Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations for the 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 2016?

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. The Reader and the Book

2. 518-songofmypeople

3. Justin Fenech

4. Thabotrueman

5. J is for Journey

6. Celluloid In Seattle

7. disabledsingleparent

8. victorjonathan

9. The Platonist

10. i am uniquely and wonderfully made.

11. Scopeguideblog

United States bird webcams, video


This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

A Look Back at 2015 on Cornell Lab’s Bird Cams

21 July 2016

Last year, our cams took us to places far and wide, showed us the joys and challenges of being a wild bird, and helped us connect with each other. As we approach the spring, join us in taking a look back at the experiences that brought us together. Thank you and keep watching!

Check out all of our cams here.

WikiLeaks publishes many Turkish regime emails


Erdogan and his AKP party attack democracy in Turkey, cartoon

From Al Jazeera today:

Turkey: WikiLeaks releases thousands of AKP emails

WikiLeaks publishes trove of nearly 300,000 emails allegedly belonging to Turkish President Erdogan‘s ruling party.

Birce Bora

WikiLeaks has published 294,546 emails along with thousands of attached files from 762 mail boxes that allegedly belong to the primary email domain of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The most recent email in the trove released by the whistle-blowing organisation on Tuesday was sent on July 6, 2016. The oldest dates back to 2010.

“It should be noted that emails associated with the domain are mostly used for dealing with the world, as opposed to the most sensitive internal matters,” WikiLeaks said on its official website.

WikiLeaks said it obtained the emails a week before Friday’s attempted coup.

“WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges.

We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state,” the organisation said.

WikiLeaks previously claimed that the Turkish government would attempt to censor the distribution of the documents, and urged the Turkish public to be ready to bypass any government attempts at blocking access to the material.

Turks will likely be censored to prevent them reading our pending release of 100k+ docs on politics leading up to the coup,” the organisation said on Monday via Twitter.

“We ask that Turks are ready with censorship bypassing systems such as TorBrowser and uTorrent. And that everyone else is ready to help them bypass censorship and push our links through the censorship to come.”

WikiLeaks later claimed that its infrastructre was “under sustained attack,” following its announcement of the imminent publication of the AKP emails.

“We are unsure of the true origin of the attack. The timing suggests a Turkish state power faction or its allies. We will prevail & publish,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.

Turkey blocks WikiLeaks over release of AK Party emails: here.

Turkey: Work travel ban on academics after failed coup: here.

Turkey suspends European Convention on Human Rights in wake of coup: here.

Suspected coup supporters in Turkey beaten, raped while detained: Amnesty: here.

In the wake of the 15 July coup attempt, a three-month state of emergency was declared all over Turkey in accordance with “suggestions” from the National Security Council. Declaring a state of emergency following a coup attempt that aimed to completely suspend democracy will solve none of the country’s problems but only serve to realize the system of governance envisioned by the coup plotters: here.

Liebster Award, thank you Jyotee!


Liebster Award

My dear blogging friend Jyotee of the poetry blog Life is all about PAIN has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Liebster Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Nominate bloggers for the award. Notify them on their blogs.

Answer ten questions.

The ten questions and my replies are:

1. What was your first post on WordPress; provide the link?

I started blogging at other sites in 2005. However, these sites stopped. On 8 December 2011, I wrote my first blog entry especially on WordPress; it was about the Occupy Wall Street movement in the USA.

2. If you are given a chance to meet people following you in WordPress who would you meet first and why?

At the moment, 3,697 people subscribe to my blog. I value all of them; this number makes it hard to single out one person.

3. When do you generally write, morning, daytime, evening or night?

Usually morning, daytime, evening.

4. What is the piece of writing you wrote that is close to your heart?

A poem I wrote in 1999 about the war on Yugoslavia in that year.

Here is its English translation:

Milica Rakic

Milica Rakic from Belgrade.
Milica Rakic never voted for Milosevic.
Milica Rakic is three years old.

Milica Rakic learns a new word every hour.
Milica, do you see that butterfly?
Milica, that is a blackbird.
There, Milica, a dragonfly flies.
Fairy’s horse, vilan konjic, in Serbo-Croatian.

