I brandish my pen as if a sword Is gripped by my callused hand instead, Carrying our bright banner forward, Optimistic as we forge ahead! (Excerpted from "An Impossible Task" by Karl Stuart Kline) (co.2004)
7-7-7 July 7th, 2007
A year, a month and a day later!
From 6-6-6 to 7-7-7 - it's been that long since I started the 6-6-6 page to list the countries that have been the sources of so many of my readers.
In that time, We've gone from thirty to over a hundred countries, plus hundreds more of territories, states and oblasts, some of them very surprising...
Pleasant surprises, I might add, since it is very gratifying to have so many people of such varied backgrounds, ethnicities and religions come to this place that I have provided.
I know that many visitors may have come here hoping to find something other than what they found - there are very few sites like this, if any! So how can anyone know what to expect?
Still, it's nice to realize that many people have chosen to spend time here and even though I don't track visitors, it seems apparent that many visitors have returned once they did know what to expect.
Welcome to Your World!
>^.Karl Stuart Kline
Every word is a victory, Words that are meant to be repeated, They become part of our history, A cry that remains undefeated,
Words reach where bullets cannot go, Once heard, they can be repeated So it seems that there’s an echo, Free minds cannot be defeated
I’m not preaching a religion, This should transcend differences, A message meant to reach regions And people of many faiths whence
Will come the outrage that they need For them to protect their children, Or else their extinction’s complete When they lose them and their women!
excerpted from "An Impossible Task" - (The entire poem can be seen on another page of this web site.)
July 7th, 2007 - 00:07 AM (SMILE!)
So, are we feeling lucky today?
It's been said that we make our own luck... Perhaps that's a form of Karma?
Maybe, but it's more likely to be a combination of hard work and persistence!
"Those who heal you will kill you!"
Doctors as terrorists!
Is it because it's good for business?
"FIRST, DO NO HARM!"+
Update - 07/11/2007
Visibility is an accomplishment...
If you search for my page titles
- especially on one of the MSN Search engines -
you will find that many of them will come up on the first few pages,
sometimes out of millions of possibilities!
Of course, if someone uses those particular words as part of a larger search,
they will come up for them as well.
However, using epigraphs as I do,
viewers don't need to come to my page to get my message!
"Gang Bang" is an example that comes up on the first MSN page...
With quotes it's the 4th site out of nearly a million possibles...
Without them, it's the 7th out of over 16 million!
Either way, it's smack dab in the middle of the first page!
Whether they come to my site or not,
this is the message that they see in the middle of all that porn...
"How do you know when to intervene?
There's no right way to mistreat a woman!
Sadly, many men are weak and mean
And the cruel things they do are inhuman!"
Many, many thousands of people have seen those words -
without ever coming to my web sites! Hopefully, to good effect, especially considering where they found them!
Update - 07/24/2007
Special Update... 07/28/2007
Yesterday I received my first visitor from Afghanistan!
This is of special interest to me not only because of the
involvement of US troops and the ongoing conflict there,
but also because my Russian wife had been there managing
a retail store for Russian goods during the Russian occupation.
We were looking at clothing in an Afghani shop in Seattle a few
years ago when the proprietress heard her accent and asked
where she was from...
Moya Marinochka smiled brightly and answered promptly, "FLORIDA!"
I think that she saw more than enough of the conflict while she was there!
Now the current administration is embroiled over there...
Trying to win over hearts and minds abroad when they can't even do it at home!
Update - 08/07/2007
Following up on my "visibility" comment...
I mentioned before that my page/poem names
had been getting high rankings on the MSN Search engines,
often coming up in the first few pages, if not the very first page.
Often those searches were performed without using quotation marks,
so that they were entered only as generic search terms and not as a
specific phrase. The result is that I'm getting high rankings even if
words or phrases are entered, but they are not the same, only similar.
Recently I've noticed that on alternate search engines I've also been
getting multiple results for some of the same poem titles, but through their listings on www.poemhunter.com/karl-stuart-kline instead of from one of my own sites. This made me wonder if There was something different about the MSN Search engine that favored my site, but this last week I've started getting favorable placement on Google searches as well, so it's not a fluke and it seems that I really am doing something right!
If anyone wants to try, the first poem that I've found coming up favorably on both search engines is "Rape for Hire."
