Sunday, November 11, 2007

"The Blog Readability Test"

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I guess I should be happy with this one. I finally granulated college in 1970, and in the next three decades, a lot of supervisors and lawyers kept telling me to phrase my reports in a simpler, less abstract manner. I also drafted a lot of political speaches and came to learn how most candidates wanted to address the constituency.

I'm just now getting over all that.

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Okay. Honesty compels me to admit - - This test, like so many others, can be manipulated to some extent. The first time I checked, I just entered my overall blog address, and it came up with a "High School" level. Then I went to archives and pulled out just one month, and it showed "Junior High School." So I chose ONLY the month of October and got the rating above.

Whatever.

5 comments:

Tom said...

Now you can honestly say that there are times when your blog rises to the level of Genius! LOL.

Tom said...

I was reading your post "Successful Enough" in which you mention your advocacy for legalization or decriminalization of controlled substances. If you are ever in need of blog material I would be very interested in reading your opinions on this matter. It no doubt would spark lively debate.

JPG said...

Tom, I can't really claim to be an advocate in the classic sense. I never spoke out publically on the topic. I'm a fairly realistic person, and a public servant needs be cautious in opposing extant law.

I've been fortunate in that most of my bosses in public service have been personal friends, but I've had some honest differences of opinion with 'em. It seemed most forthright to sit down in private and just talk. On a few -- very few -- occasions I could tell myself that this resulted in some beneficial change. Predictably, some of these discussions turned into mutual venting sessions, which can be a salubrious thing in itself.

I felt I did best sticking to operational stuff and staying away from politics. Circumstances sometimes dictated otherwise, though.

However, if I can locate an old John W. Campbell editorial, I may blog on the topic from HIS viewpoint. ;)

Tom said...

It is evident that the current approach to "the war on drugs" isn't working. Cocaine is many times cheaper and more available today than it was when the war started in the early '80's. I have heard estimates that as high as 3% of our population is incarcerated primarily for drug offenses. Having said all that I am not convinced that legalization or decriminalization is the answer. To be honest, I don't know what the answer is.

Several concerns that comes to mind is that in my state it is against the law to drive with any amount of cannabis,controlled substance or intoxicating compound in your system. Some of these drugs stay in a persons system for many days after the last ingestion. How will DUI laws be adjusted to keep those impaired from driving?

What criminal enterprises will those currently engaged in the trafficing of narcotics pursue when their cash cow runs dry? I don't think it is realistic to believe that they will become productive citizens. Offenses such as armed robbery, extortion and burglary would probably be their new career of choice.

If it is legalized or decriminalized would the people currently serving sentences for drug offenses be released?

phlegmfatale said...

My blog rating was embarrassingly remedial. There I go again, being misunderstood.