Merry Christmas

I’ve got some stuff to do today, and I expect most of my readers are doing festive stuff rather than reading blogs, so I’m going to take a short break. I’ll be back in a few days, in the meantime have a very Merry Christmas.


22 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Well, some of us are clearly so friendless that we need to stalk you on your blog.

    All the best for Christmas, the new year, your new career as a purple-haired lesbian HR manager, and keep up the good work on the blog!

  2. your new career as a purple-haired lesbian HR manager,

    When I said “I’ve got some stuff to do today”? I’m transitioning.

  3. We don’t have Christmas here in the wilds of Thailand and it’s a bit difficult to be festive on your own. New Year on the other hand…

    Have a good one.

  4. “When I said “I’ve got some stuff to do today”? I’m transitioning”

    I look forward to the new powerskirt blog next year

    Happy Christmas

  5. Merry Christmas Tim. Thanks for all you do here. I truly enjoy it. Thanks to everyone else here that make it so interesting.

  6. “doing festive stuff rather than reading blogs”

    What could be more festive than reading blogs?

  7. Merry Christmas, enjoy your break. Thank you for this blog, it’s a daily port of call for me.

  8. Happy Boxing Day, Tim and all fellow readers, commentators and lurkers!

    2019. Let it be a great one!

  9. Belated Merry Christmas everyone, hope you are all appropriately stuffed full to the gills. All the best for 2019

  10. When you have to go in to work to feed the fish and while you’re there you might as well use the free internet.

  11. I’m just back on after a break so I’ve just seen your post Tim. Have a very very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your work in producing one of the blogs that I consider as a ‘go to ‘ one due to the quality of the writing and the views of the writer.

  12. @Jim,

    Its a timely warning on the back of Bolton’s recent speech on the new US policy for the scramble for Africa that he delivered to the Heritage Foundation. I think if it comes to anything its far better that the actual company is turned around as opposed to say an IMF imposed austerity measure on a countries nationals.

    Bolton didn’t mention investment budgets but the yanks are going to have spend a bit more than the $0.25b they currently do on AFRICOM to win the hearts and minds of the Africans in an attempt to combat the Chinese and to a lesser extent Russians imperialist progress to date. Apparently they are going to reduce AFRICOM by 10% but no details have been provided yet.

    Regardless of the provider or their motives, I think it has to be a good thing that the Africans have a bit of choice in which type of imperialist system it is that they prefer to adopt these days.


    U.S. troops are now conducting 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements per year, an average of nearly 10 missions per day, on the African continent, according to the U.S. military’s top commander for Africa, General Thomas Waldhauser.

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