Archive for March, 2007

The anger suddenly flows back…

I found a video on YouTube of some events that I actually witnessed just over 6 months ago, at the Stop the War demonstration in Manchester, the day before the Labour Party Conference opened. Actually, in fairness, I didn’t see what’s on the video, I saw what happened later on, but the sensation is just the same. Its entitled “Reza Moradi disrupts Tony Benn; gets thrown out“.

It shows what happens when someone turns up to a Stop the War protest who neither wants to be associated with Islamists nor wants to stay quiet about the issue of Islamisation.  Someone once described the Stop the War movement as the third-way alternative to “Bush or Bin Laden”.  How wrong they were… (more…)

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Saturday, 31st March 2007 at 9:00 UTC Leave a comment

Online Persona’s

I’m getting annoyed by the number of people who’ve told me that I should be careful about what I do online because I might not get job offers if potential employees see what I’ve done. Apparently this is becoming more of a reason to hide your off-line identity than the risk of sexual abuse or desire for escapism. Its just I really don’t feel like hiding who I am for the sake of getting a job. (more…)

Friday, 30th March 2007 at 9:00 UTC 3 comments

Remind me why we think they’re ours?

I’ve just take the Falklands mini-quiz on the BBC news website. While I rarely get more than 7 questions in these quizzes correct, scoring exactly 1 out of 10 makes me wonder how everyone else is doing. The answer, I suspect, is ‘not very well’. Once again I’m left with just one question on my mind: “why does anyone think these Islands are ours?”. Given how little we know about them, perhaps its time we gave them back to the nation who’s school children do actually learn about them, rather than trying to make some immature statement by holding on to them.

Thursday, 29th March 2007 at 19:54 UTC 3 comments

The power of networking

My dissertation is taking up most of my time and I’m far too tired to write anything at length, but I thought I’d share some observations of social networking that I’ve made today. While my dissertation is quite heavily focused on the nature of networking (social and organisational rather than technological) between campaign groups and social movements and so forth, I’ve also found myself making mental notes on networking effects in society, especially that website. (more…)

Thursday, 29th March 2007 at 2:16 UTC 3 comments

Is Consensus just a rural thing?

I’ve been meaning to address this for a while. I’ve been finding lately that, with the exception of activist groups which are bringing Consensus into urban contexts, often with large difficulties, that Urban/Industrial-Worker groups will go for majority vote based decision making and Rural/Indigenous groups will go for consensus based decision making. While many claim consensus to be morally superior, is there a different factor in when it is and isn’t used? (more…)

Tuesday, 27th March 2007 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

The only news thats fit to mention…

Is that (for Palestine, at least), there is no news today.  I couldn’t help thinking of the David Rovics song from which that line comes as I read about the journalist strikes in the Gaza strip in recent days. They’re protesting at the capturing of the BBC’s Alan Johnston, one of very few western journalists to be based inside the strip.

Journalists fascinate me quite a lot.  They’re supposed to be competing to get exclusive stories and best-angle photographs, but at the end of the day, they seem to see past that to the real issues of protecting one another and stopping the erosion of journalistic rights.  In other professions, they’d be cuddling up to the governments, knifing each other in the metaphorical back and jumping in front of each others lenses.

Anyhow, I’ll leave you with a link to Rovics’ Spanish Journalist Strike, a powerful song which talks of an incident in Afghanistan when 4 journalists were killed.

Monday, 26th March 2007 at 14:59 UTC Leave a comment

Monday Action: On yer bike, its Critical Mass time!

See also the Monday Action page.

Its the time of the month when Critical Mass is upon us, and as the clocks changed yesterday, nows the best time to start taking part. What’s Critical Mass?

Critical Mass happens monthly in many cities around the world, when a group of people on bikes ride together through city streets highlighting the joys and worries of cycling, both as a leisure activity, a method of getting around and a way of combating Climate Change. Most rides lack a set route (though Leeds does) so whoever is at the front decides the direction at each traffic lights. (more…)

Monday, 26th March 2007 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

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