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The current situation


This summer has given me much food for thought. Mainly it was the heatwave, the drought and the forest fires that were beginning to strike too close to home, but also the hunters that have been shooting close to our cabin.
Also, the political situation is reason for concern. It seems to me that in just a few short years we’ve gone from circumstances resembling those shortly before the First World War to what’s more similar to the time just before the Second. (Even though Sweden was spared both wars in the end, by playing ’hedgehog’. ) Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we’re heading for an actual world war or even a more limited conflict in Northern Europe. The enemy is most likely smarter than that. At least for now. But there are other serious crises we’re risking. Maybe even civil war. Again, I doubt this will happen in the next year or two, but there are plenty of other scenarios that could unfold that could have equally serious consequences. Foreign powers subverting our election. Acts of terrorism. Desinformation campaigns. Coordinated acts of sabotage against water supplies, electrical companies – maybe even hospitals.
Worst of all, the impending climate collapse. What can you do when forces far beyond your control are at work? Business as usual? That’s what most people here in Sweden want to play at. Barbecue in the countryside and start fires. Fly to Thailand and back again a couple of times. After all, everything is always someone else’s responsibility.
Xenophobia is rearing its ugly head again. Recently, a homeless Romanian man was brutally murdered by minor boys. And most people don’t even care.
I’m terrified of the future. At the moment mostly of the results of the election. Anything might happen.
When trouble comes looking for my family I hope we can find a safe place to hide.
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Body image

These days there’s much talk about body image. Women and young girls who dare to post photos of themselves looking different from the current ideal receive negative comments and even threats. As a reaction to all this we are now supposed to love our overweight and less than toned bodies.

Personally I couldn’t care less how other people choose to portray themselves. After all, it’s their lives. None of my business. Incidentally, it always seems to be females. Men seem to have no problem loving themselves without posing photos online or elsewhere. But that’s a different (though related) matter.

However, I reserve the right to hate my body, while still liking my personality. Being a good person doesn’t require having a perfect or attractive body. So yes, I kind of like myself but kind of hate my body. I’m not going to apologize for that.

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Action Alert! Please Help Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses by Commenting on Roundup Plan and Demanding Water for the Horses — Straight from the Horse’s Heart —

”My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.” Barack Obama ”America was founded on immigrants. The immigrant experience is common to all of us.” Nia Vardalos I hope you will sign and share the following petitions concerning the appalling treatment of immigrant children in the […]

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Trump: Immigration — Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox

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My (old) links blog

I just thought I’d mention that while I’m waiting for my ‘real’ homepage to get back up again, I’m going to use my other links blog. Unlike this one, it will be about history, language, fandom etc. Occasionally, I might post something more, but mostly it will just be links. So if you’re interested in any of that, you’re welcome to drop by and take a look.

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Vegan vs plant-based

I recently read an article/blog post about a recent survey where most people apparently said that they dislike the term ‘vegan’ and prefer the term ‘plant-based’. (I’m sorry, but I can’t find that link so you’ll just have to take my word for it).

If I’ve understood the differences correctly, plant-based means being more healthy than people who are just vegan. Actually, one definition I read was this: vegans can eat (vegan) oreos but plant-based people can’t, even though the oreos are vegan.

It seems that most people dislike us vegans for various reasons. I’m sorry to hear that, but it won’t make me change my mind. Being vegan is what I’m all about. I’m vegan for the animals. That doesn’t mean I’m not also vegan for my own health, for the environment and for other people too, even if they don’t appreciate it, but the animals came first. One of my earliest memories is thinking I’d like to live in a world where there were only animals and animal lovers (I wouldn’t mind having plants too). I must have been four or five.