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Potions and philtres - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
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Potions and philtres

I regret to say that, so long as the American election is in play, I shall be making a filter.  I shall call it, ‘Sane’.  Many Leftists and one or two persons of the Right will perforce be filtered out by it.

 

I hope not to miss too many interesting fannish posts, but it is a price I shall gladly pay to avoid the contemptible balls I am seeing posted far too often just now.

 

I confess myself disgusted.  In the case of those who are on the Centre and Right, I am also disappointed.  (I am long past – and have been for several decades – being disappointed in the Left, as I have long since given over expecting common human decency from far too great a swathe of that quarter.)

 

No doubt there will be barracking, sledging, and defriending in consequence.  So be it.  Life is too short to deal with this puerile rubbish.

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magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: September 1st, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm bloody exhausted by this bleeding election and there's still 3 months to go.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 1st, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ghastly, isn't it.

British general election procedures FTW.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 2nd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ghastly, isn't it.

The difference being that in Britain there is nobody worth voting for at all. The Lib Dems refused to make Vince Cable (the only intelligent man at Westminster) their leader; I cannot even vote for the Scots Nats (Alex Salmond is a bastard, but at least he is a smart bastard - a relief in the current landscape of emasculates and clones); and as for Cameron, check out John Bercow's latest atrocity and tell me whether they are worth spitting on if they were on fire. Compared to them, both Barrack and John look like they are from another planet - one where talent is recognized, individuality promoted, and thoughtfulness tolerated.

I hope I am not on your list of filter targets. I tried to make my comments relevant and readable, and while I have made my preference and reasons clear, I hope to have treated the opposition with respect. It helps that, unlike 2004, there are two candidates really worth voting for this time. Even so, I have had to deal with the party spirit.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, quite.

The principles are dodgy where they exist at all. But the procedure's commendable. Whereas the US elections go on forever but have the merit of pitting two philosophies against one another, wh is rather the point - but still does not excuse the permanent campaign.
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: September 2nd, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ghastly, isn't it.

3 weeks and it's all over. And at least then you're picking the best of a bad lot.

Although I am becoming disillusioned with voting as a live in an absolute safe seat so that person is going to get in anyway whether I want him or not.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

That is the problem.

(Redraws map to suit you.)
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: September 2nd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Redrawing the map....

... is what called the bleeding problem in the first place. To clarify, I just come into Peter Lilley's constituency by a few hundreds yards when they changed in 1997. Let's just say that Harpenden and the surrounding areas are true blue.
tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: September 1st, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very sensible.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Indeed, yes.

And sense is in such sort supply on the topic.
shezan From: shezan Date: September 2nd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not in the least exhausted by this election, and wonder again at the constant rebalancing of power taking place over the weeks and months.

... anyway, hope I'll be making your filter?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, don't be silly.

And it's not the election that exhausts me, it's the intellectually dishonest rubbish being talked of it, primarily (sorry. Couldn't resist) by other non-Hernians.

Edited at 2008-09-02 11:42 am (UTC)
shezan From: shezan Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, don't be silly.

You presumably have seen the hoopla at my LJ?

... am going to be talking about Palin tonight on a France 24 panel. That free-for-all was excellent practice, at least.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have. Le sigh.

Enjoy the rabidity tonight. 'Look, mummy! The rare nocturnal barking moonbat!'
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: September 2nd, 2008 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe that I spent so much of my childhood tramping through 'Women's Lib' marches if this is what passes for feminism these days.

Bring back the days when half the cabinet was sleeping with the wives or brothers of the other half and the only thing that mattered was their public record. I would far rather have nations run by people who spend their evenings shagging latex puppets but who have a firm grasp on law and the needs of public infrastructure than by the generation of media-friendly idiots that seem to be spread across the houses of government of the western world.

Incidentally, this is why I rather like Kevin Rudd, who is possibly the most boring control freak on the planet, but who at least has a grip on Australian industrial relations and Asian politics.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Quite so.

Bar the encomia upon yr earwax-eating PM.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Quite so.

