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Car crash at Somerset Street & Percy, Ottawa, taken in January or February of 2017. Click for full-size image.

It's pretty hard to believe it's been 13 and a half years since I joined Livejournal. Paradoxically, it's also pretty hard to believe it's only been 13 and a half years since I joined Livejournal.

What's even harder to believe, is that I've been on Dreamwidth since May of 2009, just shy of eight years, – more than half the time I've been on Livejournal – during which I have made DW my home, cross-posting to LJ from here.

14 years. 8 years. Either way, the mind boggles.

Anyway, over the years, LJ/DW (but especially) it has at times been a central part of my online life, if recent years have seen its importance diminish (almost the only posts I've made directly to LJ since moving to DW have been an automated record of my tweets). And now, the movement away from LJ to DW, which started fitfully back in 2009, seems to have really taken off. Last I checked (two or three days ago) there were a half-dozen dead journals listed on my LJ Friends List; there might be more now).

I'm not closing my LJ. Not yet, anyway. Nostalgia and inertia are powerful forces, and the Doctor Who community over there is still pretty strong. More importantly, I'm not much more concerned about servers being located in Russia than I am about DW's being located in the United States. Indeed, a case could be made that, as a Canadian, I am more likely to be targeted by nefarious forces in the USA than I am by the powers-that-be in Russia.

But regardless, as a wannabe writer and sometime publisher, the vast majority of my on-line life is conducted in public. And I harbor no illusions that anything I post on someone else's server is not accessible to government forces should they happen to put me in their cross-hairs.

So here I am; and there I will stay. And a happy anniversary to me, and to Livejournal.

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

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"The say that patriotism
Is the last refuge
To which a scoundrel clings"
- Bob Dylan

"The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures."
- Junius


If Canada has a genuine living hero in the person of Henry Morgentaler, so too does the United States of America in Seymour Hersh, the man who broke the story of the My Lai massacre in 1969, and who has been doggedly making the title, reporter, an honourable one ever since.

A couple of years ago, I was roundly mocked on one of LJ's political discussion communities for suggesting the Bush II regime had it in for Iran and that we might see yet another war in the Middle East sooner rather than later. The most significant single source for my analysis was Seymour Hersh and time has certainly proven I was no Chicken Little.

Hersh's latest, published in this week's New Yorker (a magazine which has been underwriting Hersh's work for - as far as I know - decades, and deserves many kudos for it) and republished, along with two video interviews, deserves the attention of anyone paying attention to the state of the world in general and to US international relations in particular. You Yanks especially owe it to yourselves to pay attention to this man if you are concerned about the direction towards which your country is headed.

If you remember the Israeli attack on Syria back on September 6th of last year, and maybe wondered why so little came of it or even was said about it, read this article for probably as much information as will become publicly known for years. Yes, Hersh's journalism relies a great deal on un-named sources, but he has a 40-year track-record. (And while you're at it, you should subscribe to truthout.org. It's an excellent resource and it's free, though they will ask you for donations.)

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