Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all 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 in 2014?

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. John Oliver Mason

2. Take What You Need

3. Go Yeast

4. FORBIDDEN JUNGLE

5. Deanne’s World

6. THE TIGER LOUNGE

7. Aurie’s Thoughts

8. sallyjaynekent

9. Michaella Rose

10. the poetry whisperer

11. Litere pictate in suflet

12. The adventures of a 20 something

13. VERDE DESPERTAR

14. Fur out the closet

15. Half-Eaten Mind

Saudi video maker arrested for filming beheading of woman


This video is about the horrible beheading of Ms Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim in Saudi Arabia. Not fit to watch for children and sensitive people.

From the International Business Times:

Saudi Arabia: Man arrested for filming officers publicly beheading woman in street

By Jack Moore

January 19, 2015 12:02 GMT

Saudi authorities have arrested a man who filmed a viral video of authorities publicly beheading a woman in the street, according to local media reports.

Saudi news outlets revealed that the man had been arrested but did not state what he would be charged with.

However, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed that filming the incident would be classed as a cybercrime under the country’s strict form of Sharia law, based on the Quran.

The Burmese woman, Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, was hacked to death by sword in the holy city of Mecca after being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers.

She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.

In the video she can be heard saying in Arabic: “I did not kill. There is no God but God. I did not kill.”

Haram. Haram. Haram. Haram. I did not kill … I do not forgive you … This is an injustice,” she continues.

The arrest of the man who documented the execution comes after the kingdom suspended the public flogging of a Saudi activist, Raif Badawi, on medical grounds and sent his case for review at the Supreme Court.

Badawi’s sentence of 1,000 lashes has been condemned by the United States and United Nations.

Woman publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia


This 11 January 2015 video is called Leaked video – Raif Badawi flogged by Saudi government.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Saudi Arabia publicly beheads woman in holy Mecca as blogger lashings are postponed

The Burmese woman was beheaded prompting criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, following Raif Badawi’s sentence

Ben Tufft

Friday 16 January 2015

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have publicly beheaded a woman in Islam’s holy city of Mecca, prompting further criticism of the country’s human rights record.

Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was executed by sword on Monday after being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers.

She was convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.

A video showed how it took three blows to complete the execution, while the woman screamed “I did not kill. I did not kill.” It has now been removed by YouTube as part of its policy on “shocking and disgusting content”.

There are two ways to behead people according to Mohammed al-Saeedi, a human rights activist: “One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller,” he told the Middle East Eye.

“This woman was beheaded without painkillers – they wanted to make the pain more powerful for her.”

READ MORE

RAIF BADAWI: SENTENCED TO 1,000 LASHES HAS IGNITED A GLOBAL DEBATE

SAUDI ARABIA’S HISTORY OF HYPOCRISY WE CHOOSE TO IGNORE

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that it believed the sentence was warranted due to the severity of the crime.

The beheading is part of an alarming trend, which has seen the kingdom execute seven people in the first two weeks of this year. In 2014 the number of executions rose to 87, from 78 in 2013.

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger, was due to receive the second set of 50 lashes today for insulting Islam, but it has been postponed on medical grounds.

Ali A Rizvi, one of the blogger’s best best friends told The Independent: “His wife told me that the lashings have been postponed, but it is only temporary.”

He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison after creating a liberal, secular website, Free Saudi Liberals. He faces lashings every Friday for the next 18 weeks, until the sentence is completed.

He narrowly avoided the death penalty when a court threw out apostasy charges in 2013.

Sarah Leah Wilson, the Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said: “Corporal punishment is nothing new in Saudi Arabia, but publicly lashing a peaceful activist merely for expressing his ideas sends an ugly message of intolerance.

“Saudi Arabia is showing a willingness to inflict vicious and cruel punishments on writers whose views it rejects.”

Amnesty also condemned the sentence and has launched a campaign to release the blogger.

In Saudi Arabia a number of crimes, including murder, rape, adultery and armed robbery, can carry a capital sentence.

