3 Months – still sober. Maybe a small round of applause is in order.
I have been at home for the past five days, trying to curb my extracurricular activities. So far the urge to take a drink seems to have completely gone and even on the few occasions that I have gone to bars to chat with friends or chat up ladies, I have not felt any lurking desire to have a beer. I do however feel that for the next few months that I continue to try and keep away from places of temptation.
It does bother me that I seem to be ‘vegetating’ in my home and it seems like another age when I used to go out pretty much every day and invariably come home pissed as a newt. I have gone from one extreme to another. But it still is only 3 months and I guess I can’t expect miracles. I have been told and have also read that it can take up to a year to before an alcoholic’s brain fully adjusts to a life without alcohol and that I shouldn’t try to push things too fast.
At least I have many things to do at home and I am happily spending my days at my computer, interspersed with reading, playing with my dogs and watching TV in the evenings. Little Noo is looking after me so well. She generally goes out at noon every day to have her 3 hours at school in Pattaya and then she gets me some food as is usually back home by 4 pm.
So, well done Mobi, on three months sobriety. Wither the next three months?
Sometimes, Rebel, Fox news will surprise you. It must have been around a week ago that I was watching Fox and they had a panel of ‘military experts’ giving their opinions on certain aspects of the Libyan conflict. They were all unanimously agreed that since the imposition of the ‘no fly zone’, there would definitely be American CIA operatives on the ground in Libya, providing essential ‘guidance’ to the coalition fighter planes. They described it as ‘laser targeting’ and explained that there was no way the coalition could accurately and safely attack Gadhafi’s forces without having these operatives on the ground.
So when the news broke yesterday that there were indeed CIA operatives in Libya, it came as no surprise to this newsreader and indeed, I assume, to a majority of regular Fox News watchers.
A few months back, Fox broke the news that the British couple who had been held by Somali pirates for many months had been released. I thought it was a false report, as I couldn’t find any mention of it in any other news media – Internet, TV or radio. It was a full 24 hours before this news finally broke in the rest of the media. How or why Fox were one day ahead of the pack I have no idea, but they were.
I have also noticed that there are an increasing number of instances where Fox breaks a domestic story in the USA which is initially ignored by virtually all other media; in particular the network news, CNN and most of the major print media. It seems to me that many of these stories are either totally ignored, or delegated to a footnote on inside pages because they have negative implications for the then democrat- led congress and/or Obama and his administration. OK, some of these stories might have been a tad spurious, but many do eventually reach the light of day and do become major headlines, only because Fox refuses to let them die. It would seem that the liberal press is finally obliged to ‘bite their proverbial tongues’ and act in a responsible manner and report what is going on in their country, even though they don’t like it.
Sure, sometimes Fox is completely outrageous. Their propensity for allowing ‘contributors’ to scream at each other, and the annoying tendency for presenters, such as O’Reilly, to interrupt interviewees are amongst my biggest gripes. The fact that they have an extreme right wing bias doesn’t bother me too much. As long as I understand this, I can filter their opinions, as I do with their political opponents from the other side of the political spectrum.
I must admit that I do get a bit fed up with their stupid slogans, such as America’s Newsroom and America’s Election Headquarters and Fair and Balanced. Can you imagine BBC claiming to be ‘Britain’s News Room?’
Any sensible thinking person knows what Fox are all about – don’t treat us like idiots.
In the desert, the rebel fighters were in hysterical, disorderly retreat and in Tunisia the Libyan Foreign Minister defected to the west. This guy has committed many criminal acts during his time as Libyan Intelligence Chief and then FM. Will the west conveniently forget this, or will he be put on trial for his crimes?
Assad’s speech was a major blow to the aspirations of the Syrian masses. It is clear that Assad and his thugs have no intention of allowing another Egyptian or Tunisian style of ‘popular uprising’ to develop in their repressive regime , which has been under a state of emergency since the 1963!!
It is conceivable that Syria will end up as a second Libya and it is clear that the Syrian authorities are only too well aware of this and are determined to nip the protests in the bud. Watch out for further violent crackdowns.
Full marks to BBC World News for having a segment on the floods in the south of Thailand – the only news service to cover this properly as far as I have been able to determine.
The floods are truly catastrophic and cover a wide spread area of the south. There have been many deaths, including over a hundred in mud slides. Some island villages have been totally destroyed and many more are still under water, their homes and crops ruined. There have also been scores of tourists stranded in places such as Koh Samui and are being rescued by the Thai Navy and shipped back to the mainland.
I know there is a lot of ‘news’ going on the world right now, but the Thai floods are a major story by any standards and merit wider coverage.