RE: Equality For Women

Now lookee here, I give up my seat to pregnant women and the elderly of either sex, I hold doors open (or at least don't slam them in someone's face, sometimes that's a difference) and if anyone's struggling with parcels I may or may not lend a hand, are you telling me I'm a bloke???? Always thought I was just polite wow

Along the way I've learned while it is good to give up a seat to a very swollen female it is bad to ask chattily when she's due. They aren't all pregnant. uh oh

I did get very, VERY, annoyed to learn a bloke doing exactly the same job I was doing, same hours, same level of responsibility, less experience, was earning two thousand quid a year more than I was. The company dealt with my angry complaint swiftly and efficiently by saying salaries are supposed to be secret and if I ever again discussed salaries with anyone else in our credit management team I would face a disciplinary hearing. So that made it all okay.

Since this started life as a chatting blog I'll wrap up by saying everyone SHOULD, perfect world, be given an equal chance in life and what they make of it is their choice. And that I don't know much about tarot cards rolling on the floor laughing

RE: More Important

Totally agree everyone is entitled to an opinion. But when they make that opinion a personal attack, especially a stupid one, as so often on CS, the person attacked is entitled to opine back. JMO. laugh

It IS interesting that no-one, yet, has come up with an intelligent counter to your actual blog content. And that nobody has responded to my comment about the damage caused in protests, the people who lose out big time but don't apparently matter.

And now I do have to go and do other stuff, back in a week mas o menos

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RE: More Important

Personally, when I see sweeping headlines with emotive declarations I check a few other sources. That’s just me. I do sometimes think that really is JUST me sigh but then my pet bugbear is all media slanting news, whether they be left or right. It is unforgivable and disgraceful.

Firstly - Al Jazeera reliability generally is reasonably well rated. Okay? handshake Forgive me for not being left wing, it does influence my judgement. I have this ridiculous obsession with accurate unbiased reporting. dunno

"Allsides.com – Al Jazeera’s Lean Left rating was confirmed in review in June 2022 - Reviewers on the left, center, and right detected types of media bias including Lean Left slant, story choice, bias by omission, opinion presented as fact, subjective qualifying adjectives, and word choice in Al Jazeera's content."

"Wikipedia - Al Jazeera has a large audience, but the organization (particularly its original Arabic channel) has been criticized for its alleged involvement in controversies ranging from slanted journalism to anti-Hindu bias and anti-Israel bias."

Secondly - This particular story blames apartheid and colonialism for the fact that 10% of population owns more than 80% of wealth. It doesn’t mention that 2 of the people on the top 20 richest are State President Cyril Ramaphosa at #17, with a mere $450 million, and Patrice Motsepe at #4 with $2.7 billion. Lean Left journalism. Don’t spoil a good story with facts. Only TWO out of TWENTY, I hear you cry, that’s SHOCKING. Well, all 20 (okay, maybe not Ramaphosa) employ a great many people and you may not be aware that B.E.E. legislation ensures nearly all of those will be black. So don’t be thinking the other 18 are huddled in little white enclaves. Look up B.E.E. for yourselves, you and Jac, do you good.

Forbes doesn’t have any black billionaires in the top twenty. wow Alert Al Jazeera, we have a scandal here they’ve got to cover.


Thirdly - who do we blame for the world figures? A mere 1.1% hold nearly half the world’s total wealth.



I suspect Al Jazeera does pretty well out of excitable stories – I couldn’t track down its worth in the time I was prepared to give it but Qatar Investment Authority (from which Al Jazeera is financed) is estimated to be worth somewhere north of $85 billion. Maybe one day they’ll do an exposé on themselves grin

Anyone want to place a bet on which of my comments will be taken out of context and attacked? I’m running a small book . . .

