Posted: July 15th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: BLOGGING! | Tags: Blogging, Conceit, Conceit and Vanity, Hubris, mcsixtyfive, michael courtenay, Pharisaic, Pharisaicalness! Hubris, Vanity | Comments Off on From My Personal Blog! Pharisaicalness? Hubris, Conceit and Vanity
I volunteer – for my own selfish gain – helping those with the impediment of bad-luck seems to allow me to feel more fortunate, it lends me a proper perspective of how I’m travelling through life.
The small community house where I help out has a pretty diverse group of souls floating in and out. From the elderly trying to stay in-touch to the homeless trying to stay warm, the mean seems to be human contact.
On Thursdays – I help setup blogs for folk who feel the need – one of my regulars kicked into a rather personal conversation, normally I’d abruptly curtail such talk, however with my current intrigue of pharisaicalness, I allowed the conversation a little space.
Apparently – according to Jo – I’m not bad looking, interesting as opposed to good looking. The line that most stunned me was: “compared to most of the men around here, your good looking.” Jo is a 65 year old homeless woman, who surely has more on her plate than what I look like? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Cult of Celebrity, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, News Update | Tags: Amanda Knox, Cult of Celebrity, Guilty, Hunter S Thompson, Journalist, Mail Online, michael courtenay, Not Guilty, Shut the F_ck Up, socially engineered, That Human Condition, The Daily Mail, They Said What, Vegan Loving Carnivores, Wibble, www.highpants.com | Comments Off on Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style
“This incident never happened. It was created, as a sort of journalistic montage, by the correspondent who distilled the report. Newspapers are neither written nor edited by fools, technical safeguards can be built into even the wildest story, without fear of losing reader impact” Hunter S. Thompson – Hells Angels – 1967.
You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online. Hold your breath for a rant . . .
Journalism is apparently a calling, wedged someplace between an artistic talent and a desire for notoriety, or what has come to be known as celebrity. More journalists seem to be on the opinion bent – who’s doing all the reporting – chasing a byline in print isn’t the same as bringing news to readers!? . We generalise of course, journalists aren’t a heap different to the general population. A GOOD JOURNALIST requires more than just a specific skill set. Much more important than these apparent skills – grammar, dogged perseverance, courage under fire and a nose for a story – a good journalist REQUIRES INTEGRITY, not general public integrity, but unquestionable integrity. So if your not a good journalist what happens, generally you hide the truth and hook yourself into inappropriate employment. One journalist, who would best be described as possibly the worst mother presently on this planet – reported for child neglect and abuse, by her childs school – runs a Child and Parenting Advice website, another covers real estate in a national newspaper as well as running their blogs, despite the fact that she’s only ever lost money in real estate.
So whats the point?
Mainstream media, is the point. In any other profession there’s a set of requirements, skills certainly, but more importantly a requirement to behave with integrity; commit a crime as a lawyer and your not likely to practice law, molest a patient and your name will no longer have Doctor at front of it. Journalists have none of these sanctions, a bad journalist simply becomes the editor for an internet site . . .
A photo journalist once said something profound on the subject of bad journalism “The problem with journalists is they think once they’ve covered a story, they’re an expert in an entire field.”
You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online.
Clearly the internet makes it possible to broadcast breaking news at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to rapidly transmit reports that never should have been written, much less published. Today’s case in point: the Daily Mail‘s hasty—and largely apocryphal—report that American Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction. Mail Online not only mistook the Italian court’s guilty verdict for slander as guilty of everything, it posted a story under the byline Nick Pisa purporting to detail the return journey of Knox and her ex-boyfriend to separate prisons where they would be put on suicide watch. The story also quotes “delighted” prosecutors who said “justice has been done.” We’ve seen stories posted in error before, particularly when advances written and stored to hop on the news are published when they shouldn’t have been. These invented details are beyond bad journalism and publishing.
The sequence of events that followed is more than amusing . . .
about an hour later . . .
picture: malcom coles
Posted: July 30th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, Shut the F_ck Up!, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: Anonymous, Booz Allen Hamilton, Hack, Hacked, Hackers, InfraGard, IRC Federal, ManTech International, michael courtenay, National Security Agency, tweet, twitter, U.S. Government, Unveillance | Comments Off on Anonymous Hacks FBI Contractor in F_ck FBI Friday Attack
In a tweet posted just hours ago, hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed to have “owned” the defense contractor, ManTech International. Anonymous has promised a data release within 24hours. If true, this will be the latest hack in the group’s AntiSec campaign, and in particular its series of – F*ck FBI Friday – attacks :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 20th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Chronic, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay | Tags: Fox News, michael courtenay, online, Rupert Murdoch, socially engineered, The Huffington Post, The New York Times | Comments Off on Rupert Murdoch Guilty of Good Ratings
Our favorite mogul – yes the Rupert – is clearly all over the news with his hacking saga. More interesting though is his credability in the U.S.A at this present moment.
