Back in Prague after a month working on a vineyard. Curfew for the moment which may yet irritate since I'm used to getting out for walks at least and though I stayed on the vineyard for much of the month (I only had a bike to get around), the environment suits me. It's due to ease soon though, I'm told.
The Observer view on the information commissioner's #CambridgeAnalytica investigation
I'm in Moravia making wine. Gathered the grapes yesterday (pinot gris); pressed them yesterday. Processed some more today (Grüner Veltliner). Pressing the latter tomorrow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%BCner_Veltliner
@vegos Damn, is Twister still going? Had an account years ago. (I think I lost the key or something.) It was fringe as hell. How's it looking over there?
@Cyborgneticz There is not so much going on around here off-line, I tend to find, but I went to a discussion at a student hang-out kind of a place a while back which discussed Christianity and populism. Such outreach is very important (Moravian cymbal music to boot). Tougher here, so I appreciate your bringing this up and engaging on it :) Have a great day!
@Cyborgneticz The pluralism aspect was great, and the sources he was drawing on is one of the document's great strengths.. I came to Lao Tsu via Hrabal who talks about the Tao Te Ching, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Jesus (etc.) as all of a piece, different efforts to reach an underlying reality.
@MoMartin It is typically said that dyslexic people find it easier to read sans serif fonts. I have heard this stated on every training I have attended on the subject and in personal conversation with most of my friends who are dyslexic and expressed a preference.. This said, there's something to be said for simply making a choice and getting it out there.
Apologies for the braindump but yes, I find there is a lot to talk about here and most all of it is filtered out by most mainstream sources and will exist only in the negative spaces of the internet whether here or on more corporate spaces...
I must admit that I have tended to be sceptical about the moral authority of the Pope and can see reactionary outcomes from those who identify as Catholics both in Ireland and, say, Poland which is next door now I'm in the Czech Republic. John Paul II is lauded (alongside Thatcher and Reagan, here at least) for his role in bringing down Communism over here, but God and country can be a powerfully regressive force in Poland. But what are our democratic outputs now?!
What I find right now in a country that is at the arse end of a Thatcher-style revolution, is that people who lack such a grounding in any form of morality, are liable often to come out of it with no grounded moral principles at all other than the contemporary defaults. Often, that is worse. I consider my parents (who grew up on the West of Ireland where the power of the Church was near total) to be more liberal than many people I meet.
My schooling (probably more than my church attendence, I think, though don't know) involved a lot of discussion of morality which need not lead one to the more regressive / exclusional doctrines of the Catholic faith. I loved science as a kid and drifted from religion belief, certainly of the Christian / monotheistic style I was brought up with. Still, some of the teachings of Jesus stayed with me even as I studied moral philosophy, read on buddhism / Lao Tsu etc.
I struggle a great deal with the lack of nuance on social media whether here or on Twitter so I understand what you are saying. 1 thing that I was reminded of is a section of Jamie Bartlett's The Secret of Silicon Valley in which he talks about his Facebook profile & the inferences made about him from his interactions; he was thought Catholic though he considered himself long-term lapsed. His political opinions were informed by morality in a way that is not typical.
@Cyborgneticz I was very impressed. Haven't yet finished it. It is, I would say, the product of a bureaucracy, not just one mind, but so would be any extended editorial in a newspaper or magazine, a report from the EU or similar governmental organisation etc., and for the most part it is solid with a focus on precisely what we need to think about right now. It ought also to reach a lot of people and, though I am ambivalent/conflicted about religion, this is a +ve intervention.
Still don't get social media tbh and decreasingly think it's worth the investment of time to figure out the netiquette, conventions etc.. Also, I'll never be one of these who posts regularly enough to build the social capital; it's way too much of a distraction for me.. Still looking for real life community but doubt I'll ever find it anywhere that maps to Twitter-style soundbite interactions. If that's your thing, cool and all.
@dadegroot I never check the core temp, just use a skewer to check for residue. My meat thermometer isn't much thicker then the skewer. I ought to use it.
"The rock houses of England’s last cave people: Kinver Edge, Staffordshire" - these are down the road from my town in Britain. Know them well. I camped near there as a kid with the scouts and we used to ride their on our "mountain" bikes. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/oct/02/kinver-edge-black-country-to-tea-englands-last-cave-people
@Cyborgneticz Consider myself agnostic, but pretty lapsed. I couldn't sleep last night and wound up turning to the encyclical after that Zeynap Tufekci piece everyone was talking about. I would likely have read _about_ it any time, but would not have read any of the text were it not from a recommendation from somebody with more secular, indeed rather radical, interests (Gramsci etc.) You mention a reluctance to talk about some of this; I am glad you did not make it a taboo.
@garbados At first glance it sounds both edgecase-worthwhile and a bit of a headfuck :)
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