Friday, November 30, 2012

Run if you see her coming...

This is the face of the alleged beast that SOLD a 16-year old girl as a sex-slave in Utica

The other day, a young woman posted on facebook "Dear men: it is not okay to check out a woman's ass as she walks by. Please cut the s**t & control yourself." One response: "A lot of young men cannot control themselves becuase the media and people in the public eye are, in effect, controlling them. Case in point This person is NO role model. She freely chose to publicly present this. It leads men to wild thoughts which sometimes end up hurting innocent women."


State police and child welfare officials have apparently cracked the surface of a central New York child sex trafficking ring. On Wednesday, three people from the Utica area, were accused of using the online classified advertising site to advertise throughout the Northeast for sex with an underage victim, a 16-year old girl. »more

You might also not enjoy reading: Mall 'guards' escort man who tried to abduct 2-year old girl out of the building - and set him free! WTF?!?
and... making the rounds today via twitter, this piece of crap:

Young Ladies Filmed Giving Blowjobs On 6 Train

Life sucks. Then we die. Think again!

Sponge Bob knows the truth! Rewind!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Screengrab of the Day


Batman gets his comeuppance

5 Things I am Really Sick And Tired of

(1) FACEBOOK constantly telling me "You may want to upgrade your browser." I don't want to. I refuse.

(2) Blogs that look like my 1st Grade Reader. They insult my intelligence. I can't view them for more than a few seconds. If I really need to read the content and I'm near a printer, I'll make a hardcopy. Otherwise, forget it.

(3) Link-baiting twitter spam.

(4) Email pretending to be my "final notice" that I'm a candidate for the "Who's Who" of blogging. Really?

(5) Spam commenters who are now braving blogspot's ridiculously deep capcha system to leave comments for me. Do they really think I'm stupid enough to publish them?

There are more things that bug me. These five for now are at the top of my list.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RE: Republicans have thrown down the gauntlet over the possibility that Susan Rice will replace Hillary Clinton... [New York Magazine]

I am totally down with this.

Ambassador Rice did nothing wrong. She followed instructions provided by higher-ups she TRUSTED would give her correct information. Do you think she would go on all the network TeeVee news shows just to make a fool of herself?

The GOP doesn't dislike Rice - they simply want to send a big arrow thru the heart of the Obama administration - DO NOT LIE TO US - DO NOT LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. If you can wrap your little brain around that concept, you understand. The bowman has already released the arrow. I am hoping the point is taken, and I am also hoping that Rice will not be in the line of fire, or in the crossfire (if there is any crossfire!)

Despite the same surname, Susan Rice is not related to Condoleezza Rice

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Co-Citation plug-in software tool

Co-citation vs. Anchor Text

The gurus latest "traffic trick" - telling you that anchored text is on the way out. Simply not true! Take "payday loans" for instance - or just simply "loans" - thousands of websites spam that single keyword and get great rankings!

Ordinary bloggers don't obsess over keywords and page rank and related ilk. Only the ones who have been duped into believing that blogging is "all about money" are being led around the web by their wallets (with gurus firmly gripping the opposite side of that purse).

If you ARE an obsessor, then begin each and every day searching Google and Bing for a new tool "Co-citation software" - I have included some handy links for you at the bottom of this post page.

As for abuse, those who practice exploting (including the same web gurus who will later sell you pdfs or software designed to fix the problem they created) will continue to do so, and will find new ways to trick and game any system that appears.

Google has been for some time now targeting keyword phrases to their commerical partners. It's all about money!

Here is what Google's Matt Cutts reveals about the method Google determines which text to use (this video is dated in some segments, but Cutts admits the decision on which text to use is on a query-by-query basis, still valid as of this publishing)

You might also like Not all Anchor Text is Created Equal.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Runaway Monday

Good Morning!

This should be an interesting week coming up! Keep your communications device(s) handy!

#1 on the radar - POWERBALL - sit down now - the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing — approx. $425 million - largest ever in the history of the multistate lottery game! (Winner: Think of all the iStuff you will buy!)