Apologies, Cat hijack but it grates my carrot when I'm accused of, what was it, "blurting".
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RE: More Important

What an incredibly snide smug pompous insufferable priggish little comment that was! Well DONE! applause

Seriously, you can quote Aljazeera to anyone as a reputable source? roll eyes That explains so much. I don't tolerate regurgitated BS and don't personally give a strong opinion until I've done proper research. Ever. Yes, there is inequality. Check out a few more intelligent sources then start a blog on the subject instead of hijacking one for your thrashed-out old hobbyhorses.

Include me out (sic) of further debate unless you bring in something topical and related to this actual blog.






No, Catfoot, we don't know each other, but you date back to happier times on CS, and the topic was an interesting one on its own merits. There could even have been debate and intelligent contrasting viewpoints. Oh well. I'd be quite okay with you deleting my comments from this one.
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RE: More Important

Bygones. The horse is DEAD, hon. It was a political situation created by all the western governments in 1948. It went on far longer than was necessary. It ended 30 years ago by the will of the white voting population. The median age in SA (as now, 2023) is 27.5629.

Hey, much more to the point, was this stinky old equine seriously the only defence you can mount for the emotive manipulation of protest movements?

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RE: More Important

yes but no but confused

Thing is I agree with you, all lives matter. But some lives matter more, to some people, than other lives. For example riots caused by the whole BLM height-of-hysteria destroyed lots of smaller shops, owned by all colours of people, but that didn't matter.

It's the underdog. We have to get indignant about the underdog. Anyone who owns anything they have worked hard to get - even a job, frankly - is an Overdog and doesn't matter nearly as much as an Underdog. The tougher life is for someone, the more support they need. So women can play the card, and disabled, and non-dominant-races and teenagers from bad homes can all play the card and the card is a pretty strong card. Except that other lives also still matter ... I think.

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RE: Crossroads

Some doctors blame smoking for an ingrown toenail. roll eyes

Have you tried cannabis oil for the pain? Not automatically right but check it out, some swear by it and a friend with sciatica that was affecting her ability to sleep at all, or only in exhausted dozes, has taken on a new lease of life.

Sometimes a crossroad can change everything, losing meds with side-effects and ok, cutting out bad habits, can bring the sun out again.
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RE: Fall on the farm.

Wow, like totally a completely different life, enjoy reading about it but I'm not great on cold weather so reading is the closest I will get to experiencing it.

I lived in Scotland where winter solstice, it was full dark by 4 pm and sunrise was after 9 am. Summer solstice, the sky never really got completely dark but the least light was between midnight and 3 am. Too much dark does my head in. Every house is geared to keeping warm in winter, central heating, thick carpets, topped with rugs, on floors, thick drapes to cut out the dullness outside.

In southern Spain it is getting dark earlier now (never earlier than around 6 pm, though, even by the solstice) and the nights are cool enough already that I need my lightweight mohair blanket. By January there will be a quilt as well, plus heated blanket to warm the bed before I get there. Plants will continue flowering all winter, and are already putting out some good stuff after the "concentrate on survival" mode of summer. I love the idea of a fire but don't have one in the house, heaters (either gas or radiator) in room by room as needed. The coldest moment is stepping out of the hot shower into the cold bathroom, brrrr. Every house in Spain is geared to keeping cool in summer so the walls are thick, the floors tiled, freaking freezing when there is a cold snap but even then the sun is usually shining.

Doesn't sound as challenging as yours and I DO miss the Scottish autumn / fall, and the amazing colours. But not the rain, and the unending grey. A brisk sunny winter day in Scotland is a celebration, in Spain the norm ...

Enjoy the kittens and having a warm lap for winter!

RE: Mañana, mañana...

And here was me thinking Spanish was America's second most common language, still you had to explain what mañana was!

Mañana, tomorrow. El mañana por la mañana, tomorrow morning. ¿Por que? !Porque! Sometimes it can be a slightly puzzling language.

Mañana mañana colloquially means meh, sometime, maybe never.

