Monthly Archives: October 2004

MARK KINGWELL ASKS ‘WHAT IS HAPPINESS?’

Kingwell, a Toronto philosophy professor, asks a lot of other questions as well in his meandering bestseller Better Living (also released as In Pursuit of Happiness). His answers aren’t up to the standards of those in his later, extraordinary book … Continue reading

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‘TORT REFORM’ THE LATEST BUZZWORD FOR CORPORATISTS’ ASSAULT ON CITIZENS

Jeff Milchen, director of Reclaim Democracy, has written an excellent recap for Common Dreams of how the law is working to the advantage of corporatists, and against the interests of citizens and consumers. It’s all part of the relentless war … Continue reading

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IF YOU’RE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, PLEASE GET OUT

Over the past couple of years, I’ve read a lot of blogs, and a lot of books, from people who work in Information Technology (IT) or in Knowledge Management (KM). At a KM conference last year, I somewhat timidly suggested … Continue reading

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THE TWO-INCOME TRAP: WHY LENDERS WANT YOU TO LIVE BEYOND YOUR MEANS

Sources: FDIC, Census Bureau, Cardweb.com, BankruptcyAction.com An obscure legal loophole, discovered in 1978 and validated that same year by the US Supreme Court, changed forever lending and borrowing practices, and the housing market, in the US. Until that time, interest … Continue reading

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ANTHEMS

The closeness and the significance of Tuesday’s election is bringing out the best in a lot of caring people. In addition to the collective energies in exercises like the group post below, the last few days have seen: The extraordinary … Continue reading

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THERE IS A CHOICE

Eleven bloggers from around the world agreed to write a short piece and post all the contributions on each of our blogs, around the theme “There is a Choice”, in defence of our environment and in consideration of the upcoming … Continue reading

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PR-STV: A BETTER WAY TO SELECT A GOVERNMENT

If you wanted more proof of the Wisdom of Crowds, you got it last week when the Citizens’ Assembly of BC, a representative group of 153 citizens selected at random from the voter rolls to identify the best electoral system … Continue reading

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MAKING THE EFFORT TO ASK FOR VOTES

Steve Raker is out knocking on doors in one of the swing states, asking people to vote for Kerry next Tuesday. He makes this critical point: The door to door work for Kerry was really very rewarding. I came home … Continue reading

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REHEARSAL

I‘ve been writing a lot about mental frames and about stories lately, and I’ve commented on the fact that when two people talk, very little of their meaning and intent is actually conveyed. The lion’s share of the communication is … Continue reading

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REMAINDERS

Seven interesting stories from the last two weeks that together tell us where we’ve got to, and where we’re going: Spacecrafts Powered by Thunder: Good news and bad news from the space research front. Scientists have invented a new engine … Continue reading

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