Sunday, January 29, 2006

My Blog Is Often On Page One In Google Type Searches

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I check the stats of this site daily. One thing I am interested in is how people find this blog. Many do it through search engines and I want to thank them for coming back for more than one read, everyone here is interesting to me because of the you are from so many far flung places and different backgrounds. I want to explain how I think the search engines work.

Here is an example from today's newest readers of my blog:From Google, Germany:
Yachts for sale online - Yachts for sale
Yachts for Sale Super Yachts Mega Yachts for sale online. Buy - Sell yacths online - Super Yachts Mega Yachts for sale ... - 23k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider

Azimut Yachts for sale. Buy - selling - buying - sell Azimuts for ...
Azimut Yachts for sale. Azimuts for sale. superyachts, motor yachts, brokers, ... Buy and Sell yachts online from, please visit ... - 17k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider
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Culture of Life News II: Super Rich Buy Superyachts and ...
Super Rich Buy Superyachts and Supermodels Thanks To Bush Tax Cuts. By Elaine Meinel Supkis The disasterous Bush tax cuts which he wants to extend eternally ... 2006/01/super-rich-buy-superyachts-and.html - 20k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider Working on Yachts and Superyachts: Books
Perfect Partner Buy Working on Yachts and Superyachts with Crewing Aboard A Superyacht: A Guide to Working Af... today! ... - 35k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider

Luxury Yachts & Super Yachts brokers :: Custom Line | Top Yachts
... tailored management, gardiennage, crewing and charter services. Contact us today and find out why you should buy your new super yacht from Top-Yachts ... - 11k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider

Buy and sell boats, yachts, etc. online
Sell/buy new and uses ships or other maritime products. ... Super & Mega Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, Fishing Vessels ... - 79k - I hurtigbuffer - Lignende sider
This is page 1 of 718,000 web citations. I was #3. I picked up this page from my webtracker. Someone in Germany, (Guten Abend, mein Freund!) clicked on my blog after googling "buy super yachts". If you are planning on buying a super yacht and want to give me a lift, I happen to love deep sea fishing in the Gulf...or Mediterranean, ahem (heh). But seriously, I used to wonder why my blog didn't show up on Google except for page 250.

So one of my wonderful readers, from Australia, gave me a clue about how to fare better with the search engines. Writing for the Web:
Research on how users read on the Web and how authors should write their Web pages. Mainly based on studies by John Morkes and Jakob Nielsen.

Short summary of the findings: How users read on the Web [read this one first]
Full paper (long): Concise, SCANNABLE, and Objective: How to Write for the Web (unfortunately this paper was written for print and not online)

Case study: Applying Writing Guidelines to Web Pages improved usability by 159% when rewriting sample pages from a popular website

Detailed study materials, including downloadable page files, tasks, and questionnaires (only useful if you want to replicate our experiments or conduct new studies in the area of reading and writing on the Web)
It is an old fashioned looking website with annoying aspects but their advice is sound, just don't copy their interface. Here is a paragraph I carefully analyzed and used to change my blog entries:
Journalists have long adhered to the inverse approach: start the article by telling the reader the conclusion ("After long debate, the Assembly voted to increase state taxes by 10 percent"), follow by the most important supporting information, and end by giving the background. This style is known as the inverted pyramid for the simple reason that it turns the traditional pyramid style around. Inverted-pyramid writing is useful for newspapers because readers can stop at any time and will still get the most important parts of the article.

On the Web, the inverted pyramid becomes even more important since we know from several user studies that users don't scroll,(*) so they will very frequently be left to read only the top part of an article. Very interested readers will scroll, and these few motivated souls will reach the foundation of the pyramid and get the full story in all its gory detail.
This is why I have the opening statement and then the relevent news story then analysis and connecting other news stories. Patient readers might even make it to the end, but since most of us have limited hours, the leisure of reading all the way through is something not everyone has. Thus the opening summary.

I noticed that my profile on search engines has shot up. Type in "Siberian Swans" and my blog is again, #3. Or "Deep Space Climate Observatory", I am #2. "Smurfettes", my blog is #1 on page 1.

I use Google a tremendous amount. Very seldom do I see the top popular blogs in the top 10 search items. I am usually sandwiched between the New York Times, the BBC or Washington Post. All of whom I quote a paragraph or two, but the original content is overwhelming, usually, compared to the direct quotes.

I suspect Google has cracked down on mere repetition of articles because many bloggers have gotten very lazy and post most often an opening sentence like this, "Wow. Look at this article!" and ending with, "Wow. That was so stupid/amazing/whatever." So up until recently, when I wanted more information about some topic, I had to plow through dozens of web sites that were almost identical, the search people disliked this because it made their engines a waste of time.

In the last three months, I noticed a change. The variety of links on page one have been much better and the repetition of the same article is nearly gone. No longer do they have 300 Associated Press releases under the titles of 300 different news delivery services. Most of the media use only a few services now since everyone has been firing reporters and reducing their overhead, lending a certain uniformity in the news which is pretty bad, I think.

Everyone is looking for some easy way to be on page 1 of Google. I got there the hard way: by posting diverse, researched, well organized (well, sort of! Heh.) articles, frequently and with origional content, especially the artwork. Many sites try using magic tricks like embedding words or sticking a string of "key words" at the start or bottom, etc. The search engines hate this. Once everyone does the same trick, the people programming the search engines, watching content collapse, retaliate by setting up a different system for grading content.

So the message here is simple: if you have good content, well produced and easy to read and access, you will end up being loved by the search engines. They do test their systems to see if the information retrieved is of good quality. And businesses pay a lot of money for gurus to show them the Golden Land which is the top 10 Google web search items on page1.

Isn't it funny, my odd ball blog has conquered that Mount Everest? And attacks corporate America? Truly, a laugh riot for me.
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

US Military Has Plans For Eliminating All Communications

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Us webcitizens are very upset about the news that the military has plans to take down not only the web but everything we use to communicate. The web was build for NASA and the military. The military has never liked the web being expanded to ordinary citizens and AL GORE was the chief sponsor of the bill that did this which is why, I suppose, they hate him, eh?

