Do current events in the news ever get to you?

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Joan M
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   Posted 8/10/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Find myself upset with all this terrorism and the fighting going on.  Sometimes think that humans are in a no-win situation. This compounds with personal problems and makes everything worse.

stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/10/2006 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeh!!!! My daughter once wrote a beautiful poem for school. They had to pick a topic and write a poem that showed both sides of an issue. Her poem was about her guilt at being safe while the rest of the world was in chaos that America was responsible for. Very powerful!

I think the issue is to choose our battles, be aware of what we can change and what we cannot change and then continue to walk forward being the best people that we can.

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   Posted 8/10/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Sorry about the double post but when I feel frustrated by a situation I always try to find the humor in it.  The recent reports of the thwarted Al-Queda plot in Britain are amazing.  Way to go British security forces!! It did however point out a humourous issue that we have.

My daughter goes to college in a different state and so flyies often.  On one trip home she arrived with a waterbottle in hand.  I didn't think anything about it because she always has water with her.  It turns out that she had purchased a Beta Fish as a dorm pet.  Of course she couldn't leave it at school over a long break so, she put it in the water bottle and carried it on to the plane.  Can you imagine being the X-ray attendant on the security checkline when the skeleton of a fish showed up on the screen? confused    However, with the new restrictions on carrying liquid on flights I think my husband and I just adopted a fish!


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   Posted 8/10/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Strong,

Resourceful daughter! Bet the fish was bemused! Thanks for the cheer!

Plenty of people on the last news report popping up to say how stupid not being able to take water onto the plane is ... blah, blah, moan, moan. -- I think they're missing the point: it's not actual water bottles that are the problem, but water bottles being used as containers for other stuff. I'd rather give up a bottle of water, put my shoes in my luggage, and anything else required, than risk getting myself and everyone else blown up because security "let some things go".

Here's another funny story for you. -- At the height of security alerts in the US, I was travelling to LA from GB. I set the beeper off this end with my tin of Vaseline lip balm. I meant to put it in my hand luggage by the other side so that I didn't hold things up and worry anyone ... but a long-haul flight later I'd forgotten about it entirely. Of course I set vthe beeper off again. Without even thinking about what I was doing I reached into my jacket pocket to retrieve the offending item, saying "Oh, that's my lip balm..." -- as I did so several well-armed soldiers reached for their weapons. Now read what I said again, allowing for how "balm" sounds to an American ear.... I was lucky not to get shot!!

Rosie x
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 8/10/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not worth the stress to get that upset.
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/10/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I was scared watching the news today.  I don't want to even imagine what it could have been like.  I can't watch too much of the news as it does get me down.
 
 
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els
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   Posted 8/11/2006 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Vic, It was too close to home for you...and I thought of you yesterday eyes There are many things that are on the News that upset me greatly not just all the terror plots and war issues.  But yet I am drawn to it all the same

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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/11/2006 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Els,
 
Have been watching the news this morning.  It scares me the thought of going on holiday.  I wish this wasn't happening.  I know what you mean though - you can't help but watch it.
 
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Victoria x
 
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 8/11/2006 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
The news gets to me,and makes me more depressed. When New Orleans was hit,I had Fox news on all day. And would sit there crying as I watched people begging for help.
Then I made the mistake of watching a trial of the man that kidnapped the little girl,and the judge went through the whole case,explaining why the man was getting the death sentence. I had nightmares for a month.
I still have nightmares about New Orleans.
I am afraid we are going into WW3,my son is 16. And it scares me to think that he could be in danger of going to war in 2 years.
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2tall
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   Posted 8/11/2006 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
    I am usually in the Fibromyalgia site.  I wanted to read here this morning. 
    I wanted to share that the news definately gets to me also.  If I don't watch then I am without important information.  I could choose that, but I always have felt that the better informed and/or educated we are, the better.  So I choose to watch.  I try to be happy about the positive stories.  Sometimes it is not easy.  Especially when animals and children are being compromised...I pray alot!
    As far as CounterClockwise, I LOVE your name.  Makes me giggle.  Guess I can "relate"!  lol 
    You had mentioned the airport experience.  I had to laugh.  I worked there for a few years.  Too funny.  And about the fish....Did "they" even mention the fish?  From what I remember, they should have.  Hope they even "noticed" it! <--scary, but it happens!
    Well be happy with all the knowlege and experiences that God has picked for us!  That is our only hope in this world and that is through Him.
   
