My Israel Debate Via Twitter

I spend a bunch of time on Twitter….not detailing my life in 140 characters but rather getting news as it happens…..and from time to time I comment on things happening around the world and even get some visitors that take exception to some of my posts…..and that is where this story began……..

The other day I was having a debate with an Israeli (I’m guessing) about Israel on Twitter………..it began with my Tweet……..

Dear Americans: STOP handling up as some sort of light for democracy..it is as racist as Germany in the 1930′s.

And then I was Tweeted back by Israeltruth1…….

Then why are 20% of Israelis Arabs? Nazis didn’t let Jews go to beaches,have political parties,vote,go out to eat,go on buses,etcf

 

The Dog Spider?

A new species has been found…..well wishful thinking…….if you have not seen this vid then please read the article and then click on YouTube……..

No problem with huge, scary spiders? Then check out this viral YouTube video of a friendly dog in a spider costume that apparently terrifies passersby, the Independent reports. Created by Polish prank-man Sylwester Wardega, the “dog-spider” wears a furry body with big legs that shake ominously as he trots around. SPOILER ALERT: Wardega’s nighttime setups include the giant spider “feeding” on his dead body in an elevator, and torn body parts hanging in a subway. Two women who discover the elevator scene run screaming, while the subway victim gets caught in ropes resembling a spider’s web.

“This is funny as hell,” says a YouTube viewer quoted in the Daily Mail. “My only hope is that the people … find out that [it] isn’t real. I mean, I’d be SCARRED for LIFE.” The film itself took months to prepare as Wardega worked with a seamstress on the “cheap faux fur” costume, he tells Today. After three versions, they “finally managed to create something light and good-looking.” So he outfitted Chica, his sister’s mixed-breed pooch, and set up the shots. “Filming took some time because Chica had to jump at the right moment and run to the right place. Fortunately Chica is a very intelligent dog.” For more, check out Chica’s Facebook page, or the Inquisitr‘s tips on making a dog-spider costume.

Now that is HUMOR!

Are They Just That Stupid?

Saturday and my weekend begins……spend all my time as far away from the chaos of the society as I can get……some good food, good wine and companionship of my lady love….gets NO better than that.  But since I will not be posting on the collapse of civil society I chose another topic to attack….

Social media!  I use Twitter for news….I get breaking news at the moment it breaks….I do not use Facebook for I do not trust them to guard my info and since if there is anything people need to know about me I shall tell them I do not need a middle man.

I am beginning to think that this techno age is making people more thick and ignorant.  They all seem to be in the moment and looking for that 15 minutes of fame….no matter what they do they post it so the rest of the world can see their accomplishment……I would go along with it if they were truly accomplishing something good and honest….but there are many that will post stuff that they do just because they can…….like this…….

(Newser) – Shahmell Robinson, a 21-year-old man from Rochester, NY, is facing state and federal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on camera. The person who allegedly filmed the act on his phone, 22-year-old Jordon McCloud, has yet to be found, though authorities say the cell phone footage is incriminating: McCloud not only allegedly filmed the girl unconscious on a bathroom floor, but also turned the camera on himself and laughed, reports the Democrat and Chronicle. The footage somehow made its way onto Facebook.

The alleged rape happened at an apartment in Greece, NY. The victim told police she didn’t remember having sex with anyone and had been drinking the night it happened. She says she woke up next to Robinson on a couch. Investigators have managed to seize McCloud’s phone, on which there is another video of the girl passed out on a bed and yet another showing unidentified people in a car talking about the rape and acknowledging they knew the girl’s real age, reports the Democrat & Chronicle in an earlier story.

Now I ask…..just how f*cking stupid are they?

 

Palestinians Support The People Of Ferguson

With all the trouble in Ferguson after the death of Mike Brown….Palestinians took to Twitter to help protesters deal with tear gas….instructing them on what to do when gassed…..and now the people of Palestine have sent a statement to the people of Ferguson in support…….the statement reads…….

We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

We understand your moral outrage. We empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity.

And we stand with you.

We recognize the disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life endemic to the supremacist system that rules the land with wanton brutality. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight our own battles for basic human dignities. We continue to find inspiration and strength from your struggles through the ages and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.

We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university.  And we honor the far too many more killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

The protesters in Ferguson have sent the trouble with the police international……social media has helped so many and will keep that spot light on the situation……eventually the dinosaurs that rule this country will realize that social media is instantaneous…..the world is watching!

A Selfie To Die For

The weekend begins and my mind is set free for the next couple of days…..time to reflect on the larger problems in life…..first, what about this “selfie” craze?

This fad has spread through the internet like a fast moving cancer…….the “selfie”…..the taking of a photo of one’s self with whatever is near at the time….a monument, a person, a pet…..whatever is near.

