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Saturday musings.

Dear Printer, we need to talk.
I’d like it if I could leave you with jobs and you could just get on with them without constantly needing me to come and untangle the mess you’ve made with the perfect paper that I had placed as perfectly as possible in your dispenser.

Dear PDF docs….I’d like it if you just let me print you without having to download yet another Adobe reader.

Dear Adobe Reader,
I’d like it if you didn’t automatically assume I’d like McAfee to fuck over my existing security measures.

Dear Prefecture,
Those docs you want so I can apply for citizenship are gradually coming together. I am exhausted and want to know why you need to know so much about my family of origin and my job history since my paper round in 1966!


Reading Captive State by George Monbiot and reminded that Tesco wanted to build at Gt Torrington as we were leaving. So impressed to see that Torrington has held out against Tesco and recently Waitrose…..







They don’t get it!

“This kind of behaviour is what we call ‘normalisation of violence against women’ and it is really, really scary and damaging,” she wrote. “… Every time you ‘playfully’ tell a woman to get back in the kitchen, every time you smack a girl on the bum because it’s funny, every time you make a joke about rape, YOU are contributing to a society where unfortunately women are not safe.”

“The cop I spoke to didn’t even have Facebook – explaining to her the post, the reposting, the screenshotting, the comments, was harder than it needed to be,” she told Guardian Australia in January. “It’s ridiculous. It’s 2016. Literally everyone uses the internet.”

The case progressed only after it received media attention, she said – echoing a common complaint about social media abuse, that only high-profile users get a response to their reports.”

“Brierley Newton told Guardian Australia the officer who called to tell her said Alchin was apologetic and had no prior convictions in what she took to be an attempt to convince her to abandon the charge.”





About connection and about shootings.


This is an article that needs to be repeated:
Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student whom they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, Chase’s teacher takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her and studies them. She looks for patterns.

Who is not getting requested by anyone else?
Who doesn’t even know who to request?
Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated?
Who had a million friends last week and none this week?

You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children. She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed by their peers. And she’s pinning down- right away- who’s being bullied and who is doing the bullying.

As a teacher, parent, and lover of all children – I think that this is the most brilliant Love Ninja strategy I have ever encountered. It’s like taking an X-ray of a classroom to see beneath the surface of things and into the hearts of students. It is like mining for gold – the gold being those little ones who need a little help – who need adults to step in and TEACH them how to make friends, how to ask others to play, how to join a group, or how to share their gifts with others. And it’s a bully deterrent because every teacher knows that bullying usually happens outside of her eyeshot – and that often kids being bullied are too intimidated to share. But as she said – the truth comes out on those safe, private, little sheets of paper.

As Chase’s teacher explained this simple, ingenious idea – I stared at her with my mouth hanging open. “How long have you been using this system?” I said.
Ever since Columbine, she said. Every single Friday afternoon since Columbine.

Good Lord.

This brilliant woman watched Columbine knowing that ALL VIOLENCE BEGINS WITH DISCONNECTION. All outward violence begins as inner loneliness. She watched that tragedy KNOWING that children who aren’t being noticed will eventually resort to being noticed by any means necessary.

And so she decided to start fighting violence early and often, and with the world within her reach. What Chase’s teacher is doing when she sits in her empty classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11 year old hands – is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives.

And what this mathematician has learned while using this system is something she really already knew: that everything – even love, even belonging – has a pattern to it. And she finds those patterns through those lists – she breaks the codes of disconnection. And then she gets lonely kids the help they need. It’s math to her. It’s MATH.

All is love- even math. Amazing.

Chase’s teacher retires this year – after decades of saving lives. What a way to spend a life: looking for patterns of love and loneliness. Stepping in, every single day- and altering the trajectory of our world.

TEACH ON, WARRIORS. You are the first responders, the front line, the disconnection detectives, and the best and ONLY hope we’ve got for a better world. What you do in those classrooms when no one is watching- it’s our best hope.


More about guns in US.




Getting shot
– at work
– at school
– at the movies
Isn’t something people in other developed countries worry about.

and finally

A Backlash of hate and racism, disguised as patriotism.

Posted on

I have come across loads of racism being disguised as patriotism around on the internet and Facebook (of course) today. Sadly, it’s stuff like this which will continue to radicalise the disaffected. I do not and am not condoning what happened yesterday, I am as horrified as you, I am as angry as you, and I know that spewing racist anger and hate is not going to change a thing. The truth is, it will feed that very people we are hating. We cannot continue to talk about Muslims as if they are all the same, all mad/evil/bad/murderers. I know and have known some very nice, gentle, kind and caring people whom I believe to be of the Muslim faith. I have also met some extreme “Christians” as well as some kind, gentle caring ones.
As we all are today, I am still trying to work out how I feel, but I am know that right now I am concerned and frightened for the UK as the hatist racist extreme right use this as fodder to further their own needs.

Here a few of the examples that I have come across in a narrow and short search, just on Facebook pages.

Realistically, all of you saying ‘make a stand’ and ‘shoot them’ are going to do absolutely nothing, because some rationality still exists inside you. You will say a lot, but ultimately not do anything. Muslims are not bad. Ignorance is bad

I don’t know what is less surprising, the fact that people are jumping on the ‘all Muslims are terrorists’ bandwagon or that those people are pretty much the people you get on Jeremy Kyle.

Hey Guys This has been a hell of a shock to all DECENT,NORMAL THINKING PEOPLE. Buts lets all just remember a young innocent man walking his own streets has been slaughtered like a wild animal today. Lets stop getting at each other NOW is the time we all stand together and honour this lads memory.RIP BRAVE LAD. We salute you and our sympathy to your family. Time for logical thought now. These people want us to hate. Well hating our own isnt going to help. Lets now pull together as one. That way these maniacs will never win. Hate cannot be the order of the day otherwise we are as bad as them. Love and peace folks.

