It has been a year since I first started blogging on Open Salon and almost two since I started my first blog on tripod which received little attention. When I posted my opening post about preventing Violence I explained that most of my blogs were issue oriented and they were just as important later as they were when they were first posted; so I decided it would be a good idea to highlight some of the blogs that I consider the most productive for those of you who are interested and provide a relatively brief summation of what I have written about. This is also to help any people from unfamiliar with Open Salon navigate the blogs. Since they are mainly issue oriented and many others have done a good job presenting important issues I also added a few of what I considered their most productive blogs as well. These are not intended to be a fair choice of favorite blogs; I focused mainly on blogs that paid attention to issues that I have taken an interest in so there are many good blogs including fiction, poetry, entertainment, and sports etc. that haven’t been included, nor do I expect are many of the best issue oriented blogs since I just can’t keep up with them and probably haven’t even read many of the best blogs available. However this is mainly intended to make it easier for people who are interested to help navigate through my own blogs that are most important anyway. Any comments or recommendations will be appreciated whether it is for new posts or old; although replies may not always be quick since I often go several days without checking them. This was intended to be relatively brief but as usual it turned into a longer post; take your time reading it, or not, as I’m sure some of you won’t have the time; however I think many of the issues I have attempted to address are important to everyone so I hope some of you will find the time to consider them either through my blogs or other good sources.
I have been blogging more or less anonymously; however I have attempted to show the way I came to any conclusions or opinions that I have expressed. This way there should be no need to trust the source if you think these are worthwhile you should do so because the principles stand up to scrutiny. This is a good way to handle life on the internet anyway since I’m sure many of you already know that there are many people that aren’t what they claim to be; and some of these people are more subtle than others. As indicated in my opening post my blog has been primarily about preventing violence, explaining manipulation tactics, and encouraging political and media reform about many issues that I consider important.
One often overlooked but important issue is Organizational skills which I blogged about over a year ago and will soon update with some new suggestions about how this could be improved at Open Salon and elsewhere. It is one of the last few that haven’t been reposted here so after these few are up they will all be new posts for those of you who have checked the old ones on Tripod. The most powerful institutions understand this much better than they let on. They often show how well organized they must be by presenting repeated clips of politicians saying the same thing over and over again but they fail to inform the public that if they want to take full advantage of organizational issues about many subjects they should understand it themselves. This may not be very exciting but it has a major impact on many of the most important aspects of our lives. To make it easier to sort through my past blogs I also made a separate table of context before using OS which is better than tripod; however I thought it was worth keeping so you can find it on this introductory page. Or for those of you that aren’t familiar with OS you can find my latest posts you can find it by clicking on the logo on the upper left hand corner or right here. I don’t say this to be condescending; but because it wasn’t that long ago that I had to sort out the organizational aspects of OS and many other sites so I assume there may be others that really don’t know this still out there.
Some of the most important issues that I have attempted to address are Does child abuse and bullying lead to more violence? , an Educational Revolution , Manipulation Tactics , Election Reform and a Truth and Education Commission. The importance of child abuse and how it affects many other issues is routinely underestimated by the majority of the public and this should be understood much better if society is going to be able to solve many of the most important problems. We also need a much better education system to address these issues, teach people how to recognize manipulation tactics; and election reform is important since any sincere democracy should put the control of the election process in the hands of the public not a handful of well-connected plutocrats or corporations. A truth and education commission is worth serious consideration in order to implement election reform; but I don’t recommend that it be done in a hurry; instead I think we should have an informal one to begin with so the public can be involved in setting the terms for any more formal one; since past truth commissions have been flawed these should be corrected. There has been some redundancy in regards to the subject that I consider the most important; part of the reason for this is that they’re blogs that have been intended to cover a certain subject for readers that may not have kept up with other previous blogs. However in the more recent blogs I have attempted to reduce this to some degree by citing previous ones for more details; furthermore I have attempted to pick the most important subjects starting with basics that are often ignored to emphasize. This isn’t what many of the highest profile commentators from the media have been doing; they often repeat catch phrases that support their own agenda but they won’t hold up to scrutiny in many cases. One of the most important examples right now is the claim that “we don’t have a tax problem; we have a spending problem,” which ignores many of the most important issues. In practice this slogan doesn’t actually address many of the most inefficient spending problems since they often benefit the corporations; nor does it address the fact that the taxes on the highest classes have gone down while they’ve had their income rise as a result of escalating corruption. With the Mass Media spreading so much misinformation about the wrong subject I believe a reasonable amount of redundancy on the part of more sincere people is acceptable.
