A strong woman, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux can love, fight, ask and be happy — and make amazing music in the process.
I have been waiting for this album for what seems like FOREVER!
Tom Waits circa 1973 San Diego, California
Photo By Scott Smith
Four of the world’s best action sports photographers were invited to Killer Loop Click on the Mountain, a photography competition in the Courmayeur Mont Blanc area. Accompanied by a team of professional snowboarders, skiers and an Alpine guide, they had four days to shoot a portfolio. See more
Photographs, top to bottom: Tim Lloyd (1), Marius Schwager (2 and 3).
idlebicyle, click through these, eh?
Last interview of my PhD booked! A nice little flat in the 11th (Bastille) for 3 days with my partner over the Easter break. First time booking with Airbnb too!
After fieldwork in Geneva and Washington, DC, I vowed next time I’d take my partner on a short break to share with him the
trauma experience that is fieldwork. Very few ‘jobs’ ask you to land in a city where you have never been, where you don’t speak the language, and hit the ground running on public transport and pure adrenaline.
I wanted to see if #Goldfrappascurator was still on at the Lowry; it’s not. It ended Sunday *cough cough, K Starnes*.
There was a tab,’Goldfrapp performs’, and on a whim I clicked it. There was a performance by Goldrapp 27 March. There was a buy button, I clicked it. I looked at circle; I looked at upper circle; all sold out. I looked at stalls - two seats next to each other in the area we usually sit at the Lowry. GASP - couldn’t be true could it?
…guess who is going to Goldfrapp on the night of her first lecture?
What was a moment in which you knew you failed at work?
Once, a mother from a remote village asked us to drive her sick daughter to the main city hospital, so we did. Although she received treatment there. I kept thinking that we should by all means invest more in the local capacity, in terms of health care infrastructure and medical staff training to allow that little girl and residents to be treated in the village.
What have been the biggest frustrations in your career and how have you dealt with them?
Sometimes the desired impact of your work does not match your expectation. Even if my contribution is a “drop in the ocean”, it is always worth it to give it your best and try to help others.
greenpeace has released photos* taken february 23 and 24, 2014 in central kalimantan province on indonesia’s borneo island, site to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, which show the destruction of rainforest that is home to endangered tigers and orangutans. there has already been an 80 percent loss of habitat in the last twenty years.
greenpeace has laid blame at the feet of procter and gamble, who knowingly purchase palm oil from those who extract it from palm tree plantations grown on the razed land (last photo). the palm oil is used in such products as crest toothpaste, head and shoulders and pantene shampoo, christina aguilera perfume, clairol and cover girl make up and gillette shaving gel.
"the maker of head & shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. it must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest friendly," said bustar maitar, head of the indonesian forest campaign at greenpeace international. these sentiments are echoed in a greenpeace media campaign targetting procter and gamble.
indonesia is home to approximately three percent of the world’s forests, which are part of a ring of forests along the equator known as the lungs of the world. yet deforestation in indonesia represents over a third of the total global carbon emissions from deforestation and land degradation.
More than 160 academics have written to the Guardian to protest at being used as an extension of the UK border police, after universities have come under more pressure to check the immigration details of students.
Yep; in 2013, supervisors of ‘overseas’ PhD were required, for the first time, to administer monthly checks to be reported to the Home Office, alongside our quarterly ‘census’ checkpoints where we have to report to our administrative office or risk being kicked out of our programme for failing to report, even if you’re on fieldwork. More here.
H/T: C Mills.
ifnotyouwhoelse Sweet baby unicorns … no.
Look, I’m against the TPP, but this is just inaccurate. Do.not.engage in fear-based learning.
Fast track is an executive power of the president of the USA to move trade deals through more quickly than if they were debated in Congress. By the time the TPP has reached his desk, corporations have already drafted the TPP, and they have been, for years now. Fast track is not the issue here; a lack of transparency in FTAs (free trade agreements - outside the WTO’s ‘transparency’ mechanisms) is the issue; yes corporate control is particularly disgusting in the TPP, particularly with regard to generic medicines and intellectual property rights, but this has NOTHING TO DO WITH FAST TRACK.