Beheading is considered one of the more humane punishments the authorities can mete out, a firing squad and stoning are other methods open to judges.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, thanks Saadia!


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

My dear Internet friend Saadia of the blog Reflections of a rainbow has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Put the Award logo on your blog. Answer the ten questions sent to you. Make ten new questions for your nominees to answer. Nominate seven blogs.

The questions I was asked and my answers:

1. What is your passion and what are you doing to achieve your dreams?

To stop wars, injustice and environmental destruction. Providing information.

2. What was your best moment in your blogging world?

Several moments, when readers said they had benefited from my blog.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Having days of more than 24 hours, longer than I have now :)

4. If you could visit one time in your past what would it be?

My journey to Costa Rica.

5. What’s Your MOTTO IN LIFE?

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, as Muhammad Ali used to say.

6. What is that one thing you want to do before you die?

See a spoon-billed sandpiper.

7. Do you workout? If no, Then are you planning to but don’t ?

I walk a lot.

8. What is your favorite hobby?

Seeing birds.

9. Who’s your favorite blogger?

Riverbend.

10. What do you believe in: hard work or smart work?

Smart work.

My ten 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 in 2014?

4. What is your favorite quote?

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

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

8. What has been a special moment for you in 2015?

9. Which person, whom you have never met, would you like to meet?

10. Which animal, which you have not seen yet, would you like to see?

My seven nominees are:

1. Nutsrok

2. des zestes de mots. toutpartout. inside & out

3. Lu MG Photos

4. theo and the blog

5. intergenerational

6. Photos of birds and their struggle to survive climate change

7. Part Time Monster

Real Neat Blog Award, thanks so much Kelly!


Real Neat Blog Award

My blogging friend Kelly of the blog Simply Unique has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you, dear Kelly, and all the best for you and your blog!

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 in 2014?

4. What is your favorite quote?

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

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My replies to these questions are:

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

This week, most came from:

Top Views by Country for 7 days ending 2015-01-09 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 2,564
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 411
Jamaica FlagJamaica 197
Canada FlagCanada 143
Australia FlagAustralia 89
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 79
France FlagFrance 71
Germany FlagGermany 68
Belgium FlagBelgium 38
India FlagIndia 37
Bahrain FlagBahrain 37
Spain FlagSpain 30

2. What is your favourite sport?

Football.

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

Going to Costa Rica and seeing hummingbirds and other wildlife there.

4. What is your favorite quote?

“The great appear great to us, only because we are on our knees: LET US RISE.” By James Connolly. Written in 1897, but still very fitting in 2015.

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

Biology.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

Computing.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

Recorder.

My nominees are:

1. CutterLight

2. whatuful

3. Russel Ray Photos

4. It must be said!

5. Nik’s News

6. Anthropologists by Nature

7. African Baobab

8. Marilyn Munrow

9. I see beauty all around by rob paine

10. EbonyIvy

11. Reflection of a rainbow

12. Boho Hobo: Catching Dreams on the Road

13. Mommy Jo, Blogs!

14. Custom Cover Design by Michelle Rene

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 :) And, Happy 2015 for everyone!

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 in 2014?

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. Simply Unique

2. wanderingsufidotcom

3. Elan Mudrow

4. Il mio giornale di bordo

5. Fever dreams

6. Scarborough Conservation Volunteers & Scarborough Woods Action Group

7. EuphonosBooks

8. Lux Lucis

9. Before Sundown

10. Feminist Philosophers

11. through the luminary lens

12. heartbreak warfare

13. Random Bytes From Life

14. One World House

15. JudyLindo

My blog in 2014, which posts attracted most visits?


This video is called WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

Which posts and pages attracted most visits to Dear Kitty. Some blog in 2014?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2015-01-01 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 38,920
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 2,915
About 1,555
Most hated animals top 50 1,417
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 1,101
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 1,032
Turkish government deal with ISIS 989
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 927
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 926
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 707
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 655
Saudi woman gets 150 whip lashes for driving 554
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 553