If you search for it just as a generic term (no quotation marks), you will find that it's not just coming up in the first few pages out of hundreds of thousands or even millions of possibilities... It's Number One! On both engines!
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Looking back on my "visibility" comments, I am happy that my work is getting out there and being seen, but how can I tell if I am making a difference?
If I am successful, then my success is measured by the tragedies that would have been, but never happened.
What does not happen is neither quantifiable nor attributable...
That is probably why I do these updates and list the countries from which I have had visitors come to my web site.
Here I see progress...
Here I can feel that just maybe I am making a difference.
Here I can tell that I have reached out and touched my brothers and sisters and together we have found something greater than either of us.
Something that resonates like a tuning fork for someone who is searching for perfect pitch...
Something as universal as the music of the spheres as world circles world in their eternal planetary dance...
Update - 08/29/2007
Hearts and Minds, Hearts and Minds!
Didn't anybody ever tell them that
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder!"
Update - 09/05/2007
Midnight! I'm watching the Tonight Show and
Fred Thompson (R) just announced that he is running for President!
No surprises there, though... Maybe he's just been smart about not spending too much money too early...
That might be appreciated when you realize that it's a very easy thing to do, especially when it's other people's money that you're spending!
I'll be glad when all the "also rans" will be eliminated.
Political rhetoric is bad enough even when it doesn't come at you in wholesale lots for a prolonged period of time!
Update - 09/12/2007
09/11/2001 - The day the towers went down...
I remember it well... I'd been there just a few months earlier with my new bride and my sister watched the towers burn from across the East River...
I'd been there many times - possibly even met some of the people who died there and I count myself fortunate that I did not lose family or friends to the tragedy.
No, I will not soon forget what happened there!
My "September 11, 2001" poem (as seen on this site) will be read as introduction to "The Poet's Corner" radio program this Friday at 6:05 PM - That's on the English speaking Catholic network called Holy Mother World Networks and you can hear the live Internet feed through www.hmwn.net Honestly, I'm not that familiar with them, but they contacted me asking for permission to use the piece. I'm under the impression that this will go out over multiple radio stations around the world, so I'm quite pleased!
Incidentally, it was written to transcend the differences between faiths and highlight the ultimate futility of such acts of terrorism, so it could be read with equal impact on any other faith based or secular network.
P.S. It's a good month for me... My article is coming out in Poemata (Canada) and I have a biography that should be coming out on the 14th on the Leicester Review of Books (UK!) (Approximately 9AM GMT, they say! <GRIN!>)
Update - 9/19/2007
just as a personal note, I did find the Internet link and listened in to my poetry being read...
not bad, but if you're skilled at recitation and you hear someone else reading your own poetry, especially a 'cold' reading (w/o preparation), then it's like listening to someone sing your favorite music off key and comparing it to the original hit version.
From a less personal standpoint, they actually didn't do badly and I am pleased to have been asked for my work to be featured on "Poet's Corner."
On the same day there was a short biography published about me in England and I think that it turned out very well. This link can take you directly to it and anyone who wishes can both read it and comment on it online. Please, do comment! Positive or negative does not bother me, so long as they are sincere. I also ask that you include your country... Even though it's certainly not necessary, it helps to put it in context.
On one level, I am not so proud to make that declaration as I once was...
Our "Fearless Leader" (or is that "Feckless"?) has saddened me considerably.
I feel that he is trying to master the world before he has mastered his own country, or even his own language and become an embarassment to us all.
Still, on another level, this remains the country of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln. Our current president shall be remembered by his works, just as they are remembered by theirs, but he will leave us a sadder legacy.
However, this is still the "New World" where men and women came to create a new nation, conceived in Liberty and ruled by its' free citizens.
Update - 10/03/2007
Comment added 10/05/2007...
Today I signed the MoveOn.org petition in support of the citizens of Myanmar who have come together in peaceful protest, only to be gunned down in the streets of their own cities by their own army.
I added this personal comment addressed to the UN Security Council and Chinese President Hu Jintao:
Latest Update - 09/26/2007Yes, I am an American...On one level, I am not so proud to make that declaration as I once was...Our "Fearless Leader" (or is that "Feckless"?) has saddened me considerably.I feel that he is trying to master the world he has mastered his own country, or even his own language and become an embarassment to us all.Still, on another level, this remains the country of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln. Our current president shall be remembered by his works, just as they are remembered by theirs, but he will leave us a sadder legacy.However, this is still the "New World" where men and women came to create a new nation, conceived in Liberty and ruled by its' free citizens.
Comment added 10/05/2007...Today I signed the MoveOn.org petition in support of the citizens of Myanmar who have come together in peaceful protest, only to be gunned down in the streets of their own cities by their own army.I added this personal comment addressed to the UN Security Council and Chinese President Hu Jintao:
Gentlemen, I sign this petition for Myanmar despite the last sentence. Accountability ultimately resides with the individuals who commit these inhumane acts and burden their own karma beyond redemption.
Please do what you can to support the victims of this regime.
Update - 10/18/2007
Benazir Bhutto in Karachi
A triumphant arrival...
A tragic attempt on her life!
Over 120 dead, including a suicide bomber who was evidently convinced
that he(?) could have a positive outcome result from the indiscriminate slaughter of men, women and children!
Only the goals of terrorist groups are met by such feeble minded means!
The leaders of these groups don't choose to martyr themselves...
They prefer to run and hide in the shadows, taking advantage of those who are gullible enough to believe that those who serve a higher power need to resort to the lowest of means to achieve their aims.
Yes, I know that I'm an American and I have not been proud to be represented by an administration that has not been equal to the high ideals with which this country was founded.
I am also a citizen of the world that I share with billions of other individuals and I can take no pride in being the same species of creature as those who use such despicable means to try to manipulate those who cannot think or act for themselves.
Worse yet, they promote the closed mindedness and ignorance that they take advantage of and deliberately target teachers and intellectuals who will not willingly follow their party line.
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With the California wild fires dominating our news this week, I picked up on a related story that didn't seem to get nearly enough attention...
It seems that 60 firefighters from Tiajuana and Tecate came across the border to help save California homes. Unfortunately more fires were started on their side of the border as well and they had to return to fight those.
Homes were lost there also!
I also saw a headline that indicated some firefighters from the US were helping fight those as well, but I haven't had an opportunity to follow up on the details of that part of the story. Still, I'm glad to see that some people seem to realize that we are ONE world and not merely hundreds of disparate countries and thousands of seemingly incompatible religions.
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Update - 11/07/2007
Pervez Musharraf... Is Pakistan's strong man showing signs of weakness?
George Bush... Is America's lame duck leader caving to public opinion when he calls on Musharraf to give up his military position?
(The position that gives him the most power!)
How would it affect the balance of power in the area if Kashmir, Kurdestan, Balochistan and the Chechens were all allowed independent governments?
It might complicate the politics of the affected regions, but how is that worse than having them live as second class citizens in their own countries?
Something to think about...
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Update - 11/15/2007
notes from 11/18/2007
Drought and climate change is a very real threat to population centers around the world as water resources dry up
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Death toll rises in Bangladesh - 5 foot storm surge wiped out entire towns.
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Kosovo hopes for independence from Serbia as new leaders win elections
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"FREE BURMA" demonstrations organized in Thailand
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Pakistan still struggles as Musharraf hand picks "new" government.
This is of special interest to me since I've been invited to join a "closed group" for Baloch Culture as a result of my interest and research into their circumstances under Pakistan's Punjabi government. I've been having a software problem, but I hope to soon have a separate page with photos and observations that have come to me by other than government sanctioned sources - They've shut down TV stations and satellite relays in an attempt to control the news and world opinion!
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Update - 11/21/2007
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Update - 11/28/2007
On a personal note... yesterday (11/29) was the
tenth anniversary of Peggy's death...
She's never far from my thoughts - or my heart!
Update - 12/11/2007
12/13/07 - a new poem!
I've been following the arrest of two "Terrorism suspects" in the UK this week - they're Balochi Human Rights activists who espouse support for an independent Balochistan free of the oppressive Punjabi rulers who want them extradited to Pakistan where they may very well face imprisonment, torture and death... The "canisters of CS gas" that the BBC reported seized together with a delivery system for spraying seems to be nothing more than a self defense spray can of non lethal pepper gas.