A guy asked a Scottish highlander what the equivalent is in Gaelic. He thought about it, then shook his head. "Therrre's no wurrrrd in Scottish wi' that degrrrree of urrrrgency."

Insulin for weight-loss

That sucks bigtime, hope you get sorted soon. wow

RE: Men....attract women and keep them.

Too lazy to follow links, can you summarise his methods?

Have you tried them?
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RE: Traditions

My Dutch friends call 5th December St Nicolaas' Eve and the 6th December is St Nicolaas Day. dunno Tradition has it that Sinterklaas comes from Spain ...

In Spain Papa Noel leaves a gift for every man, woman and child in the household, choosing it based on the pair of shoes they leave out overnight on Christmas Eve. The main gifts and celebrations are kept for 6th January. The 3 Kings arrive in glorious procession on the 5th and overnight scramble up and over the balconies to leave lots of gifts. No such thing as Boxing Day sales in Spain!

But it makes sense - in theory that's where the tradition of gifts at Christmas starts, after all. There's not a lot of Santa Claus tat in Spain but look up when you're in the streets and you'll see a few of the climbing ones. rolling on the floor laughing

One odd Christmas tradition, in Catalonia, is the little crapping man in the stable in Nativity scenes. He's usually tucked away at the back or outside the stable and he often resembles a public figure. dunno Look him up - El Caganer. He brings prosperity for the coming year.

RE: No sex in the future

I think?? for an AI?? you have quite a good?? grasp of , communication, Terry. Just brush up on those writing skills.

RE: Connecting Singles

One way to get talking is to respond to comments on blogs you have raised. Not connecting, not reacting, not going to get anywhere. dunno

Some find love. Que sera, sera.

Some find a temporary facsimile, don't knock it, bit of a buzz is better than no buzz at all.

Online dating is just another way of meeting people but if you are flawed and / or the people you meet are flawed, and your flaws don't match up, it will be no more succesful than meeting in real life. It widens the options but also the pool of deadbeats and losers who have never and will never be able to create enduring relationships. Oh, and there are more scammers than most of us will meet in real life.

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RE: At least two transgender women will compete in the Miss Universe pageant

Not sure whether you are dissing my brother, who frankly you don't know, so don't, or attacking my almighty arrogance? Here's the thing, it is not my almighty arrogance, it is my opinion. If I want to dress up in my opinion and take it into public I can only say that upsetting you was not, I'll paraphrase you, foremost on my mind.

Others will no doubt tell me it should have been, and I asked for it, wearing such revealing opinions, but honestly, officer, I thought I had the right to wear any opinion I liked.

And it remains my opinion specifically on the blog topic, which frankly this sidetrip into whether women shouldn't have to worry about men looking at them is not. scold

The deceit was my word, incidentally. Not my brother's. Ever since, when he's been looking admiringly at anyone gorgeous, his wife has leaned in to whisper 'ladyboy?', it is a family joke.

Yes it is. And if men want to manage their fantasies by looking at lots of gorgeous girls who WANT to be looked at they do, you know, have the right to be - let's say miffed, again, why not - if the gorgeous girls are in fact gorgeous boys.

With respect, this is a little too like pulling Biden into a Trump blog - one can see the connection but it is completely off the point.

I look forward to lively debate when you raise a blog on that topic - the rights of Ms Minding-Her-Own-Business to dress exactly as she wants without fear of assault. handshake
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RE: At least two transgender women will compete in the Miss Universe pageant

Hey, hang on, that's another whole issue, don't be blurring the lines here! We're not talking "a short skirt". Any gorgeous woman with sexy makeup and flowing hair, in a tight-fitting outfit with her legs flashing and her tits bouncing, is aiming STRAIGHT for the fantasy trigger in male brains. Because she can, and she's determined to prove she can. She's dressed to grab attention and it isn't for the attention of older women saying tut, although that's fun too, it is to flip the primeval switch in the brain of every man between 14 and 114. BaZINGA.

HER CHOICE.

