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Sue T

Sue T 

Occupation: Career development & transition, education. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) practitioner.

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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych468,681On 2012 November 13/14, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in northern Australia and crosses the South Pacific Ocean with on other no landfall. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. For those traveling to Australia for the eclipse, please note that the eclipse occurs on the morning of Nov. 14 local time. For more information, including specific timezones and best countries to view from see NASA's website here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2012/TSE2012.html #sciencesunday    #solareclipse   #eclipse   #NASA   @109783903175191665261 Total Solar Eclipse2012-11-13 23:00:00133  

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2017-02-16 01:16:09 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-27 08:41:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The dark cloud

Ever since Trump became president he has cast a dark cloud over our country, poisoning the atmosphere, sucking us into the vortex of his madness. I'm sure many of you feel it. Andrew Sullivan explains it well:

I think this is a fundamental reason why so many of us have been so unsettled, anxious, and near panic these past few months. It is not so much this president’s agenda. That always changes from administration to administration. It is that when the linchpin of an entire country is literally delusional, clinically deceptive, and responds to any attempt to correct the record with rage and vengeance, everyone is always on edge.

There is no anchor any more. At the core of the administration of the most powerful country on earth, there is, instead, madness.

With someone like this barging into your consciousness every hour of everyd... more »

The dark cloud

Ever since Trump became president he has cast a dark cloud over our country, poisoning the atmosphere, sucking us into the vortex of his madness. I'm sure many of you feel it. Andrew Sullivan explains it well:

I think this is a fundamental reason why so many of us have been so unsettled, anxious, and near panic these past few months. It is not so much this president’s agenda. That always changes from administration to administration. It is that when the linchpin of an entire country is literally delusional, clinically deceptive, and responds to any attempt to correct the record with rage and vengeance, everyone is always on edge.

There is no anchor any more. At the core of the administration of the most powerful country on earth, there is, instead, madness.

With someone like this barging into your consciousness every hour of every day, you begin to get a glimpse of what it must be like to live in an autocracy of some kind. Every day in countries unfortunate enough to be ruled by a lone dictator, people are constantly subjected to the Supreme Leader’s presence, in their homes, in their workplaces, as they walk down the street. Big Brother never leaves you alone. His face bears down on you on every flickering screen. He begins to permeate your psyche and soul; he dominates every news cycle and issues pronouncements — each one shocking and destabilizing — round the clock. He delights in constantly provoking and surprising you, so that his monstrous ego can be perennially fed. And because he is also mentally unstable, forever lashing out in manic spasms of pain and anger, you live each day with some measure of trepidation. What will he come out with next? Somehow, he is never in control of himself and yet he is always in control of you.

One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all. The president of a free country may dominate the news cycle many days — but he is not omnipresent — and because we live under the rule of law, we can afford to turn the news off at times. A free society means being free of those who rule over you — to do the things you care about, your passions, your pastimes, your loves — to exult in that blessed space where politics doesn’t intervene. In that sense, it seems to me, we already live in a country with markedly less freedom than we did a month ago. It’s less like living in a democracy than being a child trapped in a house where there is an abusive and unpredictable father, who will brook no reason, respect no counter-argument, admit no error, and always, always up the ante until catastrophe inevitably strikes. This is what I mean by the idea that we are living through an emergency.

This is why I can no longer enjoy blogging about math and science. I still enjoy thinking about them, and working on them. Indeed, they make an excellent escape from the nasty mess we're in. But to blog about them publicly feels like pretending in front of a crowd that life is normal, when in fact everything has gone terribly wrong.

Later this spring I will go to Hong Kong for a month. I'll be talking to Guowu Meng about Jordan algebras and physics. First I'll spend two weeks at the Sha Tin Hyatt, which is near the lively part of town; then I'll get housing near the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which is up north, in the boondocks.

