Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You will NOT be immortal in cyberspace, after all!

This is something I mused about almost a year ago...

something immortalized later that same year by one dearly departed gentleman by the name of Derek K. Miller...

Now, one of our New York lawmakers brings us this is comforting news. Comforting, one might imagine, for those who want their analog deaths to be reflected digitally.

Ending an “Online Life” After Death

Assemblyman Ortiz looks to provide an option for individuals to terminate their online presence after they pass away.

(Albany, NY) Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, Brooklyn, will soon be introducing legislation that will allow individuals to designate a personal representative, in their will, who will have the ability to take control of and terminate, any social networking website, short message service website, or email website. As new technologies and social networking sites begin to develop, it is important that individuals are provided with legal options to delete their accounts, even after they pass away.

Many individuals continue to live on after death through their digital presence. This can prove to be painful for close family members and friends who are constantly reminded of their loss. This legislation will provide individuals with the opportunity to designate an individual as their “online executor”; someone who will have control over their online social networking and messaging accounts. Other States are considering and have even passed similar legislation, such as Oklahoma (LB2800) and Nebraska (LB783).

Furthermore, many social media websites aren’t built to verify users’ deaths and have far too many users to even attempt this. “It is important that we have options for individuals who may not want to continue an online presence after they have passed,” said Ortiz, “This legislation provides personal representative with the authority to take control of and terminate these accounts.”

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Fast Forward Academy CPE

So the blog has evolved from an online dairy or journal to an entity that preserves those qualities but also becomes a portal...

What links and things do you add to your blog? PLACES YOU YOURSELF ENJOY AND VISIT AND INTERACT WITH ONLINE.

I don't just sit here idly on the computer. I'm on TWO computers right now... actually if you count my ChinaPhone, I'm on three under 3 different ISPs. I got my radio on the shelf switched on and a nice mug of hot chocolate in front of me. Telephone is right here too, so I can take calls, conduct business...

I can also continue to educate myself... something YOU can also do while online! And this time of year, if you anything about tax preparation, you can earn extra money.

If you're already qualified as a tax preparer, you can increase your earning potential! And even if you are reading this months after I've posted it, whether it's July or October, there's nothing stopping you from taking a few simple steps to better yourself!

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Hot! BizzClick!

How many times have I lectured you about the importance of monetizing?

During these difficult economic times, bloggers are looking for ways to make a few extra pennies online...

So you're blogging. And you want to run your blog like a business. Okay. First of all, you have to please yourself. Clear your head of all the advice. Your sidebar is too big, your print is too small, your colours are wrong... you know the drill. Make your blog or website comfortable for YOU first!

Once you have things organized to your liking, I recommend searching for a good pay per click service. I've tried more than a few.

I just signed up with BizzClick LLP ... this looks like a promising opportunity ... whether you would like to sign on as a publisher or as an advertiser.

Face it - you are sitting at the computer X number of hours a day anyway. Why not engage in a service that can help YOU? I'm here at my home workstation - I have two computers running along with one smartphone AND my little radio is on to give me a little background news, music and information. I have a snack handy, my notebook and pencil... I'll be here a couple of hours!

BizzClick offers their clients (like ME) an opportunity to advertise within the BizzClick network and/or monetize traffic via their system. I'm on the website now, just poking around. You know when you jump on something like this you want to take your time, look around, get familiar with the look and feel of the site... then you want to READ... you want to check out any faqs... look at the various services.

You'll also want to use Twitter to follow BizzClick (@BizzClick)

As you get more comfortable navigating thru the website, you'll find that BizzClick has an excellent support team and they are there for you around the clock!

Each client is assigned a personal manager (I have one) and there are many many tools available. I will be the first to admit I'm not brilliant when it comes to getting the hang of a new service, and that's where my personal manager steps in to help me make it all work!

The company also utilizes their own what they cal "FiSoAp traffic ranking system" which is designed to assist clients get traffic sources that fit their needs. It aides site owners in management of advertisement offers, avoids charges back and helps in getting the highest bids. BizzClick also boasts a loyalty program and its own community.

So, I'm taking the plunge... but I'm also taking my time to carefully navigate the BizzClick site and learn what I need to know in order to make this program work for me!

