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October 3, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Rear view inspired.

woman driving car.1946. Lyntha driving/EPA/NARA/US PD: by fed.employee/

Why are they glaring at me? I don’t have time to wait my turn. (1946./US PD: by fed.employee/

Nothing exists behind their heads. Some drivers.

Partially turn in, ignoring that the whole back of their car is blocking everything.

People often think just like that driver: only seeing what’s currently in front of them.

Oblivious to what is undeniably attached right in back there.

Not double checking the rear view mirror creates inconsistencies – contradictions.

No wonder society’s such a muddle.

woman in vintage car. by Mario Borgoni 1869-1936/US PD/artist life/rerprod of PD art/

Yoo-hoo! Waving! Mind if I squeeze in front of you? Flowing garments such a smart choice around spokes and gears.(Borgoni/US PD/

Nanny cams in nurseries: admired.

Recommended to prevent abuse. Good thing.

Nanny cams in 2015 Corvette, not OK?

Spying on your own car is illegal in some states?

Illegal, my beagle. Speak. Hush.

Vintage women.1922.Doyle/Gilbert:Strand Magazine/ US

Come back here. I’m not through with you. And don’t act like you’ve never been called that before! (1922.Gilbert/US

Banned words. Vulgar language. Disrespect to women. Ethnic and racial stereotypes.

Routine on the air ways in music lyrics or in TV series like Jersey Shore, or Real Housewives of…

Obscenity’s accepted. Even applauded.

Using the word “Redskin” or hatchet chopping motion during a sports’ event, is obscene? Not OK?

FCC/Reed Hundt considering fining/harassing broadcasters who “use obscene pornographic language on live television,

Offensiveness is a crime punishable by fines or revoking licenses?

Curious. Beauty – or obscenity – is in the eye of the beholder.

Thus the inconsistency.

That and what’s past has no relevance.

vintage men on bridge.1922.Problem of Thor Bridge.Doyle/Gilbert/Strand Magazine/US

I told you not to say that. I dislike it intensely and will do everything in my power to make you do what I want. (1922.Gilbert/US

Oct 1, National Day, celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 

Wed. was the happy 65th anniversary for the communist country.

Start of a big holiday week. Joyous crowds in the streets in China.

Hong Kong, formerly a British colony handed to China in 1997, also had crowds in the streets.

A different sort of crowds: protestors. An “Umbrella Revolution”

In the words of Joshua Wong:

“When I heard the national anthem starting to play, I certainly did not feel moved as much as angry….When it tells you, ‘Arise! All those who refuse to be slaves!’ – why is our treatment today any different from the slaves?”

Good question. The contradiction.

1920 vintage silent film with Chinese couple.Breath of the Gods/Universal/US PD:

Look, got the outfit, but can’t we keep the agreement made with the Brits? Please no bound feet. We prefer footloose. (Breath of the Gods/Universal/US PD:

But children should be seen and not heard…

And they aren’t much in Hong Kong.

China attempted to shut down Instagram and seems to be scrubbing posts supporting the protestors from Sina Welbo (like Twitter) and social media.

Joshua has been arrested.

A veteran protestor at the center of the democratic/free market movement.

Facing down the Chinese government.

He’s 17.

In some places, 17 is only a child. What is he thinking!

 1976 Happy Days. Fonzie's apt/ABC tv/US PD:Publicity photo-No cr marks/

Whoa. Mechanic shop in the house. Those crazy kids! (1976.Happy Days.Fonzie’s apt/ABC/US

Only 17.  What is China thinking?

Seriously, spying on people.


Telling people what they can say and cannot say. What is OK to think.

Going back on promises.

Arresting people because of their political beliefs are contrary to the power structure’s.

What sort of place does that?

Man at desk.1911.Adventure of Red Circle by Doyle/Brock/US

There it is. We got him. All the proof needed. Call the SWAT team.(1911/US PD/

Some in the driver’s seats just refuse to look in the rear view mirror.

Miss a lot that way.

Sometimes realize later important stuff was left behind.

A real shock to be unexpectedly blindsided.

Buckle up. Good time to sit in. Polite and Gandhi approved: Peacefully.

Words selected. Cameras, both forward and rear facing, rolling. Audio good to go.

Contradictions noted.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

woman driving vintage car.1906. Pierce-Arrow/Bain News/LoC/US

Unobstructed view…well, if you take off the hat. (1906.Pierce-Arrow/US




  1. shoreacres / Oct 3 2014 1:18 pm

    What kind of nation “does that”? Why, our nation, of course. All you have to do is listen to the blather coming out of the CDC about Ebola. Clearly, they aren’t telling the whole truth about transmission. In the beginning, “sweat, tears and semen” were included in the list of bodily fluids that could be responsible for transmission. Hearing that now? Uh — not so much.

