Wealth has never yet sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism. -Bob LaFollette, congressman, senator, governor (1855-1925)
Which I think we can take to mean:
Money (for it is he): Nice to meet you Mr Iceland, sorry to hear about the trouble you've been having. Iceland: Hello Money. Yes, it's been hell. Care to stay for a cup of tea and give us a hand clearing up? Money: What? You're havin' a laff incha? Get me a cab pronto.
So, methane on Mars. If this turns out to be a sign of life, or former life, on the planet, can someone please show me the passage in the Bible (or Koran or any other religious text) wherein it states that on the ninth day Ceiling Cat created life on the red planet? Thanks, much appreciated. Srsly.
Years ago I was in America and I visited someone's home where they had a huge barrel-like affair into which you poured sacks of dried cat food. There was an opening at the bottom and the cat could eat as much food as it liked, the weight of the food meant it just kept coming. I'd get one of these for our two but Dry Food = Dry Fur (+kidney problems). Mind you, Dry Food = House Doesn't Smell.
An intersting juxtaposition on the BBC website at the moment, what with a plane in the Hudson in NYC and below this a story about the 3rd runway (GW is so over) at Heathrow. Imagine what a plane lying on the M4 would do for the 3rd runway... I'm also interested to know just how close to a motorway you can put a runway - looking at the plans I've seen, it's going to be very close indeed.
1. Russia? Bullying goes on. 2. Palestine? 1000 dead, no sign of the Israelis or Hamas stopping the madness. 3. Heathrow 3rd runway? Fine, go ahead, but please, stop with the green crap - you don't care, you don't believe it, money first - come on, please, enough with the hypocrisy. Still, it has freed me up: Global warming? I have no idea - possibly, but since no one in government believes it, why on earth, literally, would I? I'm off to throw out several dozen "bags for life".
Which, of course, was not what it should all be about at all. Shouting that the Israeli's are fascists, or that they are terrorists, or that there is only one war, class war (!) isn't going to change anything. Silent, dignified protest was the way to go but that wasn't what was happening so I took to taking pictures and distancing myself from the protest.
Well now HNY to you both. Which doesn't bring me to Gaza. But here we are anyway. What do you think of it all? I think the following: 1. A nation has a collective identity and behaves on the international stage not unlike an individual. 2. The Jewish people have, throughout their history, been unimaginably badly treated and abused. 3. Abused children often go on to become abusing adults, unless they develop insight. It is not possible to develop insight if one lives in constant fear and anxiety. Israel, being surrounded by relatively hostile countries, lives in a fair degree of fear and anxiety, though she is strong. She has therefore not developed insight, she is too busy being strong. 4. In an attempt to master her collective feelings after years of abuse, Israel has become the abuser and is treating the Palestinian people in the same way the Jewish people have been treated through much of history. Most notably, Israel has created and is maintaining a ghetto for the Palestinians …