Category Archives: a little self-knowledge

The opposite of synergy…

Recently a friend reported that someone he knew was surprised that not everyone loved [group x, removed on lawyer's advice], and wondered if there was a DT post I could recommend on this particular subject. Probably there is, but my … Continue reading

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Policing women – how the #patriarchy works, #94,000,243 #mansplaining

My work colleague is not skinny, but she ain’t fat, and her BMI is nowhere near mine (I am overweight). Yesterday we had a conversation that went like this. Her: I was two people behind you in the lunch queue … Continue reading

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Washing dirty laundry in public – on the left and the lies it tells itself

There’s knowing the procedures (the formal roles) and then there’s knowing the process (the social meanings)…. I saw a bit of a film, back when it came out, of Debra Winger as [what we now call] someone with educational special … Continue reading

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“Who dares wins”? Erm, who understands the importance of organisation and preparation wins…

Everyone wants to be a super-hero, everyone wants to be a Captain Kirk. But what wins the war (not a few of the battles) is good old fashioned logistics… A theme I keep coming back to. But we don’t want … Continue reading

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Raymond Williams on “structures of feeling” – Hilary Wainwright explains

Hilary Wainwright writing in Red Pepper (Aug/Sept 2011) in an article called “Feeling our way forward” One of [Raymond] Williams‘ concerns was to overcome the way that ‘relationships, institutions and formations in which we are still actively involved are converted … 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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Bangkok Hilton and facing the end with equanimity

Back before she was properly famous, Nicole Kidman was in a pot-boiler TV mini-series called the Bangkok Hilton. She played an innocent young woman whose baggage contained enough drugs (heroin?) to get her a death sentence, after a stay at … Continue reading

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Here we go again on our own… #climate veterans and the hope-despair oscillation

A lot of ethical and concerned people have – quite sensibly – given up. There was period in the late 2000s when some young professionals agonised about whether to fly – either for work or pleasure. That time, I think … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution – fewer posts

They (NYRs) don’t work, of course, but a few days ago I was having what I hope will turn out to have been a very important meeting with a dear friend.  And I opined that if I were serious about … 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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