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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon at On Thanksgiving

Dear U.S.-based Friends -

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day on which we remember an almost entirely fictional encounter between the settler-colonists in Mâsach8sut and the local Wampanoag people. While the details of the Thanksgiving story are largely mythical, it is true that the settler-colonists would have died without the aid of the Wampagoag in those first few years. If we go to the heart of the story we're remembering a moment where Native people helped non-Native people survive.

Now it's our turn.

You've probably heard about the Water Protectors in North Dakota, trying with all their might and main to stop an oil pipeline crossing the Oglala Aquifier and going beneath the Missouri River. Millions of people downriver of the crossing depend on the Missouri for their drinking water - the Lakota at Standing Rock reservation would be the first and most drastically hit. The protectors have a phrase: Mni Wiconi - Water is Life. They are standing between the company and the river for all of us.

There are thousands gathered at the three camps that make up the Water Protector presence. Local law enforcement has violently tried to disperse the camps - they have attacked Protectors with rubber bullets, sound canons, concussion grenades, and high-pressure hoses. The Water Protectors have done nothing wrong. The land on which the pipeline is to be built belongs to them - the Supreme Court upheld it as such in 1980 when it agreed with the Lakota that the U.S. government had broken the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which promised the Oceti Sakowin (the seven council fires of the Lakota) the Black Hills region forever.

On Sunday night, after dark, when temperatures were at 27F, local law enforcement attacked one of the camps. (Warning for graphic video of the confrontation at the next link.) A concussion grenade exploded on one female protector's arm - she was flown to Minneapolis, and it looks like her arm may have to be amputated. An elder went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated by camp healers. 26 people were injured badly enough to be taken to hospital. Many hundreds more were hurt.

Local law enforcement is knowingly risking killing people. You don't spray people with high pressure water hoses when the temperature is below freezing because you want them to back off; you do it because you want to cause hypothermia. Amnesty International has decried the attack as an attack on human rights, and has appealed to local law enforcement to stop these tactics. The United Nations has condemned what's going on. Oh, and Protectors are being arrested for "rioting." Mmmhmm.

Once again, Native people stand between non-Native people and catastrophe, and this time we have to do more than be passively grateful. This Thanksgiving, could you pass the hat at your dinner table for money to send directly to the camps? If you raise $5, and everyone did it, that would be an enormous influx of resources. Those resources would enable camp leaders to buy the supplies that are most needed - medical equipment (local law enforcement road blocks make getting anyone out of the camps by ambulance very tricky); below-zero-grade sleeping bags; camp heaters; winter-ready tents etc., as well as provide legal counsel to those who have been arrested.

You can donate at the following places:

To Standing Rock Directly (The tribe is funding the portable bathrooms, trash pick up, and other infastructure)
To the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
To the Red Warrior Camp (direct action camp within Oceti Sakowin) legal defense fund
The Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa school at camp
To Oceti Sakowin Camp (the main camp) directly

All of these have been verified - your money really is going directly to the causes listed.

Please think about the encounter at the heart of Thanksgiving as you gather with your nearest and dearest (and those you don't feel so near and dear toward) on Thursday. Give back.
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The government insists on English schools asking for birthplace data from parents.

New Department for Education rules mean that academics must show research to government two days before publishing.

The government announces a new policy requiring employers to register all workers who are not British citizens. (They have since kinda sorta climbed down on that one, but not really.)

Just to remind everyone where this is headed:

Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D. CC BY-SA 3.0

What badge would you have had to wear in a Nazi concentration camp?

I'd have had to wear a red triangle and a black triangle.
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C and I were both in the kitchen just now, and C starting reminiscing about how she just used to be able to rustle up cakes without a recipe.

So of course this means I have just put a traybake in the oven. (Photos to follow, I hope.)

Cakeception. Man. It doesn't take much.
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Specifically, for the LGBT Centre (for all ages) in Nearest Large Town.