I have also written more about how child abuse can lead to additional violence in blogs about Daddy’s Hands, the Fundamentals of Psychology , the real victim rights advocates , Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine , and Without Conscious Early upbringing has a major impact on the long term psychology and development of how children grow up and it has a major impact on whether or not they’re educated properly or indoctrinated to believe the version of the truth that is dictated by cult or ideological leaders. Abuse at an early age is one of the most common ways to indoctrinate children into irrational cults or groups like the tea party that often follow the leaders without understanding the issues. It also has been proven to contribute to a lack of empathy, although there is some disagreement about this in some of the more authoritarian segments of the academic world. True victim rights advocates are those that have attempted to educate the public about these issues.
In Apocalypse: a self fulfilling prophecy? I reviewed the way many past cults like David Koresh and Jim Jones helped bring about their own destruction and attempted to explore ideas that would avoid a larger disaster that could come about as a result of irrational thinking including a possible Environmental Apocalypse. I also considered this in a three part review of the “Clash of Civilizations,” by Samuel Huntington and speculated about the possibility that Huntington’s ideology could bring about The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. None of these blogs are based on the assumption that there might be a rapture or some other global disaster on any given date predicted in past prophecies but there clearly are a lot of problems that could lead to serious problems many of which can be avoided.
The most effective way to avoid a collapse of society involves education the public better so that they can do a better job participating in the decision making process which is why a recommend an Educational Revolution. A good education system would involve starting with the right fundamentals and getting them right before moving on to more complicated things. This is not the version of fundamentalism that many people have been led to believe in but in Why I’m a fundamentalist, I discuss why I think they have misrepresented real fundamentalism which should be quite rational. A good educational revolution should put an end to any efforts to Bash Teachers like Governor Chris Christie is doing. There may be some times where teachers deserve some constructive and sincere criticism but that isn’t what the Republican Party is trying to do; instead they’re trying to use them as a scapegoat for problems created mainly by those in power. Literacy in America and abroad should also be seriously considered since those that have better reading skills tend to be much better at sorting out details for themselves and doing their own research. Without these skills they are much more susceptible to those who want to mislead them.
Election Reform should be considered a high priority for everyone since it is quite clear that those in power are paying little or no attention to the best interest of the majority of the public. In order to change this the public needs to have a real opportunity to help select the nominees by participating on the creating of job applications for candidates and controlling interviews or debates. We should not be forsed to choose between two candidates that both are controlled by corporations that have little or no concern for worker, consumer or environmental rights etc. In a more sincere system Free Speech needs to be protected equally for everyone not just those that have an enormous amount of money to donate to campaigns. If this isn’t perfect then we should at least try to find a way for those with the appropriate education to speak about certain subjects that they have expertise in and the general public should all have some chance to get some points across to the majority if they have something to say. This right shouldn’t be reserved only for the rich! In a better system the public needs to have access to the educational material they need to participate in the decision making process and we shouldn’t have laws that make it harder for those without money to access that information which is what current copyright laws do. I discussed this further in Copyright violators are thought criminals. I also explained how the evidence clearly seems to indicate that the current laws appear to be designed to protect the rights of copyright lawyers and publishers more than the researchers artists and novelists they were intended to proitect in Copyright Bureaucracy.
In Class Warfare I discussed how it was actually the rich that have been initiating class warfare tactics despite the enormous amount of propaganda that they put out about how the more are trying to demonizing the innocent and benevolent rich. One of the ways they maintain a major advantage over the poor and middle class is by arranging for trade secrecy laws that do more to cover up corruption than they do to encourage the innovation they claim it does; as I explain in Proprietary information is, by definition, a conspiracy these are designed to make sure that the consumers and workers aren’t able to access the information they need to make important decision; this information is reserved for the business owners only. In Complacent consumers have few if any rights I discussed how businesses are using planned obsolescence to swindle the public out of hundreds of billions of dollars each year. In Human Research Subjects are being studied on a regular basis, I discussed how those in the academic world are using the majority of the public as guinea pigs primarily to benefit the most powerful, or at least under the control of the most powerful people even if they do share some of the benefits with the rest of the public. The people with the least amount of money and political power are the most likely to be used for this purpose and the benefits of this research is primarily for those who can afford to go to college and access the results of all this research.
