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Britain as EPI failure when it comes to worker participation. Whodathunkit?

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/robin-mcalpine/whats-really-happening-at-grangemouth-and-what-it-tells-us The European Participation Index (EPI) has calculated the participation of workers in 27 EU and EEA countries by combining the aggregate scores of their plant-level participation, board-level participation, collective bargaining coverage and trade-union density. Britain scores 26th out of … Continue reading

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Anticipatory learning. Great idea. Species don’t seem so good at it, y’know?

ABSTRACT: This paper is a methodological contribution to emerging debates on the role of learning, particularly forward-looking (anticipatory) learning, as a key element for adaptation and resilience in the context of climate change. First, we describe two major challenges: understanding … Continue reading

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“Intellectuals versus theorists.” Bwahahahaha roflmao

“There has been no lack of intellectuals in the socialist party; there has been a lack of theorists.” Emilio Iamo de Espinosa, in Paul Heywood (1990) Marxism and the Future of Organised Socialism in Spain 1879-1936

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Our outrage, our (self)-righteousness, is not enough

This isn’t Hollywood. There isn’t some deus ex machina or any rule that says that the good guys win (see what they did to the creepy Dutch film “The Vanishing” if you need an example.) “No flag ever stopped a … Continue reading

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Article: “Learning in social action: The informal and social learning dimensions of circumstantial and lifelong activists”

It’s by someone called Tracey Ollis Australian Journal of Adult Learning Volume 51, Number 2, July 2011 here is a link to the pdf Here’s the abstract This paper explores the informal and social learning dimensions of activists as they … Continue reading

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Old goats and maturity. Genius cartoon!!!

http://www.viruscomix.com/page532.html     Of course, the goats can move up and down that cliff.  Up is really hard. Down is easy.

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Morale versus unwarranted optimism and illusions

Morale is a slippery concept. TS Eliot said that “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.“ Realistically, our position is hopeless. The species is accelerating towards a brick wall. We are getting technologically more adept at the same time we seem … Continue reading

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Find your love voice or I else won’t take my fingers out of my ears, alright?

I think the writer of this post would make more friends and allies if they weren’t so inflammatory and angry all the ti… no, wait… …. [W]hen white people tell us that we need to “find our love voice” when … Continue reading

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“We’ll always have Paris” – prebuttals of the “let’s protest the #climate conference in December 2015″ meme

Pro and con about “building” towards the Climate Conference in Paris (CoP-21) in 2015… Pros Gives “focus” and a “narrative” (especially important for NGOs like Chaotic Climate Spots and also diplomats – both needing to justify their existence) “At the … Continue reading

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People who oppose geo-engineering often hope for “wake-up” disasters? Go figure. #climate

Mirrors in space or sulphur in the clouds to reflect the sun’s rays.  Iron filings in the ocean to encourage carbon out of the atmosphere. And other desperate technophiliac “bargaining-phase” idiocy. Yep, this is all decried – and rightly so … Continue reading

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