How are you doing? Hope everything is all right with everyone.
I'm not following international news for quite some time, as Im struggling with some problems in my end right now, but I wanted to check you guys and see if there were something about North Korea here that wasnt appearing on my country´s media.
It is fun to see that even after all this time - more than one year and a half since the last time I was around -, a new US president, a grave international economic crisis, a pandemic, etc, I can still more or less guess everyone´s stance on some issues.
And it is great to see that Bush wasnt the glue that kept everyone around - not that I ever doubted it.
I was curious to see what you guys would be talking about. I guessed wrong, tho. I imagined some heated debate over North Korea and the increasing number of attacks in Afganistan (maybe some ironic reference about "moving averages" lol), and maybe something from Alvy about Real Madrid and the almost 150 million Euros for Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo in the middle of this (neoliberal) economic crisis, the swing to the right of most EU countries, or something like that.
I also imagined that Tim would have scrapped this blog software and migrated to Wordpress :)
Yet, what I read in some three or four pages worth of posts and comments was more "local" and "pragmatic" and less "international" and "ideological", like in the old titty board. And this blog is still a b2e :)
Not that there´s anything wrong with any that, of course (well, maybe except the b2e ;)). It only shows how everyone changed and I stood still somehow.
Anyway, Im just passing by to say hi, and check on everyone.
Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention a curiosity... Unlike in the US, today is Valentine´s over here in Brazil. Just mentioning in case anyone want to add some international flavor to their respective romances... :)
Back story on Word Press. It was my first choice, but there was a back room problem I couldn't resolve so I used B2evo, instead. I like B2evo, but don't like that common embedding tools don't work. People who know how to embed on other sites can't do it, here, without explanation. But, your post made me think to look and I'll be darned if Word Press didn't just release a new version 2 days ago!
I set up a test site. I'll post a link on the front page in a minute.
I don't know about anyone else, but I've been more "local" lately because I'm really in a holding pattern. Between not having the time to keep up with EVERYTHING any more, and the new administration/congress not having much time to fix/fuck up things, I want to see what happens for a while.
I generally like Obama, although I definitely disagree with him on occasion. Congress is another story. More often than not, I don't like *either* side.
I don't think we'll be out of Iraq or Afghanistan any time soon, but I think we'll be out of Iraq before Afghanistan. I saw that the Brazilian government is BRUTALLY repressing indigenous people, but don't know what I can do about it besides complain. I guess, to be short about it, I think we need to fix too many things at home to worry much about doing anything externally, right now. I could go on, but...
Hey P. It's good to hear from you. Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm still mostly the same. The circumstances have changed. I went on and on about foreign policy -- before -- because it was and still is my priority issue. I don't talk about it -- anymore -- because I'm satisfied that it's as much or as more a priority for Obama and he's working on it.
He's handling Iraq and Afghanistan much the same way that I've always said I would -- so -- unless somebody says something I disagree with -- for the time being -- I've got what I hoped for. We always knew that any "security" gains Bush was making were likely be counterproductive means -- so -- I expected to see a little more violence when somebody started undoing his security measures. In addition -- unlike past administrations that would have been willing to cut deals with would be oppressors -- Obama's not trying to oppress anybody for our interests. So -- Obama's going to be working against more enemies -- not being willing to align himself with a bribable potential client.
I'm cool. As the international situation improves -- the domestic stuff will slowly take care of itself. Man still has so much evolving to do -- and we don't do it quickly -- so -- I enjoy what I can -- and don't sweat the stuff I know I'm unlikely to live to see.
I see in various disciplines the beginnings of a next big step. I may not be here to see it -- but I'm pretty damned excited about seeing the little things -- knowing how they're going to come togther to take us one big leap forward. It makes me glad I have children -- knowing there's something big and good coming down the road -- knowing my children (or a few levels of grand -- whatever) will live what I wished I could see.
It is true that I havent been following the news for some time, but something like that, in our current political climate, the desperate opposition would be crying bloody murder every day, everywhere, and no matter how isolated I am, Im would still heard something about it, but I didnt.
What I do know is that thee were some conflicts with indians in Peru, and they fled to Brazil, causing some turbulence, but no "official" violence.
I also heard that we were demarking (finally) the indigenous territories, and some farmers - that were illegally occupying some indian territory - attacked a tribe.