I wonder how I will feel there. Of course that city-state has dire problems of its own, but in some important sense they will not be my problems. Even with its problems, Hong Kong is a lively and invigorating place — much more so than my usual summer hangout, Singapore. But here's what I don't know: will physical distance from the USA make me feel any more removed from the insanity there — any more at peace?

For now: help the ACLU by signing this petition! Over 300,000 people have so far, and I just did:

Do not delay – release all documents pertaining to Donald Trump’s actual or potential conflicts of interest. Trump has kept the American people in the dark for too long. For the sake of our democracy, we need you to bring this matter into the light and give the public access to this vital information.

https://action.aclu.org/secure/trumpFOIA

Andrew Sullivan's essay is here:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/andrew-sullivan-the-madness-of-king-donald.html___

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2017-02-25 23:34:05 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The pic on the left is of the seed pod (?) of an unknown variety of garlic. I'd had them hanging up, unopened and this one got bumped and the seeds went everywhere! They're about the size of a sunflower kernel. Can I plant them with the expectation of leaving them undisturbed for a couple of years?
The pic on the right is the last of the Giant Russian Garlic - I'll save some cloves and replant for next year.
#garlic #gardening #vegetables 

The pic on the left is of the seed pod (?) of an unknown variety of garlic. I'd had them hanging up, unopened and this one got bumped and the seeds went everywhere! They're about the size of a sunflower kernel. Can I plant them with the expectation of leaving them undisturbed for a couple of years?
The pic on the right is the last of the Giant Russian Garlic - I'll save some cloves and replant for next year.
#garlic #gardening #vegetables ___

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2017-02-25 03:22:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 


"I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness," Fox said.

"The entire interview took place with me standing, with my back to a room full of people in total public hearing and view — it was disgraceful.
"I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I'm 70 years old."

"I'm very frightened that Australia will go the same way as America, with extremists in power, racist hatred, ghastly speech against decent people," she said.
"I have written a new book which is about, ironically, welcoming strangers to a strange land — Australia — and I wrote it because I perceived that Australia was losing its gorgeous warmth of character inour a... more »


"I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness," Fox said.

"The entire interview took place with me standing, with my back to a room full of people in total public hearing and view — it was disgraceful.
"I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I'm 70 years old."

"I'm very frightened that Australia will go the same way as America, with extremists in power, racist hatred, ghastly speech against decent people," she said.
"I have written a new book which is about, ironically, welcoming strangers to a strange land — Australia — and I wrote it because I perceived that Australia was losing its gorgeous warmth of character in our attitude to newcomers."

#memfox___

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2017-02-22 04:12:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Long. Worth reading.
"It seems perfunctory to point out the hypocrisy of building a movement and a career on the back of insulting people — Muslims, migrants, women, people of color — while nursing a hair-trigger sensitivity to any personal attack you haven’t pre-approved. That hypocrisy, though, does not appear self-evident to anyone within this movement, because a fundamental tenet of far-right pro-trolling is that it’s only other people’s feelings that are frivolous. Their own feelings, by contrast, including the capacity to feel shame when they’re held accountable for their actions, are so momentous that infringing them is tantamount to censure, practically fascism in and of itself. These are men, in short, who have founded an entire movement on the basis of refusing to handle their emotions like adults.
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these are little boys playing games with the lives ofothers. That doesn’... more »

Long. Worth reading.
"It seems perfunctory to point out the hypocrisy of building a movement and a career on the back of insulting people — Muslims, migrants, women, people of color — while nursing a hair-trigger sensitivity to any personal attack you haven’t pre-approved. That hypocrisy, though, does not appear self-evident to anyone within this movement, because a fundamental tenet of far-right pro-trolling is that it’s only other people’s feelings that are frivolous. Their own feelings, by contrast, including the capacity to feel shame when they’re held accountable for their actions, are so momentous that infringing them is tantamount to censure, practically fascism in and of itself. These are men, in short, who have founded an entire movement on the basis of refusing to handle their emotions like adults.
...
these are little boys playing games with the lives of others. That doesn’t excuse the horror of the game for one second. It makes it worse. Much worse, in fact. They are children who have the privilege of that particular innocence that involves never learning from their mistakes, never taking responsibility, never worrying that their sins will be unforgiven.
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These boys will be allowed to forget everything but their own immediate feelings for as long as society allows them, and this society allows straight white boys to dodge personal and emotional responsibility until at least the age of 70. The current man-child president would be Exhibit A, but not every lost boy gets a golden throne. In this culture war, most of them are cannon fodder."
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2017-02-22 03:42:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Do I need to comment that this is #satire ?

