Can We Kick It? Hope We Can! - June 15, 2008 - Uncategorized

If this blog is still going in five years three miracles will have occurred… 1. I will have succeeded in writing about real-world issues in a way that doesn’t make me feel crazy, hyper-intellectual or sick… 2. Human civilization will not have collapsed on itself… and 3. The environment will not have collapsed on itself […]

911: A Catalyst for Positive Global Changes - June 10, 2008 - Uncategorized

The first time I realized that the world I lived in was not quite right was on September 11 2001. I was 22. No doubt older people recall different moments but this is mine. I had no idea what was going on and I still don’t. I accepted the retaliation and revenge as kind of […]

Steven White on Animal Law for All - January 18, 2008 - Uncategorized

I just made a comment on Steven White’s article on the growing momentum for animal law reform. It’s a movement sorely needed in our world where the unsanctionalble exploitation of animals occurs out of the public eye but on a scale unimaginable to most. Increasingly, lawyers are striving to increase knowledge of animal welfare law, […]

Children / Elderly Intergenerational Cooperation - December 14, 2007 - Uncategorized

Literature reviewed also identified a large range of outcomes from intergenerational practice for young people, old people and the broader community. For individuals, these included increases in self worth, less loneliness and isolation, new connections and friendships, academic improvements and more positive perceptions of other generations. For the broader community, benefits include the building of […]

Kowledge, Ideology, Action - December 6, 2007 - Uncategorized

Do we need to know anything to make a difference? This website provides you with no knowledge. I won’t tell you who’s right and who’s wrong. I won’t point you to other people’s opinions. I won’t tell you what happened. It could be that knowledge itself is behind the undesirable aspects of our world. It […]

Why vegetarian? It’s really about humanity. - October 3, 2007 - Uncategorized

It’s not only about health, land use efficiency, environmental health, or even animal welfare and rights. It’s about us, we people, developing sensitivity to life, a.k.a.: love. Increasingly, we notice the suffering of others, human or animal. When we distinguish a between the compassion for humans and animals, we use a mental abstraction: concepts to […]

Sign the WSPCA Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare! - October 1, 2007 - Uncategorized

The World Society for the Protection of Animals needs our help in reaching the 10 million mark on their petition. Add your name to it and hopefully it will get to 6 billion. The petition… There is an immediate need to recognise the growing consensus in popular and expert circles that animals are beings […]

Australia’s new citizenship test - September 30, 2007 - Uncategorized

As an Australian I am disheartened but not surprised to see further efforts to differentiate between ‘Australians’ and other people in the world, and grant citizen status accordingly. Besides the fact that I, an Australian from Birth, would fail the new test, the questions have absolutely nothing to do with Australia – except in a […]