Friday, June 29, 2012
"According to related reporting, Ms. Membis will be in a national-level beauty pagent later this year. Guess I am wondering what she'll roll out in the talent competition."
"For every infraction someone is held accountable for, there are probably 100 that won't even be discovered..." A police chief once told me that during a radio interview. There's more to the Liane "lazy" Membis story than meets than eye, I'm sure, and here is one more bit of evidence. This came from someone who was searching or browsed by my blog, someone whose attention was attracted to or drawn by the appearance of the word and website "Liberette" which was the brainchild of disgraced journalist Liane Membis.
I received this comment on my recent post about Ms. Membis:
"Hello, We established our online sexy clothing shop www.liberette.com in 2005. Liberette stands for being a Free-Woman who wears, thinks and does what ever she wants, Our customers and models often call themselves "Liberette's". These two central ideas have been stolen by Liane Membis and her www.liberettemag.com To a true Liberette it certainly does not matter what colour of your skin you are, hence "Love Sees No Colour". It was bad enough having our concept ripped off by Liane Membis, but what really hurts is that it has basically been ripped off by a light fingered, politically correct, box ticking racist. Thank You Libbyx The Liberette Liberette Glamour Fashions"
My guess is that Ms. Membis didn't think anyone would notice her lifting anything from a UK website that most folks in her niche wouldn't be likely to bump into. A lot of young people growing up as part of the internet subculture have learned that “borrowing” is okay… it began as “sampling” of tunes by hiphop artists… and look how Nicki Minaj hijacked the “Barbie” franchise but nevertheless ended up in the good graces of toymaker Mattel!
And look at blogs – just lifting random copy and images from here and there. I wonder if Ms. Membis realized where she heading when she began enhancing her articles with ficticious information. At least she didn’t plagiarize anything we know of…
Below are screengrabs from each liberette website. Your comments and questions or any observations are most welcome here!
This screen capture from the Albany Times-Union today says it all, when it comes down to newspapers implementing "pay walls"!
Would YOU pay for digital newspaper material?
The headline screamed: "Redesigned Chicago Tribune website to wall off some content" and the sub-head proclaimed "Users will need to become digital members to see some stories from newspaper" as the Chicago Tribune made the bold announcement online that "Registration soon will be required to access premium features such as columnists, reviews, in-depth and investigative reporting and new content from outside news sources..." FOR NOW, everything is free (but all bets are off for the future): "Visitors who choose not to register will still have unlimited access to basic content, which includes breaking news, photos and videos." » more
We know that sharing updates from LinkedIn to Twitter is a valuable service for our members. Moving forward, you will still be able to share updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn."
You can still share updates on both LinkedIn and Twitter!
- Simply start your conversation on LinkedIn.
- Compose your update
- Check the box with the Twitter icon, and click “Share.”
This procedure will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as before.
What changes can I expect to see on LinkedIn? Any conversation you start on Twitter will no longer be automatically shared with your LinkedIn network, even if you synced your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts."
I sense something bigger coming!
Tags: LinkedIn, twitter
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Henceforth, any tweets I send out with the #Warrior hashtag will link to news about special, amazing people.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
An aspiring journalist has been busted for faking sources. Liane Membis has been busy trying to scrub herself off the interwebs - her about.me is gone ... as is her twitter account, which was Lili (@limembo) "a wordsmith with a heart for social change. Words fly frequent miles. Always doc 'em. 2011-12 Miss Black America ..."
Did Membis consume too much Nutella? She admits to being obsessed with the stuff. Or maybe she was inspired by the great black female hoaxer Janet Cooke, who won a Pulitzer Prize for a story she fabricated!
Will she come clean and "confess" in her online magazine? After all, she is the Creator and Editorial Director of Liberette.
Hopefully, Liberette is making some dough: Membis is no longer working at The Wall Street Journal." As always in these cases, it happened more than once.
