Sunday, July 28, 2013

Google Takes a Closer Look at Guest Blog Posts

The Big G is spitting on blogs with guest posts. Do not accept any. If you have such material already published, just leave it lie - don't call any more attention to it. I suggest you take a look at my WordPress article, "Lean Times For Bloggers: Quality Content The Cure."

Friday, July 26, 2013

Media to Weiner: Zip up that campaign, bub!

The campaign manager for New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner resigned over the weekend, and "Little Anthony" is being urged to fold up the tent and take Huma and head out of town! If it were up to them, Bill and Hillary Clinton would like Carlos Danger to drop his bid for New York mayor, reports CBS.

Things seem to be going from bad to worse and beyond "critical condition" for the former Congressman-turned-mayoral candidate. Just as voters were beaming with abundant forgiveness, the love was yanked quickly when more and more and more revelations found the light of day.

Maybe he should try the bullying defense: "As a shrimpy kid I was totally picked on 24/7 because of my last name. I wanted to show everybody the power of the Weiner."

Weiner Admits to More Lewd Exchanges but Denies an Addiction

New York Times (blog)-by Michael Barbaro-x hours agoShare
Anthony D. Weiner's mayoral campaign entered a dark and chaotic phase on Thursday as he admitted to having explicit online relationships ...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weiner Roast Update: Press Turns Ink Toward Huma

Her veneer of sophistication is peeling off. Huma Abedin has never left  the side of Carlos Danger:  Speaking to the New York Post, political-media strategist Adam Weiss compared Abedin to her mentor Hillary Clinton: “They are that power hungry that she stands there and she accepts the disgracefulness of serial cheating from her husband. Huma comes from the Clinton school of forgiveness — power is more important than dignity.” Not long ago Huma  defended her decision to stick with Anthony Weiner  in an essay in Harper's Bazaar. In private, she wasn't always so steadfast in her loyalty, friends told The Wall Street Journaland New York Daily News on Wednesday. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Modern-day Muckrackers Boil Weiner

The term muckraker refers to reform-minded journalists who wrote largely for popular magazines, continued a tradition of investigative journalism reporting, and emerged in the United States after 1900 and continued to be influential until World War I, when through a combination of advertising boycotts, dirty tricks and patriotism, the movement, associated with the Progressive Era in the United States, came to an end.
The following is via Muck Rack! (Illustration by me!)

David Chen at the New York Times wrote that Allegations Surface of Explicit Exchanges by Weiner After His Resignation. Alice Hines with the Huffington Post tweeted: “‘The propensity for pornographic selfies is a valid issue for voters.’ Um, yes.”

From the New Republic, Alec MacGillis looks at Anthony Weiner's New York Times Magazine profile, in hindsight. Molly Redden there said, “The new Weiner sexts, side-by-side with excerpts from that 8,000-word @NYTimes profile of him.” Stephen Foley at the Financial Times wrote, “Weiner made the NYT look silly and tonight the NYT takes its revenge.” Freelancer John McQuaid had another thought: “Perhaps the NYT should just take a breather from topics relating to sex.”
But back to that revenge bit, don’t expect the New York Times to endorse Anthony Weiner anytime soon. This morning, the paper wrote that the mayoral candidate has already disqualified himself. Julie Mason at the Washington Examiner wrote, “Clutching their pearls and declaiming in a Monty Python voice, the NYT on Weiner.”
Over at BuzzFeed, Andrew Kaczynski and Ellie Hall found The Woman Linked To Anthony Weiner In Sex Chats. Michael Rusch there added, “Source: Anthony Weiner allegedly told Leathers that he would “move her to either Chicago or New York.”
The New Yorker also tackled the topic with Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin Talk About His Sex Messages by Amy Davidson. Clara Jeffery at Mother Jones called the piece, “Excellent, as always.” Liz Rappaport at the Wall Street Journal wondered: "Do we have to listen?" Freelancer Carmel Melouney tweeted this quote from the story: “‘Maybe all politicians lie; maybe many husbands do. But, as voters, do we have to listen?’ @tnyCloseRead is spot on.”


