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Protection Bill? Really? I don't think it means what you think it means

“ The signing of this bill doesn't seem like it's a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans,” said Press Secretary Josh Earnest, noting that the administration’s view was shared by the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a “whole host of nonprofit and private-sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation. ” The impact of this legislation? Impact -- is the perfect word. And the answer is ' Tectonic ' Only about a fifth of you are going to be able to understand and accept this -- that's how propaganda works. It is nearly impossible to remove false information completely. We aren't spreadsheets. We don't delete and replace information. I wish I was skilled enough to help further.

Clarity v Propaganda (?)

On the Forbes website there is an article titled “ Moral Clarity Is Needed In Countering Anti-Western Propaganda ” -- which is well written and means well, but shows the level of misunderstanding about the effects and grit propaganda possess I find frequently displayed.  I like the author and enjoy her articles but on this one she missed. Again though, the misconception of how harsh the propaganda used today really is on its the victims is about normal This is what I wrote in response. The one thing I believe we don't have is a "moral clarity." How would we gather this? From the verbiage or the actions? We have right now a man running for president which is in fact a propaganda campaign. We have churches whose ministers are swearing that they will "Raise an army for the Republican's 2016" even though that is strictly against the 501(c)(3) mandates...and he had no problem with posing for the picture on the NY Times. So, first you would have to figure ou

Joanne Harris Says it well to Clean Reader
Count me in on any legal action

I was going to write something on this but Joanne Harris says it better. I would like Clean Reader to know that I feel exactly the way she does and I will support any legal action against this product on the grounds of copyright infringement. Because altering what is read, is altering the content of the book. I don't give a damn if the ebook's file content is unchanged, or if the file is unmarred. Who cares about that? You are displaying words I did not write inside the context of my work, to the reader of my novel - while making a profit off this editing of my work. That is illegal. It misrepresents my intention, my meaning and my beliefs. That is libel, and also illegal Here is Jonne's Take.. An e-mail from Clean Reader After my blog post the other day, I got this e-mail from the official Clean Reader site. Rather than give out e-mail addresses and identities, I’m copying and posting it here, along with my reply. Dear Joanne, I wanted to reach out to you given

The Message of the ... tabernacle
and some stuff about angels

Until Haley said on Facebook, in response to this meme of mine: Haley M~~~:   I don't...I don't even understand what point they're trying to make... I really didn't understand the others who have give me similar responses. I thought they were pointing out the ludicrous logic of this " Tabernacle's " message. I like Haley, and I understood that she was truly baffled by this, and so I wrote out an answer for her, which after I posted it and recalled the others, I'm repeating here. Glenn Hefley:  Well, they are attempting to put Women's Equality in-line with Satanism. It is said that Satan (Lucifer really - Satan in the Old Testament is not a devil or even a bad angel.. it is actually the name of an office, which is why it is always "The Satan" not just Satan. The Hebrews believed this angel to be something like a Prosecuting attorney ,.. but I digress) -- as modern Christianity's mythos goes, Satan rose up to attempt t

Versions of a Fox

Waterfox Mozilla doesn’t provide official builds of Firefox compiled for 64-bit systems yet. Waterfox takes Firefox’s code and compiles it for 64-bit Windows, without adding additional features or making other changes. Many plugins, including Adobe Flash, now have 64-bit versions, so using a 64-bit browser for day-to-day browsing is very possible. If you’ve already got Flash installed, you may need to download its installer to get the 64-bit version, too. The current installers come with both 32 and 64-bit plugins. Waterfox uses the same profile data Firefox does, so switching to Waterfox is easy. If you decide to uninstall it, don’t select the “Remove my personal data” option unless you also want to delete your Firefox data. Pale Moon Pale Moon is another “optimized” build of Firefox for Windows, but it also has a 32-bit version. Pale Moon diverges from Firefox in removing accessibility and parental control options, while modifying the default interface settings

Free Market Liberalism Sounds Good Does It ?

These four small children of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Califoux were in fact being advertised after the family fell on hard times in 1948. Jobless and with an eviction notice, a pregnant Lucille and Ray Califoux did not have enough money to feed their children. It would be years before any of them saw each other again.

