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Some of you will have noticed I haven’t been posting so much on my sites the last few months. This is partly due to the fact a couple of net-based alternative news outlets have been taking an interest in some of my more serious articles to the extent of republishing them. As they have much larger readerships than I could ever hope for with my blog I’ve started writing pieces with them in mind. An Australian magazine has also expressed an interest in my work.
One site even asked me to join their team. After giving the offer serious consideration, I turned it down. It would take too much time along with all the other stuff waiting to be completed. Nevertheless, I continued contributing to the site from time to time. Since then, I’ve had a rethink. Something has to go. Though writing stuff for my blog has been lots of fun, trying to get something new out every week, as well as writing and researching for articles, has been proving too much lately.
Added to that, with the global situation as it is, it has become even more important to let our governments and mainstream media outlets know where we stand. To judge by blogs, comments sections, and the social media – not to mention Corbyn and Sanders effects springing up everywhere – it should be glaringly obvious disenchantment with the way things are going is spreading like bushfire. Huge numbers of us are extremely disillusioned at current events and we’re not afraid to shout about it. That disillusionment is swiftly turning to anger at where we are being led. We’re not so stupid as not to know when we being told lies. Our political leaders and media outlets are telling us ever greater lies about the world economy, big business, globalisation and war, to the extent they can no longer be trusted.
My own anger and sadness have led me to believe we all have an obligation to fight back against the tide of disinformation and propaganda being shovelled down our throats on a daily basis by those who don’t have our interests at heart. If we don’t become active the democracy, our grandparents and their parents fought so hard to win, will be snatched away from us. And it will be snatched away at the point of a gun without a moment’s hesitation, whenever and wherever deemed necessary, if push comes to shove. I am determined to do my bit to present an alternative view of current affairs as an antidote to the deceptions we’re being force fed. They’ve had their say, now let’s have ours!
To get to the point; I won’t be publishing quite so often over the next few months, as the articles I am working on demand a lot of hours. I also hope to devote more time to my fiction. But all is not lost for my small knot of dedicated foot soldiers, who have followed me through thick and thin. I will still be posting shorter items and a few photos from time to time.
I don’t expect to achieve an awful lot, but it will be a lot more than sitting on my backside complaining all the time. Actually, when I think about it, being in front of a screen, writing articles all day, is sitting on my backside complaining all the time. But you know what I mean.
I will be linking to articles featured on other sites.
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