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New post The Monday After

June 27, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s Blog hasn’t read this yet. But I’m sure it is well worth reading.

Cheers!

Hugh

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The Monday After

by TheGirl

Well wouldn’t you know that since my last post on procrastination, I followed through on my deadlines, as well as followed up on some things lingering in the pipeline. I managed my time more efficiently by checking emails only once a day and saving social media for the evenings, and solidly dedicating the day light hours to my projects. During the late nights, I would reward myself with a movie or TV shows on Amazon prime.

I’m still struggling everyday to discipline myself to keep up with the many things that I have to do; but progress has been made! If you missed my post, Waiting for Tomorrow, you can read it here for some ideas on coping with a long list of items and getting things done today.

In other news, the atmosphere in London has been quite weird the last couple days. Since the #Brexit vote, it is almost as if most of the tension has been relieved. In fact, the few people that I know who want the U.K to remain in the E.U, seemed nonchalant about the vote and replied that today (Friday) is a new day forward. These are literally the same people who were preaching about the impending doomsday if the country left.

Meanwhile, the folks who did vote to leave, were also reserved and responded about how this was just a new path and regaining control of their country. One particular quote sums it up, "the British love the concept of the E.U., but we do not like the way its being run."

Where was all this level-headed reasoning last week, I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure these people out.

There’s also the concept of identity that someone brought up: she didn’t feel European– she’s British. I don’t know if this is a widespread cultural identity, as I can tell you that outside of Europe, the inhabitants of the United Kingdom are looked upon as Europeans. But I know that politically and economically, the U.K have been adopting some nonEuropean traits in the last two decades or so.

I know people are concerned about the future, as there is much happening in the global political arena. Right-wing populist movements such as UKIP in the U.K, LePen in France, Petry in Germany, many nationalist parties in the Balkans and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in the U.S have been gaining quite a bit of momentum in 2016. Well from what I understand, many of these parties have had a presence (even if just a minor one) in the parliaments of these countries for decades; but 2016 seems to be the year that they all gained significant influence.

Now, each country is complex and are dealing with their internal socioeconomic problems; but if we can focus on a common theme that have led to the rise of these groups, in a simple term: ISIS/ISIL.

This extremist group has been the centerpiece for immigration reform, foreign policy agendas, social policies of integration, domestic and foreign security policies, and human rights laws. As Westerners (and people in the Middle East and Africa), we’re afraid of this movement and the many policies and initiatives that have passed can be linked to our fears of Islamic extremism (I use this term, because even though there are other forms of extremism, our media and politicians have focused on this form. Thus, its convenient to identify for anyone to reading this).

Immigration reform lately has been due to the displacement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, many countries are towing the line between humanitarian and security efforts. There are many debates about this around the globe from recipient countries of refugees.

Foreign policy agendas surrounding the question about how to fight a group that have taken recruitment and jihad ideology to an unprecedented level. We can’t put soldiers everywhere, we can’t bomb every town, or raid every house.

Integration: One thing that I will say about Europe (sorry, I mean the U.K) is that racial and class politics are very different here. Americans, you know our terrible history of segregation and the legacy that continues today. There are certain neighborhoods that we (whichever racial group you belong to) just do not go to. Most London neighborhoods are quite integrated– you can see just about anyone shopping for veggies at an African food market, or get this — I’m eating at Nigerian or Turkish restaurant and most folks there, are not of that ethnicity. However, there is still a problem of integrating immigrants in Europe, not just economically (think slums and ghettos) but also culturally. I’m first generation American, but I have never had another American question my "Americaness" to me. However, for Europeans even after 2 or 3 generations, they may not be considered "French" or "English" or "Danish". Especially if they still hold an ethnic-sounding name. A French friend that I spoke with, said that these immigrants (mind you, 2nd or 3rd generation) should try to integrate. This is a complex problem which not just ties into immigration, but also how Europeans see themselves and others. And there are some academic literature which links cultural identity to young European-born Muslims who end up being recruited.

