Thursday, August 31, 2006

Gang Hand Signals

Here's something you may find useful should you ever make a wrong turn (or should MapQuest take you the wrong way) in New York or L.A.!
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Muslim Bashing Continues

Tags: Islam, Muslim, Religion
It's sad to see that a handful of radicals have had such a domino effect, making the world see Muslims and Islam in a very unflattering light.
Islam continues to be plagued by extremists among its midst who very loudly and insistently push their religious agenda through the barrel of a gun, or should we, in keeping with the times and reality say, 'the cannister of a bomb'? With September 11 around the corner, we can expect these religious fanatics to want to commemorate the occasion with a couple of their own bombing exploits to hasten their entry into heavenly bliss.[more...]
In "Notes on the San Fran rampage" Michelle Malkin blogs the "myth of the lone Muslim avenger;" reporting on the rash of "lone" Muslim shooters who have murdered Americans. It's sad but true, and again it's those radicals that are forcing people to belive Islam is "bad."

Last week I blogged about Lina Joy, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity and who now faces death threats. "Lina has tried unsuccessfully for years to get Malaysia’s National Registration Department to remove Muslim status from her identity papers." Under shari'a law, leaving the Islamic faith is apostasy and it's illegal. Shari'a law applies to all Muslims in Malaysia, and as they see it, once a Muslim, always a Muslim! Lina's case is currently in the Federal Court system, but she, her husband and their lawyers (one is a Muslim) are in hiding due to the constant death threats. From Asia News:

"Given the situation the lives of those who are spearheading the difficult fight for religious freedom in Malaysia are at risk, the lives of people like human rights lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who has been an observer at the appeal trial for the Malaysian Bar Council, and whose face now appears in a ‘Wanted Dead’ poster. The message that came with the photo was no less clear: “This is the face of the traitorous lawyer to Islam who supports the Lina Joy apostasy case. Distribute to our friends so they can recognize this traitor. If you find him dead by the side of the road, do not help.” " [adapted from a post by Miss Kelly, entitled "Moderate Malaysia?"

Two news sources, one the BBC and the other the Singapore Institute of International Affairs report on a movement in Malaysia to impede conversions away from Islam, and to favour Muslims and the Muslim religion in many other respects that impinge on non-Muslims (especially no-longer-Muslims). Islam is the official religion in Malaysia, while at the same time the country's Constitiution nevertheless enshrines freedom of religion. One need only compare Israel to see how an officially Jewish state manages to accomodate other religious communities and a h+ percentage of atheists and agnostics. In Malaysia, however, one Muslim current cannot live with this nuance, seeking a more totalitarian Muslim state. [more from refWrite]

Every year, on the 31st of August, Malaysians celebrate Merdeka. Pigilito in Switzerland blogs conservative Islam is gaining in Malaysia.

Related: An Open Letter To Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

Recommended:
Capital Region People: A young girl's response to anti-Islamic sentiment
Capital Region People: Fulla

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Lores Live on KRLA Labor Day Sunday

Tags: Politics, Talk Radio, Israel, Middle East
Tune in this Labor Day Sunday, as my friend fellow-blogger and media personality Lores Rizkalla [Lores Rizkalla Live on KRLA 870] features a "Take Action Weekend." Lores highlights the efforts of three people you need to know about!

Andy Ramirez, Chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol. He will tell us about his effort to support the border patrol agents who may be sentenced to 20 years in prison for doing their job.

Larry Greenfield, California Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, has just returned from Israel and reports on what we are not hearing about in the mainstream media.

David Jones, Congressional candidate in the 30th District, has also just returned from Israel. He went to literally support the troops there. He'll tell us about what he saw on the ground.

Listen Sunday night at 10pm on KRLA 870 or online at www.justawoman.com. The audio will also be posted at www.justawoman.com after the show on Sunday night. If you haven't heard Lores yet, you don't know what you're missing!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Unnerving Stories

In the Northwest, a member of the National Guard was attacked in broad daylight!

Down in Florida, Federal agents have arrested 55 illegal aliens who were allegedly providing janitorial services in state government buildings!

From TruthCaucus.com: Video of MTV people getting quite nasty during a protest against MTV workers and “Rock the Vote.”

Here in the Capital Region, some would argue the name of the City of Albany should be changed to Dodge City after two separate shooting incidents within a 12 hour stretch:
Albany man accused of shooting at police officer
Residents and police concerned over violence
Our DA David Soares, is sorely needed right now! He's tough when it comes to guns, and it looks like he's going to have to get a lot tougher!

Pilot locked out of cockpit during flight

Crew of airliner forced to remove door to let him back in after potty break... YIKES!

Sneaky Identity Thieves!

The theft of a laptop from the ER at Vassar Brothers Hospital may have compromised the private information of thousands of patients! Could this story in the Poughkeepsie Journal be "the tip of the iceberg?"
On Aug. 11, Angeli received a bill from a phone company for an account — in New York City — she claims she didn't set up or use.

AT&T billed Angeli $380.99 for phone service set up in her name, using her Social Security number, for service between July 8 and Aug. 7. The account was issued for a Bronx residence. Angeli lives in Beekman and uses Frontier as her phone service provider...
In mid-July, about a month earlier, Angeli had received a letter from Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie notifying her that a laptop computer had been taken from the hospital's emergency department. The IBM Thinkpad contained personal information on 257,800 hospital patients dating to 2000, Vassar officials said on Aug. 2. It included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth.
Seems to me there should be a better way of tightening security surrounding SS#'s. Is anybody out there in government-land or bank-land working on that? I didn't think so. How about that "National ID Card" and the "Mark of the Beast" chip? What's the latest there?

Better Blogging

Tag: Blogs & Bloggers
This post is especially dedicated to brand-new bloggers and to those who've been frustrated trying to get a blog running and / or keep it running!

After more than two years of blogging, there isn't much I haven't experienced. The BIGGEST thing you need to know: BACKUP! Backup your blog whatever way works for you. Mirror it on another blog service. Save it on your harddrive. Print it off as hardcopy.

SECOND BIGGEST thing: be innovative! Sometimes you'll sign onto a service that suddenly disappears. Only problem is, you like the service, you've come to rely on the service. It happened to me with Sideblog. Here today, gone tomorrow. Anything I can duplicate on my blog without using a service, I will duplicate. I have my blogroll on my blog, NO outside source hosting the blogroll. When Technorati failed me, I moved on. Don't RELY on one source, service or search engne to carry your blog on its shoulders. BE YOUR OWN BLOG even if it means you only have 31 visitors today.