In World News, on Tuesday a federal court judge will consider whether to let a lawyer for a man who is suing Facebook withdraw from the case.

Ohio attorney Dean Boland hasn't revealed why he doesn't want to continue to represent Paul Ceglia of Wellsville NY in a multibillion-dollar ownership claim against The Social Network. The request follows news that Ceglia was arrested on (and pleaded 'not guilty' to) charges involving alleged doctoring and destruction of evidence to support his 2010 lawsuit which claims half-ownership of Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, that being based on a 2003 contract with founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook's attorneys are not expected to oppose Boland's withdrawal motion.

And then there's the Middle East...

Here in New York, the case of The Hudson Register-Star 4 hasn't sunset just yet - I expect we'll see (and hear) more about it over the next few days.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Chase ::: Unlucky Civilians Dead

A guy on a bicycle was killed by a police chasee in Albany, a city where "acciddental victim incidents" pop up from time to time. According to published reports, the cyclist was struck by a truck driven by a dude fresh out of prison. The biker bounced over the hood and was pinned by a ladder rack on the pickup. Horrible way to go. Oh, and, WHY was the cyclist biking at 1am? It's always best to ride on the sidewalk if you are biking at night, and be aware - be VERY AWARE of all traffic coming at you from any direction!

Talk about being in the wrong place at precisely the wrong time - these come to mind - hope there weren't any others, but if there were please leave links and info in comments...

2004 ::: A score of Center Square residents and visitors witnessed the incident, as Officers Joseph Gerace and William Bonanni shot at an unarmed Delmar man after chasing his vehicle on State Street early Wednesday afternoon. An errant bullet hit and killed engineer David R.A. Scaringe, 24, who was walking along Lark Street near his home. Shawn Brozowski, 26, was also struck, but not seriously injured, as he swept the sidewalk in front of McGuire's Restaurant at Lark and State streets.

2007::: The Harry Carnevale death got a lot of coverage in local media - a real heart-tugging tale of a young lad destined to become perhaps another Spielberg, meeting his demise after being a Good Samaritan. Two years before the July 1st police chase, Albany County District Attorney David Soares had an opportunity to put Carnevale's killer in State Prison, but passed. In August of 2005, she led police on yet another high speed chase that went on for twenty minutes. Police say she blew through 26 red lights and stop signs and narrowly missed hitting 24 people. They charged her with 24 felonies and reckless endangerment.

When she got to jail, she allegedly told someone that when she got out, she planned to put two bullets in the judge's forehead. Instead, she eventually killed young Carnevale, during a police chase!

2010 ::: This is a "lights and sirens" example - with the emergency equipment on, the police were chasing down a lead about SOMETHING or SOMEONE - and the cruiser broadsides another vehicle - my guess is maybe the occupants had loud music on - and perhaps the police didn't bother cutting backon speed as they normally would at other times of day, going thru an intersection, for whatever reason... it is always wise to use caution and slow down at Albany's Madison and Quail - no matter what color the traffic light displays.

WIPEOUT! RIP Hector Macho Comacho

There's always a day or a time when a "stunner" comes along... a totally out-of-left-field bit of information that shakes ya up or triggers a memory or triggers ultimate astonishment... I experienced one of those moments last week when I heard via BBC news that boxer Hector "Macho" Comacho had been shot.

His boxing career spanned an amazing FOUR DECADES! 79-6-3 with 38 knockouts! He himself was NEVER KO'd or stopped!

Comacho, along with Ali, Frazier, Tyson, Mancini and maybe a few others whose names I have forgotten, harkens back to a time when prizefighting was to the public as Ultimate Fighting is today. You may not think that boxing was changed by the arrival of the internet, but I believe otherwise.

Comacho's family allowed the removal of life-support equipment after it became obvious the champ would never come back - he had a lot of brushes with the law - let's face it - we all have our bright beautiful moments as well as our dark, ugly ones - those skeletons in the closet that no one knows but us. Macho was as we all are - human. He had a great smile. Dead at age 50. Only God will judge him now.