Domestic and foreign security – wire tapping, NSA, Patriot Act, collecting data from other countries about suspected terrorists? Yep, that’s a whole ‘nother post about every country that is trying to manage and catch every suspect, before they can do something lethal.

Human rights — another issue that can tie into everything mentioned above, but many countries are passing laws or initiatives that disproportionately have a negative effect on the Muslim community. For example, France’s law to ban all head coverings/religious garments in public, the NYPD’s surveillance of a Mosque, Denmark’s proposal to seize the bank accounts/assets of Syrian refugees so they could "pay back" the government for benefits. Many of these reactive initiatives or legislation do more to single out a group of people and "otherize" them, rather than get to the roots of the problem. Thick and deeply buried roots that no politician wants to dirty their hands with. Hence, the issues that I mentioned beforehand.

There are many political and social contexts of how nationalist-populist movements are taking shape from the Americas to the E.U.; my small analysis just looks at one factor, that cuts across different sectors, regions, and countries: the fear of ISIS/ISIL and how that fear has manifested itself to scapegoating, blaming, nationalism, divisive rhetoric, etc…and my last point on this: ordinary persons know that some far right-wing leaders are wrong and maybe immoral. I have spoken to Brits, who state they do not believe in 95% of UKIP’s ideology but voted for them because of "uncontrolled immigration". Likewise, many people do not agree with Donald Trump, but feel his solutions "to keep us safe" are the best solutions possible. Thus, people seem to be voting for these leaders for the 1% of things that they promise, which is indirectly/directly related to fear of the rising ISIS ideology. They are also ignoring the 99% of problematic and divisive politics, maybe thinking that the ends justify the means.

The politics of fear is a driving force for the electorate in many countries and it is beyond left or right wing politics. However, I will say that no strong country is born out of fear, but hope. And I hope that Monday after the Brexit, British and Europeans will still maintain this hope to forge new separate but mutually beneficial paths for both.

We’re at the end, share your thoughts, comments, questions, hopes and dreams with me! I am on twitter @ReporterandGirl or you can post on my wall on Facebook.

TheGirl | June 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Tags: blogging, brexit, European, global politics, ISIS, nationalism | Categories: Musings and Life | URL: http://wp.me/p2MqP7-IW

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Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of animal abuses

June 25, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s Blog doesn’t know enough about this one so will leave it up to you. If a safari operator is using semis, firing from vehicles, and running things over – perhaps not the sort of guys you’d choose to escort your small children.

From: Chloe Detrick [mailto:cdetrick@humanesociety.org]
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 1:06 AM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of animal abuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of reckless, atrocious animal abuses

(June 24, 2016)—In a letter sent today to Tanzanian President John Magufuli, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International strongly urged the government to rescind its decision to grant a hunting concession to Green Mile Company Limited, an operator previously expelled from the country for appalling and abusive killing of wildlife. A 2014 promotional video for Green Mile depicts hunting safari participants killing animals with semi-automatic weapons and pistols, running over animals with their cars, shooting at animals from moving vehicles, and engaging in other deplorable forms of animal cruelty. HSUS and HSI called the 2014 series of incidents “disqualifying” and more than sufficient grounds to deny Green Mile the concession.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, stated: “It is appalling that the Tanzanian government has reinstated the hunting license and concession of a trophy hunting company known for committing egregious acts of animal cruelty and a series of violations of Tanzania’s wildlife laws. There must be consequences for the atrocious and illegal slaughter of wildlife, and denying a concession within the country should be the least of those consequences."

“It is time for Tanzania, following the lead of Botswana and Kenya, to take a sharp turn in the direction of the humane economy, creating explicit policies to protect its wildlife and building up commercial uses that leave the living capital in place. You can shoot an elephant or a lion only once, but you can watch these creatures in their natural environment a hundred or a thousand times, monetizing each of those moments. Trophy hunting, and mass slaying of wildlife, deducts from wildlife watching experiences and leaves the landscape bare of the creatures who animate it and who have characteristics to attract millions of visitors throughout the world.”

