Monday, September 04, 2017

A web visit from an IP address in a Google facility
more disturbing than a White House visit in 2010

This morning, someone in Googleplex, Google’s sprawling facility in Mountain View, California, visited this Web site. I know because their company name and IP address, originating from 1600 Ampitheatre Parkway, appeared in my visitor log tracked by my statistics analytics service. (See graphic below.)

Perhaps I should be pleased to see that has attracted their interest. But the increasing suppression of free speech from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter only makes me wonder if I am on their radar like so many others.

I haven’t been this concerned since 2010, when I reported on Ray Kelly’s speech about Barack Obama’s and Eric Holder’s decision the host to terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s “criminal” trial in lower Manhattan.

That story not only attracted multiple visits from White House servers, but just about every branch of government and major media (see my Lucky Lotto page, where I have documented notable site visits). The morning I noticed the White House was reading my piece, I was thrilled, but also a bit nervous that someone was accessing my story from servers originating from the IP address of The Executive Office of the President,

This morning I am just as concerned, but not the least bit thrilled.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Staking out identities on major social media
to break out a complete Loud Citizen brand

This week I began in earnest building a comprehensive and integrated social media platform for my LoudCitizen brand. The GAB handle @LoudCitizen is now my emergency free-speech backup for my account at Twitter, and Facebook and YouTube are now joined by many new URL identity accounts, starting, of course, with:
My new project and patron funding channels are:
The highly popular Pinterest, Reddit, and Instagram are now reserved with URL-branded accounts. I am giving myself a crash course in their purposes, how they function, and how to thread them strategically into other social media (I may not use Reddit, but the handle is mine). Even my old Skype username LoudCitizen can let me make free international audio and video calls (and maybe WhatsApp can, too). As I identify additional emerging sites that are essential, valuable, or have potential, I will secure my branded accounts on them and build them into the platform.

Revised September 3, 2017

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Paul Ryan’s four-page letter proves him a madman;
rant is “one of the most alarming signs of insanity”

It’s official. Speaker Paul Ryan is insane.

I received a letter in the mail from him today on the letterhead of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The letter is dated “Monday Morning” (?) and came in a large envelope bearing a 3¢ stamp and two 1¢ stamps (depicting strawberries and peaches) but no date on the postmark — in fact, no date of any kind, anywhere in the materials.

The first page of Speaker Ryan’s letter contained a long code [000AG002392] and an urgent warning: “If for any reason the number on your State of the Nation Survey...” (which he also enclosed) “...does not match this Registration Number, contact the NRCC immediately.” Ryan is mailing us letters with codes and asking us to verify them back to his Committee. Think about that.

What was really alarming is that he ranted for four full pages. Honestly, does he think anyone reads these things? I guess he never read Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s observation, “Persons without a sense of humour always write long letters; and I have noticed, too, that all madmen write letters of more than four pages.” (Nothing matters, and other stories, Houghton Mifflin, 1916)

Sir Herbert called such writing “One of the most alarming signs of insanity.”

Paul Ryan really is a lunatic.

Paul Klenk

A request to stop using polite weasel words and
speak the cold truth for New York’s @RepPeteKing

A invitation from New York Congressman Peter T. King (R) was waiting in my mailbox today. It was for a fundraiser, and included a list of things he is fighting for.

I respect Congressman King, but noticed how weak his language was when talking about North Korea and Iran, MS-13, taxes, and the treatment of police.

We need to call things what they are. It is time to stop describing the deadliest people and worst injustices in muted, inoffensive language. People will not viscerally connect with these real threats, and they certainly will not connect with the leader claiming to fight against them.

(He also never mentioned President Trump and how he plans to partner with him on these issues.)

Below are a series of Tweets I sent Congressman King, with a photo of his letter from my Pinterest GOP pinboard, and some final thoughts below the Tweets.

I will not be at his fundraiser on September 16 (his Web site press release has the date wrong), but I wish him well, encourage those who can to support him, and will make sure I send his office my thoughts.

Friday, September 01, 2017

LoudCitizen’s debut Periscope broadcast
on Twitter page @LoudCitizen (VIDEO)

August 31, 2017Today LoudCitizen debuted on Periscope with a live broadcast via my eponymous Twitter page. The episode, broadcast live from Harlem in NYC, includes features commentary about my recent free-speech film project for Milo Yiannopoulos’ #ReadingDangerously contest (to promote his new best-seller Dangerous). From my tiny Twitter following of 308, this unannounced, unplanned, and untitled event attracted 10 viewers, including one new Follow, and even some comments.

Enthusiastic thanks to my audience. I hope to see you online again soon.

