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It's 7 simple steps to building your online identity, from the planning stages to your public internet presence. We show you how to construct an ID that will last in the constantly changing social web and examples of who's doing it right!It's 7 simple steps to building your online identity, from the planning stages to... more
This state-sponsored panic about the sexualisation of childhood has far more to do with religious censoriousness than it might at first appear.
by Laurie Penny for 'New Statesman', Published 03 July 2011.This state-sponsored panic about the sexualisation of childhood has far more to do... more
Dallas beauty and social media expert, Shama Kabani, blogs at Portfolio on Day 4 on U.S. and Danish participation of this historic event in EgyptDallas beauty and social media expert, Shama Kabani, blogs at Portfolio on Day 4 on... more
-- Very unexpected and surprising news on USAID Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Egypt this week....Four teams drop out of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Shama Kabani offers her insights on her daily blog for Portfolio...a must read & tweet!-- Very unexpected and surprising news on USAID Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Egypt this... more
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So the joke is on all of us. The now infamous blogger 'A Gay Girl In Damascus', a.k.a. Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omari, a 25-year-old half-Syrian half-American lesbian living in Damascus who was "abducted" last week was in fact a 40-year-old American Middle East activist called Tom MacMaster who is studying at Edinburgh University. MacMaster started writing the popular blog in February this year and due to the recent unrest in Syria it was followed intensely by news agencies and activists around the world.
However, last week he posted that "Amina" had been abducted by armed men not to be seen or heard of since. That last post caused worldwide concern and received a lot of media attention leading to "Amina's photo" being plastered on every news website (including Current.com) as a genuine news story.
The real woman, whose picture MacMaster had used as the profile pic of his fictional "Amina" character spotted her picture in the news and came forward saying her identity had ben stolen and that she worried for her safety. The woman in question was Jelena Lecic, a Croatian woman living in London who had nothing to do with Syria. In an interview with the BBC MacMaster defended his actions saying: "I really felt a number of years ago, in discussions on Middle East issues in the US, often when I presented real facts and opinions, the immediate reaction to someone with my name was: 'Why are you anti-American? Why are you anti-Jewish?' So I invented a name to talk under that would keep the focus on the actual issue."MacMaster said he had wanted people to listen to the facts without paying attention to "the man behind the curtain", claiming that the success of the blog took him by surprise.He said: "From the beginning I never expected it to get anywhere near the attention it has."I thought when I was starting I would be read by four, five, maybe as many as 10 people."MacMaster told the BBC that he accepted the concerns that he may have made it harder for bloggers within Syria, and that he had backed up government claims there were no problems in the country and that it was all "foreign lies".He said: "However, the reality is that I have been in contact with a lot of people inside Syria and I have been following things very closely."He said the most important thing was to "get the information out" and added: "People should stop focussing on the hoaxer and really be focussing on the most important people, the real people who are suffering in Syria."
You can read Tom MacMaster's full apology here.So the joke is on all of us. The now infamous blogger 'A Gay Girl In... more
We've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger known as "Gay Girl in Damascus" and the reports that she was arrested by Syrian authorities.
There are a growing number of questions about who she may or may not be and even whether such a person is actually in the hands of the authorities.
But our colleague Andy Carvin, NPR's senior social media strategist, is at the center of the online effort to get to the truth. So we want to pass along some of what he's learned:
"Earlier this week I got a tip from an LGBT Syrian source who didn't believe Amina existed. They had told me they had asked around other members of the LGBT community and they couldn't find anyone who knew her. They also were very concerned that her blog posts were drawing attention to Syria's LGBT community in ways that could be dangerous for them. ...
"Independently of this, two other Syrian sources I knew mentioned similar speculation to me. They didn't say she was fictitious, per se, but they were skeptical of the circumstances described in her My Father The Hero blog post. ...
"I began to ask around on Twitter if anyone had met her in person, and I couldn't find anyone who had. ...
"While all of this was going on, I contacted another Syrian contact who has connections with two prominent opposition members. He was under the impression that one of these people had indeed met her once, but in an email that this person sent me this evening, he denied this. ...
"Finally, yet another source told me to take a look at a previous blog she had allegedly written several years ago. ... The blog explicitly stated it was her intention to post both real stories and fiction on her blog — and not tell readers which was which.
"So where does this leave us? I still have many more questions than answers, but I currently believe Amina is a real person, but one who is much more expressive about herself online than offline. ...
