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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:58:03 pm »
Some of my husband's family were in the areas where rioting and vandalism happened. One of them had four gas bombs thrown at his house, but luckily (very very luckily), they didn't work and no damage happened as a result. Others had their houses stoned. But that's the worst of it for the relatives.

Things have calmed down, people have been arrested. Sadly, a lot of the people in the mobs were young - as in, 18-30. People on twitter talked about how the racists were all older people and the younger generation is better - I wouldn't say that is necessarily the case given who was actually destroying property.

Social media is still blocked and will be until at least Friday. Part of that is because facebook doesn't do much of anything to remove hate speech from their site. I've reported more than a few groups that, in English, called for death and destruction to specific groups in Sri Lanka. According to facebook, they aren't in violation of facebook's community standards. The hate speech groups in Sinhalese are even less likely to be removed because facebook doesn't have anyone or enough people who can read Sinhalese to deal with them. The government of Sri Lanka has set up a meeting with Facebook to discuss these things. I doubt that anything will change.

Germany and another country in Europe ( I don't recall right now which one) have laws that state that hate speech needs to be removed (from facebook as well as everywhere else) within a certain time frame. Facebook doesn't care about that, and Germany's a powerful country. Why would they care about what a country like Sri Lanka says?

The violence is over, theoretically, for now. But I doubt it's really over completely. The hate speech spreads lies and misinformation about minority groups, and until those lies and misinformation and hate speech are squashed, the hate and destruction will continue. Sri Lankans aren't great at reining in their emotions and destruction.
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General Discussion / Re: Question about your talents
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:55:42 pm »
I think what Dyany says is spot on. Recognizing that a talent (or strength) is a talent can be difficult. "Oh, no, I'm not talented. Drawing is easy." Well, no, drawing well isn't easy, it's just easy for YOU because you're good at it. And you've probably spent a lot of time honing that talent, possibly because someone, or a bunch of someones, along the way praised you for your drawing.

One of my superpowers is accounting. It's probably weird for people to think of accounting as a superpower, but hey, it is what it is. I'm really really really good at sorting out accounting messes, reconciling accounts, and figuring out what the real financial story is. I have always been able to balance accounts - corporate accounts involving hundreds of transactions in a month - to the penny. It's easier now as accounting programs have improved over the years, but I could do this back when it was me against the paper ledgers. And I took about 1/4 to 1/3 the time it took other people to do the same job.

It's based on other superpowers of mine - the ability to organize the heck out of things and a massive attention to detail combined with excellent math skills (not that accounting required higher level math at all). But I didn't really understand that my accounting ability was a superpower until the last few years. I mean, I knew I was good at it, but...

So it can take a long time for us to realize that we have superpowers. Sometimes, it takes other people pointing them out. Sometimes, it's about realizing that our superpowers might seem stupid or boring or commonplace or even "why would you ever think that was a superpower?", but it's a superpower nonetheless.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:41:39 pm »
The riots are theoretically over, at least for now. I still have no idea of the damage - news inside Sri Lanka is not great. Social media is still blocked. Curfew in Kandy still in effect. But the bigotry and hate speech continues.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:38:43 am »
By order of the government, social media is shut down in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the police and army do absolutely nothing but watch the rioters when they’re Sinhalese. Last I heard, I think it was 15 homes and shops were destroyed and one boy burned to death. This is really not good. Fahim’s wondering if he should go to mosque on Friday. I’m voting no. We have enough produce for another four or five days. We have enough food to last for a while, it just won’t be as good or as nutritious as with fresh veggies.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:09:26 am »
Prayers for Sri Lanka, please. Rioting, mobs, vandalism. Sinhalese vs. Muslims with the Sinhalese being the instigators. The government declared a state of emergency yesterday, which means the army can act as police - theoretically, that will mean the violence can't spread as much. If it gets really bad, checkpoints will spring up everywhere like they did while the war was on.

Internet is shut off in Kandy, where most of this is happening. I have zero access to facebook - it was spotty in the morning, then shut down entirely an hour or two ago. I have no access to messenger, either. I suspect other social media services will follow suit. No idea how long any of this will last.
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Forum and Member News / Re: Happy birthday
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:41:54 pm »
LOL! Yes, it was my birthday, and yes, I was put in FB jail for thanking people for their birthday wishes. I'm out of it now. I was out of jail all of yesterday, too. Thank the lucky stars!

Thanks for the birthday wishes. :)
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:42:17 am »
I am so sorry for your brother and Sweet Pea, Jana. Prayers will be said.
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Introductions / Re: hlo
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:32:05 am »
Yeah, we like knowing because we care, because we miss our old friends. Nevertheless... Welcome! I hope your fresh start works out for you. :)
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I think it would be more accurate to say that what many men thought of as flirtation, many women saw as harrassment, but had no power to speak up about it. This is still true today.

There have been plenty of men who've harrassed me in the name of flirtation and got downright angry if I didn't accept it as such.
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General Discussion / Re: Iggy's Ramblings
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:17:52 am »

I wear an eyemask at night and I don't find it bothersome at all. I wear it because a. any amount of light will wake me up and b. I frequently get nightmares/sleep terrors, and as things go, I open my eyes while I'm asleep and look around and the things around me get translated into nightmare images. But with the eyemask on, no sleep terrors at all since there's nothing to see. It's weird, and I don't know why it works, but it works, so who am I to argue?

Iggy, compromise is a many splendored thing.
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General Discussion / Re: FB group
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:45:45 am »
I did that. It doesn’t mean a whole lot except to facebook’s servers. It doesn’t affect the functionality of the group in any way.
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Forum and Member News / Re: Whose life isn't changing?
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:23:00 pm »
So happy for you, Curlybat. Good parents are so very important. I'm glad you're taking up the challenge for more children. :)
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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:35:42 am »
Curelom, I can completely understand why it's confusing for some people. Heck, it can get confusing for me, too. :)

My suggestion - and it's only a suggestion - is that we do nothing with current posts, and Iggy decides on one location going forward. I have no particular preference on which location that is.
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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:48:39 pm »

Hey, Iggy, you know what? I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with your stories because you have a thread called “Iggy’s Ramblings” & then you have posts on here too. And there are times I have to go scroll back through parts of the other thread to see if something there clarifies something you mention here at the Cabin. Just an idea, what do you think about taking your posts here & moving them there, chronologically, to make the stories easier for scatterbrains like me to follow? (lol :D)

I don't know how to do that - but sounds like a plan, if Dynany or Laurie or????? could do that or message me with the directions on how to do it, would be ever so grateful.

It isn't something you could do, Iggy. It would have to be someone with admin powers, so either Dyany or I could do it.

But I think this warrants a bit of discussion first so we can see all the pitfalls before we decide on a course of action. :)

Comments that related to Iggy's posts specifically wouldn't be moved over - they're more likely to contain general cabin comments as well. And comments that Iggy posted that related to other cabin posts in addition to her own stuff would be moved over, so that might seem a bit incoherent in either the Cabin or Iggy's Ramblings thread.

Another alternative would be to move Iggy's Ramblings into the Cabin thread so that the two threads are merged. A downside with that is that it might be a bit incoherent in places where it's not absolutely clear that comment a is referring to post b if there are Cabin and Iggy's Ramblings posts mixed together in the timeline.

In other words, there are downsides no matter which way this goes.

A third alternative would be to leave existing posts alone and for Iggy to decide to post those longer stories in one place and one place only, pick a thread, and that's always how it's done in the future.

Discuss! :)
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Writers' Showcase / Re: The anthology I'm in comes out in 3 weeks
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:01:26 am »
Sounds like a fantastic publication. So happy for you!
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