Friday, April 21, 2006

content theft blogs

Content theft blogs are blogs that merely aggregate the posts of other blogs, and actually take credit for these posts. Sound insane? It happens a lot.

I have a post called "secret depths of blogging" over at Vaspers the Grate. Imagine my surprise when I did a Technorati "blogs that link to me" search...and discovered some asshat using my post as their content.

"secret depths of blogging by Digital music download music shopping"

link to content theft felony blog

WTF? "by Digital music..." ? Hell no. That post "secret depths of blogging" is by Vaspers the Grate. See that link to my post, at the bottom, that says "Original Post:...."? That's a link to my post. But, although they link to me, they are taking credit for the post, which is only partially quoted.

See the term "digital effluvium" in the text? That's my original neologism, an expression I invented. No one else in the entire world uses that expression. I'm not sure what the purpose of this blog is, though I suspect it's a link farm "splog", or spam blog, a blogoid object that exists merely to drive traffic to other sites.

Do not click on any links in this blog, for they're probably malicious, links to spyware or virus attaching sites.

I plan to press charges and sue the blogger. I want to destroy this con artist and his shitty aggregator blog that rips off music-oriented content of other blogs.

Content theft blogs are usually, maybe always, anonymous. They don't have the balls to identify themselves. I have seen this plagiaristic practice many times, and this is not the first Pseudo Blog to steal my content.

Monday, April 17, 2006

take a stand against sleazy employers

Business leadership must be based on ethical standards and moral principles, not profits and success at any cost.

Many times I have abandoned a client, due to lack of moral leadership. I have had clients who have tried to "pull something" on me, or on their customers.

When you see something shady, dubious, or outright wrong, you have to take a stand. If you see exploitation, unjust or unfair treatment, sadistic domination, it's time to leave.

You may not necessarily confront the executive, and you may not be able to do anything about the situation. But you can sever your alliance or employment with the questionable company or client.

"Every one of us should therefore be ever vigilant, watching for those who choose to lead others in immoral ways toward evil ends--or moral ways to evil ends, or immoral ways to good ends. This vigilance means that it is essential that you, as a constituent, demand to know what your leaders value....

One way to recognize moral leaders and to guard against immoral ones is to observe if they engage in learning the true needs and values of their constituents. If they are more intent on telling than on listening, it is likely that they are up to no good....

Respondents in our studies consistently favor honesty, competence, dependability, support, fairness, and caring. Leaders should bear this in mind--and constituents should be more willing to take a stand against those who would undermine these principles."

-- James M. Kouzes, chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company, executive fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Barry Z. Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business and professor of leadership at Santa Clara University.

Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It
(Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, 2003)
p. 66-67

It's important for corporations to not only comply with the new post-Enron government regulations, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but also to realize that greed, paranoia, and deception are not success principles.

When workers are afraid to voice legitimate complaints, or to suggest improvements, a business is doomed.

The old tyrannical "Command and Control" style of leadership is dead. Business must engage in candid conversations with customers and with employees. Blogs, used correctly, represent one way to achieve transparency, honesty, and sincere relationship.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

teenage riot by Sonic Youth

I'm testing the YouTube embedded video player here. Several other cool music videos can be found on Vaspers the Grate.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Are You a Blog Addict?

I got this list from the MSN Spaces blog of a person named Hafsa.

It's his February 17, 2006 blog post entry.


"Blog Addict?! Me? No!! "

You know you’re addicted to blogging if:

(1) If you can’t access the site, you have a minor freak out -- and a major case of hitting reload.

(2) You found yourself composing journal entries during dates, movies, etc.

(3) When you’re out, you suddenly think of a witty reply to a comment somebody made to you… several days ago.

(4) You’ve downloaded some sort of program, which has only the purpose of making entries easier to write, without going on the site manually.

(5) You consider it a great offense if someone deletes you off their friend’s list.

(6) The first thing you do every day when you go online is check your friends journals -- even before checking your email.

(7) When your friends ask what’s new, you get mad at them, because you already wrote it in your blog, and they didn’t check it yet.

(8) You can’t seem to call your friends by their real names.

(9) You have written posts to notify people you’re going to sleep.

(10) You talk about your blog friends to your real life friends all the time… like they’re a part of your group.

(11) You’ve created a blog community, and people actually post in it.

(12) You’ve been recognized in real live by a fellow blogger.

(13) Instead of doing research, you post difficult questions on your blog.

(14) You’ve stopped being friends with someone in real life because of something they’ve said on their blog.

(15) You have consoled yourself after a horrible day thinking “At least this will make a great post.”

(16) You’re jealous of people who have more friends and / or comments than you.

(17) You have written a really great, solid post - only to be disappointed by the lack of good comments.

(18) You’re guilty of commenting excessively to get more traffic to your journal.

(19) You give shout outs to all your blog friends on their birthdays.

(20) You have an additional, secret journal that hardly anyone knows about.

(21) You have gotten mean anonymous comments (bonus points for figuring out who it was via their IP)

(22) You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are blog addicts.

Rampurple [at] Savior Machine

I can only add these:

(23) You don't watch TV, go to bars, or visit shopping malls anymore, and hardly ever eat or sleep, due to blogging.

(24) You feel depression and self-loathing when your syndication feed subscribers drop from a whopping 16 to a paltry one night.

(25) You feel bitter toward those who are considered A Listers, and you dream of attending blog conferences and cruises, instead of winning the lottery, or meeting Mr. Right.

(26) You tell people you're married...but you mean to your blog.

