Monday, November 30, 2009

Pop Clips » 30 Nov 09

Chelsea Clinton Engaged! The Buzz tonight is all about Chelsea Clinton, the 29-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, becoming engaged to her longtime boyfriend, former Goldman Sachs banker turned hedge fund executive Marc Mezvinsky, whose dad pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud. via HufPo::: People magazine got a hold of the couple's email to friends and family sharing the news.

More LOVE in the Air! reports Cheryl Moana Marie is Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Girlfriend

John Rowles is part Māori. He was most popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, and most famous for his song "Cheryl Moana Marie"! Seen on twitter: Missinfo tweeted "i was just getting used to hand tattoos, then came all the neck tats, but I draw the line @ face n head tats. Unless ur Maori" Speaking of twitter, here go 5 Big Changes to Watch in Facebook’s Upcoming Redesign [Screenshots] (via @hollyczuba)

Mystery::: Netizens want to know: the connection between and twitter spam...

Socialite 1.0 Arrives::: Powerful Social Media Aggregator for Mac

Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah, was struck by heavy floods last week, and the death toll has risen to more than 100 people. Poor infrastructure and mismanagement of city works construction have been blamed, and thousands have joined a Facebook group criticising the authorities. Bloggers have also weighed in...

Drudge:::Ex-Miss Argentina dies after cosmetic surgery -- on her buttocks...

Dallas Penn::: Black Music Needs More White People…

Google, Blogspot HELPING Spam Twitter!

If you get a DIRECT MESSAGE via twitter, especially from someone who NEVER DM's you, be especially alert and aware! There's a sneaky phishing attack out there that begins when a Twitter user receives a direct message, such as the one depicted below (the actual message I was fooled by on Sunday), from any one of their followers.

Dasgupta14: i think i found ur high school photo

How It Scams:

The link takes you to what appears to be a twitter log-in site: Let me tell ya, I actually believed the website I was taken to was part of twitter... it is NOT!!!!! It is perfect in every way, even the URL appears to be authentic. In the transition, the blogspot blog appears, and somehow plays a role in either distracting the websurfer or in the actual capture and validation of the twitter password!

You all know how Google / Blogspot will pick on a blog or blogger and close their blog down without warning or explanation. TRY AS YOU MAY, YOU CAN'T CONTACT ANYONE FROM GOOGLE: THEY MAKE IT TOO DIFFICULT, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY END UP ON A GOOGLE FORUM WHERE NO ONE WILL REPLY TO YOUR QUESTION OR ADDRESS YOUR DILEMMA!!! Yes, these are the same "superstrict" Google policymakers who might delete your blog because it has been "inactive" yet they leave blogs up and running that haven't been touched for 8 years or more!!!

Now along comes this new twitter spam where your password gets hijacked THROUGH GOOGLE / BLOGSPOT:::
This is the intermediary blog URL (below) that appeared on my PC, and immediately I knew I had been spammed, but it was WAY TOO LATE - I tried to spare anyone else by issuing a tweet:

  • BEWARE of direct messages on twitter "i think i found ur high school photo" - may be an attempt to steal your password!
  • But alas, too late! A tweet that appeared to come from me read "see if your iq is higher than mine. take the iq quiz here:..." and I'm sure my followers got spamDM'd.

    Here is the offending blog URL:
    Most interesting if you click on the blogger's profile page you'll see
    On Blogger Since November 2009
    Profile Views (approximate) 21,000 and counting!
    That's an AWFUL LOT of profile views for a blank blog!

    Needless to say I spent hours changing passwords and redirecting permissions!

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    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Hold That Tiger (Woods)! - OR - Boys Will Be Boys!

    Poor Poor Tiger Woods! Missin' his mistress, dissin' his missus! Seen on twitter: tiger said his wife had "gone ghetto" - Woods reportedly bought his angry wife a "Kobe Special" - also some discussion earlier on twitter comparing Tiger to Rihanna!

    It's all the hollywood gossip! Rachel Uchitel claims she has been sleeping with Tiger Woods! Tiger Woods Rachel Uchitel Affair [Pics] - Uchitel is the woman whom actor David Boreanaz allegedly cheated on his wife with while his wife was pregnant with their baby.

