Real Neat Blog Award, thank you so much Cosmic Explorer!


Real Neat Blog award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer of the blog Universe Unexplored has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

(Feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time or if you don’t accept awards).

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are the seven questions with my answers:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

This month, the visits to my blog came mainly from:

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2016-09-14 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 5,901
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,284
India FlagIndia 402
Canada FlagCanada 369
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 284
Australia FlagAustralia 276
Romania FlagRomania 261
Germany FlagGermany 234
France FlagFrance 231
Jamaica FlagJamaica 203
Spain FlagSpain 186
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 135
Philippines FlagPhilippines 118
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 63
Italy FlagItaly 63
Sweden FlagSweden 51
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 50
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 46
Ireland FlagIreland 44
Norway FlagNorway 43
Belgium FlagBelgium 43
Pakistan FlagPakistan 41
Brazil FlagBrazil 39
Greece FlagGreece 37
Singapore FlagSingapore 36
South Korea FlagSouth Korea 34
Turkey FlagTurkey 33
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 32
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 31
Bahrain FlagBahrain 29
Poland FlagPoland 27
Cyprus FlagCyprus 25
Israel FlagIsrael 25
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 24
Kenya FlagKenya 24
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 24
Denmark FlagDenmark 23
Austria FlagAustria 22
Croatia FlagCroatia 20

2. What is your favourite sport?

Football.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

My stay on Texel island.

4. What is your favourite quote?

‘Nothing is completely true; and not even this’. A quote by Dutch nineteenth century author Multatuli.

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

Biology.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

Computer skills.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

Recorder. Keyboard.

My nominees are:

1. Wings Of Poetry

2. Unveiling the Incogitable

3. Uphill Battle with Kim

4. Tookii

5. Sharks Parasite and Zoology

6. Las crónicas del Otro Mundo

7. Denisa Aricescu

8. Genie Poetess

9. Art, animals, and the earth

10. “Art Gowns”

Blogger Recognition Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer!


Blogger Recognition Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

For all the nominees for this award, here are the rules, if you choose to accept:

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

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 15 nominees are:

1. G R E T A ‘s

2. simple Ula

3. Sentinel Of Phantasm

4.mysuccessisyoursuccess

5. Mihran Kalaydjian

6. Miss Ayo Délé

7. Miscellanea

8. Of Tales & Dreams

9. Karmic Reaction Blog

10. The Travelling Ecologist

11. P e d r o L

12. Sharmishtha Basu

13. The free online

14. O at the Edges

15. Enchanted Forests

Facebook censors Norwegian Prime Minster on Vietnam war


Kim Phuc with baby in 2005

This photo shows Ms Kim Phuc, who became well-known from a photograph, taken when, as a nine-year-old girl in Vietnam in 1972, napalm bombs injured her. As this 2005 photo of Kim Phuc shows, the napalm scars are still visible and still hurt.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Vietnam photo also deleted from Facebook page of Norwegian Prime Minister

Today, 15:14

The historical photo of the “napalm girl” from Vietnam has not only been removed from the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten‘s Facebook page, but also from the page of the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

She placed the picture, like many other Norwegians, on her page in protest of Facebook’s removal policy. The company believes that there is too much nudity in the photo.

Solberg has posted a new message in which she expresses the hope that Facebook will change its policy. She writes: “I want our children to grow up in a society where they can learn history as it really was.”

Ms Solberg is a member of the Norwegian conservative party.

But, apparently, not conservative enough for Facebook. Apparently, to Facebook one is only a ‘real’ conservative if, to quote George Orwell’s 1984, one believes that ‘War is peace‘. And if one censors the crimes of the Vietnam war and other wars out of ‘history as it really was’.

UPDATE: after many protests, Facebook gave in and restored the photo.

Facebook whitewashes Vietnam war atrocities


Vietnamese children injured after napalm attack, AP photo

This 8 June 1972 photo shows children wounded by napalm bombs fleeing during the Vietnam war. Among them then 9-year-old Kim Phuc. Ms Kim Phuc, an adult woman now, still hurts from the napalm injuries which United States warplanes flown by the Saigon puppet regime then inflicted on her.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Norwegian newspaper after removal of Vietnam photo: Facebook abused power

Today, 10:38

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has criticized Facebook sharply. In an open letter to their CEO Mark Zuckerberg, chief editor Espen Egil Hansen says that the platform has abused its power. Following the removal of a famous photo from the Vietnam war. Aftenposten is one of the largest newspapers in Norway.

The photo was used by the Norwegian writer Tom Egeland, in a story about iconic war photos. The newspaper reported this story on Facebook. On Wednesday, Facebook told Aftenposten that it would delete the photo.

Then that deletion happened within 24 hours and before the chief editor could respond, he writes. The image was removed according to Hansen because it showed a naked girl, Kim Phuc. When Egeland responded on Facebook to the deletion the platform decided to make it impossible for the writer to post any messages, says Hansen.

“This is serious”

“Listen, Mark,” Hansen writes. “This is serious. First you decide to make no distinction between child pornography and famous war photos and apply your rules without thinking properly. Then you censor criticism and debate about the decision and also punish critics.”

Hansen calls Zuckerberg the most powerful editor of the world. “I am convinced that you abused your power”, says Hansen. “I also think you have thought insufficiently.” Hansen also points to the role of the media in the Vietnam War: they made sure Americans did not get to see the true face of the conflict.

The Norwegian editor asks Zuckerberg what he will do if again terrible images turn up.

Guidelines

Hansen is not the first person criticizing Facebook’s policies. The platform often removes photographs and critics say that is against freedom of expression. Known in the Netherlands is an example of cartoonist Ruben L. Oppenheimer. A drawing by him was removed and then put back.

The guidelines of Facebook say that pictures of naked people will be removed.

Including on famous ancient paintings. Somewhat like Rupert Murdoch and Silvio Berlusconi.

The company always says they do that based on reports from users. The decision to remove a photograph is then taken by an employee of the company. In the case of the Vietnam picture this is startling, because this is a very famous photograph which has been published worldwide on countless occasions.

One of many reasons why I am not on Facebook, including this one and this one and this one, etc.

Meanwhile, eg, the Dutch neonazis of the Nederlandse Volksunie are welcome to spew their racist hatred on Facebook.

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations for you!


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. Highland Imp

2. kerfuffled

3. Rooted in home

4. Universe Unexplored

5. 1TheFence

6. PLEXIUS

7. Rang Birange

8. InspírameConArte

9. Embracing Authenticity

10. The Kitty Blogger

11. United States Of Ethiopia

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations to you!


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. Newzo

2. maxjemin

3. Ankit maharishi

4. SITTING PRETTY

5. The World Past Me

6. Ethiopianism News

7. mytripstokerala

8. Pilant’s Business Ethics Blog

9. The Flowers of Rojava

10. owl machine

11. The Cedar Lounge Revolution

12. Manolis

13.The Fox Eyed Man

14. travineer

15. Neo-colonialism and its Discontents

16. Landskin

17. YUP..we are “Homo Sapiens”

18. The Beauty Of Doing Nothing!

19. Robson Cezar