From the BBC:
From influencing public opinion through new media to designing "computer network attack" weapons, the US military is learning to fight an electronic war.

The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act.
I blogged about this in the past.

Bush Illegal Spying. This latest news story is just more confirmation of the malice and anger the military has towards free speech. It isn't just Chinese military overlords who want to lord it over us.
The operations described in the document include a surprising range of military activities: public affairs officers who brief journalists, psychological operations troops who try to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of an enemy, computer network attack specialists who seek to destroy enemy networks.
The silliest part is the "manipulate the thoughts and beliefs" mandate. The only thing right wingers can influence, thought-wise, is other right wingers. The Nazis were like this, too. They could convince each other, stars were really blocks of ice and subhumans should die and all good things flow to Germans only. Convincing the people the conquered was a complete failure.

In our war against Muslims, waving the Bible at them and screaming at them isn't operational, is it? So we will just drop bombs. I think the real plan is to deliberately radicalize them and then huffily say, "Well, see, they are radicals, we must bomb them!" Just before the Palestinian elections which were "close" Bush and his crew announced they wanted Fatah to win so they sent Fatah some loot. Landslide for Hamas to the delight of the right wing Zionists who now don't have to negotiate with anyone! Whoopee! They immediately asked for more money to finish the Berlin Wall.

In Iran, Bush had us broadcast stuff saying, "Don't vote! Boycott the elections! Then there will be a revolution!" So now we see exactly that! Heck, look at Haiti! The NYT has a big "What happened in Haiti" article about two years too late. After all, more than one person demanded we support the duly elected President, Aristide, but no. Bush wanted a coup, got a coup, and now, the place is in chaos! Duh!
Perhaps the most startling aspect of the roadmap is its acknowledgement that information put out as part of the military's psychological operations, or Psyops, is finding its way onto the computer and television screens of ordinary Americans.

"Information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and Psyops, is increasingly consumed by our domestic audience," it reads.

"Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public," it goes on.
American TV is wall to wall psyops. It is one great big cycloptic psychotic psyops.
When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.

It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.

"Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.

The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.
The mainstream media has told us over and over that we are a problem, we have no "ethics" (ie, chains around our necks!) and that we need to shut up or else. They would dearly love to shut us down. Since the clever Chinese force American providers to do the censoring, the computer models created to do this are going to suddenly start doing it to us. For example, my blog has achieved the wonderful pinnacle of being on page one on international Google on many topics! Hooray! But with a flick of a key, they have eliminated me from 1/4 of the planet: China. Boo.From Xinhua net:
China is set to become the biggest user of broadband in the world, Bill Gates said Friday.

"No one will catch up (except) maybe India in 50 years," the chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corp. said at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Thanks to Bill Gates and Yahoo and good old Google, this audience is denied access to my cartoons and blathering commentaries. This angers me and should anger all bloggers and other information providers. I address Chinese issues frequently and the interface between China and America is a top issue for me and it is a crime that I can't debate these issues with people living in China nor can I hear from them! And this international exchange is very important! It is the key to the future!

How dare any of these people talk about "free trade" and "flat earth" when they are all conspiring together to keep us all apart?

On to a related topic, Congress is going to pass a lobbyist's dream law for the big movie/tv/music producers and they want the guts of the law to be a secret! From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Digital Transition Content Security Act (H.R.4569) - or Analog Hole bill - would force every video digitizing device in America to watch for and obey a VEIL watermark, a proprietary signal embedded in video broadcasts. But how would such a detector work? What would be its cost? And how secure is the watermark? Security researchers don't know - because the company behind VEIL won't let them look at the technology without first obtaining a "license." A license to examine the VEIL specification costs $10,000 and requires signing a non-disclosure agreement that forbids revealing the details of the technology to others. Congress is choosing a technology that must be built into your systems, and it's not giving non-entertainment industry experts the opportunity to check out the technology first to make sure it doesn’t break your systems, or, even worse, leave those systems vulnerable to attack.
Sounds like a Diebold law! No can-see! I feel like the guys running things are dropping a veil over all their activities, a steel veil.

The American military plans and the rich corporate entity plans are rapidly meshing into something rather ugly. Even though the blog can be mightier than the sword in a fair world, in the real world, the sword can wreck everything and anything and even annihilate everything once and forever.
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Friday, January 27, 2006

Even China Should Have Freedom of Speech

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I was the American advisor for the Chinese students who demonstrated in front of the UN in NYC for over a month back when the famous Tiananmen Square massacre happened. I went to the Chinese consulate on 42nd Street to deliver a message from my parents and myself when they locked the doors and wouldn't let me in, even though they knew me well, thanks to the long association my parents had with working in China for over 10 years.

I was ordered by the police to go across the street so I read the message with my very loud, bull horn level voice, shaking with rage. I then yelled I was going to stand there until someone came out to take my message. Within minutes, I was surrounded by bewildered and very angry students who asked who I was and wanted to know, what to do. Within minutes, I was explaining how to protest without being arrested, how to handle the press, how to do many things. So they voted me, on the spot, to be their advisor.

We failed to stop the government crackdown but our protests forced Bush the elder to not repriate the students back to China for punishment for being in front of the UN, we also sprang several Chinese out of prison, thanks to CNN which was a splendid news outlet back then (alas!). The Chinese government listed me as an "enemy of the state" and I thought this was totally hilarious since my own country had listed me as that, too! International enemy number 3! That's me!

Well, the Chinese government is cracking down again, stupidly and dangerously. Unlike in past times, this won't stick because wealth comes from freedom and freedom is freedom of speech and they better not shut us up!

They got Google and Yahoo and Microsoft to shut up. They think, the Chinese people are too dumb to figure things out.

Hate to clue you guys in, but even Americans can finally figure out things (I hope!). America has severely curbed freedom of speech despite the First Amendment, repeatedly, especially when they want to wage war and shut up any critics. During the Cold War, we had near zero freedom of speech, literally, if you wrote anything slightly off center, one was watched like a hawk and if one wrote like me, or worse, do cartoons! Well!