Do I need to comment that this is #satire ?___

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2017-02-21 23:44:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

#parenting #toilettraiining 

#parenting #toilettraiining ___

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2017-02-21 21:48:33 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

As I read this, it reminded me powerfully of cults and their extraordinary power over ordinary people. For those interested, There could be some useful material here: http://www.cultwatch.com/cults.html
This article is about the power of words, and is also relevant http://time.com/4675860/donald-trump-fake-news-attacks/

This is what 45 is about. If you read nothing else today read this.___As I read this, it reminded me powerfully of cults and their extraordinary power over ordinary people. For those interested, There could be some useful material here: http://www.cultwatch.com/cults.html
This article is about the power of words, and is also relevant http://time.com/4675860/donald-trump-fake-news-attacks/

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2017-02-21 21:32:22 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

This article is well worth reading in its entirety.
Words are powerful, they can be used to manipulate, for good or ill. Be eternally vigilant and call out those who choose to undermine our free press. Call it out, persistently and repetitively. Educate others as you go. Remember the teaching tool for writing essays? When. Where. Why. Who. How. When are these tactics used? Where are they used? Why are they used? By whom? and How does it end up if not challenged?

"...we honor the responsibility to separate truth from falsehood, which is never more important than when powerful people insist that falsehoods are truths, or that there is no such thing as truth to begin with."
...
We each have our obligations to see what’s in front of one’s nose, whether we’re reporters, columnists, or anything else. This is the essence of intellectual integrity.
Not to look around,or be... more »

This article is well worth reading in its entirety.
Words are powerful, they can be used to manipulate, for good or ill. Be eternally vigilant and call out those who choose to undermine our free press. Call it out, persistently and repetitively. Educate others as you go. Remember the teaching tool for writing essays? When. Where. Why. Who. How. When are these tactics used? Where are they used? Why are they used? By whom? and How does it end up if not challenged?

"...we honor the responsibility to separate truth from falsehood, which is never more important than when powerful people insist that falsehoods are truths, or that there is no such thing as truth to begin with."
...
We each have our obligations to see what’s in front of one’s nose, whether we’re reporters, columnists, or anything else. This is the essence of intellectual integrity.
Not to look around, or beyond, or away from the facts, but to look straight at them, to recognize and call them for what they are, nothing more or less. To see things as they are before we re-interpret them into what we’d like them to be."

#freepress #lies #manipulation ___

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2017-02-21 05:59:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Read widely and with a questioning attitude. Who benefits from a particular slant?

Interesting read. ___Read widely and with a questioning attitude. Who benefits from a particular slant?

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2017-02-21 05:56:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-21 05:52:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Could be of interest.
Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

7 February 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-507-5
#tpp 

Could be of interest.
Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

7 February 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-507-5
#tpp ___

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2017-02-21 03:34:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

That's a gutsy effort!

#goannas #australia #straya #tourists #vineyard

That's a gutsy effort!

#goannas #australia #straya #tourists #vineyard___

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2017-02-21 03:08:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

No one would choose to have low literacy levels. The social stigma, the assumption of incompetence across all areas, the shame and loss of self esteem impact on every area of life.

“I wouldn’t wish [low literacy] on my worst enemy,” says Jack. “It’s been a nightmare.”

#literacy #education

No one would choose to have low literacy levels. The social stigma, the assumption of incompetence across all areas, the shame and loss of self esteem impact on every area of life.