In It's the Economy Stupid I discussed whether the economy is supposed to be used to help improve the quality of life or whether it is just intended to enable the ruling class to take a cut out of everything that the rest of us do, kind of like a white collar version of the extortion the mafia has been famous for. I followed up on this by discussing if job losses could be good? If they benefit the public they clearly shouldn’t be but if they’re fraudulent jobs that scam the public perhaps they would be good. In Federal debt to the Company Store I compared the current fiscal crisis which is getting worse to company stores because it is clear that the most powerful corporations are participating in the decisions that lead to this debt and trying to stick the public with the tab. In Health Care Premiums and where they go I reviewed a few obvious facts like money for advertising can’t possibly do anything to improve health care yet they’re paid for out of the money collected for this purpose. The politicians have been misrepresenting this discussion by presenting two or more versions of health care which don’t address the benefits and in 2009 they led to Violent health care town hall meetings that amounted to divide and rule tactics and these tactics are still being used in the health care debate today.
Setting a better example for the Mass Media would be an important step in reforming the Mass Media if we can’t do it all at once. Clearly the current media is controlled by a small percentage of the public that isn’t concerned with the best interest of the majority. Finding other alternative media outlets would be a big step in the right direction but more needs to be done to provide a media with the resources they need to investigate important issues that isn’t controlled by the corporations that often have major conflicts of interest. The existing Mass Media is more like an indoctrination machine that uses Manipulation Tactics to control the public and keep them from standing up to the powers that be. They routinely spend more time focusing on the Obsession du jour than they do many of the most important issues even when there is plenty of educational and research material available to them from people that want to address important issues. One of the most important things that they could do if they had any sincerity is implement a Public relation campaign for child abuse prevention. this would do an enormous amount to reduce many of the social problems and it would make the public less susceptible to the War Propaganda that the Mass media is constantly feeding the public. Noam Chomsky has done his part to review these problems along with some help from Edward Herman which he explains in Necessary Illusions and Deterring Democracy as well as many of his other books. My reviews of these books isn’t limited to the points that Chomsky made; I rarely seem to stick to one persons point of view unless that person happens to be me.
If War isn't the answer then what is?? Surely there must be better answers and they have a lot to do with better education and equal opportunities for all people not just those with political power. It would help to understand the Cause and Effect of Hatred Starting at the kindergarten level because that is where a surprising number of people make their mistakes. this would enable many people to learn how to get along with each other without spending their time killing each other. Authoritarianism is a major reason why many people have learned to follow their leaders and they let their leaders decide who is or isn’t their enemies whether or not these enemies have actually done anything to deserve their hatred or not. In Tyranny opponents or advocates, I discussed the fact that our leaders indicate their true intention with their actions not their slogans; if they suppress education and dictate a distorted version of the truth or use any other method to interfere with democracy they’re indicating with their actions that they aren’t true advocates of democracy. In The Social evolution of Tyranny I reviewed how the tactics that the ruling class has evolved over the centuries and they have learned how to adapt to the growing demands of a better educated public and increase their manipulation skills. The current War on Terrorism clearly seems like a War on Citizen’s Rights or perhaps both. If those in power were truly concerned about the problem of terror they wouldn’t ignore the legitimate concerns of many people around the world and downplay “collateral damage,” which only incites more hatred. Hamas, Israel and the USA should all renounce violence; those in power shouldn’t expect those without power to renounce violence if they’re not going to do so as well especially when it is clear that they’re suppressing the rights of poor people that descended from those who were there before Israel was created and they clearly weren’t the ones responsible for the past injustices done to the Jews. Blaming the Palestinians and Lebanese for all the problems the Jews have had over the past few thousand years isn’t going to solve their problem instead it could lead to another genocide where the Jews could become the perpetrators instead of the victims. The Rules of war are on life support. The nature of war leads to desperation and disrespect for rules therefore there are only two ways to get the rules of war off life support. Either you abandon any rules and allow the strongest to rule and dictate everything or you put an end to war and convert the rules of war to the rules of peace. Torture clearly isn’t a way to prevent future terrorism since it does more to incite more hatred than it could do to gather information even if it actually did work. Besides if, as many people believe torture should be used only as a last resort, why is there so little discussion on the first resorts? The use of the term “intelligence” is clearly for propaganda purposes since Espionage isn't intelligent at all; it is designed to ensure that the vast majority of the public doesn’t have the information they need to participate in the most important decisions. The CIA has never done much if anything to defend the security of the USA instead they have done more to protect the tyrannical control of those that have access to the information they need to realize how corrupt these Cults of Espionage are. While reviewing an enormous amount of information, including "JFK and the Unspeakable" by James Douglass, that indicates the possibility that the CIA and other rogue factions within the US government may have been responsible for the assassination of JFK and or the cover-up. I have attempted to review this and how the Red Scare may have influenced this starting with a review of the government reports on the assignation and the history of demagoguery and paranoia during the Cold War.
