Saturday, November 30, 2013

Words From An Airport

I bought a tiny notebook to scratch thoughts in while waiting for my flight.

People with laptops and tablets and iPads seemed puzzled and curious at the sight of pen and paper. One person carefully positioned a smartphone (thinking perhaps that I was oblivious to what was going on around me) to capture an image of a stranger using analog tools. I guessed they hadn't seen anything like me, and so I scrawled on. When my phone dinged because it had received a text, they breathed a collective sigh of relief as I fished my BlackBerry out of my pocket to check it.

I was just jotting down stream of consciousness thoughts as they occurred to me. Here they are:

Values. Freedom to travel. The day by day life. Money. Blessings. Family. Love. Religion. Names. Addresses. Numbers of many meanings. Machines that ferry us place to place. Accidents. Sirens.

Learning. Jobs. Careers. Life. Birth. Death. Feathers. Clouds. Revolving seasons that roll quickly through our timespan.

Memories etched on paper and air. Culture carries on even when you are gone.

Have you ever stopped everything for just a moment push aside worries cares and concerns about people and things?

If there was a mass-epiphany, a realization across mankind about who and what we are, a deep appreciation in the soul, no matter how light or dark - would life be better for just one sweep of a minute of clock time?

Minds fill with marvelous thoughts of words and music and ideas and inventions and calculations and calibrations, rationalizations. Good things and evil things too. What to live for and what not to do. Who and what to love or hate and how to measure all of that... that... data.

This is not a single world. The word is experienced through finite minds. Each time one of us dies, a world dies. No one can imagine what it is to be you or even be like you. Take it with you when you go. Now close your eyes and remember or dream.

~ written November 7, 2013 at Albany International Airport

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Day of Thanks: The Lessons of November

Friends, readers, netizens!

If you're in the US, I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving for you and yours. We celebrate family and abundance this week. No matter where on the planet you are, any time is a good time to appreciate everything and everyone in your life. This is the day that we show thanks - and I'm thankful for you all.

You may have been wondering when I would add a new post to the blog. I felt that the death of Tacloban City warranted a special place. There have been calamities and hurricanes and earthquakes before, but none that tore people right down to their very souls as Typhoon Haiyan did. It was a catastrophic and climactic milestone. It is now time to rebuild and move on.

As the cyclone post moves down the page, there can be no forgetting of the people affected. To those still out of touch with loved ones, be patient. Many have lost their mobile phones and identification papers. Some found themselves airlifted to strange cities hundreds of miles from home with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. Don't give up on them. The survivors will re-surface and contact you as soon as they are able. Pray for them all.

As for Thanksgiving, my buddy Cynthia offers this advice: "relax and focus on the many blessings and solutions rather than the inevitable problems that every life contains." Be grateful and enjoy the day you have around you.

Ah November! What a month you have been for me personally. I hate to use the phrase "pesonal epiphany," but I could look through all of my books and music and not find words that would do here. To tell of changes you have made in me, to express that it feels like years have passed since Nov 1. I feel light and I feel power. I'm walking a new street and breathing new air. The challenge is to put what I have learned into focus and use it to build a new life pathway. More on this to follow...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Let's All Play A Little Game of KNOCKOUT

Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is introducing new legislation, the “Knockout Assault Deterrent Act”...

Don't become a victim!

While lawmakers scramble to "protect" the public, there are a few simple steps we the people can take to protect ourselves and each other.

 (1) Check and see what kind of weapons are legal in your community. 
 (2) Get some. 
 (3) Learn how to use them. 
 (4) Carry them and be ready to strike back. 
 (5) Help others in need. Keep a baseball bat handy in your car so that you can help someone else should you witness an attack... IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING... become a "bat"man or woman!

Monday, November 11, 2013

#YolandaPH ~ It All Comes Down To You

Sunday, November 10, 2013

#Haiyan flood waters in Tacloban: Video of people caught in Typhoon Yolanda

Only when you stay positive during disasters, calamities and failures can you rise up to success in time to come. PI is slowly getting back up. @dyLA909Cebu tweeted "Smart signal is back in Sta. Fe and Bantayan towns. We've also set up Libreng Tawag and Libreng charging centers there- Maam Jane"

Life goes on. As it must. Here is a link to the Haiyan/Yolanda victim locater and here is a link to a constantly updating newsfeed.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Haiyan Victim Locator

Yolanda/Haiyan -CLICK HERE  RFL and Tracing Form

Following Typhoon Yolanda PRC deploys Assessment and Rescue Teams with Welfare Desks The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by recent typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), locally known as Yolanda, to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.

