Thursday, May 31, 2012
There are many featured articles along with an availability for you to "like" Fitted Wardrobes on facebook!
Have a look!
South Sudan declared its independence on 9 July 2011 to become the world's newest country. Global Voices has compiled a list of blogs with regular reports, analyses, updates, and opinions relating to South Sudan. These blogs cover a variety of subjects such as gender, politics, language, health and humanitarian work.
On the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage, Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and Director of the country's Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (National Center for Sex Education), has been addressing gay rights activists during her tour of the United States. Her trip has been stirring up some controversy in the Cuban blogosphere.
[source: Carol Montana]
Inheritance Tax is a tax on money you leave behind you when you die - so it pays to be prepared. This web site offers a comprehensive guide that covers planning, thresholds and ways of avoiding paying too much tax on your estate left after you pass away. Again, I must ask:
Rihanna takes it all off again, this time to promote her new perfume, Nude, RiRi’s 3d fragrance, after her Reb’l Fleur and Rebelle perfumes last year.Tags: Rihanna fragrance nude, Rihanna
I know how much you enjoyed my first eBook - now here's a chance for you to get my latest eBook - "BLOG ON!" - in PRE-RELEASE form! (I call it a "pre-book"!)
Think of it! You'll get tips and techniques targeted to work NOW - during the Summer of 2012!
This isn't some reconstituted garbage that only applied to blogs back in 2003!
The best time to have this gameplan at your fingertips is NOW!
- Look on the right sidebar of this blog for the "donate" button.
- Click on "donate" to get to my paypal site.
- $3.33 is the amount you need to send.
- When I see that amount, I know it's for the prebook!
You've Got (facebook) MAIL!
Are you on facebook?
Did you know you have a facebook.com email address?
Here's the real deal:
- Go to https://www.facebook.com/username/ to view or set your public username
- Access your profile at : https://www.facebook.com/username
- Your Facebook email ID is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click on the messages tab or go to https://www.facebook.com/messages to access all un-archived messages, (You can also send a new message to ANYONE with a valid email address: they don't need to have a Facebook account!)
- Click the New Message button and enter the email ID to send an email using your @facebook.com email ID.
- You can add attachments including photos, videos, text and word documents etc. just like "regular" email!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) Defends Parents’ Rights to Sit by Their Kids on Planes...
mc3's very-clever "guest-post" hyperlinks readers to a veriety of services, perhaps with which she is affiliated and earns commission or other revenue based on referrals?
Nevertheless... let us sift thru the "advice" - but before we do, I would like to quote blogger Lance Haun from his excellent piece entitled "Why I Stopped Taking Guest Posts" ::: "Since Google’s “Penguin” update, they’ve killed low quality writing with an irrelevant link back to your site. There’s no going back, either."
I will ensure the continued registration of my brand’s domain name, and if I don’t have an exclusive domain name, I’ll secure one within the next week. ~ mc3
WRONG! Unless you are a niche "powerblogger" or famous person, you don't need this! Come to think of it, one woman who has been in the Blogosphere's Top 20 since 2005 is STILL blogging happy and healthy on the blog*spot platform!
I will consult with a qualified professional to guide the installation of one or more metric tools for monitoring my blog’s impact by the end of the second week from beginning my plan. ~ mc3
Again, keeping in mind this is really an advert for another site, most bloggers worth thier salt have already been doing this. 'Nuff said about that!
melcrossman3 actually offers meaningful advice for bloggers trying to earn a little part-time income via blogging here:
I will identify the specific landing pages or marketing tools to which readers are led by my blog within three weeks from my start date. One of the main goals of having good metrics is to follow your blog’s traffic to subsequent pages and tools. You can have great content on your blog, but if you don’t move your readers from the blog into a sales stream, then you don’t have a useful purpose for having a blog. ~ mc3
I find the next two pieces of melcrossman3's advice most peculiar, because all the blogging guru-types are beating very loud drums about keeping your template "clean"
mc3 goes from a real nugget of advice in "Purpose" to a dangerous clunker in "Multimedia":
I will add videos and graphics to my regular mix of content by no later than the beginning of the fifth week. ~ mc3
There is no quicker way to kill a blog (and get banned from certain affiliate programs and ad services) than to feature or otherwise present videos on the landing page. Videos from youtube, dailymotion, NBC news, etc. are OK in a post, but NOT as a component of a blog template!
I will identify and add to my blog roll at least ten quality, complementary blogs within two weeks of adding multimedia to my blog. "The previous goals having been accomplished very early on, now is the time to organize information you probably already have. Look through your bookmarked blog pages from related companies, though not direct competitors, and list those sites on your blog’s roll..." ~ mc3
The blog gurus are advising against linking to other blogs, but I am compelled to side WITH melcrossman3 on this one!