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Another notable death:

Larry Hagman, R.I.P.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Digital Disturbia

Take this job and shove it: From Hudson to Bangor, Reporters Revolt! 

was one of the most-read posts this week here on my weblog. There's an awful lot happening as technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds, to the point where the entire digital landscape as we approach 2013 is looking a LOT different than it was this time last year. 

Late November into mid-December is always a thoughtful and productive time for me - and - maybe it has something to do with the longer Northern Hemisphere nights - its also the time when I seem to get the most comments from readers, readers who spend more time on my blog than they do any other time of year. I relish and welcome the interaction!

Sometimes it's hard to figure out what's happening, what smartphone you should buy, what computer or tablet or iSomething - and sadly, old friends in cyberculture like Entrecard suddenly disappear. You have other features and services falling into disuse - things like IM and trackbacks and IRC. People telling you "do this" and "do that" to your fb page, or twitter or blog. Don't do anything but be true to yourdigitalself!

I think I have pretty much nailed the presentation of my blog here, modeled for you as a 'portal' - especially if you are interested in digital arts, radio, pop culture, politics and other current events. this is it, and for you guru critics out there, this is the way it is supposed to look, with informational sidebars and facebook comments, etc.

For a lot of you, facebook has been a constant companion while you're online - we can hope they don't continue to destroy the original concept - a simple page where friends and family can gather - as we sit back and watch a slew of other services like Pinterest and Storify jockey for position, each trying to outdo the other as they fight to be more popular.

REPORTING is changing across all mediums, and many of the "superbloggers" are ascending into the new pool of on-line talent (including certain twitterers) who are becoming THE NEW REPORTERS (like Ben Wafaa, profiled below). A lot of existing popular bloggers have honed their craft beyond belief - if you look at the past blogs of Xiaxue, Aldon Hynes, Tavi Gevinson and Kimberly Low - their latest works are light years in new directions - and I applaud them - standing ovation!

Dr Neil Thurman and Anna Walters, from City University London’s Journalism School, have just published a study into liveblogging, which is becoming the default format for covering major breaking news stories, sports events, and scheduled news – like the US presidential election – on the web. Here Dr Thurman explains their appeal to readers.

Live Blogging—Digital Journalism’s Pivotal Platform?

Neil Thurmana* & Anna Waltersa
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Made in Libya: Blogger Ahmed Ben Wafaa

Read this post.
Ahmed Ben Wafaa is a science teacher who started blogging in 2000 to express himself on the state of things in his country and through his blog "Made in Libya" he succeeded in becoming a source of information during the Libyan revolution. Ahmed Ben Jeddou interviewed him to know more about blogging and citizen media in Libya before and after the revolution

Zambian Phone Apps Gather Country's News in One Place

Read this post.
The mobile telephone has become an important tool for social interaction. Funny thing is, if you live in the United States or Canada, you don't have any idea what the full potential of a smartphone is - in some countries, it is not uncommon to have 3 simcards in one phone. One can be your 'personal' line, one is your general number and the other your "business" line! Banking and other chores and services are routinely accomplished vis cell phone! Gershom Ndhlovu writes on Global Voices: After an Android phone app that allows Zambians to participate in the on-going constitution making process was developed, a couple of new apps, Zambia News Daily and The Zambian, which collate news about the country from a number of online sources, have appeared on the market.

How iPhones to 'green screen Nokias' are being used for mobile journalism

In this week's podcast, technology editor Sarah Marshall finds out how phones are being used for mobile journalism.
She speaks to:
Back in the 1950s and 60s (and even into the 70s) if something went wrong with your radio or tv or washing machine or other appliance, you picked up the telephone and dialed the repairman. Those days are gone. And worse::: Shannon Hayes, Op-Ed: Any electronics: televisions, radios, VCRs, electric fence chargers. Eventually, the repair business fell away. “Factories don’t authorize repair people anymore,” Mr. Kleinberger explained to me over the phone. “It used to be that we’d get trained by the manufacturers to repair and maintain their equipment. Nobody does that anymore. They wanna sell you the next new thing. I can look at your stereo,” he said, “but I can’t make any promises.”