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    Around The Blogosphere 29 November 09

    How Did The Major Online Retailers Cope With Black Friday Madness? - Website monitoring service InternetVista vigorously measured the uptime and response time of seven of the most popular Internet retail websites...'s Tom Johansmeyer notes that "...all the hope and hype that went into Black Friday preparations this year didn't give us much. Year-over-year, retail sales grew only 0.5%, from $10.61 billion to $10.66 billion, according to ShopperTrak" Some people preferred to shop via cellphone!

    Forget Black Friday, Here's Some Cyber Monday Tips

    New Book: NIgger For Life - Neal Hall, M.D., graduate of Cornell and Harvard, ophthalmologist and poet, has published a critically acclaimed anthology of verse, *Nigger For Life*

    MOST WANTED… - ^ Don’t be fooled by the baby face. This nigga will robberize you...

    A Crooklyn tale from the Lo-Life General - Mikey: Ride along with the real originators of this Polo ish, sorry Kanye.

    Ashok Deb at LGBTI Bangladesh blog posts videos of a Hijra dance Competition in Dhaka.

    The White House Blog takes on Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post...

    And... some Bolivian bloggers have uploaded a site called Elecciones 2.0 Bolivia [es] which will provide citizen coverage of the upcoming general elections to be held on December 6th.

    My Electronic Mailbag...

    Marya Zilberberg has left a new comment on your post "Get Blog Traffic WITHOUT Google":


    Nice list, thanks! It would be helpful to get some links to more obscure things you recommend. C-box? When you say "press release", how does a lay person go about that? I am also not familiar with what Ping does.


    DAVE'S NOTE:::The answers are forthcoming~~~Stay Tuned 2 This Blog!

    Sandi Abbott has left a new comment on your post "Pimp My Twitter?":

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the info. I just wrote a blog post that included info on customizing your Twitter background and had included links to a few sites that do this. I'll add a link to MyTweetSpace. Thanks for sharing :)

    Sandi Abbott

    Thanks, folks! It's nice to get mail.

    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Three Blog Night

    It has been reported that most bloggers haveTHREE or more blogs registered. Most bloggers are using just one, the other two abandoned or rarely used. There are a few bloggers who are blog-juggglers, trying to keep 3 or more blogs in the air at one time... I've asked a handful of 3-blog bloggers why they think they need THREE when one will do, but they haven't answered.

    I myself have three blogs: this one, my LiveJournal and Posterous. Due to technical difficulties with Posterous that may have roots in my cellular carrier, I rarely post on it. LiveJournal is for those once-in-awhile extra long and special posts that would just kill this blogspot blog.

    So, anybody care to speculate on why bloggers would keep 3 or more blogs going at the same time, esecially when they could easily be consolidated (and perhaps gain more overall traffic and higher PR) into one?

    Sent via Fly Ying HiPhone by t-mobile

    Around The Blogosphere 28 November 09

    Pakistan: Take Back The Tech Campaign:::In Pakistan, P@SH@ (Pakistan Software Houses Association) is pushing the Take Back The Tech initiative forward to take control of technology to end violence against women. They have already launched the campaign on various online platforms, including twitter. ... Teabreak, Pakistan's largest Blog aggregator, announced its support for the campaign, calling all bloggers to join in and spread the word. Teabreak is home to over 1200 registered bloggers across Pakistan. Taking up the initiative will help amplify it to a larger audience. More support poured in when “The Laid Back Show“, hosted by renowned bloggers Awab Alvi and Faisal Kapadia, dedicated an entire episode to the campaign
    CALLING ALL GUEST-BLOGGERS! - It's that time of year, when I welcome guest-bloggers' submissions! PRIZE will be awarded!
    Free Speech is: ON! A new law “On Ensuring Access to Information about Activities of Government Bodies and Municipal Authorities[RUS] will require, among other things, creating public Internet terminals all around Russia. But netizens question [RUS] the feasibility of the measure.


    "Even though this might not be the best holiday season for you, and it may look as though you’re not highly favored, I want you to know that you are favored because of the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. If you’ve lost your home, your job or a relationship, try not to focus on your losses. Instead, be thankful for what you do have because there are many people who have worse situations than yours. I would like to encourage you to share your thanks by lending a hand to someone in need."-T.D. Jakes

    "David is one of 15.7 million or 10.2% of people in our country who are unemployed. And he has been for 15 months. And it's been hard- really hard. Hard because we've been more strapped financially yes (thank God we had expenses we cut back on immediately- like my budget for cupcakes- and for unemployment income), but mostly hard emotionally. Hard on both of us, but David especially. Guess why- all of your reasons would be right. And I struggle with knowing how to support him..."-Bekah

    While you and I in the States were celebrating Thanksgiving, Wendy was cavorting with dwarves and mice...

