Visitors to my Blog | By Country


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One of the great things about the web are the freebies (like this blog!). As they say, the best things in life are free.

Well, SiteMeter is one of those freebies that is really, really useful. Install it on your site and even the free (basic) package gives loads of useful info. I am fascinated to know where visitors to my blog come from and today’s stats make interesting reading.

Currently the majority come from the UK (39%), 33% from the US and 6% from Canada, as I would expect. However, I have had at least one visitor from each of the following nations; Slovenia, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey, Philippines and Italy. I guess it goes to show how widespread the web really is in terms of users etc.

So, if you have a blog or website, why not checkout SiteMeter for yourself. You can easily find it via Google or just by clicking on the SiteMeter graphic on the left side of my blog.

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Barack Obama “We Can” Video


Made by supporters this is a cool and slick video. I may be a Brit but even get excited by Barack Obama;s progress in the US election campaign. Personally, he would be my choice. The world needs change and the US is the most powerful nation on earth, whether we Brits would rather it wasn’t or not.

The old political power blocks are tired and full of failed ideas and policies. Look at Iraq, Afghanistan and numerous other debacles that the US has got us into. No, ts time for change and as  see it, Barcak Obama offers the best prospect of meaningful and real change.

The search for Madeleine McCann


Millions visit Madeleine website and the website has attracted thousands of messages of support. More than 50 million hits so far, its organisers say.

Multinationals including BP, McDonald’s and supermarket chain Carrefour are also supporting efforts to spread the image of the four-year-old in Europe. Rewards totaling over £2.5 million have been offered.

What is striking about all this how the plight of this little girl has had such a massive response, when around the world every day children are dying from lack of clean water and sanitation, as well as famine, war and abuse. Child slavery is alive and well and coming to a store near you yesterday!

Not that all those wrongs should cancel this one good thing. Far from it, but it does beg several questions.

Firstly, the power of the media. The family and its supporters have done an excellent job of keeping media interest in the story high. How much that is due to a lack of stories of interest (to the media at least) is difficult to assess. Certainly there are plenty of other worthy stories if only the press could be interested.

Secondly, what does the whole affair say about the British people (I am a Brit myself)? There has been quite a lot of criticism of the Portuguese Police, comparing them unfavourably with British Police and how we react over here to such cases. I am firmly of the opinion that they police are doing their best within the framework of the Portuguese criminal justice system. However, we Brits can be somewhat disparaging about foreigners at times and its embarrassing.

Thirdly, what does this say about the relative value of white children, especially girls, from middle-class (apologies to those of you who don’t have ‘class’ in your countries – read comfortably well-off professional here instead) compared to non-white children from poor families, especially foreign kids? Sadly, it seems, children like Madeleine McCann, have more value than others who are from non-white families, especially if they are poor and non-Christian too. (Please note: I am a white male Christian – make of that what you will).

For those who are interested in looking in more depth at the plight of children all around the world, I suggest the following sites as a starting place:

www.worldofchildren.org
Unicef
GlobalIssues.org

For your interest, here are some staggering statistics to contemplate:
Around the world, 27–30,000 children die every day.

That is equivalent to:

* 1 child dying every 3 seconds
* 20 children dying every minute
* A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every week
* An Iraq-scale death toll every 15–35 days
* 10–11 million children dying every year
* Over 50 million children dying between 2000 and 2005

James Kim found deceased


CNET colleague James Kim found deceased by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Many of you have been following the search for our CNET colleague James Kim. After the good news that his wife and two children were found in good condition, James’ body was found today in a remote part of Oregon wilderness, where he had been missing for 11 days. James covered digital audio for CNET.com […]