Monthly Archives: July 2007

Workarounds for Oligopoly

In the last year, Canada’s largest brewery, largest retailer, three of its largest mining companies, one of its largest steel companies and two of its largest forestry companies have been sold to foreigners. Now, the largest media and telecom conglomerate … Continue reading

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What We Care About

In response to my Saturday post, reader Chaitanya sent me a quote from the late Stephen J. Gould: We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well — … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – July 29, 2007

Lightning Branches, by Andrew Campbell (a depiction of Now Time) What I’m thinking about, and planning on writing (and podcasting) about soon:I’ve nearly completed the manuscript for my book on Natural Enterprise, which is due at the publisher in two … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week – July 28, 2007 – the Cultural Anthropology Edition

What’s Important This Week: The World Without Us: Alan Weisman speculates on a future world without humans. Wonder how it compares to Ronald Wright’s vision? (image above is from Weisman’s book) Who Cares About Factory Farmed Animals’ Welfare?: The factory … Continue reading

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The Dynamics of Social Networks

Social networks are by nature complex phenomena — they can never be fully known or understood, and there are an infinite number of variables that affect their evolution and their success or failure. My observation is that they are also … Continue reading

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Intentional Meditation?

I‘m pretty hopeless at meditating. I just don’t seem to be able to slow down and focus my mind sufficiently to get the benefits from it. I have, however, found that certain focused activities do get me into a state … Continue reading

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Personal vs Collective Self-Interest

The idea of the ‘free’ market economy is that, if each of us pursues our enlightened self-interest, the result will be an optimal balancing of those interests, and an economy that produces what people most need, or at least want. … Continue reading

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Too Much Outrage, and Not Nearly Enough

My favourite cartoon from the ever-provocative Ted Rall I‘ve been trying to figure out why some people love Michael Moore’s new movie Sicko, and others hate it. The wildly divergent reactions, it seems, have less to do with political view … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – July 22, 2007

Boathouse at Dawn, Fiji, photo by Ron Romanosky, at webshots What I’m thinking about, and planning on writing (and podcasting) about soon:I’m working furiously on completing the manuscript for my book on Natural Enterprise, which is due at the publisher … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week – July 21, 2007

Rufus & Quack #4 Making Sense Of It All This Week:Lee Arnold’s Two-Minute YouTube Review of Al Gore’s New Book: The inventor of ecolanguage does it again. Brilliant. Leaders and Heroes, Proud of Their Obscene Wealth: The great NYT investigative … Continue reading

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