"Despite all the questions I have, I am deeply worried that this discussion about her identity could distract people from the possibility that should might be being brutalized in detention, and in dire need of support from friends and strangers alike."
Andy also adds, in messages he's posted on Twitter within the past few hours, that the pictures Amina has used on her blog and elsewhere appear to be of other women. (Follow him on Twitter as he tries to separate fact from fiction.)
Indeed, The Wall Street Journal's Dispatch blog reports that "a London publicist said Wednesday that the photos circulating on the Web and in the media show someone else entirely. The photos are of Jelena Lecic, who lives in London, according to publicist, Julius Just."
We'll keep tabs on what Andy and others are learning.
Update at 4:10 p.m. ET. Public Records Yield Dead End:
With the help of JoElla Straley of NPR's library, we scoured public records but were unable to find anything to confirm that Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari exists.
Based on biographical information found in her blogs and in interviews, we also looked for any public records pertaining to her parents and came up empty.
We also followed up on the last person to post on her blog: Someone who said she was Araf's cousin and that her name was Rania Ismail. We were able to locate a Facebook page we think is Ismail's — she is friends with Araf and claims Araf is her cousin on the page — but were unable to find any public records in Georgia under that name.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner told NPR that they have "not yet been able to confirm any of the details contained in Ms. Arraf's blog.
"Officials in Damascus and Washington are continuing to attempt to ascertain more information about Ms. Arraf including confirmation of her citizenship," Toner said.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/08/137060775/gay-girl-in-damascus-missing-or-mythicalWe've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger... more
Description: The rise and fall of Britain's richest slavery dynasty who owned Jamaican plantations; the Beckfords...a rich family that invested in sugar and slaves in Jamaica. While slavery flourished and sugar sales boomed, the Beckfords world was one of orgies and extravagance... but the industry that made them was built on human suffering and greed that eventually would destroy them-the rise and fall of Britain's richest slavery dynasty. Kindly view documentary: http://tinyurl.com/slavery-in-jamaicaDescription: The rise and fall of Britain's richest slavery dynasty who owned... more
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To truly earn an income off your blog, you will generally need to incorporate a variety of money making opportunities into your blog. Here are ten different ways that blogs can bring in income.
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She has a five-bedroom house that is falling to pieces. She got it in the seventies when the family for whom she worked as a maid went into exile. At first she went through all the rooms each day, the interior patio, caressed the marble banister of the stairs to the second floor, played at filling the basins of the three bathrooms just to be reminded that this neoclassical mansion was now hers. The joy lasted for a while, until the first bulbs burned out, the paint started to peel, and weeds grew in the garden. She got a job cleaning a school, but not even six salaries for such a job would have been enough to maintain the ancient splendor of this house that seemed increasingly larger and more inhospitable.
Thousands of times, the woman in this story thought of selling the house inherited from her former employers, but she would not do anything outside the law. For decades in Cuba a market in housing was prohibited and it was only possible to exchange properties through a concept popularly known as a “swap.” Dozens of decrees, restrictions and limitations also arose, to regulate and control this activity, making moving an ordeal. An all-powerful Housing Institute oversaw the completion of a string of absurd conditions. With so many requirements, the procedures were strung out over more than a year, such that before families could go live in their new homes they were exhausted from filling out forms, hiring lawyers and bribing inspectors.
Such anxieties raised hopes that the Sixth Communist Party Congress would raise the flag for real estate. When, in the final report, it said that the purchase and sale of homes would be accepted and all that remained was to legally implement it, hundreds of thousands of Cubans breathed a sigh of relief. The lady with the mansion, at the moment it was announced, was sitting in front of her television avoiding a drip falling from the ceiling right in the middle of the living room. She looked around at the columns with decorated capitals, the huge mahogany doors, and the marble staircase from which the banister had been torn out and sold. Finally she could hang a sign on the fence, “For Sale: Five-bedroom house in urgent need of repairs. Wish to buy a one-bedroom apartment in some other neighborhood.”She has a five-bedroom house that is falling to pieces. She got it in the seventies... more
The Far East office of Interfax (Russia) brought some good news from the city Magadan where bloggers joined the festive parade on the International Day of Spring and Labor celebrated on May, 1st. According to Interfax, over 15000 people participated in the parade, among them also were Twitter users from Magadan.
http://publiciti.ru/en/news/5international-day-of-spring-and-labor-may-1-bloggers-join-the-labor-parade01The Far East office of Interfax (Russia) brought some good news from the city Magadan... more
It's been over twenty years and I'm finally ready to talk about it. I tried writing about it before but I started to cry. A few years after it happened, just thinking about it would give me nervous shakes. Now I'm mostly okay, as long as I don't dwell on it too long.
I'm talking about the time I almost killed three people: myself, my best friend Zack (not his real name) and a complete stranger.
I was just a teen, a new driver, and I loved speed. I turned down a country road and said to Zack something like, "Full throttle!" He reached back for his seat belt and clicked it in. I dropped the pedal. We shot up a hill going- oh, I don't know. Maybe seventy mph? Eighty? It didn't matter. It was an empty country road, right?
Being an inexperienced driver, I didn't know to slow at the crest of a hill because you can't see what's on the other side. So we soared over a ridge to find an eighteen-wheeler turning around below us. Essentially, a giant wall had appeared in the road blocking both lanes.
I stood on the brake with both feet. The tires screamed, and the car locked up. I had no control and it didn't really matter. There was no time. The last thing I saw was a guy waving his arms. He had been standing in the road, directing the truck. He dove out of our path, Hollywood-style, and we went into the rig's massive back tire going fast. Had we instead gone under the truck, I suspect Zack and I would have been decapitated.
To this very day, I always smile when ads try to wow me by bragging how well a car goes from zero to sixty. So what? I don't think you can truly respect a vehicle's power until you go from sixty to zero. Sometimes I wish that would be a requirement for new drivers. Instead of trying to scare teens away from reckless driving by showing them gory post-accident pictures, make them sit in an simulator and hurl them against a wall like a crash test dummy. Make them experience the terrifying power of machines colliding.
Concludes at the link: http://tinyurl.com/6drfhk8It's been over twenty years and I'm finally ready to talk about it. I tried... more
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enjoy Pink Martini's Bolero and special thanks too theonegift on youtube "Bravo"-G.A tribute to the great actresses who made glamour ,beauty and art synonymous with film... more
Where the rainbow ends...This is a link to my Cincinnati Chronicle i shot some photos of a double rainbow over Cincinnati today thought I'd share with my friends on current . Take some time and scroll through some of my photos and articles on Cincinnati Ohio hope you enjoy . I'm back to looking for my pot of gold! There is also free internet Radio and cool links -FiggdimensionWhere the rainbow ends...This is a link to my Cincinnati Chronicle i shot some photos... more
"Family Man": A reflection on the early days, when morals meant more than money to Copyright Troll John Steele(includes his own words)(public domain pic, Mr. Steele)
I was recently reading the Arstechnica article: "Settle up: voicemails show P2P porn law firms in action" when I noticed this threat from a user named "John Steele"(99% sure it really is Mr. Steele):
++++"Unauthorized copying" is stealing and is why almost every judge we have been in front of throws out these goofy motions to quash you photocopy from each other. Sure, one judge in 10 doesn't like porn and kicks our case (and this causes ARS to act like this litigation is on its deathbed). [I wonder what the judge would say if he heard about how Mr. Steele thinks the only reason he tossed the case is because he doesn't like porn. The day that judge tore Mr. Steele a new one, must have been quite embarrassing for Mr. Steele]
Well, every couple of days we come here for fun to see what crazy things are written by armchair lawyers. I would be careful though, we were able to figure out one of the posters on an earlier 'article' and our client dropped him from the suit . . . and sued him directly the next day. Something tells me settlement will be tough.[I can not comprehend any reason why Mr. Steele would feel the need to try to threaten people for discussing their cases with each other. If they are just armchair lawyers, why is paying so much attention? Also, I wonder what figured out refers to? If he tried to dox someone, I think it is only fair to return the favor]++++
After reading that comment, I decided to look into what might drive an attorney to try to threaten the Internet. I figured a person's blog is the most accurate representation of his internal workings, so I searched for a wefightpiracy.com blog. I couldn't find one, so I went with reviewing his familylawlifeline.com blog.
His familylawlifeline is intended to pertain only to his family law firm. However, I believe the statements contained within are accurate representations of the moral man that Mr. Steele once was(all of this is my opinion in case I need to clarify that for lawyers who may be reading this). The awkward highlights that emphasize how money can corrupt anyone, even a self-proclaimed "family man"
1) June 2008 "Even Attorneys can be bullies"
"I suppose I can see how being an ass might get you somewhere if you are up against a pro se party who has no idea of what is happening, or maybe a timid transaction attorney that somehow found themselves in a divorce case. "
----Being an ass does seem to be helping Mr. Steele force settlements out of people
"I am not sure why some Family Law attorneys purposely try to build up their mystique as a jerk."