'I have forgiven him': Huma Abedin backs her husband

Some critics believe NYC Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner can pull it off... winning the election, that is... (what were you thinking?) Here's my take: judging from her body language, I would venture a reckon Huma just found out about this too.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Make Your First $100 Online FREE

FREE advice! WITHOUT having to order anything! WITHOUT having to give up email address or any other personal information! (You know you can always count on ME!)

1 - YES YOU CAN make $100 online with relative ease: if you have an offer that is 10 dollars and 10 people buy it you’ve succeeded in making your first $100.00 online. The ideal formula includes producing a "mini product" that you can create or build or write using your personal knowledge and authority. Without a "cash infusion" from your pay or savings to support it. Here's a couple of examples: Mary had a collection of cooking secrets and instructions handed down from her Mom and Grandma. She experimented and modernized them and created a unique cookbook she sold online as a PDF for $5 a pop. The first day of release the book sold over 900 copies! Then there was Jim, a retired man who made little trellis' for flower pots. He used sticks gathered on his daily walk. Sticks and a little glue. He sold them for $2.98 apiece (customers had to pay shipping) and after three years he receives about 100 orders a week, many of them for multiple trellis'. It's by no means a fortune, but a nice little supplement to his retirement income.

2 - LEARN BY EXAMPLE - see how others have made money online here, here,

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Monday, July 22, 2013

tv weeklylite killed by times union

In case you noticed your weekly TV guide was missing from the Sunday Paper and thought the kids at the convenience store forgot to insert it, I have sad news for you.

The Times Union no longer provides the lite edition of the TV magazine. So now you don't have to buy the Sunday paper at the store. If you really want to read it, you can have it home-delivered. They stopped including the TV mag with the home delivered edition a while back, which is why we cancelled our subscription.

Unfortunately, I don't believe there is a newspaper in the Capital Region that prints a TV guide that could be used in the Albany Metro area.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

#TrayvonMartin The Old Guard of Racism VS The New Vanguard of Harmony

But that "New Vanguard of Harmony" is taking baby steps, it would seem. People willing to protest about anything these days just aren't turning out in the numbers they once did around the mid-20th Century.

#Justicefortrayvon may not really be justice at all... seen on a wall: "Haters will always hate: race baiters will always bait"

As seen on tv: albany trayvon marchers depicted as middle aged and fat on one channel. No young people marching? If so, why no camera shots? ~ twitter

Coverage in the Sunday Times Union was mellow (The TU noted that George Zimmerman is HISPANIC) and the picture in Section A featured a middle aged overweight woman... another pic on page D3 depicts more of a mixed gathering: I can't say "crowd" because, unlike the olden times of 1960s protesting, the line of march was thin and barely anyone was watching from the sidewalk.

Sensitivity or Eggshells::: page D4 of the TU "The Wandering Dago" story reminds me of the 1999 Xmas South park episode where Christmas collapsed because one thing or another might offend or did offend someone. "Anyone have a problem with mistletoe? You? Okay... lose the mistletoe. It's a stupid way to live if you have to be fearful someone might complain about anything and get it banned because we are oversensitive as a sheeple.

Down the Hudson River, in New York City it was the "celebrity edition" of #100CityTrayvon [Check it out on] leading one commenter there to leave "I wanna live in a society ruled by law - not by Beyonce" and another to bear witness that "A sign read "Justice for all Americans!". A minority, George Zimmerman, was acquitted. Doesn't that count? Zimmerman is only white because the print and broadcast media say he is. It sells ads. Was Jay-Z moving "product", like the old days?"