"Liane Membis was an intern for the Journal for less than three weeks and wrote or contributed to five published pieces — one of which has been removed from our online archives and two of which have been edited to remove quotes that were provided by the intern and that cannot be confirmed," a spokesperson told Politico. The two other articles can be see here and here, both alerting readers that quotes were "attributed to names that couldn’t be independently verified."
All of Membis' body of works is now hanging in the balance. Membis has also written articles for the Huffington Post, CNN, and Ebony.
The lazy Membis isn't a lone-phoney: Poynter reports that "Paresh Jha, an award-winning reporter for Hearst Newspapers’ New Canaan News in Connecticut, has been fired for fabricating sources and quotes in at least 25 stories over the nearly two years he worked at the weekly."
Wall Street Journal Gets Jayson Blair'd By Intern
The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. ~ The New York Times
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Get your email address back! Simply reset your profile. Facebook didn't delete your old email addresses. (Not this time, anyway!)
- Click on the "about" section of your profile.
- Once there, look for "Contact Info"
- Click on the edit icon on its right hand corner.
- Change who can see your email address and which email addresses they can see.
You should also read:
Facebook on Tuesday morning announced that it has pulled its new “Find Friends Nearby” feature. The company called the release of the option a “test” but...
...and... read why people think facebook beats having sex!
This will help with
(1) Stopping the spread of HIV/Aids
(2) Family Planning
(3) Chinese efforts at population control - of course Sina could create it's own version - PeoplesBook!
Furthermore, all sexual deviants and rapists should be issued state-owned laptops that can only access facebook, as a deterrent to anti-social crime! It's wonderful!
Get the masses distracted, involved and off-guard has always been part of military strategy for Trojan Horse events, coups and government takeovers. Like that car accident you never saw coming.
THE STUDY ::: Diana Tamir and Jason Mitchell of Harvard’s Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab conducted the study and recently published a report showing that people find it rewarding to talk about themselves, especially if others are listening, (Well, D'oh!) The paper concludes "self disclosure" produces a response in the region of the brain associated with dopamine, the main chemical associated with pleasure or the anticipation of a reward.
Tamir & Mitchell say most folks devote 30 to 40 percent of their everyday speech to "informing others of their own subjective experiences" but put that on social media, and they devote nearly 80 percent!
The study was published last month in an edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Monday, June 25, 2012
I guess everyone was exhausted after a week of work and commuting and what-have-you. It's an interesting and important story, certainly worthy of 3 minutes of your time!
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Then there was a story I worked on and it turned out to be one of those that just never made it to broadcast: a piece about the dust-up between the Daily Freeman and the Poughkeepsie Journal over the Journal lifting text from the Freeman without attribution. That one played out the weekend of June 9-10... funny how last week plagiarization reared its ugly head once again on a national scale...
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Last but not least there's the Tuesday primary election: thanks to redistricting, Dutchess County Democratic Legislator Joel Tyner is running against fellow dem Julian Schreibman for a district seat that Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) currently represents. The demographic in the new district is slightly more Democratic than the 20th District that Gibson won from Democrat Scott Murphy in the Republican landslide of 2010.
Covering the race has been interesting, to say the least!
First, choose a theme. Yeah you can leave it open, but having everyone dress to theme will be amusing and will make it easier to decorate. Having a hard time thinking of a theme? Here are a few of our favorites.
Pirate Themed- Have the girls throw on some corsets and the men some ripped up shorts. Dressing up as pirate can be fun, and you can have you drink of choice be rum, argh.
Rave Themed- Bright colors are the newest fashion. So this theme will be easy to dress for. Tutus, bright colors, fishnets and crazy colored hair all fit into this theme. Make some crazy colored punch and your guests will be having a great time.
Rock Themed- Have everyone get their punk on by dressing up as 80s rock stars. This can be fun and easy as well. Get some mullets, fishnets, fake guitars and crazy face makeup and you'll be able to pass as a rock star in no time. You can find these accessories at almost any costume shops in Las Vegas.
