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Lies, Damn Lies, and Bruce Fein

Earlier today, Huffington Post published an article by Bruce Fein titled “Lies, Damn Lies, and Armenian Deaths.” In the article Bruce addresses an argument that the number of deaths during the Armenian Genocide is inaccurate. I wasn’t there and I don’t know anyone who counted the deaths so I can’t tell you if it was 1.4 million or 1.5 million or 1.6 million… What I can tell you is that many many Armenians we’re murdered. Unfortunately, Bruce goes on to say that he believes that None of the deaths which took place during the Armenian Genocide could be considered part of a Genocide.
He says:

Further, not a single one of those deaths necessarily falls within the definition of genocide in the authoritative Genocide Convention of 1948. It requires proof that the accused was responsible for the physical destruction of a group in whole or in substantial part specifically because of their race, nationality, religion, or ethnicity.

Necessarily? Yes. They necessarily fall within the definition of Genocide.

I wanted to comment on his article and explain to him that my family had first hand knowledge of the motivations behind the genocide, however, the comments are already closed so I will address this here. As I’ve blogged about previously, my family includes survivors of the Genocide. My great grandmothers family was well known and acquainted with members of the Turkish government. When the killings began these government officials acknowledged the killing of Armenians (you know, because of their race, nationality, religion, and ethnicity) but they assured my family that they would be protected. This was a lie. A neighbor heard the same officials discussing that my family was not safe, a few of the family members were able to escape (I use the term escape loosely because though their lives were spared they still suffered a lot). So, Bruce, I think this makes it pretty clear that the deaths were in fact Genocide.

Quit calling my great grandmother a liar. So much for being a “Scholar.”

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Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. May 2011 bring you happiness and health!

I hope everyone is having a pleasant 1.1.11. I’m starting off the new year by backing up my laptop! Something I meant to do all of 2010…

If you’ve been looking to do the same, here is a post on Lifehacker that walks you through using one utility.

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Merry (belated) Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all. Even if my post is a day late.

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Protecting Your Brand from Counterfeiters

There was a good article in the July/August 2010 issue of Landslide which discusses protecting your brand from counterfeiters. The article, titled “Fighting Back: A 10-point Plan to Protect Your Brand from Counterfeiters,” outlines 10 points useful for those concerned with brand protection. In sum the 10 points are:

  1. Register Your Trademarks
  2. Record your registered trademarks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  3. Monitor and Investigate trademark offices, the marketplace, affiliates and supply chains, and domain names
  4. Take legal action when counterfeiters are caught
  5. Seek formal recognition as a well-known mark in the countries which allow obtaining such a status
  6. Work with local authorities, such as in foreign territories
  7. Utilize the press using press releases and notices
  8. Make it difficult to copy your products and packaging
  9. Keep written anti-counterfeiting policies and guidelines which are to be distributed to employees and affiliates
  10. Be active by networking through global or national organizations

For anyone interested in this area, the article is a great read. A copy of it can be found here.

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“Anonymous” online posts can still get you in trouble

Check out this article about how bloggers and other online posters may be liable for the things they post “anonymously”

Blogger Beware: You Can Be Sued Over ‘Anonymous’ Posts – via ABAJournal

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LA not lala land

The city of Los Angeles, LA for short. I don’t know how the trend of calling LA “lala land” originated, but I hate it. This isn’t lala land, call it LA.

That is all.

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A day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide

Today is a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. Please take a moment to remember…

Last year I wrote a series of posts on the topic that you can see here:

For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:

  • The Armenian National Institute – The Armenian Genocide
  • Armenian Genocide Information and Recognition
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    Opening ceremonies – WHAT was that?

    I am super excited that the Olympics have started, but I have to say I was disappointed by the opening ceremonies.

    Did you catch tonight’s Olympics Opening Ceremonies? I was bored out of my mind. Sure there were some high points like projected Orcas swimming across the stage and the mind boggling hair of that opera singer… but the rest? come on.

    I wanted excitement and impossible daring feats. I got a poet from youtube and a boy twirling in the air performing “can you see the wind.” Is this the impression you wanted the world to have, Canada? Is this what you wanted me to take away from the opening ceremonies? Boredom?

    Should have used the Disney Epcot Pavillion sound track (Oh Canada, you’re a lifetime journey for the traveler) or the whole attraction would have been fine also.

    I wonder if there is a transcript of the speech the CEO gave, which was a series of lists combined to form a speech.

    Regardless, the torch is lit and the games have commenced! Can’t wait to watch the events!!

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    Pablove Foundation Benefit Show

    Went to the Pablove Foundation Benefit Show. A good concert for a good cause.

    …though I do wish that Shirley Manson had done a couple more songs…

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    Ash on my car

    The last two mornings my car has been covered in ash when I’ve gone out to leave for work.
    The massive Station fire has been burning for a while now. I live about 10 miles southeast of the fire areas and we’ve had favorable winds most of the time, blowing the smoke and ash in the directions away from us. The last couple days though, it seems, over night when the breeze dies down ash settles, all the way where we are.

    Even 40-50 miles out from the fire the skies are hazy from the smoke.

    Hopefully this can be cleared up soon, I’d like to have an ash free car at some point in the near future.

    Here is a view of the fire from my place when it was still relatively small:

    Station Fire in the first few days

    Station Fire in the first few days

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