We call them Congress

by Elizabeth Martinez and Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights "Neo-liberalism" is a set of economic policies that have become widespread during the last 25 years or so. Although the word is rarely heard in the United States, you can clearly see the effects of neo-liberalism here as the rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer. "Liberalism" can refer to political, economic, or even religious ideas. In the U.S. political liberalism has been a strategy to prevent social conflict. It is presented to poor and working people as progressive compared to conservative or Rightwing. Economic liberalism is different. Conservative politicians who say they hate "liberals" -- meaning the political type -- have no real problem with economic liberalism, including neoliberalism. "Neo" means we are talking about a new kind of liberalism...

Let's Do the Re-Tweet Thing

Ok  .. let's do the re-tweet thing. It's Fast It's fun, and it really gets attention. Each tweet on the list is a person trying to be heard. At the bottom of the scroll there will be a very tiny "load more.." to click on So be sure to get down to the Original Twitters. You can only re-tweet once a message as you know. So, do as much as you can. Pop in to see if there are fresh ones. A couple of days is all we need to dedicate to this. Let Lego know that we haven't forgotten about them, we're still very serious about our complaints, and that the next issue of their "Friends" magazine, should be "Child Friendly"  It's a great networking opportunity if you are into that sort of thing. For myself, my work is under the surface of things, so don't feel you now need to be subjected to my mad ramblings. After this, I'm back to my own ... May I suggest #BadLego as an easy, short hash? Let's do this.  Tweets to Lego: Le

Putting words in the mouth of a Great Speaker

Not much of a post, I know -- it is more of an announcement -- or perhaps, fair warning. I've received several emails from various groups who are urging me to act in particular directions -- because the President is urging us to move in those directions. Not one of them are even close to what the President has been focused on for the last two months. I've reminded each of these parties that the President gives a weekly 'State of the Union' address which goes out on YouTube and can also be seen on the Whitehouse web site -- where he also keeps a running blog. It doesn't take much to find out what is on President Obama's mind.

The Latest Imperilment for Young Girls... LEGOs?

It was about 7AM when I saw the tweet. I was closing down my Twitter and Facebook to return to the seething build up that's going on -- and not looking forward to it this morning. My head ached, from lack of sleep, I was overly cranky -- for several related reasons -- and honestly I was in one of those, 'don't fu*&ing do it man' moods. Then I saw the tweet. A flash really as I closed down the Twitter. I caught two words, 'Nightmare' and 'LEGO'. I also recognized the source, so I knew the context. With a new click I brought the Twitter back up to find out what the full message was. To be honest, I had already decided that I didn't like it, and that it was inline with several of the messages and campaigns I've been coming across. Reading the text I did exactly what I tell people never to do -- I didn't follow through or check the story. After the night I had and the sources I had read for the twelve hours before that -- I "k

Aftermath is on the way

I'm hoping that by the cover you can tell that Aftermath is a thriller. Aftermath is also the first novel I've been able to put out under my own name in a long time. For the last 5+ years I've been ghost writing 7-10 novels a year. They were all short, and none of them were ideas of my own, but they were fun to do and steady income.  Aftermath is a thriller, and will be hitting Amazon and places beyond very soon now. Just basically reminding you that I'm primarily a writer (reminding myself of that as well) and that I'm still committed to creating stories to engage your darker imagination.

It is Pi Day .. Be good to Yourself

Is there anything better than pie?

Getting the most out of a Tweet

If you are going to bother sending out links to bring people to your blog, you might as well spend a little more time and get some information from the effort. And if you have Analytics from Google, then it really is an easy thing to set up. Check out this page  on Google for the link tracking, bookmark, and then come back for a few tips. SEO isn't that hard and for the most part, you don't need much to get some serious information.

Opendata, Software, OpenEdu -- Life is good

Here's a list of some large datasets, and the kind of software that can handle these sets on a laptop. I'll be back with more, there is some amazing stuff out here now. Resources 1. Open Data DBpedia - Querying Wikipedia Like a Database DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia editions in over 90 languages and to make the resulting knowledge base available on the Web. The DBpedia knowledge base currently describes more than 3.5 million things, out of which 1.6 million are classified in a consistent ontology. It is one of the most comprehensive multi-lingual knowledge bases that currently exist and has developed into an interlinking hub for the Web of Data. The knowledge base is widely used by research projects as well as in industry. More information about the project is found on the  DBpedia website . Duration : Active since 2007 Project partners : Universität Leipzig, OpenLink Software, and a world-w