Fantasy Themed- Give all your guests the chance to dress up as the princesses they've always wanted to. Fantasy can have a wide array of costumes, it will be interesting to see what your guests come up with. Everything from unicorns, to fairies, to princesses can be incorporated here.
Those are just a few fun themes to sift through when trying to put together the perfect summer costume party. After you choose your theme, you just need the right decorations, venue, and drinks. Start planning your summer costume party and give your friends and family something to look forward to.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
For several years, I've bought a new pair of men's XL Okabashi sandals around Memorial Day. Most pairs I would wear for two years, and then replace 'em! HOWEVER, the last two years, they haven't lasted very long at all. A new pair I just bought this Memorial Day is already ripping:I was able to patch last year's model (which came apart in a different spot) with staples and Gorilla Glue, (they look like crap), but at least I can wear them around the yard! I only bought these because the style I regularly buy (like the ones in the picture above) were not available.
I wondered if Okabashi is using cheaper materials or manufacturing the sandals somewhere else? I went to their website. It crashed. "Unresponsive Pages" said the little graphic! I tried to call their toll-free number. It rings once and then I get a busy signal. What a shame!
The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. (But seems to be okay in some circles, and for certain peeps!)
|The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. (But seems to be okay in some circles, and for certain peeps!)|
Nick Berke of Pogomix has decided to share his method of ripping sounds from movies and TV shows and blending them together to create "mashup" remixes. Berke's process involves extracting audio samples from various media using Adobe Audition, then adding them to an arrangement in Ableton...
OK for Berke, but apparently NOT for Jonah Lehrer...
I would imagine it is difficult to be fresh and new and entertaining 24/7.
There's probably more intellectual "recycling" going on than we realize!
"If we could download his consciousness and pour it into a paper cup, what great (if any) knowledge or style might we distill?" ~ Dave Lucas
Follow-up to Source Blogger's "Putting Away Childish Things: Digg, Alexa Toolbar, Blog Catalog, Entrecard, and CMF Ads"
Before we get into this, please let me add two 2012 "childish things" currently appearing in the blogosphere:
(1) Blog designs using OVERLY LARGE PRINT with very little in the sidebar. This screams to me that the blogger thinks I am stupid and I can only read on a second or third grade level. AVOID these blogs designed for simple minds. Many of them are run by GURUS.
(2) Blogs by/for the "ALL-KNOWING GURU" (Who really wants to sell you something)
You've seen these blogs. Your blog sucks and they'll fix it for you! You are attracted maybe via a link on twitter that takes you to blog that redirects you to a post that ends up with a link where you are ambushed with a popup asking you to buy an ebook or PDF or download yet another idiotic plugin.
I recently revisited an old post by sourceblogger that I had bookmarked.
In the article entitled "Putting Away Childish Things: Digg, Alexa Toolbar, Blog Catalog, Entrecard, and CMF Ads" published April 7, 2011 (a little more than a year ago), sourceblogger walks readers thorugh arguments why each of these services should be cast aside.
Digg: "When Digg changed its parameters to only display your content to the people who followed you on Digg, you suddenly realized that the potential to reach a large audience was reduced to the 15-20 followers you had prior to the change."
I rarely use Digg anymore. During Fall 2011 I had good luck with StumbleUpon, but even that seems "dead" nowadays.
Alexa Toolbar: Like many others, sourceblogger is anti-Alexa. I still have the link to it in my sidebar and I check it every now and then. Don't pay it much mind, though!
Blog Catalog: sourceblogger sees this one as some sort of hostile clique just like the old CMF ads: which is now defunct (Adgitize was about the same - and sourceblogger includes 'em in his "roundup whammy") --- here's another excerpt: "When you begin hearing stories of people spending hours and hours visiting other blogs in the Entrecard, CMF Ads, Adgitize network, it becomes a very unhealthy, obsessive environment… one that I wish to separate myself from. Especially when it is marketed as '“blog advertising'."
