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wrul

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Joined 7 months ago

they (en), yel (fr), etc. Nairm & Birrarung-ga, Kulin biik gopher://breydon.id.au breydon.id.au

Testing out a stenography system by remarking on the odd good sit-down. Sometimes nicking vocab from non-ficcy bits.

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Ratings, roughly: “Half” stars (to approximate zero) seemed almost pure harm and were poorly written. 1s were slogs and wastes. 2s I would have refused publication pending thorough rounds of redrafts, reframing, and/or reresearch. 3s read neither fantastically nor awfully, or they did both just enough that it cancelled out — unless they delighted but I barely began, so couldn’t reliably say. 4s held something, substantial, of distinct interest or especial enjoyment, which might richly reward a deliberate revisiting. 5s may not ring perfect to me, but I would gift or receive with unhesitating gladness.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism and agitation

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism in a school forum

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism and assimilation

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism in feminism

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism in close personal relationships

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism in conversation

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism of representation

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Paperback, Bloomsbury Circus) 4 stars

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the …

Content warning racism in and ex extremis

The Righteous Mind (Paperback, 2013, Penguin Books) 5 stars

Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different …

parochial figure figures all parochial

1 star

It sounds a worthy idea, doesn’t it? In a volatile society, to draw on findings that promise to help ordinary people to coexist? If your idea of credible scientific methodology is for researchers to codify their own prejudices and then strive to promulgate and prove the resulting slapdash hypotheses through prematurely declared Theories and in unintentionally but laughably rigged experiments (rather than to test through attempts at disproving), the writing of Jonathan Haidt may be for you!!

Like Simon Baron‐Cohen is for him! “I do not want to suggest that utilitarianism and Kantian deontology are incorrect as moral theories just because they were founded by men who may have had Asperger’s syndrome,” writes Haidt, after invoking the spectre of Those Insensitive Autistics totally out of the blue for no other apparent reason, and while continuing to diligently lay out precisely the argument on which he claims not to want you …

Whole Notes (AudiobookFormat, 2021, ABC Audio) No rating

How can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and …

as musicianship and earnest engagement in the trials of living deserve

5 stars

Whole Notes imparts the cosiness and charm of a dream first formal lesson on an orchestral instrument.

This book also represents a profound reservoir of careful contemplation, speaking, though primarily of the Western classical tradition and midlife gender transition, quite broadly to how practical musical understanding applies across peoples’ lives. The surface is tickled with cheeky humour, always friendly. In the spaces formed around the contours of his manner, one could almost hear delighted young students’ laughter bouncing along strings, grazing their instruments’ f-holes, or see the tension pouring out of the nervous adult beginner as they ready to take up their bow.

But more importantly, Ayres communicates in waves of understated sensuality, sharing a wealth of pedagogical wisdom (from a variety of teachers-and-learners), quiet courage, and at times a light, resonant awe.

To the audiobook recording, he brings every last mole of his broadcasting aplomb and finesse (if, perhaps, …

The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah (Paperback, 2021, Penguin Books, Limited) 5 stars

Here the celebrated pioneer of the 'do-nothing' farming method reflects on global ecological trauma and …

Content warning forestry disaster and mismanagement, pollution

The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah (Paperback, 2021, Penguin Books, Limited) 5 stars

Here the celebrated pioneer of the 'do-nothing' farming method reflects on global ecological trauma and …

In the past, present, and future, the true disposition of nature is toward abundance for human beings and for all species. Therefore, the question should not be ‘Why are there too many people?’ but rather, ‘Who has created the scarcity into which they are born?’ And then, finally, ‘How can we heal the earth so it can support future generations?’ It is too simplistic to begin and end the conversation with a limited view of overpopulation. Better to ask: Why must people suffer so? And have we done all we can to alleviate the pain of the earth and the pain of the human race?

It is important to reflect on what has happened historically in regard to agriculture and medicine. We have seen huge advances in modern medicine, but there is little value in the advancement of medicine if the number of sick people continues to increase. It is the same with modern agriculture. How can we congratulate ourselves on the advances in modern agriculture, including greatly increased production, if the rate of starvation, scarcity, depletion, and disease increases even more rapidly?

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The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah (Paperback, 2021, Penguin Books, Limited) 5 stars

Here the celebrated pioneer of the 'do-nothing' farming method reflects on global ecological trauma and …

After years of crossbreeding rice in my fields, however, I finally concluded that on a natural farm, people do not need to create new varieties by artificial crossbreeding at all, since the insects that most people consider as harmful were creating new varieties on their own.

In my rice fields, I noticed that after locusts and other insects had chewed round holes in the rice grains just as the heads were sprouting, slugs, snails, cutworms, and other creatures came along and crawled over the grains at night. They ate down to the stamens in the holes, after which windblown pollen from other varieties adhered and achieved fertilization. In other words, rice, which is said to be self‐pollinating, can also be pollinated by other plants, and in this way new varieties arise naturally.

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