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News [Apr. 20th, 2017|09:23 am]
Tony Grist
Matthew rolled up yesterday saying he'd just heard about the election on his car radio- which was a good 24 hours after Theresa May first announced it. He and Julia have a generator at their place in the woods but I don't think they run a radio or TV from it. If they ever see a newspaper it'll be in other peoples homes.

I wish I could lose my addiction to news. It does me no good. News is overwhelmingly depressing; it deals with people fighting, lying, stealing, cheating, making fools of themselves; it's calculated to make one despise one's fellow man.  What have I gained by knowing that some Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee  I'm never going to meet have been squabbling over a broken rattle? Does it make me happier? Certainly not. Wiser? I doubt it.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-04-20 10:54 am (UTC)
I try to limit my news intake - but then I find myself suddenly deeply engaged in the French presidential election or something... Having lived a bit here and there makes it difficult not to care about news from all over the place.

Today, though, I've decided that my only news source will be http://nutiminn.is/kattarshians/ - it's just a live-feed of a litter of kittens and their mum and it's perfectly de-stressing!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-20 07:12 pm (UTC)
First thing I do every morning is look at the newspapers online. I don't suppose I'm ever going to break the habit.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-04-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
I read the news every morning as well. Le Monde, Frankfurter Algemeine, BBC, The Guardian, La Libération, The Telegraph, The Washington Post, NY Times... And of course a handful of Danish news outlets as well. (I tend to wake up 4 hours before I have to get to work, so I have rather a lot of morning-time to read the news. I suspect this is not an entirely good thing. Being worried about French, German and UK elections at the same time is not helpful to anybody.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-21 08:04 am (UTC)
I believe the French one is the one that could change everything.

I read the Guardian and the Mail- which means I get both barrels- the left and the right.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-04-20 01:02 pm (UTC)
It's like an inner compulsion - one can't just save doing it.
Well, but what one can do is: Not exposing oneself to every nonsense that is out there. Otherwise one really ends up one day with a heart attack...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-20 07:14 pm (UTC)
Realising that it's nonsense, helps, I think- and that you don't have to take it too seriously.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-04-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
I rather prefer the thinking like "when war's going to come, then it's going to come and we'll deal with it".
Ain't much single persons can do...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-20 07:48 pm (UTC)
I agree. No point in worrying about something you can't change.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2017-04-20 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'd argue that it makes you wiser because it keeps you informed - whether you wish you were, or not. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-20 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's good to be informed. I suppose....
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2017-04-20 06:58 pm (UTC)
I can't emotionally take it any more, so I hear you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-20 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm telling myself I must be strong and not allow myself to get too emotional about this current election campaign.
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