The Baloch everywhere are enraged by what appears to be a trumped up charge by the English authorities done in order to accomodate a prisoner exchange with the Musharraf government.
There's a demonstration scheduled to take place outside the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street this Sunday at 2 PM... It should be interesting!
The Onion Man (tentative title...)
The deceits of Musharraf’s politics are like the layers of an onion,
For every layer that you peel away reveals another deception
Then, when you finally reach the core,
You discover that there’s nothing more-
What’s hidden behind the Holy Hyperbole’s only for his protection.
Update - 12/18/2007
It's been an interesting week... Rashid Rauf, the person of interest to the British authorities and possible motive for the arrests that I mentioned last week, escaped from Pakistani custody. I've heard that it was an expected development from some of those who believe that President Musharraf is connected to the terrorists as well and that he would wish to avoid turning Rauf over to UK investigators.
Whether the escape was a setup or not remains a matter of speculation, but he has escaped successfully and I have heard nothing yet as to his recapture.
Interesting! Yesterday I received an invitation to the
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD POETRY- 2008
to take place in Navi Mumbai, India!
I would love to attend, but unfortunately I don't think that I can afford the expense - Travel and fees are likely to run close to three thousand dollars plus lodging and incidentals. They require fees by the end of December, so this is pretty short notice. Unfortunately, poets and money seem to seldom have much more than a nodding acquaintance.
Still, it is nice to have been invited, even if I can't attend!
Update - 12/25/2007
Update - 01/01/2008
So much has happened, especially this past week with the assassination of
Benazir Bhutto. Stories abound regarding who or what organization might be involved and Pervez Musharraf has finally agreed to allow Scotland yard to conduct an investigation. Unfortunately, most of the forensic evidence that they might have had to work with has been destroyed or is buried with the bodies that are unlikely to be exhumed for their analysis.
Update - 01/08/2008
As I finish my weekly update, I'm listening to the results come in from the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.
John McCain has taken the Republican Primary and Mike Huckabee has outshone Rudy Giulani, but the Democratic Primary is still in doubt - It's a real horse race between Clinton and Obama!
Hillary was leading the early polls, taking 40% compared to Obama's 36%.
It's after 10 PM now and she's still leading but the numbers are closer -
She now has 39% to his 37%... Whups! His just slid back to 36%!
John Edwards is in third place with a pretty solid 17%. I like him and sympathize with him and his wife who is still dealing with her breast cancer (having been through it myself when I lost Peggy.)
I still favor Hillary Clinton, though, partly because I've already seen Bill Clinton help pull this country back together financially after taking over from the first George Bush and I believe that the teamwork that helped accomplish that would return with her.
(Smile...) I also know that she has a copy of my book, Poison Pearls, somewhere - I can only hope that she's had the opportunity to read some of it, but I do have a letter from her acknowledging it.
I can't help but think that an administration led by her would be particularly sensitive to the dire circumstances that many women around the world suffer from..
Almost 11:00 PM now. Obama is acknowledging Hillary's victory - they've
finally got enough votes in to project a winner. The crowd is chanting,
"We Want Change! We Want Change!"
However the primaries turn out, I think that a Clinton - Obama ticket would be a mighty powerful challenge to anything that the Republican Political Machine can put together!
Hmmmmm...... Looking back, I may have ruined whatever chance I had to be a featured author on Oprah's reading list! (She's been campaigning for Senator Obama in his presidential bid.) Actually I could see him as a better candidate for the office after a couple of terms as vice president.
It might be a sad comment on racism in America in that even as a candidate for president he probably needs to take some security measures to protect himself from the white supremacist fringe element in this country.
I sincerely don't want to lose him like we lost Bobby Kennedy!
Update - 01/15/2008
Update - 01/22/2008
Update - 01/29/2008
Today I have been hearing reports of Al Qaeda bombings in Iraq where supposedly mentally handicapped women were given bombs to carry (apparently not comprehending what they were-) and then the bombs were detonated remotely from a safe location.
Look back to my Update from 10/18/2007 when I commented upon the first attempt on Benazir Bhutto's life that killed over 120 people - I refer to the feeble mindedness of the persons who resort to such senseless slaughter on the offhand chance that they might be able to kill a person of influence.
