First headline on my FT feed this morning: “Republicans defiant over shutdown” – Boehner says HoR Republicans will not stop shutdown or lift debt ceiling unless Obama negotiates on Obamacare (hint: he won’t).
Second headline: “Global economy ‘back on track,’ finds Tiger Index”
So, in short, here’s what we’re looking at: Tea Party takes GOP hostage through America’s broken primary system. GOP takes US federal government hostage through being the single most intransigent group in Congress since, well, forever. Their main bargaining chip - a default on America’s sovereign debt – would have an international impact on financial and real markets and crush whatever recovery has been achieved.
We’re finally getting our economies back together and the Tea Party is holding the world hostage. Political assassination rarely seems this justified.
Another TED video I found interesting.
Mrs. Robbins’ point is simple: you are never going to “feel like it.” This mirrors what I’ve been telling myself for the past few months: “The time will never be ‘right’ – just do it.”
We all have what she calls an “inner snooze button.” For most people, myself included, the first thing we do every morning is hit our alarm’s snooze button. Our bed is warm and comfortable, the room is cold. We do the exact same things with our ideas and desires for change: “I don’t feel like doing that right now, I’ll do it later.” Making changes is like getting up in the morning. The room is cold, the snooze button is seductive, “it’s only 5 minutes.”
But we don’t have 5 minutes, we have 5 seconds. If we don’t act on an impulse within 5 seconds, our brain hits the snooze button and we’ve missed our chance.
It can be small: write it down, send yourself a text. But we have to do it, or we’ll snooze the time away.
After a Facebook post drew my attention to the Journey of Nishiyuu, I wrote a letter to the CBC via their contact form. Basically, the Journey is a group of 6 Cree youth who have set out on a 1000-mile snowshoe trek to Parliament Hill. They have been joined along the way by members of the Mohawk and Algonquin Nations, amongst others, growing to over 70 walkers on the 4th. And somehow this has not been reported in the national meda. Go figure. Anyway, here’s the letter:
I’m sure you’ve received many emails about this, but here’s another.
The Journey of Nishiyuu started with 6 walkers and has since grown to over 70. This group of aboriginal youth is trekking over a thousand miles in the middle of winter to meet with the PMO. Following their traditional trade routes, the original 6 from the Cree nation are meeting with the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations, among others.
On 11 Feb 2013, you reported on a group of 50 aboriginal youth marching 250km to Winnipeg. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/02/11/mb-jackhead-first-nation-walk-idlenomore.html)
The Journey of Nishiyuu involves more people, is six-and-a-half times as long, and is on snowshoes. They’re bound for Parliament Hill, not Winnipeg. Surely this is newsworthy?
Frankly, I’m shocked and disappointed that this hasn’t made national headlines yet.
You can find their website at http://nishiyuujourney.ca/
If you, like me, think this is dumb, write the CBC. Hopefully in the future this kind of thing will make news.
I was doing some research for a paper I wrote last semester on the Arab Spring and came across this quote in one of my sources. It’s funny how things work out sometimes, eh?
“History is filled with bizarre analogies. February 11, Mubarak’s day of departure, is also the day when the Shah of Iran’s regime fell in 1979… [but] Iran is a bad analogy for Egypt.
Better yet is South Africa. On February 11, Nelson Mandela was finally released after twenty-seven years in jail… For the Arab lands, the events of early 2011 were not the inauguration of a new history, but the continuation of an unfinished struggle that is a hundred years old.” – Vijay Prashad, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter
I thought this TEDTalk by Shawn Achor was really quite good. Happy workers are more productive – that seems pretty intuitive. What I found really interesting were the methods he describes for making people happier:
- 3 gratitudes – a daily listing of three new things for which you are grateful, for 21 days
- journaling – specifically, writing down 1 positive experience from the past day
- “random acts of kindness” – even something as small as writing one positive email every day
Videos like this are awesome. By showing people they can make themselves happier, they encourage people to “own” their happiness – as opposed to falling into the all-too-common trap of letting the world dictate their feelings.
Wow, it’s been 10 months since I tossed a post up. How time flies.
Speaking of posts, the VFFs I mentioned in my last post still look almost-new. Even after subjecting them to this. Love those things.
So what’s new? Well, I’m back at school in Montréal. Almost have my classes sorted out; it’s been registration hell thanks to a needless hold and some general Minerva stupidity. I’m so glad to see things haven’t changed since my run-in with it last time.
Another sidenote: that 400-level labour economics course I was forced to register into last time? In it again. Joy. No really, I’m ecstatic.
I took this last year off, in part due to that Minerva SNAFU I mentioned above, and spent it working in Vancouver. Most of my time was spent working at the Café for Contemporary Art, in North Vancouver, and at the Keefer, Vancouver’s premier cocktail bar. I learned a lot and had oodles of fun. Also spent a lot of money eating and drinking, which goes with the territory of working in restaurants and bars >.> Now spending much of my thoughts on maligning Montréal’s poor bourbon selection and the trouble to which one has to go to get a bottle of bitters, even the ubiquitous (but still awesome) Angostura.
In other news, my pelvis is still seriously messed up, surprise surprise. I was literally glowing when I stepped onto the plane in Vancouver – several X-rays, a bone scan, an ultrasound, and a 2.5-hour MRI marathon will do that to you. On the positive side, I might finally find out what’s going on down there!
I’ve also gotten really into working out with kettlebells recently. In case you’re not familiar with them, they kind of look like a cannonball with a handle. It’s coming along very well, with the exception of a nasty little rip on my left hand. Currently swinging, cleaning and pressing, and get-upping with a 45lb and will be moving to the 50lb. soon. McGill’s gym will be needing larger kettlebells :) I’ve named the 40lb I have at home Betsy, and the 40lb here Princess Donna (a sadistic-sounding name, no? Fitting, as she did rip a chunk of my skin out). Now taking petitions for other names.
That’s about all I’ve got for now. Don’t worry, the next post will come along much more quickly than this one!