And then there's the rest of the Sharpton-Jackson inspired faction - either they didn't stir up too much trouble in the 98 other towns or Drudge didn't update his report.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Deconstructing Barack Obama's Soul-Searching Press Conference

With perhaps a weekend of exciting headlines ahead, including the possible capture of NSA leaker Snowden, as the US struggles to deal with "bash mobs" and clueless citizens wonder if there will be race riots called up by the old guardians of racism..., Saturday morning leaves us wondering what the POTUS was trying to accomplish with his hastily called impromptu press gathering where he discussed the aftermath of the verict in the George Zimmerman case. I was mystified, after reading his book, how Obama could arrive at a belief that "Trayon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." By that did he mean he wished Trayvon could have existed in this mortal coil in a manner or fashion akin to the way Obama came up? And the racial profiling Obama claims to have experienced - could that have happened when he was a college student?

 “Intelligence is intuitive; you needn't learn to love. Unless you've been taught to fear and hate.” ― Saul Williams

Obama's friday media appearance leaves more questions than answers, and in my opinion, a more direct statement urging peace between Americans of all colors would have been a wonderful close to his talk. I also find it curious that in a Google Trends search, "Obama" ranks #12. I once read an anrticle where the author tried to explain that Barack Obama is not a typical black, not a typical white, not a typical mixed-race child, not a typical American. I would urge everyone to get a copy of Obama's book and read it - you will discover a fascinating fellow and you may get closer to understanding his unique perspective on politics, justice and the world. Just a few excerpts follow.

If you would like a PDF copy, email me and I will send it to you as an e-mail attachment.

Here is what Obama wrote in his book, "Dreams from my father,":

I can't even hold up my experience as being somehow representative of the black American experience ("After all, you don't come from an underprivileged background," a Manhattan publisher helpfully points out to me); indeed, learning to accept that particular truth-that I can embrace my black brothers and sisters, whether in this country or in Africa, 

And here is a possible indicator via Obama-nostalgia, where he would like to see Americans:

Even the trauma of bank failures and farm foreclosures seemed romantic when spun through the loom of my grandparents' memories, a time when hardship, the great leveler that had brought people closer together, was shared by all.

His perception that people were watching him in stores and locking their car doors as he passed by certainly aren't reflected by another childhood memory:

For my grandfather, race wasn't something you really needed to worry about anymore; 

And then there is his school education:

As the summer drew to a close, I became increasingly restless to start school. My main concern was finding companions my own age; but for my grandparents, my admission into Punahou Academy heralded the start of something grand, an elevation in the family status that they took great pains to let everyone know. Started by missionaries in 1841, Punahou had grown into a prestigious prep school, an incubator for island elites. Its reputation had helped sway my mother in her decision to send me back to the States: It hadn't been easy to get me in, my grandparents

During High School, Obama experienced normal teen angst about dating and looks to which he wondered if race factored in. He realized early that walking in two American worlds was difficult and he seemed comfortable in neither.

Perhaps if we had been living in New York or L.A., I would have been quicker to pick up the rules of the high-stake game we were playing. As it was, I learned to slip back and forth between my black and white
worlds, understanding that each possessed its own language and customs and structures of meaning, convinced that with a bit of translation on my part the two worlds would eventually cohere. Still, the feeling
that something wasn't quite right stayed with me, a warning that sounded whenever a white girl mentioned
in the middle of conversation how much she liked Stevie Wonder; or when a woman in the supermarket
asked me if I played basketball; or when the school principal told me I was cool. I did like Stevie Wonder, I
did love basketball, and I tried my best to be cool at all times. So why did such comments always set me on
edge? There was a trick there somewhere, although what the trick was, who was doing the tricking, and who was being tricked, eluded my conscious grasp.

Full text and video of Obama's speech

You may want to check out another article posted here on my blog (Friday, July 19, 2013) entitled America has no functioning democracy... just Google that term or go to my blog's homepage. I am not including a direct link lest this blog and post be penalized by Google's search algorithm.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

America has no functioning democracy

This is really sick. Someone emailed me:
Money is the modern 21st Century American deity? What kind of society are we living in? I think Jimmy Carter is onto something. First time I have agreed with Mr. Carter in years. Flex is the key. Many things are changing... forever, not for better.