YOU are welcome to join BizzClick under me! Just CLICK HERE!

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Foods You Ought To Be Getting Natural

The majority of us know already that it is usually healthier for all of us to consume organic fruit and veggies but in these hard financial times it is crucial that you understand which organic foods count when investing the extra money in buying them whether buying food in supermarkets or wholesale food it is important to know which foods are worth spending extra money on.

So that you can understand which foods are worth buying organic for then it's important that you first understand what the phrase “organic” in fact indicates.
Organic essentially refers to the crop or an animal which has been raised without the use of anitbiotics or pesticide sprays. In the world we live in nowadays, extremely common with regard to producers to use additional hormones as well as pesticides in order to produce larger levels of foods.

The foods which are most harmful are the type that easily take in pesticides. With regards to food items which have a more substantial skin to actually take in pesticides for example apples or grapes this well worth investing the additional cash on the organic kinds of these foods.

In addition, vegetables and fruit which have heavier skin including grapefruits as well as citrus fruits, tend to be better at stopping damaging chemical compounds getting to the inside of the food.
Beneath is really a list of meals which are most susceptible to pesticide sprays as well as other chemical compounds. It is recommended that you should purchase the organic variety of these foods.
Sweet Sweet Peppers
Grapes (Shipped in)
Green spinach

Nevertheless there are some meals which are not worthing purchasing organic and natural.

Beneath can be a set of meals which you need not spend extra on organic and you can purchase the cheaper conventional counterparts.
Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Fairly sweet Peas (Frozen)
Kiwi Fruit

When deciding which organic and natural meals to get you should remember what your family likes to eat. Do a list of your family’s favorite vegetables and fruits and also take this with you whenever you go shopping.

Modem 101

Spied this whilst I was checking stats: a visit from someone using (THE 3RD DIALUP POOL FOR SAUDINET EASY NET DIALUP CUSTOMERS) ... Really? Dial-up in Saudi? The land oozing in petromoolah? I checked it out...
Dad is definitely old school!

Best Guest Blogger of 2012: Kira!


True Colours of AOL

I never liked AOL. Not since the old days when they sent their little diskettes out via postal mail to every address in the U.S. Yes - I used to frequent the AOL Sucks websites and forums.

I was a CompuServe subscriber. CompuServe was to AOL like Fine Wine is to Cheap Gutter Wino Booze. Or in more digital terms, CompuServe was to AOL like Avast Anti-Virus is to Palladium Anti-Virus.

Y'all remember the disastrous AOL/Time-Warner deal?

It looks like AOL hasn't lost it's King Midas in Reverse Touch...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Easy Steps on How to Maintain a Portable Generator

Guest post by Alex.D

Most of the generators come with a product or service warranty. The warranty will maybe give us the confidence or will keep us thinking that if something odd happens to our generator, we can always return it to the company where we bought it for reconstruction or repair.

Even so, we need to be responsible and must know how to maintain a portable generator especially when we are talking about some topic like Yamaha EF2000iS vs Honda EU2000i. There are many advantages if you know how to keep your generator running. First, you can save the money intended for sending the product back to the store. You are also saved from wasting your time and effort in sending back the portable generator. Last, the life span of the generator will be lengthened since you know how to maintain a portable generator and how to take good care of it.

Here are easy steps to follow in maintaining a portable generator.

1. Ensure that the fuel you are using to run the generator is appropriate for it. If there is less oil, automatically add oil. Do not wait for the fuel tank to dry before refilling it. If the oil is already weeks old in the fuel tank, replace it with a new one since its viscosity might already change. Always make sure that the oil you use is of good quality.

2. Every generator needs to be warmed up but how frequent depends on its type. Generators with electric starter must be warmed up once a week. This is needed because each generator uses a battery that requires constant charging. If the generator is left unused for a long time, it becomes dry and will not be able to provide you electricity in case of emergency. On the other hand, those generators that was not equipped with electric starters like those that uses ropes will not be in trouble even if it¡¯s left for three to four weeks unused. But it is also advised that you turn it on for a while not to charge the battery but to keep the oil circulating around the engine smoothly.

