Monthly Archives: November 2010

Going on he Account: Part the Two Hundred Ninety Third

Part the Two Hundred Ninety Third of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Ninety Second

Part the Two Hundred Ninety Second of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Shares for Each Of Ye!

Well, not exactly…

 

Truth to tell, this is just a brief note that the “Share” buttons are now set up on the novel, which means that with a single button press, you can now share any page of the novel on the social network of your choice (as well as print and email the page directly).

Despite what you may have heard, and think of writers in general, I’d like to be just as social as the next guy…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Ninety First

Part the Two Hundred Ninety First of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

For this week, I’m changing the posting schedule to have the next part show up on Wednesday night.  This is in order to allow for folks here in the States to have more time to deal with their turkeys and other relatives…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Ninetieth

Part the Two Hundred Ninetieth of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

Only ten more to go, before the end of the novel…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Eighty Ninth

Part the Two Hundred Eighty Ninth of RAGING GAIL is now up, and may be read here.

 

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Going on the Account: Some Good News for Once…

The Chandlers are free.  One of the most senseless acts of piracy, the holding of an elderly couple without extensive means and with little positive to gain, is finally over after thirteen months.

What’s particularly striking in this account is how much effort is being made by both Rachel Chandler and the leader of the Somali “government,” Mohamed Aden, to try and separate the pirates from the Somalis.  Both of them take great pain to stress that not all Somalis are pirates, something that most reasonable people already hold; then again, these days reasonable people seem to be in very short supply…

 

If anything, the case of the Chandlers demonstrates the limits of piracy.  Whatever justification you might be able to make for such actions, whatever sympathies you might be able to generate from an economic justice standpoint as had been made for the last few years, none of that’s supportable when you have an elderly couple in captivity for no good reason at all.  Even after they demonstrated very few means compared to a shipping company’s cargo coverage, and despite appeals on humanitarian grounds, keeping these two for over a year led to nothing in the end.

 

There is talk that there was a possible ransom payment made.  Consider, though, that in the aggregate this wasn’t worth the expense, as it was minuscule compared to other commercial ventures and required keeping people ashore that could have gone after other loads.  Which means that even if you have no humanitarian concerns or conscience, this was just bad business.

 

It may be years before there’s enough order in the Horn of Africa for the pirates to subside; my hope is that, at a minimum, that there not be another such incident as this until that day comes…

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