I happened to look at the far left corner of my laptop screen just after hitting the ‘publish’ button for my last post and it said: your 1999th post. Thus this is #2000. Is that a milestone? Whatever, but I was surprised at the number. Apparently I babble quite a lot. So do others because there have been 8,982 comments so far.
The first post on Man with the Muckrake was on June 11, 2007. I had just returned from a trip to Europe and commented on a photo of a memorial I came across one morning in a German cemetery titled, “We Died for You,” and it listed the names of the German soldiers who died in WWI and WWII. War and the military has been a popular theme on this blog as it was on an earlier blog that I wrote before I created this one.
In July of 2007 a post titled Toledo Bishop Caught in Web of Deceit was the first of several religious posts commenting on the secrecy of the Roman Catholic Church. Interestingly, today it continues much as it has for centuries with sex abuse cover-ups. Quite a bunch of topics on this blog were directed at Fundamentalism, most specifically Christian Fundamentalism. In September 2007 my first fundamentalism post featured a book written by Bishop Shelby Spong in a post titled, Christian Bishop Decries GOP Fundamentalist Agenda.
If Neanderthals Could Have Talked written in October 2007 was the first of many science topics that interested me. Often I connect a newly discovered science item with fundamentalists, hoping to enlighten The People in the anti-science agenda of this religious group. With each new, daily science discovery the ‘facts’ stated in the Bible whither like clipped grass on a sunny day.
Of course, politics is a hot topic here; the first political post, My First Socialist Workers Meeting, spoke of the need for health care in this nation. Little did we know back in 2007 how divisive that topic would become during the 2008 election and afterwards with the parade of idiots in DC- our first taste of the Tea Party.
Celebration of Race Equality Day celebrated in Toledo in late summer began regular posts on race, gender and sexual orientation equality issues. Not surprisingly, they often dovetailed with political and religious posts.
Education issues are seemingly always in the news- mostly bashing teachers and the lack of funding for schools. Late in 2007 I wrote, The Happy Idiot’s Guide to Education: Part 1. I’m not sure that there was Part 2, but the subject of the education of the youth of America never seems to be solved. Money and political and religious agendas are constant roadblocks thrown into the path of education reform.
I’m an amateur psychologist and am keenly fascinated with the human mind. Oh, I’d never want to sit in an office and listen to the person lying on the couch; rather, the theory of it all fascinates me. This is why in December 2007 I wrote, The Out-of-Sync Child– a study of certain children in our society, our schools who appear to be just a tad off. Not off as in psychologically deranged, but these children do not seem to react the way ‘normal’ students do. They have what is termed sensory integration dysfunction. Pity the child who has this disorder sitting in a classroom with a teacher who has no training in this disorder.
The changing climate of earth continues to make headlines often with new records of temperature, increasing of storms and melting glaciers. The environment and the jeers directed to Al Gore come to mind. My foray into this theme at the end of my first year of this blog was a post I titled, Greenland Melt Accelerating, According To Climate Scientist. Well, still melting despite the anti-science hollering by the usual set of luddites. It continues with the nonsense rhetoric spewed by head of the House Committee on Science.
Thus, in retrospect, what issues have changed and/or remained the same over the past 6 years? Where is the current interest in the topics of the Environment, War/Peace, Religion, Education, Politics, Justice, Psychology and Science?
Thank you all for reading and commenting on this blog. Often I think that I should abandon this blog and leave it to the dustpan of history. But not just yet.
Thanks also to those who feel free to post here: Microdot, Laci and Engineer. Your shared insight is always welcome.
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