And what she does with that attention should be her choice too. I'm completely in agreement with that. But let's not pretend men should not glance at, or fantasize about, what is presented to be stared at and fantasized about. Men are genetically coded to react to any female they find desirable. So what?

My point was that when men, or trans-s3xuals, also go to press that fantasy trigger, they are gunning for straight men who have no interest in men, no matter how prettily they can imitate women. So it is deceitful.

We're not talking women who fell prey to men because they had the misfortune to turn them on, sometimes by just being to hand when Mr Sicko got randy. That's a TOTALLY different topic.

RE: At least two transgender women will compete in the Miss Universe pageant

My brother was admiring a stunningly beautiful Thai girl in a bar on a business trip when his colleague whispered to him that 'she' was a ladyboy.

On the one hand, didn't affect his being impressed by 'her' really astonishing good looks. It would never have gone further anyway. A quick fantasy sequence, cor, phwoar, OH yes, every guy plays out those quick scenarios when faced with sex onna stick, right?

On the other, he was pissed off that he had been 'tricked' into lusting, however innocently, after a bloke.

At the time he laughed and shrugged but it rankled just a little. He'd certainly agree with you that a competition supposed to be about choosing the ultimate in female desirability shouldn't be skewed into the ultimate in deceit.

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GonewiththeWind, I'm an idiot frustrated for some unknown reason I thought the clip you posted was from Merc and didn't reply to you - I think my brain is finally melting moping a belated thank you handshake

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I will. Some time. But not during this blog because it breaks the rules and I already KNOW there are people who think he's simply the best, you know snooty grin

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People do have a set image of how a politician should behave - don't be controversial, don't step out of line, don't lash out at someone unless they are truly obnoxious and the majority WANT you to flatten them (and then ideally rather have your security people quietly remove them) above all don't ever let people have a reason to laugh at you because OMG people dearly love to mock and jeer and point fingers. It is pretty bland and sooner or later every public figure falls down in being vanilla and out come other less appealing flavours. I've before now called Trump the marmite man - marmite being marketed as a spread you either love or hate.

Thing is he's not going to dial it back, is he? Growing up cushioned by money and privilege lets you be what you want to be, whatever that is. Some do, and always will, admire that sheer confidence. Others are, and always will be, offended by his refusal to toe the line. dunno

I don't have any problem with people liking, or hating, him, we're all entitled to our own opinions, however misguided giggle and it isn't my country he wants to lead. I don't even really mind him being controversial on a world stage because it is easy enough to ignore, or follow, one person. But somehow it has become many many persons all screaming for attention and yup, that is indeed insane.
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I've seen a couple of surprisingly balanced interviews on Fox news but there are one or two on there .. oh wow. But again that goes for some of the "other" side too. Dead horses flogged until they are just a heap of fragments.

I LIKE that this blog has stayed civil peace yay i.e. not yet attacked any individual including me uh oh laugh because yup that urge to strangle can be overwhelming rolling on the floor laughing

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RE: Apothis is coming to visit

You finding that too, pet? laugh

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YOU COME BACK HERE THIS MINUTE YOUNG MAN scold

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Ah. I've tried before now, and skipped ahead, and skipped ahead, that whole open mind thing, and I can't, there's no politician on this planet I could watch for 1.5 hours. No, never mind politician, no public speaker. Anyone talking to a crowd has to say the same things over and over again. My head explodes.

But yes, that's the best way to get the flavour, not watch the cherry-picked sound bites being torn to pieces, and I still don't understand why the extremists on either side are so determined to make their point they are happy to falsify it. dunno So although 1.5 hours is simply not an option, clear clips without a chorus of explanations are ...

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I'll look in a minute, but if it someone explaining him to me you will get such a smack ... scold laugh

Yeah, there's a kind of hysteria which I don't understand except possibly Ken's blog on Apophis explaining why everyone's brains are melting ... rolling on the floor laughing such incredibly stupid accusations where the truth would surely have been enough but some muppet has to add their own 10% - or 100%, making it farcical and actually taking every scrap of credibility away. For why??

