Alt Friday OT -- Mending Fences


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All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. -- Thomas Wolfe
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Welcome to the Friday OT. Filling-in for the 'funky friday' edition until NCTim rejoins us.

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Traveling back down memory lane to some of the challenges of working on the farm. Struggling with strangulating branches and vines along the fence rows, overgrown with thorny bushes, burdocks and stick-tights. Hacking back and mounding up tangles. All just to gain access to the failing fences. The repairs were the fun part, after all that. Symbolic of a theme played over and again in ensuing years. Although the tangled materials have morphed into social and psyche issues, the play is similar.

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Short bursts --
rubber brain
spine aligning resolve
disregard the negatives
shut out the noise

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The door is open, stage is set. Have at it!

Photo 'Old Fence Row 2' by Brian Parton

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mimi's picture

heh, you don't need a farm to have all those nice things like "strangulating branches and vines along the fence rows, overgrown with thorny bushes, burdocks and stick-tights. All just to gain access to the failing fences".

I am supposed to struggle all those in the garden of my sister, who has all that plus very complicated neighbors. We have failed fences and the fight is over who pays what to repair the holes. Common ivy destroyed the fence. We also fight about branches from our trees hanging over to their property. They cut them off and throw them over in our porperty, so that we take care of getting the branches and pay for their disposal, as we have so many, we can't handle them anymore. Everything in angle of the view of my sister from where she sits on the patio is a manicured lawn for absolutly no use. Every other aspect of the garden is not her 'problem'. Enemy number one here is common Ivy. I am not fighting it anymore. Capitulated. Smile

What's on my mind? Bloomberg! If Bernie can't win against Trump and Tulsi can't win, I take Bloomberg as an alternative. Am I a traitor? At least he is richer than Trump, isn't he?

Have to read gjohnsit's piece about it first.

Have a good day and thanks for the OT.

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@mimi

Hacking back the tangles is better than pouring on the Round-up, no?
Enjoy your little patch best you can.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

@lotlizard

much like wood. The info manipulators sand it down smooth, brush away inconvenient facts, then cover it up with layers of BS.

Cheers!

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Raggedy Ann's picture

Thanks for filling in for our friend.

I almost forgot - HAPPY FRIDAY!

Silly season is getting sillier by the minute as the DNC cannot stomach Bernie rising like crème! I see real revolution on the horizon. Buckle your seatbelts - 2020 is going to be one hell of a year!

Have a beautiful day and weekend, folks! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

@Raggedy Ann

They have a winnable candidate in Sanders. But.
Too far left for the establishment.

So float a another billionaire instead. Sheesh

Enjoy your Friday RA!

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@QMS
Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

@Raggedy Ann

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@Wally
These people can't help themselves from being haters! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

@Wally It means us, the people. The elite have begun to fear us.

May we be united and strong.

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@laurel
going in the sig line if so

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@QMS . Maybe it needs improvement? If so, feel free. Smile

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Lookout's picture

I started singing that one after Trumpolini started his wall. Roy and Trigger make quite a show piece out of the song...

I think Cole Porter wrote this for a movie that was never made.

Better to avoid round up, but vinegar can be used safely.
http://midatlanticgardening.com/did-you-know-vinegar-can-replace-roundup/

Another trick is to cover over the fence with a heavy tarp or old carpet and starve the vegetation of sunlight. Of course that would be a small fence strategy.

Well I hope you all have a nice day and a great weekend. Sounds like you finished up your sailing trip QMS. Hope things are well on the home front!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout

Somehow, the grass on the other side must have tasted better.

On another note, Julian Assange can still receive letters behind the UK fence.

Mr. Julian Assange
Prisoner # A9379AY
HMP Belmarsh
Western Way
London SE28 0EB UK

Push on that which will move, not simply that which opposes. Said another way, find weak links in the chain that binds me.’ JPA

https://www.globalresearch.ca/how-to-help-julian-assange-by-writing-to-h...

You have a good one LO!

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@Lookout dusters. The horses were always the reason I glanced at them. Thanks, QMS. Rec'd!!

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" Our solutions to the climate crisis must match the demands of physics."
c/o truthout

mhagle's picture

A pleasant read before the day's work sets in.

Musing on ivy. Our only wild ivy here is poison ivy. Beautiful bright red in the fall. Touch it at your peril. Some only need to stand next to it. There's a political allegory in there somewhere!

Cheers to all! I-m so happy

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

@mhagle @mhagle

Picked this up from a comment on another thread. Dylan press conference circa 1965.

Enjoy your day!

Heading out into the wild winds to hustle a couple bucks.
Responsibility calls.
Carry on. Wink

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@mhagle  
as poison ivy, oak, and sumac: urushiol.

Something to be aware of if you come to Hawaii and are allergic to the stuff. Even just standing under a mango tree can trigger a reaction in those sensitized.

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@lotlizard

so many times, the body had time to develop immunities.
No longer bothers me.
Coincidence?