Enemy of the state!

China is abuzz about magazines and newspapers being suddenly shut down this week. Here is an example, in Chinese and English, I am doing this to add it to Google and pray Google googles this in China (hah!):


2006 年1月24日,星期二,是《冰点》周刊的发稿日,《冰点》在京编采如往日一样,齐集编辑部,认真校对将于1月25日出版的新的一期周刊。下午4点多,版样全部出齐,送总编辑审阅付印。然而反常的是,迟迟没有回音。我们听到,报社领导层被全部召到团中央开紧急会议,没有人看大样了。这意味着将有不同寻常的事情要发生。





自然,这场谈话在前述种种背景之下,已经成了一场滑稽剧。很明显,这是"上面"少数人在背后操纵,团中央在前台扮演丑角。我据理向社长、总编辑痛斥这份" 决定" 和中宣部《新闻阅评》的荒唐,并向他们宣告:我将正式向党中央纪律检查委员会控告这次非法行为。


" 上面"少数人对《冰点》周刊的扼杀,蓄谋已久。2005年6月1日,在反法西斯战争胜利60周年纪念日前夕,《冰点》刊发了《平型关战役与平型关大捷》一文,真实记录了面对民族危亡,国共两党两军密切合作、相互配合、浴血奋战的真实历史场景。与传统宣传不同的是,《冰点》首次在主流媒体上客观真实地报道了国民党将士在这场战斗中牺牲数万人的战斗历程。




2005 年12月7日,《冰点》刊发胡启立同志的长篇回忆文章《我心中的耀邦》,引起强烈反响,海内外中文媒体纷纷转载,无数网友发帖说被文章感动得热泪盈眶。对这样一篇起到极好社会反响的文章,中宣部竟打电话到报社来问罪,称报社违反了"没有自选动作"的规定!在这些人那里,哪有一点对胡耀邦同志的真感情、真悼念啊!







中国青年报《冰点》周刊主编 李大同

Care of ESNW (

Dear news media colleagues, intellectuals, legal professional friends and devoted readers of Freezing Point inside and outside of China:

On January 24, 2006, Tuesday, which the deadline for the Freezing Point weekly magazine, the Beijing editorial staff of Freezing Point worked as usual to edit and proof-read the weekly edition scheduled for January 25. At just after 4pm, we were ready with everything and the pages were forwarded to the editor-in-chief for review and print. The unusual aspect was that there was no reaction for a long while. We gathered that all the newspaper leadership had been called to the League Central Office for an emergency meeting and nobody was minding the store. This meant that something extraordinary was about to happen.

Then the skies fell down. The newspaper will be published as usual, because this is our obligation to our subscribers and readers. We looked for any possible errors and we patiently waited for the breaking event. Based on the fact that the Central Propaganda Department never ceased in their criticisms of Freezing Point and most recently the Central Propaganda Department criticism group issued an Cultural Revolution-style critique of Yuan Weishi's essay on "Modernization and Historical Textbooks" on the Internet, I suspected that it was my moment to be dismissed as the editor-in-chief.

But the contemptible level was beyond the imagination of ordinary person. At just after 5pm, the telephone calls from various media friends around the country began to arrive. They told us that they have received the notice from the Central Propaganda Department, the State Council and the Beijing News Office to "not report or comment on the stoppage of Freezing Point," "not attend any press conference given by the editorial and reporting staff of Freezing Point," "not hype," "maintain the distance" and so on. Thereafter, the overseas media reporters called non-stop to ask me to confirm the facts. But until 7pm, nobody had notified me formally. When the newspaper leadership returned from the meeting the League Central, they went into a meeting to discuss matters. I was the last person to know about this affair. All the information proved that this was something certain persons in the upper level of the party dared to risk public contempt and plotted carefully to take this action. This action had no legal or constitutional basis, and seriously violated and trampled upon the party constitution and political standards of the party.

As a professional media worker, I cannot understand the stoppage of Freezing Pont. I cannot accept this. A newspapers is a public instrument. The newspaper has a social contract with the subscribes and the readers, and it is a source of information that the readers pay money for and therefore the newspaper must fulfill its contract no matter what. Therefore, the Freezing Point weekly magazine should be delivered into the hands of the subscribers. Yet for the person who made this decision, what did the social impact mean? What does the broad readership mean? What does the reputation of a mainstream newspaper mean? What do the party constitution and the national constitution mean? What does the image of Chinese reform mean? What does the image of the governing party mean? They regard the social instrument as a personal property to be disposed of at their own will.

At 730pm in the evening, I received a call from the publisher and editor-in-chief to go and speak to them. The decision about me was made by the League Central Propaganda Department. The "decision" gave Mr. Yuan Weishi an uncalled-for label and then announced that Freezing Point will be stopped for reorganization. Apart from the personal attacks against the editor-in-chief and myself, there were also "economic sanctions." Who gave them that kind of power? They are so disgusting that I don't know whether to cry or laugh.

Of course, with the aforementioned background, this conversation was a farce. Obviously, this was controlled by a small number of people "above" in the background and the League Central was just playing the role of the fools. I used reasoning to condemn the "decision" as well as the absurdity of the Central Propaganda Department's News Criticisms. I told the publisher and editor-in-chief that I will formally complain to the party central disciplinary committee about this illegal act.

On the day when Freezing Point weekly magazine stopped publication, the newspaper received a large number of telephone inquiries from readers. I learned that readers are angrily terminating their subscriptions at the postal offices on account of the stoppage of Freezing Point.

A small number of people "above" have plotted for a long time to strangle Freezing Point. On June 1, 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the victory of the anti-Fascist war, Freezing Point published the essay on "Pingyingguan battle and Pingyingguan victory", in which we recorded the historical truth about how the Kuomintang and Communist Party worked together in the face of national survival to win the battle with their blood. This was different from the unification propaganda, because Freezing Point was the first in mainstream media to objectively report on how the Kuomintang army sacrificed tens of thousands of warriors in this battle.

