Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s ice-sliding Yellowstone National Park otters come via National Geographic.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Two Christmas Videos:
    The 12 Gays of Christmas – male dancers at Radio City Music Hall do a tribute to the Rockettes for the benefit of their fellow dancers.
    and Silent Monks do the Halleluiah Chorus (via a flodnak on facebook)

  2. Given the current political (and global warming) shenannigans, I found this book on authoritarian personalities fascinating. is the website, the book’s downloadable in PDF format.
    Umpteen years of research into people’s attitudes mapped onto current political landscapes.
    It’s mostly about the American political scene, and a little dated at that, but the basics definitely apply to Australia. Especially the antagonism towards women and “the other” generally.
    What’s frightening is the last part of the book, talking about people who are social dominators and authoritarians and how they use politics. You can see them sitting on front benches all over Australia.
    Alas the book doesn’t give much guidance in what to do about them! But recognising what’s going on helps.
    In a way it’s nothing I didn’t already know from things like Milgram but to have it laid out so cleanly and buttressed with studies (and written entertainingly) makes it worth recommending.

  3. That Hallelujah Chorus is a joy to behold.
    @ Zebee: Another concept I find useful for explaining why organisations behave in certain ways is that of Defensive Organisational Thinking. Basically underneath our espoused theories of action there lies this need to retain control, maximize winning, minimize losing and thereby avoid negative feelings such as embarassment and guilt. Because this underlying motivation helps us avoid negative consequences of our behaviour it impedes learning. I think it explains a whole lot of individual and corporate behaviour. If you need to negotiate with an organization and you want them to do something differently, it is important not to rouse these defensive instincts otherwise you find yourself the target of blame. Something I am learning to my cost.
    More heartwarming nature crap ( © Twisty):

  4. I went to an open day for post-graduate women’s studies and it was amazing. I met Stevi Jackson! There was a seminar on emotional care in long-distance relationships! Their common room was full of books on gender! And they were all really friendly and encouraging and wonderful.
    So I now need to get my self sorted and get on with actually applying.
    .-= Kirstente´s last blog ..And a song. =-.

  5. That chorus of Silent Monks is made of awesome.
    I’m at Chapter 28 of 42 planned chapters of my YA novel! My heroine has, within this week, almost been burned to death, traveled through tunnels, been accidentally shot, and flown up to the Spun Sugar Sky Kingdom. I am now going to write the chapter where she sneaks into the palace to find where her aunt is being held. It’s going to even more fun from here on out! ❤

  6. I have nothing to say except

    Frik, otters are cute and I hope they run the world some day.

  7. Been reading Anne Summers’ “Damned Whores & God’s Police” and the way patriarchal capitalist constructions of ‘the family’ were (and still are) used as tools of social control over women. Good shit.

  8. If there are any Sydney, or visiting Sydney, Hoydenizens at a loose end on Saturday 12th Dec, which is to say next Saturday, there’s a bit of a open house style Christmas party happening at my place from 4pm and you’re all very welcome to join us. Email me at mimbles2 AT gmail DOT com if you’d like to come and I’ll pass on relevant details.
    (Beppie mentioned intending to do an upcoming events post with this included, that might be handy, it’s a bit invisible sitting down here in the comments!)

  9. Ack, Mimbles, I’ve been so slack with that — been kind of stressed out this weekend. Will try to get onto that post tomorrow!

  10. I think I’m going to be sick. Latest in the “my sexual satisfaction is more important than your survival” school of marriage. New Zealand HIV-positive man ‘infects wife with needle’.

  11. How crap is this world when I’m slightly surprised to see he’s going to be sentenced for it?

  12. Apparently the NSW state government is being lobbied to reverse a decision to create new National Parks that would protect river Red Gums and associated wetlands along the Murray and its tributaries. Anyone in NSW who wishes to do so can write to Premier Kenneally in support of their creation here. The letter campaign is being organized by the Red Gum Icons Project

    • I was down that way for hols not so long ago, and there was heaps of local signage objecting to the proposed National Parks. The only big difference I can see from changing these lands from their current status as State Forests to become National Parks is that people won’t be allowed to hunt roos and pigs there any more and there’ll be some more stringent pollution run-off controls on local farmers. I’m thinking the ecosystem’s survival is just a wee bit more important than either of those concerns.

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