…for the lack of new posts recently.
I’ve been involved in a lengthy debate with some HIV sceptics over on my Christine Maggiore post. I know, judging by my main feed, and the front page of the blog, it looks as though I’ve been very lazy over the last little while. I have actually been producing several thousand words on some days, but it’s all been buried in the comments to that thread. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m quite proud of quite a lot of what I’ve written there (especially here, here, here, here, here, and here), but some of it gets rather technical, and it’s all in support of the, to most people, obvious facts that HIV causes AIDS, AIDS can kill people, and treatment with antiretrovirals helps to stop people dying, so I won’t take offence if some (all?) of you don’t want to read it.
Anyway, I’ve closed the comments on that thread now, so I should be able to turn my attention back to the blog proper now. Hopefully I might even manage to write some stuff that’s related to the main point of this blog – there’s a certain amount to tell you on the MH front, some of it positive, some of it mixed, but not too much of it negative (at the point of writing, anyway…). As they say, watch this space…
One final thing to let you know about – I’ve taken the decision to temporarily impose moderation on all comments. This is because, to be honest, I’m expecting some of the people who’ve been commenting on the AIDS thread to not want to let matters drop, and I don’t want every set of comments to become hijacked by people who only want to talk about one thing, especially as the ‘one thing’ is pretty off-topic for this blog. I’ve seen it happen to some other blogs, and I want to try and avoid it happening to mine.
Please do carry on commenting – I’ve never had a problem with any of my regular commenters, and I’m still really interested to know what you think about what I say, even (especially) if you disagree. The only reason a comment won’t appear is if, as always, it’s spam – I’m sure, like me, you’ve all seen enough ads for free online casinos and cheap car insurance to last you a lifetime – or if it’s an attempt to talk about HIV/AIDS when that’s not what the post is about. Everything else will keep appearing in the way it always has, just not straight away.
I’m intending to check for new comments twice a day (once at late morning/ lunchtime, and again in the evening), so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for what you say to appear. (I may check more often, but I’m promising twice a day because I should be able to manage that, whatever happens to my mood/ mental state.) Also, this is only a temporary measure. At some point I’ll be moving back to allowing all comments to appear straight away, but, obviously, I won’t make an announcement when that happens – you’ll just notice that your comments stop waiting for moderation.
Right, well, I’m off to read up on all those blogs I haven’t had time to read over the last little while.
Take care, and see you soon,