Monday, July 28, 2014

Apps: OK For Some, Not For Me!

Whenever possible I avoid cloud computing. I avoid updating apps and programs that are working just fine for me. There are a lot of new "intuitive" apps on the scene that try to gauge or otherwise figure out what the user wants to see or hear or do.  I prefer to hang on to some semblance of freedom and make my own listening choices!
My Fly Ying dual-sim hIphone has FM and TV - REAL tuners, no screwy apps 
Lemmings take note! Rather than just providing a live stream from a local affiliate, or highlighting random shows, the app learns from users' location and listening history (so individual broadcasts are never repeated) to offer curated suggestions on what to listen to at any given moment.

My favorite NPR station, over-the-air, no cellular data, no wi-fi needed! 
No thanks, no "curated suggestions" for moi! I'm not keen on any app that tried to "read me" or otherwise guess at what I want to listen to. That's why I would NEVER download anything like Pandora. My Chinese smartphone has a built-in FM radio tuner. The only way you will take radio away from me is if you pry it from my cold dead hands. It's a personal preference, and just my opinion. That's all!

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Fast-Food Workers Vote to Strike, Engage in Civil Disobedience Until They Win $15 and a Union



(Chicago, IL) – More than 1,300 fast-food workers from across the country unanimously passed a resolution Saturday to “do whatever it takes,” including striking and engaging in civil disobedience, to win $15 and a union (full text of resolution below). The vote came during a two-day nationwide convention of fast-food workers, the first of its kind, outside Chicago, IL.

“The fight for $15 and a union is the civil rights struggle of today. We’re prepared to do whatever it takes, even if it involves personal risk, to win,” said Laquita Jackson, 33, who has worked at McDonald’s in Memphis, TN for 10 years and makes $8.10 an hour. “Winning justice didn’t come easy for Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks or Cesar Chavez and it won’t come easy for us. But being at the convention, surrounded by thousands of fast-food workers just as dedicated as me, I know that we are going to win.”

Fed up with the industry’s refusal to listen to them, workers at the convention discussed strategies to escalate their campaign, which in only a year and a half has changed the politics of the nation. Workers attended sessions on civil disobedience and leadership training, applying past movements for racial and economic justice to today, and building power in local communities.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yekaterina Parkhomenko

Yekaterina Parkhomenko (Named as Ekaterina Parkhomenko -  said to be pro-Russian and from Torez near where the plane came down ) uploaded a photograph on Instagram, the photo-sharing social network, with the caption: 'Mascara from Amsterdam; to be precise, from the field. Well, you understand.' She said she had not collected it herself but had got it “from a familiar friend”. [Original Article w/pictures] [English Newspaper Story]

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said he was “shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behaviour at this tragic spot”.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#LocalVoicesTalk about Women in Islam

On Thursday, July 24, The WIP and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies will co-host Twitter chat “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality.” Join the conversation from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT / 12:30 pm - 1:30pm EDT on Twitter. #LocalVoicesTalk

The idea for “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality” was inspired by two CNS fellows from Pakistan – Maria Syed and Nidaa Shahid. Both fellows wrote this summer for The WIP addressing the common misperceptions in the West of women in Pakistan. After sharing the topic with CNS fellow Abdulmajeed Ibrahim of Nigeria, the topic grew to address common misperceptions in the West about Islam. The vision for this conversation is to engage Muslims and Non-Muslims to cultivate better cross-cultural understanding.

The Twitter event follows my radio presentation "Muslimahs On Faith And Women's Issues," which aired the weekend of July 19-20.


More information + bios of the chat panel can be found here.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Drake's got 'The 6' sense



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