It seems everyone is participating in this fad….from common folk to actors to politicians to athletes….even the prez has embraced the fad…….everyone is doing 5the “selfie”…..

We humans seem to have this obsession to document ourselves at every moment of our lives and then share it on whatever social media is handy…

Personally, I do not see the need to post my daily experiences…..of course that could be because I am an old fart….but still the necessity escapes me.

There are, believe it or not, when stopping to record a moment in life may not be in the best interests of the person……

While putting yourself in the way of stampeding bulls is considered a matter of personal choice at Pamplona’s annual festival, authorities say slowing down for a selfie while doing so is just plain stupid. A runner who was filmed trying to get a photo of himself inches ahead of the bulls at this year’s festival could face a fine of $4,100 under a new law banning runners from using recording devices, reports the Guardian. A picture of the man has been circulated with the hashtag #Eltonmóvil—”the idiot with the mobile”—and commentators have sharply criticized him for putting other runners in danger.

The selfie-snapping runner was filmed by Spanish network TVE, which has been criticized itself for urging participants to send their best selfies in for a prize, reports the Local. “Be careful, we didn’t quite mean that,” the network tweeted after the man’s photo surfaced. The festival wraps up today and so far, four Spaniards have been gored and one American: the co-author of How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona.

Maybe a little common sense would be advised before stopping for that all important “selfie”

Thoughts?

 

If Ever There Was An Anti-Christ

I do not use Facebook for anything….I have NEVER become a member….they just want too much info that I am not willing to have on their server………I do use Twitter but it is mostly for news feeds and breaking news….I do very little social crap on there……to me Facebook is as close to an anti-Christ as we can get……but now facebook is experimenting with the people that use it……..

News of a Facebook social experiment examining the effect positive or negative posts have on users has prompted justifiable anger. What it shouldn’t provoke is surprise. After all, online companies are conducting similar “A/B tests” all the time in order to maximize usage and profits, writes David Weinberger at CNN. For instance, Amazon might try putting a banner on one side of the site for some users and the other side for others, with the goal of determining which side generates more clicks. Such testing is done on everything from “font sizes to colors to the depth of the drop shadows.”

The trouble with Facebook’s newly-revealed experiment is that it played with our emotions. But that’s nothing new: Our Facebook feeds are always based on algorithms, and they’re “based on what works for Facebook, Inc., and only secondarily based on what works for us as individuals and as a society,” Weinberger writes. Facebook’s goal is “happy customers,” but that just means people who visit and click a lot. So what should be done about it? Perhaps filters could be more user-controlled or designed with “socially desirable aims.” But we can’t expect such changes when we’re giving social data to “commercial entities that have as their primary interest not the health of our society and culture, but their bottom line.” Click for his full piece.

All I can say is…use Facebook at your own peril…….I do not trust them as far as I can spit them……….

Is A #HashTag Necessary?

By now even the dullest of an individual knows of the plight of the 200+ Nigeria girls and most have gotten their info from some form of social media, the #Hashtag, if you will.

Monday I dedicated the day to post on Nigeria and Boko haram to help my readers grasp what was actually happening……..and I hate to say it but my endeavor was a bust….probably because I did not use the #Hash tag……….and as a result few read my posts and those that did appeared to be disinterested.

I am not a big supporter of social media….I do use Twitter but for news sources only and I do not trust facebook so I do not have an account……I tried to reason why NO one seemed interested in my post or my analysis……..and then I read something that I agree with totally……

You’ve no doubt come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, designed to draw attention to the plight of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls. DA Lovell has, too, but after a few initial retweets, she’s giving it a rest, she writes at the Root. The problem is that hashtag activism like this might raise awareness on a superficial level, but it also gives people “a false sense of accomplishment,” writes Lovell. “It makes us feel as if the job is done, thereby keeping us from taking a course of action that may be more effective in the long term.”

So what’s a concerned citizen to do instead? Lovell suggests taking the time to truly educate yourself about what’s happening in Nigeria and neighboring countries, or at least start following people and groups that “are doing work on the ground so you know what’s happening even after Twitter moves on to the next trending topic.” Problems like this need substantive changes, and a mindless retweet doesn’t cut it. At Campare Afrique, Jumoke Balogun sees a bigger problem: All those tweets give the US and other Western governments that much more excuse to expand their military presence in Africa, and “this is not good.” But at the Independent, Felicity Morse rounds up the good and the bad and comes down on the side of hashtag activism because of its ability to get the mass media to focus on a neglected subject. It’s a force that “is only going to get more powerful in the future,” she writes. “It’s not to be sniffed at.”

I hate it but I feel like the American public is just not sharp enough to handle more than one issue at a time……..and then i think about something a friend in Mali told me when I was there so many years ago…..”No one cares about sub-Saharan Africa but sub-Saharan Africans”…….I now realize what he was saying…so sad.