A group of staff and volunteers are cycling around the entirety of Scotland to raise funds for the centre, which has recently lost its local government funding (boo, hiss). It is a fantastic service, with great staff and volunteers, which supports LGBT folk across the region, which is rural and not terribly forward thinking or progressive in its overall culture.

I am not able to do the cycle ride (yeah, cycling 50 yards up a hill does me in), but I was thinking that some of my dwircle and flist might be willing to donate funds to the Centre in return for me creating podfics of your British-based fanfics (e.g. Harry Potter, Dr. Who, The Dark Is Rising, etc.).

Would there be any takers?
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New Book! Developing Environmental Awareness in Children: A Nature Studies Guide for Parents and Educators: Peter Lang


Michael L. Bentley (University of Tennessee) and Michael P. Mueller (University of Georgia)

Rather than focusing on the harm of ecological crises, children can be educated about the natural world and have opportunities for significant experiences outdoors in nature. The current book project began as a “Special Edition” of an online magazine at Education.com by Michael Bentley in 2009, which was motivated by Richard Louv’s books. Louv describes how American youth have come to be afflicted with what he calls “nature-deficit disorder” (NDD). Although the idea of NDD is metaphorical and not an identified medical condition, children who are well-rounded in their experiences will be better prepared as future citizens and community members.

We want our children and their children to be able to flourish and reach their full potential in every way, and we want those who will follow us to be grounded in reality, as opposed to media frenzy. Policy efforts like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, perhaps based upon good intentions, fail in part because they don’t regard the full potential of children as persons and citizens of tomorrow. In the current policy abyss, parents and educators must take responsibility to address children’s connection to nature from a personal rather than intellectual viewpoint. Perhaps the best gift we can give to our children is our time and attention, getting out there with them to explore the workings and beauty of the natural world.

This book is a compilation of essays by informed adults from many walks of life – K-12 classroom teachers, university educators, museum and nature center educators, outdoor recreation professionals, psychologists, educational researchers, and, yes, parents, all focused on the issue of how we can best enable our 21st century children to flourish and reach their full potential in every way. The purpose of the book is to provide a resource to parents and teachers that both calls attention to the issues raised in the various chapters, and also provides examples of effective education. Attention is drawn to school and community programs as well as ways to foster parent-child interaction, ways to “be” with children in nature, as well as sample activities. We call attention to the need in our society for more balance in children’s lives between technology and nature, and suggest ways to do something positive to foster more balance in children’s education.

The Target Market

This book will be directed at parents and teachers of pre-K through high school-aged children.

About the Book

The book’s introductory chapter by editor Michael Bentley will review and update the research and also will discuss the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) that passed the House of Representatives in 2008. The Senate did not consider the act and thus it has not been enacted into law. If the act is enacted into law, it could provide funding for schools and non-formal environmental education centers as well as authorize the creation of state environmental literacy plans. NCLI would increase our children’s opportunities to discover their personal connections to the natural world.

The second chapter, “Citizen Science Can Help Renew a Child’s Love of Nature” by Michael Mueller, will provide an accessible theoretical/methodological foundation and will introduce “citizen science.”

The succeeding chapters will be organized logically into groups of 2-5 integrated around a coherent theme. Mike Bentley and Mike Mueller will co-author the concluding chapter. While the focus will be on a U.S. audience, this should also be a book of interest to parents worldwide.

Content Overview

Following is a tentative organization of the book based upon the list of titles and authors of the Education.com Special Edition by Bentley, 2009, all of this is tentative and open to revision:

What Should Every Parent Know about the Value of Nature

Reconnecting Children to Nature: A Parent's Priority by Cheryl Charles, Ph.D.

Nature’s Not a Destination, It’s as Close as Your Backyard by Jane Kirkland

A Walk in the Park Can Improve Reading Comprehension by Debbie Powell, Ed.D and Roberta Aram, Ph.D.