Back to blogrolls: don't beg other bloggers to put you on theirs. It's a honor if they do, but if they do not, so be it! If you love that other guy or gals blog, keep lovin' it, keep linkin' to it!

Hmmm... this reminds me of a post I wrote over a year ago... yes, here it is:

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Backup Your Blog!

This week Gravatar and Bloglines frightened bloggers when each service went down. Not too long ago, Sideblog vanished for several days. Bloggers depend on these little extra services. BUT WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU LOST THEM? Sure, it's great to have that automated blogroll service, but if it's down your blogroll is lost.

1 - KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid! Keep your blog simple, maintain as much as you can exclusive of those "extra" services. Design your blog so that it can thrive without them. (Yup they're nice to have, but that's all, nice, not necessities!)

2 - BACK IT UP - Back your blog up... keep a paper copy of your template as well as a copy on diskette or CD. Make copies of all your entries as well! It may take a few days, but it'll help should DISASTER strike:

DISASTER struck for one blogger:

"...A total of 12 or so blogs, all painstakingly done up, all gone. The media center, the FAQs, the photolog, the Hate site. My hard work of 3 years, gone..."



This shouldn't happen to anyone. What is wrong with people? Wendy Cheng lost 3-thousand archived emails as well. Here's her story, in her own words:

At around 4am today, I clicked on the link on my bookmarks to gmail.com, using Mozilla as a browser.

I realised there were only two emails in the account, still unread. The rest of the emails were all deleted.

I thought gmail was behaving funny, and refreshed the page.

Gmail requested for me to log in again. I tried, but with no avail of course; he has changed the password.

I checked blogger, and I was told by blogger.com to log in. I tried, and the password was changed as well.

Had a look at my site: xiaxue.blogspot.com was deleted except for one post.

Since blogger only gives out passwords to email accounts, I cannot get back my blogger password, as xiaxue@gmail.com was being hacked.

I tried to get back my gmail account by getting gmail to send my password to my secondary email, but my secondary email received nothing, even with repeated tries.

Just as I turned off the computer, gave up, and decided to cry myself to sleep, I remembered that my MSN password is the same as my gmail's.

I turned on the computer again to change it. This was around 6am.

Out of habit, I used IE as a browser (which somehow didn't work at 4am, that's why I used Mozilla), and clicked on my bookmarked link of GMAIL.

To my utter surprise, IT LOGGED ME IN.

Quickly, I changed my password and security questions.

Wendy is looking press charges against whoever trashed her blog, if indeed that is possible and if she can find the vandal.

I left this remark on her Comments section:

"I was shocked when I didn't see that pretty lady in pink! This is not funny. I often wondered how secure blogger is. Everyone says "don't worry" but... all of you xiaxue readers who have your own blogs... Please back them up. Print your stuff off, or save it on CDs or diskettes, or open up a second blog account."

RELATED: Another Blogger Hacked! And that blogger's REACTION.

Check your computer's exposure to online security threats: visit "Internet Security Portal"
LaShawn Barber is hosting an interesting discussion about bloggers blogging under their own names vs. using aliases. I've always used my name, but that's because, like so many other bloggers, I'm in the media. Here in the Capital Region, The Albany EYE is the only blogger I can think of right off the bat who remains anonymous. I look at it this way: blog the way YOU feel most comfortable!

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Hump Day

Tag: Peak Oil

It looks like I'm onto some sort of "day of the week" theme, so I may as well continue!

Ernesto never came close to being a hurricane, and the oil execs have been crying their eyes out, as they were hoping another "hurricane hit" would enable them to raise gasoline to $3.50 a gallon, as they struggle to reach their $4 a gallon goal. A local service station owner told a local radio host yesterday that it is big oil's intention to have us paying $5 a gallon ("European" prices) in the next 5 years. Damn those Europeans!

Bloodied sheets and rags are left on the sidewalk at California Street near Presidio in front of the Jewish Community Center after a hit-and-run incident. (San Francisco Chronicle photo by Liz Mangelsdorf)
He thought he was being chased by the devil? A motorist in San Francisco went nuts yesteday, in an incident of "hit and run terror." Michelle Malkin thinks there may be some anti-Jewish sentiment at work here, and that may well be.

But that "devil" thing gets me. We've all heard of otherwise everyday people doing something "crazy" or totally out of character and then telling authorities they didn't know why they did it or "something came over me." What if... "evil" spirits or devils or jinns were able to penetrate a mind off-guard and even for a few minutes "take over" (posess) someone? Could a jinn be the little voice goading the disheartened person to "do it" when that individual momentarily considers suicide or hurting another?

Photoshop - The New South Beach Diet!


Ladies, stop suffering with all that meat and those endless crunches. Get Photoshop and let yourself go!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rainy Tuesday

Looks like the Capital Region is in for a gloomy day of wet weather. I have a long list of things to do, but before I go on my way, I'll drop this post on you!

Just over a week ago we had a flat tire. Luckily it happened right on our street, a few doors away from our driveway. The blowout was powerful enough to knock the steering "out of control" and we ended up saying a big hello to the neighbor's SUV. Imagine what a blow out can do at 55mph or better!

A Greyhound bus out of New York City bound for Montreal rolled over on the Northway (I-87) last night in Elizabethtown. Five people were killed. Some of the passengers said they heard a pop that could have been a tire blowing, and the bus began careening out of control and flipped upside down. The bus, Greyhound No. 4014, left New York City at 1 p.m. It made stops in Albany and Saratoga Springs before the crash.

Greyhound reports there were 52 passengers and a driver onboard. It is not known how many were Canadian. However, Maj. Richard Smith of the New York State police told the Canadian Press many of the injured spoke only French. Kim Smith Dedam, a reporter for PressRepublican.com was on the scene, telling CTV Newsnet that many of the passengers appeared to be Montrealers on their way home after a weekend in the Big Apple.


If you're having a baby soon, make plans to save the umbilical cord...

Today is the actual 1 year anniversary of Hurrican Katrina. That and the JonBenet Ramsey Case are topping national news this morning. If John Karr didn't kill the little Ramsey girl, who did? While that question may not be answered anytime soon, John Karr will likely continue to bask in the Public Eye for an additional 15 minutes of fame.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Manic Monday, Indeed!

Tags: Islam, JonBenet Ramsey
Down Under, 16-year old Ayten Ahmet (pictured) has advanced to the top 26 of Miss Teen Australia, horrifying some Australian Muslim leaders!

