Sunday, April 8, 2018

Location, Location, Location!

One must locate things on the x, y, z axis - the height, length, and depth planes of 'reality' but...they are fundamentally only an approximation. Reality is a moving target...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Youtube: Edgar Allen Poe - Ligeia (Audio Book) (47:34 min)

Edgar Allen Poe - Ligeia (Audio Book) (47:34 min) - -

Or on Dailymotion - -

I finally got around to doing the second half of Edgar Poe's short story 'Ligeia.' I had a reading that I did of two ten minute segments that I put on Youtube years ago when the limit was ten minutes for most videos. Since I have a new fiber optic $100 a month internet connection I am motivated to upload movies. Half my Youtube and Dailymotion videos seem to be audiobooks with a limited video graphic like a wallpaper. Candles and fireplaces are easy to look at as videos to go with an audio book.

I finished the last half of the reading off the kitchen computer with a Project Gutenberg text displayed in large type in front of me as my camera was on a tripod at my elbow. I had the text on screen - not me. About twenty minutes was recorded of the second half of the text. I could remember reading the story aloud thirty-five years ago into a tape recorder. I remember some of the images. The big room the narrator writes about with a large window and heavy drapes. Ligeia is a story of being with one woman while still pining for a woman from the past.

Unarmed Palestinian Protesters Shot By Israeli Troops in Battle Gear? - by Shaun Train - 2 April 2018

When I read the headlines I was curious to see if Palestinians would actually write slogans on signs and march chanting political demands as they approached the Israeli Wall that surrounds their unhappy ghetto. But, I thought I would see the usual crowd of Palestinian stone throwers. I read one article on the World Socialist Web Site that said 'world was shocked by images of Palestinian protesters being shot dead.' I decided to see the videos for myself.

The video from Al Jazeera shows Palestinians throwing stones, using slings to launch stones, setting tires on fire. The 'protesters' are all young men of military age who are looking for a physical confrontation and seem very sure of themselves - (4:17 min)

A video from the UK Guardian shows that the Palestinians are in a pro-war militant demonstration working crowds into a frenzy for a battle. These are not 'protesters' simply holding signs trying to change people's minds through publicity and persuasion -

Fox gives a decent report and shows enough of what happened for the viewer to judge -

The Israeli wall around a population of people as collective punishment for the right wing Islamists of Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip is wrong. But, the Palestinian strategy seems like a dead end. Over the years the Palestinians have moved from a relatively secular appeal to the right of nationhood for Muslim and Christians who call themselves Palestinians to a more and more Islamic appeal that excludes non-Muslims and has been losing in struggle against the Israelis. If Palestinians want rights the whole world can back they can start holding real political demonstrations with signs and men and women rallying together. Stop holding 'protests' that are angry young men who just came from a blood drenched sermon at a mosque after Friday prayers and throw stones immediately upon seeing any Israeli target.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Four Seasons Hotel Boston - Emergency Rally on 3d anniversary of US-Saudi war on Yemen - March 26 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

I saw this event online this morning, 26 March 2018, and wish I could go myself. I have a task to do today. But I did put ads and notices for the 'emergency protest' against the Saudi dictator on Craigslist, Boston Indymedia, and on three Boston themed subreddits on Reddit. Here is what I posted.

Four Seasons Hotel Boston - Emergency Rally on 3d anniversary of US-Saudi war on Yemen - March 26 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Protest Saudi Crown Prince at Four Seasons Hotel

Monday, March 26, 8:30 am Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston Street, Boston (corner of Charles) (Arlington or Boylston stop on the Green line)

Monday is the 3rd anniversary of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)'s war against Yemen with the military backing of the United States. We have solid information that as part of his visit to the U.S. he and his retinue are staying at the Four Seasons Hotel right here in downtown Boston. Let's make our voices heard against this Saudi-U.S. war that has turned Yemen into the worst human rights disaster in the world today. The Saudi bombing and blockade has killed thousands, spawned mass starvation and caused the largest outbreak of cholera in the past 50 years. Join us to let the murderer of Yemen know that we are determined to stop his war crimes.

We demand:

that MBS agree to an immediate, unconditional, and permanent ceasefire between Saudi-associated forces and Houthi forces in Yemen;

that MBS agree to the immediate, unconditional, and permanent end to the Saudi blockade of the commercial and humanitarian flow of food, medicine, and fuel into all of Yemen's Red Sea ports, including Hodeida.

Here are a 10 minute audio summary by WMBR, 45 minute video, and stills of our protest at MIT on Friday.

Massachusetts Peace Action joins with Action Corps Boston, the Green-Rainbow Party, Veterans for Peace/ Smedley Butler Brigade, American Friends Service Committee, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Boston Branch, Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine, Harvard Law School National Lawyers Guild, and MIT Science for the People to say: Stop the US/Saudi War on Yemen! Saudi Prince Not Welcome! Yemen Can't Wait!

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Craigslist drops personal ads due to sex trafficking bill - by Lia Eustachewich (New York Post) 23 March 2018

Craigslist drops personal ads due to sex trafficking bill - by Lia Eustachewich (New York Post) 23 March 2018

Craigslist has yanked its personal ads section in the wake of an anti-online sex trafficking bill that passed in Congress this week.

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, makes websites criminally liable for content that its users post, including prostitution ads and sex-trafficking content.

Craigslist -- whose personals include bawdy categories such as casual encounters -- said it pulled ads because it wasn't worth running afoul of the new law.

"Any tool or service can be misused," the website said in a statement. "We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day."

It added, "To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!"

Reddit also banned sex-worker subreddits, including Escorts, Male Escorts, Hookers and SugarDaddy, shortly after the bill was passed.

Previously, websites like Craigslist faced broad protections from legal liability for user-posted content.

FOSTA has been criticized by some lawmakers and sex workers for making it harder to combat sex trafficking.

"The failure to understand the technological side effects of this bill -- specifically that it will become harder to expose sex-traffickers, while hamstringing innovation -- will be something that this Congress will regret," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told CNN earlier this month.

Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) voted against FOSTA, which passed 97-2 in the Senate on Wednesday. It is likely to be signed into law by President Trump.