Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, sixteen 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 2018?

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 Pragmatist

2. amazingrockveiws.com

3. Twisted Strands

4. wander and wonder

5. ENIGMA Expeditions & Travels

6. Be Your Own Light: A Mental Health Recovery Blog

7. The Comic Vault

8. Trekkinginnepal

9. Center for International Education and Study Abroad

10. HABLEMOS DE PELICULAS

11. ScienceSwitch

12. thekeystonegirlblogs

13. Aaron’s News and Reviews

14. beautifulhappythings

15. Ogden Fahey – Art

16. Poems Found

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Awesome Blogger Award, thank you Lisa!


Awesome Blogger Award

Lisa of the culturevultureexpress blog has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Awesome Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture! It is a new award for me.

Lisa does not mention rules for the award, apart from asking questions. So, presumably, I can nominate as many blogs for the award as I like. And, presumably, naming and linking to the blogger who nominated you. The nominees are under no obligation to accept the award.

Lisa’s questions are (my questions are the same as Lisa’s):

1. What is the latest book you’re reading and are you enjoying it?

Aeneid, by Virgil. I do enjoy it.

2. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Other?

Twitter. Facebook has privacy and other issues.

3. What is your favourite word and why?

Peace. Because all these bloody wars should stop.

4. Dogs or Cats?

Birds.

5. Is there any song that holds any special meaning to you?

More than one; eg, this one.

6. What do you feel strongly about?

Stopping oppression and exploitation. Stopping destruction of the environment.

7. If you could grant one person in your life one wish, what would it be?

My true love living on for many happy years.

8. What is your favourite film?

This one.

9. What is your favourite book?

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia.

10. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

To travel to see birds.

My nominees are:

1. nadiaharhash

2. Sincerely, Tawm

3. Madekesiworld

4. nz

5. Antony Owen Poetry

6. MaBeautility

7. Grupo ajuda alimentos

8. PATRICK REAL STORIES

9. Share Every Things

10. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

11. An experiment

12. sikwate.org

13. anne frandi-coory

14. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

15. It Is What It Is

Internet censorship gets worse


This video says about itself:

‘Enemy of the Internet‘ – UK accused of mass surveillance & censorship

5 April 2014

Reporters Without Borders have branded the UK an ‘Enemy of the Internet’ for their mass surveillance and censorship programmes, the first time they have appeared on the list. Appearing alongside countries such as China, Iran and North Korea, the UK was criticised for mass surveillance of nearly a quarter of the world’s communications. And the report also said they confused journalists with terrorists.

By Andre Damon in the USA:

Governments and corporations escalate Internet censorship and attacks on free speech

6 January 2018

The year 2018 has opened with an international campaign to censor the Internet. Throughout the world, technology giants are responding to the political demands of governments by cracking down on freedom of speech, which is inscribed in the US Bill of Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and countless international agreements.

Bloomberg, the financial news service, published a blog post titled “Welcome to 2018, the Year of Censored Social Media”, which began with the observation, “This year, don’t count on the social networks to provide its core service: an uncensored platform for every imaginable view. The censorship has already begun, and it’ll only get heavier.”

Developments over the past week include:

  • On January 1, the German government began implementation of its “Network Enforcement Law”, which threatens social media companies with fines of up to €50 million if they do not immediately remove content deemed objectionable. Both German trade groups and the United Nations have warned that the law would incentivize technology companies to ban protected speech.
  • On January 3, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to introduce a ban on what he called “fake news” during election cycles, in a further crackdown on free speech on top of the draconian measures implemented under the state of emergency. The moves by France and Germany have led to renewed calls for a censorship law applying to the entire European Union.
  • On December 28, the New York Times reported that Facebook had deleted the account of Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, nominally because he had been added to a US sanctions list. As the American Civil Liberties Union pointed out, this creates a precedent for giving the US government essentially free rein to block the freedom of expression all over the world, simply by putting individuals on an economic sanctions list.
  • This week, Iranian authorities blocked social media networks, including Instagram, which were being used to organize demonstrations against inequality and unemployment.
  • Facebook has continued its crackdown on Palestinian Facebook accounts, and has removed over 100 accounts at the request of Israeli officials.

These moves come in the wake of the decision by the Trump administration to abolish net neutrality, which gives technology companies free rein to censor and block access to websites and services.

In August, the World Socialist Web Site first reported that Google was censoring left-wing, anti-war, and progressive websites. When it implemented changes to its search algorithms, Google claimed that they were politically-neutral, aimed only at elevating “more authoritative content” and demoting “blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.”

Now, no one can claim that the major technology giants are not carrying out a widespread and systematic campaign of online censorship, in close and active coordination with powerful states and intelligence agencies.

In the five months since the WSWS released its findings, Google’s censorship of left-wing, anti-war, and progressive web sites has only intensified.

Even though the World Socialist Web Site’s readership from direct entries and other web sites has increased, Google’s effort to isolate the WSWS through the systematic removal of its articles from search results has continued to depress its search traffic. Search traffic to the WSWS, which fell more than any other left-wing site, has continued to trend down, with a total reduction of 75 percent, compared to a 67 percent decline in August.

Alternet.org’s search traffic is now down 71 percent, compared to 63 percent in August. Consortium News’s search traffic is down 72 percent, compared to 47 percent in August. Other sites, including Global Research and Truthdig, continue to see significantly depressed levels of search traffic.

In its statement to commemorate the beginning of the new year, the World Socialist Web Site noted, “The year 2018—the bicentenary of Marx’s birth—will be characterized, above all, by an immense intensification of… class conflict around the world.” This prediction has been confirmed in the form of mass demonstrations in Iran, the wildcat strike by auto workers in Romania, and growing labour militancy throughout Europe and the Middle East.