    Thanksgiving Bai Ling style...


    It's that time of year, when I welcome guest-bloggers' submissions!

    Guest Blogger invitation!

    If you have enjoyed this humble weblog, you could be a guest blogger here! Email me for details. You DO NOT have to be a writer or have a blog* to be considered- just be smart enough to find my email addy, which IS somewhere in the right sidebar!

    Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post.


    1. Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
    2. You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post.
    3. You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
    4. Your post should be at least 300 words long and no more than 1,000 words.


    • I will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If I make substantive changes (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
    • I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why I think the post is important. I will make sure that my comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that my readers are clear that these are mine and not yours.


    I understand the work that it takes to write a blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not obligate me to publish it. The only guest posts I will publish are those that in my sole judgment add value to my readers.

    Furthermore, if I do not approve your guest post,

    *Those of you who author blogs be sure to send your URL as well as a photo of yourself or an image of your avatar/gravatar and a small screenshot of your blog, if you wish.
    I will not explain why I did not approve it or provide any detail. Frankly, that would take more time than I can afford. So there!


    If your post meets the above guidelines, please email it to me for consideration. I will respond with a “yes” or “no” within 48 hours. If I reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere. Also, please put your post in the body of the email NOT as an attachment.

    Prize to be awarded!

    This is the best part, the part I really like: the BEST guest blogpost as judged by myself and my readers will win a nice prize! Have fun writing!

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    'CNN Tonight' to feature Capital Region National Guard Soldier

    1st Sergeant James Meltz leads a unit meeting with members of Company D, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry in Patriot Square, Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan on November 8th, 2008.

    First Sergeant James Meltz from Cropseyville, a New York Army National Guard Soldier who earned the Bronze Star for Valor in Afghanistan last year, will be the subject of a special "heroes" segment this Friday evening, Nov. 27, on "CNN Tonight." The segment is expected to be broadcast around 7:50 p.m.

    Follow the New York Army National Guard on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:



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    Meltz is also a New York State Trooper and belongs to the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team. The CNN feature will include video and digital photos taken in Afghanistan along with a sequence filmed this fall at the Guilderland Range during state police training and at the National Guard state headquarters at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

    Meltz earned the Bronze Star for Valor for organizing a successful defense whenhis company convoy was attacked on the evening of May 25th 2008 in Eastern Afghanistan, his unit was ambushed by insurgent forces from covered and concealed positions on high ground that ran parallel to the highway. An up armored humvee was struck by an anti-tank rocket and set on fire. First Sergeant Meltz helped get all occupants out of the stricken vehicle. He then used a machinegun to place effective suppressive fire against the enemy along with fire coming from other vehicles in the convoy which drove the insurgents behind a stone wall. Using an antitank rocket, First Sergeant Meltz destroyed the enemies' cover and forced them back into the open so they could be engaged.

    During the three hour battle, Meltz was continually exposed to enemy machinegun, small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire as he rallied his men and distributed ammunition. As a result of his actions the enemy force was destroyed and no one in the convoy was injured.

    The convoy was ambushed the following day and once again, Meltz and his unit commander led their unit through the fire, destroyed the enemy and completed the mission.

    Meltz has also recently been named as this year's recipient of the George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award by the United Services Organization, Manhattan office. The award will officially be given at the USO's 48th Annual Armed Forces Gala & Gold Medal Dinner in New York City on December 9th. It is given annually to an enlisted member of each armed service branch in recognition of distinguished service, accomplishments and demonstrated leadership while deployed overseas.

    In 2008, Meltz was tob Non-Commissioned Officer in the Ithaca-based Company D, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The unit served as Security Force Company Delta under Western New York's 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry as part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII. Meltz was presented with a Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device on Veterans Day last year at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan for his actions following an enemy ambush the previous May.

    He served in Iraq in 2004-5 with Troop E, 101st Cavalry of the New York Army National Guard based in Geneva and was awarded his first Bronze Star Medal.

    He was born and raised in Columbia County and played football for Taconic Hills High School. He attended Jefferson County Community College and Louisiana State University and joined the Army in 1990. He was first assigned as an infantry scout in the 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment. He completed Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault School in 1994 and Pathfinder School in 1997.