Milica Rakic did not become an ugly fourteen-year-old girl.
Milica Rakic did not become a beautiful fifty-eight-year-old woman.
Milica Rakic will not become a hairdresser.
Milica Rakic will not become a world-famous author.

Between Milica’s blood, the bomb splinters,
in Latin script,
Made in USA.
Or: Made in my country?

5. What is writing for you?

One of my favourite activities.

6. How often do you write?

If I am somewhere where there is an Internet connection, then I usually write every day.

7. If you have to choose between writing and wealth, what would you choose and why?

If I would be offered wealth, on condition that I would never write anything again, then I would refuse the wealth. As there is so much to write about.

8. Best and most beautiful thing of your life?

Birds.

9. Source of inspiration for writing?

I have many sources. There are forty categories of subjects on my blog.

10. What type of person are you (in five words)?

Pro-peace, love for animals.

My nominees are:

1. Paris: People, Places and Bling

2. beautifulkindofthoughts

3. zoe169

4. Denisa Aricescu Poezii

5. JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

6. Paris & Les Deux-Sèvres en photographies

7. TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperman!

8. Animalcouriers

9. Clanmother

10. Noir

United States bird nest webcams round-up


This video from the USA is called Savannah Great Horned Owls, 14 January 2016.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Each year, we’re excited to share the beauty and discovery that accompanies a new season of nesting and raising the next generation of birds. The season’s round-up shows the spectrum of successes and challenges that birds experience.

  • In April, two owlets fledged from the Great Horned Owl cam hosted by Skidaway Audubon in Savannah, Georgia. Since then, an Osprey pair has been spending time at the nest site throughout the summer.
  • The Barred Owls featured on our Wild Birds Unlimited cam fledged three young in May.
  • On the Cornell hawks cam, Big Red and Ezra fledged three young for the fifth year in a row. Unfortunately, in the weeks after fledging, G1 and G3 were found injured after apparently colliding into windows or buildings. Both received care from the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at Cornell. G1 is healing well and is in the care of a rehabilitator. We are sad to report that G3 had to be euthanized after veterinarians found that it would not be able to recover from its severe injury.
  • Record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding made it difficult for the Texas Barn Owls to find enough food for their six young. Dash, the male, disappeared, four owlets starved, and one owlet was taken and presumably killed by an unknown Barn Owl. The Cornell Lab asked a rehabilitator to take in the last remaining owlet after the female, Dottie, disappeared from the nest for more than two days. Pearl the owlet is doing well at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Dottie has since returned to the nest and has paired with another male.
  • On our longstanding Hellgate Osprey cam with the Montana Osprey Project, Stanley did not return to the nest to breed this year, leaving Iris to breed with a new male named Louis. Unfortunately, all of the eggs were either damaged, predated, or failed to hatch.
  • The young Laysan Albatrosses, Honua, Hala, and Keiki, fledged, and another three are due to fledge soon. See the next news item for details.

Many viewers have told us that it was difficult to witnessing the reality of mortality and nest failures of wild birds while at the same time it inspired them to appreciate the tenacity and motivation that birds require to breed successfully. We will continue to learn from both the beautiful and the challenging phenomena that these 24/7 cams show in the lives of birds. Thanks for watching with us and sharing your observations, and thank you for your many expressions of support during a challenging season.

Hillary Clinton’s Iraq war emails published


This 4 July 2016 video is called WikiLeaks rolls out archive of over 1,200 ‘Clinton Iraq War’ emails.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

WikiLeaks publishes more than 1,000 Hillary Clinton war emails

The website released 1,258 emails on Monday

Justin Carissimo, New York

WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website, has released more than 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server pertaining to the Iraq War.

The website tweeted a link to 1,258 emails on Monday that Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state. According to the release, the emails were obtained from the US State Department after they issued a Freedom of Information Act request. The emails stem from a State Department release back in February, The Hill reports.

Clinton And Trump, Least Trusted Candidates In Modern History, Compete to See Who’s Less Terrible. U.S. political culture is in ruins, defined by the two least-liked presidential nominees in modern history: here.