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Giselle Frank
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Knits & sews obsessively, keen on history, photography, feng shui, yoga & blathering on...
Knits & sews obsessively, keen on history, photography, feng shui, yoga & blathering on...

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My last two pairs of socks didn't work out at all, which is a real shame because it made me stop knitting socks for the time being.
I do love it though so I will go back to sock knitting very soon.

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Now that's intriguing:
When batteries from electric cars are no longer efficient in a car, they could be used for storage. I think that would help where renewal energy in concerned. Interesting.
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International relations.

Perhaps not quite as you thought. Interesting
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This is fascinating: where one solar panel goes up, installation after recommendations goes up. It seems a mix of finding out more from the first neighbour as well as the "if they have it, I want it" factor.
And communities can get cheaper prices if they buy in bulk for more than just individual customers? Sounds genius to me.
How intriguing
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This was interesting to read.
I think an apology is all about accepting responsibility that you were wrong, and yes: to explain why, how, where it was wrong. But I think what makes an apology actually work is how authentic the person comes across, how sincere they actually are. That last point, No 6, about asking for forgiveness? That often smacks of pandering to me - this feels like that person is only apologising because he or she wants people to make him or her feel better, not that they're actually sorry they made the mistake (or even think they did), but that they themselves just want to feel better and want the people the apology is aimed at to cause feelings of increased well-being in the apologiser. Hope that makes sense, I got a bit convoluted there.

And I am finding the part about the explanation very interesting:
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"The first explanation is one of competence: Was the wrongdoing an honest mistake, something that was overlooked accidentally or something that wasn’t properly considered? Or was the wrongdoing a violation of integrity that reflects on the apologizer’s character? In other words, was it accidental or on purpose?"

Oh boy, oh yes. If the mistake is down to character, then that person is going to make this sort of mistake over and over again. And no apology can make up for it.

I don't know about Paul Ryan and apologies but I thought this article was really interesting in a general way. Worth reading and thinking about.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-apologize-effective-apology_us_570d928ee4b03d8b7b9ec65c?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067
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The author makes some really interesting points that I hadn't considered for a while:

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"(You may have noticed that) issues have almost entirely disappeared from the Republican race" - that is true: the debates were about a lot of posturing and one-up-man-ship of one personality over that of another candidate - a really undignified put on show of a party that doesn't seem to care about what voters need and want (i.e. discuss issues). It seems to be all about 'entertainment value', particularly on the part of Trump, and primary voters are taken in by it. Is it because of all the mesmerising spectacle?

A nomination race is not supposed to be performance art, you're supposed to find out what candidates stand for.

And another good point about supporters unifying behind the eventual nominee:
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"And while Bernie Sanders may represent a revolt against the establishment, if and when Clinton becomes the nominee, it will represent Democratic voters validating the choice of Democratic elites.

A Donald Trump nomination, on the other hand, will represent Republican voters rejecting the choice (or rather, the choices) of Republican elites"

Republicans started off with a crowd of candidates who didn't get weeded out by funding problems (Thank you Citizens United, just for once), but then got hijacked by those dazzled by 'the show'

I think the worst thing to happen to Republicans is that their public stance has been moved too far to the right and become extreme, which makes it less possible for anyone to win the presidency. There is a study showing that the longer one party had not won the presidency, the more a moderate candidate is likely to win. Republicans have moved in the other direction: their candidates have become more extreme. Which doesn't bode well for the chances in November.
But then to add the whole 'not unifying behind the nominee' (If it's Trump, and I think also if it's Cruz), that just makes it even worse. Sounds to me like Republicans have less of a chance to get into the White House than with Romney, let alone with McCain.
And a good thing too.

But how fascinating!
This article really made me think and want to clarify my thoughts on a couple of points. See above.

I am just left with a question: what makes one political party in a two party system gallop so much towards a political abyss? That doesn't make any sense.
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It pays to keep your eyes open
„You're free to do, as we tell you.“
Mini street art sculpture in Ghent, Belgium,
by AFt - Art For Thought.
Photo by AFt - Art For Thought.
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It's been a while but I made these for my sister. Glad I finished them because for some strange reason I had marked them as Complete on Ravelry when in fact they were still in my WIP basket. Oops.
My sisters was delighted to receive them!
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Good news that lies about climate change are being investigated.

And there was me thinking something common sense like this couldn't happen because 'Big Oil'. I am glad I was wrong.

Our planet belonge to all of us, not just big business

#climatechange  
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