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I just vomited in my brain.

Na I'm just horsing around. Every once in a while we have an Intermittent April rather than an Eternal September.

AnSionnachRua  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017

I love it!

Yeah, I remember when it happened here on Hubski back in 2014.

Well, it's only going to become a greater issue as people live longer and longer lives but the last years of those lives are progressively worse and more drawn out. Maybe it's simplistic or overly emotional, but what's the point in living in suffering? It's placing a higher value on simply being alive than on living well.

I think there's a general sentiment to leave things to unfold as they will, perhaps as "nature" intended and to not interfere. But a hands-off approach to managing life and death is still a chosen way of managing it, and arguably not a terribly good way.

You're glad your granny didn't have to suffer unnecessarily. From my own anecdotal experience, we watched my grandfather slowly rot away in a nursing home for the last years of life - physically, that is; he was sharp as a knife until days before passing. I can only look at that and wonder what the point is.

Also, did they give her chocolate? I heard they do after they've administered the medicine. Seems like a nice way to end it.

AnSionnachRua  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 8, 2017

Hey tacocat, what is that?

I know this response is probably expected, but Jesus some of those watches are ugly.

However, if any of you feel like buying me a small Christmas present, this thing is gorgeous.

I'm gonna go with... $27,852.

What are you going to do with your three cents of winnings?

AnSionnachRua  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017

Wait, why are we expecting an influx of Reddit users?

AnSionnachRua  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017

Guten morgen meine kinder!

Watched The Shining last night out in the yard of the pub on a huge projector. Good craic with a few pints and a bit of chat.

Currently my lungs feel like they're ensconced in iron, and I'm hacking up stuff. I think it's time to quit smoking...

AnSionnachRua  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Lost Children of Tuam

Mmm, this was all over the news at the time and discussed constantly. It's yet another stain on Ireland's past that was concealed and unmentioned and only recently has come to light.

The "special position" of the Catholic Church in Ireland allowed some truly horrific abuses to be carried out. But then - as alluded to in the article - the blame can't be put simply on the church or on the complicit state. The women who ended up in these homes and had their children taken from them, and the women who were sent to the laundries - they all had families. They were thrown out in disgrace and abandoned by those closest to them for committing the sin of extramarital sex. And the men they slept with typically walked away scot-free.

We've come a long way in a fairly short time. It's not many years since these institutions were still running, since married women couldn't hold public sector jobs, and in general since women's lives were in many ways subordinate to those of their husbands.

I don't know what's worse - that people were forced to go to these places and separated from their children, or that the children were treated so badly not only for what can hardly be considered a "crime", but for one that they had no part in.

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