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I went on a cruise on the Danube. As the boat entered Vienna, the ship's sound system started blasting out "The Blue Danube". I was on the top deck, thank goodness nobody else was around, and I did quite a ballet solo.
Anyway, it was so beautiful, I was overwhelmed.
I was free, not fenced in!

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mimi's picture

so, it's Kagan, Bloomberg et al?

Interview with Robert Kagan: Permanence of Liberal Democracy 'Is an Illusion'

About Robert Kagan

John Boal / DER SPIEGEL
Robert Kagan, 61, is a prominent U.S. neo-conservative. A trained historian, he began his career in the administration of President Ronald Reagan as a speechwriter for Secretary of State George Schulz. Later, he was an adviser to the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney. Kagan writes a column for the Washington Post and is a contributing editor at The New Republic. He left the Republican Party in 2016.

Prominent U.S. conservative Robert Kagan warns that it is time for Europe to "grow up." In an interview, he talks about Trump's stance on foreign policy, the crumbling liberal democratic consensus and the precarious future of Germany and the EU.
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DER SPIEGEL: So in your view, the Europeans are eternal teenagers who start fighting as soon as America turns away.

Kagan: Grow up! That's fine! But I think you really have to be an unwavering optimist to believe that Europe will stay stable and peaceful without the support of the United States. You can't compare the EU of the late 1990s to the EU of today. There is the United Kingdom's departure from Europe. In the eastern parts of Europe, the once democratic governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have entered various stages of decent into illiberalism. And France is only one election away from a nationalist electoral victory.

Can we please live without Kaganites trampling on our dignity? Der Spiegel as an enabler?
Yackety-Yak


And don't forget to recycle trash papers. and use it for alternative media purposes.

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@mimi

being led by the liars. Seems no self-deprecating journo wants to lead with new ideas anymore.
Ah, the impotency. Try fencing with a person of honor.
Different story.

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magiamma's picture

and everyone

Just got back from a walk in the Pogonip. It's fall. Wonderful leaves falling and filling the path. Yesterday I wnet to Stanford to hear Katherine Heyho speak. She is a climate scientist that wants people to start talking about the climate crisis. She had some great insights. I posted this earlier but here it is again, her ted talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BvcToPZCLI

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Stop Climate Change Silence - Start the Conversation

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Anja Geitz's picture

These cat advent calendars came in yesterday and we already sold out of the first order. Love them!!! I bought half a dozen and plan to give them out to feline friends and family on Thanksgiving as a sort of pre-Xmas gift. Funny thing is, we also have dog advent calendars (which I posted here last year), but the majority of calls we are getting is for the cat calendars. Hahaha!

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Any one interested in these as gift ideas, I suggest you call Trader Joe's and have them put your cat calendars on hold when they come in. They are $5.99.

Thanks QMS for hosting today's OT!

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz

My grandma made our event calendar and oh what a joy it was to have my turn to open one pocket up and pin it on the tree. Remembering that kind loving woman is something I do often. I'd get in trouble and have to sit in the hall. But it's boring I'd say and I have nothing to do. She'd tell me to twiddle my thumbs. I'd say each time I don't know how to do it and so she would teach me all over again.. one of my fondest memories.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

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@snoopydawg

Here's your doggie advent calendar:

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz

It's really cute. But my heart will always be with the Xmas tree one. I really was lucky to have my grandparents during my early years. I hate to think what I'd be like without their love.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

@Anja Geitz

Tidy box in the back seat.

What I love about cooking. Got a bunch of leftover cornbread and squash. Searched for said combo and found a squash-corn chowder looking mighty fine. To adapt, naturally.

Had to burn some logs to ward off the chill wind. Have a pleasant one. Wink

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

Saw a pic yesterday of how someone with a simple battery operated sawzall cut thru the ballards of the renowned border fence, but couldn't find it today. Reported that 9287 documented holes have been cut in the last 5 years. About 4 holes a day.

Who let the dogs out?

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@QMS OMG, too wonderful (if too late). Thanks so much for the beautiful slide show of paintings set to the Blue Danube. Mood-changer and keeper. Also brings back long slow scenes from Kubrick's carefully constructed masterpiece. Lovely thread, QMS.

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@laurel

not my normal music
flowing like a river
waltz

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janis b's picture

Thank you for all the different notes and images your OT creates. The Thomas Wolfe quote is so moody and pensive. The Strauss piece is so light and gay.

I hope your weekend is as you like it.

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@janis b @janis b

Wanna do a photo OT?
Got a fun shot to share.

Cheerios

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@QMS

Can't wait to see your image. Why don't you post it twice, here and there.

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@janis b @janis b
story goes with

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Dinged the fender a few years ago. had a bernie sticker, so pasted it over to cover the damage (knicked the well head). here it is 4 years later. Sticker still there. For some windy reason, the top right lost it's sticky. Somehow it covered the 16. Stuck some scotch tape on the corner to keep it from flapping. Now just says 20. Go figure.

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@QMS

Bernie and the bumper sticker. Classic QMS.

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