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August 21, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

It’s a world-wide disaster movie!

Dog carrying stick. (© image. Copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Yes, it’s blurry. Molly’s on a mission. Picking up the neighborhood’s loose items before the storm hits.(© image)

Pandecaine or Hurridemic.

The disaster combo name not yet revealed, but inevitable. (Movie scripts being written as we speak.)

Duel tropical depressions/hurricanes spinning up in the Gulf of Mexico as well as others around the world. (Will an Asian typhoon during a pandemic become a Typhoodemic or Pandetypo?)

(Mother Nature will teach those positivity rates to drop. A chance to rid the planet of a bunch of brats and she’s not going to waste it.)

A watery grave or a grave watering: 2020 is delivering a double punch to China.

China battle ‘once in a century’ floods as Typoon Hingo bears down. (Nikkei Asia Review. Hingo arrived Wed. morning) “Three Gorges Dam under relentless pressure from heavy rains” (The Diplomat). Needless to say they are evacuating people like crazy.

The ancient Leshan Giant Buddha, an Unesco heritage site, is reemerging from the flood waters. (BBC)

Chinese farm regions were already suffering from previous flooding.(Voice of America News.)

Next, of course, famine. “China cracks down with Clean Plates Campaign, raising questions fo potential crisis”

Teak bench on porch holding collected sticks (© image. Copyrighted, all rights reserve, no permissions granted)

Each stick is precisely placed on the porch bench. Every time she exits the front door, Molly stops to examine her stash. She counts them – with her nose. Counts them. We are sure. She does not like the neighbor cat to sit by them or sniff them. Probably because we told her one time her stack disappeared that the cat probably carried it off. Do not try to shame us. You told your kid Santa was real, right? (© image)

Meanwhile I see news footage streets full of people here with shoes on their feet, clothes their backs, obviously not starving, carrying expensive cell phones and for the most part benignly tolerated while they party on despite health warnings or as they rampage down streets threatening people while destroying public and private property. 

Woke of woe, please, could you avoid all Chinese hair extensions?

The irony too much.

To be shouting about inequality and social justice while wearing trendy hair created by forced – slave- labor is just hypocritical insensitive at best.

How creepy to wear human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp.

“Entering the camp you were forced to stick your head through a hole in the wall while an unseen hand sheared your head with a clipper–as one woman said, “like an animal,” (source)

Concerned advocates banned ivory and tortoise shell. Hair grows back, so it’s not the same, right?

So many storms and confusion.

A hair’s breadth away.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

  • Chinese abuse found in hair (Tulsa News)
  • U.S. Government sanctions companies for forced labor of Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups. (China Digital Times) 11 more Chinese companies to the entity list for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
  • Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized (AP)
  • CBP seizes $800K of human hair from China alleging forced labor. (Customs & International Trade Law blog)
  • Detained: Chinese shipment of almost 13 tons of products made with human hair – possibly produced by forced child labor. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)
  • Check the hair weave/product labels for : Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd., Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co. Ltd. (some of these were synthetic hair weaves but still made by forced labor – modern day slavery.) Imported into U.S. by Os Hair (Duluth, Georgia) and I & I Hair (Dallas) who sells in salons/retail as Innocence brand
  • Of course there are other products made with the same work force: Stevia (and derivatives) peeled garlic, and P.P.E. including masks and gloves
Dog with big grin holding stick on sidewalk (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

And here’s the afternoon stick. We get two a day. She likes ones with accessories.(© image)




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  1. shoreacres / Aug 21 2020 6:56 am

    Actually, I’ll take ‘hypocritical’ over ‘insensitive.’ Blatantly hypocritical would do even better. Ah, me.

    I was going to try for a way to use the phrase “hair of the dog,” but my creative juices aren’t flowing yet. As for the hurricanes, what could be better than this?


    • shoreacres / Aug 21 2020 6:57 am

      Whoops. Apparently my html juices aren’t flowing, either. Let’s try this.


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2020 7:08 am

        Smiling about that image! (Appreciate your efforts to make it stick – me thinks WP has been a bit squirrely recently …the old normal. HAHA
        I see the news are already spiraling up the storm hype. (RC Cat checked the pantry and gave a thumbs up so I guess we’re good.) Enjoy the breezes and cloudy shade. Thanks for the grin.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2020 7:12 am

      Blatantly is the word. (If an individual actually considers what is being woven in…so much all about how much chrome can you stick on the car these days…little knowledge or concern about the source and damage to produce)…Sr staff said many might not be familiar with the word “hypocritical”…the election campaigns in full force. AH, me indeed.
      Grinned also at the dog’s hair – a tangle tha wouldn’t go straight into this post.

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Aug 21 2020 7:08 am

    I’m with Molly. Gather your sticks while you still can!

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  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Aug 21 2020 8:37 am

    I’ve been trying to, um, stick with US products as much as possible… my uniforms (mandatory) are made in Mexico now, as one unavoidable. Walking/driving around, sometimes use a pretend clicker to remove all foreign made/purchased items, such as looking at a home– or items inside a shop (grocery store?) and wondering what would be left. In some cases not much. Loving Molly’s important work. Is she trying to help the dwindling beaver populations, maybe? Or practicing mitigation in removing wildfire fuels? (we could use her help – Cameron Peak fire is 4 miles from Rocky’s NW border) Or maybe thinking about providing some native clawing materials for HRH RC Cat? Oh, and loving Shoreacres’ satellite image!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2020 5:17 pm

      It is so difficult to buy USA products – hopefully some will be returning to manufacturing here. At least Canada and Mexico are our neighbors. It was really discouraging a few years back in Estes to find so little local artists/crafted souvenirs- and so much cheap junk in the stores..over and over the same stuff. Sigh.Gotta meet customer demands I guess. My parents always refused to buy use trinkets on vacation that were not from the local area – many of those I still have.
      So many wild fires in CO this year. Molly is doing her civic duty around here, but says she’s also practicing for eventual house relocation. We have assured her there will be more than enough sticks she can carry around and can leave her stash here. She can’t wait in hopes of cooler climate. (RC just wants a sunny window and fresh breezes to sniff once in a while.)
      Take care and watch those skies and sparks


  4. sustainabilitea / Aug 21 2020 9:42 am

    Not a fan of China, to say the least. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2020 5:09 pm

      The Chinese government is the elephant in the room few want to poke…and we all should.
      (Sorry for the slow response – a bit of lack of motivation to open up any screens these days – so much noise. Enjoy the slow side into fall – the days are getting shorter, even if the temps are not lower here – it’s a start)
      Thanks for sticking around

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Aug 21 2020 1:27 pm

    I’d love to see Molly count her sticks. I laughed that she likes her sticks accessorized.

    Today our visiting dog arrived. Sadie oversaw our son packing up their rental house before they came to us. Sadie seems to feel at home, since she lived here before.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2020 5:11 pm

      Sadie probably enjoys getting your attention. It’s a daggy vacation camp!
      Molly brought home a pretty large branch today…I had to sneak out and trim it a bit or no one could get across the porch…she was glaring through the window…..
      Dogs have their own little games.
      Thanks for tossing over a comment

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