The Written Peace:
Open Forum of March 16, 2007
Your host here at The Dark Wraith Forums has tried his best to publish a nice open thread while preparing this site for transition to a new publishing platform. Google has been working mightily to force users of its publishing platform to switch to its so-called "new" Blogger, something I will not do. Google has gone so far as to prevent me from publishing any further articles without signing its new "Terms of Agreement" and allowing their new Blogger to wreak havoc on the code I have been developing over the past two years and several months.
Yesterday, I circumvented the block Google had put into place and published a brief article here. It got deleted rather quickly.
This one won't be.
I have been awaiting the arrival of a more-or-less new computer to replace the poor beast that has labored terribly and with increasing difficulty under the strain I put on it. Fortunately, the new computer arrived yesterday, and I am bringing it up to full power tonight. It is quite a thing to behold, and now I can do things I have been unable to do for quite some time. I can also do a few things I was never able to do before.
As soon as possible, The Dark Wraith Forums will leave the less than competent hands of the folks at Google and go to the NucleusCMS platform, which is the one I use for Big Brass Blog. As I've noted before, a principal concern I have had in switching to Nucleus for this site is that commenters on Nucleus blogs have to use the old Bulletin Board Code (BBC) instead of HTML tags for mark-up. I had been hoping for the development of a module that would allow HTML tags in comments, but that hasn't happened yet.
A significant coding challenge with which I am still struggling is how to make the comments toggle from the main article in Nucleus like I've done here. One of the few good things about the old Blogger publishing platform was that it was so light-weight that I could deploy just about any coding trick I wanted in the so-called "template" (more accurately called the "index file"), and the publishing platform would have no issue with it. That's most decidedly not true of the new Blogger, as I have found out through helping others trying to make the transition. Several members of my blogScream News Wire syndicate have had fits trying to put something as straight-forward as one of the news screens into a new Blogger template. blogScream uses a very standard, harmless version of an object called an IFRAME, something that's been around for a long time; but the new Blogger is having emotional difficulties with it that are creating quite a challenge in maintaining syndicate membership levels.
And speaking of the blogScream News Wire service, it is two years old today, which means it stands as one of the longest running, continuously published news services featuring only blog headlines. Several other services like it have come and gone, but blogScream survives and will continue. Readers who see a blogScream screen on one of more than two dozen blogs across the Blogosphere are seeing headlines from some of the best progressive online writers. Click on a blogScream headline and discover a great blog.
Readers might, by the way, surmise from my two topics above that I am not currently in negotiations to sell blogScream to Google, even though it sometimes seems that every other online publisher of something even halfway interesting is. In the extraordinarily unlikely event that the bandwidth sucking, Chinese censorship enabling, technologically incompetent, wannabe monopolists at Google were to approach me on such a matter, I would be torn between the choices of telling them to bite me or to kiss my backside. Making not one dime of profit is far preferable to garnering a fortune from oafs.
Enough about that.
Over at Big Brass Blog, I published an editorial on what's happening with the stock markets. (That article was supposed to be part of the "Open Forum of March 13, 2007," which never got published here because Google was blocking me from access to the publishing platform).
My assessment of what's going on was typically dour, but let me assure readers here of this: it could get a whole lot worse than even I am describing. In my best judgment, the economic circumstances of many, many people will take a turn for the worse. Most of those people for at least a while will not get their minds around how bad it's getting for them personally. It will take time to sink in. People have been getting used to a modest version of this downward spiral for a few years now; but for most, it's been happening to someone else, and to the extent that it's been happening to them, they have not been making the connection between the world of large-scale financial, economic, and political policies and the consequentially adverse impact of those policies on their own lives.
The understanding of the deep connections will come, but it will come slowly, and it will never be a full understanding for most people. Even though I would like it otherwise, it isn't really all that important that most people will persistently lack a comprehensive grasp of the scope of the incompetence and mendacity that are the very cause of the bad times ahead.
As long as the average American finally figures out who is to blame, all is good. If that average American finally figures out who is to hang, all is even better than good.
Say what you have to say, here. This is an open thread. This post will not get deleted, and the comment facility is working (which it wasn't for my first attempt at this).
Once I've opened the espresso bar and put some snacks out for everyone, maybe we'll have a contest featuring people who try to impersonate a neo-con on the run from a noose. Or maybe we'll do one of those contests where we see who can hold out the longest from laughing when we say things like "The GOP is the party of fiscal restraint."
I did hint over on an open thread at Big Brass Blog that I might get some nude breakdancing going now that I've waxed the dance floor. I'll try to talk Peter of Lone Tree into doing a duo with me on that. If things turn rowdy, we might be able to get some kind of choreographed number going with Minstrel Boy, blackdog, Mr. Goat, and Father Tyme joining me for an interpretive dance to the music from some good, post-Apocalypse movie like Kevin Costner's, The Postman, all of this to the purpose, quite obviously, of ensuring that we still have a good time even as we descend into Hell.
The Dark Wraith does his best to keep people from becoming too pessimistic about the misery, poverty, strife, and absence of acceptable feng shui that may be visited upon us as a nation.