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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Still happy about my first appearance on Blunt Cogs

Go Below the picture to see what INTERNATIONAL STRANGENESS DAY is all about.

This is my little character.

My strip is (currently) the second one down. Have a look through, it is a great site.

I have been blogging much more sporadically than before as it seems many people have been. Maybe all the anti-blog propaganda got to us eh? Maybe it is just summertime.

This however, is the first international strangeness day at thumping the tub. I have decided in the vein an old sketch (skit, if you are american) about answering the question previous to the one you have just been asked (who can spot the reference i wonder??) to go round all my favourite blogs and post a comment about the article I read on the previous blog. I just hope this is a more interesting way of promoting some of my favourite other blogs and hopefully making them connect with each other so we can really start to make a little community here? Yeah? Isn’t that the point? I wonder who will return here to find out WTF is going on?

The most important point of this is that I had three Microsoft word pages of full of blogs that I didn't check for a while and 1 and a half pages of them have given up (incidentally, M*crosoft word still refuses to recognize the word 'blog'). I am wondering if this is anything to do with all the anti blog propaganda or are people just bored of it?


Keep blogging, keep going, they hate us and that is the obvious proof we are doing something well.

Anyway, I am about to begin it now and the complete process should take an hour and a half or so and I will update this post with a list of the blogs I visited in the correct order after I have finished.


Sites and links will begin from here, the first site I am visiting is someone who helped me with a few things when I started blogging so the comment on his site will be posted on the next one I visit..

first blog... Born at the crest of the empire

the next five, and remember if you want to check the comment on your post you have to check the NEXT blog in the list...

Neil Shakespeare
Watergate Summer
Graeme Anfinson
Ravings of a semi-sane madwoman
Less People, Less Idiots

Next 5...

Huh, no shit
Rex kramer, Danger Seeker

Next 5...

Lose The Noose
Left Of Center
Keir Neuringer

Next 5...

Justin Barker
Disillusioned Kid
Average tosser
Rory Shock
Spontaneous arising

Phew, this is harder than i thought it was going to be.

Next 5...

Big Stick Small Carrot
The Curmudgeonly
Guerillas In The Midst
Morning Martini
Safe T Inspector

Next 5... (i think i am going to stop on 30 blogs)

State of the day
Kim Ayres
Rebelle Nation

I think i am going ot give up at 30 blogs...

Alternate Brain
Inveresk Street
Sumo Merriment
Existential Angst
Culture Ghost

and 3 hours and 6 beers later i finish where i started at born at the crest of the empire on the post "is the US losing the war on terror", which is a few posts down.

sorry to those i didn't mention (and there were plenty i could have) it was expediency rather than rationality at work here.

i will mention those i didn't mention in the next international strangeness day which won't be the same because that isn't what strange means
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 11:53 am  
  • At 1:58 pm, Blogger Guerrillas in the Midst said…

    7up enemas anyone?

  • At 3:25 pm, Blogger Kim Ayres said…

    Your chain was broken somewhere because I went to Rebelle Nation
    to look for the comment that should have been on my site and couldn't find it. In fact that site is so full of articles it took me ages not to find it.

  • At 4:41 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Ohhhhh, now I get it. From your comment, I thought you had gone mad, absolutely mad or fallen into a tub of liquor. This should be fun. Thanks.

  • At 4:49 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    guerillas... eh?

    kim, i hope the chain wasn't broken. rebelle nation can be a bit funny with things like that tho.

    mary, i mayhave justlost myself lots of readers but, well,

    can't think of anything to say after that!

  • At 7:27 pm, Blogger pissed off patricia said…

    I'm confused. But don't worry I stay in that state most of the time.

  • At 8:13 pm, Blogger L>T said…

    This is all interesting. might take a while to sort through the B.S. tho.

  • At 8:49 pm, Blogger Guerrillas in the Midst said…

    Does "eh?" suggest a spike in interest or bona fide confusion? Just trying to maximize strangeness, although given our shared community, that probably wasn't all that odd.

  • At 9:02 pm, Blogger pissed off patricia said…

    Well duh, what do you know? I actually figured this out. Now I need a cocktail for my efforts.

  • At 8:36 am, Blogger sumo said…

    In fact we all need a martini...

  • At 11:21 pm, Blogger Keir said…

    My cat's breath smells like cat food.

  • At 1:26 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said…

    ...I was wondering what you meant, you peverse fucker! good call!

  • At 5:38 pm, Blogger glenda said…


    Will you join us in a Post for Peace on July 4? Details at my site. All are encouraged to join...the top 2 posts have information. We want to get the blogworld to work cooperatively to speak out to end the war. Please join us. Thanks, Glenda

  • At 7:23 am, Blogger a rose is a rose said…

    i take a couple of days off and bam! it's international strangeness day AND NO ONE TOLD ME!

  • At 5:46 pm, Blogger justin barker said…

    I had thought your "about time" was a bit off.

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About Me: Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant. 28 years old, I write and research for a couple of websites and also do my own stuff.
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I have made a few short movies. Here are links to free downloads for them all in the order that I made them (as far as I can remember). Please feel free to use, distribute, disagree with, shout at etc etc

  • Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition
  • This was a REAL song from World War 2. I was so stunned by it I had to make a movie

  • How Far Is It From Here to Nuremberg
  • This is my attempt at a video for the excellent, if worrying, David Rovics (see links) song

  • What You Like
  • I believe the word for this is "splenetic". Only 20 seconds long.

  • Imperial Measures
  • What is going on in Iraq? Some things you knew, some you didn't. A couple of bits of info are out of date now.

  • Wish You Were Here
  • Wish You Were Here is a 6 minute film about the unprecendted rate of animal extinction we are currently experiencing

  • Gorillas and us
  • I don't like creationism, neither did Douglas Adams

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  • campaign for press freedom
  • noam chomsky
  • common dreams
  • counterpunch
  • cost of war
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  • democracy now
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  • the dossier
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    A list of some other Scottish sites and blogs most of which, if not all, are pro-independence. I don't agree with content on all of them obviously. Some are Scots at home, others abroad.

  • The Scottish Patient
  • Kim Ayres
  • Our Scotland
  • average tosser
  • 1820
  • big stick small carrot
  • J. Arthur MacNumpty
  • World of Jack McConnell
  • The Firefox Chronicles
  • Independence 1st
  • Radio Free Scotland
  • Scots and independent
  • Scottish Independence Guide
  • Small Nation
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  • Beyond Hope
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  • a cultural chernobyl
  • choose life (not trainspotting)
  • shooting an elephant
  • a war crime within a war crime...
  • the menace of liberal scholarship
  • the modern era of law
  • naming the problem
  • the four ages of sand
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