Archive for February, 2009

A car-free solution to factory closures?

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…)

Monday, 23rd February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 3 comments

The Unmentionable Population Debate

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…)

Friday, 20th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 2 comments

Who invited you?

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…)

Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 3 comments

Shouldn’t we be stopping Nukes?

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…)

Monday, 16th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

Thoughts on Tolerance 3: Geekery

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…)

Friday, 13th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 5 comments

Thoughts on Tolerance 2.5: Censored for trying to cope

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.

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Thursday, 12th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

Thoughts on Tolerance 2: Sexuality

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…)

Wednesday, 11th February 2009 at 9:00 UTC 5 comments

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