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And the new arrival is….

Peggy!

Hope you take the time to enjoy this slice of four legged life…

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Apart from a couple of quick personal asides this ones about freedom and what it means when we loose it.

This evening I’m off to stand outside an emerging church cafe evening because it’s about faith and politics – as a smoker I can no longer just go on in and if segregation isn’t political I don’t know what is. One of my posts has been tagged top mud here on Jabbertags, which I find almost ironic. It was The Blind Atheist which is a critical look at evolutionary theory – I just didn’t go back to the nut of primordial soup or mud…

It seems that the government wants to control our behaviour in new and interesting ways. There’s a guide to how you treat pets, story here, and that contravening these ‘guidelines’ may be a factor over whether or not we’re fined or even imprisonned – so more like laws then… It’s a small thing really as most folk will probably just cave and hand over whatever pet they’ve got to the RSPCA or whoever and be done with the pet, but for those who want to keep their beloved pet despite not being the best owners in the world…

Whilst this may seem a small step and has very little to do with Rule 303 but there is more that’s about at the moment – there’s this about all net visits and email on the net turned into evidence in a ‘black box‘ – for what is it if it is not evidence just waiting to be used – and what does that say about how the government views us as we tap away at our keyboards? Well, luckily for us – the government has been kind enough to tell us, and it isn’t happy. In the form of Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has said that we are ‘witnessing a dangerous corrosion in our political culture’ and that we bloggers with our own views are the problem. True she does have a view on how to get other folk into politics, the article is here, if you’re interested.

This is all well and good but none of this touches our freedom if we follow the law… well, yes, except of course unless you are either part of the 20% of the population who still has the bloody mindedness to still smoke or are married/partnered to one of these 20% and want to foster as now there’s a possibility you might be banned – for health reasons… Of course what level of risk is it? Nobody says… The biggest chance of damage to a child’s health is that they model the behaviour of the smoker (evil as they are) and become smokers themselves (and thereby help contribute more to society than they cost…) Go Here for more… I wonder if it will be one of those many boxes on the ID card that the gutless totalitarian Jacqui Smith is starting to roll out on immigrants and workers in two airports… which of course the immigrants and workers will have to have and have to pay for….

Of course this is not to say that we suffer from any of this raft of legislation, however uncomfortable it may make us feel. Unless, of course you are a parent and your child has become overweight or obese – then you can have your child taken away and put into a smoke free care environment, you can go here, or even watch a news video here! How long will it be before parents who continue to smoke will risk their own children being taken away?

And here we have a government that is willing to get ever more personal with us in a legal fashion – forcing us to have ID cards and to try to keep as much DNA as possible on record, although it has run into trouble with that just recently, in the unelected house of Lords, here, and by the unelected information commissioner, here. These records are damaging as they show up where they are no longer relevant and DNA travels almost as if flapped about on the wings of that darn butterfly – I shake your hand, minute traces of my DNA rub off onto your hand, you shake hands with someone I’ve never met, my DNA rubs off onto them, they rub their hands somewhere I’ve never been and if a crime goes down there – I have to provide an alibi…

So for me, so for you, dear reader.

And another personal restriction is the rising of the marriage visa age for foreigners. Whilst a good aim is to try to stamp out forced marriages – how bluntly does this go?

At a time when we can actively contemplate Honeymoons in space within the next 50 years and a stop off by the end of the century we still have to live with the problem of Jean Charles de Menezes – with the pathologist now chipping in about how he was lied to by the police. Of course we also have the problem of closed ranks, however understandable, which led to an unofficial strike amongst firearms officers – so They Know they can rely on each other…

This is where I draw in the old Rule 303, if we lose our freedom to live our own lives, even within our family units are we not being made to live in a drastically real ‘prison in the community’? And if we somehow get on the wrong side then everything will be stacked up against us, no matter how little or large we’ve been infringed upon. Of course, if we have no freedom left, what is to stop us from either thinking, rightly, we may as well be physically imprisoned or feeling, depending on how strongly you feel, that the state might as well just get it over with. Because without freedoms what life do we have?

