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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
Recent Activity
So, here's my last post on this creep, and then they don't get any more attention from me. Why am I even still getting messages from them inworld when they are blocked? A reminder that this person did indeed have four alts and abused a rental limited to one per... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Second Thoughts
The House & Garden Expo Decorating Competition is really a wonderful experience. I participated in it again this year, and although I didn't win (last year I came in second place), it was still exhilarating and I spent a long time both working on my own decor and studying others.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Second Thoughts
[10:11] PazzoPazzo: don't ever forget that you hurt another human being by something you just made up [10:12] PazzoPazzo: I think that the other alts that you accused my sister of being is actually you [10:12] PazzoPazzo: you are just trying to draw attention to yourself on the blog [10:12]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So I get a message from some idiot in SL now as follows: [18:46] PazzoPazzo: Second Life: User not online - message will be stored and delivered later. [18:46] PazzoPazzo: I am having trouble with a guy named Prokofy Neva. I rented from him and he banned me saying I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva For Part 1, go here. I'll start with this delicious meal and this area which is the center of the house, in a way, and second favourite, after the photography studio -- although this is prettier. {LORE} Marrakesh Chair =Mirage= Sultan's Seat *UI* Arabic Table Copper Boon's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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We must leave M. Carter Blanc to languish in one of the nastier jails of the Near East for the time being... You are wondering how the loose ends tie up? Well, they don't...all of them. But what we can tell you is that Carter's sojourn in the Sûreté nationale's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva Part 1 Part 2 The guests filed into the drawing room, anticipating Emil's delicious hors d'oeuvres One thing Emil did right was to get to the fish market early in the morning for the best salmon and caviar. Tea? It was more like a posh cocktail party... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva You can find Part 1 here. The love nest of M. Carter Blanc, honorary consul of a second city of the Near East, representing the small European nation of Titania, was, as love nests go, comfortable, but not luxurious; well-appointed, but not opulent; cosy but not langourous.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva From its outward appearance, the Villa Sirocco -- as the locals had dubbed it -- did not seem to be a place of secrets. It lay open to every passerby, its gates not locked until well after dark, its windows flung open, and its many visitors languishing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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This is how I want it to come out -- facing me rightside up, landscape orientation. This is how it keeps coming out -- or some other direction, depending on trial-and-error typed numbers, never like the first picture. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So, once again, there are brand-new griefers impersonating me and a relationship to my rentals. He has none. I don't have employees with names like "TaktikaLenin2" which means "Lenin's Tactic 2". Please, don't be ridiculous. Another new one bothering me is called "Prokeye Resident". I also don't use any bots... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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So, last night I was adding some decorations to my office, when I had a complaint that there weren't any prims left on the sim. And all of a sudden I noticed there were only 65 prims left on the entire sim in my group. As there are usually thousands... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick I had meant to publish this before but set it aside when so many people discouraged me, but now that Konstantin Rykov is being discussed again for his Facebook "revelations," I'll put this out there. There's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Minding Russia
Anonymous = unaccountable. I use my real name. *Capability* is not *actuality*. Just because the government in any form, or a corporation in any form has the capacity to monitor or access all communications does not mean that it does so. And even if you can show they do by some technical contortion, they don't consciously watch and monitor these communiations to harm ordinary people -- they don't consciously do anything. A machine gathering data that is only a pile of data to be searched is not monitoring you. If a conscious human being decides to sift that data, then you have a case, but then you can't concede that this is a legitimate activity in a liberal democratic state like the US. Because it is indeed legitimate. What I find is that people like Snowden claiming falsely that Hayden "lied" or that the NSA monitors you won't even concede warranted surveillance for probably cause. What of warrantless surveillance? Warrantless surveillance can be legitimate as well and is the precursor to warranted surveillance. If a platform monitors key words and bans accounts on that basis, rightly or wrongly, we don't hear you complaining. If a government monitors conversations for key words to then match later -- or in the case of the Snowden claim, collects headers or phone numbers to match to known suspects -- that's a good thing. That's what the Muhtorov case proves, BTW, and in fact the ACLU after complaining backed away from it. Ultimately, he was sentenced for abetting terrorism. Monitoring his phone number and linking it to a known terrorist group in Turkey was a good thing, not a bad thing. That law-enforcement has access to Google and other platforms' data is a legitimate activity. That's because in a democratic state under the rule of law, they need to do this. Only extremists want to deny them this access. PRISM "captures data without a warrant" -- and so what? Google scrapes everybody's email without a warrant, too, to serve them ads. The question is whether there is then a dive into that collection of data by a conscious force that then violates the 4th amendment. Show me a case that this has happened that someone has successfully defended, and I might worry more. Pro tip: that would not be Aaron Swartz's case. Greenwald got the story of PRISM wrong -- as you do -- because of living in that geek alternative universe outside of the rule of law. Once again, the claim that this is "massive amounts of data on everyone" is patently false. It's not "everyone." And if it is "a lot of people who are innocent," then the challenge once again is to FIND A CASE. Find a case where that data was USED to violate the rights of a person who was not a suspect in a crime. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2018 on Snowden's Lies or Code-as-Lie at Wired State
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Once again, I'm going to answer Raph Koster with a blog post rather than a post on Facebook, not only because of length, but because I've always found that the worst possible haters on earth are friends of friends. Raph wrote: On the one hand, if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Wired State
So I have a rentals gatcha at my office. I try to copy the methods of stores : ) It's only $5, and it has a week's free rental anywhere, or the "one month free anywhere". Most people try the gatcha a few times and move on, because they aren't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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Conversation from today about this hugely overpriced gatcha. $2,499 is what I have seen others are charging for the entire set (gone now), not just this rare. BTW, I'm charging $1000, but keep looking -- at this second, I see it for even less. [12:12] Dessi Tyran: (Saved Fri Nov... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Second Thoughts
By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick If you live in New York City, be sure to turn your ballot over tomorrow and vote on three propositions. I recommend NO (Campaign finance limits), NO "Civic Engagement" Commission), YES (Term limits for community boards). I particularly urge you to vote NO on Proposition 2,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Wired State
Facebook removed this post as "spam" -- I don't know whether it was merely because of its length (they could just give that simple answer, and so, so that's not it) or because it challenges their own received wisdom on Kavanaugh, who knows. So it goes here. To summarize: this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Wired State
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I recently bought more land inworld for my existing rental communities (see for example this great furnished and landscaped camp in Hector). So now I have a few parcels for sale in separate areas: Teleport to Derwent Rent for $1200/wk/1405 prims or buy for $45,000 Teleport to Atis Rent for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
I love all these things! Dragon Magick Wares Temple Of The Moon Marcus Inkpen's Retreat Dryads etched glass & waterfall by Quiet Sinatra The Cave. Mesh by Ivrai Abramovic F*Firenze Bowl Laurel by Terra d'ombrA Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized