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Childism and Intrinsic Interest

October 12th, 2013

Being both Autistic and an educator, I’m very interested in how our educational institutions are structured to inure children to accept the heteronomy of adult run institutions. I know that if children are given autonomy to do whatever they want that disaster will ensue, but I also know that we do not help children learn to be as autonomous as they safely can be. As John Locke said, children should be kept safe, well cared for and safe from hurting others, but beyond that they should be left to their own devices, and given nothing. They should find their own way until they choose to come to adults… only then should we engage them. Otherwise we are inculcating them with our own goals, values and dreams, and replacing what is their intrinsic interest with a worldview based on performance for adult approval. By the time they end up at university, it is too late to refind the intrinsic interest that is what they need to become fully actualized individuals.

Being confronted with the notion of Childism (Childism is the subordination of children’s needs/interests for the benefit of adults, even if adults think it benefits children.) is a very inconvenient notion for parents and educators. The whole notion of the institutionalization of lived experience that is reflected in our schools, hospitals and social services represents the organization of our own adult lives according to externalities. Yet, we ostensibly have a say in this matter. Children do not. We all decide for them, and by the time they are in a position to have a say they have been operantly conditioned to comply.

More on this later. Just a thought I wanted to get down.

autism, Childism, Consumerism

Canadian Net Neutrality Explained

July 30th, 2009

This is a great primer on Net Neutrality and how it is going to impact Canadian users. I wish we could have internet access like we access highways and water and whatnot. The access should be a public utility, not a corporate controlled cash grab. Also check out Save our on how to help.


Facebook sez, “Don’t mind us, we’re just whoring out your photos”

July 17th, 2009

Facebook sez, “Don’t mind us, we’re just whoring out your photos”. So, they can use YOUR photos, even the photos of your friends and children in advertisements, and yes, you gave them permission. Read the article to see how to turn it off though… Opt out, of course.

I would not be using facebook except that it is my job to know about social media. It is a really slimy operation.

Consumerism, Evil, Social Tech for Children

unClick Google | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

March 14th, 2009

unClick Google | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

On March 11, Google revealed its latest plan to violate your privacy: they will now record the types of websites you visit in order to gather a behavioral profile of your interests purportedly so that they can send you targeted advertising. This policy is in addition to their current policy of keeping a record of every single web search you have ever made along with as much other personally identifying information as they can gather. Of course, these behavioral profiles and detailed search histories will also be made available to law enforcement personnel upon request. The disregard for user privacy is a long standing tradition at Google and one that should be challenged. Just as Facebook was recently forced to cave after protests, Google too can be made to backtrack from their creeping violations of our privacy. Every company has their weak point, for Facebook it is the fear that users will stop using the site, and for Google it is the necessity of increasing their advertising revenue. I propose that we collectively embark on a civil disobedience campaign of intentional, automated “click fraud” in order to undermine Google’s advertising program with the goal of forcing Google to adopt a pro-privacy corporate policy.

I’m not an activist, but I appreciate what they do. The net has done a great job over the past decade of getting people to give up their personal information, just as airmiles and rewards cards do IRL. If you’re not a public individual, and you’re giving out your personal information, and you’re shocked when it is used to deceive you, commit fraud or identity theft, target advertisements, or degrade your life in a myriad of unknown and perhaps unknowable ways, you do have to ask yourself… who do you blame? I don’t blame google. Google’s not hiding what they’re doing. They’re very bouncy and enthusiastic about it… “personal information? you weren’t doing much with it anyway, were you… we can use it!” And why not. If we can’t be bothered to take prophylactic measures…

CLD419, Consumerism, Evil

Ivan Illich and Pinky’s Scary School Nightmare

March 1st, 2009

I’d forgotten about this video, but HowardR twittered it. And here it is. Every students in/of education should watch it, over and over and over. It will be on the exam… the exam of one’s own life.

CLD415, CLD419, Consumerism, Friends/Colleagues , ,

Ottawa suggests adding chemical to toxic list

January 26th, 2009

Note that we’re talking about fabric softners “air fresheners, cleaners and cosmetic products, such as hair sprays” here. Ottawa suggests adding chemical to toxic list

Health Canada and Environment Canada are recommending adding a former chemical warfare agent, diethyl sulphate, to the country’s list of toxic substances.

