Monthly Archives: February 2004

THE BOSTON TEA-PARTY AS ‘ECO-TERRORISM’

A member of the Derrick Jensen mailing list pointed out a brilliantly-written letter to the editor of a small Virginia community newspaper, describing new laws to increase penalties for ‘eco-terrorism’, a vaguely defined term which appears to include acts of … Continue reading

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BUSH’S JOBLESS RECOVERY AND LUDICROUS EMPLOYMENT FORECAST

Almost immediately after Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors glowingly predicted they would create 2.6 million net new jobs this year, the Republican spin doctors and backtrackers have been working overtime to deny that’s what they meant. Of course, as CBS … Continue reading

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GOOGLE & PORN: PSST, WANNA SEE SOME DIRTY PICTURES AND UP MY HIT COUNT?

A recent report says that Google, in order to try to beat back growing competition from other search engines (wonder why that might be necessary?), has added a billion pages to what it spiders, from 3.3 to 4.3 billion pages. … Continue reading

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THE LEARNING ASYLUM

I‘ve been corresponding with (Mr.) Jan Eggers of the exceptional blog Dirtgrain. Jan is a teacher who writes often of the frustration of dealing with an education system that is dysfunctional, bureaucratic, co-opted by corporatists, shrugged off by parents as … Continue reading

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PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Since February 1st, David Gurteen, one of the pioneers and brightest thinkers in the field of Knowledge Management, has been busy, to my delight, reinventing the discipline as Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). As readers of my business posts know, that’s … Continue reading

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THE WRITING OF T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

It’s been a long time since I’ve added a writer of fiction to my list of authors whose work I search for every time I discover a new bookstore. TC Boyle is The Man. Those of you who know my … Continue reading

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CHRIS BRITT ON BUSH’S NATIONAL GUARD ‘SERVICE’

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LIVING OUTSIDE OURSELVES

Now that I am no longer spending the bulk of my waking hours doing what my boss tells me to do, I’m beginning to entertain some heretical thoughts. I am beginning to believe that civilization has so warped us that, … Continue reading

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IN DEFENSE OF RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM: A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION

Here’s a fascinating site: TakingITGlobal is a Toronto-based non-profit group dedicated to “addressing global problems and creating positive change” whose staff consists entirely of young people. This bunch are active in addressing youth organizations and conferences all over the world, … Continue reading

Posted in Preparing for Civilization's End | 8 Comments

SALSA ANYONE?

Yesterday my wife and I, and a group of our neighbours, started Latin dancing lessons. Our instructor, Albert Gomez, has won a number of awards and has trained the actors and actresses in some recent dance movies. He’s a patient … Continue reading

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