Archive for February, 2009
I was watching News 24 on Saturday (not for long, I should add) and happened upon an interview with a representative of Friends of the Earth. I was appalled by what the FOE representative had to say: the solution to car industry woes is to build more cars, and make them a bit nicer. What are they thinking? Aren’t they missing the real opportunity? (more…)
A recent article in the BBC’s series “The Green Room” which is intended to give “thought-provoking opinion pieces on environmental topics” posed the question of why population is almost entirely absent from sustainability debates. The observation is largely a valid one, but the article focuses more on the need to include it in the agenda than the reasons it is absent. (more…)
York University is going through exciting times at the moment with the establishment of “Disarm”, a group focused on getting arms companies and the military off campus, and now a Palestine Solidarity Society. With Disarm its been heartening to see so many students come to meetings, upto 60 in fact, from so many backgrounds: Socialists, Anarchists, People and Planet and Amnesty members, Labour Students and more. Unfortunately, last weeks meeting was somewhat interrupted by someone trying to fiddle the agenda. (more…)
I’m writing this for the DISARM zine, part of the campaign at the University of York which aims to see the University divest itself of investments in BAE. I thought I’d look at the case for focusing on “conventional” weapons where many have invested time and effort in ridding the world of nuclear weapons in the past. (more…)
So to conclude this week-long run on Tolerance, I want to look at something perhaps a little more light hearted. I am, at heart, something of an omnigeek, which might explain the mix of topics covered on this blog. Here’s some thoughts on Geeks, Tolerance and protecting Identities from outside persecution. (more…)
Found something I want to stick in as an extra, so its 2.5 out of 3. Having talked about tolerance of sex where one can at least assume that the sex itself is consensual, here’s something rather interesting about how society handles the more horrifying side of sex.
Dresden Doll’s Amanda Palmer on Abortion, Rape, Art and Humor.
I wanted to take this series forward and address something which pushes the issue to the very limits. A few weeks ago, I saw a poster in Manchester Victoria station warning potential offenders that police were cracking down on the public sex once quite common in the Gents toilets there. Aha! Behaviour doesn’t get much more intolerable than that, does it? But I found myself facing some quite tough questions about this intervention, and so made a mental note to blog about it sometime later. (more…)
I thought I’d do a week with a topic for once, and that topic is going to be tolerance. I want to look at some of the changes that appear to be happening with regards to what once seemed the buzzword of society, and to pick apart some recent encounters I’ve had, in areas such as religion, sexual morality and, for something completely different, geekery.
Whilst reading around the recent Gaza conflict I happened upon an article, apparently originally posted on the Jewish Chronicle website, now reposted by a supposed anti-Semitism monitoring organisation, berating the outcome of a referendum which set out to define Jewish identity as purely religious. The wording of the motion can be checked below the article. (more…)
A couple of articles from the BBC really ticked me off, and reminded me how completely unjust our economic system can be. Predictions are being made that 600,000 jobs will be lost this year (and I suppose the cynical might think to round that up to a million) and now bosses want those of us with work to suffer real-terms pay cuts.
I’ve heard some large swipes being taken at permissiveness recently, so without any specific references to recent occurrences of such arguments (some of which were quite vile and others quite reasonable if misguided, I’m going to try and cobble some kind of defence of permissiveness together.