(27) You no longer know where your blog ends and yourself begins. There is no boundary. You are one unit, indivisible.

(28) You jabber incessantly about how you clobbered someone in blogocombat, as if you just won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship.

(29) The only sport you care about is blogrolling.

(30) On the rare times you do watch TV, you fumble around with the remote, looking for the Add Comment button.

(31) You cannot read any book or magazine without "interacting" with it by scribbling voluminous notes in the margins.

(32) You won't accept any job unless the company allows you to wear your "blogger uniform" of soft cotton pajamas.

(33) Your site traffic stats mean more to you than a medical check-up.

(34) Your non-blogging friends and family members seem alien, distant, unreal, and they don't understand anything you say anymore because you pepper your talk with words like "feed syndication", "tags", "comment moderation", "captchas", "link pop", "Technorati", "Scoble", and "Mullenweg".

(34) You think the life of Jason Calacanis would make the most interesting movie you could ever see.

(35) Your tee shirts say things like "Skype Me", "let's exchange links", "blog you, pal!", and "feedroll it"... making people think you're a degenerate.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

social media insight hot dog

Social media, people connecting, individuals sharing their secret selves and public demeanors, vast field of flickering consciousness, brains lit up with waves of self-disclosure.

Stopping by one, a social media site, not a blog platform, but, like I said, a socmeplat, I fished around and traipsed accidentally across this:


Well let's see. I am a straight guy, who just retired after 25 yrs of Law Enforcement. I am very happy & hitched. I love to be nude and I love nude beaches & resorts. I like to be naked with others who feel the same. I really enjoy being naked with couples the most though. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

free Flash blogs from flogger tv

Free Flash blog ("flogs") are now available, in Beta, from Flogger TV, in Mexico.

Mine is called Music Cloud. It's under construction, but check out My Slideshow, if you're on broadband connection.

Common Cause tries to save the Internet

Here's a email I received today from Common Cause. (MaryBeth, of The Desert Day By Day blog, alerted me to the corporate attempt to hijack the internet.)


Dear Steven,

Thank you so much for signing our petition on net neutrality on

The thousands of signers on the petition will send a strong signal to telecom execs and Congress to keep their hands off our internet.

Right now, we are engaged in a fight in Congress to ensure a fair and open internet. You can help by asking your Senator to cosponsor S. 2360, the Internet Nondiscrimination Act of 2006, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

The bill would prohibit network operators like AT&T and Verizon from favoring certain content over others and double-charging companies and consumers for faster delivery of content.

Media reform issues are a key part of the Common Cause agenda, but we are also working hard in other areas: lobbying and ethics reform, money in politics reform in both Congress and the states, and fixing the problems with our voting systems.

[VASPERS: I am 100% against ALL lobbying, which is the most fucked up aspect of Amerikan "government", IMHO]

Visit our website and get to know us. You can also comment and debate these issues on Commonblog.

Again, welcome to the Common Cause community. I look forward to working with you.


Chellie Pingree
Common Cause

P.S. We know you'll be interested in a new report we issued last week - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Telecom Industry Front Groups and Astroturf.

The report uncovers the stealth groups set up by the telecom industry to fool Congress into thinking there is public support for the industry's agenda. The report has received wide coverage in the press, which you can read about on our blog.


What is Common Cause?

Here's what they say in their About page.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Now with nearly 300,000 members and supporters and 38 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.

Common Cause
1133 19th Street, NW
9th floor,
Washington, DC 20036202-833-1200

Our Issues
Staff and Volunteers
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Common Cause Education Fund
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How We Do It

We must bring about a renaissance in politics...Does that seem inordinately ambitous? It is. This is no time for small plans.

- John Gardner

John Gardner, a Republican, came to Washington, DC to serve as the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat. Gardner later became chair of the National Urban Coalition, a group advocating for poor, minority, and working-class residents in urban areas.

During his time in the nation's capital, a city teeming with special interest groups, he observed "everybody's organized but the people." That thought formed the seed of Common Cause, which Gardner established in August 1970 to represent citizens' interests in Washington. Within six months, the organization had more than 100,000 members, many of them joining to oppose the Vietnam War.

Since that time, Common Cause has been involved in many of the most pressing issues of the day. The organization led fights for campaign finance reforms, ethics and accountability in government, and open government at the national, state and local levels. We joined with coalitions fighting for civil rights legislation, ending wasteful weapons programs and working for reforms to our nation's system of voting.

Click here for a history of Common Cause issues. This is an informal listing of nearly every issue Common Cause has worked for since its founding in 1970.

Please visit PBS for video clips about John Gardner and the founding of Common Cause.

Our Issues

Right now, we are working on several fronts to:

Increase the diversity of voices and ownership in media, to make media more responsive to the needs of citizens in a democracy and to protect the editorial independence of public broadcasting,

Advance campaign reforms that make people and ideas more important than money,

Make certain that government is open, ethical and accountable,

Remove barriers to voting and ensure that our voting systems are accurate and accessible,

Increase participation in the political process,

Make certain that our government is held accountable for the costs, in lives and money, for the invasion of Iraq.

[VASPERS: Hey, what the fuck is happening with the Iraqi oil? You never hear the MSM mention a single hint of this scandal. We invaded Iraq for the oil, and thus all the military and civilians who die, are dying in vain. That's the truth.]

Today, Common Cause is one of the most active, effective, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change in America. Common Cause strives to strengthen our democracy by empowering our members, supporters and the general public to take action on critical policy issues.

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