My Dear Sweet Love will
find that his redundant
“…But I wasn’t aware….”
has already filled our
echoing hollow future.
Bereft, I’m already there.
I will be mostly off-line (more or less) for a while. Dear Husband is gravely ill and in the VA Hospital with heart troubles.
I’ll check in now and again…and please know I haven’t forgotten you and your beautiful words and images, I’m just pre-occupied.
Amongst other life-style changes, DH must quit drinking alcohol. Well he hasn’t had any after Saint Patrick’s Day and arriving in the Emergency Room on Monday …. And him with 30 gallons of mash in the barn, this minute.
I noticed, when I brought some flowers from our yard, that, as far as I could see by peaking in rooms I passed and there being NO florist cart anywhere, that the flowers I brought were the only ones in the entire building.
All of those veterans stuck inside in the Spring, and no one even had any flowers in their rooms seemed so sad, to me. If you have time, take a small boquette of fresh flowers to a VA hospital. It wouldn’t take a lot of effort. I used a cleaned out shiny “soup can” as a vase. Maybe just place them on a nurses station, so everyone passing by can enjoy… or give to some lonesome, abandoned looking bed-ridden veteran (ask a nurse, first, just to make sure it won’t create some sort of health problem).
In the VA Hospital, where my husband is, I want to say that the staff is a most competent caring staff, the housekeeping is outstanding, and the cardiologists are superior, there is even a surprisingly good library. Even the tile-work in the patient bathrooms is attractive and well done. And clean. That is one clean facility.
Thank you for all you have done
What do YOU think? It seems to me:
All we need near Turkey and Syria, are some Hapsburgs, for history to start repeating ……… After all, WWII was not really separate from WWI.
In the Eastern hemisphere the Little Island and Shoal Disputes (My own title), which seem quite similar to the USA’s “Lily Pad” style of strategic planning (seems to me) but, there, on behalf of the Chinese, is dividing up that part of the world, as well. Those arguments are not about Japan’s WWII aspirations and shameful attempts at Empire building, nor even about oil or Philippine fishing rights. It is all strategic jockeying. Chinese Lily Pads are being constructed, everywhere, as fast as they can be put in place, though they are called by other names.
Why can’t we just skip WWIII? All this build up to it is stressful, as well. Why bother? Let’s just skip the mess, all together.
It is SO much easier to clean up a mess that is not even made in the first place. Mothers know this. why can’t the rest of humanity figure it out?
Let us just forward jump on to the Einstein predicted Sticks and Stones Era (of Peaceful Enlightenment … Aquarius), without all the in between conflagration? Use all of our wonderful technology wonderfully instead of horribly? Wind farms and solar have problems, but not as big as nuclear, coal, and oil problems. Portable charging stations for electric vehicles shouldn’t really be such a big obstacle. Save the [petro for flight and trains and some chemo stuff, such as roads), until they get improved as well….. Throw out the GMOs and dioxin (and other poisons) based agriculture, and most plastics and clean up the way we do all things. To redirect our energies seems, at least superficially, so relatively easy …… Just do it right, rather than keep on doing it (everything) wrong. Stop all this HALF-ASSED NONSENSE FALL APART BUILDING and PRETEND NEGOTIATIONS. Forthright. Honest. Build things, large and small, for true usefulness and beauty. If it isn’t both, don’t build it. At all. Figure out how, then just do it!
The following was a small conversation which prompted the previous, heartfelt, ranting post ….
I felt compelled to make a small comment. It is about an hour ago from 2:00 pm EST Oct. 12. The Nobel Peace Prize does seem a little like a Tongue in Cheek Spoof Award, for some time now.
Bizarre, I feel, to claim that it has united countries and created peace. Perhaps among leaders but wasn’t it Nazis who created and prosecuted war throughout Europe? Does anyone imagine that if a charismatic but evil leader rose again that the European would prevent WW3. Somehow, this award indicates to me that Brussels has pulled enough strings to pat itself on the back.
EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, despite debt crisis
OSLO (Reuters) – The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its historic role in uniting the continent in an award meant as a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis. The EU has been a key in transforming Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace,” Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the award in Oslo. “This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward,” Jagland said, saying it was a reminder of what would be lost “if the union is allowed to collapse”. .
Not to be ignored and worth taking on board.
Whatever your view of the Swiss may be, let me quote the XX Committee in connection with this subject:
“It’s easy to dismiss the Swiss, since they are a tiny country whose military hasn’t actually fought anybody in a couple centuries. On the other hand, they managed to stay out of both of Europe’s catastrophic World Wars precisely though preparing for eventualities and maintaining a strong defensive capability. They’re clearly on to something.”
What do you think of this Op Ed? Actually, Switzerland has a large Muslim population of its own.
Switzerland Prepares For Mass Civil Unrest In Europe
Fears over race wars, economic fallout prompt new military battalions
Paul Joseph Watson
October 10, 2012
Despite being one of the most stable and economically vibrant countries in the world, primarily as a result of its refusal to join the Euro, Switzerland is preparing for mass civil unrest in central Europe that could spill over its border, by mobilizing troops to deal with potential disorder.
The Swiss military is adding four new military battalions to its army that will be spread around the country for the purposes of dealing with the fallout from any widespread disorder that could arise from the crumbling Eurozone.
“Minister Maurer, accompanied by whispers from the top uniformed leadership in Switzerland, is trying to raise awareness that Europe’s massive fiscal-cum-political crisis could get very unpleasant, writes John R. Schindler, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. “Swiss military exercises in September, called STABILO DUE, were based on EU instability getting out of hand. The Swiss have stayed out of the EU – one more thing the very prosperous Swiss are gloating about these days – and they certainly don’t want EU problems spilling over into their peaceful little country.”
Maurer is concerned that the massive decline in European militaries since the end of the Cold War could leave countries vulnerable to insurrections and even race wars.
Schindler notes that if the ire of Muslims is raised a couple of notches above the anger that was stirred as a result of the YouTube “film” which insulted the Prophet Mohammad, immigrants in European countries could rise up.
“It’s commonly held by European security insiders that if the next Anders Brievik were to target Muslims, not fellow Europeans, things could get unimaginably ugly very quickly,” he writes. “It is difficult to see how Europe’s much smaller militaries could cope with massive civil disturbances. (And don’t ask Uncle Sam for help, since the very last thing the Pentagon wants is to get dragged into any riot suppression – particularly putting down Muslim uprisings – anywhere in Europe.)”
Switzerland maintains a trained army of 200,000 troops, a massive amount considering the nation’s tiny population. All military age males are also mandated to complete basic training, meaning the country can rely on a huge militia in times of crisis, a fact many historians cite when explaining why Hitler refused to invade Switzerland during World War Two even though it was surrounded by Nazi-occupied bordering countries.
Europe has been rocked with riots and unrest over the last three years, tensions that have only increased in recent months. France, Britain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and most recently Spain have all witnessed scenes of unprecedented disorder.
A growing underclass as the gap between rich and poor widens allied with harsh austerity measures which punish those least responsible yet most vulnerable to the economic collapse have fanned the flames of discontent.
In Spain, which was devastated by huge riots last month, youth unemployment has risen to exceed 50%, while benefits have been slashed. Overall unemployment stands at a staggering 25.1 per cent. Compare that to Switzerland which has an unemployment rate of just 2.8 per cent and the foresight of the Swiss in staying out of the Euro is admirable.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.