Archive for the ‘Encouragement’ Category

Behind the Washington Post’s end-of-year interview with Edward Snowden

Worth watching … December 24, 2013 3:54 PM EST — Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman discusses how his exclusive interview with Edward Snowden came about and whether the former NSA contractor would ever want to return to the United States. (Jeff Simon / The Washington Post) LINK TO VIDEO HERE Snowden is being predictably and […]

Big Time (1986)

Happy New Year! – P

Happy Christmas to readers of The Paepae

All the best to you and your loved ones for the Christmas break. As usual things will be a little quiet here while I’m at the beach etc. I post this Ronald Reagan/Chesterfield image as a reminder that perceptions, power balances and other things change, sometimes despite the active resistance of the self-interested forces of […]

If you’re thinking you need to speak up …

Check this out … My boy’s team had their last hockey game of the year today (and won, yay). The card is an example of the great encouragement they’ve had from coach Camille. Good on her. – P

Cher Lloyd’s sarcastic take on ‘wishing’ you were different …

In the context of Lily Allen’s sardonic and catchy message about how hard it is living with other people’s physical … ‘expectations’ … 5′ 2″ Cher Lloyd lets us in on her self-talk. Fabulous. I like this singer, and have for a while, as readers may recall. – P That ‘I wish I was tall’ […]

Be prepared to bleed

I spotted this line in an Esquire interview with Glenn Greenwald … If you’re gonna challenge people in power, you have to be ready to be attacked in effective ways. That’s the nature of power. If they couldn’t do that to you, they wouldn’t be powerful. Yeah, but I mean, of course it’s not easy. […]

Maya Angelou on Nelson Mandela

One of the reasons I run this blog* is to post inspiring material like this … a great spirit farewells another: Wonderful. – P (* as much for me as for you)

Nice tribute to Nelson Mandela on Apple’s homepage

I see that as a good example of the company’s consonance with my liberal values. Heartwarming. Hateful or cynical comments will be deleted. – P

Haere ra, Mandela. RIP.

What a great man. What an inspiration. “The quest for reconciliation was the spur that gave life to our difficult negotiations process and the agreements that emerged from it.” — Nelson Mandela to Parliament, Cape Town, 25 February 1999 – P

“You just feel kind of satisfied with your products, and then you die.”

Nice to hear Louis CK saying these things out loud. – P

You’re an activist? That shows that you care about something

Returning briefly to the subject of ‘What sort of people are involved in politics?’ (Remember, hate-blogger Cameron Slater thinks they’re dirty, disgusting, despicable people playing a dirty, disgusting, despicable game) I saw this in my Twitter timeline recently: Yeah, I can see where Glenn Greenwald is coming from, if a little defensively. It’s so easy […]

Settlement of legal action as a ‘peace premium’

I was fascinated by the language New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used yesterday to describe a settlement agreement between multiple US government agencies and JP Morgan Chase bank over its actions in the Global Financial Crisis, reported as: NEW YORK (TheStreet) — New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday announced a groundbreaking […]

Lily Allen – genius

I remember referring to a dodgy bit of ‘research’ (cough) sponsored by a beer company(!) which purported to a ‘finding’ that Lily Allen was a ‘negative twitterer’… which made me laugh, a lot, and was, I suspect, more a case of them not getting the edge, the sarcasm and the real-world social analysis which this […]

Spotted in the thinking room of a friend’s house …

Gulp.* – P * particularly the bit about piles of paper/stuff on the floor.

After the storm. You may have to go further than you thought.

After my 5 km this morning I rocked up to the beach looking forward to a swim … Oops. Probably the effect of the overloaded storm water system in the recent heavy rain. Either that or — as one of my fellow swimmers suggested this morning — so much dog shit on the beach it […]