We have plenty of good reasons to seriously consider a Truth and Education Commission or something similar to that if we want to reform the current problems we have. This doesn’t mean we should rush into this especially since past Truth Commissions may have been at least partially biased in favor of the most powerful. This is a good reason why we should plan this well and start with an informal education effort before making promises of immunity or absolving people of civil liability which some have mistakenly done in the past. One of the most important things to consider are the manipulation tactics that have been used against the public in the past; the best way to avoid this would involve understanding the Fundamentals of Psychology and how people develop their beliefs and behavior patterns early in life. They often either learn to sort through the details and figure out the truth or to believe what their told by their leaders depending on how they’re taught as a child. Consideration of information that has already been released about government wrong doing will help plan for this; however it hasn’t always been released in as honest a manner as it could have been as I explained when discussing Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect, and the Stanford Prison Experiment. there is good reason to suspect that Zimbardo and other people involved in the government haven’t been releasing honest information and it will take time to sort out the details and sort fact from fiction. Thic should include consideration of possible Corruption or bias in the American Psychological Association which could include additional research that has been done to manipulate the public on top of Zimbardo’s Prison experiment. Political Psychiatrists are also suppressing democracy; they’ve been doing an enormous amount of research to manipulate the emotions of the public in what they call democracy at work even though it involves deceiving the public into voting against their own best interest. Understanding the Psychology of the ruling class may help sort through the details of this and we should also consider who the The real wealthier entitlement class really is. This sums up my most important blogs so far which seems to include more than half of them; it wasn’t intended that way but as I said I think they’re about important issues that need to be addressed. The following are some of the ones from others that I thought were important; in many cases I tried to pick the ones that attempted to report on the people with the least amount of political power that are often being taken advantage by those with the most political power. In many cases these are the people in the third world that have to live under dictatorships, some of which are supported by the USA. In others cases they are right here in the United States but they’re the ones that get the least amount of attention from the Mass Media and on the rare occasions where they get attention they’re often presented in an unflattering light without addressing the social issues that leads to their problems.
Leah Pastramo has reported on her activity in India including Child Workers of the Glass Bangle Industry which was followed up with Hope for the Hopeful: Update on the Glass Bangle Children. This indicates that some of the problems that need to be addressed are making some progress but I suspect this isn’t nearly as much as is needed. One example of the problems that still need to be addressed might be the Karanpura valley where the villagers are, or were, being evicted by the coal mines. Leah reported on this in The Price of Industrialization: Inside the Karanpura Valley and Price of Industrialization II: "What will our children eat?" this conflict is apparently still going on according to this article by the International Land Coalition, as well as this one.
