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Hometown: Canary Islands Archipelago
Home country: Spain
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Brit gone native. Cooperative member. Ecology. Cartography. Programming. Music production.

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Think like the enemy: The scariest thing about Brussels (Simon Jenkins, the Guardian)

Think like the enemy. Let’s suppose I am an Islamic State terrorist. I don’t do bombs or bullets. I leave the dirty work to the crazies in the basement. My job is what happens next. It is to turn carnage into consequences, body parts into politics. I am a consultant terrorist. I wear a suit, not explosives. A blood-stained concourse is a means to an end. The end is power.

This week I had another success. I converted a squalid psychopathological act into a warrior-evoking, population-terrifying, policy-changing event. I sent a continent into shock. Famous politicians dropped everything to shower me with cliches. Crowned heads deluged me with glorious odium.

I measure my success in column inches and television hours, in ballooning security budgets, butchered liberties, amended laws and – my ultimate goal – Muslim persecuted and recruited to our cause. I deal not in actions but in reactions. I am a manipulator of politics. I work through the idiocies of my supposed enemies...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/24/scariest-brussels-reactoin-paranoid-politicians-isis-atrocity-belgium

I find:



At the Guardian:

... While Trump looks on course to end the campaign with the most delegates of any candidate, he may not have the 1,237 required to win the GOP nomination outright. That would force the billionaire to make the case for his presidency in a contested convention where party elites, many of whom who are hostile to his candidacy, could hold sway.

With Trump’s projected delegate count expected to come down to the wire, results such as his loss to Cruz in Utah could, later down the line, prove pivotal...

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/22/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-arizona-utah-idaho-results

What are the (R) delegate numbers overall so far,

and how do predicted future numbers trend at this point in time?

What do we think about this?

You mean French-Canadian there, right?

Not quite the same as contemporary French-French, French friends tell me. Canada sounds very cool.

I have only travelled across the Atlantic once, to visit Cuba. Must go again... Something pending. And I want to visit Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. And Canada. As regards the USA, the Cascadian (Salish) region seems most attractive.

I was taught some French in my (free, state-run) English grammar school in the '60s. When I first went to France I found that wasn't much use in the real world. Learned some more with French girlfriends, more time in France. When I came to Spain (and Catalonia) I had no Spanish, nor Catalan, but a basic grasp of French grammar helped me learn Castillian Spanish (and a smattering of Catalan) as I went along, sobre la marcha. I took no classes, but living with a Spanish partner, whose family all spoke first Catalan, then Castillian but who advised me to concentrate on Spanish because that's a much more useful, widely-spoken language, helped.

Of course speaking Spanish has allowed me to integrate myself, and has opened up this culture and the cultures of Latin America to me, filling my head with ideas. I think it helps me to think more clearly, in both languages - having some ability to compare and contrast. So many single-language speakers seem to speak without thinking too much about what they're saying. Straight from unspoken thought to tongue without, often, much reflection. I still have a kind of 'loop' in my head where I sometimes need to think about how to phrase what I need to say in Spanish before saying it, although often now, 30 years later, it's as fluent as my English.

There are many Brit expats living in (with apologies, but we do use this term in this way) English-speaking 'ghettoes' on the Spanish coasts and islands (with whom for a long time I rarely mixed). That looks and sounds a bit pathetic. British TV. Closed minds.

I recommend to all: Learn, learn, teach as much as you can. But preferably not through the use of obligation or force.

Duck and cover just wasn't an excercise for us in the '60s.

But you're right. The Great War of 1914-18 was the real thing all right. My German, French, Italian and other European friends here in Spain say the same. The end of the Old Order, entirely brought about by European elites squabbling amongst themselves, with entire peoples paying the price. All the young men of entire villages and towns gone. Cold wind blowing over empty fields.

Then part 2, 1939-45 following that bad French Treaty (Versailles) and the economic crash and depression caused by those same greedy selfish elites.