The ruling elites all over the world are meeting this resurgence of class struggle with an attempt to stifle and suppress freedom of expression on the Internet, under the false pretence of fighting “fake news” and “foreign propaganda.”

The effort to muzzle social opposition by the working class must be resisted.

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will host a live video discussion on Internet censorship, featuring journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North.

The discussion will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

We urge all of our readers to register to participate in this immensely important discussion, and to help publicize it to friends and co-workers.

The webinar will be streamed live by the WSWS on YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm (EST). For more information, time zone conversions and to register, click here.

Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship”: here.

Germany signalled Monday it was open to amending a controversial law combatting online hate speech as the justice minister fell victim to the rules he himself championed. The move came after Twitter deleted a post by Heiko Maas dating back to 2010 before he was appointed justice minister, in which he called a fellow politician “an idiot”: here.

Last week the message service Twitter blocked the account of the German satirical magazine Titanic and deleted a tweet: here.

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing: here.

Amid state censorship campaign, French media denounce “conspiracy theories”: here.

Thai dictatorship jails blind woman for Facebook share


This video says about itself:

4 January 2018

Blind Thai woman is jailed for 18 months for sharing a ‘royal insult‘ on Facebook. A blind woman was jailed for 18 months by a Thai court on Thursday for sharing a Facebook post deemed defamatory to the royal family, her lawyer said, the latest victim of a tough law that shields the monarchy from criticism.

Nuhurhayati Masoe, 23, who hails from Thailand‘s Muslim-majority Yala province, was punished for publishing an excerpt from an article on the social media platform in October 2016. She heard the article through an audio application for blind people.

Translated from Dutch RTL news today:

Blind Thai woman jailed in prison cell for sharing a Facebook post

A court in Bangkok sentenced a young blind woman to a one-and-a-half-year prison sentence because she had shared a critical post about the monarchy on Facebook.

The lèse majesté laws are particularly harsh in Thailand. Violators can be sentenced to years of imprisonment.

The military in power

The 23-year-old woman had shared an article by royal family critic Giles Ungpakorn.

The woman has confessed that, but she did not expect that only sharing would cause such a severe punishment.

Since the military have been in power through a coup in 2014, more than a hundred people have received long penalties for lèse majesté.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, 15 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 in 2017?

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 good things do you expect in 2018?

My nominees are:

1. Unfinished Business

2. RAWLINGS BLOG

3. alexankarrbooks

4. Rambling History

5. the gay poet

6. Politics and Insights

7. ANKIT VERMA

8. richardint

9. Diaries Of A Scatterbrain

10. James Fahey

11. Faktensucher

12. Emotions of a simple girl

13/ The Molecular Biologist

14. Here in the Silence

15. Salt & Coconuts

Dear Kitty blog, 2017 overview


Blogging cartoon

First, thanks to everyone who visited this blog in 2017!

2017 is not quite, but almost over.

What blog posts and pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2017-12-31 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 15,197
Massive animal abuse in Belgian corporate slaughterhouse More stats 2,982
Gay animal sex More stats 2,646
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted More stats 1,115
Belgian King Leopold II’s crimes in Congo, statue in Ostend More stats 1,017
London Grenfell Tower tragedy, government blood on its hands More stats 991
Korean sex slaves of Japanese army, first video ever More stats 708
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer More stats 582
Anti-Trump demonstration Amsterdam tomorrow, Dam to Museumplein More stats 479
About More stats 470
United States Ku Klux Klan propaganda More stats 467
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament More stats 437
Dutch anti-Trump demonstration, 20 January, Amsterdam More stats 433
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters More stats 400
United States ‘War on Poverty’ during the Vietnam war More stats 389
How Spain’s Franco dictatorship censored music More stats 348
Women’s march against Trump, Amsterdam 21 January More stats 345
Che Guevara’s favourite poems discovered More stats 337
British 1970s-80s rebellion and music More stats 334
Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock and Irish history More stats 323
London Grenfell fire vigil for five-year-old victim More stats 302

Which referrers referred most to Dear Kitty. Some blog in 2017?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2017-12-31 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 68,309
WordPress.com Reader 34,855
Facebook 2,138
Twitter 1,193
mail.yahoo.com 1,013
android-app 505
dearkitty1-wordpress-com.cdn.ampproject.org 370
igualdadanimal.org/noticias/7763/en-holanda-quieren-colocar-camaras-en-mataderos-tras-escandalo-por-imagenes-de-extrema 304
Reddit 208
grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com 188

Young people don’t want to become spies


This video says about itself:

Welcome to Haven: Snowden launches spy-blocking smart phone app

26 December 2017

A new app developed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden promises to harness the surveillance power of your smart phone and turn it into a tiny security system to physically guard your data. Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

For the British intelligence service GCHQ finds it more and more difficult to recruit staff, because well-trained cyberspecialists more often opt for better paid jobs at tech giants like Facebook and Google. They pay up to five times more than the government, according to a study by a British parliamentary committee.

The GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) says they need more and more staff …

The staff shortage among cyberspecialists at the GHCQ is around 20 percent. In 2016, 51 experts worked at the service and by 2018, according to the service, they should be 110. …

The intelligence services in the Netherlands also find it difficult to find staff. The military spying service MIVD also said early this year that a lot of young talent chooses to work in business.

“After all the revelations by, for example, Snowden, which exposed secret spying activities of the American intelligence service NSA, many cyberspecialists in training have their reservations about being hired by national intelligence services. Do I really want to work for such an organization? they think”, says [Delft university cybersecurity professor] Van Eeten in the NOS Radio 1 news.