Fast track has been an executive power since the World Wars; this isn’t a new power. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about fast track; some argue fast track improves ratification (formalisation) of trade deals because it bypasses debate in Congress where lobbyists and special interest groups hijack the discussion, making it about their own interests, then the trade deal doesn’t pass, and international trade suffers. And I’m not JUST talking about ‘liberal’ economic trade; I’m talking about development in LDCs and NICs as well. Even the ‘logic’ of this narrative is faulty; if these 3 Senators are silencing dissent then how would opposing a power of the executive ‘solve’ this silencing? It wouldn’t because this person is clearly confused about what fast track is.
Tumblr, international trade is very complicated and intricate. I’m not saying you have no idea what you’re talking about, but in this case, you are, in fact, wrong - empirically. There are many reasons to oppose the TPP; pick up one of many of those and run with it. This isn’t it.
L J White, University of Manchester.
Many PhD students take the view that if you’re not doing overnight experiments, missing meals, or binge drinking, you’re not doing it right.
"Some people choose to have a social life while they’re doing their PhD. And that’s OK. But I’m not," one of my fellow PhD students tells me.
Who else is supposed to help you? Your supervisor? “A blemish on my career,” is how one academic referred to their experience of supervising a student who developed mental health difficulties during their studies.
Mental health problems are often not perceived to be anything to do with supervisory inadequacies. It is important to remember that academics who are PhD supervisors did not make it to their current rank because of their exceptional supervising skill. They got to that position by being an excellent researcher, and winning some cash.
In my 3.5 years as a PhD, I’m okay with admitting I’ve suffered most of the issues brought up in this piece on the Guardian Professional series by an ‘anonymous academic’. I’m okay with admitting it because I’ve survived, and it’s made me stronger. I better maintain the anxiety of the PhD because I’ve learned my coping mechanisms - through therapy! But it’s the 3rd and 4th paragraph… I wasn’t strong enough; no one was there for me, and that’s not okay.
I’ve had 5, FIVE, changes of supervision in 3.5 years. If you’re not familiar with the PhD this is very rare, definitely destabilising. Most were political economists leaving my University for one that thinks more highly of political economists. One of those changes scratches those 3rd and 4th paragraphs raw; it doesn’t help that this academic later won an award for being a mentor to women. I’m not ‘trashing’ this person, on the contrary; they are wonderful. Rather, what I’m drawing out is the feeling that I, ME, am the blemish on their supervisory record is, in itself, a feeling that had me grappling with … let’s just call it negativity.
I always knew I wasn’t alone in this feeling, but the anonymous academic is right - all this, is not okay, and even worse perhaps, in Britain where therapy and even emotions have such social stigma. PhDs are adrift in a sea of poor support mechanisms, and it’s not for want of facilities like counselling centres of ‘academic support networks’. It’s the social stigma; as PhDs, we’ve been isolated as ‘good enough’ to merit one of the highest academic distinctions. We’ve always been able to help ourselves or do it (well enough) on our own. Asking for help is asking for public acknowledgement that we aren’t good enough, that we don’t deserve this high merit, and that we’re vulnerable - in life and the job market.
When people ask me what happened with my old supervisor, I say we had differing opinions on how to approach my PhD. And I think that’s the best way to say it, because how else is someone supposed to cope with a PhD student who has, in one year, gone through the death of my (almost) entire family, street harassment that resulted in physical assault, and the separation of my spouse because of immigration? My supervisor was trained to supervise PhDs, not nervous breakdowns, and I wasn’t the same person after all of that as I was when I started my PhD, when I was ‘good enough’. I wasn’t ‘good enough’ any more; I was broken, and there was such a risk in admitting it. My old supervisor and I are okay now; if there wasn’t such a conflict of interest I’d entertain them serving as my internal examiner.
But the truth is, on the day of my VIVA (how much more overbearing/pretentious can the PhD get when the examination is Latin for life), I’m going to be reliving every moment of my PhD when I didn’t feel ‘good enough’, when I was vulnerable for fear of admitting it, and that’s not okay.