✔️ Former member of Toastmasters of The Hague (public speaking, leadership, networking) ✔️ former member of Portsmouth City Council’s Portsmouth Environmental Forum (no longer exists) ✔️ former board member of Environmental Chemistry (and Toxicology) Section of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society ✔️ one of the 11 graduates of the Portsmouth City Council-sponsored NCFE-accredited community leadership course “Taking the Lead” ✔️ former member of the Amsterdam-American Business Club (business networking) ✔️ former member of the Southampton-based SHEA business club (business networking; no longer exists) ✔️ participant in Andy Sheppard’s 2009 Sax Massive in Bristol ✔️ geologist, feminist and marine biogeochemist (earth & life science background, in other words) ✔️ former member of Portsmouth-based samba drumming band Sambatida ✔️ former homeless person in Portsmouth (<2 months) ✔️ former board and committee member of the Netherlands biggest network (a foundation) for women in science and technology ✔️ former member of publishing teams at Arcadis, the US-based Geochemical Society and science publishers ✔️ long-term target of “sadistic stalking” including community bullying and extensive hacking interference ✔️ author of books on the new eugenics and otherisation (inspired by my experiences in England as well as the teachings of Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and many others)
So you’re self-employed and someone sends you a spoofed e-mail with work in it. How do you know it’s spoofed? You don’t. Do you open the attached file from your client? Sure, why not. Could it contain custom-written code? Oh yeah. Think your antivirus will catch it? Think again.
Oops. Too late. You’re already toast.
Think that only big companies have to be concerned? Bwah ha ha ha.
Somehow, many of us – and this includes me – have a tendency to assume that disabled people, older people and all other people who are often sidelined or are part of a population group that is often sidelined or was wronged in the past cannot be hateful grouches or otherwise have an abundance of negative characteristics. That too is a prejudice.
I think I just fell into that trap again, after I became newly interested in Native American struggles.
It reminds me of something someone once told me whose mother was 100% Native American and whose dad was Irish. Growing up, she was “the Indian kid” off the reservation, and on the reservation, she was “the white kid”.
It never stopped her. To the contrary. She became a trailblazer for everyone and built a lot of bridges throughout her life. Still is, and still does.
She does not go around hating everyone who isn’t 50% Native American or 50% Irish white.
When I met her, I had no idea of her Native American heritage. She was an enthusiastic American female scientist who reached out to me at a conference because she had spotted me when I visited her institution and that had somehow drawn her attention. If she had not brought it up herself in her e-mails, I never would have known about it.
But among Native Americans, too – not just among the white people – some people hate everyone who is not exactly the same and many of them were Trump voters. That’s Trump of the pipelines through nature, including Native American lands.
In other words… we’re all basically the same. There is much more overlap among us than within separate groups. You have haters in all groups. You have kind people in all groups. You have Trump voters in all groups. You have nature-loving people in all groups. You have capitalists in all groups. And you have generous people in all groups.
The things that set groups apart, these differences, they enrich all of our lives.