the week

Nov. 14th, 2016 05:17 pm
emma_in_dream: (Default)
So, what a rollercoaster this week has been.

On the bad side: the American election, the triumph of hatred, racism and misogyny, and the inevitable effects on Australia’s drift to the right. We finally got to go to the incontinence clinic and they think that Ruby has two to five years to go until continence. We also got to see the orthopaedics people who said that there is nothing that can be done to relieve the pain in her feet, knees and hips. She just has to live with it. The lion at the zoo died unexpectedly.

On the good side: The thirteen month wait to get into the incontinence clinic is over. I was so depressed that I went to the beautician and pampered myself (for the first time in eight years). Ruby likes her new pet fish. Hilary won the popular vote. Because Americans don’t have compulsory voting, it’s not 50% of the population who voted for hatred but only 25%. Because I had the day off to go to medical appointments with Ruby, I also got to go to the school excursion to see *Snugglepot and Cuddlepie* which was surprisingly good. I particularly liked the way they made the Banksia men still scary but less racist. Here’s a picture for non-Australians, with bonus Snugglepot and Little Ragged Blossum.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/433541901599241892/

Yep, that’s about it on the good side, a less racist Banksia man than was envisioned in 1915.

Politics

Nov. 10th, 2016 08:28 pm
emma_in_dream: (Sound of Music)
hope to attend the rally against the privatisation of Western Power on Tuesday. I'm feeling that now is a good time to send a strong message to Government to resist the trends shown in America.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1751883245072777/

Politics

Nov. 9th, 2016 06:25 pm
emma_in_dream: (BTTF)
Entirely by coincidence, I was today completing a biography of Marx. William Morris wrote: 'It does not matter a rap, it seems to me, whether the robbery is accomplished by what is termed surplus value, or by means of serfage or open brigandage. The whole system is monstrous and intolerable.... It is enough political economy for me to know that the idle class is rich and the working class is poor, and that the rich are rich because they rob the poor. That I know because I see it with my eyes.'

2016

Nov. 7th, 2016 05:48 pm
emma_in_dream: (Leia)
Have the Americans had a Federal election in the last generation where the results were generally accepted? My memory is 2000 – Bush was accused of stealing the election by refusing to count the Florida votes (because he did). 2004 – Bush was accused of stealing the election with dodgy electronic vote counting machines made by a Republican who promised to ‘win’ him the election. 2008 – Obama undermined by a whisper campaign that he wasn’t really an American. 2012 – ditto.


2016 – I am pretty sure the results will be contested again and some people will not accept the new President has due authority.

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