    And now they know where the screwup was in the hospital. The nurses notes from the ER never reached the doctor. It was a glitch in their electronic medical records software. You know, the programs they’re demanding everyone buy into (with emphasis on “buy.” Translation: $$$$$)

    My, aren’t I the cheery one this morning? Still, maybe it would be worth giving up the Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle for the Liberian Observer.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 2:01 pm

      Contradictions are everywhere. More than ever, good to be alert, aware, and think for yourself.
      What most don’t know is how bad/defective many of those electronic medical records software programs/systems are – very problematic. So bad many hospitals have docs and staff doing the computer input and then doing it on paper (multiple copies), too – just in case.(double the time spent on that rather than patients – yea!) Seems people don’t worry about bringing out an imperfect product – especially if they can con gov. agencies into promoting them. (Cars, medical records…shall we go on?)
      (Hey I guessed 2 out of 3 qualities for the first US case. Thought for sure the first case would be here. Interesting they guy showed up at an upscale private hospital rather than the big public trauma center which probably would have been a better choice – the infectious disease research group right there….mistaken that pretty building means better care concept?)
      Suns out. Cool-ish wind blowing mosquitoes away. And the big Greek Festival starts today. The wheel turns…(ok flats can be fixed) Thanks for swatting a comment this way


  2. Paul / Oct 3 2014 2:00 pm

    Hey Phil! Very thought provoking post. As far as the redskins are concerned the problem isn’t that it is offensive rather it is reflective of a time of hatred, a very different thing. Here in Canada,our harrassment laws depend on the receiver to define harrassment, and that is the only way possible with so many cultures living together and understanding words so differently. The word “redskins” came from a time when First Nations were considered non-human and only to be killed. First Nation peoples find the word hateful and do not wish it to be used. All the argument in the world is irrelevant at this point because those to whom the word refers find it hateful – and that alone should be the determining factor. Getting kids to say they don’t want their favorite team to change its name, shows the ignorance of the adults who are perfectly aware of the roots of the word and how it makes First Nation people feel. If phone cameras had been prevelant at the time when natives were called redskins and were being slaughtered and tortured and their children taken from homes and beaten – I think the response would be considerably different. It is the ignorance of the hatred that causes argument but for those to whom the word appies the hatred is real.

    As far as China is concerned, their human rights record has always been very bad. The US and the rest of the free world trades so much with China because of the cheap costs – and they basically ignore the human rights violations – for the profits. It is abysmal behaviour and I abhor it – both the violations and the turning the other way used by first world trading countries.

    Actually I find a common thread in your post Phil – the inability or lack of desire to see the world from others’ perspective, be it poor driving, China’s rights record or the redskin issue. Most of this ignoring of others’ feelings and/or treatment is a result of wanting to pursue a particular action for personal gain.

    Greta Post Phil. Thank You for the thought provoking ideas.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 2:29 pm

      Great next to last paragraph. I’m always amused by human’s contradictory ways and foibles.
      Do you know Indians? I grew up around a lot of them – including directed line of Quannah Parker/his mother Cynthia Ann Parker (We always had to be very quiet and respectful as the grandmother was so old and frail..she didn’t speak English – but many grandmothers from various counties in the neighborhood didn’t speak English…we still understood what they were saying. Kids are great about that.) We were taught and believed Indians were noble, resourceful, brave, smart, close to nature, and all things admirable – and that they had been cheated and treated poorly across the years. We all wanted to be Indians. Schools were named in honor of them.
      But different regions teach kids differently I suppose. Sad. Oh, by the way at one of my cousin’s funerals, after they had the preacher speak, they brought in the drums, and chants asking the Great Spirit to receive him. Family who rarely left the reservation attended.
      As you say, we all see things through the lens of our own experiences. Perhaps the only thing consistent among people is contradictions? But you can be sure of one thing, always glad to poke around here!


