3 Day Quote Challenge, third day


3 Day Quote Challenge

Paul of wwwpalfitness blog has been so kind to nominate my blog for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Rules: Post three quotes for three consecutive days, and nominate three new bloggers to take on the challenge each day and thank your nominator.

My quote for this third and final day is:

Power is wonderful. Total power is totally wonderful.

Contrary to many other quotes on my blog, this is not a quote with which I agree. I quote it as a warning about how the mindsets of dictators work.

The quote is by Madame Nhu (Trần Lệ Xuân). She was the First Lady of the puppet dictatorship in South Vietnam from 1955 to 1963. She was the wife of Ngô Đình Nhu, brother and secret police boss of dictator Ngô Đình Diệm. A fanatically right-wing Roman Catholic in a mostly Buddhist country, she made the laws conform to religious anti-women rules of ‘decency’; making her the only woman allowed to wear ‘sexy’ clothes. She rejoiced in violent deaths of Buddhists.

My three nominees of today are:

1. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

2. Denisa Aricescu

3. natycalinescu

3 Day Quote Challenge, second day


3 Day Quote Challenge

Paul of wwwpalfitness blog has been so kind to nominate my blog for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Rules: Post three quotes for three consecutive days, and nominate three new bloggers to take on the challenge each day and thank your nominator.

My quote for this second day is:

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

My three nominees of today are:

1. If I Ruled the World

2. Rachel Poli

3. Adventure Bound

3 Day Quote Challenge, first day


3 Day Quote Challenge

Paul of wwwpalfitness blog has been so kind to nominate my blog for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Rules: Post three quotes for three consecutive days, and nominate three new bloggers to take on the challenge each day and thank your nominator.

My quote for this first day is:

The trouble with liquor is that one drink makes a new man out of you, and then the new man has to have another drink!

by United States actor Alvy Moore.

My three nominees of today are:

1. Erika Kind

2. It Is What It Is

3. The Militant Negro™

Real Neat Blog Award, 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. methods.blog

2. Cairdinalidae

3. Wallpaper Tadka

4. DIANABUJA’S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture

5. BECOME NIKA

6. 4ever21christina

7. The Racket-Rotter Chronicles

8. Peace Reflections

9. Capibara

10. Taste of Louisiana Cafe BLOG

‘Snowden was right’, US ex-Attorney General admits


This video from the USA says about itself:

Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed “Public Service”

31 May 2016

Eric Holder wanted to throw the book at Edward Snowden while he was in office and it mattered. Now that he’s retired, he’s sounding more sympathetic.

What a pity that so many politicians only start saying and doing good things once they are out of office. Like, eg, also this politician and this politician.

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“The former US attorney general Eric Holder has said the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by starting a debate over government surveillance techniques.

Speaking on a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former campaign strategist for Barack Obama, Holder emphasized, however, that Snowden must still be punished.

“We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made,” Holder said, in an hourlong discussion on The Axe Files.

“Now, I would say that doing what he did – and the way he did it – was inappropriate and illegal.”…

Snowden has said repeatedly that he would return to the US if he could get a fair trial.

“But, as I think you’re quite familiar, the Espionage Act does not permit a public interest defense,” Snowden told a University of Chicago event earlier this month. “You’re not allowed to speak the word ‘whistleblower’ at trial.””

Read more here.

Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal: here.

Is Your Phone Tapped? New Case Design by Snowden Lets You Know: here.

Hillary Clinton criticized by US State Department on emails


This video from the USA says about itself:

“Significant Security Risks”: State Department Says Clinton Broke Rules Using Private Email Server

26 May 2016

An internal government watchdog has concluded Hillary Clinton broke government rules by using a private email server without approval while she was secretary of state. That was the key finding of a long-awaited report by the State Department inspector general. The report concluded that Clinton would not have been allowed to use a private server in her home had she asked department officials in charge of information security, because it posed “significant security risks.”

This contradicts claims by Clinton that use of a home server was allowed and that no permission was needed. The report also criticized Clinton for not properly preserving emails she wrote and received on her personal account. According to the report, Clinton and eight of her deputies, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, declined to be interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation. Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business is also the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation. We speak to journalist Michael Tracey.