3. When using the generator, make sure the total load does not exceed the generators maximum capacity. Do not turn on tools and equipments at the same time. Loading must be gradual. If you turn on the tools at the same time, it may exceed its maximum capacity at that instance and may damage your generator. Turn on the tool first with the maximum wattage requirement.

4. Perform a periodic cleaning. Check each part and lubricate with oil the small parts that need to be lubricated. Check the volume of the oil and the water radiator. Remember to check the fuel tank frequently. Also check the bolts and tighten them securely.

5. Place the portable generator in a room where there is good air circulation. Do not leave the generator where there are air or rain currents. To prevent electrical shock, use an appropriate grounding system for the generator.

Remember that knowing how to maintain a portable generator is important because the performance of the generator depends on its maintenance.

NPR, Lana Del Rey, The Beatles, Nicki Minaj, Fame...

Funny how fame works - and the amazing part is that there are different ways of building fame.

I challenge you to go forth and build your own house of fame!

Nicki Minaj did it...

Christina Aguilera made the template... "RCA hired a team of young cybersurfers to swarm the Web and start chatting about the 18-year-old Ms. Aguilera on popular teenInternet sites such as www.alloy.com, www.bolt.com and www.gurl.com. They posted information casually -- sometimes sounding like fans, sometimes like official spokesmen -- but always making sure not to come off as lame adults trying to be cool or marketers pitching a product. It worked."

The Beatles actually did it by proxy... "On Christmas Day 1963 - practically no one in the US had ever heard of them... By Sunday February 9th 1964 interest in the Beatles was so intense that a world record audience of 73 million viewers tuned in to see the group's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show."

Lana Del Ray did it via YouTube...

Lana on Her SNL Act

Funny what catches on and what does not!

But beware! Fame is FLEETING!

In celebrity life, there have always been more runners-up than winners, so in an age in which nobody can quite believe that fame is fleeting, it’s no surprise that the only things many of the also-rans have left to sell are their disgruntlement, their desperation, and their decompensation. The reality-TV boom of the last decade created an entire subclass of people who misunderstood their fifteen minutes as a stepping-stone to a more permanent level of renown. They won’t step out of the spotlight without a fight... [more]

Around The Blogosphere 30 Jan 2012

South Africa: Students Organisation Anti-Racism Poster Causes a Stir

Read this post.

The Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO) recently released a controversial poster as part of their anti-racism campaign. The "In OUR future, you wouldn't look twice" poster shows a naked mixed-race couple embracing. The poster has caused a huge stir on Facebook, Twitter and blogs and even generated viral spoof posters.

via Betabeat.com ::: State of New York Subpoenas Twitter Over Occupy Wall Street Account

Adrianne Jeffries writes ::: The state of New York has ordered Twitter to come to court and bring the login information for the account of an Occupy Wall Street activist, Malcolm Harris, as well as tweets from September 15 to the end of the year. Mr. Harris, @destructuremal on Twitter, was tweeting from the front lines of the now infamous Brooklyn Bridge mass arrests, which is now the subject of a class action lawsuit brought by the Partnership for Civil Justice. [via PrivacySOS]

‘This! May Not Be! A Peaceful Protest!’: How to Occupy Nonviolently

Nathan Schneider, Op-Ed: “Occupy Oakland got rough on Saturday night, when an attempt to occupy a vacant convention center resulted in police using tear gas and other weapons, as well as, reportedly, protesters throwing rocks back at them. Some of the most widely-circulated photos depicted the burning of an American flag that had been removed from Oakland’s City Hall. On Sunday, other Occupy groups around the country took to the streets in solidarity marches. In New York, there were reports of potentially dangerous actions, including a bottle being thrown.”

Peru: Terrorism, Youth and Social Networks

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One of the strongest repercussions of the MOVADEF's decision to apply to register as a political party is the amount of young activists and supporters the group has attracted and how they are using social networks to spread their message.

A Facebook group called “Daaf and Paaf” (means hot persons) fell under control of Iran's cyber police. Iran's cyber policeannounced [fa] on the group's Facebook's wall that “the administrators of this group have confessed to promoting banality”. This group had an online competition for choosing hot Iranian men and women.

