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Tiffany Markman

The Evolution of ‘Woke’

Do you consider yourself to be woke? If you do, you probably know that this term for being enlightened or aware, particularly about racism and social justice, is a political byword of African-American origin.

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Tiffany Markman

Manners maketh man. But who maketh manners?

I went to a school that was, shall we say, lenient in the comportment department. We greeted corridor-strolling teachers with a jaunty high five — or not at all. We were more rowdy than respectful. More passionate than polite.

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Vaughan Jones
Vaughan Jones

Calm and Relaxed, Restored Health and Vitality

Strange as it may seem, and contrary to common knowledge, we all “meditate” a little each day. We do this by drifting into a state of daydreaming and being absent minded. Have you noticed that when you are daydreaming your body relaxes, your breathing slows, and your mind is calm? Well, hullo there, you are entering the first stage of meditation; the Alpha state.

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The Ugly Truth About ‘Pretty Privilege’

You’ll have seen in your own life how overall judgements about a person often inform our perception of their specific traits. This is called the ‘halo effect’. When we look at pretty privilege from a macrocosmic level, we find that it is interwoven with many aspects of our society. In our social circles, we can easily identify ‘the pretty one’, and we can recognise the privileges that he or she may be afforded as a result.

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Vaughan Jones

Digital Automation Replaces the Human Workforce – By Vaughan Jones

Some massive production companies have moved their manufacturing operations to foreign countries where labour is much cheaper than in their own countries. What a shame. What a basic human rights violation in fact. Governments allow this to take place and society just looks on without raising a complaint or trying to prevent this from happening. International and global organizations promote it as well. These massive companies experience lower production costs and the make a huge profit as a result.

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Vaughan Jones

Tracy Rowles’ Vervet Monkeys Seized by KZN Wildlife – By Vaughan Jones

Tracey Rowles has so lovingly cared for orphaned and injured vervet monkeys saved from the wild for many years at her reserve, Umsizi Vervet Rescue in KwaZulu Natal. And then to learn that sixty of those vervet monkeys, who she had fully restored to health and were ready for release back into the wild, were seized by Ezemvelu KZN Wildlife.

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Fools at the wheel

Sam J Basch

What is it about a flashy car and its driver? We have Henry Ford to thank for mass producing the motorcar, which empowered people and became useful to us. Now there are just too many, adding to greenhouse gas emissions. Hopefully not for long.

But for many the car equals status; a symbol of wealth and power. That’s fine. But many of these obnoxious fools drive like hell, and park where they want. Confront them at your peril: they become abusive and threatening.

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