The Courage to Do Something — Cynthia Reyes

Ah yes the small things we often we miss and sometimes consciously!

Robby Robin's Journey

I wasn’t planning on posting anything on Mother’s Day, but when I read Cynthia Reyes’ post yesterday, The Courage to Do Something, I knew I had to reblog her message. Cynthia is a Canadian author, journalist, and human rights activist with a message important to us all. (Some of you may know her as the author of Myrtle the Purple Turtle or A Good Home.) We humans have done a very poor job of overcoming racism to date, despite laws to the contrary. In the end, it may be up to mothers – mothers of every colour of the rainbow – to overcome this shameful failing. White mothers especially, please don’t let the status quo survive, leaving mothers of colour to have to teach their children to be careful of white people and white law officials. Help make that be a childhood lesson that is no longer needed…

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America’s issue with socialism, so that’s what it’s all about

Robby Robin's Journey

I can’t have been alone in wondering over many, many years why so many Americans have such an aversion to ‘socialism’ even in its mildest forms, like universal healthcare.   Every other ‘developed’ country embraced what’s commonly called social democracy decades ago, in the aftermath of WWII, as have other countries. But not the U.S. As far as they’re concerned, it’s socialism.

I used to think that I understood the reason and that surely it would pass. My theory was that it was tied to the Cold War fear of communism and the thought that socialism would lead to communism. I reckoned that once enough time had passed they’d realize that wasn’t the case. However, I have now learned that this aversion to social rights has been at the core of American principles since at least the mid-1700s. That’s what individualism is all about. It explains a lot of things.


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Global Boom, Pandemic, Crash: Is History Just Repeating Itself?

If Peter Turchin is right, we face the end of a 300-year cycle, as did previous far-flung empires. Andrew Nikiforuk Yesterday | TheTyee.caTyee contributing editor Andrew Nikiforuk’s 2006 book Pandemonium predicted the pandemic we are now living. The intensification of globalized networks creates more instability, insecurity and unpredictability. Epidemics can hasten the ends of ‘secular cycles’ for highly-interconnected civilizations. Image: Shutterstock. [...]

Six lessons learned from the Covid-19 lockdown

Good advice.


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As countries are preparing to go back to normal life, I can’t help looking back to the lockdown experience as a period of time where I was forced, like the rest of us, to new habits and ways to survive and live through this strange pause. I have learned important lessons for life whether there will be another wave of Covid-19 (I hope not) or not.

Here are the lessons I learned:

  • Step away from news. In stressful times like these, being constantly glued to your computer or phone and reading/watching news is not the best thing to do. In spite of being tempted to do it, and just for the record, fake news outnumbered the true ones. So, let alone being obsessive about knowing more can cause stress, but also not all is true. I limited myself to one hour per day to read or watch…

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Map Monday: Who was sailing the oceans long before the Europeans?

My Norwegian brother-in-law will love this.

Robby Robin's Journey

Last week’s Map Monday looked at world empires through the ages, several of which predates the European era of exploration and conquest that started with Christopher Columbus. But that post didn’t include some impressive early ambitious explorations by sea. Let’s take a look.

The Polynesians.  According to the current state of knowledge in the history of human exploration and colonization in the Pacific Ocean, the migration of the first humans into what is called Near Oceania began around 40,000 years ago and over time produced considerable cultural, linguistic, and genetic diversity in Oceania and Polynesia.

As shown on the map below, around 4,000 years ago, the migration of what are now called Austronesian speakers from the Asian mainland led to the development of the Lapita culture in the area of Near (or Western) Oceania, the ancestors of the Polynesians. The subsequent expansion of these Austronesian speakers into Eastern Oceania…

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Lockdown backlash – and why it’s not good

As the Spring season unfolds slowly this year it seems people are also coming out of lockdown as there appears to be more people out and about and this is observed in our small town as I walk around.

Matthew Wright

The growing backlash worldwide against lockdowns to restrict Covid-19 worries me. Especially because, until a vaccine is available, lockdown is the only effective tool to keep people safe from a virus that continues to surprise us with its potential to harm.

I’m a Kiwi where, this week, the Prime Minister – whose leadership during this crisis has been a world model – declared the disease effectively crushed. It’s not surprising. One of the things New Zealand is traditionally good at is biosecurity. It’s been crucial to our prosperity.

So the plan to stop Covid-19 getting more than a foothold, and then ‘stamp it out’ from the human population wasn’t a pipe dream. The government’s strict lock-down worked. This has been clear from a chart produced by the research centre Te Pūnaha Matatini at the University of Auckland. Check out the two projection lines showing the expected course with and without…

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A Stoic View of Life with Covid-19

At least 200,000 people are marked for death worldwide and they don’t even know it. They are the back half of “the curve.” They are essentially walking dead. That is the cold, harsh reality of statistics. Of the numbers. Numbers don’t have feelings. They don’t care—about individuals, about goals, about unfinished business, about anything. The [...]

Bail Out the Planet

Another great article by one of my favourite envirommental writers today who writes mainly about Britain but is equally applicable anywhere and of course the politicians are mostly interchangeable! We have the opportunity to reshape our economies to support life on Earth. Governments should take it. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29th April 2020 [...]