Pakistan: Moral Policing On A TV Show And The Consequence

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In a recent live show on a Pakistani news network its anchor and a group of middle aged women were seen scouring the parks of Karachi to hold accountable the couples dating without their guardians knowledge. Protests mounted on social media which led to the firing of the anchor and removal of the show from the network.

Japanese Algebra

When in doubt, print it out!

Sometimes it's best to take a webpage and print it out - make hardcopy - something you can take to the sofa or the bedroom to analyze in a more peaceful analog state of mind!

A young blogger recently contacted me, asking for advice about monetizing her blog. She wrote "this monetisation(sp) makes as much sense to me as Japanese Algerbra(sp)," and she went on to beat herself up for failing to wrap her head around the concept. No fear, dear!

Every now and again you'll see bloggers post their stats and-or earnings online. While I am all for transparency, I think most of us like to play our cards closer to the vest.

Some of my favourite bloggers publish stats and earnings, and in a way the practice does serve to encourage less seasoned bloggers, some of whom are desperate to make a little extra cash in these economically depressed times.

One of them is Ana, whose Traffic Generation Cafe is a great "proving ground" when it comes to blog tweaking and tinkering!

Here's Ana's stats (below)- I went and fetched my blogs stats (farther below) - I was pleasantly surprised: I'm almost on Par with The Cafe - (hover and click on the individual images for larger versions) that tells me that my blog has a pretty solid footing, by golly!

Good for me!

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A Megaload of Unintended Consequences

Friends, this is why "Cloud Computing" is wrong wrong wrong and a one-way ticket to losing the digital freedom you think you have now!

The future of information technology is in cloud-based applications. When the feds can seize the entire cloud based on the actions a few or even many participants, it violates the property rights of its legitimate users.

The Justice Department has responded to media inquiries about the status of the legitimate files that were stored at Megaupload, saying that users had no reasonable expectation of long-term data storage from the company: “the vast majority of Megaupload.com users do not have significant capabilities to store private content long-term since anything that isn’t repeatedly downloaded is automatically deleted from the system.”

However, premium users had an expectation that their data would be stored for a period lasting at least 90 days or forever if it was regularly accessed. Now, it looks like everything on the Megaupload servers could be deleted as soon as Feb. 2.

Shopping for a new car

Contribution by Saul Martin

My husband and I recently decided that it is time for a new car. Both of our cars have well over 100,000 miles on them, and we have owned them both for over seven years. We decided that we need an SUV because I like to ride high and this will be the car that I drive. It is also important because I am pregnant, and we need plenty of room for our kids in the back seat. What is great about car shopping is that I never have to leave the house to do it. I work from home, and I simply get online to shop for cars. We have our internet through clear wireless internet Pasadena, so I can surf the web looking for good car deals. My husband and I have narrowed down our search to two separate Chevy Tahoes, and we will be going to look at them this Saturday. Regardless of which one we buy, this has been the easiest, quickest car-buying experience I have ever had. From now on I will be buying all of my cars after shopping online.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Around The Blogosphere 28 Jan 2012

Way way back in the day - the good ol' days o'blogging - there was Radio, there was Multiply, there was LiveJournal...

And there was blogger. I started on Multiply and dabbled with LJ, but soon found a permanent home on blogger. From time to time I am going to release a few posts here and there that originally appeared on my first blogger blog "Capital Region People" - which continued to pull in 450+ visits a day long after I stopped blogging on it. Google eventually deleted it, for reasons still unknown to me. Luckily I used a program called HTTPtracker to save the first 2 years of CRP!

I'm not the first to re-release old posts... blogger Rob has been re-publishing his old Radio posts.The New York Times ::: Blogging is GOOD for you! According to the paper, research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary-keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater.

To prevent you from ramming the NYT pay wall head-on, here's a condensed version of said article:

To gauge teen's experiences with blogging, researchers randomly surveyed high school students in Israel (that's "random"? Israel? Why not the USA or Canada? Or Morocco?). 161 were picked (124 girls and 37 boys) who exhibited some level of social anxiety or stress. (Why so many girls) Average age of particpants was 15 and all claimed to find it hard to make new friends or relate to existing pals.

