6 Months, 14 Days, still sober
My apologies for the recent breaks in service.
No real reason; just a bit of lethargy creeping in, along with a smidgeon of disillusionment over my recent readership levels and also my slight preoccupation with other matters, particularly with Bob and his lady, who are still staying with me.
Anyway, I am delighted to report that my readership numbers suddenly jumped up again on Tuesday and are now on an upward curve once more. It has been suggested that the fall in readership over the past week or so may be connected to the advent of school holidays in Australia and Europe, which means that people have had better things to do than read my rubbish. I have no way of knowing where my readership is based, so I can only concede that there may be some truth in this, but quite frankly, I doubt it – but who knows for sure?
Anyway – onwards and upwards.
I received a comment from one reader to the effect that I should keep my blog going for least a short period after I return from the UK, so that I can inform my readers if I succeeded in staying sober during what will be a very challenging month. I had actually planned to blog from England and may still do that, time and situation permitting. Maybe just a few brief postings to let you know I am still in one piece and, hopefully still sober.
So I am now inclined to think that I will probably keep my blog going through September, for reasons already stated, but also because even if I stop my regular detailed blogging, I still wish to keep the blog open so that i can continue to use it as a vehicle for publishing further completed chapters of my novel and any other creative writing that I decide to embark upon.
So one way or another, I doubt I will be disappearing for good any time soon.☺
I am going to try a new poll. My only previous attempt at this,did not produce very spectacular results, so I am hoping that this one will fare a little better. I am trying to get a better grip on the reading habits of my blog followers. I know how many people click on my blog each day, but I do not know whether these people are reading it every day, every 2 – 3 days, or once a week and so on.
This means that is difficult to know my true total reader ship; as for example, if 1,000 people read my blog daily, then my readership is 1000; but if (say) 500 people read my blog every day and anther 500 read it once a week, my blogs stats would show daily hits, ranging from (say) 500 to say 600 or 700 on each day (depending on which day the weekly readers read it). Then if, say, 300 read it daily, another 300 read it every 2 -3 days and a further 400 hundred read it weekly, then it becomes impossible to know from daily stats what my overall readership level it.
So I’m going to try a very simple poll to try and get a better grip on what my real readership may be, so may I ask you all to please tick the relevant box. I will be very grateful as the more people who participate, the more accurate the results will be.
Anyway, thank you in advance for your valued participation.
The Slut Walk
A statement by a police officer in Toronto, Canada, who told students that if they wished to avoid rape they shouldn’t “dress like sluts,” set off a world-wide protest which has taken the world by storm, with boisterous demonstrations of young women protesting sexual violence and the way victims are blamed for it.
These grass roots protests, involving thousands of women dressed in everything from lingerie to sweatpants, have been held in more than seventy-six cities in Canada, the United States, Europe and beyond; there have been SlutWalks in Mexico, (a sign in Morelia reads: ‘My Tiny Skirt Does Not Make Me an Easy Woman‘), and one is even planned for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The hope of this movement is that maybe someday people will get it through their heads that sexually active females are not demons, morons, destroyers of men or fair game for rapists, and the word “slut” will either fade from the language or mean something else, like “woman who sleeps with people she wants to sleep with, and only those people.”
Whatever the real aims of this interesting movement, this blogger, for one, gives it his wholehearted, unmitigated support, and I hope that these Slut Walk protests will grow and prosper to become weekly, or even daily events in every far flung corners of the civilised world. In fact, I cannot think of a better cause for me to take up and champion and I would even be prepared to sponsor such walks in my daily blog, in return for a few choice photos of the sluttiest participants.
So I urge all would- be sluts to join their local Slut Walk as soon as possible – come on! show us how slutty you are!
Mind you, there is hardly any need for slut walks in the Land of Smiles, as most Thai women dress and walk like sluts as a matter of course….at least, they do where Mobi hangs out….
They shoot horses don’t they? – But not the murderous Taliban!
British soldiers who spot Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs are told not to shoot them because they do not pose an immediate threat, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. They are instead being ordered to just observe insurgents and record their position to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.
The controversial policy emerged at an inquest into the death of a British soldier from who was killed in October last year by an improvised explosive device as he led a patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The soldier’s wife disclosed that in the days leading up to his death her husband been told that it was not his job to attack insurgents laying bombs. She said: “They are not allowed to fire on these terrorists. If they can see people leaving these IEDs, why can’t they take them out? One officer even told him ‘I am an army Captain and you will do your job’.
“We have lost too many men out there, they had seen people planting IEDs yet could not open fire or make contact with them. I believe strongly if people had taken on board what he was saying more he might have been here today.”