Although the substance isn’t a household name, it can be used to make fabric softeners or flocculants in wastewater and sewage sludge control, and in the production of pharmaceuticals, fragrances and dyes….

[And] it did flag butane and isobutane for further assessment. Both chemicals have been classified as carcinogens by the European Commission when they contain another chemical, butadiene, as an impurity in concentrations of more than 0.1 per cent.

Butane is widely used as a fuel additive, but it can also be found in air fresheners, cleaners and cosmetic products, such as hair sprays, according to information about the chemical posted by the government on its website.

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Disney Fairies | Pixie Hollow – Create your very own Fairy and fly into Pixie Hollow!

October 26th, 2008

Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007) – Wikileaks

June 7th, 2008

I saw this on Slashdot | Leaked ACTA Treaty to Outlaw P2P?
: Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007) – Wikileaks

In 2007 a select handful of the wealthiest countries began a treaty-making process to create a new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement, which was called, in a piece of brilliant marketing, the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (the agreement does not cover currency fraud).
ACTA is spearheaded by the United States along with the European Commission, Japan, and Switzerland — which have large intellectual property industries. Other countries invited to participate in ACTA’s negotiation process are Canada, Australia, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand. Noticeably absent from ACTA’s negotiations are leaders from developing countries who hold national policy priorities that differ from the international intellectual property industry.
A “Discussion Paper on a Possible Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” was reportedly provided to select lobbyists in the intellectual property industry, but not to public interest organizations concerned with the subject matter of the proposed treaty.[1]
Wikileaks has obtained the document.
The agreement covers the copying of information or ideas in a wide variety of contexts. For example page three, paragraph one is a “Pirate Bay killer” clause designed to criminalize the non-profit facilitation of unauthorized information exchange on the internet. This clause would also negatively affect transparency and primary source journalism sites such as Wikileaks.
The document reveals a proposal for a multi-lateral trade agreement of strict enforcement of intellectual property rights related to Internet activity and trade in information-based goods hiding behind the issue of false trademarks. If adopted, a treaty of this form would impose a strong, top-down enforcement regime, with new cooperation requirements upon internet service providers, including perfunctionary disclosure of customer information. The proposal also bans “anti-circumvention” measures which may affect online anonymity systems and would likely outlaw multi-region CD/DVD players.

It reminds me that the solution is at hand… to stop engaging in corporatist IP practices as people: open source, open license, open government and open industries, versus back room deals where we’re not allowed to participate. If we vote for governments that act like this we are ‘complicit’ in the evil. Since it is clear that corporations will respond to ‘customers’ when they won’t respond to activism, because of course they’re not customers :) there’s no question that governments and corporations will respond if properly prompted. The first step is to vote for change.

Consumerism, Evil

Missing for 25 years after getting on wrong bus

February 10th, 2007

Missing for 25 years after getting on wrong bus | the Daily Mail:

A 76-year-old Malay Muslim woman from southern Thailand who got on the wrong bus 25 years ago and ended up living at the other end of the country has been reunited with her family.

Unable to speak, read or write Thai, Jaeyaena Beuraheng boarded a bus in Malaysia thinking it was bound for Narathiwat, one of three Muslim-majority provinces in Buddhist Thailand’s far south.

Instead, she ended up 1,200 km (750 miles) to the north in Bangkok. Her predicament grew worse when she boarded a bus she thought was heading south only to end up in Chiang Mai, another 700 km to the north.

Two interesting things that aren’t in this story, but Yuka was reading about this on the Japanese language news and told me. First, when she saw 3 visitors in muslim dress, she knew that they would understand her, AND the visitors used their cellphone cameras to broadcast her picture quickly over her home province… which is how her son recognized her.

CLD419, Consumerism, lj, Yuka

Steve Jobs – Thoughts on Music

February 7th, 2007

Jobs goes on the offensive right on the apple website:Apple – Thoughts on Music. I haven’t been playing close attention, but a number of reports of the EU coming down heavy on Apple’s DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions have been popping up. Jobs response is clear…. it is not us, it is the record companies, and they’re largely European… so get off our backs and look in your own back yard… hee hee.

Much of the concern over DRM systems has arisen in European countries.  Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free.  For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard.  The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company.  EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company.  Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace.  Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.

Apple, Consumerism, lj, Music

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