The teens were divided into six groups. The first two were asked to blog about their social difficulties, with one group asked to open their posts to comments. The second two groups were asked to blog about whatever struck their adolescent fancy; again, one group allowed comments. All four groups were instructed to make entries in their blogs a minimum of twice a week. Two additional groups served as "control groups" and instructed either to keep an old-school print diary or to do nothing at all.

A team of psychologists reviewed all blog articles to gauge each bloggers’ relative social and emotional state. Across all groups, the greatest improvement in mood broke out among those bloggers who wrote about their problems and allowed commenters to respond.

Noteworthy is the fact that commenters on the blogs were overwhelmingly supportive. Go figure!

Watershed Post ::: Catskills locals are makng a splash among the nation's most avid cinemaphiles at the Sundance Film Festival this week. [LiNk]

Chile: Discrimination, Media Ethics, and the Case of #InesPerez

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Inés Pérez, a resident of a gated community that prohibits domestic workers to enter by foot, quickly became the subject of online scorn after an interview on Chilean television. When it transpired that her quote was taken out of context, the discussion instead turned to a debate on journalism ethics.

Canadians are addicted to their daily Tim Horton's coffee and new Tim Horton's coffee shops are popping up in countries all around the world. What? You never heard of Tim Horton's? Tsk Tsk! Christy Zutautas will fill your cup...

Dumb Cluck
::: They say we should balance our diets... what happens when we fail to do so? Stacey Irvine has been addicted to chicken nuggets: the 17-year old has eaten nothing else since age 2. She collapsed the other day...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Reporters Without Borders vs. Twitter

Popular microblogging service Twitter is facing criticism after announcing it now has the ability to censor posts, or “tweets,” on a country-by-country basis. Media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Friday slammed Twitter's announcement that it could now block tweets from appearing in a specific country as “collaborating with the censors”.

RSF's head of social media, Lucie Morillon, said the organisation was “very concerned about the decision,” which is “bad news for online freedom of expression”.

RSF has written to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey voicing deep concern.

Twitter on Thursday announced in a blog post that it now had “the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world”.

The San Francisco-based company said it was entering “countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression”.

China: Not Worried About Twitter's Decision to Self-Censor

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Twitter announced this week that, with an eye on global profits, it has decided to begin censoring content prohibited in the various markets in which the company has users. In China, where Twitter has been blocked for more than two years but many users still frequent the site, one heavy Twitter user argues that the decision may not turn out to be a big deal.

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is a France-based international non-governmental organization that advocates freedom of the press and freedom of information. This organization, which has consultant status at the United Nations. [1], was founded in 1985, by Robert Ménard, Rony Brauman and the journalist Jean-Claude Guillebaud.[2] Jean-François Julliard has served as Secretary General since 2008.[3] English speakers also commonly refer to the organization by its French name, Reporters Sans Frontières, or its French acronym, RSF.[4] Its head office is in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.[5] According to its own mission statement, Reporters Without Borders

  • "defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries.
  • fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom.
  • gives financial aid each year to 300 or so journalists or media outlets in difficulty (to pay for lawyers, medical care and equipment) as well to the families of imprisoned journalists.
  • works to improve the safety of journalists, especially those reporting in war zones.” [6]

RIP Robert Hegyes

Welcome Back Kotter*** star dies at 60 - Robert Hegyes, whose portrayal of 'Epstein' helped alter TV - Hegyes character, Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein -- a proud Puerto Rican Jew, as he liked to remind anyone who would listen -- was known for forging notes from "Epstein's mother."

Welcome Back, Kotter is an American television sitcom which starred Gabe Kaplan and featuredg a young John Travolta. It originally aired on the ABC network from September 9, 1975 to June 8, 1979.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Around The Blogosphere 26 Jan 2012

Time now for another edition of "Around the Blogosphere." Let's get started.

Serbia: The Media War Against Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie was concerned about the reception of her director's debut movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, in Bosnia and Serbia, and some of her fears turned out to be justified. Sasa Milosevic reports on the virtual battle that Jolie's film has caused.

Another thing to worry about besides facebook forcing that timeline thing down our throats! http://t.co/PafxpbD3

“In addition to triggering the greatest civic hell-raising in Internet history…the SOPA/PIPA laws have touched a nerve in Cuba’s digital community”: half-wired explains.