This true historical account attracted the brutal criticism by the Central Propaganda Department's Criticism Group. What is the basis of their criticism? It was based upon the "XX year XX publisher's Chinese Communist Party history about the Pingyuanguan victory." The Freezing Point report "glorified the Kuomintang and debased the Communist Party." In the end, at the memorial meeting of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the anti-Fascist war, Communist Party General Secretary comrade Hu Jintao said in his memorial speech that he affirmed the contribution of the Kuomintang solders in the war of resistance against the Japanese. It was clear that who was right and who was wrong in this case.

When Lian and Soong completed their visits to Taiwan, the renowned Taiwan writer Ms. Lung Yingtai published a long essay at Freezing Point titled "The Taiwan That You May Not Know." The essay used a rich content to objectively and truthfully present to the people of China for the first time the changes and developments in Taiwan over the past few decades. It created a tremendous response and approval among readers and had an important impact on communication between the people on the two sides of the Taiwan strait. But this essay was accused by certain people within the Central Propaganda Department as being "against the Communist Party at every step" and their narrow-mindedness was truly astonishing.

On November 18, the party central held a solemn memorial for the great proletariat revolutionary Hu Yaobang's 90th birthday. Comrade Zeng Qinghong represented the Party Central Committee to pay tribute to Comrade Hu Yaobang's glorious accomplishments and he was warmly received by the people. But certain members in the Central Propaganda Department forbade the media to publish memorial articles of Comrade Hu Yaobang and required that all media can only publish the Xinhua release and nothing of their own creation.

On December 7, 2005, Freezing Point published Comrade Hu Qili's long memorial essay "The Yaobang of My Heart" and drew a tremendous response. The media inside and outside of China carried that essay. Numerous netizens posted comments to say how they had been moved to tears. About that well-received essay, the Central Propaganda Department called the newspaper to complain and claimed that the newspaper had violated rule of "not having any voluntary choice."! For those people, they felt no genuine emotion or grief over Comrade Hu Yaobang!

A small number at the Central Propaganda Department had numerous unreasonable complaints and criticisms against Freezing Point. For example, on November 30, 2005, Freezing Point published a reporter's investigation about the academic plagiarism by Wuhan law professor Zhou Yezhong. When professor Zhou was interviewed by the Freezing Point reporter, he said: "You better not mind this matter! Sooner or later, the Central Propaganda Department is going to come after you! Your editor-in-chief will come after you!" When the report was published, certain people at the Central Propaganda Department came after us and complained that the essay had major problems with editorial directions.

Under these pressures, Freezing Pont withdrew its follow-up report. On December 28, 2005, Freezing Point published a historical first weekly edition of only three pages. We ask just who the small number of people at the Central Propaganda Department were protecting?

Now, they are looking for a final accounting with Freezing Point! The essay of Mr. Yuan Weishi is just an excuse. Professor Yuan Weishi has published numerous works on contemporary history and he has great influence among intellectuals. When Professor Yuan wrote this article, it was based upon historical materials and his theoretical basis is about the rationality of openness. After the essay was published, it generated a great response. On any discussion of historical issues, it is necessary to have materials as well as viewpoints and to exchange ideas in a calm and peaceful manner in order to reach agreement. Of the many Internet commentary, even those netizens who disagreed with Mr. Yuan were very serious and their rebuttals were very solid. I have personally forwarded some of these comments to Mr. Yuan and he replied afterwards that these essays were very rigorous and he would seriously consider their viewpoints and make the appropriate responses. This is a healthy and normal kind of academic exchange. But the Central Propaganda Department Criticism Group used insults and characterizations in the style of the Cultural Revolution and then nothing else!?

This incident exposes the basic flaws in the news control system of our country. A small number of people in the Central Propaganda Department have a narrow worldview and mind and used dictatorial methods to impose controls that deaden what should be a lively political scene in which a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools speak out. These people want obedience and not equality. Which item in the party constitution of the Communist Party lets them do that?

We will write elsewhere about the flaws of our national news control system. Here, we just want to tell our colleagues, readers and friends just what had happened and why it happened. When one does not have the truth, one is afraid of debates; when one does not have the truth, one is afraid of openness. Although certain people in the Central Propaganda Department used their power to lock up all the media and websites, we believe that you will see this letter! You will know the power of truth!

We thank you sincerely!

China Youth Daily Freezing Point weekly magazine editor Li Datong
January 25, 2006

Posted by ACB at January 27, 2006 07:51 AM

Thank you, Peking Duck. I was waiting for someone to post this in Chinese!

Here is some news about the crackdown: From Reuters:
China is preparing to "strike hard" against rising public unrest, a senior police official said according to state media on Thursday, highlighting the government's fears for stability even as the economy booms.

An unnamed top official of China's Ministry of Public Security told a Wednesday meeting that China faced a long period of dangerous social discontent, Xinhua news agency said.
We get closer and closer to war for wars unite, ask Bush about this, and to redirect worker/peasant anger, all one has to do is give a little push and America teeters on the edge of destruction so we know, all it takes is a tiny push and off we all go, deep into that well of misery, WWIII.
The latest unusually grim police diagnosis of China's social strains comes less than a week after Premier Wen Jiabao was reported as warning that corrupt land seizures in the countryside were stoking protests and riots.

"Some locales are unlawfully occupying farmers' land and not offering reasonable economic compensation and arrangements for livelihoods, and this is sparking mass incidents in the countryside," Wen said in a speech published on January 20.

Wen said the continued "reckless occupation" of farmland threatened "the stability of the countryside and whole economy and society." He promised stricter land controls and improvements to farmers' rights and income.
The Chinese rulers know they can't merely "crack down" or they might have a sudden revolution on their hands. They teach revolution in school and then try to undo it at work. This model won't work in the long run. I was amazed at how well the Chinese students reproduced various revolutionary posters, using flags, trucks and the famous Goddess of Democracy statue design.