Facts:

  • Tanzania is estimated to be the eighth largest exporter of hunting trophies in the world.
  • Between 2005 and 2014, the United States – the top importer of wildlife trophies in the world – imported hunting trophies of 4,970 African buffalo, 1,163 African leopards, 633 African lions, and 374 African elephants from Tanzania.
  • The U.S. has not permitted the importation of elephant hunting trophies from Tanzania since 2014. In 2015, the European Union prohibited imports of elephant hunting trophies from Tanzania. Also in 2015, Australia and France banned imports of lion trophies from all countries of export. In 2016, the Netherlands prohibited imports of hunting trophies of over 200 species.
  • Forty-five airlines have instituted bans on the shipment of the African Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) hunting trophies, and in some cases all trophies.
  • Elephant populations in Tanzania have suffered a 60 percent decline during the last five years according to a study released in May 2015.
  • Tanzania is one of the hotspots in Africa for ivory trafficking. The high-profile prosecution of the “Ivory Queen”, a Chinese national residing in Tanzania charged with trafficking ivory worth at least $2.5 million, is ongoing.

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Media Contacts:

HSUS: Chloe Detrick, cdetrick, 202-658-9091

HSI: Raul Arce-Contreras, rcontreras, +1 240.620.3263

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people, and visit us online at humanesociety.org.

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For 25 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.

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Chang’s View: Myanmar corruption and Einstein

June 23, 2016

Einstein came up with MC squared and relativity. Chang has come up with this. Hugh Paxton’s Blog is still trying to work out what Einstein was blathering on about. But these are some rather nice quotes from the man from Ulm.

http://www.brainyquote.com/slideshow/authors/top_10_albert_einstein_quotes.html

Chang has cut to the bone. That’s why I employ him. Brawn and brains! Perhaps some celebrated thinkers can suggest a Nobel prize for new equations and brevity? It can be delivered to a small house overlooking a canal that stinks. You will now see the Chang equation for corruption. It might not be his equation. But he noticed it and has passed it on! Miles, as a man of science I trust your opinions and await your critical review!

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:42 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Myanmar corruption

No+Money=Yes

Acronyms are annoying. Joe Coscarelli tackles the FBI on the issue! Great fun!

June 21, 2016

Joe senses that acronyms may have outpaced vocabulary. Words. Language. Common sense. Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks he’s on the right track! The whole point of developing a complex vocabulary is to enrich it not diminish it. Quite what this has to do with the FBI befuddles me.

Over to Joe and the FBI. I bet they have more acronyms than the CIA and if we piled that lot into a bucket of alphabet soup, added the UN and every other country, NGO, everybody actually we’d be able to produce a Dictionary of Nonesuch. A DON. I hated the way the September 11th horror became 9/11. We need words. To write a word you have to think it through, spell it ploperaly!

Think about it, use it with some respect.

Joe’s done a nice job here. The FBI? Fussy Bunch of Ignorants? Or just overpaid people who should be doing something useful?

Joe’s story begins.

by joe coscarellifollow @joecoscarelli

“this list has about 2,800 entries you should find useful in your work or for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren,” reads an 83-page glossary of “twitter shorthand” complied by the fbi. (to give you an idea of how out of touch it is, the report also cites myspace as a social-media venue where the terms might be used.) the so-called “leetspeak” dictionary was obtained by an intrepid journalist at muckrock via freedom of information act request, and is a hilarious, bloated document in the war on cybercrime. beyond the basics (lol, yolo), it features many unruly and worthless acronyms we’ve never seen before and can say with some level of certainty an fbi agent never will either.

for example:

1. alotbsol (“always look on the bright side of life”)

2. bffltddup (“best friends for life until death do us part”)

3. bmgwl (“busting my gut with laughter”)

4. bogsat (“bunch of guys sitting around talking”)

5. btdtgttsawio (“been there, done that, got the t-shirt and wore it out”)

6. btwitiailwu or btwitiailwy (“by the way i think i am in love with you”)

7. dfla (“disenhanced four-letter acronym”)

8. dityim (“did i tell you i’m depressed?”)