----I asked myself the same question after I read the comment on the Arstechnica article
"Standing up to a bully, whether some blowhard attorney, or an 8th grader feels good.Try it sometime."
----I agree, Mr. Steele. Standing up to a bully(you) does feel quite good
see the rest here:http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/197(basically he says he enjoys beating bully and stopping their "antics")
2)March 2010 "How to be (or find) a happy lawyer, Part 1 of 2"
"First, I started my own firm a few years ago. This means I don’t have to take on clients I do not like, or that I think are scum bags. And the associates in my firm know they don’t have to represent scum bags."
---Mr. Steele's firm is representing individuals, who make millions each year while simultaneously demanding $1000s from working class individuals. Mr. Steele's clients have acknowledged the fact that they have nothing to lose, which probably means they don't care about people's guilt or innocence so long as "the check clears". If you try to make millions by blackmailing the parents of some teenager who downloaded a porno that only cost you a couple grand to make....I think you are a scum bag
"While I know other attorneys who believe that “all money is green”, I respectfully submit that getting the “what the hell are you arguing?” look from a judge, or being known as a legal whore in the relatively small community of family lawyers is not for me. I admit I like to take the high road and drill opposing counsels who are argue whatever their client’s want them to say (assuming the check clears of course)."
---Mr. Steele works for free in order to exploit US copyright laws so that his client can turn low budget adult films into cash cows. None of the money goes to the models in the videos. Models who accepted a payment of a couple $1000 just so they could pay their bills. If that doesn't make you a legal whore, I don't know what does.
Mr. Steele likes to take the high road???Really??Can someone help me find evidence for that
see the rest here: http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/341
3)August 2010 "Liar Liar Pants on Fire"
Mr. Steele discusses how a new attorney attempted to claim that Mr. Steele had lied to the court. The new attorney claimed that Mr. Steele did not document the fact that he was refiling a case on his petition.
" Now the other attorney looked pretty stupid, because he either cannot read or he was too lazy to read my Petition (I bet the former)."
----Mr. Steele sent out signed pre-settlement letters with dates 4-5 years in the past and false statements about not being able to contact people. I wonder which of the two choices he would pick to refer to his actions
see the rest here: http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/542
4) August 2008 "Attorney's work for.....Money!"
Mr. Steele discusses how he feels that people should realize that lawyers need to make money and that you should not expect them to work Pro Bono.
"The moral of this story is don’t ask attorneys to provide free legal services, and be very afraid of those attorneys that would actually agree to such a request."
---So one should not ask a lawyer to work for free. I wonder how Mr. Steele feels about attorneys, like himself, who offer to work for free. I would be even more scared of individuals who volunteer to work for free. Part of the reason Mr. Steele is using mass mailing is so he can curb his costs since he works for free
see the rest here: http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/219
5)June 2008 "Courtesy Please"
Mr. Steele discusses losing his cool.
"People want to be respected. And when we do not get respect, we get indignant and lash out."
---I wonder if Mr. Steele was able to see the accused as more that lying thieves(his opinion), then would he be able to sympathize with the anger coming from the thousands of individuals his firm is disrespecting
see the rest here:http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/204
6) October 2009 "The Judge is always Right"
"1. Reputation is everything in the legal system. And attorneys and judges know which divorce lawyers will sell their services to the anti-Christ if he paid a retainer. I don’t."
---The way things have been going so far, Mr. Steele's reputation is going to take quite the hit. Federal judges have "eviscerated him for abusing the legal system" and have called his cases "a fishing expedition"
see the rest here: http://familylawlifeline.com/archives/341
There are additional blog entries at: www.familylawlifeline.com
I would post more, but I'm not sure whether or not I have already posted an amount that will result in Mr. Steele trying to sue me.
According to the aforementioned Arstechnica article, Mr. Steele's firm made at least $43,000 last week. The ability for money to corrupt is amazing at times. Had I met Mr. Steele years ago, when he still held by the moral he had as divorce attorney, I would have nothing but respect. Considering how his firm is acting these days, I must consider him to be a bully and will fight back. At least it is comforting to know that the old Mr. Steele would support me............(public domain pic, Mr. Steele) I was recently reading the Arstechnica article:... more
Another consequence of deregulation has apparently just boiled over in Bradford County, Pa.
video-(Bradford County PA, 90 miles west of the Delaware River Basin, shows us the face of shale gas drilling's industrialization in ruined air and drinking water. Photographed by Jane Prettyman (with apologies for soviet camera), host of 'Public Comment' (pubcomm.blogspot.com). Music: "Wheels" by Jason Shaw (Creative Commons) and "Sacrifice" by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke.
