The earliest example of The Data Port to which I have access is a post on the Blogger platform dated August 31, 2005. The subject was Gary Hart’s proposal for an Iraq settlement.
The settlement was to include, among other things:
Organizing a genuine international reconstruction program for Iraq with European and Asian contracting companies involved in competitive bidding for major infrastructure (water, waste management, transportation, communications, etc.) projects;
Establishing a Bank for Iraqi Reconstruction financed by all Western democratic governments to finance national reconstruction; and…
Creating a new Iraq oil company, composed of a consortium of the Iraq Oil Ministry and major international oil producers to build modern production and distribution facilities and allocate revenues fairly to all Iraqis.
(And do you remember when the Bush administration explained that a grateful Iraqi people would repay our costs of their freedom with their oil revenues?)
My comment to this was the slightly snarky comment that this plan did not strongly insist that since the destruction and suffering in Iraq was largely due to Bush’s bogus war the moral obligation was on us to finance the recovery. Would Western democratic governments rush to finance recovery? Frankly, my dear, I didn’t think they’d give a damn.
Before Blogspot I was a Salon blogger for a year or more, using the RadioLand format. When Salon began to close down its blogging program I moved to Blogger, as did many of the Salon blog family. I’ll be returning to to comment on how this affected the community in my next Retrospective.
On June 9th 2009 I announced another move:
The Data Port has been resident here on Blogspot for a good long time. Sometimes it’s been very active and sometimes it’s just passively occupied this site, too exhausted by the little disturbances of politics to offer much in the way of comment.
As some readers may already have discovered I’ve switched platforms to WordPress and accepted an invitation from TucsonCitizen.comto move over there to take part in building the Citizen’s web-only presence. Will it work? Who knows? But I think, given the rapidly changing face of American journalism, it’s worth taking a shot.
The “beta” site is not, according to Editor Mark Evans, a beta in the true sense but only a kind of holding position while extensive redesigning goes on. A good thing, too, since the present site is uglier than a junkyard dog. But, hey, it’s my dog now, so don’t kick it around.
Having lived with the beast for some years now I think I’m entitled to say that it still needs a redesign, although “junkyard dog” may be harsh.
Next: When a blog is not a blog.