Real revolutions are breaking out all over the place like in Nepal. From the Independent:
Police in Nepal opened fire on pro-democracy demonstrators with live ammunition yesterday for the first time in almost a year, wounding at least three, in the resort town of Pokhara, in the shadow of Annapurna.

The country was shut down in a national strike called by political parties to protest against the dictatorial King Gyanendra. The streets of Kathmandu were deserted. Protesters attacked vehicles. Visitors could venture out of hotels only in special buses with banners reading "Tourists only". The bazaars of Thamel were empty and the shutters closed on shops selling Tibetan devil masks and Tintin T-shirts.
My parents spent a lot of time in Nepal. They became close friends of the Royal Family and trust me when I say, the murder of that family was a palace coup, not the son suddenly going mad.

The right wing neocons were terrified when the King had started negotiations with the people of Nepal and was ceding authority to them and preparing for a real election. Now we have an evil despot ruling autocratically there, supported by the CIA and other American forces. And the country is literally burning down. The Chinese rulers are hysterical about this disorder on their valuable and vulnerable Tibetan border which is why they are so anxious to settle matters with India.

As the Chinese rulers play Go on the world stage, making one power move after another, they worry about the other game that is running, the very ancient game of People vs Rulers. They know, with prosperity comes happiness, but prosperity for only a few equals revolution for the many since there is something to loot. After all, any palace can be stormed if people are organized enough to endure dying while storming it!

And like the Muslims, the Chinese people are feeling energetic and powerful. They know, there is no escaping their fates, so they are ready to stand and fight.

From Cina Economic Review:
In an open letter threatening to take the case of the closure of the Bingdian Weekly to the Communist Party's disciplinary committee, editor Li Datong protested the shutdown as many mainland reporters expressed anger over censorship in chat-room messages, blogs and emails, reported the South China Morning Post. One website was organizing a petition while journalists proposed raising money for a legal challenge. An offending Bingdian article by a professor questioned the official history of the Boxer Rebellion and of the Communist-Kuomintang cooperation in World War II. Other articles, one outlining Taiwan's arguments for separate status, also sparked anger from the Communist Party’s propaganda department.
Interesting, they are fighting back. I will keep on this story, hope they aren't sent to prison. We need world-wide freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon plans to do something about the net if we have a "war or terrorist attack"---namely, eliminate all non-propaganda, non-ruling class information access in America using the Chinese methods.
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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Davos World Economic Forums Freak Out Over Pro-Palestinian Magazine Article

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This is funny in a pathetic way. Many top American magazines, TV and movie empires as well as newspapers and radios are owned or run by people who happen to be Jewish. They have successfully locked out nearly any mention of Palestine except on Zionist terms. But the official magazine at Davos allowed a call for boycotting Israel to slip into public view.

The chairman and executive director of the Davos World Economic Forum on Thursday offered a sweeping apology to all delegates for an article calling for the boycott of Israel that appeared in a prestigious magazine issued by the forum.

Professor Klaus Schwab, who founded the annual Davos conclave 35 years ago, said he was "shocked" to read, just today, the article that appeared in the magazine "Global Agenda."

Some American Jewish leaders attending the conference said they were not satisfied with the apology.

"As a publisher," said Mortimer Zuckerman of U.S. News and World Report, "I have to take full responsibility for everything that appears in my publications, whether I read them or not."
You can bet, Zuckerman carefully checks his own many publications to insure they are 100% pro-Israel. This is why stories like this one never made the news here and isn't talked about here: From Aljazeera courtesy of Lawrence of Cyberia:

When I first got to Hebron I wouldn't open fire on little children. And I was sure that if I ever killed or hurt anyone, I'd go so crazy that I'd leave the army. But finally I did shoot someone, and nothing happened to me. In Hebron I shot the legs off of two kids, and I was sure I wouldn't be able to sleep anymore at night, but nothing happened. Two weeks ago I hurt a Palestinian policeman, and that didn't affect me either. You become so apathetic you don't care at all. Shooting is the IDF soldier's way of meditating. It's like shooting is your way of letting go of all your anger when you're in the army. In Hebron there's this order they call "punitive shooting": just open fire on whatever you like. I opened fire not on any sources of fire but on windows where there was just wash hanging to dry. I knew that there were people who would be hit. But at that moment it was just shoot, shoot, shoot.
Heck, the Corrie story, the peace activist who was deliberately run over by an Israeli driving a huge earthmover, didn't get any sane coverage. The NYT openly lied about the circumstances and I saw a film of the event when it was obvious, the man saw her and deliberately drove over her, not once, but repeatedly.

The NYT could have and probably did see the same film footage which is why they didn't mention it when they made up a story about this incident, lying nearly nonstop.

Indeed, the lying is so seamless here in America, it is a shock to go online to other countries' publications and see not only stories but movies showing very clearly, the horror of occupation Israel.

For example, the little girl in this photo was shot dead by an IDF soldier in a watch tower. Evidently, he was playing "Nazi concentration camp guard" and was pinging civilians for fun. I'm sure the Germans enjoyed this sport, too. Of course, we are supposed to pretend Naziism is a German mental disease.

It is not. Anyone can turn themselves into a Nazi. All you have to do, is become self centered and desire the death of anyone who has things you want. A grotesque form of "me-ism." Criminals think this way. It isn't pretty.
In his letter of apology, which Schwab said he would circulate to all delegates at Davos, he wrote: "With great concern and pain I just learned that 'Global Agenda,' a publication distributed to our members at the Annual Meeting 2006, contains an article calling for the boycott of Israel. This article is totally in contradiction to my own, and the Forum's, mission and values. For 36 years I have been committed to fighting for better mutual understanding in the world. The Forum has been deeply involved in efforts to create better relations and reconciliation in the Middle East...
It is interesting watching all these wealthy Jewish binationals weeping about how they are making the Middle East "better". The "mutual understanding" part is particularily hilarious.

