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    Thanks guys. Information is is short supply right enough. We are going to have to interrofate the doctors to find out what's leading them down this avenue. It's a worry. I want answers and I won't leave there without them.
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    Good luck to Liz...
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    Update on Liz?
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    Hi Ken,
    I've been in to see her daily for the last three days. Back again tomorrow. A brilliant neighbour insists on taking me every day and then returning to collect me.
    Liz is getting increasingly annoyed and is telling them that she wants to go home every time they are doing their rounds. We are banging home the argument that she went into hospital weeks ago with a broken arm. It was attended to and she was sent home. She returned two weeks later to have things checked again by x-rays. She was sent home for a further week before returning for the operation. It wasn't until the day after her op that the word "stroke" entered the conversation possibly because somebody just thought it was a possibility. Our argument is that surely the professionals who attended to her in the weeks leading up to the op woud't have allowed her to go home had they suspected she'd had a stroke. Our contention is that it was the anaesthetic that produced symptoms resembling a stroke. She had another scan today so unless they can produce evidence of a stroke having occurred I can see her telling them that's she's going home whether they like it or not. If that's her decision I will be okay with it.
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    I think you are doing all the right things. And asking the correct questions. Keep at it.
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    Mike, any comments on the Democratic debates?
  • edited June 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    Apparently not ken. ;))
    Liz was discharged on Friday afternoon. The following part of the letter for our local doctor is interesting. "Principal Diagnosis :- Right posterior circulation stroke secondary to vertebral artery occlusion and hypertension during surgery". Didn't I predict exactly that? They managed to attribute some of the blame to Liz you'll notice. You are cupable despite being unconscious apparently. 8-}
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    Let's see Ken. The debates. I fell asleep. Not really. First let me say. We would have to get together in person for me to really really state how I feel on the subjects covered. Second. Many of the folks on the stage both nights have been in the Senate and the house for many years. They could have made some real plans in regards to many of the topics they talked about. Warren could have brought up legislation any time to make Roe vs Wade a law in the past years. Bernie has not written a piece of legislation in his many many years. Harris is only confrontational. No real plans except for those the party is already pushing for. Third. We might as well open the borders and just let everyone in. Give them the vote. And health care. And put hospitals out of business. And have the working people pay for their care. Fourth. Much of the problems at the border pertaining to children and family separation could have been addressed during Obama's tenure. And funds could have been allocated a year ago. We saw this coming. And finally. Trump did not cause the homeless problem. It has been building for years.
    Next I will give my ideas on what Trump needs to do to get re-elected.
    I will have to consult my medical expert on the diagnosis. But it sounds exactly like doctor talk.
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    You overlooked something Mike. They're politicians. They tend not to do things. They see their role as conplaining constantly about what the other bunch have or haven't done. It was illuminating here when a senior Conservative told us that it was okay for parties to embellish (lie) during electioneering as people expected them to do that anyway. Although I dislike Putin I was obliged to agree with what he said at the G20, namely that Liberalism and multi-culturism just don't work. He advocates nationalism as does Donald Trump. Both men are against the nonsense of open borders too. As for Trump getting re-elected, I pose this question, "Is he any worse than the rest of the bunch?" At least he actully does what he said he would do. A very rare attribute for a politician. I no longer gamble, but if I did I'd put my cash on four more years.
    Basically the diagnosis in Liz's GP letter says that she had a restriction in a vein in her neck (that could have been years old) but the reason for her subsequent "stroke" was the anaesthetic used for her operation
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    Mike, I'm surprised you didn't talk about Marianne Williamson's idea to overcome Trump's "power of hate" with the "power of love"! I look forward to your treatise on Trump's re-election.
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    Richard, good to know that Liz is back home. Btw, any predictions on the England-USA World Cup match on Tuesday?
  • edited June 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    Thanks Ken. It put more work into my daily schedule but I can happily cope with that.

    The USA v England game is going to be the best match of the entire tournament. It's too close to call imho. I would bet on a final score of 2-1 but in whose favour is another matter entirely. USA has been the favourite since before it began and they are also rated as the best team in the world but England have a talented side. It should be a great game to watch no matter who wins. I just pray it's not marred by yet another controversial video ref decision. The restrictions placed on goalkeepers facing penalties are farcical. They are being rendered defunct. The rules regarding hand-ball are almost as bad.
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    Power of hate. Versus. Power of love. Nice talking point. But of no consequence.
    And Richard is correct. As usual. And we both know what Putin stands for. The communist party in control. And people don't seem to see politicians lies. They just don't matter. I knew about Trump's. But I had to make a choice. And I still think I made the right one.
    What Trump should do to get re-elected. Really address the LGBTQ community. At least make an attempt to make his bible base understand that we really can't tell people who you can love. Really show that what he is doing is trying to help minorities and unemployment and real racism. Not just what the left says about him being a racist. And very important. Pay more attention to his tweets. That one he probably won't do. But it would help. Possibly stop coming up with nicknames for his opponents. But some of those zingers are pretty
    good.It will be a tough fight. He will have to work very hard to keep the states that voted for him to do it again. Oh. And one more important thing. Get the tariff questions settled well before the election.
    So Liz is on the mend. That is a good thing. I wish her the best.