Forbes ::: "Every day we must remember that the vitality of our democratic system depends on us – Americans’ active engagement –" to which I will add American mainstream media seems hell-bent on distracting the public away from what the Obama administration is doing by grass-feeding the sheeple with Trayvon, Zimmerman and the Rolling Stone cover.

Another thing: Are you a "victim" of "stagnant pay"? I remember the days when employers freely dispensed OT and gave holiday bonuses. Those times have passed. "Stagnant Pay" is mentioned in a Politico article about student loan debt (don't get me going on that!)

Oh and by the way: take THAT, Rolling Stone!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Write a Blog Post That’s Stickier than Velcro

# 1 ORIGINALITY - your post including any image must be 100% original authentic content, or the new Google will squash it like a bug. And DO NOT post an infographic of any kind!

# 2 PROVIDE READERS with a great commenting platform like Google or Facebook (or both like I use) that protects against spam while allowing intelligent discussion and commentary.

Read/print FREE complete instructions on how to STICKIFY your blog posts!

OR if you'd like, feel free to read #3 through #8 here.

St. Matthew's Church Prayer Rug

This is a test. NOT a simulation, but an experiment. In the interest of research I have performed the appnnointed task, religiously filling out the paperwork as dictated in the mailing I received on Tuesday. Here it is Wednesday morning and I just came back from the corner mailbox, dashing it off with a valid, solid, honest-to-god promise to give the standard 10% tithing to St. Matthew's upon reception of the blessed money gift I requested. This post is to date, document or otherwise chronicle my unselfish act, which we shall monitor together in a petri dish filled with the medium of faith. Kinda like "The Secret" on steroids...

Of course, if you are a little on the "young and hip" side of life, but nevertheless looking for a quick fix of cash, there are many other ways to 'give some' in hopes of getting some back... ;)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#reinventingyou : Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

Though I am not looking to change positions, this book gave me a little push in the direction of self-assessment and penciling up a few points in my approach to the world I'd like to modify. My colleague Michelle Marsh recently interviewed author Dorie Clark .

“Why not take time to think how you’d like to be seen in the world and then work strategically to accomplish that, rather than waiting for life to happen to you?” ~ Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a former presidential campaign spokeswoman and a frequent contributor to several high profile publications, including Harvard Business Review and Forbes. She is also a columnist for Mint, India's second-largest business newspaper. Clients including Google, Yale University, and the Ford Foundation hire Clark to help increase sales and enhance their brand reputation.

Clark emphasizes blogging as one means for reinvention: her suggestions are helpful ("When people hear your name, the first thing people do is Google you..."), and the case studies are interesting. In her book, Clark offers you a blueprint to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Social Media Legalities and Workplace Policies

If you google "Social Media Legalities and Workplace Policies" you'll find a virtual mishmash of conflicting advice and opinions. My opinion: keep your professional and personal affairs seperate. Your employer doesn't want you on social media but you want to have your say on a blog or twitter? Establish an alternate identity. Think Batman, Superman: "secret identity." As long as you don't link it to anything that leads back to you and your employer, you'll be fine.

Personally, I've mellowed out in my approach to social media. And I've been blogging less, enjoying it more since I stopped fretting over all things Google. As for facebook, you either need to uber-privatize it and make it difficult to access or simply stay off it. So the best advice is AVOID being seen and found by anyone save for a special trusted few.

Back to blogging for a second: despite my enormous body of work, more than 6-thousand posts here on my blogspot blog, the very best has sunk to the level of "digital waste." Posts I now consider "throwaways" are attracting search engine traffic, while the quality stuff I write that supposedly corresponds to the new parameters google reportedly considers when indexing blog posts doesn't even get a nod from the mighty search giant.