We may have mentioned earlier that what happens in Old Blighty stays in Old Blighty, the rest of the world truly doesn’t give that much of a hoot.
In proof of this bold statement, the American Customer Satisfaction Index was released overnight and guess who tops the list!?
For Internet News, the most trusted portal on the interweb is Murdoch’s online version of his sensationalized Fox News www.foxnews.com, surprisingly the New York Times www.nytimes.com online ranked woefully lowly, right above the bottom end of the rankings :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 15th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, They Said What | Tags: Eric Holder, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Glenn Mulcaire, Jay Rockefeller, Mary L. Schapiro, michael courtenay, News Corporation, Phone Hacking, Rupert Murdoch | Comments Off on Murdoch, The Dirty Digger
Murdoch is set to sell more newspapers as his – NewsCorp – criminal antics make front pages, Newscorp papers cannibalize their own bad news!?
There’s much chatter among doomsayers, the paranoid blogsphere is alight with rants of Murdoch’s immanent downfall. Murdoch’s current woes in the U.K. have the interweb abuzz with speculation of the moguls undoing thanks to curruption in his U.K. publications Lets back this up a couple of feet.
News Corp’s newspaper operations in the U.S., UK, and Australia combined make up only 10% of the company’s business. If anything Murdoch’s newspapers have relied on scandal to sell papers, Newscorp may simply cannibalize it’s own bad news to sell newspapers!?
Of greater danger is news emerging that News of the World staff paid police officers in the UK in the course of their phone-hacking adventures.
In a letter co-penned by Holder and Mary L. Schapiro the duo are pursuing charges that employees of Mr Murdoch’s News Corporation – a U.S. based company – had bribed British police as part of the hacking scandal, saying that it could violate a U.S. law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 9th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Blip, Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs, Michael Courtenay, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: Alexander Lukashenko, Andrei Sannikov, Belarus, KGB, michael courtenay, Minsk, Shushkevich | Comments Off on Belarus, Lukashenko Stomps on Clapping Protests
Europe’s last dictator Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has vowed he will crush any attempt at a so-called internet-based uprising and warned his state security service, the KGB, are following his orders. State security forces blanketed the centre of the country’s capital, Minsk, to prevent any further outbreak of a form of anti-government protest that simply involves applause. For weeks so-called clapping protests have been growing along with opposition to the president through the use of social media. On Belarus’s independence day last weekend, the state security service, still called the KGB, unleashed a sweeping crackdown, arresting as many as 400 activists. The country’s first independent president and now opposition member, Stanislav Shushkevich, says the state of the country is hard to believe.
“Can you imagine it is forbidden to clap hands. it’s forbidden to get together with more than three people” said Shushkevich
Shushkevich says he admires the internet’s role in battling the government so far, but there are limits. The opposition has been in disarray since a police crackdown, mass arrests following a protest rally on December last year against Lukashenko’s re-election for a fourth straight term. Most of the key opposition figures who ran against Lukashenko are now jailed. Western monitoring bodies have denounced the election as highly suspect. As the economic crisis has worsened, protest groups have grown bolder and calls are multiplying on social networking sites for public protests.
The wife of jailed opposition leader Andrei Sannikov says the president will stop at nothing to quell the protest.
“Lukashenko will go for everything, he will bring in tanks in the city if required, he will open fire against his nation.”
Khalip was also jailed after the general election last December and she says social services threatened to take her three-year-old son into state custody. She was not informed about her son’s whereabouts or condition for a time while she was in jail, but she has since been released and reunited with him. However her husband, Mr Sannikov, remains in jail on a five-year sentence for charges of staging riots.
The July 3rd crackdown was so severe activists feared it might cripple the protest movement, the security crackdown in the city had been so widespread, demonstrations were essentially quashed by the KGB. However, Lukashenko’s political grip is loosening, the state-controlled economy is sinking fast. In his 17 years in power, Alexander Lukashenko has never faced a challenge like this. Keep on clapping!