Welfare Desks including RFL and tracing services are established in the affected areas. National Societies abroad that are approached by families without news of their loved ones can contact the PRC Social Services Department
Mobile: 09175328500
Landline: 5270000 loc. 126, 5270867
Twitter: @philredcross @justcallmelloyd @ilovemishang @lynvgarcia or use the #TracingPH

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Ken Screven : Back To Life

Guess who has just opened up a blog! One of my broadcast journalo-idols, the great Ken Screven, who assures all he is NOT "late great!"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Malicious “Ransomware” CryptoLocker Can Hold Computer Files Hostage

Practice safe browsing habits: steer clear suspicious links and do not open e-mail attachments from people you don’t know. And if you think you DO know them, check the email address verrrry carefully. Sometimes hackers will change into - For the most part, CryptoLocker e-mails appear disguised as customer support messages from companies or organizations like a bank, facebook, the Better Business Bureau, IRS, FedEx or UPS.

According to Scientific American, 100+ researchers from telecommunications companies, cybersecurity firms like McAfee, universities and elsewhere have formed a CryptoLocker working group to share information about the malware and develop security patches that detect it and stop it from running. Once your files have been encrypted, however, there is still no way to get them back. And whoever is behind CryptoLocker continues to develop new versions of the malware that can evade detection and avoid recent security fixes.

CryptoPrevent is a tiny FREE utility to lock down any Windows OS (XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1) to prevent infection by the Cryptolocker malware or ‘ransomware’, which encrypts personal files and then offers decryption for a paid ransom. Get yours today by clicking HERE!

The Cuomo Prophecies ::: Anthony Weiner


Monday, November 04, 2013

Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage

Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

In the era of smartphones and social networks, it's essential that journalists and aid responders have the skills and knowledge to rapidly and reliably verify information in the wake of a disaster.

Verification Handbook - A Definitive Guide to Verifying Digital Content for Emergency Coverage -

Disasters, by definition, are fast moving and chaotic. Rumors and false reports abound, especially in the early hours. People's lives depend on timely, fact-based information so they can take action, and humanitarian aid can be provided to the areas that need it most.

In these critical moments, social networks are often overloaded with situational updates, calls for relief, reports of new developments and rescue information. While some of them will be true and important, a significant amount will be false, especially when natural disasters, violent riots and conflicts occur.

When a crisis breaks, trusted sources such as news and aid organisations must sift through and verify the mass of updates and report back to the public with accurate, fact-checked information. The big question is: How can we put this into practise?

‘Women Should Be Submissive', and Other Google Autocompletes

series of ads by UN Women, revealed in late October, used the Google Autocomplete feature to uncover widespread negative attitudes toward women. Global Voices followed reactions to the UN Women campaign and conducted its own experiment in different languages. The results of searches conducted both within the UN Women campaign and Global Voices revealed popular attitudes not only about women’s social and professional roles, but also about their sexuality, appearance and relationships with men. [More...]

Guest Post Contest

My readers, for many years, have asked if they could submit guest posts. Some have suggested holding a raffle or giveaway. I've been cool to both --- until now --- combining ideas for a good cause! It's the Google Plus Guest Post Giveaway! Although there will be just one "grand prize" winner, EVERYONE who enters will receive a gift from me! Read carefully!
CLICK on image to ENTER!

1 - Entrant must follow me or already be a Google+ follower of Dave Lucas
2 - Entrant must donate a minimum of $5 USD to the Family Fund
3 - Entrant must supply a guest-post in TEXT form (you can code your own HTML or it will be coded for you, as per your instruction) by email to davelucasblog   -at- with GUEST POST PLUS in the subject line.
Failure to complete all of the above steps disqualifies you from the contest. No refunds will be given, your guest-post will be deleted.
First Prize: a digital grab bag of goodies customized for YOU and your online needs!
The winner will be notified via email must respond to the notification within a 48 hours or they'll automatically forfeit their prize.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Fresh Nicki Minaj Images

Fake Boston Marathon Victims

Ever wonder what might happen if you dressed up for Halloween as a Boston Marathon Bomber Victim and posted your pic on twitter? Alicia Ann Lynch, a 22-year-old from Michigan, tweeted and instagrammed a photo of herself in costume. Oops - the internet strikes back!