9. dwisnwid (“do what i say not what i do”)

10. fmdidgad (“frankly my dear i don’t give a damn”)

11. fmtyewtk (“far more than you ever wanted to know”)

12. gnstdltbbb (“good night sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite”)

13. icbinb (“i can’t believe it’s not butter”)

14. iituwutmas (“if i tell you will you tell me a secret”)

15. iitywtmiwhtky (“if i tell you what this means i will have to kill you”)

16. iitywtmwybmad (“if i tell you what this means will you buy me a drink?”)

17. iitywtmwykm (“if i tell you what this means will you kiss me?”)

18. iokiyar (“it’s okay if you are republican”)

19. mawoy (“may angels watch over you”)

20. nalopkt (“not a lot of people know that”)

21. oosoom (“out of sight out of mind”)

22. phat (“pretty hot and tempting”)

23. pmymhmmfswgad (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn”)

24. qwertyuiop (“bored”)

25. shcoon (“shoot hot coffee out of nose”)

26. sj (“society of jesus”/“san jose”)

27. sytycd (“so you think you can dance”)

28. tanstaafl (“there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”)

29. wylaboctgwtr (“would you like a bowl of cream to go with that remark?”)

30. wylasomwtc (“would you like a saucer of milk with that comment?”)

31. ykwrgmg (“you know what really grinds my gears?”)

in conclusion, ayfkmwts? (are you fucking kidding me with this shit?)

muckrockwashington post

Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

June 21, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests this might be intriguing. Particularly if you like textiles.

Cheers!

Hugh

From: Indian Cultural Centre Bangkok [mailto:dokbua.iccbkk@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 2:31 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Invitation for a lecture and presentation on “ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare

Greeting from ICC!

Indian Cultural Centre in collaboration with Thai Textile Society would like to cordially invite you to a lecture and presentation on

“ CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA THROUGH TEXTILES ” by Ms. Hema Devare, a freelance writer and playwright

on Saturday 9th July 2016 at 10.30 hrs. at Indian Cultural Centre, 23rd Floor, Lake Rajada Building, Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey

RSVP – 02 2615301-2
Email – iccbangkok1

Malathi Rao Vadapalli

Director,
Indian Cultural Centre,

23 Floor Lake Rajada 193/101

Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110

Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 6.30 pm

Mob: 089501 7088

Website: www.iccbangkok.org

Chang’s View: Dog

June 16, 2016

Makes our beagle look intelligent!

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Dog

Dog

Sad

June 15, 2016

Very, yes!

On 6/14/2016 9:27 PM, Hugh Paxton wrote:

Sad

June 15, 2016

Oh cripes….and crimes…..so, so sad and wasteful…….is this for palm oil plantation clearance?
I feel like photocopying it and putting it about the supermarkets.
Thankyou for sharing…
The world ought to know.
Jane

On 15 Jun 2016, at 03:27, “Hugh Paxton” <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Sad

June 15, 2016

So sad. Yes.

Hugh

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:25 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Sad

So sad

Changs view: Birds

June 14, 2016

Hugh Paxton’s Blog finds it hard to believe these will ever fly. But they will. My thanks to Chang for spending all day on a roof and sharing these rather ghastly images. When the feathers come we will marvel at their splendor and magnificence!

Right now they might appear a bit unattractive!

We all started that way. Bald wet, scrunched up, purple blue, pink, noisy, all that! And look at us now!

Chang will let us know how this nest gets on. I reckon the pit viper gets there first.

Cheers from Bangkok

Hugh

From: Chang Htoo [mailto:chang19814@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Birds

Birds


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