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Communication notes: Presuppositions

Before I get to analyzing why I find Robin DiAngelo so toxic I’ll give a little background on communication. You probably know this but… it doesn’t hurt to spell it out. An important concept in communication is the presupposition which … Continue reading

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Best soap opera on youtube…

As crazy as they can be, vegans have some of the most consistently entertaining channels on youtube, never more so than when drahmah occurs. The combination of self-righteousness and awareness of how many people think they’re obsessive weirdos (not an … Continue reading

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The Gift of Indifference…

In the early 1950s, the Polish poet WisÅ‚awa Szymborska was a devoted communist and party member who wrote poems in honor of Lenin and those who built Nowa Huta (a soulless communist housing project next to factories that polluted Cracow … Continue reading

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Being dragged kicking and streaming…

I was very psyched last weekend. The university was preparing to begin classes again as of June 1 and the coronavirus situation is absolutely under control with a small number of deaths (currently averaging about 10 a day with an … Continue reading

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Has China Pscyhed the World Out?

As far as I can consciously recollect I haven’t seen this exact theory anywhere though I might have. But my evolving thinking on the coronavirus…. situation is now shooting off into bizarre directions. So, here it is… feel free to … Continue reading

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Pessimistic about Optimism

One of the more useful, in my experience, ways of understanding cultural differences, especially in Europe, is ‘uncertainty avoidance’. In short, cultures (meaning majority preferences within a society) tend to differ in how they deal with the inherent uncertainty of … Continue reading

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Have We Been Played?

I’m starting to get the idea that some governments (okay, just about all of them) are instrumentalizing Coronavirus (however dangerous it is) to reinforce and strengthen austerity. This isn’t the end of austerity but its final victory as most societies … Continue reading

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The Worst News is the News

It’s safe to say that most coronavirus coverage in the mainstream media (in most or all(?) countries) has been pretty awful. It’s extremely hard to find daily infection/fatality rates in Poland (the figures are very low but updated a time … Continue reading

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The Least They Can Do

The euro did well for a couple of years in good times and completely failed at its first big stress test as the decision was made to place the Southern service economies (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) in permanent debt to … Continue reading

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Gotta Catch ’em All

Sometimes wandering through the contradictory and odd reports on coronavirus I have the idea that rather than separate strains there are actually separate viruses. There’s one that spreads slowly, is not easily contagious but is very dangerous and hard to … Continue reading

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