What exactly is hate speech, and can it contribute to violence? Here I explain problems I have with many common definitions, and how I think hate speech is a continuum, not an either/or thing. By learning to identify the milder or earlier forms of hate, it's possible for us to "nip the problem in the bud", and ultimately prevent or reduce violence in society and in the world. Yet I think overall awareness of these early stages of hate is low. I'm hoping this video can raise awareness of these issues! #hatespeech#hate#violence
I wrote this post over 3 years ago, and people still aren't following this advice--and it's potentially big money that's being lost whenever a tea company redesigns their website and doesn't follow this advice.
Many tea companies could benefit from reading this post BEFORE they redesign their website. If you change your URL scheme, using 301 redirects so that product pages point to the correct new product page, can prevent lost referral and search traffic. #seo#webdesign#webdevelopment
This post is the next in my series of posts on best practices for tea company websites. Recently, I wrote about the importance of having a product page for each tea. Many of the benefits of having product pages come from increased traffic to your site, often coming in through links from bloggers ...
This unique Darjeeling had beautiful leaves, with many different hues of silver and reddish-browns. It also had a fascinating aroma, strongly fruity, and also suggesting hops in beer, yet with a very smooth flavor. #tea#darjeeling#looseleaftea
Raising the federal gasoline tax has historically been an unpopular stance. But here I explain how there could actually be sweeping benefits to such a change, and now, with gas prices so low, is the time such a tax could be enacted with the least negative impact. If you think you may disagree with this stance, I especially want you to watch this video. #gastax#carbontax#sustainability
Have you noticed the trend of kids having less unstructured free time, as all their hours are eaten up between school, homework, and extracurriculars? Here I argue that free time has key importance both for mental health, and developing life skills like self-motivation and initiative. #education#parenting#children
I'm not a huge fan of this style of tea. This was a typical (and good quality) example of it, with notes of melon and flowers, low astringency, and a very mild flavor. Not my cup of tea, but others might enjoy! #tea#looseleaftea#silverneedle
This Taiwanese tea is a masterpiece, brewing a cup with an intense wintergreen aroma, notes of bitter chocolate, and the fragrance of a greenhouse filled with tropical plants, somehow blending seamlessly together. Otherworldly. It can be steeped 3-4 times. I normally am a bargain hunter but this is certainly worth its price of $10 for less than an ounce. #tea#blacktea#taiwan
Is public mocking or shaming a good way to discourage harmful behaviors and create change? I think mostly "no". Public mocking can create us vs. them mentalities, even escalating to violence. It also contributes to an environment where bullying and mob rule leads people away from truth. I think open dialogue and respectful, compassionate approaches yield much better results. #bullying#change#dialogue
Usually Assams are the "malty" tea and Darjeelings less so, but this was the maltiest Darjeeling I've ever tried--strong aroma of malt. But unlike Assams, it was mellow and smooth, with a lighter body and a more rounded flavor. Excellent. #darjeeling#tea#looseleaftea