Birds in Spain, new Internet site


This 2014 video is called Rare Birds in Spain.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

We are very excited to announce the release of a new eBird Portal for Spain: eBird España. In partnership with Sociedad de Ciencias Naturales Gorosti, Fundación Cajanavarra, Itsas Enara, and Birding the Strait, we’re looking forward to making eBird’s resources more easily accessible to Spanish birders. You can check out eBird España here!

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations, 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. Mugilan Raju

2. gianni trudu photos

3. Chitra

4. dimfan

5. Mithai Mumblezz

6. Panda In Canada

7. Candi Sandi Blogs

8. lifexperimentblog

9. lea142

10. “OUR WORLD”

Dutch government wants spying on all citizens


This video says about itself:

Orwell’s 1984 a fairytale compared to reality’: Snowden delivers Xmas message

25 December 2013

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ via a British TV channel. The whistleblower called for an end to mass spying by governments, stating that a child born today will have “no conception of privacy.” Read more here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

New ‘snooping law’: Anyone can be hacked

Today, 02:48

The Dutch secret services will be able to hack also innocent civilians with a new law, if they can reach their targets in this way. This is clear from the text of the new Law on Intelligence and Security. The Volkskrant daily has found the not yet disclosed legal text and has shared it with the NOS. …

Interestingly, the government had asked the Privacy and Identity Lab, a collaboration of two universities and TNO, for research into the new law, but it has ignored their advice on that issue. The P. I. Lab writes that hacking “citizens who are not suspects of any crime” goes too far. The study talks about “unacceptable privacy risks.”

Although the government acknowledges that these are powers violating civil rights, they still go ahead with their plans. ….

Civil rights organization Bits of Freedom, which has analyzed the law, does not like it. “Someone has not done anything, but suddenly the secret services do invade his device,” said Ton Siedsma of that organization. It can involve smartphones, tablets or laptops, but also new types of smart devices such as watches, refrigerators and cars.

Mass surveillance

Also the power of large-scale surveillance remains in the new law largely unchanged in spite of criticism by Amnesty International, the Board for the Protection of Human Rights and businesses. Two weeks ago, the government still said it would satisfy the concerns. ….

The legal text shows that the AIVD and its military counterpart, MIVD, may still do mass surveillance extensively. …

It is clear from the explanation of the new law that the coming years there will come a snooping network with four major locations. The government will pay the cost of this mass surveillance, 15 million next year to 35 million in 2019. …

The government, of course, will pay these new costs of spying with taxpayers’ money. Meaning the overwhelmingly non-criminal taxpayers will pay to destroy their own privacy. Dutch taxpayers, of course, do not include the millionaires and billionaires whose money is in offshore tax havens with a little help of the Panama PapersMossack Fonseca or similar tax dodging enablers.

The Dutch secret services with this law will be able to cooperate better with other secret services, says the government.

Critics fear effects on privacy. Thus, opposition party D66 is afraid of a dragnet. Telecom companies also reacted critically, as do business organisations SME Netherlands and VNO-NCW.

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations to 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. Jazz lily

2. Art by Rob Goldstein

3. Happy Rabbit Travels

4. Zeebra Designs & Destinations

5. Bampots Utd

6. The Japanese Traveler

7. travelogues of a Pinay wanderess

8. borderless louise

9. Verbena-19

10. Birmingham Clarion Singers

11. Alexis Chateau

Blogger Recognition Award, thank you Xena!


Blogger Recognition Award

My dear friend Xena of the blog We Hold These Truths To Be Self-evident has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules of this award are:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

My blog started in January 2005, then on ModBlog. ModBlog, however, was sold to a big corporation which killed it. So, I had to move to Blogsome. When Blogsome stopped, I moved to WordPress in December 2011.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers are:

1. Especially in older blog posts, you may check whether links have become broken, and repair them. There is a tool for that, Xenu’s Link Sleuth, downloadable here.

2. Use categories and tags for your blog posts, making it easier for yourself, visitors, search engines etc. to find related posts. Not too many categories and tags, though; it seems that for WordPress over 12 for one blog post is too many.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. fromscotlandwithloveblog

2. The Case for Bernie Sanders

3. Katie Gloria

4. dont feed the plants

5. Osian Grifford

6. Jean Reinhardt

7. Dr sridhars photography

8. Deadly Clear

9. UNE LECTURE, UN SENTIMENT

10. It Is What It Is

11. Lady Budd

12. The Reporter and the Girl

13. Gringa of the Barrio

14. Cloud of Lace

15. Between Two Seas

Bird webcams in the USA, 2015 highlights 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

19 April 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!

Liebster Award, thanks Isolated_girl!


Liebster Award

Shortly after this nomination for the Liebster Award, Isolated_girl was so kind to nominate my blog for that award again.

Thank you so much for that, my dear blogging friend!

The rules of the Liebster Award (slightly different from my previous Liebster Award nomination) are:

Liebster Award rules

Isolated_girl’s 11 questions, and my answers to them, are:

1. Who are you and where do you belong to?

I am a blogger since 2005, and belong on WordPress since 2011, when previous blogging sites closed down.

2. Who is your idol and why?

I am not into idol worship. However, I really admire Honduran environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres, murdered recently.

3. Which is your favorite book and why?

The price of my soul, by Bernadette Devlin. Because it is about standing up to injustice.

4. What is beauty? And what makes you beautiful?

Eg, these birds. Loving animals like these makes me beautiful.

5. Are you single, in a relationship or married? In a relationship.

[6. was omitted in the original, so I am asking this question to myself: Why do you blog?]

See here.

7. What is the best thing about you? And the worst one?

Best is my love for wildlife. Worst is (sometimes) laziness.

8. What do you write and why?

I write on various subjects on my blog. If there is no news on one subject, there will always be news on another subject.