“I wouldn’t wish [low literacy] on my worst enemy,” says Jack. “It’s been a nightmare.”

#literacy #education___

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2017-02-21 02:58:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Bang on!

via +Franklin Stone

Bang on!

via +Franklin Stone___

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2017-02-20 22:37:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

https://twitter.com/TrumpsACartoon/status/833802958705922050

https://twitter.com/TrumpsACartoon/status/833802958705922050___

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2017-02-20 04:11:27 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Living with autism.
"Bryan runs a Facebook page called Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness: Bryan’s Advocacy that he uses to be an advocate for people with Asperger’s. Through his page, he shares his experiences as a man on the spectrum. On Friday, he penned a powerful letter from his childhood self to his former teachers."
#autism #ASD #aspergerssyndrome

Living with autism.
"Bryan runs a Facebook page called Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness: Bryan’s Advocacy that he uses to be an advocate for people with Asperger’s. Through his page, he shares his experiences as a man on the spectrum. On Friday, he penned a powerful letter from his childhood self to his former teachers."
#autism #ASD #aspergerssyndrome___

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2017-02-19 22:41:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Well worth checking out #lastnightinsweden on twitter.
The drama!
The angst!
The confusion.
What had happened?!
Why was POTUS alluding to something dire?


Well worth checking out #lastnightinsweden on twitter.
The drama!
The angst!
The confusion.
What had happened?!
Why was POTUS alluding to something dire?
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2017-02-16 01:16:09 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I've edited, rather than deleted the post, given further information and that others may also be interested:
There are at least 2 versions of what's happening here:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/helen-caldicott-the-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-continues-unabated,10019#.WKDzXUBAMEI.twitter

and all the links provided below by +Kam-Yung Soh and comments by +Stuart Lamble.

___I've edited, rather than deleted the post, given further information and that others may also be interested:
There are at least 2 versions of what's happening here:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/helen-caldicott-the-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-continues-unabated,10019#.WKDzXUBAMEI.twitter

and all the links provided below by +Kam-Yung Soh and comments by +Stuart Lamble.

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2017-02-15 03:56:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Not just for those in the US. There's a lot of practical advice for those of us horrified/distressed/confused/angry about the increase in bigoted attitudes and authoritarian politics.
In Aust, we're also seeing damage being done: to people, to the environment, to those who have little through the accident of birth, or the fall of the cards. We're seeing pollies openly support putin and side with trump, being actively encouraged by some msm outlets.

This is also interesting, and potentially useful: https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-bacon/tactics-for-effective-conservative-blogging-by-karl-rove/10150706161713017/

https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.12zco7th4 

Not just for those in the US. There's a lot of practical advice for those of us horrified/distressed/confused/angry about the increase in bigoted attitudes and authoritarian politics.
In Aust, we're also seeing damage being done: to people, to the environment, to those who have little through the accident of birth, or the fall of the cards. We're seeing pollies openly support putin and side with trump, being actively encouraged by some msm outlets.

This is also interesting, and potentially useful: https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-bacon/tactics-for-effective-conservative-blogging-by-karl-rove/10150706161713017/

https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.12zco7th4 ___

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2017-02-14 10:33:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

"Key points:

Energy Australia takes out full-page newspaper advertisements calling for non-partisan push for clean energy
Says renewables may be more expensive now but cheap generators are old and will retire over next 20 years
Policy uncertainty makes it difficult for businesses to commit to new renewables projects"

"Key points:

Energy Australia takes out full-page newspaper advertisements calling for non-partisan push for clean energy
Says renewables may be more expensive now but cheap generators are old and will retire over next 20 years
Policy uncertainty makes it difficult for businesses to commit to new renewables projects"___

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2017-02-14 10:28:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Web of Connections

Pair of interactive visualizations from the vast data set captured of Trump's business network. My personal favorite is that Trump's bankruptcy lawyer is now ambassador to Israel. 