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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/11/2006 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi 2tall -- is there such a thing?! You're needed for getting things down off the top shelf -- or at least that's what I tell my very tall friends! Thanks about the name :) -- chose it on the basis that "I may not always do things the conventional way round, but I do normally cover all the points"!

I have another airport story, specially for you! -- It was during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the UK and all dairy produce was a no-no for travel. It was around Easter and I was flying, again, to the States, with the last, rather squashed, bit of easter egg in my suitcase (I forgot that *milk* chocolate also has dairy content...). Realising my terrible act during the flight, I geared myself up for a full confession at customs. "I've got something to admit to..." I began, looking about as guilty as an easter-egg owning person has ever been known to look. So, I spilled all and waited for the repercussions. The customs man laughed *a lot* -- and I got to keep my egg!

Rosie x
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stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/11/2006 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My son and I are flying to Phoenix . Al-Queda was targeting international flights so the chances of anything happening on my flight are pretty low. I am unpacking my chapstick, my eye solution, my glasses cleaner, my perfume, ..... I will not take my cell phone nor will either my son and I take music equipment or computers. When I check in at the airport I always wear close fitting clothes and take off any coats or overshirts that fit loosely. I have absolutely no problem with any of this because the life that these measures save may be my daughters (she flies frequently) or the life of someone I love.

Joan M
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   Posted 8/11/2006 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, thank you for all your imput. I was born in New York City and worked at the World Trade Center for about 2 years. I can remember the decorations, stairways, etc.

I watched people jumping out the windows. I have cried several times about the situation. I hope that things don't get like that again. I kept thinking about it last night as I tried to sleep, twisting and turning. Why do they want to take New York City down?

stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/11/2006 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Joan, I don't think it is just New York, it just happened to be accessible and they knew it would make a big impact on America and the world. You have to remember that the people doing this are fanatics. They took a pascafist (SP?) religion and twisted and warped it into something that hates so much that people kill themselves in its worship.

I was teaching 1st grade on 9/11. The kids were at recess when the towers fell and I was watching it live on TV. In my classroom (on the west coast) I had 6 children who lost grandparents, brothers, uncles and parents. After the towers fell the principal immediately ordered that all TVs would be off for the remainder of the day so that it would not get back to the kids about what had happened. Parents were stopped at the office and children who were going home were escorted to the office as if they had doctor appointments so that we could keep things calm. My classroom was like a zombie for weeks. Some of the kids were grieving right away because they knew relatives did not survive, some were in shock waiting for news that would never come. The best and the worst day was the third day when news came that the brother of one student had been found in the rubble. Everyone was so excited but immediately realized that there would be no happy endings for the 6 others who were still hoping and waiting. Having seen a happy ending gave them hope and tore them apart. We loved each other through those first terrible weeks and the rest of the year.

It is okay to feel what you feel about the "situation". Terrible people were trying to do terrible things to so many. Thank goodness for Scotland Yard and all the people who put an end to the plot. We are all strong enough to continue forward day by day.

elc
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   Posted 8/12/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi  I am new to this site normally on Crohn's but dealing with depression now.   I can't sleep and was reading posts.  I found this one and just earlier today I shut off the news as I am tired of seeing and hearing about our Canadian soldiers coming home in caskets.  I cry every time I see or hear about it.  I guess maybe more so as my father and husband are both ex military.  I had to turn off the tv with the 911 events, tsunami and New Orleans.  Breaks my heart to think of the people involved. See your not the only one.

Joan M
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   Posted 8/13/2006 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it is enveloping everyone. Luckily I still talk to one of my co-workers from the Trade Center and there is someone else who she knows who is also alive. I also do e-mails with friends from New York City.

Recently they wanted to down New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. Actually I think they want to kill us all! It is very scarey but I am doing better on being able to sleep yet am having heavy-duty nightmare/dreams.

There were a number of other terrorist plots when I live in New York City which were very frightening. Now I am living in upstate New York.
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