Under the Geneva Convention and the nationally administered Rules of Engagement the 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan are told they can only attack if there is an immediate threat to life.
A key part of the MoD’s counter-insurgency theory holds: it is more important to win over civilians by not killing innocent people than it is to eliminate every potential insurgent.
One officer who has recently served in Afghanistan said that if a soldier wanted to ascertain if an insurgent was an immediate threat, he would have to approach him and expose himself to greater risk.
He said: “A British soldier manning a checkpoint at night might watch a man digging a hole for an IED100 metres away and would not try to shoot at him. It’s a ludicrous situation.
“There has to be an immediate threat to life and that’s a hard thing to prove. An IED does not count as an immediate threat.
“The Americans are different – their Rules of Engagement are pretty liberal. If they even suspect someone of laying a bomb, they can shoot them.”
Afghans routinely dig holes in river banks to store meat because there is no refrigeration and farmers often dig at night because it is cooler to work. The Taliban bomb layers take advantage of this to spread confusion.
They set roadside bombs where farmers work and villagers store meat, and they also pay civilians $10 a time to dig a hole.
If the civilian is shot, it is a propaganda victory for the Taliban, and if the hole is not discovered by soldiers, it can be used later for a roadside bomb.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Troops in Afghanistan are required to exercise restraint when dealing with this threat as the use of deadly force is not always appropriate when there is a risk of collateral damage.
“The aim of this policy is to avoid innocent civilians who may be in the vicinity.”
I have attacked the Yanks mercilessly over the past few months for what I have seen to be indefensible actions and hypocritical hyperbole on a whole variety of subjects, but for once the boot is on the other foot. The yanks are doing what any army engaged in a war is supposed to do – kill their enemy, yet the Brits, in the same war are told not to kill them and as a consequence, risk their own lives.
And for what? To win over the hearts and minds of the Afghans. Pardon my language, but what a load of old fucking blocks! Why is it that every right thinking person in the whole world knows that Afghanistan always has been and always will be a totally lost cause, yet the British government continues to foist all this ‘protect the civilians’ crap onto its people and have its soldiers unnecessarily sacrificed as a result?
As I have stated previously in this blog, once all foreign troops have departed Afghan soil, the country will revert back to way it has been for centuries and all the fledgling democratic structures will be destroyed and all the women will be locked up and treated as slaves.
Is the US in terminal decline?
Debt crisis… Housing Crisis ….and now…Job/Productivity crisis.
There are too many young, lazy, unskilled workers in too many jobs while productivity falls; all in a desperate, misguided attempt to ape the Chinese – according to Greenspan.
Alan Greenspan has an interesting new take on what’s wrong with the U.S. economy. He blames the young work force – there are “major concerns about the productive skills of our future U.S. labour force” – and U.S. trade policy is mirroring China’s.
He says that the U.S. is doing it backwards by trying to increase jobs via trade policy.
“Increased jobs are the consequence of increased trade. Increasing jobs more than output implies a fall in productivity and standards of living. That surely cannot be our goal.”
But that is exactly what China is doing wrong, says Greenspan.
“The Chinese are manipulating their currency in order to get low-quality, high-labour-content products produced — for maximum employment. They are distorting their economic structure and creating long-term economic damage.”
It sounds like Greenspan is primarily worried that the U.S., in its quest to create jobs quickly and get the recovery on track, will employ the young U.S. work force in easy, lower-paying, unproductive jobs. And since the young work force is unintelligent and lazy compared to the workers they’re replacing, the Baby Boomers, this spells bad news for the U.S. economy.
“Baby boomers are being replaced by groups of young workers who have regrettably scored rather poorly in international educational match-ups over the last two decades.”
“The average income of U.S. households headed by 25-year-olds and younger has been declining relative to the average income of the baby boomer population. This is a reasonably good indication that the productivity of the younger part of our workforce is declining relative to the level of productivity achieved by the retiring baby boomers. This raises some major concerns about the productive skills of our future U.S. labour force.”
Greenspan would prefer the U.S. let in more skilled immigrants instead.
“Most high-income people in our country do not realize that their incomes are being subsidized by their protection from competition from highly skilled people who are prevented from immigrating to the United States. But we need such skills in order to staff our productive economy, so that the standard of living for Americans as a whole can grow.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I am seriously considering a safe haven for my ever dwindling investments. There is a real danger that this global economy is about to implode if someone in the US doesn’t get his head out of his liberal ass and do something right for a change.
BUTT…BUTT…BUTT… I don’t give a hoot!