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When I was at school we had to study some poems and mere fragments have survived in the dark corners of my mind – one which has surfaced was the quote ‘Good fences make good neighbours’ [which I’ve found is from this]…

Following on from the new and four-legged arrival we found early on that he liked the neighbour’s garden. It was for him to annexe to his own territory. Well we plugged the gap and when, on seeing the other neighbour we apologized in case the dog does indeed get into his despite it seeming to be better made fence than the other side sometime in the future. ‘No problem,’ said he having, in his mind, made it dog proof but the fellow on that side has more than the dog he’s fenced within he has cats…

And the cats seek to expand their territory and annexe their neighbours gardens for their own – this has been stressful for the dog who’s garden it rightfully is and he’s been chasing them and searching for a magic way to annexe their land and perhaps ‘teach them a lesson…’ Well – he had the lesson the other day and a bloodied chin to boot from a scrape of claw as he found his way into the neighbours garden – despite the neighbour’s claim… And so we had to retrieve the canine and apologise for his reckless entry – ‘No problem.’ replied the neighbour.

Despite this good will I will go off and see what I can do to secure the canine within the confines of his own territory. Good fences make good neighbours – it would have saved us the embarrassment of actually, in this land of tall and deep fences and hedges, meeting our neighbours [for perhaps the third time] and besides now if we both try to ‘secure our borders’ then we are both showing that we are prepared to make the effort on the other’s behalf – and I’m sure that that may well be the best thing that comes out from this fracas – despite the fact that it may take some time for this to come out, in this land of long fences and deep hedges…

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addition to the family I was musing that when I was a youngster – back in the 70s the high end of dog walking/training etiquette was that if the dog being walked needed to ‘go’ -yes this is my early warning we are going to use ‘dirty’ words… then the dog would be trained to squat in the gutter and leave the steaming remains off the pavement but clear of the path of the tires to be slowly broken down and taken into the drains…

I even knew one or two of these high class dogs and you may be surprised that they were miniature poodles – our dog which eventually came along had no chance of being so well trained [we were satisfied that he got on with everybody – two legs and four, true he picked a fight or two after he’d been attacked but with a bit of care he merely returned to his friendly self – and that was over two decades of life…] and now we have a rescue dog and we’re busy trying to teach him some ‘road discipline’… but way back then my Grandad and Nanna thought that it wasn’t safe for a dog to be trained to have a dump in the gutter any more… Oh the heady days of freedom, oh the 70s!!!

Now as dog-walkers we have to carry bags and scoop any ill-placed dog excrement. How the times have changed – from training the dog to training the dog owners… part of this drive has been because we’ve left, as a society, nature behind – we may have parks for us to play in but we don’t have any more wild life that may have been raised and nurtured on ‘the common’ and tragic though it is some are scared of pets – in any particular size and sometimes for a good reason… but what isn’t is the under-handed campaign that some are running to do all they can to drive pets and their owners away.

Now, to be fair I’m going to admit that some dogs carry bugs that if a child (yes, they have to be around 5 or younger) plays in an area with wet dog pee (yes it does have to be wet) or in fresh dog excrement (yes it does have to be fresh) then they may contract a strange infection that could well leave them blind. Now I’m not about to decant my dog’s bladder and go round squirting it into childrens’ faces but I do wonder how many think it is perfectly safe to put a child on a plane? because statistically it’s probably more likely that boarding a plane offers a greater chance of something dire happening to a youngster than a dog’s offerings…

Yes, alright, it is something that can be avoided but then so are most flights. It’s a matter of risk. The argument about ‘It’s for the children…’ is so much more about emotional blackmail you might as well say ‘It’s for Charity…’ we can reduce the risk even lower than it was before we started down this path and there are play areas for children that dogs are banned from but there are other things we are also doing that reduce risk when the risk in the first place was all but zero… Now, it is tragic if/when something happens to a youngster but one of the risks that we aren’t addressing is the risk of institutionalising our children before they even hit school and also the rest of the population as well because whilst dog walkers have had to adjust so have smokers if they want to have a drink and then a smoke [note the satisfied smugness of anti-society folk who believe that smoking is an erroneous choice that needs to be ‘corrected’] – hunters have had to give up their past time [which generally resulted in ‘a grand day out, shame no kill…’] and now folk are being herded into areas where they can no longer drink [I was always told that we shouldn’t let the minority spoil the fun for the majority]…

It seems that over many issues of our behaviour we have accepted a slow walk into institutionalisation as we became more fearful for ourselves as the papers and news focused ever more on the tragic stories of a few and even the soaps have been able to terrorise some of their watchers – I remember by Nanna saying how dangerous the streets are, what with all the crime you see in x (no, I’m not even going to name the darn thing [unless challenged]) nowadays. We have lived off torturous stories and as we lived through them precariously we have turned ourselves into fearful characters that could be the next to be attacked by the villains of the pieces…

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