It's sad, but due to high student loans, exploding tuition costs, costs of text books and the rising pice of Ramen, this is what our suffering graduate students go through in order to fund their education...well, that and sell sperm and eggs and organs and stuff...
Now, on a vaguely related topic, I invite you to visit my last post over at Veterans Today which I mentioned here and cross posted at the Defeatists and Vets...the subject of Pussy Riot really dumbfounded some folks...who were already pretty dumb. I managed to offend the anti-semites, the anti-Bolsheviks, the pro-Russian orthodox, the anti-Solzhenitsyn capitalists and the anti-Zionists. Hurrah! A pick five...
The poor suffering Russian Church...which of course was totally subservient to the Czar, did a deal with Stalin and then continued with the bureaucratic-oligarchy of demented old men and signed on with Putin as soon as he showed up on the screen.
So read or re-read the post but have fun with the comments. What I've found in my reading of various blogs is that a lot of them don't get a lot of comments. There are a lot of smart, informed and interesting folks who write and post over at Vets. However, the comments are far less diverse than the opinions of our readers. Crispin has had the rare success of actually attracting readers who respond and do so intelligently...you folks can be trusted to dangle few particles and not begin sentences with a preposition. In fact, some of you actually show familiarity with the subjunctive. And, beginning a sentence with a conjunction, you are not ignorant, race-baiting, anti-semites and reactionary fools.
So, should one of the comments so move you over at Vets, please, comment back. I find that my habit of responding to comments produce more comments as well as responses. Of course, these people have nothing to do when they've patched their tin-foil hats, covered the windows to prevent the CIA black helicoptes from seeing them and Fox News has reverted to Laura Ingrahm re-runs and Vegematic-Pocket Fisherman-COMBO!!! infomercials.
you know, i actually pay typepad to host this blog, so i get irritated by the absolutely chronic spam in the comments. it's a constant struggle to get it out. it's like kiddieporn, kiddieporn. one of the items i just deleted promised 'children with disabilities.' sometimes it occurs to me that homo sapiens deserves annihilation.
in response to some stuff from montag, i've made some changes for rss feeds (especially i'm trying again to title posts), reversed the order of comments, etc. if people have ideas for other changes (i know you want caps, lisa!) let me know. email@example.com
hey i've been blogging for quite some time: since late 2004, as a matter of fact. but anyway eyeofthestorm has gone over 750,000 lifetime page views. there have been some spikes lately. i should keep endorsing airstrikes here and there if i want more traffic: at any rate there were nearly 5,000 views on april 4 for whatever reason, and though the average over the whole life of the blog is 330, we've been doing quite a bit better in recent months (for a long time it was around 150-200). now a day at 800 or 1000 isn't unusual.
there have been about 3,500 total posts, 8,500 comments.
anyway, thanks for reading and commenting and stuff! i don't know what i'd do without this outlet; probably be even more obnoxious to the people around me. i'm sorry if it's gotten repetitive over the years; obviously i have my little hobbyhorses, limited zones of expertise and so on. but so many comments have been useful, sharp, creative, or gotten me thinking in different directions about different things. i'm not a person with a big group of close friends; this community means a lot to me.
one reason the world should disintegrate politically
rather than consolidate is because we need a much greater variety and
many more experiments in sovereignty. the range of actual political
systems in the world is mind-numbingly unimaginative. this is itself a
problem with sovereignty, which often represents our supposed
intelligence at its most banal; if there were a "general will," it would be, of course, an average will, a will with the funk averaged out.
check out this amazing blog dedicated to "new sovereignties": let a thousand nations bloom (mike gibson and patri friedman). they're calling their position "secessionism": well you might notice that i've often been on about balkanizing the world: many more countries would be a good start. more or less, from texas and alaska to kurdistan to the basque region to montenegro to tibet, i support every separatist movement everywhere.
there's a vague sort of picture out there according to which it is self-evident that ever-growing sovereignties are self-evidently desirable, until we end up with a world-state, run by al gore or jurgen habermas. but of course there are opposite forces pulling too: face the flanders, baby.