Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Xmas, one and all - especially Herad...

...because she's just reminded me of this:



Addendum:
Incidentally - Feargal Sharkey - he couldn't possibly be more Irish if he dressed in a little green suit with gold buttons, wore a shamrock behind his ear and bred racehorses!

15 comments:

Ana said...

Merry Christmas!
:)

Ana said...

Merry Xmas you too.
Why didn't I left a comment?
I saw it at the day.

Radagast said...

LOL - I've don't enquire into people's motives, these days; they tend to get defensive, and then aggressive, often passively!

Anyway, Happy New Year!

Matt

Radagast said...

I just found that first comment of yours, in my Unmoderated Comments - not everything gets copied through to my email address, for some reason.

Matt

Ana said...

Hmmm... so I was not defensive I was just telling the truth although it shows that sclerosis is already around the corner,
I should have said:
"What on earth happened with the comment I left here?"
Bit I'm already forgetful and doubting my actions.
:) :)
hehe

Radagast said...

Well, I suggest you just go with the flow, and accept that sometimes you'll get confused by events. After all, the only alternative would be to keep a written record of everything you do, and life's too short for that kind of paranoid shite!

Matt

Ana said...

Paranoid?
Who said I am paranoid?
OMG!

I just published you comment about the actual US president.

enohemo... to prove...

Radagast said...

No... I said something to the effect of "life is too short to start keeping a contemporaneous record of your every action."

Good ol' O'Bama - people will put with all kinds of abuse, but undermine their authority, and one may see the ugliest of ugly... Fortunately, I've never been afforded any authority, so it's something that I don't have a problem with.

Matt

Ana said...

I was joking Matt.
A paranoid person would be very concerned about someone calling him/her paranoid.
"Who said I am paranoid?" meaning "they are talking about me."
I also feel lucky not to have any kind of official authority.
We are authorities in a way, I think.
We are in a war telling what we've been through or witnessed and searched, discussed with others and it gives us some kind of "authority".

Radagast said...

Oh, well, from what I've seen, paranoia has a logic, notwithstanding the definition of "unreasoning fear". It's not unreasoning - it may be unfounded, but that's a different matter.

Anyway, "authority" is a very limited concept. It seems to mean "the authority to tell others to act as one's superiors have instructed," and not to have a thought of one's own on any given subject! But the authority to speak of our own experiences? Yes, I suppose that's right, although I suspect that our interpretation of our experiences is not what most wish to hear, for whatever reason that they might have! I think the only people who are genuinely interested in hearing what we have to say are those who have experienced something similar to what we have experienced, and are interested to discover how it is that we've come through it, and not the people who have the "authority" to change things. Ironically, the former category may well turn into the latter!

Matt

Ana said...

Yes! It makes me very sad whenever I say to someone that is starting to take clonazepam that it's highly addictive and almost impossible to withdraw or that antidepressants are not blah blah blah people don't trust me.
There is not too much that I can do and you are right that only those who get a suspicion that maybe the medicine is causing harm are the ones who start searching for "side effects" "withdrawal symptoms" and find us.

Ana said...

Why do my comment needs blog owner approval? I bet it happens only with me. All others have their comments instantly approved and don't have to prove they are human.
I don't understand why people keep on doing it with me. You are all persecuting me.
I know that.
LOL

Radagast said...

Persecuting you? Well, if you say so! ;)

Anyway, the mechanics of putting one's own ideas across, when they are unpalatable to one's audience, is a tricky business. Let's take your example...

Let's say that I've just started taking clonazepam, and I happen to mention this to you, in conversation, not knowing that you've had a bad experience with it. You tell me of your "difficulties" with the drug, and you tell me it is a fact that the drug induces a variety of side effects that will make my life hell.

Now, my quack, whom I trust, has told me to take this drug. My quack would not tell me to take something that was potentially seriously dangerous, would he? It then becomes a binary decision, as to whether I believe you, or my quack, a medical professional. It's a no-brainer, isn't it? You have no authority in the field of medicine, outside your personal experience, whereas the quack has years and years of varied knowledge, learning and practice.

The answer, then, is simple - if one wishes to warn people of the risks, then one must leave it as a possibility... "My experience was this... so just be aware of that."

Ultimately, one would not wish another person to have one's own bad experiences - I wouldn't, anyway. Besides which, if one tells a horror story, and then they experience no side effects, one just looks like a scaremongerer.

Matt

Ana said...

Yes,
I look like a scaremonger even though many people is claiming they cannot withdraw clonazepam.
You have no idea how this drug is being prescribed in Brazil.
If I am with 6 people at least two of them has already taken or is taking it.
If the person who took it sporadicly and just for a few months it's another evidence that the drug is not addictive.
I will say nothing.
This is the best way to protect myself.

Ana said...

"Well, if you say so."
Hmmm....
I didn't expect that. I guess there is nothing left to say if I was a paranoid.
LOL

Yes. You are right. I look like a scaremonger.
Hope you are fine!