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Posted By Confutus

For the 20th century, I now have outlines for the Levantine countries...Israel, Jordan, Syria, Paletinian territories, and Lebanon. Since these have assumed such great importance in the last 70 years or so, I've finally gotten around to a rough sketch.  I'm most of the way through Latin America in the 19th century: It hasn't been as big and obstacle as I feared. However, in order to get to more detail, I need to tet this broken down by periods, and I'm not through the 20th century yet.  


I've made steady progress in connecting areas of sociology including peoples of the world, nations, and communities, and social structure and change to particular nations.  but nothing really liberating or noteworthy has come up yet. I'm getting closer, though.


Institutions in general are now connected to the nations of Western Civilization, which is one marker of progress. For religion in general, I'm making progress through the Latin peoples, which will also be liberating, but I'm not quite there yet.


Posted By Confutus

Among other things I mean to discuss from time to time is progress on the knowledge base. Some time back, I decided to focus heaviily on recent history, as recent as the past month, so that i would be able to discuss current events.  I  became somewhat frustrated because the knoweldge base  was all skeleton and no content,   When I began including historical events (From Wikipeda), I found that these required substantial digestion, and began a program of including nations in the knowledge base. The whole thing is still horribly incomplete, but I have returned to the " bridge" Idea, and begun expanding history, its most recent subdivision modern history, the 20th century, the early 21st century, and so on to the most recent month. The pages for individual months of the last four years are the largest and badly need to be digested and broken down. In the process, material will begin to flow to other parts of the knowledge base.


I also began something I have been procrastinating for some time, which is to look at the usage records for the SKB and determine which areas are most frequently viewed, which should help determine what would be most helpful to visitors.  I am finding find that the areas where I have put the most time in development are not the ones that are most visited, which will probably change what areas i work on  from now on.





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