Egyptian pro-democracy blogger jailed

This 21 April 2014 video from the USA says about itself:

Exclusive Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on Prison, Regime’s War on a Whole Generation 1/3.

And these videos are the sequels.

When the Egyptian military dictatorship are not busy killing women for laying flowers in commemoration of anti-Mubarak dictatorship people killed in 2011; and are not busy killing civilians in Libya; and are not busy being friends with Tony Blair; then they do other things.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Outspoken activist jailed for five years

Tuesday 24th February 2015

WELL-KNOWN Egyptian activist and outspoken blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison in a retrial yesterday, reducing his earlier 15-year tariff.

Mr Abdel-Fattah, who came to prominence during the 2011 national uprising against the Mubarak dictatorship, had been charged with organising an unauthorised protest and assaulting a police officer.

The verdict was condemned by defence lawyers and supporters who said that he should have been set free.

The retrial began in October and involved 25 defendants, five of whom are fugitives. Besides Mr Abdel-Fattah, only one other defendant, Ahmed Adel-Rahman, received a five-year prison sentence. The rest were sentenced to three years.

Judge Hassan Farid also ruled that all the defendants be placed under surveillance for a period similar to their prison terms after their release, requiring them to report daily to the police.

The courtroom erupted after the verdict, with relatives and friends in the gallery shouting: “Down with oppression!”

Police ultimately ordered everyone to clear the courtroom.

Defence lawyer Mohammed Abdel-Aziz decried the verdict as “harsh and oppressive,” saying that the court “didn’t take into consideration any of the evidence that showed the defendants’ innocence.”

Human-rights lawyer Taher Abou el-Nasr commented: “Regrettably, the verdict was expected. We no longer expect acquittals.”

Defence lawyers said that they will take an appeal to the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court.

In a brief address before he delivered the verdict, Judge Farid insisted that the ruling was “free of any interference or caprices.”

Rembrandt, new Internet site

This video says about itself:

The complete life of the painter Rembrandt van Rijn

14 July 2014

A documentary which unlocks Rembrandt to a large public. Trough his documentary we travel for 53 minutes together with Rembrandt in a geographical reconstruction of his life. The documentary shows beautiful pictures of which Rembrandt has drawn his inspiration. A lot of the buildings from Rembrandt`s days still exist. Trough modern digital techniques we change, where possible, the current image into the painting that the artist has made for over 400 years ago or into old pictures of those times.

From the Rembench site in the Netherlands:

A Digital Workbench for Rembrandt Research

RemBench is an integrated online work environment that enables research about the life and works of Rembrandt van Rijn. We brought together four existing databases and disclosed them through one search interface. Our target groups are historians, art historians and other humanities scholars and students.

The four databases that have been integrated by RemBench are:

RemBench is funded as part of the CLARIN-NL programme and was developed by Huygens ING in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen and RKD. It is a demo application, intended to serve as an example of the possibilities of digitized historical data. The data reside in their original databases; RemBench provides access to them.

For any questions about RemBench, you can contact Suzan Verberne,

For a short introduction to RemBench see this instructional video.

That video is here (scroll down).

There is also another video, this one:

That video says about itself:

12 June 2014

An example of a user interacting with RemBench, an integrated working environment for Rembrandt research.

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Barbara!

Versatile Blogger Award

Barbara of the idealisticrebel blog has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogger friend! All the best for you and your blogs!

The rules of this award are:

1) Show the award on your blog

2) Thank the person who nominated you

3) Share seven facts about yourself

4) Nominate ten blogs

5) Link to your nominees’ blogs, and let them know


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Hawfinch and siskins feeding, video 3
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Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 120
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 112
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 107
About 98
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Saudi princesses tortured for protesting regime’s anti-women policy 80
Awards 79
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Woman publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia 66
Egyptian woman, killed for laying flowers, buried 65
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 64
Radio signals from outer space detected 64
Will US soldier escape punishment for rape of Dutch girl? 64
Italian colonial war in Libya, yet again? 64
Snowy owl’s escape from death 57
Pride, film on British miners-LGBTQ solidarity, review 55
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 54
Solidarity with Greek people in Amsterdam, the Netherlands 53
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years 53
Marie Lenéru, France’s Helen Keller 53
Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you Laiyla Lane! 52
Botero exhibition: Abu Ghraib torture, men, women, horse, cat, sphinx. And Escher 51
Spaceship approaching dwarf planet Ceres 45
Japanese government abuses ISIS terror for its own militarism 43
Welsh miners-LGBTQ solidarity, in film Pride and history 41
New Greek government will rehire sacked cleaners 41
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5. Which referrers referred most to my blog this week?