The Year 11 student says she entered the pageant to fulfil her modelling ambition, and was surprised by the objections. Her parents, Salih and Sarah Ahmet, say Ayten is a typical teenager, and her faith is irrelevant to the contest. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE! Two girls from next month's Victorian final will go on to the national final. The winner will represent Australia at Miss Teen World.

You gotta hand it to Michelle Malkin! She's a one-woman blogging machine, and she knocks one more out of the park today, posting about the alleged Israeli strike on a Reuters news van last week.

I ran across this today:
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) _ AUTHORITIES IN A BINGHAMTON-AREA TOWN SAY A MAN INTENTIONALLY SET HIMSELF ON FIRE IN HIS OWN DRIVEWAY THIS PAST WEEKEND. POLICE IN VESTAL SAY THEY RECEIVED A REPORT OF A FIRE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE FIRE WAS OUT BY THE TIME OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. THE 42-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS TAKEN TO WILSON MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSON CITY. HE THEN WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE BURN UNIT AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN SYRACUSE. POLICE AREN'T RELEASING THE MAN'S CURRENT CONDITION...

A sad story. Life should never be taken so seriously that one seriously considers taking his or her own life.

And last, but far from least, it looks like we got punk'd in the JonBenet Ramsey Case...
From The Albany Eye:
I hope the American media feel like idiots after devoting so much coverage to that twisted wacko John Mark Karr.

You didn't have to be a genius to look at this guy and figure out that there was something fishy about his story, but that didn't stop the frenzied and obsessive reporting about Karr's so-called confession. While cable news is the the prime offender here, especially MSNBC, nobody escapes the stink of this mess ---including those of you who dared to lead your local newscast with this or put it on the front page.


(And don't forget all of us who have followed the case and blogged about it!)
So back to square one!

Just Another Manic Monday

Tags: TV, Pajamas Media
If you caught Andy Rooney's piece on 60 Minutes last night, you appreciated his words that CBS will no longer attempt to predict the future. Rooney referenced a news package produced and aired in the 1980s which envisoned a future technically superior to the one we are experiencing today. "Americans will work 6 hour a day 30 hour weeks." Wow, whatever made them predict that? These days, husband and wife need to each work a 40+ hour full along with a part time job and hold a garage sale once a month just to stay afloat!

Rooney mentioned Mexico city, and that mere mention of Mexicans conjured up visions of illegal aliens that must have kept Michelle Malkin tossing and turning all night. The Pajamas Media gal dashed this post off just before 3AM!

In the news today, we have the anniversay of Hurricane Katrina and another storm bearing down on Florida. Poor New Orleans will never be the same! You can't really blame the mayor for that, because those dams and levees would have broken anyway, no matter who the mayor was! And in the entertainment world, the buzz is all about a Plane Crash skit that aired on the Emmys.
WLEX-TV officials shocked at spoof...
AP: Emmy Plane Crash Skit Called Insensitive...
What Was NBC/Conan Thinking?...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Congressman Sweeney to MoveOn: Move Out!

Tags: TV, video, Politics
Here's one video to keep your eye on! How free is "freedom of speech" and where do you draw the line when a political organization throws a little mud in a public official's direction? Attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr. contacted Capital Region television stations last week, asking ads purchased by Liberal-slanted MoveOn.org be removed.

The allegedly "false and outrageous" spots depict Congressman John Sweeney (running for re-election in the 20th Congressional District against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand) with his hand tinted red and claim he's been "caught red-handed" accepting donations from defense contractors.

Swing State Project Blog points out::
"...it's so important that we express our support for MoveOn and the TV stations. In a key way, this really is about freedom of speech. Yes, the stations are private companies - but they are broadcasting on public aiwaves (owned by you and me), at the public's sufferance. They control access to a public commons, and it's vital that they let all voices be heard."
From the Albany Times Union:
"Since the ad is running in other congressional districts, Jones said, legal actions may be taken against MoveOn.org nationally.

Steve Baboulis, vice president and general manager for WNYT, said he passed the letter along to the station's attorney.

"The ad he references in his letter is not the ad that is running," Baboulis added.

There are two "caught red-handed" ads, one of which depicts dump trucks unloading cash in Iraq. While Sweeney and the National Republican Congressional Committee have complained that ad is riddled with errors, the ad WNYT is airing targets Sweeney's acceptance of cash from defense contractors.

Both ads, however, use the "caught red-handed" theme, which Jones wrote falsely implies Sweeney has done something illegal.

Rene LaSpina, president and general manager for WTEN, said it, too, has only been asked to run one ad and it is not the one that makes charges regarding missing money in Iraq. Still, she said, the station chose not to run the other ad.

"I'm not running it -- not because of Stew Jones," she said.

The station's counsel had advised against airing it, LaSpina said."
[read the entire Times Union article]
The TU continues coverage in the Capitol Connection blog, a post which contains a laundry-list of thoughtful and thoughtless comments, which demonstrate the give and take of true freedom of speech in action!

Deliberate destruction of Islam?

Tags: Middle East, Muslim, Islam, Religion
If the tables were turned, how would YOU feel? I do not subscribe to any conspiracy theories. Having said that, I believe there is something going on, whatever that is, intent on destroying mankind's belief in religion and moral values. We saw what happened to the evangelists, like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker. We saw what happened with the Roman Catholic priests (pedophilia and child abuse) and the Rabbis. We saw Catholics and Protestants go at each other's throats in Northern Ireland. We saw Christians vs. Muslims in Bosnia. We see Shiites vs. Sunnis in the Middle East. We see protestant denominations split to the core over issues involving gay people. We are experiencing, via media of all types, the decline of morality, byte by byte!

Islam, the religion of peace, is being torn to pieces by terrorists. They've struck again with the forced conversion of two FOX newspeople. Imagine if a band of rogue Catholics kidnapped some Jews and FORCED them to convert before releasing them. Whether you are Christian or Catholic or Jew, that rings a hateful bell, doesn't it? Kind of like when American Catholics and Protestants used the old "white glove" approach during the turmoil between the two in Northern Ireland.

Wackos at the wheel in any organization, be it religious or political, is TOTALLY bad news! Do religious fanatics ever realize how they descecrate the religion they so fervently believe in?

Recommended Blog: Muslim Woman and an article posted 2006/8/27 - Muslims were the masters.