I added the next item in "comments" - but my "comment is awaiting moderation" at this time, so who knows if it will see the light of day or not? Here it is:
(6) Pop Ups
I will spare my readers the ill-mannered intrusions of popups/popovers (like the black transparent one that appears on this blog, despite any claim that it only does so once) and banish them from my blog once and for all.
And here are a few additional suggestions of my own
(7) Guest Posting
Be careful! Do not allow any guest post on your own blog without thoroughly checking for text and image copyright violations, and for duplicates of the same post on other blogs.
Inform guest-post submitters that
- -their guest-post becomes YOUR property
- - you reserve the right to edit all content
- - you reserve the right to replace any image they send to accompany the post with one of your own choosing
Monday, May 28, 2012
- Would you be willing to give the Facebook Smartphone a chance?
- What features would a Facebook Smartphone have to have to make you buy one?
You may answer those questions by leaving your thoughts below under "comments" - you are also invited to take my twitter poll!
On Friday, the story was blogged by HuffPo, carrying the headline, “Malia Obama, One Direction Fan: First Daughter Attends Boy Band Concert with Secret Service in Tow.”
A few hours later the article vanished without explanation, and the post’s URL was redirecting users to the site’s celebrity section. You can't trust HuffPo!
Now you see her, now you don't!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Freedom of the press...
Some folks believe newspapers will cease to exist (along with the post office) in about 10 years. Hmmmm... Seriously, how long will the newspaper industry survive? Your guess is as good as the next guy or gal's. One way they WON'T survive is by restricting and/or charging for online content. I am blessed in that for me The New York Times and The Albany Times Union each are a mouseclick away. Sites that tell me "your free trial" is up, offer "pay per view" or display othersuch drivel, never see me again.
By the way, in a few minutes I'm off to the store to BUY copies of The Sunday New York Times, The Times Union and The NY Post. Weekend is the only time I can really "curl up" with and dive into mountains of newsprint!
There is another battle brewing, and this little litmus test going on in upstate New York could have bigger implications for both newspapers and the cottage newsblogging industry. As this has the potential to unfurl rather quickly, consider all the players and what's at stake. Like one of the old NWA pro-wrestling matches, you never know who might turn on who. So, pop a cool one, enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend, thank those soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives so you could be bar-b-q'ing without fearing for your safety, and let's see what happens next.Bloggers vs. Times Union vs. New York Times ::: a "cage match" pits citizen journalists against mighty metropolitan newspapers. The battle involves newspapermen, government officials, law enforcement authorities and others "in the public eye."
What to watch for: not the content, but the effect. In the end, this match-up will show whether bloggers can make any lasting impression, any impact on public opinion that measures up against the kind of public opinion newspapers were able to set, sway and otherwise preside over during the 20th Century.
In other words, 25 years from now, it won't matter what the story was about. And if this isn't the milemarker that re-sets the course of influence on public opinion, another will surely come along, somewhwere else in time. watch for it.
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Isn't it amazing when one connects with the past after long ripples across the river time?
Hey Capital Region People! Do you remember one of NewsChannel 13's most familiar news faces, Joe Moskowitz, and equally familiar WTEN anchor/reporter Pauline Liu?
Ever wonder what happened to them? Click on the picture below and read all about it!
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Youtube user Niassatim uploaded a series of music clips by artists from the northern interior of Mozambique, in the Yao language, also spoken in Malawi and Tanzania. The videos depict a mixture of local realities and musical influences, and global elements. (To date, Niassa province's biggest musical export is Massukos.)
Mark Haven and Remi Thornton’s photography shows went up last weekend at the Davis Orton Gallery on Warren St. in Hudson, and are on view until June 24. Haven was a guest on “BlindSpot Radio” on WGXC with host David La Spina, and explained about his past, and this new show.
Chris Kirkley presents “Music From Saharan Cellphones”: The music on the compilation was collected from cellphones in the Northern Malian town of Kidal. In much of West Africa, cellphones are are used as all-purpose multimedia devices.
28-year-old Loreen won with the song "Euphoria" in the annual competition of 42 countries, delighting viewers and the contest's professional judges and dancing barefoot as she sang.
Russia came second and Serbia was third ... Loreen won the title despite recently angering local Azerbaijani authorities by meeting with civil rights activists protesting ahead of the 57th annual awards event.
Friday, May 25, 2012
NBC4 SoCal reports that several hoursworth of TEX WATSON audio never before heard by law enforcement has been requested by the Los Angeles Police Department: it could link followers of the Manson Family to unsolved murders. Perhaps that of Albany's Doreen Gaul? Her killing has been linked to both Manson and Zodiac.
Was a Manson follower the Zodiac Killer?
Is there a connection between SOLAR ECLIPSES and EARTHQUAKES? John Hogue builds a strong case.
Who done it? Who broke into the Mayor's place? Who? ?????
On a lighter note, I had no idea "the Iron Shiek" was still around...
I guess we should expect that to happen. The newspapers follow the music industry and the post office as victims of emerging technology.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
"Goods and services from China accounted for only 2.7% of U.S. personal consumption expenditures in 2010, of which less than half reflected the actual costs of Chinese imports. The rest went to U.S. businesses and workers transporting, selling, and marketing goods carrying the "Made in China" label.
Although the fraction is higher when the imported content of goods made in the United States is considered, Chinese imports still make up only a small share of total U.S. consumer spending. This suggests that Chinese inflation will have little direct effect on U.S. consumer prices." ~ The U.S. Content of “Made in China” By Galina Hale and Bart Hobijn, in the FRBSF Economic Letter. Check out the graphs that accompany the article. Eye opener!
Uniquely poised to become the World's Dominant Nation! What an exciting time in global history!
Digresses: Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He kickstarted a revolution against the Roman Catholic Church, who at the time would raise large amounts of cash by allowing people to see relics, often unconfirmed pieces of history, such as Mary’s milk and the bones of disciples. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses, which he posted to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.Now, back to our post:
It was a landslide victory for Luther, resulting in a complete change in the process of certain church activities that continue to this day. The people who associated with Luther’s ideas became known as Protestants, which is a form of the word “protestor”, as the people protested against the Catholic church’s systems.
Back in 2000, Turkey confiscated a leather-bound text, written on animal hide, during an anti-smuggling initiative. Turkish authorities are of the opinion that the text could be the authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’ apostles.
The Basij Press claims that this particular version of the Barnabas Gospel seems to have been written in the 5th or 6th century. It foretells the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam. Catholics call it laughable!
The Turkish army has confiscated the Barnabas Gospel, BP says, because Zionists and Western governments want it kept away from the public eye. The book purports to predict the coming of the last Islamic messiah.Barnabas says in the Book that Jesus was never crucified and that not only is He not the son of God, but that He himself predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad. (That's an interesting take) The Basij paper proclaims that “...discovery of the original Barnabas Bible will now undermine the Christian Church and its authority ... this Bible has predicted the coming of Prophet Mohammad and in itself has verified the religion of Islam, and this alone will unbalance the powers of the world and create instability in the Christian world.”
The report sees the discovery as so immense that it will impact world politics. I wonder. I can see it perhaps making a mark in the Middle East, but, everywhere else?
“The Iranian regime is committed to stamping out Christianity by any means necessary, whether that means executing Christian converts, burning Bibles or raiding underground churches,” according to Erick Stakelbeck, host of CBN’s “Stakelbeck on Terror” program. Stakelbeck keeps an eye on Iran, and muses that this "new Bible" is an attempt to discredit Christianity.
Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, in a recent statement, announced that since the Quran was the last holy book and provides the most complete religion to the world and Mohammad the last prophet as indicated in the Quran, there is no authority to abide by other books.
Reza Kahlili translated this Iranian video about Islamic prophecies of a coming messiah and the destruction of Israel:
What are your thoughts on this? That's what "comments" are for!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Netizens in Qatar have responded indignantly to an article published on the Sydney Morning Herald website, which claimed that Qatari women were not allowed to go shopping, and did not have easy access to technology.
Facebook's Folly ::: Main Street — got it right and Wall Street got it wrong.
A South African art gallery that displayed a controversial painting showing the country's president with his genitals exposed announced Tuesday it was closing its doors temporarily because of threats. The decision came after vandals defaced the artwork. The painting by Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray depicting President Jacob Zuma's genitals ignited online debate about morality and freedom of speech in South Africa. The painting entitled “The Spear” is part of the Hail to the Thief II exhibition in Johannesburg.
Grrrrr! It's enough to make me wanna "juice" my BlackBerry!
Bad enough the camera takes lousy pictures! Since Sunday the Virgin Mobile Network has been very shakey - my home broadband is now slower than my dial-up service - and the BlackBerry gets NOTHING - no signal at all - no updates all night last night! The accompanying photo is the one I would have preferred to use with the news report I filed on Monday (hover and click for a larger view) but check out the "oops" in it! Hey, nobody's perfect! I'm thinking of jury-rigging my old kyocera wildcard to enable it to take pictures that I might retrieve via data cable. Will keep you updated on that...
A campaign to rid Beijing of illegal foreign residents has created controversy in China, with Chinese people expressing widely differing viewpoints on social media. A famous television host has labelled a reporter for Al-Jazeera as 'foreign trash' and invited police to run background checks on the blogger who has criticised his xenophobic remarks
Users of Twitter were the most doubtful... [read more at Journalism.org]
Here's a fascinating article about adrinka symbols by Caribbean Blogmeister Geoffrey Philp