    He left active duty in 1998 and served in the Army Reserve, including service as a drill sergeant at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri in 1999-2000. He joined the New York Army National Guard in 2003. He performed homeland defense duties as a member of his Guard until it was mobilized in 2004 for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his unit's return from Iraq in 2005, he was mobilized for Operation Jump Start in Arizona to help secure America's border with Mexico.

    Over a nine-month period, SECFOR Delta safely completed more than 1100 separate convoy missions, including a record round trip operation that exceeded 1000 miles in distance extending from Kabul to Forward Operating Bases in south western Afghanistan.

    During an awards ceremony on November 8, 2008 15 additional soldiers of the unit received Combat Infantryman's Badges and two others received Combat Action Badges which meant that more than 50 Soldiers of the company had received awards and badges as a result of their combat service. In addition, 13 members of the unit re-enlisted in the National Guard while serving overseas.

    Meltz is married with one child.

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Social Networks (and Twitter) have displaced the blog - NOT!

    Before weblogs there were chatrooms, instant messaging and forums. Dialog, interaction in real time caught netizens' fancy. Circa the mid-2000's blogging really got cranking. I'm talking about the days when Technorati, not Google was driving traffic to blogs. The times when Xiaxue's star was ascending...

    Twitter and Facebook are #1 and #2 right now: in 2009 they are what AIM and CHAT were in 1999.

    As I look through blogs everyday, I notice some startling changes: AWAY from comments, AWAY from blogrolls... a lot of the "social networking" aspects of blogs - some blogs - is disappearing. The exceptions are the marketing and work-from-home blogs and the very niche bloggers who sip morning coffee while sharing their lives and ideas with their comrades.

    Social media's star may be rising, but don't underestimate the importance of having a blog!

    One thing I have done (a lot of "smart" bloggers have done this) is keep the comments, blogrolls, technorati and digg links while ADDING value via social networking links. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, MyBlogLog and LiveJournal can be accessed via my blog homepage. If I haven't already done so, I'll be adding LinkedIn.
    DO THIS::: DO what I do! Feed your tweets into your blog and stream your blog posts back into twitter... you'll be amazed at the increase in traffic to your blog! There are many different services that perform such tasks. I can't recommend a specific one, as it will depend on your PC, your mobile phone and your particular blogging platform, i.e. WordPress, Blog*spot, etc.
    The new romance some bloggers profess to have with "Lifestreaming" is bunk: do you remember Circa 2005 all the internet buzz was about two things that were supposed to make blogging obsolete. Podcasting. And the VLOG. A few years ago, a large radio station with a huge audience prepared daily news podcasts. Guess how many people signed up and / or downloaded them? Less than 20 a day! The podcast was oversold in the beginning, and just a smidgen of bloggers use them now. The VLOG is even more elusive. This was supposed to cut the head off the blogging trend. Not too many Vlogs outthere, either... although most of us bloggers know how to incorporate video into our blogs when appropriate. "Lifestreaming" is destined to meet the same fate. String your online activities together, but don't foolishly follow the lifestream model. Stay flexible!

    Stay Connected, but not ADHERED!

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    Twittering Thanks

    Techcrunch is pleading with Thanksgiving Twitterers to offer something unique amid the white noise of holiday shout-outs.

    This morning from San Francisco, Michael Farrell writes "In 140 characters or less, a Twitterer somewhere at some holiday gathering will slyly thumb out a message on their mobile phone – quipping about canned cranberry sauce or dishing about a celebration gone awry – and commit one of the great tech faux pas: texting while dining.

    Thanksgiving tweets are already rolling in on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging tool that has around 18 million users in the US. In fact, Josh Premuda, a Web consultant, helped develop to aggregate Thanksgiving Twitter chatter.

    "We were curious about what people are thankful for this year and thought it'd be fun to use Twitter to aggregate the different things people appreciated," said Mr. Premuda in an e-mail response to questions.

    By Wednesday afternoon, his site had logged 18,407 pre-holiday tweets."

    I think this is a good thing, a cultural thing, a TIMELY thing... we can now instantly communicate with people of the world at large!

    My plan for today: I'm gonna have the radio on (tuned to WAMC 90.3FM or if you're listening online) for Thanksgiving specials... the computer will be on until our 4pm dinnertime... if I feel like tweeting I'll break out a few tweets either via PC or cellphone... I'll be having a technologically happy old-fashioned Turkey Day... the only thing different is that this year in New York we're expecting tempertaures in the 50s maybe even 60... a bit warmer than usual.

