Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Activism, Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity

September 22, 2011 / 0 comments

As the attempted eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm seemed more likely, claims surfaced in the media that the Travellers themselves had left and that only “activists” were remaining at Dale Farm. Reporting for the Guardian from inside Dale Farm, John Bingham wrote “The girls are angered at suggestions in the media that there are…

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Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Land, Housing & Eviction

September 20, 2011 / 0 comments

This post represents the beginning of some research I’m doing on the Irish Traveller community at Dale Farm. The working title is “When Nomads Fight To Stay: Land Zoning, Globalized Activism and Forceable Eviction at Dale Farm” On July 4th, 2011, decades of legal battles came to a head with an eviction order for around…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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iPhone 4cf: Conflict Free iPhone

November 16, 2010 / 0 comments

In what I have reason to believe is a new campaign from the Yes Men, a web site has launched announcing a free trade-in program for the iPhone 4cf, a new “conflict free iPhone.”

Fierce OS

October 22, 2010 / 0 comments

The interpretation of symbolic structures is forced into an infinity of symbolic contextual meanings. M. M. Bakhtin Historically, Lions have been symbols of power from the Persian to the British Empires, from Hinduism (Narasimha) to Judaism, Islam and Christianity (see Kings, Judges, Proverbs, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel, Numbers, Revelations, etc. and of course The Lion, the Witch and…

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Google’s Autocomplete Algorithm

October 21, 2010 / 0 comments

A friend shared this series of Google autocomplete search results on a social network, it contains screen captures of Google’s autocomplete feature along with a venn diagram produced from the resulting terms: I was curious if I would get the same terms, so I tried it. As soon as I found that my results for…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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Church of England calls for Technology Fast

February 20, 2010 / 0 comments

The Tearfund carbon fast asks that we give up technology and re-allocate to the poor.    The Telegraph reports that Bishops in the Church of England are calling for a technology fast during Lent: “[The technology fast] is a statement [of solidarity] with a world that does not have that ability to communicate the way…

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The Jain’s Death

March 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Sent by Elizabeth Housley. This is an amazing online graphic story by Patrick Farley. 2/9/10: Update, the work is back up on the original site here.

Dignity of Living Beings

March 1, 2009 / 0 comments

“The dignity of living beings with regard to plants. Moral consideration of plants for their own sake.” (PDF Download) From the Swiss Federal Ethics Comittee on Non-Human Biotechnology.

Film – Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within

January 30, 2009 / 0 comments

Playing tonight, here: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., New York, NY (Doors 7p, screening 8p sharp, $10)

Becoming Human

January 24, 2009 / 0 comments

via Elizabeth Housley Story from North America (FULL VERSION!) from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

superhuman powers

January 22, 2009 / 0 comments

Via Discerning Brute, Erin Pavlina tells her story of running the vegan spirituality software: I grew up on burgers, fries and milkshakes. I ate the Standard American Diet my entire life. Around the time I started college, I told the spirits that I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to save the planet. And…

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Prisons ordered to provide vegan meal

June 24, 2008 / 0 comments

“U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this week that the Department of Correction violated federal law protecting religious freedom and ordered the department to provide Daniel Yeboah-Sefah a diet in line with his Buddhist beliefs.” Read more…

Art at what cost?

April 22, 2008 / 0 comments

Discerning Brute blogs about Guillermo Vargas Habacuc’s plan to starve another dog as part of an exhibition. As artists and viewers of art, we must take a firm stand against this exhibition. Not a stand against any form of art, but a stand against cruelty and slavery, torture and murder. Discerning Brute is right on…

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