Nature and Children’s Mental Health

Improving Your Child’s Mental Health Through Easy Everyday Activities by Jerry Clemens

School-Based Approaches

A Life-Shaping Week: The Outdoor Education Experience by Nick Boutis & Beth Krisko

Community-Based Solutions

An Environmental Education Program that Works in Miami and Around the World by Caroline Lewis

Outdoor Education: An Entry to Careers in Science and Math for Diverse Populations by Emilian Geczi & Keith Cerk

Community Resources Teach Kids About Water and the Environment by Paul Bugas

Your Backyard: Remembering How It Used To Be and How To Enjoy It Today

Easy Activities for Getting Kids Outdoors by George Ambrose

Nature Activities for Middle School Girls by Ann Regn

Five Outdoor Activities in Under Five Minutes by Catherine Hagerman Pangan, Ph.D.

The Importance of Getting Young Children Out in Nature by Darlene Maxwell, Ed.D.

My Box of Rocks: A Fun Outdoor Activity for Kids and Parents by Carol Price

Overcome Critter Phobia By Raising Insects at Home by Teresa Auldridge
Get Wild With Your Child on a Nature Scavenger Hunt by Gretchen Achenbach, Ph.D.

Great Field Guides for Young and Old by Cindi Smith-Walters, Karen Hargrove, Hilary Hargrove & Vera Vollbrecht

Using Field Guides with Your Children by Cindi Smith-Walters, Karen Hargrove, Hilary Hargrove & Vera Vollbrecht

Let's Go Wading: Taking the Worry Out of Getting Wet by Cindi Smith-Walters & Bonnie Ervin

How to Use GPS Technology to Get Your Kids Outdoors by Rita A. Hagevik, Ph.D.

Paddling as a Way to Explore Nature for Deaf and Hearing Children Alike by Stephen Magocs

Spirituality and Nature

A Minister’s Guide to the Spiritual Side of Nature by Reverend Julia Older

Book Length, Illustrations, and Delivery

Peter Lang has stipulated the book will be 188 pages. Assuming a standard of 250 words per page, that is a manuscript of about 50,000 words. Illustrations will consist of black and white line art and photos provided by the chapter authors, all with reproduction permissions where required.

Tentative Schedule

1. Chapter proposals due: February 28, 2011
2. Feedback and decisions from editors to contributors: April 4, 2011
3. First drafts due to editors: July 15, 2011
4. Feedback on first drafts from editors to contributors: September 5, 2011
5. Final drafts by contributors due to editors: October 14, 2011
6. Manuscript to publisher: December 1, 2011
7. It is our expectation that the book will be publisher in early 2012

A partial list of chapter authors and their affiliation is as follows:

Author Affiliation
Achenbach, PhD, Gretchen Former Director of Environmental Education, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, VA
Ambrose, George High school teacher, William Penn School District, Philadelphia, PA
Auldridge, Teresa Retired classroom teacher, Salem City Schools, Virginia and former Supervisor of Science for the Virginia Department of Education
Boutis, Nick & Beth Krisko Nick Boutis, Executive Director, Glen Helen Ecology Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio; Beth Krisko, Director, Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center
Charles, Cheryl Cheryl Charles, PhD, President and CEO, Children & Nature Network Santa Fe, New Mexico
Clemens, Jerry Middle school teacher, Lake Zurich Middle School North, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
Ervin, Bonnie (co-authored with Cindi Smith-Walters) Bonnie T. Ervin, Curriculum Coordinator, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Tennessee
Geczi, Emilian and The Rev. Keith Cerk Emilian Geczi, Coordinator, Leave No Child Inside Initiative Chicago Wilderness, Chicago Illinois
Hagevik, PhD Rita Asst. Professor of Science Education, College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kirkland, Jane Children’s Book Author, Stillwater Publishing, Take A Walk Books
Lewis, Caroline Education Consultant and former Director of Education Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Miami, Florida
McCullough, PhD Laurie & Katie McCartney Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia and daughter Katie McCartney recently graduated from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia
Magocs, Stephen Teacher, Tennessee School for the Deaf, Knoxville, TN
Maxwell, Darlene Darlene Maxwell, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina
Older, Julia Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, California
Pangan, PhD, Catherine Hagerman Assistant Professor of Education, Butler University
Powell, PhD, Debbie Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC
Price, Carol PhD Candidate, Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Regn, Ann Director, Virginia Office of Environmental Education, Richmond, VA
Smith-Walters, PhD, Cindi & Karen Hargrove, Hilary Hargrove, Vera Vollbrecht Cindi Smith-Walters, PhD, Professor of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University and Co-director, MTSU Center for Environmental Education Karen Hargrove, MS, EdS, doctoral student Middle Tennessee State University Hilary Hargrove, President, Tennessee Environmental Education Association, and high school environmental science teacher, Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro, TN Vera Vollbrecht, MS, Past-President, Tennessee Environmental Education Association, and Director, Warner Park Nature Center, Nashville, TN

