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Is there such a thing as a piece of software that will analyse your past activity on Mastodon and tell you who you spend the most time talking to and who you favourite the most? The results could be displayed in a form that makes it easy for you to make the decisions yourself that would be made by an algorithm on another network? I think such a thing could be useful. It could just be a table of stats sortable by column with links that would let you go straight to someone's profile.

Shopping expedition complete. Protocol observed. Only minor breaches in joint system integrity. Have returned to base. Base entry procedure complete. Now preparing for post expedition defragmentation.

Do any german residents have any ideas or information on why the death rate from COVID-19 is so much lower than in other countries? See e.g. nytimes.com/aponline/2020/03/0 . One idea is because they are testing many more people, their results are closer to the true death rate than has been found by other countries (which could be reassuring). Also it could be because the health care system is better? <Posting from the UK>

I think this is something that happens all the time in the political world, for example when migrants are blamed for the problems of a host society. However when I did a google search on 'projective identification in politics' I found very few relevant results, which I guess means either that people aren't making the connection, or that Google isn't as good as you might think at finding what you're looking for.

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Projective identification - how unwanted parts of others can become lodged in our own psyches, and vice versa. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec

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.

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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

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