Fox Newspeople FREE

Tags: Middle East, Muslim, Islam

Good news this morning: the two Fox newsmen abducted by terrorists have been freed. Michelle Malkin has links to photos, videos, sidebar stories and more: here's the gist of what went down:
GAZA (Reuters) - Militants in the Gaza Strip released two kidnapped journalists from the American Fox News Channel on Sunday after forcing them at gunpoint to say in a videotape they had converted to Islam.

Correspondent Steve Centanni, a 60-year-old American, and New Zealand-born cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, were in a hotel in the Palestinian coastal strip after two weeks of captivity.

A previously unknown group called the Holy Jihad Brigades had made a sweeping demand for the United States to free Muslim prisoners in exchange for the release of the men. The United States had rejected the demand.

"I am really fine, healthy, in good shape and so happy to be free," Centanni told the Fox Channel.

Centanni recalled the trauma of the ordeal, being held at one stage in a garage, and said he and Wiig were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. [more: Reuters]
The journalists were seized on August 14. In the video they appeared seperately, sitting cross-legged, reading a statement which Fox said was an announcement that they had converted to Islam. At times in the video they were wearing long Muslim robes. On the clip Wiig called on leaders of the West to stop "hiding behind the 'I don't negotiate with terrorists' myth". He then read some words in Arabic.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Technology: Grassroots Innovations in Rural India

From Dina Mehta's blog ---

Rediff News has this article on the Honey Bee Network which is focussed on creativity and innovation at the grassroots level.

"A bicycle that can peddle both on water and the road, a motorcycle used to pump out water from deep wells and a cellphone that can switch on electrical appliances within a specific radius! Self-taught mechanics in India are pioneering these and many more. With such inventions, self-taught mechanics or villagers with little or no formal education to their credit are transforming the limited opportunities available to them in remote and rural areas, say experts."Formal and informal science can be linked to create new innovations and transform the opportunities available in rural India," says Anil Gupta of the Indian Institute of Management, who has taken upon himself to collect and collate such traditional information scattered all over the country under his Honey Bee network."

You can search their innovation database for more grassroots innovations.

Om Malik makes a point about how technology cannot be an end in itself, in response to the media blitz around the Nicholas Negroponte's 100-dollar laptop and the news item that a small village in India got itself a website.

[read the rest on 'Conversations with Dina']

Friday, August 25, 2006

Add Categories to a Blog*Spot blog

I've been looking for an easy way to add a "Category" listing to my sidebar. I read somewhere that Blogger has one in Beta right now, but I thought I'd poke around anyway and see if I could find something that would work. A few systems looked way too darn complicated. Then I found one by Eslam Ahmed Al-Morshdy, who blogs out of Alexandria (Egypt). I tried Eslam's Blogger Categories, but it didn't work! (Maybe for the same reason Blogger blog archiving doesn't work...)

UPDATE 6pm August 26
Well! Duh, Duh and Duh! After searching the web and finding nothing but a bunch of mind-numbing code-rich "solutions," I've managed to add a reliable 'Categories' section to the sidebar without all that! Now if you know how to add links to your sidebar, you'll be able to come up with a working category list! How did I do it? Just click on one of the category links and watch!

Categories (or are they Tags?) Blogger, web2.0

Dashed Dreams and Orphaned Technology

Grab one of these PXL 2000s if you see it at a garage sale--- they're worth HUNDRED$$

What if certain devices had been allowed to flourish and evolve, had been refined, updated, tweaked, etc?

Did you know that a major player in the world electronics market was once working on associating MIND power with common appliances? "We found out experimentally that ESP exists," Sony spokesman Masanobu told Benjamin Fulford of the South China Morning Post.

What if... SONY hadn't shut down the dream factory? Would we have technology in use today rivalling Goa'uld technology depicted in the TV series Stargate SG-1?
"Why would one of the world's leading technology companies get involved in the marginal world of telepathy and clairvoyance? Certainly not for the greater good of humankind. No, Sony clearly intended to commercialise psi technology. Never mind that most scientists and engineers don't even believe psi exists; their skepticism would be moot if someone could create something -anything - useful based on psi.

A wealth of ideas based on psi technologies has been bandied about in the literature over the past couple of decades. These range from a wheelchair for quadriplegics controlled solely by intentional thought to a lock based on mental patterns rather than on fingerprints or retinal patterns. " (read more)
What if... CBS had been allowed to continue producing and refining it's mechanical color televison set? Would we have had HDTV 20 years ago?

Back in the 1950's people used to make monthly payments on their TV sets. Something like 7 or 9 dollars q month to the store where you bought your TV. Keep in mind that TV's were quite expensive: the "CBS-Columbia" Color Television Receiver, manufactured by Air King was offered to the public at $499.95. The first Commercial Color Broadcast -- was by CBS, on June 25, 1951 at 4:35PM EST, over station WCBS, New York, for the Ed Sullivan show. In 1954, the new RCA CT-100, an all-electronic, fully compatible color television set using the NBC Color System was released: Price: $1,000. (That's $7,000 in today's dollars!) It had a 12-1/2 inch viewable screen size. The price of a new car in 1955 was around $1500. What "they" are trying to do, is get "us" back on the system of making monthly payments for TV sets. Have you checked the prices of plasma and HDTV sets? 3-thousand bucks for a TV set is about $2800 too much for me!

What if... Fisher-Price had continued developing the PXL camera? Would we eventually be watching TV shows and movies taped onto standard audiocassettes?

What if...

Comfortable Blogging

When it was time for me to move to a new blog, I put considerable time and effort into researching what services were available and building what I hoped would be a happy home. That happy home was to have been blogHi, but unfortunately, the owner/operator made a decision to shut it down. ARRRGH! I picked up the pieces and decided that perhaps I should just stay with Blogger / Blog*Spot. Luckily I was able to use my own name, albeit with a hyphen, and except for a few minor bugaboos (like Technorati thinking this blog doesn't exist and the archives not updating) I feel comfortable with this blog.

Actually, returning to Blogger is the best move I could have made, as one of my goals is to try to encourage dialog and discussion via the comments, links and trackback sections of individual posts.

BY THE WAY: Is there anything you like to find when you dial into a new blog... do you like calendars or weather conditions or translation engine links... is there a logo you look for or a service or feature that makes you more comfortable when visiting a particular blog? If so, please let me know! (Read More ... )
[crossposted from Bloglines]

iCE cOLD !!!

