Reflection on a quote by Noam Chomsky

It would be great to have a conversation on this subject!

AuntyUta

Here is the link and what I wrote yesterday after reflecting on a quote by  Noam Chomsky.

https://auntyuta.com/2017/12/07/december-diary-2017/

. . . .  the expression “diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable” demands my attention. As a pensioner in Australia without major assets (except for owning own house), I would have to count myself to the bottom half in the population. And yet I must say I lead a comfortable life with most medical expenses covered by Medicare. Is it because the general population in Australia is “diverted to consumerism”? Or is it “hatred of the vulnerable” especially hatred of so called illegal migrants that makes us prosper in Australia? Well, this is something to contemplate. If we stop being “apathetic and passive” does our good life end then? How important is it to have a “good ” life at the expense of the vulnerable? Would the vulnerable have a…

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December Diary 2017

In 2017 I asked myself: ‘How important is it to have a “good ” life at the expense of the vulnerable? Would the vulnerable have a better life if we stopped consuming so much? . . . ‘

AuntyUta

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Well, so far I survived for eighty-three years. So what is there to contemplate? The answer: There is a whole lot to contemplate!

I looked this up in Wikipedia:

Avram Noam Chomsky(US: /ævˈrɑːm ˈnm ˈɒmski/ (About this sound listen) av-RAHMNOHM CHOM-skee; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguistphilosophercognitive scientisthistoriansocial critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics,” Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism

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Deutscher Liebesfilm nach einem Roman von Utta Danella

AuntyUta

Ja, dies ist ein Liebesfilm der ‘Grosse Gefühle’ zeigt. Ich finde die Liebes-Beziehungen die die unterschiedlichsten Menschen eingehen, sehr interessant. Dies ist wahrscheinlich ein Film der nicht mehr so gut in unsere Zeit hineinpasst. Mir gefällt der Film sehr, und er hätte mir sicher auch gefallen, als ich jünger war. Vielleicht kann sich die heutige jüngere Generation in das Leben von damals nicht so richtig hineindenken und findet die Handlung zum Teil etwas langweilig und unverständlich, während ich als ältere Person den Film äusserst spannend finde, besonders den 2. Teil!!

Hier ist der 2. Teil:

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Peter

Some followers keep asking, how is Peter. I am afraid to say, that Peter is very disabled now in that most days he can hardly move at all. Today, he is about to undergo some bone scans. It is very difficult for Peter to move in a way that it does not hurt too much. The painkilling tablets that he has been given so far, do not seem to help much at all. Peter has a lot of kidney trouble. A lot of water stays in the body and causes much swelling, especially in the feet and legs.

[241] What a Year – 2020

“And as COVID has shown, if we face an emergency, we are prepared to fight for our lives; let’s fight for climate change as hard, since that will be what’s going to determine our lives from now on.”

We faced an emergency with COVID, Bu climate change is an increasing emergency. There is no doubt about it!

Fin fin news

It isn’t over yet, it might never be over; and when it’s over, the next challenge awaits us. The next challenge has already started however, it’s the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced, and therefore I’ll continue focussing on it: I’m talking about climate change and the energy transition of course, and other related environmental problems, which obviously haven’t stopped during COVID.

Some got worsened, such as single used plastics, take-away containers, mouth masks, and worse of all the sanitary tissues – which don’t only clog the sewage systems. Others on the other hand got a glimpse of perfection, such as the Himalaya that became visible after years having been covered in smog, and in other cities air pollution dropped to historically low levels – or at least in the history of the industrialised world.

In the meantime, California’s bush fires keep ravaging the USA, while the amazon keeps burning…

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The Psychology of Political Helplessness

This looks to me like a very interesting blog!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Seligman#Learned_helplessness

Learned helplessness

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Learned helplessness is behavior exhibited by a subject after enduring repeated aversive stimuli beyond their control. It was initially thought to be caused from the subject’s acceptance of their powerlessness: discontinuing attempts to escape or avoid the aversive stimulus, even when such alternatives are unambiguously presented. Upon exhibiting such behavior, the subject was said to have acquired learned helplessness.[1][2] Over the past few decades, neuroscience has provided insight into learned helplessness and shown that the original theory actually had it backwards: the brain’s default state is to assume that control is not present, and the presence of “helpfulness” is what is actually learned.[3]

In humans, learned helplessness is related to the concept of self-efficacy; the individual’s belief in their innate ability to achieve goals. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.[4]

Culture, Class and Civilisation

I think this is an interesting subject!

Journal of People

CULTURE AND CLASS

Culture, Class and Civilisation

Dave Lordan

Culture Matters | September 16, 2020

Culture, class and civilisation

About 10,000 years ago, after 3.6 million years of the Stone Age, humanity began to slowly and stutteringly transform itself. A nomadic species made up of small egalitarian groups and surviving (or not) on the given bounty of the Earth, changed into a settled, class-based, accumulative society. It was based on agricultural surpluses, and institutional hierarchies and gross inequalities were to become a permanent feature. The domestication of certain animals such as the sheep and the goat, cultivation of high-yield grains, and improvements in food storage methods, irrigation, and farming methods and technologies, gave humanity for the first time the problem of more than enough stuff to go around – surplus – and what to do with it.

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WIP Wednesday- Cloud Sail Shawl

This is a very enjoyable post!

Confessions of a Patchwork Momma

At the beginning of August I started working on the Cloud Sail Shawl. It has replaced the TV knitting I enjoyed while working on my Zebrino Shlanket earlier in the summer. It’s made with Fyberspates Cumulus lace weight yarn. The blend of mulberry silk and alpaca fibers is super soft and an absolute pleasure to touch! I also love the vibrant colors which are hard to capture on camera. The turquoise is my favorite.

Close up of the delicate stitches

I’m enjoying knitting this project so much that I bought four more autumnal colors to make a second shawl. The next one I make will be a gift, but I’m keeping this one for myself!

This project is suitable for beginners. If you’d like to find out more you can purchase the pattern here. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do! What projects are you working…

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Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-Backed Right Wing Regime Seeking the “Fall of China”

“True or not, nearly everything that appears in Western media accounts of China’s Uyghur Muslims is the product of a carefully conceived media campaign generated by an apparatus of right-wing, anti-communist Uyghur separatists funded and trained by the US government.”

The Most Revolutionary Act

While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that has forged alliances with far-right ethno-nationalist groups. The goal spelled out by its founders is clear: the destabilization of China and regime change in Beijing.

By Ajit Singh

The GrayZone

In recent years, few stories have generated as much outrage in the West as the condition of Uyghur Muslims in China. Reporting on the issue is typically represented through seemingly spontaneous leaks of information and expressions of resistance by Uyghur human rights activists struggling to be heard against a tyrannical Chinese government.

True or not, nearly everything that appears in Western media accounts of China’s Uyghur Muslims is the product of a carefully conceived media campaign generated by an apparatus of right-wing, anti-communist Uyghur separatists funded and trained by the US government.

A central gear in Washington’s new Cold War…

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