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Scripturient: Corruption and conflict of interest

Ever get that uneasy sense of deja vu? That some ugly, undemocratic event you’re watching at council, some autocratic, conniving, secret and self-serving act is something you’ve experienced in the past? That those nasty breaches of ethics, those conflicts of interest, those ignored bylaws and broken trust are things you’ve already seen at the table? . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Corruption and conflict of interest

Things Are Good: Grow Diamonds Instead of Buying Blood Diamonds

Blood diamonds are a problem for a multitude of reasons and they really shouldn’t be since we can create diamonds from scratch. A company called Pure Grown Diamonds sell diamonds that are grown in a a lab for all your diamond needs. The market for diamonds is largely a social construct based off of good . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Grow Diamonds Instead of Buying Blood Diamonds

Things Are Good: Artists Bring Peace to the Streets

Street art about peace is getting special attention in London these next few weeks. Artists from all over the world are going to explore the idea of ‘peace in our streets’ and what it means to them. It looks like it’ll be a great exhibit.

If you’re in London you should check it out.

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Scripturient: What’s Up With Tim Fryer?

Fledgling councillors may be excused for gaffes, gaucheries and solecisms they make in their first month or so in office. They’re new, inexperienced, dazzled by their recent election success, so we cut them some slack. And there are all these shiny things to distract a councillor: procedure, voting, reading, motions, shuffling paper, approving minutes, showing . . . → Read More: Scripturient: What’s Up With Tim Fryer?

Art Threat: Art and photography tackle the conscience and chronology of war

A review of: Conflict – Time – Photography @ Tate Modern, London Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War @ Pallant Gallery, Chichester Brute @ arthouse1, London

We have just returned from Tate Modern and the exhibition Conflict-Time-Photography. On the cover of the exhibition catalogue is the photo of a statue. It’s . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Art and photography tackle the conscience and chronology of war

Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada, once the peacekeeping nation of merit and respect has been downgraded in the eyes of international observers since being led by right wing ideologue, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

His unbalanced view and posture is nowhere more obvious that his absolute support for the extreme right-wing . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

Things Are Good: Fairphone – A Phone Built With Social Values

Fairphone is a new phone built in an ethical way using (mostly) ethically sound sources. It’s a reaction to the ongoing problems with electronics manufactures who get minerals from conflict regions (think blood diamonds) and places with no labour protection. Until Fairphone, there was no way to get a phone that didn’t support repressive and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Fairphone – A Phone Built With Social Values

Art Threat: Joe Sacco depicts one dreadful day of The Great War

The latest book by comic artist Joe Sacco isn’t really a book at all. The Great War is a single 24-foot-long panoramic image that illustrates the first day of the battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.

And while the style is certainly Sacco, The Great War differs from his previous projects, such as . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Joe Sacco depicts one dreadful day of The Great War

The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges on "Murdering the Wretched of the Earth"

There’s a reason the Muslim poor flock to radical Islam, several reasons in fact.  They’ve been discussed at length before but Chris Hedges, in light of the massacres ongoing in Egypt, recaps:

Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Chris Hedges on "Murdering the Wretched of the Earth"

drive-by planet: Brother Ali – Mourning in America: ‘a critique of our culture of war and death’

This recent Brother Ali video track is worth checking out.

Mourning in America is a powerful piece of work. Brother Ali had this to say about the track and the album:

This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Brother Ali – Mourning in America: ‘a critique of our culture of war and death’

CuriosityCat: Modified Red Queen Hypothesis: Do we need conflict for our further evolution?

Consider this latest takeon what made humans evolve so fast over 2 million years, compared to other animals: Red Queen hypothesizing

“Inter-group conflict would certainly have placed a premium on such correlates of neural function as planning and throwing,” Prof Tattersall explained. “If we were somehow able to implicate conflict among groups as a . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Modified Red Queen Hypothesis: Do we need conflict for our further evolution?

350 or bust: Conflict: What’s Really At Stake And How To Move From No To Yes

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. On this talk, author William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project, discusses resolving human conflict through walking from “no” to “yes” drawing from his own wide experience of conflict situations. Truly inspiring! * William Ury: Helping People Get To Yes

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The Disaffected Lib: Oooh, This Could Get Nasty

China has provoked outrage in the Philippines by deploying this oil platform, the country’s first deepwater drilling rig, into the South China Sea.

The rig, CNOOC 981, began drilling operations yesterday in disputed waters 320 km from Hong Kong.

According to Reuters, civil society and political groups with links to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Oooh, This Could Get Nasty

The Scott Ross: Why The Abortion Debate Is Polarized

The abortion debate will be polarized no matter what, and if the politicians like Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth don’t ensure that, the media will.

On March 14 Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth talked with reporters about his private members’ motion asking for a public discussion on when life begins. Though his comparison between unborn persons . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why The Abortion Debate Is Polarized

The Roundhouse: Another avoidable tragedy for Gaza

The loss of life on the flotilla attempting to move from Cyprus to Gaza is tragic, but it was also completely avoidable. This is a topic certain to inflame passions, but there were a few points I felt I had to make. Gaza is under a declared blockade; o… . . . → Read More: The Roundhouse: Another avoidable tragedy for Gaza

The Roundhouse: Another avoidable tragedy for Gaza

The loss of life on the flotilla attempting to move from Cyprus to Gaza is tragic, but it was also completely avoidable. This is a topic certain to inflame passions, but there were a few points I felt I had to make.

Gaza is under a declared blockade; one declared not by Israel alone, . . . → Read More: The Roundhouse: Another avoidable tragedy for Gaza