Dean Rivers (dean_r) wrote,
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Two Cents; Presents.

Someone sent me and Jamie V For Vendetta; it arrived in our mailbox today. I'm presuming someone left a comment saying that they'd do this, but I've not been getting any messages. Either way, Jamie and I are surprised and thankful someone did something like this for us.

And best of all, they ordered this film from a store in Seattle. What better way of finding stores with cheap merchandise, than someone ordering stuff for us from there initially?

However, financially, we miscalculated on how low our finances were going to be. Checks hadn't cleared at the time we expected them to, so we suddenly lost a lot of money we thought was already paid off. So: no more going out to bars or extravagant meals for quite a while. Alas, not even any more 24 for a little while. Still, that's life.

I've been using spare time reading about card games from many centuries ago. For example: Piquet is a game Napoleon used to play. Yesterday, I was trying to work out the structure of the game and how to play it well, while Jamie was reading a chapter on the condition chickens can live in, from a book called Diet For A New America, by Tim Robbins.

The easiest way to imagine how animals are treated is to replace them with a more human form - so envisage something like this:

For one day you have been stuck in a large crowded elevator.
The elevator is crowded enough that unless you bustle a little your limbs are pressed in uncomfortable positions. You cannot turn around.
The floor is slightly slanted so everyone in the elevator is pushed together even tighter.
When food and water arrives, exactly enough to survive on is provided, but is not being rationed amongst people - everyone will have to fight for their nutrition. This nutrition has arsenic in it, but the alternative is starving to death.
There has been a blindingly bright light shining above you for 23 of those hours. It is driving everyone crazy.
People around you have been suffering from claustrophobia from the first second the elevator got stuck, and are screaming wildly and are trying to flail around to get some room to breathe - the screaming is also driving everyone crazy.
Some people are becoming cannibalistic just to get some extra food and room. But because of a lack of space, they can only use their teeth to bite other people to death.
If you are involved in a fight, you may get plucked out of the elevator, your teeth will be pulled out with pliers to ensure you don't bite anyone and you'll be placed back into the elevator. This may hinder your ability to eat or drink, in which case you may starve to death, or may get killed by one of the cannibals that still has teeth.

For some reason, by the time Jamie finished the chapter on these battery hens, I lost concentration on how to play the card game. Sensationalistic as it may be, it's certainly an image that doesn't seem to settle well in my mind. The chapter Jamie will read tonight will be about pigs.
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