I am still using Entrecard. Not on an obsessive basis (I only make a "drop" if I happen to be on a blog with a widget), but as an additional service for exposure and as an advertising tool, EC works!
BlogEngage: was not included in sourceblogger's list - it's a good outfit but my pickin' bone is all the phoney baloney "liking" and "tweeting" which (sadly) results in spamming as BlogEngage has bloggers jumping thru hoops and stepping on one another to win cash prizes. Money is nice, but not at that price (oh, and, some of the "rules" imposed are just too darned detailed for a busy guy like me - leav it to the work-at-home people, the unemployed and the folsk with too much time on their hands to beat themselves to death for a few bucks!)
Pinterest: wasn't "big time" yet - jury is still out on that one
LinkedIn: Sourceblogger mentioned he was about to add a LinkedIn badge
twitter: has loser-bloggers addicted
"facebook comments" : will come to bite whatever blog employs them in the ass later on down the road (mark my words on that!) Third-party commenting systems are never a wise choice.
Here's the BS the InfoGraphic is spreading, as told by the blogger sheeple: "It’s easy to argue that social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have robbed us of “community.” Gone are the days when people sit on their front porch and wave as the neighbors go by. Instead people answer friend requests and talk to people all over the country.
Attempting to fix the issue of “community” is Nextdoor.com, a newer social network that allows neighbors to learn each others names, share advice such as the names of good babysitters and landscapers and even protect a community by posting about break-ins and other issues of nuisance."
Of course, that's total CRAP!
A lot of people would rather NOT associate or interact with their physical/geographic neighbors.
The old school "sit on the stoop" or "front porch" community began to disappear during the 1980s when kids would sit for hours and hours in front of ataris and nintendos... those kids are today's young adults, sitting inside right now, reading this.
Of course, the Sheeple, at least some of them, will embrace NextDoor just because someone sent them an infographic about it.
Little wonder some depend on twitter and use it as a life-support device!
I try to leave intelligent comments on blog posts. I don't mind "going through security" but I encounter this shitty (for you the blog owner) scenario ON A DAILY BASIS:
(2) The screen below displayed when I hit submit... but there is nowhere on the blog to go to comply with the request. Thus, the blog in question loses
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The announcement that hydrocarbon reserves currently used for oil drilling will be put up for auction has put the people of the indigenous communities of the Pastaza river, in the Peruvian Amazon, on alert. For years, these indigenous communities have been condemning the effects of pollution on their ancestral lands and on themselves.
|Matt Kasper, News Report: TransCanada’s own analysis shows that the Keystone XL pipeline would have 11 “significant spills”over its 50-year lifecycle, while an independent study estimated that there could be as many as 91 spills. The first leg of the Keystone pipeline even suffered 12 spills in 2010 – a record for a pipeline’s first year in operation.|
|Michael T. Klare, Op-Ed: When it comes to the pursuit of enhanced energy independence, Obama has embraced the ultra-nationalistic orientation of the 2001 Cheney report, with its call for increased reliance on domestic and Western Hemisphere oil and natural gas -- no matter the dangers of drilling in environmentally fragile offshore areas or the use of hazardous techniques like hydro-fracking.|
Friday, June 22, 2012
I would imagine it is difficult to be fresh and new and entertaining 24/7.
There's probably more intellectual "recycling" going on than we realize!
If we could download his consciousness and pour it into a paper cup, what great (if any) knowledge or style might we distill?
Talk about being UNDER PRESSURE!
On Tuesday morning, blogging media reporter Jim Romenesko observed that the opening paragraphs of Jonah Lehrer’s mid-June post to his New Yorker blog, Frontal Cortex, had previously made an appearance in an October op-ed Lehrer wrote for the Wall Street Journal. By midday, a reporter at New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog spotted additional repurposed articles — Come Wednesday morning, blogger Ed Champion compiled an incredibly long list of repurposed material in Lehrer’s books and articles...