NSFW if you click on the image!

Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y. (click here to see a pic) must be really smart - the scam she dreamed up was a doozy - and what nerve: Gause was awarded $480,000 from the fund after claiming she suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in long-term memory loss, impaired speech and loss of some motor function that would require future surgery as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing! Now, think about this: Gause gave $377,500 of the money she fraudulently obtained from The One Fund to a New York construction company as a down payment on a new home in an affluent section of Clifton Park, N.Y. Did she really think of this alone? Quite the criminal mastermind, wouldn't ya say? But wait! Gause is suspected of having worked with an accomplice: she was caught on video withdrawing One Fund money from an Albany bank. Who was that with her? Was that person limping? Here's a little inside intel: a close female relative has been scamming elderly Albany residents by pretending to be "a friend in need" - and cleaned out one woman's bank account in a few days!

Both Gause's mother and her attorney claims that Gause has done no wrong! And she still wants to live in Clifton park! And look what Kyle Becker says: What’s wrong with a woman claiming a mental deficiency to seek a little wealth redistribution? Are you anti-woman… perhaps, bigoted against the disabled?

@Alyssa_Milano Explains Twitter Hack Code for Archaia's Hacktivist at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2013

#AlyssaMilano's graphic novel #HACKTIVIST. Will be released in January 2014.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Restore Blogger Comments

Comments are always an important component of any blog. Several months ago, after adding facebook comments, I enabled Google+ comments on my blog posts, but decided to remove them since many people could not leave a comment on my posts, and when they did, the little counter at the bottom of each post registered "0" - unacceptable! Here's how to return to the legacy blogspot commenting system!

Click on image to enlarge
Log into your blog from the dashboard and then look to the left options under my blogs. Google+ comments are under the Google+.

Click Google+ and you will be taken to a page with your icon and two little check boxes along with misc. google+ stuff. This is your Google+ setting page. If you are operating under a blogger profile you won't see this page.

To vanquish Google+ comments, uncheck the second box (the one on the right I circled in red). Now you are back to blogger comments and you can control those by going to settings - post and comments.

Here's a look at one of my posts with a lot of facebook comments...

 Add Facebook Comments on Blogger

Get Rich From Your Blog

"Famous Blogger" Sarong Party Girl
There’s never been a better time to blog – and make money from it. That's what Australians are being told - but the "tips" for knocking a blog home-run don't jibe with what the 'big blogs" (and interactive sites like 'Drudge') really do: offer a MAGAZINE or CAFETERIA style presentation of links to other articles on a wide variety of topics. That's WHY HuffPo and Drudge Report are high-ranking moneymakers! Put on your thinking cap as you read what's coming in the lines to follow! My remarks/edits are in RED.

"An amazing blog plus advertising equals income, and if you’re really good, throw in book deals, speaking engagements and endorsements, and you’ve made yourself a money-spinning empire." ~ Don't believe it? Ask @Xiaxue!

#StopBlackGirls2013, River Phoenix, MickJagger, Katy Perry, Rachel Maddow

Well, we survived another Halloween: made it to Friday, November 1st, 2013!

Here's a look at the event shaping our lives and filling our concerns today!

BUZZ ::: A twitter hashtag got an awful lot of people excited for a few minutes of internet time... In her teenage dream? Mick Jagger says he never hit on Katy Perry when she was 18... Rachel Maddow mocked Rand Paul for plagiarism, but she’s been accused of doing the same...

TEE VEE ::: CBS has been telling anyone who will watch or listen that only 6 people signed up for Obamacare at a time when the government claimed MILLIONS were... and the network has the docs to PROVE it!

While Washington fiddles with Obamacare, Drudge punches through a scarey day-after-All-Hallows headline: Chinese Planning to nuke US!

POP CULTURE ::: New book on River Phoenix details his short life on 20th anniversary of actor's death.

Trending on Twitter ::: #EndersGame #fashion #TodayRunesiaGBK #nieuws with South Korean boy band Super Junior rising in the ranks... 

Around The Blogsophere ::: China: Photoshop Propaganda Explained31 October 2013

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