9. Is your life difficult or is it easy?

Compared to many other people, it is easy.

10. Who or what is God?

Millions of people have tried to answer that question for thousands of years in their different ways. So far, there is no answer which convinces everybody else.

11. Whom do you love, the most in the world?

That person knows whom I mean:)

11 random facts about me:

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

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 127
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 30
Romania FlagRomania 8
Australia FlagAustralia 7
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 7
France FlagFrance 6
Denmark FlagDenmark 6
Belgium FlagBelgium 5
Nepal FlagNepal 3
India FlagIndia 3
Italy FlagItaly 2
Ukraine FlagUkraine 2
Canada FlagCanada 2

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

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 9,036
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,576
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 853
Canada FlagCanada 452
Germany FlagGermany 336
Romania FlagRomania 300
Australia FlagAustralia 299
Jamaica FlagJamaica 283
France FlagFrance 278
India FlagIndia 181
Italy FlagItaly 132
Denmark FlagDenmark 127
Spain FlagSpain 118
Ireland FlagIreland 96
Russia FlagRussia 92
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 86
Norway FlagNorway 81
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 77
Belgium FlagBelgium 75
Philippines FlagPhilippines 64
Portugal FlagPortugal 61
Bahamas FlagBahamas 59
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 53
Nepal FlagNepal 53
Sweden FlagSweden 52
Bahrain FlagBahrain 52

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog so far today?

Title Views
Iraq war giving children cancer 9
Mistle thrush in Cornwall, video 8
Wood pigeon video 8
Panama Papers scandal, also nazi art robbery scandal? 8
Home page / Archives 7
Dutch Kinderdijk, windmills and nature 7
Panama Papers scandal and the USA 6
British Prime Minister Cameron lied about his offshore money 6
Ex-Abu Ghraib torture prison interrogator speaks 5
Birds at Cornwall forest phone box, video 5

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 905
Birdie Sanders, new sticker from the USA 814
Dutch government warned Blair on Iraq war 800
NATO’s Apartheid toilets in Afghanistan 387
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 179
Fundamentalist church leader arrested for financial fraud 143
Songbird lands at Bernie Sanders meeting 97
Hieronymus Bosch exhibition tickets sold out 96
Most hated animals top 50 95
United States Republican Donald Trump, how he sees the world 82
Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Paul! 72
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 67
Hieronymus Bosch, new film on ancient painter 65
Greek art exhibition in Chicago, USA 62
Ban all Muslims from the USA, Donald Trump says 58
About 57

5. Which referrers referred most to my blog so far today?

Referrer Views
Search Engines 153
WordPress.com Reader 28
mail.yahoo.com 8
Twitter 2
kopleft.com/youll-never-walk-alone-lyrics-and-history/ 1
google.co.uk/blank.html 1
Facebook 1
lnkd.in 1
unbolt.wordpress.com/choose-your-award-2/ 1

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

Referrers for 90 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 24,741
WordPress.com Reader 1,934
Facebook 814
mail.yahoo.com 350
Twitter 300
lnkd.in 179
widgets.wp.com 122
WordPress Dashboard 94
Hacker News 65
kopleft.com/youll-never-walk-alone-lyrics-and-history/ 51
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 40
topix.com 36
raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com 31
linkedin.com 29
theobamacrat.com 26

7. Which search engine terms brought most visits to my blog this year?

Search Terms for 365 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

Search Views
sandra bland update 56
who was the first indian to become member of british parliament 23
hsbc nigeria 22
first indian to become member of british parliament 21
sandra killed by police 20
egyptian sarcophagus 20
helen keller 17
smallest chameleons fastest 16
poisonous caterpillars 14
ruach ministries scandal 13
octopus dna research 10
rubens and rembrandt 10
most hated animals 10

8. Which URLs were clicked upon most on my blog this year?

Clicks for 365 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

URL Clicks
en.wikipedia.org 959
WordPress.com Media 455
secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/birdie-sanders?refcode=em160329-cont-3-full 112
nos.nl 99
http://www.independent.co.uk 72
http://www.rspb.org.uk 68
http://www.theguardian.com 58
focus.de/kultur/buecher/europas-schande-das-gedicht-von-guenter-grass-im-wortlaut_aid_758777.html 50
focusingonwildlife.com 45
hrexach.files.wordpress.com 43
morningstaronline.co.uk 38

9. Which tags and categories attracted most visits to my blog recently?

Topic Views
Peace and war 981
Iraq 846
Rupert Murdoch 808
Tony Blair 801
Birds 677
Politics 576
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 570
Environment 407
Democratic party 396

10. Which search engines brought most visits to my blog so far today?

Search Engines 153
Google Search 142
Bing 3
Google Image Search 3
Yahoo Search 2
duckduckgo.com 1
myway.com 1
Yandex 1

11. Which search engines brought most visits to my blog this year?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2016-04-08 (Summarized)

Search Engines 91,435
Google Search 80,578
Google Image Search 4,239
Bing 3,315
Yahoo Search 1,471
duckduckgo.com 571
live.com 533
AOL 150
Ask.com 125
Yandex 93
Google Mobile 82
ixquick.com 48
myway.com 48
Baidu 30

My eleven new questions for my nominees 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?

8. Which film did you see, but wish in retrospect you had not bothered to see?

9. Which book haven’t you read yet, but would like to read?

10. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go?

11. To which country where you have not been yet would you like to go?

My 11 nominees are:

1. Green Dragon’s Cave, Author and Artist

2. windygirlsite

3. Dragonscale clippings

4. Inquisitive

5. Teacup Talk

6. Pal-Fitness Personal Trainer.com

7. It Is What It Is

8. Erika Kind

9. unbolt

10. The Militant Negro™

11. Voices and Visions