Saturday, 21 March 2015

Chris Hedges: The Most Dangerous Woman in America - Truthdig

Chris Hedges: The Most Dangerous Woman in America - Truthdig

One major difference I see between capitalism and socialism is responsibility. Under capitalism, all responsibility (conceptually) is put on the individual to somehow overcome systemic injustices to achieve what is supposedly available to every single person who "works hard enough" -- economic freedom and success. Wealth. What we end up with is a wealthy few, and suffering mass. How can anyone still claim that this system works?

Under socialism as Sawant presents it, we are all responsible to each other. It's through collective action that we can ensure no one lives in poverty. Rather than stepping on others on our individual climb to the top, we stand up with others. By creating economic and social justice for everyone, we all win.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Ta-da! A small investment in our collective futures...

What is it? -- you may ask. It's a "mounting hole cover". I put my money where my mouth is and invested in a project called "Solar Roadways" on Indiegogo. When the project met it's funding target, my bank account got lighter... but the world got a little brighter. :)  This is my "reward" for giving to the project -- my name appears on what will be the prototype parking lot for Solar Roadways. Neat-o!

For more details on the Solar Roadways project:

Monday, 9 March 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still a Thing???

Any talk of humans being purely rational beings, or relying on "evidence-based decision-making" becomes ridiculously absurd after you watch this and realize that we (a good portion of humans on the globe) participate in a ritual called "Daylight Savings Time" that beyond being odd and inconvenient has actually been proven somewhat DANGEROUS and DETRIMENTAL... and we're still doing it! It's a habit that goes largely unquestioned (what happened to the "the unexamined life... yada yada yada"), serves no apparent purpose, and provides no apparent benefit (except for another thing to bitch about to colleagues at work or school).

Monday, 2 March 2015

Initiatives: The Working Mind | Mental Health Commission of Canada

Initiatives: The Working Mind | Mental Health Commission of Canada

This is a very exciting initiative, and I'm proud to say that I'm now a part of it! I finished my training last week so that I can now train others in a course called "The Working Mind". The purpose of this course is to begin a culture change in Canadian workplaces (and beyond) to reduce the stigma around mental health. Stigma is perhaps the biggest barrier that stops people from seeking help when they need it -- and we all need help sometime in our lives. The stigma around mental causes feelings of shame, thoughts of "I should be able to handle this...", and because of this millions of people are suffering. I want to see this change.

Does the NEB Need to Consider the Climate Impacts of Energy East?

"The NEB is the last review process and last regulatory body in Canada that could mandate climate reviews on tar sands pipelines, a necessity if Canada is going to get serious about tackling climate change. Unfortunately, NEB chair Peter Watson has so far refused to include climate change in the Energy East review claiming that despite the Board’s responsibility to review the cumulative environmental impacts of pipeline projects, climate change doesn’t rate." 

Follow link to read more... – Five Reasons the NEB Needs to Consider the Climate Impacts of Energy East