Watching the Untrusted Implode

Stained glass window, Ightham Mote, Kent, England

Stained glass window, Ightham Mote, Kent, England

Welcome to The Real Untrusted

for a brief introduction to this site – read here

“The citadel of established practice seldom falls to the polite knock of a good idea. It may however yield to a long siege, a pre-emptive strike, a wooden horse or a cunning alliance.” 

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MontanaWildhack posts:

For some reason, many people who consider themselves left-leaning politically seem to think that anti-American bigotry is somehow acceptable. It boggles my mind that people can’t see the contradiction in that.

The same MontanaWildhack who posted on CiF

Good Americans don’t question the essential superiority of America. Many Americans boast that they have no desire to even travel to another country. They believe that it is a sign of patriotism to wallow in ignorance of the rest of the world. Not all Good Americans are quite that patriotic. Some are open to the possibility that there might be other places in the world that are nice to visit. Really open-minded Good Americans think that, if one is quite adventurous, one might even live in another country for a year or two.

Anti-American bigotry anyone?

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A new set of photographs here, all of which have been posted before but they’re now together in one place.

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 Today’s Music

As from today – (sometime in early 2013) “A Change is gonna Come” and hence the track which is from almost 500, vaguely described as pop and rock, on my MP4 player that I use mainly when I’m running at the gym or outdoors, or when I’m doing things I rather not like ironing clothes, cleaning and so on. This one by coincidence comes top of the list when arranged in alphabetical order. Of course I’ll intersperse them with some great jazz and classical music.

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

Yesterday’s music

Fat man in the bathtub – Little Feat

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

 

 

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  1. brusselsexpats

     /  October 23, 2014

    Afternoon all,

    I love stained glass…..

    Bitey – there are people who use their blogs in a very childish power game “You can’t play in my backyard so there.”

    It’s truly pathetic. As far as I’m concerned they would have to pay me to post on their little cyber empire.

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    • Why anyone can be bothered with blogs that are inhabited by chauvinists who’ve wafted in from the 1960s is mysterious.

    • Hi Bru,

      Me too – in fact to look at stained glass is one of the main reasons I go into churches and cathedrals.

  2. Ginger my guinea pig has been ill for quite a while. Originally I noticed weight loss and took her to a vet who was useless as most are with small animals and prescribed stuff that wasn’t much good. Ginger seemed to rally and was eating though never quite 100%. About 12 days ago she looked as if she’d had a stroke, twisted to one side and very thin. I’ve been syringe feeding her for most of that time but she hasn’t improved really and can’t feed herself. She doesn’t give up and when I think she’ll be dead by the morning, she surprises me by still being here. She wants to eat but can’t which is painful to see. Luckily I found I’m quite near a very good vet as far as guinea pigs are concerned and went to him yesterday. He reckons it’s a middle ear infection and that if she’d had proper care at first things could’ve been different but that it may be too late and too much damage done. I’ve got her decent antibiotics and pain relief though.

    Not sure why I’m posting this other than to highlight what useless vets there are – yet another moneymaking racket. Also in tribute to my lovely Ginger who was my first piccy for my avatar on Cif. Although I’d like her to recover sometimes I wish it was all over. Oh, the pain our pets can cause us.

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    • brusselsexpats

       /  October 21, 2014

      Afternoon all,

      Sorry to hear about your pet Desde. She is a very pretty guinea pig. I remember her picture well.

    • Sara

       /  October 21, 2014

      Hi Desde, I’m sorry to hear about Ginger being so poorly and hope the anti biotics works, there’s still a chance they can, in the meantime she is warm and safe and has good pain relief.

      I agree 100 percent about vets & what money making rackets they run, some are truly awful,

  3. Just to let you know that there are some fraudsters ringing people up and pretending to be from Microsoft and trying to get personal information. A friend emailed yesterday to tell me this had happened to her.

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    • Hi Desde,

      Thanks for the warning and sorry to hear about your pet. :(

    • Thanks Bitey. Thinking about it, part of wanting to share the story is that wonderful feeling you get when meeting a professional who really knows what they’re doing, is passionate about their work and pays attention to detail. I felt so reassured to see that vet for my Ginger as he, and his wife, are the best vets for guinea pigs in the country, so I know I’ve done all I can. He was so knowledgeable and thorough, and I know quite a bit by now about treatments for piggy illnesses so I know an expert when I meet one. Similarly, my old neighbour was a brilliant builder, always meticulous in the details and cared that everything was beautifully done. So much better than the slapdash cowboys that are around. I’d love to have a job that I was good at and could become the best I possibly could. Must be very fulfilling. But not at a ‘fulfilment centre’ which is what Tescos call their warehouses these days!