Also see TV news report on Bradford County gas well blowout in same area where this film was made, causing a massive spill of chemical-laced frack flowback waste water contaminating Towanda Creek that feeds into Suqsuehanna River more videos below)-figgdimension
Operators have lost control of a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania, leading to a spill of fluids used in the drilling process.
Bradford County emergency officials say thousands of gallons of tainted water have spilled from a Chesapeake Energy Corp. well site near Canton since early Wednesday.
As of 1:50 pm., the spill was still out of control, spilling "thousands and thousands" of likely contaminated water over fields and into at least one stream, per the reports, prompting the evacuation of seven families, thus far. Updated reports indicate the water started pouring out at 11:45 pm last night.
The "stream" is apparently the Towanda Creek, which feeds into the Susquehanna River, which in turn feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
Reuters describes the spill as "uncontrollable" as of 3:52 pm. The local news reports describe attempts to control the spill as a "Large scale operation" with a "widespread impact." There appear to be no reports providing the actual amount of fluids spilled at this time.
Pennsylvania has already been under the watch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and concerns that the practice of this fracking has caused a risk to human life as well as the environment and has required regulators to maintain regular sampling of local water supplies. Pennsylvania is also the only state which has allowed this wastewater to be partially treated and returned to local rivers and community drinking water.
My Dad and I used to fish in the Susquehanna for bass when I was a kid. We've hunted in Bradford County. Now the "shale boom" has turned the area and others in PA. upside down with newly minted millionaires selling their age-old wooded tracts of property to the highest bidder, pretty much heedless of the environmental impact.
Chesapeake Energy Corp (you have to love the irony) has this to say about their unregulated mishap:
Chesapeake said a piece of equipment failed late Tuesday while the well was being hydraulically fractured, or fracked. In the fracking process, millions of gallons of water, along with chemical additives and sand, are injected at high pressure down the well bore to break up the shale and release the gas.
But not to worry, trumpets the Business Insider.
The event has had no impact on Chesapeake energy shares, which are up more than the broader market, 2.75%, and natural gas prices are higher.
With remarkable synchronicity, known energy magnate and self-promoting blowhard Boone Pickens picked a poor day to criticize President Obama's recent statements of concern about hydraulic fracturing:
TULSA, Okla. - Billionaire energy magnate T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday defended a controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, a day after President Barack Obama expressed concern that the process could pollute groundwater.
"That's the first time I ever heard him saying anything about fracking," Pickens said of the drilling method that uses water, sand and other additives to free natural gas underground. "The president, I'm sure, knows very little about fracking.
And Boone knows so much about it. I'm sure he thought the anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster was just exquisite timing for his paean to the virtues of gas drilling.
Pickens, who spoke Wednesday at the 2011 Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Tulsa, said out of the 800,000 wells that have been fracked in the Southwest, he didn't know of a single lawsuit or complaint that arose from the process.
"I've fracked over 3,000 wells myself; they fracked on my ranch yesterday,"
I won't hold my breath waiting for Pickens to comment on this spill. One thing seems clear: these "concerned billionaires" and corporations have no compunction whatsoever about fracking us all.
Update: news report from the local TV station, it was still not under control as of Wednesday night.
The news report is also instructive in its depiction of local resident reaction as "cautiously optimistic." No detractors of Chesapeake are put on camera.
Further Update: As of 3 pm Thursday it appears the well is still not under control, although they are routing the poisonous water into containment vessels. Chesapeake is considering a "top kill" technique to plug the well. They have halted the fracking procedure in seven wells, temporarily.
Originally posted to Dartagnan on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 03:04
http://youtu.be/AqiLyK0JJfw?hd=1http://youtu.be/nCyHS7fKmXI Another consequence of deregulation has apparently just... more
Getting a college degree in veterinary science is a lifelong dream for many students who have always had a passion for working with and helping animals.
link : http://www.rncentral.com/nursing-library/careplans/50-Best-Blogs-for-Veterinary-StudentsGetting a college degree in veterinary science is a lifelong dream for many students... more