    I can recall a couple of Thanksgivings when snow broke out in the late afternoon. I zoned out for a moment remembering two distinct times that happened, and I sigh thinking about how quickly time has moved from there to here...

    Whatever happens folks, life goes on... I sincerely wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and those of you living in other lands where the holiday is not celebrated, Peaceful blessings to you, my friends!

    By the way, you can read Michael's entire article by clicking here.

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    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    She's 20, HOT, Rich... and DEAD!

    Daul Kim's family closed her blog to anyone but registered users this week and voiced concerns, echoed around the blogosphere, that her death may not have been suicide. Sur son blog personnel,, la jeune Coréenne exprimait quotidiennement son mal-être, prise dans les filets d’une dépression de plus en plus palpable au fil des posts. Elle expliquait ainsi avoir de plus en plus de mal à lutter contre une insomnie devenue chronique. Lors de la Fashion Week de New York, en octobre dernier, Daul Kim se décrivait aussi comme «maladivement dépressive et surmenée», mais cet appel au secours n’avait pas été entendu. Le jour du drame, la jeune femme adressait un dernier message intitulé «Say hi to forever» (dis bonjour à l’éternité).[Paris-Match]

    Last week, 20-year-old model Daul Kim was found hanged in her Paris apartment. Police have said they believe she committed suicide, and new details in the case emerge each day. Paris Match reports that authorities working on the case say Kim left a suicide note. French gossip publication Le Parisien reports Kim's father doesn't believe the model killed herself.

    She was depressed, according to a transcript of an IM chat scoped by The Daily Beast. She and her boyfriend had just had another brutal physical fight. She’d punched him in the face; he’d yanked her hair. But she was afraid to leave him, afraid to suffer the agony of being apart. The last time they separated, she hadn’t been able to eat, dropping from 112 to 99 lbs. Her friend begged her to leave town, book a job, call her mother. No, she said. She’d miss her dog. She ended the conversation abruptly, saying she was going off to clean the house. Hours later, her body was discovered by her boyfriend.

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    Around The Blogosphere 25 November 09

    Picky, Picky! Fauna on chinaSMACK posts "Girl Seeks Marriage, Distributes Leaflets w/ High Demands"

    Interested but don’t meet her requirements? Distributing leaflets not working? Try the chinaSMACK personals instead.

    Uln has written three long posts to argue that Chinese is the most difficult language in the world. Part I, Part II and Part III. Snippet: "...for serious students of mandarin, the non-character path is not sustainable. Among other reasons, because it will make it impossible to read and write, effectively leaving off limits large areas of knowledge..."

    Very impressive art! And here's a bit of a different style...

    Congratulations to blogger Geoffrey Philp! Geoffrey Philp Wins Daily News Prize For Poetry - The Editorial Board of *The Caribbean Writer* has awarded the Jamaica-born poet and short story writer the Daily News Prize!

    For budding poets: "the chapbook"

    Here's a PUZZLER - especially for folks who have had issues with Google/Blogspot: 'We have, in general, a bias toward free speech,' a Google spokesman says, explaining that offensiveness alone is not a reason to remove a particular image of Michelle Obama from the search index. Wish Goog felt that way when it comes to deleting people's blogs!!!

    Meantime, Dallas Penn blogs about ACORN.

    Children From Tanzania Say Hello!

    The Revolution Will Be Broadcasted (& Illegally Downloaded)

    WaPo offers one less reason not to keep a blog on the WordPress platform.

    Preparation Day

    Like Thanksgiving itself and the following "Black Friday," I wonder if we shouldn't raise today's status and call it something like "Preparation Day." After all, the children aren't in school today. Those who didn't get the day off are likely planning to leave work early, espeially if they are going to travel for tomorrow's feast.

    This year I am entertaining guests at the condo, so I'll be cooking and perhaps online a bit during the morning hours. It seems that the day before Thanksgiving acts as an initiator for that "Holiday Spirit" that will last through the New Year. Many friends (and possibly myself) will also be putting up the Christmas Tree on Saturday or Sunday.

    Well, whatever your plans may be, Godspeed and cherish the days and weeks to come with family, friends and co-workers!


    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Around The Blogosphere 24 November 09

    Beautiful 4-letter word...

    Could the new Google Chrome OS spell the end of the Desktop PC as we know it? I hope not!