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6. Ever since my blog moved to WordPress in December 2011, it was viewed 703,303 times.

7. Which hyperlinks on my blog were clicked on most this month?

2015-01-19 to Today

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Facebook 10 9 8 8 8


1. scalewings

2. Joanna Eve

3. GlobalFaultlines

4. Arthropod Ecology

5. News for the Revolution

6. Dubai Day Spa

7. It Is What It Is

8. La Moderna Epoko

9. Denisa Aricescu Poezii

10. Green Living London

Post #25,000 at my blog

This video is called Creating a free WordPress blog – tutorial for beginners.

According to WordPress statistics, this post is #25,000 at my blog. Ever since I started blogging in 2005 (at ModBlog then, not yet on WordPress).

Where did visits to my blog come from all that time? I can only say since February 25, 2012, when WordPress country stats started. Thank you, all my readers!

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Bird webcams in North America

This 4 February 2015 Laysan albatross video from Kauai island in Hawaii is called Dad Ko’olau and baby Niaulani.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Baby Boom on the Bird Cams

Laysan Albatrosses, Season 2: On January 31, Niaulani—an albatross chick on the island of Kauai—hatched under the watchful eye of Malumalu, the mother. Watch Niaulani grow up from a hatchling just six inches long to a massive bird with a seven-foot wingspan by the time it fledges in July.

Great Horned Owls: Two downy young owlets are eagerly taking bits of food from their mother when their father delivers prey. Watch them while you can-—the owlets will grow quickly and are estimated to fledge from their nest in mid-March.

Can’t get enough winter? Watch a bevy of winter birds—Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks—on our Ontario FeederWatch Cam.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thanks Nina!

Very Inspring Blogger Award

My friend Nina of the blog Words That Flow Like Water has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Thanks for your generosity, dear Nina! All the best for you and your blog!

The rules of this award are:

1. Show the award on your blog.
2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
3. Share 7 different facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice.
5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

Here are seven facts about me:

1. Where did visits to my blog come so far today?

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2. Where did visits to my blog come this month?

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4. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits this quarter?

Top Posts for 90 days ending 2015-02-09 (Summarized)

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Turkish government deal with ISIS 570
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 457
Most hated animals top 50 402
Cartoon banned in Spain. Muslim-bashing ‘free speech champions’ silent 383
About 356
Michael Brown smeared by lies on the Internet 336
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 258
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 244
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 215
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 191
Botero exhibition: Abu Ghraib torture, men, women, horse, cat, sphinx. And Escher 190
Burger King contaminated food scandal in Germany 188
Will US soldier escape punishment for rape of Dutch girl? 177
British Prince Andrew and United States sexual abuse scandal 166
Snowy owl’s escape from death 156
Saudi princesses tortured for protesting regime’s anti-women policy 154
Pride, film on British miners-LGBTQ solidarity, review 150
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 143
Awards 141
New civet species discovered in Sri Lanka 141
Frequently asked questions 133
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years 129
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 120
Wildcats born in the Netherlands, after centuries of extinction 119
After 35 years, wounds of Vietnamese napalm girl Kim Phuc still hurt 113
Indian monkey saves electrocuted friend’s life 110
Monsanto’s RoundUp banned in the Netherlands in 2015 106
Marie Lenéru, France’s Helen Keller 104
Actor Bob Hope’s bigamy, other revelations 103
Michael Brown killed, new video shows truth 100

5. Which search terms attractede most visits to my blog this quarter?

Search Terms for 90 days ending 2015-02-09 (Summarized)

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egyptian sarcophagus 23
helen keller 13
prince andrew scandal 12
bijju 9
ancient egyptian sarcophagus 8
michael brown truth 8
music from selma 8

6. Which referrers referred most to my blog this quarter?

Referrers for 90 days ending 2015-02-09 (Summarized)

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Search Engines 25,125
Facebook 637 Reader 506
Twitter 145

7. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about:

Topic Views
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Economic, social, trade union, etc. 454
Environment 372
Peace and war 334
UK 284
history 267
Birds 240
Crime 237
Biology 209

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.

My 15 nominees are:

1. The Ninth Life

2. febbylove

3. adelemiranda

4. A Scamp Abroad

5. Italian Home Kitchen

6. premiersportshighlights

7. Sweet Archive

8. girlonstreamblog

9. Will the real reality please stand up!

10. JTay95

11. spaceship china

12. Jake Johnstone

13. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ

14. My Strange Family

15. Great blue herons