Thursday Open Thread 7-19-2018

This week and focusing more on contemporary events and performances in China. Still using the resilience tag. Any culture that can survive several thousand years has a resilience about it we can learn from. One of its strengths is the continuity of a written language that allows us to peer into the past and see how other humans lived through the challenges of their times.

Thursday Open Thread 7-5-2018

Morning. Came across an interesting article in The Atlantic last week, The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem. To reach more policy makers or circumvent them, we need to understand this societal group.

The article and facts presented is worth a stand-alone diary. Maybe someone has the time to break it apart into digestible chunks.

audio recording about an hour and half.

Thursday Open Thread 6-7-2018

Good Morning - I plan on continuing to write on Chinese culture for a few threads. The culture has lasted for several thousand years and has been extensively documented by its citizens. Looking back can teach us, life can be rich and complex without modern conveniences. We just need to have the knowledge of the methods and tools to live a different life style. Suspending judgement on if China is/was a better society than Western provides multiple case studies on development of human civilizations, agriculture and politics.

A modern animation of Along the River During the Qingming Festival painting from the Song Dynasty originally created by Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145 AD) shows a rich urban culture based on trade and small businesses. Multiple versions have been painted in the following centuries showing everyday people and activities,

Thursday Open Thread 5-24-2018

Good Morning. If we live long enough most of us will experience a period of physical and mental disability ourselves or a close loved one. Acknowledging the possibility frees us to tackle the societal and political challenges. The most resilient individuals I have known had disabilities. The greater the limitation the more creativity required.

To Survive the Trumpocalypse, We Need Wild Disability Justice Dreams

Thursday Open Thread 5-3-2018

A brief thought break, then back to regularly scheduled musings on resilience mind set tools and potential scenarios.

Two phrases keep mulling through my mind similar to the tune that plays over and over.

"If we don't fight them over there we'll have to fight them here at home." Could be a Freudian slip. Maybe a peace effort could be sold as self preservation of American culture. If the rest of the world is successful pushing out our military industrial complex (MIC) the focus will be all our neighborhoods, not just around military bases, poor and racially diverse neighborhoods. The push for expanded military in Washington state was a little close to home.

"US Partition of Syria" It is the method used in Korea to keep troops next to China after the division of China proposed between Mao and Chiang Kai-shek was refused. The British colonial powers habitually divided civilizations as a method to maintain disorder for ease of control. If the Confederate States had not lost the Civil War Canada, United States and Confederate States could have been played to create a state of perpetual tension to manipulate from afar. Is this part of the origin of our identity politics?

Thursday Open Thread 4-19-2018

This week hinted at the uncertainty of the future and reminded us of the difficulty making a significant impact on many of those challenges. Still, small acts taken today can benefit us or the unknown stranger many years in the future. People, communities or plants our actions are ripples in a pond moving forward.

The various fruit trees that provided food as I grew up had been planted nearly 40 years before my parents bought the place. Each place I have moved from was left with a few new plants and better soil.