    Aaron offers 11 Ways to Say “Thanks” with Social Media ... Retweet , un eco en la Red o tu botón de márketing express ... ATTENTION Twitter Newbies: Take The Thanksgiving Vacation Challenge!

    Tweets on Ice: Dispatches from Jail in 140 Characters or Less...

    Study Finds UK PETA Celebrity Nudes Superior to US!

    The Three Things Every Blogger Needs to Understand About Social Networking.

    Here are 5 Sure-fire Ways To Know If Your Blog Will be Successful Or Not!

    Slovakia: Mobile Internet Providers Put an End to Internet Neutrality.

    Are YOU in a "long-distance" realtionship? Read THIS!!!

    My SUV Will Beat Up Your Hybrid & Save The World!

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    Can We All Get Along - Or Not?

    Aren't you tired of being a hater?

    "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for your souls." - Jeremiah 6:16

    Conservative pajama-blogger Michelle Malkin doesn't seem to cotton what she perceives as the "whiteness" of MSNBC! She's gone on the attack. Read it here: "The indelible whiteness of MSNBC".

    Why can't we all get along?

    The American Spectator : The Girl Who Cried Racism

    "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?" - Rodney King

    Why can't we all get along?

    Racism in NASCAR? « NASCAR and Stockcar Racing

    When a couple of white kids shoot up a school, it is a tragedy. Bring on a shooting at a military base that involves an Arab-American though, and the media does everything it can to shout "terrorism."

    Why can't we all get along?

    "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." -- 1 Cor 13:13

    Judge who denied marriage license is a racist « - College Media ...

    Why can't we all get along?

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    Around The Blogosphere 23 November 09

    Are YOU a "Blogebrity" ??? As Profy sees it, "...the vast majority of these “social media stars” are very local and only rarely people beyond the small social media crowd actually know they exist at all."

    Here's a blogebrity getting CLOSER to the MOON: Bai-Ling!!!

    Musafirbek writes about a charity gala-concert, held with the support of UNICEF, attended not only by singer Cesaria Evora and soccer player Samuel Eto’o, but also by some bloggers, who were hired by an American PR firm to cover the event.

    FEATURED BLOG: little red ants
    Indian author and veteran journalist M. J. Akbar thinks that India has lost the plot on taking action against the Mumbai terror attacks: "America's immediate response to 9/11 was over the top; our phased reaction has been under-the-table. But a message went out from Washington: you provoke the US at your peril, no matter what the collateral damage. We play piped music before one trapped cobra and call it an opera. Then we fall asleep at our own show." Akbar warns that: “Amnesia is an invitation to the next terrorist assault.”

    Tony Grands asks "How come no rappers have fought yet? Really though. With the amount of beef circulating though Hip Hop, all the WWF-esque tactics that have gained popularity over the 'Nets, & all the blatant disrespect, you'd think that somebody would've gotten their ass handed to them by now."


    And, In Sports, the Giants flip a coin, and it comes up: ELI MANNING!!!

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    James Arthur Ray: This week's update regarding Sedona...

    Throughout this past week, we have continued to work with Arizona authorities. As I mentioned to you in my last message, we have made members of our James Ray International team available to answer questions about the Sedona accident, and this process is ongoing.

    Meanwhile, I remain grateful for your continued patience and understanding, along with the words of support that many of you have offered. On behalf of our entire team, please accept our best Thanksgiving wishes.

    Much love and respect,

    James Arthur Ray
    James Ray International, Inc

    3H's Hit Capital Region: Hunger, Heroin and H1N1

    Hunger Advocates Call on Lawmakers: End Child Hunger Now!
    A coalition of anti-hunger, faith and children's advocacy groups are urging Congress to take action to reverse the rising epidemic of hunger among children in America.
    Heroin Use On The Rise In Albany County
    The Albany County District Attorney is partnering with St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center, issuing a warning to schools, health care officials, counseling professionals and the general public... HEROIN use is on the rise.
    New York Distributes 3 Million Doses Of H1N1 Flu Vaccine Statewide
    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that nearly three million doses of H1N1 vaccine have now been shipped to New York State by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



    Paul Hurley, A local Irish bar and tavern owner in Manhattan is bringing a new twist for the Thanksgiving Holiday by unveiling the nation's first 100 proof turkey which is infused with fruit flavored and 100 proof Georgi vodka. The Turkey takes three days to prepare for the Holiday.

    100 proof vodka is infused in the bird for three days before the final cooking. Peach, Raspberry, Cherry and Apple flavored vodka's are also part of the turkeys base. 100 proof vodka is also lightly placed in the gravy as well.

