Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 10 bloggers!


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 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 musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. 18Megapixel

2. Quintessential Habits

3. FRONA’S READS OR ELSE

4. Kevin’s Wanderlust

5. Emre Cetin’s New Blog

6. Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement

7. Micks Blog

8. Socratis Papahatzis

9. The Science Geek

10. Peace For Eternity

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 11 bloggers!


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. ashiftinconsciousness

2. The Muses’ Emporium

3. livingasanne

4. Pen and Paper

5. Quill & Parchment

6. Quick Indian recipes – Easy,healthy,delicious

7. bkcitta.com

8. loudisladylikedotcom

9. wildlife-reporter

10. Discobar Bizar

11. Living and Lovin

BBC wildlife, a million YouTube subscribers


This video from Britain says about itself:

The Amazing Natural World – 1 Million Subscriber Celebration – BBC Earth

10 January 2017

It is with great honour that we announce that the BBC Earth YouTube channel now has over a million subscribers! We would like to thank everyone who’s subscribed and we’ll keep releasing 3 amazing BBC wildlife clips each week for you to enjoy.

Washington Post fake news on Vermont power malware


This 1 January 2016 video from the USA is called Russians Hacked Vermont Power Grid Was Fake.

By Kevin Martinez in the USA:

Washington Post falsely accuses Russia of hacking Vermont power company

3 January 2017

The Washington Post has been compelled to correct an article which falsely claimed that Russia had hacked into the electrical grid of a Vermont electrical power company. It has since been revealed that the laptop that was allegedly penetrated by malware was not even connected to the electrical grid, according to a statement from Burlington Electric that read, “We detected suspicious internet traffic in a single Burlington Electric Department computer not connected to our organization’s grid systems.”

This did not prevent the newspaper from running the story without so much as checking with the company in question to see if it was true. The story had been read by countless readers on social media before it was retracted. By that time, readers around the world had only seen the headline: “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say.”

No evidence of foreign hacking was revealed by the article, other than the statements from anonymous US officials and authorities. On Friday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin declared in a statement, “Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety,” adding, “This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.”

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy also chimed in, “This is beyond hackers having electronic joy rides—this is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter. That is a direct threat to Vermont and we do not take it lightly.” …

Eventually, the Post was forced to issue a correction, which read, “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the US electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far.” The provocative headline accusing Russian hackers of breaching the power grid remained however.

Remarkably, the Post published the story live on its website without bothering to fact check with the power company mentioned in the article. The Burlington Electric Department issued a statement an hour and a half after the story was published through the local paper, the Burlington Free Press. According to Kalev Leetaru of Forbes.com, the Post did not contact someone from the company until 10 minutes after publication, by which time the original article with its menacing headline had been viewed all over the world.

The only “evidence” that the malware-infected laptop was hacked by Russia was the Post’s claim that the malware was “Russian made.” Russian malware can in fact be purchased online anywhere by anyone.

There is a savage irony in the fact that the Post decries the spread of “fake news,” i.e., news that is not censored by the government and corporate media. The Post recently promoted a neo-McCarthyite website called “Prop or Not” which accused Wikileaks, CounterPunch, and other critical and left-wing websites of being propaganda outfits of the Russian government.

See also here.

‘Fake news’ in Europe: here.

My blog in 2016, and happy 2017!


This video is called Happy New Year 2017.

I wish all visitors to Dear Kitty. Some blog a happy 2017!

As for my welcome visitors in 2016, where did they come from?

Now, I wanted to copy and paste my WordPress statistics, like I always used to.

Unfortunately, on the new WordPress statistics pages, you can’t copy and paste.

Most visits came from the USA: 75,015.

Second most from the United Kingdom: 18,631.

The most frequent search term for finding my blog in 2016 was ‘dragonfly’.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, ten bloggers!


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. thepaharigirl

2. hermesss-aglaea

3. Don’t Have A Cow

4. scientificlove

5. Cookies and Chemistry

6. Happiness Between Tails

7. Beauty over Forty

8. The Intrepid Mathematician

9. Gray’s Captured Moments

10. Ana de Lourdes