For some reason, James Altucher's blog post reminded me of an answering machine message I once came across years ago when working in a call center.

The man spoke in gentle, friendly tones.

This is Mr. Johnson speaking.
You've reached my machine.
If you're sellin' somethin' - I'm not buyin'...
If you need to borrow somethin' - I ain't lendin'...
If you need my help (he prounounced it "hep") ... I don't have time

May the Lord Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day!
“I consider them to be expressive and beautiful in a way that is so Caribbean”:Abeni blogs about West Indian proverbs.

Teach your dog to dance. And other endearing life tips. HERE.

Help Wanted! Micro Jobs Available!

You've heard of "micro-loan" websites...

Make room for "micro-gig" websites!

Let's Face it:

  • You're a writer or designer or a musician or other artist with talent...
  • You have valuable knowledge and expertise and do great work...
  • You've pinned your hopes on a miracle freelance job...
  • While either one would certainly qualify as an "awesome gig," The New York Times, Clear Channel, Robert Rodriguez and the BBC have NOT returned your calls...
  • The answer, my friend, is a micro-job!


Get yourself out there and get that awesome job you so richly deserve!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

US Economy 101 ::: Your Little World Will Soon Be Turned Upside Down

How goes the state of the union? I wonder...

Well, as pointed out so eloquently by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the state of the economy remains terrible. Three years after President Obama’s inauguration and two and a half years since the official end of the recession, unemployment remains painfully high. Under Obama, prices of essentials have skyrocketed: gasoline is up a whopping 83 Percent, hamburger 24 Percent, and Bacon 22 Percent!

That's foul, I tell you!

“I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” George Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”

Soros sympathizes with the Occupy movement, which articulates a widespread disillusionment with capitalism that he shares. Soros warns that riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. “Yes, yes, yes,” he says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States.” Uh-oh!

The Press is also a target.

Is it too late to do anything about all of this?
"Waiting for tomorrow waste of today." Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

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I kent spel, NYC stile

Bye Bye Another Piece of American Pie

Signs Of The Times

Leading up the US Presidential election we see the internet slaying a bellwether: an influential newspaper has conceded its influence has been diluted to the point where it is no longer relevant. Of course, they've "spun" that in a positive direction (something one should always do in a dire situation)

The Pullitzer Prize Winning Chicago Sun-Times will no longer endorse candidates for elective office.

" Most good newspapers today attempt to appeal to the widest possible readership, including people of every political persuasion, by serving up the best and most unbiased news coverage possible. They want to inform you, not spin you.

With this in mind, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board will approach election coverage in a new way. We will provide clear and accurate information about who the candidates are and where they stand on the issues most important to our city, our state and our country. We will post candidate questionnaires online. We will interview candidates in person and post the videos online. We will present side-by-side comparisons of the candidates’ views on the key issues. We will post assessments made by respected civic and professional groups, such as the Chicago Bar Association’s guide to judicial candidates.

What we will not do is endorse candidates."

The Internet's other major conquest, the US Postal Service, has just raised postage prices across the board. The agency is stubbornly hanging on for dear life, but don't be surprised if there is NO postal service (and NO Chicago Sun-Times) by 2020.

Update: Harry Carnevale

1.24.12 UPDATE: Albany pays $200G in police-pursuit death

Some people leave their house in the morning and never come back. ~ African Proverb

I didn't know Harry Carnevale or his family. I know a few people who did. In some circles, young Harry was categorized as a "Star Boy," someone with enormous potential and a great life-destiny ahead. So why are we here and he's not?

A decision young Harry made out of kindness of heart to give a struggling low-income co-worker a safe ride home from work.

A police officer who ignored orders from headquarters to break off a high speed chase. (Some argue the cop is the one who should be serving time for manslaughter, since police knew who the woman was they were chasing for a few traffic violations, and could easily have snagged her in a day or two without much ado).

And now, additional details of the shadowy case emerge:
"Seven witness statements that were potentially embarrassing to the city of Albany were withheld from the family of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by a woman fleeing police when her vehicle slammed into the teenager's car four years ago at a high rate of speed.

