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Sometimes I feel vaguely guilty because I never post about politics, but then I look at the state of the world (I thought learning Russian, apart from being interesting, might be useful; I hardly suspected we were in for the next Cold War...), the stupidity of our current election campaign (How can a party that has been in government for decades have election posters saying 'Es reicht!' ('Enough!')? That's either a tad schizophrenic, or assuming voters have no brain whatsoever; probably both.), and I give up in disgust, fight the urge to delete everything I've written, more often than not give in & delete, feel guilty about my cynicism for a while, because I do recognise how harmful this kind of attitude is, and then let myself get distracted by something pretty & shiny.

So here's Tilda Swinton being gorgeous on my desktop instead. /escapism

::sips tea::


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Aug. 29th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of the same way about politics. I care deeply about them, but despise them at the same time, so I usually just lose myself in things I like. Terribly responsible? Probably not... but I just don't have the stamina to argue politics like I used to. That, and my political views are generally so at odds with the vast majority of the people in the community in which I live (i.e., most people in Mount Vernon, Ohio still get down on their knees and worship George W. Bush as some kind of god -- *vomits*), and I don't really want to be stoned to death by the Bible thumpers.

I'm registered as a Democrat, of course, but you could probably call me a socialist and not be far off the mark. (i.e., I believe we need universal health care here, and even a lot of Democrats, I think, are against that. Stuff like that. Universal health care might not be perfect, but it's better than having to spend a small fortune on private insurance if, like me, you're not insured by your place of work, or a small fortune on a doctor's visit, or a somewhat bigger fortune on an emergency room visit. Oddly, a lot of people here go to the emergency room for minor things like sore throats, rather than making an appointment with their general practitioner. I don't understand that, because the E.R. costs so much more. I guess it's because a lot of GPs won't treat patients without insurance.)

Oh, and one of McCain's supporters recently stated that all Americans do have health care. An emergency room cannot turn away a patient. This is true, but the patient will be swimming in debt afterwards. *headdesk*
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Not that everything is perfect here, but what I'm hearing about the American health care system from blogs, etc., people asking medical advice from the internet, living with obvious, often painful health problems, because they can't afford seeing doctor... that simply scares me.

I've been voting for the Green party or Liberals (those on the left side of the political spectrum) all my adult life, but I suspect in a few weeks' time we'll have yet another coalition of the Right and Further Right. It's hard not to get a little jaded...
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very pretty indeed!
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Strangely, I don't think I've even seen her in anything after Orlando, but she's so beautiful in all the D. Jarman films...
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