Judy Mandelbaum has also reported on many important international issues including The "collateral" tragedy of Afghanistan and Abortion in Ghana - Where ignorance of the law can be fatal. She has also displayed a great deal of courage by standing upto to many of the most political powerful people when reporting on incidents in Israel; she has done this without justifying atrocities from the other side although many people may attempt to make it appear this way. Won't anyone think of "the children"? On media hypocrisy is just one of the many blogs she has written on this subject. In many cases the people that have been hailed as the most heroic have been those that heroically stood up to the rebels that use violence for causes that have little political support; others are more concerned about those that use violence against those with the least political power. Kevin Gosztola has also done this when he reported on Guantanamo Children: Not Simply 'Little League' Terrorists. He has also reported on many historical and current events including the Official History' of Bay of Pigs Still Classified Scanner has written about the indoctrination tactics routinely used by the military to train recruits based on personal experience in Sgt. Hook. His experience was shortly after the research done by Philip Zimbardo in the famous Stanford Prison Experiment which I cited above; which I suspect may mean that they were using his research to refine these tactics; although any impact at the time would have been minimal since they didn’t have much time to improve any tactics on a large scale. He also reported on many events that have gone unnoticed by many including Throwing School Mom in Jail for attempting to get her kids into a good school. Instead of trying to correct the inequities in the education system they persecute the poor, mainly minorities since there are many more whites that do the same thing without prosecution. He also reported on Debtor’s Prisons and their possible comeback, mainly for those with the least amount of political power; although a small number of people like Bernie Madoff might also be thrown in jail mainly because they made the mistake of including some wealthier people in their scams.
Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall has reported on how many children may have been mis treated for the benefit of the pharmaceutical and insurance companies in a three part series including Drug Companies: Killing Kids for Profit , Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Scapegoating Kids for Family Problems , and Childhood Bipolar Disorder – the Role of Insurance Companies. His report focused on Bipolar disorder; however I suspect there may be similar problems with other issue including depression and the large reliance on anti-depressant drugs being prescribed to children and adults. This is probably most common when contributing causes like child abuse and social injustice are ignored while prescribing these drugs. She has also reported on the CIA in a long series that includes The Role of Left Gatekeeping Foundations in Suppressing Dissent and The Ford Foundation and the CIA. A reasonable amount of discretions is always advised when looking into the CIA; however I have seen enough material from reliable sources including the government itself to indicate that this appears far more credible than many people realize although it probably isn’t perfect. A certain amount of disinformation is to be expected even from the best researchers due to the large amount of conflicting information that has been released. One of the reliable sources that Dr. Bramhall cited is the Shock Doctrin by Naomi Klein which is available free on-line at infoshop.org/amp/NaomiKlein-TheShockDoctrine.pdf.After checking it out personally I highly recommend it.
Rw005g has written many good essays including Is the U.S. Constitution Truly Democratic? where he considers some of the many problems with the Constitution that many of us have been led to believe was above reproach. It was never even ratified by the public in most states, except Rhode Island, and the only ones that took a major part in drafting it were the white male property owners. He also wrote about unequal justice in Incarceration and Economic Systems. Rw has also written many long essays that are very good but take a lot of time to read; this is in my opinion worthwhile since some subjects take time to cover but sometimes he can get right to the point which he did in Pyramid of the Capitalist System. Kemstone has also written about Revolution Earth: Ideal Government which is about grass roots efforts to create a government that truly is controlled by the public based on their own best interests. This would be much better than the current system which is mainly controlled by the corporations that are Boiling the Middle Class with little steps that were intended to go unnoticed although they’ve been reaching the extremes lately and there are few people that haven’t noticed now. He also did his part to debate the energy situation as a Skeptic at the German Anti-Nuke Protest.
Mrs Raptor shared her own experiences as a poll worker on the subject of how are votes are counted or as we found out in Florida 2000, not counted in Election season lets discuss the process, The election process: Election Day & closing the polls, and Election Season: What happens after the polls close?
Steve Rockford has noted that the Spanish courts investigate US torture while it goes uninvestigated in the USA, for the most part and he also reminded us of The forgotten Iraqi refugees, which many people in other parts of the world haven’t forgotten. If the USA truly wants to be considered the “leader of the free world” around the world then the government is going to have to stop ignoring these inconvenient facts while the rest of the world gets more skeptical of us. He reported on Gabriel Schivone who started by bringing food and water to poor migrants in the Arizona desert and is now helping citizens in Gaza suffering under the blockade in Arizonan joins border conflict – In Gaza. On the lighter side he reported on an unsolved mystery commonly known as the Phoenix Lights. Jimmy Zuma has reported what many of us have considered obvious for a long time when he cited War on Drugs an epic fail, says new report by world leaders and he has also reported on how the corporations are working to suppress worker and consumer rights in The Republican conspiracy to cut your wages.