Trump's Web of Connections

Pair of interactive visualizations from the vast data set captured of Trump's business network. My personal favorite is that Trump's bankruptcy lawyer is now ambassador to Israel. ___

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2017-02-14 04:39:06 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

More on the golfcourse: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/10/donald-trump-100m-golf-course

More on the golfcourse: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/10/donald-trump-100m-golf-course___

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2017-02-12 23:52:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Nature won't be silenced, no matter how many lies are told, or who tells them.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-barnett-nature-alternative-facts-20170210-story.html

Nature won't be silenced, no matter how many lies are told, or who tells them.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-barnett-nature-alternative-facts-20170210-story.html___

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2017-02-12 08:47:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

On the evil of cults. This story relates specifically to Victoria, but the influence of cults among the rich, powerful and needy shouldn't be underestimated.

Hamilton-Byrne isn't dead yet but her legacy lives on - secretive, immensely wealthy and disruptively influential. "... as Stevenson-Helmer told us over lunch one day in the Dandenongs, “People will say 'your guru is dead' and that will be true. But the lineage doesn’t cut out. There will always be a Great White Brotherhood on this planet. Always."

On the evil of cults. This story relates specifically to Victoria, but the influence of cults among the rich, powerful and needy shouldn't be underestimated.

Hamilton-Byrne isn't dead yet but her legacy lives on - secretive, immensely wealthy and disruptively influential. "... as Stevenson-Helmer told us over lunch one day in the Dandenongs, “People will say 'your guru is dead' and that will be true. But the lineage doesn’t cut out. There will always be a Great White Brotherhood on this planet. Always."___

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2017-02-12 06:47:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Early settlers in Australia didn't want to know about Aboriginal fish farming and settlements, some going back thousands of years. They preferred to think of the Traditional Owners as being passive hunter-gatherers. However, some sites have been preserved and are becoming better known and acknowledged.

"Over the next year or so, a formal World Heritage nomination will be prepared by the Victorian government spearheaded by the Gunditjmara for submission to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee."

"To experience these sites firsthand, visit the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area for a self-guided tour. Or for a Gunditjmara guided tour of the area and access to the large and clearly defined fishing facilities at Lake Condah, contact Budj Bim Tours." 

Early settlers in Australia didn't want to know about Aboriginal fish farming and settlements, some going back thousands of years. They preferred to think of the Traditional Owners as being passive hunter-gatherers. However, some sites have been preserved and are becoming better known and acknowledged.

"Over the next year or so, a formal World Heritage nomination will be prepared by the Victorian government spearheaded by the Gunditjmara for submission to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee."

"To experience these sites firsthand, visit the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area for a self-guided tour. Or for a Gunditjmara guided tour of the area and access to the large and clearly defined fishing facilities at Lake Condah, contact Budj Bim Tours." ___

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2017-02-12 06:02:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Watch this. Great ad. 🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰

Watch this. Great ad. 🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰___

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2017-02-09 03:04:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Brilliantly written - with a sting in the tail.

And yet another I can't share from the original ... it was Via +Andrew McNamara

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/donald-trump-obnoxious-karma-reincarnated-as-himself-frankie-boyle

Brilliantly written - with a sting in the tail.

And yet another I can't share from the original ... it was Via +Andrew McNamara

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/donald-trump-obnoxious-karma-reincarnated-as-himself-frankie-boyle___

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2017-02-09 02:52:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

It's going to be interesting to watch this unfold.


(Still can't reliably comment or +1 but this post is via +shogun x)
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-democratic-socialists-are-building-on-bernies-momentum-w465452

It's going to be interesting to watch this unfold.


(Still can't reliably comment or +1 but this post is via +shogun x)
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-democratic-socialists-are-building-on-bernies-momentum-w465452___

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2017-02-09 02:44:35 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Privatisation, overseas gas contracts and power outages. It's a recipe for disaster.