That's the way CBS news this morning describes the real estate market. The bubble hasn't apparently burst just yet here in the Capital Region, but when it does, (one expert tells me around March 2007) not only will it be a buyer's candy store, all of those who've bought homes on variable rate mortgages will be in for a sad, sudden surprise, certain to be followed by foreclosure. If you have one of thesde mortgages, try somehow to change it to a fixed rate or put the place on the market NOW before it all hits the fan!

Chocolate City Update

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has taken a shot at the Big Apple, mocking rebuilding efforts at ground zero in defending his own city's reconstruction. Some people think he's nuts... or worse! Others believe Nagin should be silenced. What do YOU think?

Azlina Jailani: Lina Joy

Does a Muslim have a right to convert to another faith? 40-something Lina Joy (who was formerly known and is still known as Azlina Jailani) is a Malay Muslim born in Malaysia. azLina converted to Christianity in 1998, and has been "fighting to switch" since. She last showed up in the MSM in 2004 and on the Blogosphere in 2005! azLina's family lives in the US. al Qurawiyy stopped by to see them.

NEWSFLASH: 30 May 2007 - LINA JOY LOSES APPEAL

US-based Pajamas Media joins with the MSM in covering this story. But why NOW? What makes covering this story more important today?

In Jailani's native Malaysia:
"...While Muslim-majority Malaysia is considered a largely moderate, modern society, renouncing one's Muslim faith still is considered both sinful and illegal by Islamic authorities -- who have gained increasing sway of late. Ms. Joy's apostasy case, now before Malaysia's highest court of appeal, has inflamed public debate, divided the legal community -- a Muslim lawyer supporting Ms. Joy has received death threats -- and threatens to set off political tremors in this Southeast Asian nation of 25 million people.

The landmark legal ruling, expected within a month, will help define Malaysia's character as a nation." - WSJ
Though religious people may say that it's a blessing that azLINA was born into Islam, it doesn't change the premise that people need to make their own choices

Those of you not familiar with Lina Joy Case can visit:

NECF - Lina Joy Case (1) March 17, 2005

NECF - Lina Joy Case (2) July 5, 2006

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cool

Global Warming Theory advocates seem to be scarce as hen's teeth the last few days: for more than a week the Capital Region of beautiful upstate New York has experienced weather conditions TV meteorologists describe as "unseasonably cool."

I'd describe it as "way cool!" Nice 70's temps in the day, cool comfy 60s at night! Where is all that hazy, hot chokingly humid "Global Warming" weather?

The past 18 months it's been more of what you might call an "evening" of weather. No real need for A.C. this summer. Yeah, there was a triplet of hot days, but we chilled at the pool. No real need for much more than a hand shovel to clear the snow away last winter. Is it make-up time?

Somebody said that when it comes to weather, "Mother Nature has a way of evening things out." Does that mean we're in for a very snowy, cold Winter?

Pajamas Media: Wake Up, Get Dressed!

Fox News uses the slogan "Fair and Balanced." How does one REALLY get to see and hear news that is truly fair and balanced? Easier than you think! CBS News is crowing viewers "need more perspective." I agree! In our internet driven culture, the power to gather information and decide rests within our own fingertips!

Fred Barnes (Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard) delivered a speech earlier this year on "The News Media in the Twenty-First Century" in which he identified objectivity, fairness and balance as the three terms tossed around in debates about the media today. Barnes said "Liberalism is endemic in the mainstream media [MSM] today" and "fact is the mainstreammedia doesn't want conservatives." Well, Mr. Barnes, it looks to me like the MSM is losing ground. People suspect they're being lied to, or at least being shielded from some of the truth, so they're looking into alternatives.

Barnes goes on "...only the mainstream media still has the power to make stories big." Wrong! How much the truth behind that statement has changed since Barnes delivered his speech back in February! Bloggers are gaining more power and credibility, just as people hungering for news are learning to seek and find the "real news" on the Net!

So how does one get more perspective?

  • Watch and / or listen to your local and network TV news. Read your local papers at least once every other day, even if you have to grab an old-fashioned "hard copy."
  • Check out the cloud of bloggers who post as members of "Pajamas Media." (An unfortunate choice of words, as it conjures up visions of well-to-do folk blogging with a Conservative slant while lounging around in their bedclothes, sipping morning Starbucks coffee at 11:45am.) Yoo-hoo, elitist PJM guys and gals: put some clothes on and show everyone that you are NOT far above the ordinary American! It's time to be taken seriously.
  • Search and Bookmark Citizen-Journalists and LOCAL bloggers in your own area! (I have examples on my blogroll in the right-hand column.)
  • Use GLOBAL VOICES as a launchpad to visit bloggers from all over the planet who tackle world-impacting news (already translated into English!)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Smoking Cartoons Banned in the UK

The THOUGHT POLICE have arrived in 'Toontown: Under pressure from regulators and the U.K. anti-smoking lobby, Turner Broadcasting will edit out scenes of cartoon characters smoking in U.K. versions of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including THE FLINTSTONES, TOM AND JERRY and SCOOBY-DOO, with more than 1,700 episodes to be re-edited!!!
http://news.awn.com/?newsitem_no=17769
Watching these 'toons didn't make me want to take up smoking, just as watching "Superman" didn't make me want to fly out of the window! How stupid government thinks people are! But it's Britain, as in "V for Vendetta," so, I guess it's "normal" there! Question: how long before "real people" programs like "The Saint" or "Perry Mason" are scheduled to undergo "re-editing?"

Missing Fox Newspeople are OK

You've probably heard about Fox News Channel reporter Steve Centanni and freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig, kidnapped over a week ago in Gaza. Michelle Malkin blogs that the kidnappers, (a previously unheard of Palestinian group calling itself "the Holy Jihad Brigades") have come forward and demanded the release of "Muslim prisoners." Breitbart.com has more via AP.

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Ain't got no 'rati (TECHnorati, that is!)

One of the problems with closing down an old blog and moving to a new one is getting your regular readers and your traffic to move along with you. Once that's accomplished, half the battle is over! But the other half is teaching the search engine spiders to "find" your new URL, and it is especially difficult for Technorati. It's a great service, BUT, even though this new blog has been rolling along for some time now:
Compare that with my old blog:
I've emailed Technorati: in the past, personal, hands-on intervention by one of their people is apparently the ONLY WAY you can straighten this sort of thing out. I do have some questions: why does Technorati IMMEDIATELY recognize all LiveJournal and MySpace blogs, even when they're not really blogs in the technical sense of the term, and the people on them haven't registered with Techrnorati and in many cases don't even know what Technorati is? ? Most LJ and MySpacers could care less about T'rati! Those who do like to have their blog posts available via T'rati (like me) get locked out! Go Figure!