Ryan Ebersole has wondered Will America Ever Wake Up,and realize that the majority of our problems are being caused by the corrupt people in power that are catering to the corporations. He also reported on the GOP Strategy: limit voting rights which should be considered a direct assault on democracy; even relying on the false choice between the corrupt democrats and the even more corrupt Republicans should be considered an assault on democracy. Neither of these two parties are doing much to solve many of the most important problems in America including third world Mississippi. Alaskan Progressive came up with his own Strategy to Deal with the Tea Parties which may explain why they have lost steam despite the reporting that continues on them while other protesters are gaining steam. However he hasn’t been perfect since he apparently hates his Neighbors for some reason and not everyone seem to approve of the way he treats his and Israel’s neighbors.
Kent Pitman has written several articles about the damage being done to the environment including Unexpected Admissions on Peak Oil and Climate Change which seems to indicate that problems must be really serious if even the Oil companies are reluctantly admitting that Climate Change is real. He also compared the situation to Easter Island in Reflecting on Our Shared Good Fortune. This comparison is worth considering even if the basis for it on Easter Island turns out to be false since we still have enough information available to us to realize that if we destroy our own environment we will not be able to survive. He went beyond just Climate Change in The big C and That creeping feeling. Libby liberal reported on some of her own protests past and present in Corporate Media Hearts Henry Kissinger, Oldest War Criminal. It is hard to imagine that anyone who is familiar with his record could possibly believe he deserves the Nobel Peace prize. Skypixie was good enough to remind us that We Are "THE GOOD GUYS" -- Right? and he also took a little time Thinking About The Future which he followed up with four additional parts, part 2, part 3, part 4 , and part 5, where he joined the crowd that are giving serious thought to many of the problems being caused by the corruption of those in power and how to change it from a grass roots level. As a former counterintelligence agent Duanne Gundrum apparently learned a little about how the government, and presumably that information or principle that can be verified independently is more credible than those that don’t stand solely on their own merits. Which is what enabled him to do his part to think about the absurd way the government is now behaving in Sidelined Onlookers Watching the Republic Crumble.
Janice Woods’ description of her conversation with her grandson in Aiden and I and MLK: A 5 Year Old's View of History may seem on the lighter side but if more people don’t spend more time teaching children about these things they won’t know how to handle democracy when it is their turn to do so in the future; in fact the reason we may be in so much trouble now is probably because more parents didn’t understand this in the past. Sarah Hoffman has also done some important work to reducing bullying starting with this post, which was followed by nine more on the subject which has longer term consequences that many people don’t realize since violence tends to escalate and the sooner it stops the better. Jonathan Wolfman has also put his two cents in about reducing violence when he was required to smack kids with a paddle. He reduced violence by finding an alternative.
Sean Finley has also done put some thought into whether or not we really support life so much as we like to think we do in Celebrating Death: A Uniquely American Psychosis and he has also pointed out how absurd Beck can be, which should be irrelevant except for the fact that there are actually some people that believe this guy, in Is Anti-Semitism More Acceptable Than Criticizing Israel? VZN has done a lot to collect a lot of sources on some important subjects including the research into robotics and killing by remote control. One of his best sources is one that I am familiar with, Peter W. Singer who wrote Wired for War. This is a good book even though he uses a little humor at times he addresses some very important and dangerous aspects of this current trend. He can be found at wired.com “Inside the Rise of the Warbots” and on Youtube. Mark who may no longer be in Japan has brought some good articles to my attention which have otherwise gone unnoticed including a good reason why we should Throw Thomas Off the Bench. In addition to her own book Elijah Rising has also recommended a lot of other good books including Children of Men which is turning out to be way to close to reality already and the Running Man which seems to have already come true in What Will Our Future Be Like? And she has also cited one that I have been meaning to read, by Philip Gourevitch “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda” in American Exceptionalism. Sarah Cavanaugh does a lot of poetry which is quite good although as indicated previously that isn’t my primary purpose however it is worth mentioning the day she fell off her high heels. These things are really quite silly as she explains; and they don’t seem to serve any practical purpose except to provide employment for chiropractors.
I’m sure I missed many other good blogs of course but these are, in my opinion worth remembering. If I do this again after my second year however it probably won’t be as extensive; especially reviewing other peoples blogs. This was worthwhild since I found that I missed a few good ones; however it took more time than I initially anticipated so I may not do that part again. A handful of my latest blogs posted after this might be added here if I think it is worthwhile but in most cases they will be in the usual reverse chronological order or just added to the complete table of context. Here.