  3. Carrie Rubin / Oct 3 2014 2:43 pm

    I read about that 17-year-old Hong Kong protester in the paper this morning. He’s been organizing things from a young age. Pretty impressive. I plan to tell my own 17-year-old son about him tonight at dinner. We forget how powerful the young can be.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 3:51 pm

      Check out those 2 links about Joshua. These aren’t your ordinary over here kids – well read, grounded in facts and knowledge – willing to persevere towards a defined goal. And they are thoughtfully picking up litter and helping each other – so darn nice and peaceful as one report notes. (one of the other links). No looters or fire setters there.They brighten my day and hopes of the future. The “social media” link goes to the mainland kids supporting them by shaving their heads bald…at risk.
      Lanterns to them – I also remember the tank guy in the square. Lanterns.
      Thanks for seeing their light.

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  4. easyweimaraner / Oct 3 2014 3:28 pm

    it sometimes feels as living in a land of confusion…. there are so much things I can’t understand …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 3:44 pm

      Easy, dog trainers always insists that dog owners must be consistent for things to work right. I think we need the dog trainers to focus on training people, too.
      Paws up for the weekend, Easy! Sunny day and a cool-ish front is here. Everyone outside to play! Thanks for romping along


  5. jannatwrites / Oct 3 2014 7:25 pm

    There are so many contradictions. When I get close to thinking I can make sense of it, it all gets muddled again. China’s treatment of people is horrible (don’t know if I’ll forget news of the protests in Tiananmen Square in the 80s). Of course just as I start to be critical of that government’s treatment of people, I remember our own history. And so I stumble over another contradiction…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 8:49 pm

      People are flawed – which leads to illogical conclusions and contradictions. The danger is not seeing the glaring disconnects and not attempting to shift and level. Mistakes are to be expected, but corrections can and do take place towards betterment.
      These young kids in Hong Kong: not Chinese – not Brits – but themselves in a world like no other. It seems the Chinese government are totally baffled by them. All I can see is that image of that square with the single man in front of that tank. So far it’s been peaceful. Lanterns up hoping that enlightenment continues. Thanks for tossing up positive thoughts, too


  6. PiedType / Oct 3 2014 9:09 pm

    Easy to imagine a time when “politically correct” speech means nobody can say a word because it might offend someone else.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2014 9:28 pm

      We’re getting awfully close – such a contradiction – and a worry. Those that are looking to be offended generally are.
      (and hey – I finally heard the word “exceptionalism”in use on a TV station in Denver – must be a thing for history textbook ranting…going on in both states…I say just give them all a list of people and dates – maybe a giant timeline or outline of events then do without texts. Who needs them? Plenty of prime source materials available. Teachers could have actual class discussions and kids could write essays and short answers about facts, people and why they are important and how they impacted things instead of guessing on multiple choice tests. Teachers might get tired, but bet the final test scores would go up.)
      Thanks for wording up a comment


  7. marthaschaefer / Oct 4 2014 12:18 am

    “…only seeing what’s currently in front of them…” ah, my friend, you have knocked it out of park (‘the’ carefully left out) and I am with you 100% Time for us all to stop and see the red light ahead. Thank you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2014 2:36 pm

      Stiff neck disease seems to making people rigid and limits them from looking around? A puzzle for sure. Thanks for setting it in drive to cruise over and chat.


  8. Robin / Oct 4 2014 2:39 pm

    It’s a strange world, that’s for sure. Great, thought-provoking post, and I found the comments from your readers interesting, too.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2014 3:14 pm

      Consistency is important. That’s what dog trainers and people who work with kids say.
      Life is certainly a circus – can’t wait for the next act?
      Thanks for strolling through


  9. EllaDee / Oct 8 2014 2:43 am

    I was away, disconnected from media for the past long weekend and opted not to use the TV on switch… but still had various people sharing their version of the news. It’s even harder to figure out second-hand. All types of reporting, political, professional and personal can’t seem to shake their own agendas. One of the important news items I could apparently not live without was the goss on The Batchelor… We’re blindsided by fluff, and people making decisions on a need to know basis, their need to control what we know… No nation is faultless, blameless and they get away with their schemes, sins and crimes, while we’re looking the other way, in the direction of the rocks the media is pitching to distract our attention.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 8 2014 1:43 pm

      Gladiators anyone? Yes, NFL football is on multiple nights now – even Thursday! What crisis? That last play?
      Excellent observations in that comment. Thanks for not playing along.


  10. jmmcdowell / Oct 9 2014 12:42 am

    Another thought-provoking post for our conflicted world. There are still times when I think a comet or asteroid focused on its own existence and crashing into us would do the planet a favor…..

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2014 1:02 pm

      Bob: “Dogs live with cats. People can’t get along with people? Snort. Bye”
      (Staff: an odd thought occurred to me how nature might be reconsidering man’s dominance….possible post (giggles…oh, gave it away)


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