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Archive for January 8th, 2013

WordPress supplies me, at year’s end, with a statistical roundup of just what transpired on my blog. I love statistics, and thought I would share with you all last year’s summation:

It turns out that there were a total of 190,000 views on this site in 2012. The busiest day of the year was August 20th, when I posted Flannery O’Connor’s smart-ass comments on Ayn Rand; that was picked up by several Big Blogs, which linked to it, which brought 2,772 views that day.

Viewers came from all over the world; 174 countries in all, including Vietnam (54), Saudi Arabia (150), Ethiopia (44), Iraq (51), Uganda (16) and a whopping 452 from Indonesia.

You can read the whole thing here: https://caelumetterra.wordpress.com/2012/annual-report/

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The Sacred Cow

Amid all the talks about slashing the budget- reducing Medicare, Social Security, and Food Stamps seems so urgent to so many- there is a curious silence regarding military spending. Americans are scared, so scared that they spend far more than any other country, and almost as much as the rest of the world combined on “defense” (a misnomer if there ever was one).

Yet all those billions and billions did not protect us from the last successful attack on the US, which was committed by a handful of guys armed with boxcutters.

This chart puts things in perspective:

The Military Imbalance: How The U.S. Outspends The World

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Some time ago I posted about this song, written by Bob Dylan and definitively covered by Jimi Hendrix, in what may well be the finest piece of guitar playing in the rock universe. But there is another very fine version, by the late Michael Hedges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJX-xDdOA_8

(If anyone knows how to download a video in other than web address format with the new WordPress protocol, could you inform me? Thanks; I never understood when they take something simple and easy to use and make it complex…)

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