  4. brusselsexpats

     /  October 20, 2014

    Hi Desde – it’s the Stockholm Syndrome on a large scale. A general strike would cause pain but would put a bomb under the politician’s complacent backsides.

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  5. Afternoon all.

    Hi Bitey – anyone who has had a run-in with the police or social services, aka the welfare police, will be familiar with the ‘lost files’ scenario. How convenient, important papers on highly sensitive issues just happen to go missing, although other less contentious files kept in the same filing cabinets, are intact and in place. Bedford police once lost the statement that I’d made re my mother’s abuse: when I said I’d make another statement, it turned up.

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  6. brusselsexpats

     /  October 19, 2014

    Evening all,

    Desde – the unions are furious because the new centre-right government is protecting the rich and making the poorer members of society pay the price of the economic problems.

    I wouldn’t care but Belgium has suffered far less than other European countries. If the government tried to bring in measures such as the Tories have implemented in the UK,
    the tumbrils would be rolling towards parliament.

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    • Hi Bruss – we are incredibly complacent in Britain. Sometimes I wonder why people are putting up with sanctioning of social security benefits, long waits for council housing, low paid jobs and so on. Then it occurs to me, that for anyone under about 45, they don’t really know things any different. I’m 57 and I only started work the year before Thatcher came to power so it’s getting to be a long time since things were different in this country. A distant memory for some, but unrecognisable to the younger ones.

      In that room attendant job I did, the housekeeper should really have been going to her bosses and saying, look my staff can’t do all those rooms in that time and advocate for us to get a bit more money and more time. Instead she kept saying learn tips to go faster, faster – all the time, go faster. Thus corners were cut in cleanliness and health and safety rules breached.

    • 101

       /  October 20, 2014

      ’Instead she kept saying learn tips to go faster, faster – all the time, go faster …and health and safety rules breached.’

      One IT company I worked for has recently started employing new technicians on zero-hour contracts at £20 odd quid an hour (repairing computers at the customs business/home.) The recruit is expected to use his own car (no expenses, no ‘mileage’) travelling all over the North of England.

      When one told his manger it was impossible to get to one job by the ‘allotted’ time – the manger told him to put his f***ing foot down and f*** the speed limits, or f***off.

      These lads are lucky if they clear £100 a week after expenses, and are too scared to quit because the dole will class them as ‘intentionally unemployed’ and sanction them.

    • Morning all.

      101 – that’s just one of many terrible stories all too familiar in today’s Britain. How low we’ve sunk, scared to complain because even the safety net of the dole isn’t there for many. Those who’ve had good educations and are in good jobs have no idea what it’s like. It’s as if there are two Britains, or Englands maybe.

    • Sara

       /  October 21, 2014

      Morning All ‘Sometimes I wonder why people are putting up with sanctioning of social security benefits, long waits for council housing, low paid jobs and so on. Then it occurs to me, that for anyone under about 45, they don’t really know things any different.’

      Hi Desde – I’m not sure, things seem particuarly bad now, the early 90’s for someone in their early 20’s must seem quite different to being in your early 20’s today, especially the work situation, and that 1990’s cash in hand economy was booming!

  7. One of the things that amazes me about CiF is this number of posters who persist with the prejudice that China is a backward, third rate country, that produces nothing original and where half the population lives in dire poverty. (I could go on)

    I watched a lot of the Youth Olympics while I was pounding the running machine at my gym in China but I missed this bit which a friend in Australia sent me today.

    Apologies if you’ve already seen it, but there are few things that amaze me now, but this is certainly one.

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  8. Paul

     /  October 18, 2014

    The xmas season will soon be in full swing and in Paris they’re really pulling out all the stops this year.

    Ho Ho Ho

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/inflatable-christmas-tree-in-paris-compared-to-sex-toy-9801667.html

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    • Hi Paul,

      I might make a comment about the sex lives of the French but instead I’ll say it confirms my understanding of why BTTP’s wife and child ran away. :)

  9. brusselsexpats

     /  October 17, 2014

    See the Kurds are gaining the upper hand in Kobani. That must be agonizing for many of the Cif posters who would rather have seen the psychotic scum that is ISIS march to victory over a mound of severed heads than see the West – i.e. America intervene.

    Because – as we all know – America is the fount of all evil.

    The BBC asks on its website: What have we learned from the Battle of Kobani?

    I’d say the answer is clear – never yield to the butchers and give the moral imperative of saving innocent lives priority for once even if the Kobani is not “strategically important”.

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  10. brusselsexpats

     /  October 17, 2014

    Morning all,

    Talking of demonstrations, what I posted about the pitchforks being oiled over here is coming out. All unions are calling for demonstrations and strikes on a rota basis, starting with Brussels on November 6 or 7. Thereafter a cluster of cities will do the same on different dates.

