mjb

I’m an eclectic rebel, nighthawk and ego-geek. I have an off-beat, dark, wickedly irreverent and sarcastic sense of humour, with an especial fondness for puns. As a freelance ICT consultant I focus on the needs of social business and not-for-profit organizations.

I’m an avid environmental and social justice advocate interested in issues of ecological sustainability, climate change, population growth, food security, consumerism, extreme poverty, international development, and social business.

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Indifference is a power

Indifference is a power

Indifference is a power As legions of warriors and prisoners can attest, Stoicism is not grim resolve but a way to wrest happiness from adversity Even though Stoicism is far more accessible, not only does it lack the exotic mystique of Eastern practice; it’s also regarded as a philosophy of merely breaking even while remaining determinedly impassive. What this attitude ignores is the promise proffered by Stoicism of lasting transcendence and imperturbable tranquility. … The truth is, indifference really is a power, selectively applied, and living in such a way is not only eminently possible, with a conscious adoption of certain attitudes, but facilitates a freer, more expansive, more adventurous mode of living. Joy and grief are still there, along …more» 

Chris Hedges on C-51: They have won, and it is up to us

Chris Hedges on C-51: They have won, and it is up to us

Chris Hedges on C-51: They have won, and it is up to us There will, if this law is not blocked, be no checks left on state power. State Security will operate outside the law. Citizens will be convicted on secret evidence in secret courts. Citizens will be subject to arbitrary searches and arrests. Due process will be eradicated. Internal security organs will serve as judge, jury and executioner. The outward forms of democratic participation — voting, competing political parties, judicial oversight and legislation — will remain, but become meaningless forms of political theater. … "There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you …more» 

The link between climate change and terrorism

The link between climate change and terrorism

The link between climate change and terrorism Mazo says U.S. research into the connection between climate change and global conflicts dates back to the early 1980s, and that the security establishment has been looking at the relationship seriously for more than a decade. Last year, the U.K.-based International Institute for Strategic Studies released a report that said environmental factors, such as water availability, soil degradation and severe weather events, "have been implicated in at least 73 conflicts since 1980." One of the effects of climate change is that it disrupts rain patterns and can lead to drought, which in turn wreaks havoc on farm yields and causes famines or raises the price of food for consumers. … For his part, Mazo …more» 

Jane Jacobs on Making a Movie with Marshall McLuhan

Jane Jacobs on Making a Movie with Marshall McLuhan

Jane Jacobs on Making a Movie with Marshall McLuhan  I first met Marshall McLuhan in 1969, when we had lunch together at the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. I found him interesting and kind, but I hardly knew what to make of him as a thinker because of the way his conversation jumped about. He would say something interesting or outright brilliant which I would have liked to pursue with him and test out a little bit, but instead he would — flit — or so it seemed to me — to a different idea, and from that to still another. … Sometime later Marshall got in touch with me again. In his wonderful energetic and optimistic way, …more» 

Poet, 10, from the slums of Nairobi enthralls crowd

Poet, 10, from the slums of Nairobi enthralls crowd

Poet, 10, from the slums of Nairobi enthralls crowd With the spotlight shining down on her 4-foot-something frame, 10-year-old Eunice Akoth stepped into character.     “Every mighty king was once a crying baby!    Every great tree was once a tiny seed!    Every tall building was once in paper!    And so I dream my dream!” she yelled. Most of the kids in Kibera are raped, some are neglected by their parents, some are homeless,” she said, fighting back tears after the performance. “Most of them have dreams, but they don’t know how they can achieve them, so I had to write a poem that tells them that they can achieve their dreams.” Eunice is a sixth-grader at …more» 

Why Developing Self-Compassion Is Much Healthier than Self-Esteem – Fulfillment Daily

"One of the most insidious consequences of the self-esteem movement over the last couple of decades is the narcissism epidemic…There is another way to feel good about ourselves: self-compassion"  Share & Inspire Others!1,2259819163The Challenge: No matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we are, we think it’s never good enough. The…

Developing self-compassion better than self-esteem

Developing self-compassion better than self-esteem

One of the most insidious consequences of the self-esteem movement over the last couple of decades is the narcissism epidemic. … Of course we don’t want to suffer from low self-esteem either, so what’s the alternative? There is another way to feel good about ourselves: self-compassion. Self-compassion involves being kind to ourselves when life goes awry or we notice something about ourselves we don’t like, rather than being cold or harshly self-critical. It recognizes that the human condition is imperfect, so that we feel connected to others when we fail or suffer rather than feeling separate or isolated. It also involves mindfulness — the recognition and non-judgmental acceptance of painful emotions as they arise in the present moment. Rather than …more» 

Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51

Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51

As Stephen Harper transforms Canada into a nation of suspects and self-censors while holding a match to the Charter of Rights, the Conservative Party robots are blowing their circuits coming up with justifications for Bill C-51. Their excuses have gone from the lame to the ludicrous. Peter MacKay proclaimed that our allies are doing it, so we are too. (Pssst, Petey, did you hear that Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, recently advocated the beheading of disloyal Arab Israeli’s? Israel is our ally, right? Thoughts? Should we be grinding the blade for Pat Martin?) … Which brings me to the saga of Franke James. It is a parable about government’s deep entitlement to deception and abuses of power. Franke is a …more» 

Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51 As Stephen Harper transforms Canada into…

Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51

As Stephen Harper transforms Canada into...

Harper and his ideologue minions reason enough to fear C-51 As Stephen Harper transforms Canada into a nation of suspects and self-censors while holding a match to the Charter of Rights, the Conservative Party robots are blowing their circuits coming up with justifications for Bill C-51. Their excuses have gone from the lame to the ludicrous. Peter MacKay proclaimed that our allies are doing it, so we are too. (Pssst, Petey, did you hear that Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, recently advocated the beheading of disloyal Arab Israeli’s? Israel is our ally, right? Thoughts? Should we be grinding the blade for Pat Martin?) … Which brings me to the saga of Franke James. It is a parable about government’s deep …more» 

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: February 22-28, 2015 +Franke James writes: But the truth is that our…

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: February 22-28, 2015

+Franke James writes: But the truth is that our...

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: February 22-28, 2015 +Franke James writes: But the truth is that our Charter right to freedom to read is under attack. You see it in books being banned from schools and libraries, artwork and plays that are censored, Access to Information requests that are delayed, denied and blacked out. … “Canadians should be angry. It’s really a fundamental democratic right in Canada [and] it’s linked to freedom of expression.” In my own life, being censored was a nasty wake-up call. It shocked me out of my complacency. I filed numerous Access to Information requests to find out why the Harper Government censored my artwork in 2011. …  In short, “Do Not Talk about Climate Change: It …more»