I'm hoping T'rati can fix this: if not, I'm going to replace their searchbox on my blog with one provided by another service. (If you notice the T'rati searchbox gone, that means I got one too many an email from a frustrated reader!) The good news: Google's Blogsearch and several other blog oriented search services ARE spidering this blog! Here's a sample of what I found when searching for "problems issues trouble" + "technorati"---

Why Technorati sucks
Almost two months to answer a frickin trouble ticket
del.icio.us :) technorati :(
Technorati is broken!

What really astounds me, once again, is how the LJ and MySpace pseudo-blogs seem to be so accurately cataloged and recognized and updated byTechnorati... could there be something corporate going on here?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Here's Kelis!

Kelis Rogers
Hometown:
Harlem, New York

Kelis is one of a very small number of unusual, non-traditional black female R&B/Rap artists. She is endearing because she is unique, and when hip hop passes on, it is likely Kelis will still be standing! Er, I mean, making milkshakes... anyway, Kelis' music makes for a listening experience that's off the map! Her new CD is out...

New York Magazine cuts to Kelis' heart and soul, via an on-target article:
The men’s magazine King once decreed Kelis “hip-hop’s hottest housewife,” her biggest hit, 2003’s “Milkshake,” a tribute to the effects booty shaking has on the mammary glands, she taunts: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard / They’re like, it’s better than yours  … I can teach you but I have to charge.” On her current single, “Bossy,” from her new album, Kelis Was Here, she calls herself “the bitch y’all love to hate.” Her provocations are amusing but haven’t endeared her to R&B’s all-important female audience, which prefers its divas to at least pretend they’re vulnerable. At a time when fallen pop stars will cry off their false eyelashes to regain our love, Kelis declares, “You don’t have to love me … but you will respect me.”
More Kelis:
★☆★☆ Kelis will be performing live at BET's 106 & Park with her band tomorrow! Make sure you don't miss it!
Related: Rap music blamed for teen pregnancy...

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Masters of Technology: Repair Culture vs. Throwaway Society

Venture out on any "garbage night" in any neighborhood in America and you'll find a treasure trove of abandoned electronic equipment. I enjoy long walks in the late evening, and in recent times have chanced upon discarded items people in other lands would consider highly useful.

Early in the Summer, someone on a nearby street put a combo VHS-DVD player/recorder out with the trash. I was looking for a back-up VHS, and carried it home. On checking the machine out, I found neither DVD nor VHS were operational. I removed the cover and vacuumed a considerable amount of dust from the circuitry. I used a VHS cleaning cassette and a DVD/CD cleaning disc. Voila! Nothing wrong with the player!

A few weeks later, someone along that same stretch tossed a computer. I carried the 17" monitor home on one shoulder, the large CPU box on the other, and picked up the keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers later. Normally I wouldn't have bothered, but this particular unit had a new Philips DVD recorder installed. When I got it home, re-assembled it and fired it up, I found the previous owner had made two fatal errors: the PC was overrun with worms and virusses acquired on the Net, slowing it to a crawl despite the presence of an outdated version of Norton AV. Second error: the harddrive was way too small to allow the DVD copying software to do it's job. The owner had tried to copy several DVD's (there was a log) but all terminated early, because there was not enough disk space! The DVD was moved to my IBM PC, and I wrote zeroes to the HDD (but not before transferring some of the 150+ mp3's on the machine to CD's).

Just last night, there were several TV's set outside, some with notes on them saying "Works Fine" that apparently never sold at garage sales. I also saw several computer printers, a few CD/casssette radios, a turntable, an older model police scanner--- bunches of stuff that may have needed minor repair--- but that's the catch--- these days repairing these items sometimes exceeds the cost of a brand-new replacement!

In many third-world nations, American-style trash gives way to ingenuity and recycling--- if there's a way to make something work by repair or reconditioning or simply rebuilding and reconfiguring, it shall and will be done!

Dina Mehta explores thrifty 'Repair Cultures' in Qualitative user research reports - mobile technologies

Perhaps we Americans need to be a bit more frugal... repair and recycle!
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Monday, August 21, 2006

One Last Spin of the Gate

I wasn't intending to create any sort of follow-up post on SG-1, but there's some bad news for Stargate fans: the series (maybe) cancelled! Bad move, SCI FI! There are rumors (hints in episode 200) that a feature-film is in the works. And, the program runs in 119 countries other than the US, so continuation via another network (? STAR ?) is possible.

An official announcement with additional details on the future of Stargate is expected this week. SG-1 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on SCI FI Channel in the United States.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

SG-1 200

There are a handful of TV shows that have left their imprint on American culture. "Tonight," "I Love Lucy," "The Smothers Brothers," "MASH," "Seinfeld," "American Idol" and "Real World" immediately come to mind: you probably have a favorite or two. Have you noticed the way entertainment in general has morphed over the last five to ten years?
We see celebrities acknowledging and accepting their faults and agreeing to appear on Geico TV commercials in self-parodies (Burt Bachrach at the keyboards reminds us of Ted Cassidy's Lurch from the old Addams family TV sitcom). And howabout that dotcom commercial with David Carradine?

There are shows that made us laugh, shows that made us cry. One that has been a cult phenomenon over its 10 year run is Stargate SG-1. If you've never seen it, check your local library for the initial DVD with the series pilot, THEN go get the original movie... you'll have bearings from those two features that will make watching the series a more rewarding experience. Stargate SG-1 has raised quite a bit of viewer interest in the study of languages and archaeology while presenting morality plays regarding race, religion and freedom.

SG-1 broke new ground last week with its 200th episode, capping a spectacular 10-year run on television. If ever there was "must-see TV," this is it! The "puppet" segment is hilarious! That's twice in the last ten days we've gotten a good belly-laugh from watching a video presentation. Here's what some SG-1 fans are blogging:

"...i'm doin this from memory so i forgot some names and specifics sorry Ok i knew
this episode was gonna be funny but I was almost literally laughing at every
single line..."


"...the funniest Stargate episode I've ever seen.
Possibly the funniest single sci-fi TV episode I've ever seen. I had to pause it
more than once because I was roffling. So good. PS Yes, roffling is a word..."


"Anyone else rolling on the floor during this weeks episode?"

"OMG, that was so good. That episode was so... meta. It was singularly representative
of GenX geek culture in a way that makes me fall even more in love. I want to
hug a writer. All of them."