Instead of telling the raw truth: "Yes, we are tribalists who believe that we and we alone get to occupy, use and dispense with whatever parts of the earth we want, but who cares? This is a dog eat dog world," they go for the hypocritic oath, "Pretend you are nice while being very nasty."

America has a very sick public information system that apes the Chinese one, you know, China, which has strangled Google and squashed Yahoo and arrests anyone who writes stuff that displeases the rulers, here in America we have "freedom of speech" but accessing the mass media is a whole different kettle of fish. Namely, the gate keepers are locking out many people, blocking any view but their own, they are warping our dialogue, driving us into directions which will end us in the middle of WWWIII, they have agendas which are not allowed to be discussed except on lonely forums like mine.

These controls have to now be planetary thanks to the internet. I expect them to scheme to shut down the parts of the internet that carries messages they hate. So far, we have some tiny free speech left but I expect this to now be under fire, nonstop, from the ruling elites.

China is showing them how to do this. They will buy out or vy for control or pass laws making life impossible for anyone who wishes to talk about things they don't want us to talk about. They want uninterrupted propaganda with us drinking it like Kool Aid and then marching off to die in whatever wars they stir up.

This is what Davos is all about and why they are surrounded by the military which keeps the populace at bay. These people aren't loved by all that many of us and I see them becoming increasingly unpopular as the American financial tower of Babel collapses.
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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Google Defies Justice Snooping

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

One of Yahoo's "most popular articles" remains the news that Google is defying Justice Dept. snooping. The excuse for this snooping is just plain silly. They want to see how many people Googled "hot sex teens" for crying out loud. Geeze, don't these guys have girlfriends? Seems cops and government lawyers don't get enough excuses to look up "hot sex teens" sites while at work. Are they given rain coats while doing this, to fold over their laps?

From Reuters:
Right-to-privacy groups said on Friday an attempt by the Bush administration to force Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) to turn over a broad range of materials from its databases set a dangerous precedent that should worry all Americans.

"This is the camel's nose under the tent for using search engines and all kinds of data aggregators as surveillance tools," said Jim Harper of the libertarian Cato Institute who also runs, an Internet privacy database.
Correct. Only it isn't a camel's nose, it is an elephant trunk attached to some of the nastiest sexual deviants on the planet earth. These snoopy jerks drove America into impeaching Clinton over a stupid blowjob, for example, while at the same time, screaming at us to look away as they whack off on telephone poles and skinny right wing loudmouth broads.

Give me a break.
In court papers filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, the Justice Department stated that Google had refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for one million random Web addresses from Google's databases as well as records of all searches entered on Google during any one-week period.

The government said it needed the information to prepare its case to revive the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which the Supreme Court blocked from taking effect two years ago.
Why would the Supreme Whores revisit this case? So some of them can leave a hair or two on a drink again? Heh. Or maybe give O'Reilly another opportunity to falafel us in public? Didn't Justice unveil the Whore of Justice in the main building? Geeze, give her the nine headed Beast and make it One and All.

Anyway, their favorite topic, sex, is again, their favorite topic over there.
But others were not reassured. Massachusetts Rep. Edward Markey, the ranking Democrat on the telecommunications subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he would introduce a bill to strengthen consumers' Internet privacy by prohibiting the storage of personally identifiable information Internet searches beyond a reasonable time.

"Internet search engines provide an extraordinary service, but the preservation of that service does not rely on a bottomless, timeless database that can do great damage despite good intentions," Markey said.

Chris Jay Hoofnagle of the Electronic Privacy Information Center worried that the government could follow up its initial request with a demand for more information.

"If Google hands over the search logs and the Justice Department finds search strings like 'child porn' or 'naked children,' could they not then go back and ask Google for the user's Internet address?" he said.
You know, there were dirty books back in 1789. So why did our Founding Fathers insert the 1st amendment and made it first? Of course, the French never needed an amendment assuring them the right to look at dirty pictures since they have freely exercised this right since they began painting pictures and carving statues back about 45,000 years ago.

We need protection here from people who believe we all want to look at baby Jesus and his mother who had sex with a bird who impregnated her....Oh well, Leda and the swan without sex. Yup.
On the other side, the Cincinnati-based National Coalition for Protection of Children and Families, a Christian fundamentalist group, said search companies should be willing to help the government defend children from pornography.

"I'm disappointed Google did not want to exercise its good corporate branding to secure the protection of youth," said Jack Samad, the group's senior vice president.
I have this amazing ability to remember my childhood. We wanted to see nakkid pictures so we would rifle through parental bedrooms and more often than not, find something hot to giggle over, since we thought these pictures were D-U-M-B. Laugh, hahaha. Worse, one of my playmate's fathers was a surgeon and he had a book on sexual diseases with photos.

Ick. Hey, it wsa good for learning about siphylus and why it was good to avoid. Ever see the autopsy of a syphillic? Ech.

Anyway, kids had an even better snooping tool: going around, eavesdropping and sneaking looks at the neighbors when the bed was shaking or better still, watching horses or dogs go at it. Heck, cats.

Chickens. I saw alot of this stuff. But then, maybe I am weird, with this memory thing.

Anyway, lay off the net, you jerks. Bad enough we had to hear the details of Bill C's sex life.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Media Tries To Ignore Gore's Call For Investigations of Bush But Notice Hillary Said, "Plantation"

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The media whores worked hard, trying to ignore what Gore said in his famous speech this week, now, in order to change the topic, they are screaming about Hillary Clinton saying the word, "Plantation." Like, wow.

From Common Voice:
President George W. Bush's staff are mad as hell and they're not taking it anymore. They charged that the junior senator from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton was "out of bounds" when she said Monday that the Bush administration was "one of the worst" in US history and compared the Republican House to "a plantation."

The former First Lady said this at a rally in Harlem to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. Senator Clinton shared the stage with Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City Councilman Charles Barron who once said he'd like to walk up to a white man and slap him just for his own mental health.

During the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan was asked about sharp remarks from two nationally prominent Democrats, Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, who spoke before a crowd at a MoveOn.Org event.