    No one under 21 is allowed to join the feast. The bar is also including a free taxi ride in the city for those who order the holiday specialty. The turkey will beunveiled at a Media Conference with 100 proof vodka being infused on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11:45am at O'Casey's Tavern on 22 East 41st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenue.

    The day before Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest drinking days of the years and the partying does not stop for everyone. Mothers Against Drunk Driving had concerns about this delight during it's concept. Dozens of bar patrons have already pre-ordered the turkey. The Turkey will be available for the first time for consumption and eating at the same time. Georgi Vodka plans on placing the recipe at every liquor store in the nation.

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    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Get Blog Traffic WITHOUT Google

    Maybe you did something to invoke the wrath of the googlegod. Or maybe you're not getting the right keywords out. Or maybe your blog is getting buried beneath tons of other blogs. Relax. There is hope.

    At this moment, I have a PR5. If that dropped to 0 or rose to 7, would it make any difference? Honestly, I don't know for sure. I've been in both places, and nothing seems like it really changed...

    So you wanna know how to increase traffic without relying on Google or Bing or Technorati?
    Here's how! Before you begin: this will take a little EFFORT on your part, but you'll be rewarded in the end!

    1 - Twitter - You don't tweet? Open an account NOW. Follow the rules and recommendations. Do a little research. Once you fly with the twitterati, and your blog is linked from your twitter homepage, you'll get a few links every day that go direct to your blog. If you write a great article, others will tweet about it!

    2 - Facebook - FB is currently THE place to be! You can get services your automated so that your blogposts show up on Facebook and pass through to twitter. I do that! Now, traffic to your blog isn't going to jump overnight. But in time, if you produce quality stuff, you'll get readers. Trust me, 25 regular solid readers are better than 225 one-time visitors! BTW: MySpace is good too, especially if you are associated with music.

    3 - C-Box - is the way to "communicate" with other bloggers! "Talk" to another blogger whenever you see a C-Box on his or her site! They'll talk back, and you can get some dialog going! I'm a member of MyBlogLog, but I can't recall getting much traffic from MBL. It's a great service, I like it, but C-Box does what I wish MBL would do... it DELIVERS visitors, many of whom will come back, if only to say "Hi!" or "bloghopping!"
    Do you have an avatar? Y'now, a little picture, a little graphic image of you - something people will associate with you and your web presence by sight... once you have one you like, get it up there on your blog, on Facebook, MySpace, twitter, MyBlogLog etc. etc.
    4 - email - put the URL of your blog in the signature of every email you generate!

    5 - Blogs - if you read other blogs regularly, be sure to comment. Don't say something stupid, like "nice blog" or "check out MY blog." Start off by just commenting. Leave your name but NOT your URL. If the blogger you're following happens to write about something you've blogged about in the last 5 or 10 days, THEN add your comment with a link to what YOU posted. Be sure to explain why you agree or disagree with the other blogger's article!

    FORGET Digg, StumbleUpon and Technorati. Unless you've written a truly SPECTACULAR article. be honest. When's the last time that you (or I) have done that?

    Which brings us to

    6 - PRESS Releases - for when you actually DO come out with a SPECTACULAR article (or an EXCLUSIVE - you've got that cellphone in your pocket - most now have cameras - if you snap a newsworthy photo and you can write something about it (interview the person if you're the only 'reporter' on the scene) you have the makings of a SPECIAL article! (You may even catch the attention of MSM (main steam media)!

    7 - Business Cards - if you are a problogger or you are in business, as long as your blog isn't some craxy x-rated thing or all about some kooky off-topic subject you'd be ashamed to let people who know you read, add the URL to your business cards.

    8 - local newspaper ads - if you blog about things in your area or city, check out some of the weekly tabloids - some accept ads for blogs and they don't charge more than $5 or $10. Ask if they'll give you a discount if you order 10 weeks in a row. Especially NOW, the Autumn-Winter times of year when people will be indoors (and right after Xmas when people will be test-driving new netbooks and laptops) are extra good times to get your URL out there!

    9 - PING your blog each and every time you write something new! Try for starters!

    10 - YouTube - I really don't use YouTube as much as I should. It works VERY WELL for bloggers who have video to share. I mention it here because I've heard so many positive comments from those who do use it. Like Multiply or Mobi, it's a niche group, but if you're "in" with that group, it will help you build traffic!

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