Thursday, November 3, 2016

thursday 3rd November





The northern cold is beginning to bite and actually I am quite happy about it.  Climate change is something we live by, especially this year when it has often been unseasonably warm, to return to a more normal temperature in Autumn is good, though of course the leaves will come off the trees faster.

Yesterday we took Lucy for her vaccination jabs to the vet, and the vet pointed out that Lucy was putting on weight, so a third off her meal each day, not happy days for Lucy though.  We have had Lucy for a year now though it does not seem so, she is gorgeous but has a very strong character, and her nocturnal getting up to mess around at night have sent both of us up the wall sometimes. Door slamming very loudly is one of her tricks, moaning to herself  as she wanders around like Macbeth downstairs is another trick.  We can only think that with her old owners who put her in a shed at night, probably at about 6 p.m, she slept through to midnight and was then wide awake, they got rid of her because she was barking at night!  Still she makes us both laugh with her ability to bring the right thing, tea towels at the end of a meal, shoes for going out, and even garden tools when we are in the garden.

I have been watching Adam Curtis films, both very long, Hypernormalisation and Bitter Lake about how we got to the mess we are in now.  Having one's eyes opened to the sleazy world we live in is not a pleasant experience, sometimes you are not sure that the truth is being spelt out or that Curtis's version is a souped up paranoia.  But it is a good thing to be informed, the Middle East and all the terrible consequences are there underlined by angry Arab faces, who gave the Western world the right to interfere with such impunity?

Now I shall watch on Youtube - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace  to try to understand where Trump comes from, did such teachings by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged really inspire all those Californians technicans to go for absolute money making power, her philosophy.....

Is the pursuit of profit a noble enterprise or the root of all evil? Is sexual passion an exalted spiritual virtue or a dirty, animalistic vice? Is reason an absolute or is faith an alternative source of truth? Is self-esteem possible or are we consigned to a life of self-doubt and guilt? In what kind of society can an individual prosper, and in what kind of society is he doomed to the opposite fate?

Her answer of course is that the 'pursuit of profit' is a noble enterprise, and that the self, the individual matters that we  should indeed go in pursuit of our own selfish motivations - whoosh! that sounds a bit like  how our world works today.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds to me as though Lucy has really landed on her feet finding you after what sounds like a pretty miserable life.

    As for the US election - I have decided to read or listen to nothing connected with it. There is only another week to go and I am so appalled by the mud slinging and the corruption - and can do absolutely nothing about it.

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    1. Sometimes all the news media seem to exacerbate the villains because of their wickedness thereby giving them more publicity.
      Heaven help America if he wins, and all of us as well...

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  2. Cocker Spaniels are all the same - they all love their food and there's one saving grace to her nocturnal capers - no one will ever break in to your house because she'll be awake and barking at them straight away - whereas our Yorkie who is presently snoring her little head off wouldn't hear a thing! Your right too Lucy is gorgeous - how you're not going to give in and give her a doggy food treat when she looks at you with those beautiful eyes is beyond me - I wouldn't stand a chance!

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    1. Too true Trudie, LS standing in the kitchen yesterday as Lucy sat right in the middle, waiting for any scraps, said "she looks so sad" so a hard heart has to reign ;)

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  3. We've yet to have a frost--unheard of for early November.
    Re Lucy's prowlings: we have cats who predictably start an uproar just before daylight--very difficult to ignore. When they were younger, the noise-making began shortly after midnight, so perhaps we are gaining ground.
    Trump! How our country has reached a point with two such undesirables to choose from, boggles the mind.

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    1. The cold weather has only arrived here in the last week Sharon. You have many cats, so I suppose they do follow each other in their ways, it is a bit like having a baby in the house at night, getting up sorting the animals at night into a routine and then going back to bed.....

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