Over 40,000 South Australian households endured a blackout Wednesday evening for about half an hour during an extreme heatwave. AEMO ordered the load shedding, but questions remain why the Pelican Point 2nd gas turbine wasn’t fired up. Quick Summary…___Privatisation, overseas gas contracts and power outages. It's a recipe for disaster.

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2017-02-09 01:31:39 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Excerpt: "The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.

By long tradition, the agencies responsible for these resources have been directed by men of professional stature and experience, who have understood, respected, and been guided by the findings of their scientists.

[…]

For many years public-spirited citizens throughout the country have been working for the conservation of the natural resources, realizing their vital importance to the Nation. Apparently their hard-won progress is to be wiped out, as a politically minded Administration returnsus ... more »

Excerpt: "The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.

By long tradition, the agencies responsible for these resources have been directed by men of professional stature and experience, who have understood, respected, and been guided by the findings of their scientists.

[…]

For many years public-spirited citizens throughout the country have been working for the conservation of the natural resources, realizing their vital importance to the Nation. Apparently their hard-won progress is to be wiped out, as a politically minded Administration returns us to the dark ages of unrestrained exploitation and destruction.
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It is one of the ironies of our time that, while concentrating on the defense of our country against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within."

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/02/08/rachel-carson-washington-post-letter-1953/

#theenemywithin #conservation ___

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2017-01-31 09:48:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A good essay from Jane Caro. It's not entirely cheerful, but puts the current mess into a historic context, with a much needed morsel of a hint, of positivity. It's longish, but well worth reading. It doesn't mean that shit won't get chillingly serious and be horrible for many, many innocent people, but ... well, it's something to remember that 'this too will pass'.

#janecaro #history

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/article/the-virtual-reformation/

A good essay from Jane Caro. It's not entirely cheerful, but puts the current mess into a historic context, with a much needed morsel of a hint, of positivity. It's longish, but well worth reading. It doesn't mean that shit won't get chillingly serious and be horrible for many, many innocent people, but ... well, it's something to remember that 'this too will pass'.

#janecaro #history

https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/article/the-virtual-reformation/___

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2017-01-31 06:37:52 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How to survive an authoritarian regime.

#survivalguide #authoritarianism

http://learnfromeurope.org/

How to survive an authoritarian regime.

#survivalguide #authoritarianism

http://learnfromeurope.org/___

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2017-01-31 06:29:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Germans are affected, too.

Germans are affected, too.___

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2017-01-31 06:24:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

If you're not following +Yonatan Zunger re the rapidly unfolding events in the US, you should be.
A chilling assessment of what we're witnessing unfold in the US. The implications worldwide are mindboggling. Why are the LNP, in particular Bishop and wuffles acting as if nothing untoward is happening? Why won't trunbull speak out against it? How will this impact on us, with the US bases here?

The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power to execute every one of the things that Trump promised to do during the campaign, is the primary goal; money, in large, untraceable quantities, appears to be the secondary.___If you're not following +Yonatan Zunger re the rapidly unfolding events in the US, you should be.
A chilling assessment of what we're witnessing unfold in the US. The implications worldwide are mindboggling. Why are the LNP, in particular Bishop and wuffles acting as if nothing untoward is happening? Why won't trunbull speak out against it? How will this impact on us, with the US bases here?

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2017-01-30 21:22:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Naomi Klein on the situation in the US.

http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-crony-cabinet-may-look-strong-scared/



Naomi Klein on the situation in the US.

http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-crony-cabinet-may-look-strong-scared/

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2017-01-30 09:57:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

An interesting read: http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-crony-cabinet-may-look-strong-scared/

An interesting read: http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-crony-cabinet-may-look-strong-scared/___

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2017-01-30 08:53:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Important reminders:

via +Mz Maau

Given recent news, this is a point that's worth making again. It's great to do what you can, as I think everyone should -- especially now -- but pushing yourself past what you're capable of does nothing good.___Important reminders:

via +Mz Maau

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2017-01-30 03:41:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

China isn't the problem, but it doesn't suit the narrative of some media outlets. Australia (and Julie Bishop) are coming across as inept, out of their depth, lacking the ability to think historically and independently, and wholly subservient to the US and the mess that's unfolding there.