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    Trump is one of a large group of people who appear to think that choose their own sexauality. What rot. I don't think it's anyne's business what people get up to in their private lives as long as no other living creature is harmed in the process. On TV quiz shows etc I am getting very used to seeing same sex couples. They are just getting on with their lives and trying to be happy. If their friends and family can accept this, what right does anyone else have to complain? I can actually remember seeing news footage of arrests being made in this country, and asking my father why the men had been dragged off by the police. Honosexuals. How absurd. Society hasn't fallen apart since it was decriminalised. Whilst I class myself as a Christian and try to uphold the principles it stands for, I am not naive enough to believe that the Bible is a factual reference book. All of it has been written and re-written by men, each with his own particular axe to grind. Much of it is preposterous in my opinion. Contentious ,blasphemous, or just an educated opinion? Your choice. The Bible, or more correctly the King James Bible is a "translation" ordered by King James VI of Scotand (prior to him becoming King of England) in the 16th century. He is also the author of a book called Demonology in which he describes in detail how to identify witches and demons and to extract confessions from them by hideous tortures. When such beliefs were commonplace across the world why would any educated person believe that either of those books is factual? I respect anyone's right to believe what they read in the Bible is the absolute truth but Mr.Trump should try to steer himself away from Bible Brigade. He needs to rethink his racist and misogynistic beliefs too. If I was an American citizen living in mid-America would I vote for him? No. If I lived in California would I vote for him? Yes. Two different ball games. Do I even like the guy? No. What I will say is that Putin and the likes won't dare try to push him around so despite all of his aggressive tweets etc he is actually keeping the peace . I'm pretty sure he'll rein North Korea and Iran in by non-military means. Anything else could trigger WW3.
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    Through five games at France 2019, England has only looked stronger. Unlike the Americans, who struggled in their first elimination match against Spain, Phil Neville’s side has gotten better in every game. And in striker Ellen White — who has four goals in her last three games and is tied for the tournament lead with Americans Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe and Australian Sam Kerr — it has the sort of in-form striker that a team can ride all the way to a title.
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    True, but the Netherlands look exceptionally strong. No matter who wins, the absolute winner has been the very skillful and entertaining football thay they have all played. They deserve as much respect as the men but the get paid a fraction of what their male counterparts receive. How far off is a team that fields a mixed sex team? My cash would be in about ten years time. :) I'd anticipate they'd draw bigger crowds too.
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    Especially if they mix sex with the football!
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    Richard, see if you can find the show "Years and Years" on BBC. I watched the first episode tonight and it was FANTASTIC. It's a show about an English family set 5 years in the future and it sets up what could be a very scary, plausible future after Trump gets elected for a second term.
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    And when will someone come up with the "if a democrat gets elected" scenario.
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    Thanks Ken. I'll make a start on that tonight.
    Relax Mike. It is only fiction. It's just one writer's imagination at work. He/she could be on drugs for all we know. I read "1984" and "Brave New World". Neither of those have materialised either. ;)) Perhaps, right at this very moment, someone is writing a comedy with the imaginative title of "When Democrats Ruled The Earth".
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    "Dream cost" or "Mad sector" are anagrams of Democrats that may amuse you Mike. ;))
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    Mike, in answer to your question, the worst thing that could happen if the Democrats were in power is that the US will turn into Sweden. The only people who would hate that are Republicans and rich people. The worst thing that can happen if Trump gets a second term? I won't spoil it for Richard. He can tell you after he watches the first episode tonight. Needless to say, it would affect EVERYBODY!
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    To be fair Ken, both of those are possible outcomes from an enormous number of others. I'm looking forward to Years and Years. You sell it well. I watch a wide range of fictional and factual programmes. There is a dish of salt handy in case I need a pinch or two. I don't have a bowl large enough to cope with vampires, werwolves and zombies though. Given the huge number of castles I've visited it came as no great surprise to be contacted by people asking if we'd had any paranormal experiences or had seen any ghosts. Perhaps I should have wound them up for a while but I just told them that the only spirits I'd seen were in Liz's glass. >:)
  • edited July 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    Episode 1 is disturbingly plausible Ken. Worse still episode 2 is more so. I think the authors have been reading all of my posts. I'll watch 3 and 4 tomorrow night and get a recap of other things I've been ranting about forever. :) Thanks for giving me the nod .
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    Why would we want to be like Sweden? It's a small country. Getting overrun be immigrants. Their health care system is losing money fast. And like a lot of mainland Europe will be unrecognizable very soon. It was a nice little place. Where most of the population who could. Got out. Get serious.
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    That's why I said it would be a worst case scenario for you!
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    Okay, the "Sweden" bit hasn't had a mention on this side of the pond. What's the speil?
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    It's nothing, Richard. I just had a go at Mike and tried to think of the most socialist country I could think of. Btw, unlike you, we are only getting Years and Years one week at a time. Last night, we watched the second episode and when they had that banking crisis, I turned to Mom and said, "Well, that's one advantage for being poor!"
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    Sweden usually keeps out of the news here Ken. Not a country I'd ever aspired to visit either. I Googled it just now and got this.
    "Swedish Liberalism Is Struggling Under the Weight of Immigration. The fight to hold back racist forces risks rupturing the government" So it's no utopia. Immigration is going to be the ruin of all of us.
    In today's news we learned that an illegal immigrant from Kenya was found in a garden on the flight path to Heathrow. He'd fallen from a plane when the wheels were lowered prior to landing. As the temperatures were as low as minus 60 he is likely to have been dead long before this point. We've had other instances.
    I'll not post spoilers for Years and Years, so don't worry. Pieces that caught my attention in the first two episodes were that the human brain is degenerating, Britain is part of America anyway as we are certainly not part of Europe, the polar ice cap has completely melted, US corporations are controlling the world and have no interest in the environmental damage they are doing, etc,etc. "When did you last see a butterfly"? also hit home. What I like most about it is that you'd not be in the least surprised if you woke up one morning and everything had already happened. Also it's so current.
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