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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am a geek, free range philosopher and occasional coder who lives in the North West of the UK. I am not sure how to describe my interests, but it seems to involve thinking a lot, which is generally something I like to do. Sometimes I even like to talk to people, which is what I am doing here. ;-)

A friend of mine did this video which is raising awareness about Extinction Rebellion and climate change.

youtu.be/JBLsGfMzsRE

Testing the UV fluorescent properties of Indian tonic water for a lighting project I am working on. The right hand glass is plain tonic water, the left hand one is a concentrate used in fizzy drink machines. It's the quinine that fluoresces.

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@highfellow yes. This quote particularly, for me, points to a way forward. Whatever form of engagement we use to try to talk left-wing identitarians down off ledges, might also work for right-leaning identitarians. Because in both cases, like a trapped animal chewing off its own leg, the self-defeating outrage is a desperate needs to escape suffering. A toxic dynamic to which none of us are entirely immune:
thenewinquiry.com/the-stifling

The interesting thing is that "Most carbon in the soil is lost as greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide, CO2) into the atmosphere if natural ecosystems are converted to agricultural land. Soils contain 3.3 times more carbon than the atmosphere and 4.5 times more than plants and animals on earth (1). This makes soils an important source of greenhouse gases but also a potential sink if right management is applied."

I.e. biochar and changes in land use could make a big difference to atmospheric CO2.

A site about using biochar as a means of carbon sequestration. Roughly speaking, you grow trees which capture carbon from the atmosphere, and make charcoal from them which you then add to the soil which removes the carbon from the atmosphere for a significant period as well as increasing soil fertility by helping trap nutrients in the soil structure. There are areas in the Amazon where Terra Preta soils made in this way still exist after possibly hundreds of years. biochar.org/joomla/

An interesting piece on escaping the 'tyranny of the shoulds' (first article in this longer PDF.)

csinfo.ca/bulletin/Bulletin_44

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"We have decoded the radiosignal we detected, from thirty lightyears away."
"Already? What does it say?"
"It says 'Our leaders are vain and corrupt'."
"Huh. Some things are universal, eh?"
"Originally sent from Earth sixty years ago."
"From here?"
"Amplified and reflected back."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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I've just had a bit of a revelation with how to cope with the ongoing mental distress that I struggle with. If I think 'this difficult mental state is really freaking me out, how will I cope with it and when will it ever end', then the whole thing escalates and I feel worse. If I think 'this is *only* the kind of difficult mental state I've experienced before, and I coped with them', then it's a lot easier. Part of the problem is 'psychophobia' - fear of your own mental and emotional processes.

A couple of related podcasts that people might find interesting.

Madness Radio, which has been running for years, asking 'what does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?'
madnessradio.net/

Also, I recently found this one from someone who used to work in the Italian city of Trieste where they have a very liberal mental health system with no single purpose mental hospitals, and has now come to the UK and is talking about his experiences.

spreaker.com/show/a-place-of-s

in other words a thing to be proud of, in my opinion.

Snowflake (n.) snōʹflāk : a person who is not afraid to feel their own emotions.

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An article about how Franz Fanon's ideas on decolonisation might give us ideas on how to free ourselves from the enslavement of digital media monopolies. The interesting bit to me is where it talks about how during the Algerian revolution the radio which had been a tool of oppression became a tool of liberation. By analogy, networks like Mastodon which have been designed with different priorities to the corporate networks, could be liberatory instead of exploitative.

versobooks.com/blogs/4370-fran

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My cyberpunk adventure game where a social worker for homeless robots tries to stop a conspiracy of post-human trillionaires to impoverish the 99%, destroy Earth's biosphere, and live in space-resorts.
Help me pay rent and have food!
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/673
Itch: silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

An article about the film 55 steps, which puts a strong case against forcible treatment for mental health problems.
behindthelabel.co.uk/55-steps/

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