Friday, July 12, 2013


I read an article Thursday about media journos and how they should conduct themselves online and how some employers are trying to control or guide what employees say. Blah blah blah. All bets are off after this one... if you are this dumb you shouldn't be on TV let alone on facebook or twitter or anything else! The screengrab is from a major market TV station. Nuff said!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Living on Bitcoin? Is it Possible??

Can a couple live their first three months of marital bliss using virtual currency? Austin and Becky Craig, documentarians and soon to be newlyweds, are taking on this challenge firsthand with a social experiment filming their "Life on Bitcoin" for a documentary.

Bitcoin, the currency of the Internet, is distributed, worldwide, decentralized digital money. Unlike traditional currencies such as dollars, bitcoins are issued and managed without any central authority whatsoever. There is no government, company, or bank in charge of Bitcoin. With Bitcoin, you can be your own bank.

For the first 90 days of their marriage, the couple will hand their credit cards, cell phones, and cash over to the film crew and from then on will only using cryptocurrency. All their furniture, rent, groceries, travel, gas, restaurants and even medical expenses will only be able to be purchased with bitcoins.

The couple is fundraising to cover the costs of producing the documentary. They launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $70,000. Donations can also be made using bitcoin directly through film’s website. The incentives offered range from a DRM-free HD copy of the film, to signed memorabilia, to face time with the creators, to various producer credits.

The Life on Bitcoin Kickstarter campaign has attracted national support, including a top secret reward from Poo~Pourri’s founder, Suzy Batiz. Suzy is a serial entrepreneur from Texas who founded the multi-million dollar brand Poo~Pourri with a mission to help people avoid embarrassing bathroom odors when nature calls. Suzy recently launched a charitable campaign to fight hunger called "Poo~Pourri Gives a Crap."

“I love film and funded Life on Bitcoin because I believe in crazy ideas that can change the world for the better,” said Suzy Batiz.

“It’s a radical experiment and will be fun to see if they can do it. I made our dreams come true with a crazy idea- I believe in possibilities,” she added.

This documentary will be interwoven with some of the rich and intriguing history surrounding bitcoin. The couples blogs and other social media content will feature interviews with leading personalities in the world of bitcoin, and with skeptics of this nascent digital currency.Whether the newlyweds will live a life of luxury or not, the results of this experiment will be informative about the evolution of bitcoin.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Download Angry Trayvon

Following a blast of coverage by network TV, "Angry Trayvon" is the hottest Androis App on the planet. Initially available through Apple's App Store and Google Play, "Angry Trayvon" has been taken down following a petition on,

[update] It has become impossible to keep up with the changing links to those of you in the media itching to download Angry Trayon, so I recommend you keep looking. Everyone is welcome to weigh in via Google or Facebook comments below (must be logged in to these services to participate)

It’s been more than a year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin died and the George Zimmerman trial in high gear, netattention has been turned to a smartphone app. What amazes me is that in this new age of cartoonery kicked off by "Beavis and Butthead" and "South Park" and tons of ultra-violent games and apps, this Trayvon app is getting so much press. While disrespectful, it doesn't hold a digital candle to some of the rough stuff that's out there for public consumption.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Pakistani Acid Attack and Bin Laden's Cowboy Hat

It hurts to be in love (or hate) in Pakistan... a whacky did a magnified Chris Brown on a babe who thwarted his affections.

According to Osama bin Laden's relatives who lived with him at the compound, the Al Qaeda chief had scant possessions. He brought only three summer and three winter outfits with him into the compound, along with a jacket and two sweaters.

He did, however, keep a cowboy hat...

"whenever he felt sluggish he would take some chocolate with an apple." ~ OBL Health Tip

I wonder why the US never tried to use drones against OBL.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Inexpensive Wedding

Are you a wedding planner or do you know someone who is or --- better yet --- do you know a young couple or a young couples' parents who need help in planning a beautiful but inexpensive wedding?