"instead of waging endless war and threatening its neighbours and not so near neighbours, China has pursued a wholly different set of foreign policy priorities. It is China that has become the “indispensible nation” through massive developments in OBOR, the RCEP free trade agreements, foreign aid and investment, and a preference to negotiate settlements to outstanding issues."

China isn't the problem, but it doesn't suit the narrative of some media outlets. Australia (and Julie Bishop) are coming across as inept, out of their depth, lacking the ability to think historically and independently, and wholly subservient to the US and the mess that's unfolding there.

"instead of waging endless war and threatening its neighbours and not so near neighbours, China has pursued a wholly different set of foreign policy priorities. It is China that has become the “indispensible nation” through massive developments in OBOR, the RCEP free trade agreements, foreign aid and investment, and a preference to negotiate settlements to outstanding issues."___

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2017-01-30 03:24:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

QTesla founders-backed Alta Motors unveils new electric motorcycle | Electrek http://buff.ly/2kJ5MVs

QTesla founders-backed Alta Motors unveils new electric motorcycle | Electrek http://buff.ly/2kJ5MVs___

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2017-01-30 03:13:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Could be of use:

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2017-01-30 02:55:56 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The far right, white supremacist with the most powerful position in the trump fold. He's "the driving force behind the string of extreme executive orders Trump has issued in his first week in office"
"Despite the furor over the so-called Muslim ban, all signs suggest Bannon’s influence over Trump is actually growing. Another recent executive order added Bannon to the National Security Council, the president’s key advising group on foreign policy. The order also kicked the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America’s top military commanders, off the council."

And yet, our govt is still courting the US as if things are just peachy: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-will-support-donald-trump-on-strong-border-protection-policies-julie-bishop-20170129-gu133i.html
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The far right, white supremacist with the most powerful position in the trump fold. He's "the driving force behind the string of extreme executive orders Trump has issued in his first week in office"
"Despite the furor over the so-called Muslim ban, all signs suggest Bannon’s influence over Trump is actually growing. Another recent executive order added Bannon to the National Security Council, the president’s key advising group on foreign policy. The order also kicked the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America’s top military commanders, off the council."

And yet, our govt is still courting the US as if things are just peachy: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-will-support-donald-trump-on-strong-border-protection-policies-julie-bishop-20170129-gu133i.html

http://www.vox.com/world/2017/1/29/14431332/steve-bannon-muslim-refugee-ban-explained___

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2017-01-29 05:31:14 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Natural #farming. Small scale #agriculture . #korean style farming. Microfarming. Innovative agriculture.

Natural #farming. Small scale #agriculture . #korean style farming. Microfarming. Innovative agriculture.___

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2017-01-29 00:40:42 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-28 22:07:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"One Small Voice"
"The Emperor's got no clothes on"
#caroleking #protestsong
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/carole-king-revisits-1983-song-after-womens-march-w463305

"One Small Voice"
"The Emperor's got no clothes on"
#caroleking #protestsong
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/carole-king-revisits-1983-song-after-womens-march-w463305___

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2017-01-28 10:14:01 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Raccoons #standforscience because #sciencematters
#firstdogonthemoon #fdotm

Raccoons #standforscience because #sciencematters
#firstdogonthemoon #fdotm___

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2017-01-28 03:54:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

On the importance of reconnecting and nurturing with our valued networks.
We may not be able to eliminate the negative, but we can definitely strengthen the positive.


On the importance of reconnecting and nurturing with our valued networks.
We may not be able to eliminate the negative, but we can definitely strengthen the positive.
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2017-01-27 23:18:45 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

#gardendesign 

#gardendesign ___

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2017-01-27 01:00:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Nicely crafted.


Nicely crafted.
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2017-01-26 03:24:59 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Sounds reasonable. 

Sounds reasonable. ___

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