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I Vow Not to Burn Out - Lion's Roar
When I get desperate, which is pretty often, I ask myself how to not be overwhelmed by despair or cynicism.
buddhism  activism  selfcare  via:mournjargon 
17 days ago
what resembles the grave – Anne Boyer
Always falling into a hole, then saying “ok, this is not your grave, get out of this hole,” getting out of the hole which is not the grave, falling into a hole again, saying “ok, this is also not your grave, get out of this hole,” getting out of that hole, falling into another one;
AnneBoyer  poems  via:mournjargon 
18 days ago
Magpies swooping? You should try making friends with them, expert says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"When my dog died the maggies watched me bury him, then within half an hour the whole family came down and sat with me."
animals  birds  magpies 
25 days ago
After 2,500 Studies, It's Time to Declare Animal Sentience Proven (Op-Ed)
"Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates."

They could also have included fish, for whom the evidence supporting sentience and consciousness is also compelling (see also). And, I'm sure as time goes on, researchers will add many other animals to the consciousness club.
ethics  animalrights  vegan 
9 weeks ago
Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian
Eco-consumerism may expiate your guilt. But it’s only mass movements that have the power to alter the trajectory of the climate crisis. This requires of us first a resolute mental break from the spell cast by neoliberalism: to stop thinking like individuals.
neoliberalism  climatechange 
9 weeks ago
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
The life force is concerned with cyclicality, care, and regeneration; the death force sounds a whole lot like “disrupt.” Of course some amount of both are necessary, but one is routinely valorized, not to mention masculinized, while the other goes unrecognized because it has no part in “progress.”
via:mournjargon 
10 weeks ago
Resilient to a fault | Overland literary journal
Counter to this common-sense approach is a vast body of research that suggests that membership of a marginalised or oppressed group is one of the key predictors for mental illness. Whether it is women, people of colour, people with a disability or same-sex attracted or gender-questioning people, the research tells us time and again that oppression leads to disproportionate experiences of mental ill health.


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To all observers, my gently-gently approach appeared to be working. I was approachable – jovial even. I was not a threat to anyone’s transphobia. I educated. I accepted small indignities. I expressed gratitude for things that were basic rights. I embodied the core principles of resilience. I was told explicitly that my good humour made my continued presence in the school possible.

Of course, this approach has had very real costs. I have a Herculean capacity for suppression, but time undoes most things. I grew increasingly frustrated with transphobia that those around me could not, or would not, see. I no longer wanted to answer inappropriate questions, or provide advice. I wanted permission to be hurt and angry in the face of ignorance. I wanted someone else to do the work. I shifted schools eighteen months ago, partially to distance myself from the role of friendly and approachable trans teacher.
transphobia  acceptance  resilience 
10 weeks ago
As we move towards constitutional recognition, what can we learn from Indigenous understandings of health (heaps, suggests one GP) | Croakey
When I started work in an Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal definition of health struck me as being much closer to my own perception of what health actually is.

“Health is… not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.”
health 
10 weeks ago
Legacy Train Control System Stabilisation
If the 'proof of the pudding is in the eating' then we are now feasting on the fruits of our labour.
trains  melbourne 
10 weeks ago
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
You can find it already watching footage of an iceberg collapsing into the sea — a feeling of history happening all at once.
climatechange  future  we'refucked 
11 weeks ago
The Great Tsunami by Michele Wolf | Poetry Magazine
She recognizes its crest in the way he looks at her. 
The wave is as vast as the roiling mass in the Japanese
Print they had paused in front of at the museum,
Capped with ringlets of foam, all surging sinew.
That little village along the shore would be
Totally lost. There is no escaping this.
The wave is flooding his heart,
And he is sending the flood
Her way. It rushes
Over her.

Can you look at one face
For the whole of a life?

Does the moon peer down
At the tides and hunger for home?
poetry 
11 weeks ago
French Touch: I love you or I like you ?
During the time my husband and I were dating, when he says "je t'aime", I reply with "je t'aime beaucoup". One day, he finally said I think "I love you more than you love me" and I was like "why would you say that". He then said that it is because I always say "je t'aime beaucoup" which is not a feeling as strong as simply saying "je t'aime". He said "One does not say this to someone in a romantic sense".  

