Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations everybody!


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 2015?

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. Arpita’s Travelogue

2. Violet’s Veg*n e-Comics

3. Petite Magique

4. Writing Reconsidered

5. yeoldehistorie

6. Problems With Infinity

7. Lois Elsden

8. SOARE ŞI LUNĂ

9.

10. 47whitebuffalo’s Blog

11. Kira Moore’s Closet

12. The adventures of Lil Nicky

13. La Audacia de Aquiles

14. Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Actio

15. My Wonderful World

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all 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 2015?

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. Sijmen Hendriks

2. ipekseyhanpoyrazkarayel

3. Ask Cara

4. Belinda Crane

5. Jessica For World

6. sdbast

7. Treebeardgarden’s Blog

8.

9. Before I Forget

10. cinemanunparadiso

Blogger Recognition Award, thank you Makayla!


Blogger Recognition Award

My blogging friend Makayla has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award.

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

The rules of this award are:

Post an image of the award
Thank your nominator
Nominate 15 blogs
Comment on the blogs so they know of their nomination
Write a brief description about your blog
Write 1-2 pieces of advice for a new blogger
Provide a link to the original Blogger Recognition Award post

A brief description of my blog is here.

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, search engines etc. to find related posts. Not too many categories and tags, though; it seems that for WordPress over 12 is too many.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. misswatzername

2.

3. Ms.B Lifestyle

4. snapshotsincursive

5. travelwithmukul

6. It Is What It Is

7. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

8. House of Heart

9. greeneyedchess

10. Kev’s Great Indie Authors

11. The lotus of fire

12. The Militant Negro™

13. amateur airplanes

14. Lu MG Photos

15. Dr sridhars photography

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to you all!


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 2015?

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. Hummingbird Redemption

2. solodolo13’s Blog

3. deeacalinescu

4. kerrie8576

5. De bec et de plumes

6. WRITER’S BLOG

7. Pertinent Problems

8. Elder Pipe

9. COVENTRY CITY BRANCH UNISON

10. DoubleU

800,000 visits milestone on my blog


Blogging, cartoon

Today, my blog pased the milestone of 800,000 visits ever since it had to move to WordPress in December 2011.

I am not sure, but probably visit #800,000 was by Micheline, of this blog.

Thank you and all other visitors!

Where did visits to my blog come from, ever since WordPress stats started counting where they are from, on 25 February 2012?

Top Views by Country for all days ending 2015-08-22 (Summarized)

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Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits, ever since Dear Kitty. Some blog moved to WordPress in December 2011?

All Time

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all of 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 2015?

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. enchantedforests

2. Be Afraid of the Woolf

3. new boots and pantisocracies

4. valeriu dg barbu

5. WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

6. My Berkeley Bowl

7. Letters from Gondwana

8. SUSTAINABI

9.

10. Casa care adăposteşte gânduri • Editura Excelsior Art

Whistleblowing German bloggers, traitors? Historical context


This video shows an 1 August 2015 demonstration in Berlin, Germany, for press freedom, against Internet spying and censorship and against governmental attempts to prosecute the blog Netzpolitik.org as ‘traitors’.

By Andreas Kunstmann in Germany:

Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org

German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

8 August 2015

The legal investigation into the blog Netzpolitik.org for treason has provoked strong opposition and a wave of anger. It recalls the darkest chapter in German history, with the rise of the Nazis.

The most well known and notorious treason conviction in Germany was in 1931, against the editor of the Weltbühne magazine, Carl von Ossietzky.

It is less well known that this criminal trial was reviewed by a court in the Federal Republic of Germany. Between 1988 and 1992, Germany’s Federal Supreme Court (BGH) reconsidered the journalist’s conviction and refused to overturn the judgement.

The basis for the conviction in November 1931 was the publication of an article entitled “Shady Dealings in the Air” (“Windiges aus der Luftfahrt”) in the Weltbühne of 12 March 1929. Carl von Ossietzky was the magazine’s publisher and editor in charge.

The article dealt with events at the Johannesthal Adlershof airfield that proved Germany was pursuing a rearmament programme in violation of the terms of the Versailles Treaty agreed to at the end of World War I, and systematically covering the program up.

In the initial trial, a report authored by the Reich prosecutor (predecessor of the Federal Prosecutor) played an important role in preparing the treason charge. At the time, the charge was demanded by the Defence Ministry, which disputed that the facts detailed in the article were “already known to all interested parties at home and abroad.”

The charge followed only a few weeks after the completion of the report. The Reichsgericht (predecessor of the BGH) sentenced Carl von Ossietzky to one year and six months imprisonment. A pardon was demanded in a petition signed by 43,600 people, but rejected by Reich President Paul von Hindenburg.

Carl von Ossietzky subsequently spent 227 days in prison and was then sent to a concentration camp by the Nazis, where he died on 4 May 1938.

Fifty years later, Rosalinda von Ossietzky-Palm, Ossietzky’s daughter, commissioned lawyer Heinrich Hannover, Bremen civil servant Ingo Müller and Berlin Judge Eckart Rotka to reopen the case. The request was filed at the Berlin appeals court on 1 March 1988. It was justified on the basis of new evidence.

For example, it was proven that the facts in the article were already known to the French army, meaning they were not secrets. It was also argued that the rearmament program “endangered the security of the Reich, and not the fact that these activities were published.”

Among the appeals court judges was one who was jointly responsible for the acquittal in 1968 of Hans-Joachim Rehse, who had been a judge at the Volksgericht (People’s Court) in Nazi Germany. The Berlin district court had cleared Rehse at the time because the presentation of cases by the People’s Court “took place within the framework of technical considerations.”

On 11 July 1991, the application to reopen the Ossietzky case was thrown out by the Berlin court. No new evidence or facts had allegedly been presented that would have been sufficient to justify overturning the original conviction.

The ruling stated, “… the application for a retrial is based on conditions which the court fully evaluated and arrived at an opposing conclusion after a review of the evidence in both instances referred to. A fact [rejected by the previous ruling] is not new evidence.”

An appeal challenging this decision was filed with the Federal Supreme Court, which rejected the suit for a retrial on 3 December 1992. This was justified on the basis that no new evidence had been provided to show that “precisely” the information contained in the article had previously been known. It was, according to the BGH, not a question of whether the rearmament program as a whole was already known about.

The court said the new evidence, which, according to experts, showed the publication had not endangered the “security of the Reich,” was not new evidence according to law, and would thus not result in a retrial.

Heinrich Hannover, citing the BGH ruling, wrote: “For the judges in Karlsruhe, the Third Reich and the Second World War with its 50 million deaths never took place. They are holding on to principles that rely on a lack of critical awareness of history and guarantee the acquittal of their judicial colleagues in the Third Reich who sympathised with Adolf Hitler.”

Hannover quoted from the BGH ruling: “The reference to subsequent historical developments is irrelevant for a retrial. Within the framework of determining admissibility, the retrial court must determine the suitability of the retrial application, taking into account the standpoint and legal opinion of the court that convicted the defendant.”

Thus the BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the standpoint and legal opinion of those judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state. Using similar arguments, the post-war German judiciary acquitted almost all judges and state prosecutors from the Nazi regime.

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All citations are from: Heinrich Hannover, Die Republik vor Gericht, 1975-1995, Erinnerungen eines unbequemen Rechtsanwalts; Chapter 19: Carl von Ossietzkys Landesverratein Wiederaufnahmeverfahren (1988-1992); Pp. 371-410.

See also: Elisabeth Hannover-Drück/Heinrich Hannover, Politische Justiz 1918-1933.