Thursday Thoughts

Such a lot going on in the world, another mass shooting in the USA, allegations of sexual abuse from Hollywood to Westminster, Saudi Arabia purging corruption (waggles eyebrows).  I already did my thinking about guns and the USA when the Vegas thing happened, the Texas thing didn’t even seem like a shock, it’s just how things roll over there these days.  It’s hard to have sympathy for a country who’s president says mass shootings are not a ‘gun issue’.  Only the people can change things, and sadly not enough of them won’t/don’t.

The Saudi thing is interesting, but I’ll wait to see where it ends up before committing too many thoughts on it, the Crown Prince has certainly got an agenda though.

The sex abuse thing, well that’s gone ballistic, and whilst Kevin Spacey is being edited out of his latest movie and being replaced by Christopher Plummer, here we have the suicide of a labour MP who topped himself without knowing what the allegations consisted of.  I have never been sexually abused or assaulted, can’t even think of a time when anyone put a hand on my knee and I’d like to  think if they did, my withering look would have them cease and desist.  But I am an old bird with the confidence that age brings, and a lot of the ladies, and men, who are now making the allegations were young, and working in places where their bosses are male and powerful.  Of course, allegations are just that until proven otherwise, but that isn’t the case for Weinstein, Spacey et al.  There’s been no arrests or trials, oh I’m not saying they didn’t do what they’re accused of, seems pretty obvious they did, but it seems pretty obvious because I’m reading about it on the web, on social media outlets, in the newspapers, seeing it on the news.  This has been the trial, the verdict and the punishment, all without a court of law.  That seems to be the way it’s going anyway.

I believe Weinstein and Spacey are holed up getting ‘treatment’ in the same private rehab centre, “Gentle Path at The Meadows is especially designed to treat and work with male sex addicts … “We also understand that when men gather together with the intention of changing the core of who they are, without distraction from the outside world, a container of safety is created in which they can begin the recovery process,” the website states.  “patients learn how to use their interactions with horses as a way to move past barriers in their own relationships with family and friends”.   Horses??? 🙄   Are horses going to train them to keep their hands to themselves and their dicks in their pants?  It makes me laugh that it’s they who need to ‘recover’, what about the people they (allegedly) abused? Maybe some grovelling and reparation to their victims would be a better way to go. And a prison sentence. Without horses.

So that’s da nooze, and my thoughts on it.

I’ve finally finished the damned tiger table, for those of you who remember the work-in-progress article I did for Clockwork Clouds (which you can read at the last stretch was traumatic to say the least.  It all went horribly wrong when I had to transfer it to the table, I didn’t use enough tile adhesive, and when I came to soak to the brown paper loads of the tiles came loose.  I’d also used too much PVA glue and it was just ugh! a nightmare. I was not happy.  But I worked on putting as much right as I could, and this is the end result.

I learned a lot about what not to do and not how to do it, and that’s the best that can be said!  The next project is already in my. head and that will be done in a completely different way.

laters gaters 🙂


31 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. Good morning! Or, let’s hope for better mornings?

    Anyway – Tiger Table is excellent, and am glad you stuck to it through thick and thin. Persevering is harder than trashing.

    As far as the US and guns – here’s statistic: 4.2 million Americans belong to the NRA (National Rifle Association) which is a heavy-handed amendment keeper (2nd), while there are another 320 million Americans who don’t belong. You’re right – nothing will change until the people change, but in this country, especially at this time, it’s the rich and the gunholding who rule. Paranoia is running deep around here – people are getting guns for self-protection. It’s nuts. What it really is that the American Cowboy and Wild West are disappearing, so we hang on to the last vestiges of our history where men were men and sheep were scared. I hate to say it, but I am getting numb to the whole gun massacre things. In face of the current political situation here, one year after the election, it’s easy to become numb since the horrors are so ordinary. But, it’s not just in the US. Countries with too many people, too little resources, and too few jobs, it’s only going to get worse in different ways.

    Sex assault is a man’s privilege. Bigger, stronger. However that may be, the conversation is getting out there, just like AIDs, HIV, GLBQT or whatever (I can never remember all these a.c.r.o.n.y.m.s.), which can promote change. Maybe there is some light.

    Sooooo. Onward to other things, like sunrises and puppies. I like those a lot!

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  2. The tiger table works for me, despite your problems. I think you did a great job.
    The US gun laws will never change, unless someone shoots everyone in Congress at once. Even then, they would probably say they need more guns to stop it happening again. It’s in their psyche, and they reap what they sow.
    Trial by media – obviously guilty or not- is unacceptable. All very well when it is stars who rise and fall by their media coverage, but it also applies to ordinary people, and some of them are innocent.
    The Saudis are as corrupt as any nation has ever been, morally and financially. The way that the UK and US panders to them is quite shameful, and not a little sickening, at least to me.

    My Thursday ended badly. Had to be trailered back by Green Flag when I got a puncture in a remote country spot, and will have to spend tomorrow trying to sort our a mobile tyre fitter.
    But in the grand scheme of things…

    Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. They have a tube of tyre-seal stuff, and a mini-compressor. No chance of being able to use that in a dark country lane. They offered to sell me a spare wheel, but the car isn’t built with anywhere to store it anymore, so it would have to take up half the boot… 😦

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  3. I love your tiger table!

    As far as guns in the U.S. I support the Second Amendment, but the NRA’s and Republicans’stance is insane. They refuse to consider even the most common sense restrictions, and I can’t see this ever changing.

    As far as the sexual assault charges that are increasing in numbers day by day, I know in Hollywood there have been widespread rumors of sexual abuse and pedophila for decades. It’s sad that it’s only now that some predators are being exposed.

    I have to be honest and say I wasn’t surprised by what’s happening in Saudi Arabia. It seems to me that their government has always been corrupt and as Pete said, they’re held to an entirely different standard by the US and the UK.😕.

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  4. I wonder if the horse is called Ed? A talking horse in a sex rehab clinic, think of the headlines 🙂
    I’m liking Morrisseys new tune, ‘Spent the day in bed’ Especially the line about the news.
    Loving the table, just missing a bottle of pink and a wee dram 🙂

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    1. Haha OMG Ed the talking horse! can’t be any worse than the quacks currently running the place! Am not a Morrissey fan and haven’t heard his latest, he’s far too miserable for me 🙂 there’ll soon be some vino and whisky on the table, just waiting for the touched up paintwork to dry! 🙂 Cheers Eddy.

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      1. Its quite an upbeat one for Morrissey, great lyrics:
        Stop watching the news!
        Because the news contrives to frighten you
        To make you feel small and alone
        To make you feel that your mind isn’t your own

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  5. Fraggs, so many thoughts… on the shootings here. It is hard to have sympathy for a country that won’t do anything about the guns, and I’m in this country. I feel this way every time there is a new shooting. I am in the corner that believes it’s indeed a gun problem A few years ago I was shocked when some gun laws passed in Colorado, and the Senators who passed them were ousted in a special election a few months later because they supported the laws. So ridiculous.

    I love your tiger. I’m sorry the guy gave you trouble but glad you worked it out. It is seriously impressive, and it looks great!!

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    1. Thanks Laura, he’s now in use! Re the gun thing, Naomi’s comment above staggered me with the statistics, 4mil in NRA but 320mil not! That’s an awful lot of lobbying power if those 320mil got together. But I suppose logistically impossible. 😕


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