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J. Hancock
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"Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the
discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the
discomfort of being ruled by them.”

~ Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Apply directly to the burn...

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spend time with those who celebrate you, not tolerate you.
“I grew up believing that our worth is defined by our achievements, our usefulness to others and society. That we are inherently worthless but can earn worthiness by gaining qualifications, wealth, popularity, and success. And that we are only deserving of love and friendship if we sacrifice ourselves to please others. But I was wrong because the truth is that we are worth personified. Worth isn’t the result of our actions, accomplishments, and possessions; it isn’t increased by self-sacrifice. It is the essence of our being, the foundation of our existence. And it is our task to remember. To let go of our society’s misunderstanding and wake up to the exquisite value and deservedness that is inherent to all of us. To realize our infinite worth that does not depend on any outside factors. We are worth. And as long as we treat others with respect and kindness we will always be good enough to deserve their love—without sacrificing our happiness, damaging our bodies, and betraying our values.” ~Berni Sewell

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(on top of all the other shitstorms in my life atm)


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nice flip. =]
When Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, the president of France countered with open invitation for climate scientists to come to France and "make our planet great again". He's now offering grants of up to 1.5 million euros - and there's a website where you can apply. He writes:

To all responsible citizens:

On the 1st of June, President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, which gathered more than 190 countries united against climate change. This decision is unfortunate but it only reinforced our determination. Don’t let it weaken yours. We are ONE planet and together, we can make a difference. France has always led fights for human rights. Today, more than ever, we are determined to lead (and win!) this battle on climate change.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France.

The website is here:

The most interesting page says this:

1. Overview: Faculty positions, chairs and PhD programs

Reaching at least the 2°C target set by the Paris Agreement requires an unprecedented effort in developing science and technologies.

The scientific and technological challenges are particularly daunting in the following areas:

Climate change: Monitoring, understanding, modeling and simulation, mitigation and social consequences

Earth system: Observation and preservation of the environment and ecosystems

Energy transition: Renewable energies, innovative zero carbon energy sources, energy storage, smart energy management systems, hydrogen vector, carbon storage, electrification of vehicles as well as human and social sciences to understand, accompany or open options for energy transition

2. Eligibility

Experienced researchers / senior faculty members with a 15-year track record: either apply individually or jointly with your research team.

Junior researchers with a minimum experience of two years after their PhD

PhD candidates (graduate students or students to graduate before the end of the year).

3. How to apply?

Experienced or junior researchers or PhD candidates can upload a one-page project with a CV (ORCID number welcome); note that PhD candidates must give their student ID and provide a statement from their current university.

As you probably have colleagues working in your field of research in France, it is advised to have a well-defined proposal for a university department or a destination laboratory in your project.

4. How do I get answers to my application?

You will get an answer to your application in under a month

If selected, you will be asked to file a full proposal, and a final answer will be given within three months.

Administrative issues will be taken care of by our desk.

A package and support for practical issues related to the move will be provided upon your arrival in France.

5. How do I finance my project as a researcher?

Amount of the grant:

Senior researcher: Up to 1.5M€ for 4 years grant (salary + 2 working staff + 2 students + working expenses) allowing to develop projects within and benefiting from the hosting laboratory environment

Junior researcher: up to 1M€ for 4 years grant (salary + 2 PhD students + working expenses) allowing to develop the project within and benefiting from the hosting laboratory environment

6. How do I get more details about my stay in France?

You will be able to stay in France at least for the duration of the grant, and longer if you are granted a permanent position. There is no restriction on your husband / wife working in France.

If you have children, note that French public schools are free, and the tuition fees of universities and “grandes écoles” are very low compared to the American system.

You need more info? Fill in the form below and we will get in touch with you within the next 3 working days.


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please, everyone vote. it takes seconds to do so, and can be done once for each platform (gmail, email, twitter and FB (all from the same link).

potentially 4 votes per person per day!

thank you!

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my neighbouring island needs all the help it can get. a moment to post a vote for their playground improvements is all I'm asking you for.

voting is simple, and there are 4 different platforms to vote through,
Google (gmail) being one of them.

please, add your vote(s)!
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