"Last Night 200th episode of Stargate SG-1 was a hoot! From the Wizard of Oz parody
to the Dr. in Wormhole X-treme! talking about the fan website to bring him back
and how the lead character had basically 'phoned-in' his performance..."


"...My favorite bit is when alien Vala tries to get her own storyline added, but only offers glosses on other, very familiar movie and TV tales. "If you're going to rip off something," the writer admonishes, "You're going to have to pick something way more obscure."

Cut to a pitch-perfect parody of a late, lamented sci fi show dear to my heart, one where Claudia Black (Vala) and Ben Browder clearly feel right at home.

"That's better," says the writer. "I have no idea what you're talking about."
By the way, is it just me and my browser or is it no longer possible to embed YouTube video in a blogger / blogspot post?

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Meet Millie!

I found this while blogsurfing via Kay's Thinking Cap:

"At 81 years young, Millie Garfield is one of the Internet's oldest bloggers, according to The Ageless Project. With an authentic and humorous voice, a knack for story telling and frequent updates, Millie's blog, My Mom's Blog, shows that people want to hear from someone with a story to tell."
Stop by Millie's and wish her a Happy B'Day... she has posted some pictures as well.

There's also a gentleman I'd like you to meet. Dr. Homi Dastur recently turned 80. He is the oldest practicing neurosurgeon in India, and he is the father of one of my favorite bloggers, Dina Mehta!

Now, promise you won't laugh. A few months ago I decided that I want to live to the age of 130 or more. And I don't mean by spending my time walking with a cane and trying to gum supper down. I believe that using common sense, diet, excercise and mentally setting the goal can help me arrive, still standing, at 130 (barring any sort of accident, or murder or ---HoRRoRS!--- "Bird Flu.")

In 1900, 13 percent of people who were 65 could expect to see 85. Now, nearly half of 65-year-olds can expect to live that long. Immortal? Not quite, but many of us believe MINDSET plays an important part in living a long and healthy life. From The New York Times:

"New research from around the world has begun to reveal a picture of humans today that is so different from what it was in the past that scientists say they are startled. Over the past 100 years, says one researcher, Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago, humans in the industrialized world have undergone "a form of evolution that is unique not only to humankind, but unique among the 7,000 or so generations of humans who have ever inhabited the earth."

The difference does not involve changes in genes, as far as is known, but changes in the human form. It shows up in several ways, from those that are well known and almost taken for granted, like greater heights and longer lives, to ones that are emerging only from comparisons of health records.

The biggest surprise emerging from the new studies is that many chronic ailments like heart disease, lung disease and arthritis are occurring an average of 10 to 25 years later than they used to. There is also less disability among older people today, according to a federal study that directly measures it. And that is not just because medical treatments like cataract surgery keep people functioning. Human bodies are simply not breaking down the way they did before.

Even the human mind seems improved. The average I.Q. has been increasing for decades, and at least one study found that a person’s chances of having dementia in old age appeared to have fallen in recent years.

The proposed reasons are as unexpected as the changes themselves. Improved medical care is only part of the explanation; studies suggest that the effects seem to have been set in motion by events early in life, even in the womb, that show up in middle and old age.

"What happens before the age of 2 has a permanent, lasting effect on your health, and that includes aging," said Dr. David J. P. Barker, a professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Southampton in England.

Each event can touch off others. Less cardiovascular disease, for example, can mean less dementia in old age. The reason is that cardiovascular disease can precipitate mini-strokes, which can cause dementia. Cardiovascular disease is also a suspected risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

The effects are not just in the United States. Large and careful studies from Finland, Britain, France, Sweden and the Netherlands all confirm that the same things have happened there; they are also beginning to show up in the underdeveloped world."



Here's
the LINK
to the complete article.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

God, Hatred & Culture

Do you remember U2's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday," the Protestants vs. Catholics in Northern Ireland, in a war of hatred, bombings and killings, unspeakable horrors that lasted for years? Most folks in the US found this war very hard to fathom. It was all in the CULTURE.

Today, "Muslim" is a scarey, dirty word. I have Muslim friends, and I know of many Muslim bloggers. They are good people. They're just like you and I. Because of 9/11, Americans are hyper-sensitive when it comes to Muslims and Islam. Hmmm... howcome NO ONE was hypersensitive when it came to Protestants or Catholics during the conflict in Northern Ireland? Because THEY (both sides) were US! We couldn't take one side over another. Whether you were Christian, Muslim or Jewish, how could you pick one side over the other? It was so CULTURAL in nature, you just couldn't decide!

I found evidence of "Culture Clash" in two posts on two different blogs:

"A British blogger has been suspended from his job with British telephone company Orange because of something that he wrote for a conservative blog. Inigo Wilson developed a listing of words that are commonly used by leftists and he defined those words in a humorous, but truthful, way. Apparently some of his definitions did not go down well with a Muslim group of whiners and their protests to Orange have gotten Wilson at least temporarily suspended from his job while Orange completes its investigation into the whole affair." (more from Sam Houston)

"The correct way is for the Muslims in particular and mankind in general to examine their ideology in the light of the living Book of Allah Almighty the Quran. They should retain what the Book condones. All other notions should be discarded. The focal point of the Quran is the Law of Returns says, that every human action bears a result, sooner or later. That makes Man responsible for his actions." (more from Muslim Woman)
What's obvious here is that battle lines are needlessly being drawn. Perhaps certain "powers that be" would like to see religion "demonized," so they make priests and rabbis out to be child molesters, use the homosexual issues to divide and conquer certain Christian denominations while making Muslims in general out to be terrorists. Pull the morality rug right out from under every God-fearing God-loving citizen. Great! Just great!

Related: Advice for Bloggers (As Well As the Media)

and here's one for the road!

Former Cynthia McKinney Staffer Michael Burwick Fired. Possibly Because He Revealed He is Jewish. (Video Link)

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

War Is Over (For Now)

While the media (and the blogosphere) experience a sugar-high with the JonBenet Ramsey story, the Middle East sighs a big sigh of relief, albeit likely a temporary one, with the end of fighting.

In The Beirut Spring, Mustapha blogs excerpts from The Economist article, "Nasrallah Wins The War." The "From Beirut to the Beltway" blog reviews Saad Hariri and Walid Jumblatt press conferences addressing recent developments in Lebanon. Lebanese political Journal blogs that Hezbollah has the Major Advantage:

Just two days ago, I was optimistic. But now, the very tiny window of opportunity the West and its Lebanese allies had to make a dramatic change has closed.

