Top ten report time for the past seven days. Remember these stats, which come from WordPress not Sitemeter, do not count my own visits and only reflect those who have clicked on the individual entry. Sitemeter recorded 1,212 visits and 2,273 page views this past week; WordPress says around 2000 views of the blog as a whole.
1. Does Tim Blair still do global warming jokes? 282 views of this post
2. David Suzuki at the National Press Club 240
3. Looking back on October 84
4. I’ve been Timmed. 33
5. Very revealing view on Islam and homosexualty 28
6. Nice new lit blog link, thanks to Gay Erasmus 23
ABC to move closer to the Ministry of Truth 23
8. Admiring ex-Big Brother star David Graham 20 (61 since this was posted)
Suzuki and Jones trounce Mufti as reader 20
10. Tragic confidence 19
You will note Alan Jones has just about gone off the boil. Last night’s 50 Years of ABC TV nostalgia fest had a snippet from a discussion forum of the late 70s or early 80s on the subject of “poofters” who, according to one audience participant, were out there raping murdering and pillaging… It was a good reminder of how far we have travelled since then and of the climate in which Alan Jones shaped his own personal coping strategies. In Bullies judged by the book in today’s Sydney Morning Herald Paul Sheehan slams Jonestown for innuendo and anonymous sources, and quite properly scoffs at the idea Jones did anything improper sexually while at the King’s School. I can believe that.
However, despite the salacious interest in this side of the Jones biography saga, the real point seems to me to be the influence Jones has had and how and why he has exercised it. I also find it a bit rich when Paul Sheehan rails against “the morality of the hunting pack”. Couldn’t one see the right-wing commentariat as a “hunting pack” who are themselves not above distortions, innuendo and anonymous sources? My recent timming, the big (if modest in blogosphere terms) event here in the past week, provides object lessons in that. But then I am a Stalinist, as you know… (The Red Dragon would still be laughing over that one, I think!)
A commenter has provided a link to David Graham’s Website. It is worth visiting, and it has to be said he is not unattractive, though he appears to be, er, married to someone “tall, muscular, devastatingly handsome (the type of handsome you know you’ll never look sideways from), and as it turned out, honest, faithful, extremely intelligent, multilingual, committed, driven, well travelled, full of values and best of all totally feeling the same way about me.” Sigh! See also Colour Me Crafty Forum, where there are some interesting comments, a reference to this site, and some very distracting pictures of David.
Jim Belshaw’s personal reflections lately are a must read for anyone like me who is in many respects quite conservative but alienated from what that word seems to mean today. Go there. Unlike many bloggers, Jim is very careful about his facts and tends to confine himself to what he knows. There’s a lesson there for all of us. In Jim’s case, what (and who) he knows is very interesting.
Daniel (Seeking Utopia) has finally pulled out of the public arena by setting up a new invitation only site. I can’t help thinking this defeats the purpose of his blog, but that’s his call after all. He explains it himself on the stump of his old blog, linked at the head of this paragraph. Certainly the debate there over the last week or so on a whole raft of issues around homosexuality became very messy, or so I thought. Perhaps he should have two blogs, one public and one restricted: he already has that, but seems not to be making much use of the open one. Here on WordPress it is possible to password protect individual entries on an otherwise public blog, and it is also possible to terminate comment threads if you so choose, which I did lately on one post. These seem more elegant solutions than those offered by Blog/ger/spot.