I wrote this as a comment on another thread here at this site but was made to realize that it should be read by all the regulars and not just the ones who might be notified of new posts to that particular thread (even though there are some funny and interesting posts on that thread) so here it is as a post:
…I should also mention that from time to time, some people have generously helped out with the costs of this site. I want them to know that it is deeply appreciated, not just for the obvious necessity of helping pay the costs of running a site which is under near constant DDOS and other forms of cyber attacks, but because it tells me that people feel it is important work and that I should keep doing it.
I have not taken a break from it that I recall in the roughly 8 years that I have been operating it. When I am not at this, I am working for the money to do it. I might take a short break after I finish all the Warsaw videos, the second of which I should be posting within the hour, we shall see how I feel then, perhaps in a few weeks. But thank you all for your kind words, and some of you for your donations, some of which have been quite generous and all of which are appreciated and even moving.
Many of us have profound differences in general philosophies and would be bickering or indifferent to each other in good times. But the threat facing liberal democracy today supersedes the vast majority of these differences, even if some of us do not think so at times. Ultimately the freedom to disagree, and to disagree without bloodshed or the threat of force of the state is critical to the well being of a democracy, and one that I feel has already been derailed thanks to rules set out for the media which are tantamount to totalitarianism through brute force, in that both are designed to force you to make decisions in keeping with the ideology of the state. One through force, and one through filtering information so your decisions are cookie cutter ones. Less messy than gulags and harder to fight in many ways. Sites like this at least attempt to aggregate information and ‘de-interpret’ it so that one might see the obvious as opposed to the state sanctioned, scrubbing of information might help allow people to actually make genuine personal decisions based on all available information and perhaps allow a place to discuss events and their meanings.
Just looking at the events at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi alone and how Islam was scrubbed from any reportage of it despite the clear slaughter of all non-Muslims by a group dedicated to the imposition if islamic law on all, should be enough to cause us to wonder. There are too many examples to list of course but this is just one from last weekend.
Anyway Thank you all for reading, for your comments, for your kind words and thanks to those of you that were both able and willing to help out with donations large and small. All of it is helpful and all of it is energizing.
Lastly, and on a religious note, I think that we Schrodinger’s Catholics must now recognize the existence of multiple gods. Because when one looks at the world today and how it runs, it can only have been designed by a committee.
Thank you all again and please keep reading and commenting.