They probably try to misdirect the blame for the killings as well so that the vengeful wrath of those who have been wronged comes to bear against someone other than themselves. That way they are responsible for even more deaths without their having to commit the acts themselves!
I think that there are just rewards waiting for such people and they won't find them in Paradise!
Update - 02/14/2008
Happy Valentine's Day to all of us who look for love!
I'm sorry that my updates fell behind - I've been in the hospital - and I have been without access to my computer for the past week, so I am trying to correct that today.
I've heard some more on CNN about the mentally challenged women that
Al-Qaeda has supposedly been taking advantage of in their campaign of terror - that some of them showed the outward symptoms of Down's Syndrome! That is hard to believe! Those are women who honestly need a helping hand and appreciate the friends and family that they are given.
I have never met someone with the affliction who was mean or cruel in any way and it was even difficult for them to imagine why anyone would want to be that way!
Today is a big day in Pakistan!
It's election day and I await the recriminations that are almost sure to follow!
There is a lot of trepidation and anticipation regarding the fixing of the vote.
I've read that the PPP (Benazir Bhutto's party) is leading public sentiment in polls taken prior to the election, followed by the opposition party and Musharraf's party has made a poor showing in third place.
This WILL be interesting!
I suggest http:/www.dawn.com - a Pakistani English language news site that has very interesting commentary as well as news.
Update - 03/02/2008
Unfortunately, I was back in the hospital before I heard the results of the Pakistani elections - it happened that fast!
Now that I'm back, I've skipped a week and I'm only a couple of days from what would normally be my next update, so I'm only going to update the numbers at the national level and hope that tomorrow's follow up appointment will see me coming home to finish a proper update.
I'm pleased to hear about the general rejection of Musharaf as a national leader, especially considering that his leadership has resulted in the repression of his country's once free press and the unconstitutional revision of the judicial system, including their Supreme Court.
I feel that Pakistan now has an opportunity to become a truly democratic country, if they can get past the bad blood that exists between different ethnic factions after years of repression.
I also hope that my own country (the United States) can live up to its' own principles with the installation of a new administration after our own upcoming elections!
Update - March 7, 2008
March 12 - this week has progressed with a bit of confusion as we've received news of Hyrbyar Marri's release from incarceration by the British government. Unfortunately, that news was a bit ahead of the actual facts of the matter and updates can be found on the "NOT Terrorism" page of this web site.
Latest Update - May 11, 2008
I've been updating some of the numbers occasionally since the last update, but I have also been laid up for a bit and convalescing since then and ask my reader's indulgence under the circumstances. Today I'm only up dating the numbers on the countries. Territories and cities are literally becoming too numerous to mention, despite the fact that I really would like to acknowledge and thank as many of my visitors as possible!
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA
BUENOS AIRES (46)
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (14) (Canberra) NEW SOUTH WALES, (61) Griffith
Sydney NORTHERN TERRITORY
QUEENSLAND, (31) Brisbane
Gladstone SOUTH AUSTRALIA (14)
VICTORIA, (31) Melbourne WESTERN AUSTRALIA (12)
BRITISH COLUMBIA, (1057)
NEW BRUNSWICK, (22)
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR (10)
NOVA SCOTIA, (59)
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND,
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF (577)
KYONGGI-DO (341) (Seoul)
AL KUWAYT (16)
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (P)
VILNIAUS APSKRITIS (16)
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF
WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN (22) (Kuala Lumpur)
DISTRITO FEDERAL (57)
QUINTANA ROO (11)
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF (122)
RUSSIAN FEDERATION (926)
SAINT PETERSBURG CITY
SAINT KITTS and NEVIS
ST. GEORGE BASSETERRE
ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES
AR RIYAD (42) (Riyadh) ASH SHARQIYAH
MAKKAH (28) (Jeddah)
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO (11)
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
SOUTH AFRICA (61)
CASTILLA Y LEON,
PAIS VASCO (17)
Numbers here are only updated through August of 2008 at the latest.
I have not had enough time to continue these updates from 8-8-8 as I had anticipated, but once I've done some updating of my other pages on this site, I hope to introduce a new page that will update this site's history.
Perhaps with some ongoing commentary on current events as has been my practice in the past.
Copyright 2005 Karl Stuart Kline. All rights reserved.