Gore called for an independent probe of the administration program that listened in without a warrant on Americans suspected of talking to terrorists overseas.

Asked about the former Clinton Administration Democrats' comments on the same day, McClellan said, "Well, I think we know, one tends to like or enjoy grabbing headlines; the other one sounds like the political season may be starting early."
This article is typical of the right wingers. They never note how they spout racist, evil garbage but if ever a black man or woman ever says anything, any time, this has to be dredged up constantly.

The minions harping about Hillary saying, "Plantation" when more than half of America calls the GOP Congress a lot worse names is hilarious if it weren't so obviously tragic. This focusing on just one word, one gesture, one person is typical of the right wing scream machine which has smeared or changed the subject over and over again for years.

Only it is falling on deaf ears. Like Ulysses, we put cotton in our ears to cut out the shrieks of the sirens on the rocks. More and more, Americans are tuning out all this. The right wing hopes some of the screams will filter through which is why they took over NPR and thinking, silencing that last voice would fix their calliope is rather sad to see since we, on the internet, have circumvented them entirely.

As usual, pointing out the obvious mechanisms with which the right wing media bosses gull people is never ending work. I remember a NYT headline once, "Gore Campaign Must Repay $7 Million" and buried on the last line of the article was this eye-popper, "The GOP must repay $18 million" which was more than double what Gore had to return and after chastizing Gore for ten paragraphs, the much greater problems of the GOP rated exactly one sentence. The NYT could claim they covered the news but they covered it with manure.

The usual method was at work this week against Gore again. The media at first pretended this call to arms speech which basically said, Bush broke some very serious laws and has created a very serious Constitutional crisis, as some sort of obscure joke. Haha. Old Gore at it again. Then, as the web amplified his speech and cheered it and a poll showed that 54% of Americans want to see an impeachment investigation, as Bush's polling numbers as done by right wingers even are now below 40% approval ratings, the media had to boost Bush's crew of pirates so they attacked Gore directly.

No one can reply to this slime than the Man himself, Al Gore. From Rawstory:
"The Administration's response to my speech illustrates perfectly the need for a special counsel to review the legality of the NSA wiretapping program.

The Attorney General is making a political defense of the President without even addressing the substantive legal questions that have so troubled millions of Americans in both political parties.

There are two problems with the Attorney General's effort to focus attention on the past instead of the present Administration's behavior. First, as others have thoroughly documented, his charges are factually wrong. Both before and after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was amended in 1995, the Clinton/Gore Administration complied fully and completely with the terms of the law.

Second, the Attorney General's attempt to cite a previous administration's activity as precedent for theirs - even though factually wrong - ironically demonstrates another reason why we must be so vigilant about their brazen disregard for the law. If unchecked, their behavior would serve as a precedent to encourage future presidents to claim these same powers, which many legal experts in both parties believe are clearly illegal.

The issue, simply put, is that for more than four years, the executive branch has been wiretapping many thousands of American citizens without warrants in direct contradiction of American law. It is clearly wrong and disrespectful to the American people to allow a close political associate of the president to be in charge of reviewing serious charges against him.

The country needs a full and independent investigation into the facts and legality of the present Administration's program."
Of course, we should not expect the mainstream whore press or TV to cover any of this, certainly, the courtesy of letting him reply to his White House detractors won't be extended to him. So we on the web, as usual, will carry the burden.

Sometimes, when we make enough a fuss, they are dragooned into reporting what is going on. But only sometimes. Just like the dust-up with the Washington Post over articles about the evolving Abramoff scandals, what with the Post pretending repeatedly that it is a bipartisan scandal and not 100% dyed in the wool GOP trainwreck or how the various media pretended to be outsiders in the Valarie Plame affaire while in reality, in cahoots with the White House in that illegal smear job.

Unrepentant, they churn forwards, swivelling the hips and baring their bosoms to their bosom buddies, lap dancing lap dogs.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Striking Workers Attack EU Buildings In Strasbourg

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I once ran around Strasbourg during the Student Uprisings in 1968. Well, this time, it is the workers who are rioting. This got near zero coverage in America unlike, say, riots in China, eh? What a surprize...NOT.

From Associated Press:
Demonstrators fought with police and smashed windows at the European Parliament building Monday during a protest over a proposal to make port operations in the European Union more competitive.

Strikes and work slowdowns also disrupted cargo handling at several ports as unions pressed their opposition to the plan even as EU legislators predicted it would be rejected.

Police used water cannons and tear gas trying to keep thousands of protesters away from the EU legislature in this eastern French city. But the mob surged forward, hurling rocks, logs and metal fences to shatter windows along a 150-foot stretch of the building's front.

Earlier, officers fired pepper gas into a crowd of protesting dock workers from major European ports who threw flares, glasses and stones at officers. At least three protesters were detained.

Workers in yellow vests accompanied by marching bands set off smoke bombs and waved banners saying "Victory to the dockers." Some cars were set afire, and smoke mingled with the smell of pepper spray in parts of the old town.
Ah, memories! Lovely city, the old town is utterly medieval and when I was there, paved with wonderful cobblestones which we put to good use. Also, the tanks had trouble clanking around sharp corners there which is why the rabbit warrens of old towns were splendid venues for street action.

Unlike America which has been built deliberately so the capitol is far from all forms of commerce and activity of the peons, the European countries are all easily accessible especially thanks to the splendid public transportation systems, again, unlike America. When we had our last antiwar demonstration, all the Amtrak trains were stopped for hours forcing the march organizers to put things on hold and naturally, the venal pressitutes pretended this was due to lack of good organization. And unlike in Europe, the demonstration was utterly peaceful and sweet. Not like South Koreans who go bezerk at the drop of a drumstick!

Unlike the cowed populace here, the European workers know, if they don't actively fight back, they will end up slaves like the Americans who are not roll models any more than Russians but are feared as possible enemies of union organizing, seeing how defunct and demoralized the Americans have become over the years, losing ground, influence and now all the labor gains they fought so hard for before turning "anticommunist" in the fifties which is what killed them.

