More than 4 million people have watched this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-QA2rkpBSY&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6A1FD147A45EF50D – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – See also: 2012-02-28 Over-population, a graphic presentation
Listen to radio podcast: Empire of Illusion, Chris Hedges
Writer Chris Hedges argues that North American culture is dying because it has become transfixed by illusions about literacy, love, wisdom, happiness and democracy. Jim Brown explores Hedges’ ideas about the mechanisms that keep us diverted from confronting the collapse around us. http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/11/30/empire-of-illusion/ Broadcast: Wednesday – November 30, 2011
2011-10-29 It is all right here: The Third Industrial Revolution – an interview with Jeremy Rifkin.
Rifkin’s most recent books: The Empathic Civilization and The Third Industrial Revolution. The interview makes one painfully aware of the lack of enlightened political leadership in Canada. The back-up plan: we have to become informed ourselves. Drive the change from the bottom-up, if it’s not coming from the top-down. The Third Industrial Revolution — an interview with […]
2011-04-23 The role of values when it comes to governing ourselves. Cruelty to animals a case in point.
Dear Jacki, RE: Where do you stand on improving Canada’s animal protection laws? NOTE: “Tammy” asked the same question; “Emily” asked a closely-related one. This reply to you is an elaboration on my replies to them. The question of how we treat animals is mainly a question of: Culture and Ethics (Values). It is also […]
2011-01-08 “Inside Job”, movie narrated by Matt Damon, highly recommended
I just about didn’t go to this movie. Having seen it, I believe it will go on the record as a critical contribution to the shaping of what comes next. It is up there with “The Corporation” and “Bowling for Columbine”. The audience was generally riveted to the screen. It is well worth making the […]
2010-03-10 Propaganda, Democracy: Imagining “the other”. Ralston Saul. The Cellist of Sarajevo.
Some critical components of democracy are addressed, including the ability of citizens to recognize propaganda and how it operates. CONTENTS (1) COMMENTARY (2) THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == (1) COMMENTARY I was asked: Why shouldn’t I […]
2010-02-25 Understanding why we flounder, help from John Ralston Saul “On Equilibrium”
For me, the preceding newspaper article USING DEFENCE STOCKS TO BOLSTER YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO is a tragedy of epic proportions. Not a tragedy of a single person or family, but of our society. It is bizarre that this can be an article from a “normal” newspaper, on a normal day, written by a normal person. It’s […]
2009-11-04 EXTRAORDINARY, JK Rowling. Howard Woodhouse. Jane Jacobs. Universities & Values.
CONTENTS 1. JK ROWLING’S ADDRESS TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATING CLASS. THE VERY BEST GIFT I (SANDRA) CAN GIVE TO YOU. 2. HOWARD WOODHOUSE’S NEW BOOK RE UNIVERSITIES: “SELLING OUT”. 3. UNIVERSITIES AND VALUES, AN URGENT PROBLEM FOR US ALL. WHAT TO DO. 4. COMMENTARY (BACKGROUND FOR NEWCOMERS) 5. TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF ETHICS, APPROPRIATE TO […]
2008-11-09 Encana Dawson Creek: Reply from RCMP Anti-Terrorist Squad. Rule of law? Jane Jacobs.
BACKGROUND: – An anti-terrorist RCMP squad was sent to Dawson Creek because of incidents on the Encana pipeline. – I emailed the RCMP (2008-11-06 Letter to RCMP anti-terrorism squad): the underlying CAUSES of the incidents at the pipeline need to be addressed. The actions (the “incidents”) draw attention to a problem. They are not the […]
2007-06-10 Blessed Unrest & A Force More Powerful (non-violent resistance)
This book Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken will give you a high that lasts. Cheaper than anti-depressants and with no side effects. Call it up from memory anytime you feel yourself being sucked low in pessimism about the future of human society on Earth. The Earth has an immune system: it’s us! In the millions […]