You nibble on *one* body product ... (He's really quite decent, whether he can manage the rest of his godawful party on the other hand ...)
shezan From: shezan Date: September 2nd, 2008 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
How positively FRENCH of you! :D
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: September 2nd, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much as it shocks me to say this, I think they have quite the right approach. If a politician is not hurting anyone, nor lining his or her pocket (or the pockets of their friends), then I strongly feel that all we have the right to demand of them is competency.

The problem with the current fetish for personality driven politics is that only the bland and egocentric stand for public office, and we have nations being led by people who stand up to media scrutiny, but who are completely bloody useless.

If you take the media circus out of the equation, then people who are very good at their work but essentially dull have more of an opportunity, and people who are also very good and deeply committed but who have previously slept with half the Spanish hockey team are also able to put their non-shagging skills to use.

As it is, for the most part, we have airbrushed idiots who are thrilled at the prospect of an excellent pension plan and retirement to the boards of several fine firms.

Many apologies for the ranting, I've been ill and have stupidly been reading the American election reports. Not conducive to recuperation, I can assure you!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not at all.

Of course, sometimes the dull are doing the shagging. (Sir John Major, please report to the members's pavilion....)

And then, on the other hand, there's Boris....

Edited at 2008-09-02 04:16 pm (UTC)
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: September 2nd, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not at all.

You do know that's my favourite Major fact. And it's beautiful that two such tedious people were able to find each other.

As for Boris, he has to find something to do when he's not designating cyclepaths and making wiff waff jokes.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 2nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

My dear.

I shan't be filtering myself; merely whom I read. I'd not dream of depriving the masses of my wisdom.... (/jape).
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 3rd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Philtres for a Hundred, Please, Alex...

We say, that's why the Good Lord gave us digital cable. SpongeBob Squarepants (on Nickelodeon) or rotting corpses (on the true crime channel) pretty much 24/7.

However.

We trusted the English to keep their sheep honest, but I just received a parcel of wool which represents some wild miscegenation among Merinos, Shetlands and Wensleydales. The fleece is yummy soft, but this must be some demented-looking piebald animal.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 5th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

You used the 'm' word...

... specifically to frame me up for TPFKAAJH to call me a racialist, didn't you.

That said, what on earth must that poor woolly beast look like?
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 5th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You used the 'm' word...

Racialist. Aluminium. Wasted syllables. You Brits. People are starving.

I've written the Rarebreed Lady in the Forest of Dean; she is going to ask the shepherd to take a picture.

Edited at 2008-09-05 10:00 pm (UTC)
lily_fayline From: lily_fayline Date: September 5th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would me ranting about the excessive force used by the police on the streets of St. Paul (see here for details) get me ignored? If so, just pass on the link to interested parties first, as I fear this won't be shown on regular news channels (and I feel it needs to be seen).
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 5th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

I must confess I didn't read yr post on the matter...

... but am of course not cutting up rough over yr comment here.

(As to WHY I rather ignored yr post, it is because, given the sources, I presume the 'report' to be a tissue of lies. Kos is, simply, a fever swamp inhabitated by gibbering lunatics, and I shouldn't trust ginmar on her oath were she to tell me that this is 2008.)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 5th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I presume the 'report' to be a tissue of lies..."

Oh, no, that really happened. People maced out of wheelchairs, all that.

Young people who don't remember Chicago back in the day (I don't remember the year exactly because I am old) always think whatever happened most recently is the most spectacular thing that's ever happened but the truth is, we're savages over here. The United States of America is " a fever swamp inhabitated by gibbering lunatics".

(Wait, inhabitated? Another extra syllable?)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 6th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

1968.

And that intrusive syllable was no archaism, but rather poor typing and poor proofing.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 6th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1968.

Forty years! How symmetrical!

However, it's very depressing to think that I am old enough to remember that.

Must.. spin... and spin... and spin...
lily_fayline From: lily_fayline Date: September 6th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I must confess I didn't read yr post on the matter...

Hence the visuals...And if you have a spare moment, there's the google search for 'police brutality St. Paul' that presents sites reflecting on the goings on from numerous angles. I got the report from a friend whose veracity I trust, but I understand that news reporting is rarely objective.
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