It's too late.

Hezbollah was the most prepared for the aftermath of this conflict. This is ironic because Israel's entire agenda was to keep Hezbollah from being prepared for anything ever again. Israel took great pride in the fact that all Hezbollah leaders fled to the bunkers. Yet, in those bunkers, Hezbollah was preparing for the next step.
No one is gladder it's over than the average Lebanese: if you click on the picture above you'll be whisked away to Eve's blog (ما تسألني is in Arabic, click on the exact same picture there and you'll be able to view more pictures of Lebanon "after" the war). If you cannot read Arabic, try Rosetta Stone or Universal translator software, or better yet, make friends with someone who knows the language and can translate while teaching you some basics... (hint) check with your local public library: many have volunteers who will assist you in language education.

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Mystery Beast Dead

It was charcoal gray, weighed between 40 and 50 pounds and had a bushy tail, a short snout, short ears and curled fangs hanging over its lips. It looked like "something out of a Stephen King story."

( TURNER, Maine ) - Residents are wondering if an animal found dead over the weekend may be the mysterious creature that has mauled dogs, frightened residents and been the subject of local legend for half a generation.

The animal was found near power lines along Route 4 on Saturday, apparently struck by a car while chasing a cat. The carcass was photographed and inspected by several people who live in the area, but nobody is sure exactly what it is.

Michelle O'Donnell of Turner spotted the animal near her yard about a week before it was killed. She called it a "hybrid mutant of something."

"It was evil, evil looking. And it had a horrible stench I will never forget," she told the Sun Journal of Lewiston. "We locked eyes for a few seconds and then it took off. I've lived in Maine my whole life and I've never seen anything like it."

For the past 15 years, residents across Androscoggin County have reported seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night. The animal has been blamed for attacking and killing a Doberman pinscher and a Rottweiler the past couple of years.

People from Litchfield, Sabattus, Greene, Turner, Lewiston and Auburn have come forward to speak of a mystery monster that roams the woods. Nobody knows for sure what it is, and theories have ranged from a hyena or dingo to a fisher or coydog, an offspring of a coyote and a wild dog.

Now, people are asking if the mystery beast and the animal killed over the weekend are one and the same.

Wildlife officials and animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains. By Tuesday, the carcass had been picked clean by vultures and there was not much left of the dead animal.

Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said it's unlikely that the animal was anybody's pet.

After reviewing photos of the carcass, Coleman said he was bothered by the animal's ears and snout. It reminded him of a case years ago in northern Maine in which an animal shot by a hunter could not be identified. In the end, wildlife officials got a DNA analysis that showed the animal was a rare wolf-dog hybrid, he said.

Mike O'Donnell, who is married to Michelle O'Donnell, said the animal looked "half-rodent, half-dog" to him.

I'm glad I'd cancelled my trip to Maine last month!

John Karr: JonBenet's Killer?

Former school teacher John Karr, the suspect in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey told investigators that he drugged and had sex with the 6-year-old beauty queen before accidentally killing her, a senior Thai police officer said Thursday. Karr has ties to the Capital Region. He's been quoted as saying he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her. Patsy Ramsey reported finding a ransom note in the house demanding $118,000 for her daughter. Ann Hurst of the Department of Homeland Security told a news conference in Bangkok that the 41-year old Karr will be taken within the week to Colorado, where he will face charges of first degree murder, kidnapping and child sexual assault.

Video Of John Karr | Karr's Resume via The Smoking Gun

Previously: JonBenet Ramsey

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

JonBenet Ramsey

(photo: JonBenet's grave.) Back in the late 90s I met a gentleman by the name of Lance Matthews who told me a fascinating story about time he served in a Colorado jail, and his cellmate, J.T. Colfax, a performance artist who made off with a page from the morgue containing information relating to the JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case. I was doing a cutting-edge overnight talk radio show at the time, which was streamed over the Net. We also conducted IRC chats and accepted faxes and phone calls from listeners all over the world!

As a reporter interested in the case, meeting Lance was like having manna fall from heaven. Over the course of several months Lance was able to contact and invite most of the key players and investigators of the case to be guests on my program. Lance was the greatest radio talk show producer who ever lived, IMHO! But, the series eventually ended, and, in that end, there was only speculation, with just a sliver of hope.

Fast Forward 10 years: It wasn't the Ramseys, as many of you believed! Today the JonBenet Ramsey case comes full circle, with the arrest of (guess who) a sex pervert who had fled to Thailand! (Can you imagine the grief of losing your child and being falsely accused of murder?)
A man arrested in Thailand is being held in connection with the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, law enforcement officials said today.

John Karr, 41, a former Atlanta, Ga., resident, was arrested today in Bangkok, according to two people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition they not be identified.

The connection to the Ramsey family was not immediately clear. Karr's resume lists Regents College here in Albany, New York.

Federal officials familiar with the case, who spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was being held in Bangkok on unrelated sex charges.

Six-year-old Jon Benet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled to death, in the basement of her Colorado home, the day after Christmas, 1996.
KUSA speaks with John Ramsey DENVER - 9NEWS Investigative Reporter Paula Woodward talked with John Ramsey Wednesday after news of the arrest in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case had been made public. more->


Watch KUSA-TV's continuing coverage of the arrest made in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
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Bad Boys, Good Girls

We now know the identity of one of hatchet man Christopher Porco's female fans: she works for a local media outlet, bloggeth The Albany Eye.

Why do some good people seem to gravitate toward evil people? A Capital Region case may be making history:

"Schenectady prosecutor Andra Ackerman, chief of the district attorney's bureau on sex crimes and child abuse, said that using battered woman syndrome as a defense in a child abuse case has never occurred in the county."
Apparently that's the game plan for the woman who named her child (Xctasy Garcia) after a recreational drug:

"A psychological defense alleging battered woman syndrome is being planned in the defense of Delia Hernandez, the woman whose 4-year-old daughter suffered what authorities here called the worst case of child abuse they've seen.

Hernandez and her attorney, Stephen Rockmacher, made a brief appearance Tuesday morning before Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago. Hernandez and her boyfriend, Jose Munoz, have been accused in a 20-count indictment of abusing two of her three children in June."


Wouldn't we all be better off if our kids got instruction in "social skills and networking" as part of their formal school education? This could be aprt of required curriculum, running from about 4th grade thru 8th grade, so by the time kids are 13 or 14 they have a heads up on the tricksters, perverts and weirdos.

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