Revised September 3, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A gallery of #ReadingDangerously video and photos,
the Milo Yiannopoulos-inspired free-speech project

Aug. 26, 2017 — Friday suddenly turned into an adventure when I decided to shoot footage to submit to Milo Yiannopoulos’ #ReadingDangerously competition. I had very little time, so I started with a couple of videos taken over my short lunch hour. After work, I ventured to Grand Central for a lot more shooting in and near its shops and restaurants. My evening ended with one last glorious shoot on 42nd Street — literally — in the bus lane outside the New York Public Library.

PHOTOS below include several locations not featured on video, including, in order of appearance, LOFT’s Petite Shop; Lilac Chocolates; Rite Aid’s candy aisle;  and Grand Central Market.

#ReadingDangerously From MILO’s “Dangerous,” #StandingDangerously in New York Traffic (VIDEO)
VIDEO: A little romp through a NYC Barnes & Noble in search of the most DANGEROUS! BOOK! EVER!(Or, ‘Muslim female driver parallel parks her memoir too close to Milo’s new best-seller’)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

#ReadingDangerously From MILO’s “Dangerous,”
#StandingDangerously in New York Traffic (VIDEO)

When feminists call men with cancer “douchebags” and “inane,” and denounce their pubic hair as “sexist,” it’s time for decent people to write about it in scathing, headline-grabbing books, and run into traffic to read them.

In the video below, @LoudCitizen reads an excerpt from “Dangerous,” the new best-seller by Milo Yiannopoulos (Dangerous Books, July 4, 2017) while #StandingDangerously in the bus lane on New York City’s famed 42nd Street and #BlockingTraffic. (Do not try this at home.)

Behind him are grotesquely masculine ads for the HBO shows Hard Knocks, Ballers, and Vice Principals, a perfect backdrop for the passage on Manhaters in Chapter 4, “Why Feminists Hate Me” (pg. 81). Enjoy the video.

The deliciously triggering TV ads on the 42nd Street bus shelter.

Affectionately submitted for consideration in MILO’s #ReadingDangerously competition. Filmed on August 25, 2017 at 9:39 p.m. on 42nd St. near Fifth Avenue, just steps from the New York Public Library. Edited in Splice by GoPro for iOS.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

VIDEO: A little romp through a NYC Barnes & Noble in search of the most DANGEROUS! BOOK! EVER!
(Or, ‘Muslim female driver parallel parks her
memoir too close to Milo’s new best-seller’)

New York, August 23, 2017 — I had a bit of nervous fun today shooting two minutes of video inside Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Author Milo Yiannopoulos challenged his fans to shoot videos and photos of themselves reading his excellent, radioactive new book Dangerous in the most dangerous places they can find. I already own the Kindle edition, so after work I walked up Fifth Avenue to 46th Street, hoping to find this necessary prop for my shoot.

Dangerous was not on B&N’s New Release tables as you walk in. I was already mildly skeptical I would find it, and a bit nervous about possible plans to video in the store. I kept browsing, then inquired at an information desk. The clerk searched his computer, found the product in stock, and directed me to Current Affairs.

Books by right-leaning authors with newsworthy topics like Donald Trump, Islam, and impeachment dominate this section, which I expected to find merchandised more prominently in the store. But B&N has relegated Current Affairs to the basement. In the back, actually.

I didn’t see the book. Its bold cover didn’t pop out from the shelves, and they weren’t consistently alphabetized. I took another long, careful look through each of the three six-level shelving units. No luck.

At this point I knew I should document the store’s selection without tipping off the staff, who may have banished it to the stockroom until it is specifically requested. So using my iPhone video, I systematically panned across each shelf in Current Affairs, from the top down, left to right, and back again. My video ends where the adjacent African American section begins.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the video yet, stop and watch it now before continuing.

After 125 seconds of filming, I pocketed my phone. At that moment I was approached by a clerk asking me if I needed something. I wondered whether she saw me shooting, but I kept my poker face, she kept hers, and I told her what I was looking for.

She pulled a copy of Dangerous right off the shelf in front of me. Three copies had escaped my careful search. A tad embarrassed, but happy to have my copy, I thanked her and nervously glided upstairs to the cashier.

A word about the book design: The book cover was not facing out, only the spine; its muted design does not mirror the front cover we know from admiring Amazon searches. A friendly but serious suggestion to Milo: consider redesigning the spine of the dust jacket before the next printing. Keep the white background and the iconic red font without the shadow effect. Your baby will not hide so easily. And the first editions, like your preview copies with their yellow interior liners, will be more collectible!

To spot Dangerous more easily in the video, use the pause and slow motion. The book is about a foot to the right of This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren. If you give up, hit pause at 0:53. Dangerous is immediately to the left of Daring To Drive by Manal al-Sharif, who, like so many female drivers, parallel parked her memoir too close to Milo’s new best-seller.