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday: A Time To Shop

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Small Simple Project To Help A Family In Need

People have donated bazillions of dollars in droves for all kinds of charities and disasters. I'm not looking for any amount near that much. I'm not out to save an entire neighborhood.

A golden opportunity!

I'm not planning to deliver hundreds of meals or buy and giveaway fifty turkeys or anything like that. I will simply help make the Holiday less of a burden for a needy family. I'm not saving them from being homeless or hungry. I'm just giving them a gentle lift. They're struggling, like all of us, and that "little lift" is all they need for a brighter day and a better start to a New Year.

If you can make a pledge in this modest quest, that would be great! Any amount, large or small! A dollar or two from YOU added to a dollar or two from the next person, is all it would take!

I already have pledgie account that was set up as an avenue to help support my blogging, but, as it was not needed, I never pressed it into service. Now is the time to use this resource!

If you can help, please do so by contributing using the donation box.


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Take this job and shove it: From Hudson to Bangor, Reporters Revolt!

Last week, reporter Tom Casey was let go from his job at the Hudson Register-Star newspaper. His colleagues offered a remarkable show of support. News reporters becoming newsmakers. The story snowballs from there.

A Bangor ME TV news anchor team fearlessly resigned - ON AIR!

NYS Writers Institute on Jeopardy! and C-Span!

Two notable television events for the New York State Writers Institute are coming up that may be of interest:
Graduate assistant Josh Bartlett is scheduled to appear on Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek on Thanksgiving Day, 7:30 p.m. on News10.

“The waiting, which began with the tryout in January, extended through the taping in August and then through all the months Joshua Bartlett had to smile and say nothing, is over: The University at Albany graduate student will finally appear Thursday on Jeopardy!”

A special program on the City of Albany, in which the Writers Institute, William Kennedy, Donald Faulkner and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza are prominently featured, will air on C-SPAN2's Book TV and C-SPAN3's American History TV on the weekend of Dec. 8 and 9. The program is part of C-SPAN’s LCV (Local Content Vehicle) 2012 Cities Tour of all of America’s state capitals.

"The idea is to look at a city's rich history and unique literary life," said producer Debbie Lamb, whose three-member crew will fan out across the city all week. "We wanted to get outside Washington and highlight medium-sized cities that a national audience normally wouldn't get to see."

Here’s a link to the C-SPAN Local Content page:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happening Right Now

Make sure you have time to read and digest this!

No one quite knows what the coming weeks will bring, with wars and that "financial cliff" looming...

MEDIA WAR: NYT declares WASH POST disaster...

Israeli Govt Under Mass Hacking Attack...

'Anonymous' Leaks Personal Information of 5,000 Officials... 

Israel: Reality Under Missile Attacks

Read this post.

Israelis have been using social media to document and share their experiences over the past several days as Hamas rockets fall like rain on cities across the Southern and Central regions of Israel. While the IDF has been heavily using Twitter to control the message and rally support online, many Israelis turn to Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to share their day-to-day experiences in dealing with the tense situation

#MusicMonday Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla - HD Live from Heima

Recommended by C. JoyBell C.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Photo: McKayla Maroney with President Obama

It has been said :::A picture is worth a thousand words.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Spam e-mail with a Trojan twist!

I have had it with these idiot emails - they come as many as fifty a day - from a variety of different "people"
So now I'm going to Google these two...  there are many "Faith Chang"... let's try Caroline Jenkins... too many of them as well... time to narrow the search... I entered "Caroline Jenkins" and discovered a LOT of people are looking for her. The company that sent the email apparently made up the names...
Your search - - did not match any documents.
Your search - - did not match any documents.
But NOW we're getting somewhere! DANGER! Since these other bloggers posted about this scam, there's a NEW ADDITION - a TROJAN!
So the problem is twofold: annoying emails that come many times a day - and if you open the email to send out a response - you could be opening a door for a virus to hop on to your computer - luckily my antivirus stopped it as soon as I opened the email... ANYONE who can figure out the real address of these numbskulls... until then all we can do is...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Jim Morrison via Garage Sale

For 25 cents, two bits, one quarter, a fourth of a dollar, I procured this VHS at a neighborhood yard sale. With nothing else to do at the time, I popped it into the player, whisked back on a trip thru time. I don't think this particular VHS was transferred in full to DVD.

