Monthly Archives: October 2003

STEVE RAKER – WORDS AND PICTURES

Blogless Steve Raker is a frequent contributor to Virtual Occoquan. He’s a wizard with a camera, and he’s given me permission to post a couple of his photos. The accompanying text is his. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? We are … Continue reading

Posted in Our Culture / Ourselves | 1 Comment

WHISTLE-BLOWERS: HEROES OR FOOLS?

There’s a story hidden behind each revelation of corporate corruption and greed, each unearthing of a political scandal, each discrediting of a sports star or professional impersonator. It’s the story of a whistle-blower, the individuals who, for a variety of … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 8 Comments

MOST POPULAR CANADIAN BLOGS — AND A TIP OF THE HAT TO TWO CANADIAN CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS

Unlike most of their US counterparts, Canadian conservative weblogs are often well-researched, reasonable, bile-free, and informative to read. Colby Cosh, one of the two leading conservative Canadian bloggers, has just re-compiled his list of the Most Popular Canadian blogs, which … Continue reading

Posted in Using Weblogs and Technology | 4 Comments

ENEMY ALIENS: (ATTORNEY-)GENERAL ASHCROFT’S WAR AT HOME

John Ashcroft’s war on those he deems ‘enemies’ in the US — that is, everyone that doesn’t share his fiercely reactionary views — is brilliantly documented in a new book Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the ‘War … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 6 Comments

HELLO SCRIPTING NEWS READERS

Greetings if you came here from Dave Winer’s Scripting News. I appreciate the mention of my blog on Dave’s enormously popular one, and hope that you’ll tell me what you think of How to Save the World, and that you’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Using Weblogs and Technology | 3 Comments

CHARLES HANDY’S RADICAL BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

For a few months now I have been espousing a concept called “New Collaborative Enterprises“, as the basis for a radical, post-capitalist society. The idea is to create a new economy based on small self-selecting partnerships of people with unique … Continue reading

Posted in Working Smarter | 22 Comments

MORE ON THE SPORTS DOPING SCANDAL

The inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, he of The Tipping Point, wrote an expose last year of the epidemic of illegal drug use in sport, and how athletes, coaches and laboratories are able to stay one step ahead of the testers, and … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works | 10 Comments

HOW TO STOP URBAN SPRAWL IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

The David Suzuki Foundation has produced a complete toolkit on how to stop urban sprawl in your neighbourhood. The toolkit includes background information on Smart Growth policies, programs and benefits, information on who and how to lobby for changes to … Continue reading

Posted in Preparing for Civilization's End | 9 Comments

THE BANKRUPTING OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS

Another great article from Salon’s Katherine Mieszkowski reviews The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke, a new book by Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren and her daughter. Highlights: The greatest predictor of bankruptcy in America today … Continue reading

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ANOTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY HORROR — WHILE CANADA’S SENATE WAFFLES OVER ANIMAL WELFARE REFORM

The waffling of the Canadian Senate over Bill C10(b) — the act to reform Canada’s animal cruelty law for the first time since 1892 — must be held at least partly responsible for the horrific and despicable tragedy at Wood … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Preparing for Civilization's End | 10 Comments