    All this culminating in a nationwide general strike on December 15. Don’t think the Belgian Federal government just sworn in is likely to last somehow.

    Re: China – it has a history of uprisings so I wouldn’t be surprised if, when a one-party government system finally gives up the ghost, there is some fracturing of the country.

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  11. JimPress

     /  October 17, 2014

    A very quick comment on the situation in Hong Kong…

    Firstly, the protests have way more staying power than anybody (including the organisers) predicted. Secondly, and disturbingly for both the authorities and student leaders, the nature of the protest is becoming more confrontational and unpredictable. The original leaders had no role in the recent road tunnel blockade and tried, unsuccessfully, to dissuade people from taking part. Those same student leaders, the people who espouse a policy of total non-violence, were jeered and shouted down by their more robust Kowloon counterparts when they attempted to address the Mongkok faction this week.

    The Mongkok barricades were removed by police at dawn today but protesters remain at MK and Causeway Bay along with those at the main site in Admiralty.

    This is a more significant event than many originally identified and it’s encouraging that Beijing have cut the BBC News feed over the last 24 hours – if I was protester I’d take heart from that. Oh, and Leung CY politically is a dead man walking.

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    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for that and yesterday the BBC’s Thought for the Day which I usually avoid like the plague was about the situation in Hong Kong. Giles Fraser claimed that both the founders of the Occupy movement and most of the leading activists are evangelical Christians, which would add weight to what you’re saying. It’s the first time I’ve heard that. He went on to speak about “China’s rapidly expanding Christian population” about which I can personally testify, and that within 15 years China could have the largest Christian population of any country. He went on to speculate about how the Party would deal with this and then to point out the west’s less that pacific approaches of different Christian groupings.

      However thinking about it prompted me to consider how the Protestant ethic fitted in very nicely with the Chinese obsession with saving rather than spending. It’s reckoned that the “hidden wealth” in China is equivalent to the country’s total official GDP. And the “municipal pride” in the form of prestigious building projects that I’ve seen in every Chinese city I’ve visited, is comparable to that recorded in the town halls, art galleries, museums etc of UK cities like Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, etc.

    • Paul

       /  October 17, 2014

      Hi Bitey

      Interesting comment about the growth of Christianity in China and the response of the Party to that.From what i understand Catholicsim is only tolerated in China provided the Chinese Catholic Church isn’t controlled by Rome.And that Beijing is unlikely to tolerate any external influences on any Chinese religious participation irrespective of denomination.

      Have also read a bit about the persecution of the Falun Gong in China highlighting just how hard it is for any sort of participation in anything which doesn’t meet the approval of the State.

      I’m assuming that freedom of worship etc is less of a problem in Hong Kong and Macau but that Beijing may ultimately seek to try and change that.

  12. Hi all –

    got a call whilst doing paper round from the police officer – (as you do!) dealing with the complaint I made re abuse in NHS unit. He hadn’t read the entire report, which was quite long, and at review, realised there was more to it. We discussed it for a while and I asked about third parties who might know more but he explained that the main victim in one of the complaints I made, the most serious, would need to come forward for anything to happen. I said I would go to court re the man who was abusive to me but I understand it’s well nigh impossible but that I was seeking catharsis and the opportunity of making things ‘official’. The police officer said that in the Savile case, most of the girls didn’t feel safe to come out in the open and once they knew about others it was easier as they were not alone. Savile’s death also made them feel safer. Trying to take this to court when it’s one person’s word against another regarding events of 39 years ago is very tricky. He has been very thorough and says that if anyone should make a complaint it will automatically come to him as he deals with that patch. He did say ‘it sounds like a strange place’ of the clinic – you can say that again.

    It must be a helluva job dealing with child abuse and rape – I have many criticisms of the police but I couldn’t do that job. I could deal with the abusers themselves and listen to what they did and prosecute them but I could not view child porn especially films. Years in that job must wear a person down and presumably the officers aren’t kept in that division for too long.

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  13. brusselsexpats

     /  October 15, 2014

    Afternoon all,

    Paul, it’s not bad enough that UK state pensions are rock bottom compared to other wealthy European countries but you can bet that anyone on the wrong side of fifty who couldn’t get a job would be persecuted into a life of Dickensian poverty.

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    • Paul

       /  October 16, 2014

      Sadly i think you’re right Bru.As the post war baby boom generation retires-ie those born between 1945-1964-i think we’re going to see a big increase in pensioner poverty in the UK unless more people in their 50’s/60’s not only stay in jobs but are also paid enough to make provision for when they’re too old to work.For as you say state pension provision is relatively low in this country.And many elderly people are also too proud to claim the means-tested benefits that are available to them.Much of the estimated £2-£3 billion worth of benefits which go unclaimed every year are old-age benefits..

      Anyway on a happier note here’s a track from Grant Green.

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