In France, "on aime bien" son laptop, blackberry, chien, etc. but definately not one's husband/wife.
french 
12 weeks ago
Global Employee Equity at a glance: Australia | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Assuming there is a real risk of forfeiture, and a compliant tax matrix is included in the Plan documents, an employee is generally subject to income tax at the "deferred taxing point." The deferred taxing point is broadly the earlier of: (i) when the Options are exercised; (ii) when there is no longer a restriction on disposal of the underlying Stock (provided the restriction existed at grant of the Options); (iii) cessation of employment; and (iv) the fifteenth anniversary of grant. In all other cases, an employee is generally subject to income tax payable on the market value of the Option at the time of grant. If tax is paid on grant, but the Options subsequently lapse, the tax is generally recoverable.
finance 
12 weeks ago
The Corporate Contradictions of Neoliberalism - American Affairs Journal
The corporation is institutionalized irresponsibility. In the neoliberal economy, individual responsibility is imposed on the weak (with a downsized social safety net, tightened personal bankruptcy laws, etc.); freedom from responsibility is enjoyed by the strong—those who invest, and those who control.
neoliberalism 
june 2017
Comorbidities in Borderline Personality Disorder | Psychiatric Times
96% of patients with BPD have a mood disorder during their life, and lifetime depression is reported at 71% to 83%. Anxiety disorders are also extremely common: 88% of patients have an anxiety disorder, 34% to 48% have panic disorder, and 47% to 56% have PTSD. Alcohol and substance abuse or dependence are reported by 50% to 65%; eating disorders affect 7% to 26% over a lifetime.
bpd 
may 2017
Meditation For People Who Hate Meditating | Thing of Things
I hate mindfulness. Hate it, hate it, hate it. The ten minutes I spend meditating is easily the least pleasant ten minutes of my day.
meditation  bpd  via:mournjargon 
february 2017
Ideas for Australian Activism
So to start your 2017 off right, we’ve pulled together an Australia-focused how-to on activism and maintaining the rage.
activism  toread  via:mournjargon 
february 2017
First, They Shot the Anarchists: Trump and ‘The New Normal’ - IT'S GOING DOWN
Thus, the message becomes clear: spray paint a swastika on someone’s house, beat up an immigrant, be an elected Republican official and openly call for another “Kent State” to put the youth in their place, shoot an anti-fascist at a Milo event, chant “Trump” as coded racial slur at your school, vandalize or kill people at a Mosque, and the State could give a fuck. Why should it? Such violence always stabilizes a regime because it reinforces the very same hierarchies it seeks to uphold and defend.

However, if you shut down an airport against the State’s executive orders, a pipeline it is trying to ram through your land, shut down a fascist rally by an editor of the website your chief advisor used to run, well, we’ve got a problem. That’s the exception.
fascism 
february 2017
Grammar - lernu.net
The detailed lernu! grammar is a shortened version of the Plena Manlibro de Esperanta Gramatiko (PMEG) (Complete Handbook of Esperanto grammar).
esperanto  via:mournjargon 
january 2017
Dexed
Free/OSS workhorse VST synth.
musicproduction 
january 2017
When is qaf actually pronounced as a qaf? | Talk In Arabic
قصة = story
مقاومة = resistance
قرية = village
مثقف = cultured, educated (pronounced mosaqaf)
ثقافة = culture (pronounced saqafa)
اعتقد = I think
عبقري = genius
معقد = complicated
تعقيد = complex
قوي = strong (only when used in the context of describing someone as physically strong; not used for ‘very’ which is pronounced ‘awi’)
قرآن = The Qur’an
القاهرة = Cairo
arabic  egyptian 
january 2017
19 Batshit Moments In "Mad Max: Fury Road" We Can’t Stop Talking About
HC: I love how this was the film George Miller did at 70. HELLO, THIS IS THE FILM I MADE. I can’t wait for the next installment when George Miller is like 90 years old. If he waited until he was 70 to give us this, imagine 90.

TP: When he’s 90 it will be just like this, except in space and all the dialogue is in an invented language and the actual cinema is on fire while you watch it.
humour  film 
november 2016
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