I found just the thing and I want to share it with you! A little over a year ago, Abigail Dalton posted a remarkable article entitled "How I Did It: Held a 100-Person Wedding for Under $4,000" on the LV. You can run through it and depending on who you know and what you know, may be able to come up with your own even more inexpensive version!

If you Google "inexpensive wedding dresses" and "inexpensive wedding invitations" you may again find a bargain or two. These days with the software and materials available you or someone you know could probably come up with some computer-generated invitations and placecards etc. Let me know how YOUR plans turn out by adding to the Google or Facebook comments below!

Her vest will feed 24 people

That unusual text caught my eye as I thumbed through the August 2013 US edition of Vogue. A noble cause and an obvious pitch to kick off a new trend among the elite and those who attempt to emulate them.

I saw these ads over they weekend and thought each worth sharing: one on a jar of peanut butter and the other in a magazine!

Feed USA has partnered up with Target: With every purchase, you help provide meals to children and families across America.

Peter Pan Peanut Butter and has a stick-on attached to the cap of the PB jar which gives a code you can enter on the website to help donate one meal to Feeding America. By "help" they mean each code is worth a pitiful 12.5 cents. But you know what they say: everything counts in small amounts! To borrow a phrase, JUST DO IT!

AT&T Will Sell Your Data: How To Opt Out

Mouseover and click on the image above. Sign yourself in, then click the box for each wireless phone you want to opt-out, and click "Submit." This will stop your anonymous personal data from being sold to advertisers and marketers, although it will still be collected every time you use your phone.

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Friday, July 05, 2013

The Other Side of the 4th of July

Here we are on "the day after" independence day. Should be a relatively slow newsday across the Northeast... the Zimmerman trial is coming close to an end... #Egypt remains in turmoil. Many people have mentioned they are impressed by the political passion of the Egyptians as they strive to find a leader who will actually help their country. I turned on the radio for about 5 minutes last night after getting home from the local fireworks display and heard Michael Savage talking about Washington ordering "tanks built to navigate American streets"... if the US does adapt a new Socialist government I doubt tanks would be needed because no one cares much about anything anymore. Just my two cents.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Wake Up, Sheeple!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Albany Mayoral Race 2013

Here I am back with another update for you (10:30am Tuesday July 2nd) - the candidates are debating this morning - I'll post a link to the audio later when it becomes available. For now, here's background info and links to articles about the players as we move toward the September primaries and November elections.

Although more than 200 people have seen this post since it was originally posted on June 12, not too many have weighed in. I wonder why? Ok -

A Simple Mayoral Poll - (Albany NY - June 2013)

Who will be the next Mayor of Albany NY?
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And here are a few optional, additional questions. Please leave your answer(s) in either the Google or Facebook comment areas below! Thank-you!

Which candidate would be best for the City of Albany's economy?

Which candidate would be best for the City of Albany's cultural growth?

What is the most important issue in the Mayor's race?

What does Albany need most and which candidate is best-prepared to address that need?

Monday, July 01, 2013

Don't be APPathetic!

Install any Android App on PC in just 2 Minutes ::: I always go for program with small footprints, and BlueStacks meets my specs:

Use BB App World as a QR code processor for any website ::: The barcode scanner in the BlackBerry App World application (try saying that three times fast!) is different. Rather than taking pictures, App World processes the live feed coming from the video camera. Just press the menu key and select "Scan a Barcode." Hold your smartphone up to the code and wait a few moments. You'll soon get a message asking if you want to follow the link. Presuming of course, the QR code is for a website.

Using the App World scanner, you can process any QR code. I use the scanner to get App World or CrackBerry App Store links into my phone. It's much faster than sending an email to myself. And with a BlackBerry smartphone, you know that's saying something.

Remove Facebook Notifications ::: Irritating Facebook Notifications can be a pain the you-know-where (especially if you like to stay signed-in to the social network via the app on your smartphone!) but the folks at techways have a little tutorial to assist you in banishing those nasty notices 4ever!

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