The dilemma of ethical consumption: how much are your ethics worth to you?
As the fires rage on, bringing little but anti-green and pro-coal propaganda from our governments, we have a choice. We can go on pretending that exploitation is a sustainable way of life. We can pursue this culture of denial, where truths about nature, climate, women and Indigenous peoples are held in contempt. Or we can dust off our angel wings and smarten up.
The internet has been colonized by a handful of big tech companies that wield their monopoly power without restraint. This power allow them to bully, extort, or, should they please, even destroy our business – unless we accept their often onerous, exploitive, and ever-changing terms and condi
“Medecin Sans Frontiers report that the despair on Nauru is worse than they have seen with victims of torture. (Hopelessness, homelessness, lack of purpose and future is torture.) Children and some adults are suffering the potentially fatal resignation syndrome. Twelve men have died on Manus. Yet medical transfers are fiercely resisted by Home Affairs and Peter Dutton, the minister who suggested that “a single act of compassion” could allure people smugglers.”
Medecin Sans Frontiers report that the despair on Nauru is worse than they have seen with victims of torture. (Hopelessness, homelessness, lack of purpose and future is torture.) Children and some adults are suffering the potentially fatal resignation syndrome. Twelve men have died on Manus. Yet medical transfers are fiercely resisted by Home Affairs and Peter Dutton, the minister who suggested that “a single act of compassion” could allure people smugglers.
“Abolition pushes us to envision ways of addressing violence and creating safer communities without using forms of harm to do so. In her keynote, Angela Davis said it takes courage to imagine this different future as we inevitably feel most comfortable in what we know. To build a world without prisons is to disrupt a society built on inequity, patriarchal violence and colonisation.”
Abolition pushes us to envision ways of addressing violence and creating safer communities without using forms of harm to do so. In her keynote, Angela Davis said it takes courage to imagine this different future as we inevitably feel most comfortable in what we know. To build a world without prisons is to disrupt a society built on inequity, patriarchal violence and colonisation.
“Because in the end, the threat to our democracy doesn’t just come from Donald Trump or the current batch of Republicans in Congress or the Koch brothers and their lobbyists, or too much compromise from Democrats, or Russian hacking,” he said. “The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference.”
Tap. Scroll. Swipe. Zone out. Time passes.
All the formerly unoccupied in-between time is now is booked by our phones. We like to think we’re being efficient and getting stuff done, but in fact, we’re denying our brains something critical — boredom.
A wonderful summary of the intention of the second amendment.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t just say Congress shall not infringe the right to “keep and bear arms.” It specifically says that right exists in order to maintain “a well-regulated militia.” Even the late conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia admitted those words weren’t in there by accident. Oh, and the Constitution doesn’t just say a “militia.” It says a “well-regulated” militia.
What did the Founding Fathers mean by that? We don’t have to guess because they told us. In Federalist No. 29 of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton explained at great length precisely what a “well-regulated militia” was, why the Founding Fathers thought we needed one, and why they wanted to protect it from being disarmed by the federal government.
The Second Amendment is an instrument of government. It’s not about hunting or gun collecting or carrying your pistol into the saloon.
All of us have had our personal data breached by countless organisations. It is well past time for a Digital Protection Agency who has the mandate, and the power, to enforce these companies to properly handle our personal information, force them to fix up their fuckups, and help citizens restore their identities when they're stolen.
"Tonight (it never gets dark this time of year) I skied back to the Pole again... to take this photo for all those men who commented “Make me a sandwich” on my TEDX Talk. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it."
Out of the 60, 70, 80 hours a week many are expected to pour into work, how many of those hours are really spent on the work itself? And how many are tossed away in meetings, lost to distraction, and withered away by inefficient business practices? The bulk.
The answer isn’t more hours, it’s less bullshit. Less waste, not more production. And far fewer things that induce distraction, always-on anxiety, and stress.
What you are about to read is a detailed, intimate, behind-the-scenes, never-EVER-before mentioned, and often soul crushing breakdown of what has been going on with me musically since my last release. I also will explain how I intend to create and release music going forward, and how I hope you will play a part.
One script to rule them all, One script to find them, One script to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
Given how involved Musk is in the engineering side of things, a question that he commonly gets asked is how on Earth he learned so much about rockets. His answer? “I read a lot of books.”
It’s an answer that almost makes you want to laugh. Picking up rocket science as a hobby through reading isn’t what normal people do. Yet, it’s not completely unbelievable. We’ve all heard the stories about how many of the people we admire attribute much of their success to their thirst for knowledge and their love of books.
There’s a certain peacefulness that comes with having less “stuff”, much of which we likely don’t know we even have or rarely use.
September 29, 1982, seemed like a day that would live in corporate-America infamy after three Chicagoans died from taking cyanide-laced capsules of extra-strength Tylenol. In the coming days, four others would die from ingesting a corrupted version of the painkiller, which had been laced with cyanide. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol, would subsequently be thrust into one of the biggest nightmares in its history.
“I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on training programs and all sorts of employee engagement initiatives… and office chairs was the thing that did it?!”
The democratization of taste, abetted by the Web, coincides with the democratization of creativity. The makers have the means to sell, but everybody has the means to make. And everybody’s using them. Everybody seems to fancy himself a writer, a musician, a visual artist. Apple figured this out a long time ago: that the best way to sell us its expensive tools is to convince us that we all have something unique and urgent to express.
“Producerism,” we can call this, by analogy with consumerism. What we’re now persuaded to consume, most conspicuously, are the means to create. And the democratization of taste ensures that no one has the right (or inclination) to tell us when our work is bad. A universal grade inflation now obtains: we’re all swapping A-minuses all the time, or, in the language of Facebook, “likes.”
It's legal in every US state for underage girls to be married off, often at the behest of families and judges, and often to hide the offence of paedophiles in their own community. These girls can't get a job, a license, sign a lease, or get a loan, so why can they be married? A number of states don't even specify a minimum age. The State Department has called out other countries for this barbaric practice, yet politicians remain unconvinced of the need for change—apparently more concerned about births out of wedlock than stamping out domestic violence and rape committed against their children.