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Summertime

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If it’s autumn or winter where you live, what are you most looking forward to doing next summer? If it’s spring or summer where you are, what has been the highlight of the season so far for you?

Summer has just began so I can’t say much about its highlights. I have no exciting plans for this season other than survive the fiesta of San Fermin and continue taking care of my mom. I have no plans to travel. I’ll stay in the city. Life will have a lot of entertainment during the week of the festival when hundreds of thousands of tourists and visitors will come to celebrate with us, and take part or watch the Running of the Bulls and all the other festive acts programmed.  After that crazy week, we will stay alone. The streets empty and silent. At least, some peace.  This year, the summer will have an intense political activity because after the fiesta of San Fermin the autonomic  Parliament has to choose the new government and there is no yet an agreement among the political parties about the program for the next four years. All indicates that the next government will be in hands of the basque nationalists. A radical change from the last legislature. Let’s see what happens. This is one of the highlights of my summer: a potted flower blooming in my patio.

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In the Summertime.

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Fed up of lies

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Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?

Over here, we just have come out from an intense electoral campaign. New emergent parties from the left have changed the electoral map. No one has enough majority to rule in most of the regions and big cities, so they are trying to reach pacts. The situation is interesting because we are in times of change, but I’m really fed up of the politicians’ lies we are hearing these days. There are no other topics in the news. Only the well-known faces making promises that I’m sure they are not going to fulfil. I have seen too much during my career as a reporter. I don’t trust anybody in politics. They have lied at my face too many times. I think that the decline of the traditional parties is consequence of the corruption and the many lies their politicians have said when they felt safe and comfortable in their posts. People who seek power, in politics or any other fields, don’t hesitate to resort to lying and deceive. I’m tired of people trying to manipulate me. I’m fed up of lies.

Truth or Dare.

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Oh, if I could!

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“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

I don’t like to discuss politics even with people I know. I’m so fed up with politicians, their lies and their corruption, that I can’t stand a conversation about them. I don’t like to argue. So I prefer to stay silent and avoid or change the subject when it pops up. It’s not easy, because, people, as soon as they know that I’m a journalist, begin to request my opinion about the political situation. Of course, they already have their own ideas, and the risk of an argument is high. I have to be careful. The best way is answer with some piece of bare information. The curious people will probably be disappointed, but maybe I could change the topic of the conversation to another more pleasant for me.

Polite Company.

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Agree to Disagree: Mom

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Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?

My mom and I are in opposite sides in politics. She loves politics. At 94 years old, she reads two newspapers and watches several news shows every day. Several years ago she suffered an ictus and got paralyzed. But her mind works as fast as ever. Now I have to go to buy her the papers and this is a heroic act of love for her. One of the newspapers is so conservative and monarchist that I never ever would buy it and let people see me with it on the street. The kiosk vender must think I’m schizophrenic when I buy my newspaper and my mom’s. When she talks about politics, which is often, I listen and say little. We both know where we are and know we are not going to change, So why argue? No way. We disagree in many other things, from fashion (she would like to see me better dressed) to soccer (she’s a Real Madrid fan and I’m Barcelona’s) We have a lot of fun together watching matches. Usually we use to connect via whatsApp with all my sisters, nephews and nieces around Spain and Europe when there is a match transmitted in the TV to interchange comments. Usually I’m in minority because almost all are with Real Madrid. It’s really funny.

Back to my mom and me, I only can say that we can live with our disagreement because we love each other very much and our love is stronger than our differences.

I have also close relatives and close friends with whom I disagree in religious matters, but again, the friendship is stronger than the differences. And this would require another post.

Agree to Disagree.

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Politics

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In honor of Labor Day in North America, tell us what’s the one job you could never imagine yourself doing.

After 30 years working as a Journalist I fulfilled a promise I made to myself: Never work for a public relations office or as speaker for a politician or a business person. Stay independent.

Those are perfectly respectable jobs, but not good for me. I would be incapable to work to the dictate of a politician. I prefer to stay in the opposite side, as I have been all these years.

In fact, after all I’ve seen I can say I don’t like politics at all.

Of course there are incomparable worst jobs I’d never do no matter what. I’ve been late for this prompt and I’ve seen that one of the contributors answered that he or she never would be an executioner. Neither would I. My nightmare job would force me to do harm to others.

 

Nightmare Job.

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There’s nothing you won’t do for money?

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IMG_1606Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!

Rigoletto:

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,
per qual prezzo vendeste il mio bene?
A voi nulla per l’oro sconviene?

Courtiers, vile, damnable rabble,
how much were you paid for my treasure?
There’s nothing you won’t do for money?

Corrupt politicians, there’s nothing you won’t do for money? Each day the news reveal a brand new scandal: illegal enrichment, millions in obscure transactions, money sheltered in tax havens. And we, the common people struggling with high taxes, high prices, high rates of unemployment, poverty, social insecurity instead of social security.

That’s not fair. With all that millions unlawfully accumulated and spent in yourselves, how many problems would be solved for common, honest, struggling people?. But no. You have to take advantage of each moment in power to get richer and richer. No matter how. No matter the injustices. The only thing that matters is that your dirty business get unnoticed. Don’t get caught.

Yes. You will do anything for money. You already proved it. We don’t mean anything to you. Well, yes, we mean a lot once every four years. We are a vote, so if you succeed lying to us maybe we will give you four more years to continue your disgusting game and get richer and richer. Meanwhile you forget about us and our problems, because you don’t have our problems. You live in another level. You belong to another class. Even if you call yourselves socialists or whatever you call yourselves. You’ll continue to get richer and richer if you don´t get caught, and we will still wondering where all the money we pay in taxes disappear.

Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55.

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Without adjective

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Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion? 

Political correctness has a problem. It’s political. And today in politics is hard to find honesty. I can’t see why we can’t talk or write using simply a “correct” language without adjectives. And if it’s not only correct but brilliant, better. Forget “political”. Political is boring. Be correct, respectful, creative, honest, brilliant if you can.

Daily Prompt: P.C..

Related article.

http://josephrathjen.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-facade-of-politically-correct/