For Prospective Contributors to the Book

By February 28, please contact the first editor, Michael Bentley (mbentle1@verizon.net) with a prospective book chapter title and 250-word abstract, biography, contact info, and experiences working with nature studies and children in the settings described above. We are seeking diverse and interesting topics that broaden the spectrum of contributors and perspectives. Most importantly, this book will be written for a general intellectual audience. Please see current articles, as part of the Education.com series on NDD, to get a better sense of this book project (see http://www.education.com/topic/nature-deficit-disorder/). We look forward to your proposal.
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And you can buy them!


And there's more... http://www.folksy.com/shops/ahamsadesigns

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The Department of Politics, History & International Relations at Loughborough University (UK) is inviting applications for studentships (£13,290 per annum stipend for three years, plus tuition fees) to undertake doctoral research from October 2011 in any area related to the Department's research interests.

Applications should be received by Monday, 7 March 2011. Priority will normally be given to UK/EU applicants. Where appropriate, you will also normally be expected to apply for Research Council studentships. Dr Dave Berry, Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Dr Ruth Kinna would like to hear from anyone interested in studying for a PhD in any area related to anarchist history, politics or theory. 

Dave Berry is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European History. He has published primarily on the French anarchist movement, the contemporary alternative left in France and on Daniel Guérin. He is the author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917-1945 (Greenwood Press, 2002; AK edition 2009) and co-editor of New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism (CSP, 2010); he is an associate editor and reviews editor of 'Anarchist Studies' and a founder member of the Anarchist Studies Network (Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism within the Political Studies Association - http://anarchist-studies-network.org.uk/).

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He has published on Tolstoy, non-violence and Christian anarchism, and is the author of 'Christian Anarchism: A Political Interpretation of the Bible' (Imprint, 2010), and editor of 'Religious Anarchism: New Perspectives' (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). He is the treasurer of the Anarchist Studies Network, an executive member of the Religion and Politics research committee of the International Political Science Association, and a member of a number of related academic associations.

Ruth Kinna is a Senior Lecturer in Politics. She has published on William Morris and Peter Kropotkin, and is the author of 'Anarchism: A Beginner's Guide' (Oneworld, 2005; 2nd edn. 2009) and co-editor, with Laurence Davis of 'Anarchism and Utopianism' (Manchester UP, 2009). She is the editor of the journal 'Anarchist Studies' and is also a founder member and co-convenor of the Anarchist Studies Network.

The Department is home to an Anarchism Research Group
(http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/research/ResearchGroups/AnarchismRG/index.html), and there are currently five PhD students in the Department working on aspects of anarchism: Cris Illiopoulos, working on Nietzsche and anarchism; Saku Pinta, who is completing a dissertation on convergences and divergences between anarchism and Marxism; Sureyyya Turkeli working on the historiography of anarchism; Matt Wilson working on anarchist ethics; and Gwen Windpassinger, working on queer feminist anarchism in Buenos Aires. Dr. Alex Prichard's research on the political thought of P-J Proudhon was also completed at the Department and his thesis successfully defended in 2008.

If you would like to discuss a possible research project informally, please e-mail Alex (a.christoyannopoulos@lboro.ac.uk), Ruth (r.e.kinna@lboro.ac.uk) or Dave (d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk).

