Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.
Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.
Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.
Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.
As the midnight hour chimes,
We leave the old and embrace the new.
I wish the things you wish for yourself,
And may God’s love stay with you.
(“Happy New Year” by John P. Read)
Wow, it’s 2020 now! I can’t believe the human race has survived to this point. For sure, we don’t have jetpacks yet, or colonies on Mars; but at least we still exist, and that is something to celebrate!
Okay, enough sentimentality, now down to business, if I don’t do my monthly stats, then my Reptilian Overlords will slide me onto a stick and plunge me in deep-fry oil, like those unfortunate scorpions in Chinese cuisine. And by the way, one of my Brazilian readers, Gato, has some doubts about the accuracy of the WordPress statistics. So do I, but it’s all I got to go on, folks, so what can I do?
So anyhow, as compared with the month of November, in December my Page Views went down– from 6,105 to 5,331. Fortunately (heh heh Overlords, whew!), my number of Distinct Visitors went up, from 2,741 to 2,919. Many thanks again to all who visited my blog.
And my sincerest wishes to all my Readers: May the year 2020 be a good one for you, your families, and your loved ones. I wish you all the best that life can offer people. Happy New Year!
Next: My standard disclaimer, and all that jazz:
Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.
Next: Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic trip down memory lane. In which I narcissistically “look-back” through my own posts of the last month, self-assess them, and highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature:
Highlights of the Month
So, here we go:
- I started the month of December with this book-review post about a new book by American conservative Joel Kotkin. The book is about the dawn of Neo-Feudalism, well that could put a crimper on our New Year cheer. To be honest, I didn’t read the book and neither did the Russian reviewer; but there you have it, folks!
- Next, and I think this is probably the best one, if you only have time to read one, it’s about Russia’s opportunity to become a center for world medical tourism. A fairly thorough discussion of all the pros and cons, with a wide variety of opinions.
- Then we learned something about Russia’s new Liberal savior, Egor Zhukov. Nobody can peer into the future, but I make a bold prediction: This young man EITHER will turn out to be somebody very important in Russian history, XOR not. According to the rules of binary logic [little joke here], that gives him a 50% chance of overthrowing Putin.
- From the ridiculous to the sublime (if a mine field can be called sublime), I ventured into the thorny mine field [mixed metaphors] of the whole race issue in the context of the Russian ballet!
- And then, undaunted by the inevitable outrage, plowed on with the theme of race and Christmas, in this research piece about Holland’s non-European Christmas helper, Zwarte Piet.
- This bittersweet piece, a continuation of the story of Dagestan’s hero-cop martyr, Magomed Nurbagandov.
- Another historical piece about the conquest of illiteracy in early Soviet Russia.
- And I think I could not have ended the year on a better note, thanks mostly to the Russian Diplomatic Corps, who pulled off one of those last-minute miracles of 2019: The peace deal and Happy New Year Greetings between Russia and the Ukraine. Let us hope that the bitterness finally ends between these two brother nations.
And, that was it, my friends, for December 2019. But now it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the
Parade Of Nations
The 2,919 human beings who visited me in December hail from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here:
|Hong Kong SAR China||14|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
|Trinidad & Tobago||1|
|Isle of Man||1|