Cleaving to their enemies was a disaster!

The American press is utterly hostile to unions. If they strike, the media goes for the "how did the mean strikers ruin whatever" stories and when unions are destroyed, the press celebrates this with stories about how, despite all things that workers must pay shooting up in price, wages stay down thanks to worker inability to get even a few pennies more, isn't this great, it means inflation will be confined to the lower levels of society and not bug the rulers as they debase the currency!


Because our media want us to think China is falling apart, they carry stories like this on the front pages. From the NYT:
A week of protests by villagers in China's southern industrial heartland over government land seizures exploded into violence over the weekend, as thousands of police officers brandishing automatic weapons and electric stun batons moved to suppress the demonstrations, residents of the village said Monday.

The residents of the village, Panlong, in Guangdong Province, said that as many as 60 people were wounded and that at least one person, a 13-year-old girl, was killed by security forces. The police denied any responsibility, saying the girl died of a heart attack.
Of course, the lesson again is this: want something? Better be ready to fight for it and this means facing death. For the forces that need to suppress the will of the people can and will and do kill anyone in its path but the only way of stopping it is to stand in its path.

The Chinese student who, in that famous film, refused to let the tanks go around him, was murdered under torture, you know. I was representing the students back then, in 1989, and when I learned he was arrested, we demanded he be turned loose, I had arranged passage to America for him but they wouldn't turn him loose at the last minute and then denied they even had him and no one has seen him since.

From Xinhua net:
Hu Jintao said that a shift in the country's mode of economic growth is an important and urgent strategic task which is crucial to maintaining national economic and social development.

During an inspection tour to east China's Fujian Province from Jan. 12 to 16, Hu called for stronger resolve and more vigorous measures to promote conservation-minded, environment-minded and safety-minded development.

China will push economic and social development truly on the track of human-centered, all-round, coordinated and sustainable development, said Hu, who is also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.

While in Fujian, Hu visited rural villages, companies and urban communities to oversee how they boost local economic and social development in a scientific way.
Cumbersomely and slowly, the communist leaders who successfully ignored the peasants and workers is waking up to their own possible demise and are struggling to find some sort of solution and you can bet, they will only do this so long as the people downstairs make a very loud racket.

America is so big and mobile, we think we can Grapes of Wrath our way to a new state and make money again so we seldom stand and fight. The fights over New Orleans are sporatic and desperate and a rearguard action because, again, things are so diffuse, when people were evacuated, for example, they were deliberately sent to the far corners of the imperial realms.

This is harder to do in smaller places. Russia did this for centuries, this is what Siberia meant to them.

Our Siberia is the strip mall/strip joint countryside that is formless and barren. The eternal Motel 666.
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Monday, January 16, 2006

Imperialist Editors of the NYT Fake Headlines Concerning Chile Show Ruling Class Insecurity

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Like a Freudian slippage of San Andreas earthquake in size, the New York Times editor's fake headlines today reveal the fears and insecurities the ruling elite feel whenever any socialist wins any election anywhere.

From the NYT:
What Is Missing in This Woman's Victory? Coattails
This is the headlines. So I looked in vain for any mentions of "coattails" or no one voting for her party or anything that could be remotely constrewed as lack of support except for this:
The tally this time suggested that class may have trumped gender. In some northern copper-mining regions, where union sentiment is strong and suspicion of Mr. Piñera's wealth and support for untrammeled free-market policies also runs high, Ms. Bachelet won more than 60 percent of the vote. In more prosperous areas, her support was generally weaker among both men and women.
That is it! So, the fact that voters there, unlike here, voted for their own collective interests as workers meant Ms. Bachelet's victory was "coattailless". Hahahaha.

And this, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with Kansas. The ruling elite, whenever voters anywhere on planet earth, no matter how remote from us geographically, vote for class interestes, the fury and fear and rage here at the citadels of power are unimaginable!

The new President of Chile now has to watch out since the CIA and the USA powers will work frantically to undermine her and replace her with a general or a billionaire. We have handed over America to million and billionaires and what did they start doing?

Cutting their own taxes and handing our heads on a platter to two hostile Asian countries! Great! Unlike South America's leftists who are banding together rapidly to do something for thier working classes and those ever pesky peasants we hate with such an enduring passion!

President Bachelet's father was murdered by CIA operatives, tortured literally to death in a School of the Americas run prison. She, herself, as a daughter, was also tortured just like we tortured the children of suspected "terrorists" in Iraq and Afghanistan, to force daddy to tell them where various socialists were hiding.

I had a socialist friend down there during the coup, he was working at the University and he ran from the masked government gunmen who shot at him, he waved his passport at the locked gates of the American embassy and they kept him locked outside! Being athletic, he climbed over the gate and demanded to call a lawyer. He couldn't get one but he got me. I had enough influence to force the State Department to keep him inside otherwise he would be dead, wouldn't he?

It was a horrible time. I was furious with Nixon and Kissinger, two war criminals. Here we sit today, demanding all other countries disarm so we can invade or overthrow them and use them like tissue paper to blow our noses. The profound unpopularity of Americans down in South America means we lost the hearts and minds battle thanks to our need to support only the upper classes down there.

By the way, the one thing the new President intends to do is fix the stupid "retirement" system that allows only the upper middle class a real retirement. This alone, has caused tremendous fury in the ruling elite in the USA because that stupid, idiotic, cruel system is being touted as a model for us to follow.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Website/New Webpage Design

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

My computer literate progeny promised to make me a .com homepage. So here is a mockup which we designed over New Year's weekend. I would like to hear any opinions about this redesign. Feel free to comment.

This one was too dark and too corporate (see what happens when one uses corporate sites as role models?!) So I lightned it all up and found a banner I made earlier and had tucked away in my files.

Is this better?

OK, now after talking to my husband who was a photographer and worked in publications, we made more changes. All clickable items are in blue like it is on my present blog. Does this work, visually? Please tell me if there are problems. I'm wondering if the titles inside the lower blocks should be black instead of blue.