For further information about the Department see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/about/index.html
For more specific information about postgraduate research in the Department, how to apply, etc, see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/studying/research/programmes.html
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Pathways through Participation is an innovative and highly topical
qualitatative research project looking at how and why people get
involved and stay involved in different forms of participation.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is led by the
National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in partnership
with Involve and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR).

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced social researcher
to join the final stages of this major national research project.
Involve is offering a full-time research post for six months from
January to June 1011 to work alongside two other full-time researchers
(in NCVO and IVR respectively) to complete the project. Excellent
analysis, writing and communications skills are required to contribute
to the project aims of developing research conclusions that can be fed
into the development of national and local policy and practice,
including around the Big Society.

We cannot accept your CV but for an application pack and to obtain
further information, see the project website
www.pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk. Please contact Diane
Warburton of Involve (at diane@sharedpractice.org.uk) if you have any
questions about the project or the post.

Deadline for applications is 15 December 2010, with interviews in
central London on Tuesday 21 December 2010.


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Hi hi! These two turned up in my inbox this morning:

SPECIAL ISSUE: Audiences and Readership
Editors: David Huxley and Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Consulting Editor: Roger Sabin

The Daedalus Project: The Psychology of MMORPGs

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...but only if you can see it. Another incentive to join DreamWidth. I have invite codes!


My dad alerted me to the Steve Bell cartoon in today's Grauniad as probably the sole time Birmingham's Symphony Hall will thus feature.

It's also rather good, as one would expect.

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Oh wow, the MCRmy gets everywhere! Even into academe: officially even!!!


(ETA: DW shows a broken image :-( )

Image taken from the Call For Papers for the Not PowerPoint Again! Presenting research on women in popular culture differently Day School at University of York, 2nd July 2010.

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Portrait artist Natasha Gomperts will be exhibiting in Shepherds Market, an area of London with a long term history of sex work, in late March.
Natasha wants to create a drawn petition for decriminalisation of sex work, made up of hundreds of portraits of people from the sex industry and supporters of our human rights.

Drawings will be made really quickly – it can take from as little as 30 seconds, to as long as a couple of minutes. Natasha will protect your anonymity – pictures can be clearer or more blurred, full face or turned away, as you wish.

Taking part is completely safe, discreet and respectful of your privacy.
You can be drawn over coffee in a café or Natasha can come to you. There’ll also be drawing sessions at several central London locations.

search Drawn Petition on Face Book and Twitter
call 07806 600 041 or email drawnpetition@hotmail.com
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She's peeing freely under her own steam, so she's been allowed out of the Animal Hospital :-) She has substantial loss of proprioception in her hind legs, and a bit in her front legs, but she's happy and perky.

Now to see about getting her one of these:

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Before we saw her this afternoon: "seems bella is staying for observation another day. not paralysed as she can stand but very wobbly and needs a hand up. Staying in to be sure she can do her business, waiting to see her."

After we saw her this afternoon: "Happy face from Bella moreover tailwags plus she can pee so spinal damage looks less likely. Need to be sure she can poo before she is released. KBr interfering with spine nerve response more likely. Tricky place to be."

(Quoted from [livejournal.com profile] tanais)

All plans for Chrimble on hold for the time being.
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...lot of stuff! And I sellz it! On MISI!

Also, on ebay: 80s retro, I haz it! I sellz it! (Except ebay is only showing 4 items at present, when I actually have 5 for sale so far... harumph.)

U buyz it? Plskthx?

Cross-posted from http://flamewarrior.dreamwidth.org/
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I used to trust Radio 4.

My rage, let me show you it )

If you want to complain too, the email address is feedback@bbc.co.uk

Cross-posted from http://flamewarrior.dreamwidth.org/
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...I'm reading SF and fantasy voraciously, buying comic books and in full-time education... *scratches head*

ETA: Comix what I have bought yesterday at this shop --
  • 'Beasts of Burden' 1 (a bit 'the Buffy Scooby Gang have adventures with demons', but they're dogs! \o/)
  • 'Umbrella Academy: Dallas'
  • 'Aldebaran: Catastrophe'.

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