This is an interesting blog to write……….it is about you, the readers. Whoever you are or (as in some cases) whoever you work for…….
Firstly, I encountered one of my ‘regular readers’ on another and very unrelated news-oriented website yesterday. He used the same nom de guerre on that website as on mine. Wrote with the same voice (sane). It was like bumping into an old friend while traveling in say, California. Weird. But neat. Birds of a feather……..
Another friend was a student at Tiananmen in ’89. His input was simple: the protest will not end well in HK unless the students de-escalate their demands. Methinks he should know.
According to Google stats about 25% to 33% of my readers are in China or HK. Or Russia. I have no idea why. Some are likely friends from our travels there but most likely my site is monitored. I occasionally write about Hong Kong and China, after all, and their government does tend to monitor such things. Mind you, I sometimes rant about our government, too, so maybe some of the Canadian readers are CSIS staff. I never write about Russia. So, who knows?
I should write more about the CIA and MI6 just to keep the whole spook community equally engaged, I guess. It increases my readership at the very least. I could end my blogs with ‘Allahu Akbar’ but that might be pushing things a bit too far. Big Brother has no sense of humour. And they do have jails and tasers. Well, they all seem to find jailing and tasering folks somewhat amusing so maybe it is just a different sense of humour, eh?
Since this blog is a bit deviant, let me ask a few questions…..ISIL/ISIS is reported to have 30,000 soldiers (more, according to Obama). But they don’t have significant numbers of vehicles, no tanks, no planes and, presumably, no discernible supply lines. Young men eat a lot. They need food and toilet paper. And soldiers need transportation. So, how are they doing this?
Iraq has 250,000 soldiers, tons of planes and tanks and the backing of the world. So why is Harper sending them 60 or so advisors and a few F-18s?
Why is Harper doing the same kind of thing in Ukraine?
Did Canada become a superpower while I have been away?
My guess? Canada and the US intend to get aggressive around the Arctic circle and they have some kind of quid pro quo thing going on. Plus Harper is an idiot and fancies himself a historical figure in the making. He is easily manipulated as a result.
Ebola is getting out of hand. It will likely ‘burn itself out’ as they say but it hasn’t so far and more efforts are needed to stop the possible pandemic. Canada has offered up some supplies but the supplies can’t be shipped because commercial air carriers aren’t going into Liberia and Sierra Leone anytime soon. So our contribution sits in Winnipeg or wherever. They are planning to ship it by sea! Doesn’t the Canadian government have a few more planes other than the F-18s? Aren’t the US flying in? Can’t we hitch a ride?
How is it that we can join the forces against ISIL and not the forces against Ebola?
Where has Canada’s peace-keeping role gone?
How did a dickhead like Harper hijack our nation?
POSTSCRIPT: Seems Harper DOES read the blog! After that last post, he announced a stepped up effort to address the Ebola issue. Authorized a whole new mobile clinic to be sent. I think the man suffers from a number of psychiatric disorders but making better decisions has to be acknowledged and fighting Ebola with more aid is a better decision. ‘Bout time.