2011 and sentenced to life in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

See also here. And here.

My Real Neat Blog Award, for ten bloggers again

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 2015 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. Artist- Ted Giffin – Musician

2. kingtide

3. Barnaby Taylor

4. NatureQuest Photography’s Blog

5. nearlydead

6. Words that flow like water

7. Paint the world with words

8. My Latin Notebook

9. Verseherder

10. Miss Ayo Délé

Cougars of Wyoming, USA on the Internet

This video is called Mountain lion (Felis concolor).

From Wildlife Extra:

Wild American cougars to become internet stars

Panthera, a wild cat conservation organisation, has launched The Cougar Channel – an interactive website that is uncovering the secret lives of the ‘American lion’ by sharing never-before-seen footage and photographs with the world.

The cougar channel provides an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day encounters, threats and behaviours of the individual cougars monitored through Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project in northwestern Wyoming. Placing cameras in natal dens and on cougar kills, Panthera’s scientists have captured footage of kittens playing and nursing; cougar families feeding, grooming and curiously inspecting Panthera’s cameras; and Panthera’s scientists tracking and collaring cougars to reveal how to better protect the species.

Science Director for Panthera’s Puma and Jaguar Programs, Dr. Mark Elbroch, said: “Our goal is to provide a fascinating and engaging digital experience that will help demystify this elusive and often misunderstood big cat and spark interest in preserving the species.

Cougars play a critical role in the landscapes they occupy, so we are thrilled to give these wild cats the spotlight they deserve. Finally, people can see the natural behaviors and challenges cougars face…and the conservation efforts that are crucial to ensuring their survival.”

Often referred to as mountain lions, panthers, or pumas, cougars have the largest geographic range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile, yet little is known about the species. Today, the cougar is often mischaracterized as a vicious, solitary predator, leading to persecution across its range.

Dr. Howard Quigley, Director of Panthera’s Puma Program and Executive Director of Panthera’s Jaguar Program, shared, “The GPS collars, remote cameras and other research methods we are utilizing aren’t just helping us collect this fascinating footage – they enable us to track cougar movements, identify dens and monitor kittens from an early age. These data are expanding our scientific understanding of the species’ ecology, and ultimately allowing our scientists to better preserve the future of the wild cougar.”

Hen harrier nest webcam, unique worldwide

This video shows a male hen harrier cleaning his feathers on a pole.

If all will go well, then tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, a webcam will be online, showing live images of a hen harrier nest in a field in Flevoland province in the Netherlands. You will then be able to see them at this site.

This is a world scale first. The nest is one of only eight hen harrier nests in the Netherlands this year.