There was also something about indians invading a farm and our supreme court granting them the right to remain there until the issue is fully debated. Maybe there were some conflict with the police at the time, but I didnt heard of it - nor I found in a quick search in local (and oppositionist) newspapers.
So, I might be wrong, but I dont think something like that happened. Could you get me a link to it, please? Im very interested in that subject.
Changing the toppic, I was joking about the whole Worpress thing, but Im kinda happy you are going to take a look at it. I think you will love it. I have been using it - and currently Im developing a theme for it from zero - and I think it is great, specially if you know some (not much, really) php, like myself.
The multitude of widgets and plugins avaiable is almost frightening, actually. lol
There are a couple plugins that I think you would love. First, GD star rating (or something like that). Without any coding (well, maybe some minor adaptation in the css, depending on the theme you will use) every single post (and optionally comment) show a star rating. Very handy and well made.
Also, NGG (Next gen gallery), if you plan on using lots of pictures in your blog.
Zemanta is also worth a look. It is a plugin that look for additional info when you write a post, abou what you are writing about, and allow you to paste it into your post in some ways.
You migh also find plugins that add a "related posts" to every post usefull. And one that lists the most read/commented/rated/etc, too.
Oh, and dont be afraid of playing with the theme. It's quite easy. And one you start dealing the the_loop, you will see how powerfull and well built is that thing... lol
Sorry if I got carried away. Im in the middle of one of my obcessive swings lol
Now, about being more "local", I didnt mean anything about it. Was just an observation, and I guess it is quite natural, as Bush was specially mad regarding international relations. There isnt many people that can say they started not one but two wars, one being unmistakenly illegal, at least.
Obama would have to work really hard to do any worse than Bush lol
OTOH, as far as NK is concerned, and the general discourse about how "our nukes and our friend´s are good, yours are bad because we say so and we have them" sounds too much like Bush.
To be frank, I dont know how Obama will perform in domestic matters, but the only real change I expect from him in international relations is a)not start illegal wars and b) pay some lip service to multilateralism (actually, given the UN structure, this "multilateralism" is to real "multilateralism" as plutocracy is to real democracy).
Lol, I was just dropping by to say hello and here I am getting carried away with worpress and nk. But is is kinda nostalgic to write about those matters in english. It has been too long lol
Glad to see you. Or read you.
About me running away for months, that´s something very likelly to happen, unfortunatelly. But I will try to make it weeks, instead lol
And you will be missed, too :)
What did I do wrong? lol
Right now this blog is running just like it always did.
That was my mistake. It was Peru, not Brazil. I had only read a bit about it, and was wondering what you knew.
"Could you get me a link to it, please?"
The violent face of free trade: Government forces kill indigenous Peruvians defending the Amazon (Kos)
Indians Shot from Helicopters for Peru Free Trade Oil (Kos)
Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon (BBC)
Peru tribe battles oil giant over pollution (BBC)
Peru to protect isolated tribes (BBC)
"I was joking about the whole Worpress thing"
Yeah, I knew that and wasn't offended, but B2evo really wasn't my first choice. The software is a couple of years old, now, and should be updated regardless. When I checked my ISPs site, they no longer "support" B2evo, just Word Press, so updating this software was going to be more difficult.
I don't think B2evo is bad. It has a couple of quirks I don't like, but it's done well for a couple of years, now, and I'm not interested in being a "developer", just hosting a spot where I can talk to some old friends. At the same time, it's only a matter of time before some spammer hacks this code and I won't be able to use it any more without updating, anyway.
So it was easier, for me, to just convert to Word Press. Everybody will have to get a new ID, but once they do that I don't think most will notice much difference.
Tks for the links, anyway. :)
It is painless to set up - just install and activate and it will place itself in every post (the comments ratings needs to be enabled in the dashboard, I think). Fiddle with some options to get the number of stars you want, choose the set of stars you want to use and forget about it.
And if you dont like it, just disable and deinstall and nothing will change.
"It is painless to set up"
BTW, my favorite feature is nested comments because there's less cut and pasting to make it clear who, and what, you're replying to.
WP will download, put it in the right places and ask you to activate it.
To update them, WP will show a link to do it automatically, too.
I love wordpress lol
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