City attorneys said the witness statements were inadvertently withheld from the parents of Harrison "Harry" Carnevale despite court orders directing their release. The statements finally were turned over to the family early last year, but the oversight was kept quiet under a confidentiality agreement requested by the city after it paid $10,000 to offset the family's legal fees from their efforts to obtain the records." ~ Times Union
Poor Harry Carnevale. Had he not died that fateful night 4 years ago, I'll betcha he'd be blazing a trail in Hollywood right now.
"Other records in the case indicate a former police sergeant, Peter J. McKenna, issued an order to patrol officers to abandon the chase seconds after it began. McKenna apparently was adhering to new guidelines that required officers to abandon pursuits that could endanger the public.

The additional witness statements suggest some officers may have continued chasing Williams with their sirens off.

Harry Carnevale, an honors student, was on his way home to Cohoes after working at a restaurant on the south side of Albany. The fatal crash took place weeks after Carnevale had graduated a year early from Shaker High School and was making plans to attend a film-studies program at Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Carnevale's vehicle was broadsided as he drove north on Henry Johnson Boulevard after dropping off a co-worker in Arbor Hill." ~ Times Union
I would like you to imagine the high-level changes in our plane of existence had Harry lived. I'm sure that like ripples in the water after one tosses a stone in a lake, Harry's accomplishments on the West Coast would have vibrated back to Albany. But we will never know.

Rich Harry Carnevale. He left his friends with a lasting, loving legacy. A great guy who was going on to do great things.

Whenever we lose a young person we lose a piece of what could have been.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Where I Was Monday Jan. 23, 2012

What's Popular On This Blog?

I really don't have a clue...

If you look in the sidebars you'll see three measurements: one of posts viewed by RSS, one that says "Top Posts" (via PostRank) and another bearing the header "Popular Content" which is a service of Google.

None of them jive with the results I receive through my sitemeter service. So I'm puzzled.

I'll leave them there for now, because they do give readers an opportunity to see other material posted on this humble weblog.

I just got a nice email from someone who said she bookmarked my blog for use as a "portal" to "go through to visit a bunch of interesting sites."

I like that. It makes me feel "functional" ???

Also check out "I Read These" - a place where I list blogs I check in with more frequently.

If your blog is not on that list, please don't be offended! Some of my favourite bloggers don't update regularly like they used to, so I keep track of them them via my Google Reader. That way I can see the moment they've published something.

I'm really glad I updated and added the 3-column template. Any suggestions you readers may have are always welcome!

Simple tricks to make more friends

Finding friends can be hard sometimes, and in this article I just wanted to highlight a few simple techniques you can use to be more social, outgoing, and to make more friends.

The first is to play up all the good things about yourself; think about if you’re talented, funny, or what you have to offer people. Find something about you that people will want to be around and get to know.

Support your friends, because nobody likes someone who isn’t going to be there, or is going to stab them in the back, so always make sure you’re there for your friends when they need you.

Have confidence, because everyone is naturally attracted to someone who is strong, who can take initiative, and who knows what they want in life.

Be the person you would want other people to be to you, and just make sure you treat others the way you would want to be treated. This includes always being trustworthy, honest, straightforward, and never lying or hurting other people.

Also, people love someone who is a good listener, and who is willing to be a listening ear when they need it. So make sure that you’re always willing to listen to and support your friends when they need someone to talk to.

If you’d like to learn more about how to make friends, you can check out my website popularity secrets to learn more about how to approach people and become likeable.

A Bigger Brother

This is interesting - how do my fellow broadcast-journalists feel about this?

Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

Source: The Blaze – (Tue, Jan 10, 2012) - snippet: Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

8 ways to improve your luck in Year of the Dragon

It never hurts to TRY!

Gabrielle Giffords Before & After Pictures

::: UPDATE ::: 22 January 2012 :::

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced in a professionally prepared youtube video message that she is stepping down from Congress this week.

UPDATE AUGUST 2 2011 Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Joe Biden on Shooting Victim Gabrielle Giffords: “She's Now a Member of Cracked Head Club Like Me”

Facebook pictures, taken May 17th in Houston, gave us a clue as to how Congresswoman Giffords has been coming along since she was shot five months ago. Published reports indicate the new photos were snapped prior to her recent skull surgery. (Pictured above: Giffords before and after. View the other Facebook picture.)
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