My father (British 8th Army despatch rider, Norton 500s, in North Africa, Middle East, Anatolia, Italy) told me, I paraphrase, "We came home from that war we'd won, with that recent experience, being demobilised but still with acces to arms. We said to our elites, this was your fault, again. We really do not want to have to do this ever again. Never again. So we're going to make a deal. We want socialism, this much socialism (education, health, heavy industries...). You will pay taxes, this much in taxes. We remain a capitalist, but mixed, economy. Either you accept this deal or we are going to go full Communist." The deal was, grudgingly no doubt, accepted. It was decided the Empire made no sense, the opposite in fact, and had to go...

We have not been aggressive warmongers since then. But we are certainly ready to defend ourselves and our friends. We sincerely hope our friends will not make that necessary, again.

There should be an independent 'electoral comission'

with the power to fine these networks big money for such behavior - and ultimately with the power to shut them down.

Your democracy, your republic is at stake.

But now more and more we do know.

All candidates who do not emphasise the environmental message need to be expelled from active politics. The alternative is mass (auto-)genocide.

Yes, I see. The motherjones article is clearly intended as a hit-piece.

These are all ideas I recall coming across in the '70s or late '60s, and reflective of social-scientific research quite popular back in the day.

The Sanders quote that comes closest to the above hidden false accusation merely poses what is, imho, an entirely reasonable question (then and now):

How much guilt, nervousness have you imbued in your daughter with regard to sex? If she is 16, 3 years beyond puberty and the time which nature set forth for childbearing, and spent a night out with her boyfriend, what is your reaction? Do you take her to a psychiatrist because she is "maladjusted," or a "prostitute," or are you happy that she has found someone with whom she can share love? Are you concerned about HER happiness, or about your "reputation" in the community?


By the way, such a sense of guilt was imposed on me in my childhood (it was the norm), and I'm a guy. For quite a while the consequences hurt a lot.

Think millennials have it tough? For 'Generation K', life is even harsher

... While technology is important to millennials, it is essential to those such as Sarah who come after, and are permanently switched on, multi-screening and multi-tasking. The most common name this group is given is Gen Z; I call them Generation K, after Katniss Everdeen, the determined heroine of the Hunger Games. Like Katniss, they feel the world they inhabit is one of perpetual struggle – dystopian, unequal and harsh.

“Life for us is hard. A struggle,” says Jake, 16, “I think we’ve got it much tougher than our parents’ generation. But we can’t give up.” If Jake’s view sounds melodramatic to you, consider the World Health Organisaiton report, published this week, which suggests that British teenagers are among the most troubled in the world: of the 42 nationalities surveyed, only Macedonian and Polish teens are less happy with their lot. Our teenagers say they feel pressured by schoolwork and worried about the way they look. Researchers say they were particularly struck by how the life satisfaction of those aged 11-15 had gone down everywhere.

And little wonder: Generation K is coming of age in the shadow of economic decline, job insecurity, increasing inequality and a lack of financial optimism. When asked whether they think their lives are likely to be more of a struggle than those of their parents’, their answer is an unambiguous yes: 79% worry about getting a job while 72% worry about debt – and not only student loans. Asked to draw what debt means for them, the images they proffer include chains, shackles and prison bars. “For me, debt is a cage in which we are trapped. An inevitable heavy weight that everyone in my generation is going to share,” says Jake.

Generation K is also growing up during a time of increased existential threat – perceived, if not actual. Seventy per cent say they are worried about terrorism, but this is a generation that knows no different – most are not old enough to remember life before 9/11. Although the vast majority will not have experienced terrorist attacks, gun crimes or extreme brutality first-hand, they have all done so virtually. Beheadings, bombings and violent murders are being piped into their smartphones 24/7.

This generation is profoundly anxious. In the US, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 17% of high school students had seriously considered killing themselves. In England, there has been a threefold increase during the past 10 years in the number of teenagers who self-harm...

/... http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/19/think-millennials-have-it-tough-for-generation-k-life-is-even-harsher

"Hillary Helps a Bank—and Then It Funnels Millions to the Clintons"

Funnels? Or Stovepipes?
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