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A Sunny Afternoon [Jun. 16th, 2010|09:57 am]
Tony Grist
Yesterday the sun came out- and stayed- so I sat in the yard and did a crossword puzzle and read Citizens.

There was a scruffy, little, fat bird hopping about in the bushes.  I think it must have been the dear baby the robins have been raising. It could fly in a raggedy sort of way, but still wanted its mum- to which end it kept going "peep, peep, peep".  Mum, of course, knew better than to answer while there was a scary human being around.

I'm halfway through Citizens. The way Schama tells it France was reforming itself hell for leather through the 1780s- and might have turned into a modern state a whole lot faster if the revolution hadn't intervened. We've reached the spring of 1789- and the weather has kicked in, with drought following a ruined harvest- and people are getting to be a little unreasonable. Rousseau- dead by this time- has a lot to answer for with his cult of feeling and authenticity. The enlightenment men- prepared to think their way through problems- are giving ground to a set of bleeding hearts who are looking for someone to blame.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-06-16 01:44 pm (UTC)
I watched a nest full of blackbirds fledge a couple of weeks ago. It's a real lesson in becoming independent. The babies hang around and mum watches them outside the nest for a few days and then they all go their separate ways, it seems.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-16 02:55 pm (UTC)
Fascinating.

We used to have blackbirds nesting in our yard, but they left when the ivy was cut down.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-06-16 02:56 pm (UTC)
The blackbirds here wake me up in the morning. I love their song.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2010-06-16 02:23 pm (UTC)
"The enlightenment men- prepared to think their way through problems- are giving ground to a set of bleeding hearts who are looking for someone to blame."

Gulp...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
It's a scary story...

It's remarkable how little it takes to tip an all powerful state into anarchy. An order is given- and disobeyed- and no order from that source will ever be obeyed again.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2010-06-16 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yep. Sort of like "we're in charge of this oil cleanup," and the responses of the State of Louisiana and a couple of Florida counties, basically telling them where they could shove their plans.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-16 06:20 pm (UTC)
Obama is in a tricky position. He's got to look as if he's strong and in control, when, of course, he's almost completely impotent.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-06-16 03:43 pm (UTC)
More than 200 years later, people are still looking for someone to blame. In spite of all their "education" and (may I say this?) "enlightenment".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-16 06:21 pm (UTC)
Human nature doesn't change.
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