The most intriguing moment came somewhere around mid-tape. A segment from the Doors' final TV appearance in America, on PBS. Jim Morrison speculating on the future of music. He didn't foresee digital discs. Instead he envisioned artists working with TAPE. And it would be a new branch on the tree of music. He nailed it. Back then.

"I can envision one person, singing or speaking, using machines." ~ Jim Morrison, Time Traveler?

Your Friday Smile Video Selection

H/T Binyavanga Wainaina (Nairobi)~ thanks, Bin!

And if you should require comfort food...

I wanted to see a video of the train that crashed into a parade float...

...but all I got to see was this... nothing makes me leave a website faster... how about YOU?

Steven Levy ::: In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

Thursday, November 15, 2012

That Thanksgiving Storm

If you thought you caught an earful of chatter about some sort of "Thanksgiving Day storm" that might lay siege to the Northeastern USA (I seem to recall a rather 'big one' somewhere in the early 2000's that began T-day afternoon - it started around 2 or 3 as we ended our holiday meal - by the time we set out for home - a ten mile journey from across the Hudson River back to Albany - a significant amount of snow had fallen) - I give you now a screenful of text and images prepared by one of Albany's prominent meteorologists. Get your boots and hi-liters ready, and click on the image below!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Fiscal Cliff

Been hearing a lot of chatter about the "fiscal cliff" on the radio today. Marc Faber, managing director of Marc Faber Ltd. and publisher of the Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, offers his chilling view. We'll hear/see newly re-elected President Barack Obama's take (maybe) early this afternoon... be updated...

Petraeus Plot Thickens

Lebanese Mata Hari? Rogue General? Khawam before the storm? This is NEWS PUDDING, folks!

"Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? ~  David Crosby.

More real than RealityTV, the Kardashians have nothing on General Petraeus and his supporting cast in the unfolding tale of sex, lies and I.P. addresses.

TECH TIP: Petraeus and Broadwell used DropBox!

The Daily Kos and The Washington Post are connecting some dots. These particular dots insinuate a spy scenario as the backdrop behind the Petraeus mess. Kos took a reader's poll, and here's how it looked around 0645, military eastern time...

"I have questioned why General Petraeus was such a hero to me, and why his downfall, in some small way, became my own. The answer is that I saw in him the qualities and characteristics that were in such short supply within my own character. I think this is one of the driving forces behind hero worship, the embrace of those qualities in someone else that we wish we had in ourselves. I choose to look at David Petraeus as an inspiration, to emulate the qualities that brought him such distinction throughout his years of service. But I am also more keenly aware now more than ever that no one is immune from the forces of deprivation that destroy the decency within us, and we must all engage in the daily pursuit of becoming our own heroes." ~ Damon Koch

You can take the poll and gather more clues after the jump...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova

Move over Wang Jiayun - here's a former Miss Ukraine contestant, who does what you do WITHOUT digital enhancement or CGI!

Click here for the full story from V magazine's "Girl Power" issue.

Valeria Lukyanova is not alone [SlideShow]! The 22-year old Lukyanova (aka "Amatue," or sun goddess) claims to be the "most famous woman of the Russian-speaking Internet". She has nearly 500 videos uploaded to her YouTube account with about 17 million views and over 535,000 Facebook fans.
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Petraeus Pandora Box

: A total of 10 FBI agents were at Broadwell's home for about 4 1/2 hours. 

FBI agents wrap at Paula Broadwell home now. Took Apple computer, sealed boxes  

Petraeus Probe

Craig Whitlock reports in the Washington Post ::: The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The old boy apparently became infatuated with Jill Kelley. the so-called "other woman" that sent Paula Broadwell into the jealous tizzy that blew the lid off Petraeus' secret love life.

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