Huxley vs. Orwell: The Webcomic

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Stuart McMillen’s webcomic adapts (and updates) Postman’s famous book-length essay, Amusing Ourselves to Death, which argues that Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future in Brave New World was ultimately more accurate than the one proposed by George Orwell in 1984. (Via).

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The End of the World May Soon Become a Reality

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Well, it’s finally here: December 21st, 2012, the so-called “end of the world”.  I can’t help but wonder, what if it was true?  What if today really is the last day of your life?  Looking back, do you have any regrets?  Is there anything in your life left unfinished?  Anything you wish you’d said to someone, but didn’t?  Any act of kindness or generosity you could have done to make someone’s life a little brighter but never had the time?  Do you wish you could have lived a life of purpose?  If we survive the day, what will you resolve to do with the rest of your life?  What changes will you make to make sure that your children and grandchildren will be able to live a long, healthy life?

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Internalized Queerphobia

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~First official blog post: Let’s hope I get better at this!~

Something that has bothered me recently is the internalized homophobia (really and hereafter, queerphobia) in a so-called progressive and liberal society. Externalized queerphobia, like racism, will always exist. It is a sad truth, but the most that we, as a collective, can hope for is awareness and consciousness.

A simple definition of internalized queerphobia is the negative feelings that one has towards him or herself or others because of his or her queer sexuality. Some forms of internalized queerphobia are shame, denial of one’s or other’s sexuality, or hating on other queer people for their non-normative behaviours.

Because of my mysterious sexuality* and lack of a “love life,” I was recently persuaded to look on craigslist. The first things I saw (besides my future thanks to gravity) were “NO Asians,” “Masc4Masc,” “No Fem Whites,” “Str8 Acting,” and “Be Normal/Real Men…

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Time Running out to Save Elephants from Ivory Trade

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Posted by Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants in A Voice for Elephants on January 31, 2013

The new wave of killing of elephants in Africa is in many ways far graver than the crisis of the 1970s and 80s. Firstly there are fewer elephants, and secondly the demand for ivory is far higher. Record ivory prices in the Far East are fueling poachers, organized crime, and political instability right across the African elephant range. And the situation shows no sign of calming.

In January last year, Janjaweed militia gunned down more than 300 elephants in Bouba N’Djida National Park in Cameroon. In March, 22 elephants in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), were slaughtered in a single attack, many with shots to the top of the head. A Ugandan army helicopter was seen flying low-level over the park a few days after. In December 2012, an…

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Turkish Twitter Users Arrested

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This past week, Turkish authorities arrested 25 protesters for their use of Twitter!  In an attempt to combat violent protests and clashes currently taking place in the embattled country, police officers rounded up the 25 protestors, their crime being “spreading untrue information.”  

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In what seems like a war against Twitter, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister, has called social media “the worst menace to society.”  Of Twitter, he believes that “the example of lies can be found there.”  In a country where the media is government-controlled, social media has been a valuable outlet for Turkish protestors to connect and to express themselves.  Even the hacking community has joined in–Anonymous and the Syrian Electronic Army have targeted Turkish government websites.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out–one has to wonder how the Turkish government plans on controlling social media and punishing protestors who are online.  Is it…

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