Blogging Is Hard Work

The weekend again…..I want to try something completely different from my weird little stories I find to break up my week….some of them are popular and some fall dead from boredom……today is about blogging……a subject that is near and dear to most of us…….

We bloggers are always looking for ways to increase our exposure…..it is hard work to keep a blog up and running and current.  It is even harder to get readers after all there is about a gazillion blogs out there.

We try to find ways to get more readers to increase our stats….some of us pay a service to increase our traffic……or like me they try to visit and follow as many as possible…..we comment on their sites and we give them a like whenever possible…..with the hope that they will reciprocate….this is not for those that are impatient….it is a time consuming process but it does pay off.

Some bloggers carve accolades……like awards that are heaped on them……most of the awards are just a way to try and increase traffic to sites…….do not get me wrong….there is NOTHING wrong with these awards and they work for some people…..we do what we must to try an increase readership.  Thinking that readers show up because it is a certain type of blog is not always true……we bloggers work on the old adage….”you scratch my back and I will scratch yours”

There is no guarantee that there will be people flocking to your site because it has a certain word in the title….like liberal or conservative or other descriptive names……people will help those that help them……

For me I try to use my schooling in international relations especially the Middle East……a subject that many want to forget or ignore simply because it does not fit into the narrative they have made for themselves.

I could post many articles a day….but I try to limit my day to 5 or 6 post at most……more and I feel my readers will be overwhelmed…..plus I look for stuff that can expand their horizons, so to speak…….events and situation that they might not give much thought to but could be a thorn in the country’s butt……I like to be fore armed…….

Hard work pays off, at least it did for me……recently  when the US and Iran came to an agreement on nukes a reader said that he came to IST because he knew I would be all over it…..and that is why I do what I do.  That made my day…….made me feel like it is all worth the hard work.  Then I was asked to be a guest writer on another site……for me that is the highest honor that someone would like my opinions and analysis on their site.

Not just bitching about issues that frustrate me but rather helping my readers understand what is what.  I also try to help them understand politics….but these days there is NO understanding politics other than to realize that it is NO longer a science but rather a circus of morons playing a dangerous game…….dangerous to the country but not to themselves……..HELL the more extreme they talk the more wackos vote for them…..the more wackos that vote the more dangerous the world becomes……it is a vicious circle that cannot be broken until people try to understand the world…..and that is where we bloggers enter into the conversation.

Me?  I have been a writer for decades……until I discovered the internet most of my stuff was ‘letters to the editor’ and an occasional piece sent to magazines and such…….then Katrina hit where I live and I was badly injured and could no longer work…..but I continued to read, research and analyze……and by a stroke of luck I was given a used computer by a friend…..and as they say…’the rest is history’.

Blogging is hard work and bloggers are hard workers!  Most of us do it out of love of information and passing it on to others with the hope that they will use it for a better understanding and to eventually make better decisions.

 

Let The Social Media War Begin

I wrote a piece about a week ago about the cyber site within the State Dept that will work to counter ISIS on social media………if you would like to refresh your memory…….

http://lobotero.com/2015/02/19/isis-is-winning-the-social-media-war/

I decided to write another piece because I watched an interview with the new head to this branch within the department…….his patter was almost word for word the Obama “Islam” speech he made recently……all about how the US needs to show people that ISIS is a perversion of Islam and only a terrorist organization….yada….yada…..after the interview his words made me sit and think……I contemplated his speech for about a day or so…..no matter how I turned it…..it was a piece of propaganda and geek speak of a bureaucrat.

The new section will be doing what other agencies are doing…..”counter-messaging”.  And there my friends is where my problem starts.  CIA, NSA, FBI, others are attempting to counter the messages of ISIS on social media…..about 90,000 a day.

Let me ask……If you were looking at ISIS on-line would you also be looking at anti-ISIS messages?  Of course NOT!  How will counter-messaging bring down the organization?

Would not a hacking of their sites with a shutdown program or a lock down program or a well placed virus be more effective?

Anonymous is hacking ISIS regularly and they seem to be doing more damage than any wimpy counter message……why not hire these guys or at least follow their lead?  If we want to beat them, ISIS, on social media….I think that action and NOT reaction would be a more effective weapon.

The government wants to compete with ISIS for readership….that is a reaction.  Anonymous is taking down their sites so NO one can use them….that is action.

Action will be more effective than some limp wrest reaction…..

Now I ask…..do we really want to defeat ISIS?  I mean as long as ISIS is active and a threat then someone is making money…..lots of money.

This new program seems to be a way to prolong the effective use of propaganda……a program that rubs in place while spinning its wheels because it can get little or no traction.

I realize there may be more going on than we see…..but on the surface this looks like a colossal waste of time and money.  But then that is just what our foreign policy has been for the last couple of decades……

My regular readers know that I am always watching the Middle East and that my interests in war are legendary…..all I am seeing these days leads me to want to ask……just how serious is the Washington group on the elimination of ISIS?  No plans they have these days points to s desire to end this thing.

NOTHING that is being done would lead me to believe that there is any genuine desire to end this thing with ISIS…….the sooner the American people realize that they are being played the sooner a real strategy will be formulated.  Until then expect more of the same…….talk, talk and more talk.

ISIS Is Winning The Social Media War

We have all heard of the horrendous vids that ISIS posts on social media of their executions……and then there is their Twitter and Facebook attacks….it seems at times that the Us is just not capable of countering their social media barrage…..but could that soon change?

The Obama administration has a plan to fight back against ISIS propaganda, and it involves what the New York Times calls a “tiny State Department agency.” The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, created in 2011, has always been tasked with coordinating “countermessaging” against extremists, but now it will be expanded, thanks to ISIS. “We’re getting beaten on volume,” a department official says. But “these guys aren’t BuzzFeed; they’re not invincible in social media.” ISIS and its supporters are responsible for up to 90,000 social media messages per day, and the group has been successful in attracting people to its cause and raising money. Administration officials will outline the counterattack plan during three days of meetings starting today.

In addition to expanding the CSCC, the administration wants to coordinate all US countermessaging attempts—larger departments, including the Pentagon, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies, also have their own efforts underway—as well as countermessaging from a variety of sources, including foreign allies, nongovernment agencies, and top Muslim academics, community leaders, and religious scholars. Currently, CSCC employs specialists fluent in Arabic and other languages to craft narratives that oppose messages and misinformation from extremists (so far mainly al-Qaeda) and post those messages on the Internet, including on websites used to recruit jihadists. For example, one post showed a picture of three American men who traveled to Somalia to become Islamist militants only to be killed, along with the message: “They came for jihad but were murdered by al-Shabab.”

I like the idea of attacking them where they recruit….I am just not sure that the US is ruthless enough to do what is necessary to counter their, ISIS, message……

What do you guys think?

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!