Quite interesting how things happen at the same time.
I haven’t been able to blog since early yesterday because my skin decided to erupt, especially around the wrist and hands, though it’s now also spread to legs and neck. As the two things I’m doing right now are blogging and building, it’s quite uncanny.
There were two points yesterday when epoxy spilt onto first my wrist and then my leg. So I expected skin issues later and immediately washed and scrubbed the glue off upstairs. It did get rid of it and didn’t even cause inflammation but what it did do was set off a condition which has been a worry since last year – the skin erupts up and down arms, legs and neck but seemingly nowhere else. It’s like needles everywhere and prevents sleep, needless to say.
So that was the issue in the past 14 hours or so and I think I’d best get to the doc to sort out – I’ll call them today.
However, something else happened yesterday. As you might recall, it was a fine day, with sun and little wind. Perfect building conditions. I’m not embellishing this in the least – every time I went near the boat, something happened.
The most bizarre was that as I approached one of the jobs, a mini-storm came through into the yard, which again is not unusual as there’ve been many of these over the late autumn/winter but this one had a ferocity to it and the double gates behind, which are bolted, were suddenly shaking themselves in the reverse direction to the wind, i.e. onto me and they were doing it in a gusty manner, whereas the storm was constant.
OK, all of that can be explained too. I left off the building and the storm suddenly ceased. I started work and a gust came through from the roadway worse than before. I left off the building and it stopped. Went upstairs for brunch. Sun was shining, trees showed low wind. Went back down, started to glue and glue dripped on my leg. Upstairs to wash and scrub. Downstairs again and restarted – fell backwards out of the boat. And so on through the day. Another wildly straining gates episode.
Anyway, got a lot done but later the skin erupted something awful, nowhere near where I’d been using the glue.
All of which needs to be put in perspective because these are comparatively minor issues. WordPress decided yesterday was the day to play up in comments. I’ll not go into it but comments got through which shouldn’t have and others were blocked which shouldn’t have been. Captcha, by the way, would not have solved this one. Plus the bots are increasing manyfold, which will be dealt with later. The former I’ve already dealt with.
Into this comes Ubermouth who highlights a problem I’m going to take up. Rather than lengthen this post inordinately, I’ll outline her commission [to be placed alongside the Ukraine/Croatia commission]:
Whilst you’re flogging all the evil-doers, why don’t you call out the behaviour of the states that are passing Ag-Gag bills making it illegal to secretly film or gather evidence of horrific cruelty inflicted upon farm animals [yet the actual crime has not been criminalized]?????
Seven US states now have such laws which are punishable by stiff fines and/or up to one year in prison,yet the abuse is legal with no punishments.
This is horrendous and also prevents us from learning ,not only of the abuse of animals who would have no hope of any advocacy,but we are kept blind as to what they are doing to our meat sources,which jeopardizes meat eaters’ health and the environment. There is a reason they are suddenly instituting such laws to keep us blind.
But all I care about is the animals that are suffering behind closed doors.
I do hear this, despite the belligerence and some of you might have seen this yesterday, about how your sausages are made:
I’d already gone off sausages after reading the words “mechanically recovered” and “like meat” on an Iceland bottle of sausages some time back. Then came the pic of the battery hen and though I still stick to being an omnivore, the way it’s gone about gives pause for thought. Even personal boycott. For now, all I can do is pay through the nose for good cuts from the butcher but how can we even be sure of them? Seems to me animal husbandry has much to answer for.
It would be horrifying to turn into a Tatchell, the fascist and all those other nasty characters in the animal rights movement and yet there is a need for such things as this Ag-Gag to be addressed. My theory is that people like Tatchell and Co are employed by the very industries attacked, in order to turn people off animal protection. I’m not stating that he is a troll in the least – I have no idea one way or the other but it does seem they choose the worst possible ways to put the case.
So this Ag-Gag is a post coming up.
Do you think people are becoming more cruel in general? You saw that clip of the disabled woman dragged to a bus lane and left there by police?