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When I started blogging (back in July 2009), I didn’t really think anyone would be much interested in my posts or blog site (in general).  That’s proven to be more or less correct… in the grand scheme of things.  I have some regular followers (about 10, I guess) and I must admit to being mildly surprised the number is that large.
Generally, my purpose for this blog is to relate things I’m doing, what I’m thinking about, movies I’m watching and books I’m reading.  I must admit to one bit of ego stroking I have developed over time, though – watching the incremental increase in the count of countries which have visited my blog.  I would like – at some point in the not too distant future – to look up my statistics and see I’ve been visited by at least one person from each country on the planet.  I don’t have any real expectation of having a visit from Cuba or North Korea, as I understand they are fairly closed countries in terms of internet access.  Having been visited by every continent (except Antarctica), I would just like to imagine my site had become “truly” global.
Today I added the Google Translate widget to my site under the monthly calendar in my right-side column.  Maybe being a little more local language friendly will help.  I guess only time will tell…

Image of Worldwide Visits as of 2 July 2018

Worldwide Visits as of 2 July 2018

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On This Day In:
2017 We Can Figure This Out
2016 Just Enough
2015 Bourne Bond
Springs Eternal
2014 Brains First
2013 Not Listening Anymore
2012 At Your Marks!
2011 We Are Not Alone
Underlying Rationality
2010 Is the Obama Administration Failing?
In Other Words…
Quite Please!
In A Hostage Situation…
Are We Done Yet?
In Order…
Flip-flopping…
Proof of Choice…
On “Leading” A Democracy To War…
Actually, It’s All About Me…
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All men are brave in company and cowards alone, but some show it clear than others.
   —  Mr. Dooley
[Has #DumbDonald “taken care” of North Korea, yet?  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Holding Fast
2015 Alms Or Balms
2014 A Day At The Beach
2013 Pillows
Steppin’
2012 Invincible Summer
2011 Being Objective
2010 First Things First…
Northwest Passages – Intro
Northwest Passages – Day One
Northwest Passages – Poetry
Northwest Passages – Evening One
Northwest Passages – Morning Two

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On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country.  Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers.  The hackers have made both demands and threats.  The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  Their threats vary from personal — you better behave wisely — to threatening physical harm — not only you but your family is in danger.  North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released.  Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan.  This is not just an attack on Sony.  It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country.  That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands.  We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.  We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear.  We will stand together.
   —  George Clooney
[I read on MSN that George Clooney passed the above message around to a “sizable” number of people in the entertainment industry and was not able a to get a single person to be the first person to sign up for this pledge to stand up to political / economic / social terrorism.
Okay, George.  I’m admittedly not in the entertainment industry.  I’m just a single individual posting on my “free” blog.  But, I sign up.
I will stand with you!
If you agree with George, please pass this (the message / pledge, not my post) along to your friends…
“With each link, the chain is forged…”   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 In The Present Day
2012 Feeling It
2011 Stretching Science

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