As a Muslim brought up in this awesome country I don’t condone what those 2 mad so called ‘Muslims’ have done. They have killed a completely innocent man, which in any religion- especially Islam, is wrong. I can’t believe that these awful things are happening now, the disgusting ‘Muslim’ people who committed murder will pay their price to God in Hell. All Muslims are ashamed and embarassed by what they have done and are angry with them for portraying Muslims like this, if they weren’t happy to live in this open and what was safe country then they should have left. As a Muslim and a human being I send my love to the family of the poor man who has been brutally brutally murdered.

This is probably going to piss off a lot of people, but let me make this perfectly clear first, it is a shame what happened to the solider and i wish his family the best and hope they get though this, but how does changing your profile picture to a union jack show support, itsback to that “change your picture to a cartoon Characters to support anti pedo’s” its the same as thinking the like button will cure cancer. If you want to really support the guy go out and do something, send flowers to there family or a card, something they will see, not change your profile picture for a few days then change it back as if nothing ever happend

If people had listened years ago to Enoch Powell who said to keep the borders locked then this country would not be in the state it is in now.RIP to the fellow who died and respect to his family

The Union Jack was once a flag of pride, it expressed freedom and prosperity and unanimity… Then people like you (right wing extremists) came along and made it about hate. You think you are so patriotic but your real intention is to ruin this grate country.

Well here in USA we could use our 2nd amendment rights and killed them while we waited for the cops maybe even saved the guy Rip young man sad sad day

Enoch Powell was right…send them all back..

Its nothing to do with religion…..its to do with evil ……those two men were evil personified………..using the banner of a religion….you cant be religious and then kill someone…….

Heavenly Father I pray for justice to be done and I pray calm and peace in the UK please LORD do not let Satan have his way here. These are your children in the United Kingdom please LORD protect them and give them wisdom. Amen

Do you know that Mohammad said Allah ordered me to kill non-Muslims. Text of his speech in Arabic: أمرت أن أقاتل الناس حتى يشهدوا ألا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله ، ويقيموا الصلاة ويؤتوا الزكاة ، فإذا فعلوا ذلك عصموا مني دماءهم وأموالهم إلا بحق الإسلام وحسابهم على الله

As a muslim, i would like to apologize for the above comment. What an idiot. As a whole we refuse to share the same ideologies of a small, evil minority

Deport immediately anyone who preaches hate against this country- please let us not tolerate this but also not to take action against innocent Muslims and immigrants otherwise Enoch Powell’s RIves of Blood will come true

I am married to a Muslim man, and im proud to be married to him. Please dont tar all Muslims with the same brush and people who say they are killing people for Islam are liars. Nobody in this fken country keeps my husband or family. We both work full time we take care of our 2 disabled sons claim no benefits nothing from this country and im a white english woman born and bred here. So give the decent muslims of this country a chance. Or next time u or one of ur family goes to A&E tell the muslim doctor or surgeon or whoever u dont wantvtreatment from them…..rant over!!!!!

I am thankful to know there are some voices of reason out there too.

This from a Facebook friend;
I am sickened and shocked by the events of yesterday and some of the disgusting attitudes to this. I am bewildered by what happened and still unsure of the motivation etc. It was an awful cowardly act and I grieve with the family of the soldier and with the people who witnessed this. BUT, if you believe in Britain, the British way of life, British justice and ideals, there is NO PLACE for disgusting racist ranting. If you truly believe that the perpetrators should have been summarily executed, that all Muslims are extremists and should be removed from Britain, that people with black skins are somehow of a lower order than people with pink skins, then I would ask you to remove yourself from my friends list as I NEVER want to see this kind of racism on my Facebook page again.

and another Facebook friend;
I just heard about the terrible attack on the soldier in the UK. I even saw the video of the man bragging about why he did it. My heart and love go to those affected by this, the mans friends and family, and those unfortunate to be affected by this. Whilst not a racist, I find it ironic that after a large protest about how the government and police should burn in hell…those same extremists are now demanding the government and police act to protect their mosque and followers….what can you say?
I do also feel for those genuine Muslim’s out there who have also been tarred with this lunatics brush. Love and peace man….thats all we need.

I wish I knew the answer, I wish I had the magic spell to make it all okay. What I know is, hate breeds hate, violence breeds violence, terror breeds terror, war breeds war.

Parallel process

I have been struck dumb by scenes and writings I have been following over the last few days.

I have been saddened to see Parallel processes taking place both in newspapers and in online forums.

I know these are normal, human reactions to the emotions they are experiencing but it still saddens me when I witness it happening with those who claim to have the moral high ground and some who I count as my friends. I have joined in at times and then realised there is no point, people are not listening to each other. Even those who shout their words, and insist they know best are being ignored. In fact, when someone shouts at me and insists that I should do as they say, or listen to them, I walk away. When people talk about respect, whilst being disrespectful to others I feel anger. When people laugh at violent acts being perpetrated on another, I don’t want to have these people in my life.

We sit on-line (on the side line), virtually telling the people on the front line and politicians what to do and yet, we do nothing but fight with each other. Similar to the football fans, who barrack from the stands, or in front of the TV, yet are not there on the pitch, playing the game.

What gives us the right to think we know better? What leads us to believe that we have the answers that politicians and law makers for centuries haven’t succeeded in realising. If we do have the answers, why aren’t we politicians? Why aren’t we there giving out sentences?

I’ve said more than I intended….so not struck dumb. Am hoping to see some calm today, and probably will if the Parallel process continues.

Kathy the sane thanking dog that the gates are closed and that we are living outside The Asylum (as far as we are aware and able to do).