Turk’s Ordeal with Fire


Turk’s Ordeal with Fire (novel by Halide Edip Adivar on independence war of Turkey). Taksim Square is on fire. There is no more #resistgezi. Now it is #ResistTurkey. There is no more “chapulling“. There are no more peaceful Greenpeace protesters. This is no longer about a single park. This is now a resistance for every Turkish citizen to protect its honor, humanity, and independence from tyranny. God save us all.
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Türkün Ateşle imtihanı. Taksim Meydanı ateşler içinde. Artık #direngezi yok. Artık “Çapuling” yok. Artık #DirenTürkiye var. Artik sakin Greenpeace protestocuları yok. Bu direniş artik her Türkiye vatandaşının şerefini, insaniyetini, ve zalimlikten özgürlüğünü kurtarmak için verdiği bir direniştir. Allah hepimizi korusun.
“Insanlar devletten korktugu zaman, zalimlik vardir. Devlet insanlardan korktugu zaman özgürlük” – Thomas Jefferson

Two Drunks

Smoked two packs a day.
As soon as he put out one, another one was in his mouth.
Loved his Martini .
A photo without a drink cup in his hand almost does not exist.
He said this cannot work by prohibiting …
He rewrote the alcohol prohibition law to free the use of alcohol.
His wife was also the same.
Both drunk and smoked cigarettes.
In fact, the wife was the first “First Lady” who smoke in public.

Americans elected him.
Four times even.
Country’s economy in crisis …
He skyrocketed the economy.
He was Roosevelt.
Never stopped smoking …
Cigars were his favorite.
Like a pacifier, always in his mouth.
He would take down a bottle of whiskey every day.
There was a quote in his biography; They’ve served tea at breakfast, he asked for white wine.

When he had to go to the United States when there is a prohibition, he even got a doctor’s report that said “due to the medical treatment, especially during the meal he needs to drink a strong drink”.

British elected him.
Not only the country, he was one of the world’s most respected politicians.
He was Churchill.
Two drunks I mean!

Never drank alcohol.
Never put a cigarette in his mouth.
He hated the smokers.
Alcohol/Tobacco advertisements were banned.
Price hiked them.
Increased alcohol/tobacco taxes.
Exorbitant cigarette/alcohol tax revenue was used to distribute free charcoal to the public. He printed propaganda posters saying he distributed charcoal 4 times the size of the Egyptian pyramids. He got more votes.

The Germans elected him.
He was Hitler.
The above article was my amateur translation of a Turkish newspaper article by Yılmaz Özdil in response to the Turkish prime minister’s much criticized quote:

Given that a law made by two drunken [people] is respected, why should a law that is commanded by religion be rejected by (the opposition party)?

The quote was said in regards to the new laws he is passing in regards to sales and promotion restrictions on alcohol.

God Bless Freedom… Thankful everyday for living in a world where people like Yılmaz Özdil fight for their freedom no matter what that freedom is.

Wordcamp Milwaukee 2013 Speaking Role

I will be speaking at WordCamp Milwaukee 2013 this year talking about Multilingual and International WordPress coding and content strategy with something to learn from the beginner to the advanced developer to reach your content out to a global/multilingual audience. I will place the presentation and video here when they are ready.

I have organized and spoken WordCamps in the Midwest in the past and it’s always a good chance to network with the WordPress community. With many local and national speakers, WordCamp Milwaukee will have something for everyone.

For a $20 tag when you enter my coupon code “sahinoglu” to save $5 at checkout; it is definitely a great opportunity to learn from the best and network with fellow WordPress community members.

End of the World Post

Everyone  has packed up their guns, ammunition and stored food supplies and ready to wait the end of the world.  Mayan Calendar specifically ends today at 05:11 (Central time) – the time this post is published. On the other hand, I see this as the beginning of a new calendar for myself. A calendar of a new humanity so to speak. I will be different and I will care that is a promise to myself.

To celebrate this new calendar I would like to share Charlie Chaplin – Great Dictator Speech.

(Charlie Chaplin):
I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Seasonal Website Search dominance.

My grandpa was an air force colonel so I have always been a fan of history and Warfare strategy. Mark McNeilly wrote a book called “Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.”

The book talks about 6 basic principles taken from Sun Tzu. Most seasonal e-commerce websites who are not top 3 in their business usually carry SEO strategies that are identical to the leader so it plays to the leaders’ strength thus they fail.

The six principles discussed in the book that might help them are;

  1. Win all without fighting (only fight for the terms when they are important),
  2. Avoid strength (do not try to fight them in unseasonal short term anchor text)
  3. Attack weakness (Concentrate external and internal link structure to strengthen seasonal page authority)
  4. Deception and foreknowledge (Try to block your backlinks from backlink checker sites and always research the sandbox your competition likes to play with.)
  5. Speed and preparation (Site Speed improvements for search engine indexing and making sure to create seasonal webpages’ links to the front of your site)
  6. Shaping the enemy (Allow them to believe that they are still the leader by not trying to rank high for high profile lower conversion short tail “celebrity” keywords.)

In regards to link building you need to create a strategy where you have a solid mobile reserve of URLs that can be redirected at all time with flexible anchor text. A good SEO knows how to do this (the secret sauce so to speak).  This mobile reserve is also needed for promoting your seasonal infographics/video/link bait  to actually get them exposure which in return will build you  white hat links.

Let me know if I am missing something. Thanks for reading.