Basic Re-telling 101
Jonah Lehrer's repurposing his own material has rubbed mainstream media and bloggers the wrong way - The Atlantic calling it "the seeds of lazy journalism" - but is it really such a big deal - and - why now - why Lehrer?
This is one of those bellwhether moments when a standard is created.
Poynter says that Jonah Lehrer is the latest unwitting target of "the Google Game".
Andrew Beaujon suggests that Lehrer’s work shows bigger problems than self-plagiarism: "If the crowd-sourced forensic examination of his work keeps up — surely there’s someone with the time to listen to 16 episodes of Radiolab — I’d imagine Lehrer will soon pine for the day people zinged him for reusing material he published elsewhere. At least that points to merely a deficit in work ethic, or his ability to come up with ideas."
Slate delves ever-deeper, asking "Does The New Yorker Give Enough Credit to Its Sources?" Here is the answer.
The Washington Post has some tough questions for The New Yorker, which is keeping Lehrer on the ranch, for now --- check this snippet out :::
* When Lehrer turns in his next piece, do you pump every single sentence into Google or special software to see if he’s written the same sentence before?
* Do you do such a thing for other folks’ submissions?
* If you do that for Lehrer’s pieces, how long do you keep it up? In perpetuity?
"The art of blogging is basically the art of glossing the news: finding something out there on the internet, and then saying something interesting about it. Lehrer has a collection of interesting-things-to-say, and at any given point it’s quite easy to apply one of those things to something going on somewhere. And if you’ve already said that thing in the best way that you can, it’s a bit silly to say it a worse way just for the sake of not repeating yourself.
But there’s an easy way out of this problem: break the formula, which isn’t very bloggish in the first place. For one thing, Lehrer’s posts seem designed to make you not want to click on his links — he’s not sharing his excitement at finding something new, so much as delivering a seminar on ideas he’s had for some time, and which he feels confident expounding upon.
So here, then, are some ideas for how Lehrer’s blog might become much better."
From the Sheriff's Office: (Via ACO)
Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple announced today the results of a one (1) day “Project Access” Handicap Parking saturation initiative that was conducted on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
A total of 41 parking summonses were issued to individuals who parked illegally in designated handicapped parking spaces. A breakdown of the summonses issued by individual departments is presented on ACO's blog HERE.
And what's following was sent to me via email:
CHRIS COLLINS ROUTINELY PARKS WHEREVER THE HECK HE WANTS
As Erie County Executive, Chris Collins was caught many times parked illegally all over the county - from double parking outside stores to leaving his car parked in clearly marked No Parking Zones. Worst of all: as the photo above proves, he has parked in Handicapped Parking spots even when there were legal spots just steps away.
When asked by Republican leaders about the security photo evidence above, Collins claimed the photos were altered with a computer program. In fact, the photos are from private security footage, clearly time and date stamped, and completely unaltered. He lied.
What kind of person thinks they are entitled to block parking spaces reserved for people suffering from handicaps? And what kind of person lies about it when they are caught on camera?
MORE SECURITY CAMERA PHOTOS HERE:
During the outage, Twitter was unable to display its infamous "Fail Whale" error message.
Hacker Cosmo with the group UG Nazi claimed responsibility. A spokesman for Twitter said the issue was caused by "a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components".
I've learned over the last ten years that any computer-related disaster should be expected to happen just about anytime, and not to lose any sleep over it. The other day one of my crew's laptops crashed and she was in "dire straits" to say the least.
I showed her how to go step by step into safe mode and restore the operating system by initializing WinXP via an earlier restore point. I declined any reward for my actions, because I understand most people flip out when the system, network or internet acts a little ditzy.
I was incredulous when I read these tweets from digital sheeple:
"Twitters broke, my life has no meaning anymore," one user wrote on the social media website Tumblr.
Another wrote, "twitter is down and my life is over."
Really? As Squidward would say, "tell it to someone who cares."
Tags: twitter down, fail whale