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12 November 2015 @ 01:48 am
Not Nano Day 11  
Poor total again today: 771 for a cumulative 12,806.

But I did have dinner with the lovely pollymel, which was terrific. And had awful news about changes at work, which are ridiculous, so if anyone needs a good editor or communications manager in Australia, feel free to call, as my willingess for life and health have outgrown my determination to fix the unfixable.

Nearly sprained an eyeball over the whole Remebrance Day sagas of poppies and bows and competitive memorialising. I have developed a theory that anyone who wants to make an issue that someone else is 'Doing it wrong!' must first donate the equivalent of £10,000 of their own money to a veterans' charity that deals with PTSD and homelessness. Otherwise, fuck off. It is not a place for petty point scoring, and to do so is a far greater dishonour than not having a piece of paper pinned to your breast or enough of an angle in your bow.

I am fine with people who want to ignore the day and people who want to make it A Very Very Big Thing, but I do wish that some of the more powerful members of the latter group spent half as much time thinking about the veterans still living as about the protocols of the dead. Some get it right. His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove is a wonderful advocate for veterans' mental health and also for general health programs and other support to benefit the people Australia has asked to risk the ultimate sacrifice. I know there are other excellent examples in the UK and US; mostly former military. So why are politicians so utterly bollocks at such a simple thing? The living (including partners and children) need help. The dead do not give a damn.
 
 
 
kayokokayoko on November 12th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, I wonder if it's all the bureaucratic red tape that prevents someone from going, "this system is utter and totally crap. We need to start from the beginning" instead of whatever bandaid solution they want to give.
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