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I had a scroll down the list of who I was following- and I noticed a trend... so much beauty from Chile/ South America in general! @cappuccetto @satin_ @ness @navi_ @Minerva @lexus @anemona @paradigma . I have such fond memories from my travels in Chile/throughout South America some 3 years ago- wonderful hospitable people- and glad to see well represented here on SG aha. Alas...
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paper_:
I'm from Chile too, haha ladies here are sooo nice and beautiful <3. Warm people and friendly 
navi_:
:) <3 thanks sweety 
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This scroll-down guide from the Guardian about the NSA Revelations is perhaps the single best link/presentation of the entire story I have come across. If you haven't been following this stuff over the past months or felt disengaged from it because it all seems abstract, I would say click the link :D

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded#section/1

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... I have always been incredibly lazy about doing exercise like cardio or running. However, I have done yoga in my room casually since I was about 16.

... so I would say I have become reasonably flexible. When I was young and at all boys college (high school) I used to feel really self-conscious about it being stereotypically feminine or whatever but haven't give
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aotearoaaesthete:
@Theslowrunner Thanks man, and definitely recommend having a crack at it. Its funny though, because it didn't feel like hard work, it just became a bit of a habit. Admittedly never really pushed myself as hard as one probably would do in a yoga class/lots of good instruction material online.
theslowrunner:
Yeah, there was a routine that I had that was Hatha. I did it a couple of times but I found I enjoyed running and weightlifting more. My muscle are starting to get stiff and I really do need to expand stretching. You got anything you suggest I start out with? 
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I have had a lot of spare time over the last two days and SG has killed a lot of that time. A number of things have basically amazed/interested me but they are also just kind of concerning.

The first, mental health issues. Two different SG's in a short span of time on my feed displaying/sharing credible symptoms of serious mental health issues on their...
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aotearoaaesthete:
@Talamia - There is certainly significant value that these communities do add, and I don't mean to dismiss them, but speaking honestly the AA comes under some of the same structural issues/flaws. Personally I have a bit of an issue with the AA and the quasi-religious aspects of 12 step model, I don't think its appropriate or effective as a clinical model. In terms of the community aspect IMO, the best recovery path for alcoholics involves dealing with the fundamental health issues/habits intensively and then winding down the attachment/thinking about alcohol to the point hopefully one increasingly forgets about alcohol/that they were ever an alcoholic. There is some decent academic research on this point, but basically the problem with the AA is that it definitely keeps many people in the stigma 'mindset' of drinking: people thinking heavily about how long they have been 'dry' and without a drink is still an addiction-like mindset. As soon as someone has a single drink they often feel like they have enormously failed/it can trigger them back into drinking heavily. It clouds the possibility/idea of just becoming a responsible drinker and in general not being mentally attached to the idea of drinking, whether it be being an alcoholic or completely rejecting it.
aotearoaaesthete:
@Outlier Agreed- your assessment of the 'weird situation' put better words to it/captured my thoughts that spurred this post heh.
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Making this blog post purely to meet the req's for the SGNZ group.

Other than that, loving the new site, a little annoyed about the limited search functionality/lack of tags.

Anyways things are well down in Dunedin, working at an anarchist bookshop, hope you are well whoever reading this.

maslow:
It's really crazy to be on the other side of the immigration process. I've read about people trying to get into the States or Sweden and the problems they have, but I never really understood that feeling until now. And thanks for the book suggestion! I will put in on my list!