Let me be clear, when he hugs the flag and looks mawkish, when he mocks the disabled, when he looks me in the eye (okay, okay, straight into the camera) and says "I never said that" and when he is incredibly rude to people doing their job as politely as they can - if I met a man like him socially I'd be so totally unimpressed. Lies, even meangingless lies, get straight up my nose, and unnecessary rudeness, OMG. But this isn't about whether Suzie likes someone or not, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of world leaders I think would be nice people to meet. rolling on the floor laughing

Okay off to watch that video now. Unless you hastily tell me not to because you don't want the smack laugh

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Grand, firstly, sorry. I'll go look for your comment, I don't deliberately ignore any but if a blog of mine has dropped off the first screen I don't always go check it. That's no excuse, it is just a reason, and I feel really bad about this. Someone has taken the time and trouble to comment direct to me as OP, I should and do respond. I have noticed my comments are sometimes deleted but can't hand on heart claim that could be the reason. I'll look for your comment, though. My bad.

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Secondly, no, never met him, and never will, everything I have heard about him, and that includes from his greatest fans, we're not going to hit it off. I did meet Clinton (Bill, not his wife) very briefly while he was still POTUS but it was work-related not social and another story anyway. Only mention it because I could have avoided the meeting but instead was like shake hands with the POTUS? Hell yeah! Whoever he was, you understand - wanted to meet the POTUS, not an urgent wish to meet Mr Bill Clinton. I will say he has palpable charisma in real life but perhaps every POTUS has to have.

Thirdly, my mind be set - well yes and no. I know I am sick of having him explained by others, whether the others think him the best thing since sliced bread, or the worst. It has become almost impossible to find clips of him talking without a voiceover explaining what he's saying, that REALLY grates my carrot. He MUST, statistically, have done some things right. When his enemies tell blatant lies, presumably convinced no-one will go check, that grates my carrot even more. When his admirers flat out contradict that he ever said what he patently obviously said, grate grate grate. So no, my mind isn't set. The blog is because I'm being tired of being told what to think. Yup the clip I chose makes him the equivalent of EVERY SINGLE MAN on CS with the quick backpedal rolling on the floor laughing it was also an example of let the man say what he has to say. Just for a change.

This is NOT a lead-up to asking you to explain him or explain away something he said. But if you can find a clip where he explains something that has been seriously misrepresented, that, THAT, I really truly genuinely want to see and I will do so with an open mind. Deal?
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RE: Apothis is coming to visit

An asteroid officially becomes a meteor when it enters our atmosphere ...

Apophis, we all devoutly hope, will therefore not become a meteor help or even worse a meteorite (which is a meteor which survives burning in the atomosphere and reaches the ground) but you did make me go check and it seems the risk was deemed negligible as far back as 2008 (I think it was spotted first in 2004? 2006?) but of course what else could the governments of the world say - go cause havoc, people, we're on the final countdown? wow

Governments don't have the best track record for telling us the truth. It could explain a LOT about the current state of chaos if they are like, well, who cares, all be over in a few years anyway. In fact explain why 99% of the people I know are all turning bat-shit loony-tunes. Increasingly bonkers. Or maybe it's me uh oh

As to where to watch it - from the encircling arms of the person I love best in the world, that would do. So that countdown had better start too, gotta get him lined up and cram some happy times in first. And if he lets me down, this mythical man, well, I just hope it hits him first. mumbling

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I knew it would be a quiet blog, haha, thanks for coming by bouquet people would far rather be saying what they think about what he said than what he said. And everyone is an expert.

Hope your weekend was a goodie too, I think pretty much over now, you being so far ahead in time and all ...
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RE: Ladies what's wrong with mid 70 men

Trouble with slashing comments like ugly all the way to the bone is they tend to go both ways. Ugly is as ugly does.
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